Two Canadians among dozens injured in bus crash in Peru that killed

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Peruvian officials say a double-decker tour bus went out of control and rolled over on a narrow road in the hills in the country’s capital, killing nine people and injuring 48 others, including two Canadians.The Ministry of Health says the rollover happened Sunday night about two kilometres from the presidential palace in Lima.The agency says eight foreigners — two Canadians and six Chileans — were among the injured being treated in local hospitals.Prosecutor Luz Pena said the bus was driving on San Cristobal hill to give the passengers a panoramic view of the city and appeared to have been moving at excessive speed.Global Affairs Canada says it is following the situation in Lima and is providing consular assistance to the Canadian citizens been affected by the accident.— With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Keanu Reeves return to Winnipeg after two decades to be less dramatic

first_imgAdvertisement Presumably, Reeves will feel more comfortable with his Winnipeg gig this time out. Not long after performing the Melancholy Dane, Reeves told this reporter he had initially felt like a “deer in the headlights” confronted by a looming truck with the word “Hamlet” across its front.Siberia may be more in his comfort zone. The film is to be directed by Matthew Ross, best known for the recent feature film Frank & Lola, another story of obsessive love starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. The script was written by Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan).Reeves is one of three actors making a return trip to Winnipeg. Sir Ben Kingsley, currently in town shooting the serial killer thriller Nomis opposite Henry Cavill and Alexandra Daddario, played the lead role of an alcoholic hitman in the 2007 film You Kill Me directed by John Dahl.According to the Internet Movie Database, actor Stanley Tucci has also joined the cast of Nomis. Tucci played a passionate ballroom dance contestant in the 2004 film Shall We Dance opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.The year continues to be a busy one for the Winnipeg film industry, which enjoyed a genre movie boom beginning in November with the back-to-back shooting of the First World War zombie thriller Trench 11, starring Rossif Sutherland, Incident in a Ghostland, starring French pop icon Mylène Farmer, the psychological thriller Behind the Glass, starring India Eisley, Mira Sorvino and Jason Isaacs, and Cult of Chucky, the seventh film in the Child’s Play franchise, starring Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, which wrapped production last week.In that vein, city crews are also gearing up for a post-apocalyptic genre film titled Break My Heart 1000 Times, an adaptation of a young adult novel by Daniel Waters.According to a report in Variety, actress Bella Thorne (The DUFF, Scream: The TV Series) is set to star in the film, set in a world in which the barrier between the living and the spirits of the dead has been lifted.randall.king@freepress.mb.caTwitter: @FreepKing Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment IT was 22 years ago when actor Keanu Reeves, a freshly minted action star after the hit movie Speed, made a bold career pivot, signing on to perform the title role of Hamlet on the stage of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the winter of 1995.According to local industry sources, Reeves will be returning to Winnipeg this spring to shoot the movie Siberia (not to be confused with the 2013 NBC TV series of the same name, which was largely filmed in Birds Hill Provincial Park).The 52-year-old actor, still a hot action star in the wake of the US$130 million gross of John Wick Chapter 2, plays a diamond dealer trying to sell blue diamonds of questionable origin in Russia, falling in obsessive love with a Russian café owner along the way. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Singapore offers to assist Sri Lanka to establish peace

Singaporean Foreign Affairs Minister V. Balakrsihnan and Sri Lanka’s non-resident High Commissioner to Singapore Chandra Das were also present during the meetings. (Colombo Gazette) During the discussion, the Prime Minister had discussed on how counter-terrorism measures could be collectively implemented by both countries. Singapore would assist Sri Lanka in its efforts to establish peace in the Asian region, Singapore’s Law and Order Minister K Shanmugam said.The Minister had made these remarks during a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on an official visit to Singapore, the Prime Minister’s Office said today. Wickremesinghe had also discussed matters concerning social, economic, and political interests, the Prime Minister’s office said. read more

Ford recalls 550K vehicles for seat strength problem

DETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 550,000 trucks and SUVs in North America because seat backs may not properly restrain people in a crash.The recall covers certain 2018 through 2020 F-150 pickups, 2019 and 2020 Super Duty trucks, 2018 and 2019 Explorer SUVs, and 2019 and 2020 Expedition SUVs. All have manual driver or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanisms.Also included are some 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs with rear seats with manual seat-back mechanisms.Ford says the trucks may not have a third pawl needed for seat strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries.Dealers will inspect seat structures and replace them if needed. Most are expected to pass. Owners will be notified starting Oct. 7.The Associated Press read more

