SAINT-JEAN-DE-MATHA, Que. – In the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal, a group of Cistercian monks living in a contemporary-style abbey have relearned how to grow a juicy heirloom melon created by one of their forefathers 100 years ago.The Oka melon’s rebirth in the abbey’s garden was made possible by an organic seed farmer, Jean-Francois Leveque, who is on a mission to rekindle lost parts of Quebec’s agricultural heritage.“I can’t preserve this history alone,” Leveque said at his Les Jardins de l’ecoumene farm in Saint-Damien, about 100 kilometres north of Montreal, and a few minutes drive from the monks’ abbey.Heirloom foods are rare because most of the produce in grocery stores comes from large-scale agriculture farms. The industrial farms grow a narrow variety of food bred to be uniform and to have higher yields in order to feed bustling cities.Before such large-scale farms, food around North America was highly diverse, and seeds from that time help tell the story of how people used to eat.When it comes to the history of Quebec food, monks are central, and the religious order visited by Leveque has a particularly delicious history.The monks of the Val Notre-Dame abbey founded an agriculture school in 1893, when they lived in Oka, just outside Montreal.That’s where they created the Chantecler chicken — a bird bred to withstand Quebec’s cold winters — and the celebrated Oka cheese.The school closed in the 1960s when religious orders across Quebec handed over education and health-care institutions to the secular state and it became the faculty of agronomy at what was then the Montreal campus of Universite Laval.Somewhere along the years the monks lost the Oka melon — and then Leveque showed up.Their dwindling numbers forced them out of their large abbey in Oka and into the smaller residence at the end of a winding trail in the small town of Saint-Jean-de-Matha, at the base of the Coupee mountain.More like an art student’s dream than a religious residence, the Val Notre-Dame abbey was designed by Quebec architect Pierre Thibault and is home to 18 monks aged 42 to 91.In the middle of the abbey is a courtyard surrounded by glass walls that stretch from the floor to the ceiling, revealing a preserved part of the forest, where the monks can watch the four seasons pass in tranquility.Brother Lucien, a soft-spoken monk gowned in black and white robes, said he didn’t know how or why his ancient religious order lost the Oka melon seeds.“It’s part of our heritage and history — and it’s also delicious,” he said. “Older generations know about the role that we played, but it’s no longer part of our modern history.”He took out two black and white pictures of Father Athanas Montour, who was wearing robes not dissimilar to the ones Brother Lucien had on.In the photo, Montour has close-cropped hair and a long, shaggy salt-and-pepper beard making him look like a singer in a bluegrass band.“Look at his nice monk head and thick beard,” Brother Lucien said, in reverence. “He died quite young, in 1925, from a blocked intestine. He made the Oka melon.”The Oka melon is a cross between the banana melon and the Montreal melon, which itself has quite the history.Journalists have been for years “rediscovering” the Montreal melon and writing articles about how a well-to-do Montreal family grew them on the slopes of what is now the city’s NDG neighbourhood. The immense muskmelons would be boxed and sold to Manhattan elites in the early 1900s and one slice reportedly cost as much as a steak.The Montreal melon’s seeds were also lost for decades but unearthed several years ago.Leveque doesn’t care for the Montreal melon, though.“It’s a disappointing melon,” he said, because there is no uniformity to the seeds. Some seeds produce giant melons while others are small.“Fifty per cent of the time you harvest it too early or too late, and the taste isn’t there,” he said.But when he discovered the Oka melon while looking through the archives of an American seed bank, Leveque knew he had to bring the fruit back to life.Last summer, for the first time in decades, the monks of Val Notre-Dame harvested the Oka melon.Leveque’s mission doesn’t stop at the abbey. He wants backyard and community farmers to breathe new life into historical seeds that tell Quebecers’ story.Part of that includes having the Oka melon registered in the Arc of Taste, a catalogue of endangered heirloom foods from around the world. The arc is managed by the Slow Food organization, based in Italy.He has to convince a committee the Oka melon is worth registering, and he’s confident it’ll happen.“I want to give it the Oka melon the honour it deserves,” Leveque said.
Speaking through tears in front of thousands of mourners, the son of billionaire philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman said Thursday the family has been struggling to cope with his parents’ “incredibly painful and bizarrely surreal” deaths.The couple was found dead last week in their Toronto home, and police are investigating the deaths as suspicious.Jonathon Sherman said the unusual circumstances, coupled with intense speculation surrounding the deaths, reinforced the fact that the family has lost the glue that held them together.“These last few days have been really f—ed up for my family,” he told a memorial service in Mississauga, Ont.“As my sisters and I congregated for two days waiting to hear any facts other than through Twitter and the unreliable news media, I kept expecting my parents to walk through the front door and say ‘everything will be fine, we’ve taken control of the situation.’ These past few days have been a shocking adjustment to our reality.”Police have said 75-year-old Barry Sherman and 70-year-old Honey Sherman died of “ligature neck compression,” but have released few other details about the investigation into the deaths of the founder of pharmaceutical giant Apotex and his wife.Some media reports said police were initially leaning toward a murder-suicide theory, which the Sherman family has strongly rejected.Jonathon Sherman, surrounded by his sisters Lauren, Alexandra and Kaelen, paid tearful tribute to his parents, praising their generosity, their competence, their support and their devotion to their Jewish heritage.Referring to his family unit as a six-pack, he reminisced about everything from childhood family travels to massive holiday dinners to recent play times with new grandchildren. Through it all, members of the clan benefited from his parents’ boundless love and zest for life.“Our parents never left anyone behind. They were taken from us,” he said, as two caskets lay in front of him.Honey Sherman’s sister, Mary Shechtman, said she’s been in a fog since the loss.Describing her sister as her “best friend” and “other half,” and Barry Sherman as both a brother-in-law and surrogate father, Shechtman said she fears the worst is yet to come.