Cellular Compound May Increase Lifespan Without the Need for Strict Dieting

first_imgEvery day, our cells manufacture small amounts of a molecule that, in higher doses, might be the key to leading a longer, healthier life. A team of researchers has found that this molecule boosts the lifespan of worms by more than 50%, raising the possibility that it will increase human longevity.“I think the data are really convincing,” says molecular geneticist William Mair of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. “They have a very strong lifespan effect using this [compound].”The route to a long life doesn’t lead through the kitchen. Researchers have known for decades that when animals eat dramatically less—undergoing what’s known as calorie restriction or dietary restriction—they live longer and delay or avoid age-related problems like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But if you’re planning to try this at home, there are a few catches. For one thing, scientists haven’t confirmed the benefits of calorie restriction for primates, including humans. Although eating less does help monkeys age gracefully, it’s unclear whether calorie restriction increases their lifespan. And surviving on far fewer calories is no picnic. “The problem is that requirement is so stringent that almost nobody can make it,” says Jing Huang of the University of California, Los Angeles.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As a result, researchers have been testing alternative ways to slow aging and lengthen life, such as the grape extract resveratrol and the immune-suppressing drug rapamycin. Although both have shown promise in experimental animals—rapamycin  increases the longevity of middle-aged mice—they’ve also shown drawbacks. Rapamycin, for example, meddles with sugar metabolism and may lead to diabetes. Huang and her colleagues deduced that because aging depends on metabolism, compounds produced in cells by metabolic reactions—known as metabolites—might also boost lifespan.The researchers tested their idea on nematodes, millimeter-long worms commonly used in longevity studies. They hit the jackpot with the first molecule they tried, α-ketoglutarate (α-KG), an intermediate in a metabolic cycle that helps a cell extract energy from food. When the researchers added the compound to the worms’ culture dishes, the animals survived up to 70% longer than normal, the team reports online today in Nature. The animals carried about 50% more α-KG in their cells than did control worms. Like calorie restriction, the extra α-KG postponed the worms’ physical deterioration.To figure out how α-KG works, Huang and colleagues used a technique they developed that identifies the proteins in human cells that α-KG interacts with. The results showed that the compound attaches to ATP synthase, an enzyme that makes ATP, the cell’s main energy-carrying molecule. ATP synthase resides in the energy-producing structures called mitochondria. By studying the mitochondria from cow heart cells, the researchers found that α-KG blocks ATP synthase, thus turning down the cell’s metabolism.When the researchers further traced the cellular effects of α-KG, they discovered that it indirectly inhibits a protein called TOR that gauges nutrient supplies and, scientists suspect, helps determine how fast we grow old. Alpha-KG “may be an internal fountain of youth, if you will, that may be regulated to counteract aging,” Huang says. Calorie restriction causes side effects in animals such as reduced reproduction, but the researchers didn’t see those downsides in the worms that ate α-KG.Mitochondrial biochemist Michael Ristow of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich says that the molecular mechanism for this effect took him by surprise. He notes that other studies have shown that calorie restriction boosts ATP synthesis by making mitochondria more efficient, so you’d predict that α-KG would do the same. “That’s what makes it interesting,” he says. “It’s unexpected.”Dietary supplements that contain α-KG and allegedly build muscle are already on the market. The study drops a barbell on their use, however, by suggesting that α-KG inhibits TOR, thus thwarting muscle growth. “If people are taking this as a muscle builder, you would think it doesn’t cause the desired effect,” Mair says.There’s no guarantee that α-KG will have the same effects on aging in people as it has in worms. And before researchers can even address that issue, they’ll have to figure out if the compound also extends the lives of laboratory organisms such as flies and mice. Nonetheless, Mair says, researchers have long hoped to identify small molecules that slow human aging, and the study “is the next step toward that goal.”last_img read more

