A Bharatiya Janata Party MP has joined the chorus for death sentence to rapists “even if he is one of ours” as more cases of sexual assault were reported across Assam and Meghalaya.“The guilty should be publicly hanged or shot dead. There should be no leniency with rapists, juvenile or adult. Even if the guilty is found to be a BJP member, he should be executed publicly,” R.P. Sharma, Lok Sabha member representing Tezpur parliamentary constituency, said on Thursday.Mr. Sharma, a lawyer by profession, has often embarrassed the BJP with his outspokenness. In October last year, he had accused some ministers of denting the party image by taking bribes and 10% commission for various work.The MP’s outburst followed the arrest of a 60-year-old man in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills district for raping his seven-year-old granddaughter. The accused, Deny Marak of Kharkutta area, had reportedly committed the crime on April 10 and used threats to silence the child.On Wednesday, the police in western Assam’s Dhubri town arrested one Nurjamal Haque for sexually assaulting a teenage girl while she was alone in a house where works as a maid.In the last 24 hours, the police in Guwahati arrested two men for sexually exploiting girls through blackmailing. Cases had been registered against the two in the city’s Chandmari Police Station.While one of the accused, Anjan Kalita, had been blackmailing a girl in the city’s Gandhibasti area, the other – a security guard named Rabindra Phukan – had been exploiting a resident of an apartment in Chenikuthi area.
Robin Uthappa, who hit a 39-ball 68 to help Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs on Saturday, said the team now wants him to bat at No.3. (Scorecard)After a shaky start being put in to bat by visiting captain David Warner, Uthappa stemmed the rot with a brilliant 68 to help KKR post 172/6. Sunrisers Hyderabad could reach 155/6 in their allotted 20 overs with Kolkata bowlers putting on a commendable performance.”The team requires me to bat at No 3. I have taken that challenge on. It’s a very important position as well. It’s an important wicket and we need someone who is experienced and can handle that pressure to make sure that you don’t lose another wicket immediately,” Uthappa, who usually opens the batting for the men in purple, told reporters at the end of the match. Uthappa was adjudged the man-of-the-match. (KKR vs SRH: Highlights)”I wouldn’t say that the experiment is not working, because it’s just one game,” the Karnataka batsman said of opener Sunil Narine who failed on Saturday managing just six.”He is hitting the ball really well. I think it’s important for us to back him. If we don’t back players in this tournament, they trend to breed insecurity and we will back Sunil all the way. He is going to repay that faith.” (Robin Uthappa, spinners star as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to go on top)KKR were always in control of the game, Uthappa said.”At no point, we were out of the game. They never had the upper hand. We kept the momentum really well and after not getting wickets in the first six overs I thought we did really well to keep the momentum,” he pointed out. (Kolkata Knight Riders can take a lot of confidence especially after this win: Gautam Gambhir)advertisementAsked if KKR were a few runs short, Uthappa said: “We did end up with a little less than we intended to. But credit should be given to the bowlers for the way they bowled. Bhuvi bowled really well at the death and he is an extremely good death bowler. We did out best and had faith in our bowlers.”
Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has revealed that MS Dhoni had told him to avoid reading newspapers and stay away from social media after the Mumbai batsman was named in the Indian team.Iyer got his first real chance to meet Dhoni in the Indian dressing room when he was picked in the team for the Twenty20 International series against New Zealand last year. Iyer also made his India debut in that series.Speaking at the season one finale of ‘Open House with Renil’ talk-show on Zoom, Iyer talked about the advices he has received from his dear ones after entering the media frenzy world of cricket, according to a release on Saturday.”After I joined the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni advised me that I need to avoid reading the newspapers and should try to stay away from social media as much as possible,” the 23-year-old right-hander from Mumbai said.”Social media has become a big part of our lives and I try to manage it well but it’s the criticism that motivates me and keeps me going.”Iyer during the Indian Premier League this season was named the captain of Delhi Daredevils after Gautam Gambhir stepped down from his post following a series of poor results.Also Read – Unreal standing beside MS Dhoni at toss: Shreyas IyerIyer relished the opportunity of leading Delhi Daredevils as it allowed one of his dreams to come true — standing besides Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, at the toss.Iyer posted a photo of him standing with Dhoni at the coin toss during Delhi’s away match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune and said: “I was just 10 years old when Mahi bhai made his debut for Team India. Have always looked up to him as a leader and as a player. Standing beside him for the toss the other night in Pune was unreal. Tonight is another such night. Wish us the best and come support us at Kotla.”advertisementAdding further on how he handled the attention he receives from his fans, Shreyas recalled how a girl’s behaviour, whom he knew from before, changed after the news on him being picked in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was out.He shared: “Soon after the auction news was out, this girl whom I knew started messaging me. On confronting her as to why she is desperately trying to reach out, I got to know that she was doing so because she was happy for me.”That’s when I understood that rather than getting to know me, she was behind the money.”(With inputs from IANS)
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Nota : Une liste des membres du groupe de travail sur la consommation d’alcool des Services de traitement et de prévention des dépendances du ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé figure à la fin du présent communiqué. La Nouvelle-Écosse a lancé la première stratégie provinciale sur la consommation d’alcool au Canada, aujourd’hui 29 août. L’objectif de la stratégie est d’appuyer un changement culturel qui incitera les Néo-Écossais qui choisissent de consommer de l’alcool à le faire sans se nuire et sans nuire à leur famille ou à leur communauté. La stratégie, qui s’intitule « Changing the Culture of Alcohol Use in Nova Scotia », ouvre la voie au renforcement des programmes de prévention d’intervention précoce et de traitement, permet de développer le soutien communautaire, et offre une direction pour l’élaboration de politiques publiques saines et d’initiatives de recherche. « Les recherches indiquent qu’un Néo-Écossais sur cinq qui consomme de l’alcool le fait d’une façon qui a une incidence négative sur sa santé et son bien-être, » a dit Barry Barnet, ministre de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé. « En procédant au lancement de cette stratégie, nous avons adopté une approche responsable et basée sur les faits pour aborder cette importante question de santé publique. » On estime que la consommation nocive d’alcool coûte à la province 419 millions de dollars par année en frais liés à la santé, à la société et à l’économie. De plus, la consommation nocive d’alcool est la cause d’un nombre annuel moyen de 3 100 admissions à l’hôpital, de 42 000 journées passées à l’hôpital et de 230 décès. « L’alcool est la drogue la plus souvent consommée de façon excessive dans nos communautés, » a dit John Malcom, directeur général de la régie régionale de la santé Cape Breton. « Les signes d’une consommation de plus en plus importante d’alcool sont clairs et alarmants, particulièrement lorsque nous constatons que le niveau de consommation excessive d’alcool chez les adolescents est accepté comme un comportement normal. » « Il n’est pas normal que des adolescents consomment de l’alcool de façon excessive au point où leur santé et leur sécurité est en danger ou au point où ils contreviennent à la loi. Une communauté saine ne peut pas accepter