Mets Get Tigers Slugger Cespedes

first_imgNEW YORK — The Mets acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit on July 31 in their strongest attempt yet to boost a punchless lineup that threatened to derail their postseason hopes.Cespedes hit .293 with 18 home runs with 61 RBIs in 102 games with the Tigers this season. The Mets trail first-place Washington by three games in the NL East, but New York ranks last in the Major Leagues in runs and batting average, and is 29th in on-base percentage and slugging.The Mets sent minor league pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit. The Tigers decided to build for the future this week after winning the last four AL Central titles. They traded star left-hander David Price and closer Joakim Soria on July 30.Milwaukee General Manager Doug Melvin said a trade fell through July 29 that would have sent Carlos Gomez to the Mets, and at that point it was fair to wonder whether New York would do enough to improve its struggling offense.But the acquisition of Cespedes — after the Mets also added infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson — could pay dividends in the race for a postseason spot.New York is 4 1/2 games behind the NL’s second wild card.“When you’re in the hunt, what you want is general managers on your team to be somewhat aggressive,” third baseman David Wright said as news of the Cespedes trade was breaking. “And it seems like (GM Sandy Alderson has) done that. So give him credit.”Wright has been on the disabled list since April 15 because of hamstring and back problems.The 22-year-old Fulmer has spent most of this season with Double-A Binghamton, going 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA. The 23-year-old Cessa has split time between Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. In 18 starts between those two levels, he is 7-7 with a 3.98 ERA.“I think as an organization, one of your responsibilities is to regroup when you can and you add and you make moves,” Detroit General Manager Dave Dombrowski said in Baltimore, where the Tigers were to face the Orioles. “You have to kind of assess where you are.”Detroit is in fourth place in the AL Central. Although a wild-card berth remains a possibility, Dombrowski apparently thought looking toward next year and beyond was a better option.“We had asked for Fulmer for the last couple of days and they said no,” he said. “They finally came back and made the deal.”He said the Tigers will seek to win with the team as it is currently constructed.“They’re professionals. They’ll know that the goal is to go out there and win each and every day as much as they possibly can,” he said.He said the other teams around the majors helped make these trades happen.“I really kind of left it to other clubs to kind of control where we were going with this,” Dombrowski said. “And the three guys we traded were the three guys that were actively pursued.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 may not launch in India in February, March launch possible

first_imgIf you have been eagerly waiting for the Redmi Note 7 looks like Xiaomi wants you to have more patience and wait for some more time. Rumours until now suggested that Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 7 in India this month, that is in February. But some new reports now reveal that Xiaomi may take some more time to bring the Redmi Note 7 to India. Last week sources close to India Today Tech revealed that Xiaomi may take some time to launch the Redmi Note 7 in India.A report coming from Mysmartprice in partnership with Indian tipster Ishan Agarwal suggests that the Redmi Note 7 India launch may have been delayed by another month. This means that the Redmi Note 7 may not launch in India before March. Having said that there could be high chances that Xiaomi may directly bring the Redmi Note 7 Pro instead of Redmi Note 7.Xiaomi is expected to launch the Redmi Note 7 Pro in China this month, in February itself. The company is yet to reveal the exact launch details of the smartphone, but considering the unending rumours about Redmi Note 7 Pro flooding the internet the phone is expected to launch very soon, possibly in a few more weeks or so.Ahead of the launch, almost everything has been revealed about the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Xiaomi, however, is yet to confirm these details. Rumours suggest that the Pro version will also come with a 48MP camera but will use Sony IMX 586 sensor unlike the Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 also comes with 48MP main rear camera paired with Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor.advertisementAs for the looks and display the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be similar to the Redmi Note 7. The Pro version is said to come with gradient finish and glass back like the Note 7. The Note 7 Pro is said to come with waterdrop notch which means the phone will have a bigger screen-to-body ratio and offer better viewing experience. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is rumoured to come with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9.On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is said to be powered by Snapdragon 675 chipset and not Snapdragon 660 SoC that powers the Note 7. Some rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will come packed with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We believe this could one model, there could be other variants too.Ahead of the launch, the expected price of the Redmi Note 7 Pro has also been revealed. Rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be priced between CNY 1,399 – 1,499, which translates to Rs 14,600 – 15,700.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi Sports Shoes 2 launched in India for Rs 2,499, but you can’t buy it right nowALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9 leaks, sparks debate on fingerprint sensorALSO READ | Xiaomi slashes Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro India price, but for limited periodlast_img read more

Devon Thomas arrested for felony complaint of ‘shooting with intent to kill’

first_imgWelp.Broken Arrow RB Devon Thomas — a 4-star that was one of the crown jewels of the incoming freshman class — was arrested on Wednesday on some pretty serious charges.Here’s Corey Jones of the Tulsa World with the story:“Thomas, 18, and three others are accused of robbing a victim at gunpoint about 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of East Madison, Broken Arrow police Sgt. Thomas Cooper said. The victim reported the suspects stole his marijuana, money, shoes and clothing and then instructed him to leave because they were going to ‘bust a cap.’”“As the victim was leaving in his vehicle, one of the robbers fired at least one round into the vehicle, entering the rear windshield and nicking the driver’s head rest, according to Thomas’ arrest report. The report indicates the bullet narrowly missed the driver. “The victim identified four suspects, telling police he has known them for several years, and said Thomas was the suspect carrying the gun.”He’s being held on $125,000 bond.And if all of this is proven to be true he has to be done at OSU, right? I mean we can’t have Prentiss Elliott 2.0 on our hands — not with what Gundy has built and the way in which he’s built it.I mean it’s not like he swiped a couple hundy from a teammate’s bank account (and we know what that gets you).The dude shot at somebody and nearly killed them.Which, if I’m reading this correctly, what exactly was the point? You already had what you were coming for — weed, cash, and Jordans (I presume these are the only kicks worth stealing…I don’t see Devon Thomas, or anyone for that matter, swiping a pair of Asics). Then you turn around and blow off a few rounds just for the hell of it?!Yeah, that’s not going to play well with Gundy.Hope Northeastern Oklahoma State is fun. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl happy to be back at St Mary’s

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl happy to be back at St Mary’sby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is looking forward to being back at St Mary’s tomorrow against West Ham.Saints host West Ham under the lights on Thursday night, as they look to make it three Premier League wins in a row.”It was a pleasure for me to come into this stadium and for us to play in front of our supporters,” he said.”I hope we will give them another special moment in this season, against West Ham, and then against Man City.”I think it’s fantastic now that we are three points above the relegation zone. You never thought that could be happening two weeks ago, so we are very proud now, but we know this is only the start of a long journey until the summer, and there is still hard work to do.” last_img read more

USA TODAY Names The Most “Likable” Team In College Football

first_img USA Today released a list ranking the most-likable team in the Coaches Poll.The Sooners sit at the very top. A lot of the love revolves around the Alabama transfer quarterback who’s trying to become the third-straight Heisman winner for Lincoln Riley:The Sooners, once again, have a transfer quarterback, and he’s a player you want to see play well and carry the team the way Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield did. Jalen Hurts left Alabama when the 2018 season ended and went to Norman as a grad transfer. And after losing the starting job to Tua Tagovailoa, his departure is understandable, especially after he stuck around for a full season with limited playing time. He’s just a good dude who’s getting another chance to prove himself as a starter. Join us in being pumped to see what he can do.The full reason to root for the Sooners can be found here, along with the rest of the list.One Saturday remains without college football and then we’re home free. An Oklahoma cheerleader holding up a Sooner sign during a football game.NORMAN, OK – AUGUST 31: Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders leave the field before the game against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks August 31, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Louisiana-Monroe 34-0. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits just nine days away. Florida and Miami get the season started on August 24 with a battle for state supremacy.While the Gators and Hurricanes give us out first glimpse of football since the Alabama-Clemson title game, we don’t expect they’ll be vying for a national title.One team that is in position for a run at the title is the Oklahoma Sooners. After landing Jalen Hurts via transfer, the Sooners are poised for dominance in the Big 12.It turns out, Oklahoma is a fan-favorite as well.last_img read more

Corrections Officials Complete Critical Incident Review

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Corrections officials have completed a review of the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old man on Thursday, November 22nd. Critical incident reviews are completed in rare situations when someone dies in a correctional facility. An external investigation will also be conducted by a police agency. Corrections Executive Director Fred Honsberger says the internal investigation shows that staff followed proper procedures and that they are supporting RCMP in the external investigation. Mr. Honsberger expressed sympathy for the man’s family and friends. -30- Corrections officials have completed a review of the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old man on Thursday, Nov. 22. Critical incident reviews are completed in rare situations when someone dies in a correctional facility. After the internal review, an external investigation is conducted by a police agency. “We have completed this phase of the investigation into this unfortunate situation,” said Fred Honsberger, executive director of Correctional Services with the Department of Justice. “Our findings indicate that staff followed proper procedures while this person was in our custody and we are now supporting RCMP in their phase of the investigation.” The man was brought to the Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside early on the evening of Nov. 21, to be held until a court appearance the next day to face charges of assault, assault with a weapon, resisting and obstructing a peace officer and escaping from lawful custody. The man was examined by health-care staff at the facility, and placed in health cells for observation. As he was being escorted to the admissions area the next morning, he became unco-operative and briefly struggled with staff. He was placed in handcuffs and escorted to the admissions area. As he was being placed in a holding cell, he again began to struggle with staff. Shortly after that, he became unresponsive and staff issued a distress call for emergency medical assistance. Health-care staff responded and 911 was called. CPR was started and continued until taken over by paramedics. He was subsequently transported to Dartmouth General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. “This is a difficult situation for this gentleman’s family and friends, and we extend our deepest sympathies,” said Mr. Honsberger.last_img read more

Highway 97 closed near Pine Pass

first_imgThe highway has been closed due to a collision.REMINDER – CLOSED – #BCHwy97 at #PinePass, north of the #MackenzieBC junction due to a vehicle incident. Assessment in progress, no estimated time of opening available. More info: #Chetwynd #CityofPG— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) May 27, 2019There is no estimate for when the highway will re-open.If you’re traveling in the area, let us know what you see by emailing UPDATE – As of 5 a.m. Monday the highway is now open in both directions.CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed in both directions near the Pine Pass.According to, the highway is closed in both directions between Powder King Road and Old Hasler Road.last_img

Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors.The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.The Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case.The Canadian Press read more

Calibrate Your Lab CCOVI outreach program kicks off

Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute has kicked off its Calibrate series for wineries. They’re off!Wineries from the Niagara Peninsula, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore have the opportunity to assess the accuracy of their lab equipment in a new workshop developed by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute’s (CCOVI) Outreach Committee. Participating wineries will compare their results to those from the CCOVI lab in order to calibrate their equipment just in time for the beginning of fall harvest. A second will be run using wine samples this winter.This is part of a larger Calibrate with CCOVI series that will include workshops designed to help wineries calibrate different aspects of their operations including their palate, sales and marketing team, and vineyard.If you would like receive calibration news, please contact Barb Tatarnic, outreach committee chair, at read more

Toronto man charged for fraud in Oakville

Police have charged a Toronto man following a seven-month fraud investigation in Oakville.The man would reportedly travel door-to-door, posing as a handyman, and offer to make miscellaneous household repairs.On multiple occasions, he would demand a cash deposit for the promised jobs which in turn he would fail to complete.Police say his victims were seniors.Elwood Bowler, 54, is charged with nine counts of fraud under $5000, and fraud over $5000.

Meeting at UN International Criminal Court assembly elects budget committee

The move yesterday afternoon by the tribunal’s Assembly of States Parties to elect the members of its Budget and Finance Committee followed the unanimous election earlier in the day of Luis Moreno Ocampo, an Argentine litigator famed for his role in the trials of his country’s former ruling military junta, as ICC Prosecutor.The Court was inaugurated on 11 March in The Hague with the election of its 18 judges. It will have jurisdiction over the most serious breaches of international law – trying individuals rather than states, and holding them accountable for war crimes, including, genocide, mass murder, enslavement, rape, torture, and, once defined, the crime of aggression.The Rome Statute – the treaty establishing the ICC – entered into force 1 July 2002, and the Court’s jurisdiction will cover only crimes committed after that date. The Statute has thus far been ratified by 89 countries and signed by 139.The 10 Committee members elected yesterday are: Fawzi Gharaibeh of Jordan; Myung-jae Hahn of the Republic of Korea; Eduardo Gallardo Aparicio of Bolivia; Santiago Wins Arnabal of Uruguay and David Dutton of Australia. Also chosen were Peter Lovell of the United Kingdom; Karl Paschke of Germany; Michel-Etienne Tilemans of Belgium; Lambert Dah Kindji of Benin and John F.S. Muwanga of Uganda.The Assembly decided to defer the election of the two remaining members from the Eastern European Group, as that Group had not yet submitted candidates to fill the two seats allotted to it. read more

Ontario to disclose public sector per diems on salary sunshine list

Ontario to disclose public sector per diems on salary sunshine list by News Staff Posted May 10, 2012 8:01 pm MDT TORONTO – The Ontario government will move to close a loophole in the sunshine list of public sector workers earning over $100,000 a year, The Canadian Press has learned.The Liberals will “tighten up the definitions to capture per diem income reported on T4-As,” said a government source who requested anonymity.The government is still trying to determine how many workers in the broader public sector — about 1.3 million people are paid by Ontario taxpayers — have not been disclosing their per diem incomes.“It’s not expected to be a significant number,” said the source, “and we’re committed to correcting this oversight and will have numbers soon.”Questions were raised after the Liberals recently appointed veteran Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Witmer as chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board at a salary of $188,000.It turns out the outgoing chair, Steve Mahoney, made $129,000 last year, but he wasn’t on the sunshine list.The WSIB said his income wasn’t on the list because Mahoney, who was paid $550 a day, was a part-time chairman, while the position has been bumped up to full-time for Witmer.The salary caps for public appointments made by Cabinet are public information — Mahoney’s was $135,000 a year — but the actual pay is not reported on the annual sunshine list.Incomes from per diems were not included in the original 1996 Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, a fact that has gone unnoticed until now. Only income from T4 slips is covered by the legislation.The government came under attack when the 2011 list was released in March and it did not include the sky-high salaries of some of the former top executives at the troubled Ornge air ambulance service, despite promises of more transparency.The salary of Ornge’s ousted chief executive Chris Mazza — $1.4 million — was nowhere to be found.Auditor general Jim McCarter said Ornge’s top five senior executives received $2.5 million in 2010, which wasn’t disclosed to the public.There were about 78,910 names on the sunshine list in 2011, up 10 per cent, or 7,432 workers, from 2010.Premier Dalton McGuinty has consistently rejected suggestions the $100,000 level for public salary disclosure set in 1996 should be raised. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Social drivers must be confronted in fight against tuberculosis says UN chief

“Universal health care provides an ideal umbrella to build cohesion across the global health landscape, on financing, programming and accountability,” said Secretary-General António Guterres, on Monday, at an interactive dialogue with civil society groups.“Let us use these meetings as an opportunity to inform a new way of thinking and working; lifting TB beyond its traditional silo,” he added.Despite being curable and treatable, TB kills more than 1.6 million people every year and only about half the cases are diagnosed properly. The disease also takes an enormous financial toll on economies: it is estimated that TB will cost about $1 trillion by 2030.In addition, rising anti-microbial resistance is leading to growing cases of ‘multi-drug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB)’ where the two most powerful drugs used to fight TB, isoniazid and rifampicin, are rendered ineffective. UN Photo/Cia PakSecretary-General António Guterres (centre) speaks at the meeting with civil society. To his left is the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák.‘We cannot stop at just knowing’ – President of the UN General AssemblyAlso speaking today, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly, who convened the meeting, stressed that knowledge of the disease and factors that complicate treatment have grown, but the world “cannot stop at just knowing.”“We know we need more research and development for new drugs and treatments; we need more funding; we need universal access to diagnosis and coverage; and we need partnerships and accountability of all stakeholders,” he said.The civil society dialogue is part of the preparatory process for a high-level meeting, to be held in September, on tuberculosis. It comes a day before UN Member States start negotiations on the outcome document for the high-level meeting.“Today’s hearing is the first opportunity for the General Assembly to hear the views of all stakeholders. We are here to listen to you; to hear of best practices; to exchange experiences and lessons-learned; to contribute to a joint vision of how to End Tuberculosis by 2030,” added the Assembly President. read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.Dublin’s four mayors today launched a new campaign to urge Dubliners to clean up after their dogs. (Pic: Fennell Photography)IRISHThe first debt settlement arrangement under the new personal insolvency regime was agreed today with a borrower having 70 per cent of a six-figure debt written off.Investigations are continuing after a man was forced to bring a bomb into Belfast City Centre where it partially exploded.Justice Minister Alan Shatter has condemned the sending of hate mail to the Muslim community threatening extreme violence if plans for a new mosque go ahead.Ireland’s largest retail industry body has warned that retail businesses will withdraw all support for ESB in the new year should the threatened strike go ahead.Three men have been arrested by gardaí investigating the illegal hunting of deer in three counties.Xtra-Vision is facing criticism for not honouring deals on pre-ordered Xbox One consoles.Dublin City Council has requested Eircom remove 20 power supply micro pillars built without planning permission in ‘hazardous locations’.The Office of Public Works is to hand out leases to private firms on some of the country’s most popular heritage and historical sites to run commercial operations.An Australian tourist who had ridden his motorcycle 30,000 miles across Russia and Europe had it stolen when he arrived in Dublin last week.A government and IDA Ireland target to get 50 per cent of all foreign direct investment in areas outside of Dublin and Cork has been dropped.The search for a fisherman who went missing earlier today off the coast of Wexford has been suspended.Two men carrying firearms stole three display trays of gold rings after they held-up a jewellery shop on Aungier Street in Dublin.Microsoft announced the hiring of 95 people in Ireland with four other companies also making job announcements this morning.WORLD#SLAVERY CASE: According to reports, the two suspects in the case of suspected domestic servitude of three women in London have been linked to 13 properties across the city.#AFGHANISTAN: Death by stoning may return as punishment for adultery in Afghanistan, possibly restoring a punishment in force during the Taliban’s brutal regime.#UNITED STATES: Police in Connecticut are investigating after reports that a gunman was spotted on or near the campus of Yale University. Nobody has yet been arrested but police were not prepared to describe the incident as a hoax.#CHILD SEX ABUSE: A 55-year-old UK man has been convicted of sexually abusing five young girls aged between six and eleven over the course of sixteen years.INNOVATIONCar makers at the LA Auto Show are facing questions over the distraction risk being caused by the increased amount of gadgets in cars.ABC anchor Katie Couric will leave the TV network to become the new Global Anchor at Yahoo. (Tumblr/Yahoo)PARTING SHOTIt rained black rocks in Italy over the weekend thanks to the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily. Here’s the video to prove it.Here’s What Happened Yesterday>last_img read more

Federal MPs get Greece update

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australia-Greece Federal Parliamentary Friendship Group met at Parliament House last week to receive a briefing on the political and economic situation in Greece. The cross-party group came together at the invitation of MPs Steve Georganas and Maria Vamvakinou, to hear the latest update from Australia’s Ambassador to Greece, Ms Jenny Bloomfield. 16 parliamentarians attended, including former Liberal Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, Sophie Mirabella, Shadow Minister of State – Bronwyn Bishop and economics adviser to Bob Brown – John Hawkins. Maria Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos that the briefing enabled MPs to clarify the issues affecting Greece and Australia’s bilateral relations. “It was a good turn out and a very good discussion. The point of the group is to allow for discussion and that can lead to representation to government. It’s a forum that allows for that interaction,” said Ms Vamvakinou, who added that Ambassador Bloomfield’s briefing identified the challenges facing Greece, in terms of restructuring its economy, issues of governance, and how Australia, through its bilateral relationship, could potentially assist Greece in the future. “We don’t have huge trade with Greece, but we have a large community here that supports Greece on a number of issues, and wants to encourage Australian government support across a range of issues – including migration. “The questions the Ambassador’s brief raised were: how does Greece rebuild and what are the areas they can grasp and use as a basis for economic prosperity,” said Ms Vamvakinou. During Ms Bloomfield’s presentation, Ms Vamvakinou said the Ambassador reported on the challenges facing Greece as it pushes forward with restructuring its economy and creating new growth in key industries such as tourism. Ms Bloomfield also spoke about migration between Greece and Australia, and the steps taken recently by the Australian Government to provide information to potential migrants. Ms Vamvakinou said that the issue of securing an agreement between Australia and Greece on the introduction of Holiday Working Visas was discussed. “Mr Phillip Ruddock made the point that when he was Immigration Minister, he actively sought a Working Holiday Visa arrangement between Australia and Greece and the Greek government at the time wasn’t interested.” Ms Vamvakinou said she was not aware that currently, the Greek government had entered into a stage of negotiation that would yield early results on the Working Holiday Visa issue. “It’s not necessarily their priority. It needs to be enforced and negotiated at the other end, but at the moment the Greek Parliament is preoccupied with the survival of the country, said the Federal Member for Caldwell. “This issue of migration is a two-edged sword. They have to find a balance between actively encouraging emigration of their people and on the other hand, how they are going to rebuild. If we put ourselves in their shoes for a moment, I can see where they might be coming from.” Ms Vamvakinou reported that the meeting also discussed the potential of the proposed Hellenic Australian Business Council, set to be established in Athens. “Ambassador Bloomfield made the point that there has never been such a forum for the exchange of ideas [on trade],” said Ms Vamvakinou. “Greece is going to need a lot of rebuilding and expertise, and if they’re open to Australia being involved, then I think there are some real practical ways for us to contribute. This could be a practical way in which the Australian Government can assist. “last_img read more

PS3 le jailbreak possible grâce aux smartphones

first_imgPS3 : le jailbreak possible grâce aux smartphonesJapon – La firme japonaise Sony croyait avoir gagné la guerre en interdisant la clé USB permettant de jailbreaker la console PS3, mais le code se diffuse désormais via les smartphones. La bataille ne fait semble-t-il que commencer.Les développeurs de Sony vont avoir du fil à retordre pour élaborer les prochaines mises à jour de la PS3. Alors que l’on pensait que l’entreprise japonaise avait gagné du temps en interdisant la vente de la clé USB responsable du jailbreak de sa console, les hackers visiblement jamais à court d’idées ont décidé de diffuser le code source via les smartphones. Il est ainsi possible de graver illégalement des jeux PS3 grâce à un Palm Pre ou un Nokia N900. De plus, une version du jailbreak pour Android et iPhone devrait bientôt voir le jour. De quoi lui faire faire le tour de la Terre en quelques jours, au grand dam de Sony.Le 7 septembre 2010 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

His twin shot dead a Washington teen shines spotlight on gun violence

first_imgStudents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attend a memorial following a school shooting incident in Parkland, Florida, US, 15 February 2018. Photo: ReutersEvery school day, Zion Kelly passes by the locker once used by his slain twin brother, Zaire, who was shot in the head during an attempted robbery in their Washington, DC neighbourhood last September.Zaire is one of more than 170,000 youths between the ages of 5 and 24 that have been killed by gun violence in the United States since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began collecting data in 1981.A statistical analysis released on Friday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics shows the rate of gun deaths among adolescents aged 10 to 19 rose between 2014 and 2016 after a seven-year decline.In the wider 5 to 24 age group, gun deaths in 2016 reached their highest level since 2006.Since his twin’s killing, Kelly, 17, has made it his mission to draw attention to the scourge of urban gun violence that disproportionately affects racial minorities but often does not get the same media attention as mass shootings.”After the rally, a lot of people understood that students just like me face gun violence a lot more than students in Parkland,” Kelly, who is black, said, referring to a speech he gave at the March For Our Lives rally on March 24.The event in the nation’s capital was organized by survivors of the February shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.In 2012, for example, 90 people in the United States were killed in mass shootings. That same year, 6,000 black men were killed by firearms, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a legal advocacy group for gun control.The number of 10- to 19-year-olds killed by guns has fluctuated in recent years, the CDC said in its analysis, which did not discuss reasons for rises and falls.The figure declined from 2,115 killed in 2006 to 1,354 in 2014, but rose again by about 25 percent to 1,706 in 2016, the last year for which data is available. The data excludes unintentional shooting accidents and suicides.Zion Kelly’s brother is one of two students shot fatally in separate incidents in the past year at Thurgood Marshall Academy, a school attended predominantly by black students that is a short drive across the Anacostia River from the U.S. Capitol.Their empty lockers sit just down the hall from one another, the facades now adorned with messages from grieving students.The Kelly family has proposed the Zaire Kelly School Zone Amendments Act, a law that increase protection for students traveling to and from school. Along with more gun-free zones, it would expand the definition of a student to include those in secondary school through vocational school and university.Zion Kelly has also become a local public advocate for changes to gun laws, sharing his brother’s story at speaking engagements around the city.While Kelly takes comfort in his newfound activist role, he is still haunted by the events leading to the murder of his brother, with whom he ran track and called “my best friend.””It’s like a roller coaster, because … through grief you never know when you could be triggered by something,” he said. “Especially in school, I can’t focus.”The events of that night are etched in his memory: A man with a gun tried to mug him as he walked home from school, but he ran. Once safe, he texted his brother, warning him to be careful. Zaire texted back: he would be fine; he had a knife.After that, Zion Kelly never heard from his brother again. Just steps from their home, Zaire was killed by the same man who had confronted the twin earlier. The assailant also died after being stabbed by Zaire.Now, just weeks from graduation, Kelly is preparing to pass into adulthood without him. He wants to attend college in Florida in the fall but hopes to keep pressing his message of gun reform.”I think that my brother would be very proud of me,” Kelly said. “I just wanted to try to do something for him, so I can make change.”last_img read more

DNA analysis suggests colugos are part of a primate sister group

first_imgA photo of a colugo, with young. Credit: Norman Lim Journal information: Science Advances More information: V. C. Mason et al. Genomic analysis reveals hidden biodiversity within colugos, the sister group to primates, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600633AbstractColugos are among the most poorly studied mammals despite their centrality to resolving supraordinal primate relationships. Two described species of these gliding mammals are the sole living members of the order Dermoptera, distributed throughout Southeast Asia. We generated a draft genome sequence for a Sunda colugo and a Philippine colugo reference alignment, and used these to identify colugo-specific genetic changes that were enriched in sensory and musculoskeletal-related genes that likely underlie their nocturnal and gliding adaptations. Phylogenomic analysis and catalogs of rare genomic changes overwhelmingly support the contested hypothesis that colugos are the sister group to primates (Primatomorpha), to the exclusion of treeshrews. We captured ~140 kb of orthologous sequence data from colugo museum specimens sampled across their range and identified large genetic differences between many geographically isolated populations that may result in a >300% increase in the number of recognized colugo species. Our results identify conservation units to mitigate future losses of this enigmatic mammalian order. © 2016 Explore further (—An international team of researchers has found genetic evidence that suggests that colugos are part of a primate sister group. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they obtained tissue samples of the gliding mammals, performed genetic testing on them and found a surprising relationship between them and primates. Citation: DNA analysis suggests colugos are part of a primate sister group (2016, August 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Scientists and casual observers alike have debated for some time the family tree of colugos (also known as flying lemurs)—many have suggested they are most closely related to tree shews due to a physical resemblance. They look a lot like bats, with stretchable membrane-like wings, but unlike bats, they cannot fly—instead they leap off branches and glide through the air in a way reminiscent of flying squirrels. They live in the treetops in remote parts of Asia and because of that have been notoriously difficult to study—making things even more difficult is their failure to survive for long in captivity. In this new effort the researchers sought to solve the question of their ancestry by conducting a DNA analysis on an available tissue sample from a specimen from West Java.Their analysis consisted of using illumine instruments to sequence DNA from the sample which they used to create a genome assembly. In so doing they were able to identify 23,081 protein-coding genes which they then promptly compared to sequences made of other 21 mammals. They report that their analysis revealed colugos split off from other mammals approximately 80 million years ago and that the comparisons uncovered a relationship close enough to primates to call them a sister group. The team also tested tissue from a variety of colugo museum samples and in so doing discovered that there are far more species of colugos than anyone had imagined, from as few as 7 to perhaps 14.The findings by the team are expected to contribute to a growing base of information related to the evolution of the earliest primates and may also help better understand the genetic origins of some modern human maladies—they found signs of positive selection in the colugos, for example, that if present in other mammals, may have led to night blindness and retinal degeneration. Functional gene evolution and positive selection in colugos and ancestral primates. Colugo gliding with patagium fully extended. Credit: Mason et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600633 Colugos glide to save time, not energylast_img read more

Then Now and Later

first_imgThen, Now, and Later in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines Today’s financial system is a safer one thanks, in large part, to the Great Recession—as well as the reforms that followed it. Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve said as much during her address at the Fed’s annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this morning.In her speech, Yellen looked back at the crisis—now nearly a decade in our sights, offering insight into the lessons learned, the reforms made, and the impact both of these have on the financial markets of today.”Because of the reforms that strengthened our financial system, and with support from monetary and other policies, credit is available on good terms, and lending has advanced broadly in line with economic activity in recent years, contributing to today’s strong economy,” Yellen said. “At the same time, reforms have boosted the resilience of the financial system. Banks are safer. The risk of runs owing to maturity transformation is reduced. Efforts to enhance the resolvability of systemic firms have promoted market discipline and reduced the problem of too-big-to-fail. And a system is in place to more effectively monitor and address risks that arise outside the regulatory perimeter.”According to Yellen, some of the biggest, and arguably most impactful, reforms made following the crisis were those that “increased the loss-absorbing capacity of global banks.””Preeminent among these domestic and global efforts have been steps to increase the loss-absorbing capacity of banks, regulations to limit both maturity transformation in short-term funding markets and liquidity mismatches within banks, and new authorities to facilitate the resolution of large financial institutions and to subject systemically important firms to more stringent prudential regulation,” she said.Still, while Yellen says post-crisis reforms have made the American financial system “substantially safer,” there are still challenges to be addressed.”There is more work to do,” she told the audience. “The balance of research suggests that the core reforms we have put in place have substantially boosted resilience without unduly limiting credit availability or economic growth. But many reforms have been implemented only fairly recently, markets continue to adjust, and research remains limited. The Federal Reserve is committed to evaluating where reforms are working and where improvements are needed to most efficiently maintain a resilient financial system.”Yellen’s term as Fed Chair will conclude on Feb. 1. President Trump has not yet indicated whether he intends to reappoint her or not. Read Yellen’s full remarks here. Sharecenter_img August 25, 2017 504 Views Federal Reserve Financial Crisis Housing Crisis Janet Yellen 2017-08-25 Aly J. Yalelast_img read more