Canadian actor Colin Mochrie sent a tweet and landed a guest spot

first_imgColin Mocherie, centre, guest stars as hotel detective Ronald Fellows on the Oct. 9 episode of Murdoch Mysteries. Here, he poses on set with Jonny Harris (Constable Crabtree) and Yannick Bisson (Detective Murdoch) between scenes. (CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS / SHAFTESBURY) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The episode will also feature historical figure Alexander Graham Bell (John Tench), whose help Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) enlists in solving a murder.It airs Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC.by Debra Yeo – Toronto Star Colin Mochrie is no longer the only Canadian actor not to do a guest spot on Murdoch Mysteries TV Series.That claim was a joke the well known actor and comedian made in a tweet last season and now CBC has given him his shot.In Monday’s episode of the popular period detective series, Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway) will play the house detective at a Toronto hotel hosting a fundraising dinner honouring Helen Keller (Amanda Richer).center_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Saudi court upholds jail lashes for Egyptian lawyer

first_imgJEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – A Saudi appeals court has upheld jail and lashes for an Egyptian lawyer whose arrest on drug trafficking charges last year sparked a row with Cairo, a newspaper said Thursday.The five-year sentence and 300 lashes meted out by a Jeddah court against Ahmed al-Gizawi are now final, Okaz daily said, adding that the execution of the lashing sentence will begin “within a month.”The lashes are implemented at the rate of 50 per month. Gizawi was accused of trying to smuggle in 21,380 capsules of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, which is banned in Saudi Arabia, where drug trafficking carries the death sentence.He had travelled to Saudi Arabia in April 2012 with his wife to perform the umra, the minor pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, when he was detained at Jeddah airport, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said at the time.The Egyptian organisation said Gizawi had earlier been sentenced in absentia to one year in prison and 20 lashes for criticising the Saudi government, and was targeted over his activism for Egyptian detainees in Saudi prisons.His arrest triggered a diplomatic row between Riyadh and Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in July following nationwide protests.Hundreds of Egyptian protesters had rallied outside Riyadh’s embassy in Cairo demanding his release, prompting the kingdom to shut down its mission.The embassy reopened on May 4 following a fence-mending visit to King Abdullah by a large delegation of prominent Egyptian figures.last_img read more

Peace development and human rights the focus of annual UN treaty event

18 September 2007International pacts that deal with peace, development and human rights will be the focus of this year’s annual campaign to promote the signature and ratification of treaties during the opening of the General Assembly session. Already 30 countries have signalled that they planned to sign, ratify or accede to at least one multilateral treaty deposited with the United Nations Secretary-General during this year’s event, the ninth in the series.The Focus 2007 Treaty Event, which will be held on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s General Debate at UN Headquarters in New York on 25-27 September and 1-2 October, is set to highlight 43 treaties and pacts, including those that cover human rights, terrorism, organized crime, corruption, environmental issues, the law of the sea, disarmament and international trade.Recently adopted treaties, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and its Optional Protocol, as well as the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, are expected to generate the greatest interest from UN Member States. read more

Supreme Court judge Nalin Perera sworn in as new Chief Justice

Nalin Perera joined the judicial service as a magistrate and was gradually promoted to a Supreme Court judge. Senior Supreme Court Justice Nalin Perera took oaths as the new Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, today.He was nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena to the Constitutional Council for post of Chief Justice on the retirement of Justice Priyasath Depp.

Oakville man 68 dies after being struck by vehicle

A 68-year-old man has died after he was struck by a vehicle on a busy highway. It happened around 10 p.m. on Saturday in Brant County. OPP says a vehicle was travelling northbound on Highway 24 when it struck a pedestrian. Investigators have identified the victim as William Stone, of Oakville. Brant County OPP shut down the highway for roughly eight hours for their investigation. Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Most students working this summer but earnings wont cover school costsCIBC

