Canadians should worry about US border searches of cell phones privacy czar

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy czar says.Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a House of Commons committee Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can look at mobile devices and even demand passwords under American law.Therrien cited statistics indicating U.S. border searches of mobile phones had increased between 2015 and 2016.“These devices contain a lot of sensitive information,” Therrien said. “We should be very concerned.”New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen asked if that means no Canadian should cross the border with a phone, laptop or tablet unless they have “great comfort” with a U.S. border official inspecting the contents.“Yes, as a matter of law,” Therrien said, though he acknowledged officers would not have time to inspect everyone’s devices, given the huge numbers of people that cross the border daily.Therrien agreed with Cullen’s suggestion that nothing in law could prevent U.S. border officials from peeking at a senior Canadian official’s “playbook” on a trade negotiation.Cullen said one of his constituents was denied entry to the U.S. on health-related grounds because information on the person’s phone indicated a prescription for heart medication.“And I thought, well, this is a strange invasion of one’s privacy.”Therrien said Canadians should assess the “risk tolerance” they have to their information being examined by U.S. officers.“My point is, think about what you’re exposing your information to, and limit the amount of information that you bring to the U.S., because it may be required by customs officers.”Canadian law also allows border officers to inspect cell phones, since they are treated as goods, Therrien told the Commons committee on access to information, privacy and ethics.But he noted Canada’s border agency has a policy of limiting searches to cases where an officer has grounds to do so — for instance, because a phone might contain information about contraband items.Therrien said his office had received a “small number of complaints” about Canadian border officers searching cell phones.Last spring, Therrien expressed concern about U.S. plans to demand cellphone and social media passwords from foreign visitors.In a letter to the House of Commons public safety committee, he warned that recent pronouncements from the Trump administration could mean intrusive searches — even at preclearance facilities in Canada.In February, John Kelly, then U.S. homeland security secretary, suggested at a hearing that American officials could ask people entering the U.S. about the Internet sites they visit as well as passwords to help assess their online activities.Kelly’s proposal prompted an American coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations and experts in security, technology and the law to express “deep concern.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Arsenal Donates To Save The Children Project In Indonesia

first_imgArsenal has committed to fund a £300,000 new project in Indonesia for Save the Children.Arsenal, through The Arsenal Foundation, has committed to donate the money over three years to fund a project that will directly support 4,000 vulnerable young people by providing them with enhanced vocational education and employment skills.To formally announce the new programme yesterday, eight youngsters, who will benefit from the project in Bandung, West Java, were invited to the capital, Jakarta, to join a special activity session with Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger and young players Chuks Aneke and Chuba Akpom.Speaking about the visit, Arsène Wenger said: “It’s always humbling to see the difference that Arsenal can make to young people’s lives and today has been no different.“This project will have a massive impact and it’s been great to come to this incredible venue and meet some of the youngsters that are being supported by Save the Children’s work in Indonesia. Hopefully this will inspire them to go on and achieve even greater things!”Save the Children’s Indonesia director, Ricardo Caivano said: “Arsenal’s support of our project in Bandung will make an incredible difference to the lives of thousands of young people, providing them with the skills and links to employers that they need to fulfil their potential.”Many vulnerable young people in Indonesia face unemployment as they grow up and youth unemployment is estimated at 25%.Save the Children’s project, funded by Arsenal, is developing the skills of young people and creating better links to private sector employers. It aims to improve job prospects and ensure a brighter future for young people in the West Java region of Indonesia.As well as providing training on employability skills, the project will also help young people to improve their team work, confidence and leadership through various activities, including a football tournament.In addition, the project will provide training to 150 teachers at colleges in Bandung so that they can use new skills and improved resources to support thousands more young people in the future.Bandung is Indonesia’s third largest city with a population of 2.4 million, and almost 7.5 million in its wider metropolitan region.Save the Children has been Arsenal’s global charity partner since July 2011.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala To Benefit JB Dondolo Inc

first_imgCNN News Editor Joe Sutton and Steve Harvey Intern and Huffington Post Contributor Pavlina Osta will host the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala on October 10.Featuring guests such as Gloria Loring and Mickey Gilley, the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala benefits (100%) the JB Dondolo, Inc. charity. It raises awareness of the charity’s current programs and projects in the local and global community while acknowledging and rewarding individuals and companies for their efforts in the community.The evening will open with star-studded red carpet interviews, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony that is sure to steal your heart.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala honors individuals through awards in various categories including media partners, social media players, lifetime achievement, humanitarian, champions, best story told, most liked storyteller (writer), and more.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala is where people from various backgrounds can connect with like-minded individuals for a common and good cause – to support each other and support our community.This event encourages others to keep hope alive and remember that you have the potential to rise and shine. The one thing that your community needs is “YOU”. As with the meaning of “Dondolo,” we need a cane or a walking stick for support. This is not because we cannot walk on our own, but because sometimes we just need its support to move forward. JB Dondolo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that primarily exists to provide charitable services worldwide to impoverished communities. Find out more here.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala will take place at the Westin DFW Hotel, Dallas Fort Worth, on October 10.You can find out more about Equanimity Magazine here, and to find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

