Top stories: The secrets of Roman concrete, superfast stars, and making a pox from mail-order DNA

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first_img Neandertals and modern humans started mating earlyThere’s a new plot twist in the unfolding mystery of how Neandertals were related to modern humans. Researchers sequenced ancient DNA from the mitochondria—tiny energy factories inside cells—from a Neandertal who lived about 100,000 years ago in what is now southwest Germany. They found that the mitochondrial DNA, inherited only from the mother, resembled that of early modern humans. That led to a startling conclusion: A female member of the lineage that gave rise to Homo sapiens in Africa mated with a Neandertal male more than 220,000 years ago—much earlier than other known encounters between the two groups.Even tiny amounts of oil could doom seabirdsSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Some of the most devastating pictures after big oil spills are of seabirds coated in black sludge. But a new study reveals that even a small amount of oil could cause major damage to bird populations like the western sandpiper. Just a smudge on their wingtips and tails makes it much harder for them to fly than normal birds, which could prevent them from reaching their breeding grounds in time.Milky Way’s superfast stars may have been fired out of a nearby galaxyA small number of stars moving so fast they’ll eventually escape the Milky Way may not have come from our galaxy at all. Until now, scientists have largely believed that such hypervelocity stars originate when binary stars get torn apart by the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, which consumes one star and flings the other away at incredible speeds. But a new study shows that most of the 20 or so hypervelocity stars found so far might actually come from outside our own galaxy, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy orbiting the Milky Way at nearly 400 kilometers per second.How Canadian researchers reconstituted an extinct poxvirus for $100,000 using mail-order DNAEradicating smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases in history, took humanity decades and cost billions of dollars. Bringing the scourge back would probably take a small scientific team with little specialized knowledge half a year and cost about $100,000. That’s one conclusion from an unusual and as-yet unpublished experiment performed last year by Canadian researchers that synthesized the horsepox virus, a relative of smallpox, from genetic pieces ordered in the mail. Scientifically, the achievement isn’t a big surprise. But the new work is raising troubling questions about how terrorists or rogue states could use modern biotechnology.Why modern mortar crumbles, but Roman concrete lasts millenniaModern concrete—used in everything from roads to buildings to bridges—can break down in as few as 50 years. But more than a thousand years after the western Roman Empire crumbled to dust, its concrete structures are still standing. Now, scientists have finally figured out why: a special ingredient that makes the cement grow stronger—not weaker—over time. Researchers studied drilled cores of a Roman harbor from Pozzuoli Bay near Naples, Italy. When they analyzed it, they found that the seawater had dissolved components of the volcanic ash, allowing new binding minerals to grow. Top stories: The secrets of Roman concrete, superfast stars, and making a pox from mail-order DNA (Left to right): WOLFGANG ADLER, © PHOTO MUSEUM ULM; Ray Bulson/Alamy Stock Photo; ESA/Hubble & NASA center_img By Ryan CrossJul. 7, 2017 , 2:30 PMlast_img read more

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Chetan Sharma hits out at HCA, says ready for administration

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 7 (PTI) Former India cricketer Chetan Sharma today called the Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) a family-run “private limited” and said he was ready to administer the sport in the northern state. The former Haryana seamer, who is the first Indian to take a hat-trick in international cricket, has been at loggerheads with the Haryana Cricket Associations top officials, including secretary Anirudh Chaudhary, and accused the body of financial irregularities in the past. Chaudhary is the son of former BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra and grandson of ex-Haryana chief minister Bansi Lal. “It is called Haryana Cricket Private Limited. I am ready to enter administration but will Ranbir Mahendra let me enter. They have been running it like a fiefdom for years. Players like Kapil Dev and myself are not even members of HCA,” Sharma told PTI here. Asked about Virat Kohli being handed over captaincy in limited overs cricket, Sharma was optimistic about the future. “I am sure Kohli will repose the faith placed in him by the selectors. He has already done that in Test cricket. We are eyeing the 2029 World Cup and the upcoming Champions Trophy, so its a good move that Dhoni has decided to quit now. It will give Kohli enough time to get to understand the team.” Last May, in a complaint to the Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs minister, Anil Vij, Sharma had made charges of financial irregularities against HCA in the purchase of land for building a stadium. The 51-year-old was here to attend a press conference to announce that the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) has been appointed as national Sports Promotion Organisation by the Government of India. Sharma is the chairman of SSPF National Cricket Council. SSPF is a grassroot initiative focussed on sports such as cricket, football, athletics, volleyball and basketball. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Moto G6, G6 Play with 18:9 displays set to launch in India today

