Hormone help Calgary Zoo hopes unusual step will result in healthy baby

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Staff at the Calgary Zoo have adopted an extraordinary measure in an effort to ensure a pregnant giraffe becomes a mother for the first time.Emara, a Masai giraffe, is expecting for the fourth time, but her previous pregnancies ended in two miscarriages and the death of a third calf with severe birth defects.Emara’s fecal samples, collected after the calf died, indicated a decrease in her progesterone levels throughout her pregnancy.The decline in the hormone is believed to have been the cause.So when zoo staff discovered last year that Emara was pregnant again, a decision was made to give her progesterone supplements.Zoo officials say there are no records of such treatment on a giraffe, although it has been successfully used on a rhinoceros.Progesterone supplements are commonly provided to women, as well as domestic animals, with a history of miscarriage.“Her zookeepers were devastated when Emara experienced two late- term miscarriages and, subsequently, a calf that died within 48 hours after birth in recent years,” said Dr. Doug Whiteside, senior staff veterinarian for the zoo.“Pregnancy issues is giraffes are rare so we have been working with specialists and zoos across North America to help Emara successfully become a mom.”Whiteside said Emara’s hormone levels have been in a good range and staff are optimistic she’ll have a healthy baby this time.Emara’s due date is in mid-October. The average gestation period of a giraffe is 15 months.“As soon as we see signs that she’s going into labour, then we’ll actually move her into one of the back bedroom areas, so she can be on her own, away from the other giraffes so they don’t disturb her.”Emara arrived at the Calgary Zoo in the summer of 2016 from the San Diego Zoo. (CTV Calgary)This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.last_img read more

UNESCO unveils winners of annual literacy awards

Literacy programmes in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United States won the 2011 International Literacy Prizes of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The awards, worth $20,000 each, will be distributed in September at International Literacy Day celebrations in New Delhi, India, the agency announced today.UNESCO identified the winners as: The National Literacy Service of Burundi won one of two King Sejong Literacy Prizes for its approach that links functional literacy to daily life issues and to topics related to peace and tolerance. The National Institute for the Education of Adults of Mexico won the other award for its Bilingual Literacy for Life programme, which has helped reduce illiteracy rates among indigenous populations, especially women, and for improving indigenous people’s ability to exercise their rights. The US-based Room to Read shared the Confucius Prize for Literacy for a programme on promoting gender equality and literacy through local language publishing. Operating in nine countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam and Zambia – the programme has assisted communities in developing culturally relevant reading materials in local and minority languages. Collectif Alpha Ujuvi in the DRC also won for its programme called Peaceful Coexistence of Communities and Good Governance in North Kivu, which attempts to resolve tensions and conflicts among individuals and communities through developing literacy. The agency said honourable mentions were also awarded to: Allah Bakhsh Malik, Secretary, Government of the Punjab, Pakistan, for leadership in the implementation of the Adult Education and Vocational Skills programme; and the City Literacy Coordinating Council, Tagum City, the Philippines, for its Peace Management Literacy and Continuing Education through its “Night Market” programme, which uses peace education activities, literacy teaching and business entrepreneurship to generate jobs for marginalized populations. 28 July 2011Literacy programmes in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United States won the 2011 International Literacy Prizes of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2390 1.2536 1.3500 1.3086 British Pound 1.6060 1.6161 1.7392 1.7360 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0114 0.0121 0.0127 Euro in U.S. 1.1880 1.1875 1.1216 1.1200 Euro in Cdn 1.4719 1.4887 1.5141 1.4656Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

Trade tribunal investigating allegation of bias in search for third shipyard

OTTAWA — A trade tribunal is investigating the federal government’s plan to add a third shipyard to its multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy over allegations the process is rigged in favour of a Quebec shipyard.Heddle Marine Services of Hamilton, Ont., first asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to launch an investigation last month, alleging some requirements needed to qualify for consideration seemed aimed at disqualifying all contenders except Quebec’s Chantier Davie.While the federal government later amended the requirements, Heddle nonetheless pushed ahead with its complaint and the tribunal confirms in a letter to the Ontario shipyard that it is looking into the matter.One question, however, is how far the tribunal will be able to delve into the case as the federal Liberals recently restricted the tribunal’s ability to review big-ticket government purchases that it deems to be of importance to national security.While the tribunal can’t say if the Liberals properly invoked the national security exemption, the government can wait until just before a contract is awarded to make such a designation and scuttle any review.The third yard will join Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan Marine in Vancouver in the federal government’s massive naval procurement process known as the national shipbuilding strategy, and will be tasked with building six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.The Canadian Press read more

UN chief condemns attack on school in Yemen that killed at least

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed “dismay” that civilians, including children, continue to bear the brunt of increased fighting and military operations in Yemen.Mr. Ban called for a swift investigation of this tragic event in the Sa’ada governorate and urges the parties to the ongoing conflict to take all necessary measures to prevent further violations of international humanitarian law and human rights and do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, the statement said.“The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen,” the statement said.The UN chief also called upon the parties to renew — without delay and in good faith — their engagement with his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in pursuit of a negotiated solution, the statement said.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also issued a statement on the killing of children in a religious school that also injured 21 others.“The children killed, aged between six and 14 years, were studying in a school in the Juma’a Bin Fadil village in Haydan,” the statement said, adding that the surviving children were being treated in a hospital in Sa’ada.With violence across the country intensifying over the past week, the number of children killed and injured by airstrikes, street fighting and landmines has grown sharply, the statement noted.“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to respect and abide by their obligations under international law,” including the obligation to only target combatants and limit harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, the statement said.Following nearly 16 months of conflict in Yemen, the cessation of hostilities was declared on 10 April. While peace talks between a Yemeni Government delegation and a delegation of the General People’s Congress and Ansar Allah have since continued, serious violations have occurred in Marib, al Jawf, Taiz and in the border areas with Saudi Arabia.On 6 August, the UN special envoy announced a one-month break for the talks, during which “the focus will be on working with each side separately to crystalize precise technical details.” read more

