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ScienceShot: Native Americans Were a Mix of Asian and European

first_imgWhere did the first Americans come from? Most researchers think Native American roots lie in Asia, although exactly where is not clear; but a few have suggested Europe, a decidedly minority view because today’s Native Americans have clear Asian ancestry. It turns out that both may be right, according to the latest ancient DNA evidence. A team based in Europe and the United States sequenced the entire genome from the skeleton of a boy who lived in Siberia 24,000 years ago (see photo), the oldest complete genome of a modern human to date. Surprisingly, the boy is closely related both to Eurasians and to Native Americans, but not to East Asians. So the researchers think that Native American ancestors with Eurasian roots might have interbred with East Asians sometime before making the journey over the Bering land bridge to the New World. The work, first reported by Science from a meeting in Santa Fe last month, is published today in Nature.See more ScienceShots.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(*)last_img read more

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TNT reinforcement Terrence Jones magnifies NLEX’s import woes

first_imgANTIPOLO CITY—NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao was left in awe of TNT import Terrence Jones, acknowledging he’s the biggest reason why the Road Warriors lost their opening game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jones was too much for the Road Warriors as he had himself a debut of 41 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the KaTropa to the 102-87 win.“There really was a disparity in the quality of the import.  Of course, we know that he’s a legit NBA player and it all started from there,” said Guiao in Filipino Wednesday at Ynares Center here.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, logisticsJones played eight seasons in the NBA playing for three different teams and had his best year in the 2013-14 campaign with the Houston Rockets wherein he averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds.“The whole team fed off his performance, and on the other hand our import was just a quick replacement.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Uncertainty over Serena fitness, Osaka form at Roland Garros Moultrie, who played two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, is still signed with Kalev/Cramo in the Latvian-Estonian Basketball League leaving Mitchell as the best possible option.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img NLEX originally tabbed former Detroit Piston Tony Mitchell but he failed to show up in time, prompting the Road Warriors to get Curtis Washington a week before the start of their conference.Washington, for his part, had 18 points, 18 rebounds, and two blocks.Guiao added that the team could still get Mitchell, whom he said is already the Philippines, for the remainder of the conference.“I think Tony is still around, and there’s that option to still bring him in,” said Guiao. “We heard that he’s here in the Philippines today so we’re looking at that option. We’re playing on Saturday but I don’t know if there’s enough time to do that. But we are seriously considering that option.”Another option for Road Warriors is former reinforcement Arnett Moultrie who was with them during the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

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Suns Eclipse Clueless Knicks, 99-90

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Isaiah Thomas thrust both arms in the air and started back down the court, his 3-pointer having just essentially clinched a victory.A lot of players are celebrating at Madison Square Garden these days, and none of them are Knicks.Eric Bledsoe had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas scored 22 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 99-90 on Saturday.It was the seventh straight home loss for the Knicks, who haven’t won at MSG since beating Philadelphia on Nov. 22. New York has lost four straight overall and is 5-24.“I can just see it out there on the court, that we don’t believe in ourselves to be able to go down the stretch and win basketball games,” Carmelo Anthony said.Markieff Morris added 19 points for the Suns, who won their second straight after a six-game skid. They got 57 points from their point guard trio of Bledsoe, Thomas and Goran Dragic.“That’s the strength of our team,” Thomas said. “When we’re playing at a high level that gives us the best chance of winning.”Thomas made a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, giving Phoenix the lead for good and triggering an 8-0 burst. Marcus Morris made another and Alex Lin tipped in a miss for a 75-68 lead, and the Knicks were playing catch-up from there.Anthony had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks after missing a game with a sore left knee, but he was on the bench for a rest when the Suns surged into the lead in the 3:18 before he re-entered.“There’s really no excuse for that,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “That group that started the fourth quarter, we talked about if we win the fourth quarter, we win the game, and those first few minutes of the fourth quarter were probably the worst stretch of the game.”Jose Calderon added 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Amare Stoudemire while already playing without the injured Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith.New York got within three points headed into the final 3 minutes, but Thomas made a free throw, Markieff Morris nailed a jumper and Thomas followed with a 3-pointer, pushing the lead to 95-86 with 1:34 to go.“Carmelo for that stretch there, I don’t know what he scored, three or four straight times. You’re going, ‘OK, he’s going to be a handful in there,’ and that’s the time of the game that he likes to get going,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “But again, every time we seemed to match it with something.”Phoenix burst out to a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter before Calderon steadied the Knicks with a couple of 3-pointers. New York cut it to three after one and surged to a seven-point lead in the final minute of the second before taking a 47-44 advantage to halftime.Markieff Morris then scored 12 in the third quarter to keep Phoenix within a point headed to the final 12 minutes.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

