Amendments to New Pooled Registered Pension Plan Act

first_imgFinance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey announced today, Nov. 19, amendments to the Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act. The amendments allow money from them to flow into other retirement savings plans under the Pension Benefits Act. This will ensure workers have consistent options and protections when they retire, regardless of whether they have been saving through a defined contribution pension plan or a Pooled Registered Pension Plan. In Fall 2014, the act was passed, but did not take effect because it was not proclaimed. It is expected they will be available in Nova Scotia in 2016, following completion of regulations and a multi-lateral agreement between the federal government and participating provinces. Pooled Registered Pension Plans will provide a low-cost, regulated retirement savings option for employers, employees and the self-employed across the province.last_img read more

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Beau Bridges And Minka Kelly Join Global Down Syndrome Foundation Fashion Show

first_imgActors Beau Bridges and Minka Kelly have joined the roster of Hollywood stars supporting Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 7th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.Bridges, a three-time Emmy winner, received his 15th Emmy nomination this year for his role as the suppressed provost Barton Scully in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” series. Part of a preeminent Hollywood acting dynasty, the acclaimed actor has portrayed a myriad of film and television characters during his successful career spanning more than three decades.Best-known for her roles on Friday Night Lights, Parenthood and Charlie’s Angels, Kelly most recently starred in the Fox network series “Almost Human.” She also portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the critically acclaimed film The Butler opposite Oprah Winfrey.The 2015 “Be Beautiful Be Yourself” fashion show will feature 20 brilliant and beautiful models with Down syndrome who will be escorted down the runway by actors Beau Bridges, Minka Kelly, Terrence Howard, and a host of other celebrities including Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets players. Past celebrity participants have included Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, Alec Baldwin, Helen Hunt, John C. McGinley, Laura Dern, Kyra Phillips, Beverly Johnson and Jeff Probst, among several others.The Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show” is held annually in October in observation of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The celebrity gala is the largest single fundraiser for Down syndrome in the nation, attracting over 1,200 guests each year. It has raised over $9.5 million for Down syndrome research, medical care, advocacy, and education. Moreover, it has raised widespread awareness for the alarming disparity of funding for people with Down syndrome while successfully emphasizing their abilities. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit Down Syndrome Foundation is a public nonprofit dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy. Global supports two affiliates which together constitute the only academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical are for people with Down syndrome – the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Sie Center for Down Syndrome. Global also supports the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center with a subspecialty in Down syndrome and publishes Down Syndrome World, an award-winning national quarterly magazine.last_img read more

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Calgarybased clothing store wants girls to have a healthy relationship with fashion

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Twitter There was an outcry earlier this summer when Discovery Girls magazine published (and quickly disavowed) an article called “What Swimsuit Best Suits You?” In it, the preteen demographic was asked whether they were “rounder in the middle” or “straight up and down,” and went on to suggest “curvy up top” girls wear side cut-outs to “draw they eyes down,” and curvy on the bottom girls were told to draw eyes up.Around the same time, Gap, which has had various flaps over tone-deaf messaging, pulled a GapKids ad featuring a boy in an Einstein shirt with the catchphrase “the little scholar,” and a girl with a cheerleader-style letter sweater and the words “the social butterfly.” Words matter a great deal, says Beth Malcolm, the director of the Girls’ Fund at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Among the organization’s programs is a downloadable workshop called “As We Are,” which Triple Flip “took and ran with,” says Malcolm, of the pilot project at its stores earlier this year. More sessions are planned for the fall across the country. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Sometimes the staff at Triple Flip, a Calgary-based, cross-Canada tween-girls clothing chain, has to go right into the change rooms to fight back against bullying. They have the heartbreaking challenge of soothing teary 9-year-olds lamenting the lack of “thigh gap” in their back-to-school leggings.“There are so many delicate issues in fashion for this age group. What you say to girls matters,” says Linda Maslechko, the Triple Flip founder and CEO whose mission is to build healthy relationships with fashion one 9-year-old at a time. “Parents, sales people, other girls. It all matters. This is the age when young girls are learning how to look at themselves, to make their own choices about clothes, to articulate who they are.”Add in some dodgy societal messaging and you have a body shaming stew. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Layton remembered as ally to Indigenous people

