T. rex Not a Fast Runner

first_imgWith its head lowered and legs pounding, Tyrannosaurus rex gave the stars of Jurassic Park a run for their lives in a speeding jeep. Now a new biomechanical model suggests that a 6000-kilogram Tyrannosaurus could not have packed enough muscle into its legs to hustle faster than about 40 km/h. Although the finding doesn’t change ideas about Tyrannosaurus’s hunting ability–in its own time–paleontologists say the study sets a new standard for biomechanical analysis of an extinct organism.John Hutchinson, a postdoc at Stanford University, and Mariano Garcia, now at BorgWarner Automotive in Ithaca, New York, designed a simple model of tyrannosaur leg bones to figure out how much muscle would be required to balance forces and keep the dinosaur on its feet. To test the model, the researchers studied the closest living relatives of dinosaurs: reptiles and birds. Hutchinson dissected a chicken and an alligator and weighed their muscles. The model correctly predicted that a chicken would have more than enough leg muscle to sprint, while an alligator couldn’t run on two legs.Hutchinson then studied Tyrannosaurus bones and ran the model. It suggested that in order to run, a tyrannosaur would have needed to carry 86% of its body mass as extensor muscles in its legs, the authors report in the 28 February issue of Nature. Hutchinson and Garcia estimate that the fastest a tyrannosaur could travel was 40 km/h. “Even that is pushing the limits of credulity with very generous assumptions,” Hutchinson says. But even without sprinting, a tyrannosaur would still have been able to hunt, Hutchinson and other paleontologists say. 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Once an upper limit is established, Don Henderson of the University of Calgary in Alberta notes, paleontologists can put a cap on ecological questions such as how much territory a tyrannosaur could patrol in a day. Hutchinson says the technique of calculating minimum muscle mass could be used to answer other questions, such as whether sauropods or pterosaurs could walk bipedally. “This is one of the most sophisticated studies on dinosaur locomotion ever,” says Greg Erickson of Florida State University, Tallahassee.Related sites Intro to tyrannosaurs and their speedAll about Sue, the most complete T. rexlast_img read more

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Sawfish ‘teeth’ didn’t pave the way for modern chompers

first_imgSawfish and sawsharks are aptly named for their long, serrated snouts. These jags may look like teeth, but they’re actually modified versions of denticles—the hardened scales that cover the skin of sharks and rays. Recently, scientists have wondered whether the structures could provide clues to the origin of true teeth, which also may have evolved from skin denticles. In a new study, researchers used x-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging to produce 3D depictions of real and saw teeth belonging to embryos and adults of prehistoric and present-day saw-bearing fishes (such as the one pictured). They found clear differences in how saw teeth and oral teeth grow. Similar to the skin denticles from which they are derived, saw teeth develop by filling in open spaces created as the snout grows. Alternatively, oral teeth develop in a highly ordered sequence mediated by genes. Replacement teeth also form differently; growth of new saw teeth begins only after one is lost, whereas rows of replacement oral teeth are preformed in the jaw before tooth loss. The differences add to the body of evidence suggesting dermal denticles are unrelated to present-day molars, the team reports online today in Royal Society Open Science.last_img read more

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Guardiola rules out Barcelona return as he’s committed to Man CIty

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisementPep Guardiola has confirmed his dedication to EPL champions Manchester City, ruling out any hints of returning to Camp Nou.Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesUnder Pep, Manchester City became the first English football club to win a domestic treble – Premier League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup last season, only falling short of a Champions league victory.The Catalan was linked to a move to Juventus afterwards as a successor to Massimiliano Allegri, but the interests dropped as former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri secured his job at Turin.The former FC Bayern Munich boss had a long history of links with Barça, where he won 2 Champions league and 3 La Liga titles.But in a recent interview with Catalan newspaper Ara, Guardiola indicated his commitment with the Citizens, with his contract running till 2021.“I have everything here, sincerely, everything I need.”“Work at home [in Spain] is more wearing because the emotions are so intense and the press conferences harder.”“Here, in Manchester, I have [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain], who is the most important person of my career because he trusted me when I was no one.” the 48-year old added.“I have [chief executive] Ferran [Soriano] also, who sometimes asks, ‘How can it be so cold?’. But, at the same time, he manages with a brutal precision.“When I win I am good, when I lose I am bad. That is the same everywhere, but in this club we are three or four people deciding in the sporting area, there isn’t the noise of 18 board members.“I extended my contract because we have a young team, I have everything I desire to do my job. I won’t go back here [to Barcelona] or Germany.“Where can I find facilities so good as in such a beautiful league as the Premier League?”We’ve got👏👏Guardioooola 🎶💙 #mancity pic.twitter.com/ZHLlNyy67Z— Manchester City (@ManCityCatala) May 20, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Bad vibrations trouble Lewis Hamilton, Bangladesh blues just the start for England as India await and more