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MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snub

first_imgVirat Kohli crushed all talks of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s T20 career coming to an end after he was overlooked for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia.On Thursday, speaking at the post-match press conference regarding the issue, he said that the selectors have already discussed this at length and he has nothing to add. He went on to add that Dhoni remains an integral part of the limited-overs team.”I think the selector has already explained what happened and I don’t think I need to sit here and explain it more. I wasn’t a part of that conversation but it is not what people are making out of it. I can assure you that he [Dhoni] is still a very integral part of this team and it was only about giving chance to others.The selector felt that in T20 format, Rishabh Pant can be given a chance, he [Dhoni] anyway plays ODIs for us regularly. It was about giving a chances to a youngster and it has nothing to do with what people are thinking and I as a captain can certainly assure you that,” Kohli said.WATCH VIDEOThe MSK Prasad-led selection committee announced the teams for the two T20 series against West Indies and Australia before the third ODI and Dhoni’s exclusion from the team came as a major shock. The selectors and Kohli maintained that Dhoni remains an integral part of the limited-overs side (AP Photo)Dhoni was left out of both the squads and Rishabh Pant was the designated wicket-keeper for the occasions while Dinesh Karthik was being looked as a back-up keeper according to Prasad.Also read – Kohli, Rohit part of meeting where Dhoni was dropped. What lies ahead for ex-captain?advertisement”He [Dhoni] is not going to be play the six T20Is [West Indies and Australia] because we are looking at the second keeper’s slot. So I think we will retain Rishabh [Pant] and Dinesh Karthik. So they will be getting a chance to keep and bat,” Prasad said.But, according to a close member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Dhoni was dropped from the squad because of his inconsistency.Also read – MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closer”It’s a given that Dhoni won’t be around when next ICC World T20 happens in Australia in 2020. So, there wasn’t any point continuing with him if he will not play World T20,” a senior BCCI official privy to selection policy told news agency PTI on Saturday.”Obviously, the selectors and team management had a good deliberation on this issue. Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were present at the selection committee meeting.”You think selectors could have gone ahead without their approval?” the official added.Also read – Believe it or not: MS Dhoni has been dropped. Here is why it happenedBut, Kohli’s comments on Thursday proves that the matter is nothing that is advertised and speculated and Dhoni’s career in the shortest format of the game is not over.However, for Dhoni to make a comeback in the T20 squad, it will be a long road ahead as India have very few T20I games scheduled after the Australia series. Following the T20I and Test series against Australia, India will only play five ODIs against Australia and New Zealand each and three T20Is against the Black Caps following the completion of the T20 series against them.And if he isn’t’ selected for the T20Is against New Zealand, will get to play the five ODIs against New Zealand and Indian Premier League before the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.Kohli also spoke about the issues that the Indian team needed to address and according to him, they were taken care of in this series.”Change-room atmosphere is very important, and when you play like that, the energy is always good. Everyone wants to be part of it. Two areas I can think of (World Cup plans): third seamer – Khaleel has been outstanding.”Rayudu has also taken responsibility at No.4. God forbid anything happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah, good to have Khaleel who can come in and take wickets. Those two areas we’re looking at. And those two have been addressed,” Kohli said in the post-match interview.last_img read more

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McLaren’s Zak Brown expects marked improvement with Renault engine

first_imgnews McLaren As Formula One prepares to take to the track for the first time in 2018 at the opening test in Barcelona on Monday, Zak Brown, the executive director of McLaren, has insisted that anything less than a marked improvement in performance from the British team would be unacceptable.McLaren have endured three woeful seasons with an unreliable and underpowered Honda engine. Having switched to Renault for this year they will be under intense scrutiny to prove at the Circuit de Catalunya that a return to the top end of the grid is possible from the very moment the MCL33 hits the track. Since Bruce McLaren first entered his team in an F1 race in 1966, they have gained 182 victories, 12 drivers’ championships and eight constructors’. However, their last drivers’ title was Lewis Hamilton’s in 2008 and they have not won a constructors’ since 1998. McLaren, once a powerhouse in F1, have not won a race since Jenson Button did so at Brazil in 2013, after which a slump has became a steep decline.Last year brought a drawn-out divorce from Honda and a new deal with Renault, whose power unit is not the best on the grid but did return wins for Red Bull. Having disposed of the engine problem, Brown and his team know this season they will have to answer for any shortcomings. “This is a big year,” he said. “Clearly we think we’ve got great drivers, a great team, a great power unit. The nice thing about Formula One is that people get to see how we’re doing live. There’s no hiding.”For the last three opening season tests, hopeful optimism quickly disappeared but it is present again for the next few days in Barcelona and Brown has made it clear he expects a good test to translate into results – competing with former rivals and the fellow Renault-engined team Red Bull is the target. “A disappointment would be not being further up the grid,” he said.“We expect to be fighting for podiums, whether that is the top step, second step or third step. Red Bull is the team that everybody will compare us to and the Renault team was getting very strong and they have got a great driver line-up so they are the obvious benchmarks. If you look where Renault finished, and what Red Bull did, and that’s including winning races, we have got to be there or thereabouts.” Read more Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Formula One Topics Reuse this content Support The Guardian Lewis Hamilton prepared for F1 rivalry with Sebastian Vettel to become spikier Share on Twitter Bernie Ecclestone urges Formula One to make bold switch to electric cars Motor sport Share on Pinterest Red Bull won three races last year and were third in the constructors’ championship. Catching them would be a huge step forward but Brown believes they can bridge the gap. “This team has won lots of world championships so we’re up for it. We will be one of the most-viewed teams. If everyone asked: ‘Who is the team that is going to have the biggest change?’ it would probably be McLaren. We know all eyes will be on us.”The team has previously been adamant that they had a fundamentally strong car, let down by the power unit, a claim that will face its sternest test in Barcelona. “We had a great chassis last year and everything is looking good in the development phase but the proof is in the pudding when you hit the track,” said Brown.The test will be of great import to McLaren’s No 1 driver, Fernando Alonso, who agreed to remain with the team for a further year on the basis that the car would be more competitive. Alonso made no secret of his frustration with Honda and has already agreed to compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship season with Toyota in his bid to win the Le Mans 24 Hours, alongside his McLaren duties. How this year’s car performs in Barcelona may prove key to his future in F1. “What’s going to drive Fernando is how he feels about how he’s competing on track is going to drive his passion for how much longer he wants to do Formula One,” Brown said. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…last_img read more

