Female social spiders don’t mind being stereotyped. The 5- to 8-mm-long brown arachnids (Anelosimus studiosus, shown), which live in colonies composed of about six females in North and South America, pick jobs that best suit their personalities. Aggressive spiders are most likely to be hunters, defenders, and web engineers, researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, whereas docile spiders are more likely to care for young. The choices make sense, according to the study: Compared with docile spiders, aggressive spiders are more than twice as effective at capturing prey; they construct webs that last 64% longer; and they are more than eight times as likely to successfully repel intruders by chasing them off and then buffering the colony with thick, mazelike matrices of silk. Likewise, when the colony hatched dozens of offspring, the little ones survived twice as long under the docile spiders’ care; the aggressive spiders had the unfortunate tendency to mistake their progeny for food.
AdvertisementImage Courtesy: India TVThe Windies’ rise in the subcontinent continued with a convincing win over the Men In Blue to level the series. A collective effort by the visitors ensured a victory by 43 runs despite Virat Kohli scoring his third successive hundred in the series.Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Virat Kohli and co. did not fare a good time out in the sun as West Indies managed to score 283-9 in their allotted 50 overs. Although Jasprit Bumrah marked an eventful return with 4 wickets to his name, rest of the bowlers were far from their best.Despite strangling the Windies at 121-5 at one stage of the game, Shai Hope stitched a crucial 76-run stand with skipper Jason Holder to take the game away from the Indians.The wicket-keeper batsman continued his fine form from Vizag. Hope missed out on a second successive ton by five runs after being dismissed by Bumrah’s scorching yorker. Ashley Nurse played a priceless quickfire knock of 40 off just 22 deliveries to steer the Windies to the eventual total.The Indian chase, once again began on a sour note as Jason Holder scalped Rohit Sharma early in the innings. While Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan seemed to get the innings back on track, the spinners kept a tight hold in the middle overs which led to Dhawan’s dismissal.Middle order woes continued for the hosts as the trio of Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, and MS Dhoni failed to get going with Kohli stranded at the other end. The dismissal of Kohli was the last straw for the Indians as they folded up quickly to hand Windies the morale-boosting win.Marlon Samuels rolled his golden arm to get the crucial wicket of Kohli and cleaning up the Indian tail-order at the same time. The series is set for an interesting turn as Windies show their true potential, they will hope for more of the same in the 4th ODI in Mumbai.Man Of The Match: Ashley NurseBrief ScorecardWest Indies 283-9 (50 overs) (S.Hope 95, A.Nurse 40; J.Bumrah 4-35)India 240 all out (47.4 overs) (V.Kohli 107, S.Dhawan 35; M.Samuels 3-12)Read Also:Ind vs WI: Fresh off being dropped, Dhoni reminds us of his worth behind the stumps Advertisement
Brazilian football legend Pele is getting married for the third time, tying the knot with his partner Marcia Cibele Aoki on Tuesday.Pele, 75, met his 42-year-old partner in New York in the 1980s but the couple did not start dating until 2010, Pele told the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.Pele was previously married to Rosemeri Cholbi, with whom he had three children — Edinho, Jennifer and Kelly – and Assiria Nascimento, who gave birth to twins Joshua and Celeste.Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is regarded by many as the best footballer in history.He scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches for Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil, and played in the national team’s 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cup triumphs.
