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Miner digs up fossilized skull of extinct monster muskox in Yukon

first_imgDAWSON CITY, Yn – An ancient “monster” muskox skull has been uncovered by a miner working near Dawson City, Yukon.The Klondike Placer Miners’ Association said Stuart Schmidt was using heavy equipment at a site in western Yukon on Monday when he stumbled upon an intact skull of a North American helmeted muskox.The species is a distant relative of today’s tundra muskox and is extinct, the association said in a release.Schmidt said in the release that he saw something unusual sticking out of the gravel and decided to investigate.“I got off the ‘dozer and gave it a pull, thinking it was a fragment of bison horn but it did not budge so I pulled harder with both hands and out came a monster from the past,” he said.Grant Zazula, a paleontologist with the territorial government, said his jaw dropped when he got a photo of the skull.“He knew it was something special because we’ve worked with Stuart for years and he’s seen thousands and thousands of fossils before, bones of ice-age animals. And he knew this was something unique when he saw it,” Zazula said.Two of Zazula’s assistants now have the specimen and plans are underway to do carbon dating to determine the age of the fossil.“Because of the incredible preservation, it will give us the opportunity to do all kinds of other work, like genetic studies on this species,” he said.Helmeted muskox were hunted by early First Nations and went extinct about 11,000 years ago, Zazula said.The animals had giant battering rams on their heads, were twice the width of today’s muskox, stood about two feet taller and weighed around 450 kilograms. (CKRW, The Whitehorse Star)last_img read more

End of IsraeliPalestinian conflict critical for regional peace Turkey tells UN debate

24 September 2009A resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on two States existing side by side in peace and security is indispensable to both regional and global peace, the Turkish Prime Minister told the General Assembly today, demanding an opening of barriers which he said were thwarting the reconstruction of Gaza. “Turkey has on every possible occasion stressed that it is not possible to turn a blind eye to the appalling conditions in Gaza,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the second day of the high-level segment of the Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“It is our common humanitarian and moral responsibility to ensure that the tragedy unfolding in Gaza is brought to an end, and an atmosphere of lasting peace is created in the region,” said Mr. Erdogan.He told the 192-member Assembly that the three-week Israeli military offensive at the start of the year, which had the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by militants operating in Gaza, quickly turned into a human tragedy.The conflict resulted in the deaths of some 1,400 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and over 5,000 injuries. Many buildings in Gaza were turned to rubble, and even UN sites came under attack, said Mr. Erdogan.“It has been eight months since the declaration of the ceasefires that ended the hostilities in Gaza,” he said, adding that six months have also passed since an international conference in Egypt pledged billions of dollars for the reconstruction of the area. “However, I regret that the human tragedy in Gaza still goes on.”Mr. Erdogan noted that closures at border crossings block reconstruction materials and supplies from entering Gaza, causing extended suffering for the 1.4 million people living in the Strip.“We demand that these obstacles are immediately lifted and normalcy restored to Gaza for the sake of peace and security of both Israel and the Palestinians,” he said. Urging the international community to reinvigorate efforts to resolve the problem, the Prime Minister said told the Assembly that it “is our common humanitarian and moral responsibility to ensure that the tragedy unfolding in Gaza is brought to an end, and an atmosphere of lasting peace is created in the region.” He underscored the importance of resuming Israeli-Palestinian talks – disrupted by the Gaza conflict – as soon as possible, in a wide-ranging speech that touched on talks with Greece over the reunification of Cyprus, reform of the UN, stability in the Caucasus, the territorial integrity of Iraq, and climate change. read more

Grenada accedes to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed Grenada as a new State party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the tribunal, three months after the Caribbean nation deposited its instrument of accession to the accord, becoming the 115th signatory.The statute took effect in Grenada on 1 August, the ICC said in a statement issued after the President of the Court, Sang-Hyun Song, presented the ambassador of Grenada, Stephen Fletcher, with a special edition of the Rome Statute in The Hague, where the court is based.“Each State that joins the ICC sends out a powerful message that it does not tolerate genocide, crimes against humanity or the other atrocious offences listed in the Statute, and it will not provide refuge to those suspected of such crimes,” said Mr. Song.The Vice-President of the Assembly of States Parties and Ambassador of Mexico, Jorge Lomónaco, placed the occasion in Grenada’s historical context.“After 300 years as a colony, an overthrow of the government, an invasion in the mid-’80s and a full restoration of democracy to follow, Grenada has come out as a strong and independent State of the Caribbean Community.” That community, he added, is strongly committed to “combating impunity and bringing justice to victims.”Established by the Rome Statute of 1998, the ICC can try cases involving individuals charged with war crimes committed since July 2002. The Security Council, the ICC Prosecutor or a State Party to the court can initiate any proceedings, and the ICC only acts when countries themselves are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute. 23 August 2011The International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed Grenada as a new State party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the tribunal, three months after the Caribbean nation deposited its instrument of accession to the accord, becoming the 115th signatory. read more

UN winding up repatriation operations for Angolans and some Somalis

The United Nations refugee agency is winding down its repatriation of Angolans with a final convoy from the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today and it is also sending home the last convoy from eastern Ethiopia to north-western Somalia tomorrow.The Angolan refugees left the Kisenge refugee site in southern DRC to Luau in eastern Angola, from which the refugees will go home, with help from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to communities in Moxico and Lunda Sul provinces.UNHCR has helped 42,400 Angolans go home since the start of the voluntary repatriation in June 2003 and has helped nearly 24,000 refugees who returned to Angola on their own.Some 22,000 Angolans remain in refugee camps and settlements in the DRC and another 72,000 may seek permission from Congolese authorities to settle there, it said.The Angolan repatriation movement ends in October.Meanwhile, the 325 Somalis in the 213th convoy leaving Aisha camp in Ethiopia for the self-declared Republic of Somaliland will carry plastic sheeting, blankets, jerry cans, kerosene stoves and a nine-month supply of food.UNHCR will spend $50,000 on cleaning and replanting Aisha camp, which was the largest refugee-hosting area in 1991 when it housed 26,694 people during one of the peaks of Somali refugee flight, and will then hand it over to the Ethiopian authorities.Last July UNHCR closed Ethiopia’s Hartisheik camp, which was the world’s largest refugee camp in the late 1980s when it housed 250,000 Somalis. read more

Global economic watchdog warns of weak recovery slashes US Canada forecasts

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 4:28 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 8:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Indian laborers work at an under construction residential building in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. India’s central bank cut a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point Tuesday, the third such reduction this year in support of government efforts to boost growth. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) Global economic watchdog warns of weak recovery, slashes U.S., Canada forecasts PARIS – The world economy risks being bogged down in a low-growth spiral unless measures are taken to spur demand and incite businesses to boost their stubbornly sluggish investments.That’s the conclusion of the latest economic forecast from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based body made up of 34 of the world’s most developed countries.In its biannual checkup on the world’s economic health, the OECD has slashed its forecast for the U.S. economy, where winter blizzards in the Northeast and port disruptions on the West Coast caused a first quarter economic contraction.The OECD now expects U.S. economic growth to slow to two per cent this year from 2.4 per cent in 2014, compared to March when it forecast an acceleration to 3.1 per cent in 2015.The Canadian growth estimate was also lowered to 1.5 per cent, from a March prediction of 2.2 per cent and November’s estimate of 2.5 per cent.The Canadian economy has been hit hard by the collapse of global oil prices that began in late November as well as weak conditions in the United States, its biggest trading partner.Statistics Canada reported last week that the economy shrank in the first quarter, with gross domestic product declining by 0.6 per cent.The OECD reported Wednesday that non-energy exports from Canada are begnning to pick up with the help of favourable currency fluctuations and stronger markets.“Non-oil related business investment should strengthen with a lag. Following recent weather-related weakness, consumption growth should pick up,” the OECD report says.Two of Canada’s major banks also updated their economic projections Wednesday. CIBC was even more pessimistic about this year’s growth than the OECD while Royal Bank took more positive view.RBC is projecting Canada’s economy will show 1.8 per cent inflation-adjusted growth this year and 2.6 per cent in 2016, while CIBC is estimating 1.4 per cent growth this year.The OECD is now projecting overall global economic growth at 3.1 per cent this year — a half-point less than in November. Next year’s growth projection has been trimmed slightly to 3.8 per cent, from the previous estimate of 3.9 per cent.The 19-member eurozone is still expected to grow 1.4 per cent this year, unchanged from the March forecast. The OECD also trimmed its forecasts slightly for China and Japan.The world economy has suffered from stubbornly weak growth throughout its recovery from 2009’s Great Recession. This, the OECD notes, “has had very real costs in terms of foregone employment, stagnant living standards in advanced economies, less vigorous development in some emerging economies, and rising inequality nearly everywhere.”The OECD says weak investment, with growth of little more than 2 per cent this year, is partly to blame for the slack recovery. Its forecast of stronger growth in 2016 hinges on its prediction that investment will almost double to 4 per cent next year _ although it warns that this upturn “could remain elusive.”One consequence of the economy’s unusually weak recovery is that unemployment in the OECD region has fallen only 1 per cent since its 2010 peak. By 2016, the group warned, 40 million people will be out of work, 7.5 million more than immediately before the crisis. read more