first_imgBangladesh blues just the start for England — India awaitEngland narrowly won the opening Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong by 22 runs before losing the second by 108 runs in Dhaka, their first defeat to the South Asian side in 10 Tests.Bad vibrations trouble triumphant HamiltonHamilton won Maxican Grand Prix on Sunday but his season has been marked by mechanical problems and engine failure. Novak Djokovic mentally recharged ahead of Paris MastersNovak Djokovic has won only one tournament, the Toronto Masters in July, since completing the career slam at Roland Garros.New Zealand coach Mike Hesson laments poor decision-making in IndiaNew Zealand were swept 3-0 in the Test series and lost the following one-day tournament 3-2 in demoralising fashion, belted by 190 runs in the decider in Visakhapatnam on Saturday after their batsmen were skittled for 79.Chelsea beat Southampton with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on targetChelsea produced a vibrant display to inflict a first home defeat of the season on Southampton and underline their title credentials.last_img read more

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TNCC accepts DMKs invite, to take part in stir for Jallikattu

first_imgChennai, Jan 1 (PTI): TNCC Leaders will participate in the January 3 protest to be staged by DMK in Madurai district seeking nod for the bull taming sport “Jallikattu,” Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Su Thirunavukkarasar said today. Blaming the Central and State governments for their “negligent attitude” in the Jallikattu issue, he said his party would both “support and participate in the protest demonstration to be held at Alanganallur in Madurai District.” Days ago, DMK treasurer M K Stalin had announced that his party would hold a protest demonstration on January 3 to urge the State and Central governments to “come forward” to hold the bull taming sport Jallikattu during Pongal festival. The DMK leader, who is also Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, had invited all political parties and apolitical organisations to participate in the protest. Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy and former Union Minister E M Sudarsana Natchiappan will participate in the stir, the TNCC chief said in a statement. Thirunavukkarasar asked party cadres and functionaries in Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Virudunagar, and Sivaganga districts to take part in the protest. PTI VGN APR APRlast_img read more

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TWO DEAD, A SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN MORNINGSIDE STABBINGS (UPDATE)

first_imgUpdated 4:50 pm 1/28/18Two people are dead and a suspect is in custody following a stabbing early Sunday morning in the Morningside area of Sioux City.Sgt. Ryan Bertrand says police were called to Jay Avenue and South Cecelia Street around 1:20 a.m. for a report of two individuals that had been stabbed.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/MURDERS1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……from there. :15Officers found 18 -year-old Felipe Negron Junior and a 17-year-old girl, both of Sioux City, who were taken to the hospital for treatment of numerous knife wounds.Sgt. Bertrand says both victims were pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/MURDERS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..OF THE SUSPECT. :11The name of the 17 year old victim has not been released.Bertrand says Negron gave police information about the crime before his death.Authorities were then dispatched to the Gordon Drive Hy-Vee around 2 a.m. for a report of another injured person that showed up at the store with a stab wound.Bertrand says that person turned out to be the suspect being sought for the stabbings, 18 year old Tran Walker of Sioux City:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/MURDERS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………without incident. :13Walker was treated at the hospital for his knife wound and then interviewed by police.He is charged with two counts of first degree murder.Walker is currently being held in the Woodbury County Jail without bail.The two victims are the second and third people to die from violent crimes this month in Sioux City.————————————————last_img read more

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Deco: Portugal one of World Cup favourites

