Photo gallery: The oldest known insect parasite

first_imgIn what may be the oldest known example of one insect parasitizing another, researchers have unearthed a 52-million-year-old fossil of a beetle that takes advantage of an ant. This unusual specimen has many of the same traits as modern beetle parasites (see photo above) and is shedding new light on when and why ants first started welcoming strangers into their nests.These parasites are quite odd-looking as beetles go. So-called myrmecophilous (ant-loving) insects, they have evolved special brushes on their backs that secrete a substance the ants adore. This love potion makes the ant feed the beetle mouth to mouth and treat it like kin (as in the video below). Parker and Grimaldi, Specialized Myrmecophily at the Ecological Dawn of Modern Ants, CurrentBiology (2014), // Paleoentomologist David Grimaldi of the American Museum of Natural History first found the fossil beetle (see below) while analyzing the insects in 52-million-year-old amber in India. When he showed it to entomologist Joseph Parker of Columbia University, “my jaw hit the floor,” Parker recalls, because he didn’t think the ant-beetle relationship could be so old. The fossil beetle, dubbed Protoclaviger, is a missing link; it looks like its modern relatives, except that the head still has reduced mouthparts reminiscent of a nonparasitic existence when the mouthparts were used to catch prey, and abdomen is still segmented as in most insects, they report online today in Current Biology. The duo thinks the beetle evolved about 73 million years ago and spent the next 10 million years adapting to life among the ants, which were not very common at the time. In this 52-million-year-old amber from India, ants represent 6% of the insects, but in 20-million-year-old amber, they make up about 36%, having really taken off. Protoclaviger gave rise to rove beetles called Clavigeritae, which include more than 369 ant-loving species. Finding that these parasites predate the ants’ ascent indicates that these beetles diversified in parallel to the diversification of ants and not afterward, as many scientists have thought.center_img Parker and Grimaldi, Specialized Myrmecophily at the Ecological Dawn of Modern Ants, CurrentBiology (2014), // The ants carry the beetle, dropping it off in the brood chamber, where it eats eggs and larvae. The beetles can’t survive on their own as they are quite specialized, with a head that’s basically a straw for taking liquid from the ants’ mouth and a much reduced, nonsegmented abdomen that toughens their bodies to withstand rough handling by the ants (seen in the picture below).Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

The Second Most Powerful Person in India After Narendra Modi, According to Forbes

first_imgOther than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the only other Indian who features in “The World’s Most Powerful People” list released by Forbes is Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. The richest Indian with a net worth of $41.2 billion is ranked 32nd in the list. On Ambani, Forbes said the billionaire industrialist’s Reliance sparked a price war in India’s hyper-competitive telecom market with the launch of 4G phone service Jio in 2016.Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img read more

Jimmy Alapag, LJ Moreno expecting 3rd child

first_imgBoth shared the news via Instagram with a comic featuring their two children Ian Maximus and Keona Skye. “Blessed us with our first child after almost 4 years of praying. Then, our second child came months after and now, in less than 3 years God’s blessing us with baby number three! Three is definitely our number,” the actress and niece of Alma Moreno captioned her post.She also indicated that she’s due to give birth in October.Moreno and Alapag tied the knot in August 2010 in Laguna Beach, California.  Gianna Francesca Catolico /raRELATED STORIESJimmy Alapag retires – for good‘Hot Sauce,’ ‘MoreFree,’ Jimmy Alapag honored with mural in TaguigADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast ADVERTISEMENT Alapag’s final goodbyeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Retired PBA player and now Meralco Bolts assistant coach Jimmy Alapag and his wife, LJ Moreno, are expecting their third child. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Feats of Klay important than Warriors winning Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Vicente sees good things from PH volleybelles despite recent tune-up loss

first_imgHill follows coach orders to be ‘aggressive’ in clutch showing for Star “We may have lost the match, but I still like what I saw,” said Vicente. “We know that Kobe Shinwa is a very tough team and it plays fast and aggressive.” MOST READ Philippine women’s volleyball team tries to sharpen its skills as it plays another friendly in Osaka— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) July 26, 2017National team head coach Francis Vicente has been impressed with his squad so far in its Japanese training camp as they prepare for two international competitions set in August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDespite losing to Kobe Shinwa Women’s University in five sets, 19-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 15-8, Vicente said their tune-up game served its purpose of allowing him to experiment with different rotations that can adapt to fast-paced play.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “The mere fact that we were able to match their speed and discipline is a positive development.”Jaja Santiago became the Philippines’ focal point in offense as she put up 17 points while Alyssa Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo orchestrated the offense for the national team with 37 excellent sets to go along six points.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Sanjay Bangar named batting coach for West Indies tour

first_imgFormer India allrounder Sanjay Bangar was named batting coach of the Indian team that will travel to the West Indies for a four-match Test series next month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday.The BCCI also retained former domestic cricketer Abhay Sharma as the fielding coach of the side, which will be headed by head coach Anil Kumble.Bangar was the interim head coach of the Indian team that recently won the One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International series in Zimbabwe while Sharma served as the fielding coach. (Anil Kumble will take Indian cricket forward, says Rahane )”In consultation with Anil Kumble, head coach, Indian cricket team, the BCCI has appointed the following assistant coaches for the India tour of West Indies – assistant coach (batting) Sanjay Bangar, assistant coach (fielding) Abhay Sharma,” board secretary Ajay Shirke said in a statement.The BCCI on Thursday appointed former India skipper Kumble as the head coach for a one-year term.last_img read more

Report: Barry J. Sanders to OSU “A Probability”

first_imgA report surfacing from The Oklahoman earlier this week stated that Barry J. Sanders, Stanford running back and son of Heisman winner Barry Sanders, has been granted a full release from his University and is eligible to transfer anywhere besides the Pac-12.Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World now reports that sources close to the program indicate that Sanders ending up in Stillwater “appears to be a probability.”Sanders rushed for 672 yards and five touchdowns during his career at Stanford, but would be a valuable veteran presence in a backfield that could use a jolt of experience.Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, and Jeff Carr are all returning members in the backfield from last season, with true freshman Justice Hill potentially pushing for playing time as a true freshman from Booker T. Washington.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Gago ruptures ACL in Argentina draw

first_imgArgentina Gago ruptures ACL in Argentina draw Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:50 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Fernando Gago Argentina Peru World Cup qualifying JUAN MABROMATA Argentina WC Qualification South America World Cup Argentina v Peru Peru The side’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw at home to Peru was compounded by a serious knee injury to the veteran midfielder Veteran Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago suffered heartache on Thursday after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in World Cup qualifying.Argentina’s hopes of booking a ticket to Russia for next year’s World Cup were dealt a blow following a goalless draw at home to Peru in Buenos Aires and their woes were compounded by a serious knee injury to Gago.Argentina 10/1 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Former Real Madrid man Gago – now playing for boyhood club Boca Juniors in Argentina – ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral internal ligament in his right knee at La Bombonera, Argentina confirmed post-match.Gago, who was back in the national team for the first time since 2015, was a 60th-minute substitute but the 31-year-old only lasted six minutes as his international return was cruelly cut short in front of his club supporters.[PARTE MÉDICO] Fernando Gago sufrió la ruptura del ligamento cruzado anterior y ligamento lateral interno de su rodilla derecha.— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) October 6, 2017 Argentina’s hopes of World Cup qualification remain in the balance after they dropped out of the play-off spot, down to sixth following Chile’s victory heading into next week’s final matchday – a trip to Ecuador.last_img read more

Mourinho escapes punishment for dive jibe

first_imgManchester United Mourinho escapes punishment over pre-Manchester derby dive comments Jamie Smith 01:35 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Jose Mourinho Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Guardiola Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The FA has confirmed that no formal action will be taken against the Manchester United manager over his comments ahead of a clash with City Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no formal action over comments he made to the media ahead of the Manchester derby, the Football Association (FA) has confirmed.Mourinho accused City of gamesmanship in the build-up to the December 10 meeting, which Pep Guardiola’s side won 2-1 at Old Trafford to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.The Portuguese suggested City used “tactical fouls” to break up their opponent’s rhythm, while questioning whether the table-toppers acted honestly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “A little bit of wind and they fall,” Mourinho had said, prompting the FA to ask the United manager to explain his comments.While the FA confirmed on Thursday the body has opted not to charge Mourinho, he was warned about his future conduct.”Following a review of the evidence provided by the club, the FA will be taking no formal action, but have reminded Jose Mourinho any further public comments about match officials may result in disciplinary action,” an FA statement read.Earlier on Thursday, the FA confirmed there will be no formal action taken against either United or City following a skirmish involving players and staff in the Old Trafford tunnel.Mourinho reportedly approached the City dressing room to complain about loud music being played, leading to a clash involving up to 30 people.”Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses the FA will be taking no formal action,” said the organisation’s statement.last_img read more

A-League Review: Perth Glory cruise

first_imgPerth Glory cruised to a 2-0 home win over struggling Newcastle Jets to move four points clear at the A-League summit once again, while Adelaide United left it late in a 2-1 defeat of Central Coast Mariners.The Jets rarely looked like they were going to cause Glory many problems on Sunday, with the writing seemingly on the wall early on.Andy Keogh broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 16th minute, tapping in from close range after Diego Castro squared to him right in front of goalkeeper Glen Moss. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Neil Kilkenny wrapped things up in style early in the second half, cutting in from the left and bending a fine effort into the top corner from 20 yards out. points clear at the top!— Perth Glory FC (@PerthGloryFC) January 27, 2019The day’s earlier contest saw Adelaide come from behind to triumph at Adelaide Oval.Andrew Hoole’s stunning drive put the Mariners ahead late in the first half, but the second period belonged to the hosts.Isaias levelled just past the hour, netting during a goalmouth scramble and that spurred United on to get the winner.George Blackwood nodded in from Scott Galloway’s cross in the second minute of stoppage time, inflicting a third successive defeat on the Mariners.TURNAROUND! The boys grew stronger in the second to get the win through goals to @isaias_sc8 and George Blackwood! #AUFC #ADLvCCM— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) January 27, 2019last_img read more

ISL 2019: Kerala Blasters come from behind to beat ATK 2-1 in opener

first_img India Today Web Desk KochiOctober 20, 2019UPDATED: October 20, 2019 22:08 IST The result sees Kerala get the better of ATK in their ISL opener once again after 2018 (ISL)HIGHLIGHTSATK scored their 100th goal in ISL history in the 6th minute of the ISL openerBartholomew Ogbeche found the net twice in the 1st half to put Kerala in the leadThis is the 2nd time in 2 seasons that ATK have been beaten by Kerala in the ISL openerTwo-time champions ATK scored their 100th goal in the Hero Indian Super League but that wasn’t enough to provide them with any joy in the opening match of the sixth edition at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi on Sunday.Carl McHugh had put ATK ahead with an absolute stunner in only the sixth minute of the game but the hosts egged on by a vociferous crowd, hit back with two goals from new signing Bartholomew Ogbeche in the first half itself for a 2-1 victory.The result sees Kerala get the better of ATK in their ISL opener once again, having recorded a 2-0 win last season in Kolkata.The game got off to an electrifying start with the visitors stunning the packed crowd early in the game. ATK capitalized on a free-kick given for a foul on Jayesh Rane by Jeakson Singh. The set-piece into the box was cushioned back for McHugh by Agustin García Iniguez at the far post. The Irishman went on to slam a brilliant first-time volley with his left foot that gave Bilal Khan in the Kerala goal no chance whatsoever.With the wind in their sails from an early goal, ATK continued to press Kerala relentlessly and fashioned several chances to double their lead, the best of which came in the 22nd minute. Roy Krishna embarked on a sizzling run from midfield, going past a couple of Kerala defenders into the box, but opted to slide it for Javier Hernandez rather than shoot himself and the ball trickled away.advertisementA rattled Kerala were handed a lifeline into the game when ATK winger Michael Soosairaj went down in the box under Sergio Cidoncha’s challenge. But the referee waved away the protests and Kerala won a corner from the ensuing counter-attack.That set-piece would produce the equalizer for Kerala. Ogbeche saw his looping header from the far post come back off the upright, only for Pronay Halder to pull down Jairo Rodriguez who was about to slot it in. The referee awarded the spot-kick and Ogbeche made no mistake in beating Arindam Bhattacharja to lift the spirits of the home support.The Men in Yellow started to enjoy more time on the ball following the equalizer and stormed into the lead just before half-time. Pronay failed to clear a low cross from Prasanth Karuthadathkuni and the loose ball was driven in smartly by a lurking Ogbeche.Kerala continued their ascendancy at the start of the second half as well, keeping the ball well and forcing errors from ATK.However, Krishna continued to threaten the Kerala defence, although his finishing let the visitors down. In the 69th minute, the Fijian was sent through on goal but a sliding tackle from Jairo meant the chance went begging.Shortly after, Krishna saw another shot from close-range blocked away by substitute Mario Arques.But Eelco Schattorie’s team held their nerves and fashioned a few chances of their own. Ultimately, they saw off the game quite comfortably to start their campaign on a winning note.(ISL Press Release)Also Read | ISL 2019-20: Full schedule, fixtures, date, time and squads listAlso Read | Premier League: Spurs struggle, Chelsea, Leicester into top 4For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ISLFollow Indian Super LeagueFollow Kerala BlastersFollow ATK ISL 2019: Kerala Blasters come from behind to beat ATK 2-1 in openerNew signing Bartholomew Ogbeche impressed with 2 goals to help his team Kerala Blasters beat two-time champions ATK in the ISL 2019 opener in Kochi on Sunday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

FIBEGA Miami 2019 Announces First Annual Gastronomy Tourism Awards

first_imgProminent Gastronomy Tourism Fair FIBEGA Miami 2019 will kick off the 3-day Event with An Awards Ceremony. Miami, FL. (January 15, 2019) – FIBEGA Miami 2019, the leading gastronomy tourism fair, is proud to announce the 1st Annual Gastronomy Tourism Awards to be presented during the opening dinner of the fair on Friday, May 10, 2019. The awards will recognize destinations, companies and professionals that, through their leadership and innovation, have made a positive impact and generated greater awareness to the growing gastronomy tourism sector. “Gastronomy plays a significant role in driving travel to a destination, especially due to tourists seeking experiential travel deeply rooted in the culture of the places they visit. FIBEGA aims to generate awareness on the importance of gastronomy tourism, its impact on local communities and the entire value chain. These awards will honor those who have made significant strides in elevating gastronomy tourism across the globe,” explains Roi Correa, President at FIBEGA. All those who cultivate gastronomy tourism within the travel section are eligible for the awards, which will be reviewed by a jury of industry professionals and journalists. Among the many categories include: o   Best Destination in its Classo   Emerging Destinationo   Top Cruise Line Gastronomy Experienceo   Best Local Food Restauranto   Emerging Enotourism Destinationo   Top Wine Brand Ambassadoro   Gastronomic City of the Year From May 10 – 12, FIBEGA will unite thousands of enthusiasts, and industry professionals including destinations, restaurants, cruise lines, hoteliers, vendors, and foodies to celebrate and showcase all the key players in the sector. In addition to the awards, the fair will host a series of congresses to showcase resources and advancements within gastronomy tourism, as well as speakers from various organizations including the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In the last edition, FIBEGA attracted 22,000 attendees from all over the world, who flocked to Buenos Aires to experience 800 global exhibitors. Due to Miami’s prestigious location and position as an epicenter for tourism and gastronomy, the city will be the new permanent home for FIBEGA suitable to welcome a greater number of event participants. For more information or to be an exhibitor, please visit:  About FIBEGA FIBEGA is an annual international fair that brings together culture, gastronomy and destinations from different countries and regions, and will take place in the U.S. for the first-time next year in Miami May 10-12, 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. May 10th is open to professionals, while May 11-12 is targeted to a mixed audience of professionals and the general public. Due to the city’s prestige as an international epicenter for tourism and gastronomy, all future editions of the fair will remain in Miami. The original FIBEGA was held in Merida, Spain in 2016, followed by Buenos Aires in 2017.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Honoured in LA

first_imgNova Scotia’s food, culture and competitive business advantageswill be centre stage as more than 400 guests gather in LosAngeles on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day. Nova Scotia is the featured province for this year’s birthdayfestivities at the Canadian Consulate. Nova Scotia is the firstAtlantic Canadian province to be honoured at the consulate fete,and the fourth overall. The July 1st event will crown a four-day trade mission led byPremier John Hamm. Twenty-nine companies are participating in the mission, whichwill focus on promoting the film, television, music, visual artand cultural industries. The life-sciences sector will also berepresented through BioNova. “This is an incredible opportunity for Nova Scotia,” said PremierHamm. “Los Angeles is the centre of the entertainment industry,and this is our chance to promote our skilled workforce,beautiful locations and creativity in global markets.” The film industry employs about 2,000 Nova Scotians and bringsabout $100 million annually into the provincial economy. Nineteenentertainment companies will conduct a series of meetings withpotential clients, and will discuss the benefits of investment inthe Nova Scotia film industry. “Los Angeles is a key market for Nova Scotia’s film industry,”said Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the Nova Scotia Film DevelopmentCorporation. “Our experienced crews, tax credit andinfrastructure give us a competitive advantage, and we’re goingto aggressively sell that advantage.” Nova Scotia’s $100-million music industry is also being promotedby five participating companies, which will conduct severalbusiness-to business visits. Local musicians will be showcased atthe Annual Conference of California Presenters and at the AnnualSummer Solstice Festival. The festival, presented by theCalifornia Traditional Music Society, is where Natalie MacMasterperformed to great acclaim several years ago. David Greenberg isperforming on the main stage. The Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council will also be promotingseveral of the province’s fine craft artists. The objective is toobtain gallery representation and to generate sales. Several NovaScotia artists will be showcased at two of the most prestigiousgalleries in Los Angeles — the William Turner Gallery and thedel Mano Gallery. “The culture sector employed about 28,000 Nova Scotians in 2001and represented about $1.2 billion of our gross domesticproduct,” said Premier Hamm. “We’re gaining a reputation as acreative powerhouse in the film, music and craft industries, itmakes good business sense to vigorously pursue every availablemarketing opportunity.” The mission will cost about $246,000; $103,850 is paid by thefederal government. About $18,200 is paid in registration fees bythe attending companies, with the remainder provided by theprovince. For a complete list of companies attending, and more informationon the mission and the cultural sector, see the website , and click on the Hollywood icon.last_img read more

Colchester County Communities to Benefit from Improved Drinking Water

first_imgColchester County residents in Bible Hill and Stewiacke will benefit from improved drinking water thanks to an investment by the governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and two municipalities. Expansion of the water distribution system in the Village of Bible Hill and the replacement of a water reservoir in the Town of Stewiacke are being funded under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. The $2.1-million investment was announced today, April 18, in Bible Hill by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Jamie Muir and Senator Gerald Comeau, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The Village of Bible Hill and the Town of Stewiacke will fund one-third of the costs of their respective projects, which respond to municipal and infrastructure program priorities. “We are working closely with our municipal and federal partners to help ensure that our communities have safe drinking water,” said Mr. Muir. “These projects will contribute to a cleaner, greener, more sustainable future for our families and our communities.” “The government of Canada is committed to improving community infrastructure and providing a safer environment,” said Mr. Comeau. “Through this investment of more than $705,000, government is working with residents of Bible Hill and Stewiacke to improve the quality and reliability of community water supplies.” The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Program supports community infrastructure improvements such as water, wastewater and solid-waste management. “The governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and municipalities are responding to infrastructure needs to build a strong, healthy communities, which will encourage economic opportunities,” said Robert Wrye, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Today’s investment is part of the $133-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, which is administered by ACOA and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the program management committee.last_img read more

MPTF Hosts StarStudded 11th Annual Evening Before Party

first_imgTelevision’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Saturday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 11th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).Stars Attend 11th Annual Evening Before PartyCredit/Copyright: Getty Images For MPTFThe television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.“The health and social service needs of our community continue to grow, especially during these last few years. The cost of delivering much-needed care can be overwhelming to MPTF’s resources, which makes events like the Evening Before more important now than ever,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. “We are grateful to our sponsors and to all our donors from the television community for their support of this evening and throughout the year.”The 11th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Anthony Anderson, Julie Bowen, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Robert DeNiro, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Donald Glover, Tony Goldwyn, Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Eric McCormack, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Odenkirk, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Kevin Spacey, Octavia Spencer, Kasia & Jeffrey Tambor, Milo Ventimiglia, Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, and Shailene Woodley.The Executive Host Committee included Susan & Matt Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Julie Chen & Leslie Moonves, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Channing Dungey & Scott Power, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Mike Hopkins, Toni Knight & Tony Vinciquerra, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Roy Price, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Ryan Seacrest, Karen Kehela Sherwood & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, Ally Walker & John Landgraf, and Dick & Noelle Wolf.This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, PEOPLE TV, and Target.Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Uzo Aduba, Riz Ahmed, Sasha Alexander, Jaimie Alexander, Debbie Allen, Aziz Ansari, Lauren Ash, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Bayer, Samantha Bee, Jillian Bell, Zach Braff, Madeline Brewer, Alison Brie, Logan Browning, Titus Burgess, Sophia Bush, Linda Cardellini, Michael Chiklis, Priyanka Chopra, Gary Cole, Mike Colter, Laverne Cox, David Cross, Viola Davis, Guillermo Diaz, Sarah Drew, Minnie Driver, Clea DuVall, Natalia Dyer, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Tom Ellis, O-T Fagbenle, Edie Falco, Fortune Feimster, Ben Feldman, Joseph Fiennes, Scott Foley, Jason George, Paul Giamatti, Walton Goggins, Ginnifer Goodwin, Max Greenfield, Grace Gummer, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Justin Hartley, Dennis Haysbert, Lydia Hearst, Patricia Heaton, Cheryl Hines, Jackie Hoffman, Anders Holm, Julianne Hough, Abbi Jacobson, Ashley Judd, Joe Keery, Minka Kelly, Vanessa Kirby, Zoe Kravitz, Amy Landecker, Ali Larter, Tatiana Maslaney, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jack McBrayer, Kelly McCreary, Joel McHale, Kyle MacLachlan, Chrissy Metz, Alyssa Milano, Janelle Monae, Ryan Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris Noth, BJ Novak, Danielle Panabaker, Lana Parrilla, Dolly Parton, Mandy Patinkin, Jeremy Piven, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Posen, Andrew Rannells, Retta, Sam Richardson, Angela Sarafyan, Susan Sarandon, Reid Scott, Sarah Silverman, Alexander Skarsgård, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Abigail Spencer, Darby Stanchfield, Sharon Stone, Chris Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Jessica Szohr, Amber Tamblyn, Michelle Trachtenberg, Alan Tudyk, Keith Urban, Courtney B. Vance, Lena Waithe, Matt Walsh, Kate Walsh, Susan Kelechi Watts, Ed Westwick, Samira Wiley, BD Wong, Evan Rachel Wood, Alison Wright, Bellamy Young, and many more.The “Evening Before” was designed as a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park by Silver Birches with specialty food provided by Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo.The event is designed after the highly successful “Night Before,” another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards for the past fifteen years to benefit MPTF.last_img read more

Jury hears 911 call made after the shooting death of Six Nations man

first_img(Jon Styres from Six Nations of the Grand River was shot and killed in 2016) The Canadian PressA murder trial taking place in Hamilton, Ont., just outside Toronto, which has some similarities to the racially fraught trial and acquittal earlier this year of Gerald Stanley, a white Saskatchewan farmer accused of murdering Colten Boushie, a Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation, is being closely watched by First Nation leaders.“Indigenous people will not feel safe until there is a justice system in place that values Indigenous lives,” said Six Nations Chief Ava Hill.Hill said in a statement that Styres’s death has had a “significant impact” on the community.Peter Khill, 30, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Styres on Feb. 4, 2016, though he does not deny that he hit the 29-year-old with a pair of shotgun blasts.On Wednesday, Khill’s wife testified that there had been numerous break and enters and car thefts in their rural community in the months before her husband shot and killed a man who was allegedly trying to steal his truck.Melinda Benko, told jurors she woke him up around 3 a.m. after she heard loud knocking or banging noises outside their home near Hamilton.Her husband got his shotgun from the bedroom closet, loaded it and headed out the back door while she looked out the window, she testified.Benko saw the silhouette of a person in the passenger seat of the truck, then a blinding light coming from the breezeway between the house and garage, followed by yelling and two loud, echoing blasts accompanied by flying sparks, she said, adding that she could not tell at first who had fired the shots.“I was hoping Pete would shoot first if he had to,” said Benko, who is six months pregnant with the couple’s first child.“I just freaked out and called 911.”The Crown played the nearly 15-minute 911 call for the jury, in which Benko describes the series of events, adding that her then-boyfriend had shot a man who was trying to steal their truck.Khill can later be heard telling the operator that he fired in self-defence after seeing Styres in the truck raising his arms as if he had a gun.“It looked like he was literally about to shoot me so I shot him,” Khill said over the phone. “I didn’t want to lose my life… Looking at him now it doesn’t look like (he has a gun).”Benko testified on Wednesday that she and Khill had been “on edge” in the days leading up to the shooting.The couple moved into their house around Binbrook, Ont., about six months earlier and there had been “a lot of chatter in the community” about break and enters, car thefts and people being hurt by intruders, she said.The week before the shooting, Benko was home alone while Khill was on a business trip and on two separate occasions she heard what she believed was someone trying to unlock the back door using the electronic keypad, Benko said.Both times she opened the back door and found no one there, but the couple was concerned enough that Khill changed the back door’s key code once he got home.Benko told the court she thought at first that the noise she heard on the morning of Feb. 4, 2016, could have been someone in the covered breezeway between the house and the garage, kicking through one of the windows into the basement, trying to get into the home.A police officer who was at the scene has previously testified that Khill recounted a similar version of events after being taken into custody.“I’m a soldier. That’s how we were trained. I came out. He raised his hands to like a gun height. It was dark. I thought I was in trouble.“Does self-defence mean anything in court?” Const. Matthew Robinson said Khill told him.Khill, a 26-year-old mechanical technician and licensed millwright at the time of the shooting, served as a reservist with a Brantford artillery regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces.He has been on bail since shortly after his arrest.The jury heard Tuesday that police did not find a gun on or near Styres, but an officer who attended the autopsy said they found a hinged knife closed and clipped in his pocket.Investigators also found a soldering lighter, a flashlight and a cellphone charger in and among Styers’ clothes, Det. Const. Doug Moon told the court.A pathologist removed several shotgun shell components from Styers’ chest wall and right arm, Moon said.Styers was wearing a T-shirt and three sweatshirts when he died, each of which had a hole in the chest and a hole in the right shoulder, he added.The Crown showed the jury a photo of the tank top Styers was wearing under his T-shirt, which appeared to be covered in read more

ICBC says 40 percent of residents have failed its online refresher test

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC says that many B.C. residents could benefit from re-learning the rules of the road after launching its Drive Smart Refresher Test less than three weeks ago.The insurance corporation says that over 45,000 British Columbians logged on to take the test, which is similar to the knowledge test that residents write when attempting to get their learner’s licenses.ICBC says that if the refresher test were treated like the knowledge test, which requires a minimum score of 80 percent to obtain a learner’s licence, over 18,000 or 40 percent, would have failed. Based on the completed tests, drivers had the most difficulty with what to do around emergency vehicles, minimum following distances, and the meaning of road signs.Interestingly, ICBC said that questions related to texting while driving had near-perfect scores, despite police handing out more than 34,000 tickets for using an electronic device last year alone.“What’s just as important as knowing the rules of the road is putting them into practice whenever you drive,” said ICBC’s interim vice-president responsible for road safety, Lindsay Matthews. “No matter how many years of experience you have under your belt, we can all benefit from shedding bad driving habits and refreshing our knowledge.”Here are some of the top questions that were answered incorrectly:When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of under 80 km/h, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 40 km/hWhen approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on highways with speed limits of 80 km/h or over, in addition to changing lanes, drivers must slow to: 70 km/h.The minimum following distance when behind a large vehicle or a motorcycle on a high-speed road, should be: 3 seconds.The minimum following distance in bad weather or slippery conditions on high-speed roads should be: 4 seconds.Drivers are required to yield to a public transit bus that is signalling to enter traffic: on all roads where the speed limit is 60km/h or lower.The number of crashes in B.C. peaked in 2017, with 350,000 crashes happening in the year, or 960 a day. The total cost of claims in 2017 was $4.8 billion, equivalent to $13 million a day.To take the Refresher Test, visit: read more

Another manager out at Norfolk County

The house-cleaning at Governor Simcoe Square continued Friday with word that another senior manager has departed.This time it is Yakov Sluchenkov, Norfolk’s former general manager of employee and corporate services. The county announced Sluchenkov’s departure in a news release Friday afternoon.“On behalf of the mayor, council and administration I wish to thank Mr. Sluchenkov for his service to the county and wish him well in his future endeavours,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said in a news release.“Norfolk residents elected their county council and provided a clear mandate for change. This is an important step in streamlining the corporation and consolidating these key services areas.”The consolidation the mayor refers to involves the amalgamation of Norfolk’s financial services division with employee and corporate services.As part of this restructuring, Norfolk announced Thursday that treasurer and general manager of financial services James Johnson was also no longer employed at the county. His interim replacement in the treasury division is Kathy Laplante, Norfolk’s manager of financial planning and reporting.Sluchenkov’s departure means that Norfolk’s human resources division and communications department will report to Norfolk’s incoming interim CAO Chris McQueen.Norfolk County announced Thursday that McQueen – the former director of internal control and organizational performance at Niagara Region – will assume his new duties next week.McQueen takes over from former interim CAO Harry Schlange, who served his last day on Thursday. Schlange is set to take over as the full-time CAO in the Town of Grimsby.In a sense, Norfolk has come full circle with the amalgamation of corporate services and the treasury division. When the new Norfolk came into being in 2001, the treasury department and corporate services were under the leadership of former Simcoe treasurer Frank Gelinas.Chopp was asked Friday if there were other restructuring shoes to drop given the flurry of activity in recent weeks.This has included the departure of Pam Duesling, former general manager of development and cultural services. Duesling recently accepted a similar position with Brant County.Chopp said the changes made to date have been a collaboration between Norfolk council and Schlange. Schlange, she said, listened to council’s objectives and provided guidance while council reserved final judgment on his recommendations.Chopp added that major moves going forward will be up to McQueen.“Any future changes would be at his discretion,” the mayor said.It is normal administrative procedure for senior managers to select the team they wish to work with. As an example, Chopp recently said it will be up to the new CAO to name Duesling’s read more

Landlord who failed to fit smoke alarms jailed over deaths of young

Bains had been on trial for manslaughter but the charges were dropped after he admitted the health and safety violations.Sentencing him on Wednesday, Mr Justice Males, told him: “Your failure to fit smoke alarms was a significant cause of the children’s deaths. Logan Taylor (left) and Jake Casey died when an electrical fault in a TV caused a fire in their bedroom 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. Logan Taylor (left) and Jake Casey died when an electrical fault in a TV caused a fire in their bedroomCredit:MEN Media “Thus the harm caused by your failure could not have been more serious.”Bains was the director of property management company Prime Property Estates (Yorkshire), which maintained around 140 homes in the Huddersfield area on behalf of private landlords for a 10 per cent cut of the rent. Detective Superintendent Steve Thomas, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We also hope that this case is a stark reminder to landlords and letting agents to treat their responsibilities seriously and they have an obligation to ensure that all properties are fully equipped with all adequate safety measures to ensure the safety of their tenants.”West Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dave Walton, said: “Had there been working smoke alarms in this property, the outcome could have been very different and these brothers could have had a future to look forward to.”As firefighters, the importance of having working smoke alarms is a message that we try and get over to the public day in and day out.””This landmark case shows how vitally important it is that landlords and letting agents take their responsibilities seriously or the consequences do not bear thinking about.” Bains was jailed for a year in a prosecution believed to be the first of its kindCredit:SWNS Ms Taylor told the two-week trial, which ended when the manslaughter charges were dropped, that she asked Bains “time after time” to fit alarms at the house he managed in Alder Street.In an impact statement read to the court, she said: “I don’t think I will ever recover from this awful tragedy. The worst thing is I won’t get to see my boys grow up.”The judge said that tests carried out by investigators showed that Ms Taylor would have had “a few minutes” to rescue her two boys if an alarm had been fitted.Ms Taylor and Mr Casey, the boys’ father, said in statement after the hearing: “We do hope that this case highlights this important issue and for people to know their responsibilities as landlords or letting agents and to take appropriate action to ensure that any property they are responsible for has working smoke alarms. A landlord who failed to fit smoke alarms inside a rented house where two boys died in a fire has been jailed for a year following a landmark case.Kamal Bains was told his inability to install smoke detectors at the property in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was a “significant cause” of the deaths of Logan Taylor, three, and two-year-old Jake Casey.The youngsters died when an electrical fault in a TV caused a fire in their bedroom in February 2016 as their mother Emma Taylor was beaten back by heat as she tried to rescue them, Leeds Crown Court heard.Bains, 51, of Stableford Gardens, Huddersfield, whose property company managed the house, admitted a breach of health safety law on Monday in a case believed to be the first of its kind.West Yorkshire Police said the prosecution was the first to be brought since legislation was passed in October 2015 which requires private sector landlords to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties. Bains was jailed for a year in a prosecution believed to be the first of its kind The house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where the two children died in a fireCredit:Tom Kershaw/SWNS “Such a simple check could have saved the lives of our boys and we want to ensure that this does not happen to anyone else.” The house in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where the two children died in a fire read more

Major investment in MTUs main site for the development of nextgeneration engines

first_imgRolls-Royce Power Systems says it “is investing in the development of next-generation combustion engines at MTU that stand out for their ecological soundness and cost efficiency.” The first new test stands in Friedrichshafen, MTU’s lead site and main R&D location, officially went into service on July 27. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has invested some €40 million in the new testing facilities at MTU. MTU is a Rolls-Royce Power Systems brand in the Rolls-Royce Land & Sea division.“This move is making space for new developments in every sense of the word. Technology on the combustion engine of the future is going to be even more complex than that of its predecessors, so we have to make absolutely sure that we have the capacity to carry out tests and trials on our new products reliably and intensively,” explained Dr Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, at the opening ceremony. Rolls-Royce Power Systems will be using the new facilities not only to test further developments on existing engine series, but to break into new territories. New combustion processes, advanced technologies for electronic regulation and control and, from mid-2016, alternative fuels such as gas are some of the latest developments that will be put under scrutiny at the test stands. All these areas have relevance for MTU engines used in mining, both in surface and underground applications.A special feature of the new testing facility is the gallery that has been erected above each test stand booth. This will play a role in the development of exhaust aftertreatment systems: “Exhaust aftertreatment is one of our technologies for MTU engines. We are making a major research effort in this area because we want to develop diesel particulate filter and SCR technologies as far as we can ourselves. That will put us in a position to provide customers with a complete systems package.” Exhaust aftertreatment systems will enable engines to meet the strict emissions standards coming into force in the future.“Today’s ultra-modern test stands are the prerequisite for tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies. Chilling machines, heat exchangers, steam generators and various fuel formulations allow a whole spectrum of engine operation scenarios to be simulated – from biting cold to tropical humidity. State-of-the-art measuring and analysis systems support test stand technicians and development engineers in their work by enabling them to monitor results and replicate and document them precisely. Sophisticated technologies also come into play in the way the test stands themselves are run. In addition to conventional dynamometers, electrical gensets will also be used to simulate rapid load changes. The electrical power they deliver will also be fed into the factory’s own power grid.”Construction of the 5-storey, 9,000 square metre building that houses the test stands was begun in spring 2013 and recently completed. The first three test stands for testing 2,500 kW engines were set up in the first phase. Now underway is construction of a gas supply network for gas engine research that is to go into service in mid-2016. Further test stands can also be installed according to requirements.last_img read more