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Number of people uprooted by violence in Yemen tops 250000 UN reports

29 January 2010As the humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to deepen, the United Nations refugee agency today said that it estimates that 250,000 civilians have been uprooted since clashes in the country erupted in 2004, with the number having more than doubled since just last August. In the past six weeks, some 7,000 people have streamed into Hajjah province each week from Sa’ada province in the north, which has been rocked by renewed violence between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels.The fighting has moved from Sa’ada city and its surroundings towards the northwest of the country, Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva, adding that people fleeing their homes in recent weeks have mostly been from the Razeh, Ghamr and Saqayn districts.“Another push factor is the collapse of coping mechanisms – people simply cannot sustain themselves any longer in Sa’ada province,” he noted.Although the three existing camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in neighbouring Hajjah governorate are continuously being expanded, UNHCR is worried about the lack of adequate shelter, as many of the uprooted are living in makeshift sites which have mushroomed along the roads leading to the camps.The agency and its partners are providing tents to displaced families living in host communities to increase living space within housing compounds and is also working to set up a transit centre pending the identification of a suitable campsite.“The Yemeni Government, UNHCR and other aid agencies are distributing aid, but making ends meet is getting increasingly difficult for the displaced populations as well as access to basic services such as health and education,” Mr. Mahecic stressed.Most of the IDPs have left nearly all of their belongings behind, including cattle – the pillar of their livelihoods and main source of income.The fighting has also increased the number of IDPs seeking refuge in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, to 12,000.Five UNHCR trucks loaded with tents, mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets and hygienic items for 2,000 people are set to cross Saudi Arabia into northern Yemen tomorrow, making it the third such convoy by the agency.“UNHCR is calling on donor countries to continue their support to our operation in Yemen to be able to cope with the situation and to provide much-needed assistance,” Mr. Mahecic said, adding that the agency is appealing for $35 million this year to help these IDPs and refugees.On Wednesday, the top UN political official said that only a broad approach that incorporates improving the economy, battling poverty, promoting stability and fighting terrorism will solve the underlying causes of Yemen’s many problems. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the High-Level Meeting on Yemen, held in London, that the UN is ready to assist the impoverished Arab nation make progress on the humanitarian, developmental and economic fronts. The country is one of the poorest in the region. “The many challenges faced by Yemen can only be addressed in a systemic and comprehensive way,” Mr. Pascoe said, stressing that the Government and its people must be at the centre of this approach. “But it is clear that the international community will need to support the Government’s efforts to tackle the underlying causes of the country’s difficulties. This support is fundamental in sustaining the country’s long-term stability and security, countering the terrorist threat, boosting its economy, meeting its development needs and fighting poverty.” read more

Celebrities from Katie Couric to Kim Kardashian poke fun at themselves in

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2015 2:46 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Along with puppies and babies, celebrities are a Super Bowl advertising staple. And this year is no exception.Using stars is a surefire way to grab attention during advertising’s most competitive night, when a crowded field of 40-plus marketers each vying for the attention of the more than 110 million viewers that are expected to tune in to the Super Bowl on Sunday.Advertisers use celebrities to “help insure the success of their creative investment,” said Devra Prywes, vice-president of marketing for research firm Unruly.But it doesn’t always work. In order for an ad to go viral, it needs to connect emotionally or give the audience multiple reasons to share, Prywes said: “A celebrity can’t save an ad that doesn’t do those things, but the right celebrity can help amplify it.”This year, advertisers are choosing quirkier celebrities and poking fun at bigger names. For instance, Katie Couric and Bryant Gumble make fun of their inability to understand the Internet in 1994 in a BMW ad. And character actors Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo star in a Snickers spot.Here’s a look how brands are using celebrities in this year’s Super Bowl ads.Snickers “The Brady Bunch”In keeping with its 5-year-old “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry,” campaign that shows hungry people resembling humorous celebrities, Snickers 30-second ad recreates the famous Brady Bunch episode in which the oldest daughter, Marcia, gets hit in the nose with a football. Florence Henderson and action movie “Machete” star Danny Trejo also make appearances.Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqbomTIWCZ8BMW “Newfangled Idea”In order to promote its new all-electric BMW i3 in a 60-second spot, BMW enlisted former “Today” show hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel to recreate a 1994 on-air conversation when they tried to figure out what the @ symbol in an email address meant. “Alison,” Couric says to an off camera producer in the 1994 clip, “Can you explain what Internet is?” The ad flashes forward to today, when the duo are in a BMW’s i3 similarly confused. “Big ideas take a little getting used to,” copy states.Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1jwWwJ-MxcSquarespace “Dreaming With Jeff”The website publisher isn’t releasing its full 30-second spot until game time but a teaser ad shows a bearded “The Big Lebowski” actor Jeff Bridges recording relaxing sounds for an album called “Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes.” The company plans to sell the resulting tapes in cassette tape and vinyl form and the tracks are free to stream online. Squarespace CEO Anthony Casalena said the idea is that any idea can be presented via a Squarespace platform.Online: dreamingwithjeff.comT-Mobile “#KimsDataStash”T-Mobile hired Kim Kardashian for a 30-second spoof on public service announcements. It pokes fun at Kardashian’s constant online presence. She makes a plea to save people’s unused data taken back by wireless carriers. She laments that the data could have been used to see Kardashian’s makeup, vacations and outfits. “Please help save the data,” she pleads. The ad promotes T-Mobile’s service that lets users keep their unused data for a year.Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTwzsV3I3OQKia “The Perfect Getaway”Kia’s ad spoofs Pierce Brosnan’s action-movie persona. In the ad, an agent describes a perfect part for Brosnan, who once played James Bond. Brosnan keeps expecting evil villains or explosions, but actually the agent describes Kia ad in which Brosnan drives to a snowy cabin in a 2016 Sorento. The tagline is “The perfect getaway vehicle.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ-mwaDODt8 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrities from Katie Couric to Kim Kardashian poke fun at themselves in Super Bowl spots read more

