Former federal Liberal cabinet minister Allan MacEachen dies at age 96

first_imgOTTAWA – Allan MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia who was a driving force behind many Canadian social programs, has died at the age of the 96.The news was announced on Twitter late Tuesday by former Ontario premier and federal MP Bob Rae.“Have just learned that my dear friend and mentor Allan J. MacEachen has passed away — he was a magnificent parliamentarian, scholar,” said Rae.MacEachen was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the postwar era and held a variety of posts, including a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare.As labour minister, MacEachen was also instrumental in reforming the labour code and establishing a new standard for the minimum wage.His portfolios also included finance and he twice served as Secretary of State for External Affairs.Born in Inverness on Cape Breton Island in 1921, MacEachen was first elected in 1953 in Nova Scotia’s Inverness-Richmond riding under Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent.MacEachen won again in 1957, but lost his seat in 1958 before winning eight more elections, including the last five while representing Cape Breton-Highlands Canso.He also served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to the Senate in 1984 where he remained until 1996.MacEachen, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 1968, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.last_img read more

CBSE: 5 social science chapters dropped from class 10 syllabus

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to drop five social science chapters from class 10 syllabus from this academic session, according to the new curriculum.The dropped chapters, including three on political studies and two on environment, will only be part of internal assessment, but not the final board exam. The chapters are — Challenges to Democracy, Democracy and Diversity, Political Struggles and Movements, Forest and Wildlife and Water Resources. “The chapter will be assessed in the periodic tests, but will not be evaluated in the board examination,” the brief attached with the syllabus sent to schools read. The board had last month issued a circular to schools, saying it wanted to align its assessment patterns with future needs as the Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021. “Countrywide consultations were held with CBSE stakeholders, including teachers, students, heads of institutions and experts in the field to suggest ways to strengthen the assessment and evaluation practices of the board,” the circular read. “It was agreed upon that the school-based or internal assessment needs to be strengthened by incorporating more diverse strategies,” it added.last_img read more

Morocco’s Boys and Girls Celebrate Laylat al-Qadr Tonight

By Chase LacyRabat – Tonight is a special night for Morocco and a majority of the Muslim world. Muslims will come out in droves to celebrate Laylat al-Qadr (Night of the Decree), one of the holiest days during Ramadan.The tradition dates back to when the Prophet Muhammad would spend a month in solitude, performing prayer and fasting at the Cave at Hira in Mecca. On that day the Angel Gabriel revealed the first verse of the Quran, Al-Alaq (Quran 96:1-5). Although there is debate regarding the exact date of Laylat al-Qadr, there is a relative consensus on the 27th day of Ramadan. There is an atmospheric electricity that stimulates the spirit on a night that bears fruit to the perfection of God’s love and forgiveness for the individual’s sins.Photo credit: Morocco World NewsChildren who have not reached puberty are not required to participate in the fast for Ramadan. However, during Laylat al-Qadr, children will fast for the very first time. The f’tour on this night especially has bounties of food and sweets for everyone’s enjoyment.Girls go to a negafa (stylist) who will dress them up with makeup, traditional clothing of the finest quality, and gold adornments.Photo Credit: MaghribiatBoys will typically dress in a djellaba (Moroccan tuni), crown their heads with a fez, and wear a special shoe called balgha. The style of dress that children wear during Laylat al-Qadr are similar to what brides and grooms wear for a wedding.Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsFamilies will often take their children to photo booths to commemorate the special day and give them presents. Adults will put henna on girls’ hands, and they will be paraded in an ammaria, a special sedan chair.Both boys and girls, accompanied by their parents, will ride horses as well. One witnesses vivid colors while the ears reverberate with the sounds of drums and joyful shrills.  Parents express how proud they are of their children. For both girls and boys, Laylat al-Qadr is seen as an important milestone in their lives. read more

