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New Art Photography by Seniors on Display

first_imgNova Scotians age 50 or older are showing creativity has no age limit at the Seniors Art and Photo Gallery. Several new works of art and photography by older Nova Scotians are available for viewing by the public. “Art and photography are rewarding hobbies. I’m impressed by the talents our seniors have and the quality of the pieces,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors. “Our gallery welcomes artists of all skill levels who want to share their creativity and passion with everyone.” The gallery provides a free, central location for seniors to display and sell their works. “Painting is something that I’ve loved to do for much of my life. When I heard of the seniors’ gallery, it was such an incentive for me to produce some work that would actually be out in public,” said Pia Popowich, an amateur artist who recently started submitting her pieces to the gallery. “I am strictly an amateur, but it gives me such a thrill to be part of the art displays. It has been a source of fun and a bit of validation for an activity that allows me to nurture my creative side – and my kids are impressed!” The gallery is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third floor foyer of the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., Halifax. Gallery displays change every three months. Admission is free.last_img read more

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BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday

first_imgNew Delhi: The first meeting of the BJP parliamentary party during the ongoing session will be held on July 2, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to lay down the agenda for its near 380 MPs, the highest-ever saffron tally in Parliament. Apart from the significance of the ongoing session, in which his government will present it first budget and also hopes for the passage of many bills, Modi may also speak about key decisions his dispensation has taken since it assumed power in May. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Though there has been no official word about its agenda, it has been customary in the parliamentary party meeting to facilitate Modi following his return from any significant international event. He returned to India on Saturday after attending the G-20 Summit in Japan. It will also be the first time in many decades that BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will not be present in the BJP meeting as the party did not field them in Lok Sabha polls on the ground of 75-year age bar it introduced for its candidates. The first meeting was scheduled for June 25 but called off following the death of Rajasthan BJP president and Rajya Sabha member Madan Lal Saini. The BJP won an unprecedented 303 seats in the general election.last_img read more

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IMPROV SHOW AVOCADO TOAST POKES FUN AT VANCOUVER STEREOTYPES

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Vancouverites are invited to laugh at themselves and their city through a new improv show called Avocado Toast –Vancouver Grown, Free-Range Comedy.The show is presented by Vancouver TheatreSports (VTSL) and pokes fun at the obsession locals have with fitness, the foodie scene, “wet coast” winters, bike lanes, affordable housing, hipsters, the quirks of the city’s various neighbourhoods and more.VTSL executive and artistic director Jay Ono says Avocado Toast is organic “because improv just starts with one idea and then it grows. It’s a unique experience.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Vancouver TheatreSports toasts and roasts the city’s quirks and charms with its new show. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aecon partnership named preferred proponent for Site C generating station

first_imgTORONTO – A partnership led by Aecon Group Inc. has been chosen as the preferred proponent by BC Hydro for a Site C generating station and spillways civil works contract.The work is expected to include civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes, plus related ancillary construction work, the company says.The full contract award is expected to take place early next year, with work to begin in the spring.Aecon holds a 30 per cent stake in the partnership, while Dragados Canada Inc. has 27.5 per cent, Flatiron Constructors Canada Ltd. has 27.5 per cent and EBC Inc. holds 15 per cent.The B.C. NDP government announced last week that it would complete the controversial hydroelectric dam rather than cancel the project.The province’s independent energy regulator concluded in a report last month that the dam is over budget and behind schedule.last_img read more

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Business group Nicaragua economy in free fall

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s leading business association says the country’s economy is in “free fall” a year after anti-government protests were violently repressed by the government and its supporters.Guillermo Jacoby, an official of the Superior Council of Private Business, said Wednesday “we thought we were on the precipice, but the latest figures show that we lost our footing and are in free fall.”Sectors such as tour operators, auto dealers and medical equipment providers have seen their sales off 77.5%, 75% and 53.5%, respectively in the past year.Protests began in April 2018 against cuts to the social security system, but quickly spread to other grievances against the government of President Daniel Ortega.According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, at least 325 people were killed in the government crackdown.The Associated Press read more

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UN team finds rebelheld areas of Côte dIvoire struggling for basic services

Led by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Côte d’Ivoire, the mission said the northern and western areas are suffering because of the slow deployment of Government workers, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters today.Village pumps and other water facilities are badly maintained, leaving many people without access to clean water and at high risk of contracting water-borne diseases, he added.The UN team was sent to assess the situation in the north and west of the divided West African country, which is controlled by the Government in the south and by opposition forces in the north. Last year the warring sides signed the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, which ended bitter fighting and led to a government of national reconciliation. Elections are scheduled for October 2005.Peacekeeping forces from the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which has been operating since May last year, separate the two areas. More than 5,800 military personnel are now on the ground, making the mission’s deployment nearly complete. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported that five unofficial roadblocks in the western town of Guiglo are hampering relief efforts. read more