UN mission rushes to assist victims of deadly fuel truck blast in

3 July 2010The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deployed staff and equipment to assist victims at the scene where a fuel truck overturned, caught fire and exploded, killing more than 200 people who had gathered there in an attempt to siphon fuel. The accident happed yesterday evening when the tanker truck carrying fuel from the city of Bukavu to the town of Uvira in eastern DRC rolled over near the village of Sangue, 33 kilometres north of Uvira.Preliminary assessments have put the death toll at about 220 people killed, 111 injured and a dozen of homes destroyed by the inferno that spread across the village.The UN mission, known by its French acronym as MONUSCO, sent a helicopter and ambulances to evacuate the wounded to the nearest hospital. MONUSCO is also ready to receive the most serious cases in its hospital in Bukavu.“We are in contact with the authorities and the UN Country Team to coordinate assistance to victims,” said Leila Zerrougui, interim Special Representative of the Secretary-General. “It”s a real tragedy. We will spare no effort and will do everything possible to assist the authorities and assist victims.“I offer my sincere condolences to the Congolese Government, the population of South Kivu province and the families of the victims,” Ms. Zerrougui added. read more

Outgoing Indian Chinese officials have talks with Army chief

The outgoing Defence Attachés of the High Commission of India for Sri Lanka and People’s Republic of China for Sri Lanka this afternoon made courtesy calls separately on the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva at the Army Headquarters.Captain Prakash Gopalan, Defence Attaché of the High Commission of India at first called on the Commander and bade farewell after tenure of 3 years of diplomatic service in Sri Lanka. The outgoing Chinese Defence Attaché, Senior Colonel Li Chenglin and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva exchanged views and pleasantries during the farewell meeting.Towards the end of both interactive meetings the outgoing envoys exchanged mementoes of goodwill and appreciation. (Colombo Gazette) Captain Gopalan also recalled the memories of his service in Sri Lanka and particularly the support, extended by the Commander of the Army and his senior officers for execution of his duties. Meanwhile, the outgoing Defence Attaché at the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Colombo also paid courtesy call on the Commander of the Army this afternoon (30) together with the New Defence Attaché – designate. read more

NDP promises money for youth programs to help prevent organized crime

SURREY, B.C. — A New Democrat government would create a $100-million fund dedicated to helping keep young people out of gangs, part of an NDP strategy slow the march of organized crime in British Columbia, leader Jagmeet Singh said Sunday.“All the experts that I’ve met with have said we need to invest directly in youth,” Singh said during a news conference in Burnaby, B.C.“So we’re making a commitment to help out those families that have lost loved ones, those families that are worried about the future, they want to see some change, they want to see young people have a brighter future.”He said the $100 million would go to after-school programs and youth drop-in centres.It was Singh’s sixth straight day in the province, where he has made a series of regionally focused announcements.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He has also promised to create a dedicated RCMP anti-money laundering unit, with half of its $20-million funding for B.C.; a $30-million increase in federal funding for BC Ferries; and measures to help protect the province’s coastline and to discourage speculation in the housing market.Singh is running for re-election in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby South, and the party is also trying to fend off the Greens in the province.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019. read more

AIDS is worlds greatest leadership challenge highlevel UN panel concludes

“While acknowledging the formidable obstacles before us, the conclusions of the panel were not pessimistic,” Mr. Annan said in summarizing the proceedings, which included the participation of 10 Heads of State and Government, a large number of government ministers, the heads of six UN agencies and more than 20 representatives of civil society.”We are learning more and more every day about what works, resources are increasing and political leadership is gaining steam. But we must stay on course – and redouble our efforts – to remain true to the Declaration of Commitment adopted in this room just two years ago,” he added, referring to the targets and strategies for fighting the pandemic agreed to at a special session of the UN General Assembly in 2001.The panel examined the need to reduce stigma and discrimination, particularly against those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the importance of broad-based partnerships that draw on the strengths and contributions of all parts of society, and the need to mobilize resources on a far greater scale than currently achieved, Mr. Annan noted.”A key theme running through the panel discussion was recognition that AIDS represents the greatest leadership challenge of our time. Leadership among – but not limited to – Heads of State. Leadership at every level of society – among faith-based organizations, community groups and the private sector,” he said.”[And] that leadership must be characterized by frank and honest recognition of the impact of AIDS on our societies, and the steps that must be taken in response,” he added. read more

