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Cate Blanchett in talks for Guillermo del Toros Nightmare Alley

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first_imgLos Angeles: Double Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to star in filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s next feature, the remake of “Nightmare Alley”. If things get finalised, the actor will star alongside Bradley Cooper in the film, which is del Toro’s follow-up project to his Oscar-winning feature “The Shape of Water”. Cooper, who last featured in his directorial debut “A Star is Born”, boarded the project in June. Before him, Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the project, reported Variety. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka del Toro will direct the new film from a script he has co-written with Kim Morgan. The movie is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. The story follows Stanton Carlisle, an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator. Gresham’s novel previously adapted into a 1947 movie starring Tyrone Power. del Toro will also produce the project with J Miles Davis. The movie will be distributed by Fox Searchlight. Blanchett, 50, is currently awaiting the release of Richard Linklater-directed “Where’d You Go Bernadette?”. She is also working on the FX limited series “Mrs. America”.last_img read more

Alberta judge throws out Karlheinz Schreiber lawsuit against federal government

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first_imgEDMONTON — An Alberta judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Karlheinz Schreiber in 1997 in which the German-Canadian businessman alleged he had been defamed by the Attorney General of Canada.In the lawsuit, Schreiber says details of a letter sent by Canada to the Government of Switzerland seeking his banking information as part of an RCMP investigation were published in the media in 1995 and made public by Brian Mulroney at a news conference.Schreiber also sued the federal government for negligence, abuse of process and abuse of public office.He claimed for losses including denigration of his reputation and loss of economic opportunity and income associated with the loss of his liberty and livelihood.In 1995, RCMP accused Schreiber and another man of sending kickbacks to Mulroney on the sale of Airbus planes to Air Canada which was a Crown Corporation at the time.Schreiber, who is now 85, was extradited to Germany in 2009 after testifying before the Senate’s ethics committee.In 2013, he became involved in a corruption scandal linked to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.In 2017, Schreiber sought to resume his legal action but Ottawa argued that more than eight years had passed since the last meaningful action on the lawsuit.In Edmonton, Queen’s Bench Justice Lucille Birkett ruled that Schreiber waited too long to resume his legal action and threw out the lawsuit.“Schreiber’s allegation that Canada engaged in tactics that caused the delay in this action by its decision to extradite him to Germany is unfounded,” Birkett wrote in a ruling released Thursday.“Schreiber bears the ultimate responsibility for advancing this action.“As more than 3 years have passed without a significant advance, and on the application of Canada to dismiss the action for long delay pursuant to Rule 4.33, the Court must dismiss the action brought by Schreiber.”The ruling noted that Schreiber fought the extradition request from Germany for five years before he was committed for extradition and for a further five years in appealing the committal unsuccessfully to the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tom Morello And Kenny Loggins Honored At WhyHunger Chapin Awards

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first_imgThis week, the global nonprofit WhyHunger held its annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, and honored rock guitarist and Grammy Award-winner Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave with the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award; singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins with the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award; and social movement partner Landless Workers Movement (MST), received the WhyHunger Chapin Award.Seth Saltzman, ASCAP Senior Vice President; musician Kenny Loggins; rock musician Tom Morello; Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director; partner honoree Raul Amorim of Brazil’s Landless MovementCredit/Copyright: Diane BondareffHosted by Pete Dominick, comedian and SiriusXM’s Stand Up with Pete Dominick on- air personality, the event was a celebration of music, food and activism that honored social movements changing the world and recognized artist activists making a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty.Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) is a mass social movement formed by rural workers fighting for agrarian reform and against injustice and social inequity. A longtime partner of WhyHunger, since their formation in 1984 MST has experienced many achievements including resettling over 350,000 families on land to produce food.“We believe that supporting social movements and the solutions that derive from grassroots leaders are essential to ending hunger and poverty,” said Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director. “I am thrilled to be able to not only honor our partner MST, but our friends and fellow activists Tom Morello and Kenny Loggins who use their musical platforms to fight for social justice.”Tom Morello is a groundbreaking artist and activist whether in his solo career, as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave or in recently forming his new record label, Firebrand Records, which is dedicated to the global release and distribution of radical, socially conscious music. Tom has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has earned multiple Grammy Awards. Tom has partnered with WhyHunger on several occasions including serving as the musical performer for the 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize that recognizes grassroots leaders that are advancing food sovereignty.“WhyHunger and their partners are tireless fighters for economic justice and human dignity. It is a great honor to stand in the company of these grassroots heroes whose sacrifice and courage continue to build a movement to put an end to the crime of global hunger,” said Tom Morello.Kenny Loggins’ remarkable career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks including Top Gun and Footloose and contributed to 1985’s landmark charity single “We Are the World.” Kenny is a committed environmentalist and has a passion for children’s causes. He is supporting WhyHunger’s 2016 Summer Meals Rocks for Kids campaign to connect kids in need with free, nutritious meals all summer long when they are most in need.“I’m honored to have been chosen by ASCAP and WhyHunger as my passion for children’s causes fits perfectly with WhyHunger’s philosophy. I believe this is the start of a fruitful partnership,” said Kenny Loggins.This year marked the 17th WhyHunger Chapin Awards, celebrating the continued work in supporting innovative grassroots solutions for long-term change. The evening concluded with an After Party that featured DJ Eric Visa, dessert bar and dancing.Special thanks to sponsors, Hard Rock International, Lisa DeBartolo & Don Miggs, Collection 18, ASCAP, Bayer Corporation and Greenberg Traurig, LLP.last_img read more

Indigenous women in Montreal rally fundraise to support Amazonian warriors

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first_imgLindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsA charity benefit held this weekend in Montreal raised over $3,000 for a group of Amazonian warriors working to fight rainforest fires and the genocidal policies of Brazilian Prime Minister Jair Bolsonaro.Looking out at the audience gathered in the darkened venue in Montreal, activist Tayka Raymond said she couldn’t actually believe they were able to pull it off with only three weeks to plan.When a spate of wildfires ravaged the Amazon rainforest, darkening the streets of Brazilian cities like Sao Paolo, the entire world held its breath.But at the same time, groups like Associacao das Guerreiras Indigenas de Rondonia (AGIR) – the Association of Indigenous Warriors of Rondonia – kickstarted a mobilization movement to denounce destruction of the so-called  ‘Lungs of the Earth.’Women over 8,000 kilometers away in Montreal heard the same call to action, and were compelled to help.“Women are just known naturally to work very fast when it comes to coordinating things, getting things together,” explained activist Shannon Chief, who hails from Barrier Lake First Nation.A seasoned environmental defender herself, Chief and Raymond joined forces with a ‘collective of individuals’ – including the Colletivo Brasil-Montreal – to pull together an expansive charitable showcase, a silent auction, and a traditional feast in record time.Performances by a drumming circle, jingle dancers, an international choir, a motivational hip-hop artist, a classically trained opera singer, and Brazilian dance troupe were meant to highlight solidarity across borders, and nurture conversation about common issues.“Once you start meeting or connecting yourself to the people down south, and they shared with you all these different things that are going on, you start to carry something in a way and want to be able to help in any way possible,” Chief explained.For those hailing from Brazil, it was a chance to share cultural staples, like lively folk music and frenetic dancing, which lately have been overshadowed by the country’s divisive leadership.However, Alessandra Devulsky, a university professor and co-founder of the Colletivo Brasil-Montreal, says that the uptake in activism following the outbreak of fires has only affirmed the crucial role of women in the resistance.“There’s a horror and a beauty to those processes,” Devulsky said. “These are women who are giving a stunning lesson to all the Leftists in Brazil, to all the movements of resistance. When you have no money and when you’re historically oppressed, how you can still resist.”Despite the persisting scourge in her home country, she adds that it’s hard to be unmoved by the tenacity of the Indigenous women in the Amazon fighting for their inherent rights.“These women will establish grassroots movements; these are women who understand that social movements have to start from the bottom up,” she explained.The proceeds of Saturday’s event, will directly benefit the Association of Indigenous Warriors of Rondonia; founded in 2015, the non-profit, non-partisan group works to empower Indigenous women and assert territorial rights in the era of Bolsonaro.Even after donating money to further the warriors’ cause, Chief says the event will have more positive implications. She’s planning on showing footage of the performances and speeches to a four-country delegation of Indigenous women in Panama as proof of collective impact ahead of a possible World Water Summit as soon as 2020.“I think the most important thing today, about being a woman, is being aware of what’s going on in the world and just trying to do something about it,” Chief said.lrichardson@aptn.ca@sentimtllast_img read more

Vancouver area home prices fall in August number of sales up from

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VANCOUVER — The number of homes sold in the Greater Vancouver area was up in August compared with a year ago, but benchmark prices for the major categories of housing was down, the region’s real estate board says.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says there were 2,231 home sales last month, up 15.7 per cent from 1,929 in August 2018.However, it says the benchmark price for 706 detached homes sold in August was $1.4 million, down 9.8 per cent from the same month last year.Sales of apartment homes reached 1,116 in August — 8.9 per cent more than the same month last year — but the benchmark price for the category fell 7.4 per cent from August 2018 to $771,000.  For the 409 attached homes sold in August, the benchmark price was $654,000 — down 7.8 per cent from a year earlier.The price declines came as the total number of homes listed for sale in August rose 13.3 per cent from a year earlier, to 13,396. The Canadian Press read more

Cyprus president voices support for Annans peace initiatives

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“The search for a settlement firmly remains for us in the United Nations framework, within the context of the good offices mission mandated to the Secretary-General by the Security Council,” President Tassas Papadopoulos told the General Assembly’s annual general debate.He said Cyprus concurs with the Secretary-General’s view that “good and careful preparation of any negotiating process is necessary before full-fledged negotiations can take place.” The President also recalled that in response to this, the sides agreed that “bicommunal discussions at the technical level would commence to address substantive aspects of the Cyprus problem, as well as issues that affect the everyday life of all Cypriots as long as the status quo persists, a process that would be complemented by parallel confidence-building.”This agreement was reached during a recent visit to Cyprus by Ibrahim Gambari, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, President Papadopoulos noted, voicing appreciation for the efforts of UN officials to address the issue.“While sharing the assessment of the Secretary-General that a cautious and step-by-step approach is the appropriate way forward given the fragility of the process, we also hold that an effort to avoid another failure with potentially lasting catastrophic consequences demands laying the necessary groundwork,” he said, adding that this requires addressing “some of the core and more complex dimensions of the Cyprus problem.”With regard to relations with Turkey, he said “there is only one way forward: creating a future of peace and cooperation and building bridges and mutual understanding, normalizing our relations and working hand in hand to achieve the goals of the European Union in our region.” read more

Most of Mackenzie Chown B and E to reopen tomorrow

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The following is an update on the re-opening of Mackenzie Chown blocks B and E after a fire today in an electrical room on the fourth floor of B block.Mackenzie Chown B block 400 level will remain closed until further notice.Mackenzie Chown B block 300 level will re-open tomorrow (Feb. 1) at 12 noon.Mackenzie Chown B block 200 level and E block (all levels) will re-open tomorrow morning for regularly scheduled business.Related stories:– Mackenzie Chown complex reopened – information on evening classes– Update on the evacuation of the Mackenzie Chown complex read more

Financial adviser could face jail over £2m owed to exwife

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Sarah Rogan, who is in a legal dispute with her former husband, founder of the Blenheim Capital Group Grant Rogan, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:Nick Ansell/Press Association  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “In the very period when he was getting more and more into arrears with the maintenance he spent a quantity of money on not one but two weddings,” said Mr Justice Holman.”If he did wish to marry her he could have gone down to the registry office, paid the fee, I don’t know what it is, probably a few hundred pounds, buy a few drinks, job done.”The judge added: “On the face of it, it is very contumelious. To fail to pay wife number two but to go out and spend large amounts of money on wife number three.”Mr Justice Holman said Mr Rogan, who was born in the United States, should have time to consider the allegations being made against him.He said the maximum jail term which could be imposed was six weeks and encouraged Ms and Mr Rogan to try to reach an agreement.”I have been put through the dry cleaners,” Mr Rogan, who represented himself at Thursday’s hearing, told the judge. Barrister James Ewins QC, who leads Ms Rogan’s legal team, outlined wedding celebration spending to Mr Justice Holman.He produced an itemised list showing that: more than £1,000 had been spent on flights, more than £500 on Jimmy Choo shoes, more than £4,000 on a “De Beers diamond”, more than £10,000 on “clothing, beauty etc”, more than £4,000 on a wedding video, more than £1,700 on wedding flowers and nearly £1,500 on a “honeymoon hotel” in Morocco. A financial adviser who spent £80,000 on a lavish two-part wedding in England and at a luxury hotel in Morocco could be jailed after his ex-wife complained that he still owed her more than £2 million from a divorce settlement, a court heardMr Justice Holman was told that Grant Rogan, the founder of Blenheim Capital Group, had agreed to pay Sarah Rogan, who is Mr Rogan’s second wife, £5 million in instalments four years ago.The judge said that Mr Rogan had also agreed to hand over £8,000 a month alimony pending the full payment of the £5 million. He said Mr Rogan owed in total more than £2 million.One of Ms Rogan’s complaints is that Mr Rogan, who married his third wife in March, this year spent around £80,000 on two wedding celebrations when the amounts he owed her were rising.She said he spent around £30,000 on his English wedding and around £50,000 on a follow-up celebration in Morocco. Sarah Rogan, who is in a legal dispute with her former husband, founder of the Blenheim Capital Group Grant Rogan, leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London read more

HIV and syphilis Reduction in Mothertochild transmission slowed in LAC PAHO

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCuba stamps out mother-to-child HIVJune 30, 2015In “Health”HIV prevention response inadequate – PANCAPJanuary 22, 2019In “Health”Health in 2016: A year of serious challenges- PAHODecember 30, 2016In “Health” A new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says that progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has slowed.According to the report on the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis in the Americas: Update 2016, a total of 2,100 children acquired HIV, most of them from maternal-to-child transmission in 2015, 55% less than in 2010. However, this number has slowed down in recent years. While between 2010 and 2011 new cases fell by 800 children, they only fell by 100 between 2014 and 2015.“Countries have made great efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” said Marcos Espinal, director of PAHO’s Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis. However, he added: “Every time we get close to eliminating the transmission of a disease, progress is made more difficult because it involves reaching all women, especially those who historically find barriers to accessing health services.”In 2015, 72% of pregnant women in Latin America and the Caribbean were tested for HIV, and 88% of the women that were positive received treatment, an increase of 16% and 71% since 2010, respectively. Access to treatment, along with other interventions, reduced the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 15% to 8% in five years in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal is to reach 2%.Congenital syphilis cases doubled in five yearsThe report also indicates that new cases of congenital syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean have doubled since 2010, when countries and territories reported 10,850 cases, showing a steady increase since then. By 2015, an estimated 22,400 children were born with syphilis.In 2015, 83% of pregnant women in prenatal care were tested for syphilis and 84% of those positive received treatment, rates that have remained stable for five years. Currently, the number of children born with congenital syphilis in the region (170 per 100,000 live births) triples the goal of elimination (50 per 100,000).“Expanding rapid diagnostic tests and initiating treatment at the same visit, as well as engaging sexual partners of pregnant women diagnosed with syphilis to know their status and treat them, is crucial to avoid reinfection during pregnancy and end this disease by 2030”, said Massimo Ghidinelli, head of the PAHO HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis Unit.To reduce as much as possible the number of children who get HIV from their mothers or are born with congenital syphilis, countries need to have at least 95% of pregnant women receiving prenatal care, 95% or more being tested, and at least 95% of those diagnosed, receiving appropriate treatment.Although the Region of the Americas has not yet eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis as a public health threat, 18 countries and territories reported data compatible with this double elimination in 2015. Cuba was the first country in the world to be validated by WHO for reaching elimination, and other Caribbean countries and territories are on track to achieve it. read more

Macedonia easily past Greece to book Qatar ticket

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dejan manaskovgoce georgievskigreecehandballKiril LazarovMacedonianemanja pribak Macedonia have been more successful than Greece in the return-leg as well, and won it 35:23 (19:9). While the first game seemed much more equal, in the second one the game as practically one-sided, with Macedonia dominating in all aspects of the game. Qatar 2015 will be Macedonia’s fourth World Championship, after they have participated at Egypt 1999, Croatia 2009 and Spain 2013. Kiril Lazarov led Macedonia’s team with 10 goals from 13 shots, while Manaskov, Georgievski and Pribak scored 4 goals each. Tzatzo scored 5 goals for Greece, being their best scorer. ← Previous Story EUROPEANS OFF TO QATAR 2015: Iceland and Hungary out – BIH first event in history! Next Story → VIDEO: Bosnian dreams come true read more

It may look like a nearmiss but this pilot did exactly what

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first_imgUpdated 22.46pmTHE SPANISH AVIATION authorities have said that there was never any danger of two planes colliding, despite a video of the incident going viral.AENA, which runs most Spanish airports, told the El Mundo newspaper that an incident filmed over the weekend at Barcelona el-Prat airport was no reason for alarm.The paper quotes the spokesperson as saying that the landing could have taken place because there was a sufficient space between the two planes.The video, which has been viewed over two million times, shows a UTair Boeing 767-300 approaching to land when an Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 taxis across the runway.The pilot of the 767 is forced to pull up and execute a “go-around” manoeuvre. Source: Barcelona-El Prat In’tl/YouTubeAENA says that neither airline had presented a complaint over the incident and both planes were where they were supposed to be.Robbie Garland of the National Flight Centre at Weston Airport says that the manoeuvre is fairly common.“You would have it in your head that you might have to do a go-around right up until you land.“You would train for these situations hundreds of times, so it’s likely that the pilot was doing exactly what he trained for.”Read: Here’s what a fighter jet flying through canyons looks like from the backseatRead: Chocs away… The biggest Irish airshow of the year takes place this weekend in Co Limericklast_img read more

Assassins Creed 3 proves the Wii U GamePad can display 3D

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first_imgIt comes as no surprise that the Wii U’s GamePad is capable of 3D, after all, just look at Nintendo’s 3DS, but what is surprising is why it’s never been mentioned before.According to the above image and various reports, Assassin’s Creed 3 is available to view in 3D on your Wii U GamePad. The 3D is optional and can be turned on or off at any time in the options menu for AC3. Simply go into options and select “Stereoscopy,” you then get a number of 3D choices including Inficolor, side by side, or top bottom.Inficolor is the best option, but can only be viewed with a pair of green and magenta glasses. Alternatively, the side by side and top bottom options make it possible to view the game in 3D without glasses, but this can be uncomfortable for your eyes. The strength of the 3D can also be adjusted, using a simple 0-10 scale, so everything can be changed according to your personal preference.Since it’s the GamePad that’s 3D enabled, it’s likely we’ll see other games utilizing this option, too. It’s got nothing on Nintendo’s Autostereoscopy 3D on the 3DS, but at least the option is there.It’s a mystery why Nintendo hasn’t mentioned 3D on the GamePad before – perhaps not enough games are using it or planning to use it, yet. Either way, gamers now have the option to view AC3 in 3D on their Wii U’s GamePad and/or on their 3D enabled TV.More at Imgmrlast_img read more

Government vows to stand firm in talks with lenders

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first_imgThe Greek government is hoping that representatives of its four lenders will return to Athens “very soon” but at the same time it is sending out the message that they should not expect the coalition to make major compromises.Speaking during a regular briefing Tuesday, government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said that Athens and the institutions are continuing to exchange information regarding the first bailout review.“Given these exchanges, we are hopeful that the institutions will return [to Athens] very soon to conclude the review,” she said, indicating, however, that the government is not willing to back down from its key positions.“Greece is determined to abide by the agreement it signed in July 2015 but it is not prepared to go even half a step beyond that,” she said.European Council President Donald Tusk, who met Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens Tuesday, said he is “hopeful” that there will soon be an agreement between Greece and its lenders.The bailout negotiations, along with the refugee crisis, are expected to be at the center of discussions between Tsipras and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels Wednesday.Tsipras is due to return from the European Union leaders’ summit on Friday in time for a parliamentary debate on the measures included in the so-called “parallel program” that the government hopes to pass on Saturday. The program contains measures aimed at easing the impact of the crisis on society’s most vulnerable groups.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Abeilles contre frelon des avertissements pour éloigner les intrus

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first_imgAbeilles contre frelon : des avertissements pour éloigner les intrusPubliant ses travaux dans la revue Animal Behaviour, une équipe internationale a observé la façon dont des abeilles, pour défendre leur ruche contre un frelon, signalent à celui-ci qu’elles l’ont repéré et qu’il ferait mieux de s’éloigner s’il tient à la vie…Une équipe internationale de scientifiques a remarqué que les abeilles asiatiques qu’elle observait avaient une façon bien à elles de dire au frelon (mangeur d’abeilles) en maraude près de leur ruche : “nous t’avons repéré. File d’ici, ou gare !…”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour ce faire, les abeilles ‘de garde’ secouent simultanément leur abdomen, un signal qui incite généralement le prédateur à déguerpir, manifestement conscient du sort qui lui sera réservé s’il persiste : les abeilles s’agglutineront alors par centaines contre lui, et vibreront jusqu’à ce que la chaleur ainsi générée et l’étouffement lui soient fatals. L’insecte prédateur préfère donc battre en retraite, quitte à tenter d’attraper des abeilles – isolées – au vol.Pour s’assurer que l’avertissement s’adresse bel et bien au frelon, les chercheurs en ont attaché un à proximité de la ruche, et observé que le signal des abeilles était d’autant plus intense que le frelon était proche. Elles l’utilisent cependant avec discernement, puisqu’en remplaçant le frelon par un inoffensif papillon de la même couleur et de la même taille, les biologistes n’ont obtenu aucune réaction des abeilles.”Notre étude a prouvé que c’est un signal réel, auquel le prédateur répond. Les abeilles sont un merveilleux modèle d’organisme pour aborder les questions fondamentales de comportement, d’organisation sociale, d’auto-organisation des systèmes, d’évolution et de génétique. Ce n’est là qu’un exemple de plus où les abeilles jettent un nouvel éclairage sur une question ancienne”, conclut le Dr Benjamin Oldroyd, de l’Université de Sydney, qui a dirigé l’étude relayée par la BBC.Le 18 février 2012 à 12:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Woman robbed of rolex

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Royal Bahamas Police say they need help in tracking down the two responsible for robbing a woman on London Avenue of her Rolex watch and cash.   The pair robbed the woman in her home at gunpoint and fled on foot. #MagneticMediaNews#womanrobbedofrolex#LondonAvenuerobbery Related Items:#LondonAvenuerobbery, #magneticmedianews, #womanrobbedofrolexlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 70 of benefits professionals receive a cash bonus

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first_imgClick to download the full Employee Benefits Salary Survey 2017 EXCLUSIVE: Just under three-quarters (70%) of respondents received a cash bonus in the last 12 months, according to research by Employee Benefits.This figure has remained relatively consistent since we first carried out this research in 2008. That year, 71% received a cash bonus, while 74% did so in 2014.The Salary survey 2017, which surveyed 249 HR, reward and benefits professionals in December 2016, also found that where respondents receive a cash bonus, these are most commonly linked to the performance of their organisation (89%), followed by personal performance (82%), and team or departmental performance (12%).This year, the most common total for bonuses paid was less than £500 or between £1,000-£2,499, both of which were received by 15% of respondents. These are both much lower payouts than in 2014 when the most common bonus stood between £2,501 and £5,000.It may be that dips in the economy resulting from events such as the result of the EU referendum impacted organisations’ performance last year, therefore hitting respondents’ bonuses. For example, although 15% received a bonus of less than £500, just 3% said this was their maximum potential bonus. At the other end of the spectrum, while 14% could have earned £25,000 or more, just 7% did so.last_img read more

Division Of Elections Extend Deadline To Certify Election Results

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first_imgThe State Ballot Review Board will continue its work over the weekend in Juneau, with the new target date for certification for the 2018 Primary is Tuesday, September 4. State Elections Director Josie Bahnke: “While the Division’s goal was to certify this weekend, we are working to ensure we give every detail the attention it needs to make sure Alaskans can feel fully confident in our final tally of the results.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State Ballot Review Board is continuing to review the 2018 Primary election results before they can be certified by the Director of the Division of Elections. On Friday, DOE did a final 10-day count of absentee and questioned ballots by review boards and the Director’s Office is still waiting on more election materials to arrive. The Division will update results today and once again online once the election is certified. As part of the election certification process, the Division also performed a hand-count verification of 5% of the ballots cast at the polls in each of the state’s 40 house districts. Verification is done to ensure that the state’s ballot tabulation system accurately counted and reported election results.last_img read more

How One Publisher is Tweaking its Event Strategy and Predicting 10 Growth

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first_img“The real bad news is that the business in 2010 will take further hits in both exhibit space and attendance, and we’re budgeting accordingly-almost all of the big shows will suffer double digit declines in revenue and earnings,” he adds. “This will be the first time our shows have declined in a meaningful and painful way.”Everything Channel’s Five Steps To Growth Still, one b-to-b publisher saw growth from events in 2009 and is predicting 10 percent growth from events in 2010. “Based on the way people got squeezed this year, marketers are going into 2010 with compromised budgets,” says Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president and managing director of Everything Channel Events. “One of the positive outcomes of a challenging market is that it causes you to think smarter. You get as tight as you can while evaluating everything you do.”Here are some of the steps Hammervik is taking:1. Hosted Buyer/Seller Events: Much of the reason Everything Channel Events is up in 2009 is its hosted model, in which the publisher qualifies a very specific audience and guarantees deliverability by flying out buyers to meet with vendors. “The conferences are smaller but they deliver higher ROI for clients,” says Hammervik. 2. Re-evaluating the Life Span of Legacy Events (including the Hosted Model) and Emphasizing Scale: Everything Channel is assessing which legacy events have run their course. “That’s something we’ve never really had to do before,” says Hammervik.That includes scaling back the hosted model in favor of events that can produce larger margins. “The thing about hosted models is they don’t scale,” she adds. “The bigger they get, the more they cost. The way you grow is to do more-we went from six events to 24. The margin for hosted events is typically half your revenue. At first that sounds great: if you do a $2 million event, you make $1 million. But if you have a $500,000 event, it’s $250,000 to just recruit and host.”Everything Channel has had a standalone channel for the Latin American community and did hosted events that put buyers and sellers together in Miami. “It’s been five years, it matches the budgets vendors will spend on second or third tier emerging markets, but it requires a lot of energy and resources without offering a lot of return on margin,” says Hammervik Folding four events-two retail XChanges, the Latin America XChange and Project Portfolio & Management-into other events will save Everything Channel almost $4 million in expenses next year, according to Hammervik3. Launching New EventsStill, Hammervik recognizes that saving on expenses doesn’t equal generating revenue. “We all realize that with co-locating events, one plus one plus one will never equal three,” Hammervik adds. “Vendors won’t spend what they did at an individual event. If we combine XChange Latin America with the U.S. event, it may equal one and a half out of two. We’ll lose 50 percent on revenue, but we’re saving significantly on expenses.”Everything Channel is rolling out a series of regional events around the emerging category of “cloud computing.” “We did something similar five years ago with managed services-people didn’t really understand what it was about and we responded with road shows,” Hammervik says. “We’re rolling out at least six one-day regional events. We’re being more cautious about not doing three-day events. That makes it easier for attendees and vendors to manage.” The publisher will also launch a series of events recognizing women executives in high tech, including a “Top 100 Women” channel. The program will include three events for women executives including a three-day conference and two one-day awards shows on the East and West Coasts. Everything Channel will also take a similar approach recognizing the Top 100 CIOs.4. Custom Events Will Drive Half the Growth Next YearHammervik is making an aggressive push into custom event services. “We have been doing that on the side but we’re making a significant investment next year in staff and marketing to try to make it a big business,” she says. “We think half our growth next year will come from custom event services.”While marketers have increasingly taken on publishing duties for themselves-including events, Webinars, even magazines-Hammervik sees an opportunity for publishers to win that business back. “Vendors themselves have lost headcount and resources. Their core competency is making and selling technology, not doing events.” 5. Complementing Live Events With Virtual EventsMany publishers have experimented with virtual events in place of their traditional live event this year (including FOLIO:). Everything Channel sees an opportunity in offering Web services around live events as both a preview and community-builder. “A month before the live event, the virtual event will be active,” Hammervik says. “Sponsors can pre-qualify attendees and schedule live meetings with prospects.” Hammervik is looking at charging an additional $5,000-$10,000 to add virtual components to live event sponsorships. “If we have 100 vendors, that will be a significant revenue stream,” she says. If there is one area suffering almost as much as print, it’s events. While trade show revenue dropped 3.5 percent in 2008, it fell a whopping 20.1 percent through the first quarter of 2009, according to American Business Media. Reed Exhibitions (which operates independently of Reed Business Information), saw revenue and adjusted operating profits plunge 22 percent and 26 percent, respectively, in the first half of the year.Nielsen Business Media vp of business development Eric Biener says events haven’t fallen as much as print but when they do, it hurts more. “Even small declines have a huge impact on our infrastructure,” he adds.Hanley Wood enjoyed a record year for its events in 2008 but is experiencing significant declines in 2009 (two long-time executives, exhibitions group president Galen Poss and executive vice president Michael Green, left the company in June). However, it’s 2010 that really concerns CEO Frank Anton.last_img read more

Walker hopeful plan to pay off oil tax credit debt with bonds

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first_imgIndependent Gov. Bill Walker addresses the Alaska Legislature on Jan. 18 for his fourth state of the state address. Walker has until Wednesday at midnight to fill the vacant District 40 House seat. House Democrats must approve the pick. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)A proposal to issue bonds to pay off about $900 million in tax credit debt to oil and gas companies hasn’t gained much traction in the Legislature.Listen nowGov. Bill Walker included it in his budget in December.Since then, the bill has had no hearings in the House and just one in mid-February in the Senate. Walker said Tuesday that he’s still hopeful that it will make it through this session.“Well, I actually have heard some fairly positive things about that from various legislators, once they understand it,” Walker said. “I think there was some confusion initially and so we spent some time with them and so I think there’s some interest in that.”Most of the credits are owed under a now-defunct cashable credit program that was designed to entice new companies to explore and produce oil and gas in the state.The bill would allow companies to opt into a program that would pay credits now, but at a discount. The cost of borrowing the bonds would be built in to the discounted rate, so the state won’t lose money.Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, said there are some things that make the bill attractive.Right now, the state makes a minimum payment on the balance it owes. Last year it was about $73 million, this year it jumped to over $200 million.“That wildly variable payment, it’s hard to predict and hard to budget for. A bond will create, theoretically a locked in payment,” Von Imhof said.Pat Galvin is the chief operating officer at Great Bear Petroleum, a private oil exploration company.“The worst thing for the state is if the companies that did this work basically fall apart and go bankrupt and disappear, then you won’t get other companies willing to come up because they’ll just see a bunch of dead companies lying around,” Galvin said.Galvin said the outstanding credit debt has already done a lot of damage to the state’s reputation. But, he sees this proposal as one that could help fix that problem.last_img read more

72m needed to protect Rohingya women

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first_imgOxfam Oxfam, an international agency, on Tuesday called for 15 percent of new funding to be set aside for humanitarian programmes designed to better support Rohingya women and girls, including $72 million of the nearly half a billion dollars recently committed by the World Bank.The Rohingya women living in Bangladesh are developing health problems, missing out on aid and are at the greater risk of abuse due to unsafe and unsuitable facilities in many parts of the refugee camps, Oxfam warned.Currently, there is no standalone budget for meeting women’s specific needs in the overall emergency response.Speakers said this at a report launch event titled ‘One year On: Time To Put Women and Girls At The Heart Of The Rohingya Response’ held at RAOWA Complex in the city.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam attended the event as the chief guest.Bangladesh government and agencies have provided emergency aid to more than 700,000 Rohingya people who have arrived over the past year, but the speed at which the world’s biggest refugee camp sprang up has made it difficult for the support to keep pace.More than a third of women surveyed by Oxfam and partner agencies said they did not feel safe or comfortable going to collect water or using toilets and shower cubicles — many of which lack a roof and a lockable door.Half the women and three quarters of adolescent girls said they did not have what they needed to manage their periods, including a female-only place to wash sanitary cloths without embarrassment, Oxfam said.As a result, women are going hungry and thirsty to avoid needing the toilet as frequently, suffering abdominal pain and infections by not relieving themselves or using unhygienic sanitary cloths, and resorting to defecation by their tents, which increases the risk of a major outbreak of disease — especially in the monsoon, according to the report.Poor facilities are also increasing the risk of sexual abuse and harassment. Hundreds of incidents of gender-based violence are reported each week.Oxfam’s advocacy manager in Cox’s Bazar Dorothy Sang said the breakneck speed at which the Rohingya refugee crisis unfolded meant that many emergency facilities were installed in a rush and women’s specific needs weren’t considered.Women and girls are now paying the price in terms of their wellbeing and safety.”This needs to be rectified urgently with substantial sums set aside to support and protect Rohingya women, such as lighting to improve safety, toilets and wash rooms that provide privacy, and extra assistance for the most vulnerable.”Single mothers whose husbands are missing or dead head-up one in six families in the Rohingya camps.They face specific problems in having to take on public roles that challenge cultural and religious assumptions about women’s place in society.Oxfam called for more to be done to support these vulnerable women, such as help collecting aid packages and more community dialogue about men and women’s traditional roles.Oxfam is working with local organisations and refugees to tailor its humanitarian response to more effectively support women and girls.This includes installing solar-powered lights along pathways, distributing portable solar lamps, running women’s groups to discuss issues like safety and early marriage, community work to tackle violence against women, and working with refugees to design new toilet facilities with features like lockable doors, shelves to keep clothes out of the mud, and screens to afford privacy.”The Bangladesh government should be commended for allowing Rohingya people to seek refuge in Cox’s Bazar. We join them and others in calling on Myanmar to address the discriminatory policies that are the root cause of this crisis,” Sang said.Close to a million Rohingya people have sought refuge in Bangladesh following a military campaign against them in Myanmar that has been described by UN officials as ‘ethnic cleansing’.last_img read more