Bouknadel Train Accident Bouteflika Sends King Mohammed VI Condolences

Rabat – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has sent condolences to King Mohammed VI following the Bouknadel train accident.In his message, Bouteflika expressed “deep sympathy” and condolences to the King and wished a speedy recovery for the injured, reported state owned agency, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Wednesday.The train No. 9 linking Rabat and Kenitra on the Casablanca-Kenitra line derailed near Bouknadel on Tuesday, October 16, at 10:20 a.m., killing 7 and injuring 125. The tragic accident shook the country and made international headlines. The cause of the derailment, according to the investigation, was speeding. The public prosecutor of Sale’s Court of First Instance blamed the driver for going 158 kilometers per hour when the speed limit on the stretch of track where the train derailed was only 60 kilometers per hour.On the other hand, many Moroccans blamed the National Railway Office (ONCF) for the accident after a recording of a conversation between ONCF employees went viral. The recording said that faulty tracks and absence of speed-limit signs caused the accident.Only one week ago, Moroccans called for a boycott of ONCF, but the controversy following the accident has since died down.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: Public Prosecutor Blames Train DriverBut survivors are still dealing with the aftermath of the accident.Minister of Transport Abdelkader Amara announced Monday that a commission will provide free psychiatric support for the passengers.The move came after a group of young Moroccan psychiatrists and psychologists based in Rabat and Casablanca volunteered to listen to and counsel the passengers recovering from the trauma of the accident.Hashtags #Ajithder (come talk) and videos of the psychologists have circulated social media in recent days, inviting the train passengers to take advantage of the services.Some 210 coaches and employees at ONCF are mobilized to assist travelers at train stations across the country. ONCF also has a customer relations line to answer customers’ questions and requests. read more

UN mission in DR Congo urges Rwandan Hutu militia to disarm and

2 February 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has extended an olive branch to the ethnic Rwandan Hutu militia involved in armed conflict in the east of the country, urging combatants to hand in their weapons and repatriate. The UN mission in DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, reiterated that militiamen forming the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) are still welcome to join its voluntary disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme.“Combatants must know that the doors of all MONUC bases are wide open to them and their dependents,” stressed MONUC’s DDRRR Chief Bruno Donat, despite the ongoing joint DRC/Rwanda military offensive targeting FDLR troops in the east.“They should also know that we have strengthened our DDRRR team’s presence on the ground to accommodate them,” Mr. Donat added at a press conference held over the weekend at MONUC’s eastern headquarters in Goma, the capital of North Kivu.MONUC currently has bases in Rutshuru, Masisi, Nyabiondo, Walikale, Kanyabayonga Ngungu Lubero, Beni and Goma, which are all in North Kivu.And in the province of South Kivu, it has bases in Bukavu, Bunyakiri, Uvira and Baraka to receive members of the FDLR, which has been in eastern DRC since the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and their families. Mr. Donat said that he was encouraged by the growing numbers of combatants and their dependents who have joined the DDRRR process, which has doubled in the last ten days.The FDLR has been involved in the flare-up of clashes since late August mostly in North Kivu, where the Congolese national army (FARDC), the mainly Tutsi militia – known as the CNDP – and other rebel groups such as the Mai Mai have fought in shifting alliances, uprooting around 250,000 civilians on top of the 800,000 already displaced by violence in recent years. read more

General Assembly President meets with top officials during visit to Panama

Mr. Deiss arrived in Panama on Friday and met with President Ricardo Martinelli and Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Varela, according to a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Assembly President.The officials discussed the presence of the United Nations in Panama, which is home to a regional hub of the Organization.Mr. Deiss also delivered an address to the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and met with the UN Resident Coordinator and other senior UN staff members based in Panama. 18 April 2011Global governance has topped the agenda in talks between General Assembly President Joseph Deiss and senior officials from Panama during the President’s visit to the Latin American country. read more

