Canadas two new astronauts get rousing ovation at space agency near Montreal

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. – Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey have no shortage of tasks to accomplish as the new Canadian astronauts navigate their space careers, but one remains high on their to-do lists: inspiring the next generation.Kutryk, 35, of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., recounted Tuesday that seeing a Canadarm exhibit in Edmonton when he was just six years old triggered his dream to become an astronaut.“Kids look up to us,” Kutryk said as he and Sidey visited the Canadian Space Agency south of Montreal.“It’s a critical part of the job: everyone’s life starts somewhere.”Kutryk is an air force pilot with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in defence studies.Sidey, a Calgary native who has worked as a mechanical engineer, was a lecturer with the University of Cambridge.“It’s wild, it’s certainly my hope that kids will be able to look at Josh and I and think they could be in our shoes in a couple of years time,” Sidey said. “That’s really important to me.”Sidey has spent much of her life pushing for girls and women to get involved in the engineering field and she will use her platform to continue that.“I’ve done a lot of work to try to make sure that engineering is for everyone,” she said.“Engineering is just using science to make people’s lives better. That’s the only requirement. Besides that, it’s completely up to whoever wants to study it to take it where they want.”Sidey, who turns 29 in August, says her dreams of becoming an astronaut date back to 1992 when Roberta Bondar went into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.She was about four when her mother helped her make a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and she fashioned her own space shuttle out of a toilet paper roll with the word “Jenni” written on it.“And I was ready, I thought this was a wonderful thing and I had this person (Bondar) I could identify with,” she said.Both said they have fielded calls or met with retired astronauts Bondar, Julie Payette and Dave Williams since being named Saturday.After undergoing a gruelling recruitment process, the two new astronauts celebrated Tuesday as they scoped out the space agency where they were met with a rousing ovation and took questions from several children.Tougher days lie ahead as they embark on a two-year training program in Houston along with a dozen new American recruits under the supervision of fellow Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen.“It’s adapting to the environment and really settling in so much so that we can learn,” Sidey said. “Because we need to learn a lot and we need to learn it pretty quickly, so that’s a big challenge.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains called the new astronauts “just really good people” and role models for kids, including his own daughters, aged six and nine.“I want them to see Jenni, I want them to look up to Jenni,” Bains said. “At such a young age, she’s accomplished so much, but she’s just a good person, she cares deeply about Canada, she’s excited about the future.”Hansen said it’s an exciting time for the agency and that its two newest members will help shape its future.“These two extraordinary Canadians had amazing things going on in their lives, they were doing tremendous work,” Hansen said.“We stole them away.”A recently convened federal space advisory board is expected to report back this summer with a long-term plan for the sector.-Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.last_img read more

New Brunswick premier urges caution as floodwaters continue to rise

first_imgFREDERICTON — Rising floodwaters have forced the closure of at least 25 roads in western New Brunswick, where the premier is urging residents to do what they can to protect their families and property.Premier Blaine Higgs issued a brief statement saying New Brunswickers are facing severe flooding in several communities.The province’s Public Safety Department says the Saint John River Basin is now beyond or nearly at flood stage in Clair, Saint-Hilaire and Edmundston in the north, and in Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner in the south.The department says residents in other communities along the river should remain on high alert in the coming days as water levels are still rising.Heavy rain and a rapid snowmelt are being blamed for the flooding, which isn’t unusual at this time of year.About 120 soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in southern New Brunswick were expected to help residents fill sandbags and, if necessary, evacuate their homes.“Residents should know that they aren’t alone in these difficult times,” Higgs said in a statement. “Impacted residents should not hesitate to seek assistance and to take steps, where safely possible, to protect their family and property.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Create Teddy Bears For Charity Auction In New York

first_imgLife Ball is coming to New York with a special charity auction at Sotheby’s on December 8.The auction will see Build-A-Bear teddy bears specially created by stars to benefit Operation Bobbi Bear. Among the stars who have created bears for the event are Bill Clinton, Elton John, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Janet Jackson, Adrien Brody, Vivienne Westwood, Eva Longoria, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli and many more.It is estimated that in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa), one in every four girls will be raped by her sixteenth birthday. Operation Bobbi Bear works on behalf of sexually abused and victimized children by helping to minimize their risk of an HIV infection, ensuring their health and well-being and bringing their attackers to justice. Their court-approved approach, which uses a teddy bear for children to describe their abuse, has helped save thousands of children from being victimized again through retelling their stories. Find out more here.To find out more about the auction, click here.last_img read more

