Mantis Shrimp Smash!

first_imgThe peacock mantis shrimp packs a powerful punch. The crustacean uses its hammerlike claws to smash through mollusk shells and even aquarium glass without getting injured. Now, a new study reveals what makes its claws so tough: a unique composition and structure that stops cracks in their tracks—one that could help engineers design lighter, stronger materials for military, medical, and other applications. “This is an absolutely gorgeous study, a tour de force … that opens so many new windows for biologists and engineers,” says Sheila Patek, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who first measured the speed of the mantis shrimp’s blows. “Plus, I really wanted to know all this stuff, and I’m glad someone did it.” Though mantis shrimp are relatively common, a lot about them isn’t. The colorful crustaceans have remarkable vision, unusually resilient armor, and the fastest punch on earth. When they strike, they swing out their dactyl clubs, armlike appendages normally held close to their bodies, at 80 kilometers per hour, accelerating faster than a .22-caliber bullet. Mantis shrimp use this mechanism to smash their often hard-shelled prey, and can do so as many as 50,000 times between molts without destroying their clubs. 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So they dissected the clubs of 15 mantis shrimp (who just grow them back if they’re removed). Using everything from scanning electron microscopes to x-rays, the team examined the club’s inner structure and found a complex arrangement of layers. Smashing. The mantis shrimp’s powerful punch can make a meal of even the hardest-shelled prey. Credit: Jon BondyMore Science News Videos The impact region features a highly crystallized form of the mineral hydroxyapatite, a key ingredient in human bones and teeth. Below that are more layers of hydroxyapatite, this time in an amorphous, noncrystallized form. The innermost region contains chitin, a less stiff material often found in the exoskeletons of crustaceans stacked in helices with hydroxyapatite filling in between the stacks. The differences in hardness, stiffness and orientation between the three layers allow small cracks to form but prevent them from growing or spreading, so the club stays intact, the researchers report online today in Science. “It’s counterintuitive: Mother Nature prevents catastrophic failures by allowing local failures,” says Kisailus. “It’s that architecture that makes them so strong.” The team aims to use that architecture to build lighter and more effective armor for soldiers, fortify cars and other vehicles, and even protect athletes from concussions. Kisailus and colleagues are already developing materials that mimic the structure of the mantis shrimp’s club, and preliminary tests show the materials are bulletproof, he says.last_img read more

Kagiso Rabada takes five South Africa hammer Australia by 177 runs in Perth Test

first_imgPaceman Kagiso Rabada took 5-92 as South Africa completed an emphatic 177-run victory over Australia in the first Test at the WACA on Monday after dismissing the hosts for 361 just before tea on the final day. (Scorecard)The tourists claimed a third successive victory at the WACA after 2008 and 2012 triumphs and a 1-0 lead in the series, which continues in Hobart on Saturday and concludes with a day-nighter at Adelaide Oval.Australia’s batsmen were unable to cope with Rabada’s pace and swing as the 21-year-old took his fourth five-wicket haul in his ninth Test, making light of the absence of South Africa’s injured pace spearhead Dale Steyn.South Africa declared on 540-8 after lunch on Sunday, leaving Australia with an imposing 539-run victory target or more realistically almost five sessions to bat out for a draw.The hosts had looked in a strong position on day two when, having dismissed South Africa for 242, they were 158 without loss before collapsing to 244 all out.Australia had resumed 169-4 and Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Starc were dismissed before lunch with Peter Siddle following after the break.Peter Nevill, who finished on 60 not out, and Josh Hazlewood stalled the march to victory with a dogged partnership of 65 before Australia’s number 10 batsman was caught at short cover for 29 to give Temba Bavuma his maiden Test wicket.Nathan Lyon extended the tail further with a 21-ball eight before he was trapped in front by debutant spinner Keshav Maharaj to conclude the match.KHAWAJA’S SPIRITED RESISTANCEadvertisementKhawaja had provided the most spirited resistance for much of the innings and after he fell lbw to JP Duminy’s part-time spin three runs shy of his fifth Test century, Australia’s already tough task looked all bar impossible.Rabada accounted for Mitchell Marsh (26) and Starc (13), both lbw, to take his match tally to seven wickets.Bavuma, whose brilliant run out accounted for opener David Warner on Sunday, almost claimed another key victim with his first delivery in Test cricket.Khawaja, on 84, was plumb lbw after the ball hit a crack and thudded into his front pad but the 26-year-old had overstepped the mark and umpire Nigel Llong called a no-ball.Lefthander Khawaja had started the morning on 58 and continued to display the same grit and determination that got him through to the close on day four, hitting 11 fours and three sixes in his 182-ball knock.Duminy’s first delivery skidded into Khawaja’s back pad, however, and the 29-year-old became the second Australian batsman to perish on 97 after Warner in the first innings, the wicket that triggered the collapse.last_img read more

