On rappelle aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence lorsqu’ils passent près des équipes responsables du traçage des lignes sur les autoroutes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. En raison du temps ensoleillé et chaud, les équipes sont en mesure de repeindre les lignes jaunes et blanches sur les routes. Bien que plusieurs mesures de sécurité mises à jour servant à aviser et diriger les automobilistes soient en place, les véhicules d’entretien routier ont déjà été frappés par derrière. « Les lignes et les marques constituent des aspects essentiels de la sécurité sur nos routes, et le traçage de ces lignes au printemps est une priorité, a dit Geoff MacLellan, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Nous demandons aux automobilistes de faire attention et de faire preuve de prudence pendant le déroulement de ces importants travaux. » Pour tracer les lignes, les employés du ministère utilisent une série de véhicules, que l’on appelle un train, incluant un camion de peinture, un véhicule de queue qui comprend une remorque destinée à absorber l’énergie d’une collision et un panneau à flèche électronique, ainsi qu’un deuxième véhicule de queue muni d’un panneau à message électronique. Les automobilistes doivent obéir aux directives apparaissant sur les panneaux électroniques jusqu’à ce qu’ils aient dépassé le train au complet. Il y a quatre équipes de traçage des lignes sur les routes par temps sec. L’objectif est de terminer le traçage des lignes sur toutes les routes de la province d’ici la mi-octobre.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of children around the world.Video: One powerful letter to #ENDViolence with David Beckham | UNICEFOne of the signatories is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia, where Beckham travelled earlier this year.“When I visited Cambodia with UNICEF earlier this year, I spent time with children and young people who have experienced terrible violence and abuse often at the hands of the people who were supposed to protect them,” said Beckham. “Their stories were deeply distressing and as a father it is devastating to think that any child should have to suffer like this.“After listening to these incredibly brave children and hearing about the abuse they have endured, I want to make sure that world leaders act to protect children from danger. Every child, especially the most vulnerable, should be safe. That’s why I am going to travel to the UN this September, to make sure that children’s voices are heard and that the world comes together to stop violence against children.”Including the words of survivors of violent conflict in South Sudan, sexual abuse in Iceland, and child trafficking in Pakistan, the powerful letter highlights an epidemic of violence that is facing children in every corner of the world.Next week, Beckham will stand alongside the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake ahead of the adoption of the most expansive development agenda the world has ever seen. Together they will call on world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the centre of all decisions and investments made over the next 15 years.At the beginning of this year, Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and made a commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children over the next decade, including children affected by violence.Beckham said: “In February, when I launched my new fund with UNICEF, I made a promise to speak out for the world’s most vulnerable children and to help shine a light on the issues affecting them. It is shocking that every five minutes a child dies as a result of violence. Children are being abused in their homes, schools and communities and this has to stop. I hope others will join me to call on world leaders to put children at the heart of the new goals and commit to ending violence against children.”Cornelius Williams, UNICEF’s Global Chief of Child Protection, said: “Every day children are prey to torture, sexual and physical violence, emotional abuse, neglect and other horrific atrocities.“Violence against children, especially sexual violence, leaves deep, indelible scars that live on in them right through adulthood. It rips apart families and societies, shatters stability and sets back progress. Yet all too often, it is unseen and cloaked in silence. We have to speak about the unspeakable, make it visible, and act to end it.”The Sustainable Development Goals, the new 15 year development agenda that will be adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September, present a historic opportunity to change the outcome that so many children endure – but only, says UNICEF, if the world focuses on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and puts their rights to safety, education and health at the heart of the agenda.Latest UNICEF figures show:- Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide (about 1 in 10) have experience forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts. – One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20.- Almost one quarter of girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide (almost 70 million) report being victims of some form of physical violence since age 15.Read and share the letter written by child survivors (visit www.unicef.org/endviolence) and help #ENDviolence for all children.