first_imgWorld Cup Deco: Portugal are among the World Cup favourites Ryan Benson 00:55 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Portugal Although few are expecting them to compete for the title, a former Barcelona and Chelsea star believes the Euro 2016 winners can challenge in Russia European champions Portugal have to be regarded as one of the favourites for the World Cup, according to former midfielder Deco.Fernando Santos’ men were by no means expected to clinch Euro 2016 glory and could consider themselves lucky to even get out of Group F as one of the best third-placed teams.Portugal finished behind Hungary and Iceland, but subsequently scraped past Croatia and Poland in the first two knockout stages before beating Wales in the last four and hosts France in the final. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite that triumph, few are speaking of Portugal as one of the teams expected to go deep into the competition in Russia, something Brazil-born Deco – who played for his adopted country for seven years from 2003 – thinks is odd.”The World Cup is a more difficult championship, of course, but Spain were European champions and won a World Cup,” Deco told Omnisport.”Germany was a runner-up and won a World Cup. Historically, squads that have won European Championships can win a World Cup. I have no doubt about it.”It wouldn’t be normal if a European champion wasn’t one of the favourites to win the World Cup. Portugal can repeat this history.”Of course, I agree that it’s more difficult, but Portugal has played against the biggest squads in Europe and was at the same level.”They have won some of these matches, so I don’t see why Portugal can’t be one of the favourites. For me, Portugal is one of the favourites for the World Cup title.”Portugal’s first game in Group B should provide a good indication as to how much of an impact they will have on the finals, as they face neighbours Spain.And while Deco recognises the 2010 winners possess some fine players, he thinks they are still in transition and trying to find a balance to their team.”Spain is a mix of older generations with younger ones,” Deco said. “They are trying to find their usual style – they have a new manager.”And to find players to do this is not an easy thing. They’ve won lots of things, they’ve won everything possible in these last years.”Some players have gone and they made a difference, so they are trying to create a great team based on this mix.”They have great players, for sure, but, to be a great squad, they need to find this balance.”last_img read more

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13 IAS officers transferred in Maharashtra

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 07:54 IST (Image for representation: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTS2005 batch IAS officer KB Umap has been appointed as director general, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, PuneIAS officer GB Patil has been posted as joint secretary, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries DepartmentIAS Lakshminarayan Mishra, the Collector of Washim, has been now posted as commissioner of Animal Husbandary in PuneThe Maharashtra government on Friday effected a major administrative reshuffle that saw the transfer of 13 IAS officers, with PN Bhapkar, who was serving as the divisional commissioner of Aurangabad being transferred as commissioner, Sports and Youth in Pune.SM Kendrekar, a 2002 batch IAS officer, who was the commissioner, Sports and Youth in Pune, has been appointed in Bhapkar’s place.According to a statement issued by the state government, 2005 batch IAS officer KB Umap, currently posted as commissioner, animal husbandary, Pune has been appointed as director general, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, Pune.IAS officer GB Patil has been posted as joint secretary, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries Department, at Mantralaya in Mumbai while DB Desai a 2008 batch IAS officer currently posted as director of disaster management, revenue and forest department at Mantralaya has been transferred as collector, Kolhapur.H Modak, the additional tribal commissioner, Nagpur, has been posted as collector, Washim while VL Bhimanwar, currently working as chief executive officer of Thane zilla parishad has been posted as collector, Wardha.Shelesh Nawal, an IAS of 2010 batch, who is the collector of Wardha has been transferred as collector, Amaravati and AK Dhakane, the municipal commissioner of Solapur has been posted as collector of Jalgaon.IAS Lakshminarayan Mishra, the Collector of Washim, has been now posted as commissioner of Animal Husbandary in Pune and Vinay Gowda G C, currently working as assistant collector and project officer, ITDP, Taloda in Nandurbar has been posted as chief executive officer, zilla parishad, Nandurbar.Besides, IAS Aayush Prasad, currently posted as assistant collector, Khed and project officer, ITDP, Ghodegaon, Pune has been posted as Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Akola.advertisementJitendra Dudi, an IAS of the 2016 batch, has been posted as assistant collector and project director, ITDP, Taloda, Nandurbar, the statement by the state government said.Also Read | Maharashtra: IAS officer Tukaram Mundhe transferred within 35 daysAlso Watch | IAS officer Ashok Khemka transferred againFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow IAS OfficersFollow Transfer 13 IAS officers transferred in MaharashtraH Modak, the additional tribal commissioner, Nagpur, has been posted as collector, Washim while VL Bhimanwar, currently working as chief executive officer of Thane zilla parishad has been posted as collector, Wardha.advertisementlast_img read more

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Electricity from Biomass Cap Lowered

