Bacteria Seed Ocean With Nutrient-Rich Packets

first_imgThe most abundant photosynthetic organism in the world sheds countless little sacs into the oceans, which could be having a dramatic impact on marine ecosystems, according to a new study. These microbial buds contain proteins and genetic material, which may influence the growth of other marine microbes and even protect them against viruses.The oceans comprise the world’s largest ecosystem, and cyanobacteria—single-celled organisms that get their energy through photosynthesis—are the keystone group. One type of cyanobacteria, Prochlorococcus, is the most abundant photosynthetic organism on the planet, numbering in the billion billion billions. These tiny organisms account for about 10% of all photosynthesis on Earth, which forms the base of the food chain and provides the atmosphere with oxygen. Now, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led by biological oceanographer Sallie Chisholm have found that cyanobacteria may play an even bigger role in the ecosystem than previously thought.In a paper published online today in Science, Chisholm’s team reports that cyanobacteria secrete vesicles—small, membrane-enclosed sacs—into the surrounding ocean. Chisholm first observed the vesicles in 2008 when one of her graduate students, Anne Thompson, spotted tiny buds on the surface of Prochlorococcus under an electron microscope. “Blebs, we called them,” Chisholm recalls, “like little bubbles.” A couple of years later, MIT postdoctoral fellow Steven Biller proposed that these blebs might be vesicles, based on their resemblance to vesicles from other species. He confirmed this by isolating the blebs and examining them more thoroughly under the electron microscope. 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Therefore, Biller went out into the field, collecting hundreds of liters of seawater from the coast of Massachusetts and from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda. He found vesicles in these samples just like the ones in the laboratory cultures. Analysis of the blebs’ contents revealed a variety of biological molecules: proteins, DNA, and RNA. Sequencing the DNA revealed that it came from a variety of microbes, not just Prochlorococcus. Thus, these vesicles seem to be a general feature of marine microorganisms.Because they are so abundant, and because they contain various biomolecules, these vesicles constitute a significant source of organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus on which other organisms might feed. Indeed, Chisholm and her colleagues showed that other, nonphotosynthetic bacteria can grow using the cyanobacterial vesicles as their only source of carbon. “That’s kind of neat,” says Marvin Whiteley, a microbiologist at the University of Texas, Austin, who wasn’t involved in the study. “It really changes how we think about marine ecosystems and how they’re set up and how nutrients are provided.”Another major consequence of this finding is that, in Biller’s words, “it’s sort of asking a lot more questions than it’s answering.” Perhaps the biggest new question is why the bacteria produce these vesicles in the first place. The authors offer a few hypotheses. First, cyanobacteria benefit from living among other types of bacteria. Providing vesicles as food for the other bacteria would encourage this living arrangement. Alternatively, because the vesicles contain DNA, they may facilitate the exchange of genetic material between individual bacteria, a process known as horizontal gene transfer. Last and perhaps most interesting, the vesicles may help defend against viruses. Chisholm’s group showed that when viruses known to attack cyanobacteria are mixed with the vesicles, the viruses attach to the vesicles and appear to infect them as if the vesicles were living cells. The authors therefore speculate that these vesicles may function as cellular decoys, distracting the viruses so they don’t infect the cyanobacteria.Whatever their purpose, these vesicles show that we still have much to learn about life in the oceans. “We didn’t set out to study this,” Chisholm says, “but Prochlorococcus is always putting things in front of us to study.last_img read more

Attendance for FIFA U-17 World Cup crosses 1 million

first_imgOctober 20, 2017 football The attendance for matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 breached the million mark in the final match of the Round of 16. The cumulative total as of now stands at 1,007,396.The last set of pre-quarterfinal matches involved Ghana against Niger and Brazil versus Honduras on Wednesday.Tournament director of the local organising committee, Javier Ceppi said it would be an understatement to say that they are overwhelmed by the response from across the country. “We really feel that football has taken over the country and the craze that the tournament has generated is one of a kind. The fans have been fantastic and now India 2017 is on track to become the most attended FIFA U-17 World Cup in the history of the event,” Ceppi said.To ensure that as many seats as possible are utilised, the LOC is “recalling” some of the complimentary tickets given so far. “Keeping that in mind, we have recalled some of the complimentary tickets given in Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Navi Mumbai and will be opened today so that all football lovers in those cities can have an opportunity to watch the last matches.“For that to happen, we appeal to all football fans and spectators to get their tickets and fill up the stadiums on the next matches, so that India 2017 can leave its mark and have the record of attendance for a FIFA U-17 World Cup.”The final is slated for October 28 and over the remaining nine days, the LOC would like to make this tournament the biggest FIFA U-17 World Cup.The previous record of 1,230,976 was set in the very first edition in China in 1985. COMMENTS SHARE × COMMENTcenter_img Published on Football fans during the FIFA U-17 World Cup football match between Brazil and Honduras at Nehru Stadium in Kochi on October 18. Photo: H Vibhu   –  The Hindu The final is slated for October 28 Football fans during the FIFA U-17 World Cup football match between Brazil and Honduras at Nehru Stadium in Kochi on October 18. Photo: H Vibhu   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Heat suspend guard Dion Waiters for 10 games