ce type de comportement comme un comportement normal. » La stratégie a été élaborée par le groupe de travail sur la consommation d’alcool des Services de traitement et de prévention des dépendances du ministère de la Promotion et de la Protection de la santé, formé d’experts qui voient directement les conséquences de la consommation nocive d’alcool. Le groupe de travail était présidé par Todd Leader, directeur de district, Services de traitement et de prévention des dépendances, régie régionale de la santé South Shore. « La consommation d’alcool est une question de santé publique et une question de prévention des maladies chroniques. Le groupe de travail souhaite remercier la province de s’être engagée à adopter une approche basée sur les faits pour élaborer une politique sur la consommation saine d’alcool, » a dit M. Leader. « Le lancement de cette stratégie est une indication que la promotion et la protection de la santé en Nouvelle-Écosse sont des priorités pour la province. » La stratégie intégrale et le document de réponse du gouvernement peuvent être consultés sur le site Web www.gov.ns.ca/hpp
The public has more time to provide input on increasing effectiveness of school boards. Education Minister Karen Casey today, Aug. 19, extended the deadline for consultation on proposed legislative changes outlined in a government discussion paper, Increasing the Effectiveness of School Board Governance in Nova Scotia. Submissions will now be accepted until Sept. 2. The consultation, announced July 31, had been originally set to conclude at the end of this week. “It is very important that we ensure the public has a reasonable amount of time to provide input on our proposed changes to school board governance,” said Ms. Casey. “Because of vacations and summer schedules, we decided our deadline may be difficult for some groups and individuals to meet.” The minister said the new deadline will strike the appropriate balance between providing sufficient time for public comment and ensuring Nova Scotians and potential candidates know what changes to expect on the issue of school board governance before nominations close on Sept. 9. “I think it is important that all potential school board candidates be fully informed about our proposed changes before they make the decision to run for election,” Ms. Casey said. Feedback received from the public and education partners will be used to prepare new legislation, which will be introduced in the fall sitting of the legislature. The Department of Education discussion paper proposes giving elected boards a broader range of disciplinary measures against disorderly members, while ensuring any board member who has been disciplined has access to a fair and transparent appeal process. The proposed changes will also set out clear guidelines and expectations for all elected members and board meetings. The discussion document is available on line at the www.ednet.ns.ca . Comments can be submitted by e-mailing email@example.com , writing School Board Governance Effective Governance Review, Department of Education, Corporate Policy Branch, P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9, or by faxing 902-424-0519.
Chant’s Funeral Homes in Sydney has had its licence to sell pre-arranged funeral plans suspended for six months and the ability to sell trust-funded, pre-arranged funeral plans permanently revoked. After receiving a complaint, Service Nova Scotia conducted a thorough inspection of the funeral home. The inspection uncovered that in at least one instance, the funeral home received money for a pre-arranged funeral and did not place that money in trust. Licensed sellers of pre-arranged funeral plans are required to ensure that all money received for a trust-funded, pre-arranged funeral be placed in trust in the name of the purchaser. A hearing was held on May 22. “Nova Scotians are expecting those funds to be there at their time of need, and not placing funds in trust can put their investment at risk,” said Rodger Gregg, registrar of Cemetery and Funeral Services. “These actions place consumers at risk and can lower public confidence in the funeral profession.” The six-month licence suspension will begin on July 1 and the revocation of the ability to sell trust-funded, pre-arranged funeral plans is effective immediately. Nova Scotians who have a pre-arranged funeral plan with Chant’s Funeral Homes are encouraged to contact the department at 902-424-5819 to check on the status of their plan. Service Nova Scotia is responsible for licensing funeral homes and crematoriums that sell pre-arranged funeral plans under the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act. To view the registrar’s full decision, visit novascotia.ca/sns/access/individuals/consumer-awareness/cemetery-and-funeral-services-enforcement-activity.asp .
HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Liberals say they have dropped a candidate after he allegedly made inappropriate social media commentary.A news release from campaign chair Chris MacInnes said the “highly inappropriate” comments from Pictou East candidate Matthew MacKnight were brought to his attention Monday.MacInnes does not say what the comments were, but said they were unacceptable and run contrary to the values of the party.He said after a thorough review, the party decided MacKnight could no longer stand as a Liberal candidate.MacInnes said he informed MacKnight of the decision Monday afternoon.A tweet from Global News reporter Steve Silva on Monday evening said he asked the Liberal party about a tweet from MacKnight’s account, and hours later the candidate was ousted.He linked to a photo of the alleged tweet, which had MacKnight purportedly calling someone an expletive and using the hashtags #downsyndrome and #stupidcustomers on May 28, 2013. The context of the tweet was not clear.MacKnight was not immediately available for comment.Last week, Premier Stephen McNeil defended his decision to reinstate his communications director who pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in 2014.McNeil said Kyley Harris deserved “a second chance” after being handed a conditional discharge for striking a woman in the face during a domestic argument on May 9, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO – MoviePass, a startup that lets customers watch a movie a day at theatres for just $10 a month, is limiting new customers to just four movies a month.The move comes as the sustainability of MoviePass’ business model comes into question. Because MoviePass is paying most theatres the full price of the ticket, the service loses money with just one or two movies in a month. The average ticket price in the U.S. is about $9, though $15 and up is common in big cities.MoviePass regularly changes its promotions and rates, and it’s not clear whether the one-movie-a-day deal will return. It appears customers who have already paid under the old plans aren’t affected, but it’s not known whether they would be able to renew under the more generous terms. MoviePass would say only that it is “continually testing various promotions.”The service’s movie-a-day deal was popular among moviegoers, many of whom were seeing more movies at theatres than they normally would have. Without MoviePass, going to the movies was worth it only a few times a year for many people. Ticket prices keep rising, and moviegoers have plenty of cheaper alternatives, including Netflix.But the service also has struck a nerve with the movie industry. Adam Aron, CEO of the giant theatre chain AMC, has called MoviePass’ price “unsustainable.” AMC initially threatened legal action, but seems to have backed off.MoviePass wants to work out ticket discounts and revenue-sharing deals with theatres on the premise that it’s driving more people to theatres. The company is also eyeing a share of concession sales, saying moviegoers are more willing to buy popcorn and soda when scoring a “free” movie. But theatres have balked at offering MoviePass anything.MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, has warned in a financial report that MoviePass’ future is in “substantial doubt” because it “has incurred losses since its inception and has a present need for additional funding.”MoviePass now has more than two million subscribers, up from 20,000 when MoviePass slashed prices to $10 a month in August.
Houston: Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to uncover two more hidden planets in the data collected by the Kepler space telescope. The technique shows promise for identifying many additional planets that traditional methods could not catch. Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin in the US created an algorithm that sifts through the data taken by Kepler to ferret out signals that were missed by traditional planet-hunting methods. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The process, described in the The Astronomical Journal, should help astronomers find many more missed planets hiding in Kepler data. “K2 data is more challenging to work with because the spacecraft is moving around all the time,” said Andrew Vanderburg, from UT Austin. This change came about after a mechanical failure. While mission planners found a workaround, the spacecraft was left with a wobble that AI had to take into account. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The Kepler and K2 missions have already discovered thousands of planets around other stars, with an equal number of candidates awaiting confirmation. The two planets are both very typical of planets found in K2, researchers said. “They’re really close in to their host star, they have short orbital periods, and they’re hot. They are slightly larger than Earth,” said Anne Dattilo, who led the study. Of the two planets, one is called K2-293b and orbits a star 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. The other, K2-294b, orbits a star 1,230 light-years away, also located in Aquarius. Once the team used their algorithm to find these planets, they followed up by studying the host stars using ground-based telescopes to confirm that the planets are real. These observations were done with the 1.5-metre telescope at the Smithsonian Institution’s Whipple Observatory in Arizona and the Gillett Telescope at Gemini Observatory in Hawaii. The future of the AI concept for finding planets hidden in data sets looks bright. The current algorithm can be used to probe the entire K2 data set, Dattilo said — approximately 300,000 stars. The method couls also be applied to Kepler’s successor planet-hunting mission, TESS, which launched in April 2018. Kepler’s mission ended later that year.
