Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne suing Opposition leader for defamation

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne sued the Opposition leader for defamation Monday, less than six months away from the June provincial election.The legal action stems from comments Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown made in September, a day before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges.Brown told reporters he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.”The premier was not on trial and had waived parliamentary privilege in order to testify as a witness.The Tory leader refused to apologize for the statements both after an initial letter from Wynne’s lawyer and following a libel notice in October, saying he would “ignore her baseless legal threat.” His lawyer has said the statements were not defamatory.Wynne’s legal team filed a statement of claim in court Monday that seeks $100,000 in general, aggravated, exemplary and punitive damages. Brown’s statements harmed Wynne’s reputation, they wrote.“The deliberate, malicious conduct of the defendant in publishing the defamatory statements is part of an ongoing campaign engineered by the defendant and others to harm the plaintiff’s reputation,” Wynne’s lawyers wrote.“The defendant’s egregious misconduct in publishing statements that he knew to be false, his ongoing refusal to retract these false statements, and his high-handed and oppressive conduct in stating to media and directly to the world at large that the plaintiff’s complaints were baseless and would be ignored, all justify an award of aggravated, exemplary and punitive damages against the defendant.”Wynne’s spokeswoman said the statement of claim was filed to preserve the premier’s ability to continue with the legal case.“We continue to remain hopeful that this issue can be resolved with an apology from Patrick Brown for his defamatory remarks,” Jenn Beaudry wrote. “It should be that simple. However, if he continues to refuse to apologize, we will have the ability to continue legal action.”Brown’s spokesman Nicholas Bergamini said Monday night the PC leader will continue to ignore the premier’s efforts to “gag” the official Opposition.“Mr. Brown has not been served with or seen the statement of claim,” Bergamini said in a statement. “This is yet another effort to distract attention from her government’s record.”Bergamini said if Wynne is eager pursue the lawsuit, she should bring it to a public hearing as soon as possible.“Our lawyer has already suggested an expedited timetable for the exchange of pleadings, document production and examinations,” he said.Conservative MPP Bill Walker also made remarks in September suggesting the premier was under investigation and facing charges in connection with the Sudbury bribery trial. He apologized hours after receiving a letter from Wynne’s lawyers.“Mr. Walker’s apology and retraction were widely reported in the media and there can be no doubt that the situation was extensively discussed by (Brown) and his staff,” Wynne’s lawyers wrote.“As a result, the defendant was fully aware that the Walker statements were false, and that Mr. Walker had retracted them and issued a public apology.”The two Liberals on trial in Sudbury were ultimately acquitted.Wynne previously sued the former Progressive Conservative leader, Tim Hudak, and another Tory member of provincial parliament after the pair said she oversaw — and possibly ordered — the destruction of documents related to two cancelled gas plants. Those are allegations for which two McGuinty-era staffers are on trial and awaiting a judge’s decision.That lawsuit was resolved in 2015, though it is not known whether it was settled or withdrawn.last_img read more

