VANCOUVER – A family of seven who died in one of the worst nautical disasters in the history of the West Coast will have its final resting place marked in Vancouver, 100 years later.The Maritime Museum of British Columbia is installing a headstone for the O’Brien family members, who were among more than 350 people killed in the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia, at Mountain View Cemetery today.The passengers and crew were stranded aboard the steamship for two full days after it struck the Vanderbilt reef, 50 kilometres northwest of Juneau, Alaska, on Oct. 23, 1918.Nearby rescue crews were unable to reach the vessel and when high tides and strong winds dislodged it from its perch, the ship sank, killing all those aboard.The museum’s executive director David Leverton says that despite its high death toll, news of the shipwreck was overshadowed by the First World War armistice on Nov. 11, the same day a ship carrying the bodies of the victims arrived in the Port of Vancouver.
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter What brands were present as partners?Grey Goose and Soho House.Which celebrities were supposed to be in attendance?Xavier Dolan, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, Thandie Newton, Sarah Gadon, Emily Hampshire and Jared Keeso.Which celebs did you actually spot?Xavier Dolan, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, Thandie Newton, Emily Hampshire, Dan Levy, Jeffery Wright and Laz Alonso. Paris Hilton was also in attendance, supporting her fiancé, Chris Zylka, who’s in the film.HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE PARTYAll photos by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Grey Goose Thandie Newton Susan Sarandon Scott Stuber Sasheer Zamata, DeWanda Wise and Y’lan Noel Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka Laz Alonso Kit Harrington Emily Hampshire Emily Hampshire, Thandie Newton and Susan Sarandon Daniel Levy Alexander Skarsgard And here’s a list of people I thought were at the party, but weren’t: Zachary Quinto, Andy Cohen and Orlando Bloom. At TIFF, I start to think everyone in the room is famous. (For example: despite sitting two feet from and speaking with Dolan earlier in the day, I confused another party attendee for him at the event.)Which is why, when I was ordering a drink at the bar next to a guy who looked like Alexander Skarsgård, I opted to just ask him: “Are you Alexander Skarsgård.” He was.Having seen said celebrities, what did you learn about them? How did they seem? How are they doing, you know?Kit Harington arrived at the party punctually at 9pm, and was still there at 12am when I left. I can confirm that the rumour is true: this guy likes to party.Describe the general vibe.There are always a lot of cool, attractive young people at TIFF parties. This one seemed to have more.Please repeat one conversation you overheard.“A source has confirmed that Paris Hilton still says ‘that’s hot.’”If you had to title the party as if it were a film, what would it be called?That’s HotBy Meghan McKenna So I attended a TIFF Party! To help those who couldn’t make it feel like they were there, I completed this comprehensive post-party questionnaire.What was the party for?The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, the first English-language film from Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan. The movie stars Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harington as a TV actor who becomes pen pals with a young fan, played by Jacob Tremblay. Emily Hampshire, Thandie Newton and Susan Sarandon LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
CALGARY – An oilsands research alliance says it is entering its sixth year focused on finding new ways to reduce the sector’s need for steam, the generation of which leads to almost 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions.Dan Wicklum, CEO of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance or COSIA, says generating steam to separate heavy sticky bitumen from the northern Alberta sands in which it’s trapped is responsible for about 56 million tonnes per year of the total of 71 million tonnes of GHGs emitted from the oilsands.Wicklum says COSIA members hope to cut GHG intensity by 10 to 30 per cent over the next five years, while also sharing technologies to lessen the industry’s impacts on land and water and deal with tailings ponds.Canada generates about 1.8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and the oilsands contribute about 9.3 per cent of that total — the Alberta government has set a hard cap of 100 million tonnes per year, which could limit growth in the oilsands unless GHG emissions can be reduced.Stephen Kaufman, general manager for external innovation and regional development for Suncor Energy Inc., says some “game-changing” innovations like the less-GHG-intensive extraction technology in use at its newly opened Fort Hills oilsands mine are only practical to use in a new project.But the company is actively pursuing new technologies including radiofrequency electromagnetic heating and the use of solvents with steam that offer “incremental” environmental benefits as it pursues a goal of reducing GHG emissions per barrel by 30 per cent by 2030.“Steam for us is a huge operating cost,” he said. “It’s often said that an in situ (oilsands) project is really a water treatment and steam generation plant more than an oil-producing plant, in terms of the size of the kit that you need and the ongoing cost to buy natural gas.”
