Species at risk legislation overhaul raises concerns

Species at risk legislation overhaul raises concerns

14 October 0

first_imgAPTN National NewsEnvironment Minister Peter Kent is planning an overhaul of the country’s Species at Risk Act and it has raised some concerns.Some worry there won’t be enough input from Aboriginal people and in particular Aboriginal women.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has this story.last_img

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North American markets weak on US economic figures Fed outlook

North American markets weak on US economic figures Fed outlook

08 October 0

TORONTO — North American stock markets felt the weight of a disappointing read on U.S. economic growth in the first quarter and a restrained outlook on the American  economy from the Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index made a tiny 1.27 point gain to 15,347.34, with energy and gold issues propping up a broader decline.And in the U.S., the Fed indicated in was not yet ready to move on interest rates.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 74.61 points at 18,035.53, the Nasdaq index was off 31.78 points at 5,023.64 and the S&P 500 gave back 7.91 points to 2,106.85. In commodities, the June crude contract rose $1.52 to settle at $58.58 a barrel, while the TSX energy sector gained about one per cent. June gold contract fell $3.90 to US$1,210 an ounce.The Canadian dollar was up 0.04 of a U.S. cent at 83.17 cents. read more

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Much awaited delimitation report to be gazetted tomorrow

Much awaited delimitation report to be gazetted tomorrow

08 October 0

Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha says the delimitation report will to be gazetted tomorrow.The report by the Delimitation Committee was handed over to Mustapha by the chairman of the committee Ashoka Peiris on January 17. The report was signed by all members of the Committee and was to be gazetted once some typing errors were rectified. The Ministry of Local Government appointed the five-member committee on 1st December 2015 to look into discrepancies regarding demarcation of boundaries and shortcomings of the report submitted by the National Delimitation Commission (NDC). It was entrusted to carryout demarcation activities after reviewing the appeals made with regards to the demarcation of 206 out of 336 local government areas.Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya had said earlier the Local Government elections can be held within two months after the receipt of the Delimitation Committee report. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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OMP to submit interim report to President on September 5th

OMP to submit interim report to President on September 5th

08 October 0

Also speaking here, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Deepika Udugama said that there are serious administrative challenges to the operationalisation of the commission.However she asserted that there was no political interference in the functions of the commission. (Colombo Gazette) He expressed these views at an event held today to mark the International Day of the Disappeared. Over the past five months the OMP travelled to the North, South and East and met with families of the missing. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will submit its interim report to President Maithripala Sirisena on September 5th.OMP Chairman Saliya Pieris said that the interim report contains a number of urgent recommendations relating to interim relief and justice. read more

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Iraq UN envoy welcomes Kurdish regional leaders Baghdad visit

Iraq UN envoy welcomes Kurdish regional leaders Baghdad visit

02 October 0

Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, welcomed Kurdistan Region President Masud Barzani’s visit to hold talks on outstanding issues in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and other political leaders. “This second meeting within a month is an encouraging step,” Mr. Kobler said in a press release from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which added that the meeting confirms “there is political will to address outstanding issues between the centre and the region through direct dialogue and in accordance with the constitution.”“I hope that these discussions will improve the relations between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Region’s government, and that the outcomes will impact positively on the Iraqi people,” he said in the release, and added: “The UN continues to stand ready to provide support to this process.”Today’s visit follows by less than a month the first-ever trip to Erbil of Iraq’s Premier for a landmark meeting with Kurdish leaders, which Mr. Kobler hailed as “a positive step in the right direction.”At that time, a spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement in which the UN chief welcomed “all recent dialogue initiatives” between Iraqi federal Government and Kurdish region officials. “[Mr. Ban] urges all parties to redouble their efforts to ensure that the momentum of national reconciliation is not lost to those groups that strive to reignite sectarian violence in Iraq,” that statement said. read more

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Ohio States Jaamal Berry named suspect in alleged assault Gene Smith aware