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Mamata offers to quit party says big No

first_imgKolkata: Expressing her deep anguish over the way BJP spent money, polarised voters and used the institutions to win the Lok Sabha poll, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said it would open a dangerous trend in Indian democracy in the coming years. She also expressed her doubt over the alleged tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the entire election process.The Bharatiya Janata Party alone secured 303 of 542 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress won 52 seats. In Bengal, the TMC won 22 out of 42 seats, while the BJP raised its tally from two seats in 2014 to 18 this year. The Congress won only two seats here while the Left Front was completely routed. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAddressing her first press conference at her Kalighat residence on Saturday evening since the announcement of results, Banerjee said she had wished to resign as the Chief Minister but her party leaders did not endorse it. She met the core committee members and those who had contested in the Lok Sabha election along with the district presidents and observers. “I cannot accept the way BJP has used money power and all the institutions to win votes. There has been total polarisation. This is a dangerous trend for Indian democracy. I had expressed my willingness to resign but my party leaders turned it down,” she said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBanerjee alleged that the Election Commission of India had functioned in tandem with the BJP. “We had lodged several complaints but the EC did not pay any heed to them. For the past five months, the state government could not work and even now the Code of Conduct has not been withdrawn, she said and added: “There are more than 200 companies of Central Forces and we have to pay money for their maintenance. Where from we will get money. They had withdrawn the Central Forces from Jangalmahal and Darjeeling which are vulnerable areas.” She further maintained that though “one cannot say anything against the Judiciary but recently many of its judgments have raised questions. Where should we go to register our grievances?” Banerjee said the party has increased its vote share by 5 percent but lost 18 seats. She said she had never seen the way BJP had spent money in the recent election. “Development took a back seat and they won the election by spending lakhs of rupees. BJP leaders along with the Central Force personnel had visited the houses of voters and spent Rs 5000 for every vote. This is unfortunate.” Coming down heavily on the CPI(M), she said the party made “suicidal attempts to help BJP to win the polls. The Left Front vote has come down to 7 percent from 29 percent and 22 percent votes have gone in favour of BJP.” She also said the BJP has resorted to violence in many places and has tried to create fear psychosis among the people. “The police do not report to me as it is under the Election Commission but my government would have controlled it,” she said further adding: “The party offices which the BJP have taken over will be brought back soon.” Banerjee did not rule out the tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines. “I will not elaborate the matter now. Experts are working on it. But how come Congress has not got a single seat in Delhi or Rajasthan where it had formed the government a few months ago. I will talk on the subject later,” she said. “When Rajiv Gandhi had got 400 plus seats in the Lok Sabha, nobody questioned but why are people raising doubts this time. It should be looked into.” Banerjee said she would cooperate with the Centre and support all the democratic decisions but will oppose all the decisions which that are “undemocratic and affects secularism.” The TMC chief also brought major changes in the district leadership and said she would meet the leaders once again on May 31.last_img read more

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Stocks swoon sending Dow down 600 points

first_imgThe stock market closed sharply lower, extending a weeklong slide, as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 600 points.Stocks ended their worst week in two years Friday, and the Dow’s drop was its biggest in percentage terms since June 2016.Several giant U.S. companies dropped after reporting weak earnings, including Exxon Mobil and Alphabet. Apple and Chevron also fell.Bond yields rose sharply after the government reported the fastest wage growth in eight years, stoking fears of inflation.The S&P/TSX Composite Index was off 255.For the week, the Dow and the TSX are down by about four per cent.last_img read more

