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Changing Climate Kills Magellanic Penguin Chicks

first_imgA mother Magellanic penguin pants doglike in the afternoon heat, shading her newborn chick from the hot sun. But it’s not enough. The chick’s thick downy coat isn’t designed for the heat, and its efforts to stretch out its wings and neck to cool off don’t work. Despite the mother’s best efforts, the youngster dies.This sad story is becoming all too common among Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus), according to a 27-year study published today. Researchers have found that the species, which has lost 20% of its population globally since 1987, faces a growing threat from increasing numbers of torrential rainstorms and sweltering heat waves caused by climate change, which could accelerate the species’ decline.Named after Ferdinand Magellan, who spotted the birds in 1520, Magellanic penguins nest in burrows and under bushes in coastal Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands. Like many other penguin species, the birds prefer temperate, dry climates. However, recently the climate has started to shift. Also, climate models predict the number of storms during the first 2 weeks of December, when chicks are most vulnerable, will roughly double by 2081. Newborn penguins are born with a fluffy down coat of feathers, but this layer isn’t waterproof. Despite the best efforts of their parents, many storm-soaked chicks catch hypothermia and die. The same lack of waterproofing leads chicks to die from heat stroke on hot days, when a dip in the ocean is the best way to cool down but requires a waterproof coat. 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After Argentinians protested, the government drafted ecologist Dee Boersma from the University of Washington, Seattle, to survey the world’s largest Magellanic penguin colony, located in Punta Tombo, Argentina. Even after the Japanese company silently withdrew their plans, Boersma continued her study. For the next 27 years, she tracked the population’s ups and downs during the birds’ September to February nesting season. Up to twice a day, Boersma and her colleagues strolled through the nesting grounds monitoring newborn chicks. When a chick turned up dead or went missing, they tallied the loss and investigated the cause.In an average year, Boersma and her fellow researchers discovered that 65% of all chicks died, with most from starvation, predation, and disease. However, the team discovered the changing climate has taken its toll. Over the course of the study, the number of storms during the nesting season increased. In the most recent 3 years, an average of 7% of chicks died from chilling rainstorms and heat exhaustion, but during some years the number was much higher, the researchers report today in PLOS ONE. In 1999, a single storm killed 40% of all chicks, the same as all other causes of death that year combined, Boersma says. Calculating an overall trend in climate-related deaths is difficult due to the irregularity of severe storms, Boersma says, though the link between extreme weather and chick death demonstrates that as extreme weather increases in coming years, chick death will increase in turn. In addition, the penguins now tend to arrive at the breeding site later in the year, likely because the fish they eat are arriving later due to changing ocean temperatures. Chicks hatched later in the season are too young to survive the November and December feather-soaking storms, which Boersma thinks compounds the problem.“This is not something that penguins can evolutionarily adapt to—it’s too quick and these events are too extreme,” Boersma says. “The weather has become a very important mortality factor and it didn’t used to be.”Pablo García Borboroglu, president of the Global Penguin Society and an ecologist for the National Research Council of Argentina, says although the recent weather-related deaths are a growing factor in chick death, they’re still not the biggest concern. “The lack of food for the species is still the key thing,” he says. “Even if the recent climate change is human-caused, climate change can’t be addressed in the short term. The lack of food is something we as human beings can immediately address.”Borboroglu and the Global Penguin Society are working with the Argentinian government to create a marine sanctuary for Magellanic penguins, an effort Borboroglu hopes will help increase the penguins’ food supply and reduce chick deaths.last_img read more

Goa Dissolves Committee Issuing NOCs For Property Purchase

first_imgThe Goa government has dissolved a committee set up to issue No-objection certificates to Overseas Indian Citizens (OIC) intending to buy property in the state under Foreign Exchange Management Authority (FEMA) provisions.The state Law and Judiciary department took the decision to withdraw the circular after the Aam Admi Party (AAP) submitted a memorandum, against the committee, to minister Francis DSouza.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