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–In a final letter, written before he died, NDP leader Jack Layton called on Canadians to build a more equal country where love trumped anger and hope trumped fear.The letter was released shortly after noon Monday, mere hours after Layton died in his Toronto home surrounded by family and loved ones.“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair,” wrote Layton. “So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”Layton died Monday morning at around 4:45 a.m. from a still-undisclosed form of cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 61.Layton had been fighting prostate cancer and a fractured hip during the last election campaign where he took his party to an unprecedented showing, leading them to the cusp of power as the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.Layton announced he was fighting another form of cancer last month and appeared at the press conference in Toronto looking thin and weak.Layton, however, said he believed he’d be back by the start of Parliament on Sept. 19.“Unfortunately my treatment has not worked out as I hoped,” wrote Layton, in his final letter.The country’s political leaders all issued statements of condolences and the flag atop the Peace Tower was lowered to half-mast Monday where it will remain until after his funeral.“I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the death of Jack Layton,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper. “When I last spoke with Jack following his announcement in July, I wished him well and he told me he’d be seeing me in the House of Commons in the fall.”Harper later told reporters that he and Layton–both play musical instruments–always talked about having a “jam session,” but it never happened.“We always talked about getting together to jam, but it seemed we were always too busy. I will always regret the jam session that never was,” said Harper.While they were two politicians on opposite sides of the spectrum, Harper and Layton never displayed the level of bitter acrimony that often flared in the relationship between Harper and the Liberals.Harper actually credited Layton influencing the Conservative government’s decision to formally apologize for the Indian residential school system in 2008.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said he considered Layton a “friend” who would be missed by many First Nations leaders.“Jack understood the challenges of poverty and was determined to give voice to all struggles, including our struggle for fairness, equity and justice,” said Atleo, in a statement.In his letter to Canadians, Layton called on the country’s young to use their power of youth to change the country for the better.“As my time in political life draws to a close, I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and the world,” wrote Layton. “There are great challenges before you, from the overwhelming nature of climate change to the unfairness of an economy that exclude so many from our collective wealth…I believe in you. Your energy, your vision, your passion for justice are exactly what this country needs today.”Layton also offered words of encouragement for others who are battling cancer.“You must not lose your own hope,” wrote Layton. “Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer.”In the letter, Layton also left some final instructions for his party, saying he wished that the leadership vote to replace him be held early next year and that controversial NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel should remain at the post until a permanent replacement emerged.“Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one, a country of greater equality, justice and opportunity,” wrote Layton.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka UN food convoy to warwracked north forced to turn back

The UN will seek renewed security assurances from both sides before attempting to make the route tomorrow morning, the world body’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Neil Buhne, said in a statement from Colombo, the capital.The convoy – the second to be dispatched in as many weeks – had been headed for the northern area known as the Vanni in a bid to reach an estimated 230,000 civilians who have been displaced behind the lines of confrontation in the districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.Comprised of 50 trucks, the World Food Programme (WFP) convoy was carrying 750 tons of food when it left the town of Vavuniya at lunchtime, and it was expected to reach its destination by this evening.Intensified clashes between the military and LTTE members in recent weeks have displaced tens of thousands of people and sparked warnings from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials about the humanitarian impact on civilians.Earlier this month at least 27 people were killed and scores more were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on the offices of one of Sri Lanka’s opposition parties in the north-central town of Anuradhapura.A correspondent of Sirasa TV, Rashmi Mohamed, was among the people killed in the attack, which was condemned today by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The agency’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura described the attack as cowardly.“In view of UNESCO’s mandate regarding the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and freedom of speech, I must draw particular attention to the unacceptable killing of journalist Rashmi Mohamed,” he said.“In doing so, I wish to honour journalists and other media workers, who, when exercising their profession that contributes to ensuring greater transparency, accountability and participation in democratic processes, put their lives at risk. It is essential that every possible step be taken to improve the safety of journalists.” 16 October 2008A major United Nations food convoy headed for northern Sri Lanka was today forced to turn back because of fresh fighting in the area between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). read more

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Lebanon UN envoy meets with Hizbollah official on domestic and security issues

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams’ meeting with Ammar Moussawi followed several last week with Lebanese officials, after which he reiterated his concern over the crisis that has put on hold the work of key national institutions and called once again for dialogue to resolve existing tensions.“We spoke first of all about Security Council Resolution 1701 and agreed that stability has been restored in south Lebanon and along the Blue Line,” he said after today’s talks, referring to the resolution which ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizbollah.He briefed Mr. Moussawi on the possibility of an Israeli military withdrawal from the northern part of Ghajar, a village that straddles the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, stressing that this would not mean that Israel had met all its obligations under resolution 1701. The UN has frequently condemned Israeli over-flights of Lebanese territory in breach of the resolution, which also calls for the disarming of all Lebanese groups outside the regular army. In his reports on the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted that Hizbollah has maintained its armed capacity.In his most recent report last month, he voiced concern at the “marked rise” in political tensions and recent challenges to State authority by Hizbollah and some of its allies, noting the “widespread proliferation” of weapons and continued presence of armed groups operating outside the control of the State in violation of resolution 1701.Mr. Williams said the two men discussed the domestic situation and he voiced the hope that Wednesday’s cabinet meeting “will be able to make progress even on the most difficult questions that are before it.” He added that one element of reassurance for Lebanon “is that it is never alone and that the efforts of many of its friends, especially Syria and Saudi Arabia, are aimed at trying to help it reach a solution.” 13 December 2010Continuing efforts to ease tensions in Lebanon, a senior United Nations official today held wide-ranging talks with the international relations chief of Hizbollah. read more

