New DirecTV series Ice Season 1 starring Cam Gigandet and Jeremy Sisto

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Ice is a 10-episode drama for DirecTV’s Audience Network set in Los Angeles that was originally picked up for a straight to series order in the fall of 2014. It was expected to go into production last spring, but is now set to begin in the Vancouver area today.Ice Season 1 revolves around the dark underground behind the city’s diamond-dealing industry; hence its appropriate title ‘Ice’. The series stars Cam Gigandet (The O.C., Twilight) and Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory, Law & Order) who play half-brothers Jake and Freddy Green respectively. They’re joined by Raymond J. Barry (The Purge: Election Year, The 100) who plays their father, Isaac Green. Together, the trio have to navigate the family jewelry business through gang confrontations, deals gone bad and the feds. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Subway work irks Indigenous rights advocate in Montreal

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsMontreal is spending a lot money to tear down a subway entrance that offers the city’s homeless shelter from bad weather.The entrance is near Cabot Square, a downtown park popular with Inuit.Some say the money should be spent better.last_img

Deadly virus threatening livestock in Morocco warns UN agency

9 September 2008A deadly viral disease is threatening to kill millions of sheep and goats in Morocco, endangering the local economy and neighbouring countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. A deadly viral disease is threatening to kill millions of sheep and goats in Morocco, endangering the local economy and neighbouring countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. FAO is helping Morocco deal with the outbreak of peste des petits ruminants (PPR), which is a highly contagious disease among domestic goats and sheep and transmitted through close contact.So far there are 133 known cases of the disease in 29 provinces of the North African country. But FAO fears that trading in livestock will markedly increase with the onset of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid Al-Adha, set for December, causing the outbreak to spiral out of control. The 17 million sheep and 5 million goat populations in Morocco play an important role in supporting the livelihoods of millions of families. “These outbreaks can lead to serious economic losses, aggravated by imposed sanitary measures, controls on livestock movement and trade restrictions,” FAO said in a press release.“In the event that the present scenario evolves to higher mortality, the livelihoods of the affected herders would severely be at risk,” warned FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech.Mortality rates in infected animals can reach 80 per cent in acute cases and 100 per cent in “super acute” cases with ruminants dying in the first week.In its acute form the disease is characterized by high fever, discharges from the eyes and nose, sores in the mouth, lesions of the mucous membranes, laboured breathing and diarrhoea.This is the first ever occurrence of the disease in Morocco, indicating that PPR has now crossed the natural barrier of the Sahara and poses a risk to North Africa.At the request of Moroccan authorities, FAO have fielded a team to assist with establishing urgent measures to control and limit the spread of the disease, as well as help local authorities create an emergency preparedness plan. read more

UN aid workers join assessment team in southern Sudan in wake of

27 July 2009United Nations humanitarian workers have taken part in a joint assessment mission in a border area of southern Sudan where hundreds of people have fled recent attacks by the notorious rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). A team comprising representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other UN aid partners, visited two camps last week in Western Equatoria state that are home to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).The assessment team is trying to determine how best to assist the displaced people in the region before next month’s expected start of the rainy season, when it will become much more difficult for aid workers to operate.The refugee camps at Ezo and Source Yubu, both close to the Sudanese border with the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have had a sudden influx from people fleeing attacks by the LRA.The northern Ugandan rebel group has launched attacks in neighbouring DRC, CAR and southern Sudan over the past year, including one earlier this month at Ezo.UNHCR reported that Ezo was not directly targeted in the attack, but the nearby gunfire and artillery fire as Sudanese military forces responded sent residents into a panic.Residents of both Ezo and Source Yubu told assessment team members that they did not want to relocate at the moment, and the imminent rainy season means any move may now not be for months.Local authorities have promised to ensure security at the settlements, while UNHCR said it would continue to monitor the situation and provide aid. read more

