Critics of H5N1 Studies Lobby European Commission

first_imgThe European Commission needs to take an interest in the controversy over so-called gain-of-function studies with dangerous viruses and should initiate a risk-benefit analysis for this line of research, 56 scientists from more than a dozen countries write in a letter sent to commission President José Manuel Barroso. The 18 December letter accuses the European Society for Virology (ESV) of making “misleading scientific statements” when it lobbied Barroso in support of the hotly debated studies 2 months ago.At issue are studies to find out which mutations might make dangerous viruses like the H5N1 avian influenza strain more easily transmissible between humans. Critics of such research argue that its risks, such as an accidental escape from the lab, don’t outweigh the potential benefits.ESV urged Barroso, who heads the European Union’s executive arm, to get involved after a Dutch court ruled that virologist Ron Fouchier of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, can’t publish such studies with the H5N1 virus without first asking the Dutch government for permission. (Fouchier has appealed that decision.) In its 16 October letter, ESV argued that the ruling could lead to delays in the dissemination of scientific information and inequality between scientists from different European countries.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In their own letter to Barroso and several other members of the European Commission, Fouchier’s critics charge there are “misstatements” in the ESV letter; for instance, it’s not true that the research was used only “to reproduce what nature already selected,” the group writes, because Fouchier’s studies turned up viruses never seen before. The group offers to hold a scientific briefing for the commission and calls on Barroso to organize a rigorous risk-benefit analysis for “decision makers in Europe and worldwide.”Among the signatories—some of whom are ESV members—are German virologist and Nobel laureate Harald zur Hausen; Roel Coutinho, the former head of the Centre for Infectious Disease Control in the Netherlands; and Adel Mahmoud, a former Merck Vaccines president now at Princeton University.last_img read more

Scientist Quits Effort to Live-Blog STAP Cell Replication

first_imgA scientist who has been trying to reproduce STAP cells—a new type of stem cells—and has been regularly blogging about his progress has given up. “I don’t think STAP cells exist and it will be a waste of manpower and research funding to carry on with this experiment any further,” wrote Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee, an embryologist and stem cell researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on his ResearchGate page yesterday. Though he is giving up, he hopes others will continue to investigate whether the new approach—which has been dogged by controversy and claims of research misconduct—can really lead to stem cells.Two papers that appeared online in Nature on 29 January described how subjecting cells from newborn mice to a mildly acidic solution and then tweaking culture conditions turned them into pluripotent stem cells that can differentiate into all of a body’s cell types. The authors—Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, and colleagues at other institutions in Japan and at Harvard Medical School in Boston—dubbed the process stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP.Whether STAP cells exist is yet to be proven. But the controversy surrounding them shows how scientists are embracing the latest social media tools. Immediately after the Nature papers appeared, stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler raised questions about STAP cells on his blog. He later started weekly polls, asking how many scientists believed in the existence of STAP cells. He also ran a tally of groups trying to reproduce the results. (So far, none have.) The PubPeer website, for open postpublication review of published papers, set up two webpages—one for each paper. 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ResearchGate operators later asked him to review the papers. He then tried—but failed—to reproduce the results following the methods described in the Nature papers. On 20 March, Charles Vacanti, a senior author of the papers who is an anesthesiologist and tissue engineering researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, posted his lab’s STAP technique, which involves forcing the mature cells through very small pipettes before exposing them to the acid solution.Lee took up the challenge and decided to live-blog his efforts. He reported setting up a four-person team, preparing the cells, and making the pipettes, and the process of forcing cells through the pipettes and then subjecting some of them to an acid bath while keeping others as controls. He posted images captured by a confocal microscope. And on 1 April, he reported surprising results. Cells forced through the pipettes showed some expression of genes associated with pluripotency, but not the cells bathed in acid. “I am shocked and amazed” by the results, he wrote. He had to reassure commentators that this was not an April Fools’ joke. In a phone interview, Lee said this put him in a quandary. He thought these unexpected and unusual results needed to be confirmed; but he had also stated he would blog about his progress. He felt bound to share this “little bit of a hint that [the process] might work,” he said.He was suddenly overwhelmed with the attention. Some papers reported that Lee had validated the technique and that he was now in the Vacanti camp. Over the next couple days, he explained that the results had to be validated and that the signals could be byproducts of cell death. Lee wrote that he never claimed that STAP cells exist: “Please, don’t hype up this data!” He finally decided to bow out of the race. Despite skepticism about their existence, Lee said he hopes other groups are trying to work with the “glimmer of hope” he found in Vacanti’s STAP cells technique.The live-blogging “was good fun,” Lee said in a thick Scottish accent. Though born in and now working in Hong Kong, he grew up in Scotland and still considers that home. He believes the live-blogging was “quite educational for the public” giving a glimpse into the research process. He has also been thrilled by the e-mails he has gotten from budding scientists, including one from a 15-year-old Japanese girl who wanted more details.He is adamant about getting back to his own work. In his most recent post, he asked, “Anyone want to collaborate with me to look at the function of the BRE gene which is a component of the BRCA1 and BRISC complex?”Pressed, he admits that he is still curious about STAP cells. But he said that if he gives making them one more try, “I’m not going to live-blog it.”last_img read more