BCCI just cares about the cash, says Qaiser Mohammad Ali

first_imgWith ICC chairman N. Srinivasan looking to help BCCI state associations get more money than in previous years, opposition to those in power is likely to further decrease.For many years, no September has perhaps been looked forward to within the BCCI with as much eagerness, anticipation, hope, expectation and excitement as the next one. It is that month when the annual general body meeting of the Board takes place and state associations indulge in hard bargaining with it.There is a lot at stake for many individuals as well as the state associations that constitute the Board, with money being the sole talking point. This is so because a windfall is expected for the BCCI next year, once the ICC media and commercial rights are allotted to a new entity.And, as it has been proved time and again in all walks of life that wherever there is a lot of money to be had, there is bound to be trickery, if not corruption per se. The more popular adage is power corrupts, but in the case of Indian cricket, it could be ‘money corrupts’.With the BCCI AGM now just a little over a month away, there’s a lot of activity happening behind the scenes as part of ‘preparations’. And, needless to say, money is the main talking point, as cricket seems to have taken a back seat – the performance of the Indian team in England is an example.State associations are anticipating a larger share of the pie than previous years and would probably seek more in September next year by which time the ICC media and commercial rights would have been allotted.advertisementEven now, money is the talking point. The state associations’ hope of getting more and more money emanates from the estimate that the ICC bigwigs have drawn from the sale of the media and commercial rights for 2015-2023. They have calculated – post ICC restructuring – that the next winning bid would beat the previous record of $1.1 billion, the price that ESPN-STAR Sports combine paid to the ICC for 2007-2015 cycle, by a distance.The state associations’ hope of becoming richer rose because N. Srinivasan, now chairman of the ICC and believed to be the brains behind the restructuring of the world governing body, is confident that under him the ICC would be able to get the real worth of ICC tournaments/events. This he made amply clear in an affiestidavit he submitted with the Supreme Court in the 2013 betting-fixing case a couple of months ago while requesting to be allowed to resume his BCCI duties.”BCCI now stands to receive 21.6 per cent of the top line of the media rights and sponsorship income of ICC for ICC events between 2015-2023,” he said in the affidavit. “Further, it has been agreed that even in the subsequent cycle, 2023-31, BCCI cannot get anything lower. This would translate, in my estimate, to additional revenue of upwards of Rs 3,000 crore for an eight year cycle.” Now, with those kind of figures being floated around, which association would not want to get as much money as possible as its share from the BCCI. And who would like to antagonise the people in power in the Board at present and ruin their relationship. These high revenue projections have, as of now, virtually demolished any opposition, if it existed at all within the Board.It is estimated that there won’t be any opposition at the AGM next month, as the numbers simply don’t add up to challenge the present set-up. There’s a move to convince Sharad Pawar and Jagmohan Dalmiya to forget the past, join hands and put up a strong candidate at least for the president’s chair. The last hope of the so-called opposition is the Supreme Court, which is expected to pronounce a judgement in the 2013 IPL fixing case next month, based on a report that Mukul Mudgal Probe Committee would be submitting.Dhyan Chand’s son fed up of Bharat Ratna politicsFormer India hockey captain Ashok Kumar is so tired and disgusted of all the talk of his father and hockey wizard Dhyan Chand’s name being mentioned as one of the probable candidates for the Bharat Ratna, that he doesn’t want to take up the issue like in the past.Having tried his level best highlighting the contribution of Dhyan Chand to the Indian and world hockey, Ashok Kumar has now left it to the wisdom of the NDA government to weigh Dhyan Chand’s contribution to Indian sports, hockey in particular.advertisement”If they feel that Dhyan Chand was a tall personality who did something for the country, they can honour him. If they don’t think so, that’s their outlook. You can chase an issue only to an extent; after that you have to consider self respect,” Ashok Kumar told MAIL TODAY, clearly more out of disgust than from his heart.”People are only indulging in regionalism; no one is thinking about the nation as a whole,” he said referring to the various new names that have cropped up from various regions of the country. “Those who decide the winner of the Bharat Ratna need to think deeply before finalising a name.” He further added that politicising the Bharat Ratna is diminishing the prestige associated with the highest civilian honour of India.Whoever the government finally chooses and announces on August 14, the die-hard admirers of Dhyan Chand continue to remember the legend from Jhansi, especially on his birth anniversary.The Delhi-based Nehru Hockey Society, for instance, is organising an inter-school tournament in the memory of Dhyan Chand from August 24, and it’ll culminate with the final on August 29, the birthday of the magician.BCCI secretary Sanjay PatelCricket still remains the No.1 game in OzCricket has maintained its numero one position in Australia this year and the latest figures show that now 1.106 million people play the sport. This is a 16 per cent jump on last year’s figures and a whopping 30 per cent over the last four years.According to Cricket Australia (CA), the national board, now 537,000 school students play the game, 400,000 participate through club/community, and 169,000 play it indoors. Another interesting figure that an independent research firm, commissioned to perform the task, has thrown up is that there is a 39 per cent increase in female participation, bringing the total number for 2013-14 up to 247,000.”Females make up 22 per cent of total cricket participants,” said CA.Unlike CA, the BCCI doesn’t need to commission anyone to find out the reach of the game in India. Cricket has been the No.1 game here for many years and India remains the No.1 country in terms of popularity.last_img read more

