APTN National NewsOntario’s independent police investigator will review nine different areas of how the Thunder Bay police examined the deaths of Indigenous peoples in the area including whether those cases were handled in a “discriminatory way.”“Alarming questions have been raised about the way the Thunder Bay Police Service investigates the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous people,” said Gerry McNeilly, director of the office for police review in a statement released Thursday in Toronto.The review was announced by McNeilly in September.The other areas of the review will cover:• Existing policies, practices and attitudes of the Thunder Bay police as they relate specifically to Indigenous missing persons and death investigations, and more generally, to issues around racism-free policing, such as “over-policing” and “under-policing”.• Whether missing persons and death investigations involving Indigenous peoples are conducted in discriminatory ways.• The adequacy and effectiveness of existing policies and identified best practices relating to the above issues.• The adequacy of training and education provided to supervisors and front-line officers relating to the above issues.• The extent to which compliance with existing policies or identified best practices is monitored and supported.• The extent to which officers are held accountable for non-compliance.• The extent to which the service communicates with Indigenous family members, communities and their leaders, engages in community outreach or has specialized liaison units.• The extent to which complaints about the service’s interactions with Indigenous Peoples are inhibited by reprisals or fear of reprisals.• Whether policies, practices, training, education, oversight and accountability mechanisms, and community outreach should be created, modified or enhanced to prevent discriminatory and ineffective policing, particularly in the context of investigations into the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous peoples.Gerry McNeilly, director of the office for police review in Ontario released 9 review points for Thunder Bay police Thursday.“Indigenous leaders and community members say that these investigations, and other interactions with police, devalue Indigenous lives, reflect differential treatment and are based on racist attitudes and or stereotypical preconceptions about the Indigenous community.“It is critical that these issues be independently examined through a systemic review, which would enable me to effectively address the issues and make meaningful recommendations for improvement,” said McNeilly.In October, the Thunder Bay police service made national news when it came to light that one of its officers allegedly posted racists comments to a local online news site via their facebook account.After an inquiry by APTN about the comments, Thunder Bay police suspended Const. Robert Steudle and put four more were put on administrative duties over the issue.Steudle is suspended with pay, as per the Police Services Act.The Thunder Bay police service also came under heavy criticism for how it investigated seven First Nation teenagers who died in the city over a span of 10 years.Five of the students drowned in local rivers. The cases were largely dismissed because officers believed alcohol was a factor in the deaths. But at a Coroner’s inquest into the deaths and evidence suggested there was more to what the Thunder Bay police found including signs of a struggle. The inquest found that in the end, four of the deaths were undetermined, three were accidental.Christa Big Canoe of Legal Services of Toronto represented six of the seven families at the inquest told APTN that’s good for this review to take place. But it will be better if real change comes from it.“I think we always try to be hopeful that the police are going to recognize and I think we kind of like to believe a wave of change as peoples knowledge increases but we still stand in a position of it’s not good enough until we actually see realistic change,” she said.“Complaints being taken seriously regardless of race or sex or age and investigative practices of police have to be equal for everyone and there has to be a recognition of the high victimization of Aboriginal people and until all of that occurs and everyone’s trained and actually implementing the policies that exist, it’s not good enough, it’s just not good enough, it’s status quo.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was attacked on Twitter by U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend.Dennis WardAPTN NewsSioux tribes in South Dakota are demanding that U.S. President Donald Trump apologize to Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren after issuing a racist tweet.On Sunday, Trump tweeted “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux condemned the president for his “racist and disrespectful tweets about one of the most infamous and brutal incidents against any nation of people.”If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash! pic.twitter.com/D5KWr8EPan— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019The Wounded Knee Massacre on Dec. 29, 1890, is one of the darkest and tragic chapters in the history of the Sioux Nation.Historical estimates of three hundred or more unarmed men, women and children were rounded up and shot by a detachment of the U.S. Army and buried in a single mass grave at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.Bordeaux is calling for an apology from Trump to the people of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and other Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations “for his shameful and ignorant misstatements.”Dakota-Lakota Sioux tribal attorney Ruth Hopkins says there’s nothing funny about the massacre of Lakota at Wounded Knee.Hopkins says there are many living descendants of those massacred at Wounded Knee, as well as living descendants of those that survived the massacre.“We still live with the historical trauma of that horrific event,” says Hopkins. “Natives have been under attack by Trump and his administration since he took office.”Hopkins says the administration is pushing pipelines through Treaty lands without consent, putting sacred sites like Bear Ears in danger and taking land from tribes.She says the current government shutdown is also putting tribes in peril.“If that isn’t enough, he sees fit to personally attack us by mocking us and the acts of genocide committed against us,” says Hopkins.Hopkins, who is a prominent Indigenous activist and tweeter, also says Trump invoking the name of Pocahontas is “disrespecting the memory” of Pocahontas and “using her name as a racial slur is unacceptable.”Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier took issue with Trump calling Warren Pocahontas.“(Trump) has once again taken a racist jab, and in doing so brought up Pocahontas. Pocahontas was only a child when she became a victim of rape, kidnapping, imprisonment and her forced conversion to Christianity,” Frazier says in a release.Frazier says what happened to Pocahontas “is still happening today to our women. Native American women continue to be victims of rape and exploitation by white men.”Frazier says he believes the president’s tweet wasn’t thoughtless and that Trump put some thought into it.In statement, the Chairman wrote “I ask you America, when are you going to come to your senses regarding this president?”For years Trump has called Warren Pocahontas and has shrugged off accusations of racism.He once offered her a million dollars to take a DNA test.Warren has told media in the U.S. that she confirmed that her ancestry dates back six to ten generations after consulting a researcher at Stanford University.On New Years eve, Warren announced her plan to seek the Democratic nomination to run for president in the 2020 email@example.com@denniswardnews
FREDERICTON – The “Free the Beer” slogan is being heard again when it comes to beer crossing provincial borders into New Brunswick — but this time it concerns craft beers.Picaroons Traditional Ales in Fredericton had been offering some Nova Scotia craft beers in their retail locations, but have been told by NB Liquor to stop because it breaks the rules.Picaroons owner, Sean Dunbar, said he asked NB Liquor three times if it was OK but didn’t get a reply until last week — four months after he started selling the Nova Scotia suds.“In order to expand the program with confidence I wanted to be sure it was OK. When I asked the final time it was a fairly definitive no. So, end of program,” he said.NB Liquor — a Crown corporation of the New Brunswick government — said the rules are intended to promote beers made in New Brunswick.It cites sections of the contracts it has with each craft brewery in the province.“The ability to sell craft beer made outside of N.B. in NB Brewer Agency Stores has never been permitted,” the contracts read.“It is important that NB Craft Brewers are given the ability to work, sell, in support of the great beers being made in N.B. for NB’ers.”But Dunbar said he thinks NB Liquor’s action is contrary to the 2007 Maritime Beer Accord, which says New Brunswick is to treat Nova Scotia microbreweries the same as if they were in New Brunswick.“New Brunswick brewers are allowed to sell their beer to me and then I can retail that to the public. So if you are treating Nova Scotia brewers as if they are New Brunswick brewers then Nova Scotia brewers can sell their beer to me and I can retail it to the public,” Dunbar said.Kirk Cox, executive directors of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia takes the same view as Dunbar.“We have a binding agreement between the two provinces,” he said.“The first section of that agreement deals with microbreweries and it says that on points of sale, one province is not to treat breweries from another province any differently than it treats its own.”Still, Dunbar said he’s not going to get into a fight with NB Liquor.“This is really a matter of a trade agreement between two provinces, and it’s between the two provinces to work out,” he said.The decision by NB Liquor comes just days after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of Gerard Comeau who was fined in 2012 for bringing home cheaper beer and liquor he bought in neighbouring Quebec.The court ruled provinces have the power to enact laws that restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose — in this case the desire to control the supply of alcohol in New Brunswick.
