Algerias interim president Dismisses StateOwned Sonatrachs CEO

Rabat – Algeria’s interim president Abdelkader Bensalah has sacked the CEO of state-owned petroleum company Sonatrach, Abdelmoumene Ould Kadour, Algerian state television reported on Tuesday.The interim president nominated Sonatrach’s head of production and exploration, Rachid Hachichi, as the new CEO of the company.The Algerian interim leader did not state his government’s reasons for sacking Kaddour. But it is possible that the decision was due to Kadour’s close relationship with former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who appointed him as the head of Sonatrach in March 2017. Read also: Algeria Risks Economic Crisis Amid Political TurmoilAfter the mass Algerian protests against his re-election for a fifth term, Bouteflika resigned on April 3. But Algerians have also been complaining about the widespread corruption in the country, demanding that all the corrupt officials of the former regime be held accountable.Kaddour’s departure follows the dismissal on April 5 of the Algerian intelligence chief Athmane Tartag.The move is seen as a way to appease Algerians. By appearing to move away from the Bouteflika establishment, the new interim leadership wants to make a statement about its stated commitment to engineering a successful democratic transition. read more

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Can supply management and innovation coexist The dairy industry offers a surprising

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The FP set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to some of the innovators, visionaries and scientists on the cutting edge of the new cutthroat economy about a blueprint for Canadian success. You can find all of our coverage here.Agropur Cooperative, the maker of OKA cheese and Natrel milk, is what what a free-market economist might call an outlier. The Longueuil, Quebec-based co-op is owned by about 3,300 members of Canada’s “dairy cartel,” which is how many of the dismal scientists on Twitter describe the 13,000 farms responsible for almost all of the lactose in the Canadian diet. Providing the raw ingredient for cheese, ice cream and whey powder is an unusually tough business. However, Canada’s dairy farmers endure their daily dawn-to-dark rituals comforted by the knowledge that they will be spared the vagaries of supply and demand. Government-sanctioned production quotas ensure that fluid-milk prices exceed the cost of production and a massive tariff wall keeps all but a small percentage of imports at bay. Read our full Innovation Nation seriesTrade deals that lock up intellectual property rules could have dangerous consequences for CanadaIt will take much bigger thinking if Canada is to compete with giants in the ideas economyThe disciples of Economics 101 say that such cushiness dulls the desire to innovate. Money that could be spent on the newest farming techniques instead is used to lobby politicians to keep milk prices high. You might do the same if you were a dairy farmer. Their expenses ate up 77 cents of each dollar they made in 2015, according to Statistics Canada’s latest Census of Agriculture. The expenses-to-receipts ratio was better in 2010, when it was 0.73, but milking cows remains the easiest path to a decent income in primary agriculture, assuming you own a decent amount of that quota. Growers of grain and oilseeds do ok; their ratio was 0.79, compared with 0.76 five years earlier. The rest of Canada’s farmers struggle to earn a profit. Beef ranchers and sheep-and-goat herders barely cover their costs, according to the census. Back to Agropur. The co-op was angered by the new North American trade agreement, as the price of peace with the Trump administration was more duty-free dairy imports. Still, it’s hard to demonize Agropur’s owners as coddled rent seekers whose idea of innovation is finding new ways to elect sympathetic politicians. The 80-year-old co-op is remarkably ambitious for an outfit that could do fine by collecting inflated payments for its wares from a captive audience. It has developed all sorts of products beyond milk, and it operates 39 plants in eight provinces and six states, generating sales of more than $6 billion in 2017. Nor is it content to rest on its achievements. In October, Agropur started North America’s first accelerator for dairy startups, selecting five entrepreneurs, including the founders of a Montreal-based provider of do-it-yourself cheese kits and a San Francisco-based maker of high-fat, low-sugar yogurt. “We cannot be reactive to innovation,” Robert Coallier, Agropur’s chief executive, told me in an interview on Oct. 31, by which he meant the co-op intends to be a leader, not a follower. “We’re pretty unique,” he acknowledged.  Indeed. The economics textbooks aren’t wrong when it comes to assessing the effect of excessive coddling on a company’s entrepreneurial spirit. “Canada has generally not been a significant creator of new primary agriculture and food processing technologies,” officials at Agriculture Canada state in documents obtained recently by the Logic through the Access to Information Act. That assessment wasn’t directed at milk producers specifically, but there is reason to think that Agropur is the exception that proves the rule. Canadian dairy farmers feel little impulse to even achieve economies of scale: the average herd consisted of 79 cows in 2016, an increase from 62 a decade earlier, but still tiny compared with typical operations in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., where individual farms tend to manage hundreds of cows. The Canadian industry’s general contentment with staying small means those in the milk business who want to grow must go overseas. Saputo Inc., the big Montreal-based dairy processor, is spending hundreds of millions of dollars outside of North America in order to win a piece of the fast-growing Asian market.“We don’t see Saputo investing that kind of money in Canada,” Simon Somogyi, the Arrell chair in the business of food at the University of Guelph, told me in an interview on Nov. 20. “In my mind, a system that provides an incentive to produce without giving much thought to markets, that’s not good.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did two things to soften the blow from the new U.S.-Mexico trade agreement for Canadian dairy farmers: he said the federal government would compensate them for their losses from new import competition, and he promised to set up a working group that “will chart a path forward to help the dairy sector innovate and remain an important source of jobs and growth for future generations.” That path probably won’t lead to the dismantling of supply management because the U.S.’s heavily subsidized dairy farmers would flood the Canadian market. But we might end up with a system that favours the most efficient and innovative farmers, as the Trudeau government has identified agriculture and agri-food as an industry that should be generating more exports and wealth. Agropur’s recent history suggests innovation is possible within a supply managed system so long as its benefactors are a little uncomfortable. The co-op got truly serious about developing and commercializing new ideas a few years ago, according to Dominique Benoit, vice-president of institutional affairs. That would have about the same time it was becoming clear that trade agreements with Europe and Asia would open the door to more dairy imports. Now it’s sponsoring startups. There’s a reason the economists think competition is a good thing. • Email: kcarmichael@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

