Rhinoceros Party of Canada announces candidate for Prince GeorgePeace RiverNorthern Rockies

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rhinoceros Party of Canada, a satirical political party, has named a candidate to run in the riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies for the upcoming federal election.Selected by the Party to run in our riding is Jacob “Turkman” Stokes.While not much is known about Stokes, some of the Party’s platform includes tackling environmental issues and lowering taxes. Since its founding, the Rhinoceros Party has been unable to secure a seat in the House of Commons but does claim that several candidates have finished in second or third place in their constituency.Candidates running in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies include Conservative candidate and incumbent Bob Zimmer, Catharine Kendall of the Green Party, and Ron Vaillant of the People’s Party of Canada.The Liberal and NDP parties have yet to nominate a candidate.The Federal Election is October 21, 2019.last_img read more

Canadian Press NewsAlert Trump administration lists NAFTA goals

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has released its broad objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The U.S. says it wants: more access for U.S. agriculture, telecommunications, and construction exports; to maintain some Buy American exemptions; new currency-manipulation rules; addition of elements from now-dormant TPP and overhaul of the dispute-settlement system.More to come.

Actor who plays most interesting man in the world in beer ad

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actor who plays most interesting man in the world in beer ad backs anti-land mine group in Vt. MANCHESTER, Vt. – An actor known in beer commercials as the most interesting man in the world is supporting an international non-profit group with an office in his Vermont hometown that’s working with survivors of land mine explosions.Jonathan Goldsmith closes his Dos Equis commercials with “stay thirsty, my friend.” He says he first became aware of the work done by Clear Path International when he moved to Manchester almost three years ago and met its co-founder James Hathaway.He says wars may be over but land mines are “waiting to ruin some kid’s life or some poor farmer’s life.”Clear Path was founded in 2000 and is based in Bainbridge Island, Wash. It operates in places including Afghanistan, Cambodia and Vietnam and along the border between Thailand and Myanmar. by The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2013 9:44 pm MDT read more

Saturn Metals makes ore sorting breakthrough at Apollo Hill gold project

first_imgSaturn Metals is heralding the first pass results of a laser ore sorting test at its Apollo Hill gold project, near Leonora in the Western Australia goldfields, saying there is potential for using this type of mineral processing upgrade on a future mining operation.Testing using a STEINERT Fines KSS L machine showed mineralised quartz can be efficiently separated from non-mineralised host basalt, according to the company, with the first sorting test achieving a 1.5x upgrade to the grade of a sample, taking material from 0.78 g/t Au to 1.2 g/t Au. Alongside this was a strong gold recovery of up to 91.9% with only two ore sorting passes.Other notable results from this test work included a 28% volume reduction, which was achieved through the effective ejecting of a significant portion of waste rock and marginal material and, importantly, only 0.55% of the gold in sample was lost to fines in preparation for ore sorting (crushing and wet screening to +10 mm ore sorting size). “This low figure is considered a positive result as loss of metal to fines can otherwise render ore sorting ineffective,” the company said.Saturn explained: “Ore sorting, particularly with strong recovery results as seen in the test conducted at Apollo Hill, can result in a more efficient mineral processing solution being developed for mining projects, with smaller tonnages of higher-grade material being beneficiated for mineral processing. This can potentially reduce the size and cost of mineral processing circuits, or increase gold milling capacity, and, in turn, positively impact overall project economics.”Successful ore sorting treatment of selective higher-grade material from Apollo Hill could also lead to truck and toll treatment options for the deposit, according to the company.Following these initial results, the company is planning further test work to refine and improve the application of ore sorting technology at Apollo Hill, it said.Saturn Managing Director, Ian Bamborough, said the results were a “very important breakthrough” for project, which currently contains an indicated and inferred mineral resource of 20.7 Mt grading 1 g/t Au for 685,000 oz of gold.“Positive ore sorting results have the potential to deliver a step change in the feed grade of material delivered into any mineral processing circuit,” he said. “Subject to further positive results, we may have the potential to significantly improve options for the economic development of Apollo Hill.”last_img read more