Aston Martin invests £20m and creates 250 new jobs at Gaydon

Aston Martin is to create 250 jobs across its UK business in 2014, and will invest £20 million in expanding its production facilities.The announcement comes as the firm steps up work on its next generation of sports cars, with the new roles to be split across its engineering, manufacturing and commercial operations.Central to the developments at the Gaydon manufacturing plant will be a new chassis and pilot build facility, new offices, and an extension of its parts and logistics storage area. Covering an additional 10,000m2, the expansion is set to be completed in 2015.Keith Stanton, Aston Martin Manufacturing Operations Director, said, “I am very happy to be able to execute another part of our manufacturing strategy by extending our already highly efficient facility.“The improvements at Gaydon are a big step forward, and the development will enable us to streamline and finesse our manufacturing processes which, in turn, will allow us to be leaner and even more competitive.”In the meantime, the latest round of Aston Martin’s apprenticeship scheme has received over 500 applications for the 12 places on offer.Hanno Kirner, Aston Martin Chief Financial Officer, said, “We have confirmed that the coming years will see Aston Martin implementing the biggest investment programme in the 101-year history of the brand, with a plan to inject over £500m into the company’s next generation of high performance sports cars.”The UK automotive sector currently finds itself in rude health, with car production volumes on course to reach all-time record levels by 2017. More than £2.5 billion investment was committed to the industry in 2013, and just last week Bentley announced the creation of 140 jobs at its Crewe plant.For a comprehensive guide to the UK’s thriving automotive sector, take a look at SMMT Motor Industry Facts 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Pizza Pizza opens Monday in Hungry Badger

Brock University Dining Services is expanding its flavour profile with a new on-campus eatery.The first Pizza Pizza franchise at Brock fires up its ovens on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.Located in the Hungry Badger, Pizza Pizza features a new high-capacity oven and fresh ingredients.“As part of our strategy for continuous improvements to Brock Dining Services, we selected the Pizza Pizza brand. It is a Canadian national brand that offers consistent, quality offerings at a good price point for students,” says Malcolm Dales, Associate Director, Operations. “Proven to be a brand recognized by students, Pizza Pizza is one of the most frequently mentioned brands when gathering feedback from Brock students.”Prices at the Hungry Badger location are competitive with local Pizza Pizzas. The menu will feature a single-slice combo, including a large classic pepperoni or cheese slice, cut from an 18-inch pizza, and fountain pop for $4.19.A cauliflower crust is also available for customers looking for a gluten-free option.In the coming weeks and months, the menu and service options at Pizza Pizza will continue to expand. Additional appetizers, including chicken wings and sides, will be added to the menu as well as the launch of a Pizza Pizza residence delivery program and daily catering including a pre-order option for departments across campus.For information on the Pizza Pizza daily specials, follow Brock Dining Services on Twitter. read more

That Raptors Meltdown Was MindBoggling

Just when the Toronto Raptors finally looked like they’d exorcised their playoff demons against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs once again found a way to haunt them. Despite not leading for a single second during regulation time, LeBron James and the Cavaliers beat Toronto 113-112 in overtime of Tuesday night’s Eastern Conference semifinal Game 1, handing the Raptors their ninth loss in 11 playoff games against Cleveland over the past three seasons.Much of the focus in the wake of Game 1 will be on Toronto’s blown opportunities to put the Cavs away — and rightly so. The Raptors led by as many as 14 points early in the game, and according to ESPN’s NBA win probability model, they had a 94 percent chance of winning when they held a 10-point edge with 9:58 to go in the fourth quarter. It was a prime moment for Toronto to prove that its Game 1 issues were really a thing of the past. (Before beating Washington in their first-round opener, the Raptors had lost 10 consecutive postseason Game 1s.) But the Raptors’ fourth-quarter meltdown only renewed doubts about Toronto’s true playoff potential.Toronto shot 5-for-25 (20 percent) from the field during the final period of regulation, including an agonizing 3-for-17 on shots in the restricted area. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, those 14 restricted-area misses were the most by any team in any quarter in the last 20 postseasons. The Raptors had eight second-chance opportunities during the last five minutes of regulation and failed to score on any of them, including missing four shots in the final seconds. After that, they needed James to miss a buzzer-beater just to force overtime.One of the saddest parts for Toronto was that it had spent the game’s first three quarters playing the type of offensive basketball that had made it look like a contender all season. The Raptors were the league’s third-best offensive team during the regular season (according to NBA Advanced Stats), averaging 111.0 points per 100 possessions. Through three quarters Tuesday night, they’d scorched Cleveland for 120.6 points per 100 possessions, with DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and even a renewed Jonas Valanciunas generating high-quality chances. But in the fourth quarter and overtime, Toronto’s offense cratered to 79.3 points per 100 possessions, time and again preventing them from putting the game away.And on the Cleveland side of the ball, there were signs that the Cavs are starting to rediscover the shooting touch that’s led to so much postseason success against the Raptors over the years. After knocking down only 32 percent of their three-pointers1Making 10 threes per game. in the first round against Indiana, Cleveland shooters hit 14, at a 40 percent clip, against Toronto on Tuesday. And that was with James going a paltry 1-for-8 from beyond the arc; Cavs not named LeBron made 48 percent of their threes. It was a big reversal from the first round, when we were wondering if James’s teammates would ever step up and make some of the shots he was creating for them. It was also a long-awaited return to the form that saw Cleveland hit 42 percent of its threes while burying the Raptors in the 2016 and 2017 playoffs.No doubt the Cavs looked bad against Indiana — at times, really bad. Outscored by a total of 40, they had the third-worst point margin for any postseason series winner in NBA history. But maybe Cleveland’s shooting just needed to reawaken itself: According to Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality metric, on passes from James in Round 1, his teammates collectively shot for an effective field goal percentage that was 10.3 points below what we would expect based on their track records. That couldn’t last. (Although it should also be noted that, in Game 1 against Toronto, the Cavs shot 11.1 percentage points above expectations on that metric.)Of course, by the same token, the Raptors are probably not going to miss so, so many chippies around the basket again after Game 1. According to Second Spectrum, they “should” have shot for an effective field goal percentage 35.5 points higher than they actually did during the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Second Spectrum’s numbers also indicate that, on Toronto’s three missed tip-in chances near the end of regulation, there was a 95 percent chance at least one of them would go in — any of which would likely have been enough to secure the victory.Maybe that means these teams should settle in for a long series, once the luck evens out on each side. But Toronto has to be kicking itself about the missed opportunity to take early control of the series in Game 1. After working all season to get home-court advantage in a hypothetical series against Cleveland, Toronto threw it away in an astonishing flurry of fourth-quarter misses. Bad luck or not, that could end up helping the Cavs haunt the Raptors’ postseason dreams yet again.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Metso pumps business area going with the mining flow