Exclusive: BCCI secretary allowed Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli

first_imgAnushka Sharma and Virat KohliNot many cricketers would want to be in Virat Kohli’s shoes at present. If scoring a meagre 134 runs in 10 innings against England wasn’t bad enough, he has had to face the wrath of Indian fans who have mocked him for deciding to have girlfriend Anushka Sharma accompany him for the first couple of Test matches.And the man behind the whole mess is none other than Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel. The BCCI – which had earlier allowed only the wives of cricketers to travel with them – decided to make an exception in the India vice-captain’s case, and the fact that Kohli hasn’t been able to deliver on the field has made matters worse.Speaking to Mail Today, a senior BCCI official confirmed that it was the secretary who called the management in England during a tour game and requested them to grant permission to Kohli to have Anushka with him. “See, whether you call it hypocrisy or social norms, so far we have only had wives of Indian players travelling with them. But Kohli requested the Board to allow him to take Anushka along.While the management was taken aback by the request of the player, Patel called up the management and asked them to give the go-ahead as the Board saw nothing wrong in Kohli’s request,” he said. The end result of the series combined with the poor form of Kohli has only allowed the matter to escalate and it has come to a situation where certain officials believe that the manager – Sunil Dev – should report the matter in his statement when he submits his report.advertisement”Dev is known to be a no-nonsense guy and I feel that in the current scenario, he should make no exemptions just because Kohli is from Delhi. I would ideally want him to report the matter. But the final call obviously lies with him,” an official said. Incidentally, there were reports even during India’s tour to New Zealand earlier in the year that Anushka was seen roaming the streets with Kohli.last_img read more


first_imgCandidates can only be nominated by a fellow ICC director Candidates can only be nominated by a fellow ICC director and a director can make only one nomination. Any nominee with the support of at least two Full Member directors will be put forward as a candidate for chairman. According to BCCI sources, Manohar was waiting for the Supreme Courts final verdict but since it will only come out after the apex court opens post summer vacation, the Vidarbha lawyer possibly did not want to wait. According to reliable sources, Thakur is being tipped to take over the hot seat. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla is also in the running along with Maharashtra CA president and business magnet Ajay Shirke. As per BCCI rules, a Special General Meeting (SGM) has to be convened within 15 days, apprising the members of the current situation. It is the prerogative of secretary Thakur to call such a meeting. As per norms, Manohar has also resigned from ICC chairmans post as he was a BCCI representative at the apex body and resignation in countrys board effectively means that he does not stay as ICCs chairman. His tenure was supposed to end in June, 2016, after which he was set to take over as the first independent chairman of ICC. A top BCCI administrator told PTI: “We all had an idea that Shashank will be quitting BCCI post. But lets not get into a debate as to whether he has dumped a sinking ship or not. Whether it has been prudent on his part to quit when BCCI is going through tough times is a matter of conjecture.” PTI KHS AH AT MRM ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah ready to play Test cricket, says Ricky Ponting

first_imgYoung fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been nothing short of a revelation ever since he has arrived on the international scene. He has strengthen Team India’s bowling attack with his yorkers and variations. (Full Coverage | Points Table)Bumrah has continued his good form in the Indian Premier League as well. Playing for the Mumbai Indians, the young turk has caught the attention of many, including Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting, who feels Bumrah is ready to play Test cricket.Australia’s two-time World Cup winning captain, Ponting, feels Bumrah possesses all the necessary skills to do well in the longest format of the game. (Ponting backs Rahul Dravid for Team India coaching job)”If you look at the skills Bumrah has and the way he has come through over the last two years, then he is ready to play Test cricket. He’s got everything. He’s got an unusual action, got good pace and with the brand new ball can get some good movement in the air,” Ponting said. “If India are looking for someone to come in and play Test cricket then I am sure Bumrah’s name will be in the selectors’ mind,” he added.Ponting said the 22-year-old Gujarat bowler has improved as a bowler during India’s tour to Australia earlier this season where he made his ODI debut.”Over the last three months, starting with the Australia tour and then the World T20, he has been a stand-out performer and he has been a stand out bowler in IPL as well.advertisement”A lot of times, he has bowled the tougher overs, an over in Power Play and then generally two in death. His skills with the slower ball, yorkers and bouncers are exactly where we wanted him to be.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

