TSX nosedives on oil and gold prices Wall St backs off recent

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell sharply in a broad-based decline Monday, led by a slide in oil and gold prices, as U.S. stocks backed away from recent record highs.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 144.50 points to 16,094.72, with the energy, gold and materials sectors among major decliners.“We’re clearly seeming some selling today on the TSX,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis. “The downside pressure in Canada, as compared to that of United States and, really, other global markets, is from the drop in oil and gold prices.”The March crude contract gave back 58 cents to US$65.56 per barrel and the February gold contract fell US$11.80 to US$1,340.30 an ounce.Meanwhile, south of the border, technology companies led Wall Street broadly lower, as shares of Apple slid two per cent amid concerns its new iPhone hasn’t been that big of a hit with customers.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 177.23 points to 26,439.48. The S&P 500 index declined 19.34 points to 2,853.53 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 39.26 points to 7,466.51.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 81.07 cents US, down 0.09 of a U.S. cent.“Probably the biggest headline today is what’s to come the rest of the week,” said Fehr, pointing to a busy week of potential market-moving corporate news and economic data coming out of the U.S..Several big-name companies are due to report quarterly results, including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google’s parent company Alphabet. About a quarter of the companies in the S&P 500 — the American equivalent to the TSX — have reported results so far this earnings season, with some 65 per cent of those exceeding financial analysts’ expectations, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.The market will also be sizing up new data on U.S. jobs, manufacturing and consumer sentiment. They’ll also be watching Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and listening for any developments out of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee that ends Wednesday.Elsewhere in commodities, the March natural gas contract was down a cent to US$3.17 per mmBTU and the March copper contract was down a cent at US$3.19 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Noncooperation by SP govt delayed beautification project in Varanasi PM

first_imgVaranasi (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday claimed that “non-cooperation” by the previous Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh was responsible for the delay in start of a beautification project in his Lok Sabha constituency. He was addressing a gathering here after laying the foundation stone for the Kashi Vishwanath Temple’s approach road and its beautification. “In the first three years there was non-cooperation of the state government. The developmental projects here picked pace after you (people of Uttar Pradesh) made Yogi Adityanath the chief minister,” he said. “Had there been cooperation earlier, we would have launched the project instead of laying the foundation,” Modi said. Attacking previous governments, the prime minister said, “In the past 70 years no government thought of Baba (Lord Shiva) and were silent. They took care of themselves but not of this place.” Noting that it was his “pleasure” to have initiated the work at Kashi Vishwanath, he said, “I have dreamt for a long time to work for this place. When I was not in politics I came here several times and used to think that something should happen here.” “Bhole Baba ney tai kiya hoga baatein bahut karte ho yahan aao kuch karke dikhao,” (Lord Shiva must have decided that you talk much, so now you should come here and do something),” he said, adding that due to the blessings the fulfillment of his dream has started. After offering prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, he said that he was blessed to be associated with the project of Kashi Vishwanath Dham. About the beautification project, Modi said this is “mukti (freedom) for Kashi Vishwanath Dham” which was surrounded with encroachment. He said the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has survived the vicissitudes of centuries and praised Queen Ahiyabai Holkar for her work on the shrine over two centuries ago. He said not much thought had been given by those in power to the area around the temple. “For the first time, we acquired nearby buildings, removed encroachments after which 40 ancient temples came to the fore. Many of them were encroached, kitchens were set up and people were living there,” he said. Modi said the entire temple complex is now in the process of rejuvenation and the results are becoming visible, with a direct link being established between the Ganga river and Kashi Vishwanath temple. He said this project will become a model for similar projects elsewhere and give a new global identity to Kashi. The prime minister not only complimented the officers involved with the project for performing their task with devotion, but also thanked all the people who had property around the temple and allowed its acquisition for the project. It was difficult to take people into confidence to give their properties and ensure the project does not take political colour, he said. “I thank people of Kashi, who gave their properties for Baba. This is the biggest ‘daan’ they have given for Baba,” the prime minister said. “I have seen a lot of government employees as I was CM for a long time. But I want to say with pride that the team of officers deployed here by Yogi ji is doing work with ‘Bhakti’ (devotion) and ‘sewa bhav’,” Modi said. Stating that the Kashi Vishwanath temple was “targeted by enemies”, he said they tried to destroy it but it again took “rebirth due to the faith” of people. “When Gandhiji came here, he was pained why is this place is like this. In his address in the BHU, he expressed his thoughts,” Modi said, suggesting the university should make a case study of the project so that when it is completed the world can know how it happened. “We will also try to trace the history of the 40 temples discovered here and the government will also take care of them,” the PM said, adding the project will be a model for “protection and preservation” of temples and a combination of modern technology with ancient faith. “It will give new identity to Kashi in the world. Maybe it’s in my fate. In 2014, when I came here I said ‘mai aaya nahi mujhe bulaya hai’ (I did not come here on my own, I was summoned). Maybe I came here for this work,” he said. Earlier, the prime minister visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple and also inspected the project site. During his brief stay in his constituency, Modi attended the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019 at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul and distributed appreciation letters to five Women Self Help Groups, whose members shared their experiences with the prime minister. Women SHGs aided by Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – NRLM, Uttar Pradesh handed over a cheque to the prime minister for contribution to the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ Fund. Addressing a gathering at National Women Livelihood Meet, Modi said he could carry out development projects now that “middleman and corruption have been abolished and every penny is spent on people”. “Now there are no middleman and corruption. Modi did not have to take anything for himself. If he takes, what will he do…125 crore people of the country are my family. Keep trusting me,” he said. Listing the schemes launched by his government for women, Modi said these were playing an important role in the making of a new India.last_img read more

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UN leading international efforts to identify and treat unknown respiratory disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network is coordinating international efforts to identify the causative agent and effective treatment of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The infectious disease, characterized by atypical pneumonia, spreads from person to person through close contact.Through its regional office in Manila, WHO is establishing logistics bases and supply chains to ensure rapid provision of protective equipment and medicines needed to respond to a possible outbreak. Comprising 11 laboratories in 10 countries, the collaborative effort will also improve diagnostic precision and move work forward on the development of a diagnostic test.Little is known about the clinical course and epidemiology of the disease, so WHO is calling on national health authorities to maintain close vigilance for suspected cases. To date, almost all reported cases have occurred in health workers involved in the direct care of reported cases and in family members.Most of these new cases are presently concentrated in Hanoi and Hong Kong, where WHO teams are now assisting health authorities in outbreak management. In addition, they are collaborating on the collection of epidemiological and clinical data that can improve understanding of SARS.Chinese authorities also issued a summary report on an outbreak of what may be the same or a related disease that began in Guangdong province in southern China in November and peaked in mid-February. The report, which includes data on the diagnosis and management of more than 300 cases, is presently undergoing analysis and is expected to further contribute to understanding of the syndrome. read more

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Any acts of terrorism are criminal unjustifiable Security Council reaffirms

Following an open briefing by the Chairmen of its three anti-terrorism committees, the Security Council expressed its “grave concern” at the risks posed by non-State actors who attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery. It also welcomed the General Assembly’s recent adoption of the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.Reading out a statement at the close of the meeting, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, which holds the Council’s Presidency for the month of April, stressed the three different mandates of the Committees – dealing with, respectively, sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, counter-terrorism and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) – and reaffirmed the Council’s call for enhanced cooperation between the bodies and their respective experts in monitoring implementation of relevant Council resolutions.Ambassador César Mayoral of Argentina, Chairman of the Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions committee, said that since the panel’s creation in 1997, it had accumulated a long and fruitful experience in dealing with its mandate: making the operations of Al-Qaida and the Taliban more difficult worldwide. Today, its sanctions regime was being implemented globally, and thanks in particular to the submissions of Member States, its consolidated list of individuals and entities related to Al-Qaida/Taliban was updated periodically.He stressed that the counter-terrorism sanctions regime was, in the first place, about the accuracy of targeting the right individuals and entities and the political will of all States to make it effective through strict sanctions implementation. It was difficult to envision a world completely free from terrorist threats, but a common mission sought to prevent such threats from materializing. The work of all three Committees on today’s agenda had distinct and crucial roles in that mission.The Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, said that panel had enhanced its dialogue with Member States, including through its first country visit – to Morocco last month – which included participation from the World Customs Organization, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Interpol and the European Union. A key to the success of that, and all other visits, was follow-up, she said, adding that similar trips were planned to Albania, Kenya and Thailand.Recalling that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had referred directly to the central role of the Committee and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in the fight against terrorism, she said that, for technical reasons, the latter had not become fully operational, which had seriously limited the CTC’s ability to sustain the various types of dialogue with Member States on which it had embarked. Many reports from Members, for instance, still required a response from the Committee and a lack of experts had prevented the drafting of such responses.Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, Chairman of the Committee dealing with weapons of mass destruction, said that since his last report in December, the panel’s work had been concentrated mainly on shaping its methodology and “tool kit” for considering national reports by States. Committee experts had developed a matrix to be used as an internal tool in the process of examining the national reports. It was a “living document,” built on the provisions of the Committee’s founding Council resolution, 1540.Stressing that the Committee had been given a two-year mandate by the Council, he said the panel would have to consider at least 40 national reports in each remaining trimester programme of work, thereby concluding the reporting review process by the end of this year.To date, 115 States and one organization had submitted reports. He called on countries that had not yet done so to submit their reports, so the Committee could present the Council with an objective picture of what had been achieved in terms of implementation, as well as what should be done going forward. read more

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Canadian dollar at 13month high ahead of expected Fed word on stimulus

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2012 4:26 pm MDT Canadian dollar at 13-month high ahead of expected Fed word on stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at a 13-month high Tuesday amid expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will launch another round of stimulus to help the American economy.The loonie was off the highs of the session, closing up 0.45 of a cent to 102.75 cents US after going as high as 102.91 cents US as the greenback weakened ahead of the Fed’s two-day meeting on interest rates.The central bank could announce another round of quantitative easing Thursday, which would see the Fed print more money to buy up bonds in order to keep interest rates low and encourage lending.Expectations that the Fed would provide another jolt for the economy increased after jobs data released Friday failed to meet modest expectations of 125,000 new jobs. Instead, the economy cranked out 97,000 jobs and employment numbers for June and July were revised downward.However, there is a degree of uncertainty as to whether the Fed will act now, especially as it may not want to become a key point of debate in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.The American currency weakened further Tuesday morning after Moody’s Investors Service said it would likely cut its “Aaa” rating on U.S. government debt, probably by one notch, if federal budget negotiations fail. If the highly partisan Congress does not reach a budget deal, more than $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases will kick in next year.That scenario has been called the “fiscal cliff” because it is likely to send the U.S. economy back into recession and drive unemployment up.Commodities were higher amid signs that the Chinese government may be moving to provide another round of stimulus measures to help a slowing economy.A day after data showed Chinese imports and factory output continuing to slow, China’s premier Wen Jiabao promised to do more to encourage growth through more tax cuts and measures to boost consumer spending.October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange was ahead 63 cents at US$97.17 a barrel.December copper on the Nymex was up a penny at US$3.70 a pound, adding to a 17-cent gain in the past two sessions.Copper — seen as a global economic barometer as it is used in so many applications — rose following Jiabao’s comments. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal.December bullion gained $3.10 to US$1,734.90 an ounce.Traders also took in a strong housing report as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said housing starts came in at an annual rate of 224,900 during August. The showing was a pleasant surprise as economists had expected a decline to 200,000.“Clearly low interest rates continue to support home construction activity, although signs of deceleration in the secondary market could dampen that momentum,” said CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.“Today’s data suggest residential construction in the third quarter may not be as measurable a drag to activity as previously thought.”Other data showed that Canada’s trade performance hit a new low in July, establishing a record deficit of $2.3 billion as both exports and imports tumbled in the face of the weak global economy. Making matters worse, Statistics Canada revised June’s deficit to $1.93 billion, even deeper than the $1.81 billion deficit originally reported last month. read more

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Ohio States Big Ten Champion rowers speed past competition

The Ohio State rowing team secured the its third Big Ten Championship on Sunday in Indianapolis, earning the seniors their first championship rings. “It was our goal from the first practice this year,” senior MacKenzie Pecor said. The team previously won Big Ten Championships in 2002 and 2006, and Pecor said she’s excited about the opportunity to graduate with a championship. “It is honestly so awesome. Last year was the first class from OSU that graduated without ever winning a championship ring, and we did not want to be the second class to do the same thing,” Pecor said. “You row for four years; you want to win at least once.” Senior Jill Mohr agreed. “It was really a dream come true,” Mohr said. “It’s something that we’ve been looking forward to and something we’ve been working toward since I was a freshman.” Coach Andy Teitelbaum said he was proud to watch his players earn a championship for the school. “It’s just gratifying to see the kids hard work pay off with a championship,” Teitelbaum said. “It was really nice to see a group that lived their talk so well to be rewarded.” The team competed against all six other Big Ten schools that field a rowing team: Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Big Ten title assures it a spot in the national championships scheduled for May 27–29 in Gold River, Calif. Pecor said she expects a change in training to prepare for the national championship but that she does not know how it will differ. “It’s probably going to be a little bit of different training, but we haven’t really discussed it,” she said. “We’re kind of still on a high from the Big Ten.” Teitelbaum, who has coached the Buckeyes since the program’s inception in 1995, said it’s important to continue to progress and stay in shape leading up to the national championships. This year will be the team’s 12th consecutive national championship appearance. Mohr said the team will have to put in a lot of work to succeed. “Our chances as a team are looking really strong going into the national championships,” Mohr said. “We have a lot to prove on the national level and that’s what we’ve been working toward.” read more

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Linden fire leaves 3 homeless arson suspected

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral homeless following Linden fireOctober 27, 2018In “Crime”Enterprise home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedMay 11, 2018In “Crime”Fiery Monday: Houses, Resource Centre gutted by fireJuly 14, 2015In “Crime” Three Linden women are now homeless as a result of a fire which gutted their two-storey home at145 Dageraad Avenue, Mackenzie, Linden in the wee hours of Thursday morning.When the fire started shortly before 2:00hr in the upper storey of the home owned by Sandra and Beverly Kellman, Sandra Kellman’s daughter, the other occupant of the home, was not at home. The fire destroyed both the upper and lower storeys of the home.65-year-old Sandra, who lived in the upper storey, said she was alerted by a loud thud on her roof top in the vicinity of her daughter’s bedroom. Upon investigating, she saw fire emanating from the rooftop, and it quickly spread throughout the building.Fire destroyed both the upper and lower storeys of this house.She said she was told that someone was seen running from the home shortly after the fire started on the rooftop, and at least one other person has informed her that they saw when a burning object landed on the roof. She is adamant that someone had set fire to her home.“Somebody did that!” the sorrowing woman said, as she noted that everything was destroyed in the fire.“She ain’t get to save nothing to wear!” a neighbour told this publication, as he noted that he was awakened by the sounds of people traversing the area. According to him, the Fire Service, which is located a short distance away, did not respond promptly.“They came late…When I opened my door, the whole house was in red (engulfed); from the front to the back was in blazing fire. I go out and help assist right away,” he said. read more

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John McAreavey offers €50000 reward in Mauritius for information on his wifes

first_img 12 Comments Apr 4th 2017, 12:11 PM Share271 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,471 Views By Cianan Brennan Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 12:11 PM http://jrnl.ie/3323242 John McAreavey offers €50,000 reward in Mauritius for information on his wife’s murder McAreavey has travelled to Mauritius in an attempt to kickstart the investigation into his wife’s murder on their honeymoon in 2011. Short URL John McAreavey (r), and Mark Harte at this morning’s news conference in Port Louis, Mauritius Source: PATHE HUSBAND OF murdered Irish honeymooner Michaela McAreavey has offered a reward in Mauritius for information on his wife’s killer.John McAreavey has travelled to the island off the coast of southern Africa in an attempt to re-ignite the investigation into Michaela’s murder in their hotel room in January 2011.No one has ever been successfully prosecuted for her killing.McAreavey today, at a news conference in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis, offered a reward of two million Mauritian rupees (about €53,000) for information on the murder, the BBC reports.The sum equates to roughly twice the average salary of the island nation.“We believe we have given the Mauritian authorities every chance to deliver on their very public promise that justice would be done,” McAreavey said today.“However, until this visit, the reality falls far short of that and as the years have passed, it appears that the unofficial policy has become one of ‘out of sight, out of mind’.But we have no intention of just slipping out of mind or sight.“Mauritius is a country I have absolutely nothing against,” he told the BBC.But the reality is that my deepest darkest fears and nightmares came to reality here, so whenever you’re actually back here, it’s not easy.An anonymous phone service has been established to allow people with information to contact the Mauritian authorities.McAreavey, together with his sister Claire and Michaela’s brother Mark, has already met with the Mauritian prime minister and police chiefs.Yesterday, in advance of meeting McAreavey, the Director of Public Prosecutions of Mauritius stated that the now six-year investigation into the Co Tyrone woman’s 2011 murder remains open.Two hotel workers were charged with the murder of Michaela in her hotel room at the four-star Legends resort in January 2011, but both were acquitted following a subsequent trial by jury in 2012.Since the acquittal of the two hotel workers, there have been a number of developments in the case. Laws have changed in Mauritius which would allow retrials for the men if “compelling” new evidence comes to light. Some of the exhibits of evidence have also been sent to specialist a DNA testing facility in France.Read: Man dies after car collides with teleporter vehicle in KerryRead: Help-to-buy scheme is ‘of course’ pushing up house prices – Central Banklast_img read more

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La nouvelle forme de vie découverte par la Nasa suscite le débat

first_imgLa nouvelle forme de vie découverte par la Nasa suscite le débatLe 2 décembre, une équipe de scientifiques de la Nasa annonçait en grandes pompes sa nouvelle découverte qui venait “bouleverser nos connaissances en biologie” : une bactérie capable d’intégrer de l’arsenic dans son ADN venait d’être observée dans un lac californien. La communauté scientifique critique fortement cette découverte, reprise dans la revue Science, et le débat concernant cet organisme ne fait que commencer.Des scientifiques financés par la Nasa ont récemment annoncé la découverte d’une nouvelle forme de vie (voir notre article). Il s’agirait d’une bactérie capable d’intégrer de l’arsenic à son ADN. Cet organisme qui se trouve au fond d’un lac californien a suscité de violentes critiques de la part de l’ensemble de la communauté scientifique.Une microbiologiste lâche même sur son blog : “Je n’arrive pas à savoir si les auteurs [de cette découverte] sont simplement de piètres scientifiques ou s’ils cherchent à servir un quelconque programme de la Nasa sur la vie dans l’espace !”. La revue scientifique a également reçu une vingtaine de courriers en réponse à cette publication.À lire aussiUne incroyable vidéo montre une bactérie attraper au lasso un morceau d’ADNL’équipe, dirigée par Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a répondu aux principales questions notamment concernant la notion d’intégration de l’arsenic à l’ADN de la bactérie. Elle indique cependant avoir précisé “que beaucoup de travail restait à faire” sur cette bactérie. Par ailleurs l’équipe se dit prête à fournir des échantillons de l’ADN prélevé pour que d’autres scientifiques tirent leurs propres conclusions.Certains d’entre eux affirment en effet qu’un “élément de preuve subtil mais essentiel a été négligé, qui démontre que l’ADN en question contenait une structure en phosphate et non en arsenic”. Rien d’extraordinaire dans ce cas puisque le phosphate est un élément de base nécessaire que tous les scientifiques connaissent pour le rôle qu’il joue dans le développement de la vie.Revivez cette découverte en images sur Maxisciences.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un ver génétiquement modifié pour produire de la soie chimérique

first_imgUn ver génétiquement modifié pour produire de la soie chimériqueDes chercheurs ont génétiquement modifié des vers à soie en leur ajoutant un gène d’araignée. Ils visent ainsi à obtenir une soie à la fois résistante et produite en grande quantité.C’est au Bombyx mori, une espèce de ver à soie que les chercheurs ont eu l’idée d’ajouter un gène d’araignée. Une manipulation qui visait au départ à obtenir en grande quantité une soie de qualité, notamment résistante. En effet, les vers à soie comme les araignées sont tous les deux connus pour fournir des fils à la qualité inégalée. Or, “sur la capacité d’allongement, par exemple, qui atteint 30% pour une soie naturelle contre 20% pour les meilleures fibres synthétiques, nous n’observons pas de différences entre les fils d’araignées et les meilleures soies de Bombyx”, explique Philippe Colomban, du Laboratoire de Dynamique Interactions et Réactivité (LDIR), qui a coordonné ces travaux.À lire aussiLa plus grosse araignée du monde surprend un scientifique en pleine forêt”Ce qui essentiel pour la qualité de la soie, c’est l’âge de la fibre et son histoire. En effet, le gel produit dans les glandes subi des transformations chimiques au moment où l’animal est prêt à filer. Les pelotes de soie s’ouvrent et les macromolécules sont alignées en passant dans la filière. L’eau est utilisé comme lubrifiant entre ces macromolécules… Tous ces processus sont décisifs pour les propriétés de la soie”, souligne M. Colomban cité par Sciences et avenir. Comme l’explique les chercheurs, la soie arachnéenne est plus petite en diamètre (3 à 8 microns) que celle du Bombyx (12 à 20 microns), ce qui lui confère un avantage. “Plus un objet est fin, plus ses propriétés techniques sont élevées, les nanotubes étant le meilleur exemple !”, précise le scientifique du LADIR. La soie de l’araignée est aussi plus régulière, ses macromolécules sont mieux alignées. Malheureusement, l’araignée produit au mieux 30 centimètres de fil alors qu’un bon ver à soie peut dérouler jusqu’à 1,5 kilomètres de soie. Sans compter qu’il faut “traire” l’araignée à la main et que l’élevage est inenvisageable : les espèces qui tissent les meilleures toiles, comme les araignées du genre Nephila, sont aussi cannibales, mangeant leurs petits et leurs semblables.Un fil chimérique équivalent à celui des Bombyx Néanmoins, pour l’heure, les Bombyx OGM ne sont pas vraiment au point. Selon M. Colomban, “les fils obtenus n’atteignent pas 1%, au mieux, des propriétés mécaniques des fils de Bombyx ‘normaux'”. Et si “on sait produire par synthèse le gel présent dans les glandes, ce que l’on obtient au final n’est pas meilleur qu’après dissolution des cocons de Bombyx –méthode qui est nettement moins coûteuse”. Les chercheurs poursuivent donc leur essai en quête de meilleurs résultats…Le 7 janvier 2012 à 18:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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HandsOn Bloodstained Ritual of the Night is a Great Castlevania Game

first_imgStay on target The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda Konami doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to release a new Castlevania game anytime soon. Thank Satan for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Created by famed Castlevania developer, Koji Igarashi, Bloodstained is an unofficial spiritual successor to the classic vampire-rich franchise. I played Bloodstained at last year’s E3 and absolutely loved it. This time, I got to play a brand-new stage and tried out some of the game’s crazy weapons.This Bloodstained demo took place inside of a creepy castle. As I made my way through the demo and killed all manner of monsters, I picked up a ton of new weapons. I managed to procure nearly a dozen short swords, whips, rapiers, claymores, and brass knuckles. Each weapon has a distinct feel, and it was great to swap between them to see the differences. I was also able to equip armor and accessories that helped boost my stats.Control-wise, this demo played smoother than the one from last year. That was surprising given how great Bloodstained already felt. Traversing the world is simple and intuitive. I had no issues managing some of the trickier platforming sections. Like any good “Metroidvania” title, Bloodstained has a map of areas you have or have not visited. This is useful for plotting out your course. Like Symphony of the Night, certain sections will only be accessible with specific items.One aspect I found appealing was how protagonist Miriam can summon creatures to aid her in battle. Being overwhelmed by monsters isn’t as daunting when you have a monster of your own to help out. In this demo, my familiar was a small ghost-like creature. However, I was told that as you progress, you’ll have access to more powerful creatures. Despite my familiar being somewhat weak, I was thankful to have it for the final portion of the demo.The demo ended with a tense battle against an Elizabeth Bathory-inspired boss. The vampire hit me with a slew of blood-based attacks. I was able to dodge a few of her attacks but was hit by more than I care to admit. I had to make strategic use of my health potions in order to stay alive. The boss had two floating umbrellas that hovered near her. I used these as cover whenever she would make it rain blood from the ceiling. After a while, I was able to finish her off and complete the demo.Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is coming along nicely based on the two demos I played. After the Mighty No. 9 debacle, I have become wary of crowdfunded games. But it seems this one may avoid any pitfalls. Right now, Bloodstained is scheduled to release sometime in 2018. That kind of stinks considering how badly I want to play the full game right now. With that said, I’m sure the wait will be more than worth it.Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

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Michelle Gomez for District 5 Board of Supervisors

first_imgMichelle Gomez, for District 5 Board of Supervisors KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:59 PM October 22, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of the seats up for grabs this November is the District 5 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.KUSI’s Allen Denton sat with Michelle Gomez this afternoon on the latest with her campaign. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Posted: October 22, 2018last_img read more

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Vancouver looks to get tougher on graffiti

first_imgIf you see someone defacing public or private property, call 911.For details on how to report graffiti on public or private property in the city of Vancouver, go to www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/graffiti.Fighting spray-painting vandals will require a few additional tools, the Vancouver City Council heard on Monday from staff members.Neighborhoods Program Manager Judi Bailey and Alana Iturbide, a law clerk for the city attorney’s office, presented multiple approaches to fight a growing graffiti problem. They included new criminal codes to assist with prosecuting vandals, new civil penalties for parents of minor offenders, and the addition of “maintained free of graffiti” to the city’s minimum property maintenance code.The city will also request that the two dozen or so businesses that sell spray paint within city limits place the cans in a locked display case or near the cash register to deter shoplifters.At the end of the workshop, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt said the proposals will put “a little more teeth” into the city code, and members of the council agreed. They also wanted to emphasize education, such as having businesses post city codes regarding graffiti near the spray paint cans.Bailey said the proposal, created with input from local neighborhood associations and inspired by action taken by other cities including Portland, Seattle, Tacoma and Yakima, doesn’t come with a budget request. She said it’s a first step in trying to reduce the amount of graffiti showing up on public and private property, and the proposal would be implemented using existing resources.last_img read more

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Hundreds of Monroe County inmates evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of Monroe County inmates were evacuated, Saturday, ahead of Irma’s impact in Key West.According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies evacuated 460 inmates, Saturday morning, from the main jail facility on Stock Island. Sheriff Rick Ramsay made the decision to take the inmates to a safer location on the mainland of Florida.The main detention facility is a Category 5-rated building, however Ramsay said the changing path of Irma expedited the process. “Moving this many inmates this quickly is a tough job,” said Ramsay in a news release. “Our staff was up to the challenge. They quickly formulated plans to make the move safely, were able to procure buses for the transport, and got on the road without incident.”Staff members assisted at the hosting facility in Palm Beach County, according to the news release.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Stones laid for development works in Shapally

first_imgNarketpally (Nalgonda): Nalgonda Zilla Parishad chairman Banda Narender Reddy stated that the State government was committed to provide infrastructure facilities in villages and all government schools.On Monday, Narender Reddy, along with Nakrekal MLA Chirumarthi Lingaiah and MLC Karne Prabhakar, laid foundation stones for development works of worth Rs 1.10 crore at Shapally village and inaugurated additional classrooms in government school at Nakkalapally village of Narketpally mandal in the district. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, he said government was committed to provide necessary infrastructure and buildings in rural areas on par with towns in the interest of people. He informed that the image of government schools was restored in the State in the last five years after TRS came to power in 2014. State government’s Gurukul schools for neglected sections have been providing quality education and good food to the students and helping them realise their dreams. Nakrekal MLA Chirumarthi Lingaiah stated that people of rural areas were feeling happy under TRS ruling and expressing their pleasure for providing sufficient infrastructure to villages. In these programmes, local public representatives and party leaders participated.last_img read more

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Spanish PM vows to restore legality in Catalonia

first_imgSpanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Friday to “restore legality” in Catalonia after the regional parliament declared independence, as Madrid was poised to take direct control of the wealthy region.”I ask all Spaniards to remain calm. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia,” he wrote in a Twitter message immediately after the Catalan assembly voted in favour of declaring independence from Spain.last_img

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Tools Technology and Retail Options that Make Starting Up Today a Cinch

first_img Register Now » In-office design capabilities: Not that many years ago, but before we were born, there was an entire typesetting industry that charged significant amounts of money to make your brochures, contracts, order forms. If you wanted to tackle this yourself, you could pick up some Letraset letter sheets. They provided letters in various fonts and sizes and you would draw lines with a non-repro blue pencil and line up the right letter in the right spot for every single letter. And get them all straight. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Related: 3 Tips to a Speedy Launch Related: Should You Create Your Business Plan on Pinterest? Connections: With LinkedIn, Twitter etc., you have so many ways to reach out to people who can help you or just understand what you’re going through. On a Friday afternoon when you’re looking at another long weekend working, mention it on Facebook and get instant sympathy — or instant encouragement. You can build relationships with people you may never meet. And you can certainly grow your business beyond what was possible only a generation ago.So when your parents or grandparents — or anyone else from one or two generations back — starts telling you how lucky you are, just agree. They’re right.What recent innovations have you used in starting your company? Let us know in the comments section. Free communications tools: Want to get a proposal to a client in NYC when you’re in Detroit? No biggie. Email it to him. Years ago, businesses had one option: the Post Office. Fed-Ex was a great leap forward. Fax machines were once cutting edge. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Expert insight: Want to understand something better? There’s a blog for that. Have insights you’d like to share? Write a blog post for that. Books took a year or more to get published, so the only current information could be found in magazines and newspapers. Now, just go online and find not just answers but lots of answers.center_img 4 min read Information: Years ago, journalists had a secret weapon: in-house reference libraries where librarians would look up facts. Of course, it would take a while and the info might be limited, but it helped. When 9/11 happened, journalists all over the world could immediately access everything they might want to know about the twin towers — age, height, number of stories and photos, just by using the Internet. As an entrepreneur, if you want to explore your competitors, you don’t have to call them pretending to be a potential customer, you can just visit their websites and get product info, prices and sometimes even customer lists. Young entrepreneurs have it easy. Twenty or even just ten years ago, the infrastructure to support startups the way it can now simply didn’t exist. Just this week, the New York Times published a front-page story about Amazon’s massive cloud-computing footprint. Just think, technology startups that didn’t have their own servers would need to lay out many thousands of dollars just to buy a single server — and that’s not even counting the upkeep and management of the equipment.Let’s do a little time travel and consider what else we take for granted that our parents and grandparents didn’t have when they were starting up. Office-supply superstores: When you wanted to pick up a gross of pens or seventeen bulletin boards, you frequented the small, local office supply store and paid a premium price, or tried to find a wholesale office supply company that would be willing to deal with your small orders. Costs were high either way and nothing was available immediately. Today we walk into OfficeMax or Staples and grab whatever we want, including large plastic barrels of peanut-butter filled pretzels! How good is that? Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Now, thanks to innovators like the late Steve Jobs, our computers can rock out the basics in no time. Though, it’s still smart to hire a professional for anything fancy. Related: How to Know When to Start Your Own Business (Infographic) August 30, 2012last_img read more

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Puerto Morelos promotes itself to New York

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — Several New York journalists have arrived in Puerto Morelos to take in the town’s sights and sounds for upcoming articles in their magazine. Mayor Laura Fernández explained that a plan of activities was developed through the tourism department so they could better see Puerto Morelos as a unique holiday resort with its nature, restaurants, culture and history. They also participated in ecotourism via Ruta de los Cenotes and Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marín botanical garden. “We are reinforcing the promotion actions for the next holiday season of Holy Week which is already at our door, and according to forecasts, will be a very successful season,” explained Laura Fernández. One of the experiences of the journalists was a visit to a traditional temazcal, a steam bath used by indigenous cultures with medicinal purposes of detoxification by sweating with herbal infusions. center_img Their visit was in coordination with the Tourist Promotion Council of Quintana Roo who treated them to the wide variety of attractions of the town including cenotes, parks, restaurants and botanical gardens. Journalists with online magazine The Culture-ist, were in Puerto Morelos by invitation as part of the mayor’s strategies to strengthen the town’s global tourism brand. Cristina Rosado, director of Promotion of Puerto Morelos, said that their visit also allowed them to promote other attractions such as Crococun, Selvatica, the beaches and its inclined lighthouse, the Kin Ha cenote and local markets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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How to Live Stream Man Utd vs Chelsea Premier League Match

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: A 6.8-inch BeastThe Galaxy Note 10 Plus sports a gorgeous display, long battery life and new S Pen tricks, but its cameras could be better.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTCL 5-Series Hands-On00:56OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0005:3005:30 The Manchester United vs. Chelsea match will air on the NBC Sports (NBCSN) channel on all major cable providers, including DirecTV, Dish, AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios, Cox and Spectrum. If you’re away from a TV, you can live stream the match on the NBC Sports app, which is available on all major platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows 10, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Xbox and Samsung TVs. To watch the match on the app, you’ll either need to sign-in with your cable provider (listed above) or cord-cutters can watch via a TV streaming subscription like YouTube TV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, FuboTV or DirecTV Now. The Premier League match will also be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo Deportes, NBC’s Spanish-language network.  There is some bad news. The Manchester United vs Chelsea (and most major Premier League games) won’t be available on NBC Gold, NBC’s streaming subscription service, for those who don’t have a cable or an over-the-top internet TV subscription.How can I watch Man United vs Chelsea in the U.K.? Sky Sports owns (most) of the broadcasting rights to the 2019/20 Premier League season. Manchester Utd against Chelsea will air live on Sky Sports to Sky customers or those who pay for a Sky Sports package on other cable subscriptions, like Virgin Media or NOW.  You can watch the game on your smartphone or laptop through the Sky Sports website or free mobile app available on Android and iOS. How do I use a VPN to watch Manchester United vs Chelsea? If you’re traveling outside the country, but don’t want to miss the match, a virtual private network, or VPN, could be an ideal choice. Actually choosing a service could be a challenge, but fortunately, we’ve tested out many different offerings to find out who offers the best VPN. Our top pick is ExpressVPN, which offers superb speeds that will meet the needs of most users, but you’ve got other options as well.Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN costs as little as $6.77 per month if you sign up for a one-year contract, and there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.View DealCheap and secure, NordVPN is just $2.99/month for a three-year contract, while a month of service costs $11.95. NordVPN uses 2048-bit encryption, and makes it easy to use streaming services.View DealPerformance is just average, but this is one of the simpler VPNs out there, and at $9.99 for one month of service, TunnelBear is a lower-cost option.View Deal The Blues face the Red Devils as the new Premier League season is about to open, with a must-watch contest between two top teams. There are many story-lines going into this match, but all eyes will be on Frank Lampard as he makes his managerial debut against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose flying start as Man United gaffer came to a disastrous close at the end of the 2018/19 season. Here’s how to live stream the Chelsea vs Manchester United match.These two clubs trended in opposite directions at the end of the previous campaign, with Chelsea moving up several spots to land a third-place finish while Manchester United slumped to a Europa League slot in sixth. Manchester United wasn’t afraid to dig deep into its pockets to make some high-profile signings in the off-season, including a near-$100 million move for center-back Harry Maguire and another $62 million splash for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. For its part, Chelsea will benefit from the arrival of American winger Christian Pulisic and Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who finalized a move from Real Madrid after a loan spell. When is the Manchester United vs Chelsea Premier League Match? Right now, Manchester Utd vs Chelsea is closing Match Day 1 today (August 11), with a start time of 11:30 a.m. Eastern | 8:30 a.m. Pacific | 4:30 p.m. BST. How can I live stream Manchester United vs Chelsea in the U.S.?NBC Sports owns the rights to broadcast the 2019-20 Premier League season, which is good news for most viewers in the U.S. because NBC Sports is offered as a standard (free) channel by cable providers. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

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