The Canadians who are choosing to live out of their vans and

first_imgJocelyn Lees never set out to live in her van.The 30-year-old Manitoba native has been tree planting every summer in B.C. for the last ten years and until recently, spent every winter travelling — in places like Ecuador, Morocco and Australia.“The nature of my job is that I’m always away from home, and then in the winters I was away,” Lees says. “So, when would I ever be in this house that I would pay to have?”When her car broke down a few years ago, she decided it was time to make a life change.Instead of paying for rent, she invested in a camper van, which gave her more mobility and a comfortable place to sleep during her summers in the woods. Her 1981 Dodge has been her home ever since. She plans to base herself in the Vancouver area this winter.“Having my van is amazing,” she says. “I just wake up at the beach.”Lees is part of a community of Canadians who often dub themselves “van-lifers.” They have a variety of motivations: a desire for adventure; frustration with expensive rental markets and precarious employment; and the possibility of social media fame.Many Canadian van-lifers end up out West, often favouring Vancouver Island. Twenty-two-year-old Sacha Morin-Sirois described Tofino as “literally, the end of the road.”When Morin-Sirois travelled with his family as a young boy, he would dream of setting off on his own, sleeping in his van and surviving the elements.“It’s mostly a call for freedom, I think,” he says.He and his girlfriend left Gatineau, Que., in June in a van older than they are — it’s a 1991 model — with plans that weren’t much more specific than “head west.” They both wanted to integrate their travels with their chosen careers: Morin-Sirois, a chef, took on seasonal work picking fruit in the Okanagan and developed dishes using whatever was in season. His girlfriend, a writer, started a blog about their experiences and worked on her fiction.Lisa Felepchuk and her partner Coleman Molnar, who lived in Toronto until a year-and-a-half ago, also incorporate their work into their van life. They offer content and social media services through their company Li et Co Media and organize their travels around making sure Wi-Fi is accessible. That’s occasionally meant skipping out on some places they wanted to visit.“Last year we were so close to the Mexican border, and I regret not going into Baja,” Felepchuk says. “But the Wi-Fi was a big question for us, and we weren’t sure if we got down there what it would mean for us and for our business.“I think finding that work-life balance is tricky for most people,” she says.Adds Molnar: “The only difference between us and somebody who has a regular job and lives in a house is that we’re able to just take our jobs on vacation with us.”Other van-lifers prefer to unplug completely, using money saved from previous jobs to finance a work-free experience. Adrian Myles, 38, goes home to Perth, Australia to work as a sommelier every few years, which allows him to travel for a year or two without having to worry about money.“People living this life aren’t sitting around talking about what was back at home,” says Myles, who was recently travelling through B.C.“You can know someone for a month and never know what their job was, because you don’t ask, because it doesn’t matter.”A New Yorker piece published earlier this year explored the business side of the #vanlife social media movement. A profile of Emily King and Corey Smith, who post under the Instagram handle Where’s My Office Now, demonstrated that their dreamy, aspirational photo feed — stunning cliffsides, starry skies, exotic vistas — was the result of hours of deliberate work in an effort to make their lives seem whimsical and spontaneous. Their social media following allows them, like other popular van-lifers, to monetize their travel experience. They receive money from companies to feature their products on Instagram or other platforms.Canada has its own social media stars, including “Van Man” Philippe Leblond, a model originally from Montreal. He now lives in Los Angeles and travels out of his van, taking trips he documents to his 164,000 Instagram followers.Felepchuk and Molnar know of King and Smith and describe them as “an inspiration.” But they also represent “a warning sign in (how you can) go wrong when you just advertise with whoever. They have these poems written about Kettle Chips, and it’s just like…” Molnar says, his voice trailing off.For their part, Felepchuk and Molnar say branded content is only a small part of their income.Others eschew social media completely. Myles says he used to take a lot of photos to document the places he visited. But he kept feeling that the urge to compose a perfect shot was distracting him from the natural beauty he had travelled to see.“You would go somewhere and you were framing the photo,” he says. “What’s running through your head is, ‘How do I show this to somebody else?’ That by definition takes you out of it.”Morin-Sirois says he and his girlfriend once got in a fight because she kept wistfully looking at other people’s social media photos while they were on their own trip.“I told her, ‘Why are you looking at other people’s lives? Just be here and enjoy it,’” he says.“People want what they don’t have, and that’s really not my mentality at all.”Molnar is also happy to admit that van life isn’t always easy and that the photos leave out a lot of the less-glamorous elements. Vans break down all the time, he says, and old ones can sometimes be slow to repair.“I like to say that there’s a thin line between freedom and homelessness, and we’ve walked that at a few points,” he says.Myles once locked his keys inside his van on a cliff during a sleet storm. Lees’s van broke down after she and a friend had purchased about $400 worth of peaches for canning — luckily, it started up again soon, before the fruit started to rot. Morin-Sirois and his girlfriend had to throw out a lot of vegetables over the summer, when they took their non-air conditioned van to Arizona. Even in their small fridge, their food wouldn’t stay cool. In a van, “even if you’re inside, you’re still outside,” he says.But those kinds of experiences promote self-reliance, they say. You get comfortable in a small space and you learn to fend for yourself. Lees says people tend to assume she’s sick of her van. There’s sometimes a pitying quality in the way people offer up their couch for her to sleep on, she adds. But even when she goes back to her parents’ house, Lees says she’d rather sleep in the bed in her van than the one in the house.Myles says people sometimes think living in the wilderness is a rejection of society, but he doesn’t see it that way at all.“My old English teacher messaged me and said, ‘You could write the next “Into the Wild,”‘” Myles remembers.“I said, ‘Well, people only read books where people either die or learn something at the end, and I’m not really here to do that. I’m just hear to live the actual experience.’”last_img read more

Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario will cause hearing delays Immigration Refugee Board

first_imgOTTAWA — The tribunal that adjudicates asylum claims in Canada says it expects cuts to legal-aid funding imposed by the Doug Ford government in Ontario will lead to delays and other disruptions of refugee hearings.The Immigration and Refugee Board has issued a notice saying the 30-per-cent cut in funding announced in April to Legal Aid Ontario will affect the board’s operations due to an expected rise in the number of refugee claimants who don’t have lawyers.Refugee lawyers help asylum-seekers navigate Canada’s refugee system, which is unfamiliar to most migrants from far-away countries.The board says the changes will lead to longer refugee hearings, more postponements and adjournments of hearings and more missed deadlines for paperwork.The IRB says it will not be able to fully mitigate these effects, but is taking steps to help unrepresented migrants understand Canada’s refugee-determination processes.These steps include being more flexible with timelines for certain cases; increasing the number of orientation sessions in Toronto to help refugee claimants prepare for their hearings; as well as expanding information available online and by telephone to asylum-seekers in Canada. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Get Bach to work Company orchestras a German tradition