May car production down but CV production remains healthy

Total car production year to date (YTD) 2001 fell by 19.1 per centFor more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total car production in May 2001 fell by 17.7 per cent May car production down, but CV production remains healthyProduction figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that:

Tom Brady Dodges Bullet Will Play Against Bucs After

Tom Brady returned to practice after suffering a minor injury to his knee on Wednesday during a joint session with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The New England Patriots quarterback showed no weaknesses as the team wore just shells and helmets for Thursday’s practice. For precaution, Brady wore a brace on his knee, but he was able to operate as normal without setbacks.“He felt great back there, making all the throws, not hobbling around,” offensive lineman Logan Mankins said after the practice. “That’s always a good sign.”The thud session had no intense hitting or full contact and proved to be less strenuous than Wednesday’s full-pads practice when Brady was hurt. During 11-on-11 drills, the quarterback fell to the ground clutching his knee when left tackle Nate Solder was pushed into him. Brady returned to finish the drill but was carted off subsequently for an evaluation.“I didn’t let it affect my sleep,” Solder said with a laugh. “No, it’s part of the game, part of the game.”Brady declined to speak to the media as he walked off the field after Thursday’s practice. Sources say Brady will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night at Gillette Stadium in their second preseason game. read more

Neverbeforeseen footage shows unicorn of the sea using tusk as a club

first_imgPod of Narwhal in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada  A pod of narwhal whales swim in the Arctic Ocean Rod Downie, Head of Polar Programmes at WWF, said: “Narwhal are one of the most magical creatures on our planet. So it’s no surprise that they have gained an almost mythical status as the ‘unicorns of the sea’.“Previously we thought that narwhals used their tusks to joust with rivals and help them mate, or even a device for echolocation, but this new footage shows a behaviour that has never been seen before.“The narwhal is one of the least studied animals because it is so hard to get to the Arctic areas where it lives. So drones are helping us study its behaviour.” Pod of Narwhal in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, CanadaCredit: All Canada Photos / Alamy Stock Photo There are only 110,000 narwhals left in the wild Credit:David Fleetham / Alamy Stock Photo  A pod of narwhal whales swim in the Arctic OceanCredit: Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo As well as helping unravel the mystery of the narwhal tusk the footage also shows that narwhal feed on their summering grounds, which helps conservationists know which areas need protection from shipping or overfishing.  There are only around 110,000 narwhal left in the wild, and every summer three-quarters of the world’s population migrate to the Canadian sounds. But campaigners are concerned that melting Arctic sea ice could harm their environment.David Miller, President and CEO for WWF-Canada says: “This footage, while also stunning to watch, will play a significant role in the future of narwhal conservation.“As the Arctic warms and development pressure increases, it will be important to understand how narwhal are using their habitat during their annual migration.“With this information in hand, we can work to minimize the effects of human activities on narwhal.”center_img There are only 110,000 narwhals left in the wild For hundreds of years the mysterious narwhal, with its strange protruding tusk, has captivated the imagination of mariners.But its baffling ‘horn’ has remained a puzzle, with some scientists thinking it may allow the mammal to joust with rivals, while others believe it could be a tool of echolocation, or even an ice pick. The tusk is actually a canine tooth which spirals anti-clockwise up to nine feet forward from the head of adult males and contains thousands of nerve endings which help narwhal sense tiny movements around them. Tusks washing up on the shore are thought to have inspired tales of unicorns. Now footage captured using aerial drones has found that the narwhals actually use the tusk to stun Arctic cod, rendering them immobile and thus easier to capture and eat.The record of never-before-seen behaviour was released by the WWF who were monitoring a group of narwhals in Tremblay sound, Nunavut, Canada alongside Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 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

Ausdrill contract win to generate A75 million over three years in Fortescues

first_imgAusdrill has received a Letter of Intent from Fortescue Metals Group for the award of a mining services contract at Fortescue’s Solomon iron ore project, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ausdrill will provide Reverse Circulation (RC) Grade Control and Resource Development Drilling at the Solomon Hub, using up to six drills in order to define the initial three years of ore production. The contract, which is expected to commence in October 2011, will generate approximately A$75million in revenue over 36 months.As part of an overall strategy to provide a full service offering to the mining industry, Ausdrill is examining options for the establishment of a new division providing underground mining services within Australia. Ausdrill’s expansion plans include consideration of establishing an underground contract mining division as a start-up or by way of acquisition of contractors currently in the market. Ausdrill has investigated a possible acquisition of Barminco but was unable to come to terms with its owners.Commenting on the two developments, Ausdrill Managing Director, Ron Sayers, said: “We are pleased that Ausdrill continues to be a provider of mining services to aid in the expansion of the iron ore industry in the Pilbara. Due to the increasing level of activity in the region, we believe there are significant opportunities to provide further services to the industry to new and existing customers. We also remain focussed on expanding our service offering to the resources industry in a way that will create shareholder value.”Ausdrill is a diversified mining services company. Since its formation in Kalgoorlie in 1987, Ausdrill has grown significantly and now has operations across Australia, Africa and the UK. Ausdrill is a leader in providing services in contract mining, grade control, drill & blast, exploration, mineral analysis, procurement & logistics and manufacturing. The Ausdrill Group employs over 4,000 staff worldwide.last_img read more

