At the Nova Scotia Sea School in Lunenburg, teens are not just learning to sail – they are starting to soar. Every year, youth between 12 and 19 years old with mental illness, addictions and cognitive disorders take part in Sea School youth sailing and wilderness programs. The program is available for all young people, regardless of experience or personal background. Young Nova Scotians who are at risk of developing mental illness, or who have a diagnosed mental illness, take part alongside other participants. They are guided by instructors, and peer leaders like Rebecca Campbell. “In our day-to-day lives, there are struggles. Having to experience those moments with people you don’t know, who you might not normally ask for help, builds your confidence,” said Ms. Campbell, 17, who went on her first Sea School trip two years ago. “You’ll say out loud that you can’t do something, and you’ll believe it. But then you do it. And it feels great. It really pushes you to redefine your own limits.” Today, July 20, the province announced a $20,000 community mental health grant to support those participants. It is one of a series of community mental health and addictions grants to be awarded over the coming months. “Programs like this help young people learn coping skills and resiliency, and build their confidence,” said Lunenburg MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “By learning new skills, they’ll understand they are capable of so much more than they might have thought before – both on and off the water.” The Nova Scotia Sea School has been running youth programs for 22 years, since it was founded in 1994. Every year, it provides over 130 multi-day trips for youth, and reaches over 500 young people in workshops and day programs. “Our students sail, build boats, learn to navigate on land and on water, and develop wilderness survival skills,” said Heather Kelday, executive director of the school. “While they’re doing all that, they’re meeting others, some of whom may be living with mental illness, addictions and cognitive disorders, among other risk factors. “By working together and mastering new skills, they develop a sense of belonging and positive coping strategies they can apply to their daily lives.” In total, the province will award more than $600,000 worth of community mental health and addictions grants this year.
New Delhi: E-commerce giant Amazon India is the most attractive employer brand in the country followed by Microsoft India and Sony India, says a survey. According to the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2019, released Monday, Amazon scored high on financial health, utilisation of latest technologies and a strong reputation. Microsoft India emerged as the runner-up, followed by Sony India. Others in the top 10 most-attractive employer brands in India for 2019 include Mercedes-Benz at 4th position, IBM (5th), Larsen & Toubro (6th), Nestle (7th), Infosys (8th), Samsung (9th) and Dell (10th). In line with the REBR philosophy, Google India had been inducted into the Hall of Fame category last year, for winning the coveted title for three consecutive years. The Randstad Employer Brand Research, covered 75 per cent of the global economy with 32 participating countries and more than 2,00,000 respondents worldwide. The top driver for the Indian workforce while choosing an employer are salary and employee benefits, followed by work-life balance and job security. “Employer branding has emerged as a crucial positioning tool for both companies seeking talent with must-have skills and candidates seeking organisations that can support their aspirations of realising a meaningful career,” said Paul Dupuis, MD and CEO Randstad India. The survey further noted that a vast majority (55 per cent) of Indians prefer to work for a large multi-national corporation, while a negligible 9 per cent preferred start-ups.
New Delhi: The Delhi minorities commission (DMC) has formed a five-member committee to probe the alleged assault on a tempo driver by policemen in Mukherjee Nagar.The fact finding committee will be headed by Tabish Sarosh, a member of legal panel of the DMC, chairperson of the commission Zafarul Islam Khan said. The committee has been given 30 days time to complete the probe, he said. A video of the incident showing the tempo driver threatening policemen with his kirpan and being beaten with sticks in turn by the cops went viral, inviting widespread condemnation. Three policemen were suspended in connection with the incident that took place on June 16.
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsOne of the founders of Idle No More says her family is in fear of losing their generational living grounds in Saskatchewan.As clearcutters slowly move in, their traditional practices are getting pushed out.But she’s not backing down without a fight.
NEW DELHI: The AAP on Sunday declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress’s “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude towards an alliance. Balbir Singh Jakhar will be the Aam Aadmi Party’s candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat. Names of candidates for the other six seats were announced by the party on March 2.Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12. The results will be declared with the rest of the country on May 23. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticDelhi minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party has waited long enough for an alliance with the Congress, but seeing the “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude of the grand old party, the AAP has decided to declare the name of its seventh candidate. “The AAP has declared all its seven candidates. We waited for long that all parties would join hands to beat the government but the way the Congress is behaving, irresponsibly, and has been indecisive for the past three months, the AAP has decided to take its movement (for full statehood for Delhi) forward,” Rai said. On Thursday, he had said the AAP will fight the Lok Sabha polls on the issue of full statehood and it is “late now” for talks on an alliance in Delhi. “The country is disappointed with the Congress and our internal survey shows seven percent vote share of the Congress. People feel that the Congress is not serious about Delhi, so the AAP has launched a mega campaign… The Congress is confused and everyone is giving different statements,” Rai said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAnnouncing the name of Jakhar, Rai said he has been associated with the AAP since the Jan Lokpal Movement. He was the president of the co-ordination committee All Delhi District Court Bar Association. The other six AAP candidates are Atishi from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from New Delhi seats.
New Delhi: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and Hughes Communications India Ltd (HCIL) Tuesday said they will combine their VSAT satellite operations in the country, with Hughes holding a majority stake in the merged entity. HCIL is a subsidiary of broadband satellite networks and services provider Hughes Network Systems. The combination is aimed at driving scale and efficiencies to serve enterprise and government customers in India, and according to sources, Hughes will hold 67 per cent stake in HCIL, the surviving entity, while Airtel will have 33 per cent stake. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe announcement brings consolidation to the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) industry, after similar moves seen in the past in mobile services and tower markets. VSAT is used to provide satellite based telecom and internet access to individuals and enterprise users, and is used extensively by banks and ATMs. According to Trai estimates, the total number of VSAT subscribers in India stood at 2.87 lakh as in December 2018. The net addition during the quarter was 5,512, a growth rate of 1.96 sequentially. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe subscriber base of Hughes Communications stood at about 1.03 lakh, followed by Airtel (79,604) at the end of December 2018. Other players in VSAT market include Tatanet Services, HCL Comnet, and state-owned BSNL. A market watcher pegged the size of the VSAT market at about Rs 1,000 crore, 65 per cent of which is services and the rest, products. “The combined entity will benefit from enhanced scale, improved operational efficiencies and wider market reach. The combined entity will be well positioned to leverage the demand for secure connectivity in a rapidly growing digital economy,” an Airtel statement said. Hughes will have “majority ownership” in the combined entity while Airtel will have a “significant shareholding”, it added. Hughes and Airtel did not spell out the financial details of the transaction, which is subject to requisite approvals. However, sources said current revenue of HCIL itself is roughly Rs 350 crore. HCIL is the largest satellite service operator in India, and provides broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments. Airtel is a significant VSAT service provider in India, offering satellite connectivity to unreachable terrains and helping businesses supplement their terrestrial networks with satellite for primary and backup connectivity. “Hughes India and Airtel announce new satellite venture to serve enterprise and government customers in India. Combination of India’s leading VSAT operators brings needed scale, efficiencies and reach to enable the networks that power Digital India,” a joint statement said. The combined entity will be positioned to introduce new VSAT and related technologies to deliver a range of products and services, and will continue to serve existing Hughes and Airtel customers. Partho Banerjee, President and Managing Director, Hughes Communications India, said these are exciting times for satellite broadband service providers as VSAT becomes mainstream, driven by growing demand from enterprise and government segments. “We are very excited about the synergies that this partnership will bring to the Indian ecosystem,” Banerjee said. Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business said the partnership will bring synergies to the forefront and combine the capabilities of both companies. “We are pleased to combine our VSAT operations with Hughes to serve the connectivity needs of Digital India,” he said.
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An Australian judge sentenced a Sri Lankan man to 12 years in prison Thursday for threatening to detonate a fake bomb on a Malaysia Airlines flight, terrifying more than 200 passengers and crew, the Associated Press reported.Manodh Marks, 26, forced the plane to turn back soon after takeoff when he screamed that he had a bomb and ran down the aisle carrying flashing electronic devices. A Sri Lankan studying hospitality in Australia, he pleaded guilty in a Melbourne court to attempting to take control of an aircraft, a federal offense that carries a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In May last year, an agitated and drug-affected Marks ran down the aisle of the plane holding a portable speaker and a power bank with flashing blue lights.Judge Michael McInerney said Marks reached the galley outside the cockpit door where he announced he intended to destroy the plane. The drama came after Malaysia Airlines lost two planes in 2014. Flight 370, carrying 239 people, is thought to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after flying far off course for reasons still not explained. Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard, and investigators last month said the missile belonged to a Russia-based military unit. “The passengers and crew were not only concerned but convinced that you were indeed in possession of a bomb,” McInerney said. “One can imagine the fear and distress of everyone on board.”McInerney said the bomb threat came during the vulnerable takeoff period, distracting the pilot and putting those on board at increased risk.The pilot made a mayday call to Melbourne air traffic control and turned the plane around. Marks was eventually overpowered by passengers and restrained with cable ties as the flight, bound for Kuala Lumpur, returned to Melbourne Airport. Police fearing a real bomb made passengers stay on the plane for almost 90 minutes before storming the aircraft and arresting Marks. His lawyers said Marks had become a regular methamphetamine user and on the night of the flight was suffering a drug-induced psychosis with delusions.The judge said Marks would be deported to Sri Lanka after serving at least nine years of his sentence. (Colombo Gazette)
OSU senior midfielder Zach Mason (7) prepares to kick the ball during a game against Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1. Credit: Ed MomotOhio State junior forward Danny Jensen scored a goal in the 56th minute to lead the Ohio State men’s soccer team to a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 15 Kentucky.The Buckeyes extended their winning streak to six games and improved their overall record to 7-4-2, while the Wildcats fell to 7-2-2 on the season.With the win, the Buckeyes tied their team-record winning streak, set during the 1987 and 1999 campaigns.The Scarlet and Gray came out of the gates strong to battle a team that came in with a matching five-game winning streak.The Buckeyes had the first shot of the game in the fourth minute when sophomore forward Marcus McCrary sent in a shot to the near post, but his shot was stopped by Kentucky senior goalkeeper Callum Irving.Senior midfielder Kyle Culbertson had the next good look for the Buckeyes in the 19th minute, but Irving also saved his shot.While the offense was stymied by the Wildcats’ defense, the Scarlet and Gray defense matched the effort throughout the first half, preventing the Wildcats from scoring.In the second half of the game, a few Buckeyes created highlight plays that proved vital to the victory.OSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer made the biggest save of the game in the 50th minute when he stopped a shot from Kentucky junior midfielder Napo Matsoso. Matsoso gathered a rebound to send in a shot from the near post, but Froschauer came across with the save.Froschauer had three saves of the game, earning his fifth shutout of the year and second in a row.Jensen’s goal came in the second half when headed in a shot toward the back post with assists from Christian Soldat and Culbertson. Jenson’s goal gave him the OSU lead in scoring with nine points (four goals, one assist).Once again, the Scarlet and Gray defense held strong in the final 20 minutes to prevent the Wildcats from putting a point on the board.In addition to ending Kentucky’s five-game winning streak, the Buckeyes handed the Wildcats their first home loss of the season.Overall, shots were 13-4 in favor of Kentucky, while corner shots were 5-3 in favor of OSU.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to return home to resume Big Ten play against Wisconsin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire walks off the field with his teammates after scoring his first goal of the game in the first quarter against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Ohio State beat the Wolverines 8-5. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor In ChiefOhio State found scoring from seven different players against Boston University on Saturday, but it also relied on the same players from the week before.In the Buckeyes’ 17-10 win against the Terriers, senior midfielder Jack Jasinski and junior attacker Tre LeClaire came up big once again, giving Ohio State nine goals between the two.Jasinski’s five goals were a team high and LeClaire added four of his own to give the pair eight and seven goals on the season, respectively.“The goal every year is to improve,” Jasinski said. “This year I keep chipping away and at it and luckily the results came our way.”Ohio State (2-0) and its’ fast-paced offense came out with a 10-3 lead at the half, before senior attacker James Burr and Boston (1-1) made a surge comeback in the second half to close the gap before the Buckeyes ultimately pulled away late for a seven-goal win.“You take confidence from doing, and we were confident going into today from what we saw in practice this week,” head coach Nick Myers said. “I think the guys were confident that all we needed to do was do what we did for three or four days that to me was probably the biggest key, we didn’t have that feeling a week ago, and I love the way the guys responded to last week.”The offense was on full display from the start of the whistle, with Jasinski opening the scoring with a goal less than a minute into the contest. Boston countered that with a goal early from freshman attacker Timmy Ley, but the Buckeyes would get three straight goals for a 4-1 lead.The Terriers would get another goal before Ohio State came back again with three straight goals to end the first quarter with a 7-2 lead. The second quarter was more of the same, with the Buckeyes starting the quarter off quickly on a goal by sophomore midfielder Colby Barker, his first goal of the season, helping Ohio State take a seven-goal lead into a halftimeIn the third quarter, the game started to turn. after the third goal from LeClaire, Boston scored four straight goals to cut the game to 11-7 before the Buckeyes ended the quarter with back-to-back goals for a 13-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter.Ohio State outscored the Terriers 4-3 in the final frame to take the victory and move to 2-0 on the season“We were trying to do a little too much, and we got back to it in the fourth quarter,” Jasinski said.Burr finished with six goals for the Terriers, and Boston freshman goalie Joe McSorley made five saves on 22 attempts.Ohio State freshman goalie Skylar Wahlund made his first career start, making eight saves and leaving the game with a .500 save percentage before redshirt-sophomore Josh Kirson came in, saving three shots on five attempts.“I think both goalies did a good job, we didn’t do a great job in that third quarter, I think we got two guys that are really capable, just like a lot of positions there is competition,” Myers said.No. 15 Ohio State heads to Amherst, Massachusetts to take on UMass at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Four female inmates escape from NOC
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops hunting remaining three NOC escapeesApril 11, 2018In “latest news”NOC inmates being sexually assaulted, Senior official covering it up, says staff memberFebruary 26, 2018In “Crime”Is NOC a Sex Camp? More inmates escape claiming sexual harassmentApril 22, 2014In “Crime” A section of the NOC facility located in EssequiboFour female inmates of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) are now on the run after they escaped from the correctional facility on Monday.They were identified as Keyana Reid, 15, of Patrick Dam Angoy’s Avenue, Berbice, Kim Giddings, 16, of Squatting Area Linden, Tyra Edwards,15, of 3rd Avenue Bartica and Venus Edinboro, 17, of Pamela Backdam Mahdia.Reid was charged for wandering and was sentenced to the NOC for two years. Giddings was charged with unlawful wounding and sentenced to one year. Tyra Edwards, was charged for wandering and sentenced to three years, while Edinboro was also charged with wandering and sentenced to three years.Based on information received, the inmates were in the compound of their dormitory sitting with the main gate left open.By this time, it started raining and the children were reportedly left unattended.Checks were subsequently made and it was discovered that the children were missing. The police were summoned and a manhunt was launched for the four teenagers.Investigations are ongoing.
SKM (Sinclair Knight Merz) has developed a sustainability integration plan for Xstrata Copper’s new Frieda River copper/gold mine in Papua New Guinea. The plan aims to deliver enhanced sustainability and business outcomes for the project, by applying a “sustainability in design” approach, and has been developed as part of the pre-feasibility study for the mine – the infrastructure component of which is being delivered by SKM.SKM’s Frieda River Project Manager, Paul Greaney, said that Xstrata was committed to balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in their business decisions, and as part of this commitment, had engaged SKM to manage the integration of sustainability into the pre-feasibility study. “Key elements of the sustainability integration have included the translation of corporate level sustainability requirements to project level objectives, application of sustainability considerations to major design decisions, and a transparent monitoring and reporting framework,” commented Mr Greaney.The Frieda River project includes significant infrastructure development including power, port and airport facilities, roads and mining infrastructure. SKM has been involved with Frieda River since the concept stage and is working with Bechtel, Pöyry and SMEC to deliver the project.
THE HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE (HSE) has been given an extra ten days to formulate its national service plan for next year in light of the challenges faced in finding €666 million in savings.Health Minister James Reilly confirmed the extension today which gives the Executive a total period of over a month to come up with plans for how it will spend its over €13 billion budget next year.By law, the HSE is required to formulate a plan within 21 days of the Budget announcement, which meant it was scheduled to produce the plan by next Tuesday, 5 November.However it will now have until the middle of next month to come up with its plans for how it will spend its funding on services and capital projects next year.“It was intimated to me that given the challenge they face they made need some extra time,” Reilly told the media today. “I am writing to them today to formally agree to give them some extra time to formulate the national service plan.” He said this would be ten days and said it was easier to allow the HSE more time because the Budget was announced in October and not December this year and given the “complexity of the situation”.“We’ll still get our budgets out well in time,” he said.The Minister declined to get into specifics about how much of an overrun the HSE faces this year saying he does not believe in giving “partial information” and that all will be revealed in the service plan.Reilly also insisted that the HSE capital budget for next year will not be impacted by the adjustments he must make in his Department next year.“There’s is absolutely no question of any reduction in the capital budget next year,” he said, reiterating that full details will be in the service plan and that €396 million per year will be allocated on capital projects until the end of the life of this government.“I am going to make sure that it is all spent,” he added.Read: Public information campaign launched to address ‘confusion’ over medical cards
Poll Should fulltime staff be paid a living wage
Poll Results: TRADE UNION UNITE said yesterday that one in five people earns less than they need to sustain a minimum standard of living.That means that they earn less than €11.45 an hour, or €446 a week.Workers in hospitality, admin supports and retail, as well as construction, are particularly hard hit.But, should something be done about it or is the minimum wage of €8.65 an hour enough?A scheme to pay a living wage has been in place in London on a voluntary basis for the last seven years.We’re asking: Should full-time staff be paid a “living wage”? No (856) I don’t know (460) In urban areas only (504) Yes (5872) YesNoIn urban areas onlyI don’t knowVoteRead: 1 in 5 workers earn less than the ‘living wage’
Phantom con man stands trial
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An alleged conman known as ‘the Phantom’ appeared briefly in the Auckland District Court last week after being extradited from Australia. Auckland restaurateur Loizos Michaels, 44, appeared before Judge David McNaughton to face 140 fraud charges, totalling more than $2 million, before being remanded in custody. Michaels had been due to stand trial in Auckland in March on charges alleged to have been committed in 2007 and 2008. He allegedly skipped bail in July 2010, after telling authorities he needed to visit his sick mother in Melbourne. Michaels, who owned Plato’s Greek Taverna in the Ponsonby suburb of Auckland, was arrested by the AFP in February, afterwhich he fought extradition to New Zealand on the grounds he would not receive a far trail due to the high profile of his alleged victims. The Herald Sun newspaper first revealed Michaels was charged by New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in February 2010, after allegedly using the name of Jonah Lomu in a fraud. He allegedly promised to make the former All Black rugby player Jonah Lomu “the global face of kick boxing,” but never paid Lomu for months of work. He also allegedly used Lomu’s name to raise more than $300,000 from a couple as “security” on a luxury apartment sale which fell through. The SFO case is unrelated to the alleged Lomu deception, and is predicated on the allegation that Michaels persuaded two casino executives to invest more than $2.8 million in a make-believe takeover of Christchurch’s SkyCity casino. Michaels lost his appeal against an extradition order at the Brisbane Supreme Court in June. He will appear at the Auckland court again on September 27.
Bernardtapie.com : un site pour venir en aide aux consommateurs ?France – Laurent Tapie, fils de Bernard, lance un site de e-commerce prétendant fournir les meilleures offres de prix aux consommateurs. L’activité regroupe de nombreux domaines, des produits de la vie courante aux loisirs.Bernardtapie.com, la nouvelle référence de prix discount ? C’est en tout cas l’ambition de Laurent Tapie, qui vient de lancer ce site de e-commerce portant le nom de son père en soulignant que les prix qui y sont pratiqués figurent parmi les moins chers du web. “Nous voulons faire une seule chose : aider le consommateur et lui faire gagner du pouvoir d’achat. Toutes les méthodes sont bonnes : le conseiller et lui proposer les meilleures offres de nos partenaires pour qu’il fasse des économies”, explique le jeune homme d’affaires. Pour ce faire, les dirigeants de l’entreprise ont décidé de faire plusieurs sacrifices : “Nous prenons moins de marges que nos concurrents pour que nos clients aient les meilleurs prix, poursuit Laurent Tapie. Nous avons la volonté de lancer un véritable mouvement populaire, pour essayer de débloquer autant que possible le consumérisme français.” Le Robin des Bois des temps modernes opérerait-il sur la Toile ?Le 18 mai 2010 à 11:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
La baleine bleue se livre à une vraie gymnastique pour engouffrer le krillPubliant leurs travaux dans Biology Letters, des chercheurs américains ont équipé des baleines bleues de balises sonores, pour suivre les mouvements complexes de ces cétacés lorsqu’ils s’attaquent à un banc de krill, ces minuscules crustacés dont ils se nourrissent.Comment attraper des proies minuscules et agiles lorsqu’on est un géant de plus de 100 tonnes ? Réponse : en faisant preuve d’une mobilité inattendue et en utilisant une stratégie. C’est ce que fait la baleine bleue lorsqu’elle s’en prend au krill, ces petits crustacés qui se regroupent en bancs immenses et dont le cétacé est particulièrement friand. Cette découverte a été réalisée grâce à une étonnante étude menée par l’équipe du Dr Jeremy Goldbogen, de l’ONG Cascadia Research Collective, basée à Olympia aux États-Unis.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au large des côtes californiennes, les chercheurs ont équipé des baleines bleues avec des balises sonores munies de ventouses inoffensives. Ajouté à cela, ils ont suivi, grâce à des hydrophones (ainsi qu’en vidéo), les mouvements des cétacés en train de se nourrir sur un banc de krill. C’est de cette manière qu’ils ont pu saisir les mouvements de ces acrobates des mers. Les baleines, arrivées à proximité du banc, jouent des nageoires et des lobes de leur queue pour se positionner dessous. Puis elles remontent vers celui-ci en pivotant sur elles-mêmes, engloutissant d’énormes quantités d’eau – jusqu’à 100 tonnes – pullulant de proies.”En dépit d’être les plus grands animaux ayant jamais vécu, les baleines bleues montrent encore une impressionnante capacité à effectuer des manœuvres complexes, nécessaires pour exploiter efficacement les bancs de krill. (…) Comme chez tous les cétacés, leurs yeux sont placés latéralement, et faire rouler son corps doit améliorer la vision panoramique dans de multiples dimensions”, détaillele Dr Goldbogen cité par la BBC.Or, si des chercheurs avaient déjà mis en lumière la technique de chasse des baleines à bosse, la découverte de la souplesse des cétacés bleus a grandement étonné l’équipe du Dr Goldbogen. “Nous ne nous attendions pas à voir ce genre de manœuvres chez les rorquals bleus, et c’était vraiment extraordinaire à découvrir”, a ainsi déclaré ce dernier.Le 29 novembre 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
Canada : découverte de la plus petite espèce de dinosaure herbivore Des chercheurs nord-américains ont mis au jour, en Alberta, les restes fossilisés d’une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure herbivore, Albertadromeus Syntarsus, la plus petite connue pour le Canada. Leurs recherches ont été publiées dans le Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.C’est grâce à quelques ossements fossilisés, notamment une patte arrière, trouvés en Alberta (Canada) que des chercheurs nord-américains ont pu identifier une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure herbivore ornithopode. Cette dernière a été baptisée Albertadromeus Syntarsus, ce qui signifie “le coureur d’Alberta aux os du pied fusionnés”. Avec ses deux os soudés sur chaque membre inférieur, ses 1,60 m de longueur et ses 15 kg environ, ce dinosaure végétarien devait être un coureur rapide, estiment ses découvreurs. Il est aussi le plus petit dinosaure herbivore connu pour cet écosystème, qui date de 77 millions d’années (Crétacé). Une espèce peu connue mais abondante “La diversité des dinosaures connus du Crétacé supérieur en Amérique du Nord est dominée par de grands dinosaures herbivores. Pourquoi si peu de dinosaures de petite taille sont-ils connus dans la région ? Car, les petits animaux sont moins susceptibles d’être préservés que les grands, leurs os étant plus fragiles et souvent détruits avant d’être fossilisés. Nous commençons à découvrir cette diversité cachée, et bien que les squelettes de ces petits ornithopodes soient à la fois rares et fragmentaires, notre étude montre qu’ils étaient plus abondants dans leurs écosystèmes qu’on ne le pensait auparavant”, explique le Dr Caleb Brown, de l’Université de Toronto. “Vous pouvez imaginer ces petits dinosaures occupaient la niche écologique des animaux actuels comme les lapins : importants mais relativement discrets”, précise le Dr Anthony Russell, de l’Université de Calgary. “Albertadromeus peut avoir été proche du bas de la chaîne alimentaire chez les dinosaures, mais sans les dinosaures comme lui, il n’y aurait pas eu de géants comme le T. rex. Fragmentaires mais importants, des spécimens comme celui-ci suggèrent que nous commençons à peine à comprendre la diversité des dinosaures et la structure de leurs communautés”, conclut quant à lui le Dr Michael Ryan, du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Cleveland. (Crédits photo : Julius T. Csotonyi) Le 24 mai 2013 à 18:53 • Maxime Lambert
11 jobs the internet is destroying
It’s hard to think of an invention that has changed the course of human history quite like the internet has. Being able to connect people all over the world and give them access to a million books worth of information is truly amazing. But the world of modern capitalism is struggling to keep up.For every job that’s been created by the internet (like writing cool articles for a great website that the nicest people read), there’s a job that’s killed by it. Artificial intelligence, distributed computing, and other advances are removing the human element from customer service, professional consulting, and more.Not every profession stands the test of time. In this feature, we’ll spotlight eleven jobs that just don’t have any future in the internet age. Hopefully the people who invested in careers on the list have a backup plan, because they’re not going to be making a living for much longer. How do you feel after reading that? Did your occupation land a spot on the list, or are you working in a field that artificial intelligence can’t take over, like quasi-legal massages or off-season fireworks sales? And if the internet does take your job, what are you going to do with all your free time? Travel Agents1/11One of the most visible casualties of the internet age is travel agents. Even a few decades ago, if you wanted to fly somewhere you had to call up an office and talk to somebody whose entire job was hooking that up. Booking your own airline tickets, hotel rooms, et cetera was outside the grasp of the average American. Needless to say, the creation of travel sites like Orbitz and Travelocity changed all that. In the 1990s there were over 34,000 active travel agents in the United States, and that number has dropped by 20,000 since. There are still a few in business handling luxury trips and helping out confused old people, but the industry doesn’t have much time left.<><>
OLYMPIA — Police say investigators are trying to determine whether a beheaded kitten’s head found this week is related to a series of cat killings in the area.The Olympian reports Lacey police Cmdr. Jim Mack said the head was found in a wooded area near Clearbrook Drive Southeast and Yonkers Drive Southeast.Thurston County Joint Animal Services is analyzing the remains. Mack said police also have seen coyotes in that area recently.Cat corpses have been found in Thurston County mutilated by what authorities believe is a serial cat killer.As of Thursday, the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in case had reached $21,000.