Mandel I take responsibility for missing deadline for elections paperwork

first_imgALBERTA (660 NEWS) — Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel is challenging new legislation that has made him ineligible for this year’s election.He–along with several other Alberta Party members–has been banned from running for public office after failing to file mandatory financial paperwork on time. In a statement, the Alberta Party says Elections Alberta notified Mandel that his financial return was late following his nomination as the Alberta Party candidate for Edmonton-McClung.Mandel is asking the Court of Queen’s Bench to overturn a five-year ban, preventing him from running for office. Now he is using his own dime to take the matter to court.During a press conference, Mandel shed some light on what went wrong when he failed to file his financial paperwork on time. Elections Alberta barred Mandel from running in the election for five years after he blew the deadline.According to Mandel, his CFO Brian Heidecker was responsible for filing the paperwork and assumed he had done it.“I regret that we are in this situation and I appreciate the importance of the rule of law and getting paperwork in on time,” he said. Mandel was reluctant to throw Heidecker, his former CFO who has since resigned, under the bus.“My CFO was sick, he had to resign, he was the head of the party’s fundraising. He had to resign because he was not well,” he stated. “As a result of that he missed some of the dates and that’s part of the reason we’re here today.”Initially, Mandel claimed there was confusion about the deadlines stating, “based on our interpretation of a July 2018 letter we received from Elections Alberta, we believe we have filed within the required deadline.” However, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Drew Westwater of Elections Alberta maintains that communication on that front was very clear.“We feel we are very clear in our communications with the candidates and the stakeholders in the political process,” Westwater said.“He received several pieces of communication from us upon registration and prior to the filing deadlines reminding him of the dates for the filing deadlines and the requirements for filing — he received those prior to the deadline.”READ MORE: Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel ineligible to run in 2019: Elections AlbertaWhile Westwater concedes that nomination contest reporting and requirements are brand new for this election, Elections Alberta posts, conducts candidate meetings, meetings at party conferences, and candidate conferences for all the parties upon request.He also pointed out that they post guidelines on Elections Alberta’s website for all parties, candidates and third-party advertisers in addition to sending letters to people who register to inform them what the rules are, so they are aware of them.Mandel and other Alberta Party members who were also deemed ineligible are appealing to the court. They will be required to explain why they missed the deadline and the court will decide if they have a legitimate reason or valid concern for not meeting the deadline.‘We hope our efforts will clarify the rules, which will benefit all candidates as well as the democratic process,” Mandel explained what he hoped would come from the court challenge. “We don’t want to see good candidates discouraged from running because they aren’t sure about the rules.”It’s the first time this legislation for candidate requirements has been tested and it’s unclear how the Court of Queen’s Bench will rule.“The purpose of the legislation is to have openness and transparency in all election financing matters,” Westwater said. “So all parties, candidates and third-party advertisers are required by the legislation to disclose publicly all their contributions and expenditures for election purposes.”When asked what would happen if he wasn’t able to run for a seat in the election Madel responded: “We don’t believe that is going to happen.” He said there was no plan ‘b’.He plans to fund his own legal defense but said the party would help other candidates deemed ineligible with legal costs should they chose to contest the decision.Mandel, the former Mayor of Edmonton, was elected party leader last year and is the candidate in the Edmonton-McClung riding.last_img read more

Security Council discusses Kosovos future status

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the debate, as did Vojislav Kostunica, Serbia’s Prime Minister, and Fatmir Sejdiu, the President of Kosovo, which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999.Earlier this month, a report submitted to the Council by the troika – comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States – noted that despite four months of intense and high-level negotiations, Belgrade and Pristina have been unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s final status. The province’s Albanian leadership supports independence but Serbia is opposed.“Neither party was willing to cede its position on the fundamental question of sovereignty,” the report said.The troika was established after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo.Mr. Ahtisaari declared talks on the future status of the province deadlocked in mid-March, a little more than a month after unveiling his proposals, which aimed to address the demands of a multi-ethnic society.His plan called for a constitution enshrining principles to protect the rights of all communities, including culture, language, education and symbols, as well as granting specific representation for non-Albanians in key public institutions and requiring that certain laws may only be enacted if a majority of the Kosovo non-Albanian legislative members agree. 19 December 2007The Security Council today held a private debate over the future status of Kosovo, a Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one. read more

Young artists raise thousands for UNICEF at auction of paintings

26 October 2008Child artists from around the world have raised $21,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to spend on climate-related disasters by auctioning off 26 of their paintings in New York last night. Child artists from around the world have raised $21,000 for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to spend on climate-related disasters by auctioning off 26 of their paintings in New York last night.The auction, held last night at the Harvard Club, was organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of its Paint for the Planet event, which attracted nearly 200,000 entries worldwide.The stand-out paintings from those entries were chosen for an art exhibition that is currently on display in New York and will later travel to various climate-related events and meetings worldwide, culminating in the major talks on global warming scheduled for Copenhagen at the end of next year.All the paintings in last night’s auction were sold, with two works – one by Charlotte Sullivan, a 14-year-old Brit, and the other by Renee Wang, a 13-year-old from the United States – each fetching $2,200.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman and Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), were among the guests at the auction.The Paint for the Planet event is part of the global campaign “Unite to Combat Climate Change,” which is aiming to culminate in a definitive agreement on global warming at the Copenhagen talks. read more

UN reports ongoing expulsions of DR Congo citizens from Angola

29 December 2010Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) expelled from neighbouring Angola continued to arrive in their country of origin this month, with many reporting that they were subjected to mistreatment, including sexual violence, the United Nations humanitarian office said today. Some 1,355 expellees have arrived in DRC’s Bas-Congo and Kasai provinces since 11 December, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release. The new arrivals bring to more than 12,000 the number of Congolese expelled from Angola since September.In September and October, humanitarian agencies reported the arrival of 8,296 people in the Luiza and Tshikapa areas of Kasai Occidental province, 511 people in the Tembo area of Bandundu province and some 2,000 people in Bas-Congo province. The majority were DRC nationals.“Authorities in both countries must take all necessary measures to ensure that the human rights and human dignity of those expelled are respected,” said Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.Humanitarian assessment missions that visited the areas of arrival in October and November found that many of the individuals had endured ill-treatment and human rights abuses, including torture. There were also more than 100 confirmed cases of sexual violence.Those expelled are receiving food, clothes, hygiene kits, medication, as well as psychological assistance from the humanitarian agencies, according to OCHA. A response plan has been developed within the framework of the DRC Humanitarian Action Plan to address the needs of those recently expelled. Additional assistance is urgently required, the office added.“We are seriously concerned by the accelerating pace of expulsions over the last two weeks. Thousands of people are living in deplorable conditions, and the capacity of the humanitarian community is being stretched,” said Fidèle Sarassoro, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the DRC.Forcible deportation of illegal immigrants between Angola and the DRC is a recurring problem. In October last year, authorities in both countries agreed to consult prior to any expulsions and to ensure respect for human rights, including protection and security for those expelled.“These consultations must take place so that protection can be provided to those in need,” Mr. Sarassoro added. read more

UN official voices concern over reports of rape of Somali women fleeing

11 August 2011The United Nations official leading the fight against sexual violence in times of conflict today voiced concern over reports that women and girls fleeing famine in Somalia were being raped or abducted and forced into marriage by bandits and other armed groups as they tried to reach refugee camps in Kenya. “During the long and perilous journey from Somalia to the camps in Kenya, women and girls are subjected to attacks, including rape, by armed militants and bandits,” said Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a statement. “Once they cross the Somalia-Kenya border or reach Dadaab – the world’s largest refugee settlement – their hopes of finding a safe haven are often overshadowed by new dangers and hardships, including the risk of rape,” she said. Ms. Wallström said that the office had also received alarming information about alleged rape by Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and allied militias in south-central Somalia and heard that Al-Shabaab militants pitted against the government were abducting girls for forced marriage to fighters. “I call on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease these gross violations of human rights,” she said. She commended the Kenyan authorities for the efforts to respond to the influx of tens of thousands of Somali refugees, and urged the donor community to make greater resources and support available to the Kenyan Government, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to the crisis. “There is an urgent need for services to be provided to survivors of sexual violence and for effective camp management to minimize the risks facing women and girls. We should also improve monitoring and reporting on sexual violence to better inform our actions,” said Ms. Wallström, pledging to continue monitoring the situation closely. According to humanitarian agencies, an estimated 3.7 million people, nearly half of them from Somalia, are directly at risk of famine and tens of thousands have already perished, with 13 children out of every 10,000 under the age of five dying every day from malnutrition and famine-related diseases. read more

Haiti children reveal abuse by 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers

In March, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced new measures to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers and other personnel. (Colombo Gazette) The AP interviewed alleged victims, current and former U.N. officials and investigators and sought answers from 23 countries on the number of peacekeepers who faced such allegations and, what if anything, was done to investigate. With rare exceptions, few states responded to repeated requests, while the names of those found guilty are kept confidential, making accountability impossible to determine.Without agreement for widespread reform and accountability from the U.N.’s member states, solutions remain elusive.In Haiti, at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers exploited nine children in a sex ring from 2004 to 2007, according to an internal U.N. report obtained by the AP. In the wake of the report, 114 peacekeepers were sent home. None was ever imprisoned. “I did not even have breasts,” said a girl, known as V01 – Victim No. 1. She told U.N. investigators that over the next three years, from ages 12 to 15, she had sex with nearly 50 peacekeepers, including a “Commandant” who gave her 75 cents. Sometimes she slept in U.N. trucks on the base next to the decaying resort, whose once-glamorous buildings were being overtaken by jungle. Justice for victims like V01 is rare. An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world – signaling the crisis is much larger than previously known. More than 300 of the allegations involved children, the AP found, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time.Legally, the U.N. is in a bind. It has no jurisdiction over peacekeepers, leaving punishment to the countries that contribute the troops. The Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12. Over 130 Sri Lankan peacekeepers abused children in Haiti, according to a report by the Associated Press. read more

Defamation case filed by Thilanga against Arjuna dismissed

A defamation case filed by Deputy Speaker and Sri Lanka Cricket board President Thilanga Sumathipala against former Sri Lanka cricket captain and current Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, has been dismissed by the Nugegoda District Court.Sumathipala had filed the case seeking Rs. 500 million over comments made by Ranatunga at a press conference in 2003. Ranatunga had accused Sumathipala of being corrupt and not suitable to run the Sri Lanka cricket board as President. (Colombo Gazette)

Security Council members voice concern at recent events in GuineaBissau

In a statement to the press, current Council President Ambassador Richard Ryan of Ireland said members of the 15-nation body welcomed the Government’s efforts to address the country’s economic and social problems. They also took note of the recent memorandum from the Government and encouraged the further implementation of the programme of demobilization, reinsertion and reintegration.The members of the Council also called for an integrated and coordinated approach by United Nations funds, programmes and agencies – including the Bretton Woods institutions – as well as bilateral donors to help Guinea-Bissau create an income-generating capacity, Ambassador Ryan said. They acknowledged the need for strengthened dialogue with those bodies operating in and around the country in order to enhance coordination.Earlier Monday, Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations gave a briefing on the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). The Council also considered its annual report to the UN General Assembly and agreed to work on ways to further improve it, Ambassador Ryan said. read more

US employers post most jobs in 5 years but total hiring drops

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 11:42 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. employers in June advertised the most jobs in five years but hired fewer workers, a mixed sign for the recovering job market.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 29,000 in June from May to 3.94 million. That’s the most since May 2008.Total hiring, however, declined 289,000 to 4.2 million. That’s down from a year earlier and the biggest one-month drop in hiring since June 2010.The job market is improving, largely because layoffs have fallen to prerecession levels. But while employers are no longer cutting jobs, many remain reluctant to hire in the face of tax increases, federal spending cuts and slower global growth.The report on Job Openings and Labor Turnover comes after the government said on Friday that employers added 162,000 jobs in July, the fewest in four months. Last week’s report showed all jobs added, minus the number of people who were laid off, quit or retired.The unemployment rate fell to a four-year low 7.4 per cent in July from 7.6 per cent in June.Competition for jobs still remains tight. In June, there were three unemployed people for every job opening. That’s down from a peak four years ago of nearly 7 to 1. In a healthy economy, the ratio is typically 2 to 1.The biggest increase in openings came in professional and business services, a category that includes management and administrative jobs. Openings for retail and construction jobs were also up. But employers in manufacturing, health care and government posted fewer jobs in June.Hiring fell in every industry except arts, entertainment and recreation, which includes music clubs and tourist attractions.Layoffs dropped by 215,000 to 1.5 million in June. The reduced layoffs helped “compensate for the lacklustre and uneven pace of new hiring,” Terry Sheehan, an economic analyst with Stone & McCarthy, wrote in a research note.In a weak job market, few workers are willing to quit their jobs. The number of those quitting in June fell 73,000 from May to fewer than 2.2 million. When the economy is strong, 2.5 million to 3 million workers quit their jobs every month.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Vice Chair Janet Yellen have both said that they monitor the job openings report for signs that the job market is improving in a sustainable way.If the Fed sees improvement in the economy, it is likely to scale back its $85 billion a month in bond purchases. The bond buying is meant to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage borrowing and spending. US employers post most jobs in 5 years, but total hiring drops in mixed sign for job market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State baseball looking to continue winning ways against Penn State

After taking two out of three from Illinois in last weekend’s Big Ten series, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to keep the winning mindset alive with Penn State coming to town Friday night. OSU senior right-hander Brad Goldberg feels the season is still young and the team still has work to do, but is really starting to get that winning attitude back. “We’re still working,” said Goldberg. “We nearly gave ourselves some heart attacks coming back in both wins last weekend, but I definitely think we are getting that winning attitude.” Senior left-hander Brian King agreed with Goldberg, and said the team is gaining confidence and enjoying playing baseball together. “The confidence is huge right now everyone is working together and enjoying each other,” said King. “Honestly, we are just having a good time out there.” Ohio State is 25-13 overall this season and 9-6 in Big Ten play. The team is 9-4 at home this season, and is looking to continue that success this weekend. “Home field has been big all year,” said Goldberg. “We know the turf and especially now with finals it’s just nice to be at home and not have to worry about missing classes.” PSU sits last in the Big Ten with a record of 2-10 in conference play and 11-25 overall. As of late though, the Nittany Lions are heating up, and have won back-to-back games including a 7-4 win over La Salle Tuesday night. They also won their first Big Ten series last weekend after taking two of three from Iowa. A bright spot in Penn State’s lineup is sophomore catcher J.C. Coban, who is hitting .315 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 32 games played. OSU coach Greg Beals said he is happy with the results from the previous two Big Ten weekend series, but hopes his team takes the right approach in the series against the Nittany Lions. “What I am looking for offensively is the approach,” said Beals. “It’s the mentality, it’s a competitive thing, and I want them to go up with a plan and execute it.” OSU is set to take the field against Penn State at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium to start the weekend home series. read more

Cat charity shop worker accidentally sells electricians £200 tools for £1

first_imgA charity shop worker made a huge error when she accidentally sold an electrician’s £200 tools for £1.Andrew Bickel, 39, was working for free fitting a new light switch in the charity shop in Cardiff when his tools suddenly vanished.He had nipped out to his van when his toolbox went missing.Asking what had happened to them, it quickly became clear that they had been sold – for just one pound.Andrew said: “It was a job as a favour. They mentioned that they had a faulty light switch so I said I would come back and change the switch. “I left my tools on a book case and went out to my van to get a switch.”I came back in and my tools had gone.”I asked if anyone had seen where they were and a customer told me a someone had just bought them.”We went outside but apparently he had got into a white Audi and driven away.”Mr Bickel is sure the person who bought the tools knew what a deal he was getting.He said: “I think he will have known how much they are worth!””He had gone up to the counter and told the old lady they were in a bargain bin and they were sold for £1.”Inside the toolbox there were professional screwdrivers worth £50-60, my pliers, cutters and testers worth about £200.”He continued: “They were so upset and apologised. “They offered to reimburse me but I said just pay half and I will pay the other half. I didn’t want them to be out of pocket.” “I was fuming but I find it quite funny now. My wife and friends can’t believe it.”And after all of that, Mr Bickel doesn’t even like cats. He said: “I bloody hate cats. They make me sneeze”. 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.last_img read more

ZRK Vardar strong for FTC at the start of Womens EHF CL

← Previous Story PSG Handball on 100% alongside Montpellier Next Story → VIDEO: “Young and crazy” Benoit Kounkoud women’s EHF CLzrk vardar The final result in Skopje, where ZRK Vardar beat FTC 34:31 (20:11), doesn’t describe difference between two teams in the opener of the Women’s EHF Champions League season. Team led by Irina Dibirova and Garcia Parrondo made strong intro to the season with the highest expectations.Vardar were on +10 – 33:23 in 50th minute, while in the finish, Hungarians avoided disasterous result by late series of goals.Andrea Lekic and Dragana Cvijic netted seven goals each for the winning team. read more

Winter vomiting bug leads to visitor restrictions at Dublin hospitals

first_imgAN OUTBREAK OF the winter vomiting bug in the community has led to hospital bosses asking people to refrain from non-essential visits to patients in Beaumont Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital Raheny.The restrictions have been put in place to contain an outbreak of the Norovirus which is said to be prevalent in the community.The public are asked to avoid visits to the two hospitals unless absolutely essential.Essential visiting should take place only between 6pm to 8 pm until further notice with a one visitor per patient rule being put in place.Children will not be permitted into the hospital and anyone who has suffered from symptoms of the virus in the past 48 hours are asked to stay away.Read: Beaumont Hospital appeals to visitors over winter vomiting bug >Read: Drugs fridge in unsecure area left unlocked at Beaumont Hospital >last_img read more

Australias first Greek Lord Mayor Steve Condous AM has passed away aged

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s first Mayor of Greek descent and former state MP, Steve George Condous AM passed away on Friday 22 June following a short illness, aged 82.The charismatic politician was born in 1935 on the Greek island of Kastellorizo, and first entered public life in 1968.Mr Condous was elected Lord Mayor in May 1987, the first of Greek heritage, and went on to serve until 1993, spending a total of 25 years working at the Adelaide City Council.“Without the unwavering support of the Greek community, I would have never been elected as a Mayor,” Mr Condous had stated in an interview in 2002.He was married to Greek Australian Angela Condous, whose charitable work and philanthropy were exemplary, and together, they formed one of Adelaide’s most powerful couples.Steve with his wife Angela Condous.Following his term as Lord Mayor, Mr Condous entered state politics with the Liberal Party, which would see another first for the Greek Australian.Elected a Member of the South Australian House of Assembly between 1993 and 2002, representing the Electorate of Colton, he was first of Greek background to join South Australia’s Liberal Party in such a capacity.“During his quarter of a century tenure as a Councillor and Lord Mayor, Mr Condous played an integral role in shaping the City of Adelaide as a business, education, residential and tourism destination,” said Adelaide’s current Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, who took to social media to announce Mr Condous’ passing.“Among his many achievements were securing upgrades to Hutt Street and the Aquatic Centre in North Adelaide.“He was also instrumental in encouraging residential developments in the West End and Halifax Street to grow the city’s population and supporting the greening of Adelaide’s streets. Throughout his career, he was also incredibly active as a patron and supporter of numerous community and sporting clubs, and always gave generously his time.“Most of all, Steve Condous will be remembered as a true man of the people who had a great love for the community of the City of Adelaide and for the Adelaide Central Market,” Haese concluded.In 2004, Mr Condous was awarded the Order of Australia for his service to South Australia’s Parliament, local government and community.“I am saddened to hear of the death of Steve Condous,” said SA Premier Steven Marshall.“He served South Australia and Adelaide with a profound sense of pride and passion over many decades.”Mr Condous with American pop star Cher.Throughout his career, Mr Condous remained close to his Greek roots, openly proud of his origins. He frequently spoke about the hardship and difficult years that his parents had suffered as immigrants in Australia, including the racist discrimination he and his father endured in the early years.“I grew up only 500 metres from here in an area that was called the working-class ghetto of Adelaide. I went to school at Sturt Street Primary School. I was abused daily, both physically and verbally, and I’d come home with my shirts torn and bloodied because I’d been in a fight because I couldn’t stand what I was being called,” he said.“At seven years of age, I saw my father being spat at in the streets and being called a dago.”Prominent Greek Australians have continued to pay tribute to Mr Condous following the news of his passing, speaking of his immense contribution.“Steve was a very proud Greek Australian. He was a leader who opened the doors to all people that came to City Hall,” Greek Australian businessman, Theo Maras told Neos Kosmos.“He will be remembered for his dignity, honesty and compassion as a great Lord Mayor and a Member of Parliament.”“I met Steve long before entering politics,” said former Minister Nick Bolkus. “His contribution to the progress of our state has been significant.”Mr Condous as Lord Mayor.last_img read more

Volunteers paint pixelatedstyle mural created by teen coder

first_imgPINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – Volunteers in Pinecrest came together to work on a creative mural that was the brainchild of a teenage coder.“Pixelate It!” invited the community to give back in a fun way. The event, which took place at Pinecrest Library on Saturday, gave volunteers the chance to bring to life a self-portrait by Dominique, a 14-year-old student of a coding program for girls called CodeART.Those who took part also got to learn about computer coding.The occasion was hosted by Inspire305, with the help of United Way of Miami-Dade and CodeART.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Jurassic insect that mimicked ginkgo leaves discovered

first_img Explore further More information: Jurassic mimicry between a hangingfly and a ginkgo from China, PNAS, Published online before print November 26, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1205517109AbstractA near-perfect mimetic association between a mecopteran insect species and a ginkgoalean plant species from the late Middle Jurassic of northeastern China recently has been discovered. The association stems from a case of mixed identity between a particular plant and an insect in the laboratory and the field. This confusion is explained as a case of leaf mimesis, wherein the appearance of the multilobed leaf of Yimaia capituliformis (the ginkgoalean model) was accurately replicated by the wings and abdomen of the cimbrophlebiid Juracimbrophlebia ginkgofolia (the hangingfly mimic). Our results suggest that hangingflies developed leaf mimesis either as an antipredator avoidance device or possibly as a predatory strategy to provide an antiherbivore function for its plant hosts, thus gaining mutual benefit for both the hangingfly and the ginkgo species. This documentation of mimesis is a rare occasion whereby exquisitely preserved, co-occurring fossils occupy a narrow spatiotemporal window that reveal likely reciprocal mechanisms which plants and insects provide mutual defensive support during their preangiospermous evolutionary histories. The inch and a half long fossil specimen was first overlooked, the team says, as those that found it first believed it to be a (now extinct) five lobed ginkgo leaf sample embedded within ancient rock. Upon closer inspection, the researchers discovered that the specimen was actually that of a fossilized scorpionfly, which is known more commonly as a hangingfly (Juracimbrophlebia ginkgofolia), because of its tendency to hang from branches waiting for prey to pass by. It was found in the northeastern part of Inner Mongolia. The scorpionfly gets its name from its oversized male genitalia that resemble a scorpion stinger. To mimic surrounding ginkgo leaves, the insect would latch onto a branch, hang down and spread its wings wide open. The researchers suggest that the insect likely evolved its mimicry abilities to help it evade predators or to help it hide from prey, as is seen with many modern insects. The first attribute would have been most useful as close inspection of the insect revealed weak wings and legs. They noted also that it was possible that the insect and the ginkgo formed a partnership of sorts with the tree providing shelter and the hangingfly eating other bugs that might seek to feed on the trees’ leaves.The discovery of the hangingfly fossil adds to the knowledgebase of insects that mimic non-flowering plants. Most mimicking insects going back 100 million years tend to mimic angiosperms. The newly discovered hangingfly fossil predates other fossilized mimicking insects by approximately 40 million years.Both the fossilized hangingfly and the ginkgo plant that it mimicked, date back to the heyday of the dinosaurs and thus it’s quite possible that the plant served as food for them and other large herbivores. © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Molecular study could push back angiosperm originscenter_img Camera lucida drawings of J. ginkgofolia gen. et sp. nov., holotype CNU-MEC-NN-2010–050P. Credit: (c)2012 PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1205517109 Citation: Jurassic insect that mimicked ginkgo leaves discovered (2012, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-jurassic-insect-mimicked-ginkgo.html (Phys.org)—Researchers working in China have discovered an insect that lived 165 million years ago that they believe used its wings to mimic the leaves of an ancient ginkgo tree. The fossil finding, the team writes in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of the few that shows that early insects mimicked non-flowering plants millions of years before doing so with angiosperms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study shows the difference between classical flows and superfluid helium in 3D

first_imgResearchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the University of Rome, CNRS and the University of Helsinki have recently carried out a study investigating the difference between 3-D anisotropic turbulence in classical fluids and that in superfluids, such as helium. Their findings, published in Physical Review Letters (PRL), are supported by both theory and experimental evidence. Mathematician makes breakthrough in understanding of turbulence Explore further Citation: Study shows the difference between classical flows and superfluid helium in 3-D counter-flow (2019, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-difference-classical-superfluid-helium-d.html More information: L. Biferale et al. Superfluid Helium in Three-Dimensional Counterflow Differs Strongly from Classical Flows: Anisotropy on Small Scales, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.144501 Credit: Biferale et al.center_img “The present research was initiated by our group at the Weizmann Institute, Israel, comprised by Victor L’vov, Itamar Procaccia and Anna Pomyalov, who were trying to understand novel experimental observations by the groups of Prof. Wei Guo from Florida State University, Tallahassee and Prof. Ladislav Skrbek from Charles University, in Prague,” Itamar Procaccia, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “Our main objective was to understand an apparent surprising difference in how energy distributes between turbulent eddies of different scales in classical viscous fluids like air and water and superfluids like helium at low temperatures.”All turbulent flows, both in nature and laboratory settings, are anisotropic on energy injection scales, meaning that energy distributes differently between their turbulent eddies. Past studies have shown that the model of homogeneous and isotropic turbulence (HIT) is particularly effective for predicting the statistical properties of turbulence on scales much smaller than stirring scales, yet larger than dissipative scales. In classical fluids, 3-D anisotropic turbulence tends towards isotropy and homogeneity with decreasing scales, hence it is eventually possible to apply the HIT model to them. In their study, however, Procaccia and his colleagues demonstrated that the opposite is true for superfluid 4He turbulence in 3-D counter-flow channel geometry, which becomes less isotropic as scales decrease, to the point of becoming almost two-dimensional. The approach used by them involves a so-called ‘two-fluid model’ of superfluid helium. This model is based on the early work of Laszlo Tisza and Lev Landau back in 1940-1941, which was later improved by H. Hall, W.F. Vinen, I.M. Khalatnikov, and I.L Bekarevich. “The model describes superfluid helium as an interpenetrating mixture of two fluids: a superfluid that moves without friction, and a normal viscous fluid that are coupled by a mutual friction,” Procaccia explained. Past studies carried out by two teams of researchers in Tallahasse, Florida and Prague examined superfluid helium under a temperature gradient, creating what is referred to as ‘counter-flow’. As suggested by its name, in counter-flow different components of a fluid flow in opposite directions; the superfluid flows from the cold to the hot side and the normal fluid from the hot to the cold side. “Our model rationalized some of these experimental observations and predicted new features that were later confirmed experimentally,” Procaccia explained. “The main result of our study is that contrary to classical turbulent flows which become more and more isotropic at smaller scales, the flow we examined becomes less and less isotropic as the scales reduce.” Before they carried out their study, Procaccia and his colleagues had theoretically predicted that their experiments would lead to the observations that they subsequently collected. However, the strength of the effect they observed only became clear after they carried out direct numerical simulations on a EU supercomputer, in collaboration with a team of researchers led by Luca Biferale. According to Procaccia, their theoretical and numerical findings have already motivated other experimental groups to pursue further research into counter-flow turbulence. “At the Weizmann Institute, we are now developing our theory further, being attentive to the new experimental techniques that enable elaborate studies of turbulence in superfluid helium,” Procaccia said. “Our group continues to participate in the analysis of new experimental data, hoping to contribute to deeper understanding of superfluid flows from laboratory experiments to cosmological realization, such as neutron stars.” © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Eagles vs Seahawks Why Russell Wilsons Forward Pass Looks Backward

first_imgDuring Sunday’s NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson makes a pretty nice move. After taking the ball and running with it, he makes a quick pitch off to the side while faking out the defender. Looks pretty cool, but it probably wasn’t legal. In the NFL, once you cross the line of scrimmage you can only toss the ball backward. This should have been a penalty for an illegal forward pass, but it looks like he got away with it.https://twitter.com/NFL/status/937533538013868032But was it really a forward pass? Yes. It’s not so easy to tell if you watch this in real time, but going frame by frame it’s much clearer. Wilson tosses the ball when he is at the 46 and a half yard line. The running back (Mike Davis) catches it at 47.5 yard line. That’s a pass that goes 1 yard forward—so a forward pass.Just to further drive home the point, I can use my favorite video analysis techniques (using Tracker Video Analysis) to get the position of both Wilson and the ball as he runs down the field. Check this out.In this plot, the red data shows the position of Russell Wilson in the direction of the field (x-direction) and the blue data is the position of the ball. Just for fun, I can also fit a linear function to the data (for straight parts) to get the velocity in that direction. During the toss, Wilson is running at 4.55 m/s (10.2 mph) while the ball has an x-velocity of 1.27 m/s. But since both the ball has a positive x-velocity, it is indeed a forward pass. Illegal.It’s OK if you thought it was a backward pass. It’s also OK if Russell Wilson thought it was a backward pass—because in the reference frame of the quarterback, it is a backward pass. Let me give a simple analogy.Suppose you are in a car driving 30 mph along a road. While it’s driving, you take a football and throw it backward from car with a speed of 10 mph. From your viewpoint (in the car moving 30 mph), it looks like the ball is traveling in the backward direction at 10 mph. However, if you were on the ground (and stationary) looking at the car, the ball would still be moving forward with a speed of 20 mph (30 mph – 10 mph = 20 mph).This is exactly what’s going on here. We (as humans) tend to view the ball with respect to the moving thrower. On top of this, the camera pans with the motion of the runner. This also encourages us to view from the reference frame of the runner. So, in a sense we are tricked into thinking it’s a backward pass.Maybe this will help. Here is an animation with a stationary world view such is how it would appear if the camera didn’t move.From this view, it’s much clearer that the ball moves forward. Velocity is always relative to your frame of reference. But of course, it’s only a penalty if the referees decide to flag it.last_img read more

