WASHINGTON — For any snowbirds who may soon find themselves bumping into the limit for time spent in the U.S., bad news: there’s no more escaping this year’s Canadian winter.That’s because an attempt to increase the maximum stay hasn’t concluded in time to provide respite from this interminably icy season. It’s been frost-bitten by a process that can be as painful as a Canadian cold snap: the U.S. legislative system. A now-frozen immigration bill contained provisions that would have benefited those Canadians, estimated at up to 500,000, who reach the six-month maximum allowed in the U.S. over a 12-month period.But proponents have a Plan B.They hope a separate piece of legislation, currently before the House of Representatives, might advance soon despite the Republican-controlled chamber’s refusal to deal with the omnibus immigration bill passed by the Senate. They’ve received more than a dozen new co-sponsors for the bill in recent weeks, bringing to 141 the number of members from both parties who have added their names to the bill presented by Nevada Republican Joe Heck, titled the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act.They’re urging lawmakers to focus on the first word in the bill’s title — “jobs.” Proponents would rather shift this discussion away from the politically charged terrain of immigration, and towards economic grounds such as the job benefits for the U.S. tourism industry and retailers.“The problem with JOLT, frankly, is I don’t think it’s an immigration piece,” said Michael Mackenzie, head of the Canadian Snowbird Association, which has been actively lobbying for the bill alongside U.S. business interests and lawmakers from states that receive Canadian tourists and shoppers.“The fact that it’s tied to immigration reform is a bit of a problem for us right now… It’s a jobs bill.”The bill would allow people over age 50, with an American address, to spend an extra two months in the U.S. — up to eight months a year. It would be primarily used by the most ardent snowbirds who want to stay south a little longer, or who want to add additional cross-border trips in the summer.To understand the difficulty of getting immigration measures passed in the U.S., one need only ask Marco Rubio. After the Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election thanks to minuscule support from Latinos, there was talk that the party might need to accept amnesty measures for illegal immigrants in order to rebuild its fortunes with that fast-growing demographic.Rubio was immediately considered a possible front-runner for the presidential Republican nomination in 2016. Then he started talking about immigration reform and amnesty. And there went his front-runner status within the Republican party. The party leadership has wavered in the fight, blowing hot and cold. House Speaker John Boehner offered a strong hint recently as to why. With his leadership already under attack from Tea Party types after he caved on a budget battle, Boehner appears to believe he’d get beaten up for moving on immigration.“For the last 15 months I’ve been trying to move the ball down the field, only to be tackled by people that just don’t want to deal with it,” Boehner was quoted saying this month during a trip to Washington State by the Kitsap Sun newspaper.But he professes to want reforms this year, likely in series of piecemeal bills. That’s where JOLT proponents might have an opening — perhaps in time for next winter. Even if the bill passes, however, it would face two other practical hurdles. Tax rules in the U.S. would need to change, and Canadian provinces would have to relax restrictions on health-care coverage for those gone more than six months.Bob Slack, a snowbird who’s been active in the fight, said he’s confident on both fronts: provinces have been getting on board, and he expects the U.S. taxman would do the same, because of the benefits to both countries.Canadian taxpayers would save health costs for snowbirds during the winter, while still collecting their income taxes, while the U.S. collects additional tourism dollars, said Slack, a retired school principal.
He served on a number of national commissions and statutory bodies and represented Sri Lankan in several international fora.Aziz was appointed to the constitution council as civil society members in the nomination of prime minister and opposition leader from 2015 to 2018. Former Attorney General (AG) Mohamed Shibly Aziz passed away.Aziz is a well-known and eminent President’s Counsel who has contributed extensively to the development of the legal system in the country from on or about 1968.
“Coral reefs are a major tourist attraction in many coastal areas, and protecting them is essential not only for the environment but also for the tourism industry,” said Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Assistant UNEP Executive Director. “We believe that by raising awareness and so changing the behaviour of tourists and local tourism industry workers alike, the damage to coral reefs can be reduced.”The first product in the information campaign, a wall calendar, is being distributed today to the 1,500 representatives of hotels attending MarketPlace – the largest travel and trade exhibition in the wider Caribbean region – taking place in Cancun, Mexico.Each month the calendar, produced in association with the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable TourismThe outreach effort, which also aims to promote 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism, will include a “passport” explaining the main biological and ecological features of coral reefs, a children’s quiz, a poster and a boaters’ chart with information on how to manage solid waste and holding tanks as well as refuelling and anchoring practices.