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Waiters, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor the player has confirmed details publicly, ingested at least one cannabis-infused edible and had a reaction serious enough that medical attention was required when the plane landed in Los Angeles.“We are very disappointed in Dion’s actions this season that include the very scary situation on Thursday night, and grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse,” the Heat said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWaiters was also suspended for Miami’s season opener after a series of incidents in the preseason and conflicts with coach Erik Spoelstra. His reaction on social media to the first suspension was also not well-received by Miami officials, and Waiters has not appeared in any of the nine Heat games so far this season.The 10-game suspension, which will likely cost Waiters at least $834,483 in salary, began with Miami’s loss at the Lakers on Friday. The earliest he could return to Miami’s lineup would be Dec. 1, when the Heat visit Brooklyn. But that would seem most unlikely, and Waiters’ future with the franchise is in serious doubt. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Waiters is a career 13.2-point scorer and has averaged 14 points per game while with the Heat.Miami is off to a 6-3 start without Waiters this season, and play their next five games against teams with records currently below the .500 mark.“We are proud of how our players have started the season,” the Heat said in Sunday’s statement. “We expect all of our players, including Dion, to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards, and to show professionalism and respect for their teammates, the team, the fans and the NBA community.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Thiem beats Federer at ATP Finals; Djokovic cruises CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – OCTOBER 09: Dion Waiters #11 of the Miami Heat brings the ball up the court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on October 09, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Dion Waiters has been handed a 10-game suspension by the Miami Heat, with the team citing multiple examples of conduct detrimental to the team as the reason for his second banishment of the season.The suspension was announced Sunday. It comes three days after Waiters, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, was treated for a medical emergency that started on the Heat charter flight Thursday night from Phoenix to Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments It’s unclear what, if any, contact he will have with the team during the suspension.Waiters is in his fourth Heat season, the on-court portion of that best remembered by his game-winning 3-pointer to beat Golden State 105-102 on Jan. 23, 2017 — part of Miami’s 30-11 finish that season after an 11-30 start.He was rewarded that summer with a four-year contract worth $47.3 million, plus about $5 million more in possible incentives for playing a certain number of games. Waiters has yet to even get close to that bonus money, and he would have needed to play in 70 of Miami’s 73 remaining games to claim the extra $1.1 million at stake this season.That is obviously not going to happen.Waiters has never made more than 46 appearances in a year since coming to Miami. He’s been in only 120 games with the Heat, missing many because of ankle injuries and surgery on his ankle and foot.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cricket and badminton achievements highlight festive October for India

first_imgFrom the badminton court to the cricket ground, from the hockey stadium to the football pitch, it has been a month to remember for Indian sports. And performance was not the only yardstick.As millions of fans took pride and delight in shuttler Kidambi Srikanth’s French Open triumph yesterday, it was a reminder that India is slowly but surely carving its place as an ambitious sporting nation. Never before has the country achieved so many successes in one month as this October.”When a confident young nation starts to apply itself, change is always visible. Successes are due to the efforts of the athletes and coaches,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told PTI.Whether it was the action on the field of play or hosting for the first time, marquee events such as the FIFA under-17 World Cup, the country has reasons to be proud of on multiple counts.The shuttlers dazzled consistently, the hockey team continued a revival march, the cricketers dominated effortlessly and amid all this, the under-17 football World Cup had fans flocking to stadiums despite the home team’s early ouster.”The successful hosting of FIFA under-17 World Cup in the backdrop of Mission XI Million has given football a fillip. We aim primacy of athletes, coaches, and fans in the sports architecture of the country,” Rathore said.Hockey India Photo “We are for Suvidha and Samman (facilities and respect) to players. I am happy that our players too are responding with their dedication and determination to bring laurels to the country. Programmes like Khelo India will take forward the momentum of the current brilliant performance,” he said.advertisementAmong the highlights this month was Srikanth’s Denmark and French Open triumphs, making him the first Indian to win four Super Series titles in a year. The men’s hockey team also scripted a little piece of history by winning its first Asia Cup title win in 10 years.Add to this, the cricket team beating world champions Australia followed by New Zealand as well as some tennis and golfing cheer.And the man, who is, without doubt, the toast of the nation right now, Virat Kohli, did his bit to increase the euphoria by going past the great Ricky Ponting to be the second highest accumulator of ODI hundreds.While India remained a novice on the football field, it won the bragging rights of conducting a FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the first time, which was declared a “resounding success” by the world body’s boss — Gianni Infantino. It was hardly a surprise given that the hosts managed to break attendance records for an age group world cup.Reuters Photo Away from the buzz that the under-17 World Cup surprisingly generated, India also smoothly pulled off hosting — again for the first time — the ISSF Shooting World Cup Final.The creme-de-la-creme of international shooting descended on the Indian capital for the season’s finale at the Karni Singh Ranges and the host nation’s best ever performance in the event, a gold, a silver, and a bronze medal, made it memorable in more ways than one.Adding to the cheer were the on-mark archers, who notched up a silver medal at the World Championships in Argentina.All things put together, rarely has a single month brought so many sporting reasons for India to celebrate. And the most heartening aspect of it all has been that cricket was just one of the contributing factors.It was a very expected first-round exit from the under-17 World Cup but it was nonetheless made unforgettable for the nation by Jeakson Singh, a 16-year-old son of a street vendor in Manipur, who became the first Indian to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup.The strike against Colombia was certainly one for the history books and is unlikely to be forgotten. Then there were the shuttlers, a consistent bunch of performers, ensuring that almost every weekend had a title up for grabs for the country.The striking feature of the Indians’ rising stature in international badminton has been their ability to regularly get the better of Chinese players, the most formidable in the world despite their recent slump.ISSF Twitter Photo The cricketers, on the other hand, went about their business with usual elan. Kohli’s men have been nearly unstoppable for a while now and being at home has made them just a shade more dominating and intimidating.The Australians were at the receiving end of this intensity and they hardly looked like world champions in what can only be described as a sound thrashing.advertisementNew Zealand arrived next and although they gave a better account of themselves, compared to Australia, India still managed to raise the bar when it mattered to lock their seventh successive bilateral series.In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that sports provided the Diwali fireworks, which seem to be on the wane with every passing year.last_img read more