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Creates Worlds Leading Outreach Program for Hispanics with

first_imgA global, one-of-a-kind program developed by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix is changing the lives of thousands of Hispanics outside of the United States who are living with Parkinson’s disease.What started as a small group in 2007 with few Spanish education classes and support groups has grown into a comprehensive and far-reaching program with a presence in 16 countries on three continents.“This kind of outreach program is exactly what Muhammad and Lonnie Ali wanted when they agreed to help open the center in 1997,” says Holly Shill, MD, director of Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. “Muhammad wanted to ensure that everyone, patients and caregivers alike, would have access to the same great care and support that he received.”The center’s Hispanic Outreach Program is led by Claudia Martinez, who has been instrumental in both growing the program and developing its unique cultural sensitivities. The program emphasizes helping people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers to maintain a positive quality of life.The first expansion of the program began after two patients from different cities in Mexico came to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center for a Spanish Parkinson’s education course and stressed that there was no education or support like this in their communities.In response, the outreach program held its first international education seminar for which the University of Chihuahua and a group called Parkinson Sinaloa in Mexico, and the Parkinson’s organization called Fundación Parkinson Colombia in Colombia streamed the live internet event. From there, Martinez was contacted by other Parkinson’s support groups and programs throughout the world.“The Spanish-speaking Parkinson’s community in the Americas is indeed large, committed, and also in need of resources and outreach. In the last three years, our comprehensive Hispanic outreach program has expanded to create a network of Spanish-speaking people with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers in 16 countries,” says Martinez. “The outreach resources that we provide through the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center were previously scarce or non-existent in many of these communities. This unique network has stayed active via social media and online conferences.”Interacting with this international community inspired Martinez to launch a unique initiative to give Hispanics with Parkinson’s the opportunity to represent their countries at the World Parkinson Congress which was held late last year in Portland, Oregon. The language barrier and cost were prohibitive for them to participate. However, with Martinez’s direction and the help of art instructor Gregory Pearce, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center developed a mosaic-style poster which allowed more than 100 people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers to represent the Spanish-speaking Parkinson’s communities in North, Central and South America.Comprised of a variety of activities, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center’s Hispanic Outreach Program includes support groups, education classes, workshops for caregivers, and exercise and art classes. It also offers a Promotores Program for Hispanics with Parkinson’s, which is a first-of-its-kind course taught by specially trained Hispanic volunteers who provide in-home visits for people who otherwise would not receive important education and support. Additionally, its Spanish choir, called Voces Unidas, has received special recognition by the World Parkinson Congress for the song and video they produced which continues to attract media attention.The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute is one of the most comprehensive Parkinson’s treatment centers in the world, coordinating patient care, physical therapy, pharmaceutical and surgical care, research, and patient education and outreach. Headquartered at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is a Center of Excellence designated by the National Parkinson Foundation.last_img read more

Autonomy Initiative Reflects Moroccos Good Will Senegals FM

Dakar-  The autonomy initiative put forward by Morocco as a lasting solution to the Sahara issue evidences “good will” said Senegal’s Foreign Minsiter Mankeur Ndiaye.Ndiaye, who was speaking to MAP on the occasion of the visit of HM King Mohammed VI to Dakar, reiterated Senegal’s “natural support” for Morocco’s autonomy proposal adding that the Kingdom undertook “considerable efforts” to find a lasting settlement to the Sahara issue.Reaffirming Senegal’s “unwavering” support for Morocco’s territorial integrity, Ndiaye said that Morocco’s autonomy proposal mirrors willingness to resolve the issue by granting large autonomy to the southern provinces under Moroccan sovereignty. In this respect, he pointed out to UN Security Council decisions, notably resolution 2218 which described Morocco’s efforts as “serious and credible” read more