West Ham United v Sheffield United: match preview

first_img 16 Noble Match stats 13 Roberto SHU WHU Sheff Utd 3 Stevens Possession 5 Zabaleta 11 Robinson 6 Basham (s 63′) 10 Lanzini 8 West Ham Off target 7 Sheff Utd 4 West Ham On target 3 Sheff Utd 15 Jagielka Share on LinkedIn 9 McBurnie 11 Snodgrass 7 Yarmolenko Premier League 5 O’Connell 8 Felipe Anderson 27 Besic 4 Balbuena This will be the first league meeting between the sides since West Ham stayed up at Sheffield United’s expense in 2007. However Chris Wilder insists United have moved on from the bitter row over the deal that brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham. Wilder’s side will be more concerned with building on Monday’s victory over Arsenal. West Ham, who have lost their past two games, will need to be focused. Jacob SteinbergSaturday 3pmVenue London StadiumLast season n/aReferee David CooteThis season G3 Y8 R1 3 cards/gameOdds H Evens A 5-2 D 5-2WEST HAMSubs from Martin, Balbuena, Cardoso, Zabaleta, Masuaku, Johnson, Coventry, Wilshere, Fornals, Sánchez, Snodgrass, Ajeti, HollandDoubtful Cresswell (groin)Injured Antonio (hamstring, unknown), Fabianski (hip, unknown),Reid (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y16 R1Form WDWDLLLeading scorer Haller 4SHEFFIELD UNITEDSubs from Moore, Jagielka, Besic, Osborn, Freeman, Sharp, Stearman, McBurnie, Robinson, Verrips, Sharp, ClarkeDoubtful NoneInjured NoneSuspended NoneDiscipline Y17 R1Form DLWLDWLeading scorer Mousset 2 23 Diop 4 Fleck (s 54′) SHU40WHU60% (s 81′) Substitutes 12 Egan 21 Ogbonna West Ham United Topics 25 Moore (s 86′) 41 Rice Lineups 10 4 Sheffield United 7 Lundstram 2 Baldock Goal attempts Share on Twitter (s 66′) 7 10 27 Ajeti 22 Haller (s 78′) 8 Freeman 22 Mousset Substitutes 18 Fornals West Ham 3 Cresswell 40 60 Match previews 17 McGoldrick 24 Fredericks Corners 1 Henderson Share via Email Fouls 10 Sharp Share on Facebook 15 Sanchez Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger 25 Martin news Share on WhatsApp 16 Norwood Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Video: Texas A&M Players Entered Crowd, Sang Fight Song With Fans After Epic Comeback Win

first_imgTexas A&M player in the crowd singing fight song.Texas A&M advanced to the Sweet 16 tonight thanks to an epic comeback victory over Northern Iowa. The Aggies erased a 12-point deficit in the final 44 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime, where they would eventually win.Following the victory, Aggie players jumped into the crowd to sing the school fight song and celebrate with giddy fans.  Video: Ecstatic Aggies and the Aggie War Hymn following 2OT win over Northern Iowa: pic.twitter.com/UmqPBq3VNX— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) March 21, 2016 What an incredible night for A&M.last_img

ABB’s Onboard DC Grid Significantly Cuts Fuel …

first_imgzoom ABB, a power and automation technology group, has released a third-party verification that its Onboard DC Grid helps vessels reduce their fuel consumption, cut noise and trim their environmental impact.Platform support vessel Dina StarThe measurements and tests, conducted by Pon Power in collaboration with ABB on Myklebusthaug Offshore’s platform supply vessel Dina Star, identified reduction of specific fuel oil consumption of up to 27 percent.These are the first documented results from a vessel outfitted with ABB’s Onboard DC Grid, which allows engines to run at variable speeds for top fuel efficiency at each load level.The tests also measured fuel consumption in dynamic positioning operations during challenging weather conditions, identifying fuel savings of 14 percent.Dynamic positioning operations, where computers automatically maintain a vessel’s position and heading, account for a considerable portion of a typical offshore vessel’s operational profile.In addition to fuel consumption, Pon Power and ABB measured Onboard DC Grid’s effect on engine room noise levels.Tests showed 30 percent noise reduction, contributing to improved working conditions aboard the vessel.“Noise and vibration reduction has already been a focus of ours for years with our GenFlex Design solution. The ability now to document this level of fuel efficiency alongside the noise reduction is a very important new step for us as a power solution provider, especially for our customers operating in challenging conditions”, said Ole Knarberg, Commercial Director for the Marine segment in Pon Power Scandinavia.Dina Star is powered by four Caterpillar 3516 engines in combination with a C32 in a variable speed application.ABB introduced the Onboard DC Grid power distribution system in 2011.Platform support vessel Dina Star, delivered to Myklebusthaug Management by Kleven Yard in 2013, is the first vessel powered by the Onboard DC Grid.Press Release, June 16, 2014last_img read more

