ScienceShot: Greenland’s Hidden Valley Revealed

first_imgThis vast gorge might rival the Grand Canyon in splendor … if only it weren’t smothered by a couple of kilometers of ice. By stitching together data gathered by ice-penetrating radar equipment suspended from aircraft, researchers have discovered a massive canyon that has likely been hidden for millions of years. This unexpected, yet-to-be-named feature (colored mid- to dark brown in the exaggerated topography above) stretches 750 kilometers—about twice the length the Grand Canyon—from central Greenland (lower center of image) all the way to a fjord along the northwestern coast (top of image). It’s about as wide as the Grand Canyon (10 kilometers) and nearly half as deep at its deepest point (800 meters), the researchers report online today in Science. The proportions of the canyon, as well as its meandering path, suggest that the feature was carved by a great river well before the island was coated with ice, not by glacial action in the years since. Without the ice sheet that is now weighing down Greenland’s terrain, a river in the canyon would, on average, drop about 30 centimeters for every kilometer it flowed seaward, the team estimates. The continually dropping slope helps explain why northern Greenland, unlike Antarctica, has no large subglacial lakes: Meltwater that either forms at the base of Greenland’s ice sheet or ends up there after draining from the ice sheet’s upper surface flows away uninterrupted. This massive flow may also help explain the gargantuan channels on the underside of the floating ice shelf attached to the coast where this canyon meets the sea, the researchers contend. Previous studies have attributed those undersea channels—which measure between 1 and 2 km wide and extend up into the ice shelf as much as 400 meters—solely to the melting action of seawater.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare to bid for Fortis

first_imgMalaysia healthcare group IHH Healthcare Bhd plans to make an open offer to buy shares in India’s Fortis Healthcare LtdAccording to a report in The Economic Times, IHH is readying $1 billion (approximately Rs6,499 crore) for deal.It has hired investment bank Citi to advise on the deal.Read it at Domain B Related Itemslast_img

Suarez Navarro credits Henin for old-school fightback

first_imgREAD: Suarez Navarro rallies into Australian Open quarterfinalThe Belgian former number one was renowned for having one of the greatest backhands in the game. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSuarez Navarro, who reached the Australian Open last eight in 2009 and two years ago, was asked how much of an influence Henin had been.“I think a lot because we don’t have too many players with one-handed backhands,” she said.  John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 32nd seed had one more chance to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third, but again collapsed with the finish line in sight.Wozniacki nextAfter despatching French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round Kontaveit gave no hint of the meltdown to come, oozing confidence in the early stages.The 22-year-old unleashed the shot of the match — a scarcely believable running forehand pass around the net post — on her way to taking the first set 6-4 in 42 minutes.When a bullet-like backhand gave her a second break of to go 4-1 up in the next it seemed she had one hand in the quarterfinal. Instead it was the old-style one-handed play of Suarez Navarro that fashioned a famous comeback to put her into a third quarter-final at Melbourne, nine years after her first. Her reward is a clash with an old foe — world number two Caroline Wozniacki.The Danish second seed ruthlessly routed Slovakia’s 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0 — taking 11 of the last 12 games in handing out a tennis masterclass.READ: Wozniacki into Aussie Open quarterfinal vs Suarez Navarro“We play a lot of times together,” Suarez Navarro said of Wozniacki. “I know how she plays. I know how tough she is. Will be a really tough match. She’s fighting every ball.” “I saw a lot of matches from her. Yeah, she was one of my favourite players when I grew up.”Two breaks down in the second set, the Spanish former world number six used all her experience, patience and court craft to grind her way back against a nervous Kontaveit who was trying to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.“Maybe we can open a little bit more the court with the angle,” said Navarro of being one the last of a dying breed of single-handed players.Kontaviet failed to cope with the unusual problems created by Suarez Navarro’s clever shot-making, changes of pace and spin.The Estonian’s power game that had brought 22 winners in a dominant opening set then unravelled in a dramatic second set.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH They have faced each other seven times before with Wozniacki leading 5-2. Both of Suarez Navarro’s wins have come on her favourite clay. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro celebrates after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Carla Suarez Navarro used the only one-handed backhand left in the women’s draw to mighty effect Sunday as she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the third time.The Spanish world number 39 came from a set and 4-1 down to register a 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 win over Anett Kontaveit with a delightful display of her old-school tennis she says is inspired by Justine Henin.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Spence dominates Peterson to retain IBF welterweight title View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Umpire Davis was drunk on eve of Durban Test: SA players

first_imgSouth African cricketers have alleged that they spotted umpire Steve Davis drunk on the eve of India’s series-levelling Durban Test and are now mulling lodging a complaint against the Australian who made two howlers during the second Test.The Proteas reportedly saw the 58-year-old umpire “in a drunken condition” at the Umhlanga hotel where both teams and match officials had stayed during the Durban Test.Sources in the Proteas camp, on condition of anonymity, told the Afrikaans daily Beeld that Davis was regularly seen in a particular bar over the past week. They said he was also seen stumbling into the Sandton hotel in the early hours of the morning during the first Test in Centurion last week.Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, referred the daily’s query to Vincent van der Bijl, head of the ICC referees Panel, who said he was aware of the “stunning” allegations but declined to comment on whether Davis would face any disciplinary action.”There are established procedures to be followed and (any action) can only occur as soon as we receive an official complaint,” Van der Bijl said.Davis, along with his Pakistani colleague, Asad Rauf, committed quite a few umpiring blunders during the second Test, with lbw decisions involving de Villiers and Mark Boucher being the most important ones.During India’s second innings, Davis turned down a confident lbw shout from the South Africans off Dale Steyn’s bowling but TV replays later showed that he was wrong.Zaheer then went to add crucial 70 runs for the eighth wicket with VVS Laxman after India were tottering at 148 for seven at one stage in their second innings.advertisementIf that was not enough, during South Africa’s chase of 303 runs, the Australian came up with another shocker and gave Boucher out lbw to Zaheer but replays showed the ball was missing off stump.Durban win proved India aren”t dependant on Sachin only: AkramIn New Delhi, the series-levelling victory over South Africa in the second Test in Duban proves that India are no longer a one-man team and can win matches without champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.After losing the series opener in Centurion by an innings and 25 runs, India came back strongly to beat South Africa by 87 runs in the second Test at Kingsmead yesterday.”Even on a wicket like Durban, India performed exceptionally well. The team played like a unit. It’s a team that does not rely on the services of one particular player. I remember, in our times, it was Sachin Tendulkar all the time.”Ten years back whenever we would get Sachin out, it was all over for India. But now, the scenario is different. The opposition team has to make sure that they get all the batsmen before breathing easy,” Akram said.England can beat India “every day of week”: GoughIn London, in what could raise the hackles of the Indians, former England fast bowler Darren Gough on Thursday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men are champions only at home and England can beat them “every day of the week”.Gough said England were the best team in the world at the moment after their innings drubbing of Australia in the fourth Ashes Test, and India’s performance in South Africa have nothing much to write about.”For me, we’re the best team in the world at this moment. I’ve watched the South Africa-India series and I see nothing to worry about. India are fantastic in their own country and have some great individuals but I’d fancy this England side to beat them every day of the week,” Gough said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Agreement in Principle on Dalhousie UniversityNSAC Merger

first_imgThe province is finalizing a partnership that will position Nova Scotia Agricultural College as an enhanced centre of excellence for applied research and a national leader in agriculture education. The province and Dalhousie University today, March 23, announced an agreement in principle to merge NSAC with Dalhousie in Truro-Bible Hill. “This is a permanent solution that will strengthen NSAC, benefit students and improve the economy of Bible Hill and Truro,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “Government understands the value of agriculture and related industries that help create jobs and maintain strong rural communities. A merger with Dalhousie will help NSAC fulfill its mission as a national and international leader in agriculture research, education and innovation.” Nova Scotia Agricultural College currently has an operating budget of $33.5 million. Dalhousie will receive the $17.1 million in funding for NSAC provided primarily by the Department of Agriculture. NSAC also currently receives $6.8 million in funding for its educational programs through the university memorandum of understanding with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education as well as revenues from other sources, including tuition and fees. The Department of Agriculture will increase its funding by $1.5 million in the coming fiscal year to cover some merger-related costs as well as provide a one-time allocation of $7.5 million over three years for transition costs, such as IT conversion and building maintenance. The effective date of the merger is July 1. NSAC faculty and staff will officially become employees of Dalhousie. Students will enter the merged institution in the fall. “Together our staff, faculty and students will build on the relationships, successes and traditions of each institution,” said Tom Traves, president Dalhousie University. “Students will benefit from new and innovative learning opportunities, industry will benefit from the knowledge and expertise that graduates and research scholars bring with them and we will benefit as this campus attracts students and investment that make our province and our region more competitive around the world.” NSAC will be a faculty within Dalhousie University on a distinct campus. The new Faculty of Agriculture will be led by Harold Cook as campus principal/dean. Dr. Cook, the former dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie and a distinguished NSAC alumnus, will begin his duties May 1. A national search will be launched immediately for a full-term campus principal/dean. NSAC employees will move with their collective agreements to Dalhousie University and will stay in the province’s Public Service Superannuation Plan. Future contracts will be negotiated with Dalhousie. The Department of Agriculture, Dalhousie and NSAC will collaborate on the transition until July 1. The merger is also intended to ensure benefits for the Annapolis Valley and Cumberland County. It is an opportunity for Dalhousie and NSAC to partner with Acadia University to capitalize on the Kentville Agricultural Research Station and for spinoffs for the Nappan Agricultural Research Station. The Nova Scotia Agricultural College was founded in 1905, providing Atlantic Canada’s only specialized, advanced programs in agricultural science. It employs about 300 faculty and staff and has enrollment of about 1,000 students.last_img read more

Verdict in October for youth accused of shooting German tourist west of

first_imgCALGARY (CP) – A judge is to rule in October whether a youth is guilty of shooting a German tourist in the head on a highway west of Calgary.The teen from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, who cannot be identified because he was 16 at the time, is charged with aggravated assault and recklessly discharging a firearm during an offence.Horst Stewin was driving a black SUV on the First Nation’s land with his family when someone in a passing car shot him.His car veered off the highway and crashed into some trees.Stewin survived, but the trial heard he is paralyzed on his right side, gets confused and has memory issues.The Crown says when all the evidence is considered, it has completely proven its case against the accused.Defence lawyer Balfour Der says none of the chief Crown witnesses had any credibility and his client should go free.last_img read more

First private nonmedical store starts renovations in FSJ

first_imgThe three partners Aaron Lepine, Darwin Lepine (better known in the community as Danny) and Lori Bahm are all longtime Fort St John residents. “We look forward to not only providing a safe and legal cannabis source but also to providing much-needed employment opportunities to local residents,” Lepine.Lepine shares, they have been busy getting the store ready and the opening date will be announced soon.With retailers already opening their doors in Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek there has been much anticipation in Fort St. John to do the same. The retail store is located at #2 – 10108 100 Street, in the location of the old Playtime Toys. The hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week.“It has been a long-drawn-out process fraught with inequities but we finally can see some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Lepine. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cannabis Corner has started renovations for its non-medical cannabis retail store.Danny Lepine one of the three partners of Cannabis Corner shares, they received the provincial license last week.last_img read more

LeBron James Launches I PROMISE Program to Help AtRisk

LeBron James’ I PROMISE school in Akron, Ohio, is slated to open its doors in the fall of 2018. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Corbis via Getty Images)As part of his ongoing commitment to help students reach their fullest potential, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James on Tuesday, April 11, announced a partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools to create a new I PROMISE school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.Eligible students will be selected via a lottery system to attend the elementary school, which will start with the first grade, reported.“We’ve learned over the years what works and what motivates them, and now we can bring all of that together in one place along with the right resources and experts,” James said in a statement. “If we get to them early enough, we can hopefully keep them on the right track to a bigger and brighter future for themselves and their families.”The three-time NBA champion launched the I PROMISE program in 2011 with the goal of tackling the city’s high school drop-out rate. Each year, APS identifies a group of third-graders who’ve fallen behind academically. Through an expanded curriculum focused on hands-on learning and STEM activities, the I PROMISE program aims to help these students by providing them with the resources, encouragement and mentorship they need to make it to graduation.In addition, the program sponsors after-school programs, Hometown Halls for local parents and caregivers, and a week full of activities each August to accomplish its goals of aiding at-risk youth. Students who stick with the foundation’s program are promised a full-ride to the University of Akron upon graduation, according to Cleveland. com“We’ve seen the positive influence of the LeBron James Family Foundation on our students and we look forward to continuing to do everything we can to put our students in a position to be successful,” said David James, superintendent of Akron Public Schools.Details on the new I PROMISE school will continue to be worked out in the coming months, but the learning hub is expected to utilize specialized programming to foster an environment that promotes social-emotional learning. The school will apply a continued focus on both academics and character building, while the University of Akron’s LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education offers support, research and regular assessments for the new institution.A master plan is slated to be submitted to the Board of Education for approval in October, after committees of local leaders, teacher, parents and other experts come to an agreement on logistics.Upon approval, the I PROMISE School will open in fall 2018 with newly identified third- and fourth-grade classes, reported. First- and second-grade classes will be added by 2019, and the school hopes to house students through the eighth grade by 2022.“We know this is going to be successful,” said Michele Campbell, the foundation’s executive director, “because LeBron James has brought a community of partners, resources and expertise, and with the help of these partners, we’re ready to take this next huge step.” read more

Commentary Battle of Ohio splits Ohio State students

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) attempts a pass in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cleveland Browns defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 31-27, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sunday, September 22, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of MCTOn Sunday afternoons on Ohio State’s campus during the fall, chances are that plenty of people will be wearing brown and orange in support of their favorite NFL team.The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals play each other twice every year in a rivalry known as the “Battle of Ohio.”  Columbus is located roughly between the two cities, 127 miles southwest of Cleveland and 97 miles northeast of Cincinnati.The “Battle of Ohio” began in 1970 after the AFL/NFL merger and the two teams have played 79 times. The Bengals lead the series, 42-37.The Bengals have held an advantage since the new Browns franchise joined the NFL in 1999, after the original franchise relocated to Baltimore.  The Bengals have won 18 of 28 games in this time span, giving Cincinnati fans reasons to brag to Clevelanders.Last season, the Bengals finished 10-6 with a spot in the playoffs while the Browns finished 5-11, a typical record for the team in recent years.The histories of these two teams are very closely related. The Browns were formed in 1946 and named after their first head coach, Paul Brown.  Brown, who was the head coach at Ohio State for three seasons, including their 1942 National Championship year, continued his success as he led the Browns to seven league championships in their first 10 seasons.Brown’s time in Cleveland came to an unexpected end when he was fired by the new owner Art Modell in 1963.  He wasted no time returning to football, and joined the newly-formed Cincinnati Bengals as their first head coach in 1968, bringing many of his own traditions, such as similar uniforms of dark brown jerseys and orange helmets as well as tactics like the two-minute drill and player intelligence tests that he created in Cleveland.The rivalry has been very tense for players and fans both on and off the field. An example of this was during a game between the Bengals and Seattle Seahawks in 1989 when Bengal fans threw snowballs at Seahawk players, prompting Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche to grab a microphone and say, “Will the next person who sees anyone throw anything on the field point them out, so we can get them out of here! You don’t live in Cleveland; you live in Cincinnati!” Cleveland fans took this shot personally, and the next time the Bengals played in Cleveland, Wyche was booed by Browns fans.Both teams have had successes and failures, and the number of fans supporting either one may depend on who is having the better season.The “Battle of Ohio” will be played twice this year, on Sept. 29 at First Energy Stadium on the Cleveland lakefront and on Nov. 17 at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati.Football fans at Ohio State will proudly wear scarlet and gray on Saturday afternoons in support of the Buckeyes, but the brown and orange many wear the next day depends on where they are from, and which Ohio team they are rooting for. read more

New collision detection system developed for mining applications

first_imgPerth based SITECH Western Australia has released a brand-new collision detection system for dozing and stacker/reclaimer applications. SNS SiTRACK, said to be the first system of its type, doesn’t need expensive radar or other high cost sensing devices to detect obstacles but instead leverages GPS technology and Wi-Fi infrastructure to position multiple machines together with fixed infrastructure. This reduces the complexity of the system, increases reliability and lowers the cost of entry for collision detection systems.SNS SiTRACK gives operators visual warnings or provides mechanical shut-offs for manually operated, remote or autonomous machines. It detects unsafe situations or impending collisions be it with other machines, fixed infrastructure, to prevent machines falling into voids or to prevent machines operating under falling objects. The system can easily handle at least 50 assets, per network, of varying types and each asset can be individually tailored in 3D for warning and alert zones.Designed to increase safety to operators, prevent damage and loss of machines and reduce production delays, the SNS SiTRACK system has already been successfully implemented in a Western Australian mine.last_img read more

Mass Effect 3 on PC requires EAs Origin service be installed

first_imgThere’s a growing problem for anyone who appreciates having all their PC games available on a service like Steam. That problem is the inability to purchase certain high profile new titles from Steam. Mass Effect 3 is the perfect example of the issue that is surely only going to get worse. Publisher EA has launched its own digital games service called Origin, and in order to promote it the games launched by EA and its partners are being made Origin exclusive. That means regardless of whether you buy at retail or prefer digital downloads, you have to register an account with Origin to play the game. Developer BioWare has confirmed on its SocialNetwork site that this is the case for Mass Effect 3. You will have to purchase it digitally through Origin or another service that supports Origin’s use, or if you buy a boxed copy the game uses Origin to authenticate when installing. Steam is not going to sell the game because, as BioWare explains, the service has “restrictive terms.”BioWare also confirmed that there is only a one-time authorization required to play Mass Effect 3, so no constant checking or always-on Internet connection prerequisite. You can also install the game as many times as you like because it is linked to an Origin account, not the machine you play on.If more publishers adopt their own online service, we could see multiple service installs required in order to play games from different developers and publishers. In normal circumstances competing services mean lower prices and more choice. However, if each service is only offering certain games they have a vested interest in, there is no competition.Read more at BioWare SocialNetwork, via Destructoidlast_img read more

Grand designs The Bourakis way

first_imgBourakis Industries is one of Melbourne’s foremost high-end residential designers and builders: a one-stop-shop for people wanting to build their dream home, guided by the creative vision and experience of the company’s founders, George and Rita Bourakis. I meet George and Rita outside one of their current projects in Port Melbourne: a relatively small house overlooking a park. It’s nearing completion and though shrouded by polythene and scaffolding its clean lines still reveal its pedigree: a cool contemporary feel, a hint of art deco: a unique design and build and the product of someone wanting more than the average. George, who was born in Leros, met Rita (of Italian extraction) in the late seventies when they were both studying building design at RMIT. A shared love of design brought them close, and as they attended lectures and nurtured each others’ creative passions, they fell in love. After graduating in 1981 they worked for different architectural firms before marrying two years later. “The same year we left our jobs to start our own business,” says Rita over a soy latte in a nearby Bay Street cafe, “though the company was called Mediterranean Design and Construction in those days. Within 12 months we’d also started a family – so we went full on into it.” George and Rita’s interest in design and construction had begun at early age. George arrived in Melbourne with mum and dad aged 14, along with younger brother Kon, in 1973. At school the young George shone for his drawing ability. One of the first incarnations of his prestigious talent came at Footscray Technical College where he won first prize in a drawing competition. The subject: the ancient church of Agia Kyriaki that he remembered vividly near his hometown of Merovigli in Leros. George’s father had been a carpenter and furniture maker and as a small child George helped in the workshop. Rita’s father worked in civil construction, and she remembers an early and uncommon interest for a young girl – exploring construction sites. After nearly 30 years in business, Rita and George put their success down to their ability to interpret and translate a client’s wishes. “It’s about understanding those needs and reading into your client’s brief what they’re really about, what they want to achieve,” says Rita. “We tell our clients that designing a house is about joint input, and we do listen; it’s about producing something that fits, says George. “We’ve never built the same project twice, every one is different.” With a swathe of top industry awards for his residential properties over the years, George, who is also President of the Lerian Club of Melbourne, works on commercial and community projects. He designed the new Greek Orthodox Church in Yarraville, and is working on a second Greek church project in Altona. With brother Kon as project supervisor since 1985, Bourakis Industries is very much a family concern. George’s cousin Anna is in the office, and both sons Andrew (25) and Emmanuel (27) and are involved in the business. Despite being in ever-greater demand, with an expanding client-base developed by word-of-mouth recommendation, Rita and George are keen to remain true to their original vision. “We consciously decided to keep it boutique, small, hands on, in touch with everyone, and it works,” says Rita. And works, it certainly does. With around seven residential projects on the go at any one time, often clients are prepared to wait in line. One recent $3m project customer waited 12 months for their turn.Bourakis Industries with its one-stop-shop is in high demand – the houses that George and Rita build have never been more popular. And what might it cost to get the Bourakis team to design and build your next home? Somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000 per square metre suggests George. “That figure will depend on what you put in it and the level of finishes,” adds Rita. As we parted, I began ‘doing the math’: perhaps out of my league right now. But, if you’ve got the cash, remember, put your name down early, you may just have to wait a while. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

