TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. launches its new BlackBerry Leap smartphone in Canada on Thursday, a lower-priced device for consumers who want a touchscreen, but don’t want to pay the hefty price of an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy handset.It’s the first touchscreen phone from the Waterloo, Ont.-based company since it launched the Z30 more than a year and a half ago.Since then, BlackBerry has focused on releasing models with a keyboard, like the Passport and Classic, as they’ve proven to be more popular with the company’s business-centric customers.Features on the Leap include a 25-hour battery life and an eight-megapixel camera.The company says wireless carriers will offer BlackBerry Leap for free when users sign a two-year contract, or it can be purchased without a contract for $349.BlackBerry considers pulling out of Sweden and cutting 100 jobs in the processBlackBerry to buy WatchDox to bolster data securityHigher-end smartphones, including some alternative BlackBerry devices, tend to be priced in a range from $400 to $900 with a contract, depending on the model.BlackBerry Leap will be available from an array of wireless carriers in Canada, including Rogers, Telus and Bell, as well as Wind Mobile, Sasktel and BlackBerry’s own web store.BlackBerry also announced Thursday that T-Mobile, one of the big U.S. wireless carriers, will begin stocking its BlackBerry Classic model starting next week.
President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, speaking also in his capacity as Chairman of the African Union, said that the problem of unremitting conflicts in various regions of the world, and the ever-increasing difficult task of seeking solutions to them, seriously challenged the world body. Improvements were still necessary, however, to enable the UN to address the social and economic challenges that inevitably confronted countries emerging from conflict, as those issues underpinned the causes of the conflicts in the first place. He also appealed for the continued enhancement of the capacity of regional organizations to undertake crisis resolution initiatives in their respective regions. Mr. Obasanjo said that, while the UN was justifiably seized with the issue of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), the question of small arms and light weapons could no longer be ignored. The latter were killing people daily at a rate cumulatively amounting to “monumental destruction”. Nigeria and the AU welcomed the start of negotiations for an internationally legally binding instrument to enable States to identify and trace illicit small arms and light weapons globally. Of particular interest to Africa was the enormous potential that such an instrument could have on peace and security in his region. French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said that, more than ever, the UN remained the one irreplaceable, legitimate framework for collective action against the challenges confronting the world. On all fronts, the UN was acting, acting for conflict resolution and prevention, for refugee assistance and for counterterrorism. Yet, at the same time that it waged a merciless fight against terrorism, the international community must also redress that scourge’s roots; it must give the world’s excluded people hope, restore their dignity and establish dialogue and cooperation among civilizations, cultures and religions. Botswana’s President, Festus Mogae, noted that the resources provided to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic remained inadequate, even though the international community agreed that the disease was one of the greatest challenges of our time. He urged that combating that scourge “must remain high on our priorities for action because the epidemic had a debilitating impact on everything that we do to improve the human condition.” Mr. Mogae also argued that the problems of Africa were global problems. “We cannot isolate ourselves nor be isolated from the rest of the world and be expected to single-handedly find solutions to (African) conflicts. We need consistent and continued international support,” he stressed. The international community must take urgent measures to arrest the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the Darfur region of the Sudan, while the Government of the Sudan should be receptive to the proposals contained in the Secretary-General’s report and also take due cognizance of the Security Council’s recent resolution, particularly with regard to the speedy delivery by the international community of much needed humanitarian assistance. The Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland, Albert Shabangu, said Africa had placed its trust in NEPAD to be a vehicle for the shift away from underdevelopment and conflict of the past by addressing the fundamental root causes of the continent’s problems. The continent’s united effort was also addressing the conflicts that continue to threaten peace, stability and security on the African continent. “We realize that, without these elements, our development goals will continue to elude us, especially because, apart from resources that are wasted on arms, our people can only be productive and be able to trade amongst themselves and with the rest of the world under conditions of peace, security and stability,” he said. Silvan Shalom, Foreign Minister of Israel, called on the UN to refocus its priorities, saying the Assembly should “end its obsession with Israel” and ensure that the Organization’s resources were allocated more equally and effectively. The UN also needed to provide solutions to the challenges of hunger and poverty, disease and weapons proliferation, among others. He called on the Assembly to address the involvement of Iran and Syria in terrorism, and Syria’s continued occupation of Lebanon. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said that against the backdrop of the current international situation, the question arose whether the United Nations was still suited to its mandate and whether its work enjoyed the international acceptance it needed. There was no alternative to a world acting multilaterally, and to make multilateral cooperation sustainable, a courageous and comprehensive reform of the UN was needed. Among the questions that needed to be addressed were the issues of more effective prevention and peacebuilding; peacekeeping reform; the understanding of the right of self-defence; and the definition of terrorism. Tassos Papadopoulos, President of Cyprus, noted that this was the last General Assembly session before the review of the MDGs, and there must, therefore, be an evaluation of the ambitious targets set to determine a hierarchy of priorities, identify and pursue specific targets and objectives and assess progress. More specifically, making development an issue of global concern would measure the ability of the UN to induce significant changes and advances where they were most needed. He said Cyprus attached particular importance to the revitalization of the Assembly and reform of the Security Council, especially the latter, whose structure should reflect contemporary political realities and a more balanced geographical representation. Consolidating effective multilateralism in a flexible and versatile UN was the best way to address the complete spectrum of global crises and ensure that preventive mechanisms were in place to avert each one. “Such consolidation also applies to security deficits and particularly terrorism, the underlying causes of which, we have been unable to eliminate despite our concerted efforts,” he stressed. The primacy of the United Nations in dealing with global issues – whether economic and social development or international peace and security – continued to be the key theme as the General Assembly moved into the third day of its annual high-level debate. In an address to the Assembly’s morning session, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal said there was much work to be done in combating poverty, particularly in the least developed countries. In spite of relative improvement in Africa since 1995, it would not be possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), given the progress to date. Africa was compromised by subsidies – which also increased unemployment – and marginalized in world trade. African debt was a thorny issue, and his nation would hold a summit next year on how to end the debt of Africa. He stressed that it was the will of the continent to fight against unemployment, which was a major focus for Senegal in the development area. Mr. Wade also said he was pleased to see the progress made so far to finance the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiative, although it was insufficient. He proposed a conference to close the agricultural divide. He also proposed digital solidarity among peoples, and the establishment of a digital fund to overcome the digital divide. Giving Africa the means to progress in information technology would help the continent resolve the digital divide issue. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, said that virtually every major issue faced by States today had both a domestic as well as a transnational dimension. “It is becoming increasingly apparent that unless we fashion a global response based on consensus to these challenges, we [will] not succeed in creating a world that manifests the ideals of the United Nations,” he said. The UN and its agencies, he said, were the only instruments available for responding effectively to challenges facing the world. What was missing, however, was sustained commitment to democratize the functioning of the Organization. “It is common knowledge that the UN is often unable to exert an effective influence on global economic and political issues of critical importance,” he said, due to its “democracy deficit,” which prevented effective multilateralism. Reforms and restructuring of the Organization could provide a crucial link in an expanding chain of efforts to refashion international structures, imbuing them with a greater degree of participatory decision-making, representative of contemporary realities. Foreign Minister Franco Frattini of Italy highlighted the need to strengthen the multilateral system and reinvigorate the role of the UN as one of the main international priorities. Effective multilateralism depended much more on political will and shared goals than on structures and procedures. The entire international community must be involved, starting with the States that commanded greater resources and capabilities. Multilateral decisions could be difficult, but that was no excuse for inaction. The starting point for the reform of the Organization was a review of its policies. Greece’s Foreign Minister, Petros Molyviatis, noted that, from the tragedy of 11 September 2001 to the Madrid bombings to the unspeakable brutality witnessed in Beslan, a dark parade of blind violence had caused immense human suffering and increased the international community’s responsibility, and its will, to fight terrorism. Furthermore, the world faced additional challenges in the guise of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human trafficking, organized crime, failing States, environmental catastrophe, social- and economic crises, pandemics, large-scale humanitarian disaster, hunger and poverty, which must be faced with solidarity, regardless of geography, culture or religion. Foreign Minister Morshed Khan of Bangladesh said the MDGs provided the best hope for the world’s poor. The success of those Goals would, however, largely depend on the existence of an enabling international economic environment, particularly in the areas of trade, finance, ODA and technology transfer. Extreme poverty was a gross denial of human rights, and the rise in senseless terrorism was a warning that failure in development was not an option, and that poverty could breed extremism. To effectively rid the world of the tragic consequences of poverty, its root causes needed to be addressed.
The move comes as the growing diversification and globalization of the industry presents new challenges that must be addressed even though there has been substantial progress in improving the safety of nuclear power plants worldwide, according to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Agency said the recommendations made last month in Beijing by delegates from 37 countries to the IAEA Conference on Topical Issues in Nuclear Safety outline steps it can take to develop future international cooperation and programmes. These measures include better analysis of what happens as a result of low-level occurrences in order to prevent worse incidents, encouraging more transparency in nuclear safety issues, and creating international management approaches to the long-term operation of nuclear power facilities. “We must seek out ways to share lessons learned in as deep and wide a manner as possible,” Tomihiro Taniguchi, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Safety and Security told the closing session of the conference, held from 18 to 22 October. “Self sustaining networks within and between Member States based on strategic knowledge management are key to achieving this objective.”