Ausenco wins contract for Kazakhmys 18 billion copper project in Kazakhstan

first_imgAusenco has been awarded a A$45 million Create phase engineering services contract for the $1.8 billion Bozshakol copper project owned by Kazakhmys. Ausenco Minerals and Metals business will be providing engineering services for the concentrator plant that is expected to have a throughput of around 28 28 Mt/y. The Bozshakol copper project is located on a greenfield site near the village of Bozshakol, approximately 220km northeast of Astana in northeast Kazakhstan. On September 8, 2011 Ausenco announced it had received a Letter of Intent to deliver two projects (Bozshakol and Bozymchak) worth A$70 million in revenue. Bozshakol is the second of these projects and the contract has now been signed.Bozshakol is located close to existing power, transportation and other infrastructure. The deposit has a Mineral Resource of 1,173 Mt at an average grade of 0.35% Cu, including 832 Mt of Measured and Indicated Resource with an average copper grade of 0.37%. The orebody contains valuable byproducts of gold and molybdenum. It will have a production life of over 40 years, with average output of 75,000 t/y of copper in concentrate, although the production will average 100,000 t for the first 14 years. At current prices, Bozshakol has a highly competitive operating cost, in the second quartile for copper mines globally.Bozshakol will have a three year development phase, which will start by the end of 2011, slightly ahead of schedule. Pre-production mining will begin in 2014, with the first ore to be processed at the associated concentrator during 2015. The project has a capital cost in the region of $1.8 billion, and is being funded from the existing $2.7 billion financing facility provided by the China Development Bank and Samruk-Kazyna.When it was announced in August, Bozshakol was the largest single mine development in Kazakhstan by both volume and value and will employ around 1,500 people at peak construction activity in the development stage, and slightly over 1,500 people when operational.Ausenco CEO Zimi Meka said the contract win further builds the company’s relationship with Kazakhmys and increased its footprint in the high growth region of Central Asia. “We’re excited about the opportunities ahead of us and look forward to working with the owner teams to deliver these important projects.Kazakhmys is a leading international natural resources group with significant interests in copper, gold, zinc, silver, power generation. It is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top worldwide with 17 operating mines, 10 concentrators and 2 copper smelters. It had revenues of $3.2 billion in 2010 with Group EBITDA (excluding special items) of $2.8 billion. The Group employs some 61,000 people, principally in Kazakhstan.Ore extraction of 25,003,000 t in the first nine months of 2011 was in line with the same period in 2010. Ore output declined slightly across all regions in Q3 2011 and was just 2% below Q2 2011. The average copper grade over the first nine months was 1.01% Cu, in line with earlier guidance, compared to 1.10% Cu in the same period of 2010. The main factor was the declining  grade at the mature mines in the Zhezkazgan Region. Central Region also saw a decline in grade, due to a combination of operations moving to less mineral rich areas and natural depletion. The average copper grade is likely to remain at around 1.00% for the rest of 2011.The combination of stable ore output and lower grades in the first nine months of 2011 against the comparative period, led to a 7% reduction in metal in ore mined. The lower level of metal in ore mined is reflected in the production of copper in own concentrate of 229,900 t. Production of copper in concentrate during the first nine months of 2011, and the comparative period, benefited from the reprocessing of waste material from the Balkhash furnaces and converters. Waste material will continue to be available for reprocessing throughout 2012. Copper cathode equivalent production from own concentrate in the first nine months was 226,900 t, 5% below the corresponding period reflecting the lower concentrate production but partially offset by a release of work in progress carried over from 2010. The production of 73,900 t of copper cathode equivalent in Q3 2011 was 6% below the previous quarter, reflecting the 5% decrease in own copper in concentrate production. The Group remains on track to meet its 2011 production target of 300,000 t of copper cathode equivalent.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEvery morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #TAX INVERSION: US President Barack Obama has blasted Ireland’s tax regime. He said that US companies setting up here were using “unpatriotic tax loopholes” and accused them of renouncing their citizenship2. #WEST BANK: A Palestinian man was killed and 150 others wounded last night during a massive protest in the West Bank against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza3. #LAOIS: Two people have died in a collision between a motorbike and van in Laois 4. #CORK: A post mortem is due to be carried out on the body of a newborn found yesterday in Cork city. 5. #BONUSES: The Central Bank has warned that financial institutions are ‘failing’ to identify the risk of awarding bonuses for higher sales. This means customers could be sold inappropriate products. 6. #STRIKE: Siptu workers at Irish Rail will hold a one-day strike next month, the Irish Independent reports. The industrial action will take place on August 25, a day after pay cuts are introduced.7. #MALI: The wreckage of a missing Air Algerie flight has been found, but the fate of the 116 people onboard is still unknown. 8. #BOOZERS: The Chairman of JD Wetherspoon has said that Irish pubs need to lower their prices to survive. Tim Martin told DailyEdge.ie that he doesn’t think his chain’s arrival is the death knell for the traditional Irish pub. 9. #SOMETHING FISHY: Preliminary results suggest that some shops and restaurants could still be mislabelling fish. The scale of the issue is not yet known.last_img read more