New Delhi: In an unprecedented decision, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered that campaigning for the final round of the Lok Sabha polls on Sunday will halt in West Bengal at 10 p.m. on Thursday. The campaigning would have originally ended at 5 p.m. on Friday — as it would do in the rest of the country which will see voting on Sunday. The announcement follows violence in Kolkata during BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow on Tuesday.
Regina police are searching for three suspects involved in using guns to steal a vehicle.Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Mackay Street for the report of a robbery with a firearm at about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday.According to a police new release issued Wednesday, a man was in a vehicle stopped in the area of Scarth Street and 2nd Avenue North when he was approached by three people on foot.The suspects had guns and demanded personal property and the victim’s vehicle. After complying, the victim was taken in the vehicle to the 800 block of Mackay Street where he then exited.The victim was not injured as a result of the robbery.The first suspect is described as a tall 30-year-old man wearing a baseball hat. The second suspect is described as 30-year-old man with spiked hair and tattoos on his forearms. The third suspect is described as a 20-year-old man with long hair wearing a baseball hat.The victim’s vehicle has been recovered, though police did not specify where it was located.
B.C. premier says First Nations opposition a bump in the road for LNG by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted May 12, 2015 2:47 pm MDT Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BURNABY, B.C. – B.C. Premier Christy Clark insists the possible rejection by a First Nation of a liquefied-natural-gas terminal is nothing more than a bump in the road for a multibillion-dollar pipeline project.Clark says she believes reaching a negotiated agreement with the 3,700-member Lax Kw’allams First Nation, on whose territory the terminal would be built, is only a matter a time.Pacific NorthWest LNG wants to transport natural gas from the northeast corner of the province to an export facility on Lelu Island, just south of Prince Rupert.Band members have been asked to vote on a $1.15 billion offer over 40 years in exchange for their consent for the project.“It’s always a bit of a bumpy road to get to a negotiated agreement but I think we’ll get there,” said Clark about the possibility of a No vote. “It’s part of the process.”Lax Kw’allams band member Malcolm Sampson was present for the initial two votes in Port Simpson and Prince Rupert and said both sessions resulted in unanimous rejection from members.The same outcome is expected for the third and final vote in Vancouver on Tuesday, said Sampson.The band’s primary concern relates to the project’s potential impact on Flora Bank, an underwater area immediately adjacent Lelu Island where an abundance of eel grass provides vital habitat to maturing salmon in the Skeena watershed.Pacific NorthWest LNG responded to concerns by proposing to build a 1.7-kilometre suspension bridge that would bypass the sensitive underwater ecosystem. The span would be anchored by a pair of support towers, one planted on the edge of Lelu Island and the other just outside Flora Bank.A trestle would then carry the pipeline the remainder of the nearly three kilometres to LNG carriers waiting at a deep-water berth.The company recently submitted additional documents requested by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans related to the updated infrastructure proposal.Observer and energy lawyer David Austin wonders why the band is set on holding a vote without all the information on the table, calling the move premature.“The full impact is still unknown,” said Austin, who is with the firm Clark Wilson.But rejection wouldn’t necessarily scuttle the project.Lelu Island is Crown land managed by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, which means the province technically has the authority to push ahead without support from the Lax Kw’allams.Even if the First Nation band proves it has aboriginal title — which would require proving it has had exclusive occupancy of the territory — Supreme Court precedent gives the province the right to override that claim.“From a legal perspective it would be very complicated to proceed with the LNG terminal without (First Nation) support,” said Austin. “But if the circumstances were right not impossible.”The length of time required to sort out the legal uncertainty resulting from a lack of First Nations support might encourage LNG developers to go elsewhere with their investments, he added.The B.C. government said it has reached 54 pipeline-benefits agreements with 28 First Nations across the province. Of the 59 First Nations along the natural-gas pipeline ending at Lelu Island only five have publicly announced signing agreements with the government.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter
TORONTO — Vasek Pospisil has had a taste of championship-level tennis over his decade-long run on the ATP World Tour. He’s ready to make a push to return to that form for what should be his prime years on the court.Now he just needs his wonky back to co-operate.Pospisil was first hampered with a back injury in 2014 and the issue returned at the end of this past season. He plans to start training again sometime next month in preparation for the 2019 campaign. “I had a good end of the season, I didn’t really have any huge results at big events but I had really good wins,” Pospisil said. “I was feeling like I was playing some good tennis.”From 2013-16, Pospisil flashed some of his potential on the singles and doubles court. He reached the Rogers Cup semifinal in 2013 and hit a career-high No. 25 in the world singles rankings early in 2014.A Wimbledon doubles title followed that summer and Pospisil made his first career Tour singles final at Washington. The six-foot-four right-hander hit the No. 4 spot in the doubles rankings in 2015 and appeared to be well on his way.However, a couple of down years followed and Pospisil was forced to primarily settle for appearances in lower-level Challenger events or qualifying draws on the ATP Tour.There were signs of optimism late this season though. Arguably his most impressive win of the year came last month when he topped fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in the round of 16 at Antwerp.The victory provided a confidence boost for Pospisil, who has endured so-so results since his three-year run of solid play faded in mid-2016.“I feel like I’m playing better tennis now, believe it or not, than I was then,” he said in a recent interview. “I just haven’t been able to stabilize everything. My situation — be it the fitness side of things, injuries or coaching — it was always something that was not going in the same direction. It’s very tough to get confidence or even momentum. You need a bit of luck and you need to also make sure everything is organized.“I feel like I’ve lacked that a little bit the last few years. I feel like it’s more that than necessarily my game. Obviously my work ethic remains and I feel like I’m motivated as ever. That’s not the issue. I think that’s why I’m relatively confident that I can get back there, hopefully sooner (rather) than later.”The back has been a problem at times in recent seasons and it recently flared up in the same area as the 2014 injury. Pospisil was forced to retire from his second-round qualifier against Benoit Paire last month at the Paris Masters.“The disc has bulged a little bit,” Pospisil said. “I also have a minor crack and pretty bad inflammation of the nerve. So I’m just getting referred pain down the leg and the glute.”Pospisil, from Vancouver, hasn’t pinpointed an exact date to resume training but will likely take at least another week off. The upcoming season is also a big one on the Davis Cup front as Canada boasts its deepest team in recent memory. “I would love to get back to the level that I was at for those three years when I was ranked 25th to 50th, fluctuating around there,” Pospisil said. “My best years technically should still be ahead of me. I’m reaching the prime of my career.“I just feel that there’s no reason for me not to get back there and hopefully get even higher. It’s just a matter of stabilizing everything.”Pospisil, who won four of his six career doubles titles with American Jack Sock, has put the four-man game on the back burner while he focuses on singles. He’ll likely pick his spots next season and would likely get the nod — if healthy — for doubles play in Canada’s Davis Cup qualifier in early February at Slovakia.“He’s really aggressive, he’s not scared to go for it,” said Canadian teammate Denis Shapovalov. “That’s a huge asset that not everybody has. He comes to the net, he likes to finish the points. If he’s having an on-day, it’s super-tough to play against him. I feel like that’s why he’s so good at doubles.“He’s got unbelievable hands, a big serve, his returns are really good. He can be a really dangerous opponent in my opinion.”Currently ranked 70th in the world, Pospisil earned US$512,000 this season to boost his career total to $5.29 million.“I feel like this last year was good, it was stable,” he said. “Just a few things to learn from to make that next step to get back to where I was and then from there, it’s just details at that point. Everyone plays at a high level once you’re at that ranking and in that range. I’m optimistic.”———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
