New Diet, Sexual Attraction May Have Spurred Europeans’ Lighter Skin

first_imgWhy do some humans have lighter skin than others? Researchers have longed chalked up the difference to tens of thousands of years of evolution, with darker skin protecting those who live nearer to the equator from the sun’s intense radiation. But a new study of ancient DNA concludes that European skin color has continued to change over the past 5000 years, suggesting that additional factors, including diet and sexual attraction, may also be at play.Our species, Homo sapiens, first arose in Africa about 200,000 years ago, and researchers assume that its first members were as dark-skinned as Africans are today, because dark skin is advantageous in Africa. Dark skin stems from higher levels of the pigment melanin, which blocks UV light and protects against its dangers, such as DNA damage—which can lead to skin cancer—and the breakdown of vitamin B. On the other hand, skin cells need exposure to a certain amount of UV light in order to produce vitamin D. These competing pressures mean that as early humans moved away from the equator, it makes sense that their skin lightened.Recent research, however, has suggested that the picture is not so simple. For one thing, a number of genes control the synthesis of melanin (which itself comes in two different forms in humans), and each gene appears to have a different evolutionary history. Moreover, humans apparently did not begin to lighten up immediately after they migrated from Africa to Europe beginning about 40,000 years ago. In 2012, for example, a team led by Jorge Rocha, a geneticist at the University of Porto in Portugal, looked at variants of four pigmentation genes in modern Portuguese and African populations and calculated that at least three of them had only been strongly favored by evolution tens of thousands of years after humans left Africa. In January, another team, led by geneticist Carles Lalueza-Fox of the University of Barcelona in Spain, sequenced the genome of an 8000-year-old male hunter-gatherer skeleton from the site of La Braña-Arintero in Spain and found that he was dark rather than light-skinned—again suggesting that natural selection for light skin acted relatively late in prehistory.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(*)To get a better idea of how European skin pigmentation has changed over time, a team led by Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London, extracted DNA from 63 skeletons previously found at archaeological sites in modern-day Ukraine and surrounding areas. The researchers were able to sequence three pigmentation-related genes from 48 of the skeletons, dated between 6500 and 4000 years old: the gene TYR, which is involved in the synthesis of melanin; SLC45A2, which helps control the distribution of pigment-producing enzymes in skin cells; and HERC2, the primary gene that determines whether the iris of the eye is brown or blue. These three genes, like all pigmentation genes, come in numerous variants that lead to different shades of skin, hair, and eye color.By comparing the variants of these genes in the ancient skeletons with those in 60 modern-day Ukrainians, as well as a larger sample of 246 modern genomes from the surrounding region, the team found that the frequency of variants related to lighter skin and hair, as well as blue eyes, increased significantly between the ancient and modern populations. For example, modern Ukrainians on average have more than eight times as many variants of TYR related to light skin, and four times as many variants related to blue eyes, as the ancient Ukrainians, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. African populations, on the other hand, have none of these lighter variants.Thus, while the prehistoric Ukrainians had apparently evolved relatively lighter skin and hair, and a higher frequency of blue eyes, in the time since their ancestors had left Africa, the data suggested that they were not done evolving. To further test this conclusion, the team performed computer simulations designed to distinguish between natural selection and “genetic drift,” a change in the frequency of genetic variants due just to chance. These tests—which take into account ancient population sizes and the rate at which genetic alterations occur, and can determine whether genetic drift alone can account for the speed of evolutionary changes—showed that the pigmentation genes were still undergoing strong natural selection after 5000 years ago; indeed, the selection pressure was as great as that for other genes known to be very strongly selected in humans, such as those involved in the ability to digest lactose and protection against malaria.“The signs of selection are indeed persuasive,” Rocha says. By using ancient DNA, he says, the team was able to “provide direct evidence” that “strong positive selection was the likely driver” of the changes in pigmentation profiles.But why was strong natural selection for lighter skin, hair, and eye color still going on thousands of years after humans left Africa and its brutal UV rays? In the case of skin color, the team speculates that these populations, which represented early farmers, had previously received a lot of vitamin D from their food, such as vitamin D-rich fish and animal livers, when they were hunter-gatherers. But after the advent of farming, when grains such as wheat and barley became a major part of their dinner plates, early Europeans needed to synthesize a larger amount of vitamin D in their skins. That’s when lightening up became very advantageous. The study “provides evidence that loss of regular dietary vitamin D as a result of the transition to a more strongly agricultural lifestyle may have triggered” the evolution of lighter skin, says Nina Jablonski, a leading skin color researcher at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.As for the trend toward lighter colored hair and blue eyes, Thomas and his co-workers suggest that may be due to sexual attraction—what in evolutionary terms is called sexual selection. If so, then the originally rare males or females with light hair and blue eyes might have been attractive to the opposite sex and so had more offspring; this kind of sexual preference for individuals with unusual appearances has been confirmed in other animals, such as guppies. Of course, in some of today’s cultures, a summer tan is also considered sexy, and here the study may provide some positive news: Modern variants of HERC2 can also make it easier to turn one’s skin golden brown in the sun.last_img read more

Nelle, Kwekuteye spark Lions victory

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ La Salle dropped to 4-2.Kwekuteye led San Beda with 20 points, 13 coming in the final quarter—including three triples. Nelle added 12 while Arnaud Noah chipped in 11.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, logisticsDown four at the start of the final period, San Beda’s Clint Doliguez opened with a triple that kicked the Lions offense into high gear.Andrei Caracut had a triple that had the Archers within two, 80-78, before Nelle drained the pivotal triple that cemented the win. Caracut led La Salle with 14 points while Justine Baltazar added 13. Evan Nelle hit a key triple that capped a strong finish sparked by James Kwekuteye as San Beda held off La Salle, 83-78, in Friday’s Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup action at Filoil Flying V Centre.Nelle’s triple with 16.2 seconds remaining cemented the Red Lions’ fourth win in as many matches but Kwekuteye also proved instrumental as he bunched five straight points to give San Beda a 78-73 cushion going into the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT In other matches, University of the Philippines demolished University of Santo Tomas, 89-72, while Far Eastern U booted out St. Benilde, 70-57.The Maroons controlled the Tigers from the get-go, before Bright Akhuetie and Kobe Paras conspired late in the fourth to put the outcome beyond reach, 83-69, 2:11 to play.“We talked about it before the game, at practice last night actually,” said UP assistant coach Ricky Dandan, who subbed for coach Bo Perasol, who was on his way back from a trip to Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Huge field vies in PPS Olivarez tennis LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

AAEON: AI Core XP4 and XP8 offer flexible AI solution with Intel Myriad X

first_img Continue Reading Previous u-blox: 5G-ready cellular module and chipset for low power wide area IoT applicationsNext Microchip: single-port USB smart hub ICs optimise system costs for automotive AAEON announces the latest products in its line of AI modules featuring the Intel Movidius Myriad X, the AI Core XP4 and XP8. The AI Core XP4 and XP8 offer users a scalable solution on a PCIe [x4] form factor for PC-based AI applications and neural network acceleration.While most PCs are capable of handling AI applications, the computations required are often quite complex and data intensive, limiting the speed at which the AI inference can operate, or slowing down performance of other applications which must run simultaneously. The AI Core XP4 and XP8 allow users to offload the AI inference from the main CPU processor, speeding up AI processing, and freeing the CPU to handle other important tasks.The AI Core XP4 and XP8 feature four (XP4) or eight (XP8) Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs. Each Intel Myriad X VPU is capable of speeds up to 105 fps (80 typical) and up to 1 trillion floating point operations as a dedicated neural network. This means a performance of up to 840 fps (560 typical) with the AI Core XP8, providing incredible processing power for your AI applications.The AI Core XP4 and XP8 bring users scalability not offered on any other PCIe based AI module card. While other cards are designed with VPUs soldered directly onto the boards, the AI Core XP4 and XP8 are designed by combining two to four AI Core XM 2280 modules onto a single card. This means the AI Core XP4 and XP8 feature four M.2 slots, allowing users the ability to scale the capabilities of the card to match their needs. Users can easily add an additional AI Core XM 2280 module to the AI Core XP4 giving the power of six Intel Myriad X VPUs. This scalability is perfect for users whose processing needs may change over time, or are unsure exactly how much performance they need; providing the option to change the power available without having to buy an entire new card.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

As a fellow sportsman, I kneel with and applaud those in the NFL protests

first_imgEight years ago while I was in Miami visiting my wife Erica, I lost my passport and was advised to report it to the police. I went to the local station and explained my predicament to the officer behind the window, expecting to be given a mild rebuke and a form to fill in. I still feel disbelief and anger about what happened next.“I am not reporting your lost passport because there is no way you are British!” the officer shouted in my face before pulling down her shutter. I was refused my basic right to legal process because I’m black. My experience of police prejudice in 21st-century America is small and irritating by comparison to the incidents of brutality and discrimination against the black community that have sadly become daily news. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Protest Lewis Hamilton joins chorus of support for NFL anthem protests Sport has and always will influence the way we think, behave and live our lives, and it has a power and popularity that any politician would give their right arm for. At a time when there often seems to be a disconnect between sports people and fans, whether you agree with these protests or not, we should be applauding athletes for standing up (or kneeling down) for their right to freedom of speech in front of the whole world.Of course professional sports people in our era are privileged but it’s sickening to hear them dismissed as “black millionaires” because they’re making a stand against injustice to their fellow countrymen, and their actions are following in the tradition of others who had the courage of their convictions. Sport involves people of every colour, creed, nationality, gender and religion on this planet. Sport is a talking and unifying point in every city, in every country on every continent.I kneel with and applaud the NFL athletes who are taking a peaceful stand for something they believe in and hope that the impact it’s having helps society progress and morally challenge itself – just like Owens, Ali, Mandela and countless others have done using the incredible power of sport. US sports Share via Email Donald Trump Those who dismiss them are either ignorant or part of the problem, and as a fellow sportsman I support and salute the men and women who have made their protest a focus of debate with their “take a knee” campaign across the United States raising awareness of social injustice.I cannot condone those who preach that sport and politics should not mix. Sport and the people who play it are part of the fabric of society and the billions who support their teams also vote for politicians.I’m no Usain Bolt or Cristiano Ronaldo but I take seriously my position as a professional footballer within our society because I’m aware that whether I’m on the field of play in a packed stadium or at the local supermarket doing my weekly shop, my behaviour is scrutinised by young people who are impressionable and looking to me as a role model in their community.The power and beauty of sport is an incredible phenomenon – it could be the winning goal in a World Cup final, a world record at the Olympics or the winning shot in a tennis grand slam – all invoke passion and emotions in the athletes and fans who elevate sports people to privileged status in our society.Everything they say and do is re-enacted by children all over the world and I expect that for most of us the first role model we had was an athlete, who would ignite your imagination and make you want to emulate them.For me, it was a picture I had as a kid on my bedroom wall, an iconic image that still inspires me today, of Bobby Moore and Pelé from the 1970 Mexico World Cup: shirts off, sweat dripping, smiling, two legends – one black and one white – embracing each other in mutual respect. I wanted to be just like them.The argument that is raging between Donald Trump and some of the most famous athletes in the US is whether sport has a right to criticise the establishment and get involved in the political and humanitarian issues that affect the people of their country. Those who support #TakeAKnee have been accused of being unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag and even the military who have served in defence of the US.Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and Stephen Curry along with other athletes were making a political statement during the national anthem in protest of the treatment that millions of their fellow citizens are suffering every day but the fact that the president has responded so antagonistically and intensely to peaceful protest is proof of just how influential sport is and can be.That he attacks sports people on a daily basis while saying little about the humanitarian tragedy caused by earthquakes in Puerto Rico and Mexico says much about Trump. Sport has always been a mirror of our people and society, and there are significant moments played out in an arena whose impact has caused major reverberations around the globe.Don’t we see Jesse Owens’ four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany as a victory for the free world? Or when Muhammad Ali appeared to throw away his boxing career in order to abstain from fighting in a Vietnam war that he didn’t agree with, was it for nothing? Even one of the most revered and respected men in modern history, Nelson Mandela, used the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa as a vehicle to attempt to unify a country ravaged by racism and apartheid rule. comment Share on Pinterestcenter_img Read more Football Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more NFL owners ‘are afraid of their players, and I think it’s disgraceful’ – Trump Share on Messenger Topics NFL Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Hazard! Why Pepe will be an €80m sensation

first_imgOver the years, Lille have sent a string of players to the Premier League but none have commanded a fee close to the €80 million (£72m/$89m) that Arsenal are set to lavish upon the club to secure the services of attacker Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners have, of course, done business with LOSC previously, notably signing Gervinho from the 2010-11 side that won Ligue 1. If the Ivorian proved to be a flop in the Premier League, netting a disappointing nine league goals over the course of 46 appearances, his team-mate in France’s far north, Eden Hazard, proved altogether more successful at Chelsea.Despite the weight of expectation generated by the transfer dogfight over his signature, the massive fee involved and the fact that he is being touted as the ‘new Henry’, Pepe is equipped with all the tools to follow in Hazard’s footsteps by becoming a star in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Even without knowing where the player’s future lay when speaking in February, Lille boss Christophe Galtier seemed to hint that Arsenal would be the best option for the Ivory Coast star.“We’ve not talked about it, but I see him going to a club that plays all in red and likes to have their wide players cut inside on their stronger foot,” Galtier said, showing his clairvoyance is every bit as strong as his management.Playing off the right wing, the left-footed Pepe amassed 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season. Put into context, only 11 players managed double figures in both categories in all of Europe’s big five leagues over the course of 2018-19.Meanwhile, only three players, Lionel Messi (49), Kylian Mbappe (40) and Fabio Quagliarella (34) were directly involved in more league goals all season. Looking back to Hazard’s best year in France – the 2011-12 campaign, one year after the title win – he managed 20 goals and 15 assists. The Belgian was just 21 at the time but Pepe only turned 24 on May 29. Just like Hazard, he has considerable room for improvement and a move to England should help him realise his potential.Nicolas Pepe Lille GFX* Season 2018-19 (league only) Indeed, Oscar Damiani, an agent who specialises in French football, has not been shy about talking up his client.“He can reach the highest level,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport when it seemed likely Pepe was bound for Napoli. “He’s a great striker, technical and fast.“He is great on the counterattack and is able to accelerate for long distances. He plays wide but goes straight at goal, scoring lots of goals and getting a lot of assists. But he plays a little alone, and tactically is a bit rough.” Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho can be counted among Pepe’s fans, while Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel implied an interest in the winger when he said earlier this season that he could “play for them tomorrow”, such is his quality.Another man who has had a long and illustrious career at the highest level, club-mate Jose Fonte, a veteran of over 150 Premier League matches with Southampton and West Ham, and a European Championship winner with Portugal, has said that Pepe can mingle with the very best.“He could play for a Real Madrid, a Barcelona – any team,” the centre-back told RMC in October.“But he has to continue to want to learn, to have his feet on the ground, continue to work and progress every day. That’s the only way he can reach and maintain a high standard of play. But it’s clear he’s got the talent.”This was evident throughout last season as he led Lille to an unexpected runners-up finish in Ligue 1, charging up the table after a relegation scrap a year earlier.There was no let-up in his quality and, encouragingly for Arsenal given they have just seen Alexandre Lacazette limp out of a pre-season match with Lyon, there has been no suggestion that he has any physical weaknesses.Nicolas Pepe GFXAnother asset that will help him adapt when he finally moves to England is his strong mentality.Whereas Gervinho showed weakness in that regard, there is no suggestion that Pepe will wilt under pressure. Having gone through difficult periods in his career before, he appreciates both the need to work and that he is not yet the finished product.“In terms of efficiency, I’m in the middle of a very big step, at a very good level. But I think I can do even better,” he explained last September to L’Equipe .Certainly, there were still some doubts swirling over his capability back then.He had a mixed first season in Lille, struggling initially under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, who used him fruitlessly as a centre-forward, then excelling under Galtier. The coach had a major influence in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blossoming in front of goal at Saint-Etienne and worked similar magic on Pepe.A rigorous manager, Galtier has also sought to develop the player’s defensive work-rate and positional sense, aspects that still need refining as Pepe readies himself to make the short jump across The Channel, having made his first steps in the professional game at Angers.Year on year, he has improved each aspect of his game but this will be his biggest test to date.Pepe, though, is well prepared for the challenge and Arsenal fans are rightly excited about the prospect of him lining up at the Emirates for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Juniper Ridge Desert Denim Wash

first_imgHow long do you go before you wash your jeans? We know that those of you who either want to keep your denim looking brand new and those of you who don’t do laundry regularly probably go through long periods without washing your jeans. That makes for the potential for smelly pants. One of our favorite grooming labels, the California-based Juniper Ridge was probably thinking about that problem when they developed Desert Denim Wash, which isn’t actually a wash for your denim, but rather a strong fragrance that’s crafted in small, seasonal batches and smells like “you’ve spent all day among the wildflowers in California’s high-desert country” that you can use to revive your jeans after daily wearing. It’s like Febreze for The Manual man.The fragrance contains notes of desert cedar, pine pitch, sun washed granite, Mojave sunflower, yucca bloom, greasewood, and sawdust.“It’s just like lying on your sleeping pad after a campfire dinner in the warm-air desert woodlands of the Mojave with a sky full of bright desert stars.” explains Hall Newbegin, founder of Juniper Ridge, on the company’s website. “Those desert trees and plants- desert piñon, cedar, desert lavender, ambrosia – just hunker down all day in the sun. But then when it cools down in the evening, they spring back to life and open up with this gorgeous, intoxicating resinous smell. That’s what’s in there — not an imitation of it, but the real stuff from that place!“So use it to freshen up your room, or to actually spruce up your jeans in between washing. After wearing your jeans day after day, your friends and girlfriend will thank you.For more information, visit juniperridge.com. A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man 8 Best-Smelling Solid Colognes for Men Editors’ Recommendations How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Pickslast_img read more

Muslim groups denounce Quebec Premier Legaults statements on Islamophobia

first_imgMONTREAL — Muslim groups are denouncing as insulting and offensive Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s statement Thursday that Islamophobia does not exist in Quebec.The National Council of Canadian Muslims called on Legault to retract the comments, which came two days after the second anniversary of a mosque shooting that killed six Muslim men in Quebec City.Legault said Thursday there is no Islamophobia in Quebec and closed the door on the idea of designating a national day to combat the problem.On Friday he clarified those comments, saying there is “not a current nor a culture of Islamophobia in Quebec” and that Quebecers are open and tolerant.NCCM executive director Ihsaan Gardee described Legault’s initial comment as an insult to the families of the Quebec City victims and to Muslim communities across Canada.Boufeldja Benabdallah, the president of the Quebec City mosque targeted in 2017, said he fears Legault’s comments will encourage the small minority of people who commit Islamophobic acts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Independent UN expert urges greater efforts to help South Ossetias displaced

Walter Kaelin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), cited lack of shelter as the main problem faced by those displaced within South Ossetia during the fighting in August 2008.It is estimated that 680 houses, in addition to a number of public civilian installations, were destroyed in Tskhinvali during the fighting, as well as many villages, he noted in a news release issued following his 5 to 6 November visit.“Reconstruction is progressing far too slowly. Many will have to live through a second winter without having their own roof over their head,” said the expert, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. “I also saw several villages, which had an ethnic Georgian population prior to the 2008 conflict, that are now empty and have been systematically destroyed,” he said. Mr. Kaelin said he also met with ethnic Ossetians, who had been displaced during the first conflict in 1991-1992. “All displaced, whether they were displaced in 1991-1992 or 2008, have the right to return and restitution of their property,” he stated. “Return for everyone regardless of where they live now must be facilitated by both sides in a pragmatic way respecting the rights of internally displaced persons.He added that a mechanism “with international expertise” is probably needed to effectively address property issues, given the different waves of displacement in the region.Mr. Kaelin encouraged both sides to make use of the Geneva discussions and other channels of communication to agree on first steps to alleviate unnecessary hardships for the civilian population, while continuing to work towards a more comprehensive solution. The ninth round of the Geneva discussions, a forum that brings together representatives of the conflict parties and the international community to discuss, among other issues, questions relating to refugees and IDPs, will resume tomorrow. The Representative also called on all sides to show more flexibility in agreeing on access routes for the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and help with the recovery and reconstruction effort. “These are practical arrangements that do not in any way pre-determine political questions. With a minimum will to compromise we could have had an agreement long ago allowing humanitarian organizations to help the most vulnerable to resume normal lives.”Mr. Kaelin, who carries out his duties in an independent and unpaid capacity, visited Georgia in October 2008 but had been unable to access the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia at that time.“Flexibility on all sides has allowed me to carry out this visit,” he noted. “I can report that I have enjoyed full access to all places in the South Ossetia that I requested to see. I also had open and frank discussions with key decision-makers on the South Ossetian side and will continue the dialogue with the Georgian Government.” 10 November 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert who just completed a visit to South Ossetia has called for “more pragmatism and less politics” to improve the situation of those displaced during last year’s armed conflict that pitted Georgia against separatists and their Russian allies. read more

Two arrested for smoking in the plane

The two Sri Lankans were initially warned by the Sri Lankan airlines flight crew after the smoke alarm had been set-off. The two passengers were handed over to the Katunayake airport police after the plane landed this morning.They were to be produced in court later today. However the two passengers had got unruly with the crew after they were warned, the police media unit said. Two passengers, who were flying onboard a Sri Lankan airlines flight, were arrested today for smoking in the plane.Both passengers had been smoking in the toilet of the plane while returning from Kuwait late last night, the police media unit said. read more

Syria UNArab League envoy calls on Security Council to agree on resolution

Addressing reporters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, today, the Joint Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, said that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis, and that the only possibility was a political solution, with a political process agreed on by everyone.He also said that a communiqué, agreed on by a range of interested parties, “should be turned into a Security Council resolution and he encouraged Council members to continue talks to reach such a resolution,” a UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.The communiqué – issued in Geneva on 30 June following a meeting of the UN-backed Action Group on Syria – called for all parties to immediately re-commit to a sustained cessation of armed violence in a bid to end the conflict that began in March 2011 and has to date claimed more than 20,000 lives.The 15-member Security Council has met several times on the situation in Syria, but has so far failed to reach agreement on collective and effective action to tackle the crisis.As part of his efforts to halt the violence in Syria, Mr. Brahimi has had a range of meetings on the matter, both regional and elsewhere. Last night, in Cairo, he met with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil El-Araby. In June, the Action Group had also agreed on a set of principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people, which includes the establishment of a transitional governing body that would exercise full executive powers and would be made up of members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups.In addition, the communiqué had called on the parties to implement the six-point plan put forward earlier this year by the former Joint Special Envoy for the Syrian crisis, Kofi Annan, which calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.The Action Group comprised the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League. In addition to the tens of thousands who have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began, some 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, and over 340,000 have crossed the border to Syria’s neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates.The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in Lebanon and Jordan starting tomorrow and until the end of the week to meet Syrian refugees and see the increasing humanitarian needs first hand. Ms. Cousin will meet senior government officials in both countries and visit WFP food distributions in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and in the Za’tari refugee camp in Jordan, according to the agency.WFP’s Regional Emergency Operation – aimed at covering the food needs of refugees in neighbouring countries – was launched in July and is now expanding to include the new wave of arrivals of refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Inside Syria, WFP has scaled up its operations and is reaching 1.5 million people monthly with food assistance.The agency is one of several UN bodies assisting the ever-growing number of Syrians in need as a result of the crisis. read more

Duratray expanding in Russia with new offices and orders

first_imgDuratray International says it continues to go against the trend with investments into new markets. This year saw the office openings in both Johannesberg (South Africa) and Saint Petersburg (Russia), allowing the platform for continued growth within those regions. Remaining committed to significant investment in R&D, the development of sustainable products for said markets not only improve productivity of its clients but also exceed in its focus on health and environmental factors within the community.Duratray International entered the Russian market in 2015 supplying its Belaz 7530 fleet to one of the world’s largest coal companies – SUEK. And 2017 also saw a 30+ Duratray fleet enter a leading Russian iron-ore mining company, increasing its productivity more than 11%. The year 2018 expected to grow further supplying a large Duratray fleet into the biggest gold, iron ore and coal mines for the region.Duratray told IM it is positive in the future growth of its current customer base and the development of new relationships in Russia and its surrounding countries. The Russian branch, with Steve Hall as its Deputy General Manager,  is a new base of operations for Former Soviet Union countries together with their established business involvement in Mongolia. Having commenced in the region with sales to Kyrgyzstan in 2014, Siberia in 2015 and Western Russia in 2016. Hall has contributed significantly to the geographic expansion of the company.Duratray International plans to open its Moscow office in 2018, and will continue working closely with the community and its customers to bring sustainability to the industry. At MiningWorld Russia in April, Duratray presented its customised technology – showcasing the Suspended Dump Body Truck and XP Steel Light Dump Body Truck. Manufacturing operations are now well advanced at both St Petersburg and Magnitogorsk facilities with the first deliveries of Caterpillar 793D lightweight steel dump bodies having been made. “Enthusiastic support has been received from local steel manufacturers, all of whom are vertically integrated companies which conduct their own mining operations. Those iron ore and coking coal mines provide future opportunities for supply of Duratray products.”The six Cat-789 Duratray suspended dump bodies (SDB’s) at Kumtor Gold in Kyrgyzstan were recently inspected by Duratray Field Service leader Don Wright. Having passed more than three years in service the SDB dump bodies “have demonstrated exceptionally low wear rates of approximately 10 mm per year on the Wear Mats. This indicates that the replacement life of the wearmats (original thickness 90 mm) would be approximately 40,000 hours or some seven years.”last_img read more

Niklas Landin to miss Golden League tournament

The real test for some of the nations to participate at the upcoming European Championship in Denmark in January 2014, is the “Golden League” tournament that will take place this weekend. France, Norway, Croatia and Denmark will play each other in what is expected to be high-quality games. However, Denmark will have to do without their first choice keeper Niklas Landin from the RN Loewen, who has suffered a back injury. This makes Jannick Green to take the main responsibility on the goal, along with Soren Rasmussen and Marcus Cleverley. ← Previous Story Brazilian girls win Provident Cup in Hungary Next Story → Bundesliga (W): In top game Barbosa leads Thuringer past HC Leipzig jannick greenlandinlowenmarcus cleverleyNiklas Landinrn loewensoren rasmussenUlrik Wilbek read more

Le cadeau de Noël souhaité par les 612 ans liPad

first_imgLe cadeau de Noël souhaité par les 6-12 ans: l’iPadSelon une étude de Nielsen, spécialisé sur la consommation, les listes de Noël chez les 6-12 ans américains voient la tablette phare du géant Apple en tête du classement…Encore mieux! Les deuxième et troisième cadeaux souhaités ne sont autres que l’iPod Touch et l’iPhone. Les parents ne risquent pas de se ruiner, n’est-ce pas?À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?L’iPad est en haut de la liste avec 44 % de vote, 30 % pour l’iPod Touch et 27% l’iPhone. Le père Noël ne pourra pas se tromper de cadeau, à moins de ne vraiment pas avoir compris le message…Cependant, d’autres produits ne sont pas loin derrière comme la Nintendo 3DS avec 25% ou le Kinect avec 23%…Les jeux vidéo, eux aussi, ont des beaux jours devant eux. Quant aux français, une autre étude indique que nous dépenserons 7 milliards d’euros sur internet pour l’achat des cadeaux. La place des produits Apple dans ces estimations n’est pas définie mais on peut supposer qu’elle sera tout de même conséquente. En conclusion, c’est un sacré budget pour les parents ! Au siècle dernier, avec une petite boite de Playmobil, une peluche ou un ballon de foot, l’histoire était réglée. Le 19 novembre 2011 à 18:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Holiday Closures New Years Day

first_img• MAIL: Post offices closed Monday, no home delivery. The postal unit at the Shell gas station, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• BANKS: Many banks closed Monday; check your bank for details.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections on regular schedule this week. In Camas, garbage and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be picked up Tuesday.• BUSES: C-Tran follows regular Sunday schedule on Sunday, and regular weekday schedule on Monday. TriMet buses and MAX will operate on Sunday schedule on Sunday and Monday.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library closed Sunday, open Monday. Camas Public Library closed Sunday and Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. stock markets closed Monday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.• VANCOUVER MALL: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Department stores’ and restaurants’ hours may vary. The library in the mall is closed Sunday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed through Monday. Circulation customer service phone lines, 360-694-2312, open 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, and 4:30 a.m. to noon on Monday.last_img read more

NoCanada Mariners Paxton pitches nohitter in Toronto

first_img TORONTO — James Paxton looked up at the 20,000 Canadian fans cheering for him and pointed to the giant maple leaf tattoo on his right forearm.The Big Maple picked the perfect place for the game of his life.Paxton became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, pitching the Seattle Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.“You couldn’t write this stuff,” Paxton said. “Pretty amazing to have it happen against the Blue Jays, at home in Canada.”Not bad, eh?The 29-year-old lefty from British Columbia got a standing ovation at Rogers Centre. The crowd rooted for him in the late innings, realizing he was one of their own — his tattoo of Canada’s national symbol includes an image of a family home near Vancouver.“The fans were great,” he said. “They were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that, they started kind of cheering me on. It was cool.” Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, back to camera, is mobbed by teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)last_img read more