John Singleton dead after stroke

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar-nominated Hollywood director John Singleton has died after suffering a stroke. He was 51. The versatile director, who made a splash with Boyz n the Hood and went on to a variety of projects including 2 Fast 2 Furious, had been in a coma since the stroke on April 17. He died on April 29, his family told CNN in a statement. “John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the family said. In 1992 at the age of 24, Singleton became the youngest person to ever receive an Oscar nomination for best director for his debut diectorial Boyz n the Hood.last_img read more

Britain US mark 25 years since Lockerbie bombing

first_imgLONDON- Britain and the United States held services on Saturday to remember the 270 people killed when a US airliner exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, in Britain’s worst ever attack.Pan Am Flight 103 blew up on December 21, 1988 on its way from London to New York. All 259 people on board — most of them Americans heading home — were killed as well as 11 people on the ground.Only one person has ever been convicted over the bombing — Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, who died last year still protesting his innocence. Scotland’s leader Alex Salmond was among the mourners laying wreaths on Sunday at Lockerbie’s Dryfesdale Cemetery, which houses a memorial to the victims.“On this 25-year anniversary, and as the country prepares once more to relive the harrowing events of that terrible night, it is important that we remember that the pain and suffering of the families and friends of those who died has endured since that winter night in 1988,” Salmond said.US Attorney General Eric Holder and Scottish officials were set to attend a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington,while Syracuse University in New York, which lost 35 students in the bombing, was also holding a remembrance ceremony.Mourners were also gathering at London’s Westminster Abbey.Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the victims’ families, saying their “fortitude and resilience” showed that terrorists would never win.“You have shown that terrorist acts cannot crush the human spirit. That is why terrorism will never prevail,” he said in a statement.Libya admitted responsibility for the bombing in 2003 and the regime of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi eventually paid $2.7 billion in compensation to victims’ families as part of a raft of measures aimed at a rapprochement with the West.Since the fall of the Kadhafi regime in 2011, British and US detectives have travelled to Libya to investigate whether other perpetrators could be identified.“Over the last quarter of a century much attention has been focused on the perpetrators of the atrocity,” Cameron said.“Today our thoughts turn to its victims and to those whose lives have been touched and changed by what happened at Lockerbie that night.”He added that the attack continued to forge a strong bond between Syracuse University and Lockerbie through a scholarship programme that sends two students from the Scottish town to New York every year.“This is the lasting and optimistic legacy bequeathed to future generations on behalf of those who lost their lives on this day 25 years ago and who we remember here today,” Cameron said.last_img read more

Canadian dollar falls as commodities take hit from economic concerns

Canadian dollar falls as commodities take hit from economic concerns by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2012 4:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved lower Monday as commodity prices weakened and expectations for economic data due later this week remained soft.The loonie dropped 0.18 of a cent to 97.65 cents US.Data on wholesale and retail sales are due out Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, and economists expect both to show that growth is slowing.Ongoing concern about the direction of the European economy weighed on commodities.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 76 cents at US$83.27 a barrel.Gold bullion dropped $1.10 to US$1,627 an ounce while July copper edged up one cent to US$3.39 a pound.Anxiety eased somewhat after a party headed by conservative leader Antonis Samaras got the most votes in Greek elections on the weekend, reducing the odds that the country will exit the 17-country European Union financial block.Concern over a Greek exit had been so pronounced that many expected a run on banks Monday if political parties opposing a fiscal bailout had won the election.But the broader scope of the financial burden facing the continent soon overshadowed whatever breathing room the election in Greece had offered.On Monday, the cost at which Spain can borrow money reached levels seen only in Greece, Portugal and Ireland —three countries that required massive bailouts.The interest rate on Spain’s 10-year bonds, an indicator of confidence in a country’s ability to pay off loans, hit 7.08 per cent, a new high since Madrid joined the euro. read more