Mumbai: Englishman Jos Buttler laid the platform with a rampaging 89 while Shreyas Gopal held his nerve at the death to power Rajasthan Royals to a four-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter here Saturday. This was Royals’ second victory of the season in seven games after losing a last ball thriller to CSK less than 48 hours back. Put into bat, Mumbai Indians rode on a aggressive 81 by South African Quinton De Kock to post an imposing 187/5, but Buttler’s 43-ball knock studded with eight fours and seven sixes set the tone before Royals survived a scare to finish the game in 19.3 overs. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe match was a forgettable one for young West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph (0/53 in 3 overs), who was hammered for eight fours and three sixes and then was injured trying to save a boundary. The 13th over changed the game’s complexion as Buttler smashed two sixes and four fours off Joseph to bring down the equation to a manageable run-a-ball. Buttler first conjured a 60-run opening stand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane (37 off 21 balls, 6x 4; 1×6) to lay the foundation and then added 87 runs for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (31 off 26 balls; 2×4, 1×6). Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterButtler initially played second fiddle to Rahane but then upped his ante once skipper was gone. The Englishman in the eighth over, hit Rahul Chahar for a six, and then in next over, smashed two sixes off Krunal Pandya as he raced to 50 off 29 balls. When Buttler departed in the 14th over, Rajasthan needed 41 runs. But then came the twist in the tale when Mumbai did make a comeback of sorts sending four batsman — Samson, Rahul Tripathi (1), Steve Smith (12 ) and Liam Livingstone (1) — back to the pavilion as Rajasthan slumped to 174.6 from 147/2. However, Shreyas Gopal (13 not out) and K Gowtham (0 not out) held their nerves to take the side home in a tense situation. Gopal hit the winning boundary off Hardik Pandya as celebrations erupted in the Rajasthan camp. Joseph was the costliest bowler having conceded 53 runs in three overs. Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a belligerent 81 as he powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 187 for 5 against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League game here Saturday. South African De Kock was the wrecker-in-chief as he hammered six fours and four sixes in his 52-ball knock and got able support from skipper Rohit Sharma (47 off 32 balls), who made a comeback after missing out the last Mumbai game due to a leg injury. A late cameo from Hardik Pandya (28 off 11 balls), in which smashed three sixes and one fours ensured Mumbai neared the 190-run mark. Earlier, Rohit and De Kock took the opposition attack to the cleaners as the two added 96 for the first wicket. They started the onslaught in the third over amassing 18 runs with the South African hitting a six and four off Krishnappa Gowtham. Then Rohit ripped apart pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, striking three fours, including a splendid cover drive, as Mumbai gathered 14 runs from it. De Kock kept playing shots at will even as Mumbai reached 57/0 after Powerplay period. Then De Kock dispatched spinner Liam Livingstone for two sixes over deep mid-wicket as runs came thick and fast. He raced to his fifty in 34 balls. Rohit, who struck six fours and a lone six, threw his wicket away giving a sitter to Jos Buttler off Jofra Archer. And then Rajasthan made a good comeback removing Surya Kumar Yadav (16) and Kieron Pollard (6) to reduce the hosts to 136/3. Rajasthan bowlers made a splendid comeback as they removed De Kock and Ishan Kishan before the Hardik show. Meanwhile, it was Rohit’s 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians (including the now defunct Champions League T20 games) and it was Mumbai’s overall 200th match.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed deep concern today at new death penalty legislation authorized by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, contravening an international treaty on civil and political rights. The Committee – in charge of monitoring compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – observed that Liberia is party to the Second Optional Protocol to that pact aimed at the abolition of the death penalty. “The Act signed by the President of Liberia on 22 July 2008 therefore constitutes a clear breach by Liberia of its international legal obligations under the Second Optional Protocol,” the Committee stated in a press release. The new law in Liberia provides that “in the event death occurs during the commission of a crime of armed robbery, terrorism or hijacking, the accused … shall be sentenced to death by hanging or imprisonment for life without possible parole.” The Committee pointed out that as a signatory to the ICCPR’s Second Optional Protocol since 2005, Liberia has committed to ensuring that, as the pact states, “no one within (its) jurisdiction (…) shall be executed.” Further, the Protocol notes that States party to it should also “take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within (their) jurisdiction.” The rights body “urges Liberia to revisit the Act for possible amendment as soon as possible and encourages it, in the meantime, to maintain the moratorium in place since 1979.” 26 August 2008The United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed deep concern today at new death penalty legislation authorized by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, contravening an international treaty on civil and political rights.
The British government is concerned about reports of torture taking place in Sri Lanka and supports action by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a British official said today.British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, in a chat on twitter on Sri Lanka, said that there are also concerns of intimidation taking place in the country. Burt reiterated that Britain has not yet decided on its level of representation at the Commonwealth summit in Colombo in November.However he noted that the Commonwealth had already collectively decided on Colombo as the venue for the 2013 summit. “The war ended in 2009 but the route of conflict as set out by LLRC still needs to be addressed…..Still believe that although progress been made, much remains to be done. Hope SL gov will work constructively,”the British Minister said in two separate tweets. Burt noted that a political settlement must be home grown and urged both the Tamil National Alliance and the government to resume discussions. (Colombo Gazette) He said Britain looks towards Sri Lanka to uphold the Commonwealth values while undertaking the reconciliation process.The Minister also stressed that the role of the LTTE in the conflict must not be “minimized” and welcomed the government’s time based action plan to address human rights issues.“Physical change such as roads or return from camps is genuine but not sufficient. Political settlement fundamental,” he tweeted. Burt, who was in Sri Lanka last week, visited the north and met with officials and civilians in the area and then held talks in Colombo. Report by Easwaran Rutnam
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2013 5:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,166.66 up 20.98 points):Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Up 48 cents, or 8.99 per cent, at $5.82 on 10.40 million shares. The Calgary-based company announced Wednesday that it will exceed its management’s 2013 estimated production and that it has closed a previously-announced equity financing pegged at $247 million.TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 6.58 per cent, at $1.62 on 4.84 million shares. The energy sector was up 0.30 per cent at 247.47 points.Resverlogix Corp. (TSX:RVX). Biotechnology. Up 17 cents, or 25.37 per cent, at 84 cents on 2.01 million shares.Bankers Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:BNK). Oil and gas. Up 14 cents, or 5.07 per cent, at $2.90 on 1.77 million shares.CVTech Group Inc. (TSX:CVT). Utility. Unchanged at $1.26 on 1.72 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (885.62 up 4.44 points):Donner Metals Ltd. (TSXV:DON). Metal explorer. Down 1.5 cents, or 30 per cent, at 3.5 cents on 4.54 million shares.Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 9.43 per cent, at $1.16 on 3.66 million shares.Company reporting major news:Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down 21 cents, or 0.81 per cent, at $25.81 on 628,157 shares after the company evacuated most of its employees at its Elenore project in the James Bay region of Quebec due to a forest fire. The company did not immediately disclose details, including the number of people involved.Oromin Explorations Ltd. (TSX:OLE). Miner. Down half a cent, or 2.08 per cent, at 23.5 cents on 451,400 shares. Shareholders were told not to act on the unsolicited offer Teranga Gold Corp. proposed last month. Oromin said the board of directors is reviewing the offer, and has not made any official recommendation.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Up 30 cents, or 0.68 per cent, at $44.15 on 61,909 shares. Gilles Laramee, head of infrastructure concession investments, announced he was retiring. The company, which have been battling bribery and other allegations, described Laramee’s decision as a “personal choice.”WestJet (TSX:WJA). Airline. Down 11 cents, or 0.49 per cent, at $22.39 on 218,970 shares. Passenger traffic in June rose more than eight per cent despite some cancellations and weakness in advance bookings. However, an RBC Capital Markets analyst said that the uptick was below his estimate for 10 per cent growth. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has given its backing to the Royal Automobile Club’s annual RAC Future Car Challenge, which will take place on Saturday 5 November 2011. Starting at Madeira Drive, Brighton, the event uses the traditional 60-mile Veteran Car Run route in reverse. The finish will be in Pall Mall followed by a ceremonial finish and presentation in Regent Street.The Future Car Challenge is open to electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and light-commercial vehicles. 