TORONTO — The Toronto stock market declined Tuesday, pressured by falling gold and oil prices amid signs that geopolitical tensions may soon ease after Syria agreed to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,824.48 -30.16 -0.23%S&P 500 — 1,683.99 +12.28 0.73%Dow — 15,191.06 +127.94 0.85%Nasdaq — 3,729.02 +22.84 0.62%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 30.16 points to 12,824.48. A weakening U.S. dollar helped drive the loonie ahead 0.24 of a cent to 96.64 cents US.The Syrian government said early Tuesday that it has accepted Russia’s proposal to dismantle its chemical weapons as part of an effort to “uproot U.S. aggression.”President Barack Obama cautiously welcomed the recent developments but said he still plans to ask U.S. Congress to approve airstrikes in case Syria’s promise falls through. The possible diplomatic breakthrough drove U.S. indexes higher, as the Dow Jones rose 127.94 points to 15,191.06, the Nasdaq was up 22.84 points to 3,729.02 and the broader market measure, the S&P 500, was ahead 12.28 points to 1,683.99.However, the resource-heavy Toronto market dropped, led by a retreat in gold stocks and declines in commodities. December bullion fell $22.70 to US$1,364 an ounce, while December copper took back two cents to US$3.26 a pound. The October crude contract fell $2.13 to US$107.39 a barrel.The gold sector on the TSX was down 4.78%. Nearly all companies in the sector fell, with shares in Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) down 4.32%, or 86 cents, at C$19.06 and shares in Alamos Gold (TSX:AGI) down 6.29%, or $1.06, to $15.80.It’s the second day of declining crude prices amid the easing of tensions surrounding Syria. Although Syria isn’t a major producer, political uncertainty in the oil-rich Mideast tends to push up crude prices.Investors have been spooked for the past few weeks as they waited to see if the U.S. would launch military action against Syria for allegedly using sarin gas against civilians on Aug. 21. The attack in a Damascus suburb reportedly killed 1,429 people.“The Canadian market isn’t doing badly when you consider this (easing of the Syrian crisis) is causing some softness in the price of gold bullion and oil prices,” said Norman Raschkowan, a North American strategist with Mackenzie Financial Corp. “Any time that you can avoid getting into an armed conflict, it’s a good thing.”Raschkowan said some of the strength may be attributed to improved economic data coming out of North America, Europe and China.Overnight, there was further evidence that China, the world’s No. 2 economy, was over its recent soft patch. Industrial production was 10.4% higher in August than the year before, ahead of analyst forecasts of a 9.9% increase.“Uncertainty and the anxiety tends to weigh on markets,” he said. “There has been a lot of positive news out there and the general upwards trend that we’ve seen in the last few days is probably more of a reflection on the more encouraging economic data out of China.”In corporate news, Toronto-based Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) announced a potential resolution of its difficulties with the Kyrgyz government related to its Kumtor gold project. Its shares were initially up on the news, but later reversed direction and were down 34 cents, or 5.26%, at $6.13.Meanwhile, shares in smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) lost most of the gains they picked up Monday after reports surfaced Tuesday that a sale of the company was not as close as some may believe. BlackBerry shares dropped 5.27%, or 63 cents, to $11.33.Investors in Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) seemed unimpressed by the tech giant’s announcement Tuesday of two new iPhone models and a new mobile operating system later this month. Apple says its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on Sept 18. Shares in Apple were down $11.53, or 2.28%, to US$494.64.TOP STORIESiPhone 5C, iPhone 5S launched as Apple sets sights on low-end marketFallout from Fed tightening will be worse than 1994, warns ECBTransCanada’s $12-billion Energy East pipeline would support 11,000 full-time jobs, report saysLooks like China is back firing on all cylindersWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.National Household Survey, income and housing UNITED STATES10 a.m.Wholesale Trade (July): Economists expect 0.5% rise from month before CORPORATE NEWSCANADADollarama Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 78¢ a share Evertz Technologies Ltd Q1 earnings Kirkland Lake Gold Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 3¢ a share Reitmans Canada Limited ‘a’ Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 36¢ a share
Tomorrow is a big day for the running world and Hamilton will be centre stage. It’s the 120th running of the Around the Bay road race, North America’s oldest.To mark the occasion a 53-year-old Burlington man is doing something most people wouldn’t even consider.Cindy Csordas caught up with Bruce Smith who is running the race route five times.
“This attack is much more than a ceasefire violation, it is a grave breach of the most fundamental tenets of humanity,” she said in a statement. “The Government must urgently investigate this case, so that those responsible not only face justice, but the full censure of the international community.”She urged the Government to ensure effective measures are in place to prevent any communal backlash and protect civilian life and property for all communities, including those displaced from their homes.Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday deplored the attack, saying it was “wholly irresponsible and unjustifiable for combatants in any cause to plant mines that can have this kind of tragic result.” Ms. Arbour recalled that it came against a backdrop of an alarming trend in recent months in which civilians, including children, are increasingly becoming the targets of escalating violence in Sri Lanka between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Just last month she urged the parties to take immediate steps to defuse the violence, resume dialogue and strengthen measures to protect against human rights abuses.She noted that on 13 May, 13 Tamil civilians were killed on the island of Keyts in Jaffna, including an infant and a young child. On 29 May, 12 Sinhalese construction workers were killed execution-style near Welikanda in Batticaloa. On 9 June, a Tamil family of four including two children, were brutally murdered near Mannar. To date, investigations into these attacks on civilians have yet to produce results, she said.
WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB) says it will not renew a licensing agreement with U.S. telecom giant T-Mobile to sell BlackBerry products when it expires on April 25, 2014.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company says customers on the T-Mobile network should not see any difference in their service or support.BlackBerry adds it will work closely with T-Mobile to provide customer service to any who remain on the T-Mobile U.S. network or to any customer buying devices from T-Mobile’s existing inventory.“BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years,” said Blackberry CEO John Chen.“Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers. We hope to work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned.”T-Mobile, based in Bellevue, Wash., provides wireless voice, messaging, and data services capable of reaching over 293 million Americans.T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE:TMUS) is 67 per cent owned by Deutsche Telekom AG. BlackBerry ends licencing agreement with T-Mobile in the United States AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2014 9:53 pm MDT
She was confirmed as dead by her aunt Maxine Benson, as her parents are believed to be at the hospital bedside of her brother Bradley, 20, who was injured in the attack.She attended Halewood Academy, who could not be reached for comment but tributes and balloons had been left outside the school. Mrs Benson wrote: “My poor sister and Mike are destroyed beyond words… it doesn’t seem fair for two kids to go to a concert and only one returns how in God’s name could this happen to such a lovely family… heartbroken xx.”Relative Su Benson-Carson also posted a tribute to Megan Hurley, otherwise known as Megan Benson, on Facebook: “So sorry to get the sad news last night, such a devastating loss,, positive thoughts to relations near and far especially to Joanne Benson on the loss of Megan at the Manchester concert and positive thoughts to Brad who has been seriously hurt in the attack , we are living in a mad world where nothing makes sense anymore,,xx deepest thoughts go to all the family”. A local woman has set up a fundraising page for the family, which has raised more than £6,000. The final victim of the Manchester terror attack has been named as 15-year-old Megan Hurley from Halewood.Megan Hurley’s neighbours and friends have remembered a “gentle, unassuming” girl who loved her music and had a devilish sense of humour.Local teenagers held a vigil for her last night, releasing pink balloons into the air.Pat Byrne, whose garden backs onto Megan Hurley’s in the Liverpool suburb of Halewood, said: “It’s a little tight-knit community. A friend said: “She turned 15 in March.”She was very gentle and unassuming, not an extravert, but she had a great sense of humour and loved to make people laugh.”She loved to play on the trampoline.”The parents have barely left Bradley’s bedside since it happened on Monday. They haven’t even begun to start grieving – they haven’t left the hospital.”On Thursday pupils at Megan’s school Halewood Academy, could be seen standing in silence, paying their respects at a tribute of pink balloons at the entrance to the school Among the donors to the charity appeal was Andrea Church, who wrote: “My son Ethan went to school with Megan, such a lovely girl. “My deepest condolences to Jo and Mick and a speedy recovery to Brad. My heart is breaking”.Neighbours told the Daily Mail that Megan was due to celebrate her 16th birthday next week. 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. “They are a lovely family – always lots going on, very happy, smiling, lots of parties and barbecues.”We’ve been there for 20 years and they have been there all the time.””The local teenagers held a vigil for her last night. They had a picnic in the field and released pink balloons into the sky. It was tragic, but a lovely little tribute.Her husband Steve Byrne said: “They are one devastated family.”You take your kids for granted then something like this happens. It’s just tragic.The parents Michael and Joanne run a sandwich shop in nearby Hunts Cross.Some local friends, who preferred not to be named, said: “Megan was a lovely, quiet, sensitive person, who absolutely loved her music.”They said she was also an animal lover, and kept rabbits. Megan attended Halewood Academy where tributes and balloons were left outside It said: “We’re raising £500 to help fund a beautiful send off for Megan who was taken far too early due to the awful attacks at Manchester Arena on 22/05/2017.”On Tuesday evening, there was a service held for those in Halewood affected by the news, in St Nicholas’ Church.
Mrs May has repeatedly warned the choice in the election is between a “strong and stable” Conservative government and a “coalition of chaos”.The First Minister also claimed that in the event of a Tory victory across the UK and an SNP victory north of the border, Mrs May will perform an about turn on her refusal to grant a second independence referendum as her position will be “unsustainable”. Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the Tory party chairmanCredit:PA Ms Sturgeon also told the BBC’s Andrew Neil Interviews programme that Mrs May’s recent u-turn on her social care plans over the so-called “dementia tax” showed she would do the same on her refusal to back a new independence referendum. She said: “If the SNP win the election having won the Scottish election last year on the strength of a manifesto commitment that was very clear, and in the interim the Scottish Parliament having backed that, then I think that position of the Prime Minister is unsustainable.”However, she struggled to say how she would react if Mrs May refused another poll or how Scotland could become part of the Brexit negotiations, after arguing that an SNP win would strengthen her hand in the talks. When told that Scotland was not part of the Brexit talks, she replied: “You know what, we should be.”Pressed on what she would do if Mrs May refused to back down over a referendum, Ms Sturgeon said: “In politics, positions quickly become unsustainable and we’ve seen in the last few days that this is not a Prime Minister who is very good at holding position when she feels it’s under pressure. She’s a Prime Minister that has seemed to perfect the art of the u-turn.” Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of paving the way for a “coalition of chaos” between Labour and the SNP after she indicated she would rather see Jeremy Corbyn than Theresa May in Downing Street.With the polls narrowing, she was asked in separate interviews whether she would prefer Labour or the Tories to win the election next week.She said she did not want to see a Tory government while adding that she did not think Mr Corbyn was a credible choice as prime minister.But she also told the BBC that if there was a hung parliament then “of course we would look to be part of a progressive alliance that pursued progressive policies”.Asked in an earlier interview with Sophy Ridge on Sky News who she would prefer as prime minister, she replied: “I don’t want to see Tory governments and Tory prime ministers, I think they do real damage to Scotland.” Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. 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. She said the “reality” of the election, even with the polls narrowing, was that there was going to be a Tory government with a bigger majority.Recent polls across the UK have shown the Tory lead shrinking, with an ORB poll for the Sunday Telegraph putting support for Labour on 38 per cent, just six points behind the Conservatives.The Conservatives said she had now conceded she wanted Mr Corbyn as PM. Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the Tory party chairman, said a deal between the SNP and Labour “would mean Jeremy Corbyn propped up by a weak and unstable coalition just days before the Brexit negotiations start – putting at risk the deal we need to get”.He added: “Corbyn and the rest would put up taxes, weaken our defences and increase immigration. And we know he would give into Sturgeon’s demand for another independence referendum, because he’s ‘absolutely fine’ with that. In the days of shock election results Jeremy Corbyn could become PM – and the polls are tightening.”
Most of us as kids growing-up have owned Hot Wheels sets and have imagined all sorts of scenarios with these little actions cars. But no matter what we envisioned with tracks, books, and ramps, I think artist Chris Burden has us all beat with his impressive mini car track piece called “Metropolis II.”Created from metal tracks and motorized elevating ramps, along with 1,200 Hot Wheels Cars and 13 toy trains, Metropolis II indeed looks like a mini city with cars zipping about at rush hour. Unfortunately, no matter how good you have been for Santa this year, this Hot Wheels set on steroids is not available for purchase. The good news is for those of you in the Los Angeles, California area you can see this massive car track in action at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).AdChoices广告Read more at LACMA Blog, via DVICE
The big news coming out of Nvidia last week was the announcement of its new high-end GPU: the GTX 680. The new chip and subsequent graphics cards are meant to emphasize efficiency while retaining performance. Only thorough independent benchmarking will reveal that to be the case. But as you would expect, some manufacturers are already experimenting with cooling solutions to push the GPU further.One of those manufacturers is Gainward, and it has come up with a new cooling configuration that at first glance looks to be a passive system. A brand new, performance GPU relying solely on a heatsink for cooling? Surely not, and indeed that’s definitely not the case here.Instead, Gainward reconfigured the cooling setup for its forthcoming GeForce GTX 680 Phantom card to put the fans below the heatsink. They’ve also managed to equip the card with five heatpipes to help draw heat away from the board. The fans below the heatsink doesn’t blow hot air away from the GPU, instead they blow on to it, drawing cool air through the fins of the heatsink.The reason for this design is thought to be to allow higher clock speeds while keeping noise levels to a minimum. If it works, we could end up with a quiet card that performs above Nvidia’s stock 680 card. In other words, a very desirable graphics card to place in your system.Gainward is thought to be finalizing the Phantom card at the moment, so hopefully it won’t be long before they announce the release date and test cards start shipping out.Read more at TweakTown, via Softpedia
Découverte d’une impressionnante statue d’Amenhotep IIIDes archéologues égyptiens viennent de faire une découverte étonnante : une immense statue d’Amenhotep III mise au jour près de Louxor. Le vestige serait l’une des plus grandes représentations du pharaon. Le secrétariat d’État aux Antiquités a annoncé aujourd’hui la découverte d’un vestige archéologique d’une grande valeur. Il s’agit d’une statue en quartzite, haute de plus de 13 mètres. La sculpture composée pour le moment de sept morceaux, a été retrouvée dans le temple funéraire d’Amenhotep III à Kom al-Hitan en Egypte. La tête probablement encore enfouie n’a pas encore été retrouvée. À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitSelon les experts, la statue du pharaon, initialement présentée à l’entrée nord du temple, aurait été détruite lors d’un tremblement de terre survenu en l’an 27 avant J.-C. Dans son communiqué de presse, le secrétariat d’État aux Antiquités a indiqué que “la mission archéologique travaillait maintenant à nettoyer, rassembler et restaurer les sept pièces pour les remettre en place, et à rechercher la tête de la statue”.Le règne d’Amenhotep III sur l’Égypte, remonte à une période de 1390 à 1352 avant J.-C. Le pharaon est le père d’Akhenaton, “pharaon hérétique”, considéré comme précurseur du monothéisme en raison de sa volonté à imposer exclusivement le culte du dieu Aton, grand-père de Toutankhamon.Le 26 avril 2011 à 19:48 • Maxime Lambert
Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit believes someone like Roberto Firmino would have been a much better striker than Gonzalo Higuain for the club.The Blues pulled off arguably the biggest coup of the winter transfer window by signing Higuain on a loan deal from Juventus until the end of the season.The Argentina international made his debut for Chelsea on Sunday in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.But Gullit, who played as both a midfielder and forward during his playing career, is not convinced that Higuain’s playing style will suit Chelsea.The Dutchman believes Eden Hazard and Willian will not be able to provide the kind service Higuain needs and suggested that a player like Liverpool’s Firmino would have been a better call.“I hope I am wrong, I really do, but [Gonzalo] Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play,” Gullit told BBC.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves. So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under [Maurizio] Sarri, they never do.“Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.“That is how Chelsea’s frontman has to play too, which is why I am not sure [Gonzalo] Higuain is the answer.“At the very least, he has a difficult job because, with the way they are set-up, he will not be able to play the way he wants.“We will have to wait and see, but Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are both good strikers, and it has not worked out for them.”
Warangal: The nursery in the Warangal Central Prison is one of the biggest in Telangana, Urban District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil said. The Collector, who inspected the nursery here on Thursday, said that no other prison in the country has such a big nursery the Warangal Central Prison has. “The prison’s nursery is raising 15 lakh saplings with Rs 70 lakh provided by the Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA),” he said. He heaped praise on prison authorities for orderly maintenance of about 25 varieties of plants – shade giving, fruit bearing and horticultural. Also Read – SP AV Ranganath advises newly promoted ASIs to render dedicated service in Nalgonda Advertise With Us He told the prison authorities to ensure 80 per cent survival rate of plants and to provide funds for constructing green house on a permanent basis in the prison. The nursery would provide additional income to the prisoners, Patil said. He directed the officials to depute two persons each for two lakh saplings so that monitoring would be better. The Collector said that they have plans to forestry wing in the KUDA so that Haritha Haram programme would be taken up on a big note. Greater Warangal Municipal Commissioner N Ravi Kiran, prison superintendent M Murali Babu, prison official K S Suresh Babu and town planning officer E Ajith Reddy were among others present. Later, the Collector also inspected the nursery located in Bhattupally, a suburban village, which is raising 7 lakh saplings.
Share Twitter via @badass_wDanica Roem, a trans woman, beat Bob Marshall, author of Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban and anti-trans bathroom bill.A transgender candidate defeated an incumbent Virginia lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms she could use.Democrat Danica Roem, a former journalist, is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the United States. She unseated Republican Del. Bob Marshall, one of the state’s longest serving and most socially conservative lawmakers. The race was one of the year’s most high profile, drawing international attention and big money to the northern Virginia House of Delegates district outside the nation’s capital.“It’s historic. … It sends a message to politicians everywhere that the politics of bigotry is over,” Democratic House Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said.Roem will be the first transgender member of the House of Delegates and will become the first out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature, according to the Victory Fund, a political action committee that works to get openly LGBTQ people elected and has supported Roem.Roem, who couldn’t immediately be reached for an interview Tuesday night, openly discussed her gender identity during her campaign, but it was far from her focus. Instead, she focused on jobs, schools and, with particular fervor, northern Virginia’s traffic congestion.In an interview Wednesday morning with Washington’s WTTG-TV, Roem thanked her grassroots supporters, saying they made it possible for her to run without relying on campaign contributions from corporations. She says she has refused to accept money from Dominion Energy, which she says has too much influence over lawmakers.“We have got to change the culture in Richmond,” she told the TV station.Roem started pursuing therapy to begin her gender transition when she was 28, and said in an interview with The Associated Press during the campaign that politics should be inclusive of all.“No matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, if you have good public policy ideas, if you’re qualified for office, you have every right to bring your ideas to the table,” she said.She also argued that Marshall, who has served in the House since 1992, has spent too much time on social policy.A lightning rod for controversy, Marshall often drew the ire of even his own party.In addition to this year’s bathroom bill, Marshall was also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard.On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem’s gender.In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Marshall said: “For 26 years I’ve been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future. Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years.”Roem, who sings in a metal band in her spare time, said she learned to listen to different perspectives and digest complicated policy as a reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, skills she would bring to bear as a delegate.Roem wasn’t the only transgender candidate elected Tuesday. Tyler Titus, who is openly transgender, won a seat on a western Pennsylvania school board, The Erie Times-News reported.“2017 will be remembered as the year of the trans candidate – and Danica’s heroic run for office the centerpiece of that national movement,” Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, president & CEO of Victory Fund, said in a statement.
Citation: Southern Europeans have North African genes (2013, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-southern-europeans-north-african-genes.html New research raises doubts about whether modern humans and Neanderthals interbred © 2013 Phys.org Population geneticists have formulated three hypotheses to explain the greater genetic diversity of Southern Europeans. One says that about 20,000 years ago, people from all over Europe retreated southward to escape advancing glaciers. When the glaciers receded, only a small segment of the original population recolonized the North.A second explanation, associated with the Neolithic revolution and the development of agriculture in the Near East, about 10,000 years ago, is that people from the Near East migrated westward to Europe, with gene flow varying in different parts of the continent.The third hypothesis says that Southern Europe’s high genetic diversity was caused by recent migration from Africa to Southern Europe, related to the Roman conquest of North Africa and the Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula. However, previous studies suggested that Europeans and Africans share only between 1 and 3 percent of their genomes, making this scenario unlikely.These studies looked at populations from sub-Saharan Africa but excluded North African populations. To correct this oversight, Bustamante and his team analyzed data from DNA samples of 2,099 individuals in 43 different populations, including seven from North Africa and three from Spain. They found much higher levels of gene flow from Africa to Europe than earlier studies had indicated.Evidence of North African descent was highest in the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands, with up to 20 percent of individual genomes reflecting shared ancestry. The analysis showed that North Africans must have migrated to Spain at least 240 to 300 years ago.Basques who live on the Iberian Peninsula were an exception. They showed lower levels of shared ancestry with North Africans, closer to those of Europeans from further north. The researchers also looked at the relationship between disease risk and their suggested migration patterns. They studied 134 diseases and found that most of them followed inheritance patterns consistent with their interpretation. However, people from North Morocco and the Western Sahara had a higher risk of multiple sclerosis than expected, while Canary Islanders had a lower risk. Explore further 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. This image shows the coding region in a segment of eukaryotic DNA. Credit: National Human Genome Research Institute (Phys.org) —Southern Europeans are more genetically diverse than Northern Europeans. Geneticists have several different explanations for this phenomenon, one of which is migration from Africa to southern Europe. However, previous studies, which have relied on samples from sub-Saharan populations, have not revealed much shared ancestry between Africans and Europeans. Recognizing that there are many genetic differences between Northern and sub-Saharan Africans, Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University and his colleagues performed a DNA analysis that included North African populations. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows high levels of shared ancestry between Southern Europeans and North Africans. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Gene flow from North Africa contributes to differential human genetic diversity in southern Europe, Published online before print June 3, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306223110AbstractHuman genetic diversity in southern Europe is higher than in other regions of the continent. This difference has been attributed to postglacial expansions, the demic diffusion of agriculture from the Near East, and gene flow from Africa. Using SNP data from 2,099 individuals in 43 populations, we show that estimates of recent shared ancestry between Europe and Africa are substantially increased when gene flow from North Africans, rather than Sub-Saharan Africans, is considered. The gradient of North African ancestry accounts for previous observations of low levels of sharing with Sub-Saharan Africa and is independent of recent gene flow from the Near East. The source of genetic diversity in southern Europe has important biomedical implications; we find that most disease risk alleles from genome-wide association studies follow expected patterns of divergence between Europe and North Africa, with the principal exception of multiple sclerosis.
Monday, January 22, 2018 TORONTO — Should Jamaica-bound clients cancel their trips in the wake of the State of Public Emergency for St. James Parish and the travel advisory from the Canadian government? “Absolutely not,” says Philip Rose, Regional Director, Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board.The JTB has seen an uptick in calls after media coverage of the travel advisory, updated Jan. 19 at travel.gc.ca/destinations/jamaica, under the ‘Safety & Security’ link.The alert advises Canadian travellers heading to a resort in the affected area to stay on-property. Visitors looking to travel off-property are advised to use transportation arranged or provided by the resort. The alert also advises travellers to use organized tour operators for excursions and travel to and from the airport.The Canadian government revised its travel advice for Jamaica in the wake of the State of Public Emergency declared Jan. 18 by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness for St. James Parish, which includes Montego Bay, in response to escalating crime and violence in the area.Soon after the government revised its advisory, Sunwing sent out this update: “Following the recent travel advisory issued by the Canadian Government regarding travel in the Parish of St James, which includes the resort destination of Montego Bay, we would like to reassure passengers that all of our flights, cruise and vacation packages are operating as scheduled.”Sunwing adds: “We are in close contact with our destination team, who have advised us that while tourists are being encouraged to exercise a degree of caution, all tours and excursions are operating normally and there are no restrictions on their movements. Over 95% of our customers choose all-inclusive resorts when they vacation in Jamaica, however we are extending flexible re-accommodation options to any customers booked in a self-catering hotel in St. James Parish.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“Please note that the only resort area this advisory applies to is Montego Bay and does not affect our other resort destinations including Ocho Rios, Runaway Bay, Negril and Falmouth in the Parish of Trelawny.“Jamaica is consistently one of our most popular destinations and we send approximately 5,000 visitors through Montego Bay airport each week without related incident. Customer safety and security is our primary concern and we will continue to seek the advice of the Canadian government, local government, and our local representatives on this matter and adjust our policies if required.”Meanwhile Air Canada has extended its flexible rebooking policy to include travel to, from or via Sangster International Airport (MBJ), between Jan. 19 and Jan. 31, 2018, for passengers who purchased an Air Canada ticket no later than Jan. 19, 2018. Passengers scheduled to travel on the above dates can contact Air Canada Reservations (1-888-247-2262) to change their flight, free of charge, to another date between now and Feb. 14, 2018, subject to availability in the cabin where the fare was originally purchased (or any fare difference will apply).Air Canada passengers are also advised that they may also choose to travel to an alternate destination. Any change fees will be waived, provided they are travelling between now and Feb. 14, 2018, however any fare difference will apply.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaRose says the State of Public Emergency is a proactive move “to ensure that the Jamaica of tomorrow is even better than today.”Rose adds: “The State of Emergency is a law enforcement initiative. The only people who should be concerned are the unsavoury characters the program is designed to get rid of. The unsavoury characters are not running amok. But we don’t want to sit idly by.”Rose said he recognizes that a declaration of a State of Emergency “tends to invoke certain images”.But the Jamaican government’s move boils down to the fact that members of Jamaica’s military are now out in greater number to help the island’s police force in the wake of an uptick in crime in the area, he adds.While a State of Emergency does give a government more control, a major factor with a State of Emergency declaration is loosening the purse strings to free up more government money to add resources to help deal with the situation, and that could apply to anything from crime in some countries, to political unrest in others, to devastation from natural disasters.Visitors to Jamaica “should exercise the same caution as they would in any country, at any time,” said Rose.“We are not experiencing what people would think of when they picture a ‘State of Emergency’,” he said.Rose added: “We expect the State of Emergency to be effective and we don’t anticipate any lingering impact. Jamaica is having a very, very good winter.” Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Air Canada, Sunwing’s Jamaica updates, plus the latest from the JTB post-travel advisory Share Tags: Air Canada, Jamaica, Sunwing, Travel Alert
Reid also has been keeping attention focused on Yucca Mountain, a federal nuclear waste dump planned for 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas that’s been largely mothballed at Reid’s insistence. “Republican presidential candidates must really think Nevada voters are daft,” Reid said to supporters last week in an email that criticized Rubio for supporting the dump and questioned Bush’s stated opposition.And he’s working to help a hand-picked successor, former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, replace him in the Senate, though he denied any role in talking Democratic Rep. Dina Titus out of the race.“She made the decision on her own. I don’t get involved in stuff like that,” Reid said.Reid himself was instrumental in pushing for the Nevada caucus system in the first place, in 2008, which gave Nevada early state presidential voting status with nominating contests held in January, third only to Iowa and New Hampshire. That brought unprecedented attention to the small state during the primary fight between Barack Obama and Clinton, registering tens of thousands of new Democratic voters who would help Democrats win in 2008 and 2012 — and, not coincidentally, help Reid himself to re-election in 2010 when he was being written off as politically dead. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is at it again.Known for meddling in politics at all levels in his home state of Nevada, the Democrat intervened earlier this week to help kill a GOP-backed bill in the Legislature that would have allowed Nevada to trade its presidential caucuses for primaries, seen as friendlier to establishment candidates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who might be tougher for Democrats to beat. Parents, stop beating yourself up Nevada’s junior senator, Republican Dean Heller, said Reid was “obviously … doing what’s in his best interest, and I was doing what was in my best interest and I was disappointed to see the result.”“Ron Paul did well in the state with a caucus last couple of cycles, and I think that his son will do well also,” Heller added.Reid himself shrugged off a question about whether his move could end up pushing Republicans to nominate a more right-wing candidate.“I didn’t know they had anybody else running. So who else would they nominate?” Reid said.___Associated Press writers Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels in Carson City, Nevada, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share Top Stories At the same time the caucuses proved an embarrassment for the GOP. The 2008 GOP convention was prematurely shut down as activists clashed, while in 2012 the turnout was an anemic 8 percent. With a wide-open primary field and the chance to reclaim the White House in 2016, Republicans saw an opportunity for Nevada to play an important role. Holding primaries would boost participation — since voters would only have to show up to the polls, not attend hours-long meetings — and would require less expense and organizing from candidates.Establishment Republicans also saw a benefit for candidates like Bush, since caucuses tend to be dominated by conservative party activists who might gravitate toward a figure like libertarian-minded Rand Paul. Kentucky’s junior senator already has a network of supporters in the state thanks to candidacies by his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.Legislation to make the change was widely supported by the GOP heading into the legislative session that ended earlier this week, but Reid made a call to a Democratic supporter in the Assembly, Harvey Munford, who promptly had a change of heart. The session ended with no vote on the bill.“Basically, he spelled it out to me,” Munford said later, adding that Reid had warned of the possibility that Nevada could lose its early state role, which was predicated on holding caucuses. The surprise outcome exasperated Republicans from Las Vegas to Washington and served notice that even as Reid heads into retirement, Republicans will have to get around him if they hope to win Nevada in 2016. And it was just the latest move from a masterful tactician who rules his home state’s political scene like no other and is determined to keep the White House and his own Senate seat in Democratic hands though his name will never again be on the ballot.“Harry’s an icon, there hasn’t been anybody in politics like him. Whether you like his politics or not he’s carved out a spot that quite frankly is unique in the history of Nevada politics,” said Republican Rep. Mark Amodei, a former state party chairman. “He’s a results-oriented guy, and until we really hug ‘what are they doing, and how do we compete with that’ there’ll continue to be days where we struggle.”For Reid, 75 and blind in one eye as the result of an accident while exercising earlier this year, working against the primary bill was just one of his recent moves designed to boost Democratic prospects in Nevada.Some of his top lieutenants run the state Democratic Party and will be instrumental in working for presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former secretary of state and first lady surrounded herself with some of Reid’s allies in the immigrant community when she visited the state last month, and she plans another appearance in a couple of weeks. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, following a Senate policy luncheon, as legislation to end the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities is expected to clear the Senate late Tuesday. But House leaders have warned their Senate counterparts not to proceed with planned changes to a House version. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) How do cataracts affect your vision?
Qantas customers are set to enjoy a new standard of luxury on international flights from Asia, Hawaii and key domestic routes, with the airline unveiling the design of new Business Suites to feature on its A330 fleet.They are to be progressively introduced from later this year, and are designed in collaboration with Marc Newson, the new Business Suite will be available on all 28 of Qantas’ A330 aircraft.In a world first, the first seats to allow customers to recline in their seat from take-off through to landing, the Suites also offer fully-flat beds and direct aisle access for every Business Class passenger in a 1-2-1 layout.Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce, said the airline was excited to unveil the Business Suite, as it will redefine the inflight experience for customers.“We believe this product will deliver the best travel experience between Asia and Australia, and probably the best domestic travel experience anywhere in the world. We can’t wait for our customers to experience it for themselves,” Mr Joyce said.Mr Joyce said they have listened to what matters most to Qantas customers and done extensive ergonomic trials to deliver the highest levels of comfort, privacy and intuitive design.“There’s enough space to eat while continuing to work, which is something our business customers said was very important to them, and plenty of storage room to keep the range of electronic devices that people now travel with,” Mr Joyce said.The work to refresh the aircraft interiors will start at Qantas’ heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane next month, the first of the domestic refurbished A330 aircraft will take to the skies in late December. Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman
Source = Destination Gold Coast Pool Peppers Soul Surfers ParadiseAustralia’s favourite playground set to swing to new heightsDestination Gold Coast (DGC) has launched a $2.6m marketing initiative – an extension of its previous ‘Come & Play’ tourism campaign – to lure families to the Gold Coast this winter.Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said the city’s peak tourism body has doubled down on its efforts to strengthen its position as Australia’s favourite holiday destination with a refreshed campaign.“We had a bumper Easter and school holidays and we are keen to draw more domestic tourists – our bread and butter – to experience Australia’s playground at a time that is traditionally a softer period for tourism,” said Ms Battista.“Earlier this year, we went to market with a bold tourism campaign, in partnership with the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and our iconic theme parks, targeting families to ‘Come and Play’ on the Gold Coast.“On the back of the success of the previous campaign and foray into a new evolving brand for the Gold Coast, DGC aims to capitalise on the momentum to ensure the destination remains a must-visit for domestic tourists, a year on from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”The revised campaign debuted this week in key visitor markets of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and continues to highlight Gold Coast’s strengths – its famed beaches and theme parks, nature-based experiences, tropical rainforest and casual family-friendly dining.“By evolving the campaign creative and splicing experiences, we further cement the city’s status as an endless playground for holidaymakers,” she said.“The Gold Coast’s core offering underpins our key message to Aussie families, it’s something we are unapologetic about, because it is second to none.“To reinforce the Gold Coast’s positioning as the ultimate family-friendly holiday destination, we partnered with leading accommodation provider Mantra Hotels, which is now part of the world-leading Accor hospitality group, to entice savvy tourists to escape to the Gold Coast this winter.”The partnership has seen DGC’s investment surpass the previous $2.5m tourism campaign to reach an unprecedented level of marketing spend for the destination.Accor Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said DGC’s refreshed family campaign is a positive step for the Gold Coast.“Our collaborative partnership with DGC on this marketing initiative is very important to our business,” said Mr McGrath.“With 26 properties on the Gold Coast, we have an enviable breadth of family-friendly accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.“The leisure family market represents a large, growing and high-value market segment for tourism operators on the Gold Coast.“This campaign capitalises on the Gold Coast’s beaches, theme parks, entertainment and adventure offerings extremely well, which are all proven motivators for family tourism,” he said.The commercial was first featured throughout Blues on Broadbeach last weekend, as some 180,000 festivalgoers, predominantly tourists, flocked to the Gold Coast’s largest music festival.The campaign will run until June 28 encompassing free-to air and subscription TV, cinema, outdoor, online and social media.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineRiva, the iconic Ferretti Group brand, announces the birth of the new flagship of their open line. Riva 63’ Virtus, is the largest open yacht produced by the shipyard, characterised by unmistakable style and a distinctly Mediterranean character.The new Riva 63’ Virtus is the product of the unique relationship between Officina Italiana Design, the studio that exclusively designs all yachts in the Riva range, the AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology, the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, as well as the team of architects and designers at Centro Stile Ferretti Group. The new model has been designed as a sporty yacht, created for owners wishing to experience the sea first hand.Riva reinterprets the concept of an open yacht with a model featuring a typical Mediterranean style maintaining the unmistakable elegance of all the shipyard’s models: class, refinement and clean lines. Created following the lines of the 63’ Vertigo, a classical highly successful Riva model, the new Riva 63’ Virtus is a flagship of the Riva opens. Virtus is designed to last, recapturing the strong character of the Rivale, another Riva open line, but incorporating larger spaces which guarantee excellent livability and total on-board comfort.The exteriors feature spacious areas which enable owners to enjoy the yacht in the company of their guests, thanks to two large sundecks, one at bow and one astern, under which the garage for the tender is located. This social aspect of the yacht is also extended to the helm area, where the driving seat consists of a three-seater sofa, enabling owners to share the pleasure of driving the yacht with their guests. Moreover, it is protected by a large windshield with a double curve ensuring great comfort while cruising. The cockpit is spacious, comfortable and equipped with a fridge, sink and – upon request – a grill. In the cockpit there are three sofas, one of which is L-shaped, on the port hand side, one astern and a third equipped with a system which slides and enables to move closer to the varnished teak table which has a flip up section. The cockpit is covered with a large, electro-hydraulically operated bimini which can also be kept open whilst running.Typical of Riva, the class and attention to fine detail is evident in the cleats and in the electric winches skillfully concealed to ensure aesthetic fluidity. Painstaking attention has also been paid to creating the functional, well-designed instrument mast in line with the style of all Riva open models.The interior fittings have been styled in such a way to attain the very best availability in terms of space and comfort, a spacious salon with a large wooden table is able to accommodate up to six people, without requiring the reduction in size of the galley. Riva 63’ Virtus is a yacht featuring contrasts of colour and materials: the alternation between the light shades of the oak and darker ones of the leather, and between the opaque and polished lacquering create a style which gives the new Riva 63’ Virtus a further touch of modern style, in addition to the traditional elegance of all Riva yachts.The master cabin is located portside astern and set slightly lower than the other two, enriched with a bed run around in leather stitching. The slightly lower position of the cabin makes it possible to use all the space available. The guest cabin, also located port-side mid-ship, features bunk beds, set out in an L-shape which offers a pleasant panoramic view of the surface of the water. The master and VIP cabins, set at bow, both feature en-suite heads, whilst the day head is located opposite the guest cabin.The harmonious profile of the yacht is further emphasised by the large arrow-shaped side windows, which have made so many other Riva models successful and guarantee excellent natural lighting below deck. The unusual features of the hull and teak of the deck and part of the cockpit, together with the many details in stainless steel, contribute to making the 63’ Virtus both modern and sporty.“Riva is an extraordinary brand, and always manages to innovate, creating unique, cutting edge models, whilst still maintaining the charm and magic which have characterised it for over 160 years,” said Norberto Ferretti, Chairman of the Group. “The 63’ Virtus, with her strong, decisive character combined with the elegance and refined features which are typical to this brand, is the perfect addition to the Riva range.”“Sporty, sociable and a pleasure to drive; these are the concepts which guided the design of the new Riva open”, asserted Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design. “With Riva 63’ Virtus, we wanted to create a long-lasting yacht, destined to become part of Riva’s history and its great classics.”“We are pleased to present the Riva 63’ Virtus, a sporty, racy yacht characterised by a style which has always distinguished the Riva brand”, stated Alberto Perrone da Zara, Riva Brand Manager Sales Manager. “Virtus is a model able to fully satisfy the needs of Owners who want to drive their yachts easily, with spaces suitable for sharing comfortably with whoever they choose.www.riva-yacht.com
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