MONCTON, N.B. — A New Brunswick hospital says police are investigating a nurse suspected of inappropriately using a drug that induces labour.The Moncton Hospital says it appears the registered nurse administered oxytocin to two women.Both needed emergency caesarean sections as a result.Dr. Ken Gillespie of Horizon Health Network says the nurse has been fired.The hospital is not giving further information about the nurse.Gillespie says the women and babies are doing well and have been told what happened.The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Just when the industry through innovation in the smartphone business had hit stagnation, Samsung wowed us with its first foldable device “Galaxy Fold,” worth a whopping $2,000. A super-premium phone that took almost a decade in the making and opens like a book when unfolded, shouted everything next-generation. However, the expectations took a beating when reports of the Galaxy Fold issues surfaced. The units given to international tech reviewers encountered display distortion and screen flickering issues, forcing the South Korean giant to postpone its launch in Hong Kong and Shanghai on April 23 and 24 respectively, and issue a recall of review units. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The big question lingers: Will the “Foldgate” make a dent in Samsung’s image like the Galaxy Note 7 with exploding batteries did in 2016? According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), the smartphone major has been mature and pragmatic enough by postponing its launch and sorting out all the issues before its general availiability. “All said, for Samsung, there is no race for first past the post with its foldable smartphone. It is more imperative for the company to focus on not delivering a flawed product, but rather ensuring highest consumer experience when the device goes on sales,” Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, told IANS. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Defending its devices just days before its roll-out, a Samsung spokesperson assured that the firm would “thoroughly inspect” the units. According to market research firm Gartner, foldable phones would make up 5 per cent of high-end phones sales by 2023 with around 30 million units. According to Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Principal Analyst of market research firm techARC, from a technology-rich company like Samsung, “one would expect things out only after reliability of desired levels are achieved”. The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India. “Nevertheless, the lab and real-world conditions play differently. I don’t see it as a big issue as the product has not exchanged hands with consumers yet. They have time to correct this aberration,” Kawoosa told IANS. Some units of the Galaxy Fold, which became the first phone with a foldable OLED display, is encountering two primary issues: the foldable screen seems to have a layer of protective layer that is similar to a cheap screen film. Several units reportedly failed after the layer was taken off. Few other screens failed because the hinge exposed areas which allowed debris to get inside of the display, thus, damaging the unit. “We expect that users will use a foldable phone as they do their regular smartphone, picking it up hundreds of times a day, unfolding it sporadically and typing on its plastic screen, which may scratch quickly depending on the way it folds,” Roberta Cozza, Research Director at Gartner had earlier said. However, according to market research firm techARC, this is primarily a material issue than a design. “I think till the time it’s a plastic-based screen, the chances of such mishaps remain high. I would certainly like to see a glass display, that too from credible makers like Corning, to have a reliable foldable screen,” stressed Kawoosa. Moreover, there’s no denying that the second-generation of foldable devices would be better that the experimental and ambitious first generation iterations. “The first generation of an innovation is always experimental, and which over successive iterations achieves perfection. Let’s’face it. The Galaxy Fold was just a mistake in timing. It does not take away anything from its manufacturing capabilities,” Ram noted.
Mumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to make a special appearance in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Housefull 4”. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has roped in the “Photograph” actor to play a pivotal role, which will make an interesting twist to the plot of the film, sources close to the development said. “We will be shooting a song with Nawaz along with all the six actors. The song will have a major gravity in the movie in which Nawaz will have a pivotal role to play. It will be a grand song with 500 dancers and Ganesh Master setting the choreography,” the sources said. “We have a 5 day schedule for the same. Director Farhad Samji along with the team was working on this development for over 2 weeks and finally we shall shoot in end of May for the same,” they added. The fourth instalment of the comedy franchise is set to release in Diwali this year. The film will also feature Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda and Pooja Hegde along with Rana Daggubatti.