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Taseko files lawsuit against Ottawa over BC gold and copper mine decision

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2016 11:56 am MDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Taseko files lawsuit against Ottawa over B.C. gold and copper mine decision VANCOUVER – Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX: TKO) is suing the federal government in B.C. Supreme Court and seeking unspecified compensation for a 2014 decision that blocked development of a proposed $1.5 billion gold and copper deposit.The Vancouver-based company claims that the government and its agents — including the environment minister at the time — failed to meet their legal duties to Taseko when they blocked the New Prosperity project.Taseko also alleges, among other things, that its property was effectively expropriated without compensation when a federal cabinet decision on Feb. 25, 2014, made its mineral rights essentially worthless.The company didn’t say how much money it’s seeking through the lawsuit, filed in the provincial court, but said its seeking general and punitive damages, plus interest, and any other relief that the court may choose.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said Friday in an email that it is aware of the notice filed by Taseko, but would not comment as the matter is before the court.The suit was announced Friday, three days before Taseko and federal government are scheduled to face off in Vancouver with a related dispute before the Federal Court of Canada.The latest claim dated Thursday relates to an open-pit project, 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C., Taseko had promoted as a major economic driver in the Cariboo region of the B.C. Interior.Its suit says the project would have provided about 550 direct jobs and 1,280 indirect jobs and contribute about $459 million annually to the province’s gross domestic product.The project and its predecessor, the Prosperity project, ran into opposition over environmental issues and both were rejected in 2014 and 2010 by the Harper Conservative government on advice from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.“Given the conduct of the Government of Canada and its agents we have no other choice but to defend the interests of our shareholders and to protect their assets,” Taseko CEO Russell Hallbauer said in a statement. read more

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Andy Murrays gold postbox knocked down in car accident

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 postbox painted gold in honour of Andy Murray’s 2012 Olympics triumph has been knocked down by a car. Pictures on social media showed the vehicle beside the postbox lying on the ground in the tennis star’s hometown of Dunblane.One eyewitness told PA the car “rolled back and knocked the post box out”.A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “We’re aware that the Andy Murray gold postbox has been knocked down and will look to reinstate it as soon as possible.”Murray beat Roger Federer to win gold at Wimbledon in the London 2012 games with other Team GB athletes including Sir Chris Hoy also receiving the honour of a painted postbox.A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Forth Valley attended at Dunblane High Street at around 7.50pm on Monday July 22 following a report of a low-speed collision where a Mercedes car struck a Royal Mail postbox.”The female driver of the car sustained a minor injury but didn’t require medical attention.”Inquiries into this incident are ongoing.” read more