UC Irvine dubs assistant as its own ‘Sister Jean’ in NCAA

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “Maybe I’m a little bit of a good luck charm. I’ve been to lots of these tournaments,” Taylor said. “If someone feels a little luckier or someone can show them what’s around the corner down the trail, that’s kind of a compliment. It’s been kind of a fun thing for us to joke around about.”Sister Jean Delores Schmidt became a national sensation last March as she watched from a wheelchair as the Ramblers ran through the tournament as a No. 11 seed and went all the way to the national semifinals before losing to Michigan.The team’s chaplain, unofficial scout and eternal optimist was a natural on TV. She joked that she gave up losing for Lent, had a bobblehead made of her and even got to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Cubs game.That’s a high bar for Turner to meet but one his players believe he can achieve.“I would agree with it,” guard Evan Leonard said of the comparison. “I’m not sure if he would. He has a great personality. The lady last year also had a great personality as well. It’s a great nickname for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss UC Irvine players and coaches celebrate during the second half of a first round men’s college basketball game against Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN JOSE, Calif. — When UC Irvine made the NCAA Tournament, coach Russell Turner believed his team had many of the same ingredients that fueled Loyola of Chicago’s surprising run to the Final Four last year.The Anteaters had an experienced team with a gaudy record but was missing only one ingredient: the good luck charm that provided inspiration for the Ramblers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Charlie Edwards keeps WBC flyweight belt with unanimous wincenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Google Philippines names new country director The Anteaters have a long way to matching the run Loyola made last year. They got off to a good start with the 70-64 upset of fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday and are the lowest remaining seed in the tournament.They are underdogs again in the second round against Pac-12 tournament champion Oregon but bristle at the Cinderella label.“We don’t see ourselves that way,” guard Robert Cartwright said. “But we understand that might come with our seeding. But we look at ourselves as a high-level team that can compete with pretty much anybody, and that’s what we’re going to continue to show hopefully throughout the rest of the season.” With no elderly nun with an engaging personality hanging around at a public school like UC Irvine, Turner got creative.“They had a secret weapon that everyone remembers in Sister Jean and that we also have a secret weapon that no one knows about, and it’s Uncle Blaine,” Turner said. “It was a play on words, you know, as a way to entertain the crowd, but Blaine is special for our team and our staff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Uncle Blaine” is UC Irvine assistant coach Blaine Taylor, who won 380 games and made six tournament trips as head coach at Montana and Old Dominion and four more as an assistant at Stanford before joining the Anteaters in 2016.After getting the nickname on Sunday, Taylor has heard from many old friends, amused that the 61-year-old basketball lifer is being compared to a 98-year-old nun. He was sent a picture of him and Sister Jean that he proudly showed off in the locker room on Saturday as the 13th-seeded Anteaters (31-5) prepared for their second-round game in the South Region against No. 12 seed Oregon (24-12). MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

WWE Raw: Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman New Raw Tag Team Champions, Sasha Banks Attacks Natalya Again

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. aj stylesBraun StrowmanR-TruthRoman reigns First Published: August 20, 2019, 6:26 PM IST WWE is firmly on the road to Clash of Champions with a number of developments on Monday Night Raw. Monday’s telecast saw wrestlers advancing in the King of the Ring tournament, while Sasha Banks continued with her attack on Natalya. However, the highlight of the night was Universal Champion Seth Rollins becoming a tag-team champion for the third time in his career, with Braun Strowman.The evening saw a United States Championship match between Braun Strowman and AJ Styles. However, the WWE match ended in disqualification because of an interference from Luke Gallows. The trio of Styles and The OC were almost on the verge of giving Strowman a beatdown when Rollins returned the favour from last week and made the save. Backstage, Rollins was seen telling Strowman that he should be the next challenger for the Universal title, but first they had to take care of Rollins and subsequently a Raw Tag Team Championship against Gallows and Anderson was set up.Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins went on to defeat Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to win the Raw Tag Team Championship titles after Strowman put Anderson away with the running powerslam. While Styles attempted to make the save from the pinfall, Rollins ended that effort with the Stomp. Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman ended the show as the new Raw Tag Team Champions.Here’s what else happened on Monday Night Raw:Roman Reigns defeated Dolph Ziggler via pinfall in the opening match after catching Ziggler in mid-air with a vicious spear.”The Fiend” took out Jerry “The King” Lawler with the Mandible Claw.Ricochet and The Miz defeated Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre via pinfall after Ricochet connected with the Recoil on Corbin.King of the Ring First Round — Samoa Joe defeated Cesaro via submission with the Coquina Clutch.The New Day defeated The Revival via disqualification after Randy Orton took out Big E with an RKO out of nowhere.Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss defeated Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose via pinfall.King of the Ring First Round — Cedric Alexander defeated Sami Zayn via pinfall with the Lumbar Check.The evening also saw Rey Mysterio address his struggles in a backstage interview with Charly Caruso and as he was about to take his mask off, signaling retirement, his son Dominic stopped him, saying he’s always dreamed of making his debut by teaming up with his father.R-Truth interrupted Elias’ “farewell performance” by sneaking into the ring disguised as a guitar handler along with a referee, but Elias was able to escape with the title and Booker T joined the show via Skype where he spoke on Wyatt’s attack on the legends as well as the King of the Ring tournament returning.The evening also saw Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch cut a pre-taped promo where she welcomed Sasha Banks as a challenger. Banks, on her part, sat down for an interview with Michael Cole, but did not reveal much. Finally, prior to the main event, Natalya was seen cutting a promo backstage wondering why her former friend Banks did what she did last week, and out of the frame came Banks to attack, ending with making references to Natalya’s late father Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Three Lions Take On The Red Devils As Race For…

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: The Sun)The final day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage will see Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions locking horns with European Giants Belgium as they look forward to finish group stage with three straight wins.This is going to be the twenty first encounter between Three Lions and the Red Devils. Belgium have won just one of their last 21 encounters with England. The last time they won was in 1936 when Belgium secured a 3-2 win over England. The Three Lions are unbeaten in their last 11 encounter with Belgium, the recent victory coming off in June 2012 when England secured a 1-0 victory.The game kicks off at 11:30pm(IST) in Kaliningrad Stadium in Russia. Let’s see how this exciting encounter unfolds.Here are squads for the game:11 ⚽️ Courtois, Dendoncker, Boyata, Vermaelen, Chadli, Dembélé, Fellaini, Tielemans, T. Hazard, Januzaj, Batshuayi#REDTOGETHER #WorldCup#ENGBEL— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 28, 2018 Here’s the official #ThreeLions teamsheet for tonight’s game: pic.twitter.com/kq6mtLxGTG— England (@England) June 28, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