first_imgThe province is acting to further protect the sustainability of Nova Scotia’s forests while keeping on track to meet its renewable energy goals. The cap on the annual amount of new forest biomass that can be used to generate electricity will be lowered by 30 per cent to 350,000 dry tonnes per year. “As we work to meet our target to generate 40 per cent of the province’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, we are continually assessing our information,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “We have decided that the original 500,000 tonne cap, laid-out in the 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan and subsequent regulations, can be more cautious on the basis of current analysis.” When the plan was released in April 2010, the province made a commitment to defer to the Natural Resources Strategy process in setting the biomass cap. “The Phase Two steering panel report in the Natural Resources Strategy process states that government should exercise caution in the use of biomass for power generation,” said Mr. Parker.”We are paying attention to that advice while continuing to rely on forest biomass as part of a diversified approach to renewable energy.” Provincial forest biomass will not be co-fired in Nova Scotia Power generating plants to help meet the province’s 2015 regulated target of 25 per cent renewable electricity. Co-firing is burning two fuels at a power plant and is the least efficient way to use biomass to generate electricity. Other biomass projects will continue to be covered by the cap, including community-based biomass projects under the province’s new Community Feed-in-Tariff program. Biomass is wood fibre that includes small-stemmed or knotted trees and other low-value wood that is not used to make lumber and can interfere with the growth of healthy hardwood stands. Typically harvested as a byproduct of regular forestry practices, biomass is a renewable fuel source suitable for generating electricity in large power facilities and small community biomass projects. Forest biomass in Nova Scotia is used as a fuel in a number of applications, including firewood in more than 100,000 homes, a co-generation facility in Brooklyn, Queens Co., the agricultural college in Truro, two South Shore hospitals and several other institutions. The only recently approved biomass project in the province is for New Page Port Hawkesbury Corp, in partnership with Nova Scotia Power. The project is expected to begin in 2012 under strict forest harvesting guidelines announced in November 2009. New policies to reduce clearcutting to 50 per cent will also apply to NewPage. Within the next few weeks, the province will release an economic impact analysis of recent policy changes on the forestry industry, particularly a clear-cutting reduction target. The provincial Natural Resources Strategy also will be released this spring.last_img read more

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Ravi Shastri all but through as CAC not keen on foreign coach

first_imgNew Delhi: The uncertainty over whether Ravi Shastri will continue to be the head coach of Team India seems all but over, as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy — appointed to pick the new coach has made it clear that it is not looking at a foreign face for the coveted post. A CAC member said that with the team doing so well under Shastri, it was all but certain that the former India all-rounder will continue to coach the Virat Kohli-led team. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”We are not too keen to bring in a foreign coach. Yes, had someone of the stature of Gary Kirsten applied, we might have given it a thought. But even then, an Indian would have always been the priority. After all, the team has also done well under an Indian head coach, so why look for a change? As things stand now, Shastri does look to be the favourite to be handed a fresh contract,” the CAC member said. A senior BCCI official had also recently said that it was important for Shastri to continue as the team was undergoing transition. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Nothing permanent with a long term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful. A change in coach may disturb the equation that exists and allows the players to have the mental space to excel. “If a change is made at this stage, it would be a change of strategy and planning for the next 5 years. It would be unfair to take such a decision at a stage when the stakeholders are not the ones deciding,” the official said. CoA chief Vinod Rai has made it clear that the final decision lay with the CAC and they will appoint the coach and there won’t be a case of them giving their recommendation to the BCCI. When asked if there was a joint winner, the CAC member said that the vote of Kapil would come in if at all such a scenario arose. “See, firstly, it is a three-member panel, so a split decision is highly unlikely. But yes, if at all a situation does arise where A goes for one candidate, B for another and C for another, the vote of the chairman will come in and the decision will stand. But as of now, we don’t see something like that happening,” the member said. “But yes, we will give the board options like our first preference is A, second preference is B and third preference for the job is C. That is more because there can be a case like at the time of the women’s coach appointment when Kirsten had IPL commitments.”last_img read more

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More testing for brothers criminally responsible in teen sex attack

first_imgCALGARY – Two brothers who randomly kidnapped a teenage girl and repeatedly sexually assaulted her will undergo further psychological tests to determine if they are criminally responsible.Corey and Cody Manyshots pleaded guilty in October 2015 to kidnapping, uttering threats, sexual assault and robbery.Sentencing hearings had already begun last year, but tests done on the brothers have determined there is severe fetal alcohol syndrome and further testing is required.Court heard the pair approached the girl at a northeast Calgary bus stop three years ago, forced her into an alley and sexually assaulted her.They took the Grade 12 student to their home — where they sexually assaulted her another 15 times — until she was able to escape about eight hours later when they fell asleep.The case is to return to court June 30.last_img read more

