Closing Bell Markets end lower amid disappointing Canadian jobs data strong Chinese

TORONTO — North American markets ended in the red Friday amid a mixed bag of quarterly financial reports and signs that Canada’s private sector added jobs last month even as the overall unemployment rate rose in June.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 10.79 points to 12,542.13. The Canadian dollar was up 0.28 of a cent to 97.14 cents US.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials index dropped 72.81 points to 15,425.51, the Nasdaq dipped 9.02 points to 3,660.11, while the S&P pulled back 6.06 points to 1,691.42.An onslaught of positive economic data from China was not enough to lift the markets, as figures showed that Chinese inflation in July was steady at an annual rate of 2.7% — slightly below an expected modest increase to 2.8%. Chinese industrial production also rose 9.7% in the year to June, ahead of expectations for a 9% increase and retail sales grew 13.2% in July from a year earlier, slightly slower than June’s growth rate.Overall, analysts said the figures added weight to the argument that the recent soft patch in the economic powerhouse may have come to an end. However, market reaction was fairly muted, as stocks had rallied already on Thursday after strong Chinese trade numbers.“I think the market is unwilling to jump in with both feet simply because a number of good numbers came in overnight from China,” said Andrew Pyle, associate director of wealth management for Scotia MacLeod.“You have a market now that is tired. We’ve been through the second quarter of the U.S. earnings seasona You have a market now that is searching for the next reason to stay positive and I think you’re starting to see some of that fatigue.”Meanwhile, a double-dose of economic news was also released in Canada, potentially indicating that the economy wasn’t faring at a pace that some have come to expect.Statistics Canada reported a net loss of 39,400 last month, with public sector workers and youth taking on the biggest share of the losses. On a positive note, however, Canada’s private sector employers added 31,400 jobs.The official unemployment rate is now 7.2%, one-tenth of a point higher than in June.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. also reported that total housing starts continued to be relatively stable in July.The federal agency estimated there were 17,993 actual starts in July which, extrapolated over 12 months, totals a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 192,853 starts. That was slightly down from June’s adjusted annual rate of 193,797.On the TSX, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares rose more than seven%, or 68 cents, to $10.05 on a report that the smartphone-maker’s chief executive and board of directors are warming to the idea of taking the company private.The reports by Reuters said no decision was imminent and BlackBerry issued a brief statement saying it doesn’t comment on rumours or speculation.Meanwhile, autoparts giant Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) reported a US$415 million profit and record-high second-quarter sales, which were up 16% from the same time last year and well above analyst estimates.Magna also said it now expects between $33.3 billion and $34.7 billion of sales in 2013 — about $700 million higher than Magna’s outlook in May. Its shares were ahead $2.15 to $82.30.Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) reported a profit of US$802 million, up from US$379 million a year ago. Despite the positive earnings, its shares dipped 59 cents to $37.99.The TSX gold sector ended ahead 1.68% as December gold bullion gained $2.30 to US$1,312.20 an ounce. Shares in Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) climbed more than 10%, or 44 cents, to $4.74, while Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) shares were ahead 40 cents to $18.00.The energy sector fell 0.09% as September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up $2.57 to US$105.97 a barrel.The metals and mining sector was the leading advancer in the market, climbing 4.05% as copper added four cents to $3.31.Shares in First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) were up 81 cents to $17.93, while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) saw an uptick of $1.02 to $27.33.The Canadian Press read more

