Jennifer Garner Joins Moms SocialGood Event

first_imgMoms + SocialGood, an event dedicated to the power of moms and families to create a better future for their communities, today announced actress and Save the Children Ambassador Jennifer Garner; journalist and anchor of ABC World News Tonight, David Muir; world-renowned photographer and Shot@Life Global Advocate, Anne Geddes; and 55 fifth graders from the renowned PS22 Chorus will join the one-day event.Co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson, with support from BabyCenter and The Huffington Post, the speakers will be a part of the one-day event on May 1 at the New York Times Center in Manhattan. Moms + SocialGood will share ideas and draw attention to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children, and put moms and dads at the forefront of the discussion on how to tackle these issues. The PS22 Chorus will close out the day with a special live stage performance, and the entire event will be broadcast globally via LiveStream.Mothers, no matter where they’re from or how they live, all have one thing in common: they want better lives for their children. But in some parts of the world, pregnancy and child birth is a time fraught with worry. Every day, 18,000 children die before their 5th birthdays, mostly from preventable diseases. Moms + SocialGood will leverage influential voices to help focus the world’s attention on ways to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children.Moms + SocialGood will also kick off the third annual Global Moms Relay, a digital dialogue to help boost health and happiness for moms and babies everywhere. The online relay will run from May 1 to June 19, featuring celebrities and community leaders from New York to Nairobi answering the question, “What kind of world do you want for your family by 2030?” For each social media share, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1, up to $300,000, to one of four causes that boost health and happiness for moms and children around the world — MAMA, Shot@Life, Girl Up, and UNICEF.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Canadian officials advised US on how to skirt privacy laws State Department

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Foreign Affairs and Department of Justice bureaucrats advised U.S. officials on how to skirt privacy laws to get information on whether a businessman and politician intimately linked to the Syrian ruling regime was a Canadian citizen, according to a “secret” U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.The 2009 cable, originating from the U.S. State Department and signed off by then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, contained a request for Canadian officials to disclose whether a Syrian businessman and politician identified as Muhammad Hamshu had any legal status as a citizen or “resident alien” in Canada. The cable also listed several different spellings for his name.Foreign Affairs and Justice bureaucrats told U.S. officials that Canada’s privacy laws prevented the disclosure of that type of information, but suggested a way around the Privacy Act by making the request through “law enforcement channels,” the Jan. 7, 2009, cable said.University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran said department officials were essentially giving advice on how to break Canadian law and those involved should be reprimanded.“Whoever gave this advice was certainly conspiring to defeat the privacy law and that person should be severely reprimanded and probably fired,” said Attaran. “You are conspiring with a foreign government to violate Canada’s laws as a Canadian public servant.”If Canadian law enforcement agencies, like the RCMP or the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, provided the information to the U.S., they would have broken the law, said Attaran.“If the police disclosed it would have been illegal,” said Attaran. “I think the Privacy Commissioner should be looking at this.”The cable was among a batch of confidential and secret cables originating from or sent to the U.S. embassy and consulates in Canada obtained by APTN National News from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of cables.Over 2,000 cables dealing with Canada have already been released.The cable, which was sent to the U.S. embassies in Damascus and Ottawa, contained a text specifically for Canadian officials outlining why the U.S. wanted the information.The cable said the U.S. wanted to add Hamshu to a black-list of Syrian individuals blocked from doing business with the U.S.“The United States intends to designate Muhammad Hamshu under Executive Order 13460 for being responsible for, having engaged in, having facilitated or having secured improper advantage as a result of, public corruption by senior officials within the Government of Syria,” said the text prepared for Canadian officials that was contained in the cable.Hamshu is a Syrian legislator and a businessman heading the sprawling firm Hamsho Group International and other businesses with interests in everything from construction to telecommunications and a satellite television station.Hamshu was also among 25 individuals black-listed by Canada as part of its recently announced sanctions against Syria for its brutal repression of its citizens involved in pro-democracy demonstrations. His name is spelled Mohamed Hamcho on the list, but an employee at one of his Canadian subsidiaries, who requested anonymity, confirmed it was the same individual.A similar spelling of the name also appears on another one of his company’s websites.The cable said the U.S. believed that Hamshu “may have legal status in Canada” and wanted the Canadian government to “determine his status if any” and provide “any supporting documentation.”Canadian officials at Foreign Affairs and the Department of Justice toldU.S. officials they could not provide information on Hamshu’s legal status in Canada, but they suggested making the request through law enforcement channels under the “mutual legal assistance treaty” between both countries.“A Canadian DFAIT official informed Embassy Ottawa that Canadian privacy laws prevent the government of Canada from disclosing information regarding Muhammad Hamshu’s legal status in Canada, including whether he is a Canadian citizen,” the cable said. “DFAIT and the Canadian Department of Justice advised Embassy Ottawa to request this information through Canadian law enforcement channels under the terms of the mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT).”The cable also said the U.S. planned to publicly identify Hamshu with his Canadian legal status if Canada agreed.It’s unclear whether Canadian authorities provided the information.A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs said the department wouldn’t comment on “leaked information.”The Department of Justice was provided the section of the cable, but had issued no comment by late Wednesday afternoon.NDP MP Charlie Angus, the party’s critic on ethics and privacy issues, said he found the cable’s revelation “disturbing” and would bring up the issue during an upcoming planned meeting with Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.Angus said the mutual assistance treaty wouldn’t allow for a circumvention of privacy laws.“I think we need to know what is going on in terms of how this government is handling Canadians’ private information,” said Angus. “We need to be wondering if this was a one-off, or if this is a pattern. We are going to ask a few questions.”A spokeswoman for the Office of the Privacy Commission said they did not have enough information to comment specifically on the cable.“The Privacy Act has provisions to permit disclosures and, just on the surface of it, we cannot say whether or not this is the case, in these circumstances,” said Anne-Marie Hayden. “Our office has argued for several years that provisions in the Privacy Act governing the disclosure of personal information by the Canadian government to foreign states should be strengthened.”An employee at PISC Canada Inc., a small, Hamshu-owned Canadian firmed in Mississauga, Ont., said he was not a Canadian citizen, but had obtained permanent residence status in Canada “a long time ago.”Samer Abboud, a history and international studies professor at Aracadia University in Pennsylvania, said Hamshu is a member of Syria’s ruling inner circle. Abboud said Hamshu inherited his business empire from his father and made his fortune off government contracts.“Once you achieve a certain kind of level (in Syria) you come in the orbit of the security complex,” said Abboud, who grew up in Ottawa. “There is nobody who is independently wealthy in Syria who is not deeply connected to the security apparatus.”Abboud said it was curious the U.S. would say Hamshu was involved in corrupting public officials since there is no line between the business and political elite in the country.“That is the way in which the economic networks in that country operate,” he said.Abboud said he doubted that Hamshu was a Canadian citizen or had any major financial interests in Canada, since most of his business would come through the Syrian government.Abboud said it was surprising that the U.S. would need to ask Canada to confirm Hamshu’s citizenship and it showed how weak American intelligence was on Syria. He said the U.S. was probably fed Hamshu’s name by opponents of the regime.“You would think the State Department would have a big file on this guy,” he said.jbarrera@aptn.caThe CableDownload (PDF, 12KB)last_img read more