Slow European economy means demand for loans wont pick up for a

Slow European economy means demand for loans won’t pick up for a while yet, ECB head says by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 10:37 am MDT FRANKFURT – European banks, flush with cheap credit from the European Central Bank, are making it easier for consumers and companies to get loans — but demand for credit remains very low due to worries over the region’s economic prospects.The ECB’s closely watched survey of lending practices released Wednesday indicated a substantial thawing of credit conditions among banks since it gave them €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) in cheap loans.On paper, that is a hopeful sign for the European economy as it struggles with a crisis over too much government debt.However, the survey also indicates businesses and households are not applying for that credit because they are concerned about the outlook for the eurozone economy, which is expected to shrink 0.3 per cent this year according to EU forecasts.In particular, banks said they saw less demand from consumers for mortgage loans and from businesses for credit to expand their plants and equipment. That adds to recent indicators that the eurozone economy remains in weak shape as governments cut back spending to fight the debt crisis.ECB head Mario Draghi said the survey indicated that restraints on the supply of loans “have decreased considerably,” but that lending was likely to remain subdued “for some time” because of a slow economy.“We see demand still very, very weak for credit,” he said.Draghi urged governments to step up their efforts to reform their economies and promote more growth.He said Europe needed a “growth compact,” echoing his earlier call for a “fiscal compact.” That call was met when European governments agreed on a treaty tightening rules on spending. But he didn’t specify what the growth compact would consist of.The ECB bank lending survey showed that far fewer banks had tightened their loan standards in the first three months of the year compared with last year. Of 131 surveyed banks, only a net 9 per cent said they had made their lending practices tougher.That’s a significant improvement from a net 35 per cent that tightened credit in the fourth quarter of last year, when markets were seized with fear that a large eurozone country such as Spain or Italy might default on its debts. That feared financial collapse didn’t happen, and market conditions improved after the ECB made huge amounts of cheap credit available to banks on Dec. 21 and Feb. 29.The ECB’s massive loans supplied banks with plentiful cash, many of them small banks that loan to the small and midsize companies that provide most eurozone jobs. That means “central bank lending has come very close to the real economy,” Draghi said.But the money won’t reach businesses and consumers until they see a reason to ask for it. Demand for loans from both businesses and households remains low, a fact the ECB cannot directly affect through its monetary policies.“We cannot replace the lack of demand,” Draghi said before the European Parliament’s committee on economic and monetary affairs.He declined to say if the bank would make more cheap long-term loans to banks. “We never precommit,” he said.The ECB’s loans, handed out in two batches to banks on Dec. 21 and Feb. 29, are credited with ensuring banks had enough funds to operate and removed fears of a bank collapse that could have further shaken the eurozone. However, the calming effect on markets has evaporated in recent days, with investors demanding higher interest rates to loan money to Spain and Italy.The increasing market tensions have led to calls for the ECB to do another series of loans, dubbed longer-term refinancing operations, or LTROs. Draghi and other ECB officials however have stressed that it’s up to governments to reduce their deficits and improve prospects for growth by cutting excess regulation that discourages hiring and starting businesses. They say the LTROs only gained governments time to do that.Commerzbank economist Michael Schubert said the easier credit conditions “probably confirm the ECB council members’ view that for the time being there is no need for a further long-term tender operation.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mali begins rebuilding mausoleums from Timbuktus golden age UN agency

“The rehabilitation of the cultural heritage of Timbuktu is crucial for the people of Mali, for the city’s residents and for the world,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), marking today’s ceremony.“The very name Timbuktu sparks the imagination of millions of people in all parts of the planet,” she added.Timbuktu was an economic, intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa during the city’s golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries. According to UNESCO, the three mosques and the sixteen mausoleums comprising the property are part of the former great city of Timbuktu that once numbered 100,000 inhabitants.The site was heavily destroyed by occupying extremists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.The reconstruction of the mausoleums is being carried out by Malian masons under the supervision of Imam of Djingareyber. The reconstruction, financed by Malian authorities and UNESCO, with contributions from Andorra, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Croatia and Mauritius, as well as logistical support from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), is expected to last one month. “Today’s start of the reconstruction of Timbuktu’s mausoleums is important as they constitute an inalienable feature of the city’s identity whose very purpose is to protect its inhabitants,” said Albert Gerard Koenders, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of MINUSMA. The fighting also destroyed parts of the Djingareyber Mosque, one of three madrassas comprising the University of Timbuktu. It is believed to have been built around 1327, mostly out of straw and wood with some limestone reinforcements. The emblematic El Farouk independence monument in the shape of a horse at the entrance to the city was also razed. read more