He said he had given the report of the verification mission to the President of the Security Council. “They do have positive reports. The report is short and to the point and, indeed, lots of progress has been made. I think the UN should be proud about it,” he told reporters following the Council’s monthly luncheon.In 2000 the UN worked with Lebanon and Israel, he recalled. Israeli troops withdrew then, he said, “and today it is the Syrian troops which have been withdrawn. And so, in principle, Lebanon should be free of all foreign forces today.”On the question of a small area of Lebanon or Syria called Dar el Achaer, he said, “We have verified all the withdrawals, including the border area. But as I said, there was a question of who has that territory.”The border has not been fully demarcated and there are conflicting claims as to whether that territory is in Lebanon or Syria, Mr. Annan said.The Syrian withdrawal was mandated by Security Council resolution 1559.The team was composed of Brigadier General Elhadji Mouhamadou Kandji of Senegal, the Deputy Military Adviser in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Colonel Ian Sinclair of the United Kingdom, Chief of Staff of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, and Commander Kari Olavi Makinen of Finland, from the DPKO Missions Operations Service.
A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani men’s Fall-Winter 2014 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Colleen Barry And Jennifer Clark, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2014 1:46 pm MDT Gucci, Fendi, Etro and Emporio trumpet fine Italian tailoring and homegrown artisanal quality MILAN – Italian fashion trumpeted its roots during the third day of Milan Fashion Week on Monday.Milan designers emphasized what they do best, showing off tailored silhouettes, highlighting advanced textiles that elevate the looks and putting the spotlight on the artisanal work behind their exclusive wears.Etro, the Milan-based fashion house famed for its paisley prints, went one step further, parading out the men and women who create their garments at a factory in the southern region of Apulia to the strains of local folk music.The focus on Made in Italy provides an antidote to recent moves by foreign conglomerates to snatch up some of Italy’s prized family-run companies, many in the throes of generational change and seeking to secure their futures.___GUCCIGucci’s mod mariner cuts a boxy figure in loose-fitting short jackets and generous sweatshirts paired with slim trousers and solidly soled shoes. The peacoat that anchors the collection sports a rich, knotty texture achieved by working a traditional Tuscan fabric with neoprene.Creative director Frida Giannini’s palate of dusty pastels creates a mood of a just-calmed storm and lends smoky contrast to the perfect black that permeates the collection.Ready to set sail, the Gucci mariner tucks an oversized duffel or folded shopper with bamboo handles under his arm, dons his seafarer’s cap, in cloth or leather with a smart leather braid around the crown, and sets off, without squinting, into the sunrise behind his round Gucci sunglass frames.___FENDIFur and fancy were the stars of Fendi’s looks for next season.Silvia Venturini Fendi clad the runway in swirls of sumptuous grey fur, a tell-tale sign of both the luxury and the fantasy employed in the very tactile collection. Fendi’s heritage is in fur, and Venturini Fendi knows how to treat it both with gravity it deserves while unmasking its hidden humour.Fur panels added richness to cable-knit sweaters, while generous swaths are draped, almost like external vests or ample shawls, on overcoats. Shaggy fur covers what appears to be an adapted golf cap, complete with pom-pom.Again, pants were slim-fitting, ending neatly at ankle-high boots or tie-ups with massive silver soles, all the better for grabbing the icy pavement.Tufts of fur were added to the famous Peekaboo bag, enlarged for men, with the graphic suggestion of feline eyes peeking out when left agape. A bangle of fish bones hanging on the side suggest the passenger cat has just been fed.___EMPORIO ARMANIItaly’s fashion titan Giorgio Armani’s Emporio Armani menswear collection for next fall and winter stood out for its use of soft fabrics so lustrous they almost seemed lit from within.From first to last, the collection was a masterful compendium of modern good taste. Armani made his name with the artfully deconstructed men’s jacket, and the narrow silhouette at Emporio looked fresh. Slim pants ended at the ankle over chunky oxfords. Jackets were tight, with three or four buttons, and had small, high collars.The somewhat prim vibe of the jackets was counteracted by the quiet but deep luxury of fabrics. Fur was everywhere, either peeking out of hoods in flashes, or sleekly fashioned into soft overcoats and jackets. There also were sweaters with fake fur inserts, while wool was worked to look like astrakhan.____ETROEtro put its Made in Italy ethos in evidence by sending its tailors and seamstresses down the runway alongside models wearing their handiwork.So a pattern-cutter named Flavio Cardilla marched down the catwalk to lively Italian folk music alongside a model wearing a closely fitted hound’s-tooth suit, one of the many artisans joining in the parade.“This show is dedicated to our tailors,” said Kean Etro, who designs the menswear collection. “After all, we’re together day in, day out.”The fashion house that has made paisley a way of life devised this collection out of a jangle of contrasting checks and plaids. The silhouette was slim and tight, layered with waistcoats and topped with a wildly printed paisley wool scarf for a look that is pure 21st-century dandy. Briefcases and suitcases in matching patterns completed the look.____ANTONIO MARRASAntonio Marras drew from Italy’s expertise in textiles and tailoring, and his own roots as the son of a fabric merchant growing up in provincial Sardinia for his latest collection.It featured tailored looks for the office, like a patch-pocket blazer done in a deep blue and grey plaid. The menswear story for next winter seems to be about a skinny silhouette with pants skimming the ankles.Marras used plenty of interesting fabrics, including felted gabardine, polka dot corduroy, and jacquard jerseys usually reserved for neckties.In homage to Italy’s sartorial tradition, Marras set the stage with rows of tailors hunched over their sewing machines, from young boys to old men.“It’s a concert to the sound of the sewing machine,” he said. “My father had a fabric shop.”
Analysis of temperature records which have been extended back to the 19th century also reveals that none of the 10 coldest years have occurred since 1963, giving more indication that the climate is warming.In the Met Office’s latest annual state of the climate report, the temperature series for the UK has been extended back by 26 years from 1910, as the data was added as part of ongoing work to digitise historic weather records.Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s national climate information centre, said: “Looking back further into the UK’s weather reveals a very interesting timeline, with the top 10 warmest years at the most recent end, since 2002.“Extending the record back by 26 years from 1910 to 1884 didn’t bring in any new warm years, but it did bring in a number of new cold years, including several that are now within the top 10 coldest years.” A flooded home in Fremington, North YorkshireCredit:Richard Rayner/NNP “Although water levels are slowly easing some bridges are out and lots of debris on the roads.”The Brymor Ice Cream parlour, near Masham, was caught in a freak hail storm which left some customers with minor injuries.The attraction posted on Facebook: “Earlier today along with other areas of the region the farm here at Brymor was severely affected by the storms and flash floods.”Our parlour suffered damage to the roof, power failures and some visitors suffered minor injuries.”Our team of staff acted as quickly and professionally as possible to ensure all our visitors were made safe.”We hope everyone made it home safely and we are sorry the extreme weather caused distress to visitors in the local area today.”Landslip causes train chaosTrain passengers faced disruption after a landslip between Carlisle and Skipton.Northern Rail said trains had been suspended between Ribblehead and Kirkby Stephen. Bridges have collapsed and roads have been washed away in Yorkshire amid extreme wet weather as the Met Office warned communities in the north to expect more of the same. Yorkshire Dales residents have been hit by flash flooding and hail storms as forecasters warned that parts of Britain could face more “persistent and heavy” rain through to midnight on Wednesday.The Met Office has said storms could dump up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain in two hours in places on Wednesday.Reports of flash floods washing away roads and inundating houses came in from across North Yorkshire on Tuesday night and early on Wednesday morning.North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 115 calls to flooding incidents in Leyburn and Reeth on Tuesday evening.A spokesman said: “We had several appliances as well as our swift water rescue teams and high volume pumping appliance within the area attending various incidents involving flooded properties and cars stuck in flood water.”Pictures and videos on social media showed widespread flooding across the Swaledale area in the Yorkshire Dales.Roads resembled rivers, with many cars stranded, and fields were under water.Pictures on the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page showed a bridge that had collapsed on the road between Grinton and Leyburn. Holme Farm, Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire, where animals were swept away by flood waterCredit:David Forster/Alamy ⚠️DISRUPTION⚠️Flooding from the heavy rain has lead to a Landslip in Dent. Trains between Carlisle and Leeds are affected. If you are planning to travel today please check @nationalrailenq.We are very sorry about this. We will keep you updated. @northernassist pic.twitter.com/zofv12rCfv— The GNRP (@TheGNRP) July 31, 2019 Almost month’s worth of rail falls in four hoursMalham Tarn, in the Yorkshire Dales, had 3.2in (82.2mm) of rain in 24 hours, the majority in the space of four hours. The monthly average in the area for this time of year is 3.5in (89mm). A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for parts of central and northern England, while a similar alert for thunderstorms is in place in Scotland.There are 10 flood warnings in place across the UK – from North Yorkshire, Lancashire and the West Midlands – with the Environment Agency saying local flooding was possible due to the thunderstorms and outbreaks of heavy rain. The Met Office said: “Rain will be persistent and heavy in places across parts of central, northern and eastern England and north-east Wales at first on Wednesday.”During the day rain may turn more showery in places but with a higher chance of thunderstorms by afternoon.”Some parts of northern England could see as much as 40mm-60mm (1.6in-2.4in) of rain through Wednesday, while thunderstorms could produce as much as 30mm-40mm (1.2in-1.6in) in 1-2 hours.”The unsettled weather is a continuation from Tuesday, when hailstones the size of sweets fell in some areas and others having a month’s worth of rain in four hours.UK flooding, in pictures The records now show 1892 as the coldest year, with the average temperature of just over 44F (7C), while the warmest year was 2014, with an average temperature approaching 50F (10C), he said.The top 10 hottest years are (in order): 2014; 2006; 2011; 2007; 2017; 2003; 2018; 2004; 