TCI Red Cross Annual Red and White Ball 2018

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt’s that time of year again for the Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross Red and White Ball.  Our major fundraiser for the year is the 5th Annual Red and White Ball, which will be held on May 26th, 2018, 7pm – 10 pm with the venue to be announced.  We depend on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support in making this event a success and therefore asking you to purchase your tickets and encourage your friends and colleagues to get their tickets too.  Pricing for the tickets as follows:Individual tickets: $75.00Couple tickets: $100.00Table: $700.00The Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross enables vulnerable people in our communities to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and when the crisis is over we help people to recover and move on with their lives. One of the main ways we fund our work is by hosting social fundraisers.Please contact Kency Garland, Volunteer-Youth Officer at 331-6467 or Paula Garland, Fundraising Committee at 241-2905 with acknowledgement of the ticket purchase or if you have questions regarding the event.Thank You for your support as we work Together for Humanity.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale condo catches fire no injuries

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A three-story condominium in Fort Lauderdale caught fire, causing interior damage.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze along Southeast 14th Avenue and 15th Street, Thursday morning.Crews were able to quickly knock down the flames, but the damage inside was done.No one was injured.There is no word from officials as to what may have sparked the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska GOP To Weigh Potential Action Against Murkowski

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Murkowski told reporters that if she worried about political repercussions she wouldn’t be able to do the job Alaskans expect her to do. He says the party took that more extreme step previously with state legislators who caucused with Democrats. The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she might want its state central committee to consider.center_img He says all this follows outrage from Alaska Republicans. Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the committee could decide to issue a statement. Or he says it could withdraw support of Murkowski, encourage party officials to look for a replacement and ask that she not seek re-election as a Republican.last_img read more

FedEx to buy TNT for €44bn

first_imgClose FedEx has stepped up to the challenge of rivals UPS by agreeing to buy Dutch package delivery company TNT Express for €4.4bn (£3.2bn, $4.8bn).European regulators blocked a 2013 takeover of TNT by UPS due to concerns it would stifle competition, but analysts and executives said FedEx, with its strong air fleet, would complement TNTs sizeable European road network.In terms of FedEx, it significantly increases the reach of their European footprint. Its one of the reasons of course why FedEx is actually quite confident that unlike the UPS deal, this isnt likely to be blocked by Brussels. So it seems as though its a win-win situation, said BGC Partners analyst Mike Ingram.US-based FedEx is the latest company to seize on global, low interest rates — financing the TNT acquisition by borrowing to pay for it all.And certainly, the weaker euro and on the flipside, the strong dollar, has meant that European targets are more attractive to US investors and I think that FedEx/TNT is a very clear example of that, he added.Europe, despite the fact that there has been low growth, is still an enormous market both for import and export, FedEx Chief Executive Fred Smith told analysts.TNT gives FedEx access to pan-European services and the domestic UK and French markets, areas where it is not yet a big player, Smith said, while TNT customers will get access to FedExs global distribution platform.ING analysts estimate Deutsche Posts DHL currently has a 19 percent market share in Europe, followed by UPS with 16 percent, TNT with 12 percent and FedEx at 5 percent – meaning the deal could elevate FedEx up to second place.The deal, which was unanimously recommended by TNTs supervisory board and is expected to close next year, saw the Dutch companys share price jump by more than 30 per cent in early trading in Europe.last_img read more

DhakaSylhet rail link cut off

first_imgThe capital’s rail communication with Sylhet remained suspended since Sunday morning after a local train derailed at Rashidpur railway station.”Two compartments of Sylhet-bound ‘Kushiara Express’ veered off the tracks around 9:35am, halting train movement,” said Gaurav Kumar Prasad, assistant railway master of Sayestaganj railway station.Dhaka-bound Jayantika Express from Sylhet was stranded at Sreemangal railway station while Sylhet-bound Parabat Express from Dhaka was stuck at Sayestaganj railway station following the derailment.A relief train from Akhaura railway station was on its way to the accident site, Gaurav said.last_img read more

YouTube Yanks Ads From AntiVaccination Conspiracy Channels

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube’s decision to pull ads from channels purveying anti-vaccination conspiracies and false information came after BuzzFeed News reported that the platform’s video-recommendation algorithm frequently pulled up anti-vax videos after users conducted vaccination-related searches.Advertisers whose spots had appeared in anti-vaccination YouTube videos — apparently without their knowledge — include Vitacost, Retail Me Not,  Brilliant Earth, CWCBExpo, XTIVIA and SolarWinds, per the BuzzFeed report. YouTube, under fire for facilitating the spread of conspiracy theories and other misinformation, said it will no longer serve ads on channels that espouse anti-vaccination rhetoric. The Google-owned video giant cited its advertising policy that bans “dangerous and harmful” content from eligibility in its monetization program.“We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies,” YouTube said in a statement. “We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them, we immediately take action and remove ads.”YouTube didn’t specify which anti-vax channels — or how many — were subject to the demonetization action. According to BuzzFeed, which first reported the news, affected channels included VAXXED TV, LarryCook333 and iHealthTube. The issue hits two ongoing pain points for YouTube: Its role in amplifying conspiracy-mongers and concerns among marketers about the “brand safety” of the platform. In a separate controversy, marketers including AT&T, Disney, Hasbro and Epic Games this past week suspended all ad spending on YouTube after a secret ring of child predators was discovered to be posting coded sexual comments on videos of young girls.Anti-vaccination proponents who falsely suggest that vaccines are somehow unsafe for kids remain rife on YouTube and other platforms. There’s overwhelming scientific and medical evidence that childhood vaccinations are both safe and effective at curbing disease outbreaks.In January, YouTube announced a change to its content-recommendations system aimed at reducing the recommendation of “borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways.” That includes videos promoting bogus miracle cures for serious illnesses, claiming the Earth is flat, or making “blatantly false claims” about historical events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to YouTube. The algorithm changes initially will affect recommendations for a very small set of videos in the U.S., with plans to expand internationally. While YouTube repeatedly claims that objectionable material like conspiracy videos represent well under 1% of its overall content, that would still represent millions of videos.On another front, YouTube last year began displaying links to Wikipedia articles on conspiracy videos. For example, many anti-vaccination videos on YouTube now point viewers to Wikipedia’s “Vaccine hesitancy” article.Of course, YouTube isn’t the only internet company accused of providing a megaphone for crackpot ideas. Separately, Pinterest recently implemented a change to simply block all vaccination-related searches on its image and video-sharing platform, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.Last week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), sent a letter to Google and Facebook requesting details on how the companies planned to combat the spread of information discouraging parents from vaccinating their children. “I was pleased to see YouTube’s recent announcement that it will no longer recommend videos that violate its community guidelines, such as conspiracy theories or medically inaccurate videos, and encourage further action to be taken related to vaccine misinformation,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

RNA reactor could have served as a precursor of life

first_img Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — Nobody knows quite how life originated on Earth, but most scientists agree that living cells did not abruptly appear from nonliving cells in a single step. Instead, there were probably a series of pre-cellular life forms that arose from nonliving chemicals and eventually led to a living cell, one that could undergo metabolism and reproduce. One of the most well-known theories of pre-cellular life is the RNA world theory, which proposes that life based on RNA predates current life, which is based on DNA, RNA, and proteins. But recently, scientists have been wondering what may have preceded RNA. In a new study, a team of scientists from Germany has suggested that the ability to self-replicate may have first emerged in the form of an RNA reactor, which they show can transmit information. Prediction of RNA pseudoknots using heuristic modeling with mapping and sequential folding Citation: RNA reactor could have served as a precursor of life (2011, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: Benedikt Obermayer, et al. “Emergence of Information Transmission in a Prebiotic RNA Reactor.” Physical Review Letters 107, 018101 (2011) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.018101 In the RNA reactor, nucleotides accumulate in a narrow pore due to a temperature gradient. Due to bond formation and hybridization of RNA strands, weak information transmission can occur: information can be conserved beyond the lifetime of a single molecule. Image credit: Obermayer, et al. ©2011 American Physical Society The scientists, Benedikt Obermayer, Hubert Krammer, Dieter Braun, and Ulrich Gerland of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, have published their study on the prebiotic RNA reactor in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The biggest piece of support for RNA molecules as pre-life forms is that RNA can act as both genes (to store information) and enzymes (to catalyze chemical reactions). Like DNA, RNA is made up of a long chain of nucleotides. However, scientists do not know how a self-replicating RNA system could have arisen from a pool of random polynucleotides.To address this question, Obermayer, et al., have turned to RNA replicators. As described in previous research, RNA replicators can transmit information from one molecule to another so that the information survives even when the original carrier molecules have become degraded. Here, the researchers have investigated how RNA replicators may have arisen from simpler RNA reactors billions of years ago.“We show that a combination of simple physico-chemical mechanisms can greatly facilitate the spontaneous emergence of a prebiotic evolutionary system, such as envisaged by the RNA world,” Gerland told computer simulations, the scientists analyzed a scenario in which a hydrothermal RNA reactor emerges with the ability to perform intermolecular information transmission. The scene begins inside porous rocks on the sea floor, where strong temperature gradients produce thermal convection, and the convective flow transports molecules inside the narrow pores. Due to temperature variations, nucleotides in the pores accumulate in a small region and randomly form bonds with one another. Through folding and hybridization, the polynucleotides can form longer sequences, eventually resulting in RNA strands.One of the key factors that allows the formation of RNA strands is the preferential cleavage (splitting) of bonds at unpaired bases. This effect creates a selection pressure for base pairing, and leads to an increase in the complexity and lifetime of RNA structures. One such structure that could emerge as a result is a primitive ribozyme – or “RNA enzyme” – which can catalyze chemical reactions as a component of a true RNA replicator. Most importantly, the computer simulations showed that the RNA reactor can perform weak replication based on information transmission by hybridization of the RNA strands. As the researchers explained, evidence of information transmission appears as an unexpected increase in the lifetime of certain sequences.“Hybridization simultaneously protects a sequence motif and its complement from degradation,” Gerland explained. “Thereby, it extends not only the lifetime of the sequence motif, but also the lifetime of its complement, which in turn can protect other copies of the sequence motif after dissociation. This constitutes a form of information transmission between molecules, since it can conserve the information in the sequence motif beyond the lifetime of a single molecule.”Overall, the computer simulations showed that the prebiotic RNA reactor could serve as a stepping stone toward the emergence of a true RNA replicator. Acting as a filter to keep potentially useful sequences of nucleotides, the RNA reactor could lead to complex sequences, such as ribozymes. Once ribozymes emerge from an RNA reactor, they could establish an efficient self-replicating system in the form of an RNA replicator. In the future, the researchers hope that they might be able to experimentally demonstrate such a process.“The experimental investigation of this scenario is indeed a very exciting direction to explore,” Gerland said. “We believe it is possible to realize essential aspects of the scenario in the lab, on a small scale. We are working towards that end.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Married gay mans arm broken in alleged homophobic attack in Sydney

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Hate crimes in 2018Sydney is one of Australia’s most gay friendly cities and is home to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the biggest LGBTI Pride event in the Southern Hemisphere.Johnson said he could not believe he and his husband were the victims of an alleged homophobic attack.‘I can’t believe that he was the victim of a hate crime in 2018. I’m still at a loss for words,’ he wrote.Johnson shared a photo he took of the man on Facebook and asked people to help identify him.‘If you can share this so we can try and have this homophobe brought to justice, that would also be a help,’ he wrote.The couple are doing ‘fine’ as they await Kalaiziovski’s surgery. Johnson said the staff at the RPA Hospital in Sydney were treating them very well.Gay Star News has reached out to the couple and New South Wales Police for comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A Sydney man was hospitalized after his arm was broken in an alleged homophobic attack. Kurt Johnson and Adrian Kalaiziovksi were victims of an alleged homophobic attack. | Photo: Facebook/Kurt Johnson Man charged over alleged assault of gay couple in SydneyRussian gay man’s jaw ‘brutally’ broken after alleged homophobic attackGay guy shares smiling, but bloody selfie after homophobic assaultRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Adrian Kalaiziovski and his husband, Kurt Johnson, were getting out of an Uber on Monday night (29 April). They were in the inner-city suburb of Redfern when the man allegedly started hurling abuse at them.‘He called us faggots for a good 5 minutes and continued to taunt us and antagonise us,’ Johnson wrote on Facebook.Once the altercation died down and the couple walked away from the man, he decided to allegedly follow them again.‘This “hero” came around the corner looking to start a fight by asking “one of you faggots got a lighter”,’ Johnson wrote.‘Things got heated and he ended up attacking my husband and broke his forearm. Adrian is currently in hospital awaiting surgery as the break needs pins to support it.’last_img read more