The Clippers Like Many NBA Teams Have a MajorityMinority Fan Base

In light of the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner, on Monday we looked at the demographics of the NBA’s owners and players. Finding demographic information on NBA fans turns out to be more difficult.In 2013, 47 percent of NBA head coaches and 81 percent of players were non-white. It’s likely that the majority of NBA fans are racial or ethnic minorities as well, according to our analysis. And the Clippers, which play in the cosmopolitan Los Angeles market, likely have among the most diverse fan bases in the league.There’s no definitive resource for the demographics of the NBA fan base. Nor is there any one definition of a fan. Those who attend NBA games are undoubtedly different from those who watch the NBA on TV, or who follow the NBA on the Internet, or who buy NBA merchandise, or who emulate their favorite NBA stars in pick-up games.But I did the best I could by averaging data from five sources: a Nielsen report on the demographics of NBA TV viewership; polls from Pew Research and the Public Religion Research Institute on Americans’ favorite sports; a Scarborough Research report on avid NBA fans, and a YouGov poll on which sports Americans follow regularly.These sources provide estimates of how many Americans of different racial and ethnic groups follow the NBA as compared to the country as a whole. These tendencies can be expressed in the form of a multiplier. For example, the various surveys estimate that African-Americans follow the NBA at a multiple of somewhere between 2.2 and 3.3 times the national average. White Americans, by contrast, follow the NBA at rates between 0.6 and 0.9 times the national average, depending on the survey.Estimates of NBA avidity among Hispanic Americans vary (perhaps, in part, because of the failure of some polling and research firms to conduct polls in Spanish). Hispanics overperform the rest of the U.S. population in NBA interest in some surveys, and underperform it in others. The consensus of the evidence, however, points toward Hispanics’ NBA avidity being about the same as the country as a whole. (For purposes of this analysis, I’ve taken “Hispanic” to be a non-overlapping category with both “white” and “black,” as most polls do. The U.S. Census Bureau, by contrast, treats Hispanic status as an ethnicity rather than a race — so in the census, someone can be both Hispanic and white, black or Asian.)Only the Scarborough Research study contained a breakout for Asian-Americans. That study found that Asian-Americans are about 40 percent more likely to be avid NBA fans than the country as a whole.We can estimate the racial and ethnic distribution of NBA fans by averaging the multiplier across the five studies, and then applying it to the overall U.S. population. I estimate — excluding those who identify themselves as Native American, or as belonging to “mixed” or “other” races — that about 46 percent of NBA fans are white, 31 percent are black, 7 percent are Asian-American and 16 percent are Hispanic. In other words, the league’s fan base appears to be majority-minority.It’s also possible to come up with some crude estimates of the racial composition of fans for individual NBA teams. My process for doing this was as follows:I used Nielsen estimates of the racial composition of the population in each of the United States’ 210 media markets;I used the frequency of Google searches for each NBA team in each media market as a proxy for its per-capita popularity;I multiplied each team’s Google search frequency in each media market by the population by race there, then summed the totals to produce an overall estimate of the racial distribution of its fans;I recalibrated the estimates to ensure that the whole matched the sum of the parts. In other words, I added or subtracted from the fans assigned from each racial group to each team such that the sum total matched my estimate of the overall distribution of NBA fandom throughout the country (e.g. 46 percent white, 31 percent black, and so forth). The estimates were weighted by the overall popularity of NBA teams, according to their number of Google searches.I estimate that the team with the whitest fan base, at 65 percent white, is the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Minneapolis-St. Paul media market is 85 percent non-Hispanic white, according to our estimates. So Wolves’ fans are white relative to those elsewhere in the NBA. But they’re not so white compared to the media market the team calls home.What about the Clippers? They aren’t all that popular in Los Angeles. But they hadn’t been all that popular anywhere in the country until they began to play well recently. So LA, and surrounding metropolitan areas, represent the bulk of the Clippers’ fan base. The Los Angeles media market is among the most diverse in the country: It’s only 36 percent non-Hispanic white, according to our estimates. I estimate the Clippers’ fan base to be 40 percent non-Hispanic white, 27 percent African-American, 22 percent Hispanic and 11 percent Asian-American. This implies that the Clippers have among the lowest proportions of white fans of any team in the NBA.However, this estimate is crude. It’s based on the overall racial composition of NBA fans and the overall racial composition of various media markets. It won’t account for the historical relationship that each NBA franchise has with its fan base, or the different demographic groups that comprise that fan base. read more