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first_imgMotorola is all set to bring its affordable Moto G6 and G6 Play to India on Monday after unveiling them in Brazil back in April. The G6 duo are among the first set of Moto phones for the year and come with a refreshed new design language along with updated specs compared to last year’s Moto G5 phones. Notably, the Moto G6 Play makes a comeback after the Moto G4 Play back in 2016. The Moto G6 is expected to be priced under Rs 15,000 while the G6 Play is expected to slot somewhere under Rs 10,000.With the Moto G6 line, the company has taken a dramatically different road in terms of design compared to its predecessors. The Moto G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play all sport tall 18:9 display that keep them in line with today’s industry trend. Additionally, the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus come with an all-glass design with a Moto X4-like 3D glass back, moving away from the metal design of the Moto G5. Despite the narrow bezels, both the phones sport a home button on the front which houses a fingerprint sensor. The Moto G6 Play doesn’t sport a glass back, but it does come with a glass coating.Moto G6The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch full-HD+ Max Vision IPS display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz. It is offered in two variants – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB – and we expect both the variants to make it to India. On the back, the phone comes with a circular rear camera setup with dual sensors that includes one 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. Up front, you get an 8-megapixel selfie snapper with a Group Selfie mode. Additionally, the handset is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for fast charging and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.advertisementMoto G6 PlayMeanwhile, the Moto G6 Play is the cheapest model in the series and sports a similar 5.7-inch bezel-less display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. However, this one comes with an HD+ resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor and comes in two variants – 2GB + 16GB and 3GB and 32GB, but we’re not sure yet whether both the variants will come to the country.Unlike the Moto G6, the G6 Play gets a single 13-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.0 aperture. It bears an 8-megapixel sensor up front and runs near stock Android 8.0 Oreo software out-of-the-box. Notably, the G6 Play gets a larger 4,000mAh battery with fast charge support.Moto G6, G6 Play expected price in IndiaThe Moto G6 is priced at $249 outside, which translates to around Rs 17,000, while the G6 Play costs $199, approximately Rs 13,000. The official India price of the Moto G6 is yet to be announced but it should be around the same figure or even lower. In fact, we expect the G6 Play to be priced under Rs 10,000 while the Moto G6 should start around Rs 15,000. Motorola is expected to confirm the pricing of the Moto G6 and G6 Play on June 4 along with possible launch offers as well.last_img read more

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Proposed Changes to Motor Vehicle Act Mean More Fairness Transparency

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first_imgThe province is introducing amendments to sections of the Motor Vehicle Act that will make the process for licence suspensions and appeals fairer and more transparent for all Nova Scotians. “These changes will make the process more predictable and objective and will provide individuals with access to an independent appeal,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We want to maintain safe roads for all Nova Scotians and provide tools for the registrar to deal with incompetent or unfit drivers in a reasonable manner.” The proposed amendments to the act will allow the registrar to suspend a driver if they fail an examination required by the act, or if a medical examination indicates that the person is not able to safely operate a motor vehicle. Also, certain decisions of the registrar may be appealed to a new Motor Vehicle Appeal Board whose members will be appointed by the minister. The authority of the registrar varies from province to province. The proposed amendments are similar to those of New Brunswick and Quebec. “These amendments respond to concerns expressed in a recently released report from my office,” said Dwight Bishop, provincial Ombudsman. “From a fairness standpoint, I am pleased that the parameters of the suspension and appeal processes have been clarified.”last_img read more

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Canadian peacekeepers evacuated injured French counterterror troops in Mali

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first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian peacekeepers were called upon to evacuate several wounded French soldiers in Mali earlier this month after their counter-terrorism patrol was ambushed by militants.The previously unreported evacuation marked the first time the Canadians have been asked to help non-UN forces in the sprawling West African nation, where the French have been conducting counter-terror operations since 2014.Canadian mission commander Col. Travis Morehen says the UN and France have agreed to help each other in extreme circumstances and that his peacekeepers ended up saving allied lives.But Walter Dorn, a peacekeeping expert at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, worries such missions make peacekeepers targets for terrorists by blurring the line between peacekeeping and counter-terrorism.According to media reports, the French patrol was operating near Mali’s border with Niger when they were attacked by a group of militants suspected of having links to Islamic extremism.Fifteen French soldiers were reportedly injured, two seriously, before the militants fled.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Federal carbon tax coming to Alberta in January environment minister

