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Killer bat fungus jumps to West Coast

first_imgA lethal fungus devastating U.S. bat populations in the East and Midwest has crossed the Continental Divide for the first time, unexpectedly popping up in Washington—approximately 2000 kilometers farther west than previously seen.The discovery of white-nose syndrome in a single, sickly little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found in mid-March by hikers at the edge of the Cascade Mountains, 50 kilometers east of Seattle, Washington, is confirmation of what scientists considered the inevitable spread of the disease across the continent. “This is a nightmare scenario come true,” says Jeremy Coleman, an ecologist and head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s white-nose syndrome program in Hadley, Massachusetts. “This is the news we have been bracing for and warning about going back for the last 8 years.”But the syndrome’s appearance in the far northwest corner of the country, announced Thursday by state and federal wildlife agencies, came as a surprise. 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The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, thrives in cold, humid environments, and infects bats when they are hibernating during the winter. It severely damages the bats’ skin. The animals are thought to die because the malady makes them burn more energy, become dehydrated, or wake and leave their shelter when it’s too cold. The disease gets its name from a distinctive halo of white fuzz that can grow around an infected bat’s muzzle.Wildlife managers have sought to stem the disease’s spread. In some places, caves where bats hibernate have been closed to the public, amid concerns that spores could hitchhike on spelunkers’ gear. Recreational cavers and researchers have been asked to take elaborate precautions to clean or quarantine their equipment. But complacency set in as time passed and the disease didn’t materialize in the West, Coleman says. “I think the expectation was we were just going to watch this slow spread through the Midwest and over Canada and then into the Rockies.”Now, with the case in Washington, state and federal scientists and wildlife managers are faced with a host of questions: How did the disease get there? How widespread is it? What does it mean for bats there and elsewhere?At the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS’s) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, scientists are sequencing the genome of the fungus from the Washington bat, to see if it’s a genetic match to other cases in the United States. The fungus behind the syndrome is endemic to Europe and Asia, so it’s possible the disease arrived in Washington from a different direction, says David Blehert, chief of the Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories in Madison. The infected bat was a western variant of the little brown bat, meaning it wasn’t a stowaway from further east.Scientists at the USGS center, along with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife, are also preparing to look for more evidence of the fungus where the bat was found. A check earlier this week failed to turn up more dead bats there, says Katie Haman, a wildlife veterinarian at the state agency in Olympia. A nighttime survey with acoustic devices also didn’t hear more little brown bats, suggesting they haven’t yet emerged from hibernation.When they do become active, the plan is to catch hundreds of bats in the area and swab them for signs of how widespread the fungus is there, says Anne Ballmann, a wildlife epidemiologist at the USGS center in Madison who leads their effort to track the syndrome’s spread. They are also asking wildlife rehabilitation centers to report any cases of sick bats in the area. The Washington case was noticed when the hikers brought the bat to a rehabilitation center.Even if it turns out not to be an isolated case, it could be some time before it’s clear how the disease will move in western North America. For example, although many eastern bats congregate in huge numbers to hibernate, bats in the West generally don’t. The differing fate of bats was illustrated in a recent study that found bats in China had lower infection levels than their North American counterparts, suggesting the Chinese bats are more resistant to the fungus. In the Pacific Northwest, “it can be potentially devastating to our bats,” Haman says. “Because the ecology and habits of the bats is so different, we can’t predict how bad it can be. We just don’t know.”last_img read more

Chelsea to battle for Dortmund’s Pulisic

first_imgChristian Pulisic is one of Chelsea’s top transfer targets, but the Blues are trying to negotiate down the £70 million ($89m) price tag set by Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, Goal understands.The Blues expect competition from other elite European clubs to sign the United States international, including Paris Saint-Germain, but Liverpool have backed out of the race for the 20-year-old, despite having had an £11m ($14m) offer rejected in 2016.Chelsea are keen to look to the future in their wide positions and are also aware that Eden Hazard’s future remains in doubt, after he admitted an interest in moving to Real Madrid , with his contract at Stamford Bridge set to expire at the same time as Pulisic’s at Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Both Chelsea and Dortmund are trying to renew contracts for Hazard and Pulisic, with their current deals expiring in June 2020, but neither club are willing to allow their players to move in the January transfer window.Chelsea’s need to investigate the signing of a winger is added to by doubts over the future of wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi , while Willian and Pedro are both over 30.Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Lyon’s Nabil Fekir are other players who interest the Blues, who could attempt to sign more than one winger before the end of the 2019 summer transfer window.Pulisic has faced an increased battle for game time at Dortmund with English starlet Jadon Sancho’s emergence adding to competition, as Marco Reus, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Marius Wolf all fight for starts at the Westfalenstadion.The American, the youngest player to captain his country since the early 1990s, has already made over 100 appearances for Dortmund, scoring 15 goals and providing 24 assists.Dortmund have been in fine form this season, even with Pulisic struggling with injuries, and have yet to lose, winning nine and drawing three of their opening 12 games of the campaign.That leaves the club four points clear at the top of the table, while they are already nine ahead of crisis-hit Bayern Munich.*Additional information provided by Sabrina Belalmi and Neil Jones.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s India consolidate top spot in ICC Test team Rankings

