Federer back to third after Zverevs Munich knockout

first_imgParis: Former world number one Roger Federer has returned to third in the ATP rankings released Monday, replacing Alexander Zverev after the reigning champion was knocked out of the Munich Open at the quarter-finals stage. Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three years’ absence. Elsewhere Stefanos Tsitsipas takes ninth spot from American John Isner following the Greek’s victory at the Estoril Open. Novak Djokovic remains first ahead of Rafael Nadal to mark the Serb’s 250th week as world number one, a record only bettered on four occasions in the past.last_img read more

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Morocco ranks 78th in list of best countries for business

first_imgRabat- American Magazine published its list of the best countries for business in 2013. According to the list, which was published last December, Morocco ranks 78th worldwide for doing business. Morocco ranks second country in the North Africa behind Tunisia, which ranked 77. In the Arab world, Morocco is ranked 9th after the United Arab Emirates (30th), Qatar (40th), Saudi Arabia (56), Oman (58), Bahrain (59), Jordan (65), Kuwait (76) and Tunisia (77). Algeria ranked 131, while Libya ranked 136.Ireland tops the list of best countries for business followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. The American famous magazine based its assessment on data made public by a number of think tanks and international organizations, such as the Freedom House, the Heritage Foundation, the Property Rights Alliance, Transparency International, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Liberia UN mission kicks off information campaign on disarmament

UNMIL’s public information office issued a statement today from its offices in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, about its programme of community outreach activities ahead of DDRR, which is due to start on 7 December. The Mission is working with local artists to get its message across to the Liberian public.Last Thursday, musicians, theatre performers and dancers entertained large crowds in Monrovia in two shows that were interspersed with messages and handbills about DDRR.UNMIL’s radio station, which broadcasts to Monrovia and nearby areas, has been airing news about DDRR, while public service announcements, skits and songs have been produced for airing on other radio stations.On Friday, UNMIL’s public information office hosted a one-day workshop for senior Liberian journalists and local stringers for foreign media about DDRR. The information campaign is now expected to expand to areas outside Monrovia. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer splits weekend matchups

OSU sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew (20) throws the ball into play Oct. 24 in a match against Iowa at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Regina Bonfiglio / Lantern photographerWhile trying to keep its hopes of making the Big Ten Tournament alive, the Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to Iowa, but bounced back against Nebraska.The Buckeyes (6-9-3, 3-6-3) and Cornhuskers (7-9-2, 3-7-2) played to a scoreless first half on Sunday before OSU broke through with three goals in the second.Before the barrage of goals, OSU entered halftime with a 4-1 lead in shots and 2-1 lead in shots on goal. Coach Lori Walker said the team contained the Cornhuskers’ offense through teamwork.“Everything for us recently has just been about taking care of ourselves and not giving away opportunities for other teams to capitalize on,” Walker said. “You do that by playing together and playing as a united group.”Things picked up in the second half when Nebraska senior forward Mayme Conroy scored the first goal of the game off an assist from junior defender Jaylyn Odermann to give Nebraska a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.The Buckeyes responded in the 76th minute when a cross from sophomore forward Nichelle Prince allowed freshman forward Sammy Edwards to tie the game.OSU went ahead in the 87th minute after freshman midfielder Nikki Walts nailed a 22-yard shot. The Buckeyes cemented the victory after Prince finished a breakaway into an empty net in the 90th minute to give OSU the 3-1 win.The Buckeyes outshot Nebraska, 25-7, in the game.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said the Cornhuskers’ style of play was a challenge but OSU was able to match it.“They were very physical and very aggressive,” Gruber said. “I think we handled that aggression very well and played physical right back.”Walker praised the team’s ability to respond after giving up a goal in the second half. “If anyone has had the best training in adversity this season, it’s been our squad,” Walker said. “We got down and were able to pick ourselves back up.” The win was the first for the Buckeyes since defeating Northwestern on Sept. 28. OSU had gone 0-3-3 since that game. Prince said getting the win felt like the culmination of the stretch.  “We’ve been on a very long journey,” Prince said. “We’ve been working really hard and it’s been hard to get results, but we’ve pushed through and haven’t given up yet.”It was a different story when the Buckeyes played Iowa on Friday. The Hawkeyes took the early lead after senior forward Cloe Lacasse put a header in the back of the OSU net in the fifth minute. The rest of the first half remained quiet as the Hawkeyes took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Iowa scored again, as a free kick from senior defender Melanie Pickert doubled the lead in the 80th minute. OSU got on the board in the 86th minute after Prince converted off an assist from sophomore forward Taylor Schissler. The Buckeyes weren’t able to tie it up, giving Iowa the 2-1 win.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play their final game of the regular season against Rutgers on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Consommation de drogues des spécificités régionales mises en évidence

