Loonie soars above 82 cents US TSX down as price of gold

TORONTO — The loonie closed above 82 cents US Thursday, building on the upward push it got Wednesday when it reached its highest level in more than two years following the Bank of Canada’s rate hike.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.32 cents US Thurday, up 0.78 of a U.S. cent. That marks five straight positive trading days in which its value has increased almost three cents U.S.“We’re definitely a little surprised to see the momentum here given that it really wasn’t a surprise that the central bank was going to raise rates one more time. The debate would have been whether it would be September or October,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer of Sun Life Global Investments.“But the market seems to believe, I think, that there is going to be a continuation of this rate hike, either in October or it will continue on to the new year — that maybe the Bank of Canada is going to continue to be relatively aggressive. And I’m not sure that’s true.”Wednesday’s hike of the central bank’s overnight lending rate to 1.0 per cent came less than a week after the latest data for economic growth showed an impressive expansion of 4.5 per cent for Canada in the second quarter.Adatia says the Bank of Canada is going to have to be very mindful of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s next moves in terms of any future rate hikes.The Fed has raised interest rates three times in the last year and has said it plans to raise rates once more this year. But based on a relatively weak jobs report for August that was released on Sept. 1, investors don’t think that will happen.“The Fed is sort of being on pause a little bit here, letting the economy breathe in the few rate hikes they’ve done so far,” Adatia said.“I think the Bank of Canada should take a page out of the Fed’s book.”Meanwhile, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index experienced another day of moderate losses, dropping 35.30 points to 15,024.53.The TSX has fallen more than 167 points since markets resumed on Tuesday after the holiday weekend.On Wall Street, major stock indexes were mixed, as investors weighed the prospects of big losses from Hurricane Irma which is projected to hit Florida this weekend.The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 22.86 points to 21,784.78 and the S&P 500 index inched down 0.44 of a point to 2,465.10. The Nasdaq composite index was up 4.56 points to 6,397.87.In commodities news, gold soared to its highest level in a year when the December bullion contract advanced $11.30 to US$1,350.30 an ounce.The October crude contract was down seven cents to US$49.09 per barrel, the October natural gas contract advanced two cents to US$2.98 per mmBTU, and the December copper contract declined a cent at US$3.14 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Police assure transparency in Eknaligoda probe

The police statement said that key information related to the disappearance of the journalist have already been unearthed following the arrest of three suspects. Eknaligoda’s wife Sandhya Eknaligoda had raised suspicions of an attempt to suppress evidence over the investigations following outside pressure but police denied the allegations. The police today assured transparency in the investigations over missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and denied allegations raised by the wife of the journalist.A statement by the police headquarters said that the police will not leave room for the investigations to be hampered by revealing all details to the media. The police say they want to arrest all those involved in the disappearance of the journalist and produce those responsible before a court of law.The police statement said that revealing every single detail to the media before investigations conclude, could affect the progress in the probe. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Alleviating extreme poverty is affordable UN Special Adviser say

Billions more people could enjoy the fruits of the global economy, and tens of millions of lives could be saved if donors would fulfill their commitments, Mr. Sachs, UN Special Adviser and Director of the Millennium Project, told reporters in Nairobi, which he is visiting as part of a tour of six African countries.Commenting on Western assistance to African nations, Mr. Sachs stated that many United States citizens overestimated “by 30 to 50 times” the amount of aid the US Government spends on poor nations. He said that of the approximately $4 billion the US was spending in Africa, “less than one penny out of every $100” actually reached Africans.Mr. Sachs also pledged that in 2006, the Millennium Project, an initiative he is leading, would be focusing more on food production to alleviate situations like the drought in Kenya and on making investments in water management, health and other basic infrastructural requirements.The UN Millennium Project is outlined in a 3,000-page document that Mr. Sachs produced one year ago. It contains recommendations for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of combatting extreme poverty and other global ills.During his current visit to Africa, Mr. Sachs, who is the Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, also has stops scheduled in Malawi, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 2:49 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,277.88, up 39.48 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 11 cents, or 7.53 per cent, to $1.35 on 12.5 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 94 cents, or 5.35 per cent, to $16.64 on six million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down 66 cents, or 33.33 per cent, to $1.32 on six million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 1.24 per cent, to $8.97 on 4.2 million shares.Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Down 13 cents, or 10 per cent, to $1.17 on 3.9 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 3.01 per cent, to $5.13 on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Down $1.11, or 8.38 per cent, to $12.14 on 1.3 million shares. The operator of Aeroplan and other customer-loyalty programs expects challenging economic conditions in Canada will curtail consumer spending and its gross billings through the beginning of 2016. Aimia Inc. lowered some expectations for 2015 Friday after gross billings slipped in its most recent quarter. read more