Andy Murray has returned to a tennis court two months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.Murray, who has not played competitively since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January, said last month he could possibly play at Wimbledon as he was now pain free after the surgery.The 31-year-old posted a short video on Instagram, where he was seen hitting the ball in an outdoor court while rallying with a wall with a caption, “It’s a start.”From Andy Murray’s Instastory. And what a joy to see him hitting! ???? pic.twitter.com/mPwUN22rkaLaWanda (@lawanda50) April 1, 2019Murray had said he was not sure he could play in the singles draw at Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice, but targeted a possible return in doubles at this year’s tournament as it put less stress on his hip.The three-times Grand Slam champion compared his situation to that of American doubles player Bob Bryan who returned to the court 5-1/2 months after a similar procedure.This year’s Wimbledon begins on July 1.Also Read | Andy Murray could make return after hip surgery, says mother JudyAlso Read | Stan Wawrinka’s ‘get well soon’ bear to Andy Murray might leave his kids fightingAlso Read | Pain-free Andy Murray targets competitive return after hip surgery
Vijay Sethupathi, who recently starred in his landmark 25th film Seethakaathi, received mixed reviews from the audience and critics. The actor makes it a point to act in at least four films in a year.Currently, the Vikram Vedha actor is shooting for director Seenu Ramasamy’s Maamanithan in Kerala. After wrapping up this ongoing schedule, Sethupathi will move on to his next flick, which will be directed by debutant Venkata Krishna Roghanth.The exciting part of this film is that it is a romantic musical film, which will be shot in and around a church. Speaking to a daily, the director said, “The entire film happens during two months – December and January – amidst Christmas and New Year revelry. So, a church forms the major backdrop. As per the script, we need it to be a really old church. After scouting for one and not finding any, we realised that it would be better if we erected a set of the church. Our producer Esakki Durai also agreed to this. Since the church has to be situated in a hill station, art director John Britto has taken references for its architecture from the actual designs of British and Indian architects of that time.”Also, Vijay Sethupathi will be sporting a new look for the untitled movie. “His character is more like that of a tramp, and he will have the look of a freaky musician,” Venkata Krishnan revealed.Nivas Prasanna of Sethupathi and Thegidi fame has been roped in to compose music for the film. He travelled to the US to research about musical films.advertisement”The music has to be a mix of western classical and folk, and Nivas felt that it would be better if we recorded the music in the US, so he went there for a few days to do the background work,” the director shared.ALSO READ: Karthick Naren teams up with Arvind Swami againALSO WATCH: Arvind Swami on #MeToo movement and censorship at Conclave south 2018
No sporting contest makes ‘what might have been’ stories like the Grand National and, for the 42 years since Red Rum last won it, there have been plenty such stories created by the horses who have tried to emulate him. Mighty animals whose names are remembered still, such as Corbiere, Earth Summit and Hedgehunter, crowned their careers with a single victory but turning the same trick once more proved beyond them.This is not a recent trend. Before Red Rum, in the whole of the 20th century, there was only Reynoldstown in 1935 and 1936, and he was the first dual winner for half a century. Golden Miller won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in five consecutive years but he managed only one Grand National, finding it hard to keep his jockey on board when he tackled Aintree on other occasions. Share on WhatsApp Grand National Topics The National has changed a great deal since the Thirties but there are still 30 formidable fences and 39 formidable rivals for any horse who wants to win. To take them all on and emerge triumphant twice is to catch lightning in a bottle.Merely staying fit enough to run in the race more than once is a considerable achievement by the trainer and reflects well on the constitution of the animal in question. Grand National horses are not youngsters; they have been racing for several seasons and most have clocked up a lot of miles.Neptune Collonges was retired on the spot when he won his National by about an inch in 2012. Rule The World, who somehow overcame repeated pelvic problems to follow the grey into the winner’s enclosure four years later, had one more race, when he finished sixth.Others have been affected by ‘Big Horse Syndrome’, not a term used by any reputable vets but nevertheless something that followers of racing have come to notice over the years. Big, talented horses so often seem to have some sort of athletic injury at some stage and it is often enough to interrupt their careers for a year or so. Some retain their former talent, others do not.One For Arthur could be seen as falling into that category. A tremendously impressive physical specimen, he stayed on far too strongly for his rivals in this race two years ago, but then spent a year on the sidelines with a tendon problem and, until Saturday, had not completed the course in another race. He was a game sixth here and there could easily be another big day in him. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Other National winners, who bounded over the fences on their way to victory, perhaps took the jumping part of the job for granted when they returned to the Liverpool area. Aldaniti and Hallo Dandy fell at the first fence in the years after they won.Corbiere, the 1983 winner, completed the course three times in a row, then fell at the fourth the next year. West Tip takes high rank among horses who came close to winning twice, as he was travelling best of all when slithering on to his belly at second Becher’s in 1985, then had his deserved success 12 months later.Several winners have run well the next year but found the extra weight given them made all the difference between glory and a lesser place on the podium. Hedgehunter would have won a second National were it not for the pesky Numbersixvalverde, carrying a stone less than him.If there is a bar where old National winners share hard luck yarns, Party Politics has a good one. Trying to win the race for a second time, he looked menacing until being pulled up along with most of the field at halfway as jockeys realised there had been a false start and the race was void.Tiger Roll has had better luck than some of his predecessors. His small size, which led to the ‘little rat’ nickname being bestowed on him by Michael O’Leary, has worked in his favour as he has proved remarkably durable, avoiding major injuries. Quick on his feet, he has dodged all the familiar trouble that bedevils the National, memorably sidestepping a faller at Becher’s Brook last year.“You see him walking round out there with big, hairy chasers, much bigger than him,” O’Leary said. “But he’s always been a battler. People warm to an underdog who overachieves.” The Observer Aintree Share on Facebook features Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share via Email Grand National 2019 Horse racing The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter Tiger Roll
Man Utd attacker Lingard: This is the Pogba I used to knowby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJesse Lingard believes that his Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba is “freed” by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Pogba has shown his best form since manager Jose Mourinho was fired, notching four goals in the last two games.And Lingard believes Pogba has more freedom under the new boss.”I can definitely, definitely, see the Paul I used to know,” Lingard told reporters after the 4-1 success over Bournemouth.”I have seen him playing through the ranks and he is back to that player, the player we know.”Paul’s enjoying his football. He’s playing in the role he likes to play in just inside, off the left.”He has the freedom to make things happen. He has always got forward in that position and scored goals.”Ole has helped him 100%. He has given him the confidence and licence to be free, to play his game and do what we know he can.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
AMES, IA – NOVEMBER 18: Iowa State Cyclones fans rush the field after an upset win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium November 18, 2011 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Reese Strickland/Getty Images)College Football Week 2 didn’t bring a ton of drama, though the highly-anticipated game between LSU and Texas in Austin was a treat. The Tigers pulled out the win, as five of our nine staff members predicted entering the weekend.There were some games that tripped us up, big time. UCLA continues to free fall, losing to San Diego State, which we did not anticipate. Kansas’ loss to Coastal Carolina, Miami falling to UNC, and Washington’s late night upset loss to Cal were also unanimous losses.We’re starting to get a better sense of the season. On paper, Week 3 doesn’t have a ton in the way of intrigue, with no Top 25 showdowns on the schedule.Of course, that doesn’t mean it is a Saturday worth skipping out on. Sometimes these weeks bring the most craziness. Through two weeks of staff picks, a five-pick difference remains between first and last place. Here is how the standings look so far:1. Matt Hladik: 91-15 2. Stephen Driscoll: 90-16 3. Tzvi Machlin: 89-17 T-4. Andrew Holleran: 88-18 T-4. Dan Lyons: 88-18 T-4. Chris Rosvoglou: 88-18 T-4. Alek Arend: 88-18 8. Andrew McCarty: 87-19 9. Matt Lombardi: 86-20We do have some interesting games in Week 3.On Friday night, North Carolina and Wake Forest play in what is technically a non-conference game. Figure that one out. They’re followed by a fun potential shootout at NRG Stadium in Houston between the hometown Cougars and Washington State.On Saturday, Ohio State and Clemson travel to underdog schools at which they often struggle: Indiana and Syracuse, respectively. Red-hot Maryland looks to keep it going against a tricky Temple squad. Penn State and Pitt play the last scheduled game of their rivalry and Mississippi State and Kansas State have a Power Five vs. Power Five non-conference battle.Elsewhere on the schedule, Alabama has its first trip to South Carolina since enigmatic quarterback Stephen Garcia led the Gamecocks to a shocking upset over the Tide in 2010, UCF and Stanford face off in Orlando, USC looks to stay undefeated at BYU, and of course, the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry gets College GameDay treatment in Ames.Florida looks for revenge against Terry Wilson-less Kentucky, undefeated Hawaii makes its way to the mainland for the first time to face a Washington team coming off a shocking loss, and struggling Florida State and UCLA teams look to show something, anything against ranked Virginia and powerhouse Oklahoma.Here are our picks for College Football Week 3. We have some pretty big splits on UNC-Wake Forest, Iowa-ISU, Purdue-TCU, FSU-Virginia, and Texas Tech-Arizona: The SpunEvery week, we pick each game involving Power Five and other Top 25 programs. Check back to see how the contest, which often comes down to the final slate of games, shakes out.
