CALGARY (660 NEWS) — With the federal election fast approaching, a group advocating for Alberta to separate from Canada is hosting meetings in several cities in Alberta to gain support and the attention of federal party leaders.The association dubbed Wexit Alberta, or Western Exit, envisions the future of Alberta as a sovereign republic with sole governance and legislation over its affairs. During a stop in Calgary, it’s founder Peter Downing renewed his call for independence in earnest citing Alberta’s lack of influence in Ottawa.“Right now we have 34 seats in Alberta, our vote federally does not count,” he argued. Ontario holds 121 seats in the House of Commons while Quebec has 72 out of a total 338.Despite the opportunity to elect a new government in the upcoming election, Downing is unconvinced that any of the parties would put Alberta interests first.“The Conservative Party of Canada still has to pander to Ontario and Quebec because that is where all the votes are, that’s why they are talking about their carbon tax scheme and all of their social justice stuff,” Downing said.“And again if you want to be that way that’s fine, there is nothing wrong with that, but Eastern Canadians are different from Western Canadians.”Wexit’s bones of contention surround equalization payments, pipelines, and market access, which Downing says has been stifled by interprovincial spats.While there is a tendency to point fingers at the federal government for Alberta’s economic suffering, Lori Williams, a political science professor at Mount Royal University, says there are much larger factors at play.“The reality is that the economic condition of Alberta is not really caused by this or that government, it’s caused by economic factors that are well beyond any government’s control,” she argued.“Even with a conservative government in Ottawa and without Bill C-48 or C-69, the economic conditions in Alberta are not going to change until access to other markets is achieved.”The passage of Bills C-48 and C-69 in the Senate riled Alberta energy proponents who say the Bills will harm economic interests, arguing C-69 makes the regulatory process tougher to get projects like pipelines approved. In September the Alberta government launched a constitutional challenge to Bill C-69.Tonight the #SenCA has chosen to keep the “Closed For Business” sign in the window of Canada by adopting Bill #C69. This is bad for Canada and I will continue to work for our collective family business – the natural resource sector. #cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg— Senator Doug Black (@DougBlackAB) June 21, 2019Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has pledged to hold a provincial referendum to remove equalization from the constitution if there is no progress on pipelines.“We don’t trust the government in Ottawa, we don’t trust that they are going to do the right thing,” Downing said.“This country is fighting itself. Whether it’s B.C. to our west, the lower mainland, and Quebec in the east, each of these provinces is blocking our pipelines east and west.”Meanwhile, Williams noted the calls for independence have become louder.“I get the frustration, I think a lot of people are just hoping that this will somehow or another impact the outcome of the election or shift government policy,” she said.The reality is that the economic condition of Alberta is not really caused by this or that government, it’s caused by economic factors that are well beyond any government’s control.The one thing that looks like it’s got a chance of making a difference is getting our oil products to other countries besides the United States.”
WASHINGTON — Top U.S. trade and economic officials will visit China late next week for another round of negotiations, a White House official says.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will lead the delegation, Trump administration officials say. The sources spoke on background because they weren’t authorized to comment publicly.The scheduled talks suggest the two sides believe they can make at least some progress. President Trump said Thursday at the White House that, “Talks with China are going very well.”But the negotiations are also taking place in late March, a period when administration officials had previously hoped to sign an agreement at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort. Business lobbyists now say that a more realistic deadline is roughly the end of April.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
The United Nations telecommunications agency has deployed 30 satellite terminals in remote areas of Bangladesh as part of its efforts to restore vital communications links across the South Asian nation after devastating recent floods. The “plug and play” terminals, which are portable devices the size of a small suitcase, allow users to make calls to telephones, access the Internet and provide other voice, data and video services, such as telemedicine. The Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a statement released today that the terminals are being deployed to areas of Bangladesh underserved by communication links. Almost two thirds of the delta nation has been inundated with flood water since the start of this year’s monsoon season, and the response and rescue efforts have been hampered by a lack of telecommunications facilities and damaged roads and airstrips. ITU said it would pay for all costs related to the transport, training and use of the terminals, which are equipped with solar panels to provide an independent energy source. The terminals, which are from Thuraya Satellite, are dedicated mostly to voice communication. Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, said States were turning increasingly to the agency for help with technology in the wake of disasters. “With so many disasters affecting countries, ITU is taking all measures to be well equipped and respond quickly to help governments and other first responders with telecommunications resources so that they can focus on rescue and rehabilitation operations,” he said. ITU also deployed 50 satellite terminals to remote areas in southern Peru following the deadly earthquake in the Andean country on 15 August. 9 October 2007The United Nations telecommunications agency has deployed 30 satellite terminals in remote areas of Bangladesh as part of its efforts to restore vital communications links across the South Asian nation after devastating recent floods.