ExEmmerdale actress Leah Bracknell feels blessed after fans raise £50k for lung

first_imgLeah Bracknell's online donations page Bracknell said that she had an emergency procedure to remove excess fluid from around her heart, but was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.She wrote: “In their opinion, that means it’s terminal, not curable, not operable.”She said that her priority is “getting well and strong” to be a “good mother, daughter, wife, or at least the best I can be”, and that she wants to “defy expectation”.Her partner said the couple want to try “cutting edge treatments” at a clinic in Germany, which “aren’t yet available on the NHS outside of clinical trials and are very expensive”.”Due to difficult personal circumstances, Ali/Leah has been unable to work in her chosen profession of acting for a number of years which has seen a big drain on her resources,” he said.”Understandably, she is unable to continue acting or teaching right now. This is why we are fundraising here.” Leah Bracknell, the former Emmerdale star, has said that she feels “extremely blessed” and “positive” after fans raised £50,000 for the actress to undergo “cutting edge” treatment for lung cancer.The 52-year-old, who played Zoe Tate in the ITV soap for 16 years until 2005, was only diagnosed five weeks ago.A donations page hit its £50,000 target just days after she and her partner launched an appeal on the website gofundme.com. She wrote about the devastating news on the donation page.”Just over five weeks ago, I was feeling perfectly well, fit and healthy. Teaching yoga classes and workshops, it was a time of new beginnings: preparing to move house, youngest child fleeing the nest, and excited to be starting rehearsals for a comedy play, being back onstage, going on tour,” she wrote.”But, it turns out that the universe had other plans. Life was about to be unexpectedly turned on its head.”I began to feel breathless climbing stairs… I just put it down to a bit of stress. My abdomen suddenly ballooned – and within a matter of a few days I looked heavily pregnant. I could barely walk or breathe. Then, one Saturday night at the beginning of September I ended up in A&E.” She added: “Having reached my initial target means I will be able to have the first stage of the treatment.”Depending on how I respond will determine the way forward and therefore we shall be continuing with the fundraising campaign”We pledge that any surplus donations will be given to other campaigns/charities to help those facing the same struggle. Right now, I feel strong, positive and (am) looking forward to the future.”Bracknell and her partner Jez Hughes set up the campaign to send her for treatment in Germany.The mother of two, whose real name is Alison and is known to her family as Ali, has been working as a yoga instructor in recent years but is well-known for her Emmerdale storylines. Right now, I feel strong, positive and (am) looking forward to the futureLeah Bracknell Bracknell said in a statement: “I really did not expect or feel deserving of such interest and kindness.”And, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the donations, the messages of encouragement, and for sharing the campaign.”I feel extremely blessed. We did not expect to raise anywhere near that amount, and certainly not in such a short space of time.” Leah Bracknell, pictured right as Zoe Tate, on screen with Emmerdale’s Effie Harrison, played by Phillipa PeakCredit:ITV/Rex Features Effie Harrison, played by Phillipa Peak, reveals her feelings for Zoe Tate, played by Leah Bracknell, on Emmerdale Leah Bracknell’s online donations page passed the £50,000 target within daysCredit:Go Fund Me Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Student brought replica gun to campus and threatened to start opening fire

A student brought a fake gun to his university campus and threatened to “start opening fire” if a presentation did not go well, a court heard.Yihe Xiong, 25, a masters student from China, took the replica Beretta 92 weapon to the University of Exeter’s Streatham site in Devon on July 19.He told classmates that he had 12 bullets and claimed he would start shooting “randomly” if he was not happy with how his presentation at 10.30am went.Exeter Crown Court heard armed police attended the campus after Xiong pointed the replica firearm at a student sat behind him, saying: “Here’s another target.”Judge Peter Johnson jailed Xiong, who admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, for eight months.”It was a very realistic imitation of a Beretta pistol, with moving parts,” the judge said.”It was only when firearms officers were able to physically examine it that they saw it was not a real firearm.”You were due to give a presentation that morning. For some reason, you took the imitation firearm with you from your lodgings.”You took it out, cocked it and pointed it at your fellow students. You made jokes about shooting them and others at random, saying you had 12 bullets. “You severely frightened a number of your fellow students,” the judge told Xiong.”You did this in the middle of a busy university in the day time. Rumours that there was a gunman on the loose were no doubt spreading like wildfire.”The judge told Xiong that armed officers headed to the campus to confront “a gunman, not knowing if he was going on a killing spree”.”The officers in these circumstances are on a knife edge,” he said.”This was a place of learning, full of students, that was put into a state of lock down while armed police attended.”In victims impact statements, students told how they had been suffering “flashbacks” following the incident.Representing Xiong, Brian Fitzherbert described his client as immature and said his life had been left in tatters by the “rash, cruel and thoughtless joke”.”He thought his conduct was cool and he thought others might think it was funny, daring and something to be admired,” Mr Fitzherbert said.Xiong immediately apologised to police and told them it was a replica pistol as soon as they arrived at the scene, the court heard.He insisted he did not have a grudge against any of his classmates and said he only intended to fool them for a short period of time. “This was a calculated act of breathtaking stupidity.”The court heard Xiong, an aspiring computer software developer, was due to give his presentation at 10.30am on June 19.He met fellow students outside the classroom and began to wave what appeared to be a black handgun in their faces.Xiong told them: “I’ve got 12 bullets in this pistol and if my presentation goes badly, I’m going to start opening fire,” before pointing it at one with a jerking motion.He also said to one of those present: “There are 12 bullets in my gun. Don’t worry, I won’t shoot you but if I’m not happy with the presentation today, I’ll shoot the other three randomly.”The court heard Xiong put the imitation weapon in his trousers before going into the presentation room.After sitting down, he pointed the fake gun at a student sat behind him and said: “Here’s another target.”Xiong left it under his coat on his seat while he completed his presentation.When he returned, he told students that he had been joking about the gun and offered to show them it was fake.A lecturer was alerted and called police, who dispatched armed officers and a dog unit to the campus. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Mémorisation un texte mal imprimé stimule davantage notre cerveau

