Royal Philips today announced its sponsorship of the documentary COPD: Highly Illogical – Remembering Leonard Nimoy.The documentary seeks to educate viewers about COPD through Leonard Nimoy’s personal story of courage, while also providing the latest information about treatments for the chronic disease.Complex respiratory illnesses including asthma and COPD are on the rise. In fact, COPD is estimated to affect 24 million adults, with more than half not knowing they have the illness despite exhibiting symptoms. In the United States alone, 120,000 people die from COPD each year. With more than three million deaths annually, COPD is expected to be the third leading cause of death worldwide in the next fifteen years, more than breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer combined, as predicted by the World Health Organization.“COPD claims millions of lives every year, yet it doesn’t have nearly as much visibility as it should for how difficult it makes the lives of patients and their families. Our aim in sponsoring this film is to raise awareness of the disease and its consequences if left undiagnosed or untreated,” said Eli Diacopoulos, Home Respiratory Care Business Leader, Philips. “By sponsoring this film, we hope to spark conversations about improving COPD detection, prevention and treatment, and empower people with facts to educate others about a disease that has profoundly impacted many lives, like Leonard Nimoy’s.”Produced by Nimoy’s daughter, Julie Nimoy, and her husband, David Knight of Health Point Productions, COPD: Highly Illogical reveals the last few months of the famed actor’s life, which was claimed by the disease in February of last year. Nimoy’s COPD stemmed from both his smoking addiction and the fact that his decade-long struggle with the disease wasn’t officially diagnosed until 2013, when it was past the point of effective treatment.“Movie enthusiasts and science fiction fans alike were captivated by my father, Leonard Nimoy, in his role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek,” said Julie Nimoy. “His character’s iconic catchphrase, ‘Live long and prosper,’ quickly echoed through generations and became a battle cry for fans. I look forward to continuing my dad’s mission of raising awareness and helping COPD patients like him to live longer and prosper in their own lives, as my dad did in his.”For more than 25 years, Philips has been shaping the future of care for those with COPD. Offering people-centric innovations designed to empower patients to live full and active lives with COPD, Philips is making what was once science fiction, a reality. Among Philips’ recent innovations in respiratory care is the SimplyGo Mini portable oxygen concentrator, one of the smallest and lightest POCs on the market, as well as Care Orchestrator, a healthcare management application enabling enhanced connectivity and care for patients in the home.Philips will showcase its latest COPD and respiratory solutions at the upcoming European Respiratory Society International Congress (ERS) in London, from September 3-7. Further details on the production of COPD: Highly Illogical – Remembering Leonard Nimoy will also be available.To learn more about the documentary and view the trailer, click here.
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement EDMONTON, May 3, 2017 – Super Channel is pleased to announce that North America’s first 24-hour channel for esports fans, GINX Esports TV Canada, officially launches tomorrow Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m. ET. GINX Esports TV Canada will be the go-to-destination for the millions of gaming enthusiasts and players across the country with its slate of live esports events, news and gaming lifestyle programming.GINX Esports TV Canada, is immediately available to current Super Channel subscribers as part of their existing package. Gaming fans looking to get into the action, can contact their local service provider to subscribe and obtain access to GINX Esports TV Canada (formerly SC4) as part of Super Channel’s current multiplex offering, which includes premium first run series and sports on SC1, movies on SC2, as well as handpicked fan favourite movies you want to see again on Super Channel VAULT (formerly SC3), and select GINX programming on Super Channel On Demand, all for as low as $9.95 per month.“Canada’s passion for esports is undeniable, and we are thrilled to be the first broadcaster to bring the biggest brand in esports coverage to our fast-growing gaming community,” said Super Channel COO, Don McDonald. “Starting tomorrow, GINX Esports TV Canada will become the new home for world-class esports coverage bringing a global and, in the near future, a distinctive Canadian perspective on the fast-growing esports market.” Advertisement Added Michiel Bakker, GINX Esports TV CEO: “This is an exciting time to be joining forces with Super Channel to bring the GINX Esports TV channel to viewers in Canada. Esports has experienced massive organic online growth and this partnership is about extending that growth into television. As well as covering the big international events, we aim to work with Canadian esports organizations to report on national events and to showcase the best on our fast-growing international network of over 40 million homes worldwide.”The channel will go live on Thursday with a special Canadian edition of GINX’s weekly news show The BRIDGE at 8 p.m. ET. Live from GINX’s London headquarters, The BRIDGE brings together fans, teams and personalities from across the world to cover all games, tournaments and platforms. The kickoff show will dive deep into the world of esports in Canada including looking at the biggest Canadian talent playing in upcoming tournaments. Hosts will also lace up their virtual skates with a special in-studio NHL 17 showdown in honour of the NHL playoffs and speak with the developers to learn what the future holds for the long-running franchise. They’ll also be joined by Adam Savage and Anthony Richardson who star in GINX Esports TV’s THE FIRST HOUR discussing the trials and tribulations they’ve come face to face with in the newest season of their popular show. Femi ‘F-Word’ Adeboye will also drop by to chat about ‘This Week In Esports’.In addition, live coverage of season three of the OGN Overwatch Apex, the premier Korean Overwatch tournament, continues. OGN APEX Season 3 is the only international tournament for the fast-paced shooter Overwatch. It’s a season of invited and qualified teams from both North America and Asia who will be battling it out in lengthy group stages every Tuesday and Friday. Winning the Best of 5 every week gets the team points to make it to playoffs. The top 2 teams of each group advance to playoffs and make their way to the Grand Finals. Casted live in Seoul, Korea, by the new faces of; Achilios, Wolf, Atlus and PapaSmithy.Regular programming to be featured on the channel includes:The First Hour – Hosts Adam Savage and Anthony Richardson chart their First Hour through several esports and AAA video game titles. Ant & Sav find themselves thrown in at the deep end as they embark on an mission to conquer in the ultra-competitive world of esports. Each week they face a tough new challenge as the show’s producers decide which title the boys will be tackling. Overwatch or Battlefield 1? CS:GO or Heroes of the Storm? League or FIFA? Expect fast-paced action, epic adventure and spectacular failures, all from their gamer cave and battle station.The BRIDGE – Takin’ care of business LIVE from London to the world its GINX Esports TV’s Talk-Radio entertainment show LIVE on TV! Guests, games, give-aways and esports banter all with a big sense of humour.The Daily Download – Join Heather Naysayerz Dower as she covers esports current affairs, original stories, exclusive interviews, audience debate and breaking gaming news!This Week in Esports – A look back at the last 7 days in esports. All the action, news and views surrounding the world of competitive gaming hosted by former pro and esports commentator F-Word!To view the schedule for GINX Esports TV Canada visit: http://www.superchannel.ca/ginxAbout Super ChannelSuper Channel is a national premium pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.Super Channel’s mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience. With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.Connect with Super Channel:www.superchannel.caSuper Channel on FacebookSuper Channel on TwitterAbout GINX Esports TVGINX Esports TV is a UK-based international media company, dedicated to the creation of esports TV channels around the world. The GINX Esports TV channel is currently available in over 40 million households in 9 languages across over 41 territories. 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Members of the Union of British Columbia Performers have voted in favour of a contract that includes strong language against sexual harassment. (Shutterstock) Advertisement Advertisement The union says the new sexual harassment language in the B.C. contract represents the most up-to-date provisions negotiated into any performer collective agreement.Dozens of women have come forward alleging sexual assault and harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)Ninety-four per cent of Union of B.C. Performers members voted in favour of the three-year contract, which takes effect in April 2018 and includes a nine per cent wage increase over the life of the deal.Union president Alvin Sanders says the anti-harassment wording is a significant first step.“With this agreement, we’ve raised the bar when it comes to protecting performers from sexual harassment,” he said in the release.Sanders added the contract ensures performers will be fairly compensated for productions made for digital platforms and it includes better protection for performers who experience fatigue at the end of their work day.Actor K.J. Apa plays Archie Andrews in ‘Riverdale,’ which is shot in Vancouver. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)Riverdale star K.J. Apa, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros. production being shot in Vancouver, was injured in a crash in September when he apparently fell asleep while driving home from a late-night shoot.The Union of British Columbia Performers is an autonomous branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, a 22,000-member national organization of professional performers working in English-language recorded media.The contract, which expires in 2021, was negotiated with the Canadian affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Canadian Media Producers Association — B.C. Producers Branch.© The Canadian Press, 2017 Advertisement The latest contract covering performers in British Columbia contains what the actors union says is precedent-setting language against sexual harassment.Members of the Union of B.C. Performers voted strongly in favour of the deal, which reflects the powerful social media movement that sprang up following sexual assault and harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.A statement from the union says the contract includes wording that prohibits auditions or meetings in hotels or private residences where the performer is alone with a representative of production, such as a director or producer. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In an effort to help bridge the two solitudes, we’re suggesting some high-quality Quebec French-language TV series for you to try, with the help of some suggestions collected on social media and three experts in the field:TV experts Therese Parisien, Amelie Gaudeau and Marc-Andre Lemieux.Thérèse Parisien, cultural reporter for 98.5 FM and panelist on C’est juste de la TVAmélie Gaudreau, co-ordinating editor at Le Devoir and writer of its daily TV picksMarc-André Lemieux, television reporter at Le Journal de MontréalIf your French isn’t perfect, or you find the accents hard to understand sometimes, consider turning on the closed captioning so you don’t miss important dialogue. And if one series doesn’t suit your fancy, try another. Millions of Quebecers watch these shows, and for good reason. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment French TV. It’s sort of a catch-all term for anglophone Canadians for the channels they skip over when they’re deciding what to watch on cable. Many because they just don’t understand the language, or at least have trouble following conversations in it, or don’t get its cultural references. Others have preconceived notions that television produced for the local Quebec market is of poor quality compared to the critically acclaimed dramas coming out of the United States.Quebec TV series won’t ever have the budgets of U.S. network dramas or bigger cable shows, but as the quality of television has improved internationally, so too have homegrown series, with more gripping writing, more spectacular cinematography, more realistic acting and more breathtaking direction.Your French-language TV watching shouldn’t be limited to Canadiens games on RDS and the occasional episode of Tout le monde en parle. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
“This topic should matter to everyone, because people living with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries are systematically locked out of the benefits of development that are open to others,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Catherine Le Galès-Camus said.“When not addressed, mental disorders deprive people of opportunities to escape from poverty and deny them a voice to claim their rights,” she added.Even when treatment is available, it is often delivered in institutional settings which in many countries are associated with stigma and human rights violations, WHO noted.“The reasons for this bleak situation are clear: mental health services are being starved of both human and financial resources,” the agency said in a news release, pointing out that a majority of countries in Africa and South-East Asia spend less than 1 per cent of their health budget on mental health.Low-income countries have an average of 0.05 psychiatrists and 0.16 psychiatric nurses per 100,000 people (about 200 times less than in high-income countries) and those extremely low rates make it impossible for satisfactory services to be delivered.“The current situation means that people with mental illnesses are at best ignored and at worst actively discriminated against in many countries,” WHO Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benedetto Saraceno said. “We can only improve the services available to people with mental disorders if there is a major and rapid increase in investment in this area.”Estimates show that the money required to deliver a core package of mental health care is approximately $2 per person per year in low-income countries and $3-4 in lower-middle income countries. This package, based on treatment of mental disorders in primary health care and in community-based facilities would increase the treatment coverage to 80 per cent for severe mental disorders and 25-33 per cent for less severe ones.These targets are currently the best attainable level for most low- and middle-income countries given the current poor infrastructure and scarcity of human resources for mental health care, WHO said. 4 September 2007With up to half of all people with severe mental disorders worldwide and a vast majority of mild or moderate cases not receiving any treatment, the United Nations health agency today appealed to countries to increase their investment and support for necessary services.
“The humanitarian situation in this remote part of the DRC remains dramatic,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.He said that last month the LRA launched an “unprecedented” 55 attacks against civilians in the Faradje area in north-eastern Orientale province. Villages in the Dungu district of Haut-Uele province were also targeted.According to the agency, 1,273 people have been killed by the LRA since September 2007 and 655 children and 1,427 adults have been abducted.Internally displaced persons (IDPs) tell UNHCR that many women have been raped by the rebels and their households looted and torched. More than 226,000 people have been displaced in Haut-Uele alone and another 42,000 in Bas-Uele, according to UN estimates.“Most of the IDPs are unable to return home because of the ongoing assaults,” said Mr. Mahecic. “They sleep in public buildings such as schools and churches. Some have been able to find shelter with friends, relatives or host families willing to share their meagre food stocks.“According to our local partners, regular medical supplies are low, hospitals lack basic equipment and drinking water is in chronically short supply,” he added.While UNHCR and other aid agencies have been able to reach some 45 per cent of the displaced and provide basic assistance such as food, blankets, sleeping mats and cooking sets, the agency said that insecurity is preventing larger scale deliveries of humanitarian assistance. “Ongoing insecurity and poor, impassable roads remain the main obstacles to our work. Some of the areas where the IDPs have gathered are accessible only by air,” Mr. Mahecic noted.UNHCR also reported that the recent displacement is spilling over into neighbouring Sudan. Out of 21,000 refugees in South Sudan, 16,500 arrived since last November from Orientale province, most of them fleeing LRA attacks in Faradje. 7 August 2009Some 12,500 people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been uprooted from their homes in the past month by attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
12 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Friday to attend the first meeting of the group set up to help spur action towards achieving the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Friday to attend the first meeting of the group set up to help spur action towards achieving the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Established last month, the MDG Advocacy Group is co-chaired by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Each of the group’s members has been asked to focus their advocacy efforts on specific Goals such as slashing poverty, boosting school enrolment rates, improving maternal health and increasing access to clean water and decent sanitation, all of which are to be achieved by 2015.Among those in the “collection of superheroes in defeating poverty,” as the Secretary-General described the group, are two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – the Bangladeshi pioneer of microcredit Muhammad Yunus and the Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai – as well as former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and businessmen and philanthropist Bill Gates.The meeting in Madrid comes ahead of the high-level MDG Summit that will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September.Mr. Ban will also travel to Geneva to attend the Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which will be held from 19 to 21 July and focus on democracy, the role of legislative institutions and their relationship with the UN.
23 November 2010The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced the launch of a special operation aimed at protecting civilians and aid workers from armed groups that have stepped up activities in the country’s South Kivu province. The UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) said it launched the operation, code named “Protection Shield,” in Minembwe, Fizi and Uvira areas in South Kivu following increasing reports of harassment of the local population and humanitarian agencies’ staff by armed groups.The armed groups have also clashed with the DRC national army, the FARDC, the UN mission said in a press release.The operation is being carried out by ground troops and Special Forces with air support. It draws soldiers from the various national military contingents serving with the UN and involves patrolling Lake Tanganyika to prevent supplies from reaching the armed groups. Some 900 troops are participating in the operation.“The aim is to neutralise the armed groups and reinforce security for the population, and MONUSCO hopes to accomplish this by the deployment of six temporary operation bases that are being supported by a number of Special Forces in the South Kivu area,” MONUSCO said.The peacekeeping forces hopes that, when completed, Protection Shield will create favourable conditions for the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs), reinforce mutual confidence in the Government and the FARDC, and prevent infiltration of armed groups or the smuggling of their supplies through Lake Tanganyika.
According to a UN spokesman in Baghdad, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) sought another private interview with an Iraqi individual, who made the appointment with two witnesses but declined to be interviewed without their presence. “The interview did not proceed,” said Hiro Ueki.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC biological team inspected the State Establishment for Heavy Engineering Enterprises plant in Daura, about 15 kilometres south of Baghdad. The facility designs and manufactures a range of equipment, including large storage and mixing tanks used by the food processing, chemicals and petroleum industries.Also in the Daura residential area of Baghdad, a chemical team visited a water purification facility while another inspected the ASCO commercial centre in Baghdad, a company that deals with agro-chemicals and is one of the main distributors for pesticides in Iraq.Three missile teams inspected three separate sites: the Al Rafah test stand that is involved in the static testing of missile engines; Al Harith that is involved in the maintenance of missiles; and Al Mamoun, which manufactures composite solid propellant. “These inspections were conducted to verify Iraq’s declarations and to establish a comprehensive monitoring mechanism,” Mr. Ueki noted.North of Baghdad, a multidisciplinary team inspected three sites: a farm, a helicopter support facility, and the Al Taji Ammunition Depot, where an empty Sakr-18 chemical warhead was found, tagged and secured. “This is the same type of chemical warhead as was found at the Ukhaider Ammunition Storage Area on 16 January,” Mr. Ueki said.In Mosul, a multidisciplinary team inspected the Mosul Sugar and Yeast Factories, ascertaining the present status of the site.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted inspections at the Al Mamoun plant of the Al Qa Qaa Establishment and, with support from UNMOVIC, at the former site of the Al Salam Company, which had been associated with biological weapons development, in the Salman Pak area south of Baghdad.
Argentina’s government tightened controls on imports of equipment and supplies by mining companies this week in a new measure to boost the trade surplus and foreign currency stocks, according to reports by Reuters. Mining companies operating in the country, which includes Xstrata, Barrick Gold and AngloGold Ashanti, will now have to get prior approval for overseas purchases and submit import plans 120 days in advance – a major headache in terms of bringing in mining equipment not manufactured or available domestically.They will also have to consider swapping imports for locally produced goods, a government statement said: “The controls will help safeguard jobs, create new employment opportunities and intensify the import substitution process.” Earlier this year, President Cristina Fernandez’s centre-left administration launched a new system to pre-approve, or reject, nearly every purchase from abroad. Argentina has also been pushing importers to match their purchases abroad with exports.Fernandez says such policies are needed to protect a local manufacturing industry gutted during a burst of free-market policies in the 1990s. They are drawing intense criticism from abroad, however, and the European Union has filed a suit against the import restrictions with the World Trade Organisation. Mining companies had been working with the government on a program of import substitution and the new resolution was unexpected. Vale is reviewing its $5.9 billion potash project in Argentina, partly due to concerns about political uncertainty related to import controls and the recent renationalisation of energy company YPF.This government move has come at a bad time, as compared with neighbouring Chile or Peru, Argentina’s mining industry is relatively undeveloped. That has drawn interest from global companies in recent years and overall investment reached a record $2.6 billion in 2011.
6.MT Melsungen34:22+31 Hans LindbergHSV Handballminden ← Previous Story HSG Wetzlar plans: Balic sports director, Spiler and Zelenovic new forces? Next Story → LNH: Montpellier still dreaming about the trophy! 7.SC Magdeburg31:25+31 15.Bergischer HC17:39-76 17.ThSV Eisenach11:45-136 12.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen21:35-15 10.TBV Lemgo25:31-30 4.HSV Handball46:10+95 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt46:10+154 5.Füchse Berlin38:18+72 HSV Handball got back at the winning track after schocking elimination from VELUX EHF Champions League. Martin Schwalb and his players won in Minden 34:28 easily, but the biggest reason why HSV’s fans have to be happy are come-back of fantastic Dane, Hans Lindberg, who scored 10 goals for his team…GWD Minden: Persson (7 saves); Vortmann (10 saves); Rambo 6, Bilbja 6, Doder 4, Südmeier 3, Schmidt 3, Svitlica 3, Tesch 2, Schäpsmeier 1, Torbrügge, Oechsler, Svavarsson, Kunkel n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (18 saves, 1.-60.); Herrmann (n.e.) Lindberg 10/3, Hens, 5, Duvnjak 4, Djordjic 4, Jansen 3, Nilsson 3, Markovic 2, Cañellas 1/1, Lackovic 1, Pfahl 1, Flohr, Schröder n.e., Dominikovic n.e., Toft Hansen n.e.Results: 1:0 (1.), 1:3 (3), 2:5 (6.), 4:6 (10.), 4:8 (12.), 6:10 (15.), 9:13 (21.), 11:15 (24.), 13:15 (26.), 13:17 (28.), 15:19 (30.) – 15:20 (31.), 16:22 (35.), 17:25 (38.), 18:26 (41.), 20:28 (42.), 23:28 (46.), 23:30 (48.), 25:31 (54.), 28:32 (56.), 28:34 (60.)STANDINGS: 18.TV Emsdetten7:49-177 13.VfL Gummersbach20:34-63 14.TSV GWD Minden20:36-55 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten14:42-72 1.THW Kiel49:7+164 2.Rhein-Neckar Löwen47:9+181 9.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf26:30-47 8.TuS N-Lübbecke27:29-34 11.HSG Wetzlar23:31-23
Yes (1452) I don’t know (206) THE IRISH ANTI-War Movement (IAWM) yesterday hit out at what it called a “revisionist narrative idealising the ‘good cause’ that these soldiers died for”.Speaking at a IAWM press conference, independent TD Clare Daly said: “In our opinion, they died for nothing. This was not a noble cause. This was a struggle for markets and political power.”We are in no way denigrating those ordinary people who died in the conflict, many of them were victims of poverty driven into the British army out of having no alternative.The press conference was part of the launch of a booklet of essays entitled ‘World War 1: What did they die for?’ The booklet contains contributions from Steve Woods, John Molyneux, Jim Roche and Raymond Deane writing about narratives that have emerged in relation to the First World War.Also speaking at the conference was Irish artist and anti-war activist Robert Ballagh. On the commemorations, Ballagh called for the reduction of military participation, saying:With the commemorations that have happened so far, it seems to me that all the generals and all the military people have been polishing up their buttons and their medals. Medals that they got for killing people, let’s be pretty frank about that. No (993) YesNoI don’t knowVoteREAD: Margaretta D’Arcy to be released from Limerick PrisonREAD: Irish anti-war activists to hold meeting ahead of planned protest The artist went on to ask: “When did we abandon neutrality? There certainly wasn’t a debate in parliament. There wasn’t a vote in parliament. We are now so closely aligned with NATO, with all the imperial powers in Europe, we are not a neutral country anymore.”Throughout the conference, parallels were drawn between the First World War and the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Speaking in response to a question from TheJournal.ie, President of the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament said:“One of the principles of the just war theory which is enshrined in international law is principle of propotionality. And that has been ignored. That has been completely ignored.”Also speaking at the launch was former MEP Patricia McKenna and IAWM representatives Jim Roche and John Molyneux.What do you think of the contention that the slain soldiers of World War I “died for nothing”? Do you agree? Poll Results:
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Life gets weird in the sea. Whether it’s an angler fish, sea urchins, or the humble starfish, much of the life that dwells in the oceans is comparatively primitive. But that doesn’t mean they don’t hold surprises. Starfish, for example, can have up to fifty eyes… attached to its arms. And despite being aware of these creatures for thousands of years, this is something modern science has only just figured out.Apparently, while they were thought to primarily use smell to navigate their environment, sea stars can have upwards of 50 eyes, giving them the ability to see all around them, even in extremely dim conditions like those found on the ocean floor. This vision is crude, lacking the precision of human sight.“Even the best starfish vision is still rather crude — about 500 times less acute than human vision,” associate professor of neurobiology at the University of Copenhagen, Anders Garm, told Live Science. Moreover, these critters can’t see in full color like we can.That’s okay, though, because they don’t really need complex vision. Instead of the more advanced visual systems found in mammals or birds, starfish have tiny compound eyes that sit at the tip of each arm. These basic organs assemble a composite image together, forming a broad image with very low resolution. Even many deep-sea species (though not all) sport these compound eyes.“Some of them with just as good or better spatial resolution as shallow-water species living in plenty of light,” Garm said.It’s thought that these abyssal species use their eyes to watch for bioluminescent species, including bacteria, fish, or other sea stars. Many creatures from the depths use this artificial form of light to communicate in the inky depths and plenty more take advantage of the slow-mo light show at the bottom of the sea for feeding and reproduction.“In other words, they probably flashlight at each other to communicate things like reproductive state,” Garm added.Because these things are relatively simple — either food or mates are there, or they aren’t — starfish only need an image that’s about 200 pixels. That may not sound like much, but it’s a lot better for their particular environment. Down in the depths, the presence and distance of light-matter most. Plus, in the water what scant light does exist scatters, becoming diffuse. That scenario lends itself far more to compound eyes like the type these not-quite-fishies use. Regardless, next time you find one on the beach, watch for it to raise its arms. If it does, it’s probably trying to get the best look it can at you. Researchers Uncover Most Powerful Electric Eel EverAngler Reels in Strange Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New York
PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Every day YouTube receives around 2 million takedown requests. Many of those are copyright complaints sent by studios… so you’d think they would be more careful about what they upload themselves.And yet someone at Sony just recently uploaded the entire feature film Khali The Killer to its official YouTube channel. Going by the fact that the title uses the phrase “OFFICIAL RED BAND TRAILER,” it seems pretty clear that the intent was not to upload the whole 89-minute flick.Several thousand people checked the video out and it eventually came to TorrentFreak’s attention. While putting together their post about the mishap, TF watched the views continue to climb past 11,000.No one at Sony appeared to be in a huge rush to correct the situation, either. The “trailer” was visible for quite some time — well over six hours — before the movie was taken down. Visit the YouTube link now and you’ll see a screen like the one at he top of this post.Given all the lobbying dollars that studios like Sony funnel to lobbyists to push more draconian copyright laws, this is all pretty darn funny. That is… if it was actually an accident.As TorrentFreak notes, Khali The Killer hasn’t exactly impressed viewers. With nearly 200 reviews in, IMDb users rate it a dismal 3.5/10.That’s led some to wonder whether Sony might have posted the full movie accidentally-on-purpose. All of the coverage they’re getting now is bringing a ton of attention to film that it wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Even if it is a stinker, plenty of curious folks are bound to give it a look now because of Sony’s “screw-up.”What’s your take on it, Geek readers? Was this an honest mistake that can probably be written down to YouTube’s somewhat-confusing interface? Or is it all a little too convenient to be an accident?
Stay on target New Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By ScientistsLoch Ness Monster Could Be a Giant Eel, Scientists Say In one of the first experiments of its kind, scientists placed a dead alligator at the bottom of the ocean to see which fish will eat it — and they got a surprising glimpse into deep-sea food webs.The scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) dropped two alligator carcasses at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in February to understand how land animals impact ocean food webs.Video footage captured at a depth of 6,650 feet show that within 18 hours of dropping the first alligator, at least a dozen giant isopods — football-sized crustaceans that resemble purply-pink pill bugs — flocked to feast on the dead animal.“Giant isopods are like deep sea vultures,” Clifton Nunnally, a research associate on the LUMCON team, told Atlas Obscura. “They’re just hanging around, waiting for something big to fall down.”And although the researchers did expect the isopods to descend on the reptilian buffet, they were surprised by their speed. Scavengers generally make their way to a “food fall,” in which a deceased aquatic animal from above settle on the ocean floor, within a few days, so 18 hours seemed fast, the researchers told Atlas Obscura.The isopods, which were also joined by other scavengers, including amphipods and grenadiers, tore into the alligators’ tough flesh faster than expected. They even managed to crawl inside the alligator, and eat the carcass from the inside out.“We had assumed given the tough hide of the alligator it might take a while for deep-sea animals to access the soft tissue,” Craig McClain, a marine biologist and executive director of the LUMCON told the Houston Chronicle. “But the giant isopods seemed to find soft spots in the hide on the abdomen and in the armpits.”Within 18 hours of dropping the first alligator, at least a dozen giant isopods flocked to feast on the dead animal. (Photo Credit: LUMCON / YouTube)Aside from seeing which sea creatures will eat the alligator, the researchers aim to shed light on deep-sea food webs more generally, including food webs that included now-extinct reptiles that lived in ancient oceans.Large marine reptiles may have been a big part of the deep-sea food chain during the time of dinosaurs, McClain told the Houston Chronicle.“When these prehistoric sea monsters died and fell to the seafloor, they may have served as the host for a whole community of deep-sea animals,” McClain said. “Do modern alligator and crocodiles serve as the last remaining refuges for these faunas?”The isopods ate the alligator, which was acquired from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, to stupefaction. The researchers said crustaceans have an astounding ability to store energy and can go without eating for months (an isopod at an aquarium in Japan managed to live for five years without food).The researchers will check on the alligator carcasses in a couple of months to see what’s left. They expect to see smaller animals feast on remaining flesh and brittle stars and tiny fish picking away at the remains. McClain and Nunnally also plan to collect the alligators’ ribs to determine if any sea creatures — including bone-eating worms, never before seen in this part of the world — will eat the bones.According to McClain, the experiment also hopes to shed light in a part of the planet that remains unexplored and still “shrouded in mystery.” Indeed, more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored and unmapped, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.As McClain told the Houston Chronicle, “Every sample of life we bring from the abyss contains a cornucopia of species never seen by humans before and unknown to science.”More on Geek.com:750-Pound, 100-Year-Old Alligator Removed From Florida ParkScientists Find New Species of Wood-Munching (and Phallic-Looking) ClamsWatch: Kangaroo Rat Ninja-Kicks Rattlesnake in Mesmerizing Video
Clark County will be the new owner of a campground southeast of Woodland, thanks to the state Board of Natural Resources.Earlier this month, the board approved the transfer of an 80-acre parcel from state ownership to the county.The state Department of Natural Resources’ old Woodland Campground will continue to be managed as a campground and recreation area. The campground itself covers 18 acres, with the remainder of the acreage managed for timber production.The state is tapping $1.03 million in funding from the Legislature to make the transfer happen.The Legislature’s Trust Land Transfer Program is providing $518,000 to the Common Schools Trust fund for the value of the standing timber. Timber sales under state ownership had been used for school construction.Timber production has proven to be more difficult as homes sprout up near state-owned forests.“The legislative intent is to continue funding schools and then also help the trust for the future by re-gearing its land assets into something more profitable,” said Bob Redling, spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources. “This forest is never going to be logged anymore. There are houses all around it.”Another $515,000 from the Trust Land Transfer Program will be used to purchase replacement properties better suited to produce revenue in the future.The property includes 10 campsites, six picnic tables and six vault-type toilets. It also includes such recreational amenities as a large group picnic site, a basketball and volleyball court, and two horseshoe pits.All of it has been closed for the past year and a half due to state budget cuts, said Jeroen Kok, with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation.
Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s cabinet is taking shape with several key positions announced Monday to lead state agencies. And only one has worked for a state government.The governor-elect recently tapped Jeremy Price to be his deputy chief of staff. Price grew up in Alaska, and from 2014 until recently he worked for a conservative group advocating less industry regulation.“We support lower taxes, limited government, and accountability for our elected officials,” he said during a June interview as head of the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity.Founded in 2004, it’s a libertarian, conservative activist organization largely bankrolled by the billionaire Koch brothers. He’s also worked as Congressman Don Young’s legislative director and as an aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. He then worked for the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association for the oil and gas industry.Price isn’t the only oil-and-gas industry veteran tapped for a cabinet position.Jason Brune will be the commissioner for the Department of Environmental Conservation; he replaces Larry Hartig, who served in both the Parnell and Walker administrations.Brune most recently worked as land and resources senior director for Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native corporation that’s Southcentral Alaska’s largest private landowner. He also worked for the Resources Development Council and for the mining giant Anglo American.“He is tenacious, he is detail-orientated,” said Kara Moriarty, president and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. She said Brune’s undergraduate degree in biology and graduate work in environmental science allows him to get into the weeds when talking policy.“He is very committed and loyal to whoever he works for, and so I think he’ll do an amazing job representing the state’s interests,” she said Monday.Brune has also served on several boards including the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Recovery Team and Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee.That makes him known among environmentalists.“I’ve known Jason for a long time, I knew him when he was with the Resource Development Council,” said Bob Shavelson of environmental group Cook Inletkeeper. “He’s someone you can certainly talk to. He’s open-minded. He also has a very strong pro-development slant, so that’s what we would expect from the Dunleavy administration.”Shavelson said he’s skeptical that the incoming governor will be able to address the state’s fiscal problems through expanded resource development.“But I think we will see a much stronger emphasis on opening up large oil, gas and mining projects,” he said by phone in Homer.The incoming commissioner for the Department of Health and Social Services is Adam Crum, a conservative Republican from Wasilla. The governor’s team touts Crum’s private sector experience: he’s executive vice president of Northern Industrial Training. The Palmer-based firm offers welding classes and other vocational development courses.Crum has a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.Two years ago he made a failed primary challenge against Sen. Shelley Hughes, a Wasilla Republican.“We spent considerable time with him,” recalled Pat Martin of Alaska Right to Life. “We of course asked him a lot of questions about his positions, about protecting life, and he was one of the candidates that we endorsed back in 2016.”The group says it wants to protect all life from the moment of conception: that means an end to abortion in Alaska.“And so if Adam’s role in the Department of Health and Social Services is such that he can make an impact on that, then we’re all for it,” Martin said.The right to abortion is protected by the U.S. and Alaska constitutions.“It’s not just about the right, it’s about ensuring access,” said Treasure Mackley at Planned Parenthood’s regional office in Seattle. “It’s ensuring that you have the ability to access a provider. You have the ability to access the birth control that you need. It’s about the ability you have to access a doctor.”Health and Social Services controls access — especially for rural and low-income women.She said Dunleavy’s decision to elevate Crum from a conservative political hopeful to head of the state’s largest social services agency is “deeply concerning for us.”Other Dunleavy administration appointments include Jonathan Quick as commissioner for the Department of Administration. He comes from the Kenai Peninsula Borough where he oversaw hundreds of public workers. As the state’s Administration commissioner, he’ll oversee thousands.Dunleavy’s budget director will be Donna Arduin, a state budget specialist and former private-sector financial analyst. Of this latest batch of picks, she’s the only one with state-level experience. She’s worked for Florida politicians Marco Rubio, Rick Scott and Jeb Bush. And for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as he tried to weather that state’s fiscal crisis.
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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaFrom left to right: Ernie Manouse, Houston Matters co-host; Haley Carter, chair of Mayor Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence, and Caroleta Johnson, commander of the Gang Division at the Houston Police Department.She noted there are almost 200,000 Texas children who live in homes where there are unlocked and loaded firearms, according to Texas Gun Sense, and underscored that is “not acceptable.”Haley also said the Commission, which Turner launched in May, will present the mayor with a second set of recommendations next week, including “community-oriented” initiatives in the line of promoting more mental health counseling and threat assessment teams.No simple answersDr. David Persse, who serves as the Health Authority for the City of Houston’s Health Department, agreed on the public health issue conceptualization and underscored that youth gun violence is a “multi-faceted” problem and “there’s not gonna be one quick simple answer.”The phone number for the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office, which offers counselors and resources, is 832-393-0931. 00:00 /20:19 Share X An 18 year-old high school student was violently killed with a firearm this week in Houston and experts in gun violence told Houston Matters Wednesday that providing more safety for youths will take a proactive involvement of all Houstonians.Caroleta Johnson, commander of the Gang Division at the Houston Police Department, said all people, both young and adults, have to speak up and “stop waiting until people start coming to us asking questions.”Johnson put as an example reaching out to authorities if you have information about a person who sells guns illegally and also emphasized that parents and guardians have to strive to monitor who their children get involved with through social media.Johnson said the “root causes” that are driving gun violence among youths must be identified through academic research, among other means.While she acknowledged some incidents involving youths and firearms are caused by gang activity, the HPD commander added there are other cases in which the violence is the consequence of drug use.Public health issueHaley Carter, a former U.S. Marine officer and a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who chairs Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence, spoke of a “public health issue.” “We have to come together as a community. We cannot wait for our elected officials to go and make things happen,” Carter emphasized. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen