Research suggests T Rex was covered in scales instead of feathers

first_imgEDMONTON – Research suggests Tyrannosaurus rex and some of its close relatives were covered in tiny scales and not feathers as many scientists previously thought.An international team of researchers, including University of Alberta paleontologists, studied fossilized skin from massive carnivorous lizards known as tyrannosaurids.Their ancestors, which were about the size of wolves or leopards, were coated in feathery fuzz, but somewhere along the way their descendants seem to have lost that attribute, said paleontologist Scott Persons, who contributed to the study.“What we see here is actually evidence of feathers evolving and then being lost — or at least greatly reduced in terms of their number — in this one lineage of dinosaurs, which is strange,” he said.A completely separate branch of the dinosaur family tree included an uninterrupted line of feathered carnivores, including the Velociraptor, that are related to today’s birds.Persons’ interest was piqued when his U of A colleague and mentor, renowned paleontologist Philip Currie, showed him a skin sample from a specimen found in Alberta.A team of U of A researchers got to work, but soon got wind of another group studying a different skin fossil.“Rather than competing with each other in a rush to see who could be the first to publish on it, we all pooled our resources and, as a result, we have a really cool study that talks about skin in multiple species of tyrannosaurids, which is pretty gosh darn cool.”The combined team included researchers from Canada, the United States and Australia.It’s rare to find fossilized dinosaur skin, but advances in preparation techniques are making discoveries more common. Often, a researcher won’t even know there is skin attached to a fossil until after it’s taken back to the lab.The scientists can’t say for certain why feathers went by the wayside in tyrannosaurids, but Persons said he suspects it has to do with the animals’ size, as the bigger you are, the harder it is to stay cool.He notes elephants and rhinos today have little in the way of hair.“You’re better off not being out in the savannah in the hot sun while wearing a down jacket.”Because the skin specimens were relatively small, it’s impossible to say whether the dinosaurs were entirely featherless, or if they had isolated patches on their bodies, such as a crest atop their heads.To know for sure, Persons said paleontologists would need to find a tyrannosaurid that had been completely mummified.“They’re probably buried somewhere out there and it’s really just a matter of time before we get lucky enough and uncover one.”The paper is to be published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters this month.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Site preparation work begins for new school in Fort St John

first_imgSloan said that crews have been levelling out the property and preparing it for construction to begin on the new school’s foundation, with the goal of having the first concrete poured before the ground hardens up later in the fall.He explained that initial work has been proceeding at a faster pace than on the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on the City’s west side due to a number of factors, including better preparedness and different geological properties of the site.“We weren’t sure when we were going to get approval, so we had the plan on the shelf. I wouldn’t say this is ahead of the game, but this is our new reality in terms of making sure that we construct to schedule. ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ is the expression, and we had enough interesting experiences with weather on the ‘Ma’ Murray site that once we got the go-ahead we had the plan on the shelf for how to prep the site.”Sloan said that the land for the new school differs in several aspects from that of ‘Ma’ Murray including in ground slope and composition, which makes it easier to prepare for laying the building’s foundation.The provincial government announced on June 28th that it is providing up to $30.8 million to build the school, while the School District will contribute $300,000. Full-scale construction is set to begin next summer, with the school scheduled to open in fall 2021, with 505 spaces for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 says that site preparation work has begun on a new elementary school on the northeast side of Fort St. John, less than two months after the provincial government announced funding for the project.SD60 Superintendent Dave Sloan said that construction crews began preparation work at the site of the new school, which is located across 112th Avenue from the Fort St. John Hospital, less than a week ago.The School District posted photos of the construction work on its Facebook page on Sunday.last_img read more