Alumna Rachel Kvas (BSc ’14) has joined an elite group of hospitality industry professionals. The Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) grad was recently recognized as one of the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s (OHI) top 30 hospitality and foodservice professionals under the age of 30. Kvas, a research and development co-ordinator at Arterra Wines Canada, credits her time at Brock with her early success after graduation.“Without my degree I wouldn’t be where I am now,” she said. “Specifically the exposure to winemaking, sensory studies and the co-op program through OEVI is really a big part of how I’ve been able to get to where I am today.”Since its inception in 2006, the Top 30 under 30 program has recognized young talent based on their success in their current roles as well as what they bring to the industry through leadership opportunities, community involvement, industry development and mentoring. The 2018 cohort was celebrated March 28 at George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Toronto.Kvas was nominated by Barb Tatarnic, Manager of Outreach and Continuing Education at Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and a fellow of the OHI.While at Brock, Kvas excelled academically and was always eager to volunteer for CCOVI’s educational events.“From her achievements as a student to the mark she’s already made on Ontario’s wine industry, Rachel is a deserving recipient of this award,” Tatarnic said. “I look forward to following her accomplishments over the next 30 years.”At Arterra, Kvas is focused on new product development including running new ingredient trials and testing. Lately, she has focused on improving innovation through sensory science and is working on developing a sensory program including sensory analysis and training.Kvas’ advice for students and grads starting out in the industry is simple: always be curious and work hard.“Put the effort in, work hard and be open to new experiences,” she said.Kvas will be returning to campus May 10 to share her experiences and passion for science as a mentor for Brock’s Scientifically Yours program.
Everybody likes to cheer for the underdog, but hardly anyone bets on the underdog to win. We tend to put our money on the favorite most of the time. In fact, we bet on the favorite far more frequently than we should. To understand why, you have to understand some of the basic functions and malfunctions of human decision-making.Filling out a winning March Madness bracket is difficult, but the process itself is simple. All you have to do is pick a winner for each game in your bracket. Most of the time, sports betting is more complicated than that. It’s easy enough to pick the favorite to win, but what if we were to say the favorite has to win by at least eight points? And what if that eight-point spread were carefully crafted to make the game a toss-up — who would you pick then? This is the type of decision sports bettors have to make all the time.In 2004, University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt identified the fact that point spreads aren’t set like typical market prices, by equating relative levels of supply and demand. Instead, bookmakers set the margin to make the chance of the favorite covering the spread to be roughly 50 percent. Levitt speculated that bookmakers substantially improve their profits by biasing the spread very slightly against the favorite. This approach is profitable for bookmakers in part because, despite facing virtually even odds, people are much more likely to bet on the favorite than the underdog.The question that Levitt’s research left unaddressed is why people show such a strong bias towards favorites. As digital editor of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, I come across many studies, and I found a compelling answer to this question in the research of Joseph Simmons, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Leif Nelson, associate professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Simmons and Nelson say that people’s confidence in their own intuitions — regardless of whether that confidence is justified — guides their decision-making.“When people decide how to bet on a game, first they identify who is going to win,” Nelson said. That decision is often fast and easy, particularly when teams are not evenly matched. “The faster and easier it is, the less concerned they are with correcting that intuition when answering the more difficult question of whether the favorite is going to beat the point spread.”For all but the most experienced bettor, determining whether the favorite will beat the spread is incredibly challenging. Keeping in mind that the spread is carefully calibrated to make the choice a virtual coin flip, people simply don’t have much to go on besides their intuition. And because their intuition strongly suggests that the favorite will win, in the absence of information to the contrary it also tells them that the favorite will beat the spread. In a game between two fairly evenly matched teams, people’s feelings of confidence in the favorite to win are diminished, and they’re much less likely to pick the favorite to cover the spread.Simmons and Nelson analyzed betting data on 1,008 regular season NFL games on Sportsbook.com from 2009 to 2012. They found the average share of money bet on the favorite was 65 percent. This confirmed their initial study in which they tracked data from thousands of predictions of 850 professional and college football games on Yahoo.com for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. There Simmons and Nelson found, just as Levitt did, that even though favorites were about 50 percent likely to beat the spread (413 favorites beat the spread, 415 did not, and 22 were ties), people bet on the favorite more than two-thirds of the time. In fact, the more people believed a certain team would win, the more likely they were to also choose that team to beat the spread. Put another way, the confidence bettors felt in picking the winner translated into an unrelated belief that the winner would beat the spread.Simmons and Nelson also ran a series of studies in a controlled laboratory setting. They made sure that people knew exactly what it meant to bet the spread. In addition to asking people who they thought would win the game and how confident they were in their choice, the researchers asked them to estimate the margin of victory. Remarkably, people continued to overwhelmingly bet that the favorite would cover the same spread they had just personally estimated. And, once again, the more confident people felt that a team would win, the more likely they were to bet that the team would beat the spread.Astute gamblers may have noticed that although the bias towards favorites is a persistent one, it doesn’t appear to cost people very much. If the point spread is calibrated to give favorites a 50 percent chance of beating it, then even if people bet on the favorite every time, they should win half their bets, just as they would if they always bet on the underdog or chose at random. In another paper, however, Simmons and Nelson, along with Jeff Galak of Carnegie Mellon University and Shane Frederick of Yale University, found that favoritism towards favorites persists even when the playing field is tilted in favor of the underdog. People continued to show a bias toward picking favorites to cover the spread even when points were added to the spread dropping the favorites’ odds below 50 percent. Even explicitly telling people that the spread was artificially inflated didn’t stop them from making the costly error.Luckily, as you scramble to fill out your March Madness bracket, you don’t have to pick against spreads. You just have to pick who will win each game, something your intuition is pretty good at doing. So, in this case, go right ahead: Follow your gut and pick the favorites.
Nottingham Coroners’ Court heard staff found the “academically gifted” student unresponsive in her room at the Hotel Marco Polo on September 28 last year.Spanish police began an investigation after the amount of the class-A drug in her system was “double the level” of a normal fatal dose.Her mother Margarita Brock told an inquest how she believed her daughter may have been forced to swallow the bag of drugs. Eighteen-year-old Becky Brock was found dead in a hotel room Credit: Twitter Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. There were no signs of any violence and police suspected Becky had died of natural causesCredit: Twitter Fighting back tears, she said her daughter would not have willingly taken the pills because she was unable to swallow tablets.Mrs Brock revealed how her daughter had openly talked about experimenting with cocaine in the past but did not think she would’ve taken so much ecstasy in one go.Giving evidence, she said: “She tried cocaine with people she knew and people around her she knew. “She said to her sister afterwards that she didn’t like it so she didn’t have to worry. She was very clear about what she let into her body and what she didn’t. “I can’t see any other way than someone making that happen. “Becky would tell me difficult things – she was quite open about the drugs, it was the weight issues she was less keen to talk about.”The court heard Miss Brock, of Nottingham, had also suffered from body image issues in the past and lost a significant amount of weight in 2015.Nottinghamshire coroner Mairin Casey said: “Becky was an engaging young person, was extremely sociable and had many friends including many sustained friendships.”I’m also aware she established friendships in short periods of time. She had a close relationship with her family – especially with her sister.”She had parties at her house where friends would come and go. She was an independent young woman, she was only 18 when she went to study abroad.”She was a very gifted young woman – academically gifted. She didn’t seem to struggle with exams and school work. Becky was discovered by a cleaner at the Marco Polo Hotel in San AntonioCredit:Twitter Toxicologist Dr Stephen Morley said Spanish authorities had found that Becky had died around 48 hours before she was found in her room.He said traces of alcohol and a “potentially fatal concentration” of ecstasy were found in her body.He added: “The Spanish toxicologist detected 0.54g per litre of alcohol in Becky’s system. It would be consistent with Becky having a few drinks on the evening of September 22. There is certainly evidence of a broken bag.”She would have died around half-an-hour from when (ecstasy) entered her blood stream to when she died – that is working on the assumption that she has never taken it before. She would probably begin to feel very unwell.”There was evidence of an acute MDMA dosage – a potentially fatal concentration. The most likely cause of death is ecstasy toxicity. The level of MDMA was double the reported fatal level.”Pathologist Dr Derek Robson added: “The blood next to her head doesn’t lead me to believe she suffered trauma. It is likely that death occurred a few hours after the package burst.” “The medical examiner there said there had been a bag exploded. The major crime squad were investigating rather than the police because of how she was found.”She wouldn’t take any pills easily – I can’t imagine that getting in her body at all. If she didn’t have to take a pill she wouldn’t do because she couldn’t swallow it. The mother of a law student found dead in Ibiza hotel room has suggested her daughter may have been forced into being drug mule.Rebecca Brock, 18, died after a bag of ecstasy exploded in her stomach, the hearing heard on Monday.She was discovered with a pool of blood next to her head in a hotel room after travelling to the party island for a friend’s birthday. “It was my understanding that there had been found material removed from her abdomen. It was described as a body pack. Becky openly talked about experimenting with cocaine in the past, her mother saidCredit:Twitter “She did have some issues relating to her physical health. She had some body image issues, undergoing other possible conditions.”She was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome in 2015. There was a remarkable, significant loss of weight in the summer of 2015.”Outside of school she enjoyed dance, drama and singing – she had high expectations of herself. In July 2015 she had gone to Ibiza and she went again in August – so September was the third trip.”In July when she attended with her sister, Anika, she did try cocaine – this was not unusual for young people going to Ibiza.”Her sister had not taken up the offer of cocaine. The reality is in July she had experimented.”The trip to Ibiza in September, Becky had been taken to university in Holland and she was keen to experience the closing down parties and end of season parties.”She had two friends, Hannah and Ellie, celebrating birthdays in Ibiza. I don’t believe Ellie was aware Becky was in Ibiza. How these bags were in her stomach we will never know.”On this trip to Ibiza nobody actually saw Becky take drugs at the time – that is my understanding. What is plain is that nobody can give an explanation as to how this came into her system.”
What the house looked like before the crashCredit:Google Street View After the crash, neighbours were evacuated after fears a gas pipe could have been damagedCredit:SWNS.com The aftermath of the fatal crash Credit:SWNS.com He also appealed for anyone who had seen the van in Clevedon on Wednesday, or had dashcam footage, to come forward.”The van is quite distinctive as it is white with a black bonnet and two white stripes. It also has ladders on the roof,” he said.The arrested man and woman, believed to be from the local area, remain in police custody. They spoke of their shock at the incident, with some describing how they rescued two children from the van after the crash.Colin Dicker, 80, who has lived in the area for 37 years, said: “We came back at 11pm and we saw the flashing lights and saw a number of emergency vehicles.”It was certainly a shock – just unbelievable. I can’t understand how it could happen. It is so sad that someone was killed in their own house, it is awful.” The woman’s neighbours were evacuated after fears a gas pipe might have been damaged in the incident. A 90-year-old woman was killed when a van careered off the road and smashed into her living room.The pensioner was inside the semi-detached house in a cul-de-sac in Clevedon, North Somerset, when the white Ford Transit crashed.Officers arrested a woman, 34, and a 33-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.Inspector Frazer Davey, from Avon and Somerset Police, said the van had left a pub shortly before the crash at 8.30pm on Wednesday.”We have already reviewed some CCTV from the local area and, as a result of this process, we have identified a witness who we’d like to talk to,” he said.”At about 8.25pm someone is seen talking to the occupants of the van outside the pub.”I’m keen for this person to call us as soon possible as I believe they may have information which could help our inquiry.” One neighbour said the van had crashed “straight through” the wall and into the woman’s lounge.Neighbour Paul Tree, 63, said: “We were sat in the front room watching TV, the wife and I, when a couple of emergency service vehicles went by, flashing.”Then there was a whole convoy of flashing vehicles that rushed by and I opened the front door to see the street full of emergency services gathered.He added: “People said that there was an elderly lady in the property. People said she was in her 90s. I don’t know her though.”The van had gone straight through the property. It was the lady’s living room. Her home is a semi. “Walking around the area this morning people are stopping each other and talking about it.”It happened at 8.30pm. Just 100 yards away is a local school, and the kids were out playing ball in the road just an hour before.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
To apply, click here.Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins today >Read: Garda Commissioner welcomes garda recruitment “as soon as possible” > IF YOU HAD your sights set on being a member of an Garda Síochána then you better get your application in today.The recruitment of new gardaí was suspended for several years as part of the public sector hiring freeze, but was reopened last month by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is what he described as an important step for the force.RecruitmentSince the recruitment opened approximately 20,000 people have applied for positions in An Garda Síochána. There are believed to be between 250 and 300 positions available.Speaking about the level of applications, the Immigrant Council said that it shows a “real opportunity for a diverse force”.Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Council said that “An Garda Síochána is committed to creating a police service that is fully representative of all Ireland’s diverse communities. An equal opportunities employer, it actively encourages applications from members of all segments of Irish society”.She urged recruiters to ensure their campaign is actively promoted amongst migrants and minorities and the Immigrant Council is encouraging anyone with an interest in a career in policing to apply.Got what it takes?If you think you are right for the job, there is still time the deadline for getting applications in is midnight tonight.The gardaí are looking for people who are: Of good characterTo be of good health, of sound constitution and fitted physically and mentally to perform the duties of a member of the Service.Passed a Physical Competence Test.Be 18 years of age but not yet 35 years of age on midnight of the closing date for the competitionBe a national of a European Union Member State or a national of a European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation; or Be a Refugee under the Refugee Act, 1996 or have had a period of one year‟s continuous residence in the State on the closing date of the advertisement for the competitionHave obtained an Irish Leaving Certificate with a grade D3 minimum in five subjects at ordinary level, ora Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), or a qualification that, in the opinion of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is of a standard in terms of both level and volume of learning that is not lower than the standard of the qualification specified above.You must also have a proven proficiency in two languages, one of which must be Irish or English.
Ultrabooks were the single biggest source of innovation and buzz in the PC industry in 2012. Finally Windows machines could be had that were thin, light, sufficiently powerful, with decent battery life. The fact that most of them looked like a MacBook clone was a natural side effect of Apple’s dominance, at least their dominance of the public eye anyway.While Lenovo has a number of these types of Ultrabooks, they have gone above and beyond most PC manufacturers in 2012 and introduced several models that set the bar for PC innovation. The most talked about was most definitely the appropriately named Yoga model, an Ultrabook style machine that had a 360 degree rotating hinge that allowed it to be used in standard laptop form, like a slate tablet, and in between.The larger 13-inch version runs on Intel Ivy Bridge processor and Windows 8, bringing with it the added heft, lower battery life, and higher cost over the Yoga 11. The Yoga 11 is like a tablet on steroids: it runs Windows RT (a mobile optimized OS that shares many similarities with Windows 8) on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 platform.It only weighs 2.8 lbs and can be used for nearly every purpose as a traditional laptop, but gets up to 13 hours of battery life and includes an ultra-responsive 11.6-inch HD touchscreen. It can be flipped around to stand like a pair of table legs, which might be nice for consuming content with a small desk area. Flip it all the way over and the keyboard gets automatically disabled so you can use it like a regular slate tablet.This is probably one of the most interesting implementations of a traditional-laptop-replacement we have seen yet. You get long battery life, a use-it-how-you-want form factor, and a reasonable price point for such a portable machine. Thanks to a hefty $150 coupon, you can pick one yp from just $699.Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Convertible Ultrabook w/Tegra 3, Windows RT and 32GB SSD for $699 + free shipping (reg. $849 | use coupon YOGA11DEAL | ends Jan. 30)Our other top deals:Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD (MZ-7PD256BW) for $199.99 + free shipping (reg. $239.99)Sharp LC-60E69U 60″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $878 + free shipping (reg. $1,099.99 | use coupon VJ?97PC$8TFBWX | ends Jan. 31 or sooner)D-Link Wireless-N Range Extender (DAP-1320) for $49.99 + free shipping on $50+ orders (reg. $69.99)
The42 Rugby Show: how Ireland can get their campaign back on track after Murrayfield defeat Johne Murphy joins Murray Kinsella to dissect the opening weekend action. By Adrian Russell Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Feb 7th 2017, 8:00 AM Source: The42.ie/YouTubeUpdated at 08.00SO WHERE DO Joe Schmidt and Ireland go from here?Murray Kinsella is joined by Johne Murphy to analyse the disappointing opening weekend defeat to Scotland on Saturday.We discuss how the hosts broke through the Irish defence, the performance of the lineout at Murrayfield and look ahead to Rome for a game with Conor O’Shea’s Italy.Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Parisse ready to shrug off neck concern ahead of Ireland clash 20 Comments Short URL http://the42.ie/3226505 Share3 Tweet Email 14,946 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Des efforts restent à faire dans l’utilisation d’huile de palme durable, selon le WWFMardi, le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) a révélé une étude qui indique que les principaux industriels européens concernés et les enseignes de distribution privilégient de plus en plus l’huile de palme durable pour freiner la déforestation. Mais les efforts sont encore trop lents, selon l’ONG.L’huile de palme est l’huile végétale la plus consommée au monde. D’un fiable coût de production, elle est aussi la favorite des industriels de l’agro-alimentaire et du marché du cosmétique. Mais cette utilisation n’est pas sans conséquence. De nombreuses forêts ont été détruites par des pays producteurs afin de laisser place à des palmeraies. Régulièrement, le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) lance ainsi des appels pour inciter les industriels à opter pour une huile de palme durable et lutter contre la déforestation. Appels que n’entendent toujours pas toutes les entreprises européennes, semblerait-il.En effet, le WWF vient tout juste de révéler la nouvelle étude concernant ce sujet qu’elle a menée auprès de 132 industriels européens. D’après celle-ci, près d’un distributeur sur deux et un industriel sur cinq ne satisfait pas à la charte de la Table ronde pour l’huile de palme durable (RSPO), association créée en 2004 qui regroupe producteurs, industriels et ONG du monde entier. “Il y a eu des progrès depuis la dernière étude, en 2009, mais les engagements ne se traduisent pas suffisamment vite dans l’utilisation accrue d’huile de palme durable certifiée”, note le WWF.Concrètement, les entreprises ont été jugées sur différents critères, tant au niveau des engagements, que des approvisionnements ou encore de la transparence. La place de bon élève revient ainsi au géant anglo-néerlandais de l’agroalimentaire et des cosmétiques Unilever, suivi juste derrière par le numéro un mondial des cosmétiques L’Oréal. De même, United Biscuits (marques BN, Delacre), Yves Rocher, LU et Danone sont relativement bien placés.Des engagements encore insuffisantsÀ lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airEn revanche, l’Occitane et Lactalis occupent le bas du tableau avec pour le premier une utilisation d’huile de palme certifiée comprise entre seulement 0 et 25%, d’après les données disponibles. Une performance largement insuffisante pour Occitane qui aspire à devenir membre de la RSPO. Côté distributeurs, Ikea et Carrefour sont bien notés, contrairement aux Mousquetaires, à Auchan et aux Magasins U dont les performances sont parmi les plus médiocres, selon le WWF.Pour l’ONG, “les entreprises doivent absolument passer à la vitesse supérieure”. Aujourd’hui, 10% de l’huile de palme produite dans le monde est certifiée durable, selon les critères de la RSPO qui stipulent notamment que les palmiers soient plantés sur des terres non boisées, et avancent une série d’exigences sociales et environnementales, précise l’AFP. “Mais seulement 56% de cette production est achetée”, affirme le WWF, alors que la consommation doit augmenter de 50% d’ici 2050.Le 22 novembre 2011 à 11:49 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Oct. 14 (JIS): The Cybercrimes Act, which seeks to address computer specific offences, was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 13) with two amendments.The new Act will replace the 2010 legislation, and incorporates new offences such as computer-related fraud or forgery; the use of computers for malicious communication; and unauthorised disclosure of investigation.It also addresses the use of the computer for malicious communication.Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, informed that the clause was included “because there is a new phenomenon called cyberbulling.”“This is where persons wilfully send messages, which are designed to annoy, and harass. The data that is sent must be obscene or is menacing in nature. The person sending the data does so intending to cause or is reckless as to whether the sending of the data causes annoyance, inconvenience or distress,” he explained.Opposition Spokesperson on Information Communications Technology (ICT), Dr. Andrew Wheately, while welcoming the provision to address cyberbulling, said the clause could have the effect of inhibiting use of information communications technology (ICT). “This section has the most far-reaching implications of this Act. The intention of this section is to no doubt reduce the incidence of cyberbullying, which we fully endorse. However, it seems to be completely oblivious to the level of sophistication of the layman technology user,” he said.I am sure that members on both sides of this House will agree that this section cannot stand as is. It cannot be that a person who…. makes a mistake while sending an email, text message or other correspondence could be charged with a crime,” he argued further.Mr. Robinson, in acknowledging the concerns, said Clause 9 Section 1 (b) is to be amended to state that a person commits an offence, if that person wilfully uses a computer to send to another person any data that is obscene or offensive.“I want to assure persons, who may send a message and they think that simply sending a message, which might be a joke, that you will be caught here. That is not what this provision is meant to deal with,” Mr. Robinson said. In closing the debate, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining,Hon. Phillip Paulwell, noted that offences under the Bill require an act and intent.“We have been faithful to ensure that both aspects are provided for, so no innocent bystander will be caught by this. Nobody, who is engaged in doing ICT business, will be caught by this, as you must have intent to do some wrong and the onus is to establish that the intent has been proven,” Mr. Paulwell said.The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for its approval. Related Items:cybercrimes, dr. andrew wheately, house, pass
BISCAYNE BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — Crews worked to put out a fire that sparked on a boat in Biscayne Bay.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene after flames sparked from the engine room of the boat, south of the Broad Causeway, west of Indian Creek.They provided 7News with pictures and were able to put the fire out.Three people were on board, but no one was injured in this case.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet: How sweet it is Uber drivers demand their labor rights 8 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Google drops more Pixel 4 info, Lyft’s COO is out 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: A breath of fresh(er) air Lyft Uber More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageBoth Uber and Lyft have grown from upstart apps to just being the way many people get around a major city, but at what cost? Angela Lang/CNET Living in a city like Los Angeles gives one a unique perspective on traffic. Compared with a city like New York or San Francisco, we have all the room in the world for cars on our almost innumerable roads, but we also have like 10 million people trying to use them. Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft were thought to help with that, but both companies admitted on Monday that it hasn’t been the case.The advent of ride-hailing apps was supposed to lessen traffic, or at least make it less dense because people would no longer be puttering around town by themselves in their cars, taking up space on the road, burning gas and generally being a bother.See, Uber and Lyft’s data showed drivers’ average vehicle miles traveled was squarely in the low single digits as a percentage compared with vehicle traffic as a whole. That number goes up to double digits in cities like San Francisco, where it’s still much less than the percentage of private vehicle traffic, but statistically significant.And those VMT numbers are higher than was anticipated. According to a report by CityLab, San Francisco’s numbers are around double what had been estimated.The popularity of ride-hailing services also doesn’t necessarily mean fewer vehicles on the road. The study found that as much as 62% of the driving that a ride-hailing car does is without a passenger. That ‘s due to driving around, waiting for a ride or driving from a drop-off to another pick-up.What’s the takeaway here? Basically, rather than delivering on their promise of making traffic less dense by taking cars off the road, ride-hailing companies have been making it worse — not dramatically worse, but noticeably so. The question is now, what can be done about it? 1:10 Comments 2 Tags Car Games and Apps Share your voice
Close Are bad times awaiting the “King of good times”? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Trouble seems to be mounting for liquor baron Vijay Mallya who not only had to give up six of his fancy cars but is also on the verge of losing his London mansion. The former Kingfisher boss is bound to get an eviction notice from the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) AG following his failure to pay back the loan on his London property worth Rs 52 crore in 2005.Apart from Mallya, his mother Lalitha Mallya and son Siddhartha Mallya might also have to leave the Regent Park facing London home soon.UBS AG has applied for possession of the property after citing the mortgage was not paid. The bank has filed the application at the UK high court and the hearing for the case is set for October 24. Vijay Mallya has issued a statement on loan default charges.ReutersAccording to the Times of India, the Swiss bank has filed the case against Rose Capital Ventures (RCV), Vijay Mallya, Siddhartha Mallya, and Lalitha Mallya.The bank wants Rose Capital to pay the outstanding loan and the defendants’ ownership of the property to be nullified which will not allow them to enter or remain on the property.Rose Capital Ventures had bought the property in 2005 for Rs 52 crore and incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. However, in 2012, a mortgage was taken on the property for £20.4 million or Rs 195 crore which RCV has failed to repay.UBS said that even though the mortgage expired in March 2017, the defendants had failed to repay the loan and have not vacated the property even after many notices by the claimants.UBS had terminated the loan in June 2016. As of September 2017, Rose Capital Ventures owes £20,78,236 or Rs 198 crore to UBS.The bank had also started appointing receivers to start the proceedings against the defendants and the housekeeper of the property, Times of India reports. The housekeeper vacated the property in June 2017.UBS further claimed that Rose Capital attempted to finance the loan with the help of another Swiss Bank, Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique. However, that plan also fell through.
Many professionals, including policemen, have to work on Eid while others enjoy the holiday. Photo: Hasan RajaWhile everyone else is enjoying a long Eid holiday with family and friends, Riad Hossain is at work. He is an attendant at the emergency unit of a hospital at Farmgate and waits at his desk for any emergency patients who may be rushed in.“It’s an emergency service. You cannot leave this desk vacant,” said Riad Hossain, who is very young. He adds, “I miss my parents a lot on Eid day, but I have to stay at work because of my profession. We have to choose one of the two Eids for our holiday.”There are many more like Riad who have to sacrifice their celebrations due to professional commitments.This Prothom Alo correspondent on Saturday talked to people from several professions who were working on Eid day.Rickshaw pullers, members of the law enforcement and security agencies, doctors are all on the list.Those from such professions share similar stories. If they get leave on one Eid, they have to have to work on the next.While talking to this correspondent, a physician of Al Razi Hospital at Farmgate, Sutapa, said, “I’m lucky that my family members don’t make a fuss, but it’s not easy being away from the family during such a big festival.”Ramzan Ali, a bus driver on the Motijheel-Badda route, was generous in his attitude. “If everybody goes on leave, how will the city run?”Rafiqul Islam, a security guard at an ATM booth said, “We don’t have any leave. As this booth has no alternative guard, I have to stay stationed here on each and every festival.”Anwar Hossain, a constable at the Sonargaon intersection of the capital city, told Prothom Alo that his family has become used to this. “When I first took up this job, my family members were taken aback to hear I had to work on Eid.”“This is the first Eid after my marriage, but I can’t spend it with my wife. I have to come to work,” said Tarikul Islam, a journalist of a private TV channel in the capital’s Mahakhali.While the rest of the population enjoys the Eid after a long month of Ramadan, there are those who have to keep the cogs and wheels of the city moving. Duty calls!
(Phys.org)—In some chemical reactions both electrons and protons move together. When they transfer, they can move concertedly or in separate steps. Light-induced reactions of this sort are particularly relevant to biological systems, such as Photosystem II where plants use photons from the sun to convert water into oxygen. To better understand how light can lead to the transfer of protons in a chemical reaction, a group of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Shanxi University in China, and Memorial University in Newfoundland have conducted adsorption studies on a new family of experiments to observe the transition that occurs when protons transfer between hydrogen-bonded complexes in solution . They provide evidence for new optical transitions characteristic of the direct transfer of a proton. This report recently appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.N-methyl-4,4′-bipyridinium cation (MQ+) serves as proton acceptor, where a proton will add to the non-methylated pyridinium amine. If proton transfer occurs, then MQ+ will form a radical cation (MQH+•) whose absorbance spectra in the UV/visible range can be compared to N, N’-dimethyl-4, 4′-bypyridinium (MV2+). By using ultrafast laser flash photolysis measurements, they found direct evidence for a low energy absorption band between p-methoxyphenyl and the mehylviologen acceptor, MQ+. It appears at 360 nm and as early as 250 fs after the laser pulse. Based on these properties, it is clearly the product of proton transfer from the phenol to give MeOPhO•—H-MQ+.The appearance of this reaction involving the transfer of both an electron and proton after absorbing a single photon is supported by the vibrational coherence of the radical cation and by it characteristic spectral properties. By inference, related transitions, which are often at low intensities, could play an important role in the degradation of certain biological molecules, such as DNA. The appearance of these absorption bands could have theoretical significance. They demonstrate a way to use simple spectroscopic measurements to explore the intimate details of how these reactions occur in nature. This provides new physical insight into processes that could be of broad biological and chemical relevance. Explore further 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Fluctuating liquid structure induces ultrabroad infrared absorption—the hydrated proton on ultrafast time scales Photo-electron proton transfer with p-MeOH-ArOH and N-methyl-4,4′-bypyridinium. Credit: Thomas J. Meyer, David W. Thompson © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Using light to move electrons and protons (2016, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-electrons-protons.html More information: Christopher J. Gagliardi et al. Direct observation of light-driven, concerted electron–proton transfer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611496113AbstractThe phenols 4-methylphenol, 4-methoxyphenol, and N-acetyl-tyrosine form hydrogen-bonded adducts with N-methyl-4, 4′-bipyridinium cation (MQ+) in aqueous solution as evidenced by the appearance of low-energy, low-absorptivity features in UV-visible spectra. They are assigned to the known examples of optically induced, concerted electron–proton transfer, photoEPT. The results of ultrafast transient absorption measurements on the assembly MeOPhO-H—-MQ+ are consistent with concerted EPT by the instantaneous appearance of spectral features for MeOPhO·—-H-MQ+ in the transient spectra at the first observation time of 0.1 ps. The transient decays to MeOPhO-H—-MQ+ in 2.5 ps, accompanied by the appearance of oscillations in the decay traces with a period of ∼1 ps, consistent with a vibrational coherence and relaxation from a higher υ(N-H) vibrational level or levels on the timescale for back EPT.
libp2p is a P2P Network stack introduced by the IPFS community. libp2p is capable of discovering other peers and networks without resourcing to centralized registries that enables apps to work offline. In July 2018, Davis Dias explained that the design of a ‘location addressed web’ is the reason for its fragility. Small errors in its backbone can lead to shutting down of all running applications. Firewalls, routing issues, roaming issue, and network reliability interfere with users having a smooth experience on the web. Thus came a need to re-imagine the network stack. To solve all the above problems, the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) came into being. It is a decentralized web protocol based on content-addressing, digital signatures, and peer-to-peer distribution. Today, IPFS is used to build completely distributed (and offline-capable!) web-apps which are also available offline. IPFS saves and distributes valuable datasets, and moves billions of files. IPFS spawned several other projects and libp2p is one of them. It enables users to run network applications free from runtime and address services while being independent of their location. libp2p solves the complexity of dealing with numerous protocols in a decentralized environment. It effectively helps users connect with multiple peers using only a single protocol thus paving the way for the next generation of decentralized systems. Libp2p Features #1 Transport Module libp2p enables application developers to pick the modules needed to run their application. These modules vary depending on the runtime they are executing. A libp2p node uses one or more Transports to dial and listen for connections. These transport modules offer a clean interface for dialing and listening which is defined by the interface-transport specification. #2 No prior assigning of ports Before libp2p came into existence, users would assign a listener to a port and then assign ports to special protocols. This was done so that other hosts would know in advance which port to dial. With libp2p users do not have to assign ports beforehand. #3 Encrypted communication To ensure an encrypted connection, libp2p also supports a set of modules that encrypt every communication established. #4 Peer Discovery and Routing A peer discovery module helps libp2p to find peers to connect to. Peer routing finds other peers in the network by intentionally issuing queries, which can be iterative or recursive, until a peer is found. Content routing mechanism is used to find where content lives in the network. Using libp2p in IPFS libp2p is now refactored into its own project so that other users can take advantage of it and be part of its ecosystem as well. It is what provides IPFS and other projects the P2P connectivity, support for multiple platforms and browsers and many other advantages. Users can utilize the libp2p module to create their own libp2p bundle. They can customize their bundles with features and default setup. It also takes into account a user’s needs. For example, the team has built a browser working version of libp2p that acts as the network layer of IPFS and leverages browser transports. You can head over to GitHub to check this example. Keep Networks has also demonstrated the use of libp2p. Since participants need to know how to connect to each other, the team has come up with a simple example of peer-to-peer discovery. They have used a few pieces of the libp2p JS library to create nodes that discover and communicate with each other. You can head over to their blog to check out how the example works. Another emerging use for libP2P is in blockchain applications. IPFS is used by blockchains and blockchain applications, and its subprotocols (libp2p, multihash, IPLD) can be extremely useful for blockchain standardization. A good example of this would be getting the ethereum blockchain in the browser or in a Node.js process using libp2p and running it through ethereum-vm. That being said, there are multiple challenges that developers will encounter while using libP2P for their Blockchain examples. Chris Pacia, the backend developer for OB1, explains how developers can face these challenges in his talk at QCon. With all the buzz around blockchains and decentralized computing these days, libp2p is making its rounds on the internet. For more insights on libp2p, you can visit their official site. Read Next Cloudflare’s decentralized vision of the web: InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) Gateway to create distributed websites Tim Berners-Lee plans to decentralize the web with ‘Solid’, an open-source project for “personal empowerment through data” Introducing TLS 1.3, the first major overhaul of the TLS protocol with improved security and speed
(L-R) American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan JoyceAmerican Airlines will add new nonstop service between Auckland Airport (AKL) and its trans-Pacific gateway hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in June 2016, pending regulatory approvals.The new route will give customers of American, the largest airline in the world, direct access to a renowned travel destination.New Zealanders will gain more flight options and convenient connections to the world’s top financial centers and cities throughout the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America from American’s long-standing LAX hub.“Auckland is a thriving destination for business and leisure travelers, and it adds to the growing strength of our global network across the Pacific,” said Doug Parker, American’s chairman and CEO.“We know tourism is an important industry for New Zealand and our new service will provide greater access for more American travelers to visit and appreciate all the country has to offer.“Our 100,000 employees are excited to be the first U.S. carrier to offer a truly premium experience between Los Angeles and Auckland.”Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, said the new Auckland-Los Angeles service, which will codeshare with Qantas, would join together networks on two continents.“Customers can fly to more than 150 US destinations with American Airlines and more than 70 destinations across Australia and New Zealand with the Qantas Group and we’re very pleased to now be adding this new route to the list,” Mr. Joyce said.“American’s new non-stop Auckland-Los Angeles service is supported by Jetstar’s domestic connections to eleven destinations within New Zealand and Qantas Group’s nearly 40 daily flights to Australia.“When you join our great networks with our new service, customers will be able to fly from Dunedin to Disneyland, Napier to New Orleans and Wellington to Washington.”The two CEOs met earlier today with New Zealand Prime Minster John Key to present details of American’s planned service that is expected operate on the following daily schedule (all times local):AKL-LAXStarting June 2016Departs AKL at 1:20 p.m.Arrives at LAX at 6:30 a.m., the same dayLAX-AKLStarting June 2016Departs LAX at 10:45 p.m.Arrives at AKL at 6:35 a.m., two days laterAmerican plans to operate its new daily service between LAX and AKL with the newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.The Dreamliner features a state-of-the-art onboard travel experience including international Wi-Fi, as well as higher humidity and pressurization closer to sea level conditions, leaving customers more refreshed after their flight.Every seat has a touchscreen monitor equipped with up to 260 movies, 240 TV shows, 13 radio channels, 350 albums and 20 games, along with universal AC power outlets and a USB connection.The aircraft is configured with 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with direct-aisle access. There are an additional 55 Main Cabin Extra seats with extra legroom, and 143 Main Cabin seats.The flight is a part of American’s expanding joint business with Qantas, which remains subject to regulatory approvals. Fly American Airlines Fly QantasSource = Qantas