Coral Reefs Feast on Sponge Detritus

first_imgCoral reefs shouldn’t exist. Teeming with fish and a rainbow of other organisms, they somehow thrive despite the fact that the water surrounding them contains hardly any nutrients. Now, scientists think they’ve solved part of the puzzle: These communities are living off the waste of sponges.It’s easy to forget that sponges are animals. They don’t have faces. They don’t move. They don’t even have circulatory or digestive systems. Instead, they draw water through little holes in their bodies, and then pump it past cells that extract nutrients. Some sponges grow in the shape of barrels or balls, but the ones that Jasper de Goeij studies are flat, colorful crusts, only a few millimeters thick. When De Goeij, a marine biologist at the University of Amsterdam, started keeping them in the lab several years ago, he noticed that they were always dirty, covered in fluffy little pyramids of brown detritus. At first he blamed the tanks he kept them in, but he soon realized that the sponges themselves were making the dirt by sloughing off dead cells and excreting waste. Because sponges fill the cracks and crevices that make up about two-thirds of a Caribbean coral reef, De Goeij wondered if this detritus might feed these ecosystems.Researchers already knew that microbes helped feed coral reef communities. They take up dissolved organic matter like sugars and amino acids and turn it into complex molecules that animals can use. (Most marine animals can’t just suck sugar out of the water; they need it in a more complicated form.) But De Goeij found in earlier research that there aren’t enough bacteria in reef waters to account for all the activity. 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To trace the path of nutrients, they fed sugars and other molecules made with heavier-than-usual forms of carbon and nitrogen to the animals. De Goeij found that the gunk that fell off the sponges also had those heavier elements in it, showing that the sponges had taken up the nutrients and turned them into cells and waste.Next, the researchers took their experiments to reefs near their lab. They used tightly woven cotton fabric to close off two crevices of the coral reef—sponges love crevices—and injected the labeled food. After 6 hours, they removed the cloth and took samples every 6 hours from the sponges in the crevice; the sediment nearby; the water; and the snails, worms, and other animals in the area. After the initial 6 hours, the labeled food had made it to the sponges. Over the next day, it showed up in the sponges’ castoff cells and waste products. Within 2 days, it was in other animals in the area, meaning they’d eaten the sponges’ detritus, the team reports online today in Science. “It’s a really fast system,” De Goeij says. “In a 100-liter cave underwater, you put a teaspoon of sugar and 2 days later you can find it in a snail that’s crawling around.”It’s not clear how big the sponges’ role is. De Goeij calculates that on the Curaçao reef, the animals cycle about 10 times more nutrients than bacteria do, but scientists will need to study more sponges in more places to work out how important they are overall. Scientists have observed that sponges are becoming more common on Caribbean reefs. That might be partly because of nutrients pouring into the water from agriculture and other human activities; algae use them to grow wild, then leak sugars that sponges can suck up.“I’m excited, because by and large sponges have been kind of ignored,” says Joseph Pawlik, a marine chemical ecologist at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Sponges are hard to identify, and the ones that grow in cracks and crevices are hard to get to. Pawlik studies big sponges that grow on top of reefs, and he looks forward to finding out whether they’re ditching cells at the same rate as De Goeij’s thin, crustlike sponges. The new study “is going to generate a lot of new science and a much better understanding of how important sponges are to the reef ecosystem,” Pawlik says.last_img read more

Australian Open: Serena Williams walks out to world No.1 announcement by mistake

first_imgSerena Williams has been the world No.1 women’s singles player for a long, long time in her career but on Monday at the Australian Open, she was up against a world No.1 for the first time since 2013 and there was a hilarious confusion before the iconic match at the Rod Laver Arena.As the players were ready to come out of the tunnel and the announcer was ready to introduce the players on the court, a funny moment ensued.Serena Williams standing in the tunnel ahead of her opponent and world No.1 Simona Halep starting coming out but turned out the announcement was for Halep.The announcer was annoucing for the top seed and having taken a few steps out, as soon as Serena realised her mistake, she turned right back into the tunnel. A partially laughing Simona Halep then made her way out of the court.#AusOpen | Estamos sin duda a la imagen viral de la semana y posiblemente del torneo. Cuando el speaker anunciaba por megafonía la entrada de la número uno del mundo salió Serena, que al instante se da cuenta de su error y se da la vuelta. Molins (@Carlitosmolins) January 21, 2019It was after her that Serena was introduced and came out again to a cheering Rod Laver Arena.Serena Williams, a 7-time Australian Open champion, stayed on course for her 8th title in Melbourne.Serena is also looking to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles and would hope for one at the Melbourne Park.advertisementOn Monday, Serena had an extremely stiff challenge in front of her in Halep. The Romanian is a fighter and she showed that on the court.After being completely outplayed in the first set 6-1, Halep shot back at her revered opponent with some gusto to take the second set 6-4.However, Serena showed her class in the final set and hit winners after winners at Halep to take the final set and the match. 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.Serena will next be up against Karolina Pliskova.Also Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Read | Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger outAlso Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe at Australian Openlast_img read more