“This is a highly complex issue, with global organizations already overwhelmed by the demands of conventionally recognized refugees,” said UNU Rector Hans van Ginkel. “We should prepare now, however, to define, accept and accommodate this new breed of ‘refugee’ within international frameworks.Unlike victims of political upheaval or violence who have access through governments and international organizations to such assistance as funding, food, tools, shelter, schools and clinics, “environmental refugees” are not yet recognized in world conventions, the UNU’s Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany, said in a statement.”There are well-founded fears that the number of people fleeing untenable environmental conditions may grow exponentially as the world experiences the effects of climate change and other phenomena,” Institute Director Janos Bogardi said. “This new category of ‘refugee’ needs to find a place in international agreements. We need to better anticipate support requirements, similar to those of people fleeing other unviable situations.”He noted that the term “environmental refugee” rankled many experts for masking what were often complex motives behind migration and implicitly laying the blame on nature when often the policies and practices of people were the real cause of displacement.The Institute has been working to establish an internationally agreed glossary of terms to promote cooperation in the broad area of environment and human security.
Addressing a press briefing held earlier this morning in Geneva, Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told reporters that during the 15-month span between April 2014 and June 2015, the Ukraine crisis triggered the internal displacement of more than 1.3 million people, mostly across the country’s eastern provinces of Dinetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkivska. This, he added, placed the Eastern European country among the top 10 countries in the world for internal displacement. In addition to the growing numbers of displaced, on-the-ground casualties are also increasing, warned Mr. Laerke. According to OCHA’s conservative estimates, at least 6,454 people, both military and civilians, have been killed, and another 16,146 have been wounded since the outbreak of hostilities.In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full-scale conflict in the east. Nevertheless, despite a September 2014 cease-fire agreed in Minsk, the fighting has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. In February 2015, the parties in Ukraine and the Trilateral Contact Group signed a “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”One particular recent bout of fighting in the town of Marinka had led to a critical deterioration in humanitarian needs and a lack of access to water, the OCHA spokesperson continued. He said an estimated 10,000 people remaining in the Marinka area had no access to water for the past days and were being reached by insufficient supplies. Meanwhile, in the non-Government controlled areas of Luhansk province, thousands of people were reportedly without any access to water at all. Overall, Mr. Laerke concluded, an estimated 5 million people across Ukraine remained in need of humanitarian aid. Although the UN-backed humanitarian response plan is targeting 3.2 million of those in need, he cautioned that the plan is currently experiencing a shortfall in funding with only 24 per cent of it covered.
Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Issam Tej retires from Tunisia Next Story → After six years: Nenad Perunicic is back! The VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-final clashes begin with the match in Zagreb, where full arena with 15.200 waiting for FC Barcelona. The biggest number of players among TOP 8 teams in Europe this season has Croatia 40 ahead of Hungary 30, Spain 24…Here is the list of TOP 5 nations:Croats 40Hungarians 30Spanish 24French 24Serbs 10Poles 10
THE ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY has urged road users to take extra care today as Met Éireann warns of further widespread gales and high Atlantic waves causing some flooding in coastal areas.Another orange alert was issued this morning with warnings of gale force winds with gusts of between 90 km per hour and 120 km per hour.The RSA advised members of the public to check weather reports and heed any advice from local councils and gardaí regarding road conditions.As the poor weather can create hazardous conditions, the RSA has the following tips for drivers:It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front;Take special care when driving behind trucks or buses as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility;Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road and the reaction of other road users;Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.Be mindful of Aquaplaning on roads where 100/120kmh speeds apply. Aquaplaning occurs where the tyre thread fill with water and the driver is at risk of losing control of the vehicle;If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. If you do drive through it, so so slowly.And a couple for pedestrians:Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt;Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.Stay safe, folks.Read: Met Éireann extends weather warning as wind picks up across country>
Suso is happy at Milan after the “mess of the Chinese takeover” has been resolved and the new executives are sound in football matters.AC Milan was under Silvio Berlusconi’s control for over three decades, but sold to Yonghong Li in April 2017 with the aid of massive loans from US hedge fund Elliott Management.However, Yonghong Li failed attempts to keep up repayments, led to Elliott reclaiming the club.“Everything has calmed down after the mess of the Chinese takeover,” Suso disclosed this to Football Italia in a recent interview.“Now everything has changed with the Americans, they have brought back legends like Leonardo and Paolo Maldini, people who know about football and know about Milan.”The latter has been a big help with the players since his return to the club where he spent his entire career.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He is very observant. Maldini speaks little but imposes himself and he is very close to the team.”The former Liverpool winger has been impressive with two goals and six assists in seven games so far this term.“I enjoy playing football, otherwise I’d do something else. Italian football is very tactical and demanding for offensive players, because every week you face well-organised defences.“I’m very calm. I’m waiting for my child to be born in the next four weeks in a city that I like and that has everything.”The 24-year-old is set to be one of the main protagonists in next weekend’s derby showdown against Inter.“I will dedicate my next goal to Alessio. That is the name we have already decided on.”
