The journal Food and Chemical Toxicology has retracted a much-criticized paper that links a strain of genetically modified (GM) maize with severe diseases in rats. The paper’s author, French biologist Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen, slammed the decision, which he said is an attempt by the GM crop industry to muzzle scientists who put into question the safety of its products.Séralini’s paper sparked a media storm when it was published in September 2012. While some commentators presented the study as proof that GM food is “poison,” many scientists dismissed the study as flawed, and several official bodies also found it wanting.Elsevier, the journal’s publisher, said in a statement released on 28 November that “the results presented (while not incorrect) are inconclusive, and therefore do not reach the threshold of publication for Food and Chemical Toxicology.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Séralini had presented his research as the first long-term study of the effects of GM feed on animal health. For 2 years, the authors fed rats with different doses of Monsanto’s GM maize NK603, a strain made resistant to a herbicide called glyphosate (marketed under the name Roundup). They found that rats that ate GM maize or glyphosate suffered from more tumors, organ damage, and premature deaths than control animals.Wallace Hayes, the journal’s editor-in-chief, said in Elsevier’s statement that he “found no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data.” But the number of animals in each study group was too low, he added, and the rat strain used in the study has a high incidence of tumors anyway—so the high mortality could be caused by “normal variability.”Séralini countered that his experiment was modeled after Monsanto’s own 3-month study assessing the toxicity of maize NK603 as part of its market authorization application. Besides, the number and strain of rats used in the study are not valid reasons for a retraction, Séralini told reporters here on 28 November, referring to the criteria defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics in its retraction guidelines for journal editors.Séralini counts on the support of several scientists, including Paul Deheuvels, a member of the French Academy of Sciences and statistics professor at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. At the same press conference, Deheuvels said Séralini’s study is statistically sound and serves as an “innovative,” “exploratory” study that can be a starting point to larger ones to confirm—or refute—the findings.On a broader note, Séralini slammed what he sees as an interference of economic interests into the scientific process, accusing the journal of directly caving in to industry pressure to discredit his work. “Public health is under threat because science is losing ethics and morals,” Séralini said.
Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (17)gets fouled on his way to the hoop by New York Knicks centre Mitchell Robinson (26) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Monday, March 18, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors will likely have to wait a little longer to get their entire lineup healthy at the same time.Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 12 assists for his first career double-double, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-92 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “I watched the clip,” Lowry said. “I think it was a little bit dirty. He grabbed me and pulled me down. I don’t think he did it on purpose. I know he didn’t think he was going to hurt me.”Robinson, who fouled out with no points in 14 minutes, did not speak to reporters.Marc Gasol had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 19 points and OG Anonoby had 14 as Toronto reached 50 wins for the fourth straight season.Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 12 as the Knicks lost big one day after Mario Hezona’s last-second block gave them a 124-123 home win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, which has the worst record in the NBA at 14-57, lost for the ninth time in 10 games.“Toronto is going to be in that mix at the end,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They’ve got all the ingredients to go after this thing. We took one on the chin tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event With the Raptors playing the second game of a back-to-back, forward Kawhi Leonard was given the night off to rest. Leonard scored 33 points in Sunday’s loss at Detroit. VanVleet, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing 12 games because of an injured left thumb, started in place of Leonard.With forward Serge Ibaka set to return from a three-game suspension Wednesday, Toronto looked set to have its whole roster available for the first time since the trade deadline. Instead, Lowry may be forced to miss at least one of this week’s two games against Oklahoma City. Toronto visits the Thunder on Wednesday before hosting them Friday.“I’ll be doing some treatment all night, trying to get myself healthy and try to get back and not be out long,” Lowry said.Toronto made 14 of 17 shots in a blistering first, including five of seven from long range, and led 38-29 after one. The Raptors led 73-54 at halftime. It was Toronto’s highest-scoring half of the season.After the Raptors opened the second half with an 8-0 run, Fizdale called timeout and removed all five starters.“Not getting it done, not playing at the level I wanted to see the game played at,” Fizdale said. “They understood. I think every guy that was out there owned it.”The change didn’t help, and Toronto took a 101-69 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSKnicks: G Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back and F Noah Vonleh missed his second straight because of a sprained right ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina will be reevaluated Tuesday. Ntilikina has not played since Jan. 27 because of a sore groin. … Robinson has now recorded a block in 28 straight games, tying Patrick Ewing for the longest streak ever by a Knicks rookie.Raptors: Ikaba served the third and final game of his suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on March 11. … Toronto is 15-5 without Leonard. … Toronto’s 36 assists matched a season-high. The Raptors had more assists than the Knicks had made baskets (28). Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving David Beckham admits using phone while driving, police say Google Philippines names new country director ATLANTIC ACHIEVEMENTToronto is 8-0 at home against Atlantic Division opponents. The Raptors have won 31 straight home games against Atlantic foes. Their last home defeat to a division opponent was a Nov. 10, 2015, loss to the Knicks.WHOLE AT HALFToronto won its 18th straight game when leading at halftime, extending a franchise record.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Utah on Wednesday night.Raptors: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The victory came at a cost to the Raptors, who saw guard Kyle Lowry leave in the third quarter after suffering an injured right ankle. Lowry, who had 15 points and eight assists in 26 minutes, was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore left ankle.Toronto coach Nick Nurse said Lowry’s latest injury was “not terribly bad,” although Lowry said after the game that his ankle was “pretty tender.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m able to walk, a little bit slower, but I’ll be all right,” Lowry said.New York rookie center Mitchell Robinson collided with Lowry while chasing a loose ball at 5:15 of the third, falling onto Lowry’s legs and taking the All-Star point guard down from behind. Lowry slapped the floor in pain and frustration before being helped to his feet and limping to the locker room. 