APTN National NewsPremiers and territorial leaders agree there is a need for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.But many in British Columbia are saying there is still unfinished business there from a provincial inquiry that concluded last December.APTN’s Tina House has the story.
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. asked the utility Tuesday to explain any role it may have played in a massive wildfire that destroyed a Northern California town and killed nearly 90 people.Judge William Alsup in San Francisco directed PG&E in a court filing to respond to a series of questions about power line safety and wildfires. He is overseeing a jury verdict and sentence against PG&E after a natural gas pipeline explosion killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area eight years ago.Investigators have not determined the cause of the wildfire that began Nov. 8 and tore through the town of Paradise, destroying nearly 14,000 homes and killing at least 88 people. Speculation, however, has centred on PG&E, which reported an outage around the time and place the fire ignited.Another transmission line also malfunctioned a short time later, possibly sparking a second fire.In Tuesday’s filing, Alsup said he wants to know whether any requirements in the sentence handed down last year for the 2010 pipeline blast in San Bruno “might be implicated” if the reckless operation or maintenance of PG&E power lines ignited a wildfire. He noted that the sentence required PG&E not to engage in any additional crimes.Another judge had ordered the utility to pay a $3 million fine and run television commercials publicizing its pipeline safety convictions. He also ordered an independent monitor to oversee the safety of its gas pipeline system and put the company on probation for five years.PG&E spokeswoman Erin Garvey said the utility was aware of Alsup’s notice and was reviewing it.“We continue to focus on assessing infrastructure, safely restoring power where possible and helping our customers recover and rebuild,” she said.Alsup also asked what requirements of the sentence might be affected by any “inaccurate, slow, or failed reporting of information about any wildfire by PG&E” and what steps the independent monitor has taken to improve the utility’s safety and reporting on power lines and wildfires.The judge asked for “an accurate and complete statement” of any role PG&E may have played in the Northern California fire and all other wildfires in California since its sentencing.Alsup’s questions also were directed to the U.S. attorney’s office, which prosecuted PG&E for the San Bruno blast, and the monitor overseeing its gas pipeline safety.Several fire victims have sued the company, blaming its equipment for the blaze.Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A conservation group is suing the British Columbia government for deciding two oilpatch dams are exempt from environmental rules.The B.C. Sierra Club says foreign-owned Progress Energy built the dams in the province’s north without environmental assessments.The club alleges the government then retroactively exempted them from needing the reviews. It alleges the government’s own staff have said the dams, which are used to store water for fracking operations, clearly meet the criteria for assessments.The Sierra Club also claims the government doesn’t have the power to exempt dams from review after they’ve been built.Even if it did, the club alleges the province didn’t have enough information to make a proper decision.The government has not immediately responded to a request for comment.Research has suggested that British Columbia has dozens of unlicensed and unreviewed dams built to service fracking operations.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Algiers – Sahrawis living in the Algeria-based Tindouf camps “should be free to advocate options other than independence for the Western Sahara without any imposed restrictions by the Polisario leaders,” said Saturday Human Right Watch (HRW). “The Polisario Front should ensure that camp residents are free to challenge its policies and leadership and advocate options other than independence for the Western Sahara”, said HRW, calling on the leaders of the separatist movement to “end military court jurisdiction over civilians and eradicate all vestiges of slavery”. The international human rights watchdog recalled the case of the former Polisario leader Mustapha Salma Ould who was detained in the camps after voicing support to the Moroccan autonomy plan in the Sahara. “In 2010, the Polisario detained one camp resident for more than two months after he spoke in support of Moroccan rule” while on a visit to the Sahara, pointed out HWR, noting that the front then “sent him across the border to Mauritania and barred him from returning to the refugee camps in Algeria, where his family lives.