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Recruiting music to fight hunger UN releases video to aid Haitian flood

View the video [3′ 51″] The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today enlisted music into the battle to help thousands of impoverished Haitians recover from the deadly tropical storm that devastated their country in September, releasing a video by Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean to help raise funds.The release comes on the eve of a Haiti Contact Group meeting hosted by the World Bank in Washington, where Wyclef will speak and perform. The one-day meeting brings together the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), UN agencies, donors and special interest groups.The Haitian singer visited flood-stricken areas in October and his new song in his native Creole takes its name, Gonaïves, from the Caribbean country’s third-largest city. Gonaïves bore the brunt of Tropical Storm Jeanne, which killed at least 2,000 people.“When I see what the World Food Programme is doing in Haiti, I think it’s something that the world just needs to know about,” said Wyclef, who helped agency workers unload heavy bags of food aid during his October trip.The video shows Wyclef chatting with ordinary Haitians, distributing relief food and giving weakened people clean water to drink. At many points, he breaks into song, hoping his words and music will inspire those facing a life of suffering and hardship.WFP is currently feeding more than 600,000 people in Haiti, 100,000 of them flood victims. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti ranks 153 out of 177 countries on the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index. More than three quarters of Haiti’s population live on less than $2 a day. Chronic malnutrition is rampant, and severe to moderate stunting affects 42 per cent of children under the age of five. read more

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Illicit drugs with colourful names are tickets to dead end Annan warns

With nearly 200 million people consuming illegal drugs, the choice to seek treatment is not only courageous, but often life-saving, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking being observed on Sunday. “These drugs might have names that sound colourful or enticing, such as crack, pot, junk, crystal meth, and disco biscuits. But these are little more than tickets to a dead end,” he declared.“For those trapped by addiction, treatment is a way out, and the choice to seek treatment is not only courageous, but often life-saving,” he added. “Those who have not ventured down the path of drug abuse should learn the lesson from those who have, and firmly choose not to.“Making healthy choices also means choosing a lifestyle that has a positive effect on the body and mind, including, for example, participation in sports to improve health and well-being, teach the value of teamwork and discipline, and build self-confidence.” read more

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UN refugee agency expands Zambian development through integration programme

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that in support of the Government-led “Zambia Initiative” it recently held discussions with provincial administrators, traditional chiefs, Government technical employees, staff members from several UN agencies, as well as refugees in North-Western province’s capital, Solwezi.To get the programme going, UNHCR has provided $380,000 for quick impact projects (QIPs) and would play a catalytic role in sensitizing donors about the needs of both refugee-hosting and refugee communities.“At UNHCR, we recognize voluntary repatriation as the best durable solution for refugees and development through local integration (DLI) as an alternative in cases where they can’t go home,” the refugee agency’s regional representative, Ahmed Said Farah, said.Zambia currently hosts 175,000 refugees, most of them from Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi.Western province is the poorest area in Zambia, but has the largest number of refugees. With 120,000 refugees and local hosts there benefiting from small loans, improved seeds and agricultural extension services in 2003-2004, successes included boosting crop productivity to 3.5 tons per hectare from 1.5 tons, UNHCR said.The farmers not only produced enough food for their use, but sold 564 tons to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and invested the proceeds in further maize cultivation, changing themselves from aid recipients into food suppliers, it said.Some 1,200 women cattle owners were trained in producing butter and cheese, health clinics and laboratories were set up, with motorcycles and ambulances for health service delivery, while 11 classrooms, a girls’ hostel and a teachers’ residence were built with locally produced bricks.Dominic Minyoi, the initiative’s national coordinator, said that because of the experience in Western province, government officials and members of Parliament had requested similar projects in other refugee-hosting areas and he planned to use the programme’s $16 million budget to establish them. read more

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Atkinson scores again as Blue Jackets beat Maple Leafs 42