Cirkovic leaves RK Eurofarm Rabotnik – New coach is Stevce Alusovski

Djordje CirkovicRK Eurofarm RabotnikStevce Alusovski Home 21:31 defeat against Tatabanya Grundfos made a real earthquake in Bitola, the second biggest city of the North Macedonia.The Serbian coach Djordje Cirkovic has decided to leave the club after two defeats at the start of EHF Cup Group Phase despite the biggest success in the club’s history, placement in Group phase, but also winning run in regular part of the season in domestic League, which Eurofarm Rabotnik ended on the leading position.“I don’t want to work with the players who don’t want to fight”, said Cirkovic after home defeat against Hungarians and kept his promise a day after, when he resigned.His successor is domestic legend Stevce Alusovski. Alusovski, legendary Macedonian left wing, led local rival RK Pelister Bitola in the previous season. ← Previous Story RK PPD Zagreb present Artur Karvatski Next Story → Dobrogea Sud Constanta new leader of Romanian championship read more

TWO CROATS OUT ONE IN PGE Vive Kielce to stay without Mamic

Marko Mamic ← Previous Story Veszprem’s video about Ilic&Nagy “Thank you, legends” Next Story → Bertus Servaas about Zorman and RK Vardar: If Uros wants to leave, I won’t block him PGE Vive Kielce will have different roster for the next season. Among players who will leave the Polish handball capital are also left back Marko Mamic, who signed three years contract with the German team DhFK Leipzig, and playmaker Luka Cindric, who is close to sign the deal with the Spanish champions FC Barcelona Lassa.On the other side, hero of EHF Champions League Final4 from RK Vardar, Igor Karacic is coming to Kielce where he will play again with his team-mate from Skopje’s time Alex Dujshebaev. read more

Handball world in shock after death of Ekaterina Koroleva

Russian women’s national team player Ekaterina Koroleva, passed away, after a drowning incident, according to preliminary findings., at the end of Women’s Beach Handball EURO 2019 in PolandLeft wing Koroleva was born on October 8, 1998 in Krymsk and had played handball from the age of 15, going on to represent her country in both the beach and indoor versions of the game as well as playing for Russian club side Stavropolie-Skfu.Last year, she represented her country at the 2018 IHF Women’s Junior World Championship in Hungary, scoring 27 times in all nine Russia games which saw her side finish fourth overall.The whole handball family expressing sadness and condolence to Ekaterina’s friends and family.  ← Previous Story Women’s EHF Final4 to stay in Budapest until 2024 Next Story → EHF Court confirms fines for match in Szeged Ekaterina Koroleva read more

Junior WCh 2019 – France at the top of the world

← Previous Story This is how Egyptians celebrater first medal after 20 years! Next Story → Junior World Championship 2019 All Star team – Ivan Martinovic MVP French junior team is the best in generation 1998!France won their third gold medal in three years of competing from the Youth EURO 2016 in Croatia until Junior WCh 2019 in Spain.The French team beat Croatia 28:23 to repeat success against the same rivals three years ago in Koprivnica. They won seven of nine matches, lost two in Preliminary Round against Egypt and Sweden, but the best in the most crucial moments… read more

23yearold man dies in Cork crash

first_imgA 23-YEAR-OLD man has been killed in a road crash in Bandon, county Cork.The single car crash happened on the R586 at Murragh, Enniskeen at around 3.10 this afternoon.The man died when the vehicle he was driving left the road.He was pronounced dead at scene and taken to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem will take place.The road is currently closed as gardaí examine the scene – local diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Bandon Garda Station on 023 8852200, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Ukraine isnt going to let Russias humanitarian convoy across its border

first_img Russian ‘aid’ convoy leaving base near Moscow heading to #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/FPL1fK1SvS— Ukraine Reporter (@StateOfUkraine) August 12, 2014 Updated 12.06pmRUSSIA SAID TODAY it would dispatch a ‘humanitarian convoy’ to conflict-torn east Ukraine despite fierce warnings from the West that Moscow not act alone as a cover for sending in troops.But Ukraine said it will not allow the mammoth convoy to enter its territory and that any assistance should be handed over at the border.“We will not consider the possibility of any movement of the Russian column on the territory of Ukraine,” said Valeriy Chalyy, deputy head of the presidential administration, adding that any aid would have to be loaded onto transport provided by the Red Cross and that no Russian personnel would be allowed to escort it.Russia insisted its military would not be involved in the convoy, but Kiev said Moscow could only play a role as part of a broader Red Cross mission.Russian President Vladimir Putin told European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso that Moscow “is sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine in cooperation with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.” Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Source: AP Photo/Felipe DanaIn a telephone call with Barroso, Putin slammed the “catastrophic consequences of the military operation led by Kiev authorities” in eastern Ukraine and stressed the need for an immediate humanitarian mission, the Kremlin said in a statement.Barroso in turn “warned against any unilateral military actions in Ukraine, under any pretext, including humanitarian,” Brussels said in a statement.NATO says the Kremlin has massed 20,000 troops at the Ukrainian border and there is deep concern in the West that Russia will intervene to protect pro-Moscow separatists under threat from a government onslaught.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted the military would not be involved in Russia’s convoy.No ‘military escort’ “There won’t be a military escort,” Peskov told AFP, adding that the mission has been “agreed with Kiev”.He said he could provide no further details about the convoy or a timetable for the mission.Local authorities in insurgent-held cities in eastern Ukraine — where more than 1,300 people have been killed and 285,000 forced from their homes in recent months — have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe as water, power and food supplies are cut. Source: Ukraine Reporter/Twittercenter_img Ukraine said it was willing to accept help, but from a broader mission involving Western nations.Kiev said President Petro Poroshenko had spoken by telephone to US President Barack Obama about a possible Red Cross mission that would also involve the US, European Union and Germany helping to deliver aid to the stricken city of Lugansk.“Barack Obama confirmed the intention of the USA to take active part in the international humanitarian mission,” Kiev said in a statement.The White House said the two leaders had agreed during the call “that any Russian intervention in Ukraine without the formal, express consent and authorisation of the Ukraine government would be unacceptable and a violation of international law.”The White House said Poroshenko had updated Obama on efforts with the Red Cross for a “multilateral” aid mission but it made no direct mention of US participation.Over the weekend, Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that any unilateral move by Russia into Ukraine would be considered “illegal” and “unacceptable”.Ukraine’s military say they are close to completely surrounding rebel forces hunkered down in the key bastions of Donetsk and Lugansk.The fighting has left residents in the rebel-held cities without basic necessities, prompting local authorities to warn of an impending humanitarian disaster.‘Edge of survival’ Lugansk, the rebels’ second-largest base, was teetering “on the edge of survival”, with no power and running water for more than a week, and fuel, food and medicines also short, city authorities said.International observers have also reported dire conditions in Donetsk and Shakhtarsk in recent days.As fighting continued over the past 24 hours, six soldiers were killed and 24 injured, bringing Kiev’s death toll to 568 troops in four months, Ukraine’s military said Monday. Ukrainian government soldiers from battalion Donbass rest at their positions in village Mariinka near Donetsk. Source: AP Photo/Evgeniy MaloletkaShells again rained down on inner city areas of the main separatist bastion of Donetsk.A high-security prison in a western district of the million-strong city was struck by mortar fire late Sunday, killing one inmate and injuring five, and allowing 106 to escape, prison authorities said.Two prison officials were also wounded, the authorities said, adding that by Monday morning 34 of the inmates had been returned to the prison.The mining hub, once known for its leafy streets, has been pummelled by heavy fire for days, leaving a growing number of civilian casualties as homes and hospitals have been hit.- © AFP 2014Originally published 7.22amRead: 100 inmates escape high-security Ukrainian jail after shell attack>Explainer: What exactly is going on in Ukraine?>last_img read more

Poll Should high achieving Leaving Cert students get preference for campus accommodation

first_imgYesNoI don’t knowVoteTell us your thoughts in the comments section below. STUDENTS WHO ACHIEVED high points in the Leaving Certificate are being guaranteed campus accommodation by some universities, reports The Sunday Times.PointsThe National Parents Council have criticised the initiative which gives students who achieved over 500 points or more a room, stating that room allocation should not be made on the basis of points.The scheme is reported to be in place in DCU as well NUI Maynooth.In today’s poll we want to know what you think?Poll: Should high achieving Leaving Cert students get preference for campus accommodation?  Poll Results: No (6215)center_img I don’t know (353) Yes (2093)last_img read more

Familyowned Greek restaurant Stalactites awarded Lord Mayors Commendation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne Greek food institution Stalactites has been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Commendation for 2019.The well-known business has been owned by the Konstandakopoulos family for over 40 years, passing through three generations.The family took to Facebook to announce the news and express their gratitude.“We are proud to announce we have been awarded the Lord Mayor’s Commendation this year,” reads the post.“It is an honour to be recognised for our longstanding service to @CityofMelbourne and we will continue to keep serving our delicious, much-loved Greek food to Melbournians for generations to come!” READ: Taste of history from Tsindos restaurantHundreds of long-time customers of the eatery liked the post, and commented their congratulations, including many who live interstate and say they look forward to visiting the restaurant while in Melbourne claiming it serves up the “best Greek food”.Located in the original Greek precinct of Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s CBD, Stalactites first opened its doors in 1978, and is famous for both its stalactite-inspired ceiling and 24-hour opening hours.The restaurant was closed for two months in 2013 as it underwent a vast million dollar renovation designed by Chaulk architects and undertaken by building firm Liquid Lines, who were behind the refurbishment of Stokehouse and Vue de Monde.READ: Greek Australian restaurateur Chris Lucas set to breathe new life into historic site on Bourke Streetlast_img read more

Airbnb claims to have boosted Greeces economy by US14 billion in 2018

first_imgWhile Airbnb may continue to face opposition for shaking up the rental market, according to figures released this week by the online rental platform, it has given the Greek economy an undeniable boost.According to the figures, the platform injected US$1.4 billion (AU$2 billion) into the Greek economy last year.Meanwhile a survey conducted by Airbnb among owners’ revenues and travellers’ reports revealed great benefit for local neighbourhoods, with the platform helping to promote local places to visit outside of the usual popular tourist sites, as well as local eateries and bars.According to the travellers surveyed, 42 per cent of their spending took place locally in the neighbourhood that their Airbnb rental was located, while 50 per cent said that the money they had saved by using Airbnb as opposed to staying in a hotel, was then injected into the neighbourhoods and cities that they visited.Also, the more convenient the rental, travellers on average extended their stay by 4.3 days.READ: Athens feels the squeeze as Airbnb spreadsHowever the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) has continued to highlight the loss of state revenue due to undeclared short-term rental activity – it is reported ‎€400 million was lost in 2017.In 2018, the Greek government launched an online registry for the mandatory declaration of rentals for tax purposes.READ: More Greeks turn to Airbnb to boost income Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Funding provided to embrace Victorias many cultures and traditions

first_imgMulticultural organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to hold cultural events, festivals and exhibitions that celebrate their food and traditions with others in the community.The Andrews Labor Government is making $1.35 million available to eligible organisations to hold events in the first six months of 2020, as part of the second round of the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program.It recognises Victoria’s rich multiculturalism and helps groups hold events to celebrate their unique heritage and traditions both with their own communities and the broader Victorian community.Victoria is proudly multicultural, with more than 200 languages spoken and almost every second person either born overseas or who has at least one parent who was born overseas.“Whatever language you speak or the country you were born, we are all Victorian – it’s important we celebrate this,”  said Lily D’Ambrosio, Acting Minister for Multicultural Affairs. “I strongly encourage multicultural groups, particularly those in regional Victoria, to apply for a grant and an opportunity to share your traditions with pride.”READ MORE: Greek Australian actress Olympia Valance named Ambassador for MulticulturalismMore than $885,000 was invested through the first round of the program, which will support almost 500 events and festivals to be held up to December this year.They include the African Music and Cultural Festival at Federation Square, the Mexican Festival, the second-ever Halloumi Festival and the INTERKULTURA Regional Soccer Festival Tournament in Ballarat.READ MORE: Greek Food Fest returns to Welcome to ThornburyThe Labor Government has also invested a further $350,000 to fund 11 major multicultural events, fulfilling a pre-election commitment.Applications will be assessed against program guidelines and an independent panel, including representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Creative Victoria and Visit Victoria. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos went on a Greek vaycay and came back

first_imgThe Greek government has promised Australia a huge antiquities exhibition for 2021 to coincide with 200 years since Greek Independence in 1821.Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, the Victorian MP who clinched the pledge, could not be happier that she took time out from her personal leave to pay a visit a number of Greek officials, including the new Greek Culture Minister Lena Mendoni. These meetings have resulted in “a brand new exhibition” created especially for Victoria.“This is very significant for both Victoria’s Greek community and Victoria more broadly,” Ms Mikakos told Neos Kosmos, stating that they are already “hammering out the fine details” regarding the theme, venue and security issues necessary to consider when hosting a display of this calibre which will include items viewed outside Greece for the first time.Apart from the prestige of hosting priceless Greek antiquities that will ensure that Victoria is on the cultural map as a host of priceless works, the display will also draw tourists from around the area.The Greek Australian MP is proud that Australians at large will have the opportunity to experience the grandeur of Greece and share her culture. “Every time I am in Greece, I go to the acropolis and enjoy the splendour of the Parthenon,” Ms Mikakos said. “During this particular visit, I also went to the Acropolis museum – the proper place for the Parthenon Marbles to be displayed – and met with Acropolis Museum President Dimitris Pandermalis.”READ MORE: Full moon festivities at the Acropolis Museum on 15 AugustIndication of the Greek government’s support for the Victorian government’s initiative could be seen by the speed in which the exhibition will take place. Despite the fact that exhibitions of this calibre take years to organise, the goal is to ensure that the display comes to Victoria in the bicentenary year of Greek Independence as a symbolic nod to Melbourne’s Hellenic community – the largest outside Greece.The Andrews Labor Government has already made an election pledge for $200,000 worth of 1821 bicentennial funding for Greek organisations. Now, it will deep a little deeper to host Greek treasures so that Australia at large can appreciate the history and view treasures never before displayed outside Greece.READ MORE: Daniel Andrews: ‘Britain must return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece‘“I outlined the Victorian government’s ambition to bring an antiquities exhibition to Victoria and [Lina Mendoni] was enthusiastic about this and very interested in working with us to realise this exhibition,” Ms Mikakos said. “Though she was just a few days in her new role, she made time to meet and discuss this with me.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Adelaide Dr Mario Athinodorou could lose medical license after physically and sexually

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide GP Dr Mario Athinodorou, 52, faces the possibility of being struck off the medical register after the state’s medical tribunal found him guilty of sexual misconduct against multiple female patients,The Health Practitioners Tribunal of South Australia found the GP acted inappropriately between 1997 and 2012, A 151-page judgement described how he breached professional medical boundaries while treating ten women, aged from their early 20s to middle age.During tribunal hearings over the past 14 months, a four-member panel heard graphic evidence regarding his sexual behaviour over a 15-year period at the Medical Services’ North Haven surgery. His behaviour included kissing, hugging and groping women, asking them to undress whilst he undertook intimate medical examinations without a chaperone being offered or present during the examination.The judgement found he failed to treat patients with respect or act in their best interests, provided unnecessary services and had poor record-keeping.Authorities said he “behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct … or unprofessional conduct”.The tribunal found that the married father of four, used his professional position to establish or pursue an inappropriate relationship with patients and he engaged in sexual misconduct in connection with the practice of medicine and that he also exploited the patients physically, emotionally and sexually.READ MORE: Greek-Cypriot doctor on trial for saving his own daughterDr Athinodorou, registered since 1993, denied “taking advantage” of his victims, none of whom can be named for legal reasons, and potentially faces a maximum $30,000 fine, suspension or being struck off the medical register.The misconduct hearing, revealed by the Sunday Mail had been launched by the Medical Board of Australia, after the former obstetrician avoided jail in 2016, being convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.Dr Athinodorou was fined $6000 for the assaults, which happened almost two decades after he was reprimanded for similar misconduct.The panel found the 10 women had not colluded in their evidence.Some began seeing the doctor as teenagers at the clinic.The tribunal will decide disciplinary sanctions at a later date but social media users – including former patients of Dr Athinodorou have slammed the doctor’s behaviour.READ MORE: Former Hawthorn doctor Con Kyriakou, charged with 34 sexual offencesOne female patient took to social media and said that he was “always a kisser and a hugger, but I assumed it was just his culture and the fact he was our doctor from when we were babies.”Another wrote: “I knew it felt odd to have a breast check for a pap smear and needing to repeat examination, but I was a teenager thinking the doctor knew best,” wrote another.Social media users criticised the system for allowing the doctor to continue his practice despite the judgement.last_img read more

Le requin blanc victime dun squale dix fois plus petit que lui

first_imgLe requin blanc victime d’un squale dix fois plus petit que luiUn squale d’une cinquantaine de centimètres s’attaque à son grand cousin blanc et lui arrache des morceaux de chair pour se nourrir. Il s’agit de la première attaque répertoriée qu’un squalelet féroce sur un requin blanc. Très agressif, ce petit poisson est aussi connu pour endommager les équipements océanographiques et les câbles sous-marins.Sale temps pour les grands requins blancs. Alors que cela ne fait que quelques années que l’on sait qu’ils se font boulotter à l’occasion par des orques téméraires, ils servent également de proie à un requin miniature : le squalelet féroce, isistius brasiliensis. La première attaque connue a été répertoriée dans le numéro de janvier de la revue Pacific Science. Le requin blanc blessé a été photographié par un plongeur au large de l’île de Guadalupe, une île mexicaine du Pacifique sans rapport avec la Guadeloupe.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il faut dire que le squalelet féroce est bien incapable de dévorer tout un requin blanc : avec une cinquantaine de centimètres de long il est dix fois plus petit que sa nouvelle proie. Le squale porte bien son nom et se caractérise par des attaques rapides et vicieuses où il arrache un bon morceau de chair à ses victimes avant de s’enfuir. Il laisse des marques profondes et circulaires qui lui ont valu son nom anglais de cookiecutter shark (requin emporte-pièce). La journée il séjourne à plus de 3000 mètres de profondeur et il ne remonte que la nuit. Il s’agit d’ailleurs d’un requin capable de produire de la bioluminescence pour appâter ses proies.Un mini squale qui attaque toutJusque-là les féroces morsures ne concernaient que divers poissons plus petits et des cétacés, mais le seul requin blanc à avoir été repéré avec une plaie béante portait aussi les cicatrices d’une autre attaque plus ancienne. Le squalelet féroce est aussi connu pour mordre et endommager des sous-marins et des câbles. Il existe des cas très rares et non mortels d’attaques sur des hommes.”Dans la plupart des cas, ces petits requins vont manger de petites proies, mais chez les squalelets féroces, il y a cette situation unique où un squale minuscule part viser des animaux beaucoup, beaucoup plus grands que lui, jusqu’à dix fois sa taille, explique la chaine Discovery le biologiste marin Yannis Papastamatiou du musée d’histoire naturelle de Floride. C’est un cas assez unique dans le règne animal, ce procédé de récolte de nourriture est très efficace.”Le 27 janvier 2013 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Doù vient le V de la victoire

first_imgD’où vient le V de la victoire ?Hommes politiques, sportifs, ou même simples anonymes adeptes du selfie se partagent un même symbole : le V de la victoire. Formé par l’écartement de l’index et du majeur, ce signe en apparence anodin cache en fait derrière lui une histoire riche et étonnante. Rien de tel qu’un voyage dans le temps pour remonter aux origines de ce symbole.Lorsqu’ils sont écartés derrière la tête d’une malheureuse victime, l’index et le majeur peuvent à eux-seuls suffire à gâcher une belle photo. Mais outre les oreilles de lapin dont un vieil oncle un peu blagueur a jugé bon d’affubler les époux sur le cliché de leur mariage, ces deux doigts peuvent aussi servir une cause un peu plus noble : exprimer la liesse du vainqueur en formant le V de la victoire. Un signe en apparence banal et anodin, mais dont l’histoire s’avère bien plus riche qu’on ne pourrait le croire.Comme le révèle l’historienne Aurélie Luneau dans son ouvrage intitulé “Radio Londres 1940-1944 Les voix de la liberté”, ce symbole serait en effet né au cours de la Seconde guerre mondiale, sous l’impulsion de l’illustre Victor de Laveleye, animateur radio de la section belge de la BBC et ancien ministre outre-Quiévrain.Le 14 janvier 1941, le Belge exilé à Londres lance un appel au micro de la radio nationale britannique. Une allocution qui débute comme il se doit par un tonitruant “Ici Radio-Belgique !”, transmis par les ondes jusqu’aux auditeurs, avec le son délicieusement nasillard de l’époque… S’en est alors suivi une tirade qui a marqué l’histoire, retranscrite mot pour mot notamment dans l’ouvrage Les méconnus de Londres : journal de guerre d’une Belge, de Tinou Dutry-Soinne, et que voici :”Il faut que tous les patriotes de Belgique aient un signe de ralliement, qu’ils multiplient ce signe autour d’eux, qu’en le voyant inscrit partout, ils sachent qu’ils sont une multitude. Et que l’occupant, lui aussi, en voyant ce signe, toujours le même, se répéter indéfiniment, comprenne qu’il est entouré, par une foule immense de citoyens belges qui attendent impatiemment son premier fléchissement, guettent sa première défaillance”, a scandé le speaker dans le studio londonien.Un V, évidemment !Un signe de ralliement… Certes, mais quel signe ? Et bien le V, pardi ! Une évidence pour Victor de Laveleye, qui expose les origines de sa proposition dans la suite de son allocution radiophonique : “Je vous propose comme signe de ralliement, la lettre V. Pourquoi ? Parce que V, c’est la première lettre de Victoire en français et Vrijheid (Liberté) en flamand”. Le signe idéal, s’il en est : simple, efficace et… polyglotte !Et le moins que l’on puisse dire, c’est que l’idée n’est pas tombée dans l’oreille d’un sourd. Dans les jours et les mois qui ont suivi, les V de la victoire se sont mis à proliférer partout en Europe. En Belgique naturellement, d’abord, puis aux Pays-Bas, et dans le Nord de la France, avant d’envahir tout le continent. Mais pas sous la forme que nous connaissons aujourd’hui.Dans un premier temps, c’est en tant que graffiti que le V de la victoire se manifeste, tracé notamment sur les murs allemands et les carrosseries des véhicules du pays. Un peu plus tard, au mois de juin, Radio Londres parvient à transformer ce symbole visuel en une image sonore. Comment ? Grâce au Morse.« Ici Londres… ! »Ce code international traduit en effet l’alphabet sous formes d’impulsions – brèves ou longues – associées entre elles pour signifier une lettre. Pour le V, la transposition se fait par la succession de trois signaux courts, suivis d’une note finale plus soutenue. Un motif rythmique choisi pour le célèbre indicatif sonore de Radio Londres, et qui correspond en outre aux premières notes de la Cinquième Symphonie de Beethoven.Finalement, c’est le Premier ministre britannique Winston Churchill qui va populariser, par le geste cette fois, ce symbole devenu universel. En témoigne un célèbre cliché daté du 5 juin 1943, qui montre l’homme politique sourire aux lèvres, bras levé vers le ciel, et surtout index et majeur écartés pour former le fameux V de la victoire. Le début de la notoriété pour ce geste aujourd’hui entré dans la postérité.Un symbole servi à toutes les saucesAu fil de l’Histoire, ses utilisations ont évolué, et se sont étoffées. Dans les États-Unis des années 1960, les opposants à la guerre du Viêt Nam s’en sont emparé pour en faire un signe de paix. Le fameux esprit “peace and love” matérialisé par un signe aux origines guerrières…Une décennie plus tard, c’est un motard, le champion de Grand Prix Barry Sheene qui s’approprie le symbole. À chaque victoire, le sportif adressait à la foule un V de la victoire formé de ses deux doigts. Une habitude sans doute à l’origine du salut que les motards s’échangent encore aujourd’hui lorsqu’ils se croisent sur la route.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Populaire en Europe, le V de la victoire l’est encore plus au Japon, où son adoption par de nombreuses vedettes locales depuis les années 1960 a permis de le hisser au sommet de la popularité. À l’heure des selfies, les représentants du peuple nippon ne manquent pas d’arborer fièrement ce signe du bout de leurs doigts. Une drôle d’habitude qui pourrait finir par leur coûter cher.Des scientifiques de l’Institut national japonais d’informatique ont en effet découvert il y a quelques mois qu’exposer ainsi le bout de ses doigts sur les réseaux sociaux pouvait permettre à n’importe qui de reproduire les empreintes digitales de la personne photographiée. Une aubaine pour tous les usurpateurs d’identité sans scrupule.Des scrupules, le vieux tonton blagueur n’en avait certainement pas non plus lorsqu’il s’est permis d’affubler les mariés d’oreilles de lapin sur la photo de leur union. Détourné de cette façon, le V de la victoire signerait plutôt la défaite de l’humour…Le 17 octobre 2018 à 11:42 • Benoît Crépinlast_img read more

Doù les empreintes digitales viennentelles 

first_imgD’où les empreintes digitales viennent-elles ?Dans les séries policières on voit fréquemment les brigades criminelles se servir d’empreintes digitales pour retrouver l’identité d’un coupable ou d’une victime. Mais d’où viennent-elles ? Sont-elles uniques ? Et quelle est leur utilité ? Vous allez enfin tout savoir !Un petit coup d’oeil à vos doigts suffit à les remarquer : au niveau des extrémités, se dessinent de fins tracés circulaires qu’il est facile à mettre en évidence par exemple en encrant vos doigts et en les apposant sur un support. Ces structures sont présentes sur nos mains mais aussi nos pieds et constituent ce qu’on appelle plus scientifiquement des crêtes papillaires.Comme ces crêtes sont en relief, elles laissent des marques là où appuyons les membres en question et c’est ce que nous appelons plus communément les empreintes digitales. Ces dessins sont constitués de ce qu’on appelle des dermatoglyphes et sont présents sur l’épiderme, mais ils sont l’exacte réplique de ceux du derme, plus en profondeur. Ainsi, ces empreintes sont uniques et caractéristiques de chaque individu. Au XIXème siècle, Sir Francis Galton, un célèbre anthropologue britannique, a estimé la probabilité que quelqu’un ait les mêmes empreintes qu’une autre personne à une chance sur 64 milliards. Même des vrais jumeaux n’ont pas les mêmes empreintes, cependant elles sont assez similaires. Les crêtes papillaires se forment in uterodès la 10ème semaine de grossesse, jusqu’à la 17ème, et elles prennent leur forme définitive au 6ème mois.Une fois définitivement formées, elles ne changeront alors plus au cours de la vie. En cas de blessure superficielle les empreintes peuvent se régénérer mais si la détérioration est trop importante, en cas de brûlure par exemple, les empreintes sont endommagées voire effacées à tout jamais.Des structures aux rôles mystérieuxLa forme unique que prennent nos empreintes est déterminée par de nombreux facteurs, génétiques tout d’abord, selon la courbure, la taille et la forme de nos coussinets, mais elles dépendent également de l’environnement intra-utérin, des pressions exercées par l’utérus, des mouvements du fœtus, ou encore de la pression sanguine.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Mais un dernier mystère demeure : à quoi sert cette particularité physique, que nous partageons d’ailleurs avec d’autres animaux comme les autres primates ? Selon les théories avancées, les crêtes papillaires ont plusieurs rôles. Tout d’abord, elles sont légèrement adhésives et facilitent la préhension lorsque nous saisissons des objets.Mais elles créent également des vibrations qui nous permettent d’apprécier au mieux la différence de pression, pour pouvoir resserrer les doigts si un objet nous glisse des mains par exemple. Cela nous permet d’avoir une motricité fine et de percevoir au mieux la texture et l’aspérité des différentes matières. Plus qu’un simple détail physique, les empreintes digitales auraient donc une réelle utilité ! Outre celle de vous incriminer… Le 13 novembre 2018 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sorry Darwin Evolution Favors Survival of the Laziest

first_img Finally, some good news for lazy people: A new study suggests apathy might be a beneficial strategy for survival of individuals and species.Analyzing the metabolic rate of 299 fossilized and extant ocean dwellers, researchers at the University of Kansas found that expelling higher amounts of energy puts you on the fast-track to extinction.“We wondered, ‘Could you look at the probability of extinction of a species based on energy uptake by an organism?’” lead study author Luke Strotz, a postdoctoral researcher at KU’s Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, said in a statement.“We found a difference for mollusk species that have gone extinct over the past 5 million years and ones that are still around today,” he continued. “Those that have lower energy maintenance requirements seem more likely to survive than those organisms with higher metabolic rates.”Imagine if each U.S. state were a distinct species: Fast-paced New Yorkers would probably die off long before folks living the slow coastal life in South Carolina.“Maybe in the long term the best evolutionary strategy for animals is to be lassitudinous and sluggish,” Bruce Lieberman, co-author and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, suggested. “The lower the metabolic rate, the more likely the species you belong to will survive.”I could definitely get used to that idea.“Instead of ‘survival of the fittest,’ maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is ‘survival of the laziest,’ or at least ‘survival of the sluggish,’” Lieberman added.These findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, could help scientists forecast the longevity of different species, particularly in the face of climate change.“In a sense, we’re looking at a potential predictor of extinction probability,” according to Strotz. “At the species level, metabolic rate isn’t the be-all, end-all of extinction—there are a lot of factors at play. But these results say that the metabolic rate of an organism is a component of extinction likelihood.”Especially when the species is confined to a smaller habitat; less so when it is spread over a wide geographic area of the ocean.The theory also applies to communities of species, within which cumulative metabolic rates remain stable, even as individual species breeds appear and disappear.“This was a surprise, as you’d expect the community-level metabolic rate to change as time goes by,” Stotz said. “Instead, the mean energy uptake remains the same over millions of years for these bivalves and gastropods, despite numerous extinctions.”To ensure ample data about living and extinct species, researchers used Western Atlantic mollusks and fossil material from various U.S. collections. Moving forward, the team hopes to understand how the phenomenon relates to other animals.“There’s some justification, given the size of this data set, and the long amount of time it covers, that it’s generalizable,” Strotz said. “But you need to look—can it apply to vertebrates? Can it apply on land?”The lazy shall inherit the Earth. But first, some lackadaisical cosplay. Or have drones deliver your coffee. Maybe just follow Gudetama’s Guide to Laziness to stay atop the evolutionary cycle. Either way, keep up with all the latest research news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more