Welcome to the new Military Caregiving Expert Advice series. Our caregiving team is rolling out with a new blog series entitled, Expert Advice, where we provide monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you. (Type your response in the comments section of this article.)Expert Advice in Child PsychiatryTo kick off our new series, we focus on issues surrounding caregiving and special needs within the military. In a recent professional development training on ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry service providers and families learned about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting. Below we highlight a question from an audience member and expert advice from a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.Question: Does general anxiety ever get misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Advice: Anxiety is often misdiagnosed as ADD which is why the interview process (for diagnosing Anxiety and ADD) is so important. There are many times children come in having trouble with concentration, which is part of the diagnosis and criteria for both anxiety and ADD. The problem arises with the treatment of ADD because there are certain treatments that might actually make the anxiety worse. It is very important that we are careful to make sure we have the right diagnosis.Expert: Brian Dixon, M.D., Executive Director of Progressive Psychiatry, P.A. and Board Certified Child and Adolescent PsychiatristHave a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! Stay tuned for more from our Expert Advice series.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 20, 2016.
LaCie’s popular, rugged, and portable hard drive gets tougher in its latest iteration, unveiled this week at the 2018 NAB Show.Already a staple in the film and video production industry as the go-to device for rough-and-tumble file storage, LaCie has unveiled their new Rugged RAID Pro at NAB 2018. While the orange-rimmed look remains the same, the technology has been updated, and it includes more storage, faster writing, new features, and even greater protection from the elements.Let’s take a look at all the new features.Faster and More SecureIt’s already one of the most durable hard drives on the market, but the new Rugged RAID Pro offers unparalleled water, drop, and shock resistance, along with some sophisticated hardware encryption. The new RAID Pro has an interface transfer rate of 240 MB/s, which should be good enough for a digital workflow on the go, even with 4K and RAW footage uploads (as you can see in their video with a RED camera setup). Like the rest of the line, the RAID Pro can take a lot of punishment and resist up to one ton of pressure.4 TB CompactThe Rugged RAID Pro also offers an improved storage capacity up to 4 TBs, making it a top-of-the-line offering. LaCie seems to be hyper-focused on run-and-gun warriors and backpack adventurers who need a highly reliable product to transfer, store, and back up footage in the craziest of conditions. If you’re looking for even more external storage options at home or in the office, here are some great alternatives.Built-in SDTo fully cater to run-and-gun shooters, LaCie also has announced that the Rugged RAID Pro features a built-in integrated SD card reader for direct uploads. You can see in the video that you can still use a USB 3.0 adapter, but if you’re traveling without a laptop, SD card-reading is yet another handy element.For more NAB 2018 news and hard drive resources, check out these resources:NAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an UpdateThe Best External Hard Drives for Video EditorsHow to Format External Hard Drives for Mac and Windows
The Lok Jan Shakti Party, led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, will join the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. Mr. Paswan on Friday congratulated Mr. Kumar for joining the NDA once again. “Better late than never,” he said.“Yes, the party has taken the decision that it will join the new government of Nitish Kumar … but who will be in the Cabinet from our party, though, has not been decided,” LJP MP Chirag Paswan told presspersons in Patna. However, party sources told The Hindu that Pashupati Kumar Paras, State LJP chief and younger brother of Ram Vilas Paswan, is likely to join the Nitish Cabinet.
A Sioux City man found guilty of four counts of first degree robbery and two counts of attempted murder has lost an appeal of his October, 2016 conviction.The Iowa Court of appeals denied the motion in the case of 20-year-old Isaiah Mothershed.Mothershed contended there was insufficient evidence supporting the guilty verdict on one of the attempted murder counts and that his trial attorney was ineffective in failing to seek severance of the four robbery counts.The four robberies occurred within nine days in February of 2016.The appeals court concluded that Mothershed’s counsel breached no essential duties and upheld the conviction.Mothershed is serving up to 50 years in prison for crimes including the shooting of Sioux City Police Officer Ryan Moritz.