2002; and 2005. Another landslip between near Beeston Castle has also caused disruption in the Manchester area. Flooding in Leyburn The annual report shows that 2018 joined the top 10 warmest years at number seven, despite the severe ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap early in the year which saw the most significant snowfall since 2010. ⚠️DISRUPTION⚠️There has been a landslip overnight near Beeston Castle.Trains between Crewe and Chester are cancelled until engineers repair the issue. If you are planning to travel today please check @nationalrailenq.We are very sorry for this and will keep you updated. pic.twitter.com/gjrBcKrJHB— ManchesterPiccadilly (@NetworkRailMAN) July 31, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Collapse of bridge in the Swaledale area of North YorkshireCredit:Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team/PA A bridge on Grinton Moor has been destroyed by water leaving the route between Wensleydale and Swaledale impassable A woman walks through flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in YorkshireCredit:Danny Lawson/PA In a post on Tuesday evening, the team said: “Please note heavy flooding on all roads in the Swaledale area only travel if essential as many routes impassable. Leyburn fire station flooded The coldest years in the record are: 1892; 1888; 1885; 1963; 1919; 1886; 1917; 1909; 1887; and 1962. Hottest 10 years in Britain since records began all since 2002The hottest 10 years in Britain since records began in 1884 have all occurred since 2002, the Met Office confirmed on Wednesday, Science Editor Sarah Knapton writes. A Smart car struggles through the waterCredit:Kevin Donald
Water scarcity and its careful management are a focus of the July issue of the magazine. A number of high profile desalination plants have been built by mines, for example in Chile. One of the main deterrents to this option is the high power cost involved. This may be overcome using a low-temperature distillation method of desalination developed by the New Mexico State University (NMSU) in the USA.Earlier this year this was licensed to Sterling Water LLC of Qatar. The system uses the natural effects of gravity and atmospheric pressure to create a vacuum in which water can evaporate and condense at lower temperatures than normal for distillation. Its energy requirements are so low that it can be powered by solar energy.A successful proof-of-concept model was developed last year and the NMSU-led project transferred the science and prototype model from lab bench to a market capable product. Sterling Water intends to bring the commercial model into full manufacturing in the coming year.The first unit built by the College of Engineering at NMSU produced over 750 litres/d – enough pure water for about 15 people. It is powered by a solar panel. Two 10 m vertical tubes, rising respectively from a tank of saline water and a tank of pure water, are connected by a horizontal tube. The barometric pressure of the water columns creates a vacuum in the headspace.At ambient temperatures, evaporation from the pure-water side will travel to the saline side and condense as the system seeks equilibrium. Raising the temperature of the water in the headspace over the saline column slightly more than that of the freshwater column causes the flow to go in the other direction, so that pure, distilled water collects on one side and the brine concentrate is left behind in a separate container.The origins of the technology can be traced to a process, first developed by researchers in Florida, that makes distillation of saline water possible at the relatively low temperatures of 45-50ºC rather than the 60-100ºC required by most distillation processes. Two problems to be addressed in the commercial version are the height of the water columns and brine disposal.Cheap power is important for so many aspects of today’s mining operations, helping them remain sustainable. Isis Innovation, a company that endeavours to commercialise some of the achievements of Oxford University, England, has a new approach for local generation of hydrogen as a fuel that operates cleanly, at low temperatures, for long periods and at high yield.Isis notes “there is a great deal of work ongoing on hydrogen storage materials (i.e. those that absorb hydrogen and release it on heating). The key difference of the Oxford approach is to use the earth’s vast resources of silica, with water as the hydrogen storage medium. The initial step involves the green conversion of silica (sand) to silicon nanopowder, which can then release hydrogen on demand, upon the addition of water. Silica, which is regenerated as a by-product, can either be safely disposed or recycled. This technology could be used as an emergency hydrogen source in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, as well as in lower power fuel cell applications such as communication devices.“The Oxford technology offers a number of benefits:■ An innovative approach for local hydrogen supply■ Low grade silicon can be used as a feedstock■ Hydrogen generated at low temperatures (70-90°C)■ High yield of hydrogen (36-58%)■ Uses non-corrosive and easily disposed-of chemicals.”
Arctique : le réchauffement climatique augmenterait le taux mercure des animauxDu mercure mesuré dans les tissus de certains animaux de l’Arctique révèle des taux anormalement élevés. Le programme de surveillance et d’évaluation de l’Arctique rapporte que l’origine de cette substance pourrait être liée au réchauffement climatique. Les taux de mercure mesurés chez certains animaux au Canada et à l’ouest du Groenland présentent une nette augmentation. Pour en arriver à de telles observations, les chercheurs du Programme de surveillance et d’évaluation de l’Arctique (AMAP) dépendant du Conseil de l’Arctique ont effectué des prélèvement sur des espèces comme l’ours polaire, les phoques ou les bélugas.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeLes résultats mis en avant s’avèrent surprenants au regard du bilan mondial des émissions de mercure d’origine humaine, globalement stable. Selon les auteurs : “Les augmentations récentes des niveaux de mercure dans certaines espèces de l’Arctique pourraient être le premier signe que le changement climatique modifie l’accumulation de ce métal potentiellement toxique”.Une hypothèse qu’ils justifient en détaillant minutieusement le cycle du mercure. A l’origine, la substance produite par l’activité humaine, notamment par la combustion du charbon, se retrouve dans la région Arctique où elle se dépose sur la glace ou dans la mer. Avec le réchauffement climatique, le dégel du sous sol entraîne une importante libération de mercure. En outre, lors de saisons plus chaudes et plus longues, ce mercure se transforme plus facilement en sa forme toxique : le méthyle-mercure.Cette substance rémanente a la propriété de s’accumuler dans les organismes vivants et d’entraîner une toxicité de plus en plus grande chez les espèces en bout de chaîne alimentaire, comme les mammifères ou les oiseaux. A dose importante, le méthyle-mercure représente un danger considérable auquel certaines populations de la région sont particulièrement exposées en raison de leur régime alimentaire à base de poissons et de mammifères marins.Le 5 mai 2011 à 19:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told his players to expect a similar physical battle to Burnley when they face Brighton on Wednesday.The Gunners defeated Burnley 3-1 on Saturday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored a brace, claiming he had never played in a game that was so physical.There were a number of incidents involving physical challenges and Clarets manager Sean Dyche afterwards accused Arsenal players of diving.The win was enough to take Arsenal level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and Emery expects Brighton to offer a similar challenge to his players.“Brighton is the same, a very tough match physically, very organised and, like with Burnley, a very good coach who is working very well.” Emery said, according to BTSport.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It is a challenge and I respect those teams a lot because they also have good players. They decide to do a line-up with physical players with a lot of crosses for the strikers for heading in our box.”“We need to defend very far in our box to defend better against that.”The challenge for Unai Emery’s men, who lost to Brighton last season, is made more difficult due to a defensive injury crisis, with Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal all out with injuries.
Today, we’re going to announce the 2009 FOLIO: 40—our prestigious annual list of industry innovators and influencers—online. (The April issue, which is mostly devoted to the list, will hit mailboxes in a few days.)Rather than just toss the profiles up on the Web and point users to a landing page or RSS feed, we’re going to try something different this year. Beginning at 9:00AM EST, we’ll be announcing the list, all 40, one by one, on the FOLIO: Twitter feed (@foliomag). If you have a Twitter account, click here to add FOLIO:.If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still follow along here …
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, October 20, 2018:4 to 5 youths appeared to be playing hide & seek outside of Market Basket on Main Street. 2 of the youths were given rides home. The father of one of the youths picked up the other kids and his son. (2:44am)3 horses from 342 Chestnut Street were loose and running in the area. Horses were eventually returned to property. (12:15pm)A hit and run occurred in the Bank of America parking lot, with a vehicle receiving damage to its door. (1:16pm)Edin Isael Mejiahernadez (31, Lowell) was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Lights Violation. (6:34pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 22: You Got In Trouble With The Law; 3-Car Crash On Middlesex Ave.In “Police Log”
Benjamin Olmedo a physicians’ assistant and MSHF board member, has been selected as 2014 REAL Award winner.Audio Playerhttp://www.alaskapublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/18mat-su-awards.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Olmedo is one of 26 awardees in 13 countries for the REAL award, which was created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition. The REAL award recognizes the contributions of healthcare workers who save lives every day. Olmedo works with the Chickaloon Village Health Clinic and with Southcentral Foundations’s Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla. Olmedo was nominated by the Chickaloon Traditional Village Council. “It’s a great honor to be basically be nominated by the community to recognize the efforts we try to do to keep everybody healthy.”Olmedo says the award is based on his work with the clinics in Wasilla and Chickaloon. He says that he sees a range of illnesses during his work, but his primary focus is to prevent disease.“More, it’s the prevention of illnesses, being able to improve vaccination rates, to prevent diseases, and kids from getting sick. And I think that one of the great opportunities that I have, being in a smaller community, is being able to integrate myself in the community, really getting to know people. Not just in the clinic, where maybe they’ll come in from crisis to crisis, but outside the clinic and be able to see them when they are well, and keeping them well. And, I think honestly, the award is more of a recognition of that, is being able to prevent people from un-necessisarliy having to go to the hospital, or having to go into town, you know, keeping them healthy in their communities. “ He says part of his role is public outreach. “And here we not only work with tribal members, we work with non-tribal members. We see everybody in the community, regardless of ability to pay. If people don’t have insurance and can’t pay, we have a sliding fee scale. So really, we serve a safety net role as well.”Olmedo has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says his military service helped to point him toward his current career. “We were on patrol and our medic actually got stung by a scorpion. And we were all kind of obviously concerned and we picked up our tactical communications on satellite, and the person I talked to on the other end, was a PA, our battalion PA. And that right there that night solidified it for me. For me, that’s definitely want I want to do.”He received his physician’s assistant credentials, which allows him to provide primary care in collaboration with a physician. He says his aim has always been to work with underserved populations. “You either love, or you don’t necessarily love rural medicine. And, I absolutely love and kind of thrive on it. That’s one of the great things, that you never know kind of what your day’s going to bring. Some days we come in and there’s not a whole lot going on, maybe not a lot of people on the schedule. But you never know who’s going to walk through the door, what people are going to need. “ And, former Mat Su Regional Medical Center and Mat Su Health Foundation Board member Craig Thorn has been honored with the Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community. Craig Thorn says “The award also brings recognition to those who serve in the health industry in a volunteer capacity. We all know people who work at the hospital, or in the doctor’s office, or nurses, and they are all very important. But I think there’s a lot of people behind the scenes who work in the industry and do it in a back room, quiet yet important sort of way and the Bert Hall Award recognizes those folks for the hard work that they put in. “ The award is presented annually by the MSHF to someone who exemplifies commitment to improving the health of people in the Mat Su Borough. Thorn has been a president of the Palmer Chamber of Commerce and the Palmer Rotary Club and a board member of United Way of Mat Su. He has a simple philosophy of community service “I think that we are called, as we are put in positions of influence, that we are called to help other people. And so, I think that we have a responsibility to give back to our community. And I think, especially in the Mat Su that it is particularly hard for a lot of people to be really involved, because almost half of our population commutes one way or another either in Anchorage or to the North Slope, or elsewhere, and when you are doing that, sometimes that interferes with being involved in the community. “Thorn has since stepped down from both board positions to pursue personal interests.“I had been pretty active and involved in the hospital and the foundation one way or another for the last eight or nine or ten years, and it’s time in my life for me to pursue other things do other things, particularly for my church, and the time came and it was a good run, and I was pleased to be of service.” Thorn is a life long Alaskan, born in Seward. He lives in Palmer and works for First National Bank.