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Take my NAFTA please As Pelosi riffs questions abound on fate of

first_imgWASHINGTON — North of the border, Canada’s hard-won free-trade deal with the United States and Mexico is considered a matter of existential importance, heavy with implications for workers, businesses and governments of all political stripes.For Nancy Pelosi, it’s a punchline.The California Democrat has been riffing on the uncertainty around what to call the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA — a moniker that reflects President Donald Trump’s contempt for the original North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa now seems to prefer CUSMA, while others fall back on NAFTA 2.0, new NAFTA or, simply, NAFTA.“Whatever they’re calling it now, the trade agreement formerly known as Prince — no, I mean, formerly known as NAFTA — is a work in progress,” Pelosi quipped to chuckles at a Capitol Hill news conference last month introducing newly elected members of her party in the House of Representatives.But seriously, folks: its name notwithstanding, uncertainty, doubt and mixed feelings will only continue to shroud the agreement well into the new year, especially with an ambivalent Pelosi expected to emerge as leader of an emboldened Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.With the 2020 election in their sights, Democrats are girding for pitched battles against their GOP rivals on a number of fronts, and will be disinclined to give Trump any legislative wins, despite all the post-midterms talk of bipartisan co-operation and reaching across the aisle.The deal includes elements aimed at the centre-left folks in Congress, including environmental protections and a requirement that by 2023, 45 per cent of auto parts be made by workers being paid at least $16 an hour. Mexico must also pass a host of labour-law reforms that support and protect women, unions and migrant workers.But the agreement lacks enforcement teeth — a deal-breaker, Pelosi and other Democrats say, if the forthcoming legislation to enact it doesn’t provide some.“The president needs to talk to Congress on this, and we can go back to the table with the Mexicans and the Canadians and do stronger labour standards,” Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, widely touted as a likely challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, told CNN.“This doesn’t live up to the promise the president said, that it would be a renegotiated NAFTA, helping workers and stopping outsourcing, because it doesn’t do that yet. I’m hoping that it will.”Enter David MacNaughton, the genial Canadian ambassador whose outreach efforts were heralded as critical to the success of the USMCA talks. He’ll again take the stage in the new year to convince Democrats — freshman and old-school free-trade foe alike —that the deal is the best medicine for all three countries.The mission is the same — “to make sure that people in the United States understand the importance of the economic relationship with Canada — how big a market we are for them, how much our economies are integrated, and also all the other things we do together,” MacNaughton said.“To the degree that we can make sure they understand the importance of the relationship, and some of the things that are in the agreement that are going to enhance the relationship from an economic point of view and help the United States, we’re going to do that.“The first priority, however, right now: get rid of the steel and aluminum tariffs. So that’s No. 1.”Trump’s so-called Section 232 tariffs, named for the clause in U.S. trade law that allows them on national security grounds, are no joke in Ottawa. They nearly scuttled last month’s USMCA signing ceremony in Argentina, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to display his signed certificate for the cameras.And with Canadians headed to the polls next October, 2019 will be a crushing disappointment to anyone hoping it would bring a reprieve from all the trade talk.The new NAFTA has its detractors in Canada. The federal Conservatives and NDP say the governing Liberals gave too much market access to U.S. dairy farmers, caved on demands for longer protections for drug patents and blinked on the threat of tariffs on autos not built on American soil.And in the U.S., last month’s deep job and production cuts at General Motors — 14,000 jobs, including 8,000 salaried workers, and five idled plants, including one in Oshawa, Ont. — has some Rust Belt lawmakers on Capitol Hill feeling like they’re being sold a bill of goods.“If we’re going to see more plants going to Mexico, I’m not going to support NAFTA 2.0,” said Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell.But it’s folly to blame the cuts on a trade deal that hasn’t taken effect yet, said Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association.“If USMCA was in effect today, with (Section) 232 tariffs, with tariffs on China, General Motors — from a business point of view — couldn’t import more profitably than it could produce domestically. That’s coming, but it’s not here.”It won’t dominate American headlines, but in Canada, USMCA will surely be a campaign-trail fixture in 2019, said Carlo Dade, a policy expert and director of the Trade and Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation.  Dade said he expects the bulk of Canadian voters will support the agreement in an election campaign that could echo the pitched battle of 1988, which hinged on the original Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.“The only thing they dislike more than having NAFTA is the thought of not having NAFTA,” Dade said. “We saw this with the polling — Canadians for years were consistently complaining about NAFTA, then as soon as Trump said he was seriously thinking about withdrawing, the polls switched.“I think that dynamic will emerge again.”— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStyleJames McCarten, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Prasar Bharati asked to ensure levelplaying field for all parties

first_imgNew Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has instructed public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to ensure that the Election Commission’s directive to “desist” from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party is adhered to in letter and spirit.I&B Secretary Amit Khare, in a letter to Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati, instructed that the coverage by Doordarshan and All India Radio abides by the EC directive and asked him put in place a mechanism for adherence to the Model Code of Conduct, sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a strongly-worded letter to the secretary of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the EC said, “Would like you (secretary) to direct the DD News channel to desist from extending any preferential or disproportionate airtime coverage in favour of any party and extend commensurate and balanced coverage of the activities of all recognised political parties…” The commission had recently issued a show-cause notice to DD News for showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ programme for nearly one hour after opposition parties complained that the national broadcaster was being biased.last_img read more