The Humble Bundle has made a name for itself by collecting together several indie games, letting you pay what you want for them, and giving a huge chunk of money to charity. In more recent bundles we’ve also seen Linux and Android embraced. But now the Humble team are trying something new, and calling it the Humble Weekly Sale.The Weekly Sale differs from the bundles by focusing on a single game and offering different content tiers dependent on what you are willing to pay. Cough up at least a dollar and you get the game. Beat the average price everyone is paying and you’ll get a bunch of digital assets linked to the game. Pay over $25 and you’ll unlock some physical merchandise that ships worldwide for free.It’s an interesting experiment, and one that’s sure to prove popular simply because it’s being done using the well-known Humble name and continues to give money to charity.This first Humble Weekly Sale is for the excellent Supergiant Games title Bastion (which has previously featured in a Humble Bundle). The average price currently sits at $2.56 and nets you the digital soundtrack, digital art pack, sheet music, and iPhone/Android ring tones. Things start getting interesting in the merchandise tier, though. It’s $25, which is pretty steep, but in return you get the following: Bastion BandanaBastion Original Soundtrack CDBastion PostcardSupergiant’s next game called Transistor Postcard Is that worth $25? I guess it depends on how much of a Bastion and Supergiant fan you are, but I am guessing most gamers will select the Beat the average tier and walk away with the digital freebies.If you’re wondering what Transistor Postcard is all about, check out the teaser trailer below:Now read:
Image: Shutterstock/Duckhorn http://jrnl.ie/4064776 The brain ‘rewards’ foods high in fats and carbohydrates This combination of food lights up neural circuits in the reward centre of the brain. Jun 17th 2018, 8:31 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14 Comments Short URL THE BRAIN’S REWARD centre values foods high in both fat and carbohydrates, such as processed foods, more than foods containing only fat or only carbs, research has shown.The results of a new US study of 206 adults support the idea that these types of foods hijack our body’s inborn signals governing food consumption.“The biological process that regulates the association of foods with their nutritional value evolved to carefully define the value of a food so that organisms can make adaptive decisions,” senior author Dana Small, director of Yale University’s Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center, said.“For example, a mouse should not risk running into the open and exposing itself to a predator if a food provides little energy.“Surprisingly, foods containing fats and carbohydrates appear to signal their potential caloric loads to the brain via distinct mechanisms.”Small said participants in the survey were “very accurate at estimating calories from fat and very poor at estimating calories from carbohydrate”, adding that the study “shows that when both nutrients are combined, the brain seems to overestimate the energetic value of the food”.Predisposition for obesityIn work that could help explain brain-body mechanisms underlying the genetic predisposition for obesity, eating in the absence of hunger and difficulty losing or keeping off excess weight, Small and colleagues in Germany, Switzerland, and Canada looked at the neural response to food cues.Test subjects underwent brain scans while being shown photographs of familiar snacks containing mostly fat, mostly sugar, and a combination of fat and carbs.Allocated a limited amount of money to bid on their first-choice foods, participants were willing to pay more for foods that combined fat and carbohydrates.Researchers found that the fat-carb combo lit up neural circuits in the reward centre of the brain more than a person’s favourite food, a potentially sweeter or more energy-dense food or a larger portion size.Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate mostly woody plants and animal meat, however many modern foods are high in fat and carbohydrates, the paper notes.“In nature, foods high in fat and carbohydrate are very rare and tend to have fiber, which slows metabolism,” Small said.“By contrast, it is very common for processed foods to have high fat and high carbohydrate loads.”DonutsAfter the domestication of plants and animals and the development of grain and dairy production around 12,000 years ago, opportunities to consume fat and carbohydrates together increased.Researchers noted, however, that processed foods like donuts, which could contain 11 grams of fat and 17 grams of carbohydrate, have only been around for 150 years, not long enough for us to evolve a new brain response to them.Scientists believe our past experience with the nutritive properties of carbohydrates releases dopamine in the brain through an as-yet-unknown metabolic signal. These kinds of signals seem to help regulate what and how much we eat.The study, which was published in journal Cell Metabolism, proposes that the simultaneous activation of fat and carbohydrate-signalling pathways launches an effect that human physiology has not evolved to handle.Consistent with this suggestion, rodents given access to fat alone or carbohydrate alone regulate their total daily caloric intake and body weight. But given unrestricted access to fat and carbohydrates, they quickly gain weight. Image: Shutterstock/Duckhorn Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 8:30 AM Share5 Tweet Email4 By Órla Ryan 16,001 Views