Russian athletes can compete as ‘neutrals’ in global events

first_imgThe International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has issued a set of guidelines that will allow Russian athletes to compete in international contests as neutrals in global sporting events.According to a statement on Tuesday, Russian athletes will be able to compete for the country only after the restoration of its IAAF membership.”Russia remains suspended as a member of IAAF until such time as it has complied with the verification criteria set by the IAAF Council in 2015 and no athlete may compete for Russia in the interim,” the statement said. (Russia officials admit sports doping, say not state-sponsored)In contrast with the testing requirements for the Summer Rio Olympics, IAAF said the Russian athletes were no longer required to undergo doping tests outside of Russia but they still had to be part of a “fully WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Code-compliant drug-testing programme”.Russian athletes included in the IAAF International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) will satisfy this condition. (Russia loses World Cup biathlon, speed skating events)According to the statement, in 2016 IAAF added some 30 Russian athletes to the IRTP, bringing the total number of Russians tested by IAAF or other independent agencies in Russia to 50.At the same time, the IAAF noted that being part of the IRTP or tested by independent agencies did not mean automatic authorisation to compete in 2017. (Russian doping conspiracy benefited over 1,000 competitors)”Applications made under the guidelines will be reviewed by the DRB (the Doping Review Board) and athletes granted neutral athlete status by the DRB will be eligible to compete in international competitions as stipulated by the DRB.advertisement”Invitations to eligible athletes to compete in one-day meetings remain at the discretion of individual meeting organisers.”.last_img read more

A Look Inside Facebook’s Carbon Footprint

first_imgFacebook, a business that relies so heavily on people’s willingness to share information, took an important step recently by sharing some details of its own. The social networking company has, for the first time, released information about its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.Facebook used the GHG Protocol’s Corporate Standard for reporting emissions, categorizing them into Scope 1 (direct emissions), scope 2 (emissions from electricity consumption), and scope 3 (all other indirect emissions including, in Facebook’s case, emissions from business travel and the construction of its data centers). Measuring GHG emissions is a crucial first step for any company seeking to manage and reduce its climate change impact.Facebook’s GHG InventoryHere are some of the key figures from Facebook’s GHG inventory:* Total Emissions (scope 1, 2, and part of scope 3): 285,000 metric tons (roughly the equivalent to the annual emissions from 56,000 cars)* Percentage of Total Emissions Due to Data Centers: 72 percent* Energy Mix: 27 percent coal, 23 percent “clean and renewable,” 17 percent natural gas, 13 percent nuclear, and 20 percent uncategorized (i.e. energy that’s purchased by utilities on the financial market and can include any or all of the above categories)* Energy Goal: 25 percent of energy coming from clean and renewable sources by 2015What Do These Figures Mean?Facebook’s figures demonstrate the dominant role that data centers play in the company’s carbon footprint. In fact, one-third of Facebook’s total scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions worldwide come from a single data center on the East coast of the U.S. Interestingly, the East coast data center consumes less energy than the West coast facility, but emits considerably more greenhouse gases. This is mainly due to the higher percentage of coal in the energy mix on the East coast.GHG Protocol’s Scope 3 Standard includes 15 categories of indirect emissions. Not every company will factor in all of these emissions sources, but businesses should focus on the categories most significant to them. According to Facebook’s inventory, scope 3 accounts for 23 percent of total emissions. This includes “employee commuting, employee air travel, data center construction, and server transportation.” While this assessment is a good start, not all scope 3 emissions have been taken into account.the full guidance here. For example, Facebook doesn’t include “purchased goods and services” (e.g. computers), which may (or may not) be significant. Facebook also doesn’t include user emissions in its total emissions figure. The company states that: “The total annual carbon footprint per monthly active Facebook user is 269 grams. To put this number into context, one person’s Facebook use for all of 2011 had roughly the same carbon footprint as one medium latte.” It’s true that this number is small per user, but with 950 million Facebook users (and counting), this emissions source is actually quite significant. Inclusion of user emissions would almost double Facebook’s total emissions figure.Facebook has set a company goal to derive at least 25 percent of its energy mix from clean and renewable sources by 2015. This would require only a two percent increase in clean energy use between 2011 and 2015, yet Facebook’s website states: “We know this is going to be a stretch for us, and we’re still figuring out exactly what it will take to get there.”The Future of Measuring GHG Emissions in the IT SectorThe Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, which includes online companies like Facebook, accounted for an estimated two percent of global GHG emissions in 2008. And that number is rapidly increasing. Data centers are the fastest-growing emissions source in the sector, with emissions growing 56 percent worldwide between 2005 and 2010. Data centers now consume approximately 1.3 percent of electricity use in the world. Facebook’s data centers alone consume as much energy as 46,000 U.S. households a year.Companies in the ICT sector face unique challenges when assessing GHG emissions from sources like cloud computing, due to the shared nature of the services and the number of components and materials involved. In response to these challenges GHG Protocol, in conjunction with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative and the Carbon Trust, is developing GHG accounting guidance for the ICT sector. The guidance will provide further direction for companies measuring the emissions from various ICT products and services, including cloud computing, data centers, software, and telecommunication networks. A first draft of GHG Protocol’s ICT sector guidance is already available online, and a second draft will be released for public comment later in 2012.Turning Measurement into ReductionsFacebook’s sustainability homepage promises that its carbon footprint analysis “is only the beginning.” Measuring GHG emissions is exactly that – a necessary first step towards developing greenhouse gas reduction strategies. What comes next will be more critical.Now that Facebook has started to measure some of its emissions, it should carry out an assessment of emissions throughout its entire value chain to develop a complete baseline. From there it can focus its efforts on the emissions hotspots, set ambitious GHG reduction targets, and begin to track its performance over time. Given Facebook’s unprecedented global reach, the company also has the ability to affect change throughout its value chain in completely new and innovative ways.As such a visible, high-profile company, Facebook has an exciting opportunity to assume a leadership role on climate change and to influence and inspire others. Its actions over the coming months and years will determine whether or not it seizes that opportunity.To learn more about how other businesses are using scope 3 and other standards to measure their emissions, visit the GHG Protocol website.last_img read more

Alba slams officials for missing Messi ‘goal’

first_imgLionel Messi ‘I could see it from the middle of the pitch’ – Alba slams officials for missing Messi ‘goal’ Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:48 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Messi Suarez Valencia Barcelona Getty Lionel Messi Barcelona Valencia v Barcelona Valencia Primera División Barcelona’s talismanic forward saw the match officials deny him what could have been a precious strike in a top-of-the-table clash with Valencia Jordi Alba has slammed match officials for failing to spot that an effort from Lionel Messi had crossed the line in Barcelona’s clash with Valencia.The mercurial Argentine thought that he had given the Catalan giants the lead in a top-of-the-table encounter at the Mestalla.Messi 7/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With 30 minutes on the clock, Messi saw Valencia goalkeeper Neto fumble an effort from the edge of the area, resulting in the ball clearly crossing the line.Neither the referee nor his assistant awarded a goal, however, and with there no goal-line technology or VAR on offer in La Liga, Barcelona and their talismanic forward were left frustrated.Alba, who snatched a late leveller in a 1-1, told reporters on the incident after the final whistle: “It was a mistake by the referee.“Even from the middle of the pitch I could see it.”At the break we saw the replay and it is clear, these plays can’t be missed.”Neto Messi Valencia Barcelona ball over lineAlba struck eight minutes from time to earn Barca a point in a crunch clash, with his strike cancelling out an opener from Rodrigo on the hour mark.The result leaves Ernesto Valverde’s side four points clear of Valencia at the La Liga summit, with Los Che continuing to show that they are genuine contenders for the crown.Alba added on his former club: “The league table shows it, they are a clear candidate.”There is a lot of football left to play.”However, they are second for a reason.”It is, however, the Messi incident which will dominate the headlines for now.Valverde told reporters after the game: “We were in total control in the first half and we had a goal cancelled. In the second half, Valencia decided to pressure us and move forward more. Their goal hurt us, so we moved forward to attack more.”The cancelled goal damaged us and it was the wrong decision by the assistant referee.”Having seen a perfectly good effort ruled out, Messi is now on his worst scoring run in seven years – with six games having come and gone without finding the back of the net.last_img read more

College Football WR Leaving Team For Personal Reasons

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view prior to the game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 19, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Washington’s football program had a tough Saturday, as the Huskies were upset on the road by Cal, losing to the Bears, 12-10, in a game in which Jake Browning was benched.The team shared some tough news after the loss, too.Washington veteran wide receiver Chico McClatcher has left the team for personal reasons.McClatcher, a junior and former three-star recruit, had been dealing with some injuries in recent seasons and hadn’t been playing a ton.“Chico just needs a break from football. That’s basically what I can share,” Chris Petersen said after the loss. “We love Chico and we’ll get him back sooner or later. He’s just taking some time.”The Seattle Times reports that he is working through a personal issue:Washington wide receiver Chico McClatcher stepped away from the team earlier this week to work through personal issues, team sources told The Seattle Times.The junior from Federal Way did not travel with No. 15 Washington for Saturday’s game at California. It is unclear if or when he might return to the team.Washington fell to 6-3 on the season with a loss on Saturday.last_img read more

Congress dissolves UP district committees to set up panel

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to set its house in order in Uttar Pradesh after the drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress dissolved its district committees in the state on Monday and decided to set up a three-member panel to look into complaints of gross indiscipline during the election. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has given its nod to large-scale changes in the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit, approving the proposals submitted by its general secretary in-charge UP East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and general secretary in-charge UP West Jyotiraditya Scindia, a statement issued by Congress general secretary organisation K C Venugopal said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France With Assembly bypolls in the state approaching, the party has also decided to depute a two-member team to oversee election preparations in all the Assembly seats in eastern and western Uttar Pradesh where the bypolls are scheduled to take place. The AICC has also decided to constitute a three-member disciplinary committee to look into complaints of gross indiscipline during the recently-held Lok Sabha polls, the statement said. Ajay Kumar Lallu, the leader of the Congress Legislative Party, has been appointed in-charge for making organisational changes in UP East for a defined period, the party said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Scindia will announce the name of the person who will be in charge of making organisational changes in UP West, it added. The shake up in the party’s state unit comes after Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia held review meetings following the Congress’s debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, in which it managed to win only 52 seats nationally. Bypolls are due for 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh after the respective MLAs were elected to Parliament. Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia, who were appointed as the party general secretaries just ahead of the parliamentary polls, had campaigned vigorously for the Congress candidates in Uttar Pradesh. But of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the Congress could manage to win only Raebareli. Even party president Rahul Gandhi lost to Union minister Smriti Irani from his family stronghold of Amethi.last_img read more

Israeli Sniper Admits Killing 13 Palestinian Kids in One Day

Rabat – New indisputable evidence of the war atrocities committed by the Israeli military against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip.An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip in one day, according to Iranian news channel Press TV.David Ovadia, the Israeli sniper in question, posted on an Instagram account a photo of himself holding a sniper rifle and “bragging” about being capable of murdering 13 Gazan children in one day. The image with his post, however, was deleted entirely by hackers from an anonymous group. The group has launched hundreds of attacks on Israeli websites over the past two years, Press TV added.This comes at a time the Israeli Defense Forces say they have been only targeting Palestinian fighters from Hamas. Yet, the facts on the ground suggest otherwise.On Wednesday, Israel shelled a UN school used as shelter in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 19 people and many others left with severe injuries.The Israeli offensive on Gaza claimed the lives of more than 1,370 Palestinians, mostly innocent little children and women.Deterred by the Palestinian resistance who they have confirmed had killed at least 56 Israeli soldiers, Tel Aviv mobilized 16,000 extra reservists for the ground military operations in Gaza, putting the total number at 86,000. read more

Minister Highlights in Geneva Morocco’s Proactive Reforms

Geneva  –  Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mbarka Bouaida highlighted, here Tuesday, the proactive reforms initiated in Morocco under the leadership of  King Mohammed VI.During a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on the sidelines of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Minister briefed the UN top official about the reforms in the judiciary, human rights, freedoms and regionalization.“The Kingdom enjoys excellent cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as evidenced by the visit at our request of 11 special procedures”, Bouaida told MAP, underlining that Morocco maintains fluid communication with this instance and receives regular visits from its experts.During this meeting, both parties tackled the reforms in the judiciary, the adoption of a new press code, but also the advanced regionalization which represents, according to Bouaida, “a guarantee for the establishment of democratic policies of human development and human rights at the regional level. For his part, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights welcomed the positive interaction of the kingdom with OHCHR mechanisms and the quality of cooperation between the two parties.With MAP read more

Poland asks Gota if LTTE was completely defeated

He also discussed transferring technology, training and intelligence sharing which would benefit both countries. He also had an opportunity of meeting informally with President Komorowski as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslav Sikorski during a lunch hosted for invitees of a Defence exhibition. During his visit Secretary Rajapaksa had a number of meetings with key personnel of the Polish Government. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been asked by Poland if the LTTE has indeed been completely wiped out.A statement by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Poland said that the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslav Sikorski ahd asked this from the Defence Secretary when they met each other during an ongoing visit to Poland by the Defence Secretary. “While speaking with the Secretary, Minister Sikorski inquired whether the LTTE had been completely wipeout in Sri Lanka.  Secretary Rajapaksa gave him a brief account of the defeat of the LTTE and the present situation,” the Sri Lankan Embassy in Poland said.Rajapaksa also enlightened the Minister on the strengths of the defence establishment in Sri Lanka. Adding that having imported various items from number of countries during the long war lasting nearly thirty years, Sri Lanka has acquired a good knowledge of the military equipments produced worldwide. Further, he mentioned that Sri Lanka too has developed a number of items upon making research. read more

Over 500 Indians reportedly died in Lankan waters

Pointing out that the Lankan authorities were adopting a pressure tactic of confiscating trawlers while arresting the fishermen on the charges of poaching, the federation said the island nation had detained more than 50 boats while releasing the fishermen and urged the Centre to secure the release of the boats or provide compensation to damaged boats. Swamy Pranavanandar of Vivekananda Kudil, who has been championing the cause of Rameswaram fishermen for more than two decades, inaugurated the one-day conference.M.C. Kumaresan, president, ‘Kadal Thozhilalar Munnetra Sangam’ declared open the conference by hoisting the flag and P.S. Sethupathy Nattar, Coordinator of a fishermen association, unveiled the replica of a proposed memorial pillar.The federation proposed to build it at Thangachimadam or Pamban in the island in memory of the fishermen who had fallen victims to tsunami and other calamities and to the firings of Lankan navy. Adopting a resolution at the fifth State conference in Rameswaram, the federation said 548 fishermen have died either by falling into the sea by accident while fishing or shot dead by the Lankan navy since 1983 and these families were at a crossroads after losing the breadwinners. An Indian fishermen’s rights group claims over 500 Indian fishermen have died in Sri Lankan waters since 1983.The ‘Fishermen right to livelihood federation’ urged the Centre and State governments in India to provide compensation to the families of fishermen who drowned and were killed by the Sri Lankan navy while fishing on the high seas, The Hindu newspaper reported. Another resolution said the fisheries sector had contributed more in food production and foreign exchange earnings than the agriculture sector but still the Centre had not come forward to establish a separate ministry for the fisheries.As per the Mandal Commission recommendations, the Centre should include the fishing community in the list of scheduled tribes, the federation said and appealed to reserve exclusive Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies for the voices of the fishing community to echo in Assemblies and Parliament. read more

Ticats make 20 year stadium deal

Hamilton city council has voted to accept an operating agreement to lease the new Tim Hortons Field to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for 20 years.The Ticats will be the prime tenants of the new stadium that’s supposed to be completed by the end of June, with the team playing their season home opener weeks later in July. The city and the football franchise have agreed to sharing revenues in an arrangement that city manager Chris Murray says will keep the team sustainable while allowing the city to break even or in some cases be profitable.“We have an agreement now that I think will certainly help the Ticats be sustainable over the long run, which means generations of Tiger-Cat fans are going to have a team to go watch and enjoy.” “The city of Hamilton has made considerable improvements from where we were before the Pan Am opportunity even presented itself. We have a brand new stadium as everyone knows. The $60 million the city has invested has allowed it to enjoy a $150 million stadium and we have an operating agreement that is vastly different and better than what we had.” The city and the Ticats have agreed not to release details of the new agreement until it is signed, but mayor Bob Bratina says it’s the best in the CFL. read more

Budget office says Liberal spending estimates short 25B on infrastructure

by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Budget office says Liberal spending estimates short $2.5B on infrastructure OTTAWA – The parliamentary budget office and the Liberals clashed again Thursday over the government’s infrastructure spending program, with the watchdog saying billions were missing from planned spending and the government arguing the watchdog didn’t read the numbers correctly.Underlying the dispute was a point both sides wanted to make: the way the federal government reports on its spending plans for the year is so opaque that it is difficult to know where the money is going.The spending figures in the estimates don’t line up nicely with the budget, which will be released on March 22, meaning that parliamentarians don’t get the full picture on government spending.As one example, Jean-Denis Frechette’s report cites the end of the universal child care benefit, which was replaced in last year’s budget by the new Canada child benefit. The new benefit is more expensive than the one it replaced, but the department overseeing the program is nonetheless seeing its spending drop by $4.2 billion from the last year.A spokesman for Treasury Board President Scott Brison, who oversees the release of the spending estimates, said the government understands the difficulty of easily identifying funding specifics in the estimate documents. Referring to the PBO report, Jean-Luc Ferland said it “is emblematic of the confusion the main estimates create year after year.”Ferland said the Liberals hope to clean up the process soon, and the PBO report presses the government to do so quickly and release one budget document outlining all spending for the year.The parliamentary budget officer reported the main spending estimates for the next 12 months were supposed to include some $8 billion in new infrastructure spending, but Jean-Denis Frechette said the documents only show $5.5 billion in infrastructure allocations.The $8 billion figure included an extra $700 million the government added in the fall into the infrastructure pot for the next 12 months — an amount the Liberals said wasn’t in the estimates.Even then, Frechette said, the government promoted the spending plans as including more than $7 billion in new infrastructure funding. “However, it is challenging to reconcile this statement with the figures presented in the document,” the report said.Frechette’s report lists multiple reasons for the missing $2.5 billion, including that the Liberals may defer some intended spending to future years, or that the spending estimates themselves are presented in such a complicated way that Frechette’s office couldn’t find the money.The Liberals disputed some of the PBO’s findings. For instance, Ferland said the estimates contained $1.2 billion in allocations for social infrastructure, while the PBO found $251 million.Thursday’s report was the latest in a series of studies from the PBO that have raised critical questions about the Liberals new infrastructure program that is supposed to be a pillar of the government’s economic growth strategy.The report predicts that the Liberals will only be able to spend half of their planned federal infrastructure money this fiscal year.The lack of federal spending doesn’t mean money isn’t being spent on projects. The federal government only reimburses cities and provinces for work once receipts are submitted, meaning there is usually a delay between construction work and funding flowing from the federal treasury.Just how much has been spent to date is unclear.Conservative infrastructure critic Dianne Watts blamed the spending problems on an overly complex application process for municipalities.“It is no surprise that the government will fail to deliver half of the allocated infrastructure dollars this year and that billions have vanished from the government’s spending projections for next year,” Watts said.“The Liberals need to come up with an open and transparent plan that makes it easy for municipalities to access infrastructure dollars.”The main spending estimates for the coming fiscal year outline $257.9 billion in spending, an increase of $7.8 billion from last year, the PBO said.The watchdog reported the government expects spending on individuals like seniors’ and children’s benefits to increase by $4.7 billion from last year, hitting $95.9 billion, while payments to provinces for things like health care will rise by $1.6 billion to $70 billion.— Follow @jpress on Twitter. read more