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The International Weightlifting Federation has revoked the provisional suspension on weightlifter K Sanjita Chanu for a failed dope test, a major reprieve for the two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medallist who has claimed innocence.In a case that has dragged on for almost a year and has been marred by an “administrative” goof-up in Sanjita’s sample number, the IWF informed that a final decision on the matter is expected in the coming days.”On the basis of the information at its disposal, the IWF has decided that the provisional suspension of the athlete (Khumukcham Sanjita) shall be lifted as of today (22 January 2019),” IWF’s legal counsel Eva Nyirfa said in an e-mail sent to the national federation and Sanjita.”The IWF Hearing Panel will render its decision on the athlete’s case in due course,” it added.The 25-year-old Sanjita, who had won a gold in the women’s 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, had tested positive for anabolic steroid testosterone. Her urine sample was taken prior to the World Championships in United States in November 2017, and she was put under provisional suspension from May 15 last year.A final decision of the IWF panel is yet to come but Sanjita said her assertion of innocence has been vindicated.”I have got a mail from the international federation and our national federation has also called me up this morning informing about the lifting of the (provisional) suspension. I am relieved and happy. I am innocent and I have never taken any banned substance in my career. I am vindicated now,” she told PTI from her native place in Manipur.advertisement”At the same time, I experienced mental trauma during these past 8-9 months (since May 15 last year) due to the mistake of the international federation. I hope nothing like this happen to any athlete in future. An athlete’s reputation is very precious,” she added.Sanjita said the Indian Weightlifting Federation had asked her to join the national camp immediately if she wants.”The federation official told me today to write if I want to join national camp. I am doing that. I missed the Asian Games and World Championships in 2018. I want to compete in the World Championships this year and qualify for 2020 Olympics. For any athlete, Olympics is the ultimate,” she said.The international body informed about her doping offence only in May last year. That meant the Manipuri weightlifter participated in the Gold Coast CWG, where she finished top of the podium. She had also won gold in the 48kg in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.The IWF had, in July last year, admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita in its report. The world body had mentioned two different urine sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk.The urine sample of Sanjita was taken out-of-competition on November 17, 2017 and the laboratory results of the tests conducted in the United States was handed to the international body on December 20. The communication of her failed dope test was given to Sanjita only on May 15 last year and her ‘B’ sample returned positive on September 11.Her representatives then appeared before a IWF hearing panel on October 19 in Budapest, Hungary. She presented her submissions on October 19 itself and on November 1.In a communication to Sanjita — a rare instance while a doping procedure is ongoing — the IWF hearing panel had said that “the case appears to be complicated”.Sanjita’s doping issue even reached the Prime Minister’s Office which directed the Sports Ministry to look into the matter.
Ahead of the West Indies-India match in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Carribean skipper Jason Holder said that match against India is always a big occasion and the team would look to showcase their skills.”Match against India is always a big one. We are looking forward to it. We need to finish our campaign and our objective is to win all our remaining matches. It’s a matter of displaying a perfect game, tomorrow is another opportunity for us to showcase our skills,” Holder told reporters.West Indies were given a big blow in the tournament as their star all-rounder Andre Russell was ruled out of the World Cup. The team is also dealing with the injury scare of opener Evin Lewis.However, Holder said that Lewis went for a scan today and nothing showed up, so the team would be taking a call on him tomorrow.”Evin had a scan and nothing showed up. We will make an assessment tomorrow morning and then we will take a call,” Holder said.”Russell was playing through pain. We sat with him, he went through numerous tests and then we took a call on him,” he added.West Indies had a good start to their World Cup campaign as they thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets in their opening match. But ever since that win, West Indies have failed to spring wins and they are languishing at the eighth position in the tournament standings.The team from the Carribean have a slim chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage as they have won just one match from six games. Holder said that is is important to learn from mistakes and seizing the crunch moments in the tournament.advertisement”It’s important for us to learn from our mistakes. We have three matches remaining in the tournament and we will look to win all our games. On numerous occasions, we did not seize the crucial moments. We were just outplayed by England, in all the other matches we were in there with a chance,” Holder said.”We have had some close games in our World cup campaign so far. Who knows what the result could have been in certain games. Other teams are seizing crucial moments and winning the crunch moments is required in a tournament like World Cup,” he added.West Indies opener Chris Gayle is playing his last World Cup and skipper Holder said that the left-hander has been a good role model as he has always been there to help.Gayle who had said that he would be retiring from international cricket after the World Cup, earlier in the day said that his plan is to play a Test match against India later this year.”Chris has done a hell of a job, he has always been there to help. Guys look up to him and he’s an honest person so he has been good for us,” Holder said.”He really didn’t say anything in the dressing room. He has a lot to offer and I hope his body can hold up. I need to have a serious conversation with him, his presence will definitely benefit us,” he added.West Indies batsmen have failed to put up big scores consistently in the tournament. The players have provided starts at the top but they have not been able to play a big knock.”I am proud of the boys, I think Shai has done a good job so far and it’s up to the guys to take the innings deeper. We need to see how Kane Williamson plays, the guys need to take a look and learn from him,” Holder said.West Indies takes on India on June 27 in Manchester.Also Read | Chris Gayle to retire from international cricket after home Tests vs IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: All eyes on MS Dhoni’s approach as India take on West IndiesAlso See
The Sioux City School District and School Board member Jackie Warnstadt have issued an apology for a statement she made at Monday night’s board meeting.Warnstadt made these remarks referring to a disgruntled employee:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/JW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….A GREAT SUPERINTENDENT. :18The District and Warnstadt regret and apologize if there was any implication that this comment referred to Dr. John Chalstrom.Warnstadt’s comments came before the board voted on a separation agreement with Chalstrom, who had been on administrative leave since February.The apology statement says the District and Warnstadt recognize that the comment was not made in the spirit of the amicable agreement entered into between the District and Dr. Chalstrom.The apology also says the school district wishes Dr. Chalstrom well in his future endeavors.