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PM Modi not fond of reading written speeches says Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his depth of knowledge, understanding and quick learning, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that speeches of any prime minister become records of history.Releasing the book titled “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas”, a compilation of select speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jaitley said the Prime Minister in the past five years has shown his grip over a wide bandwidth of subjects and command over the language. Since assuming charge as the Prime Minister, Modi has often delivered extempore speeches on various issues including politics, international affairs, economics, sports, rural development and sanitation.The compilation of Modi’s speeches was published by the ”Publications Division” of the government. “When you speak extempore, the bandwidth of subjects you must have a grip over has to be very wide… Only a person who is a quick learner can acquire that bandwidth,” he said, adding that the Prime Minister’s speech ought to be inspirational. Observing that PM Modi is not fond of reading written speeches, the Union Minister said that the Prime Minister’s speeches are heard carefully by the audience and even small errors are amplified and discussed. Jaitley further said that it is easier to read a written speech where there is no chance of a mistake, but difficult to speak extempore, though such speeches are often remembered by the audience. On the occasion, Minister of State (I/C) for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the compilation of speeches will be an “encyclopaedia” for all people, young students, researchers, academicians and journalists. “His (Modi’s) experience of many years, we have tried to fit that into this book that we have put together with his speeches. I am sure you will find this book very useful,” Rathore said. Giving details about the book, I&B Secretary Amit Khare said, “The book has been published into five volumes. The speeches of Prime Minister contained in these volumes carry the message of positivity and hope for a brighter future for the country.”last_img read more

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Renault Morocco Records 41 Market Share in January

Rabat – The Renault Morocco Group recorded a market share of 41.1 percent in January 2019. The group delivered 5,203 vehicles, maintaining its leading position in the passenger car and light commercial vehicle market.The group delivered 318 commercial vehicles in January 2019, an increase of 96.3 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. In this category, the group’s market share increased by 30.4 percent. Passenger car sales reached 4,885 units and 42.1 percent of the market share, according to the group’s monthly commercial results.Renault and Dacia remain the leading players in the light and utility vehicle market in terms of volume and market share. Dacia maintains its leading position, with 3,789 deliveries and a 30 percent market share. read more

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Buy America policies to loom large as Canada gets ready for NAFTA

A group of deputy ministers raised this as a concern when they gathered to discuss intergovernmental relations this February, according to a document Infrastructure Canada released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.“Buy American provisions may have adverse impacts on the Canadian construction sector — and opportunities may be lost with respect to the (Trump) administration’s trillion dollars infrastructure plan,” said the minutes of the meeting.Canada does have some leverage.The Liberal government has a major infrastructure program of its own, one that calls for $81.2 billion in spending over the next decade, while the plan Trump promised on the campaign trail does not appear to be rolling out any time soon.Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary for Canada-U.S. relations, suggested last week that the White House might want to keep this in mind.“I think our friends and allies would do well to watch what we are about to build in Canada and they may want to take part in that,” he said.John Boscariol, a trade lawyer with McCarthy Tetrault, said this becomes a stronger argument when one considers the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) opens up Canadian government procurement to European suppliers at the sub-federal level, including municipalities, which is where most of those projects are taking place.“Those U.S. suppliers will see this spending going forward and if they feel they’re not getting access to it, or more specifically, the Europeans are getting preferential access to it, I think they will be putting pressure on the Trump government to do something about that,” Boscariol said.The Canadian public procurement market is worth over $200 billion and the U.S. public procurement market is valued at $1.7 trillion. So, as Boscariol and his colleagues pointed out in a recent note to clients on the NAFTA objectives, opening up access means large new markets in both countries.But there is only so much Canada can offer.“We’re a lot smaller and the advantages that we can provide to procurement are certainly not as great as the advantages that having access to the U.S. procurement market entails,” said Herman. “That’s a problem, but it’s an issue we’ve always faced.”Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, said the highly integrated steel market means Canada can argue that opening things up could benefit both economies.The Trump administration has argued Buy America provisions for steel preserve domestic supply chains, but Galimberti noted Canadian steel producers get some $1.5 billion (U.S.) in raw material from below the border.“Canadian participation in the North American market does not undermine American value chains,” he said.Galimberti said one way to improve the current situation would be for the new NAFTA to have the U.S. embrace a “Buy North America” policy that would help all three countries better compete in a globalized trade environment.Herman said the give-and-take aspect of negotiating a trade deal is not as straightforward as tit for tat.“It’s a complex, intertwined package,” he said, “and so what we may give on procurement and what the U.S. may do on procurement will be balanced off against a whole range of other things and they aren’t necessarily in the same sector.”With files from Jordan Press By Joanna Smith OTTAWA — The United States wants to maintain — and even expand — the Buy America provisions that restrict government procurement to companies using materials from within its borders, while making it easier for U.S. firms to get those contracts in Canada and Mexico.The contradictory goal was among the objectives for the revamped North American Trade Agreement that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released earlier this month, suggesting the Americans want to have their cake and eat it too.“I think it’s rather outrageous,” said Lawrence Herman, an international trade lawyer who has represented Canada at the World Trade Organization.Step aside, dairy cows. Government procurement — meaning the process of who gets to bid to build bridges, highways and all sorts of public infrastructure projects — is likely to become one of the toughest issues the Liberal government will have to deal with during the NAFTA talks that start next month.Border tax demise may relieve pressure to reduce Canada’s corporate taxesThere are two main kinds of protectionist policies when it comes to government procurement below the border and confusingly, they have similar names: the Buy American Act, which has been around since 1933, and various Buy America provisions, which take on different shapes depending on the type of project and level of government involved.Under the former, the WTO and the current NAFTA exempt Canada from the requirements, as long as the contract is being offered by a U.S. federal department or agency and the amount is above certain thresholds.Expanding the other kind — the one without an ‘N,’ — is what appears to be the focus of the new NAFTA negotiating objectives for the U.S.It currently applies to procurement done by state and local governments (also known as the sub-federal level), but also to transportation services and any state and local projects that receive federal funding, which makes up the majority of infrastructure spending.It comes with no special exemption for Canada.This became a big problem when the previous administration of former president Barack Obama rolled out a major stimulus program to help the economy recover from the financial collapse in 2009, with the requirement that only iron, steel and manufactured goods produced within the U.S. could be used for its projects.That strained the relationship between the two countries, but they reached a one-year deal in 2010 that allowed Canadian materials to be used in some of these projects in 37 states, in exchange for Canada opening up most of its own sub-federal infrastructure projects.Since Trump promised a $1-trillion national infrastructure program on the campaign trail, maintaining or expanding the Buy America provisions could cause Canadian suppliers a lot of grief.It comes with no special exemption for Canada read more

