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03
Dec
2019

Slideshow: In Search of a Bizarre Amphibian

first_imgBefore humans settled the vast wetland that would one day become Mexico City, the axolotl was an unassuming, if peculiar, species. Unlike most amphibians, the mud-colored salamander retained its tadpole form into adulthood, breathed through feathery gills jutting out of the sides of its head, and lived only in a handful of lakes in central Mexico. Then the Aztecs arrived and decided to turn the axolotl’s home into a city. These newcomers quickly built a maze of artificial islands, slicing up the lakes into a sophisticated network of canals. Axolotls, which thrived along muddy, vegetation-rich banks, saw their habitat increase exponentially. Soon, the strange salamanders were everywhere. An axolotl-shaped god even joined the Aztec pantheon.Six hundred years later, Mexico City’s canals are nearly gone, taking the wild axolotl with them. The remaining canals, located in the southern district of Xochimilco, are polluted and overrun with invasive carp and tilapia, which eat axolotl eggs and devour aquatic plants, destroying the banks where the salamanders once thrived. For the past 3 months, scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) have scoured the canals in search of wild axolotls. A similar survey in 1998 counted 6000 axolotls per square kilometer. This year, the scientists captured only one and spotted just six more. Science joined them for a day on the axolotl’s trail.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

28
Nov
2019

Asian Games: Schedule for November 15

first_imgShootingMen’s 50m rifle prone qualification: Hariom Singh, Surendra Singh Rathod, Gagan Narang (6.30am) Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualification stage 1: Gurpreet Singh, Vijay Kumar, Rahul (6.30am) Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualification stage 2: Gurpreet Singh, Vijay Kumar, Rahul (10am) Women’s 50m rifle prone final: Meena, Tejaswini Sawant, Lajja Gauswami (8.45am)TennisMen’s team semi-final: India vs Chinese Taipei (7.30am)SwimmingMen’s 50m freestyle heats: Arjun Jayaprakash, Virdhawal Khade (6.45am) Men’s 100m breaststroke heats: Sandeep Sejwal (7.15am) Men’s 200m backstroke heats: Rohit Havaldar, Rehan Poncha (7.45am) Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay heats: India (7.50am)Cue sportsWomen’s 6-red snooker singles preliminary match: Pillai Viswanathan (7.30am) Women’s 6-red snooker singles pre-quarterfinals: Chitra Magimairajan) Women’s 9-ball pool singles preliminary match: Neena Praveen, Meenal Thakur (5.30pm) Men’s carom 3 cushion singles last-16 match: Goel (10.30am); Dharminder Singh (2pm)WeightliftingMen’s 69 kg: K Ravi Kumar (2pm)HockeyMen’s preliminary group B: India vs Hong Kong (12pm)Water PoloWomen’s Group A match: ndia Vs Kazakhstan (12pm)ChessMen’s individual round 5: Sasikiran Krishnan, Surya Sekhar Ganguly (12.30pm) Women’s individual round 5: Harika Dronavalli, Tania Sachdev (12.30pm) (All are Indian timings)last_img read more