Health Canada says public supports strict pot packaging restrictions

OTTAWA — The federal government says the Canadian public broadly supports the tight regulations it has proposed for marijuana packaging, which will include a bright red stop sign emblazoned with a pot leaf and the letters THC.Health Canada unveiled the results Monday of a 60-day consultation around its proposed regulations, in which it emphasized a focus on reducing the appeal of marijuana to youth and preventing accidental consumption.The proposed regulations would require logos to be a single colour, with no metallic or fluorescent finishes. Packages would have to be opaque and child-resistant, with a bright yellow health warning similar to those used on tobacco products.‘Like a Yukon gold rush’: Marijuana is the new gold as former mining companies go to potExperimental pot lab sprouting cannabis-infused drinks, new ediblesBig Pharma’s first foray into cannabis arrives with Sandoz-Tilray deal“We are taking a public health approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis, and we are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a statement.“Measures such as the packaging and labelling requirements announced today will help to achieve this goal.”Packaging would also have to describe how much active ingredient is contained in the product, including THC and cannabidiol.Cannabis legislation is currently before Parliament and none of the regulations are final until approved by legislators. Once approved, the restrictions will apply immediately to recreational marijuana, while a Health Canada official says medical marijuana packaging will be granted a six-month window to comply.The consultation received more than 3,200 online submissions and 450 written responses, as well as input from health and law enforcement experts, governments, patient advocates and industry representatives.Health Canada also proposed two new categories of small-scale producers — micro-cultivators and micro-processors — where lower-level security requirements would apply to businesses that grow or process smaller amounts of marijuana.Micro-cultivators would be allowed to grow marijuana with a plant canopy of 200 square metres, which Health Canada described as equivalent to half the space between the blue lines on a standard Canadian hockey rink.Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana is currently before the Senate, with the federal government hoping to see it passed and given royal assent by early July. read more

Buying into BlackBerrymaker Research In Motion a risky bet say analysts

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2012 4:27 pm MDT Buying into BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion a risky bet, say analysts TORONTO – While traders question whether there’s a buying opportunity in the battered stock of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM), analysts warn that putting money into a troubled company with the hopes of an eventual upside is a risky bet.The BlackBerry maker has been at the centre of takeover speculation for months and with stock recently hovering around $10 per share, there’s been speculation another tech firm could swoop in and buy the company at a hefty premium to its current value.So far, none of those buyers have publicly emerged, though chief executive Thorsten Heins said last week that RIM has hired two outside firms to evaluate strategies including potential partnerships and licensing. He hasn’t specifically said the company is looking to sell, but he also hasn’t ruled it out.RIM’s plan is to stay on course for the rest of the year in preparation for a new line of phones that it hopes will be a smashing success. In the meantime, its shareholders have been left with little to bank on as they watch its stock value tumble from highs of $148, when RIM was briefly the most valuable company on the Toronto exchange.“There’s different reasons companies become cheap and RIM’s reason is that they’re grossly losing market share and their margins are plummeting,” said Chyanne Fyckes, chief investment manager at Stone Asset Management.“That just isn’t a recipe for any kind of success.”For investors hoping the company will be bought, it’s difficult to peg RIM’s value for numerous reasons, including that its share price on both Canadian and U.S. markets has been particularly volatile ahead of the anticipated launch of its new BlackBerry devices and operating system sometime later this year.Executives have offered few details of which devices will hit the market, or exactly when —leaving the market struggling to value a company mostly on hypotheticals.“How do you value something that’s declining?” said technology analyst Sameet Kanade of Northern Securities.Several divisions of RIM are difficult to put a price on, including its patents which are sometimes partly owned by other companies like Apple and Microsoft under special arrangements. Estimates have placed the value at a range of $1 billion to $4 billion.The Waterloo, Ont. company’s network services could sell for another several billion dollars, though estimates for those assets also fluctuate wildly.Numerous analysts have discussed the potential of RIM being bought out, but it is considered by some as a stock that, at best, is a “speculative buy.”That’s what Neeraj Monga, a tech analyst at Veritas Investment Research Corp. has rated the stock, with potential that the company could be acquired by the end of the year.Despite the focus on RIM’s troubles, some analysts suggest that while it might not be a good investment at this time, its fate isn’t sealed.“The company has maintained relative stability in certain markets, so I think it would be premature to write (them) off,” said Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Company in New York.He added, “philosophically, I am not recommending that because I’m too tied into the fundamentals.”“I would rather buy the stock at $15 or $20 knowing it had a future than to buy it at $10 on speculation.”One thing is certain, the company sits on about $2.1 billion in cash and investments, though if the next few months turn ugly executives could dig into the cash to make acquisitions or other financial moves.RIM is headed into even choppier waters for the next few quarters as a lack of new BlackBerry products on the market is expected to dramatically erode sales numbers.“This is going to be a messy situation because RIM doesn’t have anything to sell, and so the only way they can make sales is to mark prices down on their phones,” said Wolf.Despite the signs of further troubles, some loyal RIM shareholders have faith that the smartphone innovator will have another shot at success.“It’s very clear some investors have held on longer than they should have — this is a Canadian company with such a storied legacy — so it wasn’t just a financial decision, it was a psychological one,” said technology analyst Carmi Levy.“It’s all well and good to want to root for the home team, but … there’s no room for emotion in investment.” read more