“I’m standing here confused and dazed and really angry, and I’m afraid for the shock that’s going to wear off and the reality that’s going to set in.”Shechtman reflected on her sister’s humble beginnings as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, recalling a childhood far removed from the affluence that would later come to the family as Apotex flourished.She and other relatives said her sister never forgot those origins, adding they fuelled her lifelong focus on family and on giving back to society.Sniffles could be heard from the crowd as the Shermans’ family and friends spoke. Hundreds of Apotex employees were in the crowd, with many wearing scarves in the company’s trademark bright blue and T-shirts saying “we will continue your legacy.”Apotex Vice-Chairman Jack Kay recalled spending long hours working side-by-side with Barry Sherman, becoming good friends over the course of more than 30 years in business together.“(Barry) was a teddy bear in real life, with the mind of a steel trap and the stubbornness of a bull,” Kay said. “We would tell each other that we would live to 120 … which he later amended to 150 as in his words, ‘ there was too much to be done.’”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory were also among those gathered.Wynne offered a tribute to the Shermans’ wide-ranging contributions to causes at home and abroad.“Because of their dedication to giving to those in need, there are countless students and patients, children and seniors, so many people here at home and around the world whose lives were touched by Honey and Barry who don’t know it,” she said. “And I get the sense that that’s exactly how the Shermans wanted it to be.”Sen. Linda Frum, a friend of the family, reflected on a time when Honey Sherman tried to ease her fear of flying while the two travelled on a charitable mission to Israel.“As the airplane started to speed towards liftoff, silently … she would stretch out her hand for me to hold,” Frum said. “I preserve this image of Honey in my mind because it is always how I will think of her — as a woman who, by natural inclination, extended an open hand of love, friendship and kindness out to the world.”Barry Sherman founded Toronto-based Apotex Inc. in 1974 with two employees and gradually turned it into a generic drug giant. Along the way he amassed a vast fortune, recently estimated by Canadian Business magazine at $4.77 billion, making him the 15th richest person in Canada.Honey Sherman was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. She also served on the boards of Mount Sinai’s Women’s Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.Together, the Shermans were among Canada’s most generous philanthropists and also organized funding of charitable causes through the Apotex Foundation. The couple made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities and had buildings named in their honour.Jonathon Sherman said he and his siblings were establishing a charitable foundation named after their parents to continue their philanthropic legacy.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the wrong spelling of Jonathon Sherman
APTN Face To Face When Arlen Dumas was first elected Chief of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, his goal was to get his people out of third-party management, a goal he achieved. Now, as the recently elected Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, he hopes to get all First Nations in Manitoba out of third-party management.Grand Chief Arlen Dumas joins host Dennis Ward to discuss child welfare, the impact of a shuttered rail line to northern Manitoba, a 1-Billion dollar lawsuit against the Manitoba government and his first 100 days in office.
Rabat – After three days of clashes that revealed a deep internal division with the Istiqlal Party (PI), tension is set to continue after the election for the next party leader was postponed.On Sunday afternoon, the PI issued a statement declaring that the election to choose the party’s leader for the next five years would be rescheduled for next Saturday. The convention’s presidency justified the change by saying that “mistakes” had been found in the list of national council members due to cast their vote.Chabat: Over My Dead BodyThe embattled current leader, Hamid Chabat, has refused to throw in the towel despite losing the support of the party’s leadership. His rival, former finance minister Nizar Baraka, has instead been chosen as the favorite to win the race. In recent months, Chabat saw key party supporters walk away from him one by one, but he still seems convinced of his chances to win a second mandate as Istiqlal’s Secretary General.During the convention, Chabat appeared at ease, smiling to cameras and warmly greeting his rival. He told the press that he still could win the election.The public image of a self-assured leader that Chabat has attempted to cultivate stands in contrast with that given to him by his detractors, who accuse him of being behind the violence that erupted over the weekend.The former mayor of Fez still has loyalists whom he could use to sabotage the convention, his opponents say.Speaking to different media outlets on the condition of anonymity, many detractors said he incited his “troops” to turn the event into chaos. His opponents suggested that Chabat, seeing that he can’t win the election, is seeking to derail the convention.However, violence emerged from both sides during the weekend clashes, when Chabat’s supporters came to blow with those loyal to Hamdi Ould Rachid, an increasingly-influential Sahrawi member and a main backer of Baraka.False Image of Unity?In spite of the troubling scenes of convention attendants throwing plates and chairs at one another, which were widely shared and ridiculed on social media, the party is still trying to spread an image of unity.Al Alam, Istiqlal’s online mouthpiece, published an article summarizing a paper by convention’s president, Nouredine Mediane, in which he said the meeting was marked “by a sense of responsibility and true patriotism.”Mediene claimed the event was successful despite plots hatched by “haters” and “enemies.”“We should be proud of our convention,” said Mediane.The president said that the congress will allow the party to better its “performance” and improve its capacities so that it remains as a voice of the nation and a leader in terms of the principles it defends and the choices and positions it takes to fight for the country’s causes and the “Moroccan people’s aspirations to live a decent life based on equality of chances and social justice.”The leading party member spoke of a “unified Istiqlal family,” urging his co-party members to putthe PI’s interests above all personal considerations.“We should be proud of the victory of Istiqlal members in their battle for unity and overcoming existing problems,” said Mediane.“The battle was not easy,” he wrote, but the party members proven they are “wise” and “alert.”Mediane’s statements are unlikely to repair the image which Moroccans have made of the party,which has become a source of ridicule after the convention they say was mainly marked by “flying objects.”
