North Dakota Might Exempt Military Retirement Pay

first_imgNorth Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum indicated in his State of the State address that:– his budget proposes a 100% personal income tax exemption for military retirement pay; and– he will enter into agreements with American Indian tribes to administer sales and use, alcohol, and tobacco taxes.2019 State of the State Address, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, January 3, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img

Researchers think they know what’s killing London’s iconic sparrow

first_img Researchers think they know what’s killing London’s iconic sparrow John Harding By Kelly MayesJul. 16, 2019 , 7:01 PMcenter_img Once a common sight around London, house sparrow (Passer domesticus) populations have been declining for decades; they’re down 71% since 1995. Now, researchers believe they know why: a mosquito-borne disease called avian malaria.Scientists collected 3 years of data from 11 sparrow colonies around London where the birds breed. They counted raw numbers of birds each year, and collected blood and excrement from a number of individuals.Seven out of the 11 colonies were losing birds, and roughly 74% of the sparrows carried avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum). That’s the highest rate of infection with this parasite seen in any wild bird population in Northern Europe, the researchers report today in Royal Society Open Science. Avian malaria may be causing declines in Western Europe, North America, and India as well, the team says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Similar to other forms of malaria, avian malaria is spread when mosquitoes bite birds and feed on their blood. The disease can lead to infections that can be fatal to the birds, and they can pass the infection on to their offspring. Most sparrows carried the parasite, but the quantity of parasites found in each bird’s system was significantly higher in declining populations, especially in younger birds, the team found.The scientists don’t know why avian malaria is particularly prevalent in house sparrows, but they say further research may provide clues.last_img read more

Microsoft sends out invites for its MWC 2015 event

first_imgMicrosoft has started sending invites for its MWC eventwhich is scheduled for the 2nd of March.Microsoft has announced that it will hold a special press conference in the MWC2015 in Barcelona. The Redmond giant will start the event at 8.30 AM local timewhere the press will be informed about the latest devices that the company isplanning to launch in the coming months.The event will happen a day after Samsung’s much anticipatedpress conference where the company will probably be launching this year’s flagshipdevice Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Edge.There is no confirmation as to what the Redmond softwaregiant will be talking about but there are speculations that the company willlaunch new hardware that will sport Windows Phone operating system. It has beena long time since Microsoft has updated its flagship line-up but there areindications that the company won’t launch a new flagship this MWC. The LumiaIcon/930 was the previous flagship which has performed better than average in alot of markets globally.   There are high chances that Microsoft will launch a successorto the mid-range phablet 1320 which will most likely be called Lumia 1330.last_img read more

Spotted: Miley Cyrus kisses Victoria’s Secret model Stella Maxwell

first_imgMiley Cyrus has been pictured kissing her rumoured girlfriend Stella Maxwell in a car park in Hollywood.The 22-year-old singer – who recently came out as bisexual – was seen locking lips with the 24-year-old Victoria’s Secret model in a car park, during a break from filming her new music video in Hollywood.Sporting a sequinned gold minidress and raunchy knee-high boots, Miley threw her arms around Stella while Stella cupped the Wrecking Ball hitmaker’s bottom with one hand.Pic by: AKM/GSIStella, wearing a cropped denim jacket and black catsuit, held Miley by the waist with her other hand as they indulged in an extremely passionate PDA, and were seen whispering to one another.According to the MailOnline, both girls were aware they were being photographed as they looked directly towards the camera before dancing around the car park together.Miley split from Patrick Schwarzenegger in March, and was previously engaged to Liam Hemsworth, and recently opened up about her experiences of dating both men and women.Pic by: AKM/GSIShe said: “There are times in my life where I’ve had boyfriends or girlfriends. And there are times where I just love being with myself and don’t want to give part of myself away to someone else … I think that’s a new freedom for women, especially.”last_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Sep 8 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Mumbai, Sep 8 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 5450 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6750 Javas 60/70: 9750 Javas 70/80: 9600 Javas 80/90: 9100 Kardi 2875 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 7100 Sesame 95/5/1: 6900 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 6150 Sunflowerseed 3625 Nigerseed 9900 and Castorseed Bombay 4145. Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10kgs) Groundnutoil 1090 Kardi Expeller 875 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 665 Refied 715 Cottonseeds Refined 612 Palmolein Refined 435 Soybean Refined 568 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 875 Rapeseed Expeller 845 Copra White 1120 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 770 Castoroil Comm 859 FSG 869 Kandla 839 Mowra N/T Neem 850 Karanji 610. Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 27,600 Kardi Extraction 12,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp N.A. Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 23,200 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 31,510 and Castor Extraction 6400. — Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 32,000/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD. PTI JBH ABD MKJ JMFlast_img read more


