New Brunswick cop killer posts profile on online matchmaking website

first_imgFREDERICTON – One of Canada’s most notorious killers — who murdered three RCMP officers and wounded two others — has taken to an online matchmaking website where he portrays himself as “a blue collar dude with a passion for music.”Justin Bourque — who is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 75 years for his 2014 shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B. — posted a profile Tuesday on Canadian Inmates Connect.“I am single and looking for someone to be with,” Bourque wrote on the profile, which lists his expected release date as 2089.The site aims to hook up lonesome convicts with potential companions on the outside.Melissa Fazzina, who runs the site, said many of the inmates are just looking for friendships and she hopes the connections can help make them better people.“I’ve seen how important this service is, just being able to connect people that are incarcerated with the outside world. It does a lot to change their lives for the better while they’re inside prison and often for when they’re coming out,” she said.Fazzina said she started the site a few years ago after seeing sites in the United States and realized there was nothing similar in Canada.Bourque, who is serving his sentence at the Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., killed constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Doug Larche, and left constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen injured.Bourque’s online profile says he likes television and movies, and is looking for women to correspond with.“So send me a letter and a photo or two and we’ll see where it goes from there,” he wrote.While the site is Internet based, inmates in Canadian jails and prisons have no Internet access. Anyone wishing to correspond with the inmates have to write and mail letters directly to the prison where they are being held.An agreed statement of facts, filed with the court during his trial, said Bourque’s actions were both “planned and deliberate” when he used a semi-automatic rifle to shoot the police officers in a Moncton neighbourhood.He had targeted police in the hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.A 28-hour manhunt for Bourque left much of Moncton paralyzed until his arrest.He pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 75 years, the harshest sentence in Canada since the last executions in 1962.When contacted by The Canadian Press Friday for reaction to the matchmaking profile, RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said: “This is not a matter for the RCMP to comment on.”The Correctional Service of Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Canadian Inmates Connect charges $35 per year to display the profile of an inmate.In 2015 it made news for posting the profile of Luka Rocco Magnotta, the convicted killer whose grisly crimes made headlines around the world. He’s serving a life sentence for the 2012 Montreal killing and dismemberment of university student Jun Lin.Magnotta’s profile said he was looking for a “prince charming.”Fazzina said she wants to help the inmates and give them hope through her service, but she also thinks about the victims.“I feel bad for these victims, and I’m sure they don’t want these guys to have any extra benefits to enjoy nice things like communicating with somebody on the outside. I understand that, however, I just believe that with everybody, their punishment is they are in prison,” she said.“Sometimes it’s easy for those of us on the outside to just want to keep punishing. Maybe that makes us feel better. Maybe by corresponding with people on the outside it can help them become better people.”last_img read more

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Brahimi continues meetings in Afghanistan on next steps in political transition

The key focus of Mr. Brahimi’s meetings is laying the groundwork for the appointment of Afghanistan’s Special Independent Commission for the convening of the Emergency Loya Jirga, or council of elders, as called for in a political agreement reached by Afghan factions meeting last month in Bonn. Under that agreement, the Commission is to be formed by 22 January. Among his meetings today, Mr. Brahimi, who serves as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, held talks with a group representing Ayatollah Muhseni – a Shiite leader and head of Harakat Islami – and a group representing Professor Sayyaf, a former official with the United Front who served as a minister under the previous anti-Taliban administration of Burhanuddin Rabbani.A UN spokesman told the press in Kabul today that the meetings were a continuation of the process of forming the Independent Commission. “Events are moving apace,” Ahmad Fawzi said, adding that Mr. Brahimi’s contacts included “various sectors of Afghan society – not just the political leadership but also intellectuals, professionals, women’s groups.”Mr. Brahimi also met with the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force, General John McColl, to discuss the security situation in general as well as the convening of a joint meeting on Thursday of the Force, the UN and the Afghan Administration. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball trying to finish season strong

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles down the court during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorAs the regular season winds down, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is gearing up for a late run.The Buckeyes were able to send the seniors out with a victory Sunday in their final home game, defeating Northwestern 71-62, but they still have some business to take care of — two road games. With just those two games left in the regular season, OSU (15-15, 5-9) is trying to avoid its first losing season since finishing the 2001-02 season 14-15 overall and 9-9 in the conference. Although there are two games left, coach Kevin McGuff emphasized that his team is taking it one game at a time and is currently focusing on Thursday’s matchup against No. 25 Iowa (21-7, 9-5).“They (the Hawkeyes) are really good on offense,” McGuff said. “They have a style of play that their players really fit. They have done a good job recruiting to that style.”That style has produced the highest-scoring offense in the Big Ten, as Iowa averages 79.2 points per game. The Hawkeyes scored just above their average in their first game against OSU, when they defeated the Buckeyes 81-74 Jan. 19 in Columbus.In that game, the Hawkeyes had five players score in double figures and shot 48.3 percent from the field, something that was a cause of concern to McGuff and something he said will be addressed in this week’s preparation.“We have to really focus and concentrate on a lot of defense,” McGuff said. “The defense will have to be constant through 40 minutes for us to have a chance against Iowa.”That was not the case in the first meeting, as Iowa outscored OSU 49-36 in the first half.OSU sophomore guard Cait Craft said the loss to Iowa was disappointing but also something the team look toward to improve.“We have proven all year that if we would just play two (good) halves, that we could play with basically anybody that we have had on our schedule,” Craft said. “It is just a matter of executing.”Leading Iowa’s top-tier offense is junior guard Samantha Logic, who was named a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard.If OSU plays man-to-man defense, it is likely Craft will draw the assignment of guarding Logic, something she said she would look forward to doing.“Defense is what I like to do. It is what I am best at,” Craft said. “I take pride in frustrating people as best as I can … hopefully, I have a chance to guard her.”While Logic leads the Iowa offense, OSU sophomore guard Ameryst Alston has been productive of late, having put together two straight 30-point games against Nebraska and Northwestern, respectively. Although she is pouring in the points, Alston said her recent success is not simply all her doing.“I do not really think too much about it,” Alston said of her back-to-back 30-point games. “I was just out there playing hard with my team. They help me get my 30-point games by giving me the ball at the right times … I am not out there doing it by myself.”Alston echoed her coach’s mindset and said finishing the season above .500 would mean a lot to her and to the team.“We are just taking it one game at a time,” Alston said.The Buckeyes are set to tip with No. 25 Iowa at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. read more

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IAMGOLD increases its interest in Sadiola and looks to greater gold production

first_imgIAMGOLD has completed the acquisition of an additional 3% share in Soc d’Exploitation des Mines d’Or de Sadiola (SEMOS), which owns the Sadiola gold mine in Mali from the International Finance Corp. Joseph Conway, President and CEO said, “The acquisition of an additional 3% share in Sadiola illustrates the confidence we have in the future of this mine. IAMGOLD discovered the Sadiola deposit in 1996, it has already produced over 6 Moz of gold and we believe, based on our recent prefeasibility study, that with the addition of the Sadiola Deep Sulphide Project, Sadiola will produce between 400,000 and 500,000 oz/y of gold on a 100% basis from 2013 until the end of 2018, another contributor to our future growth profile.”This acquisition follows the announcement made on November 2, 2009 and currently brings IAMGOLD’s share in SEMOS to 41%, representing approximately 144,000 oz of gold in 2009. Further to the terms of the existing SEMOS shareholders agreement, AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has also acquired a 3% share in SEMOS. The remaining partner, the Republic of Mali, has until the end of March 2010 to elect whether it will take up its proportionate entitlement of 19.15% of the 6% share of SEMOS, by acquiring an equal 0.574% share from each of IAMGOLD and AGA on terms and conditions proportionately identical to those applicable to IAMGOLD and AGAlast_img read more

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Video Commander Hadfield sings Bowie as he bids farewell to space

first_imgYouTube: Chris HadfieldHE’S KEPT US entertained like no other astronaut with stunning pictures, funny videos and practical guides to shaving in space but Commander Chris Hadfield’s time at the International Space Station has come to an end.Hadfield’s active presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube where he has been posting clips explaining his extra-terrestrial life has garnered worldwide attention and we love him here for his stunning pictures of our little old country.Hadfield and two of his astronaut companions, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko, are leaving the ISS today and he bid a fitting farewell with a rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.The vocals and guitar were done on board the ISS while the piano and other musical instruments were done down here on plain, old Earth.Thanks Commander, it’s been a blast.VIDEO: Ever wonder how Chris Hadfield takes his photos from space?Here’s how they’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day in spacePHOTO: Check out this amazing picture of Dublin from spaceHow fast is the Internet in space? 8 things we learned from an astronaut’s sonlast_img read more

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This prosthetic robot tentacle is for the geeky and efficient amputee

first_imgProsthetic limb technology has come a long way since Captain Hook or Peg Leg Pete’s time. Regretfully driven by some of the tragic limb losses off soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the last decade has seen marked improvement in artificial limbs, so much so that we have competitive Olympic sprinters who are also double leg amputees. More complicated to emulate than legs, though, are missing hands. While prosthetic hand and arm technology has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time, about the only thing that prosthetic hands are really good for are simple grips of objects.Here’s the question, though: if you’re missing a hand, why mess with a prosthetic hand that can only with great effort grip an object that a real hand can easily manage, when instead you can use a more alien and robotic prosthetic limb that not only looks awesome, but can grip objects far better?Designer Kaylene Kau wondered just that, and as part of her desire to “push the boundaries of current upper-limb prosthetic design,” she came up with this robotic tentacle. It’s powered by a small motor, and when it touchs an object that the limb’s owner wants to grip, it curls sinuously around the object, holding it fast.Sure, having a prosthetic limb as weird and alien as an octopus’ arm might not be the best choice for going to a black tie affair, but heck, if it does the job better than a prosthetic hand, why not celebrate your geeky individuality with a robot tentacle if you’ve had the misfortune to lose your arm? I know I’d think you were cool.Read more at Coroflotlast_img read more

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Roman Reigns to serve as the Guest Picker for this Saturdays College

first_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WWE announced on Twitter this week that current Universal Champion Roman Reigns will serve as the Guest Picker for this Saturday’s College GameDay on ESPN.The show will begin live this Saturday (September 15) beginning at 11:30a.m. ET.  Reigns played as a defensive tackle for Georgia Tech and went on to play one season in the Canadian Football League prior to his wrestling career.You can view WWE’s Twitter post regarding Reign’s GameDay appearance below:This Saturday at 11:30am, #UniversalChampion @WWERomanReigns returns to the gridiron when he serves as the Guest Picker for @espn @CollegeGameDay! pic.twitter.com/IsnRI47yat— WWE (@WWE) September 13, 2018center_img Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Martelly no longer Haitis President demits office with no successor

first_img Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Feb 2016 – Michel Martelly is no longer the President of Haiti; in fact when he demitted office yesterday in Port Au Prince, there was no one to take over the position because of a postponement of a run-off election last month. Even Haiti’s Carnival is affected by the lack of a chosen new political leader for the nation; Sunday festivities had been cancelled. Martelly, who took office as new President of Haiti in May 2011 said in a 20-minute national address delivered just before his departure from office, that he could testify in the ‘court of history’ that he worked tirelessly to create a new Haiti. A short term provisional government was staffed one day before Martelly left office. Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:haiti, michell martelly, successor TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resignlast_img read more

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Dunkin Donuts Celebrates National Donut Day Get A Free Donut With Purchase

first_img(NOTE: Wilmington has EIGHT Dunkin’ Donuts locations — 195 Main Street, 321 Main Street, 586 Main Street, 357 Middlesex Avenue, 66 Concord Street, 211 Lowell Street, 316 Lowell Street, and 206 Ballardvale Street.)CANTON, MA — With summer on the way, it’s three cheers for donuts at Dunkin’, as the brand delights donut devotees with a trio of terrific ways to sweeten the start of the season. First, Dunkin’ Donuts will ring in one of its favorite days of the year — National Donut Day on Friday, June 1st — by once again offering guests a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 1st at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide on classic donut favorites including Boston Kreme, Glazed, Glazed Chocolate and Strawberry Frosted with Sprinkles.Next, Dunkin’ Donuts is welcoming summer by cooking up not one but two new specialty donut varieties that truly take the cake. The new Chocolate Cake Batter Donut is filled with chocolate buttercreme filling, frosted with chocolate icing and topped with colorful confetti sprinkles, while the new Vanilla Cake Batter Donut features vanilla-flavored cake batter filling, frosted with white icing and topped with confetti sprinkles. Both are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time beginning Monday, May 28. Select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will also brighten donut fans’ days with the Sweet Summertime Donut, a specialty donut featuring a sunshine design with blue icing, yellow icing drizzle and a Glazed Old Fashioned MUNCHKINS® donut hole treat placed in the center.Finally, at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, the donut case will feature a summer celebration with new names and designs for some classic varieties, including:Party On: Vanilla frosted donut with blue icing and confetti sprinklesStrawberry Spectacular: Strawberry frosted donut with confetti sprinklesBoston Kreme Bash: A classic filled donut with Bavarian creme filling, frosted with chocolate dipping icing and a blue icing drizzleChocolate Madness: Chocolate Cake donut with chocolate dipping icing and a blue icing drizzleConfetti Craze: Chocolate frosted donut with confetti sprinklesNational Donut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving guests signature donuts for 68 years. Dunkin’ Donuts is the #1 retailer of donuts in America, and sells more than 2.9 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats annually worldwide. Within the United States, Dunkin’ Donuts offers a wide variety of delicious donuts, including beloved flavors such as Boston Kreme, Glazed, Chocolate Glazed Cake and Chocolate Frosted. Additionally, some Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants also feature regional favorites like the Sour Cream Donut in Chicago, and the Peanut Stick in upstate New York.To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.About Dunkin’ DonutsFounded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,500 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Dunkin Donuts.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDunkin’s Pumpkin Menu To Arrive In Wilmington By August 21In “Business”NATIONAL DONUT DAY: Wilmington’s Dunkin’ Donuts & Heav’nly Donuts Offering Free Donut Deal TODAY (June 7)In “Business”Get A Free Donut At Dunkin Donuts On June 3In “Business”last_img read more

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May urges UK public to back Brexit deal

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May arrives at the European Council for a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk to discuss draft agreements on Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium on 24 November 2018. Photo: ReutersPrime minister Theresa May made a dramatic direct appeal to the British public to support her deal to exit the European Union on Sunday even as backing from her own party for the agreement appeared to elude her.May is meeting the other 27 EU leaders in Brussels this weekend to sign off on a divorce treaty and political declaration to end more than 40 years as part of the world’s biggest trading bloc.In an open letter to the nation, May said she would campaign “heart and soul” to get her Brexit deal through Britain’s parliament – an increasingly unlikely prospect given stiff opposition from some of her own Conservative Party lawmakers and allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) alike.”It will be a deal that is in our national interest – one that works for our whole country and all of our people, whether you voted “Leave” or “Remain,” she said.Sunday newspapers said different factions in her own party were preparing alternative Brexit plans to keep Britain closer to the EU should her deal fail as most expect.That included a plan being hatched by close allies such as finance minister Philip Hammond and work and pensions minister Amber Rudd, reported The Sunday Times without citing sources.The Sunday Telegraph said there were plans on both sides of the English Channel for a “Plan B”. One such was a Norway-style relationship with Brussels, under which Britain would have a more certain “exit mechanism” from the EU’s rules but would be unable to end the free movement of workers from the bloc – the most politically contentious element of Brexit.In her letter, May urged Britons to start a new era of political unity when it leaves the EU on March 29, 2019 and set aside the bitter fighting provoked by Brexit.”I want that to be a moment of renewal and reconciliation for our whole country. It must mark the point when we put aside the labels of “Leave” and “Remain” for good and we come together again as one people,” she said.”Parliament will have the chance to do that in a few weeks’ time when it has a meaningful vote on the deal.last_img read more

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Vegan Soulfest Held in Baltimores Clifton Park

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROBaltimore’s fifth Annual Vegan Soulfest brought a peaceful weekend filled with messages of health, wellness and holistic living for the city’s Clifton Park community.Artist Naomi Hanaa shares painting at Vegan Soulfest (Photo by Deborah Bailey)“We felt we needed to bring something positive on this level devoted to compassion and love in this community,” said festival co-founder and organizer Naijha Wright Brown.“You don’t have to be vegan to participate, just curious. Our folks are dying in droves more than we are by the bullet. We need to take better care of our health.” Brown said, regarding the purpose and mission of the event.More than 150 vendors and exhibits at Vegan Soulfest (Photo by Deborah Bailey)More than 12,000 persons from across Baltimore and across the region enjoyed food, music and 150 vendors offering everything from fashion, natural personal items, health and wholistic living products in addition to lectures and workshops throughout the day with experts like Dr. Milton R. Mills, nationally recognized authority on plant-based disease prevention.Fruition Experience, one of the day’s many performers, at Vegan Soulfest (Photo by Deborah Bailey)“Vegan Soulfest is important for Baltimore because it allows me and others to share information with my community about being plant based and improve the overall health of our community and lower our disease risk,” Mills told the AFRO after speaking to a tent crowded to capacity.Wright Brown said that each vendor participating in Vegan Soulfest needed to be committed to the vegan lifestyle.Participamts sample food from Land of Kush restaurant at Vegan Soulfest. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)Lee Putney, founder of Ase water (pronounced ah shay), said that Baltimore was an important connection for the new natural water company. It was founded less than two years ago she watched the Flint water crisis unfold and realized Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and many East Coast cities suffer the same problems.Ase water, one of the only African American owned natural bottled water companies in US talks with Baltimoreans ay Vegan Soulfest (Photo by Deborah Bailey)“Baltimore is high on the list with lead in the water. The pipes are old. We need to vote. We need to elect politicians who will come in and fix the infrastructure. But in the meantime, we need to watch the water we’re drinking,” Brown said.Festival attendee Quiana (no last name provided) drove from the Washington suburbs with her sister and niece because she thought it was important that a vegan event was being held in the heart of the African-American community.Henna art displayed at Vegan Soulfest (Photo By Deborah Bailey)“It’s not just Caucasian people who live this lifestyle; Black people do it too,” she said.Independent artist and Creative City Charter School art instructor Naomi Hanna has been vegan for seven years and offered her paintings at the event which she characterized as an awakening for African Americans.“We’re not living in food deserts, we’re living in food apartheid.  So, this event is beautiful, we’re having a renaissance to take care of ourselves, to define what health means for ourselves,” Hanna said.last_img read more

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Field study shows possibility of deflecting seismic waves around desired geologic surface

first_img Citation: Field study shows possibility of deflecting seismic waves around desired geologic surface areas (2014, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-field-possibility-deflecting-seismic-desired.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.org The construction of tiny cloaking devices has made headlines around the world in recent years, though they are still very much in their infancy. In this new field study, the team in France sought to learn whether a similar cloaking device could be built on a much larger scale. More specifically, they wanted to know if it might be possible to cloak parts of the surface of the Earth, from destructive seismic waves, i.e. earthquakes.To find out, they noted the frequencies at which seismic waves tend to move through the ground and then devised a grid system that in theory could cause the waves to change course due to diffraction among the elements that made up the grid. To test their theory they dug an array of boreholes five meters deep (.32 meters diameter) in a section of ground to serve as the cloaking device. They then buried several sensors around and near the grid to test how well the cloak worked. Finally, a crane was used to lower a vibrating pole into a hole a meter and a half away from the grid to cause the creation of seismic waves.In analyzing data from the sensors, the researchers found that the bore-hole grid did indeed reflect a significant portion of the seismic waves, leaving the ground around them nearly unshaken. They also noted that areas next to the bore-hole grid had nearly double the amount of seismic energy—they were exposed to the initial waves from the source and also from the waves that were reflected off the grid.The experiment opens the door to the possibility of protecting populated areas from the devastation of earthquakes. Many questions must still be addressed however. First, if a massive grid were constructed to protect a city, where would the waves be sent instead. Also, there is the question of how well the idea would scale—much more work needs to be done to find the answers to such questions, though it will be a near certainty that the results by this team will cause others to join in as well. Detection of supershear rupture in 2013 Craig, Alaska, earthquake (Phys.org) —A team of researchers in France has successfully demonstrated small-scale reflection of seismic waves around a desired geological area. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe an experiment they conducted at an outdoor site to test whether lessons learned in creating cloaking devices using metamaterials (and other techniques) might be applied to seismic waves generated by earthquakes.center_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) Scheme of the testing device for seismic metamaterials. An oscillating probe generates acoustic waves at 50 Hz in front of a mesh of cylindrical boreholes. An array of sensors monitors the intensity of the waves at various positions. (b) Experimental results. The map (black rectangles: sensors; white circles: boreholes; red cross: source) plots the difference of energy after and before drilling the boreholes. The dark blue region behind the holes indicates that the presence of the borehole mesh results in a decrease of elastic energy transmitted to that area. The red region indicates the area close to the source in which the wave intensity increases because of reflection. Credit: S. Brûlé et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) More information: Experiments on Seismic Metamaterials: Molding Surface Waves, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 133901 – Published 31 March 2014, dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.133901ABSTRACTMaterials engineered at the micro- and nanometer scales have had a tremendous and lasting impact in photonics and phononics. At much larger scales, natural soils civil engineered at decimeter to meter scales may interact with seismic waves when the global properties of the medium are modified, or alternatively thanks to a seismic metamaterial constituted of a mesh of vertical empty inclusions bored in the initial soil. Here, we show the experimental results of a seismic test carried out using seismic waves generated by a monochromatic vibrocompaction probe. Measurements of the particles’ velocities show a modification of the seismic energy distribution in the presence of the metamaterial in agreement with numerical simulations using an approximate plate model. For complex natural materials such as soils, this large-scale experiment was needed to show the practical feasibility of seismic metamaterials and to stress their importance for applications in civil engineering. We anticipate this experiment to be a starting point for smart devices for anthropic and natural vibrations. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Fishermen bodies protest against CRZ notification 2018

first_imgKolkata: Various organisations of fishermen in the state have written to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change (MoEFCC), protesting against the implementation of the Draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2018, as they claim it would affect the small scale fishermen in the state.The organisations have alleged that the ministry has misused the power conferred on it by the law of the country. The Environment Protection Act of 1986, under section 3, provides the Central Government with the provision to take measures “for the purpose of protecting and improving the quality of the environment and preventing, controlling and abating environmental pollution”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut the Central government has shamelessly used it to relax restrictions on activities detrimental to coastal environment and further open up the coast for exploitation by business and corporate houses, alleged the organisations.According to Debasis Shyamal, vice-president, Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF), the MoEFCC did not consult the small and traditional coastal fishing communities, while preparing the draft. The draft CRZ Notification 2018 fails to recognise major roles of small and traditional fishing communities in implementation and monitoring of CRZ regulations. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The small and traditional coastal fishing communities are by far the largest primary stakeholders and natural custodians of our coastal resources,” Shyamal said.One of the main proposals is to reduce the CRZ area related to tide influenced water bodies (rivers, creeks, backwaters etc). It has also sought to include vacant areas falling within a municipal or notified urban area in CRZ-II.It proposes to put land reclamation for commercial purposes (shop, housing complex, hotel, entertainment) outside prohibition. Thus, it paves the way for widespread encroachment of coastal waters, alleged DMF. It also proposes to permit tourism activities even in mangrove areas, CRZ-IA (mangrove walk, tree houses and nature trails. Section 5.1.1). It thus opens the way for encroachments, even on mangroves.It proposes to allow heavy industries including oil and natural gas extraction, nuclear plants, manual mining of radioactive minerals and even multi-nodal railway links with cooling facilities for thermal power plants, even in the inter-tidal zone (CRZ-IB).Fishermen also urged the Centre to revoke the instant draft CRZ Notification 2018 and take immediate steps towards enactment of a comprehensive Coastal Regulation Zone Act.last_img read more

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Stone age clues to modern writing

first_imgGenevieve von Petzinger is studying European Ice Age rock art to earn her Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She is not studying the ancient drawings of animal or plant life but the geometric symbols that often accompany them. In the mid-1960s, French archaeologist André Leroi-Gourhan attempted to explain the geometric shapes within the context of the structuralist point of view which was popular at the time, especially in France.According to the Ancient History Encyclopedia, “Structuralist thought claims that human cultures are systems that can be analyzed in terms of the structural relations among their elements.”Rock paintings from the Cave of Beasts (Gilf Kebir, Libyan Desert), estimated 7,000 BP. Photo by Clemens Schmillen CC BY-SA 3.0“Cultural systems contain universal patterns that are products of the … structure of the human mind: proof of this can be detected in the patterns displayed in mythology, art, religion, ritual, and other cultural traditions.”In very simplified terms, Leroi-Gourhan believed that there was a specific pattern and purpose in the designs/shapes and their placement. That pattern relates to the structure of the human mind and the specific culture of the artist. He was unable to completely prove his theories, but, armed with modern computer technology, von Petzinger aims to do just that.Cave painting at the Tassili n’Ajjer UNESCO World Heritage Site in southeast Algeria. Photo by Patrick Gruban CC BY-SA 2.0Von Petzinger is compiling a database of geometric signs from Ice Age Europe. She personally visited 52 caves and is also researching the data of those who have been to other sites and kept good records.According to the Bradshaw Foundation, von Petzinger proposes that the fact that the images are abstract, rather than accurate replicas of animals or objects, supports the structuralist theory that they are meant to communicate ideas and not simply be aesthetically pleasing.She began by studying 146 rock art sites to look for a correlation of symbols that could perhaps have an undeviating meaning.Cave painting at Serra da Capivara National Park, Brazil. Photo by Serra da Capivara CC BY-SA 3.0She was able to identify 26 definite shapes that were used in all areas of France across a time span of twenty thousand years. The repetition of these shapes by unrelated tribes proves conclusively that they were not just doodles or decoration.It is von Petzinger’s belief that the inhabitants of the Ice Age were complex thinkers and experts at communication rather than the dull-witted cavemen so often portrayed in history.There are currently 5,000 symbols in her database. Von Petzinger has yet to interpret the symbols but acknowledges that the meanings could have changed through the years and in different localities, just as spoken words do.Indian art in the cave nearby Spelonk on the Caribbean island Bonaire, former Netherlands Antilles. The Arawak indians are considered the first inhabitans of Bonaire.Some of the symbols, such as what we now call hashtags, hand tracings, spiral shapes, heart shapes, and the symbols we use for “Y” and “W” have been found not only in Europe but also in Africa, India, Australia, and China among other places.Von Petzinger is studying rock art in various countries hoping to cover most of those found in Italy, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Russia, and the Czech Republic, but she does find that it is often difficult to access these sites.Some are on private property and others are regulated by the local government as to who can study there. There are also other archaeologists and anthropologists who are passionate about guarding their work and aren’t interested in sharing with young upstarts.Los Carros de Capilla. Photo by Adolfobrigido CC BY-SA 4.0In May of 2016, von Petzinger published a book entitled The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols with Simon and Schuster Publishing Company.It has been met with outstanding reviews from Louise Leakey, Director at the Turkana Basin Institute Ileret Research Facility in Kenya, and the granddaughter of Mary Leakey, the paleoanthropologist who was credited with finding some of the most important fossils in modern times.Read another story from us: Hidden Cave Filled With Mayan Artifacts Found in MexicoVon Petzinger was a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Senior Fellow in 2013, and has presented many lectures on her field of study. She has been featured in New Science in 2010, Science Illustrated in 2011, and has made several appearances on the Discovery Channel.last_img read more

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Sunwing slashes prices for vacation packages but only until Dec 8

first_img TORONTO — Sunwing is encouraging Canadians to add a vacation to their Christmas lists this year with a limited-time promotion that includes savings of up to $1,200 per couple.Available until Dec. 8, the tour operator is offering deep discounts on a wide range of top-rated luxury resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Plus, budgets go even further with added extras like unlimited à la carte dining, spa discounts, and Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, depending on the resort.One family-friendly option is the Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa, situated on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana. Here, families can enjoy an on-site splash pad and lazy river, complimentary non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking, varied daily activity program and an on-site spa with hydrotherapy circuit.For couples, the adults-only Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya is a prime choice, featuring spacious suites with swimout options, an on-site spa, fitness facility, tennis courts and complimentary water sports. Guests also enjoy unlimited à la carte dining across a wide range of specialty restaurants, at no extra charge.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAll Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines, which feature a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy onboard selection of light meals and snacks, including menu choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford. Monday, December 4, 2017 Posted by Share Tags: Promotions, Sunwingcenter_img Travelweek Group Sunwing slashes prices for vacation packages, but only until Dec. 8 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Vietnams most famous pet is a cat named Dog who sells fish

first_imgAccording to Phong, who spoke with ‘Bored Panda’, Dog loves to eat ice cream and travel. The well-dressed kitty also reportedly has “a lot of girlfriends” and has fathered “a lot of children in the country”.And as for why Phong named him Dog, he told BuzzFeed that on the day he adopted him the cat was “breathing like a dog” due to the heat. The name apparently stuck.Dog is loving his newfound fame; he even has his own Instagram account, @dog1501, with over 100,000 followers. And judging by the photos that he’s posting, he is living his best life! << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Animals, Vietnam HAI PHONG, VIETNAM — There’s a cat named ‘Dog’ and he works at a fish market in Vietnam.No, this is not the start of a riddle or the punchline to a joke. It’s the real life tale about Vietnam’s most famous pet, a three-year old cat named Chó who lives in Hai Phong where he’s catapulted to fame for being a fish vendor at the local market.We swear, we can’t make this stuff up.Not only is his name unique (Chó means ‘dog’ in Vietnamese), the lovable feline has become an Internet darling for his ridiculously cute outfits, which were given to him by his owner, 25-year-old Lê Quôc Phong.In photos that have since gone viral on Twitter, Dog is seen wearing the heck out of traditional Vietnamese garb, and also keeping the peace as a police cat in an outfit that comes complete with a gun holster and white gloves. In other photos, he’s sporting cool shades and an even cooler demeanour, while in others he’s perusing down the street, seemingly window shopping for wares.Meet The Cutest Fish Vendor In Vietnam Who Is Taking The Internet As Stormhttps://t.co/W6F19d1Ndh#cats #catsofinstagram #CatsOfTwitter #catstagram #cat pic.twitter.com/IGJQ0XMFdT— Top Makeup (@topmakeupstore) March 9, 2018 Share Vietnam’s most famous pet is a cat named ‘Dog’ who sells fish for a living Monday, July 23, 2018 last_img read more

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first_img‘Pandemic’ rings warning bell about gene-editing technology by Waka Tsunoda, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 10:37 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img “Pandemic” (Putnam), by Robin CookWhen there’s a scientific breakthrough, Robin Cook doesn’t just stand up and cheer. He uses his fertile imagination and writes a novel about its possible perils.In his latest medical thriller, “Pandemic,” Cook dramatizes the scary side of a miracle molecule called “CRISPR/Cas9,” which can easily be custom-tailored to seek out and alter genes in humans and animals.The story begins when a seemingly healthy young woman with a transplanted heart boards the subway in New York City but suffers abrupt respiratory distress and dies before she reaches her destination.Jack Stapleton, a medical examiner who appears in 10 of Cook’s previous novels, does an autopsy. He suspects that an unknown, flu-like virus is responsible for her death. He is duty-bound to identify and stop the virus before it can cause a pandemic and kill millions.Stapleton welcomes the challenge as a “diversion” from his many personal problems. To name a few, his daughter has just been diagnosed with autism and his mother-in-law is blaming his genealogy for it. His wife, Laurie Montgomery, has unexpectedly been named the chief medical examiner, making her his boss both at home and at work.Stapleton’s investigation reveals that a hospital in New York performed the woman’s heart transplant at the request of the Dover Valley Hospital in New Jersey. Dover also paid all her medical bills.Realizing that “something weird is afoot,” Stapleton drives out to Dover and receives a warm welcome from its owner, Wei Zhao, a Chinese billionaire businessman who holds a double Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics.Wei, a body-building enthusiast who admires Arnold Schwarzenegger, makes an intriguing villain. The novel also offers an intriguing look at the subterranean world of medical examiners, but “Pandemic” goes far beyond just entertainment.By graphically showing what could happen were CRISPR/Cas9 to fall into the wrong hands, the author rings a much needed warning bell about gene editing technology.Waka Tsunoda, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Anastasiades issues apology to diplomats over serial killings promises changes

first_imgDiplomats from the home countries of female workers murdered in Cyprus have handed over suggestions on how to improve the lives of foreigners working here to President Anastasiades when they met with him on Friday.The meeting was with the ambassadors of non-EU countries that have a sizable number of workers in Cyprus. Two of the women murdered by a serial killer were from the Philippines, along with the child of one of the two. The search is ongoing for a third Filipino woman. The fourth victim found was from Nepal and the remaining two were a mother and child from Romania.The Indian High Commissioner R. K. Raghavan, Sri Lanka’s Consul Rohana Ambagolla, Vietnamese Consul Giorgos Christofides, Philippine Honorary Consul Shemaine Alonso Bushnell – Kyriakides and Nepalese Honorary Consul Ram Jiwan Panjiyar were present at the meeting where Anastasiades apologised for the recent murders of seven foreign nationals in Cyprus on behalf of the country.According to India’s High Commissioner Raghavan who gave the document to the President, Anastasiades assured the diplomats he would take their suggestions into account and starting from Monday, extensive discussions will begin, decisions will be made and whatever actions are necessary will be taken.He told them the government will take every possible step to build the confidence in foreign nationals here, workers from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and other countriesAsked to refer to details in the document, the Indian High Commissioner said that diplomats in Cyprus should know how many of their nationals work in Cyprus, especially those working in domestic settings.“Right now we don’t have a clear idea so we suggested if there is better control whereby the missions of various countries get to know how many from their countries are here, how many work in domestic environments. There is a gap here that we pointed out to the president and the president was positive that this gap should be fixed and the foreign workers here have another avenue to go,” he said.Asked if they were satisfied with the meeting, the Indian diplomat said he and his peers were moved by the president’s concern, adding they would brief their governments on the situation.Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told reporters the president conveyed his deep regret for the crimes and apologised on behalf of the state and the people of Cyprus to the representatives of the countries the victims come from. They also exchanged views on further improving the living conditions of workers from third countries in Cyprus.Prodromou said it was significant that the diplomats acknowledge that this is an isolated event which does not correspond to the “very good conditions workers face in Cyprus”.He confirmed that in future consular authorities will be more thoroughly informed about workers with a legal work permit in Cyprus, so they in turn can communicate more effectively with the state authorities.At the next cabinet meeting, the president said decisions will be made which include giving the right to the Commissioner for Human Rights to handle cases concerning the living conditions and human rights of workers from third countries. Work related issues will continue to be handled by the competent ministry, the spokesman added.At the same time, the president announced that a meeting of ministers responsible for third-country workers in the presence of the High Commissioner and consuls from these countries will take place to discuss suggestions which will further improve the cooperation between consular and diplomatic authorities and government services.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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on assignment for TIME and captured a snapshot of the current state of play He said the strife in Bangui where the carnage he photographed in December led to louder calls for humanitarian aid and an influx of French and African peacekeepers appears a bit more localized Some neighborhoods look normal and others entirely empty have been looted or burned The main displacement camp at the capital’s M’Poko International Airport houses more than 100000 peopleIn the country’s north and west where the foreign peacekeepers are trying to fan out with inconsistent or inconsequential success the situation grows direChadians living in the country who can’t safely trek to the border are taking flights from Bangui’s airport Some of Chad’s peacekeepers reportedly participated in the Séléka’s deadly raids Daniels went to Boyélé halfway between Bossangoa and Bouar where he said all the houses were burned but the school was open In Boali he met a priest who chose to harbor hundreds of Muslims in his church guarded by African peacekeepers Anti-balaka who have threatened the priest are looking for revengeTheir weaponry is makeshift compared to that of the foreign forces whose absence in certain areas has afforded the Christian militias a freedom similar to what Séléka earlier enjoyed “We don’t want to attack the Muslim civilians we just want to attack the Séléka” one fighter told Daniels adding that he thought all Muslims were SélékaDaniels went back to Central African Republic to bear witness to a conflict long-ignored and plans to return after this trip He understands the risk but recognizes the importance that the public and decision-makers see what he sees so they can be moved to act—or at least careWilliam Daniels is a photographer represented by Panos Pictures Daniels previously wrote for LightBox about his escape from SyriaAndrew Katz is a reporter with TIME covering international affairs Follow him on Twitter @katz Bangui “President BuhariDisengaged workers at the Ondo State 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