Most students working this summer but earnings won’t cover school costs:CIBC TORONTO – While most Canadian students are working this summer, most of them won’t make enough money to cover their college or university costs.That’s according to a new study by CIBC, which estimates that 65 per cent of college or university students currently have a paying summer job, and that most plan to spend their earnings on school.But among those who responded to a Leger online poll conducted for the bank, 73 per cent said they will need to work during the upcoming year to support their university or college expenses.Of the 500 people who took part in the poll, a majority of the students who are working this summer expected to earn between $1,001 and $5,000, and about one-quarter expected to earn between $5,001 and $10,000.The poll found that 45 per cent of the students were making $11 per hour or less, and 60 per cent were working part-time hours.Another 20 per cent of those surveyed said they had been looking for summer work but were unable to find anything, as well as 10 per cent not working for the summer and five per cent who are working at a volunteer or unpaid position.“The reality is that many students rely on their summer earnings to help pay for their college and university education,” says Christina Kramer, executive vice president of retail and business banking at CIBC.“Given the cost of post-secondary education, as well as all the other expenses students have, they will need to watch their spending carefully so they can stretch those summer dollars as far as possible.”Kramer says it’s crucial for students to create and stick to a realistic budget while working in the summer to make it easier to manage expenses once back at school.She also suggest tracking transactions and balances in real time, or using one of the many online tools available to set a budget limit on each spending category on their credit card. That allows them to be notified by phone, email or online message when they go above the customized budget.Banks also tend to offer accounts for students with free unlimited banking transaction fees and no monthly fees.The CIBC report is based on an online survey of 500 Canadian university or college students, conducted between July 11 and 17. The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2014 7:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Rwanda UN envoy stresses need to rebuild trust among countries in

“If we can bring about peace, which we must, and stop the armed groups of all kinds from operating in the eastern DRC, this will help Rwanda, it will help the region,” said Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region, in remarks to the press. Her stop in the Rwandan capital, Kigali is part of a regional tour to encourage implementation of the accord she has called a “framework for hope,” which was signed by 11 countries in February aimed at ending decades of conflict and suffering in DRC and the wider region.“I believe the real heart of this is to rebuild and strengthen the trust between the countries of the region by each of them implementing, rigorously and transparently, the commitments,” she said.Mrs. Robinson explained that her role would not be “to come up with the solution to the conflicts” but rather to encourage ownership of the agreement and its implementation by the Governments and the people within each country who would be the beneficiaries. While in Kigali, she spoke by telephone with President Paul Kagame who was travelling outside the country, and met with senior Government officials, as well as with civil society organizations.Mrs. Robinson said she was encouraged by her conversations with Mr. Kagame and Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, who confirmed the Government’s commitment to work towards the implementation by all signatories of their commitments in the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region.Last November the M23 rebel group – made up of former members of the DRC national army (FARDC) who mutinied in April 2012 – occupied Goma, in the eastern part of the country. Clashes between the Government and rebels displaced more than 130,000 people in and around the city, and sent another 47,000 fleeing to neighbouring South Kivu province. Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the M23 fighters pulled out after 11 days.In the wake of those events, the Security Council in March authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.Mrs. Robinson’s next stop in her visit to the region will be Kampala, Uganda. She will then travel to Burundi, South Africa and Ethiopia. read more

Linden businesses decry sloth in holiday shopping

With just one day left before Christmas, businesses in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are still hoping for an increase in sales.While it is customary for business to bloom around this time of year, many businesses in the community have complained that things have not “picked up” as yet.According to some, this may be due to late payment of salaries and bonuses for some employees. Others have indicated that shoppers are now shopping smart and refusing to overspend or are simply “living from day to day” .<<>> ventured into the streets of Linden to get an understanding of the atmosphere as it relates to holiday shopping. Zeroing in on one of the main shopping areas – the Mackenzie Market Square, persons were observed shopping for household items, including decorations, vinyl and other items to enhance their homes.A few shoppers buying vinyl in LindenLong lines were also observed at commercial banks and a few shoppers were very much appalled at the steep increase in the prices of items, especially eggs which are being retailed for $1300 to $1600 per crate.“I pay $16,000 a crate for eggs. These people does just want exploit people in this place,” a female shopper remarked.This publication spoke with a few food vendors who noted that customers usually would wait until the last few days before Christmas to purchase vegetables, but this has reduced significantly.As such, they noted that they were optimistic that things would improve as the day progressed. “Well, they can’t get it to stay long so they does buy last minute. Vinyl and so people would buy early,” the proprietor of Curtis Greens Stand and Groceries noted.“Last year around this time was better, I could’ve afford to stock up my shop more . But now I frighten …because people ain’t get the spending power … most people living day to day,” he added.Two customers taking a look at clothingThe businessman also pointed to a lack of jobs in the community which, he noted, is another contributing factor to the poor sales.Another vendor indicated that holiday shopping was the same last year and the year before was even worse. As a result, he said he has been stocking up “lighter” each year to avoid losses.“Things ain’t looking so perfect yet. It just getting worse and worse every year. I think things will pick up Christmas Eve day alone. You see, plenty people need these things, but they ain’t get the spending power. Linden want more jobs. That is one of the main problems. When jobs deh, money does come. Bosai is the only place right now that really contributing to jobs. If that place close down now, we might not see people,” he opined.This online publication also spoke with a few business owners who sold decorations and household items and they indicated that sales have been slow.Overall, businesses seem to be awaiting an increase in sales. Over the past few years , vendors in the community have complained about the sloth in sales around the holiday season .Over at the Wismar market in Linden, the situation is no different, with vendors complaining. Recently , in an effort to revive shopping at the location, Regional Chairman Renis Morian and a team from the Regional Democratic Council organised a Christmas promotion there. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLinden businesses bemoan slothful economic activityDecember 21, 2016In “latest news”Vendors hoping for increased sales during Christmas periodDecember 18, 2018In “Business”Cop under close arrest after allegedly lying about discovery of illegal firearm in LindenApril 3, 2019In “Crime” read more