MONTREAL — Unifor’s Quebec director Renaud Gagne is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow in Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s footsteps by pledging support for General Motors workers faced with a looming plant closure.Some 300 Unifor members, including about 60 retirees from the now-demolished GM plant in Sainte-Therese, Que., showed their support for Oshawa GM workers on Friday, taking advantage of the Montreal Auto Show now underway.Demonstrators were visible throughout the exhibition. Many wore blue T-shirts with the slogan, “GM to sell here, build here,” and chanted the slogan, “Say-say-say-save GM,” both in French.The General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., is slated to shut down at the end of 2019, resulting in an expected 2,600 job losses at the factory.Gagne cited a union-commissioned study that forecasts that by 2025, the closure will have prompted 14,000 job losses in Ontario and 10,000 in the rest of Canada.Gagne noted that some 10,000 people work in the auto parts sector in Quebec.The Canadian Press
Casablanca – The man who shot dead Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, at an art exhibition on Monday worked for the Ankara riot police since 2014.A gunman shot Russia’s ambassador to Turkey at an art exhibition while the official was delivering a speech. The attacker was camouflaged with a black suit that made him appear as the ambassador’s personal bodyguard. He appears in the video shooting the ambassador with several bullets, which also injured three others during the assassination.Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, reportedly said the attacker’s name was Mevlut Mert Atlintas. He also revealed that Atlintas worked for Ankara’s riot police for more than two years but was off-duty as he carried out the act. Mevlut Mert Atlintas, 22 years old, shouted “Allahu Akbar” in Arabic, which translates into ‘God is great’. He then began repeating, in Turkish, “Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!”A witness told Voice of America that security was not tight that night, which explains why the metal detectors that were used in the entrance did not detect the attacker’s gun.According to Turkish authorities, the assailant, who was shouting “Only death will remove me from here,” was killed 15 minutes after his attack, in a gunfight with Turkish Special Forces.Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, told Reuters that Russia considers the attack a “terrorist act,” noting that “terrorism will not win and we will fight against it decisively.”The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stated in a televised comment following the attack that he held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, and that “the investigative committee has already launched an investigation into this killing. It had been tasked with the mission of forming a working group, which will have to fly to Ankara to join its Turkish colleagues in jointly investigating this murder.”In his turn, the Turkish president said in a tweet: “This attack is a provocation aimed at disrupting our relations. I condemn it vehemently.”
15 March 2008In its latest report on human rights in Iraq, the United Nations mission in the war-torn nation noted that violent attacks have decreased significantly in the capital Baghdad, but cautioned this reduction might not be sustainable as the security situation continues to deteriorate in other areas. The twelfth report of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) – covering the second half of 2007 – said that the decline in such attacks, such as suicide attacks and car bombings, is a result of the ongoing “surge” within the Baghdad Security Plan launched last February.“The extent to which the decrease in violence was sustainable remained unclear, with the security situation still precarious in many parts of the country,” it observed. “As security improved in parts of Baghdad and other locations, it deteriorated elsewhere with heightened activity by insurgent groups and others in governorates such as Mosul and Diyala.” Civilians were deliberately targeted by Sunni and Shi’a armed groups through suicide bombings, car bombs and other attacks, UNAMI said.“Such systematic or widespread attacks against a civilian population are tantamount to crimes against humanity and violate the laws of war, and their perpetrators should be prosecuted,” the mission said.Also vulnerable to attack were: Government officials; religious figures; state employees; law enforcement personnel; professional groups including academics, journalists, lawyers and judges; religious and ethnic minorities; and women in so-called “honor killings,” it reported.During the reporting period, thousands were forced to flee due to the continued sectarian violence. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of last December, there are over 4.4 million displaced Iraqis worldwide, with 2.5 million inside Iraq and about 1.9 million in neighbouring countries.The new report welcomed the expanded capacity of the Iraqi judiciary to process cases as the detainee population continues to grow.Despite this progress, UNAMI voiced concern over “continuing prolonged delays in reviewing detainee cases; the lack of timely and adequate access to defense counsel for suspects; the failure to promptly and thoroughly investigate credible allegations of torture and to institute criminal proceedings against officials responsible for abusing detainees; and the procedures followed by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) and other criminal courts, which fail to meet basic fair trial standards.”Additionally, although the Multi-National Force (MNF) has taken steps towards speeding up reviews and decisions on the release of detainees, UNAMI said that its concerns regarding their due process rights within the Force’s legal framework remains unaddressed.The mission cited gender-based violence as cause for serious concern in the Kurdistan Region, in Iraq’s north. In spite of the creation by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of an Interior Ministry department to tackle violence against women, the report called for scaled up efforts and political will to bring those responsible to justice.UNAMI also welcomed Iraq’s decision to ratify the UN Convention Against Torture, and noted there has been “a greater degree of transparency and access to information pertaining to law enforcement issues on the part of both Iraqi officials and their international advisers.”