first_imgIndia have consolidated their position at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Rankings following the annual update.In the ICC’s annual update, the series results from 2014-15 are removed and outcomes from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent.India have stretched their lead over South Africa from four to 13 points after gaining four points to reach an aggregate of 125 while South Africa have lost five points and slipped to 112.South Africa are, however, still comfortably ahead of the remaining sides.Australia are placed third with 106 points after gaining four points following the update, taking back the position from New Zealand, who had overtaken them at the last cut-off date of April 3.The change in positions saw New Zealand assure themselves of $200,000 for finishing third. India and South Africa had won 1 million dollars and half a million dollars, respectively for finishing first and second at the cut-off date.After the update, New Zealand remain on 102 points while England have inched closer, reaching 98 after gaining one point.In another interesting movement, Bangladesh have moved ahead of the West Indies, who are in ninth position for the first-time ever.The West Indies have lost five points and are now standing on 67 points while Bangladesh have gained four points to reach 75, eight points clear of the West Indies.Sri Lanka continue to remain at sixth position after losing one point while Zimbabwe have gained one point to reach two. The table will see new additions in the form of Afghanistan and Ireland after they have played their first Tests following their Full Membership status.advertisementIreland are due to play their inaugural Test against Pakistan in Malahide, Dublin, from May 11 while Afghanistan’s first Test will be against India in Bengaluru from June 18.(With ICC inputs)last_img read more

No Arsenal offer for N’Zonzi

first_imgTransfers No Arsenal offer for Sevilla midfielder N’Zonzi Stephen Darwin Last updated 1 year ago 21:22 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Steven N'Zonzi, Sevilla 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Sevilla Premier League Primera División Reports had suggested that the midfielder was travelling to London to hold talks with Arsene Wenger’s side but that has been denied by the Liga club Sevilla have denied receiving any offers for midfielder Steven N’Zonzi amid reports linking him with a move to Arsenal.Spanish radio station COPE had reported that the midfielder was travelling to London to undergo talks with the Gunners having apparently fallen out with manager Eduardo Berizzo.The former Stoke City man’s trip to the English capital further heightened speculation that he could be joining Arsene Wenger’s side, but Sevilla have clarified the visit was related to the player’s son. 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 The Liga club’s chairman Jose Castro told reporters: “N’Zonzi’s situation [being dropped] is due to a technical issue with the coaches and, as with all technical issues, he can change it.”He travelled to London to visit his son with our permission. There aren’t any offers to sign N’Zonzi. I can’t talk about clauses or prices if we don’t have an offer.”We respect the decision of our coaches, he is training with his team-mates but currently he isn’t playing. It’s a technical decision and the coaches have said in public that he can change this.”N’Zonzi has not played a single first-team minute for Sevilla since being substituted at half-time of his side’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool on November 21.Berizzo’s men are currently fifth in La Liga although are currently level on points with champions Real Madrid, who sit one place above them in fourth.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp wary facing Aubameyang today

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp wary facing Aubameyang todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary facing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang today.Klopp managed Arsenal striker Aubameyang when the two men were at Borussia Dortmund.”He is outstanding, as a player and as a person,” said Klopp. “He has speed and finishing skills. It makes him an exceptional player.”Aubameyang is expected to start for the Gunners against the Reds today. last_img

Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

first_imgThe following roads are closed due to flooding: Annapolis County: Middle Road from Keith Lane to Nictaux Road Mount Hanley from Trunk 1 to the Middle Road Motorists should continue to use caution. Drivers should slow down and watch for areas that are passable, but may have significant amounts of water on the road. -30-last_img

Trudeau apologizes for governments past mistreatment of Inuit with TB

first_imgIQALUIT – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on Friday for the way Inuit in northern Canada were treated for tuberculosis in the mid-20th century, calling it colonial and misguided.Trudeau was in Iqaluit to deliver an apology to the Inuit on behalf of the federal government.“Today, I am here to offer an official apology for the federal government’s management of tuberculosis in the Arctic from the 1940s to the 1960s,” he said. “Many of you know all too well how this policy played itself out.”Trudeau is acknowledging that many people with TB died after being removed from their families and communities and were taken on gruelling journeys south on ships, trains and aircraft.The prime minister made the visit to the capital of Nunavut a day later than planned after bad weather prevented his plane from landing on Thursday.Trudeau also announced the opening of a database that Inuit families can soon use to find loved ones who died when they were transported south for treatment.The database is part of a wider initiative called Nanilavut, which means “let’s find them” in Inuktitut.The apology had been in the works for the better part of two years, since Trudeau signed an Inuit-Crown partnership agreement in 2017.Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., a representative for Inuit in Nunavut, has said it wanted to help family members locate burial sites of those who died during tuberculosis treatment from the 1940s through the 1960s. Their bodies were buried in southern Canada instead of being returned to their relatives.The mistreatment of Inuit during the TB outbreaks was a “massive human rights failure” from the government of Canada in the treatment of its own citizens, said Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).His organization acts as the national voice of the roughly 60,000 Inuit living in four sections of northern Canada.The government took far too long to formally acknowledge wrongdoing, Obed said.“It is a long time and I do wish the apology came sooner.”Inuit who were infected with TB in the mid-20th century were taken into government care, separated from their families and transported aboard ships to sanatoriums in the south of Canada, where they were disconnected from their culture and language.In many cases, those who died from the disease were buried without their families knowing what happened to them or where they were laid to rest.James Eetoolook is a 72-year-old TB survivor among a family of survivors.Over the years, he and seven of his relatives were stricken with TB, including his mother, sisters and brother, who was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s when one of the ships carrying doctors north reached his family’s trading post village.Eetoolook was diagnosed as a 16-year-old and was sent for treatment in Edmonton, where he was in the hospital and bed-ridden for months.The federal government took too long to diagnose the illness in the Inuit population and didn’t do enough to keep track of those who were taken south for treatment.Now, as vice president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Eetoolook worries that TB is returning to higher levels once again in an age when it simply should not be happening.In October 2017, then federal health minister Jane Philpott announced the establishment of a task force to develop a plan to eliminate TB among the Inuit.“The government has said it wants to eliminate TB by 2030,” Eetoolook said.“Are they going to do it? Probably not.”According to the most recent Public Health Agency of Canada report on the disease, the average annual rate of tuberculosis among Inuit in Canada a year ago was still more than 290 times higher than Canadian born non-Indigenous people.The agency cited social housing and overcrowding as one of the main culprits.More than half of all Nunavut residents live in often cramped social housing.“Many experience food insecurity, with food prices in Nunavut that are twice those in southern Canada,” the March 2018 report stated.As well, 60 per cent of Nunavut residents smoke.But the report said progress has been made in tracing all cases of infectious TB, screening of school age children, faster diagnosis and earlier treatments.As for the apology, and the database, Eetoolook said he believes it will bring closure to many Inuit.“It will help the families that had loved ones that died,” he predicted.“Some of the (burial grounds) will be hard to find.”Families now have a chance to locate their loved ones, he said.Obed lamented how the federal government has been criticized for apologizing too much for various past wrongs but said an apology to the Inuit is necessary as part of healing and reconciliation.“From the Inuit perspective, apologizing for human rights abuses is never a bad thing,” he said.“We as a country have to also accept responsibility for things that happened and know that apologies are necessary for classes of people whose human rights have been violated.”last_img read more

Police rescue girl from red light area in Kolkata

first_imgNew Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has recovered one girl who was missing along with eight other female inmates from Sanskar Ashram in Dilshad Garden since December 2, 2018. The girl was recovered from Sonagachhi in Kolkata.According to police, nine girls between the age of 17 to 22 years had run away from Sanskar Ashram, Dilshad Garden during the night of 1st and 2nd December 2018. “The Superintendent of Sanskar Ashram for Girls, Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Dilshad Garden stated that eight out of these nine girls were originally from Nepal, while the ninth girl was from Bhagalpur, Bihar. These girls had been rescued from a brothel in G.B. Road,” police said. Delhi Police in their press statement said that on April 27, a team of Anti Human Trafficking Unit raided Sonagachhi red light area in Kolkata and recovered one of the missing nine girls from Rabindra Sarani, Sonagachi, Kolkata. The girl has now been brought back to Delhi and is presently lodged at Nari Niketan, Delhi for care and rehabilitation. A reward of Rs. 25,000 had been declared by Delhi Police Headquarters in the case.last_img read more

Loan waivers will make farmers lethargic: Khattar

first_imgChandigarh: The BJP’s no-loan waiver policy for farmers will not have any political impact in Haryana in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, according to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who believes that such schemes only make hardworking people lethargic. Khattar, who is the first BJP chief minister of Haryana, also says that Congress’s Nyay scheme has no shadow budget and can only be implemented if all other schemes are closed. “There will be no negative impact of the no-loan waiver policy. The farmers have matured. Rather than providing them loan waivers, we have made efforts to improve their profits. The prices of the crops have been set at much higher rates. We have announced aids to them but not waivers. Farmers are happy with our initiatives to make their business profitable… They had never seen this kind of money,” 65-year-old Khattar told PTI in an interview. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “The farming community in Haryana wants to eradicate the reasons for their economic downfall. Once you get something for free, people tend to get lethargic. They take loans from here, there and everywhere and are not able to do financial management. And this kind of scheme (loan-waiver) may be beneficial to farmers in some states according to the situation but it is not in our state,” he said. “Congress’s Nyay scheme is another example of the kind of politics they do. They have not presented any shadow budget to suggest that how such a huge amount will be generated. They can only roll out this scheme if they close all other schemes and utilise the cumulative funding for that. Can they afford to close all schemes for this,” he asked. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad According to Khattar, the nationalism debate in the country has not been fanned by the BJP but by the opposition parties which try to play with citizen’s sentiments by talking in the “language of terrorists” and “supporting Pakistan”. “The debate on nationalism has been fanned by the opposition and not by us. They are doing politics on subjects of national interests. Had they respected the sentiments of the citizens of the country and not politicised them, nationalism would not have become this big an issue. They started rejecting and discarding the sentiments and people started taking it seriously. “When people were taking it seriously, we had to take it too because ultimately people are the voters. They (opposition) talk in language of terrorists, their statements are in support of Pakistan and they raise doubts on armed forces … Such an atmosphere has been created by the opposition. Here citizens love their country, patriotism is a fundamental character here, you can’t play with it… They should restrain themselves from making such statements,” he said. Khattar, who is the first non-Jat chief minister of the Jat-dominated state, does not see the opposition as a competition in the 10 constituencies in Haryana which will vote on May 12 and believes the Congress has fielded its “heavyweights” in desperation in the state but they have no “character” and people are in a mood to uproot “dynasty politics”. “We will comfortably win the 10 seats. According to them (Congress), they have fielded heavyweights but their candidates only have number of years in politics to their profile but they are not heavyweight in terms of character. Each one of them has big question marks and people are wise enough to decide when there is a candidate with questionable history in fray,” he said. In 2014, the BJP had won seven seats, the INLD two seats and the Congress one seat in the state. Asked about allegations of political vendetta levelled by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in connection with the CBI raids and FIR against him in land allocation scam, Khattar said, “They always say BJP is targeting them. If they are ‘heavyweights’ how can they be targeted? If they are fair enough, why are they scared of investigation or enquiry?” He accused the Congress of being responsible for the violence during the Jat reservation agitation in 2016. “They burnt Haryana, the Congress was responsible for it. They wanted to do divide-and-rule politics and now when fingers are being pointed at them, they are trying to blame us. Offence is the best defence according to them. We were not even in favour of politicising that issue. The more they talk on it the more people will get to know reality,” he said. Khattar also believes that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s formal entry into politics will not yield any result for the Congress. “There will be no benefits. Ultimately people have started co-relating… and the undercurrent is that people are fed up of dynasty politics. People feel that are they (Gandhi family) the only ones who will run the country,” he said. Khattar also is of the view that issues like Rafale deal and question marks on Balakot air strikes raised by Congress will not have any impact on BJP’s performance in the elections. “They (Congress) only raise issues which are not in the reach of common public to verify. Like Rafale and the Balakot strike. How can people verify that? They trust the statements of Armed Forces. Similarly, everything about Rafale is documented. They want it to be examined by a JPC which has political people and not judicial or audit experts,” he said.last_img read more

CNN Arabic Features Photo Gallery of Princess Lalla Salma

first_imgCasablanca – CNN Arabic devoted a section on its website to introduce Morocco’s First Lady, Princess Lalla Salma, by displaying some of her photos at different events.Entitled “We chose for you,” the section on CNN Arabic’s website published on Sunday a number of photos of Princess Lala Salma, taken on various formal, familial and charity occasions.The photos were then widely shared on Twitter and Facebook. Many American websites, with particular interest in the Arab World, have shown interest in Princess Lalla Salma, because of her prominent involvement in many philanthropic activities, especially in the fight against cancer.The Princess has recently attended a charity dinner in Ivory Cost, organized to raise funds for the construction of a hospital for children and women.The Princess had also been chosen “most inspiring woman” for Arabs in a poll organized by the Washington-based Radio Sawa, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. According to Radio Sawa, among the 10 Arab women, Lalla Salma garnered the votes of half of readers who participated in the poll.She was also chosen twice as the most elegant woman among the Queens and Princesses who attended a King’s coronation or a Princess’ wedding. In May 2013, she was elected the most elegant woman attending the coronation ceremony of the new Dutch King, Willem-Alexander as his mother Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne after 33 years.Princess Lalla Salma is also known for her faithfulness to Moroccan traditional attire the Caftan, especially when attending international events. Considered by many Moroccans as the Ambassador of Moroccan women’s elegance, Princess Lalla Salma has played an important role in introducing the Moroccan Caftan to the rest of the World.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Moroccan Consulate in Libya Attacked

Fez- An armed group targeted the Moroccan consulate in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday.The consulate was reportedly caught in the crossfire between rival Libyan armed factions, but no casualties were reported. The premises were affected by rockets, which caused fires at the edges area of the Moroccan consulate, according to Moroccan news outlet Le360.The same source added that armed groups intruded the Moroccan consulate in Tripoli two days before the attack, and that fighters went over the wall and opened the doors of the consulate. At the time of writing the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has still not issued any statement to confirm or deny the incident.Libya is now facing the worst armed violence since the fall of Colonel Gadhafi in 2011. Several foreign embassies have been targets of militia groups fighting for territory and power and taking large swathes of land from the government.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

On Trump’s tax returns, many unanswered questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is prone to upending tradition and shattering presidential norms. His refusal to follow other recent presidents in releasing his tax returns to the public — and his fight against a demand by House Democrats for six years’ worth of his personal and business returns — is but one battle in a broader war against oversight demands by congressional Democrats.The fight over Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s demand for the returns is about to head to federal court, but an incomplete picture of Trump’s taxes and finances has emerged from media investigations.Trump’s tax returns hold the promise of information about his business entanglements, relationships with foreign creditors and governments, whether he has been truthful in reporting the value of his assets, and whether he got a personal windfall from the 2017 tax bill.Here’s where things stand:___WHAT DO WE KNOW?Thanks to reporting this week from The New York Times, which was given copies of summaries of Trump’s tax returns from 1985 to 1994, we know that Trump, a developer and real estate investor in Manhattan, suffered enormous business losses over that period. Those losses exceeded $1.1 billion, according to the Times, from bad investments such as now-defunct Eastern Air Lines and the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino in Atlantic City.Taking to Twitter Wednesday, Trump seemed to confirm the gist of the Times investigation.“You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes….almost all real estate developers did — and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport,” Trump tweeted. “Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!”Earlier reporting by the Times about the Trump family finances found that Trump “participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud” to reduce taxes paid as his father’s holdings were transferred to him and his siblings.Trump has also been a party in numerous lawsuits over the years that have provided many glimpses into his business dealings. He has frequently skated close to and over ethical lines, critics charge. His tax lawyer testified that Trump’s 1984 tax return was fraudulent.___WHAT DON’T WE KNOW?A lot. This week’s Times report relies on summaries of Trump’s returns but lacks details to answer basic, obvious questions.For starters, Trump’s critics say he has long exaggerated his wealth, and the returns promise answers on that front. They would also reveal how much he has paid more recently and what techniques he uses to avoid taxes.Much of what is known about Trump’s taxes dates to the 1980s and 1990s, when Trump was a casino magnate and a more active developer. His businesses have changed since then. Trump’s Washington D.C. hotel on Pennsylvania Ave blocks from the White House hadn’t been developed yet, for instance. He has also shifted toward licensing deals, where a developer essentially pays the Trump Organization to use his name.A key period for investigators could be recent years when Trump was running for president and whether that affected his businesses. Ways and Means Chairman Neal has requested Trump’s returns from 2013 to 2018.___WHAT ARE DEMOCRATS LOOKING FOR?Plenty. Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump would falsify financial records when seeking loans or filing his taxes. Trump’s returns would help lawmakers sort out if this is true.Then there’s the question of how Trump financed his businesses. How much foreign money is involved? Who does he owe money to and what is their business before the U.S. government?“There are a lot of dots that are out there not yet connected,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.“The situation with Donald Trump and the myriad ways in which he could potentially be compromised — specifically with who is holding his enormous debt … these are all absolutely major reasons why it is legitimate to see the tax returns,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa.The Democrats have asked the IRS to provide Trump’s personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

China releases stockpiled pork to cool price surge

BEIJING — China’s government is releasing pork from official stockpiles to ease a shortage and cool surging prices ahead of Oct. 1 celebrations of the Communist Party’s 70th anniversary in power.A government agency that manages the stockpile said Wednesday it will auction off 10,000 tons of frozen pork.Pork prices have spiked almost 50% from a year ago following a devastating outbreak of African swine fever that killed or prompted authorities to destroy more than 1 million pigs.That has pushed up global pork prices as Chinese importers buy foreign supplies.Authorities earlier announced an initiative to revive pork production with official support to farmers including subsidies to rebuild their pig herds and improve facilities.The Associated Press

WWCh 2017 18 schedule in Magdeburg and Leipzig

← Previous Story Poland confirms 5th place and will play for the President’s Cup Next Story → The queens have fallen: Sweden beats Norway and wins group B Here are the schedule of the Women’s World Championship 2017 – eight-finals round in Magdeburg and Leipzig.10 December 201717:30 Serbia  v  Montenegro GETEC Arena, Magdeburg10 December 201717:30 Hungary  v  France Arena Leipzig, Leipzig10 December 201720:30 Denmark  v  Germany GETEC Arena, Magdeburg10 December 201720:30 Sweden  v  Slovenia Arena Leipzig, Leipzig11 December 201717:30 Russia  v  South Korea GETEC Arena, Magdeburg11 December 201717:30 Romania  v  Czech Republic Arena Leipzig,11 December 201720:30 Japan  v  Netherlands GETEC Arena, Magdeburg11 December 201720:30 Spain  v  Norway Arena Leipzig, Leipzigphoto: Stregspiller.com read more

How to root the Droid Razr

first_imgDid you take Amazon Wireless up on their Black Friday deal to get the Droid Razr for a penny? Are you now wondering how to root that bad boy? We have you covered.Fortunately, this is one of the simpler hacks you’re going to see. It’s a one-click root, and it isn’t necessary to install the Android SDK and have ADB access in order to proceed.Instructions are a little different for Windows and Mac/Linux, so we’ve provided two separate sets of directions.Windows:1. Install driversThe first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure you have the necessary drivers on your PC:Motorola drivers for Windows2. Download root packageYou can download the one-click root tool from the link below:Droid Razr one-click rootAfter downloading, extract the files into an easy-to-find folder.3. Prepare the RazrNext you’ll want to open Settings>Applications on your Razr and change the following settings:USB debugging box should be checkedUnknown sources box should be checked 4. RootNow it’s time to connect your phone to your PC, via a USB cable.Then all you need to do is run the Runme.bat file that you extracted earlier.Your phone will reboot, and you will be rooted!Mac/Linux:1. Download root filesFirst you’ll want to download the following compressed file:Droid Razr Root Package (Mac/Linux)After downloading it, extract into your ‘Downloads’ folder (for simplicity’s sake).2. ConnectNow hook your Droid Razr to your computer via USB. No drivers are necessary.3. RootOpen a terminal window, and cd to the Downloads directory:cd Downloads/DroidRazrRootMacLinux The next part will be different on Mac or on Linux.On Mac, type:sh runmemac.sh On Linux, type:sh runmelinux.sh Your phone will reboot, and you will be rooted.via XDA-developers [1] [2]last_img read more

12GB PlayStation 3 on sale in US and Canada for 199

first_imgRemember when Sony released the PS3 for $600 and everyone scoffed? Well, they’re doing better this time with a $400 launch price for the PlayStation 4, but if that’s still too expensive, Sony has started selling another product in the US and Canada that you might be interested in. The once unicorn-like $199 PlayStation 3 is real and you can buy one now. The flash-based PS3 launched in Europe and Japan a while back, but now it’s finally in North America.Unlike the previous slim PS3, this one has only 12GB of storage, but it’s NAND flash. That should make for fast loading times and lower power usage. But only 12GB? That’s probably not going to be enough as you devour the soon-to-be-discounted PS3 back catalog. Well, you can expand the storage in this model through USB devices like an external hard drive or thumb drive. The console was slightly redesigned with a top-mounted Blu-ray drive and textured surface.Sony’s own website shows the new cheaper PS3 as out of stock, but Best Buy is offering it as part of a bundle with Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us for $259.98, which is about $40 off. Amazon and other online retailers are offering the standalone 12GB system, though. The “Legacy Bundle” is another way to get your new even slimmer PS3, but it comes with a 500GB hard drive and a copy of Gran Turismo 5 for $100 more.The PS3 is still a perfectly serviceable console, and it’s now cheaper than most tablets on the market. It’s almost an impulse buy for some.last_img read more

Minister resigns and lashes Theresa May for working with Marxist Jeremy Corbyn

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May speaking in Downing Street last night. Image: Jack Taylor/PA Images Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 10:41 AM Following yesterday’s cabinet, this morning I’ve been to Downing Street & resigned my position as UK Govt Minister for Wales & Govt Whip. I’m grateful to the PM for the opportunity to serve as a Minister since 2017 & will continue to serve my constituents from the backbenches. pic.twitter.com/W15xS4cOBP— Nigel Adams MP (@nadams) April 3, 2019 22,054 Views 47 Comments Minister resigns and lashes Theresa May for working with ‘Marxist’ Jeremy Corbyn instead of pursuing no-deal Brexit Nigel Adams said May was ‘legitimising’ the Labour leader. Apr 3rd 2019, 10:41 AM Share145 Tweet Email As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: Jack Taylor/PA Images By Rónán Duffy At Cabinet yesterday, there was an opportunity to get onto the front foot for once. However, by legitimising and turning to Jeremy Corbyn, to assist you at this crucial stage, rather than being bold, is grave error. Short URL Source: Nigel Adams MP/Twitter May speaking in Downing Street last night. https://jrnl.ie/4574321 During last night’s statement in Downing Street, May said that although she believed the UK could “make a success” of no-deal in the long run, leaving with a deal would be preferable.In response to this position, Adams said that May was abandoning the option of no deal.“I and many others agreed with your previous position that no deal is better than a bad deal,” he wrote.“It now seems that you and your cabinet have decided that a deal – cooked up with a Marxist who has never once in his political life, put British interests first – is better than no deal.” Source: Guardian News/YouTubeA front page story in today’s Daily Telegraph reported that May was “ignoring the will of her Cabinet” by seeking Corbyn’s help instead of pursuing no deal and that “a full-scale Tory rebellion” could follow.May’s director of communications denied the story this morning.Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that May working with Corbyn was “the best way” forward.He said that Ireland would be in favour of granting May’s the extension she spoke about.Coveney added that he felt a no-deal Brexit was still “unlikely” but that people should be prepared for it nonetheless.“We would not be being honest with people if we did not encourage businesses in particular that aren’t as prepared as they should be, to continue to be prepared for all eventualities,” he said. A UK MINISTER has quit Theresa May’s government, claiming the Prime Minister is “legitimising” Jeremy Corbyn by seeking his help in avoiding a no-deal Brexit.Assistant government whip Nigel Adams announced his resignation this morning with speculation that his departure could be the first of more to come.Speaking yesterday after a marathon day of talks with her Cabinet colleagues, May said she wanted an extension to the Brexit deadline in order to pass her Withdrawal Agreement through parliament.May said she would seek talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in order to facilitate this and there were suggestions that May could pursue a softer Brexit, such as the inclusion of a customs union arrangement, as part of these talks.Boris Johnson said last night that this development was “very disappointing” and Adams has echoed these words while resigning from government.“I believe we have two great challenges. We must deliver the Brexit that the people voted for. And we must prevent the calamity of a Corbyn government. Sadly, I fear that we are now at risk of simultaneously failing in both,” Adams wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister.last_img read more

Le surpoids et lobésité seraient aussi liés aux événements de vie

first_imgLe surpoids et l’obésité seraient aussi liés aux événements de vieFrance – Une enquête réalisée sur la cohorte Santé, inégalités et rupture sociale (SIRS) a été publiée dans le bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH). Elle révèle que les conditions et les événements de vie influenceraient la prise de poids.Cette enquête avait pour but d’estimer l’importance des évènements de vie sur le surpoids, qu’ils se passent durant l’enfance, l’adolescence ou l’âge adulte. Elle se base sur le récit de vie de 3.000 adultes habitant l’agglomération parisienne.36,4% d’entre eux affichaient un surpoids. Pour les hommes, il s’agissait le plus souvent d’une surcharge pondérale, tandis que l’obésité était plus fréquente chez les femmes.Neuf facteurs sont associés au surpoids chez les femmes : l’âge avancé, les revenus modestes, le faible niveau d’études, la nationalité africaine ou maghrébine des parents, le fait d’avoir des enfants, d’avoir vécu une enfance malheureuse suivie d’une adolescence heureuse, l’absence d’activité physique ainsi que le manque de sommeil.Les résultats montrent que 40% des femmes ayant eu des enfants sont en surpoids alors que celles qui n’en ont pas eu sont 20,7% à l’être. Celles qui ont vécu une enfance malheureuse suivie d’une adolescence heureuse sont à 57,1% au-dessus des normes, alors que dans le cas contraire (enfance heureuse puis adolescence malheureuse), elles ne sont plus que 24%. Pour 56,1% des femmes dont les parents sont d’origine africaine ou maghrébine, un surpoids est constaté, alors qu’il n’est constaté que chez 35,5% des femmes dont les parents sont d’une autre origine étrangère et chez 30,5% de celles dont les parents étaient français.Chez les hommes, le fait d’avoir eu des enfants ou d’avoir vécu avec une personne atteinte d’une maladie grave augmente le risque de surpoids.D’autres facteurs biographiques diminuent le risque d’être en surpoids comme la séparation des conjoints, le divorce ou l’apparition d’une maladie grave avant l’âge de 18 ans.Les hommes et les femmes ne réagissent pas de la même façon aux événements de vie mais il est certain que ces conditions influent sur la prise de poids des sujets. D’autres études vont être envisagées pour avoir une idée plus précise du phénomène en question.Le 2 février 2010 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Internet Is Toxic Here Are Five Possible Cures

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Anybody who’s spent any amount of time logged on knows that the Internet can be a tremendously awful place. The same series of tubes that brings us movie trailers and dog pics are also used to deliver hatred and vitriol from complete strangers. And if you think that things are getting worse online, you’re right.The Internet Health Report, a new project from Mozilla, aims to build a picture of the sanity and stability of the Internet, all three billion online souls who make it what it is. It’s a dense and difficult report, full of information, and although there are certainly some positives, it also offers some chilling predictions. It’s the company’s second year creating such a report, and it was a fascinating read.Scientists have observed something called “online disinhibition effect,” where the distancing effect of the Internet allows us to behave in ways we would normally never do offline. A few things feed into that – the anonymity of the Internet, the pace of communication (asynchronous as opposed to real-time) and potential deficits of empathy. If you’ve ever read something online that you know someone would never say to your face, you’ve seen this happen.The Internet has long been sold as the great leveler, the technology that allows commoners and royalty to exist in the same digital world with the same rights and privileges. But that’s obviously not the case.I’m not innocent in this culture of toxicity. Few days go by when I don’t tell a conservative pundit or hypocritical politician to eat my whole ass on Twitter. For nearly a decade, I ran a website called Portal of Evil that cast a baleful shadow on some of the Internet’s weirdest denizens. But that’s kind of the point of all this – none of us are free from sin. And if we’re going to reclaim the online landscape for good, we’re going to all need to make some changes.So why not talk solutions? Here are some ideas from thinkers all over the world.AI ScreeningRight now, determining what content is “toxic” is a difficult contextual task that can usually only be performed by a human. And by the time a victim of harassment has reported it, explained it, proven who they are and received a response it can already do a ton of damage. One potential solution for this is harnessing the ever-growing power of machine language to screen this content before it’s posted to the public at large.Facebook already has some of these initiatives in place. In 2017, they rolled out a “proactive detection” system designed to flag posts that come from people threatening suicide or self-harm and contact local first responders as well as provide resources to close contacts. It’s not a stretch to imagine the company doing the same for posts that are aggressive towards others.Of course, this approach has some serious holes. We’ve already seen how algorithms can radicalize users, in the case of YouTube videos funneling people from video game streamers to white nationalist rantfests in three clicks or less. Any software is biased by the people who create it, and for anti-harassment screening to work algorithmically will require a ton of heavy lifting.Legal RemediesCompared to the rest of the world, the United States has fairly loose standards on what constitutes harmful speech – and that’s probably for the best! But when a communication can be found to have crossed the line – when it incites violence, impersonates someone to damage their livelihood or otherwise affects the victim materially, there aren’t very many ways to stop it. The Communications Decency Act holds platforms harmless from the content distributed on them. But what if it didn’t?Germany has already taken the lead in this initiative, with the country passing a law that could hold platforms like Facebook liable for as much as $50 million if they fail to remove defamatory or threatening content within 24 hours of notification.These companies obviously have the ability to screen content – Facebook employs a small army of people constantly scrubbing posts for beheadings, nipples and the like. Companies also deploy an always-evolving algorithm army of content filters. It would be trivial for them to more actively moderate for toxic content – and, as private platforms, they are entitled to filter and moderate anything they choose.Data PortabilityOne of the main responses to people who are being harassed online is “just log off.” That’s increasingly difficult in an era where building a successful personal brand requires the use of social media. Personally, as a writer, having an active Twitter and Facebook page is a necessary thing to drive traffic and attention to my work. Deleting my account on either of those services would be a massive setback both personally and professionally, because the networks I’ve made there are essential to my life.But what if you could take those networks with you? Data portability is a popular buzzword in many Internet circles right now. Essentially what it means is that if you do choose to bail on a service, you can take all of your content with you easily and put it anywhere you want – from your own website to a competing network. Facebook and others have built a business model around selling access to your personal data, and there’s no reason that you shouldn’t have the same access.As the big networks become more and more compromised, it’s time to really think about what they’re getting from us and what we deserve to get back.Disconnect The Internet Of ThingsOne of the most disquieting buzzwords around the modern Web is the “Internet of Things” – the idea that connectivity isn’t limited to your phone and your computer, but rather can be extended to all sorts of other things in your daily life like your car and your home appliances. This has been sold to us as a great convenience, a way to manage tasks from a single device, and a way to save money. But more and more it seems like the Internet of Things is a lot more trouble than its worth.According to Mozilla’s report, the number of Internet-connected devices is on pace to double by 2020 to the staggering number of 30 billion worldwide. And, as we’ve seen time and time again, security protocols on these IoT gadgets are often remarkably shoddy. 2017 saw the Mirai malware hijack thousands of baby monitors and webcams and use them as DDOS platforms to take down other websites and extort them for money.We’re not saying that connectivity should be revoked – that ship has sailed already. Instead, a new focus on security and literacy as to what these Internet of Things devices are capable of could help mitigate some of the damage they can cause.Digital Literacy EducationKids already do a lot of learning on computers, but so much of that is designed to train them to engage along the STEM axis – programming, mathematics and engineering. And that stuff is really important! But possibly even more important is understanding the Internet as a civic ecosystem filled with actors who might not have your best interest in mind.The massive explosion of “fake news” – deliberately misleading stories published for clicks by Macedonian teenagers – was one of the biggest stories of the 2016 election. One of the most unsettling things about this stuff wasn’t the size of the whoppers told, but rather the alacrity with which it spread and the financial rewards it paid its peddlers. Multiple studies show that the more emotionally charged a story is, the faster we share it on social media, and the click-driven ad economy that the Internet operates under rewards that. It’s a self-sustaining system that threatens to take down global democracy with it.There are already groups working to tame this fraudulent ecosystem – the Credibility Coalition is working to develop metrics to help people understand the trustworthiness of the media they consume, and some teachers are working on in-class curricula to prepare today’s youth for a future of conscious consumption.last_img read more

Watch Tornado Touches Down in New Jersey Flips Car

first_img A landspout tornado touched down in a New Jersey parking lot on Saturday, flipping over a car and causing damage on a building’s roof before dissipating, officials said.The National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office confirmed the “brief” tornado, which was reported shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday in Mount Laurel, located about 20 miles east of Philadelphia in Burlington County.“Surveillance video showed the tornado touching down in a commercial warehouse parking lot. The tornado moved across the parking lot, overturning one car,” the NWS said in its report.The tornado then passed over the adjoining warehouse building where it caused minor roof damage. Portions of roof material were pulled back causing the roof to bow. Two air conditioning units were torn off the roof, and ceiling tiles were also dislodged throughout the interior of the building, according to authorities.The Mount Laurel Fire Department also shared a video of the same funnel cloud. Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Stay on targetcenter_img No injuries were reported.“I was walking out of Produce Junction on Route 73 in Maple Shade and there was just a funnel spinning in the air and then you saw it drop down; it’s pretty serious,” witness Jonathan Mazanec told WPVI-TV.Here are the details for the confirmed landspout tornado that occurred this afternoon over Mount Laurel Township, NJ in Burlington County. https://t.co/Jdj4K68ZS5 #NJwx pic.twitter.com/XI1Ztboh8H— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) July 6, 2019A landspout tornado is a non-supercell tornado that does not arise from organized storm-scale rotation and therefore is not associated with a wall cloud (visually) or a mesocyclone (on radar), according to the National Severe Storms Library. There is no rotating updraft — the spinning motion originates near the ground.More on Geek.com:Freak Hailstorm Buries Guadalajara, Mexico in IceSwarm of Mayflies Invades Ohio, Shows Up on Weather RadarRare, Wave-Like Clouds Spotted Over Virginialast_img read more