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cam Atkinson scored for the sixth straight game, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Friday night to remain atop the Metropolitan Division.Josh Anderson had two goals and Markus Hannikainen also scored, helping the Blue Jackets avenge a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Monday. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 shots for his eighth win.Toronto dropped consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 29 and Nov. 1. It had won four in a row and seven of eight before Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at Carolina.Ron Hainsey and Kasperi Kapenen scored for the Maples Leafs (15-8-0), and Frederik Andersen stopped 20 shots.Anderson got the Blue Jackets on the board 3:55 into the first period, forcing a Boone Jenner rebound past Andersen’s left side on Columbus’ first shot of the game.Anderson got his 10th of the season midway through the first, making it 2-0 when he swatted a bouncing puck past Andersen.The Maple Leafs then rallied. Hainsey drove a point shot past Bobrovsky for for his third of the season at 16:16 of the first, and Kapenen tied it 2:58 into the second when he slipped by a Jenner check in the neutral zone and beat Bobrovsky for his 10th.Atkinson put Columbus (13-7-2) ahead to stay with a short-handed goal at 16:14 of the second. He grabbed a feed at the blue line from Alexander Wennberg and wristed a shot by Andersen from between the circles.It was Atkinson’s 14th goal. He has eight goals and four assists during his scoring streak.Hannikainen made it 4-2 with his second of the season 3:35 into the third.NOTES: Toronto D Igor Ozhiganov got his first NHL point when he assisted on Hainsey’s goal in the first.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.Blue Jackets: Visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.Nicole Kraft, The Associated Press read more

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Those that came before the late Archbishop Stylianos

first_imgThe main focus of discussion these days is who will follow Archbishop Stylianos as the next leader of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia. A Holy Synod aims to determine the issue next week and much of the focus is on the legacy that the great hierarch has left.Neos Kosmos is taking the opportunity to take a break from looking forward and recount the religious hierarchs that came before Archbishop Stylianos.  Metropolitan Christoforos Knitis (1924-1929)His Eminence Christoforos (Knitis) was the first Metropolitan Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand. The Patriarchate of Constantinople took over responsibility for the Greeks of the diaspora from the Church of Greece and decided to create a new metropolis for Australia and New Zealand in March 1924.Metropolitan Christoforos was transferred from the Metropolis of Serres to the Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand. He led the new Metropolis for five years and, amidst some scandal, retired to his island of birth, Samos, Greece, in 1929.He was succeeded by Metropolitan Timotheos in 1931. Metropolitan Christoforos reposed on August 7, 1959.Metropolitan Timotheos Evangelinidis (1932- 1947)Timotheos Evangelinidis was elected as the second Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand in 1931. He arrived in Australia on 28 January 1932 and presided over the Church of Australia and New Zealand until 1947 when he was elected Metropolitan of Rhodes.He spent his early life on the isle of Lesbos where he was born in 23 April 1880, when the island was still part of the Ottoman Empire. He studied at the Evangelical School of Smyrna and the Great School of the Nation in Constantinople, before becoming a monk and serving as protosynkellos under the metropolitan of Methymna, Stephen, until 1910. He then studied in the Halki seminary until 1914, before going to Bucharest as parish priest for the local Greek community and teacher in the city’s Greek college. In 1921 and for the next ten years, he served as apokrisiarios of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to the Romanian Orthodox Church.Evangelinidis was elected as the second Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand in 1931. The position had officially remained vacant since 1928, when his predecessor Metropolitan Christoforos Knitis had been recalled to Greece. Father Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos had presided over the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand until Metropolitan Timotheos arrived in Australia on 26 January 1932 (Australia Day).On 16 January 1947, Metropolitan Timotheos was elected to head the Metropolis of Rhodes. In June 1949, he was elected Archbishop of North and South America but was unable to assume the post due to a cardiac arrest. Unable to travel, he was re-instated as Metropolitan of Rhodes until his death in Istanbul on 6 October 1949. He was buried in the Balikli Greek cemetery, until in 1961 his remains were transferred to his birthplace.Metropolitan Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos (1947-1958)Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos arrived in Australia in February 1928. On 22 April 1947, he was elected as the third Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand. He presided over the Church of Australia and New Zealand until 2 August 1958 when he died from injuries received in a car accident two days earlier.He was born on the feast of St Basil on 1 January 1891 and was baptised Vasileios (Basil). He was born and raised in Pyrgos, Greece, son of Demetrios Papathanasopoulos and his wife Kaliopi. He studied theology at the Theological School of Halki and began his novitiate at the monastery of Stavronikita, Mount Athos, Greece. He made his vows as a monk on 2 December 1917 and took the name Theophylactos and then was ordained priest. After graduating from the theological faculty of University of Athens, he taught at the Rizareios Ecclesiastical School.In February 1928, following the dismissal of Metropolitan Christoforos Knitis, Father Papathanasopoulos was sent to Sydney as administrator until a new bishop arrived. He served as a parish priest for five years in Sydney and for fourteen in Melbourne until he was appointed the third Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand on 22 April 1947. He was consecrated in Greece on 24 August and spent some time at the monastery of Stavronikita, Mount Athos. He proceeded to his new post, reaching Perth on 19 April 1948. He was enthroned in Sydney on 13 June, in the presence of a congregation that included Greek, Russian and Syrian clergy.His reign was cut short when he died on 2 August 1958 at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, from injuries received in a car accident two days earlier.His funeral service was presided over by Archbishop Athenagoras of Thyateira at the Cathedral of St Sophia, Darlinghurst, Sydney. He was buried at Botany Cemetery. To date, he is the only Greek Orthodox bishop to be buried in Australasia. He now rests in the Orthodox section of Rookwood Cemetery in an area for clergy, just behind the sanctuary of Saint Athanasius Chapel.In February 1959, Ezekiel Tsoukalas of Nazianzos was elected the fourth Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand.Archbishop Ezekiel Tsoukalas (1959-1975)Ezekiel Tsoukalas (1913 – 1 July 1987) was a Greek priest and the first Archbishop of Australia, in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.Tsoukalas was an assistant Bishop in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America between 1950 and 1959. He had served as a bishop in Boston and Chicago. He had been Assistant Director of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1943 and elevated to Director in 1949.Ezekiel Tsoukalas of Nazianzos was elected the fourth Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand in February 1959. He replaced Metropolitan Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos, the third Metropolitan who was killed in a car crash in 1958. On 1 September 1959 the Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was elevated to Archdiocese and Metropolitan Ezekiel was elevated to Archbishop. In 1970 the Metropolis of New Zealand was created, so Archbishop Ezekiel became Archbishop of Australia.In August 1974 the Ecumenical Patriarchate promoted Archbishop Ezekiel to the Metropolis of Pisidia where he remained until 1987. He died in Athens in July 1987.Adapted from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Il y a 800 ans les habitants de lÎle de Pâques mangeaient

