Researchers say the ancestors of modern frogs had thousands of teeth –

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian researchers say they’ve found evidence that the ancient ancestors of modern-day frogs were once keen predators with thousands of teeth to help devour their prey.The team from the University of Toronto examined fossils of animals believed to have evolved into the amphibians people are familiar with today.The fossils, believed to be 289 million years old, show that frogs, salamanders and other amphibians have evolved significantly over time.While modern frogs have several small teeth lining the edges of their mouths, their predecessors’ jaws were much more menacing.The ancient ancestors, known as dissorophoids, boasted thousands of tiny hooked teeth throughout the roof of their mouths, as well as large fangs meant to sink into their prey.Senior researcher Robert Reisz says the findings raise intriguing questions about the way the species has evolved over the millennia.“It’s an interesting mystery,” Reisz said in an interview. “It takes a lot of energy to make these teeth, and it may have been that they were not needed in the changeover from these ancient terrestrial predators to frogs and salamanders.”Reisz said the perfectly preserved fossils were discovered in caves located in Oklahoma alongside thousands of other bones.He said the caves acted as natural traps for animals of the period and helped maintain their remains in excellent condition over the centuries.Reisz said the preserved skull of a dissorophoid gave researchers a detailed look at the inside of the mouth.The teeth that prevail in present-day frogs were still in evidence, but Reisz said the rest of the mouth bore little resemblance to today’s amphibians.They found thousands of tiny teeth not only embedded in the bone on the roof of the mouth, but also in the soft tissue that covers the palate.“They’re very cool and very interesting because they all point backwards,” he said. “They’re hooked … and they would have probably just stuck out of the skin of the roof of the mouth, so they would be like tiny, tiny little grappling hooks that would allow for the food to go down the gullet, but would prevent it from moving out of the mouth.”Researchers initially speculated that the hooked objects were denticles, which are tooth-like projections that don’t have characteristics of real teeth.But Reisz and his team analyzed the projections and found that they matched the definition of actual teeth. They all featured pulp cavities, an enamel covering, and the hard, calcium-heavy material known as dentine that comprises the main part of proper teeth.Reisz said the animals would have been replacing these teeth every few months.Modern-day amphibians are carnivores that primarily survive on insects and other animals, but Reisz said the findings suggest their ancestors were “pretty effective little predators” in a different class from the creatures that succeeded them. The power of the small teeth would have been enhanced by larger fangs ideal for sinking into unsuspecting prey, he added.Reisz said the next step of the research is to investigate how the process of replacing the teeth took place in the ancient dissorophoids, as well as to probe reasons why the teeth in the roof of the mouth are nowhere to be found in today’s amphibians.Follow @mich_mcq on Twitterlast_img read more

Clinton Foundation To Host Health Matters Conference

first_imgOn January 13-15, the Clinton Foundation will host its third annual Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation Conference at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California.This conference will showcase what leaders from across sectors – business, technology, sports and philanthropy – are doing to contribute to the health and wellness of people throughout the United States, and is held in conjunction with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation PGA TOUR event January 10-19 in the Coachella Valley. Tenet Healthcare Corporation is the title sponsor for this event.Following the success of 2013’s conference, which facilitated $100 million in strategic investments to promote health and wellness, this year’s conference will feature a panel on health transformation moderated by President Bill Clinton; a panel on mental health and prescription drug abuse prevention moderated by Dr. Travis Stork, Emergency Room Physician & Co-Host of The Doctors; a panel on leveraging digital platforms to promote health moderated by Chelsea Clinton; and a panel on strategies to close the great health divide in the United States moderated by Jenna Wolfe of the Today Show. Montel Williams will also take part.This year’s conference will debut more than 30 new strategic partnerships as well as highlights of the progress of strategic partners and commitment makers featured in 2013. There will be several major announcements in the health and wellness space from Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) strategic partners, including a commitment to help prevent prescription drug misuse by young people from the Jed Foundation, MTV, and Facebook, as well as an announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.CHMI works to improve the health and wellbeing of people throughout the United States across all generations. CHMI builds strategic partnerships to implement evidence-based systems, environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing health care costs associated with preventable diseases, and reducing health disparity and inequity gaps. CHMI builds scalable solutions to address the drivers of health and wellness, serves as a catalyst for community health transformation by convening local partners and commitment-makers, and leverages the digital platform to innovate and disseminate best practices.The conference will be webcast live here. Viewers can join the discussion and submit questions to @ClintonFdn by using the hashtag #HealthMatters2014.last_img read more

Protest in India against US stand on Lanka

Police sources said 70 members of these outfits were arrested and released last evening. A section of members of the Viduthalai Tamizh Puligal Katchi, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, and Tamizhar Vidiyal Katchi were arrested in Tiruchi, India after they staged a protest in front of the KFC outlet condemning the US for trying to cover up the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka by supporting a local inquiry by the island nation government, The Hindu newspaper reported.The protestors holding their respective outfit’s flags took out a march and held a protest in front of the outlet raising slogans. They demanded an international probe into the alleged war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils and to hold a referendum on separate Eelam. read more

Michigan official calls for shutting down oil pipeline

by John Flesher, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 12:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Michigan official calls for shutting down oil pipeline TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan’s attorney general on Thursday called for shutting down twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, as the state released a consultant’s report outlining alternative scenarios for the future of oil transport in the ecologically sensitive tourist destination.Republican Bill Schuette said a “specific and definite timetable” should be established for decommissioning the nearly 5-mile-long (8-kilometre-long) section of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, which environmental groups want removed but the Canadian pipeline company insists is in good shape.“The safety and security of our Great Lakes is etched in the DNA of every Michigan resident,” Schuette said, adding that “the final decision on Line 5 needs to include a discussion with those that rely on propane for heating their homes, and depend on the pipeline for employment.”The segment is part of Enbridge’s sprawling Lakehead pipeline network, which transports oil and liquid natural gas to markets in the U.S. Midwest, East Coast and eastern Canada. Line 5 runs underground from Superior, Wisconsin, across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the straits area, where it divides into two 20-inch pipes that rest on the lake floor. It continues south through the state’s Lower Peninsula to Sarnia, Ontario, carrying about 23 million gallons (87 million litres) of light crude oil and liquid natural gas daily.Enbridge, based in Calgary, Alberta, says the pipeline delivers crucial supplies of oil for gasoline, propane and other refined products and is closely monitored.“After more than 60 years in service, Line 5 is in outstanding operating condition because the rigorous maintenance done through the decades,” said John Gauderman, director of operations for the Great Lakes region. “We intend to keep it that way.”Critics say the underwater section of Line 5, in place since 1953, has been buffeted by strong currents and shows signs of wear. They note that Enbridge offered similar assurances before another of its pipelines ruptured in southern Michigan in 2010, fouling the Kalamazoo River in one of the nation’s largest inland oil spills.Schuette said in a news release that he “strongly disagrees” with a suggestion in the report by the engineering consulting firm Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. that Line 5 could operate indefinitely.Environmental activists said the attorney general, who is expected to run for governor next year and has said previously that Line 5’s “days are certainly numbered,” should prove he means business by ordering a shutdown. Although the federal government regulates oil pipelines, Michigan owns the straits area Great Lakes bottomlands and could revoke an easement it granted to Enbridge when Line 5 was installed, said Liz Kirkwood, executive director of a group called For Love of Water.“He has the authority to act now and we want him to act now,” said David Holtz, chairman of the Sierra Club’s Michigan chapter.State agencies considering what to do about Line 5 commissioned two reports from separate consulting firms, one analyzing risks posed by the existing situation and the other focusing on future option. Enbridge covered the more than $3 million cost. Officials announced last week that the state had cancelled the nearly-finished risk analysis after discovering a conflict of interest involving one of the firm’s employees.The Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems report released Thursday lists six alternatives, including continuing the Line 5 segment’s current operations or shutting it down. Others include building a new pipeline through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that wouldn’t cross open Great Lakes waters; moving Line 5’s oil through other existing pipelines; using oil transport methods such as rail cars, trucks or barges; and putting new pipelines in the straits that would run through a trench or tunnel.The report doesn’t endorse a particular alternative but analyzes each for technical and cost feasibility. It also assesses the condition of the existing pipelines and possible outcomes of oil spills in the area.Enbridge said it needed more time to study the report before commenting, while environmental groups said it was too friendly toward the company’s position.A final version will be issued this fall after several public information and comment sessions. read more

Northwestern Football Players Cast Historic Vote on Union

Northwestern Dan Vitale en route to making his vote.In a historic vote, Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports.“You got to give the people what they want!” one of the players shouted at reporters, who were kept away from them as they entered a campus building to vote. Some waved and another busted out dance moves.Results of the unprecedented vote won’t be revealed any time soon. After the vote, the ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months — perhaps even years — as the university challenges the effort to unionize the football team.The full National Labor Relations Board agreed Thursday to hear the school’s appeal of a regional director’s March ruling that the players are employees and as such can unionize. Ballots will be impounded until that process is finished, and a court fight could come after that decision.Supporters of the effort say a union would help college athletes obtain better compensation, medical care for injuries and other benefits. The NCAA endorsed a plan this week that would give big schools like Northwestern more autonomy to address such issues for its athletes.None of the players participating in an early round of voting stopped to talk with reporters, but the excitement of some was evident as they waved or thrust their arms into the air in view of TV news cameras. A second round of voting was scheduled for later in the day.Cheering them on was Fred Massey, a former high school basketball coach from Detroit, who is now an advocate for student-athletes.“These kids are afraid to rock the boat because as athletes … that big dream of the NFL and the NBA is being dangled in front of them with all the millions of dollars,” he said. “So, you just do what you’re told. They don’t want to jeopardize that.”Last month’s decision by NLRB official Peter Ohr sent shockwaves through the world of college sports, prompting sharp criticism from the NCAA, Northwestern and college athletic departments nationwide. While the ruling would apply only to private universities — they are subject to federal labor law while public schools are under state law — many saw the decision as a first step toward the end of the traditional “student-athlete.”The 76 scholarship football players eligible to cast ballots know the spotlight is on them, said Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association, which would represent the players at the bargaining table if the pro-union side prevails.Some of the pressure the players feel stems from dire Northwestern claims about the consequences of unionization, Huma said Thursday.“They’re looking at anything and everything to invoke fear in the players,” said Huma, a former UCLA linebacker. “We feel like some of the tactics are scare tactics.”Northwestern, which was required by law to let the vote proceed, denied applying undue pressure on players to vote “no.” It did send a 21-page question-and-answer document to the players outlining the problems with forming a union. In it, Northwestern said it hoped unionization would not lead to player strikes in the event of a dispute — but that if it did, replacement players could be brought in to cross picket lines.“The tension created in such a situation would be unprecedented and not in anyone’s best interest,” it said.The school also said divisions could emerge between scholarship players eligible for union membership and walk-ons, coaches and staff. read more

Kentucky Would Lose To The 76ers At Least 78 Percent Of The

It happens every few years: a star-studded college team, fresh off a dominating performance, is compared favorably to the worst squad in the pros. A few years ago, it was the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky powerhouse vs. a pitiful Charlotte Bobcats outfit that set a new NBA low for winning percentage in a season. Now, it’s Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which trounced fifth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, vs. the tank-tactic Philadelphia 76ers.In a radio interview this week, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (now of the Phoenix Suns) said his alma mater would own the hypothetical matchup. “I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe said when asked who would win a best-of-seven series between the Wildcats and Sixers. “I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.”As others have pointed out, that’s absurd. As awful as they are — and boy, are they awful — the Sixers’ roster represents an All-Star team of college players from the past few seasons:Center Nerlens Noel was first-team All-SEC two seasons ago; if he were in college now, he’d likely be considered the best player in the country;Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was an honorable mention All-American as an NCAA sophomore; had he not left Syracuse, he would likely be considered the best guard in the college game;Guard Tony Wroten made first-team All-Pac 12 as a freshman two years ago;And rookie K.J. McDaniels was named to the All-ACC first team last season.These are all players who could still have NCAA eligibility if they had they not departed early for the NBA.To put these anecdotes in a more rigid framework, we can return to the same projection methodology we used for our NBA preview. The premise there was to take Real Plus/Minus data from last season, adjust for aging effects and regress to the mean to estimate each player’s true talent level. In this case, we also need to account for any information gleaned from the first three weeks or so of the NBA season; since RPM isn’t available for 2014-15 yet, I’m using a weighted average between a player’s current 2014-15 Statistical Plus/Minus (a box score-based statistic designed to emulate RPM in situations where RPM isn’t available) and our projected RPM ratings from the preseason.By this accounting, the 76ers are made up exclusively of below-average players. In fact, 54 percent of the team’s minutes have gone to players below the replacement-level RPM threshold of -2 points per 100 possessions. If we compute a minutes-weighted aggregation of ratings for Philadelphia’s 2014-15 roster (and adjust for the fact that the Sixers are usually trailing in their games), we’d expect them to lose to an average NBA team by 8.9 points per 100 possessions, which is ridiculously bad for a team’s true talent level. (Other teams have posted worse seasons, but that’s usually because they have bad rosters that perform below their talent levels.)But as bad as the Sixers are, Kentucky’s roster would translate to an even worse team at the NBA level. Looking at how well players’ draft slots predicted their rookie RPM performances (and, in turn, how well ultra-early mock draft rankings like these predict a player’s draft slot), and turning the clock back on those rookie-year RPM projections using an aging curve, we can also estimate an NBA-equivalent 2014-15 RPM talent level for every player on the Wildcats’ roster. Their top prospect, Karl-Anthony Towns (who sits at No. 3 in ESPN’s class-of-2015 draft rankings), would translate to a -2.6 RPM performance at the NBA level this season, worse than almost every player on Philadelphia’s roster. Every other Kentucky player, from Willie Cauley-Stein to Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins, grade out with various shades of putrid RPM ratings that would embarrass even Hakim Warrick.The aggregation of Kentucky’s NBA-translated RPM scores would predict an efficiency margin of -13.6 against an average NBA team. Even after accounting for the fundamental uncertainty surrounding projection models, such a team would lose about 88 of every 100 games against average NBA competition on a neutral court. The Sixers are far from average, of course, but even they would be expected to beat the Wildcats 74 percent of the time at home, and 56 percent of the time on the road. Using those probabilities to simulate Bledsoe’s hypothetical best-of-seven matchup, Kentucky would lose the series 78 percent of the time even if we gave them home-court advantage, most frequently falling in six games.It’s also likely those numbers vastly overestimate Kentucky’s chances. The NBA doesn’t let prospects who are not believed to be pro-caliber players take the court in games, so we don’t really know what kind of performance expectations to set for those Wildcat players who will never play in the NBA. This means the aforementioned translations are naturally biased toward inflating Kentucky’s rating. Furthermore, it’s probably not appropriate to assume the same uncertainty level around Kentucky’s rating that we would for an NBA team. Ironically, because we know they are a college team with no historical track record against NBA teams, we should probably be more certain that their horrible aggregated RPM rating is appropriate, because the sample of (NCAA) teams they’re being drawn from is known to be inferior to the NBA.Kentucky would not be favored against any NBA team, even one as horrid as the Sixers have been. The Wildcats look good when dismantling collegiate opponents, but the NBA is, quite literally, a whole different ball game. read more

Whistleblower claims she was taped to a chair by colleagues in Scottish

Ms Fitzpatrick claimed that over a period of almost 10 years she had been subjected to behaviour including being mocked about having a miscarriage, being told certain staff didn’t want “a foreign woman”, and subjected to racist language.One of the men allegedly involved, who has left the agency, told the Corporation: “These are false allegations. I can’t remember the event you mention, but if it did happen, it would have been office banter. Just a craic. Certainly nothing to do with abuse.”Ms Fitzpatrick, of Janetstown, near Thurso, is understood to have been signed off from work since her father died in November 2016.She is understood to be facing a disciplinary hearing from her employers at the end of May, over charges of being “overzealous” in her job and rude to clients. A whistleblower who complained of a racist and misogynistic culture in a Scottish Government agency claims she was taped to a chair and gagged by two male colleagues.DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said the restraint took place during years of bullying and harassment at Marine Scotland’s Scrabster office.The fisheries officer has taken her case to an employment tribunal and claims she was taped up as a warning to keep quiet.The photograph, said to have been taken by one of the two men allegedly responsible, was obtained by BBC Scotland.Ms Fitzpatrick, 49, a Canadian national, said the incident happened in 2010 as a result of her speaking out about a threatening and misogynistic culture at the quango’s office in Scrabster, on the north coast of Scotland. deeann fitzpatrick In evidence to the tribunal, she said that one of the men told her: “This is what you get when you speak out against the boys.”However, the employment tribunal in Aberdeen is unable to consider the restraint incident as it occurred more than three years before the case was brought.The Scottish Government is responsible for the agency which acts as the watchdog for the fisheries and aquaculture industries.Rhoda Grant, a Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said the photograph was “horrific”, adding: “I’m kind of speechless. It would have been office banter. Just a craic. Certainly nothing to do with abuseone of the men allegedly involved A spokesman for the government said it had “clear standards of behaviour which apply to all staff”, adding: “Any concerns raised by staff are taken seriously and investigated fully.” It also said that in addition to the ongoing tribunal there were “internal procedures” underway, and it would be “wrong to pre-empt the outcome”. DeeAnn Fitzpatrick has been giving evidence at a tribunalCredit:BBC “In some of my dealings with DeeAnn it’s very clear that there is a culture in that office that people can get away with what they say and what they do. It seems to me that it’s out of control.”In an email from a manager after Ms Fitzpatrick raised the alleged incident, it was claimed that it was a case of “boys just being boys”. 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

Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as exclusively heterosexual

Homosexuality is no longer the taboo it once was.  But figures suggest that young people are even more open to experimentation than previously thought.Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as solely heterosexual, in stark contrast to previous generations, a study has found. Research by Ipsos Mori found that 66 per cent of young people, aged between 16 and 22, are “exclusively heterosexual” – the lowest figure of any generation.Among millennials, 71 per cent say they are exclusively heterosexual, as do 85 per cent of those in “Gen X”, and 88 per cent of baby boomers. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The research group suggested that social media was playing a part, with young people more likely to be aware of different sexualities because of the availability of such information on the internet. Researchers said the statistic showed that the youngest generation were “being affected by more open and fluid attitudes”. Hannah Shrimpton, one of the authors of the report, said there was a “hugely greater exposure to communications on the variety of lifestyles available to young people today through social technology.”In particular, this generation of young has grown up at a time when gender as a simple binary and fixed identity has been questioned much more widely – this is new, and will affect wider views of gender, sexuality and much broader aspects of identity,” she told the Daily Telegraph.  The figures suggest a much higher level of openness to non-heterosexuality than previous polls had suggested, with the most recent ONS figures showing that in 2016 just two per cent of people aged 16 or over identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, with the number rising to four per cent among 16-24 year-olds. The overall number had risen from 1.7 per cent the year before.  In a speech on Tuesday Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt called this idea “abhorrent”, and also said the Government would introduce school materials in the relationships and sex education curriculum which were catered to LGBT people. Figures also released on Thursday suggest that older people are less likely to believe that same-sex relationships could be as fulfilling as heterosexual ones. Almost half of over-55s think heterosexual relationships are more fulfilling than others, compared to less than one in three 18-34 year-olds, Opinium, a market research agency found.  Other figures published by the researchers suggest that more than 70 per cent of those in Gen Z and 69 per cent of millennials had no problem with homosexual relationships, compared to 43 per cent of baby boomers.However, it added that in some ways the lives of the youngest adults in society “hark back to the 1940s”. “Many more are staying at home with their parents past the age of 18, and families are closer,” it said, pointing to a statistic showing that the proportion of children aged 11-15 who talked to their parents about something that mattered to them each week had increased by 14 percentage points between 2002 and 2015.The organisation said its research also showed that trust in news outlets had fallen. Among 12 to 15 year-olds  in a 2017 survey, half felt that the news they see on news websites and apps was either entirely or mostly true, compared to 87 per cent of young millennials who said the same in 2008.  The figures come as the Government launches an LGBT action plan, in which it commits to banning conversion therapy, a controversial practice designed to change someone’s sexuality from gay to straight.  The report suggested that an increasingly “liberal context” in which gay relationships are seen as acceptable has led young people to have a “less binary view of sexuality”, in which there is no need to identify as exclusively gay or straight. Its research also shows that three in five of British 15 to 16 year olds think sexuality is a scale and that it is possible to be somewhere in the middle.  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

Jeremy Kyle guest died in suspected suicide fearing repercussions of show detective

A Jeremy Kyle guest who died in a suspected suicide feared “repercussions” after failing lie detector test, a detective has told his inquest.Steve Dymond, 63, was found in his bedroom in Portsmouth, Hants, surrounded by drugs.He told his landlady he thought about “taking drugs on the way back from Manchester” having been at The Jeremy Kyle Show studios trying to convince his partner, Jane Callaghan, he was faithful.Landlady Michelle Thaxter told police that before Mr Dymond went on the show he was “very stressed and in a bad way” but was determined to take a lie detector test to get the relationship “back on track”.His body was found by Ms Thaxter’s son on May 9, before the show was scrapped.Detective Sergeant Marcus Mills, of Hampshire Constabulary, said the construction worker was “concerned about the repercussions of the show” once it had been aired.DS Mills told Portsmouth Coroner’s Court, Hants, the death is a ‘suspected suicide’.He also said: “Michelle said he kept himself to himself but they knew he was in a relationship with a lady called Jane and they had split. 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. “Steven said to Michelle he was going on The Jeremy Kyle Show to have a lie detector test to try to prove he had not cheated and get their relationship back on track.”He was very stressed and in a bad way due to the relationship breakdown but seemed like he was trying to get things sorted out.”He went back to live with her for three or four weeks before going on the show at the beginning of May.”Steven made a comment about taking drugs on the way back from the show in Manchester and said it had not gone well and he was kicked out of the house by Jane.”DS Mills added: “Steve had not seen his son, Carl, for 30 years. He was concerned about repercussions of the show.”The hearing was also told Mr Dymond left two letters, one to son Carl and one to ‘on-off’ partner Ms Callaghan, as well as cards to both of them with messages inside.Senior coroner David Horsley set a provisional inquest date for November 21. He added: “In the meantime my investigations will continue.”Last week ITV bosses permanently cancelled The Jeremy Kyle Show, which ran 3,320 episodes over 16 seasons since it first aired in July 2005. The Jeremy Kyle show was pulled days after Mr Dymond's death “He said he was kicked out of their home in Gosport following allegations he had cheated however he strongly denied these allegations to Michelle. The Jeremy Kyle show was pulled days after Mr Dymond’s deathCredit:PA read more

Deputy Superintendent of Police testifies at Lindo Creek CoI

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gary McAllister took the stand before the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Tuesday.Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gary McAllisterMcAllister during his testimony said that he was tasked by the Commissioner of Police to inspect the books of several Police Stations in the E&F Divisions to look for entries of the June 2008 killings at Lindo Creek.Contrary to the testimony of retired Colonel Fitzroy Ward, who on Monday told the CoI that he took a caution statement from gang member Dwane Williams at the Ituni Police Station, McAllister testified that the records showed no entry of such being conducted.According to McAllister, the record only had the arrest of Williams who was 14 at the time. The Policeman said mention of the killings only came into the records on June 21, 2008 when a report was made by one George Arokium at the Kwakwani Police Station.Ward testified that Williams told him, under caution and in the presence of other ranks of the Special Joint Services team, that the criminal gang headed by Rondel “Fine Man” Rawlins would have murdered the miners at the Lindo Creek camp.The allegations were made at the Ituni Police Station on June 16, some 5 days before the discovery was made and 6 days before the remains were brought to Kwakwani.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related15-y-o ‘Fine Man’ gang member told Police that gang killed miners- Lindo Creek CoI hearsMay 8, 2018In “Crime”Fineman’s gang was responsible for the Lindo Creek Massacre -Top CopMarch 13, 2018In “Crime”Lindo Creek COI: GDF transcripts are being deliberately withheld – ChairMay 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

La revue Nature appelle le Canada à libérer ses scientifiques

first_imgLa revue Nature appelle le Canada à libérer ses scientifiquesDans un éditorial publié en ligne, la revue Nature demande au gouvernement canadien de laisser ses chercheurs s’exprimer sur leurs travaux et de cesser de leur interdire de répondre aux questions de la presse. C’est un appel très particulier qu’a formulé dans un éditorial en ligne la très réputée revue scientifique américaine Nature : libérer les scientifiques ! Un appel qui s’adresse au gouvernement canadien. En effet, la revue demande au pays d’arrêter de museler ses chercheurs et de leur offrir la possibilité de s’exprimer publiquement et librement sur leurs études.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Depuis l’élection en 2006 du Parti conservateur du Premier ministre Stephen Harper, il y a eu un resserrement progressif des protocoles d’accès aux médias pour les scientifiques travaillant pour le gouvernement fédéral…”, explique l’éditorial relayé par l’AFP. “Les chercheurs qui étaient auparavant libres de répondre aux journalistes doivent maintenant rediriger ces questions à des services de relations de presse qui eux, demandent aux journalistes de transmettre à l’avance leur question ou empêchent même les scientifiques de parler”, précise t-il. Une “approche byzantine” qui selon la revue, viserait le “contrôle des medias” plutôt que la “libre circulation des connaissances”.Le Canada emploient des milliers de scientifiques dans différents ministères et centres de recherche. Mais récemment, certains d’entre eux travaillant sur la couche d’ozone ou les stocks de saumon avaient reçu l’interdiction de répondre à des questions sur leurs travaux. L’Association canadienne des rédacteurs scientifiques et d’autres organisations nationales avaient ainsi demandé le mois dernier au Premier ministre Harper la mise en place d’une “politique transparente” d’accès aux médias pour les chercheurs. Une question qui avait déjà été soulevée pendant la conférence annuelle de l’Association américaine pour l’avancement de la science (AAAS) rassemblant 8.000 chercheurs le mois dernier à Vancouver.”Les scientifiques et les autres visiteurs d’à travers le monde avaient découvert à leur grande surprise que l’image positive du Canada, vu comme un pays progressiste, favorable aux sciences, masque en fait certains comportements atterrants”, affirme Nature concluant “La voie à suivre est claire : il est temps pour le gouvernement canadien de libérer ses scientifiques”. Le 5 mars 2012 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Paige suspended by WWE effective Thursday for her first violation of the

first_img August 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm Cesaro Brandon J Now Paige is suspended. I guess the live birds of feather flock together. All joking aside what is going on around here? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Looks like to me Del Rio and Paige have been partying a little too hard! Videos Articles Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury August 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Somebody had a night of drug fueled sex with Alberto August 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm Twitter Wayne Martin August 17, 2016 at 9:22 pm Google+ WWE just announced moments ago that Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) has been suspended for 30 days effective August 18 in her first violation of the company’s wellness policy.She had been pulled off WWE television in late June and has not made an appearance since. A report earlier this month revealed she had been battling an injury.The timing of her suspension comes at an interesting time as Alberto Del Rio, who she is involved with in real life, was also suspended by WWE effective tomorrow for 30 days.WWE’s official statement read as follows.“WWE has suspended Saraya-Jade Bevis (Paige) for 30 days effective tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 18, for her first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Cameron Huff Glen Värîs WhatsApp August 18, 2016 at 5:07 am Facebook So, what? Were they lighting up together? Seth Rollins Jeffery Adam Phillips maybe she was taking something for her injury and didn’t realise contents were forbidden, shame she got suspended on her birthday too I would have been worried if Ricardo was still in WWE and HE got suspended as well haha, August 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Vince August 20, 2016 at 9:28 am Good chance it was this imo. 9 COMMENTS Brad Bonesteel Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back August 18, 2016 at 12:47 am Roman Reigns is in Remission August 18, 2016 at 12:45 am Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Glenn Wolf Glen Värîs ffs, three in one week? were they all at a party or has someone been spiking the food backstage? I’ll tell you right now, give them both credit, could you imagine how brutal a conversation between them would be? I would be amazed at all if they could understand each other, haha.last_img read more

Vancouver hiker killed in fall from Lava Canyon Trail

first_imgA Vancouver woman was killed Tuesday in a fall from the Lava Canyon Trail east of Mount St. Helens.Skamania County Undersheriff Pat Bond said Linda Cawley, 66, was hiking with a group of about five when, around 11 a.m., she fell.Bond said she reportedly stumbled after some kind of quick movement, then fell into the river, going over three waterfalls. The group was about 2½ miles up the trail, he said.Sheriff’s deputies, the Volcano Rescue Team and North Country EMS responded. Her body was recovered by about 8 p.m., Bond said.Several people have died in accidents in the area over the years, most recently in July 2016, when a man slipped on a rock in the Muddy River, upstream from the falls. Five others were killed from 1995 to 2003.last_img read more

World Classic Rockers to Perform for Commodity Classic Evening of Entertainment

first_imgWorld Classic Rockers will perform classic rock hits during the Evening of Entertainment at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif.Santana. Lynyrd Skynrd. Journey. Boston. Steppenwolf. The Evening of Entertainment at the 2018 Commodity Classic will be rocking with classic hits, performed by the artists who first made them famous, as World Classic Rockers take the stage.The Evening of Entertainment at the 2018 Commodity Classic on Thursday, March 1 puts the cherry on top of America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show. Commodity Classic is Feb. 27-March 1, in Anaheim, Calif. Thursday night’s Evening of Entertainment is sponsored by Monsanto.World Classic Rockers combines the talents of several of the most prominent musicians, singers and songwriters whose work represented a number of smash, chart-topping hits from the some of the most legendary bands in the world. Celebrating their 20th Anniversary together in 2017, they have created their own legacy of high energy, fan-friendly, live performances that feature hit-after-recognizable hit. They continue to make an unforgettable impression at corporate events, fairs, festivals and most importantly, at charitable events across America and throughout Europe, the Far East and Africa. Their countless efforts in support of those in need have raised millions of dollars for cancer research, underprivileged children, victims in need of disaster relief, the support of USA’s military veterans just to name a few.Admission to the Evening of Entertainment is included in Commodity Classic full registration package.A Thursday-only registration package is also available, which includes the Evening of Entertainment, admission to the trade show, Early Riser Session, Learning Center Sessions, What’s New Sessions, Closing Learning Center Session, and presentations on the Commodity Classic Main Stage on the trade show floor.Detailed information on all educational sessions and the entire Commodity Classic schedule are available at Online registration and housing are also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

Mississippi Delta braces for flooding

first_imgTUNICA, Miss. — The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, threatening to swamp antebellum mansions, wash away shotgun shacks, and destroy fields of cotton, rice and corn in a flood of historic proportions.The river took aim at one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country after cresting before daybreak at Memphis, Tenn., just inches short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but the city’s high levees protected much of the rest of Memphis.Over the past week or so in the Delta, floodwaters along the rain-swollen river and its backed-up tributaries have already washed away crops, forced many people to flee to higher ground and closed some of the dockside casinos that are vital to the state’s economy. But the worst is yet to come, with the crest expected to roll through the Delta over the next few days. The damage in Memphis was estimated at more than $320 million as the serious flooding began, and an official tally won’t be available until the waters recede. To the south, there were no early figures on the devastation, but with hundreds of homes already damaged, “we’re going to have a lot more when the water gets to where it’s never been before,” said Greg Flynn, a spokesman for the Mississippi emergency management agency.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Dec 17 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsAlaska’s two senators voted differently on several big issues in the last weekLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The U.S. Senate took some big votes last week, and Alaska’s senators sometimes split over them.Environmental groups sue Trump administration to halt Arctic drilling projectElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageA coalition of environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to challenge what would be the first oil production facility in Arctic federal waters, claiming the federal government’s analysis leading to its approval was faulty.This winter, a major oil exploration effort is happening in a familiar place: Prudhoe BayElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageBP is undertaking a massive effort to get the clearest picture yet of what the Prudhoe Bay oil field looks like. The idea is that, after all these years, there’s more oil at Prudhoe Bay to drill, but it’s in smaller, harder-to-find pockets.Energy specialist urges radon tests after Alaska earthquakeAssociated PressA state energy specialist is encouraging those affected by last month’s earthquake in Southcentral Alaska to retest their homes for radon.Delta Junction man dies in snowmachine accident near PaxtonTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA 29-year-old Delta Junction man died Saturday of injuries he sustained when he wrecked his snowmachine near Paxson.Adding insulation to the outside of your home? Watch out for mold.Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“Every summer driving through Fairbanks, I will see somebody adding this kind of retrofit to their home,” said research engineer Robbin Garber-Slaght.Is testing Juneau’s student athletes for drugs and alcohol effective?Kavitha George, KTOO – JuneauRandom drug testing has been mandatory for Juneau School District’s high school athletes since 2009. But among administrators, students, parents, and coaches, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus about its purpose or its effectiveness.Rare military ceremony at JBER for Service Cross recipientZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe recognition comes from Sgt. Justin Gallegos’s role in the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, when a small group of Army soldiers held off an ambush by around 300 Taliban fighters.last_img read more

Drone shot by Iran was USD 220 million surveillance tech

first_imgWashington: The drone shot down by Iran was a massive and expensive piece of US military equipment worth nearly $220 million. The unmanned aerial vehicle identified as an RQ-4A Global Hawk, serves as a surveillance platform in the sky. The Northrup Grumman-made Global Hawk dates back to 2001. US Central Command confirmed the time and general location of the attack, but insists that the drone was flying in international airspace. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The US also said that Iran tried to shoot down a different UAV — an MQ-9 Reaper drone — but failed. The Pentagon also linked Iran to an attack on a Reaper drone in Yemen two weeks ago that caused the vehicle to crash. Global Hawks have a wingspan of over 130 feet and a maximum takeoff weight of more than 16 tons. They have a range of more than 12,000 nautical miles, can fly at strikingly high altitudes of 60,000 feet, and can stay aloft for 34 hours straight. However, they have no offensive capabilities; their value lies in their ability to combine range, vantage point, and persistence with powerful surveillance sensors to monitor ground or maritime activity in great detail. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us According to analysis by the Government Accoun-tability Office, Global Hawks have at times cost the US more than $220 million to manufacture and equip. Global Hawks generally include infrared and thermal imaging, radar, and electro-optical imaging in their arsenal of sensors. And their massive size and weight capacity allows them to utilise equipment like huge telephoto camera lenses to get detailed views of targets.last_img read more

The surprising reason Meghan Markle is avoiding the public before giving birth

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is set to give birth any day now. But the details of her birthing schedule, as well as her labour, are being kept tightly under wraps. The Duchess of Sussex has been on maternity leave for a while.Meghan Markle has kept away from the cameras and the public eye as she prepares to give birth to baby Sussex. Reportedly where Meghan will give birth is still not confirmed, with some believing she will opt for a Windsor hospital over London’s Lindo Wing, where both Kate Middleton and Diana had their children.Meghan has also opted out of posing on the hospital steps after giving birth, which has caused quite an uproar among fans and Royal observers. Childbirth expert Katharine Graves has revealed why Meghan Markle probably won’t be seen in public until after the royal baby is born.She told “Towards the end of the third trimester, a mum’s natural instinct is to slow down.” Meghan MarkleGetty Images”Her body needs to produce as much Oxytocin (an essential birth hormone responsible for softening and ripening the cervix, kickstarting labour and ensuring mums contractions are working their very best) as possible.”Privacy is paramount for Meghan Markle during the birth of her child and it seems that her concerns are well-founded. Ms. Graves added, “If Meghan is following a more natural route, then it is possible she will be observing the fourth trimester which is where for the first month, mum keeps baby close to her by babywearing for example, bed sharing and breastfeeding, mimicking the babies life in utero, as this is shown to be beneficial for a newborn in terms of brain development and confidence.”Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have moved to Frogmore Cottage to prepare for the arrival of the Royal baby.last_img read more

Frenchman held for flying drone over Myanmar parliament

first_imgLion dancers perform during Lunar New Year celebrations in Yangon on 5 February 2019. Photo: AFPA French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament in the capital Naypyidaw, the French embassy and local police confirmed Monday, under a law that could see him imprisoned for up to three years.The man, named by police as 27-year-old Arthur Desclaux, tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal in Myanmar.Three journalists and their driver were jailed in 2017 for the same offence.Local media published photos of the French detainee, including his passport details, and his drone.”(He) was arrested late afternoon on Thursday 7 February for having flown a drone over the parliament,” the embassy said, adding that the man was still in detention in Naypyidaw.His family had been informed of his arrest and embassy staff were trying to secure his release, it added.He has been charged under section 8 of the export and import law, police officer Min Tin told AFP.Desclaux faces “up to three years imprisonment” if found guilty, said Min Tin.It remains unclear why he was flying the drone.Journalists Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were making a documentary for Turkish state broadcaster TRT when they were detained in October 2017 along with Myanmar reporter Aung Naing Soe and driver Hla Tin.Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone over parliament but were instead sentenced to two months in prison under Myanmar’s aircraft act.last_img read more