Traffic dips in 2011 at Athens airport

first_imgPassenger traffic at Athens International Airport dropped 6.5 per cent last year as the economic crisis squeezed travel spending, especially by Greeks. The number of people passing through the country’s biggest airport fell to 14.4 million, from 15.4 million in 2010, according to a statement posted on the airport’s website midweek. Domestic passenger traffic declined 12 per cent to 4.9 million and international traffic dropped 3.1 percent to 9.5 million, the company said. Domestic and international passengers declined 11 per cent in December to 304,600 and 562,350 respectively. Tourism, Greece’s biggest industry, accounted for almost 16 percent of gross domestic product and almost one in five jobs in 2011, according to the London-based World Travel and Tourism Council. Source: Bloomberg Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Finding a niche

first_imgAn aspiring entrepreneur has taken on a gym with a new plan to revolutionise the way people go about their fitness.Peter Lantouris is a 27-year-old from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. His family owned a fish shop in the Prahran Market which he helped service for a good part of the last 10 years. He has watched his brother Nick fight as a boxer and has grown up around the boxing gyms for much of his life. So when the family business was sold he decided to take a risk, which is slowly starting to flourish.Admittedly, he’s dipped his fingers in a number of pies, including bricklaying and factory work, but he is now starting to find his feet through his new venture.He came across an old gym that – by his own admission – required a lot of work to get up and running, and he wanted to bring in a new culture that would serve his targeted demographic and clientele.“I wanted to make it more friendly for females and create a good atmosphere that’s warming and good for kids, good for everyone and it’s more [about] fitness classes, I haven’t got really any professional athletes in there to become fighters or anything, it’s more for fun,” he said.“It’s kind of like a boutique gym, it’s pretty hidden as well and I thought if I get it I’ll make a few changes, bring a few more classes into it, introduce some self-defence stuff, and I thought I’d use my background – what I knew about boxing etc – and did everything I had to and got it.”And with that, Knockout Fitness and Boxing in Forest Hill was established.A ‘no ego, fun filled’ policy is how he’s built his business up. He does have two professionals – including Victorian fighter Terry Tzouramanis – who frequent his gym, but even then that’s purely for training and not for fighting purposes.Peter understood the growing demands on gyms – and the growing number of gyms around town. He knew that he had to come up with something a little different to what was available, especially in the area that he was servicing. With competition on his doorstep with Anytime Fitness and two other boxing gyms within arm’s length of each other, Peter pushed for the friendly boxing culture, which isn’t customary with boxing-only gyms – and fully embraced the proximity of his competitors. “Everyone was saying that I was scared of the competition [Anytime Fitness] but I actually took a different approach. I went and spoke to them and we got a good deal going, I’m helping out their clients and we’re working together. I thought of it this way … if Anytime Fitness comes [into the area] it’s bringing more fitness people into that area, so once they’re there I’ve got a boxing gym two stores down, and boxing compared to weights and cardio is completely different. So I thought if they [clients] are coming down for the weights and the cardio, they can come to us and try the boxing classes.”“I’ve [also] got Stan the Man and Fighter’s Factory up the road which I’m competing with in terms of boxing, but like I said, they’ve got more of that fighting kind of atmosphere whereas I’ve gone and made it more female friendly. Everyone’s got their own niche and I think it’s all completely different, so it didn’t really scare me.”For Peter it was all about finding that niche. Entering the business world alone, he freshened up the existing establishment with a coat of paint, new equipment and off he went – and on occasions when he does get clientele who are keen on fighting, he redirects them to other boxing gyms around the area.His plans are slowly starting to pay off. The gym runs a number of female-only classes with approximately 25 women in every class, and of the mixed classes he is finding they are overwhelmingly attended by females. “We’ve got mixed classes too but again it’s probably a majority women, probably around 70 per cent women. Overall I’d say around 70-80 per cent women [come into the gym]. That’s why we’re starting some self-defence classes from September. With what’s happening around the world it’s crazy, [we will] try to make it a safer place for women so they can at least try to learn what to do and how to retaliate if they’re in danger.”And his advice for budding entrepreneurs and people thinking about getting into small business in the contemporary environment is – “take the risk”.“Be nice to customers. Give them what they want and what they want to hear and if you’re passionate about it you’ll succeed.”Initially, he said – like any project, especially a business venture – there are difficulties, and accordingly there was a lot of output, without a lot of income. After paying trainers for small numbers of clients, doubt (and support) from some people around him and self-promotion through ‘freebies’ – giving away free classes and passes to get people in the door and promote the club – the fruits of his labour are well and truly paying off. Peter’s long-term ambition is to open subsequent gyms at a few more locations. He has been garnering interest from prospective clients from all corners of Melbourne, including Lalor, Templestowe, Bentleigh and Narre Warren, so he is in the mindset of eventual expansion. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une forte radioactivité enregistrée dans un quartier de Tokyo