first_imgNate Boulton is suspending his Democratic campaign for governor of Iowa, one day after being accused of sexual misconduct by three women.Boulton released a statement saying that “These the last 48 hours have been trying. I again offer an apology to those whom I have harmed in any way.It is my hope there is some positive that can come from this moment as we strive to be the better people we can be in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.I know that will be my task moving on from here.”Boulton also says he is proud of the campaign his staff and supporters ran in the past year and thanked everyone who stood with him.Boulton’s name will remain on the June 5th Iowa primary ballot as early voting is underway.His departure leaves five official candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial campaign.last_img read more

A Massive Upset Is Already In The Works Today

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer yelling during an Ohio State game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shouts on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Ohio State came into this afternoon’s contest against Nebraska hoping to get back on track following the Buckeyes’ blowout loss at Purdue last weekend. Typically, Urban Meyer teams fare extremely well in games following a loss. Many were expecting a blowout win for Ohio State today.So far, though, it’s been more of the same frustrating play for Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team.The Buckeyes are officially on “Upset Alert” once again, actually.It’s Nebraska 21, No. 10 Ohio State 16 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.Ohio State players left the field to boos. That does not happen often.Halftime in Columbus…Nebraska 21, #10 Ohio State 16The Buckeyes left the field to halftime boos.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 3, 2018Nebraska is a young team, and the Huskers made several mistakes in the first half. The odds suggest that mistakes will continue and Ohio State will have opportunities to take advantage of them.Still, this is extremely troubling for Urban Meyer and Co. The Buckeyes clearly still have a ton of issues to take care of.Ohio State and Nebraska are playing on FOX. The second half should begin soon.last_img read more

42 Million to Help Unemployed Older Workers

first_imgHundreds of Nova Scotia’s unemployed older workers will continue to benefit from programming that will help them build skills and find work. The Department of Labour and Workforce Development, in partnership with the federal government, will continue to offer programming under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers after a three-year funding extension of $4.2 million. Since 2007, 23 projects helped close to 300 older workers in Nova Scotia. More than 40 per cent of participants gained employment, or started or are starting their own business. Dozens of other participants are pursuing further training or have gained skills to help them seek employment. Stuart Gourley, senior executive director of the Skills and Learning Branch of the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, said Nova Scotia’s population is aging quicker than any other jurisdiction in the country. “We can not overlook the wealth of skill and knowledge older workers bring to the workforce in this province,” he said. “This funding will allow organizations to keep helping these workers so they have the tools they need to continue to make important contributions in their communities.” The three-year extension of the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers includes a $90-million federal commitment for program delivery for Canada’s older workers. Under this initiative, the provinces and territories that choose to participate identify territories and communities that have been, or could be, affected by closures or downsizing and work with community organizations to develop projects. Unemployed Nova Scotians can qualify for older workers programming if they are between 55 and 64 years old, are legally entitled to work in Canada, lack skills to move into new employment and live in a community that has been, or could be, affected by closures or downsizing. “This program allowed me to capitalize on the skills I already had, and helped me learn new things along the way,” said Pat MacIsaac, a Richmond County program participant. Skills learned through the program Ms. MacIsaac to begin a new phase of her career in the real estate industry. A call for proposals was released May 16. Organizations who support older workers are encouraged to apply for funding. For more information, visit .last_img read more

