Clean your water bottle study finds bacteria in water storage containers

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Researchers studying higher rates of gastrointestinal illness in Inuit communities have a message for all Canadians: wash your water bottles and storage containers.“People don’t really think about it,” said Sherilee Harper, co-author of the study recently published in the journal “Environmental Science and Pollution Research.”“You know, it’s just water going into the container so you don’t think to clean it regularly. I have to tell you, after we did the study I certainly clean my water bottle more often than I did before.”The University of Guelph research team took samples from drinking water stored in 104 containers at 76 homes in the tiny Inuit community of Rigolet in Labrador. It has a population of around 300.The water had typically come from one of several treated dispensing units installed by the province in areas with high-risk water systems. Those units include reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light for purification.But more than one-quarter of the home samples first taken in Rigolet in 2014 tested positive for bacteria suggesting fecal contamination, said lead researcher Carlee Wright.Those rates of contamination jumped 13 times higher when smaller containers or “dippers” were used to scoop out water for drinking.“Water that would have been initially clean when they collected it from the station can get recontaminated if the containers themselves are not clean,” Wright said.“We tested stored water from almost all the households in Rigolet and found that about a quarter of them had indicator bacteria in them which indicates possible fecal contamination.”Such contagions may help explain higher rates of reported cases of vomiting, diarrhea and other illnesses linked to longer term health effects such as bowel disease, Wright said.“We did find rates of enteric illness or acute gastrointestinal illness to be over 2.4 cases per person per year,” she said of Rigolet.That’s two to six times the rate for similar illnesses in other parts of Canada and countries such as the U.S., Chile, Argentina, Cuba, China, Poland and Italy, said Harper.Rigolet resident Charlie Flowers said he and his family had always blamed such bouts on a stomach bug “or some food not agreeing with us.”“It didn’t even occur to us that the water we were drinking could be the culprit.”Flowers, 34, has lived in the Rigolet area all his life. He said his family uses tap water for cleaning but prefers water from the community dispensing unit for drinking and cooking.“From time to time when we’re out on the land, or when the water dispensing unit is shut down for repairs, we will collect water from brooks, melted snow, homemade wells or even store-bought water,” he said in an email exchange.“We prefer the taste of the water from the dispensing unit to that of the tap water, as it has a clearer colour and doesn’t have the chlorine taste that tap water does.”Flowers first raised the question of whether storing water collected from the dispensing unit, installed in 2014, could pose health risks.Wright said that query helped launch the study, which was very much a community effort. Public education is key, she stressed.Posters went up in Rigolet once the results were in urging residents to wash containers and dippers in a bleach solution to be thoroughly rinsed out after. Stickers were offered for storage containers as a reminder to clean them once a month or more.Wright said the results are relevant far beyond Inuit and other remote communities.“If you have a water cooler in your house or a water pitcher in your fridge, I think these same sorts of principles and messages about cleaning containers, they still apply to everyone.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Baloney Meter Libs avoid triggering irregular arrival of asylum seekers