Mature Aaron Ramsey puts Arsenal on way to victory against Napoli

first_img (s 83′) 29 Guendouzi Share on WhatsApp 14 Mertens 9 Lacazette Napoli 11 Torreira Fouls 5 Arsenal Off target 6 Napoli 12 Arsenal On target 2 Napoli Overall Emery described himself as 50% happy. “The result is fair. They are going to push. They have one step more in their stadium. Our objective is to try to be as competitive as this away. Sometimes away we are more losing the spirit we have at home. This is our challenge to find success in this season.”Four Arsenal players collapsed with cramp at the final whistle, an indication of how much effort they put into the match, but also a symbol of hope for Ancelotti, who identified that as a sign they might not have the legs, never mind hearts, to see the job through next week.“We lost the game in the first 20 minutes when we were overwhelmed by the pressure of Arsenal. But we shouldn’t over-dramatise this result. We knew this would be difficult. Now we are going to play in front of our own supporters and I am sure the result will be very different,” he said.Two-nil, and delicately poised, it remains. Match stats 18 Monreal Share on Twitter 58 42 (s 65′) match reports Share on LinkedIn 6 Koscielny The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football 31 Ghoulam Napoli 2 Malcuit Aubameyang the hero as Arsenal beat Rennes and reach quarter-finals (s 77′) 5 Papastathopoulos 15 Maitland-Niles 99 Milik Corners Europa League “He wants to help us to do something important. He feels a lot for the club. He gives us more than he can to do the best performance, thinking in the collective. I want to enjoy with him this moment and do something important with him. His focus now is very big for Arsenal.”The midfield blend of Ramsey with Torreira, who chopped at tackles and drove box to box, with Özil finessing the match with touches of class, was central to Arsenal’s first-half tempo. Ancelotti said his team “suffered” in that period as the home side took a two-goal lead and could have extended it before half-time.The cushion came as Torreira pounced on Fabián Ruiz in the heart of midfield and broke with intent. Fortune favoured him as he took a pot shot, which ricocheted off Kalidou Koulibaly and looped in for an own goal.Ancelotti’s half-time words at least engineered a reaction. Napoli emerged from the dressing room with cranked up determination, a higher press and more direct long passes over the top. Lorenzo Insigne led the charge to make an impact and Arsenal’s defence were increasingly on the alert.That risk of an away goal, a momentary lapse of reason, lingered and that complex balancing act came into play – could they hold firm while also springing forward to search for more goals?In fairness Arsenal could have struck a third – Alex Meret repelled a string of shots and Ramsey lifted a golden chance over the crossbar 10 minutes from the end – but Napoli squandered two clear sights of an away goal from Insigne and Piotr Zielinski. 4 Elneny 31 Kolasinac Share on Pinterest 14 Aubameyang 10 Ozil 19 Leno Possession 5 Allan 11 Ounas Share on Messenger 7 Mkhitaryan (s 67′)center_img 22 Suarez Substitutes Everton’s Phil Jagielka strikes early to secure victory against Arsenal 17 Iwobi 1 Meret 23 Hysaj 19 Maksimovic 26 Koulibaly (s 67′) Arsenal If only Arsenal could unlock the bewildering and elusive secret to away games. Having given themselves an encouraging leg up with another confident win here inspired by the gargantuan midfield efforts of Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira, attention now switches to Naples and a tantalising if daunting mission to see this enthralling quarter-final through. 8 Ramsey Substitutes 24 Insigne NAP ARS 20 Zielinski Lineups Read more 1 Cech Read more Topics Read more 34 Younes Share via Email 8 Fabian 20 Mustafi 6 Rui Share on Facebook Arsenal 7 Callejon The burning question jangling around everybody’s head at the end of this was simple: is 2-0 enough? Can Arsenal find the composure and resilience to go into hostile territory with their vulnerable away record and withstand the pressures that await? Unai Emery was candid and still views the tie at 50/50, while Carlo Ancelotti talked up the prospects of a second leg with what he hopes will pack a very different punch.No rocket science was required to figure out how Arsenal needed to make some form of statement here to give themselves a platform to take out to Stadio San Paolo. Perhaps the player who felt that the most, and he certainly performed with the will to take on that responsibility, was Ramsey. Emery described him afterwards as “awesome”.He grasped the game early on, set the tone and cast his imprint. The Welshman has been in inspirational form lately, arguably his best and most consistently mature period of his Arsenal career, and he opened the scoring from a move he instigated and finished with aplomb. Having intercepted, he helped along a fluid passing move that travelled via Mesut Özil, Alexandre Lacazette and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, before arriving with trademark timing to calmly plant his shot into the corner of the net.Every such intervention from Ramsey feels bittersweet as the midfielder, who joined the club as a teenager, will leave for Juventus in the summer. He is certainly trying his utmost to leave behind plenty of memories and fly off to Italy leaving a farewell prize.Emery is usually reluctant to talk about individuals but he put that reserve to one side such is his admiration for the way Ramsey is leading the team in a situation where others might feel halfway out the door. Goal attempts 15 5 European club football 25 Ospina NAP58ARS42% (s 83′) 8 9 Reuse this content 21 Chiricheslast_img read more

A-League Review: Glory go six clear

first_imgPerth Glory scored three goals in the space of seven second-half minutes to snatch a dramatic 4-3 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers and restore their six-point lead at the A-League summit.The Glory were 3-1 down until the 79th minute and they completed a remarkable turnaround when Juande slotted home a contentious penalty awarded by referee Kurt Ams after Andy Keogh went down under minimal contact from Brendan Hamill.Melbourne Victory moved to within three points of leaders Perth by beating Newcastle Jets 2-1 on Saturday, but the Wanderers’ failure to hold on for a first win in six enabled the hosts to regain their cushion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Kwame Yeboah put Western Sydney ahead in the first half and he teed up Roly Bonevacia for their second in the 67th minute, but Diego Castro halved the deficit with a header after Nick Suman kept out Scott Neville.Yeboah set up Abraham Majok to make it 3-1 in the 77th minute, only for Ivan Franjic to score on the follow up after Alex Grant’s header came back off the bar. Keogh then equalised before winning the penalty that Juande converted for an unlikely three points.FULL TIME | WOW! What a comeback from Perth Glory.Highlights: https://t.co/pigACbpF6F#PERvWSW #ALeague pic.twitter.com/pESKyH27gG— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) January 13, 2019Sydney bounced back from their defeat to Perth last time out with a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United.Siem de Jong put Steve Corica’s team in front with an exquisite free-kick from just outside the box that flew into the top-left corner and Jacob Tratt nodded Brandon O’Neill’s corner home three minutes after half-time.George Blackwood replaced Ken Ilso at the break and won a penalty that Craig Goodwin dispatched in the 50th minute, but Adelaide were unbale to avoid defeat.last_img read more

The best & worst fake team names on PES & Pro Evo

first_imgIn honour of Juventus being named Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20 due to the end of the partnership between the Serie A champions and EA Sports, we’ve rounded up some of the best fake football team names in Pro Evolution Soccer.Licensing deals and sponsorships mean that gaming platforms do not get naming rights for the team, forcing them to think of a different, alternate name – and some of the results are amusing, while the rest just hilariously unimaginative.last_img

Tweet From Notre Dame Quarterback’s Mom Is Going Viral

first_imgBrandon Wimbush throwing the ball for Notre Dame.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Notre Dame is off to a 4-0 start and ranked in the top 10 nationally. The Fighting Irish have even navigated an early-season quarterback change without issue.Brandon Wimbush, who was Notre Dame’s starter in 2017 and started the first three games this season, was benched last weekend in favor of backup Ian Book. It was a move that seemed to pay immediate dividends.Book threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 43 yards and three more scores, leading Notre Dame to a 56-27 victory. In the process, he appears to have taken over the starting role permanently.Wimbush was a four-star recruit in the 2015 class who produced 30 total touchdowns in 2017, but his struggles as a passer ultimately led to him being benched. There’s a chance he could be needed at some point this season though, especially given Brian Kelly’s history with quarterbacks.In the meantime, his mother is encouraging him to keep plowing ahead. Heather Wimbush shared a message to her son on Twitter today.In it, she said he has already scored his most important touchdown: a Notre Dame degree.Not that this really needed to be said (for those who know Brandon Wimbush), but this is from his mother, Heather Wimbush. pic.twitter.com/UVEVXqklQH— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 26, 2018Wimbush already redshirted in 2016, so he isn’t eligible to do so this year, even though he’s only played in four games. However, he could go elsewhere as a grad transfer next season.Whatever he decides, Wimbush’s future is bright. Even if he’s not playing football, he’s regarded as an intelligent, well-grounded individual who has interned at KPMG and Accel while in college. He clearly has a solid family support system as well.He should be fine.last_img read more

Epic Gas Adds Two Petredec Ships to Its Fleet

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Singapore-based gas carrier owner and operator Epic Gas has completed the acquisition of two of four ships it is buying from Petredec Ltd.The vessels in question are the 11,000 cbm LPG carriers Kahyasi and Kris Kin, built by a Japanese shipbuilder in 2015.The units immediately entered a two-year time charter with an undisclosed LPG commodity trading and shipping company.The transactions involving the remaining two ships, the 11,000 cbm Kingcraft and Kisber, are due for completion in July and August.Epic Gas said that the acquisition is financed with a combination of equity and debt, including a 7-year senior secured credit facility of USD 63.9 million with BNP Paribas and Danish Ship Finance.“These vessels allow us to further leverage our operational platform at an attractive stage of the rate cycle for minimal additional cost, reflecting the benefits our growing scale can deliver,”  Charles Maltby, CEO of Epic Gas, said.Once delivered, the four units will bring the company’s fleet to 44 vessels.last_img read more

Alcohol Ban in Some Provincial Parks

first_img June 14 to July 5 (inclusive): Dollar Lake Camping Park and Laurie Lake Camping Park, Halifax Co. June 14 – 27 (inclusive): Islands Camping Park, Shelburne Co., and Ellenwood Camping Park, Yarmouth Co. The Department of Natural Resources will place a temporary ban onalcohol in some provincial parks, beginning June 14. The purpose of the ban is to help ensure visitors have a safe andenjoyable camping experience, without incident. “The safety of visitors to our parks remains our number onepriority,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources. “Last year, there were a number of incidents involving alcohol ina few parks, which on one occasion resulted in the serious injuryof two teenagers. This is unacceptable.” The dates of the alcohol ban and the parks impacted are asfollows:last_img read more

Awareness Campaign Geared Towards Women Mood Disorders

first_imgWomen now have new resources to help understand anxiety and mood disorders and are encouraged to seek help if they think they may have symptoms of the disorders. Fact sheets, calendars, magnets and posters were launched today, Oct. 6, as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The calendar showcases artwork of women who are affected by mental health and includes facts and tips about mood disorders and how to improve and maintain mental health. “Studies show that 16 per cent of women are affected by an anxiety disorder,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Through this campaign, we want to encourage people to know the signs and symptoms and seek help early.” A study conducted by Université de Montréal found that women are twice as likely to suffer from health problems related to stress. Mental Illness Awareness Week raises awareness and reduces stigma to show that those living with a mental illness can lead full, rewarding and productive lives. Phase one of the women and mood disorders campaign was launched in May, with the release of a booklet containing stories of five woman and their recovery. About nine per cent of Nova Scotians report being depressed, according to a Statistics Canada survey, and fewer than 40 per cent do something about it. “We want to encourage women to be aware of their mental health and to seek help as soon as possible,” said Linda Smith, executive director of mental health, children’s services and addiction treatment at the Department of Health. The Department of Health developed these materials with input from people who have experienced mental health problems, psychologists, nurses and social workers as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations to increase awareness. The materials are available at www.nsdepression.ca .last_img read more

Music festival that was cancelled due to wildfire is back on for

first_imgSALMO, B.C. – A weekend music festival in southern British Columbia that was cancelled due to an encroaching wildfire was put back on Sunday, although an evacuation alert remained in effect for the area.Organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival said in an email Sunday that damp, cool weather downgraded the threat of the fire moving close to the Salmo River ranch property where the event is held.“We invite all our guests to stay and celebrate with us for the final night of our 20th Annual Shambhala Music Festival,” organizers stated in the email.“Music acts might not continue as scheduled, but we will have a new schedule for this evening.”They said the decision followed hours of meetings on Sunday morning with the Regional District of Central Kootenay and other local government.An evacuation alert means people must be ready to leave an area on a moment’s notice.Police said there’s still a steady stream of people leaving the festival in an orderly fashion.“Evacuation plans remain in place and we’ll be closely monitoring activity and dealing directly with the organizers throughout the day,” RCMP spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said.The regional district had issued the evacuation alert Saturday morning after the BC Wildfire Service reported that flames had crossed the Salmo River and were heading toward the tiny community of Salmo.Festival organizers said they made the decision to cancel Saturday based on the advice of local officials.Ryan Turcot with the fire service said Sunday the McCormick Creek fire, which is 337 hectares in size, continues to burn about nine kilometres south of the festival site.“Overnight last night, there wasn’t any significant growth of the fire. The fire did receive 1.2 mm of precipitation as of 9 o’clock this morning,” Turcot told a news briefing Sunday, noting it isn’t a lot of rain.“Contingency guard lines have been established around this fire and it is currently 15 per cent contained.”The response from festival-goers to the news the festival would continue ranged from anger, to sympathy for the organizers.The festival posted on its Facebook page that anyone with their admission wristbands could return. However, some people responded that they had already travelled hundreds of kilometres away and discarded their bracelets.Elsewhere in B.C., numerous communities received new evacuation orders over the weekend.Turcot said 28 new fires were sparked in the province between Saturday and Sunday, most of which were from lightning. Gusty winds, he said, caused aggressive growth in the Caribou region.Roberts said RCMP noticed some of the fires in that region and made a “tactical decision” to order an evacuation involving residents in the Canim Lake, Hawkins Lake and the Canim Lake First Nation before officials issued formal evacuation orders.She noted that in Alexis Creek, where police helped people leave, officers removed items from the RCMP detachment in the community.On the south shores of Green Lake where an order was issued, Roberts said some people didn’t leave. But she said they changed their minds when buildings started to burn.“This did hamper efforts of emergency services, but we were able to get back in and assist those evacuations,” Roberts said.last_img read more

Ted Danson Blogs About Wasted Seafood

first_imgActor Ted Danson’s recent op-ed on Huffington Post says Oceana’s new report reveals there is a staggering amount of marine life caught by fisheries as bycatch that is discarded, which he says is a daily waste of many tons of edible fish.“Fishermen usually target one type of seafood, a specific type of fish,” says Danson, “but depending upon the type of fishing gear they use, they often catch enormous amounts of species that aren’t on their list. These animals are usually tossed overboard, injured, dying or dead.”Some fisheries in the States end up throwing away more marine life than they keep, he says, as much as up to 66 percent, and one scallop fishery cited in the report was allowed to throw away more flounder than flounder fishermen were allowed to catch and keep.A colossal waste, Danson offers three steps to begin reducing it: count what is caught, reduce each fishery’s bycatch limit, and use more selective fishing gear to avoid catching non-target species. He has ideas for American consumers too.“Look for sustainable, US-caught seafood,” suggests Danson, “and consult existing reference guides to avoid species caught with gillnets, longlines and trawls, which have high levels of bycatch. Help us put an end to the waste, and keep our fisheries healthy and our oceans abundant.”You can read the entire article here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Israeli World Cup Fans: Moroccans Did Not Attack Us, They Welcomed…

Rabat- Israeli fans have denied allegations that Moroccan fans tried to snatch their flag at Morocco-Portugal World Cup match on Wednesday, saying that the media reports were “fake news.”Following the end of the World Cup match between Morocco and Portugal on Wednesday, a video showing Moroccan fans tugging at an Israeli flag held by Israeli fans in the stands led viewers to assume that the Moroccan fans were attacking them.Several international news outlets reported about how Morocco’s 0-1 defeat to Portugal had Moroccan fans lash out at Israelis and attack their flag. Some even suggested that the fans’ display was to condemn the Gaza massacre where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers.However, the Israeli fans told Israeli television channel Kan that Moroccan fans were very friendly towards them and the fight shown in the footage was over the Atlas Lions’ captain Mehdi Benatia’s jersey.After the match ended, Benatia threw his jersey to the Moroccan fans close to Israeli fans who clarified that Moroccan fans were tugging on the flag to reach the jersey.“There was a great atmosphere during the game. Everyone welcomed us,” one of the fans told Kan, reported the Times of Israel news site. read more

Number of Togolese refugees in Benin and Ghana rises to over 34000

Between 70 and 200 refugees, mainly southern Togolese young men suspected of belonging to the opposition, crossed daily into Benin at Hilakondji, bringing the total there to 19,272 and the total in both countries to 34,416, up from 33,385 on Tuesday. No new arrivals have been reported in Ghana this week, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The refugees have talked about abductions and disappearances as the security forces search opposition strongholds by night, creating a climate of fear, it said. In the camps of Come and Lokossa, sheltering 6,621 refugees between them, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has organized classes at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels for some 1,600 children, using the same textbooks they might have used in Togo. Some of the teachers, who are also refugees, have received UNICEF training in psycho-social counselling, UNHCR said. In Ghana, UNHCR is providing tools, cement, doors, windows and roofing materials to improve housing for refugees and their host families. Local communities have also agreed to help build houses out of mud and bamboo, it said. read more

OPG wants 30 rate hike for nuclear generation would add 536 to

TORONTO – Already increasing electricity bills will soar even higher if Ontario Power Generation gets approval for a 30 per cent increase in the rate it is paid for electricity generated by nuclear power, the New Democrats warned Tuesday.“You’re seeing rates go up faster than they should,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns. “As long as the Liberals see a blank cheque as a parachute to get out of any tough spots, our bills are going to go up.”OPG said the rate increase, if approved by the Ontario Energy Board, would add about $5.36 each month to the bill for typical residential customers.The reasons for the requested hike “include ensuring obligations for used nuclear fuel management and decommissioning costs are met,” the government-owned utility said in a statement.“As well, we will make investments in the plants over the next couple of years to set up the long-term operation of Darlington for 30 more years following refurbishment.”However, the government pointed out there’s no guarantee the Energy Board will approve the rate hike for OPG, which has not had an increase in its rates since 2008.OPG is currently paid 5.7 cents per kilowatt hour for nuclear generated electricity, while privately run Bruce Power is paid between 5.2 and 7.1 cents.In 2011, the Energy Board not only rejected an OPG application to hike its base rate by 6.2 per cent, it actually lowered the rate by 0.8 per cent.There will be public hearings on OPG’s new application as it comes under review by the OEB before any decision is made. OPG wants to increase the rate Jan. 1, 2014.Opponents of nuclear power say Ontario should shut down its aging reactors and abandon plans to refurbish nuclear generating stations.A report by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance said that every nuclear project in the province’s history has gone massively over budget, on average by 2.5 times.If the OPG rate increase is approved, it will cost electricity consumers in the province $755 million a year, said Alliance spokesman Jack Gibbons.“Cancelling the Darlington rebuild would save consumers more than $1.2 billion a year between 2020 and 2050,” he said.Ontario’s Liberal government recently decided against building two new nuclear reactors, saying there was no need to spend more than $10 billion when the province doesn’t need the electricity.The NDP complained that decision also added to hydro bills because millions were spent in prepatory work on the new reactors that won’t be built.“They were irresponsible with the $1.1 billion spent to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga. They spent $180 million on a nuclear plant people knew wasn’t going to go forward, and they’ve committed $1 billion to refurbishment when they don’t even know the full costs of doing that work,” said Tabuns. “They are not thinking about and caring about public money.”Ontario gets about 50 per cent of its electricity from nuclear generation. Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said nuclear will likely fall to about the 47 per cent mark of the energy mix when the province’s long-term energy plan is released later this year, but building new reactors won’t be part of the strategy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OPG wants 30% rate hike for nuclear generation; would add $5.36 to monthly bills by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 12, 2013 11:43 am MDT read more

Eastern Canadian ski resorts wait for the white stuff as it piles

CALGARY – A reversal of fortunes is afoot in Canada as the snow continues to pile up at western Canadian ski resorts while the grass is still on display on slopes in the east.The conditions are in contrast to the past couple of years when warm winters wreaked havoc at many western ski resorts while frigid and snowy conditions in the east ensured hills packed with skiers and snowboarders.Blue Mountain ski resort in Collingwood, Ont., north of Toronto, was all set for a Nov. 27 start date, but the snow just didn’t show up — and hasn’t in other parts of Ontario and Quebec either.“We were all ready for the 27th; nature was not,” said Tara Lovell, public relations manager for the resort.This year could be the latest season opening for the resort ever, said Lovell, pushing past the Dec. 26 opening in 2001.Blue Mountain has responded by reopening some of its summer activities like the rope course, zip line and climbing wall while still offering its usual holiday activities like live music, fireworks and wagon rides.“Santa is still there with or without the snow,” said Lovell.The conditions are in stark contrast to free-falling snow in the West.“B.C. in general has had an unreal opening start,” said Cynthia Thomas, communications manager for the Canada West Ski Areas Association. “It was really amazing we had so much snow in November because I think it really mitigated those fears from last season and helped people get over that and book for this season.”The heavy snowfall is being welcomed at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island, which was forced to close early the past two seasons due to lack of snow.“The conditions have just been outstanding,” said Don Sharpe, director of business operations for the resort.Mount Washington has already had over 300 centimetres of snow in December, allowing it to open its more technical terrain after a two-year hiatus and attract more skiers.“There are a lot of people out that have been holding off for a couple years, I think we’re starting to see them all pretty pumped about what we have going on,” said Sharpe.In the Rocky Mountains, the snow is also falling fast to the relief of resorts like Castle Mountain that were also forced to close early last year.And so far, Alberta’s economic downturn doesn’t seem to have had an impact on the ski resorts, with Sunshine Village near Banff, Alta. showing a 10 to 15 per cent increase in ticket sales, says Lindsay Gallagher, marketing co-ordinator for the resort.She said more Albertans are staying closer to home this season rather than travel for vacation, helping to boost season-pass sales. American travellers taking advantage of the low Canadian dollar are also helping to boost attendance.“We’ve seen definitely more Americans visiting, and over this Christmas break I’m sure we’re going to see a lot of them coming up to take advantage of the 25 per cent off,” said Gallagher.With its high elevation, Sunshine hasn’t had to invest in snow-making equipment, but Mount Washington is bringing in a few snow guns later this week as the start of a planned investment to make snow when needed.Ontario and Quebec resorts have often had to rely on snow machines early in the season, and have invested heavily in them.Mont-Tremblant, north of Montreal, has 15 runs open despite zero natural snow accumulation thanks to more than a thousand snow guns at the resort, said Annique Aird, vice president of marketing and communications for the resort.She said snow machines cover 75 per cent of the runs, but to successfully make snow, resorts need temperatures to dip to at least -2C, or ideally closer to -5.The weather forecast is predicting somewhat lower temperatures for eastern Canada in the next couple of weeks, but one of the strongest El Nino systems on record could mean warmer and dryer conditions continue into next year, said meteorologist Kirk Torneby.“Historically speaking, it usually means warmer-than-normal winters and more or less dryer winters as well,” said Torneby.He said already Ontario and Quebec have experienced higher than normal temperatures thanks to the weather phenomenon, but adds that the effects are strongest between January and March.———Follow @ibickis on Twitter by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 11:17 am MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eastern Canadian ski resorts wait for the white stuff as it piles up out west Chairlifts remain idle at the Glen Eden ski hill in Milton, Ont., on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. A reversal of fortunes is afoot in Canada as the snow continues to pile up at western Canadian ski resorts while the grass is still on display on slopes in the east.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette read more

Commentary Jared Sullingers skills might not transfer to the NBA

For a player who played two years of college basketball, former Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger’s résumé is hard to top. Sullinger was an All-American in each of his two seasons at OSU, averaging 17.3 points per game and about 9.7 rebounds per game over the course of his collegiate career. As a freshman, he led the Buckeyes to a 34-win season which ended in a Sweet 16 loss. As a sophomore, he led OSU to the Final Four, where their run ended against Kansas. Wednesday, Sullinger announced that he would declare for the 2012 NBA Draft. He is a skilled post player who managed to average 17.5 points per game for his sophomore season, even though he faced double-team or triple-team defense nearly every time he touched the ball in the paint. He was able to do this because of his impressive array of post moves – no player in college basketball last season was better at using the hook shot to score over multiple defenders. Sullinger’s post scoring and rebounding abilities make him a likely top-10 draft selection, but there are many deficiencies in his game that he must overcome to be successful at the professional level. Sullinger stands at 6-foot-9, which is slightly short for an NBA power forward. The bigger problem for Sullinger, however, is that he will be a subpar athlete by NBA standards. He does not have an impressive vertical leap, and lacks the ability to play “above the rim” that most NBA forwards can. Dunking the basketball often looked like a struggle for him during his college career, a skill that comes easy for most NBA power forwards. Additionally, his lack of athleticism will hurt his ability to be an NBA shot-blocker. He averaged less than one block per game over his two-year OSU career, so that has never been a strength of his game. He is a well-built, 265-pound power forward, but even this past season, he often looked like he was still getting used to his body. He has the physical strength to physically dominate opponents in the paint, but his play could often be characterized by a lack of aggressiveness and shying away from contact. He must be more aggressive against NBA big men to make up for his lack of athleticism. Sullinger is often compared to Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. In some facets, this comparison makes sense. Love is slightly taller at 6-foot-10, but like Sullinger, he lacks the height and athleticism of top NBA big men. Love only played one season of college basketball at UCLA, but had similar statistics to Sullinger, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Both players were among the best players in college basketball based on their technical skill sets, even though they lack elite athleticism. Comparing Sullinger to Love now, however, is giving Sullinger too much credit. Love, in his fourth season in the NBA, has emerged as one of the league’s best power forwards. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked 4th in the NBA with 26.5 points per game and 2nd with 13.5 rebounds per game. In addition to the skills Sullinger has, Love is a terrific 3-point shooter, a skill unlikely to translate to the next level for Sullinger. Although Sullinger did shoot 40 percent from beyond the arc in his sophomore season, he only attempted 40 3-point shots. He is a good mid-range field goal shooter in the NBA, but will have to become a more consistent shooter to be successful shooting from beyond the NBA-range 3-point arc. By looking at his statistics and achievements on paper, Sullinger appears to be a very good NBA prospect. However, having watched him over the course of two seasons at OSU, he was not physically impressive enough to convince me that his game will translate to NBA success. Sullinger’s post moves and rebounding ability should make him a productive professional player, but his lack of athleticism, aggressiveness and ability to make plays away from the basket are serious detriments to his NBA potential. read more

Indoor facility an asset for Ohio State golf during winter in recruiting

The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center allows OSU’s golf programs to practice year round, no matter the weather.Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern reporterAbout a year after opening, Ohio State’s $6.3 million state-of-the-art golf facility is paying dividends in more ways than one.Not only are the current OSU golfers able to practice regardless of weather, but the indoor facility is helping the coaches bring in future Buckeyes as well.“It has allowed us to recruit kids from all over the country now, where before most of the kids we were recruiting were from the Midwest or from cold weather climates,” men’s golf coach Donnie Darr said. “That stigmatism of not being able to develop your game in the Midwest because it’s cold is gone now because we do have a place to practice.”The Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center was named a Design Excellence Recognition Program Award recipient by the American Society of Golf Course Architects earlier this year. The university’s golf programs received the 20,800-square-foot facility in February 2014.Darr said the facility has benefited his players enormously in terms of practicing, in addition to the help in recruiting.“The biggest advantage the facility offers us is that we have the opportunity to develop our skills year-round and we don’t have to take that break for a couple months like we’ve had to do in the past,” Darr said. “In the past, we’ve had four months where other teams were getting better and we weren’t and so we were falling further behind.”Women’s golf coach Therese Hession said players benefit the most when it comes to the finer portions of the game.“The biggest asset has been to our short game, a lot of putting practice, and a lot of short-game chipping and putting,” Hession said. “The facility aids us in putting too, having greens with different surfaces and speeds. Where we were in California (for the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge), greens were really fast, so we were able to adjust to them quicker, whereas in Peoria, Arizona, (for the Westbrook Spring Invitational), it’s a lot slower, so I think speed control has been good for us.”Women’s golf assistant coach Lisa Strom said the facility has also provided a place for players to spend their spare time.“The facility has provided a great environment for not only golf but also the camaraderie between the teams and also amongst ourselves,” Strom said. “You find that the team members come in here a lot more to study and lingering to practice on their own.”Darr said while it is difficult for his team to develop a playing mentality after practicing indoors for half of the year, the players have found a way to get a match mindset.“The playing mentality is hard,” Darr said. “One of the things we do is we try to simulate games. We will simulate a round of golf when they’re hitting balls, we’ll visualize, ‘OK, I’m going to hit the first tee shot at the next tournament’ and they’ll work their way through 18 holes. That’s the best way of getting back into playing again.”Darr said his players are not limited in terms of practicing with specific golf clubs, showing appreciation for the team’s spacious facility.“Mostly the building was designed for chipping and pitching and so we’ve been able to do that a lot in here,” Darr said. “You can also hit golf balls in the building, you can hit it 50 yards before you get to the other end, where there is a net. We also have a net that comes down in the middle of the building, so if we do want to hit pitching wedges or 8-irons inside the building, we can do that as well.”Darr said the building has required little upkeep thus far, sustaining excellent condition.“From a maintenance standpoint on the building, you do have to do a little bit of maintenance to the turf but it’s nothing in depth,” Darr said. “There’s a bunker in there that you’ve got to rake and maintain, but for the most part, it’s fairly common sense practices.”The Buckeyes are set to continue practicing in the facility until traveling to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. read more