Essequibian discovered dead on New Years morning

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder/suicide update: Wife knew husband was planning to kill herDecember 4, 2017In “Crime”Essequibo father of 5 dies following incarcerationJanuary 21, 2019In “Crime”Essequibo man dies while chopping woodApril 6, 2019In “Crime” A 58-year-old man from lot 69 Jib village on the Essequibo Coast was on New Year’s morning discovered lying motionless in his daughter’s home.Dead is Roopnarine Lall who was at the time overnighting at his daughter’s home.Dead: Roopnarine LallBased on information received, the daughter and her family left the Essequibo Coast and went on holiday and had asked their now dead father to take care of their home.This publication was informed that the deceased and his wife Lalita Lall, would usually sleep over by the house, however, on Old Year’s night Roopnarine reportedly insisted that he would like to sleep alone in the house and asked his wife to remain home.According to Lalita Lall, before leaving, her husband asked her for money to purchase alcohol.She further related that she did gave him the money and around 4:00 am New Year’s morning when she visited her daughter’s house she found him lying motionless.An alert was raised and police were summoned to the scene.The dead man’s wife also told the media that her husband was suffering from high blood pressure.Lall’s body was removed and taken to the Suddie Public Hospital where doctors certified him dead. An autopsy will be conducted on his body to ascertain his real cause of death.No marks of violence were reportedly found.Roopnarine Lall leaves to morn his wife and two children. read more

Ancient Greek culture is alive

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Despite being thousands of years old, Ancient Greece is anything but dead, according to the Honorary Fellow in Melbourne University’s Centre for Classics and Archeology, Dr Christopher Gribbin.I think the Greek ways of looking at the world, the Greek stories, the Greek myths, the Greek philosophers, I think these do have a strong resonance in our culture. “There’s something I find really invigorating about the Ancient Greek culture,” Dr Gribbin told Neos Kosmos. “It’s very alive, the emotions are out there.” Next month, Dr Gribbin is running one week of summer courses in Ancient Greek philosophy, politics, culture and religion, and he says Greek Australians are encouraged to attend. “One of the things I quite often enjoy about those people is that when I’m talking about things from Ancient Greece, they’ll say, ‘oh, we still do that!’” he said. Dr Gribbin said he’s run the course for several years now, and is expecting up to 25 people to turn up. For a course in the middle of January, that’s a pretty good turnout, and Dr Gribbin said the courses he runs on Ancient Greece generally attract strong numbers. “I think the Greek ways of looking at the world, the Greek stories, the Greek myths, the Greek philosophers, I think these do have a strong resonance in our culture,” he said. “They’re part of our cultural heritage, for people of an Anglo-Saxon background as well as people from a Greek background.” Dr Gribbin has been interested in Classics since he visited an exhibition of Pompeii artefacts as a child, and he completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2002. The four courses, all at the University of Melbourne between 10 and 14 January, look at classical mythology, Greek religion, Aristotle, and, intriguingly, how to argue like Socrates. But Dr Gribbin’s favourite Greek philosopher is Aristotle. “I think there’s a depth of perception that you don’t find in too many other thinkers of any time or any culture,” he said. “I think he also has some interesting ideas that haven’t necessarily been followed up as much in a lot of later philosophers in terms of trying to work with emotions rather than fight against them.” While he said he’ll be looking at Oedipus in detail this year, Dr Gribbin said he favourite ancient Greek hero was Orpheus. “He’s a bit different from the potter characters, in that he approaches the world through music rather than through fighting,” he said. “That makes him very different to pretty much all the Greek heroes.” The University of Melbourne’s Classics Summer School runs from January 10-14, and each course runs for around two hours. For more information, and to register, email cgribbin@unimelb.edu.au, or go to cgribbin@unimelb.edu.au, or go to www.cca.unimelb.edu.au/community/summerschool” target=”_blank”>www.cca.unimelb.edu.au/community/summerschool/last_img read more