Beyond communal lines

first_imgThe General Election this time has been marked by a significant amount of violence in the run-up to the polls in several parts of the country. The bitterness amongst the contesting parties in states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra precipitated clashes between rival workers testing the efficacy and impartiality of the local police. The institution of the State Electoral Officer did not seem to be strong enough in monitoring the performance of the district police officials and taking action against those who showed serious dereliction of duty. Violence around polling booths is a negation of democratic rights of the voters and by now India should have been able to practice zero tolerance towards this malaise. It is high time a commission examined the ways and means of ensuring peace during elections and defined specific policy measures in this regard for the future. It is highly regrettable that the largest democracy in the world cannot liberate the election process of street-level violence. Clearly, in the federal scheme of things, it is the state police chief who has to take direct responsibility for it and demonstrate his or her apolitical credentials while handling law and order during elections with an iron fist. There should be no delay in the implementation of the Supreme Court order issued last year against the practice of appointing officiating DGPs – that also clearly laid down that the UPSC will draw up a panel of three names in consultation with the state government and that the state government will make one of them the DGP of the state on the basis of merit-cum-seniority. This is the single most important Police reform that the Centre must put in place at once. Another area of political violence that showed up during and outside of elections, concerns the injurious fallout from public speeches that tended to instigate caste, communal or regional conflicts. Pungent wit and some name-calling without violating the law of defamation could be a legit part of electioneering but deliberately indulging in identity politics and questioning the symbols of nationalism became much too obvious in the poll fray this time. India is vulnerable to communal and caste tensions and freedom of expression cannot be allowed to cross the legal limits put on it by the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1972 that created Sections 153A & 153B to define cognizable and non-bailable offences pertaining to sectarian speeches. The police machinery of the districts has to be strengthened a great deal with manpower and technological equipment to enable it to handle this rampant criminality committed by the people in public life today. Follow up on the blatant violations of law noticed in this General Election should continue even after the poll process is over. The most dangerous form of political violence that is steadily permeating our nation, however, is the rise of new terror emanating from faith-based motivation. Terrorism by definition is the resort to ‘covert violence for a perceived political cause’. In the absence of such a ’cause’, the violence will just be sheer criminality; and terrorism is not that, certainly. A cause demands ‘commitment’ which in turn is rooted in ‘motivation’. India has seen diverse motivations behind terror movements and insurgencies – ‘ideological’ that sustained Maoism or assertion of ‘ethnic identity’ that was the case with North-East insurgent groups – but the new global terror that is now afflicting the world and becoming a prime security threat to India is a class apart since it is linked to the call of ‘defence of Islam’ or Jihad. This is an outcome of the complications connected with the ‘war on terror’ launched against the Islamic radicals by the US-led West post 9/11 on the one hand and the cross border terrorism started by Pakistan to settle scores with India using India- specific terror outfits under the ISI control, on the other. Developments in recent times have made Pakistan the world repository of Islamic militancy and the agencies in that country are now manoeuvring the entire spectrum of militants from Al Qaeda-Taliban combine and ISIS at one end to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen at the other. The keenness of the US to work for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and Afghanistan has given a lot of residual advantage to Pakistan in terms of its plans to use Islamic militants as a strategic resource for furthering its foreign policy objectives. India has much to feel concerned about the way the US was relying on Pakistan to reach a settlement with the Taliban. While this is the scene in Afghanistan, the recent terror bombings against Christians and Western tourists in and around Colombo have been claimed by ISIS. What is more significant, the local radical outfit, the National Towheed Jamaat, complicit in this covert offensive in Sri Lanka is found to have links with Pakistan and South India. It is already known that Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operating out of Pakistan with patronage from ISI has the avowed aim of establishing Islamic State in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. India, unlike the US, is directly in the arc of Islamic militancy and needs to strategise for national security against this new threat of faith-based terror. It is extremely disquieting that political discourse in India – and this became sharper in the election campaign – has tended to drag Pakistan into the discussions on minorities here. This trend has started from Jammu and Kashmir where the regional parties have openly advocated a communally-based ‘solution’ by talking of the Valley and not about the integral state of J&K that is home to many religions. They have strengthened the hands of Pakistan which finds it convenient to project Kashmir as a Muslim issue and create a communal divide in the domestic politics of India. The same effect is produced by some opposition leaders at the national level who criticised the ‘muscular’ policy of the Modi government towards Pakistan but maintained deliberate silence on the infiltration of terrorists by Pakistan’s ISI across the LOC to create violence in the state. The campaign for General Election this time has deepened the communal antagonism on majority-minority line and left the country vulnerable to Pak machinations to generate militancy as a byproduct of communal disharmony. In the initial decades after Independence, India witnessed communal riots primarily because of the legacy of Partition but these subsided as the democratic processes took firm root and equality of rights played out for everybody. The rise of new global terror that invokes the cause of Islam has made it possible – particularly because of the mischief of Pak agencies – for radicalisation to seep into India, howsoever small may be its spread in the country so far. The events at Colombo come as a wake-up call for our security set-up. Various communities of India at the level of average citizens want to lead a peaceful life and make use of whatever opportunities of economic advancement that would become available to them. It should not be difficult to achieve a convergence amongst all communities on the external threats to national security if the leaders of the communities did not seek political power by dividing the people. Our laws and security policy should provide for quick punishment for those who tried to gain from the advocacy of violence in course of projection of religion into politics. Our ruling dispensation should be upfront about it – this seems to be the major learning from the 2019 national election. (The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Historical Facts Confirm Algerias Role in Western Sahara Conflict El Khalfi

Rabat – Morocco’s government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, has reiterated Algeria’s responsibility in the Western Sahara conflict, emphasizing that this responsibility is supported by historical facts, data, and positions that date back more than forty years.After Thursday’s cabinet meeting, El Khalfi told the press that Algeria is responsible for several issues, including the founding of the separatist front, and the continued representation the Polisario at the African Union.El Khalfi also condemned Algeria’s provision of arms, financing, and accommodation to the separatists, deploring Algeria’s hostilities to undermine Morocco’s territorial and national integrity at the international level. France will Not Oppose Morocco’s Military Intervention Against PolisarioAccording to El Khalfi, Algeria’s position is contradictory to its claims of defending the right to self-determination and exposes an intention to undermine the territorial integrity of the country, adding that the Moroccan people, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, have been firmly facing this hostility.El Khalfi also referred to Algeria’s position in opposition to former UN Personal Envoy Peter Van Walsum, who characterized the Western Sahara independence as unrealistic, emphasizing that an “independent Western Sahara is not an attainable goal.” His statement angered Polisario and its main supporters, including South Africa and Algeria.In 2008, Van Walsum also expressed his support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, noting that it is the right way to end the conflict.On April 4, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, calling on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibility in the search for a solution to the regional conflict.Algeria Bears ‘Full Responsibility’ in Western Sahara Conflict: King Mohammed VI“It is Algeria that hosts, arms, backs up, and brings diplomatic support for the Polisario,” said the King in his letter, which was personally delivered to the UNSG by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita in New York.Algeria, however, has been denying and ignoring its responsibility, claiming that it should not cooperate in finding a solution for the regional conflict.During an interview given to French TV channel France 24, Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel said that Morocco “claims” that the Western Sahara conflict is “a matter between Algeria and Morocco, whereas it is not the case. It is a case between Morocco and the Sahrawi people, and between Morocco and the decisions of the United Nations.”“Negotiations” on this situation have always been between “the Polisario representatives and Morocco, it will not change,” he claimed.Over the past months, Polisario’s escalation in the east Morocco’s defense wall has intensified tensions in the region, with Morocco calling on the UN and the Security Council to pressure the separatist group to withdraw from the region.Morocco has also warned that its army militias  will not hesitate to repel any further escalation from the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.Earlier this week, an Algerian military plane crashed while it was on its way to the Tindouf camps, laying bare Algeria’s deep involvement in the Western Sahara dispute. Among the 257 people who were killed in the crash, 26 people were Polisario members.Algeria’s Foreign Minister Claims His Country Shouldn’t Be Involved in Western Sahara Negotiations read more

Pay of new Australian postal service boss more than halved

Pay of new Australian postal service boss more than halved by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 6:36 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CANBERRA, Australia – The new boss of Australia’s postal service will be paid less than half the 5.6 million Australian dollar ($4.3 million) salary package that made her predecessor Australia’s highest-paid public servant.Christine Holgate was named as the new managing director and chief executive officer of Australia Post on a salary of AU$1,375 000 plus a performance pay of up to the same amount, a government statement said Tuesday.Her predecessor Ahmed Fahour announced in February he would quit the government-owned corporation, two weeks after his pay was made public by a Senate committee and sparked a political furor.Holgate has been chief executive of Blackmores Group, the Australian manufacturer of vitamins and dietary supplements, since 2008, and in 2015 was named Australia’s CEO of the Year by the Melbourne-based CEO Institute.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who complained that Fahour had been paid too much, welcomed Holgate’s appointment.“It is a great Australian and a great hire,” Turnbull told Melbourne RadioTriple M, before Holgate was officially named.Her pay raises will be decided by the Remuneration Tribunal, the same independent statutory authority that sets the pay for federal lawmakers, judges and senior bureaucrats. Fahour’s pay had been decided by Australia Post’s board of directors.The tribunal has awarded Turnbull an AU$10,350 pay rise which will take his salary next week to AU$527, 854.Fahour leaves Australia Post on July 28. Holgate take up her appointment in October, after leaving Blackmores on Sept. 29.The highest-paid Australian public servant after Fahour was Bill Morrow, chief executive of Australia’s government-owned NBN Co., who was paid AU$3.6 million last year, including an AU$1.2 million bonus. NBN is rolling out Australia’s national broadband network.By contrast, U.S. Postal Service Chief Executive and Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s salary was $286,137 last year. read more

Harry Potter star reveals he is no longer recognised by children because

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. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed children no longer recognise him as the boy wizard as he approaches his 30th birthday.Radcliffe, 29, told MSNBC talk show Morning Joe new generations of Potter fans were often “disbelieving” of their parents when he is introduced to them.The actor first appeared as the fictional young wizard in 2001 when the first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in UK cinemas.The eight-part film series, which culminated in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, spawned one of the world’s most successful film franchises, grossing an estimated £6 billion worldwide, according to Forbes.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––But the 29-year-old admitted he is not immediately associated with J.K Rowling’s most famous character among younger fans of her books.Radcliffe said: “I do have a thing sometimes where I meet kids now and their parents will bring them up to me and they’ll be like ‘this is Harry Potter’ and the kids will be like ‘no it’s not’.”Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book in the US, 15 months after it hit the shelves in British bookshops.Radcliffe, who turns 30 next July, was 11 when he was cast in the first installment of the franchise, which catapulted him to global fame.He added: “It is very strange but also genuinely lovely when somebody comes up and says ‘you were a huge part of my childhood’.”For me The Simpsons was a massive thing and the idea that I could occupy a similar place in someone’s else life is so crazy and wonderful.”I always say I’m incredibly lucky to have got famous with Harry Potter because it is a genuinely beloved thing.”Radcliffe is currently based in New York where he is performing in new Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, based on a 2012 book of the same name about an essay examining the suicide of a 16-year-old boy in Las Vegas.  read more

Scrap metal trade to be reopened on a limited basis again

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt promises new legislation governing scrap metal exportation before year-endJune 18, 2018In “Business”Passage of scrap metal legislation likely next yearDecember 11, 2018In “latest news”Scrap metal trade to resume soonSeptember 27, 2018In “Business” Meanwhile, on another issue, Gaskin said that his Ministry is trying to determine the legitimacy of the newly formed Guyana Metal Dealers and General Exporters Association (GMD&GEA). The Association has since took the Government to task for the continued ban on the scrap metal trade.According to Gaskin however, Government recognizes the GMRA and they are still trying to understand who the new association really represents, and whether there is some conflict between the two groupings.“I am just trying to find out who the body is before I engage them because I don’t want to enter any discussion with a body that represents the industry and then find out that it is not so or represent the members. I really need to get a better sense of who they are and who their members are,” he added.Gaskin said that until such time that it is sorted out Government will continue to recognize the GMRA only. (Samuel Sukhnandan) Minister of Business Dominic GaskinAfter several months of delays, Government has decided to reopen the scrap metal trade next month on a limited basis to facilitate the clearance of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the resumption of the trade has not been announced, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin told this media group on Monday that the date depends on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers a few weeks ago to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry is trying to implement.According to him, it is a software system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumes, creating a level playing field for all.“We’ve met with them, we’ve discussed it with them and we have arranged some training sessions for them to familiarize themselves with how the system will work and we are looking to do a little resumption starting next month. I can’t give you an exact date because it depends on a lot of things,” he explained.Gaskin said with the resumption of the trade, it will give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that its working and also that it will help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired from some of the exporters or dealers yards.Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that. The main reason for this, was to allow exporters, to ship out the existing stock for a limited period of three months, and ensure that there is no pile up of these materials. read more

Windows 81 brings 3D printing to the masses

first_imgThe 3D printing revolution is already well under way, and Microsoft is adding fuel to the fire. Windows 8.1 is going to ship with a number of features designed to deliver a seamless, hassle-free 3D print experience to its users.It’s a very progressive (and proactive) move by Microsoft. 3D printing hasn’t quite gone mainstream, after all. The hardware — although much more affordable now than in years past — is still expensive by most peoples’ standards. There are also some very valid questions people struggle to answer, like “what exactly would I do with a 3D printer?”Still, with prices falling and things like the downloadable Pirate Bay ship and printable gun (for better or worse) generating interest, what better time to make sure Windows is ready to play nice with 3D printers when consumers do start bringing them home en masse?Microsoft may also have been thinking about the needs of its businesses customers here. It was, after all, Microsoft’s General Manager of the Startup Business Group Shanen Boettcher who penned the official blog post.3D printers have made rapid prototyping an in-house phenomenon, greatly reducing the amount of time it takes to go from a concept to a marketable product in many cases. Microsoft itself utilized Stratasys Objet printers to develop the Xbox One’s new controller.Product development and 3D printing will become inextricably intertwined, and the technology’s tendrils will spread elsewhere in the corporate world, too. Who knows, maybe one day soon you’ll be able to print out new parts based on HP’s own specs to replace the stripped gears in your aging LaserJet instead of overpaying for replacements.last_img read more

Tuberculose larrêt de la vaccination na pas eu dimpact négatif

first_imgTuberculose : l’arrêt de la vaccination n’a pas eu d’impact négatifSelon une étude publiée dans le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH), l’arrêt en 2007 du vaccin obligatoire anti-tuberculose BCG pour les nourrissons n’a pas fait augmenter le nombre de cas chez les enfants en France.D’après l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), la tuberculose est la deuxième cause de mortalité par infection, après le VIH, avec 1,3 millions de décès en 2010. Pour cette même année, ce sont ainsi quelque 8,8 millions de cas qui ont été recensés dans le monde dont 40% en Asie du Sud-Est et 26% en Afrique subsaharienne. La France, elle, est considérée comme un pays à faible incidence. Néanmoins, certaines régions notamment l’Ile-de-France (IdF) montrent des taux bien plus élevés que d’autres.En 2007, l’obligation de vaccination par BCG chez tous les enfants et l’adolescent a ainsi été suspendue pour laisser place à une forte recommandation de vaccination pour les enfants considérés comme les plus exposés à la maladie, notamment ceux résidant en Ile-de-France et en Guyane. Il y a peu, les autorités sanitaires françaises ont donc lancé une étude pour connaitre l’impact de cette modification sur le nombre de cas. Des travaux dont les résultats viennent juste d’être publiés dans le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH). Selon ceux-ci, l’arrêt de la vaccination n’a eu aucun impact négatif en France.”Le nombre de cas de tuberculose chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans, en 2010, est stable par rapport à la période 2000-2005″, soulignent les chercheurs de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) cités par l’AFP. Ainsi, ce sont 120 cas de tuberculose qui ont été recensés chez des enfants de moins de cinq ans, contre 129 en moyenne par an sur la période 2000-2005. De même, la proportion de cas de tuberculose pédiatrique sur le total de la population touchée en France reste à la fois faible et stable avec 2,3% des cas en 2010 contre 2,2% des cas en 2000/2005. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Globalement, la part des cas de tuberculose survenant chez les moins de 5 ans est stable et le nombre de formes graves de l’enfant reste très faible en France, ce qui constitue un élément rassurant”, estime l’étude qui note même une diminution des cas de tuberculose chez les enfants en IdF.Ne pas relâcher les efforts Concernant la vaccination elle-même, les données montrent que près de 80% des enfants de moins de neuf mois ont été vaccinés en IdF en 2010. Cependant en dehors de cette région, la couverture vaccinale reste insuffisante pour les enfants considérés comme à risque, à savoir principalement ceux nés dans une zone de forte endémie ou bien d’un parent venant d’une telle zone, jugent les chercheurs de l’InVS. Pour la population générale, les données en matière de tuberculose en France témoignent d’une baisse des cas déclarés en 2009 et en 2010 avec 5.187 cas en 2010, en baisse de 1,7% sur 2009. Malgré tout la vigilance reste de mise selon l’étude. “L’augmentation des taux de déclaration dans un certain nombre de départements franciliens, même si elle est très limitée, et les taux élevés retrouvés parmi les personnes nées à l’étranger et récemment arrivées en France doivent inciter à ne pas relâcher les efforts de lutte antituberculeuse dans un contexte de fortes disparités”, souligne ainsi le BEH.Le 12 juin 2012 à 12:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

In Our View Gov Inslee Must Veto Public Records Bill

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee should veto the Legislature’s shameful attempt to make state government more secretive and less responsive to the public. He must send a strong reminder to lawmakers that they work for the people of Washington and that such a role does not place them outside the reach of the law.This issue carries such weight that The Columbian, in concert with other newspapers throughout the state, is publishing this editorial in the lead position on our web page and on Page A1 of the print edition. We believe it is essential for the public to be aware of and to understand the lengths to which lawmakers have gone to keep that public in the dark.On Friday, in action appalling in both intent and process, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation to circumvent a recent court decision. That ruling, in Thurston County Superior Court, determined that information such as lawmakers’ emails and schedules are subject to public disclosure laws — the same laws that must be followed by city and county officials throughout the state.Rather than recognize their duty as public servants, legislators cynically responded by creating and passing a bill to retroactively protect that information. Instead, the bill would make limited information available beginning July 1.In other words, a duly elected judge ruled that the Legislature has been violating the law regarding public records, so the Legislature changed the law. The action is an indefensible power play that poorly serves the citizens of the state.last_img read more

NBB Calls on Members to Speak Up for RFS

first_imgIn a letter to members this week, National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe called on NBB members to stand up in defense of the Renewable Fuels Standard in response to calls by petroleum groups for its repeal.“The oil industry is pulling out all the stops to get the RFS repealed. While we do not expect a repeal vote in the near term, efforts to undermine or severely weaken the program could gain momentum at any moment, and we don’t know where that could lead given the unpredictable nature of Congress,” Jobe wrote.Jobe also called on NBB members to visit the group’s Fueling Action advocacy site, from which visitors can send a letter to the Obama Administration calling for a 2014 volume increase.“This is not a drill,” Jobe added. “The RFS is under attack, and we have to raise the volume of our advocacy to defend it.”last_img read more

Caesars steps up Japan IR campaign with Celine Dion concert in Tokyo

first_img Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors RelatedPosts Breaking Barriers Load More More importantly, the Tokyo show was seen as a specific opportunity to highlight the company’s non-gaming proficiency directly to the Japanese market.“Caesars Entertainment is the global leader in creating world-class live entertainment experiences and we are delighted that we helped bring Celine Dion back to Japan for the first time in 12 years,” said Caesars President and CEO Mark Frissora.“Live Entertainment has been key to our success as the preeminent IR operator. With the IR legislation reaching its final stages, we hope this concert demonstrates our commitment to developing meaningful partnerships in Japan.”The concert was attended by a number of key Caesars executives including President of International Development Steve Tight, Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility Jan Jones Blackhurst, Senior Vice President & Managing Director of Korea and Japan William Shen as well as members of Caesars’ Japan Advisory Council.“Entertainment for the whole family is at the core of Caesars Entertainment and it was a delight to see such a wide range of people enjoying Celine’s concert,” Tight said. “Shows like this take place at Caesars Entertainment Integrated Resorts every day, so I hope this concert gave the audience a real taste of the type of entertainment you can expect at a Japanese Entertainment Resort.”In its announcement, Caesars reiterated its vision to build “a world-class integrated resort which would bring world-class entertainment to Japanese audiences while also showcasing Japanese culture and entertainment to visitors from all over the world.” Caesars Las Vegas hosts celebration of Japan’s Reiwa era Caesars Entertainment Corporation has stepped up its campaign to win a Japan integrated resort license with superstar singer Celine Dion launching a 22-city Asia-Pacific tour inside the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday night.The tour has been touted as the latest milestone in the 15-year history of collaboration between Caesars and Dion, who began her first residency at Caesars Palace in 2003 and recently launched a new residency titled “Celine.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 24 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioShipping Safety Advocate Criticizes Arctic Preparedness Plans Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAs the summer arctic shipping season gets underway, a member of a group that formed after the Selendang Ayu ran aground a decade ago, is calling for more rescue tugs, monitoring and risk management measures in the Bering Strait and Unimak Pass.New Placer Mining Permits ProposedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksInterior miners aren’t happy with changes proposed to federal permits for small scale placer operations that impact water resources, including wetlands. Dozens attended an Army Corps of Engineers public meeting in Fairbanks last week on the proposals.Groups Ask Seek Endangered Species Protection For Yellow Cedar TreesJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgConservation groups are asking for endangered species protection for yellow cedar trees in Alaska. The trees have been dying off in portions of Southeast over the past century.  Scientists say it’s likely due to a warming climate and lack of snow cover for vulnerable roots.Lobbying Efforts Galvanize Unalaska Hospital ProjectAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaTribal and federal officials say the plan to build a regional hospital in Unalaska is closer than ever to reality.Should E-Cigarette Vapors Be Treated Like Tobacco Smoke?Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauThe Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces.The local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence led the push at an Assembly Committee meeting Monday. A council representative argued that the new tobacco alternative is being marketed to youths and misrepresented as harmless.In First Drift Opening Near Bethel, Managers Balance Chinook Conservation With OpportunityBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelAfter months of planning and studying the numbers, state and federal managers okayed the first six-inch-drift gillnet opening today on the most densely populated stretch of the Kuskokwim river. The fishing will be aimed at chum and sockeye salmon, but managers are moving cautiously to make sure enough king salmon make it to spawning grounds.Anchorage Celebrates World Refugee DayAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage residents gathered at Mountain View Lions Park on Friday to celebrate World Refugee Day. The day honors people who have fled their home country, often because of war or ethnic persecution. About 120 refugees are resettled in Anchorage every year as part of a national program.last_img read more

Alaskans Testify On Governors Medicaid Expansion Bill

first_imgLawmakers took public testimony for the first time Thursday on Governor Bill Walker’s bill to expand Medicaid. The public spoke during the last 30 minutes of the House Health and Social Services committee’s hearing on HB 148.Download AudioNearly everyone spoke in favor of Medicaid expansion. The committee heard from a youth pastor, a small business owner and the head of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association.Juneau resident Alyson Currey told the committee she is a social worker who too often sees clients who have to make do without health care:“It is an injustice to me that today if you’re a childless adult without a disability in Alaska making less than $20,000 a year, which equals to just under $10 an hour, you have no affordable health care coverage available to you.”The Committee plans to spend a lot more time taking public testimony on Medicaid expansion at a hearing this Saturday, starting at 3pm.Most local Legislative Information Offices will be open around the state to allow people to testify outside of Juneau.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

New federal predator hunting restrictions to face state legal challenge

first_imgNew federal predator hunting rules are in effect. (Photo courtesy of ADFG)A series of predator hunting restrictions for national wildlife refuges in Alaska took effect on Tuesday.That same day, Governor Bill Walker revealed that the state is organizing a lawsuit against the federal government to resist the new rules. And Alaska’s congressional delegation is looking for ways to reverse the changes as well. But as of now, the new rules are in effect on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges – prompting at least a few hunters to change their plans. Listen nowThe new rules ban certain hunting practices such as the same-day airborne hunting of bears and the taking of brown bears over bait, which had been allowed to occur on refuge land under state regulations. Though the Fish and Wildlife Service identified those techniques as leading to the “non-subsistence take” of predators, the new restrictions still apply to federally-qualified subsistence users like Galena’s Charlie Green. “We had plans with some other friends to go to Three Day Slough, which is on federal land [the Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge], to do some grizzly bear baiting on the 17th of September. So this is going to have to change our plans,” said Green. Green says that he retains the hides from any grizzly bears he takes, but the meat is only good for trapping bait. He was one of many local hunters in Galena who spoke out against the new federal rules when they were proposed earlier this year – in part because they take efficient predator control options off of the table, but also because the rules seemed motivated more by politics than any conservation concerns. When the Fish and Wildlife Service published the final version of the rules in early August, agency director Dan Ashe portrayed the rules as a necessary defense against the types of inhumane hunting practices that are often endorsed by the Alaska Board of Game. Dr. David Raskin, president of the citizen group Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, agrees. “The State of Alaska has engaged in a very aggressive campaign over the years to eliminate predators throughout the state, and this is totally unacceptable from a biological point of view. Particularly on the national wildlife refuges, which are required to maintain their populations in their natural state,” said Raskin.Raskin argues that the current rules don’t go far enough, and would like to see the Fish and Wildlife Service ban the use of all bait to hunt any type of bear, including the use of gut piles from legally-killed game animals like moose. That practice is still permitted on refuge land, because a gut pile at a kill site does not fit the definition of bait according to the new regulations. The latest volley in the legal and political battle over the new rules occurred on September 6th, when Governor Bill Walker told the Alaska Journal of Commerce that the state is coordinating with other opponents of the new rules to file a lawsuit. It is unclear when that suit will be filed.Alaska’s congressional delegation in Washington D.C. is opposed to the new rules as well. Earlier this year, Congressman Don Young attached a provision to the Interior Department appropriations bill, which forbids the Fish and Wildlife Service from spending any money on enforcing the new rules. That bill passed the House as amended, and is now awaiting action in the Senate. Young’s spokesperson Matt Shuckerow says that the predator hunting restrictions go against the spirit and letter of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, or ANILCA. “And you know that law protects Alaska’s ability to manage wildlife across all areas of our state, including private and federal lands. And so we are going to see an increasing attack on that ability, that special unique relationship that Alaska has, defined in law. It is the delegation’s responsibility to stand up to those, to enforce the law, and to make sure that Alaska’s unique relationship with the federal government is protected,” said Shuckerow. Even if attempts to derail the rules in court and in Congress don’t work, the Federal Subsistence Board can overturn parts of the rule in specific areas for subsistence users. But for now, the hunting of brown bears over bait, the same-day airborne hunting of bears, the trapping of bears, and taking of wolves and coyotes during the denning season are forbidden on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. Given that the new regulations are coming into effect just as hunters are headed out in the field for fall season hunts, Koyukuk, Nowitna and Innoko National Wildlife Refuge Manager Kenton Moos in Galena says that his agency will have to walk a fine line. “So obviously we need to do our part to educate the public. With that said, our law enforcement officers are out and about. As with all game regulations and so forth, they will take appropriate measures when they see violations in progress,” said Moos.Moos says that whether or not individuals are cited for violating the new rules will depend largely on the discretion of the wildlife enforcement officers.last_img read more

Snapdeal invests 20 million in gojavas

first_imgOnline marketplace Snapdeal has invested $20 million in gojavas, a third party logistics player, a company statement said here on Wednesday.This is the second round of investment made by Snapdeal in the company.”The investment in gojavas is in line with Snapdeal and gojavas’s strategic partnership signed earlier this year to build capacities for the future and strengthen the supply chain ecosystem,” the statement said.The company is working consistently for the last 8-10 months to strengthen its supply chain and logistics. It has invested $100 million in the last six months to improve its delivery timelines by 70 percent.It will invest an additional $200 million in the next 12 months to further strengthen its supply chain.The statement said the partnership between Snapdeal and gojavas has proved to be mutually beneficial. “The companies have worked together to build capacity and expand reach.””gojavas’s reach expanded to include 150 more cities within 100 days of having entered into a partnership with Snapdeal. gojavas currently delivers to 350 cities,” it added.”With the freshly infused funds, our aim is to help gojavas become more successful and further expand their reach. Our teams will continue to work together closely in the future as well,” Rohit Bansal, co-founder, Snapdeal said.”Our strategic partnership with Snapdeal has helped us become one the largest independent logistics players in the country with current revenue run rate of Rs.500 crore, while keeping our operations sustainable and efficient because of the higher visibility of future sales and targeted cities for expansion,” Vijay Ghadge, chief operating officer, gojavas said.last_img read more

Water transportation likely to resume Sunday

first_imgTransportation on the waterways is likely to resume from Sunday morning after a two-day suspension. UNB file photoTransportation on the waterways is likely to resume from Sunday morning after a two-day suspension, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority said Saturday, reports UNB.BIWTA joint director of Dhaka Port AKM Arif Uddin said that stormy wind is still prevailing although cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ has weakened.”So, using the water routes will not be safe today. Operations might resume tomorrow from 6:00am,” he said.Water transportation was suspended on Thursday morning after Fani intensified.The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower danger signal as ‘Fani’ has weakened into a land deep depression, the Met Office said.It was lying over Pabna-Tangail-Mymensingh region and adjoining areas at noon. ‘Fani’ is likely to move in a North-Northeasterly direction further.last_img read more

Clinched at the Ankles – The Hobble Skirt Rocked Fashion in the

first_imgOver the centuries, fashion has provided us with some very questionable trends — hoop skirts and clam-diggers come to mind. But of all the fads, none boggle the mind quite as much as the hobble skirt.This snug-fitting attire, which hugged the legs and cinched in at the ankles, was quite the craze from about 1910 to 1913.(The name, by the way, comes from the term for binding a horse’s hooves together to keep it from running off.)A postcard (c.1911) depicting a man and a women dressed in the fashion of the era. Caption: The Hobble Skirt “What’s that? It’s the speed-limit skirt!”The Wright Brothers, of all people, took credit for this ill-conceived little number, claiming they unwittingly came up with the idea upon tying a string around a female passenger’s flapping skirt to keep it safe within the jumpseat of a plane.French couturier Paul Poiret begged to differ, insisting he created the hobble skirt in 1908, for favored clients, to be worn without cumbersome petticoats or confining corsets. “Yes, I freed the bust, Poiret boasted, “but I shackled the legs.”Journalist Marguerite Martyn drew this sketch of herself wearing a hobble skirt while interviewing millionaire Edward Howland Robinson Green in 1911, with a quotation from him.Yeah…about that. Chic though they might have been, hobble skirts were next to impossible to walk in. Instead of strides, women had to take tiny, mincing steps, not unlike a Japanese geisha (or Morticia Adams for that matter).Nonetheless, copies of Poiret’s narrow skirts would find their way to America, just as the suffrage movement was gaining steam. Forward-thinking women, armed with more independence and eager to wear whatever they damn well pleased, were only too happy to embrace any look that allowed them to ditch their petticoats.Though the skirts supposedly provided more freedom for early feminists, they were also lending credence to those who weren’t all that jazzed with the whole women’s rights thing. Newspapers were quick to pounce on any accident (Twisted ankles! Broken legs! Bruised Dignity!) involving hobble skirts.Hobble skirt style, 1911.A Chicago minister called them an abomination. Some employers forbade their female workers from wearing them.The New York Times got all guilt-trippy with an overwrought editorial on the economic impact of a world without petticoats: “Think of that! Think of 10,000 people turned away from their possible means of livelihood, 10,000 families, perhaps, starving, just because women persist in following an ungraceful and immodest freak of fashion!”Gazette du Bon Ton fashion plate, 1914.Some took to the trend. The “older generation” applauded the hobble skirt, believing it would “… bring back to women the old grace. They will be compelled to shorten their strides, learn to place their feet in a straight line, and not throw them in or out in the slovenly modern way, and that the entire appearance of women will be thus benefited.”But, ornery as ever, the press was having a field day, poking fun at the new craze with cartoonists taking digs at the struggles women faced trying to cross streets or climb into cars.Costumes Parisiens Fashion illustration No.91 from Journal des dames et des modes, 1913 – Robe de taffetas gris by George BarbierEmbarrassed Parisian couturiers washed their hands of the whole affair and, in a nifty bit of revisionist history, insisted the trend was American in origin.A New York Times writer huffed: “If women want to run for Governor, they ought to be able to run for a car…. If they want to be legally free they shouldn’t be sartorially shackled.”Costumes Parisiens Fashion illustration No.53 from Journal des dames et des modes, 1913 – Toilette d’après Midi, Aris Metzanov“But with the lack of logic that the sex can be counted on to display they have chosen a trammelled figure and shackled ankles when they need most to have them free in the strenuous race for equality with the trousered sex.”In 1912, someone took pity on those poor tottering women and tweaked the trend, incorporating hidden slits and pleats underneath the skirt to allow for more movement and (slightly) longer strides.More good news: In 1914, to accommodate tight-skirted passengers, tramlines were equipped with “Hobble Skirt” cars (or Hedley-Doyle cars, named after their designers, Frank Hedley, Vice-President and General Manager of the New York Railways Company, and James S. Doyle, Superintendent of Car Equipment), with the entrances dropped to just eight inches from street level for easier access.Read another story from us: Roaring Twenties Beach Fashion – Photos of the Classic Unisex Bathing SuitsThe hobble skirt hit the road in 1915. With the onset of World War I, this fashion footnote seemed a tad too frivolous and impractical for such a sobering, “Let’s roll up our sleeves!” time.last_img read more

Rudy the Bulldog Attacked the Westminster Dog Show Agility Course with 43

first_img Advertisement With the AAF dominating the headlines on a slow sports weekend, the single best run came from the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and a badass little bulldog named Rudy who attacked the agility course like he was chasing the mailman with a steak hanging out of his pocket.Old Rudy isn’t one of the so called “favorites,” but he stole the show because there’s just something that’s too damn cute about watching a bulldog give it 110% and leave it all out on the field.After veering off track a couple of times Rudy clocked a time of 46.33  seconds thanks to five faults, but hey what makes you so perfect? He didn’t win the gold, but this run is satisfying like a fat  guy touchdown on Saturday. He may have an AAF contract waiting for him when he gets home.A bulldog doing agility is a marvelous sight— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 10, 2019last_img read more

Teenagers win top prize at Shanghais first queer film festival

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Photo: QScreenContestant #4 won the top prize at the Shanghai Queer Film Festival India’s Kashish queer film festival’s winning poster has been revealedChloë Grace Moretz weighs in on straight stars playing LGBTIs, makes crucial pointOutfest film award winners include Signature Movie and The WoundRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Joven said: ‘it keeps me inspired to tell more stories that are special to people like me…in the most honest way’.The win has inspired the teenagers to keep making films and to tell important stories.‘[I’m] Still far from graduating [college]. Even so, I know I must keep writing, asking what needs to be told and telling it,’ Palanca said.‘[We] hope that the award will inspire others to tell their stories. The world is likely to listen to the freshest, most excited voices.’Love, courage and acceptancePalanca and Joven said the story of the film was about sending a message of love.‘People who struggle to find meaning, and certainty, in each other’s company,’ Palanca said.‘We wanted to send a message of love, courage and acceptance. It’s most necessary, in times like ours, to remain loyal to the true narrative of the queer individual.‘The film will grow only as the world grows. What it is now, and what it has achieved so far, will stay to inform me and my work in the future.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A pair of 17-year-olds from the Philippines have taken out the top prize at the first Shanghai Queer Film Festival.Contestant #4 tells the story of a young boy who frequently visits an old man who lives alone, keeping him company. One night, he chances upon the old man watching a dated clip of himself as a cross-dressing boy. This sparks within the young boy an interest to find out more about the old man’s past.Kaj Palanca and Jared Joven couldn’t travel to Shanghai because they had to go to school. But the pair were grateful to have won.Contestant #4 beat 14 global competitors to win best film at the festival. Last year the film won the Audience Choice award at the QCinema festival.Queer artists‘I am thankful to be given a platform to tell this story to a wider international audience,’ Palanca told the Inquirer.‘It was shot only last year, when Jared and I were both 16. The film is very special to me. It helped me come to terms with who I am now as a queer artist.’ GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more