Margaret Thatchers personal items fetch more than £1m in Christies auction as

The top lot of the sale was a multi-gem and diamond brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels which sold for £50,000 despite an estimate of £10,000-15,000.A portrait of the Prime Minister wearing a black skirt suit with a George III diamond flower brooch, by Sergei Chepik was sold for £40,000 – much higher than the £700 estimate, while her desk blotter and a group of desk items sold for £30,000.Adrian Hume-Sayer, a Christie’s director said: “We are thrilled with this strong result which concludes the series of three successful sales held at Christie’s following Mrs Thatcher’s death in 2013. The result of Part III illustrates the enduring interest in the United Kingdom’s longest serving 20th Century Prime Minister.”Quirkier items in the sale included two pairs of desk lamps, sold for £1,000, an ostrich leather handbag (£2,000) and two bibles and a hymnbook (£4,375). The sale to mark the 40th anniversary of Baroness Thatcher’s election raised more than £1 million and attracted bidders from 36 countries across six continentsCredit:Eddie Mulholland A gold and amethyst ring worn by Margaret Thatcher on the day she became Prime Minister has sold for nearly £30,000 at auction, as almost 200 of the late Baroness’s personal items went under the hammer at Christie’s.The sale to mark the 40th anniversary of Baroness Thatcher’s election raised more than £1 million and attracted bidders from 36 countries across six continents.Every single one of the 192 items was sold, including the hardstone ‘pebble’ bracelet she wore when she met Nelson Mandela in 1990.The bracelet, which had an estimate of £2,500 sold for £40,000 in one of many competitive bidding wars.Both the bracelet and the ring were gifts from her husband Denis and formed part of Lady Thatcher’s ‘uniform’ jewellery. 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. Inside the auction house at the 2015 sale The gold bracelet Baroness Thatcher wore when she met Nelson MandelaCredit:PA The gold bracelet Baroness Thatcher wore when she met Nelson Mandela Lady Thatcher died on April 8, 2013, aged 87. The auctions began in 2015 and have raised more than £4.5m.Christie’s said the property is being “sold on behalf of beneficiaries of Baroness Thatcher’s estate” with some items being offered on behalf of an unnamed charity.The items have all been in the possession of the beneficiaries of her will since her death, in her home or in storage, and have not been exhibited or sold before. read more

1 dead 4 injured as car slams into cows at Philadelphia

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who broke into EBE poultry farm killed by armed security guardOctober 20, 2018In “Crime”One dead, another critical in Bushy Park accidentApril 25, 2016In “latest news”Man who assaulted wife allegedly beaten to deathMarch 24, 2019In “Crime” Five (5) students of the Guyana Islamic Institute of Zeeburg were, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, involved in a tragic vehicular accident that claimed the lives of the driver and three (3) cows reportedly involved in the smash up.Dead is Reiaz Khan, 22, of Vergenoegen East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Of the remaining four, one is critical while the others are listed as stable.Inews was informed that Khan and his four male colleagues were headed to the Parika stelling, around 2:30am to board a ferry headed to Essequibo for a religious function, when their vehicle collided with 3 cows in the vicinity of Philadelphia, EBE.Khan was reportedly rushed to the Leonora cottage hospital were he was pronounced dead on arrival. The four others were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for treatment.However, this publication was informed by relatives of the injured men that, due to the slow pace at which they were being attended to at GPHC, they were all transferred to Woodlands Hospital for treatment. read more

Palestinians say theres only one suspect in Arafat death

first_imgPALESTINIAN INVESTIGATORS HAVE said today that Israel is the “only suspect” in the death of president Yasser Arafat nine years ago, after laboratory tests suggested he died from polonium poisoning.“We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue to carry out a thorough investigation to find out and confirm all the details and all elements of the case,” Palestinian inquiry chief Tawfiq Tirawi told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Tirawi said the Palestinian inquiry had studied the findings of Swiss scientists, released on Wednesday, which “moderately” supported the notion that Arafat had been poisoned.“This is the crime of the 21st century,” Tirawi said.The fundamental (goal) is to find out who is behind the liquidation of Yasser Arafat.The Palestinian justice minister Ali Mhanna has urged France to send findings from its investigation ito the death, saying it is still waiting for them.International inquiry Palestinian officials yesterday demanded an international inquiry into Arafat’s “killing”.“The results prove Arafat was poisoned by polonium,” said senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official Wasel Abu Yusef.“This substance is owned by states, not people, meaning that the crime was committed by a state,” he told AFP, calling for an “international committee” to probe the killing along the lines of the one that investigated the murder of Lebanon’s Rafiq Hariri.Swiss resultsSpeaking to reporters in Lausanne Thursday, the Swiss team said the test results neither confirmed nor denied that polonium was the actual source of his death, although they provided “moderate” backing for the idea he was poisoned by the rare and highly radioactive element.They said the quantity of the deadly substance found on his remains pointed to the involvement of a third party.“We can’t say that polonium was the source of his death… nor can we rule it out,” said Professor Francois Bochud of the Lausanne Institute of Applied Radiophysics.Bochud’s lab measured levels of polonium up to 20 times higher than it is used to detecting.Death Arafat died in France on November 11, 2004 at the age of 75 after falling sick a month earlier, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death and no post-mortem was carried out at the time.In November 2012, his remains were exhumed and samples taken, partly to investigate whether he had been poisoned with polonium — a suspicion that grew after the assassination in that manner of Russian ex-spy and Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.Since Arafat’s death, Palestinian society has long given currency to the rumour that he was murdered, with Israel the party most often blamed.But there has never been any proof.- © AFP, 2013Read: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned by radioactive polonium > Read: Experts exhume remains of Yasser Arafat >last_img read more