27
Nov
2019

With Kevin Durant down, Warriors fight off Rockets to pull ahead 3-2

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebratesduring the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — The Golden State Warriors have won plenty of games on the postseason stage without their biggest stars.This time, Kevin Durant went down, and Klay Thompson and company found a way when the Warriors desperately needed it.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon started 0 for 8 before hitting a 3 with 7:45 left in the third. … F Danuel House sat out again after missing the previous two games with an inflamed right big toe.Warriors: Green’s eight assists in the first were one off team record for a playoff quarter. Tim Hardaway once had nine in 1991. … Reserve G Shaun Livingston played after he had been questionable with a sore left hip. … Injured C DeMarcus Cousins, who could return at some point this postseason from a torn left quadriceps muscle, did some rehab agility work on the court. The Warriors pulled it off without Durant, whose 35.4 playoff scoring average was best in the NBA coming into the game.“That looked like it was way worse than a calf strain,” Green said. “I think we did a great job of fighting through that.”Harden shot 10 for 16 and dished out eight assists. The reigning MVP injured his eyes during the first quarter of Game 2 last Tuesday on a hit by Green as they fought for a rebound. Harden’s left eye was still red leading into Game 5.The Warriors’ win guarantees their loyal fans in the East Bay at least one more home game at Oracle Arena before the team moves to new Chase Center in San Francisco for next season.“Tough loss. We had opportunities,” Houston’s Chris Paul said. “Rebounding, we actually was right there in the rebounds. We’ve got to be better, offensively, defensively, especially myself, turnovers. We didn’t get stops when we needed to.”CRASHING THE BOARDSThe Warriors led the rebounding battle 27-18 after the first half, grabbing eight on the offensive glass, and finished with a 42-39 advantage.Houston’s PJ Tucker, who had 22 rebounds the previous two games, grabbed 10 more to go with 13 points.The Rockets outrebounded the Warriors 55-35 in their Game 3 win, and then 50-43 on Monday in Game 4 — getting 20 from Clint Capela in the two victories. Capela had 14 on Wednesday.Golden State held an edge on the boards in both Games 1 and 2. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Draymond Green received his fourth technical of the postseason with 3:39 left, and then knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end. Thompson followed Green’s 3 with one of his own to make it 97-89 with 2:33 remaining.“Two very key sequences in that game, two key shots for us,” Green said.Curry struggled with his shot yet again and finished with 25 points on 9-for-23 shooting. He went 3 of 11 from long range.Curry hit a 3 with 5:09 to play that made it 89-85. He didn’t even score his first points of the night until a 3 4:22 before halftime.Golden State nearly gave it away with an awful third quarter, when the Warriors managed just 15 points and committed six turnovers. The game was tied at 72 going into the final 12 minutes.Harden’s 3 with 3:07 left in the third trimmed Golden State’s lead to 66-62, and then Iman Shumpert made it a one-point game with a 3.Eric Gordon’s layup with 40.6 seconds remaining gave the Rockets their first lead since the early minutes.Green had eight points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in another spectacular effort on both ends. He supplied the energy for Golden State after two losses at Houston evened the series.The Warriors led by as many as 20 but missed open looks and even layups, clanking shots off the front rim and allowing the tough-minded Rockets to stay close.Then, they heeded Kerr’s simple message: “Poise and awareness and poise and patience applies to all of life and not just offense,” the coach said beforehand. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Durant limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly following a baseline jumper. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.“They’ve been here so many times, have been through these battles for the last five years,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “They’ve got a lot of guts. They just pulled together and got it done. There’s no speech necessary. They knew what they had to do.”James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, who will try to stave off elimination back home in Houston.“It is a do-or-die but I feel good about it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.But the Rockets wasted an opportunity in Game 5. After Durant departed, a couple more Golden State stars helped the Warriors close it out.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Thompson scored 27 points, including a key layup with 4.1 seconds left, and Golden State overcame Durant’s calf injury to beat the Houston Rockets 104-99 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.“Honestly it was a little deflating for a second,” Stephen Curry said, “and then we rallied.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant was scheduled for an MRI exam Thursday after he strained his right calf late in the third quarter. His status for Friday’s Game 6 had yet to be determined, but didn’t seem promising.“We’ll have to claw our way to one more win,” Curry said. 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26
Nov
2019