Trade unions rally against new austerity package

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Trade unions reported large-scale participation on the first day of a 48-hour nationwide strike against the latest package of austerity cuts and new taxes.According to the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants’ union federation ADEDY – the two umbrella trade union organisations representing the majority of the countrys work force in the private and public sectors – participation in the strike ranged from 90 to 100 percent in all sectors.They claimed full participation in the strike at shipyards, the transport sector, ships and ports, while there was 90 percent participation among construction, hotel, commerce and metal workers.Two rallies were held in central Athens, one organised by GSEE and ADEDY at Pedion tou Areos and another organised by the Communist Party-affiliated trade union group PAME in Omonia Square.Among those at the GSEE-ADEDY rally was main opposition Syriza party Alexis Tsipras, who called for an immediate snap election and launched harsh criticism against the coalition government.“The three-party consortium has converted Parliament into a chamber for the ratification of the troika’s proposals and has turned the country over to its creditors,” Tsipras said.The PAME rally in Omonia was attended by Communist Party (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga, who called for “systematic and well-organised disobedience and refusal to conform, not just with the government’s decisions but with the system in general”.After the end of the GSEE-ADEDY rally, roughly 40,000 protestors marched to Parliament in order to present a protest resolution to the Parliament president and representatives of the political parties.The strike will continue on Wednesday, when trade unions will hold another rally at Syntagma Square beginning at 5pm.According to sources, trade unions are also gearing up for work stoppages on November 14, a day of strike action throughout Europe.Protest rallies and marches against the omnibus bill and the new austerity measures were also held in towns and cities in other areas of Greece on Tuesday, including Hania and Iraklio on the island of Crete and Thessaloniki.The rallies and marches on Tuesday were held against a backdrop of strike action that had virtually paralysed Athens’ public transport system and included buses, trains, trams and taxis. Flights were disrupted due to an air-traffic controllers’ work stoppage, while journalists followed up a 24-hour strike on Monday with a work stoppage and news blackout from 10am to 2.30pm on Tuesday.State hospitals were working with a skeleton staff, courts were closed, while lawyers and civil engineers were continuing a protracted abstention from official business. Other unions that held strikes included those of high-school teachers, dentists, public utility companies, seamen and even retailers.Strike action will continue throughout the country on Wednesday, with the Metro and ISAp electric railway running from 3pm till the end of the shift to facilitate participation of strikers in the 5pm rally on Syntagma Square.The government on Monday tabled in parliament the long-awaited austerity package containing a €13.5bn mix of cuts and tax hikes. MPs will now debate the legislation in a fast-track procedure that will end in a roll-call vote on Wednesday night. Then, on Sunday, parliament will vote on the draft budget for 2013. Source: Athens News/dv, AMNAlast_img read more

Greek olive oils on worlds best olive oil lists for 2017

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Selected Greek extra virgin olive oils have been recognised as some of the most highly awarded olive oils in the world because of their success in international olive oil competitions in 2017. Greek olive oil companies view these distinctions as an affirmation of their teams’ hard work, passion, and continuous endeavours to produce high quality olive oil.“Created to promote the most awarded” extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs) worldwide, the EVOO World Ranking (EVOOWR) 2017, according to its website, “is part of the World Ranking of WAWWJ (World Association of Journalists and Writers of Wines, Liquors and others).” It recognises the extra virgin olive oils that won the most prizes in the 30 international olive oil competitions held last year that the EVOOWR committee considers most noteworthy, based on the WAWWJ’s classification of each competition’s importance. EVOOWR lists multiple award winners in a number of categories, including extra virgin olive oils, olive oil-producing societies, and various countries and olive varieties. In 2017, according to EVOOWR, “Greece won 213 awards in 13 contests” and obtained 13 EVOO of the Year distinctions. Greece excelled with the Koroneiki variety, capturing the majority of distinctions for it, produced all the best Kolovi and Manaki variety EVOOs listed, as well as noteworthy EVOOs of other less common varieties, and earned distinction for a number of flavoured olive oils. Hellenic Agricultural Enterprises Ltd (HAE) was ranked one of the Top 100 [Olive Oil-Producing] Societies in the World, as well as being judged the Best Society of Greece for EVOOWR 2017, with nine awards in four contests last year. HAE’s ACAIA Kolovi was among the top extra virgin olive oils of the year, ACAIA flavoured Lemon and Oregano one of the best flavoured oils, ACAIA the very best EVOO produced from Kolovi olives, and Aeolian Olive the third best Kolovi.HAE’s Ellie Tragakes is honoured to be in a position to champion Greek olive oil worldwide and equally proud of having won the Best of Greece awards a number of times, an honour that she says is reflected in their ranking as the Best Society for EVOOWR 2017 of Greece. Tragakes says, “It is very gratifying to be recognised globally, particularly as a company with more than one brand,” ACAIA, Aeolian Olive, and L&KO organic EVOO. She does not believe there is any real secret to success, just dedicated teamwork, hard work, and constant attention to detail, over and over again.Jordan Olivenoel Natives Bio was designated the Best EVOO of Greece for EVOOWR 2017 and one of the EVOOs of the Year for 2017. While Bastian Jordan believes what is most important is for customers to like it most, he says that it’s always nice if someone congratulates you for your work.Jordan revealed that he grew up with his grandfather showing him how the olive harvest worked in their own olive groves, and throughout the years it grew on him.”To become good at what you do, you must be passionate about it and love it – as well as working hard and permanently questioning the status quo, while only accepting the best quality,” he says. Cristina Stribacu of LIÁ Cultivators was delighted and very proud of LIÁ’s ranking as the world’s best extra virgin olive oil from the Koroneiki olive variety, as well as one of the EVOOs of the Year. She believes LIÁ’s high scores in the EVOO World Ranking for the last four years show “how accurate and good a job LIÁ Cultivators do.” Even so, Stribacu emphasises, “we still have to work very hard to successfully meet our future goals with nonstop attention to every single detail every moment, every day.” She says the secrets to their success are “our land, our trees, our love, our passion, our expertise, our team, our partners, and foremost our creative spirit, which never stops learning!” With his Syllektikon EVOO with Orange, Lemon, and Thyme ranked second in the world for Flavoured Olive Oil, and his Fyllikon ranked among the best Koroneikis, George Sakellaropoulos of Sakellaropoulos Organic Farming feels this recognition is a great honour, both “personally as a producer as well as for my country, Greece.” For him, the key factor for success is this: “I love what I do, and I do it with great joy and satisfaction,” focusing on “producing high quality olive oil that provides health benefits as well as great flavour.” Moreover, Sakellaropoulos is always interested in creating new and innovative products, through trial and error, never giving up and always looking ahead. This includes extra healthy organic table olives that have produced “astonishing results” in research studies. Commenting on the ranking of Mani Bläuel Greek Organic as the world’s third-best EVOO from the Koroneiki variety and one of the EVOOs of the Year, Silvia Lazzari of Friedrich Bläuel & Co Ltd said that her company always aims for the best possible quality from all points of view: low acidity, top sensory qualities, and the healthiest possible product, with its excellent properties preserved all year round through ideal storage conditions. They attain this result through patience and perseverance, as well as “good communications and mutually supportive partnerships with all parties involved in production, bottling, and distribution of olive oil,” and with satisfied customers.Lazzari recommends such a focus on relationships, support, and communication for other companies as well. Jordan encourages everyone to remain “honest and straightforward.” Stribacu reminds producers that “extra virgin olive oil does not mean only low acidity, but also the right organoleptic characteristics,” so that “it is important to have an accredited laboratory do a sensorial analysis.” In all cases, it is clear that hard work and dedication to quality contributes to Greek olive oil companies’ success.GREEK EVOOs OF THE YEAR 2017Jordan Olivenoel GMBH/Jordan Olivenoel Natives Bio/Blend LIÁ Cultivators/LIÁ Premium/Koroneiki Hellenic Agricultural Enterprises Ltd/ACAIA/Kolovi Friedrich Bläuel & Co Ltd/Mani Bläuel Greek Organic/Koroneiki Greka Icons SA/Navarino Icons Koroneiki/Koroneiki Oliorama & Co GP/Oliorama Exclusive Bio PGI Olympia/Koroneiki Kidonakis Bros/Oleum Crete Bio/Koroneiki Olympus Olive Oil/Olympus Olive Oil/Koroneiki Ellindor Private Company/Ellindor/Koroneiki Terra Creta SA/Terra Creta Estate Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Koroneiki Olympian Green International SA/Olympian Green Oly Oil Traditional/Koroneiki Osis – G Koropoulis & Sia EE/Maleas/Koroneiki Gaea Products SA/Gaea Estate Vranas/Blend Article originally published by Greek Liquid Gold: Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil at greekliquidgold.com See that site for recipes with olive oil, photos from Greece, and olive oil news and information.last_img read more

Psoriasis la consommation de bière accroîtrait le risque

first_imgPsoriasis : la consommation de bière accroîtrait le risqueMonde – Le journal Archives of Dermatology vient de publier les résultats d’une étude montrant un lien entre consommation de bière et risque de psoriasis.Des chercheurs et dermatologues américains mènent une étude sur le psoriasis depuis 1991, sur une population de plus de 80.000 femmes âgées de 27 à 44 ans. Les participantes ont répondu à un questionnaire tous les deux ans, concernant leurs habitudes de consommation d’alcool, et leur diagnostic de psoriasis. Selon leurs réponses, les chercheurs ont établi un lien entre la consommation régulière de bière non légère et un risque accru de développer un psoriasis.À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolCette maladie de peau a deux fois plus de chance de se développer chez les femmes buvant 5 verres de bière forte par semaine. En revanche, la consommation de bière légère ou de vin n’aurait pas d’incidence sur le déclenchement de la maladie.Les scientifiques à l’origine de l’étude précisent que le facteur aggravant contenu dans la bière n’est pas l’alcool, mais l’orge et plus particulièrement le gluten qu’il contient.Le 18 août 2010 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ore Wash coasts brace for tsunami waves

first_imgSEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Residents living near beaches along the Oregon coast evacuated their homes Friday morning, and gift shops and other businesses stayed shuttered as a tsunami surged across the Pacific following a massive earthquake in Japan.Some evacuees in Seaside drove into a hilly area overlooking town to wait for the predicted big waves, which were expected to hit the Oregon coast between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.Restaurants, gift shops and other businesses in the tourist town were shuttered, and hotels were evacuated.Evacuations were reported in parts of several coastal communities.Streams of eastbound traffic were reported on some roads near the coast as residents sought higher ground, and long lines were reported at some gas stations.Coastal communities were bracing for waves of up to 6 feet that could cause damage.Schools up and down the coast were closed.Gov. John Kitzhaber issued a statement urging “all Oregonians along the coast to heed tsunami alarms and follow instructions from public safety officials about heading to higher ground.”Kitzhaber added, “Our thoughts are with the people of Japan.”Emergency management officials have been up all night making preparations after getting word of the tsunami. The Red Cross of Southwest Washington announced at its Real Heroes Breakfast shelter space has been prepared for up to 300 people.last_img read more

