After warnings of underspending Liberals eye boosts to jobtraining programs

first_imgOTTAWA — Senior government officials have been warned that Canada was dangerously behind last year on spending to help workers improve their skills to stay employed.A January 2018 presentation to a group of deputy ministers noted government spending on active labour-market programs is about half the average of spending in a group of comparator countries.The committee of top-level public servants was told Canada would be less able to adapt to workforce shifts without a boost in spending.The Canadian Press obtained the documents under the federal access-to-information law.In a year-end interview, Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos talked about the need to use publicly funded job-training programs as a way to get more people into the labour force to help reduce poverty and keep the economy growing.He says the federal government has a role to play in helping cash-strapped provinces pay for training programs, and ensure better information sharing between jurisdictions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Didier Drogba Visits Primary School in Casablanca for His Birthday

Rabat – Cote d’Ivoire’s former international footballer Didier Drogba made a charity visit to Morocco to fight the “digital divide.”On Monday, Drogba went to Oussama Ibn Ziad primary school in Casablanca’s Hay Hassani neighborhood to inaugurate a computer room equipped with 9 computers, high-speed internet, and many IT tools.The initiative is aimed to raise awareness of technological evolution among young students. The visit was also an opportunity for Drogba to encourage children to collectively practice sports in parallel with studies, arguing that it teaches good manners and respect.Read also: Pageant Twins to Arrive in Morocco on Charity MissionFor their part, students did not miss Drogba’s birthday and performed choreographed dances. They also prepared a birthday cake for him.Didier Drogba’s birthday cakeIppon Foundation conducted the project in partnership with the Peace and Sport organization and Supinfo International University. Supinfo students will take care of training students and teachers about new technologies.The three organizations have conducted similar charitable activities in France, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire with the same aim to establish computer rooms and give access to the internet to those in remote areas.The former Chelsea forwarder is the vice-president of Peace and Sport, whose main mission is to promote sports as a tool for peace.The ceremony was attended by the regional director of the Regional Academy for Education and Training (AREF) in Casablanca-Settat region, Abdelmoumen Tali; the governor of the Hay Hassani District Prefecture, Khadija Benchouikh; the president of the Ippon Foundation, Stephane Nomis; and the general manager of SUPINFO Morocco, Amine Zniber. read more

Court grants bail to 24 arrested over Hambantota port demo

At least 27 people sought treatment at the Hambantota hospital after stones were pelted towards the police and the venue of the project and the police retaliated with water cannons and tear-gas. (Colombo Gazette) The Hambantota Magistrate today granted bail to 24 people arrested over a recent protest near the Hambantota port.Several people were injured during a tense situation in Hambantota when protesters defied a court order and staged a protest near the venue of the launch of the Sri Lanka-China Industrial Zone Development Project on January 7. read more

Security Council confident of cooperation on fate of missing Kuwaitis in Iraq

The Council had earlier been briefed on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report dealing with Kuwaiti prisoners of war and third-party nationals in which he said that out of a total of 605 cases, the number of remains identified has reached 227.“Council members expressed the deepest condolences to the all families of those missing persons that had now been identified. [They] also expressed their continuing concern for the plight of the families of those persons whose whereabouts are still unknown,” Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of August, told reporters.The members of the Council shared the views expressed in that report, where Mr. Annan expressed the hope that with the expanding activities of Kuwaiti investigative teams and increased cooperation by the new Iraqi authorities, more human remains will eventually be brought to Kuwait and more missing persons files can be closed.The Council also reiterated Mr. Annan’s strong condemnation of the execution of Kuwaiti and third country nationals by the previous Iraqi regime. “This killing and the decade-long cover-up of the truth constitute a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law,” Mr. Annan said, stressing that those responsible for those crimes, in particular those who ordered the executions, must be brought to justice. Video of press statement [7 mins] read more

Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy heading to Oregon to work with animal that

