Project Helps Farmers Use Water Efficiently

first_imgA surface-water monitoring project in the Annapolis Valley is allowing farmers to better manage water use and protect the resource. The Pereau River Project will use in-stream gauges to continuously measure water volume and collect data. Farmers will use up-to-the-minute data to make decisions about how much water to withdraw for irrigation, and how often, without threatening the sustainability of the watershed. “Projects that enhance our ability to manage water as an important provincial resource will supplement the development of the provincial water strategy,” said Brooke Taylor, acting Minister of Environment and Labour. “Environment Week, and Canada Rivers Day in particular, is an excellent time to showcase technology and co-operation between resource-users and government that protect the environment the way this project does.” Preliminary work began in the Pereau River watershed in 2006. With more than $34,000 in funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the 2007 growing season will find the project in full force, and expanded to include the North Brook watershed. Farmers who will use the water gauges are looking forward to ensuring water is managed and used efficiently. “Until now, not knowing how much water was available affected our ability to use the water sustainably,” said Richard Melvin, Valley farmer and member of the Pereau Water Club. “The Pereau Project bridges this gap and will allow us to effectively manage the resource.” The project is expected to demonstrate how surface water can be better managed using good data, and the technique can be transferred to other watersheds and streams. Proving the benefits will encourage farmers to access available funding and buy water metres. The Pereau River project is a partnership between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, Nova Scotia departments of Environment and Labour, and Agriculture, and the Pereau Water Club.last_img read more

CRPF unveils countrys 1st body protector for women personnel in combat

first_imgNew Delhi: The CRPF Friday unveiled the country’s first prototype of a body protector for women personnel which it has jointly developed with the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The “gender-specific protective gear” weighs 6 kg and has a different design and layout from the regular fibre-made black coloured body protector which is worn by both men and women police and paramilitary personnel during riot-control duties and regulation of public protests. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOne such female body protector, that would protect an individual from the neck to the toe with chest, hand, legs, shin and thigh guards, is estimated to cost Rs 9,000, a senior official involved in the project said. CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar unveiled the new design at the forces’ headquarters here. The need to have women-specific body protector for police and Central Armed Police Forces personnel was first mooted during the national conference for women in police in 2016 that was organised by the Union Home Ministry here. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe prototype has been developed after over two years of research by the Central Reserve Police Force in collaboration with the Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), that functions under the DRDO. “While the weight and components of the new body gear are similar to the old one, it has a better ergonomical design that would help women personnel better manouvere and be comfortable while on duty,” CRPF Deputy Inspector General (Intelligence) Moses Dhinakaran told PTI. The officer said the CRPF, which has about 8,000 women personnel in its combat ranks, will soon issue technical specifications so that police gear manufacturing firms could provide them the new protectors in commercial quantity.last_img read more

IOC visits Calgary to discuss potential of hosting 2026 Winter Games

first_imgCALGARY – Members of the International Olympic Committee are in Calgary this week to meet with the city’s Olympic project team.Calgary city council is deciding whether to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Council is expected to address the question again at its next meeting Jan. 29.The IOC is in Calgary at its own cost, according to a statement Tuesday from the city, to provide feedback and resources on a potential bid.IOC members will tour the winter sport facilities still in use from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, the statement said.With few cities interested in holding the Olympic Games, the IOC has revamped processes to make both bidding and hosting Olympic Games cheaper and more sustainable.Calgary is currently in the “dialogue” phase. The IOC will invite cities to bid for 2026 in October, 2018 and the deadline is January, 2019.Council voted Nov. 20 to spend up to $2 million more exploring a bid but said only $1 million would be released until it’s known what the federal and provincial governments are willing to contribute to a bid.City staff estimated a bid price tag would be between $25-million and $30 million.A project team of city staff and consultants took over the work of the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee, which estimated the cost of hosting the Winter Games at $4.6 billion.Calgary wants a deeper dive into five areas before it approves a bid: capital costs; security; operating costs; finances; and financial guarantees.Council gave $5 million for CBEC to conduct its research. CBEC’s work came in $1.5 million under budget and that money was passed on to the project team.last_img read more

Late Chicago photographers acclaimed photos at centre of Canadian court battle

first_imgIn a statement of claim filed with the court, Maier’s estate says Goldstein started producing unauthorized prints from the Maier negatives in 2010 and sold them for well over $1,000 each, and often much higher. The claim also says Goldstein improperly used Maier images in books and public exhibitions. Advertisement Maier did not leave a will and no legal heirs have been identified, meaning the public administrator for Cook County, Ill., has power to protect her estate’s assets and enforce copyright interests. Advertisement She has since won wide admiration for her deftly composed vignettes of life in New York and Chicago, which capture strolling women in furs, carefree children and white-hatted sailors. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The statement says Bulger, who has mounted Maier exhibitions at his gallery, has profited from the negatives without the estate’s consent. The bulk of Maier’s work is now controlled by John Maloof, who bought a box of her negatives in the hope of finding some useful images for a book project on a Chicago neighbourhood. He eventually posted some of the pictures online, generating intense interest and sparking a career archiving and promoting Maier’s work. Another collector, Jeffrey Goldstein, acquired much of Maier’s remaining archive. Three years ago he sold some 17,000 black-and-white negatives and slides to Stephen Bulger, who runs a gallery on Toronto’s Queen Street West. Twitter OTTAWA — The estate of a Chicago photographer whose vivid street scenes have won her posthumous plaudits is asking a Canadian court to prohibit a Toronto gallery from showing or selling her work. The administrator is asking the Federal Court of Canada to prevent Bulger from reproducing, selling or showing the photographer’s work. Login/Register With: The statement alleges Goldstein sold the negatives to Bulger because the buyer was located “outside the United States,” and that the parties in the transaction believed the move would make it more difficult for the estate to enforce copyright beyond “the reach of U.S. courts.” Maloof reached a confidential agreement last year with the public administrator concerning his trove of Maier images.By: Jim Bronskill The estate wants the court to issue temporary and permanent injunctions prohibiting the gallery from displaying or selling the images. It is also seeking an award of damages. This undated photograph provided on Jan. 6, 2011 by Maloof Colection Ltd. shows an undated and untitled self portrait of Vivian Maier. The estate of Vivian Maier, a Chicago photographer whose vivid street portraits have won her posthumous plaudits, is asking a Canadian court to prohibit a Toronto gallery from exhibiting her work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Maloof Collection Ltd., Vivian Maier The tens of thousands of photos she took came to public attention after being discovered in storage and auctioned off in lots to several different buyers. Many of her images remained undeveloped in film canisters. Facebook Advertisement Sana Halwani, a lawyer for the Bulger Gallery, said her client intends to file a defence with the court. Vivian Maier, a long-time nanny who quietly pursued her passion for photography, died in obscurity eight years ago at age 83. Maloof teamed up with producer Charlie Siskel on the 2013 documentary film “Finding Vivian Maier,” a chronicle of her life — and the stunning discovery of her talent — that was nominated for an Academy Award.last_img read more

