Advertisement Advertisement Twitter (Toronto) August 4, 2017 – Announcing the launch of the 2nd Annual Black Women Film! Leadership Program (blackwomenfilm.ca), created by Black Women Film! Canada in partnership with TIFF®, National Film Board of Canada and other industry partners with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Now in it’s second year and one of the only programs of its kind, the Black Women Film! leadership program will once again offer emerging women filmmakers and media artists of African diaspora, the opportunity to forward their careers in film and media arts through in depth industry workshops and mentorship with Black women industry leaders from the film, television and media arts sector. This year’s program will offer a range of hands-on presentation on dramatic storytelling in film, directing, producing and fund development, production management, script writing, cinematography, experimental media arts practices, plus transmedia and web series development.Black Women Film! Canada announces the 2nd Annual BWF Leadership Programin partnership with Toronto International Film Festival and National Film Board of Canada! LAUNCH & FILM FESTIVALSeptember 7 – 17, 2017TIFF Industry Conference, Black House Networking Event & Festival Screenings LEADERSHIP INTENSIVE October 28 – November 10, 2017Location : TIFF Bell Lightbox and National Film Board of CanadaThe Black Women Film! program will be hosted at TIFF Bell Lightbox and the National Film Board Head Office from October 28 – November 10, 2017. The program will be held on weekends and evenings and offer small group mentorship from award winning writers, directors and producers; plus meetings with funders and broadcasters and the opportunity for participants to screen work at the Carlton cinemas as part of an exciting new partnership with Reel Girl Talk (November 8, 2017).Prior to the leadership intensive, this years fully subsidized program includes tickets to the TIFF Industry Conference, Black House Foundation events, networking opportunities and select screenings during the festival.Application deadline is Aug 25, 2017 @ 5 pm. Successful applicants will be notified by Aug 28thTo register please go to Website : http://www.blackwomenfilm.ca/apply/Connect with us online:Website: www.blackwomenfilm.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackwomenfilmInstagram : @BWFCanadaTwitter : @BWFCanadaHashtag: #BlackWomenFilm!Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
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Unsettling Canada InFocus
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In his new book, Unsettling Canada: A National Wake Up Call, Arthur Manuel shares his family’s story of resistance.The book is co-written by Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson.They argue Canada’s “most glaring piece of unfinished business” is “the place of Indigenous peoples within the country’s political and economic space.”Arthur Manuel and Leah Gazan join Cheryl McKenzie in-studio.
Saudi Arabia Softens Air Travel Policy Allows Flight Service to Israel
Rabat – Air India flight AI 139 from New Delhi landed on Thursday on Tel Aviv airport via Saudi Arabia, ending a long-standing ban of flights from Saudi Arabia to Israel, according to The Times of India.The decision is spurring many observers to query the implications of such a move in light of the Saudi Kingdom’s new regional aspirations.Though the flight may seem banal, Saudi Arabia’s permission to flyover en route to Tel Aviv is a major diplomatic event, especially considering the fact that many Arab and “Islamic countries” do not recognize Israel, and are therefore adamant about banning flight services to and from Israel. “This is a really historic moment. We are in a new era,” said Israeli tourism minister Yariv Levin, who spoke to the press in terms of strengthening and rekindling India-Israel relationships.But this “historic” diplomatic moment may raise—in fact it already has— eyebrows in many predominantly Muslim countries. Hinting at the ongoing Gulf crisis, some observers and commentators are now raising concerns about Saudi Arabia’s softening stance towards a decades-old ban of flight services to Israel, while the Kingdom has been blockading Qatar since last June.“The Air India flew over Oman, Saudi Arabia and Jordan to reach Israel,” The Times of India reported, adding that “The permission to fly over Saudi Arabia will save Air India almost 2 hours and 10 minutes compared to the longer route taken by Israel’s national carrier EI AI.”Israeli authorities are however cautious, however, as to the overall excitement that followed this “historic moment.” “We have to be very cautious. This is really a first step—a very important one. I hope with time we have more and more normal relation with our neighbor in the region,” Mr. Yariv told reporters.