Canadian airlines rules on comfort animals range from dogs to miniature horses

first_imgMiniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and are a truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities.Unusual animal encounters at the airport have been making headlines in recent weeks.United Airlines turned away a passenger who tried to board a flight with an emotional support peacock last month, and a Florida woman claimed last week that an airline employee told her to flush her dwarf hamster down a toilet after refusing to let the pet on the plane.Passenger rights activist Gabor Lukacs, who has waged numerous legal battles against Canadian airlines, said the attention paid to these sensational cases undermines the rights of people with disabilities who need emotional support animals to fly comfortably.“We need to move away the focus from the animal to the fellow passenger,” said Lukacs.“The animal is not there as a kind of luxury, they are simply there to make sure that a person with a disability is able to enjoy the same way to travel as people who don’t have disabilities.”Air Canada and WestJet both have policies on their websites regarding emotional support animals and require that a passenger provide documentation from a licensed mental health professional certifying the need for the animal.Air Canada only allows emotional support dogs on their flights.WestJet accepts a much broader range of emotional support animals including cats, miniature horses, pigs and monkeys, and said decisions about other “unusual animals” are made on a case-by-case basis, except for those that pose health risks such as rodents and reptiles.Neither airline agreed to be interviewed about their policies.Lukacs said Canadian airlines are obliged to accommodate emotional support animals for people with disabilities and failure to do so would amount to a form of discrimination.He said the only exception would be if the animal poses a substantial risk of harming other passengers, but insisted that overwhelmingly, pets on planes cause little disruption.Douglas Tompson said on a recent flight from Saskatoon to Toronto he was seated near a passenger who took her cat out of its carrier and started playing with it, to the coos of flight attendants.His throat started to tingle.Tompson, who is highly allergic to cats, said the flight attendants had to give him a Benadryl from a first-aid kit to reduce the redness and swelling, but he was still itching and wheezing as he boarded his next two flights on his more than 24-hour journey.He said he was told to give the airline a doctor’s note about his allergy so they could create a “buffer zone” if he were to again share a plane with a feline.“The flight crew make a big deal about peanut allergies … I wish that they’d make the same announcement for cats,” Tompson said.Lukacs sees the allergy issue in terms of two passengers having different disabilities, and both deserving to be accommodated.While some have expressed suspicions about pet owners seeking fake documentation for emotional support animals, Lukacs said trying to fly with an animal under false pretenses would amount to “fraud.”“As a matter of equity … we don’t consider that people should be paying extra just because they have a disability,” he said.“They have the right to the flight and enjoy travel the same way as anybody else.”last_img read more