Minnesota approves Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its ageing Line 3 oil pipeline, angering opponents who say the project threatens pristine areas and have vowed Standing Rock-style protests if needed to block it.All five members of the Public Utilities Commission backed the project, though some cited heavy trepidation and a narrow majority later approved the company’s preferred route despite opposition from American Indian tribes and climate change activists.Several commissioners cited the deteriorating condition of the existing line, which was built in the 1960s, as a major factor in their decision. Tribal lawyers had reluctantly backed an alternative route that went much farther south as the least bad option.After the commission’s work is formalized in the next few weeks, opponents may file motions asking it to reconsider. After that, they can appeal the decision to the state Court of Appeals.Several commissioners said the issue was difficult. Chairwoman Nancy Lange choked up and took off her glasses to wipe her eyes as she described her reasoning for approving the project. Another commissioner, Katie Sieben, said it was “so tough because there is no good outcome.”The pipeline currently runs from Alberta, Canada, across North Dakota and Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge has said it needs to replace the pipeline because it’s increasingly subject to corrosion and cracking and that it would continue to run Line 3 if regulators rejected its proposal.Much of the debate has focused on whether Minnesota and Midwest refineries need the extra oil. Enbridge currently runs Line 3 at about half its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day for safety reasons, and currently uses it only to carry light crude.The project’s opponents, including the Minnesota Department of Commerce, have argued that the refineries don’t need it because demand for oil and petroleum products will fall in the coming years as people switch to electric cars and renewable energy sources. Opposition groups also argue that much of the additional oil would eventually flow to overseas buyers.Enbridge and its customers strongly dispute the lack of need in the region. They said Line 3’s reduced capacity is already forcing the company to severely ration space on its pipeline network, and that failure to restore its capacity would force oil shippers to rely more on trains and trucks, which are more expensive and less safe. Business and labour groups support the proposal for the jobs and economic stimulus.The Public Utilities Commission’s decision likely won’t be the final word in a long, contentious process that has included numerous public hearings and the filings of thousands of pages of documents since 2015. Lange said earlier this year that the dispute was likely to end up in court, regardless of what the commission decides.Opponents have threatened a repeat of the protests on the Standing Rock Reservation against the Dakota Access pipeline, in which Enbridge owns a stake. Those protests in 2016 and 2017 resulted in sometimes violent skirmishes with law enforcement and more than 700 arrests.Enbridge has already replaced the short segment of Line 3 in Wisconsin and put it into service. Construction is underway on the short segment that crosses northeastern North Dakota and on the longer section from Alberta to the U.S. border, and Enbridge plans to continue that work. Enbridge has estimated the overall cost of the project at $7.5 billion, including $2.6 billion for the U.S. segment.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “It’s irrefutable that that pipeline is an accident waiting to happen,” Commissioner Dan Lipschultz said ahead of the vote. “It feels like a gun to our head … All I can say is the gun is real and it’s loaded.”Pipeline opponents reacted angrily when it became clear commissioners would approve the project. Tania Aubid, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, stood and shouted, “You have just declared war on the Ojibwe!” Brent Murcia, of the group Youth Climate Intervenors, added: “We will not let this stand.”Opponents argue that the pipeline risks spills in fragile areas in northern Minnesota, including where American Indians harvest wild rice. Ojibwe Indians, or Anishinaabe, consider wild rice sacred and central to their culture.Winona LaDuke, founder of Honor the Earth, said opponents would use every regulatory means possible to stop the project _ and threatened mass protests if necessary.“They have gotten their Standing Rock,” she said, referring to protests that drew thousands of people to neighbouring North Dakota to rally against the Dakota Access pipeline.Others welcomed Thursday’s vote, including Bob Schoneberger, founder of Minnesotans for Line 3. He said Minnesota needs the line now “and will need it even more into the future.”center_img In a statement Thursday night, Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco said the company is “pleased” with the commission’s decision.“Replacing Line 3 is first and foremost about the safety and integrity of this critical energy infrastructure,” Monaco said.After commissioners agreed the pipeline upgrade was needed, the commission voted 3-2 in favour of a slightly modified version of Enbridge’s preferred route. The company wanted to depart from the existing pipeline to largely avoid two American Indian reservations currently crossed.The PUC’s modification does clip a portion of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa’s land in order to avoid going close to a culturally sensitive lake. Commissioners said they would adjust the route if the band doesn’t agree.last_img read more

UN counterterrorism task force needs sustainable funding – Assembly chief

Addressing an informal briefing of Member States by the Secretary-General’s Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, Mr. Kerim said the group – established three years ago – has already played an important role in identifying where the UN can assist in global efforts against terrorism.But the task force has no standing resources of its own and has to attract funds on a voluntary basis, the Assembly President said.“I commend the governments for providing funding for various working groups, but it is also important to ensure a stable and sustainable central support for the task force,” he said. “Indeed, there is a need to complete the institutionalization of the task force, as supported by the General Assembly when it adopted the Strategy [in September 2006].”Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning and chair of the task force, told the briefing that the voluntary funding model “has significantly slowed the pace” of the work of the task force.“We have needed to collect, process and transfer funds to set the working groups on their feet financially, to help them bring on relevant experts, and to get them what they need administratively from the UN system,” he said. “And we have been doing so with a skeletal staff run out of my office.”On 4 September, the General Assembly will meet in plenary session to review the implementation of the strategy so far. 21 May 2008The United Nations task force charged with coordinating the world body’s counter-terrorism efforts needs guaranteed and sustainable funding, rather than the current voluntary model, so that it can carry out its work, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim told a briefing at UN Headquarters today. read more

