TORONTO – Ontario’s new premier has frozen the wages of public service managers and ordered a review of executive and management compensation in his latest effort to curb government spending.A memo posted on the government website Friday — the day Doug Ford was sworn in as premier — says pending pay adjustments for managers, executives and staff not covered by collective bargaining will be on hold “until the new government can put in place an expenditure management strategy.”The documents says merit pay for the current performance cycle will not be affected, however.Ford had previously put the public service under a hiring freeze, except for essential frontline staff such as police and corrections officers, and halted discretionary spending such as newspaper subscriptions.The Progressive Conservative leader campaigned on a promise of fiscal responsibility and vowed to find billions in efficiencies each year without cutting jobs. He has also pledged to launch a line-by-line audit of government spending to help eliminate waste.The Tories said Tuesday the wage freeze would apply until the audit and compensation review are complete.Under its previous leader, the party had promised to review the salaries of public sector CEOs and other executives if elected to government.The newly ousted Liberals had imposed a five-year wage freeze on public sector executives and managers. As it lifted last year, broader public sector agencies were required to post their proposals for new executive compensation packages under a framework that capped salaries at the 50th percentile of “appropriate comparators.”
Rachel Hunter’s precious kiwi egg has hatched into a healthy chick that today is being released back into its natural habitat.Hunter the kiwiCredit/Copyright: Tracey Mehrtens, 4PR‘Hunter’ is now a healthy 1,114g after being incubated and hatched at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua, New Zealand, and is being released back into the Maungataniwha native forest in the Central North Island.Claire Travers, Kiwi Encounter Kiwi Husbandry Manager says, “Hunter is a very cute kiwi with patches of white feathers above her eyes, she is a very healthy chick that will thrive in the wild, she’s actually surprisingly placid which is unusual for a female.”Rachel, who is patron of the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, says, “It’s great that Hunter is going back home. It seems like just yesterday that we took her out of the forest at Maungataniwha. I felt really bad taking the egg from its nest, even though I knew it was for the best – we know that if left in the wild she would almost certainly not have survived.“But it’s great that now she’s big enough and strong enough to look after herself and that she’s going home to the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust property that she originally came from, which I think is one of the best parts of this story. Now she’ll raise chicks of her own and help continue the cycle of life. The relationship between Kiwis (people) and kiwi I witnessed that weekend in November last year will live long in my memory.”Rachel adds that Hunter’s safe arrival into the world and development into a healthy kiwi chick couldn’t have happened without Claire and her fabulous team at Kiwi Encounter. “We at the Trust owe them a huge debt of gratitude for making this possible.”Rainbow Springs’ involvement in kiwi conservation began in 1995 with the arrival of an orphaned egg and the hatchery has grown over the years to become the largest kiwi hatching facility in New Zealand, successfully incubating and hatching brown kiwi eggs from around the North Island. read more
Ben Affleck wants you to help him honor Bill Clinton’s charity work by wishing him a happy birthday.“President Clinton and I built our careers in very different fields, but as fathers and humanitarians, we share a core belief: that the work we do each day should make the world a little better,” he said in an email sent to supporters of the Clinton Foundation. “His unwavering commitment to helping people build a better future for themselves and their families has never ceased to amaze me, and inspires my own work to help improve the lives and communities in eastern Congo.“So, I hope you’ll join me in sending a message of thanks and support to celebrate the birthday of a great humanitarian, leader, and friend, President Bill Clinton.“The goal of the Clinton Foundation is not just to give immediate assistance, but to provide the tools and opportunities to help people create their own better future. And together with President Clinton, you are making that happen.“And with your support, the Clinton Foundation has helped 5 million people access lifesaving HIV/AIDS medication – and revolutionized the market so that other lifesaving treatments, including malaria medicines and vaccines, are more readily available to millions. The Foundation has also helped 21,000 Malawian farmers increase their harvests and incomes – and helped build communities that are self-sustaining. ”In honor of his birthday, send a message of thanks to the incredible person whose vision has inspired so much progress around the world. “President Clinton is usually the first to say that we’re all in this together – and that it will take commitments from you, me, and people everywhere to face the big challenges of our time. “I believe that wholeheartedly – and it’s why I think President Clinton will be especially delighted to hear from you on his birthday and know that we’re all ready to make that commitment together.”To sign Bill’s birthday card, click here. read more
