ScienceShot: Genetic ‘App’ Tells You Where You’re From

first_imgWhere are you from? Naming a childhood town is an easy reply for many, but for an adopted child or young refugees separated from their parents, the answer may never come. Now, a new app could help those who are unaware of their ancestral home. Using only DNA sequences, the program can trace how far away a person lives from the land of their forebears, according to a study published today in Nature Communications. The system relies on admixture—a genetic principle that argues that when a family migrates across a geographic barrier into a new location, they start mating with the locals; new traits start blending into their gene pool, and this genetic diversity provides a ruler for gauging the distance from home. The researchers started with a genome database of people from 54 worldwide regions (dots in map above). The subjects had historic ties to their regions dating back centuries. Using this info, the team built an admixture algorithm, dubbed Geographic Population Structure (GPS), which they tested with the genetic info from 600 DNA samples composed of 98 global subpopulations, such as Romanians or the Punjabis of northern India. Based solely on genetic markers, GPS could place individuals within their country of origin 83% of the time. Half of the subjects were pinpointed within 87 km of their reported point of origin. For instance, all female subjects from the mountain commune of San Basilio, Sardinia, were placed in their original village (inset). But the biggest claim made by the study is that humans are a highly mixed species with no evidence for races.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Slideshow: Is the warming Arctic behind winter storms?

first_img NASA/Kathryn Hansen Europe was again hit hard in January and February 2012. Here, a woman walks on snow-covered roads in the village of Llopushnik in southern Kosovo, in January 2012. In New York, the December 2010 blizzard dumped up to 74 centimeters of snow. Slideshow: Is the warming Arctic behind winter storms? The actual atmospheric link between Arctic amplification and the waviness of the jet stream may be disputed, but it is known that a wavier jet stream can enhance the likelihood of frigid winter storms such as the powerful nor’easter in December 2009 that © Rick Friedman/Corbis Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean—including in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas—has dwindled by more than 11% per decade since 1979, due to global warming. The new expanses of open water absorb the sun’s energy rather than reflecting it back into space, further en © Adrian Bradshaw/epa/Corbis © Valdrin Xhemaj/epa/Corbis Winter storms have also blasted eastern Asia, such as this snowstorm that hit Beijing in November 2009. © Gary Hershorn/Reuters/Corbis Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean—including in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas—has dwindled by more than 11% per decade since 1979, due to global warming. The new expanses of open water absorb the sun’s energy rather than reflecting it back into space, further en NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response/Wikimedia © Tyrone Turner/National Geographic Creative/Corbis center_img NASA/Kathryn Hansen “Snowmageddon” and other powerful winter storms have blasted the United States, Europe, and Asia in recent years. Some scientists have suggested that such extreme weather events—such as those seen in this slideshow—are linked with rapid climate change in the Arctic, including dwindling sea ice. As more sea ice melts and Arctic amplification proceeds, it creates a smaller temperature gradient between the warmer Arctic and lower latitudes. That, in turn, slows down the jet stream, they argue, causing it to become more “wavy” and allowing colder air to penetrate farther south. But other researchers urge caution, questioning whether the data support this linkage, as Science reports today. They note we still have a lot to learn about the Arctic’s impact on the atmosphere.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) © Ian Langsdon/epa/Corbis Another blizzard struck the northeastern United States in December 2010; homes and streets in Scituate, Massachusetts, were also flooded due to extreme high tides. The 2009 to 2010 winter was particularly memorable in the northeastern United States. In February 2010, so much snow fell in the mid-Atlantic area that the media dubbed the event “Snowmageddon.” By Carolyn GramlingFeb. 19, 2015 , 2:00 PM ‹› The same nor’easter cloaked the Chesapeake Bay area in white in December 2009. dbking/Wikimedia © Valdrin Xhemaj/epa/Corbis Europe was again hit hard in January and February 2012. Here, a woman walks on snow-covered roads in the village of Llopushnik in southern Kosovo, in January 2012. The heavy snowfall hasn’t just occurred in the northeastern United States; Europe has been blanketed as well. Snow covered the city of Paris in December 2009. last_img read more