New York Metro Residents to Top the Crowds of Travelers Going to the Super Bowl, Allianz Survey Shows Richmond, VA, January 29, 2019 — While the New England Patriots already have ten Super Bowl appearances behind them, its fans will be showing up in droves to this year’s game, which pits them against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, February 3 in Atlanta. Nine percent of travelers heading to Atlanta over the weekend are coming from the Boston metro area, compared to eight percent from greater Los Angeles, according to a survey by Allianz Global Assistance. More hometown fans could help the Pats secure their sixth Super Bowl win, as the team is currently favored to win by CBS Sports. In addition to those traveling from Boston and Los Angeles, an impressive percentage are coming from the New York area (14.3 percent), perhaps due to the high population density and significant concentration of both West Coast and New England transplants in the Tri-state area. Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance and assistance company, reviewed Americans’ travel plans* for roundtrip flights landing in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport between January 31 – February 2, 2019, and returning February 4 – 5, 2019. Despite the colder climes of last year’s game in Minneapolis, Super Bowl LII drew a higher percentage of fans from the competing teams than this year. In 2018, 15 percent of attendees traveled from Philadelphia, and 10 percent from Boston in the Eagles versus Patriots game, amounting to a full 25 percent of fans, compared to this year’s 17 percent. “Football fans will be flocking to Atlanta for the upcoming Super Bowl, with Pats fans expected to just outnumber Rams fans,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications and marketing at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “The right travel policy can safeguard fans’ investments to get to the Big Game, particularly at a time of year when winter weather or other unexpected events can delay or interrupt a trip.” Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com. RankOrigin City (airports within 60 miles)Percent of Travelers1New York (LGA, JFK, EWR)14.3 percent2Boston (BOS, PVD)9.3 percent3Los Angeles (LAX, SNA, ONT, BUR)8 percent4Washington, DC Area (DCA, IAD, BWI)4.3 percent5Chicago3.5 percent Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 40 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visit allianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS.
Family and friends of an Ontario teen who died while on a graduation trip are still waiting for answers as they try to come to terms with their loss.Alex Sagriff of Belleville, Ont. died on July 6 while on vacation in Veradero, Cuba.Her vacation was not officially sanctioned by her local school board, but was instead co-ordinated by the student travel organization S-Trip.S-Trip says it has arranged to bring most of Sagriff’s fellow travellers home and is organizing grief counselling and other supports for those who need it.They say they will not comment further on Sagriff’s death unless directed to by her family.Family members issued a statement saying they’re focusing on bringing Sagriff’s body home as they wait for more answers about her death.And a teen named as Sagriff’s boyfriend on her Facebook page is cautioning the public against jumping to conclusions based on incomplete information.“Alex was not alone. The reports are false,” reads a tweet by a person with the same name as her boyfriend. “She was not found, she was in my arms. She was not alone.”Neither that person nor any of Sagriff’s other friends immediately responded to requests for comment. But tributes to the recent high school graduate continued to surface days after her death.Friends offered few details about Sagriff other than to describe her as someone who was “beautiful inside and out.”“Rest in paradise Alex, not a day will go by without thinking of your beautiful, contagious smile,” wrote one Twitter user.“Thank you for being an inspiration to my younger sister, I love and miss you,” wrote another.Social media posts made in the days before her death indicate Sagriff had just graduated from St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School last month and was preparing to attend Loyalist College in the fall.“You will do great things and make new friends along the way,” wrote her father in a congratulatory Facebook post. “Your kindness and easy going manner makes every (sic) want to be around you and enjoy the time spent with you!”Sagriff’s family issued a statement indicating their primary focus was on returning Sagriff’s body home to Belleville and requesting privacy from the media. They indicated that they had very little information on her death.Global Affairs spokeswoman Jocelyn Sweet said the Canadian government is also trying to gather information.She said consular officials in Havana are working with local authorities to obtain more details while officials in Ottawa are in contact with the family.She extended condolences to Sagriff’s family and friends, saying no more information could be released due to privacy concerns.Messages of support also came from the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, which has set up counselling resources at Sagriff’s former high school.Vacation organizer S-Trip said it dispatched its emergency response team to Veradero to oversee the situation and help co-ordinate the return of other students on the trip.
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OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says big greenhouse-gas emitters can take advantage of new tax incentives for manufacturers even as the government acknowledges that the resulting investment could increase emissions.Morneau’s fall fiscal update will allow manufacturing and processing companies, including heavy emitters like oil producers and refiners, to write off the full cost of buying new equipment and machinery as soon as they put the purchases into use.The change is intended to encourage capital investment in manufacturing and processing sectors that are exposed to international competition, including oil producers and refineries, and big chemical companies. However, on the very last page of the fall fiscal update, the government admits that these investments could result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as create more air, water and soil pollution.The government is hopeful that extending the same tax incentives to clean energy equipment purchases will reduce emissions enough to offset any increases to emissions from other companies, but it admits right now it can’t say if that will happen.Canada’s international climate change commitments already require a reduction in existing emissions by nearly 200 million tonnes a year, which is the equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road by 2030.
“This is the first time in many years that we have taken the initiative to declassify such a large number of files from the archives of the ministry of external affairs. We hope that this will lead to renewed academic interest and greater understanding of the evolution of Indian foreign policy,” he added. Following the recent declassification of 70,000 files, India’s external affairs ministry is in the process of declassifying another set of 220,000 files covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Iran, East Asia, Eurasia and the Americas, a senior official said.“We are currently in a process of finalizing a major project to declassify another set of 220,000 files. Records covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, East Asia, Eurasia and the Americas are going to be covered in this round,” Pinak Chakravarty, special secretary (Public Diplomacy), said while inaugurating a day-long international conference on the early years of India’s nuclear programme. The conference was organised by defence ministry-funded think tank Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses along with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). Welcoming the external affairs ministry’s release of over 70,000 documents pertaining to India’s post-1947 diplomatic and foreign policy history, NPIHP co-director Christian Ostermann said the decision “effectively ends an era in which India’s role in the Cold War was researched and told based on documents from other countries – from Russia, China or Hungary”. (IANS)
Korea and Sri Lanka have had talks on development cooperation, the Foreign Ministry said today.The Foreign Ministry said that the Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Mahinda Samarasinghe undertook a visit to the Republic of Korea from 11 to 14 December 2016 on the invitation of the Korean Government. The discussions focussed on bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest, including Korean development cooperation in the areas of skills development, capacity building and vocational training in Sri Lanka, including potential support for the Ocean University of Sri Lanka. On the visit, the Minister met with the President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Kim In Shik, 2nd Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahn Chongghee, Vice President of the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) Park Youngje, and Senior Executive Director of the Korea EXIM Bank Kim Sungtaek. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Manisha Gunasekera and other officials were associated with the visit. (Colombo Gazette)
A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) told a press briefing in Islamabad that based on currently available data, AIDS seems a minor health problem in Afghanistan, with only 10 cases reported to WHO to date, but other blood-borne infections such as hepatitis are major health concerns.Although this is a limited number, Lori Hieber-Giradatet said, health officials recognize the need to start early in developing activities to contain AIDS because of the rapid speed in which the disease multiplies. The prevalence of blood-borne diseases, combined with the capacity of HIV to spread extremely rapidly, make gathering accurate information essential, Lori Hieber-Giradatet said.WHO would also give priority to the establishment of safe blood banks, and to training Afghan technicians in blood testing procedures, she said.According to WHO, each day 14,000 people around the world are infected with the deadly virus. Forty million people are living with HIV or AIDS, and about a third of them are between 15 and 24 years of age.
Manitoba’s NDP lay out pre-election fiscal blueprint with new tax bracket WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s governing NDP laid out a pre-election plan Tuesday to increase taxes for high-income earners while giving low-income families a small tax break.The New Democrats said in a non-binding fiscal update that they will create a new tax bracket for incomes over $170,000 if they are re-elected in the April 19 provincial vote.The 20 per cent tax rate would affect 13,000 people and raise $52 million annually.“(We’re) simply asking folks at the top to give a little bit more so that families, middle-class and working families can have a little bit more cash in their pockets at a time when we need that stimulus,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “It’s quite modest.”The tax changes would take effect Jan. 1 and would save a family of four with an income of $60,000 about $260 a year.The new high-income tax bracket would give Manitoba one of the highest marginal tax rates in the country.The Alberta government recently increased income tax rates for people earning more than $125,000 a year, while Ontario’s higher tax rates start at $150,000.Although the proposals aren’t binding, Selinger said it shows the NDP is putting a “down payment” on promises made in its speech from the throne.“We think it’s an important document,” he said.The third-quarter update shows Manitoba’s deficit stands at $646 million — up from $421 million the government had forecast. The province’s economic growth has slowed to two per cent from 2.5, and tax revenue has declined by $148 million.At the same time, the government is spending $57 million more on child welfare and $49 million more on health care.While the NDP initially promised to balance the books this year, that date has been pushed back repeatedly. The new target is now 2020 to align with the federal government’s plan, Selinger said.“We’re all committed to a stimulus program right now to reboot the Canadian economy.”The fiscal update lays the groundwork for an election campaign that could start as early as next Tuesday for a vote on April 19.Tabling of the update was delayed in the legislature by the Opposition Progressive Conservatives, who submitted numerous petitions and called for an emergency debate on the lack of a full budget.Finance critic Cameron Friesen said taxpayers are paying $500 million more in new taxes compared with six years ago. Manitoba’s tax system has become so unfair, Friesen said, that the average family pays $3,300 more every year than the same family living in Saskatchewan.“But even with these record-high revenues, the government cannot balance the books,” he said. “Because of this NDP propensity for over-spending, they are hungry for revenue and therefore the government fails to address the most basic fiscal issues.”The New Democrats have been in power since 1999, but have been trailing far behind the Conservatives in opinion polls since raising the provincial sales tax in 2013.Selinger has said the tax increase was needed to pay for infrastructure projects and create jobs. Opposition Leader Brian Pallister has promised he would reduce the sales tax within his first term as premier.Lone Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard criticized the government for tabling a fiscal update instead of a formal budget.“The NDP have had more than enough time to produce it,” he said. “In not producing a budget, the NDP are short-changing Manitobans.” by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2016 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In a number of measures outlined in a Presidential Statement, the 15-member body called on countries in West Africa and the Sahel region to strengthen border management to effectively constrain the spread of transnational threats, such as drug trafficking.“To this aim, it encourages Member States and relevant organizations, as appropriate, to enhance cooperation and strategies to combat cross-border drug trafficking and to assist Member States of the region, as requested, to build the capacity to secure their borders against such illicit cross-border trafficking, including through the strengthening of national and regional systems to collect, analyze and disseminate criminal intelligence,” it added.The meeting was convened by the delegation of France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for this month, and featured remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit. The latest UN estimates have found $1.25 billion of cocaine transiting through West Africa each year. In addition, a rising portion of drugs entering West African coasts use the Sahel route on the way to the Mediterranean.“In a particularly disturbing development,” Mr. Ban told the meeting, “West Africa is no longer just a transit route for drug traffickers but a growing destination, with more than a million users of illicit drugs. Rising consumption aggravates an already challenging public health environment and threatens socio-economic development,” he noted.Stressing that drug trafficking presents an enormous challenge to peace, stability, economic and social development in West Africa and the Sahel, he cited the need to promote a coherent, integrated and pragmatic international response, rooted in sustainable development and the full respect for human rights.“Our aim must be to relieve citizens of the burden of crime, but also to lift them out of the conditions that enable crime to grow,” he stated. “That means addressing corruption, poverty and the lack of essential services. It means providing better education, promoting the rule of law and expanding opportunities for women, young people and marginalized groups.”Mr. Djinnit said the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), which he heads, has worked closely with other UN entities to provide support to the development of sub-regional strategies to address cross-border threats such as drug trafficking. “UNOWA will continue to work closely with UNODC and ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States] to advocate for effective regional initiatives and to mobilize the attention of West African leaders and civil society on the threat posed by drug trafficking and organized crime,” he stated. Mr. Fedotov added that West Africa and the Sahel are particularly vulnerable to drug trafficking due to problems such as political instability and porous borders. The situation requires urgent action owing to the proliferation of arms in the region as well as to links between criminal organizations and extremists groups there, he said.
Haul trucks are commonly used for transporting ore and overburden materials in surface mining operations and consume diesel fuel as the source of energy. The potential for savings in truck haulage operations has motivated mining companies to investigate ways of improving energy efficiency. Payload, truck velocity, haul road condition, road design, fuel quality, weather condition and truck driver skill are among the important parameters that affect fuel consumption. Payload variance has the most significant impact on the mine productivity, diesel energy consumption, greenhouse gas emission and associated costs.An investigation about the effect of payload variance on fuel consumption of mine haul trucks has been conducted by a group of researchers at Mining3 and The University of Queensland. In truck and shovel operations in surface mines, loading the trucks is a stochastic process that depends on different factors such as bench geology, blast design, muckpile fragmentation, shovel operators’ efficiency, weather condition, truck and shovel utilisation, mine planning and mine equipment selection. An analysis of the haul truck payload data obtained from a number of mine sites around the world shows that the payload profile can be estimated by a normal distribution. The payload variance associated with this distribution is typically large. It is a function of geology, material particle size distribution, swell factors, material density and bucket fill factor.Payload variance can be reduced by utilising the latest developed technologies such as the on-line fleet monitoring system, the truck on-board payload measurement system, and its connection with the shovel control system. Payload variance affects the truck availability, maintenance costs,the production rate and the fuel consumption. A recent project aimed to investigate the effect of payload variance on fuel consumption for the best performance of the truck engine. The CAT 793D model truck was used in this project as it is a common truck used in surface mining operations. Based on the technical specifications of thistruck, the payload variance was assumed to be between 0 and 30%. Fuel consumption was examined for the above-mentioned range of payloadvariance for different haul road conditions. The results show that the fuel consumption increases with an increase of the payload variance for all haul road conditions. For a large open-cut coal mine in Australia operating on an 8-hour shift roster, a maximum of 35% reduction in haul truck fuel consumption can be achieved by reducing the payload variance.“The next stage of this project is to investigate the effect of payload variance on greenhouse gas emission and the production cost. Total greenhouse gas emissions will be determined based on the Global Warming Potential. The US Energy Information Administration will also be used to estimate the associated cost. Mines can expect achieve a significant reduction in the truck fuel consumption, associated greenhouse gas emissions and the production cost by reducing payload variance.”
CES 2012: le Casque Bluetooth Zik Parrot signé StarckParrot vient de dévoiler son casque Bluetooth Zik au CES 2012 à Las Vegas. Celui-ci est notamment signé Philippe Starck, le célèbre designer.Ce nouveau casque, à arceau et plutôt sobre, est équipe de l’ANC (Active Noise Cancelling, qui permet l’annulation du bruit) pour une écoute beaucoup plus tranquille et non polluée des sons environnants. De plus, ce casque intelligent intègre des algorithmes permettant d’améliorer le son, selon Parrot. À lire aussiLe nouveau Coyote se dote d’un écran tactileLa firme ne s’arrête pas là et fait parler son savoir faire: en plus de la connexion Bluetooth et de prise jack, le casque contient des commandes tactiles se trouvant sur l’écouteur droit, et enfin la technologie NFC…Du jamais vu pour un casque audio !Un capteur de présence détectera même si vous retirez le casque (il se mettra en veille si c’est le cas)!Le casque Zik est donc une petite merveille de technologie disponible dans le courant de l’année, chez le constructeur français Parrot. Le prix n’a évidemment pas été communiqué.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
Red Star Belgrade boss Vladan Milojevic believes it’s essential his players maintain full concentration for their entire Champions League game against LiverpoolThe Serbian side will host Liverpool for their fourth fixture of Group C at the Rajko Mitic Stadium this evening.So far, Red Star have only collected a single point from three games and lie bottom of the group table.Therefore, defeat today will almost certainly ensure their elimination from the competition – depending on the outcome of the Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain game.“In every game, it is important that for 90 minutes you have concentration both in defense and in attack,” said Milojevic, according to Tribalfootball.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Our opponent is a team that has been selected to win the Champions League. We have to do our best.“They use every moment. Their players punish even the smallest detail.“Simply, at this moment, all the teams in our group in the Champions League play in the three best leagues in the world.“And they are much stronger. This is our reality. We’ll do our best. We will fight for each ball.”The game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).