UN health agency helps yellow fever vaccination campaign in Côte dIvoire

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping authorities in Côte d’Ivoire vaccinate nearly 2 million people in the country’s largest city against a yellow fever outbreak.WHO is providing technical assistance to the Health Ministry campaign, which targets an estimated 1.94 million residents of Abidjan this month, according to a news update released today by the agency. It is the first mass immunization scheme in the city against yellow fever since 2001.The campaign is also being supported by the public-private Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), WHO reported.The agency sent two experts to Cote d’Ivoire in June to assess the public health situation after the outbreak was confirmed by laboratory testing in May.Yellow fever, which is spread by mosquitoes, derives its name from the jaundice that affects some sufferers, who tend to experience fever, muscle pain, headaches, loss of appetite, vomiting and/or nausea. While most patients recover, the disease can be deadly and the number of infected people has risen in recent years, despite the availability of an effective vaccine. 8 August 2008The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping authorities in Côte d’Ivoire vaccinate nearly 2 million people in the country’s largest city against a yellow fever outbreak. read more

Video Communication Must Improve Even as It Hits Its Stride

Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. Companies, teams, and individual users now regularly count on video communication to get mission-critical work done, be more productive, and increase engagement of everyday interactions both internally and externally. For all those customers relying on the technology, video conferencing just needs to be better. First and foremost, we found that 48% of business professionals use video conferencing more frequently for work than they did two years ago. A range of reasons contribute to that overall increase, with respondents using video conferencing to: work effectively from remote locations/home (43%), improve team productivity when in different locations (43%), more easily share documents or collaborate in real time (38%), and more easily connect with customers, clients, or partners (31%). Additionally, 47% have seen some reduction in business travel due to video. Video communication is truly evolving from a business advantage to a business necessity, and video-first culture is becoming a very real thing. To get a full picture of the video communication trends, impact, and conclusions drawn from the data we collected, we’d welcome you to download the complimentary report.Tags:News & ViewsLifesizeVideo Collaboration & A/VDigital TransformationDigital WorkplaceEmployee ExperienceNews & ViewsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like But what’s distressing is the fact that respondents report some of the same old detractors to video call experience: technical difficulties like equipment not working and missing adapters (48%), poor audio quality or echo effect (46%), poor video quality or clarity (40%), and requirements to download or install extra software or apps as well as other difficulties starting or joining a meeting (41%). Furthermore, only 20% of professionals believe that video communication is very secure, while a combined 40% believe it isn’t very secure, is not at all secure, don’t know whether it’s secure or not, or haven’t even thought about it. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. LifesizePresentation1.jpg Usage of video conferencing for work is growing at a rapid clip, but it still has a way to go to reach the ideal meeting experience. That’s the main takeaway I gleaned from a recent survey we conducted of more than 1,300 U.S. business professionals across industry, age group, and regional demographics about their video communication habits and how they perceive video affecting not only their own day-to-day work but the companies that use the technology. We present the comprehensive data we gathered in our “2019 Impact of Video Conferencing Report,” which reveals some of the good, bad, and just plain intriguing about the current state of the video communication space. There’s clearly work to be done by the overall segment in making video conferencing a universally reliable, high-quality, seamless experience. Part of that can be achieved through making video conferencing a native browser-based experience that provides ultimate simplicity by leaning on the features, functionality, security mechanisms, and standards (WebRTC, for example) that increasingly underpin those browser platforms. That method also eliminates the bothersome app downloads and software installs that respondents called out as pain points. Seamlessness and ease of use can be further ensured by avoiding proprietary technologies in favor of interoperability – the latter approach prevents the complexity and financial burden assessed by some vendors when you try to make their service work with another platform. And as I’ve written previously, it’s incumbent upon all vendors to help educate customers and end users about security criteria and the safety nets they’ve set up. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » Log in or register to post comments What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Increasingly, younger generations’ first experiences with video conferencing for work is through a flexible cloud-based enterprise video communication solution rather than a rigid system from a legacy vendor – that’s an encouraging sign. Also promising are the findings that 31% of workers use mobile phones and 34% use dedicated conference room equipment for video conferencing at work, affording them flexibility and choice in their preferred devices and workspaces. Reflections on the Zoom/Mac Security Debacle Dave Michels July 16, 2019 The vulnerability is all patched up, but questions linger. read more

TSX declines amid cautious US durable goods reading lower gold and metals

TSX declines amid cautious U.S. durable goods reading, lower gold and metals AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2014 7:47 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market registered a three-digit loss Wednesday as investors searched for some direction, despite easing tensions in Ukraine and cautious signs of a rebound in the U.S. manufacturing sector.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 115.39 points to 14,184.10, dragged down by the metals and mining, materials and gold sectors. The Canadian dollar gained 0.61 of a cent to 90.22 cents US.The U.S. Commerce Department says orders for durable goods rose in February by the largest amount in three months, helped by solid gains in demand for airplanes and cars. The increase amounted to a 2.2 per cent jump last month, compared with a 1.3 per cent drop in January.But the report wasn’t all good news, as the U.S. Commerce Department reported that a key category that reflects business investment fell 1.3 per cent, the second setback in three months.It’s believed the weakness in business investment may have been due to the severe winter conditions in the U.S. last month, which could have caused some firms to put modernization and expansion plans on hold.U.S. markets were in negative territory as the Dow Jones industrials fell 98.89 points to 16,268.99, the Nasdaq shed 60.69 points to 4,173.58 and the S&P 500 index dipped 13.06 points to 1,852.56.King Digital Entertainment — the maker of the popular mobile game “Candy Crush Saga” — launched its IPO on Wall Street Wednesday but was not met with as much enthusiasm as anticipated. Prior to the debut, shares had been priced at US$22.50 but opened at US$20.50 and ended the day at US$19.Some analysts have questioned whether the Irish company would be able to repeat the success of “Candy Crush,” which has been far more successful than any of its other games.With earnings already reported by most major companies, the markets are taking a pause, observed Stephen Lingard, co-lead portfolio manager with Franklin Quotential Portfolios.“The market is searching for direction,” he said. “You have energy that is positive, financials that are positive and a little bit of weight from the gold sector.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, most sectors declined, with the gold taking on the biggest losses sustained with a drop of 4.58 per cent.June gold bullion contract fell $8 to US$1,303.40 an ounce, while May copper contract fell four cents to US$2.97 a pound. Oil gained $1.07 to US$100.26 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.In corporate news, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says it has signed a deal to sell two water bombers used to fight forest fires to the Newfoundland and Labrador government for US$73.7 million. It also said it will be delaying the first flight of its new Learjet 85 business jet because of an undisclosed systems issue that will require a software update.Bombardier shares fell nine cents or 2.18 per cents to $4.04.Shares in Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX:PPL), climbed Wednesday after it was announced that the Calgary energy company will be added to the S&P/TSX 60 next month. The list contains 60 large-cap Canadian companies in various industries. Stocks climbed more than three per cent, or $1.30, to close at $41.40.Meanwhile, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen says he’s taking legal action against an unnamed person who allegedly stole confidential details about a future BlackBerry product and leaked them to the public. Its shares dipped 29 cents or 2.78 per cent to $10.15.Meanwhile, shares in Capstone Mining charged ahead five per cent, or 14 cents, to $2.87 after the Vancouver company announced it has extended the life of its Pinto Valley copper mine in Arizona by eight years to 2026. read more

Stock markets fall oil price drops amid Clinton email news from FBI

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 9:27 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets fall, oil price drops amid Clinton email news from FBI TORONTO – North American stock markets fell and the price of oil dropped Friday after the FBI announced it will investigate new emails connected to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private server.FBI Director James B. Comey revealed the emails’ existence in a letter to Congress, saying the agency will review them to determine if they contain classified information. The FBI said in July its criminal investigation had been completed.“It has been the single biggest driver of the market today,” said Scott Vali, vice-president of equities at CIBC Asset Management.“(The) market doesn’t like uncertainty and this creates more uncertainty.”He said the markets started to drop shortly after the news emerged, leading to speculation about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election that takes place on Nov. 8.People had started to become comfortable with the idea that Clinton would win the presidency, said Vali.Her opponent, Republican candidate Donald Trump, is viewed as negative for several reasons, including trade and the economy, he said.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index fell 48.46 points to 14,785.29.South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 8.49 points to 18,161.19, while the S&P 500 dropped by 6.63 points to 2,126.41. The Nasdaq composite lost 25.87 points to 5,190.10.Vali said the price of gold jumped as the markets sold off, with the December gold contract gaining $7.30 to US$1,276.80 an ounce.The FBI report about new emails tied to Clinton also dragged down the price of oil as the December crude oil contract plummeted by $1.02 to US$48.70 per barrel.That added to a five-day drop of US$2.15 — the biggest weekly decrease in the price of oil in six weeks. In the week ending Sept. 16, oil prices fell US$2.85.Friday’s decline in the price of oil came mostly from the renewed possibility of a Trump victory, but an ongoing OPEC meeting had “limited” impact as well, said Vali.The representatives from the 14 member nations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries met in Vienna Friday to continue discussions regarding a preliminary agreement to cut oil production reached last month in Algiers. The group plans to meet with some non-OPEC members to discuss these matters Saturday.Full details of the deal will be released after the group meets again in Vienna at the end of November.The commodity-sensitive loonie inched up 0.02 of a U.S. cent to 74.72 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, December natural gas rose 3.7 cents to about US$3.11 per mmBTU and December copper contracts were up three cents at US$2.19 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

UN Women launches yearlong campaign to build world where gender equality is

Through a year of activities, UN Women says it aims to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity. Events will focus on achievements and gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment since 189 Governments adopted the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is meant to pave the way for women’s full and equal participation in all spheres of life and decision-making. “The Beijing Platform for Action is an unfulfilled promise to women and girls,” says Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. “Our goal is straightforward: renewed commitment, strengthened action and increased resources to realize gender equality, women’s empowerment and the human rights of women and girls.”The Beijing Women’s Conference drew an unprecedented 17,000 participants while 30,000 representatives attended the NGO [Non-Governmental Organization] Forum. In 2015, the UN will assess progress on implementation of the Beijing action plan over the past 20 years, based on national reports currently being prepared by UN Member States.The campaign will kick off with an all-day globe-spanning Tweetathon. Participating groups will include the UN, Lean In, the World YWCA, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Half the Sky, the European Women’s Lobby, the Women’s Media Centre, Devex and other regional and national experts.UN Women will unveil a global global information hub diverse voices, testimonies of personal experiences and achievement, celebrity champions and a calendar to track Beijing+20 events. The HeforShe web platform will spotlight prominent men standing up to end violence against women and advance equality. UN Women will support engagement through its network of country offices and release an interactive Facebook app, “Close the Gap”.The formal commemoration of the 20th anniversary will take place during the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and International Women’s Day 2015 will be dedicated to Beijing+20. A high-level commitment meeting is expected in September 2015.In its announcement of the upcoming campaign, UN Women says that during the past two decades, much progress has been made in women’s legal rights, educational achievements, and participation in public life. It also stresses that much still remains to be done to address gender wage gaps and unequal opportunities, low representation of women in leadership in public office and the private sector, child marriage, rampant violence and other violations against women and girls. “Today I call on everyone to be part of the solution,” said Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka. “Picture It! Together we can realize the promise of Beijing: equality between women and men.” read more

Brock selected for student GIS Scholarship

Potential Frost Development for the Vinemount Ridge Sub-Appellation The Maps, Data & GIS Library and the Department of Geography are pleased to announce that Brock has been selected for the fourth consecutive year to participate in the Esri Canada $1,000 GIS Student Scholarship Program, which recognizes Brock’s strong, multidisciplinary focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS).This award will be granted to a current Brock student who desires to pursue a career in GIS studies, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines.Students interested in applying should visit the following website for guidelines, the application process, project content, deliverables, and the recipient’s responsibilities to Esri.The intent to participate and project outlines are due Jan. 30, 2015 will be vying for the scholarship by presenting their proposals on Thursday, Feb. 5 2015, between 12 – 2 p.m. in the MDG Library (MC C306).Everyone is welcome to attend. read more

