Glaciers around the world are melting and contributing to sea level rise, but scientists still don’t quite understand how exactly glaciers give birth to icebergs as they flow into the ocean and lose ice. That’s because the ice breakup patterns vary across different environments and can be difficult to observe directly. Now, researchers have found a way to study these patterns in detail—by listening to the sounds of ice splitting off, they report online this month in Geophysical Research Letters. The researchers used underwater microphones aboard buoys to record the ambient noises of a variety of ice breakups at the Hans Glacier in Norway and synchronized the recordings with time-lapse photos of the glacier (as shown in the video above). They observed three types of ice losses, each with a distinctive and detailed sound signature: the splash of an ice block falling off into the water; the crack of a fragment sliding down the glacier’s rough surface; and the soft thud of an underwater ice chunk breaking away and floating up, followed by a secondary impact as it surfaces. The scientists hope that these sound patterns would help them understand the mechanisms of glacier ice breakups and predict the mass loss more reliably.
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With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT MJ Ayaay came up big for Lyceum, dropping 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help his team rally from 13 points down and preserve its immaculate 12-0 slate with a 94-92 win over Arellano.Though Ayaay’s contributions isn’t surprising, the bigger picture here is the affirmation of what makes the Pirates a deadly team: that anyone can step up at any given day.(2) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: 3Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith San Beda engaged in a tight battle against San Sebastian, it was Javee Mocon who stabilized the fort for the Red Lions.Dropping yet another double-double performance, the hardworking forward’s efforts kept the Red Lions’ winning streak alive and extend it to 10 after pulling off a 76-65 win over the Golden Stags.Robert Bolick may be the undoubtful leader of San Beda, but it also has Mocon to rely on in endgames.(3) Jerome Garcia – F, EAC Generals27 points (6/12 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal (1) MJ Ayaay – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AMJ Ayaay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Topex Robinson has been stressing it all season that Lyceum is more than just a CJ Perez team.And this past week, the man the Pirates refer to as their glue guy stepped forward and came through.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-PBA veteran Cris Bolado dies in road crash in Cambodia MOST READ Performances like these are expected from Calisaan, but just like Salado, the supporting cast must deliver, especially for San Sebastian which is just on the outside looking in at the Final Four picture with a 5-6 card. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College just can’t catch a break.After Hamadou Laminou tore his ACL, it was starting forward Juju Bautista who went down with a shoulder injury.Luckily for EAC, Jerome Garcia went on a blaze against Mapua, drilling six treys on his way to a career-high 27 points and help the Generals take an 85-72 victory.Odds may not be on EAC’s favor, but with players like Garcia stepping up, the Generals’ Final Four dreams remain alive.(4) Edward Dixon – F, St. Benilde Blazers21 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AEdward Dixon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way to silence St. Benilde’s doubters.After winning the first game due to technicality, the Blazers made sure there won’t be any questions asked this time, taking the convincing 83-55 rout of Perpetual. Rain once again wiped away one NCAA gameday this past week, but fortunately for hoop fans, action resumed right away.And with the sun shining, all 10 teams got a piece of the action as the race to the Final Four just gets tougher and tougher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLyceum averted disaster, San Beda and San Sebastian fought a tough battle in a potential Final Four preview, and College of St. Benilde played to its full potential and to possibly play a possible spoiler for semifinal-dreaming squads.But again, the games are won and lost by heroes and these are the best players of the past week. Last Week: 6Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano guard Kent Salado was on his way to being the biggest villain for Lyceum.Seeking to put the first dent in the Pirates’ seemingly impenetrable shield, the Chiefs banked on its speedy guard to take a 13-point lead.But the fourth quarter was an entirely different story, and though Salado still kept the fight going, it was just too much Lyceum, as Arellano’s roller coaster season continues.Salado’s herculean effort deserved another mention in this list, but his teammates need to step up with the Chiefs (4-7) are in danger of missing the Final Four after settling for a runner-up finish last season.(7) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5Controversy surrounded Michael Calisaan this week after San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez alleged him of being a dirty player, while San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya was quick to come to his defense.What’s undeniable, though, is the forward being the catalyst for the Golden Stags this season. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Edward Dixon was the one at the forefront of the fight, scattering 21 points and seven rebounds to shut out the Altas and sweep the season series.More importantly, it kept St. Benilde’s flickering hopes of making it to the Final Four after proving that it is capable of pulling off upsets like these.(5) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers15 points (2/6 3PT), 3 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 7Tey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may not be a stellar shooting night for Tey Teodoro, but he did enough for Jose Rizal University to eke out the 77-68 win over Letran.Leading the balanced attack for the Heavy Bombers, Teodoro’s decent showing did the trick as they swept their season series with the Knights, and more importantly, tighten their grip of the third place with a 7-4 card.JRU needs to claim more of these tight wins against its fellow middle-ranked teams if it wants to go smooth-sailing to the semifinals again. (6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges LATEST STORIES View comments