LG’s spat with Qualcomm could delay the launch of its 5G smartphone

first_imgLG, earlier this year, launched its 5G enabled smartphone – the LG V50 ThinQ – along with its G-series flagship device – the LG G8 ThinQ – one the sidelines of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in February this year. Despite being an early adopter of the 5G technology, LG has been slow to roll out its phone. The Korean electronic giant launched the LG V50 ThinQ in South Korea last month following a brief delay. The same month V50 ThinQ was launched in the US. And now the word is that users in other parts of the world might have to wait to get their hands on LG’s 5G phone owing to a spat with the chipmaker Qualcomm, which powers the LG V50 ThinQ smartphone.Here’s what has happened. LG’s contract with Qualcomm is going to expire soon and the company wants to negotiate a new deal with the chipmaker. However, Qualcomm want to appeal to the anti-trust ruling against it last month which stated that the chipmaker was stifling competition in the market extracting excessive licensing fee and threatening to cut off supplies.Now, LG Electronics has filed a petition in a US court opposing Qualcomm’s decision to set aside the anti-trust ruling by US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California. The Korean electronics giant has argued that putting aside the anti-trust decision could force it into signing another unfair deal with the chipmaker.”If Qualcomm does not participate in negotiations with LGE in accordance with the Court’s Order, LGE will have no option but to conclude license and chipset supply agreements once again on Qualcomm’s terms,” LG wrote in its court filing in the federal court in San Jose, California.advertisementThe lack of clarity over LG’s deal with Qualcomm has raised concerns about the fate of the launch of its 5G smartphone – the LG V50 ThinQ. Simply put, if LG fails to negotiate a deal with Qualcomm or if the court doesn’r rule in LG’s favour, it could delay the launch of V50 ThinQ indefinitely.It has been quite sometime since we heard about LG’s 5G phone. So here’s quick refresher for you: The LG V50 ThinQ comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD FullVision OLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it has Qualcomm’s 5G modem, X50 in its core. It sports 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and it runs on Android 9.0 Pie.In terms of the camera, the LG V50 ThinQ comes with a triple rear camera setup with a 16MP super wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. On the front it has dual-camera setup with an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP wide angle lens. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. There is also an attachable dual screen which features a 6.2-inch Full HD+ Full Vision OLED display.ALSO READ: | LG V50 ThinQ: Full specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to knowALSO READ: | LG launches LG G8 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ smartphones at MWC 2019ALSO READ: | LG blames 5G connectivity for delayed V50 ThinQ 5G launchlast_img read more

Hazard Chelsea’s hero in narrow Cherries win

first_imgBournemouth 0 Chelsea 1: Hazard winner gives Conte timely boost Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 02:22 10/29/17 Hazard - Cropped Getty Images Chelsea moved back into the top four of the Premier League by securing a relatively comfortable victory over Bournemouth. Eden Hazard scored a second-half winner as Chelsea earned a deserved 1-0 away win over Bournemouth to move back within nine points of Premier League leaders Manchester City.In the build-up to the game, manager Antonio Conte lashed out at “b******t” reports which claimed the players were unhappy with his training methods and linked Carlo Ancelotti to his job.And there was further pressure on Chelsea after wins for City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool earlier on Saturday, but the champions responded with an assured display.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The visitors dominated the first half but could not find a breakthrough as Alvaro Morata missed a golden chance before having a goal controversially ruled out for offside.However, Hazard did strike early in the second half, firing in his fifth Premier League goal in four matches against Bournemouth by beating Asmir Begovic at his near post.Chelsea, who rallied to beat Watford with a thrilling late comeback last week, have now won two straight top-flight games after only tasting victory in one of their previous four.The win means the Blues move back up to fourth in the Premier League, four points behind United in second and one adrift of third-placed Tottenham, who lost at Old Trafford.Bournemouth had beaten Stoke City in their last league outing, but this defeat – in which they failed to produce a shot on target until second-half stoppage time – leaves Eddie Howe’s side 19th in the table with only seven points and six goals to show from their first 10 games.@hazardeden10 v Bournemouth in #PL5️ goals4️ matches#BOUCHE— Premier League (@premierleague) October 28, 2017Pedro, a scorer against Watford, fired over from just outside the area early on. At the other end, Benik Afobe over-hit a pass for Charlie Daniels to end a promising Bournemouth attack, although it was the visitors who wasted the best chance of the first half.A poor clearance from former Chelsea goalkeeper Begovic allowed Hazard to slip Morata through on goal, but the striker could only put his tame finish wide.Morata had the ball in net a few moments later, only to be denied when – in what looked like a marginal call – it was ruled Cesar Azpilicueta had strayed offside as David Luiz’s original deflected shot was fired at the Bournemouth keeper.The ex-Real Madrid striker’s frustrating evening continued when, having again been found by Hazard, he dribbled past Simon Francis and saw his left-footed effort impressively saved by Begovic, with Conte visibly annoyed as half-time arrived with the match still level.But it only took Chelsea six minutes to make the breakthrough in the second half, as Francis failed to cut out Morata’s chipped pass and Hazard raced in to beat Begovic at his near post with a powerful left-footed finish.Jordon Ibe, who had been brought on at the break after initially being left out as part of two changes from Howe, had a powerful strike deflect just over as Bournemouth sought a response.But Bournemouth were struggling to gain meaningful possession and creating little going forward, with Thibaut Courtois not having a shot to save in the whole match until Steve Cook fired straight at him in the final moments.Cesc Fabregas lashed over from close range after being fed by Hazard late on, but that mattered little as Chelsea cruised to what was a comfortable victory, despite the close scoreline.Key Opta stats:- Bournemouth’s only shot on target of the game came in the 93rd minute.- Indeed, that tally of just one shot on target is the Cherries’ joint-lowest total ever in a home Premier League game.- Chelsea have won six of their last seven away Premier League games (L1).- Bournemouth have picked up just four points from their five Premier League home games this season (W1 D1 L3), after accruing 10 points from their last five last season (W3 D1 L1).- Only Diego Costa (10 goals scored) has hand a hand in more goals in his first nine Premier League appearances for Chelsea than Morata (9). read morelast_img read more