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first_imgOttawa says a federal carbon tax will be imposed on Alberta starting Jan. 1.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she has written the province to inform it of the decision.She says 90 per cent of the money collected will go back to Alberta taxpayers in rebates, meaning an average family of four will get $888 returned next year. The remaining 10 per cent will go toward making buildings in the province more energy efficient.Alberta passed legislation officially repealing its provincial carbon tax last week, after United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney won the April election on a promise to kill it.“It’s unfortunate because Alberta had a made-in-Alberta plan to put a price on pollution and we clearly need Alberta to be part of our national climate plan as Alberta has the highest emissions in the country,” McKenna said in Ottawa.“We need to move forward to tackle climate change.“We see the impacts of climate change through extreme weather, including in Alberta where there are forest fires that are burning earlier than ever before, that are burning stronger, and that is having serious impacts on the lives of Albertans as well as on their economy.”Alberta joins four other provinces — New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan — which have declined to impose their own carbon levys, leaving Ottawa to impose the federal one.Kenney has said if Ottawa impose its fee, he will join Saskatchewan and Ontario in fighting it in court.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Toronto housing corp mired in spending scandal

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe auditor of Canada’s biggest city released a report Monday that took Toronto’s Community Housing Corporation to task saying it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars unethically.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has the story.last_img

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9 attacks in 5 years Kejriwal blames BJP

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first_imgNew Delhi: A day after being slapped during a roadshow, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, here on Sunday, blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the attack saying the party was trying to silence voices raised against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and establish dictatorship. Addressing the media, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said: “Yesterday (Saturday) a man attacked me. This was the ninth attack on me in the last five years and fifth since I became the Chief Minister. I don’t think any Chief Minister was attacked so many times.” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles He said Delhi was the only place in the country where security for the Chief Minister was in the hands of an opposition party. “My security is the BJP’s responsibility. In all other states, the Chief Minister’s security is the responsibility of the state police, which comes under the CM.” Claiming that nine attacks cannot be called security lapse, he said, “It was a conspiracy against me.” Attacking the BJP, he said the party had tried its best to destroy the AAP. “They made the CBI raid my office. The Delhi Police raided my house. A total of 33 cases have been filed against me. They want to remove us physically. The attack was not on me, it was on Delhi. They attacked the Chief Minister elected by the people of Delhi.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Kejriwal said the BJP was not able to digest the fact that the AAP won 67 of the 70 seats in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. “We have done so much for Delhi in the fields of education, health, electricity and water. They (BJP) fear the people will question them on what work they have done.” Through the attack, the BJP was trying to send out a message that those opposing Modi would not be spared, “even if he is a CM,” he said and added the attacker’s wife said he could not listen to anything against Modi”. “There is a message being given that no one should speak up against Modi. They are trying to choke my voice and this is a clear trait of a dictator,” the AAP leader said. Kejriwal said he was not scared of attacks and it (attacks) had made him stronger and added, “It will not kill my voice or my spirit.” “I have been asking why Pakistan wanted Modi to be re-elected. I will again raise this point. Modi says he destroyed terror camps and terrorists want him to be re-elected. We killed 300 Pakistani and (Pakistan Prime Minister) Imran Khan is saying re-elect Modi. The country wants to know the connection between Modi and Pakistan,” the AAP chief said. Kejriwal also accused Modi of insulting the nation and the army. “He (Modi) said no surgical strike happened before he came to power. Is he saying the army didn’t do any work before that. This is an insult to the army and the nation.” Kerjiwal urged all “Modi bhakts” to first think about the nation and refrain from making an individual greater than the nation. Kejriwal was attacked in the Moti Nagar area of Delhi on Saturday by a Suresh.last_img read more

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Brock mourns the loss of a student