$25 Million Judgment

first_imgThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has won a $24.6 million default judgment against Deep Shah, a fugitive in the Galleon insider trading case.Shah, an ex-analyst at Moody’s, was charged with providing insider tips to Intel’s Roomy Khan, who in turn passed them onto Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam, who was recently convicted of insider trading.Lawyers for the SEC said Shah had been traced to Mumbai, where a bailiff delivered a complaint at his residence in Juhu in March 2010. He did not respond to the complaint and the judge issued a default judgment.  Related Itemslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB win by 6 wkts

first_imgAb de Villiers scored an unbeaten 54 as Bangalore beat Kochi by six wickets in their IPL match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday. ScoreChasing 162 – a tough target – Bangalore got off to forgettable start with their opener Tillakaratne Dilshan departing in the second over of the innings. A leading edge off S Sreesanth was well taken by keeper Brendon McCullum, who dived and took a low catch. Dilshan fell for 1 and Bangalore fell to 7/1.Post that wicket opener Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli forged a 41 runs partnership before Vinay Kumar trapped Kohli leg before on 23.Mayank Agarwal, who was batting with confidence all this while finally departed on 33 trying to play inside out off Ravinder Jadeja. He failed to clear the long off boundary even as Vinay Kumar took a fine catch to reduce Bangalore to 85/3 on the last ball of the 10th over.Then it was the turn of Bangalore’s South African import AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary to come to the fore. The two batted, batted even as the asking run rate climbed with every dot ball.They would have liked to continue but that didn’t happen as Tiwary fell trying to slog off Raiphi Gomez in the 18th over with Mahela Jayawardene taking his catch in the deep. He fell for 26 and Bangalore went down to 137/4. But Bangalore’s fortunes took a U-turn in the 19th over when AB de Villiers and Asad Pathan were at the crease. Pathan struck consecutive fours off Vinay Kumar to lead his team to victory.advertisementKochi innings Openers Brendon McCullum and VVS Laxman put on 80 runs for the first wicket as Kochi posted 161/5 in their team’s IPL debut match.  Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and decided to bat, a fine decision keeping in mind that his openers VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum got on with the hitting act right away. The two blasted away boundaries and sixes at ease even as the opposition bowlers struggled.Finally, Sir Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan provided the much-needed respite for Bangalore breaking their partnership by claiming Laxman on the last ball of the 9th over. He fell for 36 after a 80-run first wicket stand with McCullum.But McCullum was still at the crease and he went about his business with ease. And only after lot of effort by the opposition bowlers McCullum relented. A top edge of Virat Kohli was taken by Dirk Nannes at third man. He fell for 45 when the team total was 93.Post his wicket Kochi lost their captain Mahela Jayawardene when the total was 124. But there was a lot of batting to come with likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Parthiv Patel in their ranks.Jadeja scored an unbeaten 23 helping Kochi post a fine 161/5 on board in their 20 overs.last_img read more

Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien eyes ICC T20 World Cup 2020

first_imgWith ICC T20 World Cup 2020 due in Australia, Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien said that his side has high ambitions in the shortest format.In spite of suffering a whitewash at the hands of Afghanistan in a recent three-match T20I, the all-rounder is assertive to qualify for the tournament.O’Brien insisted that his side was competitive with the ball in the first game and batting in the next two. In the opening T20I, Ireland bowlers held the neck of the opponents till last over while defending a modest 132. In the second and third, Irish batsmen performed better in the run-chase of 200-plus totals posted by Afghanistan.”It is disappointing to lose 0-3, although Afghanistan are a very good side. We acquitted ourselves well in periods of all three games – especially with the ball in game one, and in the run chase in game two and three. We probably just lacked a little bit of experience towards the end of both innings, but we are certainly gearing up for bigger things in the future especially with the T20 qualifier in October. We are starting to put some good things in place,” ICC quoted O’Brien, as saying.The all-rounder had a good time with the bat, scoring 116 runs at a strike rate of 141.46. He was promoted up the order and is hopeful to get more opportunities.”I love batting at the top of the order. I have done it for franchise teams in the past and had some success. I think our performances in the past in T20 needed a change, and hopefully this move continues to be a successful one,” he said.advertisementIn their next assignment, Ireland will meet Afghanistan for five-match one-day international series, starting February 28.”We have got to go in fresh, but still take in what we have learnt from the T20s with the bat and ball. Their [Afghanistan] squad is very similar in that they have four or five guys coming in and it is important we learn quickly from this experience and try to implement it in the 50-over game,” O’Brien said.Also Read | Krunal Pandya takes heart from spirited bowling show in Visakhapatnam T20IAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat Cumminslast_img read more