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Officials concerned budget cuts will take away Ocean Rangers

JUNEAU, Alaska — The state official overseeing Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships.CoastAlaska reports the inspectors, known as Ocean Rangers, could be eliminated. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has proposed scrapping the program as part of a budget now being reviewed by state lawmakers.The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s top budget official, Jeff Rogers, laid out the Dunleavy administration’s case for removing inspectors from cruise ships.But those that work in Alaska’s cruise ship program note that without onboard inspectors, the state’s authority to monitor pollution from ships would be limited.The head of DEC’s cruise ship monitoring program, Ed White, says the Ocean Rangers have been a “critical part” in the permitting process.The Associated Press read more

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Cineplex profit jumps on higher attendance more spending per person

TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. had $24.4 million of net income in the second quarter, beating analyst profit estimates, as total revenue increased by 12.4 per cent from last year and the company made progress on its cost-reduction efforts.The Toronto-based cinema and entertainment company says revenue for the three-months ended June 30 was $409 million, a record high for the second quarter.Attendance was up five per cent from last year, increasing box office revenue by 9.7 per cent to $187.2 million, while revenue from food services jumped 14.6 per cent to a record $114 million.Box office revenue per patron rose 4.4 per cent to $10.82 and concession revenue per patron rose 9.3 per cent to $6.59.Cineplex also generated increased revenue from its media and amusement business units.The company’s net income amounted to 38 cents per share, compared with two cents per share or $1.4 million in last year’s second quarter.Analysts had estimated $414 million of revenue, 24 cents per share of net income and 24 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“Cineplex reported record second quarter results including increases in revenue across all reportable segments,” president and CEO Ellis Jacob said in a statement“In addition to growing our revenue sources, we continue to focus on optimizing our cost structure across our ecosystem, having implemented a cost reduction program during the second quarter with the expectation of realizing annualized cost savings of $25.0 million by the end of the year.”The company announced in April that it would lay off “a number of” full-time workers to eliminate duplicate roles following several business acquisitions. read more

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MLB Teams Should Go For Talent Not Balance At The Trade Deadline

One school of thinking about the MLB trade deadline, which passes at 4 p.m. Eastern time, is that teams should address their weaknesses and become more balanced in preparation for the stretch run. The notion, which we’ve taken as a given around these parts in the past, is that sacrificing in some area of strength (whether on offense, pitching or defense) to plug a weakness makes a team less vulnerable in the postseason. But is that true? Certainly teams should patch up their weaknesses if it doesn’t mean taking away from their strengths, but all else being equal, balance for its own sake may not necessarily help improve a team’s chances.It’s easy to look at a team’s offense/defense balance — defined as how closely matched a team’s run-scoring and run-prevention capabilities are. We can quantify the clubs most in need of it at the deadline this season by indexing each team’s (park-adjusted) runs scored and allowed per game against the league average. In the chart below, the teams in the bottom right-hand corner are the most balanced — they’re good at both scoring and preventing runs1In this case, a lower defensive index is better because it means a team allowed fewer runs. — but those in the adjacent quadrants have a weakness in one of the two categories. (Those in the top left are just bad at everything.) But to examine the broader question of whether balance helps a team, we need to see if our measure of balance — specifically, the absolute difference between a team’s index and the league average of 100 on both offense and defense — tracks meaningfully with a team’s future success after controlling for its overall talent level.To that end, I computed the same offensive and defensive indices as above for each team on July 31 of every season since 1986, when the trade deadline was permanently moved to that date (except this year, when the commish moved it to Aug. 1 because July 31 fell on a Sunday). As a first pass, I checked whether a change in a team’s balance correlated with improved play over the remainder of the regular season — and the relationship was practically non-existent.2In statistical parlance, the r between the change in a team’s balance from before the trade deadline to after and its change in winning percentage was 0.018. I then did the same thing but for eventual playoff teams only … and got the same result.3This time, the correlation was -0.009. Finally, I looked at whether a playoff-bound team’s balance had any real bearing on its World Series odds after controlling for its talent, and again, a team’s balance had no significant effect. (If anything, less balanced playoff teams have tended to win the World Series more often since 1986, though that finding is likely just noise.)In other words, balance isn’t something for a team to seek at the deadline — talent is. Teams should be wary about dealing from a strength to improve a weakness if it doesn’t leave them in a better overall place than where they started. Even under the bright lights, a run saved is still worth the same as a run scored, balance be damned.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Meghan Markle brings geraniums back into fashion by picking blooms for wedding

