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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue University research shows that a small amount of nicotinoid pesticide substantially weakens termites’ ability to fight off fungal diseases, a finding that could lead to more effective methods of pest control.The study also provides clues into termites’ robust defense systems and how nicotinoids affect social insects. Nictotinoid pesticides are commonly used on corn and soybean seeds.A team led by Michael Scharf, the O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair and professor of entomology, found that a sublethal dose of imidacloprid knocked out key microbes in the termite gut and suppressed the social hygiene habits that help keep a termite colony healthy. Their defenses weakened, the termites became vulnerable to a fungal pathogen that normally poses little threat. The combination of pesticide and pathogen wiped out laboratory colonies in seven days.“A termite colony can tolerate this dose of imidacloprid and fungal pathogen independently, but put them together, and they really have deleterious effects,” Scharf said. “Understanding how to cripple termite defenses could lead us to new, safer control technologies.”Termites rarely get sick, despite living in moist, underground environments and in close contact with thousands of fellow colony members — conditions that are ideal for disease development. While termites contain the disease defense genes common among all insects, they also have unique, non-genetic ways of protecting themselves from pathogenic bacteria and fungi, Scharf said.Termites build up “social immunity” by grooming pathogens off of one another and transfer disease resistance throughout the colony by feeding on each other’s secretions, said study co-author Drion Boucias, a professor of insect pathology at the University of Florida who has been researching termite immunity and response to disease for several decades.“Social cleaning and grooming are critical,” he said. “A solitary termite is susceptible to anything.”Termites also protect themselves by cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with microorganisms. The termite gut houses what Boucias called a “microbial garden” — a rich community of thousands of beneficial bacteria and protists, simple microorganisms whose symbiotic relationship coevolved with termites over millions of years. These microbes allow termites to digest cellulose, the tough material that gives plants their ability to stand upright. But they also appear to play an important role in disease defense.Previous research suggests that some of these protists produce an enzyme that fatally punctures the cell wall of pathogenic invaders.When Scharf and Boucias’s team treated termite colonies with a small dose of imidacloprid, the protists began to die. The pesticide also had a druglike effect on termites, suppressing the grooming behaviors necessary to keep colony members from being infected with a fungal disease.Applying a sublethal amount of a fungal pathogen quickly destroyed the imidacloprid-treated colonies. The pathogen penetrated the termites’ outer cuticle and dissolved their muscles and organs.“The termites became little fuzzy piles of mush,” Scharf said. “We don’t typically see this in colonies in the wild unless they are severely stressed.”The researchers studied the termites’ gut metatranscriptome — all termite and microbe genes that are being expressed at a given moment — to measure the decline of the gut microbes and better understand which genes are involved in termite defense.Unexpectedly, the pesticide and fungus did not trigger the “stereotypical” immunity genes that they do in other insect species such as bees, Scharf said. The finding could indicate that termites rely almost exclusively on their gut microbes and social immunity to protect their health.Future control measures may target these defenses, opening the door for termites’ natural enemies to finish the job, Boucias said.The paper was published in PloS One and is available at http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0123391Funding for the research was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture.last_img read more

first_imgENGLISH VERSIONUne membrane réfléchissante est un panneau brillant ou une membrane souple qui est utilisé dans la construction. Bien que la résistance thermique (valeur R) de ces membranes est à peu près de zéro, elles peuvent être utilisées comme partie d’un assemblage en construction — par exemple, un ensemble constitué d’une pellicule radiante et d’un espace d’air — pour ralentir le flux de chaleur.La vente et la distribution des isolants radiants ont toujours attiré une part disproportionnée d’escrocs, dont plusieurs qui promettent des économies d’énergie impossibles. Les explications données par ces bonimenteurs comprennent généralement de multiples références à des véhicules spatiaux et la Nasa. Ayant été influencés par ce type de désinformation, certains constructeurs ont adopté une croyance quasi-religieuse dans les pouvoirs magiques de ces membranes.Alors, quelle est la vérité sur ces produits?Typiquement, il s’agit d’une mince feuille de matériau réfléchissant, souvent d’aluminium, appliquée à un substrat tel que du papier kraft, un film plastique, du carton ou du contreplaqué. Par définition, une membrane réfléchissante a une émissivité [propriété spécifique de la surface d’un objet caractérisant les échanges thermiques par rayonnement] de 0,1 ou moins. Ces membranes réduisent le flux thermique par rayonnement dans l’espace auxquelles elles font face. Plus l’émissivité d’un matériau est faible, plus il est efficace à réduire le flux de chaleur rayonnante.Bien que les membranes réfléchissantes peuvent être constituées d’une variété de matériaux, il est impossible qu’une peinture corresponde à la définition de membrane réfléchissante. Personne n’a encore inventé une peinture dont l’émissivité est de 0,1 ou moins. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

first_imgThe United States does less to conserve energy than most of the world’s largest economies and is putting itself at a competitive disadvantage because of it, a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says.The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard measured efficiency efforts in the world’s 16 largest economies that together account for 81% of global gross domestic product and 71% of the global consumption of electricity.The U.S. was ranked 13th, with a total of 42 of a possible 100 points — better than Russia, Brazil, and Mexico but behind the rest of the world. The U.S. scored 23 fewer points than top-ranked Germany.“A country that uses less energy to achieve the same or better results reduces its costs and pollution, creating a strong, more competitive economy,” the report from the nonprofit group said. “While energy efficiency has played a role in the economies of developing nations for decades, cost-effective energy efficiency remains a massively underutilized energy resource.” Scorecard measures efforts in 31 areasThe authors used 31 separate metrics in four broad categories: transportation, buildings, industry, and national policy. Roughly half of the score is based on policies and half on quantifiable performance.The authors looked at such things as fuel economy standards for vehicles, efficiency standards for appliances, whether there was a national energy savings target, average miles per gallon for passenger vehicles, and the energy consumed per square foot of residential floor space.Germany had the highest individual score. Top-scoring countries in individual categories were China (buildings), Germany (industry), Italy (transportation), and France, Italy and the European Union (tied, in national efforts).“For every metric, at least one country (and often several) received full points,” the report says. “However, every country also has serious weaknesses, and the average score was just 50 points.”The authors said that the U.S. has made progress toward greater efficiency in recent years in such things as building codes, appliance standards, fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, and in voluntary partnerships between government and industry. “However,” they added, “the overall story is disappointing.”Progress here has been slow since the last scorecard was issued in 2012, they wrote, while efforts in Germany, Japan, China and other countries “are surging ahead.”“The inefficiency in the U.S. economy means a tremendous waste of energy resources and money,” the report says. Countries with higher scores — such as Canada, Australia, India, and South Korea — have a competitive advantage over the U.S. because it takes less energy there to produce and distribute the same goods.The report questions how the U.S. can compete globally if it “continues to waste money and energy that other industrialized nations save and can reinvest.”Among the report’s recommendations:Congress should pass a national energy savings target.National building codes should be stronger.The federal government should do more for education and training in manufacturing and industrial sectors.More should be done to promote energy efficient modes of transportation for both people and freight.last_img read more

first_imgThe RED HYDROGEN ONE is a pocket-sized holographic media machine. I don’t know what that means.Top image via RED.After the REDUSER forum went dark for the announcement, I had to turn to RED’s Jarred Land for information about the new device that RED has teased for the past few weeks.On Land’s Facebook page, he announced the RED HYDROGEN ONE as “a standalone, full-featured, unlocked multi-band smartphone.” The Android OS device is said to have a 5.7″ holographic display that can switch between 2D content, 3D content, holographic content, and interactive games.The device claims that users do not need glasses to experience the 3D and holographic content.RED’s 4-View holographic content uses the H4V codec. In addition, the HYDROGEN uses a propriety H3O algorithm to convert stereo sound into multi-dimensional audio.The phone also integrates with the RED camera line and works with the EPIC, SCARLET, and WEAPON as an interactive monitor. Pre-orders are available in Titanium for $1,595 USD and in Aluminum for $1,195 USD. Prices are not guaranteed to be the same at launch. Pre-orders are set to ship in Q1 2018, assuming there aren’t any delays.After reading the rest of the announcement PDF, I’m not gonna lie. I have no idea what most of this is talking about. Apparently there will be modules you can attach in the future, I think. It will include a USB-C charger, MicroSD card slot, and a gift for early orders. Outside of the cover image atop this article and a link to the PDF, this is everything the public currently knows.There is currently no more information available, but we will update accordingly.*Update 1: Jim Jannard has added a few minor additional details in the reduser forum. (Bolded text is the author’s own.)The Holographic Display. It is incredible. It is multi-view (4-view) as compared to stereo 3D (2-view). Watching shocked faces light up when people see it is really motivating. There is no good way to describe it until you see it. Hopefully we will get some skeptics eyes on it soon… then they can tell you.Our display is technology you haven’t seen before. It is not lenticular, which is inferior tech in every way, has been tried many times before and failed for good reason. (see Amazon 3D Fire, LG Optimus, etc). Lenticular display dramatically lowers resolution, cannot be turned off for standard 2D content, only works in one direction (usually landscape), has color crosstalk… to name just a few issues.One website said it was unclear whether HYDROGEN came with a battery. Let me assure you that it does. 🙂It also comes with internal storage and an external micro SD card slot. And a headphone jack. A selfie camera and a back camera. These cameras will not produce cinema quality images. No cell phone does. What we will have is a modular system that adds image quality well beyond any other camera short of our professional cameras. Remember that we have a lot of elbow room on this front…*Update 2: Jarred Land has posted a photo of David Fincher and Brad Pitt experiencing the HYDROGEN .H4V content.Crazy. Last night it seems the entire the world was arguing over how insane we were (again) and how the Hydrogen display we are promising is just simply impossible.While everyone was taking bets on how many years it would take to actually crack the no-glasses code, I was sitting with some friends having our own little .H4V viewing party on fully working Hydrogen Prototypes.This isn’t voodoo or witchcraft, but it definitely is magical.I can’t wait for you all to see it. Thoughts on RED’s latest announcement? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Detroit shot 38% from the field, converting 35 of 92 attempts.The Bucks rolled to a 27-point lead in the first half, taking a 70-43 margin at halftime. Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Lopez added 14 points and Hill contributed 13.Detroit shot 34% in the half (18 of 53) and made just 3 of 14 3-point attempts.Pistons coach Dwane Casey said his team made a big step forward in qualifying for the playoffs but vowed to fight against the heavily favored Bucks.“We’re not in the class of where Milwaukee is with their program right now,” Casey said. “They were not two or three years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “I remember coming here a couple years ago (with Toronto) and playing against them. They were getting started, building what they’ve got now. Their patience has paid off. It’s a great experience for us to come in and play against a great team like Milwaukee.”TIP-INSDetroit: Casey said Griffin was “day-to-day but too sore to go” in Game 1. The Pistons forward averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 75 games in his first full season with the Pistons. … Griffin was called for a technical for protesting Drummond’s ejection . Former Bucks forward Thon Maker faced his former team and started in Griffin’s place. He avoided a flagrant foul when he brought Antetokounmpo to the floor in the second quarter. Maker came to Detroit in the three-team trade in February that brought Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks from New Orleans. He had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes and was booed heavily by the home crowd. “You don’t have to say giddy-up to Thon Maker,” Casey said. “He wakes up in the morning ready to go.” . Former Bucks assistants Sean Sweeney and Tim Grgurich are on the Pistons’ staff. . Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record against Milwaukee, winning all four series.Milwaukee: Mirotic was available and played 15 minutes while scoring four points. “He’s just getting back in conditioning and health and everything like that,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Mirotic had missed the last 11 regular-season games after fracturing his left thumb on March 19 against the Los Angeles Lakers. . The Bucks’ 70 points were the second-most in a first half in franchise history. They scored 77 in March 1970. . Budenholzer said he was concerned about the rebounding battle and going against league-leading rebounder Drummond (15.6 per game). “It’s going to take our whole group to make sure we’re taking care of the defensive boards. It’s not the big guys’ job or the center; we have to do it collectively,” Budenholzer said. The Bucks had a 54-46 rebounding advantage.UP NEXTGame 2 is Wednesday night in Milwaukee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris lead Celtics’ rally past Pacers in Game 1 Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He threw a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.Antetokounmpo struggled at the foul line, making only 5 of 12 attempts, but was 9 for 17 from the field and 1 of 5 from 3-point range.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, logisticsSeven Bucks players scored in double figures. Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.Luke Kennard paced the Pistons with 21 points off the bench and Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points. Detroit played without forward Blake Griffin, who sat out with a left knee injury. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against multiple Detroit Pistons defenders during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks showed they were serious about making a playoff run with a 121-86 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 on Sunday night.The MVP candidate ran and dunked all over the Pistons, who only really caught him when center Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgShare on Messenger Reuse this content Read more It may be too early in the season to describe Sunday’s meeting of Leicester and Sale at Welford Road as an eight-pointer but with the Manchester club starting the fifth round at the bottom of the Premiership and the Tigers having the worst defensive record after the opening four rounds, there will be little comfort for the loser in a season when, without an obvious struggler, every point counts.“We are not looking at the table,” insists the Sale captain, Jono Ross. “There are still 18 games to play. We have not had the start we wanted in the toughest of leagues because we have not been good enough. We have to improve and that starts with hard work. It is far too early to be talking about relegation and all we are focusing on is Leicester.” Sydney summit feels like a pivotal moment in rugby’s modern history Share on WhatsApp Leicester sacked their head coach, Matt O’Connor, three days into the season after losing 40-6 at Exeter while Sale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond, reacted to their first home defeat by Wasps for eight years last weekend by recruiting the former Northampton forwards coach Dorian West and pledging some old-school training.“There was a fair bit of work done,” says Ross, who had given his side the ideal start against Wasps with a first-minute try. “Everyone was disappointed by the result and we have been taking a hard look at ourselves in the mirror. Dorian will add to our forward game and his experience should help us find an edge there.”There should be tries at Welford Road. Leicester have conceded 21 this season, while Sale have the next leakiest defence, having been breached 17 times. “At this stage of the season a lot can change quickly,” says Ross. “A couple of wins and you are in the top half of the table. We have to stay positive. It will be tough on Sunday but that is the case every time you play in the Premiership.” Premiership While the shape of the domestic season from 2019-20 is expected to be announced in the next couple of weeks after prolonged discussions between the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the Professional Rugby Players’ Association, relegation will remain despite talk of ringfencing the elite. The only possible reprieve for the team finishing bottom will be if the Championship winners do not meet the entry criteria.With promoted Bristol winning two of their first four matches and Worcester, the pre-season relegation favourites, triumphant at Leicester having been pipped by a point by Wasps in the opening round, the comfort blanket of a team detached from the rest from early in the campaign has been snatched away. The bottom three clubs going into the latest round of matches were all former champions, Sale, Northampton and Newcastle. Two others, Leicester and Harlequins, were higher up the table, after one victory each in four, because of bonus points. The prospect of a big-name casualty – the last was Northampton in 2007 – is real.“There are no weak teams in the Premiership,” says Ross. “You look at Leicester’s squad and it is full of quality. It is the same with us but it is all about putting in a performance. We have played well in parts in all of our four games but we have not put it together for 80 minutes. We have been falling away and that has to stop.” Leicester Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest The Observer Share via Email Sale … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Rugby union Read more Stuart Hooper to replace Todd Blackadder at Bath in 2020 news Topics Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…last_img read more

first_imgChelsea to recall Lewis Baker from Leedsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLewis Baker is set to leave Leeds United.The Mirror says Chelsea are set to recall Baker from his Leeds United loan spell.Baker is unlikely to feature much for Leeds in the second half of the season as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to battle for the Championship title.After struggling to make much of an impact at Elland Road, his parent club may end his season long loan.Baker endured a difficult spell at Middlesbrough on loan last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) plans to launch two new services between Asia and Australia under a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with three European carriers, starting from May 2017. To be jointly operated by MOL and Denmark-based Maersk Line, the new Asia-Australia Express will be a pendulum service, linking Northeast Asia to Australia and Southeast Asia to Australia.Under the VSA, MOL will operate three ships and Maersk Line will operate nine ships. The Asia-Australia Express will serve as a replacement for the existing AU2 and AAB/AAT services, according to MOL.Port rotation of the Asia-Australia Express service will be as follows: Yokohama, Osaka (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo (China), Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle (Australia), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Singapore (Singapore), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The second service, the China-Taiwan-Australia Express (CAE service), will connect China, Taiwan and Australia. The CAE service will be jointly operated by German-based Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line and Switzerland-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).According to MOL, the CAE service will serve as a replacement of the existing AU1 service.The CAE service will include the ports of Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (China), Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane (Australia) and Kaohsiung.In addition, MOL’s existing NZ1 and NZ2 services will also be enhanced by adding Brisbane port of calls in NZ1 service and Sydney port of calls in NZ2 service.Separately, MSC informed about the service upgrades related to the VSA between the four shipping companies that will come into force in May 2017.MSC’s said its Wallaby Service to and from North East Asia will continue to operate the following port rotation, while maintaining the same transit times: Yokohama, Osaka, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai (Yangshan), Ningbo, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The company said that the last vessel on the current VSA will be ER France, with an estimated time of arrival in Yokohama on May 2, 2017.Another MSC’s service, the Panda Service, will see improved South China coverage as a result of the additions of Xiamen and Nansha ports.The rotation of the Panda Service will be as follows: Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Kaohsiung.The last vessel on the current VSA will be CAP FRIO, with an estimated time of arrival in Kaohsiung on May 4, 2017, according to MSC.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,891.63, up 36.86 points):Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE). Engineering and construction. Up $3.21, or 19.43 per cent, to $19.73 on 13.5 million shares. The Calgary-based company has signed a deal to be acquired for $1.5 billion in cash by CCCC International Holding Ltd. of China, subject to shareholder and government approvals. Aecon will continue to be headquartered in Canada while CCCI’s size and financial strength will help it bid for larger and more complex projects, the companies said.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 95 cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $43.10 on 7.4 million shares. The oilsands developer reported a third-quarter profit of $867 million (52 cents per share), compared with earnings of $346 million (21 cents per share) for the same quarter last year.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.60 per cent, to $1.68 on 6.1 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 4.41 per cent, to $4.50 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.55, or 7.68 per cent, to $18.64 on 5.6 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Down $2.47, or 8.44 per cent, to $26.81 on 5.5 million shares. The mining company saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business. It earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share.Companies reporting major news:ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN). Financial Services. Up 23 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $4.12 on 5.1 million shares. The company announced on Wednesday that it acquired Triad Financial Services, Inc. for C$125 million in cash.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $16.09 on 2.1 million shares. The energy company lowered its capital spending guidance by $300 million to $2.2 billion- to $2.3-billion due in part to cost efficiencies. It also reported a third-quarter profit of $136 million (13 cents per share), compared with a profit of $1.39 billion ($1.37 per share) a year ago when the results were boosted by asset sales.Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI). Consumer packaged goods. Up 86 cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $33.29 on 393,856 shares. The processed meat company reported third-quarter earnings of $37.6 million (39 cents per diluted share), up from $31.8 million (23 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter sales amounted to $908.4 million, up from $852.1 million a year ago.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Down 29 cents, or 1.15 per cent, to $24.85 on 1.8 million shares. Potash says it earned a third-quarter profit of $53 million (six cents per diluted share), down from $81 million (10 cents per diluted share) a year ago, as it works to close its merger with Agrium Inc. Chief executive Jochen Tilk says the company still expects to close the deal by the end of the year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down $2.15, 2.49 per cent, to $84.05 on 748,643 shares. The parent company of Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, reported third-quarter earnings of US$91.4 million (37 cents per diluted share), up from $86.3 million (36 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter revenue totalled $1.21 billion, up from $1.08 billion.last_img read more

first_img“Review and approval processes specific to Fort St. John are now underway,” she added.Shopland said that this week, the City received approval for several water main projects: on 111th Ave. north of C.M. Finch School, 113th Ave. at 103rd St., and 77th Ave. at 90th St.He added that the only project awaiting approval from the health authority is the Local Area Service extension to the Tahltan Road, though he said that project had only recently been approved by Council. Northern Health spokesperson Andrew Palmer said that the engineer position, which is based in Prince George, has been open since the spring and will remain open until filled by a qualified applicant.She said that recruitment for the engineer position is ongoing, though all health authorities in B.C. consider the position “difficult to fill” since it is a professional engineer position.Palmer explained that Northern Health has been collaborating with other professional engineering services and other health authorities, using their engineers to help fill the gap and get projects approved.Despite this, approvals since the departure of the engineer have slowed. Shopland said that the City received approval for only one project – the water and sewer replacement along 92a St. – in the spring.In a post on his Facebook page last week, councillor Byron Stewart stated that City Council stressed to Northern Health that the current outsourcing meant that the limited time devoted to the City’s files created a serious backlog in construction projects in town.Palmer said that due to the backlog in permits, Northern Health has resorted to employing external contractors and prioritizing outstanding permits in order to get permits reviewed as quickly as possible. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health says that it is working to ease the backlog of pending water main construction permits from the City of Fort St. John that grew after the health authority’s engineer left earlier this year.Fort St. John’s General Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, explained that any time the City installs or replaces a water main, it must apply for a permit with Northern Health.The application is reviewed by the health authority’s engineer, who looks at such things as the main’s separation from sanitary or storm sewers, and ensures that the correct processes are laid out in the construction plans.last_img read more

first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party suffered a major upset on Monday after local election results showed it lost the capital Ankara and Istanbul after a decade and half in power. Losing the country’s two major cities would be a stunning defeat for Erdogan, a former Istanbul mayor himself, whose ability to win at the ballot box has been unparalleled in Turkish history. Erdogan campaigned hard, portraying Sunday’s vote for mayors and district councils as a fight for the nation’s survival, but the election became a test for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) after Turkey slipped into a recession for the first time in a decade. The opposition CHP party candidate for Istanbul mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, was leading by nearly 28,000 votes with most ballot boxes counted, Supreme Election Board (YSK) chairman Sadi Guven said. Imamoglu won almost 4.16 million votes while the AKP candidate, former premier Binali Yildirim, won 4.13 million. Both claimed victory in the early hours following a tight race for the country’s largest city after results showing them in a dead heat. “We want to start working as soon as possible to serve people,” Imamoglu told reporters on Monday. “We want to cooperate with all institutions of Turkey to quickly meet the needs of Istanbul.” In Ankara, opposition mayoral candidate Mansur Yavas had 50.89 per cent of votes ahead of the AKP’s Mehmet Ozhaseki on 47.06 per cent, Anadolu state agency reported, with 99 per cent of ballot boxes counted. “Ankara has won. The loser in Ankara is Ozhaseki, dirty politics has lost,” Yavas told supporters who were waving Turkish flags and setting off fireworks at a celebratory rally. But in a sign of possible turmoil ahead, AKP officials said they would challenge the alleged invalidation of tens of thousands of votes in both cities. AKP secretary general Fatoih Sahin said the party will appeal in Ankara, saying the gap between the candidates “will narrow down and I believe it will eventually turn into a positive result for us.” Speaking to supporters in Ankara after Sunday’s polls closed, Erdogan had said the election was a victory for the AKP, which along with its coalition partner, the rightwing Nationalist Movement Party, won more than 50 per cent of votes overall. The loss in Istanbul, analysts said, would be especially sensitive for Erdogan, who grew up in the city’s working-class Kasimpasa neighbourhood, and liked to tell AKP rank-and-file that victory in the city was like winning all of Turkey. “Istanbul is his heart, it’s really important for him, it is the first place they (AKP) started winning,” said Ayse Ayata, political science professor at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. “They have retained their 51 per cent majority in total, which is very important. Had they not, this would lead into a questioning of their legitimacy.” For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader they believe Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development over the years he and the AKP have been in power. Rallying his base among more religiously conservative Turks, Erdogan had presented his opponents as enemies of the state, tarnishing them as tied to Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have fought a decades-long insurgency.last_img read more

first_imgI must have visited Kerala more than a dozen times. Each time, I have stayed as a guest of either a luxury resort or in one of the famed Kerala homestay properties. Never did I venture to stay in Kerala’s many luxurious kettuvalams (houseboats) until my childhood friend Jacob Kutty urged me to try one of Kerala’s best backwater destinations – the shimmering Lake Vembanad, which happens to be one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. While there is no dearth of luxury hotels and resorts in God’s Own Country, the Kerala houseboat segment has provided a kind of shot-in-the-arm for Kerala Tourism and today, Kerala has carved a niche for itself as one of the world’s premier backwater cruise destinations, welcoming the discerning world traveller in a most unique way. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressI hopped on an early morning flight from Kolkata to Chennai and from Chennai to Cochin. Around 3 pm, I reached Cochin. Jacob was there to receive me and we reached the magnificently appointed Kumarakom Lake Resort. The unprejudiced eye of the architect echoes in every nook and corner of the resort. Here, at the Kumarakom Lake Resort, the virtually impossible seems graceful and easy. Be it the ethnically designed Heritage Villas, Lake Villas or the marvellously luxurious Presidential Suites, the resort is a supreme adjustment to opportunity and local conditions. All attention has been concentrated on creating art, like one beautiful picture. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightI was told by the resident naturalist that the Vembanad Wetland system has been integrated into the list of wetlands of global importance in terms of wetland conservation and happens to be the largest of the three Ramsar Sites in Kerala. Vembanad Lake today has become a major tourist destination due largely to its ethereal and picturesque setting. As we ventured towards the impeccably conceived Kumarakom Tourist Village, which happens to be the most popular site on the shores of the shimmering lake, a sense of fulfilment engulfed me. For the benefit of travellers, the village offers a bewildering array of recreational pursuits like luxurious boat cruises, yoga & meditation, the famed Kerala Ayurvedic massage therapies, fishing to name just a few. In fact, the ingenuity of Keralites is admirable – from thoughtfully prepared itineraries to an amazing array of holiday experiences like tracing family history, eco-friendly initiatives and a one-of-its-kind cultural experience with the host community to name just a few. They have compelled the new-age traveller to not only embrace the backwater holiday but also herald the beginning of ‘Responsible Tourism’ in this gem of a tourist state. Being a travel writer, it was most refreshing to absorb the sheer enthusiasm of the support staff at the resort who would go that extra mile just to see you smiling and satisfied. Since I had limited time at my disposal, I preferred to remain within the resort premises to explore every nook and corner of this Eden on Earth. It was only in the evenings, with the red molten ball setting on the distant lake horizon, that I would venture to the impeccably designed luxurious houseboat of the resort, embark on a peaceful 1-1.5 hour night cruise, indulge on a few sips of my favoured tipple, have a sumptuous dinner on board and retire for the night in the king-size bed onboard the houseboat. To explore the nocturnal joys of the backwaters, the concept of ‘Backwaters by Night’ is becoming a rage in Kerala; and I must admit that the joy of viewing nocturnal creatures is thrilling. There was just enough ambient light, courtesy the moon, and pretty soon things got interesting. The expert boatman knew the backwaters by the tip of his fingers and he would often halt at the right places, by the edges of the lake. All sorts of nocturnal creatures: frogs and snakes, fish, large aquatic insects and other weird and wonderful things could be seen prowling in the shallows, right next to the shore. If it is spring or summer, a nocturnal symphony of frogs may be on display. After indulging and being thoroughly pampered on the kettuvallam (houseboat), I can vouch that it is one thing to be pampered in a super-deluxe hotel but quite another to spend time on the banks of Kerala! From the splendid luxurious isolation of Kumarakom Lake Resort, it was now time to appreciate yet another niche backwater holiday in God’s Own Country. We proceeded to the west of Kumarakom and soon figured out the gorgeously anchored Park Apsara, which has provided a new dimension to backwater holidays in Kerala – a touch of boutique hotel experience along with a harmonious blend of the famed European yachting spirit; a spirit of inquiry in nature’s lap, a spirit of discovery and bliss. The sophisticated Park Apsara is a pioneer project of India’s one and only 5-star boutique hotel chain – The Park Hotels. This luxurious cruiser is innovatively built on two levels by the renowned Dubai-based CDB Yacht Design. With eight elegantly designed rooms, an exclusive gallery, saloon and dining area, a sundeck and a fabulous seating area that offers breathtaking vistas of the ethereal backwaters of Kerala, one couldn’t have asked for more. The interiors are sophisticated and ooze luxury. I was particularly impressed with the harmonious décor and quality of food served in the lakeside restaurant that offers some of the most amazing culinary delights from Kerala along with a bewildering array of gastronomic delights from the world over. Every evening, to keep guests entertained, the cruise staff organises cultural shows on the vessel’s deck (vallom) that reverberate with Kerala’s rich heritage and culture. On the penultimate day of my stay, after lunch, which consisted of the quintessential Chettinad cuisine, cooked to perfection by the resident chef, I ventured to an adjoining hamlet; quaint as it was, would you believe, gorgeously dressed womenfolk who were busy preparing for Onam that was just a week away, came out with all guns blazing – singing local Kerala hymns and folk songs as rehearsal that sounded incredibly melodious. The manner in which the quality of life of the rural folks has improved alongside the preservation of nature and cultural heritage is impressive. Here in God’s Own Country, the slow-moving carts still ply on village roads, thatched hutments are in existence, joyful village theatres are active, cows and buffaloes are still being used in tilling the soil and popular folklore remains alive. Add to it the characteristic features of a sustainable backwater holiday option and you have all the makings of an Eden on Earth. The entire experience reminds me of Rishi Aurobindo’s immortal poem: When you and I, we played together, Who my playmate was I did not know. Without a fear, without a shame, Life in quiet ease did flow…last_img read more

first_imgLondon/San Franciaco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected the call for breaking up his company, saying the size of Facebook was actually a benefit to its users and for the security of the democratic process. In an interview with French broadcaster France 2, Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes that it is time to break up Facebook as Zuckerberg has yielded “unchecked power and influence” far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in the government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues. “So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference,” Zuckerberg told France 2 while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In an opinion piece in The New York Times on Thursday, Hughes said the government must hold Mark (Zuckerberg) accountable. “Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive,” wrote Hughes, who during his freshman year at Harvard University in 2002 was recruited by Zuckerberg for Facebook. Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s budget for safety this year is bigger than the whole revenue of the company when it went public earlier this decade. “A lot of that is because we’ve been able to build a successful business that can now support that. You know, we invest more in safety than anyone in social media,” reported TechCrunch, quoting Zuckerberg. Hughes wrote that Zuckerberg has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them. “Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,” he wrote. In a separate opinion piece in the NYT on Sunday, Nick Clegg, who is the Vice President for global affairs and communications in Facebook, said that success should not be penalised. “Facebook shouldn’t be broken up but it does need to be held to account,” Clegg wrote. “Hughes maintains that lawmakers merely marvel at Facebook’s explosive growth and have overlooked their own responsibility to protect the public through more competition. “This argument holds dangerous implications for the American technology sector, the strongest pillar of the economy. And it reveals misunderstandings of Facebook and the central purpose of antitrust law,” Clegg argued. Embroiled in users’ data scandals, Facebook is set to create new privacy positions within the company that would include a committee, and external evaluator and a Chief Compliance Officer. Facebook has already kept aside $3 billion anticipating a record fine coming from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which involved 87 million users. The Facebook case is being looked at as a measure of the Donald Trump administration’s willingness to regulate US tech companies.last_img read more

The Ohio State men’s soccer team headed to Dayton this weekend to take part in a two game tournament.The Buckeyes faced off against Marshall on Friday, and Milwaukee on Sunday, losing both contests by a score of 1-0.As has been the story throughout the early part of this season, the Buckeye offense created chances for itself in the form of corner kicks and shots on goal, but were unable to get on the board.The Buckeyes nearly took the lead in the 16th minute against Milwaukee, but sophomore midfielder Mitch Bergman’s goal was called back due to an offsides call.The Ohio State defense, despite sporting a goal differential of minus two, held strong against both Marshall and Milwaukee attacks.Marshall scored in the second minute to get off to a quick start on Friday evening, but the Buckeyes rallied to battle evenly with the Thundering Herd, though ultimately unable to find an equalizer.In goal, redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried played well, making multiple impressive saves throughout the weekend to keep his team in the match.The Buckeyes will play once again on Friday when they take on South Florida at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

first_imgNacho Fernandez has revealed plans to see out his playing career at Real MadridThe Spanish full-back has been on the club books since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut in a 6–3 away win against Valencia in April 2011.Since then, Nacho has made 161 appearances in all competitions for Real and was a valuable member of the squad last season that sealed the Champions League title for a third season in succession.Like past greats, such as Francisco Totti and Paolo Maldini, the 28-year-old intends to remain a one-club player by seeing out the remainder of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.“My plan is to finish my career at home,” he said in an interview with GQ, via Marca.“In the career of any athlete there are stages where you do not do everything you would like, fortunately I’ve had two spectacular years on a personal and professional level and there is no better place for me than Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The demand is the highest, but my idea is to keep the pace and finish my career at home.”Nacho missed out on Spain’s golden era that saw the national side claim the World Cup title in 2010, as well as back-to-back European crowns in 2008 and 2012.The left-back made his debut for the national side in September 2013.“I would like to get rid of the thorn of the last World Cup and win an important tournament with Spain,” he said.Nacho currently has under two years left on his current contract at Real.last_img read more