A passenger was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with foreign currency hidden in his underwear.The 55 year old Sri Lankan, a gem businessman from Galle, was arrested by the customs staff at the departure lounge this morning with Euro 38,530 valued at Rs. 6,121,224.00 concealed in his underwear. He had attempted to smuggle the currency out to Singapore when he was arrested.Following inquiries conducted by the Deputy Director of Customs at the Airport, Anura Walawage, the foreign currency was forfeited and a penalty of Rs. 100,000.00 was imposed on the passenger. (Colombo Gazette)
Developmental psychologist Caitlin Mahy is studying the differences between four and five-year-olds, and how they think and respond to different situations.Most four-year-olds in Ontario will be starting a journey that hopefully will continue for many years to come: full-time school.All-day junior kindergarten is still relatively new, a concept that Brock developmental psychologist Caitlin Mahy says has many benefits but also needs careful practice. Traditionally, children began their schooling with kindergarten at the age of five years.At the core of Mahy’s research observations is that one year makes a monumental difference.“There’s this huge transition between four-year-olds and five-year-olds in things like memory, social understanding, and self-regulation,” says Mahy. “Four-year-olds are going to struggle with a lot of skills that five-year-olds aren’t going to struggle with.”And that is something teachers and parents, who might be tempted to view all kindergarteners as being similar, need to understand and adjust for, she says.“We’re putting these children in kindergarten for a full day and we expect them to understand other peoples’ minds and remember to do things on their own,” explains Mahy. “Yet they’re really going to struggle with these abilities, especially compared to five-year-olds, who at least have some of those basic skills.”The assistant professor in the Department of Psychology identifies three basic areas in which four-year-olds are different than their senior kindergarten peers.One is “false belief” understanding, where a person is able to recognize that other people can have beliefs about the world that are different than his or her own.Mahy refers to a laboratory test for children called the Sally Anne task. The researcher tells the child about a character who puts a marble in a basket and then goes away. Another character comes in, moves the marble from the basket to the box, and then leaves.The researcher then asks the child the key question: When the first character comes back, where will that character look for the marble?“What we found is that a lot of four-year-olds, when asked where will she look, will say, ‘In the box,’ because that’s where the marble is,” explains Mahy. “Four-year-olds have trouble understanding that the first character holds a false belief about where the marble is.“By the age of five, most children know that the marble is in the box, but also that the first character will think that the marble is in the basket because she didn’t see the movement of the marble from the basket to the box take place.”Mahy gives another example of a child who loves cookies and has a friend who loves broccoli. It will be hard for the four-year-old to understand that the friend loves something different than his or her own preference, cookies.A second area of difference between four- and five-year-olds is in self-regulation, where a person is able to control his or her responses to stress, emotional expression, and other behaviours.“In the classroom, this may look like, ‘sit in a circle, don’t yell out an answer, wait your turn,’ all these kinds of rules that involve children controlling their own impulses. That’s a big challenge for four-year-olds,” says Mahy. “Five-year-olds haven’t fully mastered that by any means, but they are so much better at it.”Thirdly is the issue of “prospective memory,” or remembering to carry out what you had earlier planned to do, such as pick up a bag of milk on your way home from work.This ability is often over-estimated in younger children, says Mahy. She refers to a friend whose four-year-old son was expected to hand in a notebook to his junior kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the day and collect the book from the teacher at the end of the day.Not surprisingly, the teacher seldom received the book. “For teachers, it may be a lack of awareness of the limitations of four-year-olds because teachers are used to dealing with five-year-olds,” says Mahy. “I think there’s an assumption that four and five year olds are all kindergarteners, they’re all similar, but really, in their cognitive abilities, they’re different.”And four-year-olds have a hard time following through