Daycare operator who left child to die in broiling SUV sentenced to

first_imgNEWMARKET, Ont. – The owner of an illegal daycare north of Toronto has been sentenced to 22 months in jail for allowing a two-year-old to die in a broiling SUV near four years ago.Olena Panfilova, who ran the daycare in Vaughan, Ont., had pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death.Eva Ravikovich died on a sweltering day in July 2013.Estimated temperatures in the vehicle reached 50 degrees.Evidence was that Panfilova had 35 children in her care that day and failed to realize Eva was still in the SUV outside the daycare.She later tried to cover up what had happened to Eva by pretending the child had died during a nap.(CFRB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Bell Medias MuchFACT Announces Fund Recipients for October Music Committee

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: About MuchFACTMuchFACT supports the Canadian music community through funding and promotion of music videos and related music content for all media platforms. MuchFact is exclusively funded by Much & M3, divisions of Bell Media Inc. MuchFACT has helped to launch the careers of many of Canada’s most prominent musicians including Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Dragonette, Matt Mays, Serena Ryder, The Tragically Hip, Arcade Fire, K-OS, Feist, Shad, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Metric, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies. MuchFACT has also had a great impact on developing Canadian directors, many of whom have gone on to direct award-winning music videos, as well as feature films and documentaries. Since 1984, MuchFACT has awarded more than 75 million dollars, and funded more than 7,700 projects. Twitter Advertisement Bell Media’s MuchFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today the 22 fund recipients from the October 12, 2016 music committee meeting. With 157 applications considered, a total of $484,799 was awarded to Canadian musicians in the following categories: Content Package, Music Video, Online Music Video Project, and Digital Tools.MuchFACT funded videos continue to be recognized internationally, with the video for “Amerika” by Wintersleep being nominated for Best Rock/Indie Video – International at the UK Video Music Awards. MuchFACT also continues to support Canadian artists by sponsoring the annual Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, run by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), whose 2017 winners were announced in September. In addition to prizing from CARAS, the three winning acts, Neon Dreams, The Lytics, and Youngblood, receive a $10,000 MuchFACT Online Music Video grant.MuchFACT fund recipients from the October 12, 2016 music committee meeting are as follows: About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, operating 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, as well as managing the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service in Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Content PackagePUP – “Sleep In the Heat”Online Music Video ProjectDUTCH – “No Measure”Amaal Nuux – “Last Ones”The Velveteins – “Midnight Surf”Billy Moon – “I Wanna Know”Once A Tree – “Breakdown”CRi – “Rush”The Kents – “Something About Her”Music VideoDARCYS – “Arizona Hwy”Belle Game – “Spirit”K.I.D. – “Errors”Harrison – “Right Hook”Hollerado – “I Got You”Narcy – “Ball (Chobi Bryant)”a l l i e – “Bad Habits”Felix Cartal – “Drifting Away”Wintersleep – “Spirit”Charlotte Day Wilson – “Work”Ria Mae feat. Classified – “Thoughts on Fire”Jessie Reyez – “Great Ones”Keys N Krates – “Love Again”Digital ToolsSaya  – “Chills + Thrills” EPBell Media’s MuchFACT has helped to launch the careers of some of Canada’s best and brightest artists, including A Tribe Called Red, Arcade Fire, Arkells, Barenaked Ladies, Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Down With Webster, Dragonette, Feist, Grimes, k.d. lang, Keys N Krates, k-os, Majiid Jordan, Matt Mays, Metric, Mother Mother, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts, Serena Ryder, The Tragically Hip, and many more. MuchFACT has also had a great impact on developing Canadian directors, many of whom have gone on to direct award-winning music videos, as well as feature films and documentaries.The next deadline for submitting MuchFACT applications is Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications can be submitted at www.muchfact.ca.last_img read more