The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — celebrated the biggest night in female sports at its 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.WSF Founder Billie Jean King and WSF President Angela Hucles were among the high-profile attendees who honored the top nominees; representing 18 sports and six different countries including Simone Biles (Gymnastics), Kelly Clark (Snowboarding), Anna Fenninger (Alpine Skiing), Maya Moore (Basketball), Inbee Park (Golf), Maggie Steffens (water polo), Lauren Chamberlain (Softball), and Talita Antunes and Larissa França (Beach Volleyball). Notable athletes in attendance included Tamika Catchings (Basketball), Meryl Davis (Ice Dancing), Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating), Angela Ruggiero (Ice Hockey), Julie Foudy (Soccer), Jessica Mendoza (Softball) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track and Field).The Women’s Sports Foundation’s coveted 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award was presented to Serena Williams (Tennis) in the individual category; Carli Lloyd (Soccer) in team category. The award is bestowed upon athletes who have distinguished themselves in their sports field through their supreme athletic performances over the past year.Eleven-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden (Track & Field, Cross-Country Skiing) was honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. McFadden has defied obstacles since she was a young girl to become one of the most dominant athletes in Paralympic Track & Field and Cross-Country Skiing, while also advocating for equal access for students with disabilities. Tatyana and her mother helped pass Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act (2005) that mandates that schools provide competitive opportunities for students with disabilities in interscholastic athletic programs.The Billie Jean King Contribution Award, an honor that recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the development and advancement of women’s sports, was awarded to Dr. Don Sabo, Ph.D. a Professor of Health Policy at D’Youville College. Dr. Sabo’s pioneering research is a catalyst for the advancement of girls and women in sports and uncovers the lifelong benefits of participation on their health and well-being.“Forty-one years ago we founded an organization to recognize the accomplishments of the world’s greatest women athletes just like we are doing here at tonight’s Salute,” said WSF Founder Billie Jean King. “We have seen great momentum and breakthroughs this past year for female athletes, coaches and commentators and we came together tonight to celebrate those moments, and to commemorate the impact the Foundation has on women and girls each and every day.”Julie Foudy and Jessica Mendoza opened the fundraising gala, beginning with a celebratory toast to Jessica’s historic achievement of becoming the first female in-game analyst for an MLB game on ESPN in August. The evening then proceeded with the traditional Grand March of Athletes where all 75 athletes in attendance were honored for their contributions to their sports.Angela Hucles, WSF President, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Soccer, two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist, took the stage in her first Salute as President to discuss the ongoing initiatives that WSF has focused on in the past year, specifically showcasing the Sports 4 Life program. Sports 4 Life is a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs. By making sports more accessible, Sports 4 Life gives young females the chance to learn the foundational benefits of sports, such as leadership, confidence, self-esteem, and perseverance. This year, WSF awarded $110,000 in funding to 22 grantees to serve more than 6,800 middle and high school girls across the nation. All of the money raised in the room this evening will go towards 2016 grants, which is now accepting applications for the coming year.“The Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating leaders by giving girls access to sports. With support from the community, who is on the ground activating, to the corporations who support our mission by making it financially realizable, we are able to collaborate, educate and advocate for more opportunities and exposure for girls’ and women’s sports,” shared Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the WSF. “We are privileged to host the Annual Salute so we can gain new ambassadors and spread awareness about our mission to ensure all girls have the chance to play.”The 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports was co-presented by espnW, FOX Sports, Gatorade and NBC Sports Group.
It’s been a wild 24 hours, from temperatures in the twenties, to snow and freezing rain, and in some cases flooding. On a normal day, Wilkes Dam in Brantford flows at about 20 cubic metres per second, right now, it’s moving at about 700. “We’re seeing the river peaking now and through the next day or so.”The Grand River Conservation Authority’s Dave Schultz says the agency has been using its reservoirs to try to keep flooding to a minimum by managing the flow.“There are some road closures and some low lying areas where there is flooding going on right now.”In York, the swelling Grand has temporarily claimed a place to play, and just down the road, a place to rest. Water has come up over the banks in Caledonia as well. Each year the rising water levels brings residents and their cameras to the river. “It’s kind of a bit of a tradition to see how far it goes. So this year it goes to the road,” says one resident.Schultz says it’s best to enjoy the view from a distance. The ground near the water can be very slippery.“The water temperature is maybe a couple of degrees above zero so you won’t last long. And the speed it’s going right now you’ll get carried away before anybody even knows.”
Vincent Coeurderoy, Commissioner of the International Police Task Force, decertified six police offers and issued “serious non-compliance” reports to 10 others, UNMIBH said in a statement released in Sarajevo. The 16 Bosnian Croat officers had been suspended last month “after signing a statement in effect renouncing the authority of the Federation organs and pledging allegiance to an illegal structure.”The six decertified officers have been permanently dismissed from any police work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Coeurderoy reminded them that if they were discovered with firearms they would be treated by the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR) “as armed civilians [who] may be seized and disarmed.”The 10 officers who had been issued non-compliance reports were no longer suspended and could return to work, UNMIBH said. It warned, however, that “any further violations committed by the officers may result in their immediate decertification.”Commissioner Coeurderoy also appealed to all officers in the area “to stay clear of politics and instead focus on the full integration of the Cantonal Police.”Set up in 1995, UNMIBH exercises a wide range of functions related to the law enforcement activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. IPTF is helping to create democratic and professional police forces which are multiethnic, impartial, accountable and representative of the society they serve.
Some frozen foods recalled in Canada due to listeria Here is a list of some of the products recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to Listeria monocytogenes:Sold at Costco:— Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Butternut Squash (UPC 8 46358 00067 1) and Organic Vegetable Medley (UPC 8 46358 00062 6) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan— Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Sweet Peas (UPC 8 46358 00061 9) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, SaskatchewanOther Retailers:— Cookin’ Greens Organic brand A Blend of Kale, Sweet Corn & Peas (UPC 8 11138 00038 7) sold nationally— Alasko brand IQF Regular Mixed Frozen Vegetables A Grade (UPC 1 06 95058 17331 7) and B Grade (UPC 1 06 95058 17341 6) sold for hotel/restaurant/institutional use in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan— Harmonie brand, IGA brand, Co-op brand, Western Family brand and unbranded frozen vegetable products (various UPCs – check CFIA website) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Possibly National, Saskatchewan— Ajinomoto brand Yakitori Chicken with Japanese-Style Fried Rice (UPC 0 71757 05642 8) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan— All Asia Fresh brand rice and noodle bowls sold in Alberta— Indican brand Mixed Frozen Veggies (UPC 6 27727 10001 3) sold in Alberta and British Columbia— Stahlbush Island Farms brand Cut Green Beans (UPC 6 38882 00053 7) sold at retail in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon.Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency. by The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2016 4:25 pm MDT Last Updated May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Anna Laurelle Hughes, beloved mother, grand-mother, great-grand-mother, sister, friend, and music evangelist, passed away Sunday, May 5 2019 from a short battle with leukemia at the age of 84.Laurelle was born on March 24, 1935 in Cleveland, Utah to Lawrence and Lynette (Rawlinson) Thorderson. She was sealed to Ivan Hughes on September 23, 1955. They raised 4 sons, Kevin, Keith, Craig, and Michael.Laurelle grew up in a home rich in music and song. She developed a great passion for passing this family musical heritage at every opportunity. She always participated in directing or accompanying music in ward choirs and activities throughout her life as recent as last month with “Sing Along with Laurelle” time at her resident community at Solstice. Following graduation from North Emery High School Laurelle spent a long-accomplished career with the BLM. With her no limits attitude and capability, she advanced from a Clerk Typist to the title of Realty Specialist. She facilitated many improvement projects on public lands including the Millsite Golf Course in Emery County. She supported the family milk farm until a fire destroyed the operation. Typical of small farming operations, mom joked the first time she had money left over after paying bills and groceries was her first pay check after shutting down the milk operation.After spending most of her life prior to retirement in her hometown of Cleveland, Laurelle and Ivan moved to Alamo, Nevada. Ivan was excited to find a town more remote than Cleveland. Laurelle took an active role in the community. She became a member of the town board, chaired the development committee that oversaw the funding of the Yoppesville Children’s Park, and multiple leadership roles at the senior center.Laurelle was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Wood Hughes, sister Janet, sister Julia, father Lawrence, and mother Lynette.She is survived by four sons Kevin (Susian), Keith (Kristy), Craig (Marlene), and Michael (Wendy), her brothers and sister Chad, Freda, and Larry, her 14 grand-children and 13 great-grand-children.Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 11, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Alamo LDS Chapel in Alamo, Nevada. A viewing will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Church. And on Saturday at the Church prior to the service on Saturday, from 9:30-10:30 am She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Alamo Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.
Ohio State graduate Doug Ganim, who has been selected for the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame. Credit: Courtesy USA RacquetballDoug Ganim has long been recognized for his excellence on the racquetball court and admired for his many contributions off of it, but now the former Buckeye is adding one more feather to his hat.USA Racquetball announced that Ganim, who graduated from Ohio State in 1987 with a degree in business, is being awarded the sport’s highest honor: a spot in the hall of fame. “It means just about everything to me,” said Ganim, who will be inducted in the amateur open category. “I’ve been playing (racquetball) full-time since I was 14 years old, and it’s really defined my life.”The Racquetball Hall of Fame’s main goal is to recognize those who have had a profound impact on the sport. Individuals are nominated and then voted on by a committee. To date, only 57 players have been enshrined, according to the USA Racquetball website. Getting to the pinnacle of one’s sport is obviously no easy task. For Ganim, hard work and a clearly defined vision helped him forge his future in the game, he said. He went on to say that the important decisions he made at a young age helped propel him further into his career. One such decision was where to attend college.Because of how salient the sport was in his life, Ganim said he opted to attend OSU because of its close proximity to the interstates. That made traveling to tournaments much simpler and effective. “I played in a tournament every single weekend the entire four years I was at Ohio State,” Ganim said. “From Ohio State I could get north, south, east or west, and I did.”All that work Ganim put forth while in college paid off nearly immediately after he graduated, as in 1988 he captured gold in doubles at the International Racquetball Federation World Championships. He went on to achieve that same crown twice more.Furthering his international doubles success, Ganim won gold in the 1999 Pan American Games. What’s more, he medaled thrice at the United States Olympic Festivals. These go along with many additional accomplishments and accolades that helped solidify his place in the Racquetball Hall of Fame.“There is certainly no person who has had a broader impact on the sport of racquetball in the last few years than Doug Ganim,” said Steve Czarnecki, the executive director of USA Racquetball. “His playing accomplishments that he’s being recognized for with this Hall of Fame induction (are) just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what he has contributed to the sport overall.”As Czarnecki noted, Ganim’s contributions aren’t limited to just what he did on the court. He has had an important hand in growing the sport and one of its most important events. For more than 20 years, Ganim has helped develop the sport’s foremost championship, the U.S. Open, while also serving an executive role with racquet, equipment and apparel manufacturer HEAD Penn racquetball in that time. “Running the U.S. Open is virtually running easily the biggest (racquetball) event in the world, and he does an incredible job with it,” said Larry Haemmerle, president of USA Racquetball. “I don’t look at him as just a tournament director or any other player. I value him as a partner.” Ganim, who now resides outside Columbus in Westerville with his family, has also been the head of the Ohio Racquetball Association for more than two decades. He will be inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame in May at a ceremony held in Denver. “He’s really been the most successful person when it comes to developing outside investments and sponsorships into the sport of racquetball,” Czarnecki said. “He has had a great impact on the sport in a variety of ways.”Ganim noted the ways that racquetball positively impacted his life. He said he has also developed many lasting relationships throughout his 30-year career and is thankful to have met the people he has. “I hope I’ve left the sport in better shape than how I found it,” Ganim said.
It has a long and controversial history, gracing the covers of countless magazines and catching the eye of many a gentleman.But the cleavage has had its day, Vogue has declared.Vogue magazine, the fashion bible, has claimed “the cleavage is over” as women fight back against the judgment of social media to pack away their push-up bras.An article in this month’s edition claims fashionistas are turning their backs on showing off their breasts, choosing instead to show more demure flashes of the shoulder, stomach or leg in a bid to outwit “creepy” online feedback.Even high fashion labels renowned for their “ample displays” have this year “sent out girl after girl with legs, midriffs and cut-outs on show but no cleavage”, it said, adding it was a clear sign “something’s up. Or more pertinently, not up.” The push-up bra was beloved in the 90s Earlier this year, retail analyst NPD reported that sales of traditional bras are down 19 per cent as millennials turn to sports bras for “comfort and ease of movement”.Women now put “long-term comfort, durability and support” as the most important elements in finding a bra, it said.Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst, said: “Comfort is a dominant theme throughout the fashion world, and today’s bra consumer, especially Millennials, is seeking both physical and personal comfort. Keira Knightley at the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year awardsCredit:Rex Gillian Anderson photographed at the Harper’s Bazaar awards this weekCredit:REX In an article headlined “desperately seeking cleavage”, a Vogue writer states: “Rejecting the stereotypes of gender has been brought sharply into focus, with the days of women as eye-candy, their sexuality positively smouldering rather than subtly played out, officially over.”The December issue of the magazine is out now. Sophia Loren offers perhaps the most famous side-eye in photographic history to Jayne Mansfield’s cleavageCredit:REX In May, the Telegraph reported that soft cups now make up 30 per cent of Net-a-Porter’s bra sales, with the most common request among cosmetic surgery patients is now for a mid-C cup rather than a double-D.Celebrities attending the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year awards appeared to confirm the trend, with winners Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, Donatella Versace, Gillian Anderson all opting for high necklines while model and lingerie designer Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley wore an off-the-shoulder top. “Seamless bra styles are increasingly top of mind for consumers of all ages, and can no longer be an afterthought for manufacturers and retailers.”Online retailer ASOS has launched a “side boob bra” to suit the trend to have clothes cut low at the sides rather than cleavage, while supermodel Heidi Klum, who produces her Intimates range, has said she is seeking “less underwire and padding, something simpler, more racer backs.” Vanessa Kirby shows off her modest red carpet glamour at the premiere of The Crown todayCredit:PA “The cleavage – those magnificent mounds pushed together to display sexual empowerment, to seduce, to inspire lust or even just to show off – is over, or at least, taking a well-earned break,” the magazine declares.“The tits will not be out for the lads. Or for anyone else, for that matter.”Elizabeth Saltzman, stylist, said she now has to take online harassment into account when dressing those in the public eye, with the open public comments on sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook leaving stars open to scrutiny. Referring to an anonymous top-heavy actress, she said: “On those occasions where her cleavage is more visible, I see what happens on her Instagram feeds afterwards, and out of about 100,000 comments, 90,000 will be about her boobs.“That’s not healthy, that’s creepy.”The trend appears to be backed up by recent sales of bras, with soft-cupped natural shapes over-taking the push-up cleavage so beloved in the 1990s. Eva Herzigova, star of the iconic Wonderbra advert, during London fashion week this yearCredit:Getty 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.
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 respected solicitor plundered £4 million from clients to fund her luxury holidays, vintage wine collection and an “obsession” with clothes.Linda Box, 67, a senior partner at Yorkshire solicitors Dixon, Coles & Gill, almost caused the firm to collapse after her fraud.Leeds Crown Court heard that during 12 years of deception, Box, a registrar and a “pillar of the community”, led a lavish life that included £800-a-night stays at luxury hotels and an £800,000 wine collection. Box had forged the signature of a fellow solicitor on probate documents as part of her offending and forged the signature of another colleague to access a trust fund.Some 75 individual client files, many involving estates of deceased, and 10 files relating to the Church, showed misappropriation. Box told police she took the money for her own use and her husband knew nothing.Mr Bashir added: “She said she was excessive in her spending. She said it developed into an obsession.”The judge called the scale and enormity of the breach of trust “staggering”.The mother of one deceased client said: “How can there be a more vile crime than pretending to be my friend when I was obviously overwhelmed with grief?”Joe Hingston, defending, said Box had been struck off after more than 40 years as a solicitor, adding: “Her reputation lies in ruins.” She said she was excessive in her spending. She said it developed into an obsessionNadeem Bashir, prosecutor She funded mortgages for friends, paid private school fees for her granddaughter and splashed out on work at her home as well as fancy holidays abroad.Once, the court heard, £11,000 was spent to take her family to the Edinburgh Festival.Her scheming even extended to the Church of England as she stole £63,000 in cash from the Bishop of Wakefield’s Fund. Box was jailed for seven years yesterday after admitting nine counts of fraud, two of forgery and one of theft.Jailing her, Mr Justice Blake said it was a tale of misplaced trust “all because of your unrestrained and out-of-control greed”.Nadeem Bashir, prosecuting, said the offences came to light in December 2015 when another partner, Julian Gill, became concerned over a £5,000 payment from a client account.Further checks revealed sums paid out on a wider scale, including to Box’s American Express account.The court heard that the Dixon, Coles & Gill building had since been sold off and staff made redundant as a result of Box’s fraud.The firm, which had offices in Wakefield and Horbury, shut its doors in January 2016 during the fraud investigation.
HudBay Minerals and Skye Resources announce that Skye shareholders, optionholders and holders of deferred share units have voted in favour of the previously announced business combination between HudBay and Skye at a special meeting of Skye securityholders held today in Vancouver. In excess of 99% of the votes cast at the meeting were in favour of the Transaction. The completion of the Transaction remains subject to a final hearing by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, currently expected to take place on August 22, 2008, with closing of the Transaction expected to occur shortly thereafter. The Transaction is structured as a Plan of Arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) between HudBay, Skye and 0828275 B.C. Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of HudBay.HudBay Minerals is a leading Canadian base metals mining company with a focus on the discovery and production of zinc and copper metal. The company is investing for the future in one of the most ambitious exploration programs in Canada, targeting its 400,000 ha exploration territory in the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt. As an integrated mining company, HudBay operates mines, concentrators and metal production facilities in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, a zinc oxide production facility in Ontario, the White Pine copper refinery in Michigan, and the Balmat zinc mine in New York state. Skye’s principal asset is the worldclass Fenix nickel project in Guatemala, which includes 41.4 Mt of reserves. Skye has completed a feasibility study for a ferro-nickel project using proven conventional smelting technology. Environmental and construction permits for the project have been received, basic engineering is complete, detailed engineering is approximately 50% complete and preparations to initiate construction are underway.
The automatic maid on the first floor of the Herakleidon Museum Annex on Apostolou Pavlou Street in central Athens looks like something out of Star Trek. Made by Philon of Byzantium in the third century BC, one of the leading engineers and writers on mechanics in the Hellenistic period, it is considered to have been the first working robot in history. It was a complex device in the form of a life-size woman. In her right hand she held a wine jug. When a cup was placed in the palm of her left hand, she automatically poured wine first and then water – both stored in metal jugs suspended in her chest area – to achieve the right mix. Its faithful recreation by collector Kostas Kotsanas never ceases to amaze visitors.But there are many more wonders to be seen in the exhibition ‘Amazing Inventions of the Ancient Greeks’, such as the static automated theatre, again by Philon, which presented to audiences the plots of popular myths through moving images, sound and impressive effects, or the alarm clock of Plato (fifth century BC), believed to be the first-ever such device designed to emit an alarm, in this case a whistle. Then there is the coin-operated holy water dispenser devised by Heron of Alexandria (first century AD), a distinguished mathematician and engineer, which was ideal for placement at temple entrances. When a coin was thrown into the pot, it fell onto a balance that moved and opened a valve, releasing a quantity of holy water according to the weight of the coin. And of course, Archimedes’ steam cannon, which fired stone balls.We have learned details about the existence and operation of these wonderful technological achievements thanks to Kotsanas, who began to reconstruct the inventions of the ancient Greeks as fully working models in the 1980s, when he was a student of mechanical engineering at the University of Patra.“They are extraordinary machines and pioneering, specialised instruments, which demonstrate that the technology of our ancestors was strikingly similar to that at the start of the modern era, and that Western civilisation owes much to Greece; far more than we think,” says Kotsanas.After exhaustively researching the source texts and archaeological finds using detailed drawings and – most importantly – the materials and methods of ancient times, Kotsanas has so far recreated more than 350 inventions. Apart from this exhibition, they can be viewed at the museums he has created in the Peloponnese at his own expense: the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments in Katakolo, Ilia, as well the Archimedes Museum at Ancient Olympia. Admission to all three is free.The Athens exhibition, which will remain open until January 10, was recently augmented with the addition of a photography section, featuring images captured by Anthi Xenaki of sixth century BC technology used in the ancient ore processing workshops at Lavrio.‘Amazing Inventions of the Ancient Greeks’ is on display at the Herakleidon Museum Annex, 37 Apostolou Pavlou, Thiseio, tel 211.012.6486. For further information contact www.herakleidon-art.grSource: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le climat aurait une grande influence sur les civilisationsPendant des siècles, prévoir le temps qu’il ferait le lendemain a été impossible. Or, une étude révèle que la chute de l’empire romain, par exemple, serait en partie due à la météo, imprévisible.Ulf Büntgen de l’institut fédéral suisse de la recherche sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage a dirigé une étude portant sur l’implication des variations climatiques sur l’évolution et le déclin des civilisations à travers les âges. Grâce à l’étude de trois facteurs, lui et ses collègues ont réussi à retracer les climats, les températures et les précipitations des 2500 dernières années.C’est en se basant sur 7.284 échantillons de chênes que l’équipe de chercheurs a pu évaluer les précipitations et grâce à 1.089 pignes de pin et 457 échantillons de mélèze qu’ils ont pu reconstituer les températures.Ils ont ainsi pu constater qu’à chaque revirement dans le climat, quand celui-ci passait du froid et sec au chaud et humide par exemple, l’impact sur les civilisations était immédiat. En effet, l’agriculture s’en trouvait gravement perturbée mais cependant pas suffisamment longtemps pour que les populations aient le temps de s’y adapter.À lire aussiL’Homme de Néandertal aurait été poussé au cannibalisme… à cause du changement climatiqueAinsi, les revirements climatiques correspondent aux bouleversements politiques et aux vagues de migrations humaines. C’est dans ces conditions que l’empire romain a chuté. De même, dans les périodes relativement stables de l’époque médiévale, on constate que le climat était, lui aussi relativement constant. Mais au moment de la peste, la période était humide et l’épidémie a profité de ces conditions pour se répandre.Les exemples sont innombrables. A l’heure actuelle, notre société est moins perturbée par les changements climatiques parce que le commerce international et les technologies modernes en atténuent les effets comme le rapporte la revue Science.Le 14 janvier 2011 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Doodle Google : Ada Lovelace, la première programmeuse informatique de l’histoireAprès un doodle consacré à l’un des maîtres de la sculpture moderne, Auguste Rodin, Google célèbre aujourd’hui l’anniversaire de l’une des pionnières de l’informatique, Ada Lovelace, une femme dont vous avez sûrement déjà vu le portrait, mais où déjà…Aujourd’hui, 10 décembre, en arrivant sur la page principale du moteur de recherche de Google, vous apercevrez l’image d’une femme, et plusieurs bulles représentant une feuille de calcul, une drôle de machine, un ordinateur à lampes, un ordinateur moderne puis un ordinateur portable et une tablette.C’est la manière avec laquelle Google célèbre aujourd’hui l’anniversaire de celle qui est considérée comme la première programmatrice informatique de l’histoire (à juste raison) : Ada Lovelace.Née il y a tout juste 197 ans, la fille du très célèbre Lord Byron, dont le vrai prénom, Augusta Ada King, comtesse de Lovelace, est entouré d’une sulfureuse histoire familiale, quitte son père avec sa mère, Annabella (née Milbanke, mathématicienne) le 21 avril 1816, cette dernière victime d’un quatrième viol par son mari.Du fait du goût de sa mère pour les mathématiques et les sciences, Ada est élevée en étant accompagnée dans ces matières (fait plutôt rare à l’époque), et rencontre, en 1832, Mary Sommerville, éminente chercheuse qui l’encourage dans ces voies, et, en 1833, Charles Babbage, auteur de la machine du même nom, considéré comme l’un des pères de la machine à calculer.Ada trouvera en cette homme le père qu’elle n’a pas eu, et en 1835, elle se marie avec William King, premier conte Lovelace, avec lequel elle aura trois enfants : Byron, Annabella et Ralph Gordon, qu’elle a eu en 1839. Jusqu’à cette période, la vie d’Ada la tînt éloignée du monde des Sciences et des Mathématiques, domaines qu’elle retrouve à travers avec la parution d’un article paru dans un journal suisse sur la machine analytique de Babbage, réalisée par Frederico Luigi, mathématicien italien, en 1842.Charles Wheatstone propose alors à Ada de traduire ce texte du français en anglais pour le journal Scientific Memoirs. Après de longs mois entre écriture et maladie, Ada finalise son texte en 1843 et le présente à Wheatstone qui lui demande pourquoi ce n’est pas elle qui présentait le mémoire sur la machine. Elle lui répondit que ça ne lui été pas passé à l’esprit…Un constat sur lequel elle et Babbage n’allait plus faire d’impasse : Ada replonge de manière intense dans ses matières de prédilection, autour de la machine de Babbage, et en étroite collaboration avec lui.Elle rédige alors sept notes venant compléter le travail de Babbage, le corrigeant sur certains points, et provoquant l’admiration de son “père” de substitution, qui annote de A à G les écrits de sa protégée.Une note historiqueAu-delà de l’ensemble du travail fourni par Ada, la note G va devenir une véritable pièce historique pour l’informatique actuelle : elle y contient un algorithme, élaboré en exemple autour du nombre de Bernoulli utilisé avec la machine. Cette algoritme est si élaboré qu’il devient le premier exemple de “programme informatique” au monde ! Si cet écrit semble soulever le doute vis à vis de sa provenance, son initiative et sa mise en œuvre par Ada Lovelace n’est pas du tout mis en cause, vis à vis des capacités et du Savoir de la comtesse de Lovelace.Visionnaire, Ada imagine même des utilisations de la machine qui vont au-delà des seuls domaines de la mathématique. Dans ses notes, elle explique que “la machine pourrait composer de manière scientifique et élaborée des morceaux de musique de n’importe quelle longueur ou degré de complexité”.Mais la machine de Babbage n’obtient pas le financement du gouvernement d’outre-Manche. Et pour la subventionner, Ada veut trouver de l’argent et se met à jouer aux courses. Elle imagine un système mathématique qui lui permette de gagner au derby d’Epsom…Mauvais calculs qui amène la comtesse à la ruine, criblée de dettes.À 36 ans, elle est atteinte par un cancer de l’utérus. Saignée à mort par ses médecins, elle s’éteint le 27 novembre 1852 à Londres.La résurrection numérique d’AdaAlors que le nom et le prénom de la comtesse de Lovelace semblait tombé dans l’oubli, Ada réapparait dans un programme du Ministère de la Défense américain, comme langage de programmation élaboré entre 1977 et 1983. L’idée de l’appellation, datée de juillet 1978, est attribuée à Jack Cooper du Naval Material Command.De nouveau dans l’air du temps, Ada est considérée comme la première programmatrice informatique de l’histoire.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Et si son portait vous dit quelque chose, c’est que vous l’avez très certainement aperçue à l’intérieur de l’hologramme d’authentification en 3D…Des programmes Microsoft !Une autre manière, par la firme de Redmond, comme Google à travers son Doodle d’aujourd’hui, de rendre hommage à la femme qui permit à l’ordinateur et à tout ce qui en a découlé, d’exister.Le 10 décembre 2012 à 12:09 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Operating a radio telescope in Western Australia, astronomers were able to detect radiation from cosmic rays in two neighboring galaxies.The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope was used to map the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies orbiting the Milky Way in what the University of Western Australia called “unprecedented detail.”These two irregular dwarf galaxies are less than 200,000 light-years from our own Milky Way, and can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye. Until the discovery of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy in 1994, the Magellanic Clouds were the closest known galaxies to our own.(The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, discovered in 2003, is considered the actual nearest neighbor.)By observing the sky at very low frequencies—between 76 and 227MHz—scientists managed to identify cosmic rays and hot gas in the two galaxies.“These cosmic rays actually originate in supernovae remnants—remnants from stars that exploded a long time ago,” according to Lister Staveley-Smith, an astrophysicist at the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).“The supernova explosions they come from are related to very massive stars, much more massive than our own Sun,” he continued. “The number of cosmic rays that are produced depends on the rate of formation of these massive stars millions of years ago.”Luckily, the team’s low-frequency surveillance allowed them to estimate the number of new stars being formed in these galaxies.“We found that the rate of star formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud [LMC] is roughly equivalent to one new star the mass of our Sun being produced every ten years,” ICRAR astronomer and study lead Bi-Qing For said in a statement.The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) boasts one every 40 years.The findings, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, provide a glimpse into the future of science with next-generation radio telescopes.“It shows an indication of the results that we will see with the upgraded MWA, which now has twice the previous resolution,” Staveley-Smith said, adding that the forthcoming Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will deliver exceptionally fine images.Some astrophysicists believe the SMC is actually two pieces, with a smaller “Mini Magellanic Cloud” hidden some 30,000 light years behind the main galaxy, as seen from Earth’s perspective.Scientists can capture super-sharp images of celestial bodies using the new adaptive-optics module on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Perhaps they’ll find another 12 moons orbiting Jupiter. Stay up to date on all things outer space here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
WASHINGTON — The scope of congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest came into sharper focus on Wednesday as lawmakers said they intended to question the former chairman of the Trump campaign and to determine whether Russian social media “trolls” were connected to Trump’s election efforts.The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to question former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and will subpoena him if necessary, according to the panel’s Republican chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. He said he and the committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, agreed to try to bring Manafort before the panel for questioning about the government’s enforcement of a law requiring registration of foreign lobbyists. Feinstein’s office confirmed that they plan to question him.Manafort would certainly also be asked about his participation in a Trump Tower meeting last June with President Donald Trump’s eldest son and son-in-law, where the purpose was to hear potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer.Manafort disclosed the meeting in a package of information he provided to the Senate and House intelligence committees, who have been investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, as is Robert Mueller, the former FBI director appointed by the Justice Department as the special counsel.“Obviously it would be appropriate for anybody to get into anything that went on at that meeting, and he was at that meeting,” Grassley told Iowa reporters.
Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke said Thursday he forgot to pay his first-half property taxes, which were due April 30.“I can’t believe it,” said Mielke, after a reporter called him to ask why he hasn’t paid.“I see I forgot my grandson’s birthday, too,” Mielke said.In 2010, Mielke was late paying his second-half property taxes. That time, it was a budgeting issue. He’d been remodeling his Battle Ground-area home, and his other bills carried higher interest rates than his property tax bill. So he postponed payment.This time, he said, he simply forgot.For more details or to comment, read the full story.
Download AudioA Bethel woman who had a baby while in a coma, then passed away was laid to rest over the weekend. The young woman was clinically brain dead for most of her pregnancy. Her baby, Faith, was born on July 8th and is now being raised by family in Bethel.Jessie Ayagalria’s uncle, Henry Combs described her as a tomboy who loved making art and raising dogs. He said she also had a darker side though, which included abusing alcohol, and which he said sent her to the hospital one night in late January.“It was a Sunday, in he evening,” Combs said. “Jessie had been gone for a while, out drinking for a while. I was out at church, and I had come home kinda late in the evening. She wasn’t feeling well. Then she ended up having the seizures and then we called 9-1-1.”The 29-year-old was flown to Anchorage where doctors at Alaska Native Medical Center said she’d suffered cardiac arrest. She had no brain wave activity. They also discovered she was 12 weeks pregnant.“There wasn’t much hope at first. Most of the doctor’s at ANMC said that she couldn’t carry the baby, that it wouldn’t work out,” Combs said.But Combs said one doctor said it was possible. Family members agreed to put her on life support. The baby was born by C-section at 35 weeks on July 8th. They named her Faith.Amy Bee said her cousin stayed strong for her baby.“We all knew as soon as the baby was born … we were just waiting for Jessie to pass. And it was three days after she had her baby, I got the phone call that she passed away,” Bee said.The community has rallied around the family. Bee and her husband Behrend Swope held a yard sale over the weekend to raise money for Faith’s care.“We’re just putting on a sale here to benefit her. Hoping to help contribute to the family and help contribute to the family and help them afford the necessities for Faith as she’s in her early days here,” Swope said.Krissy Medina with baby Faith. (Photo provided by KYUK-Bethel)The baby’s aunt, Krissy Medina, is caring for Faith. She said the baby is doing well.“She’s eating a lot more,” she said. “She’s growing. She makes me laugh every day. Seems like it’s like my sister being born again. Her whole face looks like her, especially her nose and her cheeks,” Medina said.Combs said the family’s sadness is being eased by the baby that resembles her mom. He said he’s sharing their story because he hopes it will help others struggling with alcohol avoid the fate of his niece.“As a lot of people do in Bethel you know its something more than just being able out to go have a good time,” Combs said.“It ends up becoming something that’s done regularly. Unfortunately some of us kind of let that take over us. Jessie herself, I mean she did drink. She didn’t like it when others around her would, but she did herself. It was something she struggled with,” Combs said.But Combs said despite the tragedy that his family has experienced they have not lost their faith.“In the gravest circumstances there’s still hope and there’s faith,” Combs said. This whole entire endeavor you know really tried our family in faith and hope. There were times that we lost hope – we lost our faith. There were times when we pulled together — it’s been a long journey. What I took out of it was it renewed my faith, my hope you know that miracles do happen. Baby Faith, that’s a physical sign right there.”Faith’s mother was laid to rest in Bethel this past weekend. Donations can be made to an account set up for the baby and her family at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union (Acc.#:1825307, checking). The family has also set up a page at ‘gofundme.com” and the yard sale to raise funds for the family is continuing this coming weekend. You can learn more about what’s being done for baby Faith at KYUK.org.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that a Delhi school has become the first in the world where parents can access live CCTV feeds of their child studying in the class. The Chief Minister also said all the city government schools will have CCTVs inside the classrooms by November this year. Kejriwal, along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia, kicked-off the Delhi government’s CCTV project in the classrooms by inaugurating the scheme at Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar here. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us This is the first Delhi government school where CCTVs have been installed not just in the campus, but also inside all the classrooms with a view to enhance security. During his speech, Kejriwal said all schools will have CCTVs inside the classrooms by November this year. He said Delhi’s project of installing CCTVs in classrooms “will prove to be a milestone in the education sector for the entire world”. “Today is a historic day, not just for the country but also for the world. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us There are many schools in various countries in the world where CCTV cameras are being installed, but perhaps this is the first instance where live feeds from every classroom are being provided to parents through a mobile app,” the Chief Minister said. According to the government, the live feeds of classrooms will be provided to parents of children through a mobile app. Parents will only be able to access the feed for their own child’s classroom using a password that they will be provided with by the school. The School Principal, the concerned Deputy Director of Education, the Director of Education, and the Education Minister shall have access to live feeds as well as delayed feeds for one month. Advertise With Us Kejriwal, who visited a six-year-old rape survivor earlier in the day, said there are some perverted elements in society who have no fear of any consequences. “A CCTV camera in the vicinity captured the crime and the culprit was caught within a few hours. If he had known he was being recorded by a CCTV camera, perhaps he would not have committed the crime. CCTVs not only serve to give us important evidence needed to nab culprits and ensure strict punishment, but they also create a system of deterrence. In today’s environment, when children step outside the house, parents are anxious about whether their child will return home safely. With this CCTV project, they can check during the day whether their child is safely inside the classroom,” Kejriwal added. He also claimed that it will have a positive impact on education. “There are some mischievous children in schools who disturb all other children. Some who leave for school from home, but then skip all classes. Now, these activities can be curbed. Children will have to maintain discipline and decorum in school.” Speaking about the privacy concerns, he said children do not come to school for any private activity but to learn. “By providing parents with a live feed of the classrooms, we are actually making the government accountable to you for every minute your child spends in our schools. If you find that there was something wrong with the classes on any day, you can question the government about it. If any CCTV camera is damaged then parents can immediately hold us accountable and ask why they’re not able to view feeds. This is what real democracy looks like. This project will strengthen democracy. Democracy does not mean we vote once in five years, and then not be able to question our elected representatives.”Confident about the success of the project, he said he is expecting spectacular results next year as a result of this project. Sisodia, who is also the city’s Education Minister, said the teachers too will be benefitted from the project. “Teachers face allegations of absenteeism from classrooms. No one will now be able to wrongly accuse teachers of skipping classes. During the pilot of this project, I was concerned that everyone may not like CCTVs inside classrooms but I was surprised to find that both students and teachers gave a positive response to the project. We have observed an identifiable improvement in the behaviour of children in the schools where this project was piloted,” Sisodia said.
Tarana HalimState minister for information Tarana Halim on Wednesday said the government has taken an initiative to set up a monitoring cell ahead of the next general election aiming to identify rumours in social networking sites.The ‘Rumour Identification and Removal Centre’ will be in operation 24 hours round the clock at the PID section of information ministry from this month, she told reporters at the Secretariat.The cell will continuously monitor different social networking sites and will inform the local media through a press release within three hours if any rumour is found, she added.”The monitoring cell will also inform the media about the truth,” she said.The state minister also said that seven experts will be appointed for working in each shift.”The BNP-Jammat [alliance] has opened a publicity cell in London and spreading rumour from 300 websites,” she informed.Replying to a question, the state minister said the cell will be opened to raise awareness among people.Referring to the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Tarana said Bangabandhu-1, the country’s first ever communications satellite, made its debut with the live coverage of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship 2018 on BTV.Besides, a letter was sent to private television channels requesting them to use Bangabandhu-1 as it is capable to provide service, she added.