first_imgMémorisation : un texte mal imprimé stimule d’avantage notre cerveauPubliée dans la revue Cognition, une étude menée par des universitaires américains suggère que déchiffrer un texte aux caractères peu lisibles stimule notre cerveau, alors mieux imprégné par l’information qu’à partir d’une police de caractère très “fluide”.On retient mieux et de façon plus précise le contenu d’un texte plein de gribouillis et de caractères tarabiscotés que le même, imprimé dans une police de caractères réputée très lisible et reposante, selon les recherches de psychologues de l’Université de Princeton (New Jersey). Dans le premier cas, notre cerveau serait plus actif, en alerte, ce qui augmenterait ses capacités à intégrer l’information. Dans le second, une certaine “paresse” cérébrale aurait tendance à affecter notre mémorisation du propos.Conséquence : le progrès continuel des techniques de typographie et d’affichage, menant au confort des textes apparaissant sur les e-books actuels, n’irait pas dans le bon sens. “C’est particulièrement le cas dans les salles de classe, où les professeurs supposent que la lisibilité facilite aux enfants l’apprentissage et la mémorisation d’informations. Cela s’avère être exactement le contraire”, conclut le psychologue Jonah Lehrer.Le 23 janvier 2011 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ISS le prochain équipage ne décollera que le 15 mai

first_imgISS : le prochain équipage ne décollera que le 15 maiJeudi, l’agence spatiale russe a annoncé que le décollage du prochain équipage qui doit rejoindre la Station spatiale internationale aura lieu le 15 mai. Initialement, celui-ci était programmé pour le 30 mars mais un défaut détecté sur la capsule Soyouz a obligé à le reporter. Pas moins de 45 jours : c’est le retard qu’aura le prochain équipage qui devait normalement rejoindre la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) le 30 mars. En cause : la paroi de la capsule Soyouz qui devait amener les spationautes s’est fracturée lors de tests d’herméticité, obligeant à utiliser un autre véhicule. En fin de semaine dernière, Alexeï Krasnov, chef du département des vols habités de l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe, a ainsi annoncé que le vol était reporté au 15 mai. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Pour le moment, nous avons retenu la date du 15 mai. Le nouveau vaisseau aura le même nom de Soyouz TMA-04M, mais ce sera un appareil de réserve. Nous remettrons en état le vaisseau en question, il sera probablement utilisé plus tard comme un appareil de réserve”, a expliqué le responsable de Roskosmos cité par RIA Novosti. Ce prochain vol doit amener à l’ISS les 3 derniers membres de l’expédition 31 : les Russes Guennadi Padalka et Sergueï Revine ainsi que l’Américain Joseph Acaba. Si le décollage devrait donc bien avoir lieu, ce retard a tout de même de sérieuses conséquences sur le calendrier. En effet, trois des membres qui sont actuellement à bord de l’ISS, les Russes Anton Chkaplerov, Anatoli Ivanichine et l’Américain Dan Burbank reviendront sur Terre le 16 mars prochain. Ceci laissera donc l’Américain Donald Pettit, le Russe Oleg Kononenko et le Néerlandais André Kuipers seuls à bord de la station pendant près de deux mois au lieu de deux semaines. De même, le prochain décollage étant reporté, le suivant le sera également. Le départ de l’équipage suivant composé du Russe Iouri Malentchenko, de l’Américaine Sunitha Williams et du Japonais Akihiko Hoshide qui était initialement prévu pour fin mai, n’aura lieu que deux mois après. “La date de tir dépend de nombreux facteurs. Un cargo ATV décollera à destination de l’ISS en mars et un autre cargo HTV, en juillet”, a précisé Alexeï Krasnov.  Le 6 février 2012 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