Motor Show 2006 cleans up at Event awards

The 2006 British International Motor Show shined at last night’s Event awards ceremony, winning three categories. The auto showcase, which moved to London last year, won gold for best marketing campaign and best automotive exhibition, plus a silver in the most improved established exhibition category. But the icing on the cake came with the final award of the evening, the coveted exhibition activity award. After collecting the night’s top prize, Tim Etchells joint director of show organiser imie (International Motor Industry Events), said: ‘We were delighted when we won the pitch to organise the motor show, we were delighted to have won the support of the manufacturers and visitors at the event itself and now we’re delighted to have won these prestigious awards.’ Imie is gearing up to host another motor show in summer next year. After its successful debut, the show will return to ExCeL in London’s docklands, with doors opening from 23 July to 3 August. www.britishmotorshow.co.uk Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Dark play tells story of Lizzie Borden

Tanisha Minson, left, and Jacqueline Costa star in Blood Relations. Photo: Bethany Scholl, Brock PressAn award-winning play about Lizzie Borden will get new life when Brock’s Dramatic Arts students perform it at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre Nov. 11 to 13.Blood Relations, winner of a Governor General’s Award, takes a “play within a play” approach to the story of Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of her parents’ murder in Massachusetts in 1892.The play, written by Sharon Pollock, begins 10 years after the murders. Lizzie’s friend, referred to only as “the Actress” (based on Lizzie’s real life actress lover, Nance O’Neil) insistently asks Lizzie to tell her the truth about the murders. Lizzie invents a game in which the Actress plays the role of Lizzie, while the real Lizzie paints a picture of her home and family life.The play showcases the talents of several undergraduate Dramatic Arts students. Jacqueline Costa plays Lizzie, while Tanisha Minson plays the Actress. Trevor Ketcheson plays Dr. Patrick.Blood Relations is directed by Danielle Wilson and designed by Kelly Wolf, while the original music was composed by Brock Music graduate Max Holten Andersen.“I was drawn to Pollock’s tautly woven play-within-a-play structure because it creates the opportunity for heightened realism where anything can happen, much like in a dream,” Wilson said.Performances are as follows:Thursday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.Friday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. To order, call the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550 x3257 or email boxoffice@brocku.ca read more

Man dies after dinghy capsizes off Orkney

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene from Sumburgh in Shetland and airlifted one man to Balfour Hospital in Orkney, where he later died.The other was flown to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Shetland, where his condition is not thought to be life-threatening.A spokesman from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “A 999 call was received by the UK Coastguard at 7.30 pm on Sunday September 4 reporting that a dinghy had capsized and that two dinghy sailors had made it to shore at Otters Wick, Sanday, Orkney Islands.”Sanday Coastguard Rescue Team were sent to the scene and located and assessed the two dinghy sailors. The Coastguard helicopter based at Sumburgh was scrambled and airlifted the two men to hospital.” One man has died and another is in hospital after their dinghy capsized.The pair managed to reach the shore of the island of Sanday after the incident off Orkney and called emergency services at about 7.30pm on Sunday.last_img read more

