A mother and her two young children and an unrelated man who ran into a burning home to help those inside have been identified in a series of online tributes as the victims of a deadly house fire in southern Ontario.Authorities have declined to formally identify the two adults and two children who died in Monday’s blaze that gutted a home in Oshawa, Ont. But social media posts from family members, friends and organizations connected with the deceased have provided the names of the four who died.The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association identified three of the victims as Lindsey Bonchek and her two children, Madeline and Jackson. It described the trio as relatives of an association member.The daughter and the niece of the fourth person killed in the fire both issued emotional Facebook posts naming him as Steven MacDonald.MacDonald’s niece wrote that he died after going back into the burning home in order to rescue people inside.Her account is echoed in a fundraising campaign organized by someone identifying himself as MacDonald’s future son-in-law.“Luckily, my fiancee Alysha Macdonald (7 months pregnant) was able to get out of the house without any physical harm to her or her child,” Brandon Desroches wrote on a GoFundMe campaign page. “However, her father Steven Macdonald passed away while courageously running back into the building to save the others.”Alysha MacDonald offered her own tribute in a Facebook post that spoke of her father’s generosity and devotion, but did not reference the specific circumstances of his death.“We lost a true hero, I love you more than words can describe dad and I’m trying to stay strong cause I know it breaks your heart to see me cry ,” she wrote in the post. “Rest In Peace dad you were truly a hero.”A friend of Bonchek’s cousin issued a Facebook post of his own, which linked to another GoFundMe campaign. That page described Boncheck as a single mother who worked tirelessly to provide for her three children.“Lindsey will be terribly missed by her family; remembered as a devoted mother who did what she could with what she had for her children,” it said. “Madeline was a bright star and mathlete, who adored her youngest brother, Jack.”Bonchek’s eldest son, who survived the fire, has nothing left but “the shirt on his back,” the page said.Monday’s deadly blaze was reported a little after 8 a.m. in the midst of a heavy snowfall. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames that had to be fought from the outside before crews could attempt to rescue those trapped inside.“The firefighters made several heroic attempts to get in and get to the upper levels and they were pushed back,” Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark said. “They fought their way up through intense heat and smoke conditions … and after retreating, they forced their way back in again.”The brown brick house, officially classified as having two storeys plus a loft, was divided into a number of apartments, Clark said.Durham Regional Police said the provincial Office of the Fire Marshall is currently in charge of investigating the fire. The office did not respond to request for comment.
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Home Capital settlement? A London, Ont., court will consider whether to approve a proposed settlement of an investor class-action lawsuit against Canada’s biggest alternative lender on Monday. Approval is a condition of an Ontario Securities Commission settlement with the company and three former executives who accepted responsibility for misleading investors about mortgage underwriting procedure problems.Shipping and shopping: Statistics Canada will release wholesale trade numbers on Monday and retail sales figures from June on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a string of economic data that is being closely watched for signals on whether the Bank of Canada might hike interest rates again this fall. The central bank raised rates in July for the first time in seven years to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent. Friday’s consumer inflation data suggested it might be climbing closer to the bank’s target of two per cent, further signalling a hike could be nigh.More trouble for Sears Canada: Representatives for the embattled retailer will be in court in Toronto again Tuesday to discuss issues related to the company’s corporate restructuring under creditor protection. On Friday, a judge approved a hardship fund that will provide a total of $500,000 to former employees that will come from a pool of money set aside to pay bonuses for key employees. Issues that are still on the table include the potential sale of some assets and a motion filed by a group of creditors that wants to sue the company’s executive officers and directors, alleging negligent misrepresentation and oppression.NAFTA, NAFTA, NAFTA: The first round of trade talks in Washington, D.C., wrapped up on Sunday but the renegotiations will continue to grab headlines — that is, if the controversy surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and his tweets don’t overshadow them. Trump’s trade czar Robert Lighthizer kicked off talks by insisting on major changes to NAFTA. The next round of talks will take place in Mexico in early September.Inside the banks: Royal Bank will kick off the latest earnings season for the Big Five Canadian banks on Wednesday, followed by CIBC on Thursday. Aside from their bottom lines, issues to watch include their take on the cooling housing market and the potential impact on their mortgage portfolios, as well as consumer debt levels and loan losses. Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York that Mr. Ban met with UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane for over an hour. “Ms. Kane briefed the Secretary-General on her trip and on the current status of the investigation,” Mr. Nesirky said, adding that that she thanked the Syrian Government and opposition for their cooperation during this mission. Ms. Kane had been in Damascus, at Mr. Ban’s request, meeting with the Syrian Government to facilitate access for the team of inspectors, who arrived on 18 August. “Ms. Kane reported that the mission was able to conduct a wide range of fact-finding activities pertaining to the 21 August incident in the Ghouta area,” he added.The inspection team, led by Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström, is now in The Hague, the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is assisting the probe, along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO).The team will spend the day collating the samples and other evidence prior to sending them for testing in laboratories in Europe. As soon as the team receives the results of the laboratory analysis of its samples, the conclusions will be transmitted to Mr. Ban who “looks forward to receiving the findings as soon as possible” so they can be promptly presented to the 193 Member States and to the Security Council, Mr. Nesirky said. Mr. Ban spoke briefly to Mr. Sellström earlier today by telephone to thank him for his work, the spokesperson said. Mr. Ban will be briefed in more detail by him tomorrow. Mr. Nesirky also noted that Mr. Ban is in touch with Ambassador María Cristina Perceval of Argentina, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency for August, and with Ambassador Gary Quinlan of Australia, which will take the presidency in September.
“We have worked hard to reach this point,” WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, said in Geneva.“There has been massive mobilization on the part of the affected countries and all partners to accelerate the development and availability of proven interventions,” she continued. “If a vaccine is found effective, it will be the first preventive tool against Ebola in history.”Based on promising data from initial clinical trials in late 2014, WHO said it will launch a Phase III trial in Guinea on 7 March to test the so-called VSV-EBOV vaccine for efficacy and effectiveness to prevent Ebola in collaboration with the Health Ministry of Guinea, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Epicentre and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.WHO said the vaccination will take place in areas of Basse Guinée, the region that currently has the highest number of cases in the country.The announcement came as the agency, in its latest update on Ebola, reported 132 new confirmed cases had been reported in West Africa in the week to 1 March, an increase from the previous week of 99 new cases. Liberia reported no new confirmed cases this week, the first time since the week of 26 May 2014, but the weekly number of confirmed cases has increased in both Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to WHO.Transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the agency also reported a marked increase in case numbers compared with the previous week. Unsafe burials continue to occur in both these countries.Assistant Director-General Marie-Paule Kieny, who leads the Ebola Research and Development effort at WHO, said: “An effective vaccine to control current flare-ups could be the game-changer to finally end this epidemic and an insurance policy for any future ones.”Explaining the trial strategy, WHO said it involves the identification of a newly diagnosed Ebola case – the “index case” – and the tracing of all his/her contacts. The contacts are vaccinated if they give their consent.“The objectives of the trial are two-fold: to assess if the vaccine protects the contacts who were vaccinated and if vaccinating the contacts will create a buffer – or ring – of protected individuals – around the index case to prevent further spread of the infection,” WHO said. “Vaccination will also be proposed to frontline workers in the area where the trial will take place,” the agency added.Since September 2014, according to WHO, the two most advanced Ebola vaccines have been evaluated in about 15 countries in Africa, Europe and North America.”“The VSV-EBOV vaccine was selected for the planned trial based on a framework of parameters developed by the WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee on Ebola Experimental interventions,” it said. “Criteria included acceptable safety profile, induction of appropriate immune responses, including neutralizing antibodies, and the timely availability of sufficient supplies of vaccine doses.WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and vaccine alliance GAVI are collaborating with the affected countries to develop plans and strategies for large-scale introduction, should this be needed.WHO said the vaccines’ manufacturers have assured that enough vaccine will be available in the coming months and that financial resources are in place to procure and make vaccines available in the affected countries. The vaccine VSV-EBOV was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The vaccine was licenced to NewLink Genetics, and on November 24, 2014, NewLink Genetics and Merck announced their collaboration on the vaccine.
“Less than two months ago, world leaders adopted the visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our challenge now is to implement this blueprint for a better future. Information and communications technologies and the Internet can empower this global undertaking,” said Mr. Ban in his remarks at the Forum, delivered by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs Lenni Montiel. Mr. Ban observed that there are several challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda, including large digital divides. “People living in poverty, women and girls, children, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples and marginalized, vulnerable groups lack adequate access to and training in using ICTs and the Internet,” said the Secretary-General, adding that cyberattacks, cybercrime and issues related to privacy and surveillance are also issues that need to be addressed. Mr. Ban urged all stakeholders to “intensify efforts to promote accessibility, affordability, education and multilingualism by investing in critical infrastructure and capacity building and by building an open, reliable, safe, secure, stable and inclusive Internet through multilateral and multi-stakeholder global partnerships.”He also called for collective reaffirmation of the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelation of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, both online and offline.Each year, the United Nations convenes the IGF meeting, through the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to bring together various stakeholders to discuss current and emerging Internet governance issues, as well as related opportunities and challenges.The IGF is an open, inclusive and transparent forum for dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance. It is intended to foster a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address the challenges that arise. According to a news release issued by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the three-day meetings is expecting some 5,000 attendees, including high-level government officials, civil society leaders and Internet policy experts, both in-person and online.The news release also added that “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development” is the overarching theme of this year’s Forum, focussing on the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Internet in developmental activities.“Information and Communications Technologies, as a powerful enabler of sustainable development, can make great contributions to the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda,” noted Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.Other sub-themes that will be addressed in the Forum are Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Openness; Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation, Internet and Human Rights, Critical Internet Resources and Emerging Issues. “The IGF Platform has contributed towards efforts at national, regional and international levels to build a cyberspace that promotes peace and security, enables development and ensure human rights,” said Mr. Montiel.Further, the Department observed that Agenda 2030 aims to “significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.”According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are more than 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, compared to only 738 million in 2000. However, ITU estimates that four billion people in the developing world still remain unconnected despite making progresses in bridging the digital divide.
In May, police took the children into care, including a breastfeeding infant – reportedly without “duly considering their best interests, preserving the family structure or first providing instructions on how to combat problems in the home,” the experts said.“This family separation has caused immense trauma and psychological damage and we are deeply troubled about the impact on the children’s physical and mental wellbeing,” said E. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and Michal Balcerzak, Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.Meanwhile, the experts have called on the Government to reunite the family and in the meantime to ensure immediate and ongoing visitations. And they have asked for the Dutch government to take steps to end racial bias in the child welfare system.Separation of a child from his or her parents should only occur as a last resort – UN experts“Any separation of a child from his or her parents should only occur as a last resort and must comply with international human rights law,” they continued.Research has revealed that the negative stereotyping of parents of African descent has heightened reports of maltreatment and provoked greater involvement with state agencies, according to the experts.Moreover, the experts noted that according to civil society reports, there are disparities in how the social welfare system treats white Dutch families compared to those of African descent. “We have raised our concerns with the Government of the Netherlands, and called on them to investigate this case, reunite the family and guarantee equal treatment before the law,” the experts said.The Government has denied racial discrimination or impropriety, saying that any claims of racial bias may be reported to the police and local anti-discrimination services.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary, and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Oct. 2 to 6. All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defenceIllya Bakurov, a candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will present his Master of Science thesis defence on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. in Plaza 600F.His thesis is titled Non-photorealistic Rendering with Cartesian Genetic Programming using Graphic Processing Units.His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Penousal Machado, External Examiner (University of Coimbra); Dr. Brian Ross, Supervisor; Dr. Beatrice Ombuki-Berman and Dr. Ke Qiu, Committee Members.Master of Science thesis defenceYaroslava Girilshena, a candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will present her Master of Science thesis defence by video conference on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. in Plaza 600F.Her thesis is titled Complete computational sequence characterization of mobile element variations in the human genome using meta-personal genome data.Her examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Wendy Ashlock, External Examiner, (Ashlock & McGuinness Consulting); Dr. Sheridan Houghten Supervisor; Dr. Ping Liang and Dr. Ke Qiu, Committee Members.Interdisciplinary Humanities dissertation defenceMalcolm Matthews, a candidate in the PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, will present his PhD dissertation defence on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Welch Hall 147.His dissertation is titled The Rhetoric of Autism: A Posthuman Personification of Masculinity in Crisis (from Rain Man to Mr. Robot).
Moneycorp, whose Gatwick-based branch was singled out for criticism from Mr Lewis, claimed its higher airport rates were due to operating costs.Retail director Tracy Bownes said the firm had to offset “significant cost… from ground rent and additional security, to the cost of staffing the bureau for customers on early and late flights.”She added: “An easy and more cost-effective way for customers to buy travel money is to pre-order online and collect at the airport. We always encourage our customers to do this, and increasing numbers of people are planning ahead in this way – we’re seeing up to 50% of transactions coming from reserve and collect customers at some of our airport bureau. Our online reserve and collect rates are always highly competitive.”David Buik, a markets commentator for leading stockbroker Panmure Gordon, said consumers were being widely exploited at airports.”The volatility of the market is such that this is now money for old rope,” he said.”The money is bouncing around like a cork in the bath and they are saying they need to protect themselves.”The foreign exchange system is not down to Brexit alone… But the pound is under pressure and we are back to the volatility days. It is somewhat inevitable that they will capitalise on vulnerable people. They know exactly what they are doing.” Martin Lewis tweeted a picture of exchange rates at one airportCredit:ITV Holidaymakers face “disgraceful” exchange rate profiteering, experts warned as several airports offer less than a euro to the pound amid the financial volatility over Brexit.Consumer champion Martin Lewis, of MoneySavingExpert.com, launched a fierce attack on financial companies for taking advantage as one leading airport bought at 1.35 euros and sold at just 97 cents.Tweeting a picture of a Moneycorp exchange rate board which showed buy-sell spreads had edged to more than a third, he wrote: “No wonder they shouted at me ‘you’re not allowed to photograph that’. Disgraceful exchange rate profiteering [content deleted]” 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. Holidaymakers were offered 97 cents for the pound at several airports on Friday after a torrid day in the currency markets following the overnight “flash crash”.Investors were this morning braced for the pound to fall further, fearing continued volatility will result from the government’s “hard Brexit” stance.
TWENTY YEARS IS a long time and in Hollywood it’s even longer.So it’s interesting to see who made their film debut 20 years ago and just how they got going.We’ve gone back in time and found some stars who got their start in 1993.1. Vince Vaughn Shockingly Tactful / TumblrBefore the 90s hit Swingers and his comedy roles in the likes of Old School and Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn had a small part ( his first film role) in American football flick Rudy.He was credited as Vincent Vaughn (fancy) and also got to work with budding actor Jon Favreau in his debut role.The pair became close friends, working together on Swingers, both of them becoming highly successful (Favreau is a big name director having helmed the first two Iron Man movies)Not bad for a first film role we suppose.(Some NSFW language in the clip below)movieclips / YouTube2. Jennifer AnistonCinemastatic / TumblrOf course it was Friends that turned Jennifer Aniston into a global superstar but like her future ex-boyfriend Vince Vaughn, she made her film debut in 1993.Jennifer turned up in the horror movie Leprechaun which clearly was a critically acclaimed look at Irish myths.Just kidding, it was a trashfest about a killer leprechaun terrorising people for his gold coins.The film was panned but became a cult hit and lead to five (!) more Leprechaun movies.This is a proud moment for both Ireland’s culturual legacy and Jennifer Aniston’s career.LionsgateUKMovies / YouTube3. Matthew McConaugheyLaugh A Little / TumblrHe’s now a bankable star who has starred in more than a few rom-coms and appeared in quirky roles in films like Magic Mike.Unlike some of his peers McConaughey’s first film role wasn’t particularly embarrassing as he turned up in Richard Linklater’s cult classic Dazed and Confused.The 70s set comedy wasn’t a box office smash but is a favourite of critics and Quentin Tarantino even cited it as one of his favourite films.Mind you, we’re not sure about his blonde locks and moustache throughout.(some NSFW language in the clip below)movieclips / YouTube4. Anna PaquinLois Bernstein/AP/Press Association ImagesAnother star who got a very respectable 1993 start was Anna Paquin, who starred in The Piano and won an Oscar at the age of 11.Paquin continues to do well, having starred in three X-Men movies (and will appear in the next film, due for release next year) and also stars in the hit drama series True Blood.Still of the class of 1993, Paquin tops the lot with that Oscar win.We’ve heard of starting out strong but that is ridiculous.MrDmtlsd / YouTube5. Kate BeckinsaleDoug Peters/EMPICS EntertainmentAnother star who started out classy was Kate Beckinsale who chose Much Ado About Nothing as her first film role.A Shakespeare adaptation is always a way to prove your acting chops and it served Beckinsale well for a strong career in film and TV.Of course, Beckinsale’s biggest success is still leaping around the place in a leather catsuit in the Underworld movies which is not quite Shakespeare but whatever pays the bills we suppose.gabtor70 / YouTube6. Alicia SilverstoneShe was very much the quintessential 90s teen star and at just 15, Alicia Silverstone made her movie debut in 1993.She was the troubled lead in the The Crush which we haven’t seen but looks amazing in a “so bad it is actually amazing way”cdsabino / YouTubeThe Crush wasn’t a huge hit (although it did win 2 MTV Movie Awards) but it did win her roles in three Aerosmith videos which along with Clueless turned her into a pin-up for a generation.What a gal.Slowly Taking Over Me / Tumblr12 reasons why there is still no party like an S Club party>7 pieces of must-read life advice from Jack Nicholson>
If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what happened when Nintendo launched the Wii and couldn’t make them fast enough to keep up with demand. The reason? The console’s use of a motion controller. Sony and Microsoft had no choice but to make their own versions of motion controllers and get in on the action. Sony came up with the PlayStation Move, but Microsoft went a step further and removed the need for a controller completely with Kinect. It was expensive, but record sales at launch proved it was worth the investment.Now it seems Sony has decided competing with Kinect requires copying it. A new patent filed in October last year, but only publicly viewable as of yesterday, reveals a “User-Driven Three Dimensional Interactive Gaming Environment.” In other words, a Kinect-like input system for the PS3 (or PS4?).The name on the patent is Richard Marks, who’s also the guy that developed the PS Move. The patent describes the system as an interactive 3D environment that uses a depth sensing device. In other words, a system that allows the player to be tracked within a 3D space. The question now is whether Sony will choose to bring such an input device to market. And if they do, how will Microsoft respond? The system does seem very similar to Kinect, so there’s a chance it may infringe on Kinect. Microsoft also launched Kinect first and therefore has the advantage if it comes down to who thought of this and implemented it first.More at NeoGAF, via Kotaku
Bien culturels en ligne : Sarkozy veut baisser la TVALe président de la République souhaite appliquer une TVA à taux réduit aux biens culturels diffusés sur Internet. Nicolas Sarkozy a pour cela chargé un ancien ministre, Jacques Toubon, de plancher sur les arguments qui pourront convaincre la Commission européenne.Nicolas Sarkozy a adressé une lettre à Jacques Toubon, rendue publique hier par l’Elysée. Celle-ci rappelle que le droit communautaire autorise les Etats européens à appliquer un taux réduit de TVA, mais à des catégories limitées de biens et de services, comme par exemple les journaux, livres, et programmes de radio ou télévision.En revanche, le président de la République déplore dans sa lettre que les “disques, la vidéo et les services en ligne, y compris la presse en ligne et les livres numériques (…) sont exclus du bénéfice d’un taux de TVA minoré et sont soumis au taux normal (19,6%)”. Pour Nicolas Sarkozy, cette “distorsion de concurrence” doit être imputée à l’obsolescence du droit communautaire qui n’aurait pas pris en compte la révolution numérique.Le président de la République veut donc moderniser “le droit fiscal communautaire afin de mieux prendre en compte les supports de diffusion des oeuvres”.Jacques Toubon, ancien ministre, est donc désormais chargé par Nicolas Sarkozy de trouver des propositions, d’argumenter et de convaincre la Commission ainsi que les autres Etats-membres de l’Union européenne.Le 14 décembre 2010 à 09:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les incas retrouvés au sommet d’un volcan devaient-ils être exposés ?Argentine – Lors de l’hiver 1999, des scientifiques menant une expédition sur le volcan Llullallaico, l’un des plus hauts du monde, ont fait une incroyable découverte. Sous la terre volcanique, reposaient les corps de trois enfants incas, dans un remarquable état de conservation. C’est aujourd’hui sous une cloche de verre dont la température est maintenue à -20°C, que ces enfants reposent, au Musée d’archéologie de haute-montagne de Salta, en Argentine. Une décision qui provoque la colère de la communauté indigène de la région.Deuxième plus haut volcan actif au monde, et site archéologique le plus haut de la planète, le Llullaillaco est situé à la frontière entre l’Argentine et le Chili, dans les Andes. Comme le raconte le site Rue89, c’est une équipe de quatorze chercheurs qui a mis au jour les trois corps, le 14 mars 1999. Sous la terre volcanique, ils ont d’abord découvert trois figurines de lama. Quelques centimètres plus bas, est apparu le corps d’un petit garçon, enveloppé dans plusieurs couches de tissus. Trois jours plus tard, le corps d’une fillette, la “fillette de la foudre”, était découvert, puis celui d’une une adolescente, baptisée la “demoiselle”.Agés de 6 à 14 ans, les trois enfants étaient vêtus de leurs habits de cérémonie, et inhumés auprès de plusieurs objets. Leurs corps présentent un remarquable état de conservation, qui ne cesse de surprendre les visiteurs du Musée d’archéologie de haute-montagne de Salta où ils sont désormais exposés. Les chercheurs ont extrait les corps enveloppés de glace, puis les ont apporté dans le laboratoire de l’Université catholique. Après plusieurs mois de réflexion, les scientifiques ont décidé de créer un musée pour abriter ces corps dans des conditions très spécifiques. Créé en 2006, le musée de Salta abrite les enfants dans des capsules de verre maintenues à – 20°C, la température, l’humidité, la pression et la composition de l’air de ces cloches étant constamment contrôlées. Comme l’explique Mario Bernarski, chargé du système de préservation des corps, “pour les enfants du volcan Llullaillaco, nous parlons de momies instables ou de corps en processus de momification. Ce ne sont pas des momies complètes car leur intérieur contient tous les organes, avec une hydratation de 70%”.À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueMais cette décision, celle d’enlever les enfants au volcan pour les étudier et les exposer, provoque l’indignation des indigènes de la région de Salta. “En tant que Kollas, nous avons été très meurtris. Nous considérions ces enfants comme vivants, protégés dans le ventre de notre Pachamama (nom inca de la Mère Terre). Notre demande est qu’ils reviennent sur la Puna, là où ils reposaient depuis des siècles et non en centre-ville”, explique en effet Miguel Siares, dirigeant de la communauté indienne Kollas Unidos, cité par Rue89. Mais de son côté, Gabrielle Recagno, directrice du musée depuis quelques mois, assure qu’un dialogue s’est ouvert entre la communauté et les scientifiques. Elle évoque “un accord avec les communautés et une prise de conscience des archéologues”, et souligne qu’il ne s’agit plus de “science pure et dure, mais participative”. Découvrez ces enfants incas parfaitement conservés en images sur Maxisciences. Le 15 février 2011 à 10:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
Fallen trees and debris have temporarily shut down passenger rail service between Portland and Seattle, BNSF Railway announced.BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said officials decided to suspend Amtrak routes at 10 a.m. to protect passenger safety. But freight lines along the same corridor — and across the state — remain open, he said.There wasn’t a specific timetable set for the closure early Thursday afternoon. Melonas said crews would be clearing trees and debris and keep passenger service suspended “until conditions improve.”About 50 trees have toppled near the tracks between Vancouver and Tacoma recently, Melonas said. A blast of wintry weather blanketed much of the region with snow earlier this week, before strong winds and ice made conditions even more treacherous in the past 24 hours. Most of the fallen trees along the corridor went down north of Chehalis, Melonas said.No major landslides have been reported near the rail lines, Melonas said.
How are organisations supporting employees’ mental health and what are employers doing around calculating the return-on-investment of health and wellbeing benefits? What group risk benefits form part of organisations’ healthcare and wellbeing strategy, and what are they doing to reduce sickness absence?Today (Tuesday 23 July 2019) is the last chance for Employee Benefits readers to have their say in the exclusive Employee Benefits/Health Shield healthcare research 2019.This research allows employers to benchmark their strategy on healthcare and wellbeing, comparing reward best practice with industry peers and competitors. HR, benefits and reward professionals will also be able to share their plans and projections for future benefits provision in this space, and track common industry themes.The research will ask readers about the factors that influence decision-making around healthcare benefits, as well as poll what wellbeing provisions employers have in place. The research also aims to explore employers’ understanding of their duty of care to their staff around employee wellbeing, as well as dissect popular sickness absence approaches.The deadline for completing the survey is today.By way of thanks for taking part, individuals who complete the survey will be given the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. To be in with a chance to win, respondents should fill in their details at the end of the questionnaire.Complete the survey today.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television is once again planning to cover Wilmington High School sports this fall, including football games.WCTV is looking for camera operators and a commentary team for each game. But games — whether it be football, soccer, field hockey or something else — can be done with just a single person operating a camera.Football games are Friday nights under the lights at the Wilmington High School Alumni Field and will be under the direction of WCTV staff.If interested in joining the Wildcat TV crew in any capacity, please contact WCTV’s Marty McCue at firstname.lastname@example.org. No previous camera or commentary experience is necessary.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: WCTV Seeks Camera Operators & Commentators For Winter Sports CoverageIn “Community”
State Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers has announced his retirement.He cited personal reasons for his decision in an email to department staff Tuesday. His retirement will be effective March 1.He says Deputy Commissioner Marty Rutherford will serve as acting commissioner. Rutherford has been involved in the state’s efforts to advance a major liquefied natural gas project.Myers says he looks forward to spending more time with family. He says that due to the nature of jobs he’s held over the last decade, he has “deferred or delayed much on a personal level,” including retirement.Myers’ previous work with the department includes leading the divisions of Oil and Gas and Geological and Geophysical Surveys. He also was a vice chancellor for research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Representational imageFlickerThe central government on Wednesday set up a task force for redrafting the 50-year-old direct tax (income tax) law in the country, to match with the economic needs.Arbind Modi, CBDT member (Legislation), will be the convener of the six-member task force with other members, like Girish Ahuja (chartered accountant), Rajiv Memani (chairman and regional managing partner of EY) and Mansi Kedia (consultant, ICRIER), PTI reported.Moreover, chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian will be a permanent special invitee in the task force.”Accordingly, in order to review the Act and to draft a new direct tax law in consonance with economic needs of the country, the Government has constituted a task force,” a finance ministry statement said.Earlier in September, at the annual conference of tax officers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Income-tax Act was drafted in 1961, which is more than 50 years old and it needed redrafting.The task force is mandated to submit its report to the government within 6 months from its constitution.The task force will evaluate tax system prevalent in various countries, the best international practises and most importantly, the economic needs of the country to prosper, reported the news agency.Earlier in 2009, the Congress-led UPA government wanted to bring in changes in the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) to simplify the tax legislation for individual taxpayers as well as corporates, but the bill got lapsed in Parliament.The UPA government DTC bill proposed annual I-T exemption limit at Rs 2 lakh, and levying 10 percent tax on income between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, 20 percent on Rs 5-10 lakh and 30 percent above Rs 10 lakh.Currently, an individual doesn’t have to pay income tax if the annual income is below Rs 2.5 lakh. And annual income between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh attracts 5 percent, income between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh attracts 20 percent, while those over Rs 10 lakh have to 30 percent income tax.
BDHCThe British Deputy High Commission in Bengaluru held a pre-departure briefing for seven Bengaluru-based scholars who will study in the UK for their one-year Master’s degree on a Chevening Scholarship provided by the UK government.Chevening Scholarships offer full financial support for one year to candidates applying for a Master’s degree at any UK university – covering nearly 12,000 courses from more than 150 universities. Nationally, 45 scholars (25 men and 20 women) have been chosen this year for the Masters’ scholarships. Their preferred courses range from governance, urban planning, sustainability, social anthropology, theatre, human rights, special education, among a host of subjects. Abhishek Mohanty, Gitika Saksena, Ujwala Subba Rao, Madhusudhan Ramesh, Ritumoni Sonowal, Santhosh SL and Aruna Chandrasekhar attended the pre-departure briefing hosted by British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister on Friday. Priyanka Varma, a Chevening alum, shared her Chevening experience in the UK with the current cohort.McAllister said on Friday: “Chevening offers a unique and exciting opportunity to the most brilliant minds of India to come and study in the UK. I am proud to say that the India Chevening country programme is the largest in the world and has produced more than 3,000 scholars and fellows since 1983. The programme shows our commitment to developing future leaders and strengthening the UK and India’s living bridge, sharing the best of what our two countries have to offer. There are over 100 Chevening alumni in Karnataka. I encourage any ambitious young leaders and experienced professionals to apply.”During the pre-departure, McAllister announced that the application window for the Chevening Scholarship and Fellowship programmes for the year 2020-21 is now open. Applications are invited for both the one-year masters, and the shorter fellowship programmes. Chevening Fellowships run for 8-12 weeks and offer professional development and networking opportunities in specified thematic areas, including science and innovation, cybersecurity, journalism, and financial services.HOW TO BECOME A CHEVENER?Applicants to Chevening Scholarships must have a minimum of two years of work experience and a strong academic background. The deadline to apply is 5 November 2019.Applicants to Chevening Fellowships must have 7-10 years of work experience. Fellowships on offer are- South Asian Journalism Fellowship, Science and Innovation Leadership Fellowship, Cyber Security Fellowship, Financial Services Fellowships, and Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence. The deadline to apply is 9 October 2019 (except for the Gurukul Fellowship, which will open in December 2019). Globally, almost 1,800 Chevening scholarships were awarded in 2019-20. Today, there are over 50,000 Chevening alumni around the world, comprising an influential and highly regarded global network.Join the conversation on social media with #Chevening. Further details, including how to apply, can be found here.
Customs intelligence officials arrested a woman for carrying 11 gold bars in Benapole check post area on Saturday morning, reports news agency UNB.The arrestee was identified as Rowshan Begum, 33, daughter of Abul Hossain, hailing from Dhaka.Tipped off, a team of customs intelligence officers searched body of a woman, Rowshan, bearing passport no- BJ-0499219, and recovered the gold bars weighing 2.75 kilograms while she was crossing the no man’s land, said deputy commissioner of Benapole Customs Intelligence Abdus Sadek.The gold was being smuggled to India, said the DC.It was subsequently handed over to Benapole Customs House.A case was filed with Benapole Port Police Station, added DC Sadek.