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Stranger is Typing claims top prizes at student film festival

Stranger is Typing was a hit at Brock’s box office.The film claimed both top prizes at BrockTV’s recent RenderThis Student Film Festival — the first entry to do so in the event’s seven-year history.Created by third-year Brock Film Studies student Alex Caucean, the film took home both the Audience Choice and Jury awards at the annual competition that features the work of both Brock and Niagara College filmmakers.A special screening event was held on Feb. 3 with 17 short films, each between two and 10 minutes in length, shown in Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.In addition to claiming the night’s big wins, Caucean was awarded $1,100 for his suspenseful film about a lonely young man who gets more than he bargained for when he logs into a video chat room in search of attractive girls.Brock Popular Culture master’s student Cory Maddalena was named the festival’s first runner-up with his film Origami, and third-year Brock Film Studies student Graham Smith claimed the second runner-up prize for his film, Nest.Maddalena was also the winner of the festival’s inaugural Brock University Experience category, which required students to submit videos of 30 to 90 seconds expressing what the University means to them.“Being a student at Brock for more than five years has introduced me to so many incredible places on campus,” Maddalena said of the inspiration behind his short.“I wanted to tell the story of a student being introduced to these wonderful places; the serene escarpment that leads to beautiful hiking trails, the market, the library and, of course, the iconic tower.”Maddalena wanted viewers to feel as though they were being taken for a tour around the campus that so many students call home.The Experience category was sponsored by the University and is set to return in 2018.In addition to the screenings, festival guests were treated to live music by Brock student Nicole Henderson and an art show featuring the work of Visual Arts students Alysha Rocca, Zachary White and Jessica Angelevski.Work to organize next year’s RenderThis festival will begin in May.Anyone interested in getting involved with the event can e-mail marketing@brocktv.ca for more information.(Story by fourth-year Business Communications student Ja’miil Millar) read more

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How JT Barretts Heisman candidacy came and went in two games

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) signals to the offense in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s 19-for-35, 183-yard, one-interception performance in a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in Week 2, the idea of the redshirt senior possibly winning a Heisman Trophy seemed improbable. But over the next six games, Barrett threw 22 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He capped the stretch off with a 15-point fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State, throwing 33-for-39 for 328 yards and four touchdowns in a 39-38 win. Following the victory, head coach Urban Meyer called Barrett’s performance near perfect and said it was one of the greatest games in college football.Meyer did not shy away from discussing Barrett’s potential Heisman Trophy candidacy in his postgame press conference when asked, saying he thinks “that H-word is appropriate after today’s game.” Barrett reiterated that “H-word,” but stopped short of going any further.“He said the H-word. I’m going to say the same thing, that H-word,” Barrett said after the game. “I don’t really focus on it. Next week we’ve got to go beat Iowa. That’s what I’ll go focus on.”That did not happen. Ohio State lost in a decisive 55-24 drubbing. Without knowing which team was in contention for a College Football Playoff berth, Iowa would have seemed like the obvious title challenger.Barrett’s Heisman candidacy ended as quickly as it began. The redshirt senior quarterback opened up the Iowa game throwing an interception, which was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by sophomore safety Amani Hooker. But Barrett responded well, driving the offense 80, 74 and 77 yards on his second, third and fourth drives of the game, respectively. He threw a 29-yard touchdown to wideout Terry McLaurin, Ohio State settled for a 27-yard field goal and Barrett hit receiver Johnnie Dixon for a 44-yard touchdown pass.Barrett said the Hawkeyes played tighter coverage than the Buckeyes expected, which led to the early interception. Ohio State quickly adjusted to the tight coverage, which led to the McLaurin touchdown, Barrett said. “Then as we hit a couple shots, they started backing off and we didn’t make those adjustments [for ourselves],” Barrett said Tuesday.Everything began to change as the Buckeyes struggled with the Hawkeyes’ loose coverage after succeeding against tighter-than-expected defensive backs. Dixon’s touchdown tied the game at 17 points apiece. But the Hawkeyes rode 31 straight points from the late second quarter to the early fourth quarter to pull ahead from the tie and take a commanding 48-17 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.“I think a lot of it was just trying to make play instead of letting the guys around me make those plays,” Barrett said. “They were sinking on things and I was just pressing the issue too much, especially after throwing that pick early.”As the game went on and the Buckeyes fell further and further behind, Barrett began to press.“Early I didn’t feel that way, but as we were down, it was one of those things, like, trying to make a play,” Barrett said. “It was really being down trying to make something happen, make a momentum shift for all of the guys.”During Iowa’s 31-unanswered-point run, the Buckeyes gained just 33 yards and the quarterback threw two interceptions.By the end of the game, Barrett had completed 18-of-34 passes for 208 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions, the latter being the most in his collegiate career. His stunning Penn State performance in which he finished the game having completed his final 16 passes seemed so long ago when the clock finally struck zero in Iowa City, Iowa, and the fans stormed the field at Kinnick Stadium.Unlike Ohio State’s loss earlier this season, the loss to the Hawkeyes flung the Buckeyes out of the playoff conversation. Now, the best-case scenario likely stands as a Big Ten championship and a bowl game against a fellow two-loss team. However, Barrett adamantly stated the most recent loss feels no different than any of his other six. “It wasn’t like this loss hurt more than the other one, really,” Barrett said. “The most difficult one is when we didn’t score against Clemson. This one, I feel like, wasn’t anything different despite how I was playing. I was still upset.”He had every reason to be upset with both his performance, which Meyer deemed “really inconsistent,” and the rest of his team’s poor showing. After the game, it was clear neither he, nor the team, would earn the national championship they desire.As quickly as Barrett’s Heisman candidacy emerged, it sunk back beneath the surface, this time taking Ohio State’s playoff chances with it. read more