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Sears Canada seeks court approval to liquidate all stores 12000 to lose

TORONTO — Sears Canada Inc. has decided to shut its doors and is seeking approval to liquidate its roughly 130 remaining stores — leaving another 12,000 employees across the country without a job.The embattled retailer, which sought protection from its creditors in June, said Tuesday it had failed to find a buyer that would allow it to continue as a going concern.The court overseeing Sears Canada’s operations is set to hear a motion Friday seeking approval for the liquidation and wind down of the business.“The company deeply regrets this pending outcome and the resulting loss of jobs and store closures,” Sears Canada said in a statement on Tuesday.Last week, Sears received a revised bid from a buyer group led by its executive chairman Brandon Stranzl to buy the business and keep it operating. It was the latest move in a weeks-long discussion process after Stranzl stepped away from his role to launch the bid.However, on Tuesday, the retailer said that “following exhaustive efforts, no viable transaction” was received.A lawyer for Stranzl did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Mark Caiger, managing director of mergers and acquisitions at BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., says in his affidavit that he understands Stranzl “continues to have communications with certain stakeholders regarding a potential going concern transaction,” according to court documents.Sears Canada’s court-appointed monitor FTI Consulting Canada told the court last week it would consider the revised bid but the company was running out of money and time.Sears Canada currently has 74 full department store locations, eight Sears Home Stores, and roughly 49 Sears Hometown stores, facing closure, according to company spokesman Joel Shaffer.The retailer currently has approximately 12,000 employees, three-quarters of which are part-time, Shaffer added. Of the roughly 800 employees in Sears Canada’s head office, the vast majority will leave next week, he said.That tally doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada previously announced in June, when it announced the closure of 20 department store locations, 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet and 14 Sears Hometown locations.Sears Canada plans to start the liquidation sales no later than Oct. 19, a process which is expected to continue for 10 to 14 weeks.However, Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former Sears Canada employees, says a liquidation would be “extremely detrimental.”“We are dismayed to say the least that this is going in this direction,” Ursel said in an interview. “But we are working, along … with pension representative council, to pursue all avenues possible as an alternative to liquidation. So, it ain’t over yet.”She would say only that they are looking at “different forms of a going concern operation.”Litigators for a group of lenders who have provided debtor-in-possession financing to Sears Canada to keep it afloat pushed for a liquidation agreement to be entered into by Oct. 7 at the latest. The lenders pushed for approval no later than Oct. 13, in order to liquidate before the crucial holiday season and maximize value.Sears Canada has been operating under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act since June, but had been struggling for years as consumers gravitated towards e-commerce and away from big department stores.Jean Rickli, a senior adviser with retail and marketing consulting firm J.C. Williams Group, said the retailer had taken some positive steps to revitalize the brand in recent years, such as a new logo and utilizing pop-up shops.“Frankly, it was all a little, too little, too late,” he said.Sears Canada has faced a “slow and steady demise over the last 20 years,” said retail analyst Bruce Winder, the co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network. He pointed to sales declines, dusty shelves and a lack of investment in technology.The move towards liquidation is the latest evidence that the Canadian retail industry is in “major flux” and that companies that were safe decades ago are now “in jeopardy”, he added.Winder added that the Canadian retail landscape is much smaller now, making it tougher for the thousands of Sears Canada employees to find new jobs of similar calibre.“It’s a sad day for us in retail, in many ways,” he said. “(For) the employees, as well as losing an icon.” read more

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Trump slams Canadian PM accuses him of being dishonest

Mr. Trump tweeted- “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” A few hours earlier, Mr. Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration. Despite the sharp differences, Mr. Trudeau said all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration despite having “some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs.”Mr. Trump himself insisted relationships with allies were a “ten” just before he left the summit. But Mr. Trump’s abbreviated stay at this Quebec resort saw him continuing the same type of tough talk on trade as when he departed the White House, when he accused Mr. Trudeau of being “indignant.”The summit came during an ongoing trade dispute with China and served as a precursor to the unprecedented meeting with Mr. Kim, in which Mr. Trump has sought to extend a hand to the Asian autocrat who has long bedeviled the international order. Lashing out at the longtime US ally and northern neighbor, President Donald Trump tweeted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “dishonest & weak” and that the U.S. was pulling back its endorsement of the G-7 summit’s communique in part because of what he called Mr. Trudeau’s “false statements” at a news conference.In an extraordinary set of tweets aboard Air Force One, on its way to Singapore for Tuesday’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Mr. Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray on Saturday and threatened to escalate his trade war just as Canadareleased the G-7’s official communique. Its statement took a generally positive view of the leaders’ positions on trade matters while acknowledging tensions with the U.S. “As Canadians, we are polite, we’re reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around,” Mr. Trudeau said. As he exited the world summit, Mr. Trump had delivered a stark warning to America’s trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. But the summit host, Mr. Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Mr. Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south.“If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Mr. Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit, which includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.Mr. Trudeau later said he reiterated to Mr. Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. He said unleashing retaliatory measures “is not something I relish doing” but that he wouldn’t hesitate to do so because “I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.” In a statement, a spokesman for Mr. Trudeau did not address Mr. Trump’s insults. “We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the “G7 summit,” spokesman Cameron Ahmad said. “The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn’t said before both in public, and in private conversations with the President.”Mr. Trump’s personal attack on Mr. Trudeau is unprecedented in the countries’ longstanding relationship. “His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will and bring back Russia,” said Steve Bannon, Mr. Trump’s former campaign and White House adviser. Mr. Bannon said China is “now on notice that Trump will not back down from even allies’ complaints in his goal of ‘America First.’”Speaking on Saturday during a rare solo news conference, Mr. Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. He reiterated his longstanding view that the U.S. has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, “We’re like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing, and that ends.”Mr. Trump cited progress on reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, saying the final outcome would lead either to an improved trade deal or separate pacts with the two U.S. neighbors. Mr. Trump said he was discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal. A Canadian official said the leaders discussed accelerating the pace of the talks.But Mr. Trudeau objected strenuously to a sunset clause of any length. “If you put an expiry date on any trade deal, that’s not a trade deal. That’s our unequivocal position,” he said.Prior to his arrival on Friday, the president injected additional controversy by suggesting that the G-7 offer a seat at the table to Russia, which was ousted from the group in 2014. Mr. Trump said on Saturday that re-admitting Russia to the elite club would be “an asset,” telling reporters, “We’re looking for peace in the world.” Mr. Trump said he had not spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a while.Discussing Russia’s absence, Mr. Trump made the vague comment that “something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in. I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in.” In fact, Russia was expelled from what was then the G-8 after it invaded and annexed Crimea and for its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.Mr. Trump placed the blame on his predecessor, President Barack Obama. “He was the one who let Crimea get away that was during his administration,” he said, adding- “Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude.”It was not clear what Mr. Trump thought Mr. Obama should have done to prevent Mr. Putin from sending in Russian troops to seize the Black Sea peninsula from neighboring Ukraine.Mr. Trudeau said he told Mr. Trump that readmitting Russia “is not something that we are even remotely looking at at this time.”Mr. Trump departed the annual G-7 gathering after arriving late to a breakfast on gender equity and skipping later sessions on climate change, clean energy and ocean protection.Mr. Trump’s recent moves, building on 18 months of nationalist policy-making, left him out of step with the globally minded organization and prompted speculation that the group could fracture into something more like the “G-6 plus one.”A key question was whether the seven countries could agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting. Mr. Macron said Thursday on Twitter, “The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be.” Mr. Trump said on Friday he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.In public, Mr. Trump bantered easily with his fellow leaders, but the meeting came at a tense moment in the relationships, with allies steaming over Mr. Trump’s new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.French President Emmanuel Macron said he and Mr. Trump had “open and direct” discussions, adding that he thought there was a way to get a “win-win” outcome on trade. Details remained unclear. (Courtesy Associated Press) read more

