OTTAWA – The country’s annual inflation rate accelerated to 2.1 per cent last month to reach its highest mark in nearly a year and signal that the stronger economy has started pushing up consumer prices.Statistics Canada said Thursday that its inflation reading for November came in hotter than the 1.4 per cent number for October, boosted by higher costs for gasoline and air transportation, compared with a year earlier.The result means the annual pace of inflation, which had slowed to a two-year low of one per cent in June, has now climbed above the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent. The central bank scrutinizes inflation data ahead of its interest-rate decisions — the next one is scheduled for Jan. 17.Economists said the inflation reading reinforced their expectations that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will resume raising rates over the coming months.Some also noted the robust economy showed further progress in a separate Statistics Canada report Thursday on retail trade. It said retail sales in October expanded by a healthy 1.5 per cent, thanks in large part to a boost in new car sales.“With economic momentum appearing to hold up into the fourth quarter … the case for the Bank of Canada to follow the Federal Reserve in hiking interest rates is building — don’t be surprised if it comes sooner rather than later,” TD senior economist James Marple wrote in a research note to clients.“Inflation suddenly doesn’t feel so soft in Canada.”Inflation had remained below two per cent for almost all of 2017 and the rate hadn’t been as high as 2.1 per cent since last January.The report showed that pump prices delivered a major lift to last month’s overall inflation number after rising 19.6 per cent compared with the year before.But the data also contained signs the price pressure was a little more broad-based. Excluding gasoline, November’s inflation rate was 1.5 per cent, an increase from 1.3 per cent in October.Two of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, designed to look through the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, strengthened last month.CPI-trim rose to 1.8 per cent from 1.5 per cent and CPI-median reached 1.9 per cent compared to 1.7 per cent in October, while CPI-common cooled to 1.5 per cent from 1.6 per cent.By region, annual inflation was higher in every province last month with Manitoba, at 3.2 per cent, and Saskatchewan, at 3.7 per cent, seeing the biggest changes.The retail sales numbers for October showed greater growth in every province, with higher numbers in Ontario, Quebec and B.C. accounting for the bulk of the increase, the agency said.The report showed that retail e-commerce sales increased 19.4 per cent in October, compared to a year earlier. However, it accounted for just 2.6 per cent of overall retail sales.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Israel Issues Severe Security Threat Warning to India Ahead of NewIsrael Issues Severe Security Threat Warning to India Ahead of New
By Peer Viqar Ul AslamNew Delhi — Israel’s Counter-terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning for India on Friday, anticipating an immediate threat of attack to Western and tourist targets, particularly in the southwest of the country.“A particular emphasis should be put on events in the coming days in connection with beach and club parties celebrating the New Year where a concentration of tourists will be high,” the Counter-Terrorism Bureau said. The statement recommended that tourists avoid participation in such parties. It also called on families in Israel to contact their relatives in India and inform them of the threat.“We ask of those in India to focus on events in the coming days related to the Christian New Year’s holiday, placing particular emphasis on beach parties and clubs, where there are larger concentrations of tourists,” part of the warning stated.While the threat doesn’t exclude any part of India, it does recommend more caution in the southwest parts of India, which include popular tourist destinations like Goa, Pune, Mumbai and Cochin, areas that are particularly at risk.In addition, the warning recommends avoiding markets, festivals and crowded shopping areas. Unusually, the warning was published on Friday evening in Israel, after the start of the Jewish Sabbath, when government offices close for business. The Counter-terrorism Bureau did not disclose what prompted the warning.The travel advisory further emphasized that “Israeli tourists traveling in India are asked to stay alert and to pay attention to local media reports and security agencies.”In 2012, the wife of an Israeli diplomat stationed in India, her driver and two others were wounded due to a bomb attack on her car. Israel and India share close military and intelligence ties.
RBC first to raise fixed mortgage rate ahead of Bank of CanadaRBC first to raise fixed mortgage rate ahead of Bank of Canada
TORONTO — Canada’s largest bank increased its fixed-rate mortgage rates amid rising yields on the bond market and a strengthening economy.The Royal Bank of Canada says its posted five-year fixed mortgage rate moved to 5.14 per cent Thursday, up from 4.99 per cent.The bank’s special offer rate for a five-year fixed with a 25-year amortization moved to 3.54 per cent from 3.39 per cent.RBC (TSX:RY) says the changes reflect the activity of competitors, costs for funds on the wholesale markets as well as other costs and market considerations.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) says it is reviewing its rates and will likely soon make changes.Yields on the bond market, where the big banks raise money, have been on the rise since late last year.Many economists are also predicting that the Bank of Canada may raise its key interest rate target next week, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.Increases in the prime rates push up the cost of variable-rate mortgages and other loans such as home equity lines of credit that are tied to the benchmark rate.
