Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

first_imgSaddleback says other potential “long-term viable opportunities” to be discussed at the summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation outside Calgary include Canadian National Railway Co.’s proposal to make pellets from oilsands bitumen _ dubbed “CanaPux” _ for easier transportation to customers in Asia.The Indian Resource Council, which has about 130 members, is to hold its annual general meeting on Thursday.IRC member Bernard Shepherd, a councillor for Saskatchewan’s Whitebear First Nation, says Trans Mountain could be a good long-term investment and financing would not necessarily be an insurmountable obstacle.“Some of the other activities going on around the pipeline offer short-term jobs but I think actually investing in it, owning it, I think that’s where there’s a long-term revenue stream,” he said.He said he doesn’t think Indigenous ownership would necessarily help ensure the pipeline expansion is built, given the opposition from some environmental and Indigenous groups. CALGARY, A.B. – First Nations that produce oil and gas in Canada will hear presentations Wednesday at the Indigenous Energy Summit on how they might take ownership of major energy projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline.Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models that could be followed to allow ownership of major projects including the oil pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.When the federal government bought Trans Mountain and its controversial expansion project from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. last year for $4.5 billion, it signalled that it did not intend to hold it for the long term and that potential buyers included Indigenous groups.last_img read more

Jagmeet Singh looks to defy the odds again on the campaign trail

first_imgOTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh is no stranger to beating long odds — which is good, since taking over the Prime Minister’s Office this fall seems the unlikeliest of outcomes for  the leader of the federal New Democrats.The energetic former criminal lawyer, who cuts a striking silhouette in his tailored suit, long beard and colourful turban as he rides his collapsible bike around Parliament Hill, captured the country’s imagination in 2017 when he became the first non-Caucasian to lead a Canadian political party — a historic achievement, sure, but one he quickly ascribes to those who came before him.“We as a team were only able to dare to dream of this kind of idea, running to be prime minister, because other people broke barriers,” the 40-year-old Singh said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press. His hope, he said, is that young people will see a turbaned Sikh tearing down walls and be inspired to “dream of overcoming some challenge or barrier.”The challenge Singh faces over the next several weeks will be substantial indeed.Just four years removed from the heady pre-campaign days of 2015, when the NDP were within striking distance of forming their first-ever federal government, recent polls have shown Singh and company trailing Elizabeth May’s once-distant Greens, their status as Canada’s third party suddenly in jeopardy.That looming undercard battle may be why Singh declared publicly last month that the NDP wouldn’t support the Conservatives in a minority Parliament — an eyebrow-raiser that was billed as a declaration of disdain for rival Andrew Scheer’s past statements on same-sex marriage, but interpreted by many as an early acknowledgment that the top job was beyond his grasp.To hear him tell it, however, Singh is unconcerned by any Green threats.They’re a “non-factor” in places like Brampton, Ont., he said — a key battleground where Singh is confident his deep connections to the community, forged during his past life as a member of the Ontario legislature, will hold the party in good stead. “They’re not a factor, but I am,” Singh said. “I am a massive factor. People see me as their champion. They’ve seen that I fought for them and they see New Democrats as being on their side.”He also points to groundswells of NDP support in Toronto, Vancouver and in B.C’s lower mainland — all areas where the party’s election campaign is expected to spend the bulk of its effort.Singh — like the party he leads — is no stranger to long odds, said Jennifer Howard, his campaign manager and chief of staff.“You have to have an understanding of what it takes to sometimes overcome the odds, and Jagmeet understands,” Howard said. “He’s also somebody who is more inspired to fight for other people than himself. That comes up time and time again.”center_img Singh’s own path to politics has not been without adversity and trauma. In his autobiography, “Love & Courage,” he described being sexually abused at the hands of a martial arts instructor at age 10 while living in Windsor, Ont.“He tied his perversion to my performance, which was my primary motivation,” Singh writes. “And as the weekend sessions continued on top of my weekly training, I convinced myself that I was improving at taekwondo.”The book also documents the ripple effects of his father’s alcoholism on the family, and how Singh had to become the sole income-earner by working in retail — an experience that informs his political activism on pocketbook issues like poverty and tuition fees.“I got through those struggles because of a lot of help and my family depended on a lot of help,” he said, pointing to time his father spent at a publicly funded rehabilitation centre and help received from strangers when his family had nowhere to live.“I don’t believe that someone’s job status or income level should determine their ability to succeed and do well in life, and that’s why I really passionately believe in social programs and services.”In short, Singh is no stranger to being the underdog, said Howard. He likes to exceed expectations.“I think he has, many times in his life, had to fight to get to where he is,” she said. “He knows how to do that.”Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fugitive held for killing man over road rage