GPHC promises probe following womans postdelivery death

The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), following a complaint by the family of Fariena Mohammed, has launched an investigation into her death. Mohammed died nine days after her delivery at the GPHC.Mohammed’s mother, Bibi Khan, said that her daughter died at the hospital on January 05, 2019, after suddenly developing breathing complications and that the institution has not been offering any explanations. She told <<>> that the family officially lodged a complaint on Monday, January 21 and the hospital has since informed them that an investigation will be launched.However, attempts to confirm whether the investigation has commenced proved futile as several calls to officials at the GPHC went unanswered.A mother is now calling for justice and an investigation into her daughter’s death after giving birth at the GPHC on December 28, 2018.Dead, Fariena MohammedKhan accused the doctors at the GPHC of “killing” her daughter and offering no plausible explanations for her death. The grief-stricken woman had said the 30-year-old Mohammed was pregnant with her second child and on Thursday, December 28, 2018, she went into labour shortly after 13:00h.She was rushed to the GPHC and gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Shahid Ali, shortly after 16:00h. However, a few days after, the baby fell ill and doctors informed the family that the baby swallowed some of the amniotic fluid hence the reason for his complications. The baby boy was transferred to the Neonatal Unit and immediately began receiving treatment for the infection.Mohammed was discharged but remained at the hospital since her infant was still hospitalised. Since she was in the ward and her baby in another section of the building, it required her walking a few flights of stairs to feed him every two hours.During one of the feedings, a paediatrician noticed something strange with Mohammed and began probing. According to Khan, her daughter was breathing heavily and having shortness of breath which caught the attention of the paediatrician who asked the woman’s doctors to investigate further. It was from there, however, that the situation went downhill.The doctors did an EKG and it came back normal after which they requested a CT scan. The grieving mother said that she received the call about the CT scan on the morning of January 05, 2019, and informed her daughter that she would take the money during the lunchtime visit. However, she was told that the doctors said it was urgently needed and that she should visit the hospital as soon as possible with the money for the scan.Sensing the urgency in her daughter’s voice, Khan rushed down to the GPHC and arrived shortly after 10:00h. In tears, Khan told this publication that she was not prepared for the sight she met when she entered the ward. Her daughter was being held in a sitting position by the team of doctors with several wires hooked on to her chest and her mouth and nose were covered by an oxygen mask.The woman painfully related that her daughter did not even bat an eye at her or even speak. She said she started to ask questions, but no one was answering her directly. Instead, she was instructed to go and pay for the CT scan and that the ambulance would takeMohammed at 11:00h for the procedure at another hospital. After she saw it was past 11:00h and no attempt was made to go for the scan, she started asking more question and was informed that her daughter was too unstable to move.She said that they stayed at the hospital until 19:00h in hopes that the doctors would tell her something definitive but all she got was a doctor telling them that there is a strong possibility that Mohammed would fall in a coma for three days.The family retreated to their East Bank Essequibo home and at about 22:00h, Mohammed’s husband received a call from the hospital asking that they go immediately. The family rushed there but on their way, a relative called and said that Mohammed had already died.Mohammed died shortly after 22:00h on January 05, 2019. The autopsy concluded that she died of a heart attack. The family is not satisfied and have since indicated that there may be a cover-up of the death at the GPHC. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDeath of 3 children: Amidst concerns of GPHC investigating itself, PAHO to assistJanuary 29, 2019In “Crime”Mother dies at GPHC after giving birth, family seeking clarityJanuary 21, 2019In “Crime”3rd child succumbs at GPHC after receiving injection prior to chemotherapyJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news” read more

Microsoft adds Verizon and Comcast as TV partners for Xbox

first_imgMicrosoft is stepping up its aim of integrating live television into its Xbox 360 console. The Redmond, CA based company has announced new partnerships that include Verizon FiOS and Comcast to do just that. While there’s nothing wrong with watching live television on your gaming console, you have to already be a cable subscriber to use it, so it doesn’t strike me as being quite the revolution Microsoft is hoping for.Microsoft makes it clear what the appeal of this is. They want to create an integrated entertainment experience that combines media content, internet, voice control, and motion sensors and become the center of the 21st century living room. As rumors swirl of Apple entering the living room with a proper TV set, and Google flailing around with the largely unsuccessful Google TV, Microsoft is trying to use their “in” that they already have – the Xbox – to expand into the ultimate home entertainment solution provider.Current subscribers of any of the content partners (Verizon FiOS, Comcast, HBO Go, and others), who are also subscribers to Xbox Live Gold, can get in on the new Microsoft living room. If you’re one of these customers, then “a selection” of content will be available on your Xbox.If a Minority Report living room is your thing, then Microsoft is certainly trying to get your attention. A demo video shows a guy talking to his console, saying “Xbox, Bing Batman,” and using the Kinect sensor to make selections with his hand. We lost count of how many times the Microsoft rep mentioned “getting technology out of the way” (or something similar) in the video, so there’s no mistaking the goal here.While I can see why Microsoft would want to push this angle, as long as your content is locked down to the same providers, is this really anything significant? Anyone who can use this will already have a cable box with access to all of the same content, and then some.So what it comes down to is whether customers would prefer to use voice and gesture to change channels, or to just pick up the remote, like they’ve spent years programming themselves to do.If a company wants customers to go about a new way of doing things, don’t they need to give them a compelling reason to do so? As far as I’m aware, people aren’t that interested in controlling their TV-watching experience with their hands and voices. Sure, it can integrate the internet more into your viewing experience, but isn’t it just as easy to pick up your smartphone or tablet (or just ask Siri) and do a quick search?This strikes me as Microsoft wanting to create a product revolution without changing much of anything. Is it pretty cool to go hands-free? Sure. Is it that big of a deal? I see it as more of a novel surface pasted onto a familiar experience.Now, if we could ever get a service like this that also eliminates the need to go through Verizon or Comcast, then we could really have a revolution in the living room. While Microsoft may not have the power to single-handedly wrestle control from the traditional content providers, we won’t likely see the kind of unified entertainment experience that they’re shooting for until somebody does.More at Microsoft, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Des chercheurs veulent être cryogénisés à leur mort pour ressusciter après