Brandon Weeden is the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback, both today and into the immediate future. But the pro Pokes are still bringing in some folks to try out for a roster spot while Tony Romo heals up.That’s not because they don’t believe in Weeden though. Jerry Jones said more hyperbolic things in one paragraph about No. 3 than Mike Gundy said about him in his entire career at Oklahoma State.Here’s what Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News.“This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field,” Jones said. “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.”AdChoices广告He’s not wrong about Weeden throwing the ball. It’s everything else that’s been an issue for him so far in the NFL. More of this would be nice.Weeden, by the way, hasn’t thrown an incompletion since November 2014. He’s 12 for his last 12. That will end on Sunday, but still, a cool stat. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways. The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt The Best Men’s No-Show Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy and Stink-Free We Found the Best Merino Wool Socks After One Year of Testing 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Shave With a Straight Razor Smartwool/FacebookSocks are as essential to our everyday lives as the footwear that encases them. They are no longer the unwanted holiday gift of old (though I would suspect that neckties still make that list). They are now made of superior fabrics and state of the art construction. Here are a few of our favorite travel socks that work in the office and on the trail.Darn Tough Vermont Switchback Crew, $20The name says it all. Darn Tough has been making and creating socks for over 40 years at a single mill in Vermont. This rugged trail sock features the brand’s “put it on, forget it’s on” feel. Made of 41 percent Merino wool, the fabric promises breathability and comfort.Balega Blister Resist Crew, $18Originally designed, tested, and manufactured in South Africa, Balega introduced its first U.S.-made product in 2015. The Blister Resist technology reduces friction while the combination of mohair and Drynamix works to keep feet cool and dry regardless of season.Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Pattern Light Crew, $22Colorado-based Smartwool seeks out the highest quality Merino yarn available. The PhD stands for “performance in the highest degree.” These socks are comprised of 58 percent Merino wool and feature the patent-pending construction method called Industructawool.Icebreaker Hike+ Medium Crew, $23Born in 1995 in the heart of Merino wool country, Icebreaker works with nature to create performance outdoor clothing. These socks are right- and left-fitted for maximum comfort.FITS Business Crew and OTC, $18-$21As the name implies, the founders of FITS set out to create the most comfortable and best-fitting socks in the world — and keep production stateside. Both the crew (pictured above) and OTC (over-the-calf) models feature the patented Full Contact Fit, 51-percent Merino wool, and mild compression around the foot and leg.Feetures! Elite Light Cushion Mini Crew, $18The founder of Feetures! worked in the sock industry for over 25 years before starting his own company because he believed a better performance sock was possible. This 96-percent nylon sock is designed to enhance fit while the patented Sock-Lock technology provides targeted compression.Feature image courtesy of Smartwool/Facebook. Editors’ Recommendations
zoom International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has welcomed a decision by the European Commission to keep in place in their current form the guidelines relating to state aid to maritime transport, which include EU tonnage tax regimes. The decision follows an EC review of the guidelines and has been formally communicated to the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA).Sue Bill, a tax partner with Moore Stephens, says, “This is extremely good news for the shipping industry, both in the UK and elsewhere in the EU, which is facing severe competition from countries such as Singapore. It means they can now rely on a stable tax regime for the foreseeable future.“It is understood that there are some outstanding issues relating to the guidelines which are still to be clarified. But it is believed that these are relatively minor points, and should not dilute the satisfactory overall conclusion of the review, which had generated widespread interest and concern in the shipping industry.”Moore Stephens LLP is noted for a number of industry specialisations and is widely acknowledged as a leading shipping and insurance adviser. Moore Stephens LLP is a member firm of Moore Stephens International Limited, one of the world’s leading accounting and consulting associations, with 624 offices of independent member firms in over 100 countries, employing 21,224 people and generating revenues in 2012 of $2.3 billion.Moore Stephens, October 17, 2013
New Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has registered a case on the complaint of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India asking them to probe fraudulent racket.According to police, the case was registered on June 11 on the complaint from MHA. The complaint had come to police with the subject regarding cyber fraud received from Finance Secretary. “Sir I am directed to enclose a copy of note dated 31.10.2018 along with enclosures received from Finance Secretary addressed to Home Secretary relating to fraud racket operated by the culprits to dupe innocent people,” the complainant told the police. Also Read – Chinese national held with 6.4 kg sandalwoodAn email received to the ministry there was an enquiry regarding a letter in which Revenue Secretary has been shown as the signatory of this letter. “It seems that fraudulent racket run by somebody to dupe people of their hard earned money,” the complainant wrote. A case under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating),471 (Using as genuine a forged 1[document or electronic record]), 120 B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code has been registered and further investigation is going on to get clues in the case. In another case, the EOW has booked three-person including director of a company for cheating. The complainant in the case has also alleged that bank officials help the suspects in the case.