first_imgFRANKFURT – Can performing Beethoven symphonies together help employees team up on projects at work, too? Some companies — above all in Germany and Asia — seem to think so.A conspicuous number of big German corporate names — along with a handful in Japan and Korea — have their own company-linked symphony orchestra. That means 60 or so accountants, engineers, sales reps and computer specialists who bring violins, cellos, oboes and trombones and gather in their spare time to rehearse and perform lengthy, complex pieces of classical music.The orchestras serve as public relations tools, playing charity concerts and livening up corporate events.But there’s more to it than that.It’s hard to quantify, but the engineer and accountant musicians — and some business experts — argue that a symphony orchestra is an excellent model for the creative teamwork companies need to compete.“There’s no activity in the world where you have to react so quickly to each other and work together so well as in an orchestra,” says Johanna Weitkamp, conductor of the symphony orchestra at the enterprise software company SAP.“Down to the hundredth of a second, you have to listen to the other person, respond to the other person, pass the ball to each other — it’s a prime example of good co-operation among people.”Other companies with employee orchestras include engineering firm Siemens, maker of trains and medical scanners; carmakers Daimler, BMW and Ford; auto components and electronics maker Robert Bosch GmbH; airline Lufthansa, and chemical firm BASF.At a recent rehearsal, Weitkamp and the SAP musicians filled the cavernous, 2,300-seat Rosengarten auditorium in the southwestern German town of Mannheim with rich, warm string sound, practicing first a bouncy pop mix of Mozart’s Prague Symphony and Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus.” Then the brass blared out the stirring opening notes of John Williams’ theme music for the Olympics, as the orchestra prepared to play at a graduation ceremony for the local college.Most of the orchestras seemed to have started from the bottom up, from employee initiatives. The SAP orchestra started after Weitkamp joined the company in 1997 and noticed that there were a lot of skilled amateur musicians among her colleagues. “I asked, who wants to join in,” she said.Weitkamp herself is no mere amateur; she studied conducting at the University of Music and Theater in Leipzig in her native East Germany. Her teachers included the renowned conductor Kurt Masur, a future music director of the New York Philharmonic. But after the Berlin Wall fell, she got another degree, this time in information technology, and moved into the computer field.She said it’s no surprise that people with math or technology backgrounds are often musical: “You need a high degree of abstract thinking to understand how music functions, and I think there’s a connection that exactly in this field you find so many people who can play violin, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, flute or horn.Anna Medina, who manages translation projects at SAP and plays in the violin section, said music “gives you skills that you can then apply to basically any job.”“It gives you a sense of effort, that you have to practice to get things right. It also teaches you that you cannot wait until the last minute. You need to work on it all the time if you want to be successful,” she said before heading out on stage to rehearse.Management expert Christian Scholz at Saarland University in Saarbruecken says an orchestra embodies the complex blend of skills needed for business teams to perform at a high level.“It’s team building, but it’s team building in a highly structured way, like business runs. You have the activity of people who are specialized in certain instruments, who have specialized in certain roles, where you even have some competition between them,” he said. “You have democracy, you have hierarchy, you have all these elements of regular business in this task of doing a symphony orchestra.”In the SAP orchestra, amateur musicians among SAP’s employees mix with professional musicians, giving them a chance to learn from more skilled partners, and giving the orchestra’s sound a glossy finish. All concert proceeds go to charity.Different companies have different approaches to supporting employee orchestras, ranging from SAP and Daimler, which provide company funding, to BASF, where the employee orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Ludwigshafen, is financially independent and supported by musician dues. While the SAP orchestra is semi-professional, others — like those at Bosch and Lufthansa — are strictly amateur.Luka Mucic, SAP’s chief financial officer and the orchestra’s official patron in top management, said in a statement that “music, and the complex work of an orchestra, is a great way to amplify our company’s values such as teamwork, discipline and diversity.”There is one reason behind this burgeoning corporate orchestral scene that should not be forgotten: classical music is a part of Germany’s national culture and a lot of people learn instruments as children.The same appears true in Asia, where Western classical music has caught on in a big way in recent decades. Company orchestras also can be found in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, according to Alex Van Bevereren, the Brussels-based chair of the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras.In Asia, the science and technology theme pops up again: companies with orchestras in Korea include electronics and chemicals conglomerate LG and automaker Hyundai Motor Group, and Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba in Japan.At Bosch, Georg Blume, a 37-year company veteran, considered a career as a cellist but is glad he chose engineering instead.That way, music remains a hobby and “a wonderful respite” from his professional duties as head of product management for automated driving.The orchestra, he said, is “a platform for informal exchange among employees, which in an organization as large as Bosch is very important, because the organization doesn’t just function according to reporting lines — but through colleagues getting to know one another.”last_img read more

Uniprix shareholders overwhelmingly approve acquisition by McKesson

Uniprix shareholders overwhelmingly approve acquisition by McKesson by The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2017 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The Uniprix Group says its shareholders voted 95 per cent in favour of a deal announced last month for McKesson Canada to acquire 330 pharmacies in Quebec.The acquisition is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the Competition Bureau of Canada.Uniprix CEO Philippe Duval says it’s pleased that members believe in the transaction and its commitment to protect the autonomy of independent pharmacy owners.McKesson has committed to allow the Uniprix pharmacies to be run independently, keep its Montreal head office and avoid job cuts.The value of the transaction has not been made public. Uniprix says its annual sales are a little more than $1.6 billion.Montreal-based McKesson Canada, a subsidiary of U.S.-based McKesson, already owns 275 Proxim pharmacies. If the acquisition goes through, it will have more outlets in Quebec than Groupe Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.CA), which has 382. read more

Unable to meet with Cambodian officials UN expert stresses importance of dialogue

“I believe that dialogue is the crucial way forward, and I have repeatedly underlined the importance of it with all stakeholders and particularly with the Royal Government,” said Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi.“I very much regret that I was not able to interact with Government interlocutors this time, but expect to do so during my future missions. It is not clear to me why and how this situation came about,” he stated. This is the eighth fact-finding mission to the country for Mr. Subedi, who has interacted with various actors in Cambodian society, including the Government, parliamentarians, the judiciary, civil society and development partners, during his previous visits. “There have been occasions when we have disagreed on certain things,” he noted. “But we continued our dialogue to find a common ground and that is what I wish to do with the Government too.” This time, he met with various stakeholders, including civil society, local communities, private citizens and Cambodia’s development partners. He travelled to Kompong Chhnang province and obtained first-hand information from the local communities about the situation of human rights.The aim of the current mission, which began on 8 December and was at the invitation of the Government, was to explore the progress achieved on the implementation of the recommendations made in the Special Rapporteur’s previous reports on the judiciary, parliamentary reform, electoral reform and economic land concessions.“I am a little surprised by the reaction to some of my recommendations,” he said. “In other countries, such recommendations are seen as being part of the normal national debate, and a frank but professional discussion would have ensured. The focus should remain on the substance of what I am recommending, and not on me as a person.”Mr. Subedi noted that Cambodia continues to do well on a number of economic indicators, supported by political stability, and that the country appears to be on course to achieve some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs, which world leaders have agreed to meet by 2015, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’Mr. Subedi welcomed the introduction of a land-titling programme by the Government to provide secure tenure for thousands of Cambodians. However, he pointed to a number of concerns about its implementation, including a lack of transparency, its impact on indigenous populations and how communities are chosen to be titled. He also voiced concern about the culture of impunity in Cambodia, and the long list of crimes for which no one has been brought to justice, as well as the situation of freedom of expression. “A number of cases of intimidation and harassment of the people working in the media and human rights advocacy have been reported to me. Excessive use of the law on ‘incitement’ seems to be forcing people into self-censorship,” he stated. Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Mr. Subedi, who was appointed in March 2009, will present his next report to the Council in September 2013. read more