Amazon To Lower Whole Foods Prices Starting Monday

first_img Whole Foods lovers, rejoice: New parent company Amazon will begin lowering prices on grocery items starting Monday.The same day its $13.7 billion acquisition closes, the e-commerce giant plans to cut costs of organic fruit, vegetables, meat, spreads, etc.“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable to everyone,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement, tipping cheaper bananas, salmon, eggs, and ground beef, among other popular products.“And this is just the beginning,” Wilke announced.Fresh produce at Whole Foods Market (via Whole Foods)Following “certain technical integration work,” Amazon Prime will become Whole Foods’ customer rewards program, supplying members with special savings and other in-store benefits.“It’s been our mission for 39 years at Whole Foods Market to bring the highest quality food to our customers,” co-founder and CEO John Mackey said. “By working together with Amazon and integrating in several key areas, we can … double down on that mission and reach more people.”Don’t expect any major changes to the Whole Foods Market you know and love: The international supermarket chain continues to “support and promote local products and suppliers,” according to Mackey, who will go on running the company from its Austin, Texas, headquarters.The acquisition means more than brand bargains: Amazon Lockers are expected to appear in select Whole Food Markets, allowing shoppers to pick up or return Amazon.com items at their local brick-and-mortar store.365 Organic products (via Whole Foods)Plus, Whole Foods’ private label products—365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws, Whole Catch—will be available through Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry, and Prime Now.“There is significant work and opportunity ahead, and we’re thrilled to get started,” Wilke said.Amazon in June announced it would acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion.Nearly 40 years old, the grocery chain boasts more than 460 stores in the US, Canada, and the UK.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them last_img read more

Worms from hell identified far below the Earths surface

first_img Halicephalobus mesphisto was named after Mesphistopheles which is the literary nickname for the Devil. It was located in a mine some 1.3 km (0.8 miles) below the surface where the temperatures reach 37C (98.6F). This was believed to be a higher temperature than most nematodes could tolerate. H. mephisto measures 0.5mm and eats films of bacteria. It was found in the Beatrix gold mine some 240 kilometers southwest of Johannesburg.The Driefontein mines revealed two more nematode species. Plectus aquatilis and another unkown species from the Monhysterid order were located at 0.9 km (0.55 miles) below the surface at a temperature of 24C (75.2F).The most amazing discovery came from the Tau Tona mine where researchers discovered DNA from another unknown monhysterid. This DNA was recovered from some 3.6 km (2.24 miles) below the surface where temperatures reach 48C (118.4F).In order to rule out contamination and the possibility these nematodes were from closer to the surface, Borgonie tested the water’s chemical composition that the nematode was collected in and found levels of oxygen, sulphur, and other chemicals that were expected to have come from the source location. He used carbon dating and determined that the water had been isolated from the earth’s surface for 3,000 to 12,000 years. (PhysOrg.com) — In a study published this week in Nature, researchers Gaetan Borgonie from Ghent University in Belgium and Tullis Onstott from Princeton University announced the discovery of new nematode species living kilometers below the earth in several South African mines. Nematodes had been previously found much closer to the surface, but this discovery of deep-dwelling nematodes, or roundworms, are the first multicellular organisms to ever be found at these depths. Halicephalobus mephisto worm. Image credit: Gaetan Borgonie/University of Ghent 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. Citation: Worms from hell identified far below the Earth’s surface (2011, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-worms-hell-earth-surface.html More information: Nematoda from the terrestrial deep subsurface of South Africa, Nature 474, 79–82 (02 June 2011) doi:10.1038/nature09974AbstractSince its discovery over two decades ago, the deep subsurface biosphere has been considered to be the realm of single-cell organisms, extending over three kilometres into the Earth’s crust and comprising a significant fraction of the global biosphere. The constraints of temperature, energy, dioxygen and space seemed to preclude the possibility of more-complex, multicellular organisms from surviving at these depths. Here we report species of the phylum Nematoda that have been detected in or recovered from 0.9–3.6-kilometre-deep fracture water in the deep mines of South Africa but have not been detected in the mining water. These subsurface nematodes, including a new species, Halicephalobus mephisto, tolerate high temperature, reproduce asexually and preferentially feed upon subsurface bacteria. Carbon-14 data indicate that the fracture water in which the nematodes reside is 3,000–12,000-year-old palaeometeoric water. Our data suggest that nematodes should be found in other deep hypoxic settings where temperature permits, and that they may control the microbial population density by grazing on fracture surface biofilm patches. Our results expand the known metazoan biosphere and demonstrate that deep ecosystems are more complex than previously accepted. The discovery of multicellular life in the deep subsurface of the Earth also has important implications for the search for subsurface life on other planets in our Solar System. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Possible new hope for crops battling parasitic infection Explore furtherlast_img read more