Apple supprime des applications qui n’intègrent pas son micro-paiementLa marque à la pomme a rejeté de son magasin des applications utilisant Flattr, un système de micro-paiement social.Apple ne supporte pas qu’une application présente dans son App Store ne lui rapporte pas ses 30% de commission. Et a donc procédé au rejet de plusieurs d’entre elles, dont Instacast, une appli de l’éditeur Vemedio, explique PC Inpact. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Celle-ci utilisait en effet le système de micro-paiement social Flattr intégré au sein de son système. Une faute qui lui a donc valu le bannissement puisque la règle 21.2 des lignes directrices pour les développeurs indique que “les donations doivent être uniquement collectées via Safari ou par SMS”. L’implémentation interne de Flattr ne correspond donc pas à ce critère et les applications qui y ont recours sont donc rejetées.Néanmoins, Instacast a retrouvé sa place dans l’App Store depuis, mais seulement après avoir désactivé le micro-paiement via Flattr. Des discussions entre Vemedio et Flattr d’un côté et Apple de l’autre ont néanmoins été ouvertes suite à cette affaire, afin de définir ce qu’il est possible ou non de faire au sein d’une application pour iOS afin de conserver le système de micro-paiement. Le 31 mai 2012 à 11:00 • Maxime Lambert
Compact NAS boxes are a great way to store and share files on your home network. They’re also a great way for criminals to extort cash from unsuspecting owners.Once they’re set up and happily hosting files, a lot of people who own a NAS don’t give them a second thought. Those same people might, say, enable a remote access feature so that they can access files and manage their NAS from afar like a vast number of Seagate Central owners did.According to Sophos, that simple act gave malware authors the vector they needed to infect the devices. Their payload has been dubbed Mal/Miner-C, and Sophos researchers note that it wasn’t specifically engineered to target Storage Central units — it just happened that the FTP vector that Mal/Miner-C exploits was left wide open on them.There was a simple way to batten down the hatches. Seagate made it so that public sharing couldn’t be disabled for whatever reason (let’s assume it was “for the convenience of the consumer”), but the password could be changed easily enough. Thousands of Storage Central owners didn’t bother doing that after they flipped the remote switch.That allowed Mal/Miner-C to coerce infected NAS boxes (and other infected machines) to mine for the Bitcoin alternative Monero. The Sophos report states that 2.5% of the all Monero mining activity is coming from Mal/Miner-C infections — and the ledger shows a cool $86,000 paid to its criminal master(s) so far.At the current hash rate, Sophos estimates that they’re capable of bringing in a little under $500 every day the malware keeps running. Another alarming figure: they’ve infected a huge majority of machines that are vulnerable.Out of the 7,263 systems Sophos found that met all the prerequisites for infection, a whopping 5,137 were infected. That’s over 70%. Yikes.
Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Having an awesome playlist for barbecues and tailgates is essential, but unfortunately, most conventional speakers don’t make the cut. If you’re looking for a portable, powerful, and waterproof speaker that’s Bluetooth-friendly and delivers clear beats, the JBL Charge 4 might take your party to the next level.Our sister site PCMag.com says the JBL Charge 4 offers cool perks for a waterproof speaker, so you don’t have to worry about someone stealing your “DJ” abilities. At $119.95, the JBL Charge 4 is a bit more expensive than your typical speaker, however its small frame, waterproof design, and high-quality bass depth make it an essential item if you want to bring your music on the go. The JBL Charge 4 is available on Amazon.The JBL Charge 4 features a portable, waterproof design and its dimensions are 3.7 inches x 8.6 inches x 3.7 inches. At only 2.1 pounds, the JBL Charge 4 can easily fit in a backpack or purse. The speaker itself has an IPX7 rating, so it’s fully waterproof and has an unspecified level of dust-ingress protection. The JBL Charge 4 can be submerged in up to one meter of water for roughly 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for pool parties or if you’re stuck in an area where it rains a lot.Using the JBL Charge 4 is also easy: Across the top of the speaker, there is a control panel that has Power, Pairing, Volume Up/Down, and Play/Pause buttons. You can press the Play/Pause button twice to skip forward to a track, however, there isn’t a backward track function available. There also isn’t a speakerphone function, so all incoming calls will need to be directed to your smartphone. If you want to turn your space into a dance floor though, you can hook up another JBL wireless speaker to the JBL Connect+ button.In terms of battery life, the JBL Charge 4 will keep your favorite songs going for about 20 hours, but it might vary depending on your volume levels and wireless usage.For more specs on the JBL Charge 4’s sub-bass content and kick drum loop performance, you can read the extensive review on PCMag.com. And, if you need help choosing a portable, waterproof speaker for your future festivities, check out our Waterproof Speaker Showdown: JBL Charge 3 Versus UE Wonderboom article.More on Geek.com:Waterproof Speaker Showdown: JBL Charge 3 Versus UE WonderboomSony’s Beer-Holding Karaoke Speaker Is a Portable PartyGeek Pick: Fossil Sport Is a Stylish Smartwatch for Everyday Use Stay on target