UEFA Champions League: Kyle Walker Ends Up in Goal as Manchester City Draw against Atalanta

first_img Atalantaclaudio bravodrawgoalkeeper First Published: November 7, 2019, 7:53 AM IST Manchester City were made to wait to book a place in the Champions League knockout stages and ended up clinging on for a 1-1 draw against Atalanta on Wednesday after a red card forced Kyle Walker to go in goal.There was drama late on when Claudio Bravo, who had been introduced at halftime with Ederson carrying a knock, was shown a straight red for a sliding tackle on Josip Ilicic outside the box, forcing Guardiola to send on Walker as a goalkeeper for the final few minutes. City had taken an early lead through Raheem Sterling but Mario Pasalic’s equaliser turned the tables and substitute keeper Bravo’s sending off late on left the visitors holding on for a point with defender Walker in goal.Sterling finished off a flowing City move early on before Gabriel Jesus squandered a golden chance to double their lead by rolling a tame penalty wide on the brink of halftime.Pep Guardiola’s side were made to pay for their profligacy when Pasalic’s bullet header levelled the scores early in the second half and the City manager was left frustrated by his side’s performance after the interval.”In this competition you know you have your chances and moments and you have to take it,” he said.”But with the problems we have, we made a good first half. First half we were outstanding and second we suffered. In the last 15 minutes we had the issue with the new keeper.”When asked whether the injury that forced first-choice keeper Ederson off for Bravo at halftime is serious enough to rule him out of contention for Sunday’s Premier League showdown with league leaders Liverpool, the Spaniard replied: “I don’t know right now.”City remain top of Group C with 10 points, five ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb, while the draw earned Atalanta their first point in the competition.”We still have a chance in the Champions League, but I would be very happy with a place in the Europa League too, as long as we continue some European experiences and can grow,” Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said.The Premier League champions took the lead with a sensational goal after seven minutes as Bernardo Silva’s pass was back-heeled by Gabriel Jesus into the path of Sterling to finish.City dominated possession and carved out several promising openings throughout the first half but were given a gilt-edged chance to double their lead just before the break when they earned a penalty for handball following a VAR review.Jesus stepped up to take the penalty, but sent it harmlessly wide to leave the Italian side with a glimmer of hope as they headed into the changing rooms.Gasperini’s side were transformed after the interval and took four minutes to draw level as the unmarked Pasalic powered home a Papu Gomez cross.(With inputs from Reuters) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

17
Nov
2019

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

first_img\R Paris, Jul 16 (AP) It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.” People wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors – blue, white and red – obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers.advertisementTypically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone – packed to its 90,000 capacity – during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.The celebrations were spread across the nation.For all the crazy antics – and some revelers who got out of control – a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.”We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy – Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal – and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.”All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.” But, he added, it must be built on.”What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?” That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.Revelers celebrated the moment.”We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.” (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

16
Nov
2019

Real Madrid rule out €250m Kane bid

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid president Perez rules out Kane move: Spurs will want €250m for him! Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 16:53 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Premier League Primera División The striker, in brilliant form for club and country, has been linked with the Spanish club, but their president has now rejected such reports Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted that the club have no interest in signing Tottenham striker Harry Kane, whom he believes is valued at €250 million.The England international has been in stunning form for club and country throughout 2017, scoring 45 goals in 40 games.Spurs 21/10 to beat Real Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Such fine scoring exploits have led to links with Real, with reports in Spain claiming that Perez had initiated talks with Spurs following the 1-1 draw between the two clubs in the Champions League.However, Perez has now rubbished such suggestions and believes that it would take a world-record fee to extract him from Spurs.Harry Kane Golden Boot 21052017“Signing Harry Kane has not passed through my head. He is a great player and in addition he is young,” Perez told Cadena COPE.”He has many years to progress, but we are delighted with [Karim] Benzema and with all of the team.”I didn’t ask Tottenham’s president for the price because he would have told me that he is worth €250m.”Spurs play Real Madrid at Wembley next week, after a Carabao Cup tie against West Ham United and a Premier League clash with Manchester United.last_img read more

24
Oct
2019

Summer Vacation Ideas: A Ranking of America’s Most Fun Cities and States

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 8 of the Coolest Indie Bookstores in the United States With warm weather and longer days, summertime means fun time for most people. Since these sunny days last but a few months a year, most people try to pack as much excitement as possible into their summer. To determine the best destinations for revelry, WalletHub conducted full studies on The Most Fun States and The Most Fun Cities in America. Check out the breakdown below to see where you should spend your summer vacation for peak pleasure.10 Most Fun StatesKammock/InstagramIf you can explore one state this summer, make sure it’s one of these:CaliforniaNew YorkNevadaFloridaIllinoisWashingtonTexasColoradoPennsylvaniaMinnesotaTop Spots for Entertainment and RecreationWalletHub compares states and cities in two key categories: “Entertainment and Recreation” and “Nightlife.: Considerations for Entertainment and Recreation include number and variety of entertainment establishments, weather conditions, restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, movie theaters, arcades, fitness centers, marinas, shoreline mileage, beach quality, state fairs and events, access to National Parks, personal spending on recreation per capita, and state and local spending on parks and recreation per capita.10 Best States for Entertainment and Recreation:CaliforniaNew YorkFloridaIllinoisNevadaTexasWashingtonColoradoPennsylvaniaMinnesotaStates with the Highest Variety of Entertainment Establishments:MaineVermontNevadaMinnesotaTennesseeStates with the Best Access to National Parks:AlaskaWyomingMontanaSouth DakotaNew MexicoCities with the Most Restaurants per Capita:New York, New YorkOrlando, FloridaLas Vegas, NevadaHouston, TexasAtlanta, GeorgiaCities with the Lowest Movie Costs:Port St. Lucie, FloridaCorpus Christi, TexasMontgomery, AlabamaBakersfield, CaliforniaSpringfield, MissouriTop Spots for NightlifeConsiderations for Nightlife include average beer & wine prices, movie costs, nightlife options per Capita, access to bar, time of last call, music festival, performing-arts theaters, and casinos. WalletHub also ranked America’s Most Fun Cities in similar categories.Top 10 States for Nightlife:NevadaWisconsinIllinoisNew YorkLouisianaOhioCaliforniaWashingtonPennsylvaniaColoradoStates with the Most Performing Arts Theaters per Capita:New YorkCaliforniaIllinoisMinnesotaMassachusettsCities with the Most Accessible Bars per Capita:New York, New YorkLas Vegas, NevadaPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaPortland, OregonWashington, D.C.Cities with the Most Dance Clubs per Capita:San Francisco, CaliforniaLas Vegas, NevadaAtlanta, GeorgiaLos Angeles, CaliforniaOrlando, FloridaCities with the Lowest Average Beer Cost:Albuquerque, New MexicoLaredo, TexasBirmingham, AlabamaCleveland, OhioOklahoma City, OklahomaIf you’re still drafting your perfect summer plan, check out WalletHub’s full list of fun states and fun cities to help you get the most bang for your buck and squeeze in as much entertainment as you can before the autumn chill begins to creep back in. Both reports also include interviews with experts who weigh in on topics like how to have fun on a budget, drinking in public, and the pros and cons of marijuana legalization when it comes to tourism. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel)last_img read more

24
Oct
2019

Revised Standards for Teacher Education Available by October

first_imgThe revised standards for teacher education being undertaken by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) should be available by October of this year.This was disclosed by Director, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), Althea Heron, at the opening of the two-day Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica annual Professional Development Workshop being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from August 29 to 30.Ms. Heron said the revised document is expected to reflect many of the changes that are taking place within the profession, and urged the participants to obtain a copy once it is published.“This (document) will continue to serve as a guide to institutions in the development of teacher-education programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, delivered face-to-face or via distant-learning modes of instruction,” she added.Ms. Heron said teachers are a crucial part of the Jamaican workforce and continue to be central to the training and education of the wider workforce.“The new teacher educator will not only need to be tech-savvy and up to date with the latest apps, but also… mindful of their own need for continuous professional development in order to maintain a high standard of teaching that improves student learning outcomes,” she said.Established in October, 1987 by the University Council of Jamaica Act, the UCJ is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The UCJ is the national Quality Assurance Agency for tertiary education in the country. Its mission is to increase the availability of tertiary-level training in the island through a robust quality-assurance system that ensures excellence, transparency, integrity and adherence to standards.The Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica is committed to developing a cadre of teachers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that meet the needs of Jamaica’s education system.The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education.last_img read more

17
Oct
2019

Military facing challenges as courtmartial system remains in limbo

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian military police and prosecutors are being forced to adapt as they wait for the Supreme Court to rule on whether the military-justice system is constitutional.That includes having to weigh which charges to lay in new cases and proceeding with lesser charges or dropping them altogether for some pre-existing cases.The changes follow a lower court’s bombshell ruling last fall that found military tribunals are not the same as a trial by jury for serious civilian offences such as murder and sexual assault.Military prosecutors appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which heard arguments from both sides in March, but has yet to issue its own decision on the matter.Military officials say 40 cases in the system before the lower court’s ruling have been affected, including several where charges were changed or cases were referred to civilian authorities, and three that were dropped entirely.Military police are also facing harder decisions on what charges to lay in new cases as the military-justice system cannot try serious cases and the civilian one doesn’t usually deal with military-specific charges like insubordination.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

16
Oct
2019

Will Ferrells Son Designs Charity Coffee Cup

first_imgLike father, like son. Two years after actor Will Ferrell finger-painted a snowman for 7-Eleven, Inc.’s holiday coffee cup, his son 5-year-old Mattias has taken over the cup-design duties, with a little help from dad.Will Ferrell and son design holiday hot-beverage cup for 7-Eleven to raise awareness of Cancer for College charity.Like his father, Mattias also drew a snowman, this time flanked by candy canes on a light blue cup that sports his father’s autograph and the Cancer For College charity’s logo.The snowman cups with the hand-drawn design are available now at participating 7-Eleven stores through Dec. 31, 2012, or while supplies last.Also in time for the holidays and complementary to the Ferrell coffee cup, is 7-Eleven’s new seasonal beverage – Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino. The wintery flavors of cool peppermint and rich chocolate are favorites and test well among consumers.The Ferrell family hopes to raise awareness for Cancer for College, a nonprofit organization founded by cancer survivor and Ferrell’s friend and fraternity brother Craig Pollard. The California-based charity offers support and inspiration to young cancer survivors through academic college scholarships.“If you compare the snowman Mattias drew for 7-Eleven’s holiday cup this year with the one I drew by myself in 2010, you can tell right away where he gets his artistic talent,” Ferrell said. “Both cups have snowmen and both give our family an opportunity to support Cancer for College, a great charity that helps cancer survivors get on with their lives — lives that may have been put on hold because of illness, treatment and resulting financial hardship.”To celebrate the launch of his son’s snowman cup, Ferrell appeared in The Grove in Los Angeles Tuesday to sign autographs and meet with fans. Cancer for College has been inspiring and empowering survivors since its inception in 1993 through college scholarships. The nonprofit organization has provided over $1.75 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 cancer survivors and amputees.“Two years ago, 7-Eleven helped Will spread the world about a little-known, but worthwhile organization that is important to him in a very personal way,” said Laura Gordon, 7-Eleven vice president of brand innovation. “Cancer for College has helped families who have been left with few financial resources for education after paying extraordinary medical expenses to save their child. 7-Eleven is supporting this organization by making a donation and raising awareness about such a commendable cause.”7-Eleven has pledged a $360,000 donation to Cancer for College.The personally designed cup can be filled with any 7-Eleven hot beverage and customized with an assortment of creams, syrups and spices at no extra charge.More information about 7-Eleven and Cancer for College can be found at 7-eleven.com, www.facebook.com/7Eleven, www.twitter.com/7Eleven and www.cancerforcollege.org, www.facebook.com/cancerforcollege.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

14
Oct
2019

Urban reserves hold key to wealth conference

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Southern Chiefs Organization of Manitoba held a conference, that hopes to promote the creation of urban reserves.The Keynote speaker was Mic Werstuik of the West Bank First Nation, an urban based First Nation that has become a part of Kelowna B.C.last_img

14
Oct
2019

Meetings in Kuujjuaq QC aim to stem wave of suicides in Nunavik

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsDrive into the town of Kuujjuaq and one of the first things you’ll see are flags flying at half-mast.It’s a tradition in this community of almost 3,000 when someone takes their own life.Inuit here have two current reasons to do so.Late last week in Kuujjuaq a young man in his early 20’s died at his own hands, while a 19 year old woman also died by apparent suicide on Friday October 26. This incident is being investigated by Quebec’s independent investigation bureau because the death occurred after local police intervened.These are just two of the latest deaths in what has been a deadly two weeks in Nunavik, what the Inuit call their territory in subarctic Quebec that is home to 14 communities totalling about 12,000 people, 90 percent of whom are Inuit.The hardest hit has been Puvirnituq, the village of about 1,800 near the northeastern edge of Hudson’s Bay has had eleven people die by suicide so far in 2018.“We have an epidemic of suicides. We have a crisis on our hands and if we can’t provide the medical and other mental health support in the communities, it is not going to get better. It will get worse,” wrote Mary Simon in a October 16 Facebook post that has been shared 350 times.Simon is a Kuujjuaq native and former Canadian ambassador to Denmark.She recently lost her 22 year old niece to suicide, something she discussed in detail in her public Facebook post which decried a lack of follow up support for her niece.“Because there is very little support, she could not get the ongoing treatment she needed,” wrote Simon. “The reason I’m telling this story is to show we desperately need ongoing mental health support and services in every Inuit community.“We need it now, at this point it doesn’t matter if the caregiver is non Inuit.”Simon has started a petition to get additional resources from both Quebec and Canada.“As an immediate response, petitioners request that the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Quebec jointly appoint a Special Representative to enact immediate implementation of diagnostic, treatment and counselling programs, for combating these excessive incidents of youth suicide with adequate professionals, facilities, and financial resources,” reads the petition.Read the petition here: Help stop the suicide epidemic in Nunavik, Northern Quebec, Canada So far, more than 1,100 people have signed.Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the school board for Nunavik, has organized two days of meetings starting October 30 in Kuujjuaq to plot out a course of action. About 70 people from organizations from all over Nunavik are expected to attend, as well as a representative of Quebec’s Ministry of Education.A representative from Indigenous Services Canada told APTN News that their presence was not requested at the meeting because the Inuit of Nunavik fall under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, as a result health service funding comes mainly from the province.Nonetheless, in a statement, federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said, “My heart goes out to the families.“My officials have reached out to the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services to offer additional supports as needed during this difficult time.”After a similar wave of suicides in 2016, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK, the organization that represents Inuit in Canada) created a National Inuit Prevention Strategy that outlined six priorities, including culture support, addressing poverty, health, and healing services, that need to be tackled.According to the strategy, from 2009-2013, Nunavik and Nunavut’s suicide rates were each more than ten times the national rate.Over the course of the next week, much discussion will revolve around how to shore up resources to address these priorities; all with an eye to keeping the flags in Kuujjuaq flying at full mast.If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts you can call:Canada Suicide Prevention Service | 1-833-456-4566Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line  | for Inuktitut speakers (from 7pm -midnight eastern standard time)last_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Going to Concerts Every 2 Weeks Adds 9 Years to Your

Rabat- Good news for gig-attendees and music lovers! A new research study has found that attending a concert every couple weeks helps to boost your lifespan and can add up to 9 years to your life.The study was carried out by O2, which owns some of the largest music venues in the UK, alongside Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioural science and associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University in London.“Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being–with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,” Fagan said. The findings show that those who attended live music experience, for only 20 minutes, saw their feelings of well-being boosted by 21 percent, while those who took part in a 20-minute  yoga session saw their well-being increased by only 10 percent, and those who walked their dog saw only a seven percent increase in their happiness.In addition, the research found a direct link between high levels of well-being and an increased lifespan of nine years or more.To determine the results, test participants undertook psychometric testing and heart-rate tests, which showed that gig experience increased participants feelings of self-worth by 25 percent, closeness to others by 25 percent, while their mental stimulation jumped by an impressive 75 percent.“Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription for a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life,” Fagan said.The research adds that experiencing live music makes participants feel happier than simply listening to music in private, showcasing that the shared experience is key to increasing well-being.“We all know just how good it is seeing your favourite band or artist live, but now we have the proof,” O2’s spokesperson Nina Bibby said. read more

08
Oct
2019

Commission appointed to probe corruption during unity Government

The President has appointed retired Supreme Court judge Upali Abeyratne as the Chairman of the commission. (Colombo Gazette) A Presidential Commission has been appointed to investigate allegations of corruption said to have taken place when the unity Government was in office.President Maithripala Sirisena appointed the Commission of Inquiry to investigate allegations of corruption that took place between 15th January 2015 to 31st December 2018.

08
Oct
2019

Curfew reimposed in Kuliyapitiya Bingiriya Dummalasuriya and Hettipola

A tense situation arose after some Muslim owned shops had been attacked by a mob earlier last evening. However as tensions prevailed in the area the curfew has been re-imposed. A Police curfew has been re-imposed in the Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya and Hettipola areas with immediate effect till 4am tomorrow.The curfew in the area was imposed late last night till 4am today. The Police have warned that tough action will be taken against anyone disrupting the peace. (Colombo Gazette) A large crowd later gathered outside the Kuliyapitiya Police station demanding the release of suspects arrested over the incident.The Army was deployed to provide protection to the Kuliyapitiya Police station. read more

04
Oct
2019

NBCUniversal takes control of Sprout network buying out partners PBS Hit

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2013 3:39 pm MDT NBCUniversal takes control of Sprout network, buying out partners PBS, Hit NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal says it has taken full control of Sprout, the pay TV channel for preschoolers that it had launched with joint venture partners PBS, Sesame Workshop and Hit Entertainment in 2005.NBCU had a 47 per cent stake previously while remaining partners PBS had about 17 per cent and Hit had about 35 per cent. Sesame Workshop had sold its stake prior to Wednesday’s announcement.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.PBS’ brand will slowly be removed from the network, previously known as PBS Kids Sprout, over the next few months, although popular PBS programs such as “Sesame Street” and “Caillou” will still be shown. The 24-hour network reaches more than 60 million homes in the U.S. and competes with channels like Nick Jr. and Disney Junior. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

25
Sep
2019

EYEWITNESS Desperation…

…in AFC CampThe desperation in the AFC camp over being thrown on their own by the PNC in the upcoming LGE is developing into a tsunami of panic that’s making them really look foolish.Take the fellow who permanently has that look of a deer in headlights, Nagamootoo’s DPI, and his vicious take on Jagdeo’s call to “take back Guyana” at a LGE meeting at Kitty.Now in politics, what’s the goal of elections campaigning?? Isn’t it to win those elections? And – as the PNC backed by the AFC had done to the PPP – if perchance your opponent had removed you from office, to “take back” that office? What’s sinister about that? It doesn’t even connote the not so veiled threat some time ago by Raphael Trotman – now leader of the AFC but them with the PNC – to “oppose, expose and depose” the PPP!But this state – not Government! – official – who’s supposed to be working for ALL citizens to purvey information for the national good – took it upon himself to interpret Jagdeo’s call in a most incendiary way by invoking the bogeyman of “race politics”. The bottom line is, he claimed Jagdeo wants to “take back” the country for his race group – Indian Guyanese!! Now, what kind of sick mind would want to make such a claim at a time like this?A mind scared witless of being exposed as “dead meat” after the LGE, that’s what!! The PNC has made it clear the AFC isn’t going to be allowed to continue riding the gravy train much longer since whatever support they’d claimed to have brought over in 2015, has looong evaporated. Sinecures like the DPI will be yesterday’s news. So what to do?? The AFC bunch controlled by Nagamootoo, who were placed in charge of information and the media, have clearly decided they’ll prove their “worth” by becoming the attack dogs for the PNC. Every day it’s vitriol against the PPP by the leading wankers!!But what the DPI didn’t realise was the same accusations he’s hurled at the PPP could be turned against the PNC, since the PNC accepted it was an “African” party when it coalesced with the AFC to bring in some “Indian” votes. So when President Granger talked of winning the 2015 elections, he was actually talking of winning it for his race group? Well his actions since he became President certainly confirm that thesis, doesn’t it? Starting with giving Nagamootoo “larwah” rather than a beefed-up Prime Ministership! And making Khemraj Ramjattan into a (security) rubber stamp.C’mon AFC, there’s another way. You still have those Ministries and you can really do some damage!Grow a pair and stand up to the PNC!!…in the prisonsIf it’s another year, it’s another prison fiasco!! Three years of PNC/AFC Government and three prison fiascos – and counting!! A riot leaving 18 dead; a fire that burnt down the Camp Street Prison, and now an escape and shootings of prisoners at Lusignan. Let’s not even mention the almost daily interceptions of contraband at all prisons.So who’s in charge, here? The inmates? Well it’s certainly NOT Ramjattan, supposedly the Public Security Minister!! From the time of the original mass killings of prisoners, it was he who’d visited Camp Street and bemoaned the abysmal conditions under which prisoners were incarcerated. So what has he done to ensure that Lusignan, to which most of the prisoners were transferred, was even minimally better??After all, why would he expect a different outcome at Lusignan if nothing was changed? Point of the matter, is Ramjattan is being set up for an early exit – as discussed above! His usefulness is gone and he’ll be thrown away liked a sucked orange!Grow a pair and stand up, na bai?…in the AG’s officeIf it’s another Government case involving AG Basil Williams, then it’s got to be another loss!! The court just ruled it has jurisdiction over the unilateral gerrymandering of LAAs by the PNC!Grow a pair and quit, na? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Fighting for relevance…January 28, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The morning after…November 15, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Lifting the veil…November 13, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

21
Sep
2019

Linguists beware Passwords with proper grammar are more hackable

first_imgBy now, everyone knows the basic rules to creating a strong password — use a mix of upper-case and lower-case letters, throw in numbers and special characters, and of course, make it as long as possible. All those rules might be for naught, however, if your password has any sort of grammatical structure.New research from Carnegie Mellon University’s Ashwini Rao and colleagues has resulted in an algorithm that, presumably for the first time, places a specific emphasis on incorporating the rules of grammar in its attempts to crack a user’s password. Specifically, the algorithm tackles the increasing trend of very long passwords, usually in the form of a complete sentence.So for example, the password “IHateMyJob!” could be guessed much more easily than “HateMyIJob!” even though many password-busting algorithms would treat both of those passwords as equal. But according to Rao, even password like “IHatesMyJob!” would be more secure, simply because it throws a wrench in the works by not following the proper rules of grammar. Those who do incorporate standard grammar, though, are providing a perfectly mapped gateway through Rao’s algorithm,According to Rao’s analysis of nearly 1500 passwords, 18% of users created passwords that contain grammatical structure. If that is representative of today’s entire password landscape, that is a very significant discovery. In fact, of all the passwords Rao’s algorithm was able to crack, 10% of them would have been uncrackable by conventional algorithms.This kind of puts the entire mentality of “longer passwords are better” into question. If the future of password cracking takes a step in Rao’s direction, it would be more secure to have a six-character set of jumbled letters and numbers than to have a 20-character password that has grammatical meaning. Rao also cautions against using things like street addresses and URLs which, even though they provide long and varied character strings, may soon be among the easiest for hackers to crack.Ashwini Rao (Carnegie Mellon) via New Scientistlast_img read more