Ports of Savannah and Brunswick Busier than Ever

first_imgzoom U.S. port operator Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved a record 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2015, an increase of more than half a million TEUs.The 3.66 million TEUs crossing Savannah’s docks in FY2015 constitutes a 17 percent increase compared to the previous fiscal year. FY2014 was the first year in which GPA moved more than 3 million TEUs.Strong performances across business sectors also led to records in total tonnage and roll-on/roll-off cargo in the year ending June 30.“Georgia’s ports have seen phenomenal growth over the past fiscal year, due to a combination of West Coast cargo diversions, U.S. economic recovery and regional gateway shifts placing more demands on Georgia’s terminals,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.Total tonnage in FY2015, reached a record 31.69 million tons, up 7.8 percent or 2.29 million tons. Of that amount, containerized cargo accounted for 25.89 million tons, also up 7.8 percent or 1.86 million tons more than in FY2014.Fiscal 2015 also saw the highest-ever volume of intermodal rail moves. The Port of Savannah moved 369,347 containers by rail in FY2015, up from the previous record of 332,996 containers set in FY2014. The growing volumes moved by rail resulted in an increase of 10.9 percent or 36,351 containers for the year.In other cargo sectors, the GPA achieved an 8.1 percent improvement in bulk cargo tonnage for a total of 2.95 million tons, an increase of 221,601 tons. GPA terminals moved 7.6 percent (200,875 tons) more breakbulk cargo in FY2015 than in the previous year. Total breakbulk, which includes commodities such as paper, rubber and steel, reached 2.83 million tons.The GPA moved more autos and machinery than ever in the year just ended. Combined, Brunswick and Savannah moved 714,021 units of roll-on/roll-off cargo, an improvement of 13,313 units or 1.9 percent. Of the total, Brunswick handled 680,427 units.“Part of ensuring reliability is investing in port infrastructure,” GPA Board Chairman James Walters said. “Our development plans will follow our current practice of maintaining capacity at least 20 percent above demand – not only in Brunswick, but in Savannah, where we are buying four new ship-to-shore cranes and 30 more gantry cranes. Investments such as these will enable GPA to handle expanding cargo volumes both now and in the future.”last_img read more

China Russia Team Up on Ice Silk Road

first_imgzoom China and Russia have reached an agreement to jointly build an “Ice Silk Road” along the Northern Sea Route, according to China’s Belt and Road Portal.China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed to work on the matter during a meeting in Moscow, Russia on July 4, 2017 as the two countries aim to expand cooperation.Noting that Russia is an important partner in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi expressed his hope that the two countries would carry out the Northern Sea Route cooperation so as to realize the Ice Silk Road and implement various connectivity projects.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a joint communiqué at the 20th China-Russia Prime Ministers’ Regular Meeting in December 2015. The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation on development and utilization of the Northern Sea Route and carry out research on shipping along the Arctic routes.The Arctic routes include two major routes: the Northeast Passage, also called the Northern Sea Route by Russia, and the Northwest Passage.The Northeast Passage, with most of its route hugging Russia’s northern coast, is the shortest course for many regions in China. Sailing distance between ports in northern China and Western Europe, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea is 25 to 55 percent shorter than the traditional shipping routes.The Arctic route, which presents opportunities for cooperation between the countries along the route, could increase the importance of ports in northern China, such as Dalian and Tianjin.Earlier this year, China launched an official website for its “One Belt, One Road” strategy with the aim of “promoting information sharing, civilization exchanges and win-win cooperation.” The portal demonstrates the latest developments and achievements and promote information sharing and exchanges among enterprises, social organizations and citizens of countries along the Belt and Road routes.As Arctic summer sea ice continues shrinking, shipping companies are already preparing for the possible surge in ship traffic on two major Arctic sea routes. Although it would not be possible to open the Northwest Passage in Canada and the Northern Sea Route in Russia year round, shipowners are already investing in vessels capable of sailing through ice.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Feedback Sought on Sportfishing

first_imgThe province is collecting feedback from anglers as part of a national fishing survey. About 2,200 residents and 600 non-residents who purchased fishing licences in Nova Scotia in 2010 are being asked about their sportfishing activities in a survey to be mailed Friday, Jan. 7. “If you angled in Nova Scotia last year, you might have your name drawn to participate,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Collecting data directly from anglers will give us reliable, up-to-date information we will use for many years in managing Nova Scotia’s fishery.” More than 63,000 Nova Scotians purchased fishing licences last year, up 24 per cent over 2005. Every five years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada gathers data on freshwater and saltwater fishing. The results help provinces and territories identify trends in species sought, catch rates, angler preferences and spending habits. “Sportfishing continues to grow in popularity in Nova Scotia and we are eager to see how much this increase contributes to the economy, particularly in rural communities,” said Mr. Belliveau. “The co-operation of every angler sampled is critical to the success of this survey and will provide us with the best results.” The 2005 survey showed that 50,807 anglers, on average, fished almost 20 days each or close to one million days in Nova Scotia, of which 78 per cent were in fresh water and 22 per cent were in salt water. Anglers spent $53.2 million in Nova Scotia on the sport in 2005, including $31.2 million on major items such as vehicles and boats and $22 million on supplies and services. The 2005 survey results are available atwww.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/stats/rec/canada-rec-eng.htm .last_img read more

UPDATE – RCMP looking for missing teen from Wembley

first_imgUPDATE – Jonah Cincurak has been located safe. Thank you for your assistance.WEMBLEY, A.B. – The Beaverlodge RCMP are looking for the publics help to locate a missing 14-year-old from Wembley.Jonah Cincurak was last seen on December 11, 2018, and is described as 5’4″, 120 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a winter coat and green ball cap.If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jonah Cincurak please contact the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955.last_img

