Kolkata: The state government has proposed “club invitee” cards instead of “VIP passes” for the pandal hoppers in the ensuing Durga Puja. The “club invitee” cards would be meant for the physically challenged, senior citizens and people of the locality or the club members.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a meeting with the Puja committees last Friday at Netaji Indoor Stadium had appealed to the latter to do away with the practice of issuing VIP passes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, several Puja committees had approached the state government for an alternative card wherein the physically challenged and senior citizens can enter the puja pandals with ease. They had claimed that people of the locality or the club members should at least get some concession. Following this, the government has proposed the Puja committees to come up with “club invitee” cards and include these sections under it. “There should be a separate gate named ‘Members Gate’ through which the physically challenged and senior citizens or the club members will be allowed entry,” a member for Forum for Durgotsav said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAddressing an administrative and coordination meeting with the Puja Committees at Netaji Indoor Stadium Banerjee had said the practice of issuing VIP passes should not be welcomed. “If anyone wants to visit a pandal he/she may enter the Puja pandal along with others after queuing up properly,” she had said. Banerjee had asked state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sujit Bose, Mayor Firhad Hakim and state PWD minister Aroop Biswas not to distribute VIP passes in their areas. Bose is associated with Sreebhumi club in Lake Town, Hakim with Chetla Agrani while Biswas is associated with Suruchi Sangha in New Alipore which are huge crowd-pullers.
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — A six-year-old boy who captured the attention of a province — and one of his Star Wars heroes — has passed away from cancer.Kaiden Little’s family posted a Facebook message saying the little boy died at about 2:15 p.m. Monday in Newfoundland, two years after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma.The sad news prompted a response from actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the little boy’s favourite movies, the Star Wars franchise.Just a couple of hours after his death, Hamill posted a tweet that said, “So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Kaiden… The Force will be with him from here to eternity!”The family said in its message that they were “devastated and hurting from the pain of missing our boy,” but that he “fought like a true Super Hero right to the end and used his Star Wars force to show all how brave he is and how much love he had to give.”A picture accompanying the message on the site, called Kaiden’s Janeway Adventure, shows what appears to be Kaiden’s hand resting on the hands of his family.Condolences also came in from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, who had treated him to a police convoy after learning the little boy had wanted to become a police officer.The Canadian Press
Kolkata: In order to suit business needs and market competition, Allahabad Bank, a leading Nationalised Bank of the country launched 53 Retail & MSME Processing Centres (RMPCs) pan India on April 10, 2019. RMPC will ensure availability of relevant expertise for better credit appraisal, delivery and collection. With the launch of RMPC, the existing and potential customers will be immensely benefitted with improved TAT and hassle free loan processing. MD & CEO S S Mallikarjuna Rao inaugurated 4 RMPCs at Kolkata (Saltlake), Howrah (M K Road) , Shakuntala Park (Behala) & Udairajpur (Barasat) in presence of Sudhanshu Gaur, S V L N Nageswara Rao, and Imran A Siddiqui, General Managers of the Bank. The concerned Zonal Heads along with P S Azad (DGM, BPR) were also present on the occasion. Retail credit proposals above 5 lacs & MSME proposals above 10 lacs will be processed through the newly inaugurated RMPCs.