Mozilla blocks McAfee plugin for excessive Firefox crashes

first_imgMove over Oracle, Mozilla’s got another plug-in developer it needs to have a chat with. It seems McAfee is at it again, but at least they’re not rendering Windows machines un-bootable. This time, McAfee has worked its crashtacular magic on Firefox.A pair of extensions made by the security company — Site Advisor and Script Scan — have been playing havoc with Firefox in recent weeks, to the tune of around 10,000 crashes. Users of Firefox 6.0.2 and Firefox 7 seem to be most affected.Part of the problem could be the new rapid release cycle Mozilla implemented earlier this year. Historically, there’s been add-on breakage that occurs when a new version of Firefox gets released. Once developers get a chance to update their code, the problem is solved — until the next version of Firefox hits. With new releases coming every six weeks, it’s a bit harder to stay on top of breakages.With newer versions, however, Mozilla has made several tweaks designed to minimizes the impact of upgrades on add-ons. There will always be a few casualties, of course. McAfee has already acknowledged the Mozilla bug reports and says it’s working to fix the problem.This is actually the second time this year a McAfee add-on has been blocked by Mozilla — Site Advisor was blocked back in March. Other big names have been whacked with the banhammer, too, including Skype, Bing, AVG, and Apple. Mozilla’s first concern is ensuring a safe, reliable browsing experience for Firefox users and it’s not going to give anyone a free pass if  their add-ons or plug-ins start causing problems.More at ZDNet and Mozillalast_img read more

Momentous achievement Campaigners welcome confirmation of government medicinal cannabis supplier

first_img‘Momentous achievement’: Campaigners welcome confirmation of government medicinal cannabis supplier Health Minister Simon Harris will bring proposals about the cannabis access programme to Cabinet next month. 31.03.19 After long delays, the Irish government has finally found a medicinal cannabis supplier Medicinal cannabis can make such a difference in the lives of those with MS, said Kirwan, who believes the pain relief it provides to people can really make a difference to a person’s quality of life.In a statement, MS Ireland added: ”A clear distinction needs to be drawn between a products that has undergone rigorous efficacy and safety testing to achieve regulatory approval and non-pharmaceutical products that are not licenced for medicinal use.” 14,442 Views Source: MS Ireland/Twitter 12 Comments Apr 2nd 2019, 6:10 AM Short URL Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 6:10 AM 03.11.18 Delay in medicinal cannabis scheme as the government is having problems finding a quality assured supplier ADVOCATES FOR MEDICINAL cannabis in Ireland have welcomed the news that the Irish government has identified a supplier for the treatment.The Department of Health confirmed to TheJournal.ie that a licence for the importation of “specified cannabis containing products” has been issued.The licence was granted to a commercial enterprise in January 2019.It is understood Health Minister Simon Harris will bring proposals about the cannabis access programme to Cabinet next month.It’s over two years since the minister announced that a medicinal cannabis access programme was to be established, but since then no scheme has been rolled out.Quality assured supplier of cannabisThe delay has been blamed on the government running into problems finding a quality-assured supplier of cannabis that can export its products to Ireland.MS Ireland, who has called for medicinal cannabis use for those suffering with the condition, welcomed the news that a supplier had been found, and that the Department of Health is working to finalise the legislation required to underpin the access programme.Aoife Kirwan, advocacy and research officer for MS Ireland, told TheJournal.ie the group is happy that a “regulated and ethically sourced” producer has been found, stating that users will be glad to know that it has also undergone rigorous testing and is safe to use.“It is great to see that the government is now in a place that they can move the access scheme forward,” she said, urging lawmakers to press on with the much-needed legislation. Share1145 Tweet Email4 center_img Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny, who has long campaigned for medicinal cannabis use in Ireland, said it is great that a supplier has finally been found, but said “it has taken forever to get this far”.