Fancy a pair of comfy, SpongeBob pants? Beware, for it can cost you your job.A footballer from Iran’s national team has been suspended for six months from domestic competition after a picture of him wearing “a pair of SpongeBob SquarePants trousers” made it to the social media.Sosha Makani, a 29-year-old goalkeeper with Tehran’s Persepolis club, faced retribution as “the committee in charge of policing the morality of Iran’s football federation” found his bright yellow pants ‘inappropriate’.”Sosha suspended for six months because of yellow trousers,” Iranian sports news agency Varzesh3 reported.SpongeBob trousers earn Iranian goalkeeper Sosha Makani 6-month ban. https://t.co/sV1YldqiRY pic.twitter.com/j9l29c1hQB theScore (@theScore) June 8, 2016Makani had another brush with the authorities earlier this year when he posted pictures of himself with women not wearing the compulsory hijab. He was temporarily jailed for that.SpongeBob and feminism a big no-noThis is not the first time the appearance of a celebrity stirred fury among extremists in Iran.Last month, a feminist tattoo spotted on the arm of Iranian actor Taraneh Alidoosti bothered them so much that they wanted her banned from screens.#TaranehAlidoosti vs. misogyny in IranUsing just her arm, a microphone, and barrels of courage. pic.twitter.com/FXxtX6YeoC (((Amanda Foreman))) (@DrAmandaForeman) June 2, 2016So, the moral of the story: Just like you can be in trouble for making movies that promote drug awareness, you can also be in trouble for promoting ‘women power’ and wearing SpongeBob Squarepant’s pants.advertisement
For the first time in its over 50 years history, the ITBP is raising and deploying a mechanised column of power vehicles and machines to speedily mobilise troops along the Sino-India border in case of Chinese military transgressions and Doklam-like standoffs.The decision to raise such a military-style combat wing in the paramilitary was taken after the Union home ministry recently approved deployment of snow scooters at all the high-altitude border outposts of the mountain-warfare trained force along the 3,488-km long frontier it guards.A senior home ministry official told PTI on the condition of anonymity that the mechanised column of the force will comprise over 250 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snow scooters, excavators and few other medium-lift four-wheeled vehicles.WHY ITBP NEEDS MECHANISED COLUMN?While the army has the mechanised infantry, it was essential to have a mechanised column in the border guarding force as it secures this border in peace times and will bear the first onslaught in case of a war or a conflict, the official said explaining the rationale for the latest move.Till now, only the Border Security Force under the home ministry, that guards the Indo-Pak border, had an artillery unit and some mechanised components to aid it.A proposal to raise a full-fledged mechanised column under the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force was moved by the forces headquarters here sometime back, the official said, with the force Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda making a specific presentation to the ministry in this context.advertisementThe about 90,000-personnel force has sanctions to procure about 150 SUVs for high-altitude deployment, out of which it has about five dozen already deployed, half-a-dozen snow scooters and few excavators to clear snow-bound passes and landslide-prone border tracks.A senior ITBP official said many more such vehicles and machines, including anti-skid ATVs, will be procured by the force in the next few months.MORE VIGIL AT CHINA BORDERThe force has about 30 border posts above the height of 15,000 feet and some 50 such posts above 12,000 feet and the home ministry has accorded sanctions to the ITBP to have at least one snow scooter at each of these frontier bases.The force has also been given sanctions to upgrade its firepower by modernising the support weapons like 81mm mortars, he added.”Sanctions have already been accorded to procure modern machines and vehicles for the force.So, apart from expeditiously completing the construction of China border roads in the wake of Doklam-like incidents and transgressions, the government has decided to strengthen the assets and strength of the both the army and the ITBP, the first line of defence on the Line of Actual Control (LAC),” the home ministry official said.The defence ministry had recently decided to significantly enhance infrastructure along this border including around the areas of dispute with the Chinese forces.The decision was taken at the Army’s commanders conference which extensively deliberated on the Doklam face-off with China besides analysing all possible security challenges on the northern border.The ITBP, as part of bolstering its capabilities to effectively secure this border, had last year procured over six dozen SUVs and sent them to far-flung border areas for patrol and transportation of troops and had similarly procured five snow scooters early this year.The force was raised in 1962 in the aftermath of the Chinese aggression.
