UPDATE – RCMP search for Grande Prairie missing teen

first_imgPhoto:  Grande Prairie RCMP have released this photo of Gabriela Cervantes – Submitted If you know any information about the disappearance of Gabriela Cervantes,  please call Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at (780)830-5700, or if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at http://www.tipsubmit.ca – Advertisement -**UPDATE:  The Grande Prairie RCMP say that Gabriela Cervantes was located Tuesday night by Desmarais RCMP. There is nothing suspicious nor criminal regarding her absence and police have concluded their investigation.center_img Grande Prairie RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15 year old Gabriela Cervantes who has been missing since July 23rd.Cervantes, a resident of Grande Prairie, was last seen taking the #6 City of Grande Prairie transit bus to the Cineplex Movie Theatre located at 10330 109 Street at 5:45 p.m. on July 23rd.  Cervantes was reportedly going to see a movie with a female friend she knows from school.  Her mother reported her missing on Saturday July 24th, after she didn’t return home from the movie theatre by 10:00 p.m. on the 23rd.Gabriela Cervantes is described as 160 cm (5’3″), 52 kg (115 lbs), black hair and brown eyes.  When last seen she was wearing grey shorts with vertical black stripes, a black tank top and carrying a small light green purse.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ronald Mukiibi renews contract at Ostasund

first_img Tags: OstasundRonald Mukiibitop Mukiibi in training with the Cranes recentlyUganda Cranes defender Ronald Mukiibi, has renewed his contract at Swedish top flight Ostersunds FK.Mukiibi will continue plieing his trade with the Swedish side on a 2 working contract until 2021.The official club website confirmed the development of his contract:“It has been a few days with much to think about. I will not lie, it was not an easy decision but i feel that i have made the right decision. Said Ronald Mukiibi via Ostasunds official website.The defender has been at Ostersunds FK since 2015.He joined them from BK Hacken, first on loan and a year later, joined Ostersunds officially.Ostersunds FK will be seen in action on Tuesday ahead of their game in the Svenska Cupen on 16th February 2019Comments last_img read more

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Cavan’s Cian Mackey thankful after locating Donegal girl he hit with stray shot

first_imgYou have to give it to Cian Mackey. In the wake of Cavan’s loss to Donegal in Clones last Sunday he took to Twitter to locate a young Donegal girl whom he accidentally struck with a stray football in the warm-up to the game.Cavan put up a spirited display in their 1-24 to 2-16 loss against Declan Bonner’s side and will be in the hat for tomorrow morning’s draw for Round 4 of all All-Ireland qualifiers, where they will take on Mayo, Tyrone, Laois or Clare for a place in the Super Eights. However, Mackey revealed on Twitter again yesterday that he had made touch with the family of you young girl and thanked everyone who helped him in his search. Cavan’s Cian Mackey thankful after locating Donegal girl he hit with stray shot was last modified: June 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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More Youth on Titan

