first_imgKilling Eve and Barry Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter On the disappointing side of things lies “Killing Eve,” which just closed out a frustrating, inert season that ended up confirming all my fears after creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge — a singularly sharp voice whose comedy “Fleabag” is an all-timer — handed over the reins. (Emerald Fennell took over as head writer this season; she will in turn pass it on to Suzanne Heathcote for season 3, for better or for worse.) After spending a solid three episodes trying to reconcile the catastrophic events of the first season finale, the show spun its wheels trying to find a marginally intriguing destination. The overarching mystery of shadowy syndicate “The Twelve” ran in boring little circles. Eve and Villanelle became single-minded obsessives prone to making extremely dumb choices — an evolution the season eventually acknowledged, but never truly sold. SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the entire second seasons of “Killing Eve” and “Barry.” I was dead certain that “Killing Eve” and “Barry” — two of my favorite television debuts of 2018 — should have ended after a single season. Both coincidentally starring unstable assassins, the shows were smart, propulsive, and extremely weird straight out of the gate. Their first seasons were unsparing and gutsy, telling wildly twisting stories of deceit and murder, temptation and morality with such enthusiasm that it seemed impossible that either could keep it up for too long.As the second seasons of “Barry” and “Killing Eve” unfolded — on the same nights, even! — they became revealing inverses of each other. And now that both have aired their finales, I can confidently say that I was right to question a return — and also, that I was wrong.center_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alipay partners with Canadian tech firm to expand presence in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Chinese online payment platform Alipay has partnered with tech firm SnapPay Inc. to enable Canadian retailers to accept Chinese currency from Chinese shoppers through a mobile wallet.Alipay North America president Souheil Badran says the company wants to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market.He says 700 Canadian merchants already accept Alipay.But the partnership gives the payment platform an opportunity to aggressively explore opportunities for expansion in the education, winery, restaurant and retail sectors.The company touts the increasingly lucrative role Chinese consumers could play for Canadian businesses, given the country’s growing middle class.Alipay, originally created by Chinese online shopping giant, was launched in 2004 and has more than 520 million active users. It is now owned by Ant Financial Services Group, a “related company” to Alibaba.“We want to continue offering Chinese consumers visiting Canada the ability to pay as they would in China. But we also want to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market,” Badran said.The launch comes as Alibaba gears up to host heavy hitters including the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory at its Gateway ’17 Canada conference Monday in Toronto.Trudeau will take the stage with Alibaba executive chairman and founder Jack Ma at the conference aimed at promoting e-commerce opportunities for Canadian businesses in China.Ma hosted Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian business representatives at the company’s campus in Hangzhou, China last September.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information in a press release, said Alibaba owned Alipay.last_img read more

Algerias Khaled Nezzar War Crimes Hearing to Continue in Switzerland

Rabat – The Former Algerian defense minister, Major General Khaled Nezzar, is facing charges in Switzerland. NGO Trial International has accused him of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Algeria.The NGO announced on Twitter that hearings for the Nezzar case will resume in September.In addition to the NGO’s charges, Algeria’s military court of Blida also issued red notice or an international arrest warrant against the former defense minister. In June 2018, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court (FCC)  said that “there is no doubt that [Khaled Nezzar] was aware of the acts committed under his orders” in the early 1990s.La procédure pénale à l’encontre de #KhaledNezzar se poursuit en #Suisse. Les auditions reprendront en septembre 2019. Nezzar est accusé de #CrimesDeGuerre et #CrimesContrelHumanité commis en #Algérie.— TRIAL International (@Trial) August 12, 2019FCC also overturned a decision of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which tried to dismiss the case.Trial International also said that Nezzar was “aware of the countless crimes committed under his command.”“In five years of investigation and after hearing dozens of witnesses without ever raising the issue of the existence of an armed conflict, the decision to shut down the case was just incomprehensible,” Pierre Bayenet, the plaintiff’s lawyer  said. The lawyer was among the attorneys who appealed against the OAG’s dismissal, according to Trial International.The NGO maintained that  Nezzar was in charge of “troops who committed countless abuses” in Algeria during the “black decade” in 1992-2000.Trial International filed a complaint against Nezzar in October 2011. Police in Switzerland then put him into custody. read more

Thesis defences — April 12

PhD in Biological Sciences — James WillwerthJames Willwerth will present his thesis defence on Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Delineation of Within-site Terroir Effects using Soil and Vine Water Measurements in Riesling Vineyards within the Niagara Peninsula.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Ian Merwin, Cornell University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Marilyn Jollineau, internal examiner; Helen Fisher and Doug Bruce, committee members. PhD in Biological Sciences — Gabriel BalintGabriel Balint will present his thesis defence on Monday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Impact of different irrigation strategies on grapes and wine quality of four grapevine cultivars (Vitis sp.) in cool climate conditions. Investigation into the relationship among ABA, water status, grape cultivar and wine quality.” Examining committee members are Joffre Mercier, chair; Sara Spayd, North Carolina State University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Tony Shaw, internal examiner; Helen Fisher and Gary Pickering, committee members. Master of Education — Paul WhitePaul White will present his thesis defence on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Introduction to Engineering: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Course in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.” External examiner: Ronald Hansen, University of Western Ontario; supervisor: Xavier Fazio; committee members: Joe Engemann and Louis Volante; chair of the examining committee: Tiffany Gallagher.Master of Education — Jennifer BrantJennifer Brant will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Aboriginal Women in Education: Honouring Our Experiences – A Vision of Access and Success to and within the University.” External examiner: Carmen Robertson, University of Regina; supervisor: Michael Manley-Casimir; committee members: Michelle McGinn, Mary-Louise Vanderlee, and John Hodson; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld.Master of Arts — Sandy KovacsSandy Kovacs (MA Leisure Studies) will defend her thesis on Monday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Walker Complex 204B. Title: “Weathering a Hidden Storm: An Application of Andersen’s Behavioral Model of Health, and Health Services Use for Those with Diagnosable Anxiety Disorder.” Supervisor: Glenn Stalker; committee members: Ann Duffy and John Cairney; external examiner: Sue Arai, University of Waterloo; chair: Dr. Michael Plyley.Master of Education — Kerry ArmstrongKerry Armstrong will present her thesis defence on Monday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Academic Advising, Eh: A Profile of Undergraduate Academic Advising at Ontario Universities.” External examiner: Jocelyn Aubrey, Trent University; supervisor: Michelle McGinn; committee members: Xiaobin Li and Patrick O’Neill; chair of the examining committee: Sandra Bosacki. MSc in Management – Ji LinThesis defence for Ji Lin, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Tuesday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. The title of her thesis is “Liquidity, Institutional Ownership and Regulation Fair Disclosure.” Her examining committee members are Joe Kushner, chair; Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, external examiner, UCLA; Lawrence He, supervisor; Unyong Pyo and Samir Trabelsi. MSc in Management Thesis Defence – Zhanpeng HeMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Zhanpeng He, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “Using Bayesian Model for Bankruptcy Prediction: A Comparative Approach.” His examining committee members are: Robert Dimand, chair; Peter Easton, external examiner, University of Notre Dame; Samir Trabelsi, supervisor; Lawrence He and Martin Kusy. Master of Education — Melissa AugustinMelissa Augustin will present her thesis defence on Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Breaking the Silence: Exploring the Workplace Experiences of Six Women With Learning Disabilities.” External examiner: Dorothy Griffiths, Brock University; supervisor: Nancy Fenton; committee members: Nancy Taber and Sheila Bennett; chair of the examining committee: Hilary Brown. If you require any accommodations to attend this defence, please contact Melissa Augustin at, before April 28 if possible. Master of Education — Jennifer HansonJennifer Hanson will present her thesis defence on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “An Examination of Outdoor Experience in the Development of Character in Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes.” External examiner: Dawn Prentice, Brock University; supervisor: Mary Breunig; committee members: Ann-Marie DiBiase and Anne Elliott; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld. All are welcome to attend the thesis defences. read more

Girl 15 raped in rail station suffers second attack after flagging down

first_imgThis was a horrifying ordeal for this young girl and we have specially trained officers supporting herDet Ch Insp Tony Fitzpatrick, British Transport Police A double manhunt is under way after a 15-year-old girl was raped by two different attackers, including a man she flagged down for help, police said.Detectives said the teenager was first assaulted in a secluded part of Birmingham’s Witton railway station, near the Aston Villa football ground, some time between 7pm on Tuesday and 2am the following morning.The victim had walked to the station with her friend, but is said to have been led away by a man who approached her. Shortly after that attack, the girl walked out of the station and flagged down a passing vehicle to ask for help, police said. However, after getting in the car she was then raped a second time by another man, investigators said.A major investigation, involving detectives from both British Transport Police and West Midlands Police, is now under way to try to identify both attackers and appeal for witnesses.The first attacker is described as Asian with light skin, brown eyes, was of a skinny build and about 6ft tall. He was wearing a track suit top and bottoms, black trainers and was in his early 20s.The second attacker is also described as Asian, in his early 20s, 5ft 6/7ins tall, of large build with a tight-cropped beard and was wearing a blue jumper and black jeans. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Fitzpatrick, of British Transport Police, said: “This was a horrifying ordeal for this young girl and we have specially trained officers supporting her.center_img “It is now vitally important we investigate exactly what happened on Tuesday morning as well as identifying offenders for both of these awful incidents.”My detectives are currently examining all available CCTV in an effort to identify the offenders and whilst these enquiries are made, we are keen to speak with any potential witnesses.”Whilst this incident happened during the early morning and there may not have been many people around, I would be keen to speak with anyone who may have been in the area at the time.”If you were passing by the station and saw two girls walking with an older man, then please get in touch immediately. Likewise, if you saw any suspicious vehicles close to Witton station close to 2am then please get in touch as soon as possible.”Mr Fitzpatrick added: “We are now doing all we can to trace the people responsible and bring them to justice.” 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.last_img read more

Police told not to enter river to rescue drowning man because they

“I thought they would distract from any potential rescue efforts of that vehicle by boat crews by putting themselves in serious risk and which I didn’t believe would have a positive effect on what was happening at that time.”I would sum up by calling it risk vs reward. I wouldn’t have said that lightly. I felt the risk was too great in those circumstances.”Inspector Cross added he would have “happily reviewed” his decision if it was challenged by units at the scene.At 8.47pm, marine resources, boats brought by the fire service, were on the scene but no divers had reached the bank. Inspector Cross told the inquest in Woking, Surrey: “I recall the first I was aware of it was that sadly he had driven his van into the Thames – that was the first point I had any knowledge of Mr Byrne. “We had a call from a Mr Andrew Silk to say a male has driven a van into the river and the driver was still in it.”We called the fire services and the force dispatched our specialist resources. The call handler in the call centre was still getting information from the person on the other end of the call.” At 8.27pm, an order came through the police radio systems in which units were advised that no officers were to go in the water. Inspector Cross said he felt the risk was too great for officers to attempt to rescue Mr Byrne Inspector Cross said he felt the risk was too great for officers to attempt to rescue Mr ByrneCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS News Agency His body was recovered at 9.48pm.The hearing continues. John Byrne died after he entered the River Thames while in his vehicle Despite three 999 calls being received by police call operators, Inspector Cross confirmed that he only became aware of Mr Byrne at 8.20pm when a member of the public called the police. The incident took place at the River Thames near Shepperton in December 2016Credit:Peter Noyce/Alamy The coroner questioned: “Given it was a half hour after the vehicle submerged and no-one had been seen coming out the river. you’re not realistically expecting anyone to come out at this point?”Inspector Cross agreed and the inquest heard that it was not until 9.36pm that air bubbles could still be seen rising to the surface of the water from the 39-year-old’s sinking van and divers entered the water for the first time to confirm that he was dead.  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. A police inspector told officers not to enter a river in an attempt to rescue a drowning man because they had no “significant training”, an inquest heard.Gary Cross admitted he instructed officers to not try to save John Byrne, a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf Club, by going into the River Thames.As officers watched from the river bank, Mr Byrne’s van became submerged and he drowned. His body was later pulled from the river following the incident at Shepperton, Surrey, in December 2016.The jury of seven men and four women heard that Mr Byrne, 39, had been heard screaming and shouting while his vehicle sank and began drifting down the Thames towards a lock. His van was found in water 12ft deep, 15ft from the river bank.Inspector Cross told how he was the officer in charge of the Surrey Police control room on December 8 2016, when Mr Byrne, whose wife was expecting twins within days, set up two planks of wood and drove his van over them so the vehicle entered the Thames. “The recollection I have was that to go into deep or fast flowing water was something we would discourage. The incident took place at the River Thames near Shepperton in December 2016 John Byrne died after he entered the River Thames while in his vehicleCredit:INS News Agency Mr Byrne worked as a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf Club Inspector Cross confirmed to the inquest that he had personally made that direction.He told the jury: “The fact the vehicle was fully submerged and floating down the river, officers would have been ill-equipped and not trained to go into a fast-flowing river with under-currents.”I’m not sure we have significant training to allow us to go into the river in our occupation. “I remember having some training as regards to entering water some years ago.  Mr Byrne worked as a greenkeeper at Wentworth Golf ClubCredit:David Cannon/Getty Images read more

St Vincent man found guilty of raping his wife

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer media worker gets 25 years jail – jury finds him guilty of raping 13-year-old girlFebruary 25, 2016In “Crime”Man accused of raping child found not guilty by juryJanuary 15, 2019In “Court”Caretaker gets 18 years for raping girl, 15November 28, 2018In “Court” KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — A 39-year-old man, who was found guilty of raping his wife four years ago, has been sentenced to 13 years in jail.An eight-member jury had, in November, also found the man guilty of assaulting his wife between October 15 and 18, 2014, occasioning actual bodily harm.The man’s identity is being withheld and the jury had also returned a guilty verdict that on December 13, 2014, he abducted his wife and assaulted her.However, the jury was split evenly on a second charge of rape, allegedly committed between October 15 and 18, 2014.There was also a hung jury on a charge of aggravated burglary and damage to property, crimes the man was accused of committing on December 13, 2014.Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Sejilla McDowall had asked the court for an adjournment for the Crown to decide on a course of action regarding the charges on which the jury did not reach an agreement.During the trial, the court heard that the couple was having marital problems and that there was no communication between them while the wife was in England for three months caring for an ill sibling.The jury accepted the prosecution’s case that the man had raped his wife on October 13 after he forced himself into an apartment where the woman was living with their son.The court heard that the man had wielded a penknife during an argument with his wife and during the fracas demanded whether or not she had been faithful to him.The court heard that the man had sex with the woman against her will.But defence counsel, Ronald “Ronnie” Marks argued that the couple had engaged in “make-up sex”. read more

Four arrested in Galway over murder of Polish man

first_imgFOUR PEOPLE HAVE been arrested as part of a garda investigation into the murder of a Polish man in Athenry, Co Galway.The 40-year-old victim, Krzysztof Ciesielski, sustained serious head injuries during an incident outside a house at Cullairbaun Estate on 30 May. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway after the incident.Ciesielski was pronounced dead yesterday evening.A post-mortem examination was carried out earlier today by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabber at University Hospital Galway, after which gardai confirmed they would be treating the death as murder.Four arrests were made this evening in the Galway area as part of the investigation.Two males aged in their teens are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Galway Garda Station. A third male aged in his 40s also detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 is detained at Gort Garda Station and a female aged in her late 30s is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939, at Galway Garda Station.Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Galway Garda Station on 091 538000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Polish man assaulted in Galway estate passes awaylast_img read more

Yes For Salmon Certified For The 2018 Ballot

first_imgVoters will determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959. If the Alaska Legislative session ends on time, the initiative will be bound for the primary election. If the Legislature goes into a special session, the initiative is expected to appear on a ballot in the general election. Ryan Schryver, campaign director for Stand for Salmon: “The people have spoken — they want every Alaskan to vote on this issue. Leaders across the state can now see how important this issue is to all Alaskans.” The Stand for Salmon initiative would restrict interference with salmon habitats  during a development project, like the proposed Pebble Mine.According to the Stand for Salmon website, the initiative would formally define characteristics of a healthy river in state law, update state listings of waters which support salmon, requires the state to notify the public of projects which could affect salmon and create salmon-protection standards developers must meet before their projects can move forward. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Elections certified the ‘Yes for Salmon Initiative’ for the 2018 ballot with nearly 42,000 signatures from all 40 legislative districts, and was signed by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.last_img read more

Pixars Onward first trailer takes on elves mermaids and raccoon unicorns

first_img Comment 1 The first images from Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming film Onward have landed, with the Disney-owned studio tweeting the official poster and the first teaser trailer late Thursday. The teaser sets up the film’s urban-fantasy world, where pegasus must fight for air space with planes, and unicorns are the equivalent of racoons. Our protagonists are two teenage elf brothers who head on a road trip to run a “really fast and strange errand” aka a quest.Dropped by Disney to People, two more Onward images show the characters of voice stars Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star in Disney Pixar’s Onward. Disney/Pixar via People Onward writer and director Dan Scanlon said the movie sees two elf brothers “go out on an adventure to see if there’s a little magic left in that world,” according to People. “Tom Holland is perfect for our character of Ian, the younger brother,” Scanlon told People. “We were looking for someone who could have this shy quality and someone who is good at being a little awkward. And Tom is great at that! And yet has a genuine sweetness to him that you really root for him.” The character traits of Holland’s fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) star Pratt are “the exact opposite,” the director, who also directed Monsters University, reportedly told People. “Someone who could be wild and chaotic and out of control, but in a very charming and infectious way,” the director is quoted as saying. “Chris Pratt is perfect for that. He has this ability to be both sort of wild and out of control but in a really lovable, fun, infectious way.” Having two of the Avengers — Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star-Lord — reunite for Onward also brought more fun to the voices, Scanlon told the magazine. Louis-Dreyfus, who voiced Princess Atta in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, is providing the voice for the brothers’ mom. Pixar provided the basic details of Onward back in Dec. 2018 via a tweet. “Just announced: The next original feature from Pixar Animation Studios, ‘Onward,’ starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, will arrive in theaters March 6, 2020!” the tweet read. ONWARDHolland’s Ian Lightfoot with his pet dragon Blazey and his mom, voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Disney/Pixar via People TV and Movies Culturecenter_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Video Transforming Adults Only A Neighborhood Interaction

first_imgAnchorage is saying adieu to the building that housed the last self-described sex business in Anchorage, and it’s going out with quite a bang. Throughout April, the Light Brigade and friends teamed up with the Writer’s Block and Cook Inlet Housing Authority, to put on a large scale art exhibition and community event.Inside the eventNew owners of the property saw a unique opportunity in the building before tearing it down. After teaming up with local artists and community outreach organizers, the concept for “Transforming Adults Only, A Neighborhood Interaction,” was born.The team opened it up to artists from around the city, to do with it what they wanted, while their community engagement team worked to spread the word to Spenardians. Murals, portraits, drawings and performances echoed through the halls of this once seedy building. Meanwhile, outside the community outreach team gathered information from Spenard residents, capturing stories and quotes on video and posters lining the fence.After the final exhibit, on Friday, April 29, 2016, the building will be demolished. In the fall of 2016 a family friendly bookstore and cafe will stand in the place of Adults Only, welcoming artists from all over.last_img read more

Noakhali gangrape mastermind Ruhul gets bail

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court has granted a one-year interim bail to sacked Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, who reportedly ordered the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali after the 30 December national election, reports UNB.The HC bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman passed the order on 18 March after hearing a petition filed by Ruhul Amin, said Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Roy on Thursday.It also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why Ruhul Amin would not be granted permanent bail in the case. The rule is returnable in four weeks.Biswajit said they moved the Appellate Division challenging the HC order. “The chamber judge of the division will hear the petition on 25 March.”It was alleged that Ruhul Amin’s followers gang-raped the woman at his behest on the night of the general election on 30 December. Police later arrested him.Ruhul Amin was the upazila unit publicity affairs secretary of Awami League and a former union council member. Later, he was expelled from the party.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed their house in the early hours of 31 December and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they violated her in turns.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise.last_img read more

Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing Salt And Vinegar Chip Flavor

first_imgCourtesy of Matt BarrettBen Anderson collects grass samples in Western Australia. Spinifex tastes to some like salt and vinegar chips — but it’s so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful.If I spot a blade of interesting-looking grass, my first inclination isn’t to wonder what it tastes like. But a group of researchers in Australia recently stumbled upon two new species of grass with a peculiar flavor that some liken to a favorite snacking combo: salt and vinegar chips.“The taste, it’s different. It’s hard to sort of quantify,” says Benjamin Anderson, a plant biologist who recently graduated from the University of Western Australia and is the lead author on a paper that describes the new plants, which are part of a group known as Spinifex grasses. “I got a tangy sensation and taste.”Anderson and his colleagues were collecting specimens in the Pilbara, a dry and mountainous section of Western Australia, when they stumbled upon the new species. Spinifex grasses mostly grow in spikey humps called hummocks that resemble overgrown, green hedgehogs from far off. If they grow old enough, some spinifex humps will roll outwards to form what looks like a prickly, mouth-bleeding doughnut.The two new species don’t look all that different from their 70-some cousins, which crowd most of the Australian continent — except for a spray of glistening droplets around their leaves. “We saw it sparkling in the sunlight and just go — oh, that’s interesting,” Anderson says.But no — they didn’t think to munch on the grass just then.“It’s probably not the best way to explore the natural world, licking things,” Anderson says.The tasting happened later, in the lab, while one of Anderson’s graduate advisers was working with samples of the new species. “It wasn’t an intentional like, ‘Let’s lick the grass,” he says. “She touched her hand to her mouth, and she was like, ‘Hey that’s weird.’ That was the first discovery.”But scientists still don’t know what, exactly, those intriguingly flavored droplets on the grass are.Courtesy of Matt BarrettAlas, scientists know of nothing that eats these humps of spinifex grass with hints of salt and vinegar chips — not even the local cows“We don’t really know why they are there. We don’t know what it does or what it’s for, and we didn’t chemically analyze it or anything,” Anderson says. But they definitely taste like something. “My supervisor was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s definitely salt and vinegar.’ For me, it was a funky taste,” he says. “It was a neat experience, but it’s not like it made me want to eat it.”Theories aren’t abounding among scientists, either. Some spinifex species produce a thick resin to keep herbivores away, but that’s not what these droplets are. The fact that the grass is sour is not a useful clue, either.“Sour taste remains a puzzle to many of us,” says Gary Beauchamp, the emeritus director and president of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. “What exactly the function of acids in plants vis-à-vis taste is really unclear.”Alas, while it’s tempting to think the grasses could become the next low-fat snack fad, Anderson says his discovery — which he has unofficially dubbed “sparkling spinifex” and officially Triodia scintillans and Triodia Vanleeuwenii — are not likely to become new delicacies.Spinifex grasses are often so hard and spiky that scientists say it can actually be painful trying to collect samples. They don’t have much nutritional value, and the grasses have no known predators. “Yeah, nothing. It’s of great frustration [to farmers] that so much of the land is dominated by this grass, and cows don’t eat it,” says Rod Fensham, a plant ecologist at the University of Queensland who did not work on the new spinifex species.Spinifex does have some virtues, though. As the dominant vegetation in most of Australia, it creates a foundation for ecosystems and holds soil erosion at bay. Reptiles, insects and a rare bird called the night parrot make their homes in the arid grass lumps. Humans have used the resinous types of spinifex to create strong adhesives for centuries — but it’s also not for eating.Aboriginal people in Australia used it as a glue and cement,” Fensham says. “The resin smells not unpleasant, but it’s definitely not something you’d want to stick in your mouth.” The resin can also be processed to make rubbery products like latex condoms thinner and stronger.There may yet be more spinifex uses to be discovered. Perhaps Anderson’s sparkling spinifex will have some other interesting property, although the unusual taste has captured Fensham’s attention. “I find it a bit curious! I’d love to taste this grass myself,” he says.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Mega Man designer turns to Kickstarter to fund Mighty No 9

first_imgMega Man still has a very strong following, so when the original character’s co-designer Keiji Inafune says he’s designing a new character and game, people listen. The fact that character looks very similar to Mega Man and will be the star of a new side-scrolling action game, has translated into a Kickstarter that’s almost funded with 29 days still to go.Inafune and his independent company Comcept launched the Kickstarter campaign on August 31 for Mighty No. 9. There’s no playable game to speak of as yet, but the introductory video, concept sketches, and concept game screenshots show off a game any Mega Man fan would instantly be at home playing. The game places you in control of a robot character called Beck who is tasked to “Run, jump, blast, and transform your way through six stages” using weapons stolen from your enemies.The team is formed from veteran Mega Man developers and will be coming to PC via Steam by April 2015. Other platforms and more stages are planned, but only if stretch goals are reached, which already seems likely.The initial Kickstarter goal is $900,000, but over 14, 000 backers have already pledged nearly $850,000 of that in the first 3 days. That’s mainly because of the association with Mega Man and the weight Inafune’s name carries, but the rewards are pretty good, too.$20 secures you a digital copy of the game, $60 gets you a boxed copy, manual and in-game hero. $99 seems to be the sweet spot, though. You get a T-shirt and beta access, but if you’re willing to pledge more the rewards just keep growing with $250 getting you a signed hardcover art book, for example. At the high end, $10,000 secures you a dinner with Inafune in Tokyo.The thing about Mighty No. 9 is that if it turns out to be a great game, there’s no doubt going to be a whole series of them coming out of Comcept. It’s pretty much assured now the first game is going to happen, so Inafune and his team just needs to focus on delivering something that we all really enjoy playing and will happily fund all over again when the inevitable second game appears.last_img read more

Home is where the hearth is Hearthstone closed beta impressions

first_img Opponent finderOpponent finderFacing a worthy opponent is more honorable, we’ll pretend.Ice elementalHero spellA hero spell in the heat of (card) battle.Forfeit incomingDo you think the opponent forfeited on this turn? (Yes.)Character slotsTechnically nine character slots!Pack storeAfter the screenshot, only the one free pack was purchased with in-game money. We just wanted to seem like card-based ballers.Opening a packWhen opening a pack, the cards explode on screen face-down to simulate the joy (and subsequent rage) of seeing what cards you pulled.Pack pullA pack with a rare, epic, and two golds.Library and deck builderThe library and deck creator helpfully shows you what’s new in case you were watching HBO while taking a screenshot of opening a pack.FerocityA ferocious digital card battle.Facing a worthy opponent is more honorable, we’ll pretend. StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo are the three pillars that hold up Blizzard’s roof. With Diablo 3 not hitting as hard as Blizzard would’ve hoped, StarCraft 2 being split into three stories delivered over many years, and World of Warcraft slowly losing subscriptions, the House of Blizzard is beginning to get shakier than in previous years. In an effort to reinforce that roof, Blizzard is adding a fourth pillar, the online CCG Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. We spent some time with (and some money on) the closed beta to see what we could see.Two things are instantly noticeable when starting up your first game of Hearthstone. First, it’s your basic, extremely simple card battler — the likes of which plague the iOS App Store. Second, the production values are through that aforementioned roof Blizzard is attempting to reinforce.The game itself is quite simple. Players assume the role of a hero from the Warcraft universe, each with 30 health and a deck of 30 cards. Decks can only contain two instances of a given card, and only one instance of card with a legendary rarity. On a player’s turn, he or she will automatically generate one crystal of mana, up to a maximum of 10 crystals. The goal is to utilize that mana — which regenerates at the beginning of every turn — to summon creatures and cast spells that drain your opponent’s life. To do this, you choose what your creatures and spells target. Easy peasy.While one can summarize a complex TCG (trading card game) like Magic: the Gathering as “use creatures and spells to drain your opponent’s life, and you don’t even have hero characters,” MTG is infinitely more complex than Hearthstone. It’s difficult to discuss the actual gameplay of Blizzard’s new card brawler, but that’s because we’ve already done it. Sure, different creatures have different abilities, and there are the occasional spells or Yu-Gi-Oh style trap cards that stay hidden until something triggers it, but the game plays more simple than even “heroes, creatures, traps, and spells” sounds.What makes Hearthstone a little different from the competition is that each hero is a class, similar to the game’s World of Warcraft namesake, and thus have class-specific abilities. In Hearthstone’s case, this means class-specific cards. The mage, for instance, has some powerful spells that inflict damage, while the hunter is more focused on granting bonuses to beast-type creatures. Along with that, each class has their own spell that acts as something of a permanent card; it still costs an amount of mana to activate it every turn, but it’s always there. There is also a weapon slot, which is a card that allows your hero to directly attack creatures, but only for a certain amount of turns.Next page: Are there any gameplay subtleties? What about deck building? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY 1 2 3last_img read more

Girls more likely to develop maths anxiety

first_imgGirls tend to be more affected by ‘maths anxiety’ than boys, according to a study which shows that teachers and parents may inadvertently play a role in a child developing the fear of numbers. While mathematics is often considered a hard subject, not all difficulties with the subject result from cognitive difficulties. Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when confronted by a maths problem. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfScientists at the University of Cambridge in the UK explored the nature and resolution of ‘mathematics anxiety’. In a sample of 1,000 Italian students, the researchers found that girls in both primary and secondary school had higher levels of both maths anxiety and general anxiety. More detailed investigation in 1,700 UK school children found that a general feeling that maths was more difficult than other subjects often contributed to maths anxiety. Students pointed to poor marks or test results, or negative comparisons to peers or siblings as reasons for feeling anxious. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”While every child’s maths anxiety may be different, with unique origins and triggers, we found several common issues among both the primary and secondary school students that we interviewed,” said Denes Szucs from the University of Cambridge. Students often discussed the role that their teachers and parents played in their development of maths anxiety. Primary-aged children referred to instances where they had been confused by different teaching methods, while secondary students commented on poor interpersonal relations. Secondary students indicated that the transition from primary to secondary school had been a cause of maths anxiety, as the work seemed harder and they could not cope. There was also greater pressure from tests and an increased homework load. Teachers and parents also need to be aware that their maths anxiety might influence the child’s maths anxiety and that gendered stereotypes about mathematics suitability and ability might contribute to the gender gap in maths performance. “Teachers, parents, brothers and sisters and classmates can all play a role in shaping a child’s maths anxiety,” said Ros McLellan from Cambridge, adding “Parents and teachers should also be mindful of how they may unwittingly contribute to a child’s anxiety. Tackling their own anxieties and belief systems might be the first step to helping their children or students,” said McLellan. The researchers said that as maths anxiety is present from a young age but may develop as the child grows, further research should be focused on how maths anxiety can be best remediated before any strong link with performance begins to emerge.last_img read more

The Bulging Knightly Jockstrap Which Even Had its Own Armor

first_imgWhen it comes to bold, in-your-face fashion statements, it would be pretty hard to beat that testosterone-tinged invention of the 15th and 16th centuries — the bulging codpiece. There is an abundance of theories as to exactly why these none-too-coy cover-ups caught on. Most historians believe that codpieces were, quite simply, created to conceal men’s naughty bits.In the 15th century, the typical uniform consisted of a snug-fitting jacket (known as a doublet) paired with hose to cover the legs.Portrait of Alessandro Farnese (Rome, 1545-Arras, 1592).Slipped over the whole shabang, a mantle or cloak. However, unlike the pantyhose women wear today, this hose covered the legs, but not the crotch (and no, they didn’t wear briefs back then), similar to a pair of chaps or waders used when fly-fishing. Instead, the hose fastened onto the doublet with buttons or string ties.Over the years, the doublet and mantle inched shorter and shorter, making the bulge of a gentleman’s privates more conspicuous beneath their flimsy undershirts. And on certain occasions — say, when a gentleman hoisted himself up onto his horse — onlookers got quite an eyeful.Metal codpieces, 16th century.Anthropologist Grace W. Vicary offers an entirely different — and intriguing — explanation for their existence. Vicary surmised that longer codpieces might have been used to help relieve the nasty symptoms of venereal disease by keeping medication close to one’s member and preventing it from seeping through to their outer clothing.Still others believe codpieces were a none-so-subtle way to call attention to one’s equipment, suggesting adept sexual prowess and masterful bonking in the bedchamber.Armor of Ferdinand I, (1549) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Perhaps. Actually, in the beginning, the codpiece was a rather modest affair, made from a small, triangular piece of fabric (usually wool or linen). But as time wore on, it became more exaggerated, both in length and in girth (thanks to padding).In, uh, short: Codpieces, initially created to help conceal a man’s equipment, soon emphasized his equipment. All of which rubbed some the wrong way. French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, writing in the 1580s, criticized the lusty look thusly: “An empty and useless model of a member that we cannot even decently mention by name, which however we show off and parade in public.”Full armor of Henry VIII in the Tower of London. Photo by Michel Wal CC BY-SA 3.0No kidding. Portraits from the 16th century are proof that the codpiece had reached jaw-dropping dimensions. Henry VIII, never one for modesty, embraced the trend in a big way.His 1540 armor on display in the Tower of London includes a ridiculously huge metal appendage. (Legend has it, female tourists visiting the Tower would stick pins into his package in the hope that it would boost their fertility.)King Henry VIII’s armour, Tower of London. Photo by flowcomm CC BY 2.0It wasn’t just the size that mattered. Pretty soon codpieces were taken to the next level, cut from luxurious fabrics, such as silk and velvet, with jewels and embroidery added for good measure.Duke Heinrich the Devout (1526)In the countries of Northern Europe, they were often embellished with colorful bows. Some were even used as purses, keeping precious coins and jewels close at hand — which, yes, may be how the expression “family jewels” was born.Archduke Rudolf, the later Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor. He is wearing pumpkin hose (pluderhose) with a codpiece.Eventually, this randy bit of exhibitionism came to an end. Tastes during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, particularly in the royal courts of England and France, started to run more toward dandier duds.Read another story from us: Nipple Rings for Aristocrats – The Wild Victorian Fashion TrendElaborate ruffs (stiff, wide, pleated collars) and bombasting (aggressively padded shoulders, arms, and chest, designed to create a more muscular and intimidating look), both craftily directing attention upward to — Hey, eyes up here people! — the face, chest, arms, and hips.last_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of ImaCorJanuary 16, 2015 — ImaCor Inc. will be showcasing for the first time Zura EVO1, its all-in-one platform for advanced hemodynamic management, at three annual scientific meetings: EAST (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma), SCCM (Society of Critical Care Medicine) and STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons). The new capabilities are imaging features at 7 MHz and 18 cm depth, hemodynamic trending data of cardiac filling and function and availability of a transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) probe for complementary hemodynamic management.ImaCor’s all-in-one hemodynamic management platform offers hTEE, which is enabled by a miniaturized, disposable probe that can be left indwelling for up to 72 hours of direct continuous visualization. Most recently, a retrospective analysis at St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in London demonstrated that 195 hTEE evaluations resulted in the change in therapy of 41 patients, which ultimately improved hemodynamic parameters in 80.5% of patients. RV failure was diagnosed in almost 70% of patients, of which hTEE had a direct therapeutic impact in 68 percent. The study is available online at the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more center_img Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | January 16, 2015 ImaCor Introduces All-In-One Hemodynamic Management Platform to Critical Care Community New platform will be on display at EAST, SCCM and STS annual meetings News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions A new document compiled by four cardiac imaging professional societies provides a resource to guide clinicians in best… read morelast_img read more

Conservation groups tell Costa Ricas Chinchilla Throw out the Fisheries Institute board

first_imgEight Costa Rican and international environmental organizations united under the umbrella group Frente por Nuestros Mares recently sent President Laura Chinchilla a letter with more than 6,500 signatures calling for the reform of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca), the agency charged with regulating the country’s marine resources.The group continues collecting signatures for the petition online here. That petition calls for, among other things, the elimination of Incopesca’s board of directors, which critics note is loaded with commercial fishing interests, a reality that Chinchilla’s own Cabinet-level National Marine Commission acknowledged last year.Environmental groups accuse Incopesca of “ignoring its mission to protect marine resources and favoring the interests of industrial and semi-industrial fishing fleets,” according to the petition.Incopesca’s charter tasks the agency with “promoting, based on scientific and technical criteria, the conservation and sustainable use of aquaculture and marine biological resources.” Yet its nine-member board includes representatives from fishing organizations in each of the three coastal provinces – Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limón – as well as representatives from the commercial fishing export sector and the National Commission on Aquaculture and Fish.“You cannot be judge and jury, and Incopesca flagrantly violates this principle,” the group charges.The campaign lists 10 reasons why Incopesca officials are failing at their jobs, and notes that at least one board member – executive president Luis Dobles – is under criminal investigation for derelict of duty.In addition, in August 2012, the Chinchilla administration fired Incopesca Vice President Álvaro Moreno for ethics violations that included representing the shrimping industry as an attorney while working for the agency tasked with regulating it.A complaint filed by the Public Ethics Office earlier that year stated that Moreno provided legal consul to a group of fishermen who were detained in 2009 for fishing without using Turtle Excluder Devices, which are required by law, while acting as Incopesca’s vice president. He served as acting president of the agency on several occasions when Dobles was out of the country.The NGOs also accuse Incopesca of an “irregular” program to provide subsidized fuel to the fishing industry, failure to prevent overfishing by shrimp and tuna fleets, and inaction on shark-finning. And they say Incopesca has fallen short on efforts to support artisanal fishermen who can’t compete against industrial fleets.Dobles, whose relationship with conservation groups could be described as contentious at best, responded to the campaign by telling The Tico Times that environmentalists’ arguments “are really old.”“They regularly launch these campaigns to keep their presence in the media alive,” he said.The structure of Incopesca’s board “is not my invention, nor the agency’s, nor even the current administration’s. It follows the law that created Incopesca,” he said.Dobles added that Incopesca was created by an executive decree in 1994, and the establishment of the board is outlined in Article 7 of that law.“Only the Legislative Assembly can order a change in the administrative structure,” he said, adding that a similar recommendation was ruled out by a “committee of government officials last year.”In 2011, representatives of five government ministries formed the National Marine Commission at Chinchilla’s request to study and draft new policiesfor the protection of marine resource and the management of Costa Rica’s ports.The commission recommended revising Incopesca’s charter to ensure the agency maintained independence and acted in the public interest.Last January, a blue-ribbon panel also created by Chinchilla issued 95 recommendations to improve the country’s governance. The panel recommended the elimination of the boards of 83 government agencies.“We will accept any decision on this matter, but according to the law, it has to come from the Legislative Assembly, not the executive branch,” Dobles said.The campaignFrente por Nuestros Mares is using its website and Facebook page to highlight the damage caused by industrial fishing to marine ecosystems and to artisanal fishermen in Costa Rica.The campaign includes infographics, memes and two video testimonials highlighting the environmental consequences of commercial fishing, particularly by shrimping fleets “that are sweeping away the seabed.”The spots include testimonies from Central Pacific fishermen who narrate how their catch is insufficient even for personal consumption because of the desolation left by large fishing fleets.The videos also include opinions by experts including Álvaro Morales, director of the University of Costa Rica’s Oceanic Sciences and Limnology Research Center, who said that marine resource exploitation in Costa Rica “has been too severe,” and that he believes “the country’s fishing fleet has been allowed to increase without any planning or consideration for marine resources.”The Frente includes conservation groups Pretoma, Keto, Promar Foundation, International Student Volunteers, Sea Save Foundation, The Leatherback Trust, UESPRA and Widecast.As of Wednesday, the Frente had received no response from government officials. According to Pretoma’s Mariano Castro, the group will meet next week to evaluate the campaign’s response and to plan future actions. Facebook Comments Related posts:President Chinchilla pushes for elimination of Incopesca’s board of directors Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree Costa Rica’s dolphin-safe tuna designation under scrutiny Winners of Costa Rica Fishackathon create tool to help track fuel subsidies for fishinglast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The great thing about Tyrann Mathieu is that we are finally talking about what he is doing on the field and not off of it. Since the talented but troubled former LSU star was selected by Arizona in the third round of the NFL Draft, all the discussions about the “Honey Badger” have been about his controversial past. His getting kicked off of the Tigers football team for failing multiple drug tests, his admission that he failed more drug tests than he could count and even questions about his contract with Arizona and whether he would get any guaranteed money. Peter King of Sports Illustrated had reported at one time that Mathieu would not receive any fully guaranteed money in his rookie contract. So watching him play the preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers was a welcome relief from all of the negativity. And to watch him get a sack, make a few tackles and return a punt 24 yards was an early indication that the Cardinals gamble on the former Heisman finalist might just pay off. Now we look forward to his start against Dallas on Saturday to see what else he can do.I’m sure there are plenty of people rooting against Mathieu and hoping he fails. But why? Hopefully he learned from his mistakes. Hopefully he was just a young, immature kid who did some dumb things. Hopefully he was humbled by getting kicked off his team and seeing his draft stock plummet to the third round. Hopefully he is not Michael Beasley. Now everyone that knows me just a little knows that I knew Beasley was going to fail again. It was inevitable. There was no way he was going to stay out of trouble. No chance. You could have taken it to the bank. But Beasley was easy to predict because he was such a screwup as a pro and you knew he just didn’t care.Mathieu made his mistakes in college, so there is the belief that he is eager to prove people wrong, hungry to earn real NFL money on his next contract and, with proper guidance and mentoring from players like Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald, will actually overcome his demons. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling There is no telling whether Mathieu takes advantage of this second chance or not. So far, so good. Fingers crossed. But there is no reason to root against him. It would be nice to see a troubled youngster rebound and make something out of the talent he has. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more