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Sri Lanka vs Australia Starc gets the breakthrough as SL lose Kusal

first_imgLondon: Australia captain and opener Aaron Finch hit a fantastic century off 97 balls against Sri Lanka at the Oval. Finch hit left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana over the long on fence in the 33rd over to bring up his 14th one-day international ton, and third this year. Steve Smith joined Finch, who brought his 50 up off 50 balls, his third half-century at this World Cup. After two washed out games, Sri Lanka are desperate to bring their Men Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign back on track as they meet the defending champions Australia at the Oval in London on Saturday. Sri Lanka have not played a match at the World Cup since June 4 and were forced to split points with Bangladesh and Pakistan following two washed out games. The island nation, who won the tournament back in 1996, stands fifth with just one win — against minnows Afghanistan in a rain-hit match — from four games.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Make sure your holiday budget includes more than just gifts experts say

first_imgOTTAWA — The holiday season comes every year and so too the warnings of overspending, but the consequences of a financial hangover this year are growing compared with just a few years ago.As the Bank of Canada continues to raise its key interest rate target, the cost to borrow using variable-rate loans like home equity lines of credit has climbed higher and is expected to continue to rise next year.“Where we are in a rising interest rate environment, it becomes even more critical to manage your budget effectively,” Jennifer Auld, a district vice-president at TD Canada Trust, says.The holiday season and all of the costs that come with it can be a pricey one and Auld says setting a budget and sticking to it are key to preventing a financial hangover come the new year.Planning your holiday spending means not just budgeting for gifts for loved ones, but also the myriad other holiday expenses.“The first step is really figuring out what your budget is and adding five to 10 per cent to that because things will inevitably pop up over the holidays,” Auld says.She says it means making a list of who you want to buy a gift for and how much you can spend, but it also means planning for the costs of extra entertaining that comes with the holiday season.“I think you can often get caught up in the magic of the season and it is tempting to overspend when you are out shopping, but if you have a dollar value in mind per person when you’re out shopping I think it is easier to stay on track,” she said.Scott Hannah, president and CEO of the Credit Counselling Society, says you need to be realistic about what you can and cannot afford.Hannah says you have to make the choices that are right for you and your family.“You can’t be all things to all people,” he said. “You have to make some choices. You can’t afford to do everything.”Extra spending in the holiday season may include extra lunches or dinners out with friends and co-workers, a babysitter so you can attend a special concert or an extra holiday donation to your favourite charity at the end of the year.“It’s from entertainment, it could be from travelling, it could be additional clothing because you’re going out and entertaining, it could be a number of things,” Hannah said of the debt that people rack up.According to a survey done earlier this year for the Retail Council of Canada, suggested that 65 per cent of Canadians plan to have a firm budget for spending this holiday season.The same survey suggested roughly two-thirds of Canadians plan to spend about the same amount this year as they did last year with the average being $675.Auld says there are a number of money management apps that can help you keep track of what you’ve spent to help stay on budget and help save you from the financial hangover.If you do go over your budget, she says it is key to have a plan to repay your debt as quickly as you can and start preparing yourself for next year.Hannah says if you’re having financial difficulty now, you should seek help ahead of the holiday season rather than waiting until the new year when the holiday bills start to come rolling in.“Nothing is worse than going through the holiday season knowing you’re in debt, you’ve got problems and you’re going to have to face them in the new year,” he said. Craig Wong, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada exattorney Government tried to interfere in case