Nandez wins Superclasico for Boca

first_imgRiver Plate 1 Boca Juniors 2: Nandez inflicts painful defeat as two see red Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 07:09 11/6/17 NahitanNandez - cropped Twitter (@BocaJrsOficial) Boca Juniors came out on top in the Superclasico on Sunday, beating arch-rivals River Plate 2-1 in a match that included two red cards. Nahitan Nandez inflicted another painful defeat on arch-rivals River Plate as Boca Juniors triumphed 2-1 in an enthralling Superclasico that saw two red cards at El Monumental.Uruguay international Nandez volleyed home the winner with 17 minutes remaining, sending Boca nine points clear at the Superliga summit and adding to River’s misery after they were dumped out of the Copa Libertadores by Lanus’ stunning four-goal comeback in midweek.Edwin Cardona put Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side ahead before half-time when his majestic free-kick – awarded after a high foot from Nacho Fernandez resulted in the midfielder’s dismissal – found the top-right corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Referee Nestor Pitana levelled things up by dismissing Cardona for a perceived elbow on Enzo Perez, but, just four minutes after Leonardo Ponzio equalised with a screamer, Nandez converted Pablo Perez’s cross to silence El Monumental.Cardona saw a thumping effort tipped over by German Lux in the 12th minute, but he beat the River goalkeeper with a phenomenal free-kick into the top-right corner three minutes before half-time after Fernandez was shown red for a high boot which caught the Boca man in the chest.Agustin Rossi denied Ignacio Scocco as the hosts pushed for an equaliser in the second period, but their hopes of a comeback were boosted after the hour mark when Cardona was given his marching orders having appeared to make contact with Enzo Perez’s face.2010 – Edwin Cardona is the first player to score and be sent off in a league #Superclásico since 25/03/2010 (Gary Medel, scored 2). Duality — OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) November 5, 2017 River restored parity eight minutes later, Ponzio beating Rossi with a stunning right-footed strike that flew into the top-left corner to spark scenes of unbridled joy.There was to be a sting in the tail, though. As the hosts pushed for a winner they left themselves exposed at the back, and Nandez made the most of the space to etch his name in history as the winner of the 200th Superclasico in the top flight.last_img read more

Quebec business confidence high despite NAFTA uncertainty National Bank CEO

first_imgMONTREAL – National Bank of Canada is benefiting from good economic conditions in Quebec, including low unemployment and resilient business confidence, chief executive Louis Vachon said Wednesday.“We are seeing the results with higher growth in loans and deposits,” Vachon told analysts after National Bank announced a 10 per cent increase in net income for the third quarter ended July 31.“Even with the uncertainty surrounding NAFTA, business confidence in Quebec remains high and we’re well-positioned to benefit as entrepreneurs invest in growth.”The ongoing negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement attracted little attention during of 50-minute conference call with analysts, but Vachon and other bank executives repeatedly expressed cautious confidence.Vachon said the bank is not averse to taking on risks if the potential reward is there but he noted that it has been 10 years since the last recession.“We’re not forecasting a recession, he said. “We’re just being a little bit extra careful. And we just want to make sure that our threshold and our risk procedures are respected as we deploy capital — across all business lines…”Earlier Wednesday, Canada’s sixth-largest bank announced it earned $569 million or $1.52 per diluted share for the quarter ended July 31, up from a profit of $518 million $1.37 in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, National Bank earned $1.53 per diluted share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $1.39 per share in the third quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.50 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.National Bank was the fourth big Canadian lender to report improved third-quarter profits over the past week, with only Bank of Nova Scotia reporting a year-over-year decline. Toronto-Dominion Bank issues its report on Thursday.The bank said its personal and commercial banking group earned $248 million in the third quarter, up from $235 million in the third quarter of 2017.The wealth management division earned $126 million for the quarter, up 22 per cent from $103 million a year ago.About 80 per cent of wealth management’s growth in net interest income — the difference between what banks and clients pay in interest — was attributed to interest rate hikes.The bank’s financial markets group earned $178 million, up from $165 million in the same quarter last year, while its U.S. specialty finance and international division earned $54 million, up from $51 million.Companies in this story: (TSX:NA)last_img read more