AHEPA to fund 3Dprinted prosthetics in Sierra Leone

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) in Queensland have teamed up with The Latest Tricks to create prosthetic limbs for people in West Africa using 3D printers. Following the Civil War there is great demand in the area for prosthetics, with many civilians having fallen victim to horrible punishments, resulting in amputations. The 3D technology will change lives, giving people the opportunity to print their own prosthetics at a significantly lower cost. “Prosthetics cost thousands of dollars; 3D printing of items like this is around $50 to $100,” said Ralf Muhlberger, spokesperson of The Latest Tricks.Over the next year, the team are looking to fine-tune the system, aiming to simplify the process of measuring limbs and imputing data. “We need to work out, how do we measure up people’s stumps, how do we fit the prosthetics, how do we train people to use them (the printers),” said AHEPA’a Nick Inglis. The project will provide 3D printers for volunteer organisation Paradise 4 Kids and is being funded by AHEPA Queensland, with a grant of $10,000. Source: Courier Maillast_img read more

Un accord sur la pêche pour protéger le Pacifique Nord

first_imgUn accord sur la pêche pour protéger le Pacifique NordLes pays entourant la région du Pacifique Nord sont parvenus à un accord visant à protéger une immense zone contre les ravages du chalutage de fond, une technique de pêche particulièrement destructrice.Il aura fallu cinq années aux Etats-Unis, au Japon, au Canada, à la Chine, à la Corée du Sud, à la Russie et à Taïwan pour s’entendre. Mais ils viennent enfin de conclure un accord sur la protection d’une zone de quelque 41,7 millions de kilomètres carrés dans le Pacifique Nord, rapporte le site Zegreenweb. Une protection qui sera assurée par la North Pacific fisheries commission, une Commission des pêches qui sera prochainement créée.À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiCet accord vise à préserver le Pacifique Nord de la technique de pêche la plus dévastatrice, le chalutage de fond, qui consiste à traîner par bateau des filets lestés raclant les fonds marins. Cette pratique engendre d’importants dégâts sur les montagnes et anciens volcans culminant au fond de la mer. Des lieux où vivent de nombreux poissons, des coraux, et bien d’autres espèces marines. Les filets attrapent et tuent des poissons non commercialisables, détruisent les récifs coralliens, et menacent la riche biodiversité des fonds du Pacifique Nord.Seule la pêche durable, sans impact sur les écosystèmes marins sera désormais autorisée dans cette zone. Une décision plutôt bien accueillie par les écologistes, qui espèrent voir la Commission des pêches du Pacifique Nord dotée de moyens suffisants pour faire appliquer cette interdiction.Le 10 mars 2011 à 20:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fire closes Dennys in Pacific Beach

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire closes Denny’s in Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three people escaped unharmed Thursday from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage at a restaurant in Pacific Beach.Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 12:40 a.m. at the Denny’s restaurant on the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke in the restaurant as well as fire in the roof and attic area above the kitchen, Munoz said.Crews were able to knock down the flames around 35 minutes after arrival, Munoz said.Three workers, who were inside when the fire started, were able to escape unharmed, 10News reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.The blaze caused an estimated $850,000 in damage to the structure and $150,000 in damage to the building’s contents, Munoz said.San Diego County health officials were notified and the restaurant was closed down until the officials can complete an inspection. Posted: October 25, 2018center_img Jonathan Halvorson Updated: 3:34 PM October 25, 2018last_img read more

City couple looted on Venkatadri Express

first_imgKacheguda: An elderly couple from Amberpet on Thursday lodged a complaint at Kacheguda Railway Police station stating that unidentified persons stole gold ornaments weighing 15 tolas from their bag. According to police, the incident occurred when the victim couple Satyanarayana and Revathi was travelling on Venkatadri Express.They went to Tirumala, a couple of days ago and after completing their darshan returning to Hyderabad from Tirupati. By registering a case police are investigating. They are suspecting that the suspects could have stolen the ornaments from the bag when they were sleeping.last_img read more

Khaledas nomination papers submitted amid doubts over her candidature

first_imgBogura unit BNP leaders submit party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination paper to the returning officer and deputy commissioner of Bogura Foyez Ahmed on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom AloA nomination paper has been submitted in favour of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia for contesting the parliamentary polls from Bogura-6 constituency.On the last day of filing nomination papers on Wednesday, nomination paper was filed on behalf of Khaleda Zia for contesting the elections from Feni-1 constituency.The BNP chairperson’s adviser and Bogura municipality mayor AKM Mahbubur Rahman submitted the paper to the returning officer, deputy commissioner Foyez Ahmed around 12:30pm, Prothom Alo Bogura Correspondent reported.The BNP has nominated party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir as a backup candidate for the constituency, in case Khaleda Zia cannot contest the polls due to legal barriers. Dhaka south Jubo Dal president Rafiqul Islam Majnu, who is a backup candidate for Khaleda Zia, submitted nomination paper on behalf of Khaleda Zia.Nomination paper for Khaleda Zia was also filed for Feni-1 constituency where businessman-turned-vice-chairman-of-BNP was supposed to be the alternative candidate but did not submit nomination paper, according to UNB.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia (L) and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Prothom Alo File PhotoOn behalf of Khaleda Zia, nomination paper was submitted for Bogura-7 by former member of parliament Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu. Alternative BNP candidate in this constituency is Gabtoli upazila BNP general secretary Morshed Alam Milton.The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, upheld a High Court order that said a convict sentenced to more than two years of imprisonment cannot contest the elections even if his or her appeal against conviction remains pending.The Appellate Division confirmed the order by not responding to a petition challenging the order.The party’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, however, claimed that Khaleda Zia will be able to contest the national elections.Addressing a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters, the BNP leader said, “There’s no legal bar to Khaleda Zia’s competing in the election.”BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe High Court on Tuesday said those who have been sentenced to over two years’ jail by a lower court in any graft case with appeal pending will not be allowed to contest elections.The HC bench of justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and justice KM Hafizul Alam came up with the observation after rejecting separate petitions filed by five BNP leaders, including BNP chairperson’s adviser Amanullah Aman seeking stay on conviction and sentence.The HC also said they will be able to contest the polls if the Appellate Division stays the conviction or grants bail to the convicts.The BNP gave nomination to Khaleda Zia, who is in the jail since 8 February after being convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case, in three constituencies — Bogura-6, Bogura-7 and Feni-1 for the upcoming parliamentary elections.The party nominated two more backup candidates – AKM Mahbubur Rahman and former president of Bogura district unit BNP Rezaul Karim Badshah for Bogura-6 constituency.last_img read more

Pakistanis want Nobel peace prize for Imran Khan

first_imgPakistani prime minister Imran Khan. Photo: ReutersMore than 300,000 people have signed online petitions calling for Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan to receive a Nobel peace prize after he freed an Indian pilot in a bid to defuse tensions with his country’s arch-rival neighbour.The capture of wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman had become the focus of renewed hostilities between the nuclear-armed rivals which have alarmed the international community.Tensions have soared since a suicide bombing in Kashmir last month claimed by Pakistan-based militants killed 40 Indian paramilitaries.The hashtag #NobelPeaceForImranKhan began trending on Twitter on Thursday after Khan unexpectedly announced that the captured pilot would be released as a “peace gesture”.Abhinandan — whose MiG fighter was shot down a day earlier as he chased Pakistani jets over disputed Kashmir — was returned to India late Friday.Two similarly-worded campaigns on the change.org platform launched by users in the UK and Pakistan called for Imran Khan to be nominated for next year’s prize “for his peace efforts and dialogues in the Asian region on diverse conflicts”.They have gained more than 240,000 and 60,000 digital signatures respectively.Pakistan’s information minister Fawad Chaudhry Saturday also submitted a resolution in the country’s parliament demanding Khan be given the award for his contribution to peace in the region.”Imran Khan played a sagacious role in de-escalating tension between Pakistan and India,” the resolution said.In his speech announcing Abhinandan’s release, Khan referred to the catastrophic consequences of nuclear war as he called for talks with New Delhi.Thousands of people around the world are allowed to make nominations for the Peace Prize, including members of parliament and government ministers, former laureates and some university professors.last_img read more

Notch releases horse simulator you can only pay for with Dogecoin

first_imgWe’re currently living in a post Goat Simulator world, but that doesn’t mean animal “simulator” games can’t still surprise us. Notch — creator of Minecraft — made his own animal simulator, called Cliffhorse, which is obviously about a horse running around some steep terrain. This time around, though, the surprise is that you can only pay for it using Dogecoin. The game, however, is free to download, but if you wish to kick Notch a little money, you can toss him some Doge-based cryptocurrency.The game is described as a very early access title, though Notch built it using Unity in about two hours, so it isn’t a serious venture. Since he gave up on 0x10c a year ago, Cliffhorse is technically Notch’s first game to release since Minecraft. Mojang did release Scrolls, but that was more or less a separate team.According to a post on the Dogecoin subreddit, Notch said the game was inspired by watching a streamer play Skyrim, and kept calling the game “Cliffhorse” due the game’s somewhat notorious horse physics. Fans suggested Notch make Cliffhorse a real thing, so he grabbed a bunch of free assets, dropped them into Unity, and two hours later this new game was born.He made Dogecoin the way to pay for the game to triple the irony of the endeavor — a parody of Goat Simulator, a parody of barebones early access titles asking for money, and asking for a parody of a cryptocurrency.You can grab Cliffhorse over here, but don’t expect too much from it.last_img read more

Fossil trove discovered in China

first_imgPaleontologists working in Hubei Province in southern China have discovered thousands of fossils in the bank of a river, according to a report by The Guardian. The find was described as “mind-blowing” by scientists in the UK, and it is hoped that it could shed light on the complex evolutionary processes that transformed life on Earth in its earliest stages.The collection of fossils was discovered in the bank of the River Danshui, by a team of palaeontologists based at Northwest University, Xi’an. Among the thousands of fossils already extracted, the team has identified many new species that have never been seen before.New soft-bodied taxa from the Qingjiang biota. Photo by Dongjing Fu et al., Science 363:1338 (2019)According to The Guardian, this incredible haul of fossils dates from 518 million years ago, in a period known to paleontologists as the Cambrian Explosion. At this time, the number of different species on earth multiplied rapidly, leading to a period of great diversity. Although many of these species eventually died out, it is believed that those that survived provided the evolutionary basis for many of the terrestrial life forms we know today.The causes of the Cambrian Explosion remain the subject of intense scientific debate and are somewhat contested among paleontologists. However, it is hoped that this latest haul of fossils will shed new light on the circumstances of this seismic event in evolutionary history.According to the BBC, over 20,000 specimens were taken from the site, and of these, 4,351 have already been analyzed. Around half of the creatures that have been examined so far are new species, never observed before. Remarkably, the haul also contains a number of organisms that are rarely preserved as fossils.Closeup of large fossilized coral polyps in red rockProfessor Robert Gaines, a geologist who took part in the study, told the BBC, “the majority of creatures are soft-bodied organisms like jellyfish and worms that normally stand no chance of becoming fossilized.”Fossils are usually created from hard-bodied animals, but the soft-bodied organisms discovered here were preserved thanks to unique conditions next to what is now the River Danshui.According to The Guardian, it is thought that the creatures must have been swept from their normal habitat into cold, deep waters, where they were eventually buried in sediment, and thus protected from decay.The discovery may help scientists to understand the very first stages of evolution into complex life forms. Photo by Ryan Somma – Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0These exceptional conditions have even facilitated the preservation of soft-bodied creatures such as jellyfish. According to palaeontologist Allison Daley, this is unprecedented and offers a remarkable opportunity for scientists to understand the kinds of soft-bodied, delicate creatures that lived during this pivotal period in the Earth’s history. Speaking to the BBC, she called the haul one of the most significant finds of the last century.Of the creatures preserved in the riverbank, one of the most notable was the kinorhynch, otherwise known as the mud dragon. According to The Guardian, descendants of this creature may still be found today.Kinorhyncha (mud dragon). Illustration from 1911 Encyclopædia BritannicaHowever, while modern mud dragons only grow to 2mm in length, their prehistoric counterparts were found to be up to 4cm long. The team also discovered several examples of carnivorous comb jellies, one of the most primitive forms of life that may help scientists to understand the very first stages of evolution into complex life forms.The extraordinary quantity of fossils discovered at the site in Hubei Province is also particularly remarkable. Indeed, only two other discoveries of this magnitude dating from the Cambrian Explosion have ever been seen before: the Burgess Shale in Canada, and the Chengjiang Formation in Yunnan Province, China.Read another story from us: Stone age clues to modern writingThe new discovery in Hubei is a huge step forward in our understanding of this critical juncture in the evolution of life on Earth. The diversity of specimens observed in the riverbank will hopefully shed light on the ways in which complex life forms began to evolve, and the conditions and eco-systems that gave rise to their development.last_img read more

SKorean officer convicted for offending president

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressSEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A South Korean military court has sentenced an army officer to a suspended six-month prison term for tweeting what officials called offensive remarks about President Lee Myung-bak.A Defense Ministry official says an Army court on Friday convicted a captain surnamed Lee for posting offensive remarks about the president and his administration’s projects.The official said the captain’s action is a breach of a military law that bans offending a commander. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling was not publicly released. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day South Korea’s military applies strict rules on its troops’ speech.South Korean soldiers face North Korea’s 1.2 million troops across the world’s most heavily armed border. The Korean Peninsula is in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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