Marrakech – In an exclusive article The Daily Telegraph reported that the British government will curtail Muslim Brotherhood activities and visits to London by activists following a report by Sir John Jenkins, Britain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which was commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron.The report highlighted Muslim Brotherhood links with terrorists and armed groups in the Middle East. The Daily Telegraph said that Gulf-based governments put pressure on the UK government to curb the group’s operations in London. It added that the Muslim Brotherhood stands accused of divisive sectarian politics and jihadist links.The action in London follows the departure of a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders from Qatar recently, including Mahmoud Hussein, the secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood, and other leaders. The article said that pressure has been applied in London, Doha, and Istanbul to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood. The report by Sir John Jenkins, parts of which are said to be too sensitive to publish, contains submissions from high-level Gulf sources. An area of special concern is the Brotherhood’s charities and financial dealings which are now under scrutiny by the UK’s Charities Commission.The British government’s action stops short of an outright ban on the Brotherhood. However, a close watch is being kept on the Brotherhood’s offices in Cricklewood in London. The Egyptian government, according to the article believes that much of the group’s activities shifted to London following the arrest of former president Mohamed Morsi. The Daily Telegraph quotes Egypt’s Ambassador to the UK, Ashraf Elkholy, as saying that care is needed to be taken to ensure that London does not become a base for Brotherhood activities in other countries.London has often been accused of allowing revolutionary movements to flourish in the UK. While there have been legitimate instances such as the Tunisian opposition parties during the Ben Ali era, the current surge of Islamist terrorism with ISIL and other armed groups will make the British liberal approach more difficult to sustain. The fact that London is also an important global financial centre means that there must be vigilance with respect to global transfers of funds by terrorist organizations and those linked with them.Photo: Reuters© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more
John Tyndall, circa 1885.If John Tyndall were alive today, he’d “break the Internet.”The thousands of letters the 19th century physicist wrote on topics ranging from infrared radiation and Anglo-Irish politics to the state of his colleagues’ family lives and the intricacies of 19th century courtship rituals make him the consummate blogger ahead of his time.“Because of the sheer volume of the letters and journals, we can learn an incredible amount about the social history of the 19th century: the intellectual culture, the changing social structures,” says Elizabeth Neswald, a Brock science and technology historian.“Reading the journals, reading the letters, you really get a picture of what it was to be a scientist in that period, to become a scientist at that time.”Neswald, who is associate professor in the Department of History, is a member of an international research team that is producing a 16-volume collection of Tyndall’s correspondence. Directing the project are Bernie Lightman from York University and Michael Reidy from Montana State University.Headquartered at York University and Montana State University, the team – whose members hail from Harvard,University of Leicester, University of Auckland, University of Leeds, among others – is editing and annotating Tyndall’s letters.This means the researchers will provide introductions and notes explaining what Tyndall meant by certain expressions or providing background information to put what Tyndall writes about into context.The first volume of correspondence was published earlier this year, and researchers involved in the project have also collaborated on an edited volume situating Tyndall within 19th century British science.Neswald, who has been collaborating with the project since its inception in 2007, will be editing one volume and co-editing another. Part of her work involves transcribing and translating letters that German scientists wrote to Tyndall.Irish physicist John Tyndall first rose to fame in the 1850s when he made major discoveries in the areas of magnetism and diamagnetic polarity. He became a physics professor at, and later director of, the prestigious London-based Royal Institution of Great Britain in 1853.At around the same time, he began studying the action of radiant energy in the atmosphere, including the heat-absorptive power of gases, which laid the groundwork for understanding infrared radiation.Tyndall built, or improved upon, equipment used in laboratories. He also became a vanguard mountain climber as he conducted studies on glaciers and glacial flow. He wrote more than a dozen books on radiation, heat, glaciers, and other subjects.But what made Tyndall even more noteworthy was his ability to convey complex physics concepts to general audiences during his many popular public lectures.“This was the place to be seen for the upper middle classes, and Tyndall would give this great snap, crackle, pop lecture with the fun effects and things blowing up,” says Neswald.“He was a great communicator and a flamboyant performer. He was lecturing during a time when science was becoming public entertainment, ‘edu-tainment’ with all sorts of science centres and museums in Great Britain.