Houda: The Student Who Got the Highest Score on the Baccalaureate…

Rabat – Over 44 percent of total candidates for the baccalaureate exams in Morocco were happy to learn that they passed the national exams. But the happiest student was undoubtedly Houda E-naibi, a student in Casablanca who received the highest score in the country, obtaining 19.54 out of 20.Time froze for Houda E-naibi and her mother, who were fixed in front of the computer screen, waiting for the final verdict on her score. After a few hours of anxiety and worrying, Houda received the best news in her life, late Tuesday night. She emerged as the highest scorer, receiving 19.54 out of 20. Houda’s family and teachers were delighted to see Houda’s marks. However, they were not surprised, because she is an excellent student.“Houda’s mark did not surprise me at all because she is a smart, hardworking student, and she has always delighted me with her marks in the high school,’’ said Houda’s teacher, talking to 2M TV.“I am happy that my daughter received the highest mark in Morocco. I am very proud of her. I wish her the best of luck in her future,” said her mother.Houda E-naibi is a student from a single-parent home in Casablanca. She grew up without a father; only her mother was there to protect her and provide the resources necessary to send her to school.  Houda’s mother and all Moroccans are very proud of her.According to statistics, more than 44 percent (141,984 students) of the total candidates passed the national exam. Rate of success grew by 6.4 percent compared to 2013 results.The statistics say that a higher percentage of female candidates passed the exam than males: 43.06 percent for female candidates passed compared to 36.25 percent of male students.Edited by Tim Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Men and boys must play their part in ending violence against women

“In too many countries, women are still not seen as equals in the eye of the law or the minds of men and boys,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality, held in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. “No country and no culture has fully escaped this prejudice.”“Men must teach each other that real men do not violate or oppress women – and that a woman’s place is not just in the home or the field, but in schools and offices and boardrooms,” he added.In February 2008, the Secretary-General kicked off his “UNite to End Violence against Women” campaign – a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. Stretching from 2008 to 2015, the campaign calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to work to end this global scourge. Mr. Ban noted that violence against women is the most obvious and hateful expression of the discrimination they face. But it is not the only one. Inequality exists in the home, in schools, in the workplace and in the halls of power.“Governments must tell other governments that institutionalized discrimination has no place in our modern world,” he stated. “Around the world we need to make a greater effort. And men and boys must play their part.“Only by working together as men and women can we create more equal and peaceful societies,” he added. “Only by being prepared to stand up for fundamental rights can we expect to achieve lasting change.” 30 March 2009Greater efforts are required worldwide to end violence against women and girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated, stressing that men and boys in particular must play their part. read more

Food insecurity in Somalia expected to worsen in coming months UN warns

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that income and food sources for poor urban households in the drought-affected regions of Hiraan, Galgaduud, Mudug, Nugaal, Sool, Sanaag, and Togdheer are strongly linked to livestock markets and trade, which are seriously affected by the drought.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) is prioritizing life-saving interventions such as targeted supplementary feeding programmes for many affected people. However, due to the precarious food aid pipeline, the agency will have to phase out support to maternal and child health nutrition programmes in 12 centres in three of Somalia’s regions. Last week WFP called on donors to help avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia, where half the population – or some 3.8 million people – are in need of assistance. It has urgently appealed for 217,000 metric tons of food, worth over $200 million, to feed 3.5 million people by the end of October when stocks will run-out. 11 September 2009Food insecurity is expected to get worse for the remainder of this year in some drought-affected regions of Somalia, according the latest update from the United Nations humanitarian arm. read more

Closing Bell Markets close higher as Dow registers third straight week of

TORONTO — North American markets capped off a mostly positive week higher Friday despite slightly disappointing job figures from Statistics Canada and a continuing retreat in commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 45.19 points to 12,589.09. The Canadian dollar lost 0.37 of a cent to 98.89 cents US.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials index jumped 35.87 points to 15,118.49, closing out its third straight week of gains. It is up 1% for the week and 15% for the year.The Nasdaq climbed 27.41 points to 3,436.58. The S&P 500 gained 7.02 points to 1,633.69.Statistics Canada reported that the unemployment rate was unchanged for April at 7.2%, as the economy added 12,500 new jobs.The pickup last month helped take the sting out of March’s massive 54,500 contraction, but was not enough to put job creation on the positive side of the ledger for 2013 as a whole. Analysts had expected an addition of 15,000 jobs.But the report was better in the details, as there were 36,000 full-time workers added in April, although most of those were in the public sector. The month saw a loss of 23,600 part-time jobs.The figures weren’t a significant miss, but Kevin Headland of Manulife Asset Management says they may signal a downward trend for the Canadian economy.“If we start seeing continuously negative numbers come out on a trend basis in Canada, that’s a big overall risk to the Canadian economy,” said Headland, director of Manulife’s portfolio advisory group.“When you think about the over-indebted consumer… the risk of the housing market, and if jobs creep in, and start becoming a risk, people will be less likely to spend when they’re worried about losing their jobs.”Meanwhile, the decline in commodity prices continued.The June crude oil contract declined 35 cents to US$96.04 a barrel, June gold bullion fell $32 to US$1,436.60 an ounce and July copper was up a penny at US$3.35 a pound.The TSX was mainly positive, with the metals and mining sector as the main advancer getting ahead at 1.13%.In corporate news, shares in automobile parts giant Magna International (TSX:MG) closed up nearly four% after it reported an increase in first-quarter net earnings and revenue despite a meagre increase in vehicle production in North America and a downturn in Europe.Magna said net profits attributable to shareholders rose to US$369 million or $1.57 per diluted share, up from US$343 million or $1.46 per share. Revenue improved to US$8.36 billion, up from US$7.67 billion. Its stock was up $2.25 to $65.46.In the U.S., Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said in a speech that the Fed has broadened its oversight beyond banks and now monitors a wide range of financial institutions that could hasten another financial crisis. Bernanke said the country is still suffering from the effects of the 2008 crisis and economic downturn.Overseas, G7 finance ministers and central bankers also began a two-day meeting in the U.K., which Bernanke did not attend. The bankers were expected to discuss monetary policy and how to shore up the global recovery just as the stimulus policy of one its members, Japan, has caused the yen to extend its slide against the U.S. dollar.The Canadian Press read more

Richard Jones missing for 40 years

Brantford police are on the lookout for a man last seen, 40 years ago.With little to no documentation pertaining to Richard Jones, police are using 21st century tools to help his family locate him.Family members and Brantford police are all wondering the same thing, where is Ricky Jones.Richard ‘Ricky’ Henry Jones has been missing for nearly 40 years.At 19 years old, Ricky was enrolled in the Graphic Arts Program at Oakville’s Sheridan College, he vanished in his first semester.Ricky was last seen leaving his family home at 45 Clench Avenue in the Fall of 1975, none of his family live here anymore, his mother died the following year and Ricky never made it out to her funeral.Ricky’s sister, Diane, who lives in Calgary and was unavailable for an interview, doesn’t remember an official missing person’s report ever being made back in 1975.Police had issues with their family at the time and one person thought the other person reported him missing and now that the sister is up in age she wants to know where Ricky is.Now that Ricky has been formally reported missing, police have a daunting task ahead of themBecause this isn’t a criminal investigation police can’t obtain search warrants and the Canada Revenue Agency has denied police access to Jones’ files, if they even exist.Brantford police tweeted about Jones’ dissapearance, so far they’ve heard from a few classmates who attended college with Jones.They’re also hoping social media activity catches Jones’ attention, if he’s alive and prompt him to contact his relatives. But if he hasn’t in four decades, why now?Because police are working with next to nothing, they can’t say whether Ricky Jones, who would be 59 this year, is alive or even in the country.They’re working with Sheridan College to see when Ricky was last seen on campus but speaking with a college representative and seeing that the first personal computer was released the year Jones’ went missing will be very difficult locating his files that could lead to his whereabouts. read more

The Red Wings Empire Is Crumbling

2016140.6+22.9-45.5-8.7109.3 Abbreviated seasons prorated to 82 games.Source:, Without those kinds of star turns, Detroit might be starting up a new playoff streak — one of the “drought” variety. Although there’s still plenty of time for the club’s recent draft picks to develop, the Red Wings as they’re currently constructed aren’t an especially young team — they have the NHL’s 12th-oldest roster — and they certainly aren’t a good one. The NHL is a league designed for parity, so Detroit’s record probably won’t stay outright bad for long, but it might also be awhile before we see the Wings restored to their former glory.If so, it’s all the more reason to appreciate the playoff dynasty Detroit built over the past 26 years. Thanks to shrewd drafting, trades, player development and a forward-looking vision of the game, the Red Wings built one of the best teams in hockey year in and year out for two and a half decades. For a whole generation of Motor City fans, greatness on the ice is all they’ve ever known. It’s a remarkable legacy, even if, like every great empire, it eventually collapsed.CLARIFICATION (Feb. 9, 2:34 p.m.): Since this article was originally published, a sentence has been rephrased to reflect the fact that Alexey Marchenko is no longer on the Red Wings’ roster, though he did have a Corsi greater than 50 percent during his time as a regular skater for the team this season. NET GVT ADDED VIA… 2010174.6+15.9-8.2-46.9135.4 2008178.4+22.1+35.7-35.8200.4 2015114.9+3.8+25.7-3.8140.6 2009200.4+28.3-50.3-3.8174.6 2012145.4+9.7+28.9-12.2171.8 No NHL team averaged a better Corsi than the Wings from 1991 to 2016, and the team even ranked fifth in the statistic as recently as two seasons ago. But the next generation has fumbled the torch on the handoff, and Detroit’s fabled possession machine has eroded badly in recent seasons as its stars have aged and departed.Gone are such advanced-metric idols as Pavel Datsyuk, whose 58.1 percent on-ice Corsi3At 5-on-5, adjusted for score effects and zone starts. ranked second among all NHL players from 2007-08 until his retirement from the NHL last summer, as well as Brian Rafalski (fifth), Tomas Holmstrom (10th), Mikael Samuelsson (14th) and Nicklas Lidstrom (19th). (Fifteenth-ranked Johan Franzen is also technically on the Red Wings’ long-term injured reserve list, but is unlikely to ever play again.) In the wake of that mass exodus, Detroit has fallen to an unheard-of 25th in the NHL in Corsi, according to’s calculations. Only three players who have regularly skated for the Red Wings this season — forwards Anthony Mantha and Tomas Tatar, and recently waived defenseman Alexey Marchenko — have been on the ice for a Corsi greater than 50 percent (i.e., on the ice while Detroit possessed the puck more than the opponent). Even Henrik Zetterberg, normally one of the best possession-drivers in the game, has a mere 49.9 percent mark this season, with his relative Corsi, which measures how much he influences play relative to his teammates, dropping 12 percent from what it was during his best seasons.Detroit’s decline isn’t just about a drop-off in possession rate. The Red Wings have bled talent up and down the ice for years, going back to their post-lockout high-water mark of 124 standings points in 2005-06. Here’s how their roster changed each season since then, according to incoming and outgoing goals versus threshold (GVT), a metric that estimates each player’s value over a hypothetical replacement player in terms of goals added per 82 games: SEASONPREVIOUS GVTNEWCOMERSHOLDOVERSDEPARTURESSEASON GVT 2013171.8+5.9-14.8-25.1137.8 Related: Hot Takedown Simply put, the talent coming in hasn’t been able to keep pace with the talent going out — and nowhere is Detroit’s drain more evident than on the blue line. The Red Wings used to be able to pencil in the likes of Lidstrom, Rafalski and Mathieu Schneider for 50 to 60 points a season, with significant contributions made in quarterbacking one of the league’s top power-play units. This year’s Wings, though, have the worst power play in the NHL and the league’s fourth-worst group of offensive defensemen, according to GVT. (Where have you gone, Paul Coffey?) Although some of their weak shooting percentage with the man advantage is bound to improve with better luck, Detroit’s D corps is contributing about half as much GVT as the team got from its defensemen during the playoff streak, with nearly two-thirds of the blueliners’ drop-off coming specifically on offense.And it isn’t as though the rest of this season’s roster has picked up the slack. Goalie Petr Mrazek has been one of the worst in the league, and Detroit’s forwards have been mediocre at both ends of the rink. (They rank seventh-worst in offensive GVT and 10th-worst on defense.)In the past, the Red Wings were able to phase in a few promising young forwards every time one of their veterans declined or left the club. When Yzerman’s point totals dipped in the mid-1990s as he focused more on checking, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov and Keith Primeau provided an offensive spark. When Yzerman, Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan left the club in the mid-2000s, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were there to carry the torch. But although Tatar, Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou have all shown flashes of potential, none has emerged as a star on anything approaching the level of a Fedorov or Datsyuk. 2011135.4+8.5+5.3-3.8145.4 2014137.8+10.2-24.7-8.3114.9 On April Fools’ Day in 1990, the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers skated for the final game of the season at The Spectrum in south Philly. Captain Steve Yzerman banged home a goal late in the third period to earn the Wings a 3-3 tie, ending Detroit’s campaign with 70 points and a last-place finish in the Norris Division. Soon after, the 1989-90 Red Wings cleaned out their lockers and parted ways for the summer.In the nearly 10,000 days since then, Detroit has played 2,035 regular-season games and employed 246 players. It’s gone through three captains, four general managers and six head coaches. But the one constant throughout the last 25 full seasons of Red Wings hockey has been extra action in the spring — and often deep into the summer. Detroit hasn’t missed the postseason since that April day in 1990, a mind-boggling run that beats any playoff streak outside of hockey1The longest playoff streak for an NBA team is 22 seasons, by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers from 1950 to 1971. The longest for MLB is 14 seasons, by the 1991-2005 Atlanta Braves. The longest for the NFL is nine seasons, by the 1975-83 Dallas Cowboys and 2002-10 Indianapolis Colts. and is tied for the third longest in NHL history. (That it has come partially during the NHL’s salary-cap era is especially impressive.)But it could all come screeching to a halt this season. With a 22-21-10 record, Detroit currently occupies last place in the Atlantic Division, five points out of the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot with seven teams ahead of them. According to’s playoff simulator, the Red Wings have just a 7 percent probability of continuing their run for a 26th straight postseason. Every streak has to end eventually, but how did Detroit go wrong after so many years of success?Perhaps the Red Wings’ most distinctive hallmark during their playoff streak has been a focus on puck possession. Even as teams won through superior playmaking and shooting talent in the 1980s and early ’90s, Detroit loaded up on ex-Soviet stars who’d been trained to take care of the puck. In doing so, the Red Wings anticipated the direction that the game would head in the future, building their dominant teams of the 1990s less on the premise of aiming pucks past the league’s rapidly improving goaltenders and more on the basis of simply controlling the flow of play. These days we measure that control through Corsi percentage, the share of even-strength shots a team directs at the opponent’s net (as opposed to vice-versa) after adjusting for score effects and other factors.2For seasons after 1986-87 and before 2005-06, this number can be estimated using a team’s shots for and against, its power-play and shorthanded chances, its record and its goal differential. Although we didn’t know it at the time, the Red Wings were dominating Corsi back when Corsi was just a guy, not a metric. 2017109.3+15.1-12.9-22.788.8 Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru Net change in goals versus threshold (GVT) for Detroit Red Wings 2006199.2+32.6+32.0-45.7218.1 2007218.1+22.7-4.2-58.2178.4 read more

Apple fails to trademark the term MultiTouch

first_imgThere’s no denying that Apple has done a lot to push forward the development of smartphones, and single-handedly started the current craze for tablet computing. But with innovation and product development comes the ugly question of “what do we patent and trademark?”As we have witnessed over the last few months, patents in particular cause all kinds of problems and costly lawsuits for those companies involved. It can even lead to products being banned outright.Thankfully, a trademark Apple applied for back in 2007 has been denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The term Apple wants to keep to itself under the protection of a trademark is “Multi-Touch”, which is now commonly used to describe any device that allows interaction with a touchscreen using more than one finger.The USPTO realized this and decided Multi-Touch is classed as a generic term, meaning no one company can lay claim to it exclusively. I don’t think anyone except Apple would disagree with that, and if you say mutli-touch to anyone their first thought will likely be a touchscreen and not an Apple device.Although this decision is sure to upset the management team at Apple, such a trademark is small fry compared to the term Apple really wants to secure as exclusively its own to use. That would be “App Store.”Apple already has a trademark application field for that term, but it hasn’t stopped Amazon using the term “Appstore” and being sued by Apple because of it. Microsoft has also called into question the App Store trademark as the term is just too generic.The same test applies as in the case of Multi-Touch. If you say App Store to someone do they think of an Apple product or a digital store that sells apps?You can read the USPTO decision regarding the Multi-Touch trademark denial below:Read more at MacRumorslast_img read more

Actress who played Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days dies aged 56

first_img OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) April 23, 2017 Actress who played Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days dies aged 56 Erin Moran was a mainstay in the sitcoms Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Apr 23rd 2017, 11:36 AM Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 11:36 AM Image: Bob Noble/Zuma Press/PA Images Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 23, 2017 12 Comments Share Tweet Email1 Erin Moran began acting as a child, and was cast in Happy Days in 1974 Image: Bob Noble/Zuma Press/PA Images A Burbank, California, native, Moran began acting in TV and movies before she was 10 years old.She had several years of experience when she was cast in 1974 in Happy Days as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Howard.Other cast members included Tom Bosley and Marion Ross as Joanie’s parents and Henry Winkler as the loveable tough guy Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli. By Associated Press Source: Ron Howard/Twitter Erin Moran began acting as a child, and was cast in Happy Days in 1974 33,271 Views ERIN MORAN, THE former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, died yesterday. She was 56.A statement from the sheriff’s department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher “received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending.”The dispatcher confirmed to The Associated Press that the woman was the actress, who had been married to Steven Fleischmann.“Such sad, sad news. RIP Erin,” ‘Happy Days star Ron Howard tweeted last night. “I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up TV screens.” The Happy Days cast Source: Paramount/Zuma Press/PA Images“What happened with all of us was like we were this family,” she told Xfinity in 2009. “It was so surreal with all the cast members. … They were my family, get it?”Debuting at a time of nostalgia for the seemingly innocent 1950s, the sitcom was set in Milwaukee and became a long-running hit. Howard and Winkler were the show’s biggest stars, but the smiling, freckle-faced Moran also became popular.In 1982, she was paired off with fellow Happy Days performer Scott Baio in the short-lived Joanie Loves Chachi. Moran returned to Happy Days in 1984, the show’s final season.“I would love to do a feature (film), I’d love to do a play,” she told CNN in 1981 when asked what she’d like to do after Happy Days. The cast gathered together again in 2001 Source: E.J. Flynn/APHer more recent credits included The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote, but she never approached the success of Happy Days and was more often in the news for her numerous personal and financial struggles and was reportedly homeless at times.In 2011, she and Ross and former Happy Days actors Anson Williams and Donnie Most sued CBS, saying they were owed money for merchandising related to the show. The lawsuit was settled the following year.Moran told Xfinity that she had been working on a memoir, called Happy Days, Depressing Nights.“OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth,” Winkler tweeted Saturday. “Rest In It serenely now.. too soon.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Read: Doctor prescribed Prince medication under his friend’s nameRead: ‘He was a true pioneer’: Rolling Stones lead tributes to rock legend Chuck Berry Short URL Source: Henry Winkler/Twitterlast_img read more

ExSinn Féin councillor pleads guilty to false imprisonment and threatening to kill

first_img Mar 27th 2017, 1:50 PM Monday 27 Mar 2017, 1:50 PM Short URL 20,117 Views Ex-Sinn Féin councillor pleads guilty to false imprisonment and threatening to kill a man Jonathan Dowdall and his father will be sentenced on 28 April. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share5 Tweet Email By Daniel Hickey Jonathan Dowdall No Comments Jonathan Dowdall A FORMER SINN Féin councillor and his father have pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin to falsely imprisoning and threatening to kill another man.Jonathan Dowdall (38), with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and Patrick Dowdall (59), of the same address, both admitted to falsely imprisoning Alexander Hurley by detaining him without his consent at Navan Road, Dublin 7 on January 15th, 2015.Both men also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Mr Hurley at the same place on the same date.Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding at the three-judge, non-jury court, remanded the men in custody until 28 April, when they will be sentenced.Michael O’Higgins SC, representing Jonathan Dowdall, said that a psychological report would be prepared on behalf of his client.Vincent Heneghan SC, for the State, said that the DPP would be seeking a victim impact statement.Comments have been disabled as the case is ongoingRead: Ireland has spent €430 million on criminal legal aid in the past eight yearsRead: Judge says case of alleged abuse of Kildare teenager is one of the most shocking he has encounteredlast_img read more

Greek penitentiary system goes digital

first_imgA new electronic database aimed at improving the efficiency and transparency of the Greek penitentiary system will feature the personal details of inmates and staff at all the country’s prisons. The €3 million system is to start operating on 16 November 2015 and will be subsidised by European Union funds, Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopolos announced on Thursday. The Justice Ministry’s general secretary, Eftychis Fytrakis, described it as the “most significant reform” of the Greek penitentiary system to date, noting that authorities will be able to access information on specific inmates at the touch of a button. Apart from boosting transparency, the system is aimed at improving the operation of Greek prisons, as authorities will have a better overview of any problem.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des peptides pour combattre le cancer de lovaire

first_imgDes peptides pour combattre le cancer de l’ovaireUne équipe de scientifiques allemands et italiens a développé des peptides capables de cibler et d’inhiber une enzyme qui joue un rôle important dans la synthèse de l’ADN. Ils seraient alors capable de freiner la croissance de cellules cancéreuses, selon un communiqué de la Commission européenne.C’est peut-être un nouveau pas dans la lutte contre le cancer de l’ovaire, cinquième cause principale de décès par cancer chez les femmes dans les pays développés. Un taux de mortalité élevé qui s’explique notamment par le fait que la maladie est souvent diagnostiquée tardivement et que les cellules cancéreuses développent rapidement une résistance aux médicaments. Néanmoins, un consortium de chercheurs italiens et allemands pourraient avoir trouvé une nouvelle piste de traitement. En effet, ceux-ci ont découvert des peptides capables de bloquer l’action de la thymidylate synthase, une enzyme impliquée dans la synthèse de l’ADN et qui joue donc un rôle crucial dans la croissance des cellules cancéreuses. À lire aussiMucoviscidose : espérance de vie, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-t-il ?En vérité, les chercheurs, dont les résultats sont publiés dans la revue PNAS, appartiennent à un projet baptisé LIGHTS qui vise justement à trouver un moyen de bloquer la progression des tumeurs en visant la thymidylate synthase. Cette enzyme est déjà la cible de plusieurs anticancéreux utilisés en chimiothérapie, mais ceux-ci sont aujourd’hui sujets à résistance. D’où l’importance du projet.  Concrètement, les octapeptides découverts ciblent en fait l’interface protéine-protéine de l’enzyme et interfèrent ainsi dans son fonctionnement, selon un mécanisme différent de ceux présentés jusqu’à présent. Ils permettent ainsi de bloquer la synthèse de l’ADN dans les cellules cancéreuses et donc de ralentir leur croissance. Et ce, même lorsque celles-ci sont déjà résistantes à des anticancéreux qui ciblent la thymidylate synthase. Un mécanisme d’action encore flou “Ces observations indiquent la valeur potentielle de ces peptides pour surmonter les problèmes de résistance aux médicaments, bien que les effets cellulaires doivent encore être étudiés en détails”, a déclaré Rebecca Wade de l’Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, un des auteurs de l’étude. En effet, si les peptides se sont révélés efficaces sur la croissance des cellules cancéreuses, les chercheurs doivent encore approfondir leurs travaux, en particulier pour identifier le mécanisme d’action réel de ces molécules. Le 15 août 2011 à 10:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bacteria Pass Memories to New Generations

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Microbiologist Makes Colorful ‘Game of Thrones’ Sigils Art With BacteriaOil-Eating Bacteria Found in World’s Deepest Ocean Trench center_img Like folklore passed down from generation to generation, bacteria, too, have so-called “memories” that are inherited by their progeny.And all without a central nervous system or any neurons.“This is a huge surprise to us and to the field,” UCLA professor and study author Gerard Wong said in a statement.A pleasant surprise: These findings go a long way toward better understanding infections caused by bacterial biofilms in people with cystic fibrosis.A genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs (but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine), CF has no known cure. Patients live an average 42 to 50 years, during which infections are treated with antibiotics, or, sometimes, transplantation.Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles studied a particular strain of bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) that forms potentially lethal biofilms in the airways of people with cystic fibrosis.In order to form biofilm—a thin-yet-robust layer of fluid containing a community of bacteria—the cells must first sense a surface and develop the ability to attach.To analyze this process, scientists used a multigenerational cell-tracking method, among other data analysis techniques—including one more commonly used to measure pitch in music.This novel approach revealed a novel discovery: bacteria sense and remember via a rhythmic pattern, which allows them to ultimately irreversibly attach to a surface and form a biofilm.“For the first time, we were able to follow the behavior of entire lineages of individual cells,” UCLA graduate student Calvin Lee said. “And we discovered that the descendants could remember the surface sensing signals of their ancestors.”These concepts were initially described in the 1930s, but it took nearly 90 years for scientists to “understand how they work hand-in-hand to help drive early biofilm formation,” according to study collaborator George O’Toole, a professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.Read the full report online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more

Siberian Unicorn Walked Earth Alongside Humans

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Unicorns are real (though not as colorful as we like to imagine), and they lived at the same time as modern humans.Ancient rhino species Elasmotherium sibiricum, known as the Siberian unicorn, was long thought to have died some 200,000 to 100,000 years ago.Improved fossil dating, however, now suggests it survived until at least 39,000 years ago, likely sharing Eurasia with modern humans and Neanderthals.At any given moment in history, there were as many as 250 different rhinoceros species roaming the Earth. Perhaps most impressive among them: Elasmotherium sibiricum.Weighing nearly 4 tons (about the size of a compact SUV), it lived on the Eurasian grasslands, ranging from what is now southwestern Russia and Ukraine to Kazakhstan and Siberia.These so-called unicorns (named for the large single horn it may have once sported) eventually went extinct, the likely circumstances of which have only recently come into focus.“We dated a few specimens … and to our surprise they came in at less than 40,000 years old,” Adrian Lister, a Merit Researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, said in a statement.While no horn has ever been found, it is thought that the large bone on the head supported one (via Igor Doronin/Kosintsev et al.)In partnership with researchers from the Netherlands and Russia, Lister & Co. ended up with 23 dated fossils, all of which “very strongly” confirmed this species survived until at least 39,000 years ago.“Maybe as late as 35,000 years ago,” Lister added.Their results were published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.A true Ice Age giant, E. sibiricum weighed up to twice as much as a modern rhino. The distant relatives, however, share at least one thing in common: vegetarianism.According to Lister, the Siberian unicorn’s anatomy—particularly its “unusual teeth”— suggests it lived in open plains, grazing almost entirely on tough, dry grasses.Based on living horn-nosed mammals and Elasmotherium‘s restricted geographic range, researchers believe “it might have been quite a rare animal.”This natural scarcity, the Museum said, coupled with dramatic fluctuations in climate, may have been one of the factors that pushed it into extinction—around the same time Neanderthals died out.It’s unlikely, however, they were hunted into extinction.“There is no evidence at all that people had anything to do with it,” Lister said. “You can’t rule it out, but we don’t have any archaeological association of this animal with people in any way at any sites known so far.“The environment where the animal was living seems to have changed quite considerably around the same time it went extinct,” he continued. “So it is quite plausible that if it were a rare animal to start with then it would have been at a relatively high risk of extinction.”Scientists in Australia have, for the first time, extracted DNA from E sibiricum, helping to clarify where the Siberian unicorn and other members of the Elastrotherium genus fit on the rhinoceros evolutionary tree.It turns out the ancient group split from the modern sect roughly 43 million years ago, making the Siberian unicorn the last of a highly distinctive and ancient lineage.More coverage on Capture Rare Photos of World’s Most Endangered RhinoLast Male Northern White Rhino DiesRare Bird Fossil Discovered in Museum Storagelast_img read more

Ramos hints that instability caused Spains early World Cup exit

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos believes that the untimely sacking of Julen Lopetegui played a major role in their early World Cup exitThe Real Madrid defender wrote a long post on Instagram explaining how the sacking of his new club coach had a negative effect on the squad in their pre-tournament preparations.Lopetegui was infamously fired by the president of the REFEF, Luis Rubiales, after it was announced that he would be replacing Zinedine Zidane at Real for the upcoming season.The 51-year-old was quickly replaced by sporting director Fernando Hierro for the tournament, but Ramos felt that the damage had already been done at that point.“When we hadn’t even played our first game in the tournament, something happened that we did not expect,” he wrote.“I won’t talk about those acts or decisions but instability is never a good companion.“Even so, we maintained our cohesion and the strength and energy of a group of colleagues and friends but we have gone from more to less.“Although many think we could have done more, we didn’t know how to do more because we left every last drop of sweat on the pitch, our last bit of energy and bravery. Without a doubt, we always tried until the end.”But Ramos remains “proud” to be the leader of Spain and says that they will accept any critical comments thrown at them.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We accept any comments and criticism but let’s not forget how difficult winning is because everyone loses, except one team,” he added.“Only the side who are able to recover, persist and insist until exhaustion has the opportunity for glory and to raise the title.“It is precisely the great difficulty of doing it that elevates these victories and turns them into landmarks, into legend.“Unfortunately, most times you don’t win but the loser is the one who is beaten before they lose, who lowers his arms in the storm and who turns his back in the face of difficulty.“We could have done better and we should have done better but I’m not ashamed. I’m proud to be captain of this great team.”Spain were eliminated from the World Cup on Sunday after losing in a penalty shoot-out to Russia in the first knockout round.last_img read more

Chucks Produce moves beer wine dept

first_imgNatural grocer Chuck’s Produce and Street Market has moved its beer and wine to a separate retail store next door to its Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard store to make way for an expanded health and beauty aid department.The larger department will carry more vitamins, proteins and natural beauty products, said Shawn Jarrett, assistant manager of the store at 13215 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. He said the wine and beer store would be accessed from a separate entrance west of Chuck’s main door. Jarrett did not know whether the beer and wine store’s hours would extend beyond the store hours at Chuck’s, which is closed on Saturday and open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

Gov Gregoire signs samesex marriage bill

first_imgSame-sex marriage advocates marching to OlympiaOLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gregoire signed the bill surrounded by gay rights supporters. “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” she said. It’s a historic moment for the state, but same-sex couples can’t walk down the aisle just yet.The law takes effect June 7, but opponents on multiple fronts already are preparing to fight. Opponents filed Referendum 73 Monday afternoon. If they collect the more than 120,577 valid voter signatures by June 6, the law will be put on hold pending the outcome of a November vote. Separately, an initiative was filed at the beginning of the legislative session that opponents of gay marriage say could also lead to the new law being overturned. Gay marriage supporters said that while they are ready for a campaign battle, they are allowing themselves to celebrate first. “You have to relish this moment,” said 31-year-old Bret Tiderman of Seattle.The state reception room at the Capitol was packed with hundreds of gay-rights supporters and at least 40 lawmakers from the House and Senate to watch Gregoire sign the bill.Sen. Ed Murray, a Seattle Democrat who is gay and has sponsored gay rights legislation for years, told the cheering crowd: “My friends, welcome to the other side of the rainbow. No matter what the future holds, nothing will take this moment in history away from us.”last_img read more