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #mandiesatsapodilla Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 5, 2017 – Nassau – A male employee at the Sapodilla Restaurant in Nassau died suddenly while working his shift on June 3. The man is identified as Dorcinette Georges and his cause of death was heart failure. The staff at Sapodilla issued the following statement:“The Management & Staff of Sapodilla Restaurant extend heartfelt condolences to the family of Dorcinette Georges on his recent passing due to heart failure on Saturday, June 3rd. During the brief time of his employment, his colleagues in the Stewarding Department describe him as “hard working”, punctual and kind. He was well loved and will be missed by all.We ask that all on social media be sensitive and mindful of the family during their time of bereavement.”#magneticmedianews#mandiesatsapodilla
The team returned to winning ways after a 3-1 victory over Southampton in the last match of 2018 for the English Premier LeagueAfter two consecutive defeats in the English Premier League, Manchester City is back to winning ways by beating Southampton 3-1.And for footballer Raheem Sterling, this is because the team is motivated.“It’s a massive step and what we needed to do. We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win here today to give ourselves a chance,” said Raheem to the club’s official website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“But we were really motivated to give ourselves a chance and that’s what we did.”“We had to bring that level that we know we can bring – we had a bit of luck but we played some great football and controlled the game which we know we can do,” he added.“Now it’s down to us to keep this focus and go onto the next one.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – One of five South Florida teens accused of a school break-in appeared before a judge, Tuesday.The young man is facing several charges, including burglary and criminal mischief.According to officials, over winter break, he and four other teens broke into Comstock Elementary School in Miami-Dade, vandalized several rooms and discharged the facility’s fire extinguishers.The judge has placed him on home detention until further proceedings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A truck makes its way south on the Dalton Highway near Coldfoot, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)For the first time, the state’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is in the driver’s seat when it comes to navigating the legal environmental requirements that come along with big transportation projects.Listen nowThe state doesn’t have a dedicated fund for state highway projects. So, something like 90% of the projects in the state get federal money. That means that when the state wants to work on a highway — build a new one, widen an old one — there’s usually some kind of federal environmental review.Typically that review falls under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies to consider the impact that any decision they make might have on the environment.In the past, the Federal Highway Administration handled that review. But an Obama-era law gave states the option to take control of some of that process. Last year, Alaska joined six states that have taken the feds up on that offer.There’s evidence that the states that have taken over this work are saving a lot of time in the permitting process.In early September, the Federal Highway Administration put out the results of its first audit of how Alaska’s Department of Transportation is handling the new responsibilities.There are few areas that could be improved, like one instance where the state should have held a public hearing, but didn’t. And there are questions about having enough staff and allocating the time and money they need for training.But there are other areas where federal auditors say the state is doing well. Like, bringing in legal help early-on in the process.With this new power comes new responsibility — namely legal liability. It means it can be sued in federal court.The state added a new attorney in the Department of Law — specifically to make sure that projects are legally defensible. The state’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities added four other positions to cope with the new responsibilities too.The Federal Highway Administration is taking comments on the audit until October 5.