UN development agency provides lifeline to Gaza lifeguards in bid to keepUN development agency provides lifeline to Gaza lifeguards in bid to keep
That’s the harsh reality facing many in the enclave, which is blockaded by Israel, as unemployment rates reach as high as 60 per cent, but the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Assistance to the Palestinian People initiative, is creating jobs as part of an overall effort to relieve the intense pressure on workers and their families during the summer period.Since Israel’s decision to close the Kerem Shalom/Karm Abu Salem commercial crossing into Gaza last month — in response to the flying of incendiary kites into southern Israel — the dire economic situation has worsened, making it even more difficult for people such as Bilal to find work.The closure of the crossing prohibits the import of everything but food, animal fodder, livestock, fuels and medical supplies, and bans all exports. In addition, the livelihood of fishermen like Bilal has been made more precarious by the restriction of the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza from nine nautical miles, to six.“Every year, I apply for a job in marine rescue for the three months of summer. This allows me to repay the debts that I’ve built up over the previous four to five months. It’s a big thing for me and I wait for it every summer,” he said.“For the past decade, I have been unemployed and there are no opportunities. I don’t have any skills apart from fishing and marine rescue. I support a family of four and I need to find money on a daily basis,” he continued, adding that “if I don’t work, I rely on credit and sometimes shop owners don’t want to give us any. When that happens, my debts increase significantly, and I can end up in prison.”The summer lifeguard job that Bilal desperately waits for each year is part of the UNDP’s Programme of Assistance (PAPP), designed to create job opportunities in Gaza and alleviate the impact of the economic and social hardships being endured by most of the population there. The Programme aims to provide work for more than 2,500 people over a 12-month period, with 40 per cent of placements reserved for women.Tarik Shabat, Coordinator of PAPP, says that the current economic conditions have underlined its importance:“The programme is an emergency job creation project for the citizens of Gaza, who are suffering from a lack of employment opportunities and financial distress.The primary objective of the operation is to provide an income for a period of between three and six months. When money is injected into the local economy, a virtuous cycle of development can begin.”The scheme is funded by the Islamic Development Bank, to the tune of $2 million; the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, which provides $1.2 million, and $300,000 from UNDP.As a result of PAPP and other projects, over 4,000 new sources of income will be created. Additionally, ongoing infrastructure projects related to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of educational facilities and the construction of water, wastewater and health facilities, are also creating thousands of extra shifts every week for skilled and unskilled labourers.Initiatives such as PAPP are part of a broader UN coordinated international effort to urgently lower tensions and help prevent another armed conflict in Gaza, between Israeli forces and the militant Hamas group, which controls the enclave.
Teen asthmatics embarrassed to use inhalers due to TV stereotypesTeen asthmatics embarrassed to use inhalers due to TV stereotypes
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Teenagers have a greater rate of asthma attacks, hospitalisations and death than younger children, however regularly taking a preventer inhaler helps keep the underlying inflammation at bay.A survey of the experience of adolescent asthma sufferers found they were put off by the characterisation of asthmatics in drama.One sufferer said: “It [asthma] was so regularly portrayed in films as being more of an emotional / psychological problem suffered by over anxious people, which was then magically fixed by a quick squirt of a blue inhaler and all is well again.”The study, which was carried out by Queen Mary University, London, and backed by Asthma Research UK, looked at 10 years’ of comments by on asthma patients internet forums.As well as social stigma, fears about gaining weight and simple forgetfulness contributed to under-use of inhalers. Dr Andrew Whittamore, Clinical Lead at Asthma UK, said: “It is concerning that the social stigma of asthma continues to be underestimated.“We need to be acutely aware of how children and young adults have a need to feel normal.”Nearly 5.5 million people receive treatment in the UK, of whom 1.1 million are children.Britain has one of the highest rates of asthma death in Europe, with an average of three patients dying a day.It is estimated that two in three deaths are preventable.“I was surprised by the stigma associated with asthma and using inhalers,” said Dr Anna De Simoni, a GP, who led the research.“I now now check social issues associated with asthma diagnosis and inhaler treatment and discuss how accepting my patients are of their inhaler devices and potential side effects.” Asthmatic teenagers are putting themselves at risk of death by not using inhalers because the condition is portrayed as “weakness” in film and on television.A new report found young people with the respiratory illness are on average using their inhalers just a quarter of the recommended time because of social embarrassment.Experts are calling on GPs to discuss peer pressure issues with their younger asthmatic patients and emphasise the dangers of ignoring the condition. It is concerning that the social stigma of asthma continues to be underestimatedDr Andrew Whittamore, Clinical Lead at Asthma UK
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has told the parliamentary committee probing the Vatopedi land exchange that no member of his conservative government should face charges over the swap.In two pages of written testimony, Karamanlis claims that the land around Lake Vistonida in northern Greece, which the Vatopedi Monastery exchanged for sought-after pieces of property belonging to the state, had been handed over to the monks by previous PASOK governments. Karamanlis added that the ministers in his administration who carried out the swap deal “had merely followed the legal procedure for exchanges that had been used in the past.”The former Prime Minister refused to face the Vatopedi committee in person, as requested, preferring to send his deposition in writing. The call for Karamanlis to testify came after Katerina Peleki, who is married to former Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis and acted as a notary in the land exchange, referred to a “central political decision,” which she alleged came from Karamanlis’s office.Meanwhile, the head of a parliamentary committee probing the Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal, Sifis Valyrakis, said last week the panel would continue to sit until October 20 in order to examine the testimonies of key witnesses and suspects currently in Germany.MPs are to visit Germany over the coming days to interview former Siemens Hellas CEO Michalis Christoforakos and other suspects to garner additional evidence that could lead to more witnesses being summoned.In a related development, Giorgos Tsougranis, a close friend of former Transport Minister Tasos Mantelis who has also been implicated in the Siemens scandal, was freed pending trial on charges of money laundering after posting 50,000 euros in bail.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis the European Union and GreeceThe Syrian Refugee Crisis the European Union and Greece
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A panel of distinguished academics and experts aims to unpack the complex issues arising from the Syrian refugee crisis on Monday 9 May at Melbourne’s Greek Centre.The round table members will analyse the causes of the humanitarian emergency, the constant changing of conflict dynamics, the impact on non-combatants as well as the response from Europe and Greece.In addition, they will assess the recent EU deal with Turkey as a means of stopping the refugee flows from war inflicted nations, which, according to the UNHCR, in 2015 reached an estimated 15.1 million worldwide, its highest level in 20 years. Panel members: Dr Scott Burchill, senior lecturer in international relations, Deakin University. Daniel Flitton, senior foreign correspondent, The Age. Paul White, protection adviser to the United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis. Sophie Perreard, lecturer in humanitarian assistance, Deakin University.Panel Convenor: Dr Costas Laoutides, lecturer in international relations, Deakin University.For further information, phone 9662 2722.
NASAs Mars Helicopter Passes First Test Flight With Flying ColorsNASAs Mars Helicopter Passes First Test Flight With Flying Colors
On Earth, helicopters are a staple of action movies, search-and-rescue missions, medical transport, and aerial traffic reports.On the thin atmosphere of Mars, however, they are a novelty.When NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover lands on the Red Planet in two years, it will be carrying the Mars Helicopter—the first heavier-than-air vehicle to fly from the surface of another world.Weighing a measly 4 lbs, the mini chopper is currently undergoing a “rigorous” verification process certifying it for outer space.“Gearing up for that first flight on Mars, we have logged over 75 minutes of flying time with an engineering model, which was a close approximation of our helicopter,” MiMi Aung, project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement.“But this recent test of the flight model was the real deal,” she continued. “This is our helicopter bound for Mars. We needed to see that it worked at advertised.”The aluminum base plate, side posts, and crossbeam around the helicopter protect its landing legs attachment points that will hold it to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)The fourth planet from the Sun and second-smallest in the Solar System, Mars boasts a dangerously thin atmosphere—equivalent to about 100,000 feet above Earth’s surface.No man-made helicopter has reached even half that distance. So you can imagine the difficulty of testing such a device from our terrain.“You can’t go somewhere and find that,” Aung said of the other-worldly conditions. “You have to make it.”The Mars Helicopter team did just that in JPL’s Space Simulator, a 25-foot-wide vacuum chamber where Aung & Co. replaced nitrogen, oxygen, and other gases with carbon dioxide—the chief ingredient in Mars’ atmosphere.Getting the helicopter into the extremely thin atmosphere is only half the battle.“To truly simulate flying on Mars we have to take away two-thirds of Earth’s gravity, because Mars’ gravity is that much weaker,” according to Teddy Tzanetos, test conductor for the Mars Helicopter at JPL.This required a gravity offload system—a motorized lanyard attached to the top of the helicopter to provide an uninterrupted tug, equivalent to the Red Planet’s force of attraction.Despite concerns about how the technology would fare on its first flight, both the gravity offload system and the helicopter “performed perfectly,” Tzanetos said.A second test proved more than 1,500 individual pieces of carbon fiber, flight-grade aluminum, silicon, copper, foil, and foam can work together as a cohesive unit.“The next time we fly, we fly on Mars,” Aung said.The demonstration vehicle used to prove that controlled and sustained flight is feasible in a Martian atmosphere (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)“Watching our helicopter go through its paces in the chamber, I couldn’t help but think about the historic vehicles that have been in there in the past,” she continued, reminiscing over missions from the Ranger Moon probes to the Voyagers to Cassini, “and every Mars rover ever flown.”“To see our helicopter in there reminded me we are on our way to making a little chunk of space history as well,” Aung added.The small aircraft, designed to fly as high as 15 feet above the Red Planet, will enable scientists to remotely explore regions of the world’s surface far from its mothership’s landing site.Scheduled to launch as a technology demonstrator with the Mars 2020 rover next July, the helicopter is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.More on Geek.com:Google Will Now Take You to ‘Mars on Earth’NASA Boss Says First Person on Mars Will ‘Likely Be a Woman’InSight Probe ‘Pushes Aside’ Stone, Continues Hammering Mars Stay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019
Mark Mathis transforms into Spaceman from KISS for HalloweenMark Mathis transforms into Spaceman from KISS for Halloween
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Sharing a lighter moment and in a sign of their warm ties, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laughingly shook hands after Trump told reporters that Modi, who was speaking in Hindi, “actually speaks very good English”. Then both Modi and Trump shared a laugh, and shook hands across their chairs, with Modi delightedly thumping their clasped hands with his other hand, evoking laughter from the assembled media.
Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants entered the Afghan capital on Saturday to celebrate an unprecedented ceasefire marking the end of the Ramadan fasting season, police said, as elsewhere soldiers and militants exchanged hugs and selfies.The Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday, which began on Friday, except against foreign forces. It overlaps with an Afghan government ceasefire which lasts until Wednesday.The Taliban entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast.“They are unarmed as they handed over their weapons at the entrances,” Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters. Their weapons will be returned to them when they leave, he said.Video and pictures on news websites showed cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging one another and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar province, south of Kabul, and Zabul in the south and central Maidan Wardak. Some people were dancing and clapping as onlookers took photos with their smartphones.Channel 1 TV tweeted a picture of a lone Talib waving the group’s flag from a Kabul bridge.Afghan deputy interior minister Masood Azizi said the ceasefire was being monitored throughout the country.“Luckily there have been no attacks,” he told Reuters.Governors in Helmand, Kandahar and Zabul said both sides had adhered to the ceasefire and that there had been no reports of violence for 24 hours.Members of rights groups organized a brief meeting between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents in Helmand’s capital city. Laskargah, where the Taliban have delivered a series of blows to government forces this year.Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons holstered before they hugged each other.“It was the most peaceful Eid. For the first time we felt safe. It is hard to describe the joy,” said Qais Liwal, a student in Zabul.The main square of Kunduz city, capital of the province of the same name which has witnessed a series of bloody clashes, became a friendly meeting ground.Resident Mohammad Amir said his younger brother had told him the Taliban were casually entering the city.“I could not believe my eyes,” he told Reuters. “I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies.”Photos on news websites showed armed police standing in line at the corner of the street hugging Taliban fighters one by one.A video showed a huge crowd of people screaming and whistling as they welcomed the Taliban. In some districts of the eastern city of Jalalabad, civilians were offering dry fruit, traditional sweets and ice cream to Taliban militants.A Reuters reporter in Jalalabad saw more than a dozen Taliban insurgents enjoying their food and playing with children.President Ashraf Ghani on Friday expressed hope that the ceasefire would make way for a lengthier halt in the fighting and called for the Taliban to come to the negotiating table.The ceasefire coincided with the start of the World Cup, a cricket test match debut against India, and hopes for elections later in the year and peace that lasts longer than just a few days following months of deteriorating security, especially in the capital, Kabul.The Taliban are fighting US-led NATO forces, combined under the Resolute Support mission, and the US-backed government to restore sharia, or Islamic law, after their ouster by US-led forces in 2001.Resolute Support said it was hopeful that the Taliban stick to their ceasefire “and we hope that pause leads to dialogue and progress on reconciliation”.
Overwatch League All-Star WeekendTwo days of non-stop Overwatch! This is a fun event taking place in Los Angeles that’s tying things together with the game. August 25th will be full of face-offs in custom matches. August 26th will be the All-Star game between the Atlantic and Pacific divisions. Saturday’s games include Lucioball Showdown, Mystery Heroes, Window Maker 1v1, Talent Takedown and Lockout Elimination. Sunday will be more of the usual five map match with all 18 players on each team being used once with substitutes between maps. There are also two legendary skins that will be available to purchase from the 17th through the 27th. Water Goddess Tracer and Fire King Genji will be available for 300 Overwatch League tokens each. Hooray, we can finally use them!So if you stopped playing for a bit, It is a great time of the year to jump back into Overwatch. The kids are back in school, so I’m sure you could use the stress relief. Plus you might as well start building currency now for this years Halloween Terror event! Stay on target Wrecking BallOriginally named Hampton, this genetically altered hamster piloting a wrecking ball of doom is the games twenty-eighth character. Wrecking Ball falls under the tank class and is equipped with quad cannons and a shield that are both slightly reminiscent to D.Va’s (which is poked fun at in-game.) But what sets Wrecking Ball apart from that mech piloting Dorito gremlin is his roll mobility. Being able to pop in and out of the ball form to get places quickly is a life saver. There is also a grappling claw feature (reminiscent to Window Maker) which is enabled in roll form that helps you swing, spin and launch at high speeds. This mechanic alone drastically changes things up when wanting to take a point as the opposing team. Don’t forget to pile drive while in mid-air for extra damage! Finally, Wrecking Ball’s minefield ult scatters long-lasting proximity mines that explode on contact making him a strong defense tank. I am really looking forward to seeing this little guy be played by the professionals next season in the Overwatch League. Overwatch has been going strong for just over two years now and fans cannot get enough! Right now the games developer Blizzard is preparing for the millions of players who are ready to head back into World of Warcraft thanks to its Battle for Azeroth expansion. Many gamers are jumping ship for a bit stating that Overwatch needs to offer more content to its players to keep them active. While I agree somewhat with this remark, I think the team at Blizzard is releasing just enough content to keep players happy and keep the game itself leveled out. There is still a good amount of new content available now and a slew of features to come to keep many of us excited! Free Wrecking Ball Loot BoxesFrom now until September 3rd, all Twitch Prime members will receive two Wrecking Ball exclusive loot boxes. This helps players even out their overall loot chances for the next few levels so lots of folks can join in on the Hampton fun. Plus if you keep your Twitch Prime account through October, you will receive two more golden loot boxes! The Summer Games Are BackOr shall I say, summer GAME. Singular. One… That’s right, Lucio ball is back in the mix whether you like it or hate it. Last year’s Summer Games event introduced competitive Lucio Ball into the mix for those hardcore players who have already platinum’ed Rocket League by now. Not much has changed within the mode, minus the new beach city of Busan level. But Copa mode from last seasons update still pays out well and is a lot of fun! The summer event comes with new sporty and beach-side skins for a handful of players. Plus all previous Summer skins are available for a reduced amount. Nerfs And BuffsThere is a handful included right now. Ana’s Nano Boost instantly heals her target for 300 health; while Brigitte’s Shield Bash cooldown has increased to seven seconds. For Doomfist, his Rocket Punch no longer impacts Symmeta’s teleporter. But now he can destroy her turrets without stopping movement. Hanzo Lunge has increased to five seconds. Moria’s Biotic Grasp regeneration has increased from 2 per second to 2.4 per second. Lucio’s Crossfade radius increased to 12 meters and his Sound Barrier shields 750 health. Mercy had her main healing resource nerfed making her healing beam become reduced from 60 healing per second to 50 per second. The hitbox for Sombra’s head has been reduced (I guess she had a big head?) Windowmaker’s grappling hook cooldown has increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds which is probably my favorite of all these changes. Zarya’s energy drain rate reduced from 2 per second to 1.6 per second, while her graviton surge has been reduced to six meters. Lego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke…Toy Tuesday: Best Overwatch Toys For all the latest in eSports news head over to our section here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Cane toad pioneers speed up invasions (2013, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-cane-toad-invasions.html 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. Explore further Associate Professor Rick Shine: “The research has implications for how we assess the impact of invasive species.” © 2013 Phys.org More information: Rapid shifts in dispersal behavior on an expanding range edge, PNAS, Published online before print July 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1303157110AbstractDispersal biology at an invasion front differs from that of populations within the range core, because novel evolutionary and ecological processes come into play in the nonequilibrium conditions at expanding range edges. In a world where species’ range limits are changing rapidly, we need to understand how individuals disperse at an invasion front. We analyzed an extensive dataset from radio-tracking invasive cane toads (Rhinella marina) over the first 8 y since they arrived at a site in tropical Australia. Movement patterns of toads in the invasion vanguard differed from those of individuals in the same area postcolonization. Our model discriminated encamped versus dispersive phases within each toad’s movements and demonstrated that pioneer toads spent longer periods in dispersive mode and displayed longer, more directed movements while they were in dispersive mode. These analyses predict that overall displacement per year is more than twice as far for toads at the invasion front compared with those tracked a few years later at the same site. Studies on established populations (or even those a few years postestablishment) thus may massively underestimate dispersal rates at the leading edge of an expanding population. This, in turn, will cause us to underpredict the rates at which invasive organisms move into new territory and at which native taxa can expand into newly available habitat under climate change. Cane toads ‘wiping out’ mini crocodiles Down Under (Phys.org) —Climate change is one of a number of stressors that cause species to disperse to new locations. Scientists must be able to predict dispersal rates accurately, as the movement of a new species into an area can have a significant, and sometimes detrimental, effect on that area’s ecology. When studying dispersal rates of cane toads in Australia, Tom Lindstrom of the University of Sydney and his colleagues found that toads that are first to move into a new area travel at faster rates than toads that arrive later. Their research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that failure to account for this has caused scientists to severely underestimate dispersal rates. Australia’s Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations brought cane toads from America to Australia in 1935, in order to control beetles that were infesting sugar cane. Since then, cane toad populations have spread widely, and the toads, which secrete a toxin, disrupt the native ecology. In order to predict how cane toad populations will shift in response to environmental stressors, scientists have been studying movement patterns of established toad populations. Lindstrom and his team contend that by ignoring the differences between “pioneer” toads, who are the first to enter a site, and toads that have been at a site for a few years, previous predictions of dispersal rates have been inaccurate.The team studied eight years worth of data from radio-tracked toads that had colonized a site in tropical Australia. Using a Bayesian model, the researchers analyzed the data and determined that pioneer toads were more likely move in constant directions and take long steps than toads that arrived a few years later. These toads tended to take short steps and frequently make sharp-angled turns. Because of these behavioral differences, toads at the forefront of an invasion covered almost twice as much ground as later-arriving toads.The team found physical differences between the pioneer toads and the other toads that could account for the pioneers’ faster movements. For example, pioneer toads had longer legs. The researchers speculate that because pioneers can only mate with each other, inherited physical differences between pioneers and other toads increase over time. This causes pioneers to continually become more “athletic” in comparison to the other toads. In fact, many of the cane toad pioneers had spinal arthritis, indicating that they had reached physiological or biomechanical tolerance limits. Lindstrom and his team suggest that environmental conditions may enhance the effects of physical “improvements” in pioneer populations; for example, pioneers may find travel during wet seasons easier than their slower conspecifics.The researchers claim that many other species have exhibited rapid dispersal rates during the earliest phases of invasions. By restricting data to that obtained from organisms long-established in an area and ignoring variations in environmental conditions, scientists may routinely be underestimating the speeds at which species can invade new territories.
3 and Out Middlekauff on why Sam Darnolds rainy pro day performance3 and Out Middlekauff on why Sam Darnolds rainy pro day performance
Episode 6Middlekauff reacts to Sam Darnold’s rainy pro day performance; why he was hurt by his supporting cast at USC; and why UCLA’s Josh Rosen is his top QB in the draft. He also thinks the Jets need to take Josh Rosen over Baker Mayfield at 3.John also explains that Bill Belichick hits the college pro day circuit to scout the top prospects as opponents, not as potential draft picks.Follow John on Twitter at @JohnMiddlekauff and download and subscribe to the 3 and Out on Apple, iHeart now!
Cancun spring break weather forecast clear skies hot daysCancun spring break weather forecast clear skies hot days
Cancun, Q.R. — For the beginning of Cancun spring break, weather forecasters are calling for mostly clear skies and hot days with a UV Index of extreme.Civil Protection reports stable air along the Gulf of Mexico and into the eastern portion of the country along the Yucatan Peninsula that is bringing hot daytime temperatures of around 30 C (86 F) for the entire Cancun to Riviera Maya region.Partly cloudy skies are expected with light winds of 10 to 20 km/h throughout the area. Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña from the National Meteorological Service reports the weather forecast for the coastal region for the remainder of the long weekend is partially cloudy skies with a zero chance of rain an a UV Index of (11) Extreme.Average for the region are winds at 19 kilometers per hour with maximum temperatures of 31 C (88 F) during the day and 23 C (73 F) during the night.Cancun weather details for Sunday, March 18Mostly clear sky. Maximum of 31 C. Winds from SSE from 15 to 25 km / h.Night: Mostly clear skies. Low of 23 C. Winds of SSE from 10 to 15 km / h.Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya weather details:Mostly clear sky. Maximum of 30 C. Winds of SSE from 15 to 25 km / h.Night: Mostly clear skies. Low of 23 C. Winds of SSE from 10 to 15 km / h.Local meteorologists have already warned area residents about the likeliness of an extremely hot summer with daytime temperatures of 37 C (99 F) that feel like 47 C (117 F) with humidity.Their 2018 summer weather predictions coincide with American forecasting that also says the region is likely to experience extremely warm temperatures that will result in a hurricane season similar to that of last year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. “I don’t know who that was. It looked like a masked man. It might have been (Cardinals VP of media relations) Mark Dalton. It was creepy. I didn’t see it, so I don’t know. I saw it on Mark’s Instagram.”There was plenty of laughter at this point, and then Palmer was asked if he received a few texts about the costume.“I got a couple,” he admitted. “But again, I don’t know what you’re talking about. So, that’s my story.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter “Since I’ve been there, we’ve been doing the same thing for the past three-and-half, four years,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “So I mean, I don’t think it was — whatever they said, too hard of a practice — that’s how they go about everything.“It’s competition and competing, so that’s just how they go about their practice; that’s how the coaches love it. So I mean, NFL — it’s just the NFL.”According to the league, the Seahawks violated the “no-live-contact” rule that is in place for OTAs, or Organized Team Activities. In such practices, players wear shorts but without pads. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians often refers to those workouts as being more like soccer due to the lack of contact.According to Carroll, the incident in question involved a pair of younger players colliding while going after a ball during a drill. The players were not wearing helmets, and both were injured from the collision.“Matter of fact, I know one play I had on one of them it was something like that, I hit a dude (on) a fumble,” Simon said. “It probably was me and him, I don’t know. But like I said, it’s all about competition over there, it’s all about competing, it’s all about going hard, being fast, being physical, flying around. 0 Comments Share Injury updateThe official injury report is out, and it shows the only players who did not suit up for the Cardinals on Wednesday were linebacker Kareem Martin, guard Evan Mathis and defensive lineman Frostee Rucker. Martin, who suffered a knee injury in the preseason, is getting closer to a return, whereas head coach Bruce Arians said Mathis is “day-to-day.”Nkemdiche’s struggles are due to injury, not effortOne of the knocks on Robert Nkemdiche coming out of Ole Miss was that he wasn’t exactly known for bringing his best effort on every play. Early in his Cardinals career, it seemed as though that issue was either overblown or a thing of the past.However, when Nkemdiche was inactive for Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay and then Arians subsequently talked about how he needed to practice better if he was going to have any chance of playing, people started to wonder what was up.Well, turns out Nkemdiche’s struggles can be attributed to the ankle sprain he suffered just prior to training camp.“Just a lack of practice time,” Arians said of what the first-round pick’s problem is. “He’s been hurt, he’s been limited, and he’s in a very, very competitive room. Had he been 100 percent the whole time, I’d expect that he’d have had the role we hoped for, but it’s going to be very hard for him to find that role now.” TEMPE, Ariz. — The news came down on Monday morning that the Seattle Seahawks had run afoul with some NFL rules.Because of what the league deemed to be excessive contact during some offseason practices, the organization was docked a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft, lost three offseason practices next year and were fined $400,000 as a team. Head coach Pete Carroll was dinged for $200,000, too.This was not the first time the Seahawks were disciplined by the NFL for this kind of violation, though when asked about his former team’s predicament, new Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon said he thinks what’s happened to them “is a little off.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “They’ve got the money, so they can pay the little four-hundred, 200-thousand dollars; they’ve got it over there, trust me, I know. You seen the facilities and stuff over there? They’ve got it.”Whether Simon was involved in the play in question is anyone’s guess, as that information has not been formally released. However, the idea that it was him, or at least could have been, makes sense.Simon, like many players who take part in OTAs every year, was battling for a job, and failure to give maximum effort could lead to him being unemployed. The 25-year-old noted how players must do whatever the coaches tell them or risk being cut.It is a difficult line to walk, and that it occasionally gets crossed is not really all that surprising. In a job where competition rules all, people are going to compete.In Seattle, he said the only way to guarantee players take it easy is to be told practice is a walk-through and wear regular shoes. Short of that, they are going to “fly around.”“That’s how it is over there,” he said. “If you’ve got kicks on, it’s a practice, no matter what day of the week it is.” “We can only go by what they’ve done, so we can’t really anticipate anything else,” $ LB Deone Bucannon said. “But they’ve got a lot of talent, they’ve got a lot of speed on their whole offense, and they’re really explosive.”Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said the biggest change so far has to do with tempo.“It’s definitely something we’ve been putting a focus on throughout the week,” he said. “Just trying to get in and out and put pressure on the defense. We have a lot of talented guys on the offense and we want to get them the ball. But, I think the main thing is the tempo.”Technically there’s no proofThe bucket challenge the Cardinals’ quarterbacks (and Patrick Peterson) hold at the end of the week has become the stuff of legend because whomever loses is forced to dress up in some sort of teammate-inspired outfit as penance.Last Friday, we learned starting QB Carson Palmer was that week’s loser, and on Sunday, we assume he had to don a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man costume as punishment.We say “assume” because Palmer would not confirm it was he who took the form of The Destructor. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon, right, deflects a pass intended for wide receiver Douglas McNeil, left, during NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Nkemdiche practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, and his health will be something to monitor going forward. One thing that does not seem to be a problem is Nkemdiche’s motor.“Oh, no,” Arians said when asked if that might contribute to the rookie’s slow start.New OC, new Bills offense?The Bills, the Cardinals’ upcoming opponent, made some headlines last week when head coach Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman.Though the Bills had just fallen to 0-2 on the season, they scored 31 points in their Thursday night loss to the New York Jets.“We just made a change because we thought that it was in the best interest of our football team to make a change,” Ryan said in a conference call with Arizona media Wednesday. “I know it’s not an ideal situation or circumstances certainly, but we did it because we thought we’d be better for it, and that’s no slight on Greg Roman. Greg Roman is a tremendous coach, but for us, at this time, that was what we felt would help our football team.”Roman had been in charge of the Bills’ offense since 2015, and whether or not the dismissal was warranted is really a matter of opinion. In terms of how the move impacts the Cardinals, however, it means the offense they are preparing to see Sunday may be one they have not seen on tape. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Based on advance sales for a major jewelry trade show not until next June, there may be signs that top jewelers are optimistic about a rebound for luxury sales in 2010.June 3, 2010, marks the opening day of Couture 2010, which will be held at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas from June 3rd until June 7th. The 2010 event will be the show’s 15th anniversary and will be a celebration of Couture’s dedication to showcasing top designers in the industry including luminaries such as David Yurman, Marco Bicego, Alex Sepkus, Charriol and many others.“The Couture Show has consistently provided an important venue for us to market Alex Sepkus in an elegant, comfortable and civilized environment. We are able to spend valuable time with our customers building and maintaining the relationships that are the cornerstone of our success,” says Jeff Feero of Alex Sepkus, in a press released received by Elite Traveler.The show operator expects an even larger turnout of key retailers via its Cornerstone Retailer program and next year an additional tier of identified retailers known as Signature Retailers. “While our Cornerstone Retailers represent the icons in our industry, and write huge amounts of business, our Signature Retailers represent an important component as well,” said Lee Arevian, head of the show. “Through careful mining of Nielsen data and extensive interviews in the designer and retailer community, we were able to identify over 200 retail companies that represent a powerful and vibrant group of retailers particularly skilled in selling designer jewelry. We’ve built a series of programs for them to ensure they have ample opportunity to network and interact with our manufacturers and designers and create a similar dynamic to that we have with our Cornerstone Program.”Noted Fiona Tilley of Gurhan, “Couture remains the primary show on which we depend for the best buyers, the best sales and the best of experiences. All of our important customers make a point of attending Couture to meet with us and have remained committed to it.”
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