Photo: Kassandra Pollard was found on Tuesday afternoon, and reunited with her family – submitted.The Peace Regional RCMP has found the missing girl from Peace River, Alberta. On Sunday morning, the RCMP was notified of the disappearance of 14 year-old Kassandra Pollard. – Advertisement -The girl had left her residence early Sunday morning, and had failed to make contact with her family after her departure. On Tuesday afternoon, the RCMP received a tip that the girl had been spotted in High Level, which is six hours north of Peace River. Police were able to locate Pollard, who has since been reunited with her family.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo will make a £35m swoop to bring Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.And it is claimed that if the deal for the Uruguay international stalls, Di Matteo could splash out £45m on his supposed second choice — Porto’s Brazilian striker Hulk.Tipped to sign a striker.Chelsea are also tipped to complete the signings of Marseille full-back Cesar Azpilicueta and Wigan’s Victor Moses.The Daily Mail say Yossi Benayoun fears he is being priced out of a move away from Chelsea, who are said to want £3m for the midfielder.Meanwhile, Rob Green’s place in the QPR side could already be under threat, according to the Daily Mirror.The goalkeeper, who joined Rangers after deciding to leave West Ham this summer, made a mistake which led to the opening goal in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat against Swansea.It is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes is now showing an interest in former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc.The Poland international, 32, is a free agent after quitting Fiorentina and would apparently be keen to move to the Premier League.The Mail report that Fulham look to have pipped Newcastle to the signing of FC Twente’s Brazilian defender Douglas after agreeing a £4.5m deal.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The media are shocked that a virus resurrected from 30,000-year-old permafrost can still actively invade amoebas.Authors of a paper in PNAS were exploring Siberian permafrost when they isolated a large “pandoravirus,” a type of unusually-large virus that attacks microbes like amoebas. The viruses look like amphorae (oblong jugs) with an orderly, honeycombed gate (capsid) at one end. Based on radiocarbon tests, the scientists claim the permafrost, excavated from 30 feet down, lay undisturbed for over 30,000 years (actually 34,000 to 37,000 years, they say in the paper). When they injected amoebas into the permafrost as “bait,” Nature says, they watched some of the amoebas die. Inspecting them, they found the pandoraviruses inside. Nature’s article quotes the surprise of one of the researchers, Jean-Michel Claverie:We thought it was a property of viruses that they pack DNA extremely tightly into the smallest particle possible, but this guy is 150 times less compacted than any bacteriophage [viruses that infect bacteria]. We don’t understand anything anymore!”The researchers worried that human pathogenic viruses might also lie dormant in permafrost and become active due to global warming. This sent the popular media, like National Geographic and the BBC News, into semi-panic mode, but Nature quoted virologist Curtis Suttle who says there’s no cause for alarm:Claverie and Abergel are concerned that rising global temperatures, along with mining and drilling operations in the Arctic, could thaw out many more ancient viruses that are still infectious and that could conceivably pose a threat to human health.But Suttle points out that people already inhale thousands of viruses every day, and swallow billions whenever they swim in the sea. The idea that melting ice would release harmful viruses, and that those viruses would circulate extensively enough to affect human health, “stretches scientific rationality to the breaking point”, he says. “I would be much more concerned about the hundreds of millions of people who will be displaced by rising sea levels.”However one feels about the threat, the discovery points to unexpected diversity in large viruses. Some of them are so large, they blur the distinction between a virus and a bacterium, except that these giant viruses, like smaller ones, need a host to replicate. Science Magazine describes what is known about them:Unlike most viruses, giant viruses are big enough to be seen with a light microscope. Indeed, the first one discovered was initially thought to be a bacterium, with comparable amounts of DNA. Since then, about 10 more have been found, including ones with more DNA than some bacteria, most infecting amoebas only. This new virus, called Pithovirus sibericum, has some characteristics of other giant viruses, but represents a third group of these unusual life forms. It’s the biggest to date, but has about half the DNA of others, researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The soil studied was taken from 30 meters below the surface, and the researchers have samples dating back millions of years that they plan to test as well.They referenced a 1999 paper that claimed to find a virus in glacial ice said to be 140,000 years old (Castello JD, et al.  Detection of tomato mosaic tobamovirus RNA in ancient glacial ice. Polar Biol 22(3):207-212).To a French virologist, these findings show that viruses have a role to play in the ecology. “It is clear that giant viruses cannot be seen as stand-alone freaks of nature,” Christelle Desnues says. “They constitute an integral part of the virospherewith implications in diversity, evolution and even human health.” As for evolution, the PNAS paper cautions, “The hunt for these viruses is only beginning and speculations about their evolutionary origin should be postponed before many more are found.”Radiocarbon vanishes after a few tens of thousands of years to levels too hard to date. Biblical creationists believe that the Flood year dramatically changed the radiocarbon profile in the atmosphere, rendering pre-Flood dates unreliable. It will be interesting to see if they find radiocarbon in the samples they claim are millions of years old. That would essentially falsify the moyboy dates. Or will they just refuse to look for radiocarbon, because they already “know” there “can’t” be any left? We say, test it!There are so many viruses in the world, and they are so prevalent in every environment, the discovery should not be seen as that unusual. Undoubtedly there are many, many more viruses that have not yet been characterized. What’s important is the claim that these viruses are over 30,000 years old, and they might still be intact in permafrost claimed to be millions of years old. That’s the claim that should be “stretching scientific rationality to the breaking point.” Scientists should take to heart Claverie’s admission: “We don’t understand anything anymore!” Given that, “speculations about their evolutionary origin should be postponed” indefinitely, for, say, 30,000 years, or maybe millions.
