HALIFAX – Two years after an Air Canada jet crash-landed in a blizzard at Halifax’s airport, injuring 25 people, the results of a Transportation Safety Board investigation will be released Thursday.Flight 624 landed about 200 metres short of runway 05 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport shortly after midnight on March 29, 2015, as it approached in gusty winds and heavy snowfall.The twin-engine Airbus 320-200 bounced into the air and crashed near the runway threshold before careening along the tarmac for another 570 metres. An engine and the plane’s landing gear were ripped from the airframe amid a shower of sparks and leaking fuel.The TSB said in a news release Tuesday that the report on what it terms a “collision with terrain” will be released at a news conference at a Halifax hotel.Halifax lawyer Ray Wagner, who has launched a class action suit, said the report should offer insight into the dynamics between Nav Canada, the airport authority and what was taking place in the cockpit as the pilots planned their descent through harsh weather.“All of that will be helpful in terms of sorting our the varying responsibilities for what happened,” Wagner said in an interview.“Any information that we can garner … will be extremely helpful in terms of formulating the questions that we’ll be asking the relevant parties.”In particular, Wagner said he is keen to learn how the pilots calculated their approach and what information they received about the prevailing weather conditions.However, he said it’s important to note that the board’s findings will not assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.Late last year, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice certified Wagner’s class action lawsuit that names Transport Canada, Air Canada, the Halifax International Airport Authority, Nav Canada and Airbus SAS, the French company that built the jet.In a statement of claim filed with the class action, three passengers have come forward to represent the plaintiffs.Kathleen Carroll-Byrne of Halifax said she continues to suffer from anxiety, a loss of concentration and a fear of flying. Halifax resident Asher Hodara said he suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and dental damage. Malanga Georges Libboy of Church Point, N.S., said the crash has left him with profound psychological stress and pain in his knee, neck and mouth.None of the allegations in the class action has been proven in court.Wagner said all documents relevant to the case must be disclosed by end of July, and the discovery process should be concluded by Nov. 10.“It will be a pretty intensive period of discovery examinations that will take place in the latter part of summer and into fall,” he said.There were 133 passengers and five crew aboard the flight from Toronto.Virtually all of the passengers had to spend about 50 minutes on the tarmac, huddled against the blowing snow, before they were taken to an unheated hangar.In June 2015, the independent safety agency issued a preliminary report, saying the jet had no major mechanical problems.The board said it was correctly configured for landing, its air speed was consistent with a normal approach and there were no mechanical deficiencies with its engines, flight controls, landing gear and navigation systems.In March of this year, Air Canada filed a lawsuit against Airbus, claiming in Nova Scotia Supreme Court the manufacturer was negligent by failing to identify shortcomings of the aircraft related to how its flight path angle is affected by external forces. None of those allegations have been proven in court.
VANCOUVER – Vancouver has launched itself into new territory in dealing with what its deputy manager calls a “frustrating” situation involving two hotels that have been home to some of the city’s most vulnerable people.After failed attempts to compel the owners of two decaying hotels in the Downtown Eastside to make improvements that would bring them up to code, the city announced Monday it had filed a notice of expropriation for the Balmoral and Regent hotels.The hotels were previously closed because of structural and safety concerns, the city said in a news release. More than 300 of the city’s lowest income tenants needed to be relocated when they were shut down.Deputy city manager Paul Mochrie said it’s the first time the city has pursued expropriation with the purpose of providing public housing.“What we’ve got now is two buildings that are empty with no conceivable prospect that they would be restored to a point where they can be used as housing. We’ve got a city with a housing crisis,” he said in an interview.“So now city council has authorized the next step, which is a pretty extraordinary one, to pursue expropriation off those two properties.”It’s also a process that the city can’t find has been tried elsewhere, he said.“We certainly have been looking at how other jurisdictions manage their problem buildings, but in this case, this action was taken not necessarily based on what other people have done or other cities have done, but really where our council felt it needs to go with respect to securing property for very desperately needed housing,” Mochrie said.No one from the Sahota family, which owns the two properties, was immediately available for comment and the family’s lawyer, Michael Katzalay, said he hadn’t had an opportunity to discuss the matter with them.The Balmoral and Regent hotels are known as single-room occupancy buildings, or SROs. It’s a model of housing that sprang up in Vancouver as transient housing for loggers and fishermen, but has since become what Mochrie said is an important stock of low-income housing.The city said it made an offer to the owners to purchase both hotels for a value based on independent appraisals but the offer was rejected, and the owners now have 30 days to ask for an inquiry before council considers the expropriation.The city says it closed the buildings because the walls, ceilings, floors and plumbing were not maintained to adequate standards.“It is extremely frustrating,” Mochrie said.“They’ve now let these buildings deteriorate to the point that they’re now sitting there empty with no conceivable plan to do anything with them.”Mochrie said the city is also facing challenges with other privately owned SROs, as landlords either aren’t maintaining the buildings or are finding it necessary to increase rents to cover their increasing costs.“These two are kind of worst case examples, but there’s a much bigger kind of challenge we have, just given our reliance on these privately owned SROs as housing for low-income and in many cases very vulnerable tenants,” he said.Bringing the Balmoral and Regent hotels into public ownership could contribute to the city’s long-standing goal to replace SROs with self-contained social housing, the city said in the release. Over the next 10 years, the city wants to replace 50 per cent of the remaining SROs, totalling about 2,000 rooms, with new social housing.Council has directed staff to explore partnering with the provincial and federal governments on the plan.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version erroneously said SRO stands for single-resident occupancy.
APTN National NewsA Winnipeg woman has had enough of the discrimination and harassment from too many cab drivers.So, over the weekend, she started a new ride-sharing service, the second one to pop recently, aimed at helping Indigenous people.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.
Chennai: Asserting that law must not be applied selectively, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said if his brother-in-law Robert Vadra can probed so can Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the Rafale deal.He also said economic growth is directly related to the mood of the nation and one cannot expect it to happen in a negative and fearful atmosphere. The Congress will change the mood of the country and make people feel happy and empowered, the Congress chief said while addressing women students at a college here. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayGandhi, who asked students to refer to him as Rahul, said the law must apply to everybody and not be applied selectively. He said this in response to a question on Vadra, who is being probed in connection with a money laundering case related to purchase of assets abroad and a land case in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. During his informal interaction with the students, he also brought up the issue of the Rafale deal and reiterated his allegations about the pricing of the aircraft and the process. “I will be the first person to say it… Investigate Robert Vadra but also investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Wednesday as investors tried to mount a relief rally after two days of punishing losses sparked by a collapse in oil prices to below US$50 a barrel and worries about the effects of such a decline.But the rally largely fizzled as the S&P/TSX composite index came down from a 180-point run-up early in the morning to close up 38.23 points at 14,285, regaining little of the more than 500-point plunge over the previous two sessions.The steady decline in gains during the session didn’t surprise Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“On a day like today you see the investor (has) confidence in the overall market through this relief rally,” Pashootan said, adding investors need “some sort of longer-term direction in terms of where (oil) supply is going.”“I don’t see how anyone can really pick a bottom without it being pure speculation until we get some clarity and direction from oil supply cuts.”The Canadian dollar closed up 0.05 of a cent at 84.6 cents US amid data showing falling oil exports increased the Canadian trade deficit in November.U.S. indexes were higher as the release of the minutes from last month’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting reassured investors that the central bank likely will not raise rates sooner than generally expected, which is around the middle of this year. On an upbeat note, the minutes also said that the Fed sees foreign weakness as a risk to the U.S. economy but expects the huge drop in oil prices to be positive.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 212.88 points to 17,584.52, the Nasdaq climbed 57.73 points to 4,650.47 and the S&P 500 index was up 23.29 points at 2,025.9.Most of the positive TSX action came from non-resource sectors that have been beaten down recently — the consumer discretionary component up 1.4% and telcos ahead 1.25%.But the TSX financial and industrial sectors lost early momentum.And the energy sector continued to pile up losses and gave back another 0.55% even as oil prices stabilized for the moment. The February crude contract in New York climbed 72 cents to US$48.65 a barrel as data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that U.S. crude inventories declined by 3.1 million barrels last week. Analysts had expected supplies to increase by 380,000 barrels.Prices have plunged 55% since the highs of last June. Markets are dealing with an overabundance of supply, made worse by OPEC’s refusal to cut production to support prices.Traders have become reluctant to speculate on where a bottom for prices is but on Wednesday, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch warned that the sharp drop in prices could prompt Saudi Arabia and other petro-states into cutting production.“We see a growing risk of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) and Brent falling to $35 and $40 per barrel near term to force either non-OPEC producers or Saudi to cut,” it said.The gold sector faded 1.5% as gold prices backed off after charging ahead the previous three sessions as investors shunned riskier assets. The February contract faded $8.70 to US$1,210.70 an ounce.The base metals group declined one% while March copper drifted a penny lower to US$2.76 a pound. Meanwhile, two days before the release of the government’s employment report for December, payroll firm ADP reported that the private sector created 241,000 jobs last month. Economists expect that a total of 240,000 jobs were created, down from 321,000 in November.