first_imgDes chercheurs veulent être cryogénisés à leur mort pour ressusciter aprèsCertains l’aiment froid… C’est ici le cas de trois académistes de l’université d’Oxford qui ont prévu de se faire cryogéniser une fois morts dans l’espoir de ressusciter lorsque la science le permettra. Loin de faire un caprice, les scientifiques croient dur comme glace à un possible inversement du processus de mort. Nick Bostrom, directeur des recherches au Future Humanity Institute, Anders Sandberg et Stuart Armstrong, tous trois chercheurs à l’université d’Oxford ont pris la décision très médiatisée de… se faire cryogéniser lorsque la mort arrivera. Pour cela, les scientifiques ont fait appel à deux compagnies Alcor Life Extension Foundation dans l’Arizona et la Cryonics Institute dans le Michigan aux Etats-Unis. Ils ont également arrangé les moindres détails afin d’être un jour ressuscités comme ils l’espèrent. Il serait “très excitant de se réveiller dans un nouveau monde”, explique Sandberg cité par le Daily Mail. “Revenir voir ce qui ce sera déroulé durant un siècle, comparer les similitudes et les différences entre le monde d’aujourd’hui et celui de demain”, ajoute de son côté Nick Bostrom. Cette démarche n’a rien d’un caprice, ni d’un projet fou pour ces chercheurs. Il s’agit plutôt selon eux, de tester les limites et de servir la science. Deux options s’offraient ainsi à eux, la cryogénisation totale du corps ou seulement de la tête. Bostrom et Sandberg ont opté pour une cryoconservation de leur tête par la compagnie Alcor, moins chère tandis que leur collègue Armstrong a désiré cryogénisé tout son corps au Cryonics Institute. “Si vous vous imaginez le monde, disons dans 200 ans, lorsque la réanimation sera possible, ce sera probablement un endroit merveilleux à (re)découvrir”, affirme Stuart Armstrong. Un organisme conservé par le froidA leur mort, les têtes de Bostrom et Sandberg seront donc conservées dans de l’azote liquide (à -196°C) et perfusées avec un mélange de produits chimiques antigel. Le but : conserver les propriétés du cerveau dans lequel résident notamment la personnalité et la mémoire. Nous savons aujourd’hui que certaines activités du cerveau peuvent être mises en pause et reprendre peu après. Cependant, la remise en route après un long arrêt tel que la mort est une chose bien plus compliquée. Si quelques expériences ont été menées, elles ont concerné essentiellement des parties de l’organisme comme des tissus, des cellules, des vaisseaux sanguins ou les organes de petits animaux. L’espoir est donc de parvenir un jour à inverser le cycle de la mort et de refaire partir l’organisme de personnes cryogénisées. Pour cela, il faudrait encore parvenir à réparer les dommages causés par le manque temporaire d’oxygène, certaines contraintes chimiques ou thermiques.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après certaines scientifiques, des nanoparticules pourraient être utilisées pour régénérer les cellules mais les recherches doivent être poursuivies avant de pouvoir en arriver à un tel point. Dans le cas de Bostrom et Sandberg, toutefois, seule la tête subsistera, tout le corps ne pourra donc être ressuscité. Ce qui ne semble pas les déranger puisqu’ils n’excluent pas que la science puisse connecter un jour leur cerveau à un ordinateur voire à un autre corps.117 patients déjà cryogénisésPour avoir un ordre d’idée, le prix d’une cryogénisation varie entre 20.000 et 150.000 euros que les Américains peuvent aujourd’hui choisir de payer avec leur assurance décès. Une possibilité qui rend le procédé relativement disponible à de nombreuses personnes. Stuart Armstrong affirme ainsi que cette congélation future lui coûte à peine 30 euros par mois pour couvrir les frais de l’opération.Néanmoins, les spécialistes de la technique rappellent tout de même que rien n’est assuré et que seule la science pourra fournir des réponses dont personne ne dispose actuellement. Aussi, il n’est pas exclu que les cryogénisés restent endormis à jamais… A ce jour, Alcor aurait déjà cryogénisé 117 patients et 985 autres attendraient de l’être. Le 11 juin 2013 à 17:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more