first_imgHopes that Saturn’s giant moon Titan might have volcanoes just dropped.  A new paper in Icarus1 concludes Titan gets its geology from the outside, not the inside.  If confirmed, it implies all the surface features were created by wind, impacts and weather – not by active geology.  The hopeful cryovolcano announced last year (Sotra Facula, see 12/24/2010, bullet 12) was disputed by Moore and Pappalardo, authors of the new paper.  Titan may be a geologically dead world.    Titan’s atmosphere, however, remains a subject of intense interest.  Scientists were eager to visit Titan via Cassini because of its thick atmosphere of nitrogen and methane.  Because precipitation of methane and its byproducts was considered inevitable, astrobiologists were eager to find liquid as possible abodes for life.  Some proposed a global ocean several kilometers deep.  When the Huygens Probe landed in January 2005 with a thud on a moist but mostly dry lake bed, those hopes evaporated.    Planetary scientists have also had an age conundrum with Titan.  They know that the methane in the atmosphere is destroyed and converted to other compounds in a one-way process.  This puts strong upper limits on the age of the atmosphere – far less than the 4.5-billion-year age assumed for the solar system.  They had hoped that a reservoir of methane under the surface would be found to erupt in cryovolcanos to replenish the atmosphere.  The new paper casts doubt on that solution; see the Cassini press release for a summary of the findings, and also PhysOrg, Science Daily.    Instead of volcanoes, another possible large crater has been found.  The “ghost crater” reported by New Scientist is disputed by others.  The surprising dearth of volcanoes leads many planetary scientists to say they are quickly erased by erosion.  If it weren’t for the atmosphere, scientists expect Titan would look like Callisto, a dead moon orbiting Jupiter.    Another paper in press in Icarus analyzed Titan’s equatorial sand dunes.2  The longitudinal dunes, covering about 12.5% of the surface, were a surprise when discovered, because scientists were expecting large lakes or even a global ocean.  They had also doubted that the winds were strong enough at the surface to move particles around.  Dunes also exist on Mars, Venus, and of course, Earth, but on Titan, the average 300-foot-high dunes are nearly 3 km apart, getting farther apart at higher latitudes.  Unlike the silica sands on Earth, the particles in Titan’s dunes are thought to be composed of hydrocarbon dust and ice precipitated out of the atmosphere.  All together, they constitute the largest known reservoir of organics on Titan, because the combined area of dunes is about as large as the United States (Titan’s diameter is also about that size).    The dunes also impinge on theories of Titan’s age.  For one, they are among Titan’s most youthful features; for another, they indicate a lack of persistent liquid on Titan’s equator, even though liquid ethane should have been raining onto the surface throughout Titan’s history.  The presence of dunes implies that much of Titan is arid.  If spread out evenly over the globe, the particles in this largest reservoir of organics (larger than all the observed lakes combined) would doubtless fail to cover Titan with the predicted accumulation of hydrocarbons that must have been produced in the assumed 4.5-billion-year age of the moon.  “The dune distribution places constraints on Titan’s meteorology and geology,” the authors said.1.  Jeffrey M. Moore and Robert T. Pappalardo, “Titan: An Exogenic World?”, Icarus April 2011, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2011.01.019.2.  LeGall, Janssen et al., “Cassini SAR, radiometry, scatterometry and altimetry observations of Titan’s dune fields,” Icarus (article in press), doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2011.03.026.We are still discovering facts about Titan, so definitive conclusions are premature; however, enough is known to falsify many assumptions and predictions made by those who refuse to budge from their A.S.S. (age of the solar system, 4.5 billion years; see 02/19/2011).  They were wrong about a global ocean; they were wrong about huge lakes of liquid ethane; they were dumbfounded to find sand dunes; and now it appears they were wrong about active geology.    The upper limits on age appear to be growing stronger with time.  The puzzlement on their faces, and the silence about defending the consensus age, are tell-tale signs that their fascination with discovery is tempered by panic over looming destruction of favored beliefs about the age of the solar system (02/15/2008).  Titan may be the old-agers’ Titanic.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA invests in ‘FabLabs’

first_img7 August 2007South Africa has set aside R16-million to establish 10 Fabrication Laboratories, also known as “FabLabs”, around the country, providing disadvantaged communities with opportunities in the design, testing and fabrication process.FabLabs are a state-of-the-art resource venue aimed at promoting cutting-edge design, product development and process technologies for crafters and designers.Speaking at the launch of the Northern Cape FabLab in Kimberley this Monday, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Derek Hanekom said the facility was a hands-on laboratory with advanced desktop manufacturing equipment that allows for the building of “just about anything” from inexpensive and readily available materials.“Skills include design, fabrication, testing and debugging, monitoring and analysis and documentation of the process,” he said, adding that they were the brainchild of the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Centre of Bits and Atoms.The department is rolling out FabLabs nationally through its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) implementation unit, which is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).The AMTS unit has in turn entered into partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Centre of Bits and Atoms, the founders of the concept, to roll out 10 FabLabs across South Africa.Other FabLabs around the country are located at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, in Soshanguve (north of Pretoria), Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Potchefstroom in the North West province.Access to technologyAccording to Hanekom, the launch of such FabLabs across the country will put the country further along on the path towards achieving growth targets to accomplish the full impact of the infrastructure.He said it was important to make communities aware of the support and services available at the FabLabs, as they not only offer access to technology, but there is staff assistance in the development of design ideas, while there is fee applicable for users, opening up numerous possibilities to crafters and innovative designers.There are currently FabLabs in various countries around the world such as India, Costa Rica and Ghana to developed nations such as Norway.“The FabLab programme is a strategic intervention which provides appropriate skills development and infrastructure for entrepreneurs to develop new products that can be tested and modified in the market place according to customer needs,” Hanekom said.With regard to the establishment of the Northern Cape Fablab, he said there was the potential for not only job creation, but also the development of competitive small enterprises, the provision of enabling infrastructure for innovators and most importantly skills development.“Many of the young learners who have visited our FabLabs in the other four provinces have used the fabrication tools to develop many useful products,” Hanekom said.“These include a community based alarm system to warn fellow neighbours in distress, the alarm also indicates their location to enable emergency services easy access. There was also a disposable and affordable thermometer which can be used by anyone at home and disposed of without the hazardous risk associated with mercury based thermometers.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Street Child Cup kicks off in SA

