Who has the rights A look at how streaming services are confusing

first_imgTORONTO — Marie Conception was three seasons into the TV series “Gossip Girl” when Netflix yanked the entire show from its lineup. Advertisement Login/Register With: How long a streaming licence lasts will vary depending on the show or movie. Many contracts are signed for around a year, especially for films, which guarantees services like Netflix have a steady rotation of content from some of Hollywood’s big studios. Netflix brands a selection of its content as “Netflix Originals” even though it doesn’t actually own all of them outright. Both “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” are owned by outside studios who licence multi-year windows to the streaming service. Those contracts between a streaming company and a TV or film distributor are nothing new — they exist for traditional broadcasters, too. But in an era where many people stream much of their entertainment, what’s available is suddenly a bigger part of the conversation. The frustration is all too familiar for many TV viewers. You’re invested in “Mad Men” or “The West Wing” when the shows suddenly disappear from streaming services overnight. Fans still complain about how “Lost” can’t be found, and “Friday Night Lights” went dark. Left hanging in the middle of the teen drama’s juicy plot twists, the Burnaby, B.C. resident says she questioned why she signed up for Netflix in the first place. For instance, viewers have urged Netflix Canada to stock up on past seasons of “Game of Thrones,” but the blockbuster TV show is owned by HBO, its biggest competitor. Bell Media owns the licences the HBO content in Canada, but hasn’t made them available on any standalone streaming service. Advertisement The confusion over where to watch their favourite TV shows isn’t likely to subside for Canadians any time soon. Next year, CBS Corp. plans to enter the market with CBS All Access, potentially holding onto certain licences for TV shows it has a stake in, including “The Big Bang Theory.” When Disney rolls out its streaming platform in the coming years, there’s a good chance it’ll eventually keep its most valuable new content for itself, rather than license it to Netflix Canada. Those negotiations are still open, and Netflix could make Disney an offer too attractive to refuse. TV series can have an even longer licence that stretches for several years and covers a number of seasons. Sometimes, those rights switch to another service; other times they expire and disappear into the digital ether, especially in Canada where many popular shows aren’t available to stream. But streaming companies might have some explaining to do when the licenses for some of their “original series” end in the coming years. Advertisement Confused yet? Things get even more complicated when you turn to Netflix Canada, who bought licences for TV series like “Riverdale,” which appear on the platform shortly after they air on U.S. television. Twittercenter_img The reason TV shows or films are removed from streaming platforms can vary, though it almost always comes down to content licensing “windows,” the set periods of time a company gets the rights for a program. “You commit to purchasing Netflix or CraveTV because they have certain shows,” she says. “It’s a little upsetting when they pull stuff out for whatever reason.” Josh Scherba, executive vice-president of distribution and content at DHX Media, says the Toronto-based kids TV maker watched the value of its shows climb over the past five years as more streaming companies bulked up their virtual shelves. With more companies entering the market, the bidding increases. Once those terms end, the shows are free to be sold elsewhere, which means they will almost certainly land on broadcast TV or other streaming platforms. It’s already happened with Amazon Original series “Transparent,” which began airing on cable channel Showcase earlier this summer. “At the end of the day, if we do our jobs well enough, we’re renewing content that has a consumer appetite and reinvesting in new content,” he says. Mike Cosentino, senior vice-president of content at CraveTV, often hears the message loud and clear when he makes the call on what to stock on Bell Media’s platform. Those licences aren’t cheap, and the battle for content is getting more expensive. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But it isn’t always up to CraveTV, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video which entertainment they can license. “We think for the foreseeable future that’s going to continue,” Scherba says. “They do this weird thing where they sometimes take (a TV series) out, but they bring it back a few months later,” she says. “But with ‘Gossip Girl’ they didn’t.” All of these decisions are part of ongoing talks that don’t affect viewers until they notice something has gone missing from their streaming library. None of these shifts make it any easier for viewers to figure out where shows like “Gossip Girl” can be seen these days. Some websites like justwatch.com aim to help streamers find what they’re looking for. But that didn’t give Conception any idea if the show was returning to Netflix. Ultimately, consumers will probably foot the bigger monthly bill. Netflix Canada is already raising its monthly subscription by a dollar or two saying it’s partly due to rising costs for buying content and making its own original series. Facebook She eventually gave up and bought the show on DVD.by David Friendlast_img read more