TORONTO — Canada’s former attorney general testified Wednesday she experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to inappropriately interfere in the prosecution of a major Canadian engineering company and said it included “veiled threats.”Ex-justice minister and ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould said Wednesday that 11 people tried to interfere in her prosecutorial discretion and said in a meeting with Trudeau, the prime minister raised the issue and asked her to “help out” with the case. Wilson-Raybould said she asked Trudeau if he was politically interfering with her role as attorney general and told him she would strongly advise against it.“No, no, no. We just need a find a solution,” she said Trudeau responded.She said Trudeau told her that if Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin didn’t get a deferred prosecution there would be jobs lost and it would move its headquarters from Montreal to London. Wilson-Raybould said she was “barraged” and subjected to “hounding” by members of the government.Trudeau’s government has been on the defensive since the Globe and Mail newspaper reported Feb. 7 that Trudeau or his staff pressured her to try to avoid a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin over allegations of corruption involving government contracts in Libya. Critics say that would be improper political meddling in a legal case.“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada,” she told a Parliament justice committee.The scandal has been a significant blow to Trudeau, who is facing an election this year.Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s closet adviser, resigned last week but denied that he or anyone else pressured Wilson-Raybould. Michael Wernick, the top civil servant in the government, has also said that no inappropriate pressure was put on Wilson-Raybould and that Trudeau repeatedly assured Wilson-Raybould the decision on the SNC-Lavalin prosecution was hers alone.Wilson-Raybould resigned from the Cabinet on Feb. 12 as veteran affairs minister but gave no reasons. She had been demoted from justice minister last month, and was furious, releasing a 2,000-word statement after that..“I was concerned I was shuffled because of a decision I would not take with SNC, I raised those concerns with the PM,” she said. “Those concerns were denied.”Wilson-Raybould said she would have resigned from Cabinet earlier if the government had overridden her and instructed the public prosecutor to begin negotiations on a settlement.The Globe and Mail’s report this month said Trudeau’s office pressured her to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin. The agreement would have allowed the company to pay reparations but avoid a criminal trial on charges of corruption and bribery.If convicted criminally, the company would be banned from receiving any federal government business for a decade. SNC-Lavalin is a major employer in Quebec, with about 3,400 employees in the province, 9,000 employees in Canada and more than 50,000 worldwide.“It’s OK to talk about job losses. It’s OK to talk about it in initial conversations but when those topics continue to be brought up after there is a clear awareness that a decision has been made it becomes inappropriate,” Wilson-Raybould said.Rob Gillies, The Associated Press read more

Trumps official in charge of South Asia to visit Sri Lanka

From 2006 to 2009, Ambassador Wells served as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at U.S. Embassy Moscow, and previously worked as Director of Maghreb Affairs and as Acting Director of Egypt and North African Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.Ambassador Wells also served as a political officer at U.S. Embassy New Delhi, U.S. Embassy Islamabad and U.S. Embassy Riyadh. (Colombo Gazette) Wells, a career Foreign Service Officer, assumed her duties as Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on June 26, 2017.She previously served as the United States Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; a senior adviser in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau in the Department of State, as Special Assistant to the President for Russia and Central Asia in the White House (2012-2013); Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Clinton (2011-2012); and Executive Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns (2009-2011). Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice Wells is to visit Sri Lanka this week.US President Donald Trump’s official will travel to Dhaka, Islamabad, and Colombo from August 28-September 2. She will meet with Government officials, business leaders, and civil society representatives to discuss US cooperation in the region. On September 1, she will speak at the Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo, which will bring together high-level officials from around the world to discuss peace, progress, and prosperity in the Indian Ocean region. read more

Weapons and ammunition found inside house in Jaffna

A T-56 gun, a pistol, two swords, ammunition and other items were found hidden inside the house.A suspect was arrested following the discovery. Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) The Police found weapons and ammunition inside a house in Jaffna today.The house was earlier used as an office by PLOTE, a political party associated with the Tamil National Alliance.

Recreation Services TryaTri race this Thursday June 26

Recreation Services at Brock is hosting a Try-a-Tri triathlon race this Thursday, June 26 at the University from 12 noon to 2 p.m.The event includes a 100m or 400m swim, a 12.4 km bike ride, and a 3 km run, walk or crawl.Members of the Brock community can enter the race as an individual or as a team of three, with one person for each leg of the event.Throughout the race, drivers on campus are reminded to be extra cautious on the roads during the race.For more info, contact the Recreation Services welcome desk at x3387. read more

Terrorism Ebola are impeding development DR Congo chief tells UN

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) warned the United Nations today that global development was threatened by terrorism and the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic, pledging his country’s contribution to international efforts to combat the scourges.“Collectively confronting [terrorism] is a moral obligation for all the Member States of our Organization as well as the only effective strategy if we want to rid ourselves surely and speedily of this atrocity,” he told leaders of 193 countries on the second day of the UN General Assembly’s 69th annual General Debate, referring to terrorist violence in Africa. “Africa, once spared this type of blind violence is today its epicentre. The peoples of Libya, Mali, Kenya, Somalia Nigeria and so many other countries in Europe, America and Asia are now regularly thrown into mourning by attacks, hostage takings and summary executions.”On the fight against Ebola, which has so far killed more than 2,000 people in less than six months in Africa, Mr. Kabila called for international support for his continent, offering the expertise of his own country where the first outbreak was recorded more than 30 years ago.Turning to the maintenance of peace, he highlighted the DRC’s contribution of soldiers and police to efforts to restore stability to neighbouring Central African Republic.“I wish to reaffirm the Democratic Republic of Congo’s commitment to work tirelessly for peace and stability in Africa and the world,” he declared.Echoing Mr. Kabila’s concerns about terrorism disrupting development, Cameroonian President Paul Biya, in a message delivered by Foreign Minister Moukoko Mbonjo, highlighted the plight of his neighbouring countries. Foreign Minister Moukoko Mbonjo of Cameroon addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton “To the east, the Central African Republic has suffered a grave deterioration of its security since March. Massacres and the displacement of people have cast a question mark over any hope for development, without mentioning the tens of thousands of refugees who have poured into Cameroon,” he said.“In the far north, it is the attacks of the Boko Haram sect (from Nigeria), more interested in imposing Sharia law than improving the living conditions of their people, which threaten our territorial integrity.” read more

Former ZC director Enock Ikope banned by ICC for 10 years

A former director of Zimbabwe Cricket, Enock Ikope, has been banned from all cricket for ten years by the ICC, for breaching three counts of the Anti-Corruption Code.Ikope’s ban is related to the Anti-Corruption Unit’s investigation into the corrupt approach made in October 2017 to former captain Graeme Cremer by Rajan Nayer, a domestic cricket official in Zimbabwe. The ACU had established information during the investigation, which gave them reasonable grounds to suspect Ikope may have engaged in corrupt conduct as described in the Code.Nayer, who was handed a 20-year ban from all cricket-related activities last year, had been the treasurer and marketing director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA). Ikope, the ICC said, was bound by the Code and was required to fully cooperate with the investigations in his capacity as chairman of the HMCA and director of ZC.Ikope was charged with:Failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and/or documentation requested by the ACU in January 2018. This included refusing to hand over his mobile phone and documents demanded by the ACU.Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code in January and February 2018. This included further failures and delays in handing over his mobile phone and documents demanded by the ACU, while the breach in February arose as a result of deletion of data from his mobile phone before handing it over to the ACU.Ikope was banned by the Tribunal for five years in respect of each breach. The Tribunal ordered the first two of the five-year periods of ineligibility to run concurrently, with the penalty for the third breach of Article 2.4.7 to run consecutively, resulting in a total ban of 10 years.“We welcome this decision and the substantial sanction imposed on Mr Ikope which reflects the gravity of the offences,” Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager ACU said. “Non-cooperation and obstruction of our investigations by participants to the Code are simply not acceptable and I hope this and other recent sanctions sends out a clear message to anyone involved in the sport.“Once again we must thank an international captain, Graeme Cremer, for his absolute professionalism in recognizing the initial approach by Mr Nayer, rejecting and then reporting it. We are thankful to him and to Zimbabwe Cricket for all the help during the investigations”. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZimbabwean official receives 20-year ICC ban for match-fixing attemptMarch 27, 2018In “Sports”Sanath Jayasuriya charged under ICC anti-corruption codeOctober 15, 2018In “latest news”Zimbabwe suspended by ICC over ‘government interference’July 18, 2019In “latest news” read more

Megaupload Kim Dotcom pourrait récupérer ses biens

first_imgMegaupload : Kim Dotcom pourrait récupérer ses biensLa Haute Cour de Nouvelle Zélande viendrait de rendre un avis surprise dans l’affaire “Megaupload”; elle aurait jugé que la saisie des biens de Kim Schmitz, alias Kim Dotcom effectuée en janvier dernier, était “nulle et non avenue”.La décision pourrait faire grand bruit, et permettrait au fondateur de Megaupload de récupérer ses biens…D’après le site Torrentfreak, la juge Judith Potter, de la Haute Cour de justice de Nouvelle Zélande, aurait jugé la saisine des biens de Kim Dotcom comme “nulle et non avenue”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’erreur proviendrait du fait que cette saisine aurait été effectuée sur un mauvais type de mandat (une ordonnance de retenue étrangère au lieu d’une ordonnance de retenue provisoire). Signalée dès le 30 janvier dans la procédure, cette inexactitude aurait été modifiée par les forces de police qui, par la suite, auraient obtenu le bon mandat.Résultat : le patron de Megaupload pourrait récupérer ses biens, mais à une seule condition : que l’équipe d’avocats de Dotcom prouve que cette erreur ait été commise de mauvaise foi par la police.Cette éventualité est donc loin d’être une certitude, mais elle reste une possibilité, d’après le professeur Ursula Cheer, de l’université de Canterbury, citée par le New Zeland Herald (lien non disponible).Le 19 mars 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lifeline PeaceHealth tackle opioid issue

first_imgThere were nearly 48,000 U.S. opioid overdose deaths in 2017, 742 in Washington, and 39 in Clark County. PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Lifeline Connections are involved in some new initiatives to reduce those death totals.Lifeline, which provides substance abuse treatment, is part of a statewide campaign with the Washington State Health Care Authority to raise awareness of the Washington Recovery Help Line, which people can call or text 24/7 to communicate with someone who can connect them with proper recovery resources.PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Lifeline Connections also have rolled out a new program to immediately connect people with medication treatment and recovery services if a hospital patient needs substance use help.The Recovery Help Line also launched a medication assisted treatment locator tool on its website last month, which allows people to find local MAT services through the web. MAT combines behavioral therapy and medication to treat substance use disorders. Lifeline has nearly 300 people using its Medication-Assisted Recovery Program.“I think the health care authority doing this larger launch to promote recovery and the help line will push so many more people to get help,” said Kaylee Collins, Lifeline’s director of the Medication-Assisted Recovery Program. “Progressing forward in technology will help everyone in all facets.”last_img read more

Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Portions of the Windward Islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 18, 2017 – Nassau – A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE WINDWARD ISLANDS.AT 5PM EDT, THE DISTURBANCE WAS CENTERED NEAR LATITUDE 7.5 NORTH AND LONGITUDE 50.4 WEST. THE SYSTEM IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 23 MILES PER HOUR. A FAST MOTION TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS.ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE DISTURBANCE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE WINDWARD ISLANDS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MILES PER HOUR (MPH) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND THE DISTURBANCE IS EXPECTED TO REACH TROPICAL STORM INTENSITY ON MONDAY BEFORE IT REACHES THE WINDWARD ISLANDS.#magneticmedianews#tropicalstormwarning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedanews, #tropicalstormwarning Favorite Things – First Female PABX Field Service Tech for Flow TCI Recommended for you Dion Kevin Rigby and Donovan Hanna of Grand Bahama wanted for murder Bahamian man held following police manhuntlast_img read more

Group Challenging Alaskas SameSex Marriage Ban

first_imgAlaska was the first state in the country to add a ban on same-sex marriage to its Constitution. Now, five gay couples are trying to strike that ban down.Download AudioThe complaint is being filed in federal district court today, and it names Gov. Sean Parnell as the lead defendant. The parties are challenging the ban on the grounds that it violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution.Caitlin Shortell is one of three attorneys representing the couples.“I think there’s a very strong, growing recognition that laws that single out a particular group of people to deny them rights do not square with the U.S. Constitution. And in fact, not with the Alaska Constitution,” Shortell said.All but one of the couples challenging the ban have already been married in other states. But their marriages are not recognized by Alaska because of the ban that was instated in 1998. The fifth couple is unmarried, but would like to wed in Alaska.Because the state officials named in suit have not seen the complaint, a spokesperson from the Department of Law could not comment on the case.The State Supreme Court has ruled as recently as last month that gay couples need to be treated equally under law in situations like employee benefits and tax breaks, but it has skirted the question of whether the marriage ban conflicts with other parts of the Alaska Constitution.Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages. Federal judges have struck down marriage bans in several states since that ruling.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Jan 5 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAt hacking hearing, Sullivan steers clear of RussiaLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington. D.C.Sen. Dan Sullivan often warns colleagues about Russia’s military threat. But at a hearing on Russia’s pre-election hacking, Sullivan didn’t discuss Russia at all.Fairbanks air quality lawsuit successfulDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksEnvironmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement that settles one of two active lawsuits aimed at forcing the agency to take overdue action on Fairbanks-North Pole area air quality. Localized, but extreme wintertime episodes of fine particulate pollution due to wood and fossil fuel burning emissions have long plagued the communities. Clean air advocates see the legal action as a small win in a long-running effort to reduce pollution.King Cove continues push for road to Cold BayAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamWhen Alaska Congressman Don Young was sworn in for his 23rd term in the House of Representatives Tuesday, he quickly introduced 38 pieces of legislation. Among them was a bill to build the King Cove road.Alaska congressional delegation looks to open ANWR for drilling under new administrationElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageU.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced a bill on Thursday to open up a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas drilling.Juneau Empire publisher departs abruptlyJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauThere’s been more turnover at the top of Juneau’s daily newspaper. Publisher Rustan Burton has left the Juneau Empire after nearly four years at the helm.Kake looks to have new renewable energy in form of hydro damElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauA multi-million dollar dam in Kake would make it easier to bring renewable energy to the village, which currently runs off diesel. But the definition of “renewable” isn’t the same in everyone’s book. Federal grants for hydro projects can be limited — compared to what’s available for wind and solar.APD clarifies proper Amber Alert procedureZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOn New Years Day, a carjacking and child kidnapping lead the Anchorage Police Department to almost issue an Amber Alert, a process that has dense requirements.Alaska Airlines launches service to Havana amid uncertainty about Cuba policyTom Banse, Northwest News Network – OregonAlaska Airlines launched a daily flight Thursday morning from the West Coast to Havana. The new service comes as the Obama administration’s opening to Cuba gives way to an uncertain future.Several upticks mar a fairly mild Alaska flu seasonAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThis year’s flu season is off to a mild start, though there was an uptick of cases reported nationwide and in Alaska during the last two weeks of the year.Wrangell’s Sourdough Lodge to become assisted-living facilityAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellWrangell may see a new senior and assisted living facility come to fruition this year. The 16-bedroom Old Sourdough Lodge, a 36-year-old bed and breakfast, is under new ownership and is being converted to house Wrangell’s seniors.Remote Alaska volcano erupts again in brief explosionAssociated PressAn active Alaska volcano has erupted again, this time sending a cloud of ash and ice 35,000 feet in the air.last_img read more

University of Alaska to update protocol for sexual assault harassment cases

first_img(University of Alaska graphic)The University of Alaska has entered into an agreement with the federal Office of Civil Rights to address problems with its handling of sexual assault and harassment cases. UA was one of dozens of universities around the country singled out by the OCR for a compliance review in 2014.Listen nowSpeaking at a Monday press conference, UA President Jim Johnsen said some improvements have already been made since the review started, but it’s not enough.“We’re still working to improve how we respond and how we investigate and how we resolve campus sexual assault and sexual harassment,” Johnsen said. “In short, we are committed to promote a culture of safety on all of our campuses.”The Title IX agreement with the OCR covers numerous areas, including the hiring of Title IX coordinators at each UA campus as well as a statewide overseer.”We’re gonna add more positions across the campuses to provide training for our students and for others on our campuses,” Johnsen said. “And also, we’re strengthen our investigation capacity.”The agreement also stipulates annual campus climate surveys, the creation of student review committees and the clarification of reporting, response and adjudication processes. UA will also coordinate better with local law enforcement.“We’ve already done some of this, but we’ll continue to, to reassess and take corrective action in cases that did come up between 2011 and 2015,” Johnsen said.Johnsen added that under the agreement, more than 300 incidents reported in the past two years will also be reviewed. The university attributes the increase in cases to more people reporting, and University of Alaska Southeast chancellor Rick Caulfield called that a positive.”We think now because of the training that’s been provided to all of our employees in those settings — the clarity about the process that students can use to bring forward their concerns — we’re now getting better reporting.Laura McCullough, Dean of Students at University of Alaska Fairbanks thinks that “the reason these [cases] are getting more reports is because our efforts are educational, so we’re teaching students and our community what behavior is acceptable and what’s not.”McCullough said the university has developed response and adjudication procedures aimed at balancing due process and safety.The University of Alaska is awaiting a letter from the Federal Office of Civil Rights containing a detailed assessment of its handling of the Title IX cases reported since 2015.last_img read more

Talking Trash In Ketchikan you can salvage stuff from the landfill

first_imgArtist Halli Kenoyer, left, uses recycled trash to build a set piece for a community theater production. Ketchikan issues permits for locals who want to salvage metal, bowling balls and whatever else they find at the landfill. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Southeast communities are always looking at ways to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in their landfills or that they have to ship south. In Ketchikan, people can come up to the landfill and take what they want. In this report, part of CoastAlaska’s series, Talking Trash, we learn how that program saves the city time, space and money.Listen now“I love the dump! I go to the dump for all of my wearable art needs. That’s where I go first,” Ketchikan artist Halli Kenoyer said.Kenoyer said the local landfill is a great place to gather material for the large, complicated pieces she makes for Ketchikan’s popular Wearable Art Show.Kenoyer also goes there when helping to build sets for First City Players, the city’s community theater.“We’re making trees right now for “Shrek Jr.,” the children’s musical and we need tall things that will not break. The dump is a great place to go find things for free,” Kenoyer said in an interview this summer.Nissa Dash is another Ketchikan artist who loves the landfill. She’s helping Kenoyer with sets for “Shrek Jr.,” but she also gathers material for her own art. Dash has a penchant for the patina of rusty metal.“I have to be careful, because I will go to the dump and — I have to sneak it,” Dash said, laughing. “I have stuff in the garage and in little places tucked away. And God forbid we have to move.”“‘Honey, I need to bring my rust collection!’” Kenoyer joked.“Exactly!” Dash said.Those two aren’t alone in their scavenging.Ketchikan’s landfill offers a permit program that allows people to come up to the fill and take anything that strikes their fancy. It saves the City of Ketchikan money, and recycles items that otherwise would take up space in the fill. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD)Up at the landfill, surrounded by opportunistic ravens, Solid Waste Supervisor Lenny Neely said about 40 people are signed up for the city’s salvage permit program. He said they take more than 100 tons of stuff out of the landfill every year.That’s 200,000 pounds.“And in some way, shape or form, all that material is getting reused,” Neely said. “That’s the nice part.”That saves the city money in a variety of ways. It reduces the work load, cuts back on space taken up by trash, and reduces the volume of items the city has to barge south.Neely said it’s tough to know exactly how much money the city saves a year. For some context, the city pays almost $60 per ton to ship household garbage south.Beyond art material, Neely said salvagers collect for commercial use. Popular material includes metal pipes and wooden boards, often discarded after a home remodel project.Neely points to a tangle of copper pipe sitting on the ground next to the fill.“This piece laying here. Whoever came up and dumped laid that there because they know a salvager will grab that,” Neely said.And the person who picks it up likely is after metal they can sell for scrap. But, there’s other salvageable stuff in the fill.“The possibility, I guess, is the foosball table,” Neely said, pointing. “I see some metal over there that somebody will grab. Bicycles are a big item. We get a lot of bicycles for whatever reason. A little bit of everything.”Some people come for spare parts, others for specific collectable items. Landfill employee Tim Morgan said bowling balls are one example.“There’s two bowling ball ladies,” Morgan said. “They just collect them for decoration in their gardens and yards.”City of Ketchikan Solid Waste Superintendent Lenny Neely said discarded metal, construction material, bicycles and more are salvaged from the landfill. (Photo by Leila Kheiry, KRBD)Staffers don’t see as many bowling balls now as they did back when Ketchikan had a bowling alley.Neely said he was surprised by Ketchikan’s salvage permit program when he first came to work at the landfill years ago, mostly because of the liability.“But, the reality is here, it’s worked really well,” Neely said. “That’s recycling at its finest. When I first got here, I couldn’t believe. I was like, ‘We do what?’ We may be one of the very few places in the state that does that.”Liability is one concern cited by other regional facilities, although Wrangell used to have a salvage program before it capped its landfill years ago.Petersburg has something similar to Ketchikan’s salvage program. The fill there is open for salvagers just twice a week, though, and the permit fee is quite a bit higher: $10 per day versus $5 a month in Ketchikan.Ketchikan’s landfill requires permit holders to sign a waiver, wear a safety vest and stay out of the fill when equipment is running.Back at the First City Players building, Kenoyer leads a set-building workshop for kids participating in the “Shrek Jr.” production. She said when she’s on the hunt for supplies, she goes to the landfill daily.Kenoyer showed off some of her recently salvaged items: discarded Christmas decorations, metal tomato-plant cages and a big bag of fabric leaves.“We have two long bamboo sticks that are 12-footers from the dump,” Kenoyer said. “You don’t find that very often anymore, so it’s a real treasure to find that. Tied that sucker on top of my truck and I hit the road.”That’s salvage success.last_img read more

Two Bangladeshis arrested in Italy for allegedly raping student

first_imgTwo Bangladesh nationals were arrested for allegedly raping an Italian student in Fermo province of Italy, says Italian media outlet The Daily Stormer.The arrestees were identified as Deb Sagor and Hamaet Ferdause.It also said deputy prosecutor Annamaria Picozzi has issued a decree, executed by the State Police, against two Bangladeshis to investigate for the crime of group sexual violence committed against a student.The report claims that around 4:30am on 4 July, two unidentified people approached and harassed an Italian student.last_img read more

Mitch Albom Novel Explores A Lifes Trajectory after Escaping Death

first_imgJenny RisherMitch Albom is the author of numerous books, including Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. 00:00 /08:04 X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen A man loses his life saving a little girl in an amusement park accident. So, what becomes of the girl as she lives her life with the subconscious memory of what happened to her when she was a child?That question is at the heart of the latest novel from writer Mitch Albom, called The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. It’s the sequel to his bestselling book The Five People You Meet in Heaven, which tells the story Eddie, the amusement park maintenance worker who saved the life of the little girl, Annie, while losing his own.Both stories explore the idea of a life’s purpose and how one person’s life can affect another’s — something often unknown in their time on earth.In the audio above, Albom, a former sportswriter and author of bestsellers such as Tuesdays With Morrie, tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty that readers frequently asked him what became of Annie. So, he embarked on this, his first-ever sequel.Albom will be in Houston for a Brazos Bookstore event Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, located at 1117 Texas Ave.last_img read more

Washington Capitals Host Casino Night for Charity

first_imgFive hundred fans helped Monumental Sports & Entertainment and the Washington Capitals raise more than $300,000 for charity at the fourth Capitals Casino Night presented by Salamander Hotels & Resorts on March 12 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Va. Casino Night features the entire team along with coaches and alumni participating in casino games with fans. There also is a raffle and silent auction featuring game-used equipment and autographed memorabilia as well as a live auction featuring interactive experiences with Capitals players and coaches. The money raised will benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, which supports the charitable efforts of the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness. After the VIP reception, the players entered the ballroom casino, which featured blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas hold ’em. There were also instructional gaming tables and Wii video game stations. Some of the most popular auction items at the event included: Capital Segway Tour with the Caps: Four fans will participate in an hour-long Segway tour of Washington, D.C., with Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin. Together they will explore historical sites around Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2014 ($8,100).last_img read more

Watch Listen and Feel Movies with a Haptics Jacket

first_img Citation: Watch, Listen, and Feel Movies with a Haptics Jacket (2009, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-movies-haptics-jacket.html (PhysOrg.com) — Sometimes you may feel a shiver go up your spine as you’re watching a chilling movie scene, but a new jacket can actually give you a real shiver. The haptics jacket, designed by scientists at Philips Electronics, can enable movie viewers to feel movies through a sense of touch, in an attempt to provide full emotional immersion in a film. Concept of Wearable Electronics Gains Momentum A sensor-studded jacket lets viewers feel movies, allowing for emotional immersion. Image credit: Steve Brewster. Explore further Paul Lemmens, a Philips senior scientist, explains that the jacket isn’t meant to make viewers feel the actual punches and blows that the actors are receiving on the screen. Rather, the intentions are more subtle. The jacket’s purpose is to make viewers feel anxiety and other emotions through signals such as sending a shiver up the viewer’s spine, creating tension in the limbs, and creating a pulse on the chest to simulate a rapid heartbeat. “People don’t realize how sensitive we are to touch, although it is the first sense that fetuses develop in the womb,” said Lemmens, who will be presenting recent research on the jacket at the IEEE-sponsored 2009 World Haptics Conference 2009, in Salt Lake City.To produce these emotional sensations, the jacket contains 64 independently controlled actuators, which can cycle on and off 100 times per second. Because of the way the brain perceives touch, only eight actuators on each arm placed six inches apart are enough to cover sensations on the entire arm. The system uses such a small amount of current that two AA batteries could provide power for an hour if 20 motors were operating simultaneously. The jacket can respond to signals encoded in a DVD, or it can be controlled on the fly, adding another element of reality to entertainment.Via: IEEE Spectrum© 2009 PhysOrg.com 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.last_img read more

A mathematical approach for understanding intraplant communication

first_img Citation: A mathematical approach for understanding intra-plant communication (2019, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-mathematical-approach-intra-plant.html Even though each root acted independently from the others, the researchers observed the emergence of some self-organizing behavior, aimed at optimizing the internal equilibrium of nutrients at the whole-plant level. While this past study yielded interesting results, it merely considered a small part of the complexity of intra-plant communication, completely disregarding the analysis of above-ground organs, as well as photosynthesis-related processes. “In this paper, we do not aspire to gain a complete description of the plant complexity, yet we want to identify the main cues influencing the growth of a plant with the aim of investigating the processes playing a role in the intra-communication for plant growth decisions,” the researchers wrote in their recent paper. “We propose and explain here a system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) that, differently from state of the art models, take into account the entire sequence of processes from nutrients uptake, photosynthesis and energy consumption and redistribution.” Explore further Photo by Alex Loup on Unsplash.com. In the new study, therefore, the researchers set out to develop a mathematical model that describes the dynamics of intra-plant communication and analyses the possible cues that activate adaptive growth responses in a single plant. This model is based on formulations about biological evidence collected in laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art techniques.Compared to existing models, their model covers a wider range of elements, including photosynthesis, starch degradation, multiple nutrients uptake and management, biomass allocation, and maintenance. These elements are analyzed in depth, considering their interactions and their effects on a plant’s growth.To validate their model and test its robustness, the researchers compared experimental observations of plant behavior with results obtained when applying their model in simulations, where they reproduced conditions of growth similar to those naturally occurring in plants. Their model attained high accuracy and minor errors, suggesting that it can effectively summarize the complex dynamics of intra-plant communication.”The model is ultimately able to highlight the stimulus signal of the intra-communication in plants, and it can be expanded and adopted as a useful tool at the crossroads of disciplines such as mathematics, robotics and biology, for instance, for validation of biological hypotheses, translation of biological principles into control strategies or resolution of combinatorial problems,” the researchers said in their paper. Recent studies have found that rather than being passive organisms, plants can actually exhibit complex behaviors in response to environmental stimuli, for instance, adapting their resource allocation, foraging strategies, and growth rates according to their surrounding environment. How plants process and manage this network of stimuli, however, is a complex biological question that remains unanswered. Researchers have proposed several mathematical models to achieve a better understanding of plant behavior. Nonetheless, none of these models can effectively and clearly portray the complexity of the stimulus-signal-behavior chain in the context of a plant’s internal communication network. The team of researchers at GSSI and IIT who carried out the recent study had previously investigated the mechanisms behind intra-plant communication, with the aim to identify and exploit basic biological principles for the analysis of plant root behavior. Their previous work analyzed robotic roots in a simulated environment, translating a set of biological rules into algorithmic solutions. A team of researchers at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) and Istituto Italiano di Technologia (IIT) have devised a mathematical approach for understanding intra-plant communication. In their paper, pre-published on bioRxiv, they propose a fully coupled system of non-linear, non-autonomous discontinuous and ordinary differential equations that can accurately describe the adapting behavior and growth of a single plant, by analyzing the main stimuli affecting plant behavior.center_img Hormone keys plant growth or stress tolerance, but not both More information: Fabio Tedone et al. Plant behavior: A mathematical approach for understanding intra-plant communication. DOI: 10.1101/493999. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/12/11/493999 The model is composed by 11 non-linear equations: Credit: Tedone et al. © 2019 Science X Network 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.last_img read more