first_imgIl y a 800 ans, les habitants de l’Île de Pâques mangeaient… des ratsSelon une nouvelle étude, les premiers habitants de l’Île de Pâques ne consommaient pas de poissons comme on pourrait le penser mais essentiellement… des rats. Réputée pour ses statues Moaï, l’île de Pâques l’est aussi pour son isolement et son petit nombre d’habitants. Mais il n’en a pas toujours été ainsi. Les premiers arrivants se sont installés aux alentours de 1200. Or, comme tout être humain, ces nouveaux habitants ont dû se nourrir. Des scientifiques ont donc cherché à déterminer la composition de leur régime alimentaire. Quelle n’a pas été leur surprise en découvrant ce qui en faisaient partie.Plat principal : les ratsAfin d’identifier les aliments ingérés par les habitants, les chercheurs ont analysé les isotopes d’azote et de carbone présents dans les dents de 41 individus dont les squelettes ont été découverts sur l’île. Ils ont ensuite comparé les valeurs obtenues avec celles de dents animales également retrouvées sur l’île pour connaître le dernier repas des humains. Parallèlement, les scientifiques ont également daté 26 dents au carbone 14 permettant d’évaluer les changements alimentaires dans le temps. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont fait leur découverte inattendue ! Tout au long de leur vie sur l’île, les habitants ont consommé des aliments majoritairement terrestres. Durant les premiers siècles, ce sont ainsi les rats polynésiens (Rattus exulans) qui constituaient leur principale source de protéines. Troisième espèce la plus répandue dans le monde, ce rat est plus petit mais bien plus goûteux que les rats trouvés dans les égouts, justifient les ethnographes cités par LiveScience. “Nos résultats indiquent que, contrairement aux théories précédentes, le régime alimentaire des habitants était majoritairement terrestre durant toute leur occupation de l’île. Il reposait principalement sur les rats, les poulets et les plantes de type C3”, expliquent les chercheurs. Les plantes de type C3 sont des végétaux qui utilisent la photosynthèse de façon classique pour créer des sucres. Parmi elles figurent les patates douces, les bananes et les ignames.De la viande, mais très peu de poissonCes résultats ne semblent pas surprendre les chercheurs, car les rats étaient très nombreux sur l’île, selon eux. Et, à l’instar de n’importe quel autre rat, il est capable de voyager sur l’océan avec les humains et peut se reproduire rapidement. Aussi, les chercheurs n’excluent pas la possibilité que les rats aient été transportés intentionnellement pour servir de nourriture, sans considération pour l’environnement de la destination. D’autres études ont en effet suggéré que les rats, considérés comme un organisme nuisible important, sont en partie responsables de la déforestation de l’île de Pâques. En revanche, les chercheurs ont fait une autre découverte plus étonnante : la faible présence de produits marins (poissons, crustacés, algues…) dans le régime alimentaire des habitants. “En temps normal, les cultures polynésiennes sont prédominées par l’utilisation de produits marins, surtout durant les premières phases de colonisation”, précise Amy Commendador de l’Idaho Museum of Natural History. Mais les scientifiques n’ont ici pas trouvé de traces importantes de poisson. La raison de cette absence ? L’emplacement et la topographie de l’île de Pâques. En effet, la côte nord est constituée de falaises escarpées, inaptes à la pêche. Les côtes sud, quand à elles, sont exposées à un courant froid qui affecte cette activité. “À cause de la localisation géographique et des conditions climatiques, les produits marins étaient peu accessibles sur l’île de Pâques”, ajoute la scientifique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? D’un autre côté, les rats représentaient une ressource nombreuse et aisée à capturer. Selon John Dugeon, co-auteur de l’étude, “il était probablement plus facile d’attraper un rat qu’un poisson”.Du poisson pour l’élite ?Une autre découverte est venue compléter les résultats de cette étude. Visiblement, tout le monde ne se privait pas de poisson. Selon les scientifiques, à partir de 1600, quelques individus ont commencé à consommer plus de produits marins que les autres. Selon Amy Commendador, ces habitants pourraient avoir vécu dans une partie de l’île où la pêche était plus aisée. Les deux chercheurs avancent également que l’accès aux ressources marines aurait pu varier en fonction de la hiérarchie politique et social. Produits difficiles d’accès, ils auraient pu être réservés à l’élite et aux personnes au statut social élevé. Le 28 septembre 2013 à 10:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Israeli heritage celebrated at Pembroke Pines festival