Best Practices in Go GUI Development Tutorial

first_imgSeparation of concerns is closely related to the Single Responsibility Principle introduced by Robert C. Martin in his principles of Object Oriented Design, which state that: “A class should have one, and only one, reason to change.” –Robert C. Martin In this respect, concerns have a wider scope than responsibilities, typically influencing your application’s design and architecture rather than individual classes or interfaces. Separation of concerns is essential in a graphical application to correctly detach your easily-tested logic from the presentation code, which manages user interaction. This article is an excerpt taken from the book Hands-On GUI Application Development in Go. This book covers the benefits and complexities of building native graphical applications, the procedure for building platform and developing graphical Windows applications using Walk. In this article, we will learn certain aspects of best practices that make it easier to maintain and grow GUI-based applications. This article covers separation of concerns, test-driving UI development and much more. By separating the concerns of an application, it is easier to test subcomponents and check the validity of our software without even needing to run the application. In doing so, we create more robust applications that can adapt to changes in requirements or technology over time. For example, the graphical toolkit that you choose for your application should not be incorporated into, or impact the design of, your business logic. Suggested application structure As you plan the development of your application, consider how the core concerns could be separated to maintain flexibility. The following suggested structure should provide some inspiration: project/ The root of the project structure. This package should define the interfaces and utility functions used by the rest of the project. These files should not depend on any sub-packages. project/logic/ This package will contain most of your application logic. Careful consideration should be given to which functions and types are exposed, as they will form the API that the rest of your application will depend upon. There may be multiple packages that contain application logic as you separate the application’s concerns. An alternative, domain-specific term may be preferred to logic. project/storage/ Most applications will rely upon a data source of some kind. This package will define one or many possible data sources. They will conform to an interface in the top-level project so that data access can be passed between packages of the project. project/gui/ This package is the only place where your graphical toolkit should be imported. It is responsible for loading your application GUI and responding to user events. It will probably access data provided by a storage package set from the application runner. project/cmd/appname/ The Go convention for application binaries is that they reside within a cmd/appname sub-package. The actual package for this directory will be main, and it will contain, minimal code that is required to load and run the main application defined within the other packages. It will probably initialize a storage system, load the application logic, and instruct the graphical interface to load. When writing tests in each of these packages, they will focus on the functionality of the current package. The logic package should have very high unit-test coverage, whereas the storage package may rely more on integration testing. The gui package, which is often considered the hardest to test, could directly import the logic package in its tests, but should probably not include the main storage package to validate its functionality. Following a sensible structure will aid significantly in making your application testable, as many developers are probably already aware. It is often much harder, however, to test the graphical portions of an application. Designing your application to be unit-testable from the beginning will often result in a code base that is better organized and will naturally lead to code that is easier to understand and change. Let’s take a look at what Test-driven Development (TDD) can teach us about building graphical interfaces. Test-driving UI development The effort required to automatically test user interfaces or frontend software is often debated as being far too expensive for the value it returns in avoiding future bugs. However, this is largely rooted in the toolkits being utilized or even the presentation technologies chosen. Without full support for testing in the development tools or graphical APIs, it can indeed be difficult to create simple unit tests without a huge effort. As seen frequently in web-based environments (and some native test frameworks), the only remaining possibility is to run the application and execute test scripts that will perform the validation. They will typically control the user input, simulating mouse actions and keyboard taps, and monitor the resulting behavior of the application under test. If, however, your application and GUI toolkit are architected with testing in mind (for example, using separation of concerns), automated tests should be possible with far less overhead. Designed to be testable When setting out the components within a project’s UI code (as illustrated in the gui sub-package), care should be taken to define types and classes that have a single responsibility and a clear API. Doing so will make it easier to load and test individual components with the standard Go testing tools. If smaller components can be tested, we can avoid launching the whole application and the required test runners, therefore making the testing process much faster. When a test suite runs quickly, it can be run more frequently and extended more easily, leading to higher test coverage and greater confidence in the software quality. For a practical example, let’s look at the GoMail compose dialog and its Send button. Clearly, the dialog box should perform all sorts of validation before sending, and if they pass then send the email. Validation can easily be tested with normal unit tests, but verifying that the send button correctly sends a new email will require the user interface to be tested. In the following example, we will load the compose window, enter some data, and simulate the Send button being pressed. By using a test email server, as used through each of the GoMail examples, we can check that the email has been sent by the user interface without needing to communicate with a real email server. Example application test As the tests are in the same package, we can test internal function definitions rather than relying on exported APIs—this is common with UI code as long as the application is not large enough to warrant separate packages or libraries. We start by adding the test imports; testing is required for go test code and github.com/stretchr/testify/assert provides helpful assertion functionality. We also import the client email library created for our GoMail examples and finally the Fyne test package, fyne.io/fyne/test: package mainimport ( “testing” “fyne.io/fyne/test” “github.com/PacktPublishing/Hands-On-GUI-Application-Development-in-Go/client” “github.com/stretchr/testify/assert”) Now we can add a test method using the recommended naming pattern of Test_(); normally, the function would be a function name, but here we refer to the button title or its action. In the first part of the function, we set up the compose window for testing by calling newCompose() and passing it a test application (returned from test.NewApp()). We then prepare the state for our test—we record the size of the server outbox and set up an OnClosed handler that will report when the window is closed. Finally, we simulate typing an email address into the compose.to field using test.Type(): func TestCompose_Send(t *testing.T) { server := client.NewTestServer() compose := newCompose(test.NewApp(), server) ui := compose.loadUI() pending := len(server.Outbox) closed := false ui.SetOnClosed(func() { closed = true }) address := “test@example.com” test.Type(compose.to, address) …} Once the setup code is complete, we can implement the main test. This starts by using test.Tap() to tap the compose.send button, which should cause an email to be sent. We first verify that the window was closed after the email send completes (the OnClosed handler we added records this). Then we check that there is one more email in the server.Outbox than before. If these tests pass, we will move to the final check. The email that was sent is extracted from the outbox so we can examine its content. With one final assertion, we verify that the email address matched what we typed into the To input box: func TestCompose_Send(t *testing.T) { … test.Tap(compose.send) assert.True(t, closed) assert.Equal(t, pending + 1, len(server.Outbox)) email := server.Outbox[len(server.Outbox)-1] assert.Equal(t, address, email.ToEmailString())} Running the preceding test will load the user interface in memory, execute the setup code, and run the tests, and then exit with the results. We run the following test with -v to see each test that is run rather than just a summary. You will notice that testing in this way takes very little time (go test reports 0.00 seconds for the test and 0.004 seconds in total); therefore, many more tests could be run on a regular basis to verify the application’s behavior: Running the user interface test took very little time When running the tests, you may notice that this test does not cause any window to be displayed on your computer screen. This is a design feature of many test frameworks for GUI toolkits – it is much faster to run the application without displaying it for test purposes. This is often called headless mode and is very useful when running automated tests as part of a continuous integration process. Continuous integration for GUIs Continuous integration (the regular merging of a team’s work-in-progress code to be automatically tested) has become commonplace in software development teams. Adding this process to your team workflow is shown to highlight issues earlier in the development process, which leads to fixing issues faster and, ultimately, better-quality software. A critical part of this is the automation of tests that exercise the whole of the source code, which includes the graphical user interface. Approaches to GUI test automation It is important to organize your code into logical components for development and testing. Using the framework test features (or external support libraries) smaller components can more easily be verified through simple tests. The Go language’s built-in support for testing has meant that test coverage is improving; in fact, the popular Go library list, on Awesome, asks that libraries have a test coverage of at least 80%! If your chosen framework does not provide the necessary support, it is still possible to automate functional testing. The technique involves running the application from a test script that then performs simulated user actions on the host computer. This is not ideal as it requires the application to be visible on the screen and for the test script to take control of the keyboard and mouse – but it is better than having no GUI testing in place. To work around this inconvenience, it is possible to load a virtual frame buffer (an off-screen display area) in which to run the application. This technique basically creates an invisible screen to which the application can draw. Avoiding external dependencies One thing to be aware of when testing an application, or portions of it, is that there may be external systems involved. A file browser may rely on network connections for some of its work, or an instant messenger app is going to need a server to handle sending and receiving messages. If your code has been organized carefully to separate its concerns, you will already have used interfaces to define the interactions between different components. If this approach is taken, we can use dependency injection to provide alternative implementations for areas of an application that should not be included in automated testing. When code is properly decoupled from the components that it relies on, it’s possible to load different versions of an application for testing. In this manner, we can avoid relying on any external systems or causing permanent changes to a data store. Let’s look at a trivial example, a Storage interface is defined that will be used to read and write files from a disk: type Storage interface { Read(name string) string Write(name, content string)} There is an application runner that invokes permanent storage and uses it to write and then read a file: func runApp(storage Storage) { log.Println(“Writing README.txt”) storage.Write(“README.txt”, “overwrite”) log.Println(“Reading README.txt”) log.Println(storage.Read(“README.txt”))}func main() { runApp(NewPermanentStorage())} Clearly, this application will cause whatever was in an existing README.txt file to be overwritten with the contents of overwrite. If we assume, for example, that this is the desired behavior, we probably don’t want this external system (the disk) to be affected by our tests. Because we have designed the storage to conform to an interface, our test code can include a different storage system that we can use in tests, as follows: type testStorage struct { items map[string]string}func (t *testStorage) Read(name string) string { return t.items[name]}func (t *testStorage) Write(name, content string) { t.items[name] = content}func newTestStorage() Storage { store := &testStorage{} store.items = make(map[string]string) return store} Following this addition, we can test our application’s runApp function without the risk of overwriting real files: import ( “testing” “github.com/stretchr/testify/assert”)func TestMain_RunApp(t *testing.T) { testStore := newTestStorage() runApp(testStore) newFile := testStore.Read(“README.txt”) assert.Equal(t, “overwrite”, newFile)} When running this test, you will see that we get the expected result, and should also notice that no real files have changed. See that our TestMain_RunApp completed successfully without writing to our disk In this article, we explored some of the tips and techniques for managing a GUI-based application written with Go. We have learned about the separation of concerns, test-driving UI development and much more. To know more about managing specific platforms with Go, check out the book Hands-On GUI Application Development in Go. Read Next GitHub releases Vulcanizer, a new Golang Library for operating Elasticsearch State of Go February 2019 – Golang developments report for this month released The Golang team has started working on Go 2 proposalslast_img read more

Cubas Raul Castro visiting trading partner China

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top holiday drink recipes Comments   Share   Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates BEIJING (AP) – Cuban leader Raul Castro is in China for talks with President Hu Jintao and other leaders, his first visit to his country’s key trading partner since taking office as president.Castro arrived Wednesday for a four-day visit. Cuban state media said he was accompanied by senior Cabinet official Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. Neither side has said what issues are to be discussed. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Castro visited Vietnam and China while defense minister, a post he held from 1959 until he replaced his older brother Fidel as president in 2008. He is to visit Vietnam again after leaving China.While the three nations are among the last Communist-ruled countries in the world, China has opened broadly to private business and has thrived economically while Cuba remains largely poor. During a 1997 trip to China, Raul Castro spoke approvingly of its mixture of socialism and market liberalization.Cuba is China’s biggest commercial partner in the Caribbean. Beijing helped prop up the Cuban economy after the withdrawal of Russian aid in the 1990s. Bilateral trade totaled $1.8 billion in 2010, state-run website Cubadebate said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more