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Nova Scotia Celebrates First Provincial Acadian Day

first_img Premier John Hamm and Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremontwould like to wish everyone a happy Provincial Acadian Day,Sunday, Aug. 15. “Acadian culture is such an important part of Nova Scotia’shistory as well as its future,” said Premier Hamm. “It’s anhonour that Nova Scotia is the province hosting the Congrèsmondial in a year that is such an important milestone forAcadians and our province.” Premier Hamm has participated in a number of Congrès events,including the official opening in Church Point and the Festivaldu Mitan in Cheticamp. He will also participate in the closingmass in Grand Pré on Sunday, Aug. 15. This year Provincial Acadian Day will fall on the final day ofthe Congrès mondial acadien festivities. “It is fitting that Provincial Acadian Day be proclaimed thisyear as Acadians and friends of Acadians from around the worldcome to Nova Scotia to celebrate the 400th anniversary of theirarrival in North America,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Mr. d’Entremont also took part in the in the official opening ofthe Congrès, has attended numerous Acadian family reunions andwill attend the closing mass at Grand Pré. Since 1881, Acadians have recognized Aug. 15 as their nationalholiday. It has been proclaimed National Acadian Day by thefederal government. Earlier this year, the Nova Scotialegislature unanimously passed Bill 51, enshrining Aug. 15 intolaw as Provincial Acadian Day. PREMIER’S OFFICE/ACADIAN AFFAIRS–Nova Scotia Celebrates FirstProvincial Acadian Daylast_img read more

Body mixup at Nova Scotia funeral home unacceptable minister says

first_imgHALIFAX – The recent mix-up of bodies at a Nova Scotia funeral home is unacceptable and should never happen again, a provincial cabinet minister said Thursday.Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan said the tragic mistake is being investigated by the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, which regulates funeral homes and includes one of his staff members.“This can’t happen again,” MacLellan, whose department issues licences for funeral homes, said following a cabinet meeting.“As a government, and a regulatory body for this board, we’ve got to instill the confidence of Nova Scotians that we’re handling these matters properly.”The family of Sandra Bennett have said they were stunned when they went to Serenity Funeral Home in Berwick on Dec. 27 for a visitation following her death a week earlier, only to be presented with the bodies of two other women — and then told their loved one had accidentally been cremated.MacLellan said it’s believed the situation is a one-off, but he’s open to recommendations from the board following its investigation. He said he would be open to policy changes if required.Serenity Funeral Home did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday.Bennett’s sister, Carolyn Dominey, has said the family planned to have an open casket service, but when they looked inside, they saw the body of another woman dressed in Bennett’s clothing.“I was shocked,” Dominey said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s like they degraded my sister’s body against her wishes.”Dominey and her daughter, JoAnne, said staff at the funeral home insisted the woman in the casket was in fact Bennett. When they realized it wasn’t, the family says they were presented with another body in the casket purchased by Bennett’s husband, Gary.Again, it was not Bennett.JoAnne Dominey said the family was then told Bennett was mistakenly cremated. But she said it’s not clear that the ashes they were given were actually those of Bennett, who died after a prolonged illness.MacLellan offered his condolences to the family on Thursday.“Losing somebody and a death in the family is the hardest thing you’ll go through. It takes every bit of your strength mentally, emotionally and physically just to deal with the process,” he said.“To have this happen and impact these families in this way is tragic, it’s devastating, and quite frankly from the government’s perspective, it’s unacceptable.”The provincial funeral directors board said Wednesday it is likely the first time it has looked into such a case.Board chairman Adam Tipert said they are examining how the home handled Bennett’s remains and ultimately how the 65-year-old woman was cremated, despite wishes from her family that she not be cremated.Tipert said the board was in the preliminary stages of gathering information on the chain of custody for her body, what discussions were held with the family and what documentation was in place.last_img read more

I really felt my mothers presence 60s Scoop adoptee comes home

first_imgReach Kathleen via email kmartens@aptn.ca or on Twitter @katmarte Natasha Pittman has embraced her northwestern B.C. Namegees culture.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA hairdresser from Ontario has traced her roots to British Columbia after she says her family was separated by the ‘60s Scoop.Natasha Pittman says she has searched for and located an astounding six birth siblings.“I was reunited with my birth brother today!” she posted Sept. 29 on Facebook.“We found each other when our DNA matched through Ancestry.com.”Pittman and her biological siblings wear traditional cedar hats and button blankets.Pittman credits the power of Ancestry.com, the reach of Facebook and the memories of people in her birth mother’s home community for her success.“One afternoon with the locals gave me more information than I could ever get from the government,” she says.Unfortunately, Pittman was unable to meet her late mother, Marion Johnson, and her father remains a mystery man.But she has put word on Facebook and among ‘60s Scoop survivor pages: “Looking for my birth father, who would have been around Edmonton, Alberta in the mid 80s but ancestry goes back to northern Saskatchewan.“My birth name was Natasha Angela Shirley Johnson. I was born in Edmonton, Alberta in August of 1985 and apprehended 4 weeks later.”Pittman’s mother was Marion or Angelina Johnson.Her birth mother also used the name Angelina Johnson. She was from Alert Bay, B.C., where Pittman moved in 2015.“I packed up my Jeep and dog and drove across the country,” she says. “I opened a (hair) salon here.”Pittman says the connection with her Indigenous Namgis history was instant.“As soon as I stepped into the (community) big house, I knew I was home,” she says.“I really felt my mother’s presence.”Pittman has embraced her culture. She wears a traditional cedar hat in her Facebook profile photo.But along with the good comes the bad. Her birth mother attended an Indian residential school and suffered with addiction as an adult. Four sons and three daughters were seized by provincial child welfare authorities and adopted by non-Indigenous families.The majority of these adoptions or foster placements involving First Nations, Métis and Inuit children occurred in the 1960s but the practice continued until the mid-’80s.Pittman says her adoptive family – especially her adoptive mother – supports her quest to learn her identity.“I had a really wonderful upbringing. I was definitely one of the lucky ones,” she says.Now Pittman is ready to see where the next part of the search takes her, as she tries to find two more siblings and her birth father.It looks like it may be the Prairies.She has traced her birth father’s origins to Flying Dust First Nation in northern Saskatchewan.“Ikan noke (my heart is happy),” she says.last_img read more

Fence goes up around lot next to Totem Mall to stop dumping

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the Totem Mall say that no imminent development is taking place on the vacant lot located across 96a St. from the mall, and that a steel temporary fence erected around the lot is to ward off trespassers.A mall official, who declined to be named, said that the lot has been used as a parking area by truckers for the past several years, especially after the mall and the City upgraded sewers in the area. The official said that the truckers that park on the lot have been dumping oil and other fluids, while RV drivers have even been disposing of toilet refuse on the lot.“It’s disgusting,” said the official. The mall’s owner, the Canadian Tire Real Estate Investment Trust, also owns the piece of land between the mall and Wal-Mart and decided that the fence needed to be erected to stop the trespassing and illegal dumping.last_img read more

Dhoni fined 50 match fee faces flak for behaviour

first_imgJaipur: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. The incident took place in the last over of the Chennai innings. With eight runs required off the last three balls, Ben Stokes bowled slower full toss. While leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn’t raise his arm, Ulhas Gandhe did and the buzzer also went off in the stadium which signifies that a no-ball has been called. But seeing Oxenford’s reaction, Gandhe then dropped his arm and changed the earlier call. This saw M S Dhoni storm into the field and have a long debate with both the umpires. In fact, he was seen constantly saying that Gandhe did call it a no-ball before the decision was overturned.last_img read more

Moroccan Shot in New Jersey Grateful for Support Hopeful for the

Rabat – On the evening of Friday January 10th, 2014, Moroccan born Adil Boutahli arrived at the Pennsauken 7-11 for his usual graveyard shift, unaware of the startling events that awaited him.Just as Boutahli’s midnight shift began, three masked men entered the store and demanded he hand over cartons of cigarettes and all of the cash in the register. When he did not oblige quickly, one of the masked men knocked him in the head with a pistol, sending him to the floor while continuing to pressure him for money.“When it’s a robbery, they need [the register to open] right away but the first time, it didn’t open,” said Boutahli about the attack. While trying to regain his balance after collapsing, Boutahli finally opened the register.Boutahli was then shot four times– twice in the abdomen and once in each arm– by the fleeing criminals, marking the moment when his life would change forever.The following days of Boutahli’s life were spent in a coma at Cooper Hospital in Camden, and the following months in a rehab facility in Philadelphia.“Life is hard, in general. Something can always happen; accidents, gunshots…” said Boutahli, sitting in the wheelchair that he hopes to abandon soon.Adapting to life in a wheelchair, chronic back pain, and only being able to walk one mile at a time without an aid are only some of the many drastic changes that the attack brought to Boutahli’s life.“My mind is always changing. I used to drive. I used to play soccer. If I want to go somewhere, I can’t go by myself. I don’t sleep good, I have stress sometimes,” he says.Boutahli says that the hardest struggle has been having to give up his athletic lifestyle and career. Before the attack, he was the goalkeeper in a club soccer league in North Jersey and looking for work and an education.The public was enraged at the lack of security in the 7-11 and devastated to hear about the attack. Boutahli was popular amongst the community, with one resident referring to him as his “younger brother.”Boutahli says that instead of focusing on his long, painful recovery, he would like the media to highlight the people who have helped him get through it, starting with the customer that found him sprawled on the floor of the 7-11.“The client, I do not know right now but I would like to meet him in the future,” comments Boutahli. “I’m appreciative of everybody. Thank God, and the medical staff, and police and firemen. I want to help people. I can like everybody, and I can respect everybody. But I can’t help anybody right now. Right now I have to care for myself. I’m thinking all the time about what happened,” he says.The ex-goalie’s latest medical consultations have discussed the possibility of reconstructive surgery that would remove his colostomy bag, allowing him to use the bathroom regularly.Through his long struggle and recovery, Boutahli has not lost all hope. He is determined to eventually return to the world of sports by coaching soccer in Morocco.Boutahli draws inspiration from the moment in which he awoke from his coma. “I started to open my eyes,” he said. “At that moment, a new life began. I feel born again.” read more

Terrorist Attack on Istanbul Nightclub Kills at Least 35 People

New York – Over 35 people were killed in an attack on a high end nightclub located in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, according to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu.A police officer was also among the victims, according to Istanbul’s governor, Vasip Sahin stated, who said it was a “terrorist attack.”According to Istanbul’s governor, the attack was carried out by three people. “Once person first kills the police officer, and then a civilian,” the governor said. Inside he rained bullets brutally, mercilessly over innocent people who were there just to celebrate the new year and have fun,” he added.The attack occurred as people were celebrating New Year. There were at least 600 inside the nightclub when attackers opened fire, Turkish officials said.The attack, which took place in the Reina nightclub, in the Ortakoy area at about 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT) left at least other 40 people injured.The authors of the attack are still on the run, according to the same source. No organization has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.The attack has occurred less than two weeks after off-duty Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov on December 19. read more

Financials help lift stocks in Toronto US stock markets also head higher

TORONTO — Strength in the financial sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 43.91 points at 16,307.78.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 64.71 points at 26,243.84. The S&P 500 index was up 14.88 points at 2,882.12, while the Nasdaq composite was up 77.40 points at 7,926.09.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.07 cents US compared with an average of 74.94 cent US on Tuesday.The May crude contract was up eight cents at US$62.66 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was down US$1.40 at US$1,294.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up 2.95 cents at US$2.93 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

UN environment agency announces new projects to boost clean energy

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the launch of a pair of projects worth some $100 million in the tea and sugar industries designed to boost the use of clean energy and stimulate development in Africa. Both projects aim to develop new forms of local energy generation to help rural areas overcome poverty, cut dependency on imported and expensive fossil fuels, and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, UNEP said in a news release. The tea initiative, which will deliver small-scale hydro-electric power to plantations across East Africa, is expected to reach over 8 million people in the tea industry. Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia are among the countries which have already endorsed the initiative. “Tea is known to be good for you; now it is also getting better for the environment,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. He also hailed the decision by some countries in East Africa to establish power purchase agreements, which are contracts that allow unconventional generators of electricity to sell surplus power back to the grid, saying it “has opened up a raft of new opportunities for cleaner and renewable energy generation.” In a separate but related initiative, a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will help farmers use waste from the sugar industry to generate electricity – a move UNEP said will fuel sustainable economic growth. The project aims to reach approximately 10 million sugar farmers and their dependants in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda and Tanzania. The sugar initiative builds on the successes achieved in Mauritius, where up to 40 per cent of the country’s electricity needs are met by waste by-products from the sugar industry, UNEP said. 8 November 2007The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the launch of a pair of projects worth some $100 million in the tea and sugar industries designed to boost the use of clean energy and stimulate development in Africa. read more