How an Indian helped in the transformation of England vice-captain Buttler

first_imgJos Buttler’s successful switch from white ball to Test cricket is a lesson for any cricketer in this trade anywhere in the world. In present day cricket when stroke players, willing to mesh their game with unconventional stroke play for success in T20’s are branded unsuitable for Test cricket, Buttler has managed to buck the trend.For an English batsman to be rewarded with a Test spot on the back of a successful IPL stint would have been blasphemous a few years ago. That too in an England Test team that already had a settled wicketkeeper batsmen in Jonny Bairstow.But Buttler had his Rajasthan Royals stint cut down for a Test comeback against Pakistan at home. He responded with half centuries in both the Tests he played and finished as the highest run scorer from either side in the series.Buttler’s success at decoding the different ball challenge has now convinced England selectors, he can do the same as a leader too — entrusting him with Test vice captainship against India.Buttler is looked at as one of England’s go-to man for the 2019 World Cup. But his Test career so far has only be stop-start.So what’s led to this transformation in the 27-year old? Interestingly, there is an Indian hand in Buttler’s metamorphosis. And by that we do not mean just the IPL.Buttler’s IPL numbers this season read 548 runs at a T20 average of 54. He credited two individuals who helped him realize his true potential; Royals’ mentor Shane Warne and a leading mental conditioning expert and success coach, India’s Anand Chulani.advertisementButtler has credited Chulani helping him discover sport’s zenith — ‘zone’ and the trick of sustaining it. The IPL is long over but the duo are still in touch.Speaking to India Today on the phone from Los Angeles, Chulani gives a low down of how the duo have made the journey together.”Jos has always had the talent , but he said that he put a lot of pressure on himself. When you come to the subcontinent for IPL, foreign players have price tag pressure and the need to perform at this stage, it [pressure] can happen. The whole thing was to get him outside of that internal pressure. The game itself has external pressure, why create internal pressure, that’s what I stressed on with him,” Chulani said.Buttler helped England recover from a hopeless 114/8 with his 110 not out and sealed a one-wicket win against Australia and that is a major case in point. “The external pressure came but you saw him deal with internal pressure and he could respond,” Chulani pointed out.Explaining the path to discovering a sportsmen’s ‘zone’, Chulani explained, “Cricketers can be self-doubters, achievers and champions. The self-doubters may have all the talent in the world but they have a lot of doubts – can I do it, will I do it? We all have a self-doubter in us but it’s about the ability to work through that. Second is the achiever who focuses on the targets and the runs. If they get the runs and wickets, they feel like champions but if the team loses, they feel terrible.”My work is about working on the path of a champion. About sustaining success, not just achieving it. It’s about winning the internal world as well as the external world. Most people are trying to win the external game to feel good about the internal game.”My work with Jos was about actually winning the game inside first. That will create what’s going to happen on the outside and put you in a state of flow. As Jos mentioned we worked on a process, a mental routine he can do to get into that zone. We have much more power over our zone than we think. You think it’s a feeling that comes, you don’t realize that you can actually completely control, influence that thought, feelings and zone. You can actually be in that zone even before you go on the field, before the first ball is bowled.”But if figuring out your zone alone won you battles, would everyone not be a Test cricketer? Isn’t it technique that will withstand you against the perfume ball?”Cricketers spend their whole lives improving the technique of their games. But what is the thing they spend the least amount of time on? Themselves!”We talk about technique but who is the person who uses that technique, it’s you. So it’s the same thing, figure out the guy who is doing it, than you can learn and acquire the skills and talent.advertisement”If you look at Jos, he may bat more aggressively in limited overs games than in Test cricket, but he is the same person, it’s the same flow, just different tracks,” Chulani explained.Bringing forth the principal of training the mind right, Chulani spells out how it may have helped Buttler. “We work on training the subconscious mind which is 10,000 times more powerful than any computer. We are addicted to our damn smartphones but I tell people I am smarter than my smartphone. And so basically I give a lot of techniques on training the subconscious. We have a choice — we can either let the subconscious run us or we can run it.”We all have unlimited potential, but what stops us from turning potential into performance is internal settings that block us. We just need to change the internal settings and re-set our subconscious mind to move us towards what we want.”What most athletes do when they are not in that zone, they go and practice and practice and hit 500 balls but that will not help you with the old mindset; you have to upgrade the technology within you. I have worked with players who even when injured got to experience the equivalent of hitting thousands of balls in the middle. So when they come back from injury, they are in form and you think, Oh my God, the guy hasn’t batted for six months.”If Buttler finds his zone against India and can add more teeth to England’s middle order alongside Bairstow and Stokes, the depth of India’s bowling resources in the five Test series could be tested.India may have won day 1 of a long Test series but Chulani opines England’s new vice-captain has developed an attitude that will not let him down.”He’s humble and eager to learn and deserves all the credit for he’s the one who scores the runs. Our job as coaches is just to set up players like him with a process to succeed.”Great athletes have the process but are open to refining their processes. They have a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. And Jos definitely has a growth mindset which will serve him well.”last_img read more

Vroon’s Livestock Carriers Almost Done

first_imgzoom Construction of livestock carriers for Dutch owner, Vroon B.V is in full swing at COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard.COSCO (Guangdong) has undertaken a total of 12 newbuilding projects for Vroon, among which are six livestock carriers, four of which have already been delivered on schedule, and six PX121 platform supply vessels.On June 24, the shipyard delivered a 4,500-sqm livestock carrier to  Vroon. This is the fourth livestock carrier the yard has delivered to the owner.On June 23 and July 26, the steel-cuttings for the fifth and sixth livestock carriers were held in the yard. The vessels measure 134.8 metres in LOA, 19.6 metres in breadth, 14.8 metres in depth and have a design draft of 6.8 metres.Each vessel can accommodate up to 3,000 head of cattle.Based on previous experience, COSCO (Guangdong) continued to optimise their building techniques and strengthen project management to ensure the project proceeded smoothly and with maximum efficiency.Press Release, August 1, 2014last_img read more