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UN rights office concerned by conviction of 25 Sahrawi civilians by military

On 8 November 2010, Moroccan security forces moved to dismantle the Gdim Izik protest camp, which was set up by Sahrawis to protest their living conditions. The clashes resulted in the death of 11 members of the Moroccan security forces and two Sahrawis. This weekend, the 25 civilians were given sentences that range from two years to life imprisonment by the Permanent Military Tribunal of the Royal Armed Forces in Rabat, the Moroccan capital.“As noted by the Human Rights Committee, the use of military or special courts to try civilians raises serious problems as far as the equitable, impartial and independent administration of justice is concerned,” said the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville. Mr. Colville told reporters in Geneva that the agency was also concerned by reports that most of the accused said they were tortured or ill-treated during their pre-trial detention, but no investigations have been made following these allegations.“This was a very serious event, involving substantial loss of life, and it is important that justice is done, but it is also important that the judicial processes scrupulously abide by international fair trial standards,” he stated. The UN has been involved in mediation efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the movement known as Frente Polisario, after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.A UN peacekeeping force, known as the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), has also been in place since 1991. read more

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Meghan Markle pulls off the perfect curtsy at first Christmas with the

first_imgAnd it was abundantly clear to the crowds watching that… It has always been a rather lonely walk for Prince Harry. As the rest of the Royal family strode like the animals to the ark, two by two, accompanied by their spouses and children on the annual frosty morning stroll to St Mary Magdalene Church, the Prince has usually walked with his brother and sister-in-law. Yesterday, the Queen’s grandson looked proud to have his beautiful fiancée on his arm. Wearing an elegant camel coat, with a tan hat and heeled boots, and carrying a chic tan leather bag, Meghan Markle proved once again that she is a natural, as – in a break with tradition – she joined the Royal family for her first British Christmas.last_img read more

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Sida en finir avec la transmission mèreenfant dici 2015

first_imgSida : en finir avec la transmission mère-enfant d’ici 2015 ?Monde – D’après une estimation des Nations unies, la transmission du VIH de la mère à l’enfant pourrait être éliminée d’ici à 2015.Le chef de l’Onusida, Michel Sidibe, a précisé lundi dans sa déclaration que cette perspective ne serait possible que si le financement des programmes de santé progresse comme prévu.  “Un monde dans lequel plus aucun enfant ne naît séropositif est véritablement possible d’ici à 2015 et il est aussi possible désormais d’envisager un monde qui ne connaît plus de décès liés au paludisme”, a ajouté Michel Kazatchkine, directeur exécutif du Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme.  Michel Sidibe a donc fait appel aux programmes de santé et aux donateurs privés afin qu’ils continuent d’investir dans le Fond. Pour y arriver, 13 à 20 milliards de dollars (9,2 à 14,7 milliards d’euros) seront nécessaires pour la période 2011-2013. Une réunion se tiendra le 24 mars à la Haye aux Pays-Bas afin de voir s’il est possible d’atteindre les objectifs de réduction de l’incidence de ces trois maladies à la date fixée.Le 9 mars 2010 à 10:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Police seek suspects who opened fire on truck parked near school

first_img Posted: April 22, 2019 Updated: 10:22 PM April 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Police seek suspects who opened fire on truck parked near schoolcenter_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A volley of gunshots fired at an unoccupied parked truck near a Southcrest elementary school Monday led to a brief lockdown of the campus and a police search of the area for the outstanding suspects.The shooting happened at around 1:30 p.m. near Cesar Chavez Elementary School, where someone inside a vehicle opened fire on a truck parked near South 40th and Alpha streets, according to police.San Diego police officers responded but were unable to locate a victim or suspect, Officer Billy Hernandez said, though several shell casings were located at the scene.The school was placed on lockdown for about half an hour, according to San Diego Unified spokesman Maureen Magee. The lockdown was lifted around 2 p.m., and students were allowed to leave campus at their regularly scheduled departure time of 2:10 p.m., with the assistance of campus police, Magee said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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