“And he wasn’t from the upper class, either, so this is a new kind of scientist; it wasn’t the gentleman with the powdered wig thing anymore,” adds Neswald, noting that, beginning from around the 1860s, scientists started to become “working people, middle-class, or even in Tyndall’s case, working-class guys” who didn’t get their research positions because they were the privileged elite.As a science and technology historian, Neswald teaches science from Ancient Greece to the atom bomb and technology since the Industrial Revolution.Her current research focuses on the history of thermodynamics and the history of nutritional physiology in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with special attention paid to the formulation of modern nutrition theories and practices, and their effect on perceptions of the body. read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Feb 15, 2014 4:51 pm MDT What to do with the Cecil Hotel? It was December 2008.Barack Obama was ready to start his first term as president, Naheed Nenshi was still a professor at MRU and Calgary’s city council bought the Cecil Hotel for $10.9 million.More than five years later, the old building is still seen boarded up and abandoned as Calgarians enter the downtown.The parcel came in handy as a construction staging area for the 7th Avenue LRT refurbishment, but that project ended more than a year ago and nothing’s been done since thenConrad Hild, a communications strategist with transportation and infrastructure, said what the city’s doing to demolish the Cecil and maybe build something nice.“The city’s in the process of investigating various options on what to do with that land, but no decisions have been made at this point,” he said.Calgary Downtown Association Executive Director Maggie Schofield said while the crime from the Cecil is gone, it would good to see something else built.“If there’s something of interest there that creates a drive for foot traffic, then it would definitely benefit any of the businesses in the area,” she said.Schofield expects we’ll hear more as East Village development moves forward. read more
In a press statement issued last night, the Council condemned “in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations and those who refuse its extremist ideology in Iraq by ISIL and associated armed groups.”Hundreds of families reportedly fled Mosul this weekend, ahead of a 19 July deadline for Christians to leave the city, stay and pay a tax, convert to Islam, or face death.The 15-member Council also expressed concern about reports that religious and ethnic minorities in the area, as well as anyone who opposes ISIL’s extremist ideology, face abductions, killings or destruction of property.There are also reports that homes of some minority residents in Mosul have been marked, the Council noted. These are said to be residences of families who are Christian, Shia or Shabak.The statement follows a condemnation this weekend from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called the reports “repugnant” and stressed that any systematic attack on the civilian population due to their ethnic background, religious beliefs or faith may constitute a crime against humanity and those responsible for such crimes must be held to account.The Council added that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.“Terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization,” the Council stressed.More than 1.2 million people have fled their homes since the latest fighting broke out in June. In total, more than 2.2 million people are now displaced in Iraq, including one million people already seeking refuge in the country as a result of the Syrian conflict and previous conflicts.The Council called for an intensification of efforts to address the humanitarian needs of the people displaced by the current conflict. The members also called on politicians to work together “in an inclusive and political process” to strengthen the country’s unity, sovereignty and independence. read more
With arguably the biggest game of the year on the horizon, the Ohio State football team has a rivalry game to play Saturday.Sort of.Junior wide receiver Corey Smith (84), redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson (2) perform a warmup drill prior to a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won, 31-24, in double-overtime.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile the Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini play for the Illibuck trophy, no one in the OSU program seems to care about the 89-year-old tradition as OSU coach Urban Meyer didn’t once mention the wooden turtle during the week.Instead, Meyer is much more worried about the product the Fighting Illini will put on the field Saturday night.“Illinois is much better (than last season),” Meyer said. “I know they lost their quarterback, but they’re playing much better. I just spent all morning watching their defense, and they’re much better than a year ago on defense.”The Fighting Illini have started senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole the last two games in place of injured starter, Oklahoma State transfer redshirt-sophomore Wes Lunt who is out because of an injury.O’Toole poses more of a running threat for the Fighting Illini, as he has rushed for 88 yards in his last two games, compared to Lunt’s -61 yards on the ground in five games.When Lunt was at the helm for Illinois, however, Illinois was a pass-dominant team as Lunt was averaging 313.8 passing yards per game before his injury.OSU cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said Monday that the Buckeye defense must now be alert for a more balanced attack.“They’re running the ball more, obviously,” Coombs said. “This kid (O’Toole) is a dynamic runner, but you can’t not cover guys, and they still have the passing game and the same attack that they’ve had in the past, so they’re going to get guys down the field.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington said Wednesday that the defensive line will have to first slow down O’Toole in order to shut down the Fighting Illini offense.“That quarterback (O’Toole) is a lot more of a runner than the starter was from what I have heard,” Washington said. “We just got to contain him. I heard that he can run and throw the ball a little bit so just got to try and contain him and keep him in the pocket.”Staying in the pocket might also be the key for the quarterback on the opposite sideline.OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett enters Saturday’s game with a sprained left MCL, Meyer confirmed this week.The injury is similar to the one sustained by then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller last season that caused Miller to miss two full games and the majority of a game against San Diego State.Despite the injury, Meyer said he expects Barrett to play and improve on the things Meyer told his young quarterback to work on during the week.“Proper reads and throwing with authority. He didn’t play great (against Penn State). He played with a lot of heart, but didn’t play with a lot of…smarts,” Meyer said Wednesday.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker added Wednesday that he believes Barrett will be ready to go come game time. “I think he has been fine. Obviously he is trying to be careful with his knee, you don’t want to tweak it anymore,” Decker said. “Hope to have him as healthy as possible coming back for the game, but he has looked fine to me.”Barrett, who tore his right ACL as a senior in high school, said he played through the pain against Penn State, but is confident the team could continue to operate without him at the helm.“I’ve actually really never played with an injury to this degree,” he said Wednesday. “But I knew that I could take a drop, I could run, so it was just one of those things like, ‘Hey man, if you play, you play.’ It’s not like going in there half stepping, because if so, the team could use a (redshirt-sophomore quarterback) Cardale Jones that could go full-go.”Protecting Barrett will likely be a main focus for the OSU offensive line, something Decker said won’t necessarily be an easy task. “Watching their film, I was very impressed with the athletes they have,” Decker said. “They got good players all over the place. It’s definitely going to be a good challenge for us.”Two of those athletes include junior linebacker Mason Monheim and senior defensive back Zane Petty who both rank in the top-eight in the Big Ten in tackles. Petty recorded a career-high 15 tackles last season against the Buckeyes in a 60-35 loss. Another Illinois defensive back earned attention from Meyer this week as the Buckeye coach singled out junior V’Angelo Bentley during his meeting with the media Wednesday. “This returner (Bentley) put it to us last year,” Meyer said. “The issue is not talent at Illinois. They have guys who can play and you can see that on videotape.”Bentley, a Cleveland, Ohio, native and Glenville High School graduate, took an OSU punt back 67 yards for a score against the Buckeyes in last season’s matchup. Illinois is scheduled to come into Ohio Stadium for the third night game of the year for the Buckeyes, led by a former Buckeye assistant. Tim Beckman, a Berea, Ohio, native, coached under former OSU coach Jim Tressel starting in 2005 as the cornerbacks coach before leaving for the defensive coordinator job at Oklahoma State. Prior to his stint in Columbus, Beckman spent two years as Meyer’s defensive coordinator when Meyer was the coach at Bowling Green. Saturday will mark the third time Beckman has led a team into Ohio Stadium as a head coach, the second as the head man of Illinois. Beckman nearly pulled off the upset in 2011 as the head coach of Toledo before falling just short, 27-22, to the Buckeyes. Despite having been on different sidelines for more than a decade, Meyer said he still has a good relationship with the Illinois head coach. “He’s a colleague and a good friend, so it’s more conversations about our families,” Meyer said. “Certainly we don’t talk football because we’re in the same league, but (I have) a lot of respect for Tim. You watch his team, they’re getting better. Now it’s just a matter of how much better can they get, because I think their players are well-coached.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Beckman and the Fighting Illini Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLGE 2018: Despite challenges PPP/C says it won 52 of the 80 Local Authority AreasNovember 14, 2018In “latest news”GECOM facilitating increase in number of possible seats APNU, AFC could win in LGE- PPP GSSeptember 3, 2018In “latest news”AFC says it wants to prove itself by going solo for LGEAugust 8, 2018In “latest news” AFC party members during their press briefing on WednesdayThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is questioning the process by which the Alliance for Change (AFC) managed to pull out last minute from almost 10 Local Authority Areas (LAAs). The AFC on Wednesday announced plans to contest only 38 LAAs at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) scheduled for November 12. This announcement follows previous statements made by the party, where they had initially said that the AFC had planned to contest the elections in more than 50 LAAs.“What is very interesting, is Patterson said that we are not telling you where. So they wrote this down on a piece of paper and they folded this paper carefully and locked it in a safe because like its state secret about which area they are pulling out of” the Party’s General Secretary Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said during a press briefing on Thursday.He was making reference to statements made by AFC campaign manager David Patterson on the pulling out of LAAs.Opposition Leader, Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo therefore questioned the method used by the AFC to pull out, noting that the reason proffered by Patterson could not be accepted by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) since they have printed ballots.