Dragonflies Lack ‘Smell Center,’ but Can Still Smell

first_imgDragonflies are full of surprises. They have six legs, but most can’t walk. Their giant, 30,000-lens eyes can detect ultraviolet light. And though they lack the brain architecture normally required for a sense of smell, a new study finds that dragonflies may use odors to hunt prey.Smelling, as we humans understand it, requires certain hardware. Our noses are packed with olfactory receptors, each of which is tuned to a precise scent molecule. (Indeed, a recent study suggests we can detect a trillion smells.) When one wafts into our nostrils, these receptors send nerve signals to sensory way stations called glomeruli, which pass them along to the brain for interpretation—“Oh, a rose!” Glomeruli are shared by most terrestrial mammals and insects, and until now, scientists believed they represented the only possible route to a sense of smell. Because dragonflies and their close cousins, damselflies, don’t possess glomeruli or any higher order smell centers in their brains, most scientists believed these insects were unable to smell anything at all.Invertebrate biologist Manuela Rebora at the University of Perugia in Italy was not one of them. When her team took a closer look at dragonfly and damselfly antennae with an electron microscope, they spotted tiny bulbs in pits that resembled olfactory sensilla. Like the insect equivalent of a nose, these sensilla house olfactory neurons. When Rebora’s team exposed the suspected sensilla to scents, they emitted nerve pulses, supporting the idea that damselflies and dragonflies perceive odors.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(*)But to count as a sense of smell, the sensilla would have to do more than chemically react to scents. Their signals would have to actually affect behavior in dragonflies and damselflies. So the researchers built a wind tunnel where fruit flies—a dragonfly delicacy—were concealed behind a cotton screen through which odors could pass. Damselflies gravitated to the spot of the screen just on the other side of the fruit fly cluster, providing the first evidence that scents guide damselfly and dragonfly behavior, the team reports this month in the Journal of Insect Physiology.The results have triggered a debate over what a bona fide sense of smell truly looks like. “No olfactory glomeruli and no higher olfactory processing suggests [dragonflies’] ability to detect a range of odors is strongly limited,” says neuroscientist Nicholas Strausfeld of the University of Arizona in Tucson, who was not involved with the research. This could be the remnants of a regular olfactory system that devolved as dragonfly vision improved, he says.This discovery of smell sans glomeruli echoes a recent one in carrot psyllid bugs, and together, they may open a new view into how olfactory structures are organized, says Joshua Martin, a biologist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who was not involved with the research.But the biggest takeaway is that scientists should be careful before declaring an animal can’t sense something, says Robert Olberg, an insect neuroscientist at Union College in Schenectady, New York, who was not involved with the research. “Animals do surprise you.”last_img read more

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Lists for Fools

first_imgIndra Nooyi, head of soft drink giant PepsiCo, outranks Sonia Gandhi, widely recognized as the real power behind Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in this year’s Forbes annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, which is headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff.Nooyi is no doubt a highly successful chief executive of a very prominent global company. But honestly, the idea that the head of a company that Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously ridiculed was in the business of peddling “sugar water,” is more powerful than the power rider behind the world’s second-largest  economically-turbocharged country, is a reflection of the lopsided editorial judgment and naievete of the world’s foremost capitalist magazine.Indeed, Forbes’ list ranks Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates ahead of Gandhi too. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama ranks just behind Gandhi. Forbes’ much ballyhooed influential rankings — for that matter all such people power rankings, “Most Influential South Asians,” “Person of the Year,” etc., etc., — are unquestionably entertaining and popular, but they are neither credible nor of any journalistic reliability or value. What these rankings really are about is that they are fat cash cows for savvy media organizations to milk advertisers and sponsors in conjunction with the opportunities they afford to self-absorbed people to hobnob with other equally self-important (and frequently insecure) people.Forbes explained its ranking methodology as being based in part on its other equally dubious lists, such as its Celebrity 100 for lifestyle and net worth from its World’s Billionaires list “for those with 10 figure bank accounts.” It also factored in “Facebook fans, Twitter followers and YouTube views” for the people it ranked. Guess who doesn’t count in such matrixes? It certainly wasn’t their social media profile that got the only two other Indians, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar (43) and Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (99), on the list.The richest people and companies — such as Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s largest companies or the world’s richest — are atleast based on measurable criteria of wealth, and even they hit and miss, because not all assets are in accessible public databases.Bottom line: Read these lists for their titillation value by all means, but don’t let any schmuck in a newsroom tell you who the most powerful or influential person in any field is. Unless you are angling for their list of fools. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Salman Khan breaks his promise

first_imgApparently, Salman Khan broke a promise. The usually big hearted Khan stays true to his word. But the rumour in B-town is that he had told TV actress-turned-producer Deepshika that he would do a cameo in her first production.The two had this conversation some time back. But, when she was ready to start her film and approached Salman, he stated “no dates” as an excuse. For her small budget film, she couldn’t wait long and moved on with her shooting plans.Hope this news isn’t true as Salman has finally got his goodboy-tag back, with super hits and loads of film offers, now.last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: La Salle ends Ateneo’s hot streak with sweep, seals Final 4 spot

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – La Salle Lady SpikersMANILA, Philippines–La Salle went out brandishing its A-game against an Ateneo side that woke up in the wrong side of the bed to score a lopsided 25-17, 25-13, 25-23 triumph Saturday and make the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.What was expected to be a tough fight between the fiercest rivals in league history turned out to be a glaring mismatch as the Lady Spikers handily duplicated their first-round victory over the Lady Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods looms large, even on star-filled Masters leaderboard MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES RELATED VIDEO SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Ateneo, which has won 10 games in between losing to La Salle, could only make three attacks in second set as the fearsome league leader was reduced to a fumbling, disjointed unit before 16,000 spectators at the Big Dome.But it was the first frame that set the tone for the massacre when La Salle drubbed Ateneo from the serving area, 4-1, and had two kill-blocks against Ateneo which ironically was the best blocking team in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThough Ateneo slipped to 10-2, it remains in the hunt for a twice-to-beat incentive, only needing to win at least one of the two remaining matches (against eliminated teams Adamson and University of the East).It was La Salle’s fourth successive victory which, happening this late in the season, sends across a chilling message from the three-time defending champion. The Lady Spikers at now at 9-3.last_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: Jaipur Pink Panthers Draw 28-28 With Gujarat Fortunegiants in 1st Home Game

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Jaipur: Hosts Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League season seven here on Saturday.Both defences produced a masterclass in the match of the Jaipur leg in front of a packed audience at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium but the Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite taking a healthy lead for most part of the first half. Both teams started the match with aggressive defensive shapes. The raiders struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as the defenders kept putting in successful tackles.The Pink Panthers, boosted by the return of Vishal, looked slightly better, and the marginal difference in quality was all the Pink Panthers needed to inflict an All-Out on the Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 13th minute.The All-Out also opened a 6-point lead for the home side.Both sets of raiders continued to be below average post the All-Out with only Jaipur captain Deepak Niwas Hooda impressing in his raids as Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh looked distraught from sidelines.The first half ended 15-10 with Jaipur on top.Jaipur started the second half on the front foot with Vishal picking up a High 5 but the Gujarat defence picked their game up to halt the Jaipur dominance.The visitors picked up their All-Out in the 7th minute of the second half to cut short Jaipur’s lead to two points. The match continued to be played on the defence as both sets of defenders kept thwarting all the raiders who came their way.Gujarat moved to a three-point lead with less than four minutes left in the match through a successful raid by Sachin and a tackle by Parvesh Bhainswal.But Vishal pulled out a successful Super Tackle to once again make it a one-point match in the dying minutes.Nitin Rawal pulled out another Super Tackle to level the points at 24-24 with under three minutes left to play.Gujarat must have felt like they had secured a tie when they successfully tackled Deepak Hooda but Jaipur’s Nitin Rawal produced yet another Super Tackle to give the Pink Panthers the lead.The Jaipur all-rounder secured his High 5 in the process but he was tackled in the final play of the match by Gujarat to end the match in a tie. Gujarat Fortunegiantsjaipur pink pantherspklPKL 7 First Published: September 21, 2019, 10:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

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ISRO’s big leap, embarks on launching Indian space shuttle

first_imgFor the very first time in its history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is actually growing wings as it embarks this month on a never before space flight that would make history.The Indian space agency is all set to undertake the maiden launch of its very own indigenously version of a space shuttle, a fully made-in-India effort.Today, a sleek winged body almost the weight and size of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) is being given final touches at Sriharikota awaiting the final countdown.Yes, the big powers abandoned the idea of a winged reusable launch vehicle but Indias frugal engineers believe the solution to reducing cost of launching satellites into orbit is to recycle the rocket or make it reusable. Scientists at ISRO believe that they could reduce the cost of launching stuff into space by as much as 10 times if reusable technology succeeds, bringing it down to USD 2,000 per kg.Very soon and if all goes well possibly before the monsoon sets in, Indias space port at Sriharikota on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh will witness the launch of the indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD). This will be the first time ISRO will launch a space craft, which actually has delta wings and after launch it will be glided back onto a virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal.The RLV-TD is unlikely to be recovered from sea during this experiment as it is expected that the vehicle will disintegrate on impact with water since it is not designed to float. The purpose of the experiment is not to see it float but to glide and navigate from a velocity five times higher than the speed of sound onto a designated virtual runway in the Bay of Bengal some 500 km from the coast.advertisementVery similar in its looks to the American space shuttle, the RLV-TD being experimented is a scale model which is almost 6 times smaller than the final version.K Sivan, director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, says, “These are just the first baby steps towards the big Hanuman leap.”The final version will take at least 10-15 years to get ready since designing a human rated reusable rocket is no kid stuff.last_img read more

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Apollon’s Maltese Striker Mutes Goal Celebration after Journalist Slain

first_imgMalta captain Andre Schembri says the car bomb slaying of a Maltese investigative journalist prompted him not to exult after scoring an historic goal.Schembri’s temporary equalizer for Cypriot club Apollon in a 3-1 loss to Italian side Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday made him the first Maltese player to score in proper European competition — excluding qualifying.But instead of pumping his fist or leaping in joy over the achievement, Schembri hung his head as teammates mobbed him.Schembri wrote on Facebook on Friday, “Celebrating my goal didn’t feel right after what happened in Malta this week.”Malta has been stunned since Monday by the slaying of Daphne Caruana Galizia , an anti-corruption reporter whose targets included Malta’s leading politicians.“When they killed Daphne I wasn’t able to sleep for three nights,” Schembri told the ANSA news agency. “Malta is Europe, it’s not the third world. We need to be united when faced with grief like this, to say that we’re better than all of this.“I love my country and with that goal it came naturally to me to think about a reporter’s freedom and the life of a mother of three children.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Deploying IIoT security solutions

first_imgAs safety and reliability have become critical in IIoT systems, embedding the highest levels of trust is now essential.So while the PC connected to the network might have traditionally been the point at which security was enabled, the trust anchors now need to be located down at the hardware level, in silicon, and as close to the edge as possible — even in the sensors.In the following pages, we will offer you the lay of the land for IIoT security solutions. First, we start with the chip level, where there are several options.Infineon Infineon provides the OPTIGA family of hardware security controllers with software containing the cryptographic keys and certificates, plus the drivers and software libraries. It enables engineers to integrate security into their systems.For simple authentication, the Trust B product is used for IoT edge devices and “dumb” sensors that simply supply information; the device supports smaller cryptographic key sizes that might be used for authenticating a spare part or a battery, for example.Trust E addresses the security requirements of devices that are more feature-rich and need a higher level of security; it is a turnkey solution with OS, Applet, and complete host-side integration support and up to 3-kB memory.The company’s main solution for high-end security for industrial automation is the OPTIGA Trust X. It’s a discrete hardware security module built on elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) with 256-bit, AES128, and secure hash algorithms (SHA)-256 encryption.It enables functions like mutual authentication, secured communication, data store protection, lifecycle management, secured updates, and platform integrity protection and has up to 10-kB user memory. Infineon OPTIGA family of security controllers. (Source: Infineon) Steve Hanna, senior principal at Infineon, says that Trust X is designed for environments in which the main CPU may not have full-fledged power and asymmetric and symmetric cryptography must be offloaded from the main CPU.Two of the world’s largest industrial equipment manufacturers use Infineon’s security chips at the IIoT gateway and the endpoints. “Industrial IoT is very much a complete system, so you need to look at the endpoint, the gateway, and the cloud,” he said.“Our chips are designed to be easily integrated into the system as well as cloud-based architectures. The gateway is an ideal choke point to implement security without touching the edge, so our customers are integrating security chips into [both] gateways and endpoints.”This article, along with “Designer’s Guide to IIoT Security ,”  is part of a Special Project — The Day When the Industrial IoT Gets Hacked . Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Continue Reading Previous AAEON: industrial power in the palm of your handNext Establishing a root of trust to secure the IoTcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 4 A.J. Green

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! In just four days we’ll get our first taste of Cowboy football. In just four days, the subject of this edition will get his first start.How he got to OSUThe three-star DeSoto (Texas) product turned down offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Colorado, Cal and Louisville to play at Oklahoma State. A two-year starter at cornerback, Green fit the mold of rangy and athletic cornerbacks OSU has focused on in recruiting.Gundy talked about the new wave of cover men at OSU after a recent practice.“We’ve had to move guys around back there for a number of years and I think now we’ve finally settled on some young players that can stay there and have the bodies to play that position for a number of years,” said Gundy.What he’s done in StillwaterGreen saw immediate playing time on special teams, appearing in nine games. He also saw some reps on defense toward the end of the season. One year’s experience and 10 pounds gained under OSU’s strength and conditioning program has Green ready to take on a huge role in 2017.Role in 2017Oklahoma State will kick off its first game with its two starting cornerbacks sharing exactly zero starts. Green has some experience, but Rodarius Williams will start in his college debut. There’s a lot riding on these young corners but Green doesn’t seem worried.“With the cornerbacks, I’m most confident in our will to compete,” Green told PFB. “I want to go out there and battle everyday. I want to get better. Just watching film. Or just listening to what the older guys have to say, them and Ramon, but with the corners in fall camp, I feel good. I real good. I feel like we all have something to prove.“Everybody’s looking at the corners to see how we’re gonna do. I feel like we’re going to go out there and show the fans and the rest of the country that we’re here to play.”Noteworthy stats and highlightsAs a senior at DeSoto, he tallied 45 total tackles (36 solo) and grabbed three interceptions each his junior and senior season.Green recorded two tackles in the Alamo Bowl including this solo hit on Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay. (Green was No. 22.)last_img read more

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Students Learn More About Their Food During March

first_imgStudents across the province will learn more about where the food they eat comes from in March, Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. Fifty volunteers, including Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell, will visit Grade 3 classrooms, after March Break, to read from a newspaper insert about this year’s theme, Our Food, Our Story. “Encouraging Nova Scotians to consume more locally grown food is important for the future of our rural communities and the security of our food supply,” said Mr. Colwell. “By hearing the story of how our food is grown students will better understand the importance of the food choices they and their families make and learn about the opportunities in agriculture at the same time.” Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month is an educational initiative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada and the Nova Scotia Agricultural Awareness Committee, with the support of Farm Credit Canada. This year, additional funding from Farm Credit Canada has allowed the event to expand to a full month from a week for the first time. “The additional funding this year means that we can reach more students in each participating province – as the agriculture industry grows, so does the need for additional talented, energetic and well-educated young people.” said Michael Hoffort, president and CEO of Farm Credit Canada. “We are making more direct connections between students and their food, so they can understand more about a vital Canadian industry and the opportunities available to them.” Agriculture is an important source of jobs and economic activity in Nova Scotia, accounting for $350 million in exports in 2016. “Farmers in Nova Scotia appreciate the opportunity that Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month presents to share their story with students,” said Chris van den Heuvel, president of Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “There isn’t a better way for students and consumers alike to find out where their food comes from than from a farmer.” More information is available at www.aitc-canada.ca/en/calm.html.last_img read more

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Syria regime gains ground in deadly Idlib push monitor

first_imgBeirut: Syrian regime forces seized a town on the edge of Idlib province Sunday, a monitor said, their first ground advance since resuming an offensive on the jihadist-dominated enclave more than three months ago. The region of northwestern Syria, which is home to an estimated three million civilians, has come under almost daily Syrian and Russian bombardment since late April. The most recent fighting focused on an area straddling Idlib and Hama provinces, a war monitor said, and claimed dozens of lives on both sides. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Regime forces seized the town of Al-Habeet, in Idlib’s southern countryside, at dawn,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, said. The regime’s latest gains were in the north of Hama province, which lies to the south of Idlib. The area has escaped the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s government since 2015 and is the last major bastion of opposition to his regime and its allies. The capture of Al-Habeet, one of several strategic targets for advancing pro-regime forces, came after another night of deadly fighting, the Observatory said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAccording to the Britain-based monitor’s tally, 70 combatants were killed on Saturday alone, 32 of them pro-government forces. The remaining 38 were from the opposing ranks of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the jihadist outfit led by members of Al Qaeda’s former Syria franchise, and allied rebel fighters. Rami Abdel Rahman said another 27 combatants, nine of them government fighters, were killed in early fighting on Sunday. He described Al-Habeet as “the first town in southern Idlib to be taken by the regime since the start of the escalation” in April. The town is seen as a stepping stone towards Khan Sheikhun, one of the main towns in Idlib and the target of some of the eight-year-old conflict’s deadliest air strikes. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in recent weeks and aid groups have warned that an all-out assault on Idlib could turn the current humanitarian emergency into a catastrophe of proportions previously unseen. The fighting is a violation of a deal which was reached by the battle’s two main foreign brokers — Russia and Turkey — but was never implemented. Russia is Damascus’ main backer while Turkey holds sway over some rebel and jihadist forces along its border.last_img read more

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Charlie Angus takes short leave from NDP leadership race after sisters death

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP leadership hopeful Charlie Angus is taking a leave from the race following the death of his sister.The longtime New Democrat MP from Ontario announced late Tuesday that Kathleen Angus had passed away after a lengthy illness.Angus missed the last leadership debate in Victoria on Aug. 2 to be by her side, taking a 10-day break from his campaign.This time, he will only be absent until Monday to plan and attend her funeral.The MP for Timmins-James Bay will be back for a French language debate on Aug. 27 in Montreal.Besides Angus, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, Quebec MP Guy Caron and Jagmeet Singh, a member of the Ontario provincial legislature, are running.A deadline for candidates to sign up new members is Thursday.last_img read more

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Demolition of abandoned orphanage raises question about fate of ghostly presence

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The demolition of a centuries-old orphanage in Newfoundland is raising a curious question for people who once worked in the building — what will become of the ghost rumoured to haunt its halls?“I hope that spirit is now at peace,” said Lorraine Michael, the interim NDP leader for Newfoundland and Labrador.The Belvedere Orphanage is in the process of being torn down in St. John’s following years of abandonment and an extensive fire in April.For years, people in the community speculated about a haunting presence in the decrepit building — particularly when it functioned as a school in the 1970s.Michael was a Roman Catholic nun and served as the principal for Belvedere Junior High School from 1971 to 1976 when it closed.She stayed in the convent portion of the building and admits to hearing some strange sounds she couldn’t easily explain.“It consisted of walking noises, somebody walking, and always on the top floor of the building,” she said.Michael said the janitor also reported doors to classrooms being opened after he had closed them.She said at one point staff called in an expert in paranormal occurrences from Memorial University, who deemed the putative ghost to be a poltergeist.“Poltergeists are usually connected with teenage girls,” she said.On another occasion, two women visiting from Argentina stayed at the school, and one woman came to her and said that from the minute she stepped onto the property her whole being was in touch with the suffering of young girls and she felt she was in touch with a particular spirit in the building.Michael said she heard the footsteps on many occasions but never had the courage to go investigate.“It wasn’t scary. I think I laid there knowing that I was hearing a ghost. I wasn’t going to go up and look, but neither was I scared of it.”On another occasion, Michael said the superintendent of the school board arrived for work and his secretary was in the parking lot and wouldn’t go in. She said she had been alone in the building and heard footsteps down the main hallway. She wouldn’t go back inside on her own.Michael said she recently received an email from a former colleague at Belvedere who joked that the demolition might finally see the departure of the ghost.Michael said she hopes that is the case.“If the poltergeist was connected to the experience in the building — and I’m not an expert — but I assume now the spirit will be at rest,” she said.— By Kevin Bissett in Frederictonlast_img read more

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Justin Trudeau and Brian Pallister talk Minnesota hydro link

first_imgOTTAWA — The prime minister and the premier of Manitoba say they’ll try to find common ground on a new hydro line so the province can sell more surplus electricity to Minnesota.The two met in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon, where Justin Trudeau and Brian Pallister said they’d discuss the transmission corridor, which needs federal approval.The plan has drawn objections from Indigenous groups in Manitoba, who say their concerns about it haven’t been listened to.Trudeau’s government is reportedly worried that a hasty approval could see the project end up in court, much like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Before their meeting in Trudeau’s office, Pallister pointed out that Winnipeg MP and Liberal minister Jim Carr has advocated for hydro development and big international projects that make cross-border trade easier.Manitoba Hydro generates more electricity than the province uses and selling more to Minnesota would be good for its bottom line.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Donny Osmond Unveils Puppy Love For American Humane Association

first_imgAmerican Humane Association, the nation’s first national humane organization, is pleased to announce that legendary singer and entertainer Donny Osmond is partnering with the organization to spread its enduring message of compassion, caring, and hope.Video: Donny Osmond AHA PSADonny recently took the time to shoot four public service announcements centered on the idea of building a more humane world, especially for children and animals, where American Humane Association serves as America’s only public charity working for the protection of both.Billed as the “ultimate entertainer,” Donny recently embarked on the nationwide “Donny & Marie Christmas Tour” with his sister and longtime musical collaborator, Marie. Because of their dedication to protecting America’s most vulnerable, the tour producers are offering a special limited-time “Puppy Love” offer of $5 off per ticket for American Humane Association supporters. Plus, for every discounted ticket bought through a special website link, Donny and Marie are contributing $5 to American Humane Association.At select tour stops, they will air a portion of the touching new “Red Star Rescue in Oklahoma” documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns’s Steeplechase Films. This powerful film depicts what life was like for American Humane Association’s legendary Red Star animal rescue team during its month-long deployment to Moore, Oklahoma to rescue and care for the four-legged victims left in the wake of the deadly EF-5 tornado that struck the town on May 20 this year.Fittingly, the “Donny & Marie Christmas Tour” kicked off in Tulsa, Okla. on December 1 and continued on to Oklahoma City December 3.“I have a lifelong love of animals and children, and it is my pleasure to work with such an historical organization as American Humane Association,” said Donny Osmond. “I was especially touched by the work their Red Star team did this spring in Oklahoma, and everyone who takes advantage of our exclusive Christmas tour ticket offer will not only get to see a great show, but will help support a wonderful cause.”Donny began his illustrious career in entertainment at the age of five, and over the course of five decades has earned 33 gold records, with sales of more than 100 million albums. He is currently working on his 60th album, with a scheduled release in 2014.During his extensive career, Donny has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author, commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a race car driver. One of his most notable appearances was his starring role as Joseph in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which broke records during its six-year run with more than 2,000 performances in the U.S. and Canada.Five years ago, Donny and Marie announced they were reuniting for what was intended to be a six-month run headlining the legendary Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. “Donny & Marie” opened in September 2008 – and after only five weeks, the engagement was extended for two years due to unprecedented demand from around the world. It has since been extended yet again through the end of 2013. Earlier this year, the Las Vegas Review Journal bestowed a number of awards on the show and performers for the 2nd year running; Best Show, Best All-Around Performers for Donny and Marie, and Best Singer for Donny.“Donny is such a passionate advocate for America’s children and animals, and we are grateful to him for filming these PSAs on behalf of American Humane Association,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association’s President and CEO. “Indeed, Donny and Marie are an American institution, and for them to make this special ticket offer available to our friends and followers speaks volumes about their commitment to our 136-year old mission.”The multi-city “Donny and Marie Christmas Tour” runs through December 21st. For dates for the multi-city to take advantage of the “Puppy Love” special ticket offer please visit www.donnyandmarietour.com/americanhumane and enter passcode puppylove.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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UN launches partnerships tools to tether economic investment to disaster risk planning

The initiative, called R!SE, “provides a new formula for averting economic losses from disasters, which are a major brake on economic growth and development,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at the launch, organized in New York by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).“Because R!SE brings together businesses, investors, insurers, public bodies and educators, it can be the catalyst we need to bring lasting change to how we approach risk,” Mr. Eliasson added, ahead of a demonstration of the Tangible Earth digital globe, that, among other functions, has been used to engage the private sector to play its part in reducing disaster risk.A response to ten years of record-breaking economic losses and disruption from disasters, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called “out of control,” the R!SE partnership will develop and promote global standards on risk metrics and voluntary industry standards for disaster risk-sensitive investment, UNISDR said in a press release. Margareta Wahlström, head of UNISDR, explained that “disaster risk is not natural but is produced by investment decisions and the range of factors that influence those decisions.” In other words, she added, “There are consequences for ignoring the principles of good land-use and building regulations in any business.”So far, the partnership includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Florida International University, Principles for Responsible Investment, the design and construction firm AECOM and global insurance broker Willis, according to UNISDR. A minimum of 1,000 asset owners and investment managers, 200 insurers and re-insurers and 100 global businesses in at least 50 cities and 20 countries are targeted for engagement by the R!SE initiative by 2020.Demonstrating the Tangible Earth globe at the R!SE launch, its inventor Professor Shinichi Takemura showed how the globe portrays the planetary effects of climate variations, earthquake, air pollution and settlement patterns. Credit: UNIFEED-UNTVBuilt with the participation of UNISDR to a 1:15 million ratio, compared to the actual earth, the globe can show the real time reverberations of seismic events around the world, or project the population centres flooded by a few metres’ rise in sea level. It spins at the flick of a finger on its surface, like a schoolroom globe, but is many times more powerful, zooming in on specific areas and graphically revealing innumerable trends and data-sets. “I am very sorry that children in 21st century are still learning geography, geology and global warming using two-dimensional maps invented in 16th century,” Mr. Takemura told the UN News Centre. “We really need a global medium that will represent what is really going on our planet – that is why we created this thing.”He added: “We are the first generation who came to understand exceptional beauty, dynamism and rareness of our planet in the context of the universe. We need to convey this message.” read more

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Agreement for Sherwood Copper to acquire Western Keltic

first_imgThe inclusion of Kutcho Creek would double Sherwood Copper’s resources and could double production. Sherwood Copper has entered into an agreement with Western Keltic Mines under which Sherwood has agreed to make an offer to acquire all the shares of Western Keltic. “The acquisition of Western Keltic and its Kutcho Creek copper-zinc deposit would more than double our copper resources, and offers the potential to continue Sherwood’s transformation to a significant base metal producer through the potential development of Kutcho Creek,” said Stephen P. Quin, Sherwood’s President & CEO.  “We see the opportunity to redeploy our successful mine evaluation and development team to maximise the value of the Kutcho Creek property. We aim to reassess the development plans for Kutcho Creek over the coming months to determine the most attractive development option, much as we did at Minto, with the objective of developing a robust, low cost mining operation,” he said.  “Further, the high grade Minto mine should generate significant free cash flow at current metal prices that could be re-invested in the development of a second mine at Kutcho Creek, significantly reducing overall financing needs and share dilution versus Western Keltic going it alone.”Sherwood Copper recently completed the development of Phase 1 of its high grade Minto copper-gold mine in the Yukon, ahead of schedule and on budget, and aims to complete its Phase 2 mill expansion by the end of 2007. In addition, Sherwood will shortly be announcing the results of an independent pre-feasibility study on the Minto mine that will incorporate the discovery of the Area 2 deposit in 2006 and lay out the basis for a Phase 3 mill expansion. Further, exploration successes during 2007, including four new discoveries of high grade copper-gold mineralization, indicate potential for yet more growth within the Minto property. Results from 46 of 92 exploration holes completed in 2007 are still awaiting assays.Western Keltic recently completed a prefeasibility study evaluating the potential development of the Kutcho Creek deposit, the results of which were announced on September 5, 2007. This study defined resources and reserves as set out in an amended and restated technical report filed on SEDAR on October 29, 2007. Since that time, Western Keltic has been advancing the project towards completion of a feasibility study by conducting geotechnical and environmental baseline studies, as well as advancing the permitting process for approval of production. Western Keltic has also been actively engaged in discussions with the Talhtan and Kaska First Nations, as well as other local communities to ensure there is broad based support for the development of a mine at Kutcho Creek, while taking into account the concerns of the First Nations and other stakeholders. “Based on public information and our due diligence, Sherwood believes that the Kutcho Creek deposit shares many similarities with the Minto mine; being a smaller tonnage, relatively high grade open pittable copper deposit with by-product credits,” said Quin. “These similarities suggest that our experiences, approach and skills built up over the past two years at the Minto Mine should be directly transferable to the design, construction, financing and operation of a mine at Kutcho Creek. We believe there is an opportunity to “do it again” at Kutcho Creek, while learning from the challenges and successes experienced in the development of the Minto Mine.” www.sherwoodcopper.comlast_img read more

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Asylum seekers will be allowed to work in Ireland under new rules

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4095315 Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 4:58 PM Short URL 158 Comments Share914 Tweet Email5 Asylum seeker, Shaho Zamani from Iran, at a protest in Dublin. Image: RollingNews.ie Asylum seeker, Shaho Zamani from Iran, at a protest in Dublin. 39,739 Views center_img Image: RollingNews.ie By Christina Finn Asylum seekers will be allowed to work in Ireland under new rules Over 3,000 people will be eligible for the new scheme which will allow asylum seekers take up temporary and permanent positions. ASYLUM SEEKERS WILL be able to work under new regulations which will kick in by the end of this week.Announcing the details today, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said asylum seekers will be allowed to take up any form of employment except positions in An Garda Síochana, the Defence Forces and the civil service.In addition, applicants to the scheme who gain successful employment will now have the option to leave Direct Provision centres, and seek alternative accommodation, if they so wish. It’s believed 3,000 people will be eligible to take up temporary or permanent jobs.The new rules come a year after the Supreme Court found that the ban on those in direct provision seeking work was unconstitutional.Currently, any refugee who wants to work in Ireland must apply to the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation for an employment permit – this scheme will now be scrapped.Other current obstacles to employment for asylum seekers at the moment is that they can only take up a job that pays €30,000 or more per year. This provision is also being removed.How will it work?Under the new rules, an asylum must have been in Ireland for a period of nine months and be awaiting a first decision from the International Protection Office about their asylum.If they have been awaiting a decision for that period, they are then eligible to apply for a letter of permission to work in Ireland by the Labour Market Access unit in the Department of Justice. There is no fee or charge for applying.The letter of permission will allow the person be employed or self-employed and will be valid for six months. A person can apply for the permission to be renewed every six months until a final decision on their asylum status is given.An applicant who gets a negative final decision on their refugee status, but who is in the process of appealing the decision can also apply for their permission to work to be renewed. However, once a final decision – after the appeals process is concluded – is made, their labour market access permission will cease.Will those working still get their social welfare payment?Access to social welfare payments will also be permitted to those who find employment. Currently, asylum seekers living in Direct Provision have a weekly allowance of €21.60 and can buy food using a recently introduced points system.This payment will continue to be paid for 12 weeks when a person finds employment, however, depending on their earnings and hours worked, that money may be reduced.Under the new rules, those that do find employment will have to start contributing to the cost of their stay at a Direct Provision centre. The cost per person, per day, for staying in one of these centres is €35.Will working asylum seekers have to pay for their stay at a Direct Provision centre?Once a person is working, a proportion of the cost will be placed on the worker. The more you earn the more you pay. There is no charge for children staying in Direct Provision. This will remain the case, regardless if parents are working.While no one has to leave a Direct Provision Centre, it is envisaged that as more people take up employment, they will seek alternative accommodation.With a shortfall in employment in some sectors, the government said the additional workforce has been welcomed by business groups, with whom department officials are meeting tomorrow. The minister said the scheme will add to the diversity in some workplaces, though there is no incentives for employers to hire those eligible for the programme. Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton. Source: Leah FarrellMinister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration, David Stanton welcomed the government’s decision to provide access for qualified applicants to the labour market, stating:“This will promote the integration into Irish society of asylum seekers and their families.”The new rules do not allow for asylum seekers to apply for a driving licence, however.“Any changes to the current eligibility requirements is a matter for the Minister for Transport,” said the Department of Justice. Jun 27th 2018, 4:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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MCU NEWS More Female Superheroes Johansson Confirmed for Black Widow Film

first_img Some of the best things are coming out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fantastic characters, interlocking storylines, and the upcoming array of female superheroes that are slaying alongside our favorite male ones. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, says that there will be more lady superheroes in the MCU to come. Screenrant asked the Feige about this in an interview.“… I think we’re getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.” It’s a promising future for ladies in the MCU to outweigh the men in more ways than one. Marvel’s database has a wide arrange of female superheroes (and baddies) that can be brought into the universe and it’s the right time to bring them in. In the meantime, we have some dope superbabes coming to screen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, in theaters July 6th. Also, how can we forget the first lady of Marvel to have her own solo title? Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel will be making her debut in her self-titled film slated for 2019. Captain Marvel will be played by the gorgeous and dazzling Brie Larson. I know, my epic crush is showing and there are no signs of stopping.Speaking of epic crushes, Scarlett Johansson has confirmed that she will be playing Black Widow in the standalone film, Black Widow. Appearing on Ellen, she told the host that to do the film it would have to be, “… something that we’ve never seen before that was really groundbreaking and incredibly badass.” Scarlett Johansson has starred as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) since Iron Man 2. Johansson has greatly grown the character into something that’s entirely her. We’re still not sure of the plot, cast and release date for the Black Widow film. All good things come in time.AdChoices广告In more early development news, we’re entering the stage where we can whisper loudly about Marvel’s Phase 4 plans. Fans are already expecting some highly anticipated titles such as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and (hopefully) Black Widow. Feige confirmed more female superhero, but what about teenagers? We’ve been #blessed with Marvel teens in the form of Runaways (Hulu) and Cloak and Dagger (Freeform). What if we brought Young Avengers to the big screen?Reported by Heroic Hollywood, Feige acknowledges that bringing specific kids and teens in the universe is leading up to something. In the first Ant-Man, we’re introduced to Cassie Lang, Scott Lang’s young daughter. Cassie Lang in the comics has a significant rule to play. Cassie becomes Stature in Young Avengers and later Stinger (Astonishing Ant-Man). The questions is, will Cassie Lang take up either of these titles and bring Young Avengers into the MCU? According to Feige, it’s a very big possibility! In Ant-Man and the Wasp, there’s reportedly a scene that hints to Cassie’s future.“… taking our cue from the comics as we always do – that’s why we wanted Cassie, a very young Cassie in this movie, to be inspired by her father. Just planting seeds.” Only time will tell if we see Cassie in her role as Stature or the Young Avengers in the MCU. It would be amazing to see some teenager kick some ass as much as the adults do on the big screen.Last, but certainly not least, let’s return to the Spider-verse for some news that will either excite you or make you go “huh?” According to Variety, Jared Leto is set to star in Mobius, a Spider-Man spinoff based on the infamous villain who tried to cure his blood disease but instead ended up becoming a vampire instead. The film will again star Jared Leto as the title character with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life, Child 44) set to direct. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Lost in Space) will be writing the script and Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster producing.The Spider-verse is quickly expanding! With the recent announcement of Silk, Venom set to hit theaters in October and Spider-Man: Far From Home coming soon after it’s a good time to be a Spidey fan. Now, we won’t pretend to forget his other comic book role as The Joker in Suicide Squad. However, this may be a very different comic role for Leto that lands him something great. Stars like Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans, and Ayelet Zurer have managed to act in both DC and Marvel properties. Leto moving towards Marvel properties could be a dope thing for him. There’s no release date for the film, but we’re excited to hear more about it. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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