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Two more due in court over Dale Creighton death

first_imgTWO MORE MEN are due in court tomorrow charged in connection with the death of Dale Creighton in Tallaght on New Year’s Day.The two men, both aged in their 20s, are expected to appear before a sitting of Tallaght District Court tomorrow morning where they will be charged in connection with the investigation into the death of 20-year-old Creighton.A third male, also aged in his 20s and who was arrested on Friday, has been released without charge.In total six people have been brought before the courts and charged in relation to Creighton’s death in hospital on Thursday. This followed an assault on Saint Dominic’s Road in the south Dublin suburb in the early hours of Wednesday morning.David Burke (25), with an address at Village Square, Tallaght, in Dublin 24 and James O’Brien (21) of Avonbeg Drive, Tallaght were both charged with violent disorder under Section 15 of the Criminal Justice Act at a special court sitting yesterday.Also charged are Graham Palmer, 24, of Homelawn Road; Aisling Burke, 20, Bolbrook Grove; Ross Callery, 20, Westpark, all from Tallaght and all three charged with violent disorder.James Reid, 23, also of Homelawn Road, was charged with producing a knife during the row.Read: Two more men charged in relation to death of Dale Creightonlast_img read more

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TD hits out at twotier economy as Donegal misses out on fair

first_imgA DONEGAL TD has hit out at “the two-tier economy” that marginalises regional counties and focuses investment on built up urban areas.Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North-East, described the efforts of IDA Ireland to woo foreign direct investment to the his constituency as “very disappointing”.Donegal continues to miss out on a fair crack of the investment coming into this country. Only 177 jobs were created in Donegal last year. Out of the 164 new investments, none of them are in Donegal. The IDA are only paying lip service to Donegal.A total of ten IDA sponsored visits were made by potential investors to County Donegal in the last eighteen months.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, McConalogue emphasised the fact that the IDA Ireland businesses that are established in Donegal have been doing well:What has been seen is that the existing companies within the county have performed quite well. Pramerica [Systems Ireland] was voted one of the best places to work in Ireland.However, he added: “It is a two tier economy with places like Donegal being marginalised.”Speaking in response to a parliamentary question by McConalogue, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Employment Richard Bruton said:Donegal’s industry base is transforming from the clothing and textile industry into high tech, high skill activity and IDA Ireland actively promotes Donegal as a successful location for high-end manufacturing.In Donegal, there are currently 13 IDA Ireland-supported companies. Between them they employ 2,381 people in full-time and part-time roles. The main areas of employment are software development, systems development and the medical technology industry.Minister Bruton also emphasised that another focus for IDA Ireland was promoting stronger economic ties with Northern Ireland. A focus of this is the gateway between Letterkenny and Derry. This is in line with the NI Regional Development Strategy 2025. There is plans to erect a new office facility in Letterkenny as part of this.READ: Bruton wants to stay in jobs portfolioREAD: 100 technology jobs coming to Galway in the next 5 yearslast_img read more

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Think your dentist visit was bad This Indian teen had 232 teeth

first_imgSURGEONS IN MUMBAI have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation.Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city’s JJ Hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma according to head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar. “We operated on Monday and it took us almost seven hours. We thought it may be a simple surgery but once we opened it there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone,” she said.After removing those they also found a larger “marble-like” structure which they struggled to shift and eventually had to “chisel out” and remove in fragments, she added.The youngster’s father, Suresh Gavai, said that the family had been worried that Ashik’s swelling was a cancerous growth.“I was worried that it may turn out to be cancer so I brought him to Mumbai,” Gavai told the Mumbai Mirror newspaper. The teeth fragments were chipped out in a seven hour operation. Source: Youtube/TodayWorldNewsDhivare-Palwankar said the literature they had come across on the condition showed a maximum of 37 teeth being removed in such a procedure, whereas she and her team had counted more than 232 taken from Gavai’s mouth.“I think it could be a world record,” she said.Gavai’s jawbone structure was maintained during the operation so it should heal without any deformities, the surgeon added.© – AFP 2014Read: Boy fakes own kidnapping to get out of going to the dentist >Read: Two million people can get a free dental check-up – but most of us don’t even know it exists >last_img read more