Manitoba child welfare system in crisis and a national disgrace

first_imgDennis Ward Murray OliverAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s child-welfare system is in crisis and is a national disgrace for its high apprehension rates, according to critics.Cora Morgan, who is the First Nations children’s advocate, said kids are being taken from their families without proper assessments.She said some mothers have committed suicide out of despair.“We’ve learned of mothers committing suicide because they’re so desperate to get their children back,” said Morgan. “We’ve learned of a young girl who committed suicide while in care. We’ve had the opportunity to witness newborn babies apprehended at the hospital,” she said.Morgan added at least one child-welfare agency has barred her from advocating on behalf of a family.“If there’s such transparency, there’s so much legitimacy to apprehending all these children then why is it you’re not allowing us to be at the table with these families?” Morgan said.Meanwhile, provincial opposition critic Ian Wishart said Manitoba has become a national disgrace with nearly 11,000 kids in care — 90 per cent of them Aboriginal children.“We are by far the worst jurisdiction in Canada and some people will honestly tell you probably the worst jurisdiction in the world,” said Wishart.Manitoba’s Minister of Family Services Kerri Irvin-Ross said changes are being made to the system, but denies children are being placed at undue risk.Irvin-Ross said each particular child welfare agency decides for itself who should be permitted to advise on children in care.And she insists that the NDP government bases its decisions upon concerns for confidentiality and, especially, child safety.“We will never, ever, ever apologize for putting children first,” said Irvin-Rossdward@aptn.camoliver@aptn.ca— with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

African World Cup Qualifiers Morocco Miss Golden Opportunity to Beat Mali

Rabat – In a largely diasappointing performance by the Moroccan football team, The Atlas Lions missed a golden opportunity to beat Mali win three crucial points and become leader of Group C in the fourth round of African 2018 World Cup qualifiers.In both the first and second half of the game held Tuesday night in Bamako, Moroccan players missed golden opportunities to score and come out victorious.Hakim Ziyech strangely missed a penalty while Mbark Boussoufa, Khalid Boutaib and Oussama Tanane all failed to net while they were face to face with the Malian goalkeeper. The taste of the draw tastes even bitter as the Lion Atlas were given a gift by the Gabon team to lead Group C.Gabon stunned Ivory Coast at home with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.The Panthers scored the lead in the 19th minute by Alex Me Ndong. 10 minutes later the Gabonese team doubled thanks to Mario Lemina. Maxwell Cornet scored the Elephant’s goal in the 58th minute. The Gabonese team suffered a crushing defeat in Libreville on Friday when they lost 3-0.Despite its loss, Ivory Coast is still leader of Group C with seven points, followed by Morocco with six and Gabon with five.The three teams have chances of qualifying provided they win in the last remaining two games. Ivory Coast has an advantage as i twill face Mali next, the weakest team of the group, and Morocco in the final game.The Moroccan team will first have to defeat Gabon at home and they see how they can get a qualifying ticket from Ivory Coast if ever the Elephants manage to score a win or at least a draw against Mali. read more

Burundi Security Council members urge warring parties to reach ceasefire

Council members “called on all belligerents to cease hostilities immediately and urged the armed groups to enter into ceasefire negotiations without further delay with a view to concluding a ceasefire agreement,” said the current President of the 15-member security body, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, in a statement to the press following consultations.The members also encouraged cooperation among the Burundian parties “in order to ensure the smooth running of transitional institutions and the resolution of pending issues,” Ambassador Lavrov said. “They also strongly support the efforts of the facilitation and regional initiative to expedite ceasefire negotiations.”The President’s statement commended South African troops in the country “for their important contribution to the effort to help bring comprehensive peace to Burundi” and encouraged them to continue their mission in the country. Council members also commended efforts to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of refugees “at a measured pace to ensure the safety of returning refugees in the current security situation.”Looking to the broader global context, the members called on the international community to support the process in the framework of the Arusha Agreement and urged the donor community to increase economic, humanitarian and development assistance to Burundi.During their closed-door meeting, Council members were also briefed on sanctions against Liberia. Ambassador Lavrov said they “took note” of the Security Council sanctions committee’s intention to have further discussions on recommendations produced by a Panel of Experts on those measures.The Chairman of the sanctions committee will brief the Council on the outcome of those discussions sometime before 6 May, according to Ambassador Lavrov. read more

Fresh fighting sparks fears of new displacement of civilians in DR of

Cases of human rights abuses are increasing, food security is deteriorating, and reinforcements of both humanitarian workers and funding are urgently needed, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) added. Humanitarian officials in the field report that if food supplies don’t arrive soon, deaths and illness will greatly increase among the displaced people. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said lack of funding and poor infrastructure was slowing the arrival of provisions.After taking 12 days to cover 480 kilometres, a WFP food convoy remains blocked at Kabango, one of the areas of combat that is located 120 kilometres south of Mitwaba, because of a broken bridge.In Dubie, where more than 16,000 displaced people have taken refuge, mortality rates are now 2.5 per day and tensions have risen between locals and newcomers, OCHA reported. read more

Sudan Annan confers with UN envoy Pronk after Government demands his withdrawal

“As far as we are concerned his status remains unchanged,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the regular noon briefing, when asked about a comment by Sudanese Ambassador Abdalmahmood Mohamad that Mr. Pronk was history.“He remains the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, having been recalled for consultations. But obviously the decision regarding Mr. Pronk, as the decision regarding any Special Representative of the Secretary-General, is the Secretary-General’s to make.” Asked if the plan would be for Mr. Pronk to work from outside Sudan if he is to stay in place and the Sudanese Government doesn’t change its position, Mr. Dujarric replied: “We need to take things one step at a time… The Secretary-General had a meeting this morning with Mr. Pronk. They ran through the situation and they’ll probably have more discussions either later this afternoon or tomorrow.” On Monday, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Hédi Annabi protested to Mr. Mohamad over the Sudanese Government’s decision. Mr. Annan received the Government’s letter on Sunday and requested Mr. Pronk to come to New York for consultations. As Special Representative Mr. Pronk oversees the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) set up in 2005 to support a peace agreement between the Government and rebel forces in Southern Sudan. In August this year the Security Council expanded its mandate to include deployment to the western Darfur region to support the “early and effective implementation” of a peace accord with some of the rebels there.But the Sudanese Government has rejected any UN deployment in Darfur, where at least 200,000 people are estimated to have died as a result of the conflict and more than 2 million others have been displaced. At present the UN supports an African Union mission in the region. UNMIS has some 10,250 uniformed personnel in Sudan out of a total of up to 27,300 mandated when the Council expanded its mission in August. read more

Volunteer Fire Chief Resigns After Labeling Steelers Tomlin With

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks on his headset during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area volunteer fire chief has lost his post after using a racial slur to describe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.Paul Smith of the Muse fire company in Cecil Township wrote on Facebook that he added Tomlin to a list of “no-good” people he describes with the slur. Smith says he was upset that Tomlin had instructed his team to stay in a stadium tunnel instead of standing on the field for the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors says on its website Tuesday that Smith “is no longer the volunteer fire chief.”The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2hujHlO ) Smith resigned. He tells the newspaper he’s “not the racist the media portrays me as.”He adds he “posted in anger.” read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Michigan State in four sets after

Ohio State freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic attempts a shot against Northwestern on Nov. 4 at St. John Arena. Ohio State lost to Northwestern in four sets. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorWhile individual players had record-breaking games, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team fell to Michigan State in four sets (25-18, 24-26, 25-19, 25-10) on Wednesday night. The Buckeyes came out at 12-15 overall and 3-12 in the Big Ten while the Spartans improve to 16-12 overall and 4-11 in conference action.Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić broke personal and team records with a team-high 17 kills, a career-high 21 points and four service aces. Back-to-back kills by Bukilić led Ohio State to a 26-24 win in the second set.The Buckeyes got off to a 8-3 lead in the third set, but Michigan State bounced back to tie the game at 17, finishing with a 25-19 win. Ohio State sophomore setter Becca Mauer had a career-high 15 digs and junior defensive specialist Camry Halm had nine.Michigan State redshirt senior outside hitter Maddie Haggerty had 18 kills and freshman setter Elena Shklyar had five service aces. Ohio State more than doubled Michigan State in errors, with the Buckeyes recording 29 compared to the Spartans’ 13.Ohio State will head back home to face Maryland at the St. John Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. read more

Man in his 40s shot dead by lone gunman in Dublin

first_imgUpdated 7.57pmGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a man in his 40s was shot dead on a road in north Dublin this evening.The shooting happened at around 5pm on the Ballycoolin Road in Finglas. Gardaí said the man was shot by a lone gunman.The victim was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was pronounced dead.The scene has been preserved so that a technical examination can be carried out by investigators. The Ballycoolin Road is closed between the Premier Business Park and Cappagh Road and is expected to remain closed overnight.Gardaí have asked for anyone who witnessed the shooting to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Originally published 6.58pmlast_img

The EUs poorest country is voting in a snap general election today

first_imgBULGARIA IS VOTING in a tight and tense snap general election marred by accusations of fraud and expected to result in political stalemate and fresh protests in the EU’s poorest member.Despite its ousting by massive public unrest just three months ago, the conservative GERB party of former bodyguard ex-premier Boyko Borisov is tipped to win the most votes.Eve-of-ballot polls however showed GERB pulling just 29-35 per cent support, suggesting a slim win that would bring them nowhere near a governing majority.The socialist BSP party was also snapping at GERB’s heels on 25-32 per cent, with some surveys putting them neck-and-neck.Whichever party comes first will face the tough task of finding at least two coalition partners in a severely fragmented parliament that might include up to five other parties.These could include the ultra-nationalst Ataka party, the Turkish minority party MRF and potential kingmaker DGB, a new centrist party formed by ex-European commissioner Meglena Kuneva.Wiretapping scandalThe campaign has focused more on a wiretapping scandal than on the grinding poverty — almost a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line — that so angered Bulgarians over the winter.Six people have died after setting themselves on fire in protest or despair.The failure by politicians to address ordinary Bulgarians’ top concern has added to apathy among the country’s 6.9 million voters, and to predictions that people will be out on the streets again before too long.“We are also headed for fresh social protests,” Gallup analyst Zhivko Georgiev told state BNT television late Saturday. Voter turnout is expected to be around 50 percent.Voters’ dim view of the system six years after joining the EU was exacerbated Saturday with the discovery of 350,000 illegal ballot papers at a printing firm whose owner is reportedly close to GERB.The head of the socialists accused Borisov’s party of preparing for the “total falsification of the elections.”Worries about election irregularities in the former communist country had already prompted the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to send its biggest monitoring mission to Bulgaria since 1990.Independent vote countFive parties — but not GERB — have also commissioned an independent vote count, analysts fears that the election result may be challenged for the first time since the country’s first post-communist election 23 years ago.“I won’t vote. They’ve lost all respect for their own people,” fumed Stefka Popova, a retired metallurgy worker forced to supplement her meagre pension by selling newspapers.“I have no words to express my disgust. I don’t think anything like this has ever happened in a EU state,” said retired economist Stefka Georgieva, 60, after casting ballot for the Socialists.“People should understand that BSP is the only truly social party, all the rest work for the rich only. As to GERB — there never were bigger liars in this country than them,” her friend, teacher Svetla Krasteva, added.A hung parliament or fresh elections is also the last thing the Bulgarian economy needs, with growth of only 0.8 per cent last year and badly needed foreign investment falling sharply.Exit polls were expected around 8:00 pm (5pm GMT) when the more than 11,700 polling stations close, with the first partial official results not expected until Monday morning.- © AFP, 2013Column: Why is the EU observing Bulgaria’s elections this Sunday?last_img read more

Need AirSketcher fan intelligently tracks objects turns on and off when commanded

first_imgWhen it comes to personal cooling, a fan really is the way to go. Air conditioners have their moments, but they are loud, expensive to operate, and hard to install. Fans can be placed on the ceiling, can run quietly, they oscillate, and you can speak into them and make a Darth Vader voice… what’s not to love? The AirSketcher robotic fan was designed to take one of the fan’s defining features — the ability to direct a stream of airflow — and turn it from being a limitation into an advantage.The AirSketcher fan has a built-in camera that is able to track a target. That means this fan can follow a subject around the room as they move, always directing a refreshing breeze their way. Readers: Welcome to the 21st century.The AirSketcher is also able to differentiate between two different targets and turn on/off when it recognizes one or the other. This means another cool trick is that it can oscillate intelligently, sending airflow around the room but then turning off momentarily when a flag is seen. This could come in handy if you have a room that needs a breeze, but you don’t want the papers on your desk to get messed up. You’d just need to place the “off” flag near your desk so the fan knows what to do at that moment — it will continue to oscillate but the fan will not spin for the next 30 seconds.As you can see in the video above the target markers aren’t exactly wearable yet, so the fan isn’t at the point where it would be ideal for following a person. A more refined tracking ability could make this possible, but for now it’s stuck with simple black and white cue cards. Perhaps in the future the AirSketcher could have facial recognition (though that would get annoying quickly) or be able to track the color of your shirt.The fan was designed by Masahiko Inami, Keita Watanabe, Shengda Matsuda, and Takeo Igarashi, and explained in a paper called “AirSketcher: Proposal and its implementation to facilitate the use of the wind.”  It does not seem to be available for examination at the moment.Persistant, via Oh Gizmolast_img read more

La NASA veut capturer un astéroïde pour le ramener dans lorbite lunaire

first_imgLa NASA veut capturer un astéroïde pour le ramener dans l’orbite lunaireLa NASA souhaite investir 100 millions de dollars pour financer une mission visant à aller chercher un astéroïde dans l’espace et à le rapprocher de la Terre pour pouvoir l’étudier de près.Cela fait des années que la NASA veut étudier de plus près les astéroïdes. Objectif : connaître leur composition exacte afin d’en savoir plus sur notre Système solaire mais aussi mieux envisager le risque qu’un astéroïde géocroiseur percute un jour la Terre. Pour cela, l’Agence américaine a déjà envisagé d’envoyer des hommes sur un proche astéroïde mais récemment c’est un tout autre projet qu’elle a dévoilé. Plus que de faire venir des hommes à l’astéroïde, elle penserait à ramener l’objet à proximité de nous !Concrètement, elle envisagerait de capturer un astéroïde et de le placer en orbite lunaire. Un projet qui a été proposé l’an dernier par les scientifiques du California Institute of Technology mais dont le coût avait précédemment été évalué à 2,6 milliards de dollars. Loin de perdre de vue l’idée, la NASA a toutefois réussi à revoir le budget à la baisse. En effet, désormais, le programme ne nécessiterait “plus” qu’une subvention de 100 millions de dollars dans le budget prévisionnel 2014. L’idée soumise par l’institut Keck pour les études spatiales (KISS) de Californie a donc retenu l’attention de la NASA qui a commencé à chercher des subventions. “L’idée d’exploiter les ressources naturelles des astéroïdes remonte à une centaine d’années, mais c’est seulement maintenant que la technologie est devenue disponible pour faire de cette idée une réalité”, a expliqué un rapport relayé par le site Aviation Week. De son côté, le KISS estime qu’approcher un astéroïde de 500 tonnes donnerait aux astronautes une destination “unique, significative et abordable”. “Placer un tel astéroïde dans l’orbite lunaire fournirait une nouvelle capacité pour l’exploration humaine jamais vue depuis Apollo. Ce serait le premier essai de l’humanité de modifier le ciel pour permettre aux humains de peupler l’espace”.  Un grand sac pour capturer et ramener l’astéroïde Mais le plus étonnant reste la méthode imaginée par les scientifiques pour capturer l’objet. Selon les détails du projet dévoilés, ceci se ferait grâce à une sonde envoyée dans l’espace par l’intermédiaire d’une fusée Atlas V. Une fois en orbite, l’engin se servirait de la gravité de la Lune pour se propulser dans l’espace interplanétaire et se rapprocher d’un astéroïde minutieusement choisi. Un voyage qui pourrait durer plusieurs années. Puis, une fois en place, celui-ci déploierait une sorte de gigantesque sac destiné à envelopper l’astéroïde.  Le “filet” servirait à stopper la rotation de l’objet sur lui-même avant d’être maintenu à l’aide de câbles solides qui empêcheront l’astéroïde de s’échapper. “A cause de la vélocité résiduelle entre l’astéroïde et l’engin, il y aura peut-être une sorte d’impact pendant la capture de l’astéroïde. Dans la mesure où l’astéroïde sera bien plus massif que l’engin, il est peut-être plus juste de penser comme si c’était l’astéroïde qui capturait l’engin. Néanmoins, une fois que l’engin et l’astéroïde seront étroitement liés ensemble, l’engin pourra défaire cette combinaison”, a expliqué le KISS. Un astéroïde à étudier de près dans l’orbite lunaire À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’ensemble mesurerait au total quelque 10 mètres de long pour 15 mètres de diamètre et pourrait capturer une cible cylindrique de 6 mètres de diamètre pour 12 mètres de longueur. De là, l’astéroïde pourra être conduit jusqu’à l’orbite lunaire avant d’être relâché. Une opération qui demanderait sans surprise une massive quantité de fioul. Dans leur projet, les scientifiques ont donc plutôt tablé sur un système propulsé grâce à l’énergie solaire. Une fois l’opération achevée, l’astéroïde pourrait alors être étudié sans difficulté par les scientifiques.D’après le KISS, un objet d’un diamètre de sept mètres et d’une masse de 500 tonnes pourrait contenir jusqu’à 100 tonnes d’eau, 100 tonnes de carbone, 90 tonnes de métaux et 200 tonnes de silicates. Des quantités qui représentent sans surprise un enjeu de taille pour les chercheurs. Mais selon eux, la capture de l’objet pourrait aussi permettre d’entrainer des astronautes à atterrir sur un astéroïde plus lointain au cours des vingt prochaines années.(crédits photo : Keck Institute for Space Studies) Le 3 avril 2013 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des nanocubes dADN pour délivrer des médicaments

first_imgDes nanocubes d’ADN pour délivrer des médicamentsDes chercheurs ont réussi à créer des nanocubes constitués d’ADN qui peuvent contenir et libérer des molécules de médicaments.Dans le domaine des nanotechnologies, les possibilités sont quasi-infinies à l’échelle de l’infiniment petit. L’une des voies de recherche les plus prometteuses concerne la délivrance ciblée de médicaments dans le corps. Pour preuve, des chercheurs canadiens viennent de publier dans la revue Nature Chemistry une étude définissant la création de véritables cages à médicament, constituées de brins d’ADN. Une technique qui pourrait à terme être utilisée pour soigner des leucémies et autres cancers.Des barreaux en ADN”C’est une étape importante pour la recherche pharmaceutique, mais aussi pour la recherche fondamentale en biologie structurelle et nanotechnologie” explique le professeur Hanadi Sleiman, de l’université McGill, auteur de l’étude. Les cages présentées par les chercheurs sont munies de “barreaux” constitués de petits brins d’ADN, la molécule support de l’information génétique. D’une taille de quelques nanomètres (un nanomètre représente un milliardième de mètre), ces brins ont l’avantage d’être faciles à synthétiser, et de pouvoir réagir avec des molécules spécifiques, comme celles recouvrant la paroi de cellules cancéreuses. En plus des brins d’ADN, les petits cubes sont également couverts de molécules lipidiques, qui agissent comme une “colle” pour maintenir les particules de médicaments à l’intérieur de la structure.Les cubes peuvent s’attacherLes chercheurs ont également découvert une autre propriété à ces molécules collantes : quand elles sont placées à l’extérieur de la cage, elles permettent d’attacher deux cubes entre eux. Pour le professeur Sleiman, ce n’est pas sans rappeler la façon dont les protéines se plient et s’arrangent dans l’espace : “cela ouvre tout une gamme de possibilités pour créer des nanomatériaux à base d’ADN”.Ce même laboratoire avait déjà pu démontrer que des nanoparticules d’or pouvaient être stockées et délivrées par des nanotubes d’ADN. Mais cette découverte marque une nouvelle étape, les molécules utilisées étant autrement plus petites que celles d’or.Cellules cancéreuses”Les structures en ADN peuvent être conçues avec une grande précision, elles sont biodégradables et leur taille, forme et propriétés sont aisément modifiables” ajoute Thomas Edwardson, co-auteur de l’étude.Les cages d’ADN peuvent libérer leur contenu quand elles sont activées par une séquence d’ADN spécifique. “Beaucoup de cellules malades, comme les cellules cancéreuses, expriment en excès certain gènes” continue Edwardson. “Dans de futures applications, on pourrait créer des cubes qui transportent des médicaments directement vers les cellules, et ce seraient ces cellules malades qui activeraient la libération”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’équipe du professeur Sleiman expérimente maintenant cette technique sur des cellules animales afin de tester les effets sur les leucémies lymphoïdes chroniques ainsi que sur le cancer de la prostate.(Crédit photo :  Thomas Edwardson, McGill University)Le 2 septembre 2013 à 18:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Arrests on suspicion

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are continuing investigations into a number of reports and following intense police pressure and presence in numerous areas of Providenciales, a number of persons have been arrested on suspicion of offences.A 22-year-old male of Providenciales was arrested on suspicion of Robbery and Kidnapping in connection with a report made on Tuesday 18th July 2017.A 23-year-old female of Grand Turk is arrested for theft in connection with a report made earlier this month.A 29-year-old male of Grand Turk is was arrested on suspicion of wounding in connection with a report made yesterday (Monday 31st July 2017).Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Defense Bill Calls for DOD to Step up Support for Communities Grappling

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR DOD should expedite and streamline cleanups of sites with contaminated groundwater resulting from defense activities that are directly impacting civilian access to drinking water, according to a “sense of Congress” included in the conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. The provision, section 317, calls for the department and the military services “to reduce the financial burden on state and local government who are bearing significant costs of cleanup,” as well as to “continue to engage with and help allay local community concerns about the safety of the drinking water.”While addressing the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in local drinking water supplies stemming from the military’s past use of firefighting foam has become a top environmental priority for DOD over the past several years, the language does not single out that class of contaminants. A separate provision of the conference report requires the department to outline its plans for cleaning up on- and off-base drinking water supplies contaminated with PFAS after the Environmental Protection Agency establishes a regulatory standard for those chemicals.Section 317 also calls for the department to “seek opportunities to accelerate environmental restoration efforts where feasible, to include programming additional resources for response actions, investing in technology solutions that may expedite response actions, improving contracting procedures, increasing contracting capacity, and seeking opportunities for partnerships and other cooperative approaches.” The conferees direct the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment to brief the House and Senate Armed Services committees on initiatives being pursued to accelerate environmental restoration efforts within 120 days after the bill is enacted. The briefing was included in the legislative language in the original House provision but the conferees moved it to the measure’s joint explanatory statement.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russelllast_img read more

Reserves dividends would be gone in 10 years without action lawmakers told

first_imgDavid Teal, fiscal analyst for the Alaska Legislature, runs through various budget models related to House Bill 115 for the House Finance Committee on Wednesday. HB 115 creates a state income tax, draws money from the Permanent Fund for the state budget and introduces a new formula for setting the amount of the Permanent Fund dividend. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska’s budget reserves could be gone in 10 years if the state government doesn’t take action to balance its budget, the Legislature’s nonpartisan finance expert said Wednesday (Feb. 15).Listen nowLegislative Finance Director David Teal said that by 2027, whether Alaskans receive Permanent Fund dividends each year would depend on annual Fund earnings.“You would earn money in (fiscal year) ’27, and you just don’t know whether those earnings in that year would be sufficient to make the payments,” Teal said.In a House Finance Committee hearing, Teal mapped out different scenarios for the state government’s future, based on the plans put out by Gov. Bill Walker and lawmakers. Under Walker’s plan, the state budget would be stable and Permanent Fund dividends would also be relatively flat, at $1,000.A House Finance Committee bill, House Bill 115, would reintroduce an income tax.According to a model that Teal’s office built, the bill would allow for higher dividend growth than Walker’s plan. And it would close the state’s deficit sooner.North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson said there would continue to be room for dividends if the state makes deeper cuts to government. She noted that the Republican-led Senate majority has called for $750 million in budget cuts over the next three years.“The bigger question – as you just said, if we don’t reduce the budget – is: Does government grab all that money for themselves and tell the people, ‘Too bad, you don’t get any’?” Wilson said.State Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said there’s little to no room for further cuts, without eliminating services that residents depend on, or pushing the tax burden onto local municipalities.“So, essentially, state expenditures cuts that don’t recognize ongoing needs are pass-through solutions – they’re simply taking the state’s burden and putting it on somebody else,” Hoffbeck said.Hoffbeck said that if the state cut its payments to municipalities – including a 10 percent cut in school aid – property tax payers would be hit. He estimates that owners of houses assessed at $300,000 could pay as much as $1,500 more each year in property taxes.The House Finance Committee will hear public testimony on the income tax and Permanent Fund bill on Friday (Feb. 17).last_img read more

Wondering who Tamanna Simhadri is Heres all about wild card entrant in

first_imgTwitterHere’s all you need to know about Tamanna Simhadri, the first transgender contestant of Bigg Boss.In the first two seasons of Bigg Boss Telugu, wild card entries happened almost after four weeks of the show. But in the third season, a wild card entrant has arrived right after the first week itself. In July 29 episode, the housemates saw the entry of Tamanna Simhadri, the first wild card entrant of the third season. 1.     Born as Simhadri Mastan, Tamanna is now acts in Telugu TV series. Speculations have always been rife that the transgender contestant would enter the show. Finally her entry has materialised in the current season. 2.     Tamanna Simhadri is from Avanigadda, a small village in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, but was raised in Vijayawada. She is so much in love with her hometown that she wants to dedicate her life for serving her city. 3.     Tamanna’s father Simhadri Nageswara Rao was a farmer and her mother Nirmala was a homemaker. She has an elder brother but they have stopped talking to each other. Slowly, she moved to Mumbai. 4.     She was interested in studies, but couldn’t pursue all that she wanted due to financial issues. But still, she managed to complete SSC and pursued PUC, which is equivalent to Intermediate Education, from Andhra University. Later, she obtained her degree in Bachelor of Computer Applications from Indira Gandhi Open University.5.     She was passionate about becoming an actor and modelling was always on her mind. With the help of her transgender friend, she started working for an NGO in Mumbai for the welfare of women and transgender community. 6.     She won a beauty pageant title Miss Transgender Mumbai in 2010 and extended her support for Sri Reddy, who protested against casting couch. 7.     Tamanna has some really big dreams. She wants to share screen space with Megastar Chiranjeevi and says that Uday Kiran was her first celebrity crush. If given a chance, she would definitely want to prove her skill.8.     Tamanna sees Bigg Boss house as an opportunity to get closer to people and make a name for herself.last_img read more

Another bridge collapses in Bengal none injured

first_imgKolkata: Within a month of the Majerhat bridge collapse here in West Bengal, that claimed three lives, an under construction bridge in South 24 Parganas collapsed on Monday, police said. “Part of the under construction bridge over Kalnagini river in Kawkdeep area collapsed at around 10 a.m. No one has been injured in the incident,” a state police officer said. “The reason of the collapse is yet to be ascertained. Senior officials have reached the spot,” he added. A portion of the Majerhat bridge in south Kolkata collapsed on September 4, killing three and injuring at least 19 others. Another canal bridge collapsed in Darjeeling district’s Siliguri on September 7, injuring a truck driver.last_img

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UK universities failing LGBTI students mental health – 4 in 5 are

first_img4 in 5 young LGBTI people studying in the UK say they are struggling because they aren’t getting enough help from their university. National Student Pride walk in the Pride in London Parade 2017 | Photo: Gay Star News / Jamie Wareham New research from Student Minds says LGBTI students need more support that is ‘inclusive and culturally competent.’The report, ‘LGBTQ+ Student Mental Health’, out today is based on the responses of 467 students, graduates, and Student Union representatives.In the UK, LGB adults are more likely to face mental health woes. They are also more likely to have a lower well-being in comparison to straight people.Nearly 1 in 2 trans people try to take their own life.The research found that four in five feel ‘there is a need for further support for LGBTQ+ students.’Because of this, LGBTQ+ students are most likely to seek help or advice for emotional problems from their friends over professionals, parents or even helplines.Does the LGBTI community on campus need to change too?Over a quarter of students (28%) do not feel engaged in their university’s LGBTQ+ community. Over half (54%) also feel unable to engage with their local LGBTQ+ community too.Co-author of the Student Minds report Dominic Smithies tells GSN:‘Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community is an important factor in helping individuals build their resilience.’The report notes that:‘Respondents suggested that LGBTQ+ societies and representatives were not always warm, friendly and welcoming. The leadership of LGBTQ+ societies are seen as ‘cliquey’ and exclusive.Student Mind’s report says societies with a focus on drinking and partying shut out students looking for a supportive space.NUS LGBT+ Officer (Women’s Place), Eden Ladley tells GSN, the report raises serious concerns:‘There is a clear need for educational institutions to provide culturally competent and well-funded mental health support. Especially around body image, eating disorders and trauma.‘Students’ Unions also have a key role to play in facilitating the provision of LGBT+ peer support services. The NUS LGBT+ Campaign will be supporting LGBT+ societies in students’ unions to better provide that support.’The report shows nine in ten want the university to provide a peer support programme for LGBTQ+ students. Many of the students also call for Universities to prioritize help for LGBTQ+ societies, which are often underfunded and poorly supported. Other responses include students calling for ‘raising awareness’, ‘improving support services’ and ‘wider policy work.’How can Universities respond?Commenting on the research, Rosie Tressler, CEO of Student Minds says they want institutions to put LGBTI students at the heart of their change-making process:‘Programmes of change are occurring nationwide, with increasing numbers of Vice-chancellors taking on mental health and wellbeing as a strategic priority.‘LGBTQ+ students must be seen as an opportunity. Place them at the heart of the solutions – enabling all to thrive whilst at a university.’One new trend that tries to emulate this style of peer-to-peer support is LGBTI only student halls.The University of Sheffield is the latest to follow Birmingham University’s lead in launching accommodation specifically for LGBTI students.John de Pury, mental health policy lead at Universities UK, welcomes the report:‘As part of a whole university approach to mental health, it’s important that universities identify, engage with and support vulnerable minority groups, including LGBTQ+ students and staff.‘In addition to culturally competent student support services, peer support groups are a good way of encouraging inclusivity and building communities. Universities see mental health as a priority and partnership. Working with students and staff is vital if we are to help everyone to thrive.’Read more from Gay Star Students:Gay and bi college students having less sexual satisfaction than straight peersMore from Gay Star NewsLGBTI teachers in villages at higher risk of mental health issuesGay basketball star nails the importance of talking about mental health problemsThis is gay YouTuber Connor Franta’s advice if social media’s affecting your mental healthGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay and bisexual students aren’t getting the help they need at college, major study showsI self-harmed because I was a lesbian – we need to help other girls like meBoozy and cliquey LGBT+ university societies fail studentsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-universities-failing-lgbti-students/last_img read more