Lauge and Andersson stop PSG Handball in Flensburg

8.Kiel310270:832 5.Aalborg310285:872 4.Vive Kielce310284:802 3.Paris SG320186:834 1.Telekom Veszprem330096:846 ← Previous Story LEKAI LIKE A MOGENSEN: Telekom Veszprem win in Brest Next Story → RNL beat Kiel – Zebras 6:8 worst start in the last 25 years! 2.Flensburg-H.320190:844 7.Celje310292:982 Paris Saint Germain Handball suffered first defeat in the European season. Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic had vision how to win in Kiel, but he had no chance in Flensburg, where domestic team won 33:29 (13:14) with outstanding performance of goalkeeper Mattias Andersson (17 saves) and playmaker Rasmus Lauge (11 goals).SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Paris Saint-Germain 33:29 (13:14)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (17 saves), Lind – Karlsson, Glandorf 8, Mogensen 1, Svan 6, Wanne 3, Jeppson, Steinhauser, Krüger, Heinl, Zachariassen, Toft Hansen 2, Lauge Schmidt 11/6, Mahé 2, RødParis Saint-Germain: Omeyer (13 SAVES), Corrales – Gensheimer 9/3, Möllgaard, Stepancic, Sagosen 6, Kounkoud 1, Damnjanovic, Remili 4, Abalo 3, Luka Karabatic 1, Hansen 5, Narcisse, Nikola Karabatic, NahiSTANDINGS: 6.Meshkov Brest310282:862 read more

Rwanda observer les gorilles des montagnes coûtera bientôt plus cher

first_imgRwanda : observer les gorilles des montagnes coûtera bientôt plus cherDès le mois de juin prochain, les touristes souhaitant observer les gorilles des montagnes du Rwanda devront payer plus cher. Le prix du permis d’observation augmentera de 50%. Une décision justifiée par l’augmentation de la population des gorilles comme par celle des visiteurs.Le Rwanda a décidé d’augmenter sensiblement le prix de ces permis pour rendre visite aux gorilles des montagnes, l’attraction touristique principale du pays. Dans un communiqué rapporté par l’AFP, l’Office rwandais de développement (RDB) annonce que le prix passera de 500 à 750 dollars pour les étrangers non-résidents, de 250 à 375 dollars pour les étrangers résidents et de 20.000 francs rwandais (33 dollars) à 30.000 francs (49 dollars) pour les nationaux. De nouveaux tarifs qui seront appliqués dès le mois de juin prochain.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette décision est justifiée par “une croissance significative de la population de gorilles et une demande accrue” de touristes souhaitant observer l’espèce menacée d’extinction dans son milieu naturel du parc des Volcans, où vivent la moitié des 780 gorilles des montagnes recensés dans le monde. “Cela veut dire qu’il faut continuer d’orienter nos efforts dans la conservation pour protéger l’environnement et les espèces rares”, souligne John Gara, le directeur exécutif du RDB.Chaque jour, un nombre limité d’autorisations est accordé pour préserver l’environnement des gorilles de l’impact du tourisme. Une restriction qui semble porter ses fruits puisque la population des primates a augmenté de façon notable ces dernières années dans la seule région qui les abrite, celle des Grands Lacs Africains, à savoir l’est de la République démocratique du Congo, l’Ouganda et le Rwanda. Le 7 février 2012 à 19:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Former Scotland striker says fans should behave

first_imgAccording to ex-Celtic forward Andy Walker, the Scottish government might be forced to intervene if the clubs cannot force their fans to behave well.During the 2018-2019 season, there has been a lot of talk about the supporters’ behavior in the Scottish Premier League.There have been a lot of incidents of racist abuse, fans throwing objects at players and referees, and even fights between the fanatics.This is why former Celtic and Scotland national team striker Andy Walker has said that maybe the Scottish government will have to be involved.“When you see stuff like bottles, coconuts, lighters, coins coming onto the pitch, they could be hitting fellow supporters. We’ve had one that’s hit a linesman, we’ve got players that are under threat,” he said to Sky Sports.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I feel for the clubs. If you are an individual and you are determined to throw something on the pitch, then I think you’re going to do that. I don’t know what the clubs can do about it.”“I think we’ve had so much fan misbehavior this season. We’ve also got a problem with pyrotechnics, despite the clubs continually telling their supporters not to do it,” he added.“I do fear at some stage it will be taken out of the clubs’ hands and the government will intervene. That will mean, after a couple of steps, they might end up closing a stand.”“I think that’s the road we’re going down because supporters just aren’t listening,” he continued.“I think the vast majority of supporters just want to go and watch the football, but some of the individuals are hell-bent on causing trouble. I don’t know what you can do about it.”last_img read more

Weather Eye Fifth dry weekend in a row introduces a warm dry

first_imgSkies were slow to clear Saturday afternoon but they did it, and began the fifth weekend in a row without drenching rain. And with clearing skies a glimpse of the full moon was in the cards too.Extended forecast charts show dry weather all week — not always clear and sunny, but warmer than average and plenty of sunshine. Some clouds roll by at times but rain will remain far to our north.May has been very cold so far, and wet — as of Saturday afternoon, Vancouver’s month was running 4.5 degrees below average and rainfall was 1.08 inches above average.Our daily highs are normally 66 degrees and we have reached 60 degrees only once — on May 3. Today will be close to 70 and Monday 80. The remainder of the week should be near 70 degrees or so — maybe cooler on Wednesday if the morning clouds don’t clear off in time.I noticed Saturday that the Columbia River and many of the larger streams are running high. It will rise slowly into June with the spring runoff. The higher elevations in the Cascades, however, received 2-4 feet of snow last week — we should have no problems with water shortages again this year.last_img read more

Miami baseball summer camp pays tribute to Jose Fernandez

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A summer camp teaching baseball to South Florida children paid tribute to late Miami Marlins star player Jose Fernandez.The Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation partnered with the Miami Marlins and JDF16 Foundation to teach children from underserved communities how to play baseball.The summer camp program honored Fernandez, who died in a boating crash on Sept. 25, 2016.The All-Star pitcher’s girlfriend was pregnant at the time. On Friday, 7News cameras captured Maritza Fernandez, the late player’s mother, with the baby girl he never met.“It’s not just about coming to the field one day to play. It’s every day,” she said as she spoke through a translator. “Who here is going to be a baseball player? And who here wants to be like Jose?”Fernandez would have turned 26 years old on Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Vandals Destroy Steal Political Signs On The Peninsula

first_imgRepublican Peter Micciche is running for re-election for State Senate District O, and his signs have taken the brunt of the vandalism. Micciche has had campaign signs both damaged and stolen. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Vandals have targeted political signs across the Kenai Peninsula in the days leading up to Tuesday’s election. Residents on the Peninsula are not sure exactly how many total signs have been affected and at this point, they are taking to Facebook asking those responsible to be “respectful and stop.” According to Micciche’s campaign they’ve had a total of 33 large signs stolen or destroyed along with dozens of sandbags. The total loss of donar dollars is estimated at $3,600. It’s unknown if any other campaign has been a target in the recent thefts or vandalism. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453.last_img read more

Bitcoin could fall to 100 rather than rising to 100000 in a

first_imgBitcoin is more likely to drop to $100 than to hit $100,000 over the next 10 years.Creative CommonsBitcoin’s value has slightly recovered over the past few weeks after its price dropped below $6,000 following the astronomical surge in December 2017. While it’s definitely an encouraging sign for many cryptocurrency investors, an expert has warned that bitcoin’s price could plunge to as low as $100 in just 10 years.According to Harvard University professor and economist Kenneth Rogoff, bitcoin’s price is more likely to fall to $100 than to hit the $100,000 mark in a decade. Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Rogoff said that the cryptocurrency would end up being just “a tiny fraction of what it is now if we’re headed out 10 years from now.””Basically, if you take away the possibility of money laundering and tax evasion, its actual uses as a transaction vehicle are very small,” Rogoff, a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said.Although the drop in bitcoin prices has largely been attributed to government regulation, Rogoff said that a global framework to regulate cryptocurrencies would take some time to be developed.”It really needs to be global regulation. Even if the U.S. cracks down on it and China cracks down, but Japan doesn’t, people will be able to still launder money through Japan,” Rogoff said, adding that the governments’ inclination towards the blockchain technology would make authorities slow to act. A visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin.JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesLast month, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced that the government won’t recognize cryptocurrency as a legal tender. However, he had also said that the government would look at the utilization of the blockchain technology.This is not the first time bitcoin prices have been predicted to fall. Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette recently estimated that bitcoin could be worth literally nothing if it isn’t recognized as a rival of the US dollar and other fiat currencies.”If nobody accepts the technology for payment, then the value would be zero,” Faucette reportedly said in a research note, in which he referred to a dwindling list of online retailers who accept bitcoin.In December 2017, bitcoin’s price had hit its all-time high of $19,535.70, before suffering a sharp decline. The digital currency experienced a brief recovery on January 6 when its value hit $17,035.60. But after that, it was a free fall.last_img read more

Apple lowers some iPhone prices outside US to offset strong dollar

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:04?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apple Inc plans to cut the price of some of its flagship iPhones for only the second time in the device’s 12-year history, pegging its retail value to past prices in local currencies outside the United States instead of the rising dollar.The move is an attempt to stem weak sales of the iPhone, particularly in overseas markets such as China, where a 10 per cent rise in the U.S. dollar over the past year or so has made Apple’s products – which already compete at the top end of the market – much pricier than rivals. Apple iPhone XR (RED)Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook disclosed the plan on Tuesday after the company reported the first-ever dip in iPhone sales during the key holiday shopping period. The company has only once before cutting iPhone prices, shortly after it debuted in 2007.Apple did not say in which countries it would adjust iPhone prices. Resellers in China already began cutting iPhone prices earlier this month after Apple lowered its sales forecast for the quarter ended in December.The company priced its new iPhone XS, which was released in September, at $999, the same price in U.S. dollars as its predecessor, 2017’s iPhone X.That worked for U.S. consumers, but in countries such as China and Turkey the local currency had fallen so much against the surging U.S. dollar, it made the phone significantly pricier than its predecessor a year before. Apple had essentially asked the consumer to bear the cost of the strengthening dollar.On Tuesday, Cook said Apple will adjust foreign prices in some markets by resetting them at or close to what they were one year before in local currencies. Effectively that means Apple will absorb the cost of the strengthening dollar.”We’ve decided to go back to (iPhone prices) more commensurate with what our local prices were a year ago, in hopes of helping the sales in those areas,” Cook told Reuters in an interview.RISING DOLLAR HURTS APPLE SALESIn the company’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Cook also highlighted the impact of foreign exchange problems in Turkey, where he said the local lira had depreciated by 33 per cent against the dollar and Apple’s sales were down by $700 million from the previous year. In November, Apple also cited currency pressure on its prices in Brazil, India and Russia.Apple has not said when or how often it might reset its prices because of foreign currency changes.Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said the price adjustments may not extend to its services business, which includes Apple Music and the App Store.While that unit beat analyst expectations with $10.8 billion in sales in the quarter ended in December, growth has slowed compared to previous years.Maestri said slower growth was partly because prices rose for users in non-U.S. markets.”Roughly 60 per cent of our services business is outside the United States, and as you know, the U.S. dollar has appreciated in recent months,” Maestri said. “And in general, we tend not to reprice our services for foreign exchange on a very frequent basis.” iPhone XS And XS Max: 7 Things You Need To Know About Apples Updated Premium Phonecenter_img Closelast_img read more

UHPD No Threat To UH Or Surrounding Area

first_img Share University of Houston Police said they are investigating, after concerned community members alerted them to certain posts on social media. The department tweeted the information below on Monday night:UHPD has been contacted by concerned members of the UH community regarding an individual’s posts on social media. Thank you to the UH community for looking after each other and sharing your concerns. UHPD is looking into the matter.— UH Police Department (@UofHPolice) February 27, 2018The University of Houston later announced that UHPD’s investigation into the social media posts posed no threat to UH or the surrounding neighborhood.UHPD has investigated concerning posts on social media made by a former UH student. There is no threat to UH or the surrounding community.— University of Houston (@UHouston) February 27, 2018last_img read more

Assamese natl arrested with 1000 YABA pills

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police on Saturday arrested an Assamese national from the city on charges of drug smuggling.Around 1000 YABA (methamphetamine) tablets have been seized from Muhibur Rahman (46), who is a resident of Nagaon district in Assam. It was learnt from sources that Rahman has been arrested from Beniapukur. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that he might have brought the narcotic substance to the city with an intention to sell them here at a higher price. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt is also suspected that the accused might have brought the drugs from Manipur. Police are probing the entire modus operandi. Cops also suspect that the drugs were meant for various night clubs in the city. An officer of the city police said the accused had been staying at a hotel on Tiljala Road since he came to the city. YABA is a recreational drug brought from North-eastern states and also from Myanmar and is generally used by party-goers. Each YABA tablet costs Rs 150 and total cost of the tablets seized from the accused is Rs 1.5 lakh, the office said. Police suspect that the accused might be a part of a smuggling gang that has been operating from the state. Probe is on.last_img read more

How Wikipedia Chose the Image for the Human Entry

first_imgBack in 2003, the plaque made perfect sense: If it was good enough for aliens, it was good enough for humans browsing the web.But on February 23, 2004, the Wikipedia editor Mishac pointed out that the drawing portrayed “caucasians:” “Just based on the guy’s hair it is evident that the people in the drawing are most definately [sic] not of sub-saharan, aboriginal australian, or east asian origin.” No one responded to Mishac, but the editor brought up an important point for the first time. About half of the world’s population is Asian. Less than a billion of the world’s 7.2 billion people are European or of European ancestry. It was simple math: The top image of Wikipedia’s human page represented a minority view of modern humanity.By fall 2004, an earnest dialogue about objectivity emerged. Not only did the editors hope to look at humans as if they were a different species, they aimed to represent a temporal average. Things got esoteric fast. Editors Tom and Rednblu argued that the people in the image should wear clothes, as our wardrobe is a crucial part of how human evolution bypassed some of the selection factors that shaped other species. The editor dab disagreed, saying that humans have been “tribal hunters” for most of history, and did not necessarily need to be clothed. Paradoxically, perhaps facetiously, dab then nominated Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as a candidate for the top image (among other, more generic, suggestions). Wales consistently wears clothes in pictures and during public appearances.Other suggestions: John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Albert Einstein. Plenty of celebrities, basically—which is more historically astute than you might think. Disciples of Carl Linnaeus, the founder of modern taxonomy, did the same thing. All Linnaeus left in place of a human description was a Latin phrase that meant “Man, know thyself.” But in 1959, William Stearn, a British botanist, named Linnaeus as the example for the human species. He wrote that, “Since for nomenclatorial purposes the specimen most carefully studied and recorded by the author is to be accepted as the type [specimen], clearly Linnaeus himself, who was much addicted to autobiography, must stand as the type of his Homo sapiens!” But since Linnaeus’ body was never exhumed from its resting place in Sweden, his posthumous status as the human type specimen is more of a formality than a practicality.If the taxonomic community has kept Carl Linnaeus as the honorary representation of human beings, then Jimmy Wales, perhaps, makes sense for Wikipedia. Wales’ photos would have helped the editors work around the challenges of copyright and photo quality that crop up on Wikipedia, too. But that argument wasn’t good enough for the nerds who control the web’s favorite encyclopedia. So in the fall of 2004, the crew went with the photo below of two girls in the United States. Years had passed, but the editors remained stubbornly committed to their question. And after several years and many pages worth of arguments, they finally came to a consensus.In 2007, a user who goes by Silence found a photo on the “Couples” page of Wikipedia and added it to the suggestions. It was a photo of a man and a woman from the Akha community in Thailand. A German photographer called Manuel Jobi, with the username Weltenbummler84, took the photo and added it to German Wikipedia in December 2006. In 2007, Jobi added it to the Wikimedia commons.Silence, who (appropriately) did not comment for this story, writes in an FAQ that he picked this picture in particular because it was near the top of the page for alphabetical reasons—“Akha” starts with the letter “A.” No one changed it back, perhaps because they did not want to refute each of the exhaustive arguments penned by Silence and other editors. And so the power of arbitrary selection allowed the group to finally reach a consensus after years of debate. “In that long discussion, I think it’s quite easy to get wedded to your point of view,” says the editor Cedders. “And in the end, we just selected a random image.”Just as the image on the plaque would tell aliens a lot about humans as a whole—we stand upright and have fingers—this image tells the rest of the world a lot about the Akha, a community of about 700,000 people who live in the areas surrounding the Mekong River. Micah Morton, an anthropologist who has lived with and writes about Akha traditions, was able to confirm that the couple in the photograph were Akha based on the woman’s shoulder bag. He says the sheath at her side holds a machete that the pair probably used to cut down the banana tree stalk that the man is carrying over his shoulder. They presumably returned home, cut the leaf into tiny pieces, and added it to pig feed.For many generations the Akha grew rice, which each member of the community is supposed to offer up to their ancestors 12 times a year. But now many Akha grow more lucrative crops like coffee, tea, and rubber. Most young people attend compulsory national public schools, and have moved to towns and cities. Perhaps the combination of tradition and flux means that this picture meets the “represents humans over a long period of time” requirement, making them especially appropriate candidates to grace the top of the Wikipedia page dedicated to humans. Gordon Parks/Library of CongressIt was far from perfect. Editors objected that the photo, taken by American photographer Gordon Parks as part of a government project in 1943, was too US-centric. It didn’t reflect racial realities in the states, they said. And the sepia film obscured the subjects’ skin tones.So between 2004 and 2008, Wikipedia editors were stuck in a tug of war between these two imperfect representations. Wikipedia’s open-edit policy led to some awkward user interfaces, as editors swapped and added pictures. Sometimes the Pioneer plaque again prevailed; at others, both images appeared together on the page.Editors kept bringing up the basic anatomical problems with the Pioneer image. The woman in the picture lacked external genitalia. The drawing was not in color. It didn’t show children or older adults. More photos were put up for consideration, including a tastefully nude family with one child and one pregnant woman. Some Wikipedians thought they could bypass the controversy altogether by just putting a picture of a hand or cartoon faces. The arguments grew so heated that an editor consulted Wales himself, who wrote, “Having reviewed the issue only briefly, I have nothing helpful to add to the content discussion, which appears to be proceeding nicely and in accordance with best practices.”Wales is the only source for this story who grew more impatient with the benefit of hindsight. When asked about the top image debate for this story, he wrote, “I’m not sure why this is interesting or in any way controversial. They are humans. You want to have a variety of pictures, and the article does. One of them has to be the first one on the page, and this one is. So what?” Neither the photographer nor the subjects agreed to provide our digital type specimens. Just as a shriveled northeastern leopard frog at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology represents its whole species, so this couple stands for all of us.Onlookers could easily villainize the Wikipedia editors for the biases they publically grappled with. The theoretical benefits of crowd-editing are, after all, highly theoretical; editors are predominantly male and tech-savvy, which might have contributed to the initial popularity of the Pioneer plaque. “In reading through the comments, I think I was too attached to the iconography associated with that great technical achievement of humans,” says David Mertz, an editor who argued in favor of the Sagans’ designs in 2008. “Maybe that is a little too culturally specific in retrospect.”But the editors’ unpaid dedication to introspection over many years is admirable. The challenges of taxonomy are not dead. Future scientists will have to teach computers, not aliens, to recognize the human image. Right now, software engineers program artificial intelligence to recognize people by feeding them millions of pictures of faces. But whose faces?Computer scientists run into the same questions about gender, race, and culture that the Wikipedia editors encountered. Being able to use more than one photo expands the conversation, but does not necessarily make it easier.Humans of the Web A robot is definitely not a human. Only humans can consent to sex. So what are the ethics of robot sex?center_img Claire L. Evans wrote a book about the women who created the Internet as we know it. Emojis represent our feelings on a small scale, and they leave people out. Read about how Tinder tried to create an emoji for interracial couples here. In 1972, Carl Sagan was preparing to send humans into space. The Pioneer missions were unmanned, sure—but NASA had asked Sagan to design a depiction of Earth’s inhabitants for the trip, just in case the spacecraft ran across some aliens. He designed two nude figures with the help of his wife, Linda Salzman Sagan, and his friend Frank Drake. Linda drew the woman to have Asian features, and the man African, according to Carl’s memoirs—though both ended up looking suspiciously European, with haircuts characteristic of the 1970s. Not unlike Sagan himself.NASAThe Sagans were encountering an old problem. Any time the brains behind an encyclopedia (or a SETI mission) need to represent humanity, they have to somehow encompass the whole of the species in a single form—a type specimen, as biologists would call it.Which is why the editors of the “human” entry on Wikipedia were having such a hard time in 2003. The crowdsourced encyclopedia, in theory, offers a solution to the problem of representation; no single writer has control over the way in which a subject is presented. But still: They had to choose a single image to lead the entry. And whatever photo they went with would inevitably leave out most of the diversity and cultural nuance that makes humanity beautiful and interesting.At first, they chose the Pioneer plaque, which stayed in its privileged position for about five years. But the editors weren’t satisfied. Hundreds of pages of discussion reveal a group of people desperately trying to understand their own ignorance, and make amends for the known unknowns.Which is how, after years of debate, a group of editors decided to replace Sagan’s example. For 10 years now, a couple in Thailand have represented us all, collectively. They stand in vivid green grass, against a backdrop of rolling hills. He wears a red hat and a furrowed brow; she, a gentle smile and a white band across her hair. They are our digital type specimens.last_img read more

Gay couple to feature on 50 London billboards after winning photo comp

first_imgThere were six categories entrants could enter: Love London, Love Your Community, Love Your Friends, Love Yourself, Love Your Partner, Love What You Do.Love What You Do winner Pierre Bureau, with ‘Homecare Worker Orpington.’ | Photo: Pierre BureauDating app CLiKD organized the competition, with proceeds going to PhotoVoice – a charity supporting social change through photography.Tom Elkins, PhotoVoice CEO, said: ‘This competition has been a fantastic opportunity for photographers to tell their stories about what makes London so special for them.’He added: ‘The images submitted have been moving, beautiful, thoughtful, and have shown how rich and varied culture London has.’Love Your Partner runner up Fiona Mercer with ‘Keep Smiling Together.’ | Photo: Fiona MercerHamilton’s ‘Snuggle’ will appear at various tube stations, tube stops and on large billboards across London.See the full list of winners and runner ups for the competition.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Snuggle’ by Scott Hamilton. | Photo: Scott Hamiltoncenter_img Scott Hamilton submitted a photo to the Love in London competition of him and his partner snuggling on the couch.Aptly titled Snuggle, Hamilton took the photo using a self-timer camera. He was one of 700 entrants in the charity competition, which launched on Valentine’s Day and ran for three weeks.Hamilton said: ‘This competition was a really beautiful idea.Love London winner Elena Braia, entitled ‘The Two of Us.’ | Photo: Elena BraiaHe’s a part-time teacher who lives in London, but is originally from Edinburgh. He continued: ‘I love the thought of spreading some happiness and joy across London and I’m really privileged that the judges chose my entry, especially since this photo means a lot to me personally.Hamilton added: ‘I think it gives a great representation of love and comfort, since the shot was taken quite naturally when we were both at home on the couch, it just felt right,’ he said.‘London has a rich and varied culture’The competition comes about as a way to boost morale in London after a tumultuous 2017.Organizers of the event said: ‘London has had its fair share of dramatic events to deal with in 2017, including sexual scandals and terrorist attacks. However, Londoners faced these challenges with unity, resilience and solidarity.’ Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-couple-feature-50-london-billboards-winning-comp/ A gay couple took out the top spot of a photo competition and will feature on 50 billboards around London.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A reshuffled offensive line looked promising for the Arizona Cardinals at first glance.Carson Palmer had time to lead his team on an efficient 75-yard drive in just more than five minutes to begin Sunday’s eventual 38-19 road loss against the Atlanta Falcons.The quarterback completed all five of his passes on the possession capped by tight end Jermaine Gresham’s touchdown catch, but it was a 3rd-and-2 completion to Larry Fitzgerald just two minutes in that highlighted the drive. Larry Fitzgerald makes the one-handed catch for the Arizona Cardinals against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Nov.27, 201`6. (Associated Press) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Apparently today is 1-handed catch day in the NFL. Yay! pic.twitter.com/CahzR7kUOj— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 27, 2016The play came partially as a result of effectiveness by the reshuffled offensive line.Arizona entered the game with D.J. Humphries, the starting right tackle, making the move for his first action at left tackle. Ulrick John made his first start at right tackle, while former left tackle John Wetzel moved to right guard, supplanting Earl Watford, who was not on the inactive list for the game but entered the contest banged up. LARRY. FITZGERALD.pic.twitter.com/yOHD0FrrYC— Yaser Ahmed (@yahmed__) November 27, 2016That would be a diving, one-handed grab by Fitzgerald that gave Arizona a 17-yard completion and kept the opening drive alive.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img

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