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida festival honored Israeli heritage, Sunday afternoon.Thousands of people showed up for the Celebrate Israel Festival at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. The event featured an Israeli-style marketplace, a replica of the Western Wall and a kosher food court.The festival also featured special guest musicians, including Israeli rock band Mashina and hit singer Chico Castillo from the Gipsy Kings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of January 27 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of January 27, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, January 28Calzones; Baby Carrots with Low Fat Dip; StrawberriesTuesday, January 29Chicken Parm & Wholegrain Pasta with Sauce; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; Orange WedgesWednesday, January 30Ham & Cheese; Turkey, Bacon & Cheese; or Cheese on a Wholegrain Croissant; Spudsters; PearsThursday, January 31Tostitos Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce, & Tomato; Brown Rice; Black Bean Salsa; PineappleFriday, February 1Wholegrain Sal’s Pizza (and Gil’s Pizza at High School only); Superbowl of Greens; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, January 28Chicken Patty or Spicy Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Corn Nibblets; StrawberriesTuesday, January 29Wholegrain Pasta with Sauce & Meatballs; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; Orange WedgesWednesday, January 30Ham & Cheese or Cheese on a Wholegrain Croissant; Spudsters; PearsThursday, January 31Tostitos Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce, & Tomato; Brown Rice; Salsa; Refried Beans; PineappleFriday, February 1Wholegrain Sal’s Pizza; Superbowl of Greens; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, January 28Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Corn Nibblets; StrawberriesTuesday, January 29Wholegrain Pasta with Sauce & Meatballs; Garlic Bread; Green Beans; Orange WedgesWednesday, January 30Ham & Cheese or Cheese on a Wholegrain Croissant; Spudsters; PearsThursday, January 31Tostitos Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce, & Tomato; Brown Rice; Salsa; Refried Beans; PineappleFriday, February 1Wholegrain Sal’s Pizza; Superbowl of Greens; Apple; Cookie Lunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for August 28 Dracut Woman Arrested Lawrence Man Issued Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, August 28, 2019:Susan L. Reagan (50, Dracut) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked License for OUI. Reagan was pulled over on Middlesex Avenue. (6:32am)Police notified MassDOT that the “keep right” sign in area of Route 62 and 93 North on-ramp was damaged and leaning into roadway. (6:46am)William R. Hernandez (25, Lawrence) was issued a summons for Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. Hernandez was pulled over near Enterpise on Main Street. (7:32am)A lost wedding ring – gold band – was reported lost. Ring was lost somewhere in town while delivering oil. (3:36pm)(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… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 15: Wilmington Man Arrested; Driver Issued Summonses; Teens Bullying At Plaza?In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Alaska Inc The roots of the Permanent Fund dividend