The joint team of multinational surgeons and medical professionals successfully completed a cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal, on a Sri Lankan citizen using a Da Vinci XI Robot Surgical System. “This landmark surgery advances the boundaries of what is possible through collaboration, skill, and technology,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Atul Keshap. “We are proud to partner with Sri Lankan medical professionals on this ground-breaking achievement for the international medical field.” US and Sri Lankan surgeons conducted the first ever robot-assisted surgery aboard the USNS Mercy on May 4, the US Embassy in Colombo said today. “This was the first time I have ever operated aboard a ship,” said Dr. Vyramuthu Varanitharan, a general surgeon at Base Hospital Mutur. “It is very stable and doesn’t move around. It felt as if I was doing surgery in an operating room in a hospital. It was a fantastic experience to have been able to do surgery on a hospital ship and it is something my team and I will never forget.”Intensive planning and preparation resulted in a smooth and routine surgery. After the successful completion of the surgery, the patient transferred to the Mercy’s post-anesthesia care unit to recover and was later discharged from the ship in excellent condition for routine post-operative follow up care by Dr. Varanitharan. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral disaster response preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. This year’s mission includes military and civilian personnel from Sri Lanka, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Peru, and Japan.Pacific Partnership 2018 consists of more than 800 U.S. and partner nation military and civilian personnel working side-by-side with host nation counterparts to better prepare for potential humanitarian aid and disaster response situations. (Colombo Gazette)
Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Gains in the materials sector helped boost Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.78 points at 16,512.01.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 71.16 points at 27,294.13. The S&P 500 index was up 4.33 points at 2,999.44, while the Nasdaq composite was up 22.77 points at 8,230.01The Canadian dollar traded for 76.47 cents US compared with an average of 76.52 cents US on Thursday.The September crude contract was down four cents at US$55.38 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down 3.8 cents at US$2.25 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up US$2.80 at US$1,430.90 an ounce and the September copper contract was up 4.35 cents at US$2.75 a pound. The Canadian Press
TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post “I’m not able to put the kind of time and the kind of finances behind it that I was once able to do and that it deserves. The shows have gotten quite expensive, just the overhead on the shows is pretty pricey,” said Roberts. “If we can’t run a high-quality show, I’d rather not run the show. I don’t want to just run garbage events.”CWE was already periodically holding shows in Regina. Next January, it will begin hosting monthly events in Saskatoon and Regina just as HIW did. Roberts will continue to be involved with CWE, and will still have a presence in the ring as King Cash. He said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his kids since he won’t have a wrestling company to run.Prior to HIW’s closure, several wrestlers had exited the the company and joined other local promotions such as Ringside Wrestling in Regina and Prairie Pro Wrestling in Saskatoon. The exodus of talent happened while Roberts was briefly not with HIW. He said he wasn’t there to see what happened personally, but said some of the wrestlers were clearly not happy with the direction HIW was going.Roberts said the closure of the organization had nothing to do with wrestlers leaving. The empty spots on HIW’s roster had already been filled.Dylan Robson began wrestling with HIW in 1997 when it went under the name Hardcore Wrestling. Robson said the culture at HIW evolved a lot over the years. Unhappy with the state of the company and how he was treated as a veteran wrestler, Robson switched to Ringside Wrestling in 2016.“I’m not going to be making it to the WWE as a wrestler. So this stuff that we do in Regina for the wrestling scene, we might as well do it for fun, and it got to the point where I wasn’t having fun,” said the 37-year-old Regina man, who goes by the wrestling name Thryllin’ Dylan. It’s the end of an era for Saskatchewan’s professional wrestling scene.Founded in 1999, High Impact Wrestling (HIW) entertained generations of fans in Regina, Saskatoon and several other towns and cities across the province. On Wednesday, HIW announced it was being absorbed by a Winnipeg-based company called Canadian Wrestling’s Elite (CWE). The HIW brand will be retired.HIW had scheduled two shows later this month, which have now been cancelled. Refunds are being offered, or fans can use their tickets to attend a farewell show on Oct. 25 at the Hungarian Club in Regina.Even though CWE will continue to put on wresting shows in Saskatchewan, seeing the HIW name fade away has been emotional for Regina’s Mike ‘King Cash’ Roberts, who began wrestling in 2001. In 2012, he took over ownership of the company.“I’ve had a few tears in the last couple days, because I have been with the company for 20 years and I’ve put my blood sweat and tears in the ring. I don’t know how to feel about it yet but feeling a little bit down about it, looking forward to the future but I am feeling pretty down about the brand going away,” said Roberts.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Roberts made the decision to end HIW due to the rising cost of putting on shows. In 2018, he spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to raise the bar by bringing in high-profile wrestlers. It eventually became unsustainable. King Kash of Regina’s High Impact Wrestling poses for a photo Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thryllin’ Dylan, one half of The Rambunctious Boys tag team, of Regina’s High Impact Wrestling poses for a photo Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Rachel Psutka / Leader-Post Rachel Psutka / Leader-Post Dixie Dragon, top, and Bucky McGraw take part in “Alive” : High Impact Wrestling event at the Hungarian Club in Regina, SK, on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Robson heard rumblings of why so many wrestlers left HIW, but didn’t want to share specifics.In the CWE’s statement, the organization said it hopes to bring back some of the wrestlers who left HIW, as well as those were still with the company when the closure was announced.Robson is unsure if wrestlers who left HIW for Ringside will perform at CWE events, as the company will now be viewed as more direct competition. He still feels Regina has enough wrestling fans to support both companies.“I don’t think that there’s an issue with over-saturation. I think it’s just a good chance for fans to get two different wrestling companies that are putting on great shows,” said Robson. firstname.lastname@example.org
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 7:01 pm MDT CNOOC in no hurry to ink more oilpatch deals after Nexen takeover closes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The head of CNOOC Ltd. said the Chinese-state-owned firm is in no hurry to do any more big deals in the oilpatch since its $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen closed earlier this week.“In the very short term, this is not my priority,” said chief executive Li Fanrong at Nexen’s Calgary headquarters Wednesday.“My priority is to get this organization right and to better realize the full potential of Nexen’s resource.”Through the deal, CNOOC will see a 20 per cent increase in its yearly production and a 30 per cent increase in its reserve base, said Li, who will chair Nexen’s new board.Kevin Reinhart, who will remain in charge of Nexen’s operations, as well as $8 billion in CNOOC assets that will be managed out of the Calgary office says there is more than enough opportunity to grow what Nexen already has.“And so the need to go outside and acquire for future growth has never been a big part of Nexen’s growth strategy and it doesn’t need to be,” he said. “We’ve got lots of internal organic opportunities around the world to pursue.”Nexen operates in the North Sea, Alberta’s oilsands, northeastern B.C., the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa.Both Li and Reinhart say it will be “business as usual” for Nexen’s 3,000 employees. There was a town hall meeting in Calgary earlier Wednesday to answer workers’ questions.Reinhart said there was “abnormally low” turnover since the deal was first made public last July, as many of those employees had long-term incentive programs tied to the deal closing.And Reinhart says he doesn’t foresee a mass exodus now that the transaction is done.“People like working for Nexen. They’re proud of working for Nexen,” he said.“And it’s a big reason why CNOOC is leaving the autonomy that we have, keeping the Nexen name, keeping the Nexen values.”Reinhart added there’s virtually no overlap between CNOOC and Nexen, so employees aren’t anxious as to whether they will continue to have their jobs.“Financially, they’re at least as well off staying here,and the opportunity here to work the same assets and work with the same team — why would you go and take the risk of starting employment elsewhere?”CNOOC outlined a number of commitments when the takeover was announced, including keeping the head office in Calgary and listing its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Reinhart says negotiations with Ottawa in the following months dealt with the finer details of those commitments.The CNOOC-Nexen deal touched off a great deal of controversy about what degree foreign state-owned control of Canadian resources is acceptable.That the deal came from a Chinese company, in particular, raised concerns in some quarters about doing business with a non-democratic state.But there was also acknowledgment that Canada does not have the capital necessary to develop its own resources alone, and that overseas investment is needed.The Conservative government finally decided in December that the deal would be of “net benefit” to Canada under the Investment Canada Act, but that future deals of that type would be held to greater scrutiny.Reinhart said he wasn’t perturbed the process took so long.“These are big decisions. What’s important is you take the right time to make the right decision,” he said.“And so the fact that it took as long as it did is totally irrelevant because we believe that both sides took the right time to get to the right answer.”Ottawa has signalled that deals that give state-owned enterprises control over the oilsands would only be allowed in “exceptional circumstances” from now on, but that partnership deals would continue to bring capital into the sector.About two weeks ago, Nexen received U.S. government approval. Reinhart declined to comment on those negotiations.
Jo Brand is driven away after she appeared at the Henley Literary Festival on ThursdayCredit:Rick Findler/PA But Mr Farage called her comments “incitement of violence” and said the police must act, although he claimed not to have made a complaint. 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. The comments sparked a strong rebuke from Brexit Party leader Nigel FarageCredit:PA Jo Brand will be back on Radio 4 next week, as police confirmed they will take no further action over her comments.The BBC has apologised for offence caused after she said: “Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?” in reference to people throwing cold beverages over politicians.But the Telegraph understands that internally, the BBC are resolutely supporting the 61-year-old, with one insider saying: “Jo Brand is a much loved comedian and part of the Radio 4 family – she will continue to be so, and will continue to appear on our programmes.She is next due on air on Thursday evening at 11pm with V.I.P. R.I.P. – a show which looks back on the lives of celebrities who have died that week.It has emerged that Ms Brand has pulled out of an event with the Alzeimer’s society due to take place on Saturday evening.A statement issued by the society said: “Unfortunately in light of recent events, Jo’s schedule has now changed and she’s not able to attend the Buzz Bingo event, celebrating their contribution to Alzheimer’s Society.” On Friday, Ofcom said they had received 287 complaints about the comments, which the police are also investigating. Complaints about BBC programmes are initially assessed internally. This process has not been completed yet, given that the incident happened on Tuesday.The media regulator will only step in if complainants to the BBC are not satisfied with the organisation’s response.So far, the BBC has taken the clip off its BBC sounds website and issued a statement saying: “Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously.“We carefully considered the programme before broadcast. It was never intended to encourage or condone violence, and it does not do so, but we have noted the strong reaction to it. Comedy will always push boundaries and will continue to do so, but on this occasion we have decided to edit the programme. We regret any offence we have caused.”Appearing at an event in Henley, Oxfordshire, on Thursday, the comedian apologised for making a “crass and ill-judged” joke.But she reportedly told the audience she did not think that she had made a “mistake”, adding that she had not mentioned Nigel Farage. He told the Telegraph: “I’m going to ask Jo Brand and the BBC whether they would like to contribute to the costs of keeping me safe,” in a reference to the tens of thousands of pounds a year he spends on security.“This is way above any norms of free speech – it is appalling and the fact that the BBC spends £177 million a year on light entertainment and comedy… this was a pre-recorded programme which they still chose to put out.”Eamon Holmes said on his Talkradio show: “I would be taken off air,” if he had made the same comments.“I like Jo Brand a lot, I think she’s very funny but you just cannot in this day and age, tell people like Katie Piper who was badly disfigured with acid being thrown at her, that it’s funny,” he added.On Friday night the Metropolitan Police said: “Police received an allegation of incitement to violence on 13 June, relating to comments made on a radio programme. The referral has been considered by the MPS and no further police action will be taken in relation to this allegation.”
bojana popovic handballHandball in RioMontenegro Handballrio 2016 handball Bojana Popovic will play in Rio! One of the best handball ladies ever will end four years break during he got two kids and help her compatriots on the road to another Olympic success (Montenegro won silver in 2012). The last dance for Montenegrian handball queen was London 2012. She is 37 now, the youngest girl on her position, Djurdjina Jaukovic is 19.Montenegrian NT head-coach Dragan Adzic announced 15 names. The last is team’s captain Marija Jovanovic, who is struggling to beat knee injury which put her out for last few months.GoalkeepersSonja Barjaktarović (Kastamonu, Turkey)Marina Rajčić (Metz, France)WingsMajda Mehmedović (Budućnost)Biljana Pavićević (Budućnost)Jovanka Radičević (Vardar, Macedonia)Radmila Petrović (Budućnost)Line players:Suzana Lazović (Budućnost)Ema Ramusović (Budućnost)Back lineKatarina Bulatović (Budućnost)Andrea Klikovac (Vardar)Anđela Bulatović (Erd, Hungary)Milena Raičević (Budućnost)Đurđina Jauković (Budućnost)Bojana Popović (Budućnost)ReplacementMarija Jovanović (Issy Paris, France) ← Previous Story Spanish girls and Croatians rule the Beach Handball World! Next Story → Brazil with seven ASOBAL stars and one line-player to attack medal in Rio
Watch out, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Activists at the Human Rights Watch (HRW) are coming after you. At least, they probably would if you really were a humanoid killer robot. As it is, though, there are an increasing number of research projects into autonomous drones that can be programmed to kill and need no physical human presence to operate. This increasingly powerful — and worrisome — war technology will be banned across the world if the HRW has its say.The group has released a 50-page report on the potential consequences, entitled “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots.” One of the issues that comes up is, if a robot kills someone, who would be the one to respond to any legal challenges? If soldiers are killed during the course of combat, that’s one thing, but if fully autonomous weapons take out a civilian, a whole host of issues would arise.In addition to the new legal precedents that would need to be created, there is a far more obvious question of morality. Is it okay for a robot to decide who lives and who dies? Today’s advanced weaponry is a far cry from the days of bayonets and looking for the whites of the enemy’s eyes, but any sort of explosion or attack, or death, can be attributed back to a human decision. In addition, if it would some day be possible for countries to declare war simply by sending out a battalion of robots, would this lead to more wars? After all, robots can always be replaced.So yes, this report is really talking about fully functioning robots, or “weapons,” that can essentially think for themselves. The report admits that this kind of technology probably won’t be achievable for at least 20 years, but based on the existing advancements, the time for international treaties is now.The use of the term “killer robots” in the report title may be partially meant for shock value and publicity for the HRW, but it is actually a subject that is worth calling attention to.More at HRW, via The Guardian
Bug de SMS pour Orange le soir du réveillonL’opérateur Orange a été victime d’un bug de SMS vendredi dernier. Les voeux envoyés par ce biais lors du réveillon ont été reçus en une multitude d’exemplaires à l’insu des abonnés. Résultat : leur facture a explosé. La nouvelle année a plutôt mal commencé pour les abonnés d’Orange qui ont envoyé leurs meilleurs voeux à leurs amis par SMS. Tous les messages ont été reçus par les destinataires entre 10… et 100 fois ! Une information révélée par Le Parisien ce matin, qui ignore encore combien de personnes ont été victimes de ce bug. L’opérateur affirmait encore hier ne rien savoir de ces dysfonctionnements. Ce qui est sûr, c’est que les clients d’Orange qui ont envoyé des SMS devront débourser plusieurs centaines d’euros à cause de ces envois multiples.Selon 20minutes.fr, environ 40 plaintes ont été déposées ce matin sur le forum du site d’Orange consacré au problème. Ainsi, Didier76, déclare avoir envoyé deux SMS à une douzaine de contacts lors du réveillon. Orange lui aurait comptabilisé “plus de 300 MMS hors forfait”. Le Figaro.fr rapporte que certains clients ont d’ores et déjà résilié leur abonnement pour éviter que le bug ne continue de faire exploser leur facture.Les clients victimes de dépassements de forfaits involontaires espèrent être remboursés au plus vite. Encore faut-il qu’Orange sorte de son mutisme. Le 3 janvier 2011 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’humanité menacée par une perte de la biodiversitéSelon un rapport présenté hier à Rio+20, une extinction de la vie sauvage pourrait menacer des milliards d’être humains. En effet, ceux-ci en dépendent pour leur nourriture et leur subsistance.Des experts ont présenté au Sommet de l’ONU Rio+20 un rapport dressant l’état des lieux concernant la biodiversité de la planète. On y apprend que sur 63.837 espèces passées en revue, 19.817 courent le risque de subir le même sort que le dodo, cet oiseau de l’île Maurice devenu le symbole de l’extinction des espèces du fait de l’homme. La Liste rouge de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) publiée tous les ans examine en détail une petite fraction des espèces connues dans le monde afin d’établir un diagnostic de la santé de la biodiversité. Celle-ci indique que 41% des espèces amphibies sont aujourd’hui menacées ainsi que 33% des barrières de corail, 25% des mammifères, 20% des plantes et 13% des oiseaux. Or, beaucoup de ces espèces sont essentielles aux hommes. Elles leur fournissent de la nourriture, du travail et un réservoir génétique pour améliorer les récoltes et créer de nouveaux médicaments.”80% de nos apports en calories proviennent de douze espèces de plante”, a souligné le professeur Stephen Hopper, directeur du jardin botanique de Kew, à Londres. Cité par l’AFP, il indique également que “si nous nous soucions de ce que nous mangeons et des médicaments que nous utilisons, nous devons agir pour conserver les plantes médicinales et les parents sauvages de nos cultures”. Ces résultats sont “un signal d’alarme pour que les dirigeants du monde réunis à Rio garantissent les réseaux vivants sur cette planète”, a déclaré pour sa part Julia Marton-Lefevre, directrice de l’UICN. Pourtant, en 2000 déjà, les pays du monde entier s’étaient engagés à faire en sorte de freiner la perte des espèces dans un délai de dix ans. Ils sont en réalité bien loin d’y être parvenus.Plus de 19.800 espèces menacéesÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Après cet échec retentissant, les pays ont donc décidé de mettre en place “un plan stratégique pour la biodiversité” destiné à prévenir l’extinction des “espèces les plus connues”. Au final, sur les 63.837 espèces évaluées pour cette étude, 3.947 étaient dans une situation critique, 5.766 étaient en danger et 10.104 étaient vulnérables, soit 19.817 espèces menacées en tout. De plus, on recense la disparition de 63 espèces sauvages et l’éradication définitive de 801, comme le “ovate clubshell”, un mollusque des rivières américaines.Mais ce n’est pas tout ce que dénonce le rapport. Celui-ci pointe également du doigt la surexploitation des océans, des lacs et des rivières. “Dans certaines régions du monde, jusqu’à 90% des populations côtières vivent de la pêche, mais la surpêche a réduit certains stocks de poisson de plus de 90%”, a alerté l’UICN, soulignant que 55% des barrières de corail, dont dépendent 275 millions de personnes pour leur subsistance, sont victimes de surpêche. De même, en Afrique, 27% des poissons d’eau douce sont maintenant menacés. En Europe, 16% des papillons endémiques sont en danger, de même que 18% des chauves-souris dans le monde. Autant de chiffres qui devraient inciter les pays à agir réellement cette fois-ci et rapidement.Le 20 juin 2012 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambert
Every year, Clark County Public Health coordinates a do-it-yourself driving tour so residents can learn what their neighbors are doing to save the Earth — one blade of grass, flower garden, vegetable patch and backyard bird sanctuary at a time.This year, Gregg Andrews of Felida will show off how he’s stuck with resilient, low-maintenance native species — plus a little organic neem oil and nature’s greatest bug devourer, the chicken — to defeat pests and blights.Diane Chernofsky of Salmon Creek will demonstrate how near-total wildness — with a little attention to water retention and erosion control — has resulted in an edible yard that attracts beautiful wildlife.Laura and Charlie Heldreth of east Vancouver have made their steep front yard into terraces of prairie grass, flowers and snackable food gardens that their neighbors love.And, Bob Manelis and Linda Kliewer of Battle Ground have both made the best of seasonal wetlands and rocky fill by installing the appropriate plants, or by adding lots of organic compost to the soil.
ALOHA, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon woman fired a shotgun inside her home during an alcohol-fueled argument over gun control.Washington County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bob Ray says no one was hurt but a neighbor’s nearby house was damaged.Officials say Susan Fleming argued with her 55-year-old boyfriend Friday night after learning he had brought his loaded 12 gauge shotgun into their Aloha home. Part of the argument included a discussion on gun safety, including how to properly handle a loaded firearm.Police say Fleming intentionally fired the shotgun and blew out a hole in a wall about the size of a softball. They say she wasn’t trying to shoot her boyfriend, who was in the room.The Oregonian reports that charges against the 51-year-old Fleming include unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering another person.
Regional Media Advisors handled the transaction. Meanwhile, Neil Rouda has sold his majority stake in MedTech Media to Healthcare Information and Management System Society. TheMedTech management team, including president Jack Beaudoin, will retain “significant ownership” in the company. HIMSS has been a partner of MedTech since 2003 (Rouda had sold them a 30 percent stake previously)and will begin publishing Government Health IT in 2011. Editorial decisions for MedTech’s Healthcare IT News and Healthcare Finance News will remain independent while MedTech will continue to produce the HIMSS Daily Insider, the HIMSS Expo Yellow pages and the HIMSS Resource Guide. Berkery Noyes advised Rouda in the transaction. LRP Publications, which serves the legal, government and education markets, sold its Public Employment Group and Bankruptcy/Banking Products Group to Thomson Reuters. Berkery, Noyes & Co. handled the deal. Elsewhere, Chicago Tribune Media Group, publisher of Chicago magazine, has acquired community lifestyle magazine Naperville from Oster Communications. The acquisition is part of a push to extend coverage to Chicago suburbs. Naperville is controlled distribution with a circulation of 30,000. Other print and digital products within the Chicago Tribune stable include RedEye, Hoy, TribLocal, TheMash, chicagotribune.com, chicagonow.com, chicagoshopping.com and metromix.com. Naperville publisher Leah Rippe will stay with the magazine, reporting to Chicago publisher and general manager Rich Gamble.
French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (2R) and UN Special Envoy for Libya, Lebanese Ghassan Salame (L) speaks during an International conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 29, 2018. Rival Libyan leaders vying for influence in the fractured and war-scarred country meet in Paris for a major peace conference seen as a risky French-backed push for a political settlement in the country. AFPRival Libyan leaders vying for influence in the fractured and war-scarred country meet in Paris on Tuesday for a major peace conference seen as a risky French-backed push for a political settlement in the country.Many analysts are sceptical that the initiative to invite four senior figures representing Libya’s factions, as well as neighbouring countries and regional powers, can lead to significant progress.Years of mediation by the United Nations, as well as former colonial power Italy, have failed to bring stability to the north African nation which descended into chaos after the ousting of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.The main focus of the meeting will be on trying to agree a political roadmap committing all parties to hold parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of the year — an approach not favoured by everyone.”I believe that elections are a big risk in a country armed like Libya,” Federica Saini Fasanotti, an analyst with the Washington-based Brookings Institution, told AFP.There are also disagreements over whether a vote on a new constitution, or elections for the presidency and parliament, should come first.”While the Italians, Turkish, Qataris and to a large extent the Americans believe the constitution comes before elections, on the other side, the French, Egyptians and Emiratis want elections first,” Mohamed Eljarh, from the Libya Outlook consulting firm told AFP.Also, despite French efforts to convene all of the leading players in the oil-rich country, militias in and around the city of Misrata have boycotted proceedings, leaving western Libya under-represented at the talks.- Big guestlist -The Libyan invitees include Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, and 75-year-old military strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose rival Libyan National Army dominates the country’s east.Aguila Saleh Issa, the parliament speaker based in the eastern town of Tobruk who opposes the UN-backed administration, is also expected, as is Khalid Al-Mishri, the newly elected head of the High Council of State.Representatives from around 20 countries involved in the Libya crisis have been invited — an acknowledgement that the problems can only be resolved if regional powers agree on a common roadmap.These include Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates which have backed Haftar and the rival administration in Tobruk in the east, not the UN-recognised government based in the capital Tripoli.Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as neighbours Algeria and Tunisia and west African leaders from Niger and Congo will also attend, the French presidency has announced.- Competing interests -European leaders see stabilising Libya as key to tackling jihadist threats and migration from the country which has become a departure point for hundreds of thousands of Africans trying to reach Europe.Macron threw himself into finding a solution shortly after his election in May last year.The 40-year-old French leader brought Sarraj and Haftar together in Paris in July where they agreed a ceasefire and to hold elections in 2018 — a move that irked the Italian government at the time which was blindsided by Macron’s diplomacy.The task of stabilising Libya is complicated by diverging interests among Middle Eastern countries, which have sometimes backed opposing sides in the fighting, as well as competition between European powers.Macron is suspected by some in Italy of organising the conference at a time when France’s southern European neighbour, which has major oil interests in Libya, is facing a serious political crisis.”It’s as if Macron wanted to make the most of the this moment of absence by Italy on the Libyan dossier,” Italian newspaper La Repubblica wrote last week, citing diplomatic sources.France is also suspected by some rivals within Libya of favouring Haftar, a military strongman who has fought Islamist militias and who was recently treated in Paris for an undisclosed ailment.”There is clear apprehension among many in western Libya that the French initiative is an attempt to reinforce the position of Khalifa Haftar as the key power broker in Libya,” Eljarh from Libya Outlook added.The Crisis Group, an NGO that studies conflict zones, also voiced caution about the French conference.”Much more work remains to be done for a peace-building effort in Libya to succeed,” it said on Monday. “For this reason, Crisis Group believes that France should not request that its four Libyan guests sign an accord.”
Time can be a complete menace to works of art. Dust, mold, mildew, dirt and even the varnish originally used on a painting can become thick and dark over the years, eventually obscuring or even completely hiding from view the original work. Art conservation is a highly skilled and painstaking trade, in which the layers of grime are removed one time section at a time until the original piece is restored to its former glory.However, despite what may have originally been good intentions, not all art conservation is successful, or even done professionally. In other cases, works of art are destroyed deliberately, as a political statement or act of violence. Here are just a few examples of works of art ruined by human intervention.Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia MartinezThis painting was destroyed in August 2012 by Cecília Gimenez, in a disastrous restoration attempt.Originally painted in 1930, this fresco of Jesus adorns the walls in the Sanctuary of Mercy church in Borja, Spain. An attempt was made in 2012 to restore the fresco by Cecilia Giménez, a senior untrained in art conservation.Unfortunately, it did not go well. Her restoration effort has been compared to a monkey, and the painting is now sometimes known as Ecce Mono, or Behold the Monkey.View of the deteriorated version of ‘Ecce Homo’ by 19th century painter Elias Garcia Martinez, at the Borja Church in Zaragoza on August 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSOThanks to social media, news of the botched restoration spread quickly, and the priest of the church, Father Florencio Garces, believed that the fresco should be covered up.However, the image has now become a tourist draw; in 2013, it brought around 40,000 visitors to the church and generated more than €50,000 for a local charity. There is now an interpretation centre on site, as it continues to draw visitors from around the world.King Tut’s beardGolden Mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum. Photo by Carsten Frenzl CC BY 2.0The golden burial mask of King Tutankhamen is arguably one of the most well-known pieces of art in the world. However, the beard of the mask was accidentally broken off in 2014, and workers tried to reattach it using epoxy, which in turn caused extensive damage to the priceless artifact.Tutankhamun’s mask.A team from Germany and Egypt began a professional restoration of the mask in October 2015, with the aim to not only reattach the beard properly but also conduct a complete study of the mask, which had not been done before. The restoration took nine weeks and the beard was successfully reattached using simple beeswax, which would have been a common material in ancient Egypt and is less likely to cause damage to the metal on the mask.The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist, by Leonardo da VinciLeonardo da Vinci – Virgin and Child with Ss Anne and John the Baptist.In 1987, a man by the name of Robert Cambridge walked into the National Gallery in London, England, with a sawn-off shotgun and fired directly at a work by Leonardo da Vinci, called The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist.Mentally ill, Cambridge wanted to bring attention to the “political, social and economic conditions of Britain” with his actions. The shot shattered the glass covering the painting and caused significant damage to the work.Charing Cross tube station Bakerloo line platform motif, in this case depicting a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo by Sunil060902 CC BY-SA 3.0Fortunately, the shotgun pellets did not completely penetrate the laminated glass protecting the work, although a hole about 6” in diameter was torn in the Virgin’s robe. The multiple tiny fragments of paper that were left were painstakingly glued back together using surgical instruments and a magnifying glass. The restoration took several months. In the end, only about 1 square centimeter of the work was lost.Fountain by Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp Fountain, 1917, photograph by Alfred Stieglitz at 291 (art gallery) following the 1917 Society of Independent Artists exhibit, with entry tag visible. The backdrop is The Warriors by Marsden Hartley.A porcelain urinal, this sculpture was produced by Marcel Duchamp in 1917, and a replica is housed at the Tate Gallery in London, England (the original was lost in 1917).Being a urinal, the piece has been the subject of much controversy of the years, and in 1993 an artist named Kendell Geers urinated in a replica of the work at a show in Venice, Italy.Brian Eno in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974. Photo by AVRO CC BY-SA 3.0Musician Brian Eno also relieved himself in the Fountain replica while it was on exhibit at the MOMA that same year, as did another artist, Björn Kjelltoft, in Stockholm in 1999.Significant damage was done, however, in 2006 when performance artist Pierre Pinoncelli attacked the porcelain work with a hammer. It has since been restored.The Night Watch by Rembrandt van RijnThe Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn.One of the best-known paintings in the collection of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, The Night Watch has been attacked three times in its lifetime. In 1911, a shoemaker protesting his failure to find work slashed it with a knife.18th century copy with indication of the areas cut down in 1715.Then in 1975 it was slashed again, this time by a teacher, Wilhelmus de Rijk, who believed he was ordered to do it by God. The restoration of the large knife marks took four years, and evidence of the damage can still be seen on the painting.Night Watch in Amsterdam. Photo by Jason Raia CC BY 2.0In 1990, the work of art was sprayed with sulphuric acid by an escaped psychiatric patient. Fortunately the acid only penetrated the varnish and the work was fully restored. The painting is expected to undergo a full restoration beginning in July 2019, while remaining on public view.Pieta by MichelangeloThe statue features Mary holding her child’s dead body. Photo by Stanislav Traykov CC BY 2.5Housed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Michelangelo’s Pieta was made for Cardinal Jean de Bilhères’ funeral monument, but was moved to the basilica in the 18th century. Interestingly, it is the only piece that Michelangelo ever signed.In 1972, a man named Laszlo Toth attacked the priceless sculpture with a geologist’s hammer, all the while shouting “I am Jesus Christ; I have risen from the dead!” As a result of his efforts, Mary’s arm was detached at the elbow, a chunk of her nose taken off and part of her eyelid.Laszlo Toth (Hungarian: Tóth László; July 1, 1938 – September 11, 2012), a Hungarian-born Australian geologist who achieved worldwide notoriety when he vandalized Michelangelo’s Pietà statue on May 21, 1972.Over 100 marble fragments flew off the sculpture, some of which were picked up by visitors to the Vatican, including Mary’s nose, which eventually had to be reconstructed from a block cut from the back of the piece.Laszlo Toth being removed from the Pietà on May 21, 1972.The repair of the statue was one of the most delicate and controversial art restorations in history. Some wanted the statue to remain damaged, as a sign of violent times; others believed it should be restored to its original state, but with a clear indication of what was original and what was new.In the end, the Vatican decided that the Pieta would be restored such that no traces of intervention would be visible.A detail view of the damaged statue, May 1972.Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, said that “with any other statue, leaving the wounds [of the attack] visible, however painful, could have been tolerated. But not with the Pieta, not this miracle of art.”10 months after the attack, the Pieta was back on display — although protected by bulletproof glass.Statue of St. George, SpainThe effigy before and after restoration. Photo by Julio Asuncion-ArtUs Restauración PatrimonioSimilarly to the Ecce Homo incident, an amateur attempted to restore a 16th century wooden sculpture of St. George in the Church of San Miguel de Estella in Navarre, Spain.Rather than contracting a professional conservator, a local art teacher was hired to conduct the restoration. While her intentions may have been noble, the statue has since been compared to a Disney character, with its new bright pink face, and red and grey suit of armour.Instead of cleaning the original polychrome paint, the teacher, known only as Carmen in the local media, simply painted over it. According to the town’s mayor, Koldo Leoz, the restoration was conducted without consultation and is “unfortunate” in its results.Read another story from us: Outrage as Spanish teacher botches restoration of 500-year-old effigy of St. GeorgeTaking it further, the Spanish Conservationists and Restorers Association (ACRE) contacted prosecutors to explore whether or not the failed restoration would constitute “a crime for damage against objects of cultural and historical value.” Ironically, prior to the restoration, the statue had been in rather good condition considering its age.
How to stay safe when downloading Firefox extensions by Martin Brinkmann on January 16, 2018 in Firefox – 24 commentsThe following guide offers tips and instructions for staying safe when you download extensions for the Mozilla Firefox web browser.The past year has been eventful for users of the Firefox web browser. Mozilla introduced features such as multi-process support or Firefox Quantum that moved the browser closer to the all-powerful Google Chrome browser.Mozilla dropped the old add-on system of Firefox and replaced it with WebExtensions. WebExtensions is the same system that Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers support. Mozilla’s plan was, however, to extend the capabilities of WebExtensions further than what Chrome supported.Firefox WebExtensions have access to features that can make them more potent than their Chrome counterparts.One of the reasons that Mozilla offered for switching to WebExtensions was that classic add-ons had too much control over the browser. WebExtensions limit what developers can do which benefits security and stability of the browser.A look over to Chrome’s Web Store for extensions shows, however, that WebExtensions may still be abused to spy on users, steal data, or abuse user devices in other ways.Staying safe when downloading Firefox add-onsAMO, Add-ons Mozilla Org, is the primary hub for Firefox extensions. It is the official extension directory, and users may use it to browse, search for and install browser extensions.The store lists classic add-ons and WebExtensions currently. Mozilla announced plans in 2017 to remove traditional add-ons from the Store after Firefox ESR hits version 60. Firefox ESR is the only official Firefox version right now that supports legacy add-ons. The next version of the extended support release will end that.Automatic and manual approval of extensionsMozilla changed the extension submission system on Mozilla AMO. The organization verified each add-on manually in the past before allowing it to become available on AMO. The new system runs automated checks and adds any extension that passes these to the store.This is the same system that Google users for Chrome extensions. Mozilla will check add-ons manually eventually but only after the fact. That’s different to how Google handles things and improves security.There is no manual verification indicator on the site right now which means that you don’t know if an extension was reviewed manually.Crypto-mining extensions slipped passed the automatic review process already, and while the situation is arguable a lot better than on Chrome’s Web Store, there is a chance that problematic extensions may end up on AMO.So, what can you do about it?If you have the skills, verify extensions yourself. Download the extension to your local system, extract the XPI file, and go through the code.If you cannot do that, you may use the following methods to reduce the chance of installing problematic extensions:Don’t install extensions directly when they are made available. You increase the likelihood that an extension was reviewed by Mozilla if you wait a couple of days.Check the permissions. Do they match the purpose of the extension?Read the user reviews and check general stats (rating, number of users, add-on history). Extensions with good ratings, lots of installs and good reviews are better than extensions with no reviews, no ratings, and no comments. This is not a 100% safeguard either. Hackers managed to take over Google accounts of Chrome developers in the past to upload manipulated new versions of trusted extensions to the Store.Check the developer profile. Developers who maintain multiple extensions and maintained extensions for a long time are more trustworthy.Closing WordsDon’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating that Firefox users should not install add-ons anymore. Firefox users need to be aware of the dangers of the new review system. It is easy enough to see how bad things can become by looking at the situation over on Chrome’s Web Store. Mozilla’s system is still better than Google’s. The organization should consider adding a visible flag to extensions that have not been reviewed manually yet.Now You: How do you handle this?SummaryArticle NameHow to stay safe when downloading Firefox extensionsDescriptionThe following guide offers tips and instructions for staying safe when you download extensions for the Mozilla Firefox web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Related posts:Costa Rica’s first satellite project enters decisive stage Costa Rica’s first satellite scheduled for deployment in one year US Sen. Bill Nelson: Costa Rica has a place in the future of space flight Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test As of Monday evening, Central America’s first satellite is one step closer to orbit. Less than 48 hours before deadline, just over 800 sponsors made it possible to surpass thecrowdfunding campaign’s goal of $75,000 needed to send the region’s first satellite into space.The 10-centimeter (4-inch) satellite, known as a picosatellite, is the key element of the Irazú Project, named after Costa Rica’s highest volcano, located in Cartago province.Instruments on the satellite will take real-time measurements of temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide fixation. Data will be collected in a forest in Los Chiles, a mountainous area near Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua, and will be used to evaluate the effects of climate change on forests.The Costa Rica-based Central American Association for Aeronautics and Space (ACAE) and the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC) are leading the project. It also has backing from a number of private companies.ACAE President Carlos Alvarado said he was “very grateful to all those who believed in and trusted in the project during the crowdfunding campaign” that started March 21 and officially ends at 6 a.m. Costa Rica time on Wednesday.Several components of the satellite were built in Costa Rica, and the money raised through the campaign will be used to buy the remaining components, Alvarado said.Ticos engineers will be responsible for the satellite’s final assembly, which will take place here during the second half of this year.The device will then be sent to Japan where it will undergo tests before being deployed into space from the Kibo Lab, the Japanese module at the International Space Station, with the support of the Kyushu Institute of Technology.Terrestrial baseOnce in space, the picosatellite will orbit Earth at about 400 kilometers and will broadcast information collected through devices known as dendrometers that will be attached to trees in order to measure the effects of climate variations on their growth.TEC researchers built the dendrometers and will be responsible for analyzing all data that will will used by various TEC faculties in projects ranging from climate effects to numerical weather prediction.Information collected also will be shared on a website as open data, so that it can be used by investigators and students all over the world.ACAE will use all money collected beyond the $75,000 goal to fund the Ditsö Project, which consists of sending samples of the hardened forewings, or elytra, of Tico jewel scarabs to the International Space Station in order to evaluate the potential for replicating the material for coating satellites and other space equipment.See a video explainer of the Irazú Project: Facebook Comments