Journal information: Nature In this new effort the researchers analyzed data collected from 1,750 sheep and found that there is a third category of sheep, those that have one type of each allele—they get the benefits of both—the live longer than the sheep with the biggest horns and mate more often than the sheep with tiny horns. This, the researchers suggest, explains why big horns haven’t become predominant—though they may lead to producing more offspring in the short time, those with smaller horns win out in the end by breeding over more seasons. Thus, natural selection results in splitting the difference to ensure the best chance of survival for the species as a whole.The researchers note that the same allele exists in both humans and mice, and has been found to be involved in bone density and sexual development. They suggest more research will need to be conducted to discern if the gene is a factor in either longevity or successful procreating in either species Soay is a small breed of bighorn sheep—they live in mountainous terrain on an island called Hirta and have what would appear to be a genetic anomaly. Some of the males have extremely large horns, while the horns of others are much smaller. Because research has shown that the males that have the larger horns are much more successful at mating, there is the question of why all the males don’t have large horns.To find out, a team working in a prior effort studied the genes of the sheep and discovered a particular allele (alternative forms of the same gene) responsible for horn size, called Ho. The sheep all have two of them—those sheep that have two of the large-size variant have large horns, while those with two of the small size variant had small or even no horns at all. But there was a catch. Sheep with smaller horns, for reasons that aren’t yet known, tend live longer. Three rams on the island of Hirta, St Kilda with different horn morphologies. The male on the left displays the scurred (vestigial) phenotype, meaning that it cannot compete with the normal-horned males for access to mates during the rut. Credit: Peter Korsten Citation: Researchers unlock genetic twist in differences in horn size with sheep (2013, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-genetic-differences-horn-size-sheep.html Explore further More information: Life history trade-offs at a single locus maintain sexually selected genetic variation, Nature (2013) DOI: 10.1038/nature12489AbstractSexual selection, through intra-male competition or female choice, is assumed to be a source of strong and sustained directional selection in the wild. In the presence of such strong directional selection, alleles enhancing a particular trait are predicted to become fixed within a population, leading to a decrease in the underlying genetic variation. However, there is often considerable genetic variation underlying sexually selected traits in wild populations, and consequently, this phenomenon has become a long-discussed issue in the field of evolutionary biology. In wild Soay sheep, large horns confer an advantage in strong intra-sexual competition, yet males show an inherited polymorphism for horn type and have substantial genetic variation in their horn size6. Here we show that most genetic variation in this trait is maintained by a trade-off between natural and sexual selection at a single gene, relaxin-like receptor 2 (RXFP2). We found that an allele conferring larger horns, Ho+, is associated with higher reproductive success, whereas a smaller horn allele, HoP, confers increased survival, resulting in a net effect of overdominance (that is, heterozygote advantage) for fitness at RXFP2. The nature of this trade-off is simple relative to commonly proposed explanations for the maintenance of sexually selected traits, such as genic capture (‘good genes’) and sexually antagonistic selection. Our results demonstrate that by identifying the genetic architecture of trait variation, we can determine the principal mechanisms maintaining genetic variation in traits under strong selection and explain apparently counter-evolutionary observations. Soay ram on the island of Hirta, St Kilda. Credit: Arpat Ozgul Dome-headed dinosaurs did more than just butt heads © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the U.K. and Australia, working with sheep data obtained from a small island off the coast of Scotland has learned why it is that some sheep have large horns, while others do not. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they studied data obtained over a 20 year period to discover the seeming contradiction with the sheep. 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.
1. Pick one of the cheapest places to travel in the CaribbeanIf we’re going by geographic area, Mexico, Colombia and other countries in Central America are still part of the Caribbean, as they border the Caribbean Sea. Statistically, these are also some of the most affordable places to travel in the Caribbean too.Cheapest areas to travel in the Caribbean:Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico) Santa Marta, Colombia CubaDominican RepublicTop tip: By using Skyscanner Hotels and searching for ‘Caribbean Sea’ or ‘Caribbean Islands’, and setting the filter to display ‘Low to High (price)’ you can narrow down your search to include the most affordable places to stay. 9. Split expenses with other travellersWhether you’re in a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast or guest house, socialise with the other travellers. Not only will this mean new friends to share a bottle of rum with, but you’ll be able to split taxis and guides. These are the best ways of getting around most Caribbean islands (the buses are cheap, but unreliable). If you’re wanting to get from A to B on Barbados, Antigua, St Kitts or Jamaica, this is going to be one of the most cost friendly ways to do it. Search for cheap flights to the Caribbean10. Learn about the