first_imgConsommation de drogues : des spécificités régionales mises en évidenceFrance – L’Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies (OFDT) vient de publier une version régionale de son enquête sur les consommations de substances licites et illicites chez les jeunes de 17 ans. Selon les régions, la consommation d’alcool, de drogues et de tabac varie de façon très large. L’enquête de l’OFDT a été réalisée auprès de 39.542 jeunes âgés de 17 ans lors de la Journée d’appel de préparation à la défense en 2008. Les résultats de l’enquête nationale pour l’année 2008 avaient été publiés en juin 2009. Ils indiquaient une stabilité, voire une baisse, des habitudes de consommation de tabac, d’alcool et de cannabis, mais une progression de la consommation de cocaïne.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeLa version régionale montre une grande variabilité des habitudes selon les régions, notamment pour l’alcool et le cannabis, allant parfois du simple au double. Les habitudes de consommation de tabac sont, elles, plutôt uniformes. Entre 32 et 36% des jeunes interrogés disent fumer quotidiennement dans les régions Basse-Normandie, Poitou-Charentes, Languedoc-Roussillon, Aquitaine et Haute-Normandie. En Ile-de-France et en Rhône-Alpes, ils ne sont que 25 à 27 %.La consommation régulière d’alcool (dix fois par mois au moins) est plus marquée en Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes, Bourgogne et Languedoc-Roussillon (entre 11 et 14% des jeunes). Les cas d’ivresse régulière sont plus marqués dans l’ouest de la France, notamment en Bretagne (39% des jeunes).La consommation régulière de cannabis se révèle plus élevée chez les jeunes du sud du pays (Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, Languedoc-Roussillon, et PACA), de même que la consommation de drogues dures, comme la cocaïne ou l’ecstasy. Le Nord-Pas de Calais et la Picardie passent la barre des 4% (moyenne nationale) des consommateurs d’ecstasy et l’Ile-de-France, celle des 4% pour la consommation de cocaïne. Le 15 janvier 2010 à 14:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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AgWeb Launches App Finder for Farmers

first_imgThe mobile site offers not only app aggregation, but also reviews. All of the featured apps have ratings by the AgWeb staff, and users also can add their own ratings and reviews. App reviews will be added by the staff “as they hit the market,” says Boyce Thompson, editorial director of AgWeb.With the app finder AgWeb is hoping to keep users coming back, viewing the brand as a go-to source for farming news, advice and tools. “The benefit for AgWeb is mostly in reinforcing its leadership position in the Ag online market,” says Thompson. “We are even reviewing apps from competing companies.”AgWeb chose to create a mobile website instead of its own app in response to mobile trends that the company has seen. “One-third of our traffic is mobile,” says Thompson. “And the website is about to become responsive. This made the most sense to us.”Discoverability of apps has been less than ideal for a long time now. Apps are placed in the App Store and primarily searchable by title, which isn’t always helpful. So when farmers are looking for a useful app to help with their business, they don’t want to dig through FarmVille and other games that have nothing to do with real farming to find what they need.Farm Journal Media has continued to stay on the front line of digital media. CEO Andy Weber delivered a keynote address at FOLIO:‘s MediaNext event in 2013, and said that the company has recently grown from print-centric to digital media powerhouse. In the past five years (as of 2013) the company has doubled in size by focusing on product development and acquisitions, and Weber says they plan to double again by 2018. More on this topic Farm Journal’s AgWeb Launches Advertising Network AgWeb for iPad Aims for Touch Sensitive Farmer Farm Journal Media Magazines Represent with Webby Award Nominations Seven Ways to Monetize Marketing Services Online Bloomberg Launches App for RNC & DNC Convention AttendeesJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered by Farm Journal Media has created the AgWeb App Finder to help its audience of farmers find and select Ag-related apps. The mobile-optimized site can be accessed on desktop, tablet or other devices.The apps are organized and searchable by category, ratings and more. Categories include markets/commodities, weather, business, livestock and crops.last_img read more

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Can those athome laser skin devices really fix wrinkles and acne What

