Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I wish to thank our creditors sincerely for their patience and support as we worked through the CCAA process to achieve this goal,” said Don McDonald President & CEO of Super Channel. “We had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure survival of the business and for the company to remain an active participant in the Canadian broadcast industry.”A copy of the Monitor’s Certificate and related Court documents can be found on the Monitor’s website at www.pwc.com/ca/allarco.About Super ChannelSuper Channel is a national premium pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.Super Channel’s mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience. With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.Connect with Super Channel:www.superchannel.caSuper Channel on FacebookSuper Channel on TwitterSuper Channel on Instagram In May 2016, the company sought creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in an effort to facilitate a restructuring and refinancing of its business operations. Since that time, Allarco has continued to operate under CCAA protection, supervised by the Court appointed monitor PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (the Monitor). On December 13, 2017 a formal plan of arrangement or compromise (the Plan) was filed with the assistance of the Monitor. Advertisement A meeting of the affected creditors was held on January 24, 2018 where 78 creditors voted in favour for the Plan by a margin of 77-1. The Court approved and issued the sanction order to proceed with the Plan on February 16, 2018.With the issuance of the Monitor’s Certificate of Plan Completion effective April 5, 2018, the CCAA proceedings have been completed in accordance with the Orders of the Court and under the supervision of the Monitor. Twitter EDMONTON, April 16, 2018 – Allarco Entertainment 2008 and Allarco Entertainment Limited Partnership(Allarco) announced today that it has successfully emerged from creditor protection, having been issued its Certificate of Plan Completion from the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (the Court) on April 5, 2018.
Rabat – Former Algerian Prime Minister, Ali Benflis, has publicly stated that the Algerian regime “has reached its limits and resorted to a sort of exorcism of external conspiracies.” In their commentaries on the internal uprisings in many Algerian cities, which occurred a few days ago, Algerian media began circulating the claim that external forces, such as Morocco, are attempting to destabilize the country.In response to these claims, former Algerian Prime Minister, Ali Benflis, said in an interview with the French-language magazine Jeune Afrique that it is the sort of exorcism the state began to resort to after it had reached its fiscal breaking point. “The system has reached its limits. It is out of breath, short of ideas,” stated Benflis in the interview published on Sunday.The former senior official pointed out that Algeria is currently facing an exceptionally difficult economic situation exacerbated by immense social tension. He went on to add that Algeria has not gone through such political, economic and social crises since its independence.Benflis explained that Algeria is currently facing a political deadlock as the Algerian state “does not function properly and its fate is a matter of concern for Algerians citizens and the country’s foreign partners.” He added that the Algerian economy has become subject to the predation of the “strongest men” ruling the country at a moment when equal opportunities are needed in the country.“This is what threatens our country, not external conspiracies or foreign hands that are brought up all the time to try to justify the bankruptcy of governance,” explained Ali Benflis.To make matters worse, the newly introduced “finance law is unjust,” the former Algerian official said. Numerous taxes have been modified or created while the state continues to exonerate itself from its obligations towards citizens, Benflis explained.Benflis explained that What threatens Algerian stability is “the country’s lost social legitimacy,” leaving nothing to stand up against the current structural disarray and economic hardships.Benflis went on to add that Algeria’s current political elite is unable to introduce the necessary reforms that would enable the country to overcome its financial crisis.“The patrimonial and rentier state can never be the author of the deep structural reforms that our economy needs,” he said, explaining that the primary source of the crisis in the country is political.
WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Wednesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close TueNov. 498.90 500.50 496.80 498.20 499.20Jan. ’18 506.10 507.40 504.00 505.60 506.10March 510.50 511.80 508.70 510.10 510.70May 513.00 513.60 510.40 512.10 512.60July 514.00 514.50 511.90 513.00 513.40Nov. 487.00 488.80 486.20 486.70 488.80Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.40 490.50March 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.10 493.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.10 493.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.10 493.20Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.10 493.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close TueDec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $508.20 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $523.20 (November 2017)
According to the outcome document, the Tunis Commitment, the Summit built on the work done at the first phase of the WSIS in 2003 in Geneva, where participants affirmed the importance of bridging the so called “digital divide” that divides poor communities from affluent communities ones through their lack of access to such technology.”We reaffirm the commitments made in Geneva and build on them in Tunis,” the Commitment says, “by focusing on financial mechanisms for bridging the digital divide, on Internet governance and related issues, as well as on follow-up and implementation of the Geneva and Tunis decisions.”At the close of the Summit Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) briefed the press on the accomplishments at Tunis.He stressed that although WSIS was the culmination of a seven-year process, the work to connect the world electronically was only just starting.In Tunis, he said States agreed on numerous action lines to translate commitments into reality. ITU would take full responsibility for two of those action lines: developing infrastructure and building confidence in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Stocktaking would also get under way to examine the feasibility of new commitments made at Tunis.Mr. Utsumi hailed the creation of a global Internet Governance Forum, which he said signified a recognition that no single government should play a dominant role in the decentralized future of the network. “The Internet is a living animal,” he said; already, increasing regionalization was decentralizing the management of the medium, for example, China now had an address not assigned by the central management body.Among other notable features of the Tunis Summit was its size, Mr. Utsumi said: around 18,000 participants had attended. The number of corporation heads attending had also markedly increased since the Geneva Summit.In addition over 2,000 specific project proposals had been submitted to the “Golden Book” of new initiatives at the Summit.
“We will miss her great leadership. She was a pioneering leader for her contribution to peace and security, particularly at the height of the Cold War,” the Secretary-General told journalists at The Hague. “She was also a great model as the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who not only demonstrated her leadership but has given such great hope for many women for equality, gender equality in Parliament,” Mr. Ban continued. “We will owe a great deal to her leadership,” he said, adding that Ms. Thatcher’s leadership “will inspire many people around the world for peace and security and human rights.”On 8 November 1989, Ms. Thatcher addressed the UN General Assembly for the last time in her official capacity as prime minister. She focused her speech on the global environment and the need to preserve air, water and land.“We know more clearly than ever before that we carry common burdens, face common problems, and must respond with common action,” Ms. Thatcher had said. “It is life itself – human life, the innumerable species of our planet – that we wantonly destroy. It is life itself that we must battle to preserve.”In a statement issued later today, Mr. Ban paid tribute to the Baroness as one of the first world leaders to issue a warning about the effects of climate change by calling for action in the UN General Assembly. According to her spokesperson, Ms. Thatcher suffered a stroke earlier today and died at the age of 87. Her funeral will be at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with full military honours, followed by a private cremation, the British prime minister’s office announced.
A service to celebrate the life of Marilyn Rose will be held Friday July 31 at 11 am, at the Ridley College Memorial Chapel in St. Catharines, with reception to follow at Williams Hall on the Ridley campus.Rose, a long-time professor of English Language and Literature at Brock who was also the University’s inaugural Dean of Graduate Studies, passed away July 22 after a brief illness.Her family has asked that, instead of flowers or other gestures of sympathy, contributions be made to support the Marilyn Rose Graduate Award – Excellence in Humanities at Brock University. This is a student award that Rose had set up several years ago.Faculty and staff can make donations at www.brocku.ca/donate or through the online payroll deduction link on the Brock portal my.brocku.ca, or by calling the Development and Alumni Relations Office at 905-688-5550 ext. 4190.
Australian listed QMASTOR has signed a major contract with Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator (HVCCC). The contract is for the provision and support of QMASTOR’s Horizon advanced planning and scheduling software for the Hunter Valley coal chain. The agreement is expected to provide in excess of A$5 million of revenue over five years and will see the Horizon system playing a key role in the planning and scheduling of coal through the Hunter Valley chain. This includes coal movements from approximately 35 producers in the Hunter Valley chain, as well as rail movements from more than 27 load points, which results in the movement and loading of more than 1,000 coal vessels every year from two terminals, with another under construction. A key function of the Horizon system is to help manage the Newcastle coal vessel queue.The HVCCC is at the heart of the Hunter’s coal industry, it has a pivotal role planning and coordinating the daily operation and long term capacity alignment of the coal chain – which is a necessary requirement to meet the needs and contractual obligations of producers and service providers. To streamline this massive operation QMASTOR will have to use intensive, end to end, planning, scheduling and coordination encompassing some 1,000 km of rail track, over 18,000 annual train deliveries, 35 coal mines, the berthing and loading of more than 1,200 export vessels and the handling of 80 different coal blends for annual exports worth over A$10 billion, with a forecast growth of 50% over the next two to three years.
Anita GorbitzBojana PopovićClara WolteringEHF CL FinalGyori vs BuducnostHeidi LokeKatarina Bulatovic After eight days of Handball-Planet.com voting Contest for the best Player of Women’s EHF Champions League 2011/2012, we got a winner – Bojana Popovic (89 goals until now) from Buducnost Podgorica. The 33 years old “uncrowned Queen” of Women’s Handball waiting for the sixth EHF Champions League Final these days, after she won EHF CL five times with Danish Slagelse and Viborg. Popovic will finish proffesional career at the end of this season.She got more than 48,3% of almost 1800 votes from all over the Handball World. The biggest rival was fantastic Gyori’s leader, Anita Gorbitz with 43,6% of votes. Three other players, Katarina Bulatovic, Clara Woltering and Heidi Loke received far fewer votes.FINAL RESULTS (based on 1759 votes):Bojana Popovic 48,37%(851)Anita Gorbitz 43,66%(768)Katarina Bulatovic 3,18% (56)Clara Woltering 2,84% (50)Heidi Loke 1,93% (30)First match of EHF CL Final between Gyori and Buducnost will be played in Veszprem Arena (Saturday, 5th May). Second match is in Podgorica eight days after. ← Previous Story Rostov Don wins Russian Cup! Next Story → Goran Sprem stays in VfL Gummersbach!
← Previous Story Celje PL wins 26 of 26 in Slovenian Championship before Play-Off Next Story → MVM EHF FINAL4: Four teams – one dream! Europe’s handball fans have made their choice. More than 22,000 people participated in the online poll for a Women’s EHF Champions League All-star team – an increase of more than 20 per cent compared to last year when 18,000 fans participated. And many of the stars selected will take to the court at the 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4.Norwegian side Larvik, who have remained undefeated in their EHF Champions League campaign to date, have the largest representation of all-stars at the Budapest final weekend. Their goalkeeper, Dane Sandra Toft, received the majority of votes (35.8%/8119 votes) and so did Nora Mörk (30.9/7012) on the right back and Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren (29.3/6647) on the right wing.WHC Vardar SCBT have one all-star in their ranks, left wing Siraba Dembele (30.2/6851), similar to Buducnost, who bring left back Cristina Neagu (40.8/9273) to the MVM EHF FINAL4. However, the largest representation of all-stars plays for 2014 champions Györi Audi ETO KC, who bowed out at the quarter-finals. Their centre back Aniko Kovacsics (28.2/6406) received the most votes. The Hungarian international is joined by Norwegian line player Heidi Loke, who won her category in the most convincing fashion (57.9/13127), best defender Dorina Korsos (23/5223) and head coach Ambros Martin (32.1/7285).This season was the first time that the season’s best coach and best young player were added to the all-star team. This award went to HCM Baia Mare’s Eliza Iulia Buceschi (24.9/5664).The overviewBest left wing: Siraba Dembele (FRA) / WHC Vardar SCB – 30.2%Best left back: Cristina Neagu (ROU) / Buducnost – 40.8%Best line player: Heidi Loke (NOR) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 57.9%Best centre back: Aniko Kovacsics (HUN) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 28.2%Best right back: Nora Mörk (NOR) / Larvik – 30.9%Best right wing: Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren (NOR) / Larvik – 29.3%Best goalkeeper: Sandra Toft (DEN) / Larvik HK – 35.8%Best defender: Dorina Korsos (HUN) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 23%Best young player: Eliza Iulia Buceschi (ROU) / HCM Baia Mare – 24.9%Best coach: Ambros Martin (ESP) / Györi Audi ETO KC – 32.1%source: EHF
THE FIRST SURVEY on men’s attitudes towards domestic violence shows Irish men are less conscious of the prevalence of domestic abuse than Irish women.The new survey by SAFE Ireland shows that 52 per cent of men and 79 per cent of women perceive domestic violence as being common, occurring in 20 perceive or more households.Impact of violenceOne in ten men and one in four women perceive it as being very common. However over 45 per cent of men claim to be unaware of the impact of violence on women.Over 96 per cent of both men and women agree that men have a role to play in preventing violence.Men claim to be twice as likely than women to talk to a man to tell him to stop abusing, while women are more likely to provide information to a woman about a helpline or domestic violence service.The survey showed that men are also less likely to know a woman living in a violent situation. Just one in eight men say that they knew a woman experiencing violence while one in five women say that they know a survivor.Abusive relationshipOf those aware of a woman living in an abusive relationship, 36 per cent of men say that it is a friend or colleague and 25 per cent say that it is a neighbour. Just 3 per cent of men say that it is an immediate family member, such as a sister or mother and another 12 per cent of men say it is a close relation.Of the men surveyed, 94 per cent said that they would talk to their sons about domestic violence.Sharon O’Halloran, CEO of SAFE Ireland, said that the gap in awareness between men and women indicates that there is work to do to make violence against women an issue that men know about and talk about.“Men are essential allies in ending violence,” she said. O’Halloran said that domestic violence is not necessarily something that is “part of their consciousness, part of their world, something that they know about as much as women. As long as this gap in awareness and consciousness exists, the longer it will take us to end violence in the home”.The survey coincides with the launch of MAN UP – a campaign to highlight the crucial role that men play in ending violence.Read: Woman ‘forced to drop rape charges’ so she could stay in the country EXCLUSIVE>Read: Closure of women’s refuge would throw futures of families ‘into chaos’>
When Google first launched the Nexus One it was the first Android smartphone to ship with Froyo, so there’s been a lot of musing lately that when Google releases the Samsung built Nexus Two, it’ll launch Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Perhaps not though. According to a tweet from Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, who works on the leadership team of the Open Handset Alliance (a group which in and of itself represents 78 countries working on open source software and which launched Android), it’s not the Nexus Two that will get Gingerbread first… it’s the Nexus One.Says the tweet: “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days :-D” Interesting. Of course, Vasquez’s Tweet does not necessarily prevent Gingerbread from launching on the Nexus Two, provided Google outs that handset sometime before Gingerbread shoots down the OTA pipes for Nexus One owners.Either way, Gingerbread’s an exciting update to Android, in that it’ll be the first version of Android that has been built with tablets in mind. Still, we won’t see those gains on the Nexus One or Nexus Two, but rather devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Which raises one excellent question: when can we expect to see the Nexus Tab?Read more at Twitter [via Techcrunch]
Mark Zuckerberg : personnalité de l’année 2010Le Time Magazine vient de désigner le fondateur de Facebook comme l’homme de l’année 2010 pour être parvenu à mettre en relation sur Internet plus d’un demi-million de personnes, avoir cartographié leurs relations sociales et avoir créé un nouveau système d’échange d’informations. Surtout, Mark Zuckerberg a changé notre façon de vivre avec son réseau social.Est-il vraiment nécessaire de présenter Mark Zuckerberg, l’Américain de 26 ans qui a changé nos vies en créant Facebook en 2004 ? Déjà héros d’un film (The Social Network) consacré à l’histoire de son réseau social – qui réunirait aujourd’hui plus de 500 millions d’internautes du monde entier – l’ancien étudiant d’Harvard est aujourd’hui consacré par le Time, qui le considère comme LA personnalité de l’année 2010.Le magazine explique son choix : “Pour avoir connecté un demi-milliard de personnes et cartographié les relations entre elles et pour avoir créé un nouveau système pour échanger des informations” Mark Zuckerberg est indéniablement l’homme de l’année.À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesPourtant, l’Américain n’a pas que des admirateurs. Facebook, qui est désormais considéré comme un web dans le web et qui a radicalement bouleversé nos relations sociales, est régulièrement la cible des défenseurs de la vie privée. Quid de nos informations personnelles ? Des applications qui en demandent chaque jour l’accès ? Les annonceurs peuvent-ils également utiliser nos données une fois rendues publiques ? Ces questions se posent régulièrement et malgré les procès à répétition, difficile d’ébranler le réseau social toujours si populaire.Fort de ce succès, Mark Zuckerberg bat ainsi au classement du Time Julian Assange, le fondateur du site controversé WikiLeaks, ou encore le grand patron de la firme à la pomme, Steve Jobs, qui a pourtant séduit les foules avec son iPad cette année.Selon MacGeneration.com, Facebook pèserait autour de 34 milliards de dollars (25,5 milliards d’euros) et la fortune virtuelle de son fondateur est estimée à 6,9 milliards de dollars (5,1 milliards d’euros). Mark Zuckerberg est aujourd’hui un des plus jeunes milliardaires des Etats-Unis.Le 15 décembre 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Cancer du poumon : symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le cancer du poumon est l’un des cancers les plus fréquents et les plus meurtriers. On distingue deux types de cancer pulmonaire : le cancer du poumon à petites cellules et le cancer du poumon non à petites cellules. Quels sont leurs symptômes et quel est leur traitement ?Définition : qu’est ce que le cancer du poumon ?Afin de comprendre le cancer du poumon il faut d’abord connaitre l’appareil respiratoire. Les poumons reçoivent l’air grâce à la trachée qui se divise en deux bronches, une pour chaque poumon. Chacune d’elles se ramifie de plus en plus jusqu’à former les bronchioles, puis se terminent par une grappe de petits sacs, appelés alvéoles. Le rôle des alvéoles est de capter l’oxygène de l’air inspiré pour le renvoyer dans le sang, et de récupérer le gaz carbonique pour l’expulser des poumons au moment de l’expiration. Le cancer du poumon présente une menace d’autant plus forte qu’il peut facilement se propager du fait que tout le sang passe obligatoirement par les poumons pour être oxygéné, et que les poumons sont en contact étroit avec plusieurs vaisseaux sanguins et lymphatiques. On distingue deux types de cancers pulmonaires. Les cancers “à petites cellules” représentent 20% des cas. Il est probable qu’au moment du diagnostic le cancer se soit déjà dispersé ailleurs dans le corps. Sa croissance est rapide, et il est souvent impossible de le traiter au moyen d’une chirurgie. Pour ce genre de cancer, on privilégie la chimiothérapie et la radiothérapie.Le cancer du poumon “non à petites cellules” représente 80% des cas. Il se détecte et se traite plus facilement que le cancer à petites cellules. Son développement est aussi plus lent. Ce type de cancer comprend 3 sous groupes : l’adénocarcinome, le carcinome épidermoïde et le carcinome à grandes cellules indifférenciéesCauses : pourquoi le cancer du poumon ?Même si les causes exactes des cancers du poumon ne sont pas exactement connues, il existe certains facteurs propices à la maladie, parmi eux, le tabagisme qui est responsable à lui seul de 80% à 90% des cas de cancer du poumon. En effet, un fumeur présente un risque de cancer dix fois plus élevé qu’un non-fumeur. Le tabagisme passif augmente lui de 26% le risque de cancer.Autre facteur, les personnes exposées à des particules cancérigènes présentes dans l’air dans le cadre de leur profession, comme l’amiante, l’arsenic, le cadmium. Tous sont susceptibles de déclencher un cancer. C’est pourquoi les entreprises dans lesquelles ces produits sont utilisés se doivent de protéger leurs travailleurs. Enfin, d’autres maladies pulmonaires peuvent être facteurs de risques comme la broncho-pneumopathie obstructive, la silicose, ou encore la tuberculose.Symptômes du cancer du poumonLe cancer ne présente dans la plupart des cas aucun symptôme. Cette absence de symptômes s’explique par le fait que les poumons ne sont pas innervés, par conséquent les tumeurs ne sont ressenties que lorsqu’elles atteignent la plèvre ou appuient sur des organes voisins donnant alors des signes de compression. C’est d’ailleurs pourquoi les cancers sont souvent détectés tard.Il existe cependant des signaux d’alerte : – toux rebelle, qui s’intensifie ou ne disparaît pas – douleur constante au thorax s’accentuant lors de la toux ou d’une inspiration profonde- respiration sifflante- un essoufflement rapide- voix enrouée pendant presque un moisLe cancer se caractérise aussi par une fatigue, un amaigrissement, une