Share on Messenger West Ham’s Brady told by London mayor to withdraw claim of budget cuts Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter West Ham have issued lifetime bans, from the club’s home and away games, to fans who invaded the pitch or threw missiles in front of the directors’ box during the defeat by Burnley.The match at the London Stadium on 10 March was marred by four pitch invasions and by hundreds of fans gathering in front of the directors’ box after Burnley took the lead in the second half. One coin struck West Ham’s co-owner David Sullivan on his glasses. The club expect to hand out further lifetime bans. “West Ham United can confirm that swift and decisive action has been taken against a number of spectators who breached stadium regulations or were found to have committed acts of severe violence and physical aggression at our recent Premier League match against Burnley,” a club statement said.“Lifetime bans from all West Ham United matches, both home and away, have today been issued to five individuals who crossed safety barriers to enter the field of play – a criminal offence that is a severe breach of stadium safety regulations – while a number of individuals have also been banned for life for violently throwing coins or objects with intent to injure or harm on the bridge directly in front of the directors’ box.“Furthermore, a number of additional incidents, including attempted pitch incursions and acts of violence, are currently being investigated in collaboration with stadium operators LS185 and the police. The club expect to issue further bans based on witness statements and the high quality CCTV footage available, prior to our next home match against Southampton on 31 March.” West Ham United Share via Email Share on Facebook news Share on Pinterest Topics Football violence Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this content
zoomM/T Paul A. Desgagnés – last trials before departure. Image Courtesy: CNW Group/Groupe Desgagnés Canadian shipping company Desgagnés has accepted delivery of M/T Paul A. Desgagnés, a new-generation product tanker.The newbuilding was delivered to its owner on October 31, 2018, following the completion of its construction in Turkey.Paul A. Desgagnés is the third in a series of four product carriers ordered by the company at the Besiktas shipyard located in Yalova near Istanbul, Turkey.“The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés to the Desgagnés fleet — as for the addition of the Damia Desgagnés and the Mia Desgagnés — is the result of multiple innovations and tremendous work; as her predecessors, she is the source of great pride,” Louis-Marie Beaulieu, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desgagnés, said.The Paul A. Desgagnés is a dual-fuel/LNG oil/product and chemical tanker that can be powered by any of three types of fuel, namely heavy fuel oil, marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).The Paul A. Desgagnés is double-hulled and holds a Polar 7 ice class confirming its capacity to navigate in ice-laden waters. With a deadweight of 15,000 tons at 7.8 meters draft, its cargo tanks can hold up to 17,505 cbm at 98% capacity.As informed, the new vessel represents an investment exceeding CAD 50 million, of which almost CAD 9 million are solely dedicated to the dual-fuel/LNG motorization.The newbuilding leaves Turkey on November 22 and is expected in Canada in the first half of December this year.Related:Desgagnés Christens World’s First Dual-Fuel Polar-Class Chemical Oil TankerDesgagnés Takes Delivery of World’s First Dual-Fuel Asphalt Carrier
New Delhi: The coal ministry on Monday inked an agreement with West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd for allotment of Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block. The project is expected to address the immediate and future coal and power requirements of the region. “The central government entered into an allotment agreement with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) regarding the Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block today,” the coal ministry said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn accordance with the provisions of Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017, made under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957, the WBPDCL has been allocated the the coal block located in West Bengal containing an area of 12.28 sq km with estimated reserves of 2102 MT for power generation. The project is slated to generate both direct and indirect employment in West Bengal considerably and also contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. Further, the project envisages to address the immediate as well as the forthcoming coal and power requirements.
Advertisement Facebook On Tuesday night, the CFC was among a very lucky few to attend Global TV’s Women Killin’ it in the TV Industry event, which featured a screening of the Season 2 finale of Mary Kills People, as well as a panel with assorted women who worked in front of and behind the camera on the series. Among the talented creators and producers featured that evening were three CFC alumni, all of who have been with the show since its beginnings.Mary Kills People was created by CFC alumna Tara Armstrong based on a script she entered the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program with in 2014. The series was brought to life with the help of alumnae Tassie and Amy Cameron, who decided to make the show the first project for their production company (Cameron Pictures Inc., which is also behind upcoming series Little Dog from another alumnus—and Mary Kills People Season 1 guest star!—Joel Thomas Hynes). Together, Tara, Tassie and Amy would bring on a number of other CFC alumnae to work on the show, including Holly Dale (director of all six Season 1 episodes), Roslyn Kalloo (editor of several episodes between Seasons 1 and 2), and writers like Sherry White, Michael Goldbach and Marsha Greene.Greene was among the women invited to speak on Tuesday’s panel, which also included the aforementioned Cameron sisters, as well as Caroline Dhavernas (series star), Tecca Crosby (Executive Producer, Entertainment One), Barbara Williams (EVP & COO, Corus) and Lisa Godfrey (VP of Original Content, Corus). All of these women had plenty to share about the state of the industry, covering a range of topics from the #MeToo movement to gender parity in Canada and beyond. There were many amazing insights shared, but what we loved most was their honest advice for women starting out in the industry. Check out some of our favourite tips below. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
VANCOUVER – Home sales and average prices rose in B.C. in September, according to the latest figures from the British Columbia Real Estate Association.It says a total of 8,340 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service during the month, an increase of 9.9 per cent from the same period last year.Total sales amounted to $5.8 billion, up 30.2 per cent from September 2016, and the average MLS residential price was $693,774, up 18.5 per cent.Year-to-date, the dollar value of B.C. residential sales was down 12.8 per cent to $57.6 billion, when compared to this time last year.The BCREA also says residential unit sales declined 13 per cent year-to-date to 81,608 units while the average price was down 0.2 per cent to $705,501.Cameron Muir, the association’s chief economist, says B.C. home sales rose nearly five per cent from August on a seasonally adjusted basis.“Total active listings on the market continue to trend at 10-year lows in most B.C. regions, limiting unit sales and pushing home prices higher,: he said.“While the economic fundamentals support elevated housing demand, rising home prices are eroding affordability, particularly for first-time buyers.”
Approximately 4.2 kilograms of CocaineApproximately 250 grams of Fentanyl PowderApproximately 270 Fentanyl tabletsApproximately 1950 Oxycodone tabletsApproximately 22.5 litres of GHB/RohypnolApproximately $4000 in Canadian Currency4 firearmsGeorge Osbaldo Goday-Guerra, 24 of Surrey, British Columbia is facing the following charges;Possession for the purpose of trafficking x 4Trafficking a controlled substancePossession of property obtained by crime under $5000Possession of a prohibited weapon/deviceUnauthorized possession of a prohibited/restricted firearmObstruction of a Peace OfficerMr. Godoy-Guerra remains in custody and scheduled to appear at Grande Prairie Provincial Court on March 20, 2019.Grande Prairie RCMP is committed to increasing community safety by using a crime reduction strategy that focuses on identifying repeat offenders, gathering intelligence, and conducting enforcement initiatives. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP executed two warrants and seized over $615,000 worth of illegal drugs.On March 17, 2019, Grande Prairie RCMP Municipal Drug Section along with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services, ALERT and Grande Prairie General Duty members, executed 2 Search warrants in the City of Grande Prairie and the Town of Wembley following a drug investigation.RCMP searched both residences and located approximately $615,000 worth of illegal drugs. Canadian currency and firearms were also located during the search. The following items were seized as a result of the investigation;
The complaint was Karunanayake’s first official action after assuming his new job today having shifted from the Ministry of Finance. The hackers had published the tweet quoting foreign ministry spokesperson. Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake lodged a complaint with the police to probe into a false Twitter account in his name which had posted about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.In a letter to the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Karunanyake’s secretary Sisira Wijesinghe said a twitter account in the name of the minister was a fake account and it had falsely claimed the passing away of the former Indian Prime Minister. Karunanayake’s shift from the Finance Ministry to Foreign Ministry on Monday was one of the major changes in the government’s first cabinet reshuffle since 2015. He was replaced by Mangala Samaraweera as the finance minister who earlier held the post of foreign minister.
The Minister said that the international call is for foreign jurists to be involved as observers in any judicial process over the war and Sri Lanka will not object to it. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana today asserted there is no chance of Sri Lanka having foreign judges in the post war accountability process.Speaking to reporters after assuming duties at the Foreign Ministry, Marapana said that the Constitution is clear there cannot be a foreign judge in a local judicial process. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/thilak-marapana-cut.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “We have made this clear to the international community and they have accepted that,” he said. The Sri Lankan government has two years to implement the Resolution but the Minister says Sri Lanka can even ask for more time if required.“You cannot do this overnight. You need time. We have convinced the international community that we are committed and we are not playing the fool,” he said.The Minister said that there is no pressure from any country on Sri Lanka with regards to the accountability process as the current government has shown it is moving in the right direction. (Colombo Gazette) Marapana said the international community is convinced Sri Lanka is committed to ensure justice for the victims of the war.He also noted that Sri Lanka has been given ample time to implement a Resolution on Sri Lanka which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March.
The Council of Ontario Universities wants undergraduate students to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.To encourage their ideas for inclusion, the council is hosting Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) 2013 an annual Ontario-wide competition showcasing innovative designs for accessibility in partnership with the provincial government.IDeA is inspired by the goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.Students are encouraged to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for barriers to accessibility in our communities and vie for up to $1,500 in prizes with entries that address one or more of the five barrier categories: attitudinal, physical/architectural, information and communications, technological, and systemic/organizational.Hilary Tyler with John Milloy, minister of community and social services, at the OCE Discovery conference in Toronto last May. Last year, Brock nursing student Hilary Tyler won third place and $500 at IDeA for her “Everybody Hurts” campaign intended to promote empathy and break down attitudinal barriers that exist for people living with mental illness.“Brock University continues to move forward in accessibility in order to identify, prevent and remove barriers to the inclusion of persons with disabilities ” said Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic.”Faculty are strongly encouraged to bring this competition to the attention of students. We hope to see Brock continue to have a strong presence in this provincewide competition.”Submissions must be received at Brock by April 14, 2013.All proposals will be evaluated by the entrant’s home institution. Successful candidates go on to a second round of judging by a panel of experts. First prize wins $1,500, second prize is $1,000 and third place gets $500.Finalists will be invited to showcase their designs to key industry, academic, and government players as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaborative opportunities for innovation.For more information about the competition, contact Finn at ext. 4528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Margaret Sanderson, University accessibility co-ordinator at ext. 5454 or email@example.com.
ATLANTA — Coca-Cola is upping its revenue expectations for the year with its new lines of healthier drinks continuing to win over fans and its namesake brand experiencing growth as well.The world’s largest drink company posted second-quarter earnings of $2.61 billion, or 61 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 63 cents per share, which is a penny better than expected, according to analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue was $10 billion, also beating expectations.Shares of Coca-Cola Co. rose 2 per cent before the opening bell Tuesday after the Atlanta company projected organic revenue growth of 5%._____Portions of this story generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on KO at https://www.zacks.com/ap/KOThe Associated Press
“There is too much anxiety and fear in the air and too many Kalashnikovs in the streets. Rampant insecurity seems to be the order of the day,” the head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Pierre Schori, told the Security Council at the start of a public meeting followed by a private discussion on the West African country.”UNOCI’s latest human rights report covering the period May-June-July 2005, which was released in Abidjan on 8 October makes gruesome reading,” he added. “The report depicts in detail numerous human rights violations committed with increasing frequency by elements of the government-controlled Defence and Security Forces (FDS), military elements of the Forces nouvelles (FN), armed and unarmed militia associated with either side of the Ivorian conflict and criminals. The lack of rule of law has taken root.” Since a failed coup attempt in 2002, the Government has ruled the south of the cocoa-producing country, while the rebel Force nouvelles controls the north.Explaining the AU’s recommendation to postpone the elections for a year, Nigerian Foreign Minister Oluyemi Adeniji, whose country is chairing the AU Executive Council, said it had become clear that the expected completion of the political transition period with the holding of elections on 30 October was not attainable.He noted that summit meetings of the AU’s Peace and Security Council and the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) had asked the Security Council to consider a substantial expansion of the 7,090-strong UNOCI as it carries out its mandate to disarm and demobilize militias and re-integrate them into society, as well as provide security for the elections in 2006. Supporting a delay in the polling, the High Representative of the Secretary-General for the elections, Antonio Monteiro, said although his mandate envisioned the holding of free, fair and transparent elections on 30 October, his exploratory mission earlier this month showed no progress in applying signed peace agreements. The 12-month postponement recommended by the AU’s Peace and Security Council was largely sufficient for preparing and holding free, fair and transparent elections, he said.According to the AU decision, President Laurent Gbagbo would remain in office for the year while South African President Thabo Mbeki was re-affirmed as AU mediator.
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWHAT: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship – No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Maryland at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.HOW TO WATCH: ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Streaming on WatchESPN app and ESPN3.comIt all comes down to this. A matchup of Big Ten rivals who have battled neck-and-neck all season will determine the next NCAA men’s lacrosse champion.The No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (16-4) has battled No. 1 Maryland (15-3) twice this season, edging out the Terrapins at home in an 11-10 overtime thriller on April 22, and losing 10-9 in the finals of the Big Ten tournament in Columbus.After the team lost to Maryland in the tournament finals, coach Nick Myers and the rest of his unit believed that if they played to the level they were capable of, this season would end in a matchup between them and their East Coast rivals.“We have a ton of respect for Maryland,” Myers said. “We felt that night, we looked at each other and without knowing how this was going to turn out, ‘Hey, we’re going to see these guys again if we take care of business.’”Though the teams have built up a rivalry through their close, competitive games this season, Myers said that contempt for the opposition will not be the driving factor behind their play on Monday. Instead, respect for the opposition and the desire to play their best possible lacrosse would be what pushes the Buckeyes to play well.“You have to play your best lacrosse if you want to try to go out there and beat Maryland,” Myers said. “I think that that, more than contempt, is what it brings out.”The players echoed Myers’ sentiment.“The whole team is excited to play Maryland again,” senior attackman Eric Fannell said. “They’re a very, very good team, as coach Myers said. We have a lot of respect for them. And every time we play them, we play to our best ability and so do they. Big Ten matchup again. Grudge match.”The two teams will enter the game coming off a pair of narrow victories in the semifinals. OSU edged out Towson 11-10, and Maryland hung on late against fifth-seeded Denver to win 9-8.Though both games were close, and relatively low-scoring, the Buckeyes are prepared for a game that could be more of an offensive show, taking on a team that averaged the 10th-most goals per game in the NCAA this past season (12.67 goals per game).“They play a good team offense,” Myers said. “They’ve got a good front six — as good a front six as there is in lacrosse. We feel strongly in ours, and I think you’re going to see a collision tomorrow as you did in the first couple games.”The matchup in the Big Ten tournament championship game did not prove to be quite the offensive show many expected, until late in the game when a total of nine goals were scored in the fourth quarter in an eventual 10-9 Maryland victory.Myers believes that for the Buckeyes to find success against the Terrapins on Monday, the Buckeyes will need to put together an offensive effort capable of keeping up with their opponents.“That was a heavyweight slugfest that you saw in the Big Ten championship,” Myers said. “We’re chasing our best offense, and for us to accomplish the ultimate goal, we’ll have to do that. I think Maryland’s going to bring that out in us.”But this time, the stakes are a bit higher than they were the last time these two teams met. It is no longer a Big Ten title on the line. Now it’s for the NCAA championship.In the history of OSU lacrosse, the team has never made it to this point. It had never even made it to the semifinals before this season. And now, on the doorstep of history for the program, seniors like midfielder Jake Withers believe that while the program has vastly surpassed expectation in their tenure, the end goal has still not yet been reached.“We came a long way since my freshman year four years ago, and we’ve stumbled and we’ve made some steps. I feel like this year, you know, the progression that we’ve made to championship weekend is a culmination of all those things together,” Withers said. “With that said, we’re not done. Although we made a championship weekend and championship game, we want to make history and be the first Buckeye lacrosse team to bring the trophy back to Columbus.”
…as Opposition Leader declines “symbolic” walk against corruption inviteLeader of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, through Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, has responded to a letter sent by Professor Clive Thomas, Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) inviting him to a “symbolic” walk against corruption on April 20, 2018.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoIn the responding letter, it was outlined that while the Opposition leader is supportive of any efforts that will strengthen the state’s institutional, legal and procedural framework for fighting corruption, he would not be participating in the “symbolic” walk since “it is a mere smoke screen to detract from the grossest violations of the constitutional and statutory provisions regarding financial probity, transparency and accountability ever witnessed since independence.”Moreover, the letter outlined that the political Opposition would not participate in such a walk “while members and other public officials of successive PPPC government have been discriminated against, victimized, and targeted by a state-sponsored witch-hunt on frivolous, manufactured charges.”In addition to highlighting instances of, what the PPP outlines as, ‘blatant corruption’ under the incumbent Administration, the letter directed to Thomas posited that “the passage of the SARA Act has given you, sir, enormous, in fact, super powers —something we abhor as it is in total contravention to human rights and due process- but sir you have those powers so why have you taken no action as a so-called anti-corruption champion to bring members of the present government to book? As they say clean your own house so that others can see the light and know you are serious about fighting corruption!”See the full letter below:Professor Clive Thomas,Director,State Assets Recovery Agency,Lot 55 “A” Main and New Market Streets,Georgetown,April 16, 2018Dear Dr. Clive Thomas,Re: Invitation to Participate in Anti-Corruption Awareness Campaign “Corruption is Everybody’s Business” I wish to acknowledge your letter of invitation to the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Bharrat Jagdeo, M.P., to participate in a “symbolic” walk against corruption on April 20, 2018.The Leader of the Opposition wishes to inform you that he is supportive of any efforts that will strengthen the state’s institutional, legal and procedural framework for fighting corruption in keeping with the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, the UN Convention Against Corruption and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.However, the Leader of the Opposition will not participate in this “symbolic walk” as it is a mere “smoke screen” to detract from the grossest violations of the constitutional and statutory provisions regarding financial probity, transparency and accountability ever witnessed since independence. Furthermore, it will not participate in such a walk while members and other public officials of successive PPPC government have been discriminated against, victimized, and targeted by a state-sponsored witch-hunt on frivolous manufactured charges.The Parliamentary Opposition holds firmly to this position, which was reflected in the PPP press release of April 14, 2018, and herein reiterate, that“after being in office for only three years, the APNU+AFC Government can easily be classified as the most corrupt Government in the post-independent English speaking Caribbean. Indeed, its corruption is only surpassed by its incompetence. In three short years it has managed to completely by-pass the public procurement process, mandated by law, and has handed to its cronies and financiers, hundreds of contracts to the value of Billions of Dollars”…The number of cases of such violations is mounting on a daily basis. Suffice herein to provide a few most notable ones thus far which have cost the Guyanese people billions of dollars to their detriment:-– the Minister of Health, Volda Lawrence ordered the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to purchase $620M in drugs and pharmaceuticals supplies in 2017 from an identified supplier, without any resort to the procurement process. Then shamelessly and publicly accepted a gift of a freezer from the supplier to store some of these pharmaceuticals. What is worse, the pharmaceuticals were acquired at a cost of over 100% more than their market value. The Minister of Finance was forced to produce in the National Assembly the NPTAB’s records of requests for and grants of waivers of the tender process which revealed that the Ministry of Health’s request for the waiver was denied yet it went ahead and procured this enormous quantum of pharmaceuticals in blatant disregard of the rule of law.– The now famous contract for the Sussex Street Bond -a mere house- which the Government rents in Albouystown, for $14M GYD per month to store pharmaceuticals, when that same house can only yield a rental of approximately $100,000 GYD, on the open market. There was no resort to any form of procurement as admitted by Minister Dr. Norton in the National Assembly and for which he was placed before the Privilege Committee; the matter remains pending since 2016! Despite a special cabinet review team that found that the contract was flawed, and, Minister Harmon stating in 2016 that the Cabinet would reconsider the contract, it remains intact and over $300M GYD thus far been garnered by the owner in rental. In 2017 the Bond was found to contain no pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.– This Government expended over $2B of taxpayers’ dollars in the construction of the Jubilee D’Urban Park facilities and established a Special Purposes Company, that was given the responsibility to raise funds and implement major construction works under this project, comprising of a Minister and known members of the PNC. In 2016/2017 the taxpayers had to pay for the construction of the facilities in time for the 50th Anniversary by way of supplementary financial provisions with no disclosure as to the total costs incurred. Again, there was no resort to any form of public procurement. Despite repeated demands, they cannot produce any credible records to the Office of the Auditor General, in relation to this project. This matter was also brought to the attention of the newly appointed constitutional Public Procurement Commission in September 2017 to investigate and no action has been taken.– In September 2017- the contract for a pre feasibility study for a New Demerara Harbour Bridge was found to have been awarded to a company that did not bid despite there was a public tender where 12 companies bid and one was shortlisted. This procurement breach was also documented to the Public Procurement Commission in the same month and to date, it has taken no action to investigate or rectify the matter.– This Government surreptitiously negotiated a petroleum sharing agreement with Exxon Mobil in 2016 and for over a year refused to make it public despite thunderous public pressure. Since December 2017 with the exposure of the Guyana Government agreement with Exxon signed in June 2016, this matter remains the subject of major public debate. The government’s sale of the country’s newly found oil and natural gas resources for a pittance is a shame on all Guyanese and a stain Guyana will have to endure for decades to come. Even the IMF and countless international petroleum watchdog bodies have found this to be a flawed agreement in violation of basic acceptable international standards for first discovery oil countries and have noted that Guyana will be grossly disadvantaged from reaping it’s just rewards.– This is a Government that surreptitiously stashed in a secret bank account, $18M USD, received from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus in 2016 and uttered not a word about it to the public for over a year. In December 2017, the media exposed proof of the USD 18 M signature bonus that government received from Exxon. The funds were put in a Bank of Guyana interest bearing foreign currency account instead of being deposited in the Consolidated Fund as required by the constitution. This matter has been taken to the courts. The government continues to refuse to move the monies to the Consolidated Fund to reflect accurately the country’s revenues in compliance with the constitution.– This Government took 30 months to appoint the Integrity Commission and after 3 months the Commission is not functioning. In 2016, this government defeated a parliamentary opposition motion calling for all Members of Parliament to make public their income tax submissions and their Integrity Commission declarations for the previous 10 years.– The Auditor General’s Annual Report for Y2016 found 82 breaches of the FMAA and 71 breaches of the Procurement Act as shown below:- Losses not yet written-off20314 Breaches of Stores Regulations525360 Public Accounts121510 Breach of FMA Act472182 Overpayment of Salaries162022 Non delivery of items162118 Others197153 Misstatement of Appropriation Accounts103 Outstanding cheque orders & missing vouchers242131 Overpayment on construction5362126 Summary of Findings from 2016 Audit Report201420152016 Non-disposal of unservicable vehicle733 Breaches of Procurement Act 2003161871 Revenue related matters24713 – The US State Department Report, March 2018, titled, “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report – Volume II,” identifies Government corruption, for the first time in Guyana’ history, as one of the main source of money-laundering. In short, we have a “Government of money-launders.”– This government secretly paid itself, retroactively, a 100% increase in salary, to July 1, 2015, mere weeks after assuming office.In the light of this short list of blatant transgressions by this Government, can one wonder why the Parliamentary Opposition, critical national stakeholders and thousands of Guyanese are angry at the audacity of this government to accuse others of corruption when there is nothing being done to stop this “corruption haemorrhage” undermining the rule of law in our country?The government manipulates the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and directs the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to institute fabricated and malicious charges against political opponents and highly qualified professional Guyanese, who have served their country and their people with distinction. The frivolous charges instituted against Dr. Ashni Singh and Mr. Winston Brassington are simply the most recent, and, we have no doubt others will be made victims of this vindictive and undemocratic regime.In conclusion, the passage of the SARA Act has given you, sir, enormous, in fact, super powers —something we abhor as it is in total contravention to human rights and due process- but sir you have those powers so why have you taken no action as a so-called anti-corruption champion to bring members of the present government to book? As they say clean your own house so that others can see the light and know you are serious about fighting corruption!You are right, sir, “Corruption is everyone’ business”; we have made it ours, maybe you can demonstrate to the Guyanese people that it is yours.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, M.P.,Parliamentary Opposition Chief Whip Weak internal controls9099106 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSARA cannot investigate corruption without formal complaint, says DirectorApril 20, 2018In “latest news”SARA CEO says even though he is politically affiliated, Agency unbiasedMay 14, 2018In “Crime”“Call the police” – Jagdeo challenges Benn on land documentsJuly 5, 2019In “latest news”
The 2nd round of the Champions League saw big surprises. These Saturday and Sunday we witnessed some unexpected results, that were result of the ‘underdogs’ showing great fight and winning some more respect worldwide.In group A, yesterday Barcelona beat Schaffhausen with 30:26, while Zagreb trashed Bosna at home with 33:19, and today Chambery beat Savehof with 33:30Group B saw Fuchse beating Vive Kielce, Veszprem beating Bjerringbro, while Atletico surprisingly only drew at home vs the Russian Champion, Chekhovski Medvedi.Füchse Berlin (GER) vs. Vive Targi Kielce (POL) 30:27 (14:15Debutant Füchse Berlin remain unbeaten, as Vive Targi Kielce remain with zero points after two matches. 7876 spectators saw a highly intense and close match of two top teams. Berlin took the points thanks to their great catch-up chase in the final stage of the match. Top scorers were pivot Torsten Laen (Füchse, 7 goals) and Grzegorz Tkaczyk (Kielce, 5).Both teams started with full speed, but as the Berlin defence could not cope with the Kielce wing and back court players, the Polish runners-up increased the lead to 11:6. But when Spanish world star Iker Romero took the responsibility in the Füchse attack the rollercoaster turned the direction for the first time – and Berlin equalized at 14:14, after goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter hd sgut the gate for minutes.When the host took the lead at 17:15 the game changed again, as then Kielce had found their rhythm and increased the margin to 24:21 in minute 50. But thanks to a final 9:3 series Füchse took their first ever victory in the EHF Champions League.BM Atletico Madrid (ESP) vs. Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS) 30:30 (18:14)Decades after the last international handball match in the shirts of Atletico Madrid the Spaniards missed the great chance to take their second victory. Nearly the whole 60 minutes Madrid was in lead, but then Eduard Koksharow equalized by a penalty shot in the last second.Atletico was dominant before the break, and went to the winner’s way when they led 23:15. But the eight goals margin was decreased minute by minute, as the Russian defence improved and on the other hand Chekhovskie scored a 6:0 series to 21:23 – the game was open again. Thanks to a goal of Mikhail Chipurin the Russians led once at 25:24, before Madrid turned the game – until the very last second.For Medvedi it was the second draw after the tie on home ground against Berlin. Lazarow (7) and Markussen (6) were the top scorers for Madrid, Filipow scored seven times for Medvedi.In Group C, Cimos beat Wisla at home, and Hamburg expectedly beat Constanta away, while Saint Petersburg failed to capitalize on playing at home, and only drew at home against Metalurg, who now increased their chances to reach the TOP 16 Phase.Finally, in Group D, the biggest surprise took place. The favorized team of THW Kiel lost at home against Montpellier, shocking handball europe. In the other game, Kobenhavn was convincing at home against Pick Szeged.THW Kiel (GER) vs. Montpellier MAHB (FRA) 23:24 (14:10)After 23 straight victories – 14 in preparation, nine in all competitions of this season – THW Kiel conceded their first defeat – as Montpellier turned the game after break thanks to their outstanding shooter William Accambray. He scored eight times in the second half. On the other hand THW goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer who will return to Montpellier in 2013 – showed a strong performance with 17 saves, top scorer of THW was Filip Jicha with six goals.Montpellier now is equal in points with Kobenhavn (4) and two points ahead of Kiel.THW could not cope with the excellent MAHB defence in the second half as the German runners-up only scored nine times in 30 minutes. In the first half the game went completely different: Montpellier failed against Omeyer and Kiel took a four goal margin to the dressing rooms. Then the explosive 30 minutes of Accambray started: He scored eight times – including the decisive 24:23, as Kiel missed their last chance with the final whistle.Statements after the match:Patrice Canayer, coach Montpellier: This game fulfilled all expectations – it was a great match. Our players took the challenge to win at this fortress of handball. Before the break we were weak in attack, but then we improved – and now we are absolutely proud that we have won this game. I hope that we meet Kiel again in Germany – a long time after the Group Stage. But this is a different story.Alfred Gislason, coach Kiel: Montpellier had a higher quality than our team after the break. As we missed three or four important and 100 per cent chances in the second half we missed the victory. Montpellier was more efficient in attack.Parts of the text: EHF ← Previous Story Kadetten youthstar out 6-8 months Next Story → Champions League (W) Round 2 Review
There are plenty of ways to keep a processor cool — from passive copper heatsinks to water cooling setups to Peltier coolers. Heck, you can even immerse your rig in oil. But can you imagine coating your processor with wax to keep it from overheating?That’s precisely what a team from Penn State and the University of Michigan is doing. They’re looking for a way to better utilize all the processing power in modern chips. Their technique involves a kind of CPU “interval training” which they refer to as sprinting.The chip is run with the pedal to the metal for short bursts — processing huge amounts of data and then ramping down to cool off. And it turns out that wax is a pretty good material for handling the waste heat that the sprinting generates.GIF animation courtesy WiredPhase-change materials like wax are great at absorbing heat. Paraffin wax has a very high specific heat capacity, and it’s already widely used in materials that need to be fire-rated like drywall and document safes.Why is the team investigating wax as a processor cooler? Because as chips become smaller and transistor counts continue to climb, more power gets drawn into an ever-shrinking space. Normally, not all of a chip’s transistors are used at once to keep the overheating menace at bay. The UofM team thinks that sprinting — which would involve tapping every single transistor for short, intense processing periods — may provide a better way forward.Unfortunately, dealing with the heat created by sprinting isn’t the only issue that needs to be resolved. Even if wax is up to the task, there needs to be improvements in battery technology before such a system would work in a portable device.Intel engineer Steve Gunther told Wired, “if I can’t get the current out of the battery … it doesn’t help. You need balanced solutions.” He’s right, of course, but it’s good to know that researchers continue to push the computing performance envelope.