Ebola DR Congo declares end to outbreak as top footballers join global

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Moustapha Soumaré praised the DRC authorities for their rapid and coordinated response, despite enormous logistical challenges, and paid tribute to the bravery of aid teams, in particular to the eight health workers who died in the early days of the outbreak. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) there had been 66 cases of Ebola reported in the DRC, including the health-care workers. In total, 49 deaths have been reported before authorities in that country declared the end of the outbreak, which is unrelated to the Ebola outbreak that originated in West Africa.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said air support from the UN team in the DRC and its partners enabled the travel of essential health and sanitation experts and delivery of tonnes of medical, nutrition and other critical aid supplies and equipment, in support of the response.Meanwhile, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) mourned the passing of Marcel Rudasingwa, UNMEER’s Emergency Crisis Manager in Guinea. A Rwandan national, Mr. Rudasingwa passed away suddenly from natural causes. The Head of the UN Mission, Anthony Banbury, said that in just a short space of time, Mr. Rudasingwa played a pivotal role in the Organization’s and the international community’s response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea. ‹ ›In other news, the World Bank launched a new campaign, 11 Against Ebola, with footballers from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Neymar Jr., Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm are among the players who share 11 simple health messages selected with the help of doctors and health experts using the slogan Together, we can beat Ebola and the hashtag #wecanbeatebola.“It is so important that we get the right information to those affected by the Ebola outbreak,” said Mr. Neymar Jr. “We all hope this positive campaign will improve people’s understanding of the Ebola virus and help us to reduce the chances of it spreading. Let’s all get behind this campaign to help our brothers and sisters in the worst-hit regions. Together, we can beat Ebola.”World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said: “It’s inspiring to see the world’s top football players come together to help in the fight against Ebola.” “By spreading important health messages to children, families, and communities in the Ebola-affected countries, the power of their celebrity will literally help save lives,” he said.According to the WHO, as of November 11, 2014, a total of 14,413 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal). There have been 5,177 reported deaths. Marcel Rudasingwa (2nd left) with Anthony Banbury (left) in Guinea (1 November 2014). UN Photo/Ari Gaitanis Marcel Rudasingwa (right) with Anthony Banbury (center) in Guinea (1 November 2014). UN Photo/Ari Gaitanis Marcel Rudasingwa (2nd left) with Anthony Banbury (right) in Guinea (1 November 2014). UN Photo/Ari Gaitanis Marcel Rudasingwa (left) with Anthony Banbury (3rd left) in Guinea (1 November 2014). UN Photo/Ari Gaitanis read more

Colossal human loss threatens Asia Pacific as hunger fight stalls – UN

The Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, warns of “colossal human loss” to Asia and the Pacific, and its economies, if countries do not recommit themselves to ending malnutrition and achieving zero hunger by 2030.Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the report reveals that the decline in hungry and malnourished people has come to a virtual standstill in many parts of the region, with its population of nearly half a billion-undernourished people.While recently released global figures indicate a rise in hunger worldwide, returning to decade-old levels, the report points out that in the Asia-Pacific, the effort has essentially stalled.The sense of urgency cannot be overstated –UN agency headsThe report highlights a legion of converging challenges threatening SDG 2 to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.“The report’s estimates show that the number of hungry people has barely changed during the past two years, making it increasingly difficult to achieve the Zero Hunger target of, SDG 2,” the four UN agencies’ regional heads wrote in their joint foreword.In addition to having half the world’s underfed children, around 79 million under-five suffer from stunting, while 34 million children suffer from “wasting”, a debilitating disease that causes muscle and fat tissue to waste away – drastically increasing the risk of death.Although some progress has been made towards reducing stunting, wasting has seen little improvement over the past decade.“The sad reality is that an unacceptably large number of children in the region continue to face the multiple burden of malnutrition despite decades of economic growth,” the regional UN heads said.“This is a colossal human loss given the association between undernutrition and poor cognitive development, with severe lifelong consequences for the future of these children,” they continued.This is the first time that the four UN agencies have jointly published such a report, underlining the urgency of the situation, representing a united front and a call to action on the part of governments to reach their SDG commitments.The UN agency heads note that the world cannot meet the 2030 target of zero hunger, if Asia and the Pacific is not leading the way: “The sense of urgency cannot be overstated.” read more

Car thieves target middleclass areas as police warn drivers to invest in

first_imgCar crime in middle-class neighbourhoods is rising, figures have revealed, as police say drivers should buy steering wheel locks and Faraday bags to block radio signals because new vehicles are easier to steal.Research by The Telegraph reveals more than three quarters of investigations into car theft in England and Wales are unsolved and it is new high-tech keyless models being targeted, not older vehicles.Over 78 per cent of car theft cases end with police failing to identify a suspect, amid claims forces are so stretched they don’t have time to properly investigate car theft.In an interview with the Telegraph, the man in charge of crime prevention for the West Midlands force, Mark Silvester, encouraged people to buy steering wheel locks and Faraday bags to keep their key fobs inside to prevent thieves hacking into their vehicles.Keyless models, which have become increasingly popular with middle-class families, provide criminals with a new way of stealing cars by copying the electronic information and conning the car into thinking the key is present, allowing a thief to drive off. Vehicles are being stolen from driveways around the country, but research shows wealthier areas just outside the capital and other big cities have been hit hardest. Earlier this month Dave Thompson, the head of the West Midlands force, admitted his team grades calls based on how vulnerable the victim is because officers are too stretched to attend every call. He told the Financial Times car crime had risen “quite dramatically” and is was affecting mainly middle-class areas. Office for National Statistics figures analysed by The Telegraph show car theft has risen by 30 per cent in three years and jumped 20 per cent in 2017 alone.Between March 2014 and March 2017 the number of recorded car thefts rose from 70,053 to 91,361, hitting levels not seen since 2011. He also suggested people buy an inexpensive Faraday bag to keep their key fob in which prevents criminals from cloning it using radio frequencies.  He told The Telegraph: “We know cars are more difficult to steal by conventional means but from what we’ve seen on CCTV captured by witnesses and our own research we’ve got to say it’s a known method of stealing a vehicle using electronic compromise. “This isn’t just unique to more expensive brands, we’ve seen all sorts of cars that have electronic technology on board – we’ve not just seen that with the prestige brands, a lot more run of the mill, volume car manufacturers are being affected in the same way as the prestige brands now.”It can happen anywhere not just at home on the drive at night – a lot of this is software based, we do ask people to be aware of the software updates.”center_img Overall 30 of the 44 forces in England and Wales saw an increase in car theft between 2012/13 and 2016/17 and some of the largest increases were in middle-class areas bordering London.Hertfordshire and Surrey saw car theft increase by more than 35 per cent in the last four years, while Hampshire saw the largest spike in theft since 2012/13, rising 56 per cent.Overall the Metropolitan Police had the largest number of offences in 2016/17 at 26,958 – a 25 per cent increase on the year before.Just 14 forces saw a decline in car theft, with Dorset, Cheshire, South Wales, Lincolnshire and Dyfed-Powys recording the largest falls. Mr Silvester also warned owners to be careful when handing their fob over to valet parking services or car washes, as keys can be cloned “in seconds”, allowing thieves to take the car at a later date without any external signs of damage.His force, the West Midlands, has one of the worst car crime rates in the country – a 39 per cent increase in just one year between 2015/16 and 2016/17, according to the ONS. 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.last_img read more

President First Lady leave Guyana for routine medical checkup

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident, First Lady annual medical checks being done in T&T for over 12 years – MotPMay 21, 2018In “latest news”President off to Cuba to investigate ‘persistent’ aliment following T&T check-upOctober 30, 2018In “Health”President Granger off to Cuba for more medical treatmentApril 2, 2019In “Health” President David Granger and First Lady, Sandra Granger departed Guyana earlier today for the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to undergo their annual medical check-up.President David Granger and First Lady Sandra GrangerThe First Couple boarded a Caribbean Airlines Flight that departed the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri at about 5:45h.The couple is expected to return to Guyana on Thursday, May 24, 2018.In a release issued by the Ministry of Presidency, it stated that the medical examinations are a regular part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while noting that both the President and the First Lady remain in good health.The Ministry of the Presidency urges all Guyanese to implement measures aimed at ensuring their good health, which should include regular health check, exercise and healthy eating habits.However, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will act as Head of State until the president returns. read more