If we can pull this one off it will be a little

first_img 30,957 Views Analysis: How Schmidt’s Ireland managed to negate Folau’s aerial threat‘It was the greatest cleanout I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a few cleanouts in my time’ Monday 18 Jun 2018, 12:05 PM By Murray Kinsella Updated Jun 18th 2018, 12:05 PM Murray Kinsella reports from SydneyBEFORE IRELAND HEADED out on tour to Australia, Joe Schmidt caught up with Ollie Campbell.The legendary out-half, who Schmidt calls “a fantastic fella and a guy I have a huge amount of respect for,” wrestled Ireland’s number 10 shirt from Tony Ward on the famous 1979 tour of Australia and led the team to success in both Test matches. Schmidt speaks with Johnny Sexton before last weekend’s win. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat remains Ireland’s most recent series success against the Wallabies on Aussie soil, although this is the first time they have played them over three Tests.As hoped for, Schmidt’s men are heading into this weekend’s final clash in Sydney at what is already a sold-out Allianz Stadium with everything to play for.“He is certainly sage but he just really wished us luck,” says Schmidt of speaking to Campbell. “His quiet word is a little bit of a word of confidence. At the same time it is a little bit of a challenge for this modern team – can they do it?”It is the question that will make these next few days drag for Schmidt, Ireland, Michael Cheika, the Wallabies, and everyone else who is eagerly anticipating this showdown.“Obviously the lads are still being talked about from 1979 so we want to be talked about in another couple of years as well,” says Ireland lock Devin Toner of the opportunity.“We’re doing great things with this team and we’re in a special place, so obviously we want to win as much as we can.”Making new history is, of course, part of the appeal for Ireland but they also live by their own Grand Slam-winning standards now.Having been in a similar 1-1 position on their 2016 tour of South Africa coming into the final Test – albeit with a different squad – and losing that time, there is even greater hunger this week. Ireland applaud their excellent Irish support in Melbourne. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“For a few lads who are in there now, myself included, we were in South Africa two years ago and it was really frustrating,” says scrum-half Conor Murray.“To go down there and win a series would have been unbelievable. It was a great building process for the team at the time with a few young lads there, but that was the series we let slip.“We were definitely in winning positions and, for whatever reasons, we came up short.“This is the last game of our season and I know we’re really hungry to win a series down here. Whatever about the history, 1979, this is our team, our standards and that is what we want to get.”Schmidt has injury concerns this week in Cian Healy [AC], Dan Leavy [sternum] and Andrew Conway [hip pointer].His initial prognosis on all three was positive, although loosehead prop Healy did appear to be in the greatest pain as he left the pitch.Jack McGrath’s indiscipline will likely have been picked out by Schmidt in Ireland’s review meetings but he was excellent apart from a neck roll penalty and the yellow card for playing the ball with his hand in a ruck.Elsewhere in his team, Schmidt will consider bringing Jacob Stockdale back in on the wing, while Iain Henderson will push to return in the second row if his knee niggle has cleared.Niall Scannell and Rob Herring both made strong cases to be the starting hooker in Test three, while Bundee Aki could be an option in midfield if his ankle issue has cleared.Selection decisions aside, Schmidt still sees plenty of room for improvement in his team after their 26-21 victory in Melbourne to level the series, particularly in how they take the chances they are creating. Schmidt is looking for one final push from his players. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“It is easy to say but we just need to finish sometimes,” says the Ireland boss. “I felt we played some really good stuff in that third quarter and put them under some massive pressure.“And they were bleeding back, quite often, on the back of half opportunities, half gaps, sometimes full gaps, like when Keith Earls went through, one when Tadhg Furlong went through earlier just before half-time, but to then get something on the back of those is quite tough when a team defends as earnestly as they did.“Even when Tadhg scored that try, there were two offside advantages, so that would have blown the penalty count out even more and it would have put the big question regarding ‘is it a card or not?’”Schmidt was pleased to have another new cap in Tadhg Beirne last weekend, growing the internal competition within his squad.Now, he focuses in on helping Ireland to finish a superb season in the perfect manner in front of 45,500 people in Sydney.“It is going to massive, absolutely massive,” says Schmidt. “If we can pull this one off, it will be a little bit special for this group that have come on tour.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘If we can pull this one off, it will be a little bit special for this group’ Joe Schmidt spoke to legendary Ireland out-half Ollie Campbell about the last series success in 1979. Short URL Share9 Tweet Email Jun 18th 2018, 2:31 AM Follow us: 57 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Brésil  la structure dune fourmilière géante souterraine mise à jour

first_imgBrésil : la structure d’une fourmilière géante souterraine mise à jourEn excavant une fourmilière souterraine désaffectée au Brésil, une équipe de chercheurs est tombée sur une immense et complexe organisation digne de la plus grande mégalopole du monde des insectes. Une immense ville souterraine peuplée autrefois par des millions de fourmis coupeuses de feuilles a été découverte par des scientifiques au Brésil. Selon les experts, il s’agit là d’une fourmilière incroyablement complexe qui aurait abrité une des plus grandes colonies au monde. Les fourmis coupeuses de feuilles sont réputées pour constituer une des sociétés les plus sophistiquées notamment en raison de leur système de caste particulièrement évolué et de leur capacité à cultiver leurs ressources alimentaires. Ces insectes récoltent en effet des morceaux de plantes afin de faire pousser un champignon spécifique pour nourrir leurs larves. Pour mettre à jour la structure de la fourmilière géante construite sous la terre, les scientifiques ont, dans un premier temps, versé dix tonnes de béton à travers les ouvertures. Cette manipulation préalable vise à solidifier les chambres et les conduits pour les rendre apparents lors de l’excavation. Dix jours ont été nécessaires pour que le mortier traverse le réseau de dédales s’étendant sur une superficie de 46 mètres carrés à 8 mètres sous la surface du sol. Après un mois passé à déblayer consciencieusement 40 tonnes de terre, les chercheurs ont pu mettre en évidence l’impressionnante structure.Des jardins prévus pour cultiver des champignons À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les experts, l’architecture de la fourmilière aurait été conçue pour permettre une bonne ventilation et offrir aux fourmis des itinéraires les plus courts possible pour optimiser leurs parcours. Au total, une dizaines de routes principales reliant les principales chambres ont été identifiées. A cela s’ajoute toute une ramification de sentiers secondaires. Parmi les différents compartiments, les scientifiques ont pu déterminer la présence de jardins au sein desquels les fourmis cultivaient des champignons. Il est pour l’heure encore difficile de déterminer la cause de la disparition des fourmis coupeuses de feuille au sein de cette immense ville souterraine. Un mystère que l’équipe de chercheurs cherche désormais à éclairer.Parcourez la fourmilière géante en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 3 février 2012 à 15:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ministry of Education Announces Registration 20162017 for Public Schools in the Turks

first_img Science Fair open to public viewing by noon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ministry of education, public school, registration Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Mar 2016 – Public Primary SchoolsThe Ministry of Education announces the registration process for students at the public primary school level for the Academic Year 2016 -2017. Registration will take place on Monday, 21st March and Wednesday, 22nd March 2016.Parents and legal guardians are being asked to note that registration will be conducted in alphabetical order based on the surname(s) of the child or children.The following documents are required to complete the registration process:1 Passport size photographBirth CertificateImmunization CardProof of parents status in TCIPassport photo page of parent/guardiansOriginals and copies of the above listed documents MUST be presented on the day of registration.For more information on Student Registration contact the Department of Education at 649-338-4804/3809. The registration schedule is below.REGISTRATION SCHEDULE:PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS – STUDENTS FOR INFANT 1 ONLY (BORN IN THE YEAR 2012)TIME: 8:30am – 3:00pmDATE: 21st – 22nd March, 2016:Monday, 21st March – Children with surnames beginning with the letters A-M ONLYTuesday, 22nd March – Children with surnames beginning with the letters N-Z ONLYRegistration will be conducted at the following venues:Grand Turk: Department of Education OfficeProvidenciales: Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex2. Public High Schools:The Ministry of Education announces the registration process for students at the Public High School level for the Academic Year 2016 -2017. Registration will take place on Providenciales on Monday, 21st March and Tuesday, 22nd March 2016.Parents and legal guardians are being asked to note that registration will be conducted in alphabetical order based on the surname(s) of the child or children.The following documents are required in order to complete the registration process:1 passport size photographBirth CertificateImmunization/Medical CertificateProof of Parents legal status in TCI.Passport Photo Page of Parent/GuardianCopies and originals of the above listed documents MUST be presented on the day of registration.For more information on Student Registration contact the Department of Education at 649-338-4804. The registration schedule is below.PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS – Students for Form 1 ONLYTIME: 8:30am – 3:00pmDATE: 21st – 22nd March, 2016:Monday, 21st March – Students with surnames beginning with the letters A-M ONLYTuesday, 22nd March – Students with surnames beginning with the letters N-Z ONLYRegistration will be conducted at the following venue: Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports ComplexParents and guardians MUST take advantage of the registration process in order for their children to be considered for school places in the 2016/17 academic year. Recommended for you Super surges in Grand Turk may be affecting sewerlast_img read more

ASA Supports RevenueBased Farm Program

first_imgSends Joint Letter with NCGA and NFU to Agriculture CommitteesOctober 19, 2011…Saint Louis, Missouri…The American Soybean Association (ASA) today called on the Congressional Agriculture Committees to consider moving to a revenue-based farm program when they make further recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Budget Reduction by Nov. 1.”The realities of the current federal budget and debt crises make it imperative to find a viable risk management approach that can replace several existing programs,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean producer from Lafayette, Ind., in a joint letter also signed by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and National Farmers Union (NFU). “A new revenue-based program should be designed to complement rather than overlap or replace the existing crop insurance program, which is a key part of the farm program safety net.”The letter was sent following agreement by Republican and Democrat leaders of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to recommend $23 billion in spending reductions in programs currently authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill. The Committee leaders indicated that they would make further recommendations to the Joint Committee on how these cuts should be made among the various titles of the farm bill by Nov. 1. Eighty-four percent of the agriculture budget is comprised of nutrition programs, including SNAP (food stamps), with most of the balance in commodity and conservation programs.”We would note that, under a revenue-based program, compensation for losses that exceed a certain threshold would only be made as they are incurred, on all production and only on a portion of the loss,” the letter stated. “This stands in contrast with the current Direct Payment program under which farmers receive payments regardless of whether they produce a crop or incur a loss.”Kemper added that “many producers participate in the crop insurance program at levels that require losses of 30 percent or more before they are compensated. With the elimination of other elements of the farm safety net, a program is needed to offset part of these losses should they occur.”Under the Budget Control Act, the Joint Committee has until Nov. 23, to propose legislation that would reduce federal deficits over the next 10 years by a minimum of $1.2 trillion. Congress would need to pass the bill, without amendments and by simple majorities in both Houses, by Dec. 23, and President Barack Obama would need to sign it to prevent automatic program cuts from being made in 2013 that would particularly impact agriculture.”ASA looks forward to working with the Committees in their effort to provide details on their deficit recommendation to the Joint Committee,” Kemper said.last_img read more

Researchers find epigenetic factor in monogamy for voles

first_img Citation: Researchers find epigenetic factor in monogamy for voles (2013, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Steady relationships reduce amphetamine’s rewarding effects ( —A team of researchers at Florida State University has found an epigenetic factor involved in voles’ lifelong pair bonding. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the researchers describe how they found the act of mating—along with time spent alone—led to permanent brain changes in the voles involved in the study. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Voles are famously monogamous, leading some to note that switching the letters around in their name spells the word “love.” But the factors that lead to such pair bonding have remained somewhat of a mystery. Researchers have known for some time that vole pairs have higher levels of neurotransmitters—vasopressin and oxytocin—in their brains, but until now, haven’t been able to explain why. In this new study, the researchers have found that the act of mating, combined with time spent along together, causes permanent changes to chromosomes that lead to changes in genes that are responsible for creating monogamous behavior.Suspecting an epigenetic factor (chemical changes to chromosomes that impact how genes are transcribed) was at play, the researchers tested captive voles in a variety of circumstances for neurotransmitter levels. Some voles were housed together for six hours but weren’t allowed to mate—others were housed together long enough to encourage mating (typically a full day). Some of the voles that were not allowed to mate also had the histone trichostatin A (TSA) injected into a part of their brain—the nucleus accumbens—it’s known to play a part in their monogamous behavior. Other voles without injections were allowed to behave naturally.In studying the results of their experiments, the researchers found that voles housed for just six hours with prospective mates that also received TAS injections, became bonded mates regardless of whether they actually mated or not—and genes for the neurotransmitter receptors had been transcribed, which meant the changes were permanent. Subsequent testing of such pairs showed the bonded animals exhibited the same raised levels of neurotransmitters as those who mated naturally in the wild. They also found that voles being housed together was just as important as the chemical injection—those housed for shorter times, despite the dose of TSA, did not bond. This, they say, suggests that the bonding that occurs has more than one component. Spending time together before mating, they note, causes some sort of mental imprinting that when combined with raised neurotransmitter levels, causes the voles to want to mate with just their partner for the rest of their lives. Explore furthercenter_img More information: Histone deacetylase inhibitors facilitate partner preference formation in female prairie voles, Nature Neuroscience (2013) doi:10.1038/nn.3420AbstractIn the socially monogamous prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster), mating induces enduring pair-bonds that are initiated by partner preference formation and regulated by a variety of neurotransmitters, including oxytocin, vasopressin and dopamine. We examined potential epigenetic mechanisms mediating pair-bond regulation and found that the histone deacetylase inhibitors sodium butyrate and trichostatin A (TSA) facilitated partner preference formation in female prairie voles in the absence of mating. This was associated with a specific upregulation of oxytocin receptor (OTR, oxtr) and vasopressin V1a receptor (V1aR, avpr1a) in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), through an increase in histone acetylation at their respective promoters. Furthermore, TSA-facilitated partner preference was prevented by OTR or V1aR blockade in the NAcc. Notably, mating-induced partner preference triggered the same epigenetic regulation of oxtr and avpr1a gene promoters as TSA. These observations indicate that TSA and mating facilitate partner preference through epigenetic events, providing, to the best of our knowledge, the first direct evidence for epigenetic regulation of pair-bonding. Male and female prairie voles develop strong partner preference after mating and stay together for life. After developing the strong bond, they become aggressive and exhibit mate-guarding towards intruders of opposite sex. Finally, after they have pups, both mom and dad participate equally in taking care of them. Credit: Dr. Zuoxin Wang © 2013 Journal information: Nature Neurosciencelast_img read more

Power dept to install smart meters in Siliguri

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department will start installation of smart meters for the first time, as part of a pilot project in Siliguri. The installation is expected to kick off from the month of July-August.A senior official of the state Power department said that the smart meters will be installed at 5,000 households, which will be connected to a single feeder. “We will monitor the use for a period of at least a year and then a decision will be taken on whether we will go for more such meters,” the official said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe process of integration of software and hardware and other necessary infrastructure for adopting the new technology is going on in full swing. The smart meter is already in use at some places in the industrial and agriculture sectors.It may be mentioned that the Central government in 2011 had selected five to six states across the country, including Bengal, for a scheme on smart meters, whereby it had allocated 50 percent funds for the project. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe tendering process took a long time because of some financial problems associated with the executing company and of course because of the advanced technology involved in the project.Smart meters are very much effective in curbing hooking and pilferage, which has always been a matter of concern for West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL). It also contributes in bringing down pollution and ensure uninterrupted supply of good quality power. However, installation of smart meters entail a huge expense and the Siliguri pilot project involves an investment of more than Rs 5 crore.Elaborating on the advantages of smart meters both from the consumer and the department’s point of view, the official said that consumers will be able to automatically control electrical appliances from a remote location, while the utility company will be able to monitor electricity usage round the clock from its centralised server.”It also allows a consumer to reduce costs by increasing energy consumption during off-peak cheaper tariff periods,” the official said.It may be mentioned that the state Power department has already checked power theft for 8,000 big industries across the state, by implementing the technology of taking reading directly on a daily basis.The state Power department is holding talks with a number of foreign companies from countries like Japan, China, Korea, Europe and South Africa on using devices that cause less pollution in the Power sector.last_img read more

Keeping score with certification of green buildings

first_imgFrom the print editionTo many architects and builders, the question of what constitutes a “green building“green is an open one, which depends on factors such as the conditions of the site, climate, local customs, personal taste, available budget and a multitude of other considerations. However, others are in the business of defining exactly what a green building is, and of putting their stamp of approval on them.Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, for example, examines a long list of factors, and then, based on the compliance of the building with these requirements, denies or issues a certification. Depending on the number of points of compliance, the building can receive certification on one of four levels:  Basic LEED certification, Silver, Gold or Platinum.LEED, developed in the United States by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council, pioneered third-party, independent certification for green buildings in the U.S. and now has been  applied in 137 countries, including Costa Rica.  According to Roberto Meza, an engineer who works with LEED certification, there are now seven LEED-certified buildings in Costa Rica, while another 27 projects are pending. Other green certification programs also exist, including BREEAM, developed in the United Kingdom, and a new initiative being developed in Costa Rica specifically for Central America, called Requisites for Sustainable Buildings in the Tropics, or RESET (TT, May 12).The reasons for certifying a green building are many, and can include: •Marketing to environmentally conscious buyers or renters; •Using the certification requirements as a guide for green building; •In the case of corporations, as public relations and cost savings, or as part of a defined Corporate Social Responsibility policy; •In the case of government buildings in some countries, as a legal requisite and an example; •International development banks (such as the World Bank) are providing financing through local banks in Costa Rica and other countries on favorable terms for certified green buildings; •Finally, that the builder is willing to submit the building to an independent, highly detailed technical review is a sign of seriousness, and achieving certification a sign of good design and quality construction.LEED looks at the following issues, among others, and awards points based on compliance with a list of technical considerations under each heading.•The site of the building. Buildings that take advantage of existing infrastructure, control erosion and runoff, have access to public transportation and do not waste green space receive a higher rating;•Water efficiency, achieved through landscaping and water-saving appliances and plumbing fixtures;•Energy efficiency, achieved by building design and construction, smart appliances, and sometimes, on-site generation of energy;•Use of sustainable building materials and minimizing waste and use of natural resources; here, the impact of the building on CO2 in the atmosphere is taken into account;•Design. LEED recognizes smart design, and assigns extra credit for design innovation.RESET, which is in the final stages of development, is meant to be more attuned to building in a tropical, developing country than LEED and other certification systems, which were created in wealthy countries with temperate climates. According to Huberth Méndez, executive director of the Foundation for Urban Development, and a member of the committee of the Costa Rican Construction Chamber, which is designing RESET, the new certification system gives comparatively more weight to the choice of a site, building design and water use, and less to energy use, which is much more important in a climate that has extremes of hot and cold than in a tropical one like Costa Rica’s.Méndez also thinks that certification with RESET will be less expensive (Roberto Meza estimates that LEED certification can cost between $2,250 and $27,500, depending on the size and complexity of the building or project, although he stresses that savings in energy and water use, as well as construction costs, usually easily pay for the costs of certification).Although Meza believes that RESET is not strictly necessary – he thinks that LEED certification is sufficiently flexible as well as time-tested – he applauds the initiative as one that will lead to increased consciousness about sustainable building design in Costa Rica, and more green buildings as a result.“The points [counted for certification] are not the point,” he says, “The point is more and better sustainable buildings.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Recreo A Costa Rican playground for the adventurous and the cultured

first_imgPlaya Rajada is known for having one of the best sunsets in Costa Rica. Villa 19 has a pool area perfect for a massive party or just lounging around. Lindsay Fendt No related posts. Going There: Recreo is most easily accessed by flying into the Liberia airport and taking the road to La Cruz. After arriving in La Cruz take the turn off to El Jobo and continue towards Playa Rajada. Airport shuttles can also be arranged for $50 per adult per way. Recreo offers seven-night, all-inclusive packages during the holiday season, which include meals prepared by a private chef. The packages are priced by villa ranging from $4,046 for the one-bedroom villa (up to two people) and $20,230 for the five-bedroom villa (up to ten people). Off-season rates are as little as $189 per night for the one-bedroom villa and as much as $429 per night for the five-bedroom villa. Facebook Commentscenter_img Lindsay Fendt Upon my arrival at Recreo, a luxury resort at the tippy top of the northwestern province of Guanacaste, I was instantly compelled to snoop. (An expansive five-bedroom villa with seemingly infinite closets and secret nooks will do that). After 10 minutes of rummaging in the recreation room’s drawers, I emerged in the ultimate vacation get-up: a jungle explorer hat, binoculars, a maraca and a sturdy African club that I found on a shelf. I also discovered candleholders shaped like star people, miscellaneous drinking glasses, the board game Cranium and a small wooden manger.For me, these items provided little more than amusement. But their residency in our villa, along with everything else about my Recreo experience, led me to conclude that the U.S. owners of this remote Costa Rican beach resort had thought of everything. Situated on 32 hectares of land near the infrequently-visited Playas Rajada and Jobo, the seven villas at Recreo provide as much variety as the assortment of wonders inside of them. Whether it’s the intimate one-bedroom studio separated from the rest of the property by about a million stairs, the five-bedroom party mansion that the two of us stayed in, or something in between; Recreo seems to have digs for any occasion.Modern furniture and fixtures adorn each of the villas, but there also homages to Costa Rican history and culture. An oversized mortar and pestle once used for grinding corn is on display in Villa 19, and traditional oxcart parts are scattered throughout the resort. The only features the unique villas seem to have in common are the private pools and full kitchens, and I don’t recommend a grand tour unless you want a serious case of villa-envy. It happened to us in Villa 6. The floor-to-ceiling windows, moat and incredible mountain-and-sea view blew us away. Even the shower had a jungle view. Fortunately, we were able to recover after returning to our villa (19) to take a dip in its long pool and lounge on its plush wrap-around couch. After a relaxing afternoon and a lunch of lomito, fresh salad and patacones prepared by an exceedingly talented personal chef, we were ready to further explore. We set out on the gravel path lined in magenta Bougainvillea flowers, coconut palms and fruit trees that are frequented by spider and white-faced monkeys. The path is large enough for a car, but Recreo is best traveled by golf carts, which can be rented for $40 per day or $200 per week. Zipping around in these carts amidst the mysterious, prickly-treed landscape of Guanacaste, one is tempted to hoot like a sabanero (cowboy), and I can’t say we didn’t. Outside of Recreo’s gates, a five-minute golf-cart jaunt down a dirt road leads to Playa Rajada, a quiet beach known for its spectacular sunsets. Unlike most of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, Rajada is practically empty, making it perfect for a relaxing getaway. Guests can check out snorkel gear, boogie boards, kayaks and other sporting equipment (including basketballs and tennis racquets for the resort’s convenient and well-maintained courts) from the front desk. And although I do recommend kayaking and snorkelling just off the coast, where octopuses and lobsters can be spotted, beware of paddling too close to the rocky outcroppings. Sizeable waves occasionally break near them, and one managed to capsize my kayak. While the beach offers a fairly spectacular sunset, so too does the mountain-top lookout on Recreo’s property. The area is equipped with WiFi and a bar that can be stocked and staffed on request, and offers expansive views of Playa Rajada, Playa Jobo and even a stretch of southwestern Nicaragua. Most importantly, though, its the ideal vantage point to kick back with a glass of wine and watch the area’s famous sunsets, during which dramatic pinks streak the sky as a fuchsia sun dips into the Pacific.last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “I think there were a lot of positives to come out of the game.”Whisenhunt could have been talking about the play of his QBs, who combined to go 18-30 for 290 yards and three touchdowns, the 110 yards his team gained on the ground or the fact that 10 different players caught a pass. But, as we know, coaches don’t always care about stats in exhibition games. Whisenhunt and his staff wanted to see specific things out of different players, and that was a fairly mixed bag.“It’s been a very hectic week-and-a-half that we’ve had these guys,” the coach said. “But I think, overall, just as an overall concept of what you’re looking at it wasn’t as bad as maybe I thought it would be or probably a lot of people.”Whisenhunt said the team is “by no means a finished product,” and he’s got that right.Still, there were enough positives to take away from Thursday night’s game to feel comfortable saying this team will be better than last year’s squad.’s Craig Grialou contributed to this reportcenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   The final score really doesn’t matter.Sure, the Cardinals beat the Raiders 24-18 in the preseason opener Thursday night, but because it was just that — preseason — coming out with a win wasn’t the top objective.No, the Cardinals wanted to execute their assignments and come away healthy and, save for Todd Heap’s sprained left thumb, did a pretty good job of accomplishing both tasks.“As you would expect [there] were a lot of things we can work on,” Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But for the most part, I was excited to see the number of different players make the plays that they did.last_img read more

Government accepts Guterres new temporary Cyprus envoy Updated

first_imgThe Republic of Cyprus has agreed to the appointment of American Jane Holl Lute by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as a temporary envoy to feel out prospects for the resumption of Cyprus talks, sources within the UN said on Wednesday.According to the Cyprus News Agency, which cites sources within the UN, the request from the secretary-general’s office to the five interested parties – Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots and guarantors Greece, Turkey and the UK – was sent on Tuesday night, but not all responses have yet been received. Daily Politis, also citing sources, said that the Turkish Cypriots have also accepted Lute’s appointment.The US former UN official is to be appointed as a temporary personal envoy of Guterres.Guterres is reportedly pondering whether to launch the fact-finding mission right away, or wait until after the elections in Turkey in June.The secretary-general’s office has reiterated however that there are currently no plans to appoint a full special adviser to the secretary-general. The last special adviser was Norwegian diplomat Espen Barth Eide.Responding to a written question by CNA, deputy spokesman for the secretary-general Farhan Haq recalled that “upon the closing of the Conference on Cyprus last year, the secretary-general encouraged all parties to reflect in order to determine whether the conditions would mature again for a meaningful process in the near future.”“The UN is in contact with the parties to determine a way to seek the outcomes of their reflections and their views on the way forward,” Haq said.If the UN feels the talks can go ahead, Guterres would then appoint a special adviser to facilitate the negotiations.The move to appoint an envoy comes after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Monday he was ready to accept the Guterres framework and called on President Anastasiades to do the same.Anastasiades welcomed the statement as positive but asked for clarification, especially from Turkey on the issues of security, guarantees and troops.Jane Holl Lute has serviced in various senior UN positions and was also the US deputy secretary for Homeland Security from 2009 through 2013. In February 2016, she was appointed by the UN as Special Coordinator on Improving the United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.   You May LikeWorldemandCatch Up With These 70’s Stars Years LaterWorldemandUndoHousediver18+ Suprising Foods That Wash Blocked ArteriesHousediverUndoFood Eat Safe9 Foods You Shouldn’t Touch With ArthritisFood Eat SafeUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Government given goahead for series of expenses

first_imgMPs on Monday green-lighted the release of some €600,000 in appropriations for expenses to be undertaken by various government departments.Of the funds, €417,000 is earmarked for the Internal Audit Service. The appropriations are to be used for tenders for the purchase of audit services to be carried out at ministries, government departments and ministries.An additional €50,000 was released to parliament to pay the Cyprus News Agency for transmitting live sessions of the House plenary. For this year, 38 plenary sessions will be held, the transmission of each is billed at €1,100 plus VAT.Meanwhile the interior ministry received €137,000 for a number of development projects, including for a new home for the headquarters of the Union of Displaced Communities of Famagusta, as well as landscaping and repair works at various communities.Also on Monday, the House finance committee was set to release €100,000 to the Grain Commission to cover expenses relating to the body’s future status. This includes €57,900 to be paid to KPMG for consultancy services rendered to the government.KPMG is consulting the government on finding a strategic investor, to whom the grain silo in Limassol would be leased for 20 years. The investor would import and trade in grain in the domestic market as well as maintain strategic grain reserves free of charge.MPs requested additional data before releasing these funds.The government is looking to nationalise the loss-making Grain Commission and transfer its staff to other departments.The commission was established in 1960 as a state-controlled monopoly to ensure the lowest possible prices for grain imports, which it delivered to local businesses, and maintain the country’s strategic reserves.With the accession to the European Union in 2004, however, the grain market was liberalised and the semi-state importer was forced to operate under free-market conditions.The commission currently employs 60 workers but the government says the job can be done with about 10. You May LikeCollegebook15 Best Public Colleges You Might Don’t KnowCollegebookUndoScience101These Common Tricks Are Used By Thieves To Steal Your StuffScience101UndoEditorChoiceTop 30 Dangerous Places For SwimmingEditorChoiceUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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