best currency for your islandThe Caribbean Islands use a variety of different currencies. If you plan on travelling around a number of islands, it’s worth taking US Dollars as well as your credit card and local currency in case you need to exchange and an ATM is not available. Similarly, if you’re travelling to Cuba, it’s worth getting hold of the local currency (pesos) instead of the tourist currency (convertible pesos). Likewise, the French islands of St Barts, Martinique, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe and French Guiana all use the Euro. 6. Stick to ‘budget-friendly’ activitiesScuba diving and adventure sports aren’t the cheapest ways to spend your holiday, so instead, sink your teeth into local culture, national parks and beaches. One of the best parties in the Caribbean takes place on Shirley Heights in Antigua every Sunday, however, it’s $16USD to enter. Instead, try another day so you can watch the sun set over the English harbour and Galleon Beach. Viñales is a town in western Cuba with plenty of hikes and tobacco farms you can tour, and Trinidad, southern Cuba, is a colonial town that’s a treat to walk around for free. Willemstad (Curacao), Cartagena (Colombia) and Santo Domingo (Dominican) have equally pretty brightly coloured towns for getting lost in. Ready to book that Caribbean holiday? Check flights to the Caribbean, including Barbados, Jamaica and Cuba.More tips for living the island life 10 of the best Caribbean islandsTake your pick between the edgy streets of Kingston in Jamaica, rum tours in Barbados or honeymoon territory in St. Kitts. How to holiday in Barbados on a budgetThere are no private beaches in Barbados – which means you can stroll on over Sandy Lane!A guide to 20 beautiful Greek islandsFrom the palm trees and rum shacks of the Caribbean to the Greek islets and white washed houses of Santorini – choose your favourite island now. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.*Sorted by the average hotel price for 2 adults found on Skyscanner.*Published May 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. And eat the local food, too!See the local stands on roadsides, in the beaches and in the cities? That’s where you’ll find dinner for a few bob. Chicharrones (deep fried pork rinds) are popular in Cuba and in the Dominican Republic. Oistin’s Friday night fish fry (Barbados) does legendary fish cakes, to be eaten off the foil tray with fingers and a cold beer. Our guide to Barbados on a budget is mostly comprised of eating at Oistin’s. Empanadas can be found almost everywhere, but Jamaica, Cuba and Colombia are particularly good at the beef-filled varieties. If you’re a fan of jerk chicken, you’re in luck. Scotchie’s serve up glistening hot smoked wings and legs street side at Ocho Rio in Jamaica, for less than a few Pounds a head. 5. Pack everything you needYes, we’re typically advocates of packing light. However, if you’re on a Caribbean island and you need medicine, sunscreen, shampoo, or anything else that won’t be manufactured there, they will have imported it. This means you might be forking out £20 for a bottle of SPF that might cost you £7 at home. Check out our essential packing list to make sure you’ve got everything. 2. Fly during the off-seasonIf you travel during December-March, you’re flying into peak season and peak prices. If you can wait until mid-April onwards, you’ll save on your accommodation as it becomes much less busy. Plus, visiting during the end of April will almost guarantee you the same weather, before the summer’s humidity kicks in. 7. Island hopThe Caribbean is one of the most popular places to sail in the world, and thus the marinas are often lined with multi-million dollar yachts – that need deckhands. Whilst it might not be an ideal way to travel with young children, it’s definitely an interesting way to see the Caribbean, and go sailing for a fraction of the price. If you find a crew through this website, you might be cooking, cleaning or skippering, depending on where your skills lie, in return for a few weeks on board. 8. Go off the gridThe cheapest way to travel is always to live like a local. In Cuba, you can do so with casa particulares. Many of these you can’t book online, but if you wait till you arrive you can find bargains for $30USD (or Cuban Dollars) per night. There are also a number of camping spots around the Caribbean. At Ivan’s Stress Free Bar & White Bay Campground on the British Virgin Islands, camp sites start at $20USD a night – arguably the cheapest place to stay on the BVI. 3. Drink the local spiritsIf you continue to drink Coronas, Heinekens or Budweisers, you’ll be paying a premium. Most of the islands produce their own beer and, of course, rum – so take advantage. If you’re in Jamaica, the local sup is Red Stripe, Barbados’ is Mount Gay Rum (it costs £7 for a local bottle, bargain), Carib comes from Trinidad and Tobago and Sol is a light Mexican beer that goes well with sun, food, or just about anything. RelatedEssential guide to 10 of the best Caribbean islandsConsidering a holiday to the paradise islands of the Caribbean? Planning a Caribbean cruise and trying to decide which beaches to hit? Whether you’re booking a family holiday, searching for a dream honeymoon or just wanting sand, sea and rum cocktails, here’s an essential guide to 10 of the best…The BEST time to holiday in the most popular destinationsDeciding when you should jet off can make or break a holiday. After weeks or months of planning, the last thing you want is a holiday plagued by monsoon rains or unbearable heat and crowds. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research and found the best times to visit all…Where’s hot in May?Spring is in full swing, and summer’s on its way: May is an ideal month to beat the crowds, and still find a spot for your towel on the beach. Here’s where’s hot in May, from Cancun to Cairo.
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