19 July 2007Nelson Mandela marked his 89th birthday on Wednesday by announcing the formation of The Elders, a group comprising former heads of state, Nobel laureates, leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists who will “contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems”.Mandela was joined by fellow founding members South African Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, philanthropist Graca Machel, former United Nations chief Kofi Annan, former US President Jimmy Carter, former Irish Prime Minister Mary Robinson and Bangladeshi social banker Muhammad Yunus.“This group can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes on whatever actions need to be taken,” Mandela said.“Together we will work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.”The Elders’ chairperson Tutu remarked, “Despite all of the ghastliness that is around, human beings are made for goodness. The ones who ought to be held in high regard are not the ones who are militarily powerful, nor even economically prosperous. They are the ones who have a commitment to try and make the world a better place.”“We, The Elders, will endeavour to support those people and do our best for humanity,” Tutu said.A statement issued by they new group states that The Elders will use their collective skills and experience to suggest new approaches to tackling global issues, and will be working together over the next several months to consider which issues to approach first.“The Elders’ criteria are not only the magnitude and importance of the challenge, but a deliberate view that their role could contribute significantly to solving the problem,” the statement explained.Though working independently, the group will work to complement the efforts of other organisations, seeking opportunities to partner established groups where possible.“I see The Elders as a small but independent group that may fill an existing void in the world community,” Carter said.“Almost impervious to the consequences of outside criticism, the group will conduct unrestrained analyses of important and complex issues and share our ideas with the general public and with others who might take action to resolve problems.”The Elders will invite new members who share the attributes of current group members – trusted, respected worldly-wise individuals with a proven commitment and record of contributing to solving global problems. Elders will step down if they are elected to public office.“I have worked with extraordinary people at the community level, people who have brilliant ideas and are making a huge effort to solve problems but often their contribution is localized, and their voices are not strong enough to be heard,” Machel explained.“The Elders can play a role in amplifying the voices of the millions of citizens of the world.”‘Dedicated group of leaders’Several years ago entrepreneur Richard Branson and musician and activist Peter Gabriel discussed with Mandela the obstacles to solving difficult conflicts facing the world.Their idea of a small, dedicated group of leaders, working objectively and without any vested personal interest in the outcome, began to develop and eventually grew into The Elders.“In traditional societies, the elders always had a role in conflict resolution, long-term thinking and applying wisdom wherever it was needed. We are moving to this global village and yet we don’t have our global elders,” Gabriel said.“The Elders can be a group who have the trust of the world, who can speak freely, be fiercely independent, and respond fast and flexibly in conflict situations.”A group of founders, including Branson and Gabriel, as well as by Ray and Michael Chambers, Bridgeway Foundation, Pam Omidyar, Humanity United, Amy Robbins, Shashi Ruia, Dick Tarlow and The United Nations Foundation will fund the Elders.“This group of Elders will bring hope and wisdom back into the world. To play a role in bringing us together to stop unnecessary human suffering and to celebrate the wonderful world that we are so privileged to be part of,” Branson enthused.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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Experienced Englishman Bob Houghton’s tumultuous yet productive five-year stint as Indian football coach came to an end on Saturday in controversial circumstances after a bitter stand-off with the AIFF, which had charged him for racially abusing an Indian referee.Houghton, who has been facing an inquiry from a three-man AIFF panel on charges of racially abusing Indian referee Dinesh Nair in an international friendly against Yemen last year, tendered his resignation, bringing an end to his eventful association with Indian football since June 2006.A release from the AIFF said that the racial abuse charges against Houghton has been dropped in the absence of evidence while the coach has decided to quit due to personal reasons.”The AIFF has perused the reply filed by Robert Douglas Houghton to the show cause notice dated 25.03.2011 issued to him. It has also conducted internal investigations through an inquiry committee and a report has been submitted to the AIFF.”Based on the report of the inquiry committee, the AIFF feels that in the absence of any definitive and concrete evidence the allegations against Houghton cannot be sustained and therefore the AIFF agrees to withdraw all charges and allegations made against him,” the AIFF release said.”However, Houghton, for his personal reasons, does not wish to continue working in India and in his position as the Head Coach of the Indian Football Team. Houghton has therefore tendered his resignation. His resignation is accepted by the AIFF. The parties have mutually agreed to terminate the employment contract of Houghton,” it added.advertisementThe AIFF did not say anything about the compensation to be given to Houghton whose contract was to run till 2013.For the past few days after Houghton submitted a written reply to the AIFF panel on April 11, there had been reports of negotiations going on between Houghton and the federation to settle the issue.Houghton had in his reply to the show cause on March 23 had denied the racial abuse charges levelled against him, terming them as “baseless”.But apparently, the initiative for a negotiated settlement had come from Houghton’s side as he did not want his reputation to be sullied.Sources said the AIFF agreed to drop the racial abuse charges if Houghton quits immediately, which he did on Saturday.