Members of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) met in Last Vegas last week for the NBB Annual Conference, which focused on future industry growth and issues surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard.In addition to a keynote address from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, former Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, currently Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative, spoke to the conference, touting the tremendous success that the biodiesel industry has achieved for an industry of its size and the importance of the U.S. to maintain its support and commitment to alternative and domestic energy sources such as biodiesel.ASA was well represented at the meeting, as ASA Board member Mike Cunningham, who serves on the NBB Governing Board, and ASA Vice President Bob Worth joined ASA members, ASA Washington staff, state soybean association staff, and soybean industry partners to discuss issues impacting the biodiesel industry.This year’s conference also marked the 20th Anniversary for NBB.
UBM helped the exhibitions, conferences and seminar segment achieve its strongest quarter in 15 months, due to its five acquisitions in the sector. The segment is up 80 percent from the last quarter of 2011. The first quarter of 2012 saw a seven percent gain in media and marketing M&A transaction volume from fourth quarter 2011, according to investment advisory firm Berkery Noyes. Transaction value also increased again in Q1 2012, up 38 percent from Q3 2011 and rising 10 percent from Q4 2011.Hanley Wood’s sale to Oaktree Capital Management in January ’12 is considered one of the top ten notable transactions of this year’s first quarter. So far, 2012’s aggregated transaction value is just shy of $15 billion, at a total of $14.95 billion. First quarter 2011 ended with a transaction value of $13.8 billion. B-to-b publishing saw an uptick in acquisition activity from the last quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2012, while consumer publishing M&A fell from Q4 2011 to Q1 2012. The business-to-business sector increased from 34 to 43 transactions this past quarter, while consumer deals are down slightly from 44 to 43 deals.
WILMINGTON, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites customers to attend a free Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Swain Green parking lot located at the corner of Middlesex Avenue and School Street in Wilmington across from the Town Common.The event will take place concurrently with the Wilmington Farmers Market.Attendees are invited to view and test drive (or ride) an assortment of plug-in vehicles from local automobile dealers. Information about charging stations, electric vehicle incentive programs, and RMLD rebate programs will also be available. Local electric vehicle owners will also be in attendance to offer insider reviews and commentary.RMLD recently launched a summer pilot program offering residential customers a $1,500 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new or used Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), and a $1,000 rebate for the lease or purchase of a new Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Plus (PHEV+) with an on-board battery capacity greater than 10 kWh. Customers must take delivery of the vehicle by October 31, 2018 in order to qualify. RMLD also updated its existing residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program to rebate 100% of equipment costs up to $500 for a networked (or “smart”) AC level 2 charging station.Electric vehicles offer significant environmental benefits, reduce fuel costs for EV owners, and help keep rates low.For more information on RMLD’s electric vehicle program, visit http://www.rmld.com/electric-vehicle-rebate-programs.Special thanks to the Wilmington Farmers Market and the Town of Wilmington for supporting this event.(NOTE: The above press release is from the RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”RMLD To Hold Electric Car Show At Wilmington Farmers Market On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”
Tank Bund: City Traffic Police felicitated passenger-friendly auto and bus drivers here at a programme “My auto is safe” at Pingali Venkatram Reddy Function Hall on Friday.City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar participated in the programme as the chief guest, congratulated the drivers who have been role models to other drivers. Some of the drivers who have been working for the past 30 years and were not involve in a single accident are worth emulation to all drivers, he said. Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us The Police Commissioner urged the drivers to ensure that there is no complaint from passengers. The city can attract investments and jobs to our children only if the city is safe, he said. Among others prominent personalities who attended the programme included Additional Commissioner (Traffic) Anil Kumar, DCP Baburao Chauhan, RTC Regional Manager Khurshid Khan, Additional DCPs Karunakar, Bhaskar, ACPs and CIs.