The authorities have been urged not to shift the historic Galle cricket stadium to a new location.The Government is considering shifting the Galle cricket stadium as there is a risk of Galle losing its UNESCO world heritage site status. “This is sad! Galle cricket ground has a unique place in international test cricket history for its location. Also one of the most successful venues for the national team. I would like to plead and humbly request authorities and SL Government to reconsider this decision,” former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena tweeted. Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena said that the Galle cricket stadium will be removed by demolishing the structures around the grounds. He said that the grounds will be later open to the public. The main issue is over the Mahinda Rajapaksa pavilion at the stadium.The opposition says if there is an issue with the newly constructed pavilion then the authorities must demolish that and not the entire stadium. (Colombo Gazette)
TORONTO — The key energy, materials and financial sectors helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading while U.S. stock markets also gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 53.45 points at 16,590.79.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 66.01 points at 26,975.44. The S&P 500 index was up 7.85 points at 2,987.24, while the Nasdaq composite was up 45.23 points at 8,129.39.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.89 cents US compared with an average of 76.03 cents US on Tuesday.The October crude contract was down 14 cents at US$57.26 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 0.7 of a cent at US$2.57 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$4.00 at US$1,503.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.7 cents at US$2.61 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
The committee set up to monitor Council resolution 1267 placed the Jemaah Islamiyah network in Southeast Asia, which goes by a number of alias, under sanctions. The group was founded by the late Abdullah Sungkar. The UN sanctions require States to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. The sanctions were originally adopted, and later tightened, in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2015 1:05 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 6-12. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.57 million.2. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 8.72 million.3. “Zoo,” CBS, 7.67 million.4. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.6 million.5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.59 million.6. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7.05 million.7. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.9 million.8. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 6.68 million.9. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 6.42 million.10. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 6.07 million.11. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 5.95 million.12. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.882 million.13. “Mom,” CBS, 5.875 million.14. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.87 million.15. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.85 million.16. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.81 million.17. “Hollywood Game Night,” NBC, 5.18 million.18. “Criminal Minds, CBS, 5.17 million.19. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 5.124 million.20. “Extant,” CBS, 5.115 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for July 6-12
by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Provinces agree on internal trade, release few details before premier approvals TORONTO – Canada’s internal trade ministers have reached an agreement on interprovincial trade but say more discussion will be needed on rules governing the flow of alcohol across the country.They said Friday that the agreement will open up procurement markets and reduce regulatory burdens for business, but are releasing few details for now.Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called the process he and his provincial counterparts set up to deal with the issue “very historic.”“The fact that we’ve actually come to terms with that, put a process in place, does demonstrate there is meaningful progress,” he said.The ministers would not talk specifics of the agreement because the premiers, who are meeting this month in Whitehorse, have the final approval.The Agreement on Internal Trade was signed in 1994 and the updates agreed to Friday come after nearly two years of discussions.Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said the agreement will improve Canadians’ access to public contracts, expand the trade of goods and services and reduce technical barriers.“The recommendations will match or exceed the ambition in international agreements to increase opportunities for Canadian businesses to compete, expand and innovate nationally,” Duguid said.The “crown achievement” of the agreement, he said, is the creation of a new process for reconciling regulations across the country. It will help companies expand nationally “without undue costs or burdens,” he said.Two provinces could agree to recognize each other’s regulations, harmonize them, or have one withdraw a regulation.The agreement, if approved by the premiers, would also “level the playing field for Canadian suppliers” by opening procurement markets to competitive bidding, Duguid said.Purchasing rules will ensure that government contracts for goods, services or construction are open to all Canadian suppliers.The rules would also come with greater monetary penalties if provinces fail to adhere to the terms, Duguid said.Dan Albas, the Conservative critic for internal trade, said in a statement that it’s time for the interprovincial alcohol rules to be loosened.“It’s time for the Liberals to take leadership and ask the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of laws that restrict consumer choice and business growth,” he said.The Conservatives want the government to refer a New Brunswick court ruling on cross-border beer shopping to the Supreme Court for review, given the implications for interprovincial trade.New Brunswick provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc tossed out all charges against Gerald Comeau, who was charged with illegally importing 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor from a Quebec border town in 2012.Last month, the New Brunswick government filed a notice of appeal saying the judge in the Comeau case erred in his interpretation of rules governing the movement of goods between provinces.