first_imgNEW DELHI: The crime branch of Delhi Police arrested a fugitive and a contract killer of Randeep Bhati and Anil Dujana gang identified as 28-year-old SunilBhati. He carried a cash reward of Rs 25,000 was declared by the Uttar Pradesh Police on his arrest. On the intervening night of January 4-5, Dharmendra, who himself had several criminal cases registered against him at the Badalpur police station, was picked up by the members of the Randeep Bhati gang from his house and was shot dead. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe assailants had later dumped his body near the Roopvaas, about a few kilometres away from Dharmendra’s home, and then fled from the spot. The trigger for the killing was a road rage incident. One semi-automatic pistol .32 bore with six live cartridges have been recovered from his possession. The accused was born in a village Junpat, in Dadri. He studied up to 5th class in his native village and gangster Randeep Bhati was his classmate.last_img read more

Tips for Visiting Morocco’s Chefchaouen

By Alexandra GrittaRabat – Chefchaouen (or simply “Chaouen”) is a city located in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. Its buildings appear to be washed in various shades of blue—hence Chaouen’s endearing nickname, “the Blue Pearl” of Morocco. The city has long been known to backpackers for its surreal hiking spots and easy accessibility to hashish (cannabis), which prospers in the dry mountain climate. The city’s relaxing and secluded atmosphere has attracted many tourists seeking to escape their rushed city lives. The origin of the city’s blue color is debated—some maintain the buildings were painted blue to ward off bugs, while others say a Jewish population changed the color of the buildings from white to blue in the 1930s. Blue is a symbol of spirituality and proximity to the sky and heavens. Regardless of origin, it is safe to assume that the blue color is now maintained for both aesthetic and touristic purposes.Things to do in Chefchaouen:Photo credit: Alexandra Gritta/MWNHike up to the Spanish Mosque. The mosque is the best place to appreciate a panoramic view of Chaouen without having to hike very far (about 10 minutes from the start of the trail). The best times to visit are at sunrise and at sunset, when the city is set aglow by the angles of the sun.Photo credit: MWN/Alexandra GrittaPhoto credit: MWN/Alexandra GrittaShopping in the medina (old town). Different regions of Morocco specialize in different goods. If you are planning to shop in Chaouen, take a look at the wool items (carpets, blankets, and clothing). Additionally, there are two popular argan oil shops in the area which sell merchandise ranging from perfumes to shampoos and body oils. Signs are out to help guide tourists to the locations.Photo credit:MWN/Alexandra GrittaCheck out Pizzeria Mandala and Restaurant Assaada. Pizzeria Mandala is an authentic Italian restaurant and one of the most highly rated restaurants in the area. It is very small and quite popular, so go a bit early for either lunch or dinner. Restaurant Assaada offers a wide variety of Moroccan cuisine and is also one of the most highly acclaimed eateries. Photo credit: MWN/Alexandra GrittaPhoto credit: Alexandra Gritta/MWNExplore the old medina. In addition to shops, the old medina contains some very scenic spots that are popular for photography. Part of the fun is hunting for new blue doors, staircases, and walls in different corners of the medina.Photo credit: MWN/Alexandra GrittaHike up to the Akchour Waterfalls. For those more athletically inclined, the hike up from Chaouen to see the Akchour Waterfalls is well worth the effort. It takes approximately two hours to hike up and two to come back down. Swimming in the falls is permitted.If you are looking to vacation in Chefchaouen, here are some important things to be aware of:You might be approached by hashish dealers. Possessing hashish is illegal in Morocco and can result in jail time. Additionally, the government employs undercover police in Chaouen who may approach and claim to offer hashish, but are actually trying to catch dealers. Dealers may target foreigners with offers of hashish, knowing they may not be aware of laws in Morocco. The city is very hilly. As Chaouen is an older city located in the mountains, the majority of the streets are cobbled and unlevel. Appropriate footwear is recommended and travelers with disabilities may want to consider a more accessible destination.Spanish, French, and Arabic are all spoken, but English is less common. While some people in Chefchaouen (particularly shop owners) know a few words of English, you may have some trouble communicating if you do not know basic Arabic, French, or Spanish. Restaurants do typically provide an English version of menus. You only need a couple of days. Unless you are looking to hike extensively around Chaouen, the major attraction is admiring the city’s unique color and shopping for local goods. Some people even experience Chaouen as a day trip. read more