on rules, despite the fact that they know the rules, says Mahy. They also may need more time to transition from recess to the classroom, as they are slower to inhibit behaviours, such as running or playing, that were appropriate on the schoolyard, she says.Mahy urges teachers and parents to understand that four-year-olds are not going to be at the same level as five-year-olds and that there’s huge individual differences between children of the same age group.She describes a number of strategies that help four-year-olds to practice certain skills. One is the game Simon Says, where children are instructed to pat their head, touch their toes or perform other tasks only when the leader says “Simon Says” or do nothing if the leader fails to say “Simon Says” before the command.Another is to post prominent visual cues to remind children to do certain things, such as a big sign or a brightly coloured bottle in the bathroom to remind children to wash their hands. “Be patient, take time to explain things, explain what you wanted them to do versus what they did, model the behaviour you want to see,” says Mahy.September 2015 marks the second year of full-day kindergarten, which Ontario’s Ministry of Education describes as being the “next step in our plan to help our kids get a better education in kindergarten through Grade 3,” says the ministry’s website.“It helps kids get the best possible start. We’re helping make things better for students from their first day of school to their last – and every day in between.”Then-education minister Kathleen Wynne (now Ontario’s premier) introduced a bill in 2009 establishing full-day kindergarten, with a five-year rollout plan.Dr. Caitlin Mahy is looking for children ages 3 to 7 to participate in research studies on children’s development. Learn more about getting involved. Read more about Dr. Mahy’s research.To hear about the current research studies, contact: email@example.com or 905-688-5550 x6089
GUELPH, Ont. — A new University of Guelph study says the wage gap has closed between women and men with newly earned PhDs.The study, which focuses on gender equity in the labour market, found that both male and female doctoral graduates earn about $70,000 annually during the first three years after convocation.Prof. David Walters says this is the first time that he has seen “no discrepancy in earnings” between men and women in Canada.The authors attribute the equal incomes to strong collective agreements and proactive labour policies in the sectors PhD graduates gravitate toward, such as academia and government.Published Monday in the journal Higher Education Policy, the study analyzed data from Statistics Canada’s sweeping 2013 National Graduates Survey, which surveyed trades, college and university graduates three years after graduation — before factors such as maternity leave start to influence results.However, the study also shows that the lower the level of education, the bigger the gender pay gap, and that on average only PhD graduates achieved income equity.The gap is greatest among employees in the trades, where on average women earn $32,500 and men earn $40,500 — 25 per cent more.Lead author Anthony Jehn says men tend to go into higher-paying trades, such as pipefitting or plumbing, whereas women lean more toward hairdressing or cosmetology.More than one-third of all male graduates majored in the more lucrative fields of math, engineering or computer science, versus five per cent for women, helping explain the income disparity among bachelor’s and master’s degree holders.Jehn says a “culture of gender inequality” in some male-dominated fields discourages women from entering. His findings show that greater pay equity exists for those who can afford to invest in education, a problem he says compounds class divisions along gendered lines.The Canadian Press
The Big Ten’s “Honoring Legends, Building Leaders” Mobile Tour has arrived at Ohio State, and it brought a coveted piece of hardware along for the ride. The tour will make a stop at every Big Ten University up until the Dec. 3 Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. Its first stop at OSU was at Wednesday’s men’s soccer game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Fans had a chance to pose with the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, which will be presented to the conference champion. The trophy is named for Amos Alonzo Stagg, who coached at the turn of the 20th century and invented many maneuvers seen in modern football, as well as Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, the active and all-time wins leader in NCAA football bowl subdivision history. Buckeye Nation will have additional chances see the trophy in-person this week. The tour will make a stop at the RPAC tomorrow from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., before its Friday stop at the Schottenstein Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour’s final stop on Saturday will last from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Ohio Stadium and St. John Arena. Nora Skotko, a third-year in social work, said she saw the trophy as she arrived for Wednesday’s men’s soccer game. “It doesn’t grab your attention,” Skotko said. Still, Skotko said she thought it would be “cool” for students and alumni to see the trophy while it is on campus. The Buckeyes will host Colorado Saturday at ‘the Shoe at 3:30 p.m.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 27, 2017 – Grand Turk – Christmas season is a time of remembering those whom we have lost … and one way that a Turks and Caicos culinary pioneer – Smokey – was remembered by his son, who continues the legacy was with a two day Lobster Fiesta. Chef Nik in part one of the event hosted a cooking competition, the Chop Off Cook Off.North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Grand Turk were all represented by seasoned chefs from these islands…in the end, it was the Grand Turk competitor who chopped her way into the hearts of the tasting judges; Renarda Williams won a cash prize from Global Capital and a car from another sponsor of the Chop Off Cook Off, Connolly Kia Motors.“Renarda it’s a pleasure for me to present to you on behalf of Kia International this car, and to tell you that we are very proud that you are going to be an ambassador for Kia Motors. I want to encourage you to be the best that you can be, and I would also encourage you to take Culinary Arts a little bit further, I think that’s your dream.” (Josephine Connolly)“I would like to say a huge thank you first of all to Chef Nik because he is a huge supporter of my business and my passion for cooking. Also Kia Motors, I have a brand new spanking car, these are the keys, it’s for real, I am the new ambassador for Kia Motors and I would like to say a huge thank you. This is the first brand new car I have ever had and trust me, I am happy, happy.” (Renarda Williams)It was the second year for the Chop Off Cook Off held at Chef Nik’s Crackpot Kitchen restaurant in Ports of Call, Grace Bay, Provo.#MagneticMediaNews#GrandTurkChefgetsnewcar#ConnollyMotorsgiveschefnewcar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ConnollyMotorsgiveschefnewcar, #GrandTurkChefgetsnewcar, #magneticmedianews
More ballots were counted Wednesday, but they did not change the results of Tuesday’s special election, in which the Washougal School District passed two levies. Woodland’s levy also appears to be passing.However, Mount Pleasant School District voters defeated its maintenance and operations levy, 52 no votes to 40 yes votes. In each of the four levies, a simple majority was needed to pass.In Mount Pleasant, the levy would have raised property taxes to $3.85 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015 before dropping to $3.78 in 2016. The current levy rate is $2.44 per $1,000 of assessed home value.Voters in Washougal approved a maintenance and operations levy by a vote of 59 percent to 41 percent. Washougal voters also approved a technology levy by a vote of 63 percent to 37 percent. The technology levy will be used to expand a pilot program that puts tablet computers into the hands of students.Washougal’s technology levy will raise property taxes to 37 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2015. That rate drops to 35 cents in 2016 and 34 cents in 2017. The district’s existing technology levy is 13 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value.
The expansion comes two months after Quartz, another fast-growing Atlantic Media brand, announced it would be adding more than 20 staffers. And things appear to be going well for the company’s flagship brand as well. Atlantic Media self-reported that ad, newsstand and events revenue were all up at least 25 percent through the first half of 2014. Atlantic Media’s newest venture, Defense One, is hitting 600,000 unique visitors a month, has attracted 63,000 subscribers and supports 22 ad clients just a year after its launch-numbers good enough to justify another big investment in the brand. A general manager, associate publisher and events directors are included in the business hires, while three beat reporters and two contributors make up the editorial additions. “This investment in Defense One reflects the incredible success the brand has had in just one year and will expand the ways in which we advance the national conversation around the future of defense and national security,” Hartman says in a statement. Part of Atlantic Media’s b2b division, the National Journal Group, Defense One is adding 11 new staffers across its business and editorial units.
.Make-up artist Solongo Batsukh braves Mongolia’s below-freezing temperatures in just a skimpy black dress and light pastel pink coat — the country’s trailblazing transgender beauty queen wants to look good in any weather.”I don’t like to look puffy,” the 25-year-old said as she drove to a beauty salon that hired her to promote its products and services via Facebook live videos.It’s with this typical bluntness, confidence and attitude that taboo-breaking Batsukh strutted into the country’s first ever Miss Universe Mongolia competition in October.Though she fell short of representing her country at the Miss Universe contest in Thailand on December 17, her participation shed another light onto a group living on the edges of a deeply patriarchal country with conservative views about sexual orientation.Had she won, she would have joined Miss Spain’s Angela Ponce as the first transgender contestants in Miss Universe’s 66-year history.”I wanted to inspire as many women as possible,” Batsukh told AFP.”But I’m still proud that I got the chance to compete in this contest, and the ‘Solongo’ I created was a true winner in my heart,” she said.Her participation didn’t please everyone, dredging up negative reactions on social media.”The world would have a negative image of our country if a man represents us while there are thousands of beautiful and real women in our country,” one person wrote on the Facebook page of Miss Universe Mongolia.’Correct misunderstandings’But Batsukh isn’t deterred by such abuse.Born Bilguun Batsukh, she grew up as a boy in the semi-arid central province of Dundgovi.She couldn’t pinpoint her gender identity until she learned about different gender orientations as a university student in her early 20s.It was when she started working as a programme officer at Youth for Health, a non-governmental organisation that provides safe-sex education for LGBT people, that she realised she was a woman born in a man’s body.She started wearing wigs, putting on dresses and taking hormone therapy.Batsukh is among the few LGBT people who have dared to come out in Mongolia, where some 80 percent of the community remain in the closet, according to a UN survey.”It is extremely difficult for transgender people to be employed,” said Baldangombo Altangerel, legal programme manager at the LGBT Centre.A video of a young transgender woman who had repeatedly been beaten in the streets went viral in Mongolia last year, highlighting the prejudices LGBT people face.Batsukh wants to dispel the image that transgender women can only be sex workers or strippers living on the fringes of society.She flaunts her wealth, regularly travels abroad and is a celebrity in her country of three million people.Batsukh found fame in 2014, when she represented Mongolia in Miss International Queen, finishing in the top 10 of the international transgender beauty pageant organised in Thailand.She pursued a modelling career and became a make-up artist.”I had to reveal myself (as transgender) so I could correct the misunderstandings in society. If we keep hidden, society will keep on hating us. They don’t know us,” she said.Batsukh has used her public image to speak up on television and social media, fighting against perceptions that transgender people are suffering from mental illness.But she has tough words for Mongolia’s transgender community, too, complaining that they should focus on working rather than talking about human rights.”Instead of saying ‘we’re human like everyone else’, we need to prove ourselves through our actions. Just show others that we’re making a living like ordinary people,” she said.’Her goals inspire me’Batsukh is seizing on the popularity of her Facebook page, which has more than 120,000 “likes”, to create a reality show featuring women seeking a makeover.The beauty queen will help the women lose weight, change hairstyles and apply make-up.Sarangoo Sukhbaatar, 25, who works in a cashmere company and was among 25 women competing to be among the five participants, said she trusted in Batsukh’s ability and skills to transform her looks.”Solongo truly understands what women feel,” said Sukhbaatar, who started following Batsukh on social media two years ago.”Her goals and patience inspire me,” she said. “If a man can be beautiful like her, women can be much more beautiful than we are today.”
Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!What’s this? Two Game of the Year columns in one week? It’s a holiday miracle! And since this is the last time I’ll be sharing the best games of 2016 in the year 2016, I thought it’d be appropriate to actually run down what were, in my opinion, the ten best games of 2016. No jokes. No memes. This is serious, objective, games journalism. So let’s get started!10. Pokemon GoConsidering how much traffic this game brought in Pokemon Go should be Geek.com’s game of the century. As a game, it’s far from perfect. It’s limited, the combat is painfully simplistic, and developer Niantic has been caught completely off-guard by the game’s massive success. But catching Pokemon in the real world is just so cool. Watching that fantasy become a worldwide phenomenon has been the most fascinating moment in gaming of this entire year.9. ThumperI already talked about Thumper in a previous game of the year column, but I have grown to appreciate it more since then. Once I started treating it less like a “music” rhythm game and more like a “noise” rhythm game it all snapped together a little better. Plus it’s one of the most intense and trippy virtual reality experiences you can have right now. What else are you playing on those big, pricey headsets?8. SeveredAnother game I’ve already written a little about, Severed was a rare, quality PlayStation Vita exclusive before moving to mobile, 3DS, and Wii U. Seeing DrinkBox Studios use its art prowess for something more serious than memes was a nice change of pace. Meanwhile, Zelda-style dungeon exploring pairs nicely with Infinity Blade touchscreen combat. To top it all off, the game is smart enough to end before it wears out its welcome.7. Pokken TournamentWith Smash Bros. you’d think Nintendo wouldn’t need another fighting franchise. But Pokken Tournament is more than a double dip. Developed by the Tekken team, it combines the 3D fighting off that franchise (mostly) seamlessly with fighting on a 2D plane using controls surprisingly simple to learn but capable of EVO-level depth. Plus, the Pokemon themselves have never been more visually detailed.6. Fire Emblem FatesFire Emblem Fates didn’t need to be three games and doesn’t justify it’ child soldier mechanic quite as well as its superior 3DS predecessor Fire Emblem Awakening. Still, the Fire Emblem fantasy tactics formula has basically been perfected. Customizing your lord and choosing between your goth knight family or cheery ninja family is great. Romancing your units to the point of marriage also remains the best feature ever put into a strategy game.5. Overwatch2016’s thirstiest shooter, Overwatch takes the stylish designs and varied play styles of a fighting game roster and applies them to a team-based first-person shooter. Add in Blizzard’s smart, meticulous approach to multiplayer balance and a welcoming atmosphere for players of all skill levels. The only thing missing is a single-player mode that actually makes use of all these great characters and lore.4. Forza Horizon 3They should make another Burnout Paradise. But until then, these Forza Horizon games will have to do. Fortunately, they’re pretty great! Forza Horizon 3 is the best yet. Racing around different Australian locales to expand your stupid car festival is fantastic. Racing against trains, planes, and other automobiles is tons of dumb fun. It’s gorgeous, too, especially on a high-end gaming PC but even on an Xbox One. Now we go back to waiting for a new Burnout.3. SuperhotIn a year full of great, unique shooters, Superhot’s hook is probably the most inventive. Time only moves when you do. So as you pump enemies full of your bullets, you’re skillfully weaving between theirs. It’s like John Wick meets Braid. The developers craft a ton of excellent puzzles with this idea, as well as a Fight Club-esque meta-narrative. The recent VR edition isn’t quite the same game, but it’s equally phenomenal.2. Titanfall 2Titanfall 2 is the best Mirror’s Edge game in a year that also had the sequel to Mirror’s Edge. Double-jumping and wall-running and sprinting and sliding and all of the other buttery-smooth movement options just feel so profoundly satisfying. And that’s before you command a giant robot to stick you in its chest to increase your firepower. Obviously the multiplayer is on point, but the real highlight is the brief but brilliant single-player mode full of enough creativity to rival a Valve game.1. DoomThere was no way a new Wolfenstein could be good. And then Wolfenstein: The New Order was great. There was no way a new Doom could be great. And then Doom was the best video game of 2016. This raucous romp through Hell emerged from its own years-long development hell to prove just how fresh and fantastic this elder statesman shooter franchise could be. I once called Doom “a shoot ‘em up that disemboweled an FPS and is running around in its bloody skin.” If that doesn’t get you excited, then I don’t know what else to tell you.Thanks to everyone who has read and enjoyed this column these past few months. Check back next year to read about the next Game of the Year!
Explore further Pygmy blue whale. Credit: © Research team (Attard et. al) Pygmy blue whale. Credit: © Research team (Attard et. al) Citation: Lack of diversity in pygmy blue whales not due to man-made cause (2015, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-lack-diversity-pygmy-blue-whales.html 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: Biology Letters (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working in Australia has found via DNA analysis, that the lack of genetic diversity in pygmy blue whales is due to natural causes, not because of whaling. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers, affiliated with a variety of institutions in Australia, describe their study of the whales and why what they learned may help save them. That is good news for the species, because it means their lack of diversity is not due to whaling, (which did reduce their numbers dramatically, along with other blue whales)—it is because they are still so new of a species. Also because they are now a protected species, the researchers believe that if they can mitigate other threats, such as different sorts of human pollution, the whales have a good chance of returning to their pre-whaling population. Australian blue whales now call Antarctica home © 2015 Phys.org Pygmy blue whales are a subspecies of blue whales and contrary to their name, are not really all that small. They average 24 meters in length compared to their bigger cousins, which average 28 to 30 meters in length.For many years marine biologists have assumed that the lack of genetic diversity found in pygmy blue whales living around the shores of Australia, was due to their numbers being cut due to whaling. Now it appears that is not the case. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the history of the whales and how they wound up with so little diversity. To learn more, they obtained DNA samples from several specimens and then studied patterns of genetic mutations—that allowed them to see that the whales had all come from just a few individuals, a “founder group,” beginning around 20,000 years ago. After comparing the pygmy whale DNA with other blue whales living in other parts of the world, the team was able to ascertain that they had gotten their start as Antarctic blue whales.The researchers note that 20,000 years ago, the Earth was experiencing peak glaciation, which allowed blue whales (currently the largest animal on the planet) to travel to other places, one of which was, apparently Australia. But then the glaciers retreated, leaving those that had migrated to adapt to their new environment—they evolved into the pygmy blue whales that exist today. More information: Low genetic diversity in pygmy blue whales is due to climate-induced diversification rather than anthropogenic impacts, Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.1037AbstractUnusually low genetic diversity can be a warning of an urgent need to mitigate causative anthropogenic activities. However, current low levels of genetic diversity in a population could also be due to natural historical events, including recent evolutionary divergence, or long-term persistence at a small population size. Here, we determine whether the relatively low genetic diversity of pygmy blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) in Australia is due to natural causes or overexploitation. We apply recently developed analytical approaches in the largest genetic dataset ever compiled to study blue whales (297 samples collected after whaling and representing lineages from Australia, Antarctica and Chile). We find that low levels of genetic diversity in Australia are due to a natural founder event from Antarctic blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus intermedia) that occurred around the Last Glacial Maximum, followed by evolutionary divergence. Historical climate change has therefore driven the evolution of blue whales into genetically, phenotypically and behaviourally distinct lineages that will likely be influenced by future climate change.
News | May 26, 2009 Agfa, Segami to Integrate Nuclear Medicine Processing Solution with IMPAX 6 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content May 26, 2009 – Agfa HealthCare has signed an agreement with Segami Corp. to integrate the Oasis workstation software for nuclear medicine images into the Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX 6, its sixth generation picture archiving and communications system (PACS). The solution permits nuclear medicine physicians to review, process and report studies using advanced processing software on their IMPAX workstation. The introduction of Segami’s Oasis software will provide nuclear physicians with a uniform reading and processing environment for all their planar nuclear medicine, SPECT and PET studies and deliver a full spectrum of clinical nuclear medicine and multimodality applications. Advanced processing and reconstruction, multimodality viewing and reporting integrated into the IMPAX client’s workflow will deliver a unified working approach throughout the nuclear medicine department. This solution will deliver a substantial improvement in workflow, increase user convenience and improve reporting efficiency. A single sign on and individual user profile are automatically applied at any IMPAX workstation across all integrated applications, delivering workflow and functionality tailored to each users needs.Oasis is a vendor neutral application for gamma cameras and PET scanners from different vendors and adheres to standards such as DICOM, IHE and HL7 for a consistent and predictable workflow. 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Go back to the e-newsletterThe Hawaiian Islands have long been viewed as an ideal “flop and drop” holiday destination for Australian travellers, charmed by the Aloha State’s relaxed persona to unwind and recharge their batteries in paradise.But more than a holiday hotspot, the picture-perfect destination is an evolving mecca for the high-end incentives and corporate groups, offering an extensive collection of opportunities for conferences and events, many of which are unique to Hawaii.Where else in the world can a delegation hold a networking function beneath rugged mountain ranges made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster, Jurassic Park, and dozens of other movies and TV shows? Or hold a cocktail reception on the very same deck of the retired battleship USS Missouri, where the Empire of Japan formalised the end of World War II? Or host gala function on the grounds of the only royal palace on United States’ soil, Iolani Palace?Hawai’i Tourism Oceania‘s Country Manager for Australia, Giselle Radulovic, said the destination offers much more to the MICE market than people may expect at first glance.“While beaches and beautiful landscapes remain top-of-mind when thinking of Hawaii, there’s so much more for delegates to experience. You can tap into Hawaii’s multicultural history and traditions to build a unique conference program – from surfing lessons to learning traditional hula, or having a Poke cooking challenge.”Radulovic says that access is another big plus: “Flights to Hawaii are overnight and under 10 hours. You arrive the following morning, ready to begin your program, without losing a day on travelling. Plus, Hawaiian Airlines has great connections from Honolulu to the other neighbour islands; it’s a short 30-40 minute flight.”On the luxury front, the island of Oahu itself has come of age in recent years, as new hotels – such as the Four Seasons at Ko Olina and The Ritz-Carlton in Waikiki – offer conference organisers fresh products and new ideas for organised events and meetings.10 reasons to choose HawaiiHere are 10 list-topping reasons why Hawaii should lead the list for professional event organisers’ next conference or incentive program.Productive atmosphereAloha’s ambiance: Survey data confirms that attendees leave Hawaii feeling refreshed, invigorated and completely at ease. It’s a setting that fosters the flow of ideas, inspires ingenuity and innovation, and nurtures stronger working relationships and better teamwork.AccommodationWhen it comes to hospitality, Hawaii’s world-class hotels and resorts set the bar for hookipa (hospitality). You’ll find more than 50,000 combined overnight rooms throughout Hawaii’s six major islands — Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai — at every price point and in every style.International accessibilityFor global gatherings, Hawaii is in a prime location. There are direct flights to Hawaii from Australia, Asia-Pacific and North America, and Hawaii’s multilingual, multicultural population makes people from all around the world feel welcome.Experiential offeringsWhere else can attendees become paniolo (cowboys), hula dancers, volcano explorers or surfing legends for the day? The opportunities for one-of-a-kind team-building opportunities and memorable off-site events are endless.Natural wondersBeyond simply “beautiful,” Hawaii suggests that Mother Nature does play favourites. The islands’ lush landscapes and sublime scenic vistas make Hawaii a consistently compelling draw for attendees.Hawaii Convention CenterThe Hawaii Convention Center is situated in the heart of Honolulu, walking distance from hotels and distinctly reflects the culture and character of the islands.Partner programsHistory, culture, shopping, dining, attractions, sports and recreation, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – Hawaii has it all, and in abundance.Industry sector developmentHawaii’s key industry sectors offer a wealth of enrichment opportunities in ocean sciences, health and wellness, international trade, agriculture, renewable energy and more.Expert assistanceOffering a free service to meeting planners, the team at Hawai’i Tourism Oceania has the connections and expertise to help organisers develop unique itineraries, partner programs and maximise delegate attendance.Sun and surfIt almost goes without saying, but it’s mandatory to mention the near-perfect weather, averaging 25° Celsius year-round and perfect for attendees to enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful beaches as time allows. Whatever your event, there’s never a bad time to book Hawaii.Email Kritsada Phadungkiatipong for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org.Go back to the e-newsletter
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