OTTAWA — A new poll suggests that Canadians who support the Liberal government’s tax-change proposal outnumber those opposed to the idea — barely.The Ekos-Canadian Press survey found that based on what people know of the idea, 49 per cent of respondents support it, while 44 per cent are against.The Liberals are proposing three updates to the tax code to close loopholes they say let the wealthiest Canadians pay less tax — changes the Opposition says will have far wider and negative implications for small businesses.The poll surveyed 3,855 people over a 10-day period in September as the issue dominated the start of the fall sitting of Parliament.Of those surveyed, 53 per cent said they support the Liberal argument that the changes will create a fairer tax system, while 40 per cent agreed with a statement that the changes amount to a tax grab.The poll, which reached respondents on both cellphones and land lines, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Accordingly, former Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, T.B. Ekanayake and Chandima Weerakkody have been removed from their SLFP electoral organiser posts.The decision had been taken as the SLFP members had failed to establish electoral committees is their respective electorates on behalf of the party. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has sacked the SLFP members who left the Government, from their party organiser posts.The SLFP Central Committee took the decision at a meeting held last night.
The Minister also thanked US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz and her team for the active engagement with Sri Lanka.He said the opening of this American Corner is yet another major step to improve people-to-people contacts. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka could not agree with the proposed date as it fell on Vesak Day. “Bilaterally, we have a very robust relationship through multiple activities, including the US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue, which was initiated in 2015, when the then Secretary of State to the United States Mr. John Kerry came to Sri Lanka, the first Secretary of State to doso in 48 years was, I think, a high point of our relationship,” he said.He also said that the assistance offered through USAID, US Peace Corp and the House Democracy Partnership Programme are some the initiatives both countries are working together with.Recently, the US Government approved the Foreign Military Financing as well as the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Programme for Sri Lanka, which was put on hold. Samaraweera said this at the opening of the American Corner in Matara today.He said that the United States remains a steadfast and a strong friend in Sri Lanka’s efforts to achieve sustainable development and peace and security in the country. Sri Lanka regrets not being able to agree on a proposed date for then US President Barack Obama to visit Sri Lanka in 2016.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who was then Foreign Minister, said that Sri Lanka almost pulled off the impossible by having President Obama in Sri Lanka in 2016. “In fact, the date he gave for a one-day visit while visiting the region was the same day as the Vesak Day. It was the only day that was available for him and we had to regret it with great sadness because if he did come then, that certainly would have been a historical visit but I’m sure in the future one day, we certainly will have the President of the United States coming here to Sri Lanka,” Samaraweera said. “But we are looking forward to a new team coming to Sri Lanka next month and I’m hoping that the board meeting to be held in March will decide to give us that elusive compact again,” he said.
OAKVILLE, Ont. — Restaurant Brands International Inc. announced a plan to improve customer experience and improve sales at its Tim Hortons operations as it reported better-than-expected financial results, despite what it called soft results at the coffee shop chain.Details of the plan were not immediately available, but chief executive Daniel Schwartz says he believed the “Winning Together” plan would help improve profitability for the company’s restaurant owners.Tim Hortons’ reputational hit could hurt sales, says BMO, downgrading stock‘Business suicide’: Civil war erupts between Tim Hortons franchiseesTim Hortons has fallen out of favour with Canadians, new survey suggestsRestaurant Brands has been feuding with a group of its Tim Hortons franchisee owners over a number of items including cost-cutting measures, cash register outages and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up its restaurants.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, earned US$147.8 million or 59 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31. That compared with a profit of $50.2 million or 21 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.25 billion, up from $1 billion in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Restaurant Brands, which also owns Burger King and Popeyes, says it earned 66 cents per share for the quarter, up from 36 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 56 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.
The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today announced plans to pause its disarmament of ex-fighters in order to facilitate the overall process.The payments of an advance “reinsertion allowance” will also be on hold from mid-December to January so that the mission can improve conditions at Camp Schieffelin, located outside the capital.So far, more than 8,000 former combatants have turned in weapons there. UNMIL said these former fighters will have the option of continuing to receive food, shelter, and other basic support at Camp Schieffelen during the holiday period, or returning to their respective communities until the disarmament process resumes in January.The decision announced today was taken “following detailed discussions with Liberian political and military leaders,” UNMIL said.
US probes GM headlight failures, may add vehicles to recall by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2017 8:49 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The U.S. government is investigating whether General Motors should add about 312,000 vehicles to a 2015 recall for headlights that can suddenly go dark.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 128 owners have complained that low-beam lights can fail.The investigation covers the 2005 and 2009 Buick Lacrosse; the 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Buick Rainier; the 2006-2008 Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X; and the 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. At the time of the recall GM said the headlamp module in the engine compartment could overheat and stop working properly.The agency says complaints came from owners of vehicles that weren’t covered by the recall but are within the model years it affected.The 2015 recall and a related one from 2014 covered about 497,000 vehicles.
Brock officials are cautiously optimistic after an early indicator showed rising numbers of potential first-year students have expressed interest in attending the University this fall.Though it will be months before universities have a clear picture of their enrolment for September, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) says applications for admission to Brock are up by more than two per cent from a year earlier.OUAC tracks applications received by the Jan. 11 deadline for aspiring first-year students to identify their Top 3 choices of Ontario universities to attend this fall. The applicants are from two categories: those who will be graduating from Ontario secondary schools this year; and those who come from other sources, including transfer students from colleges or other universities, and from outside Ontario.Apart from the OUAC numbers, Brock’s own data tracking suggests increases in the following categories: number of applicants who made Brock their first choice; applications to Brock from Niagara secondary schools; applications from international students; and the number of international applicants who listed Brock as their first choice this year.Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, said he is “heartened” by the OUAC news, “although this is just one very early report in what is a lengthy admission cycle for universities.”“Brock is certainly holding its own in an increasingly competitive environment,” said Mandigo, “but we all need to keep working to convert this initial interest into confirmed registrations.”A shift in Brock’s messaging to potential students has also contributed to increased interest in applying to the University.“Over the past several months, Brock’s marketing efforts have focused on telling the unique ‘Brock Experience’ story,” said Gord Hunchak, Brock’s Executive Director, Marketing and Communications. “Some of Brock’s many strengths are found in the exceptional experiential learning opportunities embedded in its programs, and in the highly rated campus and student-life experiences Brock students enjoy while working towards their degrees.”In the coming weeks, Brock staff will continue to engage high school students, who have until June 1 to decide which university they will attend in September, said Brock Registrar Geraldine Jones. Recruitment staff will organize campus tours for prospective students and their families throughout winter and spring, and on April 2 the Spring Open House is expected to draw up to 4,500 people.“We already had record attendance at our Fall Preview Day, which probably contributed to the encouraging picture we see in these new numbers,” said Jones. “Our admissions staff has been aggressive this year in promptly getting offers out to high school students who applied early. The feedback tells us that these students are extremely excited at the prospect of their admission to Brock.”
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff and Tommy Bain, chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee speak at a press conference to announce the events surrounding the National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 29.Credit: Courtesy of MCTJust two months ago, the Ohio State football team was ranked in the Associated Press top five with a Heisman trophy candidate at quarterback, and it had been picked by many to appear in the first-ever College Football Playoff.My, how things have changed.Some expected the worst following senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury while others remained optimistic that the Scarlet and Gray could still make a run at a national title. As of now, neither group is right or wrong.The Buckeyes currently sit at 4-1 (1-0) and are tied atop the East Division of the Big Ten. Outside of a less-than-impressive performance in a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for OSU, and should his play continue, there is an outside chance that he could still lead his team into a national semifinal game.On the other hand, things could very easily go south for the Buckeyes.Following a homecoming matchup with Rutgers on Oct. 18, OSU is scheduled to play three straight night games, two of which are on the road and in traditionally hostile environments.Trips to State College, Pa., and East Lansing, Mich., loom as the Buckeyes’ biggest regular season tests. And how Barrett handles himself during those games could be the difference between staying in playoff contention, and watching the Big Ten title game from the couch.There is no denying that the Buckeyes seem to be hitting full stride, but once again the poor strength of schedule rears its ugly head. Who have the Buckeyes really played that jump off the page? The only game I can think of is the matchup with the Hokies, and if you ask me, that game could have been a lot uglier for Barrett and company.Think of what we could be talking about had OSU beaten the Hokies. There is a good chance the Buckeyes could be ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, as everyone ranked in front of them prior to the Virginia Tech game aside from Florida State and Auburn has since lost.Think about if the Buckeyes had prepared for the bear defense the Hokies threw at them like they have since. OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith said following a win against Maryland that he is surprised teams still line up in that defense because of how successful the Buckeyes have been against it since the Virginia Tech game.If you thought you would hear that kind of statement anytime after the way things unfolded in Columbus on Sept. 6, give yourself a pat on the back.So as the Buckeyes sit on the outside looking in for now, don’t count them out just yet, but don’t pencil them in either.Just sit back, (try to) relax and enjoy the remainder of the college football season.
The estimate reflects natural variability plus changes in the UK climate as a result of global warming. Professor Adam Scaife who led the research said: “The new Met Office supercomputer was used to simulate thousands of possible winters, some of them much more extreme than we’ve yet witnessed.“This gave many more extreme events than have happened in the real world, helping us work out how severe things could get.” Dr Vikki Thompson, lead author of the report, said “Our computer simulations provided one hundred times more data than is available from observed records. Our analysis showed that these events could happen at any time and it’s likely we will see record monthly rainfall in one of our UK regions in the next few years”Its research suggests there is a one in three chance of a new monthly rainfall record in at least one region each winter.It comes as flash flooding caused significant damage in the Cornish town of Coverack last week and left people stranded in their homes. Analysis revealed there is a seven per cent risk of record monthly rainfall in south east England in any given winter. The figure increased to 34 per cent when other regions of England and Wales were considered. The winter of 2013-14 saw the heaviest rain fall in a century after a series of storms hit the UK leading to extensive flooding in several parts of the country. Britain is heading for “unprecedented” winter rainfall after the Met Office’s new super computer predicted records will be broken by up to 30 per cent.Widespread flooding has hit the UK in the past few years leading meteorologists to search for new ways to “quantify the risk of extreme rainfall within the current climate”.The Met Office’s new supercomputer has been crucial to understanding the risk of record rainfall by creating hundreds of realistic UK winter scenarios in addition to the record. Cornish village of Coverack hit by flash flood Credit:Matt Cardy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Microsoft offre des Xbox 360 aux étudiantsCe dimanche, Microsoft lancera une opération de promotion destinée aux étudiants américains. Ces derniers se verront offrir une console Xbox 360 dès lors qu’ils auront acheté un ordinateur d’une valeur de 699 dollars minimum. Une offre qui sera bientôt lancée en France.Le 22 mai, Microsoft partira à la conquête des étudiants américains avec une offre qui devrait en séduire plus d’un. Pour l’achat d’un PC d’une valeur minimale de 699 dollars, le géant informatique offrira une Xbox 360 à ceux qui lui prouveront leur statut d’étudiant, annonce-t-il sur le blog Windowsteam.À lire aussiIBM dévoile un ordinateur pas plus grand qu’un grain de (gros) selLes futurs clients pourront choisir n’importe quel modèle d’ordinateur. Toutefois Microsoft les dirige vers les PC de Dell, HP et Samsung. La promotion est censée durer jusqu’au mois de septembre, à moins que les stocks ne soient épuisés avant cette date. Pour en bénéficier, les étudiants ayant une adresse mail en .edu pourront se rendre directement sur les sites des constructeurs cités, ou sur le magasin en ligne de Microsoft. Les autres devront se rendre dans une boutique Best Buy ou Microsoft munis de leur carte d’étudiant.Cette offre sera prochainement lancée en France et au Canada, annonce le blog. Toutefois, aucune date n’a encore été précisée.Le 20 mai 2011 à 17:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
Hawaï : une mousse qui se clone elle-même depuis 50.000 ansSelon des chercheurs, certaines variétés de mousse se cloneraient elles-mêmes depuis 50.000 ans. Il pourrait s’agir là d’une des plus vieilles plantes voire même d’un des plus veux organismes multicellulaire jamais observé.Une variété de mousse baptisée Sphagnum palustre, qui se retrouve dans tout l’hémisphère nord, est abondamment présente sur l’île d’Hawaii. Or, selon une récente étude, cette plante pourrait être un des plus vieux organismes multicellulaires existant sur Terre. Comment ? celle mousse se serait, d’après les chercheurs, auto-clonée depuis 50.000 ans. En effet, ce végétal ne se reproduit que par clonage sans avoir besoin de relâcher des spores. Ainsi, l’ensemble des échantillons de mousse prélevés présente un marqueur génétique rare qui donne à penser que tous descendraient d’une seule et même plante vieille de plusieurs dizaines de milliers d’années.À lire aussi15 fleurs incroyables qui ne ressemblent pas… à des fleurs !Toutefois, les chercheurs ont également observé de nombreuses variations indique l’étude publiée dans la revue The New Phytologist, car des mutations peuvent toujours intervenir explique un des auteurs, M. Karlin. Ainsi, l’équipe a estimé à partir des observations le taux de mutation qui a permis à la plante d’arriver génétiquement là où elle en était aujourd’hui. C’est grâce à cette estimation que les chercheurs ont établi que le végétal pouvait être vieux de 50.000 ans. “Avec une période de temps suffisamment importante, vous découvrirez que la descendance d’un clone peut être génétiquement différente d’une autre”, a souligné M. Karlin. Néanmoins, celui-ci précise : “il y a probablement une autre population de plantes sur les îles qui ont une histoire similaire et que nous n’avons pas encore étudiée”, cite le National Geographic. Ne disposant pas de spores qui aurait pu permettre à la plante de se reproduire ailleurs, la mousse c’est en quelque sorte retrouvée “piégée” au sommet du Kohala, à Hawaii.La plante s’est propagée grâce à l’humain Toutefois, les humains, sans le vouloir, ont participé à la dissémination de l’espèce lorsque, par le passé, ils enveloppaient leurs affaires dans la mousse, permettant ainsi à la plante de voyager à travers les îles et notamment à Oahu. Un territoire où elle s’est particulièrement développée au détriment des végétaux locaux, constituant aujourd’hui un véritable problème. En effet, “la mousse a complètement modifié le sol. Au lieu d’avoir un véritable sol, il y a une importante couche de mousse et les graines de nombreuses plantes lovcales ne pourssent pas sur cette surface”, a relevé M. Karlin.Le 2 janvier 2012 à 16:53 • Maxime Lambert
Google Science Fair : le concours de science destiné aux adolescentsCette année encore Google met aux défis les apprentis chercheurs. Le géant américain propose aux adolescents du monde entier de soumettre au jury un projet scientifique original et pertinent afin de remporter notamment une bourse d’étude.Pourquoi les chats ronronnent-ils ? Les robots peuvent-ils changer d’avis ? Vaut-il mieux cuire ou bouillir les aliments ? Par ces exemples de petites problématiques, Google montre qu’il reste encore bien des questions à élucider. Afin d’éveiller la curiosité scientifique des étudiants entre 13 et 18 ans, l’entreprise du célèbre moteur de recherche lance la deuxième édition de son concours international : Google Science Fair (lien non disponible). Le principe est simple, les participants seuls ou en équipe de deux ou trois doivent proposer un projet scientifique original et pertinent sous la forme d’un site hébergé par Google. La page web doit présenter non seulement une vidéo résumée de 2 minutes mais également une description détaillée des étapes clés de la recherche à savoir : problématique, hypothèse, recherches, expériences, données, observations et conclusion. La date limite pour l’envoi des projets est le 1er avril 2012.15 finalistes, trois grands vainqueursPar la suite, chaque production sera soumise à l’appréciation du jury composé d’enseignants et professeurs d’universités. Finalement, 15 finalistes sélectionnés dans le monde entier seront dévoilés vers le début du mois de juin. Ces heureux élus pourront rejoindre le siège de Google en Californie, aux Etats-Unis pour assister en direct à la finale qui se déroulera le 23 juillet 2012. Au total, un grand gagnant sera défini pour chaque catégorie d’âge : 13-14 ans, 15-16 ans et 17-18 ans. L’un d’entre eux se verra par ailleurs décerner le Grand prix récompensé par un voyage dans l’archipel des Galapagos et une bourse d’étude d’une valeur de 38.550 euros.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Google espère que la compétition remportera cette année encore un vif succès. L’an passé, plus de 10.000 élèves de 91 pays ont participé à l’expérience. Au final, trois filles ont été récompensées : Lauren Hodge (13-14 ans) pour son analyse du niveau cancérigène potentiel du poulet grillé impliqué par différentes marinades, Naomi Shah (15-16 ans) avec une étude sur la modification des environnements intérieurs pour améliorer la qualité de l’air et réduire l’utilisation des médicaments contre l’asthme, et enfin Shree Bose (17-18 ans) pour sa découverte sur une façon d’améliorer le traitement du cancer des ovaires.Découvrez le petit clip réalisé par Google pour son concours sur MaxisciencesLe 12 janvier 2012 à 15:25 • Maxime Lambert
Hyderabad, July 9 : Congress Party MP From Bhongir K. Venkat Reddy today met the Union Urban and Rural Development Minister Haradeep Singh and submitted a representation to him urging him to take steps for the protection of the Musi river. He informed the minister that the Center should initiate urgent steps to protect the river. In his representation, he told the union minister that 1.5 lakh farmer families used to depend upon the river for their livelihood. Noting that musi is a subsidiary of Krishna river, he informed the minister that the river covers 70 per cent of his constituency. He said that the river water had turned into poison due to the release of industrial wastes into it. He urged the minister to take steps to stop release of any industrial waste and other wastes into the river.
Virat KohliGetty ImagesIndian skipper Virat Kohli’s workout video just ahead of India’s clash with West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, England, has gone viral on Twitter as fans all over India appreciate his hard work and dedication to the country.On June 24, the 30-year-old Indian cricketer took to Twitter to share a short video of him working out. He was seen doing intense excercise in the 14-second clip shared by him and wrote a caption which stated, ” No days off. Nothing can be done without hard work.”No days off ♂. Nothing can be done without hardwork. pic.twitter.com/o22H1XdzHc— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 24, 2019This tweet of him went viral on social media as people started to appreciate his hard work on Twitter. Kohli in the last few years has transformed himself into the fittest cricketer in the international circuit. He has been focusing on his fitness and his batting skills for quite some time and the results can be seen as he is looking more impressive day by day. The Indian captain has become an inspiration to young cricketers and even the Indian cricket team in the past few years.All the best for the next match — Aman Kumar (@AmanKum86111217) June 24, 2019 Hard work always pays off my #Champ carry on… JAI HIND— Shiva Tripathi (@I_AM_SHIVAA_) June 24, 2019Virat Kohli is in superb form in the tournament scoring 244 of his four innings played which includes three half centuries. In India’s last match against Afghanistan, the Men in Blue got a major scare as the Afghans were on the verge of winning the match. After the match, Kohli was fined 25 per cent of his match fee by ICC because of excessive appealing.The Men in Blue are next slated to face West Indies at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester on June 27. They will look forward to win the match and confirm their semi-final birth. Team India has been in scintillating form throughout the tournament and is currently fourth on the points table with nine points, winning four of their fixtures while one match got washed out due to rain.
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