BJP seals alliances in Northeast aims 22 LS seats

first_imgGuwahati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finalised its alliances in the Northeast, setting a target of winning at least 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats from eight states of the region, party general secretary Ram Madhav claimed on Wednesday. Madhav, the BJP’s incharge of the Northeast, held a series of discussions here on Tuesday till past midnight and sealed the alliances with the Asom Gana Parishad, Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), National People’s Party, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party and the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The BJP leader will be holding a meeting with Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and leaders of the IPFT in Agartala on Wednesday. The alliances have been finalised under the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s political coalition with the regional parties of the region. “This alliance has the potential of winning not less than 22 out of 25 seats in the region and play an important role in seeing Modi-ji as the PM once again,” Madhav posted on Facebook. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed On Tuesday, Madhav had met Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma. Madhav also met a delegation of the AGP, the led by party president Atul Bora, and finalised reunion of the former allies. “It was a hectic day of parlays yesterday in the North East. Sustained negotiations at Dimapur and Guwahati with different senior leaders. Have finally sealed the alliance and electoral understanding between the BJP and all major parties in the North East,” he added in the post. “The BJP, NPP, NDPP, AGP and BPF will fight together in Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh with the mission of defeating Congress party at the hustings. In Tripura, the BJP will fight the elections together with IPFT, our alliance partner,” Madhav said. In Sikkim, BJP’s alliance will be with the main opposition party, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, he added. “While the Opposition is still talking and talking about ‘Mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance), we already have ours in place in the North East and the rest of the country. The NDA is a much stronger coalition today than before,” Madhav said.last_img read more

TSX higher amid positive tone from world markets commodities

The Toronto stock market climbed higher Wednesday, boosted by strengthening commodities and a generally positive tone from world markets.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 76.19 points to 12,540.30.The Canadian dollar was up 0.07 of a cent at 99.61 cents US.In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrials index moved edged up 1.08 points to 15,057.28, gaining on Tuesday’s record-breaking close above 15,000. The Nasdaq was up 9.71 points at 3,406.34, while the broader market measure, the Standard and Poor’s 500, advanced 2.81 points to 1,628.77. The S&P broke past 1,600 for the first time last Friday.Analysts are watching to see if the markets will continue their record-breaking highs or if the lack of economic and corporate news will result in a market correction. The U.S. indexes were initially down at the open, but later since recovered.Stronger equity markets in Canada are a sign of heightened investor appetite for risk and optimism that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining momentum.“It seems to be that at least, the path of resistance is up, especially in the U.S. It’s hard to see what’s going to derail this upwards trend,” said Ian Nakamoto, a portfolio manager with investment firm MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier.“I don’t think the rate of capitalization is going to be as strong as we had in the last couple of months, but people just want to put money into the market.”Nakamoto said burgeoning commodity prices, particularly in gold and copper, have also helped the resource-heavy TSX. At this point, it’s unclear when there might be a clawback of some of the gains.“There will be some sort of pullback. Every year there is pullback,” he said. “It’s just a matter of when and what causes it. My best guess is that its going to be in the summer because people tend to take their guard down.”The gold sector rose 2.82 per cent as June bullion surged $17.60 to US$1,466.40 an ounce.July copper was up eight cents at US$3.39 a pound following strong import and export data from China suggesting that the world’s No. 2 economy might be strengthening after an unexpected slowing in the first quarter.The TSX metals and mining sector was the leading driver of the index, with an increase of 3.33 per cent.The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 44 cents at US$96.06 a barrel as the energy sector jumped by 0.68 per cent.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the fewer houses were built in April, mainly due to a decline in urban areas. The agency estimates there were 15,390 actual starts last month. Adjusted seasonally at an annual rate, there were 174,858 units, down from 181,146 in March.Meanwhile, Canada is mid-way through a heavy earnings week.Shares in Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) were up 40 cents, or 0.84 per cent at $47.95 after the pipeline giant reported higher first-quarter adjusted earnings that beat expectations, but warned it doesn’t expect that pace to last.Enbridge adjusted profits came in at $488 million, or 62 cents per share — beating the average analyst estimate by 10 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters. During the same period a year earlier, Enbridge earned $373 million, or 49 cents per share. Net earnings fell to $250 million or 31 cents, from $261 million or 34 cents per diluted share.Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI) says it has appointed longtime senior Nestle executive Marc Caira as its new president and CEO. The iconic coffee and doughnut chain also reported a slight contraction in net income what was expected to be a “soft quarter.” It had net income attributable to stockholders of $86.2 million or 56 cents per share, down 2.9 per cent from $88.8 million. Tim Hortons shares were down $1.54, or nearly three per cent, at $57.10.Two media companies also reported declines in first-quarter income.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) says it saw a drop in both revenue and net income in the first quarter as the newspaper and book publisher continued to face challenges in the print advertising market.The company, which operates a number of digital properties along with publishing the Toronto Star and Harlequin books, says net income attributable to equity shareholders tumbled $13.3 million to $4.2 million or five cents per share in the quarter. The TSX reacted by driving the stock down nearly five per cent, or 29 cents, to $6.30.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) also reported a sharp drop in first-quarter net income, although revenues remained stable overall, falling less than one per cent. The Quebec-based majority owner of Quebecor Media Inc., says net income attributable to shareholders was $35.6 million or 57 cents per share, compared with $71.4 million or $1.13 per basic share in the first quarter of 2012. Its shares were dropped nearly four per cent, or $1.85, to $44.83.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.2 per cent at 6,569.27 while the CAC-40 in France rose 0.5 per cent to 3,941.61. Germany’s DAX appeared headed for another record close, rising 0.4 per cent to 8,217.52.In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.5 per cent to 2,246.3, while the smaller Shenzhen Composite Index rose 1.1 per cent to 965.41. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.9 per cent to 23,244.35.Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.7 per cent to 14,285.69, its highest close in almost five years even though the yen once again failed to breach the 100-yen level against the dollar. The dollar was trading 0.1 per cent higher at 98.96 yen. read more

