Missing WikiLeaks associate had kayak accident in Norway

first_imgOslo: A Dutch WikiLeaks associate who went missing under mysterious circumstances a year ago probably had a kayaking accident, Norwegian police said Friday, adding that his body had not yet been found. Arjen Kamphuis, a cybersecurity expert then aged 47, had not been seen since he left his hotel in the northern Norwegian town of Bodo on August 20, 2018. His disappearance had triggered a wave of conspiracy theories on social media, ranging from CIA and Russian involvement to a mission to carry out a secret project for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThen police discovered a kayak in the same area where a fisherman had found some of Kamphuis’s personal belongings floating in the waters about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Bodo. “The police have concluded that Mr Kamphuis most likely suffered an accident in the evening of August 20, 2018, while kayaking in the Skjerstad Fjord a few kilometres north of the village of Rognan in Nordland County in northern Norway, and was subsequently lost at sea,” the police said in a statement. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”His body has still not been recovered,” they added. WikiLeaks, which published secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010, called Kamphuis’s disappearance “strange”. The mystery deepened when a phone linked to Kamphuis was briefly switched on in an area near the southwestern city of Stavanger, located 1,600 kilometres from Bodo, on August 30 last year. But on Friday, police explained that two truck drivers from eastern Europe had found the phone, a laptop and other items belonging to Kamphuis while they were fishing in the spot where his kayak was found and took the items with them. “The police have no reason to believe that the truck drivers were involved in the disappearance of Mr Kamphuis in any other way,” the police statement said.last_img read more

Tendulkar explains what sets Smith apart from other batsmen

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has showered praises on Steve Smith of Australia, who continued his brilliant run of form in the Ashes series by slamming a double century against England in the ongoing fourth Test in Manchester. On Thursday, Smith — who had to miss the third Ashes Test due to concussion — played an incredible knock of 212 to help Australia post a mammoth first inning total of 497/8 and take the driver’s seat at the Old Trafford. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Complicated technique but an organised mindset is what sets Steve Smith apart. Incredible comeback!” Tendulkar tweeted while praising Smith. While hitting his third ton, his 26th overall, in the five-match Ashes series, Smith also went past Tendulkar in an illustrious list led by Aussie great Don Bradman. The 30-year-old has now become the second fastest cricketer in the history of the game to hit 26 Test tons. The former Australian skipper pushed Tendulkar to the third spot as he reached the milestone in 121 innings, while the ‘Master Blaster’ got to this mark in 136 innings.last_img read more

Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil Nova Scotias softspoken fiscal hawk

first_imgHALIFAX – Stephen McNeil is a soft-spoken man with a lower-register voice and a somewhat imposing 6-foot-5 frame. He doesn’t always exude warmth on TV, and he understands that.“Some might see me as a bit stiff and not as jovial as I really am,” said the 52-year-old Liberal premier. “For most Nova Scotians, that’s how they know me, through the television screen.”David Johnson, a political science professor at Cape Breton University, said that is McNeil’s biggest challenge as he seeks a second straight majority in the May 30 election: his image, as conveyed through the mainstream media.“I’ve always sensed that for a Nova Scotia premier to do well, they need to be seen as avuncular — everyone’s favourite uncle,” Johnson said.“If there’s an Achilles heel for Stephen McNeil … it’s that he comes off as being rather cold and aloof, and a bit condescending at times — some would say arrogant. If I was a campaign manager, I’d be telling him, ‘Be warmer, but more avuncular.’”In an interview with The Canadian Press in his seventh-floor office overlooking Halifax harbour, a more easygoing manner emerges as McNeil talks about growing up in the Annapolis Valley, the 12th of 17 children.He points to treasured items, including signed photos of NHL greats Sidney Crosby and Bobby Orr. Above those pictures are collages showing a jumble of photos of his two children when they were young. Colleen is now 27 and Jeffrey is 25.On another wall, there’s a picture of the 13th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, where he and his son travelled to watch the 2010 Masters Tournament. The premier says he’s not much of a golfer, but his son is accomplished at the sport.On a shelf facing his desk, there’s a single, black-and-white photo of his father Burt, who choked to death while eating Sunday dinner when McNeil was eight years old.McNeil recalls how he and 13 other siblings were ushered out of the house that day, the youngest only 18 months old.“There’s a big gap in people’s lives when something like that happens,” he said, recalling how his mother Theresa suddenly faced the daunting task of raising so many young children on her own.“She had no driver’s licence and hadn’t worked outside the house … The next morning, she woke up and said, ‘We’re it.’ We were all looking at her.”She would later work in a factory before becoming Canada’s first female high sheriff, which made her responsible for court security in Annapolis County.McNeil studied refrigeration repair in Dartmouth, N.S., before opening his own appliance repair shop in Bridgetown, east of the family home in Granville Ferry. He ran the business for 15 years before winning his first provincial election bid in 2003.“I didn’t train to be the premier,” he said. “I was out working. I made my living carrying a tool box.”McNeil is a self-described fiscal conservative who has made it his mission to balance the province’s books.Throughout his first term, the premier has taken aim at public sector unions, saying members’ wages have increased 11.5 per cent over the past seven years, well above the increases seen in the private sector.“Most Nova Scotians who aren’t in the public sector would have liked to have that over the last seven years,” he said. “(But) we didn’t remove anything. We just said, ‘Let’s just slow down and let the economy catch up.’”Last February, McNeil’s government imposed a contract on 9,400 public school teachers, ending a two-month work-to-rule campaign.In April 2014, the government forced 2,400 striking nurses back to work by introducing legislation that requires all health-sector unions to draft essential services agreements before any job action can occur.It has made him some enemies, and harshened his public image, and both opposition parties have built much of their campaigns around that.The premier said he got a whiff of what was coming on April 19 when Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie took what McNeil felt was a personal shot at him.“His style of leadership, which has been to divide people, which has been to keep people down — like nurses and teachers who want to make the system better — is not getting us where we need to be,” Baillie told CBC.A few days later, NDP Leader Gary Burrill described McNeil as “morally deficient.”McNeil said he expects the campaign will be nasty.“I’m bruised up enough now that I can deal with all that stuff,” McNeil said. “But I worry about the slope we’re on.”In particular, he said the rise of social media has led to a debasement of political discourse, where reasoned debate has been replaced by taunts that reverberate through the Internet’s echo chambers.McNeil noted a recent online post from one of his own constituents referred to him as a latter-day Hitler.“There are people, that’s all they do. They sit there, and it’s their avenue to say whatever they want to say without ever having to be held accountable for it … And it’s becoming part of campaigns.”An opinion poll in March suggested voter support for the Liberals had declined sharply since the previous quarter, but the numbers still pointed toward another majority win for the governing party.Decided voter support for the Liberal party dropped from 56 per cent to 44 per cent, according to a survey of 1,210 adults conducted by Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates Inc. The Progressive Conservatives stood at 28 per cent, up eight points, and the New Democrats were at 23 per cent, up from 19 per cent, while five per cent supported the Green Party.McNeil said he wasn’t concerned about his party’s dip in the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.He said the poll shows most Nova Scotians understand the tough decisions were for the right reasons.“There isn’t a four-year premier in Canada that wouldn’t take those numbers,” he said.—–TOMORROW: NDP Leader Gary Burrilllast_img read more

Austin Mahone Supports Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

first_imgThe Allstate Foundation and singer Austin Mahone are challenging teens to #GetThereSafe during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month this May and throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road.Austin Mahone – Get There SafeStarting today through August 8, teens across the country will have a chance to show where and how they get there safely by entering the #GetThereSafe Challenge. The winning high school will be determined by a random drawing and will receive a meet and greet with Austin in the fall.Car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide, and cancer. The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe program asks teens not to engage in three risky behaviors that cause teen crash fatalities: speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by passengers in the car. To demonstrate smart driving and to enter the Challenge, teens must upload photos of themselves or their destination and select a specific driving behavior hashtag – #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions via the free #GetThereSafe app (available on iTunes and in the Google Play stores).“We should always have each other’s backs, and this program lets us do that when it really counts – behind the wheel,” said Mahone. “The fact that nearly eight teens die each day in car crashes motivated me to get involved so that my friends, family and fans can all get there safe every time they get into a car.”The #GetThereSafe program also encourages teens to flag the issue of teen safe driving in their schools and communities through social media conversations and raising a #GetThereSafe flag. High schools in the states with the highest number of teen crash fatalities – California, Texas and Florida – will highlight the teen driving issue during the month of May at #GetThereSafe flag raising events on school campuses. The flag serves as a symbol of solidarity and a visual reminder for teens to practice smart driving behaviors every time they get in the car as a driver or passenger.“We understand that driving provides teens with a sense of freedom and fun, but there is a serious responsibility that teens take on every time they get behind the wheel,” said Steve Sorenson, Allstate executive vice president of product operations. “We believe that small behavior changes, such as wearing a seatbelt and slowing down, can help teens focus on the critical task of getting to their destination safely.”According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: • Fifty–six percent of American teens in fatal car crashes were not wearing a seat belt. • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal crashes. • For teens, adding one teen passenger to a car increases their crash risk by almost 50 percent and that risk grows exponentially as more teen passengers are added – 202 percent more likely to crash with two teen passengers and 439 percent more likely with three or more teen passengers.The #GetThereSafe program supports the commitment that The Allstate Foundation has made to help reduce teen crash fatalities. To learn more about the #GetThereSafe program, valuable tips for teen drivers, rules for the #GetThereSafe Challenge and to view social media conversations around this important topic, visit www.teensgettheresafe.com.last_img read more

Favorite Childrens Authors Come Together To Get Kids Reading

first_imgRecent research from The Kids & Family Reading Report indicates that 91% of kids say that their favorite books are the ones they picked out themselves – and summer is the perfect time for those fun books kids choose themselves.13 favorite children’s authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading ChaTo encourage kids to “Power Up and Read” throughout the summer, 13 favorite children’s authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.This free summer reading program, created by Scholastic and powered by Energizer, encourages kids around the world to log the minutes they spend reading in order to unlock more stories, earn rewards, and help set a new world record for minutes read – seeking to top the 304,749,681 minutes read in summer 2014. Children and families can sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge starting today at www.scholastic.com/summer.The top children’s authors participating include: Blue Balliett, Patrik Henry Bass, Varian Johnson, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Roland Smith, R.L. Stine, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Jude Watson. Each of the authors has written a unique short story using the same opening sentence which is,“I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…”“We know that summer is the ideal time for kids to discover the power and joy of reading,” said Maggie McGuire, VP Scholastic Kids & Parents Online. “The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge creates an environment where kids are encouraged to choose their own books and read all summer, setting kids up to succeed when returning to school in the fall.”“I am a big believer in the power of choice when it comes to reading. In some cases, this freedom takes the pressure off reading, allowing a book to ‘just be a book.’ Other times, it allows readers to choose a book that serves as a mirror of their world or a window to a different perspective—or both! Whatever the reason, the power to choose gets us all reading, and the more we read, the more we grow,” said acclaimed author Varian Johnson, one of the featured authors in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.SUMMER READING FOR KIDS • Ultimate goal of setting a new 2015 reading world record: Students read and log minutes, earn digital badges and rewards, and help set a new world record for summer reading. • Read along with original short stories: Each original short story has a “read along” audio component, inviting children of all ages and reading levels to enjoy these engaging stories. • Dynamic creative writing game: Students can play a new “Innovation Machine” story starter game, powered by Energizer. This game encourages kids to create a one-of-a-kind story with fun story starters and wacky vocabulary combinations and enter into a contest to win prizes. Twelve winners will each receive a set of 12 signed books from the participating authors.SUMMER READING FOR PARENTS • Free daily tips: Parents can find something every day on the new “daily digest” with articles and tips from Scholastic Parents Channel experts here. • 2015 summer book list: Curated by Scholastic experts, this list features books for children in Pre-K through Young Adults. • Weekly sweepstakes: Parents can enter to win a “Power Up & Read prize pack,” including a Scholastic tote bag, a copy of Reading Unbound by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith, $10 gift certificate to Scholastic Store Online, Energizer® brand batteries, Scholastic books and more.SUMMER READING FOR EDUCATORS • Grand prize for top school: The top elementary school that logs the most minutes this summer will win a visit from bestselling author Michael Northrop and the top middle school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from bestselling author Varian Johnson. • Classroom library sweepstakes: Educators who pre-register their students before June 30th, 2015 will be entered to win a free classroom library of 50 books. • Free summer reading tools: Educators can track their students reading minutes through the “Educator Dashboard” and their school’s progress on a virtual map, send automated emails to parents and access bi-lingual resources and printables.For more information about the Scholastic Summer Challenge, click here.last_img read more

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook “likes” can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled.The social network is under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.Monday was a wild roller coaster ride for Facebook, whose shares plunged 7 per cent in its worst one-day decline since 2014. Officials in the EU and the U.S. sought answers, while Britain’s information commissioner said she will seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica’s servers because the British firm had been “unco-operative” in her investigation. The first casualty of that investigation was an audit of Cambridge that Facebook had announced earlier in the day; the company said it “stood down” that effort at the request of British officials.Adding to the turmoil, the New York Times reported that Facebook security chief Alex Stamos will step down by August following clashes over how aggressively Facebook should address its role in spreading disinformation. In a tweet , Stamos said he’s still fully engaged at Facebook but that his role has changed.It would have been quieter had Facebook likes not turned out to be so revealing. Researchers in a 2013 study found that likes on hobbies, interests and other attributes can predict personal attributes such as sexual orientation and political affiliation. Computers analyze such data to look for patterns that might not be obvious, such as a link between a preference for curly fries and higher intelligence.Chris Wylie, a Cambridge co-founder who left in 2014, said the firm used such techniques to learn about individuals and create an information cocoon to change their perceptions. In doing so, he said, the firm “took fake news to the next level.”“This is based on an idea called ‘informational dominance,’ which is the idea that if you can capture every channel of information around a person and then inject content around them, you can change their perception of what’s actually happening,” Wylie said Monday on NBC’s “Today.” It’s not yet clear exactly how the firm might have attempted to do that.Late Friday, Facebook said Cambridge improperly obtained information from 270,000 people who downloaded an app described as a personality test. Those people agreed to share data with the app for research — not for political targeting. And the data included who their Facebook friends were and what they liked — even though those friends hadn’t downloaded the app or given explicit consent.Cambridge got limited information on the friends, but machines can use detailed answers from smaller groups to make good inferences on the rest, said Kenneth Sanford of the data science company Dataiku.Cambridge was backed by the conservative billionaire Richard Mercer, and at one point employed Stephen Bannon — later President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and White House adviser — as a vice-president. The Trump campaign paid Cambridge roughly $6 million according to federal election records, although officials have more recently played down that work.The type of data mining reportedly used by Cambridge Analytica is fairly common, but is typically used to sell diapers and other products. Netflix, for instance, provides individualized recommendations based on how a person’s viewing behaviours fit with what other customers watch.But that common technique can take on an ominous cast if it’s connected to possible elections meddling, said Robert Ricci, a marketing director at Blue Fountain Media.Wylie said Cambridge Analytica aimed to “explore mental vulnerabilities of people.” He said the firm “works on creating a web of disinformation online so people start going down the rabbit hole of clicking on blogs, websites etc. that make them think things are happening that may not be.”Wylie told “Today” that while political ads are also targeted at specific voters, the Cambridge effort aimed to make sure people wouldn’t know they were getting messages aimed at influencing their views.The Trump campaign has denied using Cambridge’s data. The firm itself denies wrongdoing, and says it didn’t retain any of the data pulled from Facebook and didn’t use it in its 2016 campaign work.Yet Cambridge boasted of its work after another client, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, won the Iowa caucus in 2016.Cambridge helped differentiate Cruz from similarly minded Republican rivals by identifying automated red light cameras as an issue of importance to residents upset with government intrusion. Potential voters living near the red light cameras were sent direct messages saying Cruz was against their use.Even on mainstay issues such as gun rights, Cambridge CEO Alexander Nix said at the time, the firm used personality types to tailor its messages. For voters who care about tradition, it could push the importance of making sure grandfathers can offer family shooting lessons. For someone identified as introverted, a pitch might have described keeping guns for protection against crime.It’s possible that Cambridge tapped other data sources, including what Cruz’s campaign app collected. Nix said during the Cruz campaign that it had five or six sources of data on each voter.Facebook declined to provide officials for interview and didn’t immediately respond to requests for information beyond its statements Friday and Monday. Cambridge also didn’t immediately respond to emailed questions.Facebook makes it easy for advertisers to target users based on nuanced information about them. Facebook’s mapping of the “social graph” — essentially the web of people’s real-life connections — is also invaluable for marketers.For example, researchers can look at people’s clusters of friends and get good insight as to who is important and influential, said Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. People who bridge different friend networks, for example, can have more influence when they post something, making them prime for targeting.Two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news on social media, according on Pew Research Center. While people don’t exist in a Facebook-only vacuum, it is possible that bogus information users saw on the site could later be reinforced by the “rabbit hole” of clicks and conspiracy sites on the broader internet, as Wylie described.___An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the sum paid by the 2016 Trump campaign to Cambridge Analytica. It was $5.9 million according to federal election records.AP technology reporter Ryan Nakashima contributed to this report from Menlo Park, California.last_img read more

Results from the 2019 Northern Classic Naturals

first_imgWomen’s Fitness – Junior Placing Competitor First #1 Faith Bock Men’s Bodybuilding – Middleweight Placing Competitor First #2 Jason Keller  Men’s Bodybuilding – Light Heavyweight Placing Competitor First #33  Justin Rille Second #2 Jason Keller  Men’s Physique – True Novice Placing Competitor  First #5 Brian Simpson  Second #4 Robert Doucette Men’s Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #3 Shaun Swanson Men’s Physique – Junior Placing Competitor First #6 Jerry Wiens Men’s Physique – Masters 40+ Placing Competitor First #4 Robert Doucette  Men’s Physique – Medium Placing Competitor First #6 Jerry Wiens  Second #5 Brian Simpson  Men’s Physique – Tall Placing Competitor  First #3 Shaun Swanson Second #2 Jason Keller Women’s Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #7 Sheena Heaton  Women’s Physique – Short Placing CompetitorFirst #7 Sheena Heaton  Women’s Figure – True Novice Placing Competitor First #7 Sheena Heaton  Second #10 Amber Lindley  Third #8 Jackie Chartier  Fourth #9 Lynette Cordonier  Women’s Figure – Novice Placing CompetitorFirst #11 Cenia Bock Second #7 Sheena HeatonThird #1 Faith Bock  Fourth #8 Jackie Chartier Fifth #9 Lynette Cordonier Women’s Figure – Teenage Placing Competitor First #1 Faith Bock Women’s Figure – Grandmasters Placing Competitor  First #11 Cenia Bock Second #10 Amber Lindley Women’s Figure – Masters 35+ Placing Competitor First #12 Amanda Rathburn  Second #13 Melanie Stephens Third #11 Cenia Bock Fourth #10 Amber Lindley  Fifth #8 Jackie Chartier  Sixth #9 Lynette Cordonier  Women’s Figure – Short Placing Competitor 1 1 Faith Bock Women’s Figure – Medium Placing Competitor First #11 Cenia Bock Second #7 Sheena Heaton Third #10 Amber LindleyWomen’s Figure – Tall Placing CompetitorFirst #12 Amanda RathburnSecond  #13 Melanie Stephens Third  #8 Jackie Chartier Women’s Bikini – True Novice Placing Competitor First #14 Faye Anstey  Second #15 Daya Barclay Third #16 Samantha Hender Fourth #17 Barb Mather Women’s Bikini – Novice Placing CompetitorFirst #14 Faye Anstey  Second #15 Daya Barclay  Third #22 Stacey Gruen  Fourth #23 Karri Stoppler  Fifth #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Grandmasters Placing Competitor First #11 Cenia Bock Second #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Masters 35+ Placing Competitor First #26 Brandee Stewart Second #25 Chrystal Jones Third #11 Cenia Bock  Fourth #24 Tammy Chapman Fifth #13 Melanie Stephens  Sixth #23 Karri Stoppler  Seventh #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Class A Placing CompetitorFirst #25 Chrystal Jones Women’s Bikini – Class B Placing Competitor  First #26 Brandee Stewart Second #16 Samantha Hender Women’s Bikini – Class C Placing Competitor First #29 Rebecca Topol  Second #11 Cenia Bock  Third 15 Daya Barclay  Fourth #21 Sydney GrantWomen’s Bikini – Class D Placing CompetitorFirst #14  Faye AnsteySecond #24 Tammy Chapman  Third #22 Stacey Gruen Fourth #23 Karri Stoppler Fifth #17 Barb Mather Men’s Classic Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #33 Justin Rille Men’s Classic Physique – Class C Placing Competitor First #33 Justin Rille  center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Northern Classic Naturals was held at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Saturday, July 20th, 2019.The following are the results from the show;last_img read more

One-Fifth of Moroccan Population Aged 15-24: HCP

Rabat – As the world celebrated International Youth Day on August 12, the High Commission for Planning (HCP) published a survey of socio-economic demographics of Moroccans aged 15 to 24, on the basis of the 2014 General Population and Housing Census.The survey showed that young people aged between 15 and 24 represented one-fifth of the Moroccan population in 2014. They numbered around 6.03 million in 2004, down from 6.09 million in 2014.With 19.1 percent of 10- to 24-year-olds, the Casablanca-Settat region had the kingdom’s largest youth population in 2014. Marrakech-Safi region was second with 13.5 percent, followed by Rabat-Sale-Kenitra (13.2 percent) and Fes-Meknes (12.6 percent). On the other hand, the Guelmin-Oued Noun, Layouune-Sakia El Hamra, and Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab regions recorded the lowest numbers of youth population: 1.3 percent, 1.1 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.The number of young people who were married increased by 16.6 percent in 2014, compared to 14 percent in 2004.29.2 percent of 15-24 years-old girls had their first marriage, while only 3.8 percent of men got married in 2014.In 2014 the rate of illiteracy among young people in Morocco reached 11.0 percent. The HCP noted that young people are globally less exposed to illiteracy, although there are disparities between them in terms of gender and place of residence.HCP’s survey showed that the difference in illiteracy between young men and women is considerably reduced when one moves from rural to urban areas. It found that 14.8 percent of girls are illiterate compared to 7.2 percent of boys.Illiteracy rates among young people aged 15 to 24 ranged from 4.0 percent in Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra to 13.3 percent in Beni Mellal-Khénifra region.The report showcased that 28.8 percent of young people aged between 15 and 24 received no education in 2004, compared to only 10.1 percent in 2014. 24.8 percent had finished primary education, while 29.6 percent had completed middle school education in 2014.The source added that 14.6 percent of students had access to high school education, while 10 percent had their higher education in the same year.In 2014, 69.5 percent of young men received middle school or tertiary education (compared to 52.1 per cent in 2004). Young girls education increased by 59.0 percent, compared with 39.1percent in 2004. 14 percent of young girls had no education, compared with 6.1 percent of young boys.22.9 percent of young boys had finished primary education, compared with 26.8 percent of girls.4.3 percent of non-educated youth live in urban areas in 2014, compared to 18.4 percent in rural areas.Nearly one-third of urban youths had their high school degrees, compared with 11.8 percent of rural youth. Only 3.7 percent of rural youth reached higher education levels in 2014, compared with 14.3 percent among urban youth. read more

Heroin smuggling from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka on the rise

Analysts say the spike in recent cases follows a lull in drug smuggling from Tamil Nadu, which peaked in the late 1990s as a result of the LTTE’s reliance on heroin trafficking. The Tamil rebels began smuggling heroin in the early 1980s, with the So viet invasion of Afghanistan disrupting traditional smuggling routes and Pakistan-based drug gangs making contacts with Sri Lankan Tamil insurgents in the state. Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Chennai zonal director A Bruno says Sri Lanka is a hub for the heroin trade to Southeast Asian countries and drug cartels have been routing consignments to these nations mostly via Tamil Nadu.The Tuticorin police seized 5kg of heroin three weeks ago and the Sri Lankan navy in April arrested Rameswaram fishermen for possession of around 13kg of the drug. “The drug is mainly sourced from two areas: across Afghanistan, and the northern states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, from where the excess poppy legally cultivated by farmers for medicinal purposes,” Bruno said. Heroin smuggling from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka using the sea route is on the rise, Tamil Nadu officials have said.With a 1,067-km coastline, excellent air connectivity with Southeast Asian countries and major national and state highways that link Tamil Nadu with all parts of India, the state is once again fast emerging as a major transit and shipment point for drug smuggling cartels, the Times of India reported. “We have formed special squads in demarcated areas across the state to track drug trafficking by road.” Statistics show seizures of cocaine, among the costliest party drugs, has been relatively consistent between 2015 and 2017, but there has been a spurt in seizures of heroin, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Statistics from enforcement agencies show that these cartels are smuggling increasingly larger quantities of contraband. These agencies seized 86kg of ephedrine in the first half of 2017, or three times the amount confiscated in 2016. They have seized 115kg of heroin across Tamil Nadu this year, dwarfing confiscations in the past six years, and registered a 25% increase in amphetamine seizures from 2016. While Chennai and Coimbatore are key hubs in Tamil Nadu for the consumption and smuggling of narcotics, enforcement officials say Tirupur, with a large population of affluent students and IT professionals, is now another city where drug use is growing at a rapid rate. These gangs deal in organically-derived drugs like heroin, cocaine and cannabis, synthetic drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, widely referred to as acid), and drug precursors such as ketamine and pseudoephedrine. A senior Tamil Nadu police officer, who has had discussions with Sri Lankan narcotics control officials, says consumption of drugs in Sri Lanka is on the rise and the country’s market is lucrative for those in the trade. “TN coastline is used to ferry drugs like heroin and ganja to Southeast Asian countries,” he said. Officers with various enforcement agencies say narcotic dealers are also sourcing locally-made drugs -a more recent and distinctly worrying development. The presence of units that manufacture drugs like ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine is a cause of concern, they say.The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) a week ago busted a small manufacturing facility in Red Hills, Chennai, and confiscated 90kg of heroin, 56kg of pseudoephedrine and 11kg of methamphetamine.The primary focus of investigators, however, remains on gangs using Chennai and other ports in the state as transit points to smuggle drugs.NCB sleuths in the past month seized two consignments of pseudoephedrine, landing 15kg from both busts, bound for Malaysia and South Africa. Pseudoephedrine is a precursor of the party drug ecstasy and is in huge demand in Southeast Asian countries and in the West. NCB regularly tracks postal and courier networks for packages of LSD stamps after investigators found evidence of this modus operandi in Kancheepuram district. But one officer admits that the bureau has only been able to identify middlemen in the network and investigators are still trying to identify the kingpins in the multi-state and international drug smuggling cartels. “Enforcement agencies are working together to identify and break up drug smuggling gangs. We have strengthened coastal monitoring networks to intercept drugs on the high seas,” senior NCB officer Bruno said. read more

WHOWTO expert workshop explores poor countries access to affordable drugs

The workshop on affordable drugs, which began yesterday and will run through Wednesday in Høsbjør, Norway, drew the participation of WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and Adrian Otten, Director of WTO’s Intellectual Property Division, all of whom addressed the gathering this morning.According to the WTO, the workshop aims to explore “the full range of obstacles that developing countries face in obtaining essential drugs, both patented and generic.”Experts will tackle the question of differential pricing — sometimes called “tiered or “equity” pricing — a practice which involves charging less for medicines in poor countries.”The workshop will explore the conditions that would provide a win-win situation — one that would benefit everyone involved,” the WTO said.”Many people think that differential pricing can be beneficial to the consumer in the poorer country, but not be harmful — and may even be beneficial — to the consumer in the rich country,” explained WHO expert Jonathan Quick.Mary Partlow of the Global Health Council, a United States non-governmental organization which organized the event, explained that it would deal with — but not be limited to — drugs to help treat AIDS. “The workshop covers all essential medications, such as those needed to fight tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious and tropical diseases,” she told the UN News Service.Ms. Partlow said the meeting was “definitely a step forward” in the process of making key medicines available to all who need them. read more

New York City turns old pay phones into modern touch terminals

first_imgNew York City’s pay phones got a brief moment in the spotlight when during Hurricane Sandy thousands of people relied on them for communication. Even so, given the popularity of mobile phones, the pay phone are a pointless use of a vastly connected infrastructure. What should become of these old, nearly useless relics, considering that they will generate revenue and they occupy some very valuable real estate? The city is turning them into stationery tablets.City engineers have begun rolling out an ambitious plan to transform hundreds of old-fashioned phone booths into modern touchscreen displays that provide tourists with local information and sponsored advertisements, as well as emergency alerts that can be pushed through to the machines at a moment’s notice.When you think about it, yes, pay phones are antiques, but they do actually share a pretty vast communication network and they require no additional electrical power. So New York City, along with Cisco and a company called City 24/7 decided to take that existing infrastructure and turn it into something fit for the 21st century.Already, there are a few screens installed around Manhattan, and there are plans to install around two more every day, on average, until the total reaches 250. And they won’t just be in Manhattan but also in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. They will become profitable for the city because of paid advertisements that appear on the displays, but they will also be invaluable resources, providing real-time news, weather, and more. Cisco’s part comes in with some of the technology infrastructure but also by helping to automate the display of information when there is an emergency, a street closure, or something else along those lines.This is truly a step toward building a city of the future — much more so than the UK’s move to turn its pay phones into WiFi hot spots. If you’re worried about the pay phones, though, don’t worry just yet. New York City still has more than 12,000 of them on the streets.via GigaOMlast_img read more

ITC Replaces TCS as Indias Most Admired Company

first_imgAmerican business magazine Fortune has ranked Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) Limited first among the top 45 most admired Indian companies for the year 2014, replacing 2013 topper Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Limited.The tobacco conglomerate has replaced the 2013 topper and IT giant, TCS, which has slipped down to the sixth position this year, making way for ITC that was on the third position earlier, PTI reported.Fortune has brought out a list of 45 most admired companies in India for 2014 and has placed ITC at the top along with the top four Larsen and Turbo, Hindustan Uniliver (HUL), Maruti Suzuki and State Bank of India (SBI) in descending series.Maintaining last year’s record, SBI and HUL remained among the top five, however, Infosys lost its position (fourth) to Maruti Suzuki in 2014 list.19 new companies including Cognizant, Idea Cellular, GMR Infra, Abbott Pharma, Shapoorji Pallonji and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited have made their way to this year’s list.The list has been further divided into sectors including power, telecom and pharma. Apollo Hospitals, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited and Vodafone India has been ranked first in their respective sectors — pharma and healthcare, power, and telecom sectors.Fortune partnered with Philadelphia’s global management consulting firm Hay Group to bring out the final list of 45 companies. These were selected based on response from top industry executives after conducting a survey of over 1,500 companies.This is Fortune’s third list since it started to list most admired Indian companies in 2012.last_img read more

Sri Lanka explosions Jacqueline Fernandez Alia Bhatt Virat Kohli and other celebs

first_imgJacqueline Fernandez condemns Sri Lanka explosions.TwitterThis Easter Sunday (April 21), Sri Lanka woke up to a series of explosions at churches and hotels in the country. Over 359 people have been reportedly killed, and more than 600 injured in the deadliest terror attack in recent times in the island nation. The Sri Lankan police confirmed that terrorists attacked three churches and three hotels, including the Shangri-la hotel in Kingsbury, Colombo, and the St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade. The church attacks occurred around 9 am when devotees had gathered for mass on the occasion of Easter Sunday.Bollywood celebrities condemned the Sri Lanka blasts, in messages on Twitter. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez, who was Miss Sri Lanka and is now an established actress in Bollywood, tweeted, “Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It’s unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop!”Other Bollywood celebrities like legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, directors Madhur Bhandarkar, Shekhar Kapur, and Kunal Kohli, actors Vivek Oberoi, Kamal Haasan, Siddharth and Boman Irani. Actresses Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Swara Bhasker, Huma Qureshi, Dia Mirza and Raveena Tandon also expressed shock and grief over the serial blasts in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the “horrific” incident.Cricketer Virat Kohli also condemned the blasts, saying, “Shocked to hear the news coming in from Sri Lanka. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. #PrayForSriLanka.”Alia Bhatt said on Twitter, “Heartbroken at the news from Sri Lanka. Why do innocent people have to die? What is the point of all this meaningless violence? If only all this energy went into bringing peace, it would unite the world rather than dividing it.”Lata Mangeshkar tweeted, “I am deeply saddened to see the appalling attack in Sri Lanka. My heart goes out to the people there and I share their grief. Praying for peace to prevail.”Priyanka Chopra said on Twitter, “Heartbreaking scenes from #Srilanka. A day of celebration turned into one of tremendous loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by these horrific attacks.”Madhur Bhandarkar said on Twitter, “It’s a extremely shameful act of terrorism to attack innocent civilians. My heartfelt condolences to the one who lost their lives and praying for the safety of everyone affected in #SriLanka. Stay Strong!”Vivek Oberoi tweeted, “Deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic and terrible attacks in #SriLanka. An act of cowardice on a day of prayer, shame on these terrorists. My sincere prayers with the victims and their families. We are all with you #SriLanka. Please stay safe.”Parineeti Chopra said on Twitter, “Could never have thought a quiet country like #Srilanka could be attacked like this. What is the world coming to? Thinking of all the families affected. All my love and prayers always …”Kamal Haasan, actor and politician, said, “Violence can never be the final solution to human disagreements. Ironic that the island that spawned the word serendipity is not able to find it. My deepest sympathies to those affected by the bombs in Srilanka. The government should be impartial and swift in rendering Justice.”Huma Qureshi expressed sadness, saying, “What a sad day !! To attack families and children going to church on #EasterSunday ??!!! This is terrible … what is happening to our world ??? #SriLanka.”Siddharth tweeted, “What a tragic Easter Sunday. The devil knows no mercy. To attack families and children when they are most vulnerable… This is beyond comprehension. #PrayForSriLanka.”Director Kunal Kohli said, “Heart goes out to the people of #srilanka. Another cowardly terrorist attack. #Wearewithyousrilanka 80 Injured In Six Blasts In Sri Lanka Churches And Hotels On Easter.”Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tweeted, “While condemning the serial bomb attack in #Colombo, we express our solidarity with the people of #SriLanka and the families of the victims. Let’s pray that they have the strength to move through this tough time.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed solidarity with Sri Lanka. He said on Twitter, “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured.”Swara Bhasker tweeted, “Heartbreaking & tragic news from #SriLanka Curses upon the monsters who carried out this inhumanity! On a joyous festive day! What is the world coming to????? Prayers & strength to the victims & families.. #SriLankaTerrorAttack.”Raghava Lawrence, choreographer, actor and filmmaker, said, “My heart and prayers are with the ones who got affected in the tragic incident happened in #SriLanka. God be with u all !!! Raghavendra swami gives strength to all to recover from this incident. #SpreadHumanity #PrayForSrilanka”.Boman Irani said on Twitter, “Shocked to hear the extremely disturbing news coming in from #SriLanka. Had stayed at the hotels & it’s heartbreaking to even imagine the situation. My heartfelt condolences to the near & dear ones of those who lost their lives & praying for a speedy recovery of the ones injured.”Shekhar Kapur tweeted, “Latest reports say 150 people killed in SriLanka in terrorist attacks on Churches, Hotels. While none has admitted to this, it was a well coordinated attack at Easter. When Churches were full. Terrorism remains our number 1 global enemy. No one, nowhere is safe #SriLankaBlasts”.Dia Mirza said, “My heart goes out to #Srilanka. Thoughts and prayers for all the families who have lost their loved one’s… #SrilankaBlast”.Raveena Tandon expressed shock over the polarisation. She said, “polarisation on twitter over #SriLankaTerrorAttack is saddening disgusting.While communists/leftliberals #lalsalaam hysterically ranting insinuating “hinduterror”while in same breath claiming terror has no religion,while rightwing extremist gleefully gloating on a “I told you so””.Heartbroken at the news from Sri Lanka. Why do innocent people have to die? What is the point of all this meaningless violence? If only all this energy went into bringing peace, it would unite the world rather than dividing it.— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) 21 April 2019 Heartbreaking scenes from #Srilanka. A day of celebration turned into one of tremendous loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by these horrific attacks.— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) 21 April 2019 Extremely sad at the news of bombings in Sri Lanka. It’s unfortunate that one is not able to see that violence is like a chain reaction. This has to stop ! — Jacqueline Fernandez (@Asli_Jacqueline) April 21, 2019center_img Violence can never be the final solution to human disagreements. Ironic that the island that spawned the word serendipity is not able to find it. My deepest sympathies to those affected by the bombs in Srilanka. The government should be impartial and swift in rendering Justice.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 21, 2019last_img read more

WEBINAR Advances in CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning

first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:• Review causes of CT image artifacts and potential impacts on treatment planning.• Explain the state of the art for metal artifact reduction technologies in CT and their potential impact on clinical treatment planning.• Define typical CT doses in the context of radiation therapy.• Discuss existing CT technologies to lower dose in image acquisition and examine the potential clinical impact in radiation oncology.• Describe emerging CT applications under development and use in radiation oncology. Sponsored Content | Webinar | Treatment Planning| May 15, 2017 WEBINAR: Advances in CT to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning This webinar is sponsored by Philips Healthcare Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Statement of PurposeCT simulation is the current standard of care for radiation therapy treatment planning due to its excellent geometric fidelity and relationship to material density required for dose calculation. However, image artifacts may be detrimental to treatment planning accuracy. This talk will describe the state of the art of CT artifact reduction, particularly for metal artifacts and potential impacts on radiation therapy planning. Furthermore, as we image more frequently for adaptive planning purposes and adhere to as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) principles, dose reduction and image optimization without information loss is essential. Concepts such as incorporating advanced CT reconstruction algorithms such as iterative and model-based reconstruction will be discussed. The impact of using these algorithms in the context of radiation therapy will be described. Finally, consideration will be given to emerging CT applications on the horizon. 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Register for this webinar Speaker:Carri K. Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., DABRDirector of Translational ResearchHenry Ford Health SystemGlide-Hurst obtained her Ph.D. in medical physics from Wayne State University in 2007, focusing her efforts on breast ultrasound tomography and utilizing acoustic parameters for breast density evaluation.  She then spent two years in postdoctoral training in the Department of Radiation Oncology at William Beaumont Hospital, with an emphasis on motion management techniques in lung cancer.  She has since been at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, where she currently holds the position of director of translational research. Her primary clinical and research focus includes the implementation of CT and MR simulation (MR-SIM) into radiation oncology and treatment planning. Glide-Hurst is the co-chair of AAPM Task Group 284 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Simulation in Radiotherapy: Considerations for Clinical Implementation, Optimization, and Quality Assurance.  Glide-Hurst was awarded a five-year NIH R01 grant on the Development of Anatomical Patient Models to Facilitate MR-only Treatment Planning.  She has published more than 35 peer-reviewed publications and  about 100 abstracts related to imaging in radiation therapy. The webinar “Advances in Computed Tomography (CT) to Enhance Radiation Therapy Planning,” will offer an overview of the use of CT simulation in radiation therapy and the technologies available to reduce image artifacts that may impact the quality of care. The webinar took place June 7, 2017, and the archive version is available immediately when you register.Register for this webinarThis webinar is sponsored by Philips Healthcare. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Intended Audience:This activity is intended for radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, and all staff involved in imaging used for oncology treatment planning and simulation. 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 morelast_img read more

FlamingoPotrero News

first_imgA cornerstone for a new station for the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas was inaugurated in Flamingo with a ceremony that included representatives of the U.S. Embassy. Locals came in celebration of this event on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. There were introductions of Costa Rican officials and U.S. AmbassadorAnne S. Andrew and members of the Coast Guard. Activities included a cultural dance and refreshments after the ceremony.Reserva Conchal is hosting its 6th annual charity golf tournament on Nov. 28, starting at 8:30 a.m. Price includes 18 holes of golf plus a cart, a buffet dinner at the Beach Club at 6 p.m., awards, a silent auction and a raffle. A cash bar is also available. If you don’t want to play golf but want to attend the buffet, you can do that, too. For more information, contact Jean Capezza at 2654-4833 or email her at jean.capezza@gmail.com. Proceeds go to CEPIA and Costa Rica Pet Care.On Dec. 2 (Sunday) there will be a “Gran Bingo y Feria de Garaje” at the Plaza de Brasilito from 9 a.m-5 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the Brasilito School construction. For more information, contact Van Salcedo at vansalmai@hotmail.com.On Dec. 8 (Saturday), a “Blessed Are The Children” themed Human Trafficking Gala will be held in the evening at the Conchal Beach Club. For more information, contact Kim Toltz at thetoltzgroup@me.com.Arbol de Angel charity provides a Christmas event for the impoverished children living in this area. Last year 100 kids were fed, clothed and gifted toys. For more information, contact Caralee Burton at 8707-6173.tbabehopkins@gmail.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

20 new wasp species named after Costa Rican schoolchildren

first_imgRelated posts:New venomous snake species discovered in Costa Rica Expansion of monoculture farming could mean extinction for some tropical birds Costa Rica legislature to hear bill allowing ‘green’ geothermal projects in national parks The mysteries of the tinker bell wasp, one of smallest bugs ever discovered HUACAS, Guanacaste — Twenty Costa Rican schoolchildren drew their way into the (natural) history books this year and became the first kids in Costa Rica — and probably anywhere — to have wasp species named in their honor. The students, who are 4th, 5th and 6th graders from a handful of small communities in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, were the winners of a drawing contest calledComparto mi nombre con una especie (I share my name with a species). At a heartwarming ceremony on Dec. 4, each student received a plaque bearing their species’ name, photo and a description along with a map showing where in the Área de Conservación Guanacaste (Guanacaste Conservation Area, ACG) it was first collected.This distinct honor came as a result of a donation that retired U.S. expats Richard and Rita Ashley made in August in support of ACG’s parataxonomy program, which works to collect and identify new species of butterflies and their parasites (including certain wasps) in the conservation area. The donation will go toward the purchase of a bucket truck, which will allow the parataxonomists to collect specimens from the canopy of the rain forest and dry forest. When Dr. Daniel Janzen, technical adviser to ACG, expressed his wish to dedicate a group of 20 new species to friends of the Ashleys in recognition of their support, the Ashleys asked that the species instead be dedicated to local children.“My thought is, if some of these kids — maybe just one — pursues a career in natural science, they’ll understand how important biodiversity is and pass that on to family and friends,” Richard said before the ceremony. “You’ve got to plant a seed.” One of the winning drawings, by Naomi Duarte Cerdas, shows the landscape and creatures of the tropical dry forest. Courtesy of Área de Conservación GuanacasteTo choose the children the species would be named for, environmental educators from ACG and Área de Conservación Tempisque (Tempisque Conservation Area, ACT) organized the drawing contest for students at a school in Colonia Bolaños, along the highway from Liberia to La Cruz. The school participates in ACG’s Biological Education Program. Four other schools were chosen from the Santa Cruz area, where the Ashleys live.During September and October, educators from both conservation areas met with students at the participating schools to teach them about the characteristics and importance of the tropical dry forest found in the province of Guanacaste, and explain the rules of the contest.“[The students] studied the tropical dry forest and then drew their concept of it,” explained Rita Ashley, who volunteers as an English teacher at one of the participating schools.Related: World, meet Pseudapanteles luisguillermosolisi, a new wasp species named after Costa Rica’s presidentAbout 127 students participated in the contest, and the Ashleys, along with teachers from the schools and educators from the conservation areas, selected the 20 winning drawings. Ten winning students came from Escuela Colonia Bolaños, five from Escuela Huacas, two from Escuela La Garita Vieja, two from Escuela Santa Rosa, and one from Centro Educativo Educarte de Costa Rica. Richard Ashley gives a speech as Roberto Castro (center) interprets for him, and Rita Ashley looks on. Ashley addressed the children, stressing the importance of learning about and preserving biodiversity. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThe contest award ceremony was held on a breezy poolside patio amid colorful bunches of flowers and the chatter of birds at the Best Western Camino a Tamarindo, which the Ashleys own. Despite the buzz of excitement among students and adults alike, education and conservation remained the focus of the event.Gabriela Gutiérrez Ruiz, coordinator of the ACG’s Biological Education Program, led the students through a presentation explaining the life cycle of the tiny parasitoid wasps that now bear their names. She explained the long process of identifying these new species, which began when the parataxonomists collected the insects from the forests of ACG and later required genetic and morphological analysis of the specimens by the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph.Richard Ashley spoke about biodiversity, likening it to a machine whose parts all depend on the success of the others, and emphasizing the importance of understanding all parts — and species — of the earth.“A very wise man once said that curiosity and imagination are two of the most important human traits. Curiosity may take many paths, but at the end of those paths is a reward. That reward is knowledge. The honors you receive today are symbolic of that curiosity,” Richard Ashley remarked.“By having a species that bears your name, you have begun down the path to being curious about your species and now you have the responsibility to help it survive, and survive, and survive,” Richard told the children. The plaque describing Exoryza ritaashleyae, the wasp species named in honor of donor Rita Ashley. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesIn total, 25 species were dedicated at the ceremony: 20 for winners of the drawing contest, one each for Richard and Rita Ashley, one each for the directors of Escuela Colonia Bolaños and Escuela La Garita Vieja, and one for an environmental educator from ACT.The final phase of the contest comes in late January, when the 20 contest winners will be invited on an educational tour of the rain forest in ACG’s San Cristóbal sector led by the Biological Education Program, Drs. Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs and four ACG parataxonomists. With any luck, the kids will see some wasps they know by name. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

IMEX Frankfurt 2017 gears up to introduce an innovative new experience

first_imgIMEX is set to provide a newly inspiring experience this year, one that’s been fine-tuned to fit the needs of a variety of visitors. The three-day travel trade show will be taking place from May 16-18, 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.Alongside a wealth of new exhibitors and networking opportunities, the IMEX team is launching a brand new education experience, EduMonday, taking place the day before the show on May 15.Carina Bauer, CEO, The IMEX Group, said, “IMEX is always evolving and this year is no exception. In response to feedback from our visitors and exhibitors as well as changes in the wider industry, we’re offering brand-new ideas, business opportunities, education sessions and networking programmes– all designed to help event planners and other visitors build their business and develop their industry knowledge and skills.”EduMonday combines contemporary learning styles with hot industry topics and the latest personal development teachings. With registration free of charge and open to all, this new pre-show day will offer training in event design, critical thinking, industry trends as well as education specifically for suppliers.IMEX will also offer Event Design Certificate Programme Level 1 of Mastery as part of a three-year agreement with the Event Design Collective. This will allow 30 English and 30 German-speaking event professionals to take their career to the next level by taking this certification free of charge on the day.Bauer further adds, “EduMonday is a chance for planners and exhibitors alike to immerse themselves in fresh ideas, new habits and different approaches. This pre-IMEX day is a core part of our overall aim to educate, innovate and help our clients make powerful connections with the right people.”An industry hot topic and new IMEX Talking Point, Purposeful Meetings, will be explored in a session by Janet Sperstad, recently rated as one of the top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry (Successful Meetings). She will present white paper research on the five ‘pillars’ of purposeful meetings: Meeting Design, Wellbeing, Behavioural Science, CSR/Legacy and Event Technology.This year’s show will be bigger than ever, with a wide range of opportunities to do business and find inspiration. New exhibitors include Saudi Arabia, Meet Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Vienna House Hotels, Hunt & Palmer Air Charter, The Peninsula Hotels, Moldova and tech suppliers – Kino-Mo, Boomset and EventsCase.last_img read more

A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold at auction

first_imgA 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold at auction for a record figure – 9,020,000 Euro. The car, one of just 22 similar models built at Maranello, boasts an important race history in North and South America. It debuted at the Buenos Aires 1000 Km in 1958 where it came 4th overall before being sold to a US client who raced it extensively in the SCCA championship.The 250 Testa Rossa went under the hammer over 2 million Euro higher than the previous record set last year for the ex-James Coburn 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider which fetched 7.040 million.With this new record, the Ferrari Leggenda e Passione auction organized by RM Auctions in collaboration with Sotheby’s has once more demonstrated that it is the top venue for collectors and enthusiasts of the marque.www.ferrari.comlast_img read more

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