Tigers Delmon Young Pleads Guilt To Harrassment

Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated harassment in an incident last spring where he shouted an anti-Semitic slur and tackled a man to the ground outside a Manhattan hotel, prosecutors said.The 27-year-old left fielder, who became a free agent after the World Series, was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and enroll in a program at the Museum of Tolerance New York as part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office restorative justice program. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York in Manhattan and was accused of yelling anti-Jewish epithets at a group of tourists, tussling with them and tackling one to the ground in April, when the Tigers were in town to play the New York Yankees.Young later apologized to his team, and was suspended without pay for seven days.He went on to hit a game-tying home run in the sixth inning of the championship game of the World Series. But the San Francisco Giants  won 4-3 in 10 innings to sweep the Tigers.Young hit three home runs and had a .313 batting average in the postseason.In the court-ordered program, Young will participate in interactive workshops, videos, guided discussions and special instruction by museum educators to explore issues of prejudice, diversity, and tolerance, the district attorney’s office said.The museum reports progress back to prosecutors. If Young completes the program successfully he’ll be able to withdraw his plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge.“Dispositions for defendants charged with bias-related crimes need to be thoughtful and tailored toward healing both the defendant and the entire targeted community,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.The Tigers are prepared to let the Young, a quality designated hitter, sign with another team in the off season. read more

NHS trolley waits Fivefold increase in patients waiting more than four hours

first_imgDr Chris Moulton, of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, told the BBC: “Patients who are delayed like this are still being monitored by staff. But we know that the overcrowding we are seeing is dangerous.”It leads to worse outcomes for patients – higher infection rates, patients ending up on the wrong wards, and generally a negative experience.”Dr Moulton believes there are too few beds. There are just over 100,000 general beds in England – a fall of 40,000 in the past 20 years.”We simply don’t have enough,” he said. “If you compare us to other European countries we are really short and the demands being placed on the health service means we are now struggling to cope.” Almost half a million emergency patients had to wait more than four hours for a bed between October 2015 and September 2016. File pictureCredit:Peter Byrne/PA While the waits are known as trolley waits, some patients wait in side rooms, seats in the A&E department and spare cubicles before being admitted to a ward.The BBC also reported that three-quarters of hospitals are reporting bed shortages. Bed occupancy is not meant to exceed 85 per cent, to give staff time to clean beds, keep infections low and ensure patients who need beds can be found them quickly.But 130 out of 179 hospital trusts are reporting rates exceeding this for general use beds.Siva Anandaciva, of NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, said: “These figures are deeply worrying. We are heading into winter in a more fragile state than I have seen in the past 10 years or so.”Even the historically top-performing trusts are being challenged, which shows that this is an issue affecting all parts of health.”No one wants to see people waiting in corridors, side rooms and emergency bays when they should be admitted to a hospital bed.”These patients are still under the care of doctors and nurses, of course, but it is not ideal for them and we know overcrowding leads to worse outcomes.” Hospital ward These figures are deeply worrying. We are heading into winter in a more fragile state than I have seen in the past 10 years or soSiva Anandaciva, NHS Providers Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There has been a sharp rise in “trolley waits” – the length of time people wait for a hospital bed after being admitted in an emergency, figures show.Data shows 473,453 patients waited more than four hours between October 2015 and September 2016 – almost a five-fold increase since 2010/11, analysis by the BBC found.The figure represents 11 per cent of the 4.2 million patients admitted over the period. More than 1,400 faced delays of more than 12 hours.In 2010/11, there were 97,559 trolley waits – although NHS England said a small fraction of the rise could be attributed to a change in the way the waits were measured last December.last_img read more

Damgaard buzzer beater crush THW Kiel in Magdeburg

14.Lemgo216114572:61013 13.Gummersbach207112514:53615 5.SC Magdeburg221426624:60230 SC Magdeburg beat THW Kiel 27:26 in one of the biggest derby of German handball and almost put “Zebras” out of the Championship race! The Danish playmaker Michael Damgaard crushed the big team from North with buzzer-beater for the huge celebration of domestic fans at sold-out GETEC Arena (6.800 fans).The “Gladiators” were on +3 – 26:23 only three minutes before the end, but Gislason boys made 3:0 series to chase the rival in the last minute. Home team used the last attack 6 on 5 in the best possible way with decisive goal…Damgaard was TOP scorer in the winning team with six goals, while his compatriot Christiansen added five, same as Marko Vujin for “Zebras”.SG Flensburg smashed GWD Minden 41:17 in away match. 12.Minden228113549:62417 9.Erlangen2111010551:55922 8.HSG Wetzlar2111010541:53922 4.Fuchse Berlin211524599:53132 2.Kiel221804631:53436 11.Goppingen228113608:62517 10.MT Melsungen229112599:59819 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten215115493:57211 3.Rhein-Neckar191702564:47934 7.Leipzig211029538:53022 1.Flensburg-H.222011681:51841 Michael Damgaard 15.TVB Stuttgart216015546:60712 17.Bergischer214116530:6099 18.Coburg 2000203017492:5816 6.Hannover-Burgdorf2111010599:57722 ← Previous Story Kai Hafner stays at Hannover Burgdorf until 2020 Next Story → RK Celje PL smash RNL to help RK Vardar! read more

Le mystère des rayons gammas de Noël enfin élucidé

first_imgLe mystère des rayons gammas de Noël enfin élucidé ? A Noël 2010, un éclair de rayons gammas avait été détecté. Surgissant des profondeurs du cosmos, l’origine de ces rayons était restée inconnue, du moins jusqu’ici. Les “flashs” sont les phénomènes les plus lumineux de l’univers. Ces sursauts de rayons gamma émettent en quelques minutes, voire quelques seconde parfois, plus d’énergie que ne le fait le Soleil en des milliards d’années d’existence. Les plus longs pourraient résulter de l’explosion d’étoiles cent fois plus massives que le Soleil qui s’effondrent et créent un trou noir. Ceux qui durent moins de deux secondes seraient émis lorsque deux étoiles à neutrons, résidus ultradenses d’astres en fin de vie, fusionnent pour former un trou noir.Le jour de Noël 2010, un éclair de rayons gamma surgi des profondeurs du cosmos avait été détecté par le satellite américain Swift. Mais long de plus d’une demi-heure il avait étonné les astronomes. De plus, la lueur résiduelle en rayons X détectable après le flash de rayons gammas a disparu plus rapidement que pour les autres sursauts gamma. Pour comprendre quel phénomène extrêmement violent pourrait avoir été à l’origine de cette étonnante bouffée d’énergie, deux équipes d’astronomes ont travaillé sur la question. Chacune présente présentent un scénario dans des articles publiés par la revue scientifique britannique Nature.Dislocation d’un corps céleste ou fusion d’étoiles ?  Sergio Campana, de l’Observatoire astronomique de Brera (Italie), émet l’hypothèse que le sursaut gamma de Noël a résulté de la dislocation d’un petit corps céleste (comète ou astéroïde). S’étant approché à moins de 10.000 kilomètres d’une étoile à neutrons plus massive que le Soleil, la comète (ou l’astéroïde) aurait été détruite par des effets de marée après avoir été piégée dans le champ de gravité de cette étoile compacte, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Les morceaux seraient alors tombés sur l’étoile dense, d’où l’illumination captée à Noël par le satellite de la NASA.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’équipe conduite par Christina Thöne (Institut astrophysique d’Andalousie, Espagne) attribue quant à elle l’origine du sursaut gamma de Noël à la fusion d’une étoile à neutrons avec une étoile géante constituée d’hélium. L’étoile à neutrons aurait absorbé une partie du gaz de sa volumineuse compagne, dont les couches de gaz externes auraient enveloppé les deux astres, avant qu’ils ne fusionnent dans une débauche d’énergie.Mais pour savoir laquelle des deux hypothèses est la bonne, les chercheurs devront encore poursuivre leurs travaux à partir des données recueillies le jour de l’évènement.  Le 3 décembre 2011 à 14:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Il y a 4 000 ans des Indiens auraient migré vers lAustralie

first_imgIl y a 4 000 ans, des Indiens auraient migré vers l’AustralieSelon une analyse génétique, une importante vague d’immigration aurait eu lieu de l’Inde vers l’Australie il y a quelque 4.000 ans. Un évènement qui aurait permis d’apporter certains outils de pierre sur l’île mais aussi le dingo, chien sauvage d’Australie.Depuis de nombreuses années, les scientifiques pensaient que l’Australie était restait isolée entre l’arrivée des premiers humains il y a 40.000 et celle des Européens venus coloniser les terres au XIXe siècle. Mais il n’en serait rien, si l’on en croit une nouvelle étude publiée il y a deux jours dans les Annales de l’Académie américaine des sciences (PNAS). Menées par des scientifiques du Max Planck Institute en Allemagne, celles-ci suggèrent qu’une grande vague d’immigration en provenance de l’Inde a eu lieu il y a 4.000 ans. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont mené une analyse génétique poussée ainsi que des datations de restes fossilisés. Ils ont ainsi découvert que les immigrants avaient aussi apporté certains microlithes (outils de pierre de petite taille) ainsi que le dingo, un chien sauvage découvert en Australie. Plus précisément, ces résultats reposent sur la comparaison de certaines variations génétiques des aborigènes d’Australie avec celles des populations de Nouvelle Guinée, d’Asie du Sud-Est et d’Inde. “Les résultats laissent penser à un flux substantiel de gènes d’Inde vers l’Australie il y a 4.230 ans, bien avant les premiers contacts avec les Européens”, explique le principal auteur de la recherche, Irina Pugach.”Cette période coïncide aussi avec de nombreux changements dans les données archéologiques en Australie comme la technologie des outils de pierre et la manière de transformer les plantes”, poursuit la scientifique citée par l’AFP. “Dans la mesure où nous détectons le flux de gènes d’Inde vers l’Australie autour de cette même période, il est probable que ces changements et l’apparition du dingo soient liés à cette migration”, ajoute encore Mme Pugash.Des peuples qui ont divergé il y a plus de 35.000 ans  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais l’analyse génétique a également révélé une origine commune des populations aborigènes d’Australie, de Nouvelle Guinée et des Mamanwa, une population autochtone de l’île de Mindanao dans les Philippines qui remonterait de 35.000 à 45.000 ans. A cette période, l’Australie et la Nouvelle Guinée ne formait qu’un seul bloc géographique appelé Sahul avant d’être séparées par la montée du niveau de l’océan il y a environ 8.000 ans, rappellent les chercheurs. Or, selon eux, ces trois groupes ethniques auraient divergé les uns des autres il y a environ 36.000 ans, soit bien avant la séparation du Sahul. “Cette découverte conforte l’hypothèse selon laquelle ces populations descendent d’un premier flux de migration d’Afrique par le Sud tandis que d’autres groupes sont arrivés plus tard”, conclut Mark Stoneking, un des co-auteurs.Le 16 janvier 2013 à 19:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

FC Barcelona Vs Sevilla Dembeles strike gives Barca Super Cup

first_imgFC Barcelona have won the Spanish Super Cup this season after 2-1 victory over fellow Spanish side Sevilla courtesy of a fantastic strike from Ousmane Dembele, according to Evening Standard.The league and Cup champions came from 1-0 down to overcome Sevilla thanks to goals from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.Sevilla had the chance to level the game after Dembele’s goal as the referee awarded them a penalty but Wissam Ben Yedder’s tame effort was well dealt with by goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen.Barcelona won the league and Cup double last season, defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa Del Rey final but Pablo Machin’s side went ahead through a well-curled effort from Pablo Sarabia.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Seville based team looked set to take the lead into halftime until Spanish defender Gerard Pique scored the equalizer after he pounced on the rebound of a Lionel Messi free-kick to tap in from close range.Dembele secured the win for the Catalan club when he scored an absolute goal to secure the Super Cup for Ernesto Valverde.Barcelona begin their La Liga title defence this weekend. The Spanish champions will be hoping to win their second consecutive La Liga trophy.last_img read more

No special treatment for Assange Australia PM

first_imgAustralia`s prime minister Scott Morrison speaks at a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra on 11 April 2019. Photo: AFPWikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange will receive “no special treatment” from his home country following his dramatic arrest in Britain, prime minister Scott Morrison said Friday.Assange’s seven-year hideout in Ecuador’s London embassy ended dramatically on Thursday when police dragged the WikiLeaks founder out of the building into a waiting van.He was found guilty by a British court on Thursday of breaching his bail conditions in 2012 and faces a year in prison.But US authorities are seeking his extradition on charges relating to his work with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010, with the case to be heard on 2 May.Barely 24 hours into an official election campaign, Morrison said Assange would receive the same support as any other Australian in trouble overseas, and the extradition is a “matter for the United States”.”Well it’s got nothing to do with us, it has got to do with the United States,” he told national broadcaster the ABC.”There’s a judicial process, and that will be followed across a range of matters here and I would expect that to follow. He will receive the same consular support as any other Australians would in these circumstances.”Morrison’s counterpart Bill Shorten, who is favourite to become Australia’s next prime minister following the 18 May election, also distanced himself from the case.”It will be a matter for the legal system to proceed, he should receive the support any other Australian citizens should receive,” the opposition leader told reporters.”The matter is going before court so I don’t think there is much more I can add,” Shorten said.last_img

Houston Office Market Resists Recovery As MultiFamily Gets Better

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:07 X Carla HulseyHouston’s office market continues to suffer from high vacancies, while the apartment sector is doing better.Overbuilding that started while times were good before the oil slump has led to high vacancy rates for office space and apartments.But there are signs things are getting better, at least for Houston’s apartment sector.“Our occupancy is up to about 89 percent, mainly driven by growth of approximately 11,000 units through the first six months of this year,” Robert Kramp, director of research and analysis at CBRE in Houston, said. “And we’re forecasting 14,000 multi-family units to be occupied by the end of the year.”Retail and industrial real estate are doing well too, as they have throughout the downturn.But the office market continues to struggle. In the first quarter of this year, subleasing saved that sector from the worst but that’s down now too.“That being said, we expect the office demand cycles to continue to kind of wobble over the next 18, 24 months,” Kramp said. “But 2020 we should be on the positive growth projected outlook for the office market.”One reason office is so much slower in its recovery than the apartment market, Kramp said, is that commercial leases are usually for at least five years, which means the industry takes longer to adjust to market changes. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share last_img read more

How to be a pro gamer

first_imgAre you good at video games? You’re a geek, you’re obviously good at video games, but we mean really good. Scary good. Friends won’t play with you anymore good.Have you ever considered making it your job?It may seem like a middle school fantasy, but in our insanely cool modern world, “pro gamer” is actually a viable career choice. In this article, we’ll run down all the steps you’ll need to take to transform your vidya hobby into a self-sustaining enterprise.Keep in mind that this isn’t something that happens overnight. The pro gamers taking home wads of cash at huge events and racking up thousands of stream subscribers aren’t successful because they’re lucky. They have grit and determination to go with their serious skill. If you aren’t willing to totally commit to the eSports lifestyle, close this article and go read something else.Pick A GameLet’s start out with one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your gaming career: what are you going to play? While there are a few pros out there who hop from genre to genre with ease, most of them stick to one genre at the very least. Here’s a quick rundown of where the money’s at, eSports wise.MOBAsProbably the biggest payouts in the eSports world right now come from multiplayer online battle arenas, or MOBAs. Think DOTA 2 or League of Legends – team-based games in which you have to work together to accomplish objectives against another team. DOTA 2 alone has paid out some $65 million in prize money, so the cash is there.It’s super easy to get practice on these games, because just about everybody is playing them. But to succeed at a high level, you need to put a team together. Coordination and communication is just as important as reflexes in this genre, so if you don’t play well with others you might want to figure something else out.Fighting GamesOne of the oldest competitive genres, fighting games started out with tournaments in local arcades and have grown into a thriving community with top-level games shown on ESPN. Fighting games are often shorter in play time than other genres, enabling more players to enter at events. They’re also typically one-on-one, so you don’t need to build a team of fellow gamers.That said, fighting game prize payouts aren’t as high as some other genres, as they’re still considered a niche product. The fighting game community, however, is incredibly close-knit and lively.First Person ShootersLed by the insanely popular Counter-Strike series, FPS games have a healthy competitive scene. LAN parties in the 1990s saw people playing Doom and Quake, but professional play began in 1995 with the release of Doom II. The first QuakeCon the next year kicked off FPS gaming as a worldwide fad, and some of the genre’s luminaries made a pretty penny.Modern FPS eSports is organized around team-based games for the most part. Titles like Halo and Overwatch have decent-sized competitive communities. In general prize money’s not as high simply because viewership is lower, but if that’s your skillset you can still do pretty well.Real Time StrategyAnd by that we mean StarCraft. Blizzard’s RTS title has a reputation for being one of the most popular eSports in the world, especially in South Korea. This might be the hardest one to break into, especially if you’re older than like 12. Top flight players train obsessively on the game to bring their “actions per minute” up to professional level (300, if you’re curious).A lot of RTS play is knowing your opponent, so many pro StarCraft players obsessively watch tapes of their competitors’ matches to learn their strategies and more effectively counter them.OtherDon’t think that what’s above is a complete list. Plenty of other games have competitive scenes of varying sizes – physical arcade games like Dance Dance Revolution, card games like Hearthstone, and even Tetris can make you money if you play at a high enough level.Git GudBefore you even think about gaming as a career, you need to be damn sure you have the skills to make it happen. Beating your friends consistently is a good start, but the level of competition you’re about to face is something entirely different. No matter how confident you are in your gaming ability, you’ll need to get better. So how do you do that?The first way is through competition. You want to play against the absolute highest level possible as much as you can. That’ll show you exactly how far you need to go to game at a professional level. That can be difficult to do, but thankfully there are opportunities out there. Playing online is one way, but many pros form local groups dedicated to bringing each other up as well. Some pros even move into houses together to make sessions easier.Practice can also happen on your own, and many players split their sessions into two levels. One is actually playing the game itself, dealing with the conscious decisions that determine success. But there is also a mechanical element to video gaming that you need to teach your hands to do. Pro Starcraft players can spend hours doing training drills to improve their efficiency.If you ask top level players, the one skill that separates them from the masses is their ability to learn from their mistakes. Sure, you’ll see people getting salty after an especially brutal loss, but if you can rationally pinpoint exactly how you lost, you’ll reduce the chances of doing it again. Everybody loses, no matter how good they are – that’s what makes games fun. Being able to hold that L and use it to improve is vital.Here Comes The MoneyNow that you’ve been noticed, it’s time to cash in. Although pro gamers obviously do it for the love, love doesn’t pay the rent. Thankfully, there are several different ways to monetize your gaming skills.The first and most obvious is winning competitions and tournaments. The fighting game community is one of the originators of this hustle, but many other games have competitive events. How it works is simple: you pay an entry fee to get into an event and score a spot in the pools, and if you fight your way to the championship you take home a sizable chunk of that. Local tournament pots are usually just a couple hundred bucks, but by comparison the Street Fighter V winner at EVO, the biggest tournament of the year, won over $50,000 for two days of work.Tournaments are sort of a feast or famine thing, though, so you need cash to hold yourself over in between big wins. That’s where sponsors come in. A variety of companies offer stipends for pro gamers who represent them. Getting sponsored can be a tricky proposition, but a few things help: winning events, streaming regularly, and creating a high profile on social media. Sponsors want lots of exposure for their investment.Finally, streaming can be a solid revenue stream for many pro gamers. The fans will want to watch you polish your skills and interact with them, and subscriptions and raffles can be good ways to earn extra cash from streaming sessions.That said, you’re not likely to be an overnight phenomenon. Many pro gamers keep their day jobs for quite some time as they build a fan base and improve at their titles of choice. It’s important to be honest about the amount of money you’re bringing in and your future prospects.Be Ready To SacrificeAlthough gaming for a living sounds like a beautiful dream to ordinary Joes like you or I stuck in desk jobs, it’s not all Mountain Dew and roses. Just like with any professional sport, being a pro gamer involves significant life changes that can be tough to deal with. Because your livelihood is dependent on your ability to compete, you need to make sure that you’re always at the top of your abilities. That means hours of practice and eliminating things from your life that could distract from that.There’s a lot of burnout in pro gaming circles. Doing anything for eight hours a day, no matter how fun it is, can be draining. The constant focus on improvement and refinement isn’t for everybody. Successful eSports personalities thrive on that kind of pressure, but you might not.At the end of the day, you became a professional video game player to do what you love. If you no longer love it, something’s obviously wrong. Gaming is too precious to be ruined because of a career, so think long and hard about whether you want to make that transition.last_img read more

SCULPT FOR DELHI

first_imgArt is what metamorphoses the world into a more humane world and ‘Sculpt for Delhi’, an exhibition by the Delhi Art Society is one such attempt to control your world to consecutively take over culture, to model one that wholesome living can take place in.An interesting mix of distinctive sculptures by eminent sculptors from all over India was showcased at the Gandhi King Plaza, India International Center (IIC) on February 27 where Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor Delhi was present as the Chief guest for the evening. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our main motive is to promote public art among people and create awareness about the importance and positive impact it lays on the common man. Also, budding artists and sculptors get motivation and recognition through initiatives like these, which is indeed a necessity for them,” says Neeraj Gupta, organizer and President of Delhi art society.Participating artists at the ‘Sculpt for Delhi’ have created tangible forms and figures of smooth stimulations, gradual escalation of symmetry and a hint of mystery. Thus, making the exuberance of the creations visually palpable. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNeeraj Gupta, staying true to his craft believes that ‘liberating’ forms is almost a mystical practice and thus brings together his ‘piece de resistance’ a dreamy amalgamation of form, features, ideations and ideals. OP Khare emphasizes on vintage shapes and patterns with sharp strokes and an uncontrolled yet controlled flow of creativity. Naresh Kapuria’s earthy feels and raw textures are a vision to be seen, felt and imagined. National award recipient Madhab Das’ revolution is a cast iron delight, an exceedingly visionary take on emotive hurls and poignant themes. Bhola Kumar with his carefully curated piece has begun a tide of perfect technique and wonder that applauds the artist’s finesse. BK Singh’s name requires no reckoning when it comes to his magnum opus of a body of work. Rajesh K. Baderia has brought in the finer details of symmetry and structure with his work, with a mixture of wood and metal forming an infinite communion. Shovin Bhattacharjee highlights ‘The Mystery of Life’ in stainless steel and aluminium with impeccable finishing, a reflective beauty and so much left for interpretation. Pramod K Mann’s classical rendering of work does not only satiate an art lover’s hunger but reinstates meaning and commentary.Guests who were seen appreciating the sculptors were U.D Singh, Uma Vasudev, Sharon Lowen, Manisha Saxena, Aruna Vasudev, Kapila Vatsayan, Mir Imtiyaz, Adwaita Gadanayak and many more.This exhibition at IIC will be open for public viewing until March 14 from 11 am to 7 pm every day.last_img read more

New Home Purchase Apps Jump 8 in October

first_imgNew Home Purchase Apps Jump 8% in October Mortgage applications for the purchase of new homes climbed in October, pointing to a likely pickup in sales, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).MBA released on Thursday its Builder Applications Survey for October, revealing an 8 percent monthly pickup in new home purchase applications after a flat September. The increase doesn’t factor in seasonal adjustments.Mike Fratantoni, chief economist for the group, noted that the biggest increase came in applications for higher-priced homes.”The continued improvement in the job market and still low mortgage rates are supporting the upper levels of the purchase market, while the tight credit environment continues to constrain sales at the entry level,” Fratantoni said.Based on October’s application data, MBA estimates new single-family home sales for the month ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 461,000 units, reflecting a month-over-month increase of 8.5 percent. Unadjusted, the group estimates there were 36,000 new homes sold last month, up 12.5 percent.For September, MBA estimated new homes sold at a pace of 425,000 units compared to the Census Bureau’s estimate of 467,000 units. The government’s first look at October sales—and revised estimate of September’s sales rate—is due to come out November 26.By product type, MBA reported conventional loans made up 68.2 percent of total loan applications for new homes. Applications for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Agency (FHA) composed 16.2 percent, followed by applications for loans insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs at 14.2 percent.The average loan size for new homes last month was $300,289, MBA reported, up from $298,274 in September. November 13, 2014 545 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Census Bureau Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association New Home Sales 2014-11-13 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Domestic airline Flybe has celebrated the first an

first_imgDomestic airline Flybe has celebrated the first anniversary of its cheap flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford.According to the carrier, the service, which operates three times a day, has proved a “roaring success” since its introduction in June last year using Bombardier Q400 aircraft.Over the last 12 months, more than 60,000 people have travelled on the route, with the flights proving particularly popular among business passengers needing a fast connection between Yorkshire, London and the south-east.Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said that the route is “of great strategic importance”.”We know from passenger feedback how important this link is for business and leisure passengers alike in Yorkshire and this has been reflected in the performance of our service in its first year,” he commented.Mr Rutter went on to say that Leeds Bradford will continue to play an “integral part” in its operations over the next few years.Last week, Flybe was named the top UK airline in a survey conducted by Which? Holiday, the consumer watchdog.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlybe introduces new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordCheap flights to Frankfurt being launched from GlasgowCheap flights to Frankfurt being launched from GlasgowFlybe to introduce flights to Gatwick from Leeds BradfordRegional airline Flybe will launch new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford Airport.last_img read more

Police warn of new ransomware scam

first_imgA new virus called Dharma is infecting computers and servers by encrypting and locking files, which can be unlocked only through a Bitcoin payment, authorities warned on Tuesday.The police cybercrime unit is warning users to take necessary precautions and to not pay should their computers be infiltrated.Dharma, a new version of high-risk ransomware/cryptoware, is targeting the computers and servers of companies, offices, and other users through emails with misleading titles and through insecure websites.Once the virus has infiltrated a computer or server, Dharma encrypts stored files through asymmetric cryptography, locking the computer’s or server’s contents.A text document is placed in every folder containing compromised files, requesting that a Bitcoin payment is paid as ransom for the unlocking of the files.As of yet there is no effective method or software for the restoration of infected files, the cybercrime department said.As such, they have requested that the public takes the necessary precautions.First, the cybercrime unit suggests that files be backed up regularly. Users are also urged to refrain from opening links and downloading attachments sent from unknown sources, especially when the sender appears to be a service or company they are not aware of.Users should also type URLs into their browsers themselves, instead of clicking on available links. Furthermore, users should make sure that their computer and other mobile devices are protected with up-to-date anti-virus programs, and that they are using an up-to-date version of their operating system.In the event that a computer or server becomes infiltrated by Dharma, the cyber-crime department stresses that the ransom money should not paid out so as to discourage such illegal practices and to prevent the further spread of the phenomenon.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more