Security Council congratulates Iraqis on successful elections

In a press statement issued by Ambassador Emanuel Issoze-Ngondet of Gabon, which holds the rotating presidency for March, members of the Council called for the political entities “to respect the certified election results and the choices of the Iraqi people.“The members of the Security Council also urge Iraq’s political leaders to avoid inflammatory rhetoric and actions.” In addition to the Iraqi Government and people, the 15-member body also congratulated the Iraqi Security Forces and the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) for the successful holding of the 7 March polls, in which more than 6,000 candidates competed for 325 seats in the Council of Representatives. Despite risks of violence and concerns that voters would be deterred from casting ballots, at least 12 million Iraqis turned out to vote. The Council recognized the international assistance provided to the country, and commended the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), as well as Special Representative Ad Melkert, for providing technical assistance and support throughout the electoral process.Mr. Melkert called the polls “credible” last week after the IHEC said there was no evidence of systematic or widespread fraud in the counting of ballots.The party headed by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, won slightly more seats in the 325-member Council of Representatives than the party of current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, according to media reports. The members of the Security Council took note of the findings of international and independent Iraqi observers, “who affirmed their confidence in the overall integrity of the election.” They also looked forward to the formation of the new government in a spirit of cooperation and respect for national unity. 31 March 2010The Security Council today congratulated the people and Government of Iraq on a successful parliamentary election, and said it looked forward to the certification by the Supreme Court of the results announced last week. read more

UN official calls for generous aid to displaced Iranian quake survivors

Friday’s quake in Bam, which killed, injured or left homeless tens of thousands, “is a most tragic demonstration” of the extent to which natural disasters often require international cooperation to complement national efforts, said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on internally displaced persons, Francis M. Deng, in a statement released in Geneva.It is currently estimated that 90 per cent of all homes in Bam were destroyed. Because Iran might not be able to adequately respond, Mr. Deng urged all concerned, including the international community, “to respond generously to the needs of the survivors of this disaster.”He stressed that beyond emergency relief, it is essential to support Iran’s efforts to meet the long-term needs of the displaced, providing durable shelter, education, livelihood opportunities, and, eventually, rebuilding their communities. read more

Chrysler skips summer shutdown of factory to keep up with Grand Cherokee

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chrysler skips summer shutdown of factory to keep up with Grand Cherokee demand by News Staff Posted Apr 30, 2012 12:00 pm MDT DETROIT – Sales of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs are so strong that their factory will stay open through the normal two-week summer shutdown.Automakers typically close plants around the July 4 holiday to update cars and trucks for the new model year and maintain the machinery.But Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson says the Jefferson North factory in Detroit that makes the SUVs will stay open all summer. The plant is working overtime on two shifts and running two of every three Saturdays.Chrysler sold nearly 38,000 Grand Cherokees from January through March, up 44 per cent from a year ago. Durango sales were up 33 per cent at just over 11,000.Tinson says Chrysler can make changes for the 2013 model year while the plant is running. read more