first_imgGov. Jay Hammond speaking with KUAC in 1980. ” You’ve got to remove the money,” he said in the interview. “Put it behind a rope, where you cannot utilize it for flamboyant expenditures.” (Image courtesy the Alaska State Library Historical Collections)Faced with a $3.5 billion budget deficit, many lawmakers are considering proposals that would tap the earnings of Alaska’s massive Permanent Fund — and reduce the Permanent Fund dividend.Download AudioAs the state consider changes to these two very Alaskan institutions, it’s worth taking a look back at how – and why – they were created.This story starts in 1968. That’s when Humble Oil and Arco announced they had struck oil on state land in Prudhoe Bay, and Alaska officially became a major oil state.But it really gets interesting in 1969, with the state’s lease sale at Prudhoe Bay. The auction brought in $900 million.“Which was a pretty big deal, because the [annual state] budget was just about $100 million,” said Cliff Groh, an attorney who worked on PFD legislation in the 1980s. “You have $900 million in one day! You can imagine the excitement.”Nobody had expected the sale to bring in that much. And yet, by the mid-70s, the money was gone.“And a substantial number of people in Alaska felt it had been frittered away, wasted, or, to use a blunter term, pissed away,” Groh said.Groh himself doesn’t think the money was wasted, noting that it was spent on services, especially education, in what was at that point a new and poor state. But the perception that Alaska’s first oil bonanza had been squandered lent strength to a group of lawmakers who wanted the state save some of its oil wealth.Among them was Jay Hammond, elected governor in 1974.“You’ve got to remove the money, put it behind a rope, where you cannot utilize it for flamboyant expenditures,” Hammond told KUAC in an interview in 1980.Even before the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was built, Hammond and others argued that some of the coming windfall must be put away. But they couldn’t agree on what it should be saved for.A lot of ideas were thrown out, “ranging from dams to daycare centers,” Groh said. “And some people did say, ‘Save it for a rainy day.’ But that was not the official statement that was offered…there just wasn’t a consensus.”Groh stressed that one thing really wasn’t a part of the conversation: the Permanent Fund dividend.“There was a reference to cash payments thrown out as one part of it,” he said. “But it was also in there with dams, daycare centers, and rainy day funds.”Ultimately, lawmakers simply agreed to take some portion of oil money off the table. Elmer Rasmuson, the first chair of the fund’s board of trustees, said the Fund had a “negative purpose:” just don’t spend the money now.For Hammond, at least, one purpose was clear. He later wrote, “I wanted to transform oil wells pumping oil for a finite period, into money wells pumping money for infinity.”And he had another idea in mind: the dividend check. If the Permanent Fund had many parents, the PFD was Hammond’s baby.Waldholz: Why did Hammond want it so much?Tillion: Because it gave to everybody, from the poorest to the richest, a fair share of the money that they actually own.Clem Tillion was one of Hammond’s allies in the legislature during the fight for the Permanent Fund.“He said, ‘Can you get a bill?’ And I said, well yes,” Tillion recalled. “And he said, ‘Don’t use any machine guns’…He referred to me later as his strong right arm and his swift left foot.”Once the fund was created, Tillion said Hammond saw the dividend as a way to build a constituency to protect it.“The dividend was designed to make the people aware that it’s their money,” Tillion said. “This is a share of what their money earns. Not a fixed amount, that’s a welfare check.”Hammond’s original concept would have granted residents more shares based on how long they’d lived in the state. That idea was declared unconstitutional.As a 27-year-old aide in the legislature, Clif Groh helped design the back-up plan: An equal payment to every Alaskan, the dividend we have today.In addition to protecting the fund, Groh said the dividend’s creators had several things in mind.“Jay Hammond was also concerned about what we would now today call crony capitalism,” he said.Hammond worried that oil money would flow through government programs to the well-connected. And he wanted to make sure some of the money made it out to rural Alaska, instead of remaining concentrated in the Rail Belt. But most of all, he believed Alaskans should have a direct share of their collective oil wealth — a concept he called “Alaska, Inc.”last_img read more

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Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 These characters are most likely

