CSIS watchdog chair lobbying for FN energy firm with links to China

first_imgPhotos of WIndtalker oil wells in Frog Lake First Nation. Source: Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. websiteBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chair of Canada’s spy agency watchdog has registered in Alberta to lobby for a First Nations energy company jointly drilling for oil on its territory with a Chinese-controlled firm.Chuck Strahl is chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) which oversees the activities of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CSIS) and investigates complaints against the agency.Strahl faced conflict of interest allegations this week from the NDP after the Vancouver Observer reported he registered on Dec. 6, 2013, to lobby the British Columbia government on behalf of Enbridge, which is behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project to move Alberta tar sands oil to the B.C. coast.CSIS has been monitoring opposition to the pipeline project which received the green light from the National Energy Board in late December. It is up to Stephen Harper’s cabinet to give the project its final approval.The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner said in an email to APTN National News that it found no conflict with Strahl’s work as chair of SIRC and his lobbying for Enbridge.“Based on the information he provided to the office and on any other information currently available to the office, Mr. Strahl was advised that the office had no grounds to believe that there had been a contravention,” said spokesperson Jocelyn Brisbois.A spokesperson for SIRC said Strahl would be required to step away from any SIRC discussions around CSIS activities that include Enbridge.“If there is something within that investigation in which that committee member has a conflict of interest they would withdraw from participation in committee proceedings,” said SIRC spokesperson Lindsay Jackson.The Enbridge file, however, may not be the only one that could be problematic for Strahl in his role as chair of SIRC.Strahl, who was Aboriginal Affairs minister from 2007 to 2010, registered with Alberta’s lobbyist registry on Dec. 3, 2013, to lobby for Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp. The energy firm has partnered with Chinese-financed Windtalker Energy Corp to drill for oil on Frog Lake’s territory.Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. says on its website that it owns 90 per cent of Windtalker. The company was born out of a $30 million deal with Frog Lake Energy in 2010. Under the deal, Frog Lake farmed out four blocks of land to Windtalker for oil development. The two firms drilled about 30 wells since then and produce, on average, about 700 to 800 barrels per day.Frog Lake sits about 90 kilometres north of Lloydminster, Alta., and 80 km south of Cold Lake, Alta.Strahl said in an email to APTN National News that he knows “nothing about Windtalker. Never discussed them with Frog Lake Energy.” Strahl said he knows “nothing about them from my work at SIRC.”Strahl did not respond to follow up questions about his Enbridge lobbying.Chuck StrahlCSIS has expressed concerns in the recent past over China’s resource push. The agency published a paper in September 2013 that explored China’s acquisitions of resources abroad, including in Canada. The report was based on a conference hosted by CSIS and National Defence.CSIS has also investigated links between Chinese investment and First Nations. Vancouver lawyer Merle Alexander told APTN National News that he was approached by CSIS agents in 2010 and 2011 probing whether First Nations were being “manipulated” by the Chinese through their business deals.Alexander, a partner with Gowlings, said in an interview that Stahl’s position as CSIS watchdog while lobbying for a First Nations firm with Chinese links raises a lot of questions.“CSIS is looking at the relationship between First Nations and China for potential undo influences, (Strahl) works for a First Nations owned company that has relationships with China and he also has a role on an investigative body,” said Alexander. “Anyone can draw on those three things, you should be able to publicly answer to it.”According to Sichuan Rui Investment Management’s website, the seeds for the Windtalker deal found fertile ground during a meeting with a U.S.-Canada business delegation organized by the Sichuan province’s department of commerce in 2010.The meeting proved to be productive, Windtalker was born and Sichuan Rui Investment Chairman Doug Wang was named an honourary chief by Frog Lake.While Windtalker and Frog Lake Energy are separate legal entities, they jointly operate oil wells on Frog Lake’s territory. Windtalker also pays lease rentals annually to Frog Lake for use of the blocks.Windtalker’s only operations in Canada are in Frog Lake. Windtalker, however, is hoping to expand into other areas in Canada and the U.S., according to Sichuan Rui’s website.Frog Lake Energy’s CEO Joe Dion could not be reached for read more