Funding gap threatens response to child measles outbreak in West Central Africa

23 April 2010Countries in West and Central Africa have been hit by a measles outbreak affecting more than 22,000 children, with a shortage of resources for immunizations threatening to roll back progress on curbing child mortality in the region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Countries in West and Central Africa have been hit by a measles outbreak affecting more than 22,000 children, with a shortage of resources for immunizations threatening to roll back progress on curbing child mortality in the region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.A funding shortfall of $16 million for follow-up vaccination campaigns jeopardizes the health of children in Africa, including the 16 nations in the throes of the latest outbreak, according to the agency.In most West and Central African countries, only 80 percent or less of their populations have been immunized, short of the 95 per cent recommended by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“Such a figure means they can expect to have large, sustained outbreaks every three to four years” said the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Luis Gomes Sambo.Nearly 200 child deaths from measles have been reported in the 16 nations affected by the outbreak in the past year.“We fail to vaccinate every child. That is why we have a pool of susceptible victims which builds up as a perfect breeding ground for measles outbreaks,” according to UNICEF’s Director for West and Central Africa, Gianfranco Rotigliano.Measles are among the world’s most contagious diseases, easily spread through coughing or sneezing, and is one of the leading causes of death among children around the world.Last year, a major outbreak in Burkina Faso killed 340 people and caused more than 50,000 to get sick, while more than 16,000 other cases and 68 deaths were reported in Benin, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal.The UN has sought to slash deaths from measles by 90 per cent in the decade between 2000 and 2010, but the world body’s agencies stressed that if nothing is done to counter the resurgence of the disease, progress made so far will be reversed. “The funding gap must be met so that countries can continue to undertake large-scale campaigns to prevent child deaths and sustain the gains,” Mr. Sambo of WHO said. “Reaching the 2010 goal will also require strengthening routine immunization and disease surveillance systems to rapidly detect and control outbreaks.”Immunization and follow-up vaccination campaigns, funding permitting, are planned this year in Burkina Faso, Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.“Our work is not over. We need a sustained political and financial commitment to fight this leading killer of children. We cannot drop our guard,” said UNICEF’s Mr. Rotigliano. read more

Newfoundland Emera to proceed with 77B Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia utility company Emera have decided to proceed with development of the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project despite lingering cost and environmental concerns.Premier Kathy Dunderdale made the announcement late Monday in the lobby of the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature in St. John’s, saying the decision marks a significant moment in her province’s history.Harnessing the vast hydroelectric power of the Lower Churchill is a promise that has been hovering on the horizon for 50 years“Harnessing the vast hydroelectric power of the Lower Churchill is a promise that has been hovering on the horizon for 50 years but has remained just out of reach for successive governments of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Dunderdale told a crowd of supporters.“The most important benefit of this development is that it allows us as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to stand tall and proud on the national stage, knowing that as our forebears persevered to etch an existence on the edge of the North Atlantic, so will we with unrelenting focus and steadfast determination overcome all obstacles and transform challenges into success.”The development, which is expected to start generating power in 2017, is a joint venture between Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown utility company, and Emera.Nalcor Energy would be responsible for the construction of the dam and power station in Labrador as well as transmission lines on the island of Newfoundland. That is expected to cost about $6.2-billion.Emera would build a 180-kilometre subsea link that would transmit the power from Cape Ray in southwestern Newfoundland to Lingan, N.S., in Cape Breton.At a news conference late Monday in Halifax to announce Emera’s decision, company CEO Chris Huskilson said the cost of the subsea link has been revised to $1.52-billion.In Newfoundland and Labrador, opponents say Dunderdale has not proven the case for Muskrat Falls, accusing her of fast-tracking a project without legislative committee scrutiny or debate that could burden future generations if it soars over budget.She has countered the criticism by releasing a series of government-commissioned reports in recent weeks. They conclude the project is a viable, clean source of renewable energy that would wean the province off fossil fuels.Dunderdale has refused further review by the province’s Public Utilities Board since it declined to endorse Muskrat Falls last spring, citing a lack of updated information.Muskrat Falls would be capable of generating up to 824 megawatts of electricity, 170 megawatts of which would go to Nova Scotia annually for 35 years. That would serve about 10 per cent of that province’s power needs.Muskrat Falls got a boost last month when Ottawa offered a federal loan guarantee for the project that would cut borrowing costs by about $1-billion.Preliminary work on a road to the site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay has already started.The project has been on the drawing board in one form or another for decades. In 1980, it passed an environmental assessment but was set aside due to market access and financing issues. read more

Palmyrah Fund launched to develop the North and East

The Prime Minister said that all the funds allocated for the development of the country must be fully utilised this year.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan, and other TNA MPs were among those who attended the event. The Palmyrah Fund was launched by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today to develop the North and East.Speaking at the launch, the Prime Minister said that the new fund will help expedite the development the North and East. He said that when Parliamentarians submit project proposals for the North and East those proposals will be implemented through the fund. He said that the Finance Ministry has already allocated funds to the Palmyrah Fund and more funds will be allocated during the year. read more

Annan holds frank and useful talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister

Kofi Annan and Mr. Naji SabriFollowing the meeting, which was held in two parts, comprising morning and afternoon sessions, Mr. Sabri said both sides had presented their concerns, adding, “we had a positive and constructive exchange of views on these concerns.”The Foreign Minister confirmed that the meeting would resume in mid-April “to continue our dialogue.” “So far, so good,” the Secretary-General told reporters after the end of this morning’s session with Foreign Minister Naji Sabri. After the conclusion of the second meeting in the afternoon, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said the Secretary-General had found the talks “both frank and useful.” They focused on core issues that included the return of UN weapons inspectors to Iraq; Kuwaiti and Iraqi missing persons; and the return of Kuwaiti property. Agreement was reached “that a concrete way will be found for Iraq to return some Kuwaiti property through the UN” as required by Security Council resolutions, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.”The Iraqi side raised a number of specific concerns, such as the lifting of sanctions, no-fly zones and establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East,” he noted. “It was agreed that the two parties would meet for further discussions in mid-April, based on a well-defined agenda agreed in advance.”Mr. Annan, who is scheduled to brief the Council on the talks during closed consultations on Friday, told reporters on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York this morning that the UN delegation would be “pressing for the return of the [weapons] inspectors” who have not been able to operate in the country since 1998.”The questions of the inspectors and return of the inspectors has been one of the key bones of contentions between the United Nations and Iraq,” he said, expressing hope that the Baghdad delegation would work “in a constructive spirit.”Asked about the issue of lifting the economic measures that have been in place against Baghdad since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, he replied, “The eventual suspension of sanctions, once Iraq has performed, is part of the discussion.”Responding to a question about the possibility of military action, the Secretary-General said he “wouldn’t want to see a widening conflict” in the region.”I think we have our hands full with the tragedy that is going there already, so I would want to see a situation where we are able to resolve our differences diplomatically and that Iraq comes into compliance,” he said. “If that is done I don’t think the Council will take any further action.”Regional leaders, he added, “would want to see this issue settled peacefully, and they are all looking forward to a positive outcome that they would also ensure to take it up in Beirut in the [upcoming] Arab [League] Summit.” read more

DISH TV launches new Cuban channel in the US

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2016 10:38 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DISH TV launches new Cuban channel in the US MIAMI – DISH and Sling TV are launching a new channel that will bring Cuban movies and television shows to the U.S.The companies say CUBAMAX TV will be the first channel in the United States to provide a variety of programs such as telenovelas, movies, children’s shows and music videos by Cuban artists.The new channel’s goal is to reconnect Cuban-Americans with the heritage of their country of origin.One of the featured shows on the network will be “Vivir del Cuento,” one of the most popular shows in Cuba. The show stars an 80-year-old retired man named Panfilo, played by actor and comedian Luis Silva, who jokes about his life struggles.Panfilo appeared in two sketches with President Barack Obama tied to his visit earlier this year. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set to open home schedule in DC Koehl

OSU women’s volleyball players get set for a serve during a game against Penn State on Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSt. John Arena is set to host the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for the first time this season during the 10th Annual Sports Import D.C. Koehl Classic.The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes (2-1) are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, facing off against Northern Illinois (3-1) at noon and No. 14 Florida State (2-1) at 7 p.m., before playing the Seminoles again on Sunday at 7 p.m. OSU is coming off of a second-place finish at the Rumble in the Rockies tournament in Laramie, Wyoming. The Buckeyes fell to Wyoming in their opening game, but they bounced back to defeat both Butler and South Dakota in three sets.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he’s happy with the way his team responded to the initial loss and is ready to be at home for the first time this season.“I’m excited for the team, especially our freshmen,” Carlston said. “We played in front of a huge crowd, actually, at Wyoming, but to play in front of a large crowd that’s your home and not at a mile high is going to be much better for us.”Setter Emily Ruetter, a senior transfer from Texas Tech, said she’s excited for her first home match in a Buckeyes uniform and thinks the home crowd will give the team a boost.“It’s so much better playing on your home floor,” Ruetter said. “Based off what I’ve heard, St. John brings in quite an awesome crowd, so it’s going to be even better having all of those people here.”Junior libero Valeria León, who, along with junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, was named to the all-tournament squad at the Rumble in the Rockies, is focused on helping her team more moving forward.“I don’t really care about the individual awards, I just try to make my team better,” León said. “So I’m going to keep working on that.”Team adjustmentsAs the team heads into this weekend’s games, OSU has been working on improving its blocking, shot selection and overall consistency on defense, Carlston said.“I think (in) the Wyoming match, we just sort of forgot the things that we can do, and that will happen when you’ve got people in your face,” he said. The Buckeyes had 21 shots blocked by the Cowgirls in their season-opening match.Carlston said the team has to go back to what is worked on in practice for the upcoming matches and improve overall confidence, trust and consistency.Injury reportJunior outside hitter Kylie Randall did not play in any of last weekend’s matches as she works her way back after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last season and an elbow injury that she sustained in the team’s first practices this year.There’s no timetable for Randall’s return to games, but she is practicing and Carlston is pleased with her progress.“She’s back, full-go and she’s looking pretty good, actually, for a kid who’s played six times over the last (year),” he said.The rest of the team is feeling well from a health standpoint, Carlston said.Looking aheadFollowing this weekend’s action in Columbus, OSU is set to head back out on the road for the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 11 and 12. read more

Harvey Proctor vows to stand against Tom Watson at next general election

Mr Watson met Beech in July 2014 and encouraged him to take his allegations to the Metropolitan… Mr Watson has faced growing calls to stand down from his leadership role in the wake of the conviction of Carl Beech, who now faces years in jail for perverting the course of justice. Harvey Proctor is to stand against Tom Watson at the next election in revenge for the Labour deputy leader’s links to a paedophile who falsely accused him of the murder and torture of children. Beech, 51, from Gloucester, had invented false allegations that Mr Proctor along with Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and Field Marshall Lord Bramall among others had murdered and raped young boys as part of a sadistic paedophile ring. read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Jan 31 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 nowMurkowski votes to advance DeVos, angering Alaska school advocatesLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski Tuesday morning voted in the Education Committee to send President Trump’s choice for education secretary to the full Senate for a vote. But Murkowski says she hasn’t yet decided how she’ll ultimately vote on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.How will climate science in Alaska fare under Trump? No one knows yetRachel Waldholz and Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy DeskFederal agencies and scientists both inside and outside government endured a roller coaster of a week as President Donald Trump’s new administration took the reins. Many worry that funding for science and environmental research could be on the chopping block under the new president, along with public communication about climate change.Walker criticizes Trump’s handling of refugee issueAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker criticized President Donald Trump’s order that halted immigration from seven heavily Muslim countries, indefinitely banned Syrian refugees and temporarily banned all other refugees.Sweeping criminal justice overhaul under fire — and revisionAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauLegislators are considering changes to a seven-month-old law that overhauled the criminal justice system. The commission that helped shape the law has recommended 14 changes to it.Volcanic ash falls on Unalaska in Bogoslof’s longest eruption yetLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaAfter more than two dozen explosions, Bogoslof Volcano has finally dropped ash on Unalaska.Plane crash passengers found alive on west side of Cook InletShady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerThree people aboard a plane that crashed near the Kenai Peninsula on Sunday have been found.Seeing the value of the forest in the trees: Chugach enters California’s carbon marketJennifer Pemberton, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauInstead of harvesting their forests for timber, the Chugach Alaska Corporation is selling an innovative new forest product: the carbon stored in the trees.Juneau’s downtown cruise terminal preparing for bigger boatsJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauA $54 million project to add a pair of floating cruise ship berths to Juneau’s downtown waterfront is within months of completion. The project will expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels. That’s because cruise ships in Alaska are getting bigger.Bethel native sets American record in women’s powerlifting squatAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelBethel native Natalie Hanson has set a new American record in women’s powerlifting. On Saturday (Jan. 28) in Milwaukee, Hanson squatted 578.7 pounds, more than three times her body weight, and more than 33 pounds over the former record. The 26-year-old set the new all-time-high at the USA Powerlifting Wisconsin State Open Championship.last_img read more

RelianceBP combine to invest in power storage business

first_imgReliance Industries KG-D6’s facility in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Reliance Industries/HandoutMukesh Ambani- led Reliance Industries Ltd along with British Petroleum Plc is planning to invest in the power-storage business to tap into the surging renewable energy sector, according to a Bloomberg report.The oil and gas giants have plans to set up energy-storage projects near solar-and-wind energy installations and the decisions on investment and implementation will be taken by the end of this year.The move to shift focus to the renewable energy sector is seen as a strategy to fight the future risk as the demand for oil could drop if electric cars replace fuel-driven cars by 2030.Mahindra and Mahindra, earlier this month said the company is primed to step up the electric car business in association with taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber. The decision could bring down the demand for oil significantly. India is currently one of the largest oil importers.Global oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Total SA and Exxon Mobil Corp are already investing in new-energy technologies to develop fuels from renewable resources. Solar panels are seen inside the premises of the Jaisalmer Airport in desert state of Rajasthan, India, August 13, 2015 [Representational Image].Reuters FileReliance and BP in June extended their partnership to explore new prospects in clean energy besides focusing on conventional fuels. Last month, Reliance announced plans to sell liquefied natural gas and set up charging stations for electric vehicles at its outlets.The Modi-led government is also undertaking several initiatives to boost the renewable energy projects in India like introducing 10-year tax exemption for solar power projects, restarting the stalled hydro power projects and expanding the wind energy production target to 60GW by 2022 from current 20GW, according to a research report by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF).last_img read more

Cumilla road crash kills 2

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo people were killed and three others injured in a head-on collision between a pick-up van and an auto-rickshaw at Jatrapur in Chouddagram upazila of Cumilla on Tuesday.The deceased are Siraj Mia, son of Aftab Uddin, and Ayub Ali, son of Abdur Rahman of the upazila.Chouddagram police station officer-in-charge Mahfuzur Rahman said the accident took place in the afternoon.Five passengers of the auto-rickshaw were injured.Two of them succumbed to their injuries while being taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital. The others were sent to Chouddagram Upazila Health Complex.The bodies were sent to CMCH for autopsy.last_img read more