first_img 0 Procter & Gamble’s freckle-erasing makeup wand is pure… Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voicecenter_img Neutrogena’s light therapy acne mask uses a combination of blue and infrared light to reduce redness and inflammation. Neutrogena Over-the-counter cosmetic laser and light devices have become as readily available as OTC pain relievers. A quick Google search for “at-home laser therapy for skin” returns devices that promise to zap zits, eliminate unwanted body hair, reduce wrinkles and fix discoloration.Dr. Tyler Hollmig, director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology at Stanford Health Care, told CNET it’s obvious why the market for at-home laser treatments has grown so much: “Going to an actual clinic can be less than convenient as well as expensive,” he said. “At-home devices are relatively inexpensive and promise similar results as those used by dermatologists.”While it’s tempting to place an order for one of these skin-smoothing lightsabers, dermatologists warn that you might not get the results you want. Before you spend the money, learn about the safety of these devices, how they work and what kinds of changes to your skin you can expect. How does laser therapy for skin work? To clear up any confusion, it’s important to mention that most devices marketed or referred to as “at-home lasers” don’t actually use laser technology like the kind you’d get at a clinic or medispa. “True laser technology is not available for home use,” Dr. Kathleen Cook Suozzi, a dermatological surgeon and the aesthetic director of Yale Medicine Dermatology, told CNET. “The at-home ‘lasers’ on the market are typically light-based devices that do not have the power of laser devices available for in-office procedures.” Home use devices do use some of the technology you’d find in a dermatologist’s office, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and light-emitting diodes (LED), but not with the same pinpointed accuracy. Many home “laser” hair removal devices also use light therapy, but there are some devices that actually use a laser to remove hair. 1:14 What kind of conditions can at-home skin devices treat? You can find at-home light and laser devices for treatment of acne, scars, hair removal and wrinkles using various methods, including IPL, LED, heat, infrared and more. For example, the Skin Clinical Reverse Anti-Aging handheld uses LED to reduce fine lines and smooth your complexion; Neutrogena’s full-face light mask uses blue and red light to treat acne; and Nuface devices use microcurrents to stimulate skin and remove wrinkles.Most at-home treatments fall into one of four main categories:Anti-aging to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten and rejuvenate the skinDiscoloration or pigmentation to get rid of sun spots, age spots or other pigmentation issuesHair removal or hair growth to, well, grow or remove hairAcne treatment to reduce redness, inflammation and scarring Are these devices safe? Consumers should be cautious before purchasing and using at-home devices, Dr. Hollmig said, and should first be informed about potential issues surrounding safety and efficacy. “Unlike drugs, devices are less strictly regulated,” Dr. Hollmig told CNET. “Many laser devices are dangerous to the eyes [and] can even cause blindness, as well as the skin, potentially causing burns and scars.” Dr. David Lortscher, a dermatologist and CEO of skincare startup Curology, explained that unlike some clinical devices, many home-use devices are designed not to fire unless there is direct contact with the skin. If the user attempts to disable safety features, however, or ignores instructions for use and safety warnings, skin or eye damage can occur.Some side effects of at-home light and laser skin devices include:Redness SwellingIrritation or discomfortItchingUnwanted pigment changesSide effects are rare, Dr. Lortscher told CNET, because the devices use such low-level energy. But because most devices target the pigment in your skin, Dr. Lortscher urges people with darker skin to be cautious, as they are at a higher risk for adverse effects.skin-clinical-reverseThe Reverse Anti-Aging Light Therapy device from Skin Clinical uses LED to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Skin Clinical Do at-home laser treatments work? Typically, at-home devices have significantly lower power than those used in a medical setting in order to reduce risks, Dr. Hollmig explained, but there may be a tradeoff between safety and device effectiveness. That is, at-home devices with lower levels of light may be safer, but may not give you the results you want, and vice versa.”Low energy means safe but extremely subtle results, even after numerous treatments,” said Dr. Daniel Friedmann, a dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas, and he cautions against excessive use of at-home lasers when you don’t see the results you want.Even with professional-grade lasers, patients typically need several treatments to achieve the final results they want. And even after that, professionals usually recommend maintenance treatments. That said, you should keep your expectations realistic for at-home treatments.womens-face-with-nuface-device-rubbing-on-skinNuFace devices use microcurrents to stimulate the skin, increase blood flow and reduce wrinkles. NuFace Should you use an at-home skin treatment? You should ask yourself a few questions when pondering at-home laser treatments of any sort:Is the device safe?Is the device effective?Do I have a sensitive skin condition (such as melasma, which may worsen with certain laser therapies)Are the results worth the money?Look for whether the device has been FDA-approved or FDA-cleared (there’s a difference) and check out sites such as the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which all post helpful information on such devices and their uses.You can also check RealSelf, which diligently monitors and researches all sorts of cosmetic procedures, lasers included. The site also includes reviews and photos from real people who have undertaken cosmetic procedures.Regardless of a product’s FDA classification and the research behind it, you should always exercise caution when using therapeutic devices. While low-level laser, light and heat therapies may be safe and effective for many people, those who have sensitive skin or a preexisting skin condition — especially inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema — should be wary of at-home skin devices. Personal carelast_img read more

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Hope Priyanka will throw her hat in the ring says Tharoor

first_imgNew Delhi: Asserting that “lack of clarity” over leadership following Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is hurting the Congress, senior leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said the way forward for the party could be opening up all key posts, including the Congress Working Committee membership, to fresh elections which would help legitimise the incoming set of leaders. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us He also backed Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh’s assessment that a young leader would be more suitable to lead the Congress at this juncture. Tharoor said he hopes that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will throw her hat in the ring when the call for elections for the party chief’s post is made, but added it was up to the Gandhi family to decide on whether she will contest for the post. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us In an interview to PTI, Tharoor expressed disappointment with the prevailing situation in the party and asserted that there is no clear answer to the current “predicament that we in the Congress are facing”. “It is certainly quite true that the lack of clarity at the top of the party is likely to be hurting the Congress workers and sympathisers, many of whom miss the fact of having a party leader to look to for key decisions, authority and even inspiration and energy, to rally together and move forward,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP said. Advertise With Us Tharoor said he hoped that the Congress Working Committee is taking the current situation “very seriously” and is doing its best to find a solution without further delay. “One way forward could be for the CWC to name an interim working president for the party and then ideally dissolve itself, following which the main leadership positions within the party, including the CWC itself, should be opened up to fresh elections,” the former Union minister said. “By allowing members of the party, drawn from the AICC and PCC delegates, to determine who will lead the party from these key positions, it would help legitimise the incoming set of leaders and give them a credible mandate to lead the party,” he said. Tharoor also suggested that the Congress can go for a high-octane British Conservative Party-style leadership race for presidency that could increase the national interest in the party and galvanise more voters towards it once again.last_img read more

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Pakistan launches national slogan Say No to India bans all

first_imgISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to ban all cultural exchanges with India, including all kinds of joint ventures between the entertainment industry of the two countries after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, a media report said on Friday. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Thursday launched a national slogan ‘Say No to India’, Dawn newspaper reported. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “All kinds of Indian content have been stopped and Pemra [Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority] has been directed to step up its vigilance along with actions against the sale of Indian DTH instruments,” said Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan. Earlier this week, India revoked Article 370 to withdraw the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two Union Territories –Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Pakistan termed the Indian action as “unilateral and illegal”, and said it will take the matter to the UN Security Council. Awan said that the deception of cultural exchange was polluting the minds of Pakistani youth. She said that the National Security Council had decided to establish a group and Pakistan would fight the “Hindutva ideology” from all fronts. Advertise With Us The group will be the cluster of all relevant ministries to fight against the Indian designs at required forums. “The external communications will be dealt with by the ministry of information, the Foreign Office and the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) as per nature of information,” Awan said. She said in the current situation, the clash between Indian and Pakistani cultural and social values was imminent and it was the media’s responsibility to come to the forefront to defeat Indian “cultural invasion”. The government has also banned the screening of Indian films in the country’s cinemas. “No Indian film will be screened in any Pakistani cinema. Drama, films and Indian content of this kind will be completely banned in Pakistan,” Awan tweeted. Films and cultural relations are the first to get affected when there is tension between the two countries and it is not for the first time that Pakistan has banned Indian films. Pakistan had taken a similar decision after Balakot airstrikes by India in February this year. The Hindi film industry had announced a similar move in the wake of February 14 Pulwama terror attack on a CRPF convoy.last_img read more

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Heartbroken Ileana DCruz shares sad posts after breaking up with boyfriend Andrew

first_imgIleana D’Cruz and Andrew KneeboneinstagramIleana D’Cruz has always been private about her personal life. She had said that she doesn’t like to talk about it too much but it’s pretty much there for the world to see. The actress had been away from the showbiz for a while now and has been mostly in the news about her relationship with her long-time photographer boyfriend Andrew Kneebone. While everything was hunky-dory between the loving couple, it looks like troubles have now made home in their paradise.It has been learnt that Ileana and Andrew have broken up and apparently unfollowed each other on Instagram and deleted their photos. The Raid actress even posted sad and emotional messages on her Instagram stories to express her sad state. “You don’t really realize how heavy the weight is until you finally put it down,” Ileana posted an emotional quote on Instagram.In another post, Ileana shared a quote which clearly explained how she was left heartbroken after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend.”Ask yourself, are you ready to let go of the energy you have absorbed from other people that has hurt you. The thoughts, emotions, feelings, psychic information that did not belong to you, that prevented you from being clear about who you are,” Ileana posted.Take a look. Ileana D’CruzInstagram Ileana D’CruzInstagramlast_img read more

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Netflix Names Former Obama Adviser and UN Ambassador Susan Rice to Board

first_img Popular on Variety Rice, 53, is a controversial political figure. Conservatives have criticized her over her initial comments about the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, which she called “spontaneous.” Critics have accused her of lying and trying to downplay the premeditated nature of the attack. In addition, it emerged last year that as Obama’s national security adviser, Rice in 2016 had requested to “unmask” the identities of certain Americans identified in intelligence reports who had been intercepted speaking with foreign sources — and were linked to Donald Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team.Rice’s appointment increases the number of Netflix’s board members to 11 — and she becomes the company’s fourth female board member. In January, Netflix named Rodolphe Belmer, former CEO of Canal Plus Group, to the board.The other Netflix directors are: Reed Hastings; Anne Sweeney, former president of Disney-ABC Television Group; Richard Barton, executive chairman of Zillow Group and founder of Expedia; A. George (Skip) Battle, former executive chairman of Ask Jeeves and executive at Andersen Consulting; Timothy Haley, managing director at Redpoint Ventures; Jay Hoag, general partner at Technology Crossover Ventures; Leslie Kilgore, former Netflix chief marketing officer; Ann Mather, ex-CFO of Pixar and Village Roadshow Pictures, former Disney exec; and Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, Microsoft.Rice served as a key adviser to President Obama during his two terms in office. From 2013-17, she headed the National Security Council staff, providing daily national security briefing to President Obama. Before that, she was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. from 2009-13 and served as a member of Obama’s cabinet.Previously, during President Bill Clinton’s second term, Rice was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and was a member of the National Security Council staff. She was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2002-08.Rice began her career as a management consultant with McKinsey and Co. She has served on several boards, including those for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bureau of National Affairs, National Democratic Institute, and the US Fund for UNICEF. The Washington, D.C., native is married to former ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron, and the couple have two children. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Rice’s appointment to the Netflix board was effective March 26. She has not yet been appointed to serve on any board committees. Netflix appointed Susan Rice, former U.S. national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, to its board of directors.Rice currently is a distinguished visiting research fellow at American University’s School of International Service, as well as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”Rice commented, “I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire.”last_img read more