The Scotiabank Giller Prize Presents its 2017 Longlist

first_imgAdvertisement Of the longlist, the jury wrote:“Twenty seventeen was an intriguing year for Canadian fiction. As with any year, there were trends, themes that ran through any number of books: the plight of the marginalized, the ongoing influence of history on the present, the way it feels to grow up in our country, the way the world looks to the psychologically damaged. But 2017 was also a year of outliers, of books that were eccentric, challenging or thrillingly strange, books that took us to amusing or disturbing places. In fact, you could say that the exceptional was one of 2017’s trends. It gave the impression of a world in transition: searching inward as much as outward, wary but engaged.”This year’s shortlist will be announced at a press event to be held at the Scotiabank Centre in Toronto on Monday, October 2.The Scotiabank Giller Prize is delighted to present a series of special readings featuring this year’s shortlisted authors, taking place in Calgary on October 12, Vancouver on October 16, Halifax on October 26, Ottawa on November 1, Torontoon November 6 and London, U.K. on November 9.  Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists will take you inside the minds and creative lives of the writers on the 2017 shortlist. For venue and ticket information, please visit:www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/news-events/events-and-important-dates/The 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize will air on Mon. Nov. 20, on CBC at 8 p.m. (12 AT/12:30 NT), CBC Radio One at 8 p.m. (9 AT/9:30 NT) and will be livestreamed at CBCBooks.ca.Beginning in 2017, Audible.ca will be the exclusive audiobook sponsor of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.About the PrizeThe Scotiabank Giller Prize, founded in 1994, highlights the very best in Canadian fiction year after year. The prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000to each of the finalists. The award is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller by her husband, the late Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who passed away in August 2017.About ScotiabankScotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of over $906 billion (as at July 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter ST. JOHN’S, Sept. 18, 2017 – The Scotiabank Giller Prize is pleased to announce its longlist for this year’s award. The 2016 prize winner, Madeleine Thien, announced the longlist titles during a ceremony at The Rooms in St. John’s, NL. The twelve titles were chosen from a field of 112 books submitted by 73 publisher imprints from across Canada.The longlist for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize is:David Chariandy for his novel Brother, published by McClelland & StewartRachel Cusk for her novel Transit, published by HarperCollins Publishers LtdDavid Demchuk for his novel The Bone Mother, published by ChiZine PublicationsJoel Thomas Hynes for his novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, published by HarperPerennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers LtdAndrée A. Michaud for her novel Boundary, published by Biblioasis International Translation Series, translated by Donald WinklerJosip Novakovich for his story collection Tumbleweed, published by Esplanade Books/Véhicule PressEd O’Loughlin for his novel Minds of Winter, published by House of Anansi PressZoey Leigh Peterson for her novel Next Year, For Sure, published by Doubleday CanadaMichael Redhill for his novel Bellevue Square, published by Doubleday CanadaEden Robinson for her novel Son of a Trickster, published by Alfred A. Knopf CanadaDeborah Willis for her story collection The Dark and other Love Stories, published by Hamish Hamilton CanadaMichelle Winters for her novel I am a Truck, published by Invisible PublishingThe longlist was selected by an esteemed five-member jury panel: Canadian writers Anita Rau Badami (Jury Chair), André Alexis, Lynn Coady, along with British writer Richard Beard and American writer Nathan Englander. 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Day school survivors deserve more than 10000 judge hears

first_imgFormer day school students Ray Mason (left) and Chris Stranger outside federal court in Winnipeg. (APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsNearly 30 people said the Indian day school settlement agreement needs changing Tuesday, starting with paying former students more money.“I object to $10,000,” said former student Clarence Sumner of Pinaymootang First Nation in Manitoba.“That’s a slap in the face.”Sumner was one of 28 objectors – mostly former students of the federally run institutions – to address federal court Judge Michael Phelan in Winnipeg.The judge is hearing three days of arguments on a multi-million-dollar offer from Ottawa to settle a $15-billion class-action lawsuit filed by former students for neglect and abuse.The compensation package proposed by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett offers former students a one-time payment of $10,000.Then it makes additional compensation available in amounts from $50,000 to $200,000 depending on the severity of physical and sexual abuse.Josephine Anderson, another former student, agreed with Sumner that $10,000 was too low.She said most of the estimated 120,000 to 140,000 living day school students in Canada were harmed at the schools run by churches.“A higher amount for everyone is more fair,” she told the court before a packed gallery.Day school students were forced to attend the same schools as residential school students but didn’t board at the buildings.Several day schoolsGlenda Chief, who said she attended several day schools in northern Manitoba, pleaded for the court to extend the time period for survivors to learn about and respond to the settlement.A sentiment echoed by Harold Linklater of Pelican Narrows in Saskatchewan.“There is a lack of information,” he said. “We need more time to understand the agreement.”Beatrice McDonald of Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan agreed there were too many people without access to computers and the internet in her community to get a handle on the offer.She also questioned how one firm – Gowling WLG of Ottawa – would process all the applications for compensation.“They are in Ottawa, far from Onion Lake,” she said. “I don’t trust them. I don’t know them.”Gowling said it would contract a claims administrator to process the applications at no charge to claimants.Ottawa would pay the firm more than $50 million to fulfill and settle the suit.Audrey Horn questioned why there needed to be a grid that paid different amounts depending on the kinds and severity of abuse.“Abuse is abuse,” she said. “Everybody should get the same.”Most of the objectors liked something about the agreement, giving Ray Mason hope the judge would approve the deal.“I hope they don’t scrap it,” he said during the afternoon break. “It would take years to re-do.”Mason is one of the original plaintiffs who filed suit against Canada for omitting day schoolers from the package that compensated students taken from their families and forced to live at residential schools.The schools operated between 1920 and the 1980s.The hearing is scheduled to wrap up Wednesday.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Colombias indigenous must be protected UN says amid ongoing displacement

In the latest incident, some 2,000 indigenous Embera people have been displaced this month from their collective territories in different areas along the Baudó River in the Colombian department of Chocó as a result of threats and conflict between two illegal armed groups, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).In addition, more than 1,000 Embera have been displaced this month in the Upper Baudó region in southern Choco, along Colombia’s Pacific coast. “They fled from 15 communities after some 200 members of an illegal armed group entered their territory in the first week of March, threatened the Embera and tried to force them to collaborate in attacks against a rival illegal force,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.In the Lower Baudó, nine communities of some 1,000 Embera are now empty due to fighting between the same two illegal armed groups. A total of 86 people arrived in the town of Pizarro, and the situation of the rest of them remains unknown, says UNHCR.In the Middle Baudó, 35 Embera from the community of Indicina on the Ancozó River are now displaced in the town of Puerto Meluk, fleeing from what they say are various illegal armed groups operating in their territory.While local and national authorities, as well as international organizations, have responded by providing assistance to these communities, UNHCR remains concerned about their protection.“There were three mass displacements in the Upper Baudó, two in the Middle Baudó and five in the Lower Baudó in 2008 alone,” said Mr. Redmond. “There are credible reports of abuses that must be investigated, including the reported murder of an indigenous woman and the rape of another two in the community of La Vaca in the Lower Baudó.” He added that indigenous people throughout the region are under constant pressure from illegal armed groups and are facing increasing restrictions on their ability to hunt or fish in their traditional homelands. According to UNHCR, at least 27 different indigenous groups are considered to be at risk of extinction in Colombia, largely as a result of armed conflict and forced displacement. Their survival depends greatly on being able to remain on their traditional lands. The UN agency is involved in protection efforts in Colombia, including through regular monitoring and advocacy on behalf of those facing threats and mass displacement, and support to national and local authorities responsible for protecting and assisting indigenous people, among others. 17 March 2009The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern over the ongoing displacement of indigenous communities in Colombia and called for investigations into credible reports of abuses. read more

Petition questioning Presidents mental health condition dismissed

The Court also ordered the petitioner, Thakshila Lakmali Jayawardena, to pay Rs 100,000 as legal costs to the Government since the petition has been filed without any factual or legal basis. (Colombo Gazette) A petition filed by an individual questioning President Maithripala Sirisena’s mental health condition, was dismissed by the Court of Appeal today.The court dismissed the petition saying it seemed the petitioner’s intention was to insult the President and the country.

Oil price discounts could be costing Canadian economy as much as 100

Imagine producing a bumper crop of a product in high demand around the globe, only to learn you must settle for a discounted price because there’s no easy way to get your product to market.Canadian grain farmers experienced that situation in 2013 and again last winter when their harvest outstripped the transport capacity of Canada’s rail companies. Western Canada’s oil companies are now in the same boat thanks to production gains that have not been matched by export pipeline capacity gains.Like those farmers, oil producers have filled storage to bursting while they wait for a solution to appear. The price discounts or “differentials” that had mainly affected heavy oil have spread to light oil and upgraded synthetic oilsands crude as pipeline space tightens.Fresh legal setback for Keystone XL could result in delays of up to a yearBanks’ advice to Stephen Poloz: Consider Alberta’s oil woes before plotting your next rate moveCanadian Natural slams rivals and ‘dysfunctional’ regulatory environment for heavy oil discountsEstimates on the cost to the economy vary wildly, but the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the impact as at least $13 billion in the first 10 months of 2018.It estimates the cost at about $50 million per day in October as discounts for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate peaked at more than US$52 per barrel.“The differential has blown out to such an extreme level for two reasons, the lack of access to markets and the fact we really have only one customer (the United States),” said Tim McMillan, CEO of CAPP.Getting an exact number on how much discounts are costing Canada is all but impossible thanks to ingrained sector secrecy about transportation and marketing, he said, adding it’s entirely possible the real costs could be as high as $100 billion per year.Producers’ exposure to WCS prices differ depending on what kind of oil they produce, where they sell it and how they transport it.Calgary-based Imperial Oil Ltd., for instance, says about one-quarter of its output of 300,000 barrels of bitumen per day is influenced by WCS pricing — the rest is used in its Canadian refineries or shipped by pipe or rail to the U.S. Gulf Coast where it gets close to WTI prices.The company announced last week it will build a 75,000-bpd oilsands project, going on faith that pipelines will be in place for when production begins in about four years (a prospect that took a hit Thursday when a U.S. judge put TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline on hold until more environmental study is done).Meanwhile, it is ramping up rail shipments from its co-owned Edmonton terminal as fast as it can.Other oilsands producers including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are cutting production to avoid selling at current prices.The industry’s problems receive little sympathy from environmentalists like Keith Stewart of Greenpeace.“The root of the problem is that companies kept expanding production even when they knew there was no new transport,” he said.But McMillan pointed out it takes years to plan, win regulatory approval and build projects.For example, producers would have had no way of knowing ahead of time that the 525,000-barrel-per-day Northern Gateway pipeline project approved in 2014 by a Conservative government would then be rejected by a Liberal government in 2016, he said.“If Northern Gateway had come on as planned, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” said McMillan.In a report last February, Scotiabank analysts estimated the differential would shave $15.6 billion in revenue annually, with a quick ramp up in crude-by-rail expected to shrink the hit to $10.8 billion by the fall.At that time, discounts had widened to about US$30 per barrel from an average of around US$13 in the previous two years.Crude-by-rail shipments increased to a record 230,000 bpd in August but haven’t reduced the differential.According to Calgary-based Net Energy, the WCS-WTI differential averaged US$45.48 per barrel in October and has averaged US$43.75 so far in November.In an analysis last March, Kent Fellows, research associate at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, estimated the differential would translate into a $13-billion economic loss if it persisted for a year — $7.2 billion to the Alberta government, $5.3 billion to industry and $800 million to the federal government.The differential has gotten much worse, he said in an interview this week, which means the lost opportunity is proportionately worse.Higher differentials hit provincial governments in the form of lower-than-expected royalties — their cut of every barrel produced from land where mineral rights are Crown owned — while the federal government will see lower corporate income taxes, Fellows said.“If this keeps up and we start to see either a lack of growth or more shutting in some of this production … you’re losing jobs and even personal income tax as well,” he said.The Alberta government estimates that every annual average $1 increase in the WCS-WTI differential above US$22.40 per barrel costs its treasury $210 million.In Saskatchewan, Western Canada’s other major oil-producing province, each $1 change in the differential is equivalent to about $15 million in revenue, based on an assumed WTI price of US$58 per barrel, the government says.Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said in an interview that if current discounts continued for a year, the Saskatchewan industry’s lost revenue would be about $7.4 billion.Part of the reason WCS discounts were wider in October is that WTI, which opened the year at US$60.37 per barrel, jumped to more than US$76. Producers exposed to WCS didn’t get the benefit of the higher U.S. oil prices.McMillan said the differentials are being noticed by potential energy investors — CAPP expects capital investment of $42 billion in the Canadian oilpatch in 2018, down from $81 billion in 2014.“We’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars that’s going to subsidize drivers in the United States.” read more

UN launches 611 million humanitarian appeal for southern Africa food crisis

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the international community and the countries concerned to “join hands” with the UN in a partnership to avert another human tragedy on the African continent.”There is still an opportunity to avert famine and to save lives, but this window is closing rapidly,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered on his behalf by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kenzo Oshima to a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, where the appeal was launched. “With your support, we can save lives today.”The $611 million appeal covers Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where crop production has dropped for two straight years because of drought and floods. The situation in those countries has also been exacerbated by high rates of HIV/AIDS and a host of other problems, including land degradation and poor management of strategic grain reserves, UN officials said.The money from the “Consolidated National Appeals for the Humanitarian Crisis in Southern Africa” would be used to address food security needs, livelihoods and the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.Speaking later at a press briefing, Mr. Oshima told reporters that during his recent visit to the region, he was “deeply struck” by the impact of the crisis on ordinary citizens and the scale of the challenge facing the international community.”The effect of the devastating HIV/AIDS pandemic and other factors means that we must take a multi-sectoral approach to the crisis,” he said. “That is, food aid is going to be the key element but it must be complemented with non-food assistance such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation and other programmes.”In related news, the Secretary-General today appointed James Morris, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), as his Special Envoy on the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa. Mr. Morris will travel to the region and work with the Governments to review the humanitarian situation, current relief efforts and contingency planning, in order to ensure coherent and complete response to the crisis. read more

Early struggles for Syracuse could have March ramifications

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says he doesn’t pay attention to rankings. The way his Orange have started the season, there’s not much for him to look at, anyway.Syracuse had all five starters returning from last year’s Sweet 16 squad — one of a handful of teams in the nation with that luxury — and was ranked No. 16 in the preseason. But injuries to all three point guards, poor shooting and a sometimes leaky perimeter defence have led to a slow start as the Orange get set to play their second ranked team of the season.Syracuse (3-2) is at No. 16 Ohio State (6-0) on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. After losing twice in Madison Square Garden — to Connecticut and to then-No. 13 Oregon in the 2K Classic — the Buckeyes represent the Orange’s last chance to earn a quality nonconference win away from home. If they fall short, it could have ramifications in March.The Orange are coming off a 77-56 victory over Colgate , a game they put away in the second half after trailing early. Syracuse hit 14 of 26 field goals in the second half, including 5 for 10 from long range.“That just goes to show our ability as a team and our potential,” senior point guard Frank Howard said after his first outing of the season. “We can go on those quick runs like that.”Howard, who suffered an ankle injury in September and had surgery to repair it, made his first field-goal attempt of the season, a 3-pointer from the corner. That was his only basket in 19 minutes, but he had five assists with zero turnovers and three steals.“It’s going to take some time, but he was very steady,” Boeheim said. “I thought he really got the ball to people and got us into our offence in the second half. Very important.”“I still got to get my legs under me,” Howard said. “Just got to be more consistent. We’ve got a long road ahead.”Syracuse is shooting 39.7 per cent overall and just 23.3 per cent (24 of 103) from beyond the arc, averaging 4.8 made 3-pointers per game and allowing 8.8. In the loss to Oregon, the Orange missed 23 of 28 from 3-point range.“You have to make shots,” Boeheim said. “We’ll get our rhythm back.”The performance of Boeheim’s son, Buddy, has been puzzling. Syracuse shot just 31.8 per cent last season from beyond the arc and the 6-foot-5 freshman guard was expected to give the Orange a lift on the perimeter. Boeheim demonstrated a deft scoring touch in preseason, scoring 19 points in his first scrimmage and winning the team’s 3-point shooting contest, then hitting 12 of 22 shots overall and 6 of 12 from beyond the arc in exhibition victories over Division II foes Saint Rose and Le Moyne.So far in the regular season Buddy has struggled, though, going 3 of 28 overall and 2 of 18 from beyond the arc. He’s been shooting well in practice, though, and with Howard back he may get better looks.“We think we can do better,” the coach said. “Hopefully, that will come.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Kekis, The Associated Press read more

More pupils absent from school for family holidays

first_imgThe proportion of pupils skipping school for family holidays has risen, official figures have revealed.According to the data, 7.6 per cent of pupils missed at least half a day due to a family holiday in the autumn and spring terms 2015/16, up from 7.2 per cent the previous year.The statistics, released by the Department for Education (DfE), include holidays approved by head teachers as well as those that were unauthorised. MPs have since criticised the “confusion”surrounding the rules, saying that many councils have dropped legal action against parents or suspended penalties altogether.They urged clarity for the system, saying that parents and schools “need to know where they stand”.Despite coming under pressure to change the rules, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, defended the changes, citing evidence that leaving school during term time has a negative effect on GCSE grades.A DfE spokeswoman said: “Evidence shows that every extra day of school missed can affect a pupil’s chances of achieving good GCSEs.”Over the past decade absence rates have followed a downward trend and almost 200,000 fewer pupils are now persistently missing school than in 2010, thanks to the hard work of teachers, who are insisting on improved pupil behaviour and attendance.”Today’s figures show we are continuing to improve with the number of persistently absent primary and secondary school children, which is down from 11.1 per cent last year to 10.3 per cent this year.” 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. Under the new rules, head teachers can only grant leave in “exceptional circumstances” and parents face a fine of £60 if they take their child out of school without approval, rising to £120 if it is not paid promptly.This policy was challenged in May, when Jon Platt won a High Court ruling against a fine issued for taking his daughter out of school for a family trip to Florida.After the decision, ministers urged heads to continue the new policy, and requested that the Isle of Wight council, which issued the penalty to Mr Platt, appeal against the ruling. In total, 400,490 pupils were absent due to unauthorised family holidays in 2015/16, compared with  362,425 the previous year.However, the statistics show that the proportion of time missed due to authorised family holidays has remained static at 1.2 per cent.Illness accounted for 62.2 per cent of absent sessions, followed by medical appointments at 6.5 per cent and religious observance at 1.5 per cent.The latest figures come despite a Government crackdown on term time holidays, first introduced in autumn 2013. last_img read more

UK weather Thunderstorms cause flooding in Cornwall as lightning lashes London and south

first_imgThunderstorms are continuing to affect parts of Britain, with lightning and heavy downpours expected to hit both the morning and evening rush hours.Torrential rain could cause some localised flooding, and people are being warned of the risk of disruption to power networks from lightning strikes. South WalesLargely dry initially, but then rather cloudy and wet with outbreaks of rain at times, generally light. Further rain is expected during the evening too. Cooler with a moderate south-westerly wind. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F). Lightning storm over the English Channel seen from Brighton beachCredit:Max Langran We are experiencing problems with the 101 lines due to the weather,999 lines are ok you can also contact us via the website if you need us— East Cambs police (@EastCambsCops) July 19, 2017 “Then just in time for the evening rush hour, a different location, this time across parts of northern England, north-west England in particular by the looks of it, will see the worst of the weather in places.” Adam Paynter, leader of Cornwall Council, told BBC Radio Cornwall: “With things like this, money won’t be a problem – we do have reserves we can use for this type of incident.” Cornish Coastguard Services attend the scene following a flash flood  LincolnshireIt looks set to be generally bright with spells of hazy sunshine, but there is a risk of a thundery shower later. Moderate south-easterly winds. A very warm and humid day. Max temp 23-26C (73-79F).Herefordshire/Staffordshire/ShropshireAfter thundery showers at first, it will become mostly cloudy with grey skies and the chance of a thundery shower during the afternoon. A dry but still rather cloudy evening. Moderate southerly winds. Very warm and humid again. Max temp 23-26C (73-79F).Channel IslandsAn increasingly windy day once more. Largely dry initially, but then rather wet with rain and drizzle for a time. Some sunshine later, but still the chance of an isolated thundery shower. Fresh south-westerly winds. Warm and humid. Max temp 22-25C (72-77F).Somerset/Dorset/Devon/Cornwall An increasingly windy day. It will be a rather unsettled day with grey skies and outbreaks of showery rain, mostly light. Remaining wet through the evening. Brisk westerly winds. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F), but cooler along the north coast due to an onshore wind. ShetlandA generally fine day, as it will be dry and bright with sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud. Moderate easterly winds. Max temp 13-16C (55-61F).Northern IrelandIt is expected to be cloudy with the chance of patchy light rain for a period. Hail and thunder showers during the afternoon. Persistent rain developing again through the evening. Cooler with a moderate south-easterly breeze. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Republic of IrelandAcross much of the country, it is going to be very unsettled and thundery throughout the day with frequent heavy showers or more persistent heavy rain. Just the odd spot of rain by evening. A cooler feel with a moderate south-westerly wind. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F), but cooler along the west coast due to an onshore wind.What will the weather be like tomorrow?A much drier and brighter day on Thursday for many, but it will feel fresher. Rain over Northern Ireland will move into western areas later. A council spokesman confirmed some properties in Coverack and one of the roads suffered structural damage and are due to be inspected by structural engineers. A lightning bolt lights up the night sky over PortsmouthCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Scottish BordersIt will be an unsettled day with showers or longer spells of rain, mostly light at first but becoming increasingly heavy and thundery later. Brisk south-easterly winds. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).Central/Edinburgh/Fife/TaysideIt is going to be unsettled and wet for much of the day with showers or more persistent rain, mostly light in the morning but heavier with thunderstorms likely later. Cooler with a moderate easterly wind. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).Grampian It is expected to be dry for a time, but mostly cloudy. Sun and scattered showers during the afternoon. More persistent rain by evening. Cooler with a moderate south-easterly breeze. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).Dumfries & Galloway/Ayrshire & LanarkshireIt will be very unsettled and thundery through the day with frequent heavy showers or more persistent rain. Staying wet during the evening but the rain should ease. Moderate easterly winds. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F).GlasgowIt is expected to be very unsettled with overcast skies, heavy showers and thunderstorms for much of the day. Some torrential downpours are likely. A wet evening too. Cooler with a moderate easterly breeze. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F).HighlandsFollowing a clear start, it will be mainly dry with hazy sunshine, but also the chance of an isolated shower later. Moderate south-easterly winds. Staying warm. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F). Lightning flashes near the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth A man looks at a damaged driveway caused by water from flash flooding in the coastal village of Coverack in CornwallCredit:Ben Birchall/PA The British Airways i360 is lit up by lightning in Brighton Lightning storm over English Channel seen from Brighton beach A lightning bolt over the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Emergency services work on the scene of flash flooding in Coverack, Cornwall “This morning it’s probably going to be parts of the Midlands and eastern England that see potential for some heavy rain, some thunderstorms, and then a bit of a lull,” he said. The lightning storm captured over GuildfordCredit:Richard Waters/REX/Shutterstock Water had to be pumped out of a number of properties in Tunbridge Wells, the fire service said, after it received more than 60 calls to the 999 line within one hour. Crews from Kent Fire and Rescue Service attended but, despite two of the calls stating that people were trapped inside properties, no rescues were needed.Residents and business owners affected by the flooding in Coverack have been told council reserves will be used to help repair the damage. An entrance to a bed and breakfast property is block by rocks and debris from flash flooding in the coastal village of Coverack Lightning flashes near the Spinnaker Tower in PortsmouthCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Debris in the village of Coverack after flash flooding East AngliaIt is expected to be dry for much of the time with hazy sunshine, but there is the chance of a thundery shower later. Moderate south-easterly winds. Feeling hot and muggy. Max temp 26-29C (79-84F). Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said crews remained in Coverack on Wednesday morning.”Cornwall Fire and Rescue remains in attendance on scene, working with the community to salvage,” a spokeswoman said.”Reliefs are being arranged for crews on scene. It is expected that the fire service will remain in attendance until midday, assisting the community.”UK weather forecast: Wednesday, July 19center_img Speaking from the west Cornwall village, he added: “It’s been absolutely unbelievable to see. I think it’s going to take a little while to get this sorted out and tidied up but obviously the main thing is that nobody’s been injured and everybody is okay in the village.”The council and the emergency services have done a great job, they’ve been here all night to ensure that everybody is safe and they are doing what they can to make sure everything can get back to normal as soon as possible.” Emergency services work on the scene of flash flooding in Coverack, CornwallCredit:LEAHLILY11/Twitter Sitting up with the dog who’s freaked by the storm and snapped these pic.twitter.com/7ySE4gJVYP— Bill Bailey (@BillBailey) July 19, 2017 A man looks at a damaged driveway caused by water from flash flooding in the coastal village of Coverack in Cornwall The British Airways i360 is lit up by lightning in BrightonCredit:Max Langran Debris in the village of Coverack after flash floodingCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Almighty #Thunderstorm in #Kent! Always amazes me. This is from the bedroom window!! ☇⛈☇⛈☇ #lightning #thunder #thunderstorms #StormWatch pic.twitter.com/Mt94IbowAz— Rich Walters (@therichwalters) July 19, 2017 An entrance to a bed and breakfast property is block by rocks and debris from flash flooding in CoverackCredit:Ben Birchall/PA Flash flooding hit the coastal village of Coverack in Cornwall He said the nature of the thunderstorms would be “hit and miss” and that the showers should move through the country “relatively quickly”.After a warm night, temperatures are expected to remain high on Wednesday for parts of eastern England where the mercury could rise to the low 30s, Mr Keates added.Cambridgeshire police said the adverse weather conditions have caused problems with its non-emergency 101 service. KentIt is going to be mainly cloudy in the morning. Sunny periods later, but the chance of an isolated thundery shower too. Cooler with a moderate south-westerly wind. Max temp 22-25C (72-77F). Berkshire/Surrey/HampshireIt will be mainly overcast with cloudy skies and the chance of a heavy shower in the afternoon. Cooler with a moderate south-westerly wind. Max temp 22-25C (72-77F).EssexA clear start. It will then be mostly cloudy in the morning. Brighter spells later, but the risk of an isolated thundery shower too. Moderate southerly winds. Very warm and humid. Max temp 23-26C (73-79F). A lightning display over the Brighton horizonCredit:Max Langran lightning storm over Guildford Here’s what the weather is expected to be like in your region today. LondonIt will be dry with bright or sunny periods, especially during the course of the afternoon. Moderate south-westerly winds. Very warm and muggy again. Max temp 24-27C (75-81F). North WalesIt is expected to be a generally unsettled day with a lot of cloud and showers or longer spells of rain, mostly light. Remaining wet into the evening. Cooler with a brisk south-westerly wind. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F).Lancashire/MerseysideIt will be unsettled and wet for much of the day with showers or more persistent rain, heavy at times with thunderstorms likely. Further evening rain. Fresh easterly winds. Max temp 22-25C (72-77F).CumbriaIt is expected to be very unsettled with overcast skies, heavy showers and thunderstorms for much of the day. Some torrential downpours are likely. Rain easing by evening. Brisk easterly winds. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).Isle of Man/Irish SeaIt looks set to be very unsettled and thundery throughout the day with frequent heavy showers or more persistent heavy rain. More persistent rain by evening. Fresh easterly winds. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).East MidlandsEarly thundery showers will generally clear. Then overcast with cloudy skies and scattered heavy showers, mostly later, with the small chance of thunder. A dry end to the day with some late spells of sunshine. Moderate south-easterly winds. Humid. Max temp 22-25C (72-77F).Yorkshire/Humberside/NorthumberlandIt is going to be mixed with patchy light rain in places, clearing to leave scattered thundery showers. Persistent rain developing again through the evening. Moderate south-easterly winds. A very warm and humid day. Max temp 23-26C (73-79F). Cornish Coastguard Services attend the scene following a flash flood Credit:Matt Cardy/Getty Flash flooding hit the coastal village of Coverack in CornwallCredit:PA Two people were rescued by a coastguard helicopter, and one witness described the flooding as “quite horrendous”.A meeting for residents, attended by council officers, will be held at a local hotel on Wednesday.Commuters in the Midlands and east of England could be caught up in downpours on Wednesday, while those in north-east Wales and the North West will bear the brunt in the afternoon, Steven Keates from the Met Office said. A lightning display over the Brighton horizon North SeaIt will be largely dry and bright with spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. A wet evening though with light rain or drizzle. Moderate easterly winds. Warm again. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F).Northern ScotlandA windy day. It is going to be dry with sunny intervals and variable amounts of cloud. Damp during the evening though with patchy rain and drizzle. Strong south-easterly winds. Warm. Max temp 19-22C (66-72F), but cooler along much of the coast.Argyll & ButeIt will be cloudy with the chance of patchy light rain for a period. Hail and thunder showers possible during the afternoon. More persistent and heavy rain during the evening. Cooler with a moderate easterly breeze. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).West Scotland/Western IslesIt is going to be bright with sunshine and light showers, more especially during the afternoon. Showers merging into more persistent rain by evening. Moderate easterly winds. Warm despite the showers. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F).OrkneyA windy day. After a bright start, it will be mostly cloudy in the morning. Brighter spells later, but with isolated showers too. A dry but cloudy end to the day. Strong south-easterly winds. Max temp 14-17C (57-63F). The silent #storm is still looking amazing from #camberwell. Here’s my view across central #london #lightning @LondonSnowWatch pic.twitter.com/eXiJO06sfj— Tim Walker (@electricfoto) July 18, 2017 A yellow weather warning is in place right through the day for large swathes of England and Wales, with the Met Office predicting a month’s worth of rain could fall in some places in a matter of hours.The intense conditions caused flash flooding in a coastal village in Cornwall on Tuesday, with some 50 properties affected and several people having to be rescued from their homes. 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.last_img read more

Put GPs in gyms to tackle Britains obesity crisis say health experts

GPs should be based in gyms in a bid to tackle Britain’s growing obesity crisis, public health experts say. Basing family doctors at fitness centres means GPs could prescribe fitness classes and persuade exercise-shy patients to sign up on the spot, they said.Patients are more likely to take up their doctor’s recommendation to exercise if they are given specific advice – like taking a weekly Zumba class – and it is easy for them to access low-cost facilities, the senior figures said. The joint report by the Royal Society for Public Health and ukactive, a leading not-for-profit health body, also said basing doctors at leisure centres would benefit gym-goers, who would be more likely to call into the GP for vital health checks if they could do so as part of their regular routine.Steven Ward, CEO of ukactive, said: “Getting Britain moving is paramount if we are to stem the tide of preventable diseases burdening the NHS.  More than one in four adults in the UK are now obese and obesity-related conditions cost the NHS more than £1billion a yearCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA More than one in four adults in the UK are now obese and obesity-related conditions cost the NHS more than £1billion a year Having drop-in GP centres within gyms could also encourage people to visit a doctor if they had a health concern without having to alter their routine, the report said. This could increase the number of people undergoing basic health checks and taking part in screening programmes to spot cancer and other potentially life-threatening disease. The report, Going the Distance: Exercise professionals in the wider public health workforce, recommended GPs refer more patients to exercise classesCredit:Lynne Cameron/PA “Anything that makes visiting a GP that bit easier should be welcomed, and this report shows there is a demand among the public for that opportunity.” 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. Now experts believe making access to exercise easier could encourage more people to take it up, reducing the burden of obesity on the NHS.The report, Going the Distance: Exercise professionals in the wider public health workforce, recommended GPs refer more patients to exercise classes.Doctors should also work closely with fitness instructors to make sure patients knew what to expect and were engaged in exercise programmes, it said.It asked clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and public health leaders to “explicitly factor in” fitness centres into their local health and wellbeing plans, to make sure funding was available for exercise classes. “Locating GPs in fitness facilities offers a clear and simple pathway from doctor’s office to gym floor for patients who could benefit the most from regular physical activity. “GPs could prescribe exercise plans to patients and point them next door to a fitness professional for a gym induction – making it as easy as possible to get inactive individuals moving again. A survey of 858 gym-users for the report found the majority would support having a GP drop-in centre and NHS smoking cessation services at their leisure centre.More than three quarters would also welcome exercise classes aimed specifically at improving mental health and wellbeing.Shirley Cramer, RSPH chief executive, said: “In a climate of ongoing cuts to public health budgets, it has been acknowledged for some time that the public health challenges currently facing the nation are too great to be tackled by the core public health workforce alone.“Exercise professionals have a great opportunity to be an active part of this wider public health workforce… The co-location of services such as GP drop-ins are an exciting part of this vision, with the potential to make gyms and leisure centres convenient one-stop-shops for the public’s health where we can make every contact count.”Mr Ward added: “People lead busy lives – a GP in every gym could give pressed workers the opportunity to fit vital health checks around their regular workout schedule.  “For too long the NHS has shouldered the burden of society’s unhealthy lifestyles. A radical and imaginative move like this could empower people to take responsibility for their own health and move towards an NHS focused on prevention over cure.”More than one in four adults in the UK are now obese and obesity-related conditions cost the NHS more than £1billion a year.Studies have shown British adults lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles, which is fuelling the obesity crisis.Last month, University of Liverpool researchers revealed that living a “couch potato” lifestyle and staying desk-bound all day at the office for just two weeks triggered a decline in health which could spiral into weight gain and health problems like diabetes. But exercising and being active throughout the day reversed symptoms within a fortnight. The report, Going the Distance: Exercise professionals in the wider public health workforce, recommended GPs refer more patients to exercise classes read more

Damir Doborac to HCM Constanta

← Previous Story Vujadinovic and Vukas in CSM Bucuresti Next Story → Momir Ilic talks about London: “1/4 Filnal is realistic goal” Damir DoboracHCM ConstantaMilutin Dragicevic Former playmaker of Bosna Sarajevo, Cimos Koper and SC Magdeburg, Damir Doborac (32) will try to get more minutes on the court after Germany in Romanian champion, HCM Constanta. Always ambitious team from the Black Sea makes competitive team for European level. Before Doborac, another player with Bundesliga’s experience, Milutin Dragicevic has decided to come-back to Romania… read more

Jamaica Finance Minister reiterates call for Banks to lower interest rates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 20, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated his appeal for financial institutions to provide low-interest funds to the productive sector.  He said that for business innovation to strive, money loaned to the sector should not be at more than seven and eight per cent.Mr. Shaw, who was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the May Pen Business Improvement District (BID) in Clarendon on Wednesday (November 15), said the Government is committed to ensuring that “cheaper money” reaches the business community.   He noted that Jamaica was able to raise US$1 billion on its most recent foray into the international capital markets at 4.5 per cent and five per cent rates of interest, which was used to liquidate a number of high-interest loans.  He informed that the Government was initially looking to source US$300 million, but, due to the improved management of the economy, up to US$3 billion was on offer.“If the Government can borrow on the international capital markets at 4.5 and five per cent, it means that we must be able to deliver money to the private sector at less than 10 per cent,” the Minister contended.BID is an initiative of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to manage the town’s growth thrust.   The BID is also an economic development tool that brings together business leaders, the Corporation, and other stakeholders to craft solutions for the district.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Nushagak and NaknekKvichak Advisory Committees will oppose permit stacking

first_imgPicking aboard the F/V Aventura in the Nushagak District.(Photo credit Sarah Grace Durrance)The Alaska Board of Fisheries Bristol Bay Finfish meeting is two weeks away, and public comment is due by Wednesday. The state board that regulates commercial, subsistence and sport fishing in the region will convene in Dillingham at the end of November. It will take up the 47 proposed regulation changes. In October, the Naknek-Kvichak and Nushagak advisory committees met to decide which proposals they will support.Permit stacking, subsistence and gear restrictions are hot topics on the table. Both committees made it clear that they prioritize subsistence and that they want to protect the interests of local commercial fishermen.In that vein, they voted against extending vessel length from 32 to 42 feet.The Naknek-Kvichak committee supports all subsistence proposals.“Dip netting, more time to fish, having a subsistence fishery in a different location in Egegik, using hook and line. All priority fisheries in the bay. We were in support of all of them,” said committee Chair Everett Thompson.Five proposals related to permit stacking generated some controversy at the Naknek-Kvichak AC meeting. Permit stacking refers to one fishermen owning and operating two permits.“Even though we have voted in the prior cycle to support permit stacking, with the price and trying to keep local vested interest in the fishery, we didn’t support the permit stacking proposals,” Thompson said. “But there were some on the committee that felt it was still a pretty good way to do business in the fishery. With that said, we also felt that we should shoot down the new language in proposal 23 that would prohibit this from being a discussion in the future.”A dual permit configuration currently allows a Bristol Bay drift gillnet vessel with two permit holders on board to operate 200 fathoms of gear. That’s 50 more fathoms than a boat with one permit holder is allowed. Proposal 23 would make it explicit in the regulations that a person couldn’t own two drift permits and operate them on the same boat. In other words, an individual couldn’t use extra gear by stacking permits.The Naknek-Kvichak AC also submitted several proposals to protect sport fishing for trout and Chinook in the Naknek river. They voted against ending postseason aerial counting of king salmon in the Alagnak River special harvest area. Thompson says they want to continue counting to promote conservation. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has recommended that the aerial surveys be discontinued because they say the surveys don’t provide reliable escapement estimates.Like the Naknek-Kvichak AC, the Nushagak Advisory Committee spent much of their meeting considering subsistence proposals. The committee supported allowing subsistence fishing with drift gillnet, hook and line, and dipnet gear. It also supported extending subsistence fishing periods.“We voted all for them,” said Nushagak AC Chair Frank Woods. “We do want to carry a message that subsistence is a priority, whether the board or sports fisheries or commercial fisheries participants agree or not. Access to resource for the local residents is a concern, but there’s a conservation concern too. That’s what the majority of the meeting time took up – where do we draw that balance and where do we draw the line?”They also discussed permit stacking.“We voted to keep status quo, because it’s working the way it’s supposed to work. You add the layer of dual ownership – it’s legal to own two permits, it’s illegal to operate both of them,” Woods explained.Unlike the Naknek-Kvichak committee, the Nushagak AC voted to support Proposal 23. Seven of the eight sponsors for this proposal are fishermen who live in Dillingham. One, Susie Jenkins-Brito, serves on the Nushagak Advisory Committee. Woods says that it was important to maintain the original purpose of the dual permit.“It allows a disenfranchised permit holder who has lost a boat or can’t operate a boat to jump aboard. The original intent of the proposal is not to own and operate one permit.”To that end, the committee opposed several proposals that would allow a holder of two limited entry drift gillnet permits to operate more gear. They also opposed allowing a holder of two set or drift gillnet permits to stack the permits and fish them on one vessel. The committee expressed concern that that would concentrate gear in the hands of fewer fishermen and that locals would have a harder time competing.The Bristol Bay Finfish meeting will begin November 28 in Dillingham. Public comment is due by November 14. You can find more information online atwww.adfg.alaska.gov. KDLG will be airing portions of the meeting live on KDLG.last_img read more

McCain Takes Swipe At President For Vietnam Bone Spur Deferment

first_imgJ. Scott Applewhite/APSen John McCain, R-Ariz., returns to his office after a series of votes at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday.In a week that saw two of President Trump’s predecessors issue thinly veiled warnings about where the country is heading under Trump’s leadership, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain fired off what appeared to be a long-delayed riposte to the man who once mocked his war record.In an interview broadcast Sunday on C-SPAN, McCain spoke on the 50th anniversary of his being shot down over North Vietnam — an event that led to his capture by communist forces and a 5 1/2-year stay in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison.“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said, in an apparent reference to the diagnosis that allowed Trump to be medically disqualified for service in 1968.“That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve,” said McCain, the son of an admiral who refused an offer of early release by his captors despite being tortured.In 2015, then-candidate Trump said McCain was a war hero only “because he was captured.”“I like people that weren’t captured,” he said.During the Vietnam War, Trump had obtained four educational deferments before graduating from college. After receiving his diploma, he was again eligible for the draft. But an armed forces physical examination in 1968 deemed him medically unfit.In an interview last year with The New York Times, Trump said the bone spurs that kept him from being drafted were “temporary.”“I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels,” he told the Times. “Over a period of time, it healed up.”McCain’s remarks come amid a growing chorus of concern from both sides of the political aisle over President Trump’s leadership.Last week, McCain warned Americans against a wave of “half-baked, spurious nationalism” that he said had taken hold in the country.There were also strong words from former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.Campaigning in Virginia for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, Obama said the race was important “because our democracy is at stake.”“Folks don’t feel good right now about what they see,” Obama said. “Instead of looking for ways to work together and get things done in a practical way, we’ve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry, to demonize folks who have different ideas to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage.”And Bush, speaking at a forum put on by the George W. Bush Institute, decried that in America today “bigotry seems emboldened.”He said the national discourse had been “degraded by casual cruelty” that “escalates into dehumanization” and a “nationalism distorted into nativism.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Examination of ancient text reveals details of Ibn Sinas sighting of supernova

first_img Ibn Sina was a Persian scientist and philosopher, who as part of his observations, traveled a lot and wrote about what he saw, along with his interpretations of subjects ranging from medicine to astronomy. It was one of those texts, called Kitab al-Shifa, about physics, meteorology, and especially astronomy that caught the attention of the researchers—most particularly a section that described a bright object appearing in the sky in the year 1006. The section had been studied before, but the account had been attributed to a discussion of a comet. In this latest look, the researchers suggest that the description was actually that of SN 1006. In addition to the timing, the detailed description, they note, sounds more like the sudden appearance of an exploding star. In their translation, Sina describes an object that was very bright and that changed color over time before fading away—even noting at one point that the object threw out sparks.SN 1006 was noted and described by others around the world, from places as far-flung as Morocco, Japan, Yemen and China, but none of those descriptions included information about the object changing colors. Sina wrote that the object started out as faint greenish-yellow, that it twinkled a lot, especially at its brightest, and that it became whitish before it disappeared altogether.Most modern astronomers believe that SN 1006 was not just a Ia supernova (which occur when a white dwarf is pulled into another star causing it to blow up due to the overabundance of matter), but that it was the result of two white dwarfs colliding. This new information from an ancient part-time astronomer, the researchers suggest, may help to better understand an event that occurred over a thousand years ago. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Journal information: arXiv New study suggests long ago brightest star explosion was rapid type Ia supernova The Arabic text from the report of SN 1006 of Ibn Sina in al-Shifa from the Arabic edition by Madkur et al. (1965), page 73. The relevant text starts in the middle of the second line from the top and ends almost at the (leftmost) end of the 3rd-to-last line from the bottom of the main text. The writing in the left margin is the Arabic line number 15. The 4th line (line 14) reads (starting from the right) for the 2nd to 4th word kawkab min al-kawakib , i.e. a star among the stars, and at the end of that line it specifies the year (the leftmost word is hijra). The lines at the bottom indicate variant readings in different manuscripts, none of which change the content and meaning of the relevant text about the new star: the words for long and hijra are missing in one or two manuscripts. Credit: arXiv:1604.03798 [astro-ph.SR]center_img (Phys.org)—A trio of German researches has uncovered evidence of the Arabic scholar Ibn Sina’s sighting of supernova 1006 (SN 1006). The new evidence will sit alongside that of others around that globe that reported details of what has been described as the brightest stellar event ever recorded by human beings. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, Ralph Neuhaeuser, Carl Ehrig-Eggert and Paul Kunitzsch describe the text under study, their translation of it and the relevance of the information recorded by the ancient skygazer. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Examination of ancient text reveals details of Ibn Sina’s sighting of supernova (2016, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-ancient-text-reveals-ibn-sina.html More information: An Arabic report about supernova SN 1006 by Ibn Sina (Avicenna) arXiv:1604.03798 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1604.03798v1AbstractWe present here an Arabic report about supernova 1006 (SN 1006) written by the famous Arabic scholar Ibn Sina (Lat. Avicenna, AD 980-1037), which was not discussed in astronomical literature before. The short observational report about a new star is part of Ibn Sina’s book called al-Shifa’, a work about philosophy including physics, astronomy, and meteorology. We present the Arabic text and our English translation. After a detailed discussion of the dating of the observation, we show that the text specifies that the transient celestial object was stationary and/or tail-less (“a star among the stars”), that it “remained for close to three months getting fainter and fainter until it disappeared”, that it “threw out sparks”, i.e. it was scintillating and very bright, and that the color changed with time. The information content is consistent with the other Arabic and non-Arabic reports about SN 1006. Hence, it is quite clear that Ibn Sina refers to SN 1006 in his report, given as an example for transient celestial objects in a discussion of Aristotle’s “Meteorology”. Given the wording and the description, e.g. for the color evolution, this report is independent from other reports known so far.last_img read more