first_imgMetso used the recent Bauma fair, in Munich, Germany, to showcase several new solutions, including its MDR500 pump for mill discharge applications.The MDR500 fits on a frame 1400 and is the largest frame for the MD series to benefit from an innovative pump maintenance slide base, Metso’s Director EMEA, Pumps business area, Steve Sedgwick told IM at the event, ahead of the publication of its annual feature on pumps and pipelines.In terms of routine inspection or repair, this design allows the complete bearing frame and rotating element to be removed as a unit; thus, impeller, complete gland seal component and back liner renewal can be carried out rapidly and safely. The inlet and discharge piping can remain in place, which aids health and safety.The MD series has been designed speci¬fically for mill discharge, very abrasive applications and cyclone feed duties, offering sustained efficiency and performance, on top of operational reliability and durability, according to Metso.The company says it uses only high-performance materials for its MD pumps that come with excellent resistance to abrasion and erosion. Special emphasis has also been placed on components able to withstand exceptional wear from coarse heavy solids due to the modern hydraulic design.“An oversized robust steel shaft and extra thick casings and liners are just some of the heavy-duty components equipped on our MD series pumps,” Metso said.While the MDR500 on the Metso stand came with a rubber lining, the company also provides an alternative metal lining for coarse feeds (MDM500).The pump (MDR500), which as the name implies comes with a 500 mm inlet, has a large diameter, slow-running impeller, on top of double adjustment feature ensuring both suction side and gland side impeller clearances can be set perfectly from new, and maintained throughout the wear life of the components.This specimen on show was, by far, not the largest model available, with Metso saying it can meet most flow and head requirements for the intended applications.Last year, the company introduced a new pump test rig at its Sala facility, in Sweden, equipped with a 2 MW motor that could accommodate the company’s largest mill discharge pump – the MDM650 and larger. Some of the pumps tested on this new rig have already been dispatched to a mining customer in South America.Sedgwick said the company had also sold many pumps to miners in several countries in recent years – for base metal and other operations – and was continuing to register good demand from mining companies around the world focused on gold, iron ore and copper.He said Metso had also recently made a delivery to a company in the CIS where the pump was being used in conjunction with high pressure grinding rollers in a hard-rock comminution circuit.Metso doesn’t just supply the pumps that go into these heavy-duty applications, though. It has also helped integrate the equipment into the operations they were built for by supplying rubber pipes, valves and other solutions to ensure they operate to their full ability.A case in point is Boliden’s Aitik mine, just south of Gällivare in the north-central part of Sweden, where an expansion project to take the operation from 36 Mt/y of throughput to 45 Mt/y has been going on for the past few years.This 25% increase in production – that came with a subsequent rise in the output of copper concentrate – required every part of the Aitik plant to be optimised, Metso said.Initial investigation showed if concentrate volumes were to step up with this expansion, the mine would run into capacity limitations with the existing tailings from the plant.The miner needed a proven solution fast in order to achieve its production goals. It also required one that could cope with environments where temperatures could vary from -40°C to 30°C.This is where Metso suggested a solution consisting of heavy-duty slurry pumps and rubber-lined steel pipes designed for rugged applications.The company supplied 16 km of natural rubber-lined pipes, ranging in size from DN200 to DN600, with rubber compensators and branch pipes, and the heavy-duty pumps. The pipes offer five times longer wear life compared with a typical polyethylene pipe, according to the company, and were supplied alongside rubber hoses, and rubber bends equipped with thick long-wear rubber and an “ultra-smooth surface” for low flow resistance to increase the tailing capacity.last_img read more

Review Aviate is a fresh face for your Android phone

first_imgHardcore Android users have long prized their ability to deeply customize their experience so that it is either more efficient or simply more personalized. What if you decided to throw all of that away in exchange for an interface that filled in the blanks for you? Aviate is a launcher replacement on the surface, but ultimately it serves as a replacement for dozens of tedious tasks on Android.Ever since the launch of the first Android phone, the G1, there have been developers out there trying to improve upon the Android launcher. Some of them exist to add new features, some of them exist to provide alternatives for users who get stuck with outdated launchers made by the smartphone manufacturers, while still others are simply designed to make a homescreen look like a Padd from Star Trek. Whatever, the reason, alternative launchers have existed almost from the beginning.Most of their changes are cosmetic, in fact it’s only really been in the last year that apps like Action Launcher have come out and really started adding features you couldn’t find anywhere else. Aviate takes things in a wildly different direction, asking the user to sacrifice control of their launcher in exchange for a whole new workflow.From the start, you’ll notice that Aviate isn’t like the other kids in the Play Store. The screen setup is wildly different, mostly because there are no screens. Your primary “home” setup is a combination of key apps and widgets that you use every day… and that’s it. There’s no other screen to swipe to for more widgets, or another page of your painstakingly organized folders of apps. These things are gone, and instead what you get is the experience Aviate knows you want, based on how you use actually your phone throughout the day.Aviate’s home page is constantly changing to offer you content that is relevant to your usage patterns. When your alarm goes off in the morning and you reach for your phone, Aviate has Geek.com (your favorite news site) and whatever apps you go to first thing in the morning right there for you in a special morning only window. Then when you are on your way to work, Aviate has the maps and music apps ready to go, as well as a suggestion of apps you may also be interested in when you are in transit. When you get to work, the screen changes again to offer you apps that you are most likely to use in this environment.If Aviate guesses incorrectly, you do have a little bit of manual control. You can set whatever app you want in the environment you are currently in, and it will stay there. You have control over what widgets are shown on the homescreen, and you have the ability to dismiss any app suggestions that are made. Access your whole list of apps is now two swipes away, and has been alphabetized to make it easier to find an app quickly. This does technically put your complete library of apps one step further away than with most other launchers, but from my testing the suggestion engine has been so good I rarely have had to hunt for an app.Being location aware for certain environments is both a gift and a curse when using this service. It’s one area that isn’t quite polished yet for Aviate, and can cause problems as you use it. If the app thinks you’re at a nearby restaurant or landmark it will change your screen to attempt to optimize. This could be a good thing if it was more accurate, as it offers Foursquare check-in and reviews that can be quickly accessed. Switching back to the correct environment with the Spaces tab is easy enough, but the app seems to not learn from this correction quite fast enough yet. On several occasions, I’ve had to move back from being put in the same incorrect environment.In the Spaces slide-in menu you will also find the system settings. It’s a little odd a first to see the launcher treat Settings in the same way that it treats location changes, but it’s hard to argue with how fast you can access almost every common setting from this menu. If you’re using a modern version of Android, it’s the same number of steps as the quick-launch page. What makes it make more sense to use on a regular basis is the access to theme control and a quick glance at non-system settings. If you use apps like Lux or Battery Widget Reborn! you can place control for these here and access them alongside the rest of your settings.Ultimately, Aviate is nearly perfect if you don’t enjoy spending countless hours controlling every pixel on your home screen. After a few days of use the app does a fantastic job putting everything within reach of the main screen, and it does so in a way that makes you feel like it was your idea. It’s got a little ways to go before when it comes to being location accurate, perhaps even a way to only allow the app to change when in pre-defined zones, but it’s an impressive accomplishment for a newcomer to the launcher replacement space.last_img read more

Two men charged in relation to hijacking of car in south Dublin

first_img Jun 17th 2017, 11:47 AM Image: RollingNews.ie By Garreth MacNamee Image: RollingNews.ie No Comments TWO MEN ARRESTED in connection with the hijacking of a car in south Dublin earlier this week have been charged in relation to the alleged crime.Officers arrested the men following the alleged hijacking of a vehicle in the south Dublin area which happened on the 15 June.Gardaí said the men are accused of being involved in armed robberies which occurred earlier in the day at a service station in Palmerstown and a shop in Tallaght.The vehicle believed to be involved these incidents, a silver hatchback, was discovered burnt out near the area of the hijacking which occurred in the Shankill area when a female driver was stopped by two men on Old Connaught Drive at around 4pm. She was uninjured in the incident.Both men were remanded in custody to appear in court at a later date.Read: O’Mahony gives strong audition for Test captaincy on good night for the IrishRead: Two men arrested and handgun seized in Dublin city centre > https://jrnl.ie/3449667 16,444 Views Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 11:47 AM Share5 Tweet Email1 Two men charged in relation to hijacking of car in south Dublin The men were arrested earlier this week. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ThinkPad X1 Carbon le nouvel ultrabook de Lenovo

first_imgThinkPad X1 Carbon : le nouvel ultrabook de LenovoLenovo vient de lancer un nouvel ultrabook. Baptisé ThinkPad X1 Carbon, il est présenté comme l’ordinateur portable de 14 pouces le plus fin du monde. Comme son nom l’indique, il doit cette finesse et sa légèreté à la fibre de carbone avec laquelle il a été conçu.Lenovo a dévoilé son tout dernier modèle d’ultrabook, le ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Sa première particularité réside en sa légèreté et sa finesse, obtenues grâce à la fibre de carbone. Le terminal ne pèse que 1,3 kilos et affiche une épaisseur de seulement 18 millimètres.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Doté d’un écran de 14 pouces, inclinable à 180 degrés, il offre une de résolution de 1600 x 900 pixels, contre 1366 x 768 pixels pour son prédécesseur et son écran de 13 pouces. Lenovo promet en outre un ordinateur ultra-résistant, aux chocs comme aux chutes, ainsi qu’aux liquides. Équipé d’un processeur Ivy Bridge, d’un clavier rétro-éclairé, de deux ports USB 3.0, deux ports USB 2.0 et d’un lecteur de carte SD, l’ordinateur portable offre la 3G et intègre la technologie RapidCharge de Lenovo, qui permet à l’ultrabook de se recharger très rapidement. Trente minutes lui suffisent pour recouvrer 85% de son autonomie. Le constructeur chinois n’a pas encore précisé le prix de son ThinkPad X1 Carbon, et sa date de sortie reste elle aussi inconnue. Pour l’heure, Lenovo se contente de promettre un lancement avant l’été.Le 16 mai 2012 à 12:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Scientists ID Nearly 2000 Unknown Bacteria in the Human Gut

first_imgStay on target Microbiologist Makes Colorful ‘Game of Thrones’ Sigils Art With BacteriaOil-Eating Bacteria Found in World’s Deepest Ocean Trench Next time you’re feeling lonely, just remember that are almost 2,000 bacterial species living in your gut.Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) identified thousands of previously unknown microbes roaming around the human gut.The study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples, known as metagenomics, is a bit like reconstructing hundreds of puzzles after mixing all the pieces together, according to Rob Finn, group leader at EMBL-EBI.“[And] without knowing what the final image is meant to look like, and after completely removing a few pieces from the mix just to make it that bit harder,” he said in a statement.Luckily, we live in an age of computer simulations and algorithms.“Researchers are now at a stage where they can use a range of computational tools to complement and sometimes guide lab work, in order to uncover new insights into the human gut,” Finn said.The results, published in the journal Nature, highlight global differences in the composition of gut bacteria—and the importance of studied samples reflecting that diversity.Scientists are getting closer to creating a complete list of common microbes in the North American and European gut.But despite leveraging what postdoctoral fellow Alexandre Almeida called “the most comprehensive public databases of gastrointestinal bacteria,” there remains a significant lack of data from other regions.“The few South American and African datasets we had access to for this study revealed significant diversity not present in the former populations,” Finn said. “This suggests that collecting data from underrepresented populations is essential if we want to achieve a truly comprehensive picture of the composition of the human gut.”In the future, the team’s analysis methods can be applied to larger, more diverse datasets, enabling further discovery.“Research such as this is helping us create a so-called blueprint of the human gut,” according to Trevor Lawley, group leader at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. “Which in the future could help us understand human health and disease better and could even guide diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.”More on Geek.com:Fart-Tracking Capsule Sends Real-Time Data to Your SmartphoneThis Little Robot Blasts the Bacteria in Your Hotel Room BedScientists Shine Light on Bacteria That Causes Food Poisoninglast_img read more

The Witchers Gwent Coming Soon To Mobile

first_imgStay on target There are a lot of reasons why people really really really love The Witcher games. They’re excellent open-world action RPGs. They’re chock full of beautifully written dark fantasy quests. They’re maybe the only good example of video games improving on literary source material. And of course Geralt of Rivia is daddy.But 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gave players one more big reason to love the series, the addictive collectible card game Gwent. And just as Hearthstone became a huge game in its own right separate for its Warcraft roots, Gwent is also worth playing even when Geralt is nowhere to be found. Soon you’ll have even fewer excuses to not check it out since Gwent is coming to iOS on October 29.We have a #NationalVideoGamesDay present for you — @PlayGwent is coming to iOS on October 29th! Pre-order now (for free!) to get it on your device immediately after release! #GWENTiOSPre-order : https://t.co/IonQiGGnRu pic.twitter.com/ml7QTUZY3D— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) September 12, 2019 Gwent has been more than just a Witcher side mode for a few months now. The standalone game launched late last year after a beta that started back in 2017. That full launch included a full single-player campaign, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. And this week it just got a new expansion, Crimson Curse, adding 100 new cards to the game.However until now Gwent has only been available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Physical card games are all about being able to play wherever you can bring a deck. And with this upcoming mobile version Gwent players will also be able to take the game on their travels. After getting the game’s online multiplayer compatible with smartphones, developer CD Projekt Red is bringing Gwent to iOS later this year. The Android version will come after that. Is it too much to hope for a Nintendo Switch version, too?For more on The Witcher check out Henry Cavill starring in the upcoming Netflix adaptation. Meanwhile, prepare yourselves for CD Projekt Red’s next big game Cyberpunk 2077.center_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Liverpool assistant manager taking a break

first_imgLiverpool have announced that assistant manager Zeljko Buvac will be absent from the team for the rest of the season due to personal reasonsBuvac has been an assistant to Jurgen Klopp since 2001 at German club Mainz and has followed him to both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool over the past 17 years.There were reports that the two men had a falling out, but BBC understands that Buvac remains an employee of the club and that the matter is a private issue that will not be discussed.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Together with Buvac, Klopp has won the Bundesliga title twice in 2011 and 2012 and reached the final of the Europa League in 2016.After Liverpool’s goalless draw against Stoke City on Saturday at Anfield, the club have now returned their attention to Wednesday’s second leg against AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League with The Reds looking to win the competition for the first time since their memorable victory in the 2005 final in Istanbul against AC Milan.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand World Cup match under threat forecast remains bleak

first_imgThe England weather, that notorious weather has arrived and just as the World Cup was beginning to heat up, it has started acting as a damp squib. Two matches have already been called off, there have been interventions, there have been delays and now there is a bleak forecast staring in the face of the administrators.The match between West Indies and South Africa could barely last eight overs, the umpires called off the match, incessant rains could well force the fixture between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to be called off and the forecast for the entire week is absolutely dour.Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. However, as per weather forecast, the rain is likely to subside by lunchtime on Thursday which means at least a curtailed game remains a possibility.There have been showers across United Kingdom for the past two days and as per the local Met department, it will not subside and they have also issued a warning for the residents.’Yellow warning for rain has been issued’ Virat KohliGetty Images”A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week,” local website ‘Nottingham post’ reported.The Met office’s warning on its website covered a large area of England, including Birmingham, Peterborough and Newcastle.”There is a chance that heavy prolonged rain could lead to localised flooding and disruption to transport,” the report further said.However, the same report also mentions that the rain might subside at around lunchtime on Thursday which increases the hopes of a curtailed match between India and New Zealand.”That lighter rain is expected to finally come to an end at about lunchtime on Thursday. The maximum temperatures will be around 13 degrees Celsius and minimum overnight temperatures will be around 10 or 11 degrees Celsius,” the website reported.India have got off to a great start as Virat Kohli’s side got the better of South Africa and Australia in the first two games. However, their mood will be dampened as opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for a minimum of three weeks owing to a thumb injury.They will take on New Zealand on Thursday, followed by the big clash against Pakistan on Sunday. If the weather department is to be believed, both these matches could possibly see interventions by rain and this could have an effect on the points table.last_img read more

Houstons Convention Facilities Head Challenges Dismissal

first_imgHouston’s skyline continues to change with the addition of new high-rise residences.Houston First operates the city’s performing arts and convention facilities. Since last September, Dawn Ullrich had been asked by the board about her retirement plans. She finally gave notice that she’d retire at the end of 2018, but the board accepted that as an immediate resignation. Her attorney is former Houston City Attorney David Feldman.“Well, she didn’t resign. She just announced that she was going to retire at the end of the year.”Mayor Sylvester Turner said Ullrich sent emails announcing her retirement without approval from the board, even as negotiations were taking place.“But I wish Dawn well. She’s been with the city a long time, and she’s been a dedicated servant to the City of Houston, but ultimately I support the decision of the board.”Ullrich has been a city employee for 40 years. There’s no appeal process, and attorney Feldman said he can’t reveal what — if any — legal actions are planned. Listen X Share 00:00 /00:53 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Physical copies of Gears of War 4 require 11 GB dayone patch

first_imgNext week sees the release of the highly-anticipated Gears of War 4 on Xbox One and Windows PC. But as is increasingly becoming the case, it doesn’t matter which version of the game you opt to buy you’re going to have to spend some time downloading gigabytes of data. And no, buying a physical copy of the game does not save you from this frustrating task.Gears of War 4 on Xbox One is a 54.6GB download. Ouch! That’s going to take gamers on slower connections a long time to get, and it may also cause a problem if their connection has a data cap. But there’s a physical copy of the game being released, right? Correct! However, in order to play the launch build of the game you’re still going to need to download a day-one patch, which is 11GB. Ouch!To clarify – if digital, no day one patch since all 54.6 gigs are downloaded. If physical disk then there will be 11 gig download.— Rod Fergusson (@GearsViking) September 30, 2016As to why developer The Coalition didn’t include the patch on the disc, the answer is a simple one: it didn’t fit. The Blu-ray disc is 50GB, so with the final game weighing in at 54.6GB there was no way to fit it on. Of course, there’s also the issue of a build needing to be sent off to burn on to discs which happens long before The Coalition would have finished testing and solving problems in the game. A patch was inevitable.There is a way around the 11GB patch if you do buy a physical copy of the game, though. Simply disconnect your Xbox One from the Internet before you insert the disc. It “should” allow you to play the build that The Coalition sent off to the disc printers, but be warned it will likely contain a few bugs and you will eventually end up downloading that huge patch anyway.If digital is your only option then Microsoft is allowing you to preload the game, meaning it should already be on your system and ready to play on launch day as long as you give the game enough time in the coming days to transfer all that data.last_img read more