British Armed Forces recruiting team set to visit the TCI

first_img Related Items:Patricia Duff, some resistance in Britain using TC Islanders to staff its armed forces, TCI residents showing interest in entering the British Armed Forces Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 3, 2016 – Patricia Duff is known for her fiery, effervescent personality… she is passionate about young people and explained that because she is blessed, she wants to be a blessing.  Duff met with media to tell the story of how one simple question can lead to an avalanche of change in widening the opportunities to Turks and Caicos Islanders because we are more than simply a commonwealth nation, but because we are a British Overseas Territory.Male or Female… 17 to 32 years old… even if you have been in trouble with the law; you are all welcomed to visit the website which was set up by Patricia to log your interest.  The goal was 50, last check there was well over 100 expressing an interest so that means, a recruiting team from the British Armed Forces will come to the TCI… and this can mean more than going into armed combat; there are scores of roles to be filled.Every year hundreds of youth are graduating high school and college and many have nowhere to go, nothing to do and taking up a role in the British Armed Forces may be just the thing, the ideal remedy where not only are the talents of our young people given room to grow, but where the Armed Forces contributes to their discipline, their understanding of synergy and teamwork and their exposure to a world away from home.There is resistance in the marketplace though.  At least one who says the British needs to use its own citizens to staff its armed forces.  Most reaction to Magnetic Media is tremendous curiosity.  To learn more, visit www dot turks and caicos dash islands forward slash jobs. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Watford extends Gracias contract

first_imgThe Spanish manager has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the English Premier League side after his recent successAfter the great start, Watford F.C. has had in the English Premier League, the team’s coach Javi Gracia has been rewarded with a contract extension.The Spanish boss has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with an option to extend it three more years.“We are delighted that Javi has agreed on an extension to his contract,” chairman and CEO, Scott Duxbury told the club’s official website.“From day one it was clear that Javi worked well with us and shared our vision of how to achieve success for Watford Football Club, and we are looking forward to continuing that work together for many years to come.”“I am very happy to extend my contract,” added Gracia.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“I am very proud at this moment to be part of this club and to belong here for more seasons.”✍️ | #watfordfc are delighted to announce Javi Gracia has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with the Hornets!Details ⤵️https://t.co/YfMoWQ9bnn#GR4CIA pic.twitter.com/4HzS6NxOm7— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2018last_img read more

Delawares Wilkins Assumes Presidency of American Soybean Association

first_imgRichard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., assumes the role of president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) following his confirmation earlier this afternoon by the ASA Board of Directors at their annual winter meeting in St. Louis. Outgoing president Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas, moves to the position of chairman of the ASA board, and Ron Moore of Roseville, Ill., was elected to serve as vice president.”I’m honored to serve as president of this wonderful team of farmers, and I’m excited to move forward with what is a very full agenda for the year,” said Wilkins.”Richard is a smart leader who has a great purchase on how our industry can engage with our partners in other walks of agriculture to make sure we’re all successful,” said ASA CEO Steve Censky.With his election as vice president, Moore is now in line to be the association’s president in 2016.”These are an extremely important next few years for our industry,” said Moore. “The soybean industry and agriculture as a whole will need continuity and strength in its leadership, and I’m excited to continue that here at ASA.”Also elected to form ASA’s nine-member governing committee were Secretary John Heisdorffer from Keota, Iowa; and At-Large Governing Board Members Bret Davis of Delaware, Ohio, Kevin Hoyer of West Salem, Wisc., Kevin Scott of Valley Springs, S.D., and Sam Butler of New Hope, Ala.. Current Treasurer Davie Stephens of Wingo, Ky., was elected to serve a second term in the same position.Rotating off the ASA governing committee is outgoing chairman Ray Gaesser of Corning, Iowa, who will remain on the ASA board for the remainder of his term as director.”Helping to guide this organization has been a real joy for me, and I am proud of how far we’ve come,” said Gaesser, during whose presidency ASA successfully advocated the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.”Ray deserves a great deal of credit for the strong advocacy ASA has provided for soybean farmers over the last three years, and we’re a better organization for it,” said Wilkins.ASA’s meeting also served as a venue to celebrate the retirements of former president Steve Wellman of Nebraska, former treasurer Bob Henry of Kansas, and directors Dennis Bogaards of Iowa, John Rivers of South Carolina and Walter Godwin of Georgia.Assuming positions on the Board as new members at the meeting are Charles Atkinson of Kansas, Cliff Barron of South Carolina, Ken Boswell of Nebraska, and Dean Coleman of Iowa. The meeting also represents the first ASA meeting for directors Pam Snelson of Oklahoma, and Steve Yoder, Jr., of Florida.last_img read more