Twin towerBangladeshis are the third largest group in making Malaysia their second homes, taking advantage of Kuala Lumpur’s official scheme to attract rich foreigners, according to media reports.Reports of setting up of second home abroad and siphoning off money to overseas banks by Bangladeshis created a lot of controversies, especially on the political front, in recent times.Official data show, as many as 3,546 Bangladeshis have secured approval of their houses by the Malaysian government since the inception of the programme in 2002, said The New Straits Time in a report published on Thursday.Only the Chinese and Japanese nationals are reportedly ahead of Bangladeshis – there are a total of 8,714 approved participants from China and 4,225 from Japan.Since its inception in 2002, the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme has approved the applications of 33,300 people from 126 countries, the newspaper pointed out.It quoted tourism and culture minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz as saying that Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme has clearly been well received.”China remains the top participating country, with almost 8,714 approved participants, followed by Japan with 4,225; Bangladesh (3,546); the United Kingdom (2,412); lran (1,336); Singapore (1,295); Taiwan (1,208); South Korea (1,266); Pakistan (973); and lndia (890),” he was said to have told an MM2H national workshop.The Time quoting Nazri said tangible benefits and revenue contributed to the local economy by MM2H participants amount to RM12.8 billion to date.”Visa fee collection (including multiple entry, social pass and journey performance visa where applicable) amounts to RM52 million. The yearly collection target is RM7.5 million.”Fixed deposits amount to RM4.9 billion; the purchase of automobiles amount to RM148 million; while the purchase of property amounts to RM4.9 billion, said the newspaper report.
Italy police. Photo: CollectedItalian police have arrested top mafia fugitive Marco Di Lauro, the fourth son of Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro and the only one still at large, officials said on Saturday.Di Lauro, 38, was arrested without a fight at an apartment in the Chiaiano district in southern city Naples where he was with his wife, Italian news agencies reported.An international arrest warrant was issued for him in 2006, and he was second on Italy’s most-wanted list after notorious Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro.Photos in Italian media showed Di Lauro wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt being brought to the police station in Naples by car, with a police helicopter overhead.Around 100 people including police gathered outside shouting “well done, well done”, local media reported.Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini hailed a “very important operation, no respite for criminals.”Di Lauro had been on the run since he escaped a massive police swoop in 2004 known as the “night of the handcuffs”.An informant said in 2010 that Di Lauro was responsible for at least four murders.Marco’s father Paolo Di Lauro was head of the Camorra clan that operates in Naples’ impoverished Scampia and Secondigliano neighbourhoods.At least 130 people were killed in a bloody turf war there after the Amato-Pagano clan split from the Di Lauro clan in 2004.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X AP Images/ FotoliaThe Texas House has approved a resolution calling for a new U.S. constitutional convention. The aim of the convention would be to propose a series of amendments to limit federal power and spending, as well as to impose term limits on members of Congress.Debate over the measure was sharp and partisan, but brief. In one exchange, State Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) challenged one of the bill’s leading advocates, State Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land), regarding the House’s recent passage of the “Sanctuary Cities” bill.“What do you tell all those good folks about the unfunded mandate that we did last week?” Gutierrez asked.“We’re here to discuss this resolution. Okay?” Miller said.“But that’s my point, Representative Miller,” Gutierrez said. “We’re here talking about your so-called federal overreach. And yet your own party just last week suggested to all of us that we want to have more federal government in our backyard. We want to abrogate local control.”The resolution is now the second of Governor Greg Abbott’s four emergency items for the legislative session to make it across the finish line, following the Sanctuary Cities legislation. Child Protective Services reform and ethics reform remain several steps from completion.Article V of the U.S. Constitution requires two-thirds of the states to call for such a convention for one to take place – 34 out of the current 50. Passage of this resolution makes Texas number 11. Listen Share 00:00 /00:57
Share AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, FileFILE – In this April 7, 2017 file photo, visitors arrive at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court on Monday, May 15, 2017, rejected an appeal to reinstate North Carolina’s voter identification law that a lower court said targeted African-Americans “with almost surgical precision.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)The Supreme Court’s refusal to breathe new life into North Carolina’s sweeping voter identification law might be just a temporary victory for civil rights groups.Republican-led states are continuing to enact new voter ID measures and other voting restrictions, and the Supreme Court’s newly reconstituted conservative majority, with the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch, could make the court less likely to invalidate the laws based on claims under the federal Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.The justices on Monday left in place last summer’s ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the law’s photo ID requirement to vote in person and other provisions, which the lower court said targeted African-Americans “with almost surgical precision.”But Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the court’s decision to stay out of the case rested on a partisan dispute over who had the authority to present North Carolina’s case to the court, not the justices’ views on the substance of the issue.Indeed, before Gorsuch joined the court, the other eight justices split 4-4 over whether to allow the challenged provisions to remain in effect despite the court ruling striking them down.In January, when the high court rejected a Texas appeal over its voter ID law, Roberts practically invited Texas Republicans to bring their appeal back to the Supreme Court after lower court consideration of the issue is finished. “The issues will be better suited for certiorari review at that time,” Roberts wrote, using the Latin term for the court’s process of deciding whether to hear a case.Two earlier Supreme Court decisions paved the way for the wave of voter ID laws that are now in place in 32 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Roberts was part of a conservative-led decision upholding Indiana’s voter ID law in 2008 and he was the author of the court’s 5-4 decision in 2013 that gutted a provision of the federal Voting Rights Act that had required North Carolina, Texas and other states, mainly in the South, to get approval before changing laws dealing with elections.Republicans in North Carolina and Texas moved to enact new voting measures after the Supreme Court ruling. Voters, civil rights groups and the Obama administration quickly filed lawsuits challenging the new laws.Advocates of requiring voters to show identification at the polls say it is a prudent, painless way to deter voter fraud.Opponents contend that in-person voter fraud has historically not been a problem and that poorer and minority voters, who tend to support Democrats, are more likely to lack driver licenses and other acceptable forms of identification.Roberts’ and the other conservatives’ track record in voting cases suggests they’ll be “quite skeptical of voting rights claims,” said election law specialist Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California at Irvine.“You could certainly see a five-justice majority overturning a case like this,” Hasen said of the North Carolina appeal. He acknowledged that Gorsuch himself has yet to weigh in on the topic.A conservative defender of the voting laws agreed. “I’d think challengers to voter ID laws would be extremely nervous about any such case coming to the court,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation.Already this year, Arkansas, Iowa and North Dakota have approved voter ID laws, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. Georgia and Indiana are among states that have added other voting restrictions to their identification laws, the Brennan Center said.The voter ID issue itself could return to the court in the next year or two in cases from Texas and Wisconsin. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals already has ruled that Texas’ law violates the Voting Rights Act, but a broader challenge to the law is pending at the New Orleans-based appeals court.The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appeared inclined to uphold Wisconsin laws requiring voter ID and limiting early voting when it heard arguments in February. Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the measures into law in 2011.
Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Histology of the dorsal rib of ‘Proneusticosaurus’ silesiacus holotype, MG UWr. 4438s. (a,b) The dorsal region of the rib composed of avascular lamellar-zonal bone with well-pronounced zonation, and the medullar area in transmitted light (a) and polarized light with λ compensation (b). Arrows show LAGs. (c) Anterior region of the rib in polarized light exhibiting the vascularization, and rate of bone deposition gradually increasing towards the ventral (visceral) region. Note the wavy organization of the tissue. (d,e) Ventro-posterior region of the rib in polarized light without (d) and with (e) λ compensation showing the vasculature increasing even more and attaining radial organization towards the ventrum. (f,g) Ventral region of the rib in transmitted (f) and polarized light with λ compensation (g), presenting the radial vasculature and the bleb. Indicated is the LAG separating the pathological outer zone of the bone (dotted line) and the area shown in panel (h). (h) Close-up of the bleb in transmitted light. Scale bars for panels (a–g) equal 0.5 mm, for panel (h) equals 0.1 mm. In all panels ventral (visceral) towards the right-hand side. Credit: Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180225 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. Jaw bone on British beach belonged to huge ancient reptile Citation: Evidence of TB-like infection found in 245-million-year-old marine reptile (2018, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-evidence-tb-million-year-old-marine-reptile.html Journal information: Royal Society Open Science A team of researchers from Poland and the U.S. has found possible evidence of tuberculosis in a 245-million-year-old marine reptile. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of the fossilized remains of a Proneusticosaurus silesiacus specimen and why they believe the creature had a TB-like disease. More information: Dawid Surmik et al. Tuberculosis-like respiratory infection in 245-million-year-old marine reptile suggested by bone pathologies, Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180225AbstractAn absence of ancient archaeological and palaeontological evidence of pneumonia contrasts with its recognition in the more recent archaeological record. We document an apparent infection-mediated periosteal reaction affecting the dorsal ribs in a Middle Triassic eosauropterygian historically referred to as ‘Proneusticosaurus’ silesiacus. High-resolution X-ray microtomography and histological studies of the pathologically altered ribs revealed the presence of a continuous solid periosteal reaction with multiple superficial blebs (protrusions) on the visceral surfaces of several ribs. Increased vascularization and uneven lines of arrested growth document that the pathology was the result of a multi-seasonal disease. While visceral surface localization of this periosteal reaction represents the earliest identified evidence for pneumonia, the blebs may have an additional implication: they have only been previously recognized in humans with tuberculosis (TB). Along with this diagnosis is the presence of focal vertebral erosions, parsimoniously compared to vertebral manifestation of TB in humans. TB is an infection caused by the virus Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It mainly infects the lungs, but can on occasion infect other body parts such as the spine, brain or kidneys. It is also known for causing anomalies to appear on the ribs of people with infected lungs. Such anomalies generally take the form of blebs, or small bumpy protrusions.The researchers were studying a specimen uncovered at the Gogolin quarry, a dig site on the border between Poland and the Czech Republic, over a century ago. Prior research had shown it to be a member of the sauropterygian family—they were aquatic reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic. The specimen under study had a long neck, flat skull and long, rounded teeth. But it was the creature’s rib bones that caught the attention of the researchers—they had blebs very similar to those seen in modern creatures infected with TB.Intrigued by their find, the researchers immediately began searching for all possible causes of the bumps, such as fractures, scurvy, fungal infections or even cancer. But one by one, each was ruled out, leaving TB as the likely cause. In their paper, the researchers also suggest the bumps may have been caused by pneumonia, which, they note, can be caused by TB. They note also that Proneusticosaurus have been referred to as the seal of ancient times, and coincidentally or not, modern seals are the marine animals that are most susceptible to TB infections.The finding pushes back the date of the first evidence of TB by quite a long stretch—prior to this discovery, the record holder was a marsupial from 3 million years ago. The researchers acknowledge that they have no way to verify their findings, but suggest the rib bumps offer reasonably strong evidence of TB.
Chrome’s new Clear Browsing Data Dialog is more complex by Martin Brinkmann on December 19, 2017 in Google Chrome – 16 commentsWe all know that Google likes to tinker with the layout and design of the company’s Chrome browser. While the company won’t touch the actual interface much, it started to introduce material design changes to the browser some time ago.The last release version of Google Chrome changed the bookmarks interface for instance to material design.If you open the Clear Browsing Data dialog on Chrome right now, you will notice that it was changed as well recently by the company.You can open the menu in multiple ways, one of the quickest options is to load chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the web browser’s address bar.Chrome Basic and Advanced clear browsing dataYou will notice that Google separates using tabs now. There is a basic and advanced tab that differ in regards to the items that you can clear in the browser.The default basic tab lets you clear the browsing history, cookies and other site data, and cached images and files. You do get the time range selector at the top, but no other options besides those mentioned.You need to switch to the advanced tab to display all options again. There you find listed options to clear the download history, passwords, autofill form data, site settings, hosted app data, and media licenses.The advanced items reveal additional information on top of that. The number of items that will be removed if you clear the data is listed next to each item on the advanced tab. Only the cache size is listed on the basic tab.Chrome remembers the last tab and will open it for as long as you don’t switch to the other tab. That’s good news for advanced users who want more control over the clearing of data in the web browser.Closing WordsGoogle has not revealed why it decided to create a basic clear browsing data dialog and add it to the browser. The advanced dialog is the one that Chrome users have used ever since the first iteration of the browser was released by Google.If I had to guess, Google made the change to prevent that users clear data that they need accidentally.Now You: Why did Google make the change in your opinion?SummaryArticle NameChrome’s new Clear Browsing Data Dialog is more complexDescriptionIf you open the Clear Browsing Data dialog on Chrome right now, you will notice that it was changed as well recently by the company.