Samantha Prahalis hopes to rise with Mercury

During four years at Ohio State, point guard Samantha Prahalis earned her place in the record books of women’s basketball. On April 16, Prahalis received the opportunity to continue her stardom at the professional level when she was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the No. 6-overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Prahalis set Big Ten conference and OSU school records with 901 assists over her four-year career. She ranks fourth on the Buckeyes’ all-time scoring list with 2,010 points, and was only the second player in Division I women’s basketball history with at least 2,000 career points and 900 career assists. She was also named the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, and was a first-team USBWA All-American. Prahalis said making it to the WNBA has been a goal of hers since she “got serious about basketball in high school.” “To get drafted, and just to be in the room and get your name called and hold the jersey up with the commissioner,” Prahalis said. “It was just cool. It’s reaching a dream.” Prahalis said she was “super excited” to be drafted by the Mercury and thinks her new team is the right fit for her. “They’re a fast-paced team, they’re up-tempo,” Prahalis noted. “So I think that fits me perfectly.” Mercury coach and general manager Corey Gaines said he was in attendance for Prahalis’ final home game on Feb. 23, when she set the OSU single-game scoring record with 42 points in a victory against Minnesota. Gaines said he believes the system his team runs will suit Prahalis well. “The way she plays, she makes other people better,” Gaines said. “I think she’ll flourish, I think she’ll be one of those players to leave college and expand her game to a better style.” Prahalis joined Jessica Davenport, who was selected second overall in 2007, and Jantel Lavender, selected fifth overall in 2011, as the third OSU alum to be a WNBA first-round draft pick. Prahalis also became the seventh player to be drafted from OSU under Jim Foster’s tenure as head coach. Foster began coaching the Buckeyes in 2002. Prahalis gave credit to Foster in helping her get to the WNBA. “I am confident in the way coach Foster prepared me for the league,” Prahalis said. “He really taught me to deal with different situations.” Like Gaines, Foster also said he thinks playing for the Phoenix Mercury will be a “great fit” for Prahalis. “I think that she’s going to a very transition-oriented team, and that by far is her strength,” Foster said. Prahalis joins a roster that features Diana Taurasi, who has led the WNBA in scoring for the past four consecutive seasons. Gaines said he believes adding Prahalis to a talented roster will make her better. “She has good players to pass to,” Gaines said. “So it should improve her game, and also make her game a little easier for her playing in our league.” Gaines said he hopes Prahalis is ready to start at point guard this season but also recognizes that the transition from OSU to the Mercury will be challenging. “It’s going to be a drastic change for her,” Gaines said. “It’s probably going to go against everything she’s learned or been taught before. And I’m not saying what she’s been taught before is wrong. It’s just that we teach things a little differently, and it’s a different style of game.” Prahalis said she felt her personality was sometimes misunderstood, but hopes WNBA players and fans will be more accepting. “I think in college, I was kind of scrutinized because I was being me,” Prahalis said. “So hopefully the WNBA has a little bit of a more open mind.” Prahalis also said she hopes OSU basketball fans will remain interested in her WNBA career. “I hope the fans from OSU will come over to WNBA and continue to support me,” Prahalis said. “They believed in me, all my flashiness, my style, my competitiveness, so I hope they just continue to follow me.” read more

HP releases Open webOS 10

first_imgDespite many tech enthusiasts calling webOS a dead platform, HP hasn’t finished with it just yet. After months of silence, version 1.0 of Open webOS has been released and demoed on video. HP’s chief webOS architect, Steve Winston seems a little dejected as he shows off what webOS has become, but now at least the bits are out there for the community to play with.Open webOS 1.0 comes with all the core apps built in, and the Enyo 2.0 framework has hooks that developers can use to deploy the software on a wide variety of platforms. To illustrate this, Winston shows webOS running on an HP Touchsmart PC. He claims that it only took an engineer a few days of work to get webOS running on the device.While Open webOS is designed to support a lot of hardware, it’s not going to be easy to port it to last generation’s webOS devices. HP already made is clear that the Touchpad, Veer, and Pre3 won’t see direct support from Open webOS. That likely means that the drivers for those devices are not included in Open webOS.This release is far from complete, though. It lacks Bluetooth support, multimedia playback, and advanced network management. A future build will include these features as well as faster UI rendering and new versions of both Qt and WebKit. You can still load up Open webOS in an emulator if you’re curious. The more daring might even try to develop something with the software.More at Open webOS, via Engadgetlast_img read more

A logistical problem Over 800 people arrested in Extinction Rebellion protests in

first_img 15,580 Views Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 1:25 PM ‘A logistical problem’: Over 800 people arrested in Extinction Rebellion protests in London The climate change protests have now entered a seventh day. Apr 21st 2019, 1:25 PM No Comments Share Tweet Email By Cónal Thomas A climate change protester is removed by police. Source: Victoria Jones/PA ImagesOVER 800 PEOPLE have been arrested as part of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests in London. Demonstrators continued to block Waterloo Bridge in the city and the central Oxford Circus junction yesterday despite the removal by police of the pink sailing boat which had acted as a natural focal point for the movement.Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus have now re-opened, the Metropolitan Police (MET) has said. But protesters remain at Waterloo Bridge and Parliament Square. The MET said today that 831 people had been arrested and that 40 people have now been charged in relation to the protests, which have caused disruption for commuters in London. The protests are organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements.Campaigners want governments to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new “citizens’ assemblies on climate and ecological justice”.On Friday, climate change demonstrators in Dublin staged a sit-down protest on O’Connell Bridge in the city centre. Police in London have been trying to confine the protests to one site in the capital, at Marble Arch on the corner of Hyde Park, but the protesters have ignored the threat of arrest and continued to block other sites.“We are trying our best to give the businesses a chance to return to ‘business as usual’,” police said.“One thing that is unusual about this demonstration is the willingness of those participating to be arrested and also their lack of resistance to the arrests.”The large number of arrests has created a “logistical problem” for police in terms of cell space but also the “wider criminal justice system”.With reporting from © AFP 2019 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Zeal Optics iON un masque de ski doté dune caméra

first_imgZeal Optics iON : un masque de ski doté d’une caméraLa firme Zeal Optics vient de dévoiler un nouveau modèle de masque de ski. Baptisé iON, il permet de dévaler les pistes tout en réalisant des vidéos grâce à sa caméra HD qui enregistre les images en 1080p.Le spécialiste des lunettes GPS Zeal Optics va certainement faire des heureux avec son nouveau masque de ski, le iON. Grâce à lui, les skieurs pourront partager leurs souvenirs de descentes des pistes et de paysages enneigés grâce à la caméra haute définition dont il est doté. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Celle-ci enregistre des vidéos en grand angle de 170 degrés et en 1080p, et prend également des photos de 8 mégapixels. Pour l’activer, l’utilisateur n’aura même pas besoin de retirer ses gants, grâce à des boutons situés sur le côté des lunettes. Malheureusement, le masque iON ne bénéficie pas de connexion sans fil. Il ne sera donc pas possible de partager immédiatement les vidéos et photos capturées. En revanche, une carte microSD est fournie avec le masque. Ce dernier est aussi livré avec un logiciel permettant d’ajuster tous les paramètres de la caméra et de télécharger vidéos et images sur un ordinateur PC ou Mac via une connexion mini-USB.En matière d’autonomie, la batterie rechargeable au lithium-ion offre environ six heures de fonctionnement. Mais côté prix, le masque iON n’est pas à la portée de toutes les bourses. Il faudra en effet compter 399 dollars (310 euros) pour s’offrir le masque, qui comme le promet Zeal Optics, “changera votre façon de voir la montagne”.Le 22 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Measures being undertaken to improve access to water for residence of Clarendon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 5, 2017 – Kingston – Several development projects and strategies are being undertaken by agencies of Government and the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to improve access to water for the 246,000 citizens of the parish.  Less than two months ago, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, commissioned the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply Project into service, bringing the commodity into some homes for the first time in 30 years.A joint venture between the National Water Commission (NWC) and the Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), the project was completed at a cost of $38 million, representing savings of $12 million to the NWC on the original cost.  The works involved installation of 3.4 kilometres of pipelines, service laterals and reinstatement of pipeline trenches.The RWSL, which has been mandated to provide water solutions to communities not covered by the NWC, is constructing a pump station, which will form part of the Southern Clarendon Water Supply Scheme Phase 2, and will serve the communities of Portland Cottage, Shearer Heights and much of Lionel Town.   Director of the RWSL, Audley Thompson, says the pump station is slated for completion during the current financial year.Phase one of the project included rehabilitation of an existing pumping station as well as the installation of two new vertical turbine pumps, fencing, operators’ amenities and a pumping main.   The supply scheme was designed to serve approximately 17,000 residents, and provisions were made to serve an additional 5,000 residents, in the event of a population growth.   The Managing Director further points to the development of a well in the New Bowens area, which, he notes, allows for service to the nearby Longville Park housing scheme.In the meantime, the Clarendon Municipal Corporation is looking to find more sustainable methods to address the parish’s water problems by identifying and developing as many community-based sources as possible.   These sources, which include springs and rivers, will have to be assessed by experts from the NWC and RWSL to determine their viability.Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh, says two potential water sources have been identified in Frankfield and Brandon Hill.“We are going to make sure that the people of Brandon Hill and surrounding communities get water from the sources,” he assures.Mayor Maragh notes, further, that the Corporation is “far advanced” in sourcing funds for a water project in Thompson Town that will serve over 300 residents.  Meanwhile, more than 1,000 persons from Pennants are to benefit from a $10-million water shop.The complex, which comprises eight 1,000-gallon water tanks plus administrative offices, is set to open shortly, providing residents with reliable access to water.   Persons will receive three months’ free service, after which a cost will apply.   The facility has capacity for development to serve more than 5,000 persons.The water-shop concept will see facilities being established island-wide to dramatically improve the availability of potable water for residents in communities and regions of the island usually affected by drought.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the provision of potable water is part of a “critical mission” being pursued by the Administration under instructions from the Prime Minister.   He informs that funding is being finalised in order to bring the commodity to all Jamaicans, including those in remote sections of the island.“We will move access to potable water from 55 per cent to near 85 per cent. All Jamaica will have good quality water supply,” the Minister says, noting that in some communities, water-harvesting systems will have to be utilized.Minster Chang is urging the residents of Rosewell to “make every effort to protect the system”, noting that while the water agencies have a responsibility for management, “the citizens have a responsibility to ensure that it is treated well”.Under the Palmetto Pen/Breadnut Bottom/Rosewell Water Supply project, the Rosewell Primary School benefited from a new drinking/hand-wash station, and refurbishing of its sanitary facilities.By: Garfield L. Angus Related Items:last_img read more

Syrian rebels raid Lebanese town battle troops

first_imgBEIRUT — Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict.The rebels, who included foreign fighters, demanded to trade soldiers and police officers it captured in Arsal for some of the “most dangerous detainees,” the Lebanese army said in a statement. Masked gunmen roamed the streets as Lebanese helicopter gunships flew over the town, about 55 miles from the capital, Beirut.A Lebanese army general said the gunmen attacked army positions near Arsal and troops returned fire. Another official said the gunmen also took control of the main police station in the town.Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported that Arsal residents later freed police officers at the station, though rebels captured some weapons and released several detainees. It said gunmen killed two residents near the police station. A picture posted online allegedly showed gunmen in Arsal driving away with about a dozen men, two of them in police uniforms. The photograph corresponded to other AP reporting about the attack.last_img read more

All clear given after empty briefcase outside IKEA in Sunrise prompts evacuation

first_imgSunrise ikea being evacuated ##ikea #sunrise #EVACUATION— Nick V (@NickV_1) September 8, 2019 SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have given the all clear at the IKEA in Sunrise after a suspicious package that turned out to be an empty briefcase was spotted in front of the building, prompting an evacuation.Sunrise Police and Fire Rescue responded to the large retailer at 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunday afternoon.Officials described the package as a metal briefcase. Police created a safe perimeter around it while they waited for the Broward Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad to arrive.IKEA’s staff voluntarily evacuated everyone as a precaution.Shoppers took to social media to describe a fast evacuation from the store. Video posted to Twitter captured a long line of cars slowly exiting the covered garage.Once the bomb squad responded, they determined the briefcase was empty.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Policeman shot at Chattogram polling station

first_imgMiscreants attack a polling centre in Chandnaish upazila of Chattogram on Sunday. Photo: UNBA police constable sustained bullet injuries as miscreants attacked and opened fire at a polling centre in Chandnaish upazila of Chattogram on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The injured constable Farhad Hossain of Chandnaish police station was admitted to Chattogram Medical College Hospital.Keshab Chakraborty, officer-in-charge of Chandnaish police station, said that a gang of miscreants swooped on the polling station at Purba Chandnaish Government Primary School for rigging before starting of the voting.At one stage, they opened fire, leaving the on-duty constable injured with bullet.Earlier, the voting in elections to 117 upazila parishads began in the third phase of the local government polls in the morning.As many as 33 chairman, nine vice-chairman and 13 woman vice-chairman contestants have already been elected uncontested in the absence of any valid candidate to oppose them in the third phase of the elections.last_img read more

Across The World If You Eat For Your Health Youll Help The

first_img Share David Messent/Getty ImagesBrahman cattle graze in a field in Innisfail, Queensland, Australia. Researchers can estimate the greenhouse gas emissions and land used to produce various foods in different parts of the world. They’ve used that data to calculate the environmental impact of a shift in what people eat.Telling people what to eat is perilous, whether the advice is aimed at a friend or an entire country. Of course, people and governments do it anyway. Dozens of countries have come up with recommendations for the perfect, most health-promoting diet.Those recommendations are aimed at improving people’s health. But Paul Behrens, a researcher at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands, wanted to know whether this advice — if people actually followed it — might affect the environment. Producing foods, after all, has profoundly altered the planet, and those impacts can vary a lot, depending on which foods people demand.Behrens just published his analysis in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He looked at what would happen if people in 37 different countries followed the dietary recommendations of their own governments. In general, he says, those shifts would be good for the planet. Greenhouse gas emissions would fall, waterways would suffer less pollution from fertilizer, and less land would be required to feed people.“We have the perfect tool to analyze this,” says Behrens. Scientists have assembled a massive database that allows them to calculate the emissions of greenhouse gases, the demand for land, or the fertilizer pollution caused by growing different kinds of food in different parts of the world. It can even distinguish, for instance, between the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from letting cattle graze on grass in Australia, versus feeding them corn in North American feedlots.Behrens and his colleagues took that database and calculated, first of all, the impact of what people are eating now. Then they calculated the impact of a shift in diets, in each country, following that government’s recommended diet.In most countries (although not all) shifting to the recommended diet would mean eating less meat, poultry and eggs. That means, in turn, less land required to grow the feed for animals, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less water pollution. This is especially true of Brazil and Australia, where people eat lots of beef.There are exceptions, though. In India, where consumption of meat, poultry, and eggs is extremely low, the government wants people to eat more of those foods. Supplying those Indian consumers with the food that the government wants them to eat would increase greenhouse emissions. Shifting to the recommended diet in South Africa also would add to environmental stresses, because South Africans are supposed to eat more dairy products. And in Switzerland, people are supposed to eat so many more vegetables, fruit and nuts that producing that food also would increase greenhouse gas emissions.What I found most intriguing about Behren’s paper, in fact, is the detailed information he’s assembled about dietary recommendations in dozens of different countries, as well as differences in what people actually eat.Latvia, for instance, tells its citizens to eat mostly grains, while in South Korea, grains make up only a tiny share of the recommended diet. I’d assumed that Italians fill up on pasta, but in fact the Italian government wants its citizens to eat more grains, not less.In the United States, the official dietary guidelines do not explicitly call for a reduction in meat consumption. The amount of meat, poultry and eggs that the guidelines recommend, however, is generally lower than what Americans — at least adult men — currently consume. The guidelines call for an even bigger reduction in sugar consumption. All of this would mean less pollution, and more land available for nature.Behrens says only a handful of countries even mention the potential environmental benefits of following their dietary recommendations. He thinks that’s a mistake. “It’s another reason to shift to a healthier diet,” he says.The last time the U.S. revised its dietary guidelines, several of the scientists involved in the effort tried to do exactly that, but ran into fierce criticism from Congress. Lawmakers attached a “directive” to a spending bill instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to disregard environmental considerations when drafting its dietary advice, and the HHS complied.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Cardinals Land 21 on AllACC Academic Team

first_imgThe Louisville women landed 12 swimmers and divers on the All-ACC Academic Team, the highest tally in the entire conference. With a GPA of 3.71 in the Fall semester, the Cardinals recorded the second-highest mark in the nation. Comerford concludes her career as a Cardinal as a 10-time individual All-American, 16-time relay All-American, four-time NCAA champion, nine-time individual ACC champion, three-time ACC record holder, and holds nine program records for the University of Louisville. She was also selected as a finalist for the prestigious Honda Sport Award for Swimming and Diving. The honor marks Comerford’s third major ACC award of the season as she also became the first woman in conference history to earn ACC Swimmer of the Year honors for three consecutive seasons and was selected as the ACC Championships Most Valuable Swimmer for the second straight season after winning the 100, 200, and 500 freestyle titles. About the ACC-Scholar Athlete of the Year/All-ACC Academic AwardsThe ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. Story Links The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July. 2019 All-ACC Academic Team HonoreesNicolas AlbieroMariia AstashkinaAndrej BarnaAvery BrauneckerSophie CattermoleMallory ComerfordMihalis DeliyiannisCasey FanzMolly FearsDaniel FecteauMorgan FriesenZach HartingAlina KendziorMate KovacsAlena KrausGrace OglesbyColton PaulsonDaniel SosNikolaos SofianidisLainey VisscherKaylee WheelerPrint Friendly Versioncenter_img On the men’s side, nine Cardinals were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, the second-highest amount in the conference behind NC State with 12. ACC Release Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-one members of the University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic Team, led by Mallory Comerford, who was named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season. In addition to winning her third straight NCAA title in the 200 free, as well as her first career NCAA crown in the 100 free, Comerford also excelled in the classroom for the Cards. The marketing major from Kalamazoo, Mich. boasts a 3.796 career GPA and achieved a GPA of 3.861 in the Fall 2018 semester. Additionally, she is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-America selection, Dean’s Scholar, a Chi Alpha Sigma Member, a Red & Black Scholar Athlete, and a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.last_img read more

Facebook Shares Rise on BetterThanExpected Holiday Quarter Earnings

first_imgHowever, at least for now, it doesn’t seem like the backlash against some of Facebook’s privacy mishaps is having any lasting impact. Asked about that very issue, Wehner simply quipped: “I’ll probably just let the numbers stand for themselves.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Crisis? What crisis? Investors were undeterred by Facebook’s latest privacy mishaps, and sent the company’s share price up around 11% in after-hours trading following news of a substantial earnings beat.Facebook generated revenue of $16.9 billion during the holiday quarter, compared to close to $13 billion during the same time a year ago. Net income was $6.9 billion, compared to $4.3 billion in Q4 of 2017. This translates to earnings per share of $2.38.Analysts had expected revenue of $16.4 billion, and earnings per share of $2.19.“Our community and business continue to grow,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a statement. “We’ve fundamentally changed how we run our company to focus on the biggest social issues, and we’re investing more to build new and inspiring ways for people to connect.” Popular on Variety Facebook grew its number of daily active users to 1.523 billion for the quarter, up from 1.4 billion in Q4 of 2017. Notably, the company also managed to grow it’s North American user base for the first time in 2018, from 185 million daily actives in Q3 to 186 million in Q4. DAUs in Europe returned to 282 million, after slumping to a low of 278 million in Q3.Zuckerberg disclosed Wednesday that Instagram’s Stories product now has more than 500 million daily active users. Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg added that Facebook’s Stories feature across its apps now has more than 2 million advertisers.The company also said that around 2.7 billion people use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger every month, with 2 billion people using at least one of those apps every day. Chief financial officer David Wehner said that the company would eventually shift to only disclose these aggregate numbers, and not break out the usage of Facebook’s core app anymore.Facebook still makes most of its money with advertising, but the company saw its non-advertising income increase notably, especially in North America, where it generated $187 million from “payments & other fees,” compared to  $121 million in Q4 of 2017.Wehner confirmed Wednesday that this is related to Facebook’s hardware efforts gaining some steam. “Sales of Oculus Go and the launch of Portal contributed to the revenue growth in the quarter,” he said. The company didn’t reveal any concrete hardware sales numbers during Tuesday’s earnings call, but Zuckerberg said: “Portal has done better than I expected.”Investors had been worried that Facebook’s move towards new app experiences and away from its core newsfeed would slow down its economic growth.  Wednesday’s earnings release did show that the company’s Q4 operating margin was significantly lower than in the last, to the tune of 46%, as opposed to 57% in Q4 of 2017.Executives had previously told investors that new products like Stories and Facebook Watch may ultimately lead to Facebook’s margins declining that Facebook’s operating margin from the mid-forties to the mid-30% range.Wehner reiterated that Facebook was in a transition period, especially with the growing importance of Stories. “We will be more reliant on Stories impression growth in 2019,” he said, explaining that this will lead to a deceleration of revenue growth.last_img read more

Linux and Intel 386 processors will part ways

first_img “This tree removes ancient 386 CPU support and thus zaps quite a bit of complexity, which has plagued us with extra work whenever we wanted to change SMP primitives, for years,” Molnar wrote in a message to Linux kernel creator Torvalds. He spoke of the “nostalgic cost being that “your old original 386 DX33 system from early 1991 won’t be able to boot modern Linux kernels anymore.” Torvalds replied, I’m not sentimental. Good riddance.”Intel’s 32-bit 386 processor was first introduced in 1985 and production continued until 2007. In May 2006, Intel announced that 80386 production would stop at the end of September 2007. The Linux kernel was released in 1991 and was eventually ported to a number of computer hardware platforms. The general reaction among technology bloggers is that Torvalds’ decision to make the 386 processors history for Linux is not expected to bother most Linux users except for those who choose to still build on very old rigs. As for Linux moving forward, Linux 3.7 was launched on December 10. Torvalds wrote”It’s been a somewhat drawn out release despite the 3.7 merge window having otherwise appeared pretty straightforward, and none of the rc’s were all that big either. But we’re done, and this means that the merge window will close on Christmas eve.Or rather, I’ll probably close it a couple of days early. For obvious reasons. It’s the main commercial holiday of the year, after all.”Part of the news about this release is support for the ARM 64-bit architecture, with ARM support to boot into different systems using the same kernel, which translates into portability across different hardware setups. There is also support for the Intel “supervisor mode access prevention” (SMAP) security feature. The release carries new drivers and fixes too. Citation: Linux and Intel 386 processors will part ways (2012, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Ubuntu 7.04 to Arrive April 19 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—Earlier this week Linus Torvalds took away support for 386 CPUs from the Linux kernel. He agreed with the position of Red Hat engineer and Linux kernel developer Ingo Molnar to drop support for Intel’s old 386 microprocessors. For Linux users, the world is not coming to a halt. All it means is that the 386 DX33 chip will not be able to run in future versions of Linux, just in existing versions of the kernel. Intel 386-DX owners, for whatever hobbyist or other reasons, will not be able to enjoy the new Linux versions starting with 3.8. Molnár explained that the extra work involved in continuing support was greater than the returns in benefits. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