Miliband pushes UK to act on Lanka
Nor are concerns about the actions of the Sri Lanka government merely historic. The leading opposition candidate in the 2010 presidential election was jailed soon afterwards. The chief justice of Sri Lanka has been impeached and dismissed, neutering the independence of the judiciary. The president has reneged on his pledge to expand local autonomy – a key element in post-war reconciliation. In early 2009, as foreign secretary, I travelled to Sri Lanka with Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, so that we could see for ourselves the situation at the end of the brutal 26-year civil war. We met the president and his ministers in Colombo, and then travelled to refugee camps further north. I will never forget what I saw, and in particular the pleading of Tamil women carrying slips of paper with the names of their husbands and sons who had been taken away for “screening”. A film, No Fire Zone, using personal testimony from civilians caught up in the latter stages of the conflict, is putting the Sri Lankan government on the spot. And this month Sri Lanka is being called to account in the UN human rights council by the United States.The Commonwealth heads of government meeting (Chogm) is due to take place in Sri Lanka in the autumn. Canada, which is Conservative-led, has robustly called for the meeting – which the Queen would normally open – to be moved from the country. The Labour government took this course when we were planning for the 2011 meeting. It is time for the British government, which has trumpeted its priority of making the Commonwealth a model of good governance and democratic values, to make its voice heard.The insistence on justice and accountability is not legalistic nitpicking. It’s about the message that is sent to those who violate human rights. Just think about the insouciance of President Assad and his supporters. Miliband wrote: Sri Lanka is not being victimised or picked on. UN conventions are the civilising product of the wars – and unstopped slaughters – of the 20th century. They are a universal badge of humanity. Our government should be standing up for them. Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the British government must support calls for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be moved out of Sri Lanka over human rights concerns.Writing for the British Guardian newspaper today, Miliband also insisted that Sri Lanka is not being victimized or picked on by the international community. Faraz Shaukelty, a Sri Lankan/British journalist who writes for the outspoken Sunday Leader newspaper, was shot in the neck by three gunmen last month. Human Rights Watch says that several thousand people are locked up without charge, and that state-sponsored abuse of Tamil activists is widespread. Other UN investigations record over 5,000 outstanding cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances; and nearly 100,000 internally displaced people remain without proper protection. This is not the path of reconciliation promised by the Government after the civil war.In 2005 the whole of the UN endorsed the idea of a “responsibility to protect” – the notion that governments and the international system should take active measures to protect civilian life. That doctrine is breached by authoritarian governments, but it is no excuse for the rest of us to stay silent.This is a moment to show that calls for justice and democracy have teeth. Britain needs to back the call for Chogm to be moved. For it to go ahead in Sri Lanka would be a mockery of Commonwealth values and UN authority, and a further invitation for its government to ignore international pleas for decency and accountability. And it would be a nail in the coffin of the vision of a pluralistic Sri Lanka, respectful of the place of all its peoples. The last phase of the government offensive involved squeezing anything up to 330,000 people into the Vanni region, south of the Jaffna peninsula. A report in March 2011 by a special UN panel laid bare the scale of human suffering. Tens of thousands had been killed by government shelling, which had targeted no-fire zones, UN food distribution lines and hospitals. The report also detailed appalling behaviour by the LTTE, the “Tamil Tigers”, alleging that civilians were prevented from escaping and used as hostages. The UN report found credible allegations of serious violations of international law by the Sri Lanka government and the LTTE, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.An internal UN review reported last November that the government obstructed the provision of aid and assistance to civilians, did not protect humanitarian workers, and was largely to blame for the shelling of heavily populated areas and the deaths of civilians. And a further report last month, by the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, criticises the progress made on accountability and reconciliation and, significantly, the commissioner, Navi Pillay, reaffirmed her “long-standing call for an independent and credible international investigation” into alleged human rights violations “which could also monitor any domestic accountability process”.
Army must tackle its drink problem military judge says
As the verdict was announced, Lt Col Tomkins cried with relief and was supported by his solicitor.In legal argument heard during the case, Peter Glenser, defending, accused the UN of “behind-the-scenes interference” with the trial by preventing witnesses from giving evidence.He told Judge Blackett that a witness in the case had declined to give evidence in court and others had refused to answer questions from his instructing solicitor preparing for the case.He described this as “interference of a British trial by a treaty organisation that seeks to impose limits on what can be said in evidence.”It may explain some of the grave difficulties my instructing solicitor had in interviewing witnesses when she travelled to Africa.”Judge Blackett also criticised the length of time the case took to come to court, adding: “This trial has taken far too long, some of it has been caused by the bureaucracy of the United Nations.”This has been a difficult case to manage because of the jurisdiction matters.”Thanking the board of officers, he said: “It has been difficult going to America and back, can I commend you and your colleagues.” 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. “This failure goes well beyond the fact of his infidelity.”The defendant said that he and the complainant had each drunk four or five glasses of red wine during dinner that evening and afterwards he drank a vodka and tonic and she drank a gin and tonic before they went up to her room to prepare a presentation for their work.Lt Col Tomkins, of the Rifles regiment, based at Abbey Wood, near Bristol, admitted that he had been “flirting” with her when he gave her a neck massage in the hotel bar.He said: “She said she had a sore neck as I gave her neck a massage, she enjoyed it, she leaned back into me as I did it.”Lt Col Tomkins said when they began working on her laptop in her hotel room, the complainant said she was “hot and sweaty”.He said: “As a joke, I said ‘We could do it naked of course’. It was smutty, it was possibly more of its moment.”Lt Col Tomkins added: “This wasn’t a long-term romance, this was two people who met one night, had an enjoyable night and ended up having sex.”The complainant had claimed she had been too drunk to consent to the sex. In an unusual step, the military held the first part of the case to hear prosecution witnesses at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland in the US. The armed services need to do more to address drinking because it can lead to sex offence cases, a military judge has said as a married British colonel was acquitted of rape.Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Tomkins, of Defence, Equipment and Support, was cleared of the single count of rape against a subordinate in her room after a UN meeting in an African hotel.But a board of senior officers lambasted him for “embarrassing” the service as they found him not guilty of the offence at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, on January 7, 2015.And Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett added: “I would like to put it on record that too many offences occur because of the abuse of alcohol, more needs to be done by the services to address this issue.”The 49-year-old had told Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, that he denied the offence and said the sex had been consensual.Brigadier Paul Tennant, the president of the board, said: “Despite unanimously and overwhelmingly reaching a finding of not guilty, we have been similarly united in our corporate embarrassment by the conduct of the defendant.”We as commissioned officers feel strongly that Lt Col Tomkins’ behaviour, even by his own account, fell wholly and demonstrably short of what we would expect of an officer of his rank and experience.