2010 entries included prototypes and pre-production vehicles, as well as current production cars featuring a range of powertrains, offering the highest levels of efficiency.For 2011 the total number of entries permitted has been increased to 90 and the diversity of the entry list has been recognised by the organisers, with a range of awards in different categories, including division by power source. The overall winner will be the car that uses the least amount of energy over the route.“The automotive industry spends billions of pounds on R&D each year to cut emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Through next generation petrol and diesel engines and the development of new technologies, manufacturers have slashed energy use across all vehicle types and sizes,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The RAC Future Car Challenge provides a great opportunity to highlight the full range of low carbon models already available and to demonstrate how new technology can deliver significant economic and environmental benefits in real world driving conditions.”Welcoming SMMT’s support for the RAC Future Car Challenge 2011, Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee, said, “The backing of the SMMT for the RAC Future Car Challenge recognises the value of the event in showcasing the latest low energy vehicles and automotive components being developed by its members. The SMMT plays a vital role in promoting the UK automotive industry and in the ultra-low carbon sector many of its members are world leaders.”In the inaugural Future Car Challenge last year, Gordon Murray Design’s T.25 City Car won two categories in recognition of both its fuel economy and environmental credentials. The car is a working demonstration of the revolutionary iStream manufacturing process, which won the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation in 2010.Click through to watch Gordon Murray, CEO and Technical Director, talk about iStream, automotive innovation and UK manufacturing.
More women than men now graduating with winemaking degreesFemale scientists are gaining a strong headway in the STEM field, as more women than men graduate with winemaking degrees from Brock University: CBCBring soft skills to job interviewsGetting a job requires experience, but highlighting your soft skills may just give you the leg up over your competition, according to the Brock University Niagara Community Observatory policy paper. Niagara this Week sat down with Kate Cassidy, the author of this new research to discuss how this can help job applicants.Could Trumpism take root in Canada?Political Science professor Stephan Dolgert weighs in on the possibility of Trump ideologies making their way to Canada in Pacific Standard Magazine, explaining that Canadian conservatives are closely watching and emulating their southern neighbours.Marty Calder being inducted into Canadian wrestling hall of fameSt. Catharines Standard highlights Canadian Olympian and Brock wrestling coach Marty Calder as he gets inducted into the Wrestling Canada Lutte Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017.
Climate change activists chained themselves to the wrong building in the City of London after failing to realise the fossil fuel company they wanted to disrupt had moved address last year.The group of 200 protesters instead brought chaos to the entrance of a building which houses the offices of a leading renewable energy company.They thought they would be disrupting workers at the energy company Drax, which plans to build a new gas power station in north Yorkshire.However, unbeknownst to them Drax moved its London headquarters to nearby Noble Street last year.Instead bemused workers at Statkraft, a Norwegian hydropower company, which describes itself as “Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy”, were confronted with the protest.A worker at the company told the Evening Standard: “They’re protesting against Drax, but they don’t live here anymore. I understand [the protester’s aims] but it helps if they check the facts.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
De nouvelles espèces découvertes en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, découvrez les imagesPapouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée – Des dizaines de nouvelles espèces ont été découvertes dans la région de Nakanai et dans la chaîne de montagnes Muller l’année dernière. Ces deux régions, jusque là inexplorées, ont réservé d’immenses surprises aux explorateurs.Plus de 200 animaux et plantes ont été dévoilés pour la première fois après deux mois d’observation dans les zones reculées de Nakanai et de la chaîne de montagne Muller.Dans la forêt tropicale, les explorateurs ont découvert une chauve-souris frugivore ressemblant étrangement à Yoda, le maître Jedi de la saga Star Wars. Cette chauve-souris, avec une araignée orange et une grenouille tachetée de jaune, fait partie des nombreuses espèces nouvellement découvertes en Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée.Celles-ci incluent deux mammifères, neuf plantes, 24 espèces de grenouilles, une petite centaine de nouveaux insectes dont des criquets, des fourmis et des araignées.Les scientifiques ont notamment précisé qu’une souris à queue blanche et plusieurs criquets et sauterelles étaient si différents des espèces connues jusqu’alors que chacun d’entre eux relevait d’un genre complètement nouveau.Le programme d’exploration, mis en place en partenariat avec l’institut pour la recherche biologique et la conservation de Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée a permis de se rendre dans des zones reculées où se trouvent des forêts tropicales inexplorées et des rivières souterraines inconnues, alors qu’elles figurent parmi le plus grand réseau au monde. Pour accéder à ces différentes zones, les scientifiques ont dû emprunter des avions, des canots, des hélicoptères ou plus simplement marcher.Au cours de leur étude, les explorateurs ont aussi découvert une sauterelle aux pattes exceptionnellement longues qu’elle utilise pour piquer en cas de menace. Une autre possède quant à elle des yeux roses et des taches vert émeraude.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasieLa directrice du programme de recherche insiste sur le fait que bien qu’encourageantes, ces découvertes ne signifient pas que nous sommes tirés d’affaire en terme de biodiversité. “Bien au contraire, elles devraient servir d’avertissement sur le fait que nous ne connaissons que peu de choses sur les secrets cachés de la planète et de ses importantes ressources naturelles. Celles-ci ne peuvent être préservées qu’avec une gestion coordonnée et sur le long terme” a-t-elle rappelé. Ces découvertes sont extrêmement importantes pour permettre la mise en place d’un programme de protection des sites explorés. De plus, ces espèces pourraient servir à l’élaboration de médicaments par exemple.Le WWF a précisé que “chaque année, le compte des nouvelles espèces augmente et avec lui, la responsabilité qui nous incombe de préserver les régions qui abritent cette biodiversité unique”. Découvrir ces nouvelles espèces en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/d%e9couverte/la-jungle-inexploree-de-papouasie-nouvelle-guinee-revele-de-nouvelles-especes_art9633.htmlLe 8 octobre 2010 à 12:05 • Emmanuel Perrin
Chine : un vaisseau Shenzhou habité décollera l’été prochainL’été prochain, la Chine lancera son premier vaisseau spatial habité dans l’espace. Celui-ci aura pour but de s’arrimer au module Tiangong-1, déjà en orbite à l’heure actuelle.Vendredi, l’agence Chine nouvelle a annoncé le départ, l’été prochain, d’un vaisseau spatial habité. Le Shenzhou IX (“vaisseau divin”) embarquera trois astronautes qui auront pour mission de s’arrimer au module Tiangong-1 (“Palais céleste”). Les trois hommes s’installeront ensuite temporairement dans Tiangong-1, où ils réaliseront des expériences scientifiques, a précisé l’agence officielle, en citant un porte-parole du Programme de vol habité chinois.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCeci s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un programme à étapes visant à doter la Chine d’un habitat spatial permanent à l’horizon 2020. Ainsi, septembre 2011 dernier une fusée Longue Marche 2F avait lancé Tiangong-1, premier module de station orbitale chinoise. De même, en octobre 2011, le vaisseau Shenzhou VIII avait effectué son premier “baiser spatial” en réussissant l’amarrage de Tiangong-1. Autant de manoeuvres qui indique que la Chine est aujourd’hui bien décidée à poursuivre sa conquête de l’espace.Le programme actuellement en cours vise à doter d’ici une décennie la Chine d’une station orbitale dans laquelle un équipage peut vivre en autonomie durant plusieurs mois, à l’instar de l’ancienne station Mir ou de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Le 20 février 2012 à 11:59 • Maxime Lambert
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