fièvre prolongée, des maux de tête, des phlébites, des troubles nerveux avec confusion mentale, et d’autres.Traitement : comment soigner le cancer du poumon ?Dans le doute d’un cancer du poumon, le médecin fera passer au patient une radiographie des poumons. Elle permet de visualiser les lésions tumorales présentes dans les poumons, mais ne permet pas de déterminer la nature de la tumeur (bénigne ou maligne). La radiographie ne permet pas non plus de distinguer toutes les tumeurs, et notamment les plus petites, c’est pourquoi les médecins réalisent généralement un scanner thoracique dans la foulée.Même s’il existe des traitements, le cancer du poumon est l’un des plus meurtriers. Chez les personnes atteintes de cancer, le taux de survie, 5 ans après le diagnostic, est de 17% chez les femmes et 14% chez les hommes. Et même si les patients répondent bien au traitement au début, il arrive fréquemment qu’ils rechutent dans les mois ou les années qui suivent.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosIl existe aujourd’hui trois traitements pour le cancer du poumon : la chirurgie, la radiothérapie et la chimiothérapie. Ils peuvent être prescrits seuls ou associés selon la grande diversité des cas. Lorsque la tumeur est localisée et peut être retirée de façon sure, la chirurgie peut être employée. Elle consiste, lorsqu’elle est possible, à enlever soit un lobe du poumon, soit le poumon dans sa totalité, selon la taille, la localisation et l’avancée de la tumeur. (A savoir que nous possédons deux poumons, le gauche étant constitué de deux lobes, le droit de trois). L’hospitalisation ne nécessite que quelques jours mais la récupération peut, elle, prendre plusieurs mois.Chez les personnes dont le diagnostic de cancer est à un stade avancé, il est souvent trop tard pour employer la chirurgie, la tumeur n’était plus localisée mais disséminée. Le médecin propose alors la chimiothérapie et/ou la radiothérapie afin de ralentir la croissance de(s) la tumeur(s). Si ces traitements peuvent rallonger l’espérance de vie, ils causent des effets indésirables.Le 23 décembre 2015 à 14:43 • Maxime Lambert
Planning on building a house in California in the near future? You may need to bump your construction budget ever-so-slightly. The state is going to require solar panels to be installed on new homes.On Wednesday the California Energy Commission passed a new rule that will go into effect on New Year’s Day 2020. From that day forward you’ll need to integrate solar into your build — except in certain cases, that is.The rule does allow homeowners to apply for exemptions or propose alternatives. If your roof is under a certain size, for example, you can apply. The same goes for homes being built in heavily-shaded spots and multi-unit dwellings that are more than three stories tall.According to the Commission’s estimates, it’s going to reduce grid-supplied electricity usage by a whopping 653 gigawatt-hours. Their report also estimates a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of about 700,000 metric tons over the course of three years.Naturally, the decreased environmental impact does result in a bigger hit on homebuyers’ bank accounts. The CEC estimates that the required solar systems will add around $10,500 to the cost of a new home.According to the San Diego Tribune, solar contractors in the area say that’s a little on the low side. They put the figure closer to the $20,000 mark. That could add around $100 per month to buyers’ mortgage payments.Consumers will recoup some of that money through reduced energy consumption of course. The CEC says that solar-equipped houses will save about $80 a month on the utility bills.California has already done pretty well in terms of solar adoption. Of the roughly 80,000 new homes that go up each year almost 20% have been equipped with PV panels. That’s by far the highest percentage of any U.S. state.California’s 13,000-plus Megawatts of solar capacity is more than six times that of Arizona, which sits in a very distant second place. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
WASHINGTON — A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, resulting from abundant global oil supplies, and cheaper gasoline at the pump raise critical questions about whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline is still needed or even makes financial sense.Oil prices always have been volatile, and both the pipeline company and the oil refiners and producers that would use the pipeline expect prices to rise and plunge throughout the project’s life.When Keystone XL was first proposed in the fall of 2008, for example, oil was in the midst of an even bigger plunge, from nearly $150 a barrel to below $35, and the global economy was collapsing into recession.Opponents will use lower prices to argue that the pipeline now could pose a greater threat to the environment than originally thought.Higher prices assumedLow oil prices could make the pipeline more important to the development of new oil sands projects in Canada than anticipated by the State Department, which is conducting the environmental review, and therefore is more likely to increase emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming.The review found the pipeline was not likely to exacerbate global warming, but it based that conclusion on higher oil prices.At such prices, producers can afford the higher cost of transporting oil by rail or other means and still make a profit.At low oil prices, they might decide only to expand drilling if they have an inexpensive way of getting the oil to market.The price of oil closed at $48 a barrel on Friday.Proponents say that during periods of low oil prices, the pipeline is more important because oil companies would otherwise have less incentive to deliver what they say is important oil from a reliable source to U.S. refiners on the Gulf Coast.
A federal judge has dismissed the state’s lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year.U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason called case moot.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restricted access to refuges nationwide during the 16-day shutdown last October. The state sued as Congress was poised to pass legislation to end the shutdown.The lawsuit was later amended to add the Alaska Professional Hunters Association as plaintiffs.The lawsuit claimed the closure violated provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and asked Gleason to block future closures that don’t comply with the law.Gleason said the feds’ response to a future shutdown may be different.A Department of Law spokeswoman said the state was evaluating a possible appeal.
Chitina dip netters are now able to harvest a king salmon. The usual allowance in the popular Copper River personal use fishery is back after being rescinded this spring out of concern about a weak king run. With the commercial and subsistence harvests indicating a better than anticipated return, fishing restrictions have been pulled back. State area management biologist Mark Somerville said that was extended to the personal use dipnet fishery at Chitina as of Monday the 19th.Listen now”So we’re back to the standard regulations for the personal use fishery where your bag limit may include a single king salmon for the entire season,” Somerville said.Somerville said upriver sport fish harvest of king salmon from Copper River and its tributaries could be further liberalized, depending on upriver counts. Sport fishers are currently allowed to take two king salmon annually from two different locations in the Copper River system.”14,000 king salmon taken in the commercial fishery and we anticipate 5,000 to 6,000 king salmon taken in the Upper River fisheries combined,” Somervillw said. “And that’ll still leave us enough fish to meet our escapement goal of 24,000.”Meanwhile, Somerville said the Copper River’s more abundant sockeye run is shaping up to come in right around preseason forecast of 1.8 million fish, a slightly below average return.
Explore further Citation: Communication channel between cells and machines paves way toward bio-hybrid robots (2012, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-channel-cells-machines-paves-bio-hybrid.html More information: Orr Yarkoni, Lynn Donlon, and Daniel Frankel. “Creating a bio-hybrid signal transduction pathway: opening a new channel of communication between cells and machines.” Bioinspir. Biomim. 7 (2012) 046017 (7pp). DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/046017 Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Several proteins naturally produce nitric oxide in response to a chemical stimulus, but the researchers wanted to produce nitric oxide in larger amounts and in response to an optical stimulus. To achieve this, the researchers explained how they were able to “hijack” the protein’s electron transfer pathway by severing a particular gene coding for a binding site required by the native pathway. In addition to removing that binding site, the researchers inserted amino acid structures called light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domains into one or two regions in the protein. Since these structures are capable of accepting an electron from an incoming photon, they make the protein produce nitric oxide in response to light.In experiments, the researchers observed that mutant cells that were modified with LOV domains produced more nitric oxide than the wildtype cells when exposed to light. Increasing the light stimulus further increased the mutant cells’ nitric oxide production, while the wildtype cells exhibited limited photosensitivity. The researchers also found that mutant cells with two LOV domains produced about twice as much nitric oxide as those with only one LOV domain. When coupled to an electrode, the mutant cells could produce sufficient nitric oxide to cause a change in the electrode’s current. By changing the light intensity, the researchers could control the communication signals traveling through this optical-chemical-electrical cascade. Unlike typical solid-state photodetectors, these devices have the ability to self-reproduce and the potential to combine input signals to perform computation. These advantages could be turned into useful applications in a future generation of advanced robots. “This work is part of a bigger project to build a swimming bio-hybrid robot called ‘Cyberplasm,'” Frankel said. “These cells are the ‘eyes’ of the robot able to respond to light and tell the robot to alter its swimming pattern in response. The complete robot is still in development, but we are working on the individual parts. Potential applications are robots that can swim into contaminated areas, detect chemicals and report back.”Co-investigators of the Cyberplasm project are Joseph Ayers at Northeastern University in Boston, Chris Voigt at MIT, and Vlad Parpura at the University of Alabama.The next step for the researchers is to produce cells that can communicate with electronics in response to chemical stimuli, and in addition communicate with each other. One of the major challenges in developing bio-hybrid robots consists of creating an interface to allow communication between the biological and electronic components. This task is inherently difficult because the vast majority of cellular signals are simply not compatible with electronics. Most cellular processes use signals that travel too slowly to interface with electrical signals, and exposure to electrical charges has negative effects on many cells, which can lead to cell death. Despite these challenges, a team of researchers, Orr Yarkoni, Lynn Donlon, and Daniel Frankel from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University in the UK, has developed a way to make communication between these two domains possible. In their study, the researchers genetically engineered protein cells from a Chinese hamster ovary to produce nitric oxide in response to visible light. When the mutant cells were coupled to a platinum electrode, the resulting device could convert an incoming optical signal to a chemical signal, which could then be converted into an electrical signal. This signal transduction pathway provides an important step in developing future bio-hybrid robots.”The bio-electronic interface is notoriously difficult to manipulate,” Frankel told Phys.org. “Usually the electronics are modified to fit the biological system of interest with limited success. This is the first time that we have tried an alternative approach, to modify the biology (via genetic engineering) to fit the electronics.”One of the keys to opening a communication channel was identifying nitric oxide as a suitable chemical compound for the middle signal in the pathway. As the researchers explained, nitric oxide is one of the few compounds that meets all the requirements for this role: it can permeate cells, is highly diffusible, has a relatively short half-life, and is one of the rare cell signaling molecules that remains in its gaseous form in any cell environment. As an indication of its aptitude for signaling, nitric oxide is widely used in nature, playing a role in areas such as muscle relaxation, blood vessel widening (vasodilation), inadequate blood flow (ischaemia), penile erection, and stroke. Illustration of the experimental setup used to investigate the production of nitric oxide by genetically modified protein cells in response to light. Image credit: Yarkoni, et al. ©2012 IOP Publishing Ltd Nitric oxide shown to cause colon cancer (Phys.org)—While some advanced humanoid robots already look eerily lifelike, robots in the future may actually become partly alive. Currently, researchers are working on integrating living cells and other biological components with electronic components in an attempt to create bio-hybrid robots. These robots could act autonomously, imitate some animal behaviors, and have the ability to self-replicate some of their parts. 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.
As part of South Korea-India cultural exchange, an exhibition marking 100 years of the first display of Korean anti-colonial resistance will open in Delhi, and a show on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March will travel to a South Korean museum next year. The exhibition ‘100th Anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement: One Shiny Day’, commemorating the spirit of the March 1st Movement – pioneering display of anti-colonial sentiment against its coloniser Japan – will open at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) on August 14, and will continue till September 29. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe art show will be inaugurated by Prahlad Singh Patel (Union Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Government of India on August 14. Notably, the entire Korean Peninsula was under Japanese occupation for 35 years from 1910-1945 and the Korean War (1950-53) separated it into North and South. On March 1, 1919, the movement was joined by people from different walks of life regardless of their region, status and wealth, hinting at the people’s will for independence at home and abroad. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe upcoming show will display art inspired by the North-South divide, the Korean War refugees, downfall of Korean imperialists, and the first freedom struggle and people’s solidarity. “The exhibition will display the artworks of 12 artists teams: KWON Hayoun, KIM BoMin, KIM Woojo, BAE Sungmi, SHON Sunghyun, AHN Eun-me, AHN Changhong, LEE Sanghyun, LEE Woosung, JEONG Jae-wan and JO Dongwhan + JO Haejun,” the Korean Cultural Centre India said in a statement to IANS. The exhibition will also celebrate 15th August, which is the Independence Day of both India and Korea – North and South. “The exhibition presents the underlying theme of the sorrow and restoration of South Korea that has similar modern history to India. I hope the artworks promote mutual understanding and shared values of both people of India and Korea,” Shin Bong-kil, South Korea’s Ambassador to India, said. To deepen the Korea-India friendship through shared culture, NGMA’s in-house curated exhibition on Gandhi’s ‘Salt March’ in Dandi, will open next year at Daegu Art Museum in Daegu, South Korea. The show of sculptures, paintings, sketches and art installations, will signify the non-violent independence movements of both Indian and Korean people.
Not a founding father nor a figure in living memory, 8th president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, is understandably an unknown figure in American politics. Like any other president, however, he has a claim to fame through several unique and defining elements. Here are eight facts about the 8th president that you may not have known. The first American president to be born in the United States of AmericaImperial print of Martin Van Buren, salted paper print from glass negative.You may not have ever taken the time to think about it, but the first seven presidents of the United States of America were not born in the country. This is more of a technicality, as they were born on the continent, but they were all born to British families in British colonies of Massachusetts or Virginia.Marten Van Buren was born after the revolution, making him American by American laws. Born in Kinderhook, the first true American president was a New Yorker!English was his second languageRecord of the Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Church; Maarten Van Buren baptism December 15, 1782Kinderhook, originally “Kinderhoek,” means “children’s corner” in Dutch. This New York town got its name from the famous explorer Henry Hudson who’d seen Native American children playing there.By 1640, the Dutch began to settle the area. About 150 years later, a Dutch tavern keeper and his wife had a son. Growing up in such a community, Martin Van Buren’s first language was, understandably, Dutch. He is the first and still only American president to speak English as a second language.Boasted an impressive résuméMartin Van BurenHis father having played a roll (on the side of the revolutionaries, of course) in the Revolutionary War, politics was in the family. After receiving his basic education, Van Buren became a lawyer’s apprentice, opening his own practice in 1803.Throughout his life, he would go on to become Attorney General, Senator, then Governor of New York, rising to the federal level as Secretary of State, Ambassador to Great Britain, Vice President of the United States, and eventually President.Played an active role in the Trail of TearsA Trail of Tears map of Southern Illinois from the USDA – U.S. Forest ServiceYour American education probably taught the Trail of Tears as a horrible period of history due to Andrew Jackson’s politics when he was in office. The effects and much of the action did, however, succeed him. Van Buren was Jackson’s Vice President, and the latter “hand-picked” the former to become President after him.This explains why Van Buren carried on Jackson’s displacement of Native tribes. The Cherokees and Potawatomi were forced into camps, subjected to very rough conditions like heat and drought, before being forced westward, away from their homes.Elizabeth “Betsy” Brown Stephens (1903), a Cherokee Indian who walked the Trail of Tears in 1838In Florida, the Seminoles refused to be relocated and put up a fight, culminating in the Battle of Lake Okeechobee. The U.S. government admitted peace to avoid more battles, letting the Seminoles stay put for the time being. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t last. Created an independent U.S. TreasuryGubernatorial portrait of Martin Van Buren by Daniel Huntington in The Civil WarIn an attempt to counteract the impending failure of banks, politicians proposed reviving the national bank. Refusing to reinstate a federal power, Van Buren instead came up with the idea of an independent U.S. treasury.Related Video: Rare footage of civil war veterans doing the Rebel Yell:The idea was to convert all of the country’s assets into gold or silver, protecting government funds, separating them from private banks, and avoiding inflation. A couple years later this system was abolished, but the treasury was reinstated in 1846 and in use until the 1913 Federal Reserve Act was passed.Avoided a second war with BritainDaguerreotype of Martin Van Buren, c. 1855What would have happened if a second war with Great Britain broke out a mere 54 years after the Revolutionary War? Luckily, President Van Buren avoided finding out. In 1837, some unruly British citizens living in present-day Quebec and Ontario crossed the border into New York and attempted to set up the Republic of Canada. British troops were sent in to stop the rebellion and one U.S. citizen was killed in the altercation.Americans cried out for retaliation, some going so far as to form rogue revenge groups. Van Buren sent a peace brigade to the border to diffuse the situation, however, and declared neutrality through Congress. He hoped to set a future precedent against American involvement in foreign conflict.Co-founder of the Free Soil Party1848 political caricature which savagely satirizes the fact that though the presidential nominee of the newly-formed Free Soil Party, Martin Van Buren, was not himself an abolitionist, he was receiving the support of many abolitionists who had formerly been involved with the Liberty Party.Despite his role in Native American policy, Van Buren was surprisingly against slavery. Though he originally supported a bipartisan system of government, in 1848 (seven years after his single term presidency and two failed reelection attempts later) he formed the Free Soil Party with other politicians whose singular goal was the opposition of the expansion of slavery westward. The party also worked to alleviate restrictions on already freed slaves in the north.Martin Van BurenCritics at the time blamed the Free Soil Party for having no moral interest in abolition, but rather self-serving interest in the protection of white workers. Regardless, the party helped bring a political spotlight to rising tensions among Americans over the issue of slavery, priming the pre-Civil War atmosphere. It brought the country into a financial recession to rival the Great Depression.Read another story from us: Jimmy Carter Reported a UFO Sighting Before Becoming PresidentAmerica was not always a rich country, something Van Buren proved by his Financial Panic of 1836. The primary cause was the decentralization of the federal Bank of the United States by Jackson. Van Buren carried on Jackson’s policies, supporting states’ rights. The beginning of Van Buren’s presidency saw a collapse of state banks who couldn’t keep up, resulting in failed businesses, high unemployment, and almost seven years’ depression — arguably the worst in national history.