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TSX heads for lower open; dollar dips

first_img S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors New York futures were also in the red as the Dow Jones industrial futures lost 22 points to 16,426, the Nasdaq futures slipped 0.5 of a point to 3,703.8 while the S&P 500 futures were off 2.5 points to 1,875.5. Data released on the weekend showed China’s exports fell by an unexpectedly large 18 per cent in February. China’s official 2014 economic growth target of 7.5 per cent assumes trade also will grow by 7.5 per cent. But customs data show combined imports and exports so far this year have shrunk by 4.8 per cent. “The focus will likely remain on China in an otherwise quiet week, with January-February activity data due on Thursday,” said a commentary from Barclays Research. “We expect the message to be moderately slower growth, given the soft demand outlook suggested by the recent PMI readings, and lower inflation.” Meanwhile, Japan reported Monday a record current account deficit for January, and lowered its economic growth estimate for the October-December quarter to 0.7 per cent from one per cent. Copper prices fell heavily for a second session in the wake of the Chinese data, with the May contract in New York losing another six cents to US$3.02 a pound. Prices for the metal tumbled 14 cents Friday after Chinese authorities allowed the country’s first corporate bond default, which fueled speculation as to how many more companies may be in a similar situation. The weak overseas data pushed the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.30 to US$101.28 a barrel. Bullion prices advanced with the April contract ahead $1.90 to US$1,340.10. On the corporate front, satellite hardware developer Com Dev International (TSX:CDV) says quarterly net income dropped to $1.8 million, down nearly 55 per cent from the first quarter of fiscal 2013 as a stronger U.S. dollar weighed on results. Revenue was down one per cent from a year ago at $51.8 million. The Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU) recorded net income of $1.18 million or 12 cents a share, improved from the year earlier loss of $12 million a year ago when Second Cup recognized the impaired value of its assets. Adjusted earnings per share was 17 cents, down from 18.2 cents per share a year earlier. European markets were mixed six days before a referendum will be held in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula that will determine whether the territory becomes part of Russia. London’s FTSE 100 gained 0.26 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX fell 0.26 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.58 per cent. Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed down one per cent, China’s Shanghai Composite plunged 2.9 per cent while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 1.8 per cent. Malcolm Morrison Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Related news Keywords Marketwatch The resource-heavy Toronto stock market looked set for a lower open Monday as commodities fell in the wake of weak Chinese trade data and disappointing Japanese growth for the fourth quarter. The weak economic data from overseas coupled with Friday’s weak employment report pushed the Canadian dollar down 0.11 of a cent to 90.06 cents after sliding 0.1 per cent last week. last_img read more

Sr. Research Data Analyst

first_img Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified Preferredqualifications: Save Sr. Research Data Analyst 30undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degreecredits may substitute for one year ofexperience. Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Generalsummary/purpose:The Sr. Research DataAnalyst will be a highly-motivated Bioinformatics scientist to workat the forefront of genomics research on mood disorders, includingdepression and bipolar disorder. The Sr. Research Data Analyst willserve as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary genomics researchteam by developing and implementing software tools, pipelines andworkflows for analyzing high-throughput genomics, epigenomics, andtranscriptomics data.Duties andResponsibilities: LinkedIn Doctoraldegreestrongly preferred. Facebook You need to sign in or create an account to save Twitter Experience working in aUnix/Linux environment and managing largedatasets.Proficiency in shellscripting and/or programming language such as Python orPerl.Experience using analyticsoftware such as R, SAS or Stata; knowledge of webprogramming.Strong oral and writtencommunications skills. .Ability to work as part ofa multi-disciplinary team,to workindependently, and to manage multiple projects in adynamic environment with changingpriorities.Classified Title:Sr. Research DataAnalystWorking Title: Sr. ResearchData AnalystRole/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD Starting Salary Range: $52,495-$72,000: Commensurate withexperienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30-5:00 Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003131-SOM Psy Affect Disorders and PsychGenet Personnel area: School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Maryland, United States Master’s degree in arelated field such as Bioinformatics, Computer Science, StatisticalGenetics.1 year relatedexperience.Additional doctoraleducation may substitute for experience to the extent permitted bythe JHU equivalencyformula. Minimum qualifications(mandatory): Sr. Research Data Analyst Additional related experience may substitute forrequired education on the samebasis. School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Maryland, United States Share Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Similar jobs Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Forjobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-relatedcollege course work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respectivejob. More searches like this Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Special knowledge, skills,and abilities: Sr. Research Data Analyst Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Data Analyst Save Sr. Research Data Analyst Data management, includingdata checking and cleaning of existing data, as well as creatingstrategies for capturing, cleaning,and quality control checks fornew studies.Merging data, creating andrecoding variables to prepare data foranalyses.Analyzing longitudinal,cross-sectional and clustered data using a variety of standardstatistical techniques, including linearand logisticregression, mixed effectsmodels, survival analysis, principal component analysis, and othersas needed. Integrate, organize and analyze programoutput.Compile, interpret,summarize and present genomic study analyses in various formatsincluding reports, tables, figures, graphics, oral reports, andwritten reports. This includes internal presentations within thecenter as well as external communications to collaborators acrossinstitutions andconferences.Provide statistical adviceto faculty, staff and graduate students as needed in regards tostudy design, sample size, power analysis,etc.Develop and implement newpipelines and scripts to parse, process, and analyze genome-widedata sets, including next-generation sequencing data from wholeexome/genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, and methyl sequencingstudies, as well as array data from genome-wide association, geneexpression and methylationsstudies.Manage research datasetson file servers and ensure their appropriate backup, completeness,correctness and integrity.Assist in preparingscientific presentations, grant applications and manuscripts.Present at meetings and contribute as a lead and/or co-author onmanuscripts.Liaise with externalcollaborative groups independently of the PI to present researchupdates and facilitate research with externalcollaborators.Perform miscellaneousrelated duties as assigned. 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A smaller world, but not more intimate

first_imgOur increasingly interconnected world has made it easier for information and disease to spread. However, a new study from Harvard University and Cornell University shows that fewer “degrees of separation” can make social networks too weak to disseminate behavioral change. The finding that “small world” networks are limited in their power to shape individual behavior could have implications for health care policy and the treatment of epidemics.Published in the November American Journal of Sociology, the study was led by Damon Centola, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow with the Institute for Quantitative Social Science in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with Michael Macy of Cornell. The work was done while Centola was a doctoral candidate at Cornell.“Our research shows that the difference between contagions that spread through simple contact, such as diseases and information, and the spread of behavior, which requires multiple contacts, has important consequences,” says Centola. “We find that while making the world smaller increases the speed at which diseases and information can spread, it can actually slow down, and even prevent, the spread of health behaviors.”Social networks consist of connections between individuals, whether they are “short ties” among family or good friends or “long ties,” as among acquaintances. Long ties are good for hearing about a job opening or housing opportunity because they provide new information that is not already circulating in your closely connected social network. However, when it comes to getting a cholesterol screening or going on a diet, you are more likely to get reinforcing signals from co-workers or neighbors who know each other and can collectively encourage you to change your behavior.Previous studies have shown that long ties are highly effective at rapidly diffusing information among disparate social groups, and relatively few long ties are necessary to create the effect. Called the “small world theory,” it is exemplified in the idea that everyone on Earth is connected by “six degrees of separation.” Extensions of the small world theory have argued that anything to be diffused can travel faster as the world becomes smaller. But this study apparently disproves that generalization.Most information and diseases have a threshold of one, meaning that contact with one network neighbor is sufficient to pass the contagion to another. Information or diseases can be spread along long ties because reinforcement from multiple sources is not required. However, many changes in behavior have a threshold of greater than one, such as the adoption of a new technology, diet, or exercise routine. In these cases, social affirmation or reinforcement from multiple sources is frequently required, making an isolated contact insufficient to persuade an individual to change her habits.Using the “small world” model of social networks, the researchers showed that as the connectedness of the world increases, the level of local social reinforcement decreases. While people can get more information from more sources (and are susceptible to contact with greater numbers of germs), they simultaneously have fewer contacts connected to each other who can coordinate to provide social reinforcement for desired behavior change.Closely knit ties are less effective for spreading information because of the increased likelihood that these individuals will know the same people, causing redundancy and repetition of information. However, the same redundancy that inhibits the spread of information provides vital channels of reinforcement for fostering changes in behavior. If social clustering is reduced too much, it may altogether prevent coordination on behaviors that require social reinforcement.“As the world becomes smaller, these changes in social networks can reduce the ability to spread behaviors that are hard to adopt,” says Centola. “For health agencies, this suggests that the spanning networks that allow disease to spread so rapidly may not be as good for changing behavior. Rather, it may be better to focus on building and extending local, community networks, and encouraging grassroots support for desired behaviors.”Current research extends these findings into the realm of “virtual” communities. At Harvard, Centola is investigating how building online networks affects the diffusion of health behaviors, while Macy at Cornell is using online data to study the spread of innovations.The research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.last_img read more

Farmer Rescues Kittens From Flood With Broom Handle and Baby Wipe Box

first_imgClick To Share This Pawesome Story With Your Friends – Photo by CBCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis 24-year-old farmer might be the new Macgyver after he rescued two kittens from rising flood waters with just a broom handle and baby wipes container.Duncan Bridges and his stepdaughter had just entered their Sheffield, New Brunswick farmhouse on Thursday morning when they heard a faint mewing coming from inside the walls. Bridges leapt into action, prying off two of the boards and shining his flashlight into the wall’s interior.  Sure enough, there were two small kittens stuck on the ground between the walls – and the space had already filled with 4 to 5 inches of water.WATCH: Baby-Whispering Cat Strokes Baby To Sleep With Its PawThe farmer quickly created a makeshift bucket out of half of a water gallon attached to a string, but it proved unsuccessful. He then struck a broom handle into a plastic baby wipes box and scooped the kittens out of the water.He later escorted the newborns to the Oromocto SPCA for treatment and care.“I’m thinking that [the mother] had the kittens in there, went out to find food, and the water came up so quick she couldn’t get back in,” Bridges told CBC. “They needed somebody that knew what they were doing with them. It was a stress off my shoulders.”(WATCH the video below)last_img read more

CARICOM SG congratulates Haiti on 215th Independence Anniversary

first_img Jan 28, 2019 You may be interested in… Mar 20, 2020 The Community, he said, was looking forward to Haiti’s continued efforts to participate fully in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), through which it can help create the environment to enhance the welfare and advancement of all it citizens. Haiti Independence anniversary continues to be source of… Haiti Independence anniversary continues to be source of inspiration, resilienceCongratulatory message by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise on the occasion of Haiti’s 216th Independence Anniversary “The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends its heartfelt congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Haiti on the occasion of the Two Hundred and…December 31, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM congratulates HaitiCARICOM has congratulated the Government and People of Haiti as they celebrate the country’s 212th independence anniversary on 1 January, 2016. The CARICOM Secretary-General  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in his congratulatory message to Haiti’s  President, His  Excellency Michel Martelly, paid tribute  to “the solidarity, strength and unity of the Haitian people”,…December 31, 2015In “CARICOM”CARICOM cherishes Haiti’s membership – Secretary-General on its 213th Independence AnniversaryCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Haiti on its 213th anniversary as an Independent nation, saying the country’s liberation was a catalyst for independence for other countries in Latin America and later, of the Caribbean. Haiti gained its independence on 1 January 1804 after a hard fought anti-slavery and…January 3, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Read full Message: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends heartfelt congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Haiti on the occasion of the country’s Two Hundred and Fifteenth Anniversary of Independence.This occasion is, indeed, cause for celebration, but it is also a timely reminder of the historic importance of the Haitian Revolution and its continued significance as a symbol of triumph over adversity in the quest for liberty, equality and control of national destiny.  The resilience, courage and determination of Haitians continue to be an inspiration to all.Haiti’s leadership as it represented the Community in major hemispheric and global fora, including the G7 and the Quartet of the Community for Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC), earlier this year was highly appreciated.  These were important opportunities to articulate the interests and concerns of the Community to the most influential global actors. The Caribbean Community looks forward to Haiti’s continued efforts to participate fully in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), which will be of great assistance in creating an enabling environment for enhancing the welfare and advancement of all its citizens. Excellency, on this auspicious occasion, I join with the Caribbean Community in extending best wishes for the continued advancement of the Republic of Haiti and the well-being of its people. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Dec 31, 2019 Haiti President congratulates tennis star, Naomi Osaka CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended the Caribbean Community’s congratulations to Haiti on its Two Hundred and Fifteenth Anniversary of Independence, 1 January 2019, noting the continued significance of the occasion as a symbol of triumph over adversity. Ambassador LaRocque, in his congratulatory message to Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise also said the resilience, courage and determination of Haitians continue to be an inspiration to all. The Secretary-General applauded Haiti’s leadership role as it represented the Caribbean Community at recent meetings of the G7 and Quartet of the Community for Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC), articulating the Community’s interests and concerns to the most influential global actors. President Moise announces new prime minister Haiti declares emergency over coronavirus, imposes curfew,… Apr 10, 2019last_img read more

Two Arrested For Alleged Light Bar Theft

first_imgVehicle and vehicle-related thefts are a growing concern for police on the peninsula and north through Anchorage and the valley as Anchorage Police report vehicle thefts in their city have jumped 73% in the past year. More than 90% of those vehicles are eventually recovered, but prosecutors say it can be difficult to prove the thefts, even when someone else is found driving the vehicle, unless there is proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the person found in the car was the same one who stole it. Smith and Johnson were both remanded to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility. As of Tuesday morning, online records show both men are still in custody. The alleged theft was reported at 1:15pm. Officers investigated and arrested 29-year-old Jonathon D. Smith of Kenai and 36-year-old Travis Johnson, who was reported as a transient. Both were initially charged with two counts of Theft in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Johnson was also arrested for Misdemeanor $250 Soldotna Alaska State Trooper warrant for Failure to Appear for Arraignment, original charge Theft in the Third Degree. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Police officers arrested two men on Friday, January 13, after a report from a local business that the males were attempting to cut a light bar off a vehicle. With the passage of SB91, thefts of less than $2,000 are not a felony (the previous threshold was $750), which means the theft of some older vehicles is only a misdemeanour and a first offense may not carry any jail time. Lawmakers say repeat offenders will still face increasing penalties.last_img read more

In the footsteps of footy family

first_img“You need a bit of luck along the way but at the end of the day anything can happen” In…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Galway’s Alex Lee Looking Forward to 2019 World Para Athletics Championships

first_imgAlex, who trains with Galway City Harriers and is ateacher in the Bish, has returned from camp in Portugal and flies out with theIrish team tomorrow week for the championships. Alex joined John Mulligan in studio to talk about his inclusion in the team. Alex Lee and John Mulligan in the studio following his interview on Fridayprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway native, Alex Lee, will make history as hebecomes Ireland’s first ever ‘blade runner’ when he competes for Ireland in the100m and 200m T64 heats at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai fromNovember 7th to November 15th.last_img read more

AFL Soldiers Recondition Kebbah Road

first_imgIn their quest to finally end the Ebola danger in the country, soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Ebola Response Team recently impacted some civilian-dominated communities near its Coast Guard Base on Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia. The Team, which was commanded by the AFL Medical Command, created a full awareness on Ebola prevention and protection for the Coast Guard Base community dwellers.The exercise, according to the latest edition of the AFL newsletter, The AFL Guardian, included the distribution of  sanitary materials such as anti-Ebola buckets, soaps and several bottles of detergents. The chairman of the Coast Guard Base Community, Sieh Togbor, termed the awareness exercise as the first of its kind in the community since the Ebola outbreak early last year.“You are the first to teach this community all the necessary steps toward the prevention and protection against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), said Mr. Togbor. He then expressed the community’s gratitude to the AFL for identifying with the residents in the time of need, such as the Ebola outbreak.An influential resident of the community, Abraham Lawrence, also praised the AFL for the road maintenance. He expressed the hope that the soldiers would always return to extend a similar gesture when the need arises, “because the community dwellers were so proud of the military intervention.”Meanwhile, the executive officer of the AFL Medical Command, First Lieutenant Victor Krah, commended the residents for cooperation with the soldiers as they went about implementing the awareness program.  The exercise became necessary when over eight AFL soldiers lost their lives to EVD last year at the Edward Biyan Kesselly (EBK), the home of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, near Camp Schefflin, Lower Margibi County. In a related development, the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) has begun reconditioning the Kebbah Road in Barnersville, outside Monrovia. Kebbah is a settlement in Montserrado County with more than 2,000 inhabitants, including Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., among other prominent citizens. The community is also home to the Liberia Dujar Technical College which has an enrollment of over 300 students.The Ministry, through its engineering department, started the project early last week and is expected to complete it ‘very soon.’ The reconditioning work is expected to cover the stretch of road from the Barnersville Health   Center in Kebbah to the junction leading to   the Barnersville Estate itself.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bombings kill 80 or more Iraqis

first_imgThe new deaths announced by the U.S. military included three Marines who died Thursday of wounds from fighting in western Anbar province, the U.S. military said. A soldier also died in combat Friday in Anbar, and two others were killed by roadside bombs in separate incidents in Baghdad Friday, the military said. Their deaths brought the December toll for U.S. troops to 109, making it the deadliest month of 2006 for American service members. Some 105 troops died in October. The total U.S. death toll in Iraq teetered on the brink of 3,000 at a crucial time, as President George W. Bush seeks to craft a new Iraq policy in the new year. Bush issued a statement from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, warning of more challenges ahead for American troops. “Many difficult choices and further sacrifices lie ahead,” he said in the statement released Friday night. “Yet the safety and security of the American people require that we not relent in ensuring that Iraq’s young democracy continues to progress.” December also appeared to be one of the worst months for Iraqi civilian deaths since the AP began keeping track in May 2005. Through Friday, at least 2,186 Iraqis had been killed in war-related or sectarian violence in December, an average rate of about 75 people a day, according to an AP count. That compares to at least 2,184 killed in November at an average of about 70 a day, the worst month for Iraqi civilians deaths since May 2005. In October, AP counted at least 1,216 civilians killed. The AP count includes civilians, government officials and police and security forces, and is considered a minimum based on AP reporting. The actual number is likely higher, as many killings go unreported. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two car bombs were detonated one after another in a religiously mixed neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, killing 37 civilians and wounding 76, police said. Another 31 people died and 58 were injured when a bomb planted on a minibus exploded in a fish market in a mostly Shiite town south of Baghdad, said Issa Mohammed, director of the morgue in the neighboring town of Najaf. The man blamed for parking the vehicle in Kufa, about 100 miles south of the Iraqi capital, was cornered and killed by a mob as he walked away from the explosion, police and witnesses said. Shoppers had crowded into the market to buy supplies for the four-day Eid al-Adha, the most important holiday of the Islamic calendar for Shiites. Television footage showed hundreds of men in traditional Arab headdresses swarming around the minibus’ charred frame, toppled on its side in the street. Ambulances and firetrucks pulled up to the site, and a coffin was loaded on top of a car. BAGHDAD, Iraq – At least 80 Iraqis died in bombings and other attacks Saturday as they prepared to celebrate Islam’s biggest holiday, their first without Saddam Hussein. The bombings came hours after Saddam was hanged in Baghdad for ordering the killings of 148 Shiites in the city of Dujail in 1982. Despite concerns about a spike in unrest, Saturday’s violence was not unusually high for Iraq, nor did it appear to be in retaliation for the execution. The military reported the deaths of six more American troops, making December the deadliest month this year for U.S. forces in Iraq. At least 2,998 members of the U.S. military have been killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. In Baghdad, 12 bodies bearing signs of torture were also found in various parts of the city, police said. last_img read more