The major DNS blunder at Microsoft Azure affects Office 365 One Drive

first_imgIt seems all is not well at Microsoft post yesterday’s outage as the Microsoft’s Azure cloud been up and down globally because of a DNS configuration issue. This outage that started at 1:20 pm yesterday, lasted for more than an hour which ended up affecting Microsoft’s cloud services, including Office 365, One Drive, Microsoft Teams, Xbox Live, and many others that are used by Microsoft’s commercial customers. Due to the networking connectivity errors in Microsoft Azure even the third-party apps and sites running on Microsoft’s cloud got affected. Meanwhile, around 2:30 pm, Microsoft started gradually recovering Azure regions one by one. Though Microsoft is yet to completely troubleshoot this major issue and has already warned that it might take some time to get everyone back up and running. But this isn’t the first time that DNS outage has affected Azure. This year in January, a few customers’ databases had gone missing, which affected a number of Azure SQL databases that utilize custom KeyVault keys for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE). The Azure status page reads, “Customers may experience intermittent connectivity issues with Azure and other Microsoft services (including M365, Dynamics, DevOps, etc).” The Microsoft engineers found out that an incorrect name server delegation issue affected DNS resolution, network connectivity, and that affected the compute, storage, app service, AAD, and SQL database resources. Even on the Microsoft 365 status page, Redmond’s techies have blamed an internal DNS configuration error for the downtime. Also, during the migration of the DNS system to Azure DNS, some domains for Microsoft services got incorrectly updated. The good thing is that no customer DNS records were impacted during this incident, also the availability of Azure DNS remained at 100% throughout this incident. Only records for Microsoft services got affected due to this issue. According to Microsoft, the broken systems have been fixed and the three-hour outage has come to an end and the Azure’s network infrastructure will soon get back to normal. Users have reported issues with accessing the cloud service and are complaining. A user commented on HackerNews, “The sev1 messages in my inbox currently begs to differ. there’s no issue maybe with the dns at this very moment but the platform is thoroughly fucked up.” Users are also questioning the reliability of Azure. Another comment reads, “Man… Azure seems to be an order of magnitude worse than AWS and GCP when it comes to reliability.” To know more about the status of the situation, check out Microsoft’s post. Read Next Microsoft brings PostgreSQL extension and SQL Notebooks functionality to Azure Data Studio Microsoft @MWC (Mobile World Congress) Day 1: HoloLens 2, Azure-powered Kinect camera and more! Microsoft Cloud services’ DNS outage results in deleting several Microsoft Azure database recordslast_img read more

TSA seeking to close security gap over workers at airports

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is still working to close what it described as a security gap that allowed 73 people to obtain federal approval to work in secure areas at airports despite having unspecified connections to terrorism, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general assured Congress on Tuesday.“To the extent that there was a vulnerability, I believe it has been closed,” Inspector General John Roth told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. But Roth didn’t say whether those workers have been fired or whether their access to secure areas has been revoked. The workers would have been employed by airlines, airport authorities or airport vendors. Sponsored Stories Roth said his investigators found that 73 job applicants for airport jobs had terrorism-related activity codes associated with their names in a government terrorism database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Roth said TSA still does not have access to that information but asked for it last year.“It’s a process that apparently is taking some time,” Roth told Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. “So it isn’t quite there yet, but I think they’re moving quickly on it.”Roth said TSA was provided the 73 names and he believed the agency was “following up on each of those.”The security gap was disclosed in a report Roth released last week. In an unclassified version of that report, TSA acknowledged that would-be employees whose backgrounds included some undisclosed terrorism-related category codes would be considered “a potential transportation security threat.”TSA has been under fire from lawmakers since last week when it was revealed that auditors from Roth’s office were able to sneak mock explosives, weapons and other prohibited items past security screeners in 67 out of 70 attempts at airport checkpoints. In the wake of that disclosure, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson re-assigned the acting TSA administrator, Melvin Carraway, to another job within the department. Acting Deputy Director Mark Hatfield was selected to lead the agency on an interim basis.Roth told lawmakers that details of that undercover effort were classified and could not be discussed in an open hearing. He said his office is investigating how the information was leaked to the media.___Follow Alicia A. Caldwell on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more