Ohio States Jaamal Berry named suspect in alleged assault Gene Smith aware

28 September 0

Ohio State football player Jaamal Berry has been named a suspect in an alleged assault that occurred Friday morning, according to a report from the Columbus Police Department. It is the second incident involving Berry allegedly assaulting another individual in less than a month.The latest incident occurred at 2:20 a.m. Friday on Vine Street, behind North Market, and involved a 21-year-old non-OSU student. The victim was “struck in the face with a closed fist,” according to the Columbus police report.Berry, a redshirt sophomore running back, was with another African-American male and was allegedly yelling at the victim and his friend, after the victim was struck by a car. The victim, who The Lantern has chosen not to name at this time, said that Berry and his friend were yelling vulgar remarks at him. After asking why they were yelling, the victim said that Berry crossed the street and punched his friend, and then punched him in the face with a closed fist.Berry was later identified by a witness, and the alleged victim said he confirmed Berry’s identity when shown a picture by police.The victim’s mother, who requested anonymity, said she spoke with Gene Smith, OSU athletic director, about the incident on Friday afternoon.Smith said that the athletic department is aware that Berry might have been involved in an altercation.“We have not been informed by anyone else that charges have been filed,” Smith told The Lantern Monday. “If Jaamal is charged, he will be suspended pending the outcome of the case.”Berry and other witnesses involved did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s requests for comment.On Sept. 28, Berry was involved in what an OSU police report described as an “assault” on another student. Berry was admitted and released from the OSU Medical Center and no charges were filed. read more

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Sat nav rip off as owners of modern cars face annual £300

Sat nav rip off as owners of modern cars face annual £300

25 September 0

first_imgAs modern cars become festooned with evermore gadgets, the in-built sat nav is now a standard fixture.However, as they become indispensable for driving, many motorists may not realise they are far from inexpensive. Indeed, owners face unforeseen charges down the line should they wish to have the most up-to-date road maps on their device.An investigation by Auto Express magazine found that the cost of updating the in-built sat nav system varies by hundreds of pounds, depending on the make, model and age of your car, even though most get the mapping software from the same provider.Owners of older Jaguar XFs pay up to £316 for sat nav updates, while those for Ford cars vary from £81.90 to £159, depending on model and age, the research found, with those driving earlier editions paying most.Subaru vehicles operating on an old system face an update cost of £300, while the charge for newer Subarus with SD-card sat navs is £100 after the three free updates run out. Car manufacturers claim the fees are often associated with the software packages they pay for as well as the amount of labour that is involved in updating a sat nav.Drivers hoping to use their mobile phone GPS as a short cut should beware that they may be prosecuted if caught driving while on the phone.HERE Technologies, a data provider, said that while brands receive regular map updates, “it’s up to manufacturers to choose the frequency of updates for individual models and whether to offer them for free”.      Many car firms charges drivers down the road to update their built-in sat navs Nissan, which charges up to £196 ­depending on the model, says its latest European mapping software adds 1,439,809km of roads, new street names, plus better junction information, while drivers of new Fords get free updates for seven years. Owners of new cars often benefit from free updates, with makers such as Volvo and Volkswagen now including lifetime updates on their latest models.Drivers of older Volvo models have to cough up £125 to bring sat nav maps up to date. However, not all car-makers have adopted this policy. Audi will give five free updates to owners of vehicles with its Navigation Plus systems, after which they will be charged – albeit the fee has yet to be determined. Many car firms charges drivers down the road to update their built-in sat navsCredit:Alamy Stock Photo Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Preeclampsia kills 76000 pregnant women each year but warning signs can go

Preeclampsia kills 76000 pregnant women each year but warning signs can go

22 September 0

first_imgAwareness vitalEleni Tsigas, a preeclampsia survivor and executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation in the US is in Ireland this week to meet with government and industry parties to highlight the need for greater awareness of the condition in Ireland.There is currently no representative body or organisation in Ireland that acts as a voice for preeclampsia awareness, support and information for preeclampsia survivors.For the mother, it can lead to acute problems of the liver, kidneys, brain and clotting system and survivors of preeclampsia have increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases later in life.A quarter of all babies born to mothers with preeclampsia are growth restricted and a third are born prematurely. Being born growth restricted predisposes children to high blood pressure, diabetes and heart conditions in adult life.Save livesTsigas said that making people more aware of the condition in Ireland could save lives, adding that while most may think of it as a condition from the past, such as what the fictional Downton Abbey character, Lady Sybil, who died of during childbirth, it still affects women to this day.I am delighted to be working with the Irish government and industry here, particularly the INFANT Research Centre and Metabolomic Diagnostics, to help raise symptom awareness and encourage more people, male and female, carers and friends, to recognise this potentially fatal illness.The  Irish National Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) Centre based at Cork University Maternity Hospital is working on an early diagnostic test that has the potential to revolutionise prenatal care globally. Source: Preeclampsia Foundation/YouTubeRead: Have you ever kept a pregnancy hidden? You’re not alone>Read: 300,000 die during pregnancy each year and midwives are key to reduction>  Swelling of hands and face, especially around the eyes Nausea or vomiting, especially suddenly, after mid pregnancyEyesight, changes in vision like seeing spots or flashing lights; partial or total loss of eyesightWeight Gain of more than five pounds in a weekPain in the upper right belly, sometimes mistaken for indigestion or fluHeadache that won’t go away even after taking certain medicationBreathing difficulties, such as gasping, panting and shortness of breathcenter_img A NEW NATIONAL awareness day for preeclampsia, a potentially fatal condition affecting pregnant women and their babies, was launched today.Preeclampsia impacts on one in ten pregnancies, although the warning signs can often go unnoticed, causing serious problems for mother and baby that could prove life threatening.DeathsGlobally, the condition accounts for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year alone.Preclampsia can strike quickly, but the most common tell-tale signs are increased blood pressure and protein detected in the urine.Other warning signs include:last_img read more

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La rascasse volante un envahisseur marin redoutable

La rascasse volante un envahisseur marin redoutable

20 September 0

first_imgLa rascasse volante, un envahisseur marin redoutableLa rascasse volante, aussi belle soit-elle fait actuellement des ravages dans les mers qu’elle peuple. Semblant ne jamais être rassasiée, elle colonise de plus en plus de bassins en décimant au passage 80% des espèces locales. Tandis que les scientifiques s’étonnent de voir le poisson se transformer en machine de guerre, les autorités elles, tentent de limiter son expansion.De son nom scientifique Pterois Volitans, la rascasse volante est un fantastique prédateur aussi beau que dangereux. Pouvant passer pour une des merveilles qui peuplent les océans, l’espèce s’avère en fait être une petite machine de guerre qui s’installe et s’étale plus vite que la lumière dans toutes les eaux du monde. En effet, le poisson serait à l’origine d’une véritable invasion, notamment dans la ceinture tropicale de l’océan Pacifique ainsi que dans l’océan Indien. Que l’espèce se reproduise de manière exponentielle ne devrait pas déranger, au contraire, les chercheurs pourraient même se montrer ravis que la rascasse se développe en période critique pour la survie de nombreux poissons. Seulement, le poisson-scorpion (comme on l’appelle) est capable de décimer environ 80% des populations endémiques qui se trouvent autour de lui, selon une étude menée par Mark Albins et Mark Hixon sur 5 semaines dans l’océan Atlantique.Anormalement grosseUne équipe de chercheur de l’Oregon State University est récemment descendue, à l’aide d’un submersible de grandes profondeurs, au large de la Floride afin d’étudier cette population grandissante de rascasses. Celles-ci se trouvaient alors à 100 mètres en dessous du niveau de la mer, et en plus grand nombre que prévu. “Leur nombre et leur taille étaient surprenants” explique Stéphanie Green qui a pris part à l’expédition. Les individus mesuraient en effet plus de 40 centimètres. Une taille inquiétante lorsque l’on sait que plus le poisson est gros, plus sa capacité de ponte est importante. La rascasse serait capable de pondre 10 fois plus qu’un petit animal, comme le soulignent les auteurs dans la revue PLoS ONE. Mais elle ne se priverait pas également de manger les poissons qui l’entourent : une analyse stomacale a révélé que la rascasse se nourrissait autant de crustacés que de poissons d’espèce fourragères comme le mérou. Reste qu’aujourd’hui, le prédateur est encore trop méconnu et ses effets sur les espèces alentours déroutent plus qu’autre chose. Ainsi, le poisson trône désormais au sommet des espèces menaçantes pour la conservation de la biodiversité du bassin atlantique. L’une des invasions marines les plus rapides de l’HistoireÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La rascasse a été introduite dans les années 90 par l’Homme de manière accidentelle et fait preuve depuis d’une voracité sans pareille. On la trouve aujourd’hui en Caroline du Nord et du Sud, aux Bahamas, à Cuba, dans les îles Caïmans, en République Dominicaine, au Belize et depuis 2001, au large de New-York. Une invasion qui n’étonne pas tant que ça quand on sait que le poisson-scorpion bénéficie de défenses naturelles : de redoutables épines venimeuses.  Aussi, il ne semble pas avoir beaucoup de prédateurs ou de parasites qui puissent le ralentir. Récemment, la rascasse a été aperçue dans le bassin méditerranéen, ce qui n’a pas manqué d’inquiéter les autorités qui s’interrogent sur le chemin parcouru par le poisson (peut-être par le Canal de Suez). Le “problème rascasse” supplante même dans certaines régions les considérations environnementales sur la pollution, l’acidité des océans ou la surpêche.Cependant, le requin semblerait être son seul prédateur sérieux. Depuis 2011, une équipe du Roatan Marine Park du Honduras tente donc de dresser des squales à se nourrir du poisson invasif.  Le 18 juillet 2013 à 19:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Tackling Misconceptions About Hunger How Does it Really Affect us and How