The troubling science thats changing the conversation at the Paris climate talks

first_imgLE BOURGET, France – Perhaps the most surprising story out of the Paris climate talks so far is the shift that seems to be occurring in favor of at least some acknowledgment – if not an outright embrace – of a 1.5 degrees Celsius global temperature target in a final agreement here.Holding warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – rather than to 2 degrees, which up until now has been the most widely accepted target – would be extraordinarily difficult, if not outright impossible. Scientists have repeatedly suggested that to achieve such a powerfully ambitious target, with the world already at about 1 degree C and rising, one would need to overshoot 1.5 degrees and then come back down again using problematic “negative emissions” technologies.So then why would the idea be coming on so strong right now?The simple answer is that while the advocacy of small island nations on behalf of the 1.5 C goal has clearly been quite influential, in some ways just as persuasive has been, you know, science – particularly when it comes to the issue of sea level rise.“The combination of small island states and the sea level commitment stuff is the big ball and hammer that has been taken out now,” says Anders Levermann, a researcher with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research who spoke here at the conference about the latest research on sea level rise and the planet’s ice sheets. “It’s saying, this is a moral imperative, we cannot rid people of their countries.”So let’s explore some of the key science — when it comes to sea level commitment, or lock-in, and in other areas — that would appear to lend support to the 1.5 C temperature target:– Even with about 1 degree C of warming so far, West Antarctica and Greenland are looking worrisome. Recent research by the University of California, Irvine’s Eric Rignot and his colleagues has, in the past two years, highlighted apparent “marine instabilities” in both the ice sheet of West Antarctica and parts of Greenland.In each of these cases, Rignot is finding that the grounding line of these glaciers — or, the region where the glacier’s subsea base meets both the ocean and the bedrock — is not only retreating inland, but at the same time, retreating downhill. This means warm water can in effect chase the retreating glacier downhill and access more and more of its base.It is possible that West Antarctica has already been destabilized through this process. As for Greenland, much of its ice is not below sea level, and so it is not vulnerable in the same way.Nonetheless, recent work suggests that the ice sheet may have a temperature threshold around 1.5 degrees Celsius, Levermann says, or 1.6 according to one recent report.“There is an uncertainty there, we have only one study that gives this number, but it’s the best study, it’s the only study that really takes the dynamics into account,” says Levermann. It is at this temperature, the researchers think, that a feedback kicks in where the ice sheet’s lowering in elevation will expose it to warmer temperatures, which will lead to more lowering in elevation — and so on. There’s uncertainty, to be sure, about precisely where this threshold lies, but that doesn’t take away the fact that we could be quite close to it.– For every 1 degree Celsius of warming, we can expect about 2.3 meters of sea level rise. Shortly before Rignot and other researchers discovered retreating grounding lines at the bases of enormous marine-based glaciers that are perched on beds that slope downhill, Levermann found something else that was pretty troubling.Using a combination of models to study Greenland, Antarctica and mountain glaciers, as well as research concerning sea levels during the planet’s past, he and his colleagues calculated that for every 1 degree Celsius of global temperature rise, we can expect roughly 2.3 meters (or 7.54 feet) of eventual sea level rise, playing out over several thousand years.“We get 2.3 meters per degree of warming,” says Levermann. “All the components are quite nonlinear, but what comes out is a straight line.” Granted, this is thought to be a very long term process so it doesn’t matter, Levermann says, if you only spend a few decades above 2 degree C and then come back down again. What matters is the long term temperature average, and how oceans slowly adjust to it.Using this logic, 2 degrees C implies 15 feet of very long term sea level rise. No wonder, then, that so many are now against letting warming get that bad.– Ice sheets may be able to collapse faster than previously thought. But is it really long term sea level rise? Are we sure about that?Modern and scientifically enabled humanity has never observed the major collapse of an ice sheet. We don’t know what it looks like, and what all the processes are.Scientists have long thought that these collapses probably play out slowly — but earlier this year, David Pollard of Penn State and two colleagues added two new processes to an ice sheet model called “hydrofracturing” and “cliff collapse.” The first refers to how great ice shelves in Antarctica and Greenland develop large cracks before ultimately breaking off or disintegrating, as the Larsen B ice shelf so spectacularly did in 2002. The second refers to the notion that a sheer cliff of ice, extending over 100 meters above sea level, may collapse under strain, since ice is not a particularly durable material.Adding these processes to their model, and then simulating a warm past climate representative of the so-called middle Pliocene era — when temperatures were 2 to 3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — the authors found that the retreat of West Antarctica was “much faster than might be expected from the previous work. The main cause is the new mechanisms of hydrofracture and cliff failure.” Indeed, the study found that the retreat occurred “on the order of decades.”It’s worth pointing out that all of the research I’m citing above came out after the completion of the 2013 iteration of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s assessment report on the state of climate science. That’s right — the research got more dire subsequent to the last articulation of the scientific consensus on this issue.You will also note that I’m only focusing on recent research about what 2 and 1.5 degrees C means for our oceans and planetary ice — but there will be many other impacts of climate change that will differ at these different temperature levels.So in sum, small island nations may have long supported a 1.5 degrees C temperature target. But in the past two years or so, quite a lot of science has backed them up by suggesting that we are already very near to thresholds where we could lock in major sea level rise — precisely what they’ve long been worried about.That’s why 1.5 C remains in the latest draft text of the Paris climate change agreement and, well, may also be in the final one.© 2015, The Washington Post Related posts:Historic UN climate pact ‘extremely close’: French host France bans Paris climate rallies due to security concerns Paris climate summit is already a win for Obama, but planet remains in danger US inflames debate on climate finance with plan for UN talks Facebook Commentslast_img read more