A haul truck carryong a full load drives away from a mining shovel at the Shell Albian Sands oilsands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday.July 9, 2008. Canadian Natural Resources plans to spend C$12.74 billion in cash and shares in a blockbuster deal to acquire the bulk of Royal Dutch Shell’s oilsands holdings and half of Marathon Oil’s minority stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Alberta.The transaction, which would bring more of Alberta’s oilsands under the control of a Canadian company, also marks the latest example of an international energy giant divesting oilsands assets. Earlier this year, ExxonMobil announced a writedown of Canadian oilsands reserves and Statoil finalized a $832-million sale of its oilsands assets to Athabasca Oil Corp. of Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources has struck a blockbuster $12.74-billion deal to buy Alberta oilsands assets from Royal Dutch Shell and Marathon Oil, boosting its exposure to the higher-cost sector even as soft crude prices prompt some large foreign players to exit.The deal announced Thursday would see Canadian Natural (TSX:CNQ) buy Shell’s 60 per cent stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, which includes a mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., and the Shell-operated Scotford bitumen upgrader and Quest carbon capture project northeast of Edmonton.Separately, Houston-based Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) would sell its 20 per cent stake in Athabasca to Shell and Canadian Natural, who would pay US$1.25 billion each.Canadian Natural investors welcomed the deal, bidding the stock up nearly 10 per cent higher to close at $43.31 on the S&P/TSX composite index. Financial analysts noted it would boost Canadian Natural’s earnings and cash flow and strengthen its stable of long-life producing assets.“We like the deal as CNRL is buying an upgraded oilsands mining project at metrics lower than it costs to build,” said analyst Arthur Grayfer of CIBC Capital Markets.Alberta’s oilsands, the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world, are also among the most costly and carbon-intensive to produce from and many companies have reconsidered their exposure. Earlier this year, Norway’s Statoil closed its deal to sell all of its Canadian oilsands assets for $832 million.Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut made clear on a conference call that he thought he was getting a good price.“This deal is highly accretive on all per share metrics and we’ll be able to acquire a world-class mine that is up and running for a 40 per cent discount to what it would cost to build,” he declared.The transaction would boost Canadian Natural’s overall output of bitumen and conventional oil and gas to more than one million barrels per day if it closes as expected by mid-2017.Canadian Natural would pay Shell a total of $11.1 billion, comprised of about US$5.4 billion in cash plus 98 million shares.Shell is also selling its Peace River thermal oilsands assets, including its shelved Carmon Creek project, and undeveloped oilsands leases to Canadian Natural.Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said in a statement the deal allows the company to focus on assets such as deepwater oil and gas that offer higher returns on capital.“Our people have built a really strong, competitive and environmentally responsible oilsands business over the last several decades, but oilsands mining and in situ operations are no longer a strategic fit for Shell,” said Shell Canada president Michael Crothers on a conference call.Marathon announced the oilsands sale in a news release that also revealed it would spend US$1.1 billion to buy U.S. shale assets.Upon completion of the deal, Canadian Natural will take over from Shell as operator of the Athabasca mining assets, located east across the Muskeg River from its Horizon oilsands mine.Shell would continue to operate the upgrader and Quest. It would retain 100 per cent ownership of the neighbouring Scotford refinery and chemicals plants.Canadian Natural says as part of the agreements, it will welcome about 3,100 employees from Shell and Marathon Oil. About 2,760 of them work at the mines, 110 are at the Peace River in situ operations and 230 are based in Calgary.Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, in Texas attending a major energy conference, said he didn’t see the sale as a lack of confidence by foreign investors in Canada’s energy sector.“We believe that in the long run, investors will see the Canadian oil and gas industry as a good place to invest,” Carr told reporters Thursday.“There will be other investors who see Canada, known for its innovation and its entrepreneurship as a place where an investment makes a lot of sense.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected version. A previous version misstated the value of what Shell would receive from Canadian Natural Resources. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 1:28 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Natural buying Shell, Marathon oilsands holdings for $12.74 billion
With Reading Week just around the corner, Brock students are being encouraged to begin and end their time off by giving back to the community.Through the Alternative Reading Week (ARW) – Local program, students aim to positively impact the Niagara community in a similar way to the ARW outreach trips in Peru and South Carolina happening at the same time. This year, student volunteers will be heading to Heartland Forest to help out with the Niagara Falls nature centre’s Winterfest event. Happening Monday, Feb. 19, Winterfest is an educational and family friendly event featuring vendors, environmental and astronomy experts, food trucks, bouncy castles, train rides and a scavenger hunt.Brock’s ARW – Local volunteers will be helping indoors and outdoors with activities, learning stations, ticket sales, door prizes, maintenance and refreshments.At the other end of Reading Week, on Saturday, Feb. 24, the entire Brock community is invited to take part in the Coldest Night of the Year.The walk of two, five or 10 kilometres through downtown St. Catharines raises money for Start Me Up Niagara, a local outreach centre that serves people who are experiencing significant life challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, addictions and mental illness.Kristen Smith, Brock’s Manager of Community Outreach Programs, encouraged students to add a rewarding volunteer experience to their Reading Week calendar.“We want students to know they can still participate in Alternative Reading Week activities in Niagara,” she said. “Local projects allow students to make connections with community partners that they can continue to support throughout the year.To learn more about Alternative Reading Week – Local, visit Experience BU.To participate in the Coldest Night of the Year, register online.
The challenge issued by Brock University’s Faculty of Education was clear: identify an accessibility issue and then research, design and build a product or device to help individuals with disabilities overcome the barrier to everyday living.Now, teams of shop class students from six high schools in Niagara, Peel and Stratford will put their concepts to the test in a battle for bragging rights and a $2,000 top prize in the Brock School Maker Challenge.The competition will be held during the Brock University Faculty of Education’s ninth annual Teaching with Technology Showcase Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Hamilton Campus.“It’s impressive and inspiring to see the kinds of everyday living problems the school teams have discovered and the resourcefulness they’ve shown in coming up with creative, practical and working solutions,” Tony DiPetta, the Maker Challenge co-ordinator and associate professor in the Faculty of Education.“When people wonder where society’s entrepreneurs and tradespeople are going to come from, I suggest they look at the work these shop class teams have done and they will realize the value of school High Skills Majors programs and the new ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) initiative.”The winners of Wednesday’s Brock School Maker Challenge will be selected by a judging panel of industry and community leaders and technology experts. The winning team will earn $2,000. Second wins $1,500 and third, $500.The competition is part of Brock’s Tech Showcase taking place at the Hamilton Campus. The Showcase provides a chance for practicing teachers, teacher education candidates and university faculty members to learn about the latest innovations available to the education community and a forum to discuss how new technology is being used.
The OSU football team sings ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorCollege football coaches across the country typically shy away from talking about rankings with their teams, and Ohio State head man Urban Meyer is no exception.Meyer said Monday during his weekly press conference that he spoke with team about the inaugural BCS standings, released Sunday evening, in what he called his “first state of the union address.”“My comment was that we are, indeed, in the mix. Embrace it,” Meyer said at Monday’s press conference. “In the mix for what? Don’t worry about it. We are in the mix, though.”OSU is currently ranked No. 4 in the BCS, with a .8553 average, which is taken from the Harris Poll, USA TODAY poll and six computers. The Buckeyes are significantly behind No. 3 Oregon, which has a BCS average of .9320.Meyer, though, said he told his team to embrace where it sits and the only thing that matters is what happens is on the field.“People think very highly of you. Maybe some people don’t,” Meyer said. “You just have to go out and be the best team on the field on Saturday, not in the country.”Junior wide receiver Devin Smith echoed his coach’s sentiment Monday.“He told us not to worry about it too much,” Smith said. “Just keep playing football, keep getting better and just take it one game at a time and everything will fall into place.”If OSU has any plans of playing in the BCS National Championship game in January, it is likely the three teams that sit above it (Alabama, Florida State and Oregon) will need to lose before season’s end. Even if that happens and the Buckeyes finish undefeated and win the Big Ten Championship, a one-loss school from another conference such as the SEC could jump them because of the team’s strength of schedule. The chance of that happening, though, is not something that is crossing the minds of OSU players, junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said.“Can’t really do much about it,” Bennett said. “All you can do is go out and win and try to start handling, and winning by large margins. That’s all we can really do. We’re always trying to destroy teams, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”OSU is one of three Big Ten teams in the initial BCS rankings, and the only one in the top 20. Michigan (No. 22) and Nebraska (No. 24) are the others, and both already have one loss in 2013.If the Buckeyes want any chance of playing for the crystal football in Pasadena Jan. 6, focusing on and beating each opponent is their first and only concern.“I think guys are aware of (the rankings), but we just need to focus on going out there and winning games because if we don’t focus on the teams we’re playing … that could hurt us if we’re not focused,” sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker said.Bennett said “the BCS would work itself out” at the end of the season.“We can handle it, I think we still have that game-to-game approach,” Bennett said. “But it’s just good to know that if we keep doing our job then everything will be fine.”The Buckeyes are only scheduled to play one more currently-ranked team in the regular season (Michigan), so their chances of moving up in the BCS without other teams losing seem slim. Being aware of where they stand, though, is a good thing Decker said.“You gotta be aware of it because it’s going to be talked about,” Decker said. “We still have a lot of football left to play and that, we gotta be focused on, so I think we just need to focus on the next game from a team standpoint.”OSU is set to host Penn State (4-2, 1-1) 8 p.m. Saturday.
12 million officially unemployedRevisions to the previous two months’ numbers added 86,000 net new jobs to what had been understood, not enough by itself to bring down the overall unemployment rate.But last week the Labor Department did a more far-reaching adjustment to the base labor sector data reaching back several years, helping reduce the total number of unemployed.In addition, the September figures showed a 170,000 increase in the number of people who dropped out of the work force since July.The details were not all positive: manufacturers reduced their job rolls for the second straight month and the average duration that people are going without jobs increased to 39.8 weeks.Moreover, the number of people who could only do part time work increased by 580,000.But in an important shift, the numbers showed that, in addition to the private sector, government bodies at all levels returned to hiring in June and July, albeit at a modest pace, reversing a slow contrary trend since May 2010.Overall, 12.1 million Americans remained officially unemployed, down from 13.9 million in September 2011, when the jobless rate was 9.0 per cent.Read: Why is Snoop Dogg voting for Obama and not Romney?Read: Observers give Romney the victory in first US presidential debate HUGE REVISIONS TO previous data gave a sharply better picture of the US jobs situation, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.8 per cent, the lowest level since Barack Obama became president in January 2009.The Labor Department’s figures for last month showed only 114,000 jobs were generated, but upward revisions both to July and August new jobs numbers, and a broader baseline adjustment last week, helped reduce the overall jobless rate from the previous 8.1 per cent.The 7.8 per cent level was the lowest since President Barack Obama took office, and challenged critics, including White House rival Mitt Romney, who said Obama could not make good on his pledge to bring unemployment below 8 per cent by the end of his first four-year term in office.It was also lower than forecasts for this year of the Federal Reserve, which embarked on a QE3 stimulus program in September mainly because of the persistence of high joblessness.“Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the US economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” said Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.“The economy has now added private sector jobs for 31 straight months. Taking account of the preliminary benchmark revision released last week, the economy has added a total of 5.2 million private sector jobs during that period.”
The day after Steve Jobs announced his resignation as CEO of Apple, the company is still posting more patents, adding to its list of 313 other patents, all of which list Jobs among the group of inventors. Surely Jobs had a role in today’s patent that covers a new invention allowing users to wear special eyeglasses to view confidential information while using a mobile device.How many times have you been on the train looking at your email or reading something on your iPad when you feel someone’s eyes on the back of your head? Most of the time it’s just that someone is intrigued by the iPad itself and its lovely screen. There also seems to be an uncontrollable urge to look at the person’s screen sitting next to you while you’re on public transit. It’s not often with malicious intent as much as it’s just plain curiosity.The device in the patent would allow the user to set his iPad, iPhone, or notebook to a privacy mode, and the software would then disguise the content on the screen. The glasses would decipher the garble so that only you would see what is actually on the screen, and everyone else would see a tangled mess resembling a Salvador Dali painting.The device would allow you to use your phone privately in a public setting, but just from wearing the glasses in public, people would also know that you were potentially looking at top secret information.The patent also allows for use with 3D technology, as well as use with multiplayer games. For the multiplayer games, each person would see a different obfuscation than what the other person sees. So, for example, if you were playing a game of Battleship together, you could see where your ships were, but your opponent wouldn’t, and vice versa.Will we see this patent in real life in the near future? Probably not. However, it’s a cool concept, and possibly something we’ll see incorporated into future Apple devices. The only remaining question is what will Apple’s glasses look like that will appease its biggest market: young, hip, and nerdy clientele?via Patently Apple
Over the weekend we reported on the tragic death of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz. The details of his death have since been made public by his family, with Aaron choosing to hang himself in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday.As you’d expect, there has been a lot written about Aaron over the past two days from those who knew him personally, or through the large body of work he had released over the past 10 years or so. There are also questions being asked as to how he became suicidal, with many pointing to the charges he was facing regarding the theft of JSTOR records from MIT.Anonymous has been one group to respond to Swartz’s death, and they have done it in a very public way by hacking two MIT websites. The message left on the defaced pages has since been removed, but not before being re-posted across the web.In the message, Anonymous refers to the prosecution of Swartz by the US government as a “grotesque miscarriage of justice” considering what he was fighting for – open access to documents. Remember, he was potentially facing up to 30+ years in jail and a million dollar fine. The group also called for the reform of copyright and intellectual property law using this tragedy as a base from which to move forward.An apology is included at the end of the message directed at MIT for “temporary use of their websites.” It is also made clear Anonymous do not blame MIT in any way for the tragedy.Questions will now certainly be asked about how this prosecution has been handled and why stealing records with a laptop can potentially lead to 30 years in jail and such a large fine. But whatever happens now, Aaron Swartz is no longer with us. However, some good still may come from this tragedy if it leads to a positive change with regards to copyright and IP law, or how charges and penalties related to them are handled.via CNET
Neos Kosmos received an angry call full of disappointment by Greek Australian Vlassis Tsatsaris, regarding a Greek Orthodox priest who reportedly threw a five-year-old girl out of the temple for complaining about the unpleasant taste of the Holy Communion.“We put a great deal of effort into raising our children according to the Greek Orthodox traditions and the Church should be helpful. Priests shouldn’t throw five-year-olds out of the church,” said Mr Tsatsaris.It was his own granddaughter who was “outcast” by a priest in a Greek Orthodox church in Melbourne, after receiving the Holy Communion.The young girl complained in English after swallowing the Holy Communion, saying “it’s disgusting”. The priest heard the girl, and according to Mr Tsatsaris, shouted at the child, saying “don’t you ever set foot in this church again. I don’t want you”.“He has no right to speak to a five year-old child this way. My granddaughter couldn’t stop crying that day,” Mr Tsatsaris told Neos Kosmos.“My children and I, as well as my grandkids, are trying to stay true to our heritage, our traditions and the Church. The only thing the priest ‘accomplished’ was to make my little girl never want to go to church again.”Although this may sound exaggerated, it’s not the first time priests have had to deal with similar reactions by children who are unwilling to receive the Holy Communion or unable to swallow it.Neos Kosmos contacted Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, who stressed that such a reaction by a priest is not acceptable. He suggests that parents should also inform their children about the taste and procedure of the Holy Communion and prepare them to receive it properly and with respect, before taking them to the church.“It is not the first time something like this has happened. The priest shouldn’t have had this kind of reaction. On the other hand, in order to minimise such behaviours from young children, parents should take them to church more often. If young children only go to church once a year to receive the Holy Communion, or go at this age for the first time, it’s only natural that we’ll come across this reaction,” Bishop Ezekiel explained.“Some children react even worse. A few years back, while I was performing the liturgy and offering the Holy Communion, a child spat it and I therefore had to lick it from the floor.”Bishop Ezekiel highlighted the importance of parents preparing children to receive communion as something pleasant before going to church.“I later on approached the parents and explained how they should talk to the child, clarifying what the Holy Communion is beforehand,” he said. “If it happens again, then it would be a sin. On them and myself as well.”Bishop Ezekiel made it clear that the priest should have advised the family and the child, rather than expelling them, in order to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.“We are dealing with children,” he stressed, adding that he welcomes Mr Tsatsaris and the family to discuss the matter with him further. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le classement de la qualité des eaux de baignade disponible sur le webLa Direction générale de la santé (DGS) a mis en ligne son classement des eaux de mer et des eaux douces en France. Il est donc possible de se renseigner sur la qualité des eaux des zones de baignade semaine par semaine ou mois après mois, avant d’aller faire trempette cet été.Quelle est la plage la plus proche de chez moi ? Quelle était la qualité de l’eau la saison dernière ? Où puis-je me baigner sans risque ? Le dernier résultat d’analyses disponible est-il bon ou mauvais ? La Direction générale de la santé se propose de répondre à toutes ces questions sur Internet. À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Les vacances d’été ne font que commencer et les zones de baignade sont très prisées. Il est donc de bon ton de se renseigner sur la qualité des eaux. Le site Internet permet de faire une recherche par département, commune ou encore site de baignade.Selon la Direction générale de la santé, une plage est considérée comme bonne pour la baignade lorsque la quantité de bactéries escherichia coli et de streptocoques fécaux est limitée : moins de 100 par 100 millilitre. La DGS précise qu’il existe en France plus de 3.000 zones de baignade et que 30.000 prélèvements d’eau sont réalisés chaque année par les agences régionales de santé. L’AFP rappelle que le niveau de qualité des eaux était bon l’an dernier : 63,8% avaient une eau de bonne qualité et 32,9% de qualité moyenne, selon la classification européenne.D’excellente à insuffisante Les règles de classement des eaux de baignade doivent évoluer à l’issue de la saison balnéaire 2013. Elles seront alors classées en quatre catégories : “Excellente”, “bonne” et “suffisante” pour des eaux conformes à la directive européenne directive 2006/7/CE (lien non disponible); “insuffisante” pour des eaux non conformes à la directive. Cette dernière impose qu’en 2015, toutes les eaux de baignade soient au moins de qualité “suffisante”. Si ce système de classement était déjà en vigueur, la qualité de 5,4% des eaux de baignade en mer, et de 8,8% en eau douce serait jugée “insuffisante”…Le 13 juillet 2011 à 15:13 • Maxime Lambert
Un satellite au plus près du SoleilL’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a lancé le projet du Solar Orbiter (SolO), un satellite d’observation de notre astre et qui tournera autour, plus près que n’importe quel autre.Comme Icare, le Solar Orbiter (SolO) va se rapprocher au plus du Soleil. Mais les équipes de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) qui travaillent sur ce projet espèrent qu’il connaîtra un sort différent que le héros de la mythologie grecque, à savoir la mort pour s’en être trop approché… En 2017, l’ESA va lancer ce satellite qui sera construit au Royaume-Uni pour la somme de 300 millions d’euros, révèle la BBC. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le SolO aura pour mission d’observer notre astre de lumière en rotation à 42 millions de km, ce qui implique l’adoption d’un bouclier thermique des plus robustes. La mission consistera pour lui à déterminer l’influence du Soleil sur son environnement, et notamment les flux de particules qu’il génère et dans lesquels baignent les planètes. Il observera au plus près l’heliosphère, l’atmosphère solaire en forme de bulle qui s’étend jusqu’aux confins du système solaire. Les scientifiques veulent en effet pouvoir prévoir ce qu’ils appellent la “météo spatiale”, soit l’intensité du bombardement de particules que subissent les planètes, et notamment en cas de tempête ou d’irruption à la surface du Soleil. Car ces tempêtes sont directement responsables des dérèglements du champ magnétique terrestre, qui entraînent la défaillance des systèmes de communication ou même des pannes électriques de grande ampleur. Le 30 avril 2012 à 13:48 • Maxime Lambert
Chez cet étrange insecte, la femelle a un “pénis” et le mâle un “vagin”Des insectes ailés cavernicoles endémiques du Brésil possèdent une caractéristique particulière : la femelle est dotée d’une sorte de pénis érectile tandis que le mâle présente un organe similaire à un vagin. La nature réserve parfois bien des surprises et la sexualité des insectes ne déroge pas à la règle. Une nouvelle étude menée par une équipe internationale de chercheurs fait état d’un cas tout à fait insolite de quatre espèces cavernicoles où mâle et femelle présentent une inversion de leurs organes génitaux. En d’autres termes, la gente féminine arbore un pénis érectile tandis que les mâles sont dotés d’une chambre génitale semblable à un vagin.Les espèces en question sont toutes des insectes ailés de l’ordre des psoques et du genre Neotrogla. Découvert il y a maintenant 18 ans à l’Est du Brésil, ces spécimens d’environ 3 millimètres de long ressemblent à de petites mouches et se distinguent par leur habitat particulier à savoir des grottes sèches. Afin de pouvoir les étudier de plus près, les scientifiques sont allés les prélever directement dans leur environnement.Leur analyse, centrée principalement sur le comportement de reproduction de ces insectes, a fait l’objet d’une publication parue cette semaine dans la revue Current Biology. Un pénis d’environ un septième de la taille de la femelleLes observations exposent le déroulement de l’acte de copulation d’une durée comprise entre 40 et 70 heures. Au cours de cet événement, la femelle se trouve au-dessus du mâle et introduit son organe appelé “gynosome” dans la chambre génitale du mâle. Le gynosome mesure en moyenne 0,5 millimètre, une taille conséquente qui représente environ un septième de la taille de l’insecte. Reportée à échelle humaine, ce rapport serait équivalent à un pénis d’une longueur de 24,9 centimètres de long pour un homme d’1 mètre 75. Une fois à l’intérieur du mâle, la membrane du gynosome se met à gonfler, déployant une série d’épines destinées à ancrer les deux insectes ensembles. L’attache est si forte qu’il est impossible de séparer les deux spécimens sans arracher l’abdomen du mâle. S’ensuit alors un échange où la femelle reçoit par l’intermédiaire de son gynosome des gélules de sperme et de nourritures fournies généreusement par son partenaire de copulation.Evolution de l’inversion sexuelleSi quelques cas d’inversions de rôles sexuels ont déjà été identifiés, par les biologistes au cours du temps (comme chez les hippocampes), c’est la première fois qu’un exemple d’inversion d’organes génitaux est observé. Selon les chercheurs, cette singularité pourrait être liée aux conditions particulières de l’environnement des Neotrogla.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les cavernes sont en effet pauvres en ressources créant chez les femelles un besoin vital de copuler pour accéder aux nutriments fournis par le mâle. Le gynosome est en quelque sorte un attribut dont la femelle dispose pour “capturer” un mâle et l’obliger à s’accoupler. Afin d’en savoir plus sur ces curieux comportements, les chercheurs envisagent désormais d’élever en laboratoire une population de Neotrogla.(Crédit photo : Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al.) Le 18 avril 2014 à 17:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A dead baby whale washed up on the shoreline of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne, along with its mother, which needed to be put down.Witnesses in the area were saddened by the sight, Friday.“You kind have these mixed emotions because at the same time it’s like, wow, a whale. How many people get this close to a whale?” said witness Miriam Avello. “But then it’s, oh, but it’s dead, which is very sad to see that, especially since it seemed like it was a baby whale.”The baby’s mother also washed up on shore.The adult whale appeared to be very thin and was subsequently euthanized.A necropsy will performed on the baby to determine a cause of death.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.