Jakob Vestergaard leaves Oltchim at end of season

Jakob Vestergaard announced that he will be leaving the Romanian champion at the end of this playing season, and will be heading home to Denmark, where he is tipped as one of the possible candidates for new Viborg coach. Oltchim tried very hard to gather the best players available and bring a world-class project, but the latest bankruptcy that shook the club has now made all of the top players to leave, and Vestergaard will be leaving the coaching role as well. Jakob VestergaardOltchimOltchim ValceaRomania handballValceavestergaardViborg ← Previous Story “Referee body-checking”: Stoilov only three match suspension! Next Story → Gyor old-new Hungarian champion! read more

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Weve come a long way in this country – Cabinet to discuss

first_imgUpdated 9.48am THE CABINET WILL meet this morning to consider a referendum on same-sex marriage with one minister saying that a vote will be held “when it’s practicable”.Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin said this morning that it is probably the view of the “majority of Cabinet” that a referendum should be held on foot of the recommendation from the Constitutional Convention earlier this year.He noted that there are issues of timing but said that advice will be given to Cabinet on that issue this morning with Justice Minister Alan Shatter to bring a memo before his colleagues.“All of these issues are challenging, but we’ve come a long way in this country,” he said, noting that civil partnerships legislation was passed through second stage of the Dáil without a vote.A short time later, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he hoped that a referendum would be held in the lifetime of this government, describing it as “an important issue”:Videos: Nicky Ryan at Government BuildingsFirst published 8.43am Labour MEPs: Gay marriage vote should be on same day as local and Euro electionsVaradkar: Same-sex marriage referendum could be held next yearlast_img read more

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New documentary about Keane and Vieira rivalry to air next week

first_imgTWO OF THE best midfielders the Premier League has ever seen, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira had more than their fair share of run-ins down the years.Both captains and generals of the two clubs which dominated English football in the 90s and early 2000s, the pair clashed several times on and off the field, as the clip below shows:YouTube credit: konradkajAt 10pm on 10 December, ITV 4 will air a documentary titled  ’Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies’ with exclusive interviews from both on their fractious relationship. And the following week (18 December at 9.55pm), RTÉ Two will also be showing it.YouTube credit: itv4realfans(h/t: Paul Galvin) Swansea player forced to drive ‘Pink Ferrari’ after losing crossbar challengeReds boss Rodgers rules out January spreelast_img read more

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Chrome bug filed after developer woken at 3am by the sound of

first_imgGoogle Chrome can restore your last browsing session when you start it back up, and that’s normally a good thing.There are times, however, when session restore isn’t what you want — like when you’re drifting gently off to sleep and a background tab starts broadcasting exceptionally spooky audio. Nothing messes with your head when you’re starting to doze off like Hollywood’s go-to ambient horror/suspense sounds (except maybe the sound of a Minecraft zombie moaning).If, like the Chrome user who filed this particular issue on the Chromium project, you enjoy watching a suspenseful or scary show in your browser before bedtime, you might prefer it if Chrome didn’t flick on the audio switch until you actually wanted it to.There’s every chance Windows will perform an update in the middle of the neight, restart your machine, and Chrome starts playing that show again without your consent.Chromium developers almost certainly agree this isn’t great, and it’s highly likely that they’ll implement some kind of mechanism to prevent it from happening in future — none of them want Chrome turning your lovely dream sequences into Monkeybone-ish nightmares, right? There are other times when a restored tab’s audio might not be welcome. You don’t, for example, need to let everyone in the department know that you were watching the video for Call Me Maybe the last time you had your headphones plugged in at your desk.There are a couple of ways Google could put the kibosh on rogue audio in Chrome. The simplest way might be to prevent any plug-ins from springing in to action until a user actually interacts with the browser. Chrome already supports click-to-play, and session restore seems like a perfect situation to make it the default behavior. The

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Spotlight on New Zealand gun laws after mosque shooting

first_imgThe semi-automatic weapons he sold were usually bought by “helicopter guys shooting pests, deer and out of control goats from choppers”, he said.Gun laws were previously tightened in New Zealand in the wake of another mass shooting in 1990, but attempts to push through further reforms have been unsuccessful. The country’s prime minister was flanked by her coalition partner and deputy prime minister Winston Peters when she told reporters that measures had been agreed to change gun control laws.Peters’ party has previously opposed changes, but he said he now backs the prime minister fully.“The reality is that after 1pm on Friday our world changed forever and so will our laws,” he said.Comments are off as a person has been charged in relation to this incident. – With reporting from AFP. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images No Comments The country’s prime minister has said measures have been agreed by her cabinet to tighten gun control laws. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images By Michelle Hennessy https://jrnl.ie/4549040 10,697 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Spotlight on New Zealand gun laws after mosque shooting The owner of the company that sold weapons to Brenton Tarrant said it was a legal, “ordinary sale”. NEW ZEALAND’S GUN laws are under intense scrutiny in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacre in which 50 people lost their lives.Australian man Brenton Tarrant, an avowed white supremacist, legally purchased the semi-automatic weapons he used to shoot dead 50 Muslims, including a three-year-old boy.“We can’t ignore the galling fact he came to New Zealand to buy firearms he couldn’t get in Australia,” Police Association president Chris Cahill said.The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier said her cabinet has decided to tighten gun laws, with details to be announced next week. She said the measures could include a ban on some semi-automatic rifles and a weapons buy-back scheme.Currently anyone over the age of 16 and considered to be “fit and proper to possess firearms” can get a general A-category licence in New Zealand. This allows them to buy firearms including the AR-15 which was reportedly used by the Chiristchurch gunman. This gun is also frequently the weapon of choice in mass killings in the United States.According to New Zealand police data from 2017, the year Tarrant obtained his licence, there were 43,509 applications for a firearms licence with a 99.6 percent approval rate. Around 250,000 people possess firearms licences in the country of under five million.Chris Cahill has called for a ban on easily-modified semi-automatic weapons and the creation of a national gun registry.“As it stands now, we have no idea who’s buying weapons and where they’re keeping them or how many they have in New Zealand,” he said.‘An ordinary sale’David Tipple, whose Gun City company legally sold four weapons to Tarrant said he did not feel any sense of responsibility for the tragedy. Source: Vincent Yu/PAHe said Tarrant was “a brand new purchaser with a brand new licence”.“It was an ordinary sale,” he told reporters, adding that he could continue to sell weapons to anyone with the correct credentials.Andrew Taylor, owner of Shooters Supplies on the western outskirts of Christchurch, closed his store for the weekend after the shootings. He has also removed large-capacity magazines as well as AR-15s and similar weapons from the shelves. Related Reads The country’s prime minister has said measures have been agreed by her cabinet to tighten gun control laws. Share55 Tweet Email Monday 18 Mar 2019, 5:46 PM Short URL Mar 18th 2019, 5:46 PM 16.03.19 71 year-old who jumped into gunfire to save others is first named victim of New Zealand attacks 17.03.19 Man whose wife was killed in NZ terror attack says he forgives gunman, as death toll rises to 50 last_img read more

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Xenophons warning to Abbott

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Independent South Australian senator Nick Xenophon has warned the Abbott government its “dumb” budget is toxic with a key component of the Coalition political base.“The ‘Howard Battlers’ that re-elected John Howard on four occasions won’t cop these changes,” he wrote on a budget appraisal.In a warning that he will not vote for key measures, including cuts to welfare and the dole, Senator Xenophon urged the government to consider a rapid rethink, headlining his analysis: “Budget is mean, nasty and dumb”.Senator Xenophon is one of eight crossbenchers who will hold the balance of power in the Senate from July 1.“This budget has shocked me, but it’s the government that could expect a bigger shock unless it tackles the manifest unfairness in its budget,” he wrote.In a scathing attack to the government, senator Xenophon states his opposition to the Newstart changes, the lifting of the cap on university fees, the imposition of the $7 Medicare fee, the $80 billion slashing in health and education, the slashing of vocational education and training, and of the Automotive Transformation Scheme, the increase of the pension age and the cutting of benefits to seniors. The South Australian Senator has lined up with Clive Palmer, whose Palmer United/Ricky Muir bloc of senators, will wield the most power in the new Senate, against changes to university funding.last_img read more

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Tackling health and wellbeing

first_imgThe Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association will be hosting a panel discussion on health and wellbeing in the legal profession next month. Taking place at the Monash University Law Chamber on Wednesday 16 March, speakers will share and present a number of interesting points based on personal experience in the field.The day will commence with a welcome from the Hon. Jeffrey Kennett AC, chairman of Beyond Blue.Panellists to follow on include the Hon. Associate Justice Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and the Hon. Justice Shane Marshall, a retired judge of the Federal Court of Australia.The event will also address the Gen-Y perspective on work-life balance in the legal profession, which will be presented by a young lawyer who is yet to be named.Drinks and canapés will be served from 6.00 pm for approximately one hour of networking, before the panellists are introduced at 7.00 pm. The panel discussion will be held at the Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Londsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria. To purchase tickets, visit www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=183147 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Weather Eye Milder Pacific air moving in with highs in the 50s

first_imgLocal weather observer Murphy Dennis shared this weather tidbit from California: “A friend in Lompoc near Vandenberg AFB said he received over 4 inches rain Friday and nearly as much since midnight last night on Saturday afternoon. Says his grass has grown 3 inches since Wednesday. They need it.” Yes, they do need it. Too bad it just came all at once, as there were many landslides and mud flows, and much of it just ran off into the ocean. They need much more to erase a three-year drought.No drought here to speak of. Well, I guess we are still behind on our rain and snow but getting closer to normal. March tried to roar in like a lion Saturday, but we only felt its cold breath. A glancing blow of arctic air trickling down the Gorge is the most he could muster.There were some reports along the Columbia of mixed rain and snow, but precipitation was light, only a few hundredths of an inch by late Saturday afternoon. Our high temperature occurred early in the morning and fell steadily all day except in areas to our north. At 4 p.m. it was in the low to mid-30s in Vancouver and low to mid-40s in Battle Ground. Chehalis was at 50 degrees and Kelso in the mid-40s.As we saw last weekend, areas around Puget Sound were getting snow , at 4 p.m. Saturday, Everett was at 33 degrees with light snow. Snow was falling at Bellingham. Old saying: If it snows in Seattle we get no snow, and vice versa.The plan was for temperatures to drop a few more degrees close to freezing overnight, but any icy weather would remain east of Troutdale and Washougal. Although it wouldn’t take much to cool Vancouver down enough for sleet or snow, odds were against that.last_img read more

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How to engage staff with company car schemes