“If they pull out and we don’t know where they are pulling out from, they are going to still be on the ballot, so how will GECOM tread with this?” the opposition leader questioned.Jagdeo says this issue is not simple and it now leaves more questions than answers.“If GECOM allows them to pull out now and is making adjustments, then GECOM is complicit because they can’t make adjustments in other PPP areas but they can make adjustments for AFC. And if that is not the case, then GECOM hasn’t accepted it, then it is not a farce?”The minority party in the coalition Government blamed a number of issues for the decision not to contest more areas, including political bullying and issues with communication.Patterson said nevertheless, he is satisfied with the position the AFC is in at the moment and they will continue to work hard to prepare for LGE. read more
The Athens-based non governmental organisation (NGO) The Smile of the Child has launched its Canadian campaign to raise funds for the establishment of a new centre on Lesvos. A leader in child care and protection in Greece, the plans are to base the facility out of a formerly-donated mansion. Currently in a decrepit state, once renovated, the organisation expects to accommodate upwards of 25 children known to be vulnerable to exploitation, especially refugee minors arriving unaccompanied to the island.The current fundraising target now stands at CAD$140,000 (AU$142,000) to cover basic repairs and renovations. Once fully operational, the cost of running the facility and providing children with adequate shelter, food and health care is expected to be CAD$700,000 (AU$711,000) per annum. Thanks to initial donations from Canada, however, namely from the Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society of Ottawa and a significant contribution from Philhellene and former ambassador of Canada to the Hellenic Republic (2011-2015), Robert Peck, initial renovations are soon expected to commence.In recognition of the generosity and leadership shown, the NGO has decided to name the new facility The House of Canada and the Americas (HOCATA). To help ensure the facility’s ongoing success, a number of fundraising initiatives are in the works, along with plans to reach out to potential donors in both the United States and Americas.Founded in 1996, The Smile of the Child currently runs 11 homes across Greece, where more than 800 children are provided with a safe haven.Since opening its doors, more than 52,000 children have received its support and assistance. The organisation also continues to play a key role in search and rescue missions to find missing children, along with helping to provide widespread health and social services for children in need.All contributions to the HOCATA project, big or small, will make a difference. If you are interested in making a contribution, visit www.hamogelo.gr/46.2/Support-us Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Haïti : 1,1 milliard de dollars pour éradiquer le choléraSelon une estimation de l’Organisation panaméricaine de la santé (OPS), Haïti aurait besoin d’investir jusqu’à 1,1 milliard de dollars dans les infrastructures et l’assainissement d’eau pour éradiquer le choléra, responsable de 7.000 décès dans le pays.L’épidémie de choléra qui s’est déclarée fin 2010 en Haïti et dans la République dominicaine voisine constitue un retour inattendu de cette maladie en Amérique centrale et du Sud. Mais pour l’éradiquer, des investissements massifs seraient nécessaires d’après l’Organisation panaméricaine de la santé (OPS). Ceux-ci doivent servir à donner accès à l’eau potable et favoriser l’assainissement afin d’aménager “tous les lieux où les gens se réunissent, jouent, travaillent ou vivent”, a expliqué Mirta Roses, directrice de l’OPS.À lire aussiVirus Ebola : la fuite de trois patients infectés attise les inquiétudes au Congo”Nous devons bien sûr maîtriser et réduire la mortalité, mais nous avons la possibilité et l’obligation de garder pour objectif l’élimination du choléra”, a ajouté Mme Roses. “Nous demandons à tous nos partenaires, nouveaux comme anciens, de se joindre à nous aujourd’hui pour tenir leurs promesses de dons”, a-t-elle plaidé. En effet, après le tremblement de terre qui avait dévasté Port-au-Prince il y a deux ans, la communauté internationale avait promis jusqu’à 11 milliards de dollars en projets de reconstruction, a rappelé l’OPS. Mais les dons réels ont été bien inférieurs. Ainsi, Michel Martelly et Leonel Fernandez, les présidents haïtien et dominicain, ont demandé par l’intermédiaire de messages vidéos que les promesses d’aide se concrétisent.D’après les estimations de l’OPS, entre 746 millions et 1,1 milliard de dollars sont nécessaires à ces investissements. Sans eux, “le choléra restera endémique pendant des décennies” comme c’est le cas en Afrique, a averti Kevin de Cock, des Centres américains pour le contrôle et la prévention des maladies (CDC). En juin, une étude avait conclu que le choléra avait été introduit à Haïti par des Casques bleus népalais intervenus dans le pays.Le 12 janvier 2012 à 14:09 • Maxime Lambert read more
