Nova Scotia Sends Natural Resources Firefighters to British Columbia

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources has sent 24 staff to Kamloops, B.C. to help control and extinguish some of the numerous forest fires burning throughout the province. Three safety officers, a sustained action crew of 20 wildland firefighters and an agency representative are making the trip to British Columbia. “We understand that the fire situation in British Columbia is extreme and we will help in any way we can,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “Our province has many trained personnel with wildfire expertise and we will lend our skills and knowledge in hopes of making an impact on the hazardous conditions being experienced in the west.” The Nova Scotia wildfire crews are expected to be on the ground for up to 19 days, depending on weather conditions. The low level of fire concern across Nova Scotia allows resources to be lent to provinces in greater need. The request for additional resources came through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, an organization that co-ordinates wildland fire-control services around the country. Nova Scotia is a member of its Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, established in the early 1980s to ensure all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires becomes too big for them to handle.last_img read more

Publication dune étude linguistique sur lutilisation des services gouvernementaux en français

first_imgUne étude sur l’utilisation des services gouvernementaux par les Néo-Écossais francophones démontre que les efforts du gouvernement provincial visant à améliorer les services en français sont sur la bonne voie. L’étude, publiée aujourd’hui 1er mars, démontre que de nombreux citoyens acadiens et francophones préfèrent recevoir des services gouvernementaux en français et sont plus susceptibles d’utiliser ces services lorsqu’ils sont offerts de façon explicite et proactive par le gouvernement. « Seul un francophone sur dix est susceptible de demander pour des services gouvernementaux en français sans incitation, a dit le chercheur Kenneth Deveau. Toutefois, presque neuf francophones sur dix affirment qu’ils utiliseraient fort probablement des services gouvernementaux en français si un employé du gouvernement l’offrait de façon proactive. » Une « offre proactive » combine un accueil bilingue avec des repères visuels, par exemple des épinglettes ou des affiches qui indiquent que le service peut être offert en français ou en anglais. « Les résultats de l’étude démontrent que la Nouvelle-Écosse peut contribuer à la vitalité de sa communauté acadienne et francophone en augmentant la présence du français dans ses communications, son affichage et ses établissements ainsi qu’en offrant de façon proactive des services en français, » a dit M. Deveau. L’étude a été menée auprès de 600 Acadiens et francophones dans les régions d’Argyle, de Clare, de Chéticamp, de l’Isle Madame et d’Halifax, et elle portait sur les expériences, les comportements et les opinions au sujet de la langue. Elle a été effectuée par Kenneth Deveau, Rodrigue Landry et Réal Allard, et financée par Patrimoine canadien et l’Office des affaires acadiennes par l’entremise de l’Entente Canada – Nouvelle-Écosse relative aux services en français. « Le gouvernement provincial a déployé des efforts considérables pour améliorer les services offerts aux Néo-Écossais acadiens et francophones au cours des dernières années, et cette étude confirme que nous sommes sur la bonne voie, » a dit Vaughne Madden, directrice générale de l’Office des affaires acadiennes. Le programme d’identification visuelle Bonjour! du gouvernement provincial fait la promotion de l’offre proactive. À l’interne, le programme encourage les employés du gouvernement à offrir des services en français. À l’externe, il encourage les membres du public à demander pour des services gouvernementaux en français et à utiliser ces services. « L’étude nous aidera à continuer d’établir les priorités dans les processus de planification et de prestation de services, a dit Mme Madden. Elle servira aussi de ressource pour les gouvernements municipaux ainsi que pour le gouvernement provincial et fédéral et tout autre fournisseur de services qui souhaite améliorer la prestation de services en français. » Pour consulter l’étude en français, visitez le www.icrml.ca. Le sommaire de l’étude est également disponible en français et en anglais.last_img read more

Disappointed with govts measures to boost real estate sector CREDAI

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s apex realtors group said it is disappointed with the government’s measures to support the sector, as it did not address the key demands such as tax rebate and lower interest rate for home buyers and developers. CREDAI’s National Chairman Jaxay Shah said the fund created for completing the stalled real estate projects will have limited impact as it excludes those projects which are either facing insolvency proceedings or become non-performing assets (NPAs). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Last month, we had met the finance minister and made several demands to improve liquidity and boost demand in the real estate sector. But, unfortunately our demands have not been met,” Shah said on Sunday. Reiterating the demand of the association that has about 12,000 members, Shah said the government should withdraw its decision to ban subvention scheme as it was for the benefit of home buyers and helped generate demand. In July, the National Housing Bank (NHB) asked housing finance companies (HFCs) to “desist” from offering loans under subvention scheme, wherein real estate developers pay home loan interest on behalf of home buyers till possession of flats.last_img read more

PEI will have input into Nova Scotia mills effluent plan Minister

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s environment minister says he understands that P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan has concerns about a pulp mill’s plan to pump effluent into the Northumberland Strait, and says Islanders will have a chance for input.Iain Rankin responded Thursday to a letter released this week by MacLauchlan that voiced the premier’s disapproval of the Northern Pulp proposal in Pictou, N.S.The mill — which is across the strait from eastern P.E.I. — is to submit an environmental assessment for its proposed treatment facility to the Nova Scotia Environment Department this summer, likely in July.Rankin was asked whether he thought the Island government has a stake in his department’s decision-making process.“He (MacLauchlan) is within his right to express his opinion,” was all Rankin would say to reporters following a cabinet meeting.“He is entitled to those opinions, but we have a commitment to Pictou Landing First Nations to close the Boat Harbour treatment facility by 2020.”In the letter, sent Tuesday to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, MacLauchlan said he shares concerns from fishermen that an outflow pipe could have “unintended consequences” for local fisheries.“An effluent pipe that would allow as much as 75,000 cubic metres of fresh warm water to be directed daily into the Northumberland Strait is not a project that our government will support as proposed,” MacLauchlan wrote.Rankin pointed out that treated effluent from the mill’s pulp-making process has been flowing into the strait for the last 50 years.Rankin said the assessment process includes a 30-day period set aside for public submissions. He said he would look at any sent by P.E.I. residents.“Absolutely. I want to hear from anyone that is a stakeholder in this, it’s important.”Rankin said the province would also be asking for advice from the federal Fisheries Department “to see what possible impacts there could be.” He said Ottawa could also trigger a federal environmental assessment if it feels one is required.He said he had received no word yet from federal officials on whether further assessments are being contemplated.Northern Pulp released its plan for a new effluent treatment plant last month.The company says the effluent would be treated at a new facility near the mill using a system that would meet all federal environmental standards for suspended solids and oxygen depletion.It would be carried by polyethylene pipe across Pictou Harbour and released through six dispersal pipes into the strait.last_img read more

New TrickorTreat for UNICEF PSAs Feature Charlie Brown and The Peanuts Movie

first_img“Want to be part of something totally awesome?” That’s Charlie Brown’s question to American kids in a new public service announcement (PSA), as he encourages them to take part in the 65th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF – the original Kids Helping Kids campaign.Join The Peanuts Movie Gang and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEFCharlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang – stars of 20th Century Fox’s The Peanuts Movie – in theaters November 6 – are featured in new print, online and broadcast public service announcements to inspire kids to go door-to-door with special edition Peanuts-themed orange boxes to collect funds in support of UNICEF’s lifesaving work around the world.Video: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF with the Peanuts Movie Gang“The exciting collaboration with Charlie Brown, The Peanuts Movie gang and 20th Century Fox marks a new direction in Entertainment Partnership for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “This partnership, along with the new PSAs, is a great way to show kids that they can have fun while making a difference for kids in need all over the world this Halloween.”As one of the longest running youth volunteer initiatives in America, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised more than $175 million to provide children around the world with medicine, nutrition, clean water, education and emergency relief.“We are honored to have Charlie Brown introduce a new generation of kids to the American tradition of Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF,” said Zachary Eller, Senior Vice President of Marketing Partnerships at 20th Century Fox. “Beloved by all for his big heart and big dreams, Charlie Brown will get kids excited about helping kids around the globe and supporting UNICEF’s work.”This fall, teachers of grade K-12 students can also participate in the Halloween campaign through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge, a short essay contest focused on encouraging global citizenship in the classroom and community. The top 15 essay competition entrants will receive $500 of Scholastic books. Entries must be submitted at www.trickortreatforunicef.org by December 1, 2015 to be considered; teachers can also use the website to access lesson plans and other resources.The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is grateful for the support of National Partners HSNi Cares, Claire’s and Key Club International, and Promotional Supporter American Airlines.last_img read more

Owners of the rail line to Churchill had duty to fix it

first_imgWINNIPEG – Federal regulators have ruled that the owners of a broken rail line to Churchill were wrong not to repair the track that kept the northern Manitoba community connected to the outside world.The Canadian Transportation Agency said in a ruling released Friday the Hudson Bay Railway Co., owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, has a legal obligation to fix and maintain the line.“The (Canada Transportation Act’s) long-standing rail level-of-service provisions reflect the public duty of railway companies to provide service on the railway lines they own or operate,” the 11-page ruling states.“The agency finds that since November 2017, HBR has been … in breach of its level of service obligations.”The line is the only land link to Churchill, on Hudson Bay, and was severely damaged by flooding in May of last year. Omnitrax said it could not afford the tens of millions of dollars needed to repair the line and rejected demands from the federal government to fix it.For the last year, goods and people have had to be flown in at much higher cost. Tourism to the subarctic community of 900 people, known for its polar bears, has been hit hard.Since last year, Omnitrax has been negotiating a deal to sell the rail line to a consortium of northern communities, including Churchill.Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats filed the complaint with the federal regulator, which ruled Omnitrax must start repairs by July 3 and provide regular updates on its progress.“If Omnitrax hangs on to the rail line, they’ve got to fix the rail line and the clock is ticking,” NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Friday.Omnitrax has 30 days to appeal the ruling. The company refused to comment Friday and said it would spell out its position early next week.The decision may be moot, because Omnitrax reached an agreement in principle last month to sell the railway, along with the Port of Churchill, to the northern consortium.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said Friday the deal, which would leave the new owners the responsibility for repairs, is close to complete, and the regulatory ruling doesn’t change anything.“We’re focused on finalizing the deal … we’re hoping to have this done within a couple of weeks.”Kinew said the ruling vindicates his party’s decision to take up the fight with Omnitrax. The Progressive Conservative government failed to take action, he said.“They threw up their hands, they said ‘There’s nothing that we could do’, so we took action.”last_img read more

Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle Tuesday when a U.S. judge ruled that cancer victims and their families could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said evidence that the active ingredient in Roundup — glyphosate — can cause the disease seemed “rather weak.” Still, the opinions of three experts linking glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were not “junk science” that should be excluded from a trial, the judge ruled.The lawsuits say agrochemical giant Monsanto, which makes Roundup, long knew about the cancer risk but failed to warn people. The ruling allows the claims to move forward, though the judge warned it could be a “daunting challenge” to convince him to allow a jury to hear testimony that glyphosate was responsible for individual cancer diagnoses.Many government regulators have rejected a link between cancer and glyphosate. Monsanto has vehemently denied such a connection, saying hundreds of studies have established that the chemical is safe.The company is facing hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal courts that claim otherwise. Chhabria is presiding over more than 400 of them.A separate trial is under way in San Francisco in a lawsuit by a school groundskeeper dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — the first case a jury has heard alleging Roundup caused cancer.In response to Chhabria’s ruling, Monsanto Vice-President Scott Partridge noted the judge excluded some of the plaintiffs’ experts and called the opinions of those he is allowing to testify “shaky.”“Moving forward, we will continue to defend these lawsuits with robust evidence that proves there is absolutely no connection between glyphosate and cancer,” Partridge said in a statement. “We have sympathy for anyone suffering from cancer, but the science clearly shows that glyphosate was not the cause.”Michael Baum, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said he was still reviewing the ruling but was pleased the judge rejected Monsanto’s effort to have the lawsuits thrown out.“We look forward to taking the next step — getting our clients their day in court,” he said in a statement.The judge wanted to determine whether the science behind the claim that glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had been properly tested and met other requirements to be considered valid.Chhabria spent a week in March hearing dueling testimony from epidemiologists. He peppered them with questions about potential strengths and weaknesses of research on the cancer risk of glyphosate.Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, testified for the plaintiffs that her review of scientific literature led her to conclude that glyphosate and glyphosate-based compounds such as Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Ritz said a 2017 National Institutes of Health study that found no association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had major flaws.Monsanto brought in its own expert, Lorelei Mucci, a cancer epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who praised the 2017 study.“When you look at the body of epidemiological literature on this topic, there’s no evidence of a positive association between glyphosate and NHL risk,” she said of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.In his ruling Tuesday, the judge said Ritz and Mucci could both testify before a jury.Monsanto developed glyphosate in the 1970s, and the weed killer is now sold in more than 160 countries. Farmers in California, the most agriculturally productive state in the U.S., use it on more than 200 types of crops. Homeowners use it on their lawns and gardens.The herbicide came under increasing scrutiny after the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.A flurry of lawsuits against Monsanto followed, and California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer. Monsanto has attacked the international research agency’s opinion as an outlier.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate is safe for people when used in accordance with label directions.A federal judge in Sacramento has blocked California from requiring that Roundup carry a label stating that it is known to cause cancer, saying the warning is misleading because almost all regulators have concluded that there is no evidence glyphosate is carcinogenic.last_img read more

Libya maintains low tariffs on fuel for UN to airlift food to

“We thank the Libyan people and its government for this generous gesture which will allow for the continuation of WFP’s humanitarian airlift of food from El Kufra in Libya to Darfur,” John Powell, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director, said.Jet fuel was set to rise from 13 to 33 cents per litre, costing the programme an additional $1.5 million a month to maintain the airlifts. Had Libya not maintained the old tariff, WFP said it would have been forced to suspend the airlift this month.Airlifts are especially important during the rainy season, it added, when roads in Darfur become impassable at the same time that the need for food aid increases.”The loss of this route would have made it more difficult for WFP to provide for up to 3.25 million people we plan to assist from August through to October,” said Amir Abdulla, WFP’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, who is based in Cairo, Egypt.On funding, meanwhile, WFP’s special logistics operation to move food from Libya across the Sahara Desert to Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad has received just $248,000 of the $4.5 million needed until next February. WFP’s food relief inside Darfur needs an additional $562 million, two-thirds of which has been donated. read more

UN envoy for Lebanon visits refugee camps pledges support to deal with

During her tour of Lebanon’s north-eastern Bekaa Valley – home to some 410,000 Syrian refugees – Ms. Kaag expressed her appreciation to the country’s host communities for their generosity and solidarity with Syria’s refugees.“This is not about differentiation, it is about human dignity, to support the most vulnerable,” the Special Coordinator said, emphasizing the need for timely and targeted assistance by all partners to ensure that needs continue to be met. “Safety, security, protection and human rights are needed to ensure the stabilization of Lebanon.”During her tour, Ms. Kaag met with region’s parliamentarians, the Governor of the northern Bekaa and local authorities of Baalbeck. The talks covered political and security developments but also the humanitarian and socio-economic challenges of the area.The Special Coordinator also referenced the importance of sustained assistance to reinforce stability and stabilization of Lebanon, benefitting the Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese host communities alike. Ms. Kaag visited a Syrian refugee site in Fayda/Omarieh and listened to the concerns of refugees. She also visited a solar panel installation, set up in the village of Terbol with the assistance of the Municipality of Terbol and UN Development Programme (UNDP) to serve all residents of the area. Regarding the security situation along Lebanon’s eastern borders with Syria, the Special Coordinator praised the efforts of the Lebanese army and security forces to safeguard the country’s security and stability. read more

Len Goodman admits he cant recognise Strictly celebrities and forgets the winners

first_imgThe judge, famous for giving out “sevens”, also confessed he had suffered nervous after being asked to join the show, fearing it would make a mockery of his career in dance. Ann Widdecombe in action on Strictly He added: “The overriding thing about Strictly is, as much as we love the dancing, it’s about entertainment and the people watching tend to remember the entertainers way more than they do the dancers.“I was sad when Ed Balls left, he was the cat with nine lives but of course he went in week ten which is quite funny.” Ed Balls: more memorable than most Goodman was interviewed by presenter Claudia Winkleman Ann Widdecombe in action on Strictly The foursome will make their last appearance together on the Christmas special Ed Balls: more memorable than most “I had lots of qualms, lots!” he told interviewer Claudia Winkleman. “Firstly I was very worried it might be a mickey take of my little world of ballroom dancing, which of course was totally wrong.“I also didn’t think the professionals would be able to teach a non-dancer celebrity in a few days to any high standard.“And I didn’t expect ballroom dancing with celebrities would be a success. So it took me a few days to decide. I know the odd sports person but not the others.Len Goodman Goodman stars in the Strictly Christmas special “I very clearly remember Ann Widdecombe but I can’t remember who won it that year.“I very clearly remember John Sergeant but I couldn’t tell you who won it that year.“And in five years’ time, I will very clearly remember Ed Balls but I probably won’t be able to tell you who wins – so what does that say about me and most of the people watching?”center_img “Thank heavens I did say yes, because it absolutely changed my life. Never ever have I regretted doing it, I’ve been so privileged to be part of the show.”Goodman has previously announced he will step down as head judge after the Christmas special, with 14 series under his belt.“I’m sure when the next series comes round and I’m sitting indoors I’ll miss it,” he said. “I know I will. I’ll miss getting to the studio, having a cup of coffee and having a chat with Bruno, Craig and Darcey.“I’ve loved doing it and being part of it but I’d much prefer to leave the show with people saying, ‘Oh what a shame Len’s going!’ Rather than, ‘Thank heavens he’s off!’ Goodman was interviewed by presenter Claudia Winkleman And as if to add insult to injury, he admitted he quickly forgets who has won the show after the series has ended, remembering only the comic performers like Ed Balls instead.“I’m not very celebrity savvy,” Goodman told the Radio Times, in an interview to celebrate his final weeks on the show.“I know the odd sports person but not the others. I’m a keen golfer, so it was great to shake hands with Tony Jacklin when he was on the show – unfortunately he couldn’t dance and was out week one. The foursome will make their last appearance together on the Christmas special Many a viewer may have sat back and scratched their heads at some of the celebrity contestants on Strictly Come Dancing, wondering how they rose to fame or even, frankly, what their name is.They are not alone, it appears.For Len Goodman, Strictly’s head judge, has confessed he rarely recognises the star contestants taking to the dance floor- and promptly forgets them afterwards, too.Goodman, who will leave the BBC dancing show after this series at the age of 72, said he had been able to identify the “odd sports person but not the others” across his 12 years on the show.   Goodman has been head judge for 14 series Goodman has been head judge for 14 series 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. Goodman stars in the Strictly Christmas special “It’s the right time. If I’m being totally honest and serious then I won’t change my mind.“I’m 72 and I want to enjoy myself and go to places that I’ve never been before. I want to go out and live my life a bit more.”The full interview is published in the Christmas edition of the Radio Times, out now.last_img read more

Marko Kopljar seriously injured

Fuchse BerlinMarko Kopljar ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Frisch Auf Goppingen furious in Nasice to win the first place Next Story → VIDEO: “Goodbye Hungarian handball queen” Fuchse Berlin lost one of the biggest name of the team – Croatian right back Marko Kopljar. The 32-years old lefthander suffered a rupture of the right Achilles tendon, which means that season for him is over.Former member of Telekom Veszprem, FC Barcelona Lassa, PSG Handball, RK PPD Zagreb, began to play in the system of Velimir Petkovic, after few years of sitting on the bench in various teams, but unfortunately, he suffered one of the toughest injuries in sport in EHF Cup win over Saint Raphael 34:25.The German team, who is still fighting for the title at DKB Bundesliga, reacted quickly by signing loaned player to TUSEM ESSEN – Christoph Reisky. read more

La région MidiPyrénées championne de la recherche

first_imgLa région Midi-Pyrénées, championne de la rechercheL’Insee publie des chiffres indiquant que la région Midi-Pyrénées est celle qui consacre la plus importante part de son produit intérieur brut aux dépenses de Recherche et de Développement avec un total de 4,2%.   La région Midi-Pyrénées devance l’Ile-de-France et la région Rhône-Alpes en ce qui concerne la part de produit intérieur brut allouée aux dépenses de Recherche et de Développement. Avec 4,2% (alors que l’IDF y consacre 2,9% et la région Rhône-Alpes 2,5%), elle se place très loin devant la moyenne nationale située à 2,1% seulement.  À lire aussiD’où vient la fossette entre le nez et les lèvres ?De plus, TV5monde rapporte que “l’effort de recherche s’intensifie en Midi-Pyrénées, au contraire de ce que l’on constate dans les principales autres régions françaises”. En effet, l’Île-de-France régresse alors que les régions Rhône-Alpes et PACA stagnent. Les chiffres, qui portent sur l’année 2007, montrent que les dépenses de recherche en entreprise ont doublé dans la région depuis le début du millénaire alors qu’elles n’ont évolué que de 19% dans le reste du pays.  L’Insee précise que la recherche en Midi-Pyrénées est soutenue par de grosses entreprises et évidemment par les secteurs de l’aéronautique et de l’aérospatial avec EADS et Thales notamment. Ces secteurs employaient en effet 51% des chercheurs en 2007, soit plus de deux fois plus qu’en 2001. Le chiffre le plus parlant reste celui de l’augmentation des dépenses de recherche dans ces secteurs. Ces dernières “ont augmenté de 166% en Midi-Pyrénées, contre 24% en France”.Le 24 avril 2011 à 13:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:amanda missick, beaches resort and spa, butch stewart, pnp, removal, wooden pier Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – The PNP Party and Administration say that it is through diplomacy they were able to get Beaches Resort to remove the obstructive wooden pier along Grace Bay Beach. The wooden dock, which owner, Butch Stewart says was approved by successive TCI governments had become the target of scorn by residents who say the construction was illegal. Media reports revealed the resort received a citation since January, and last week the board walk over the beach was significantly lowered to allow a free flow of movement along the World’s #1 Beach. The PNP said in a statement on Monday that, “The Honorable Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Amanda Missick, Staff of the Planning Department and Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs were in negotiations with management since November 2015 and they were determined to give residents and tourists alike their twelve miles of beach uninterrupted.”The dock which hovered above the sand and made walking along the beach difficult, even impossible on high tide days has now been dropped to the sand level for free passage. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Origi explains lastgasp winner

first_imgDivock Origi is happy to have scored the goal that secured all the three points and bragging rights in the Merseyside derby.The Belgian striker headed into the net to wrap up the win after Virgil van Dijk miscued a volley in the last minute of stoppage timeThe Belgian has been a forgotten man having spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg and has been linked with a move away in JanuaryHowever, Jurgen Klopp gave him the chance to be the hero which he grasped with both hands.“It’s a special moment, I’m enjoying the moment,” Origi told the Express after the game.“It’s a special moment for the club and the city. I’m very happy for it.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Origi then explained why he followed the ball in considering it seemed a lost cause.“It was just instinct, with the first chance I had I knew there was going to be some balls like this,” he added.“I just tried to be sharp and in the end, Virgil gave a nice end assist.“I think I just believe in myself, it wasn’t easy but in football, it always makes you stronger [not playing] to enjoy the game.“Whenever I come in I just try to help the team and I am happy that I could do it in this way today.”last_img read more

Researchers find way to measure speed of spinning object using lights orbital

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find way to measure speed of spinning object using light’s orbital angular momentum (2013, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-orbital-angular-momentum.html 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. Most everyone is familiar with the Doppler Effect—it’s what makes the sound of sirens change in pitch as they pass by. Scientists have been using this phenomenon in various ways for years to learn more about the world around us—one application was determining that most observable stars and galaxies are moving away from us, which led to the theory of the expansion of the universe. Scientists have also learned over the years that the Doppler Effect can be applied to rotating objects as well so long as the light source is not aligned with the axis of rotation–light waves reflected off turbo blades, for example, are different depending on if they are moving towards or away from the source.In this new effort, the researchers found a way to measure the spin speed of an object that is not observed at an angle by taking advantage of a characteristic of light known as orbital angular momentum (OAM). This is where electromagnetic energy associated with light flows forward in the direction of propagation while also continuously moving around its own axis. In essence, it’s light moving through space like a corkscrew. The researchers found that light can be imbued with OAM if it is reflected off a rotating object and it was this discovery that led to its use in calculating the spin speed of the object. Specifically, they found they could calculate the spin speed of the object by measuring the OAM in the light that has been reflected back by it.To test their theory, the researchers fired a laser at a spinning plate in their lab then used a light detector to measure the degree of OAM. Because the plate was spinning, it gave off both positive and negative OAM—the degree of difference between the two gave the researchers the speed of rotation of the object.Because the new method allows for determining spin speed head-on and from a distance, it might be used to determine the spin speed of planets, or back here on Earth to fine tune wind turbines. More information: Detection of a Spinning Object Using Light’s Orbital Angular Momentum, Science 2 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6145 pp. 537-540 DOI: 10.1126/science.1239936ABSTRACTThe linear Doppler shift is widely used to infer the velocity of approaching objects, but this shift does not detect rotation. By analyzing the orbital angular momentum of the light scattered from a spinning object, we observed a frequency shift proportional to product of the rotation frequency of the object and the orbital angular momentum of the light. This rotational frequency shift was still present when the angular momentum vector was parallel to the observation direction. The multiplicative enhancement of the frequency shift may have applications for the remote detection of rotating bodies in both terrestrial and astronomical settings. Doppler shift. Light scattered from a moving surface can be Doppler-shifted in frequency. This frequency shift can be observed for (A) translation and (B) rotation. Credit: Science 2 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6145 pp. 537-540 DOI: 10.1126/science.1239936center_img Journal information: Science Explore further Hall effect at the speed of light: How can you demonstrate relativistic effects with your mobile phone? (Phys.org) —Researchers in Scotland have devised a way to use the Doppler Effect to discern the spin speed of a rotating object where the object is directly facing the light source. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes lab experiments they conducted that allowed them to observe a frequency shift proportional to the product of the rotation frequency of an object and the orbital angular momentum of the light.last_img read more

Mystery of peryton reception at Australian observatory solved Its from microwave ovens

first_img Citation: Mystery of peryton reception at Australian observatory solved: It’s from microwave ovens (2015, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-mystery-peryton-reception-australian-observatory.html 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. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Australia’s Parkes Observatory has found the source of at least one kind of peryton—a type of radio signal similar to Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) which are known to come from somewhere else in the galaxy—microwave ovens in a kitchen nearby. The team has written about their investigation and findings in a paper they have uploaded to the arXiv preprint server. © 2015 Phys.org More information: Identifying the source of perytons at the Parkes radio telescope, arXiv:1504.02165 [astro-ph.IM] arxiv.org/abs/1504.02165Abstract”Perytons” are millisecond-duration transients of terrestrial origin, whose frequency-swept emission mimics the dispersion of an astrophysical pulse that has propagated through tenuous cold plasma. In fact, their similarity to FRB 010724 had previously cast a shadow over the interpretation of “fast radio bursts,” which otherwise appear to be of extragalactic origin. Until now, the physical origin of the dispersion-mimicking perytons had remained a mystery. We have identified strong out-of-band emission at 2.3—2.5 GHz associated with several peryton events. Subsequent tests revealed that a peryton can be generated at 1.4 GHz when a microwave oven door is opened prematurely and the telescope is at an appropriate relative angle. Radio emission escaping from microwave ovens during the magnetron shut-down phase neatly explain all of the observed properties of the peryton signals. Now that the peryton source has been identified, we furthermore demonstrate that the microwaves on site could not have caused FRB 010724. This and other distinct observational differences show that FRBs are excellent candidates for genuine extragalactic transients. For several years space scientists have been studying radio signals that emanate from unknown sources—some from somewhere nearby, others from the distant galaxy. The ones that were found to come from close sources have been named perytons—theories about their origin have typically focused on meteorological and/or terrestrial phenomena. No one really knows the source of FRBs, but scientists have suspected it should be possible to track down the source of perytons, since they come from somewhere nearby. To learn more, the research team set up a real-time radio interference monitor at the Parkes site and then waited for the telescope to detect some perytons—they did not have to wait long, this past January, the telescope picked up three peryton signals, but so did the interference monitor. Analysis of data from the device suggested the source was similar to that emitted from microwave ovens. Taking a closer look, the team found they could reproduce the peryton signals received by the telescope by simply opening the door to a microwave in the break room before its timer went off—that tiny moment of time when the magnetron was still pumping out microwaves when the door was open—that allowed for a very short burst of microwave activity that was of course picked up by the telescope.It is still not clear if microwave ovens can be blamed for all instances of peryton reception, but it is a sure bet that any site that hears such signals in the future will first check to see if they are originating around lunch or dinner time. The finding does not suggest FRBs might be generated by a more earthly source, however, since their signals arrive from just one point in space and unlike perytons, they happen at random times.center_img The time-frequency structure of the three January perytons. In the case of events on 2015-01-19 and 2015-01-23 the summed 13-beam data is shown. For 2015-01-22 only beam 01 is plotted as the outer beam data was not recorded to disk. Credit: arXiv:1504.02165 [astro-ph.IM] Journal information: arXiv Explore further Snapshot of cosmic burst of radio waveslast_img read more

Ivar the Boneless – The Crippled Viking King who Conquered Much of

first_imgBeginning with the attack on the island monastery of Lindisfarne in 793 AD, Viking raids on England had become almost routine, but in 865 AD this changed for the worse and the English faced what they called “The Great Heathen Army.” This was an invasion force of thousands of Norse warriors, most of them from Denmark, but others from Norway, Sweden, and Ireland, and under the command of Ivar the Boneless and his brothers, Halfdan and Ubba, who had made their names in Ireland fighting for Olaf the White, ruler of the Viking Kingdom of Dublin, in the 850s. England in the 9th century was divided between four major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms — Northumbria in the north, Mercia in the middle of the country, East Anglia in the east, and Wessex covering much of the south.“Hyngwar”, Ivar’s name as it appears in Harley MS 2278, a 15th century Middle English manuscriptBy the time of Ivar’s end sometime after 870, Viking territory in England, called “the Danelaw”, covered the bulk of Northumbria, Mercia, and East Anglia. Norse influence stretched from the River Tees to the River Thames, shaping the language, culture, and geography of the north and east of the country. This was down to the leadership of a warrior chief who struggled to walk, but according to legend had to be carried into battle on an upturned shield.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe kingdom of Ivar (outlined in red) and the territories paying him tribute (outlined in purple). Photo by Electionworld CC BY SA 3.0According to Norse mythology, Ivar the Boneless was born with “only cartilage was where bone should have been, but otherwise, he grew tall and handsome and in wisdom, he was the best of their children.” His father was said to be Ragnar Lodbrok, the main character in the first four seasons of Vikings, and as punishment for forcing himself on the mother, the sorceress (or völva) Aslaug, their child was cursed with deformity.Lothbrocus and his sons Ivar and Ubba. 15th century miniature in Harley MS 2278, folio 39r.Many believe Ragnar, who is played by Travis Fimmel in the show, to be a fictional character. He’s a sort of every(North)man narrator who is used in order to contextualize important events in Viking history. It’s a way of binding together folk tales and oral histories from different regions, eras, and traditions as the Norse world expanded through exploration and conquest.Related Video: Beautiful and mysterious Viking treasuresSome modern theories are that Ivar could have suffered from osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), that he was double jointed, or that rather than being literally boneless, there’s a line in the 13th century saga Ragnarssona þáttr (Tale of Ragnar’s Sons) that suggests it may be a euphemism for his impotence.The sagas offer more noble and heroic reasons for the invasion by the Great Heathen Army, suggesting that Ivar the Boneless and his brothers were simply avenging the betrayal and killing of Ragnar by the lowborn King Ælla of Northumbria, but that’s most likely an attempt to retrospectively give the invaders a more noble motive than mere plunder.A modern artist’s interpretation of the reputed execution of Ragnar LodbrokEven if Ragnar were a real historical figure, it doesn’t seem hugely likely that Ælla kept a pit of venomous snakes to have his captives thrown into like a supervillain, especially given there are no species of snake in the British Isles that are lethal to humans.It’s much more plausible that the “betrayal” and the snake pit are allegories, as Ælla was regarded by his peers as a usurper, who had displaced the true king, Osberht, giving Norse storytellers a convenient bad guy for their own tales.The Great Heathen Army did, however, turn on Ælla of Northumbria first. Landing in East Anglia to little resistance, they marched north to capture York in 866. This would be the capital of their new English domain. Ælla, and his predecessor Osberht, faced the greater threat together and were killed in battle near York in March 867 and replaced with a puppet king, Ecgberht I, who accepted Viking rule of the territory taken by Ivar the Boneless.A map of the routes taken by the Great Heathen Army from 865 to 878. Photo by Hel-hama CC BY-SA 3.0The sagas give different, more poetic interpretations of these events. They claim that Ivar went to broker peace with Ælla and took York from him using his greater cunning. Asking for compensation from the King of Northumbria for the murder of his father, Ivar said he would take whatever land he could cover with a piece of ox hide.Ælla, thinking his opponent could do little harm with a patch of Northumbria, agreed. Ivar then cut the leather into thin strips that he could stretch around a parcel of land big enough to settle the city of York. (As York had already been an important Roman and then Anglo-Saxon city, this is most likely nonsense.)York, England, UKHaving subdued their northern neighbors, the Great Heathen Army then turned west and south and invaded the Kingdom of Mercia and then, eventually — after buying time with a peace treaty he had no intention of honoring — the Kingdom of East Anglia. King Edmund of East Anglia was defeated in battle and according to Anglo-Saxon sources is done away with for refusing to turn his back on Christianity.While his kin launched an ultimately unsuccessful invasion of the Kingdom of Wessex, Ivar the Boneless returned to Ireland and joined his old ally Olaf the White in a raid on Dumbarton, the capital of the Celtic (or Brythonic) Kingdom of Strathclyde on the west coast of Scotland. Returning to Dublin in triumph with loot and slaves, Ivar the Boneless died sometime after 870, with one source giving the date as 873.Silver penny of Æthelred I, King of Wessex (865–871)“The Norwegian king […] died of a sudden hideous disease,” recorded the 11th century Fragmentary Annals of Ireland cheerfully. “Thus it pleased God.”Read another story from us: Viking Homes Contained a Portal to the AfterlifeSome historians believe that it may have been a result of his deteriorating condition, but until an archaeologist stumbles across his distorted bones buried beneath an unassuming Irish hillside, there’s simply too little detail and too much mythology to know for certain. What we do know, is in fewer than ten years Ivar the Boneless left a mark on history that can still be seen in Norse place names, dialect words, folklore, and on our TV screens.last_img read more

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Taiwan International Balloon Festival kicks off at Luye Highlands

first_imgThe 8th annual Taiwan International Balloon Festival is taking place in Taitung on Taiwan’s east coast from June 29 to August 12. Directed by Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) and organised by Taitung County Government, the festival usually runs for 38 days, but this year it has been granted a week-long extension of 45 days.Hot air balloons from around the world are in attendance with over 40 eye-catching balloons. Some new faces also made an appearance at the 2019 festival including Sponge from Brazil, Peg Leg Pete from the USA, the world-famous McDonald balloon and the penguins Splash and Puddles from the UK, Smurf from Belgium, two pig-shaped balloons and so many more.Founded in 2011, this event has gone from strength-to-strength, with more hot air balloons participating each year. Last year saw 39 balloons from Taiwan and around the world launching into the heavens and cruise above some of the most striking landscapes in the world, while the Travel Channel listed the Taiwan International Balloon Festival in Taitung among ‘The Top 12 Amazing Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the World’.Adding to the attractions, this year also features a carousel, grass skiing, VR experience and other facilities. The central theme this year is ‘Endless Happiness, Playground of Dreams’ and will continue with all the grandeur as previous years – transforming Luye Highlands into a magical dreamland.Accompanying the marvellous aerial spectacle, nine-night glow concerts will add to the festivities and light up the skies of Taitung. These concerts present an incredible visual and audio experience and bring the night sky to life. Some hotspots have been selected throughout Taitung as venues for these incredible shows, such as Luye Highlands, Sanxiantai, Dapo Lake, Taimali Dawn Park, Zhiben Hot Springs and for the first time, Green Island.Additionally, magistrate April Yao stated that Taitung is one of the top places in Taiwan for stargazing. Seven Starry Night Concerts have been added to the agenda this year. It’s a chance for the whole family to enjoy live music accompanied by the beautiful night sky of Taitung. The concerts will be hosted at some of the top tourist destinations in Taitung such as King Kong Avenue, Sanxiantai, Guanshan Waterfront Park, Jialulan Recreation Area and more.last_img read more

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