Bayeux Tapestry heading for British Museum in 2022
Mr Macron is expected to confirm the loan alongside Mrs May at an Anglo-French summit in Berkshire on Thursday. Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said he would be “honoured and delighted” to display the depiction of the Norman Conquest, hailing news that France had approved a loan to the UK as “a gesture of extraordinary generosity”. Michael Lewis, head of portable antiquities and treasure at the British Museum, is an expert on the Tapestry.He wrote his PhD on Archaeological Authority of the Bayeux Tapestry and is a member of the Bayeux Tapestry Scientific Committee.Responding to news that France had agreed to loan the Tapestry to a venue in Britain, Mr Fischer said: “This would be a major loan, probably the most significant ever from France to the UK.”It is a gesture of extraordinary generosity and proof of the deep ties that link our countries.”A reciprocate loan from Britain to France has not yet been discussed. Tom TugendhatCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Sarah Hacker, Reading Borough Council’s lead councillor for culture, said: “We have the perfect place to display it. Perhaps the people of Bayeux would be interested in seeing our faithful replica made by the women of Leek Embroidery Society in 1885 in return.”A spokesman for the Élysée Palace said the loan was agreed in principle but would not take place for several years because work needed to be done on the Tapestry to ensure it was safe to move it. “It’s very symbolic for France and maybe even more for the UK,” he said. While the arrangements for the loan of the tapestry from the Bayeux Museum in Normandy to the UK are in their nascent stages, the move has been hailed by Theresa May who has already faced lobbying over its destination. The artefact, dating from 196BC, carries inscriptions in Greek and Egyptian that first enabled hieroglyphics to be deciphered.Mr Tugendhat said Mr Macron’s decision to loan the tapestry was a “real demonstration on how diplomacy is done”.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think that this is an opportunity for us to cement the relationship and actually one of the interesting items that we might perhaps think about lending – we would have to get the British Museum’s permission for it – is the Rosetta Stone which was discovered in Egypt by a French researcher, a French archaeologist, in the late 1700s.” Britain should loan France the Rosetta Stone in return for being allowed to borrow the Bayeux Tapestry, a senior Tory MP has said as the battle to host the relic began.The embroidered artwork is set to be displayed in the UK after Emmanuel Macron, the French president, gave the move his seal of approval.The loan of the 70m-long artwork, which depicts events of the 11th century leading up to the Norman conquest of England, means it will leave French shores for the first time in 950 years.The Telegraph understands the tapestry is destined to go on show at the British Museum in 2022, after curators have been in discussion with their French colleagues for some time.Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, said Britain should return the favour and hand over a similarly historic item in the form of the Rosetta Stone. The temporary British home for the Bayeux Tapestry has yet to be confirmed, but the British Museum is understood to have been in quiet negotiations with its French colleagues over the loan. Hartwig Fischer, the director of the British Museum A section of the Bayeux Tapestry There has been speculation that the tapestry could be displayed in Canterbury, where it is said to have been made, and Battle, where the events depicted took place.Huw Merriman, the Tory MP for Bexhill and Battle, asked Mrs May at Prime Minister’s Questions to “put in a very good word for Battle Abbey in East Sussex”.Mrs May told him that Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary and MP for Hastings, was also vying for the right to host the tapestry.Reading emerged as a possible destination with the town’s museum already displaying a full-size copy of the tapestry. 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 spokesman confirmed that in principle the trustees are always willing to consider any loan requests.It is hoped that the tapestry will go on display at a blockbuster exhibition around 2022, with curators hoping to show it in the wider context of European history alongside its early medieval and Norman collections.A source said the museum was perfectly placed to house it, with the expertise to ensure its safe preservation, a permanent collection of objects to shed further light on the period, and the space to cope with the large number of visitors it would attract.