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “Battle at Winterfell” is going to telecast the biggest battle sequence in the entertainment history. The said episode is going to be 80 minutes long and will feature an epic fight between the Army of living vs the Army of dead. Here are our predictions of a few characters who are going to survive the battle and those characters who are surely going to die:Jon Snow:We cannot comprehend the fact that Aegon Targaryen will die in episode 3. He may not survive the end of the series but he is going to survive the forthcoming battle as he is going to face Cersei Lannister one more time in the fourth or fifth episode of Game of Thrones season 8. Killing him in episode 3 will come as a blow to all the fans who are rooting for him from the very beginning.Samwell Tarly:Samwell maybe the first one to kill a White Walker and he may know everything about dragonglass but we know that he is not a good fighter. There are chances that he may die in the upcoming episode but it would be amazing if he survives the end because he is the one with all the knowledge. After all the battle is done, Westeros will need someone to write down everything about the Great War and how they defeated the Night King.Jaime Lannister:After the emotional episode 2, fans are sure that Jaime Lannister is going to die in episode 3. There are predictions that he may die in Brienne’s presence and in his dying moments, he may tell her how to put an end to Cersei. If he does that then Brienne will have another motive in her life.At the same time, if he dies in front of Cersei then the character will have a poetic end which he truly deserves. Jaime Lannister and the armourTwitter/Official Game of Thrones pageDaenerys Targaryen:Daenerys Targaryen is indeed turning into Mad Queen but even she will survive the Great War. She may not survive the end of the story but killing her off mid-season will be extremely shocking.Arya Stark:Arya has practiced all her life to fighting off her enemies but she has no experience in fighting a battle with several dead against her. Even though she has a mysterious weapon forged by her lover Gendry, it is unlikely that she will survive the battle.Ser Jorah Mormont:Jorah Mormont is one of the most important characters in the story. After getting his hands on a Valyrian Steel sword, the chances of him surviving the battle has increased but at the same time, he is an old fighter and will get tired easily. There are chances that he may not survive the battle.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “Battle at Winterfell” will air on HBO on Sunday at 9 pm in the United States and on Monday at 6:30 am in India on Hotstar.last_img read more

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VIDEO Kyrie trolls LeBron by singing Im Coming Home on flight back

first_imgKyrie Irving decided to take the powderkeg of his beef with LeBron James to social media, and lit a match. On the flight home from his basketball tour in China, Irving posted a Snapchat video of him singing a couple lines from ‘I’m Coming Home,’ the theme song from the Nike ad campaign when LeBron returned to Cleveland from Miami.Just when you thought this high school drama couldn’t get any more petty, Irving takes to it here. The Cavs should just keep these two together for the year and make a reality show. Damn.Kyrie Irving sings “I’m Coming Home” mocking LeBron James on flight back from Asia.— Matt Medley (@MedleyHoops) July 26, 2017last_img read more

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Westinghouse Signs Memorandum of Understanding with NorthStar to Produce Medical Radioisotopes

first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | September 11, 2015 Westinghouse Signs Memorandum of Understanding with NorthStar to Produce Medical Radioisotopes Partnership will work together to address global production capacity shortage of molybdenum-99 September 11, 2015 — Westinghouse Electric Company and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes announced a memorandum of understanding to explore producing medical radioisotopes from the core of commercial nuclear reactors, and methods of global distribution. The exploration involves generating the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging by treating an isotope of the chemical element molybdenum rather than enriched uranium.The effort is to address a global production capacity shortage of the medical radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), as well as a nuclear proliferation concern with current methods, which rely on enriched uranium as source material. Both societal needs will be answered by using the highly reliable, high-volume production capacity of commercial nuclear reactors to make Mo-99 by irradiating molybdenum-98, and would require little capital investment by nuclear plant operators.“Nuclear plants operate at very high capacity factors, and there are plants around the world that have the capability to produce Mo-99,” said Cindy Pezze, vice president and chief technology officer, Westinghouse. “Not only does commercial nuclear power provide reliable electricity without greenhouse gases, it can additionally contribute to society by making important diagnostic isotopes available globally.”Westinghouse has a patent pending for producing medical radioisotopes using the existing Westinghouse plant design Incore Instrumentation System. NorthStar has been developing a process for using enriched Mo-98 targets as the starting point for Mo-99 rather than enriched uranium.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Related Content Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more last_img read more

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Rain will go away Briefly

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionNever mind your soggy shoes and puddles on the ground – the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) says the rainy season isn’t here, yet.The institute made the statement on its Facebook page Tuesday in response to a  viewer’s inquiry: “I would like to know if we are in the rainy season yet or not!” “The rainy season has not yet fully arrived,” replied the IMN, which predicted “intense downpours and electrical storms” in the Central Valley and Central Pacific coast on Tuesday and Thursday – predictions that came true. The IMN didn’t offer a forecast for Wednesday, but rain showed up in the Central Valley anyway.Flory Oritz, expressing a commonly held sentiment for Central Valley residents, wrote on the comment thread about Tuesday’s rains: “I can only imagine the rains when they fully arrive.” IMN meteorologist Gabriela Chinchilla said the Central Valley is in a transitional period and not yet a full-blow rainy season. She said Central Valley residents can expect a mix of sunny days and rainy days until the real rain starts from May 2-15. The Central Pacific region, however, is seeing the beginnings of the rainy season, and the Northern Pacific coast can expect rains to start in earnest at the end of May, Chinchilla said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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