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Brock University is saddened by the loss of John Kot, a second-year student in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program.We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and his friends at this time.Further information will be available on funeral and service arrangements.For information about visitation and other details, go to: http://www.ogdenfuneralhome.com/listing.php?mode=view_listing&id=1734Individuals affected by this death can come to a counsellor-led meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 3 in Academic South 216.Disbelief, anger, sadness and even feelings of guilt are a natural part of the grieving process and do not in themselves indicate a need for individual personal counselling. If they persist however, talking things through with a counsellor can be helpful. To make a counselling appointment call x4750 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 4:30 p.m.) and indicate that you wish to talk to a counsellor about the student’s death. read more

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Statues of Indigenous leaders find new home at Brock

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The permanent home for statues of two Indigenous war captains will be unveiled at Brock University Friday, Dec. 14.Paper composite statues of John Norton and John Brant, Indigenous captains from the War of 1812, will be installed in an upper floor of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex overlooking the Healing Garden to the north of the building.The statues, which were previously on display in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines, are paper replicas of the bronze statues of Norton and Brant installed at the Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial in Queenston Heights Park.A ceremony to unveil the statues at Brock will take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the ground floor, northwest corner of the Cairns Complex at the entrance closest to the Healing Garden.What: Unveiling of John Norton and John Brant paper composite statuesWhen: Friday, Dec. 14, 12:30 p.m.Where: Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex (Ground Floor), Brock University read more

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Opinion 5 things to look for as Buckeyes take on Illinois

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3. Can Joey Bosa replicate his performance from last week?The sophomore defensive end dominated the Penn State offensive line last week en route to six tackles, 2.5 sacks and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.Bosa is tied for fifth in the country with sacks (8.0) and leads the Buckeyes in tackles for loss (11.5) in addition to being tied for first in the Big Ten in fumbles forced with three.Seeing Bosa line up across from it could be terrifying for the Illinois offensive line, as it is tied for last in the Big Ten in sacks allowed, averaging just over three per game.Bosa should no doubt dominate the Fighting Illini this year, as he did last season when he recorded 2.5 of OSU’s six sacks on Illinois quarterbacks. Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball into the end zone during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won, 31-24, in double-overtime. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs the Ohio State Buckeyes enter their eighth game of the season, there are plenty of storylines.While the battle for the Illibuck doesn’t seem to quite have much pull lately, the Buckeyes are emphasizing that they are not looking forward to next week’s matchup with the Michigan State Spartans.With that in mind, The Lantern sports editors are trying to keep their focus on Illinois as well with a list of five things to watch for during Saturday’s game. 1. How will J.T. Barrett perform after injury?Not only is the redshirt-freshman quarterback coming off his arguably worst passing performance of the season, but he’s also nursing a knee injury.Barrett sprained his MCL during the first half of OSU’s 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State, but many watching might not have even known. He ended up running for 32 yards and both of the Buckeyes’ touchdowns during the overtime periods. But despite his success against the Nittany Lions, OSU fans were well within their right to be worried when they found out Barrett’s injury is similar to the one that held then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller out for nearly three full games last season.Barrett’s success throughout the season has been directly impacted to the success of the OSU offense, and if his knee is stiff enough to affect his play — or even keep him off the field — the Buckeyes will suddenly have to rely on redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones.Jones is an athlete with a rocket for an arm, but don’t count out the Illini if he has to see the field for any extended period of time.As it’s been all season, OSU will go as Barrett goes under the Ohio Stadium lights. 2. Can the Buckeyes rattle Illinois senior quarterback Reilly O’Toole?The Fighting Illini kicked off the season with a bright spot at quarterback in the form of Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt. And now they’re stuck with O’Toole.Lunt — a redshirt-sophomore — is set to miss the game with an injury, giving O’Toole his fourth start in the past five games for Illinois. Lunt had thrown 13 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions in his five games, while O’Toole has tossed a measly four touchdowns to go with four interceptions in eight total appearances.Now he’s set to face the Buckeyes, which just so happen to lead the Big Ten in interceptions. If sophomore safety Vonn Bell, senior cornerback Doran Grant or any other member of the OSU defensive backfield can step in front of a pass early and rattle O’Toole, expect him to have a very long night in Columbus. 5. Can Illinois redshirt-junior running back Josh Ferguson build on 2013’s performance?Yes, OSU beat Illinois, 60-35, last season and no, Ferguson didn’t even rush for 100 yards. But that doesn’t mean he played poorly.Even though the Buckeyes won big, Ferguson was impressive against them with 69 yards on the ground to go with a touchdown. His production came on just 15 carries, but that number could be much higher this time around against OSU.Ferguson leads his team with 518 rushing yards this year to go with six touchdowns, but with O’Toole under center, the Fighting Illini might decide to rely on the run game early and often, especially if the quarterback struggles to start things off.OSU’s rush defense is no pushover, but neither is Ferguson. If he gets rolling, it could spark a solid outing from the Illinois offense.The matchup is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. 4. Will the Buckeyes’ run game dominate?With Barrett playing injured, one can assume the Buckeyes will rely on the ground game a lot more this week.If that is the case, it shouldn’t be a problem for OSU, as the Fighting Illini sport the worst run defense in the Big Ten, allowing 258.6 yards per game on the ground.With Rod Smith gone after being dismissed from the team earlier this week, look for sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott to get the bulk of the carries along with freshman running back Curtis Samuel.During the week, Meyer mentioned that redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall could get more involved in the running game, which would likely make up for the carries that will go missing with Smith no longer on the team. read more

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2018 World Cup should not be held in Russia UK Deputy PM

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first_imgBRITISH DEPUTY PRIME Minister Nick Clegg has joined calls for Russia to be stripped of the World Cup in 2018 following the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.The Liberal Democrat leader, whose party is the junior partner in Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government, said sporting events should be part of a new package of EU sanctions against Moscow.“You can’t have this — the beautiful game — marred by the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian Ukrainian border,” Clegg told the Sunday Times newspaper.“Not only would Vladimir Putin exploit it, I think it would make the rest of the world look so weak and so insincere about our protestations about Vladimir Putin’s behaviour if we’re not prepared to pull the plug.”Clegg added: “He can’t constantly, you know, push the patience of the international community beyond breaking point, destabilise a neighbouring country, protect these armed separatists in the east of Ukraine and still have the privilege and honour of receiving all the accolades in 2018 for being the host nation of the World Cup.” Clegg’s call echoes that of several German politicians earlier this month, although the idea was quickly rejected by football officials.“Sports boycotts have rarely achieved anything, and that’s why I think nothing of such a proposal,” Theo Zwanziger, a FIFA executive committee member and former president of German football body DFB, told Handelsblatt Online.The European Union on Saturday agreed new sanctions on Russia’s intelligence chiefs, as it hardens its attitude to Moscow following the crash of flight MH17.The EU and United States accuse rebels of shooting down the Malaysian Airlines plane on July 17, killing all 298 people on board, using a missile from Russia.- © AFP, 2014This article was originally published at 10.14, then updated at 12.41.Miralem Pjanic scored from inside his own half against Man United last nightRooney: I want to be Manchester United captainlast_img read more

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Users of Epipens warned to check theirs as batch is recalled

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first_imgUsers of Epipens warned to check theirs as batch is recalled The recall affects around 1,000 units. By Paul Hosford Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 3:49 PM 15,699 Views Image: HPRA A picture of the Epipen. THOSE WHO USE Epipens have been told to check their stocks as a batch has been recalled.The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) today said it had been told by Meda Health Sales Ireland that it is recalling one batch of its Epipen 300mcg pre-filled pens.The pens are used in the emergency treatment of acute allergic (anaphylactic) reactions. However, pens from the affected batch may fail to provide an injection of medicine when used, due to a quality defect issue identified in a component part.Anyone who possesses an Epipen for their own use or for someone in their care is urged to check for lot number 5FA665G and to ensure affected pens are immediately replaced.Lot 5FA665G includes a total of 998 Epipens supplied to the Irish market and it is estimated that the defect is associated with only a small percentage of pens in the lot.The lot number can be found on parts of the label and carton.Those with the pens are told to return theirs to their pharmacy where it will be replaced free of charge. They are also told to check other areas where pens may be stored such as schools.Should patients have any concerns in relation to this matter, they should consult their doctor or pharmacist.Read: The sea turtle who swallowed almost 1,000 coins has died http://jrnl.ie/3299211 center_img Mar 21st 2017, 3:49 PM A picture of the Epipen. Image: HPRA Short URL Share1930 Tweet Email28 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Vancouver’s Columbia River Logistics to close

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first_imgThe closure of a paper mill in West Linn, Ore. will also doom a Vancouver pulp transport company.Columbia River Logistics is a sister company to West Linn Paper Mill, which announced Monday it will close after 128 years in business. Both companies are owned by Belgravia Investments, also based in West Linn, Ore.Already, five people have been laid off from the 21-person staff at Columbia River Logistics’ offices, according to general manager Boris Yatskov. The rest have been asked to work until the inventory of pulp and paper products are sold.“Everybody understands what’s happening, but they want to work,” he said, adding that employees expect to keep working for up to four months, but supplies could be liquidated sooner. It also has one facility in Las Vegas, Nev., with four employees.The closures follow shortages of pulp for West Linn Paper Mill, according to environmental manager Penny Machinski. One supplier in Canada suffered an equipment failure and the closure of a competitor in Wisconsin put stress on other major suppliers, she said.“I think we could have survived one of those two situations but put them together and it’s more than the facility could handle,” she said. “This came about very suddenly and we’re still trying to get things in place, plans done and get settled.”Columbia River Logistics was established in 2004, handling shipments of pulp for companies such as Georgia Pacific and Boise Cascade, Yatskov said. Today the majority of the business is storing pulp for West Linn Paper Mill, Yatskov said.last_img read more

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Financial fruit: Apple becomes 1st trillion-dollar company

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets.The milestone reached Thursday marks the latest triumph of a trend-setting company that two mavericks named Steve started in a Silicon Valley garage 42 years ago.The achievement seemed unimaginable in 1997 when Apple teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, with its stock trading for less than $1, on a split-adjusted basis., and its market value dropping below $2 billion.To survive, Apple brought back its once-exiled co-founder, Steve Jobs, as interim CEO and turned to its archrival Microsoft for a $150 million cash infusion to help pay its bills.If someone had dared to buy $10,000 worth of stock at that point of desperation, the investment would now be worth about $2.6 million.Jobs eventually introduced popular products such as the iPod and iPhone that subsequently drove Apple’s rise. The stock has been surging this week as anticipation mounts for the next generation of iPhone, expected to be released in September.last_img read more

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Marks and Spencer completes £14bn pensioner buyin

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first_imgRetailer Marks and Spencer has completed a £1.4 billion pensioner buy-in transaction for its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.The buy-in transaction was completed with insurers Aviva and Phoenix Life using an umbrella master agreement. It has been designed to reduce longevity risk for a proportion of the pension scheme’s retired members, and to correspond with Marks and Spencer’s investment strategy, which aligns pension investments with the required benefits needed to pay members.The buy-in policies, which cover approximately a third of the DB scheme’s pensioner liabilities, additionally ensure that pension members’ benefits are secured, while shareholder risk is minimised.Marks and Spencer’s DB pension scheme, which is worth £10 billion, was closed to future accrual in 2017.Lane, Clark and Peacock (LCP) advised the trustee on the buy-in transaction, Hymans Robertson advised Marks and Spencer and Linklaters provided legal advice.Simon Lee, chief information officer of the Marks and Spencer pension scheme, said: “We are delighted to have secured these insurance policies for a significant portion of the benefits payable to our members. We were able to do so at attractive pricing and on favourable terms through significant competitive tension and a process led by LCP and Linklaters and supported by the scheme actuary and investment advisers, Willis Towers Watson, that has now positioned the [Marks and Spencer] pension scheme to execute efficiently with these and other insurers in the future.”Graham Oakley, chairman at the Marks and Spencer Pension Trust, added: “The scheme’s strong funding position has allowed the trustee to follow a strategy of reducing risk by aligning investments more closely with the pension benefits we will need to pay members. This bulk purchase annuity is a significant step in reducing longevity risk being managed by the trustee, providing additional security for all members’ benefits.”last_img read more

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TS Govt to provide funds for Rudraram temple

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first_imgPatancheru: The endowments department on Wednesday assured to provide funds for the development of the Rudraram Ganesh temple. Department’s Assistant Commissioner Hemanth Kumar, who visited the shrine, gave the assurance after opening the ‘hundi’ and counting the contents.Later speaking to the media, Kumar announced that the temple’s income in the last two months was Rs.7.98 lakh. He said the department was providing all required facilities in the temple for the convenience of the devotees. Among those present in the temple during the visit were Inspector Dheeraj Kumar, Executive Officer Mohan Reddy, Junior Assistants Eshwar, Mallikarjun Reddy and staff members.last_img read more

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BNP leaders not allowed to meet Khaleda on Eid day

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first_imgSenior leaders of principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) went to visit jailed party chief Khaleda Zia on Saturday but were denied permission to meet her.Gathered at the gate of an abandoned Nazimuddin Road jail building, the BNP leaders and workers expressed resentment that over the authorities did now allow them to meet the former prime minister on the day of festival.”This is unfortunate. Khaleda Zia has been kept confined at the dictation of the government [in a politically motivated case],” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen.He expressed determination to free Khaleda Zia from jail through popular demonstration.As the party chief is in jail now, the BNP’s central commitee had no programme on the Eid day but BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi called the gathering near jail gate their programme.Different front organisation leaders, especially women leaders, started gathering there at around 11am. Afterwards, senior leader of the party, including Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Abbas and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, also arrived there.Failing to meet Khaleda Zia, the leaders left.In the morning, the BNP leaders and activists placed wreaths at the grave of BNP founder and late president Ziaur Rahman.On Friday, the relatives and family members of Khaleda Zia met her at the jail.The BNP chairperson has been kept in the abandoned jail building since 8 February when a Dhaka court sentenced her to five years of imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.last_img read more

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Natore road crash kills youth

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first_imgRoad Accident LogoA young man was killed and seven others injured in a head-on collision between two buses at Natore sadar upazila road on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Birendra Pahan, 30, an indigenous man of the upazila.The accident took place when a Dhaka-bound bus collided head-on with another bus, leaving Birendra Pahan dead on the spot and seven others injured, said sub-inspector Md Mozammel Hossain, in-charge of Jalmalia highway police station.On information, members of local fire service and civil defence recovered the body, he added.The injured were admitted to Natore Sadar Hospital.last_img read more

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Microsoft sends security patches urges fixit for XML Core Services vulnerability

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first_img(Phys.org) — Confirm, warn, patch. Microsoft has had a busy week, this being the week of Patch Tuesday, an event held on the second Tuesday of the month, when Microsoft releases security patches. On this latest Patch event, Microsoft issued seven security bulletins, three of which were termed as critical, warning users of twenty-six vulnerabilities in Microsoft products, a number of them involving Internet Explorer. The patches affect supported Windows versions, the .NET Framework, Remote Desktop, Lync and Dynamics AX. A patch that had been announced for Visual Basic for Applications has yet to be released. 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. More information: © 2012 Phys.Org technet.microsoft.com/en-us/se … ty/bulletin/ms12-037technet.microsoft.com/en-us/se … ity/advisory/2719615technet.microsoft.com/en-us/se … ty/bulletin/MS12-036technet.microsoft.com/en-us/se … ty/bulletin/ms12-jun MS12-037, especially, is being discussed as a critical bulletin that addresses 13 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and 9 that could allow for remote-code execution. Security managers have seen this bulletin as pertinent, as IE is so widely used in homes, businesses and public organizations.In its IE security update, Microsoft said the most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a person uses IE to visit a booby-trapped webpage. The attacker could gain control of the computer with the same user rights as the browser victim. Those especially vulnerable to the exploit are users operating with administrative rights; less so for users whose accounts are configured to have fewer rights.The security update is rated Critical for IE 6, 7, 8, and 9 on Windows clients. As most customers have enabled automatic updating, the security update will be installed automatically. Customers who have not enabled automatic updating need to install this update manually. Another advisory in the Patch lineup addresses security weaknesses in Microsoft XML Core Services, again opening the user up to remote code execution. Microsoft said it was still investigating this and plans to issue a solution through its monthly release process or if necessary an out of cycle security update. Meanwhile, Microsoft has issued a “Fix it” solution intended to block the attack vector. Microsoft encourages customers running an affected configuration to apply the Fix it solution as soon as possible. The vulnerability affects all supported versions of Windows and editions of Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007.The Microsoft update MS12-036, labeled as Critical, concerns denial of service and remote code execution vulnerabilities in the Remote Desktop features that are built into supported versions of Windows. Microsoft warns that vulnerability in Remote Desktop allows remote code execution. This is when the attacker sends a sequence of crafted RDP packets to an affected system. Those who do not have the RDP enabled on Windows are not at risk. The update will be installed automatically for users whose systems have automatic updating. Explore further Microsoft releases security patch for Web browser Citation: Microsoft sends security patches, urges fix-it for XML Core Services vulnerability (2012, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-microsoft-hole-patches-urges-fix-it.htmllast_img read more

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