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FactoryBuilt Nuclear Power Coming To A Lab Near You

first_imgPrefab nuclear power plants might sound straight out of a 1950’s vision for the nuclear age, but the technology may be on its way to laboratories across the country. The New York Times is reporting that the Obama administration’s budget, which will be officially proposed tomorrow, includes funding for research into low-cost, modular nuclear plants that can be quickly assembled and shipped without the overhead of traditional designs. Designed to be deployed at first in large-scale national laboratories, like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the plants cost up to $2 billion, a small fraction of the $10 billion price of a typical nuclear reactor, but offer about 1/20th of the output. The use of these reactors is expected to help the Energy Department lower its carbon footprint by 28 percent before 2020.In the long-term, this research is expected to yield the ability to mass-produce these power plants, assembly-line style, allowing them to replace existing coal plants already on the grid. According to the Times, this type of modular reactor saves utilities from the large start-up costs associated with building a traditional reactor, allowing for more options when it comes time to replace older, less environmentally-friendly plants. They also produce roughly the same amount of power as older coal plants from the middle of the century that are now nearing retirement.The administration will likely be asking for $500 million over five years, which will pay for half of the design costs for two reactors.[via New York Times, image via Flickr: Bagalute, CC-BY]last_img read more

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Patrick Wilson Will Take on Jason Momoa in Aquaman

first_img Joaquin Phoenix Wanted Thomas Wayne Excluded From ‘Joker’ Script’Joker’ Earns High Rotten Tomatoes Score From Film Critics In casting news that no one saw coming from 20,000 nautical miles away, I ordain @patrickwilson73 the Ocean Master. #KingOrm #Aquaman— James Wan (@creepypuppet) December 13, 2016 Stay on target The Aquaman movie is chugging along with news that it cast its villain and it’s probably not who you were expecting.It was announced Monday that Patrick Wilson will be facing off against Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry in the upcoming film as Orm Marius, also known as Ocean Master.The actor, best known by Geek readers for playing Nite Owl in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film, will be returning to work with James Wan, who’s directing Aquaman. The two previously worked together on Insidious and The Conjuring films. Considering how often the two work together, it comes as no surprise that Wilson would show up.Wan understands how obvious it was too. Teehee. Here we go. @creepypuppet https://t.co/n06e5bV0kw— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) December 12, 2016It’s not a bad choice. It’s just not an obvious one. If we would’ve guessed which villain would appear in the first Aquaman movie, we expected Black Manta, who’s the character’s most famous nemesis. Didn’t also help that TheWrap reported in August that Aquaman would be facing off against Black Manta.Orm is still a formidable threat. He’s Curry’s human half-brother, although how they’re related depends on the DC timeline. Sometimes he’s a pirate and sometimes he’s made a deal with a demon for a powerful mystic trident. Considering Warner Bros.’ previous decisions in regards to tone and realism in its DC films, we can deduce they’re probably not going to go for the latter. Either way, we can expect something like a Thor/Loki rivalry for the DCEU. Let’s just hope it isn’t exactly like that.Interestingly, Wilson has already appeared in the DCEU. He provided the voice for the President of the United States in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Since we never saw his face, we assume that continuity won’t be completely ruined with the casting.Aquaman also stars Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Vulko. It’ll crash into theaters on July 27, 2018.last_img read more

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Eastbound lanes on SR 836 to close overnight

first_imgAll eastbound lanes on SR 836 will be detoured to the West Flagler Street/NW 72 Ave./Milam Dairy Road exit ramp, Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., for construction.Drivers can get off at the exit, continue east on the eastbound SR 836 Collector Road and merge onto the eastbound SR 836 mainline lanes after Northwest 72 Avenue.If weather or unforeseen conditions affect the closures, they will be scheduled for the next available night.Drivers can call 511 or log on to www.fl511.com for more information.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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iRobots unleashes its fanciest Roomba and robot mop ever

first_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Neato’s D4 and D6 robots target dirt, deal seekers and pet owners CNET Smart Home reading • Roomba gets an upgrade and a new floor mopping sidekick CNET Smart Home Share your voice Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) See All 9 Photos Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart Home iRobot The iRobot Roomba S9+ and Braava jet m6 work together to vacuum and mop your floors. iRobot iRobot pulled the tarp off of two new, highly advanced robot cleaners. The first is the $1,299 Roomba S9+ robot vacuum, the company’s latest flagship product. The second is the $499 Braava Jet m6, a fresh iteration of its Braava line of robotic mops.These two robot floor cleaners don’t merely boast updated smarts and enhanced cleaning abilities. iRobot says it designed its new robots to work together, where the Roomba vacuums first, then it instructs the Braava to mop up behind it. The goal is to replicate the way you would clean your floors yourself.Read more from ZDNET: How iRobot used data science and the cloud to design its next-gen smart home robots A high price for hands-off cleaningIf you’re stunned by the steep price tags of these robots, I don’t blame you. The cost of automatic floor cleaners has plummeted in recent years. You can now get a basic robot vacuum model for a little as $224. Why would anyone spend five times more for the Roomba S9+, let alone twice as much for the Braava Jet m6 mop? The answer is convenience, at least according to iRobot.Like the Roomba i7+ that iRobot announced last year, the Roomba S9+ will, by and large, clean itself. The robot comes with a CleanBase docking port that charges its battery. The dock also empties the Roomba’s dustbin after each vacuum session. 0 • Tags Equipped with a large, disposable vacuum bag, the CleanBase holds 30 dustbin loads of debris — enough for weeks of hands-free cleaning. And when it’s time for a new bag, just remove the sealed pouch from the CleanBase then toss it in the trash.   iRobot’s new Roomba i9+ is designed to clean edges and corners well. iRobot Made to hug tight cornersThe Roomba S9+ has other design enhancements, too. On this model, iRobot decided to ditch its classic round body in favor of a half-circle chassis. It’s a design right out of competitor Neato’s playbook. Read more:  Forgot to turn the Roomba on before you left? Amazon Echo can help | The 10 best vacuums to use for kitchen cleanupRobot vacuums made by Neato have had a similar “D” shape for years. Neato says the design translates to superior cleaning in room corners. Examples include our Editors’ Choice Award-winning Botvac Connected, along with the Botvac D3, D4, D6 and D7.Apparently the Roomba S9 takes things a step further. The machine has something iRobot calls “PerfectEdge” technology, a behavior that drives the Roomba to hug room edges tightly. It will even back up and reposition itself, all for the benefit of attacking corners and edges with minimal clearance. iRobot’s latest Roomba and Braava mop will communicate to coordinate floor cleaning. iRobot One mean mopping machineFor the mop, iRobot says the Braava Jet m6 is its biggest, baddest, mopping robot yet. Unlike its Braava predecessors, the new model comes with its own charging dock. iRobot also says it boasts the same intelligent floor mapping skills as its Roomba vacuum brethren. That means it can cover multiple rooms on the same floor, just like premium Roombas can.To make this happen, iRobot gave the m6 a bigger water tank, plus the ability to return to its dock to recharge, then resume cleaning until its task is complete. You can either fill the Braava’s tank with plain water or a special cleaning solution. This liquid sourced from iRobot will add a sheen to hard surfaces, along with a pleasant fragrance.And since both the Braava Jet m6 and Roomba S9+ speak to the same iRobot mobile app, they will coordinate to clean your floors. Through the app you have the option of commanding the two machines to tidy up single rooms, or the entire floor, with one screen tap.Read more: Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners for 2019 | Magical new Roomba empties its bin by itself | Trifo’s robot vacuum cleans with speed and on the cheapReady to buy right nowAmerican and Canadian shoppers can buy both floor cleaners immediately through iRobot’s website. The Roomba S9+ and Braava Jet m6 will also hit retailers on June 9, 2019.    Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Post a commentlast_img read more

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Tularemia sideeffect Hare population cycle makes pets more susceptible to predators

first_imgThe snowshoe hare is the most common carrier of the ticks that spread the bacteria that causes tularemia. There are fewer snowshoe hares this year because they’re near the low point of their 8- to 11-year population cycle. (ADF&G photo) The state Fish and Game Department says tularemia is showing up early this year in snowshoe hares around the Interior and areas south of the Alaska Range. So a state veterinarian is warning people who own pets or livestock to watch out for the disease – and for predators that usually prey on the hares. Beckmen says pet owners should be careful to wear gloves when removing the varmint from the dog’s or cat’s mouth, or use a plastic bag the same way you’d use one to pick up their poop. The pet owner should then wash up thoroughly, because humans also can catch tularemia. And she says the pet should immediately be taken to a vet if it begins to show signs of the disease. Editor’s note: Click here for the downloadable form to submit a hare carcass or sample to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Click here to find out more about sending a tick to the Fish and Game Department’s new Submit-a-Tick program. It’s not unusual for state wildlife and veterinary officials to be getting reports on suspected cases of tularemia right around now. But Fish and Game veterinarian Kimberlee Beckmen says her office first started getting reports last month of sickly snowshow hares around Fairbanks and Kenny Lake. Despite the warm weather, Beckmen says it’s also odd that the disease is showing up already, because there aren’t many snowshoe hares out there. With the early onset of the disease comes the usual advisories for pet owners to make sure their cats and dogs don’t kill sickened hares or scavenge their carcasses. She says the hares are near the point in their 8- to-11-year cycle where the population is bottoming-out. And she says that raises an additional risk for pets, because the predators that feed on hares like lynx have to look elsewhere for prey. “Keep an eye on your pets,” she said, “and if you do find that they have gotten ahold of a sick or dead hare, get it away from them.”center_img “The first calls that I got were about two weeks earlier than we usually see,” she said Wednesday. “I think it’s more of a weather thing,” she said. “It just seems to me that we had such an early spring, and it was so warm, and it just really encourages tick numbers.” “The hares are now at lower numbers – much lower numbers.” Beckmen works in Fish and Game’s Fairbanks office, and she says she’s already gotten the carcass of a hare that tests have shown to be infected. She says anyone who’d like to submit a hare carcass they found or a tick that was on it should go online to the Fish and Game website for more information. “They’re going to be running a fever, so they’re going to be lethargic, they won’t want to eat, and they’ll just be very, very weak.” “When the hare numbers drop, the lynx numbers take a year or two to drop, because they have less prey,” she said. “And in the meantime, they are going to be more likely to go after pets.” Beckmen reckons that’s at least partly because the unusually warm weather that followed the mild winter in those areas allowed the ticks that spread the tularemia bacteria to thrive.last_img read more

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Myanmar rejects ICC bid for full Rohingya probe

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersMyanmar’s military on Thursday rejected an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s call for a full investigation into alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims.Fatou Bensouda launched a preliminary probe in September into the 2017 crackdown by Myanmar’s military that forced some 740,000 Rohingya over the border into Bangladesh with accounts of rape, mass killings and razing of villages.On Wednesday she said she would take the issue to the next stage by submitting a request to ICC judges to open a full investigation.It is not clear when that decision would be made.Myanmar has not signed up to the ICC, but the court ruled in September it has jurisdiction over alleged atrocities because Bangladesh — where the Rohingya are now refugees — is a member.Myanmar had rejected the ruling in September in a typically defiant manner, a position a military spokesman reiterated Thursday.”The military and government have not neglected the issue and have been trying to take action against those who committed abuses,” Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Htun told AFP Thursday.”Myanmar has an investigative committee looking at this and they (the ICC) should respect what we are doing,” he said, adding that the “ICC’s interference harms the dignity” of Myanmar and its military.The government and army have acknowledged virtually no wrongdoing related to the “clearance operations” they justified as a means of rooting out Rohingya insurgents in western Rakhine state.Seven soldiers jailed for their role in the killing of 10 Rohingya were freed despite serving less time than two Reuters reporters imprisoned for exposing the massacre.Asia Pacific director for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Frederick Rawski said an ICC intervention was “entirely appropriate”.”The military has proven itself wholly unwilling and incapable of providing justice for crimes under international law perpetrated against Rohingyas,” he said.UN investigators have separately called for the prosecution of top Myanmar generals for “genocide”.last_img
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Local Artist Puckers Up For Diabetes Research

first_img– / 6You could say Natalie Irish has kissing down to an art. Wearing electric blue lipstick that matches her hair, she’s showing how she paints a picture by puckering up to a canvas.“As you successively kiss after one application after one application, it gets lighter,” she explains, bending over to demonstrate on a canvas in her home. “And so you can use that to your advantage for shading.”Some refer to Irish as the kissing artist, but she sees herself as a painter whose brushes are her lips. “It’s all the same concepts of shading and proportion,” she explains. “If you’re going to draw a portrait with a paintbrush or a pencil or lipstick, you still have to know how to draw a portrait.”Her subjects have included pop icons Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix but she also paints landscapes and cityscapes. She’s done projects with big name cosmetic brands and has even been a guest on the Conan O’Brien Show.The 34-year-old Manvel resident stays busy traveling the world for events and festivals but she makes time for another passion: inspiring others dealing with diabetes.  Irish was diagnosed with Type One diabetes when she was 18. She’s appearing at the American Diabetes Association Expo at NRG Park this Saturday.“These kids hear over and over again, ‘This disease doesn’t define you and you can do whatever you want.’ And I’m living proof of that,” she says. “It’s like, ‘No, you really can. I made up my own job.’”Irish will be showcasing some of her work and letting fans create their own kissing art at the Expo. Lipstick will be provided. 00:00 /01:26 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

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Injured Central Texas Deputy Released From Hospital

first_img Share Twitter User @KRLD, Dallas/Fort Worth Radio Station A Central Texas sheriff’s deputy injured in an exchange of gunfire with a man who’d allegedly made a bogus burglary call to lure officers has been released from the hospital. Hays County sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Gieselman was injured in the early Friday morning shooting. Hays County officials told the Austin American-Statesman that the 28-year-old was released from the hospital Saturday evening.Officials say he’ll need continuing treatment for injuries to his torso and legs.Gieselman was shot during what authorities described as an ambush. Officials say that as deputies responded to a call of a break-in at a Wimberley antiques shop, 26-year-old Rocky Miles West opened fire while crouching behind a rock wall above the shop.Authorities said deputies returned fire. West died of apparent gunshot wounds.last_img read more

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Conroe Detention Center For Unaccompanied Minors Will Close

first_imgDepartment of Health and Human ServicesA Southwest Key facility in Brownsville.Austin-based nonprofit Southwest Key plans to close the facility by early October because of an “unexpected loss of federal funding,” according to a letter to the mayor of Conroe. The Conroe facility is licensed to hold up to 160 people. They’re also closing another shelter in Harlingen near the border. “It is significant in the sense that we now have even more questions as to what’s going on with the funding,” said Cesar Espinosa, executive director of the immigration advocacy group FIEL. “If there’s money running out, if they’ve just opened so many centers all over the country that now they really in fact are running out of money to run some of these places.”Espinosa said the announcement also raises questions about where the young detainees will go when the facility closes. “Are they going to be sent to other centers? Are they going to overcrowd other centers, like the one that’s on 419 Emancipation?” Espinosa said. “What’s really going to happen to these children who are currently in detention?”In a statement, Southwest Key said they’re planning to move youth to some of the organization’s other shelters, though they didn’t disclose specific details. They also said they’re working to minimize layoffs, something that has some city officials in Conroe worried.“The impact on us here in the city of Conroe is the loss of the jobs,” said Conroe Mayor Toby Powell. “The people are now going to have to try to find other means of support, so that’s what it’s going to do to us.”The Joe Corley Detention Facility is another facility located in Conroe, where the detention centers form part of the local economy. According to NPR, the Joe Corley facility is owned by GEO Group, the nation’s largest private prison company, which receives $32 million a year from ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service to house, feed and provide medical care for a thousand detainees.Powell said the news about Southwest Key closing the facility for minors caught him by surprise.“I got the news through an email from them expressing their concerns about having to close the facility down,” Powell said. “I don’t know the reasoning behind it, except they had said they lost their funding.” Sharelast_img read more

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Amazon Scores UK Premier League Soccer Rights Deal

first_img Popular on Variety Two of the seven packages of rights available had been left unsold in that last round of deal-making, with the EPL reportedly failing to get its original asking price. Amazon has now stepped in and scooped up one of those tranches of rights. Specifically, Amazon gets 10 games over one of the Premier League’s busy public-holiday periods, likely Boxing Day, Dec. 26., and 10 during one of the league’s program of midweek fixtures.“The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world,” said Jay Marine, vice president of Prime Video in Europe. “Over these two December fixture rounds, Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you’re guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video.”“We welcome Amazon as an exciting new partner and we know Prime Video will provide an excellent service on which fans can consume the Premier League,” added Richard Scudamore, the league’s executive chairman.The soccer move is Amazon’s biggest play yet as it moves into sports, differentiating itself from streaming rival Netflix in the process. It has already secured ATP and U.S. Open tennis for the U.K. and NFL games. It also has a range of sports-themed doc series such as the “All or Nothing” strand that includes “All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks,” “All or Nothing: Manchester City,” and “All or Nothing: Dallas Cowboys.”The Amazon deal is good news for the EPL, which will welcome competition after the value of its main rights packages fell this time. For U.K. soccer fans, the fragmenting rights deals mean they need multiple subscriptions to see all games. Amazon has netted a package of rights to English Premier League soccer games for its Prime Video streaming service, a major move into U.K. premium sports rights by the U.S. online giant. The deal runs for three seasons from 2019.The agreement gives Amazon a package of 20 matches per season from the league. The company said it would make the games available as part of its current Amazon Prime subscription deal. The other remaining package of rights has been picked up by telco BT, which will play the matches on its BT Sport service.Pay-TV giant Sky has for years been the home of Premier League games in Britain, which are a cornerstone of its business. BT has also joined the fray in recent years and, with Sky, had already sealed deals for the majority of the EPL games between 2019 and 2022. Sky has 128 games per season, and BT has 52.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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id Software serves up 5 minutes of Rage gameplay

first_imgid Software game releases are a big event for many gamers. The developer hardly ever puts a foot wrong and always seems to deliver a solid FPS experience. With John Carmack at the helm you know the game is going to look great too, and Rage is shaping up to be another classic.A new gameplay trailer has been released by parent company Bethesda carrying the title Shrouded. It’s over 5 minutes of gameplay and shows the game off in a very good light, especially in the all-important area of combat.First of all, the game looks gorgeous with its seamless transitions from driving in outdoor locations to detailed interiors. The environments, characters, tech, and effects all look great while the game clips along at a stutter-free framerate. Even if this demo is running on a super rig, Carmack’s engines are renowned for running well on low-end hardware.On the gameplay front we have the addition of vehicle driving and combat which should add something. But more interesting is the use of tech alongside the traditionally varied range of weaponry. You can release a spider bot to help chase down the enemy, lay a turret to keep the enemy at bay, or break out the remote control car complete with explosives to explore areas too small for you to go yourself.Enemies seem to be quite intelligent too. They’ll retreat, take out your turrets, and if they are injured it will effect their speed: hit them in the leg, they limp. That should make for some interesting gun battles where you have limited ammo and a room full of guys to take down. Empty your clip injuring them, then switch to a close combat knife to finish off maybe?It all adds up to a day one purchase for this gamer, and hopefully my current rig will present the game as it was meant to be played in glorious HD resolution with all the settings turned up high.This isn’t the last gameplay tease we will see before launch. The Shrouded trailer actually advertises the next one which is called The Well. That should appear long before the September 13 release date, and probably sometime in July.last_img read more

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Appeals court upholds verdict against Bahrain activist

first_imgMANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A Bahraini appeals court on Thursday upheld a verdict against prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab for insulting government ministries on Twitter, his lawyer said.The decision confirms a January verdict against Rajab, who was sentenced to six months in prison for insulting the ministries of defense and interior in tweets alleging that Bahrain’s security institutions were incubators for extremist ideology. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Men’s health affects baby’s health too Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona “Bahrain today remains a country where exercising freedom of speech is treated as a crime,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Rajab had been allowed to remain free on bail pending appeal, but he was detained early last month on suspicion of separate charges related to different comments he made on Twitter. That case is still ongoing and he remains behind bars.Rajab will seek to have the charges in Thursday’s decision overturned by the court of cassation, the last court of appeal, lawyer Jalila al-Sayed told The Associated Press.Bahrain is an important Western ally in the Gulf, and hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.The tiny island nation has faced four years of unrest led by its majority Shiites calling for greater political rights from the Sunni leadership. With help from security forces from neighboring Gulf states, Bahrain put down widespread protests in 2011. But occasional demonstrations still occur, and anti-government activists frequently clash with riot police.Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and is active in other rights groups. He has been detained and prosecuted over Twitter comments in the past.Amnesty International criticized Thursday’s decision, saying it shows a “complete disregard for the right to freedom of expression.” It called for Rajab to be released immediately and said his incarceration is proof that government promises of reform are “empty gestures.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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