first_imgPremier John Hamm announced today, March 6, the appointment ofCecil Clarke as Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteranin Nova Scotia. “Mr. Clarke has a personal interest in paying tribute to the menand women who surrendered their own safety to ensure the safetyof others,” said Premier Hamm. “Like many Nova Scotians, his lategrandfather was a veteran who served in the Netherlands with theCape Breton Highlanders during the Second World War. Mr. Clarkeis aware of the challenges faced by our veterans and the value ofeducating our children on a past that should not be forgotten.” Mr. Clarke is an active supporter of community developmentinitiatives and has a keen interest in veterans affairs. Thisappointment will be an opportunity for Mr. Clarke to engage NovaScotians in a year of remembrance. “It is important that we take this opportunity to salute ourveterans and to remind ourselves of their sacrifices in serviceto our country,” said Mr. Clarke. “Throughout the year, NovaScotians will celebrate, commemorate, honour and realize thesignificance of remembrance. I am honoured by this appointment.” Recently, Mr. Clarke met with Albina Guarnieri, federal Ministerof Veterans Affairs. Ms. Guarnieri expressed interest in meetinglocal veterans and will visit the province in the near future. Nova Scotia is developing a program of activities focussed on theYear of the Veteran and Mr. Clarke will work the Nova Scotiastanding committee on veterans affairs to encourage Nova Scotiansto make the act of remembrance more than a one-day event. The government of Canada declared 2005 the Year of the Veteran tocommemorate the contributions and sacrifices of Canada’sveterans. This year is the 60th anniversary of the end of theSecond World War.last_img read more

first_imgA group of lucky kids in NYC got the surprise of their lives this week when a real life superhero joined them at a charity film screening.Kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC and SAY – the Stuttering Association for the Young – had gathered to watch a special screening of the new blockbuster Ant-Man when the film’s star, Paul Rudd, joined them.“It was the first time I could have a screening for kids for one of the movies I’ve done,” Rudd told the NY Daily News. “I know a lot of these kids for years, so it was really fun to stand up there while they were sitting there with their three-D glasses.”Rudd has supported SAY for a number of years.To read more about his visit to the screening, click here.last_img read more

first_imgWillow FiddlerApril Johnson APTN National NewsVancouver-based filmmakers PD Chalifoux and Michael Auger just wrapped their first feature film, River of Silence.The husband and wife team are the first Indigenous filmmakers to write, produce and direct a feature-length film that tackles the issue of MMIW.“I’d like to think I’m the first,” said Chalifoux, who wrote the screenplay. “There could be somebody somewhere, but not that I know of.”River of Silence tells the story of Helen, a woman who searches for answers after her daughter Tanis sets out to her grandmother’s house on a fictional First Nation, but fails to arrive. The weight of the subject matter is one that Chalifoux knows well. Her grandmother, Angeline Willier went missing in 2000 under mysterious circumstances.For Chalifoux, the process of writing River of Silence took a lot of consideration and help from her family. She initially stayed quiet about the script in order to prevent upsetting her extended family members.“Of course my mom knew and my father, and I think a few of my aunties… but not too many, because I wanted to write it without affecting them or hurting them,” she said. “My mom and dad were along the writing journey with me because I had questions about what happened to my grandmother. I’d ask ‘do you recall this, do you recall that.’ I wanted to be more clear on the circumstances.”From the beginning of the project, Chalifoux had the support of her husband, director/producer Michael Auger.“When I realized that PD was committing to telling a story that was reflective of her experience of losing her grandmother, it felt so right, and felt very powerful.  I always knew we could make a feature film,” he said.Auger and Chalifoux said they did their best to create a working environment for their cast and crew during the 13 day shoot.  While most days on a film set start with a production meeting, mornings on set of River on Silence started with self-care.“We started each day with a smudge. That really made a difference, even for the people who didn’t know what it was or what it did, but they were feeling its effects, and were coming up and asking for it. I found smudging each day in a big circle really helped us to bond and connect.”That cultural element made a difference to actor Duane Howard, who plays the character of Trevor in the film.“There were a few days where we had to sit down and pray. We prayed before the day started. It’s very comfortable working with a First Nations team,” said Howard. “Because we have a moral understanding of each other and our presence of who we are as First Nations People.”Howard’s career has catapulted since playing the role of Elk Dog in The Revenant. However, it was his previous career as a front line worker that helped prepare him for the emotional weight of the script.“It’s strange, the other main actors were also front line workers,” he said. “We all worked in the helping field. We always checked in with each other all the time. That’s a different thing about this film.”Similar to Chalifoux, Howard has personally lived the experience of being a family member of a missing and murdered indigenous woman.“There were days when I was like ‘wow, I can’t believe I just went through that again.’ I had a few experiences that I had to go back to in my life, and reflect on losses. I had a couple of aunts that were murdered in the early and mid ‘80s. I had to take myself back there.”River of Silence was shot over 13 days in the communities of Merritt, Nooaitch First Nation and Vancouver.Chalifoux and Auger plan to hold semi-private screenings in those communities before submitting the film to international festivals such as ImagineNATIVE, Cannes, and Berlinale.last_img read more

Friday’s blast of winter created tough driving conditions in the Niagara region.No injuries were reported but a hazardous materials team was called to clean up a fuel spill on the Toronto-bound QEW, near Jordan Rd.Reports from the scene suggest around 80 litres of fuel spilled onto the road.The driver reported extremely slippery conditions.This was one of at least five tractor-trailer incidents in the region overnight.Snow past Hamilton to Niagara.Turn on you lights🚔#DriveSafe— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) March 2, 2018Between 15 and 25 cm of snow fell in the region. read more

Police were summoned last week to Delhi Public School after a student turned a bullet over to staff.“While students were playing basketball, a live round of ammunition was located on the school grounds near the public entrance gate to the property,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“The student immediately turned it over to their teacher.”Sanchuk added that the principal of the school – Paula-Sue Rasokas — made the decision to call police once the ammunition was brought to her attention.Norfolk OPP took possession of the ammunition and disposed of it in a safe manner.Anyone with information related to this situation is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.Theft, assault charges in DelhiAn 18-year-old Norfolk man was arrested last week after getting into an altercation at a Delhi grocery store.Norfolk OPP were summoned to Wilkinson’s Independent Grocer around 1 p.m. Wednesday.“A male attended the store and removed a quantity of merchandise,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“The male then became involved in a physical altercation with store employees. However, officers arrived and took the male into custody without incident.”During their investigation, police determined that the accused was a suspect in the theft of merchandise from another business nearby.The 18-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with assault and two counts of theft under $5,000.Cell phones stolen at gunpointCell phones were stolen at gunpoint from a business in Caledonia last week.The theft occurred at a store on Argyle Street North around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.Police report the suspect was handed a number of new cell phones. He fled south on Argyle Street North before turning east onto Caithness Street East.A witness told police the suspect got into the backseat of a red Kia Soul with tinted windows. A second witness reported seeing the vehicle in the area of Nairn Street and Orkney Street East. The vehicle reportedly headed north out of Caledonia on Argyle Street North.Police report the suspect is a black male approximately six feet tall. He is about 20 to 25 years old and has black hair. He was wearing a light-weight blue zippered jacket and aqua blue tapered jogging pants.Members of the OPP’s Emergency Response Team and canine unit attended the scene and scoured the area.Haldimand OPP ask motorists with dash cams who were in the area of Argyle Street North in Caledonia around 3:30 p.m. Thursday to volunteer their footage. They ask the same of anyone in the area who has a surveillance camera pointed in the direction of Argyle Street North.More information can be learned by calling the Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or by calling Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

A Brock University political scientist says the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union is “the most important development in European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”Brock University associate professor Paul Hamilton says Brexit, and the subsequent resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, ­will have major consequences for Britain and the EU respectively.“Brexit may, in a worst case scenario, lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom should Scotland decide to seek independence and EU membership. It may also threaten the EU project as other member states consider the exit option,” he says.Brock political scientist Blayne Haggart sees many parallels between the politics behind Brexit and the 1995 referendum in Canada, where voters in Quebec were asked whether or not Quebec should become an independent country.“In both, you have a prime minister rolling the dice with the future of the country,” he says. “Things turned out differently, possibly in part because Quebecers and all Canadians have a sense of Canadianness, and successive federal governments worked to address Quebec’s concerns. “Part of the problem with the Remain campaign seems to have been that there was no attachment to the European Union — a very weak sense of European identity. They tried to rely on the economic argument of the chaos that exit would cause, but if economic well-being were the most important thing to people, Canada would’ve joined the United States a long time ago,” says Haggart.“Never underestimate the power of nationalism, or the sense of powerlessness that comes when you think that you don’t have control over your own fate,” he says. read more

LieStrong. That’s how you summarize the disappointment of something being too good to be true. That’s what you call a “cocktail, so to speak, [of] EPO … transfusions and testosterone” that allows you to win the hardest race in the world. That’s what you call “one big lie, that [was] repeated a lot of times.” And for now it seems, that’s what a once-special message of empowerment and inspiration has been reduced to amid the surging news of Lance Armstrong’s confession to using performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed that Armstrong finally admitted, in some capacity, to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey — it aired for the first time Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The confession was not the first stick in the spokes for Armstrong – he has been the subject of various doping allegations for more than a decade. In October, his seven consecutive Tour de France titles were vacated due to the allegations and he was banned from competition for life. In recent sports history, the prevalence of steroid-use has become basic sports knowledge. We’ve seen it many times – from the forfeiture of Marion Jones’ five Olympic medals to the discussion of whether to add an asterisk on Barry Bonds’ home run record. We’ve heard the “I was just trying to keep up” or “Everyone was doing it” excuses repeatedly, and many times we’ve sympathized and forgiven these transgressors. But for some reason, this time is different. This time I’m offended. We’re talking about an incredible story. This was a guy who, only 25 years old, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer that had spread extensively – including to his lungs and brain. Against all odds, he beat it. After starting an immensely popular foundation that supports cancer survivors, he did the impossible again by winning the Tour de France so many consecutive times that he needed two hands to show us. He was the good guy. The one you wanted to root for. You didn’t have to know a thing about cycling to love Armstrong and everything he stood for. The wristbands were cool too. So it stings to know with certainty that he cheated. But it doesn’t end there. As details continued to surface, we learned that Armstrong channeled the same intense desire to survive cancer into keeping his cheating hidden at all costs. We learned that he’s not the good guy we thought he was. It was all just a shameless case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The indications of various investigations and reports are disturbing. They assert that for years he viciously attacked and destroyed the reputations of friends and former-teammates who spoke out against him. He sued those with the courage to accuse him for libel and took their money when he won – knowing they had told the truth. He made suspicious monetary contributions to cycling regulation organizations, presumably to conceal his doping. As a captain, he led his team in a ruse that has been described by he U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” It’s playing out like a “Law and Order” episode, and it’s pretty clear that he’s the bad guy at the end. It was expected that his admission of guilt Thursday night would be limited, so as to minimize the legal repercussions of aggressively lying for over a decade. When asked by Oprah, “Did you ever take banned substances to enhance your cycling performances?” His answer was simple. “Yes.” So he did confess, but there were conflicting cues throughout; as if he had more disdain for getting caught than actually doing it. As the interview rolled on, it was the words Armstrong wouldn’t say – a truly sincere “I’m sorry” with the details to support it – that spoke louder than anything else. The tangential mentions of feeling justified and unfairly accused were other indications that he still hasn’t come to terms. We needed him to show true remorse, maybe not to the extent that guilty children do when they rub one leg behind the other and avoid eye contact, but close. Something meaningful. Anything. Instead, we watched Armstrong, with pursed lips, talk about a “flawed man” and a “bully” as if he were speaking about a bad-egg son. The personal ownership and responsibility were lacking – just as it has been for years. The interview was a pedal in the right direction, but there needed to be more. Maybe we’ll see that in the second part of the interview that airs Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. There’s no doubt in my mind that Armstrong is a phenomenal athlete. Perhaps he was the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant we’ve ever seen an athlete be in their sport. But we’ll never know because he cheated. It’s that simple. But it doesn’t seem that even Armstrong, a self-described “fierce competitor,” believes that he was the best. “Do you think it’s humanly possible to win the Tour de France, without doping, seven times in a row?” asked Oprah. “Not in my opinion,” he responded. So maybe we shouldn’t believe it either. Armstrong has a long race to redemption, and whether he finishes is something that remains to be seen. Until then, in my mind, there’s an important modification that needs to be made because it wasn’t a miracle – much less one that happened seven times: LiveStrong*. read more

Despite a rise in reports of financial abuse, the helpline has warned it is facing a funding shortage and may have to scale back services to the vulnerable elderly unless it finds an urgent cash injection. Read the Katie Morley Investigates column here Britain’s biggest banks are considering introducing carers cards in attempt to stop cashpoint fraud, the Telegraph has learned. It comes after a cancer patient had £16k withdrawn from his bank account over the course two months before his death. The man’s bank, Santander, is now considering introducing new products to give carers controlled access to the finances of the person they are looking after.This could take the form of carers cards, which limit cash withdrawals and restrict certain types of spending. Barclays and HSBC are the only other banks which currently offers such facilities. Action on Elder Abuse, a helpline for victims, said withdrawing money in cash is now the “easy option” for fraudsters looking to steal large sums of money over a long period. This is because unlike with credit card fraud, where banks now use sophisticated prevention technology to spot suspicious activity, unauthorised cashpoint withdrawals often go undetected.  It went undetected by Santander, which has now admitted it should have done more to authenticate the withdrawals. Santander has now refunded the full amount to the man’s estate as it believes fraud may have occurred. The man’s neighbour claims he had been authorised to make at least some of the withdrawals.Financial abuse is on the rise with nearly half (40 per cent) of all calls to its helpline are now about financial abuse, up 15 per cent on the previous year, Action on Elder Abuse said. Dr John Beer, chairman of Action on Elder Abuse, said: “Unfortunately, we’re hearing of more and more cases of this kind of theft. Clearly, unscrupulous crooks are seeing it as an easy option for stealing sometimes very large sums of money from vulnerable older people over long periods of time. “It suggests that the banks simply aren’t doing enough to combat the problem. Shockingly, these thefts are sometimes taking place right under the noses of bank staff and, while it’s not always easy to tell if someone has the older person’s best interests at heart, there seems to be room for more of the kind of training Action on Elder Abuse provides to spot warning signs and act accordingly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Over half of Britain’s seven million unpaid carers know the bank card PINs of the person they are looking after, according to the Money and Mental Health Institute. It comes as this newspaper today reports on the case of a dying cancer patient who shared his bank card and PIN with a neighbour who took out £300 in cash every day for 57 days. read more

first_imgRitchie Bros Auctioneers says it sold more than C$57 million of heavy equipment and trucks during an unreserved public auction at its permanent auction site in Edmonton, Alberta on March 7 and 8. The auction featured a large selection of late-model mining and heavy construction equipment, including more than 70 hydraulic excavators, more than 45 wheel loaders, over 30 articulated dump trucks, over 15 rigid haul trucks trucks and 10 crushers. More than 3,500 equipment items and trucks were sold.“Our first auction of the year here in Edmonton featured a large selection of late model mining, construction and transportation equipment, which we’re seeing a lot of – with the Alberta mining industry on a steady move,” said Jim Rotlisberger, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. “Participation from local and international bidders created a healthy, competitive bidding environment during both days of the auction. We saw strong results for late-model, low-hour equipment for the mining, construction, transportation and other industries—a positive sign at the start of 2013 as we get set for our second auction at the end of April.”Close to 5,700 bidders from more than 35 countries, including 39 US states and all Canadian provinces and two territories, registered to bid in person or online for the auction. The auction featured equipment for more than 490 sellers, including more than 70 mining, heavy construction and transportation equipment items from North American Construction Group (NACG), the largest contract mining group in the Alberta oil sands. “In general, we saw good activity levels from the bidding crowds during last week’s auction,” said Joe Lambert, Vice President, NACG. “A variety of fleets —from larger mining gear to smaller construction equipment— crossed the auction ramp with strong participation by the bidding crowd from both industries. The used equipment market has shown a slight improvement over last fall when there was a significant disposal of thermal coal assets from the US into the market. We look forward to the next Ritchie Bros Edmonton auction where we will look at our options for selling some more equipment to buyers from around the world.”last_img read more

first_imgClickmox technology can make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3D mapping technology. Navigation is still a problem underground where no GPS is available. The company believes the solution is to use 3D-scanning technology to create digital maps of underground mines.Autonomous machines can then have those maps uploaded to their memories, and know exactly where they are in the mine. They can then move around without bumping into walls or other objects. The Clickmox state-of-the-art laser-based real time vehicle positioning system can be installed on any vehicle. The system provides positioning information of the vehicle in GPS-denied environments, such as underground mine drifts.The system is based on the ZEB1 laser scanner from 3D Laser Mapping and uses an intelligent algorithm to maximise point cloud density by controlling actuator speed with respect of speed of vehicle.This LiDAR system can be installed on any vehicle and can be used outdoors and underground. The mobile 3D laser performs automated 3D laser scanning of drifts with minimal operator intervention. Key features:Automated data storagePositioning using SLAM algorithmCost effective Accuracy better than 10 mmHighly efficient and less time consuming than traditional static LiDAR profilersMountable on any vehicle used in underground minesTypical uses would be to survey underground mine openings; scan underground pillars, mine drifts and stopes; convergence monitoring in underground mine openings; and undercut/overcut measurements during lateral development underground.Through Clickmox, Professor Syed Naeem Ahmed and his team have worked to develop a low-cost system that is much lighter, and can be attached to a drone so it knows exactly where it’s going in real-time. Using off-the-shelf parts they’ve taken a relatively cheap 2D laser scanner, and have attached it to a small pivoting platform. The motion from the platform adds the third dimension.Clickmox has also developed an algorithm in-house to make sense of the data the scanner collects and create detailed 3D maps that are accurate up to 10 mm.The team has also modified a small drone (UAV) so it can carry a 3D scanner. This drone can be flown underground, and using the laser scanner can inspect mine drifts.Clickmox has also worked with Glencore on a small robot that can clear raise holes. The robot is equipped with a drill, which it uses to break up blockages in raises.last_img read more

first_imgGlobal Atomic Corp reports an exploration update from its flagship Dasa project in the Republic of Niger, West Africa. Highlights:Drilling at DASA along strike and down dip has been successful in confirming Global Atomic’s geologic interpretation of the deposit and has identified five distinct areas of new mineralizationHigh grade mineralization was intersected at the Tegama Hill Main Zone, hole ASDH 577 returned 3,353 ppm eU3O8 over 69.8 m, including 38,653 (3.9%) eU3O8 over 4.6 mSouthwest Extension Zone 1 proved to have excellent mineralization in the Teloua formation, with hole ASDH 558 returning 19,933 (2.0%) eU3O8 over 9.5 m, which included 54,101 (5.4%) eU3O8 over 3.3 m. ASDH 574 returned 1,737 ppm U3O8 over 85.9 m, including 5,597 ppm eU3O8 over 3.6 m.Stephen G. Roman, President and CEO, commented “Our geological model has proven correct with new high grade zones identified, which could have a substantial impact on the size of the Dasa deposit. Our next phase of drilling will focus on these extensions and a new resource will be calculated once Phase 2 drilling is completed. Currently, we continue to develop our Flank Zone area with CSA Global, with a PEA expected in September. The Flank Zone will be the target of initial operations in order to supply Orano Mining with mineralized material under the MOU signed in 2017.”The diagram shows targeted drill areas (looking east).George A. Flach, VP Exploration, commented “The strataform nature of this sandstone deposit shows many intersections of mineralization. The exciting discoveries we have made include high grades in all units within the Jurassic, Triassic and Carboniferous sandstone horizons.”last_img read more

first_imgTHE ISRAELI MILITARY says it has carried out an air strike in the Gaza Strip in response to the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian who was working along the border fence.The shooting prompted Israel to warn it would respond “forcefully”.Gaza CityThe planes fired at a Hamas training facility in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, with two more strikes reported east of Gaza City and another in the centre of the Palestinian enclave.The military gave no immediate details on the target of the air strike today, and there was no word on casualties.The military said the Israeli man was shot while he was doing maintenance work on the border fence. Hospital officials later pronounced him dead.It was the latest in a string of Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent days.Addtional reporting – © AFP, 2013Read: NASA: Astronauts’ Christmas Eve spacewalk should not conflict with Santa’s flight path>Read: Code-breaker who broke Nazi Enigma code given posthumous pardon>last_img read more

first_img 66 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share891 Tweet Email2 Housing crisis: Number of homeless families in Dublin exceeds 1,000 mark There were a total of 1,173 families homeless in Dublin in September – a figure that includes 2,426 children. Image: Shutterstock/Roman Bodnarchuk Our frontline staff have seen first-hand that the two key reasons families are becoming homeless is one, landlords are selling up and getting out of the business, and two, rising rents.“Both these issues are within the power of the government to tackle and while they have taken some actions they have clearly not done enough, fast enough.”Read: New counselling rooms for homeless people open in Dublin todayRead: There are now nearly 1,000 homeless families in emergency accommodation in Dublin By Gráinne Ní Aodha Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 8:32 PMcenter_img Short URL FIGURES RELEASED BY the Government today show that there were over 1,000 families in homeless accommodation in September.The report, which is released every month, is broken down by age, gender, region, and the housing scheme under which they fall – and shows a rise across all demographics.Figures show that there were 4,283 adults, 1,173 families and 2,426 children sleeping in emergency accommodation in September of this year, representing an increase of almost 100 families compared to August.The Government introduced ‘Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’ in July of this year with the aim of “tackling homelessness in a comprehensive manner” through increasing the housing supply and a number of other proactive measures. Source: Department of Housing defended the figures release, saying that although there were rises, there were significant measures taken in their plan to fight homelessness:“For example, during the course of 2015, housing authorities assisted in 2,322 sustainable exits from homelessness, i.e. into independent social housing or supported private rented tenancies.“More than 1,350 exits were achieved nationally in the first half of this year and in Dublin a further 411 exits have been achieved in the third quarter.“A total of 1,761 exits nationally,” according to the Department.“I have said that it will take time to turn the tide on homelessness for both families and individuals,” added Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Source: Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin accused the government of publishing the figures late and “quietly on the Department website on a day when the media are focused on the Brexit forum.”He added that “these figures do not include those sofa-surfing or those refused access to emergency accommodation despite having no home of their own.ResponseFocus Ireland said that while it is supporting at least one family to move on from homelessness every day this year, the reality is that inadequate prevention strategies means more than one other family becomes homeless that same day.Focus Ireland director of advocacy Mike Allen said:“We need to stop the constant flow of families and single people becoming homeless.” Image: Shutterstock/Roman Bodnarchuk Nov 2nd 2016, 8:32 PM 10,469 Views last_img read more

first_imgA thundering round of applause please … clap, clap, clap. That is what nature provided Friday evening over many parts of Clark County as an isolated thunderstorm developed south of Washington and moved northward. A few brief downpours or sprinkles accompanied the clouds and thunder but amounts were quite light in most locations. I had reports from a trace to a few hundredths of an inch.I guess that was our Friday surprise. I expect no surprises the next five days or so, with fair skies and highs into the 80s all week. How does that sound, folks? A pleasant way to end the summer and lead up to the arrival of autumn Saturday at 7:49 a.m. Of course, at this season, you never know when a system will drift over with showers.It is anything but late-summer weather in southern Alaska. The National Weather Service said Saturday afternoon, “A powerful autumn storm is forecast to bring strong wind and heavy rain to much of South-central Alaska. Due to recent rainfall, the ground is saturated leading to a greater risk of flooding and fallen trees. Significant power outages are possible. Winds in Anchorage could gust to 65 mph, and farther east in the higher elevations winds could gust to 110 mph.”It won’t be too long before a barrage of weather systems ushers in our rainy season. Hopefully that will wait until late October or so.For the first two weeks of September, Vancouver’s mean temperature, 66.2 degrees, is just about normal. Rainfall is at 0.04 of an inch, about a half-inch below average.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

first_imgClark College will pay $4,975 to replace the letters on the campus sign at the corner of Fort Vancouver Way and McLoughlin Blvd., according to a college official. The sign was vandalized the weekend of April 20. Vancouver Sign Group will complete the work by May 15.No suspects have been identified. Those with information about the sign’s vandalism can call campus security, 360-992-2133.last_img

first_imgTehran: Iran on Saturday warned the US against the “mistake” of taking military action against the Islamic republic, saying any attack will draw Tehran’s “crushing response” that will cost Washington dearly and blow up a powder keg in the region. “Threat for threat means that if the enemy fires a single bullet at us, it will receive 10 bullets and have to pay a heavy cost,” Iranian armed forces general staff spokesman Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi told Tasnim news agency in an interview. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us He said that any act of aggression against Iran will draw such a “historic response that would make the assailants regret their move”. Brig. Gen. Shekarchi’s comments came after Iran shot down a US Global Hawk surveillance drone earlier this week. Tehran said the unmanned US aircraft entered Iranian airspace in the early hours of Thursday. Washington, however, maintains it was shot down in international airspace. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Following the incident, US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he aborted a military strike to retaliate against Iran’s move because doing so would have killed around 150 people. In the interview with Tasnim, Shekarchi said that the Iranian Armed Forces were closely monitoring the US moves. “A military mistake from the enemy, particularly from the US and its regional allies, will be tantamount to firing at a powder keg… it will set the region ablaze and burn up the US, its interests and its allies.” Advertise With Us He added that the Islamic republic “will never be the first side to start a war, but the enemy’s slightest mistake will draw a revolutionary response from Iran in West and Central Asia from which the attackers would not survive”. Tension has been escalating between the two countries, with the US blaming Iran for last week’s attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and on four tankers off the United Arab Emirates in May — both near the Strait of Hormuz, through which between two and three dozen ships pass every day. Tehran denies any role in these incidents. Relations between the US and Iran plummeted to fresh lows after Trump decided to withdraw from the 2015 international nuclear deal and apply fresh sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and banking sector.last_img read more

first_imglate president Ziaur RahmanBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its associate bodies on Thursday observed the 38th death anniversary of its founder and former president Ziaur Rahman across the country.On 30 May, 1981, Zia was assassinated by some army officers at Chattogram Circuit House.He founded BNP in 1978.BNP standing committee members, led by its secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, together with party leaders and activists paid homage to Zia by placing wreaths at his grave at the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar around 11:15am, marking the day.They also joined a munajat seeking the salvation of Zia’s departed soul.Leaders and activists of different units and associate bodies of the party also placed wreaths at Zia’s grave on the occasion.The party flag was hoisted at half-mast, while black flags hoisted at the party’s Naya Paltan central office and all other party offices across the country at 6:00am.Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) arranged a free medical camp at BNP’s Naya Paltan office while Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal arranged a photo exhibition at the National Press Club in observance of the day.The party’s two city units distributed iftar items and clothes among the destitute at different parts of the capital on the occasion.The party’s all district, city and thana units also observed the day with various programmes.last_img read more

first_img Share Sheila Thompson/FlickrThe room sharing app, Air BnB, reports it doubled the amount of taxes it paid to the State of Texas in the past  year.The company reported one-and-a-half million guests for the last 12 months resulting in 15-million dollars in taxes… almost double the previous year’s tax revenue.In April, 2017, the company struck an agreement with the Texas Comptroller’s Office which streamlined the collection of the six-percent hotel-occupancy-tax—allowing those funds to be directly remitted to the state.AirBnB says over the past year hotels across the state increased the number of rooms sold by about eight-percent.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Hella Good: Scientists Petition to Name a Very Large Number (2010, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 As in, “That’s one hella big number.”In fact, there is a Facebook effort underway, with more than 20,000 students and scientists calling for this name. One of the instigators is Austin Sendek, a student in physics at the University of California. Fox News reports on his reasoning for naming the number hella:Sendek and his petition signatories believe naming numbers in the 10^27 category is of “critical importance for scientists in all fields.” He said these numbers are vital to representing “the wattage of the sun, distances between galaxies, or the number of atoms in a large sample.” …”However, science isn’t all that sets Northern California apart from the rest of the world,” Sendek wrote. “The area is also notorious for the creation and widespread usage of the English slang ‘hella,’ which typically means ‘very,’ or can refer to a large quantity (e.g. ‘there are hella stars out tonight’).”But will the International System of Units go for it? That’s the question. Calling something “yotta” sounds very like the name of the Star Wars character Yoda, so naming the next big number “hella” wouldn’t be so bad. Right? Plus, it would give science an “in” regarding popular culture. But, if numbers continue to get larger, what comes next? How could you express a number that is even bigger than hella? ( — As science becomes increasing precise, and as computers provide the ability to crunch ever larger (and smaller) numbers, scientists are looking to name numbers with lots of zeroes. You’ve heard of mega, giga and tera. You might have even heard of yotta — which is a one followed by 24 zeroes. But now some scientists are petitioning the International System of Units to create a binary prefix for a one followed by 27 zeroes. This number, they think, should be called “hella”. Image source: SPUI via Wikimedia Commonscenter_img Explore further The battle between virus and host cell This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Though some might see it as farfetched, or heaven forbid, lunacy, Davis and Wagner are convinced that it’s worth the small amount of investment such a search would entail. What if, they suggest, close-up photographs of the moon that are already being made available to the masses (from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) via the Internet, were to be presented with a request that anyone that would like to participate, study whichever photos they find interesting, looking for anything that appears of unnatural origin, then report back. Interesting “finds” could then be studied by many others, and those that seem promising could be studied further by professionals. It all seems so easy, after all, other group projects are underway, and by most accounts, appear to meet with relative success.Another possibility, the team suggests, is using image or shape recognizing software to scan photos of the moon to help narrow down search areas and to alert humans when it finds something interesting.The idea of putting resources towards searching for the existence of intelligent alien life wouldn’t be new of course, the SETI project exists for that sole purpose. Looking for evidence that we’ve been visited by an extraterrestrial is of course a little different, but in this case, it seems to make sense. After all as Davis and Wagner point out, because the moon is so barren, has no atmosphere and because it is so seldom hit with meteorites, things that go on there are preserved for tens or even millions of years. If any aliens visited the moon during that time span, it should be possible to find traces of their activity, or their equipment, offering proof for the very first time, that there really is someone else out there. New calculations suggest Jupiter’s core may be liquefying ( — If you were part of a team sent to explore an unknown planet; and that planet had a natural orbiting moon, wouldn’t it make sense to use that moon as a base camp or remote observation post? Especially if you didn’t want those being observed to know you were there? Professor Paul Davis and research technician Robert Wagner think so, and that’s why they’ve published a paper in Acta Astronautica that suggests we humans begin taking a little closer look at our own moon to see if any alien life forms might have left behind some evidence of their visit. More information: Searching for alien artifacts on the moon, Acta Astronautica, In Press. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.022AbstractThe Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has a low probability of success, but it would have a high impact if successful. Therefore it makes sense to widen the search as much as possible within the confines of the modest budget and limited resources currently available. To date, SETI has been dominated by the paradigm of seeking deliberately beamed radio messages. However, indirect evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence could come from any incontrovertible signatures of non-human technology. Existing searchable databases from astronomy, biology, earth and planetary sciences all offer low-cost opportunities to seek a footprint of extraterrestrial technology. In this paper we take as a case study one particular new and rapidly-expanding database: the photographic mapping of the Moon’s surface by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to 0.5 m resolution. Although there is only a tiny probability that alien technology would have left traces on the moon in the form of an artifact or surface modification of lunar features, this location has the virtue of being close, and of preserving traces for an immense duration. Systematic scrutiny of the LRO photographic images is being routinely conducted anyway for planetary science purposes, and this program could readily be expanded and outsourced at little extra cost to accommodate SETI goals, after the fashion of the SETI@home and Galaxy Zoo via The Guardian Moon. Photo courtesy of NASA Explore further © 2011 Citation: ASU cosmologist suggests studying moon for alien artifacts (2011, December 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more