Police to be on alert for religious attacks

The police media unit said that Sri Lanka is a multi-religious country where all communities live in harmony. However it says there have been reports of attacks on religions which the victims at times find difficult to report to the police. The police will be on alert for attacks carried out against religions with the introduction of a new hotline.According to the police media unit, the hotline will come into effect tomorrow (Sunday) and will be operational 24 hours of the day. The new hotline introduced for this purpose by the police is 011-3182904, 011-3188753 or FAX 011-2423944.The police said that anyone facing threats or harassment in the name of a religion can contact the hotline to report the issue. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Building a better world

Gary Armstrong went on his first Habitat for Humanity build in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch went through Central America.“I wanted to do something to help other people, to give back,” said the retired Waterford District High School teacher. “I wanted to go down to Central America to see if I could help out.”That’s when Armstrong found out about Habitat. He applied, was accepted, and went on his first build.“I guess I got hooked on it because I’ve been doing it ever since.”Armstrong has now been on 25 Habitat for Humanity builds all over the world.“At first I thought I was helping other people out, but I think I’m getting more out of it myself,” said Armstrong.  “I really enjoy doing it, it’s certainly a way to get immersed in another culture.”Armstrong eventually became a trip leader and started looking for other people to go on the builds with him.“It all started way back a number of years ago when Gary came and said he needed some volunteers to go on a trip,” said Jean Montgomery of Simcoe. “I was working and wasn’t able to go, but I thought it’d be a good thing for my husband.”Doug Montgomery, Jean’s husband, went on that trip, and has now done 13 builds. Jean has participated in nine.“It’s been a wonderful way to see different cultures, and really experience first hand how people live,” said Jean.This past February, the trio took part in a build in Honduras. Volunteers must pay their own way as well as donating to the build to cover material costs.Doug is also a team leader, and part of that job is to build a team and interview people that have applied to go on the build.“About a year in advance I apply to lead a trip,” said Doug. “Then I start to round up relatives, friends, acquaintances, and past people that I’ve travelled with.”“They can’t believe that people would come from another country and help them build a house,” said Jean. “They’re very appreciative.”Jean and Doug both share a favourite memory from a program called Bring Our Children Home in Chile.During this program they helped build an addition on a house to make space for a four-year-old girl who was living in a hospital hours away from her family, while she was on dialysis.“We went to visit her at the hospital on one of our days,” said Doug. “I have a granddaughter that was four-years-old at the time, and she was just a sweetheart. She came around and hugged everybody.”“To know that she could go home and be home for Christmas, and get her dialysis at home,” Jean said was her favourite moment.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Youth demand education to combat HIVAIDS UNICEF says

Young people at the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok told the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today that the epidemic is spiralling out of control because they are being denied such rights as prevention education, testing and treatment.Claiming their right to be recognized as partners in the global fight against AIDS, 40 conference participants under the age of 25 presented UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy with a list of vital conditions, culled from UNICEF-supported youth consultations in 14 countries across six regions.The conditions included access to “information and life skills” for HIV prevention, reproductive health, drug prevention and correct condom use. Information must be available and accessible to all young people, while schools must provide HIV education to students and ensure that teachers are adequately trained on the issue.Those under the age of 25 comprised around one third of the world’s 37.8 million people living with HIV/AIDS last year, according to UNICEF. But 44 out of 107 countries omitted AIDS information from their school curricula, a global study found. Every day, half of all new HIV infections among adults – between 5,000 and 6,000 – are among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, UNICEF noted.With most young people becoming sexually active in their teens, many still did not know how HIV was transmitted and, therefore, did not believe they were at risk.Many young people also lacked the skills, support or means to adopt healthy sexual behaviours, UNICEF said. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 8 per cent of out-of-school youth had access to HIV prevention services. In Latin America and the Caribbean the proportion was 4 per cent, while in Eastern Europe and Central Asia the rate was just 3 per cent.In Uganda, Cambodia and Thailand, programmes that gave priority to educating young people have paid off, with prevalence rates declining by up to a third, UNICEF said. read more