Andy Schmid extends deal with Rhein Neckar Lowen until 2016

← Previous Story Milorad Krivokapic to Qatari Al Rayyan! Next Story → Austrian Bregenz to change left back – Mrvaljevic left, Dimitrijevic coming? andy schmidhandball contracthandball dealshandball transfersRhein Neckar Lowen The best Swiss handball player Andy Schmid (30) secured his proffesional future by signing a new three years deal with German Rhein Neckar Lowen. “Lions” from Mannheim have a quality organiser in Swiss playmaker who playing on high level in last season and at the beginning of new one. Schmid came to Germany from Danish Silkeborg in 2010.PHOTO: RNL WEBSITE

Livre numérique  le parlement approuve la loi du prix unique

first_imgLivre numérique : le parlement approuve la loi du prix unique La proposition de loi UMP sur un prix fixe du livre numérique pour les éditeurs en France et à l’étranger a été adoptée par le parlement hier soir.La France est désormais le premier pays européen à exiger un prix unique du livre numérique. La proposition de loi votée hier par l’Assemblée nationale permet aux différents éditeurs de garder le contrôle sur les tarifs des fichiers numériques qu’ils produisent face aux distributeurs comme Amazon, Google ou Apple. Le texte leur impose en effet “de fixer un prix de vente”, défini “en fonction du contenu, de l’accès et de l’usage de l’offre”.La décision du parlement confirme l’accord approuvé à l’unanimité deux semaines plus tôt par la commission mixte-paritaire. Celle-ci avait assuré que le texte était une garantie pour la rémunération des auteurs en s’opposant à la logique de concurrence des gros distributeurs. Au lendemain de cette nouvelle étape législative, Frédéric Mitterrand, ministre de la Culture, a salué l'”avancée historique” et caractérisé le texte comme “une loi fondatrice pour l’industrie du livre”. Un engouement également partagé par le député PS Patrick Bloche qui a exprimé son entière satisfaction de cette “loi d’anticipation”, venant s’insérer dans un marché en plein essor.À lire aussiOiseaux, chauves-souris et saumons : une espèce sur trois est désormais menacée de disparition en FranceSeul Lionel Tardy, député de l’UMP a rejeté la disposition, la jugeant contraire à la législation européenne. “Nous avons choisi la voie de la confrontation avec Bruxelles, comme pour la taxe Télécoms. J’en ai assez de voter des lois que l’on sait contraires à la législation communautaire”, a-t-il déclaré à l’AFP. Une déclaration que Philippe Folliot, du groupe Nouveau centre appréhende avec tranquillité : “Cette loi risque d’être contestée par la Commission européenne. Nous avons deux ans pour mettre en avant nos arguments et défendre l’exception culturelle”.La prochaine étape consistera pour le gouvernement à présenter un rapport annuel au Parlement sur l’application de cette loi, en faveur avec la croissance du marché du livre numérique. Le 18 mai 2011 à 09:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Muslim Cosplayer Totally Slays Anime Characters Using Her Hijab

first_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Stay on target If you’ve ever cosplayed as an anime character, you know how hard it can be to really nail the look. You need the perfect wig, the perfect makeup, and most of all an awesome costume to drive home the character you’re cosplaying as. But what if you wear hijab as a Muslim? How do you incorporate the hijab into your own special cosplay? This 21-year-old cosplayer, Miisa MHC, has created some totally amazing Sailor Moon, Naruto, and other anime looks, all with the help of her hijab, at that.Source: photo: Missa MHC/Sailor Moon NewsThe Malaysian cosplayer has cosplayed characters like Sailor Moon’s Black Lady, female Naruto Uzumaki, Benio from Twin Star Exorcists, and even Adventure Time’s Lumpy Space Princess. Using different cloth, accessories, and other creative cuts of her hijab, she’s able to remain faithful to her religion while still absolutely slaying some of the coolest cosplays you’ll ever see, from cutesy anime characters to the more morbid ones out there.Source: photo: Missa MHC/Sailor Moon NewsAs you can see with Black Lady, she’s drawn a black moon on her forehead and is even holding a rose in solidarity with Tuxedo Mask, which results in a cool, punky look like the original Black Lady’s costume. For the uninitiated, Black Lady is an adult form of Chibi-usa, Usagi’s relative (spoiler alert, if you’ve never seen the series — we won’t tell you which relative.)Source: photo: Missa MHC/Sailor Moon NewsA personal favorite has to be Miisa’s female Naruto Uzumaki look, which has her incorporating a more male-oriented outfit with the “pigtails” that the hijab forms. It’s a very functional look, and interesting to see how she’s used the hijab to form two pigtails from the cloth rather than positioning it all in one place. It’s a fabulous twist on Naruto’s normally blonde ‘do.Source: Miisa MHC/Instagram/PinterestMiisa’s creations just go to show that if you’ve got the creativity and drive, you can make just about any look work. And if you were previously undecided on how much slayage Muslim cosplayers can bring to the table, consider yourself sufficiently educated.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more