“When the access programme is up and running – that is what it is all about,” he said.Kenny, who introduced his own Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill to the Dáil, said the vast majority of TDs want to see the scheme progressed quickly, as it has been an ongoing issue now for two years.“For too long, families have been forced to travel abroad to get cannabis for their loved ones, or have been forced to source it from the black market,” he said.Momentous achievement“If legislation passes that will give access to medicinal cannabis, it really will be a momentous achievement for medicinal cannabis use in Ireland. It will give people hope for the future, many of these people who have been fighting and suffering for a long time,” he said.While the news is welcome, he noted there are concerns that even under the new scheme, some people will still not be able to access the cannabis products they need, due to the components some contain.“Every week I have families contacting me, and they are absolutely distraught and have nowhere to turn. Like many other problems, we export it, with these families being forced to travel abroad to fill their prescription for medicinal cannabis abroad. It is just wrong and I get really frustrated when I hear of families having to travel just to get help for their son or daughter,” he said.Until legislation is in place that will allow medicinal cannabis to be imported to Ireland and until the access programme is up and running, Irish doctors continue to operate under the current ministerial licencing route, which allows them to prescribe medical cannabis for their patients. Related Reads Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio People living with MS should have access to appropriate and licensed evidence-based treatments that have been recommended by their doctor.” MS Ireland welcome the news that the Department of Health has successfully secured a supplier for medicinal cannabis and are working to finalise the legislation required to underpin an access programme. Read MS Ireland’s position paper here: https://t.co/Cx5Ap3MN5y— MS Ireland (@MSIRELAND) April 1, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4571213 By Christina Finn As of late last year, licences have been granted by the health minister for 12 individual patients, the majority of whom are obtaining their medical cannabis from a Dutch pharmacy on foot of their medical prescription.“Once the law is changed, I think it will remove the ‘chill factor’ for doctors who have been afraid to prescribe medicinal cannabis, because they just don’t feel the law is on their side,” said Kenny.Looking to the future, in relation to supply, Kenny said the idea of Irish farmers growing cannabis for medicinal use should be investigated further.Earlier this year, Harris said he would be open to the idea of Irish farmers getting into the business of growing the product for the Irish market, with the Irish Farmers Association also stating that it would be open to talking to the minister about future possibilities of expanding into the market.“It certainly would be very lucrative,” said Kenny, who said there are definite opportunities there for Irish farmers that wish to diversify.He added that like any other product that is being prescribed, if Irish farmers were to grow cannabis for medicinal use, it would have to meet certain standards, such as that of a pharmaceutical grade, so people can be certain it is quality assured.“I am sure there are many companies out there willing to meet that demand. The government has always said supply was the issue in the delays so it would make sense for Ireland to have its own indigenous industry, perhaps even a State company that could produce the medicinal cannabis for Irish patients. There is a big demand for it, so it makes sense. It could be done very quickly if there was the will to do it.”When the scheme is up and running, Kenny said questions about why some conditions are not included under the scheme will be asked.The programme aims to allow access to cannabis-based therapies for a limited number of conditions, such as patients with multiple sclerosis, those experiencing nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and those with severe, refractory and treatment-resistant epilepsy.“The big question is, why isn’t chronic pain included? That will be the next push, I believe,” concluded Kenny. 23.01.19 Irish farmers ‘could be given licences to grow cannabis in the future’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New Democracy stalwarts who did not make it