Obama plans more aggressive Islamic State strategy

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counterterror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, U.S. officials said Monday. The new plan, however, still won’t commit U.S. troops to a ground war against the brutal insurgency and will rely heavily for now on allies to pitch in for what could be an extended campaign.Obama’s more aggressive posture — which officials say will target Islamic State militants comprehensively and not just to protect U.S. interests or help resolve humanitarian disasters — reflects a new direction for a president who campaigned to end the war in Iraq and has generally been deeply reluctant to use U.S. military might since he took office in 2009.“Almost every single country on Earth has a role to play in eliminating the ISIL threat and the evil that it represents,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Monday night, using an acronym for the Islamic State. He said nations around the world are seeking to defeat the militancy with a coalition “built to endure for the months, and perhaps years, to come.”The U.S. has already launched more than 100 airstrikes against militant targets in Iraq, including a new series that the military said killed an unusually large number of Islamic State fighters. A Central Command statement Monday said the strikes hit targets near the Haditha Dam, and a spokesman, Maj. Curtis Kellogg, said 50 to 70 fighters were targeted and most were believed to have been killed.Now, after the beheadings of two American freelance journalists, Obama is considering expanding the airstrikes campaign into Syria, where the Islamic State has a safe haven. Obama has long avoided taking military action in Syria, concerned about indirectly assisting President Bashar Assad and his government in Damascus. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest suggested Monday that the U.S. could be moving in that direction, saying Obama was willing “to go wherever is necessary to strike those who are threatening Americans.”last_img read more

Survey Reveals UKs Music Industry Is Gradually Becoming More Diverse

first_img Twitter Facebook Survey Reveals U.K.’s Music Industry Is Gradually Becoming More Diverse The group launched the study in 2016 to track improvements towards a more representative ethnic and gender-diverse workplace in the U.K. music industry, surveying around 3,000 U.K.-based music industry professionals annually and comparing the numbers to see where changes have occurred. Their survey’s numbers reveal a slow increase towards diversity, with a 2.2 percent increase in people of color being represented (from 15.6 percent in 2016 to 17.8 percent in 2018), along with a 3.8 percent increase in women responders (from 45.3 percent in 2016 to 49.1 percent in 2018).The study pointed to slightly larger improvements for young people (under 24 years old), with the percentage of young workers of color rising from 20.2 percent in 2016 to 25.9 percent in 2018, as well as young women increasing from 54.6 percent of the workforce in 2016 to 65.3 percent in 2018.Additionally, people of color saw greater representation at both ends of the org-chart, accounting for 35 percent of intern and apprentice roles in 2018 (up 10.8 percent from 24.4 percent in 2016), and making up 18.8 percent of senior manager positions in 2018 (up 7.4 percent from 11.4 percent in 2016).While these numbers highlight a positive outlook for a more diverse music industry in the U.K. the future, they also show there is still work to be done. UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce Chairman, the GRAMMY-winning songwriter and producer Keith Harris, reflected on these numbers, which he says highlight “slow but steady” progress.”The survey remains an important tool in terms of making sure that some of the initiatives put in place across the industry are bearing fruit. Things are changing for the better. Progress has been slow but steady,” Harris said. “We are continuing to keep our focus on ethnicity and sex as the most obvious indicators that things are changing, while remembering that diversity in the industry is about much more than that, with socio-economic background being among the important but often neglected areas which needs attention.”How Music Streaming Algorithms Hinder Female ArtistsRead more News center_img U.K. Music Industry Slowly Becoming More Diverse survey-reveals-uks-music-industry-gradually-becoming-more-diverse Email “Things are changing for the better. Progress has been slow but steady,” said GRAMMY winner Keith Harris, Chairman of UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce, which conducted the research Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 17, 2018 – 4:12 pm On Dec. 17, UK Music, who describe themselves as “the umbrella body representing the U.K.’s commercial music industry,” shared the results of their Music Industry Workforce Diversity Survey. The numbers show “slow but steady” steps in the right direction towards greater equality and representation in the music industry, with small upticks in the percentage of both women and people of color working in music-related fields from 2016 to 2018.last_img read more

Jet Airways to deploy Boeing 777 on Dubai Singapore Amsterdam routes to

first_imgJet Airways, India’s second largest airlines as per market share, will deploy Boeing 777 on the Dubai, Singapore and Amsterdam routes in a bid to increase its international business. It eyes expansion of its fleet.In addition, the airline is increasing its capacity by inducting Boeing 777 into its existing fleet. The six planes, which had been leased out to Eithad are now returning to Jet Airways once the lease time has expired, Business Standard reported.By the induction of the fleet, Jet Airways will intensify competition with Emirates and Singapore Airlines on the Dubai, Singapore and Amsterdam sector. This may help Jet to consolidate its position at Amsterdam, the airlines’ new European headquarters.International operations reportedly account for more than half of the airline’s revenues.The Boeing 777 is a long-range, wide-body jet airliner  manufactured by the Boeing commercial airplanes. It has the world’s largest twinjet and a seating capacity between 314 to 451 passengers.”The introduction of Boeing 777s on the Dubai and Singapore routes will lead to a fare war because of the increase in seat capacity. Jet Airways remains popular among Indian travelers and customers will prefer flying a wide-body plane like Boeing 777 on these routes,” Madhav Oza, a managing director with a Blue Star Travels, was quoted as saying by the publication.Jet Airways which is based out of Mumbai, operates five flights daily from Mumbai to Dubai on Boeing 737 aircraft. From next month, one of the five flights would be replaced with a Boeing 777.Similarly, it also operates two flights daily between Mumbai-Singapore and will replace one of the flights with a Boeing 777. All flights flying to Amsterdam from Mumbai and Delhi will be replaced with Boeing 777 from October, which so far were being operated by the Airbus A330s, Business Standard added.In other news, Jet is currently in talks with lender banks to raise as much as $180 million in loans. The airline was planning to raise $150 million, but that amount could rise by $30 million owing to demand, Reuters had reported last month.The Mumbai-based carrier saw its market share go up to 16.1 percent in May from 15.9 percent during the month of April.last_img read more

Making a molecular micromap Imaging the yeast 26S proteasome at nearatomic resolution

first_img Dr. Friedrich Förster relates the main challenges the researchers faced to Phys.org, starting with achieving automated single particle acquisition. “The aim of automated single particle acquisition is to collect large amounts of high-quality electron micrographs,” Förster begins. “The microscope settings need to be kept essentially invariable over a period of several days, which requires constant adjustment of imaging parameters.” These key parameters, he explains, are image defocus (electron micrographs are not acquired exactly in focus, but with a chosen defocus of typically 1-3 micrometers), eucentric height (an electron microscopy grid is fairly “bumpy” on a micrometer scale, which needs to be compensated for by vertically adjusting the height of the specimen), and illumination settings (lens currents vary to some extent over time, yielding illumination variations that need to be corrected for). “Moreover, “Förster adds, “it needs to be ensured that the whole EM grid is covered with non-redundant images – which is challenging due to specimen movements – and acquisition of ‘garbage’ needs to be minimized (for example, an EM grid typically contains large areas that are intransparent to the electron beam).”The second challenge, Förster continues, was acquiring the cryo-EM structure of the S. cerevisiae 26S proteasome. “The particular challenge of the 26S proteasome is that it cannot be purified to very high concentrations and homogeneity as it often disassembles into smaller building blocks. Hence, an electron micrograph contains relatively few individual particles and many micrographs need to be acquired.” The next step – using the proteasome map building a near-atomic resolution model – has a different issue. “One challenge is the sheer size of the complex: Overall, 33 different subunits are fitted into the map.” This is a number exceeding almost all other structures studied by cryo-EM single particle analysis with the notable exception of the ribosome. “A further problem is that all models are refined starting from homology models, as opposed to X-ray crystallographic structures of the same proteins in different conformations. Homology models, in particular when the sequence similarity is 30% or lower, typically deviate substantially from the true protein structures. Inaccuracies tend to be particularly large for side-chains. Due to these substantial inaccuracies of the initial models the refinement of the models is cumbersome and requires high scrutiny.” 7.4 Å resolution electron microscope (EM) single particle reconstruction of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae 26S proteasome without imposed symmetry. The density is displayed as an isosurface from two different views, on the right colored according to the local resolution as indicated by the color key. Five different slices from the upper RP (A–E) are shown and compared to the counterparts in the lower RP (A’–E’) by difference images. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1213333109 , Nature (Phys.org)—Biological systems are characterized by a form of molecular recycling – and proteins do not escape this fate. In particular, unneeded or damaged proteins biochemically marked for destruction undergo controlled degradation by having their peptide bonds broken by proteasomes. Recently, scientists at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Germany used cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) single particle analysis and molecular dynamics techniques to map the Saccharomyces cerevisiae 26S proteasome. (Cryo-EM is a form of transmission electron microscopy where the sample is studied at cryogenic temperatures, which unlike X-ray crystallography allows researchers to observe specimens in their native environment without the need for staining or fixing. S. cerevisiae is the yeast species commonly known as baker’s or brewer’s yeast.) The researchers then used this map to build a near-atomic resolution structural model of the proteasome. The Max Planck team showed that cryo-electron microscopy allowed them to successfully model the 26S core complex where X-ray crystallography studies conducted over the past 20 years have not. More information: Near-atomic resolution structural model of the yeast 26S proteasome, PNAS September 11, 2012 vol. 109 no. 37 14870-14875, doi:10.1073/pnas.1213333109 1Related: Enhancement of proteasome activity by a small-molecule inhibitor of USP14, Nature 467, 179–184 (09 September 2010), doi:10.1038/nature09299 How cells dispose of their waste Another issue is using the map to assign α-helices throughout the entire map, “The assignment of α-helices results from the molecular dynamics-based flexible fitting,” Förster notes. “We estimate our model to be very reliable for α-helical segments, which are well-resolved in the EM map, whereas accuracy is lower for other parts of the models. Luckily, the 26S proteasome consists mostly of helices.”Yet another issue was determining the architecture of the Rpn8/Rpn11 heterodimer, which was entirely unknown prior to their study. “To determine its architecture it was essential to reconstruct the 26S without symmetry, since this symmetry does not seem to apply to high resolution,” Förster points out. “This resulted in a reconstruction with sufficient resolution to localize secondary structure elements in this specific area of the 26S holocomplex.”Interestingly, Förster adds that in this work they did not develop new methodology. “Rather, we applied existing methodology from different areas – data acquisition, single particle reconstruction, and computational modeling – and combined them in an efficient pipeline. Probably, the key insights that we got from this work is the structural organization of the proteasome lid – namely, that it’s held together by a large helical bundle – and how the deubiquitylating site of Rpn11 is positioned at the mouth of the AAA-ATPase.” Deubiquitylating enzymes (DUBs) can hydrolyze a peptide, amide, ester or thiolester bond at the C-terminus of ubiquitin (UBIQ), including the post-translationally formed branched peptide bonds in mono- or multi-ubiquitylated conjugates.Moving forward, Förster tells Phys.org, there are a number of innovations they would like to apply to the current experimental design. “It would be desirable to improve the resolution of the 26S cryo EM map further to improve the accuracy of our model,” he illustrates. “Key to this improvement will be to tackle two things: the structural heterogeneity of particles –different structural modes underlie the observations – and removal of non-informative particles from datasets, since for not entirely understood reasons many particles make reconstructions worse rather than better).” For further data analysis they plan to integrate more elaborate classification methods to address these issues.”After having obtained a first draft of the 26S proteasome structure,” Förster continues, “the next big challenge is to understand how it works. In-depth analysis of the different conformational states that are present in our dataset will provide some clues to the conformation space. Cryo-EM studies of the 26S proteasome engaged with substrates and different biochemical and chemical treatments will then provide more specific insights into the structural reorganizations of the 26S proteasome during its functional cycle.”Förster also mentions the other areas of research that might benefit from their findings. “Firstly, our results will be of great interest to scientists working on the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, the most important route for regulated protein degradation in all eukaryotic cells. For example,” he illustrates, “the model will be invaluable to interpret data on the assembly process of the 26S proteasome and to study interactions of the 26S proteasomes with other molecules.” Moreover, he points out, the 26S proteasome important as a drug target: The proteasome inhibitor Velcade is a successful anti-cancer drug, and the proteasome is also a promising target of drugs against neurodegenerative diseases1. “Therefore, the 26S proteasome structure,” Förster concludes, “will also be of interest to pharmaceutical and medical scientists.”center_img Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Making a molecular micromap: Imaging the yeast 26S proteasome at near-atomic resolution (2012, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-molecular-micromap-imaging-yeast-26s.html Explore further 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

Improving sleep habits may help kids with ADHD

first_imgSleep could be a key player in reducing the impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a study published on Wednesday has found. The research, compiled by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), found that the symptoms of ADHD were exacerbated in 70 per cent of children who have the disorder and struggle to sleep, Xinhua news agency reports.Making “simple adjustments to the bedtime routines of children with ADHD” could make a significant difference, said lead researcher Melisssa Mulraney. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShe said the research indicated that children with ADHD who had consistent routines were less anxious at bedtime and found it easier to sleep.”The children that had the good habits were less likely to argue around bedtime, they slept for longer overall, and they were more alert and less sleepy during the day,” the report quoted Mulraney as saying.”Even if you are not sleeping well, even without ADHD you are not concentrating and paying attention,” she added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveResearchers will undertake a trial of 300 children to establish if the programmes developed by psychologists and paediatricians can change the sleep habits of children and alter their behaviour.Mulraney said, “Our body clock, our circadian rhythm that makes us feel sleepy, is influenced by external cues like daylight, temperatures and timing of meals.””If you have a set routine: brush your teeth and then read a book, then the body starts to get used to that routine and you start to feel more sleepy simply by going through the routine.”Mulraney said she is hopeful that solving sleep problems can change quality of life for the better for the children with the disorder by altering behaviour, academic achievement and ADHD symptoms.last_img read more

Colin and The Late Shift author Bill Carter discuss the new late

first_imgEPISODE 6: BILL CARTER, @wjcarterThis week, Colin is joined by CNN media analyst, Hollywood Reporter contributor, longtime New York Times reporter, author of The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night and The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy, Bill Carter.Carter and Colin discussed the new late night talk show wars; how Stephen Colbert finally broke through after initial ratings struggles; the Trump Effect; if James Corden’s digital first strategy can succeed long-term; if Jimmy Fallon needs to get more political; and if there’s still an audience for Conan O’Brien.They also examine the impact of Netflix on television viewing habits, and how linear television is struggling to compete with the binge-watching culture. Advertisement Listen here:Download and subscribe to The Herd: Saturday Special Podcast, exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Get your weekend Herd fix.last_img read more