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Vacationing in Marrakech

Rabat – Singer John Legend, his wife Chrissy Teigen, and their 11 months old daughter Luna are taking a vacation from walking red carpets, instead taking to the streets of the red city, Marrakech.The family traveled to a vacation along with Teigen’s best friend and hairstylist Jen Atkin and photographer Mike Rosenthal.The couple documented the whole trip on Instagram and Snapchat, giving glimpses of their activities in Marrakech. Teigen posted a romantic picture with her husband of three years in a scenic lobby. She also posted another holding her daughter in front of a spices display in a local souk. The two ladies were covered in a pink shawl to match the boundless arrays of colors in the market.Indeed, the couple were also mesmerized by the wonder of famous Jamaa El Fna square in Marrakech. Teigen shared a picture of her husband and Atkin with snakes wrapped on their necks. The video is as delightful as their other pictures.Baby Luna was also keeping busy in Marrakech. The 11 months old girl was having Harcha snakes, doing some “light reading,” and uttering her first word: “cat.” These precious moments were all captured by her parents’ cameras.The family’s Moroccan vacation came just a few weeks after Teigen publicized her postpartum depression in an essay for the April 2017 issue of Glamour magazine. The charm of Marrakech seems to be helping the model cope with her postpartum depression problems. read more

Court remands Sicille Kotelawala till February 23

Sicille Kotelawala, wife of businessman Lalith Kotelawala, was ordered to be remanded till February 23 by the Fort Magistrate today.She was arrested on February 4 after returning to the country at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Sri Lankan authorities had in 2009 sought Interpol assistance to arrest Sicille Kotelawala, one of the main suspects in the Rs 26 billion Golden Key credit card fraud.The Mt Lavinia Magistrate had issued a warrant for her arrest. (Colombo Gazette)

Iraq condemning destruction of shrine UNESCO urges end to cultural cleansing

“Such acts are war crimes,” said Irina Bokova, noting in a press release that the destruction of the Imam Dur Mausoleum is not an isolated case. “The cultural cleansing underway in Iraq must stop. The persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, combined with the systematic destruction of some of the most iconic representations of Iraq’s rich and diverse heritage, testifies to an ideology of hatred and exclusion,” she added.Hailing the shrine – which was built during the eleventh century A.D. – as one of the emblematic representations of Islamic architecture of its time, the Director-General said that the perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions.Ms. Bokova lamented that the intentional targeting and systematic destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq was reaching unprecedented levels. “Over the past months, we have witnessed similar attacks on historical buildings, in particular mosques, churches and shrines,” she noted. “UNESCO stands by all Iraqis in their efforts to safeguard their heritage, a heritage for mankind,” she added. read more

As NagornoKarabakh violence flares Ban urges immediate end to fighting

A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the UN chief is particularly concerned by the reported use of heavy weapons and by the large numbers of casualties, including among the civilian population.“The Secretary-General urges all relevant parties to put an immediate end to the fighting, fully respect the ceasefire agreement and take urgent steps to de-escalate the situation,” said the statement. Mr. Ban through his statement reiterated his full support for the efforts of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group and all parties working to resolve this dangerous situation and pursue a peaceful negotiated settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. read more

Royal wedding guest list Celebrities from the Clooneys to the Beckhams and

Like no other Royal wedding before it, Prince Harry’s wedding to the actress Meghan Markle was sprinkled with stardust from the glittering LA-set. George Clooney, perhaps the most handsome and one of the most bankable movie stars of the past two decades, arrived at the wedding with his wife Amal. David and Victoria Beckham also attended, along with Elton John, who performed at the after-party. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Follow how Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding day unfolded here Get Sunday’s live updates on the aftermath of the royal wedding ceremony and reception here Friends from Ms Markle’s inner circle – including actors from her hit television show Suits – gave the wedding a touch of ‘LA cool’. Green smoothies… read more

Driving instructor convicted of sex attacks on 14 young female students

For several weeks you ingratiated yourself to them then as time went on you took more and more liberties with them. Heaven knows what would have happened had this gone untracedSheriff Tom Hughes After the 17-year-old and her sister came forward, police interviewed him and seized records of his previous students before making contact with them.They were not told the nature of the inquiry – but all volunteered that they had been touched by him.Some said they only persisted with their lessons with him because they’d already booked their driving tests and paid for blocks of lessons.David McLaughlin, defending, argued: “Their actions are not consistent with being sexually assaulted week in, week out.” When he was interviewed by police the following day, he said he was “stupid, stupid – 18-year-old head on an older body.”But he denied all the charges against him and forced 14 young women to give “distressing” evidence at the trial. A jury took an hour and 45 minutes to find him unanimously guilty of all the charges. A driving instructor who sexually abused 14 of his young female students while they were behind the wheel of his car is facing prison. A jury found Neil Addison unanimously guilty of all the charges he faced of carrying out sex attacks on young women in the Fife area over more than three years.Several young women told the four-day trial at Dundee Sheriff Court strikingly similar stories of starting lessons with the “friendly” instructor, only for him to start groping them a few weeks into their tuition.In many cases the 55-year-old would begin by touching them just above the knee, what he described to police as a “reassuring pat”, before “squeezing” higher and higher in later lessons.Several girls told how he ended up with his hand wedged between their legs. One said she could feel his pinkie “wiggling” over her private parts.The court also heard how Addison later “escalated” to groping several of the girls’ breasts.His final victim, who was 17 at the time, told how she fled his car in tears after Addison first groped between her thighs before lunging over and grabbing her breast while she drove around roads in Fife.She and her sister, whom Addison also targeted, went to police that night. The subsequent investigation uncovered many more victims. Remanding Addison in custody pending sentencing on September 10, Sheriff Tom Hughes told him: “These young women were confined in a car with you at a time when they looked to you for assistance.”For several weeks you ingratiated yourself to them then as time went on you took more and more liberties with them. Heaven knows what would have happened had this gone untraced.”The sheriff also praised Addison’s victims, adding: “Each and every one of them can take pride from the fact they came to court and gave evidence in a dignified fashion and must take some consolation that the jury have found each and every one of them truthful.”Addison, of Cupar in Fife, denied 15 charges on indictment, allegedly committed between June 2014 and August 2017 during car journeys across north east Fife.One of the charges was withdrawn at the end of the Crown case after the court heard the alleged victim emigrated to Australia. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

President Granger returns from Cuba meeting with Opposition Leader yet to

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo, Granger to meet early JanuaryDecember 24, 2018In “latest news”Opposition Leader briefs Western Diplomats on no-confidence voteDecember 28, 2018In “latest news”Opposition Leader says willing to meet President anytime, and daily to chart way forwardJune 26, 2019In “latest news” President David GrangerPresident David Granger returned home from Cuba on New Year’s Day after receiving his third round of chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.The Head of State’s return is anticipated since it would pave the way for talks with Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on the way forward regarding the passage of the No-Confidence Motion against his Coalition Government on December 21.However, a date for that meeting is yet to be set.The motion, which was tabled by Jagdeo, was successfully passed with Alliance For Change (AFC) Parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud, voting in favour.Following its passage, Jagdeo requested to meet with President Granger to determine the way forward.However, Granger left Guyana on Christmas day for Cuba where he is receiving treatment after being diagnosed with cancer in November.According to the President’s press unit he returned home on New Year’s Day.The Opposition Leader had earlier indicated his willingness to meet at any given time providing that the Government is ready for dialogue.President Granger, in his New Year’s address to the Guyanese people, renewed his commitment to furthering the dialogue.However, his sentiments comes on the heels of his government gearing to challenge the passage of the motion in the National Assembly, contending that the motion needed a 34-majority vote to be approved.In fact, they have written the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, who had declared the motion passed, to review and reverse the his decision.This matter is expected to come up at Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly.Attorney General Basil Williams earlier this week said that if government fails to get a favourable result in the House, it will move to the courts.This is as President Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had previously acknowledged the passage of the motion, publicly accepting that government was defeated and that in accordance with Guyana’s constitution General Elections would be held within 90 days.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has since contended that Government’s back-pedaling on accepting the vote is a ploy so that they could hold on to power longer.According to the Party the sentiments expressed by the Granger led Administration are baseless, with Government wasting a valuable opportunity for dialogue and exhibition of mature leadership. read more

Blasch Precision Ceramics introduces abrasion resistant CeraLine products

first_imgBlasch Precision Ceramics has released its new abrasion resistant product line including ceramic lined elbows, pipe and spool linings. They are specifically designed for the harsh environments of mining, power generation and other heavy industrial processing industries. “Our research staff continually strives to produce the best and most cutting edge materials and shapes in the industry,” commented Dr Keith DeCarlo, Blasch Precision Ceramics Research and Development Manager. “The wear and abrasion resistant properties of our CeraLine family of products make them perfect solutions for severe environments present in many processing industries worldwide. Once installed, Blasch’s CeraLine Ceramic Lined Elbows, Pipe and Spool Linings far outlast traditional ceramic lined designs.” Blasch’s unique casting process facilitates the manufacture of smooth bore, one-piece abrasion resistant elbow linings. Pipe diameters ranging from 12 mm up to several metres can be lined with Blasch pre-cast tight tolerance shapes available with engineered joints and smooth bore that eliminates premature wear and interrupted flow. Available in a variety of premium refractory materials and complete turnkey units with steel pipe and flanges, these systems are individually engineered to suit specific applications and offer a drop-in replacement to existing piping.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgPayPal announced 400 new jobs at its Dundalk office.Ireland will receive more taxes from oil and gas exploration under new regulations.An Irish judge referred a case concerning Facebook’s involvement with PRISM to the European Court of Justice.The Taoiseach said he’s confident that Ireland hasn’t broken any tax rules.New figures revealed that 15% of Irish businesses went under during the recession.Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesperson asked a judge to not jail a convicted drug dealer. [RTÉ News] Twitter announced it will now support GIFs.Researchers have found a ‘genetic switch’ that allows cancer cells to be repaired in mice. [The Guardian] Updated 9.53pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news… Pictured here is seven-year-old Paul Crowley from Inchicore, enjoying one of the hottest days of the year so far at Seapoint Beach in Co. Dublin. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandIRISHThe IMF recommended sticking to plans for significant cuts and tax increases in Budget 2015.Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore disagreed. [RTÉ News] PARTING SHOTA new app that allows you to send the word “Yo”, and nothing else, to friends is taking the world by the storm. Yo. Yo? Yo.Originally published 9pm Indian labourers sitting on mules and a donkey, right, leave for work in the morning in Allahabad, India. Source: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh#IRAQ: The country’s foreign minister called on the United States to carry out air strikes on militants.#MALAYSIA: More than two dozen are missing and nine confirmed dead after a boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants overturned.#NIGERIA: 21 died in a bomb attack at a World Cup viewing centre.#UNITED STATES: Two men were put to death in the first executions since a botched lethal injection in April.INNOVATION Amazon unveiled a new smart phone with a 3D display. Dublin Bikes signed a €2 million sponsorship deal with Coke Zero.The IDA promised to help the Bausch + Lomb factory in Waterford after workers voted in favour of massive cuts.It was sunny. So, so sunny.WORLDlast_img read more

Cantines bio le WWF appelle les parents à faire pression sur les

first_imgCantines bio : le WWF appelle les parents à “faire pression sur les décideurs”En 2009, le WWF lançait un appel au développement de l’alimentation bio dans les cantines. Un an plus tard, l’association lance une nouvelle campagne visant le grand public, et surtout les parents, afin qu’ils fassent “pression sur les décideurs”.Le WWF invite le grand public à mener l’enquête sur la place des aliments d’origine biologique dans les cantines scolaires de l’Hexagone. Les résultats de cette enquête devraient alors permettre à l’association de réaliser une carte de France du bio dans les cantines. Comme l’explique Serge Orru, le directeur général de WWF, les parents seront ensuite appelés à envoyer de nombreux courriers aux élus locaux, afin de “faire pression sur les décideurs”.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’environnement, le pays s’est engagé à accorder une plus grande place à l’alimentation bio dans les cantines, avec un objectif de 20% d’ici à 2012. Mais aujourd’hui, le bio ne représente même pas 2% des aliments distribués aux écoliers, déplore le WWF. A Paris, ce taux atteint 8 à 10%, quand l’objectif fixé est de 30% à l’horizon 2014, rappelle de son côté Jacques Boutault, le maire du IIe arrondissement de Paris. L’élu écologiste fut le premier de la capitale, en 2001, à introduire le bio dans les cantines. Aujourd’hui, son arrondissement fait figure de meilleur élève, la part de l’alimentation biologique dans les cantines y atteignant 40 à 60%.Baptisée Oui au bio dans ma cantine, la campagne lancée par le WWF a reçu le soutien de la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. Mais comme le déplore la député Europe Ecologie-Les Verts Anny Poursinoff, l’aide financière accordée à l’agriculture bio a été sensiblement réduite dans le projet de budget 2011.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 17:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Free Mobile Xavier Niel dévoile un forfait purement data

first_imgFree Mobile : Xavier Niel dévoile un forfait purement dataAprès avoir déclaré sur BFM Business que les premiers chiffres seraient “au-dessus de nos attentes”, Xavier Niel, omni-présent sur la scène médiatique, auraient indiqué au site Univers Freebox qu’un nouveau forfait serait en préparation du coté de Free mobile…Tel un magicien sortant toujours quelque chose de son chapeau, Xavier Niel aurait indiqué qu’un nouveau forfait Free mobile pourrait voir le jour dans les prochaines semaines.Il s’agirait d’un forfait purement data, et qu’il serait accompagné d’une clé 3G. Aucune autre information n’aurait filtré. Ni la date, ni le prix de ce nouveau forfait.Il interviendrait donc après l’arrivée des premiers smartphones dédiés aux offres “classiques” du nouvel opérateur, prévue dès la semaine prochaine.Free compte-t-il encore une fois faire chanceler une hierarchie déjà très touchée par l’annonce de ses premiers forfaits ?Le 13 janvier 2012 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le Samsung Galaxy S3 face aux stars de la planète Android

first_imgLe Samsung Galaxy S3 face aux stars de la planète AndroidAprès son match contre l’iPhone 4 S, il est temps de voir ce que vaut le Galaxy S3 de Samsung contre ses concurrents d’Android.Pendant quelques mois, Internet a beaucoup parlé du Galaxy S3, considéré par beaucoup comme LE smartphone haut de gamme. Réputation justifiée ou totalement surfaite ? Difficile à dire, car le choix d’un smartphone est surtout une question de goût. Pour ceux qui cherchent un smarphone puissant avec un processeur dernière génération, alors le Galaxy S3 pourrait très bien être le smartphone à acquérir. Par ailleurs, d’autres fonctionnalités comme la photographie, les contenus multimédias ou encore le partage via les réseaux sociaux, sont plutôt l’apanage d’autres constructeurs, souvent moins compétitifs sur le matériel.Après le duel avec l’iPhone 4S (lien non disponible), Maxisciences met au banc d’essai cinq représentants des smartphones androids haut de gamme du moment pour les comparer au smartphone de Samsung. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Caractéristiques techniques, interface et desgin, tout y passe pour donner un appercu des différentes possibilités face à celle du Galaxy S3. Au programme, un petit récapitulatif du Galaxy S3 puis une confrontation avec les derniers modèles HTC One x, Sony Xperia S et LG Optimus L7. Et pour finir une petite comparaison avec le Galaxy Note de Samsung pour les indécis du moment dont le coeur balancerait encore entre les deux modèles de Samsung.Pour retrouvez le Galaxy S3 face aux champions du genre, c’est par ici.Le 11 mai 2012 à 18:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Evergreen Public Schools’ Deeder announces retirement

first_imgEvergreen Public Schools Superintendent John Deeder announced his retirement at the district’s Tuesday board meeting.When Deeder, who will turn 70 in April, steps down on July 31, he will close a 48-year career in education, 11 of which were spent as the district’s superintendent.In an emotional announcement at the board meeting, Deeder thanked the school board and district administrators for supporting him through his career and for their commitment to supporting the east Vancouver district’s students.“I love this place and I love education,” Deeder said.Deeder began his career as a sixth grade teacher, also working as a counselor, coach, principal, instructional leader and assistant superintendent in Oregon school districts, according to a district news release. He first joined Evergreen public schools 15 years ago as the director of curriculum and instruction. He was later appointed assistant superintendent, then chief academic office before his appointment as superintendent in 2006.Deeder also managed a $26.3 million budget cut during the height of the Great Recession without cutting teacher salaries, implementing budget-saving policies including freezing his own salary for five years.Deeder has also been a staunch supporter of creating programs that support the district’s low-income students and their families, overseeing the launch of the district’s Family and Community Resource Center program in 2013. That program has since expanded to cover 14 schools.last_img read more