- With PTI inputs
New Delhi: The season-opening Duleep Trophy, which has been India’s only day-night first-class tournament with pink ball for the last three seasons, is set to go back to the day format with red ball due to lack of TV coverage. The blue-riband tournament, which will feature India’s top domestic stars, will be played from August 17 to September 9 at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. India’s next superstar in making Shubman Gill, India A regular Priyank Panchal and Vidarbha Ranji champion skipper Faiz Fazal will lead Blue, Red and Green teams respectively. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh However, the BCCI’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim confirmed that save the final from September 5-9, which will be telecast live on Star Sports, all the other matches will be traditional red-ball games like the old times. “We have floodlights at the Chinnaswamy but we are not playing with pink ball under lights as there is no live coverage. Only the final match will be a day/night affair as that’s the only match to be aired live” Karim told PTI on Tuesday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Asked if this will be a roadblock in moving towards pink ball Tests in future, Karim disagreed. “I don’t think so. If everyone associated with Indian cricket is on the same page, may be we can think of having India A first class games with pink balls. I am not saying anything is confirmed but you never know if everyone comes on same page,” Karim said. However, a senior BCCI official said the decision to scrap pink balls save the final has been done keeping bigger picture in mind. “The Indian team is not playing any pink ball cricket in near future. All our Test engagements are a part of World Test Championship. And we are not playing any Day/Night games in World Test Championship,” the senior official, who is privy to Indian team management’s selection policies, told PTI on condition of anonymity. “So what’s the logic of our supply line of players playing a tournament with pink ball when they are in any case going to play red ball cricket if selected for India,” he said. On the three Duleep squads formed, most of the current India A players along with performers from Vidarbha and other Ranji teams have got a chance. The likes of Abhimanyu Easwaran, Anmolpreet Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Gopal, Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel, all of whom have played at least one format for India A in the West Indies A tour, are there. India discards like Karun Nair and Varun Aaron are also in the mix just like last season’s highest run-scorer Milind Kumar of Sikkim or talented left-arm seamer from Rajasthan Tanveer ul Haq.
OTTAWA – Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the government has met its goal of shortening wait times for those hoping to sponsor their spouse from abroad.Hussen says the backlog of applications now sits at 15,000, down from 75,000 in 2016.Processing times are 12 months for those who filed an application prior to December 2016, while applications after that date take about 26 months.The Liberals had made family reunification programs an immigration priority upon coming to office in 2015 and have been gradually increasing the number of newcomers admitted in those programs since.In 2018, admissions are projected to hit about 66,000.Hussen says the government understands how important it is to reunite couples and it also makes for a stronger country.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said applications before December 2016 take 26 months.
Posted: February 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Pot has been legal in California for about two months now, and Imperial Beach is finally taking steps toward opening a pot shop.One pot shop only.“We were the highest percentage voting in favor of legalized pot in San Diego County, so we’re moving ahead to legalize marijuana,” said Mayor Serge Dedina of Imperial Beach. “It was very clear our 62-percent voted in favor, so it’s time to decriminalize and offer safe access.”Instead of going big, Imperial Beach is intentionally going small.“We want to make sure we do it right, We start with one and see what happens,” Dedina said. “It’s also going to be very nice, no broken down buildings. It has to be LEED certified and have charging stations for electric cars.”It’s going to be a while. Public comment will happen for 45-days. The one and only store could take more than six months to open.“We’ve had bigger issues to worry about here in Imperial Beach,” the Mayor said. “I’m working to make Imperial Beach the best little beach town on the planet.” Imperial Beach takes steps toward recreational pot shops Updated: 10:46 PM Dan Plante February 22, 2018 Dan Plante,