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Pak forms team to probe Hazarganj attack as Hazaras continue sitin forPak forms team to probe Hazarganj attack as Hazaras continue sitin for

first_imgKarachi: A team comprising senior counter-terror officials have been formed to investigate an ISIS suicide attack targeting Hazara Shias in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, even as the community continued their sit-in for a third day on Sunday demanding better security measures. An ISIS bomber blew himself in Hazarganj fruits and vegetable market in provincial capital Quetta Friday morning, killing 21 people and injuring 60 others, mostly Hazaras. The ISIS Saturday released a photograph of the attacker along with his name and said the attack targeted Shia Muslims. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that a team of Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials had visited the site of the attack to collect evidence, DawnNewsTV reported. The body parts of the suspected attacker have been sent to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency for DNA testing, he said, adding that the test reports would be handed over to Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal. The official did not specify when the test reports would be issued. Meanwhile, the Hazara community members are continuing a sit-in on the main Western Bypass road in Quetta to protest against what they term as the persistent failure of law enforcement agencies to provide them security. The sit-in started soon after the suicide blast ripped through the market on Friday. Women and children are among those who have been staging the sit-in. The protesters demand an effective security plan to ensure the protection of the Hazara Shia community. Chief Minister Khan visited the families of the victims Saturday and said that his government is taking responsible steps to root out terrorist activities from the province. He also requested the protesters to end their sit-in. Despite reassurances, the protesters refused to call off their sit-in until all their demands were met, including the arrests of those involved in the attack, steps for protection of the community, and implementation of NAP without discrimination. Hazaras make up a significant minority group in Pakistan and most of them live in Quetta.last_img read more

Terror groups may be recruiting more women to wage jihad StudyTerror groups may be recruiting more women to wage jihad Study

first_imgWashington: Terror groups may be increasingly recruiting women, data from the first large-scale research project evaluating the characteristics of women involved in jihadism-inspired terrorism has found, days after Sri Lanka witnessed the country’s worst terror attack. A woman was part of the nine suicide bombers in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and intelligence officials say more women posing as devotees were planning to carry our terror attacks on Buddhist temples in the island nation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportA study published on Monday by the North Carolina State University in the US found significant differences between men and women in both their backgrounds and their roles within terrorist groups. For the study, researchers drew on data from the Western Jihadism Project, based at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, which collects data on terrorists associated with Al-Qaeda-inspired organisations. The researchers conducted comparative analyses of 272 women and 266 men, who were matched to control for variables such as ethnicity, nation of residence and age at radicalisation. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThere were significant differences in background for men and women. For example, only 2 per cent of women had a criminal background before radicalisation, compared to 19 per cent of men. While about 14 per cent of men had no profession in the six months preceding their affiliation with a terrorist group, almost 42 per cent of women were unemployed during the same timeframe, the study found. “The data also suggests that terrorist organisations may be increasingly recruiting women,” says Sarah Desmarais, an associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State and co-author of the paper. “For example, 34 per cent of the women in our sample were born after 1990, while only 15 per cent of men were born after 1990. Since we were able to control for age at radicalisation, this suggests an increase in women’s involvement in terrorist groups,” she said. The research also highlighted different roles for women in terrorist action. “Women were less likely than men to be involved in planning or carrying out terrorist attacks,” Christine Brugh, lead author of a paper on the work and a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University. “Only 52 per cent of the women were involved in plots, compared to 76 per cent of men,” Brugh said. “In many ways, the roles of the women in these terrorist groups are consistent with traditional gender norms,” Desmarais said. “The women were more likely to play behind-the-scenes roles aimed at supporting the organisation,” Brugh said.last_img read more

Despite the powerful storm felt in Dunnvilleit was not a tornadoDespite the powerful storm felt in Dunnvilleit was not a tornado

Environment Canada says it was a thunderstorm fueled by muggy weather, that left a path of destruction behind.Haldimand County Councillor, Bernie Corbett says, Dunnville has experienced damage like this during winter storms in the past,but to his knowledge – has never been hit by such a powerful summer thunderstorm.Dunnville was one of several communities in Southern Ontario hit by the storm including Binbrook and South Hamilton.It was a storm fueled by the heat and humidity bathing the region and much of the province. Delivering driving rains, whipping up the wind and knocking out the power for several hours.Matt Ingram takes a look at the damage left behind. read more

Annan mourns death of British statesman Lord Roy JenkinsAnnan mourns death of British statesman Lord Roy Jenkins

A statement issued by a UN spokesperson said Mr. Annan regretted the loss of “this great statesman,” intellectual and writer, and praised his “lifelong commitment to the European cause.” A senior figure in the British Labour Party and former President of the European Commission, Lord Jenkins’ political career spanned more than 50 years.The Secretary-General also extended his condolences to Lord Jenkins’ family, friends and many colleagues in the United Kingdom and around the world. read more

Canadian dollar little changed ahead of employment merchandise trade dataCanadian dollar little changed ahead of employment merchandise trade data

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed little changed Wednesday as traders looked ahead to key economic reports coming out over the next couple of days.The loonie added 0.01 of a cent to 90.25 cents U.S. for a fifth day of gains.On Thursday, traders will look to the release of the merchandise trade balance data for December. Economists expect the deficit to have narrowed to $650 million from $900 the previous month.“Indications of a jump in U.S. customs receipts provide reason for optimism that some of the increase will be shared by Canadian firms, sending exports up $400 million in the month,” said RBC assistant chief economist Paul Ferley.“Some of the strength is also expected to reflect indications of oil prices rising in December, particularly the price of western Canadian oil, that will provide a boost to the nominal value of petroleum exports.”But the main focus is on the January jobs report, which comes out on Friday. Economists estimate the Canadian economy created about 20,000 jobs after the economy shed 44,000 in December.Ahead of that data and the release at the end of the week of the U.S. government’s jobs report, payroll firm ADP reported that the private sector created 175,000 jobs in the United States in January, about 15,000 short of what was forecast. Economists had been expecting that it would show that 190,000 jobs were added.Also, the Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing index showed rising expansion in January, coming in at 54, up a full point from December.The loonie has now advance five consecutive sessions since hitting its worst levels in 4 1/2 years late last week.Analysts point to data out at the end of last week showing the Canadian economy grew for a fifth straight month in November, up 0.2 per cent. Also, Scotiabank noted the markets are now pricing in a 16 per cent probability of an interest rate cut over the next 12 months, well off a 38 per cent probability on Jan. 10.The loonie has also ridden a wave of optimism after a report from the U.S. State Department last week raised expectations that the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oilsands crude from Alberta to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast, will be approved. Such a move could give a boost to the energy sector.On top of that, the International Monetary Fund expects the Canadian economy will grow 2.2 per cent this year, up from an estimated 1.7 per cent in 2013 as the U.S. continues to import rising volumes of oil from Canada.On the commodity markets, the March crude contract in New York gained 19 cents to US$97.38 a barrel.The March copper contract was unchanged at US$3.19 a pound while April gold bullion futures gained $5.70 to US$1,256.90 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2014 7:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar little changed ahead of employment, merchandise trade data read more

Jonas Kallman thinking about OFF from SwedenJonas Kallman thinking about OFF from Sweden

Jonas KallmanSwedish handball ← Previous Story Lasse Boesen (SG Flensburg): “I am surprised with change of coach” Next Story → Talented Rasmus Lauge three more years in BSV As his teammate, Kim Andersson, who decided to stop playing for Swedish national team after World Cup 2011 at homeground, also, Swedish star from BM Ciudad Real, Jonas Kallman (29) thinking to do the same, but from different reasons:– The last two or three years I have been in fantastic form, but did not receive more than perhaps 50-60 percent of what I can in the squad. That can be frustrating and maybe it is better to finish after next competition  “says Källman for Swedish PRESS.Kallman is playing in BM Ciudad Real since 2002.  He was a part of all major success of Spanish team, including a winning of three Champions League.  He went to Spain very young with 21. read more

Six face terror charges in GreeceSix face terror charges in Greece

first_imgSix people arrested in Athens yesterday, including including two suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, will face court over charges of terrorism, according to reports. Greece’s Chief of Police Lefteris Oikonomou told reporters that the arrests came amid “serious indications” that a new terrorist attack was being planned,  Kathimerini says.Kathimerini reports police seized heavy weaponry and explosives in raids across Athens and several other cities on the weekend. According to Kathimerini , the weekend’s raids turned up three Scorpion sub-machine guns, three Kalashnikov assault rifles and seven handguns, as well as 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO), 200 grams of TNT, ammunition and four hand grenades.Police also discovered a rucksack containing a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Scorpion sub-machine gun and ammunition on farmland near Halkidiki, northern Greece, Kathimerini reports.The charges do not identify their terrorist organisation, but previous arrest warrants against two of the suspects connected them with the radical Greek anarchist group Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire.Greek police chief Lefteris Oikonomou said that ballistic tests on the weapons seized during Saturday’s raids have failed so far to connect the suspects to any known terrorist attacks.Police had hoped the raids would establish a connection between the Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire and another Greek radical group, Sect of Revolutionaries.Of the two, the sect has been the most violent one, killing an anti-terrorism police officer guarding a witness in a terrorism trial in June 2009, and a journalist in July. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pensioner hangs himself in Nikaia parkPensioner hangs himself in Nikaia park

first_imgA 61-year-old pensioner was found hanging from a tree on Wednesday, in the Agios Filipos park of the Nikaia area. The lifeless body of the pensioner was discovered by a park attendant, who also found his suicide note which read as follows:“The police does not know me. I have never touched a drink in my life. Of women and drugs I have never even dreamed of. I have never been to a kafenio (coffee house), I just worked all day! But I commited one horrendous crime: I became a professional at age 40 and I plunged myself in debt. Now, I’m an idiot of 61 years and I have to pay. I hope my grandchildren are not born in Greece, seeing as there will be no Greeks here from now on. Let them at least know another language, because Greek will be wiped off the map! Unless of course there was a politician with Thatcher’s balls so as to put us and our state in line. Signed, Alexandros 29/5/2012″His neighbours described the pensioner – a father of two- as a hard working man. He had been employed in ship repairs and construction sites and up until recently, he had been working as an electrician on a merchant ship.He was facing sizeable financial problems and it was these that pushed him over the edge.According to neighbours, prior to taking his own life, he was seen wearing his work overalls, carrying his tools and sitting on a bench in the park. None of them however, imagined what he had in mind. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La Chine réussit son premier baiser spatial en mode manuelLa Chine réussit son premier baiser spatial en mode manuel

first_imgLa Chine réussit son premier baiser spatial en mode manuelDimanche, la Chine a réussi son premier amarrage en mode manuel entre le vaisseau spatial Shenzhou IX et le module Tiangong-1. Ceci constituait la principale mission de l’équipage du vaisseau et une étape importante pour la suite du programme spatial chinois.C’est une nouvelle étape de réussie pour les membres de l’équipage du Shenzhou IX. Un peu plus de six jours après avoir effectué un premier amarrage au module Tiangong-1 déjà en orbite et avoir pénétré à l’intérieur, les trois taïkonautes, Liu Yang, Jing Haipeng et Liu Wang ont en effet complété leur mission la plus importante : réaliser un nouvel amarrage cette fois-ci en mode manuel. C’est dimanche peu avant 14H50 GMT que le “baiser spatial” a été réalisé plusieurs heures après que l’équipage a regagné le vaisseau Shenzhou IX et que ce dernier s’est séparé du module. Le spationaute Liu Wang a pris les commandes de l’engin sous les regards et le contrôle des équipes au sol. Une opération qu’ont également suivie des millions de Chinois sur la télévision nationale CCTV. Quelques minutes après que le vaisseau est entré en contact avec le module, le centre de contrôle spatial de Pékin a annoncé la réussite de la manoeuvre qui est d’une importance capitale pour la poursuite du programme spatial chinois. “Le succès de cette mission de rendez-vous manuel représente une avancée majeure. L’amarrage a été précis, parfait”, a déclaré la porte-parole du programme chinois de vol habité, Wu Ping, lors d’une conférence de presse à Pékin.En effet, les amarrages manuels peuvent s’avérer nécessaires en cas de défaillance des systèmes automatiques. Néanmoins, la manoeuvre est très délicate dans la mesure où les deux vaisseaux tournent autour de la Terre à quelque 28.000 kilomètres par heure et risquent de se détruire mutuellement en cas de collision. Liu Wang avait ainsi répété au moins 1.500 fois au sol l’amarrage en mode manuel, réalisé avec des manettes situées à gauche et à droite de son siège à bord de Shenzhou IX. Très concentré, le taïkonaute était assis entre Liu Yang, première Chinoise à aller dans l’espace et Jing Haipeng et est resté totalement immobile en dehors de ses mains pour rapprocher le vaisseau du module en douceur.La Chine, premier pays asiatique à marcher sur la Lune ?À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreDésormais, “la Chine maîtrise entièrement (…) les technologies d’amarrage nécessaires à la construction d’une station spatiale”, a assuré Zhou Jianping, ingénieur en chef de ce même programme, cité par l’agence Chine nouvelle. Le pays rejoint ainsi les Américains et les Russes qui ont déjà franchi cette étape cruciale de la conquête spatiale dans les années 1960. D’ailleurs, le rattrapage du retard technologique est devenu une priorité pour le pays qui tire une grande fierté de son programme de vol habité. Celui-ci vise à créer d’ici une décennie une station orbitale dans laquelle un équipage peut vivre en autonomie durant plusieurs mois, sur le modèle de l’ancienne station russe Mir ou de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Pour cela, le gouvernement a investi quelque 19 milliards de yuans (soit 2,4 milliards d’euros) dans ce programme depuis Shenzhou VII, lancé en 2008, jusqu’à la prochaine mission, Shenzhou X, a indiqué Mme Wu. Mais la Chine ne compte pas en rester là dans la conquête spatiale. Elle est parallèlement engagée dans une course vers la Lune : elle rêve d’être le premier pays asiatique à y poser le pied. Dans le cadre de ce programme nommé “Chang’e”, elle a déjà lancé avec succès deux sondes lunaires, en 2007 et 2010.Le 25 juin 2012 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

TCIG appointments in the UKTCIG appointments in the UK

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Consular Services, kimo tynes, premier rufus ewing, tracy knight, UK representatives Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Sept 2015 – TCI’s Economical and Political interests in the UK have been strengthened by the addition of two new appointments in the (TCIG’s) office in the UK. Tracy Knight has been appointed as Head of Office & Resource Management, and Mr. Kimo Tynes as UK Representative – Consular Services in the Office of the Premier. Deputy Governor Anya Williams says that ”The exposure and experience they will gain while living and working in UK represents a tremendous development opportunity, both for them and their country. While Premier, Hon. Rufus Ewing said “These latest appointments in the UK are especially noteworthy as this is the first home office to be established for the country abroad and it is important that we have our own promoting the territory and representing our interests in another country. Both Knight and Tynes are set to take up their new appointments later this month. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

FIU community mourns former football player killed in crashFIU community mourns former football player killed in crash

first_imgFormer teammates, coaches and friends also shared emotional messages on social media. Butch Davis, the Panthers’ head coach, issued a statement that read in part, “Our football program is mourning his loss, and we will honor Emmanuel every day moving forward. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. We hope peace comes to the hearts of his friends and family. He was a great young man all FIU PANTHERS are proud of‼️— Butch Davis (@FIUCoachDavis) July 21, 2019 There are no words. We love you and we miss you.— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) July 21, 2019 The university tweeted a picture in honor of the 22-year-old, saying, “We love you and we miss you.”Lubin, a senior at FIU and a North Miami Beach native, was pursuing a degree in liberal studies while aspiring to play football professionally. FIU releases statement on the tragic death of former defensive back Emmanuel Lubin, who started 13 games in 2018. Lubin, a North Miami Beach native, died in a car accident Saturday night.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) July 21, 2019center_img May God bless “E” WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida International University community is mourning the loss of student and former football player Emmanuel Lubin.School officials confirmed Lubin, a former starting cornerback for the Golden Panthers in 2018 and 2016, was killed in a car wreck in Northwest Miami-Dade, at around 4 a.m., Sunday.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 22-year-old lost control of his Toyota sedan along the Florida Turnpike, near Northwest 74th Street, causing him to hit a guardrail and a metal pole holding a sign.Officials said Lubin was not wearing a seat belt. 22 is far too young to pass away. Only had a handful of interactions with Emmanuel (postgame/pro day). But he was well liked by the entire FIU Football family. Condolences to those who knew him best. 🙏🏿 #PawsUp #FIU— Eric Henry (@EricCHenry_) July 21, 2019last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Monday February 25 MeetingSELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Monday February 25 Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, February 25, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Planning Director Valerie Gingrich and Town Engineer Paul Alunni will discuss the town’s unaccepted ways. Several Selectmen have expressed an interest in creating a program to increase the number of accepted ways in town.Selectmen will discuss placing two unaccepted ways — Mink Run Road and Pomfret Road — on the Town Meeting warrant for residents to consider accepting.Selectmen will review the petitioned warrant articles for Town Meeting and discuss the non-petitioned warrant articles for Town Meeting.Selectmen will discuss the details surrounding the recently formed Town Meeting Review Committee.Town Manager Jeff Hull will update Selectmen on the town’s new Economic Development Committee.Recreation Director Karen Campbell provides Selectmen with news about an award for the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.In 362 Middlesex Avenue news, the Town Manager will provide Selectmen with a memo regarding the Board of Appeals consideration of Betting LLC’s application. Selectmen will also receive correspondence from the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington.Selectmen will decide which of them will serve on the Finance Director/Town Accountant Screening Committee.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Farmers Market to run on Sundays from June 16 through October 23, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green.Selectmen will consider the requests of the Wilmington Band Parents to sell coffee, donuts, popcorn, cold drinks, pompoms, and balloons during the Memorial Day Parade, and refreshments during the Recreation Department’s Concerts on the Common series.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents to hold a Yard Sale in the Swain School Parking Lot on Saturday, September 7, from 7am to 5:30pm.Selectmen will consider the request of the Touchdown Club of Wilmington to use the Fourth of July Building’s parking lot for the annual WHS Football Car Wash on Sunday, August 11, 9am to noon.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-Meetings — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Announce Plan To Increase Number Of Accepted RoadsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Merlin Sells All of Its Spotify Shares for an Estimated 125 MillionPlusMerlin Sells All of Its Spotify Shares for an Estimated 125 MillionPlus

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Merlin declined to say how much it earned from the sale or how it had been distributed, but Music Business Worldwide, via an extensively detailed study published Monday, revealed the shares of Merlin and the major labels (which at the time included EMI, acquired by Universal in 2012). Shortly after Spotify’s public listing last month, in which it was valued at some $25 billion, Sony revealed that it had sold around half of its shares for $750 million and Warner some 75% for approximately $400 million; only Universal has not yet cashed in and according to sources, it does not plan to any time soon.“Merlin has a long-standing set of policies designed to ensure that the monies realized from a sale such as this (and indeed all our activities) are distributed equitably amongst eligible members,” he said. “Nearly a decade’s worth of usage data from Spotify is currently being processed and will allow us to provide a track-level apportionment to accompany those payments.”According to a Luxembourg financial document dating from December 2008 unearthed by MBW, the major labels plus Merlin were given a total of 352,176 shares in Spotify in 2008 for €8,804.40, adding up to around 18% equity in the then-new streaming company. Sony-BMG received 6%, Universal 5%, Warner 4%, EMI 2% (which went to Universal in the sale), and Merlin 1%. The percentages changed over the years as additional investors came on board.Using comparative deduction that you can read in full here, MBW estimates that Merlin’s stake was worth between $128.2 million and $151.4 million. Merlin, the international independent label collective, is the latest recorded-music group to sell its Spotify shares — all of them, in fact, for an amount well over $100 million, according to reports in Music Week and Music Business Worldwide. The organization says it has already passed the proceeds to its members, which number more than 800 representing tens of thousands of labels and artists in 53 countries.MBW estimated Merlin’s share as of last month to be worth between $128.2 million and $151.4 million.“Merlin is an organization that exists solely to maximize the value of our members’ rights and keeps only the monies that it needs to operate,” CEO Charles Caldas told Music Week. “It is outside of Merlin’s remit to hold a long-term equity position in a publicly listed company where there is a liquid and transparent market for that equity. We therefore worked quickly to liquidate our interest in Spotify and have passed the proceeds to our eligible members.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

All languages may originate from Africa studyAll languages may originate from Africa study

first_img Previous language trees only go back as far as 9,000 years and linguists have believed that language was not able to be traced farther back than that. However, Atkinson’s claims could have language going back as far as 100,000 years.In Atkinson’s study he looks, not at words, but at phonemes which are the consonants, vowels and tones which make up language. By applying mathematical methods, he has discovered a pattern within the more than 500 languages throughout the world.He has discovered that the farther humans had to travel from Africa, the less phonemes their language used. When looking at African based languages, some have more than 100 phonemes as a base. The English language only has around 45. Travel even further on the migration route, and you find Hawaiian with only 13 phonemes.These findings correlate well with the fossil and DNA evidence that modern humans originated in Africa. When it comes to genetic diversity in humans, there is also an established pattern of decreasing diversity the greater the distance from Africa. Because of this, it was not a surprise that language would follow in that same decreasing pattern. ( — Published in Science, a new report from biologist Quentin D. Atkinson from the University of Auckland is sparking controversy among linguists. Atkinson has been analyzing the sounds of the many languages around the world and has detected signals that lead to southern Africa as a place where all human language began. Use it or lose it? Study suggests the brain can remember a ‘forgotten’ language Citation: All languages may originate from Africa: study (2011, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa, Science 15 April 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6027 pp. 346-349 DOI: 10.1126/science.1199295center_img © 2010 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New mass spectrometry technique studies kinetics of fast reactionsNew mass spectrometry technique studies kinetics of fast reactions

first_img More information: “Microdroplet fusion mass spectrometry for fast reaction kinetics” Jae Kyoo Lee, Samuel Kim, Hong Gil Nam, and Richard N. Zare, PNAS, investigated the fusion of high-speed liquid droplets as a way to record the kinetics of liquid-phase chemical reactions on the order of microseconds. Two streams of micrometer-size droplets collide with one another. The droplets that fused (13 μm in diameter) at the intersection of the two streams entered the heated capillary inlet of a mass spectrometer. The mass spectrum was recorded as a function of the distance x between the mass spectrometer inlet and the droplet fusion center. Fused droplet trajectories were imaged with a high-speed camera, revealing that the droplet fusion occurred approximately within a 500-μm radius from the droplet fusion center and both the size and the speed of the fused droplets remained relatively constant as they traveled from the droplet fusion center to the mass spectrometer inlet. Evidence is presented that the reaction effectively stops upon entering the heated inlet of the mass spectrometer. Thus, the reaction time was proportional to x and could be measured and manipulated by controlling the distance x. Kinetic studies were carried out in fused water droplets for acid-induced unfolding of cytochrome c and hydrogen–deuterium exchange in bradykinin. The kinetics of the former revealed the slowing of the unfolding rates at the early stage of the reaction within 50 μs. The hydrogen–deuterium exchange revealed the existence of two distinct populations with fast and slow exchange rates. These studies demonstrated the power of this technique to detect reaction intermediates in fused liquid droplets with microsecond temporal resolution. (—As chemical reactions proceed, the reactants combine to form intermediates and those short-lived intermediates eventually become products. Reaction kinetics is concerned with how long it takes for the reaction mechanism, from reactants to intermediates to products, to progress. Often, it is the intermediates that provide clues to what pathway the reaction follows, but these intermediates are typically difficult to study in fast reactions. Synthesis and characterization of an important intermediate for biocatalysts They, then, wanted to test if the reaction stops at the inlet and whether they can discern rate data from a reaction with a known kinetic profile. They used 2, 6-dichlorophenolindophenol (DCIP) and ascorbic acid, which have been extensively studied to measure reaction rates in the liquid phase. This reaction behaves as a pseudo-first-order system, provided that one reagent is in excess concentration compared to the other. Their study confirmed that the reaction stopped upon entering the heated inlet of the mass spectrometer. They also found that droplet mixing was nearly complete at 0.7mm with a measured rate constant of approximately 1.0 x 105 s-1. This rate is much faster than what has been measured in bulk solution, indicating differences in chemical behavior in bulk solution verses a droplet.The next test was to see if their technique could study the kinetics of protein unfolding. Mass spectrometry has been used to provide information on protein folding by looking at changes in the charged states, but if a protein undergoes structural changes very quickly, a slower technique would miss the initial intermediate states. The authors used cytochrome c as their model system. It unfolds in acid. They observed the typical states for cytochrome c unfolding, but they also observed additional intermediate charge states occurring on the microsecond scale.Finally, Lee et al. looked at the hydrogen-deuterium exchange rate in bradykinin, a peptide with nine amino acids. They observed a gradual increase in mass as deuterium replaced hydrogen in the peptide. This technique is often used to discern higher-order structural changes in proteins and peptides because certain hydrogens are more prone to deuterium change than others. They observed a rapid deuterium exchange until approximately 17 microseconds, followed by three slow deuterium exchanges at 30 microseconds.While the reactions that occur at the microdroplet scale do not precisely mimic those in bulk solution, they still progress through the same major reaction pathway. This experiment has shown that microdroplet mixing coupled with mass spectrometry may be a robust tool for discerning the intermediate components and kinetics of fast reactions in the liquid phase. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Schematic (not to scale) of experimental setup for studying reaction kinetics in fused droplets. (Inset) The definition of the droplet fusion center, which is the intersection of the two droplet streams. Most fusion events take place in a circle (dotted black) of about 500 μm surrounding the droplet fusion center. Credit: (c)2015 Jae Kyoo Lee, Samuel Kim, Hong Gil Nam, and Richard N. Zare, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1503689112 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In order to study reaction intermediates of fast reactions, scientists need to address two problems: 1) the time it takes to mix two reactants in bulk solutions, or the diffusion-limiting mixing times, and 2) finding a method that can analyze reaction components microseconds after the reaction begins. Jae Kyoo Lee, Samuel Kim, Hong Gil Nam, and Richard N. Zare from Stanford University and the Institute for Basic Sciences and DGIST and in Daegu, Republic of Korea developed a new method that overcomes these two limiting factors for analyzing fast reactions using a combination of a microdroplet fusion technique and mass spectrometry. Their research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Prior studies have used fused microdroplets as a way to mix reactants in several hundred microseconds. It is possible to get even faster mixing times by making the microdroplets smaller and colliding them at a faster speed. While this technique has been used for fast mixing times, it has never been used for kinetic measurements. Lee et al developed a droplet generation and fusion platform and combined it with mass spectrometry, which can detect small amounts of substance quickly, to investigate reaction kinetics at on the microsecond scale.In order to obtain data on how the reaction is progressing, the authors need to ensure that the mass spectrometer is measuring the components of the reaction at a various time points as the reaction progresses. Other studies had shown that many liquid reactions stop progressing once they enter the mass spectrometer inlet and become gaseous ions. If this is the case, then varying the distance between microdroplet fusion and the mass spectrometer inlet would make reaction progress a function of length. With knowledge of the average velocity of the droplet, these measurements can then be converted to a function of time. Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Colored dots and lines indicating tracked droplets were overlaid. Credit: Jae Kyoo Lee, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1503689112 To test their technique, Lee et al. first looked at pure water droplets. They used a high-speed camera to characterize droplet generation, fusion, and velocity. They determined that evaporation of the pure water droplets was negligible, maintaining nearly constant droplet sizes. They were able to make droplets on the order of 13 micrometers and 93% of fusion occurred approximately within 500 micrometers from the center point of combination. This defined the distance for the start of the reaction time for subsequent studies. 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People Unique Vacations appoints Associate BDM for Central Eastern OntarioPeople Unique Vacations appoints Associate BDM for Central Eastern Ontario

first_imgTags: People Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Giselle Williams has been named Associate Business Development Manager, Central and Eastern Ontario, effective immediately, for Unique Vacations Canada.No stranger to the company, Williams previously served as a Reservations/Sales Agent with Unique Vacations Canada since 2015. In her new role, she will work closely with travel agents to grow their business with Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts.“Giselle has been a valuable member of our Inside Sales team in Canada for a few years now and I’m excited for her to join our dynamic Outside Sales force. Her in-depth knowledge of our product will serve her well as she develops profitable sales and marketing strategies for agents in her region,” said Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing. [People] Unique Vacations appoints Associate BDM for Central & Eastern Ontariolast_img read more

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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober PARIS (AP) — Michel Platini declined to divulge his intentions for the FIFA presidency.Speaking publicly for the first time since Sepp Blatter announced his decision to resign, the UEFA president shied away from questions Wednesday about his plans for the future.“I’m not making any political decision. I know where you want to lead me and I won’t go there,” said Plantini, who had opened the news conference by saying he would not talk about FIFA. “When I know something, I’ll tell you.” “We are here to talk about Euro 2016,” said Platini, who scored nine goals for France when it won the European title on home soil in 1984. “This is an important step toward Euro 2016 and I don’t want the events surrounding FIFA to undermine this.”___Associated Press writer Sylvie Corbet contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The 59-year-old Platini, a former France great and national team coach, is a leading candidate to replace Blatter as FIFA president. He met with French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday before attending a news conference about next year’s European Championship, which will be played in France.“This news conference was scheduled way before recent events involving FIFA. Many of you have come here to question me about these events, about FIFA and about my future,” Platini said at the start of the news conference. “I will do that when the time is right. But this is not the time or the place.”FIFA has been plunged into crisis since U.S. authorities indicted 14 people on corruption charges ahead of last month’s FIFA congress. Seven of them were arrested in Zurich.Blatter then won a fifth, four-term as FIFA president on May 29, but four days later announced his decision to resign. He said elections for a successor would be held sometime between December and March.Platini, a former Blatter confidant turned adversary, would need help from outside his European power base to win a FIFA election. But he steered clear of any campaigning on Wednesday.center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories Top Stories French President Francois Hollande, left, chats with European Soccer Federation UEFA President Michel Platini following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_imgSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor (81) is hit by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) LETS GO BRO!!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) March 17, 2018After being selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Mathieu played his first five seasons with the Cardinals. He was a First Team All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl in 2015. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu has signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans.Mathieu, 25, was released by the Cardinals Wednesday after he turned down a pay cut. Top Stories 🍯🍯🍯— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 17, 2018 Related LinksReport: Cardinals offered two different pay cuts to Tyrann MathieuCardinals release Tyrann Mathieu after he refused pay cutAccording to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mathieu will be making $7 million in 2018.Mathieu signed a five-year contract extension in 2016 worth a total of $62.5 million. The defensive back was due to make $5.75 million in base salary for 2018 but had $8 million of his 2019 salary guaranteed if he was on the Cardinals by March 14. He also had a $5 million roster bonus owed on March 16, per was known as one of the best defensive playmakers in the league, but his ability to change games has been diminished since he had his second ACL tear in December 2015. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Jordan Peele has tightened his grip in Us a lesJordan Peele has tightened his grip in Us a les

first_img Jordan Peele has tightened his grip in “Us,” a less satirical and more slaughterhouse horror parable than the writer-director’s astonishing debut, “Get Out,” that despite its deficiencies will leave all who enter its shadowy world convinced of Peele’s growing command as a singular conjurer of American nightmares.It’s a movie moment to savour. When was the last time a filmmaker’s sophomore release was greeted with such anticipation? It’s as if Peele struck such a deep and rich vein in “Get Out” that no one can wait to see what else he’ll uncover. Peele has found a new passageway into American psychology, and we’re all waiting outside the mine for him to call out from the dark with his latest revelation.And in “Us,” Peele has produced a terrifying artifact: a sinister ballet of doppelgangers and inversions that makes flesh the unseen underbelly lurking beneath every sunny American dream and behind every contented nuclear family. It’s a scissor-sharp rebuke to anyone who’s ever held hands and sang “Kumbaya.”“Us” begins on images of one such moment of supposed unity: Hands Across America, that wholesome ’80s experiment in linking arms across the country. It’s seen on an old TV screen with VHS tapes of “Goonies” and “C.H.U.D.” leaning against it. Later, when the Wilson family takes a vacation near Santa Cruz, California, they look out of their window at night and see the ominous silhouettes of a hand-holding family just like themselves outside on the driveway.Their appearance is eerie to all: the mother Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), the father Gabe (Winston Duke) and their two kids, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex). But it’s Adelaide who most immediately recognizes the danger. The Santa Cruz boardwalk is where she, as a young child, wandered into a carnival tent’s hall of mirrors to find herself face-to-face with her exact double.That’s the film’s opening prologue before shifting to present day, and the scene, classically spooky, is perfectly realized by Peele. From the start, we feel Peele’s increasing confidence as a filmmaker and, as Michael Abel’s rhythmic, chanting score plays over the opening credits, we settle in for what we know, as soon as the Wilsons make their vacation plans, will be Adelaide’s frightful reunion with her childhood mirror-image tormentor.It comes fast, like an assault. Soon after unpacking their bags and after a day at the beach with some friends (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), the red-dressed doubles appear. Their arrival is harrowing and violent and “Us” quickly takes the shape, a little disappointingly, of a home invasion movie. A student of both genre and satire, Peele’s genius lies in his ability to sustain both. But in “Us,” he sometimes struggles to break free of genre tropes.The Wilsons’ doppelgangers are a kind of sadistic, scissor-wielding echo of each family member. As “Us” bleeds into one ghastly scrape after another, we gradually grasp that they’re part of a larger uprising of an underclass who are each horribly tethered to a surface-world human. Adelaide’s double explains simply: “We’re Americans.”“Get Out” proved Peele a master of metaphor but “Us” works less on a purely symbolic level than on its own infinite-loop system of horror. Some questions get answered but others don’t. The doubles arrive with only slightly more reasoning than the crows did in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Nightmares don’t always need clarification.But I do think “Us” would work better if it gathered its suspense more steadily and more closely tethered its ideas to its characters. If the doppelgangers are stand-ins for an otherness that we fear in others but deny in ourselves, I’m not sure zombie-like maniacs were the most interesting way to go, or the most humanizing. And Peele’s script, delving so relentlessly into terror, doesn’t leave either side of the mirror room for much reflection. “It’s all just craziness,” someone says.Yet there’s an undeniable power of “Us” as a deeper, more primal vision of a two-tiered truth in American society that’s as unshakable as one’s shadow. Peele, working with cinematographer Mike Gioulakis (“It Follows,” ”Glass”), creates fever-dream images with passionate precision.And then there’s Lupita. While each member of the family excels, Nyong’o delivers arguably her fiercest, most extraordinary performance as both Adelaide and her monstrous doppelganger. The wild difference between the two will get the most attention, but I was most impressed by the great subtlety of her Adelaide, a quiet, uneasy woman with a dark secret.“Us” doesn’t match “Get Out” but Peele will surely have more sunken places to investigate. And for that we should be thrilled.“Us” is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for violence, terror and language. Running time: 104 minutes. Three stars out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: Coyle, The Associated Press by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2019 10:46 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Universal Pictures shows Evan Alex, from left, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Lupita Nyong’o in a scene from “Us,” written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele. (Claudette Barius/Universal Pictures via AP) Review: In ‘Us,’ Jordan Peele holds a dark mirror to Americalast_img read more