Casablanca – Due to the ongoing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, President Barack Obama has decided to sign an amendment to an executive order that aims to authorize the control of medical authorities over American citizens in cases of communicable diseases, such as respiratory illnesses. The President’s new executive order, entitled “Revised List of Quarantinable Communicable Diseases,” is an upgraded version of the “executive order 13295,” which was issued by former president George W.Bush in 2003.In 2014, Obama has concluded that the earlier order needed fine-tuning. The new order stresses the importance of“apprehension, detention, or conditional release of individuals to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected communicable diseases.” Obama’s amendment immediately allows detention of any American citizen who shows“ severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.”Although, the original order by Bush is quite similar to the recent version approved by Obama, Obama’s upgraded version makes clear that anyone infected with a contagious disease can be forcibly arrested by the medical authorities in order to prevent the spread of disease in the U.S.The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons raised a red flag, suggesting that new executive order could “turn governors into dictators.”
Rabat – The University of Bordeaux (France) has returned 20 archaeological objects to Morocco’s National Institute of Archaeological Sciences and Heritage (INSAP). The objects are human bones dating back to prehistory. The remains were discovered in the archaeological site of Rouazi cemetery, in Skhirat (26 km south of Rabat), according to a press release from the Ministry of Culture and Communication.The human bones were transferred to PACEA laboratory, at the University of Bordeaux for an in-depth study to determine their age and restore them.The ministry also announced a partnership to be signed between France and Morocco in the domain of prehistoric archaeology. The signature is set to be on Thursday, September 26, at the INSAP. The returned objects will help create a reference base at the INSAP for students and researchers who are interested in studying prehistoric Morocco.As part of these efforts to make archaeology more accessible, the ministry also announced the opening of a prehistoric park in Casablanca in the coming weeks.The archaeological site of Rouazi, where the returned bones were found, was discovered in 1979. It contains the most consistent collection of objects from the Neolithic era in Morocco.
Will Liberal plan to hike taxes on rich to give to middle class help economy? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers some opening remarks at the start of caucus, Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2015 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – As the Liberals rush to fulfil their headline election vow to siphon more from the rich to give to the middle class, it remains up for debate just how much the plan will help Canada’s limping economy.Experts say the Trudeau government should have little trouble meeting its self-imposed Jan. 1 deadline to rejig tax brackets as a way to ease the load on middle-income earners.On the campaign trail, the party worked hard to sell the plan to voters by stating the economy would grow if middle-class Canadians had more cash in their pockets.The change, however, has raised questions whether the tax increase would produce as much additional revenue as the Liberals expect, or if it would address income inequality.It would also make Canada’s highest income bracket one of the most heavily taxed in the industrialized world.The Liberal plan calls for a new 33 per cent rate on Canadians who earn more than $200,000 per year. The existing top bracket of 29 per cent would continue to apply to those earning between $138,586 and $200,000, and 26 per cent for those between $89,401 and $138,586.The party also promises to cut the rate to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent for those with a taxable annual income between $44,700 and $89,401. The maximum annual benefit, it says, would be $670 per person for those with earnings at the top of that middle bracket.Liberal estimates say the change would lift $3 billion worth of tax burden per year off the backs of middle-income earners. That would be counterbalanced by heaping another $3 billion in taxes on those in the highest income bracket.Looking at the big picture, the overall economic impact remains less than clear.Experts say the government would likely rake in less revenue by jacking up taxes on the rich, particularly from financially savvy Canadians whose incomes barely qualify for the top bracket.Rhys Kesselman of Simon Fraser University said earners near that margin would likely become a little more aggressive on tax planning and with their investment arrangements.“It is more elastic in both tax planning and tax advising, and legal tax avoidance,” Kesselman said of the highest bracket.Others believe the Liberal plan would only have a limited effect on the economy.BMO chief economist Doug Porter said slashing the rate would likely be a positive for the economy because people might work more when they can keep a bigger portion of their earnings. It could also encourage a small uptick in consumer spending, he added.But Porter noted there are concerns a higher marginal rate, which would creep above 50 per cent when combined with a provincial rate, could discourage foreign investors from coming to Canada as they look to avoid exposing employees to heftier personal taxes.In 2014, Canada’s top marginal personal income tax rate of 49.5 per cent — combined with provincial taxes — ranked No. 10 among the world’s industrialized countries, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Comparing to those same 2014 rates, the Liberals’ proposed change could push Canada into the top five.“My concern would be more (that) it’s not going to be much of a calling card for Canada in terms of attracting investment,” Porter said.For his part, Kesselman said the argument that raising taxes on top earners is a deterrent is “largely overblown.”Porter also questioned whether it would address income inequality, an issue that he said some argue is not a major problem in Canada.On Wednesday, government House leader Dominic LeBlanc promised the measures would be in place by the start of the new year.“Absolutely, no problem — that’s a piece of cake,” Don Drummond, a former senior Finance Department official, said when asked whether it was possible for the Liberals to meet the deadline.The majority government could enact the changes by introducing a motion in Parliament.Drummond said the biggest challenge could be getting the new numbers to employers in time for them to deduct the right tax amounts from the first January paycheques.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
Two buses are now confirmed and organizer Bawe Nsame said he hopes another one or two will be needed. Tickets for the trip are available from the Walker Complex Welcome Desk for $10, which includes bus transportation and a ticket to the game.The buses will leave from Walker Complex at 4:30 p.m.For more information, visit the “Raid the Ryerson Rams” Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/1225965694084296/1227844227229776“Its a great opportunity for our fans to show why they are the greatest fans in the country both at home and on the road,” Kissi said. The best fans in the country will be in the stands when the Brock Badgers take on the Ryerson Rams Wednesday night.Numerous school buses filled with Badgers fans will make the trip to Toronto with the men’s and women’s basketball teams heading to Ryerson.The Ryerson men’s team (10-1) is ranked No. 1 in the country with Brock (9-2) sitting at No. 5. The Rams women (9-3) are ranked No. 5 while the Badgers women (7-4) have slipped out the Top 10. The women start at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.Brock men’s coach Charles Kissi said playing good fundamental basketball is what will help them win.“Ryerson is a very good team, but so are we,” he said. “We will need to defend the perimeter, stop them in transition and limit the number of open three-point shots they get. We’re going to have to continue to rebound well. We are currently No. 1 in defensive rebounds in the OUA so that will be important for us.”