Worlds largest aircraft the Airlander makes maiden flight in UK

first_imgThe Airlander 10 The Airlander 10, part plane, part airshipCredit:Chris Radburn Chief executive Stephen McGlennan said he thinks there will be plenty of customers for the vehicle – both civilian and military – because of its potential to gather data and conduct surveillance for days on end.”What it does now, and will do, is fly, point to point, a bit like a giant helicopter, taking bigger loads, longer distances, cheaper, safer and crucially, without the same damage to the environment,” he said.The aircraft was initially developed for the US military, which planned to use it for surveillance in Afghanistan.The US blimp programme was scrapped in 2013 and since then Hybrid Air Vehicles, a small British aviation firm that dreams of ushering in a new era for airships, has sought funding from government agencies and individual donors.The vast aircraft is based at Cardington, where the first British airships were built during and after World War I. The stately aircraft performed a circuit of the area – watched by hundreds of local people who had parked their cars around the perimeter of the airfield – before touching down about half an hour later as dusk fell.The Airlander is designed to use less fuel than a plane, but carry heavier loads than conventional airships.Its developer, Hybrid Air Vehicles, says it can reach 16,000 feet, travel at up to 90 miles-per-hour and stay aloft for up to two weeks. A blimp-shaped, helium-filled airship considered the world’s largest aircraft flew for the first time on Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England.Engines roaring, the 302-foot Airlander 10 rose slowly into the air from Cardington airfield, 45 miles north of London.A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and plane, it can stay aloft for days at a time and has been nicknamed the ‘flying bum’ because of its bulbous front end.center_img The Airlander 10, part plane, part airship The Airlander 10Credit:SOUTH BEDS NEWS AGENCY 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.last_img read more

Turkey court jails top journalists for life over coup links

first_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Friday 16 Feb 2018, 6:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3856475 Short URL 9,436 Views A woman holds a copy of Turkish pro-government daily newspaper 34 Comments By AFP A woman holds a copy of Turkish pro-government daily newspaper Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Activists release balloons as they gather outside the court in Istanbul, Monday, July 24, 2017, protesting against the trial of journalists. Source: Can Erok via PA“The result of casting the net too widely is to spread a chilling effect across society as a whole,” said Council of Europe chief Thorbjorn Jagland.Ilicak, 73, was one of the very first journalists arrested in July after the coup bid. Briefly an MP from 1999, she wrote for several dailies including Hurriyet.Ahmet Altan, 67, is a novelist and journalist who has written for some of Turkey’s leading dailies including Hurriyet and Milliyet. He founded the now-closed opposition daily Taraf.Mehmet Altan, 65, has written books on Turkish politics. Both were detained in early September although Ahmet Altan was released in mid-September before rapidly being re-arrested.In the same case, the court gave life sentences to former Zaman newspaper marketing manager Yakup Simsek, police academy instructor Sukru Tugrul Ozsengul and Zaman layout designer Fevzi Yazici.The Altan brothers and Ilicak are also accused of appearing together on a TV show on a pro-Gulen channel just before the coup bid and issuing a message that the attempted overthrow was in the offing.‘Decisions are binding’Mehmet Altan was in January ordered to be freed by the Constitutional Court on the grounds his rights had been violated. But the ruling was not implemented by the criminal courts in a move that outraged supporters.The failure to release Mehmet Altan and fellow writer Sahin Alpay — who is being tried in a separate case — raised new alarm over the rule of law in Turkey.Jagland praised the Constitutional Court’s ruling and warned: “These decisions are binding. This is guaranteed by the Turkish Constitution. Other courts must abide by them.After the jail sentences were announced, the CoE’s spokesperson asked in a statement: “Why is evidence that is judged insufficient by the highest Turkish court to justify pre-trial detention now deemed sufficient for a life sentence?”In another prominent process seen as a test case for press freedoms, 17 current and former writers, cartoonists and executives from the opposition Cumhuriyet (“Republic”) daily remain on trial on charges of supporting terror groups.Three of the suspects are still behind bars, including investigative reporter Ahmet Sik. The next hearing in that case is on 9 March.- © AFP, 2018Read: ‘It was maybe 30 minutes, but it felt like 3 hours’: Irish family caught up in Florida attack> Feb 16th 2018, 6:00 PM A TURKISH COURT has jailed three prominent journalists for life over links to the group blamed for the 2016 failed coup, a verdict that raised new alarm over freedom of expression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Veteran journalists and writers Nazli Ilicak and the brothers Mehmet and Ahmet Altan were handed the life sentences at a trial in Istanbul over alleged connections to the outlawed group of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.Similar sentences were given to three other suspects.They were all convicted of seeking to usurp the constitutional order in Turkey.Gulen, who built up substantial influence in Turkey through media, education and banking interests before falling out with the authorities in 2013, denies having links to the coup bid.The ruling came as Turkey freed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, the correspondent of the Die Welt daily, who had been held for more than a year without charge in a separate case.According to the P24 press freedom group, there are 156 jailed journalists in Turkey, most of whom were held in the mass crackdown after the failed coup aimed at ousting Erdogan.‘Disregard for the rule of law’The International Press Institute (IPI) said it was “appalled” at the verdict, describing it as in “utter disregard for the rule of law”.“This is a dark day for press freedom and for justice in Turkey,” said Gauri van Gulik, Europe Director for Amnesty International, adding the move had “drained the joy” from the Yucel release.In a joint statement, David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, and Harlem Desir, the OSCE representative on media freedom, said the terms “represent an unparalleled level of suppression of dissenting voices in Turkey”.Speaking in Ankara hours before the verdict was delivered, the head of a top European rights watchdog expressed concern over the arrests of journalists, MPs, mayors and activists since the coup. Turkey court jails top journalists for life over coup links They were all convicted of seeking to usurp the constitutional order in Turkey. Share53 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Further suspicion arises around boxing decisions during Rio Olympics

first_img By AFP Mar 25th 2019, 4:40 PM Subscribe AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION by amateur boxing’s world body AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Monday.France basked in the glow of six boxing medals in Rio, including golds for super heavyweight Tony Yoka and his now wife Estelle Mossely — Katie Taylor’s successor at lightweight.But three days before the end of the Olympic tournament, boxing federation AIBA removed its then executive director Karim Bouzidi from his role because he was accused of favouring fighters from certain countries, according to Le Monde’s report.Le Monde, which carried out the investigation with Bulgarian newspaper Bulgaria Today, said it had seen the internal AIBA report and emails that showed the body was concerned Bouzidi had influenced the decisions of so-called five-star judges in Olympic bouts.An email from AIBA’s then-president Wu Ching-Ko dated 18 November 2016 said the body suspected Bouzidi of acting with another senior official to influence the judges, in particular those featuring boxers from France and Uzbekistan.Bouzidi did not reply to AFP’s request for a comment on Monday.Andre Martin, the head of the French boxing federation, told Le Monde: Further suspicion arises around boxing decisions during Rio Olympics French official Karim Bouzidi is at the centre of fresh allegations involving AIBA. Ireland’s Michael Conlan takes aim at judges following his controversial Olympic defeat. Monday 25 Mar 2019, 9:30 PM Short URL 74,908 Views The results in Rio were not ‘stolen’, they are honest. It’s true that we knew Bouzidi but we never blackmailed him. https://the42.ie/4560243 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland’s Michael Conlan takes aim at judges following his controversial Olympic defeat. France’s Estelle Mossely (R) won gold in the women’s 60kg division, succeeding 2012 champion Katie Taylor (L). Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOAIBA’s internal investigation found that Bouzidi had the power to appoint the referees and officials for competitions, but added there was no direct proof that these changes influenced the results of fights.Bouzidi’s arrival in the senior AIBA ranks coincided with a campaign by France to try to improve its Olympic boxing results after disappointing performances at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.One part of the strategy involved setting up a franchise to take part in World Series Boxing, an international competition aimed at swelling AIBA’s coffers.Kevinn Rabaud, the former coach of the French team in the WSB series, said they had done nothing wrong.“We always played by the rules… We organised events in France so that the athletes could become better known. If the fight was close, it might play in the boxer’s favour if they were better known.“In Rio, we got results thanks to our reputation and our previous results.”Boxing is already facing the threat of expulsion from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Its inclusion depends on the outcome of an investigation into AIBA by the International Olympic Committee, which has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte, who will then report back to the Olympic body.Controversial Ukzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov, who the US Treasury Department has linked to “transnational criminal organisations”, stepped down as AIBA president on Friday.Bouzidi is allegedly forbidden by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from being involved in AIBA, yet Le Monde and Bulgaria Today claim he has worked as an advisor to Rakhimov. Gafur Rakhimov stepped down as AIBA president on Friday with a view to protecting boxing’s status as an Olympic sport. Source: Imago/PA ImagesRelations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout-fixing. Ireland’s Michael Conlan fell foul of a ludicrous decision at the quarter-final stage which saw him exit to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin despite dominating their contest.In a famous post-fight interview with RTÉ, an emotional Conlan stated:The AIBA are cheats. They’re fucking cheats. It’s simple as that. That’s me. I’ll never box for anyone again. They’re cheating bastards, they’re paying everybody. I don’t give a fuck about cursing on TV. My dream’s Olympic gold, that’s dreams been shattered now. But you know what? I’ve a big career ahead of me. Amateur boxing stinks from the core to the very top.Rakhimov insists the allegations against him are “politically motivated lies”.His emergence as amateur boxing’s head in 2018 was only made possible by a series of scandals and accidents of circumstance.Wu Ching-ko resigned in 2017 amid claims of multi-million dollar accounting fraud.Italian Franco Falcinelli then resigned the position just months after taking over, allowing Rakhimov — the next most senior vice president — to step up to become first interim and then permanent president.The status of boxing is on the agenda for IOC executive board meeting in Lausanne this week, from 26-28 March.- © AFP 2019- with reporting from Gavan CaseySubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Fury’s US promoter Arum doesn’t see Wilder rematch happening until 2020 Share25 Tweet Email1 22 Comments last_img read more