Namal says will not use force to remove Ranil

“We will not use any force to put them out from Temple Trees, whatever said and done he is a former Prime Minister, we should give him reasonable time to settle down and move out,” he said.Earlier, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa had said that Wickremesinghe will be forced out of Temple Trees. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa says they will not use force to remove Ranil Wickremesinghe from Temple Trees.He told the BBC Sinhala service they will give Wickremesinghe time to leave as he is a former Prime Minister. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,798.33, down 68.87 points.)BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Technology. Down $2.25, or 22.66 per cent, to $7.68 on 9.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 43 cents, or 6.44 per cent, to $6.25 on 8.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials, Down 12 cents, or 6.28 per cent, to $1.79 on 7.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 43 cents, or 6.4 per cent, to $6.29 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TS:ABX). Materials. Up 26 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $24.94 on 5.7 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Up 18 cents, or 3.89 per cent, to $4.81 on 5.5 million shares. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press Companies in the news:BlackBerry Ltd. — BlackBerry Ltd. stock took a dive Tuesday after the company’s second-quarter revenue fell short of analyst estimates as it experienced difficulties in a legacy unit that sells software and services to businesses. Executive chairman John Chen told analysts that the weak revenue was mainly confined to a segment that provides software to organizations that require secure communications, such as government agencies and financial services. The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported revenue in what was BlackBerry’s second quarter grew to US$244 million under generally accepted accounting principles, up from $210 million in the same quarter last year. It also reported a loss of $44 million compared with a profit of $43 million a year ago.Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier Inc. says federal authorities have certified its two new business jets, a key step in its turnaround plan as the company seeks to exploit the growing market for large, private jetliners. The plane-and-train maker says Transport Canada has given the green light for the Global 5500 and Global 6500, which Bombardier plans to enter into service later this year. The aircraft are updates to Global 5000 and 6000s with changed wings, new flight deck, redesigned interior and new engines. read more

Remote British island of St Helena drowning in plastic as experts warn

The largest fish on the planet, the whale shark, is under threat from plastic pollution off one of Britain’s most remote islands, conservationists have warned. In 2003 there was estimated to be one plastic item every three metres on the black volcanic beaches, but now ecologists say they are finding hundreds… Yet despite its isolated location, the island is now plagued with plastic rubbish which washes in from South America and beyond, even though its nearest neighbour is thousands of miles away. The tiny volcanic island of St Helena, which lies 4,000 miles from England in the South Atlantic, is Britain’s second-oldest overseas territory, and was where Napoleon was imprisoned before he died in 1821. read more

Poll Should Irish cities have directlyelected mayors

first_img Poll Results: I might be open to it, but need convincing. (838) I don’t have an opinion. (351) Great idea. We need a city CEO who’s directly accountable to the people. (907) No way. Our cities aren’t big enough to require a powerful mayor. (1290) DUBLIN COULD HAVE a directly-elected mayor with significant executive powers in just a few years’ time.A consultation process is currently under way to gauge public opinion on the issue, with a vote planned next summer.Environment Minister Phil Hogan was asked yesterday about the possibility of rolling the idea out to Cork, Limerick, and other Irish cities — but wouldn’t be drawn on the issue, saying “we’ll see how it goes” in Dublin.What do you think? Great idea. We need a city CEO who’s directly accountable to the people.No way. Our cities aren’t big enough to require a powerful mayor.I might be open to it, but need convincing.I don’t have an opinion.Votelast_img read more

Macaques un haut statut social active les gènes de bonne santé

first_imgMacaques : un haut statut social active les gènes de ‘bonne santé’Publiant leurs travaux le 9 avril dans PNAS, des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement, chez le macaque, un lien entre les fluctuations du statut social et celles du métabolisme immunitaire, lié à l’activation/désactivation de certains gènes.L’étude menée par l’équipe de Jenny Tung, du Département d’anthropologie évolutive de l’Université Duke, est la première à observer expérimentalement la corrélation entre expression génique et statut social chez des primates. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont travaillé avec 49 femelles de macaque rhésus du Centre de primatologie de l’Université Emory, à Atlanta.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les scientifiques ont constitué des groupes fluctuants de singes, au sein desquels les individus occupaient tour à tour différents rangs de l’échelle de dominance, selon les congénères partageant leur local et les modalités d’insertion. Parallèlement, les biologistes ont, à chaque étape, prélevé et analysé des échantillons de sang et d’ADN chez ces femelles.Résultats : de très rapides changements – réversibles – dans les taux de certains types de globules blancs (moins présents chez les individus de rang inférieur, avec signes d’un stress chronique), ainsi que dans les taux de substances intervenant dans l’activation de gènes immunitaires (désactivés chez ces mêmes individus). Un caractère réversible et rapide de ces réactions qui s’avère important.”Notre étude soutient l’idée que le faible statut social peut être mauvais pour le corps. Mais il suggère aussi l’idée que si vous améliorez votre situation sociale, votre état de santé s’améliore”, a déclaré le Pr Tung, qui qualifie de “passionnants et réconfortants” les résultats de cette étude. Cette scientifique estime en revanche que ces observations ne sont que “la partie émergée de l’iceberg” concernant les découvertes à faire dans ce domaine.Le 14 avril 2012 à 11:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boise Is Turning Sewage Into Beer and Cider

first_imgStay on target San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles The city of Boise, Idaho is putting on beer goggles and taking a long, hard look at how they process sewage. The result is an innovative, new recycling program, Pure Water Brew Boise, which takes water from one of the city’s water renewal facilities and cleans it, so it can be used to create tasty new beers and cider.Local officials are keenly aware that Boise needs to be mindful of how it uses water (Boise is situated in a desert region, after all). Even with the Boise River flowing right through town, it’s critical to look at ways to reduce usage. Breweries are notoriously heavy users, so they’re an ideal partner for an initiative like this.It takes a lot of water to produce beer. Even a particularly eco-friendly brewery likely uses around three gallons of water for every gallon of beer it brews.Four breweries are on board for the pilot: Barbarian Brewing, Longdrop Cider Company, Lost Grove Brewing and Mad Swede Brewing Company. They’ll be utilizing water that undergoes the final purification process on site.The equipment rides on the back of a semi like the one pictured above. It’s supplied by the Pima County Arizona Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department — which is recognized worldwide for the work it’s done.“The facility truck utilizes a five-step purification process including ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, an ultraviolet light advanced oxidation process, and granular activated carbon for hydrogen peroxide quenching,” according to Treated sewage goes in and pure, clean water comes out… Then it’s into the vats for brewing.The Liv Boise website says the city processes about 10 billion gallons of wastewater every year. It’s easy enough to see how big an impact these purification systems could have on the city’s fresh water use.That’s good news for the breweries. The recycled beer and cider is reportedly selling quite well. If you’re headed through Boise, it’s still available on tap. Pull up a stool and try a pint!More on’s Most ‘Meta’ Bakery Makes Bread from Old BreadThese Eco-Friendly Jackets Are Stuffed With Bison FurThese Vegan Shoes Are Made With Recycled Coffee Groundslast_img read more

ASAWISHH Participates in National Oilseed Conference in Afghanistan

first_imgASA representative Rahmat Khan gives a presentation on SARAI, soybeans, and the roles of USDA and ASA.This week representatives from the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal Initiative (SARAI) attended the “National Conference on Development of Oilseed Crops,” held in Balkh Province, Afghanistan. The overall goal of the event, sponsored and organized by the United Nations and local universities, was to share lessons learned on Afghan oilseed crops—from planting to processing and marketing. More than 150 people attended the four-day event.ASA/WISHH staff man the booth at the National Oilseed Conference.Local SARAI production staff directly participated through a presentation on the SARAI project and its efforts to build a soy value chain in Afghanistan. SARAI had a booth at the conference that provided the opportunity to create a greater awareness of locally produced soybeans, and that a processing plant, the Naseeb Afghan Soybean Factory (NASF) in Mazar, built as part of the SARAI project, existed to support that production. The event included tours of various oil processing factories, including NASF. In addition, strengthening the “Oil Crops Growers Association of Afghanistan” (OCGAA,) another component of the SARAI project, was focused on at the event.ASA representatives remarked that because this was a national conference it attracted attendees from the more distant south and east regions of Afghanistan, areas that were unaware of the NASF. They also noted an interest by attendees in soy flour and oil.  One ASA attendee said, “As vegetable oil is very popular in almost all Afghan dishes, soybean oil was of interest because of its lower saturated fat content. The nutritional value of these oils is important as many people in the region have high blood pressure.” Conference participants tour the Naseeb Afghan Soybean Factorylast_img read more

ONGC Foundation Day celebrated in Kakinada

first_imgKakinada: The 64th ONGC foundation day was celebrated at Eastman Offshore Asset on Wednesday. A large number of ONGC staff and officials of EOA & HPHT assets gathered at upcoming ONGC office cum supply yard complex at Vakalapudi. As mark of celebrations of 64th foundation day, executive director- asset manager of EOA Aravind Morbale unfurled the ONGC flag in the presence of large gathering. orbale inspected the guard of honour and took ONGC pledge in English. Santa Kumar, ED (MM) and P Lakashmi Narayana GGM (M) administered the pledge in Hindi and Telugu respectively. While addressing the gathering, Arvind Morbale initially paid homage to martyrs of ONGC for two minutes. Later, he reminded the great discoveries of western offshore. “Mumbai High & Basin” was turning print for ONGC which leads to exponential growth of company, he observed.last_img read more

2 killed in Coxs Bazar gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo men were killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called a gunfight with them at Jajimura Shikolpara in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on early Wednesday.The deceased were identified as Asmaul Saudagar, 35, son of Rizwan Saudagar of Charmukundi in Chandpur district; and Zabed Mia, 34, son of Jabbar Ali of Basundia in Jashore district.Tipped off, a team of BGB-2 conducted a drive in the area around 4:30am, said commanding officer of Teknaf BGB-2 lieutenant colonel Mohammad Foysal Khan.The miscreants opened fire as soon as the border guards reached the spot, triggering a shootout, he added.BGB members recovered the bodies of Asmaul and Zabed after the gunfight along with 10,000 Yaba pills, a gun and three bullets, the OC said.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Watch Alice in Chains Get Close With a Beer in Wacky Rainier

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Alice in Chains music videos are known to be trippy, cool, and odd, however, their latest footage for the song “Rainier Fog” takes storytelling to a whole new level: The bandmates befriend a walking beer bottle. And, it is nothing like Alice in Chains’ sci-fi film mashup Black Antenna, which is streaming on their YouTube channel right now.The group released a new “Rainier Fog” music video on YouTube, and it’s a bizarre tale that shows lots of road trips, wilderness, sabotage, and Alice in Chains rescuing their crafty buddy after a car accident. No one knows for sure what the exact message of this music video is, but it might be about letting past conflicts go and embracing the present.At the beginning of the trailer,  William DuVall and co. are carelessly driving through an area with a Beer Crossing sign, when all of a sudden, they accidentally hit a walking beer bottle with their car. Sadly this boozy beverage is dead at the scene, however, another live beer bottle is frightened, and of course, the Alice in Chains members try to calm it down, carry it to their vehicle, and wrap it in a warm blanket.Photo Credit: Alice in Chains / YouTubeThe beer bottle is welcomed by the group, and it learns how to play baseball and dance in a pool. The group eventually brings it on vacation with them, and there is a beer bottle competition where they win first prize for their crafty buddy.Photo Credit: Alice in Chains / YouTubeHowever, things take a dark turn when the beer bottle discovers the bandmates drinking, you guessed it, beer bottles that look like them. The beer bottle runs away from the squad, ends up being held hostage by some brewery owners, and goes back to the woods again. Oh, and on top of that, there’s a Bigfoot-like creature who is about to rage war on Alice in Chains for stealing one of the “beer ducklings.”Will the group reunite with their lil’ ale? You will have to watch this funny, strange, and oddly enticing Alice in Chains music video to find out.More on the Creepy Teaser for Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Movie ‘Black Antenna’ 11 Ways the Wu-Tang Clan Shaped Geek CultureOctopus ‘Fights’ Vlogger Who Tries to Eat it Alive Stay on targetlast_img read more

Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS

first_img( — ASUS announced in May it would be producing two Eee Pad tablets, a 12-inch version running Windows 7 Home Premium and a 10-inch with the Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system. It now seems likely the smaller tablet will use Google’s Linux-based mobile operating system Android instead. ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC 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. Eee Pad: AsusTek unveils Windows 7 tablet computer © 2010 Android is growing in popularity for smartphones, and so it makes sense for ASUS to adopt an operating system for its tablet that will be familiar to users, and according to Netbook News, this is precisely what ASUS is planning.The version of Android that will be used on the tablet is unclear as yet. The prototype is running Android 2.2 (Froyo), but it seems likely ASUS will wait for version 3.0 (Gingerbread) for use on the production units, which are expected to be released next January at the earliest.The smaller ARM-based Eee Pad tablet, the Eee Pad EP101TC, was demonstrated in June year at Computex 2010 in Taipei, and at that time was running Windows Embedded Compact 7.ASUS has been a close partner of Microsoft for a long time, but in February announced its Android-based Nuvifone A50, developed in partnership with Garmin. Citation: Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS (2010, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Asus Eee Pad EP101TC Demo at Computex 2010. ASUS is not the only tablet maker dumping Windows. Lenovo has announced it will be running Android instead of a Microsoft operating system on its tablets, Dell has also opted for Android, and Cisco’s Cius tablet, which is aimed specifically at business users and is slated for release in the first quarter of 2011, will also use the Google OS. HP has chosen WebOS (dubbed Palm) for its own tablets.last_img read more

Mexican astronomers suggest Bonilla sighting might have been a very close comet

first_imgSchwassmann-Wachmann3 Comet: Fragment B photographed during its passing in 2006. We can observe up to 73 fragments. This photo is from APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) (Internet 3). Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScl) Binilla wrote down his observations at the time and took some photographs of what he saw, but never really tried to explain what the objects were. Three years later the French astronomy journal L’Astronomie published the photos but deemed them likely high flying birds or bugs on the camera lens.Now Manterola and his colleagues suggest that there is sufficient evidence to at least consider the possibility that the objects Bonilla saw were comet fragments. First of all they say, Bonilla wrote down everything about the sighting; where in the sky the objects appeared, how many fragments he counted (447) over the two days that he could see them, the type of camera he used and the photography techniques, etc. And perhaps most importantly, the time it took for a single fragment to cross the sun, because it’s that number that allowed the modern researchers to calculate their distance from Earth, which they suggest would have been somewhere near just 8000 kilometers. Also, because of Bonilla’s precision in recording the events, it seems doubtful that he would have overlooked bugs on his lens, or the possibility of the objects being birds, etc.The unfortunate thing in all this is that no one else reported seeing the objects that Bonilla saw, and there was no associated meteor shower as would be expected if a comet fell apart so close to Earth. Manterola and his team say that this could be because of the parallax effect, which happens when an object is so close, only those closest to it can see it. They also note that because of the apparent position of the objects, they would have been observable only from areas in roughly the same latitude, which would have included parts of Africa and Northern India and south-east Asia; places where no one was looking at the sun through a telescope.Others clearly are skeptical, for obvious reasons. But that may or may not matter because if the objects were in fact comet fragments, it appears we came pretty close to being wiped out. The researchers suggest that many of the fragments would have been on the order of the size of the one that struck Siberia back in 1908, destroying everything for miles around. If we’d been hit with hundreds or thousands of such fragments at the same time, it might have knocked the life out of our planet, literally. 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. ESA’s New Camera Follows Disintegration of 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Comet © 2011 Explore further More information: Interpretation of the observations made in 1883 in Zacatecas (Mexico): A fragmented Comet that nearly hits the Earth, arXiv:1110.2798v1 [astro-ph.EP] 1883, on the 12th and 13th of August, Mexican astronomer Jose A. y Bonilla observed several objects passing in front of the solar disk. In 1886 in the L’Astronomie magazine, he reported his observations without providing a hypothesis explaining the registered phenomena. Our objective in this work is to interpret, with current knowledge, what he observed in Zacatecas. Our working hypothesis is that what Bonilla observed in 1883 was a highly fragmented comet, in an approach almost flush to the Earth’s surface. The fragmentation of the comet’s nucleus is a phenomenon known since the XIX century. Using the results reported by Bonilla, we can estimate the distance at which the objects approach to the Earth’s surface, their size, their mass and total mass of the comet before fragmentation. According to our calculations, the distance at which the objects passed over the Earth’s surface, was between 538 km and 8,062 km, the width of the objects was between 46 m and 795 m and its length between 68 m and 1,022 m, the object’s mass was between 5.58e8 kg and 2.5e12 kg. Finally, the mass of the original comet, before fragmentation, was between 1.83e12 and 8.19e15 kg, i.e., between 2e-3 and 8.19 times the mass of Halley Comet.via TechnologyReview, Discover Citation: Mexican astronomers suggest Bonilla sighting might have been a very close comet breaking up (2011, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Mexican astronomers Hector Javier Durand Manterola, Maria de la Paz Ramos Lara, and Guadalupe Cordero working out of National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, have uploaded a paper onto the prepress server arXiv, suggesting that objects Mexican astronomer José Bonilla recorded in 1883 passing in front of the sun and surrounded by a hazy mist, were in fact fragments of a comet as it came apart very near the earth.last_img read more

Poultry as bad as red meats

first_imgTurning a conventional wisdom on its head, researchers have found that consuming red meat and white meat, like poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels. The study indicated that restricting consumption of meat altogether, whether red or white, is more advisable for lowering blood cholesterol levels than previously thought. The research showed that consumption of high amount of red meat or white poultry resulted in higher blood cholesterol levels than consuming a comparable amount of plant proteins. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat. But we were surprised that this was not the case – their effects on cholesterol levels are identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent,” said the researchers. The study did not include grass-fed beef or processed products like bacon or sausage; nor did it include fish. Consumption of red meat has become unpopular during the last few decades over concerns about its association with increased heart disease. Government dietary guidelines have encouraged consumption of poultry as a healthier alternative to red meat. But there had been no comprehensive comparison of the effects of red meat, white meat and non-meat proteins on blood cholesterol until now. Non-meat proteins like vegetables, dairy, and legumes such as beans, show the best cholesterol benefit.last_img read more

Iron Age Gold and Treasure Found by Dental Assistant in a Muddy

first_imgAfter years of discovering next to nothing in her searches as an amateur archaeologist, a Danish dental assistant from Aarhus found more than 30 pieces of historically significant jewelry, including gold and pearls, in a muddy field on the island of Hjarnø. Mads Ravn, the research head at Vejle Museums, said the gold was believed to date to a time in the 6th century, just before the Viking period began.“Years can go by without amateur archaeologists finding gold, and some never do, so this is amazing,” the lucky woman, Terese Refsgaard, told DR. The gold included beads, pendants, a needle, and small pieces that were most likely used as currency.Photo by Vejle MuseumsHer discovery was made in 2017. Since then, professional archaeologists have worked the scene and secured more. Of 34 objects found, 27 of them are pure gold.The find suggests that people from Hjarnø had some contact with the Roman Empire.The island already had a rich history, with arrowheads found dating back many, many centuries, and artifacts washing up on the shore. On the southeast side of the island the ocean eats into the coast, leaving steep cliffs. On the southern part of the island are trails for hiking.Photo by Vejle MuseumsScientists are speculating that the Hjarnø gold treasure was an offering to please some “angry gods.”People connected to the Romans “probably took part in raids there, so our find is a small legacy from a turbulent time in world history in which gold speaks its own clear language,” Ravn told DR.The Roman connection comes into focus because of certain jewelry patterns and designs, the head of research said. “In terms of craft, they are completely unique, with gold markings that almost form spirals,” he said. “That is evidence of a high level of skill.”Stone ship from the wikinng age on Island of Hjarnø, Denmark Photo by Erik Christensen CC BY-SA 3.0One researcher who wrote on the find for said, “We think that it was a typical offering made in the hope that the gods could help those who buried the treasure through a difficult time. And we know that it dates to the 6th century. Was it intended to appease angry gods and end the poor summers and dark skies following the El Salvador volcanic eruption?”“Or was it thanks to the ultimate collapse of the Western Roman Empire a few decades earlier, whereby the gold was brought to Denmark by returning ‘new rich’ aristocrats, who defined a new ritual practice and religion based on the Nordic Gods?” the researcher pondered. “We do not know.”The volcano in question erupted in El Salvador in 536 AD. The massive event could have instantly killed up to 100,000 people, displaced up to 400,000 more, and filled the skies with ash for over a year. Its effects were felt far beyond El Salvador, too.Photo by Vejle Museums“The sun gave forth its light without brightness,” wrote the Byzantine historian Procopius, “and it seemed exceedingly like the sun in eclipse, for the beams it shed were not clear.”There are questions about the next stage, but some scientists believe the eruption led to an extensive, though short-lived, climate change experienced across the northern hemisphere.In Denmark, there would have been poor summers and failed harvests.Numerous Roman sources describe the sun as dark during the day and, according to the 6th century Syriac Chronicle, there was “great despair among the people.”The Western empire was already disintegrating. The last Roman emperor, Flavius Romulus Augustus, ruled the Western empire for just one year, ending in 476 AD.Read another story from us: Early-Christian Basilica Found at the Bottom of a Lake could be Momentous SiteThe Viking age started in 793 and lasted until 1066. The Vikings come from Scandinavia, with Denmark considered its spiritual and historical home. On the island of Hjarnø, a preserved Viking ship is an attraction for visitors. The Kalvestenene is on the peninsula called Odden, believed to be a cremation burial site of the Vikings.The gold discovered on the island is now at The Vejle Museums.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Flat Panel Displays | December 06, 2018 USEI Introduces Windows-Based iPad Medical Imaging Viewing Solution at RSNA 2018 U.S. Electronics Inc. (USEI) recently announced the release of what it calls the world’s first Windows-compatible… read more July 28, 2008 – Del Global Technologies (Del MedicalSystems Group) is the exclusive provider for New Medical Imaging (NMI) of Taiwan of its Gemini family of full-field, portable DR flat panels in North and South America.The Gemini flat panels are reportedly easily integrated into Del’s tables, which allows existing customers to upgrade or field retrofit their digital imaging systems. All of the Gemini products feature the latest flat panel technology and are DICOM compatible. Lightweight and portable, these flat panels facilitate multiple applications, while ensuring patient comfort and safety. 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first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — In the wake of Jonathan Dwyer’s arrest on charges of domestic violence Wednesday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians held a rare Thursday media session to address the situation and take questions from reporters.He spoke extensively about the situation, Dwyer, the team and the issue of domestic violence, generally. Arians opened with a long statement about the situation before taking a series of questions. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “No, no.”As a coach, how do you use your platform to speak about issues like this?“Oh, as strongly as I can to totally tell them how wrong it is. And that this isn’t about being under a microscope in the NFL. This is a serious problem in the nation and around the world. Domestic violence is something that we all have to work on. I’ve been trying to raise money myself here locally to help the children in the system. We have 10,000 kids in our system here in Maricopa County who are either neglected or abused, and we need to help them. Making more awareness — if this bad scar on the NFL, as you want to say, right now makes the rest of the world aware of what’s going on, it’s damn good.”You moved so fast with Jonathan Dwyer; why no action on Daryl Washington?“Totally different set of circumstances. Totally different set of circumstances.”But Washington was convicted…“Yes he was…” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img “You never forget the victims. The victims come first. But you build relationships and me, as a coach — I’ve always taken the approach that these are my children. And I treat them as I would my children. And if this was my son, I would have a pretty hard time dealing with it.”The police report his pretty graphic — have you had a chance to read it?“I have not read the police report, I’ve had a few other things to do right now.”Did Jonathan deny doing this when he spoke with you?“Yes.”How did the team react to the news?“I think everyone was in shock yesterday. They all know John. But we had a job to do. We had to have a good practice. We’re playing for first place and we could not allow any distractions. We had a great practice yesterday and we had a great practice today.”In the future, would you like guys to bring this type of thing to your attention to avoid the surprise of yesterday?“I don’t think there was anybody that knew anything about it. He was as extremely shocked as well as I was, so I don’t think he knew anything about it either.”Did Dwyer ever make it out to the practice field? Had practice started when the police came?“No.”Have you ever dealt with anything like this before?“This is a new one for me and I’ve been coaching 37 years and I’ve never had anything like this at the facility or anything. I’ve seen domestic violence, don’t get me wrong, but this type of situation — no.”It seems like a lot of domestic violence issues have been popping up lately“Well, I think they’ve been going on for a long, long time and, finally, people are becoming aware of it and doing something about it. And it’s uncalled for — I think anyone who touches a woman or a child, in my opinion, needs to go to jail for a long time.”With all these incidents, what is the state of the NFL in your view?“To me it’s America, it’s not the NFL. Domestic violence has gone on for a long time. There’s something going on every day in different parts of neighborhoods but people don’t care about it. They only care about the NFL and we’re only reporting the NFL, but it’s a national problem.”How challenging is it to have developed a relationship with a guy like Jonathan and to care about him, but then to also care about the potential victims? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Did you have a chance to speak with John?“I talked to him yesterday, yeah, before he left the building.”How did you tell the team?“Exactly the facts. What had happened — John had been taken in custody and we were moving forward immediately. We will sign Jalen Parmele to come back in and take his spot until it is resolved.”Was this after practice?“No, it was before.”What changed in a week with Chris Rainey?“Basically, the injuries. We brought Chris in to get ready to take Andre Ellington’s place. (He’s) a small fast back. We now brought in a bigger back because we lost a bigger back. It really had nothing to do with (domestic violence); I’m sure people will expect and write that that’s the case, but that was really not the case.”Was it stunning for him to be accused of this?“I was truly floored by it — knowing him for nearly four or five years now.”What was his demeanor like when you talked to him?“Basically, he was in shock also.”Why the decision to act so quickly with Dwyer?“Because we are very, very sensitive to this issue. Michael (Bidwill) and I and Steve (Keim) talked immediately and thought that was the best course of action, to make him inactive and then today be able to put him on N.F.I. immediately and let the court system handle the rest, and we move on as a football team.” “Yesterday morning, I was made aware that allegations had been made against Jonathan Dwyer of domestic violence,” he began. “We take that extremely serious. We’ll let due process take care of itself, but we (took) immediate action as far as a football team to deactivate him. Today he was placed on NFI. “We’ll allow the court systems to take care of what is true and what isn’t true. Up until then, until he’s exonerated, he will not be a member of this football team. If and when he is exonerated, I would gladly take him back. “But we take this extremely serious. My wife and I have been in this domestic violence (activism) for years. My wife, as most of you know, was a (court-appointed special advocate for abused children) for 18 years. So our family is extremely sensitive to this.“We’ll move on. It’s not a distraction. It will not be a distraction. Our team has kind of gotten used to what everybody else would consider a distraction and we’ll get ready for a huge football game this Sunday.”Was it a big shock to you when the police showed up? How did you respond to that?“It was like the worst nightmare a coach could have right now. For me, personally, I was totally shocked because I’ve known John a long time. And it was totally out of character from what I’ve known. So I was extremely shocked by the incident, but we have to move forward.”last_img read more

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