Opinion Loss in Super Bowl XLVIII a long time coming for Peyton

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws the ball during Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. Seattle won, 43-8.Courtesy of MCTPeople are undoubtedly disappointed by the Denver Broncos’ 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The Broncos didn’t just lose — they lost pathetically, tying the Buffalo Bills for the third largest blowout in Super Bowl history with a 35-point margin.The Broncos also hold the record for the largest Super Bowl loss — a 55-10 beatdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV — and the most losses in the big game by a single franchise with five.Some might even feel bad for the recently anointed NFL Most Valuable Player, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning had a Super Bowl he wishes he could forget — throwing for 280 yards and touchdown, along with two picks and a lost fumble.Manning had a historic season, leading his team to a 13-3 record, an AFC West Division Championship and also setting individual NFL records for single-season passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55). He did not just have a legendary regular season, he continued this greatness into the postseason with clutch wins over the San Diego Chargers and his perennial rival, the New England Patriots.After Manning defeated Tom Brady in his biggest challenge this season, it appeared he was on a pathway to his second Super Bowl victory. Then Manning went to the Big Apple and met his destroyers in the “Legion of Boom,” otherwise known as the Seahawks’ defense. Viewers might have been greatly surprised by Manning’s abrupt downfall Sunday night, but for those of us who believe that perfection is as legitimate as the tooth fairy, his loss was a long time coming.As mentioned earlier, Manning set the record for passing touchdowns this season with 55. The record that he beat was that of his rival, Tom Brady, who launched a then-record of 50 touchdowns in 2007. For those who don’t remember that season, Brady led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 regular season and continued that excellence in the playoffs. However, the Patriots’ run reached an unsatisfactory ending when the underdog New York Giants disrupted their pursuit of perfection in Super Bowl XLII.In recent years, many media outlets have declared that the game has changed so that it’s not the defense that wins championships, but the quarterbacks. The flaw with this logic is that it pushes the majority of the responsibility on one player instead of the 11 of an entire unit on the field. That was one of Manning’s biggest issues for this Super Bowl — after carrying a team for 18 great games, Manning’s back had finally given out.While he was blindsided by the tremendous play from Seattle’s defense, the fans at home were just as stunned at the realization that Manning is not Captain America, or Iron Man. He is merely a future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback. read more

Verizon iPhone 5 ships unlocked works on any GSM network

first_imgIf you’re planning to get a new Verizon iPhone 5, there might be a little bonus feature included that neither Apple nor Verizon are keen to admit. As units have started making it out of the stores, it appears that the Verizon version of the device is fully unlocked out of the box and able to connect to any GSM network.Most phones you get these days in the US are locked to a specific carrier. If you want to put in a SIM card from another carrier, you need to get an unlock code. Not so with the new iPhone on Verizon. All you’ll have to do is get a nano-SIM to drop into the SIM slot. This might actually be the hardest part of the endeavor — most carriers aren’t offering these new, smaller cards yet. You can cut down a larger micro-SIM to fit, but you might damage it.In the US, the Verizon iPhone will work just fine on AT&T 3G HSPA+ (although the phone will erroneously call this 4G in accordance with AT&T’s marketing). On T-Mobile, most users will get 2G service. The only exception is in areas where T-Mobile has rolled out its 1900MHz 3G bands, which were acquired from AT&T as a consolation after the merger fell through. Any and all overseas carriers should work, and the iPhone’s pentaband radio should get you 3G on most of them.Verizon support is apparently confirming to customers that the device is unlocked. At the very least, this doesn’t appear to be a mistake. It likely has to do with the way the iPhone’s radios are designed along with the implementation of LTE on Verizon. This might make the device a little more palatable to those on the fence about upgrading, especially for anyone that travels.idownloadblog, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Facebook Adds Tributes Tab to Memorialized Accounts

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service There’s no escaping Facebook—even in the afterlife.The social network this week introduced a new “tributes” section for memorialized accounts.In an effort to preserve and declutter the original timeline of the deceased, Facebook added a separate tab on memorialized profiles, where friends and family can share posts.“Over 30 million people view memorialized profiles every month to post stories, commemorate milestones, and remember those who have passed away,” according to COO Sheryl Sandberg.“This lets people see the types of posts that are most helpful to them as they grieve and remember their loved ones,” she added.The new tributes section creates a separate tab on memorialized profiles where friends and family can share posts (via Facebook)Facebook has long grappled with postmortem accounts.In 2009, it began allowing people to turn the profiles of deceased users into memorial pages, later unveiling the option to choose a “legacy contact” before death.Be it a family member or friend, your legacy contact will be able to post announcements and messages on your memorialized timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update your profile picture and cover photo.If you’re really trusting, you can give permission for them to download an archive of photos, updates, and profile information shared via your account.Choose wisely, for legacy contacts can now moderate posts shared to the new tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags, and editing who can post and see posts.“This helps them manage content that might be hard for friends and family to see if they’re not ready,” Sandberg said.And while minors still can’t select legacy contacts, Facebook recently adjusted its policy to let parents who’ve lost children under 18 request to become their legacy contact.“In addition to creating supportive tools, we also hope to minimize experiences that might be painful,” the company blog said.Everyone grieves differently, and for some, memorializing a profile can feel like a big step they’re not yet ready to take. But seeing a birthday reminder or event invitation for someone who passed away only a few weeks ago can be an agonizing trigger.So, Facebook is employing artificial intelligence to keep non-memorialized accounts from appearing in places that might cause distress. Once the profile has been properly amended, the AI is turned off.“We’ll continue to build on these changes as we hear more feedback,” Sandberg wrote. “We hope Facebook remains a place where the memory and spirit of our loved ones can be celebrated and live on.”More on Geek.com:Researchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data ExposureFacebook Lifts Curtain on News Feed AlgorithmFacebook Cracks Down on White Nationalism, White Separatism Stay on targetlast_img read more

IHRDA Denounces Sale of Humans as Slaves in Libya

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangGaye Sowe, Executive Director of IHRDAThe Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), has decried the sale of migrants as slaves in Libya, a statement issued on Tuesday evening said.“Following recent media reports on the sale of humans as slaves in Libya, IHRDA expresses dismay at the practice. This practice is in contravention of Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” it stated. The Banjul based human rights institution calls on the Libyan Government and the African Union, including the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to investigate the violations and take measures that will bring the perpetrators to justice as well as end the phenomenon.last_img read more

Nearly a third of employees say they are not motivated at work

first_imgThe proportion of people saying they are not motivated at work rose to 29% in 2017, from 18% the previous year, according to a study by reward and recognition consultant Motivates.The April 2018 survey of 2,000 UK employees for the report Living to work asked respondents to reveal the causes of their lack of motivation at work. A quarter of those who are poorly motivated (25%) said they have no career progression, while the same amount said senior management communicated poorly.Almost the same percentage (24%) of respondents said their organisation does not give regular rewards or recognition, over a fifth (21%) said they do not have a good work-life balance and 18% said their work didn’t challenge them.Bill Alexander, chairman at Motivates, said: “71% of UK employees were motivated in 2017. The figure on its own shows a positive result, yet when you reflect on the motivational statistics from 2016 the data actually shows the percentage of motivated employees has dropped by 11% in just one year.“That’s 220 more employees in a an organisation of 2,000 who are not feeling good about their job. Now that’s a figure to worry about.”When asked if they were more or less emotionally invested in their work compared with five years ago, nearly half (48%) said slightly or much more, almost a third (31%) felt about the same, and 17% said slightly or much less.Asked to state the things that succeeded in motivating them at work, 21% of employees said they have a good work-life balance, 20% said they had great peers who motivate each other and 15% cited a boss who was very good at saying thank you. More than one in ten (12%) said their office environment was very motivating and the same proportion said they have a motivating manager who is very good at their job.When asked for their most significant workplace concerns, 29% of respondents said financial security, 27% cited health and wellbeing and 26% said job security. A quarter (25%) of employees were concerned with staying challenged and motivated, while slightly fewer (24%) were worried about career progression.Asked whether employees chose their jobs based on salaries, three times as many people (19%) disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement in 2017 compared with 2016 (6%).On what would motivate them more than their basic salary, 40% of respondents said a feeling of satisfaction, 39% said general work enjoyment and 34% said job security. Nearly a third (32%) cited incentives and rewards as a motivating factor beyond salary, while 27% valued working as a team.Alexander said: “When we think of motivating our employees it’s easy to consider quick wins, like bonuses and a pay rise, to get employees feeling happy and engaged again. However, the research shows companies need to think less about money and more about personal appreciation and creating an environment that encourages happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.“People are getting satisfaction from a good work-life balance, working with great peers and a manager who shows their appreciation with reward, recognition and a thank you.”last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Learn about recognition and engagement at Employee Benefits Connect

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Debra Corey (pictured), author, speaker and adviser to Reward Gateway, will discuss why employees crave recognition, and how to give them what they want, at Employee Benefits Connect 2019.The session, titled ‘How to give employees what they really crave to be engaged’, will take place as part of the engagement stream during the one-day event on Wednesday 27 February 2019.Corey will be providing eight tips to help employers give staff what they need when it comes to recognition and motivation, and eight real-life stories of different types of organisations that have implemented effective strategies.“The problem with recognition is that people think it’s a bit ominous, that you have to spend all this time and money and it’s hard to do, so I’m trying to make it a bit more approachable and give people lots of different ideas,” Corey explained. “What I find is you can do the theory, but you need to show how to put it into practice.“What I want to do is make a balance between practical tips and tools that people can go back and use, and then bringing it to life via storytelling.”Corey states that her goal is to help organisations take a more strategic approach to recognition in general, while making it clear that the initiatives themselves can be simple and immediately implemented, such as postcards and notice-board displays.“People crave [recognition], it’s a human need to want to be appreciated,” she said. “Recognition also turns [employees] into superheroes, so it’s good for the employees and it’s good for the business. It’s a win-win. You can get so creative, have fun and bring immediate smiles.”When it comes to her thoughts on the future of reward, Corey explained that due to the wide range of generations and demographics in the workplace, flexibility and autonomy will be increasingly important.“It’s getting more and more difficult for us to make the decisions for our employees, we need to be able to put decision-making in their hands,” she said. “That’s what we do for consumers, and we need to start adapting to that approach.”Employee Benefits Connect 2019 welcomes all senior in-house HR professionals and will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.Click here for more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Oleta River sewage pipe temporarily contained amid ongoing noswim advisory

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A pipe that was leaking sewage into the Oleta River in North Miami Beach has been temporarily contained, county officials have announced.According to the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, crews were able to block the leak after more than 1.6 million gallons of wastewater passed through.A precautionary swim advisory remains in effect for parts of Northeastern Miami-Dade County until water samples pass testing.The affected areas include Maule Lake, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Haulover Inlet, Greynolds Park and the Oleta River State Park.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2 men crushed to death by train in Rajshahi

first_imgMap of RajshahiTwo men were crushed to death by a train at Belpukur level crossing in Putia upazila of Rajshahi on Wednesday afternoon, reports news agency UNB.The deceased are Korban Ali Mondal, 75, of Belpukur village, and Shamsul Alam, 65, of Tatalpur village in the upazila.Korban tried to cross the rail tracks carelessly around 4:00pm when a speedy train was approaching him. Sensing impending danger, Shamsul rushed in to save him, said Kabirul Islam, Inspector (Investigation) of Belpukur police station.However, both of them were crushed under the wheels of the train, leaving them dead on the spot, he said.The bodies were sent to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital for autopsy.Rajshahi Railway police station officer-in-charge Sayeed Iqbal said a case was filed over the accident.last_img read more

Youd Definitely Read These AIGenerated Romance Novels

first_imgStay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Mass-market romance has been entertaining desperate housewives and harried moms for decades.Popularized by British company Mills and Boon (creators of 1930s “escapist fiction” for women) and North American publisher Harlequin Enterprises, the romantic novel continues to thrive as modern literature.But can it survive the AI revolution?“I’ve always been fascinated with romance novels—the kind they sell at the drugstore for a couple of dollars, usually with some attractive, soft-lit couples on the cover,” computational scientist, software developer, and science writer Elle O’Brien mused in a recent blog post.“So when I started futzing around with text-generating neural networks a few weeks ago,” she continued, “I developed an urgent curiosity to discover what artificial intelligence could contribute to the ever-popular genre.”A library of “almost human” book titles, that’s what.By feeding more than 20,000 Harlequin-brand romance novel names into a neural network, O’Brien produced an inventory of epithets worthy of supermarket shelves.“I was not disappointed with what came out,” she admitted. “I even Photoshopped some of my favorites into existence.” (Author names were also synthesized using machine learning.)Curated by theme (pregnancy; sheikhs, vikings, and billionaires; weddings; doctors and surgeons; Christmas; cowboys; PG-13 raunch), the titles came out “90 percent human [and] 10 percent all wackiness,” according to O’Brien.My personal front-runners include Becoming the Baby Count, Prince Dad Sheikh?, Missingbroom Bride, Dear Dr. High-Kungly Seductive Mistake, Christmas with her Blackmail, Midwife Cowpoke, and Naked Hot Ranger (a little too on-the-nose, if you ask me).O’Brien also highlighted “rather depressing books” that “sounded like M. Night Shyamalan was a collaborator”: Married in Fear, The Blood!Par for the AI course, there were also some “adorable failures” and near-misses generated by the neural network, like Seeping Baby Man, Romancy Heart, Captive Something Bachelor, A Perfect Giantess, and Nookan’s Buttymance.“Maybe one day there will be entire books written by computers,” O’Brien said. “For now, let’s start with titles.”In a postscript erratum, the blogger reveals that Surgery by the Sea, one of the physician-starring monikers “is actually a real novel,” written by Sheila Douglas and published in 1979.O’Brien began tinkering with AI last month, when she compiled “the wisdom of the brightest minds and most celebrated romantics in history” as machine-made quotes for marrying friends.(I really hope she included the heartwarming conclusion that “You can’t marry you, even if it is a real person.”)Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Scientists discover new kind of bluegreen algae with carbonates in their cells

first_img(Phys.org) — Researchers studying organisms in Mexico’s Lake Alchichica have discovered a new species of cyanobacterium that unlike any other ever found, has bony, intracellular carbonates. Up till now, specimens with such mineral deposits in their systems have, as the team explains in their paper published in the journal Science, had them on the outsides of their cells. More information: Science 27 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6080 pp. 459-462 DOI: 10.1126/science.1216171 Cyanobacterium, known more widely as blue-green algae, are a major part of planet Earth’s many varied geochemical cycles. They take in carbon dioxide and give back oxygen and are believed to have been one of the driving forces that led to the evolution of other types of organisms that survive by breathing the oxygen they provide. Up till now, many types of cyanobacterium have been identified, both in the present and in the historical record, that have carbonate material on the outer edges of their cells that researchers believe is the result of ocean chemistry changes that caused the microbes to precipitate minerals out of their cells leading to calcified crystals.This new species however, appears to be working in a wholly different way. Instead of the carbonate material building up as the cyanobacterium purge minerals from their cells, they appear to be using the bony material as a means of allowing them to anchor themselves to rocks on the bottom of the lake.Because the mineral material – made up of calcium, magnesium, barium, carbonate and strontium (similar to that found in coral) found inside the tiny organisms is not the same percentagewise as minerals in its local environment, the researchers believe the newfound species, Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora, is somehow able to manipulate the minerals inside its cells to produce the optimal bonelike material that allows the cyanobacterium to sit on rocks and other structures at the bottom of the lake, thus, providing them with a unique niche in which to survive.Also, because it is not yet known whether the bony material inside the cells of the new species of cyanobacterium disperses when they die, researchers are considering the possibility that their new find may have played a role in early Earth history that until now, has never been identified. If the carbonates dissolve upon death, Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora would not have left any evidence of its existence behind.The next step in the research will be of course to find out if the mineral structures inside their cells do disperse when they die, and then to discern if they may help fill in some of the many gaps that still exist in the ancient history of our planet. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org 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. Journal information: Science Citation: Scientists discover new kind of blue-green algae with carbonates in their cells (2012, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-scientists-kind-blue-green-algae-carbonates.html Mars’ missing carbon dioxide may be buriedlast_img read more

Drownings increase in buildup to festive season

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there Police warn the community to be extra-cautious while swimming at beaches, rivers or in swimming pools.This warning comes after a number of people have drowned recently in the Durban and South Coast areas. Educational and awareness campaigns have been conducted in the province to promote safety at recreational facilities or at sea.As the festive season approaches, drowning is an ever-present risk when people go on outings to rivers, beaches and dams, or even just swimming in swimming pools.Many drownings are linked to the misuse of alcohol and recklessness. Below are some water safety tips to follow:Safe swimming tips:Swimming aids, such as water wings or noodles, are fun toys for kids, but they should never be used instead of approved flotation devices.Never swim while you are intoxicated. Alcohol impairs judgement and unnecessary risks are taken. An intoxicated swimmer will tire more easily, increasing the chance of an accident or drowning.Check with the lifeguards on duty what the surf conditions are before entering the sea.Only swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards.If the lifeguards give you directions or instructions from the beach, obey them.Look out for warning signs and flags – a red flag means it is dangerous to swim.A red-and-yellow flag means lifeguards are on duty and you should only swim in the area between the flags.Avoid swimming immediately after a big meal, as there is a danger of having cramps.Do not dive into shallow seawater – many paraplegics broke their necks by diving into shallow pools and dams.Do not swim in river mouths, in dirty water, very early in the morning, early evening or after it has rained, as shark activity increases in these conditions. Also do not swim when bluebottles are present, as they are poisonous.Never leave a young child unattended near water and never make a child responsible for another child – not even for five minutes. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing drowning or permanent disability.last_img read more

Rocky Mountaineer WestJet update travellers on BC wildfires

first_imgTags: Rocky Mountaineer, Travel Alert, WestJet VANCOUVER — Both Rocky Mountaineer and WestJet have released new updates to service in light of the ongoing wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta.Due to the wildfires in the Caribbo area, Rocky Mountaineer’s train departures on the ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ route have been affected. “We have put in place alternative plans for guests travelling on this route that involved travelling by both motorcoach and train,” said the company.The schedules for the trains travelling via Kamloops on First Passage to the West (between Vancouver and Lake Louise/Banff) and Journey through the Clouds (between Vancouver and Jasper) are not affected. However, due to hazy skies in some areas, the visibility of scenery and air quality may be impacted at some points along the journey due to the wildfires.Passengers are asked to stay up to date on the situation by going to rockymountaineer.com/alert.WestJet has extended its discount offer to those impacted by the tragedy. The airline is offering 25% off for bookings between YXS and all Canadian and U.S. destinations, as well as 25% off for bookings between YLW/YYF/KYA and all Canadian and U.S. destinations.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTravel dates run from Aug. 4-Aug. 21, 2017. Bookings must be made by Aug. 14.For both GDS bookings and WestJet Agent (TA Web) bookings, use account code DEWF4WT. For SIREV/Revnet/Contact centre bookings, agents are asked to call the Travel Support Team at 1-877-664-3205.WestJet has also decided to waive change and cancel fees for all existing bookings made to/from and via YLW/YXS/YYF/YKA to/from Canadian destinations on or before July 9 for travel through Aug. 21, 2017.For GDS bookings, there is no need for agents to call to receive a waiver code for clients. Simply add the generic waiver code 201707yxs in the endorsement field and process the exchange or refund in the GDS. Friday, August 11, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Rocky Mountaineer, WestJet update travellers on BC wildfires Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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