India’s pace attack in Test cricket is regarded as one of the best at the moment. India’s pace battery includes Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur.This Indian pace attack has it in them to take 20 wickets overseas and the fast bowlers enjoyed a successful three-match Test tour of South Africa in January.India’s fast bowlers picked up 50 of 60 wickets in the three matches in South Africa and will once be in focus during the five-match Test series in England starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.Former India pacer Ashish Nehra has analysed the Indian fast bowling unit and expects them to be on top of their game in England.Ravi Shastri promises surprises from India’s ‘flexible’ batting line-upNehra said Shami will have to work hard on his fitness and must take good care of his knee.”Fitness. He has had a bad knee. He has not played a lot of cricket recently, including in the IPL. The captain also has to look after Shami. He is not like Ishant [Sharma], who can give you an eight or nine-over spell. Shami can be given six to seven overs in the first spell and then a short burst of four to five overs, where he bowls all out,” Nehra told ESPNCricinfo.Indian bowling attack suited for all conditions, reckons Darren GoughIshant Sharma is making his third tour of England and has happy memories. His experience will be important and in absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar he will have to shoulder the reasonability.advertisementIshant has played 7 matches in England and has pocketed 25 wickets. His career best bowling figures of 7/74 was also record in England when he bounced out the home team’s batsmen in India’s historic victory at the Lord’s in 2014.Nehra wants Ishant to be more “consistent” and must “alter his length” according to the pitch and conditions.”Consistency. I know he is a workhorse and the captain will look to him for long spells, but he has to be careful not to burn out. He should be able to tell the captain [if he is] being overused. Also, he needs to focus on not giving runs. If he is not picking up wickets, no problem.”I completely understand that he has that length, which is really short. But he should be able to alter that length a little bit, according to the pitch, according to the batsman,” Nehra said.India lose crucial practice session before 1st Test vs EnglandBumrah will be available for selection from the second Test onwards. He made his debut in the first Test in South Africa earlier this year but after a nervy start he looked like a pro from the second Test.”His X-factor is his action. If you haven’t played him much, it is not easy to pick him. He has pace and the ball comes a lot quicker than you think. Out of the lot of Indian fast bowlers he has the best yorker. He should look to use the bouncer as a surprise weapon,” he said.
Google launched its budget smartphones – the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL – during its annual developer conference, Google I/O 2019, last week. And now, nearly a week after their launch, the two newly launched Pixel smartphones are going on sale in India for the first time. Interested buyers can head to Flipkart to get their hands on the newly launched Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL smartphones. The two devices cost Rs 39,999 and Rs 44,999 in India.Interestingly, both Flipkart and Google are offering interesting deals on the purchase of the newly launched Pixel smartphones. For starters, Flipkart is offering up to Rs 4,000 off on the purchase of the Pixel 3a or the Pixel 3a XL smartphone via HDFC bank debit or credit cards or on using HDFC bank cards for EMI transactions. In addition to this, interested buyers can get up to Rs 3,000 off on exchanging their old smartphones with a new Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL smartphone.Customers can also purchase the newly launched Pixel smartphones using no-cost EMIs for a span of up to 6 months via Bajaj Finserv and all major credit and debit cards. And Flipkart Plus customers can get Rs 1,000 off on redeeming 20 Flipkart Coins at the time of purchasing the Pixel smartphone.But the good news doesn’t right there as Google, as a part of the launch offer is giving three months of YouTube Music Premium subscription, which we had reviewed back in March, for free. This means that Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL users will get a three-month long access to YouTube’s vast catalogue of music videos, audio songs, covers and concerts in an ad-free format for free. And in case you don’t like the experience, Flipkart is giving users a chance to exchange their Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL smartphones within three months of purchase at a 90 per cent return value.advertisementIf you aren’t sure as to the features the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL smartphones offer, here’s a quick guide for you. The Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a smartphones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor and they sport 4GB RAM with 64GB storage space. The two smartphones run on Android 9.0 Pie and have a 12.2MP camera with a Dual Pixel Sony IMX 363 sensor at the back and an 8MP camera at the front. It is worth nothing that the camera sensor on the Pixel 3a smartphones is the same as that present on the Google Pixel 3 smartphones. During our initial review of the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL, they performed spectacularly well while capturing low-light shots, showing no sign of distortion or noise.The two smartphones worked without a hitch for most parts during my initial assessement. In addition to this, the two Pixel smartphones come with an 18W USB-C power adapter with support for fast charging.The only difference between the two smartphones is that of the battery and the display. While the Pixel 3a comes with a 5.6-inch full HD+ gOLED display and 3,000mAh battery, the Pixel 3a XL comes with a 6.0-inch full HD+ gOLED display and 3,700mAh battery. So, if you are looking for a great camera phone that doesn’t burn a 60K or 70K large hole in your pocket, Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL smartphones are a great buy.