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The company plans to initiate the first of two planned phase 3 trials in the second quarter of 2011. “The SPA agreement is a significant milestone in the development of flurpiridaz F18 and provides us with a clearly defined path forward for the phase 3 program,” said Don Kiepert, president and CEO of Lantheus Medical Imaging. “We thank the FDA for their timely review and approval of this SPA and look forward to initiating the phase 3 program and building on the clinical trial results to date for this agent. We believe that flurpiridaz F18 can improve the diagnosis and evaluation of coronary artery disease, ultimately reducing the need for additional medical tests and procedures.”Flurpiridaz F18 has completed a phase 2 clinical trial, and analysis of the full data set will be presented at the Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT Conference, scheduled May 15-18 in Amsterdam. Preliminary phase 2 data were presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) in June 2010. These data showed that PET imaging with flurpiridaz F18 provided better image quality than technetium-99m sestamibi single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), the current standard for the noninvasive detection of CAD. No serious adverse events attributable to flurpiridaz F18 injection were reported in phase 1 or phase 2 clinical trials. Numerous other abstracts based on single-center evaluation of flurpiridaz F18 data were presented at various medical conferences in 2010.“The results of the phase 2 study with flurpiridaz F18 are promising and we look forward to presenting the full data analysis later this year and initiating the phase 3 program,” said Dana S. Washburn, M.D., vice president, clinical development and medical affairs at Lantheus. “Our phase 3 program demonstrates our ongoing commitment to developing first-in-class imaging tools to advance patient care, and we remain dedicated to investigating the potential of PET technology for evaluating cardiovascular disease.” The phase 3 clinical development program will include two open-label trials designed to assess myocardial perfusion using PET imaging of flurpiridaz F18 in approximately 1,350 patients with suspected or known CAD at approximately 100 clinical trial sites, including locations in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. The primary objective of the study will be to assess the diagnostic efficacy (sensitivity and specificity) of flurpiridaz F18 injection PET myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), compared with SPECT MPI in the detection of significant coronary artery disease.A SPA is an agreement between the sponsor and the FDA indicating that the sponsor’s proposed trial protocol, including clinical endpoints and statistical analyses, are acceptable to support regulatory approval of the treatment being evaluated. FDA approval for the product is dependent on efficacy results, adverse event profiles and an evaluation of the benefit/risk of a treatment as demonstrated in the clinical trials Flurpiridaz F18 Injection Flurpiridaz F18 injection, a fluorine 18-labeled agent that binds to mitochondrial complex 1 (MC-1), is designed to be a new myocardial perfusion PET imaging agent for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). PET imaging with flurpiridaz F18 has the potential to be a new clinical tool for the evaluation of myocardial perfusion that may better evaluate patients with known or suspected CAD. CAD is the most common form of heart disease, affecting approximately 16.8 million people in the United States.For more information: www.lantheus.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Travel Alert La Platina bridge closed for repairs Wednesday night

first_imgRelated posts:‘La Platina’ Bridge to close Wednesday night, Saturday for repairs ‘La Platina’ bridge head loses job Polls reveal Ticos thoughts on Chinchilla, crime and the environment Government has no funds to build road to San Ramón Vehicle passage on the bridge over the Virilla River on General Cañas Highway, the main road connecting the capital San José and Alajuela, will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5:00 a.m. Thursday, the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) reported.The closure will allow repair works on a metal plate that came loose last Sunday, causing major traffic jams.Repairs were scheduled to begin on Tuesday night, but CONAVI moved the date back one day in order to complete all technical studies and to inspect materials to be used in the project, according to the Public Works and Transport Ministry.Problems on the infamous bridge — known by Ticos as “La Platina” — started in 2008. CONAVI has since invested some $13 million in several repair works ordered by officials from three separate administrations, starting with that of Óscar Arias Sánchez (2006-2010).Beyond the repair work, CONAVI also outlined a plan to expand the bridge from two to four lanes and add a prefabricated concrete slab to replace the metal grid on the bridge’s floor. That metal grid, which caused several problems over the years, is what earned the 160-meter bridge its nickname.CONAVI’s Executive Director Mauricio Salom Echeverría said Tuesday that the plans for the expansion project will be ready later this week and work will begin in May. The project was awarded in a public bid to private construction company Codocsa.Costa Rica currently maintains a legal claim against Portuguese construction company Soares da Costa, responsible for one of the repair works on the bridge in 2010.Work at the time consisted of replacing the concrete layer to reduce vibration at a cost of $3.8 million. However, the layer cracked and came loose just a few days later.Last October CONAVI officials announced that they would reinforce the bridge’s structure, but work was postponed pending the expansion project plans. MOPT officials recommend motorists travelling between San José and Alajuela to use alternate routes through Santa Ana and Heredia. (MAP by MOPT) Facebook Commentslast_img read more