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Haider Jalabi Thanks King Mohammed VI and Moroccan People Video

Rabat – Syrian refugee Haider Jalabi, who was finally reunited with his father in Morocco, has thanked King Mohammed VI for granting him a visa to enter the country. The 11-year-old arrived at the Casablanca international airport after a video of him appealing to King Mohammed VI went viral on social media networks.In a video posted on YouTube on Wednesday, Haider also thanked the Moroccan people for their support and warm welcome. Haider is now reunited with his father who has legal residency in Morocco and is married to a Moroccan woman who had been living with him in Syria before the start of the revolution in 2011.He also met his baby brother for the first time.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Grenfell Tower Survivor 40 Percent of Residents Are Moroccans

Rabat – Moroccan Mona Qabbani, who survived the tragedy of Grenfell Tower in west London, has given her account of the incident saying that a huge number of missing victims are Moroccan.Mona Qabbani, a Moroccan who survived the massive fire in Grenfel Tower, stated in an interview with the Arabic-language news source, Alyaoum 24, that the incident was “extremely terrible and frightening,” and that the survivors “lived the worst day of their lives.”Qabbani who lived in the 11th floor of the giant building that caught fire on June 14 said she did not notice the fire and that her friend called her and told her to run away. “My friend saved me and my kids after she called me and told me to run away quickly. Had it not been for Allah’s mercy, I would have been dead, especially because the fire was close.” Qabbani added that 40 percent of the residents in the building are Moroccan and the rest come from different Arab nationalities. She pointed out that the majority of them are missing. “Every now and then we remember some Moroccan families through their photos and we notify the British authorities. I hope they are not among the victims,” said Qabbani, noting that two members of one Moroccan family were rescued, but the father, mother, and a son are still missing. “We don’t know if they are dead or alive,” she added.The Moroccan survivor also pointed out that a faulty refrigerator caused the fire, and explained that the retrofitted exterior insulation in the building made the rescue operation extremely difficult.Qabbani spoke about the people injured in the incident saying they are so numerous that she cannot count them, and noted that a Moroccan woman a her children have been in the emergency room since the day of the event after they inhaled smoke. read more

299 Moroccan Women Pass Public Notary Test

Rabat – A total of 299 Moroccan women have passed the admission test to become public notaries (adoul), accounting for 38.37 percent of the passing candidates.A statement from the Ministry of Justice announced on Saturday that 501 men passed the admission test, representing 62.62 percent.King Mohammed VI announced in January an unprecedented decision to open the position of adoul to women candidates. Of the 18,948 who took the test on May 6, 7,632 were women.Public notaries in Morocco, similar to lawyers, typically handle the paperwork for a multitude of transactions, including the sale of property, marriage contracts, and commercial contracts. Traditionally, the notary position was held by a religious man certified by Morocco’s government to document marriage papers and manage inheritance issues.The tests were given in several regions across Morocco, including Rabat, Oujda, Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca, Tangier, and Fez.Following the decision of the King, the ministry announced that it would create up to 800 jobs for Moroccan men and women wishing to become public notary officials.The ministry described the event as “historic,” adding that it is a new phase that “embodies the modernist democratic choice of the Kingdom, particularly in the promotion of women’s rights, the fight against all forms of discrimination and the strengthening of their position alongside men.” The royal decree allows Moroccan women across the country to carry out several duties in accordance with the Islamic law (sharia), such as documenting witness testimony in courts and handling inheritance cases and real estate transactions.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said during the Government Council that equality between men and women on economic, social, and political levels has become a national cause.El Othmani also said that he wants to see women as decision-makers, abiding by the constitutional reforms of 2011 which emphasize equality between genders and the integration of women in different fields.El Othmani invited everyone to be vigilant towards “caring for women in all parts of their lives, especially for [their] education, health, and social integration.” read more