first_imgUne forte radioactivité enregistrée dans un quartier de Tokyo Un important taux de radioactivité a été enregistré dans un quartier de Tokyo il y a deux jours. Ce vendredi, les autorités japonaises affirment en avoir découvert l’origine. La contamination ne provient pas de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima, mais de vielles bouteilles contenant du radium.Mercredi, dans une rue du quartier de Setagaya, à Tokyo, un taux de radioactivité de 3,3 microsieverts par heure a été mesuré. A une quinzaine de kilomètres de là, dans la ville de Funabashi, un niveau de 5,8 microsieverts par heure était au même moment enregistré dans un parc public.Les experts ont d’abord pensé que cette radioactivité provenait de la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima, située à plus de 200 kilomètres de la capitale. Elle aurait pu être apportée par une accumulation d’eau de pluie contaminée. Mais comme le rapporte le site du journal suisse Le Matin, les autorités nippones ont écarté cette hypothèse ce vendredi, les experts ayant découvert que la radioactivité provenait en réalité de vieilles bouteilles contenant du radium, un élément qui entrait autrefois dans la composition de la peinture luminescente.Ces bouteilles ont été trouvées sous le plancher d’une maison inhabitée. Les flacons dégageaient un taux de radiation supérieur à 30 microsieverts par heure, le niveau maximum qui puisse être détecté par les instruments de mesure. Toutefois, les autorités se veulent très rassurantes et affirment que la population ne court aucun risque. “Personne ne vit dans la maison actuellement et le fait de passer à proximité n’a eu aucun impact sur la santé des voisins” a assuré un responsable du ministère des Sciences et Technologies.Le 14 octobre 2011 à 14:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GMR Airports GEK Terna of Greece submit joint bid for developing new

first_imgA day after winning $270 million in compensation for the repudiation of its Maldives airport project, the GMR Group said that it is bidding for developing a new airport on Crete Island in Greece in partnership with the country’s GEK Terna Group.The scope of the project involves design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the airport for 35 years. The GMR Group said the joint venture was believed to be the sole bidder for the project.”The bid submission is in line with the GMR Group’s asset light growth strategy with value build up from this project coming to GMR more from leveraging the airport platform, leading to enhanced revenue based services, than just equity,” a GMR Airports Limited spokesperson said in a statement.The announcement on Thursday came a day after the Group said that an arbitration tribunal that was hearing the dispute between the Group and the Maldives government over the termination of the GMR Male International Airport Limited (GMIAL) had awarded $270 million in compensation. It covers “debt, equity invested in the project along with a return of 17 percent and also termination payments and legal costs.”The Male airport project, for which GMIAL had entered into a concession agreement with the Maldives government and Maldives Airport Company Limited (MACL) for modernisation and operation of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) in 2010, was terminated by the then government on November 29, 2012 for being “void ab initio.”In August this year, GMR Airports won a contract to develop an airport in North Goa. The concession period for the greenfield project will be 40 years with a possible extension of another 20 years through a bid process. The airport will be built under the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) model, the GMR Group said in a statement on August 26, 2016.last_img read more