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Wisla beat Kiel in Plock

← Previous Story CSM Bucuresti sack Jakob Vestergaard Next Story → Barca beat Ademar Leon in ASOBAL derby 3. THW Kiel6303154:152(2)6 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…5401158:135(23)8 1. FC Barcelona Lassa5500146:123(23)10 8. Kadetten Schaffhausen5005131:162(-31)0 The Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock made fantastic result against the one of the biggest rivals at VELUX EHF Champions League, THW Kiel 24:22 (12:13). It was one of the night at Orlen Arena to be remembered with outstanding Coralles between the posts and very good Croatian right back Sime Ivic, who scored six goals in total.Orlen Wisła Płock – THW Kiel 24:22 (12:13)Orlen Wisła: Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 3, Duarte 1, Wiśniewski 1, Ghionea 3/2, Rocha 2/1, Gębala 2, Ivić 6, Tarabochia 2, M. Gębala 2, Pusica, Mihić 2, De Toledo, Żytnikow.THW: Landin, Wolff – Duvnjak 3, Toft Hansen, Lacković, Sprenger, Weinhold 2, Wiencek 1, Ekberg 3, Zeitz 1, Dahmke 2, Vujin 6, Bilyk, Nilsson, Santos 4/1.STANDINGS: EHF Champions LeagueOrlen Wisla PlockTHW Kiel 7. Orlen Wisla Plock6114149:166(-17)3 5. SG Flensburg-Handewitt5212120:118(2)5 3. Telekom Veszprém5221128:125(3)6 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg5203132:137(-5)4 read more

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Ageing conference looking for submissions

first_imgFlinders University will hold the second International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land in June this year and is calling for papers and posters from those in the industry or academia. The inter-disciplinary conference will explore the theme of ageing in the migrant community and will address areas on ageing and health, service provision, language and cultural identity and issues of Greek and other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in Australia and overseas. They are currently looking for papers on the categories “Positive ageing and culturally appropriate care”, “Families, ageing migrants and care in the community”, “Ageing at 45?”, “Interdisciplinary perspectives on migrant ageing”, “Access to services for ageing migrants”, “Experiences of ageing among the Hellenic Diaspora” and “Community Oriented Cultural Programs or Activities”. Those interested need to submit an abstract of 200 words or less by March 10. The conference itself will run for three days from 28-30 June and will contain parallel sessions and panel discussions. It will be held at Flinders University in Adelaide and will be bookmarked by other public lectures and book launches free of charge. It is an initiative by the Flinders University Modern Greek Section and is hosted by the LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture, Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities and the School of Humanities at Flinders University. For those wanting to attend, early registration (until 30 April) costs $345 for one day or $435 for all three. For more information visit http://www.flinders.edu.au/greekandageingconference. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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North Macedonia is here – and yes it will take a lot

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Here are five headlines that appeared on Tuesday 12 February:Neos Kosmos: ‘FYROM changes its name on signage – and celebrates’Proto Thema: ‘FYROM signs taken down from government buildings’Washington Post: ‘Macedonia is officially renamed North Macedonia’Associated Press: ‘Macedonian government says country is now officially renamed North Macedonia under deal with Greece’Neos Kosmos: ‘FYROM Communities raise Vergina flags in Australia in protest of Prespes agreement’Everything you need to know about the implementation of the Prespes Agreement between Greece and the country now officially named North Macedonia lies in these headlines.Most Greek media outlets – Neos Kosmos included – have been trying with various degrees of success to adapt to a new reality that is, to say the least, uneasy. For more than 25 years, Greeks have been calling the country located on the northern borders of Greece, by the name of its capital: Skopje. Imagine New Zealand calling Australia ‘Canberra’ and you will see how absurd and pointless this is.Media organisations committed to the rules of journalism have shown restraint and have been using the country’s official interim name: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – the name officially recognised by Australia, among others.So, when we wrote “FYROM changes its name” we were correct. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was installing new signage, displaying the country’s new name, North Macedonia. In their effort to adapt to this new reality, some Greek media outlets have been putting the new name in quotation marks: ‘North Macedonia’, as if this is an alleged name, an alias, a nickname even – not the outcome of a bilateral agreement between two sovereign countries, bound by international law; not the name that the country is actually using in its official documents, government buildings and agencys; not the name that will be used by all other governments.This awkwardness led Proto Thema to print an outright lie: “FYROM signs taken down?” Really? No, FYROM signs were not taken down, because there were not FYROM signs in the country. The signs that were taken down did not write “FYROM”; they wrote “Macedonia.”Which brings us to the Washington Post and Associated Press headlines. Two of the most respected news organisations in the world told things as they were: Macedonia – that is, the country that the US had recognised under that name – is now officialy renamed North Macedonia. All countries that had recognised the country formerly known as FYROM under the name ‘Macedonia’ now have to use the name ‘North Macedonia’. Without quotation marks. The same goes for countries that used the acronym FYROM – Greece and Australia included. By the way, Australia already moved forward with it.This is where the fifth headline enters the picture. Some communities of natives of North Macedonia in Australia are not happy with the outcome of the deal. And they protest by raising flags sporting the Vergina star – or sun, if you like, both answers are correct – because of course they would. What would anyone expect from a group of nationalists?Take a tour around their social media and you will find them full of images of the Vergina sun, red and yellow flags, references to Alexander the Great – and the occasional map that shows their borders expanding to include Thessaloniki and Halkidiki.All these things abound in North Macedonia as well – but from now on, they are banned from official documents.The Prespes agreement is legally binding; it expressively forbids the government of North Macedonia – all aspects of government, that is – to use the Vergina star. If they print money with the star, or with Alexander the Great, if they print maps that include Thessaloniki, they will be taken to the Hague, to the international court. This is what the agreement has achieved.This, and having all official references to ‘Macedonia’ now changed to ‘North Macedonia’. From Wikipedia to the BBC, from the United Nations to Angela Merkel, who recently spoke of North Macedonia, the new name has been already adopted. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, athletes will compete under the name of North Macedonia – and the Channel 7 commentators will have to say these two words, instead of just plain ‘Macedonia’ – sparing the Pan-Macedonian organisations from the trouble of sending strongly worded letters to the network. Of course, commentators might still talk about Alexander the Great, like Bruce McAvaney did in 2016. Because this is the difference between institutions and individuals. Institutions are bound by international legislation. Individuals can do and say what they want. There is no reason to expect that to change. Any nationalist hothead will keep on like they used to.Pretty much like some Greeks who print maps showing ‘Constantinople’ as the capital of Greece. Pretty much like Greeks who refuse to utter the word Istanbul, adhering to the name of a long-gone Byzantine capital – the equivalent would be Italians refusing to use the word ‘Parigi’, insisting on calling Paris as ‘Lutetia’.Since North Macedonia made its debut in the international news, an army of online trolls have been… well, trolling media organisations reporting on the name change – or even reporting news from North Macedonia, such as the tragic bus accident that led to the deaths of 15 people. “Deadly bus crash in North Macedonia sparks days of mourning,” Deutche Welle reported. “Skopje,” responded the trolls, urging to ‘correct’ the news stories. The army of trolls was joined by the regional government of Western Macedonia in Greece, Apostolos Tzitzikostas who pledged that road signs in his region will write ‘Skopje’, not ‘North Macedonia’. The fearless patriot failed to add that road signs write the names of cities, not countries, but who cares about the truth, when a lie sounds so much better?Yes, Tzitzikostas will continue to use the word ‘Skopje’. So will do Greek people all around the world. At the same time, the citizens of Skopje, Tetovo, Bitola, Ohrid will refer to themselves as Macedonians – and so will do the members of their diaspora, with their Vergina stars and their red-and-yellow profile pics and their – officially illegal – maps.It will take time. But we will get used to it. We will find a way to coexist. After all, we have been doing exactly this for centuries, as fellow Balkanians in this blood-soaked melting pot peninsula in the southeast of Europe.last_img read more

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Dix ans après la France commémore la catastrophe de lusine AZF

first_imgDix ans après, la France commémore la catastrophe de l’usine AZFLa catastrophe industrielle de l’usine AZF du 21 septembre 2001 a fait 31 morts et des milliers de blessés. Ce mercredi, une cérémonie commémorative débutera symboliquement à 10h17, heure de la déflagration, devant une stèle érigée par la municipalité près de cette ancienne usine d’engrais chimiques, filiale du groupe Total. Dix ans après, les toulousains restent divisés et traumatisés.Aujourd’hui, cela fait dix ans jour pour jour que l’usine AZF a explosé. Un drame qui a causé la plus grave catastrophe industrielle qu’ait connue la France depuis 1945. En effet, dans la matinée du 21 septembre 2001, une déflagration équivalente à un séisme de 3,4 sur l’échelle de Richter retentissait à quelques kilomètres de la place du Capitole à Toulouse faisant 31 morts et plus de 2.500 blessés ainsi que de très nombreux bâtiments et logements sinistrés.  Cette catastrophe intervenue dix jours après les attentats du 11 septembre, a fait tout d’abord penser que la France était attaquée à son tour. Mais c’est en fait l’explosion d’un stock de 300 tonnes de nitrate d’ammonium qui a soufflé l’usine de fertilisants et de produits industriels AZF gérée par la société Grande Paroisse du groupe Total. La déflagration a causé un cratère de forme ovale de 70 mètres de long et 40 mètres de largeur, et de 5 à 6 mètres de profondeur, tandis que la détonation a été entendue à plus de 80 kilomètres de Toulouse. Aujourd’hui encore, le drame est profondément ancré dans la mémoire toulousaine. D’autant plus que l’origine de la catastrophe n’a toujours pas été clairement établie, malgré les multiples enquêtes, reconstitutions et le long procès qui ont suivi.  Dix après, Toulouse reste divisée et traumatiséeÀ lire aussiTaxe carbone : une contribution provisoire pour les entreprises les plus polluantesEn cette année de bien triste anniversaire, la municipalité de Toulouse s’est chargée, pour la première fois, des commémorations pour tenter de réunir à la fois les anciens salariés d’AZF et les sinistrés dans le recueillement au même endroit et au même moment. Elle a ainsi prévu le déplacement d’une stèle en hommage aux morts pour la disposer sur le site de l’usine aujourd’hui rasée. Elle a par ailleurs invité le plus grand nombre à se rassembler là dans le silence à 10H17, avec diverses personnalités nationales et locales, rapporte L’Express.fr.A l’occasion de cette commémoration, Marc Sénant, de France nature environnement rappelle dans une interview donnée à Libération.fr, que même si  “l’explosion d’AZF a permis de prendre la mesure du problème majeur, la cohabitation entre usines à risques et populations riveraines […] rien n’a changé dans les faits, des gens continuent de vivre tout près d’usines potentiellement dangereuses.” Aujourd’hui,l’usine AZF a été entièrement rasée et a laissé place à un canceropôle actuellement en phase de finition, rapporte Reuters.Redécouvrez les images de la catastrophe meurtrière de l’usine AZF survenue il y a 10 ansLe 21 septembre 2011 à 13:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les scientifiques progressent dans lassemblage de nanoobjets à ADN

first_imgLes scientifiques progressent dans l’assemblage de nano-objets à ADNSelon une nouvelle étude, aujourd’hui, les chercheurs sont capables de contraindre l’ADN à former des objets complexes d’une manière beaucoup plus efficace qu’avant.De nos jours, les scientifiques sont en mesure de se servir de l’ADN pour former, à l’échelle du nanomètre, des objets complexes. Des études montraient jusqu’ici comment des scientifiques avaient réussi à créer une grande variété de nano-objets en trois dimensions. Ils avaient en effet pu replier sur elle-même une armature d’ADN simple brin et l’avait fixé par de courtes “agrafes” d’ADN, explique techno-science.net. Néanmoins, cette technique est difficile à mettre en place et demande plusieurs jours pour n’obtenir qu’une faible quantité.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour aller plus loin, Jean-Philippe Sobczak et ses collègues allemands ont étudié la formation d’ADN double brin au cours du repliement ou celle d’ADN simple brin lors du dépliement. Ils ont également procédé à une série d’études telles que la congélation ultra-rapide des échantillons à différents moments et températures puis étudié les produits. Ils ont ainsi réussi à déterminer les conditions de réactions optimales pour accélérer le repliement de plusieurs ordres de grandeurs. Désormais, il ne faut plus que quelques minutes pour avoir un rendement de 100 % ou presque.Grâce à cette technologie de pointe, il devient possible de réaliser de grands progrès dans des domaines tels que de la nanoélectronique ou les systèmes d’administration de médicaments, par exemple. Il faudrait pour cela, si possible, intégrer ce processus accéléré à l’intérieur même des cellules.Le 1 janvier 2013 à 10:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Modric A lot of people didnt believe in me in my

first_imgLuka Modric revealed the doubts people had in him during the beginning of his career and added that he’s had to work for everything he’s achievedThe Croatian playmaker has had a stellar career in football, which reached an all-time high this year after winning the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best award.This comes following Modric’s role in helping Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title and leading Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final.But the GQ Man of the Year Best Sportsman, who’s also played for Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham, admits he hasn’t always had it so good.“I have lived surrounded by doubts since I was young due to my size, not being so tall,” said Modric, according to AS.“Some people thought it was important to triumph in life and in football but I have never doubted myself.“It’s not important that others say, I had my dreams and I always looked ahead…I never had a doubt that I was going to achieve them.”On winning an award, Modric said: “Nobody has gifted me anything. Everything was achieved because of work.”He added: “When I was young, I went on loan to a club in Bosnia and everyone thought I wasn’t going to make it, after they loaned me to a team in Croatia and a year and a half later I came to the best club in the country, Dinamo Zagreb, and again I had to listen to people say I couldn’t play at this level. After, I came to England and to Croatia’s first team…the same doubts.”“All of this only made me stronger. Thanks to this confidence and this faith in myself and the support of the people close to me got me to the best club in the world.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“And although I am where I am today in Madrid, at the start, people didn’t believe in me.“It’s part of my life, always surrounded by doubts, always listening to people say I will not get to the top.”After ending Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s 10-year hold of the Ballon d’Or, Modric is proud to prove that football is more than just about the number of goals scored.“It’s true that I had to win a lot of things to succeed,” he says.“Winning three Champions League in a row, and to bring a country as small as Croatia to the World Cup final, that is something almost unimaginable.“Just now, others have realised that football is not just about goals, goals and goals.”Luka Modric at #GQ “I’ve lived surrounded by doubts since childhood, because of my physique, because I do not have height, some thought it was important to succeed in life and in football, but I never doubted myself.” #BallondOr #TheBest #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/LKtCqxTGo7— Madridista Boy (@MadridistaBoy07) December 20, 2018last_img read more

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Truck fire temporarily closes eastbound Alligator Alley in West Broward

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – The eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley have reopened after they were closed due to a truck fire, Wednesday afternoon.Units from both Broward County and Collier County Fire Rescue responded to the scene, near the Miccosukee Service Plaza, at around 2:30 p.m.All eastbound lanes were closed while officials worked the scene. However, just after 4:40 p.m., all lanes reopened.The truck driver is reported to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Penton Buys Aviation Week from McGraw Hill

first_imgMcGraw Hill Financial has sold Aviation Week to Penton in an all-cash deal. The transaction is part of McGraw Hill Financial’s ongoing effort to divest “non-core” assets and position itself as a financial intelligence company. Penton’s Aviation Group will now have about 143 employees. Update: Tied to that, says Kieselstein, was Penton’s prevoius penchant for spreading into many different markets—a characteristic that he has been working to reverse. “Most people would have thought Penton was a business that was incredibly diversified in different categories. We’ve been working lately to focus that through acquisitions and also divestitures. We’re trying to present a very clear view that we’re now in five sectors: Transportation, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Industrial Design and Manufacturing and Natural Products and Food.” Update: Penton CEO David Kieselstein tells FOLIO: that the company has had its eye on Aviation Week for some time, and that the privately conducted sale process is a method that’s worked well for Penton. “It was equal parts persistence and patience and [McGraw Hill] understood we were the best possible home,” he says. “We were both much more interested in going through that in the right way in a private manner rather than the way everything kicks in with an auction process.” McGraw-Hill announced its intention to separate into two companies in 2011—McGraw Hill Financial and McGraw Hill Education—then announced it was selling its Education business to Apollo Global Management late last year for $2.4 billion in cash, a deal it completed in March. For its part, Penton plans to house Aviation Week in its existing Aviation Group, consisting of six core brands including Air Transport World, Speed News and Airportdata.com. McGraw Hill Financial’s revenues for the first quarter were up 14 percent to $1.2 billion. Its commodities and commercial markets segment, where Aviation Week sits, recorded $236 million in the quarter, edging up one percent. Gregory Hamilton, president and group publisher of Aviation Week, will transition to Penton with the deal, reporting to Warren Bimblick, senior vice president, strategy and business development.center_img The Aviation Week platform includes a major events group as well, with around 15 produced—the total audience reach is 1.2 million, claim the companies. “Today’s announcement is another important step in the development of McGraw Hill Financial,” says Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and CEO of McGraw Hill Financial, in a statement. “This action allows us to apply even greater focus on our high-growth, high-margin benchmark businesses serving large and growing capital and commodity markets around the world.” The acquisition, the third for Penton since 2010, was conducted privately and not through an auction process. Update: Kieselstein also characterized Penton’s acquisition approach as more strategic that it had been in the past: “Previously Penton was buying lots of stuff and then running it efficiently. We’re now focused on strategic acquisitions that create growth potential.” After the Aviation Week deal, McGraw-Hill Financial’s seemingly remaining asset that’s not specifically a financial information product grouping is its Construction division. Aviation Week is said to contribute about one percent of revenue.last_img read more

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Antiabortion billboards come down in Kenya but the debate over legalization continue

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Asia Bibi happy to be in Canada but ‘very tired’ after blasphemy ordeal, s … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Fredrick Nzwili,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Tagsabortion anti-abortion homepage featured Kenya,You may also like By: Fredrick Nzwili Newscenter_img By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Thirteen billboards with provocative anti-abortion messages have been pulled down, ending a three-month campaign by a local church that divided and scandalized the Kenyan capital.“They have brought down all of them. I am very concerned,” said Apostle Kathy Kageni-Oganga, the pastor of the Sozo Church of God, a Pentecostal church that sponsored the campaign. “There have been billboards advertising cigarettes, alcohol and others on gay issues. I don’t know why they targeted ours.”The action has triggered a heated debate between abortion-rights and anti-abortion groups in the East African country, where the procedure is mostly illegal and the faiths strongly oppose any attempts to legalize it.Abortion in this predominantly Christian East African nation is only permitted at the recommendation of a trained health professional, in times of an emergency or when the life or health of a mother is in danger.But abortion-rights groups have been pressing for relaxation of abortion laws, citing the death or injury of thousands of women who seek abortions in backstreet clinics.The billboards starkly countered those campaigns with signs reading “Abortion is murder,” accompanied by an image of a fetus. Other billboards said “Shut abortion clinics” and “Your mother gave you a chance, it wasn’t easy then too. Give your baby a chance.”The church said the intent of the billboards was to offer an alternative by encouraging women to choose adoption, rather than abortion. The church had established a help line to offer counseling services and offered to shelter mothers.The advertising company that owned the billboards took the church’s messages down after protesters marched to the office of the governor of Nairobi in April and gave the administration two weeks to force their removal, calling them misleading and inflammatory.“We felt they (billboards) were spreading misinformation and fear when they said abortion was murder, which (it) is not. As they were presented, we felt they would encourage more women to procure abortion illegally,” said Mary Were, program manager at Kenya Legal and Ethics Issues Network on HIV/AIDS.In a 2018 report, the government said that treatment of unsafe abortion cost public health care facilities an estimated $500 million in 2016 alone. In 2012, 500,000 cases of unsafe abortion were recorded across the country.Kenya, in red, located in eastern Africa. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsAccording to abortion-rights groups, seven Kenyan women die each day from unsafe abortions.“The billboards fuel stigma and misinformation on abortion, creating an environment that adversely affects reproductive health providers and women seeking the services,” said Evelyne Opondo, a regional director of the Center for Reproductive Rights, another group involved in the protests.But church groups say removing the messages amounted to intolerance and discrimination — acts that denied the public the right to information.“All they have done is to unite the church around the matter. When the church is persecuted, it grows stronger. You will see more coming up,” said Kageni-Oganga, promising that a group of Kenyan churches would soon stage their own protest against abortion.“We have the right to educate the people,” said the Rev. Geoffrey Munialo, a Pentecostal pastor in Nairobi. “That child in the womb, whatever scientific name it may be given, is human and has the right to protection.” Catholicism Fredrick Nzwili Share This! Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Did Jerry Falwell’s personal photos violate Christian sexual codes? By: Fredrick Nzwili Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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Idol preservation Metal wood gain priority over clay

first_imgHave you wondered where the beautiful idols of the Goddess Durga vanish once the pujas are over and the pandals dismantled? While some of these idols – a handful – are preserved by the state Government at various museums or parks or private collectors, the normal clay idols are simply immersed in the Ganges or other water bodies after Dussehra.Which idols of the Goddess are being preserved? Bhabotosh Sutar, the artist behind the Chetla Agrani Club puja – mentored by Bengal’s minister for Urban Development Firhad Hakim – has had about six of his Durga idols preserved so far. The beautiful idol he has carved out of a single, antique block of mahogany this time will also be preserved at the state government-run Eco Tourism Park in Rajarhat. This is going to be the third of his idols to be preserved at the park.”Other idols have been collected by ASI, Derek O Brien and ITC Shonar Bangla. These are all made from wood, metal and even terracotta. I’m hoping that my mahogany Durga(for Chetla Agrani) will be preserved well as a piece of public art”, Sutar told Millennium Post. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe trend started in 2011 when the Mamata Banerjee government came into power in Bengal. “A warehouse was built near the Golpark lakes where some idols were collected and preserved. But the state Government also does not have the infrastructure to preserve all Durga idols” Sutar said. Rupchand Kundu, whose idol at the Behala Friends Club is likely to be preserved this time at the state Government run Eco Park Club, said, “It has to be kept in mind while making the idol that this is not just a temporary construct but an artwork that needs to be preserved for the generations to come. In this idol, made from fly ash, I have shown that even ordinary waste can transform into something divine when light is thrown on it”, Kundu told Millennium Post. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt all depends on the material used for making the idol. “Clay is difficult to preserve in the open air. However Durga idols which are made from wood or metals or fibre glass can be preserved in a museum or inside of a building as objets de art”, said eminent artist Subrata Gangopadhyay, an advisor to the Sreebhumi Sporting Club puja built around the Bahubali theme. Gangopadhyay has painted extensively on the Sindurkhela theme earlier which is associated with Durga pujas. Another artist whose idols have been preserved is Sanatan Dinda, though he mostly works with clay.last_img read more

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Marissa Mayer Mobile Was a Huge Missed Opportunity for Yahoo

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Yahoo is a latecomer to mobile and CEO Marissa Mayer knows it.Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York today, Mayer described mobile as one of Yahoo’s “biggest missed opportunities” and outlined what she’s done and plans to do going forward in order to keep Yahoo competitive in the mobile market.“Last year was really the year where we began to make our investment in mobile and we’re late and we’re behind,” Mayer said. “When I got to Yahoo, mobile was everyone’s hobby and it was no one’s job.”Since taking the helm, Mayer has rallied a team of more than 500 mobile designers and engineers dedicated to making Yahoo a leader in mobile technology. She said the company is looking to appeal to users’ daily habits – gaming and communication.”When you look at how people are spending time on phones … a lot of it is communications or games based. “Something like 50 percent of the top hundred [mobile apps] are games, so we do have a new games platform and we obviously have communication tools. We’re hopeful those communication tools like Tumblr, like Yahoo Mail will be up with the top apps.”Related: Shane Smith Wants to Be the Rupert Murdoch of His GenerationJust a quick look at Apple’s App Store shows just how far behind Yahoo is. Google Maps, Docs, Search and YouTube apps are all among the 20 most popular apps. Facebook has three apps in the top 20 – the main Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram. As of today, Yahoo’s Mail app was No. 43.Recent success on Tumblr—which Yahoo acquired for $1.1 billion—is a big step in the right direction and an example of something Yahoo has really been able to get right by improving the mobile interface and increasing engagement.Related: Google X Chief: We’re Using Technology to Get Technology Out of the Way“More than 58 percent of Tumblr users engage with sponsored content. Forty-eight percent of them actually reshare it because the branded content is so good, so authentic, so interesting,” she said.By the end of 2014 Mayer said Yahoo’s traffic will reach the crossover point with more users on mobile devices than PCs.“Mobile is approximately doubling along every metric we have. Traffic, revenue, users. Were up to 430 million monthly users on mobile so we have the largest mobile audiences in the world already,” she said. “Now it’s a matter of taking the content services that we have online and bringing them onto the phone in a really meaningful way.”Related: Ssshhhhh: Put the Kibosh on Annoying Twitter Users Without Them Knowing Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 7, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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Jacob ReesMogg I oppose samesex marriage but Id go to a gay

first_imgThe MP for North-East Somerset has always stood against same sex marriage and while appearing on GMB he insisted it was only because he takes “the teachings of the Catholic Church seriously”.“Marriage is a sacrament and the decision of what is a sacrament lies with the Church not with Parliament,” he added.In the interview, he also said that he does not support abortion, even in extreme cases of rape.Speaking about equal marriage to the Daily Mail, Rees-Mogg said that he would still go to a “gay wedding”.He said: “I’ve never been invited to a gay wedding before, but I can’t see why I’d decline. “It’s not for me to enforce my morals on others. If someone asked me to a drugs rave I’d refuse because it’s illegal.“But gay weddings are legal. I wouldn’t get on my moral high horse. If I went, I hope I’d enjoy it.”Related: LGBT Conservatives: Anti-gay marriage Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘should not be Prime Minister in any circumstances’The back bencher also spoke about what he would do if one of his six children came out as LGBT+.He insisted that he would support them no matter what.“It’s not for me to judge. I’m sure the love I have for them would overcome anything.”Harriet Harman, the Labour MP for Camberwell and Peckham, called Rees-Mogg a “deadbeat dad” after it was revealed that he had never changed a nappy.The former deputy leader of Labour made the comments while calling for a restructuring of the way that Parliament offers maternity leave.“What model of fatherhood do we want parliament to portray? The ‘Rees-Mogg model’ or the modern father who – as well as the mother – is involved with a newborn,” Harman said.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBT Conservatives: Anti-gay marriage Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘should not be Prime Minister in any circumstances’‘Gay donkey raped my horse’ UKIP candidate is launching a political party with a donkey logoEx-Protestant pastor changes his mind about performing a same-sex marriagePINK NEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A Conservative MP who is rumoured to be a hopeful of Tory leadership has said that despite his opposition to same-sex marriage, he would still attend a “gay wedding”.Jacob Rees-Mogg caused controversy earlier this week after he appeared on Good Morning Britain and said that his Catholic beliefs stopped him from supporting marriage equality.last_img read more

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