Central bank to assess economic impact of feds multibilliondollar commitments

Central bank to assess economic impact of feds’ multibillion-dollar commitments by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 2:45 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on September 6, 2011. The Bank of Canada is scheduled to deliver an eagerly awaited assessment Wednesday: its take on just how much of a lift it expects the economy to get from billions in federal government spending commitments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is scheduled to deliver an eagerly awaited assessment Wednesday: its take on just how much of a lift it expects the economy to get from billions in federal government spending commitments.The analysis will be released as part of the central bank’s quarterly update to its economic projections. The report will also coincide with the bank’s latest announcement on its benchmark interest rate.It will be the Bank of Canada’s first monetary policy report since the Liberal government tabled its March 22 budget, which contained billions of dollars worth of spending measures and tax relief.To help fund the plan, the budget projected five-straight annual deficits totalling more than $110 billion, starting with a $29.4-billion shortfall in 2016-17.The Finance Department estimated the Liberal budget, which includes measures to boost infrastructure investments and tax relief for middle- and low-income households, will generate economic growth of 0.5 per cent this year and one per cent in 2017-18.The document also predicted the measures to create or maintain 143,000 jobs over the next two years.But some experts, including the federal budget watchdog, have called those numbers a little optimistic.A report last week by the parliamentary budget office said the measures are more likely to create or maintain 86,000 jobs over the next two years, while boosting growth by 0.5 per cent this year and 0.8 per cent in 2017-18.The last time the Bank of Canada updated its economic forecasts was in January, when the economy appeared to be in weaker shape.At the time, it downgraded its 2016 growth projection to 1.4 per cent from its fall forecast of two per cent and predicted the economy to expand by 2.4 per cent in 2017.On that day, which also featured an interest rate announcement, governor Stephen Poloz said senior bank officials had considered making another cut to the already-low rate of 0.5 per cent to help the economy.But Poloz said the eventual decision to stand pat came after they mulled over what he considered a key factor: the Liberal vow to inject billions into infrastructure projects.Since January, however, conditions have apparently already started to improved for the overall Canadian economy.Wednesday’s assessment comes amid growing evidence that the economy, battered by the oil-price shock since late 2014, has been gathering strength — helped, in part, by the weakened dollar and low interest rates.In recent weeks, indicators have shown unexpectedly robust numbers for areas such as economic growth, employment as well as retail and manufacturing sales.As a result, many private-sector economists have increased their growth projections for 2016.For example, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research is now predicting the Bank of Canada will raise its growth forecast for this year to two per cent and 2.8 per cent in 2017.“Canada’s economy was battered and bruised in 2015, but already it seems to be exiting its slump briskly,” Bank of America economist Emanuella Enenajor wrote this week in a note to clients.“These elevated growth rates suggest the (Bank of Canada’s) appetite for any further rate cuts has substantially diminished.”Still, Robert Kavcic, senior economist with BMO Capital Markets, said this week that he doubts Poloz will want to sound too upbeat in its assessment of Canada’s economic performance and its near-term prospects, “for fear of launching a much stronger loonie and nipping export momentum in the bud.”Analysts, meanwhile, are not expecting the bank to move the interest rate Wednesday.But despite improvements in the data, other experts remain more skeptical that such a rebound in Canada is underway.On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund dropped its growth projections for Canada and the world, citing slowing global oil exports, low crude prices and weak demand for non-oil commodities.The IMF is now projecting Canada’s economy to grow 1.5 per cent this year and 1.9 per cent next year. In January, the IMF predicated the country’s growth would be 1.7 per cent in 2016 and 2.1 per cent in 2017.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

Women scientists and youth take centre stage at UNbacked technology forum

“We cannot build a world that is just, a world that is fair, a world that is peaceful, without the contribution of women,” stated Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). In an interview with UN News during the CTBT: Science and Technology 2017 Conference, Mr. Zerbo said: “If women are at the heart of solving problems domestically in their respective families, and socially, why don’t we use them on big issues that require heart, feeling and vision, which they have already?”The Conference, the sixth of its kind, focused on nuclear test monitoring technologies and their various applications. In addition to the participation of women scientists, Mr. Zerbo also noted the “youth strand” that had been integrated throughout the programme.The CTBTO Youth Group was launched last year with only nine members. Today there are around 200, about 70 of whom attended the conference, held at the Hofburg Palace. “I’ve watched them take advantage of the opportunity we offer them to be acquainted on issues of non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as the threat of nuclear weapons. They have decided they do not want their generation and future ones to have to deal with this,” said the Executive Secretary. The biggest contribution of young people, he added, was to spread the message about the importance of the CTBT on social media networks and their blogs. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996, has not yet entered into force. For this to happen, ratification is required from the so-called Annex II countries. Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the US have yet to ratify.Mr. Zerbo noted that using the right words to get to the heart of those who know that nuclear test monitoring is important to ban nuclear test explosions, once and for all. “The ban on nuclear testing is a low-hanging fruit in our fight towards banning nuclear weapons.” read more

Centre for the Arts hosts world music pair

Sultans of StringChris McKhool has learned that there’s no better way to travel than with a violin strapped to your back.The Toronto-based musician has traveled the world, including to the Canadian Arctic, Indonesia, France and Guatemala. Most of it was done with a violin in hand. With music as an international calling card, McKhool found himself invited into bar rooms and living rooms to jam with the locals.“Music is such a great excuse to get to know people,” McKhool said in an interview. “You can learn so much about a culture from its music.”Dr. ZooMcKhool will bring that cultural knowledge to the Sean O’Sullivan stage on March 2 with his world music group, Sultans of String. The show is a double bill with the Alberta-based group Dr. Zoo.Attendees of the show can expect a multicultural experience in the form of fun, upbeat world music, McKhool said. Sultans of String describe themselves as a mixture of Spanish, Cuban and Middle Eastern music.“A lot of times, our audiences walk away saying ‘I don’t know what that was, but I really like it.’”McKhool founded Sultans of String with guitarist Kevin Laliberté, who has toured extensively with Jesse Cook. McKhool says many of his travels were vacations, business or performing. On all of them, he took an instrument.“Sometimes you get a gig that pays you to go there, then you take your time once you’re there,” he says.In India, he took violin lessons from a respected local violinist. In Cuba, he played with bands in the plaza.“When you have a musical instrument on your back, it’s a pretty magical thing,” he says. “People are by and large super friendly and a lot more open to you. They’ll wave you over and say ‘come over and play with us,’ and before you know it, you’re playing on someone’s front porch.”Dr. Zoo has a similar multicultural background. Randal Arsenault, who also teaches environmental science and ecology at Lethbridge College, is a native Newfoundlander who has traveled throughout southern Africa. While getting a PhD in zoology in Africa, he learned the international rhythms from the culture’s music, developing a unique “Afro-Celtic-reggae” combination. African and Celtic music are compatible, he says.In developing the sound, “I realized there are similarities between Celtic music and what I heard in the Congo.”Sultans of String and Dr. ZooMarch 2, 20117:30 p.m.Tickets – $ read more

UConns NotSoSecret Weapon

FiveThirtyEight’s model calls Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game between Kentucky and Connecticut a tossup. If it’s as close as each team’s win probabilities are, the game will probably come down to free throws. If it does, advantage, UConn.The Huskies have hit 77.4 percent of their free throws this season, good for fifth out of the 351 teams in Division I. That’s the highest free-throw percentage ranking for a Final Four team since Michigan State ranked third in the nation in 2005. And if UConn shoots well at the line and beats Kentucky, the Huskies will have the highest free-throw percentage ranking of any champion since before the 1998 Final Four, the earliest for which stats are available. Kentucky is hitting 68.4 percent of its free throws, just 228th overall.Hitting lots of free throws is, not surprisingly, helpful for winning college basketball games, and in Storrs, Conn., free-throw shooting has become a key part of success. During the 2010-2011 season, current UConn associate coach Glen Miller found and shared a video of Steve Nash shooting from the free-throw line (Nash is a career 90.4 percent shooter in the NBA). That year, the Jim Calhoun-coached Huskies won the championship while finishing 11th nationally in free-throw shooting. UConn hit 82 percent of its free throws in the tournament. It was a big improvement from the Huskies’ No. 312 ranking the prior time they won the title under Calhoun, in 2004. (That was the lowest ranking in free-throw accuracy for a champion on record.)Last season, its first under coach Kevin Ollie, UConn ranked 31st. During his four years as a Husky in the 1990s, Ollie improved his accuracy from the line, going from 71.8 percent his freshman year to 80.6 percent in his senior year. And under Ollie, UConn has improved, too. All three players to shoot at least 80 free throws last year and this year for UConn have a higher percentage this season.Even if you don’t appreciate the aesthetic value of Shabazz Napier’s free-throw shooting as much our Grantland colleague Louisa Thomas does, you should appreciate its value to the Huskies. Napier has hit 86.9 percent of his free throws this season, up from 81.9 percent last year. He’s also taken 64 percent more foul shots. He’s been even better in the tournament, missing just twice on 31 tries.To approximate the importance of free-throw accuracy for the Huskies’ success, I checked a few simple what-if scenarios. If they’d shot free throws in each game this season at the rate they shot last year (74.3 percent), or the national average rate this season (69.8 percent), the Huskies would have lost two more games during the season and been forced into overtime in a third. A loss in that overtime game could have jeopardized their tournament berth.At the national average rate, UConn would have hit just 15 of 22 free throws in both its Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games — instead of hitting 20 and 21, respectively. Both games would have gone into overtime, which would have jeopardized  its Final Four berth. And if the Huskies had shot in each game at the same rate as their opponent in that game, they would have lost their Sweet Sixteen game against Iowa State.Of course, these are overly simplified scenarios; games probably wouldn’t have played out exactly the same way with different free-throw results. But that could cut both ways: Perhaps a team of Huskies who were weaker from the line would have done even worse because they wouldn’t have gotten to shoot the back end of one-and-ones, or because opponents would have fouled them more often and prevented more field goals. Then again, the record of recent Final Fours shows plenty of teams can succeed while laying lots of bricks from the free-throw line. One conclusion is clear: UConn almost certainly wouldn’t have gotten this far without Napier’s deadeye accuracy with the clock stopped, or without that Steve Nash video. 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Football Jerome Baker influenced by Raekwon McMillan and Chris Worley growing into

OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) and senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) combine on a sack againstr Michigan junior quarterback Wilton Speight (3) during their game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorLinebackers at Ohio State have a history of becoming on-campus legends, and emerging as NFL-ready talents by the time they decide to make the leap to the next level. More often than not, the biggest leaders on the defensive side of the ball come from this unit, and soon-to-be junior linebacker Jerome Baker could be just like the players who came before him.From names like James Laurinaitis, Tom Cousineau, Chris Spielman and A.J. Hawk, Baker has some lofty expectations to live up to. Since coming into Columbus as a linebacker and a running back in high school, the Cleveland native has lived up to every expectation placed on him.Totaling 83 tackles this season, Baker flashed his ability to get to the ball carrier, while also racking up 3.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Although he made lots of plays by himself, he credited the mentorship of Raekwon McMillan and soon-to-be redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley as an instrumental piece to his success.“It’s very easy playing alongside Raekwon and Worley,” Baker said at OSU’s media day prior to the Fiesta Bowl. “Their ability alone is really a blessing. It’s made it easier on my confidence. They’re always telling me I can do it. They’ve believed in me from Day One. I’m just glad I can finally play alongside those guys and do what I love doing.”However, Baker will not be playing alongside McMillan, who decided to forgo his senior season for the 2017 NFL Draft. The unquestioned leader of the defense last year, McMillan’s shoes will be hard to fill. The competition for the lead role at linebacker will come down to Worley and Baker, with the advantage going to Worley since he will be in his final season of eligibility. However, McMillan spoke of Baker at media day, saying his play should be singled out. “For a portion of the season, he was playing the best ball on the defense, I figure,” McMillan said. “Against Oklahoma, he was pivotal when it came to stopping Baker Mayfield and other guys like that.”Worley is no slouch either, and seems like the most likely candidate for fulfilling the void left by McMillan. Worley has been around the program long enough that he should be able to fulfill the crazy process McMillan went through before the snap this year.However, Baker’s output this season and the fact he was named as an honorable mention for All-Big Ten has put him close to being named as the leader on defense. That, paired with the praise from McMillan, makes Baker a name to watch for once again next year.“He’s a baller, and he’ll definitely have a tree at Ohio State soon,” McMillan said. read more

La caféine nest pas une drogue

first_imgLa caféine n’est pas une drogueSi vous considérez le café comme une drogue, que vous engloutissez chaque jour par thermos entiers, rassurez-vous. Une drogue implique deux choses : elle modifie le comportement physique et/ou psychique de son consommateur, et engendre une dépendance. La caféine n’est pas une drogue : elle ne rend pas dépendant.Non : le café n’est pas une drogue à proprement parler. Le gros consommateur, qui ingère au-delà de 1000 mg par jour de caféine, (contre 300 mg en moyenne pour un consommateur régulier) développe une tolérance à cette substance et ce, malgré les effets négatifs qu’elle présente. Aucun mal-être ne s’empare de son consommateur s’il en est privé. À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeConsommer du café n’est pas dangereux. Le café présente même de nombreuses caractéristiques positives : la caféine stimule le système nerveux central et le système cardiovasculaire. Cette propriété a pour effet d’augmenter l’attention du consommateur. Aussi, outre renforcer la vigilance, le café a pour bienfaits de soulager les maux de tête, et de stimuler l’appétit. On ne devient pas dépendant au café, cependant, l’arrêt de l’apport de caféine chez un gros consommateur, ayant développé une forte tolérance à ses propriétés, peut s’accompagner de symptômes de sevrage. Des maux de tête ainsi qu’une irritabilité peuvent se développer entre douze et quatorze heures après la consommation abusive de caféine, pour disparaître après une durée de quarante-huit heures maximum.Les effets de la caféine sont donc bel et bien psychologiques, et non physiques : l’abus de café développe chez certaines personnes de l’anxiété, de la nervosité, voire de l’irritabilité. Mais ces effets négatifs ne font pas du café une drogue. Aucune indication clinique ne prouve que le café soit nocif ou qu’une dépendance réelle soit engendrée par sa consommation. Cependant, l’excès de caféine peut tout de même être dangereux pour la santé physique du consommateur, et entraîner de nombreux maux. Le 6 février 2010 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Suspect named in the WWE and Sheraton Memphis case, NXT runs angle at live…

first_img Pinterest 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook We mentioned earlier this week that WWE stars Rusev, Lana and Paige had issues with the Sheraton hotel in Memphis last week, seeing money and belongings stolen from them without any action taken from the hotel when questioned.The FOX affiliate out in Memphis reported late Thursday night that a member of the cleaning staff at the hotel, Portia Williams, has been named a suspect in the theft investigation. Memphis police noted that Williams found Rusev’s wallet in a trash can upon entering the hotel room, despite a “Do Not Disturb” sign hung outside the room.When Rusev returned after being away for 40 minutes, $500 was missing from his wallet, along with a digital camera missing from the room. Rusev has stated since on Twitter that he plans to go forward with prosecution and ripped the head of the Sheraton’s security staff for deflecting the blame of the theft onto him for leaving those items in the room.Dig in. I’m prosecuting. Especially after the head of security said it’s my fault for living my stuff in the room.— Rusev (@RusevBUL) June 13, 2018NXT runs angle at live eventWWE posted the following video on Friday, showing an angle that was run at a recent NXT live event of NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed ERA attacking Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch prior to a match. These two teams will meet for the NXT Tag Team Championships tonight at NXT TakeOver: Chicago.center_img WhatsApp Twitter Google+ NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

The Big Thaw Fishermen in Kodiak cope with record low cod numbers

first_imgDarius Kasprzak fishes for cod in the Gulf of Alaska. (Photo by Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk)A hint of optimism creeps into Darius Kasprzak’s voice as he pilots his boat, the Marona, out of the harbor in Kodiak on a calm day in early May.Listen now“We’re in the morning, we’re at the start of the flood tide,” Kasprzak said. “This is where you want to be.”On the screen of Kasprzak’s echo sounder he sees a dense cluster of dots on the ocean bottom.“Let’s drop on it,” Kasprzak said. “That looks pretty darn good.”Kasprzak kills the engine, leaps onto the deck and lowers one of his fishing lines into the water.And then… nothing.For years, Alaska fishermen like Kasprzak have worried that climate change would threaten their livelihoods. Now, it has. The cod population in the Gulf of Alaska is at its lowest level on record. The culprit is a warm water mass called “the blob“ that churned in the Pacific Ocean between 2013 and 2017.This map shows the blob, (in green and yellow) in Aug. 2015. (Image courtesy of Rick Thoman/NWS Alaska)At its peak, it stretched from Alaska to South America. In the Gulf of Alaska, the cod population declined by more than 80 percent.Climate change didn’t cause the blob all on its own. But scientists say global warming made it worse, pushing warm ocean temperatures to the extreme.Kasprzak says he used to think the rich ocean ecosystem he fishes was unshakable. But he’s mostly given up on finding more cod here.“We’ve just seen now that even the mighty Gulf of Alaska, how fragile it actually is, when all you’ve got to do is warm it up,” Kasprzak said. “You don’t even have to warm it up that much, a couple of degrees. It doesn’t take that much.”Since early 2017, the temperature of the Gulf of Alaska has been close to normal. Now everyone in Kodiak is asking: Will the cod come back?Fisheries biologist Mike Litzow tosses kelp out of the net he uses to catch young cod. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT)Mike Litzow is trying to answer that question. He’s a fisheries biologist who works for the University of Alaska, based in Kodiak. With his wiry frame and thick beard, he looks more like a fisherman than a scientist.Litzow does go fishing every few weeks in the spring and summer — for science, in search of young cod. He stands in shallow water on Long Island, near Kodiak, and uses a net called a beach seine to sweep up fish hiding in the eelgrass and kelp beds.“There’s all kinds of information you can get over time, once you catch the fish,” Litzow said.Litzow doesn’t find any cod in this net. But by the end of the summer, he hopes to catch enough tiny cod to provide clues on whether the population will recover. He doubts it will. He thinks the cod decline may have been so steep that other fish might fill its place in the ecosystem.“When you push a population down really hard, the resources that population used to rely on can be exploited by other populations,” Litzow said.Other scientists are more optimistic. But everyone seems to agree on one point — that the blob is a dress rehearsal for a future with climate change. Marine heat waves are expected to happen more often and, overall, ocean temperatures will warm.Litzow says it’s hard to predict what kind of ripple effects that will have. If you had asked a bunch of scientists to predict how fish would do during the blob years in the Gulf of Alaska, Litzow says, “it would just be like drawing names out of a hat. It’s not like all of the scientists would say cod are going to be the ones that collapse.”Litzow says fishing communities have to get used to the prospect of more frequent shocks to the ocean ecosystem. And Kodiak certainly isn’t the only place that’s seen them. Those changes aren’t all bad, he says. When one species declines, others do well. Right now, sablefish are booming in the Gulf of Alaska.But the cod decline could be a disaster for fishermen, and for Kodiak. Already, cod boats are traveling more than a thousand miles away to find fish. That means crews aren’t stocking up at stores in town and boats aren’t paying the local fish tax.Darius Kasprzak fills a tote with dusky rockfish. (Photo by Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Out in the Gulf, Darius Kasprzak has been on his boat for more than four hours. He sees some puffins, even a whale, but no cod.Eventually, he gives up and decides to try to catch some dusky rockfish. He lowers his line over a promising spot and quickly reels one in.“It’s a nice one, too,” Kasprzak said, taking the fish off the hook and putting it on ice.It’s not nearly enough to bring to a processor, but it will make several meals. Rockfish used to help Kasprzak supplement his cod earnings. Now it’s his main fishery. It doesn’t come close to making up for the cod income he’s lost, but he’s working with a local nonprofit to market rockfish directly to customers to get a better price for the fish.Kasprzak has also considered trolling for salmon instead, but that would require an expensive new permit and gear, and many salmon runs have been weak, too. The blob could be a factor.Kasprzak says he can’t believe how fast climate change has altered his life. He says he didn’t even know it was an issue until he watched Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth in 2006.“A dozen years later, not only is it real but the climate has warmed so much and the oceans have absorbed so much heat, my industry is gone because of it,” Kasprzak said.Kasprzak is looking at other career options. But he says he wants to stay in Kodiak as long as he can. That way if the cod do come back he’ll be one of the first ones out on the water.This story is part of a new season of the podcast Midnight Oil from Alaska’s Energy Desk. Season two is called The Big Thaw and looks at climate change in Alaska. New episodes begin August 9.last_img read more

Collector M V Reddy calls for action plan to check pollution

first_imgMedchal: District Collector M V Reddy said here on Thursday that the lives of people were affected by pollution and that all officials should prepare an action plan to check it. He said that a district-level committee has been constituted as per the directive of the National Green Tribunal, with DRO Madhukar Reddy as the nodal officer and Pollution Control Board EE as the convener. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us Reddy directed that the committee to meet once in 15 days and the district officials undertake a review meeting on the first and third Mondays of a month with the National Green Tribunal. The minutes of the meeting would be sent the State Chief Secretary. For this purpose, the officials should prepare an action programme, he added. The Collector asked the DPO to take steps in making Medchal villages as models, as was done in the case of BoduppaI as a model municipality. He directed the officials to prepare an action plan in view of the meeting on July 15.last_img read more

Hyderabad police arrest Chennai man for blackmailing 600 girls

first_imgThe Cyberabad police on Friday arrested a Chennai based techie for allegedly blackmailing 600 girls with their nude photos.Clement Raj Chezhiyan aka Pradeep lured the girls on a job offer in a five-star hotel who in return sent their nude photos and videos to him. Besides not getting a job, the girls were blackmailed by the techie for money. Based on a complaint lodged by a woman, the police registered a case arrested the techie from his home in Chennai. He was brought to Hyderabad on a transit warrant. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us According to the police, the techie who works in an MNC used to run a fake HR office from his home and cheated 600 women from various states including AP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. The accused collected phone numbers of woman and contacted them pretending to be an HR manager of a five-star hotel and looking for attractive women for the front end office job. He would say them that they have cleared the first round and made them speak with one Archana Jagdish for the second round. Pradeep then contacted the women through another number and asked for nude pictures saying that they are particular about the candidate’s figure. He later shared the pictures and blackmailed the women for money from which he collected lakhs.last_img read more

Kashmiri Pandits hold rally in US to support revocation of

first_imgWashington: The Kashmiri Pandit community in the US held a rally applauding the Indian government’s decision to revoke the Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Joined by other members of the Indian-American community, Kashmiri Pandits held the rally last week in front of the CNN headquarters in Atlanta in support of the abrogation of Article 370. “The rally highlighted the fact that these temporary articles related to Jammu and Kashmir needed these modifications as these were highly discriminatory against almost all Kashmiri minorities (such as Shias, Dalits, Gujjars, Kashmiri Pandits, Kashmiri Sikhs)…,” said Subash Razdan, Atlanta resident of Kashmir ancestry and a former president of the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA). Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us At the rally, Kashmiri Pandits told personal stories of their hapless exodus and yearning to go back to their homeland which they left in 1990 due to militancy. “All those present believed that under this new freedom courtesy of the Modi Government, India’s Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and other minorities will now have a better chance to be equals before the law!” Razdan said. Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Overseas Physicians of Kashmiri-Origin in a letter to the editor in chief of Lancet magazine Dr Richard Horton said that they are “deeply disappointed” that his recent opinion published on August 17 omits many relevant facts, and thus represents an intellectually dishonest analysis of a complex geopolitical issue. “We request that the Lancet immediately retracts the editorial, or publish a viewpoint that includes a more thorough set of facts and analysis on Kashmir…,” the letter said. It also said that the Lancet “has no locus standi to question the initiatives undertaken by a secular, sovereign and democratic nation to solve the Kashmir conundrum.last_img read more

After Tik Tok PUBG to be banned in India Twitter cant keep

first_imgPUBG moon mapPUBGAfter the Tik Tok app was banned recently in India, there is a likelihood of multiplayer video game, PUBG, also being banned especially since the civil societies and state administrations in various parts of the country have raised the alarm on the serious health consequences the video game can have on youth.The Rajkot Police in Gujarat has submitted an application to Google to take down PUBG from its play store citing the reason of detrimental effects the game has on the youth. Google, although is yet to respond formally to the Rajkot Police’s request. Recently after a Madras High Court directive, the Apple and Google took down PUBG from their play stores after a complaint that the youth are using the mobile app to spread pornography and other illicit activities. Both Tik Tok and PUBG have millions of users in India and a particular favourite among the youth.Rajkot recently said that it has banned the PUBG game in the city and asked Google to take down the online multiplayer battle royale game from its play store. “We have said we have banned this, so if possible, if in any IP of this area they are downloading the game then we have said, stop it if you can,”  Manoj Aggarwal,  Rajkot police commissioner, Manoj Agrawal, told Firstpost.The Gujarat Police had booked 10 people in March for playing PUBG under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and warned that any person found playing the game will be prosecuted.Amid the reports of PUBG ban after Tik Tok, Twitter seemingly cannot keep calm.The parents and the educationists have expressed fears that these mobile apps are creating a bad precedent before the young kids and affecting their academics.Plz dont pubg and tiktok becoz of them so many are happy make them happy plz ban exams— 『Deadshot☣︎ ヅ』 (@karthik85893273) April 19, 2019″I am totally fed-up with this game #Pubg. Last 2 months my nephew is note even sleeping properly he start talking in sleep and some time start walking, He got addicted for this #PUBG game..Please ban this game @narendramodi ji..there are lots of family facing the same prblm,” tweeted Gaurav Pandit.”It’s not about TikTok. It’s about the larger message. Today it’s TikTok, PUBG’s ban is imminent, porn & Reddit have already been banned by Jio. Every goddamn thing is getting banned in the internet. India doesn’t have freedom of speech. We have a China like censorship,” Ankit Sharma said in a tweet.”A kind request to Prime Minister Modi @narendramodi… Sir I have seen my friends wasting their time playing Pubg , the time which they would have utilised doing something productive. They do not listen to me or to their parents. Please sir, ban Pubg for their good,” Saumyanta Sharma tweeted.India may soon join Nepal and Iraq as the countries who have taken a lead to ban PUBG.last_img read more

Full Show Political Roundup And Great Date Night Restaurants Feb 7 2018

first_imgOn Wednesday’s Houston Matters: From another federal government budget deadline, to Gov. Abbott’s primary endorsements, our group of local experts discusses the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston.Also this hour: Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Our group of Houston food writers discusses their favorite restaurants to which to take a date. And we examine the development of West Houston as told in historian Dan Worrall’s book Pleasant Bend: Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail in the Nineteenth Century.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Dragon Age 3 Inquisition officially announced

first_imgDragon Age fans rejoice because today BioWare confirmed that Dragon Age 3 is very much in development and it’s called Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. The best thing about the game being announced? BioWare has also revealed the game will use the Frostbite 2 as seen in Battlefield 3 $5.99 at Amazon .Only a few details have been revealed about the game by executive producer of DA3, Mark Darrah, via DA2‘s official blog. The game has been in development for around two years already, but the majority of the work has taken place in the last 18 months. DA3′s team is a mix of series veterans (developers who worked on the original Dragon Age) and fresh blood, which hopefully means they’ll present a mixture of classic gameplay ideas as adding something new.Using the Frostbite 2 engine as a foundation means the team create a bigger world to play in, allow more customisation, better visuals, and a wider variety of game choices. Hopefully this means DA3 will not only be a much bigger, more involved game, but will look fantastic.If you remember, some info was leaked about DA3 a while back. An online survey gave away story details including the fact you play as the leader of “The Inquisition”–presumably that’s what DA3’s title refers to.According to that same survery, the story is set around a powerful empire named Orlais which is stuck in a civil war while a mysterious force attempts to control and destroy the world. None of that information was confirmed as true, but the resemblance between the title and the characters name is striking.We eagerly await more details about the game, but sadly it looks as if we’ll have to wait until late 2013 to play the game. That begs the questions: what platforms will it release on? And will any of them be next-gen?More at DA2‘s official blog and Official PlayStation UKlast_img read more

BJP protests against Bengal political killings

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi unit of the BJP on Monday protested against the West Bengal government over the killings of party workers and leaders in the state. Hundreds of Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers staged a protest outside Banga Bhawan here and raised slogans against West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. The party workers also carried placards reading ‘stop political killings against RSS-BJP workers’, ‘stop political violence in Bengal’ and ‘why silence on Bengal political violence’. South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhuri told IANS: “Mamata Banerjee is plotting the murder of BJP and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) workers,” adding it is being done to terrorise the people of the state. He also said that this year, over 20 people have died in West Bengal since Panchayat elections and slammed leaders of other parties over their silence on the issue.last_img read more

Sporadic incidents of violence reported in districts after counting

first_imgKolkata: Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from various districts soon after the counting of votes started and the BJP put up a fairly good result on Thursday.Trinamool Congress and BJP activists blamed each others for triggering the violence. In some places the BJP accused Trinamool Congress workers of hurling bombs while some TMC activists alleged BJP for capturing their party office. Clashes broke out in various parts of Ranaghat Lok Sabha constituency after election results started pouring in. A BJP worker in the Bagula area identified as Kanu Biswas received serious injuries. He was taken to Krishnanagar hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTwo persons were injured when the miscreants hurled bombs at ward number 3 in Cooch Behar’s Tufangunj. It was learnt that bombs were hurled during a clash that broke out in the region on Thursday afternoon as the election results kept coming in. The local police administration is yet to confirm who were involved behind hurling of bombs. Tension broke out between at Ayush gram of East Burdwan. A party office of Trinamool Congress was ransacked allegedly by the BJP workers. The party office was later set on fire. The local Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that the BJP workers led the attack. After being informed the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. They dispersed the mob. A probe has been initiated in this regard. A clash took place outside a counting station under Burdwan-Durgapur constituency. A chaos broke out as the supporters of both the rival parties engaged in heated altercation. A scuffle broke out turning the situation more volatile. The police personnel deployed in the area soon brought the situation under control. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTension also ran high outside a counting station in Howrah’s Shibpur. A scuffle broke out between the BJP and TMC supporters. The police had to lathi-charge to control the situation. A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to check a further escalation. Some BJP workers were allegedly beaten up by TMC men when the former somehow came in the way of TMC activists who were smearing each other’s faces with colours. A BJP activist had received injuries in his head. Some others were reportedly injured during the incident.last_img read more

How to use M functions within Microsoft Power BI for querying data

first_imgMicrosoft Power BI Desktop contains a rich set of data source connectors and transformation capabilities that support the integration and enhancement of source data. These features are all driven by a powerful functional language and query engine, M, which leverages source system resources when possible and can greatly extend the scope and robustness of the data retrieval process beyond the possibilities of the standard query editor interface alone. As with almost all BI projects, the design and development of the data access and retrieval process has great implications for the analytical value, scalability, and sustainability of the overall Power BI solution. Our article is an excerpt from the book Microsoft Power BI Cookbook, written by Brett Powell. This book shows how to leverage  Microsoft Power BI and the development tools to create better data driven analytics and visualizations. In this article, we dive into Power BI Desktop’s Get Data experience and go through the process of establishing and managing data source connections and queries. Examples are provided of using the Query Editor interface and the M language directly to construct and refine queries to meet common data transformation and cleansing needs. In practice and as per the examples, a combination of both tools is recommended to aid the query development process. Viewing and analyzing M functions Every time you click on a button to connect to any of Power BI Desktop’s supported data sources or apply any transformation to a data source object, such as changing a column’s data type, one or multiple M expressions are created reflecting your choices. These M expressions are automatically written to dedicated M documents and, if saved, are stored within the Power BI Desktop file as Queries. M is a functional programming language like F#, and it’s important that Power BI developers become familiar with analyzing and later writing and enhancing the M code that supports their queries. Getting ready Build a query through the user interface that connects to the AdventureWorksDW2016CTP3 SQL Server database on the ATLAS server and retrieves the DimGeography table, filtered by United States for English. Click on Get Data from the Home tab of the ribbon, select SQL Server from the list of database sources, and provide the server and database names. For the Data Connectivity mode, select Import. A navigation window will appear, with the different objects and schemas of the database. Select the DimGeography table from the Navigation window and click on Edit. In the Query Editor window, select the EnglishCountryRegionName column and then filter on United States from its dropdown. Figure 2: Filtering for United States only in the Query Editor At this point, a preview of the filtered table is exposed in the Query Editor and the Query Settings pane displays the previous steps. Figure 3: The Query Settings pane in the Query Editor How to do it Formula Bar With the Formula Bar visible in the Query Editor, click on the Source step under Applied Steps in the Query Settings pane. You should see the following formula expression: Figure 4: The SQL.Database() function created for the Source step Click on the Navigation step to expose the following expression: Figure 5: The metadata record created for the Navigation step The navigation expression (2) references the source expression (1) The Formula Bar in the Query Editor displays individual query steps, which are technically individual M expressions It’s convenient and very often essential to view and edit all the expressions in a centralized window, and for this, there’s the Advanced Editor M is a functional language, and it can be useful to think of query evaluation in M as similar to Excel spreadsheet formulas in which multiple formulas can reference each other. The M engine can determine which expressions are required by the final expression to return and evaluate only those expressions. Configuring Power BI Development Tools, the display setting for both the Query Settings pane and the Formula bar should be enabled as GLOBAL | Query Editor options. Figure 6: Global layout options for the Query Editor Alternatively, on a per file basis, you can control these settings and others from the View tab of the Query Editor toolbar. Figure 7: Property settings of the View tab in the Query Editor Advanced Editor window Given its importance to the query development process, the Advanced Editor dialog is exposed on both the Home and View tabs of the Query Editor. It’s recommended to use the Query Editor when getting started with a new query and when learning the M language. After several steps have been applied, use the Advanced Editor to review and optionally enhance or customize the M query. As a rich, functional programming language, there are many M functions and optional parameters not exposed via the Query Editor; going beyond the limits of the Query Editor enables more robust data retrieval and integration processes. Figure 8: The Home tab of the Query Editor Click on Advanced Editor from either the View or Home tabs (Figure 8 and Figure 9, respectively). All M function expressions and any comments are exposed Figure 9: The Advanced Editor view of the DimGeography query When developing retrieval processes for Power BI models, consider these common ETL questions: How are our queries impacting the source systems? Can we make our retrieval queries more resilient to changes in source data such that they avoid failure? Is our retrieval process efficient and simple to follow and support or are there unnecessary steps and queries? Are our retrieval queries delivering sufficient performance to the BI application? Is our process flexible such that we can quickly apply changes to data sources and logic? M queries are not intended as a substitute for the workloads typically handled by enterprise ETL tools such as SSIS or Informatica. However, just as BI professionals would carefully review the logic and test the performance of SQL stored procedures and ETL packages supporting their various cubes and reports environment, they should also review the M queries created to support Power BI models and reports. How it works Two of the top performance and scalability features of M’s engine are Query Folding and Lazy Evaluation. If possible, the M queries developed in Power BI Desktop are converted (folded) into SQL statements and passed to source systems for processing. M can also reduce the required resources for a given query by ignoring any unnecessary or redundant steps (variables). M is a case-sensitive language. This includes referencing variables in M expressions (RenameColumns versus Renamecolumns) as well as the values in M queries. For example, the values “Apple” and “apple” are considered unique values in an M query; the Table.Distinct() function will not remove rows for one of the values. Variable names in M expressions cannot have spaces without a hash sign and double quotes. Per Figure 10, when the Query Editor graphical interface is used to create M queries this syntax is applied automatically, along with a name describing the M transformation applied. Applying short, descriptive variable names (with no spaces) improves the readability of M queries. Query folding The query from this recipe was “folded” into the following SQL statement and sent to the ATLAS server for processing. Figure 10: The SQL statement generated from the DimGeography M query Right-click on the Filtered Rows step and select View Native Query to access the Native Query window from Figure 11: Figure 11: View Native Query in Query Settings Finding and revising queries that are not being folded to source systems is a top technique for enhancing large Power BI datasets. See the Pushing Query Processing Back to Source Systems recipe of Chapter 11, Enhancing and Optimizing Existing Power BI Solutions for an example of this process. M query structure The great majority of queries created for Power BI will follow the let…in structure as per this recipe, as they contain multiple steps with dependencies among them. Individual expressions are separated by commas. The expression referred to following the in keyword is the expression returned by the query. The individual step expressions are technically “variables”, and if the identifiers for these variables (the names of the query steps) contain spaces then the step is placed in quotes, and prefixed with a # sign as per the Filtered Rows step in Figure 10. Lazy evaluation The M engine also has powerful “lazy evaluation” logic for ignoring any redundant or unnecessary variables, as well as short-circuiting evaluation (computation) once a result is determinate, such as when one side (operand) of an OR logical operator is computed as True. The order of evaluation of the expressions is determined at runtime; it doesn’t have to be sequential from top to bottom. In the following example, a step for retrieving Canada was added and the step for the United States was ignored. Since the CanadaOnly variable satisfies the overall let expression of the query, only the Canada query is issued to the server as if the United States row were commented out or didn’t exist. Figure 12: Revised query that ignores Filtered Rows step to evaluate Canada only View Native Query (Figure 12) is not available given this revision, but a SQL Profiler trace against the source database server (and a refresh of the M query) confirms that CanadaOnly was the only SQL query passed to the source database. Figure 13: Capturing the SQL statement passed to the server via SQL Server Profiler trace There’s more Partial query folding A query can be “partially folded”, in which a SQL statement is created resolving only part of an overall query The results of this SQL statement would be returned to Power BI Desktop (or the on-premises data gateway) and the remaining logic would be computed using M’s in-memory engine with local resources M queries can be designed to maximize the use of the source system resources, by using standard expressions supported by query folding early in the query process Minimizing the use of local or on-premises data gateway resources is a top consideration Limitations of query folding No folding will take place once a native SQL query has been passed to the source system. For example, passing a SQL query directly through the Get Data dialog. The following query, specified in the Get Data dialog, is included in the Source Step: Figure 14: Providing a user defined native SQL query Any transformations applied after this native query will use local system resources. Therefore, the general implication for query development with native or user-defined SQL queries is that if they’re used, try to include all required transformations (that is, joins and derived columns), or use them to utilize an important feature of the source database not being utilized by the folded query, such as an index. Not all data sources support query folding, such as text and Excel files. Not all transformations available in the Query Editor or via M functions directly are supported by some data sources. The privacy levels defined for the data sources will also impact whether folding is used or not. SQL statements are not parsed before they’re sent to the source system. The Table.Buffer() function can be used to avoid query folding. The table output of this function is loaded into local memory and transformations against it will remain local. We have discussed effective techniques for accessing and retrieving data using Microsoft Power BI. Do check out this book Microsoft Power BI Cookbook for more information on using Microsoft power BI for data analysis and visualization. Read Next: Expert Interview: Unlocking the secrets of Microsoft Power BI Tutorial: Building a Microsoft Power BI Data Model Expert Insights:Ride the third wave of BI with Microsoft Power BIlast_img read more