House OKs Democrats Bill Blocking Trump Emergency On Wall

first_imgBy ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has abused his powers to advance the signature pledge of his 2016 campaign.The House’s 245-182 vote Tuesday to block Trump’s national emergency declaration fell well below the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override what would be the first veto of Trump’s presidency. Thirteen Republican backed the Democrats’ measure as top Republicans worked to keep defections as low as possible, wanting to avoid a tally suggesting that Trump’s hold on lawmakers was weakening.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, left, and others, speaks about a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s emergency border security declaration on Capitol Hill, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 in Washington. House Democrats have introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued last week to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border, setting up a fight that could result in Trump’s first-ever veto. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)The issue is now before the Republican-run Senate, where there already were enough GOP defections to edge the resolution to the brink of passage. Vice President Mike Pence used a lunch with Republican senators at the Capitol to try keeping them aboard, citing a crisis at the border, but there were no signs he had succeeded.“I personally couldn’t handicap the outcome at this point,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who plans a vote within the next three weeks. He even said Republicans remained uncertain about the legality of Trump’s move.The showdown was forcing Republicans to cast uncomfortable votes pitting their support for a president popular with GOP voters against fears that his use of emergency powers would invite future Democratic presidents to do likewise.House Republicans who joined all voting Democrats to support the resolution included moderates from competitive districts such as Fred Upton of Michigan and libertarian-leaning conservatives like Thomas Massie from Kentucky.The White House, in a letter to lawmakers threatening a veto, said blocking the declaration would “undermine the administration’s ability to respond effectively to the ongoing crisis” at the border.Republicans said Democrats were driven by politics and a desire to oppose Trump at every turn. They said Trump had authority to declare an emergency to protect the country and they defended his claims of a crisis.“We are at war on the southern border with the drug cartels,” said Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas.Trump has asserted that barriers would stop drugs from Mexico from entering the U.S. In fact, government figures show that 90 percent of drugs intercepted from Mexico are caught at ports of entry, not remote areas where barriers would be constructed.Democrats said Republicans repeatedly accused former President Barack Obama of flouting the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending, but are ignoring Trump’s effort to do the same.“Is your oath of office to Donald Trump, or is your oath of office to the Constitution?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked Republicans.Trump’s push for the wall reflected a continuation of the anti-immigrant views that helped fuel his election, some Democrats said.“Since when do we call human beings in need a national emergency?” said Mexican-born Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill. “Is he running out of insults for people like me?”Democrats said the crisis is a fiction manufactured by Trump to evade Congress’ vote this month to provide less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction. That was well below the $5.7 billion Trump demanded as he forced a record-setting 35-day federal shutdown.“The president does not get to override Congress in a raucous temper tantrum over his inability to broker a deal” with lawmakers for more money, said Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, sponsor of the one-sentence measure blocking the declaration, called Trump’s move “constitutional vandalism.”Trump used a 1976 law to declare a national emergency and ordered the shift of $3.6 billion from military construction projects to wall building. Citing other powers, he intends to shift an additional $3.1 billion from Defense Department anti-drug efforts and a fund that collects seized assets.The money would be used to build steel barriers up to 30 feet tall and other barriers and for “law enforcement efforts,” said a White House statement.In the Senate, three Republicans have said they will back Democrats’ drive to block the emergency declaration: Maine’s Susan Collins, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis. One more GOP defection would provide enough votes to approve the Democratic measure, assuming all Democrats and their independent allies back it.Republicans said senators asked Pence numerous questions about which projects Trump would divert to pay for the wall, with Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., saying the discussion was “hearty.” Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls spending. said the committee would quickly “backfill” money for military construction with other funds he did not identify.“That issue won’t stay alive long,” Shelby told reporters.Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the chief GOP vote counter, said there may be GOP attempts to amend the House measure, saying Republicans “think they have amendments that would improve it.”That suggests that McConnell may try finding a way to add language that could sink the Democratic resolution or, perhaps, make it more palatable for Republicans. The law requires the Senate to vote on a measure within 18 days of receiving it from the House.Though presidents have declared 58 emergencies under the law, this is the first aimed at acquiring money for an item Congress has explicitly refused to finance, according to Elizabeth Goitein, co-director for national security at New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice. This is also the first time Congress has cast votes on whether to annul an emergency declaration, she said.Several lawsuits have been filed aimed at blocking the money, including by Democratic state attorneys general, and progressive and environmental groups. Those suits at the very least are likely to delay access to those funds for months or years.___AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro and Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed.last_img read more

Study of stalagmites in caves in China reveals 640000 years of Asian

first_imgSanbao cave (red star) is on the northern slope of Mt. Shennongjia, Hubei, central China Credit: Hai Cheng © 2016 Phys.org The annual monsoon season in Asia is a major event, bringing rains that are used to grow crops for an enormous number of people. Because of its importance, scientists would like to know more about it, such as what might happen as the planet heats up. To learn more, the researchers looked for a way to look back at what has happened in the past, and to do that, they ventured to the mountains in central China and descended into Sanbao Cave—there stalagmites have been growing up from the cave floor for hundreds of thousands of years, carrying with them, a history of the factors that led to their growth.The stalagmites grow at different rates depending on how much rain falls and leaks through the mountain above and down into the cave—during heavy rains, such as occur during monsoon seasons, layers of calcium carbonate build up, holding information about the air and rainwater at a particular point in time, which scientists can analyze to gain a good measurement of climate conditions. They can also look for dissolved uranium, which can be used to date the layers of stalagmite buildup. Together, the two sources of information can be used to create a climate timetable for past monsoon seasons, going back as far as 640,000 years—the most detailed and accurate monsoon record to date. In so doing, the researchers were also able to show that changes in solar radiation over the Northern Hemisphere were due to the planet’s precession cycle (a shift that occurs periodically in the planet’s axis of rotation)—which wound up bringing an end to the past seven ice ages. Speleothems inside of Sanbao cave (about 1500 meters from cave entrance). Credit: Hai Cheng Journal information: Nature Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from China, the U.S., Austria and Singapore has used their analysis of stalagmites in a cave deep in central China to map over 640,000 years of monsoons in Asia. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their analysis of the cave formations, what they found and how they were able to use what they learned to better understand other world events over the same time period. Nele Meckler with University of Bergen in Norway provides a more in-depth description of the work done by the team in a News & Views article in the same journal issue. Menacing monsoons More information: Hai Cheng et al. The Asian monsoon over the past 640,000 years and ice age terminations, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18591AbstractOxygen isotope records from Chinese caves characterize changes in both the Asian monsoon and global climate. Here, using our new speleothem data, we extend the Chinese record to cover the full uranium/thorium dating range, that is, the past 640,000 years. The record’s length and temporal precision allow us to test the idea that insolation changes caused by the Earth’s precession drove the terminations of each of the last seven ice ages as well as the millennia-long intervals of reduced monsoon rainfall associated with each of the terminations. On the basis of our record’s timing, the terminations are separated by four or five precession cycles, supporting the idea that the ‘100,000-year’ ice age cycle is an average of discrete numbers of precession cycles. Furthermore, the suborbital component of monsoon rainfall variability exhibits power in both the precession and obliquity bands, and is nearly in anti-phase with summer boreal insolation. These observations indicate that insolation, in part, sets the pace of the occurrence of millennial-scale events, including those associated with terminations and ‘unfinished terminations’. Citation: Study of stalagmites in caves in China reveals 640,000 years of Asian monsoon history (2016, June 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-stalagmites-caves-china-reveals-years.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Konica Minolta Showcases Digital UArm at RSNA 2016

first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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Pre-programmed positions and a dual console allows for reduced operating steps and faster exam times. This floor-mounted system fits 8-foot ceilings for greater installation flexibility.The new Konica Minolta U-Arm runs on the company’s advanced Ultra Software and features a 17×17 inch Cesium detector for optimum coverage and image quality. With Ultra Software on the console, technologists can accept and reject images, confirm and review patients, and even add patients to the worklist on-the-fly. Anatomy positioning is simplified with a smaller panel enclosure than other available stands for efficient use of space. 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US Fed officials emphasize gradual tightening

first_imgRelated posts:Here’s what Wall Street is saying about Fed interest rates remaining unchanged This will be the biggest question when the Fed starts raising rates Greek talks ‘go backwards’ as default looms Costa Rica’s fiscal deficit to reach 6.9 percent of GDP in 2016 Federal Reserve officials stressed Thursday that policy should be tightened only gradually after U.S. interest rates are increased for the first time since 2006, with New York Fed President William C. Dudley saying the conditions for liftoff “could soon be satisfied.”Though Dudley declined to say if he expected rates to rise at next month’s meeting of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, he devoted considerable space in his speech to the Economic Club of New York to explaining why the central bank should proceed with caution as it raises rates above zero.“After liftoff commences, I expect that the pace of tightening will be quite gradual,” he said. “In part, that is because monetary policy is not as stimulative as the low level of the federal funds rate might suggest.”The FOMC said last month that it would consider moving at its “next meeting” on Dec. 15-16 and Chairwoman Janet Yellen told Congress last week that December was live for action. Officials must weigh ending seven years of near-zero rates amid solid employment gains, though inflation remains well below its 2 percent goal. Investors have increased bets that the Fed will move in December.Dudley’s speech followed comments by the Chicago Fed’s Charles Evans, Richmond’s Jeffrey Lacker and St. Louis Fed chief James Bullard. Yellen made welcoming remarks at a conference at the Fed Board in Washington, but didn’t discuss the policy outlook.Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer was scheduled to give a speech at 6 p.m. in Washington on the transmission from exchange-rate changes to output and inflation.Dudley, the only regional-bank chief with a permanent vote on the FOMC, said the Fed’s preferred gauge of price pressures was “substantially” short of its target, though the payroll report that showed employers created 271,000 new jobs in October was strong and he called the 0.3 percent rise in hours worked a solid gain.“I see the risks right now of moving too quickly versus moving too slowly as nearly balanced,” he said, explaining that the lingering hangover from the financial crisis and 2007-2009 recession may have depressed the so-called neutral rate of interest and that even though the Fed was near zero, “the current monetary policy stance is not exceptionally stimulative.”Evans, speaking earlier in Chicago, also stressed the need to tighten policy slowly and for officials to spell out this strategy as clearly as possible.“It is critically important to me that when we first raise rates the FOMC also strongly and effectively communicates its plan for a gradual path for future rate increases,” he told a National Communities Council leadership forum.Evans, an FOMC voter this year and one of the committee’s most dovish members, has argued that liftoff should be delayed until 2016.He said on Thursday that he favored liftoff later than many of his FOMC colleagues and that the benchmark federal funds rate should still be under 1 percent by the end of next year. The median estimate of policy makers’ forecasts submitted for the FOMC projected the rate at 1.4 percent by the end of 2016.St. Louis’s Bullard, in contrast, has been pushing the central bank to get on with rate increases and he repeated that call during a monetary policy conference at the Cato Institute in Washington.“Prudence alone suggests that, since the goals of policy have been met, we should be edging the policy rate and the balance sheet back toward more normal settings,” said Bullard, who called the Fed’s current policy settings “as extreme as they have been at any time since the recession ended.”He also said that the committee expected the pace of rate increases to be shallower than during previous Fed tightening cycles and officials would have to keep reiterating that point.Richmond’s Lacker, speaking at the same conference, said the central bank had not lost its ability to guide inflation, but had more limited scope to use monetary policy to lift real economic performance over the longer term. He said that his projected path for future rate increases was steeper than the median of forecast of policy makers.Lacker votes on the FOMC this year and dissented in September and October in favor of a 25 basis-point rate increase. Bullard will be an FOMC voter in 2016.Bloomberg’s Jennifer Surane, Jeanna Smialek and Craig Torres contributed.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