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Thursday was 79.50 cents US, down 0.12 of a cent from Wednesday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2578, up 0.18 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6519, down one cent, and US$1.3133, down 0.99 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4928, up 0.38 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.
Video of the General Assembly meeting [55mins] The UN has no political presence in Haiti and has had to depend on reports on political developments from the media and “other sources available to us on the ground,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast told an informal meeting of the General Assembly. “The capacity of the Secretariat for political analysis of the Haiti situation remains limited and needs strengthening,” he said. Haiti’s political situation became volatile after flawed elections in May 2000, and in recent months, confrontations became fatal as the positions of the Government and opposition hardened, the Under-Secretary-General said. Anti-government protests have increasingly focused on the demand that President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resign, while he has pledged not to leave office before the end of his term in 2006. Mr. Annan has repeatedly underlined the UN’s full support to the two regional organizations working to break the impasse between Haiti’s Government and opposition: the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS). Meanwhile, the UN is sending missions to assess humanitarian needs in the hardest hit areas in Haiti and is planning a “Flash Appeal” for international assistance with such problems as health care, conflict resolution and disarmament, Mr. Prendergast said. “At the moment, teams are visiting the northern departments that have been cut off in recent days, particularly around the cities of Cap Haitien and Port-de-Paix,” he added. “Gonaives will be visited in coming days.”
BEIJING, China – China’s economy decelerated in the latest quarter but stronger spending by consumers who are emerging as an important pillar of growth helped to avert a deeper downturn.The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.9 per cent in the three months ended in September, the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, data showed Monday. That was down from the previous quarter’s 7 per cent.China’s economic prospects are being scrutinized around the world. Its slowdown has unnerved global financial markets and held down growth in countries such as Brazil and Australia that export raw materials to China.Last month, the Federal Reserve mentioned China’s slowdown and deteriorating global economic conditions when it delayed a long-anticipated increase in short-term American interest rates. The central bank’s main concern, however, was low U.S. inflation which suggests underlying weakness in the world’s No. 1 economy.Weakening trade and manufacturing have fueled concern in China about possible job losses and unrest. The communist government has cut interest rates five times since last November in an effort to shore up growth.The latest data highlight the two-speed nature of China’s economy in the midst of a marathon effort by the Communist Party to nurture self-sustaining growth based on domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment. Manufacturers are shrinking and shedding millions of jobs while consumer-oriented businesses expand.In September, growth in factory output slowed to 5.7 per cent from August’s 6.1 per cent. At the same time, retail sales growth rose to 10.9 per cent from July’s 10.5 per cent. E-commerce spending leaped ahead, rising 36 per cent in the third quarter over a year earlier.“Continued downward pressures from real estate and exports caused GDP growth to drop,” said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics in a report. “But robust consumption and infrastructure prevented a sharper slowdown.”The decline in Chinese heavy industry and construction has depressed demand for oil, iron ore and other commodities, dragging on growth in Australia, Brazil and other supplier countries.At the same time, rising Chinese incomes are propelling demand for European wines, wheat and fresh fruit from Australia and the United States, medical technology and other imports.Private sector forecasters have cut their outlook for China’s growth this year to between 6.5 and 7 per cent. That still would be the second-strongest of any major country, surpassed only by India, where the International Monetary Fund expects 7.5 per cent. It would be more than double the 3.1 per cent growth forecast by the IMF for the United States.Much of China’s 5-year-old slowdown has been self-imposed but an unexpectedly sharp decline over the past year, due in part to weak demand for Chinese exports, prompted concern the downturn might be deepening too sharply. Forecasters expect Beijing to cut interest rates further and take other steps to shore up growth.The IMF expects growth to slow to 6.3 per cent next year and 6 per cent in 2017.“We think there is further slowing to go,” said Wei Li of Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a report. “Although we do not foresee China falling into a crisis, the economic growth rate is set to stay lower for longer.”Communist leaders set an official growth target of “about 7 per cent” for this year but have tried to discourage investors and the public from focusing on that figure. The top economic official, Premier Li Keqiang, said in September he would accept growth below that level so long as the economy keeps creating enough new jobs.