Morocco Dominican Republic Forge Strengthened Ties with Possible Air Route

Rabat – The president of Junta de Aviacion Civil (JAC), aviation authority in the Dominican Republic, Luis Ernesto Camilo,  said that his office is studying the possibility of launching direct flights from Morocco to the Dominican Republic.Quoted by Arecoa, Camilo said that he discussed the idea during his meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Tourism.“I was recently meeting in France with the Minister of Tourism of Morocco and the General Director of Civil Aviation and they are seriously considering the possibility of establishing an air route from Morocco to the Dominican Republic,” said Camilo. Read Also: Morocco-Dominican Republic: Exemption of Tourist, Business VisasJAC’s president also forecasts an increase in air traffic with the possible launch of the direct route between Morocco and the Dominican Republic.“If we go above the world average, the traffic will be fine. The world average is about 3.5%. We expect 6% this year on the arrival of passengers which is a constantly increasing number.”He said that his country exceeded six million tourists in 2018.In June, the Dominican Republic and Morocco renewed their commitment to reinforce diplomatic ties.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and his  counterpart in the Dominican Republic signed an agreement allowing nationals of both countries to travel to the territory of the other party without tourist or business visas.This agreement specifies that the travelers must hold valid passports. Additionally, the travel must be for tourist or business purposes.Under the agreement, Dominicans and Moroccans may stay in the territory of the other party for a period of up to 60 days. The period is renewable for another 60 days. The total duration of the stay can not legally exceed 120 days per year. read more

World Cancer Day UN agency chief urges greater access to diagnosis prevention

“Twenty-eight African countries do not have a single radiotherapy machine,” said Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of IAEA, at an event commemorating World Cancer Day, marked annually on 3 February.“The IAEA will continue to work hard to change that, and to improve facilities in other regions of the world where the need is also great,” he added, noting that addressing the challenges confronting the developing world will remain a priority for the Agency.“We will strive to continuously improve the services we offer our Member States so they can provide better care – and hope – for their people,” he stressed.Globally, cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8 million cancer-related deaths annually and there are concerns that the number of new cases could rise by about 70 per cent over the next 20 years.Observed every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness on the broad class of disease which can affect any part of the body, and the increased global burden that cancer inflicts on people – both poor and rich.This year, the observation includes a discussion on applications of nuclear techniques in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as one on importance of multidisciplinary team for optimal cancer care.The commemoration also includes a “health fair” showcasing a variety of information and services including detection of various types of cancer, including breast, prostate, colon, and skin cancer. It is being held at the Vienna International Centre Rotunda.Many cancer can prevent by avoiding risk factors such as smoking – UN health agencyAccording to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), between 30 to 50 per cent of cancers can currently be prevented by avoiding risk factors and implementing existing evidence-based prevention strategies.Some of these risk factors include tobacco use including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco; being overweight or obese; unhealthy diet with low fruit and vegetable intake; lack of physical activity alcohol use; sexually transmitted Human papillomavirus (HPV)-infection; infection by hepatitis or other carcinogenic infections; ionizing and ultraviolet radiation; urban air pollution; and indoor smoke from household use of solid fuels.Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22 per cent of cancer-related deaths globally.The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer.Some prevention strategies, according to WHO, can include increase avoidance of the risk factors listed above; vaccination against HPV and hepatitis B viruses; controlling occupational hazards; and reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation and ionizing radiation.Furthermore, many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.“When identified early, cancer is more likely to respond to effective treatment and can result in a greater probability of surviving, less morbidity, and less expensive treatment,” said the UN health agency in a fact-sheet, noting that significant improvements can be made in the lives of cancer patients by detecting cancer early and avoiding delays in care. read more

Record CV registrations again

Rolling year to August total was 377,345, a record level. August’s 18,199 registrations down 5.5 per cent on last August. August sees 6.0 per cent growth in year to date registrations. Small volume drop across most market sectors in August. August bus and coach registrations down 17 per centChristopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive, said: ‘August’s figures confirm record breaking demand for new commercial vehicles. August saw a pause in the recent long-running growth trend, but its impact was small.’ He added: ‘We shouldn’t read too much about future trends from August’s results as the registration plate change in September means many operators wait for the new plate and its effect on residual values. This is illustrated by the fact that September CV registrations are now about 2_ times those of August.’Year-to-date CV registration figures confirm record business demand for freight transport, with the heavy van sector still driving the record figures. This follows a big change in van and truck use patterns and the CV fleet over the past four years.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State mens basketball Sam Thompson on Big Ten Tournament Weve all

Junior forward Sam Thompson scans the court during a game against Minnesota Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe college basketball season is a grind.Teams play 30 or so games during the regular season from November until early March, but once tournament time comes around that intensity grows dramatically.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team (23-8, 10-8) to achieve its goals in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, it will have to play in four games in four consecutive days.Junior forward Sam Thompson said Wednesday that although winning the championship could be tough, the team is ready for the challenge.“We’ve all packed to play through Sunday, and we all expect to play four games in four days so that’s what we’re going down to do,” Thompson said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday against Purdue (15-16, 5-13), a team they have beaten twice already this year. If OSU can get past the Boilermakers they will face Nebraska in the second round Friday.Each of the last five seasons OSU has played three games in three days, at least making it to the Tournament final in each of those seasons, but this year the team doesn’t have a first round bye that will allow for one less game.Senior guard Aaron Craft said the lack of a first round bye is something the players on the team have never experienced, but that they will just continue to play how they have all season.“Hopefully we can play a few games,” Craft said. “Obviously we’re in a new situation we haven’t been in since I’ve been here … It’s just another opportunity to play basketball and I hope we take the opportunity and make the most of it.”Thompson said at the end of the three day run of games players were tired, but that he has no doubt that the team will step up if given the opportunity to play on Sunday.“It’s been a little difficult,” Thompson said. “I remember last year when we played Wisconsin some guys legs were pretty heavy, there was a lot of fatigue going on. … We have the players that can do it, we’re tough enough to do it, if we’re fortunate enough to play four games in four days we will bring our best basketball then.”Craft said getting to the tournament final itself will be the motivating factor to help OSU plays its best basketball, even on tired legs.“If we’re fortunate enough to make it that far, the adrenaline and excitement of making it that far would overcome being tired or anything like that,” Craft said. “It’s at a point where you’ve just got to suck it up and get the job done and that’s what it’s going to be like if we are able to win tomorrow and able to win on Friday. We’ve just got to keep going and put yourself behind the team goal.’A big factor in tournament play is the one-and-done aspect of play, where one bad game can result in the end of a season or a career for certain players. Craft said the raised stakes raises the pressure on the players.“There’s no more second chances,’ Craft said. “If you go out and play lackadaisical you’re going to go home and no one likes to go home, there’s still basketball to be played.”Coach Thad Matta said the preparation for games doesn’t change, even with the increased pressure.“In terms of preparation, in terms of pregame speeches, in terms of what we eat it’s kind of always the same,” Matta said.The Buckeyes swept Purdue this season, winning 78-69 Dec. 31 and 67-49 Feb. 8. Thompson said the familiarity with a team like Purdue means the battle will come down to execution.“Well anytime we play Purdue we know it’s going to be a battle. They’re one of the toughest playing teams in the Big Ten,” Thompson said. “They’re going to rebound, they’re going to play in transition, they’re going to play hard so we know that we have to bring our best basketball, we know that it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Despite their record we know that we’re in for a 40 minute basketball game. We have to execute, we have to come out and play our best basketball. This is the third time we’ve played them, there’s going to be no surprises, they know what we want to do, we know what they want to do so it’s about executing.”Matta said records no longer matter because any team can beat any team.“It’s a new season for everybody right now in terms of this tournament. We have seen them (Purdue) over the last couple of weeks play some unbelievable basketball,” Matta said. “They’re a team that we know what they’re going to do defensively, we’ve got a real good feel for them offensively … They’re going to pressure you and do all of those things but we can’t give up easy baskets in transition. We got down here early because we weren’t as ready as we needed to be.”The first round game is set to tipoff at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, 25 minutes after the finish between Indiana and Illinois. read more

SaberCat clawing his way back Former Buckeye Jamario ONeal is back in

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. That goes for former Buckeye safety Jamario O’Neal as he continues his career in the Arena Football League with the San Jose SaberCats. A native of Mansfield, Ohio, O’Neal moved to Cleveland and played his final two years of high school at Glenville High School. O’Neal was the first commitment of the Buckeyes’ 2005 recruiting class. His career at Ohio State, however, never panned out. “I didn’t do the little things and stay on the grind that got me to that point,” O’Neal said. “I had a lot going in my life with school and everything, and I just kind of lost my passion for football.” O’Neal was an All-Ohio team selection his junior and senior years of high school. His senior year garnered him a Parade All-America honor before he came to OSU. Four years later, after splitting time at safety and cornerback with the Buckeyes, O’Neal amassed 49 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and two passes defended. His recruiting class also included Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Donald Washington, New Orleans Saints’ cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and Washington Redskins’ defensive back Anderson Russell in the secondary with him. “Just thinking about all the times I could’ve done extra films, gassers (and) time in the weight room, I had talent but didn’t work hard,” he said. “You had guys like Malcolm and Donald who worked hard and had talent.” After being suspended for the Spring Game and first two games of 2008 for a team violation, O’Neal didn’t make it back into the starting rotation. O’Neal worked out during Pro Day, but no one offered him a contract during the NFL Draft. He spent the next two years out of football, until he got a phone call from his agent in October 2010 regarding the SaberCats and another chance on the field. “I had time to reflect while I was away,” he said. He immediately began to study the team playbook and prepare for the faster pace of the indoor game. “I was out of football for damned near two years,” he said. “Adjusting to the mental aspect was easy. With the physical aspect, that is something that you have to work on everyday.” After missing the first four games of the season with a strained hamstring, O’Neal had an immediate impact with a forced fumble and recovery in his first game against the Tulsa Talons. “Jamario brought real good enthusiasm,” teammate Mervin Brookins said. “He turns it on when he gets on the field.” In week seven, O’Neal had an interception return for a touchdown in a 68-61 win against the Philadelphia Soul. Since then, he’s had 11.5 tackles, nine of which were solo in three games for the 5-3 SaberCats. Having proved his playing abilities to everyone who said he was a bust, O’Neal is confident when talking about his future after football. “After this: big things. I just need to stay focused,” he said. read more

Justice for Magdalenes welcomes the official State apology to victims

first_imgWe also acknowledge the important gesture of “taking back” the secrecy and stigma carried by the women for so long. In doing so, Mr Kenny leads by example in demonstrating the need for our nation to re-examine its “conscience” for the manner in which marginalised women and children are treated in the past and the present. On the 19th February 2013, we witnessed the beginnings of the end of “Magdalene Ireland”.The group said it would now look to ensure that the promised redress system will be prompt, open, fair, and transparent.“We contend that Justice John Quirke, who will head up the three month review to recommend the criteria for providing supports, payments and services to the women, must be given statutory powers. There must also be an independent appeals system, and Justice Quirke must be properly resourced. The system must be non-adversarial and transparent. It can be private but not secret. And, the process of review must be completed in the three-month time frame,” JFM stated.The group also noted that comments made by the Táiniste Eamon Gilmore were welcome – particularly his acknowledgement of human rights abuses and his call on the religious congregations to contribute to compensation.Justice for Magdalenes also publicly acknowledged and thanked everyone who had supported their campaign to date.Read: Dáil hears heartfelt apologies to Magdalene Laundry survivorsRead: Govt to pay €250,000 to fund UK centre for Irish Magdalene survivorsRead: Terms of Reference for government’s Magdalene fund publishedVIDEO: Enda Kenny issues formal State apology to Magdalene survivorsRead: Kenny “deeply regrets and apologises unreservedly” to Magdalene women in emotional speech AN ADVOCACY GROUP representing victims of the Magdalene Laundries has welcomed an official apology to survivors made by the Taoiseach in the Dáil this evening.Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) arranged for a group of surviving women, children and family members to sit in the public gallery to watch Enda Kenny speech. On behalf of the survivors and their families, JFM acknowledged the “sincere and heartfelt words of sorrow on behalf of all Irish citizens and the Irish State”.“This was a deeply meaningful experience for people who never thought they would see this day, and the official apology, come to pass. JFM thanks Mr Kenny on their behalf,” the group said in a statement this evening.In particular, JFM welcomed the Taoiseach’s acceptance of State involvement in the Laundries in all the five areas investigated by the Inter-Departmental Committee, as well as the inclusion of all surviving women in the apology and ensuing compensation scheme.last_img read more

Hot Wheels gets a cool stunt cam

first_imgHot Wheels as most kids and adults will know are a cool range of die-cast models of vehicles which are manufactured by Mattel. Even though you have modern video games of the vehicles in action, the traditional method of play is to place the physical toy car/truck onto a track and let it rip!However, Mattel have brought the cars into the 21st century with the addition of an attached video camera. This allows for some really cool stunt action shots and best of all the cars can also be mounted into special protective cases so you can attach them onto a skateboard helmet or whatever.The video camera is found at the top of the car, but there is also a small LCD screen underneath so you can view back the footage. Video is captured at 30-60 fps and it even records audio, but you won’t be able to hear this until you plug the car into a computer. However, once you have done this you can also use the editing software it ships with to attach extra clips (sound tracks that sort of thing).Available in the fall for an SRP of $59.99 this is one toy we wouldn’t mind getting hold of.Read more at DVICE, via Pocket-Lintlast_img read more

Sony unveils Walkman Z series powered by Android

first_imgNot everyone who wants to play music and videos or run apps and games on a touchscreen device is in the market for a for an iPhone or Xperia Arc. That’s why Apple still makes the iPod touch — and why Sony has just introduced the Walkman Z series powered by Android.Like many smartphones, the Walkman NWZ-1000 series PMPs offer a 4.3″ display that pushes 480×800 pixels, a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 512MB RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, FM tuner, and a micro-HDMI port for video output. Full 1080P HD video is supported and plays back smoothly at bitrates as high as 10Mbps. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Player range, Sony has decided to omit a camera on the NWZ-1000 — but this is a mediaplayer, so it’s easy enough for Sony to claim it doesn’t need to capture media as well.Three models are available: the NW-Z1050 with 16GB, the NW-Z1060 with 32GB, and the NW-Z1070 with 64GB. Pricing starts at about $360 and tops out around $560 (when converting at current rates from Yen to USD).Unlike some Android PMPs, Sony’s Walkman Z features access to the official Android Market for downloading additional apps and games. It’s also running Gingerbread, and Sony estimates about 20 hours of music playback or 5 hours for video.The new Sony Walkman Z series will launch in Japan on December 10th — no pricing or availability outside of Sony’s home has been announced as of yet. Still, it’s nice to see the Android Walkman finally get a launch date anywhere. It’s been a long time coming.More at Sony Japan, via This Is My Nextlast_img read more

PS4 now playable at kiosks across the US find one near you

first_imgThe PlayStation 4 launches in less than a month, so as you’d expect Sony is ramping up its promotional efforts. This week, PS4 kiosks have started popping up in Sony Stores across the US, and Sony is eager to help you find one near to you.With that in mind a new web page has gone live that allows you to find your nearest PS4 kiosk using a ZIP code. The search allows you to specify locations as close as 5 miles and as far as 100 miles from where you live, although I doubt anyone will be willing to travel 100 miles to try out a PS4.If you don’t live anywhere near a Sony Store, don’t worry. Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart will also be getting them over the coming weeks, so if you live near a busy outlet from that line up there’s a good chance they’ll have a PS4 soon. The search for your nearest PS4 page will also be updated with these new locations on a regular basis.As for what you can play on the kiosks, Sony has installed 6 games for now, they include demos of the following:ContrastFIFA 14KnackOctodad: Dadliest CatchPinball ArcadeSuper MotherloadI would have liked to see Killzone: Shadow Fall included in the line up, but I guess Sony has to be careful which games they use based on ratings. There’s going to be a lot of kids walking past these kiosks that are too young to play Killzone.last_img read more

La loi sur les jeux dargent en ligne examinée par le Sénat

first_imgLa loi sur les jeux d’argent en ligne examinée par le SénatFrance – Voté le 13 octobre en première lecture à l’Assemblée nationale, le projet de loi “relatif à l’ouverture, à la concurrence et à la régulation du secteur des jeux d’argent et de hasard en ligne” est soumis à l’examen du Sénat. Ce texte prévoit de décerner des labels aux sites de jeux d’argent autorisés à prendre les paris des internautes français.Depuis 1946, l’État est seul à régenter le secteur des jeux d’argent et de hasard. Le projet de loi sur les paris en ligne, qui doit être examiné pendant deux jours par les sénateurs, prévoit d’octroyer des licences à des opérateurs jusque-là illégaux. Une centaine de licences devraient ainsi être accordées, quand d’après Éric Woerth, le ministre du Budget, 25.000 sites illégaux officieraient actuellement sur la toile.”Depuis plusieurs années, la France est confrontée à une offre illégale très importante de jeux d’argent et de hasard sur internet : 25.000 sites illégaux de jeux sont accessibles en France, dont un quart en langue française, et 75% des paris sur Internet sont pris sur des sites illégaux”, avait indiqué le ministre il y a quelques mois.Pour remédier à cette situation, un projet de loi propose d’attribuer des autorisations aux sites qui respecteront les conditions de l’État en matière d’ordre public et social. Ces sites pourront alors faire de la publicité.Le texte prévoit un dispositif permettant de bloquer les sites illégaux, et la création d’une Autorité en charge de la régulation des jeux en ligne (Arjel), qui devrait pouvoir exiger d’un juge le déréférencement des sites interdits dans les moteurs de recherche. Les sites qui feraient directement ou indirectement de la publicité pour des opérateurs non labellisés pourraient eux aussi être déréférencés.Suivant les recommandations du Conseil constitutionnel, les députés avaient exigé que seul un juge puisse ordonner le blocage des sites non autorisés, à la demande de l’Arjel. Mais un amendement déposé par le sénateur UMP Ambroise Dupont vise à supprimer ce contrôle judiciaire pour “permettre à l’Arjel d’intervenir rapidement et directement”.Le 23 février 2010 à 18:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les croisements entre sapiens et Néandertal avérés mais rares

first_imgLes croisements entre sapiens et Néandertal : avérés, mais raresPubliant leurs travaux dans Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, des chercheurs de l’Université de Genève suggèrent qu’au Paléolithique, les croisements entre notre espèce et l’Homme de Néandertal, établis en 2010, devaient toutefois être extrêmement rares ou peu féconds.Si l’on sait, depuis 2010, que 1 à 4% du patrimoine génétique des eurasiens actuels est d’origine néandertalienne, que cela représente-t-il, plus précisément, en termes de ‘rencontres’ entre nos ancêtres et nos anciens cousins, au cours des quelques 10.000 ans durant lesquels ils ont été contemporains ?À lire aussiControverse : quand Homo sapiens est-il sorti d’Afrique pour coloniser l’Asie ?En se penchant sur les génomes de Chinois et de Français d’aujourd’hui, Mathias Currat et Laurent Excoffier, du département d’anthropologie de l’Université de Genève (Suisse), ont simulé, à l’aide de logiciels, la part probable d’ADN néandertalien présente en ceux-ci, en fonction de différents taux de fréquence de tels croisements. Des simulations qu’ils ont ensuite rapprochées des données génétiques réelles. Résultats : une relation ne s’est avérée féconde que tous les 23 à 50 ans, soit un taux de fécondité d’à peine 2%.Des résultats qui pourraient avoir (au moins) deux causes : soit les rejetons hybrides étaient peu viables mais dans ce cas, nous dit Laurent Excoffier, les traces génétiques néandertaliennes en nous seraient plus variables et plus inégales, soit ces rapports sexuels entre les deux humanités seraient en fait d’une grande rareté.  Le 13 septembre 2011 à 18:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le Parlement examinera le projet de loi sur la copie privée le

first_imgLe Parlement examinera le projet de loi sur la copie privée le 22 novembreLes députés se pencheront en urgence sur ce projet de loi sur la copie privée comme le demande le gouvernement. La répartition de cette taxe est au centre des débats.La taxe sur la copie privée est un coût supplémentaire versé par l’utilisateur lorsqu’il achète des CD vierges, un baladeur numérique ou encore une tablette. Cette loi vise à protéger la scène culturelle des piratages informatiques, qui ont, il est vrai, fait beaucoup de tort à l’industrie du disque. La mouture en l’état sera illégale vis-à-vis des dispositions européennes et le ministre de la culture, Frédéric Mitterrand a présenté un nouveau projet de loi, qui sera débattu en urgence le 22 novembre prochain.À lire aussiFree ne veut pas payer de taxe sur sa nouvelle boxLa première disposition explique que les appareils d’enregistrement, vendus et distribués à usage professionnel seront exclus de cette taxation. Deuxième point, l’information pour les consommateurs sera renforcée. Il sera obligatoire de noter dans les points de vente la somme que représente cette taxe sur l’achat d’un appareil. Enfin sera discuté la répartition entre les différents acteurs de la vie culturelle de cet impôt.Les ayants-droits (maisons de disque, producteurs, labels…) qui soutiennent ce nouveau texte rappellent que 25% de la taxe est injectée directement dans la mise en place d’évènements locaux, de festivals ou de concerts, ces manifestations étant chiffrées à 5 000 l’année dernière. Le 7 novembre 2011 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Si le chien est devenu notre ami cest aussi en apprenant à

first_imgSi le chien est devenu notre ami, c’est aussi en apprenant à manger comme nousSelon une étude comparative du génome du chien et du loup, si le premier a pu peu à peu devenir le meilleur ami de l’homme, c’est notamment parce qu’il a appris, contrairement au loup, à mieux digérer l’amidon.On considère que le chien est le premier animal à avoir été domestiqué par l’homme. En effet, un fossile de canidé semblable au chien vieux de 33.000 ans a été découvert, tandis que des restes de chiens datant de 11.000 à 12.000 ans ont été identifiés en Israël dans une sépulture humaine. En revanche, on ignorait quels changements génétiques avaient pu amener des loups à devenir des chiens.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour en apprendre davantage, Erik Axelsson, biologiste à l’Université suédoise d’Uppsala, et ses collègues ont donc comparé les génomes de 12 loups et de 60 chiens issus de 14 espèces distinctes. Leurs recherches leur ont alors permis d’identifier 36 régions du génome qui ont probablement été modifiées par le processus de domestication et d’adaptation évolutive du chien. Le fait que la moitié de ces régions soit liée aux fonctions cérébrales et au développement du système nerveux pourrait donc expliquer les différences de comportement qui séparent le loup du chien domestiqué.Mais, plus intéressant encore, les chercheurs ont découvert trois autres gènes jouant un rôle déterminant dans la digestion de l’amidon, un glucide d’origine végétale. “Nos résultats montrent que ces adaptations qui ont permis aux premiers ancêtres des chiens modernes de prospérer grâce à une nourriture riche en amidon, comparativement au régime carnivore des loups, ont constitué une étape cruciale dans leur domestication”, écrivent les scientifiques dans la revue Nature.Finalement, la domestication du chien pourrait s’être faite en parallèle de l’apparition de l’agriculture et d’une alimentation humaine de plus en plus riche en amidon. Cette dernière aurait alors servi de catalyseur à la domestication du chien. La possibilité de trouver de quoi manger parmi les restes des repas humains, aurait poussé l’organisme de certains loups a évolué en créant une nouvelle niche écologique qui a ensuite perduré.Le 24 janvier 2013 à 18:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Seth Rollins reflects on his early NXT career Miz and Mrs returning

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WhatsApp Twitter WWE has posted a new “Then & Now” video (above) with Seth Rollins looking back at his early career in NXT shortly after signing with the company.Rollins also talked about embracing the blonde streak in his hair at the time.Miz and Mrs returning this April on USAWWE has posted a preview of “Miz and Mrs.” returning this April on the USA Network.center_img Google+ Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 Facebook WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Eventslast_img read more

Oregon bill proposes bridge debt but no funding source for CRC

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — A bill approving a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River would authorize $450 million in bonds to pay for Oregon’s share, but it doesn’t say how the state would pay off the debt over the coming decades.State lawmakers heard public testimony on the topic Monday.Paying down the bridge debt would cost roughly $30 million per year. In the short term, the Oregon Department of Transportation can use unanticipated federal transportation dollars to cover the debt, lawmakers said. But after that money runs out in two to three years, the state would have to approve a new revenue source — such as a gas tax or vehicle fees — or reduce the amount of money available for other road projects.“This is money that Oregon is going to need to repay,” said Mara Gross, interim director of the Coalition for a Livable Future, a group that promotes healthy and sustainable communities. “Without a funding mechanism, tens of millions per year will be cut from ODOT’s projects, and that’s funding from other roads and bridges and priority that could evaporate for decades.” House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said last week that she’d like to include a dedicated funding source for the bridge as part of a comprehensive transportation plan that would safeguard other road projects around the state, perhaps in the 2015 legislative session. The entire project, anticipated to cost more than $3 billion, would include a new bridge and freeway interchanges on both sides and a light-rail link across the bridge. Oregon and Washington would have to each contribute $450 million, with the rest of the funding coming from the federal government and the tolls paid by bridge users.last_img read more