As four countries face famine world must step up now says top

With famine looming in four countries, the United Nations-backed Committee on World Food Security (CFS) stressed today the need to rally support for both immediate relief to people at risk and for longer-term initiatives. “Governments, civic groups and businesses need to rally support for both immediate relief to people in countries at risk of famine and longer-term initiatives that will allow them to recover and restore their livelihoods,” Ambassador Amira Gornass, Chair of the CFS, said today in Rome. Famine has been declared in some counties of South Sudan, and the number of people close to sliding from emergency to disaster is perilously high in north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and other UN agencies. The risk of famine in all four countries – where some 30 million people are uncertain as to where their next meal will come from or rely on humanitarian assistance – is mostly induced by conflict, which has disrupted food production, blocked aid and commodities from accessing vulnerable communities and driven food prices beyond what people can afford. “I urge you to take action now to relieve the impending suffering and to prevent further damage to livelihoods,” Ms. Gornass stated in a letter to CFS Members and stakeholders, as well as the international community at large, to step-up their response to the crises in the four countries. Reiterating calls made by Secretary-General, António Guterres, the Ambassador wrote: “The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the primary mechanism for the coordination of humanitarian assistance, emergency and relief responses, can meet immediate needs if adequately funded.” “Everyone should do what they can to support the IASC and to mobilize the necessary resources to enable emergency and relief activities to continue,” she added. While emergency relief is an immediate priority, plans for medium and longer-term assistance to support recovery and prevent future famines must be supported, the CFS Chair emphasized. “The affected populations of these four countries need our help now. We, as the international community, need to act urgently and come together with effective actions,” she said. In 2015 CFS approved the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises that sets out concrete policy approaches that can build resilience. All stakeholders, public and private, should apply the principles and actions laid out in that document in the four countries and wherever there is a protracted crisis that threatens food security and nutrition. “I am counting on you to respond in a way that will ensure that short-term relief is properly funded while medium and long-term measures are taken to build resilience and to eradicate hunger and malnutrition for good,” concluded Ambassador Gornass. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. read more

Student charged with terror offences over live crucifixion video

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man who allegedly had a video of a live crucifixion on his phone has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.Maiser Abdula, 20, of Southfields, south west London, was arrested last week, after having been stopped when entering the country at Dover on February 22.As well as the crucifixion video, instructions on how to construct an improvised explosive device were allegedly found on his phone, along with Whats App messages about slaughtering people.Mr Abdula, a Kingston University student, spoke only to confirm his name and address and did not enter a plea when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.He was remanded in custody by District Judge John Zani and will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on May 10. read more

9 faces you make while forced to be in the rain

first_imgIRELAND HAS DONE a great job of reminding us of its natural weather state over the past week or so, and thousands of people miserably commuted to work this morning cursing the rain as it poured down their face.We feel your pain. In fact, we’re pretty sure we all shared certain facial expressions this morning.Here are nine faces you make in the rain.The face you make when you wake up and realise it’s raining Source: giant mice kill rabbitsThis is a touch disappointed and a fair bit frustrated, with one part ‘could I get away with calling in sick’?May be accompanied by an eye-roll and a dramatic roll over.The face you make as you step out your doorIrritation and sadness mixed with bravery and determination indicate your attitude here.  You’re not happy about this situation, but dammit, you’re going to go for it.The face you make when you realise that your umbrella is entirely useless It’s true. This mangled piece of fabric was once an umbrella. Source: jontintinjordanDelighted with yourself because you remembered to bring an umbrella?  Throw that delight down the gutter, because your umbrella is no good to you today.The wind is blowing from what seems like every direction, and any person foolish enough to put their umbrellas up will soon learn that they haven’t a hope.The face you make when it looks like it’s going to stop This is not an accurate depiction of what it’s like to walk in the rain.Raised eyebrows plus naive optimism result in a face seasoned rain veterans will recognise as ‘beginner rain face’.This rain isn’t going anywhere, buddy, and the sooner you accept that the better.The face you make when you realise that the rain isn’t going anywhereIn fact, it’s getting worse. You look up, grimacing and cursing the sky, shaking your fist at it, if not in real life, in your mind.This is not fair.The face you make when you can’t see anything because your glasses are covered in droplets This is all you can see. This is not enough. Source: silent shotYou can’t see a thing, so are forced to squint into the distance to ascertain whether or not that red light is for you or oncoming traffic.Why has no one invented windscreen wipers for spectacles yet?The face you make when you are forced to stop and physically wipe itPerhaps you liberally applied moisturiser just before you left the house and it has dripped into your eyes and temporarily blinded you, or perhaps your face is dripping with so much condensation that a river of rain is flowing down your top.This is a particularly low point for the rained upon person.  It is now that you will become very sad, and perhaps even consider crying (depending on your emotional state).The face you make when you arrive at your destination and start complaining about the rain Guess what, the Backstreet Boys? This is not the reality of a life lived in the rain.‘No guys, I don’t think you understand, it is really really wet out there.’The face you make when your colleague arrives and starts complaining about the rainHalf bored, half indignant.  Don’t they realise that you were out there too?  OVER IT.The 7 stages of giving up on your umbrella today>Keith Duffy’s Irish speedos came off live on telly>last_img read more