Découvrez la galaxie M77 de la Baleine comme vous ne l’avez jamais vuePrise en photo il y a quelques années par le télescope spatial Hubble, la galaxie spirale Messier 77 de la Baleine apparaît aujourd’hui sous un nouveau jour grâce à un travail de traitement d’images effectué par un amateur, André van der Hoeven.Fascinante et intéressante à bien des égards, la galaxie M77 de la Baleine a été, en décembre 2006, sous le feu des projecteurs du télescope Hubble. Le cliché, tombé dans le domaine public, était déjà certes magnifique, mais un amateur du nom de André van der Hoeven a réussi à retravailler l’image pour la rendre encore plus précise.De ce fait, certaines parties assombries de la structure de M77 sont désormais clairement visibles, et d’autres, déjà très lumineuses, ont bénéficié d’un travail sur la balance des blancs et sur la clarté pour pouvoir mettre en avant certains détails alors peu visibles.M77, une galaxie spirale centrée autour d’un trou noirSituée à 45 millions d’années-lumière dans la constellation de la baleine, M77 est une galaxie disposant de plusieurs bras en spirale et d’un noyau renfermant un trou noir supermassif, chaud et émettant des rayons X, dont la masse équivaut à 15 millions de fois celle de notre soleil.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASALe disque noir entourant le noyau mesure 50 millions de kilomètres et les parties sombres au niveau des “bras” sont des zones de gaz stellaire comprimé. Peu visible avant le travail de l’amateur, les parties rougeâtres situées entre les bras sont des nurseries d’étoiles, sorte de “pouponnières” enflammées par le gaz stellaire comprimé des zones sombres et composées d’hydrogène ionisé.Enfin, le nouveau cliché fait apparaître la “production” de cet immense constructeur d’étoiles : on y voit désormais des étoiles bleutées qui ne sont ni plus ni moins que de jeunes étoiles supergéantes, dont la masse est vingt à quarante fois plus importante que notre Soleil. Un spectacle astronomique saisissant, mais également un véritable ravissement pour la pupille.(Crédit photo : Nasa/ESA/STSCI)Le 7 avril 2013 à 13:17 • Maxime Lambert read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 13, 2017 – Nassau – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police took into custody seven males and one female following the seizure of an illegal handgun on Wednesday 13th September 2017.According to reports, shortly after 12:30pm, a team of officers assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit acting on intelligence executed a search warrant on a home located at Jean Street off Prince Charles Drive, where they uncovered a .380 pistol with 5 live rounds of ammunition along with a quantity of marijuana. Seven males and one female occupant of the home were taken into custody.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8476 (FAMILY ISLANDS)WEEKLY PREVENTION CRIME TIP: IF YOU SEE OR SUSPECT A CRIME IS BEING COMMITTED; PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE FEATURES OF THE OFFENDER/S AND ANY VEHICLES INVOLVED.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.Press Release: RBPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: read more
Ghanian midfielder Thomas Partey, revealed that he feels unhappy for not playing at Atletico Madrid but backed down from his statement on Monday.Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, is arguably one of the Colchoneros’ most talented young players but he doesn’t feel like he gets as much participation as he wishes he did.Just this past weekend after the Colchoneros’ victory against Espanyol, the player made an unfortunate statement in which he confessed that he doesn’t feel motivated because he isn’t playing as regularly as many of his young teammates.“Sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico. You have to play in the important games to feel happy, to feel stronger and more confident,” Thomas told Gol as quoted by Four Four Two.The backlash from these unfortunate words was swift and it reached the player’s agent, who advised him to respond quickly with a counter statement in which he clarified his own words.“On Saturday after the game I made some comments that haven’t been taken as they were meant to be understood and I would like to explain myself more clearly,” Thomas wrote on Instagram.“Atleti is the club where I want to be and where I would like to continue to grow as a player, because of the club and because of the fans.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“And it is true that I feel I can still be even more important and that’s why I work hard every day. “I don’t want to settle for less and that is good for me to be the best player I can be.” read more
The publishing revenue drop is attributed to lower advertising revenues across print and digital. The bulk of the $51 million operating loss was a $44 million non-cash goodwill write-down, says the company. Excluding the write-down, the loss is still double that of 3Q 2011. The reduction in print and the reported layoffs associated with it will save the company approximately $33 million to $35 million in annual operating expenses. Merchandising revenues increased by 7 percent to $13 million for the quarter. The company’s third segment, broadcasting, dipped significantly in revenue from $6.6 million to $2.7 million, signaling its move away from a daily live television format. That change, however, resulted in improved income of $300,000 in the quarter versus a $1.3 million loss last year.Total company revenues were down 16.5 percent for the quarter and the operating loss was $51 million. The publishing segment may be Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s biggest revenue source, but in the third quarter it continued to be the heaviest drag on income. Publishing revenues were down 17 percent for the quarter to $27.5 million and the group recorded a $51 million operating loss, compared to a $3.5 million loss in 3Q 2011.”Our performance in the quarter was in line with our expectations but not our ambitions for the company,” said MSLO president and CEO Lisa Gersh in a statement. The financials come on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that the company is dramatically scaling back Everyday Food from a 10-times per year frequency to a 5-times supplement to Martha Stewart Living. Whole Living has been put on the block and if there is no buyer the company will fold the title. read more
2019 TV shows you can’t miss Share your voice Tags Review • Kobo Glo: A worthy Kindle alternative Kobo Glo 0 50 Photos Kimmy Gatewood (top) and Rebekka Johnson in GLOW. Ali Goldstein/Netflix You could say Kimmy Gatewood has been blessed with Hollywood fairy tale magic. It wasn’t until later in life, the actor scored her big break — a role in Netflix’s female wrestling series GLOW, based on the real-life ’80s female wrestlers who came from acting, modelling and dancing backgrounds, to perform Backbreakers, Brainbusters and Chokeslams in lycra on TV.But stripping back the bold makeup and fancy costumes, Gatewood went through the Hollywood grind like anyone else. In that respect, she and her character on the show, hairdresser Stacey Beswick, have a lot in common.Kimmy Gatewood. Amanda Ramon Like Beswick, aka one half of wrestling duo The Beatdown Biddies (two old women whose walking frames provide an advantage in the ring), Gatewood found herself working in Las Vegas, the setting for GLOW’s third season currently out on Netflix.Once upon a time Gatewood drove into Sin City as one third of The Apple Sisters, an improv comedy trio. Unable to afford plane tickets, Gatewood would spend an hour every night on the road, coming to and from gigs. Company came in the form of best friend and fellow Apple Sister Rebekka Johnson. For years Gatewood and Johnson spent hours and hours driving the same road, together.”I’m really excited for when we’re 80, 90 years old, eating cheese cake like the Golden Girls,” Gatewood says.Now, when Gatewood hops into her car, she finds her own face — and beefed-up ’80s hair — beaming back at her from a billboard advertising GLOW. She also sees her best friend Johnson, because show creator Jenji Kohan — the groundbreaking writer and producer of Netflix’s female-led dramatic comedy Orange is The New Black — hired the two as a pair. Or, you might say, a tag team.”We did grinding, pounding the pavement for many years together and remained passionate about comedy, about art the whole time,” Gatewood says. “To be able to share the success together has made it so much sweeter.”The cast of GLOW. Ali Goldstein/Netflix In many ways, Gatewood embodies the spirit of GLOW. Most of the characters are aspiring actresses who take jobs on a brand-new experimental show called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. The pay is low, TV executives could pull the plug at any moment and barely anyone involved actually knows how to wrestle.In GLOW’s third season, the now experienced wrestlers relocate from their dingy training center in Los Angeles to an air-conditioned palace in the City of Lights. Instead of shooting a TV show, they perform live shows on stage every night.”It almost feels like every character this season went through some existential crisis. You’re doing the same show over and over and over again … you start to question yourself,” Gatewood says.The cast of GLOW became a team on and off screen. Ali Goldstein/Netflix Vegas was hard but it allowed Gatewood to hone her performing skills. It was also where she discovered the healing effect of fellow creatives in the same boat. Before GLOW, the car journeys to Vegas passed all the more quickly with Johnson’s company. On the set of GLOW, the 15-strong cast of women form a collaborative, comfortable and supportive team.”Within an hour of meeting each other, we were rolling around on the ground and holding each other and shoving our heads in each other’s armpits,” Gatewood says. “We were told we have to keep each other safe and not drop someone. It was amazing the trust we all had.”We also sang a lot of songs randomly,” she adds.The cast, including Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, do a Secret Santa every year — a tradition Gatewood says the writers finally incorporated into the show. Outside gift giving, the cast band together to see each other’s films, plays or gigs. Their Instagrams scrapbook it all.A new face in those frames is Geena Davis, who plays Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, the Vegas hotel’s entertainment director. “For her to want to be on our show really elevated everyone’s game,” Gatewood says. “She’s a living legend.”Geena Davis. Ali Goldstein/Netflix Gatewood offers a Davis tidbit that needs to go on the show’s Imdb trivia page. “In episode 9, that was 100% [Davis’] idea was to get into a showgirl costume,” Gatewood says. “You never see women of a certain age singing in a skimpy outfit, doing something sexualized. It was her idea that she brought to the table and the creators were like heck yes, we’ll put you Geena Davis in a sparkly showgirl outfit.”Davis’ famous role in 1991’s female buddy road film Thelma & Louise springs to mind when looking at Gatewood and Johnson’s own journey. A two-decade long journey as friends and collaborators through the entertainment industry, which saw Gatewood nab directing gigs including an episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for show creator and star Rachel Bloom, who Gatewood has since directed music videos for.Along with acting and motherhood, Gatewood’s got a busy schedule ahead. She’s directing an episode of The Baby-Sitters Club for Netflix, her short comedy called Consent is hitting select theaters, and come October she’s launching a podcast called Mother of all Shows (which takes an anthropological look at motherhood).But everything could so easily have fallen apart.Before GLOW, Gatewood reached a point where she was ready to quit acting and take on a job executive producing a podcast network. Then she saw an email with “Jenji Kohan” in the subject line and then she saw that she could audition with her best friend.”It was a crazy moment. I was going to get on a plane and accept a job doing not acting … If I could go back and tell myself, all those years grinding it out, ‘Just go for it,’ maybe it would have been a different experience.”Gatewood, who actually watched the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling when it was on TV in the ’80s, is more than happy to have one “awesome” job in her lifetime, especially one with a diverse, collaborative female ensemble.”When you see a billboard with your face on it, you’re like, ‘I did it.'” Post a comment TV and Movies read more