“In order to restructure, the economy will face some downward pressure,” said Sheng Laiyun, a spokesman for the Chinese statistics agency.“China does not lack growth momentum,” said Sheng at a news conference. “Despite a slowdown in the industrial sector, China’s services sector is growing rapidly.”Already, e-commerce, restaurants and other services for China’s own consumers account for 41.7 per cent of the country’s employment, well ahead of manufacturing’s 34.7 per cent share, according to government data.The economy’s latest performance was slightly better than forecast, defying expectations the collapse of a stock market boom the previous quarter would drag down consumer spending.September imports plunged in dollar value but analysts said that was due to lower prices for oil and other commodities. They noted the volume of imports of iron ore, oil and some other raw materials increased slightly, suggesting construction and manufacturing might be accelerating.Exports in the first nine months of the year were down 1.9 per cent from a year earlier, threatening the health of manufacturers that employ millions of workers. Weak global demand makes it unlikely Beijing can meet its trade growth target of 6 per cent for this year.Some forecasters suggest Beijing overstates growth and the true rate might be as low as 5 per cent.“Today’s data suggest that while the official GDP figures continue to overstate the actual pace of growth in China by a significant margin, underlying conditions are subdued but stable,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.___National Bureau of Statistics of China (in Chinese): www.stats.gov.cn FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, a worker tosses boards onto the back of a truck at a construction site in Beijing. China’s economic growth decelerated in the latest quarter but relatively robust spending by Chinese consumers helped to avert a deeper downturn. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 6.9 percent in the three months ended in September, the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global crisis, data showed Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. That was down from the previous quarter’s 7 percent. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) China’s economic growth dips to 6-year low but consumer spending helps avert deeper downturn by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2015 8:12 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
We’ve seen all this before. And it was not so long ago.On Tuesday night, with his Houston Rockets up 2 against the streaking Portland Trail Blazers, a little more than three minutes on the clock, James Harden made a three. A few possessions later, he made another. The Rockets won 115-111 to go to 57-14 on the season, best in the NBA and four games up on the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. On both shots, Harden took what would have been called hero ball shots in another context. No other Rocket touched the ball; everyone in the arena knew what Harden would do, and how. Harden has made these shots his signature and his team’s by finding success where others have found only stacks of Rudy Gay box scores. And while the league has come to view the shot as not just unguardable but reliable, it has at times waffled on whether Harden’s team can be trusted. Funny, given the recent history of ascendant teams led by star guards with an unguardable shot.Just a few seasons ago, a team was led by two star guards who hadn’t found much success in the postseason thanks to a history of injuries and bad fortune. It featured a young big man who anchored the defense and epitomized a key facet of modern offenses. It boasted a sixth man who would have been a featured starter on practically any other team, a roster loaded down with dead-eye marksmen and a fleet of versatile wings who could switch assignments and not fall down. This team won the NBA title.(Key: Steph, Klay, Draymond, Andre, just about everyone else, and the top-ranked 2014-15 defense.)The 2014-15 Golden State Warriors were an unexpected development. The team had won 51 games the previous season under then-coach Mark Jackson, and the roster was largely unchanged coming into that season. Once the season began, however, it was clear that something was very different. Golden State won 21 of its first 23 games and finished the season with 67 wins, ranked first in defensive rating and, importantly, second in offensive rating, up from 12th the season before. Yet a broad set of NBA observers doubted that a team playing the way the Warriors did could win a title, even after they’d already won it.This season, the Rockets ran out to a 25-4 record before losing seven of nine games. In each of the losses, they were missing Harden, Chris Paul or Clint Capela. Since then, Houston has lost just three times in 33 games. FiveThirtyEight’s projections expect the Rockets to win 67 games total, up from their tally of 55 last season. They have the top-rated offense not just this season, but for as long as Basketball-Reference.com has been keeping track. They