first_imgThe landslide victory of PASOK in Greece’s national election has resulted in a number of prominent members of the former Karamanlis government either not being re-elected or deciding to step aside. Most notably the former Minister of Economy and Finance George Alogoskoufis did not manage to get re-elected and he announced that he would be retiring from politics. Another New Democracy’s electoral rout claimed the scalp of Former Minister of Public Works and the Environment, George Souflias. Although Mr Souflias was reelected as the leading New Democracy candidate on the national list of Deputies, he announced his immediate resignation from the Party and from Parliament. His resignation was prompted by the strident criticism by party members for his role in persuading Mr Karamanlis to call the early elections. Another noticeable absence will be that of the General Secreatry of New Democracy, Lefteris Zagoritis. Despite his prominent organisational role in the party, Mr Zagoritis failed to secure sufficient votes to be elected. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

iPhone 5 et iPad Mini pour septembre

first_imgiPhone 5 et iPad Mini pour septembre ?Pas une semaine sans sa rumeur iPhone 5 ! Et après Digitimes et sa date du 21 septembre, voici que cette fois-ci, un analyste avance le mois de septembre comme période de sortie du smartphone Apple, mais aussi de l’iPad Mini !D’après le site Tech Crunch, Ming-Chi Kuo, analyste chez KGI Securities, annoncerait la sortie de l’iPhone 5 et de l’iPad Mini pour septembre.Il aurait ainsi expliqué au site : ” quand le transport des composants de l’iPad Mini commencera à arriver en août, la chaîne de production sera finalisée, prête pour sa transition vers ce nouveau type d’iPad. L’augmentation de la masse de composants livrés ira de pair avec la chute de la demande de composants, par la suite. À noter, l’iPad Mini partage les mêmes éléments extérieurs que le modèle original, mais contient des modifications vis à vis de la dissipation thermique ou du prix des composants internes.”À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Des détails projetés et logiques, pour l’analyste, mais qui ne reposent que sur une précédente rumeur relayée par le site Digitimes, et expliquant que l’iPhone 5 serait en production et qu’il devrait débarquer le 21 septembre prochain.Or méfiance, les vérités d’une chaîne de production, si cette dernière existe réellement, n’a rien à voir avec les volontés d’une firme. Le choix du mois de septembre, nettement plus réaliste que celle du 7 août, se rapproche de la période traditionnelle de présentation des iPhone(s) d’Apple, qui se situe plutôt en octobre. Une période qui verrait l’arrivée conjointe iPad Mini/iPhone 5.Le 25 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pebble Mine Presents Scaled Back Project Plans

first_imgThe proposal also includes plans for a power plant fueled by natural gas from a gas pipeline from the Kenai Peninsula across Cook Inlet to the Project site with compressor stations on the Peninsula and at a port facility to be constructed at Amakdedori on the west side of Cook Inlet. Hamilton: “Well what it looks like is a very very small version of some of the plans that we had in the past, and as I indicated in the discussion, a small mine allows you to do lots of things that a large mine doesn’t.” According to Hamilton the new plan was meant to address environmental concerns, like the potential impacts on the salmon streams in the region. The mine area has been decreased by over 50%, and a revised transportation corridor reduces wetland impact by over 50% as well. Reduced road miles equates to fewer culverts and stream crossings, according to the project. Mark Hamilton, spoke at a joint luncheon of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce on Wednesday, April 4.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Vice President of external affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership presented the plans for a scaled back project plan for the Pebble Mine. Back in December, the project applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with this version of the scaled-back project. The application was accepted in January. In a release from PLP they stated that this formally begins the permitting process under the rigorous National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process and other permitting efforts associated with the project.last_img read more

Long Live Magazines

first_imgSort of an ironic cover.Masthead, a magazine that for more than two decades covered the Canadian magazine industry, said this fall the November/December issue would be its last (as of last month, the Web site will continue).  The big cover line for the final, collector’s edition? Long Live Magazines. It’s sad that Masthead, like so many other magazines, is closing down its print edition to exist only online. Although difficult, we see though that launching and publishing a print magazine, despite precipitously declining ad revenues, for some, isn’t as crazy as it might seem right now.last_img read more

Burlington Mayor Weighs Asking Air Force to Reconsider F35 Basing Decision

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Burlington, Vt., Mayor Miro Weinberger on Tuesday said he would need 20 days to decide whether to ask the Air Force to scrap its plan to bring 18 F-35 fighter jets to the Vermont Air National Guard base at Burlington International Airport, after the city council the previous day voted 9-3 to approve a resolution requesting the service find an alternative mission. Residents rejected the F-35 basing plan in a ballot referendum on March 6 primarily due to concerns the fifth-generation combat aircraft would be too loud and could pose a safety threat in a densely populated area.“The mayor has been exploring the possible ramifications of the city taking the action requested by the voters, and has been asking for answers to some of the new questions and concerns raised in the days leading up to the vote,” a spokesperson for Weinberger told VTDigger.Since the city council vote, Vermont’s governor and congressional delegation said they would continue to support bringing the F-35 to Burlington. “We’re going to welcome the F-35 to Vermont and I look forward to it coming to Vermont. It is a good economic tool for us to have them based here,” Gov. Phil Scott (R) said during a Statehouse press conference Tuesday.VTDigger photo by Bob LoCicerolast_img read more