Mahanama and Dissanayaka further remanded till June 26

Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel recently while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff K Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka have been ordered to be further remanded till June 26 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court over a bribery case.Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal.

Average US rate on 30year mortgage rises to 351 per cent 15year

WASHINGTON – Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but stayed near their historic lows. Cheaper mortgages have helped the economy by spurring more home-buying and refinancing.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan increased to 3.51 per cent from 3.42 per cent last week. That’s still near the average of 3.31 per cent reached in November, the lowest on records dating to 1971.The average on the 15-year loan rose to 2.69 per cent. That’s up from 2.61 per cent last week, which was the lowest on records going back to 1991.Low mortgage rates have helped sustained the housing recovery that began last year. Home sales and construction are up from a year ago, and prices are rising in most U.S. markets. by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2013 10:14 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.51 per cent; 15-year up to 2.69 per cent read more

A trusted voice for social justice Guterres celebrates 100 years of the

Workers of PT Toshiba Consumer Products Ind. assembling and manufacturing of electronic goods, such as television sets. Cikarang, Bekasi. Indonesia. (file), by ILO/A. Mirza“So, it is fitting that the General Assembly – the most representative body of the United Nations – celebrates the transformative impact of the ILO on the fabric of our societies, and on our daily lives” she said.Citing decent work as one of her own priorities, she affirmed that it makes the UN “more relevant to people”, by demonstrating the “everyday impact of international agreements like the 2030 Agenda, and multilateral bodies like the ILO”.Acknowledging ILO’s more than 180 conventions and implementation programmes “on everything from gender equality to forced labour”, she lamented that “injustice is still a reality for millions of people”, higlighting the predicament of child workers, forced labourers and those trafficked into prostitution.“Over 40 million people today are victims of modern forms of slavery – more than twice the number involved in the transatlantic slave trade”, she said, commenting that 190 million people are unemployed; 300 million are working poor; and some two billion are engaged in informal work, “often without social protections”.‘A time to reflect’ on ILODubbing ILO “the most positive and enduring product of the Treaty of Versailles”, the Organization’s Director-General Guy Ryder called it “the first step in the construction of the multilateral system, and a forebearer of today’s United Nations”. ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, addresses guests at a luncheon for ILO’s 100 year anniversary., by UN Photo/Evan Schneider“It was empowered to negotiate and supervise the global rules of labour and to do so by the joint action of governments, workers and employers” he explained.“ILO’s journey has not always been a straight path” he admitted. “From the outset the Organization has been tested by the turbulence of history and the economic and social realities of its times”.“More than a cause of celebration, the Centenary that we commemorate today is a time to reflect on our purpose, and on the course we chart for the future”, he stated.Noting “great uncertainty” surrounding multilateralism and “widespread disillusion” regarding social and economic progress, he said that “many citizens doubt the capacity of the leaders and institutions” to respond to their needs.Mr. Ryder saw the first 100 years as “a prelude to the future we construct together now”, urging everyone to “set about that task with the same courage and urgency, and moved by the same sentiments of social justice and humanity which first gave life to the ILO”.“History tells us what we can achieve”, he said. “But it also tells us what the cost of our failures would be”.As part of the commemoration, a 24-hour marathon of events from Fiji to Philadelphia, is planned across the globe. The ILO was born out of the rubble of the First World War, as the victors met to draw up the Treaty of Versailles, where they affirmed the need for social justice in the service of a “universal and lasting peace”.The UN chief painted a picture of a time of upheaval, when newly-emboldened labour unions in many parts of the world, demanded fair treatment, dignity at work, adequate wages and an eight-hour working day.It is an honour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the @ilo, the first specialized agency of the @UN, the first to bring together governments, employers and – crucially – workers for ongoing dialogue on social justice. Follow the HL meeting [LIVE] today at 10AM EAST #ILO100 pic.twitter.com/gQiZgo02YH— UN GA President (@UN_PGA) April 10, 2019 “The nations of the world knew they must cooperate to make it happen”, Mr. Guterres said, adding that despite being the oldest UN family member, “ILO remains to this day one of the most unique gathering spaces in the international system”, as well as “a source of strength and legitimacy”, where workers, employers and governments can seek solutions through dialogue.“Through conflict and peace, democracy and dictatorship, decolonization and the Cold War, globalization and turbulence”, Mr. Guterres said that ILO has had its “finger on the pulse on people’s concerns”, and “played a central role in the struggle for social progress”.Noting that now is “a time of profound uncertainty, disruption and technological transformation”, Mr. Guterres warned that “tremendous” labour market disruption lies ahead. “Even the concept of work will change – and the relationship between work, leisure and other occupations” he continued. “We are not yet prepared for that”. Since the digital economy operates in a world without borders, he stressed that “more than ever”, international institutions “must play a vital role in shaping the future of work we want”.“Let us make the most of this pivotal anniversary to renew our collective commitment to international cooperation, peace and social justice”, concluded the Secretary-General.ILO’s ‘transformative impact’ on societyGeneral Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa commended ILO for its many “firsts”, including “the need to give workers a stake in decision-making that matches their essential contribution to lasting peace and prosperity”. read more