OTTAWA — The arms-length agency that processes refugee claims in Canada estimated it would need twice as much money as it will ultimately receive to significantly tackle a major backlog in asylum claims, caused in part from an influx of irregular migrants.Documents obtained under access-to-information law show the Immigration and Refugee Board drafted costing estimates in November 2017 showing it would need $140 million annually plus an additional $40 million in one-time costs to finalize 36,000 extra refugee cases every year.That’s how many cases the board would need to complete to cut the backlog and also meet the current intake of new asylum claims.The government ultimately earmarked $74 million to the IRB over two years in last year’s federal budget to address Canada’s refugee backlog, which currently stands at over 64,000.The IRB says in the documents the amount will not be enough to finalize the outstanding claims within two years and that a longer-term strategy is needed to tackle the problem.The documents also reveal employees processing the claims have raised concerns about heavy workloads, problems with their pay due to the Phoenix pay system and have pressed management about when the influx of claims will be considered a crisis.The Canadian Press
SEOUL, South Korea – The huge civilian entourage Seoul sent to the latest inter-Korean summit includes the third-generation heir of South Korea’s largest business group and a Colorado-born pop diva nicknamed the “Korean Beyonce.”President Moon Jae-in’s office said the 52-member “special” entourage will help promote civil exchanges and engagement with younger Koreans.Some experts believe Moon is preparing for the resumption of inter-Korean economic co-operation projects after diplomacy eventually yields results. Currently, all major joint economic projects between the Koreas remain stalled because of U.S.-led sanctions.What the civilian delegation will do in North Korea has not been formally announced.The inclusion of billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong has been controversial since Lee was convicted of crimes related to the massive corruption scandal involving former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.Lee initially received a five-year prison term but it was reduced to two and a half years and suspended. Lee awaits a final ruling at Seoul’s Supreme Court. Park was removed from office last year and is serving a lengthy prison term for accepting bribes from Lee and other crimes.The liberal Moon won a special byelection last year to replace Park, under whose conservative government tensions with North Korea had been extremely high.When asked about Lee’s inclusion in Moon’s trip to North Korea, presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok said: “Trials are trials; work is work.”Other business leaders accompanying Moon include Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun, whose company had operated now-suspended joint tours to North Korea, Hyundai Motor Group Vice Chairman Kim Yong-hwan, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won and LG Group CEO Koo Kwang-mo.K-pop starlet Ailee and rapper Zico, who were described by Moon as pioneering “new culture,” were also part of the entourage. Born in Denver as Lee Ye Jin and raised in New Jersey, Ailee moved to South Korea in 2010 where she began her career. She quickly became one of the country’s biggest popstars after displaying her powerhouse vocals on television shows, where she performed her own songs and also renditions of Beyonce’s “One Night Only” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”The South Korean delegation also includes athletes Park Jong-ah, an ice hockey player who was on the joint Korean Olympic team earlier this year, and Hyun Jung-hwa, a retired table tennis player from the combined inter-Korean team in the 1991 World Championships.