UK student produces 98page dissertation on LOLCats
Usually when someone is preparing their Master’s dissertation, you witness them in pursuit of answers to a scholarly question like “What are the effects of storing data on salt wafers?” or something along those lines. You certainly don’t expect to hear “Why in the name of Ceiling Cat are LOLCats so popular?”, but if you were to talk to UK student Kate Miltner that’s exactly the answer you would receive.A student at the London School of Economics, Miltner spent several weeks conducting research and writing a 98-page document to present her findings. Rather than bore you with an outline containing buzz words like “web 2.0” and “anamorphic humor” that are liberally sprinkled throughout, we decided to give you the top four revelations that Miltner gleaned as a result of her reasearch.There are three different types of LOLCat users.Let’s see which category you fall into. Heavy users of the site are called “Cheezfrenz,” and are obsessed with funny cat pictures of all types. Miltner states that these people are drawn to the site because it’s “safe and kind.” “Meme Geeks” are those people that hit the site for a cheap laugh in an effort to create an “internet funny.” You know, those of you who lurk on 4Chan or Reddit just waiting for your opportunity to score some cred off someone else’s fluffy friend.The last and arguably most sane category is the “casual user” that gets directed to the site by a member of the other two categories mentioned above.LOLCats members use LOLspeak to cull outsidersMiltner stumbled on the fact that most of the regular users of the site employ a “special language” called LOLspeak to separate themselves from casual visitors. When she put a call out for participants for her research focus groups she got several responses that looked like this; “Ohai! I wud like tu b in deh focus groop, if it am alrite wif u!” Upon further study, Miltner decided that this phenomenon was a purposeful reflection of the groups necessity to define its human borders. We’ll just leave that one right there.Meme Geeks are hipstersIn conjunction with the finding above, Miltner also found that once the Meme Geek category of user starts seeing LOLspeak and different cat memes being used in mainstream culture, they drop the whole thing like a bad habit. She likens it to the reaction of a band’s rabid fan base that realizes the object of their worship has “sold out”. In a nutshell, Meme Geeks are hipsters.People use LOLCats to express how they feelAll sarcasm aside, this is probably one of the most interesting things (and probably what she was really after) that Miltner discovered as a result of the research she conducted. Users across the board told stories where they had shared a specific LOLCat meme to express the wide range of feelings a human is capable of. Because most of the images used for said memes are of cute, cuddly cats, most users expressed a feel of well being when involved in the broader community. This led Miltner to her conclusion that the reason LOLCats is so successful is that people use it like other social networking sites to connect with people of a like mindedness.While Miltner’s research certainly won’t be solving any first world problems, the process outlined in her dissertation is interesting. Worse comes to worst, you could always use her work as proof for your parents or loved ones that studying the Internet all day is important.Read Miltner’s dissertation for yourself, via Huffington Post
Halibut Cove Live Gearing Up For The First Summer Fundraising Event
The first event weekend on July 14, and 15, will feature the Dan Mac Band presenting “Wonders of Wonder”, a high energy tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder featuring vocalist John “Pypes” Teamer. All proceeds from the event benefit the Homer Foundation. The Homer Foundation’s mission “is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the greater Homer area by promoting philanthropic and charitable activities.” Joyce Steward, Executive Director of the Homer Foundation: “The Homer Foundation is a community foundation, we are a non-profit. We work with donors who trust us with their charitable dollars, we invest them and the earnings are distributed back to the community for charitable projects.” The event takes place at the Quiet Place Lodge concert venue located six miles across the bay from Homer in the community of Halibut Cove. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at halibutcovelive.com Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 8th annual Halibut Cove Live fundraiser event kicks off on July 14, with live music, local vendors, and a floating stage.
In Other News Bill Restricting Wind Farm Subsidies Advances in NY Assembly
A measure prohibiting the state of New York from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could interfere with the air traffic control radar and Doppler weather radar used by Fort Drum is headed to the Assembly floor after the chamber’s energy committee approved it last week. Assemblywoman Addie Jenne (D), the sponsor of A09053A, said the restriction on wind farms located “within the Fort Drum radar zone” is needed to protect the post’s operations from potential impacts of about 10 proposed wind projects, reported WWNYTV. … The Army was aware of problems with an earthen dam on Fort Jackson, S.C., since 1979 but failed to address them prior to an October 2015 storm that produced record rainfall and breached the dam, killing two people and causing millions of dollars of damage to downstream neighborhoods and businesses, according to Army Corps of Engineers documents obtained by the State. Engineers concluded the dam’s spillway did not have sufficient capacity to release enough water to relieve pressure on the dam in an emergency. In addition, a 2013 inspection found that structural changes to the spillway blocked some water from coming down the spillway, increasing the chances the dam would fail. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Quader terms Oikya Fronts demand for fresh polls ridiculous
Road, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Friday termed the Jatiya Oikya Front’s demand for a fresh national election ‘just ridiculous.’The AL leader also said democratic countries across the globe, even Pakistan, have recognised the elections.”In such a situation, Oikya Front’s demand for fresh polls is just ridiculous,” he added.The minister came up with the remarks while visiting Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Chandra in the Gazipur district, reports UNB.Talking about the Front’s demand, Obaidul further said, “It’s ridiculous to even raise questions about the 11th parliamentary election which received global recognition.”He urged the Oikya Front to come to parliament to talk about their demands.During his visit, Obaidul Quader ordered the authorities concerned to remove all the illegal establishments along roads and highways across the country within a week.