Ohio State center Micah Potter injured his ankle in the Buckeyes’ 80-55 win against Northeastern on Nov. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State’s already thin bench will be even thinner against national runner-up Gonzaga with the absence of Micah Potter.Ohio State announced Potter will not play Thursday in the first game of the PK80 in Portland, Oregon, against Gonzaga and freshman forward Kaleb Wesson will make his first start in place of Potter. The sophomore center injured his ankle late in the second half Sunday against Northeastern and did not return to that game.Potter has started every game for Ohio State so far this season and is averaging 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 19.3 minutes played per game.Wesson has split time with Potter at the five, averaging 19.7 minutes per game, but will be called upon for big minutes against a tall, physical Gonzaga lineup. The freshman is averaging 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
COPROD is Atlas Copco’s patented system for high capacity bench drilling in demanding rock – a system that incorporates the hole straightness and hole quality of DTH drilling equipment with the high penetration rate of the tophammer system, for better fragmentation (to be discussed in more detail in International Mining’s September issue. COPROD consists of two surface drilling rig platforms with five different drillstrings. ROC F9 CR is the smaller of the two rigs offering CR76 or CR89 drillstrings for blastholes ranging from 90-127 mm in diameter. ROC L740 CR, a second generation COPROD drilling rig, can be equipped with CR89, CR102, CR127 or CR 140 drillstrings. Translated into hole sizes, it means L740 CR can drill holes from 105 to 180 mm in size.Always looking for ways to improve the holes drilled in rock, Atlas Copco has developed the third generation COPROD drillstrings. The goal was to further improve hole straightness and reduce noise emission, so the COPROD sections were scrutinised. And the solution was to remove the welded centre guides in the drill tubes and replace them with a full length specially-designed inner tube. This patented plastic stabiliser with its unique geometrical design acts as an inner lining, reducing vibrations in the COPROD tube while dramatically reducing noise levels.Field tests have shown that this reduction in noise has not only made the operator’s environment more pleasant, it also allows COPROD rigs to operate without causing unnecessary noise pollution.Complete range available during 2010. The third generation COPROD drillstring is already available in COPROD 102 and 127 while the rest of the range will be launched during the second half of 2010.
Paul FennessyWho will win the Premier League/Champions LeagueManchester City for the Premier League — Manuel Pellegrini’s side, when on form, are easily the best team in the league. If they can sort out their dodgy away record, they should be good enough to win the Premier League comfortably.As for the Champions League, Bayern Munich’s 3-1 away win over Manchester City is the best European performance I’ve seen from any team this year, so on that less-than-scientific basis, I’m tipping them to prevail in May.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?Sticking with my original prediction of Leinster, Munster and Ulster to reach the knockout stages at least, and Toulon or Clermont to triumph.Golfer to watch in 2014?Tiger Woods: 2013 saw an improvement in his fortunes if not quite a return to vintage-era Woods. At 38, he’s not getting any younger, and so, this year may represent one of his few remaining chances to win a major.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?No. As good as the side were against the All Blacks, the team is still very much a work in progress under Joe Schmidt and they’ve pulled off big results in the recent past only to slip up shortly thereafter.What’s equally important as winning is integrating as many inexperienced players as possible into the side and ensuring Ireland have a squad — rather than just a team — capable of making an impact at next year’s Rugby World Cup.How do you see the World Cup going?There are probably only five teams who are capable of winning it — Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Germany.As they have home advantage and they looked very solid in (the admittedly somewhat unreliable indicator of) the Confederations Cup, I’m going with Brazil.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHCI’ve a feeling there might be a sense of deja vu by the end of the year — in addition to their current exceptional group of players, both Dublin (in football) and Clare (in hurling) have a seemingly limitless supply of impressive youngsters coming through the ranks, so they’ll likely be the teams to beat once again.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?Both the World Cup in Brazil and the conclusion to the Premier League — I can’t remember the last time either were so open in terms of the number of genuine candidates capable of triumphing.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?The almost inevitable additional revelations about sports stars doping. As many have pointed out already, it’s fanciful to believe cycling is the only sport in which the practice of using performance-enhancing drugs is common. It’s merely more competent than most at rooting out the cheats.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.David Meyler – if he can stay injury free, he has a chance of breaking into the Ireland side. The Hull midfielder is a great athlete and rarely gives the ball away, and thus, he could turn out to be a useful asset for MONKeano to have at their disposal.Niall KellyWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?I reckon Man City‘s bizillions of petrodollars will be a decisive factor in what is shaping up to be a very exciting title race. This could be Real Madrid’s year in Europe too.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?“The big three” should all make it to the quarter-finals at least. I wouldn’t have said this three months ago but seeing how Leinster have gelled under Matt O’Connor, they could well be the ones to go furthest.Golfer to watch in 2014?It’s hardly a left-field shout but one of these years, Jason Day is going to win a Major and when it happens, I’ll have him backed.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?Nope. Next question…How do you see the World Cup going?There are plenty of legitimate concerns about Brazil’s ability to host the tournament but once the football gets started, it’s gonna be one hell of a party. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that hipsters’ choice Belgium won’t be as good as everyone thinks. And a South American side to win it…Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHCWe’ve seen how hard it is for counties to retain the football title but the novelty of 2011 isn’t a factor this time around and Dublin have the personnel, both on and off the pitch, to go very close again. Is it going too far to suggest that the double is a possibility? (Yes, I’m from Dublin)What are you looking forward to most about 2014?Everything. It’s another new year with countless possibilities when it comes to sport. If we get half as much entertainment and enjoyment as we did this year, it will be another beaut.