On Nova Scotias historic Shubenacadie River a slowmotion showdown

first_imgFORT ELLIS, N.S. – On the muddy banks of Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie River, Dorene Bernard is listening for sounds that will let her know the historic waterway is about to change direction.“The wind will pick up, and you’ll start hearing the water and waves coming,” the Mi’kmaq activist says as she walks through the tall grass, carrying a large fan made from an eagle’s wing.The Shubenacadie is a 72-kilometre tidal river that cuts through the middle of Nova Scotia and flows into the Bay of Fundy. But when the world’s highest tides rise in the bay, salt water flows up the river for almost half its length, creating a wave — or tidal bore — that pushes against the river’s current.It’s an unusual natural phenomenon that draws tourists from around the world. It has also helped support the Mi’kmaq for more than 13,000 years.“This is a major highway, a major artery for our people,” says Bernard, a social worker, academic and member of the Sipekne’katik First Nation in nearby Indian Brook, N.S.“Our ancestors are buried along here … It has a very significant historical, spiritual and cultural relevance to who we are.”Before the bore arrives, the river is like glass on this humid, windless day.However, Bernard is mindful that another change is coming for the river and her people.For the past 12 years, a Calgary-based company has been planning to pump water from the river to an underground site 12 kilometres away, where it will be used to flush out salt deposits, creating huge caverns that will eventually store natural gas.AltaGas says the leftover brine solution will be pumped into the river, twice a day at high tide, over a two- to three-year period.The initial plan is to create two caverns about a kilometre underground. But the company has said it may need as many as 15 caverns, which would be linked to the nearby Maritimes and Northeast natural gas pipeline, about 60 kilometres north of Halifax.The storage is needed by an AltaGas subsidiary, Heritage Gas, which sells natural gas in the Halifax area and a few other Nova Scotia communities. It says it wants to stockpile its product during the colder months to protect its customers from price shocks when demand spikes.Drilling for the first two caverns has been completed.After years of consultations, legal wrangling and scientific monitoring, the company’s Nova Scotia-based subsidiary, Alton Natural Gas Storage LP, has said it plans to start the brining process some time later this year.Bernard says her people are not going to let that happen.The $130-million project has been largely on hold since 2014 when Mi’kmaq activists started a series of protests that culminated two years later in the creation of a year-round protest camp at the work site northwest of Stewiacke.“We’re not going to let anyone destroy our water,” Bernard said in a recent interview, declining to elaborate on what will happen if police or security guards try to reclaim the site.“The impacts will be huge. You can’t just put something in your vein and think it’s not going to affect your whole body.”She says the company has consulted with Indigenous leaders, but she insists it has done a poor job of reaching out to the Mi’kmaq people, particularly those who are members of her First Nation.“There was never a public hearing with Alton Gas in our community. Never.”For its part, the company has insisted it has consulted with local Indigenous people, and the provincial government has agreed.More importantly, the company says it has already secured the permits it needs to start pumping water from the river.At the entrance to the protest camp off Riverside Road, a steel gate is covered in placards and a canvas lean-to. A sign that warns against trespassing — installed by the company with the help of the RCMP — has been covered with a blanket.In May of last year, protesters built a tiny, two-storey house out of straw bales and lime plaster. It has a dirt floor, wood stove, bunks and plenty of provisions inside.There’s also a garden. Chickens and geese roam the makeshift squatters camp.On this day, there are only three protesters — they call themselves water protectors — at the site. But some supporters from Halifax later drop by for a visit.“We have a lot of allies, settlers who are supporting this camp — it’s not just the Mi’kmaq,” says Ducie Howe, Bernard’s cousin and a resident of what she calls Shubenacadie Reserve No. 14, the original name for the nearby First Nation.“There’s people from all over who will come. And they’ll keep coming.”Howe says Nova Scotians need to be reminded that the company is operating on unceded Mi’kmaq territory.“We signed peace and friendship treaties,” she says. “We never signed treaties that gave up any part of our lands … Giving out permits? Those are illegal. They didn’t have the right to do that.”Closer to the river, there’s a smaller, flat-topped wooden building that Bernard describes as a truckhouse. The reference is to the 1752 Peace and Friendship Treaty, which states that the Mi’kmaq are free to build “truckhouses” along the river to facilitate trade.In the distance, a small hut for security guards sits empty.Company spokeswoman Lori Maclean says some protesters have been served with trespassing notices.“The company is aware of the activity of protesters at the site and continues to engage with law enforcement and the community,” she said in a recent email. “Alton sites are work areas that are open only to Alton staff or approved contractors.”Alton has received the environmental and industrial approvals it needs to proceed, including two environmental assessments and an independent third-party science review. However, provincial Environment Minister Margaret Miller has yet to make a decision about an appeal of the industrial approval filed by the Sipekne’katik First Nation.As for the brine that will be pumped into the river, the company says the peak release on each tidal cycle will be approximately 5,000 cubic metres, which will be mixed in with four million cubic metres of brackish tidal flow.The company says the brine flowing into the Minas Basin “would not be detectable and would be insignificant in terms of the natural fluctuation of salinity the ecosystem is subject to during each tidal cycle.”Alton Gas also says the intake pipe will not suck in fish or small organisms because the water will be filtered through a rock wall, and the intake flow will be low enough to allow all fish to swim away.“The requirements of our monitoring program with provincial and federal regulators will ensure that the brine will not impact the ecosystem,” the company’s website says.Before Bernard and Howe leave the river, the pair stand at the edge of the bank to make an offering through song.The lyrics are sung in the original Ojibwa and then in Mi’kmaq: “Water, I love you. I thank you. I respect you. Water is life.”last_img read more

Natural gas producer Peyto Exploration shares fall on dividend and spending cuts

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Shares in Peyto Exploration and Development Corp. fell by as much as 15 per cent after it said it would cut its dividend and capital spending due to low natural gas prices in Western Canada.In early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday, the Calgary-based company’s shares fell to a low of $6.91 from their Wednesday close of $7.93.Peyto, which says it is the fifth largest natural gas producer in Canada, says it is temporarily cutting its monthly dividend to two cents from six cents per share.It also says it will reduce the 2019 capital budget it announced in November by $100 million, from a mid-point of $275 million to $175 million, resulting in fewer wells being drilled on its western Alberta lands.Peyto says it plans to ramp up annual spending again in 2020 and 2021 to between $270 million and $320 million, predicting that planned natural gas pipeline expansions by TransCanada Corp. will improve market access and allow a recovery in local prices.Last week, Saskatchewan-focused Crescent Point Energy Corp. cut its dividend by nearly 90 per cent and announced a program of share buybacks. It also cut its capital budget for the year by about $500 million to about $1.25 billion in reaction to global oil price volatility.last_img read more

Brain drain can also be brain gain for some source countries –

15 April 2008The so-called brain drain of migrants taking their skills and initiative to their new countries of residence can also serve as an engine of growth in their homelands, according to a study released today by the United Nations University (UNU). The so-called brain drain of migrants taking their skills and initiative to their new countries of residence can also serve as an engine of growth in their homelands, according to a study released today by the United Nations University (UNU).“The idea that the mobility of bright, qualified people represents a permanent loss of scarce human capital for the source country is becoming rapidly outdated,” study director Andrés Solimano said. “Talent mobility can bring benefits both to host and source countries.”But although this is the case in high-tech and other fields, it is not the case in the health sector, particularly in the case of migrating African, Asian and Caribbean health professionals.“Here the old worries about brain drain are in general fully warranted,” Mr. Solimano, regional adviser at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, told a news conference in New York.Among positive examples cited by the study, Mobilizing Talent for Global Developments, figure several successful Indians and Taiwanese in the high-tech industry in the United States who also set up hardware and software companies in their home countries, contributing to growth.Other examples include a successful mobile telephone company founded by a Bolivian entrepreneur in the US which has already opened several plants in Latin American capitals.“So you see a pattern of circulation, part of the investments is done in the first world, part of the investments is done in the third world,” Mr. Solimano said. “So this notion of one-way mobility, that people leave their country, take whatever abroad and are completely lost for the whole country should be reassessed. It’s more realistic to think there’s a movement of people in both directions.”But in the health sector the study, produced by the university’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), cautions that emigration hurts source countries. As doctors, nurses and medical specialists continue to leave African, Asian and Caribbean countries, the health services they leave behind become depressed and inadequate, especially in Africa, which is already suffering the toll of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases that kill and impair economic development.The studies also recommends that countries that are losing talent should set up more liberal and open regimes that create a positive climate for business and the well-educated, leading to an improvement in the economy and society at large. read more

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige developing Star Wars film

LOS ANGELES — Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is teaming up with Lucasfilm to develop a new “Star Wars” film.Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn told the entertainment trade The Hollywood Reporter that it made sense for Feige to team up with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to help usher in a new era in Star Wars storytelling.As the president of Marvel Studios, which Disney acquired in 2009, Feige turned the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the most successful franchise in movie history, boasting over $22 billion in worldwide ticket sales.“Star Wars” is entering this new phase after the Skywalker saga comes to a close this December. “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also developing new Star Wars films, as is “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson.The Associated Press read more

Annan praises spirit of mutual respect at Korean nuclear talks

He also found it encouraging that the participants were able to increase understanding and broaden areas of consensus, according to a statement delivered by a spokesman at the noon press briefing in New York.”The Secretary-General urges the Governments concerned to use the time before the round is resumed in three weeks to identify ways to reconcile their needs and concerns,” the spokesman said.According to the statement, Mr. Annan extended special praise to China for “its dedication and tireless efforts to facilitate progress” as the host of the talks.

UN commission of inquiry issues report on violent crisis that shook TimorLeste

Timor-Leste’s then interior and defence ministers and defence force chief acted illegally in transferring weapons to civilians during the violence that shook the small South-East Asian country early this year and should be prosecuted, according to a United Nations report on the crisis released today.But Chief of Defence Force Taur Matan Ruak cannot be held criminally responsible for the shooting of unarmed police officers by defence force soldiers after a ceasefire had been established in May, although he failed to exhaust all avenues to prevent or stop a confrontation, the UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste says in the report submitted to the National Parliament. The Commission was set up at the invitation of then Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs José Ramos-Horta to establish the facts and circumstances of the incidents on 28-29 April and 23-25 May that shook the small country which the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago. The crisis, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, erupted in late April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces. Ensuing violence claimed at least 37 lives and drove 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes. Other findings of the Commission include:The Government failed to follow the requisite legislative procedures in calling out the defence force on 28 April, a matter for which members of the Crisis Cabinet and in particular former Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri bear responsibility, but there was no massacre by the defence force of 60 people at Taci Tolu.Evidence establishes that Major Reinado and his group are reasonably suspected of committing crimes against life and person during an armed confrontation in Fatu Ahi on May 23.Although President Xanana Gusmão should have shown more restraint and respect for institutional channels in communicating directly with Major Reinado after his desertion, he did not order or authorize the armed group under Major Reinado’s command to carry out criminal actions.Both police and defence force weapons were distributed to civilians and there was an absence of systematic control over weapons and ammunition within the security sector, particularly within the police. Interior Minister Rogerio Lobato and General Commander Paulo Martins bypassed institutional procedures by transferring irregularly weapons within the institution.In arming civilians, Mr. Lobato, Defence Minister Roque Rodrigues and Defence Force Chief Taur Matan Ruak acted without lawful authority, created a situation of significant potential danger and should be held accountable for illegal transfer of weapons.Former Prime Minister Alkatiri failed to use his firm authority to denounce the transfer of security sector weapons to civilians in the face of credible information that such transfer was ongoing and involved members of the Government.While there is no evidence that could lead to recommending that Mr. Alkatiri be prosecuted for being personally involved in the illegal movement, possession or use of weapons, the Commission received information giving rise to a suspicion that he knew about the illegal arming of civilians by Mr. Lobato and has recommended further investigation to determine whether he bears any criminal responsibility with respect to weapons offences. The Commission identified numerous persons reasonably suspected of direct participation in criminal activity during the crisis, and recommended they be prosecuted. Citing ongoing threats to stability, the Security Council created a new UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) in August to help reorganize the police force and other institutions and assist with next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. In its report, the Commissions concluded that the fragility of various State institutions and the weakness of the rule of law were the underlining factors that contributed to the crisis.In a message to the people of Timor-Leste, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged them to accept the report’s conclusions and recommendations. “We know that a peaceful, democratic and prosperous Timor-Leste can be built only on the foundations of good governance, accountability, human rights and the rule of law,” he wrote. read more

Nuclear power not panacea for energy supply but it certainly helps –

Nuclear power is not the only answer but looks to be an important part of the future energy mix in Asia and other parts of the world, according to the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who is an official visit to Japan, Viet Nam, China, and Indonesia.Director General Mohamed ElBaradei noted in Tokyo, where he met with Japanese governmental and industry representatives, that the latest world energy projections show a 53 per cent increase in global energy consumption by 2030 if current policies hold.“Two aspects of this analysis are especially interesting,” he said. “The first is the expectation that 70 per cent of the coming growth in demand will be from developing countries. The second is that… the increased use of nuclear power would help to meet the increase in energy demand, enhance the security of energy supply and mitigate carbon emissions…“Nuclear energy alone is not a panacea, but it is likely in the near future to have an increasing role as part of the global energy mix,” he added.Japan has the largest nuclear power programme in Asia, and the third largest worldwide. Only France and the United States have more nuclear generating capacity.In his remarks in Tokyo, Mr. ElBaradei also addressed issues of nuclear security and safeguards, saying he was glad at the recent agreement to resume the six-party talks in Beijing regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear programme.“The IAEA stands ready to work with the DPRK and with all others towards a solution for this issue that would make use of the Agency’s verification capability to assure the international community that all nuclear activities in the DPRK are exclusively for peaceful purposes,” he declared.“Equally, this solution would seek to address the security, economic and other concerns of the DPRK,” he said of the Beijing talks between China, DPRK, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia and the US. read more

Weekly US unemployment benefit applications dip to 382000 a level that signals

by News Staff Posted Sep 20, 2012 10:32 am MDT Weekly US unemployment benefit applications dip to 382,000, a level that signals weak hiring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 382,000. The level suggests hiring remains weak.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications declined by 3,000 from the previous week, which was revised up. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fifth straight week to 377,750, the highest level in nearly three months.Applications were skewed higher two weeks ago by the fallout from Hurricane Isaac. A Labor Department spokesman said there were no special factors last week.Weekly applications are a proxy for layoffs. When they consistently fall below 375,000, it typically suggests hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate.Employers added only 96,000 jobs last month, below the 141,000 in July and much lower than the average 226,000 added in the first three months of the year. Recent job gains are barely enough to keep up with the growth of the working age population and aren’t enough to rapidly drive down unemployment.“Businesses clearly remain reluctant to aggressively boost their workforces,” said Jim Baird, chief investment strategist at Plante Moran Financial Advisors, in a note to clients.The unemployment rate dropped in August to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent. But that was only because fewer people were looking for jobs. The government only counts people as unemployment if they are actively looking for work.The number of people receiving unemployment aid fell sharply earlier this month. About 5.2 million people received benefits the week ending September 1, the most recent data available. That’s a drop of about 220,000 from the previous week.The economy isn’t growing fast enough to support much more hiring. It grew at a tepid 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, down from 2 per cent in the January-March quarter and 4.1 per cent in the final three months of last year.Growth isn’t likely to get much better for the rest of this year. Economists expect the economy to grow at a roughly 2 per cent pace.High unemployment and sluggish growth prompted the Federal Reserve last week to announce several major steps to boost the economy. Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed will buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities a month until there is “substantial” improvement in the job market. read more

Russian Athlete Yelena Isinbayeva Vaults Against Homosexuality at Worlds

Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)Russian champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva spoke out against homosexuality Thursday at the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow. After two fellow athletes painted their fingernails rainbow colors to protest the new anti-gay law in Russia, Isinbayeva condemned them in front of her home crowd.“If we allow people to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,” Isinbayeva said in English. “We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.“Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had any problems, these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.”Two Swedish athletes competed in the track meet with their fingernails painted in rainbow colors at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.One of the Swedish athletes, Emma Green Tregaro, took to social media by posting a picture of her nails on Instagram, saying “Nails painted in the colors of the rainbow.” Then after came the hashtags, #pride and #moscow2013.“The first thing that happened when I came to Moscow and pulled my curtains aside was that I saw the rainbow and that felt a little ironic,” Green Tregaro said in a video posted on the website of Swedish newspaper Expressen. “Then I had a suggestion from a friend on Instagram that maybe I could paint my nails in the colors of the rainbow and that felt like a simple, small thing that maybe could trigger some thoughts.”The other Swedish athlete to paint her nails in the rainbow colors in protest, was sprinter Moa Hjelmer, who showcased her fingers in the heats of the 200 meters.Isinbayeva said the two were disrespectful to Russia and the citizens of Russia.“It’s unrespectful to our country. It’s unrespectful to our citizens, because we are Russians. Maybe we are different from European people and other people from different lands,” Isinbayeva told reporters. “We have our home and everyone has to respect (it). When we arrive to different countries, we try to follow their rules.”Isinbayeva, who won her third world title Tuesday in front of her home crowd, has set 28 world records. She has also won seven major titles in her career, including gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. read more

Mens hockey No 11 Buckeyes hoping to bounce back with weekend series

Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternAfter being swept last weekend by No. 18 Wisconsin, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-6-6, 3-4-1-1) travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, this weekend for a conference clash with the rivaled Michigan Wolverines.The Buckeyes will remain without senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey due to injury, as well as senior defender Josh Healey, who was suspended for Friday’s matchup after a hit on Wisconsin senior forward Grant Besse during a game against the Badgers on Jan. 28.As a player averaging 32 minutes per game this season, Scarlet and Gray coach Steve Rohlik said Healey’s presence will be tough to replace on the ice, but added that his absence allows an opening for other guys to step into his place.“We’re a resilient group, and we’ll have 16 (players) dressed, ready to go,” Rohlik said. “He’s going to be missed, but that’s just going to make sure that other guys pick their pace up and are better.”The Wolverines (8-12-2, 1-6-1-1) began conference play this season with three straight losses, and now lie in fifth place in the Big Ten standings after losing four of their last six games.Despite recent results, Rohlik said his team can’t look past last season’s conference tournament champions. He added that OSU will need to bring its all in order to leave the state of Michigan with two victories this weekend.“Michigan is Michigan. They’re capable of beating anyone in the country, and we understand that,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got a lot of respect for who they are, what they are, and I say this all the time but we’re going to have to be at our best to win hockey games, and we’re going to have to bring it Friday to get a win.”Yost Ice Arena, the home of Wolverine hockey, is a bucket list venue for any hockey fan. With that, Scarlet and Gray sophomore forward Mason Jobst — who leads the Buckeyes in points this year and currently sits on a 10-game point streak — said OSU has played in a handful of tough settings so far this season, and that the Buckeyes welcome the challenge of another this weekend.“We’ve played in a few barns this year that have been pretty hostile, so it’s always good to have experience coming back,” Jobst said. “I think the young guys have done a great job handling it, and Yost will be a fun place to play, so I think everyone’s pretty excited.”Puck drop for Friday’s Game One of this series is slated for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s Game Two start is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

EHF Group Phase Draw FC Barcelona with PSG Handball THW Kiel seeks

← Previous Story Mediterranean Games (W): Slovenia against Croatia in Women’s Final Next Story → Women’s EHF CL 2013/2014 Draw: Gyor against Thuringer and Hypo Barcelonachampions leagueEHFEHF Champions LeaguePSG Handballvardar prowacker thun The drawing of the groups for the EHF Champions League today in Vienna brought us some very interesting encounters. THW Kiel will be seeking revenge against Vive Targi Kielce for the defeat for the third place in the EHF F4, while PSG Handball is drawn in the same group with Barcelona. The new season will bring us great matches.Group A: Veszprem, Croatia Osiguranje, St Petersburg, RN Loewen, Celje PL, Qualifier 3Group B: THW Kiel, Vive Targi Kielce, BM Atletico Madrid, KIF Kolding, Dunkerque, Qualifier 4Group C: FC Barcelona, PSG Handball, HC Vardar Pro, Wacker Thun, Qualifier 2, Qualifier Wild CardGroup D: Aalborg, Gorenje, Flensburg, Naturhouse La Rioja read more

Murder probe after Polish national dies after early morning attack in his

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 97,297 Views Short URL Jun 10th 2018, 8:38 AM Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 6:18 PM Share78 Tweet Email3 By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/4062803 Updated Jun 10th 2018, 6:18 PM A MAN WHO was attacked by a group of men who entered his home early this morning has died from his injuries.Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk (35) resided at the house in Bridge House, Maglin, Ballincollig in Cork with his partner who is also in her 30s.Both are originally from Poland.Gardaí were called to attend an incident at the home at 3.17am this morning, and arrived at the scene in less than five minutes.By the time they arrived a number of assailants had already fled the scene. Gardaí found Wilk seriously injured with life threatening injuries.He was taken to Cork University Hospital where he later died due to his injuries. His partner is currently receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.At around 4.20am, units from the Cork County Fire Service responded to reports of a fire at Iniskenny, Ballinora, Waterfall. This car – believed to be a BMW 3 series –  was 6km away from the incident in Ballincollig.Both scenes are currently being preserved where forensic examinations were under way.The coroner has been notified and the State Pathologist will also attend. A post-mortem will take place tomorrow morning at 9am.Gardaí said they were anxious to speak to any drivers with dash cam footage and travelled in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas between 2am and 5am this morning, or anyone who saw any suspicious activities in these areas over the past few days.Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Gurranabraher on 021 4946200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Murder probe after Polish national dies after early morning attack in his home Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk was seriously injured when a group of men entered his home in Cork and attacked him and his partner. 31 Comments last_img read more

Evergreen Battle Ground Washougal in talks

first_imgWhile strikes ended in Ridgefield and Hockinson and one was avoided in Camas on Monday, strikes in Evergreen, Battle Ground and Washougal appear to be continuing.All three districts canceled classes Tuesday, as strikes have spread into a second week.Teachers remain at odds over salary agreements, as districts around Washington negotiate how to spend the additional money they’re slated to receive after two years of McCleary legislation. The Legislature allocated $7.3 billion over four years toward basic education during the 2017 session, then put another $1 billion toward teacher salaries this year.In Evergreen, Clark County’s largest district, Evergreen Public Schools and the Evergreen Education Association put out a joint statement shortly after 2 p.m. Monday announcing Tuesday’s closure.“We have been negotiating all weekend and have spent countless hours working together in an effort to reach an agreement that would allow us to begin school as soon as possible. We are continuing at the bargaining table today with sincere hopes of reaching an agreement,” the joint statement read.“Given the fact that it is Monday afternoon, we want to update you that we are continuing to work towards reaching an agreement, but under the best of circumstances, would not be able to logistically start school Tuesday,” the statement said. “Thank you for your patience.”last_img read more

Premier calling for better positioning and visibility of Police officers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:commissioner of Police, james smith, police officers, premier rufus ewing, visibility Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Jun 2015 – Police officers’ welfare came up when the Premier and the Commissioner of Police met earlier in the week.“But when you have more bodies on the streets and visible, then you would be able to relegate those persons who are more specially skilled into the proper areas where they ought to be.”It seems Government is ready to not only work with the Force to ensure there is better distribution of skills sets, but they are prepared to finance some changes. “We’ll be looking at and addressing to see how and to what extent we can support, give financial support to that initiative and also in the area to have better working conditions.”More hours on the streets will improve police visibility and police viability says Hon Rufus Ewing. “We need to get more police officers from behind the desks and on the streets in the communities.”There may have to be consideration given to delegating people outside of the Police Force to get tip information since the prevailing view of the public is that Police are not confidential about tipsters. The Premier believes these may be isolated instances but Hon Ewing explained that he has recommended to Commissioner James Smith that he surround himself with advisers and to employ the know-how of retired officers who can help to change the current climate on information sharing.last_img read more

Final Votes Expected Today On New Crime Bill

first_imgThe bill now returns to the House for a concurrence vote before being sent to Governor Walker. House Bill 312 was introduced in response to reports from Alaska hospitals of an increase in workplace violence over the past year. As the legislation moved toward final passage, the bill was amended to provide additional tools to law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. Senator Mia Costello’s (R-Anchorage) amendment to HB 312 reinstates judges’ pre-SB91 discretion to impose monetary bail, ends “catch and release” of criminal offenders Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna): “The important thing to me is that today we took down the sign that says ‘welcome to Alaska’ for people with criminal records from somewhere else.”  Sen. Costello’s measure also altered the state’s new pretrial risk assessment tool statutes to eliminate mandatory release on a defendant’s own recognizance across the board.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House is expected to cast final votes on House Bill 312, a sweeping crime bill that will alter the state’s current pretrial system. In February, HB 312 passed the Alaska House of Representatives by a vote of 31-1, and yesterday, the bill passed the Alaska Senate by a vote of 19-0. Another item in the bill allows judges to consider out-of-state criminal records at bail hearings, which was not included under the current pretrial system.last_img read more

Franklin Weakens To A Tropical Storm After Making Landfall In Mexico As

first_imgNational Weather ServiceThis graphic shows how the size of the storm has changed, and the areas potentially affected so far by sustained winds of tropical storm force (in orange) and hurricane force (in red).After being declared the first Atlantic hurricane of the season Wednesday evening, Franklin has now weakened to a tropical storm as it moves inland after making landfall in Mexico. Sharelast_img

Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time w Video

first_img More information: Stable optical lift, Nature Photonics (2010) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves its Angles of Attack Play (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in New York have predicted, observed and experimentally verified a micrometer-scale object being lifted only by a beam of laser light. Optical lifting may be useful for powering micromachines or improving the design of solar sails for interstellar space travel. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Unlike aerodynamic lift, which has gradual lift angles, the optical lift angles were around 60 degrees, which Swartzlander said was striking, very powerful, and could be compared to a plane taking off at 60 degrees. “Your stomach would be in your feet,” he said.Swartzlander described the findings as “almost like the first stages of what the Wright brothers did,” and said the next step would be to test lightfoils in air and experiment with a variety of materials with different refractive properties, and with other wavelengths of light.center_img Explore further Citation: Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time (w/ Video) (2010, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-optical-video.html Time-lapsed composite image (1.67 s per shot) of a semi-cylindrical rod lifting sideways from left to right near the bottom of a glass chamber, as a result of a transverse optical lift force. Image credit: Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 Light has been known for some time to be capable of pushing objects and this is the principle behind the solar sail, which uses light to push vehicles along in space. Now, a new study by physicist Dr. Grover Swatzlander and colleagues of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York shows light is also capable of creating the more complex force of “lift,” which is the force generated by airfoils that make a plane rise upwards as it travels forward.In a paper that appeared online in Nature Photonics on December 5th, Swartzlander and colleagues describe their demonstration of light providing optical lift to tiny lightfoils. The experiment began as computer models that suggested when light is shone on tiny objects shaped like a wing a stable lift force would be created. Intrigued, the researchers decided to do physical experiments in the laboratory, and they created tiny, transparent, micrometer-sized rods that were flat on one side and rounded on the other, rather like airplane wings. They immersed the lighfoils in water and bombarded them with 130 mW ultraviolet laser light from underneath the chamber. As predicted, the lightfoils were pushed upwards by the light, but they also moved sideways in a direction perpendicular to the beam of light, in other words they were optically lifted. Symmetrical micro-spheres did not show the optical lift effect.In aerodynamic lift, which is created by an airfoil, the lift occurs because the wing shape causes air flowing under the wing to move more slowly and at higher pressure than that above the wing. In optical lift, created by a lightfoil, the lift is created within the transparent object as light shines through it and is refracted by its inner surfaces. In the lightfoil rods a greater proportion of light leaves in a direction perpendicular to the beam and this side therefore experiences a larger radiation pressure and hence, lift. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Play Videos: Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 last_img read more

VIDEO Savage Penguins fans celebrate Stanley Cup win by eating raw catfish

first_imgFans have started to eat catfish in celebration of the @penguins winning their second straight #StanleyCup @PittsburghPG @PGVisuals #Pens pic.twitter.com/HerR2d65DA— AntonellaCrescimbeni (@AntonellaCres) June 12, 2017 Pens fan eats catfish #catfish #StanleyCup #penguins @TribLIVE @TribSports pic.twitter.com/xHXaocbw4j— Shane Dunlap (@shanedunlap) June 12, 2017 The Pittsburgh Penguins are back-to-back Stanley Cup champs after shutting out the Predators, 2-0 in Nashville to take the series 4-2.The party was on in Pittsburgh after the final horn, and the extremely rowdy, probably intoxicated Penguins fans immediately took savage aim at Predator fans viral habit of throwing catfish onto the ice, by devouring them raw, like a scene from The Walking Dead.Quick, somebody call Rick Grimes, we’ve got walkers.Congrats Pittsburgh, you have officially killed the catfish.I heard it’s because of the cup #Pittsburgh #Penguins #StanleyCup #Catfish #Yinzer #SouthSide pic.twitter.com/4UyX4BOyHg— Pittsburgh Ego (@PittsburghEgo) June 12, 2017last_img read more

Line of traffic material damage result of highway accident

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Material damage and a frightened driver were the results of a road accident on the Playa del Carmen-Tulum stretch near Punta Maroma. Aside from a long line of traffic and material damages, there were no injuries to the two inside the unit at the time of the accident. Federal police were on site to record details of the accident. 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) According to the driver’s testimony, he was carrying construction material for a site in Tulum when the hydraulic steering guide of the vehicle failed. He said he tried to gain control, but due to the weight of his load, he was not able to and instead, lost control.last_img read more

Central American Games kick off in Costa Rica with colorful opening

first_imgNo related posts. With folk dances evoking nature and pre-Hispanic times, Costa Rica opened on Sunday the 10th edition of the Central American Games, in which some 2,700 athletes will compete for two weeks in San José in 26 sporting events.Visitors to a packed National Stadium in La Sabana Park, in western San José, were treated to a show of 1,000 artists performing on a cool and windy night.“These athletes speak of a Central America that responds with a message of peace and brotherhood to the challenges of violence and criminality,” President Laura Chinchilla said at the opening of the games.The show, called “Costa Rica Pura Vida,” recreated the elements of earth, air, water and fire.Costa Rican footballer Paulo César Wanchope carried the torch into the stadium, and swimmer Silvia Poll – silver medal winner at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 – lit the cauldron, designed by renowned Costa Rican sculptor Jorge Jiménez Deredia.Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama bring their best athletes to the games, which take place in San José for the first time since its inaugural edition in 1973.Fire scare After the ceremony, fireworks sparked a blaze in an area of ​​the stadium’s roof. No injuries were reported.Firefighters brought the fire under control at 9:40 p.m. in the west wing of the stadium, evacuating a few people who remained in the stadium after the inauguration ceremony.“It was a fire in a small area of the roof’s acrylic tiles,” Fire Chief Héctor Chávez said, adding that it was under control a few minutes later. Facebook Commentslast_img read more