sneak into the top 10 on defense this season as well, an improvement on 18th the previous season. They’re flat good. But you know that by now. What’s important here is that when a team is this good, regardless of what its doubters say, the question isn’t whether it has arrived but whether it will win the title or merely its conference.There are a few ways to slice this. Since 1983-84, this year’s Houston team ties for 20th among all teams in net rating (the difference between points scored and points allowed per 100 possessions) through 71 games. That’s a bigger deal than it may seem, for a few reasons. First, the teams ahead of this season’s Rockets are immensely accomplished. They include four Michael Jordan teams, three Tim Duncan teams, two Laker teams — one Shaq and Kobe, another Magic and Kareem — one Kevin Garnett Celtics team and, of course, the past three versions of the Golden State Warriors. In general, teams at Houston’s level at least win the conference. The teams that didn’t make the finals tended to have extenuating circumstances. The 2012-13 Thunder, for instance, were the top seed in the West but lost Russell Westbrook in the first round and fell to Memphis in the second. The 2011-12 Chicago Bulls lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose in the first game of the first round. And the 2015-16 Spurs faced an exceptionally high level of competition, losing in the second round to a Thunder team that went up 3-1 on the Warriors.1These rankings tend to be sticky. Meaning that the list after 25 games looks a lot like the list after 45 games, which looks a lot like the list after 65 games. Teams shift around a few places, but they do not tend to bomb in or out of the rarified neighborhood. We know that the early season is predictive in sports because players tend to be healthy and rested, but it’s also good to remember that teams playing at an all-time level are seldom flukes.Net rating isn’t the only factor in which Houston is dominating, and as Benjamin Morris wrote for FiveThirtyEight a few seasons back, margin of victory is actually far less predictive in the playoffs than it is in the regular season. In fact, it’s Houston’s wins that make it a playoff force. In the postseason, the difference between two teams’ win totals is much more predictive than margin of victory. If the Rockets finish with 67 wins and the Warriors finish with their projected 61, Morris’s data from his 2016 article suggests that given home court advantage, Houston would win a series 70 percent of the time — even if the two teams were dead-even on margin of victory.The Rockets may not be quite as good as the Warriors were in that first season or as Golden State was in the 73-win 2015-16 campaign. But, then, neither are this year’s Warriors. The team’s injury troubles and continuing sloppiness have turned it into a merely dominant team, not an all-time one. Even if we grant the Warriors a few extra victories because their injury problems have been worse than Houston’s, it would make a prospective series between the two a coin flip, not heavily slanted toward Golden State.And like the Warriors, the Rockets aren’t simply unguardable as a team: They have a player who has mastered an unguardable manner of playing. Harden doesn’t have the same switchblade release as Curry — he can’t dart around a ball screen and have a shot in the air before his man can turn his head. What Harden can do is get just about any switch he wants, thanks to the level at which he and Paul are running the pick and roll, and then, in isolation, he can walk into his now-trademark step-back threes.The pull-up three is increasingly a staple of modern offenses, as defenses have adjusted to the off-ball maneuvering that good offenses use to free up shooters. Harden leads the league in pull-up threes per game, taking 8.0 and making 39.0 percent of them. Paul is third on the list, taking 5.2 per game and making 38.5 percent of them.2The Blazers’ Damian Lillard sits between the two at 5.4 pull-up threes per game. As a team, the Rockets are taking 16.5 pull-up threes per game and making 35.9 percent. The next-closest team, the Los Angeles Clippers, takes 10.0 per game. Even if its primary pick-and-roll engine sputters, Houston has an entire extra, independent dimension to carry its offense through dry spells, like Curry’s pull-ups or like Kevin Durant’s mastery of contested shots in last summer’s finals.Nothing the Rockets could do this season would make them meaningful favorites to most NBA fans against a healthy Warriors team in the playoffs. Nothing the Warriors could do would do that, either. That’s probably correct: There are many things most projection systems, like FiveThirtyEight’s CARM-Elo, can’t spot, such as player injury, which undermine the edge Houston holds by the numbers. Golden State is a dominant champion with what is now a considerable track record of excellence. It’s tough to be favored heavily against that. But there is also now sufficient evidence to declare that Houston is squarely in Golden State’s weight class, just as there was for Golden State when it arrived on the scene.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (March 22, 2018, 5:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article mistakenly said that James Harden played in Houston’s Jan. 4 loss to Golden State. He was out with a strained hamstring.
Sweden showed convincing performance at the start of the 24th Men’s World Championship in Doha by beating Iceland 24:16 (12:7). Only 16 goals of Icelanders speaking about the defensive level provided by Nielsen, Kallman, Karlsson, and of course, Mattias Andersson between the posts. That’s why the biggest Swedish star Kim Andersson was enthusiastic after the opener:– I am very satisfied not only by the victory, but especially because we performed well and our goalkeeper Mattias Andersson had an outstanding game. We were a little bit nervous before the start of the match, but we handled the situation. It is too early to make predictions, but to be honest, if we keep playing that kind of defence, a lot of good things can happen here for us” Kim AnderssonQatar 2015Sweden handball ← Previous Story Germans give revenge to Poland Next Story → Qatar 2015 (Day 3): No surprises in Group A and B
← Previous Story PSG Handball sent message, Omeyer: Defense was perfect Next Story → VIDEO: Crazy finish in Nantes and Celje! nikolaj jacobsenraul gonzales Raul Gonzales (RK Vardar Skopje) and Nikolaj Jacobsen (Rhein Neckar Lowen) won the most important titles in the world of club’s handball in previous season 2016/2017, VELUX EHF Champions League and DKB Bundesliga trophies.Two coaches who will be remembered in an era of European club’s handball had seven clashes in the last three seasons.Five won Gonzales, while in two matches Jacobsen was better.Gonzales VS Jacobsen 5:2.18/11/17, MRK Vardar Skopje – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 30 : 2626/11/16, MRK Vardar Skopje – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 26 : 2917/11/16, Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MRK Vardar Skopje 27 : 3311/02/16, Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MRK Vardar Skopje 28 : 2710/10/15, MRK Vardar Skopje – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 25 : 1921/02/15, Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MRK Vardar Skopje 28 : 3512/10/14, MRK Vardar Skopje – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 28 : 25
A number of online games can eat away at your wallet more than you might expect. You drop the initial $60, or so, on the game, and then you realize that in order to advance, you need to spend more money. Is cash is low, you might sell something on eBay or elsewhere to get a small fund going. Those are reasonable options but one that isn’t is what a couple in Dongguan, China did. They sold their three children.The couple met in 2007 and clicked due to their love of online gaming. The Sanxiang City News broke the story about Li Lin and Li Juan who left their first child, shortly after he was born in 2008, to go play an online game in an internet café.The idea to sell their child came with the birth of their second child, a girl, in 2009. They sold their daughter for a meager sum of RMB 3,000, about $500. After spending it all, they then sold their son for RMB 30,000, about $4,600.They spent the money from the second child, too. The birth of their third child, a boy, provided them with another pot of gold, so to speak. Lin and Juan earned another $4,600 for him, too.The under 21 couple were not safe for long because Li Lin’s mother turned them in to the authorities. Both claimed they did not know they were breaking the law.This is all a very strange occurrence in the ether of China’s video game culture. About two months, there were reports of a man dubbed Liu Dali who spoke to the press about his time as an inmate in China. The guards there would force inmates to play online games in 12 hour shifts after hard physical labor. The virtual cash earned would then be sold by the guards. The inmates earned nothing.What would you sell for a game?Via ABC New Radio
On the eve of Wednesday’s Champions League derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona, the England national team record World Cup goalscorer, Gary Lineker, expressed his opinion on the Blaugrana hotshot Lionel Messi.The British publication, Daily Star, have transmitted Lineker’s interview with Barca TV, where he described Messi as the ‘best player to ever put on a pair of boots.’“He is the best player to ever put on a pair of boots.“It’s as if he sees the game from afar, at the same time as he is playing. He is not human.“He never rises to provocation, and he is a great example to both the world of football and to every young person who plays the sport.”It didn’t take much time before the 5-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner responded with an astonishing performance against the Premier League giants.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.”I feel blessed to be in this stadium to watch this live..” 🙏”It’s like he’s got a controller in his hand.” 🎮@RioFerdy5 is in awe of another Wembley masterclass from Messi. pic.twitter.com/5xvOlt6dE6— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 3, 2018The Argentinean wizard who was rested against Athletic Bilbao last weekend, returned to be a protagonist at the Wembley Stadium, notching two second-half goals in Barcelona’s 4-2 victory over the Spurs.Messi is currently a leading goalscorer this season, with five goals, as he netted his eight Champions League hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven on the opening matchday.
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A Lauderhill preschool reopened Monday, after nearly two dozen kids were sent to the hospital last week.Parents and rescue crews took 21 sick kids from Ave Marie Friends Preparatory School for treatment of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.Related: Children hospitalized after falling ill at Lauderhill preschoolOfficials said the children’s catered lunch on the day of the incident was likely the cause. However, the Florida Department of Health is still investigating the incident and the vendor providing meals to the school.It’s still unclear exactly what caused the kids to get sick.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Hatchery king salmon are recognizable by the healed adipose fin-clip scar. Naturally-produced king salmon may not be possessed or retained and are distinguishable by an intact adipose fin, a small fleshy fin on the back of the fish just ahead of the tail. Naturally-produced king salmon that are caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. In addition, the use of bait is prohibited and only one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure may be used in the Kasilof River from its mouth upstream to the Sterling Highway Bridge. Single-hook means a fishhook with only one point. This restriction is effective from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, May 1 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 30. The bag and possession limit for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length is one hatchery fish. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced on Wednesday the sport fishing regulation restriction for king salmon in the Kasilof River restricted to hatchery kings only. Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka” “To ensure a successful naturally-produced king salmon broodstock season in 2019, ADF&G has determined restrictions to the early-run king salmon sport fishery in the Kasilof River will provide the best chance to achieve these goals. Its important to our staff and anglers that we continue our efforts to protect and rebuild our wild king salmon stocks. ADF&G does anticipate an increase in angler effort on the Kasilof River due to early-run king salmon restrictions on the Kenai River and we have to manage accordingly with restrictions only allowing hatchery king salmon to be retained on the Kasilof River.”
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowYoung, Murkowski hold fast on gun rightsLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Alaska’s members of Congress remain unapologetic supporters of gun rights. They have top ratings from the National Rifle Association. But Sen. Murkowski and Rep. Don Young say the mass shootings reveal something is wrong in America.State leaders push to take next steps on ANWR drillingElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageNow that Congress has approved drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska’s leaders are eagerly pursuing the next steps needed for oil development.District 38 Democrats select 3 candidates for Fansler seatTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelAlaska House District 38 Democrats selected three potential nominees Sunday night to replace state Rep. Zach Fansler, who resigned earlier this month following assault allegations.Walker appoints USAF veteran to Dunleavy Senate vacancyPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaGovernor Bill Walker has appointed retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Shower to fill the vacancy in Senate District E. Shower lives in Wasilla, and currently works as a pilot for FedEx.University of Alaska president appeals for public support for more fundingAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauIn his State of the University address today, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen stressed the need for an increase in state funding after four years of cuts.New Anchorage airport manager looks to China for growthAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe new manager for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is looking to add flights to China.This man wants to bring more electricity to Juneau. What’s the hold up?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauDuff Mitchell has a big vision for a small rectangular plot in downtown Juneau. He envisions it as the future site for a district heating facility.ADN owners acquire three new publicationsCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe owner of Alaska’s largest newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News, is purchasing three other publications.Kachemak Selo makes progress toward a new school but the project isn’t guaranteedRenee Gross, KBBI – HomerKachemak Selo, a small Russian Old Believer village at the head of Kachemak Bay, is desperate for a new school building. Deteriorating infrastructure and limited space has plagued the community for years. However, progress toward a new school is happening.Skagway residents sell barbecue sandwiches in fundraising effort for Florida shooting victimsAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesLast week, 17 people, including students and staff, were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many others were injured. Thousands of miles away, in Skagway, Alaska, one family wanted to help those affected.
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(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Italy, Uruguay and Spain has found via lab study that common brewer’s yeast not only mate in the guts of wasps, but interbreed with other yeast species, producing hybrids. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and results and why they believe their findings could have implications for both environmentalists and manufactures of yeast based products. 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: “Social wasps are a Saccharomyces mating nest,” PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1516453113 These findings, the team notes, could have serious implications for not just wine growers or bread makers, but for environmentalists as well. Here they suggest is evidence of a fundamental part of the ecological cycle that was not known to exist. They wonder if other insects might be playing a similar role for other yeast or fungus types, such as bees or ants. They plan to continue the work to find out. Crabro wasp looking outside from a wasp’s nest in a tree. The image suggests how crabro wasps could transport yeasts from different environments, harboring yeast species isolated from tree bark, such as Saccharomyces paradoxus and some Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and strains from species mainly found in wine, grape berries, and wineries, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Credit: Carlotta De Filippo Researchers find wasps are the key to yeast’s ability to survive through winter Explore further Brewer’s yeast, a type of fungus, is used to make alcoholic beverages and bread—its use has been the focus of study for thousands of years, yet, as the researchers with this new effort note, little is known about it outside of the laboratory. To learn more, they started with the findings four years ago by another team—that brewer’s yeast lives inside the guts of wasps while the wasps hibernate. They collected five different strains of the yeast and put them on grapes which were fed to wasps and then turned down the heat, causing the wasps to hibernate. After two months the researchers found that approximately one third of the yeast population had mated with yeast of a different species. After four months that number went up to 90 percent, proving , they claim, that yeast not only mate in wasp guts, but also interbreed.Taking the experiment a step further, the researchers found that the interbred strains tended to be more hardy inside the wasp gut then those that were not—over time, the pure breeds actually died off. This, the researchers claim, proves that wasp gut reproduction is a major driver of yeast diversity in nature. And , they add, that suggests that yeast are dependent on interaction with insects for evolutionary development. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Study shows brewer’s yeast hybridizes in wasp gut (2016, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-brewer-yeast-hybridizes-wasp-gut.html The wasp and the grape: a worker hornet (Vespa crabro) feeding on a grape in a Tuscan vineyard in October. The image shows how Vespa crabro can break and eat grape berries, moving S.cerevisiae yeasts and other microorganisms. Credit: Stefano Turillazzi
Miffed at the “interference” of sports ministry in its affairs, Indian Olympic Association on Monday told the visiting International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to convey to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi its opposition to the Sports Code of the government in its current form.Bach, visiting the country for the first time since being elected as IOC chief in 2013, had a meeting with top IOA members at a city hotel that lasted an hour. The IOC chief also had an hour-long meeting with sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the same hotel. Sonowal was assisted by sports secretary Ajit Sharan and Sports Authority of India director general Injeti Srinivas. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaFormer IOA secretary general and IOC member Randhir Singh also attended both the meeting. Later, Sonowal hosted a lunch for the visiting dignitary which was attended by top IOA and sports ministry officials and minister of state information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Abhay Singh Chautala, who served as president of the IOA during the 14-month suspension from the IOC, told reporters after the meeting the members have told Bach to convey to the PM that they would oppose the Sports Bill as it “interferes” with the autonomy of the IOA.“For some time, there has been this issue of the implementation of the Sports Bill. The earlier Congress government had tried to implement this Sports Bill and the current BJP government is also saying that it will implement the Bill,” said Chautala, an INLD MLA in Haryana. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“There has been interference in the affairs of IOA from the sports ministry which is undermining the autonomy of the IOA under the Olympic Charter. This will harm Indian sports,” Chautala, now a Haryana Olympic Association official, said. IOA’s objection to the Sports Code centers around two major issues, age limit of 70 of the office bearers of the IOA and the cutting into size the importance of the state units of the IOA.