They are ever-reliable, unshowy and, much to the chagrin of their dedicated fans, rather unfashionable. But the geranium is set for a major comeback, it seems.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have selected white Mayflower and Dusky Cranesbill geraniums, grown in the Royal Parks nursery, to join the floral displays at their wedding on Saturday. Even the gardener in charge of growing the plants, along with countless others, does not know how they will end up on display after months of hard work in London’s Hyde Park.Nursery manager Mike Jones said he does not know where floral designer Philippa Craddock will use his flowers, so will be trying to spot them as he watches the wedding on TV.”We don’t know where they’re going to be, so we’ll be eagerly looking out ourselves to see where they are,” Mr Jones said. Branches of beech, birch and hornbeam will also be used in the decorations, with the locally sourced foliage coming from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park. The 36-year-old, from Bourn in Cambridgeshire, added: “We’re really excited. We work really hard to try and champion pollinators and support them because they’re in decline.” Asked if he felt under pressure, the 58-year-old from Leamington Spa said: “We do, because we really want it to be the best we can possibly do. It’s showcasing not only our growing of plants, but the Royal Parks in general.”It is thought the flowers – between 150 and 200 individual plants which are pollinator-friendly – will be incorporated into Ms Craddock’s displays in and around St George’s Chapel which will feature white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. A bumblebee hovers over Dusky Cranesbill geranium plantsCredit:REUTERS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The flowers that have been chosen are particularly pollinator-friendly flowers, which means they have a good store of nectarDr Alice Laughton Dr Laughton is also excited for another reason – she is getting married this Saturday too.”I like to think that all the wedding buzz is about my wedding so it’s been quite fun,” she said.Talking about the flowers at her own wedding, she said: “My parents actually have grown all my flowers, so they’ve grown native pollinator-friendly flowers as well.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photograph Looking ahead to Saturday, Mr Jones said: “I shall be watching the wedding along with half the rest of the country I would imagine.  Looking out for my plants.”Dr Alice Laughton, conservation manager at the Royal Parks, explained the importance of the flowers being pollinator-friendly, and what that might mean.”The flowers that have been chosen are particularly pollinator-friendly flowers, which means they have a good store of nectar so they provide a lot of food for pollinators that are attracted to the flowers. Mr Jones said geraniums “add a splash of colour”, adding: “They live for years so they will grow all summer, flower all summer, die down in the winter, and then come back again the following year, so very good value.”The gardener said they were ideal for “a relaxed look”. Asked if the flowers will be getting special treatment in the coming days, he said: “They’ll be getting a lot of TLC. We’ll be making sure they’re watered well, making sure they’re protected, and making sure that the flowers stay in the perfect condition for the day.”It’s only a few more days to go, so we want them to be absolutely pristine when they go.” A bumblebee hovers over Dusky Cranesbill geranium plants “So on wedding day we might see some bees, some bumblebees, hoverflies, some butterflies, all important pollinators here in the UK,” she said. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photographCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph read more

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First Metso valves with 3D printed parts shipped to a customer

first_imgMetso has delivered the first valves with 3D printed parts from its Helsinki plant. The valves include 3D printed metal components that allow the valves to perform in a particularly demanding application where they need to withstand numerous fast open-close cycles without maintenance.“We are at the forefront of using 3D printing in valve applications, having started testing the suitability of 3D printing technologies for metal components already years ago. We have defined and prototyped several concepts where the 3D printed components can provide new levels of valve performance compared to components manufactured with traditional methods,” says Jukka Borgman, Director, Technology Development.“The beauty of 3D printing is that it allows the customer to have devices whose new properties can only be implemented using the 3D printing method. With certain products, a key benefit for the customer can be exceptionally quick delivery times,” says Jani Puroranta, Metso’s Chief Digital Officer.last_img read more

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Boston Dynamics WildCat robot can gallop at 16mph

first_imgLast month Boston Dynamics was asked by DARPA to turn their LS3 robot into a silent, bulletproof unit. But that isn’t the only robot Boston is working on right now, as they also have an all terrain running robot called WildCat.New footage of WildCat has been posted on Boston Dynamics‘ YouTube page, which you can watch below. It looks quite similar to LS3, but is actually a smaller version of the Cheetah robot. Cheetah can run at 28mph while tethered. WildCat can only manage 16mph, but does so untethered.As you can see, WildCat uses a combination of galloping and bounding to achieve such speeds, and also manages to recover from a stumble easily and quickly. Now imagine this speeding across a hostile area carrying supplies on its back for the troops. It’s like something you’d expect to see in the movies, not real life, but Boston Dynamics is certainly doing everything it can to push robot technology forward.WildCat is a work in progress and also funded by DARPA through its M3 program, so there’s every chance it will end up getting faster and more stable. It already looks pretty capable, but I’d like to see it galloping across uneven ground to get a sense of how it really performs. And just like with LS3, it needs a better power solution that isn’t as noisy.If you’re wondering what its big brother Cheetah looks like running flat out, check out the video below. As you can see, it’s fair to say WildCat is the more accomplished runner simply because it is managing to run quite fast without any tethers or assistance from a moving floor underfoot.last_img read more

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Micheál needs to stop with his spin Doherty hits out at FF

first_img 15,653 Views 76 Comments Monday 24 Oct 2016, 10:23 AM Oct 24th 2016, 10:23 AM http://jrnl.ie/3043080 Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland ‘Micheál needs to stop with his spin’ – Doherty hits out at FF leader over tax cut criticisms Yesterday the Fianna Fáil leader claimed his party “succeeded in stopping many of the most damaging Fine Gael policies”. Share43 Tweet Email1 Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland By Michelle Hennessy Short URL FINE GAEL CHIEF whip Regina Doherty tore into Micheál Martin this morning over the airwaves, accusing him of attacking her party at every opportunity instead of presenting his own policies.The TD was speaking after an address by the Fianna Fail leader in which he claimed his party “succeeded in stopping many of the most damaging Fine Gael policies”.“Their increasingly right-wing agenda and focus on tax cuts weighted to help the wealthiest most has been blocked. Some of the worst damage which their policies caused in the last five years have begun to be unwound.” he said in a speech yesterday afternoon.Even the Fine Gael Minister for Social Protection has acknowledged that they have departed from years of socially unjust and unfair budgets.“He points out that he thinks Fine Gael are more interested in tax cuts than Fianna Fáil would be, yet in the manifesto Fianna Fáil wanted to cut 2.9 billion worth of tax cuts and we only proposed over the next number of years to cut 2.4. Now does that make them more right-wing than we are?” Doherty asked when questioned about his remarks on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today.I’m not going to go back in and play the game he wants us to play and criticise them because they criticised us, but it doesn’t go unnoticed that at every opportunity – and particularly yesterday – he has a pop at Fine Gael, he has a pop at Cabinet, he has a pop at a particular individual in Fine Gael he obviously fears, he has a pop at the English government.“Micheál needs to sit back now and stop with his spin and start coming up with real policies so that he can show people how Fianna Fáil would govern any differently to when they wrecked the country,” she added.Read: Martin says pro-Brexit ministers in UK are ‘making it up as they go along’>Read: Varadkar has massive lead over Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Mark Hamill Might Be Coming Back for Star Wars The Rise of

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Luke Skywalker is not gone from the Star Wars franchise: Mark Hamill, the actor who played the famous Jedi master, hinted that he might be coming back for the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.Hamill’s voice does make a brief appearance in the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, however, fans have no idea how he plays a role in the movie. However, in a red carpet interview with the Associated Press for Child’s Play, Hamill jokingly said he might return as a Force ghost on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.HAMILL’S LAST HOPE: #MarkHamill (@HamillHimself) is hoping to retire from his Jedi job in @StarWars’ next installment #RiseOfSkywalker pic.twitter.com/Kvdb53Sw31— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) June 20, 2019“I had closure in the last (movie),” Hamill told the Associated Press. “The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that particular aspect of the ‘Star Wars’ mythology where if you’re a Jedi you get to come back, make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”Could Hamill be a Force ghost in the upcoming movie? It’s very likely, since the surviving Resistance has to fight the First Order.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on Dec. 20.More on Geek.com:More Cameos We Want in ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ at Disneyland: What It’s Like InsideHarrison Ford Pays Tribute to Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Campbell happy with first win as manager

first_imgMacclesfield Town manager Sol Campbell says he’s delighted to record his first victory after his side beat Crawley 2-0 on Saturday.Elliott Durrell and Harry Smith were both on target against Crawley to hand Campbell his first victory as manager, after the former Arsenal defender was appointed last month on an 18-month contract to manage League Two club Macclesfield Town.“Crawley were coming up and we had a few hairy moments, but you need that,” Campbell told Sky Sports.“For me, that will give the lads great confidence that they got through that game with the wind against them and a team pushing on. That will give them confidence and we can build on that.“For me, it’s all about a learning process. There are good players out there, and you look up and down the league and see teams playing football. We want to be one of those clubs.Cascarino praises Campbell Manuel R. Medina – August 17, 2019 Sol Campbell left Macclesfield Town on Thursday, but the Arsenal legend believes he managed to do a great job at the club.“For me dropping down here, it’s my first job and I want to get on with it, I want to play how I want to play. I’m not looking at the whole league and saying it’s League Two, for me its football.“We need to win and we need to get up. It’s a real thing, it’s not Mickey Mouse football. It’s real-time football with people, players, fans and the whole club, this club needs to stay up.“Saying it’s League Two for me is a bit harsh on it. For me it’s football.”last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Barista at StarbucksFull-Time Physical Therapy Assistant at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time E-Commerce Manager at LEDVANCEFull-Time Counter Sales at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Employee Communications/Content Strategist at Charles River LabsFull-Time (Contract) Sign Spray Painter at Back Bay SignPart-Time Stock Room Helper at Xenon CorporationFull-Time Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Cooks & Register Help at LaRossa’s RestaurantFull-Time Program Manager at Textron(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Historic WWII Bomber Recovered in Nome Offers Russian Twist to Iconic American

first_imgA B-25 J Mitchell bomber left to rust in Nome after World War II is being stripped for parts—and may one day be refurbished—thanks to efforts from a Michigan war planes museum and help from students across the Bering Strait.Download Audio:The B-25 Mitchell bomber recovered in Nome in June 2015. The plane, destined for the Russia front, still bears the red star of the Soviet Air Force. Photos: Warbirds of Glory Museum.The B-25 was a U.S. military bomber of the same class that went to Russia through the lend-lease program leading up to World War II, and planes of its kind later dropped bombs on Japan after Pearl Harbor. It flew with the U.S. Army Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, and the Soviet Air Force.In June, Patrick Mihalek with the nonprofit Warbirds Of Glory Museum in Brighton, Michigan, came to Nome to rescue an unusual B-25. “We came up to Nome to recover a World War II B-25 that was sitting out on the tundra for the last 70 years,” Mihalek said, knowing that the distinctly American aircraft had a uniquely Soviet twist.“We went through the whole wreckage of the aircraft and disassembled it,” Mihalek said. “Many pieces that we need currently for the ongoing restoration we shipped home.”That “ongoing restoration” is of a different B-25 known as Sandbar Mitchell, another bomber during the war that went on to become a plane for pilots in training, and eventually dumped water on Alaska wildfires near Fairbanks through the 1960s. It crashed in 1969, and after 44 years spent rusting on a Tanana River sandbar, the museum recovered that plane. Mihalek said the museum will use parts of Nome’s B-25 to get Sandbar Mitchell in the air once again.“We’re going to continue our main project, which is restore Sandbar Mitchell to flying status,” he said. “There’s a few parts from this [Nome B-25] that are airworthy that we’ll put in Sandbar Mitchell, and then vice versa, the parts that are not airworthy from Sandbar Mitchell, because of damage, we’ll put on the Nome [B-25], so in that way, the [Nome plane] could resemble a B-25 once again.”Just how the B-25 first came to the Seward Peninsula goes back to 1944. After being assembled in Kansas, the bomber was part of a group of planes allocated to Russia through Franklin Roosevelt’s “lend-lease program” prior to and during the U.S. entering World War II. The plane was officially handed over to Russian pilots in Fairbanks, who were set to fly it to Nome and onward to the Russian front. The Nome B-25, however, never crossed the dateline; a rough landing in Nome left it un-flyable, and facilities in Nome at the time left it irreparable.But the Russian pilots of the Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily—the Soviet Air Force—didn’t let the plane go to waste.“The Russians stripped it of all the parts and things they could use as repair parts, or replacement parts, that they felt they could use on their other B-25s,” said museum trustee Todd Trainor during his visit to Nome. “Then it was just left there for vandals and scoundrels to take parts and shoot holes in it with guns.”In the 1980s, former state House Representative Richard Foster visited Skagway and told then-Skagway resident and aviation enthusiast Mitch Erickson about the bomber. Erickson moved to Nome in 1991, and less than a year later, he found the B-25: axed, chopped, and shot up over years of impromptu target practice. He got the plane loaded on a flatbed and hauled away for safekeeping, but one wing still bearing the red star of Soviet Russia remained trapped in the mud.“We actually had the NACTEC kids there when we pulled the old wing out of the mud,” said Nathan Pitt, the program coordinator for NACTEC, the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center in Nome. “We had to have every hand available to flip that old wing over. And there on the other side you could see the Russian star still on there, barely visible, but it was still there.”Recovering Nome’s B-25 was built in to NACTEC’s summer aviation program, and students from Nome and across the Bering Strait worked to recover the plane and disassemble its components.Pitt said it was an application of the skills students learned working on NACTEC’s own ongoing restoration of another plane, a 1962 Piper Colt. The coordination linked the historic plane to their work in the classroom.“The 1962 Piper Colt is NACTEC’s project that we’re restoring, so the kids were putting rivets in and also taking rivets out [of the Piper Colt], and then they went over to see the B-25 project, where they were taking all the rivets out in order to disassemble the plane,” Pitt said of the multi-day project.“They could see where this work was done, and they had a little bit of knowledge about the process and the parts that, you know, keep a plane together.”The Nome bomber now sits in a shipping container within Nome’s Satellite Field T-hangar—itself a relic from World War II—not far from where the wing was dragged from the mud. “Hopefully within the next year, we’ll be able to raise some money to have the shipping container shipped back to Michigan,” Mihalek said.The ultimate goal would be to get the Nome bomber flying again, but the wing’s spars are corroded and a “substantial donation” would be needed to make that happen. Failing that, Mihalek said it could be assembled as a static airplane, offering a distinctly Russian display piece for the Michigan museum to tell the unique story of the B-25.last_img read more