first_imgOTTAWA – “They were talking generally there about a much, much higher mass arrival situation — not what we’re dealing with. What we’re dealing with is definitely a very high, steady increase of numbers and it is obviously taxing our agencies and our borders, but we are able to redeploy resources and personnel as needed and able to deal with the situation as it unfolds.” — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, CBC’s The House, Aug. 6, 2017.———Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was warned by his officials that irregular crossings across the Canadian border could be on the rise this summer, which would require him to rethink the way the Liberal government is handling the situation.But the minister said what his officials were talking about in the briefing note, which the CBC obtained under the Access to Information Act, was not the increased stream of asylum seekers crossing into Quebec from the United States in the last few weeks, but a “mass arrival” scenario.Are the asylum-seekers in Quebec really outside the realm of massive, irregular arrivals as the minister suggests?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “no baloney.”WHY IT MATTERSThe previous Conservative government encountered a scenario in 2010 when the MV Sun Sea, a ship carrying 492 Tamil migrants who intended to claim refugee status, was intercepted off the B.C. coast. Another vessel, the MV Ocean Lady, had arrived with 76 Sri Lankan migrants the year before.The Conservative government responded with a crackdown on so-called irregular arrivals, including legislation aimed at helping them respond more quickly — and more aggressively — should the situation happen again.If today’s government considers the asylum seekers in Quebec part of a mass arrival, it could use that legislation to respond — but the provisions are widely considered to be a blunt instrument.THE FACTSOver the past few weeks, the number of people passing illegally into Canada from the U.S. near the border crossing in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., has risen steadily, and is now about 250 or 300 people every day.Many of the asylum seekers are originally from Haiti and decided to make a move after the U.S. government said it might end a program that granted them temporary protection from being deported after a deadly earthquake struck the impoverished island nation in 2010.There have been reports that many were motivated by false rumours that getting into Canada would be easy.Another motivating factor is the Safe Third Country Agreement that Canada has with his southern neighbour, which prevents anyone who tries to enter Canada from the U.S. at an official border point from making an asylum claim, requiring them to do so in the U.S. So, asylum-seekers enter Canada at unofficial crossings instead.The Liberal government has been under some pressure to suspend the deal to allow the border crossers a safer entry into Canada.The Liberal government does not think the situation has reached the point where there is a need to do anything more than move people through the existing process, but Hussen said he will revisit things if the numbers keep rising.The Conservatives handled things differently.In 2012, they brought in changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to allow the public safety minister to declare any group of two or more asylum seekers part of an “irregular arrival,” either because they cannot be examined “in a timely manner,” or the minister suspects human smuggling was involved.The asylum seekers become “designated foreign nationals,” which means automatic arrest and mandatory detention, potentially for months on end, and, even if their claims are validated, further restrictions including a five-year ban on becoming a permanent resident.Vic Toews, who was then public safety minister, retroactively designated several groups of Romanian asylum seekers — a total of 85 people — to be “irregular arrivals” in December 2012.Not all of their asylum claims ended up being heard. The Immigration and Refugee Board said about half the claims were abandoned or withdrawn and while the Canada Border Services Agency believes the majority have left the country, they cannot say for sure.THE EXPERTSThe Canadian Press interviewed immigration experts who see a big difference between mass, irregular arrivals like the B.C.-bound ships and the recent surge of people crossing into Quebec.That is why they do not believe the Liberal government would — or should — invoke the controversial provisions the Conservatives brought in.“They were effectively designed to help border officials contend with very large arrivals . . . particularly for folks where it may be difficult to identify and separate who is genuine from who is not and who might be a security risk,” said Sharry Aiken, an associate professor at Queen’s University who specializes in immigration and refugee law.“(It was) also to serve as a deterrent to organized and orchestrated international criminal organizations that underpin the smuggling operations,” she said.Steven Meurrens, a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer, said he does not think that is the case here.“I wouldn’t think that travelling domestically in the United States to the Quebec border is something that requires that big an organized crime element,” he wrote in an email.Jamie Liew, an assistant law professor at the University of Ottawa, said the irregular arrival provisions give the minister such broad discretionary powers that the Liberal government could likely find a way to apply them here if they wanted to.“It’s extremely easy to meet this legal threshold,” said Liew, who specializes in immigration and refugee law.Liew said the Liberals are not the ones who brought in the provisions, but noted they are also not doing anything to get rid of them.“I think they like the idea of having it in their back pocket, to be able to deal with mass movements of people,” she said.She thinks, however, that this would be politically difficult.“I think there is growing understanding in the public that these people are leaving for very legitimate reasons,” she said.“They’re fleeing persecution in their country, they’re leaving the United States where they are not being treated fairly, and so to treat them as quasi-criminals through this legislation by detaining them immediately upon the border may be seen as problematic.”On Thursday, Public Safety Canada confirmed the Liberal government does not believe the asylum seekers cannot be examined in a timely manner or that human smuggling is involved.“The situation at Lacolle does not currently meet the threshold for designation as an ‘irregular arrival,’” spokeswoman Karine Martel wrote.THE VERDICTAiken said Hussen’s comments suggest he was keeping his options open should the asylum numbers keep climbing, but he was likely thinking in terms of changes to the Safe Third Country Agreement.“It is still a trickle, in relative terms, if you look at the situation facing many countries on the front lines in Europe,” said Aiken.For this reason, Hussen’s statement contains “no baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateSources:— https://lop.parl.ca/About/Parliament/LegislativeSummaries/bills_ls.asp?source=library_prb&ls=C31&Parl=41&Ses=1&Language=E#a15— http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2012/2012-06-29i.asp— http://meurrensonimmigration.com/first-designation-of-irregular-arrival/— https://refuge.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/refuge/article/viewFile/39616/35895— With files from Stephanie Levitz— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Key decision coming in battle over Greater Toronto Area real estate data

first_imgTORONTO – The end might be near for a seven-year battle that has kept the public from easily finding sales data for homes in the Greater Toronto Area.The Supreme Court of Canada said it will announce on Thursday morning whether it will hear an appeal from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) that would keep TREB’s members from publishing home sales data on their password-protected sites.TREB’s fight began in 2011 when the Competition Bureau, a federal watchdog designed to protect consumers by investigating business policies and mergers, challenged TREB’s policy preventing the publication of such information, saying it impedes competition and digital innovation.TREB, Canada’s largest real estate board which represents more than 50,000 Ontario agents, argued at the Competition Tribunal that posting that data would violate consumer privacy and copyright.The quasi-judicial tribunal ruled in the bureau’s favour in April 2016 and later the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the tribunal’s ruling, so the board recently headed to the Supreme Court to try to protect the data.Those currently seeking home sale data usually turn to real estate agents and brokers, who have access to the Multiple Listing Service database, where sales data is compiled when deals close. Others rely on online property value services like Teranet or local land registry offices, which charge a fee for the public to access sales data.TREB refused to comment on the forthcoming decision, but a spokesperson for the Competition Bureau said if the Supreme Court dismisses TREB’s request to appeal the decision, it will be “an important win for consumers.”If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, real estate lawyer Alan Silverstein thinks TREB will have likely exhausted all the ways of fighting the publication of the data.“I would think this is the last straw,” he said.If the data is made available online, buyers and sellers will be able to more easily educate themselves on how to price homes and negotiate and won’t have to rely on realtors for getting information, said Silverstein.The case also stands to affect real estate businesses that have held back publicizing sales data, including online listing site REW.ca.In mid-May, REW.ca started making British Columbian data available online, but general manager Allen Moon said TREB’s court battle has made it difficult to bring the service to Ontario.He sees TREB’s fight against publicizing data as “a defense strategy to protect the industry” from losing business to innovators and said it prevents transparency around the biggest investment most people will make.“(When) I want to buy a laptop or a TV, I can do a price comparison and see what they are selling for, but when I want to buy a house — something I will probably be in debt for or pay a mortgage for for the rest of my life — I have to trust someone else for that information and trust that I am getting the full picture,” he said.“It shouldn’t be this hard in an on-demand generation, where everything else is accessible.”REW.ca’s B.C. sales data launch took five years to arrange, mostly because the province’s datakeepers wanted the company to demonstrate that it would be “good stewards of data,” but also because realtors feared the public would misinterpret such numbers, said Moon.He’s found Ontario’s real estate industry to be even more resistant towards those wanting to publish data because he believes the sector feels the data gives them an edge and widening access to it would put their revenues at risk.Lauren Haw, the chief executive officer of real estate site Zoocasa, said several companies have already published such data quietly, but they have been served with cease-and-desist orders by TREB.Zoocasa, which is a TREB member, will make the data public if the board allows it because Haw thinks it will make buyers more educated earlier on in the buying process.She doesn’t think increased transparency will negatively impact the industry too much because a similar U.S. battle caused little turmoil for realtors and “being the keepers of sold price information is not what we see is the value that an agent brings to the transaction.”“Any agent that feels that their only reason for being is providing sold data won’t survive long in this industry.”last_img read more

International Conference on Jerusalem Seeks Independent Palestinian State Capital in East

By Dana LegerRabat – The International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem in Rabat concluded Thursday evening, June 28, after two days of discussions from Palestinian, Israeli, and international experts as well as youth from East Jerusalem.Representative of Palestine, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, expressed his gratitude to the Kingdom of Morocco for its hospitality, noting, “His majesty [King Mohammed VI] set the right course for this conference,” on Tuesday with his opening letter. “What we need is peace and to diffuse the situation. We do not need a massive rupture on religious ground in Jerusalem because that will be catastrophic for all of us.” “This is the year we have to double our efforts.” ‘Under Israeli occupation Palestinian lives don’t matter’The conference opened Wednesday, June 27, with a statement from UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jen?a on Israeli settlements: “Ongoing settlement construction and expansion in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem is a major obstacle to peace. It is illegal under UN resolutions and international law and must be halted and reversed.”In the first plenary panel, experts had harsh words for Israeli and US policy.Abdallah Siam, Deputy Governor for Jerusalem, argued that Israeli policies aim to push Palestinians out of Jerusalem. He referred to policies based on principles such as strengthening the Jewish character of the city, the growth of Israeli settlements, and the occupation of Palestinian lands.In the same panel, Lara Friedman, representative from the Foundation for Middle East Peace, spoke about the effects of the move of the US embassy to West Jerusalem from Tel-Aviv. According to her, this action seems to have been intended to end the question of Jerusalem unilaterally – albeit unsuccessfully – and that such a move diminished the chances of the US acting as a sponsor of the Middle East peace process. However, she added, “I’ve never seen so many people focusing on Jerusalem… the unintended consequence for Trump’s move is that the world is paying attention.”Daniel Seidemann, from Terrestrial Jerusalem, compared the Israeli occupation to a disease spreading throughout the body and stated that, “under Israeli occupation Palestinian lives don’t matter very much and often they don’t matter at all.”He added that the current US administration did not understand the realities on the ground, and that solving the question of Jerusalem requires a valid Palestinian State. “That is the essence of occupation – not being able to control your own life.”Amneh Badran of Al-Quds University, in accordance with Siam, stated that Israeli policies aimed at pushing Palestinians out of Jerusalem are an effort to change the city’s demographics through land-grabbing by military force and occupational laws.Urging for resistance, she added, “Supporting people on the ground is the most important. If we don’t have something done to change the balance of power on the ground, the Palestinian presence in this city is threatened. We need to insure that Jerusalemites remain in Jerusalem.” Badran also called for investment in key sectors such as education, health, and youth programs as part of a partnership between international donors, governmental and non-governmental actors in order to enable Palestinians to remain in Jerusalem.‘It’s not a conflict. It’s an occupation.’In the second plenary panel, Ziad Abuzayyad, former minister for Jerusalem Affairs, reviewed a number of related UN resolutions, and found that the “United States of America transferred its embassy to Jerusalem in violation of all of the international resolutions,” and “the Israeli claim to sovereignty over Jerusalem has no basis in UN General Assembly Resolution 181.”He also questioned the term “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” saying it should be removed from the general vocabulary and replaced with “Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.” He asserted, “It’s not a conflict. It’s an occupation.”Moshe Amirav of Hebrew University insisted that Jerusalem is a city for everyone, and that he hopes the conflict can be resolved to return Jerusalem to the City of Peace – as it is named in the Bible. Coming of age under occupation: Palestinian youth in East JerusalemIn the third plenary, Shoroq Nammari, one of the youth from East Jerusalem who works for Palestinian Vision, talked about the struggle of residency and citizenship for Palestinians. She expressed the fears of Palestinians in Jerusalem that their residency can be revoked at any time for unprecedented reasons, declaring that “those who do not express their loyalty to the occupation should not be punished.”“We will continue to resist until we establish a Palestinian state and our rights to self determination have been attained,” she added. Ali Ghaith, a freelance journalist, spoke of the poor educational systems in place for Palestinian youth in Jerusalem. He explained that the cheapest and most well-equipped schools are the Israeli schools. Many Palestinian families can only afford to send their children to Israeli schools, where the aim of the “Israeli curriculum is to erase the Palestinian nationalism from the minds of young people.”Sami Mshasha, speaking on behalf of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA), also spoke of the occupiers’ attempts to “Israelize” the minds of Palestinian young people. Palestinian rights in the international communityIn the fourth and final plenary, Mohamed Salem Cherkaoui, of Rabat’s Bayt Mal al-Quds Al-Sharif, gave a brief history of Moroccan-Palestinian relations which began over 800 years ago. “Moroccans have thereby become the trusted neighbors of the Jerusalemites and Palestinians and these links have been upheld over time.”A representative from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ufuk Ulutas, noted that the situation is not being helped by the US. “The US has chosen to be part of the problem instead of part of the solution.” He added, “Any deal that is short of making East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine cannot and will not work.”Roberto Valent of the UNDP said the situation could not continue as it is now and urged for more efforts on the ground. “We cannot ask populations to remain in positions that require humanitarian assistance.”At the conclusion of the conference, Fouad Akhrif Mofa, speaking as a representative of Morocco, stated, “The success of this conference was a result of the prominence and knowledge of the expertise from various nations.” read more

UN lays out plan for future development of area around Chernobyl disaster

Marking the twenty-second anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine on 26 April 1986, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today presented a draft action plan to support the Chernobyl area’s ongoing recovery until 2016.The action plan is part of the “Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development” proclaimed by a 2007 UN General Assembly Resolution. The aim of the Decade, which runs from 2006 to 2016, is to promote a “return to normal life” for the region.The UN’s plan is built on scientific findings showing that most people living in the affected areas need not fear negative health effects from radiation. The objective is to spur recovery by promoting new economic opportunities, including investment and job creation, and to restore community self-sufficiency. Accurate, up-to-date information is also being provided to counter widespread myths and misconceptions.A statement issued by the spokesperson for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the accident had had a huge impact on the region but that the outlook was hopeful: “We can take, heart, however, in the growing confidence that communities affected by the Chernobyl accident now have the chance and, increasingly, the means, to lead a normal life.” Later this year, Russian tennis star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova plans to visit UNDP community development projects that her charitable foundation has funded since 2007. Ms. Sharapova, who has family roots in Gomel, a city not far from the damaged reactor, said that she looked forward to visiting the region, “and delivering a message of recovery, self-reliance, and healthy choices to young people.” 25 April 2008Marking the twenty-second anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine on 26 April 1986, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today presented a draft action plan to support the Chernobyl area’s ongoing recovery until 2016. read more

Mens soccer falls to Dayton 31 in Ivanovs absence

Senior defender Sage Gardener (5) takes a free kick during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State men’s soccer lost to Dayton by a score of 3-1 Friday, putting the Buckeyes a 2-3-2 record on the season.The game opened with the Buckeyes out possessing the Flyers and forcing their sophomore goalkeeper Chris Froschauer to make some diving stops.OSU coach John Bluem said he was impressed with his team’s first half efforts.“We started the game very well tonight,” Bluem said. “We had some very good chances in the first 20 minutes and unfortunately, we didn’t take one.”In the 26th minute, Dayton struck as sophomore midfielder Maik Schoonderwoerd put a wide open header in the back of the net. Nine minutes later, Flyer freshman forward Rafael Gamboa buried a shot in goal. The Flyers went into the half with a 2-0 lead and a 9-6 advantage in shots.OSU captain and senior defender Sage Gardner said the team’s reaction to the first goal hurt the team.“We played really good soccer,” Gardner said. “Then they (got) one opportunity and it kind of deflated us. We need to do a better job of responding.”The Flyers continued their attack quickly after half with a goal in the 48th minute by Schoonderwoerd, almost securing the game with a 3-0 lead.The Buckeyes were able to put one goal on the board when Dayton defenders failed to clear a ball in the box. Freshman midfielder Henry Chancy was able to get a foot in and poke it past the goalkeeper in the 81st minute. It was Chancy’s first career goal.OSU has scored six goals in seven games this season. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said that team needs to work in practice if it wants to score more goals.“We just need to keep working in training and get back to the basics.” Mason said. “We’re lacking confidence with our finishing which, you know, is never good.”Play was halted a few times late in the game as shoving matches broke out in the Dayton penalty box and along the Dayton bench, on two separate occasions. As a result, Dayton junior forward Greg Enstone and OSU sophomore defender Alex Bujenovic received yellow cards in the 86th minute.Starting goalkeeper junior Alex Ivanov did not play because he received a red card in the previous match against Wright State.The Buckeyes are scheduled to wrap up their streak of in-state matchups Tuesday on the road against No. 15 Akron at 7 p.m. read more

White Christmas Snow reported in parts of Ireland today

first_imgLugnaquilla mountain in Aughavannagh, Co Wicklow this evening. Photo via Dave/Irish Cottage RentalTHERE HAVE BEEN reports of snow in parts of the country today, but hopes of a White Christmas appear to have been dashed by news that it’s not sticking.Several of you reported to us this afternoon that it had been snowing in your area with indications that it was mainly along the east coast.AA Roadwatch noted snowing around Naas and Drogheda while urging motorists to slow down.But unfortunately it appears to have melted away or not even stuck to the ground in the first place except for in higher ground like in Glencullen, Co Wicklow where this photo by Rhian Maguire was taken: Here’s what you’ve been telling us:last_img

This Emotional Lexus Ad Was Written by an AI

first_img‘Tis the season to tug at audience heartstrings with tear-inducing commercials (I’m looking at you, John Lewis).But Lexus took things a step further this week when it introduced the world’s first ad scripted entirely by artificial intelligence.Trained by IBM’s Watson on 15 years’ worth of award-winning luxury advertisements and human emotional responses, the bespoke AI managed to keep its message original and on-brand.“When I was handed the script, the melodrama of the story convinced me of its potential,” director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Whitney) said in a statement.The minute-long film tells the tale of a Takumi master craftsman, fresh off his latest creation, the Lexus ES sedan.Like a parent seeing their child off to college, the engineer releases his vehicle into the wild—only for it to be taken away and threatened with destruction. But at the crucial moment, the car’s automatic emergency braking system kicks in, saving it (and the craftsman) from devastation.“The fact that AI gave a fellow machine sentience, placed it in a sort of combat situation, and then had it escaping into the sunset was such an emotional response from what is essentially a digital platform,” Macdonald said.This project is a collaboration between The&Partnership London, Visual Voice, IBM Watson, and the University of New South Wales’ MindX division.“From the outset, it was almost impossible to know what level of quality or intelligibility the AI would produce,” Visual Voice co-founder Alex Newland said. “To see the project brought together with such a rich finished piece is extremely satisfying and exciting to witness.”The “Driven by Intuition” film was created using a bespoke AI (via Lexus)AI-generated text is still very much a work in progress: 2017 produced a handful of trial runs, including a seven-minute movie co-starring David Hasselhoff, a magical new Harry Potter book chapter, and one final Scrubs monologue (performed by Zach “JD” Braff himself).The latest from Lexus, however, may help push machine learning to the forefront of entertainment and marketing.“I thought I’d be writing an ad with the assistance of AI,” Dave Bedwood, creative partner at The&Partnership, said. “Instead it took over and wrote the whole script: a machine telling the story of a machine coming to life.“Much AI work to date has been interesting because of the process itself,” he continued. “This has been because the end product is good in its own right.”More artificial intelligence coverage on Geek.com:China Opens Artificial Intelligence-Powered Park in BeijingAI Trained to Recognize Deep-Space GalaxiesRobots to Build Robots at Shanghai Factorylast_img read more

Gattuso relieved after his team finally won

first_imgAC Milan were waiting for a long time for another win and they finally managed to get it as they beat Bologna 2-1 on Sunday – and Gennaro Gattuso was relieved that his side finally picked up three points.It has been a tough period of the season for the Rossoneri and it is obvious that Gennaro Gattuso was very happy to finally see his side winning a game which will help them in their fight for top spots.The former midfielder spoke about his side’s effort as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Today we did everything to win the match. It was not easy for the week we lived, because of the tensions within the walls of Milanello. We put our game faces on and took responsibility. We did not win for 40 days: we keep this victory but we have to think about why we can not close the matches.”“When you win suddenly become a magician of football, blond with blue eyes. Then you stop and become ugly like Gargamella. I know this world well.”last_img read more

Northwestern Ohio Officials Develop Workforce Vision

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials in northwest Ohio last week held a two-day workshop to generate ideas to expand job creation opportunities and assist businesses and workers harmed by defense cutbacks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.The participants first learned that existing workforce development efforts in Allen County have a cohesive structure, according to Future iQ Partners, the consultant hired by the county through a $220,000 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).“You don’t have dysfunction here,” said David Beurle, the firm’s CEO. “You’re not broken … and you’re not starting at zero. You’ve got momentum,” he told the two dozen participants.One challenge, however, is that private sector and community efforts aren’t closely linked, reported limaohio.com.“Just a few spokes needed tightened up on the wheel a little bit,” said Denny Glenn, the Allen County Commissioners’ project manager for the grant.Future iQ Partners next will draft an action plan that will be used in a proposal for another grant from OEA. Additional funding would be used to implement the initial stages of the action plan, according to the story.Options for the second phase include forming a local leadership team, creating a position or organization to focus on workforce needs, streamlining marketing and promotional tools for the region, and hosting an event focused on the manufacturing workforce.The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility that produces tanks and military vehicles.last_img read more

Rain havoc 42 dead so far in wall collapses across Mumbai and

first_imgPUNE: At least six labourers were killed and three others suffered injuries after a portion of a compound wall collapsed here on Tuesday following incessant rains during the past 24 hours, police said. The incident took place around 1:15 am today when the compound wall of the Sinhagad College campus in Pune’s Ambegaon crumbled. 21 people have died in Mumbai and 21 in Pune so far in wall collapse incidents. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The Ambegaon incident comes two days after the Kondhwa wall collapse in Pune that claimed 15 lives. Eighteen people lost their lives in Malad on Tuesday in a wall collapse incident triggered due to incessant downpour. Three, including a child, were killed in Kalyan on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday after a wall fell on them. In wake of the very heavy rainfall forecast by the Meteorological department, the state government has declared a public holiday in Mumbai for today and people are advised to stay indoors unless there is an emergency. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Six people have died while three others sustained injuries after a portion of a compound wall of Sinhgad College collapse here. We will take immediate action against the builder and the one who owns the retaining walls. A risk assessment of 287 sites had been done, this site could not be assessed as no permission was taken for it,” the District Magistrate said. Advertise With Us Soon after receiving the information about the incident, police, along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, rushed to the spot. Rescue operations are currently underway. So far, six bodies have been recovered by the NDRF. Police said the identities of the deceased are being ascertained.last_img read more

Akayed learned to make bomb on internet at home

first_imgAkayed UllahThe Bangladeshi suspect in Monday’s pipe bomb explosion beneath New York’s Times Square is an angry former limousine driver who learned to build a bomb on the internet at his Brooklyn apartment, officials said.Akayed Ullah, 27, was in police custody after he was injured by a pipe bomb he fastened to his torso with Velcro and zip ties. Three other people were also hurt in the blast in a pedestrian tunnel linking two subway stops beneath West 42nd Street, officials said.One neighbour in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Windsor Terrace said she had not seen him in months but described his home as quiet and observant in Islamic customs. She saw no evidence of extremism.“They’re really nice people. This is shocking,” said the neighbour, Arlene Jograj, a teacher who had greeted Ullah in passing. “We all know each other. We have block parties. I’ve been over there for dinner parties after Ramadan. We’re a really tight-knit street,” she said.Ullah came from the southeastern Bangladeshi district of Chittagong and last visited the country on 8 September, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque told Reuters on Monday.He had no criminal record in Bangladesh, Hoque said.Several US officials familiar with the investigation told Reuters there was no information indicating Ullah was previously known to any U.S. spy or law enforcement agency for any connection to militant groups. But that does not rule out the possibility some connection could be found.Ullah arrived in the United States seven years ago on a family visa, one authoritative US source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.US investigators believe he was self-radicalized after entering the United States, most likely by watching militant propaganda on the internet, the officials said, adding that they were unaware of any specific militant video that might have led him to produce his faulty explosive device.From March 2012 through March 2015, he held a license to drive a limousine or black cab as an independent contractor, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission said in a statement.New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo called the suspect a “lone wolf,” similar to the suspect in the most recent attack in New York, when an Uzbek immigrant driving a rented truck ran over people on a bicycle path on 31 October, killing eight.Each acted alone, inspired by jihadist groups such as Islamic State, Cuomo said.“Both of them went on the web, downloaded information,” Cuomo said of the two suspects, adding that Ullah learned to make a bomb online.“They’re not people who come from overseas. They live here. They’re disgruntled,” said Cuomo, who went to the scene of the crime where he met with investigators.Ullah was influenced by violent Islamist extremists and was “angry,” Cuomo said. This could have been for any number of reasons, whether because of US policy abroad or his lot in life at home, he said.New York police shut down an entire block of row houses in Windsor Terrace, deploying a large show of force with at least one helicopter flying overhead. It was not clear if the neighborhood was Ullah’s most recent address.Neighbors called it a diverse, family-oriented neighborhood of longstanding white families of Italian and Polish descent with more recent Chinese, Indian and Bangladeshi arrivals“This is a great neighbourhood. It’s very family oriented, very safe,” Jorgraj said. “This doesn’t change my opinion of the neighbourhood at all. This is just the state of the world we live in now.”last_img read more

Trump Attacks Obama On Twitter

first_imgPresident Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House Thursday morning on Wednesday’s shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor on Twitter, asking why he didn’t do more to prevent Russian election meddling.Trump’s tweet on Monday says: “Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?”Trump raised similar questions over the weekend, after an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with a plot to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.President Barack Obama in late 2016 defended his administration’s response to the Russian meddling, also saying he had confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin that September, telling him to “cut it out.”Trump repeatedly challenged the veracity of the mounting evidence about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Over the weekend he denied ever casting doubts.Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Using catalysts like tweezers to select single enantiomer from a mirrored pair

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Harvard University has developed a catalytic technique that allows for selecting a single enantiomer (mirror-image isomers) when choosing between one of two mirrored possibilities. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their technique and the possible ways it might be used. Anita Mattson with Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue along with a discussion of why such work is important. Citation: Using catalysts like tweezers to select single enantiomer from a mirrored pair (2017, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-catalysts-tweezers-enantiomer-mirrored-pair.html As Mattson notes, using a catalyst to synthesize desired molecules has become a vital part of modern manufacturing processes—approximately 90 percent of all such reactions rely on a catalyst, she says. As she also notes, catalytic methods for creating chiral molecules in the form of mirror image isomers has also become very important in applications such as making pharmaceutical drugs or chemicals for use in agriculture. But, as she further notes, quite often, only one of the resultant molecules from the pair is desired (because they are not normally the same, biologically speaking)—thus, researchers require a means for selecting only the one that is needed. In this new effort, the team at Harvard has developed such a technique.In their approach, the team used molecular catalysts that had two closely set nitrogen-hydrogen groups as a sort of miniature tweezers, latching (by activating a carbon middle) onto a leaving group (using double hydrogen bonding) to pluck them away, leaving behind undesired material. The result was an ion pair that was biased to favor the one that was desired based on the shape of the catalyst. The group reports that they used their technique to set off a Lewis acid co-catalyst that pulled a leaving group off silicon rather than carbon. They suggest their technique is better for setting off reactions that involve weaker leaving groups on carbon. Mattson suggests that the new technique could be used by other researchers to help in the discovery of new catalyst combinations, perhaps leading to new complex molecular products. More information: Steven M. Banik et al. Lewis acid enhancement by hydrogen-bond donors for asymmetric catalysis, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao5894AbstractSmall-molecule dual hydrogen-bond (H-bond) donors such as ureas, thioureas, squaramides, and guanidinium ions enjoy widespread use as effective catalysts for promoting a variety of enantioselective reactions. However, these catalysts are only weakly acidic and therefore require highly reactive electrophilic substrates to be effective. We introduce here a mode of catalytic activity with chiral H-bond donors that enables enantioselective reactions of relatively unreactive electrophiles. Squaramides are shown to interact with silyl triflates by binding the triflate counterion to form a stable, yet highly Lewis acidic, complex. The silyl triflate-chiral squaramide combination promotes the generation of oxocarbenium intermediates from acetal substrates at low temperatures. Enantioselectivity in nucleophile additions to the cationic intermediates is then controlled through a network of noncovalent interactions between the squaramide catalyst and the oxocarbenium triflate.center_img Journal information: Science Banik et al. show that a compound that makes hydrogen bonds to a Lewis acid creates an active catalyst. An example of a cycloaddition reaction is depicted. Tf, triflate; t-Bu, tert-butyl; Me, methyl; R, alkyl. Credit: (c) 2017 A. Kitterman/Science Using a nickel catalyst with hydrocarbons to make fatty acids This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Trade union bats for sale of processed tea of RangliRangliot Tea Estate

first_imgDarjeeling: The Himalayan Plantation Workers’ Union (HPWU-affiliated to the Gorkha National Liberation Front) has demanded the district administration to take steps for the sale of processed tea of Rangli-Rangliot Tea Estate in Darjeeling in order to settle the dues of the workers including wages, salary, fringe benefit dues and provident fund.Incidentally, the dues include gratuity, provident fund, leave travel allowance, salary, wages, staff kitchen allowance, JCO and tea makers’ salary, medical bill and LTA of temporary workers. Till February 14, 2018, the accumulated due was to the tune of Rs. 1,45,76481 and the amount has gone up since then. Gratuity has not been paid since 2011. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The wages have not been paid for the last 7 weeks and salary of the staff and sub staff for the past two months along with fringe benefits. The workers have been pushed to the brink of poverty. Despite repeated requests, the Management except for making empty promises have not done anything,” alleged Roshan Rai, Chief Advisor, HPWU, Rangli-Rungliot unit.HPWU on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Darjeeling District Magistrate. Copies of the memorandum were forwarded to the Assistant Labour Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe HPWU has eventually stopped the dispatch of premium first flush tea from the garden April 14. In the memorandum, the HPWU had written: “In the factory of the Rangli-Rangliot Tea Estate, first flush tea worth Rs 1 crore and 5 lakh is in store.The memorandum prompted the District Magistrate to either take legal action against the company owner or arrange for the sale of the tea to pay the dues of the workers.”In the absence of the DM, the Additional District Magistrate, Darjeeling, assured us that he would conduct an inquiry into the matter and take necessary steps,” added Rai. The garden is owned by Duncans Industries Limited. The tea estate has 350 workers and around 100 staff and sub staff. It produces 1,60,000 kg of tea annually and has an area of 183.95 hectare. The Management could not be contacted for comments.last_img read more

VIDEO Zaza Pachulia played 1on5 against the Warriors kids and hurt a

first_imgZaza is absolutely ruthless. Locking down the Barnes twins and some other Warriors kids, then hit em with the cross, split and J pic.twitter.com/VQVsLnLig7— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 29, 2017 Advertisement Warriors center Zaza Pachulia took some time out before yesterday’s practice to play 1-on-5 against a collection of some the Warriors’ kids. It wasn’t a “let the kids win and gain some confidence” type situation.In the short clip, Pachulia swatted one kids shot after baiting him into shooting a jumper. After collecting the rejection, he split a half-ass double team and pulled up for a J.Uncle Zaza is mean.At least he didn’t fall into Kevin Durant’s kid’s knee and almost end his season.last_img

Intel announces 9th Gen Core CPUs with Spectre and Meltdown Hardware Protection

first_imgOn 8th October, at it’s ‘Fall Desktop Launch Event‘, Intel unveiled the 9th-generation Core i9-9900K, i7-9700K, and i5-9600K processors for desktops. With an aim to deliver ‘the best gaming performance’ in the word, the processors also come with fixes for the much controversial Specter, Meltdown, and L1TF vulnerabilities. Major features of this launch include, #1 Security fixes for Specter, Meltdown, and LITF Faults In March 2018, Intel announced that they would be adding hardware protection to forthcoming CPUs protecting users against some of the processor’s security flaws. These ‘protective walls’ added in the hardware would keep malicious code in a physically different location from areas of the CPU were speculative execution is taking place. Intel kept its word by announcing hardware mitigations in the 9th Gen CPU’s for Spectre/Meltdown. Former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stated in a press release, “We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3. Think of this partitioning as additional “protective walls” between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors.” It has not been detailed what specific hardware changes were made to add protection. It was noted that the previous software and microcode protections added would cause a performance hit on older CPUs. These new CPUs are powerful enough that any performance hit caused by these protections should not be noticeable. #2 Forgoing HyperThreading Intel is forgoing HyperThreading on some of the Core i9 parts. This will partly help make the product stack more linear. This could also possibly help mitigate one of the side-channel attacks that can occur when HyperThreading is in action. Disabling HyperThreading on the volume production chips, ensures that every thread on that chip is not competing for per-core resources. #3 Hardware Specifications Source: AnandTech Core i9-9900K The  Core i9-9900K processor is designed to deliver the best gaming performance in the world. Users can enable up to 220 FPS on Rainbow Six: Siege, Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds. It comes with8 cores, 16 threads and a base frequency of 3.6GHz which can be boosted up to 5.0GHz. This processor is aimed at desktop-based enthusiasts and with a dual-channel DDR4 and up to 40 PCIe lanes. The i9-9900K is based off Intel’s 14nm process. Hyperthreading is an added bonus in this processor. Core i7-9700K The i7-9700K comes with 8 cores and 8 threads. With a  base clock speed is of 3.6 GHz (which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz on all cores), the processor comes without hyperthreading.  It can turbo up to 4.9 GHz only on a single core. The i7-9700K is meant to be the direct upgrade over the Core i7-8700K. While both chips have the same Coffee Lake microarchitecture, the 9700K has two more cores and slightly better turbo performance. That being said, it has less L3 cache per core at only 1.5MB per core. Core i5-9600K The  i5-9600K is clocked at a base frequency of 3.7 GHz and can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz. With 6 cores and 6 threads, it comes without Hyperthreading. This processor is really similar to the Core i5 of the previous generation, but with an added frequency for better performance. It would be interesting to see how these new processors will help in mitigating security flaws without impacting their performance. For detailed information on each of the processors, you can head over to AnandTech. You could also check out BleepingComputer for additional insights. Read Next NetSpectre attack exploits data from CPU memory Intel faces backlash on Microcode Patches after it prohibited Benchmarking or Comparison Meet ‘Foreshadow’: The L1 Terminal Fault in Intel’s chipslast_img read more

Sandals announces latest winner of Sandals Cash Splash

first_img Monday, February 25, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Alfonso DiPlacido from Travelpoint Enterprises Inc. in Richmond Hill, Ontario is the latest winner of Sandals Cash Splash.Launched in October 2018, the company’s largest and longest cash incentive for Canadian travel agents awards monthly cash prizes to those who make a booking direct with Unique Vacations Inc. The incentive runs until Sept. 30, 2019.Each new direct booking of three nights or longer to any Sandals or Beaches resort in any room category, for travel through Dec. 18, 2019, equals one entry for monthly cash prizes. $500 is awarded for each booking in any room category, $750 for each Club category booking, and $1,000 for each Butler category booking.There are multiple prizes awarded each month. Each new direct booking equals one contest entry, with no limits on the number of entries per person, so more bookings equal more chances to win. Certain restrictions apply and it is not valid in Quebec.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthDiPlacido accepted his prize of $500 from Robert Smith, Business Development Manager, Eastern Ontario, Unique Vacations Canada Inc. For more information go to taportal.sandals.com or call 1-800-545-8283 ext. 1. Tags: Sandalscenter_img Travelweek Group Sandals announces latest winner of Sandals Cash Splash Sharelast_img read more

Costa Rica signs organic food agreement with Canada

first_imgCosta Rican organic producers will have increased opportunities to export their products to Canada following an arrangement reached between officials from the two governments.A press release sent Friday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency states the Canada-Costa Rica Organic Equivalency Arrangement is “the outcome of an extensive analysis of both countries’ production and certification systems.”The agreement will allow for easier import and export of certified organic products between the two nations without the need for additional certification, thus reducing costs and red tape for the industry.“This arrangement with Costa Rica eliminates trade barriers to give organic producers a competitive edge,” said Canada’s Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Canadian consumers will also benefit by having increased access to organic food options.”Costa Rica and Canada have had a free trade agreement since 2002, and it was updated last September. According Costa Rican Foreign Trade Ministry data, total trade between the countries has increased from $102 million in 2002 to $273 million in 2011, a cumulative increase of 168 percent. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more