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL quick review: Best of Pixel at relatively affordable pricesALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL launched at I/O 2019, on sale from May 15 with price starting from Rs 39,999ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL to go on sale in India on May 15
The US showed why they are regarded as the premier side in women’s soccer, defeating host nation France 2-1 to claim a spot in the semi-finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.As she did in the quarter-final against Spain, Megan Rapinoe on Friday scored both goals for the Americans, who have never failed to reach the final four of a competition they have won three times, most recently in 2015, reports Efe news.A near-capacity crowd of more than 45,000 people were in the stands at Parc des Princes on a sweltering night in Paris for the most-anticipated match-up of the 2019 championship and the contest did not disappoint.Unexpectedly, given their talent, the US ceded the initiative to the French, who had more than 60 per cent possession and outshot the Americans 20-10.But while France had more of the ball, the US were more effective and took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, when Rapinoe threaded a free-kick through a forest of legs.Getting the early goal allowed the US to fall back and await chances on the counter for speedy forwards Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.France, after being held without a shot in the first half, created some nervous moments for the US over the course of roughly 20 minutes following the re-start.Eugenie Le Sommer shot wide with US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher on the deck in the 57th minute and Valerie Gauvin had a chance a few minutes later, though her weak header that posed no real test for the American netminder.advertisementAnd just as France were hitting their stride, Rapinoe got her second of the night, converting a pass from Tobin Heath to put the US up 2-0 in the 65th minute.The French battled on and cut the deficit to one goal in the 82nd minute, when Wendie Renaud headed-in off a set piece, prompting US coach Jill Ellis to send in two defensive-minded subs to put the match to bed.The US will face England on July 2 in the first semi-final.Also Read | AC Milan banned from 2019-20 Europa League for FFP breach, confirms CASAlso Read | Copa America: Brazil reach semis with shootout win over ParaguayAlso See
Updated 3:44pm 7/9/18Governor Ray will lay in state at the Iowa Capitol building Thursday afternoon and evening.A brief ceremony will occur at 5 p.m. when he will be brought into the first floor Rotunda by Iowa Air and Army Guard troops, Iowa State Troopers, and the Des Moines Police.Security checkpoints will be utilized and citizens will be able to pass by Governor Ray’s casket and pay their respects between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.The funeral for Governor Ray will be held Friday at the First Christian Church at 25th and University in Des Moines, near Drake University where Ray also served as president.The service will begin at 1 p.m. and be live streamed.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311 or at https://alumni.drake.edu/RayCenterSupport.You may also leave your remembrance of Governor Ray on The Ray Center website at http://raycenter.wp.drake.edu/guestbook/——————————————————————Robert D. Ray, Iowa’s 38th governor, died Sunday morning in Des Moines at age 89.David Oman, Ray’s former chief of staff, says Ray was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and died peacefully of natural causes.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/GOVRAY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………Drake University. ;13Ray was elected governor in 1968 and re-elected four times.Ken Quinn also worked in Ray’s office and credits him for being at the forefront to help refugees from the Vietnam War:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/GOVRAY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..live in freedom. ;24Governor Ray is survived by his wife Billie, three daughters and eight grandchildren.Plans for celebrating the life of Robert Ray will be announced later.Updated 10:20am 7/9/18 Radio Iowa—————————————————Robert D. Ray, Iowa’s 38th governor, died Sunday morning in Des Moines at age 89.David Oman, Ray’s former chief of staff, says Ray was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and died peacefully of natural causes.Ray was elected governor in 1968 and re-elected four times, serving a total of 14 years.He later served as CEO of two insurance firms.In the late 1990s, Ray was acting mayor of Des Moines and then president of Drake University.Gov. Ray is survived by his wife Billie, three daughters and eight grandchildren.Plans for celebrating the life of Gov. Ray will be announced later.