Cenovus Q3 operating earnings below estimates refinery arm hit by low prices

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cenovus Q3 operating earnings below estimates; refinery arm hit by low prices by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2013 4:49 am MDT CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) reports its operating earnings were $313 million, or 41 cents per share, in the third quarter.That’s down from $432 million or 57 cents per share a year earlier and seven cents below an estimate of 48 cents per share.The Calgary-based company says its refining operations suffered from lower prices, which partially offset strong performance in its oil operations.Operating cash flow from oil production was $915 million, 40 per cent higher than in the same period a year earlier, thanks to a combination of higher output and higher realized prices.But operating cash flow from refinery operations was down 75 per cent from a year earlier, falling to $133 million.“Stronger realized crude prices and higher oil production led to a solid increase in operating cash flow from our oil assets in the third quarter,” said Cenovus president and CEO Brian Ferguson“That helped offset most of the impact from a significant drop in market crack spreads and higher feedstock costs which led to a large year-over-year decrease in operating cash flow from our refining assets.”In addition to the operating earnings, Cenovus reported $370 million of net earnings, or 49 cents per share, up from $289 million or 38 cents per share a year earlier, due to unrealized gains from hedging. read more

Ranch will keep hosting movie shoots but tighten rules after Maze Runner

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The manager of a private New Mexico ranch says he will continue to let movie productions film at the site after a studio squelched rumours that actors stole American Indian artifacts while filming “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” there.Diamond Tail Ranch manager Roch Hart told The Associated Press he’s happy a 20th Century Fox investigation found the cast did not swipe any of the ancient items scattered throughout the property.If items were found missing, the ranch might have banned future filming, he said.“We really don’t want to open it up to cattle ranching so we’re happy to continue to let more filming,” Hart said. “But we are going to impose stricter guidelines. I have a few things up my sleeve.”Diamond Tail Ranch sits near two Native American pueblos, a historic Hispanic village and an abandoned mining community. Jeep tours bring visitors to the isolated, mountainous region, where it’s not uncommon to find arrowheads, petroglyphs, pieces of pottery and even bones dating back hundreds of years.“Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien suggested during a recent TV interview that cast members took artifacts from the ranch despite warnings not to do so.“They gave us this big speech when we got there to shoot, and they said, ‘Don’t take anything. Respect the grounds,’” O’Brien said last month during an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”“They were very strict about littering and ‘Don’t take any artifacts like rocks, skulls … anything like that.’ And everyone just takes stuff, you know, obviously,” he said.O’Brien, 24, didn’t say what was taken but noted people who worked on the film later fell ill and blamed superstitions about removing the items.However, 20th Century Fox spokesman Chris Petrikin said last week a studio investigation found O’Brien’s claims were untrue.Hart also said despite initial reports, actors stayed in designated areas, and all artifacts remained at the ranch.Maxine McBrinn, curator of archaeology for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, said it’s illegal to take American Indian artifacts from public land but not private land.Still, McBrinn said it’s a matter of respect that visitors not disrupt New Mexico’s unique landscape or ancient items.“This is not a place for treasure hunters,” she said. “If you remove something, you do damage.”___Follow Russell Contreras on Twitter at Ranch will keep hosting movie shoots but tighten rules after ‘Maze Runner’ flap over artifacts by Russell Contreras, The Associated Press Posted Oct 12, 2015 12:32 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Season outlook for Ohio State football