New Zealand wins worlds best destination and heres why

first_imgJaw dropping Milford SoundThe poster child for the South Island, Milford Sound is unbelievably scenic and worth every bit of the hype surrounding it. Imagine, towering cliffs rising out of the water, a dense canopy of forest shrouded in mist after the rain, and the most majestic snow-capped mountain at the heart of it all, looming over you at 5,560 feet. The drive there is equally as breathtaking, with waterfalls, gorges and craggy mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. Photo Credit: Flickr/Chris GinFor the fourth consecutive year New Zealand has been voted top dog at this year’s Telegraph Travel Awards in the UK, taking out the title of the world’s best destination and proving NZ has truly won the hearts of the Brits.To celebrate, Skyscanner has shared some of the reasons why everyone loves the land of the long white cloud.From the truly unique experiences on offer to the breathtaking scenery, New Zealand is the whole package and here’s why Kiwi’s should be exploring more of what’s on their doorstep: Paradise for powderhoundsNew Zealand offers a truly unique skiing experience. Here, snow falls above the treeline, meaning there is little to no foliage as you carve your way down the slope and you have an unobstructed view as the mountains descend to the valley floor. It’s a sight to make you stop and catch your breath.Want to turn up the heat when it comes to skiing or snowboarding? Mount Ruapehu also happens to be one of the world’s most active volcanoes. If you have nerves of steel… or like your snowsports with a healthy dose of fear, grab your gear and remember to stay on piste! Aside from skiing on an active volcano, the resort also has the longest vertical drop in Australasia – a 722m descent on the south-western slopes of the Tuora area.Image credit: SkyscannerSeriously, seriously photogenicThrow open the doors to this enchanted wardrobe and be transported. We’re Narnia and Middle Earth at the same time, with a bit of 19th century Japan on the side. That’s right – when New Zealand is not busy doubling up as a magical kingdom for hobbits, cursed rings, anthropomorphic lions and fauns, it makes for a pretty convincing slice of Japanese countryside. The Last Samurai was filmed here, with Mount Taranaki serving as Mount Fuji.Image credit: SkyscannerAs fresh as it getsNew Zealand punches above its weight when it comes to culinary prowess. Quality, award winning produce has earned this country its place in the big leagues, whether its fruit sourced from the Bay of Plenty or seafood caught fresh off the Kiwi coast. The journey from farm to fork is a quick one. A little fun fact – New York better watch this space because Wellington has more restaurants and cafes per capita than the city that never sleeps!center_img Snake freeImage credit: SkyscannerNo snakes here, just penguins.Snakes are more commonly found than lizards and yet, New Zealand is one of several countries without a native snake population! You’re free to roam this country’s natural wonders without the overhanging threat of venomous, slithering creatures. This is particularly impressive when you consider our neighbour across the Tasman, unfortunately ridden with killer creepy crawlies Visit New ZealandSource = Skyscannerlast_img read more

Mövenpick Hotels Resorts signs management deal to open its first European mountain

first_imgIn order to diversify its portfolio of premium properties, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, a part of AccorHotels Group, has signed an agreement with Panorama Development Corporation to manage the brand’s first European mountain resort, the Mövenpick Resort Savognin. The hotel is set to open in 2021 and will be Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ seventh property in Switzerland, featuring 110 rooms and suites, four dining outlets, a children’s area, wellness facilities, several retail outlets including a sports and fashion boutique and easy access to the adjacent ski area.Situated in the heart of Savognin in the canton of Grisons, the 110-key Mövenpick Resort Savognin is set to become one of Switzerland’s leading ski resorts and will reinforce Savognin’s reputation as one of the country’s top family destinations.“Savognin, a playground for adventure-lovers, is undergoing infrastructure enhancements to meet growing visitor demand with Mövenpick Resort Savognin being the focal point of these developments as the destination looks to attract more families, leisure tourists and skiers,” explained Duncan O’Rourke, COO Accor Central Europe. “The partnership with Panorama Development Corporation is an important strategic step for Accor to further develop Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts as a premium brand and to enter the auspicious mountain resort segment. At the same time, it raises brand awareness in some of our target markets such as Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.”Mövenpick Resort Savognin will be a modern yet family-oriented property spread across two connected wings. It features four dining venues: a specialty ‘Piste Terrace’ restaurant overlooking the slopes; an all-day dining outlet; the Mövenpick Coffee Wine Lounge, and a large living room-style lobby lounge.The resort, which will provide access to the main gondola lift system serving the mountain area, will also offer children’s recreation facilities, a spa and sauna, and several retail outlets including a sports and fashion boutique. Guests will also be able to purchase tickets for the mountain railway and gondola at the property.last_img read more

Finance Minister praises economy

first_imgA prudent fiscal policy by the government as well as deleveraging by the banks have helped place the economy on a far better footing compared with its low point of 2013, finance minister Harris Georgiades said on Thursday.In his annual lecture to the University of Cyprus on the state of the economy, the minister said 2017 would mark the third consecutive year of growth.GDP is expected to grow more than 3.5 per cent, compared with 3 per cent in 2016 and 2 per cent in 2015.Rising private consumption, as well as increases in retail turnover and construction, were among the positive trends.The unemployment rate was still high, though it had dropped compared to previous years – another indication of an economic recovery in progress, Georgiades said.But it was still a fragile recovery, and to ensure its viability government would do its part by ensuring that the state does not live beyond its means.Expenditure increases would be made only when revenues allow, so that the budget is always balanced and no new deficits are created.“There are no magic wands to turn the situation around. I do not believe in miracles or messiahs,” Georgiades noted.“But I do believe in hard work and steady steps.”You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more