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Dead geckos cling as well as live ones

first_imgGeckos are renowned for their ability to scurry up walls, clinging to surfaces with the help of tiny rows of hair on their toes that generate a subtle electrical attraction known as the van der Waals force. But scientists don’t know whether the lizard actively controls its clinging ability using fine muscle movements in its feet or whether its feet are just intrinsically sticky. To decide the issue, biologists at the University of California, Riverside, tested the clinging force of five tokay geckos before and immediately after the lizards were sacrificed. The researchers built a device that dragged the geckos’ feet across an acrylic sheet in a controlled manner, allowing them to precisely measure the pulling force on the reptiles’ toes. To the scientists’ surprise, a dead gecko’s foot held to the surface just as tightly as a live gecko’s foot, they report online today in Biology Letters. The result shows that geckos do not rely on muscle or neural activity to adhere to surfaces, the researchers say. On the other hand, to detach from a surface, a gecko hyperextends its toes, an ability that appears to be unique among lizards with padded feet.(Credit for linked videos: William Stewart and Timothy Higham)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Roach trains Pacquiao

first_imgTight fight Manny Pacquiao’s training shifted to a higher gear Monday following the arrival of chief trainer Freddie Roach from Los Angeles.The Fighting Senator, preparing for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia, worked the mitts with Roach at the Elorde Gym near SM Mall of Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pacquiao will spar again on Tuesday. He first sparred for four rounds against two Filipinos last Saturday under the watch of assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.New sparring partners for Pacquiao are expected to arrive Tuesday. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay While Roach was pleased with Pacquiao’s physical condition, the Hall of Fame trainer cautioned that there was still more work to be done as Horn’s a dangerous opponent.After studying tapes of Horn’s previous fights, Roach concluded that the unbeaten Australian could punch, especially with his right hook.Roach, however, is confident Pacquiao will prevail owing to his speed, experience and ring ability.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingWith Roach around, Pacquiao, who started light training on May 8, feels upbeat and ready for the tougher grind ahead.Roach was accompanied by strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. MOST READ LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in pololast_img read more

Mouser: ADLINK Express-BD7 COM with built-in cloud functionality

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADLINK: smart gateway selected for Michelin-SoftBank tire control systemNext Arrow: IC solution reduces IO-Link development time and costs Mouser Electronics is now stocking Express-BD7 Computer-on-Modules (COMs) from ADLINK Technology. ADLINK’s Express-BD7 COMs help engineers build space-constrained systems in industrial automation and data communication — such as virtualization, edge computing or other numerical applications — that require high-density CPU cores balanced by reasonable power consumption.ADLINK’s Express-BD7 COM devices are designed around the Intel Xeon processor D and Intel Pentium processor D SoCs and based on the latest PICMG COM Express 3.0 specification with Type 7 pinout. The Type 7 pinout removes graphics support available in Type 6 and replaces it with up to four 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and an additional eight PCIe ports for a total of up to 32 PCIe lanes.The Express-BD7 has dual stacked SODIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GBytes of DDR4 ECC (or non-ECC) memory, and interface options include USB 3.0/2.0 ports and SATA 6 Gbps ports with support for SMBus and I2C. The module also features built-in Smart Embedded Management Agent Cloud functionality, which enables remote monitoring, autonomous status analysis, custom data collection, and initiation of appropriate actions in distributed devices. All collected data, including sensor measurements and management commands, are available from any place, at any time via encrypted data connection.The Express-BD7 COM is supported by the ADLINK COM Express Type 7 Starter Kit Plus, which includes everything needed to design and develop COM Express systems based on Type 7 modules.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal sets up high-octane semi-final vs Novak Djokovic

first_imgSecond seed Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 in the quarters of Wimbledon to set-up a high-octane clash with world No. 21 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals on Friday.Just 90 minutes after defending champion Roger Federer was sensationally knocked out by South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday, it seemed as if the grasscourt major would lose its top two seeds as Argentine Del Potro took a two-sets-to-one lead.It was not as if Nadal was playing badly as he had lost only nine points on serve before heading into the ninth game of the second set.But just before that game started, Federer’s shock demise was flashed up on the giant on-court scoreboard and it was as if that threw the Spaniard off his stride and he fluffed his lines to drop his serve.After Nadal squandered four set points in the third set tiebreak, with a double fault on one of them, Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another astonishing upset on day nine of the championships.But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners.Nadal ended the four hour and 48 minute thriller with a backhand volley winner past a lunging Del Potro who ended the contest lying flat on his stomach.advertisementDJOKOVIC EASES PAST NISHIKORIEarlier, Djokovic shrugged off a second-set slump to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.Djokovic wrested back the momentum for good after coming from 0-40 down at 2-2 in the third set to hold serve, and then breaking his Japanese opponent in the next game.The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.Djokovic looked in control in the first set. But he grew frustrated after failing to capitalize on three straight break points in the third game of the second set and was given a code violation after slamming his racket into the ground.When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out “double standards” toward the umpire’s chair drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd.That didn’t seem to affect his focus, though, and neither did a time violation he was given when serving at 4-2, 30-30 in the fourth set.Djokovic secured that game with a forehand winner, then saved two game points on Nishikori’s serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.He next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in his first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 U.S. Open.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Unified Korea team win first medal in dragon boat race bronze

first_imgNot north, nor South – a unified Korea, playing under the same flag, tasted success for the first time at a multi-sport event when their canoeing team won the bronze medal in women’s 200 metre dragon boat racing at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on Saturday.The crew clocked 56.851 seconds to finish third behind China and hosts Indonesia at the Jakabaring Rowing and Canoeing Regatta Course in Palembang, which is co-hosting the Games along with the Indonesia capital of Jakarta.The team in the final comprised eight canoeists from North Korea and four from South. The medal was awarded to Korea, not North or South Korea.A unified Korean team also competed at this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.”In the first place, we weren’t sure if this unified team would be formed, but I’m so happy that we won the bronze medal in the end,” captain Kim Hyeon-hee was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.”It’s a pity that we were not able to win gold, but we’ll do our best to do better in the 500m race,” said the South Korean.The Koreas marched together under a common flag at the opening ceremony and they have fielded joint teams in women’s basketball, rowing and canoeing.”While others prepared for years, we just had 20 days,” team drummer To Myong-suk said.”This is a result that showed the bravery and wisdom of Korean people by combining our hearts and goals,” added the North Korean.Joint Korean teams will be in action in men’s and women’s 500m dragon boat racing on Sunday.advertisementIt was China’s fourth gold in traditional boat racing and the trio of Song Yanbing, Liang Liping and Huang Yi have been part of the winning team each time.It was Indonesia’s fourth successive silver in women’s traditional boat racing.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

a day agoDONE DEAL? Man Utd reach Mateo Mejia agreement with Real Zaragoza

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Man Utd reach Mateo Mejia agreement with Real Zaragozaby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have a £130,000 deal in place for Real Zaragoza teen Mateo Mejia.The 16-year-old attracted a wide range of interest following his incredible spell of form for Real Zaragoza’s youth team last season.El Periodico de Aragon says United have won the race for his signature.The source claims that Mejia is already making his mark at the club after arriving at Carrington in July.It is reported that the youngster is being put through his paces with United’s Under-18 squad. last_img read more

Video: Alabama’s Najee Harris With The Early Touchdown Of The Year

first_img His playmaking ability was on full display as he trucked one defender, hurdled another, and sprinted past the last line of the defense.Here is the amazing touchdown from Harris:NAJEE HARRIS, YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!• Run someone over • Hurdle someone • Drag someone into the end zone pic.twitter.com/pFnPok0HU3— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 14, 2019This is the second touchdown of the afternoon for Harris, who is just having his way against the Gamecocks defense. The former five-star recruit has over 100 scrimmage yards midway through the second quarter.Alabama leads 24-10 over South Carolina in the first half.Do you think this touchdown from Najee Harris is the best play of the year? Najee Harris of Alabama playing against Tennessee.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20: Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide stiff arms Defensive back Baylen Buchanan #28 of the Tennessee Volunteers with Linebacker Daniel Bituli #35 of the Tennessee Volunteers defending during the second half of the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)The best touchdown you’ll see this weekend has come from Alabama running back Najee Harris. It was an incredible play that silenced the crowd in South Carolina.Alabama jumped out to an early lead in large part because of Tua Tagovailoa. He already has over 275 passing yards and three touchdowns in the first half.South Carolina’s defense had the chance to force Alabama into a turnover on downs. Unfortunately for Will Muschamp’s defense, it couldn’t get the job done.On fourth-and-three, Tagovailoa dumped a pass off to Harris toward the middle of the field. Harris easily had the first down, but he decided to take it a step further and push toward the end zone.last_img read more

India to begin World Test Championship vs West Indies in Antigua on August 22

first_imgIndia to begin World Test Championship vs West Indies in Antigua on August 22India will begin their World Test Championship campaign against the West Indies in August in Antigua. The Asian giants will play the first 2 matches of a 3-match T20I series in Florida. The tour will also include a 3-match ODI series.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 09:03 IST India will take on the West Indies in a 2-Test series from August 22 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe schedule for India’s full tour of West Indies in 2019 was announced on WednesdayIndia will play 2 T20Is in Florida, USA before heading to the West IndiesIndia’s World Test Championship campaign will kick start in the West Indies from August 22The dates for India’s first assignment after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 — a full-length tour to the USA and the West Indies — was announced by West Indies Cricket on Wednesday.India will play a 3-match T20I series, 3-match ODI and 2-match Test series on their month-long tour to the West Indies, starting August 3. The first T20Is of the series will be played in Florida, USA on August 3 and 4.More importantly, India will kickstart their World Test Championship 2019-2021 campaign with 2 Tests in Guyana Antigua (August 22 to 26) and Jamaica (August 30 to September 3).The ICC World Test Championship has been introduced by the ICC to give greater context to the longest format of the game and will be played over the next two years. It will feature nine of the 12 Test-playing nations, each of whom will play a Test series against six of the other eight teams.”The West Indies and India have a long and colourful rivalry, and the MyTeam11 Series will bring more thrilling competition across every format of the game,” Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave said in a release.”We’ll be seeing some of the World’s best players go head to head in T20Is, ODIs and then in the new World Test Championship. West Indies fans, young and old, will have the opportunity to see some incredible cricket.”India tour of West Indies, 2019: Full scheduleT20I seriesAll matches start at 10:30 AM local time1st T20I in Florida, USA – August 32nd T20I in Florida, USA – August 43rd T20I in Guyana – August 6ODI seriesAll matches start at 9:30 AM local time1st ODI in Guyana – August 82nd ODI in Trinidad – August 113rd ODI in Trinidad – August 14Test seriesAll matches start at 9:30 AM local time1st Test in Antigua – August 22 to 262nd Test in Jamaica – August 30 to September 3Notably, India had been to the West Indies right after the Champions Trophy in 2017. Virat Kohli’s men had clinched a 5-match ODI series 3-1 but lost the only T20I by 9 wickets on that tour.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Will try our level best vs India, says Pakistan captain Sarfaraz after Australia defeatAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India tour of West IndiesFollow World Test Championship 2019-2021Follow India cricket team schedulelast_img read more

CMI Campus for St. Thomas

first_img The Government is looking at establishing a full campus of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) in the parish of St. Thomas. Story Highlights “In the new facility that we are building at the old Goodyear factory, there is a space for the university in that new township operation, and we are considering providing further capacity to have a full campus out in St. Thomas. We really want to drive development out there,” he said, noting that the current location at Palisadoes is inadequate to meet demands. The Government is looking at establishing a full campus of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) in the parish of St. Thomas.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, at a Think Tank held at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston on Tuesday (September 19).He said that the Government has particular interest in expanding the university into the parish to drive growth in tandem with the development of the St. Thomas leg of the south coast highway.He informed that the institution, soon to be officially renamed Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), will have a presence in the proposed development for the Morant Bay town centre.“In the new facility that we are building at the old Goodyear factory, there is a space for the university in that new township operation, and we are considering providing further capacity to have a full campus out in St. Thomas. We really want to drive development out there,” he said, noting that the current location at Palisadoes is inadequate to meet demands.The Minister said that there are also plans to expand the institution into other parts of the country.“We need to have some capacity in the Clarendon area around Vernamfield, because it is maritime and logistics; so what we don’t want is for (CMI) to only have a presence in Kingston and St. Andrew,” he pointed out. Executive Director of the CMI, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, commended the Government for having the foresight to include the institution in the development plans for St. Thomas.“I see the development of the campus in the parish as a great move, where we will be putting people in the centre of development, which is the most sustainable development that we can have,” he said.He also hailed the development plan for the parish. “This is a new concept and a new model. I applaud it. The whole parish of St. Thomas is poised for greater development. It has good natural resources; it is a green field, an area ripe for development, with open land space and good access to deep water,” he pointed out.Dr. Pinnock noted that Cow Bay in the parish has the deepest harbour in the island and the wider region. Cow Bay has a natural depth of 51 metres.“You don’t have to dredge. These are very good waters for development right along the coastline, so it’s a natural fit. And with the highway infrastructure, it would take just about 15 minutes to get across, so we now have to think about how we can spread development,” he noted.CMI will officially become CMU on World Maritime Day, Thursday, September 28 at an official Charter Day ceremony at the National Arena. This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, at a Think Tank held at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston on Tuesday (September 19). last_img read more

CMA CGM Adds Iskedrun Call

first_imgzoom French container line CMA CGM is adding a call to the South Turkish port of Iskenderun to its Bosphorus Express Line (BEX), starting June 16.CMA CGM says that this is the only service on the market joining Asia to Iskenderun.By adding a call at Iskenderun, the south part of Turkey will now be called directly and each week by CMA CGM’s vessels sailing the BEX service.Turkey’s second largest industrial area after Istanbul is located in the south of the country. CMA CGM hopes to benefit from the port of Iskenderun’s complete offer that will provide dry and reefer containers storage and rail and road infrastructures to and from the port.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Tanner Hill Road Tanner Hill Road in the Limerock area will be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Sept. 30, to allow for repairs to the bridge on the West River East Side Road. The closure is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. A detour route will be marked through Salem Loop, Trunk 4, and West River East Side Road. Tanner Hill Road will be open each evening after 4:30 p.m., but drivers should use extra caution in the area. -30-last_img

Major relief to stressed realty sector on anvil

first_imgNew Delhi: After a welter of measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week to deal with the economic slowdown and then RBI surplus’ transfer on Monday, the government will announce relief package for the real estate sector, under which a stress fund could be set up to help complete unfinished projects. The announcement is expected this week. Sources said liquidity problems and completion of stalled projects formed the core agenda of the meeting here on Sunday between Finance Minister Sitharaman and real estate players which discussed ways to create demand in the country’s realty market. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalLast Friday, she said the government would come up with “solutions” for stalled housing projects for stressed home buyers this week. Sitharaman announced more credit support to housing finance companies where she extended additional liquidity support to HFCs by the National Housing Bank, which has been increased from Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore. The government is also likely to make changes to the definition of affordable housing as sought by developers so that more projects can come under the category. Further, bank loans for developers, which have always been an issue as banks try to avoid lending to developers, may witness some favourable changes. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDevelopers and distressed home buyers had suggested to the government that a fund be set up for completion of stalled projects. Further, the real estate sector also received a shock after the National Housing Bank recently asked housing finance companies to stop funding under the subvention scheme. The government is likely to ease the recent direction in favour of developers. After the Finance Minister met developers earlier in the month, Niranjan Hiranandani, the President of National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), said that the issue of ways to use stress funds for financing stalled projects was discussed. Hiranandani pointed out at the meeting that rationalisation of taxes and resolution of the liquidity crisis would be paramount in helping real estate and infrastructure get a boost, in turn enabling these to positively impact the economy in terms of GDP growth and job creation. Jaxay Shah, President of CREDAI, said that the organisation had suggested the inclusion of financial institutions under the ambit of the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) in order to aid the completion of stalled projects. Creation of a stress fund and the inclusion of financial institutions undr RERA are likely to figure the government’s upcoming announcement on the realty sector. The home buyers’ association, Forum For People’s Collective Efforts (FPCE), in its letter to Sitharaman, had noted that the stalled projects can be solved with a stress fund of at least Rs 10,000 crore. “It should also be ensured that the promoters of projects which shall be completed from this ‘stress fund’ should be stripped of all their assets including personal and company’s assets, to realise the entire funding utilised for completion of those projects,” it said. Seeking amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), the forum said that as a home buyer is not a secured creditor, he or she would not be benefited in case of liquidation.last_img read more

Acquittal of teacher who secretly videoed teens dangerous top court told

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s top court is set to hear the case on Friday of a high school teacher acquitted of voyeurism even though he used a pen camera to secretly record video of the chest area of his female students.The case raised eyebrows when the trial judge decided Ryan Jarvis, of London, Ont., had violated the teens’ privacy but had no sexual intent in doing so.The Ontario Court of Appeal — in a split decision — disagreed with the judge on both key points, but nevertheless upheld the acquittal. While Jarvis was surely sexually motivated, the Appeal Court said, the students had no reasonable expectation of privacy at school where the filming occurred.In its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, the prosecution maintains the Appeal Court’s view of privacy was far too narrow.“The students had a reasonable expectation that they were in circumstances where their privacy interests related to their sexual integrity would be protected,” the government says in its written filing. “Here the impact of the recording on the students’ dignity and sexual integrity was significant.”Jarvis, however, maintains the students were in classrooms or other common areas where anyone could observe them. Concluding they had a reasonable privacy expectation, he says, could see the criminalization of a wide range of conduct, such as staring at someone from behind tinted sunglasses.“Reasonable people can debate whether all surreptitious recording of people for a sexual purpose should be made a criminal offence,” Jarvis says. “(But) the court should be very hesitant to expand the concept of ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’…lest it disturb the delicate balance the courts have attempted to strike between the interests of the state and the individual.”Police charged the English teacher with voyeurism for recordings he made in 2010 and 2011 as he chatted with 27 female students aged 14 to 18. The offence requires two key elements: the accused must be sexually motivated and the target must have a reasonable expectation of privacy.In November 2015, Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman decried the teacher’s behaviour as “morally repugnant and professionally objectionable.” Goodman found the students did have a reasonable expectation of privacy but, in a strange twist, acquitted Jarvis on the basis he had no sexual purpose.“While a conclusion that the accused was photographing the students’ cleavage for a sexual purpose is most likely,” Goodman found, “There may be other inferences.”The Crown argued on appeal that sexual motivation was a no-brainer: The subjects were young females and Jarvis had deliberately pointed his camera at their breasts.The majority on the Appeal Court agreed. However, in upholding the acquittal in October, justices Kathryn Feldman and David Watt decided the teens had no reasonable expectation of privacy.“If a person is in a public place, fully clothed and not engaged in toileting or sexual activity, they will normally not be in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy,” the justices said.Justice Grant Huscroft dissented, writing that the privacy interests of the students outweighed the interests of those who would compromise their personal and sexual integrity at school.“Privacy expectations need not be understood in an all-or-nothing fashion,” Huscroft said, drawing on an example of a mother breast-feeding in public. “There is a reasonable expectation that she will not be visually recorded surreptitiously for a sexual purpose.”In its appeal to the Supreme Court, the prosecution seized on Huscroft’s dissenting opinion.“The majority was so focused on a conception of reasonable expectation of privacy based on the ability to exclude others from a location, they failed to appreciate that the trust relationship, along with a school board policy, was a significant factor which gave rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy,” the government argues.The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, one of eight interveners in the case, urged the Supreme Court to convict Jarvis.“The Ontario Court of Appeal’s majority decision in this case sets a dangerous precedent in terms of the privacy, bodily and sexual integrity, and equality of young Canadians in schools, with especially disturbing implications for girls and young women,” the foundation says.The Ontario College of Teachers suspended Jarvis in 2013 for failing to pay his dues. He still faces a professional misconduct hearing.last_img read more

Trans Mountain expansion could be delayed for years by court decision experts

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to quash Ottawa’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is likely to delay the project for years, legal and political observers say.The ruling means the National Energy Board must consider the impacts of increased tanker traffic on the marine environment and the federal government must consult more meaningfully with First Nations.The energy board should first conduct its new review, which will involve receiving written submissions, consulting with Indigenous groups and holding hearings, said Chris Tollefson, a law professor at the University of Victoria.The board’s first review took two years, and while the new assessment will be focused specifically on tanker traffic, Tollefson said the board must seriously consider the effects on endangered southern resident killer whales.“The reality is that this proposal as currently planned would impact orcas unless it is changed,” said Tollefson, who represented BC Nature and Nature Canada during the first energy board review.There are only 75 southern resident orcas left and few have reproductive potential. The project would have a serious impact unless design changes were made, such as altering shipping routes, reducing tanker speeds or the number of vessels, Tollefson said.“In light of what the court had to say, I don’t think that should be hurried. I think it needs to be done right. It’s a central feature of this project.”Once the board issues a new recommendation to cabinet, the federal government will have to redo its final phase of consultation with all the affected First Nations along the pipeline route.Eugene Kung, a lawyer who has worked for project opponent the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, warned that if Ottawa tries to rush consultation, the project could just wind up back before the court.“The federal government continues to take direction from the courts and interpret it through a lens of, ‘What is the least we can do?’ … In the age of reconciliation, but also if the federal government is looking to avoid future appeals, they need to start aiming for something higher than the floor,” said Kung.The court ruled that Canada must not only listen to First Nations during consultation, but also seriously consider their specific and real concerns and provide a response, including accommodations where necessary.For example, the Coldwater Indian Band in British Columbia’s southern Interior raised concerns about the pipeline route passing through an aquifer that is the sole supply of drinking water for the First Nation’s main reserve, but the government did not reroute the pipeline or provide a new water source.“They were undertaking the (final) consultations with First Nations in a rushed manner and not taking the time to listen, to try to accommodate and to have a genuinely two-way conversation, which takes longer than listening, taking notes and relaying them to decision-makers,” said Kathryn Harrison, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia.It’s highly improbable Trudeau’s government will be able to get the board review and Indigenous consultations done before the next election in the fall of 2019, said Harrison, who added that it’s difficult to say how the ruling will affect the Liberal government’s chances.“How does Justin Trudeau respond to (Alberta Premier) Rachel Notley’s directives to him and withdrawal from the climate plan?” she asked. “What steps can he take to reassure the oil industry that Canada knows what it’s doing in reviewing major projects?“To what degree does the government convince Canadians that buying this pipeline and committing to build a new one was a good investment of taxpayers’ dollars?“It really depends on what the Trudeau government does.”Notley announced Thursday she was pulling Alberta out of the federal climate plan until Ottawa gets the pipeline expansion back on track. She demanded that Trudeau appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court and hold an emergency session of Parliament.Trudeau said Friday he is committed to getting the project done “the right way.” He suggested he will follow the Appeal Court’s guidance on how to proceed.“We are taking the time now to understand the court ruling, which addresses two things that are very important to this government — getting the science and the environmental protections right, and making sure we are walking forward in a true path of reconciliation and partnership with Indigenous Peoples,” Trudeau said after an event in Oshawa, Ont.“We’re going to continue to move forward to get this pipeline built in the right way by acknowledging what the court has said.”Even if the federal government did seek leave to appeal and the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, that would take 18 months to two years, experts said.The expansion project would triple the bitumen-carrying capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline between near Edmonton and Metro Vancouver and increase tanker traffic in the Burrard Inlet sevenfold.Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. first announced the proposal in 2012 and shareholders voted Thursday to sell the pipeline to Canada for $4.5 billion.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

TODAY IS NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY

first_imgToday is National Canadian Film Day. The movies might surprise you!Bell Media’s premium English and French-language Pay TV networks, The Movie Network, The Movie Network Encore (TMN Encore), Super Écran, and Cinépop, are once again proud to support National Canadian Film Day today, Wednesday, April 18 with a specially curated lineup of Canadian films that celebrate this year’s theme: female filmmakers. Bell Media is a proud sponsor of National Canadian Film Day, now in its fifth year.The Movie Network’s main lineup is anchored by four titles from leading Canadian female filmmakers: Anne Marie Fleming’s animated feature Window Horses, about a young Canadian poet invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran (6 p.m. ET); Stella Meghie’s Canadian Screen Award-nominated directorial debut, Jean of the Joneses (7:30 p.m. ET); Aisling Walsh’s Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, and winner of seven 2018 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Motion Picture, Best Direction, Lead Actress and Lead Supporting Actor (9 p.m. ET); and April Mullen’s Below Her Mouth, a bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend-long affair between two women (11 p.m. ET). Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On TMN Encore, subscribers can enjoy a day-long Canadian movie marathon from celebrated female directors and screenwriters such as Deepa Mehta,Sarah Polley, Tara Johns, and Shannon Masters. Featured films include: Away from Her (6 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET), the acclaimed 2006 adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent; Empire of Dirt (7:20 p.m. ET), following three generations of First Nations women as they struggle to deal with the demons of their past; and Bollywood/Hollywood (10:50 p.m. ET), the award-winning 2002 film about an East Indian man looking for his family’s approval to marry a non-East Indian woman.The full broadcast schedule for The Movie Network (and its suite of multiplex channels) and The Movie Network Encore for April 18 is below:TMN 1:6 p.m. ET – Window Horses7:30 p.m. ET – Jean of the Joneses9 p.m. ET – Maudie11 p.m. ET – Below Her MouthTMN 2:6:15 p.m. ET – The Steps8 p.m. ET – Don’t Talk to Irene9:25 p.m. ET – Sleeping Giant11 p.m. ET – 1:54TMN 3:5:40 p.m. ET – Mean Dreams7:30 p.m. ET – River9 p.m. ET – Goon: Last of the Enforcers10:45 p.m. ET – Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2TMN Encore:6 a.m. ET – Away From Her7:50 a.m. ET – Empire of Dirt9:40 a.m. ET – Sophie11:25 a.m. ET – The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom1 p.m. ET – The Animal Project2:35 p.m. ET – Breakfast with Scot4:15 p.m. ET – I Put a Hit on You5:35 p.m. ET – Autrui7:20 p.m. ET – Empire of Dirt9 p.m. ET – Away From Her10:50 p.m. ET – Bollywood/Hollywood Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UN agencies launch DDTfree antimalaria initiative

A number of projects, involving some 40 countries in Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia, are set to test non-chemical methods of eradicating the deadly disease, ranging from eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites and securing homes with mesh screens to deploying mosquito-repellent trees and fish that eat mosquito larvae.The new projects follow a successful five-year pilot programme using alternatives to DDT in Mexico and Central America, where pesticide-free techniques and management procedures have helped cut cases of malaria by over 60 per cent.The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are spearheading the ten new projects, with close to $40 million in funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).The agencies aim to cut DDT use by 30 per cent worldwide by 2014 and phase out the use of the pesticide completely by the early 2020s while staying on track with WHO malaria eradication targets.“The new projects underline the determination of the international community to combat malaria while realizing a low, indeed zero, DDT world,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Today we are calling time on a chemical rooted in the scientific knowledge and simplistic options of a previous age.”However, concern over DDT is matched by concern over the close to 250 million malaria infections a year which result in over 880,000 deaths. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan noted that the agency “faces a double challenge, a commitment to the goal of drastically and sustainably reducing the burden of vector-borne diseases, in particular malaria, and at the same time a commitment to the goal of reducing reliance on DDT in disease vector control.” Malaria is caused by a parasite, transmitted through infected mosquito bites. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver and then infect red blood cells, causing fever, headache, and vomiting between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. 6 May 2009The United Nations today announced a renewed round of international efforts to combat malaria with a reduced reliance on the controversial synthetic pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT). read more

US tariffs would lower American output after five years says Bank of

OTTAWA — The head of the Bank of Canada says a broad-based hike in American tariffs would lower U.S. economic output after about five years — whether or not other countries retaliate.In prepared remarks of a Mexico City speech Thursday, central bank governor Stephen Poloz says attempts by countries throughout history to shield their industries and workers from foreign competition have been counterproductive.Poloz’s remarks come as Canadian and Mexican companies face significant unknowns amid talk of fresh protectionist policies, including border tariffs, by the U.S. administration.“We know that with protectionism everybody loses eventually, including the country that puts the policies in place,” said Poloz’s speech, which was to be delivered to the Canadian chamber of commerce in Mexico and the Club de Industriales.“Clearly, this uncertainty is a significant issue for both Canada and Mexico.”Poloz said it raises the chances businesses will pay higher costs for capital and restrain investment.The governor also pointed to additional risks for Canadian firms if President Donald Trump follows through on his vow to lower corporate tax rates in the U.S. and if there are delays in the implementation of pro-growth U.S. policies.Poloz’s remarks come as Canada and Mexico prepare to engage with the U.S. on NAFTA’s renegotiation, which is expected to begin later this year.He called upon policy-makers, as well as business and labour leaders, in Canada and Mexico to remind their countries’ biggest trading partner how important open trade is for the entire continent.Poloz highlighted the North American auto industry, saying it has created tens of thousands of jobs in each of the three countries.“It is hard to imagine how interfering with open trade or implementing other protectionist policies would benefit these people and their families,” he said.“It would be helpful to hear many more examples from other industries.”He added that regardless of the challenges that may surface in the U.S., he believes there are plenty of ways Canada and Mexico can boost their economic growth by opening up access to markets beyond North America.However, Poloz also outlined the significance of the “economic powerhouse next door” for the relatively small economies of Canada and Mexico.Last year, 75 per cent of Canada’s goods exports were shipped to the U.S., while 81 per cent of Mexico’s went north of its border, he noted. At the same time, the biggest shares of Canada and Mexico’s imports came from the U.S.Poloz also said Canada would only have free access to about six per cent of the world economy if it no longer conducted trade with the U.S. But he added the upcoming ratification of Canada’s trade agreement with the European Union will broaden its access to markets outside of the U.S.The Canadian Press read more

Pregnant Lankan in UK who tried to stop fraud run over

Tom Triggs, 54, said: “She has a little boy about two and they are a lovely family. My grandchildren go in there all the time – they are really nice people.”John Lloyd, a barber who works opposite the shop, said: “It’s scary, round here you wouldn’t expect it. I can’t get my head around it.”Detective Inspector Stuart Truss said: “The shop was very busy at that time of day and there were also a lot of people in the area who may have seen what happened. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, assault, fraud by false representation and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.He was detained at an address in London on Tuesday and taken to Southend police station, where he remains in custody. A car has also been recovered.A friend, who did not want to be named, said: “She was on her own at the time and she is four or five months pregnant. It’s really sad, she only came over from Sri Lanka a year ago” The victim, who is understood to be four or five months pregnant, was taken to hospital in a stable but life-threatening condition after the incident at around 5pm on Monday. A pregnant woman who tried to stop a crime at a shop suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a vehicle fleeing the scene, The Telegraph in the UK reported.The woman, in her 30s and who is believed to be Sri Lankan, had tried to stop an attempted fraud at the shop where she works in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Locals reacted in shock to the news that the family-run business was targeted. She was said to have been on her own in the off-licence, in London Road, when the incident happened.An Essex Police spokesman said: “It is not believed the baby was harmed.” Police said she was struck by a grey Volkswagen Golf and suffered injuries to her head and face and internal injuries. “I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information about it to come forward and contact us.” read more

WatchVancouver court learns details of detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhous life in

Handout / PNG Handout / PNG One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. Handout One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. View this document on ScribdView this document on ScribdOne of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. Handout / PNG When Meng Wanzhou, who also goes by the names Sabrina, and sometimes Cathy, touched down at Vancouver International Airport on Cathay Pacific flight 838 at 11:30 am on December 1, she was feeling unwell.The 12-hour layover between Hong Kong and Mexico should have been a chance to rest.What was on her mind as she stepped off the flight is unknown. Was she anxious as she passed the cascading water feature and descended the escalators into the customs hall?Did she suspect that authorities lay in wait for her just beyond the warm red cedar of YVR’s stately Musqueam welcome figures?Did she choose to transit through Canada in order to avoid a possible arrest in the U.S.?Meng had not made a trip to the U.S. since becoming aware of the U.S. criminal investigation into Huawei in April 2017, despite having been a regular visitor in 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to affidavits filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.Whatever her state of mind before her arrest in Vancouver, the filings claim that Meng suffers from severe hypertension, a condition the 46-year-old mother of four states she has “struggled with for years.”Immediately following her arrest, the Huawei executive was treated at Richmond General Hospital.Affidavits also show Meng is a thyroid cancer survivor and has expressed concern over her health during her incarceration. The executive also suffers from sleep apnea, for which she recently had jaw surgery. She has difficulty eating solid food, and relies on “daily packages of medications” she has been prescribed.Yet Meng’s fragile health has not held her back from performing significant duties as CFO of Huawei, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world.Those duties included a robust global travel schedule, using at least seven different passports issued by China and Hong Kong — and those are just the passports known to U.S. authorities, as documented in an affidavit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.The U.S. Department of Justice suggests Meng could have access to “numerous passport and visa documents, which could allow her to flee with greater ease.”In his affidavits, Meng’s husband Liu Xiaozong denies that his wife has other passports. His wife, he says, travelled so frequently between 2007 and 2016 and required so many visas that “the pages in these passports for such visas were utilized, requiring the acquisition of the replacement passports.”Other passports were “broken,” invalidated and replaced to reflect changes in her name after their marriage.Liu believes that the only two valid passports his wife holds are from Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China — both of which are were surrendered to the RCMP.Meng’s Chinese passport show a history of international travel that would be taxing to even the healthiest individual.Her Chinese passport issued in 2011 show stamps from London’s Heathrow Airport, Amsterdam’s Schiphol, Paris’s Roissy CDG, in addition to stamps from Canada, Mumbai, Ghana, Russia, Japan and Myanmar, and visas issued and sealed by officials for travel to Mauritius, South Africa, Madagascar, Mali, the U.S. and Canada.Liu describes himself as the primary caregiver to the couple’s daughter, who attended kindergarten in Vancouver. The couple married in 2007 and share one child. Meng has three sons from previous marriages. The couple own two multi-million-dollar properties in Vancouver.Liu, who flew to Canada a day after his wife’s arrest, includes in his affidavit evidence of the family’s ties to Canada, photographs showing his wife, their children and extended family in various beauty spots in Banff, atop Cypress Mountain, at English Bay and on Spanish Banks.The papers show Meng became a permanent resident of Canada on April 3, 2001, a status that expired in 2009. She also has ID that includes an expired B.C. identification card, a CareCard. Meng is a diminutive 160 cm, brown eyed, and was born 13 February 1972.Meng’s lawyer submitted three character references, none with Vancouver connections.Chinese business associate Sha Ye, of Chengwei Capital, said Meng worked her way up at her father’s company “step by step”, after starting as “a low-level clerk” some 25 years ago, and made a point of not publicizing her connection to the company’s founder.Another friend, Fan Bo wrote that Meng “is a very proud person” with respect for the law who is “down to earth” despite “the enormity of her success.” Fan Bo writes that she has “many fans” in China, and is a loving mother.A letter of support from Andrew Chase, the headmaster of Eaglebrook, a junior boarding school in Deerfield Massachusetts that one of her sons attended in 2013, describes Meng as a supportive parent who cared about her son’s personal growth and exhibited warmth, hospitality, kindness and care.Meng is being detained at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge.dryan@postmedia.com One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. Handout / PNG Handout read more

Lebanon cannot bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis alone UN relief official

“It is imperative that the international community helps bear the brunt of the pressure on Lebanon,” Ross Mountain, the Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, told a news conference in Geneva. As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, there are nearly 2.5 million Syrians registered as refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency has registered over 950,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon – now constituting 25 per cent of the total population. Mr. Mountain noted that this is equivalent to 80 million Mexicans arriving in the United States over a span of 18 months. Also, the number of registered Syrian refugees does not include the hundreds of thousands of Syrians that are living in Lebanon without having asked for assistance, or the over 50,000 Palestinians who have fled to Lebanon since the start of the conflict, adding to the 270,000 that were already there.If the current influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon – some 12,000 every week – continues, there could be over 1.6 million of them registered in the country by the end of this year. The presence of such a large number of refugees is exerting unprecedented pressure on public services and communities hosting the refugees. “Life has become a lot harder for the Lebanese communities as a consequence of the Syrian crisis,” Luca Renda, Country Director, UN Development Programme. Credit: UNDPIt is also creating tension within the Lebanese population and could be a source of future friction, warned Mr. Mountain.“Already we are seeing signs of tension, not surprisingly, between the Syrians that are arriving and the Lebanese host communities. But the fear that many of us have is that, that mixed with other factors could mean rising tension between communities within Lebanon.”He also noted that the bulk of the refugees are coming into parts of Lebanon where the poorest Lebanese live, in the Bekaa and Akkar regions. “There are 225 localities that contain 86 per cent of the refugees and 68 per cent of the poorest Lebanese. The problems that they have had before are of course exacerbated by this influx.”Lebanon, he said, is now the largest per capita recipient of refugees anywhere in the world, and it is not in a position to support the Syrian refugees without substantial international help.“It is unthinkable that it should bear the brunt of this pressure without massive international support,” Mr. Mountain stated, also pointing out that Lebanon is the only country in the region that is keeping its borders open.Recognizing the multiple challenges facing Lebanon, including the massive influx of Syrian refugees, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last September established the International Support Group for Lebanon. At its most recent meeting, held on 5 March in Paris, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said that as a growing number of villages and towns now host more Syrians than Lebanese, the crisis is also putting unimaginable pressure on host communities. Water, sanitation and waste management systems are already weakened to the point that serious health consequences are emerging for refugees and locals alike. Accommodation is in short supply, and rents have gone up nearly everywhere, stretching the resources of people in Lebanon’s poorest regions that host the largest refugee numbers, he continued. Wages are plummeting, and many Lebanese families are struggling to make ends meet as a result.And yet, Lebanon is making an “unparalleled” contribution to the continued stability of the entire region, despite the enormous problems this is creating for its own society, Mr. Guterres told the meeting. “Lebanon is a key pillar in the international framework for the protection of Syrian refugees, and without it, that entire system would collapse.” read more

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