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?The cynicism and the cheating.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.It would be great to see Robbie Henshaw and Luke Marshall continue to break through and establish themselves as Ireland’s next great midfield partnership. D’Arcy and O’Driscoll can’t go on forever, you know.Fintan O’TooleWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?Man City to win the Premier League as they have the strongest squad and the best array of attacking riches. Bayern Munich to do back-to-back titles in the Champions League.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?Leinster, Ulster and Munster to get over the line in January and reach the April knockout stages. Hard to see Connacht emerging from their pool. Leinster the best Irish bet to go further than the quarter-finals.Golfer to watch in 2014?Adam Scott to build on a 2013 where he finally broke his Major duck at the US Masters. With the pressure of that tag gone, he can start to thrive.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?It would be a great swansong for BOD but hard to see a happy ending in this case.How do you see the World Cup going?Argentina to win and Messi to be top scorer, the group pairings are very favourable for the latter outcome. Looking forward to the action in Group B where Spain, Netherlands and Chile will battle it out, in Group D to see if England can emerge and if Belgium can live up to the hype.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHCDublin have the personnel on and off the pitch to retain their football title. The hurling is more difficult to read but there may be a responsive kick in Kilkenny.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?Seeing whether hurling’s 2014 offering can reach the heights of 2013 and as disappointing as it is that Ireland didn’t qualify, the World Cup remains something to relish.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?The introduction of the black card in Gaelic football. There’s potential for chaos early on as players, managers, referees and supporters get to grips with it.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.(Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images)Roy Maurice Keane. Being back at the frontline of Irish football guarantees engaging storylines.Steven O’RourkeWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?Manchester City will sort out their away form and romp home in the Premier League. It’s the worst season I can remember but, then again, I’m a United fan and now enduring the torment I put Liverpool fans through for years. Bayern Munich will become the first side to win back-to-back Champions League trophies. They’re the best side in Europe by a long way and if anyone else steals it from them, it will be a travesty.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?Leinster, Munster, and Ulster should all make it safely through to the quarter-finals though it’s difficult to see any team other than Ulster making it beyond that stage.Golfer to watch in 2014?In the ballsiest move ever made by a member of TheScore.ie, I’m going to say world number one Tiger Woods. This is the year he comes back into real contention at Majors and will possibly win two, starting with the Masters.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?Anything is possible, blah, blah, blah but no, I doubt it. We’re in for one of those dreaded periods of rebuilding, I think.How do you see the World Cup going?A bit like South Africa, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of hand-wringing in the build up to it from the UK press about stadia being behind schedule etc, but I think it’ll be fine. My money’s on Uruguay, with a side bet on Eamon Dunphy calling Messi a ‘bottler’ when Argentina crash out.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHC.Difficult to see Dublin not retaining their crown in the football but the hurling waters and much muddier so I’ll take the easy way out and just say Kilkenny. If Niall Kelly says Dublin for the double though, I think now’s a good place to remind everyone, again, he tipped Kildare to win the football this year.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?Manchester United getting that second half of the season bounce that was a staple of David Moyes’ tenure at Goodison. I’m also looking forward to the Raiders drafting a legitimate franchise quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?Dublin winning the All-Ireland football title again.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.Seamus Coleman. He’s just too good for Everton, and if he’s not playing Champions League football next year, it will be a great shame.Sean FarrellWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?Manchester City are awesome, but I just can’t help but feel their patchy form will come back. It definitely won’t be Arsenal. I still believe in Jose, so I’m going for Chelsea to steal it on the final day.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?Ulster are duking it out with Leicester for top place in their pool, but are hell-bent on bringing a Heineken Cup fixture to the new Ravenhill in April. Don’t think they’ll be partying like it’s 1999 exactly, but hey, funny things can happen at the Millennium Stadium.I’m gonna say two will reach the semi-final. Tough to see Leinster or Munster winning a home quarter-final from here, but if they manage to avoid a trip to Toulon or Clermont, then they’d fancy their chances against anyone.Hopefully Connacht can get a bit of a bonus run in the Amlin too, that’d be sweet.Golfer to watch in 2014?Rory. The kid had a strong finish to an awful year and hopefully he can pick up where he left off in January.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?It looks like our best chance since the last time we installed a new coach, but I’ll need to see the display for the New Zealand game backed up before I’m convinced that we can win against the Six Nations champions and four sides we couldn’t beat last year.One thing I’m certain of: If Joe Schmidt is to succeed, he must improve the way Ireland play and attack in the second half of games.How do you see the World Cup going?Is ‘epicly’ a word?It’s a feast of football in Brazil, what’s not to love? Well, yes, the suffocating commercialisation of it all, but it’ll be on in the middle of the night, so it won’t be all that easy to run out and buy a heap of McDonalds at half-time.I’ve always loved watching Portugal in major tournaments, but I still think they’ll struggle with teams locking down their one big weapon. Luis Suarez is definitely going to do something to upset England, such as scoring a (dastardly) goal.If things get tight and the games wear on without a breakthrough, Brazil will suffer, but I think/hope they draw enough positive energy from the crowd to win games with early goals.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHC(INPHO/Morgan Treacy)Kilkenny will be back to reclaim the hurling title. When it comes down to it, I don’t think Dublin will win back-to-back, but hard to see beyond them at this stage.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?Right now? The Six Nations. Also, the Winter Olympics because it’s such a brilliant spectacle and gives us all reason to learn the rules to a new sport.I can’t be getting excited about anything more than six weeks away.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?The pressure that will be heaped on whoever Joe Schmidt hands the number 13 jersey to in June and November. Big shoes.