Two advertisements on Thursday newspapers in India make for an interesting read. The first is for recruitment by an Indian budget airline and the other by a company that is coming up with a public issue of equity shares, subject to regulatory approval.The first one is rather weird. Inviting young men and women to apply for jobs in the company, the airliner stipulates a rather unusual dress code for aspiring men when they come for the walk-in interview: “Male â€“ shirt with trousers.”Now, when on earth did men in India appear for an interview wearing something other than trousers? Did they ever wear lungi (sarong), dhoti or pyjama? One could still understand the company asking male jobseekers to wear a tie. Is it not a given that jobseeking men will wear formal outfits for interviews?The second advertisement â€“ for a probable initial public offering (IPO) of equity shares â€“ is a bit strange, given that such companies usually embark on an advertisement blitzkrieg to talk about the company’s financial results, achievements and profile. Rarely do they project someone else’s achievements. But in this case, the company in question â€“ Infibeam Incorporation Limited â€“ talks about the box office collection records of a recent Salman Khan blockbuster “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, or “PRDP”.The first half of the full-page advertisement by the online retailer talks only about the movie’s box office collections â€“ opening day, weekend and worldwide collections â€“ with the bottom half refers to the launch of a men’s line of clothing “inspired” by “PRDP”.To be fair, the company launched the promotional website for the film in collaboration with Fox Star Studios ad Rajshri Productions, so the connection is understandable to an extent.To cash in on the prevailing craze for a film is one thing, but to issue a pre-IPO advertisement promoting something else instead of talking about its own credentials appears to be a first for a company in India. read more
Researchers studying how bird flu vaccinations have worked in poultry find troubling signs in ducks. (Credit: Quang nguyen vinh/shutterstock)When researchers created a vaccine, they largely put an end to the 2013 bird flu pandemics in chickens, capping a worldwide health scare. But now, scientists have found new versions of the viruses in ducks. Researchers recommend vaccinating the nearly 3 billion ducks produced in China each year straightaway.Virulent VirusBack in 2013, authorities detected H7N9, a version of the flu that infects birds, in Chinese poultry markets. Soon after, they found the viruses in chicken farms. The chicken industry suffered major losses. Then the bird flu spread to humans. The World Health Organization has confirmed nearly 1,000 cases of H7N9 in people since 2013. And controlling and eradicating the virus has been a high priority for Chinese authorities. They slaughtered millions of infected chickens and introduced a vaccine in September 2017.Hualan Chen, an animal virologist at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in Heilongjiang, China, and colleagues wanted to know how well the vaccine worked. So, the researchers surveyed poultry markets and farms before and after the vaccination program took place. Altogether the team collected close to 54,000 poultry samples across China.They found that the vaccine was indeed effective against H7N9. Before implementation of the vaccines, the researchers detected 306 H7N9 viruses, but only 15 afterward. In a follow-up analysis to the survey, the researchers found the vaccine was able to produce an immune response in chickens that protected them against the virus. All the chickens they tested remained healthy and survived the infection.“Our data show that vaccination of chickens successfully prevented the spread of the H7N9 virus in China,” Chen said in a statement. “The fact that human infection has not been detected since February 2018 indicates that consumers of poultry have also been well-protected from H7N9 infection.”Duck VaccineAlthough the H7N9 pandemics mostly affected chickens, the scientists discovered some of the viruses in ducks during their survey. They also came across another highly pathogenic virus in the ducks, H7N2. To find out how severely these viruses affected the waterfowl, the researchers infected ducks with the viruses. Of the eight viruses they tested, the H7N2 virus and one of the H7N9 viruses were lethal in ducks. When the team analyzed the viruses’ genetics, they found both had picked up parts of the chicken H7N9 viruses and some unknown duck viruses. They suspect these additions are what made the flu so severe in the ducks.When the researchers tested how well the vaccine protected against the H7N2 virus, they found that all the ducks remained healthy and survived. Ducks that were infected with the virus but did not receive the vaccine died within eight days, the scientists report today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.“Fortunately, our study indicates that the current vaccine will work well in ducks, so we do not need to develop a new one,” Chen said. “We suggest applying the … vaccine in ducks immediately.” read more
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