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City police say a Canadian woman remains in very critical condition a day after a speeding car slammed into pedestrians in Times Square in what authorities said was a deliberate attack.Assistant chief William Aubry says the 38-year-old woman is among seven people still in hospital following the incident in which a teenage tourist was killed and almost two dozen other people injured.Authorities have provided no further details about the Canadian.Aubry says three others remain in critical condition with head injuries, while a fourth person was being treated for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis.A prosecutor says the driver, who faces felony murder charges for plowing into the pedestrians on the sidewalks, told authorities he wanted to “kill them all” and that police should have shot him to stop him.Police say the man, Richard Rojas, 26, also told responding officers Thursday after he crashed his Honda Accord into protective barriers that he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP — also known as angel dust.Officials were awaiting toxicology results, though police said Rojas “had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady,” during his arrest, according to the complaint.Rojas, wearing the same red T-shirt and jeans he was wearing when he was arrested, appeared subdued during a brief court appearance Friday where prosecutors detailed a felony murder charge. He didn’t enter a plea.His lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment. He’s due back in court next week.Authorities said Rojas drove from the Bronx to Times Square, where he sped into the bustling Crossroads of the World, hitting nearly two dozen people on the sidewalk before steel security barriers finally stopped him.Alyssa Elsman, 18, a tourist from Portage, Mich., was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was injured.Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, S.C. They don’t indicate why.He spent his final months in the navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., before being discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a navy official said.
It’s an oil and gas forecast that has long been seen as an economic barometer for Calgary, Alberta and to a larger extent Canada. Late Tuesday, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) revealed they expect 7,000 wells to be drilled in the coming year, almost 4,000 of them will be in Alberta. President and CEO Mark Salkeld says investors are concerned, more needs to done to reassure them about the energy sector. Until we can get our oil to tide water, Salkeld says we’ll see more crude being shipped by rail. “We’ll definitely see an increase in movement of oil by rail, we’ll do everything it takes to get our oil offshore to other markets, I mean we’re missing on the world price because we only have one customer,” he said. Despite its woes, Ben Brunnen with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the sector is doing its fair share to help the Canadian economy. “It (forecast) is a good thing in the sense that we see some stability, some predictability and it’s an indication that going forward from an economic perspective, we’ll continue on the same trajectory,” said Brunnen. Although those figures are slightly higher than last year, 7,900 wells is still 30 per cent below figures we saw in 2014.
APTN National NewsAfter battling with a Manitoba First Nation over a road to link the community, the Harper government is now committing, in principle, to linking Shoal Lake 40 to the rest of the world.The announcement came after a former Conservative MP spoke out in favour of the road.APTN’s Dennis Ward email@example.com
The Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (SAFE) stoves initiative organized by the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN agencies, will be rolled out next year to reach eventually up to 6 million refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees in 36 nations, where they are forced to walk further and further into the bush into unsafe areas to collect firewood.“Women and girls should not have to risk their lives and dignity, and precious trees should not be lost, in the simple act of trying to cook food for their families,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said. “The SAFE stoves launch will help protect them and the environment with practical and urgently needed solutions.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the project at an event in Copenhagen held on the sidelines of the UN climate change talks.He described the initiative as showing “a virtuous circle in action, thanks to technology – environmental protection… improved safety for women… access to clean energy for the poor… enhanced climate security.”The project “is a simple, inexpensive and win-win solution… [that will] provide immediate, tangible benefits to their users,” he added.WFP researchers have found that some women spend a full day’s wages on firewood alone. Others sell off food rations to purchase fuel. The SAFE project will scale up distribution of fuel-efficient and “improved mud” stoves to assist almost 100,000 women in North Darfur. These stoves consume less firewood and lower health risks associated with smoke.In Uganda, WFP will focus on refugees and pastoralists in the drought-hit Karamoja region. It will provide more than 35,000 households and 50 schools with fuel-efficient stoves, as well as helping women to find other sources of income.Project partners include the Women’s Refugee Commission, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment programme (UNEP). 16 December 2009The United Nations today launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to some 150,000 women in Sudan and Uganda to cut the risks of murder, rape and other violence they face in gathering firewood, while at the same time protecting the environment.