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The large cat that attacked a baby and trapped an Oregon family in a bedroom touched off an Internet uproar that worries Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell.”Cats don’t become ferocious felines that turn on their families for no reason, says the cat behaviour expert, who is heading to Portland soon to work with the 4-year-old part-Himalayan pet named Lux. Galaxy will film the visit for his show’s fifth season, which kicks off April 26.“Every parental site on the Internet blames the cat for this confrontation. Every pet site blames the family,” he said, adding that something is wrong if the cat is acting out. “We need to step away from the hysteria. There is a story behind all this. Don’t assume anything.”Lux became a worldwide phenomenon after owner Lee Palmer called 911 and said the cat had cornered him, his girlfriend, their baby and the family dog inside a room.Palmer says his 7-month-old pulled Lux’s tail, and he kicked the animal after it scratched the child. Then, the cat “just went off over the edge,” Palmer told an emergency dispatcher after the family barricaded themselves. “He’s charging us,” Palmer said, as the cat was heard screeching in the background. Officers arrived and caught Lux with a dog snare.Palmer said the cat had a history of violence, but the family kept Lux until Monday, when they turned him over to a Portland-area shelter. But the family assured Animal Planet they were going to keep the cat and agreed to therapy with Galaxy.Palmer didn’t return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Tuesday.There are many reasons a cat can turn aggressive, and there is no universal way to deal with it, Galaxy said. But the star feline behaviourist provided five ways to tame out-of-control cats:— Never leave a young child unsupervised with a cat.— Take it to a vet at least once a year. If a cat is acting suspiciously, the owner needs to pay attention. “Know what suspicious looks like,” Galaxy said. “If they’re not feeling well, cats will socially withdraw themselves, or they will lose weight, or they will gain weight, or they’ll be howling in the middle of the night when they never did before.“I’ve known cats who acted out similarly to Lux because of an abscessed tooth, a brain tumour, hyperthyroidism or diabetes.”— Make sure cats can literally climb out of a situation. Having a space up high, like a cat condo, to get away from children and other pets is crucial, Galaxy said. “Make sure the cat can make the choice to get away from the kid,” he said.— Timeouts are good things. “We associate timeouts with punishment, but in the world of cats, timeout is not a punishment.” They can go to a designated place where they can settle down, come back to a peaceful moment or ground themselves, he said.— Stop fights between felines with “timeout drills.” With simple pieces of cardboard, left strategically around the house, you can stop a fight between two cats. Put the cardboard between them, blocking their vision and providing a moment of disorientation when you can lead them to their timeout spot. It’s especially important to have the drills with aggressive cats.Galaxy said he was going to Portland to act as Lux’s advocate and find out what’s wrong.“I have no idea what made Lux aggressive,” he said. It could be a chemical imbalance, a history of stressful environments or because he was kicked.“If you want a blanket statement on how to deal with aggression, how about, ‘Don’t set the cat up for failure,’” he said.The behaviourist, who has worked with tens of thousands of cats, said the thing that bothered him most about Lux was his continued aggression the day Palmer called 911, including the animal’s ongoing assault on the door even though the threat was gone.But the word “attack” doesn’t sit well with Galaxy because 75 per cent of the time, it’s tied to a grouchy mood or a warning, he said.“If I have a headache, I won’t be the nicest guy in the world. I may snap at you,” he said. “This may have been Lux’s way of snapping. Hypothetically speaking, someone pulling his tail may have been the last straw.” Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy heading to Oregon to work with animal that attacked family by Sue Manning, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 12:22 pm MDT read more

The Chew cohost Michael Symon opening eatery at Atlantic Citys Borgata casino

‘The Chew’ co-host Michael Symon opening eatery at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Celebrity chef Michael Symon, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” TV show, will open an Italian restaurant at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino next fall.Symon joins fellow Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Geoffrey Zakarian and legendary chef Wolfgang Puck among the celebrity chefs with eateries at the casino.“We’re excited to bring our Italian cooking to Atlantic City,” said Symon, who has award-winning restaurants in Cleveland, Detroit and elsewhere. “This is the food I grew up eating; my Sicilian grandmother would be proud! Authentic Italian is very simple. It’s all about great ingredients. It’s what I cooked in my early career, and still what I like to make at home.”Symon made his TV debut on the Food Network in 1998 with appearances on “Sara’s Secrets” with Sara Moulton; “Ready, Set, Cook,” and “Food Nation with Bobby Flay,” before hosting over 100 episodes of “The Melting Pot.”In January 2012, his show “Symon’s Suppers,” premiered on the Cooking Channel, and in September 2011 he joined the cast of “The Chew” as one of the show’s five hosts.“Having the opportunity to partner with such a celebrated chef to join our renowned culinary lineup, and whose personality and spirit embody Borgata was something we could not pass up, and look forward to next fall,” said Joe Lupo, the casino’s senior vice-president.The name of the restaurant has not yet been determined.___Follow Wayne Parry at by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Dec 10, 2015 12:08 am MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

New car market stable in May as growth remains steady

New car market increases 2.5% in May, with 203,585 vehicles registered.Fleet buyers drive growth, with demand up 8.8% in the month.Demand for alternative fuel vehicles outpaces the market with double-digit growth.Demand for new cars in the UK remained stable in May with a steady 2.5% growth in registrations, according to figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 203,585 cars were registered in the month, May’s highest total since 2002.Following the trend set in the previous two months, fleet registrations drove the growth, with an 8.8% rise counterbalancing a -3.0% fall in registrations to private customers.Demand for diesel cars grew 5.0%, outstripping that for petrol models, which saw a marginal decline of -0.6%. Uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles, meanwhile, continued to outpace the overall market with registrations increasing by 12.1%.1,164,870 cars have now been registered in 2016 – 4.1% ahead of the same period last year. However, May demonstrated a continuation of the easing of growth, being the second consecutive month of sub-3% growth in registrations – evidence of increasing market stability following a record 2015.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The new car market in May remained high with compelling offers available on the latest vehicles, but the low growth is further evidence of the market cooling in the face of concerns around economic and political stability. Whether this is the result of some buyers holding off until the current uncertainty is resolved or a sign of a more stable market for new cars remains to be seen.”Download the May 2016 new car registrations news release and data tableClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Womens Basketball No 16 Ohio State beats Purdue 7360 on senior day

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell defends Purdue guard Dominique Odeon during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorFollowing last year’s loss to Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinals, the No. 16 Ohio State women’s basketball team (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) found redemption against Purdue (17-11, 8-6 Big Ten) in its first meeting of the season. The Buckeyes came away with a 73-60 win behind 26 points from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell.With Ohio State’s victory against Purdue, the team pushed its Big Ten winning streak to six. The team has won six out of its last seven, with its lone defeat coming to South Florida.After scoring only nine points in last year’s Big Ten tournament game against Purdue, Mitchell had a bounce-back performance on her senior day. She hit 9-of-17 shots, including 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.“I know last year I was still really, really immature in regards to when things got going rough, I kinda folded,” Mitchell said. “I think with a little bit of film, a little bit more losses throughout the course of this year has helped me battle when things got tough for our team and for myself.” A strong third quarter from the Buckeyes made the difference. Purdue gained a 34-33 lead, its first lead of the game, with 8:50 left in the third quarter. But Ohio State quickly responded with its second 10-point run of the game. The team’s strong third quarter play bled into the fourth quarter with Ohio State outscoring the Boilermakers by an additional five points.Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga and Mitchell combined for 17 of the team’s 23 points in the quarter. Mavunga finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.The Buckeyes took an early 10-0 lead and ended the first quarter leading by five points.. Purdue chipped away at the deficit with runs of its own and the Buckeyes held a 33-30 lead heading into the third quarter in large part due to Mitchell’s 12 first-half points.“The biggest thing we talked about halftime, I thought in the first half we settled for some quick shots, late in the second quarter,” McGuff said. “Then in the second half we did a great job attacking the basket, moving the ball, and just getting some balance in what we do.”Purdue was limited to just 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting in the fourth quarter. As a team it shot just 34.8 percent (23-for-66). Freshman guard Karissa McLaughlin led the Boilermakers in scoring with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting. There was a major disparity in points in the paint with the Buckeyes holding a 40-24 advantage. read more

Aden Army veterans battle for medal recognition

first_imgThe British military base at Radfan, north of Aden Army Reservists who were pitched into heavy fighting during a bloody guerrilla war have launched a new fight for recognition, after being told they do not qualify for a campaign medal.More than 350 soldiers of the 131 Parachute Engineer Regiment were sent to Aden in April 1965 on what was their two-week annual training camp to support regulars fighting insurgents in the Radfan mountains.The soldiers of the Scotland-based Territorial Army unit were tasked to carry out construction project on a key logistic highway, but instead found themselves in a major firefight with rebel fighters. SSgt John Lonergan who was killed in the firefight of 12 April 1965Credit:John Donaldson/DPL British Army reservists of of the 131 Parachute Engineer Regiment on the Dhala Road in 1965 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. During the night of April 12, they were hit by rocket propelled grenades and heavy machine gun fire. Two soldiers, SSgt John Lonergan and Sgt Cyril Atfield, were killed and five others badly injured.The deployment was the first time a Territorial Army regiment had been sent into conflict since 1945 and after the fighting the then deputy defence secretary Fred Mulley praised their important role. But campaigners say exceptions have been made in other campaigns.Former Sgt John Donaldson, 76, told the Telegraph: “We are only asking for the campaign medal, nothing special. We did everything that was asked of us in very challenging circumstances. Politicians have spoken in support of us and while other campaigns have successfully seen exceptions, we have been refused.”A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said: “We carefully consider every request to recognise our brave men and women’s extraordinary accomplishments, for which we are extremely grateful.” Maj Gen Robert Nitsch, the head of the Army’s Personnel Directorate, earlier this year told veterans of the deployment that he could not make a further exception.center_img SSgt John Lonergan who was killed in the firefight of 12 April 1965 British Army reservists of of the 131 Parachute Engineer Regiment on the Dhala Road in 1965 He wrote: “Regrettably, I cannot authorise an exception, nor would it be appropriate to use a campaign award to recognise the actions of a Territorial unit when the rules applied equally to them as to regular soldiers.” We are only asking for the campaign medal, nothing special. We did everything that was asked of us in very challenging circumstancesFormer Sgt John Donaldson However because a period of 28 days on active duty is the standard qualifying time for a campaign medal, and the reservists only deployed for a fortnight, they have been told they cannot receive the General Service Medal with South Arabia clasp to mark their contribution. Army chiefs have said an exception can only be made for those who died or were wounded. The British military base at Radfan, north of AdenCredit:Jack Reynolds/DPLlast_img read more

Plans to reduce services in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann contracts

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TRANSPORT Authority has launched a public consultation process today, proposing to reduce services in its contracts with Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann and start an open tender process.The NTA said its plans propose to enter into another direct award contract with Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann in 2014 but to amend the contracts in 2016 to reduce services within those contracts by 10 per cent.These removed services would then be provided through separate contracts following an open tender process.Dublin Bus services that would be open to tender would include orbital routes and some like routes around the city like the number 17 from Rialto to Blackrock, the 33b from Swords to Portrane and the 111 Dun Laoghaire to Loughlinstown.For Bus Éireann Services, there are a number of options available including;All city services in WaterfordSome city services in CorkSome rural stage carriage services in the south east regionCertain Dublin commuter servicesPossible combinations of services include;Waterford City and a portion of Cork city services togetherEither the Cork city portion or Waterford City services together with a portion of Dublin coastal commuter servicesWaterford city and South East stage carriage services.Gerry Murphy, CEO of the NTA said these proposals are carefully balanced to introduce competition into the bus market in a structured manner that will safeguard the delivery of services for customers and maintain “the on-going improvement of the public’s bus services”.Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann will be able to plan for tendering and a possible downsizing if they are unsuccessful, he added.Murphy encouraged anyone with an interest in the proposals to review them either online or in hard copy at the Authority’s offices and to submit their views through the consultation process by 11 October.Read: Call for second bus station in Dublin ‘to ease congestion’ at Busáras>Read: Government launches plans for major cycle network in Greater Dublin Area>last_img read more

Event guide Heading out Heres what is happening around the country

first_img People taking part in India Day in 2016. Image: Sam Boal/ SUMMER MIGHT BE coming to an end but never fear – there are plenty of events to keep you occupied over the weekend.It might feel like the entire country is heading to Electric Picnic, but who needs to sleep in a yurt in Stradbally when you could be heading to a storytelling festival on the edge of the Atlantic or enjoying some classic cinema by the sea. With plenty of events this weekend – including the All-Ireland final – there’s more than enough ways to go out on a high this summer. DUBLINName: All-Ireland Final live screeningWhen: TomorrowWhat: Whether you’re a die-hard Dub, a Kerry true-believer or couldn’t care less about five-in-a-rows, the All-Ireland final is going to dominate the weekend. If you want to get involved in the excitement or didn’t manage to grab a ticket to Croke Park, you could do worse than heading to Smithfield Square to watch the game on the big screen. A word of warning for neutrals or Kerry fans – most people there will no doubt be supporting Dublin. But nonetheless, it should be a fun event in the middle of the city and a nice way to enjoy the buzz of an All-Ireland final. Visit the Dublin City Council website for more details.  Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ieName: India DayWhen: TomorrowWhat: If GAA isn’t your thing, head to Phoenix Park for one of the largest Irish-Indian events in the country. Tucked away in Farmleigh, the event promises to be a celebration of Indian dance, food and fashion. Now in its fifth year, thousands of people are expected to attend the free event, so if you’re a member of the Irish Indian community or want to experience Indian culture, pay it a visit. More details can be found here.   Leo Varadkar pays a visit to India Day in 2016. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieCORK Name: Cape Clear International Storytelling FestivalWhen: All weekendWhat: It might be a little tough to get to – being on an island off the coast of Cork – but the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival is certainly worth the trip.Eight miles off the coast of Baltimore, Cape Clear is the the country’s southernmost inhabited island – making it the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. With a fantastic line-up of storytellers from around the world, you can immerse yourself in well-told tales on a beautiful island tucked on the edge of the Atlantic.More information on the line-up and how to get there can be found on the festival’s website.  Share2 Tweet Email Event guide: Heading out? Here’s what is happening around the country There’s more than Electric Picnic and GAA to occupy your time this weekend. 1 Comment Short URL Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 9:00 AM Aug 31st 2019, 9:00 AM 12,825 Views Image: Sam Boal/ By Dominic McGrath LOUTH Name: Blackrock Film FestivalWhen: All weekendWhat: For the fourth year in a row, the seaside town of Blackrock in Louth will be hosting a four-day film festival. From a 1930s classic on show in a 100-year-old hall to open air cinema on the beach, it’s a perfect way to see out the summer. It might not be the warmest weekend (we’d recommend a blanket for the beach-side screening) but tickets are selling out fast so it’s worth a visit for cinephiles. More details and screening times here.  Source: Shutterstock/Melanie LemahieuCLARE Name: Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking FestivalWhen: Starts this weekend, but runs all monthWhat: The festival needs little introduction. Lisdoonvarna – the place made famous by Christy Moore – promises love, music and dancing all throughout the month of September. You might not be in the search for love, but don’t let that deter you – there’s music all weekend and the small village will be heaving with visitors, tourists and even the love-sick for the next few weeks. There’s a lot on so take a look at the schedule before you make the trip.  Source: Brian Farrell/RollingNews.ieTIPPERARY  Name: The Ring of Lough Derg BBQ Competition  When: TodayWhat: All throughout September, food producers are bringing locals a “taste of Lough Derg” experience. With events taking place in Galway, Tipperary and Clare, things kick off today with a much-hyped BBQ competition in Ballina. It’s free and all proceeds go to the Irish Heart Foundation. If you want something a little bit chiller, head to Nenagh on Sunday for lake-side yoga – though booking is required. Details of this weekend’s events and for the rest of September can be found here.  Source: Shutterstock/Randall Vermillion People taking part in India Day in 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rats on the rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s development boom has seen a rise in rats and mice invading homes and gardens, prompting calls for anti-rodent laws to be reinstated. Stonnington councillors will debate a proposal this week to lobby for state laws forcing developers to eradicate rodents before demolishing buildings. Cr Tas Athanasopoulos said residents living near development sites were tired of being swarmed by rats and mice whenever a building was knocked down in their neighbourhood. “I remember receiving mail and when one of the staff opened it up there was a dead rat inside,” Cr Athanasopoulos recalls. “Later when I went to visit one of the ethnic community groups a woman from the Hungarian group asked me ‘did you receive my mail?’ She said she couldn’t put pen to paper to explain the rat problem in her area.” The council has received 40 formal complaints about rats and mice in the past three months, with community members growing increasingly exasperated by the ongoing rodent problem, Cr Athanasopoulos said. “I think this year is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” he said. “I get involved in the garden and I have a hobby farm in Kyneton, we plant about 200 tomatoes and about three quarters of them got eaten by rats”. Individuals can do their part in getting rid of the rats, Cr Athanasopoulos said. “It’s a bit of rat plague down here, if you’ve got animals, birds, dogs, they’re going to attract mice and rats, and it’s important at the end of the day to take rubbish out of the house, and leave no scraps”. “However, when it comes to development projects, houses waiting to be demolished sit empty for months and become ideal nests for rats to breed in,” he said. “The best time to kill them is when they’re in the house. It costs about $400.00 to $500.00 to get pest control down and the person who is demolishing should pay for that,” he said. Victorian legislation forcing developers to eradicate rodents before demolishing a building was abolished in 1995. Cr Athanasopoulos will raise a motion at this week’s Stonnington Council meeting to lobby Spring St to reinstate the laws, which would require developers to produce a rats and mice clearance certificate before a demolition permit was approved. “The next step is to go to state government and lobby them and hopefully a few other councillors can come onboard because it is a state issue,” Cr Athanasopoulos said. “Now it’s been passed we’ve got to go to the next step, draw something up and speak to the health minister”.last_img read more