Man Utd need to do f*cking better! – Berbatov

first_imgManchester United need to accept that they must “be f*cking better”, says Dimitar Berbatov, with a forgettable finish to the 2018-19 campaign still fresh in the memory.The Red Devils stumbled over the line last season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enduring a nightmare run after an initial honeymoon period in the Old Trafford hot-seat.Wolves proved to be a serious thorn in the Norwegian’s side, with two losses suffered during trips to Molineux in Premier League and FA Cup competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Those reversals formed part of a stumble which included eight setbacks in 11 games, with United finishing in sixth place and without a major honour for a second year in a row.They are now preparing to head back to the West Midlands, and Berbatov is looking for Solskjaer’s side to prove that they have learned their lessons and are a different beast in 2019-20.The former Red Devils striker told the Daily Star: “There’s only one thing I’d like to see – a better performance than last season.“The way we finished was disappointing. So this season, hopefully they can perform better.“Not only one player but everybody as a group.“They must say to themselves ‘ok, we need to be f*cking better’.”Anthony Martial Marcus Rashford Manchester United vs Chelsea 2019-20United were able to raise their game for a season opener against Chelsea, with a clinical display seeing them run out 4-0 winners over the Blues.Summer signings made an instant impact at Old Trafford in that contest, with Berbatov hoping to see more of the same from key men at Molineux.He added to Betfair: “United were better than I expected them to be against Chelsea and I think many United fans were surprised by the quality of the performance. “Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were unbelievably commanding in defence while [Marcus] Rashford and Anthony Martial showed a strong understanding up front.“They are two intelligent young forwards and as long as they communicate they can be deadly together.“Rashford’s finishing was exquisite while Martial scored a typical number nine’s goal that showed he’s got what it takes to wear my old shirt.”United are due to face Wolves on Monday, with their meeting wrapping up the second round of fixtures in the English top-flight. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Travel Agent & Affiliate Incentives by Original Group

first_imgCancun, Quintana Roo, April 25, 2019 – Agents looking to sell Original Group’s properties can now combine the benefits of both loyalty programs, Original Affiliates and Travel Agent Rewards, and earn one of the highest commission rates in the market, which starts at 10 percent for each customer booking a reservation. With this competitive rate, agents can maximize their profits selling Original Group, the leading expert in Mexico’s adult hospitality industry. Original Affiliates Program: Allows travel agents to publish banners on their website or social media platforms. Each time a person visits the link through the banner, and makes a reservation, the travel agent receives a commission. Some of the most convenient features of this program include: –               One of the highest commission rates in the market: Starting at 10 percent for each costumer that completes a reservation and pays for their stay. –               One-year cookies: The system tracks clients for 12 months, so even if they don’t complete their reservation right away, their IP address will be on record, ensuring it is reported at the time of purchase. –               Updated banners and tools for advanced booking engines. Original Group’s Travel Agent Rewards Program: In addition to commissions from Affiliates program, all IATA certified travel agents are eligible to earn up to $15 per night as an incentive for qualified reservations. Both the Original Affiliates  and the Travel Agent Rewards Program are free to join, and can easily be set up online at The properties included in the programs are: Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Resort offer guests a unique, couples-only, clothing-optional atmosphere, with a sense of freedom outside of conventional environments. These unique experiences include the latest in adult entertainment, provocative theme nights, couples’ workshops, indoor/outdoor playrooms, gourmet dining, brand name beverage service and much more. Re-opened in 2017 after a multi-million dollar renovation, Temptation Cancun Resort, “The Playground for Grown-Ups”, caters to adults only (21+), offering a vibrant and passion-infused, topless-optional environment. Designed by Karim Rashid, Temptation offers 426 unique rooms and suites, seven specialized restaurants, six bars, a gourmet cafe, spectacular spa & fitness center.  About Original Group Original Group is a Mexican company with more than 35 years of experience, with commercial activity in the hotel sector, the cruise industry, vacation clubs and real state. We encourage innovation to create and develop businesses that leave a mark. Our brands maintain the highest standards of the group and, simultaneously, provide concepts that that stand out for their uniqueness. We have developed successful tourist brands, including by offering unique experiences for adults only, in top destinations around the world, creating a perfect atmosphere for couples and singles looking to add a new dimension to your holiday. Our strong corporate culture allows us to provide a consistent service characterized by warmth and attention, creating long term relationships with our customers. We promote environmental care with a high sense of social responsibility, as an active part of our environment and society. For more information, visit read more

Provincial Librarian Named

first_imgNova Scotia has a new provincial librarian. Jennifer Evans has been selected to oversee the province’s public library system. “Ms. Evans is an exceptional leader in public library service and we’re very fortunate to have her at the Department of Education,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. Ms. Evans brings 20 years of experience to her new director’s position. Most recently, she was manager of Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth. “It’s very exciting to be taking on this new challenge,” she said. “One of the most important things the provincial librarian needs to achieve is improving the profile of libraries across the province, ensuring all Nova Scotians are aware of the many valuable services they have access to.” The education minister made the announcement at a joint meeting of the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Library Association in Amherst on Saturday, Oct. 1. Nova Scotians made more than 5.7 million trips to their local library branches last year, borrowing almost 6.9 million books, talking books, DVDs and other items.last_img read more

Cindy Crawford Unveils Orbiss New Plane to Fight Blindness

first_imgCindy Crawford joined Orbis, the international eye care charity that fights blindness around the world, to unveil its new Flying Eye Hospital at a press conference at Los Angeles International Airport in June.Omega Brand Ambassador Cindy Crawford, joined Orbis to help unveil its new Flying Eye Hospital at Los Angeles International AirportCredit/Copyright: Geoff Oliver BugbeeThe third-generation Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital aboard an aircraft.Hundreds of experts have combined their avionics, hospital engineering, technology and clinical expertise to make the new Flying Eye Hospital a reality. It features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities, enabling Orbis and its team of 400+ medical volunteers, to train more doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals across Africa, Asia and Latin America.There are 39 million blind people globally; with 90% living in developing countries with limited access to sight-saving treatments, yet 80% of blindness is preventable and treatable. For over 30 years, Orbis has helped countries build the skills and resources required to deliver quality eye care to those in need.In September 2014, Cindy Crawford, Omega Brand Ambassador, witnessed a sight-saving programme first hand with the previous Flying Eye Hospital, in Peru. Omega has supported Orbis since 2011.“Our mission at Orbis is to bring the world together to fight blindness, as we believe that no one should go blind from conditions that are treatable or preventable,” said Bob Ranck, President & CEO, Orbis International. “The Flying Eye Hospital helps us do that. It is in equal parts teacher, envoy and advocate. We harness this powerful tool for change to support long-term programmes around the world.”The new plane is equipped with everything needed to provide hands-on training to local ophthalmic professionals. The 3D filming and broadcast capabilities will enable programme participants to experience and learn from live surgeries with a view similar to the surgeon’s microscope lens.“We are not here to show off, we are here to show how,” explains Dr. Daniel Neely, Orbis volunteer pediatric ophthalmic surgeon and Medical Advisor. “The new technologies on the Flying Eye Hospital allow us as teachers to share, train and interact with more of our colleagues in the developing world, giving a deeper and richer learning environment to transfer the skills to their practice. Most exciting, we are able to continue the mentorship relationships long after the plane has moved on, via Cybersight-our telemedicine portal.”The Flying Eye Hospital includes: • a 46-seat classroom, • state-of-the-art AV/IT room • patient care/laser treatment room • operating room • sterilization room • pre and post-operative care room.The MD-10 aircraft housing the new Flying Eye Hospital, has been donated by Orbis’s longtime partner FedEx, and has been custom designed to bring the best medical technology and training direct to areas of need. It is the only non-land-based hospital globally that is accredited by the AAAASFI (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International.)The Flying Eye Hospital will conduct its inaugural program in Shenyang, China this September, before heading to Indonesia in November.last_img read more

Yellowknife uncovers blast from the past

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you were asked to look back 30 years, what would you remember?Folks in Yellowknife got to do that recently.They travelled back to the past and they didn’t need a time machine.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers explains.last_img

AIIMS Trauma Centre suspends admissions may remain affected for over a month

first_imgNew Delhi: Admission of patients to the emergency department of the AIIMS Trauma Centre, the biggest such facility in the country, is likely to be suspended for over a month after Sunday’s blaze rendered the operation theatre complex non-functional, hospital sources said on Monday. Several surgeries scheduled for Monday were postponed due to the non-functional OT, they said.On an average, 25-30 emergency surgeries are performed at the five major operation theatres of the facility, named Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, on a daily basis. “New admissions cannot happen because of the non-functional OT complex. Patients who suffer trauma injuries or accidents come here and are emergency cases, mostly requiring surgery. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Four to five emergency surgeries scheduled for Monday, that could not wait, are being performed at the main AIIMS facility. Rest of the surgeries, based on priority, would be performed over the next few days,” one of the sources added. However, the outpatient department of the facility is functional and the patients coming for follow-ups are being treated, they said. Unaware of the development, several patients who arrived at the hospital for treatment were sent back or referred to the main AIIMS hospital, besides Safdarjung and RML hospitals. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThough the extent of the damage to the OT complex has not yet been ascertained, the engineering team which inspected it Monday estimated the repair would take at least two months as two out of the five major operation theatres were charred, a source said. He said all OT linen and cotton got burnt and some instruments were also damaged. Meanwhile, the hospital administration is trying to set up an OT on the first floor of the Wing A, which was dismantled few months ago due to renovation work on the floor, to perform admitted surgery cases. “The first floor was to be renovated to make five more operation theatres and one OT which was functional was dismantled couple of months back. That might be started for the time being to cater to the surgical needs of the admitted patients,” a senior doctor said. The doctor said the first, fourth and fifth floor patients who were shifted to disaster and casualty areas last night have been shifted back to their wards and everyone is safe. Some of the recuperating patients were discharged in the night itself. A woman guard and an employee of the fire unit of the trauma centre, who suffered Carbon Monoxide poisoning during the blaze, are being treated at the main AIIMS and their conditions remain stable, a source said. The emergency department of the hospital witnesses a footfall of an average 250-300 patients per day.last_img read more

Federal government to update Canadians on health of public books economy

OTTAWA – The new Liberal government will finally crack open the federal books Friday, giving Canadians their first glimpse at the state of public finances since last month’s federal election.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s release of the fiscal and economic update will also mark the public’s first opportunity to scrutinize the Finance Department’s numbers since the federal budget in April.Much has changed in that time.Over the months, a cascade of downgraded economic growth projections have poured cold water on the more optimistic spring predictions that were put forward by the former Conservative government.Morneau’s update will come as Canada continues to try to shake off the negative effects of low oil prices and the squeeze of a sluggish world economy.Earlier this month, a report by the federal budget watchdog lowered its growth outlook for Canada and warned eroding economic conditions could drive the country into deeper deficits. Like the Bank of Canada and other experts, the parliamentary budget office blamed persistently low oil prices and weaker-than-expected global growth.A bleaker fiscal outlook could complicate matters for Liberals as they try to keep projected budgetary deficits from ballooning.Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won the October election after pledging to roll out large spending plans in areas such as infrastructure, which the party argued will resuscitate economic growth and create jobs.In doing so, the Liberals also vowed to run annual deficits of just under $10 billion over the next two years with a shortfall of about $5.7 billion in the third year before balancing the books in time for the next election.The economic forecast has worsened since the election, but Morneau has said the new government will stick to the plan for now.Earlier this month, he said it was “way premature” for any decision on whether the government would modify campaign commitments because of the state of the economy.One of Morneau’s cabinet colleagues, however, went further the following day when asked about the fiscal situation the Liberals have inherited from their Conservative predecessors.Treasury Board President Scott Brison suggested the Liberal government may have to make adjustments to live up to its election vows.“We will deal with, first of all, addressing the fact that we inherited from the previous government a bare cupboard,” Brison said when asked whether future deficits exceeding $10 billion were out of the question.The Finance Department said Friday’s calculations won’t include measures the Liberals have pledged to adopt.In April, the Conservative government presented a fiscal plan that forecasted surpluses of $1.4 billion in 2015-16, $1.7 billion in 2016-17, $2.6 billion in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and $4.8 billion in 2019-20.Those numbers were based in part on predictions for real gross domestic product — a measure of economic growth — provided in March by private-sector economists. At the time, their average forecast said real GDP would increase by two per cent this year, 2.2 per cent in 2016, 2.3 per cent in 2017, 2.2 per cent in 2018 and two per cent in 2019.Since then, however, experts have lowered their growth expectations for Canada.Last month, the Bank of Canada projected GDP growth of 1.1 per cent this year, two per cent in 2016 and 2.5 per cent in 2017.The parliamentary budget office updated its fiscal numbers earlier this month after lowering its fiscal outlook due to deteriorating growth, low commodity prices and shrinking revenues.The weaker economic position, the budget office said, would siphon billions of dollars from the federal government’s fiscal baseline — by $3.6 billion in 2016-17 and by $6.9 billion in 2017-18. Once the Liberals’ promised deficits are factored in, that could mean federal shortfalls of more than $13 billion in 2016-17 and more than $16 billion in 2017-18.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Federal government to update Canadians on health of public books, economy by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 1:04 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks to reporters at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. The federal government will update Canadians on Friday on the state of the economy and the public finances. Morneau will release his fiscal and economic update at a time when the country is still trying to shake off the negative effects of low oil prices.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse aims to end losing streak at Showdown in

OSU junior attacker J.T. Blubaugh (9) during a game against Notre Dame on March 26 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Cameron Carr | Lantern photographerWhen one hears of attendance for a college sporting event exceeding 20,000, the sport that usually comes to mind is football or basketball.The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-7, 0-2), however, will likely see an attendance of this magnitude on Saturday against Michigan (3-7, 0-2) for the Showdown in the Shoe, the annual prelude to the OSU spring football game.OSU coach Nick Myers said he’s “not sure there’s a venue like it in college lacrosse.”“(We’re) very grateful for the opportunity that (Athletic Director Gene) Smith, (football) coach (Urban) Meyer and the administration has provided the program,” he said. “It’s an incredible responsibility to be in front of that many Buckeye fans and to go out there and play our very best, and we’re certainly looking forward to the opportunity.”The 2010 Showdown in the Shoe matchup between the Buckeyes and Air Force, a game OSU won 10-6, holds the NCAA lacrosse regular-season attendance record. At halftime of the game, when attendance is recorded, 31,078 were in Ohio Stadium.OSU redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said the team looks forward to the Showdown in the Shoe every year, and this year’s edition is no exception.“It’s something that’s a huge deal to us every season,” Pfister said. “We really appreciate the fans coming out and supporting us.” This year’s contest marks the second time OSU, which is amid a six-game losing skid, will face off against the Wolverines in the annual event. In front of 21,064 fans, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Michigan 15-6 in 2014.The Buckeyes and Wolverines have met every year since the latter program’s move to Division I in 2012. OSU has gone 4-0 in the matchups.Myers said the game against the school’s rival is one “you circle from Day 1.” Pfister added there’s extra energy going into Saturday.“I think practices look a little bit different this week — just knowing who we’re playing and what that means to each of the guys,” Pfister said. “It’s hard to describe … but there’s definitely something there for sure.” Close but no cigars OSU has lost four of its last five games by one-goal margins. The other loss was a lopsided 15-6 defeat courtesy of then-No. 1 Denver. Myers said there’s a lot that goes into late-game situations, and although the team played well against No. 14 Johns Hopkins in its previous game, it wasn’t enough.“We thought last week was arguably our best week of practice of the year, and I think it showed in a lot of the things we did,” Myers said. “But unfortunately, we came up short against a talented team.”Pfister said that since the team is so close to winning, nothing drastic needs to be changed.“I think it’s just doing the little things that we know how to do, and not necessarily changing who we are but … refining and doing the things we already know how to do,” he said.Michigan has had its own struggles in late-game situations the past few weeks. The Wolverines have lost three of their past four games by a one-goal margin.Offense coming aliveAfter failing to record double-digit goals in its previous six games, the Buckeye offense came alive on Saturday against Johns Hopkins, scoring 12 times in the loss.Myers said the opportunities for scoring have been there, but capitalizing on those chances has been the problem.“We’ve outshot our opponents the last three games, but we did a better job (against Johns Hopkins) of getting (in the) middle of the field, getting more shots between the hash marks and finishing opportunities,” Myers said.The offense is set to go up against Michigan redshirt junior goalie and co-captain Gerald Logan.Logan is tied for ninth in the nation in saves per game, stopping an average of 11.6 shots.After Michigan The Scarlet and Gray are set to take on No. 5 Maryland on April 24. The game in College Park, Maryland, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

Woman taped to chair claims bullying was so bad she contacted Dignitas

He said: “We just don’t know who sent the cards to you. You may have sent the cards to yourself to try and make false claims about Mr Yule or your colleagues.”She replied that it was “not a possibility” for her to have sent them. Both men deny sending the cards.The hearing continues. A woman who claims she was taped to a chair by male colleagues at a Scottish Government agency told a tribunal  she has become a recluse because of the bullying and harassment she suffered.DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said she experienced a racist and misogynistic culture while working for Marine Scotland, and once contacted the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.In a hearing ahead of the tribunal she said she was taped to a chair and gagged by two male colleagues in 2010. A shocking photograph of the alleged incident emerged last month.However, it is understood the tribunal is unable to consider the allegation as it was said to have taken place more than three years before a complaint was brought. Despite this, Ms Fitzpatrick’s family released the picture saying it needed to be seen.Ms Fitzpatrick, 49, said in the earlier preliminary hearing that the incident happened during years of bullying at the agency’s Scrabster office in the north of Scotland, and was a warning to her to keep quiet. Dignitas building near ZurichCredit:AFP Ms Fitzpatrick told the tribunal she had worked for Marine Scotland, which acts as the watchdog for the fisheries and aquaculture industries, since 2006.The alleged abuse is said to have taken place while she was based in Scrabster and to have continued after she was signed off.She alleged two colleagues – Derek Yule and Reid Anderson – were responsible for sending the cards. The tribunal heard there was a bad atmosphere in the office during the period.Ms Fitzpatrick denied sending herself the cards to create “false claims” about colleagues.Andrew Gibson, representing Scottish ministers, put it to her there were a number of people in the community who did not like her and they could have sent the cards, or they could have been created by herself. DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said she contacted Dignitas over alleged harassmentCredit:BBC deeann fitzpatrick A message in one called her an “old troll” and another warned her about trying to “climb the ladder of success”.She added: “When I first started getting the cards, it made me feel awful. But as they continued, yes it’s affected my self-esteem.”It’s actually made me become a recluse, I stay at home, I have gone more into myself. With everything going on, I contacted Dignitas in Switzerland. I had enough.”Dignitas provides assisted suicide to those suffering from a terminal illness, severe physical or mental illnesses. dignitas The Canadian national told the first full day of the tribunal on Wednesday that she felt intimidated after being sent anonymous cards.She said she suspected the cards, received on Valentine’s Day and her birthday every year between 2015 and 2017, were sent by colleagues. 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. read more

President Granger on downtown walkabout

Head of State and President David Granger earlier today hosted a walk about in downtown Georgetown which saw him interacting with Guyanese from all walks of life as they prepare to celebrate Christmas tomorrow.President Granger commences walk about in GeorgetownHe also interacted with vendors and late shoppers as he urged them to be ‘merry and bright’ because his Government will deliver on all of its promises ahead of the next elections. President interacts with a vendorHe was accompanied by Minister of Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally and other staff. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPart of the Top Cop selection process required “Grade 6” assessment- JagdeoAugust 30, 2018In “Crime”President urges City Council to hasten relocation efforts for vendorsMay 6, 2016In “Local News”President Granger urges evolution as Guyanese celebrate IndependenceMay 26, 2015In “Politics” read more

High Tech Credit Cards Make Debut

first_imgCredit cards have been a way of life for many people for decades now, but cell phones are starting to encroach upon their territory. Virtual payment systems are quickly among merchants. However, credit card companies are starting to find a way to fit in with all of it.Companies like Citi Bank or MasterCard have rolled out mini gadges that work just like credit cards. According to Master Card, the new credit card cuts down on fraud, but also allows users for easy online purcheses. Thus far, Master Card has only released in it France. AdChoices广告Via Extreme Techlast_img

Kodak unveils Hero allinones with Google Cloud Print support

first_imgGoogle Cloud Print has yet to take off in a big way, but Kodak’s latest line of printers might help change that. Meet the Hero 3.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, and 9.1 — all of which support Google Cloud Print for easily passing along print jobs from your Android or iOS device or from any computer you’re running Google Chrome on (including Chrome OS).The Hero line are all-in-one devices that can print, copy, and scan, and all models are Wi-Fi enabled. Pricing starts at just $99.99 for the Hero 3.1 and tops out at $249.99 for the workhorse Hero 9.1, which adds a 30-page automatic document feeder for big scanning and copying jobs, an automatic duplexing unit for two-sided prints, a separate 40-sheet photo paper tray, and a huge 4.3-inch color touchscreen.For small and home offices, the Hero 6.1 adds a fax modem to the mix because even in 2011, a lot of business communication still relies on faxing documents back and forth.In addition to supporting Google Cloud Print, the Kodak Hero printers all have a unique email address as well. That means you can easily print from any phone that can send an email message, not just Android and iOS devices. A good number of attachment types are supported, including Word documents, Excel sheets, Powerpoint slide shows, PDFs, JPEG photos, HTML, and plain text.Read more at Kodaklast_img read more

Nintendo Does DIY With Labo for Switch

first_img This 4/20 a hot new product will be blazing onto store shelves for Nintendo Switch owners. The company just revealed Nintendo Labo, what appears to be a line of DIY kits that interact with Nintendo’s recent console/handheld hybrid. Like the initial Switch trailer the Nintendo Labo trailer tries to convey the concept solely through visuals. And our immediate takeaway suggests these are toy cardboard sets kids build that then become “smart” once the Switch tablet and Joy-Con controllers gets involved. It reminds us of Lego Mindstorms, movies that visualize kids’ simple imaginations with big-budget effects, or more casual games like Wii Sports from the Nintendo Wii.The Nintendo Labo trailer shows off everything from a working piano to a fishing rod game to a mech suit all made from trusty cardboard. Along with taking advantage of the Switch’s modular, portable nature, perhaps Labo is finally using the shape-sensing IR camera in the right Joy-Con no Switch game has really used since 1-2 Switch at launch. Curiously, the Nintendo Labo trailer didn’t seem to feature any beloved Nintendo characters like Mario and Pikachu, despite their popularity with kids. Kudos to Nintendo for letting children make up their own adventures free from #brand interference.See the Nintendo Labo trailer below and check it out for yourself when two different packs, the Toy-Con Variety Kit and Toy-Con Robot Kit, launch April 20th for the nice prices of $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.Keep reading to remember just how wrong we were with our initial predictions about what Nintendo Labo would be.2018 has only just started but already the future of Nintendo Switch is starting to come into focus. Just last week the game maker posted a surprise mini Direct video highlighting some upcoming games for the console/handled hybrid like Mario Tennis Aces, The World Ends With You, and Dark Souls. But those games for the most part fall within the “core gamer” demographic. If Nintendo wants its popular device to stay popular, it knows it has to reach beyond people who troll Reddit all day.That’s why we weren’t shocked to learn that Nintendo is preparing a Switch experience more geared for kids. However, we were shocked to learn the announcement was just around the corner. After another week of feverish speculation, Nintendo teased that this new Switch reveal is happening today.According to Nintendo’s social media channels, viewers should tune in online at 5 P.M. ET “to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids-at-heart.” We’ll update this post later today with whatever the news is so be sure to check back in.For now, though, that doesn’t give us much to work with. Even Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises often have elements that appeal to everyone. Despite his angry American eyebrows, Kirby will never stop being an adorable pink puffball. So we’re curious to learn what Nintendo considers a specifically “kid-friendly experience.”Will this even be a game? Recently Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has been talking about the need to provide “new ways to play” in order to maintain Switch momentum in its second year. This is probably what he’s talking about. Perhaps these new ways to play will take advantage of the Switch’s already modular nature? Joy-Con made of Nerf? A baby doll you slot the Switch tablet inside of? Some totally new wild peripheral?If I had to make a real guess I would say this is amiibo-related, perhaps the next evolution of the concept. Amiibo are already the last toys-to-life still standing and they work with Switch, even when they are cereal boxes. But we’ve never gotten a big sandbox games that works with every amiibo, like Disney Infinity or Lego Dimensions. Also, a Ubisoft employee seemed to hype the event, and Ubisoft is working on its own toys-to-life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, coming to Switch and other platforms this holiday.What I wouldn’t expect is anything about online services, Virtual Console, or Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises like Metroid, Fire Emblem, and Smash Bros. Maybe, just maybe, this is teasing Animal Crossing. That’s a beloved casual franchise that just landed on mobile and Animal Crossing: New Leaf co-director Aya Kyogoku also teased the event. But super passionate Nintendo fans should temper their expectations.I welcome this news, though. The Switch has already proven itself as a great platform for both Nintendo’s AAA games like Mario and Zelda as well as mature third-party games, not to mention all the indie support. Some casual kids games won’t hurt anyone, just the opposite. It’s good for the industry to appeal beyond often times myopic and toxic core gamers. Sorry haters, but Wii Sports is awesome. We’ll find out what Nintendo has up its child sleeves later today.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man arrested in car bomb plot at Kansas airport