“They constitute a significant step towards genuine reconciliation and political devolution for Sri Lankans, something New Zealand has been encouraging. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the Sri Lankan Government’s announcement it will establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help the country recover from its decades-long civil war.“New Zealand welcomes the measures announced by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week,” McCully said in a statement. “The policies announced, such as establishing an office to assist people who lost family members in the civil war and negotiating a new Constitution that reflects Sri Lanka’s ethnic and religious diversity, demonstrate a serious and constructive approach to resolving some of the most challenging issues facing the country. “We expect these measures will help reconciliation and devolution, particularly among Tamil communities in the North and East of the country,” McCully said.
The oil outlook became slightly gloomier, Tuesday morning, as world markets traded crude below $43 per barrel, for the first time since August, 2016.One Canadian economist said a sustained 10-month low would not help short term oil confidence in Alberta.“Frankly, Canada is a bit of the story here,” BMO Chief Economist, Doug Porter told 660 NEWS. “There is an underlying strength in Canadian production and it looks to actually increase over the next couple of years.”There were several factors at play: global oversupply, a June OPEC deal, and rebounding Canadian production. “I think there are some concerns that the OPEC deal might, or OPEC’s resolve could weaken as we continue to see relentless gains in U.S. production and at least a temporary bulge in inventories,” Porter qualified. “In the wake of the OPEC deal, which the market gave a bit of a thumbs down to,” Porter explained, “in the last week, we’ve see that weakness accelerate.”“With oil prices retreating again, this could deliver a bit of a blow to Alberta, just as it looked like there was some light in the tunnel for the province,” he said, referencing the apparent rebound from 2016 woes.And, while the Tuesday tumble was noticeable, it is not a complete dimming of the light at the end of that tunnel. Porter said time would provide the best perspective. “If [oil] actually does break below $40 [per barrel] for more than, you know, a day or two, I think that’s going to ring some alarm bells,” he admitted, reminding market watchers, that hasn’t happened yet. “If it stays in the low $40s for, let’s say, a month, I think it does change the conversation, somewhat.”Until now, the conversation had been quite positive. “The latest consensus I saw, among Wall Street forecasters, was for an average oil price in the mid to high $50s, for 2018,” the economist confirmed. Porter said sustained low trading would lend to maintaining low Bank of Canada interest rates, and has added to a decline in the Canadian dollar. STOCK PHOTO/FREEIMAGES.COM AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tanya Blakney Posted Jun 20, 2017 10:07 am MDT Oil dips below $43 per barrel, marking 10-month low
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRockstone tragedy: Body of uncle still missingOctober 31, 2017In “latest news”Preparations moving apace for eighth Rockstone Fish FestivalOctober 19, 2013In “Local News”Heart-breaking search continues for T&T girl, step-dadAugust 8, 2016In “latest news” …during outing at Fish FestivalThe 12th annual Rockstone Fish Festival ended abruptly on Sunday following the death of a teenager and her uncle who are suspected to have drowned in the vicinity of Golden Beach in Region 10.Dead are 13-year-old Yasha Prince of Bagostown, East Bank Demerara and 50-year-old Gavin Moses who resided on the West Coast of Demerara.The 13-year-old was celebrating her birthday and travelled to the fish festival to celebrate with her family. Moses celebrated his birthday on Saturday.Based on reports received, upon spending some time at the fish festival, the now dead teenager and her uncle along with other relatives boarded a private boat at the Rockstone waterway and travelled to the Golden Beach to take a swim. The golden beach is near Rockstone.After about an hour on the beach, Prince and two cousins including Thalia Clarke were diving in the water and suddenly drifted in the deeper part of the river.Clarke told this news entity that after she realise Prince and her sister were going into the water she went to assist but only managed to save her. She explained that after she raised an alarm, her uncle, Gavin Moses came to assist but after pushing Prince onto shore, he went down and was still missing up to late this evening (Sunday).A scene Sunday afternoon at the Rockstone Fish Festival after news spread of the drowning“We try to do CPR but she was already dead…We rolled her over and start press her stomach but she remained motionless”, Clarke said.Her uncle, she noted, reportedly called out to some guys who were close by but they were unresponsive. She is of the brief that if the guys had come to their assistance, they would have managed to save the duo.The girl’s body being removed from the sceneAnthony English, another patron who was at the beach said he heard the screams and went to assist but as he was doing so, the now missing man held on to him and was pulling him down into the water and as such, he had no alternative but to save himself.He said that the teenager was already dead but the man never made it to shore. A health worker at the scene explained that she was at Rockstone water front when she received the message of the unfortunate incident.She, along with members of the Rockstone Tourism authority and police ranks, rushed to the area where she saw Prince in a motionless state and upon checking, there was no pulse.However, the body of the teenager was taken to the Linden Hospital Complex where doctors confirm her death.