Game engine used for ThiefSystem Shock 2 found with Dreamcast dev kit

first_imgIf you asked me which is my favorite all time video game, my number one would be Thief II. So it’s with more than a little excitement that I report the source code for the Dark Engine, used to create Thief, Thief II, and System Shock 2, has been found.Developer Looking Glass Studios shut down in 2000, and even though the Thief franchise continued, the original two games are still seen as the best (in my view, anyway). We all thought the source to the original games had disappeared with the studio, but that’s clearly not the case.The source code for the engine was found as part of a Dreamcast development kit purchased some four years ago. The actual CD with the engine on wasn’t located in the bag the devkit came in until last week. The hard drive was also full of Looking Glass game projects, but the guy who bought the kit didn’t have the right adaptor so couldn’t use it.The Through the Looking Glass community site has always been behind getting the source code and using it for good. By good we mean updating the games and producing yet more gameplay, better graphics, and mods, someof which they have already achieved with fan missions. Now they may be able to what they want without needing anything from the company who owns all the rights to Looking Glass projects: Eidos.While the source code on the disc isn’t perfect, and Eidos may decide to take action against anyone using it, the community is at least a lot closer to getting what they require: full access to the original games. As an added bonus the source code also includes work done on the unreleased spy game Deep Cover.Read more at Rock, Paper ShotgunMatthew’s OpinionI hope Eidos just leave the community alone to disect the engine and put it back together again in an updated form. They may end up doing Eidos a favor by producing new versions of games they own the rights to for re-release, including compatibility with the latest operating systems, HD graphics, and a load of new gameplay too.However, what’s more likely to happen is any hint of an updated Thief/System Shock game will be met with a cease and desist order. Most publisher would rather crush any sign of life from IP they own unless it was their idea to update it in the first place. I’ve got my fingers crossed, though.last_img read more

Construction starts on Vancouvercenters fourth final tower

first_imgDrivers have no doubt noticed that the right lane of Washington Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets has been cordoned off for the past two weeks. The orange-and-white barriers are part of a new perimeter fence around part of the adjacent Vancouvercenter property, and its arrival signals the long-awaited construction start of Vancouvercenter’s fourth tower.The other three buildings on the two-block property next to Esther Short Park were completed more than a decade ago by developer Vandevco, and the foundations for the fourth building were completed as part of the underground parking garage beneath the block. But the tower itself was never built, due in part to the 2008 recession.The southeastern quadrant of the former Lucky Lager brewery site has been fenced off ever since, empty apart from a couple of concrete and metal sheds that were built as caps on top of the holes that were left for the future building’s elevator shafts to the garage.Those sheds were demolished this week as crews began to tear up the site and prep it for a renewed round of construction. By Friday, new steel rebar cages could be seen protruding from some of the holes, in preparation for future concrete pours.Signs hung on the perimeter fence display concept art of the six-story building, which is slated to include 118 apartments, a 2,200-square-foot restaurant and ground floor retail.last_img read more

Masters departure hailed as timely Opposition Bar Council Member speak

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 3, 2016 – The choir of voices across the TCI about the departure of now former Director of Public Prosecutions, John Masters is akin to the famous song from the Wizard of Oz when the wicked witch was killed.  Masters had obviously built an infamous reputation that spawned battle headlines and which seemed to pit him against his staff, the leader of the Opposition, members of the Bar Association and even a newspaper Editor in Chief.Very early into his tenure problems emerged as Masters was accused of selectively hiring consultants, demoting and transferring and demoralizing staff.  Opposition Leader and Attorney Sharlene Robinson had a lot to say today upon learning that John Masters resigned and has left the Turks and Caicos.Hon Sharlene Robinson, PDM Leader;  “I am hoping that what we can get is full clarity, especially for those persons reputations where he accused them of certain things in particular the acting DPP. Where we can get something from the In integrity Commissioner or the Governor’s Office to say there was nothing untoward why this person was let go or suspended.   So that at the end of the day, this period does not follow those persons.  I think Angela Brooks deserves that, there was never an investigation that caused her to be put on administrative leave, and I think it’s important that the governor, or the integrity commission, whomever certainly puts that out there.”The Governor’s Office this morning confirmed to Magnetic Media the exit of Masters who had been under investigation for these alleged misdeeds in office.  Mark Fulford, attorney and partner at F Chambers Law firm last week called for the DPP to resign, today he too expressed ‘good riddance’ sentiments. “I was also of the view, that the DPP had lost the confidence of his staff, due to the investigations being carried out by the Integrity Commission among many other things taking place in his office.  It was therefore for these reasons, that I had called for the DPP to do the honorable thing, and step down, from office.  Today it came to my attention, that the DPP has heeded my call, and has tendered his resignation.”Masters, who is originally from Australia and had worked 27 years in the UK and the Cayman Islands started on in the Turks and Caicos’ DPP job in April 2015; he reportedly left the country without any notice to staff yesterday.last_img read more

TCI Ministry of Tourism Honors Mrs Tina Fenimore

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 14, 2018 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Tourism in commemoration of Women’s International Day 2018 under the theme “Press for Progress”; Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs along with staff paid tribute to Mrs. Tina Fenimore for her immeasurable contribution not only to tourism but national development.  Mrs. Fenimore was the first local, female hotelier on the Island of Grand Turk and instrumental in both the Grand Turk and Providenciales Chambers of Commerce.Her dreams turning the Turks and Caicos Islands into a tourism destination is truly seen today.  Her actions were a part of the engine that still assists in driving the local economy; The business provided employment for a number of residents and saw countless guests.  Mrs. Fenimore mentored and trained many local employees, allowing for direct socio-economic injection to the community.  She also operated a travel agency, T & C Travel, along with other tourism related businesses since the early 70’s through 90’s.Minister, Hon. Higgs commented; “It is an honor and pleasure to recognize Mrs. Fenimore for her unselfish contribution to the tourism industry, she has always been a champion for our destination since its modern infancy.  She has historically promoted the Turks and Caicos, which we are grateful for; especially today.  We are happy to highlight the accomplishment of women in the various sectors as their efforts have paved the way for the empowerment of women in leadership across every sphere.”There are many women, past and present who have played key roles in developing our tourism industry.  The sustained growth over the years is testament to their ingenuity and involvement.  The Turks and Caicos Islands is truly a place of gender equality as women play leading roles at the executive level.  As we pay special recognition to accomplished women, we must be mindful of young aspiring women who seek to follow their lead in breaking through glass ceilings.Let us thank God for all he has given as we reflect on all accomplishments of women throughout the country; the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime and Gaming extend best wishes to the hardworking women across the globe for a Happy International Women’s day!Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

2020 BMW M5 celebrates 35 years with limitededition model

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 M5 Edition 35 Years is a dark gray homage to BMW’s performance sedan BMW 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice More about 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan Preview • 2019 BMW M5 Competition: Higher track IQ with tradeoffs 11 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img Tags BMW The BMW M5 sport sedan is now in its sixth generation. And though the current F90 model has arguably lost some of that lovin’ feeling we remember from prior generations (the E39 still makes us drool), it continues to be a hoot and a half behind the wheel, with tremendous power and supercar-stomping acceleration.To celebrate 35 years since BMW brought its M5 into the world, the company announced a new, limited-edition model on Thursday, appropriately called the Edition 35 Years. Only 350 of these special M5s will be offered globally, with just 35 earmarked for US consumption.The Edition 35 Years builds on the current, range-topping M5 Competition model, and wears BMW Individual gray paint, with “a special pigmentation to create the appearance of a silk matte surface finish.” New 20-inch wheels are also finished in gray, while the M5’s big brakes have gloss-black calipers. Inside, the Edition 35 Years gets gold-anodized aluminum trim on the center console, doors and instrument panel — which might sound gauche, but actually looks quite cool.Enlarge ImageThis gold-anodized aluminum trim is unique to the Edition 35 Years M5. BMW Under the hood, the M5 Competition’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces a healthy 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, able to scoot the all-wheel drive sedan to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Every Edition 35 Years M5 comes fitted with the M Driver’s Package, which raises the electronic speed limiter from 155 mph to 189, and includes a voucher for the M Driver’s School in either Spartanburg, South Carolina, or Thermal, California.Otherwise, the Edition 35 Years is pretty much a fully loaded M5 Competition, complete with the Executive Package (soft-close doors, power sunshades, massaging front seats, wireless charging, driver-assistance tech and more) and a 10.2-inch display running BMW’s iDrive 7 multimedia system.The US-spec M5 Edition 35 Years cars will be produced in September and October of this year, priced from $128,995, including destination and the gas guzzler tax. That’s about $8,000 more than a similarly equipped, non-special-edition M5 Competition, but on the other hand, a small price to pay to own something this rare. 0 Performance Cars Luxury cars Sedans More From Roadshow nulllast_img read more

Ubisoft brings character animation technology to the next level

first_imgGamers put up with a lot of technical goofs and oddities during play. We ignore the small stuff for the most part — a foot sinking into an uphill slope or objects engulfing a hand. Just another in-game day. But that may not be the way of things for much longer, as Ubisoft Toronto has released a teaser for a new IK rig.In a prototype video, developers Alexander Bereznyak and Michael Büttner have shown us a glimpse of the future of next-gen animation, ahead of their July talk at the nucl.ai Conference. They’ve managed to design a system that will allow character models to adapt to changing environments with the use of inverse kinematics. Don’t know what that means? The TL;DR version has everything to do with some mathematical calculations relating to the character’s environments and applying it to a model’s joints. Observe:When applied to a skeleton (as you can see above), the animated figure connects the rigid bits through a series of joints, called a kinematic chain. These pieces help define how the whole figure should react when moving across a changing terrain or when the body is in a different position.As you can see in the video, the joints can react to a number of different scenarios from carrying a box to walking up-hill that creates a bouncier, more realistic animation. Elements from the environment work their way into the equation to help determine how the joints should change, and they move with more anthropomorphic limits rather than getting a character model that has Shadow Cat-like powers to move through structures.last_img read more

Group suggests adding tag to resurrected extinct animal names

first_img As technology improves, scientists often find themselves faced with addressing overlooked classification issues—scientific naming is no exception. As researchers develop new methods of bringing back extinct species or improving old techniques, the resultant organisms are very nearly copies of their extinct ancestors. Currently, there are three main resurrection methods. The first is back breeding, in which a species is bred over time to resemble a bygone species. Another is cloning, in which ancient reproductive material is placed in the uterus of a living close relative. Finally, there is genomic engineering, in which information that is missing from samples of a target species is filled in using DNA from a close modern relative. None of the techniques result in creation of a creature that is an exact copy of the original species, and that is at least partly why the authors suggest adding a tag to their names.The authors give examples of how the new tag could be used, changing Mammuthus columbi to Mammuthus recr. columbi, for example. In some cases, if the new species is not a close copy of the original, the group suggests that a new species name be given, such as Mammuthus recr. Americanus.The idea of changing the name of resurrected species is not new. The International Union for Conservation of Nature published guidelines three years ago offering possible ways to classify resurrected species. The authors with the new effort suggest a more standardized format. They suggest that not only will it make things less confusing for scientists, it will help environmentalists develop specific guidelines for preventing the species from going extinct again.If the international community agrees with the suggestion and governing bodies move forward with the idea, there are still likely to be some issues that will be difficult to resolve. For instance, researchers want to determine how much extinct DNA in a living animal’s genome qualifies for tagging. Also, some may not agree with the tag chosen because, as some in the field have already pointed out, current resurrections are not actually copies of ancient species—they are hybrids. Citation: Group suggests adding tag to resurrected extinct animal names (2017, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-group-adding-tag-resurrected-extinct.html (Phys.org)—A group of scientists from several institutions in Germany has suggested that extinct animals that are resurrected through scientific means be given a tag on their name to indicate their origins. In a Policy Forum piece in the journal Science, the group suggests adding the tag “recr” to scientific names given to resurrected creatures to make sure they are not confused with the original. More information: De-extinction, nomenclature, and the law Science  09 Jun 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6342, pp. 1016-1017 DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4012 , http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6342/1016SummaryThe concept of de-extinction, aimed at restoration of extinct species, is controversial (1). Improvements in de-extinction techniques (back-breeding, cloning, and genomic engineering) now provide the opportunity to attempt to resurrect extinct species (2, 3). Up to 25 extinct animal species have been proposed as candidates for de-extinction (4) on the basis of their high public profiles, availability of well-preserved DNA, existence of closely related species who may serve as host or surrogate parents, and availability of suitable habitat in the case of planned reintroductions (1). From a legal point of view, it will be crucial to clarify how de-extinct species will be classified, in particular, in relation to their potential conservation status under national and international law. We discuss implications for conservation laws, which largely depend on nomenclature, and laws regarding the release of genetically engineered species, which do not, and argue for unique naming of de-extinct species. Journal information: Science A mammoth task—how do we decide which species to resurrect?center_img Explore further © 2017 Phys.org The Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi). Credit: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

ASTRO Pledges Support for Presidents Commitment to Cancer Research

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | January 15, 2016 ASTRO Pledges Support for President’s Commitment to Cancer Research Society applauds initiative announced in State of the Union address January 15, 2016 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) applauded President Obama and Vice President Biden for the “moonshot” effort in cancer research announced in the President’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday.ASTRO pledged its support of the initiative to bolster resources and foster collaboration among the oncology research community, as well as Vice President Biden’s call in October 2015 to “end cancer as we know it today.”Despite a two-decade span of decline in cancer death rates, the disease remains a leading source of morbidity and mortality for Americans. The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 1.7 million Americans will receive cancer diagnoses in 2016, including one in three women and one in two men.More than half of cancer patients undergo radiation therapy at some point in their treatment, either alone or in conjunction with other treatment options. Existing research demonstrates the effectiveness of radiation therapy as well as its potential in combination with other treatments. ASTRO supports the President’s request to bolster research initiatives that encompass the full range of multidisciplinary therapies in the quest to eradicate cancer.ASTRO supports research, education and professional training to improve care and outcomes for cancer patients. In 2015 alone, the society provided scientists nearly $1 million through grants and awards supporting radiation oncology research. ASTRO also publishes three medical journals and hosts a variety of scientific meetings in an effort to advance cancer science and help the field avoid the “silos” cautioned in Vice President Biden’s statement, ultimately with the goal of improving patient lives.For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more last_img read more

Sandals debuts new OvertheWater wedding chapel in Ocho Rios

first_img TORONTO — Sandals has raised the bar once again in the destination wedding market with the unveiling of its newest Over-the-Water Serenity Chapel at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.Spanning 450 square feet, the new chapel in Ocho Rios accommodates 40 guests and features 360-degree, panoramic water views as well as a glass floor aisle that allows couples to truly walk on water on their special day.Plus, the bridal couple can decide on delicate décor details as part of Sandals’ Aisle to Isle wedding program.With the new chapel in Ocho Rios, Sandals now boasts a total of three Over-the-Water Chapels in its entire portfolio.To learn more call Inside Sales at 1-800-545-8283. Travelweek Group Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Posted by Tags: Ocho Rios, Openings & Renovations, Romance & Weddings, Sandals Resortscenter_img Share Sandals debuts new Over-the-Water wedding chapel in Ocho Rios << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Australians hot for coach travel this summer

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Greyhound has reported that more Australian families are opting to hit the road this holiday season with coach travel bookings already up by ten per cent.According to Greyhound Australia Chief Operating Officer Tony Hopkins more families are choosing to travel within Australia for inspiring holiday experiences.As the start of the peak season begins, the top ten ‘Hot Spots’ for families so far include Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Airlie Beach, Phillip Island, Perth, Sydney, Monkey Mia, Canberra and Cervantes.“Family favourites like the Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour will always be included in any list of Hot Spots but it is great to see people exploring other destinations like the small fishing towns of Cervantes and Lancelin in South Australia and Monkey Mia in WA,” Mr Hopkins said.Mr Hopkins said the increase in number of families choosing to take advantage of the company’s summer coach packages indicates an improvement in the tourism segment.“Coach travel has truly evolved to become far more than just a way to get from A to B,” Mr Hopkins said.“Greyhound offers a total travel experience for holidaymakers, making it a complete adventure from outback to ocean in a modern, air-conditioned luxury coach with large panoramic glare-free tinted windows, a restroom, filtered water and LCD TV screens.”Mr Hopkins added that travelling by Coach also promotes ‘Green Tourism’ as it is one of the most environmentally efficient travel operators in Australia. “Just one full Greyhound coach means there are at least 16 fewer cars on the road.” Get up close with the dolphins at Monkey Mia this summer with Greyhoundlast_img read more

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first_img – / 22 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories A guest of Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Tuesday, Housler said Palmer’s experience is invaluable.“If you aren’t on the same page, he won’t let it slip for a second,” Housler said. “He’ll be in there and he’ll be in your ear telling you what he expected.“It’s not derogatory in any way and I really appreciate it.”And though he passed the question off with a chuckle, odds are Housler also appreciates the fact that Palmer is, shall we say, a legitimate starting quarterback.Last season, Arizona QBs combined to complete just 55.4 percent of their passes for 3,383 yards with 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Over in Oakland, Palmer completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.So while the 33-year-old may not be what he once was, it’s tough to argue with the idea that he’s significantly better than what the Cardinals had.And that can only help players whose job is to catch the football.“I think there’s a pedigree to what he brings and you know the name is well known around anybody who follows football,” Housler said of the excitement to play with Palmer. “So for me, even just from a fan perspective being not being in the NFL for most of his career, you see that and you’re kind of like, ‘Alright, you know, it’s Carson Palmer here.’” Over the course of two NFL seasons, Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler has caught 57 passes for 550 yards and zero touchdowns.A 6-foot-5, 250-pound player with good hands who can run, much more has been — and is — expected of the former Florida Atlantic player.Housler expects big things of himself this season, and with Carson Palmer under center it would seem as if he has no more excuses. Because let’s be honest, the team’s QB woes the last two years certainly left a negative impact. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Rob Housler, Cardinals Tight End Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more