Ohio State football’s 2011 season promises to be one of the most intriguing in recent memory. Key players are suspended, there’s been considerable turnover at numerous positions and there’s a new coach at the helm.The Buckeyes should still contend for the 35th Big Ten championship in program history, though. In fact, the only thing that might keep OSU from winning the title is a possible NCAA ruling that deems the program ineligible for postseason play.The Buckeyes begin the season with a modest, No. 18 ranking in the Associated Press’ preseason college football poll. Four of OSU’s Big Ten rivals — No. 17-ranked Michigan State, No. 11-ranked Wisconsin and No. 10-ranked Nebraska — also figure to contend for the Big Ten title this fall.During OSU football media day on Aug. 21, players and coaches said they aren’t concerned with the media’s preseason predictions.“From year to year, (our) expectations don’t change, and that’s what makes Ohio State great,” said first-year coach Luke Fickell. “I would rather have people say negative things and doubt you just because that’s a motivating thing in itself.”Talk to literally any OSU player and they’ll likely echo Fickell’s sentiments.Most players and coaches won’t elaborate on exactly what the team’s expectations are in 2011, but senior center Michael Brewster did.“We’re the six-time defending Big Ten champs and as long as I’m here, that’s not going to change,” Brewster said. “We’re used to winning and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”If the Buckeyes are to advance to the inaugural Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, they’ll have to navigate the Big Ten’s newly formed Leaders Division, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.By season’s end, an October stretch of games against Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin — the games against the Cornhuskers and Illini are on the road — likely will have made or broke OSU’s Big Ten championship hopes.If there is a singular, decisive moment this season, it may come during Wisconsin’s Oct. 29 visit to Ohio Stadium. That game, currently scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff, could determine which team represents the Leaders Division in the conference championship game.After earning a berth in the 2011 Rose Bowl Game, the Badgers will come to Columbus with highly touted quarterback Russell Wilson, a transfer from N.C. State that threw for 3,563 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2010.It appears that Wilson will do battle with OSU’s two-headed quarterbacking monster, which is comprised of redshirt senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller.At a Tuesday press conference, Fickell announced that Bauserman and Miller will share time at quarterback, but that Bauserman would probably take the first snap of the season.By the time the Badgers come to town in Week 9, it’s possible that Bauserman or Miller will have earned full-time duties at the position, but it is clear that OSU has two serviceable quarterbacks at its disposal.The Buckeyes will be looking to avenge last year’s 31-18 upset loss to Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. With the backing of 105,000 rowdy fans, OSU should find a way to reverse the result of last year’s game and go top of the Leaders Division.From there, OSU should handle Purdue and Indiana before closing out the regular season with intriguing games against Penn State at home and, of course, the season finale against Michigan in Ann Arbor.After university representatives met with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12, athletic director Gene Smith said he expects a final ruling regarding the school’s NCAA infractions in eight to 12 weeks. Should the NCAA announce its final ruling during the eight to 12 week window Smith mentioned, the announcement would arrive sometime during a four-game stretch in which the Buckeyes travel to Nebraska and Illinois in consecutive weeks before hosting Wisconsin and Indiana.If the Buckeyes are deemed ineligible for postseason bowl games, then they will also be disqualified from competing the conference championship game, according to a Thursday press release by the Big Ten which detailed tie-breaking procedures for the conference.Four OSU football players — DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas — are also suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after selling Buckeye football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Linebacker Jordan Whiting received a one-game ban.Terrelle Pryor left the university on June 7, just days after former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign from his post. Pryor was eventually selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the NFL’s supplemental draft.Finally, three more Buckeyes — Junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard —were suspended for the season opening game against Akron on Thursday after they disclosed that they had received impermissible benefits of $300 or less each in total at a charity event they attended earlier in the year.If OSU avoids a postseason ban,  however, an unexpected season of glory could await a weary Buckeye Nation.Key to the seasonThe play of the offensive line, coupled with efficiency from OSU’s quarterbacking tandem of Bauserman and Miller, will determine the Buckeyes’ fate in 2011. Senior Mike Adams’ return to the line after serving his five-game suspension will bolster protection for the OSU signal callers. Bauserman and Miller sharing time at quarterback isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either — that combination could prove to be difficult for opponents to plan for.Regular season prediction: (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten); Leaders Division winner. Championship game prediction: OSU def. Nebraska read more