Modular Mining Systems’ DISPATCH® 6 Fleet Management system (FMS) has been chosen to replace the current Leica/Jigsaw system at Asarco Mission mine. Mission mine is part of the Mission Complex, which also contains the Eisenhower, Pima, Mineral Hill, and South San Xavier properties, and North San Xavier mine, in Sahuarita, Arizona.In operation since 1961 and with a reserve life extending to 2033, the Mission open-pit copper mine reported copper concentrate production of 133.9 Mlb for 2014.In conjunction with the DISPATCH 6 FMS, Mission will implement Modular’s ProVision® 3 Machine Guidance solution for drills, shovels and loaders. To augment the capabilities of the FMS, the mine has also selected the Prestart, Blending, Lineup Management, Fuel Service, Crusher, Water Truck, and Speed Management, add-on modules. The technologies will be used on nearly 40 trucks, drills, shovels, loaders, and auxiliary units.“We are eager to apply Modular’s proven, integrated technology to reduce our cost per tonne mined and price per pound produced during these trying times,” said Bjorn Meyer, Mine Manager at Mission. “Longer term, we see many opportunities to participate in the development and testing of Modular products.”The mine, located in close proximity to Modular’s headquarters and the proving grounds operated by Modular’s parent company, Komatsu, will also become an instrumental development site for Modular.“Modular has a long-standing relationship with Asarco and Grupo Mexico, and we are excited about expanding the relationship to the Mission mine,” said Greg Lanz, General Manager, North America, at Modular. “The proximity to Tucson will allow us to conduct real-world testing, providing us valuable customer feedback and insights into the deployability, usability, and supportability of our products,” he added.The simultaneous commissioning of the DISPATCH FMS and ProVision 3 solution is slated to begin in mid-2016.
MINISTER OF STATE Kathleen Lynch was questioned this afternoon on last night’s decision to axe the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant and replace them with an as-yet-undecided alternative.During topical issues in the Dáil, Deputies Billy Kelleher and Caomhghín Ó Caoláin both questioned the Minister on the decision, with Ó Caoláin saying he believed “the only conclusion to be drawn is this is another cutback by another name”.Kelleher said:When I hear the Department of Health saying they will ringfence funding, you know, it strikes fear into me. Because last year we were given a commitment that mental health funding was ringfenced and it wasn’t, it was snaffled and put into the budgetKelleher added:If the best brains in the Department of Health couldn’t come up with it in two years, you are now asking an independent review to come up with a solution in four months. It’s a heartless cut, Minister.Lynch said the issue should have been dealt with long ago.DisappointedSeán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said they are “hugely disappointed” and they are demanding that the new scheme to be put in place will allow equal access to all sectors of society where a need has been assessed.A figure of between €170 – €300million has been quoted in order to allow access to the scheme to over 65s. We’re unclear as to how these figures were arrived at, as this would equate to approximately 100,000 older people applying for the scheme, which we completely reject. We work with hundreds of older people on a daily basis and are aware of only two or three people in receipt of this allowance.Concluding, he commented: “What we’re hearing is that there is a slightly ageist agenda, and we’re calling on government to allow all those who are assessed as having a need, no matter what age, to have access to the scheme.”Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea TD, says the news is “another slap in the face for the most vulnerable”.The Center for Independent Living said it is appalled at the announcement. Michael McCabe, chairperson of Center for Independent Living, described it as “an absolutely outrageous attack on the rights of people with disabilities and flies in the face of the National Disability Strategy”.He said that “instead of accommodating the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community this will lead to greater exclusion and isolation especially for those living in rural areas”.Read: ‘Every other option was illegal’ – Minister defends disability payments cut>Read: ‘A sick bureaucratic monster’ – Department slammed after disability payments axed> What should have happened was the scheme should have been allowed to continue for time being, and an independent review group would have been set up to come up with the solutions to the problems…