Seven stories in the news today May 1

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Monday, May 1———TRUDEAU LIBERALS BACK DOWN ON COMMONS REFORMThe Trudeau government says it’s dropping some of its most controversial proposals for reforming the way the House of Commons operates. Those include having the prime minister answer all queries in one question period each week, as Justin Trudeau has already begun doing. The opposition parties had denounced some of the proposed changes as a bid by the Liberals to control the parliamentary agenda and hamstring their efforts to hold the government to account.———B.C. ELECTION RACE ENTERS HOME STRETCHThe final push for votes is on in the campaign for British Columbia’s May 9 election. The leaders of the main political parties hit the hustings yesterday, trying to get out their message and shore up votes. Liberal Leader Christy Clark vowed to protect jobs in resource industries like forestry and mining, while New Democrat Leader John Horgan was pledging to make life more affordable for British Columbians.———WRIT DROPPED IN NOVA SCOTIAIt’s the first full day of the Nova Scotia election campaign. Premier Stephen McNeil called an election on Sunday, defending his government’s tough choices as the opposition parties attempted to frame the May 30 vote as a referendum on the Liberals’ penny-pinching. At dissolution the Liberals held 34 seats in the 51-seat legislature, the Progressive Conservatives had 10 and the NDP 5. There was one Independent and one seat was vacant.———2 DEAD AFTER BOAT SINKS OFF VANCOUVER ISLANDTwo people were killed and three others survived when a fishing boat sank off the west coast of Vancouver Island. The 8.5-metre-long catamaran was fishing for halibut near Tofino Sunday afternoon when it issued a distress call and said all aboard were abandoning ship. The vessel went down in the same area where six people died after the whale watching vessel Leviathan II capsized in October 2015.———BODY OF MISSING HUNTER RECOVERED IN ALBERTAThe body of one of four men who went missing in northeastern Alberta a week ago has been found. The RCMP say the body of Walter Ladouceur of Fort Chipewyan was recovered Sunday from the Rocher River. A search continues for the three other men, who along with Ladouceur, were reported missing on Apr. 24 after leaving on a hunting trip the previous night.———OILPATCH FEARS COSTS WILL RISE WHEN POT IS LEGALOilpatch CEOs fear their costs will rise when Ottawa passes recently introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. The issue of drug use is closely watched in the industry, where workers tend to be young and hazards include long commutes to and from remote drilling sites, wells that produce poisonous or explosive gas and exposure to heavy machinery. Many oil and gas companies have strict bans on alcohol and drugs at work.———SMOKING LOUNGES STOKE CONTROVERSY IN DENVERDespite hundreds of pot dispensaries and licensed grow-ops in Denver, there are very few places residents can actually smoke marijuana outside their own homes. And as Canada prepares to unveil its recreational pot market on July 1st, 2018, advocates south of the border are urging local governments to start thinking now about providing spaces for people to consume a perfectly legal substance.———last_img read more

HOW A CANADIAN STUDENT LANDED A TINY ROLE ON GAME OF THRONES

first_imgKeara Carter of Saskatoon was an extra on the final season of Game of Thrones. Advertisement The 23-year-old GoT fan knew that Belfast was a filming hotspot and a local tour guide helped her land the unusual part-time job.“He took my picture and then submitted it,” Carter told CTV Saskatoon. “And then I guess they thought I could be a good dead person.”RELATED:  SASKATOON STUDENT SHARES EXPERIENCE FILMING FINAL SEASON OF GAME OF THRONESIt was difficult, but Carter managed to keep what she saw secret from prying friends.“They just want to know the spoilers and I’m not supposed to talk about it,” she said.While the show may have come to an end, Carter’s time in Westeros isn’t over yet.She’ll be heading back to Belfast and plans to work as an extra on the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.CTV A Canadian woman can finally talk about her small role on Game of Thrones, now that the last episode of the medieval fantasy show has aired.University of Saskatchewan student Keara Carter appeared as an extra on three episodes in 2018. She played a White Walker and a resident of Flea Bottom.The show shot at night, so Carter was able to do the job while attending classes during the day toward her astrophysics degree in Belfast, Northern Ireland.A wardrobe tag from one of Keara Carter’s roles in the final season of Game of Thrones is seen here. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Girls dream of school lives on even after her death

first_imgAPTN National NewsA young girl’s dream lives on after her untimely death.Youth from her home community are taking on her message of equality and the dire need for a school in her fly-in community.On Wednesday, a book was launched in her honour.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story from Toronto.last_img

