TsleilWaututh Nation vows to stop Trans Mountain pipeline despite Trudeau government approval

first_imgAPTN National NewsA British Columbia First Nation facing a potential sevenfold increase in tanker traffic on its doorstep as a result of the Justin Trudeau government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is vowing to ensure the project will never reach completion.A spokesperson for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation said in a statement the Trudeau government’s announcement Tuesday it had approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion was a “big mistake” and would face a court challenge. “Their permits are illegitimate, I believe they will be thrown out in court. This is just the beginning of another phase of this conversation,” said Tsleil-Waututh spokesperson Charlene Aleck. “This issue is as black and white as the killer whales they endanger. This is about our survival and the protection of our home, this inlet and the planet. They are making a big mistake, we will not allow this pipeline to be built.”Leaders from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation travelled to Ottawa this week to again voice their opposition to the project which will increase tanker traffic through the Burrard Inlet on their doorstep from about 30 to 70 oil tankers a year to about 360 a year.Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Maureen Thomas at a press conference in Ottawa Monday.Trudeau said Tuesday during a press conference in Ottawa his government approved the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but rejected Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, which would also have moved bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Trudeau also announced his government approved Enbridge’s $7.5 billion Line 3 pipeline replacement project which will run from Hardisty, Alta., through Neche, ND, to Superior, Wis.The prime minister said his government would soon be introducing legislation to make permanent a moratorium on oil tanker traffic through British Columbia’s northern coast.Once completed, the $.6.8 billion Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project will increase the capacity of existing infrastructure to 890,000 barrels per day, up from 300,000 bpd.  The 1,150 kilometre pipeline expansion would run from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., where it would pump Alberta-mined bitumen and synthetic product onto tankers which would sail through Tsleil-Waututh Nation waters for Asian markets.Trudeau said the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will need to meet 157 conditions outlined by the National Energy Board before it begins operation. The prime minister said 39 Indigenous communities have signed onto the Kinder Morgan project, which faces stiff opposition from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation on the coast and is listed as one of the pipelines opposed by a cross-country Indigenous treaty alliance which has about 100 signatories.Trudeau said Alberta’s climate change plan, coupled with his government’s improvements to marine safety, allowed his government to approve the pipeline project.“We know there are people who feel very strongly on either side of this decision,” said Trudeau. “There will be people upset. The fact is the decision we took today is in the best interest of Canada, the best interest of Canadians.”TsuuT’ina Chief Roy Whitney (left) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after naming ceremony earlier this year. Brandi Morin/PhotoAlberta Premier Rachel Notley welcomed Trudeau’s announcement on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.“Our province has been brutally slammed by the collapse in commodity prices. It has been a long, dark night for the people of Alberta as a result,” said Notley, in a statement. “Today we are finally seeing some morning light. We are getting a chance to break our land lock. We’re getting a chance to sell to China and other markets at better prices.”Trudeau said Canada needs new pipelines to transport the expected increased production from Alberta’s bitumen fields. He said pipelines are the safest way to transport bitumen to world markets.“Oil sands production will increase,” said Trudeau. “More oil will be transported by rail in the coming years if we don’t build pipelines.”Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the Canadian government met its duty to consult with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain project.“There was an enormous amount of work that went into the consultation with Indigenous people with respect to the Kinder Morgan project,” said Wilson-Raybould. “We engaged with many Indigenous peoples, we certainly, as a result of those consultations, entered into significant accommodation agreements and recognize the substantive nature of those agreements.”The accommodation agreements with Indigenous communities are worth about $300 million, said Trudeau.Wilson-Raybould said Indigenous communities will have representatives on boards overseeing Kinder Morgan’s implementation of the NEB’s 157 conditions for the project. Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose criticized the Trudeau government for ending the Northern Gateway pipeline and said the Trans Mountain project “will never be built.”NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said the Trudeau Liberals “betrayed” British Columbia by approving the Kinder Morgan project.Other First Nations in B.C. praised the Trudeau government’s decision to finally kill Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project and make permanent a moratorium on tanker traffic along the province’s northern coast.“We’re jubilant to see this final nail in the coffin to Enbridge Northern Gateway. Coastal First Nations have been calling for this decision since 2011. It’s a huge victory for us and for all coastal communities that depend on our coastal marine resources,” said Coastal First Nations board chair Patrick Kelly. “Nobody knows better than First Nations the risks posed by crude oil transport at sea and the damage oil spills can wreak on our cultures, economies and ways of life.”The Coastal First Nations is an alliance of First Nations that includes the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation.The anti-pipeline Indigenous treaty alliance held a signing ceremony in Manitoba Tuesday. It is also targeting Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion.In the run up to Trans Mountain decision, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr appointed a three-person panel to review the project. The panel report questioned whether the Trudeau government could square its commitment to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with approval of the project.Moments after Trudeau announced the approval of the Trans Mountain project, calls went out on social media to begin organizing opposition to the project.The announcement comes as opposition in North Dakota continues against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. The anti-pipeline movement there has electrified a continent-wide movement against new oil pipelines.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Regulator Sebi and stock exchanges beef up surveillance mechanism before poll results

first_imgNew Delhi: Regulator Sebi and stock exchanges have beefed up their surveillance mechanism to check any manipulative activities in the market this week in view of the high-octane election related events lined up. The heightened surveillance and monitoring systems are already in place for Monday, the first trading session after the announcement of exit poll results, while they would be further ramped up on Thursday, when the final results will be declared, a senior official said. The poll results are likely to have a bearing on trading and increased monitoring helps to keep in check possible manipulations and excessive volatility in the markets. Manipulators tend to exploit such volatile situations in the stock markets. The enhanced vigil on the markets will continue till May 23, when the results of the Lok Sabha polls will be declared. According to the official, movements in Nifty futures and options on the Singapore exchange will also be closely monitored. Trading in Singapore stock exchange starts much before Indian markets open and their trends generally have an impact on domestic markets. The BSE Sensex soared 537 points and the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 11,400 level Friday in a broad-based rally ahead of the poll results.last_img read more

At UN President of Montenegro urges broader respect for human rights

Mr. Vujanoviÿ said that, as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Montenegro provided “a strong contribution to the development of efficient and effective Human Rights Council and its mechanism – the Universal Periodic Review.” He went on to say “we pay particular attention, inter alia, to the issues of prevention of discrimination and violence, protection of children’s rights, rights of persons with disabilities, LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people, empowerment of women and girls, and protection of freedom of opinion and expression.”He also noted Montenegro’s support of the 2030 Agenda, emphasizing that financing was of crucial importance for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and recalling the importance of the Addis Ababa conference on financing for development. “We are certain that the national sustainable development strategies, supported by integrated national financial frameworks for sustainable development, must be reinforced by appropriate international economic environment,” he said.Mr. Vujanoviÿ also noted the importance of putting an end to violence in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Libya and other crisis areas. “Serious human rights violations, as well as the intensification of violence and crimes committed by terrorist and extremist groups – ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and Boko Haram clearly show that terrorism poses a serious threat to international peace and security,” he said.Mr. Vujanoviÿ also spoke of his country’s commitment to the concept of the ‘responsibility to protect,’ particularly with regard to preventing mass atrocities, “including the early warning mechanism and early and balanced response in cases of risk from crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide,” he said.“We will continue to demand accountability and punishment for all perpetrators,” he added. “In conflict resolution, the use of preventive diplomacy, in particular mediation, is necessary. In this regard, strengthening the capacity of the UN so that this global Organization would be able to respond to the growing needs in this field is an imperative.“Coming from a region of fragile stability, our experience has shown that dialogue and cooperation are the best way of defusing tensions, overcoming differences and achieving durable solutions,” he explained. He also turned his attention to the refugee and migrant crisis, saying that the international community should be guided by humanity and solidarity.“Montenegro, as a country where refugees accounted for one fifth of the population in the recent past, understands the need for solidarity with people in great trouble and the heaviness of the burden of a receiving country,” he said. read more

Week in Brussels – Week ending Friday 28 February 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Commission begins legal proceedings against UK on air quality.2. European new car registrations up 5.5% in January 2014.3. EU and US trade chiefs review progress towards Transatlantic trade deal.4. 2013 industrial structure reports highlights need for industrial renaissance.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Bulls Valentine has seasonending ankle surgery

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls say guard Denzel Valentine had season-ending surgery to stabilize his left ankle.The Bulls announced Wednesday they expect Valentine to return to full basketball activities in about six months. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin.The No. 14 pick in the 2016 draft, Valentine was initially diagnosed with a moderate sprain after he was hurt in practice in September. He had surgery on that ankle in May 2017. Valentine averaged 10.2 points last year, his second.Lauri Markkanen (elbow) has been sidelined all season. Bobby Portis (right knee) has played in four games and Kris Dunn (left knee) has appeared in one.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press

Ohio State victory Iowa loss have Buckeyes feeling rosy

As the clock ticked down to the start of the Ohio State game, the clock struck zero for the Iowa Hawkeyes, who fell to Northwestern, 17-10. The outright Big Ten title was back up for grabs for the Buckeyes. With a 24-7 victory over Penn State, OSU took one step toward that goal.Defense ignites the Bucks early and oftenThe Buckeye defense handed the Nittany Lions a quick three-and-out at the beginning of the first quarter. Junior Cameron Heyward set the mood for the game when he sacked PSU quarterback Daryll Clark for a loss of six yards on the first play of the drive.Then, early in the third quarter, Heyward sacked Clark for a loss of seven yards, as the Buckeyes led 10-7.“I just wanted to play,” said Heyward, who finished the night with two sacks and an additional tackle for loss, combining to push the Lions back a total of 17 yards. “We have a great defense, and I just wanted to help.”The defensive goal coming into Saturday’s game was to hold down Penn State’s run game. And they did just that, holding the Nittany Lions to 76 yards.“We talked about outplaying their defense. That’s how we go into every game, we have to outplay their defense,” senior linebacker Ross Homan said. “Our defensive line made the difference for us tonight.”Going into the game Saturday, the Buckeyes led the nation in forcing three-and-outs, and they came out of the game with seven more to their name, forcing PSU’s first three drives to end short of a first down. “Defensively, there was no question that they were going to have a tough time moving it on us,” coach Jim Tressel said. Pryor to Posey partnership is grounds for successWith just more than a minute left in the third quarter, quarterback Terrelle Pryor connected with receiver DeVier Posey for a 62-yard touchdown, increasing the Buckeye lead to 17-7. The 62-yard pass is the longest pass play by a Penn State opponent this year. “It was big for me, it was big for the offense, and we definitely needed something like that,” Posey said. “It was a big momentum changer.”It has become quite apparent that Posey has become one of Pryor’s favored receivers when the game is in a tight spot.“That’s one of my great friends. We’re really close. We live right next door to each other, and he’s just one of my boys,” Posey said. “It only helps that he’s the quarterback and I’m the receiver.”Huge production out of ‘Small’ returnerSenior Ray Small returned seven punts for 130 yards, with his longest setting up a touchdown drive in the fourth that cemented the Buckeye lead, 24-7.The 45-yard return put Pryor and the offense at the 47-yard line with a straight shot to the goal line. The return wasn’t Small’s only 40-plus-yard return. He opened the game with a 41-yard return on OSU’s second drive, bringing the ball all the way to the 9-yard line. “It’s huge. It’s a big thing to be on the team in this tradition, and to come back and just redeem myself,” Small said. “That’s what I think of this as: a redemption.”Offense seizes opportunity in two quick touchdown drivesThe Buckeyes had two different touchdown drives that were each less than a minute long. The first, a 6-yard touchdown run from Pryor after Small’s return, was the result of two plays and 44 seconds. It was a pivotal starting point for the momentum of the game.“That was huge. If we had been limited to a field goal there, I think, emotionally, in their stadium, that would have been almost a victory for them,” Tressel said.The drive with Posey’s touchdown lasted nine seconds, and the final touchdown drive was a little more than five minutes long.Bucks hold onto the ball, no turnovers for the Scarlet and GrayWhen last year’s fight against PSU at home boiled down to a fumble from Pryor, the name of the game this year became avoiding turnovers. And that is exactly what OSU’s offense did.For the first time this season, the Buckeyes went without a turnover the entire game.Both teams held onto the ball surprisingly well. PSU’s only turnover was a fourth-quarter interception by OSU linebacker Ross Homan.“From a turnover standpoint, it was the best we’ve done, having none. If we can do that, we will have a chance,” Tressel said.Barclay fills in at kickerLast week, after Aaron Pettrey left the New Mexico State game with an injury that resulted in season-ending surgery, junior Devin Barclay stepped in with a shaky performance, missing two field goals.But the 26-year-old former collegiate soccer player left no call unanswered Saturday, making good on three extra points and a 37-yard field goal. “I’m pretty speechless. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I’m just happy to have gotten the opportunity to do it,” Barclay said. “I just wanted to hit my kickoffs well and swing nice and easy on extra points and field goals and just make them all.” read more

Childrens healthcare at breaking point warn doctors

first_imgChildren’s healthcare across the UK is at “breaking point” because of increasing staff shortages in paediatric departments, leading doctors have said as they warn the number of units may have to reduce.The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)  says healthcare for children is “starting to move backwards” and that more than half of paediatric units are now not meeting recommended staffing standards. There is no escaping the fact that an increase in junior and consultant posts is urgently neededDr Simon Clark, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health In a report published today, the body reveals that an average shortage of up to 20 per cent of experienced junior doctors is meaning consultants increasingly have to step in to provide unplanned cover in addition to performing their own roles.The royal college said there are currently too many units attempting to deliver every kind of paediatric service, and that provision needs to be reorganised so there are fewer units which offer more specialised care.Dr Simon Clark, workforce officer at the RCPCH, said: “The paediatric workforce is at breaking point and children’s healthcare is increasingly being compromised.“There is no escaping the fact that an increase in junior and consultant posts is urgently needed, coupled with a radical re-design of services.”A Department of Health spokesman said the NHS had recruited 9,100 extra doctors and 11,200 more nurses since May 2010.center_img 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.last_img read more

Santiago Solari wants players to foget about the FIFA Club World

first_imgReal Madrid boss Santiago Solari has told his side to forget about the FIFA Club World Cup having seen thrashed minnows Melilla to grab the seventh victory in eight games.Marco Asensio and Isco struck twice respectively while Javi Sanchez and teenager Vinicius Junior buried the ball in the back of the net as the LaLiga aristocrats put to flight Segundo Division B Melilla 6-1 at the Bernabeu Stadium. This fetched them run out 10-1 aggregate winners in their Copa del Rey last-32 tie.He said in his post-match press conference as quoted by Sport BT:“There’s no time to think about it – we are not even sure who is in. The final of the Libertadores is being played here on Sunday.”“We are just looking at the next game, so we are still far away. There are many matches before that. There are three, two in LaLiga which are vital for us, and the other one comes in the Champions League.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“After that, we will have time to think about the Club World Cup. It’s a competition that I am passionate about, I think it’s brilliant.”“Today’s game was beneficial. It allows us to see how many quality, committed players we have. They put in a solid display and showed real spark up top.”“It doesn’t matter what division our opposition are playing in. They’re top of their group in Segunda B. Scoring 10 goals in two games isn’t easy and I’m thrilled for everyone who was involved today.”“Everyone thinks they should start, otherwise they would not be here. We need 11 players and a part of my job is to choose the ones that play.”last_img read more

Wittman Cautions against Relying on Outdated Excess Capacity Estimates

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, appears to be as anxious as defense communities are to find out the Pentagon’s best estimate of how much of its infrastructure no longer is needed.At a hearing Friday, Wittman cautioned fellow lawmakers against trusting estimates that have been discussed recently and, instead, indicated they should wait for a new assessment of the department’s excess infrastructure now expected to be completed by late spring.“We asked for a report on infrastructure analysis from the service branches. It was supposed to come to us with the president’s budget. We have not received it yet. We understand that we’ll get it from the Pentagon. So that should be the reflection on what the capacity numbers are. There are a lot of other numbers floating around out there and I know the previous ones have been based on parametric analyses of the 2005 BRAC,” Wittman said.Wittman’s comment followed a panel member’s question about how the Army would redirect the estimated $500 million it spends on excess or underutilized facilities annually if a future BRAC round succeeded in freeing up that expense. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn’s response noted that the service believes that 21 percent of its capacity is excess to its needs.“I want to make sure we’re not too fast and loose with numbers. I understand what you want to get at, but I want to make sure, too, that we are going to get that based on information from DOD,” Wittman said.A webcast of the hearing on the Army’s fiscal 2017 operation and maintenance budget request and readiness posture is available on the committee website.last_img read more

Meet the Buddhist Robot That Gives Sermons at an Ancient Japanese Temple

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on target A 400-year-old Japanese temple just tapped an AI monk to attract young worshipers: Meet Android Kannon, a Buddhist robot that delivers religious teachings in multiple languages.The $900,560 robot, which was a collaboration between Kyoto’s Kodaiji temple and Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University intelligent robotics professor, provided its first sermon at the religious landmark on Feb. 23, The Daily Mail reported.Android Kannon stands at 77 inches and weighs 132 pounds. Its head, neck, shoulders, and hands are covered in a silicone material that looks like skin. In its left eye, there’s a video camera that enables it to “make eye contact” and focus on its subject. The AI monk’s pre-programmed sermons come from the Heart Sutras in Japanese, and the robot can translate verses into Chinese and English as well.“Buddhism saw a phenomenal spread in the world with the emergence of Buddhist images,” Tensho Goto, a priest at the temple in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward, told The Asahi Shimbun. “We are hoping that the Android Kannon will help Buddhist teachings reach the hearts of people today.”Android Kannon will be an “AI preacher” at Kyoto’s Kodaiji temple from March 8 to May 6.More on Geek.com:This Robot Museum Plans to ‘Construct Itself’ in SeoulSphero RVR Is a Hackable Robot TankThis Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snail’s Pacelast_img read more

New research suggests initial mass function for galaxies not universal

first_img Citation: New research suggests initial mass function for galaxies not universal (2012, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-mass-function-galaxies-universal.html © 2012 Phys.Org More information: Systematic variation of the stellar initial mass function in early-type galaxies, Nature 484, 485–488 (26 April 2012) doi:10.1038/nature10972AbstractMuch of our knowledge of galaxies comes from analysing the radiation emitted by their stars, which depends on the present number of each type of star in the galaxy. The present number depends on the stellar initial mass function (IMF), which describes the distribution of stellar masses when the population formed, and knowledge of it is critical to almost every aspect of galaxy evolution. More than 50 years after the first IMF determination1, no consensus has emerged on whether it is universal among different types of galaxies2. Previous studies indicated that the IMF and the dark matter fraction in galaxy centres cannot both be universal3, 4, 5, 6, 7, but they could not convincingly discriminate between the two possibilities. Only recently were indications found that massive elliptical galaxies may not have the same IMF as the Milky Way8. Here we report a study of the two-dimensional stellar kinematics for the large representative ATLAS3D sample9 of nearby early-type galaxies spanning two orders of magnitude in stellar mass, using detailed dynamical models. We find a strong systematic variation in IMF in early-type galaxies as a function of their stellar mass-to-light ratios, producing differences of a factor of up to three in galactic stellar mass. This implies that a galaxy’s IMF depends intimately on the galaxy’s formation history. (Phys.org) — Over the past several years there has been debate in the astrophysics community regarding the distribution of stars in galaxies, specifically their mass range. Astronomers use an initial mass function (IMF) to calculate the numbers of different kinds of stars in any given galaxy, but what’s not been clear is whether the IMF applies to all galaxies of all types. Now, a large international group of astronomers has found after studying data form 260 galaxies that the distribution of stars in early galaxies appears to be different from the distribution of stars in galaxies that formed later in time, casting doubt on the dependability of the IMF. They report their findings in their paper published in the journal Nature. Differentiating between the stellar and dark matter with integral-field stellar kinematics. Image: Nature, doi:10.1038/nature10972 Because some stars are too small to be studied individually, astronomers have come up with a way to measure the number of stars of different types in a galaxy by measuring the spectrum for the entire galaxy and then applying an initial mass function to it. Doing so gives a good approximation of the number of stars in any given mass range. The problem up till now however, is that it’s not been clear if the same IMF applies to all types of galaxies (spiral, elliptical or irregular). To find out, the researchers turned to the ATLAS3D project (a multi-wavelength survey of 260 so-called early type, i.e. elliptical galaxies) to help them generate a two dimensional distribution of stars in galaxies along with their statistical spectrums.Using the data they’d extracted, the team built several models (varying the dark matter composition) to generate galaxy structures. In so doing, they found that the ratio of mass to light from just the stars in their models (minus gas and dark matter) for some elliptical low mass galaxies did indeed look like spiral galaxies. But they also found some that did not, which means that the IMF is not universal. They also found generally the same results no matter which dark matter composition they used, which means of course that the results obtained were independent of mass.The team says this all means that a birthing star is influenced by the galaxy in which it is born. But that creates another problem, because prior research has shown that at least some large galaxies were created by the merging of smaller galaxies. But since the mass of the star doesn’t change over time, how could its current state reflect the galaxy in which it was born if it resides in a merged galaxy? The researchers don’t know, but suggest a serious rethinking of the IMF will have to be done to see if it actually holds any real value.center_img Explore further An abundance of small stars Journal information: Nature 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.last_img read more

Researchers find correlation between face shape and procreation rates and rank in

first_img This is not the first study to look for a correlation between male face shape and aggressive behavior. In 2008, Canadian researchers Justin Carré and Cheryl McCormick compared face shape and aggression in male hockey players—they found wider-faced men on average spent more time in the penalty box.In this new effort, the researchers relied on books commemorating Finnish soldiers who served in WWII. Photographs showing the soldiers’ faces were displayed along with personal data such as information marital status, number of children, rank achieved, etc. Also listed was information about where they had served and if they had survived the war.Loehr and O’Hara scanned the faces of 795 of the soldiers (from three regiments) and then used a simple algorithm that gave a ratio of face height to width to come up with a fWHR for each one of them. Personal data given for each soldier was entered into a database along with the fWHR. Graphing software was then used to reveal trends.In analyzing the graphs the researchers found that wide-faced men tended to have more children than those men with narrow faces. They also found that narrow-faced men tended to move up in rank more often than wide-faced men did. Face shape did not, however, appear to be connected to soldier survival rates in war. The researchers theorize that this is more likely due to modern warfare techniques and practices than aggressiveness in soldiers—when a shell lands in a foxhole, they note, everyone dies. They propose that wide-faced soldiers in more distant wars might have done better than their narrow-faced peers did if they were indeed more aggressive, as the Canadian study suggests. The thinking here is that aggressiveness would be an advantage in wars where soldiers had to rely on their own skills to survive, rather than sophisticated weapons. © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Finnish troops who participated in the Winter War 1939–1940 and the distribution of (a) scaled fWHR, (b) predicted probability of surviving the Winter War (adjusted so the posterior mode at mean face width is 0.85). Figure contains all 795 individuals. (c) Total number of children for fallen soldiers and (d) probability of attaining a rank depending on fWHR. Facial width increases with values. Dark shaded area represents 50% highest posterior density region and light shaded area represents 95% highest posterior density region. Credit: Biology Letters, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0049 More information: Facial morphology predicts male fitness and rank but not survival in Second World War Finnish soldiers, Published 8 May 2013 doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0049AbstractWe investigated fitness, military rank and survival of facial phenotypes in large-scale warfare using 795 Finnish soldiers who fought in the Winter War (1939–1940). We measured facial width-to-height ratio—a trait known to predict aggressive behaviour in males—and assessed whether facial morphology could predict survival, lifetime reproductive success (LRS) and social status. We found no difference in survival along the phenotypic gradient, however, wider-faced individuals had greater LRS, but achieved a lower military rank. 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. Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org) —Researchers in Finland, using photographs of soldiers marked with associated personal data have found that facial width to height ratio (fWHR) played a role in how many children they had and their rank. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, researchers John Loehr and Robert O’Hara describe how they measured the faces of men found in a war tribute book and compared them with personal data. Their study was part of an effort to see if they could find any correlations between wide-faced men and survival rates in war (possibly connected to aggressiveness). In so doing, they discovered some clear associations between wide faced-men and the number of children they had. They also found that narrow-faced men tended to rank higher than wide-faced men did. Citation: Researchers find correlation between face shape and procreation rates and rank in male soldiers (2013, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-procreation-male-soldiers.html Journal information: Biology Letters Having a short wide face may indicate sporting potential, study showslast_img read more

Colin loves Jerry Westbrook

first_imgColin loves Jerry WestbrookRussell Westbrook blew Colin’s mind last night and it wasn’t because he got his 578th triple double. It was because he played a disciplined, efficient game and showed an understanding of playing with tempo.Colin absolutely loves this Westbrook. For today, he isn’t Kanye Westbrook, he’s the new NBA logo, Jerry Westbrook. Kanye Westbrook is an all-star, Jerry Westbrook is an all-time talent. Colin hopes Westbrook doesn’t revert to Kanye when he plays James Harden and the Rockets coming up. Colin loves Jerry Westbrook.“Today, I’m changing his name to Jerry Westbrook. Disciplined. Logo. Good teammate. Formidable. Played with others. So, the new NBA logo, for a day, is Jerry Westbrook. I loved what I saw last night, and it had nothing to do with a triple double.”The Cowboys and Patriots are smart to hold on to their quarterbacks for nowTony Romo is sitting in limbo in Dallas and Jimmy Garoppolo is in the same position in New England.  Colin thinks Jerry Jones and Bill Belichick are playing the situation correctly by holding onto Romo and waiting for teams to become more desperate, which will inevitably happen.One report says that Denver’s willingness to trade for Romo may depend on Paxton Lynch’s performance in OTA’s. If he struggles, it becomes more likely that John Elway would pull the trigger on a Romo trade if he thinks he’s looking at another 7-9 season. Garoppolo’s price will only skyrocket as the draft approaches, too.Driving the price up is never a bad thing when you’re the seller in a buyer’s market.“Recessions are garage sales for the rich.”Guests:Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to explain why Adam Silver isn’t getting the job done as NBA commissioner; why healthy NBA stars sitting is fraud;why Coach Cal needs to win a second title at Kentucky to be considered an all-time great.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to explain why he thinks Nick Saban is wrong for bullying reporters; why he should be called out; his scouting report on Mitchell Trubisky; and why pro days are a joke.RJ Bell – Founder of Pregame.com joins the show to talk Sweet 16 upsets; why the wiseguys like West Virginia; why the theory that Cinderella always has a curfew is truer than ever this year; and why Lonzo Ball is causing huge amounts of public money to come in on UCLA.last_img read more

Sabre outage briefly grounds flights on several airlines

first_imgSabre outage briefly grounds flights on several airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 14, 2016 Share DALLAS — Travellers on several airlines had trouble checking in for flights and waited out delays Friday after a computer outage at a company that runs airline technology systems.American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America confirmed that a technology glitch briefly interrupted their operations. The problems seemed to have been fixed by midday, and airlines reported that flights had resumed.The airlines blamed their difficulties on a breakdown in systems operated by Sabre Corp., a Texas company that provides software and other technology services to airlines and hotels.A Sabre spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early Friday afternoon. She said she did not know the cause of the breakdown.Passengers at several big airports went on social media to complain about flight delays.American said that the outage caused scattered delays but no cancelled flights. Alaska said that 15 flights were delayed by up to 15 minutes. Southwest said the outage briefly prevented bookings, ticket changes and use of mobile boarding passes.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyUnited Airlines said its flights were not affected, and Delta Air Lines said it does not use Sabre.On Oct. 17, a problem at Sabre prevented travellers from booking trips on Southwest, JetBlue and Virgin America.Technology outages have struck almost all the airlines at one point or another over the past two years. Airlines rely heavily on overlapping computer programs to handle everything from selling tickets to checking weight calculations before takeoff. When outages occur, they often lead to cascading delays that can linger for hours.Friday’s glitch didn’t affect airline stocks – most gained ground. Sabre shares rose 39 cents to $24.94, but they have still lost 15 per cent in the last year. Tags: Sabre By: David Koenig Source: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Emirates cuts 20 of their US routes blaming Trump administration

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 20, 2017 Emirates cuts 20% of their U.S. routes, blaming Trump administration DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20% Wednesday, blaming a drop in demand on tougher U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travellers from some Muslim-majority nations.The Dubai government-owned carrier’s decision is the strongest sign yet that new measures imposed on U.S.-bound travellers from the Mideast could be taking a financial toll on fast-growing Gulf carriers that have expanded rapidly in the U.S.Dubai was one of 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.Emirates’ hub at Dubai International Airport, the world’s third-busiest, is also a major transit point for travellers who were affected by President Donald Trump’s executive orders temporarily halting entry to citizens of six countries.The latest travel ban suspended new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and froze the nation’s refugee program. Like an earlier ban that also included Iraqi citizens, it has been blocked from taking effect by the courts.Emirates said the flight reductions will affect five of its 12 U.S. destinations, with the first cutbacks starting next month.“The recent actions taken by the U.S. government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting, and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins, have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the U.S.,” the carrier said in a statement.Emirates does not provide financial data for its U.S. operations or individual routes, but said it had seen “healthy growth and performance” there until the start of the year.Since Trump has been in office, however, there has been what it called “a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S. routes, across all travel segments.”It said it is responding as “any profit-oriented enterprise would” and will use the capacity freed up by the culled routes elsewhere on its network.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe Americas region, which also includes routes to Canada and Latin America, accounted for 14 per cent of the $22.75 billion in revenue Emirates pulled in during the fiscal year through the end of March 2016.Emirates’ half-year profit fell 75% to $214 million in the last period the company has disclosed, through last September – before the U.S. election. Executives cited increased investments including aircraft purchases and the repayment of bonds, and said a “bleak” economic outlook in many parts of the world was reducing travel demand.Robert Mann, an aviation consultant in Port Washington, New York, said business travel between the U.S. and the Middle East has clearly been hurt by the ban on gadgets, while the attempted visa bans have put a damper on leisure travel from the countries targeted.“Neither factor is a good thing for the Middle Eastern carriers who are primarily affected,” he said.The cuts will reduce the number of U.S.-bound flights from Dubai to 101, down from 126 currently.Twice daily Emirates flights to Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle will fall to once a day. Daily flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will be pared to five per week.Andrew Lannon, a Canadian attorney based in Dubai, arrived in Fort Lauderdale for vacation on an Emirates flight Wednesday and said passengers had to check their electronics, which made the 18-hour flight difficult because he couldn’t work.Passengers were then told upon landing they would have to wait on the plane for an hour while their bags were checked, but were then let off after 20 minutes, Lannon said, adding that it took another hour for most passengers to clear customs.Kevin Mitchell, head of the Business Travel Coalition in the U.S., said all the Gulf carriers are probably losing business because of the security measures and attempted travel bans, and that will hurt consumers.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported“For consumers it means higher prices, fewer choices, less connectivity,” Mitchell said.Like its smaller Gulf rivals Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Emirates has ramped up its U.S. presence and recently launched a new service to Newark via Athens.Several big U.S. carriers and their pilot unions have bristled at the Gulf airlines’ U.S. push, accusing them of flooding the market with capacity while receiving billions of dollars of unfair government subsidies.Emirates and its Gulf rivals deny the allegations.Despite a vigorous lobbying and public relations campaign, the U.S. carriers were unable to persuade the Obama administration to block further expansion by Gulf airlines. But U.S. airline executives made a personal pitch to restrict their access during a White House meeting with Trump earlier this year.Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the “Partnership for Open & Fair Skies” campaign opposing more U.S. routes for the Gulf carriers, was quick to seize on Emirates’ decision.“The fact is, market demand has never played a role when the Gulf carriers decide where to fly. It is well known that the Gulf carriers, including Emirates, lose money on most of their flights to the United States and are propped up by billions of dollars in government cash,” she said.The U.S. travel industry, already fretting that the ban on travellers from a number of Muslim-majority nations is affecting foreign travel generally to the United States, expressed fresh concern after Emirates’ announcement, however.“The aftermath of 9-11 taught us that we can’t take either global understanding or U.S. market share for granted,” said Jonathan Grella, executive vice-president the U.S. Travel Association. “Every limiting security message needs to be offset by a sincere welcome to legitimate, lawful travellers.” By: Adam SchreckSource: The Associated Press Share Tags: Donald Trump, Emirates, Trend Watchlast_img read more

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first_imgIn the last four years, during the new regime under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, tourism in our state has seen a giant leap. We are able to sell Bengal with our new branding Experience Bengal which we are displaying here at TTF. Over the years, TTF has really progressed a lot. With the easy e-visa policy, it is now a win-win situation for many states including West Bengal which is the gateway to East and Northeast India.last_img

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