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Tourism Authority of ThailandVisit ThailandSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand Sherly HandjojoTourism Authority of ThailandTourism Authority of Thailand announces new marketing representation in AustraliaThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today announced a key appointment to its marketing team.Effective 1st October 2015, Sherly Handjojo will take over marketing responsibilities for the Australian market, in her new role as TAT’s Australian Marketing Manager.Sherly Handjojo has over 9 years experience in sales and marketing in the travel industry, most recently with Qantas Holidays as a National Account Executive. In this role Sherly managed national key accounts including helloworld, Travellers Choice, Magellan and CT Partners, preparing and managing effective sales strategies for trade partners and maximize marketing opportunities.“I’m very excited to be working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, promoting one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations. I look forward to seeing Thailand going from strength to strength this year in terms of destination and branding,” said Sherly.About the Tourism Authority of Thailand The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sydney office has been in operation for over 20 years and is funded by the Government of Thailand. TAT Sydney operates as a marketing, public relations and administration branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Head Office in Bangkok.The Sydney office is responsible for the regional area of Australia and New Zealand. The main objective of the Tourism Authority of Thailand is to promote the country of Thailand as a holiday, convention and business destination to Australians.Tourism Authority of Thailand Level 20, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
NFL Power Rankings, Week 2: Aaron Rodgers restores Packers#31▼6New head coach Steve Wilks comes from a defensive background, most recently in Carolina. Super. His defense got throttled through the air and sea, until the Redskins called off the dogs in the fourth quarter. The Cards were so bad, I can’t even get the phrase right. Air and land. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 16 Comments Share Here’s a look at where various outlets placed the Cardinals in the Week pecking order.High Ranking: #27 – CBS SportsLow Ranking: #31 – ESPN, NFL.com, SI.com, Bleacher Report, SB NationAverage Ranking: 29.9 Arizona Sports NFL Week 2 Power Rankings: Patriots on top#30—Steve Wilks says they deserved the boos. It’s hard to argue. NFL Power Rankings: B/R’s Expert Consensus Rank for Every Team Entering Week 2#31▼3Bradford doesn’t deserve all the blame for Arizona’s Week 1 face-plant. The team was flat on both offense and defense and was manhandled in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Tailback David Johnson was a non-factor, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald did almost all of his damage in garbage time. NFL Week 2 Power Rankings: Faces in new places who flashed#31▼7Sam Bradford couldn’t find a groove in his Cardinals debut, going 7-of-16 passing through three quarters as the Cardinals dug themselves a 21-0 hole. Overall, 18.2 percent of his passes for the game were off-target incompletions, his third-highest rate among 18 games played since 2016. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Week Two power rankings#29—Good news . . . Sam Bradford was able to play the whole game. Bad news . . . Sam Bradford was able to play the whole game. Washington Redskins defense during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact OutletRankingsCardinals’ RankMovementComment NFL Power Rankings: Can the Bears move on from that historic choke job?#30▼2Not sure where the Cardinals go after that performance on Sunday. If you are utterly uncompetitive against Washington at home, which games are you going to win? On the bright side, we’re only four months away from the annual offseason tradition of everyone telling each other than Sam Bradford is actually really good despite what he has shown on the field over his entire NFL career. NFL power rankings: Redskins, Chiefs rise after Week 1, while Titans, Lions tumble#28▼10Preseason feeling like fool’s gold as Arizona lost turnover battle and surrendered 429 yards (more than double what offense generated). NFL power rankings 2018, Week 2: Vikings’ dominant defense propels them to the top#31▼5No comment Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories NFL Week 2 Power Rankings: Packers hold top spot, but Jaguars can stake claim with win over Patriots#27—That was a dud against the Redskins. If it stays that way for the offense, when do they turn to Josh Rosen? – / 35 NFL Power Rankings Poll: Patriots Still Holding Off Philly, Bucs Surge Behind FitzMagic#31▼3No comment So, that didn’t go as planned.Steve Wilks’ debut as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals fell flat as the Washington Redskins left town with a 24-6 win that seemed more one-sided than the score would indicate.The first-year head coach vowed improvement for Week 2, but that didn’t sway the pundits who produce NFL Power Rankings from around the country.The Cardinals are in the lower eighth of the league — ranking anywhere from No. 27 on the high side to as low as 31st. If not for the existence of the Buffalo Bills, Arizona might have landed in the NFL cellar in the eyes of some critics.