Mr Zhou Tao, General Manager of Luneng Group Hotel Management Company (middle left) and Mr. Wayne Li, Vice President Development & Executive Director of AccorHotels Greater China (middle right).AccorHotels, a leading international hotel operator, is further strengthening its presence in northern China with the announcement of the signing of three hotels in Beijing with Luneng Group.The three projects, two of them new build hotels, are expected to add a total of 525 rooms to AccorHotels’ network in Greater China when they open in 2017 and 2018.The three hotels include the 300-room Pullman Beijing Luneng, a 150-room MGallery Beijing Luneng both of which are set to open in Q4 of 2018 and the 75-room Mercure Beijing Luneng, a renovated project slated to open in Q4 of 2017.“We are very excited to collaborate with Luneng Group, one of the leading real estate developers in China, for a batch of three projects in the metropolitan city of Beijing,” said Paul Richardson, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Greater China.“This unprecedented, strategic partnership in the city involves three distinctive brands that will enable us to better cater to our guests’ needs while further strengthens our presence in the luxury and upscale segment which continues to be one of the key growth engines for AccorHotels’ expansion in China.”Located in northeast Beijing’s cosmopolitan Shunyi district, Pullman Beijing Luneng forms part of a mixed-use project that blends a combination of residential, retail and office development.The newest member to join the upscale Pullman family, the hotel is a short walking distance to the Golf Country Club and Olympic Water Park and is just five minutes’ drive away from the Qiaobo Ski Stadium, making it a perfect option for leisure travelers.MGallery Beijing Luneng, meanwhile, is located in the exclusive district of Grasse Town, an upscale villa development in Tongzhou. Nestled in high-end villas and an old canal with several golf and saddle clubs in close proximity, the hotel is a 15 minute drive to the Beijing International Airport, Tongzhou New Town, Beijing New National Exhibition Center and the Oriental Universal Studio.Also located in Shunyi district is the Mercure Beijing Luneng, a stunning renovation project adjoining to a shopping mall and the International School of Beijing. The hotel features two restaurants, a lobby lounge as well as several meetings and events spaces for corporate functions and meetings.The addition of these three hotels highlights AccorHotels’ solid growth pace in Beijing where its portfolio currently stands at 14 hotels across 6 brands. Notably, the signing of Pullman Beijing Luneng and MGallery Beijing Luneng, in particular, serves as the latest testament to the company’s commitment to bringing the most authentic and highest-standard French hospitality to travelers visiting the China capital.A wholly-owned subsidiary of the State Grid Corp of China, Luneng Group is among the country’s Top 100 real estate companies tapping both residential and commercial property development. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotels
Applications for mortgage loans fell for the second straight month in July, kicking off the third quarter with their second biggest monthly drop so far this year.According to data reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and compiled by Capital Economics, mortgage application volumes slipped an additional 3.4 percent in July following June’s 0.1 percent decline.So far, applications have fallen on a monthly basis in four of the year’s seven months.Declines were nearly even in both purchase loan volumes, which fell 3.6 percent, and refinances, which were down 3.3 percent.Matthew Pointon, property economist at Capital Economics, said the drop in refinancing is the easier movement to explain, with mortgage rates stopping their slow descent over the year and flattening at 4.32 percent, the same as in June.”That will have made refinancing a less attractive proposition, particularly after the 2012 refinancing boom has left many homeowners on very low rates,” Pointon said.The fall in purchase applications, meanwhile, came as “more of a puzzle” to the firm. While the apparent end of the downward trend in mortgage rates may have given some potential buyers pause, Pointon notes that rates still remain historically slow, and mortgage affordability still looks very favorable, even as home prices rise.Adding to that, growth in the labor market and the larger economy has regained some of the ground it lost in the first quarter, driving down troubled loans and negative equity rates.On the credit side, “It is possible that very tight lending criteria are preventing a broader based recovery in the mortgage market,” Pointon acknowledges, “but the MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index showed conditions had eased slightly in July.”Given the current state of mortgage lending and the economy, “there seems little reason why applications for house purchase cannot start to stage a recovery over the second half of the year,” he concludes.In its latest index tracking volumes for the week ending August 1, MBA reported a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent jump in mortgage applications, even as mortgage rates climbed to an average 4.35 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate loan.All of the recent increase came from refinance activity, which rose 4 percent week-over-week. Meanwhile, purchase applications fell an adjusted 1 percent, the association reported. Capital Economics Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates 2014-08-06 Tory Barringer Mortgage Apps Down for Second Straight Month in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Share August 6, 2014 559 Views
April 18, 2002 California musiciansPaul Sprawl and Jaia Suri stopped by the Arcosanti Amphitheater for oneof the intersecting dates on their eight-month parallel U.S. tours.Arcosanti Community Council sponsors many impromptu concerts like thisoutside of the CollySoleri Music Center programs throughout the year. [Photo: RL &text: Ira Murfin] Jaia playedbeautiful songs and even graced us with a little poetry as she strummedher guitar and got wonderful and surprising new sounds out of thebanjo. For her CDs,info and tour schedule. [Photo: RL & text: IM] Paul gave us bluesy,haunting tunes that really showed off the versatility of the guitar, asa percussion instrument among other things. He improvised a song oftribute to the heater which kept his fingers nimble on the drizzly andchilly spring evening. For his CDs, info andschedule [Photo: RL & text: IM] A bluegrass/reggaeconcert was hosted at Arcosanti on Saturday. The High Grass Pickersplayed until sunset. [Photo & text: RL] Kindred, a reggaeband from Tempe, provided a mellow mood in the vaults. This was theirthird show here at Arcosanti. Check for more information aboutArcosanti Events. [Photo & text: RL]
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