first_imgMore than 70 teenagers from variouscountries are gathered in Durban toplay football. A girl playing football in the streets ofManagua, Nicaragua’s capital.(Images: Street Child World Cup)MEDIA CONTACTS• Joe HewittMedia LiaisonStreet Child World [email protected]• Umthombo+27 31 337 [email protected] ARTICLES• Boost for school football• Nestlé nurtures future footballers• SA’s children get football fever• Football for Hope to unite SABongani NkosiMore than 70 homeless teenagers from across the world have been given a chance to flex their football skills in Durban, South Africa, in the inaugural Deloitte Street Child World Cup.The week-long tournament, which kicked off at the Durban University of Technology on 15 March, features a series of seven-a-side indoor matches between street children from South Africa, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Brazil, Ukraine, India, Vietnam, the UK and Philippines.The teams are mixed, with boys and girls playing together, and the winning squad will take home an impressive trophy.Opening group stage matches have already created fireworks: in one game the South African team, represented by the Umthombo Football Club, beat Ukraine 4-1, while the skilful Brazilians were defeated by the indefatigable Tanzanian squad 2-0 in another.The tournament was initiated by UK human rights organisation Amos Trust. Umthombo, an NGO working with street children in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is facilitating it.Events like these are a good way to reach out to children living on the streets, said Umthombo CEO Tom Hewitt. “The tournament is fantastic. It celebrates the potential of street children.”Hewitt has been impressed by the participants’ talent so far. “Nicaragua is not known for football, but those children playing in the competition are quite incredible,” Hewitt said. “The Brazilian team is also fantastic … people are excited for it.”The youngsters are thrilled to be taking part in such a competition, he added. They received a warm welcome when they arrived in Durban, with locals staging a traditional Zulu-style carnival for them.The Street Child World Cup is meant to, among other things, create a platform for the youngsters to share experiences of their respective countries, said Joe Hewitt, the tournament’s head of media.SA ideal host for first CupThe plan is to hold future street child games in countries hosting major sporting events, such as world cups and the Olympics. It’s fitting that the inaugural tournament is staged in South Africa in 2010 to coincide with the Fifa World Cup here.“The Fifa World Cup is something that should be for all. These children should be involved in it in some way,” said Joe Hewitt. They should be given a special opportunity to be involved as flag bearers and ball crew members, he added.“The Deloitte Street Child World Cup demonstrates the tremendous potential of every single child, and especially street children, who are so often treated as less than human,” said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in a statement. “I am proud that the first ever Street Child World Cup will take place in South Africa …”Tutu is one of a number of influential personalities who have endorsed the Cup. Others include AC Milan and England midfielder David Beckham, Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Filipino professional boxer Manny Pacquiao.“I am delighted that the first Street Child World Cup will take place in South Africa where I know there is a huge passion for football. No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights,” said Ferguson, who has visited South Africa a number of times with his team to play Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the annual Vodacom Challenge tournament.Taking children off Durban’s streets Umthombo, formerly known as the Durban Street Team, has been working on the streets of the coastal city since 1998. The organisation runs various projects to help homeless children – these include a mobile health clinic, mentoring schemes and a community reintegration programme.The organisation does not believe in putting street children in institutions, but rather tries to reunite them with their families. Tom Hewitt said it’s been encouraging to note the growing number of children who have been returned to their homes.“There are fewer kids on the streets of Durban this year compared to last year,” he said. “The children are able to reintegrate into family life.”The Street Child World Cup helps remind the public that there are homeless youngsters across the world, not just in South Africa, Joe Hewitt said. “It shows that this is a global problem. There are countries bigger than South Africa that still have the problem.”This year’s participants will also attend the Street Child World Cup Indaba in Durban from 20 to 22 March. With themes such as home, safety and health, the youngsters will shares stories and discuss future aspirations with each other.last_img read more

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AJ Baltes, Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finally got some rain. Early last week we got 1.75 inches and I heard anywhere from 2.5 inches down to .75-inch rains around here. It came down pretty hard for the first 1.25 inches and we got the other half inch in two other rains after that, so it had a little time to soak in.The rain will help finish up the early-planted stuff and really help the late-planted stuff. We have corn that is anywhere from full dent to still filling out kernels yet. I had a customer do some chopping last week before the rain and it was yielding really well for him.In some areas, the dry weather got pretty bad and in other areas it still looks pretty nice. Some of the later stuff will still be determined by the fall and how late of a frost we get. I am going to look at some more corn tonight we are going to be chopping and they said it looks pretty good.We saw a little northern corn leaf blight when we were looking at fields, but not as much as what we normally get. There is a little disease in the beans here and there but nothing major and there was some insect leaf feeding but not anything that will hurt yields. Overall, stuff looks pretty good but it really will be hard to tell until the combines get in the fields, especially the beans.The beans that we first planted are just starting to turn color and get a little yellow in them. They should be finishing the pods out. The later beans were flowered before this rain with just a few pods at the bottom, so I am hoping the rain will get more pods on them and get them filled out.There are more chances for rain on Sunday and through next week. It is Fair week, so we will probably get rain at least one day I would think. Hopefully we get a late frost and those beans can keep growing. If so, I think they’ll do alright.There has been quite a bit of second cutting grass hay taken off around here in between the rains over the last couple of weeks. A lot of guys were waiting for another rain to cut and I think it could make a big difference. I am guessing the guys with alfalfa are on the third or fourth cutting.We are green chopping some cover crops for a neighbor’s beef cows today. It is a 15-way after-wheat blend we mixed up. It makes a decent amount of tonnage. We don’t have to go too far before we get a forage wagon filled up. We chop it high so it can regrow and overwinter. It is a chance to get out on some of the old equipment because we have an Oliver Super 77 and we run on that.last_img read more

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2019 Cab Cam | A unique kind of fieldwork in Logan County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Skyler Foos of Integrated Ag Services as he’s out in the field doing some soil sampling in a Logan County field, near Rushsylvania. The two talk the unique equipment and the current status of Ohio farm fields in this video, sponsored by Homan Inc.“We are doing a high density soil sampling. We are out here in the field doing half acre grids,” said Foos.He also contributed some thoughts as far as fieldwork progress.“Down around where we’re from, the Urbana area, guys are getting out in the fields. I know they’ve been working a lot of ground and I even heard somebody planting some beans last week. Things are starting to come around — it’s going to get busy pretty soon.”last_img read more

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Builders Aren’t Jumping on the Tiny House Bandwagon

first_imgInterest in houses of only a few hundred square feet has picked up in the last several years, with owners and designers praising their simplicity, efficiency, and and financial advantages. Websites like The Tiny Life offer guidance for escaping the tyranny of a big mortgage with a move to the “the tiny life.”But the country’s big production builders aren’t as impressed. A survey of big builders by ConstructionDive found they’re sticking with what they know best: bigger, more conventional houses with more attractive bottom lines.“Despite all the attention on tiny houses and the success of some small builders, almost no major homebuilding companies have latched on to the movement and tried out their own line of tiny houses,” Emily Peiffer writes.The reason, says KTGY executive director Nick Lehnert, is that most big homebuilding companies are “square footage driven” and remain committed to building large houses, not spreading out a larger number of smaller homes. High land costs don’t favor tiny housesBrian Johnston, chief operating officer for Mattamy Homes, said that given high land costs, “ground-oriented housing” is inefficient. “The answer is going up in the air, not trying to cut construction costs by building smaller homes,” he told the website.A number of well-publicized tiny-house communities have been built in the last couple of years (see the links in the “Related Articles” box), including projects in Maine, Texas, and Washington state. D.R. Horton, the country’s biggest house builder, experimented with a community of 29 “micro-homes” homes ranging in size from 364 square feet to 687 square feet called Division 43. Prices for the net-zero energy houses started at $100,000. RELATED ARTICLES The project was apparently successful, but the company didn’t try a repeat, nor have any other production homebuilders. Most large homebuilding companies contacted by ConstructionDive said that the tiny-house market was a “niche” that doesn’t affect them.“The problems are the cost to construct,” Lehnert said. “I think that builders shy away because no one has designed a production-esque type of tiny house. Most builders are staying with the traditional.”Industry consultant Peter Dennehy said that production builders seem to be favoring even larger houses than they were constructing before the housing bubble burst. Parts of the market that are the strongest are the “55-plus” market and the market for those looking to move up — not a trend that would seem to favor tiny houses.“Millennial” buyers (those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s) would seem to make a good target audience for tiny-house builders, but they are more likely to rent housing than they are to buy. They rent for an average of six years before buying, ConstructionDive said, which is twice as long as renters waited in the 1970s.Although large homebuilding companies are not jumping on board, Lehnert said that his own company, an architectural and planning firm, would devote more attention to tiny houses. He’s confident the tiny house trend still has legs, but Johnston thinks it’s all about the economy: until the economy grows stronger, smaller houses will continue to look attractive.“If income growth does not pick up, the fad will continue,” he told ConstructionDive. “Thus, it is all about the wider economy.”center_img Why Tiny Houses Make SenseTiny House Jamboree Draws 40,000Tiny Houses to the Rescue Tiny Houses Replace Tents for Homeless Little Houses Are a Big Step for Dallas Homelesslast_img read more

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