Democrats would like to see Walker step aside in campaign

first_imgGubernatorial candidates Mike Dunleavy, Bill Walker, and Mark Begich introduce themselves at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce forum on Thursday, September 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Gov. Bill Walker has a big decision to make: whether to continue his campaign in the wake of former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s resignation. Alaska Democratic Party leaders would like to see him step aside.Listen nowWalker’s name will be on the ballot this fall – alongside the name of Byron Mallott. But he could stop campaigning. This would effectively turn the campaign into a two-way race between Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.Alaska Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley wants to see that happen. And that’s something Democrats would have liked the independent Walker to do all year.“Any way that this could become a two-way race would change the dynamic, even with three weeks to go,” Parmley said.If Walker were to drop out, Parmley said, there’s still enough time for the campaign to get the word out.“While of course it’s not ideal that names remain on a ballot, that’s just the way it is, and we would work with that appropriately,” he said.Walker campaign manager John-Henry Heckendorn told the Associated Press that Walker was already in talks with Begich before Mallott’s resignation occurred. The talks focus on a “path forward for Alaska” and concerns about Dunleavy.There are reasons for Walker to make a decision quickly. One is the Alaska Federation of Natives convention beginning Thursday. It could provide a launching point for the rest of the campaign with one of  the state’s most important organizations.A second reason is the fact that absentee ballots – including those from the military – have already been mailed in. Every day that passes without a change in the race locks in more votes for Walker and Mallott.And a third reason to make a decision is the beginning of early voting on Monday.Another Democrat who would like to see Walker end his campaign is Hollis French. He was Mallott’s running mate four years ago and withdrew when Mallott joined Walker’s campaign.That change occurred after Mallott and French won the Democratic nominations but before the deadline to withdraw. That allowed Walker and Mallott’s unity ticket to appear on the ballot. While that’s not possible this year, French said Walker faces a similar decision to the one that the Democrats faced four years ago.“With three weeks to go before the election, and with the resignation of his right-hand running mate, the governor I think is left with doing the right thing for the state, which is to take a step backwards and make the sacrifice that he asked many of us to make four years ago, for the good of the state,” French said.Ivan Moore has polled Alaskans on the governor’s race three times in the past month. The last poll was done Friday through Sunday – before the Mallott news broke. Moore found that Dunleavy was 17 points ahead of Walker and Begich in a three-way race, but only 7 points ahead of each in two way races.Moore spelled out what he sees as the most likely result unless there’s a change.“Dunleavy would win,” Moore said. “He’s going to have to crater in a huge way to mess this one up. Because Begich and Walker just are not differentiating. My expectation was that one of them would kind of pull into second place and the other one would drop off and that a kind of viable challenger would rise from the two of them, but that hasn’t happened.”Moore said Mallott’s resignation is a “body blow” to Walker. Moore also said Walker dropping out wouldn’t be enough for Begich to win, since polling shows about a third of Walker supporters prefer Dunleavy to Begich. But he said that if Walker and Begich found a way to somehow team up, they might bring both of their constituencies together. Moore doesn’t know how that would happen.Moore noted that Walker and Begich are tied after trading places in the previous polls.“It appears that this is a message that the contest between them is an intractable problem and that something needs to happen,” he said. “And maybe the events of yesterday were just kind of divine intervention of some sort.”Walker is scheduled to speak Thursday at AFN. Mallott is no longer scheduled to speak.last_img read more

Garbage dumping turns vexatious

first_imgYapral: The roadsides of the Yapral have been garbage-ridden including dried leaves, food and other domestic waste. The animals like dogs and cows are seen consuming waste food from plastic bags. This is very harmful as bovines consume plastic bags along with food. It has become a common practice for the locals to dispose of the domestic waste in open areas and roadsides for a long time. The foul smell from the piled-up garbage is causing a lot of inconvenience to the residents and the pedestrians passing through the area. This has become a common issue in many areas of the cities.last_img read more

Sensex hits alltime high

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): The Sensex has hit all-time high after five years and ten months on Friday. The stock index surged to an all-time high just after the opening bell, smashing its earlier record of 21,206 which was set in January 2008. After breaking its 2008 record, the Sensex kept going up, setting a new all-time high record of 21,279.92, up nearly 115 points. At its day’s high, Nifty hit 6,329, nearly 30 points away from its record high of 6,357.10. Sustained inflows from foreign investors have been the biggest driver for the Sensex, which gained over 9 percent in the past month. Overseas investors have pumped in close to Rs. 18,000 crore in the past 20 sessions.last_img read more

One remanded over Tasfia killing

first_imgMurdered Chattogram schoolgirl Tasfia Amin. Photo: UNBA Chattogram court on Friday placed Mizanur Rahman aka Asif Mizan on a three-day remand over the killing of schoolgirl Tasfia Amin, reports UNB.Metropolitan magistrate Al Imran Khan passed the order in the afternoon when police produced Asif before the court seeking a seven-day remand, said additional deputy commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Nirmalendu Bikash Chawkrabarty.Earlier on Wednesday, police arrested Asif, a friend of Tasfia’s ‘boyfriend’ Adnan Mirza, from Panchlaish in the port city.On 2 May, Patenga police recovered the body of Tasfia Amin, 15, a ninth grader of Sunshine Grammar School, from riverside of the Karnaphuli in Patenga Naval Road area.Adnan was arrested from Jalalabad Housing Society area under Khulshi police station in the city on the same day.Tasfia’s father filed a case accusing six people, including Adnan Mirza, on 3 May over the murder.last_img read more

Closer look at teeth suggests Columbian mammoth was actually a Eurasian steppe

first_imgThe steppe mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii or Mammuthus armeniacus) Credit: Dmitry Bogdanov/Wikipedia Citation: Closer look at teeth suggests Columbian mammoth was actually a Eurasian steppe mammoth (2015, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-closer-teeth-columbian-mammoth-eurasian.html © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Science Explore further (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers became convinced over a period of years that the famed North American Columbian mammoth is actually the same creature as the Eurasian steppe mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii)—it simply migrated over approximately a million and a half years ago. In their paper, by the now deceased Andrei Sher and his colleague Adrian Lister, published in the journal Science, the team suggests that worn teeth might be behind the mistaken belief that the Columbian mammoth was actually a descendant of the European mammoth, Mammuthus meridionalis.center_img Archeological evidence suggests that all mammoths got their start in Africa, approximately five million years ago—they subsequently migrated to Europe and then to Siberia and China. Along the way, those that made their home in Eurasia changed dramatically to allow for the colder climate—growing longer hair, for example and developing more complicated teeth to help with eating the different sorts of grasses—this led to them being labeled as more evolved by the science community. When mammoth teeth were found in many places across North America, it was assumed they had evolved from the European version of the mammoth, because the teeth appeared to be less evolved. But now, Lister contends, that thinking may be flawed. After thoroughly studying and comparing tooth fossils found in North America with those found in Eurasia, he has concluded that they are from one and the same animal. He suggests the reason for the confusion lies in the state of the teeth—most mammoth fossils found in North America, he notes, have been of older animals—animals whose teeth have lost some of their more complex features as they aged, making them seem to be similar to teeth from European mammoths.Lister suggests that some Steppe mammoths migrated to North America sometime between 1.5 and 2 million ago, by crossing the Bearing Strait, and evolved into what became the Columbian mammoth over many more years. He also suggests that European mammoths also migrated some time later, though they appear to have remained in the northern part of the continent, and likely mated with Columbian mammoths creating mixed offspring. A mammoth task — sorting out mammoth evolution More information: A. M. Lister et al. Evolution and dispersal of mammoths across the Northern Hemisphere, Science (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aac5660AbstractMammoths provide a detailed example of species origins and dispersal, but understanding has been impeded by taxonomic confusion, especially in North America. The Columbian mammoth Mammuthus columbi was thought to have evolved in North America from a more primitive Eurasian immigrant. The earliest American mammoths (1.5 million years ago), however, resemble the advanced Eurasian M. trogontherii that crossed the Bering land bridge around that time, giving rise directly to M. columbi. Woolly mammoth M. primigenius later evolved in Beringia and spread into Europe and North America, leading to a diversity of morphologies as it encountered endemic M. trogontherii and M. columbi, respectively. In North America, this included intermediates (“M. jeffersonii”), suggesting introgression of M. primigenius with M. columbi. The lineage illustrates the dynamic interplay of local adaptation, dispersal, and gene flow in the evolution of a widely distributed species complex. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more