first_imgNeed to know:Pre-launch communications can help build momentum around company car schemes.A comprehensive, sustained communications strategy can drive continued engagement with cars as a benefit.Tailored communications can ensure that all staff are aware of company car schemes and the value they can provide. Offering employees access to a car through their benefits package can serve as a compelling attraction and retention tool, but if staff are to realise the full value of the benefit then car schemes must be communicated appropriately.Building momentumEngaging staff ahead of the introduction of a scheme, whether through employee surveys or a pre-launch communications campaign, can help to build anticipation and lay the groundwork for the official launch and future communications. Gary Hull, executive director, people advisory services at EY, says: “It’s important that it’s not just about the big launch and that’s it. It should also be about the preamble to build expectation, and then not letting that fall away immediately afterwards.”When Danone launched its salary sacrifice car scheme in October 2015, it worked with provider Leaseplan to host on-site roadshows to engage staff with the new benefit. The events showcased a selection of the cars available and gave employees the opportunity to learn more about the car salary sacrifice arrangement, which runs alongside Danone’s existing company car plan.The roadshow was preceded by a range of communications delivered through the organisation’s internal channels, such as its intranet site and desk drops. John Mayor, head of UK rewards at Danone, says: “It was very much an engagement piece that people were talking about.”Indeed, word of mouth has played an important role in driving take-up; a significant number of the orders placed thus far have been made by employees at the same site, where the delivery of cars through the scheme has continued to generate interest.A tailored approachEmployers can utilise a range of communication methods to highlight car schemes to staff, but these should take into account workforce demographics in order to reach all employees in an effective manner. “We had to be very site specific,” says Danone’s Mayor.In partnership with its car salary sacrifice scheme provider, the organisation used onsite communications to engage employees at its Liverpool production facility, which has a largely offline population that carries out shift work. “We engaged that particular group of [employees] during their break periods throughout the shift patterns, and we also put literature in the canteen area,” explains Mayor.However, it is not just the communication channels that need to be considered, it is also the messaging. For example, many employees in central London commute to work via public transport, so the focus of communications aimed at London-based workforces may need to be tailored in order to convey the potential value that a car scheme can provide to them.Consistent reinforcementA sustained communications strategy can help to ensure employee engagement with company car schemes continues post-launch. Developing a regular communications plan can be one of the biggest challenges but also one of the biggest areas of opportunity for providers and employers, says Jonathan Smith, relationship director at leasing and fleet management firm Zenith.“Not everybody wants a car on day one of the scheme, but if an employee’s car breaks down 12 months after the scheme has launched and they are looking for a new one, then you want them to remember that their employer offers a car scheme,” he explains. “Unless you are constantly communicating that message then an employee might go directly to a dealer first rather than thinking to look at the cars available through their benefits package.”Hull adds: “You need to engage and re-engage. Cars are probably one of the better benefits for re-engaging employees because of the special offers available.”This could include offers such as ‘car of the month’, which is one of the ways by which Danone highlights its car scheme to staff. Employers could also promote car schemes at certain milestones throughout an employee’s career, such as the successful completion of professional exams, says Hull.Arup’s employee benefit offering includes a green car scheme, provided by Hitachi Capital, which it reinforces on a regular basis, says Evan Davidge, head of reward at Arup. In addition to directing employees to the scheme via its annual total reward statement, details are also included on the online total reward statement for candidates when they are offered a role at the organisation, and new starters are given a brochure about the scheme upon arrival.Alignment with business valuesThe introduction of the green car scheme at Arup formed part of a wider UK benefits review, which aimed to ensure that the benefits provided reflected the requirements of all employees. The scheme is also in line with the firm’s core values, says Davidge: “It fulfils one of our corporate aims of shaping a better world, and our corporate social sustainability [values].”Before introducing the scheme Arup engaged with staff by conducting a dedicated survey to gain a fuller understanding of employees’ attitudes and perceptions around cars, such as the type of vehicle they had, whether they intended to replace that car, and whether they were looking for a supplementary vehicle. “Interestingly, we discovered that for the people who had a particular interest in this scheme, this would reduce their carbon footprint,” says Davidge.By capping the CO2 emission levels of cars available through the scheme at 120g/km, Arup could engage staff with its sustainability agenda and communicate the environmental benefits of replacing older cars with newer, greener models. The organisation has achieved substantial take-up levels thus far, with interest across the whole demographic profile of its workforce, says Davidge.Enhancing understanding Company car schemes can provide cost savings for employees, whether through corporate discounts or, as in the case of salary sacrifice arrangements, through savings on tax and national insurance contributions. They also often include elements such as maintenance and servicing, which can reduce the everyday costs of running a car.Clear communication about the added value inherent in company car schemes can help employees to differentiate between the cars available through their benefits package and retail deals. “Even though it’s a corporate lease, it’s a retail product and employees will always compare it to [commercial deals],” says Zenith’s Smith.Communication can also be utilised to increase employees’ understanding of how a scheme works, such as what would happen if they were to leave their organisation, or that cars obtained through salary sacrifice arrangements will be liable for benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax.Toby Poston, director of communications and external relations at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), says: “[Education] is the most difficult part of the communication; are [employees] fully aware of the implications, have they read the small print, do they know about the effect on take-home pay, do they understand the full BIK implications, and can they afford it?”Providing an easy-to-read, engaging document that outlines the key facts about how company car schemes and salary sacrifice work, as well as the costs and any potential charges, can help to enhance understanding, says Smith. “The key facts document has worked really well for us in terms of generating communication and awareness of what it is that people are entering into,” he adds.A comprehensive communications approach that continues to engage staff and highlights the value of cars as a benefit, while also ensuring they are aware of how schemes function, empowers employees to make an informed choice. As Kathryn Batchelor, manager, employment tax technology, tax and people services at KPMG, says: “Ultimately it’s a choice, people can participate in the scheme or not. But if you want to be an employer of choice going forward, employees are going to expect to have access to a car as standard.”last_img read more

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Troopers investigate double homicide near Wasilla

first_imgAlaska State Troopers. (File photo by Monica Gokey, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Alaska State Troopers have released the identities of two people found dead near Wasilla, are are investigating their deaths as a double homicide.The deceased are identified as Crystal Denardi, 30, and Ben Gross, 43, both of Wasilla.According to a Trooper dispatch, autopsies show they died as a result of gunshot wounds.On Sunday, June 5, Troopers responded to a report of a possible shooting at an area residence.When Troopers arrived, the home was on fire and the bodies of Denardi and Gross were discovered at the scene.Next of kin have been notified.A third person at the scene, who remains unnamed, was treated for injuries and released.The Alaska Bureau of Investigation continues its investigation.last_img read more

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MLA Dr M Ananad distributes enhanced pension

first_imgVikarabad: The welfare measures taken up by the state government are reaching to every household, said MLA Dr M Ananad. He gave away the enhanced pension orders to the beneficiaries in Shivaram Nagar Colony, Venkatapur Thanda in the Vikarabad municipal limits. Speaking on the occasion, he said the schemes, which were being implemented in the state cannot be found in anywhere in India. Former municipal vice chairman Ch Rameshkumar, Chander Naik, Ananth Reddy, Shankar Naik, Prabhakar Reddy, Vijaykumar, Ramreddy, Krishna Reddy, Rajamallaih, Rangaraju, Girish Kothari and others were present.last_img read more

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Top Texas Appeals Court Wont Stop Next Weeks Execution

first_img Share Texas’ execution chamber in Huntsville.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to stop the scheduled execution next week of an inmate convicted of fatally shooting a San Antonio convenience store owner nearly 14 years ago.Attorneys for 34-year-old condemned prisoner Christopher Young argued Bexar County prosecutors improperly removed a woman from consideration as a juror at his 2006 trial because her church had a prison ministry. Young’s appeals lawyers contended her dismissal was a constitutional violation.The argument was rejected in an earlier appeal as improper and attorneys renewed their arguments, saying the legal basis of the new appeal wasn’t available when they filed their earlier appeal.The court late Tuesday disagreed, saying the filing was improper.Young is set to die next week for the November 2004 slaying of Hasmukh “Hash” Patel.last_img read more

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Verizon Media Opens Eight Studios Globally Including 5G Studio in Los Angeles

first_imgVerizon Media’s new New York studio.All of this is happening as telcos are slowly starting to build up their network infrastructure to bring 5G to their consumers. Verizon announced earlier this year that it would bring 5G to 30 cities this year, but thus far only serves small sections of Chicago and Minneapolis with the technology.“We are nowhere near where it’s going to be,” acknowledged Wallace. This also means that no one really knows which apps and services will ultimately be successful on the service, which she argued was another reason for experimenting with the technology early on. “I don’t think anyone predicted Facebook when 4G came around,” Wallace said. CREDIT: Courtesy of Verizon Media CREDIT: Courtesy of Verizon Media Verizon Media, the telco’s content subsidiary formerly known as Oath, has been busy building out its network of video production facilities around the world: In the first few months of this year, Verizon Media opened or upgraded studios in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil and Australia. In addition, it also launched a 5G studio in Los Angeles that is meant to pioneer new production technologies and media formats enabled by 5G connectivity. The studios are being used by all of Verizon Media’s brands, including Yahoo, HuffPost, TechCrunch and AOL. A special focus of the Los Angeles studio space, which is being led by Verizon Media’s immersive content unit Ryot, is the evaluation of cutting-edge technologies, said head of Ryot Zeda Stone. “We have a full motion capture stage here,” he said, adding that the space was also equipped with a volumetric capture stage. Motion capture at the Verizon Media studio in Los Angeles.After first testing these technologies in Los Angeles, Verizon Media is then looking to customize them for the needs of its other studio spaces. For instance, it brought a simplified motion capture system to an existing studio space in Taiwan, where it is now used to produce content for one of Verizon Media’s YouTube channels.In addition to equipment for motion and 3-D capture, the Verizon Media studio in Los Angeles is now also equipped with a full-blown 5G node, which enables Ryot to experiment with ultra-fast, low-latency wireless data transfers. “It is the only 5G studio in the world,” said Verizon Media general manager of news, entertainment & studios Alex Wallace. “No one knows where 5G is gonna take us, but we want to be at the forefront of it.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Verizon Media Popular on Variety The volumetric capture stage at Verizon Media’s Los Angeles studio.One are of focus will be to evaluate 5G’s role in making productions more nimble, and possibly replace the satellite truck still commonly used for TV coverage with a much smaller set-up, explained Stone. “How do we break down that production pipeline?” Ryot will also be doing real-time animation and motion capture with 5G, and envisioning a future when audiences with 5G phones can directly interact with that type of content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Researchers find putting birds of different lifespans together can promote emergence of

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Most research involving the spread of avian flu, the researchers note, is focused on the ability of such viruses to mutate and spread to other possible hosts. In their study, the trio took the opposite approach, looking at the immunity capabilities of birds of different species to see how they respond to such viruses. To gain a better understanding of flu transmission from the perspective of the birds, the team built a model (combining three properties—pathogenicity, antigenicity, and transmissibility) that was able to use data from prior studies on flu prevalence with birds in Europe, focusing most specifically on the competition that exists between strains that are considered more or less pathogenic.The result was a model that could be used to show the degree to which different species of birds were able le to ward off different flu pathogens. The researchers found that strains considered to be highly pathogenic were more likely to emerge in bird species that didn’t live very long compared to long-lived varieties. This they attributed to higher turnover in the population. The model was also able to show that contact between short-lived species and long-lived species could promote the emergence of highly pathogenic flu variants. In real-world terms, the researchers suggest, this means that housing short-lived domestic birds, such as ducks near to areas where long-lived wild birds lived could promote the emergence of dangerous flue variants, which would allow for the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza variants by the wild birds. They suggest that changes in farming practices (where birds are now kept in open enclosures rather than closed) over the past 20 years have likely contributed to the increase in virulent outbreaks that have been observed in recent years. © 2014 Phys.org More information: Contact between bird species of different lifespans can promote the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza strains, Paul S. Wikramaratna, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401849111AbstractOutbreaks of highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) cause considerable economic losses to the poultry industry and also pose a threat to human life. The possibility that one of these strains will evolve to become transmissible between humans, sparking a major influenza pandemic, is a matter of great concern. Most studies so far have focused on assessing these odds from the perspective of the intrinsic mutability of AIV rather than the ecological constraints to invasion faced by the virus population. Here we present an alternative multihost model for the evolution of AIV in which the mode and tempo of mutation play a limited role, with the emergence of strains being determined instead principally by the prevailing profile of population-level immunity. We show that (i) many of the observed differences in influenza virus dynamics among species can be captured by our model by simply varying host lifespan and (ii) increased contact between species of different lifespans can promote the emergence of potentially more virulent strains that were hitherto suppressed in one of the species. Birds of all feathers and global flu diversity (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers in the U.K. has found that housing birds of different life-spans together can contribute to the emergence of dangerous flu strains. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Paul Wikramaratna, Oliver Pybus and Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University describe how they developed a model that allows for studying the evolution of flu viruses in domestic and wild bird species with various life-spans and what they found when running it.center_img Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses. Credit: Public Domain Citation: Researchers find putting birds of different life-spans together can promote emergence of dangerous influenza strains (2014, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-birds-life-spans-emergence-dangerous-influenza.htmllast_img read more

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FedEx Will Trial Autonomous Delivery Robots This Summer

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget FedEx is making its first moves into autonomous delivery. The company announced today that it’s working on the SameDay Bot, a small vehicle that can travel independently along sidewalks and roadsides, helping retailers make same-day and last mile deliveries to their customers.The bot is being developed using the same technology used in mobility device iBot, and will feature pedestrian-safe tech, multiple cameras, LiDAR and machine learning to help it detect and avoid obstacles, and navigate uneven surfaces.FedEx doesn’t anticipate the bot replacing its existing same-day delivery services, but instead complementing them. Trials kick off this summer in a number of areas, including Memphis, Tennessee (pending city approval), and between FedEx Office locations. The company already has AutoZone, Pizza Hut, Target and Walmart on board for initial testing.FedEx is the latest in a line of companies trialling this kind of technology. While the likes of Amazon and Google have been focusing on airborne drones for future deliveries, others — namely food delivery companies — have been working on similar sidewalk-based tech. However, FedEx has huge global reach. As long as it can navigate the legal obstacles encountered by other companies innovating in this area, its sheer scale could be the thing that eventually sends autonomous delivery bots mainstream. February 27, 2019 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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Malaysia turns away 2 boats with more than 800 migrants

first_imgIndonesia, which has taken 600 Rohingya and Bangaleshis on Sunday, later turned away a boat. But a foreign ministry spokesman denied Wednesday it had a “push back” policy, saying the Malaysian-bound vessel strayed into its waters by accident.“This is a grave humanitarian crisis demanding an immediate response,” said Matthew Smith, executive director of non-profit human rights group Fortify Rights. “Lives are on the line. Regional governments should act decisively to rescue and protect asylum seekers and trafficking survivors, not drive them back out to sea.”Increasingly over the years, Rohingya boarding boats in the Bay of Bengal have been joined by people from neighboring Bangladeshi, most of them seeking an escape from poverty.For those fleeing, the first stop until recently was Thailand, where migrants were held in jungle camps until their families could raise hefty ransoms so they could continue onward. Recent security crackdowns forced the smugglers to change tactics, instead holding people on large ships parked offshore.Initially they were shuttled to shore in groups on smaller boats after their “ransoms” were paid. But as agents and brokers on land got spooked by arrests — not just of traffickers but also police and politicians — they went into hiding. That created a bottleneck, with migrants stuck on boats for weeks.Malaysia, which is not a signatory of international conventions on refugees, is host to more than 150,000 refugees and asylum seekers, the majority who are from Myanmar. More than 45,000 of them are Rohingyas, according to the U.N. refugee agency.___Associated Press writers Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Thanyarat Doksone om Bangkok, Thailand, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img In the last three years, more than 120,000 members of the Muslim minority have boarded ships to flee to other countries, according to the U.N. refugee agency.But no governments in the region appear willing to take them in, fearing that accepting a few would result in an unstoppable flow of poor, uneducated migrants. At the same time, they have for years bowed to the wishes of Myanmar at regional conferences, avoiding all discussions of state-sponsored discrimination against the Rohingya.Denied citizenship by national law, members of the Rohingya minority are effectively stateless. They have limited access to education or adequate health care and cannot move around freely. They have been attacked by the military and chased from their homes and land by extremist Buddhist mobs.With the crisis now reaching a crescendo, Thailand said it would hold an emergency meeting later this month in Bangkok to discuss the exodus and “root causes.” Representatives from 15 countries, including the U.S. and Australia, are expected to attend.Thailand reiterated this week that its policy is to “help on” boat people, giving those who end up in their waters food, water and other provisions, and then sending them on their way. Comments   Share   Fearing arrests, captains tied to trafficking networks have in recent days abandoned ships in the busy Malacca Strait and surrounding waters, leaving behind their human cargo, in many cases with little food or water, according to survivors.Around 1,600 have been rescued, but an estimated 6,000 remain stranded at sea.Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi said about 500 people on board a boat found Wednesday off the coast of northern Penang state — three days after more than a thousand refugees landed on nearby Langkawi island — were given provisions and then sent on their way.“What do you expect us to do?” he said. “We have been very nice to the people who broke into our border. We have treated them humanely but they cannot be flooding our shores like this.”“We have to send the right message that they are not welcome here,” he said.Another boat carrying about 300 migrants was turned away near Langkawi Island overnight, according to two Malaysian officials who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press.Southeast Asia, which for years tried to quietly ignore the plight of Myanmar’s 1.3 million Rohingya, now finds itself caught in a spiraling humanitarian crisis that in many ways it helped create. Ethnic Rohingya men queue up for breakfast at a temporary shelter in Lapang, Aceh province, Indonesia, Thursday, May 14, 2015. More than 1,600 migrants and refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh have landed on the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia in the past week and thousands more are believed to have been abandoned at sea, floating on boats with little or no food after traffickers literally jumped ship fearing a crackdown. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) — Thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis abandoned at sea had nowhere to turn Thursday as Malaysia turned away two boats crammed with more than 800 migrants, saying it could not afford to keep being nice.Indonesia and Thailand also appeared unwilling to provide refuge to men, women and children, despite appeals by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, international aid agencies and rights activists, who warned lives were at risk.last_img read more

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first_img Another bad start, another day for the Arizona Cardinals to rally.Repeatedly, Bruce Arians’ team saw hope it could recover.Repeatedly, any hope — a big return, kick or touchdown jaunt — was followed by Buffalo gashing the air that’d just been added to the Cardinals’ flat tire.There was one final blow, one that looked similar to the Cardinals’ ugly snap-hold-kick combination that couldn’t put Arizona over the top against the New England Patriots in a 23-21 Week 1 loss. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Again, it came on a reasonable attempt from 32 yards out.Trailing 23-7 and hoping to get a field goal closer, the Cardinals sent their kicking unit out for a try with 2:40 left in the third quarter. The field goal by Chandler Catanzaro never had a chance when holder Drew Butler, who had already been pulled from his punting duties Sunday due to a re-tweaked ankle injury suffered in Week 1 against the Patriots, couldn’t control a high snap from rookie long-snapper Kameron Canaday.Catanzaro failed to fall on the loose ball that flew behind him, and Butler’s injury showed as he limped while attempting to chase after it. Instead, it was the Bills’ Aaron Williams who picked up the football and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown that flipped a play that could have made it a 13-point game into a 30-13 score instead.Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Paul Calvisi after the game they would need to evaluate the special teams positions and determine if changes are needed.“We got to evaluate that tomorrow and see what’s up,” he said of Butler’s bum ankle and Canaday’s snapping issues.Canaday told the media in Buffalo that his head coach hadn’t said anything to him after the game. In the postgame press conference, Arians was asked how the rookie can fix his snapping issues. Never before has a kicker been bullied harder than Catanzaro getting little boy’d right here pic.twitter.com/teRrunKPtI— Jordie 🔵 (@BarstoolJordie) September 25, 2016center_img “Grow the hell up,” Arians responded. “It has nothing to do with anything but what’s between his ears.”Catanzaro took over punting duties after Butler punted four times with an average of 36.5 yards. The Arizona kicker took over punting duties and recorded a 47-yard boot but also 19-yarder.That up-and-down day for Catanzaro was the Cardinals’ day in a nutshell.Arizona showed confidence in its field goal unit the possession after the botched attempt.Arians elected to attempt a 60-yard field goal, which Catanzaro drilled perfectly to make it a 30-16 deficit. But after that, as their false hope appeared repeatedly in Week 3, the Cards could only muster a safety. Otherwise, four straight drives to close the afternoon ended with a Carson Palmer interception in the 33-18 loss. – / 22 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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