first_imgWICHITA, Kan. — An avionics technician from Kansas was arrested Friday as he planned to drive a vehicle full of explosives into a terminal at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Regional Airport, authorities said.Terry Lee Loewen, 58, was charged with one count each of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to terrorist group al-Qaida. Authorities said he was trying to support “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.”The materials inside the vehicle were “inert” and “at no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy,” U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.Investigators said Loewen is an avionics technician who lives in Wichita and works at the airport. He had been under investigation for about six months, after he made online statements about wanting to commit “violent jihad” against the U.S. The statements were made in a conversation with an FBI employee unbeknownst to Loewen, Grissom said.Authorities said they believe Loewen acted alone. No other arrests are expected.According to court documents, Loewen talked to an undercover agent about downloading online documents about jihad, martyrdom and the “Al Qaeda Manual.” He frequently expressed his admiration of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born al-Qaida leader who was killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. Al-Awlaki emerged as an influential preacher among militants living in the West, with his English language Internet sermons calling for jihad, or holy war, against the U.S.last_img read more

Like a war zone 1 dead dozens injured after gas explosions rock

first_imgAs the sun rose Friday, residents looked over damaged homes that were either blasted by explosions or consumed by flames.“Oh, massive explosion,” said Matthew Van Dyke, who witnessed one of the blasts.“I saw a fire up the street, so I ran up that way, he recalled. “I don’t know, it’s insane.”Teams of firefighters, police, and gas company workers were out in force overnight, shutting off gas to the 8,000 impacted homes. That effort continued Friday.Gov. Charlie Baker urged people to not touch their gas gauges and instead let the utility company handle it.“It’s very important that people do not try to turn on their own gas,” he said. “Please wait for the utilities.”The incident forced National Grid to cut power to all three communities, leaving an estimated 18,000 people in the dark. LAWRENCE, Mass. (WSVN) – A wave of gas explosions and fires tore through neighborhoods in three Merrimack Valley communities Thursday night, forcing thousands of residents from their homes, leaving dozens injured and at least one man dead.At the height of the disaster, Michael Rivera, who narrowly escaped a house fire, said his city “looked like a war zone.”Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence were rocked by gas explosions and several fires around 5 p.m., drawing emergency responders from across the region to battle the between 60 and 80 fires that broke out almost simultaneously due to a situation involving the communities’ gas lines.Thousands of residents were forced from their homes and into the street as city officials implored residents to evacuate the area immediately.More than 8,000 homes were impacted, all of which will need to be inspected before residents can return.Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, was killed after a house explosion sent a chimney falling onto his car, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.Dozens of others were injured. Flanked by community leaders from Lawrence, Andover and North Andover Thursday night, Baker vowed, “we’ll work with the federal government and others to investigate how this occurred and hold the appropriate parties responsible for their actions.”He also asked state residents to keep the family members of all the injured in their prayers, saying, “This has been an incredibly difficult day for everyone. I ask everyone to think of the family of Leonel Rodon who lost a loved one today, and to pray for everyone who has been injured.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img As many families seek refuge in temporary shelters, officials are warning that it could be at least another day until many of them are allowed to return to their homes.“The issue is there could still be a gas leak in your home, and the danger is that it’s an invisible thing,” Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said Thursday night. “You can’t see it, and in some cases you won’t be able to smell it. And God forbid you go to sleep and not wake up tomorrow.”In a statement, Columbia Gas said crews will be working around the clock to turn off the gas at affected homes and conduct safety inspections.“What happened in the Merrimack Valley yesterday was a tragic incident. We are saddened to learn of the death of a young man as a result of these events,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and continued support are with those who have been injured and affected. We are focused on providing as much support as possible to our customers, residents and communities. We are grateful for the community’s patience, as well as the tremendous support we have received from our first responder and law enforcement partners.”Fire crews from around Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire worked together Thursday to extinguish the dozens of fires that broke out throughout the afternoon and evening.Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield described the harrowing scene as, “Armageddon.”The investigation into the cause of the explosions and fires remains active and ongoing. last_img read more