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Boat Described by Greek historian Herodotus Discovered in Nile

first_imgThe Greek historian Herodotus is widely known as the “father of history”. His magisterial Histories, written in the 5th century BC, has provided modern scholars with a wealth of rich detail on the Greco-Persian wars and the Mediterranean society in which he lived. However, Herodotus has also attracted the ire of his readers for the apparent errors and inventions that permeate his text. The Greek biographer Plutarch once famously described him as “malicious”, and said that those who hoped to detect “all his lies and fictions would have need of many books.”Although modern historians generally take his account to be fairly reliable, they tend to agree that at least some of his observations were complete fabrications, designed to entertain rather than instruct.HerodotusIn particular, Herodotus’ account of shipbuilding practices in 5th century Egypt has been met with incredulity by many modern scholars. His description of the baris, a Nile cargo boat, is like nothing ever encountered by modern archaeologists, and it has been widely debated in the scholarship.Until now, most historians believed Herodotus’ account to be at best an error introduced by his sources, and at worst, a deliberate fiction.However, a recent discovery at the sunken port city of Thonis-Heracleion has finally put this long-standing historical debate to rest. According to The Guardian, Ship 17, excavated from the bed of the Nile estuary at the bay of Aboukir, appears to corroborate Herodotus’ account exactly — right down to the materials and processes used to construct the vessel.Photo by Christoph Gerigk/Franck Goddio/Hilti FoundationAccording to The Guardian, archaeologists have excavated the colossal hull of a 28-meter-long boat that perfectly matches Herodotus’ description. The planks that formed the body of the ship were held together with “tenon-ribs”, long pieces of wood fastened together with pegs. This created a “brickwork” effect, with lines of internal ribs giving the boat its unusual appearance.Significantly, the boat also featured a new kind of steering mechanism. The rudder was fitted through two large holes in the stern, providing two different options for steering, depending on whether the boat was filled with cargo or not.Dr. Damian Robinson, director of the Center for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford, said that the find was completely unique. He went on to note that it settles a long-running debate among historians concerning how Herodotus’ description of the baris should be interpreted.In fact this remarkable find, which has been underwater for more than 2,000 years, corroborates Herodotus’ account perfectly. In fragment 2.96 of the Histories, he describes his visit to Egypt and his observation of shipbuilding techniques there.Photo by Christoph Gerigk/Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation“The boats in which they carry cargo are made of the acacia … Of this tree they cut logs of four feet long and lay them like courses of bricks, and build the boat by fastening these four-foot logs too long and close-set stakes; and having done so, they set crossbeams athwart and on the logs… There is one rudder, passing through a hole in the boat’s keel.”For many years, historians have argued over the interpretation of this passage, believing that Herodotus was mistaken in his observations, or that he had never actually visited Egypt and was simply relying on confused reports, as no other evidence for shipbuilding techniques of this kind have been found. However, The Guardian reports that the description so closely matches Ship 17, historians and archaeologists have been forced to reassess their interpretations.Fragment from Herodotus’ Histories, Book VIII on Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 2099, dated to early 2nd century ADAlexander Belov, author of a recent book on the find at Thonis-Heracleion, even suggests that Ship 17 may have been constructed at the same workshop that Herodotus visited. Although the excavated vessel is significantly larger than that described by the ancient Greek historian, it matches the detail of construction in every other way.Read another story from us: Henry VIII’s Famous Sunken Warship the ‘Mary Rose’ had African CrewIt’s no wonder that Ship 17 has historians and archaeologists of the ancient world so excited. In addition to validating Herodotus’ long disputed account, this find represents a significant leap forward in our understanding of river travel and trade along the Nile in the 5th century.last_img read more

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Why Neanderthals Were Constantly Hunched Over

first_imgFor most of us, when we hear the word Neanderthal it conjures an image of a stereotypical caveman body, clad in rough pelts who is brutish and bulky, hunched, and somehow less than fully human. According to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, much of what we think we know about them isn’t particularly accurate. Neanderthals occupied a swath of the world stretching from Britain, across Europe and the Middle East to Uzbekistan, and were probably the first hominids to settle in Eurasia.A detail from The Flint Workers of the River Vezere by paleoartist Charles R. Knight, 1920. The mural (displayed at the American Museum of Natural History) depicts a Neanderthal family at Le Moustier cave in southern France.The first fossils that were fully recognized as early human fossils were discovered in 1856, in the Neander Valley, in Germany, which is how the name Neanderthal came to be.Quarryman found the skull and about 15 other bones in a limestone cave in the valley, according facts.net. Thinking that the fossils belonged to a bear, the workers gave the remains to a local teacher, who, in turn, passed them on to some scientists who figured out what they were really looking at.Location of the Neandertal, Germany. Photo by CC BY-SA 3.0Those scientists found that skull was oval-shaped, with distinct brow ridges and a receding forehead. The other bones found with the skull were all thick and heavy, suggesting that the early hominids were shorter and stockier of frame than modern humans.The sloping heads and short, heavy bodies are a large part of where our mental picture comes from, but that picture was further shaped by the discoveries of a French palaeontologist named Marcellin Boule.In 1908, workers uncovered what was to be the first relatively complete Neanderthal skeleton at La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France. The remains were given to Boule for examination.Reconstruction of the La Chapelle-aux-Saints individual by Élisabeth Daynès (2010), Museo de la Evolución Humana, Burgos, Spain. Photo by  E. Daynes CC BY SA 4.0The skeleton was clearly that of an elderly male, and it soon came to be known as the Old Man of La Chapelle. The old man was obviously not the first skeletal find, but he was the most complete which had yet been uncovered, giving Boule the ability to gain new insights into what early humans were like.The Old Man came with his skull and jaw bones, ribs, a number of vertebra, and the bones for all his limbs. There were enough bones that Boule could actually create a reconstruction of how the Old Man would have stood and could determine what his gait was probably like.Skull discovered in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France. Photo by Luna04 CC BY 2.5He published the reconstruction in 1911, and it demonstrated that the Old Man would have had a hunched-over posture and was possibly not able to stand completely upright at all. Boule’s was the final piece of the picture scientists built of the short, brutish, and slouched-down figure of the Neanderthal.The only problem with that is that subsequent research has shown much of what we thought we knew about the early men is wrong. For one thing, Boule’s reconstruction was accurate enough, but the Old Man was, well, old.Scientists re-examined the remains in the 1950s and determined that its hunched-over posture was due to arthritis, not an inherent species trait. How Boule failed to notice the signs of the disease isn’t a hard question to answer. Most likely he saw what he expected to see, a posture that went with the idea of those small, brutish, and unintelligent Neanderthals.Neanderthal proximal toe phalanx discovered in Denisova cave. Photo by Thilo Parg CC BY SA 4.0In truth, there’s still an enormous amount we don’t know yet about those early men, even though the Neanderthal genome has been successfully sequenced. But there’s also a lot that we do know. Including how Neanderthal genes have shaped the way some people look. Take a look at this with the video below:One of the things that the evidence has pointed to is that the Neanderthal were much more intelligent than we give them credit for. Scientists are certain that they made and used fairly sophisticated tools, such as constructed spears. They controlled fire, and buried their dead. All of those things suggest significant intelligence.Neanderthal. Photo by By Tim Evanson CC BY SA 2.0They also had a very similar social structure to humans. They lived in multi-generational families and communities, and fossil evidence demonstrates that they collectively took care of the elderly and those who could not care for themselves, another sign of intelligence. There’s even evidence that their children went to “school” to learn important skills from adults.So what happened to them? Why did they disappear? The reason that Neanderthal died out remains something of a mystery. They are known to have existed at the same time as modern humans.Reconstruction of a Neanderthal. Photo by Stefan Scheer CC BY 2.5,For a long time, scientists supposed that the two types of people interbred to the point that the Neanderthal as a separate species simply faded out. More recently, that theory has been passed over and scientists now believe that the early man went extinct.Read another story from us: Neanderthal fell down sinkhole 150,000 years ago and fused with its wallsThere are several theories which range from dietary deficiencies to some sort of climate change event, or to genetic problems caused by inbreeding.Some also believe that humans killed them, but whether it was one of these causes, or a combination, or something altogether different, still needs to be determined.last_img read more

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ACTAs Sinorama advisory includes link to new claim form

first_img Friday, August 17, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: ACTA, Closures, Sinoramacenter_img ACTA’s Sinorama advisory includes link to new claim form Posted by TORONTO — ACTA has sent out an advisory to ACTA members in the wake of the Sinorama closures.The closures came after action from Quebec’s Office de la protection de la consommateur (OPC), Consumer Protection B.C. and the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO). In Ontario TICO issued a closure advisory for Markham-based Sinorama Holidays Inc. on Aug. 8 after the company voluntarily terminated its Ontario registration.Sinorama’s closure in Ontario could hit the province’s Comp Fund for more than $5 million, and travel compensation funds in B.C. and Quebec will take a hit as well.“Last week, Sinorama Vacation Inc. in Quebec, Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Markham, ON and Sinorama Travel in Richmond, B.C. ended operations,” says ACTA. “The following is a summary of where you can obtain information to assist your clients file a claim against the Compensation Funds within these regulated provinces.”In Quebec there is a new claim form that has not yet been updated on the PricewaterhouseCoopers website, says ACTA.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAlso, notes ACTA, the Compensation Funds in B.C. and Ontario don’t cover unpaid commissions to agents. In the meantime ACTA says it has contacted the OPC to inquire if unpaid commissions could be claimed by travel agents in Quebec and will advise members when it gets this info.QUEBECInformation on Sinorama by OPCThis website is for clients having booked with Vacances Sinorama Inc. or any other travel agency in Quebec (with a license from the Office) for a trip with SINORAMA VACATION INC. in Quebec.Claim form for travel agents: Click here for the English version.“Please note that the claim form has been modified and no longer requires the signature before a Commissioner for Oaths (see section ‘Claims’).Claim forms already printed and/or filed with the old format remain valid and it is not necessary to reprint/redo a claim, says ACTA.Forms with supporting documents must be sent by mail or email, exclusively to the following address:More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJMs. Martine MainvillePricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.1250 René-Lévesque Boulevard WestSuite 2500Montreal, QCH3B 4Y1administration.provisoire@ca.pwc.comONTARIOConsumers who purchased their travel services directly from Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Ontario and/or its website or through a registered Ontario travel agency should follow the instructions outlined by TICO.Information on Sinorama by TICOACTA also passes on TICO’s reminder: “There is no provision under Ontario Regulation 26/05 pursuant to the Travel Industry Act, 2002 for a consumer to claim on the Compensation Fund when they have purchased travel services from an out-of-province travel agency. TICO can only recommend that you contact your travel agency for further assistance.”BRITISH COLUMBIAConsumers who purchased their travel services directly from Sinorama Travel in Richmond, B.C. and/or its website or through a registered B.C. travel agency should follow the instructions outlined by Consumer Protection BC.Information on Sinorama by Consumer Protection BClast_img read more

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Costa Rica Ombudsmans Office files complaint against GM corn

first_imgCosta Rica’s Ombudsman’s Office on Wednesday filed a legal action challenging the constitutionality of permission granted to a Monsanto subsidiary to grow genetically modified corn in the country.In January, the subsidiary of multinational biotechnology company Monsanto received permission to grow GM corn in a decision that was highly criticized by environmental groups.The Ombudsman’s Office said in a press release that “growing GMOs has environmental, social, cultural and economic implications for human life.”The office also noted that Costa Rica’s legislation states that an environmental impact study is mandatory in this case to ensure that growing GM corn will not cause any damage to the environment and to public health.The complaint also urges the modification of several articles of the country’s Phytosanitary Law that allowed the entry of GMOs into Costa Rica.The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court will have to decide wheter the legal action proceeds or if it is dismissed. Facebook Comments Related posts:What you need to know about GMOs in Costa Rica Awaiting a court decision, anti-GMO activists gain symbolic ground Lawmakers begin discussions on bill that would place a moratorium on GMO crop production in Costa Rica Following court ruling, anti-GMO activists ask for map of transgenic farmslast_img read more

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Costa Rica recognizes sacrifice and dignity of freed journalist Lucía Pineda Ubáu

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica extends deadline to settle payment with Nicaragua for environmental damage Costa Rica has unfair advantage in maritime delimitation claim, says Nicaragua Costa Rica, Nicaragua to face off again at The Hague in new border dispute Nicaraguans gather in Costa Rica to celebrate release of political prisoners Read the original story in Spanish at La Prensa, first published on June 14, 2019.This story was translated into English and republished in The Tico Times as part of a partnership with La Prensa to help bring their coverage of the Nicaraguan crisis to an English-speaking audience. Facebook Comments The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Manuel Ventura Robles, acknowledged the work and sacrifice of journalist Lucía Pineda Ubáu, who spent 172 days illegally and unjustly imprisoned in Nicaragua’s La Esperanza Women’s Prison by orders of Daniel Ortega’s regime. Lucía Pineda Ubáu, who has dual-citizenship of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, met last week with diplomats from Costa Rica, who since her arrest on Dec. 21, 2018 at the offices of “100% Noticias” in Managua sought to protect due process and the journalist’s safety. Ventura recalled that on Feb. 11, 2019, he had welcomed to his office Lucía Ubáu, the journalist’s mother, and her uncle, Alejandro Ubáu, and promised to provide the necessary support.“The journalist, when she was arrested, had been dedicated to reporting on the events that led the Nicaraguans to demonstrate against mistreatment, persecution and violence,” Ventura said. “That’s when she herself was hit by the repressive wave of the regime of Nicaragua and taken prisoner.” More political prisoners remain to be freedVentura said there are others like Lucía Pineda Ubáu, who with “sacrifice and dignity remind us that sometimes the daily work of doing our jobs makes some uncomfortable.” Ventura also stressed Costa Rica’s commitment to journalism, freedoms and human rights in Nicaragua.Pineda was released on June 12, 2019, through an Amnesty Law approved on June 8 of this year, by Nicaragua’s National Assembly, which is dominated by Ortega allies. The released political prisoners have expressed that they did not need such a ruling, arguing they are innocent of the charges invented by a Prosecutor’s Office dominated by the regime.More than 400 political prisoners have been freed, but there are still 85 prisoners of the regime in prison.last_img read more

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Grey Nomads leave Aus for South East Asia

first_imgImage Source: whereilive Elderly Australians may follow the younger crowds to South East Asia, opting for a cheaper, non-traditional holiday, according to a recent survey by Roy Morgan Research.Known as ‘Grey Nomads’, these 50+ year-old travellers are set to take advantage of the discounted prices, warmer climate and adventurous landscape of Asian destinations.“Grey Nomads have been a critical sector for the Australian tourism industry, particularly in regional and rural areas,” said tourism pioneer Tony Charters.“With dwindling superannuation returns and pensions and improved longevity and wellbeing, the potential is there for older Australians to opt for Asian destinations where they can live like royalty for $20 to $30 a day.” The consumer survey by Roy Morgan revealed one in two Australians intend to take an overseas trip in the next 12 months.Mr Charters said Australia needs to prepare for a large amount of Australian’s holidaying overseas before the emerging markets of China and India have any serious effect on domestic tourism.Grey Nomads are poised to take advantage of the high Australian dollar and travel abroad.“We have seen petrol price hikes in the past curbing Grey Nomads travel, so it seems highly likely that more and more older Australians will seize the opportunity Asian destinations offer for warm climates and inexpensive living,” he said.“Many Australians in their 50’s and 60’s now are very comfortable and familiar with Asian destinations, so the Australian industry would be wise to factor in dwindling Nomad numbers in the future.” Tony Charters, together with the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), will co-convene the Tourism and Events Excellence (TEE) conference in Melbourne next week. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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What Is Affecting the Health of Housing

first_imgWhat Is Affecting the Health of Housing? Home Home Maintenance HOUSING Housing Authorization Remodeling 2019-01-16 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharecenter_img January 16, 2019 922 Views Single-family housing authorizations, maintenance, and remodeling volumes have decreased, according to the BuildFax Housing Health Report which found declines in all three categories for the second consecutive month in December.While single-family housing authorizations decreased by 3.76 percent year over year, maintenance volumes for existing homes declined 10.71 percent over the same period. The remodel volume of existing homes also dipped by 15.64 percent year over year, according to the report.However, in a nod to 2018’s high material and labor costs remodel spend, a consistently volatile subsection, increased 5.97 percent in December. These higher costs resulted from increased tariffs and the effects of recent natural disasters, the report indicated.The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publish a joint report on new residential construction every month. But the report has been delayed this month due to the government shutdown.If the current trend of declines across these three categories persists, the report noted that the probability of recession could double between 2019 and 2020, the report said.”The potential for an economic downturn has been highly discussed over the past few months as more signals of a recession come into alignment,” said Holly Tachovsky, CEO, BuildFax. “While this is only the second consecutive month of declining indicators, this shift is in stark contrast to the white-hot housing market that the U.S. has experienced since 2013.”According to the report, single-family housing authorizations are among the earliest and most predictive indicators of a recession and can provide a leading indicator of the health of the economy. Looking at historical data, the report found that U.S. housing authorization activity had one of the highest correlations with each economic downturn between 1961 and 2018.”Under current conditions, we anticipate single-family housing authorizations to be a must-watch indicator in 2019 and as we move into 2020. However, more than a few critical economic factors must align before a recession is imminent,” said Jonathan Kanarek, COO BuildFax.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

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TTF

first_imgTTF Yesterday’s passing of laws setting the backpacker tax at 15 per cent from 1 January 2017 has been welcomed by tourism bodies who have waged a long and vocal battle to advocate for a rate lower than the proposed 32.5 per cent.On the back of the Passenger Movement Charge compromise last week, TTF CEO Margy Osmond said the outcome yesterday reflects the industry’s strong lobbying, and the decision would allow the industry to get back to promoting Australia as a fantastic destination for a working holiday.“For the last 18 months, the industry has not been able to provide certainty to backpackers on what tax arrangements they would face if they decided to travel to Australia, now we can.“The backpacker tax saga is a powerful reminder that government decisions have a real world impact and we can avoid unnecessary damage to the visitor economy if industry and government work together from day one.”“There are a lot of lessons to be learnt out of this issue. Consultation and negotiation with industry early on is the key to delivering a policy outcome that supports the industry and allows the Government to achieve its goals,” Ms Osmond added.“The tourism industry has made it very clear that we will not sit back and be treated as a ‘cash cow’ by any Government or any political party. We have a voice and it is growing in strength in the new economy that will support Australia’s future.”last_img read more

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