All Ball Gottliebs Sweet 16 picks and why one NBA GM will

first_img Guests:Steve Lappas – CBS College Basketball Analyst and Former Villanova Head Coach talks NCAA Tournament; Cincinnati and Xavier blowing big second round leads; and why Texas’ Mo Bamba is an NBA project.Chris Beard – Texas Tech Head Coach joins Doug to discuss the Red Raiders run to the Sweet 16; beating an experienced Florida team; and what he expects from Purdue.Greg Gottlieb – Oregon State Assistant Coach joins Doug to defend the Pac-12’s disappointing NCAA Tournament; how surprised he was to see Arizona go down; and how to attack the Syracuse 2-3 zone. With the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in the books, Doug gives his Sweet 16 picks; explains why an NBA GM is going to get fired for drafting Oklahoma’s Trae Young; and why he’s not the next Steph Curry.He also looks at Ty Lue’s leave of absence from the Cavs, and why LeBron deserves blame for the overall dysfunction in Cleveland. Advertisementcenter_img Make sure you download and subscribe to All Ball and The Herd Podcast Network on iTunes and iHeart, or however you choose to listen.last_img read more

Australias Prime Minister criticizes training teachers on transgender issues

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) After making comments about LGBTI education, Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison visits a school. (Photo: Facebook) ‘We do not need “gender whisperers” in schools,’ Prime Minster Scott Morrison wrote on Twitter on Wednesday (5 September).He was sharing a Daily Telegraph article that claimed training teachers to be aware of transgender students had lead to a surge in young people transitioning. ‘Let kids be kids,’ he wrote.Earlier this week, the new Prime Minister said he found it ‘skin-curling’ that schools taught children about LGBTI topics. He also said he would not ‘get involved’ in outlawing gay conversion therapy.Morrison had ‘made every effort to demonise young LGBTIQ people,’ said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson. ‘He has done so much damage in such a short time,’ she said on Wednesday.Rice said:‘I’ve got news for the Prime Minister – some kids are trans. Some kids are gay, lesbian, bisexual. Some kids are questioning their gender or sexuality. And they need to be supported by their families, communities, schools and their representatives in parliament.’ We do not need ‘gender whisperers’ in our schools. Let kids be kids. https://t.co/POzM26PXU5— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) September 4, 2018Fight for LGBTI EducationLast month, Morrison became Australia’s sixth Prime Minster in 11 years. As a pentecostal Christian, he voted against same-sex marriage during the country’s recent debate. He also advocated for religious institutions to be able to discriminate against LGBTI people.Morrison was against the ‘Safe Schools’ program, which aimed to teach kids in Australian schools about gender and sexual minorities, before it was shut down.The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday said  hospitals had referred 74 Australians aged 6-16 to gender dysphoria clinics this year This compared to 22 in 2015.Western Sydney University Professor of Paediatrics John Whitehall told the paper it was a ‘sad, tragic and very dangerous fad.’Gender experts were ‘part of the problem as they mess with the kids by giving them a platform to believe they have a genuine problem,’ he said.In the article, Gender counsellor ­Dr Elizabeth Riley said one in 100 students will be transgender. ‘It’s important we support them so they get the right advice­ early so they are not bullied or go into hiding,’ she said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/australias-prime-minister-criticizes-training-teachers-on-transgender-issues/center_img Australia’s new Prime Minster has continued his streak of anti-LGBTI comments by criticizing training teachers on transgender issues. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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Win a trip for two with new agent contest from Exodus

first_imgTags: Contests, Exodus Travels Win a trip for two with new agent contest from Exodus Posted by Share TORONTO — Agents can win a self-guided adventure for two with the latest update to the Exodus Expert Program.Aiming to reward hardworking agents who bring unique travel experiences to their clients, Exodus is offering agents who complete the expert program and earn the Self-Guided Badge an automatic entry into the contest “and the opportunity to go their own way”.Exodus has over 115 self-guided walking or cycling adventures to choose from, showcasing Europe’s lesser known backroads, wine trails, waterways and coastal routes for travellers who want to go at their own pace.The Self-Guided Contest for Agents runs from Sept. 17 until Nov 15 and is open to agents in Canada and the U.S.Agents who visit exodus-expert.com and complete the training program will have their names automatically entered for the chance to win a trip for two on a self-guided trip. The trip is valued at US$4,000. The winner will be randomly selected on Nov.16.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, September 17, 2018 Travelweek Group last_img read more

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