DR Congo Security Council extends arms embargo and monitoring group

The United Nations Security Council today extended until the end of the year its arms embargo and other sanctions meant to keep weapons out of the hands of militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which it said continue to threaten stability in the eastern part of the vast country. Council members voted unanimously this morning to maintain, with some modifications, the sanctions – consisting of the arms embargo, a travel ban and an assets freeze on those who violate the embargo – until at least 31 December. The Group of Experts that monitors the embargo and develops recommendations for its improvement was also extended until the same date. In the resolution extending the sanctions regime, the 15-member Council expressed its continued concern about the situation in the provinces of North and South Kivu and in the Ituri district, close to the border with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It noted, however, an improved exchange of information between the Council committee monitoring the sanctions, other parts of the UN and Governments of the region, and in that light modified the rules for importation of military supplies for the national army and police of the DRC. At the same time, it continued to stress the urgent need for progress in security sector reform in the country, which has suffered from decades of war and misrule but in 2006 held its first free elections in more than 45 years. The embargo was first imposed in 2003 amid concerns that the growth and trafficking of arms was serving to fuel and exacerbate conflicts across the Great Lakes region. The Council also noted the link between the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources in the DRC and the proliferation of arms. The embargo does not apply to arms and related materiel intended for the use of units of the national army or police as long as those units meet certain criteria. 31 March 2008The United Nations Security Council today extended until the end of the year its arms embargo and other sanctions meant to keep weapons out of the hands of militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which it said continue to threaten stability in the eastern part of the vast country. read more

Niagara OPP officer hurt in freak crash

(Updated) An OPP officer from the Niagara detachment remains in hospital with serious injuries after a freak accident during training this morning.The officer has been identified as Constable Pete Tucker. He was taking part in a training exercise near Barrie when his bike struck a goose and he crashed.The accident took place shortly before 9:30 this morning at Highway 400 and Highway 11. Tucker, a member of the Golden Helmets Motorcycle Precision Team, was riding his bike alongside 14 others taking part in a VIP escort training exercise.The mock escort was travelling southbound on Highway 11 when the goose in mid-flight collided with Tucker. The OPP say it’s likely the goose hit the motocycle’s windshield which was broken off the police bike. Tucker was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital with injuries to his legs that the OPP are describing as “life-altering.”A section of Highway 11 was closed for several hours but has since re-opened. The goose was found dead about 150 metres from the crash and did not hit any of the other officers’ on motorcycles.The OPP say the one silver lining to this incident is that because it happened during a training exercise. The roads were closed off to normal traffic and there were no other vehicles on the highway. Constable Tucker is a veteran of the force in the highway division and has extensive experience riding motorcylces. He remains in critical condition at this time. read more

Retention bonuses of 92 million for key Sears Canada employees spark outcry

Retention bonuses of $9.2 million for key Sears Canada employees spark outcry Sears Canada’s plan to pay out millions in bonuses to keep execs and key staff on board while not paying severance to laid-off workers is being met with shock and disbelief.“It definitely should not go to them,” said Marinella Gonzalez, who worked as a planner at the retailer’s head office for 18 years before getting laid off in June with no severance.“This situation happened because of mismanagement, and it should not be the workers that have to pay for that.”Gonzalez said more needs to be done to protect and prioritize worker rights when companies get into trouble.“This is not the Canadian way…. To be treated in this way is absolutely unacceptable. I think our government needs to step in and these corporations need to smarten up.”Ken Eady, who spent 30 years at Sears before retiring, said news of the bonuses while not paying severances was just the latest development in a terrible situation.“To see people being paid what might be millions of dollars in bonuses for staying seems so out of balance and so unreasonable that it’s beyond the pale,” said Eady, who now works to protect the pensions of retired Sears employees at the independent SCRG retiree association.Sears Canada got court permission on Thursday to pay $9.2 million in retention bonuses as part of a compromise with retired employees that will see the company continue making some benefit and pension payments until Sept. 30.The retailer had initially asked the court for permission to immediately halt payments for pension, health and dental benefits for laid off employees, retirees and surviving spouses due to a severe cash crunch.Justice Glenn Hainey wrote in his approval of the $9.2 million in payments that the details should remain confidential. But the company estimated when it sought court protection in June that it would need to pay $7.6 million for key employees at head office and $1.6 million for managers of stores that are scheduled to be closed under the restructuring.Sears Canada spokesman Joel Shaffer said the payments are common during the creditor protection process, and are designed to keep key employees motivated with performance indicators and incentives to successfully close stores.He said the payments are designed to support the best possible outcome for the business and stakeholders, and that the situation could worsen without them.Along with approving the deal between the company and former employees, Hainey also gave Sears Canada the green light to immediately proceed with reaching out to potential buyers while it’s under court protection from its creditors.Sears Canada shocked many employees when it announced in June that it planned to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs, without severance, while under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.Employment lawyer Susan Ursel, whose firm represents more than 17,000 non-unionized former and current employees, said Thursday they continue to push for temporary hardship fund for those who are in dire need of cash and health benefits. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 1:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The 2019 Orioles Are One Of The Most Anonymous Teams In MLB

PosPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWAR Only three teams in our sample — the 1977 and 1982 Toronto Blue Jays and the 1980 Oakland Athletics — had lower established WAR levels for their starting lineups on Opening Day than the Orioles will have this season. CCerone-0.2Heath-0.3Whitt+0.4Sisco+0.1 SSTorres+0.3Guerrero-0.3Griffin-1.1Martin+0.0 The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were so bad that we questioned whether they belonged in the major leagues at all. They were our runaway pick for worst pro team of the year, going far beyond the many wannabe Astros and Cubs who’ve jumped on the tanking fad in recent seasons.Amazingly, things might get even worse this year. Since the middle of last season, Baltimore has traded away established veterans Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, and watched as others such as Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones departed in free agency as well. Now there are only three remaining members of the Orioles’ lineup with even two years of MLB service time heading into 2019: Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini — both average players at best — and Chris Davis, who had arguably the worst individual season in MLB history in 2018 when he hit .168 (in 470 at-bats!) with a .539 on-base plus slugging and -2.9 wins above replacement (WAR).1According to our usual 50-50 blend between the WAR versions found at and FanGraphs. Davis’ untradeable contract means the Orioles are stuck with him, so they’ll pencil his name in on opening day no matter how bad he was last season.And those are the guys in the starting lineup who can be remotely labeled as household names. The rest is filled out with either youngish players who are past “prospect” status or journeymen plucked off the scrap heap. Taken as a whole, the 2019 Orioles’ roster basically recalls this scene from “Major League”:(No word on whether Baltimore owner Peter Angelos secretly built this team of cast-offs so he can move the team to Miami.)There have been a few teams who went into a season with less apparent talent than Baltimore — but not many. Using, we gathered data for each American League team’s opening day lineup since 1973 (to include every team who used the designated hitter full-time) and calculated those players’ established WAR track records going into the season.2To find a player’s established level of performance, we multiplied his WAR from the previous season by three, doubled his WAR from two seasons before and added it on, then added his WAR from three seasons before, and divided by six. This is an old Bill James invention for roughly projecting how much you can expect out of a player (in any given stat) based on the previous three years of performance. The track records for these Orioles — to the extent they have track records at all — place the team at or near the low-water mark at each position relative to all other AL opening day starting lineups since 1973: CFWoods-0.1Murphy+0.7Moseby+0.5Mullins-0.1 LFScott+0.0Henderson-0.4Woods+0.6Mancini+0.6 1977 Blue Jays1980 Athletics1982 Blue Jays2019 Orioles Baltimore’s place among the worst opening day lineupsAmong American League teams since 1973, the four worst opening day lineups according to the sum of players’ established wins above replacement (WAR) levels DHVelez+0.7Essian+1.6Mayberry+1.8Santander-0.2 2BGarcia-0.6Picciolo-0.8Garcia-0.2Villar+1.8 RFBowling-0.1Armas+0.3Barfield+0.7Hays+0.0 Total-0.5+1.4+1.8+2.1 1BAult+0.0Newman+0.7Upshaw-0.4Davis-1.0 3BMcKay-0.5Klutts-0.1Mulliniks-0.3Nunez+0.9 Established level is calculated as a weighted average of WAR from the previous three seasons.Sources:, FanGraphs One of those teams, the ’77 Jays, was an expansion club that won just 54 games. But the two others finished around .500, meaning there are limitations to predicting off a lineup’s previous MLB track records. Of course pitchers can come to the rescue, as they did for Toronto in 1982 (led by the underappreciated Dave Stieb). Also, young players can emerge in dramatic breakout fashion: Rickey Henderson had done little as a rookie for the 1979 A’s before erupting for 8.3 WAR in 1980, for instance.But it’s tough to find the next Stieb or Henderson waiting in the wings to save Baltimore this year. De facto staff ace Dylan Bundy had a 5.45 earned run average last season, while the top prospect in the Orioles system, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, is starting the year in the minors and probably won’t be a full-time contributor until 2020. Among those actually in this lineup on opening day, outfielders Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays and catcher Chance Cisco probably have the best breakout potential. In fact, FanGraphs currently projects Mullins for a team-best 1.8 WAR, thanks to a combination of power and speed that could make him one of the few Orioles worth watching this season.New Orioles general manager Mike Elias told earlier this month that he wants the rebuild to go quickly: “This team finished last last year with a bad record,” he said. “I want to get out of that phase as quickly as possible, and so every decision that we’re going to make is going to be towards accelerating our advancement to be a playoff-caliber team again. I see no reason to stretch that out, drag it out beyond what we have to.”For now, though, this Baltimore lineup looks like it will battle the Miami Marlins for the saddest collection of mediocre veterans and anonymous prospects in the game. In each case, you’ve probably never heard of half of these guys, and the ones you do know are way past their prime. (Or never had a prime.) We’ll just have to see if this ragtag group can rally together and win the pennant anyway — or more realistically, rally to avoid 115 losses this time around. read more

Opinion It is time to stop paying people to spread hate

first_img Short URL Mar 30th 2019, 7:31 AM Share180 Tweet Email1 By Kate O’Brien Kate O’Brien Opinion: It is time to stop paying people to spread hate Hit them where it hurts. When so-called ‘provocateur’ Milo Yiannopoulos overstepped the line, he lost his book deal and now he is reported to be heavily in debt, writes Kate O’Brien. Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 7:30 AMcenter_img WE NEED TO have a conversation about free speech and no-platforming.No-platforming is the idea of denying a ‘platform’ to a speaker deemed harmful or dangerous.That platform could be a spot in a university debate, a newspaper column, a radio show, or a Twitter account. In 2011 a society in Trinity College Dublin invited then-leader of the BNP to a debate, which resulted in student protest and that invite being rescinded.The objections to such protests, tend to cite the value of free speech, critics argue that to deny a platform to a racist or a misogynist sets a dangerous precedent, that it is a slippery slope towards silencing those we disagree with.Where is the line?For many people, the question is where do we draw the line?I would argue that there is a huge difference between topics that people merely disagree on and speech that causes material harm.Harmful speakers include those that contribute to rape culture or transphobia and those who draw comparisons between migration and infestation.These ideas are dehumanising and normalise violence, and they are also harmful in and of themselves.We each have a personal idea of what constitutes right and wrong, who should be protected and who we should object to. So we each have to judge how much harm something does and where the line is. Protests happen when a lot of people decide together that certain ideas are so harmful, or certain words so cruel, that we must organise ourselves to protest against the speaker in order to lessen their harm.Free speech includes the right to protest.Since Trump’s campaign and election in 2016, there has been an increase in Islamophobic and anti-Semitic violence in the USA.Many scholars and commentators have drawn a link between the normalisation of anti-immigrant rhetoric and these increases in targeted violence. The rise of the far right on YouTube and Twitter has been linked to the increasing radicalisation of white youth. So we have to critically examine that link between racist rhetoric and racist violence.And we have to also look at the role of less overtly violent, but dehumanising, language feeding into this normalisation.Does YouTube have a responsibility to de-platform users who promote racism?Recently in New Zealand, a white supremacist killed 50 people in a mosque. He was reportedly radicalised online and he announced his plans for the attack on the site 8chan.8chan provides a completely anonymous, uncensored, un-moderated platform for white supremacists to encourage the worst in each other without any accountability.Thankfully common sense has prevailed and the authorities in  Australia and New Zealand are now moving to block white supremacist-linked sites including 4chan and 8chan. No platforming worksEvery time no-platforming is suggested, the idea is rejected on the grounds that people are being silenced and that free speech is at risk, or that this is some kind of  ‘liberal fascism’.But by giving certain people a platform, we are actually amplifying their views.We are also creating a space in which irrational hatred becomes normal, acceptable even, not just online but on TV and the radio too.And these ‘provocateurs’ know that the more terrible they are, the more famous they will become.The more extreme things they say the more money they make – be it from YouTube ad revenue or book deals.The more outrageous the speech, the more clicks on the article. The more attention the article gets, the more profit and publicity generated for the paper.So there is a monetary incentive to be more cruel and to outlets who platform cruelty. Currently, we are not just allowing hateful speech, but encouraging it.No-platforming is an attempt to de-incentivise hatred and the good news is that no-platforming works.Take the so-called ‘provocateur’, British contributor, Milo Yiannopoulos who created a successful career, including several book deals with his ‘controversial’ comments. Yiannopoulous is famously Islamaphobic and at one of his talks, he projected a photo of a feminist writer, when she was a teenager, with the word UNFUCKABLE superimposed on top.But it was only when Yiannopoulos made comments justifying paedophilia that he was finally judged to have overstepped the boundaries of the acceptable levels of ‘controversial’.He then lost his book deal and stopped being invited to speak at universities and now he is reported to be heavily in debt. De-commodifying hateSome people argue that it is best to allow these ideas to be platformed so that they can be crushed in a debate by others using superior logic, the problem is that most of these harmful ideas are not new. For centuries people have sprouted racist theories a but despite the fact that science has utterly refuted these theories and rational debaters have tried to highlight the flaws the hate-filled commentators continue.What could we possibly learn from listening to this?No one has an automatic right to a platform for hate.  You have the right to speak, but no one else is required to engage you seriously. When a private company, an organisation or a national broadcaster, platforms someone whose speech we see as harmful, we have a right to protest that decision. Furthermore, no one is required to pay for harmful opinions and refusing to pay for something is not censorship.No-platforming is the radical idea that we shouldn’t pay people to be terrible. 157 Comments 15,939 Views No-platforming is a method of de-commodifying hatred.I think most of us can agree that at least some ideas are dangerous. By refusing to platform hatred we send a simple message – I won’t pay you for that.Kate O’Brien is a disability rights activist with a master’s in Human Rights Law from Queen’s University Belfast. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

President of Samsung to Meet With BTC CEO

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 25, 2017 – Nassau – Just a week ago, Bahamas telecommunications Company (BTC) introduced the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 to the country. On the weekend, BTC began installing experience tables for the Samsung product lines in its stores.The experience table allows you to touch and feel all the entire Samsung device line.On Thursday, Mr. Seong Hyun Lee, Samsung’s President for Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to meet with BTC CEO Mr. Leon Williams. Both companies will discuss new initiatives and future collaborations.CEO Leon Williams said, “We value our partnership with our providers. We’ve worked with Samsung over the years giving our customers a wide range of lifestyle device options. We look forward to meeting with Samsung this week.”Since its launch last week, BTC has sold almost five hundred Samsung S8 devices. The company’s device management team has also announced that it will be carrying the device’s full keyboard clip on cover accessory in just a few weeks.BTC intend to install Samsung experience tables at all of its flagship stores.#magneticmedianews#samsungpresidenttomeetwithbtcceo Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #samsungpresidenttomeetwithbtcceo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Bahamas PM opens Caribbean Broadcasters Union meetings

first_img Related Items:#CBU, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 22, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis last night opened the 48th General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasters Union begin staged in Nassau.    A main focus of the three day, annually held sessions will be digital developments in broadcasting.The #CBU meetings and exhibitions are set at the British Colonial Hilton and an awards gala will happen at the Atlantis Resort.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas PM opens Caribbean Broadcasters Union meetingslast_img

POLICE LOG for September 11 Explosion On Railroad Tracks Juveniles Toilet Papering

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, September 11, 2018:A caller reported an explosion and sees flames on the railroad track on Westdale Avenue. Police responded. The transformer on top of the pole across the tracks has flames. RMLD and Fire Department notified. RMLD in contact with railroad engineers and flagmen. (6:47am)Police assisted with a vehicle lockout at Nichols Funeral Home. (10:29am)Police issued a citation for failure to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk on Shawsheen Avenue. (1:56pm) Fire Department reported a tree branch was partially obstructing the sidewalk and roadway on Middlesex Avenue. Homeowner said the tree was on town property. Police notified Tree Department to respond tomorrow. (3:58pm)A caller requested an officer after a neighbor’s dog growled and jumped on her grandson when he was playing in the street. (4:28pm) A truck driver admitted to taking down wires on Catherine Avenue. RMLD and Verizon notified. (5:50pm)A female party reported several cars were parked in the roadway and mentioned a group of juveniles. Speech was garbled and difficult to understand. Police responded. Cars gone upon arrival. Caller said she was upset because juveniles were toilet papering. (8:06pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 6: Trailer Fire On Highway; Car vs. Rock Wall; Needle Found In YardIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”last_img read more

WATCH NASA Astronauts Begin First Of Three LiveStreamed Spacewalks

first_img Share NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Anne McClain will replace batteries outside the International Space Station Friday, in the first of three live-streamed spacewalks in the coming weeks. The two will replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station’s solar arrays. The spacewalk comes ahead of NASA’s first all-female spacewalk to take place on March 29th. last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday November 24

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: White Chicago police officer charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of a Black teen, five Black Lives Matter protesters shot during a demonstration in Minneapolis, allegedly by a White and Hispanic males and racially charged rhetoric from GOP presidential candidates. We’ll dedicate the first hour of the show to the volatile issue of race in America. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes..last_img

Models suggest little brown bats more susceptible to fungus than bigger bats

first_img 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. Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Models suggest little brown bats more susceptible to fungus than bigger bats (2016, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: D. T. S. Hayman et al. Environment, host, and fungal traits predict continental-scale white-nose syndrome in bats, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500831center_img © 2016 (—A team of researchers with members from several institutions in New Zealand and the U.S. has found, via modeling, that little brown bats in North America are likely more susceptible to dying due to a certain fungal infection than bigger brown bats, due to their size and habitat. The team has published their results in the journal Science Advances. Scientists and environmentalists alike have become concerned as the number of little brown bats in North America dying due to a fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome, has climbed into the millions. The fungus attacks the facial skin while the bats are hibernating, causing them to wake from hibernation early—that in turn causes them to die from exposure due to early expenditure of energy reserves. Prior studies have shown that other bats in North America and Europe are not harmed by the fungus and that has led to this newest effort to find out why there is such a stark difference between species.To learn more, the researchers conducted simulations to better understand the conditions that lead to fungal growth and then developed models based on the simulations they ran. Next they built models that mimicked the energy requirements of hibernating bats, taking into account the energy needs for the little brown bats, big brown bats, and also their European cousins, serotine and greater mouse-eared bats. They also noted that white-nose syndrome is relatively new to North America—prior studies have indicated the fungus migrated from Europe.In studying the results offered by all of the models, the researchers found that the energy requirements of hibernating bats varied by species as did metabolic rates, and that both were related to size. They also found that the fungus showed faster growth in areas of high humidity. The team also noted that the little brown bats, besides being smaller than all the others under study, also tended to hibernate in more humid parts of the country.Taken together, the data from the models suggests that it is likely the reason that little brown bats are more susceptible to dying from the fungus is because of their smaller size and because they hibernate in areas where the fungus grows faster. The team also suggests that European bats may have evolved traits that help them fight off the fungus—over their much longer history with the disease. Explaining species differences in bat mortality from white-nose syndromelast_img read more

South Kolkata set to entice pandalhoppers with plethora of exciting themes

first_imgKolkata: The stage is set for pandal-hopping with the pleasant sky and forecast of no further rain. The Pujas in South Kolkata and Southwest Kolkata have lined up a number of innovative themes to attract the revellers.Mudiali Club on S R Das Road has adopted the theme Mayer Aanchal. The blend of dokra with Banglar patachitra and collaboration between various folk and tribal art forms from Bengal will come alive at the pandal. ‘Sankhas’ and ‘polas’ have been used to deck up the pandal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Shibmandir Club on Lake Temple Road is following the theme Maatir Taney Mayer Kache Phera. The jungles are getting depleting with rapid urbanisation. However, people should not forget their roots. The new generation settled abroad or outside the state should return to their roots, which is the message being reciprocated through the theme.Naktala Udayan Sangha is delivering the message that moments are fleeting and cannot be captured, through its theme Kal (Time). Meanwhile, the famous Suruchi Sangha is celebrating mother and soil together through their theme. Flowers and earthen pots in various shapes and shades have been used for pandal decoration. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBhowanipore Swadhin Sangha acknowledges the contribution of the Santhals in the freedom struggle of the country, through its theme of Joy Jitkaur Deban Mena (Say we shall overcome), which is based on a Santhali poem penned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Hogla leaves, barks of trees, leaves of maize, earthen pots and oil lamps have been used to decorate the pandal. Santhal adivasis will be present in the pandal with their typical musical instruments like dhamsa and madol, for entertaining pandal-hoppers. Badamtala Ashar Sangha at Rashbehari Crossing speaks for equal opportunity and equality for women through its theme Sab Charitra Kalpanik. 66 Palli on Nepal Bhattacharjee Street depicts the slow revival of taant and the turnaround of the weavers thorough their theme Taant: Bengal’s own weave.Tridhara Sammilani near Deshapriya Park is trying to revive the lost traditions of Bengal through the theme Prakriti Ratan e Shajabo Joton e. The aim is to familiarise generation Y with the clay and jute artisans of the state, whose prowess remains unacknowledged in this mechanised world.Chetla Agrani is portraying the emptiness experienced after loss through its theme Bisharjan. A palatial building has been erected for people to understand the futility of existence, along with a pond in front of the idol where visitors will see the reflection of Devi Durga. The pond would serve as a symbol where people can shed their sins.Santoshpur Lake Pally between Sukanta Setu and EM Bypass has the theme Maayer Heshel. The ingredients used in the kitchen to prepare meals have been used to decorate the pandal. Six tonnes of turmeric has been used for the same. Behala Natun Dal appeals to the children through their theme to feel the happiness of nature and break the shackles of the digital world in which they are engrossed.last_img read more

Staples that every men should follow to nail office style

first_imgOffice wear calls for subtle outfits that makes a style statement in its own way and this task becomes even more difficult for men because of limited options available. However following some staple trend can make a huge difference in your personality. Experts list five staples that men need to create an impression in office. Oxford: A perfect pick for any formal occasion, oxfords are taking the shoe industry by the storm. Filled with suave, these shoes promise a unique style statement and speak volumes about one’s personality. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLaptop sleeves: Making a lasting impression in your daily routine, laptop sleeves are a basic for all working men yet they can add a classy appeal to your formal ensemble. With multiple zippers and soft cotton linings, these bags are easy to carry and can enhance your style quotient.Loafers: With long working hours and miles to walk, loafers are identified as the most comfortable and convenient in style. Available in varied designs and colours, these shoes are timeless in nature and can be paired with staple trousers, jeans, chinos paired with a shirt, t-shirt or a sweatshirt. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMessenger bags: Stylish yet comfortable, messenger bags for men are the most worthwhile choice when it comes to carrying a lot of stuff without making a mess. Perfect for holding laptops, a file or even a lunch box, these bags also give a modish appeal to your entire office look.Tassel shoes: Making inroads in the men’s shoe industry, tassel lifts up the fashion levels of a normal slip on, making it an ideal choice for an uber cool office look. Capturing the classic essence of style with a touch of elegant modernity, get these shoes in double shaded colours with a glossy finish and the round or pointed front arch to choose from.last_img read more

Baby Clinical Nutrition Market Detailed Report with Top Key Players Abbott

first_imgThe Global Baby Clinical Nutrition Market Report overview covering key drivers and risks factors. The report evaluates the competitive scenario of the Major Leading Players. It also includes basic information like product specifications, manufacturing processes, cost and so on.The Baby Clinical Nutrition Market is continuously growing across the world over the coming years. Nutritional supplements are defined as concentrated sources of nutrients or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect that supplement the normal diet. Growing incidence of chronic diseases, increasing geriatric population and rising cost of healthcare are the major driving factors of the market across the globe.Moreover, the supplements have numerous health benefits such as protection from cold and flu, strengthening the immune system, rheumatic diseases, treat of arthritis, allergies, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases etc. at lower costs which is fueling the demand for these products. These factor also increasing demand of baby clinical nutrition among its end-user.Get the Sample Copy of this Report @ regional analysis of Global Baby Clinical Nutrition Market Covers:Asia PacificNorth AmericaEuropeLatin AmericaRest of the WorldThe major market player included in this report are:AbbottBaxter InternationalFresenius KabiGroupe DanoneNutricia North AmericaMead Johnson NutritionMeijiNestle Health ScienceBraun MelsungenClaris LifesciencesThe report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market.Get Discount on this Research Report @ detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Type:Oral AdministrationEnteral AdministrationIntravenous AdministrationBy Application:HospitalNursery GardenOthersTable of Contents:Chapter 1. Executive SummaryChapter 2. Baby Clinical Nutrition Market Definition and ScopeChapter 3. Baby Clinical Nutrition Market DynamicsChapter 4. Baby Clinical Nutrition Market Industry AnalysisChapter 5. Baby Clinical Nutrition Market, by TypeChapter 6. Baby Clinical Nutrition Market, by ApplicationChapter 7. Baby Clinical Nutrition Market, by Regional AnalysisChapter 8. Competitive IntelligenceChapter 9. Research ProcessReport Summary @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail Global Baby Clinical Nutrition Marketlast_img read more

Ocwen Ready to Close on PHH Acquisition

first_img September 28, 2018 784 Views Ocwen Ready to Close on PHH Acquisition Ocwen PHH 2018-09-28 Seth Welborn On Friday, Ocwen announced that it is ready to close on its acquisition of PHH Corporation.Ocwen and PHH have been working diligently to close the pending transaction.  The companies have now received all regulatory, governmental entity and contractual approvals and consents in order to be in a position to close.  The approval from the New York Department of Financial Services is subject to certain conditions, as further described in Ocwen’s Form 8-K filed today, available at  The parties intend to close the transaction within the next 10 days.Ocwen originally announced the acquisition plan in February 2018. As part of the announcement, Ron Faris, then President and CEO of Ocwen, said, “We are very pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of PHH, a leading non-bank servicer. PHH is a high-quality servicer with complementary capabilities and business lines to Ocwen, making it a great strategic match for us. In addition to providing significant scale benefits, this transaction gives us the opportunity to migrate to their existing BlackKnight LoanSphere MSP servicing platform more quickly and with less risk than had we just implemented the system ourselves. We are also excited by the opportunity to welcome the PHH employees to the Ocwen family and by the opportunity to bring our industry-leading and innovative loss mitigation capabilities to existing PHH servicing customers currently struggling with their mortgage payments.”Faris retired on June 30, 2018. As previously announced by Ocwen, concurrent with the closing of the PHH merger, Glen Messina will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Ocwen.“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Ocwen, and we look forward to working with them to bring this transaction to a successful close,” said Robert B. Crowl, President and CEO of PHH. “We are excited by the opportunity to build a stronger combined company for our servicing and subservicing clients, our borrowers, and our employees.”Under the terms of the merger agreement, Ocwen will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of PHH for approximately $360 million in cash or $11 per diluted common share.center_img in News, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

NEW YORK — Designer Jeremy Scott based his latest

first_img NEW YORK — Designer Jeremy Scott based his latest collection on America’s obsession with scandalous news and clickbait, using his clothes as a canvas for tabloid headlines.His runway show Friday evening at New York Fashion Week took the New York Post and the Daily News for inspiration, with dresses, trousers, jackets and coats all in black and white, emblazoned with headlines like “CHAOS!” ”HORROR!” ”PANIC!”It was a departure for Scott, whose runway is usually filled with a riot of bright colours and cartoon graphics.Some of the most striking items were elegant party dresses in dainty chiffon, printed with screaming tabloid headlines.Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Extra! Jeremy Scott makes news (literally) on the runway by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2019 9:28 pm PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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