UK for unified approach in UNSC to resolve Rohingya crisis
Rohingya men waiting for relief. File PhotoBritish high commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson on Monday laid emphasis on more “unified approach” in the UN Security Council saying it is really urgent to work together globally to find a solution to Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.He said the news headlines that he saw over the last couple of days regarding prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s just-concluded China visit are “very encouraging”.During the visit, Bangladesh and China agreed on speedy solution to the Rohingya crisis noting that it cannot be kept unresolved.While talking to diplomatic correspondents at DCAB Talk in Dhaka, the British envoy said when there are a million of displaced people, they are potentially vulnerable to radicalisation what happened in other parts of the world.He highlighted three things that need to be considered necessary for beginning repatriation on a safe, voluntary and dignified manner, including implementation of the Kofi Annan report on Rakhine.”Actually that plan is a very good one and implementation of that plan will be very good basis to address the underlining issues facing Rohingya people,” he said.The high commissioner said Rohingya people will get back confidence if their citizenship rights are granted.The envoy said they have been pushing in the UNSC on the accountability fronts to look into crimes committed against Rohingyas.”It’s very important that those allegations are properly investigated,” he said emphasising holding people accountable for their crimes.Recognising significant economic relations between the two countries, he said the UK is committed to maintaining Bangladesh’s duty-free and quota-free market access once the UK leaves the European Union (EU).He said the UK-Bangladesh bilateral trade in 2018 was 3.6 billion pounds, with Bangladesh exporting 3 billion pounds of goods and services to the UK, and the UK exporting 627 million pounds of goods and services to Bangladesh.”The UK is the third largest export market for Bangladesh,” he said adding that the UK is Bangladesh’s second largest source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).In 2018, the UK’s net FDI into Bangladesh was US$ 373 million.High commissioner Dickson said the UK Export Finance current credit limit of 750 million pounds for Bangladesh market shows the UK’s commitment to support potential business opportunities in Bangladesh.The UK is the 6th largest source of remittance for Bangladesh, with a value of US$ 1.1 billion.The British high commissioner said as a long standing friend of Bangladesh and its people, they deeply value the UK’s relationship with Bangladesh.”I know you’re looking forward to your 50th anniversary in two years’ time, and to celebrating your many achievements, from bringing over 50 million people out of extreme poverty since 1990, to increasing life expectancy and reducing infant mortality, to boosting your economy to one of the fastest growing ones in the world,” he said.The British envoy said there are around 600,000 people of Bangladeshi origin in the UK.He said the people of Bangladeshi origin play a huge role in the UK, including in business, civil society and across the full spectrum of local and central government.”There’re three British MPs of Bangladeshi origin, one member of the House of Lords and over 100 councillors with Bangladeshi heritage across the UK,” he mentioned.Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) arranged the DCAB Talk at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city.DCAB president Raheed Ejaz and general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also spoke at the event.
Mojangs Scrolls releases today Where when and how to get it Updated
After Mojang took the world by storm with the mine-and-craft-em-up, Minecraft, the gaming world wondered whether or not the company could achieve even half of that success with a new game, or if the team wasn’t simply a one-hit wonder. Mojang’s second game developed in-house, Scrolls, is finally releasing, and hopes to capture the gamers’ hearts, minds, and paychecks just like Minecraft did a few years ago.Mojang’s digital CCG (collectible card game) was supposed to release earlier today, but as of yet has not been made available for purchase. Fear not, for all will be well soon enough.Scrolls is being launched as a beta, with a similar payment model Minecraft used during its beta. For $20, you’ll nab yourself the game, as well as any future updates for free, forever. To kneel before Mojang and hoist your open wallet in its direction, head on over to the Scrolls purchase page. As of this article’s writing, though, you’ll be greeted with a message that states the store has not yet opened. So, make sure to frantically check back every few seconds or so until the store opens so you can begin making a deck full of common and uncommon weenies that never seems to lose.If you’re familiar with the digital CCG scene — which appears to be most prevalent on mobile platforms — you’ll be relieved to know that Scrolls doesn’t appear to use an energy mechanic that limits your actions, and every card is available for in-game currency. Though if you don’t have the time for that, cards can also be purchased for real money. Cards are also tradable, so if you get unfortunate pulls, you might be able to swing that into something you could use.About an hour ago, users involved in the closed alpha of the game said the servers went down, so Mojang is most likely preparing the store and readying the servers for a storm of new beta users.Update – 11:39am: Scrolls.com is still rather screwed up. Right now the site has two “Buy Scrolls” buttons, one of which links to the Game page and the other which rolls over to About, but links to Buy. So, no, you still can’t buy Scrolls.Update – 2:25pm: You can now successfully purchase Scrolls, but it might be a bit of a pain. I managed to buy it, but couldn’t load the store outright from Scrolls.com. First, I had to log into my Mojang account through Mojang.com, then once I was successfully logged in, I navigated over to the Buy Scrolls section of the Scrolls site, where the store finally loaded and I was able to purchase the game. If that’s too much of a hassle, it’s likely that the site is experiencing a mix of growing pains and an avalanche of traffic, so the issues should clear up later in the day.Now read: Notch challenges Bethesda to Quake 3 battle for use of Scrolls name
Something old something new Evolution and the structural divergence of duplicate genes
