Plants and animals sometimes take genes from bacteria, study of algae suggests

first_imgTo thrive in extreme environments like thermal springs, unicellular red algae (green) have taken in bacteria genes. Plants and animals sometimes take genes from bacteria, study of algae suggests Debashish Bhattacharya By Elizabeth PennisiJan. 29, 2019 , 4:45 PM Algae found in thermal springs and other extreme environments have heated up a long-standing debate: Do eukaryotes—organisms with a cell nucleus—sometimes get an evolutionary boost in the form of genes transferred from bacteria? The genomes of some red algae, single-celled eukaryotes, suggest the answer is yes. About 1% of their genes have foreign origins, and the borrowed genes may help the algae adapt to their hostile environment.The new research, posted last week as a preprint on bioRxiv, has not persuaded the most vocal critic of the idea that eukaryotes regularly receive beneficial bacterial DNA. But other scientists have been won over. The group provides a “fairly nice, rock-solid case for horizontal gene transfer” into eukaryotes, says Andrew Roger, a protist genomicist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.Many genome studies have shown that prokaryotes—bacteria and archaea—liberally swap genes among species, which influences their evolution. The initial sequencing of the human genome suggested our species, too, has picked up microbial genes. 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Martin believes any such transfers only occurred episodically early in the evolution of eukaryotes, as they internalized the bacteria that eventually became organelles such mitochondria or chloroplasts. If bacterial genes were continually moving into eukaryotes and being put to use, Martin says, a pattern of such gene accumulation should be discernible within the eukaryotic family tree, but there is none.Debashish Bhattacharya, an evolutionary genomicist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and UD plant biochemist Andreas Weber took a closer look at a possible case of bacteria-to-eukaryote gene transfer that Martin has challenged. The initial sequencing of genomes from two species of red algae called Cyanidiophyceae had indicated that up to 6% of their DNA had a prokaryotic origin. These so-called extremophiles, which live in acidic hot springs and even inside rock, can’t afford to maintain superfluous DNA. They appear to contain only genes needed for survival. “When we find a bacterial gene, we know it has an important function or it wouldn’t last” in the genome, Bhattacharya says.He and Weber turned to a newer technology that deciphers long pieces of DNA. The 13 red algal genomes they studied contain 96 foreign genes, nearly all of them sandwiched between typical algal genes in the DNA sequenced, which makes it unlikely they were accidentally introduced in the lab. “At the very least, this argument that [putative transferred genes are] all contamination should finally be obsolete,” says Gerald Schoenknecht, a plant physiologist at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.The transferred genes seem to transport or detoxify heavy metals, or they help the algae extract nourishment from the environment or cope with high temperature and other stressful conditions. “By acquiring genes from extremophile prokaryotes, these red algae have adapted to more and more extreme environments,” Schoenknecht says. Martin says the new evidence doesn’t persuade him. “They go to great lengths to find exactly what I say they should find if [horizontal gene transfer to eukaryotes] is real, but they do not find it,” he asserts. Others argue that gene transfer to eukaryotes is so rare, and the pressure to get rid of any but the most important borrowed genes is so strong, that transferred genes might not accumulate over time as Martin expects.Of course, Roger says, “What’s happening in red algae might not be happening in animals like us.” Humans and all other multicellular eukaryotes, including plants, have specialized reproductive cells, such as sperm or eggs or their stem cells, and only bacterial genes picked up by those cells could be passed on.Despite this obstacle, several insect researchers say they see evidence of such gene transfer. John McCutcheon, a biologist at Montana State University in Missoula who studies mealy bugs, is one. “I’ve moved beyond asking ‘if [the bacterial genes] are there,’ to how they work,” he says. The red algae, he adds, “is a very clear case.”last_img read more

Galaxy S4 gets the Lollipop update in India

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S4 running on the Exynos chipset has finallygot the much anticipated Lollipop update in India. Samsung recently began rolling out updates to the Exynos variant I9500 Galaxy S4.Galaxy S4 is the second Galaxy flagship phone to get theLollipop update. India is the second country after Russia to get the update.Samsung Galaxy S4 owners can download the OTA update from the phones settings.The update file will be around 990MB for which the users will have to empty atleast 3GB of internal space.Samsung Galaxy S4 was a popular phone manufactured under theGalaxy banner. The phone was launched in March 2013.  It has a 5 inch FullHD Super Amoled displaywith a pixel density of 441ppi.The phone is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset which is backed up by 2GBRAM. On the camera front, the phone sports a 13 megapixel primary camera and a2 megapixel secondary camera.last_img read more

Layoff Effect Dampening Already Depressed Summer Travel Planning

first_img7 Planning to travel this summer Fewer weekend trips Company has laid off/ communicated plans to lay off employees in past 6 months Bring less work while travelling 21 Will not bring work while travelling 17 Spend less money on vacation 35 32 22 10 Longer vacations Shorter vacation We’ll be releasing the full results of the Employment Confidence Survey next week.  For full results and survey methodology for this portion of our findings, please contact 10 % N=1338 Those planning to travel 46 Travelling shorter distances Bring more work when traveling 6 % N=266center_img 19 Will be doing something more for travel / work less (Net) 39 22 49% 60 10 16 Spend more money 4 10 More weekend trips 3 24 13 Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistic job report isn’t as positive as many anticipated, with nearly 470,000 jobs lost in June, up from a slowing in May of 322,000, bringing the unemployment rate to 9.5%.  With today’s news, the total number of job losses in 2009 is up to 3.4 million, out numbering the 3.1 million that were lost in the entirety of 2008.  Clearly these losses are affecting us all – both employed and unemployed, and most of us are making at least some changes in our everyday lives to help counteract the possibility, or reality, of losing all or part of our incomes.With summer upon us, so is the summer vacation. As one of the largest household expenses this time of year, this is one area in which many people are cutting back according to a survey commissioned by the career website and conducted by Harris Interactive®.More than half of U.S. adults (52%) say they are modifying their summer travel plans in certain ways compared to last year. While nearly three-quarters (74%) say they traveled last summer only 60% say they plan to travel this summer. Of those who do plan to travel, nearly half (49%) are planning to travel less or take more work with them, one-third (35%) will spend less money and nearly one-fourth (22%) will take shorter vacations and travel shorter distances.It’s not surprising that people unemployed might be cutting back on travel more than others, but we noted even employed adults who have watched others be laid off at their companies in the past six months were cutting back on travel more frequently than those who work for companies that haven’t had layoffs. As you can see from the chart below, nearly half (46%) of those who plan to travel this summer and work for companies that have laid off/communicated plans to lay off employees in the past 6 months plan to spend less money on holiday travel than they did last year, nearly one third (32%) plan to take a shorter break and nearly 29 percent plan to travel shorter distances.. Only 7 percent of U.S. adults who plan to travel this summer plan to spend more on summer vacations this year, and just 10 percent plan to take longer vacations than they have in the past.  While this is good news for those who fall into this category, it’s also interesting to note that only 1 percent say that they will not bring work along. Does this mean 73 percent will?  Hardly sounds like a vacation, and after the last economic year, we can all probably use a real break.  7 8 29 Traveling longer distances Will be doing something less for travel / work more (Net) 34last_img read more

Pochettino downplays Tottenham links to Grealish

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has downplayed the chances of Tottenham making a move for Jack Grealish in January, citing the lack of room in his team.The Aston Villa star was widely reported to be Spurs’ top target this summer, with links to the London club remaining right up through the transfer deadline.No move was made, however, and Spurs did not sign a single player during the summer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Grealish went on to sign a new five-year contract with the Championship side after the close of the window, and has since claimed missing out on the move did not bother him at all.However, reports continue to link Grealish with a move to Tottenham, perhaps as early as January.Asked about whether the club would return for the winger, Pochettino didn’t fully rule it out, but claimed at the moment his squad is full and did not need any new additions.“Look, I think there were plenty of players linked with Tottenham, not only last summer but in the previous season,” Pochettino said in a press conference on Friday.“You know it’s difficult to talk about rumours, about names. We’ll see what happens in January.“We have a full squad, we have 28 in the squad. It’s impossible to sign players if we don’t have the space. We have more, look what happened in the Champions League with Juan Foyth, GK Nkoudou and Vincent Janssen.“We don’t have enough space at the moment. I think it makes no sense now to talk about signing players.”Tottenham face Leicester on Saturday before a Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday, with a spot in the knockout stage on the line.However, Pochettino may be without Kieran Trippier, who returned from a month-long absence against Southampton but had to come off late.The defender will miss the Foxes match, and Pochettino conceded he is uncertain if Trippier will be ready for Barcelona, though it is not looking good at the moment.Kieran Trippier Spurs 18082018“I don’t know, I cannot guess,” Pochettino said when asked if Trippier would be ready. “After he came off on Wednesday I think first of all we need to try… We are creating a plan for him to try to help him improve.“If we apply common sense, it’s difficult for tomorrow to play when you come off. After 48 hours or 72 hours I think it’s not common sense to think in playing with him. And I don’t believe for Barcelona he’s going to be available. We’ll see, we need to assess him and we’ll see what happens, what’s going on after, to be training and resting with a plan to improve his problem.“He cannot cope with 90 minutes and that’s why we cannot make another mistake because after, in this busy fixture [period]. It’s difficult to play with some players thinking that you need to manage the bench because maybe he won’t arrive to complete the 90 minutes.“That’s why we need to be sure next time we think about putting him in to play that we’re right and that he’s going to cope with the 90 minutes. After, something can happen in football and you cannot avoid 100 per cent the risk, but it’s so important to be right and of course thinking about trying to help him always, like we’re thinking for all the players.”last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Liisa Fetig

first_imgFor six years, Liisa Fetig has worked at Network for Good to build innovate solutions for nonprofit organizations. Currently, she works with the Product and Development teams to build and maintain our all-in-one solution. She works directly with customers to ensure that their needs are being met with our products, that the product delivers on its value promise, and explores what the new features, opportunities, and types of customers are on the horizon.“There is so much good to be done in the world. Nonprofits play a really important role in highlighting different opportunities for other people to help.”Q&A with Liisa Fetig, Product ManagerWhat does a product manager do?My current focus is on our fundraising pages product as well as the platform that powers our donation processing and disbursements. As a product manager, I make sure that our backlog of product improvements and bug fixes is prioritized, and that we deliver solutions that meet our customers’ needs. I’m also continuously looking at what we can build next. In my role, I work very closely with our sales, marketing, and success teams to make sure I have a good pulse on our nonprofit customers, prospective nonprofits, and what the industry is doing.What’s your experience with nonprofits outside of Network for Good? I’ve been a volunteer for various nonprofits throughout my life. I have volunteered for several animal organizations as well as for a few LGBTQ programs.  I am very passionate about caring for animals, making sure there are sustainable pet practices, and making sure that people are educated about how animals impact their environment. I’ve done everything from volunteer at galas to moving things around warehouses to writing content for appeals to data entry to playing with (or “socializing”) rescue animals to organizing and leading groups for LGBTQ youth and their allies.What attracts you to nonprofits?I really like being able to empower nonprofits to affect these areas that don’t always receive a lot of focus or just other places where there is more good needed.What do you enjoy most about the work you do?I really enjoy that there is always a new challenge. There’s always a new way that we can innovate different solutions for nonprofits. I really like that I can connect directly with both nonprofits and donors, hear their feedback, and make a tangible difference in their lives.What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?It would either be to spend time relaxing at home with my cat, Charlotte, or to play board games with friends. My favorite board game is Betrayal at House on the Hill in which a group of people get together and explore a haunted house. It’s set like a B-horror movie in which you have a lot of different stereotypical characters who get caught up in a horror situation. You explore the house by drawing different tiles, and you either find different items that can be used later in the game or there’ll be events that are triggered, and you have to roll to see what happens. At a certain point after exploring the house, a “haunt” occurs and the entire game shifts from a cooperative game to adversarial where one person is the traitor and everyone else is playing the game against that person.Lightning RoundDream vacation? ParisMost recent book read? Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil GaimanLast movie seen in movie theater? A Simple FavorTheme song? “Shake It Off” by Taylor SwiftFavorite color? PurpleRead more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo instills winning mentality among teammates: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said the return of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo instills confidence in the squad as the record European champions begin their UEFA Champions League title defence against Apoel on Wednesday.Ronaldo had been handed a domestic five-match ban after pushing a referee during the Spanish Super Cup first leg. In the next three La Liga matches, Real have won one and drawn three.”I prefer Cristiano to be with us always. We are not talking about dependency, what I want is to have all players ready and able to play,” Zidane said at a press conference prior to Wednesday’s match.”He does not contribute with just goals. He is an important player in the squad, a leader who always wants to win and instills that among his teammates,” the former Real Madrid player added.Zidane said that Ronaldo was focused on the task ahead and was very happy to have the opportunity to play again.”We are glad because he is in a good form both physically and mentally, despite all what happened and what has been said he is very good. I am happy to see him again on field,” he added.The manager said that the squad was very excited with Cristiano’s return as they try to defend their Champions League’s title, although the mission would not be easy.last_img read more

Huawei P20, P20 Plus to be unveiled on March 27, invite hints at triple camera setup

first_imgOver the past few weeks, rumours have been pouring in about Huawei unveiling the P20-series on March 27. The upcoming series is tipped to include the P20, P20 Plus and P20 Lite that will succeed the P10-series. Notably, the first two have been rumoured to sport a triple camera setup, which Huawei has seemingly confirmed in the invite that is being sent out to the media. The invite also confirms that the company will be holding an event on March 27 in Paris, France.The invitation being sent out shows the Eiffel Tower in the background with three circles translucent circles over it, which is very suggestive of the three camera lenses that will be seen on the back of the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus. The invite also features a tagline, See mooore with AI, where the three os further emphases the triple camera setup. The AI part of the tagline most refers to the company’s Kirin 970 chipset which comes with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit that is designed as an AI accelerator. All three P20 smartphones are expected to be powered by the Kirin 970 chipset.As far as the triple camera setup is concerned, past rumours and leaked images suggest that cameras will be placed vertically on the top corner on the back alongside a dual-LED flash. The third camera is expected to offer 5X hybrid zoom. The front of the P20 is tipped to sport a 24-megapixel dual camera setup along with the company’s own facial recognition system that is set to be 10 times more accurate than Apple’s Face ID.advertisementThe Huawei P20, P20 Plus and P20 Lite are all expected to sport edge-to-edge displays with a notch cut out similar to the iPhone X. Much like Apples latest iPhone, the notch on the P20 will house the cameras, earpiece and various sensors for facial recognition. The P20 Lite was recently certified by FCC where its schematics suggests that it could feature a 6.1-inch (1080×2280) display with an unconventionally long 19:9 display. The schematics further notes that P20 Lite will measure 148x70mm. The phone will likely bear a dual rear camera setup and will house a 2900mAh battery.Huawei has also confirmed its presence at the MWC 2018 later this month. The company is expected to announce a few new products that could include a new Mediapad tablet, Huawei Pay and a successor to the Huawei Watch 2. Nothing has been confirmed as of now so we will have to wait until the end of the month to find out what Huawei has in store for us.ALSO READ: Huawei P20 may come with triple camera setup, Android 8.1 Oreo and iPhone X-like notch<br />last_img read more

Q&A with Caterpillar’s Tim Lindsey: How Can Sustainability Drive Innovation?

first_imgWRI’s Business Center will bring insights and opinions of those leading the charge across the corporate sustainability landscape through our new blog series, The Hot Seat. Over the coming months, we’ll sit down with a wide range of corporate leaders to discuss how businesses can tackle environmental challenges while seizing opportunities. The series draws largely on the expertise of members of the Corporate Consultative Group, a diverse collection of leading companies working closely with WRI to advance corporate sustainability across the planet. There’s no doubt that “innovation” is one of today’s hottest corporate buzzwords. From business models to core product offerings, companies that are able to deliver new ways to engage customers can capture investor attention, headlines and expanded market share.Sustainability is increasingly acting as a lever for innovation. From reducing emissions to products made from recycled or waste materials to new business models, sustainability-inspired innovation can raise brand profile, reduce value chain risk and drive revenue growth. I sat down with Caterpillar’s Global Director of Sustainable Development, Tim Lindsey, to discuss how innovation can dovetail with sustainability efforts. Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development at Caterpillar. Photo Credit: LinkedInWRI: Some companies, especially those considered tech companies, may be thought of as innovative due to the types of products they produce – for example, Apple. What does innovation mean in the context of a more traditional manufacturing company?Tim Lindsey (TL): “Innovation” is really any new idea, device, material or process that, when implemented, can lead to really positive change. So I agree there is a tendency to think of innovation in terms of electronics because we see so many new consumer-facing products coming out of those sectors. But innovation can be about anything that has not already been implemented within a company, even if other organizations have been using it for decades. Typical constraints for innovation often include uncertainty associated with its compatibility with existing culture, values and ways of doing things. WRI: How can looking at innovation through a sustainability lens change the way a company innovates?TL: The reason you innovate in the first place is to improve performance. Unlike traditional continuous improvement programs – which focus on small improvements consistently over time – innovation is often about increasing a lot of performance in a short amount of time. The reason you want to be innovative is to get those big gains. When you really find a good innovation opportunity through a sustainability lens, you simultaneously capture improvements in profitability, environmental performance and social responsibility. Essentially, the sustainability lens helps broaden the focus of, and benefits derived from, innovation. We’ve had some nice examples of that in the last couple years at Caterpillar. WRI: Like what?TL: Most recently, we introduced our hybrid excavator that, depending on the application and the skill of the operator, achieves about a 25-50 percent fuel efficiency and emissions-reduction gain. Others have tried to develop heavy machinery that use batteries to store waste energy—similar to hybrid vehicles—and they haven’t performed very well. We decided to try it with hydraulics because we are experts in that, and it’s worked out really well. Energy associated with lowering an excavator’s boom (or arm), for example, goes into an accumulator that uses this energy to send the boom back the other direction. It is an Edison Award-winning technology for innovation. WRI: For both sustainability and innovation efforts to be successful, they have to be embraced across the company—not just in the sustainability team. How can sustainability priorities be diffused across different teams to spur innovation? TL: It’s important to note that sustainability in business is an innovation in and of itself. It’s an idea-based innovation, similar to the assembly line or e-commerce or “lean” manufacturing; it’s a different way of doing business that offers a lot of benefits. As such, it can be difficult to implement because it may be perceived to be incompatible with the way a company has done things over the years. Additionally, because so many aspects of sustainability are rather technical, it can be difficult to get key internal stakeholders on the same page. And then there’s the old paradigm of “business vs. the environment,” which is still out there. Those of us in the sustainability profession can forget that it’s a fundamentally different paradigm that says you can improve business and the environment at the same time—we’re still educating colleagues across our organization. What we’re seeing now is the expansion of a new quality paradigm. Since the time of the first industrial revolution to after WW II, it was commonly perceived that quality and productivity were at odds with one another in business. Then programs like Total Quality Management and the Toyota Production System came along, and they were able to show that you could simultaneously improve both quality and productivity by preventing problems and waste. In essence, when we talk about sustainability, we’re talking about a similar concept: that we can simultaneously improve business performance and environmental and social performance with similar techniques of preventing value chain issues, cutting waste and reducing pollution. We can be more efficient, more productive and introduce superior products and services. Talking about sustainability as part of a new quality paradigm can help make it an easier sell, and can facilitate introducing incremental aspects of sustainability – within quality programs – across the business. Caterpillar has adopted a “lean” system, which is heavily focused on eliminating all types of waste. So you add environmental waste to that and wasted human potential. You focus not only on the quality of products and processes, but also quality of community, quality of our teams and quality of the environment. Suddenly you are well aligned with a basic approach to overall quality. You just need to expand the way you look at quality and tie it to how you positively impact your customer base. Margaret Gamble, an intern with WRI’s Communications Team, also contributed to this blog post. Disclosure: Caterpillar is a donor to WRI and a member of its Corporate Consultative Group. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of WRI.last_img read more

Sterling a doubt for Carabao Cup final

first_imgManchester City Sterling a doubt for Carabao Cup final Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 21:42 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Raheem Sterling Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Arsenal v Manchester City Arsenal League Cup The winger missed the defeat at Wigan on Monday with a muscle injury and Pep Guardiola insists he does not know if he will be fit to return at Wembley Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is a doubt for the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal on Sunday.Pep Guardiola revealed during his pre-match press conference on Friday that Sterling picked up a muscle injury against Basel in the Champions League 10 days ago, and that kept him out of Monday’s game against Wigan.And the Catalan says he “doesn’t know” if the England international will recover in time for Sunday’s game against Wembley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He had a problem with muscle, he had a problem against Basel,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know if he’s ready for Sunday.”Gabriel Jesus, however, could return to the City squad, having trained with his team-mates in the past few days.”We will see tomorrow,” Guardiola said of Jesus. “He made the third session yesterday. Every day he is better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Matt Leinart Reveals His 2 ‘Most Complete’ Teams In College Football

first_imgMatt Leinart wearing a blue sweater.Fox Sports 1.Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart revealed his two “most complete” teams in the country through Week 6.Fox Sports college football analyst Matt Leinart revealed the two teams he believes are most complete in college football through 6 weeks. Leinart, a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for USC, said he believes Washington and Ohio State are the most- complete teams in the country.IMO Washington and Ohio State are the two most complete teams in CFB! @SiriusXMCollege— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) October 13, 2016Leinart chose Washington and Ohio State over a few notable teams, including Alabama, Michigan, and Clemson. According to ESPN’s Team Efficiency rating, which rates each team’s unit (offense, defense, special teams) based on point contributions, Alabama, Clemson, and Michigan are all ahead of Ohio State. Only Michigan is ahead of Washington in the Team Efficiency rating.Ohio State is in the top three of scoring offense and scoring defense in country. The Washington Huskies are in the top six of both of those categories.The Buckeyes and Huskies are ranked No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, according to the AP Poll. Both Ohio State and Washington are off to a great start this season, and have their eye on a conference championship. Ohio State’s road is a little tougher, as they will have to go through Michigan to win the Big Ten.The Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers in a matchup of top 10 teams this weekend. The Huskies host Oregon State in a conference game.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. DIGBY COUNTY: Salmon River Bridge The Salmon River Bridge on Trunk 1 in Salmon River is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. The bridge has an 18 tonne weight restriction. Vehicles over 18 tonnes must use the detour route on Salmon River Road, Exit 32, Highway 101 to Exit 31. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

Indian tycoon calls moneylaundering accusations baseless

first_imgLONDON – Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya insisted he was innocent of money-laundering accusations Monday after the evacuation of a London court building forced him to face a swarm of journalists he had sought to avoid.The start of Mallya’s extradition hearing was delayed by 70 minutes because of the emergency evacuation at Westminster Magistrates Court, leaving the 61-year-old businessman and former politician to mingle with the media outside.Television crews from India pursued him until he briefly proclaimed he had done nothing wrong.“The allegations are baseless, unfounded, deliberate, and you will see our submissions in court,” Mallya said.Reporters kept circling him on the sidewalk.“The answer will be given to the judge. You think you are going to conduct a trial by media?” he asked.Once the court’s emergency alarm stopped, lawyers for the Indian government started presenting a complex case against Mallya in support of the extradition request.Mark Summers, presenting India’s case on behalf of Indian prosecutors, described Mallya’s attempt to prop up his ailing Kingfisher Airlines with bank loans in 2009 despite the carrier’s dire financial straits.“It was an airline in trouble at this stage, seeking financial assistance from a large number of banks and a large amount of money,” Summers said.Summers indicated the government plans to show that loans totalling hundreds of millions of dollars were misused. Indian officials have said Mallya is deeply in debt.Kingfisher Airlines eventually defaulted on the loans. Summers said there were reasons to believe that was Mallya’s intent all along.“His company was in intensive care. The market was in intensive care. It was heading in only one direction,” Summers said. “The defendant had a choice: Either you take those losses on yourself and impinge on your own lifestyle, or you try and palm it off on a bank.”Mallya, wearing a well-tailored suit and freshly barbered hair, sat impassively in the dock as the case against him was presented. His lawyer asked the judge to allow the entrepreneur to be seated inside the courtroom instead of the glass-enclosed dock, but the request was denied.Scotland Yard’s extradition unit arrested Mallya in response to a request from the Indian government.Mallya launched Kingfisher Airlines in 2005, but it ran into trouble as it expanded. The Indian government suspended the airline’s license in 2012 after it failed to pay pilots and engineers for months.The extradition hearing is expected to take roughly two weeks and lead to a verdict on whether Mallya will be sent back to India or allowed to remain in Britain.The tycoon will have the right to a further appeal if he loses his bid to remain in the United Kingdom.last_img read more

China, US start trade talks ahead of March tariff deadline

BEIJING — U.S. and Chinese negotiators began trade talks Thursday that President Donald Trump says will help decide whether he escalates a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions by raising tariffs on $200 billion of imports from China.Businesspeople and economists say the two days of talks are unlikely to resolve the battle that threatens to drag on weakening global economic growth. They say Chinese negotiators are trying to persuade Trump they are making enough progress to postpone a March 2 deadline for the duty increase.The chief American envoy, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and his Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Liu He, shook hands at the start of the meeting at a government guesthouse but said nothing to reporters.There are few signs of movement on the thorniest issue: Washington’s demand that Beijing scale back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics and other technologies. China’s trading partners say those violate Beijing’s market-opening obligations and some American officials worry they might erode U.S. industrial leadership.Trump agreed in December to postpone more tariff hikes while the two sides negotiate. That expires March 1. The following day, a 10 per cent tariff imposed in July on $200 billion of Chinese imports would rise to 25 per cent.On Tuesday, Trump said while he is not inclined to extend the deadline, he might let it “slide for a little while” if talks go well. Earlier, the White House called March 2 a “hard deadline.”Business groups see the decision by the top trade envoys, Lighthizer and Liu, to take part in person as a sign the negotiations are making progress. Thursday was their second meeting following negotiations last month in Washington.The U.S. delegation also included Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and David Malpass, a Treasury undersecretary who is Trump’s nominee for World Bank president.Companies on both sides have been battered by Washington’s tariffs and retaliatory duties imposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government. The stakes are rising as global economic growth cools.Trump hiked tariffs on Chinese goods over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. The dispute has spread to include Chinese industry development, cyberspying and the countries’ lopsided trade balance.Chinese leaders have offered to narrow their multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States. But they balk at making major changes in development plans they see as a path to prosperity and more global influence.Chinese officials reject complaints that foreign companies are required to hand over technology. But business groups and foreign governments point to rules they say compel companies to disclose trade secrets or share technology with state-owned partners.Chinese officials also are balking at U.S. pressure to accept an enforcement mechanism to monitor whether Beijing carries out its promises.Beijing has tried to deflect pressure by emphasizing China’s growth as an export market. It has announced changes over the past year to open finance and other fields, including allowing full foreign ownership in its auto industry for the first time.Regulators have announced plans to improve protection of foreign patents and copyrights.It is unclear whether that will satisfy Washington and other governments that complain the system is rigged to extract technology from foreign companies and to use official industrial standards to shield Chinese enterprises from competition.___AP journalists Christopher Bodeen and Emily Wang contributed to this report.The Associated Press read more

Sheriff: 1 body recovered from Texas cargo plane crash site

ANAHUAC, Texas — Search and recovery crews have recovered one body from the site where a Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed into a coastal bay near Houston with three people aboard.The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that the body was recovered late Saturday night from the waters of Trinity Bay.Atlas Air said it was flying flight 3591 for Amazon. The jumbo jet had departed from Miami and was likely moments from landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when witnesses said it crashed nose-first into the bay. The crash happened about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, about 35 miles (55 kilometres) east of Houston.Aside from crew members, the searchers are focused on finding and recovering the black boxes investigators hope will provide clues to the cause of the crash.The Associated Press read more

JVP accuses Government of failing to protect public

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused the Government of failing to protect the public, even from mosquitoes.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the only solution given to the public to save themselves from the issues they face, is death. Speaking at an even in Maharagama today, Tilvin Silva said that the coalition Government is having internal issues and so is unable to resolve National issues.Tilvin Silva claims only the JVP can resolve the issues faced  by the public and build a better society in the country. (Colombo Gazette)

Canadas GDP grows 02 per cent in May as manufacturing rebounds Statcan

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian economy grew for a third consecutive month in May, rising 0.2 per cent overall as 13 of 20 sectors advanced.Statistics Canada says the increase in real gross domestic product was led by a rebound in manufacturing, following a decline in April.It says manufacturing expanded 1.2 per cent overall as motor vehicle production returned to normal in May, following temporary shutdowns and unusual production schedules.The construction sector as well as transportation and warehousing sector also grew in May.But Statistics Canada says wholesale trade declined 1.4 per cent after four consecutive gains and retail trade contracted 0.4 per cent, the first monthly decline since last July.

Regina police officer pleads guilty to one assault opts for trial on

A member of the Regina Police Service facing a pair of assault charges has pleaded guilty to one, but will take the other to trial.Cpl. Colin Magee appeared at Regina Provincial Court on Monday morning, when his defence lawyer Aaron Fox advised the court his client was entering a guilty plea to one count of common assault.The court hasn’t yet heard any details of the offence. A sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 21 in relation to that charge, which pertains to an assault on a teenage boy from Sept. 27, 2018.A second common assault charge was also spoken to — pertaining to an adult male from Sept. 26, 2018 — but in that case, Fox said his client was pleading not guilty. As the Crown has proceeded by indictment — the more serious way of treating a charge — Magee had a choice between having a trial at provincial court or Court of Queen’s Bench. He opted for provincial court, and a trial date was set for Dec. 18.A handful of uniformed police officers, appearing to be present in support of Magee, filed out behind their colleague once the matters were adjourned.In an emailed statement issued later in the day, an RPS spokesperson explained Magee remains on administrative duties within the building, with no contact with members of the public, as the charges are before the court. Once the criminal matters are concluded, then the service will complete the administrative investigation, under The Police Act, before any final decisions are made. The Public Complaints Commission will be part of the administrative process, as well as the RPS. “This is a step in the process; not the conclusion yet,” it notes.Magee was charged in April as the result of investigations by the Public Complaints Commission (PCC). Both charges pertain to allegations that arose in September 2018 in the detention area of Regina Police Service headquarters.At the time Magee’s charges were announced, Chief Evan Bray confirmed Magee was moved to the detention area around January of that year while moving out of administrative duties relating to a prior assault charge that was in mediation. Crown prosecutor Bill Burge said mediation was successfully completed on that prior matter and the charge was withdrawn as a result.Magee, a 17-year member of the city police, was placed back on administrative duties as a result of the September charges, pending the outcome of the criminal case and an internal investigation.He has also been the subject of an unrelated PCC investigation pertaining to a complaint by a citizen who said Magee swore at him after the man contacted police for help.Magee previously worked on the RPS’ underwater investigation and recovery team. In 2004, he received a commendation for helping rescue a woman and her two small children from a burning read more

Football JK Dobbins carrying Ohio State offense through first three games

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFreshman running back J.K. Dobbins again made it known early on that he was going to have a major impact on the success of Ohio State’s offense.After his first play of the game netted the team six yards, he carried the ball 36 yards three plays later to set his team up inside the red zone.The rest of the game, it was more of the same as Dobbins continued to run all over the Army defense en route to a 172-yard game, spread out over just 13 carries and notching two of the team’s five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 victory over the Black Knights.“He’s a perfect tailback. He’s a space player that we need,” coach Urban Meyer said. Though Dobbins finished the game with eye-popping numbers, it took the offense a while to put the ball in his hands. The first-year running back finished the first half with just seven rushes for 63 yards, though he did make one rush count as it went for a 2-yard touchdown.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) celebrates with senior offensive linebacker Jamarco Jones (74) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut he kicked off the third quarter with a bang, carrying the first handoff of the team’s first second-half drive 22 yards to Ohio State’s 48-yard line before taking the next handoff 52 yards to the house to cap off the drive to put the Buckeyes ahead 24-7.To Dobbins, the run required just as much effort from him as it did from his teammates.“I saw that my teammates were blocking very well for me, and then I just had to beat one person,” Dobbins said. “I kind of pride myself on beating the first person that gets there to me, so it was off to the races after that.”This type of production is hardly anything new for the true freshman.This season, he has totalled 425 yards on 55 carries (7.72 average yards per carry) with six rushes going for at least 20 yards. His first game broke an Ohio State record for most yards by a true freshman in his debut game, and his 13.2 average yards per carry against Army was a higher single-game average than former Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott averaged in any game.With hot starts and impressive stat lines being a regular occurrence, it comes as no surprise Dobbins has been compared to the current Dallas Cowboys’ star, but nonetheless, Dobbins has been humbled by the praise.“Zeke, he’s a legend here, and he’s such a great player. And you know, before I came here, I wanted to be like Zeke,” Dobbins said. “I knew I’d get a good start, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) in the first quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHow much the offense sees from Dobbins still remains somewhat of a mystery. Though redshirt sophomore Mike Weber has been held to only seven carries for 42 yards due to a lingering hamstring injury, he has continued to be listed as the co-starting running back on the team’s weekly depth chart and has been seen frequently running pre-game drills with the starters. Regardless of who is slotted in as the top running back for the team, wide receiver Terry McLaurin said he feels confident that Dobbins will make the most of any role he is used in and will continue to be a boost to the offense.“He’s that home run hitter that you want back there,” McLaurin said. “Him and Mike are a great one-two punch and you know if you do your job on the perimeter, he’s going to make one guy miss and he’s going to turn on the jets and do what he does and we’re just excited to have him on our side.” read more

From time to time we screw up Sky News reporter on picking

first_imgSource: Sky News via London’s News Videos/YouTubeTHE SKY NEWS reporter who picked up luggage at the MH17 crash site has apologised for the incident, saying that he ‘screwed up’.Veteran reporter Colin Brazier has written in the Guardian of how he was overcome with emotion during the report.“During that lunchtime broadcast I stood above a pile of belongings, pointing to items strewn across the ground,” he explained. “Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a pink drinking flask. It looked familiar. My six-year-old daughter, Kitty, has one just like it.“I bent down and, what my Twitter critics cannot hear – because of the sound quality of internet replays of the broadcast – is that I had lost it. It is a cardinal sin of broadcasting, in my book anyway, to start blubbing on-air. He said that he wasn’t “thinking clearly” and that he “got things wrong”.Brazier was broadcast live on Sky News picking up items of luggage at the crash scene.However, he immediately stopped himself and apologised on air, with the station issuing a separate apology later that day.In today’s piece, he described the scene as “like the set of a horror story… a butcher’s yard”.“As I type I can smell the nauseating scent of death that clings to me still,” he wrote. “I have seen burned bodies before… but nothing on this scale.”He said that “understanding the boundaries of decency and taste” are principles of good journalism, but “from time to time, we screw up”.The incident has since gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube while Braizer was subjected to a torrent of abuse on social media.Latest: Separatists hand over MH17 black boxes, but Australia says there is a “cover-up” >Read: Irish-born woman among those killed in MH17 crash >last_img read more