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.Yeah, I’ll go with Luke Marshall too. He’ll turn 23 in March and he’s only getting better with each passing week. Joe Schmidt may prefer to go with Gordon D’Arcy to play it safe, but Marshall’s Fofana-esque ability to pick a try-scoring line will make him difficult to leave out.Patrick McCarryWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?Manchester City will canter to the title if they can sort out their away form and get Sergio Aguero back ASAP. Arsenal and Chelsea to scrap it out behind them and Liverpool v Man Utd for the last spot. As for the Champions League, Bayern Munich to make it two-in-a-row.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?Believe I said back at the start of the competition that three from four would qualify and that Leinster and Ulster would both make the semi-finals. Nothing I have seen thus far will change my mind on that although my ‘Harlequins for last four’ prediction may be wide of the mark. Toulon still favourites in my book.Golfer to watch in 2014?I’m assuming Niall Kelly has picked Jason Day so I will go for Henrik Stenson. The Swede went from 209th in the world last year to a comfy spot in the top three. His swing, when on form, is fluid. I expect at least one Major from him next year. His game is well suited to a tilt at the Augusta title.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?No. They have away games against an excellent, settled England team and have to go to the Stade de France too. They are far too inconsistent to predict they will win five games in seven weeks. I think they could finish in the top two and claim an away win but I’ll go for England here.How do you see the World Cup going?It should be an amazing spectacle in some great settings. Brazil and Argentina will fancy their chances, with Uruguay and Chile eyeing up quarter-final spots at least. Spain are the best suited of the European teams to cause a stir with Germany not far behind. Billo’s last World Cup and the lads will be grumpy at the odd broadcast hours and being stuck out in Donnybrook while the football world parties. Gary Lineker will top up the tan to a deep mahogany shade.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHC.Although no-one would have predicted such a rough year for Donegal in 2013, I confidently predict that Dublin will wear the crown better. Jim Gavin has assembled a great squad of young players and they will be gunning for even more success. Mayo looked a class above all year, until the final, and will go deep again in 2013. Kilkenny are probably training for next summer as I type and will go into 2014 with a point to prove. Clare are similar to Dublin, in that they have a great, young squad, but I’ll go for the Cats.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?Although I have not predicted Ireland to win, I’m most looking forward to the Six Nations. O’Driscoll’s final tournament with Ireland, and Joe Schmidt will have more time to impose his playing style on the team. If Gilroy, Zebo and Henderson are all fit and firing, too, we will have a very promising group of players. My Ryder Cup excitement will build as the year goes on.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?As a Manchester United supporter, I am not looking forward to the final league standings in May. David Moyes will have to spend so, so wisely in January (one decent lad will do) to energise his troops. Keep RVP and Rooney fit and they have a top four hope…One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.I’m a gigantic Craig Gilroy fan so I’m hoping he can stay fit for Ulster and Ireland in 2014 as he is a fantastic attacking talent. In golf, I’ll be keeping a close eye on Kevin PhelanRónán DuffyWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?I thought that Chelsea would have carved out some consistency under Mourinho by now, they have not and in all honesty The Special One looks almost disinterested at times. In that case, it’s Man City’s if they want it. As for the Champions League, I think Real Madrid.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?As ever, the draw will have a major influence on how things go and Leinster and Munster’s losses might come back to haunt them in that regard. Ulster look the most settled Irish team right now.Golfer to watch in 2014?Hopefully he won’t suffer from second-season syndrome in 2014, but I think Peter Uihlein is the youngster to watch over the next few years. The American showed smarts by moving to the European Tour last year and he was rewarded with a Rookie of the Year award. Already a winner on tour, I think he’s an Open Champion in waiting.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?I don’t think they’ll win in either in Paris or Twickenham, so no.How do you see the World Cup going?Evening matches and Brazilian setting mean it will be as big as it can be here without Ireland involved. European teams to come up short in South America with perhaps Portugal a dark European horse. Several thousand road miles too much for Spain who will change their style and look to a front man in Diego Costa before coming up short and out of ideas. Germany to destroy lesser nations but get out-thought by more disciplined teams. Brazil seem more settled than Argentina and thus are the team to beat.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHC.Dublin managed to deal with the fact that they were everyone’s favourites to win from early 2013 so I see no reason why they won’t cope with the pressure of being defending champions in 2014. In the hurling, that Cork team with a year of experience and the sting of defeat will be lethal.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?I can’t really choose, just letting the countless sports stories play out in front of you.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?Argentina not winning the World Cup and people using it as a reason why Messi isn’t the greatest ever.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.(Kamran Jebreili/AP/Press Association Images)An obvious choice but 2014 is a big year for Rory McIlroy. This year was never going to live up to 2012 and throw in becoming Mr. Nike Golf and his management problems and I think it’s fair to scratch 2013 off. He is still virtually unbeatable when at his best.Adrian RussellWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?If Manchester City can’t get over the line in this year of flux, then the Dubai lads might as well pull pegs and head home.Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?Munster, Leinster and Ulster will reach the last-eight and one wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ravenhill side — Ireland’s first European Cup winners — adding a tournament win to bookend the Heineken Cup era as we know it.Golfer to watch in 2014?A young lad I like to call Angel Cabrera. Personal slogan around majors week: ‘can’t fail with Angel’.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?Yeah, like Deccie, Joe Schmidt will get it done in his first year and BOD will make that final chapter all the easier for ghost writer Paul Kimmage.How do you see the World Cup going?England failing big time, Belgium disappointing the so-called hipster fan base and a rested Leo Messi inspiring Argentina to a famous win.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHCDublin look way too strong from this remove to be stopped by anyone and Jim Gavin’s zen demeanour and Brian Cody’s zombie champions Kilkenny aren’t dead yet.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?Another amazing summer of hurling, complemented by a World Cup that’s built for prime-time viewing. A fitting farewell for Billo on his last tour of duty in Montrose with Dunphy, Giles and Brady.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?The Keane-O’Neill: Best of Enemies documentary on ITV4.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014.Conor Lehane scored 2-10 as Midleton claimed the Cork SHC title recently. If the Rebels are to push on form their narrow All-Ireland final replay defeat to Clare, the likes of him need to push on again.Paul HosfordWho will win the Premier League/Champions League?It’s been an open year so far, but Man City will fire post-Christmas and romp to the title. In Europe, it’s got to be Bayern Munich, doesn’t it?Heineken Cup – how will the Irish sides get on?Munster, Leinster and Ulster will reach the quarters. Munster may make the last 4, depending on the draw. Leinster will be about the same. Only Ulster look capable of winning it.Golfer to watch in 2014?Rory McIlroy. Golf is without a superstar and needs the Hollywood man to find form and reignite interest.Will Ireland win the Six Nations?No. That is all.How do you see the World Cup going?As always, it’ll be great. Despite Ireland’s absence, who doesn’t love the World Cup? I’ll be supporting Belgium, but I think Germany will win it.Your tips for the 2014 All-Ireland SFC and SHC.Dublin should retain Sam, while I’m tipping Cork to bounce back and claim Liam.What are you looking forward to most about 2014?The hurling championship, which will have to live up to an amazing 2013 and the rebuilt Yankees taking on the AL East in baseball.What are you looking forward to least about 2014?The rebuilt Yankees lack of pitching depth losing them the AL East.One Irish sports star to watch closely in 2014Ciarán Clark. He’s coming out of the “he’s just a kid” stage and has to make a role in the heart of the Villa and Ireland defence his own over the next 12 months.This Sky graphic sums up how good Luis Suarez is this season>Ireland at 67th in FIFA rankings, Spain finish top for sixth year on the trot>
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,872 Views U.S President Donald Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un last June Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 10:15 AM 25 Comments By Stephen McDermott Share4 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4501703 Image: Shealah Craighead/PA Images Short URL Feb 24th 2019, 10:16 AM U.S President Donald Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un last June Image: Shealah Craighead/PA Images NORTH KOREAN LEADER Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump will meet for the second time next week, following their historic summit in Singapore last year.The two leaders will hold talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on 27 and 28 February, when they are expected to discuss details of a de-nuclearisation agreement.It marks the latest chapter in the pair’s colourful history, which has seen threats and name-calling give way to a more amicable relationship.Trump, who previously called Kim “Rocket Man” and threatened to meet his threats with “fire and fury”, said he has developed a “special bond” with the North Korean leader.Meanwhile, Kim – who bragged about his country’s nuclear capabilities and called the US President “a rogue and a gangster” – has said he is ready “leave the past behind”.During their meeting last June, both leaders signed what was seen as a historic accord that would bring about the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in return for the lifting of sanctions.The US has since suspended some military exercises with South Korea, while North Korea has returned the remains of American soldiers who served in the Korean War.However, commentators have claimed that the nuclear agreement is vague, and does not include any deadlines or method of verifying whether North Korea is moving towards de-nuclearisation.Sanctions remain in place and it’s been suggested that North Korean nuclear sites are still in operation.Teams from both countries have already visited Vietnam to lay the groundwork for the summit, although officials have remained tight-lipped on their movements and meetings.US officials say next week’s meeting will be “similar in format to what we saw last June” and that there will be an opportunity for the two leaders to meet one-on-one.However, they have declined to speculate on what elements could be included in a joint statement that will be made at the end of the meeting.Trump, who considers himself a dealmaker, said this week that Kim would have to make a “meaningful” gesture on disarmament if he wants sanctions against North Korea lifted. Observers, meanwhile, say that more progress will be needed on last year’s vague promises.Trump could ask Kim to verify what North Korea has done to stop producing nuclear weapons and to provide a timeline to get rid of its existing arsenal.On the other side, Kim may try and win more concessions from the US by demanding Trump lifts sanctions against North Korea.Aside from nuclear discussion, it has also been suggested that there could be a formal agreement to finally end the Korean War (a ceasefire was signed in 1953 but the two countries are technically still at war).And on Tuesday, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said he would ask Trump to raise the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea with Kim.Abe has long sought to resolve the deeply emotive issue of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korean agents during the Cold War era.Trump said he discussed the issue of Japanese agents in his first meeting with Kim, so there may be more on the cards than the nuclear deal.Whether anything concrete is delivered this time, however, remains to be seen.With reporting from APP. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet for the second time this week: here’s what to expect The two leaders will hold talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on 27 and 28 February.
Battle Ground Public Schools has a bond issue up for vote Nov. 8, and wants to be sure residents are informed.The district will host four Bond Information Night meetings so officials can present information about the bond measure. The district is asking for $80 million toward building four replacement schools and two new schools, replacing buildings on other campuses, and improving technology, safety and classrooms.All members of the Battle Ground community are invited. The four sessions are:• 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Amboy Middle School, 22115 N.E. Chelatchie Road, Amboy.• 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Prairie High School, 11311 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver.• 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground.• 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Glenwood Heights Primary School, 9716 N.E. 134th St., Vancouver.The money would help build a new campus with schools serving grades K-4 and 5-8 to accommodate a growing population in the southeast corner of the district, and replace Glenwood Heights, Laurin Middle School, Pleasant Valley Primary School and Pleasant Valley Middle School.It would also fund the replacement of the 500-900 buildings at Prairie High School and the renovation of the 300 building and the gym at Amboy Middle School.The estimated total cost of the projects is $136.5 million, according to a release from the district, which explains that after the bonds are sold, state construction funding assistance can be tapped for up to $56.5 million for eligible projects.The projected local tax rate for the bond issue is 45 cents per year per $1,000 of current assessed value. This rate, which works out to $112.50 for a property assessed at $250,000, is subject to change based on the total assessed value within the district boundaries.More information about the bond can be found at www.battlegroundps.org/bond.
County supervisors approve lease for future affordable housing project July 23, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Board of Supervisors Tuesday cleared the path for an affordable housing development in downtown San Diego.By a 5-0 vote, the panel approved a 99-year lease and agreement for Bridge Housing Corp. to build a 120-unit complex at 1501-1555 Sixth Ave.“There is a critical need for affordable housing, and (this project) is in the affordable range,” Supervisor Greg Cox said.Marko Medved, director of the county Department of General Services, said when completed in late 2024, the project will be 100% affordable.The development will feature 60 units each for senior citizens and families, be eight stories high and have underground parking, Medved said.To make way for the housing development, a vacated building that once served as the county’s Family Court will be demolished next year.During the meeting, two area residents raised several concerns, including whether the future housing development would affect their views and whether parking is adequate.Y. Sachiko Kohatsu said her building is right behind the planned development. Kohatsu, who also sits on the San Diego Repertory Theater’s board of trustees, said she supports affordable housing, but the board needs to “consider our right to sun and fresh air.”Evan Jones, a homeowner at Mills at Cortez Hill, which is located adjacent to the planned development, suggested that the county limit its height. He also asked that the development be dog-free to cut down on noise and dog waste.“Let’s not erode the quality of life for those who call Cortez Hills home,” Jones said.Cox said he understood the residents’ concerns, and asked county staff to work on minimizing impacts on the neighborhood. He added that affordable housing projects often meet with opposition. Posted: July 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
News Twitter Email The “SICKO MODE” rapper and 61st GRAMMYs performer was in his hometown on Wednesday for the second leg of his Astroworld tourRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 14, 2019 – 12:44 pm Shortly after his performance at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, Travis Scott is back on the road for the second leg of his Astroworld tour. On Wednesday he arrived back in his hometown of Houston, Texas, where he performed at the Toyota Center. During his show, Houston Mayer Sylvester Turner presented the “SICKO MODE” rapper with a key to the city of Houston, saying, “We owe so much to this guy for keeping Houston on the map.” https://twitter.com/ToyotaCenter/status/1095913713444491264 Travis Scott Awarded With Key To Houston houston-mayor-awards-travis-scott-key-city Houston Mayor Awards Travis Scott With A Key To The City Facebook And that wasn’t the only piece of good news to come out of the night: Turner announced that, “because of [Scott], we’re gonna bring another amusement theme park back to the city.”That should please area residents, especially those missing the now-defunct Houston amusement park Six Flags Astroworld (commonly referred to as just “Astroworld”), which closed in 2005. Scott’s tour, Astroworld: Wish You Were Here, is an homage to the park.Billboard points out that Scott originally rapped about his childhood park on Astroworld opening track “Stargazing,” which said, “’99, took AstroWorld, it had to relocate / Told the dogs I’d bring it back, it was a seal of faith.”Read more
WILMINGTON, MA — With the Wilmington Recreation Basketball League season just around the corner, the Recreation Department is currently seeking coaches for its basketball teams for this upcoming season. Parents, older siblings and high school students are all welcome to join (although, anticipated high school basketball PLAYERS should consider refereeing or scorekeeping as team requirements conflict with the WRBL schedule).New Student Coaches are required to attend one of two free Basketball Coaches Clinics. They are held on September 26 or October 2 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. However, all coaches are welcome to attend the Clinic to learn to run an effective practice and ensure a successful, fun season for the players.To register for any of the Recreation Department’s programs, please visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call at 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”Wilmington Rec Announces 8 Basketball Programs For Kids, Teens & AdultsIn “Community”Wilmington Rec Announces Basketball Programs For Kids, Teens & AdultsIn “Community”
Hallmark Group chairman Jesmin Islam. Photo: UNBA Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced Hallmark Group chairman Jesmin Islam to three years of imprisonment in a case filed for not submitting her wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission.Judge of Dhaka Special Judges Court-5 Md Akhtaruzzaman pronounced the verdict and asked Jesmin Islam to pay Tk 2 million as fine within 60 days, reports UNB.Jasmine was present on the dock when the verdict was delivered.On 13 November 2013, the ACC issued a notice to Jesmin Islam asking her to submit wealth statement.Later, the watchdog filed the case against her with Ramna police station on 12 December 2013 as she did not submit the wealth statement.On 22 October 2014, the ACC pressed charges against her.
Listen On Monday’s Houston Matters: As Texas lawmakers consider a new bill aimed at making storage tanks more resilient, Harris County Commissioners Court is considering whether to add additional prosecutors to the District Attorney’s office who would focus specifically on environmental crimes. We learn more.Also this hour: We explore the challenges of running public meetings. And Jeff Balke updates us on the latest developments in Houston sports.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /31:45 X
Popular on Variety Facebook, as part of cleaning up the mess left in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, said it has temporarily suspended 200 apps that had access to large amounts of user data prior to 2014.Facebook didn’t identify any of the 200 apps. Those have been blocked on the social platform pending an investigation “into whether they did in fact misuse any data,” Ime Archibong, VP of product partnerships, wrote in a blog post Monday.CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg first announced the investigation into such apps on March 21, as part of his initial response to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco. Cambridge Analytica is the U.K.-based political consulting firm that had improperly licensed info on upwards of 87 million Facebook users — most of whom had no idea their data had been harvested, via a quiz app hosted on the platform in 2013. Facebook says it changed its policies restricting the ability of third-party apps to collect data on users’ friends in 2014. Over the past two months, the company has investigated “thousands” of apps that had previously been granted such access, according to Archibong.In the case of Cambridge Analytica, which had been contracted to work for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook says it had been assured the data the firm had obtained was deleted. However, according to media reports in March, Cambridge Analytica had not eliminated the data in question, which had been obtained through a personality quiz launched by researcher Aleksandr Kogan. The resulting controversy resulted in Zuckerberg testifying before two U.S. congressional hearings and Cambridge Analytica closing its doors.Facebook said in the next phase of the investigation, it will conduct interviews with the developers of the 200 apps that have been suspended, as well as request information and perform audits that may include on-site inspections. The company will ban any apps if it finds they misused Facebook users’ data, and will notify users (at this link) if they or their friends had installed those apps, according to Archibong. Facebook also will ban apps if their developers refuse to participate in an audit.Facebook’s latest disclosure is part of its ongoing strategy to rebuild user trust after the Cambridge Analytica revelations. Despite the bad PR, the social giant grew its worldwide user base in the first quarter of 2018, to an average of 1.45 billion daily active users in March (up 13% year over year), and boosted net income 63% year over year, to $5 billion in Q1. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Trigonopterus vandekampi, holotype, habitus. Image: Wikipedia. Scientists from the Institute for Synchrotron Radiation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (ANKA) and the State Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe in Germany, led by Thomas van der Kamp, have been studying Trigonopterus, a genus of 90 described species of flightless weevils originating in tropical forest regions of New Guinea, Sumatra, the Philippines, Samoa and New Caledonia. Scientists estimate there could be as many as 1,000 undescribed species in the genus.Weevils are herbivorous beetles of the Curculionoidea superfamily represented by over 60,000 species found world-wide. The most widely known species are Sitophilus granaries, which is often found in stored grains and other dried foods, and Anthonomus grandis or boll weevil, known for its damage to cotton crops. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Van der Kamp and colleagues studied computed tomography (CT) scans of the Papuan weevil Trigonopterus oblongus and discovered the top section of the weevil’s legs are attached to the body via the trochanter, which screws into another small body part called the coxa, which is equivalent to a hip. The joint was previously thought to be of a hinge type.The inside of the coxa and external surface of the trochanter features threads like those found in nuts and bolts. The threads on the trochanters cover around 410 degrees or more than a complete rotation, while the internal threads on the coxa cover 345 degrees. Explore further SEM photographs of the right metacoxa (A,B) showing notch (n) and inner thread (i), and of the corresponding trochanter (C,D) with external thread (e) and condyle (c) in Trigonopterus sp. Image: Science/AAAS, DOI:10.1126/science.1204245 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Weevils are widely distributed and rich in species. The different, partly exquisitely colored species all have a thorn-shaped extension of their head. Credit: Source: Karlsruhe State Museum of Natural History The T. oblongus weevil lives among leaf litter and twigs, and having a screw-around leg could be useful for helping it to find footholds while searching for food. The arrangement is also likely to give the beetle added stability in its resting posture. It is likely that the earliest weevils also lived among forest leaf litter, which could explain why weevils that no longer live in the same type of habitat have the same mechanism for leg attachment.The paper was published today in Science. The muscles turn the legs on the screw threads, an arrangement that allows the weevils to twist their hind and middle legs through 130 degrees, and their front legs through 90 degrees. The joint is more difficult to dislocate than a ball-and-socket joint.Van der Kamp then examined the legs of 15 more weevil species from different families to see if the same arrangement was used and discovered they did have a nut and bolt system like T. oblongus. The researchers suggested that “it’s a safe bet that all weevils have it.” No Mistaking this Bug with New Insect ID Technique (PhysOrg.com) — New research has found that humans were not the first species to invent the nut and bolt mechanism for screwing one thing to another: weevils do the same to attach their legs to their bodies instead of using the more familiar ball-and-socket joint. Citation: Papuan weevil has screw-in legs (2011, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-papuan-weevil-screw-in-legs.html More information: A Biological Screw in a Beetle’s Leg, Science 1 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6038 p. 52. DOI:10.1126/science.1204245ABSTRACTThe coxa-trochanteral joints on the legs of the weevil Trigonopterus oblongus (Pascoe) work as a biological screw-and-nut system. The apical portions of the coxae closely resemble nuts with well-defined inner threads covering 345°. The corresponding trochanters have perfectly compatible external spiral threads of 410°. Both parts of the weevil’s hip joint fit like screw and nut. This increases the mobility of the leg. Credit: Source: KIT
West Midnapore: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed the district administration on Tuesday to take stringent measures against the sand mafia and ensure that the lorries carrying sand cannot use rural roads. She was addressing the administrative review meeting at Police Lines on Tuesday afternoon.She said the lorries carrying sand excavated from illegal mines generally use rural roads to evade police arrest. As result, the rural roads constructed under Bangla Gram Sadak Yojna get badly damaged. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”I am not going to tolerate this. I instruct the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police to intensify vigil. But as it is not possible for the police to work alone to stop this menace, I ask the Gram Panchayat members to put up bamboo poles to prevent the trucks from using rural roads,” she said, adding: “Huge fines should be imposed so that they do not make this mistake in future.” The Chief Minister asked the DM, SP and Health department officials to go to Salboni to tell people that the state government has no intention to hand over the superspecialty hospital to private companies. She said recently some doctors belonging to a political party had visited Salboni and told people that the state government would hand over all the superspecialty hospitals to private firms and they will charge to provide treatment. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”This is baseless canard which some doctors with mala fide intentions are spreading. We have no intention to sell the superspecialty hospitals to private companies,” the Chief Minister said. She regretted that some people with vested interests are misguiding people about the various projects taken up by the state government. She said the state government has set up 46 superspecialty hospitals in the districts, to provide best medical facilities to the rural people free of cost and reduce the pressure on the referral hospitals in the district headquarters and Kolkata. “We are facing some problems in giving appointments to doctors, but hopefully this problem will be ironed out soon,” she said. She asked the Panchayat and Rural development department officials to make surprise checks to find out how the toilets built under Nirmal Bangla Mission are functioning. “We should find out whether the people are using them or not and how the toilets are functioning. Surprise checks help the administration perform better,” she said. The Chief Minister asked the departments to complete the tender process by January 10, 2019, as once the date of Lok Sabha election is announced, there will be an embargo on the floating of tenders. Chief Secretary Malay De said the issuance of work order will have to be completed by January 31, 2019, so that the commencement of work can start soon.