The exon-intron structures of six pairs of representative sibling paralogs and the domain organization of their proteins, showing the three types of underlying mechanisms for structural divergences. Exons that have experienced exon/intron gain/loss (A-C), exonization/pseudoexonization (B-F), and insertion/deletion (B and C) events are highlighted with pink; those without structural difference are in gray. Small white bars in B and C depict the indels that have resulted from insertion/deletion events. Copyright © PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1109047109 Explore further 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Gene duplications are arguably the driving force of organismal evolution – and if they survive, such duplicate genes will diverge in both regulatory and coding genomic regions. Coding divergences, in turn, can be caused by nucleotide substitutions or exon-intron structural changes. (Exons are DNA bases that are transcribed into mRNA and eventually code for amino acids in proteins. Introns are DNA bases found between exons, but which are not transcribed.) Scientists have had limited knowledge in the latter case until recently, when researchers at the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences investigated structural divergences during the evolution of duplicate and nonduplicate genes. They found that such structural divergences are very common in duplicate gene evolution, and have resulted from three primary causes – exon/intron gain/loss, exonization/pseudoexonization (where an intronic or intergenic sequence becomes exonic, or vice versa), and insertion/deletion – each contributing differently to structural divergence. The scientists concluded that structural divergences play a more important role in the evolution of duplicate genes than nonduplicate genes. During alignment, the team also took into consideration alternative splicing to ensure that the observed differences in exon-intron structure were not the artifact caused by comparisons of transcription forms with different splicing choices. In other words, among the multiple transcription forms of the two paralogs, only those with the same splicing choices and the highest similarity were considered. “This is also a conservative strategy that further minimized the potential errors in gene annotation.” Kong adds.Finally, says Kong, to calculate the genetic distances between genes, they only used the regions for which homology can be determined with confidence. “When structural changes have caused shifts in reading frame,” Kong points out, “corresponding regions were no longer homologous – especially when the corresponding amino acids were considered) and thus were excluded from further analyses. This was done manually for each of the investigated gene pairs.”Kong also discussed the team’s conclusion that structural divergences have played a more important role during the evolution of duplicate than nonduplicate genes. “Many people believe that duplicate genes tend to evolve more rapidly than nonduplicate genes because of functional redundancy,” he observes. “However, in the past few decades, attention has been paid exclusively to nucleotide substitutions, possibly because they are easy to detect and investigate. Some people even believe that point mutation, especially those that can lead to replacements of amino acids with distinct biochemical properties, play overwhelming roles in gene evolution.”Kong also points out that there are still scattered studies showing that changes in exon-intron structure have occurred and contributed to the generation of functionally distinct paralogs and orthologs (genes in different species that evolved from a common ancestral gene by speciation). “Actually, in many recent studies – especially those that focus on the evolution of multigene families – there are plenty of cases in which duplicate genes show obvious differences in exon-intron structure. This suggests that structural divergence have been widespread and important in gene evolution. Unfortunately, up until now, an extensive investigation of the prevalence, consequences and underlying mechanisms of structural divergence has been lacking.”In other words, the group’s study is the first to deal with the general patterns of structural divergence in gene evolution. “The conclusion that structural divergence has played a more important role during the evolution of duplicate than nonduplicate genes will help understand why gene duplication has contributed greatly to the acquisition of novel physiological and morphological characters. Clearly, duplication and subsequent divergence of genes have led to the increase of the genetic and phenotypic diversity of life.”In Kong’s opinion, their work will have at least three impacts. “Firstly, it highlights the importance of structural divergence in gene evolution, and may induce more broad and thorough studies on the other properties of structural divergence,” he explains. “This will help understand more about the general patterns of gene evolution.”Secondly, he continues, it will help understand the possible defects or even errors of studies in which only EST, CDS or protein sequences were compared. “As I wrote in our paper,” he notes, “‘in the future, when two or more genes are compared, special attention should be paid to their genomic sequences. Without the knowledge of exon-intron organization, it is impossible to guarantee the reliability of the alignments of genes if structural divergences, especially those that can cause shifts of reading frame, have occurred.’”Lastly, Kong says that their findings will stimulate reconsideration of some definitions now being widely used. “During the study, we feel that the differences or boundaries between many biological terms or concepts – such as alternative splicing and exonization/pseudoexonization, and exon/intron gain/loss and exon shuffling – are not very clear. We discussed this briefly in the paper, but more efforts are needed to clarify these issues.”In terms of next steps in their research, Kong says that the team is pursuing in two directions. “One is to investigate the prevalence and underlying mechanisms of structural divergence in representative animals, such as humans and fruit flies, and yeasts to see whether structural divergence play equally important roles in these eukaryotic lineages. From our preliminary data, we’re rather certain that this is not always the case.”Their other focus is to investigate many other properties of structural divergence. “For example,” Kong adds, “at present we have neither calculated the occurrence rates of each mechanism for structural divergence, nor have we known whether and to what extent natural selection has contributed to the process. Also, in my lab, we focus a bit more on the genetic and molecular basis for morphological evolution. We’ve found that duplication and diversification of a few regulatory genes – mostly transcription factor genes – are responsible for the alterations in floral characters. We’re also carrying out functional studies to see how changes in exon-intron structure have contributed to phenotypic evolution.”Kong adds that their research is extremely laborious and time-consuming, because most steps have to be performed manually. “It would be great if automatic pipelines could be developed to speed up the process. There’s some software that accomplishes this, but for many reasons, the quality of the work is not always satisfactory. We’re currently collaborating with developers to improve the quality and speed of such applications.”Beyond their own research in molecular evolution, genomics, and evolutionary developmental biology, Kong concludes, the team’s research findings may benefit any other areas that have connections with these fields. Personalising the use of chemotherapy in breast cancer treatment The research, led by Professor Hongzhi Kong and Assistant Professor Guixia Xu in the