Sir Roger Moore Urges Public To Stay Away From Parks With Captive

first_imgSir Roger Moore has a message for summer tourists: don’t go to Loro Parque or other parks which hold orcas captive.Following an incident on Monday in which a captive orca named Morgan was filmed at the Tenerife, Spain, aquarium lying motionless on a concrete slab – which some regard as a suicide attempt – the legendary actor spoke out against “abusement” parks which imprison these animals. In a statement given to PETA, the legendary actor says the following:“How much longer must highly intelligent and self-aware individuals like Morgan suffer before we understand that other species are not on this Earth for our amusement? It’s clear to anyone with a brain and an ounce of compassion that marine parks are nothing more than concrete prisons which cause captive marine animals a world of suffering. Orcas at these facilities are forced to toil day after day, repeating the same endless tasks with no choice in the matter and no means of escape – how utterly miserable their lives must be. The only way to end the abuse of captive orcas and other marine animals is to stay away from and speak out against facilities that keep them captive – and I urge everyone to join me in doing just that.”Morgan was found severely emaciated and was taken from the wild in 2010 under the condition that she would be returned to her ocean home when she recovered – but instead she was transferred to Loro Parque, where she is forced to perform and has been attacked by the other orcas she shares her tiny tank with.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that images taken in 2015 of the orcas at Loro Parque, who are currently on indefinite loan from SeaWorld, revealed bodily wounds and scars, indicating inter-animal aggression and possibly unsafe enclosures.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral calls for European action as climate talks restart in Bonn

9 April 2010The first session of formal United Nations climate change negotiations since last December’s global gathering in Copenhagen started in Bonn, Germany, today with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging European leaders to turn their promises into law and to find ways to avoid potentially dangerous international disputes over natural resources. Addressing the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Vienna yesterday, the Secretary-General called for turning “commitments of the Copenhagen Accord into a legally binding climate change treaty.”The Copenhagen Accord – which 117 countries have now signed – was the final document from December 2009’s UN Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) in Denmark, where progress to agree on a binding treaty faltered.The current session in Bonn is designed to be a working session ahead of a high-level ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico, that is slated to begin on 29 November.Climate change is one of the Secretary-General’s top priorities. Recalling his recent visit to Uzbekistan, where he visited the Aral Sea – “where once there was water, sea, I saw endless sand and a graveyard of ships” – Mr. Ban told the OSCE that the region’s management of natural resources was potentially dangerous.“As waters recede, tensions will rise,” he said. “We need to work together, with full political engagement, to bring the various parties to the negotiating table, before tensions grow worse.”“If ever there were an opportunity for the UN and the OSCE to partner in managing a potentially dangerous security situation, this is it,” he added.The UN has established a regional centre for preventive diplomacy (known as UNRCCA), in cooperation with the OSCE, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to assist Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The organizations are also participating in the Environmental Security Initiative, which was designed to allow UN agencies and regional European bodies to pool their resources and expertise to address the links between the natural environment and human security.In addition to the environment, Mr. Ban focused yesterday’s address on the situation in Kyrgyzstan, and on disarmament and non-proliferation issues.During his visit to Central Asia, Mr. Ban visited a former Soviet nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.Noting the signing of a successor agreement to the Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START), he said the world can look forward to next week’s nuclear security summit in Washington “with heightened optimism and fresh political will.”He also called for progress on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and for cooperation on an arms trade treaty which is to be negotiated this summer in New York.“We must not lose sight of the need for action on conventional weapons. The runaway trade in arms is a plague on humankind,” Mr. Ban said.“I urge all of you to make the most of this opportunity to work toward a strong and robust treaty,” he added.In a related development, Mr. Ban chaired a session today of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), which brings together on a regular basis the heads of the UN system – the 15 specialized agencies, 10 UN funds and programmes, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) – to review political issues and major concerns facing the UN. The Secretary-General is scheduled to return to New York this weekend. read more

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Ontario should heed lessons of other provinces for new beer system experts

TORONTO — As the Ontario government prepares to move ahead with its plans to overhaul the province’s 92-year-old beer distribution system, experts say it should heed lessons from retail sales systems in other provinces.Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have made it clear that their goal is to give Ontarians more choice and convenience when it comes to alcohol sales, but details are scant as to how they hope to achieve this.The PCs have the option of adopting the systems used in Quebec, Alberta or British Columbia, or they can develop something unique.“The lack of detail suggests that they just have this principle of liberalizing but they haven’t got a vision of what kind of system they want,” says Dan Malleck, a beer expert and associate professor applied health sciences at Brock University.The B.C. model uses provincially owned and private liquor stores but doesn’t allow purchases in supermarkets. Alberta’s system is entirely private with no limit on the number of stores. Quebec allows sales in grocery stores, convenience stores and big box outlets like Costco in addition to government-run liquor outlets.Most provinces restrict beer sales to provincially owned stores but Newfoundlanders can pick up a cold one from corner stores and gas stations, while New Brunswickers will be able to buy beer in select grocery stores starting in October.Ontario retail groups are pushing the province to adopt a system similar to Quebec where distribution is widespread and retailers can set their own prices after negotiating directly with breweries. That allows them to pass along any savings to consumers instead of being constrained by a universal selling price set by producers.“Our preferred model is essentially the Quebec model,” says Karl Littler, the council’s senior vice-president, public affairs.That would not be as financially beneficial for the owners of The Beer Store, he acknowledges, but they would still prosper.“It doesn’t seem like they’ve had any difficulty selling in the province of Quebec or in the province of Alberta or indeed in any province,” he said in an interview. The Beer Store, which is owned by the foreign brewing giants that control Labatt, Molson and Sleeman, accounts for almost 70 per cent of beer sales volume in Ontario, which generated $3.3 billion in sales in 2017-18, according to a recent report by consultant Ken Hughes which recommended changes Ontario should adopt. Littler said the Beer Store is looking to defend a system that gives its owners substantially greater margins in Ontario than they enjoy in Quebec because of the way that they control both wholesale and retail prices.Expanding the number of points of sale is sure to increase distribution costs as it has in Quebec where beer is delivered to about 8,000 locations instead of Ontario which has the fewest per capita retail locations in the country, says Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association.“Right now the extra savings go to the beer companies, not to the consumers,” he said in an interview.Bryans said minimum prices need to be set to protect craft brewers from predatory prices by the global brewers, but he has no problem with beer prices being a little more expensive in convenience stores than at grocers or The Beer Store.Craft beer sales represent less than two per cent of sales at The Beer Store but more than 10 per cent at government-run LCBO locations and more than 15 per cent at grocers.Allowing sales of beer, especially craft selections, in family-run independent corner stores can help to save a sector that’s been losing five stores a week in the province for the last decade, said Bryans.“I actually think the craft beer business will bring more millennials into the sector as well and really help shore up the future business model in every community.”He thinks Ontario will select an open and competitive market like Quebec’s, but with a bias towards craft beer because it is more developed in Ontario than Quebec where the dominance of the big breweries has long controlled shelf space.The future of Ontario’s beer distribution system remains a mystery because the law that rips up a 10-year agreement with the Beer Store signed in 2015 by the previous Liberal government has yet to be proclaimed more than a month after receiving Royal Assent.Industry observers believe the provincial government is using the threat of rescinding the legal rights of The Beer Store to compensation as a hammer to force a deal with the retailer.The Beer Store declined to comment but said after the law was introduced that it would “fight this legislation vigorously through the courts.”A spokeswoman for Ontario’s new finance minister, Rod Phillips, said the government plans to stick with its campaign promise despite a cabinet shuffle and threat of legal action, but declined to provide any details about the how the system will change or answer questions about the timing of implementing a new law.“We will continue to work towards getting the best deal possible for Ontario consumers and businesses, and at this time cannot speculate on the outcome of this process,” said Emily Hogeveen in an email.Canada’s retail council expects the Beer Store will remain a viable competitor even though it estimates that grocery and convenience stores might get about half of the current Beer Store retail business following the changes.“I think the story that they’re just going to somehow wither on the vine is a little strange,” he said. “Obviously it would be significant or they wouldn’t be spitting bullets like they are currently about the prospect of change.”Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press read more

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Security Council hears report by chair of UN counterterrorism committee

Addressing a public meeting of the Security Council, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said the landmark resolution which had established the CTC – resolution 1373 – aimed to raise the average level of government performance against terrorism across the globe. During its first 90-day period, the Committee had issued guidance to States on the submission of reports and had published a directory of contact points to promote global cooperation. A pool of independent experts had been selected to advise the Committee, which was acting with maximum transparency, he said. In addition the CTC had – to the extent possible given the sensitive nature of counter-terrorism work – made its documents public and maintained an up-to-date comprehensive Web site To date, 122 States had submitted reports to the Committee, in a demonstration of “excellent cooperation,” he said, noting that others should be encouraged to do so and suggesting that perhaps a trust fund should be established to finance the CTC’s work. Looking to future activities, Ambassador Greenstock said the CTC would respond confidentially to each government on its respective report, offering comments which could include a request for more information or for clarification. The Committee might also suggest areas where further legislation or executive measures were needed to upgrade the State’s capacity to fight against terrorism. It would also, if appropriate, identify possible sources of expertise or relevant assistance programmes. While explaining the CTC’s purpose, the Chairman also clarified that the Committee was not a tribunal for judging States. He stressed that the CTC would not trespass onto other areas of competence of other parts of the UN system. Further, the Committee would not define terrorism in a legal sense, although its members had a fair idea of what constituted blatant terrorism. Nor did the CTC plan to issue lists of terrorist organizations, he added. If it could not settle politically controversial issues, the CTC would refer them back to the Council. Ambassador Greenstock’s report came at the outset of an extensive debate which saw the participation of over two dozen States. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan also addressed the Council at the outset of its discussion. read more

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Millions worldwide trapped in vicious cycle of violence and hunger – UN

According to a series of 17 country briefs prepared for the Security Council by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN World Food Programme (WFP), Yemen and Syria top the list in terms of sheer numbers of people whose food security is being negatively impacted by ongoing conflict.“Conflict is a leading cause of hunger – each famine in the modern era has been characterized by conflict,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said today in a joint news release.“[It] undermines food security in multiple ways: destroying crops, livestock and agricultural infrastructure, disrupting markets, causing displacement, creating fear and uncertainty over fulfilling future needs, damaging human capital and contributing to the spread of disease among others,” they added.According to the agencies, expressed in terms of the Integrated Food Security Classification Phase (IPC) scale, 14 million people – more than half the population – in Yemen are in a state of hunger crisis or emergency. Indeed 8.7 million people – 37 per cent of the pre-conflict population – in Syria need urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance.89 per cent of all Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon require urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistanceFurthermore, a staggering 89 per cent of all Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon also require urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance.The briefs also noted that in South Sudan, where the situation is rapidly deteriorating, 4.8 million people are in urgent need of food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance. Similarly, millions of people are still wrestling with high levels of food insecurity in countries that are coming out of extended periods of civil strife such as the Central African Republic (CAR) and Colombia. The agencies also warned that post-conflict countries with high food insecurity are 40 per cent more likely to relapse into conflict within a 10-year timespan if hunger levels are not addressed.In other countries, while the overall absolute numbers of people facing food insecurity are lower, the share of people experiencing severe levels of food insecurity accounts for over half of the total population. In Burundi and Haiti, 23 per cent and 19 per cent of people are at IPC level 3 or 4, respectively, while in the CAR, 50 per cent of the population is at IPC scale 3 or worse.The IPC scale is an evidence-based approach which allows comparability of situations across countries and over time. According to the scale, levels 3 and 4 represent crisis and emergency levels, respectively, and level 5, the highest level, indicates the famine.The two UN agencies also pointed out that according to recent estimates, approximately half of the global poor now live in states characterized by conflict and violence. In such places, the people can be up to three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in more stable areas.“Addressing hunger can be a meaningful contribution to peacebuilding,” emphasized Mr. Graziano da Silva and Ms. Cousin, adding, “The 2030 Agenda [2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] recognizes peace as a vital threshold condition for development, as well as a development outcome in its own right.”The briefs shared with the Security Council cover 17 countries where conflict has significantly affected food security: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Guinea Bissau, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.An additional brief on the regional Lake Chad crisis affecting Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon was also submitted. There, violence associated with Boko Haram has seen the numbers of displaced people triple over the past two years accompanied by rising levels of hunger and malnutrition. At least 7 million people across Yemen are living under emergency levels of food insecurity. A further 7.1 million people are in a state of crisis, according to the latest assessment. Photo: WFP/Asmaa Waguih read more

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Mineral Exploration Tax Credit essential to stimulate Australian economy and create jobs

first_imgThe South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) says a Federal Minerals Exploration Tax Credit (METC) scheme  is essential to bolster flagging exploration in the mining sector and stimulate the Australian economy through job creation. The METC is an innovative tax reform initiative that will enable Australian junior minerals exploration companies with no taxable income to voluntarily pass current losses on to Australian resident shareholders in the form of a tax credit.This will provide a strong incentive for shareholders to commit capital to the exploration sector, making investment in these juniors attractive and addressing the lack of start-up capital in a competitive market.SACOME has been calling for an exploration tax credit scheme since before it was first promised by the Rudd Labor Government in 2007 and subsequently dropped upon development of the mining tax.Jason Kuchel, Chief Executive, SACOME said “Many people do not realise that the junior sector is critical to resource development, being the ‘engine room’ needed to find the mineral resources upon which the economy is so dependant. Kuchel said “An METC policy will reinvigorate Australia’s mining sector, which has recorded a drop in share of worldwide exploration over recent years – from around 21% of world exploration spend in 1996 to just 12% in 2011”.“This decrease, combined with softening commodity prices and the constrained capital markets we are experiencing right now, is providing an extremely challenging environment for our junior resources companies trying to develop their deposits into economical projects.”In 2008, Alice McCleary, SACOME councillor and taxation expert developed an METC model suitable to Australia, based on Canada’s highly successful Flow Through Shares scheme which has resulted in that country growing its exploration spend to 18% in 2011 and hosting more mining companies than any other country in the world.The industry preferred Australian model designed by Dr McCleary has also been adopted by the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).This model is based on Australia’s franking system and has several key advantages, including the minimisation of administrative and tax compliance costs, minimisation of risk for investors and minimisation of distortions between shareholders.Kuchel said “the key aspects of the model are that it aligns with current taxation laws – minimising additional red tape; it provides a credit to shareholders which are akin to franking credits; it is only eligible to junior explorers; and it stimulates investment in greenfields exploration to discover the mines of tomorrow.”SACOME says the additional economic activity and taxation revenue created by the introduction of a METC would offset the cost of the scheme, and could potentially add billions of dollars to GDP, as highlighted in an independent report recently released by KPMG.The report found that at a minimum, the scheme would create 534 jobs across the exploration and associated mining services sectors and contribute A$231 million to GDP. If some of the exploration resulted in viable projects, flow on effects could support over 4,000 jobs across the sector and up to an additional $2.2 billion in GDP.last_img read more

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Mining and the MBA – BSchool students work with Iron Ore Company

first_img45 MBA students from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Canada, have engaged in a partnership with the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), where they will play the role of consultants to eight on-going projects. The students were recently taken on a field trip to visit Labrador City and the mines, located in Canada’s Far North. During their trip they met with President and CEO of IOC, Zoe Yujnovich, who is co-teaching their CEO Insights Class with Professor Karl Moore on the Desautels MBA program.The students also met with the Mayor of Labrador City and employees of the company, and they will now work on their consulting projects which will be presented to Yujnovich, members of her executive team and Moore in late November.Moore who co-teaches the CEO Insights course and attended the recent trip to Labrador City, believes the experience could prove to be priceless for students. “The mining industry is experiencing an increasing demand for MBA students. Environmental issues and regulatory pressure is requiring greater management skills, and so exposing our business school students to this will offer them an insight and contact base that could impact massively on their career.”He went on to say that “many of our students will want to go on and fill roles as senior executives and CEOs in companies such as IOC, and having them visit a variety of industries such as the mining one will expand their outlook and network base. Also seeing first-hand the mining process gives the students a better appreciation of business from top to bottom.”Yujnovich said that “supporting educational partnerships has always been important to IOC and I am thrilled to be able to further those partnerships to include McGill University. We were honoured to have the Desautels Faculty of Management spend some time with us in Labrador City to see first-hand what we do.”last_img read more

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Dont Trust Everything You See on Shark Week

first_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida Stay on target Happy 30th anniversary, Shark Week!The Discovery Channel’s annual extravaganza launched in July 1988, and is now the longest-running cable television event in history.But the week-long summer favorite has become its own beast, with a legacy described by conservation biologist David Shiffman as “a mixed bag.““I both love and hate Shark Week, but I watch it every year, the postdoctoral research fellow Canada’s Simon Fraser University wrote in a Washington Post op-ed about the series “good, bad, and sometimes ugly influence.”Originally devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions, the program evolved into an entertainment phenomenon.Early hosts (scarce though they were) included Jaws author Peter Benchley, British wildlife presenter Nigel Marven, Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, and survival expert Les Stroud.Gaining popularity in the late-Aughts, the programming block shifted gears, hiring the likes of late-night emcee Craig Ferguson, actor Andy Samberg, YouTube personality Philip DeFranco, comedian Josh Wolf, and filmmaker Eli Roth.For whatever reason, Shaquille O’Neal is moderating this year’s anniversary special.“Science is often at the forefront of Shark Week shows, though it’s regularly blended with celebrity cameos,” Shiffman said, citing last year’s “much-hyped” race between Olympian Michael Phelps and a computer-generated, superimposed great white shark.(Spoiler alert: Phelps lost.)“It’s science first, but mixed with entertainment to keep the audience engaged,” Scott Lewers, Discovery’s executive vice president of digital media, said in a statement to the Post.Sure, Shark Week is fun, informational, and inspiring: Kat Mowle, now a University of North Florida grad student studying bonnetheads, recalls first watching when she was eight, growing up in the mountains of Colorado.But with great power comes great responsibility—and Discovery Channel often does not take its role seriously enough.As Shiffman pointed out, there is a “glaring problem” with the firm’s selection of experts, most of whom are men, despite a good gender balance in the field. It also (sometimes deliberately) disseminates false information.“Sometimes they parrot common myths; other times they seem to invent nonsense,” he wrote.“When I give talks, audience members regularly ask about falsehoods they’ve heard on Shark Week. (No, sharks can not smell a drop of blood a mile away),” Shiffman continued. “It would not be hard for the series to hire a fact-checker.”Or just stop lying to viewers.In one case, marine biologist Kristine Stump and colleagues were filmed conducting experiments on sharks in the Bahamas.But, because tagging and measuring animals doesn’t make for good television, Discovery went in with heavy post-production, depicting real science as part of a fictitious quest to solve an urban legend.Shark Week does have some redeeming qualities, according to Shiffman, whose 2018 picks include “Shark Tank vs. Shark Week” (Shark Tank investors swim with real sharks and hear pitches about conservation charities); “Tiger Shark Invasion” (follows creatures in the Galapagos Islands); “SharkCam Stakeout” (high-tech cameras study fish in the Bahamas); and “Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy” (on shark eating behavior and Bahamian cuisine).“But I’d skip ‘Shark vs. Bear,’ survivalist Bear Gryll’s tips on withstanding those uncommon bites,” the expert said. “And although it might be hard to resist the pairing of nude humans and marine predators, I’d stay away from ‘Naked and Afraid of Sharks.’ Sharks everywhere will thank you.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Man seen on surveillance stealing TV from Miami home

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Our detectives are investigating a residential unoccupied burglary that occurred on 10/11/2018., at 3431 Florida Avenue at approximately 4:50 a.m. where an unknown male stole a television. If you have any information, please call us at 305.603.6030. @CrimeStopper305 pic.twitter.com/KJp2yu0JrE— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) November 26, 2018The homeowner discovered the rear window of the home cracked open along with a screen found on the floor.The rear door of the home was also found open.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. MIAMI (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a brazen crook in the act as he broke into a Miami home and took off with a TV.Miami Police said the late night robbery took place near Grand Avenue and Douglas Road, just before 5 a.m., on Oct. 11.last_img read more

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Fairbanks elementary schools receive massive donation of musical instruments

first_imgSue Waltman, who teaches strings at University Park, Woodriver and Anne Wein Elementary schools, tunes up a cello at a teacher work party the day before student return from Winter Break. (Photo by Robyne, KUAC)A huge donation to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will spread new musical instruments among 18 elementary schools. The board accepted the anonymous donation last fall and the order of new instruments came in over the winter break. A dozen music teachers and staffers opened the crates Monday at a work party, ahead of kids coming back to school today.Each case was carefully opened at the district’s shipping warehouse as the instruments were inspected and inventoried. Gwendolyn Brazier, who teaches general music at Barnette Elementary and Band and Orchestra at North Pole High School, engraved a number on the flutes and brass.Theresa Van Hyning teaches at Ben Eileson Jr./Sr. High and Crawford elementary.“This is an alto saxophone, and I’m just taking all the little pieces of cork out of it, making sure it is all greased-up and ready to go to a student,” Van Hyning said. “We have a lot of saxaphones right now, but unfortunately, most of them are damaged, so I know the student that gets this instrument is going to be so pleased because they will finally have a saxophone that works absolutely flawlessly.”Sue Waltman, who teaches strings at University Park, Woodriver and Anne Wein Elementary schools, tunes up a cello, while Sunifa Dheer checks through a violin.“When you have an instrument that is set up correctly, you can learn so much faster,” Waltman said. “If they’re not going to get a good sound, why would they be encouraged to continue playing? So, it really makes a huge difference. Yeah.”Sharice Walker, the district’s Public Relations Director, says the district put out a bid in the fall to make the best use of the money.“We received a $110,000 anonymous donation for new musical instruments for our students,” Walker said. “Which is amazing, and nobody remembers a donation like this before. We are very, very grateful for this. It’s incredible.”Donations to the schools are certainly not unusual, but the size of this one – $100,000 – is very unusual. Walker swears she doesn’t know who the donor is. But she says having it designated for younger students will likely change some lives. “18 elementary schools that will be receiving instruments from this donation. The music teachers are thrilled. We are very excited that there is a member of our community who values music at our elementary age, so much, that they would make this possible.”last_img read more

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Forget Dumbledores sexuality JK Rowling just revealed shocking details about SPOILER

first_imgClaudia Kim in Fantastic BeastsClaudia Kim (@claudiashkim/Instagram)Harry Potter fans went crazy after learning the truth about Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality. Now JK Rowling has revealed some shocking details about the life of Nagini — Lord Voldemort’s personal pet.JK Rowling is featured in the film extra called, Credence, Nagini, and the Circus Arcanus available on the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Blu-ray. In the featured video, Rowling first shocked everyone after talking about Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality and his sexual tensions with Gellert Grindelwald. The acclaimed British author has given more insights into Nagini.Back when the teaser trailer of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald was released, JK Rowling stated that Nagini is a Maledictus. In the wizarding world, Maledictus meant that she carries a blood curse and would eventually transform into a beast. The Nagini which we saw in the Harry Potter movies was the transformed version of Nagini.In Crimes of Grindelwald, Nagini was the main attraction of a wizarding circus. For as long she can remember, Skender — the ringmaster of Circus Arcanus, has exploited her transformative powers.It was previously speculated that this is the only information we will get about Nagini before she will transform completely and join Tom Riddle. But it looks like Rowling has some interesting things to say about this creature. British author J. K. Rowling poses upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 12, 2017JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty ImagesAs per JK Rowling, she always knew the back story of Nagini because of the name she selected for the creature. Her name is derived from the word, Naga. In several mythologies, Naga is a race of snake beings who are half human and half cobra. Their female counterparts are called Nagini.”In her name — because the Naga are, in mythology, a race of snake beings. So the name was an allusion to the fact that she may herself once have been human,” Rowling said.At the same time, there are several fans who are convinced that JK Rowling has hinted about Nagini’s true existence in Harry Potter books only. Rowling further added in her feature that she never wanted to tell the backstory of Nagini but now she can share it through Fantastic Beasts movie series as it fits perfectly.Claudia Kim will be seen playing the role of Nagini in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3 movie that will also feature Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. The third part in the five movie series is set to be released on November 20, 2020.last_img read more

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HPMHarveyHeroes The Challenge Of Rescuing And Rehabilitating Native Species After Harvey

first_img Share Sharon Schmalz, executive director of Wildlife Center of Texas, and wildlife documentarian Jacob Calle talk about the challenges of rescue and rehab for native species during storms like Hurricane Harvey.Calle rehabilitated 90 bats and rescued hundreds of them from drowning at the Waugh Drive Bridge, site of the beloved Waugh Bat Colony.last_img

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Watersoluble silicon leads to dissolvable electronics

first_img(Phys.org)—Researchers working in a materials science lab are literally watching their work disappear before their eyes—but intentionally so. They’re developing water-soluble integrated circuits that dissolve in water or biofluids in months, weeks, or even a few days. This technology, called transient electronics, could have applications for biomedical implants, zero-waste sensors, and many other semiconductor devices. Explore further Citation: Water-soluble silicon leads to dissolvable electronics (2015, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-water-soluble-silicon-dissolvable-electronics.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (a) Optical and SEM images of a transient CMOS circuit dissolving at various times over 42 days. (b) Optical images of an ultrathin CMOS circuit on a silk substrate dissolving over 16 hours. Both circuits are immersed in phosphate-buffered saline solution at 70 °C and pH 10. Credit: Yin, et al. ©2015 AIP Publishing LLC © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img The researchers, led by John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Fiorenzo Omenetto at Tufts University, have published a study in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters in which they analyzed the performance and dissolution times of various semiconductor materials. The work builds on previous research, by the authors and others, which demonstrated that silicon—the most commonly used semiconductor material in today’s electronic devices—can dissolve in water. Although it would take centuries to dissolve bulk silicon, thin layers of silicon can dissolve in more reasonable times at low but significant rates of 5-90 nm/day. The silicon dissolves due to hydrolysis, in which water and silicon react to form silicic acid. Silicic acid is environmentally and biologically benign. In the new study, the researchers analyzed the dissolution characteristics of silicon dioxide and tungsten, which they used to fabricate two electronics devices: field-effect transistors and ring oscillators. Under biocompatible conditions (37 °C, 7.4 pH), dissolution rates ranged from 1 week for the tungsten components, to between 3 months and 3 years for the silicon dioxide components. The dissolution rates can be controlled by several factors, such as the thickness of the materials, the concentration and type of ions in the solution, and the method used to deposit the silicon dioxide on the original substrate.As shown in the microscope images, the circuits do not dissolve in a uniform, layer-by-layer mode, but instead some places dissolve more rapidly than others. This is due to mechanical fractures in the fragile circuits, which cause the solution to penetrate through the layers more in some locations than in others. Although organic electronic materials are also often biodegradable, silicon-based electronics have the advantages of an overall higher performance and the use of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication processes that allow for mass-production.”The most significant finding is that there exist choices in materials, device designs and processing sequences that allow transient electronics to be produced in conventional silicon fabrication facilities,” Rogers told Phys.org. “The immediate consequence is a cost-effective, high-volume route to manufacturing.”Transient electronics could have a very wide range of novel applications, particular in the medical field. For example, they could be used to make catheters that dissolve; biodegradable sensors that monitor the kidney, heart, and lungs; and water-soluble electronics that monitor bacterial infections after surgery. As for environmental applications, transient electronics could be used as sensors that transmit data from remote locations, and then degrade into the soil to eliminate waste.The researchers plan to work toward these applications in the near future.”We are working on building more advanced circuits, and doing so with commercial foundries, and on back-end assembly techniques that will allow these circuits to be deployed on a range of biodegradable polymer substrates,” Rogers said. More information: Lan Yin, et al. “Materials and fabrication sequences for water soluble silicon integrated circuits at the 90 nm node.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4905321 ‘Transient electronics’: Biocompatible electronic devices dissolve in body, environment (w/ Video) Journal information: Applied Physics Letterslast_img read more

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Fake documents seized from districts

first_imgKolkata: Rabindra Mukta Vidyalay authorities are confused after they found that many admit cards, certificates and other documents having the name of the institution, were fake.Most of these fake documents have been seized from the bordering districts, including North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and Murshidabad. It was found that many of these fake documents seized from the districts were carrying the signature of the headmaster or headmistress of different schools. The incident has baffled the senior officials of the institution. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA probe has been initiated into the incident. It is suspected that a racket has been operating from the districts, whose job is to create these documents and later distribute them among the students.It is yet to be found if the students are getting the admit cards. Transfer certificates were issued to the students by the school authorities having the affiliation with Rabindra Mukta Vidyalay.The institution has already found that names of the schools mentioned on many of these certificates do not exist. Police suspect that some Bangladeshi people might have been involved in the racket that had been operating from the bordering districts of the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt is assumed that fake certificates issued to the students in the names of some fictitious schools might be used as documents to prove their nationality as Indians. Admit cards and certificates of Madhyamik are very crucial for preparing other documents.A senior official of the institution said that a detailed probe would be conducted in this regard, to identify the accused who have been involved in the racket. Stern action will be taken against them who will be found guilty.last_img read more

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Kakdwip youth held for impersonating Navy officer

first_imgKolkata: The Cyber Crime Cell of Kolkata Police has arrested a youth from Kakdwip for allegedly impersonating an Indian Navy officer and transferring money to one of his virtual wallets from a woman.According to police, the youth identified as Rajan Sharma had created profiles on different social networking sites and used to introduce himself to several women as an Indian Navy officer. He also used a picture of him wearing uniform of the Indian Navy to convince the women. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSources informed that recently Sharma got in touch with one Tanni Das, who was convinced seeing him in uniform. Later, she met with Sharma and they were about to get involved in a relationship. Meanwhile, Das came to know that around Rs 4 lakh had been transferred to a money wallet and some other bank accounts from her account. Immediately, she contacted the police and narrated the incident. While probing the matter, sleuths found out that Sharma had somehow managed to get hold of her smartphone, using which he transferred the money. He had also prepared some forged and fabricated documents and used the same for the purpose of cheating. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring the probe, sleuths got hold of Sharma’s whereabouts and nabbed him from his house at Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas. During a search at his home, sleuths found three expensive mobile phones, one WiFi device, three sets of cufflink having the logos of Indian Air Force and Indian Army, three pieces of tiepins having the logos of Indian Air Force and Indian Army, a necktie having the logo of Indian Air Force, one board and a photograph, which were all seized.last_img read more

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The day Jesus Christ died for all our sins

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite Today is Good Friday, the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.On Good Friday, we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding His victory over sin and death, and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to Him by faith.Many Christians observe this day with fasting, prayer and repentance on the suffering of Christ.It had to happen for us to appreciate and celebrate the joy of Easter, and Jesus chose to endure the suffering of the cross, as He knew it would lead to His resurrection and people’s salvation. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Norwegian Cruise Line berths in Hong Kong

first_imgNorwegian Cruise Lines berths in Hong KongNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) today celebrated the opening of the company’s first office in Hong Kong and appointment of a dedicated local team to drive forward the regional growth for the company’s three brands – the contemporary freestyle cruising brand, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the upper-premium cruise line, Oceania Cruises (OCI) and the all-inclusive luxury line, Regent Seven Sea Cruises (RSSC).The new Hong Kong office represents a major base of operations in support of the three brands and features key sales and marketing functions and a dedicated contact center to serve travel agents across the region. The service recognizes that travel agent partners are uniquely placed to support and capitalize on NCLH’s growth in the region.The commitment in Hong Kong is further deepened by the return of its contemporary premium brand, Norwegian Cruise Lines, to Asia for the first time since 2002.Norwegian Star will make the city a seasonal homeport with its maiden call in December 2016 and offer 4 sailings till January 2017. With the city’s position as a top tourist destination, Hong Kong is a leading choice for cruise passengers and strategically located for short and long voyage itineraries.Coinciding with today’s celebration, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Voyager arrived in Hong Kong today as part of her North Asian sojourn, which commenced in Tokyo and will end in Beijing later this month.Supported by the company’s new Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia (opened November 2015), the Hong Kong office will be led by cruise industry expert Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for NCLH.His leadership team with decades of local industry experience and a thorough understanding of the needs and wants of the Hong Kong traveler include Felix Chan, Vice President of Sales – Asia, NCL; Winnie Chan, Senior Director of Sales – Asia, OCI and RSSC and Dorothy Mak, Vice President – Marketing, Asia for NCLH.“Asia is an increasingly important market for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, with cruise tourism in the region growing at double-digit rates, demand increasing from both cruise passengers from Hong Kong and the rest of Asia, and international travellers seeking to experience Asian destinations,” said Mr. Odell.“With this new office, we will be able to better support our travel partners, forge new mutually-beneficially partnerships, and provide our valued Hong Kong guests a range of enhanced services, for passengers seeking cruise holiday experiences across the spectrum – from contemporary to luxury and short sailings to world voyages.”Currently operating 22 ships comprising approximately 45,000 lower berths and visiting more than 510 destinations, NCLH will introduce five new ships across its three brands over the next three years and invest US$25 million on fleet enhancements to further elevate the on-board experience.New builds include the first in Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Escape – launched late last year heralding the rise of a new premium-contemporary cruise segment, plus three new ships to be built by 2019 including the recently announced dedicated build for China – Norwegian Joy; Oceania Cruises new Sirena delivering The Finest Cuisine at SeaTM; and Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ highly anticipated Seven Seas Explorer, the most luxurious ship ever builtTM – featuring the largest and most luxurious, all-suite, all-balcony accommodations at sea.Across its three brands, from March 2016 to April 2017, NCLH’s fleet will sail 45 itineraries throughout Asia. Ports of call include exciting destinations across Asia Pacific including Hong Kong, Singapore, Xiamen, Shanghai, Tianjin (Beijing), Jeju, Incheon, Kyoto (Kobe), Nagasaki, Okinawa (Naha), Tokyo, Mumbai, Yangon and Colombo amongst others.The Asian expansion is further supported by opening of offices in the key cities of Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, and New Delhi with a new regional headquarters in Sydney. Norwegian Cruise LineSource = Norwegian Cruise Linelast_img read more

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asiaCostsaver

first_imgasiaCostsaver Demand for Costsaver’s ‘Guided Independent’ style of touring has prompted the brand’s expansion for 2019 with the launch of its brand new Asia program.Already taking independent and value-conscious touring customers right across Europe, North Africa, USA, Canada and South America, Costsaver’s inaugural Asia program serves seven new countries – Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Hong Kong – from just $206 per day. “We would like to thank our valued agent partners for enthusiastically embracing the Costsaver brand and helping us to build what is now a robust, standalone travel company, with a bright future ahead,” said Matthew Cameron-Smith, Costsaver Managing Director. “There is real appetite from the ‘Ready to Go’ value traveller, which has opened up a whole new audience to the touring sector and is creating an unbeatable opportunity for the trade. We’ve responded to the incredible demand by expanding into new destinations with each year of operation, and we’re very excited to be opening up Asia to the Guided Independent Traveller for the very first time in 2019.” Costsaver’s value tours cover all the essentials, such as hand-picked accommodation, quality transport, city tours and plenty of meals. The rest is then left up to the traveller, so that they can tailor their own personalised dream holiday – either choosing to enjoy a selection of Costsaver’s hand-crafted Optional Experiences or simply uncovering the destination their own way. The new Costsaver Asia value tours include: Japan Discovery (10 days) – Visiting Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, this is the perfect trip for clients who wish to visit Japan’s top cities, whilst also ticking off iconic sights such as Mount Fuji and Hiroshima along the way. Priced from $4,925* per person. Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure (14 days) – Combines a beach stay in Nha Trang with visits to Vietnam and Cambodia’s iconic cities; Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap in Cambodia. This trip is the perfect option for clients who want some relaxation time amidst city sightseeing, culture and history. Priced from $3,395* per person. Iconic Thailand (nine days) – Ideal for clients who want to see the sights of the rural ‘Golden Triangle’ whilst also ticking off Thailand’s buzzing cities. Beginning in Bangkok and culminating in Chiang Mai, clients will see the rural countryside landscapes of Thailand, as well as its cultural hubs. Priced from $2,095* per person. Wonders of China (10 days) – Visiting the main cities of China including Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing, with all internal flights included, clients will get a taste for the ancient history of China and the iconic sites which make the country a bucket list destination for many. Priced from $3,075* per person. MINI STAY: Hong Kong Highlights (four days) – Can be booked as a standalone tour, or as an extension to any Costsaver trip; clients will spend three nights exploring this popular stopover destination more deeply. A single-centre experience, clients can leave their luggage and explore with an expert at the helm. Priced from $825* per person. Highlights of India (10 days) – Clients can go tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park, and explore the majesty of Rajasthan and India’s bustling city of Delhi, culminating in a visit to Agra. Priced from $2,395* per person. Highlights of India with Varanasi (12 days) – This itinerary offers clients the opportunity to experience life on the banks of the River Ganges, with an included visit to Varanasi, alongside tiger spotting in Ranthambore, and visits to Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra. Priced from $3,450*per person. last_img read more

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