Science fiction (and anime!) has been teaching us about mechs for roughly, ever. Generally, they’re a huge exoskeletal rig that a human sits in the chest or head cavity of while piloting it, which makes them a little inconceivable to build in current times. However, perhaps the most iconic mech, the Power Loader from Aliens, is the most conceivable based on its size. Panasonic subsidiary Activelink is developing a power amplification exoskeleton, also called the Power Loader, which can freely use power beyond human strength.In Aliens, the Power Loader isn’t too large or cumbersome, though it is bigger than Activelink’s backpack-with-arms-and-legs unit. The concept behind the unit isn’t quite revolutionary, in that it uses sensors to notice a human’s force input, then uses its motors to match the human’s intent with machine strength. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Basically, you make a lifting motion, and the Power Loader makes the same motion, except with its superior machine strength.Activelink’s goal is to make Power Loader something that a pilot gets into, rather than wears, though after watching the video of a pilot wearing the backpack-style unit, I feel there might be some semantics to argue over.So far, the developers say the Power Loader is capable of carrying around 110 to 132lbs (50 to 60kg), but can still move with agility with the help of motors placed in the unit’s legs, knees, and hips. One of the arms in development can carry 66lbs (30kg). Activelink is also considering a much larger version of the unit, which looks much more like the Power Loader from James Cameron’s movie.Like all amazing technology that makes us feel like we’re living in a movie, there isn’t any solid release date, but I can only hope we’ll be fighting murderous aliens while wearing big robot arms sometime soon.via DigInfo
http://jrnl.ie/3450374 Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 11:10 AM Jun 18th 2017, 11:10 AM 34,345 Views Share50 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee 22 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Associate of murdered gang leader David Byrne arrested as gardaí foil gangland murder Armed gardaí became suspicious when a car tried to avoid their checkpoint. AN ASSOCIATE OF murdered Kinahan gang leader David Byrne has been arrested as gardaí stopped what they believed to be an attempt on the life of a senior member of the Hutch gang.While carrying out a checkpoint in the North Strand area of the north inner city on Friday night, gardaí became suspicious of car in the area which was subsequently stopped and searched.This led to the search of another car nearby from which a handgun was recovered. One of the cars contained balaclavas, a loaded Glock handgun and a container of petrol.Officers believe the men were targeting a senior member of the Hutch gang who lives nearby as retaliation for the murder of Michael Keogh who was shot dead in his car on Dorset Street earlier this month.AttackThe homes of James Gately and the now de-facto leader of the Hutch gang were within a kilometre of the arrests. Gately has already survived an attack on his life. He was shot a number of times as he sat in a filling station car park in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, last month.One of the arrested men, a 24-year-old from the northside is known to gardaí for minor crimes. He is seen as a hired hand who now has links to one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine and heroin in the Glasnevin, Ballymun and Finglas areas.An attack on the Hutch gang was imminent, according to well-placed sources. However, they expect another attempt in the coming days.Gardaí believe that there are at least 24 members of the extended Hutch family who are at a serious risk of retaliation from the Kinahan cartel following the murder of Michael Keogh.TargetsThat number includes women who are believed to have nothing to do with the feud itself but happen to be related to targets of the Kinahan gang.Some innocent people, who have attempted to change their surname, have already fled the area.While there are 24 Hutches at risk, this does not take into account their partners or older children who could also find themselves in harm’s way.Gardaí fear the Kinahan’s retaliation will be as quick and severe as it was following the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016.The exodus of potential targets from the north inner city is also becoming a headache for officers who are trying to keep track of their movements.Read: Man shot dead in Dublin was accused of ‘burning out homes of Hutch family members’ > Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie