Morocco Nine Cases of Cutaneous Anthrax Disease Diagnosed In Imilchil

Rabat – A team of doctors in Imilchil, a mountainous small town in Midelt province, diagnosed nine cases of Cutaneous Anthrax caused by consuming the meat of diseased cows.The Ministry said that this form of anthrax infection diagnosed in nine patients is considered to be the least dangerous. The Ministry added that all these cases were taken care of and were given necessary treatments, stressing that the local Health and Veterinary Services have taken safety measures to isolate the infected cattle. “This epidemiological situation is not alarming in the sense that the Cutaneous anthrax disease is of bacterial origin and can generally be treated,” said the Ministry of Health, reassuring that the Ministry, in coordination with the departments concerned, is closely monitoring the situation and will inform the public of any developments.According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “cutaneous anthrax is the most common form of anthrax infection, and it is also considered to be the least dangerous.”The same source added that the disease can happen when “a person handles infected animals or contaminated animal products like wool, hides, or hair.” read more

74 Journalists Killed in 22 Countries in 6 Months NGO

Geneva – The number of journalists killed continued to increase from January to the end of June 2016 to reach 74 in 22 countries (3 per week on average), according to the NGO Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).During the same period (January to June) and with the same criteria 71 journalists were killed in 2015 (reaching 135 for the whole year), 66 in 2014 (138 for the whole year), 59 in 2013 (129 for the whole year).PEC Secretary-General Blaise Lempen said that despite the many meetings held on the issue of the safety of journalists, the adoption of UN resolutions, measures undertaken to enhance training and protection, the so many condemnations, we have not been able to hold the breaks on the terrible tally. We must do more in the fight against impunity. He added that it is clear that unresolved and ongoing conflicts are the source of the high price paid by journalists for informing the general public.Afghanistan from the outset of this year has been the most dangerous country for media work with 10 journalists killed, Syria the second with 9 media workers killed.Mexico follows with 8 killed, then Iraq and Yemen with 7 in each country.5 journalists were killed in Guatemala, and 4 in each of the following countries: India, Pakistan and Turkey (where 2 Syrian journalists were killed by ISIS).2 journalists were killed in the Philippines, 2 in Russia and 2 in El Salvador during the first six months of 2016.One journalist was killed in the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Honduras, Libya, Serbia, United States, Somalia and Venezuela.The PEC strongly condemns those attacks and calls upon the governments to assume their obligations and brings the perpetrators to justice.Without an independent inquiry it is very difficult to know why the journalists were killed. Around two thirds of journalists were intentionally targeted, while a third was killed in fighting, the same source pointed out.This is an alarming trend that a great number of media workers are intentionally eliminated by terrorist organizations in particular by ISIS. From January to June a dozen of them were killed by ISIS in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. The Taliban are responsible for the killing of ten journalists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with Special consultative UN status. The PEC, founded in June 2004 by a group of journalists from several countries, based in Geneva, is an international independent nonprofit and non-governmental organization. It aims at strengthening the legal protection and safety of journalists in zones of conflict and civil unrest or in dangerous missions.With MAP read more

Maroc Telecom Hosts 2nd Annual Smart Days on Digital Transformation in

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Maroc Telecom’s Smart Days have returned for a new round of rich exchanges around the discovery and study of global digital trends.Morocco World News attended the event, alongside researchers, experts, entrepreneurs, web influencers, and journalists, who gathered Tuesday at the Maroc Telecom headquarters in Rabat to learn more about “Digital Transformation in Morocco and Africa.” For this occasion, Maroc Telecom welcomed two renowned international experts to share their knowledge on digital revolution: Gilles Babinet, multi-entrepreneur and the first president of the National Council of Digital in France and Rebecca Enonchong, Cameroonian entrepreneur, and president of AppsTech, a multinational software development company.As the first speaker to take the stage, Babinet discussed challenges faced by African companies since the digital revolution.“We are actually witnessing the third industrial revolution, embodied by the digital transformation, which generates huge gains in opportunities,” explained the expert, adding,  “Several sectors are now affected by this phenomenon such as tourism, hospitality, insurance, finance and even health.” According to him, the richest companies are those who give their technology for free.The French entrepreneur concluded that we need to “replace hierarchy with technology.”For her part, Enonchong focused on how the digital revolution has transformed Africa, including the regulatory and financial issues that have accompanied digital changes.  “To successfully implement an effective digital transformation model covering all sectors of activity (i.e. public service industries and services, finance, technologies), Africa should rely on its many strengths,” she said.“We can especially quote: the strong mobile breakthrough, the relatively nascent legal provisions governing technologies, and the fast appropriation of technologies” explained the President of AppsTech who is very optimistic for the future of digital in Morocco and Africa.The telecommunications giant, Maroc Telecom, launched its “Smart Days” gathering last year in Rabat to bring together major Moroccan and African players in the field of digitization. The meeting enables the general public to exchange knowledge and learn about the latest developments in the world of technology and communications.Maroc Telecom is the first global operator in Morocco and Africa to offer secure mobile management, connected object solutions for companies like Smart Car, and innovative solutions, such as the MT Cloud solution. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola futures prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $10.80 lower $494.00; Jan. ’18 $10.40 lower $499.90; March ’18 $9.50 lower $504.40; May ’18 $7.30 lower $507.40; July ’18 $7.10 lower $510.90; Nov. ’18 $6.00 lower $479.00; Jan. ’19 $6.00 lower $479.80; March ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50; May ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50; July ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50; Nov. ’19 $6.00 lower $482.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 375,680 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 375,680. read more

Hamilton firefighters battle 2 overnight fires

Hamilton firefighters were busy overnight responding to two different house fires.The first was on Herkimer Street just before 2:30 a.m. Nobody was home at the time, but the fire had spread to the second and third floors by the time crews arrived.There was about $600,000 in damage. Luckily, firefighters were able to stop the blaze from spreading to neighbouring houses, and nobody was hurt.The second fire took place about an hour later on Beland Avenue North.Flames ripped through the two-storey home, causing about $150,000 in damage.Nobody was home for the second blaze either.The Office of the Fire Marshal has been called to help determine what caused the two fires. read more

Google stock crosses 1000 mark for the first time on strength of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Strong third-quarter results have sent Google’s stock past the $1,000 mark for the first time.Shortly after the markets opened Friday, Google Inc. shares jumped more than 12 per cent to $1,007.40 in heavy trading before edging back down to $1,000 later in the morning. The stock had never been higher than $928 in regular market trading since Google went public at $85 per share nine years ago.Late Thursday, Google reported a 36 per cent jump in third-quarter net income that beat Wall Street’s predictions. The numbers showed that while the company’s average ad prices continue to decline, they’re being offset by a larger number of people clicking on ads.Over the years, Google has expanded its reach far beyond the powerful search engine that made it famous. It now includes the video sharing site YouTube, along with the Android operating system that runs on close to 1 billion smartphones and tablets. The company ranks as the No. 1 digital ad company by revenue, leaving rivals such as Yahoo Inc. and Facebook Inc. far behind.Google’s stock has climbed steadily in the last five years, more than doubling in value. But the stock slipped slightly in recent months, while the overall market has risen, amid worries about deteriorating ad prices.Google’s average ad price has fallen from the prior year in each of the last eight quarters, primarily because advertisers aren’t paying as much for mobile ads because the screens on smartphones and tablet computers are smaller than those on laptop and desktop computers.As more people rely on mobile devices to connect to Google’s search engine and other services, the trend is driving down the company’s average ad price, or “cost per click.”But the number of so-called “paid clicks” on Google’s ads helped offset the lower prices in the third quarter. The clicking volume increased 26 per cent from last year, an indication that Google’s data analysis is doing a good job matching ads with the interests of its services’ users.Friday’s stock surge takes Google’s market capitalization to about $333 billion, which still pales in comparison to that of technology industry rival Apple Inc. The iPhone and iPad maker ranks No. 1 in the world with a market capitalization of $462 billion. Google stock crosses $1,000 mark for the first time on strength of earnings report by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 8:22 am MDT read more

UN agencies warn of funding gaps as 450000 Mauritanians face food insecurity

Funding shortfalls are already threatening the ability of the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide essential assistance to many of the most vulnerable families. The agency suspended school-meal distributions in December, leaving over 150,000 school children from vulnerable families without the certainty of a daily meal.“We fear that the anticipated funding gaps will force us to make further cuts in the assistance we provide, with a potentially devastating impact on the food security of the poorest families,” WFP Country Director Janne Suvanto said in a press release.He said that due to the current funding situation, no relief activities are taking place in the vulnerable areas of Brakna and Hodh El Gharbi, stressing that $21 million is needed to support WFP activities through August.In June 2015, the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition in Mauritania was 14 per cent, the highest since 2012, making vulnerable populations more prone to nutritional risks.Last year, 80 per cent of health centres in Mauritania supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) adopted intensive and outpatient nutritional recovery and education centre treatments. A total of 18,280 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition were admitted and treated in those facilities. “The nutritional situation worsened in Mauritania during the 2015 hunger gap,” said UNICEF Country Representative Souleymane Diabaté , warning that the number of children affected by malnutrition might increase even more this year, a situation requiring additional funding of $2 million to cope with.“Our joint assistance is vital for vulnerable families,” WFP’s Suvanto stressed, calling for more funding. read more

Thesis defences — July 23 to 27

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from July 23 to 27.All are open for the University community to attend.Geography MA thesis defenceGeography student Adam Fischer will defend the thesis, “A Domestic Geography of Money: How Mortgage Debt, Home Prices, and Toronto’s Condominiums ‘Prop up’ the Canadian Economy,” on Tuesday, July 24 at noon in MC C407.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Alan Walks, External Examiner (University of Toronto, Mississauga); Philip Mackintosh, Supervisor; and Christopher Fullerton and Jeffrey Boggs, Committee Members.PhD in Educational Studies Dissertation DefenceEducation student Kristen Clarke will defend the Dissertation “Informal Teacher Leaders: Secondary School Teachers’ Perceptions of How They Collaboratively Construct and Implement Classroom Assessment Policy and Practice” on Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The examination committee includes Donato Tarulli, Chair; Christopher DeLuca, External Examiner (Queen’s University); Maureen Connolly, Internal Examiner; Denise Armstrong, Supervisor; Louis Volante, Committee Member; and Wayne Melville, Committee Member (Lakehead University). read more

Apple Opening Makeshift Austin Store for SXSW

first_imgGood news, Austin Macheads, Apple is opening up a new store in your backyard. Bad news, Austin Macheads, the thing will only be open for two weeks. The company is set to rent out a space in Austin’s Scarbrough Building for a fortnight, to meet the tech demands of South by South West in that area.Fittingly, the whole deal went down in record time, according to Rance Wilemon, of the building’s real estate firm, Plat.Form. “They came in town on Monday, did a quick tour, found a spot, and they’re in there working and will open by Friday,” he told a local paper. “”They’re just a great draw.” Wilemon, naturally, is hoping that the temporary location will prove something of a trial run for a permanent Apple Store. Apple already has two permanent locations in the Austin Area. As such, Wilemon doesn’t expect a third store to be a priority. “I think we’re several years away from that being a focus for them. They do great at their two existing stores, and they’re really focused on overseas expansion right now.”last_img read more

Bratis dazzles Beijing

first_imgThe fluid silhouettes and signature drapes of Greek-born, Italy-based Angelos Bratis graced the catwalk of the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week in Beijing earlier this month. An opportunity to reach a broad new audience, the Spring/Summer 2016 show was part of efforts made by Italy’s fashion body, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, to assist its young designers to enter fresh markets. Established in 1997, so far the Beijing event has hosted over 450 designers from more than 10 countries.“I think it’s old news to consider nationalism in fashion. In the era of instant communication and working in a global, unique market, your roots as a designer is your DNA, but this doesn’t limit you between borders,” Angelos Bratis says. “The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana selected an emerging Italian brand to show in China, not a Greek designer.” As a designer born in Greece the designer has always felt connected with ancient civilisations and cultures that managed to survive and emerge in the modern world. “China represents for me tradition, power, craft and fragility. It is also the mother of silk, a fundamental material of my work as a draper.” “This season I cut pois on bias playing with mathematical order, geometry and arithmetic, while rhombus patterns form a structure for the draping of the garments,” Bratis explained. “The absolution of the circle was the basis for the collection, which was cut in soft materials such as silk crepe and Alcantara with a laser cut technique.” Within this platform of exposure he aims to turn the Chinese press lights on to his brand and hopefully attract new retailers that can carry the Angelos Bratis aesthetic to Asia and hopefully collaborate with master silk manufacturers in transforming refined antique fabrics into modern Western pieces of clothing. Source: Kathimerini English Edition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un Japonais refuse de quitter la no mans zone de Fukushima

first_imgUn Japonais refuse de quitter la no man’s zone de FukushimaLa no man’s zone de Fukushima s’étend sur un rayon de 20 kilomètres autour de la centrale accidentée le 11 mars dernier. Naoto Matsumura, un agriculteur de 52 ans, refuse obstinément de quitter sa ferme, située à 12 kilomètres du site alors que la centrale continue de relâcher des substances radioactives.Naoto Matsumura, un agriculteur de 52 ans, prétend être l’unique habitant de la no man’s zone, périmètre interdit d’un rayon de 20 kilomètres autour du site atomique de Fukushima, décrété par les autorités japonaises suite à l’accident du 11 mars. Depuis, il vit seul près de Tomioka, ville fantôme, au milieu d’une centaine de chats, d’une dizaine de chiens, de quelques 400 vaches, de nombreux cochons et poulets abandonnés par leurs propriétaires ayant fui les retombées radioactives.M. Matsumura est conscient que les doses de radiations qu’il absorbe chaque jour sont dangereuses. Pourtant, il affirme avoir moins peur de ça que d’être privé de ses cigarettes. “Je tomberais certainement malade si je m’arrêtais de fumer maintenant”, ironise-t-il. Sans électricité, il se voit contraint d’utiliser du carburant acheté à la ville pour son véhicule et ses générateurs, tandis que son seul lien avec l’extérieur reste son téléphone mobile. Il n’est même pas sûr que le charbon que ses voisins ont laissé suffira pour affronter les températures glaciales. Des animaux abandonnés à leur sort À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéMais malgré les dures conditions de vie dans lesquelles il se trouve, l’ermite semble en bonne santé et confie que sa plus grand crainte concerne les animaux, qui vont affronter l’hiver sans abri, ni nourriture. “Ces bêtes ont besoin des êtres humains. L’alimentation dont je dispose pour le moment ne suffira pas pour tenir jusqu’à la fin du mois de décembre. Il leur faut un refuge et à manger, mais je suis le seul à m’occuper d’eux, alors que ce devrait être le rôle du gouvernement”, dit-il.Dans la précipitation à fuir Tomioka, le 15 mars, beaucoup de résidents n’ont pas pensé à libérer leurs animaux. “J’ai vu beaucoup de bêtes crevées, de maladie ou bien de faim, attachées à une corde. Les veaux ont tellement grossi à force de manger de l’herbe que la corde qui entoure leur museau a entamé les chairs. Certains en sont morts”. Il raconte  également qu’un de ses amis l’a supplié d’aller chez lui libérer sa vingtaine de canaris qu’il avait abandonnés dans une cage. “Quand je suis entré dans la maison, c’était déjà trop tard. Ils étaient tous morts.””Désolé, nous ne pouvons rien faire à l’intérieur de la zone interdite” Naoto Matsumura ne se plaint pas de la solitude. Séparé de sa femme depuis dix ans, ses deux enfants de 21 et 23 ans habitent dans la préfecture de Saitama, près de Tokyo. Ils se font du souci pour lui, mais il refuse de partir. “Je ne suis jamais déprimé. J’ai appris à vivre seul”, affirme-t-il. Levé et couché avec le soleil, accompagné de ses chiens, il passe la moitié de son temps à donner à nourrir les animaux. Lui se nourrit principalement de boîtes de conserves et de riz, car tout ce qui pousse sur place est contaminé. “Je ne mange pas grand chose de bon ici”, avoue le Japonais qui se rend tout de même en dehors de la zone interdite pour acheter ses cigarettes et de quoi survivre. S’il se dit heureux là où il est, il souhaiterait néanmoins que le gouvernement ou la compagnie d’électricité Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), opérateur de la centrale nucléaire, ramasse au moins les cadavres d’animaux. “Mais la réponse est toujours la même, dit-il : Désolé M. Matsumura, nous ne pouvons rien faire à l’intérieur de la zone interdite”. Aujourd’hui, il pense que Tomioka, comme d’autres villes de la région évacuée, va disparaître de la carte du Japon et ne cache pas sa haine à l’égard de Tepco, ni son souhait de voir disparaître la centrale à l’origine de ce désastre.Le 14 décembre 2011 à 16:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Building an UltraSaber from Start to Finish

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to construct my own lightsaber. It always felt like a right of passage. Picking just the right kyber crystal that bonds with you. The hilt itself never felt as important, but now as we’ve seen Rey’s journey and trials with Anakin’s original saber; it just might. Sadly in the real world, the closest we have come to building a fully destructible saber is Allen Pan’s burning saber and the Arctic Spyder 3 laser. But if you’re looking for something you can take into a convention hall without suffering the risks of being escorted off the premises with; then polycarbonate sabers are right for you!The fine folks at UltraSabers got in contact with me to build my ultimate saber. The ultimate fanboy in me lit up. These are not your typical store-bought sabers made of hollow plastic. UltraSabers are high-end lightsabers that look as if they were plucked right out of the film! Not interested in a replica? UltraSabers can also help you craft unique designs to fit whatever original costume or character concept you have in-store.It’s funny. I immediately had the ultimate saber in mind before going to UltraSabers website. Once there I was floored by the amount of customization’s I could add to my saber. They even have different chipsets for light and sound FX. Right now the Diamond Controller is their hottest selling saber brand. It is the most powerful and versatile saber controller on the market for custom lightsabers. It recognizes gestures in a sequence of movements that you can program into the Diamond Controller to trigger unique sounds and light effects.With the budget I was allotted, I became Watto in a junkyard free for all. Yet, it was the hardest decision ever! I could buy a car and name my first born faster than I could finalize a decision like this. Luckily while making about four or five different sabers with many tabs open, UltraSabers staff were quick to message me through their site asking if I had any questions. Boy did I have many. I asked about their Tri LEDs. These are LED diodes instead of just the single diode. The result is a slightly brighter and a fuller blade color. Yes, you can even make your saber the brightest saber at the con! If you are going to be using these sabers for friendly combat, you can even reinforce your sabers carbon tubing and add pointed tips for effect. You also have the option to have the saber flash different colors when it clashes.These are just a handful of effects the saber has itself. We haven’t even talked about the hilts. UltraSabers sell single blade, double bladed and Kylo’s cross guard designs, all Custom built to your heart’s desire. You can request that your power on button lights up, or maybe you want vent holes right where the beam ignites. It is all up to you and how much you are willing to spend.So this was the moment. What was I going to go with? I have a collection of Force FX sabers I acquired over the years. As much as I enjoyed them, they were not built for combat. Coming home one late night from work, back in my early twenties; I found my roommates in my dark backyard clashing away with the sabers in hand. Spots where the sabers had taken hits no longer worked so that the beam had gaps in it. To say I was a tad peeved is an understatement. Though with this new saber, I would not be doing much clashing, as I would just be showing off the saber at home or maybe at a convention. My now EX-roommates helped me never want to clash another saber again.With the same budget, I sat aside a lot of the flashy motion options and put that into a second saber. That’s right. I went with a double-bladed lightsaber! While collecting sabers over the years, I never actually owned one and felt now was the time. But I wanted to theme it to my liking. I always enjoyed Jedi Master Plo Koon’s orange lightsaber. Though it was technically not canon (even after they put it in all the games, figures, and comics), I felt it was time to finally own an orange saber. But not just a single orange saber, a double-bladed orange saber with the Dark Sentinel V4 hilt to give the lightsaber an almost Halloween look to it.If you buy a double-bladed saber through UltraSabers, they are basically two separate sabers held together by a centerpiece. The inside and outside designs were complete, and it was ready for shipment. It only took about a week for the saber to be built and shipped my way. I included rechargeable batteries and chargers with the order so that way the sabers would never dull out. Upon arrival, everything was in one large box heavily wrapped in bubble wrap. It was pure bliss putting the saber together and igniting it for the first time.Comparing my classic Force FX sabers to the new UltraSabers, I found one interesting difference. The travel of the light when first igniting and then extinguishing. Force FX runs LED’s up the carbon tube to give the look of the beam elongating and then diminishing. Ultra’s LED’s are located in the hilt of the saber and turns on and off like a flashlight. But where the travel light fails, the sound takes over. I ordered my saber with an Obsidian USB V4 Sound chip and boy does it pack a punch next to the Force FX sabers. Now the great thing about this chip is that you can load up different sounds to your saber.For instance, sounds made in Episode II are slightly different than the ones used in Episode IV. You can hold down the sabers button and pick different sound fonts. The UltraSabers community has been uploading new sounds for a while now, and I think that is probably the strongest trait UltraSabers has going for it. For young padawan’s, the launcher tutorial works out beautifully on both Mac and Windows platforms. Just simply download the custom sound files from the forums and load them right onto your sabers hilt using a USB mini cable. If you wanted, you could even have your saber become an Owen Wilson meme. The dark choice is completely up to you. Stay on targetcenter_img The saber itself is beyond gorgeous and is built exactly to my liking. Another great thing about UltraSabers line is once you are done building your custom saber, you can always send it back in to get modifications done when new features are released. You also can also order different parts and add onto the hilt yourself. In the two videos below I show off the Phantom V4 in action, along with an up-close look at the Dark Sentinel V4. I have a creepy Sith idea in mind to accompany the grim saber and cannot wait to get started on it. Definitely give UltraSabers site a look soon! They are always trying out new designs and pushing the limits of their craft. Easily one of the best saber manufacturers out there!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

NW Natural gas rates may soon fall again

first_imgHomes and businesses linked up with NW Natural may see some money saved on their gas bill soon.The Portland-based utility has once again requested a rate drop through the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. It is the third consecutive year the company, which serves around 730,000 customers, has asked for the reduction.If approved, rates for residences would be lowered 3.1 percent, and small-commercial rates by 3.4 percent. For the average house who uses about 53 therms a month, that drop would amount to $1.60 saved, the company said. Businesses that use on average 248 therms could save about $7.52 per month.The WUTC will issue a final decision by the end of October, NW Natural said.Utility companies make these requests every year and predicate them based on expected gas prices for the next 12 months. NW Natural said natural gas is expected to be in “abundant” supply.David H. Anderson, president and CEO, said natural gas prices are cheaper today than they were 15 years ago.“We’re proud to pass cost savings on to our customers while providing the same high-quality service, reliability and safety they expect,” he said.NWN Natural, traded on the New York Stock Exchange as NWN, closed Tuesday at $66.50 per share, down $1.20.last_img read more

Diseased Turtles in TCI Waters

first_img Poachers slammed with seven charges; some escape Teenaged Turtles tagged and released use any unused pics from govt release yesterday Recommended for you Related Items:disease, tci waters, turtles Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciaes, 08 Sept 2015 – Recent studies have found an increasing amount of diseased turtles in Turks and Caicos; this as a result of fishermen harvesting out turtles, keeping the healthy ones, and then discarding those that appear diseased which ultimately leads to a wider species loss through promoting the spread of disease. This finding has come about after researchers began studying incidents of green turtle disease. A herpes virus is believed to be the causative agent of the disease. The viral disease manifests as pink tumors that appear on the turtles’ flesh. The disease affects the turtles’ vision and impedes their movement as a result many turtles eventually die of starvation.Researchers say the numbers of infected turtles are steadily rising, over a two-year period in the waters around Turks and Caicos Islands; it was found that some 13 percent of green turtles had the disease. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Poachers caught raping TCI waters of some 2,000lbs of catchlast_img read more

UNSC to hold closeddoor meeting on Kashmir

first_imgUNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will on Friday hold a “closed-door” meeting to discuss India’s move to revoke Article 370 of its Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, media reports said on Thursday. UNSC President Joanna Wronecka told reporters on Wednesday said that they would discuss “the Jammu and Kashmir situation behind closed doors most likely on August 16”, according to the reports. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The development comes after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday night said that he wrote a letter to the UNSC President, asking the latter to convene an emergency meeting of the Council to discuss India’s “illegal actions” that also “violate UN resolutions on Kashmir”. The Minister stated in the letter that if “India continues the acts of aggression then Pakistan will not stay silent”. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad have heightened following India’s move on Kashmir earlier this month. Following that, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic relations by expelling the Indian High Commissioner and suspended trade ties with India. Later, Pakistan announced suspending the Thar Express and Samjhauta Express, connecting the two countries. It also banned Indian films from being screened in cinemas across the nation.last_img read more

Morgan State University Opens New Facility For Behavioral And Social Sciences

first_imgThe official opening of Martin D. Jenkins Hall, a new, $79-million, 148,000-square-foot facility at Morgan State University, marked another great step forward for the historically Black institution, which is celebrating its 150th year. The ribbon-cutting ceremony drew a large audience to Morgan’s West Campus on Sept. 14. Jenkins Hall houses five academic departments in behavioral and social sciences and stands beside the Morgan Business Center, which opened in 2015.“We must never, ever forget what it really means to the legacy of our great university to be in this space,” said Morgan President David Wilson in his remarks at the ceremony. “…I want to make sure that our students, in particular, don’t forget the history,” he added, referring to Morgan students’ pioneering protests for integration of Northwood Shopping Center during the U.S. civil rights movement, in the 1950s. “This spot is not just a (venue for) two great buildings. This is Freedom Plaza.”The new facility is aptly named. Martin D. Jenkins, Ph.D., LL.D., an African American, led Morgan as its seventh president from 1948 to 1970. The direction and standards he set for Morgan’s scholarship and research made his tenure an era of great progress for the institution and contributed greatly to the advancement of civil rights, human rights and equal opportunities in Baltimore and beyond.Jenkins Hall is the new home of Morgan’s Departments of Economics; History and Geography; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; and Political Science. It replaces Morgan’s former Jenkins building, which opened on the university’s Academic Quad in 1974. Among its many amenities, Jenkins Hall features flexible classrooms for traditional lectures or group learning, collaborative open spaces for faculty and students, room placements that promote interdisciplinary learning, an instructional design development suite to support the continuing education of faculty, and a 170-seat auditorium. The building also has a technology-rich environment, including a “maker space” with 3-D, virtual reality computers, and a next-generation network providing high-speed, wireless Internet connectivity for mobile devices and interaction with students and researchers around the globe. Jenkins Hall employs green technologies to reduce energy costs and water usage, and to support healthy interactions between the facility’s occupants and their environment.Morgan’s associate vice president for Facilities, Design and Construction Management, Kim I. McCalla, and her team received praise from the podium for their role in realizing Jenkins Hall. Architects for the project were HOK and Quinn Evans Architects, based in Washington, D.C. Barton Malow Company, Commercial Interiors, Inc. and JLN Construction Services were the construction managers.Maryland State Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden, a two-time graduate of Morgan, addressed the gathering for the ribbon cutting and maintained the theme of progress.“When I came (to Morgan’s campus) and got off the bus in 1964, I wasn’t welcome in this community,” McFadden said. “Dr. Wilson was right. We (Black students) just had to keep walking…. It wasn’t a pleasant time. But we look forward to working with you…because we’re on the way to Loch Raven. We’re going to have specialty shops and bookstores, nice places. God’s going to bless us. And we’re going to have the next generation of leaders for this community, for this city, for this state and this nation, right here at our beloved Morgan State University.”The other speakers for the occasion included Gloria J. Gibson, Ph.D., Morgan provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs; Kweisi Mfume, chair of Morgan’s Board of Regents; M’bare N’gom, Ph.D., dean of Morgan’s James H. Gilliam Jr. College of Liberal Arts (CLA); and Pamela Scott-Johnson, Ph.D., former CLA dean, now dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at California State University, Los Angeles. Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey was among the government and community leaders who attended the ceremony.About MorganMorgan State University, founded in 1867, is celebrating its 150th year of excellence in higher education. A Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution, Morgan offers more than 100 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s designated Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.last_img read more

Tibetan community of Darjeeling celebrates Thank you India Year

first_imgDarjeeling: The Tibetan community of Darjeeling observed “Thank you India” and the 29th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama — being conferred the Nobel Peace prize.Incidentally, the Tibetan government in exile and Tibetans across the country have been observing the year 2018 as “Thank You India Year.” “This is to publicly express gratitude to the Government of India and its citizens for enabling Tibetans not only to lead a decent life but also help them preserve their culture, language and religion. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTibetans for generations will not forget the profound support that is being extended by India at the time of crisis in Tibet owing to Chinese occupation,” stated Tashi Thendup, president, Thank You India Organizing Committee in Darjeeling. The day was marked by prayers, speeches and staging of traditional songs and dances by the Tibetan community; students of the Central School for Tibetans and various other Tibetan organisations. Songs and dances like Gangchen Bhoki Tempa in praise of Dalai Lama; Namsa Marpo (on the red robe worn by the Dalai Lama) and Folk dance of the Amdo region of Tibet were staged. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”On the occasion of the 29th year of conferring Nobel Peace Prize to Dalai Lama, blankets and shawls were handed over to needy families under the Cover the Cold programme,” stated Jigme, Secretary of the organising committee. The Thank You India 2018 programme had been marked with a public prayer session at Chowrasta on May 31 for peace, prosperity and progress of India. On June 5, more than 100 saplings were planted in the Observatory Hill area in Darjeeling.last_img read more

Galaxy Space Benchmarks Tease Samsungs Surface Competitor

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoForbes.comSerena Williams Definitely Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement Samsung is apparently working on a new device that could run on Windows 10.Over at the benchmarking site Geekbench, a new Samsung device called the Galaxy Space has cropped up. It’s unclear from the listing exactly what it is and whether it’ll be named the Galaxy Space, but the specs suggest it’s a Windows 10 device with 8GB of memory and an octa-core processor featuring a 2.84GHz clock speed. The listing doesn’t say how big the screen is or what kind of features we can expect from the device.That said, it performs somewhat well in the testing. On Single-Core tests, the Galaxy Space scored a 2011 and in multi-core testing, it nabbed a score of 6047.The benchmark was first discovered by the Windows-tracking site Windows Latest. That site noticed that the device’s performance is nearly inline with the Samsung Galaxy Book 2, which might suggest that it could be a similar type of 2-in-1 laptop. It’s impossible to say for sure, however, whether it’s a different kind of Windows 10 device with similar power specs to a hybrid. Windows Latest even floated the possibility of the Galaxy Space being a Windows Mixed Reality headset of some sort.Look for more on the Galaxy Space in the coming weeks. Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event kicks off on Aug. 7, and while it will be focused on the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, we may also hear news of new Galaxy PCs.Laptops with the Longest Battery Life10 Tablets with the Longest Battery LifeBest Samsung Laptopslast_img read more

Intel security update KB4346084 for Windows 10 released

first_imgIntel security update KB4346084 for Windows 10 released by Martin Brinkmann on August 22, 2018 in Windows – 27 commentsWill it ever end? Microsoft released new Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 that install or update protections against various Spectre variants.The updates are available for Windows 10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607 and 1507, and currently only available on the Microsoft Update Catalog website.Günter Born notes that the update will also become available through Windows Update and WSUS, but this does not appear to be the case at this point in time.The updates KB4346084, KB4346085, KB4346086, KB4346087, KB4346087 and KB4346088 update protections against attacks targeting vulnerabilities in Intel processors that affect most Intel processors.If you don’t know whether your Intel processor is affected try the free tool InSpectre for Windows to find out about it.  You may also run commands from a PowerShell prompt to display vulnerability information.The summary page highlights what the update does:Intel recently announced that they have completed their validations and started to release microcode for recent CPU platforms that are related to Spectre Variant 3a (CVE-2018-3640: “Rogue System Register Read (RSRE)”), Spectre Variant 4 (CVE-2018-3639: “Speculative Store Bypass (SSB)”), L1TF (CVE-2018-3615, CVE-2018-3646: “L1 Terminal Fault”). In addition to microcode updates previously released in KB4100347​ to address Spectre Variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715: “Branch Target Injection”), this update also includes microcode updates from Intel for the following CPUs.In other words, the new update adds protection against Spectre variants 3a and 4, and includes previous updates as well that Intel and Microsoft released earlier.The updates are standalone updates for the version of Windows 10 they have been created for. The mitigations are active immediately on client systems; Server administrators need to make modifications to systems they administrate to apply the protections according to Microsoft.Windows 10 version 1803 users who check Windows Update may get an updated version of KB4100347 at this point in time. It is unclear why this update is delivered since it has been replaced by the update mentioned below.Windows 10 version 1803: KB4346084 (Catalog link) — the update replaces KB4100347Windows 10 version 1709: KB4346085 (Catalog link) — the update replaces KB4090007Windows 10 version 1703: KB4346086 (Catalog link) — the update replaces KB4091663Windows 10 version 1607: KB4346087 (Catalog link) — the update replaces KB4091664Windows 10 version 1507: KB4346088 (Catalog link) — the update replaces KB4091666Closing WordsI wish Microsoft would make it easier for users and administrators to follow what is going on. Why is there no page on the Microsoft website that lists operating system versions and the patches available for them to deal with Spectre threats?SummaryArticle NameIntel security update KB4346084 for Windows 10 releasedDescriptionWill it ever end? Microsoft released new Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 that install or update protections against various Spectre variants.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more