Tackling Misconceptions About Hunger How Does it Really Affect us and How

16 September 0

first_imgWe all know hunger is a global issue. We’ve seen the news, pictures and tragic stories of kids across the world that are unable to make it past their fifth birthday. But, how much do we really understand about what world hunger means and how we should address it?A great article published by Global Citizen titled Hunger—10 Things You Thought You Knew, takes a quick look at 10 myths about hunger. A notable point of the article is that world hunger affects us all on a greater level than many may realize and is more than just a health issue:“Hunger slows progress on other important areas that connect nations, including security…economies suffer, people fight, and farmers can’t grow their crops effectively. Hungry children struggle to focus, learn, or even attend school…making it hard for them to contribute to the growth of the national economy…” Myth #4, “Resolving Hunger Means Ensuring People Have Enough to Eat”, brings up an important point that the World Soy Foundation (WSF) has recognized as key to reducing malnutrition. Noting the article’s example: if someone that’s hungry is given three meals of rice a day, they probably won’t be hungry in the way we understand the word, but will they have the right nutrients needed for healthy development, mentally and physically? The answer to that is NO.As a member of the soy family, you know the power of soy in providing protein—which is an essential part to a healthy diet. Soybeans contain all three of the macro-nutrients required for good nutrition and are the only common plant food that contains complete protein and all critical amino acids needed for human health!In the recent past, the Foundation provided nearly 550,000 soy-based meals to over 19,000 people in developing countries, including young school children from Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras—allowing them the ability to focus and learn at school. We were also able to educate school, orphanage, and family caregivers on the preparation and importance of soy for a healthy diet. To join more than 1,000 farmers that support the Foundation’s mission of reducing malnutrition through the power of soy, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!To make a donation, click “Donate Now,” visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org or send your check to:World Soy Foundation12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141To read the full article from Global Citizen, visit their webpage here. The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

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Banking diploma exam on leaked questions

03 September 0

first_imgThe authorities have held examinations for the banking diploma course of bankers allegedly based on leaked question-papers.Bankers sat the examination for the management accounting course in the diploma second part on Friday, but allegation was rife that the question paper for the exam started reaching the examinees since Thursday afternoon. Prothom Alo had obtained a copy of the question paper on Thursday night and sent them to Bangladesh Bank spokesman Subhankar Saha and the Institute of Bankers Bangladesh (IBB) secretary general, Mohammad Nowshad Ali Chowdhury and they requested the daily to wait till morning.But it was found on Friday that the question paper Prothom Alo had obtained on Thursday is similar to the question paper based on which the authorities held the exam.IBB, a professional body of banks and financial institutions operated under the supervision of country’s central bank -Bangladesh Bank, runs diploma courses for professionals in the banking sector.The IBB secretary general claimed that all of the questions of the question-paper are not leaked.“A meeting to be held on Sunday will take a decision if the exam will be scrapped. We are investigating as to how the question-paper was leaked, he added.The banking diploma is a prerequisite for the bankers for their promotions and the permanence of their jobs. Bangladesh Bank officials must obtain the banking diploma.last_img read more

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Steam game sharing discovered within beta update

Steam game sharing discovered within beta update

01 September 0

first_imgWith the narrative we’ve all been subject to recently regarding the Xbox One’s efforts to curb used game sales as well as trading games, it appears Steam may be adding a long-desired feature that would separate it from the Xbox One fiasco. In a recent update for the beta Steam client, a bit of code was discovered that suggests Steam will finally add game sharing to its venerable service.Through all the goodwill Steam has built up over the years, people tend to overlook some glaring issues that the service has that would cause an uproar if they were inherent to some other service. Because the games are digital, no means were created for the games to be treated like retail copies — you can’t sell them back, and you can’t trade them. Though that might sound difficult to enact with a digital product, Amazon easily employed a book-lending service (appeasing customers), and left the ability to allow a book to be lent up to the publishers (appeasing faceless corporations that probably hate you). Now, at a time that is conveniently right when Microsoft garnered hate from the entire gaming consumer base for not allowing game trading, Steam seems like it is about to finally introduce it. As you can see in the highlighted text above, unearthed on NeoGAF, there’s no mistake that the intention is straight-up game sharing, similar to how Netflix only allows a certain amount of devices to stream at once. The code even comes complete with a Netflix-like notice, alerting the users that a game is currently in use.Now, don’t get too excited yet, as this code came with a beta update, so there’s no telling if game sharing is a feature that will be officially implemented anytime soon — or at all. However, the mere existence of it within the update certainly suggests that Valve is looking to distance itself from the vitriol Microsoft just dived right into.last_img read more

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Archangel Hellfire VRs Multiplayer Early Access Launches

Archangel Hellfire VRs Multiplayer Early Access Launches

01 September 0

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target VR game Archangel: Hellfire is set to launch for Steam and Oculus Rift on June 28. This update to the award-winning Archangel introduces the fan-requested multiplayer mode. Here, users can pit their mechs against those of other players in tense, off-rail battles. To make sure everything is running smoothly for the official launch, Skydance Interactive is launching the Archangel: Hellfire early access starting today.Owners of the original Archangel can dive right into Early Access Battle Training right now. They can sharpen their skills on the Genesis Facility and Collins Base maps. Newcomers to the series can try out the Early Access Battle Training by purchasing a copy of the game on Steam and Oculus.Archangel: Hellfire features three different game modes. This includes Team Deathmatch, where players face off against one another in 2v2 combat. There’s also a cooperative mode where players must work together in order to repel waves of enemy hordes. Finally, there’s the story-centric single player campaign.The game takes place in a ruined world at the end of the 21st century. A corporation turned regime called HUMNX rules the planet, though it claims it desires to “heal the world.” A resistance group lead by the United States Free Forces uses its one-of-a-kind mech called the Archangel to fight back against the evil empire. Of course, HUMNX will use its own super weapons in order to maintain the status quo.“Archangel: Hellfire will deliver the most intense and immersive multiplayer mech combat that players have ever experienced,” said Peter Akemann, President of Skydance Interactive. “The team is working hard to bring the player-versus-player off-rails combat that fans have been asking for, and really embody that fantasy of piloting a giant building-sized mech. And with the free team PvP multiplayer experience, all VR gamers will soon have a chance to hop into the cockpit and prove their mettle.”Archangel: Hellfire releases for Steam and Oculus Rift on June 28.center_img Archangel VR Gets Off-Rails Multiplayer Mode in June last_img read more

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Researchers develop algorithm to maximize friendship acceptance by strangers on social networks

31 August 0

first_imgThe running example. Credit: arXiv:1302.7025 Journal information: arXiv Social network sites work based on the concept of one person sending a friend request to another. If the request is accepted, the two become “friends” which means they gain access to each other’s privately posted information. Quite often, one person wishes to become “friends” with someone else on the network that they don’t know—a celebrity perhaps, or a person of influence in business. Sending a friend request to such a person generally fails, however, because the person getting the request doesn’t have any reason to accept. Celebrities rarely if ever accept friend requests from people they don’t know, for example, if they did, their friend list would become unmanageable, not to mention useless—the idea behind a friend list is to keep in touch with friends, after all.But still, sometimes it would be beneficial to somehow manipulate a stranger into accepting a friend request by fooling them into believing that there are mutual acquaintances. Unfortunately, social networks don’t offer a way to make that happen. In this new effort, the research team has devised a way to do it, by creating an algorithm that offers the names of people to friend to create an eventual pathway to the intended target. As more and more of these friends accept friend requests, (because they appear to be in the same social circle), it becomes more and more likely that the actual intended target will accept a friend request as it appears to them that they and the requester have many common friends, and thus exist in the same social circle.There is one caveat here, and that is the algorithm only works if implemented by the social network itself because they are the only ones that can analyze the structure of friend relationships between different individuals who don’t know each other or have any friends in common. There is also the problem of figuring out why a social network such as Facebook would ever possibly want to add such a feature. It would seem contrary to their most basic philosophy—to allow “friends” to keep in touch. Explore further Citation: Researchers develop algorithm to maximize friendship acceptance by strangers on social networks (2013, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-algorithm-maximize-friendship-strangers-social.html 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.center_img (Phys.org) —A small team of computer scientists from Taiwan, the U.S. and China has developed an algorithm that aids a desire to manipulate an unknown social network user into accepting a friend request. The idea, as they describe in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, is to offer intelligent suggestions of other people to friend to create a mutual social circle of friends, which will increase the odds of the ultimate target agreeing to a friend request. © 2013 Phys.org How well do you know your friends? More information: Maximizing Acceptance Probability for Active Friending in On-Line Social Networks, arXiv:1302.7025 [cs.SI] arxiv.org/abs/1302.7025AbstractFriending recommendation has successfully contributed to the explosive growth of on-line social networks. Most friending recommendation services today aim to support passive friending, where a user passively selects friending targets from the recommended candidates. In this paper, we advocate recommendation support for active friending, where a user actively specifies a friending target. To the best of our knowledge, a recommendation designed to provide guidance for a user to systematically approach his friending target, has not been explored in existing on-line social networking services. To maximize the probability that the friending target would accept an invitation from the user, we formulate a new optimization problem, namely, emph{Acceptance Probability Maximization (APM)}, and develop a polynomial time algorithm, called emph{Selective Invitation with Tree and In-Node Aggregation (SITINA)}, to find the optimal solution. We implement an active friending service with SITINA in Facebook to validate our idea. Our user study and experimental results manifest that SITINA outperforms manual selection and the baseline approach in solution quality efficiently.via Arxiv Bloglast_img read more

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Drunken Trees – Two Surreal Forests that Abandon the Laws of Gravity

30 August 0

first_imgAmong the most unusual forests in the world, there is one in Russia called the Dancing Forest as well as one in Poland called the Crooked Forest. They appear somewhat similar, containing an array of pine trees marked for their strange growth, and many similar legends and theories have arisen to explain this remarkable occurrence. They are twisted and swirling, forming curls and spirals — an extraordinary sight.Crooked Forest, Poland. Photo by Artur Strzelczyk CC BY-SA 3.0Poland’s Crooked Forest, near the town of Gryfino in West Pomerania has  around 100 swirly pine trees planted sometime around 1930 (when the territory was still part of Germany).Crooked Forest, Poland. Photo by Kengi CC0 1.0Many people believe that some kind of tool or technique was used to purposefully make the trees grow this way, but these remain theories and the specific methods are not known. It has also been surmised that the trees may have been artificially deformed to create naturally curved wood for articles of furniture or boat building. Others think it may been a particularly vicious snowstorm which shaped the trees this way, but again, only theories exist.Dancing forest, Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia.As well in the Dancing Forest of Russia, the reasons why the trees have grown this way are unknown. It’s unlikely they were watered with vodka, but among locals, this forest is also known as the Drunken Forest.The Dancing Forest or the Drunken Forest, as you please, can be found on the Curonian Spit — a narrow sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea.Curonian Spit in Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia). Dancing Forest.The sandspit straddles the border between Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave overlooking the Baltic Sea, and Lithuania.Strange tree formations in the Dancing Forest, Russia.People planted the pines in the 1960s to help maintain the stability of the sand dunes.It is precisely this wobbly terrain that is considered as one possible reason for their crooked and deformed growth.Pine trees on the Curonian Spit in Kaliningrad Oblast.Several other theories have been put forward to explain the strange growth of the pine trees.Dancing Forest.Among the more accepted scientific ones is that an infection of the pine shoot moth — a pine plantation pest whose larvae burrow into and feed on developing buds — when the trees were very young could be the culprit.Image of dancing forest at Curonian spit in Kaliningrad region of Russia.While that may have caused the trees to initially have atypical growth, the pines as any other plant continued growing upwards, chasing the sunbeams.Their growth was improved in the process, but the early anomalies remained, giving the distorted tree forms.Dancing Forest. Photo by Юлия Антонова CC BY-SA 4.0Alternative theories point the finger to forceful winds, or perhaps humans who somehow did this to the pines on purpose.These strange trees have not failed to capture the imagination of local folks.Dancing forest, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia.One legend relates to a Prussian prince who one day was wandering in the forest when he heard an irresistible melody.The heart-warming music was coming from a beautiful young girl who was playing the lyre, seated in a forest clearing.Drunk forest in Curonian Spit, Russia. Photo by Nikater CC BY-SA 3.0The prince fell in love at first sight. He immediately proposed to the mysterious girl but she told him she can only marry someone who shares her Christian faith.The prince was willing to convert and become Christian but asked the girl to first demonstrate the prowess of her God, which is what the girl went on to do.Dancing forest, Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad.As she resumed playing the lyre again, the entire forest fell silent and the trees around them began dancing. The prince was persuaded and their story ends with a happy union.There are also some less joyful superstitious explanations of how the strange tree growth happened.Photo by Aleksandr Chazov CC BY-SA 4.0Some people believe that the forest is a place of confrontation between good and evil forces, and their energies are responsible for the contorted pines.The existence of so many explanations hints at how special this place is.Dancing forest, Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia.Unsurprisingly the Dancing Forest is part of a protected area. In 2000, the entire Curonian Spit, covering almost 61 miles, has been proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage Site and there is more to its curiosities than its strange forest.The region is part of an ancient migration route for birds. Each year millions of birds pass through the area on their way to reach Asia. In 1901, the world’s first ornithologist station was founded here and is still carrying out research on our feathered friends.Read another story from us: One of the Most Beautiful and Historic Falkland Islands is Now for SaleBesides birds, abundant wildlife keeps company with the strange crooked pines. There is moose, wild boar, and foxes among other forest creatures, each one of them adding their own bit of magic to the place.last_img read more

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Dr Richard Butler awarded the UNWTOs Ulysses Prize

16 August 0

first_imgThe 12th UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism has been awarded to Dr Richard Butler, Emeritus Scholar of the Strathclyde Business School, in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The Prize recognises the invaluable work of Dr Butler in areas of capacity building and sustainability in the tourism sector. His understanding of tourism, his insights as a geographer and his work in Canada led him to produce one of the most influential theories about tourism – the Tourism Area Life Cycle (TALC).The Prize will be presented to Dr Butler during the 12 UNWTO Awards Ceremony to be held next 20 January 2016 in collaboration with Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR / IFEMA).last_img read more

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