Annan hails TVs potential as force for good but warns against content

“Television can be a tremendous force for good,” Mr. Annan said in a message marking World Television Day. “It can educate great numbers of people about the world around them. It can show us how much we have in common with our neighbours, near and far. And, it can shed light on the dark corners, where ignorance and hatred fester.” He noted that the first-ever World Summit on the Information Society next month in Geneva would provide a global platform to address a wide range of important issues, including how best to put information technology at the service of development, as well as the question of press freedom and cultural diversity. “Freedom of the press is essential to our efforts to build an open, inclusive information society, and to peace and development, in general,” he said. “But the flow of information ought not be one way only, from North to South; this has led to a burgeoning ‘content divide’ that threatens to overwhelm or marginalize local views and voices. “We must find ways to address this situation, and to preserve and promote cultural and linguistic diversity – without infringing on media freedoms. Press freedom and pluralism of content can, and must, develop together in the information society,” he added. Mr. Annan noted television’s potential to help achieve the ambitious goals set by the UN World Millennium Summit of 2000 to combat the most serious global problems, such as halving the numbers of those suffering from poverty and hunger by 2015. “Here, too, the world’s broadcasters can make an important contribution, for example, by using animation, children’s programming and reality shows to explain the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by world leaders three years ago,” he said. Referring to the World Electronic Media Forum that the UN is organizing in connection with the Geneva summit, he concluded: “On this observance of World Television Day, I invite the world’s television professionals to seize the opportunity presented by the upcoming Forum, and consider how they can work with the United Nations to ensure that television contributes to progress and to the well-being of all the world’s people.” read more

SecretaryGeneral strongly condemns bomb attack in Pakistan

A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman on the bombing that took place in the city of Multan said the Secretary-General “reiterates that all terrorist acts are utterly unacceptable, and expresses his serious concern about the dangers of sectarian violence.”The Secretary-General “urges the authorities to take effective action against such acts and hopes that community and religious leaders will exercise their influence by calling for restraint and calm,” the statement said. read more

Financial tips for workers on the layoff bubble

Financial tips for workers on the layoff bubble by News Staff Posted Jan 23, 2015 7:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Low oil prices are leading to thousands of layoffs in Alberta.A report Thursday from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors predicts upwards of 23,000 pink slips will be handed out this year as a result of lower drilling forecasts.Jeff Schwartz is the Executive director of Consolidated Credit Services of Canada, and has some tips for those worried they are on the layoff bubble.Schwartz says the first thing you need to do if you’ve been laid off, or concerned you will be is cut spending.“You really want to drill into your budget, because budgeting is tough really even at the best of times, but now it’s going to be even tighter for your finances as you go forward. So it’s not so much about how much you earn at one point, it’s really about how much you save,” he said.Other tips: save a rainy day fund of three-to-six months’ worth of expenses while you’re working, and don’t treat a lay-off as a paid vacation.Schwartz suggests, looking for new work immediately, exploring EI Benefits, and researching what you qualify for before the layoffs hit. read more

Boost regional cooperation for the sake of peace and prosperity Belarus tells

Vladimir Makei noted that the former has been associated with global political instability resulting from wars, conflicts, terrorism, xenophobia and other factors – giving rise to mounting chaos and despondency. This predicament came about because there was no peace treaty to end the Cold War, as is usual in other major wars. “We were left without a universally accepted framework, which could have guided our subsequent behaviour,” he explained.“But it is never late to do what is right,” continued Mr. Makei, pointing to the possibility of a negotiating process in which key global powers collectively strategize on building new constructive relations. “Agreements emanating from the dialogue would, essentially, put an end to the last epochal war,” he explained, adding that the UN would have a role in its implementation.While the second world tendency – increased economic globalization – has contributed to progress and economic development, it appears that the majority of the world’s population did not benefit, especially over the last few decades. “As a result,” said Mr. Makei, “we have not been able to eliminate poverty, while inequality has been steadily on the rise.”Belarus believes that regional integration is a key feature of the contemporary world, as it leaves less room for political fragmentation. While acknowledging that everyone might not agree on the importance of tightening cooperation among regional integration processes, Mr. Makei said “what, however, we are firmly convinced of is that it is high time for all of us to demonstrate urgency in action and cooperation for the sake of peace and prosperity.” read more

TV to use world first technology to recognise Prince Harry and Meghan

Meghan Markle and Misha NonooCredit:Getty Senior Royal guests at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:Getty Priyanka Chopra, who has confirmed she will be at the weddingCredit:Getty Other guests are reported to include the stars of the Prince’s key charities, from rhino conservationists to Invictus Games veterans, Ms Markle’s vet and hairdresser, matchmaker Violet von Westenholz, and celebrity couples the Beckhams and the Clooneys.A further 2,640 members of the public have been awarded tickets to watch the outside of the chapel, catching sight of Ms Markle arrive by car and the newlywed couple leaving in a carriage.  It is not yet known whether Prince Louis, who will be less than a month old by the time of the wedding, will attend. Senior Royal guests at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who have only invited genuine friends to their wedding As such, politicians, heads of state and ambassadors are not expected to attend, with all guests having a personal connection with the couple.While senior members of the Royal Family will be immediately recognisable, and celebrity-watchers will be familiar with some of Ms Markle’s friends, the identity of the majority of the 600-strong congregation is likely to test even the most informed of viewers. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who have only invited genuine friends to their weddingCredit:AP Meghan Markle and Misha Nonoo 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. His brother and sister, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are expected to be given a role in the bridal party, as pageboy and bridesmaid.Their father, the Duke of Cambridge, will perform best man duties, making a speech and helping to organise the private afterparty for 200 of the Prince and Ms Markle’s closest friends at Frogmore House.On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales made his first visit to see the newborn Prince, flying down from Scotland to visit Kensington Palace to meet his third grandchild. Sky News has became the latest broadcaster to announce its plans for the Royal Wedding, claiming it is the only one to use the “Ultra High Definition” technology it describes as have “four times the detail of standard HD”.Coverage beginning at 6am will be anchored by Kay Burley, with appearances from Gina Nelthrope-Cowne, Ms Markle’s former agent, fashion designer Amanda Wakeley, and wedding planner, Peregrine Armstrong-Jones. Among the St George’s Chapel invitees are Ms Markle’s friends Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Mulroney, Misha Noo and Serena Williams, and Suits co-stars including Sarah Rafferty, Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht. ITV’s rival offering will be presented by  Julie Etchingham and Phillip Schofield, with correspondents stationed around Windsor and at Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale in Lesotho. The BBC has not yet announced its plans. The visit coincided with Princess Charlotte’s third birthday. The main cast of Suits will be at the weddingCredit:NBCUniversal Priyanka Chopra, who has confirmed she will be at the wedding The main cast of Suits will be at the wedding It is set to be one of the most eclectic congregations in Royal wedding history, from Her Majesty the Queen to American television stars.But anyone not quite up to speed on their minor Royalty, lifestyle bloggers and stars of Suits need not worry, as broadcasters use “world-first” recognition technology to identify Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s friends and family.Sky News is to create a “Who’s Who” function for its coverage of the Royal wedding, using bespoke software to name guests as they walk into St George’s Chapel, and provide details about how they know the couple.The “Royal Wedding: Who’s Who Live” function, available on an app, will offer onscreen captions and graphics to explain the wide range of attendees.Kensington Palace will not provide a full guest list for the wedding, which is not a state occasion. read more

Childrens minds dulled by iPads before starting primary school

“We have children starting school at the age of four who are used to having technology put in front of them almost as a soother… Children are less inquisitive and ask fewer questions because their minds have been dulled by iPads before they even enter primary school, according to the head of Britain’s biggest head teachers’ association. He said it prevented them developing their imagination and an inquisitive mind which came from reading picture books with their parents. Andrew Mellor, the president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said children were coming into school as passive rather than active learners because parents were using iPads as “soothers” to keep them quiet. 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

AIMEX 2017 opens doors with a focus on innovation and safety

first_imgKey industry decision-makers and mining industry personnel yesterday gathered at the Sydney Showgrounds for Australia’s most extensive mining exhibition, the Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX). Running from 29-31 August, AIMEX brings leading experts in the areas of underground mining, surface mining and mining innovation together to showcase the latest products and services, discuss the importance of innovation and share case studies. The organisers said the free-to-attend, three-day event “offers visitors unrivalled access to world-class industry leaders, with more than 320 exhibitors on the exhibition floor and over 30 leading speakers across 16 sessions, as part of The Future of Mining conference.”Sponsored by Fluidmesh Networks, the conference program addresses key themes such as the economic and political outlook for the sector, automation and digital advancements to improve operational efficiency and maintenance, technological advancements in drilling, blasting, processing and bulk materials handling, tyre management and fleet performance, and occupational health and safety.Opening the conference program, NSW Minerals Council’s CEO Stephen Galilee, World Coal Association Chairman, Mick Buffier, BIS Oxford Economics Infrastructure, Mining Senior Economist, Adrian Hart, and CRU Managing Consultant, Alex Tonks, provided a wide ranging update on the future outlook of the mining industry. AIMEX event director, Brandon Ward, said, “The first day of the event saw attendees gather to see the newest services and products entering the market and converse with industry leaders as to where the sector is heading. “With a packed event schedule of networking, panel sessions, white paper discussions and presentations, AIMEX provides visitors with the chance to interact face-to-face and collaborate with one another.”On the exhibition floor, world leading supplier of mining tyres services and products, Kal Tire, joins Airbus Defence and Space, BELAZ, Innova Global, Orb Engineering Services, Enerpac, Global Pumps and ContiTech Australia to showcase new and innovative services and products. Major supporters of AIMEX 2017 include the NSW Government Department of Industry, Engineers Australia, NSW Mining, METS Ignited, Austrade, Austmine, Mining3, Bowen Basin Mining Club and WTIA.last_img read more

Pilbara Minerals and POSCO move a step closer to lithium chemical production

first_imgThe Pilbara Minerals Board has conditionally exercised its option to enter into an incorporated joint venture with POSCO (for up to 30% participation) for the development of a downstream lithium chemical conversion facility in South Korea.Pilbara Minerals’ Managing Director and CEO, Ken Brinsden, said the company’s relationship with POSCO had developed over the last year as it has continued to work through the Pilgangoora lithium project joint venture.“It has been really pleasing to see the positive results generated by the due diligence work to date. The significant investment by POSCO into their PosLX technology has paid off and they have proven their ability to produce an industry leading, battery-ready lithium product through their innovative lithium purification process,” he said.On October 2, 2018, Pilbara Minerals produced its first spodumene concentrate shipment from Pilgangoora. A total of 8,800 t (wet) of spodumene concentrate grading approximately 6.1% lithia and 1.2% Fe2O3 set sail from Port Hedland bound for the company’s offtake partners in north Asia.The company’s agreement with POSCO encompasses long-term offtake, funding and the downstream conversion plant joint venture opportunity.Brinsden said the rapid growth in lithium chemicals consumption in South Korea could see the country’s battery manufacturing sector supply around 25% of worldwide capacity by 2028, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.The downstream lithium facility, to be located in the Gwangyang Free Economic Zone in South Korea, would have up to 40,000 t/y of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) capacity and process spodumene from Pilgangoora using POSCO’s patented PosLX purification process.Since the December quarter, Pilbara Minerals has been undertaking technical due diligence to assess the proposed chemical plant development and work to date has delivered promising results, it said.“Due diligence has included a visit of technical staff and assessment of POSCO’s existing commercial operations plant using their PosLX technology, based on Pilbara Minerals’ spodumene delivered from the Pilgangoora project,” Pilbara Minerals said.POSCO has developed its first commercial-scale operation (after the initial development of a pilot scale plant) that produces up to 2,500 t/y of lithium chemicals on an LCE basis, according to Pilbara Minerals. Based on spodumene chemical conversion, the plant has the capacity and flexibility to produce both high grade lithium hydroxide, or, alternately, lithium carbonate products with low impurities in the final products produced.Pilbara Minerals said: “The battery grade lithium hydroxide produced has to date been tested by major South Korean cathode makers and has passed their qualification process.”Once a number of conditions surrounding the deal are complete, they will be put to the Board of Pilbara Minerals for a final decision and commitment to the joint development in mid- to late-May 2019. The parties would then aim to complete construction of the chemical conversion plant in late 2020 with commencement of ramp-up and production from early 2021.last_img read more