SLC Mayoral Candidate Files Federal Lawsuit Against BLM

Press ReleaseDr. Rainer Huck and co-plaintiff John Anderson filed The American Public Lands Equal Access Lawsuit in Federal District Court against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) stating the agency has systematically eliminated access not only for elderly, disabled and handicapped persons, but for the general public as well; people who either choose or need the assistance of motorized travel for access. Reportedly, the lawsuit seeks redress for generations of biased and discriminatory management practices.According to the lawsuit, the rampant elimination of public access via motor assisted travel illegally discriminates against the majority of Americans. Plaintiffs assert that all Americans, regardless of religion, age, race, health, strength, economic standing and especially those who are handicapped or disabled, have Constitutional and other legal rights to access public lands held under the jurisdiction of the BLM on a basis equal to those who have the strength and ability to travel by muscle power.“I believe that public access to public lands is a critical issue. We cannot allow our most vulnerable people to be shut out of these national treasures,” said Rainer Huck. “I have been fighting against the BLM’s closure agenda for 40 years, during which time motor assisted access has dwindled from 95% to less than 5% now.” read more

Niagara Recycling honoured for ongoing Brock partnership

The help of Niagara Recycling has allowed Brock’s adaptive programming, which supports youths in the region with special needs, to thrive over the past two decades.Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS) recently celebrated the partnership, honouring Niagara Recycling for its ongoing commitment to the University.Each year, FAHS highlights one long-standing community and research partner for their outstanding contributions, exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to experiential education and research within the Faculty.As this year’s recipient, Niagara Recycling was honoured at the 2019 Community Partners Appreciation Reception held Tuesday, April 16 at the Meridian Community Centre in Pelham.Niagara Recycling Board Chair Albert Murphy speaks to the crowd while accepting the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences long-standing community partner award on behalf of the organization.“Some of our partners collaborate with us on research and others provide on-site training opportunities in their workplaces through internships and clinical placements,” says Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “Other partners facilitate learning through financial contributions and support that enable ongoing and significant growth within our Faculty. This is true of Niagara Recycling.”In their capacity as a community partner, Niagara Recycling has been working with Brock University since 1997 and has donated almost $440,000 in financial commitments to disability programming in FAHS over the past 15 years.The organization’s support contributes to Brock University’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp, Supporting Neurodiversity through Adaptive Programming (SNAP), Saturday SNAP and the Confident Healthy Active Role Models (CHARM) initiative, all which provide service learning opportunities to students across all Brock Faculties. “With Niagara Recycling as a community partner, we’ve seen more than 250 students per year trained in inclusive and adaptive physical activity over the past 15 years. This makes SNAP the largest on-campus site for experiential education, and southern Ontario’s longest-running and largest service learning site,” says Kinesiology Professor Maureen Connolly. “Their support has been instrumental in facilitating these educational and research opportunities for our students.”More than one-third of the funding provided by Niagara Recycling since 2003 has gone to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Movement Camp to help subsidize camper participation by keeping costs low for parents.“Due to the service learning model we use, there is no way these camps could have continued to function without the support of Niagara Recycling,” Connolly says.Niagara Recycling Chief Executive Officer Norman Kraft (BA ’90) and Board Chair Albert Murphy (BSc ’75, MEd ’79) attended the reception to accept the award on behalf of the organization.“We are pleased that through our financial support Brock University is able to offer meaningful, active leisure to the children and youth who enjoy these camps each summer and the programs offered throughout the academic year,” Kraft says. “Niagara Recycling continues to demonstrate a long-term commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities in the Niagara region.” read more