Companies in this story: (TSX:ZZZ)Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc.’s $88.7 million purchase of Canadian mattress start-up Endy won’t mean the two will be amalgamated or that the legacy brand will cease selling products from Endy’s bed-in-a-box competitors.Toronto-based Sleep Country said Friday that the two will operate separately and that Sleep Country won’t abandon selling the Bloom mattress-in-a-box that it launched in May 2017.“Bloom is not going anywhere. We sell it out of our stores and we sell it online and we plan to keep doing that,” said David Friesema, Sleep Country’s chief executive officer, on a call with analysts. “It is one of our fastest growing product launches we ever had in our history.”Friesema said Sleep Country was interested in buying Endy — built by two friends that met as high school students in Calgary and disrupted the mattress industry when they launched their company in 2015 — because of the synergies between the two brands.Despite Endy and its U.S. rival Casper increasing competition in the sleep products industry, he said the Endy purchase wasn’t meant to be a “defensive move.”“We have been watching carefully and we have been talking for awhile,” Friesema said. “This is the right time to make the purchase.”Executives said both companies were keen on the acquisition because they will each benefit from it. Endy will be able to leverage Sleep Country’s logistics, warehouse and shipping expertise, while Sleep Country will be able to tap into Endy’s e-commerce technology and digital marketing prowess.They said it is unlikely that Endy products will land in Sleep Country stores, though they admitted executives had discussed the possibility but decided to leave the decision up to Endy to make in the future.Their partnership comes at a key time for both brands. Sleep Country has long been grappling with bed-in-a-box competitors and the growth of e-commerce. It only launched an online sales offering about a year ago and has been keeping an eye on how it can reinvigorate its brick-and-mortar spaces and boost its sleep accessory sales.Meanwhile, Endy’s last year has put it on track to post $50 million in revenues this year, though it has also been challenged by competitors. Casper has aggressively expanded in Canada and is slowly opening retail stores — a feature Endy has yet to delve into.Friesema said Endy will continue to evaluate whether it should jump into brick-and-mortar.“We do test things,” he pointed out. “That will probably be more likely than ever being in a Sleep Country store, but there is no decision that has been made 100 per cent on that yet.”Rajen Ruparell, Endy’s co-founder and chairman, added that for now the company has been focused on growing its traffic online because 100 per cent of its sales are done through e-commerce.He also said the 38-employee company was committed to remaining as “lean and efficient as possible,” even as it grows.For now, the companies are waiting for the deal — $63.7 million in cash paid at closing and up to an additional $25 million in 2021 based on the achievement of growth and profitability in targets in 2020 — to close and regulatory approvals to be received by Thursday.“It’s early days. We just got married last night and we are encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit between the organizations,” Stewart Schaefer, Sleep Country’s chief business development officer, said. “The team will come together and look under the covers and see where there are synergies.”
Hun Sen has told Rabbani that he had some important work to complete in the country, explaining why he decided to cancel official visits overseas. “Samdech [Hun Sen] apologized because this year Samdech has a lot of work in the country so he canceled official visits to many countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand,” Thamrong said.“Next year, we will be busy organizing commune elections and the national election in 2018.” (Colombo Gazette) Sry Thamrong, a minister attached to the Prime Minister’s office, told reporters of the change of plans after talks between Hun Sen and Mian Raza Rabbani, chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, yesterday in Siem Reap City. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has canceled a visit to Sri Lanka scheduled for this year, the Cambodian media reported.According to khmertimeskh.com, Hun Sen canceled tentative plans to visit Pakistan and three other countries – Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand – and instructed the Pakistani embassy to work with the Foreign Ministry to mark next year’s 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Malaysia Airlines and officials say search area has widened for missing passenger jet Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation’s Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman briefs reporters on search and recovery efforts within existing and new areas for missing Malaysia Airlines plane during a press conference, Monday, March 10, 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. The search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 which has involved 34 aircraft and 40 ships from several countries covering a 50-nautical mile radius from the point the plane vanished from radar screens between Malaysia and Vietnam continues after its disappearance since Saturday. Experts say possible causes of the apparent crash include an explosion, catastrophic engine failure, terrorist attack, extreme turbulence, or pilot error or even suicide. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Authorities hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded their search on land and sea Tuesday, reflecting the difficulties in locating traces of the plane more than three days after it vanished.Malaysia Airlines said in a statement the western coast of the country, near the Straits of Malacca, was “now the focus” of the hunt. That is on the other side of peninsular Malaysia from where flight 370 was reported missing, meaning if the plane went down there it would have had to fly over the country, presumably undetected.Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the statement didn’t imply authorities believed the plane was off the western coast. “The search is on both sides,” he said.The Boeing 777 had 239 people on board when it vanished off radar screens early Saturday morning en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, triggering a massive international search effort.Authorities began their hunt at the point the plane was last known to be, a spot in the seas between Malaysia and Vietnam. With no debris found, they have systematically expanded their search to include areas where the plane could have in theory ended up given the amount of fuel it had on board.They have also said that the plane might have tried to turn back to Kuala Lumpur. On Sunday, Malaysia’s air force chief said there were indications on military radar that the jet may have done a U-turn.Vietnamese planes and ships are a major component of the international search and rescue effort.Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnamese People’s Army, said authorities on land had also been ordered to search for the plane, which could have crashed into mountains or uninhabited jungle. He said that military units near the border with Laos and Cambodia had been instructed to search their regions also.“So far we have found no signs (of the plane) … so we must widen our search on land,” he said.Experts say possible causes of the apparent crash include an explosion, catastrophic engine failure, extreme turbulence, pilot error or even suicide. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2014 8:43 am MDT
The parliamentary hearing and suspension comes in the wake of the news of resignations and dismissals of Oxfam staff in Haiti following allegations of “sex parties” involving prostitutes.On Thursday, Oxfam GB said: “The government of Haiti announced today that it will suspend Oxfam Great Britain’s operation in the country for two months, while it investigates how Oxfam GB handled the case of former staff having paid for sex during the agency’s humanitarian response in 2011. Oxfam GB has been temporarily suspended from operating in Haiti pending an investigation into how the charity handled the case of former staff paying for sex.The aid group said senior members of staff met officials from the Haiti government on Thursday and pledged their commitment to cooperating with the probe.The two-month suspension comes after charity chiefs revealed Oxfam has received 26 allegations of misconduct since the Haiti sex scandal erupted two weeks ago.Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB’s chief executive, said 16 of the claims stemmed from abroad, while 10 came from the UK.Giving evidence to the Commons International Development Committee earlier this week, Mr Goldring said around 7,000 people have cancelled regular donations to Oxfam over the past 10 days, adding that corporate sponsors appeared to be “reserving judgment”.Mr Goldring publicly apologised for the actions of charity staff who sexually exploited female victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. “Oxfam International Regional Director Simon Ticehurst and Oxfam Intermon Executive Affiliate Unit head Margalida Massot met government officials today and committed to cooperate with their investigation.”Oxfam has apologised to the Haitian government and people for abuses by former staff that occurred in 2011.”Oxfam is committed to putting in place a number of wide-sweeping initiatives to improve its global safeguarding policies and practices, including the establishment of an independent Commission and putting more staff and resources into its safeguarding teams.”Oxfam will continue working on construction and development projects in Haiti, helping people through other affiliate members, but anticipates that Oxfam GB’s temporary suspension will have a significant impact on its work.The charity helps 750,000 people in Haiti. Oxfam’s annual programme budget is 13 million euros, of which Oxfam GB contributes 3.2 million euros.
The Grenfell Tower public inquiry has been played footage of the moment firefighters entered the flat where the deadly inferno began.Crew manager Batterbee and his colleague firefighter Brown, both from the North Kensington station, entered flat 16 on the fourth floor of the west London block by breaking down the door at about 1.07am on June 14 last year. The crew could be seen entering a smoke-clogged corridor and rooting through the flat, before a bright yellow glow can be seen in the kitchen.”The yellow glow that you can see is the fire,” the expert said.Firefighters can be seen spraying liquid at the fire, which was put out in the flat itself at 1.20am. A firefighter opens the door to flat 16 Thermal imaging camera footage was played to the inquiry on Tuesday during a presentation by Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, the director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, who was explaining the origins of the fire and its spread. Bodycam footage shows the burning cladding 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. A split-screen was used to show mobile phone footage of the flame beginning to spread up the outside of the building at the same time.
By Hayley Halpin Post-concert Dart chaos as commuters ‘pried open doors’ and ‘got down onto the tracks’ Delays were experienced as commuters travelled back from a Liam Gallagher concert at Malahide Castle. Short URL Share173 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 43 Comments Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie DART SERVICES EXPERIENCED major delays last night after a concert at Malahide Castle as a result of anti-social behaviour, according to Irish Rail.Many commuters vented their frustrations of the delays on social media last night as they tried to get home from the Liam Gallagher concert.One train came to a stop at Portmarnock at around 11.30pm after some people onboard began “interfering” with the doors.“Obviously, if the doors aren’t securely closed the train does come to a halt,” Irish Rail spokesperson Barry Kenny told TheJournal.ie. “It was very busy after the concert and this was recurring so it was proving very difficult to rectify [the situation] as a result,” he said.Due to the halted train at Portmarnock, a second train travelling behind it between Malahide and Portmarnock was forced to stop.“We had two really busy trains that were delayed post-concert as a result,” Kenny said.Kenny said that the majority of commuters on the second train, while “understandably frustrated”, didn’t cause any issues, but that there was some “anti-social behaviour” onboard.“We had people on the second train basically prying doors open and getting down onto the track and that, of course, exacerbated the situation,” Kenny said.Because there were commuters on the tracks, he added that a train outbound from the city, which was carrying many people who had attended the Taylor Swift concert in Croke Park, was also delayed as a result.Addressing the first train, Kenny said: “Ultimately, we took the original train out of service at Portmarnock, got everybody off that train and it moved on empty.“We moved the train between Malahide and Portmarnock onwards.”An empty train from Malahide proceeded to pick up the passengers from the first train who were left at Portmarnock at around 1am.“Obviously, between the length of time, the issues and anti-social behaviour, and how busy it was, it caused a lot of people to be both delayed and upset and we apologise for that.” http://jrnl.ie/4074696 Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Jun 16th 2018, 3:12 PM 49,969 Views Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 3:12 PM
La baleine, une véritable attraction touristique en IslandeEn Islande, la chasse à la baleine est toujours autorisée, mais est de moins en moins populaire. Les cétacés deviennent plutôt des attractions touristiques, grâce à des excursions qui permettent à des dizaines de milliers de visiteurs d’observer les baleines en mer.Si la chasse à la baleine est sujet de houleux débats en Islande, où elle de moins en moins populaire, en plus de ne plus être lucrative, l’attraction touristique que sont devenus les cétacés, elle, ne fait aucun doute. Comme le rapporte l’AFP, des dizaines de milliers de touristes sont chaque été attirés par les excursions en mer lors desquelles ils observent les baleines. Cette activité est proposée depuis les années 1990 en Islande, mais a mis des années à devenir une véritable attraction pour les touristes. À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeDepuis 2006, après une brève interdiction, l’exploitation de la viande de baleine est à nouveau autorisée. Or “la chasse à la baleine est mauvaise pour le tourisme”, déplore Hoerdur Sigurbjarnarson, qui organise des excursions dans le village de pêcheurs d’Husavik, dans le Nord du pays. “De plus, cette chasse ne sert à rien. Il n’y a pas de marché pour la viande de baleine !” souligne-t-il, appuyé par Arni Gunnarsson, le président de l’Association des entreprises de tourisme islandaises. “C’est simple : vous gagnez plus d’argent avec l’observation des baleines qu’avec la chasse à la baleine”, assure celui-ci.Excursion puis dégustation La demande en viande de baleine s’est presque effondrée dans le pays, dont les habitants son de moins en moins nombreux à soutenir ce marché. Les chasseurs ont alors dû retarder au mois d’août leur capture annuelle. “La demande s’est vraiment réduite (mais) elle reprendra”, assure toutefois Kristjan Loftsson, de l’entreprise baleinière Hvalur, la plus importante d’Islande.Reste qu’aujourd’hui, il est possible en Islande d’aller observer les baleines, puis de goûter leur chair. “Vous allez au zoo, vous observez des moutons, du bétail puis vous rentrez chez vous et vous en mangez : ce n’est pas différent” estime Kristjan Loftsson.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 14:46 • Maxime Lambert
L’évolution du cerveau des dinosaures herbivores expliquée Des chercheurs allemands et britanniques ont pu reconstituer la structure cérébrale d’un dinosaure herbivore de Tanzanie à deux stades de sa croissance, grâce à des technologies pointues. Les travaux ont été publiés dans le Journal of Evolutionary Biology.Stephan Lautenschlager, de l’École des sciences de la Terre de Bristol, et Tom Hübner, du Niedersächsische Landesmuseum de Hanovre, se sont penchés sur le cerveau de Dysalotosaurus lettowvorbecki. Ce petit dinosaure herbivore vivait en Tanzanie il y a 150 millions d’années, au Jurassique. Pourquoi cette espèce ? Parce que les paléontologues disposaient des fossiles de deux spécimens, un jeune et un adulte, dont l’âge a été estimé à plus de 12 ans. “Les deux différents stades de la croissance nous ont fourni une occasion unique d’étudier le cerveau et la façon dont celui-ci s’est développé au cours de l’évolution de l’animal”, explique Stephan Lautenschlager. “Le matériel fossile bien préservé. Nous avons ainsi pu l’utiliser pour reconstruire l’anatomie du cerveau des dinosaures. Ce qui est généralement assez rare. De plus, nous avons eu de la chance d’avoir différents stades de croissance disponibles pour notre étude”, confirme Tom Hübner. Comment reconstituer le cerveau d’un dinosaure ? C’est en utilisant la tomodensitométrie à haute résolution et l’imagerie 3D que les chercheurs ont pu reconstituer, par ordinateur, le cerveau et l’oreille interne de Dysalotosaurus et d’en étudier l’anatomie. Celle-ci, déjà très opérationnelle dès le stade juvénile, a toutefois considérablement changé. Cela s’explique probablement par les exigences environnementales et métaboliques au cours de la croissance de l’animal, ont constaté les paléontologues. “Notre étude montre que le cerveau était déjà bien développé chez les jeunes dinosaures et parfaitement adapté à interagir avec leur environnement et avec d’autres individus”, conclut Stephan Lautenschlager. D’autres recherches dans ce domaine seront toutefois nécessaires pour pouvoir extrapoler ce modèle à l’ensemble du vaste groupe des dinosaures, soulignent les auteurs. Le 26 mai 2013 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
When he was young, Jay Fredericks used to love watching his dad do a trick with a stick lined with red gemstones.His dad, who was a master hypnotist, would wave his hand over the stones, and all of a sudden, they’d change colors.Fredericks, who lives in Vancouver, would examine the stick for hours, and never found batteries or secret switches that would make the stones change. But it didn’t frustrate him, rather it gave him a lifelong love of magic and visual trickery.“My dad, he could hypnotize an entire party,” Fredericks said. “It was amazing. It instilled in me a love of all those kinds of things — magic and mind control.”But it wasn’t until Fredericks, 50, was in his 30s that he started to try his own hand at it — after watching Israeli illusionist Uri Geller on TV.“It reminded me of all that stuff my dad used to do when I was a boy,” Fredericks said. “So I trained myself.”Usually magicians learn from a mentor, but Fredericks started out by simply reading as much about it as he could, he said. He began with performing tricks for his family, but it wasn’t long before he got picked up for his first professional gigs, and from there his act just grew.“I would perform for businesses, parties, but I also did a lot of free shows for adult foster care groups and places like that,” Fredericks said. “And after a while, I found the local magic clubs, which I was surprised to find in this area.”
Nearly 100 Sitkans held hands in Totem Square last year in memory of the Orlando shooting victims. (Katherine Rose/KCAW photo)Earlier this fall the Human Rights Campaign gave Sitka and ten other American cities a score of zero on its municipal equality index, because these communities had no legal protection for residents based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In Sitka, that is about to change. The Sitka assembly on Tuesday passed a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance. But will it really change anything in Sitka?Listen nowCheryl Barnes and Madison Kosma are a couple with a pretty classic “how we met” story. Both researchers working on advanced degrees, they crossed paths at school in Fairbanks last year.“I kept having feelings for her, staying at the lab later because I knew her car was in the parking lot, leaving my office door open in the hopes she would come to talk to me,” Kosma said.“Which I never did!” Barnes laughed.Long before she met Barnes, Kosma first moved to Sitka from Hawaii in 2012. There, she felt comfortable being open about her sexual orientation. But a move to a new state caused some trepidation.“When I was planning on moving to Alaska, not knowing much about Alaska, I did have some moments of wondering how I should approach the topic. It’s a red state,” Kosma says. “But then when I first landed in Sitka, I didn’t have any fear that anything was going to happen or safety reasons for not being open about who I am, who I love, and how I identify.”Barnes moved here this year. She’s on the board for Southeast Alaska LGBTQ Alliance- or SEAGLA- and to get to know the community, she threw an event at a local business for National Coming Out Day.“A month or so ago, and tried to get people to come out, ” Barnes said.“Come out to celebrate,” Kosma clarified.Sitka felt welcoming to both Kosma and Barnes when they arrived. But the city code didn’t fall in line with the values of Sitkans they knew. With nothing on the books that offered hiring or housing protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Barnes said that was a problem.“It does come into play when you’re discriminated against. You need to have some sort of legal leg to stand on so you can fight not being hired for a job or being rented a house because of your sexual orientation or gender expression or gender identity,” Barnes said.Earlier this fall, Sitka fell into the national spotlight, when the Human Rights Campaign issued their annual report that scores cities based on LGBTQ protections in city codes. Sitka received a score of zero. Barnes says the absence of these protections could discourage people from moving to, or even visiting, Sitka.“That is the sort of thing that LGBTQ folks look into before they go somewhere to live or even on vacation,” Barnes said. “They want to go to a place that feels supportive or at the very least non-discriminatory.”In fact, the Alaska State Commission of Human Rights received 58 inquiries about discrimination in Sitka in the last five years, though not all were LGBTQ related. Director Marti Buscaglia said that number is pretty typical when compared to other small cities in Alaska.“Several physical and mental disability cases from Sitka. Several age cases. A few religion cases and from what I can see, one national origin.”Twenty of those inquiries became formal complaints. To protect privacy, Buscaglia can’t share any specific details about the Human Rights complaints in Sitka. And she can’t say how many of those complaints were from members of the LGBTQ community because, as of now, they can’t pursue complaints based on sexual orientation or gender identity.“We did attempt to pass a resolution this year and it unfortunately did not go through. We do have a resolution in front of the legislature right now urging them to pass a law that protects the LGBTQ community in Alaska, but they’re pretty busy and it just hasn’t been prioritized,” Buscaglia said.Kosma says it’s easy to forget that Sitka is not monolithic and that discrimination happens here.“You can get into your groups and your bubbles,” Kosma said. “Maybe the voice for equality is really loud in your group, but that doesn’t mean it’s everywhere, and you’ve gotta figure out where those voices are.”And Barnes says, in the end, everyone will end up ahead if the ordinance passes.“It puts the values that people in Sitka already have on the books and protects people,” Barnes said. “That actually makes a better situation for all of us even those of us who aren’t directly impacted. How can we all feel properly protected and free in our society when others aren’t.”The ordinance also protects for discrimination based on age and disability, race and class and religion and nationality.