What to do on Canada Day in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will host a day of activities to celebrate Canada’s birthday on Sunday, July 1, 2018.The events start at 8 a.m. with the pancake breakfast at the Fort St. John Firehall.  The City has a full schedule of events below.  The Parade starts at 11 a.m., activities in the park start at various times, see the list below and fireworks are scheduled to start at 10:45 p.m.The City of Fort St. John has released a list of 10 things that will help you and your family enjoy Canada Day. You can also follow the City of Fort St. John’s Canada Day Facebook event for more updates on events and if the rain will cancel any events.  Click here to for the Facebook Canada Day Event.10 tips for Canada Day Spectator Success1. Be EARLY (parking lots are limited and fill up fast)2. Park and WALK (you won’t be able to get a vehicle too close to 100 Street/Centennial Park)3. Save your spot on the sidewalk (not the road – bring your lawn chair!)4. Be aware of road closures (you will not be able to go your regular route) Our road closures will affect regular routes as early as 8:00 am on Saturday.5. Be patient & polite (people running the barricades are VOLUNTEERS)6. Obey ALL signs and orders from traffic control and barricade volunteers7. Be sun smart and stay hydrated!8. Supervise your children closely!9. Stay informed! Follow the “City of Fort St. John Recreation” Facebook page for regular updates.10. HAVE FUN! It is a holiday after all!Here is a schedule of events (you can also download the schedule by clicking here):8-11 am Free Pancake Breakfast at the Fort St. John Firehall9 am Church in Centennial Park (with Evangel) Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on!10 am Pre Parade Entertainers (100 St) & Farmers Market11 am Parade (click here of a copy of the parade route) will live stream the parade on our Facebook page and at thanks to Poorboy Trucking.11 am – 4 pm Food Vendors11 am – 3 pm Fort St. John Classic Cruisers Show & Shine (100 St)11:45 am – 4 pm Family Activities in Centennial Park – Bouncy castles, balloon animals, face painting, orb balls, sumo suits, photo booth, roving entertainers and more!12 – 4 pm Pie Sale at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum (available while supplies last)12 – 4 pm Pizza & A Pint with Beards Brewing Co. (Beer Garden in Centennial Park – must be 19+)12 pm Mayor`s Kick Off & Opening ceremonies – Opening Remarks, national anthem, Land Blessing, Mayor’s remarks, Thank you to our sponsors (bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit and enjoy). will live stream the performances from the stage in Centennial Park thanks to Poorboy Trucking.  You can watch the stream on our Facebook Page or at – 4 pm Live entertainment on the North Peace Savings & Credit Union Stage featuring performances by Meagan Clarance, Morgan McGowan & Company, Meag & Company, Sweetwater & and live entertainers from TransflowMations.10:45 pm – Fireworks at Surerus Ball Diamonds (click here for map of where to enjoy the fireworks from)last_img

Brigadier Sumith Attapattu new military spokesman

Brigadier Sumith Attapattu has been appointed as the new military spokesman.Attapattu assumed duties today replacing Brigadier, Roshan Seneviratne. Brigadier Atapattu, to his credit has been serving as the General Officer Commanding, 58 Division in Boossa, Galle before he was appointed as the Director Media. He has also served as the MIR Brigade Commander and had the opportunity of working as the Commandant in the Infantry Training Centre, Minneriya. He received his Presidential Commission on 12 December 1987.Roshan Seneviratne is to assume office as the General Officer Commanding of the 51 Division under the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna. Brigadier Sumith Atapattu during his Army career of thirty-two years after he was enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army (Regular Force) on 17 March 1986, has to-date held a number of Command and Staff appointments, including those in the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment and the Mechanized Infantry Regiment (MIR). Brigadier Sumith Atapattu also served as the Staff Officer 11 earlier in the Directorate of Media when he was in the rank of Major. He was the first Staff Officer at the Directorate of Media to have been appointed as the Director Media cum Military Spokesman. read more

UN scaling up assistance as number of Rohingya refugees grows to over

“We are all shocked by the dramatic escalation of sectarian tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state,” Mr. Guterres remarked today in his address to the opening of the General Assembly’s high-level debate. “A vicious cycle of persecution, discrimination, radicalization and violent repression has led more than 400,000 desperate people to flee, putting regional stability at risk.” He stressed that the authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, allow unhindered humanitarian access and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity. They must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long, he added.Marzuki Darusman, the Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that it is clear that there is “a grave humanitarian crisis” underway that requires urgent attention. In addition to the over 400,000 people who have sought refuge in Bangladesh since 25 August, Mr. Darusman noted that there are reports that nearly 200 Rohingya villages in the affected area have been emptied.“It is important for us to see with our own eyes the sites of these alleged violations and abuses and to speak directly with the affected people and with the authorities,” he stated, noting that the Commission has requested the Government of Myanmar for unfettered access to the country. VIDEO: As the UN ramps up aid to the displaced, Secretary-General António Guterres re-emphasizes the need to tackle the root causes of the crisis.UN aid agencies scaling up assistanceAs the number of those crossing the border into Bangladesh increases, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is ramping up its operations, including moving new arrivals into family tents and temporary communal shelters at a new extension site next to the Kutupalong camp near Cox’s Bazar. Spokesperson Duniya Aslam Khan told a news conference in Geneva that refugees have told UNHCR staff that they suffered from cold and rain during their treks from Myanmar. “Many had fallen ill, particularly small children. There is urgent need for more latrines, not least to reduce risks of a spread of disease with so many people living in close quarters. Many also complained of hunger and said they had eaten little on their journeys, which took up to 10 days on foot,” she stated. With an estimated 415,000 refugees having arrived since late August the humanitarian challenges have become immense, according to UNHCR, which noted the “remarkable generosity” by many individual Bangladeshis, with people trucking food and clothes to the refugees in the camps and others camping along the single main road. However, the Government needs more support, and UNHCR will be issuing an appeal this week for the emergency humanitarian response in Bangladesh till the end of year.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is providing critical support to step-up health services delivery in Cox’s Bazar. “Vulnerable populations require access to health services, including emergency and basic health care. Access for women to reproductive health services is especially important,” noted Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia.The agency added in a news release that poor nutrition, communicable diseases (including vaccine-preventable and water-borne diseases), injuries and other concerns such as mental health provide immense public health challenges that the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health, WHO and other health partners are working to address.Also today, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, said her office has been closely monitoring reports of sexual violence committed during the insurgency operations. She is particularly concerned about the security of women and girls who constitute the majority of those crossing the border. “More than half of the Rohingya women interviewed in early 2017 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh reported experiencing rape or other forms of sexual violence, but due to the acute social stigma, such cases are significantly under-reported,” said a statement issued by the Special Representative. Interviews with victims and witnesses indicate “disturbing patterns” of rape, gang rape and other forms of sexual violence, such as invasive body searches. “Survivors have described sexual violence being used as a calculated tool of terror to force targeted populations to flee. They describe the perpetrators as mainly members of the military, with the police and Rakhine villagers also identified, in some cases,” added the statement. read more

Student union picking up international students

Spencer Dawson, BUSU’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration.For the first time, international students arriving in Toronto to attend programs at Brock University will have a ride from the airport.The Brock University Student’s Union has started a shuttle that ferries students to the school when they arrive here from all over the world, said BUSU Vice-President of Finance and Administration Spencer Dawson.“Before, they had to find their own way to the school from the airport,” he said, noting he was elected on a platform that included the international student shuttle idea. “This was a gap in service to international students.”He said all international students have been notified of the shuttle, which is being offered for $55. The shuttles run every evening from 7-9 p.m. until Sept. 7. The majority of international flights arrive in time for students to use the shuttles, he said.Along with the ride, arriving international students are also welcomed with a swag bag.“We’re giving a good first impression for the University,” Dawson said.The majority of international students are coming here from China. In total, students are coming from 95 countries around the globe.“Inclusion is the biggest part,” Dawson said. “I want them to feel included in our campus and not feel like the ‘other.’” read more

LeBron And Kobe Probably Got A Lot More AllStar Votes Than They

On Thursday, the NBA announced the final results of fan balloting for the 2015 All-Star Game, to be held in New York City on Feb. 15. The fans’ votes determined which players — specifically, two guards and three frontcourt players — will start for each conference. (Reserve selections are made by the league’s head coaches and will be announced next Thursday.)Some of the results were beyond dispute. For instance, Golden State’s Stephen Curry led all NBA players with more than 1.5 million votes, an honor thoroughly befitting the current league leader in Real Plus-Minus (RPM). Others were less supportable; Kobe Bryant garnered more votes than all but three players despite sub-replacement level play this season, while Carmelo Anthony was elected an Eastern Conference starter despite his Knicks’ well-documented awfulness.The fans have a long history of casting votes for big names playing subpar ball, and it’s clear there’s not a perfect relationship between All-Star voting and actual on-court value. To see what kind of link exists between the two, I plotted vote totals against RPM wins above replacement (WAR) for the 50 players whose results were released Thursday. For a sense of how many WAR are generally needed to earn a given number of votes, I also ran a local regression between the two numbers.The relationship between voting and WAR isn’t particularly strong, especially for players with fewer than 5 WAR. Once a player is beyond that territory, it appears he can at least begin to grab voters’ attention with better play. But for players below that threshold, performance can be lost in a sea of other confounding factors.Bearing in mind that rather large caveat, the most underrated player in the sample was the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard; his 7.4 WAR appears to deserve nearly 800,000 votes, but he amassed less than half that. Similarly, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks was picked on only about 122,000 ballots, despite a WAR total that would seemingly justify over four times as many votes.At the other end of the spectrum, Bryant certainly looks overvalued — his 1.15 million votes were about four times what would be expected from his WAR total. But the player with the biggest disparity between actual and predicted voting this season is Kobe’s old rival LeBron James. James’s 5.5 WAR seems to correlate with about 412,000 votes — roughly the same as what the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler compiled (and deserved) in the balloting — but James’s actual total of 1.47 million beat that prediction by more than a million votes.Here’s each player’s vote total compared to what would be expected based on WAR: read more

British sailors rescued by Thai fisherman after chartered 50ft catamaran catches fire

The group were thought to be experienced sailorsCredit: Viral Press Catamaran Kelvin Atkinson, 65, and and Susan Atkinson, 64; Catherine Toy, 64, and Stewart Toy, 66; William Tennant, 65, and Lilias Tennant, 68; Anne Anderson, 63, and Martin Anderson, 59; and Magret Hamilton, 64 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lawyer Mr Tennant is understood to have served as Lord Cornet of Lanark in 1989 – an honorary position which involves being the town’s representative for a year. And his wife Lilias was said to have served as a director of the Society of Law Accountants in Scotland during her career, which recently ended having retired from Mr Tennant’s law firm. The group – who were thought to be experienced sailors – had only arrived in Phuket on Friday and were taken to safety without any injuries, it was reported.  Four couples and a woman were rescued in  Phang Nga Bay, off the coast of PhuketCredit:Viral Press Nine British sailing enthusiasts were saved by Thai fishermen after their rented yacht caught fire when it was hit by lightning. The four couples and a woman were on the 50ft catamaran in Phang Nga Bay, off the coast of Phuket, when they were caught in a tropical storm. As high winds rocked the chartered vessel at around 4.30pm on Saturday, those on board took cover below deck. But half an hour later, lightning struck and the yacht started to burn. Luckily for the architects, lawyers and accountants on board, Thai fishermen were on hand to haul them ashore as the burning catamaran sank.The tourists were named by The Times as William, 65, and Lilias Tennant, 68; Catherine, 64, and Stewart Toy, 66; Kelvin, 65, and Susan Atkinson, 64; Anne, 63, and Martin Anderson, 59; and Magret Hamilton, 64. read more

Joses back Chelsea appoint The Special One for a second spell

first_imgIt is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future and Jose is our number one choice as we believe he is the right manager to do just that.“He was and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again.”Mourinho will be presented in front of the media next Monday.Roy Keane unimpressed with the Ox’s jersey-swapping, makes reference to ‘Ben Johnson’I will be Chelsea manager by the end of the week – Mourinho CHELSEA HAVE CONFIRMED the return of Jose Mourinho to the club.The Portuguese manager, who won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two league cups during his first stint at Stamford Bridge, has enjoyed spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid since leaving the Londoners in 2007.After his recent departure from Madrid and the fact that Rafael Benitez wasn’t offered a new contract with the Europa League champions, speculation was rife that Mourinho was on his way back.And this afternoon, news has broke that he arrives on a four-year deal.Ron Gourlay, Chelsea FC Chief Executive, told the club website: “I am delighted to welcome Jose back to Chelsea. His continued success, drive and ambition made him the outstanding candidate.last_img read more

Daniel Amartey signs new Leicester contract

first_imgLeicester City midfielder Daniel Amartey has put pen to paper on a new three-and-a-half year deal that will keep him at the club till the summer of 2022.Amartey joined Leicester City in January 2016 from Danish club Copenhagen for a fee believed to be around the region of £6 million.The Ghana international midfielder’s current contract was due to expire in 18 months and has today extended his stay at the King Power Stadium.#lcfc is delighted to confirm that defender Daniel Amartey has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract! 🦊More on #Amartey2022 ▶️— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 20, 2018Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I am very happy to sign this contract at Leicester City,” Amartey told the club’s website.“I am a simple and easy guy. I work hard and I focus. By God’s grace, my recovery is getting better and I have to be strong when I come back. I have to be ready, for the Club and for the manager.”The 23-year-old will miss Leicester’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday as he’s currently sidelined with a broken leg and is expected to return in the spring.last_img read more

Radhika Aptes steamy lovemaking scene with Dev Patel in The Wedding Guest

first_imgA screenshot of the intimate scene from The Wedding Guest.Screen shotRadhika Apte is one of the few actresses who do not shy away from doing bold scenes in India. From donning bikinis to doing lovemaking scenes on-screen, the actress has courageously enacted such sequences with ease and dignity.The actress, like others, has no apprehensions doing bold scenes. “I have been brought up watching world cinema and I have travelled a lot so I am very comfortable with my body. I have seen people performing nude on stage in India and abroad,” she was quoted as saying by IANS.Time and again, Radhika Apte has stated that she doesn’t get ashamed of her body and uses it as a “tool” as a performer. And it clearly sums up her worldview.As a result, she has done more bold scenes than her contemporaries in the country. The amusing factor is every time she enacts nude scenes or intimate sequences for movies, it gets leaked online and becomes the talk of the town.She is once again in news for her lovemaking sequence with Dev Patel from their British-American film The Wedding Guest hitting the internet. Her nude scene and the clip of their intimate moments are now going viral.Michael Winterbottom directed The Wedding Guest had its premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2018. It hit the screens in the US in March.Although the film was released a couple of months ago, the clips have surfaced only now.last_img read more

US Mexico agree trade pact Canada talks to resume

first_imgPicture taken at the Port of Veracruz, in Veracruz State, Mexico, on 27 August, 2018. Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called Monday for a three-way trade deal with the United States and Canada, saying a two-way agreement reached with the US was just a first stepBack against the wall or holding all the cards: Analysts were split on Canada’s position in continental trade negotiations after US president Donald Trump announced a breakthrough deal with Mexico on Monday.Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland immediately interrupted a trip to France, Germany and Ukraine and headed to Washington to resume trilateral negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a “constructive conversation” with Trump on the progress with Mexico, the prime minister’s office said.The leaders now “look forward to having their teams engage this week with a view to a successful conclusion of negotiations.”But in the announcement with Mexican officials, Trump took a hard line and said Ottawa would be left on the sidelines.Trilateral talks started a year ago at the behest of Trump, who railed against the original 1994 pact calling it a “ripoff” and a “disaster,” but now seems eager to close a new deal before the US midterm elections in November.Mexico’s outgoing government also is keen to have a deal in place before handing off to incoming president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on 1 December.Lopez Obrador called for a three-way trade deal, saying “it’s important that Canada also be included.”US and Mexican officials met separately over the past five weeks to hammer out key bilateral issues before announcing the agreement that updates provisions on financial services, labour and e-commerce, and importantly the auto trade.“Canada is (now) going to be presented with more of a take-it-or-leave-it offer,” CIBC Economics analyst Avery Shenfeld said.Although the Mexicans have insisted on a deal that includes Canada, “by saying Canada could be left out, the US is threatening to take a tough line in those talks,” he noted.University of Ottawa professor Patrick Leblond told AFP, “president Trump wanted to get a win quickly, at least publicly. And he thinks this will put pressure on Canada to get a deal.“The big question is what do the Americans want from Canada to reach a trilateral deal,” he said.Trump said he would not stand for continue high tariffs on US dairy products, and threatened to simply keep Canada out and impose tariffs on autos.Leblond said it would be political suicide for Trudeau’s Liberal administration, with one year before a general election, to give in to US demands for significantly greater access to Canada’s protected dairy market.“If they want Canada to ditch (dairy) supply management, I don’t see how the Liberals could sell that to Canadians in an election year,” he said. “It’s too much of a risk politically.”The opposition Conservatives also sounded alarms.“I am troubled that despite the fact that NAFTA grew out of the Canada-US free trade agreement, Mexico appears to have usurped our role as the key US trade partner,” lawmaker and trade critic Erin O’Toole said.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tweeted that “Canada is on the outside looking in while Canadian jobs hang in the balance.”He blamed Trudeau, saying “his economic failures have ruined Canada’s bargaining position and jeopardized thousands of jobs.”Good start’ or ‘catastrophic’But Jerry Dias of the Canadian auto workers union said what’s on the table “is a good start” and “significant.”He pointed to labour and rules of origin provisions broadly outlined in the Mexico-US deal that he said Trudeau’s negotiators are seeking.“A lot of people are viewing this as a negative but I don’t see that at all,” he told AFP. “Canada has been leading the charge for raising Mexican workers’ standard of living.”The US-Mexico agreement has tougher new protections for collective bargaining, and requires 40 per cent of autos receiving duty-free treatment to come from factories where workers make at least US$16 an hour.“Mexico made a quantum shift from where they were thanks, I think, to their new president who argued that NAFTA was terrible for Mexican workers who got the jobs but not the pay,” he said.University of Laval professor Louis Belanger agreed, explaining that the US-Mexico issues were obstacles to reaching an accord and needed to be resolved separately before trilateral negotiations could continue.But he said a quick conclusion to trilateral negotiations appears unlikely.“What has happened is not that the Americans or the Mexicans have decided to go faster between them, it’s just that over the last few months, the Americans have arrived at the negotiating table with requests that specifically targeted Mexico, especially with respect to their proposals in the auto sector,” Belanger said.He added that Canada must “try to take advantage of the situation and the time that is running out to pull even more concessions or hope that the Americans will abandon a number of their demands.”“The catastrophic scenario” for Canada, Belanger said, would be for the Trump administration “to quit NAFTA and sign a partial agreement with Mexico.”last_img read more

Trumps National Security Strategy Angers China

first_imgThomas Peter/APPresident Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping attend a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last month.Although candidate Donald Trump had little good to say about China, by the time President Trump visited Beijing as part of his Asian tour last month, he was touting the “great chemistry” enjoyed with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.However, the administration’s first national security strategy, unveiled on Monday, takes a hawkish stance on China — a departure from the days of President Barack Obama.The report accuses China of seeking to “displace the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region, expand the reach of its state-driven economic model and reorder the region in its favor.”As NPR’s Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai, China is not taking the news well, calling the Trump administration’s national security report “self-serving.”“This is pretty much a direct about-face from where they were in the Obama plan, where they were talking about welcoming China’s rise in a certain way,” Graham Webster, a U.S.-China relations researcher at Yale Law School, tells Rob.The “certain way” proviso is a reference to the Obama administration’s cautious embrace, meant to acknowledge the rise of a global power while projecting hope that the inevitable rivalry between the U.S. and China could be a friendly one. The Obama White House had tried to nurture Beijing as a “strategic partner” with Washington.By the end of Obama’s second term, there were “victories” that both sides could point to, Webster says. “There was climate change and the Paris agreement, where China and the U.S. played a big role. There was cooperation on disaster response and public health. And there was even a breakthrough on cybersecurity that they thought they’d get to a position where they were promoting norms together,” he says.With the Trump administration, the Paris Agreement is already a dead letter. In the new national security strategy, China is mentioned 23 times, nearly twice as many times as it was in the Obama administration’s last report. “[Not] once was China framed in a positive light,” Rob notes.It is very different from Trump’s remarks in China last month in which he stood next to Xi saying the two sides had “a chance to strengthen ties and improve the lives of our citizens and stand together against those who threaten our civilization.”Instead, the new report harks back to the 2016 campaign trail, when candidate Trump was calling out China as a currency manipulator, before backing off as president months later.The turnabout in Trump’s new strategy seems to have caught Beijing by surprise. China’s embassy in Washington had some choice words in response.“It is completely egotistical for any nation to put its interests above the common interests of other nations and the international community. It will lead to a path of self-isolation,” the embassy said in a statement.“The Americans on one hand say they want to develop a partnership with China, but on the other hand they take an oppositional stance. This is contradictory,” it said.The report comes as the Trump administration is wrapping up a deep dive into Beijing’s trading practices. Once those investigations are complete next year, they might lead to action against China in the form of tariffs and trade barriers.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Largest Quest Apartment Hotel opens in Melbournes Docklands

first_imgLargest Quest Apartment Hotel opens in Melbourne’s DocklandsLargest Quest Apartment Hotel opens in Melbourne’s DocklandsQuest Apartment Hotels reached a major milestone with the launch of Quest NewQuay in Melbourne’s Docklands, the network’s largest property.Quest Apartment Hotels General Manager – Growth said “Quest NewQuay is the network’s largest apartment hotel featuring 221 serviced apartments. Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, the property is located within walking distance of Victoria Harbour and Melbourne’s CBD. We have worked closely with our development partner MAB Corporation and the Victorian Government to ensure that our guests enjoy a premium home-away from home experience in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands,” Mr Shields said.Developed by MAB Corporation, Quest NewQuay is the fourteenth tower completed by MAB, bringing the property developer’s total investment in the precinct to more than $2.5 billion. QuestApartment Hotels Chief Commercial officer, Craig Ryan, said Quest NewQuay, our most ambitious property to date at approximately double the size of the average Quest property, is perfectly suited for professionals or families relocating to Melbourne.“The Docklands has grown to become one of Australia’s most vibrant precincts and will continue to attract families, business travellers and tourists for years to come. The demand for servicedapartments in this area is growing each year and we’re very proud to deliver the City of Melbourne’s largest number of two- and three-bedroom apartments.”The Docklands has attracted more than $12 billion in private investment as part of its urban renewal plan. Development Victoria Group Head of Precincts, Geoff Ward, said Quest NewQuay is an asset to the precinct and a great choice for guests visiting the Docklands.“The Docklands has now matured, evidenced by the fact that the area is home to 11,000 people and 60,000 workers. It also attracts millions of visitors each year and is home to some of Australia’s largest domestic and international headquarters, so Quest NewQuay is well positioned to service visitors and corporate travellers in the area,” Mr Ward said.Quest NewQuay is the network’s thirteenth property in the City of Melbourne and features studio and one, two and three-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchenettes, laundry facilities and a private balcony. The property also features a business centre, conference facilities, gymnasium, secure parking and a rooftop alfresco BBQ and entertainment area.The apartment hotel is situated within walking distance of Marvel Stadium, The District Docklands and Melbourne’s free tram zone. Quest NewQuay is 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport, which caters well to business travellers in need of a direct route to and from the city.Purchased in 2016, the property is owned by Ascott-Qatar Investment Authority’s joint venture.Quest NewQuay is one of 9 new property openings across Australia, New Zealand and the UK in the next two years, including St Kilda Road (VIC), South Perth Foreshore, Burwood East andJoondalup (WA); Orange; Taurangxa Central, on Tuam and Mount Eden (NZ) and Liverpool (UK).For more information go to Source = Quest Apartment Hotelslast_img read more