Institute of Botany’s State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, faced three main challenges in investigating the occurrence, importance and underlying mechanisms of structural divergences during the evolution of duplicate and nonduplicate genes. “The first was to identify suitable duplicate genes for comparison,” Kong told PhysOrg.com. “Not all duplicate genes, albeit abundant, could be used for this purpose – if two genes have diverged too much, it would be difficult or even impossible to make a reliable comparison between them. The second,” Kong continues, “was to generate a reasonable alignment for each gene pair based upon which the underlying mechanisms for structural divergence were determined. The third was to calculate the genetic distance between genes, especially when changes in exon-intron structure have caused shifts in reading frame.” Kong described the ways in which the team addressed these issues. “To identify suitable duplicate genes for this study, we only considered the most closely related duplicate genes – that is, sibling paralogs – simply because their evolutionary histories were relatively short and deducible. However, the problem with this strategy is that our estimates of structural divergence were somehow conservative. Nevertheless, because differences in exon-intron structure were widespread even between sibling paralogs, our results highlighted the prevalence and importance of structural divergence during duplicate gene evolution.“To determine the underlying mechanisms for structural divergence, it is crucial to generate a reliable alignment for each paired sibling paralogs. “However,” Kong explains, “because such work relied heavily on the annotated gene structures, we first checked and evaluated the quality of gene annotation. We found that in plants, Arabidopsis and rice were the two species whose genomes have been most extensively and carefully annotated. We therefore focused exclusively on these species at this stage. We also found that in both Arabidopsis and rice, the annotations of some genes were likely better than others, simply because they play key roles in plant development and have been the focuses of functional studies. For this reason, and because of time and labor limits, we concentrated on seven well-known gene families.” More information: Divergence of duplicate genes in exon–intron structure. Published online before print January 9, 2012, PNAS January 24, 2012 vol. 109 no. 4 1187-1192, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1109047109 Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Something old, something new: Evolution and the structural divergence of duplicate genes (2012, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-evolution-divergence-duplicate-genes.html
Simulations show likely amount of sea level rise in coastal cities around
Contrary to what might seem obvious, sea levels do not rise in a uniform manner—levels may rise more in parts of Asia, for example, than along the California coast. These differences are due to factors such as ocean currents and the location of melting ice. Thus, as the planet heats up and more ice melts, resulting in higher sea levels, some coastal areas will see higher levels than others. In this new effort, the researchers sought to predict how much rise individual coastal cities are likely to experience as global temperatures reach two landmarks—2 °C and 5 °C higher than pre-industrial levels.To make their estimations, the researchers ran approximately 24 computer simulations approximately 5000 times—the models accounted for such factors as temperature rise of the air and ocean, ocean currents and the impact of melting ice. The models offered results very similar to those previously made by other researchers regarding global sea rising amounts, but they also offered estimates locally, showing, for example, that many parts of South and South East Asia are likely to see higher rises than other parts of the world. They also showed that the more levels rise, the faster the rise becomes if the factors contributing to global warming are not changed.If things continue on their current path, the researchers suggest, global temperatures are likely to become 2 °C higher than pre-industrial levels by 2040 or 2050 and 5 °C higher by 2100. If these milestones are reached, the simulations suggest, the Earth would experience a global sea rise of approximately six inches by mid-century and two feet by the end of the century. If that happened, the models suggest the East Coast of the U.S. would experience a sea rise of a foot by mid-century and cities like Lagos, Manilla and Ho Chi Minh City would experience a rise as much as three feet by the end of the century; New York City could see a rise of more than three and a half feet. More information: Svetlana Jevrejeva et al. Coastal sea level rise with warming above 2 °C, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1605312113AbstractTwo degrees of global warming above the preindustrial level is widely suggested as an appropriate threshold beyond which climate change risks become unacceptably high. This “2 °C” threshold is likely to be reached between 2040 and 2050 for both Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5 and 4.5. Resulting sea level rises will not be globally uniform, due to ocean dynamical processes and changes in gravity associated with water mass redistribution. Here we provide probabilistic sea level rise projections for the global coastline with warming above the 2 °C goal. By 2040, with a 2 °C warming under the RCP8.5 scenario, more than 90% of coastal areas will experience sea level rise exceeding the global estimate of 0.2 m, with up to 0.4 m expected along the Atlantic coast of North America and Norway. With a 5 °C rise by 2100, sea level will rise rapidly, reaching 0.9 m (median), and 80% of the coastline will exceed the global sea level rise at the 95th percentile upper limit of 1.8 m. Under RCP8.5, by 2100, New York may expect rises of 1.09 m, Guangzhou may expect rises of 0.91 m, and Lagos may expect rises of 0.90 m, with the 95th percentile upper limit of 2.24 m, 1.93 m, and 1.92 m, respectively. The coastal communities of rapidly expanding cities in the developing world, and vulnerable tropical coastal ecosystems, will have a very limited time after midcentury to adapt to sea level rises unprecedented since the dawn of the Bronze Age. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has run multiple global climate computer simulations multiple times and has used the simulation results to estimate the local impact of rising sea levels on coastal cities around the globe. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group outlines the first serious attempt to account for multiple factors in making predictions about sea level rise amounts around the world. Credit: Tiago Fioreze / Wikipedia Citation: Simulations show likely amount of sea level rise in coastal cities around the world (2016, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-simulations-amount-sea-coastal-cities.html © 2016 Phys.org New paper by prominent scientists suggests ocean levels will rise much faster than predicted Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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.
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The Belgian Ambassador’s residence hosted a fund raiser for the NGO URJA to build a suitable premise for carrying out its operations for the district of Maharajganj, on Tuesday evening in the national Capital. A fashion show by Mouktika graced the evening with a beautiful Spring and Summer Collection designed by Padma Swarupa.URJA has successfully reached seven villages with solar panels providing low cost electricity. With the district magistrate’s cooperation URJA is establishing libraries in the Kasturba Gandhi Girls schools, in every block of the district. The NGO also has low cost sanitary napkins production units for women to help them maintain good health in suburbs and villages in India. Raka Singh, president of URJA felt that electricity is a fundamental right of every human being today. She started with solar energy in seven villages soon after the establishment of the organisation. “URJA will fulfill the goal of electrification of villages in UP by low cost alternate energy through solar panels. It also intends to bring all around development to felicitate poverty eradication,” said Neelam Pratap Rudy, vice president, URJA. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ambassador of Belgium, H E Jan Luykx said, “I have been in India for over a year and a half now, earlier I had come here to do my M. Phil. in Indian Philosophy. I love the country, its heritage and food and it is a great pleasure to be a part of a noble cause of helping those in need.”Padma Swarupa, Mauktika said, “We believe in women empowerment and giving the women every opportunity to look the best, because when they look the best they feel the best and they are the strongest. My collection today, of Mouktika is dedicated to strong women, the objective of Mouktika is ‘may we know them, may we be them and may we raise them”.The event also had the presence of Shahnaaz Hussain, Ratan Kaul and Preeti Ghai among many others.
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Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, March, 19. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 19:22Slow traffic due to earlier accident in ClaytonSlow traffic due to earlier accident, two vehicles involved on A519 in both directions from Clayton Lane to The Green. All lanes have been re-opened.The road re-opened at 19:15, after a brief closure to assist with the recovery of the vehicles. The accident occurred near Nuffield Hospital. 18:18Buses continue to be delayed by taxi strikeA First Potteries spokesman said: “Due to a Industrial strike by Taxi Drivers, Newcastle Under Lyme town centre is Heavily Congested Every service that serves the bus station will be delayed Between 10 to 30 mins Service’s Affected – 4,4A,98,99,11,25,22,101,72.”17:05Man, 27, hit with fine after breaching Community Protection NoticeHe was first issued with the notice last year for causing distress to his neighbours. More here.16:59Delays in Newcastle due to taxi protestThere are delays in Newcastle town centre due to taxi drivers driving slowly in protest.16:58Traffic briefly stopped due to cone-strikeA Highways England spokesman said: Traffic stopped on the M6 Northbound between J14 Stafford North and J15 Stoke-on-Trent. due to a cone strike.”The road is now clear again16:19Man taken to hospital after car collides with tree near reservoirPolice and paramedics were called earlier this afternoon – with the vehicle left upside down. More here.13:31Police renew appeal for woman last seen in Staffordshire hospital (Image: Staffordshire Police)Police officers searching for a woman who left a Staffordshire hospital without finishing her treatment have released a fresh appeal for information.The woman – who gave her name as Sarah Robinson – left A&E at Queens Hospital on Belvedere Road in Burton at around 3am on Sunday (March 17).Read more.13:31Chell StreetA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).13:18Chell traffic Slow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 12:35Moorland RoadHeavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes. 12:24Elder RoadA53 Elder Road busy but moving around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights).12:20Road forced to close after collision between cattle lorry and car (Image: Google)A Staffordshire road was closed for hours after a collision between a HGV carrying cattle and a car.One woman had minor injuries after the crash on junction of the A53 and A51, Newcastle Road, by The Swan with Two Necks in Blackbrook.Read more. 11:08A50 congestion Usual congestion on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road.11:00Smallthorne Moorland Road / Ford Green Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).10:41Werrington Road A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).10:38Paramedics treat two people after A52 collision (Image: Google)Two people were treated for minor injuries before being discharged following a three-car collision in the Staffordshire Moorlands.The crash, on the A52 Leek Road, near Kingsley Moor, happened shortly before 5.40pm last night (March 18) and led to the road being closed for around two-and-a-half hours.Emergency services have today confirmed no one was seriously injured.Read more. 10:35A34 Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).09:20Teenager, 16, arrested on suspicion of drug-dealing (Image: Chief Inspector John Owen)A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of drug-dealing.The teen was walking along Stanley Street in Tunstall at around 6pm last night when he was apprehended by plain clothed officers.Read more.09:19Waterloo RoadUsual congestion on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place).08:57Porthill RoadA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).08:36Police investigation launched following large ‘gas explosion’ in Staffordshire (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)Detectives investigating a ‘large gas explosion’ in South Staffordshire have released dramatic footage showing the first-floor flat exploding sending debris flying into the street.Emergency services raced to Select & Save in Cannock Road shortly after 10.50am on Sunday after receiving reports of an explosion above the shop.Read more.08:12Longport delaysUsual slow traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes.08:12Leek RoadA52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 08:12Chell delays Usual congestion on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout.07:57Chell Street A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes.07:52Elder RoadQueuing traffic on A53 Elder Road around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). Travel time is five minutes.07:52A500 slow Slow traffic on A500 D Road Southbound from A34 Talke Road (Talke Roundabout, Talke Pits) to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Hanley).07:42Bucknall RoadHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. Travel time is four minutes. 07:31Congleton Road, SandbachQueueing traffic on A534 Congleton Road in both directions from A5022 Holmes Chapel Road to Church Lane. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:16A50 Uttoxeter SlowSlow traffic on A50 in both directions at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout).
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