Jim Raptis makes business comeback

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian property developer Jim Raptis is poised for business comeback with plans for an apartment project at Labrador, Gold Coast, two years after his building empire crashed with $1 billion in debts. Creditors of his failed company Raptis Group are still owed nearly $1 billion, however the businessman said the Raptis Group could be in a position within the next three months to announce its first project since the 2008 collapse. Mr Raptis, who has been “frustrated” by delays in getting the listed company back on track, told the Bulletin the Labrador project would be a private development with an undisclosed joint-venture partner.last_img read more

LOuganda libère 200 perroquets rares victimes dun trafic

first_imgL’Ouganda libère 200 perroquets rares victimes d’un traficJeudi, en Ouganda, pays célèbre pour la variété de ses oiseaux, 200 perroquets Gris ont été relâchés dans le parc naturel de Kibale, après avoir été libérés de trafiquants qui comptaient les exporter et les vendre. Deux cents perroquets Gris ont été libérés par les autorités ougandaises. Ces spécimens, appartenant à une variété de perroquets africains, avaient été enlevés en janvier dernier à des contrebandiers. Aujourd’hui, les oiseaux ont ainsi rejoint le parc naturel de Kibale, situé à 350 kilomètres de Kampala, après avoir été soignés plusieurs mois dans le plus grand zoo du pays, rapporte Au début de l’année, la police ougandaise avait mis la main sur 130 perroquets Gris. Ces derniers faisaient l’objet d’un trafic illicite vers la République démocratique du Congo, mais des dizaines d’entre eux sont malheureusement morts peu de temps après. Les analyses avaient alors révélé que les oiseaux avaient été endormis à l’aide de sucre de canne imbibé d’alcool. Une seconde saisie de 100 perroquets a ensuite eu lieu dans un entrepôt proche du principal aéroport du pays, Entebbe. À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsUne porte-parole de l’autorité ougandaise de préservation de la faune et la flore, Lilian Nsubuga raconte : “Les perroquets sont restés tellement longtemps en captivité qu’au début, ils refusaient de sortir (…) mais ils ont finalement commencé à bouger et se sont envolés. Huit d’entre eux, trop lourds pour voler ou parce que leurs ailes étaient abîmées, ont cependant dû être renvoyés au zoo.” Un trafic florissant Les autorités ougandaises expliquent que les oiseaux étaient sans doute destinés au marché noir en Europe, aux Etats-Unis ou en Asie de l’Est, où les contrebandiers peuvent en tirer entre 1.000 et 1.500 euros. Aujourd’hui, le trafic est donc devenu particulièrement important en Ouganda qui possède plus de 1.000 espèces d’oiseaux différents.Le 29 juillet 2011 à 12:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trouble de la fertilité découverte dune origine cérébrale

first_imgTrouble de la fertilité : découverte d’une origine cérébraleDes chercheurs de l’institut de recherche français Inserm sont parvenus à identifier un nouvel acteur dans le contrôle de la fertilité. Situé dans le cerveau, celui-ci peut provoquer un retard pubertaire, une hypofertilité voire une puberté précoce s’il est défaillant. C’est une nouvelle piste de recherche dans le traitement des troubles de la fertilité. Une équipe de l’Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) a identifié un nouveau facteur qui pourrait expliquer certains cas d’infertilité. Il s’agit d’une hormone, la prostaglandine E2, libérée dans le cerveau par des cellules nourricières et qui joue un rôle dans l’activation des fonctions de reproduction. À lire aussiDes chercheurs réussissent à inverser le processus de vieillissement chez des ratsEn effet, c’est dans le cerveau que prennent place les évènements qui déterminent ces fonctions de reproduction. Pour cela, plusieurs structures interviennent et notamment deux types de glandes l’hypophyse et l’hypothalamus. La première, située à la base du cerveau, est responsable des sécrétions hormonales des ovaires et des testicules et est elle-même sous le contrôle de la deuxième, qui joue en quelque sorte un rôle de chef d’orchestre. Au moment de la puberté, l’activation d’une poignée de neurones spécialisés de l’hypothalamus entraîne la synthèse d’une hormone, la gonadolibérine ou GnRH. Celle-ci stimule alors la synthèse par l’hypophyse d’autres hormones, qui à leur tour vont passer dans le sang pour promouvoir la croissance des gonades (ovaires, testicules) au moment de la puberté, puis pour assurer la fonction reproductive, rapporte l’AFP.Ainsi, cela faisait plusieurs années que les chercheurs pensaient que les neurones à GnRH devaient recevoir des informations émanant de neurones voisins pour fonctionner et enclencher le processus de la puberté. C’est en réalisant leurs travaux publiés dans les comptes-rendus de l’académie des sciences américaine, qu’ils ont découvert le rôle clé joué par la prostaglandine E2. “En fait, l’hormone PGE2 provenant de cellules nourricières (dites “gliales”) joue un rôle prépondérant : elle est indispensable à la survenue de la puberté et de la fertilité”, indique à l’AFP Vincent Prévot, du Centre de recherche Jean Pierre Aubert de Lille. Un espoir de traitement pour les troubles de la fertilitéSelon leurs observations réalisées sur l’animal, une défaillance de l’hormone conduirait alors à un retard pubertaire, une hypofertilité voire une puberté précoce. “L’identification du rôle-clé de l’hormone et de sa source, des cellules gliales, sur cette grande fonction biologique chez les mammifères ouvre de nouvelles pistes thérapeutiques pour le traitement des troubles de la fertilité”, précise le chercheur. Désormais, la prochaine étape consistera donc à analyser les gènes de patients présentant des troubles de fertilité d’origine cérébrale afin de trouver la cause de la défaillance et d’y remédier.  Le 7 septembre 2011 à 10:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fight Social Anxiety With Wearable AI

first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS What if you could carry a pint-sized Cyrano de Bergerac on your shoulder—someone to whisper the perfect words to say for every occasion?MIT researchers have developed the next best thing: an artificially intelligent wearable that predicts conversational tone based on a person’s speech patterns and vitals.“Imagine if, at the end of a conversation, you could rewind it and see the moments when the people around you felt the most anxious,” graduate student Tuka Al Hanai, co-author of a related paper, said in a statement. “Our work is a step in this direction, suggesting that we may not be that far away from a world where people can have an AI social coach right in their pocket.”People suffering anxiety or those with conditions like Asperger’s Syndrome often have a hard time maneuvering social interactions. But MIT’s system aims to help make it easier to measure and understand situations.Subjects wore a Samsung Simband, which captures high-resolution physiological waveforms to measure movement, heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow, and skin temperature. It also picks up audio data and text transcripts to analyze the speaker’s tone, pitch, energy, and vocabulary.After collecting more than 30 conversations, scientists trained two algorithms: one to classify the overall nature of a conversation as happy or sad, the other to classify each five-second block of a conversation as positive, negative, or neutral.“It’s quite remarkable that a machine could approximate how we humans perceive these interactions, without significant input from us as researchers,” Al Hanai said.The machine determined—with 83 percent accuracy—that cues such as long pauses, monotonous vocal tones, and fidgeting are associated with sadder stories, while energetic, varied speech patterns typically identify happier tales.In the future, similar systems could serve as “social coaches” for people with anxiety or Asperger’s. But MIT’s algorithm isn’t yet ready for prime time, according to Al Hanai.“Our next step is to improve the algorithm’s emotional granularity so that it is more accurate at calling our boring, tense, and exciting moments, rather than just labeling interactions as ‘positive’ or ‘negative,’” she said. “Developing technology that can take the pulse of human emotions has the potential to dramatically improve how we communicate with each other.” Stay on targetlast_img read more

Activists ICE officers arrest foreign workers in Oregon

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Community activists and union leaders say federal immigration officers stopped two vans carrying workers headed to a forest to pick an ornamental shrub, detained 19 of them and then took 10 of them away.Pedro Sosa, who works with the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, said 10 of the Latino workers away after the traffic stop on a highway just outside the town of Woodburn in the predawn hours Friday. He said most of the workers are Guatemalan and at least one is Mexican.Sosa said Tuesday four or five of the workers remain in detention, and may have been taken to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.Rose Richeson, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the Pacific Northwest, said she is gathering information on the matter.last_img read more

Almost twofifths do not feel their employer does enough for new parents

first_imgAlmost two-fifths (36%) of UK employees believe that their employer does not do enough to support staff who have become parents, according to research by professional network website LinkedIn.In a survey conducted by Censuswide in March 2019, among 4,000 UK adults in either full or part-time employment, LinkedIn also found that 37% of respondents are not aware of what support their workplace provides for new parents, while three-fifths (60%) stated that their employer was not completely transparent about its parental policies when they joined the organisation.Flexible working was cited by 38% of those surveyed as the most desirable system for catering to the needs of employees with caring responsibilities. However, 38% of female respondents stated that they are uncomfortable discussing flexible arrangements with their managers.Among the primary reasons for this are concerns that the employer might see flexibility as an inconvenience (41%), that they will say no to requests (40%), or that the employee will seem needy (37%) or less productive and committed to their job (33%).Jon Addison, head of talent solutions at LinkedIn UK, commented: “Flexible working is becoming one of the hot topics working parents discuss with their LinkedIn communities. However, our research reveals that many employees still don’t feel comfortable talking about flexible working options, and would even consider switching careers to find a job that better matches their family commitments.”When weighing up pay against the cost of providing childcare during working hours, only 23% of UK employees stated that returning to work after having a child was financially worthwhile. Just over a quarter (26%) of overall respondents, and 29% among women, confirmed that they had considered switching careers altogether so as to find more accommodating employment.Addison continued: “The birth of a baby is a life-changing moment and [employers] have a huge role to play to help working parents and consider how they can support their employees through flexible working options, whether that be the option to work at home or introducing flexi-time initiatives, or even being open to have that conversation to begin with.”last_img read more

Booking Begins For Summer Ferries

first_imgFresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. The system currently extends across 3,500 miles of scenic coastline with ten ferries providing service to over 35 coastal communities. The AMHS summer schedule covers ferry travel from May through September 2018 on the only marine route recognized as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. Story as aired: Courtesy of Alaska Marine Highway SystemThe Kennicott is 382 feet long and 85 feet wide, with a service speed of almost 17 knots. Reservations are available for booking at, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. The ship has 48 four-berth and 58 two-berth cabins which offer offer sink areas and linens. Onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated lockers, writing and quiet lounges, and a child’s play area. She is designed to carry around 500 passengers and can carry 70 some vehicles. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For those who are wanting to secure a seat aboard the poor man’s cruise ship, the Alaska Marine Highway System Summer 2018 Schedule is now open for booking. The M/V Kennicott runs from Homer to Bellingham, Washington with stops in Seldovia, Kodiak, Chenega Bay, Whittier, Yakutat, Juneau, and Ketchikan. For around a thousand dollars you can take the whole trip.last_img read more

Jaguar XJ will end production in July electric successor possible in 2020

first_img 5 things you need to know about the 2019 Jaguar XJR575 2:54 2019 Jaguar XJR575: A surprising performance value Now playing: Watch this: Tags More about 2019 Jaguar XJR575 Jaguar But don’t expect the XJ to be gone forever. A Jaguar spokesperson told Autocar that the XJ name will live on, although that person declined to offer further details. According to reports, it’s believed that the XJ will return in 2020 as a battery-electric car, which would give it a hefty zero-emissions advantage over other flagships like the Audi A8, BMW 8 Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. However, as of now it’s unclear what competitors’ plans are regarding battery-electric flagship variants.Our last foray with the XJ happened recently, coming in the form of a new top-tier trim called XJR575. Replacing the XJR, this new model uses a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 to produce (surprise, surprise) 575 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque. We loved how it drove, and its styling has always been on point, but daily ride comfort and the overall age of the vehicle reminded us it wasn’t a perfect package. That’s one hell of a swan song for the gas-powered XJ, which has existed in some form since 1968.  2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed Jaguar Enlarge ImageThere are worse ways to sail off into the sunset. Nate Reed/Roadshow The Jaguar XJ is a solid, comfortable cruiser. But about a decade after its unveiling it’s apparently time for Jaguar to chart a new course for its flagship sedan.Jaguar will discontinue production of the current-generation XJ sedan in July, Autocar reports. More than 120,000 XJ sedans have been built since its launch nearly a decade ago, but its current sales have been underwhelming. Here in the US, it was never the most popular seller, but most of 2018 saw monthly sales barely passing the 100-unit mark, numbers not seen since before the latest generation debuted.center_img More From Roadshow 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Share your voice 0 Review • 2019 Jaguar XJR575: An oldie, but a 575-horsepower goodie 66 Photos Post a comment Sedans Luxury cars Future Cars 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunaticlast_img read more