No 7 Ohio State mens ice hockey skates to 11th consecutive unbeaten

For the second-straight night Saturday, the Ohio State men’s hockey team did what they have been doing consistently over the past month: win. The No. 7 Buckeyes defeated No. 11 Lake Superior State, 2-1, Saturday in the second game of a two-game set after beating the Lakers, 5-2, on Friday night. With the win, OSU extended its winning streak to nine games and unbeaten streak to 11 games. The team has not lost since a 3-0 shutout at Michigan State on Oct. 20. Sophomore forward Chris Crane scored less than seven minutes into the third period to break a 1-1 tie and the Buckeyes held on for the win. Freshman forward Nick Oddo also tallied a goal in the victory, and senior goalie Cal Heeter had 29 saves in the contest. “We did some very good things against a good team,” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said. “We did the little things well — we are always concerned with finding a way to get better.” After scoring two goals and outshooting Lake Superior, 17-4, in the first period on Friday night, the Buckeyes got off to a slower start Saturday. The game was scoreless after 20 minutes of play, and remained that way until the Lakers put one past Heeter at the 9:55 mark in the second period. Freshman forward Chris Ciotti got the puck and moved from left to right in the Buckeyes’ zone and fired a shot to give Lake Superior the lead. OSU responded immediately. Just 37 seconds later, Oddo scored from the post after senior defenseman Sean Duddy’s shot bounced off the goalie and freshman forward Tanner Fritz pushed the puck into the crease. “The team went out looking to find some energy after (Lake Superior) scored that first goal. We were lucky, getting some good bounces down in their zone and tying the game up,” Oddo said. “All of us were gunning to get the goal and it didn’t matter who got it. We were all happy. It was a good feeling.” The game would remain tied until Crane put the Buckeyes on top for good in the final period. Freshman forward Ryan Dzingel brought the puck into Lake Superior’s zone and found sophomore forward Alex Lippincott, who fired a shot. Lakers sophomore goalie Kevin Murdock was not able to control it, and Crane got the rebound goal, his ninth score of the season. Coming from behind to take a lead is something OSU has embraced this season. “It goes back to our mentality,” Crane said. “We were down, 1-0, (Saturday) and the coaches told us to keep playing Ohio State hockey no matter what. In the end I think we just wore down Lake Superior and came out on top.” The Lakers had the puck in the Buckeye’s zone late after they pulled their goalie, and had a couple good chances, but Heeter and the OSU defense made multiple stops, preserving the 2-1 win. With the victory, the Buckeyes improved to 12-3-1 on the year, 9-2-1 in the CCHA. OSU now has a five-point lead in the conference over second-place Notre Dame. Lake Superior dropped to 10-6-2 overall with a 6-5-1 conference mark. OSU remains hungry, even though they sit atop the conference, are first in the PairWise rankings, which determine the NCAA tournament field, and have the No. 1 ranking in the RPI. “Coaches talk about never being satisfied with where we’re at,” said sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig. “We just keep working and trying to get better.” The Buckeyes will host Miami (Ohio) at 7:05 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center and then travel to Oxford for the second of a two-game series the following night. read more

Coming To A Gulf Of Mexico Near You A Dead Zone The

first_imgGabriel C. Pérez/KUTResearchers say a build up of algae in the Gulf of Mexico could be as large as the Massachusetts.An oxygen-sapping, fish-killing swath of algae is headed to the Gulf of Mexico this summer.Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the so-called dead zone is the result of agricultural activity, which courses through the Mississippi River Delta and spawns a massive bloom of algae that kills marine life. The buildup happens every summer, but researchers predict this year the dead zone could be as large as 8,766 square miles – roughly the size of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.NOAA says higher than average amounts of rainfall along the river’s watershed could make this year’s dead zone especially aggressive.And, the agency warns, larger masses of algae could continually form each summer as heavy rainfall becomes the norm over much of the region and Texas, in particular. In an announcement of its forecast, NOAA’s director of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Steve Thur, said that was also a central finding in a multiagency climate assessment and that the rain could increase the dead zone, known in science speak as a “hypoxic zone.”“The assessment predicts an increase in the frequency of very heavy precipitation events in the Midwest, Great Plains, and Southeast regions, which would impact nutrient input to the northern Gulf of Mexico and the size of the hypoxic zone,” Thur said.The forecast, however, is just that: a forecast. Thur said it’s possible the model, which also uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey, could overestimate the mass of the algae bloom in the Gulf, as it did last year. But, while the dead zone was smaller than anticipated last year, it was because the bloom was jilted by an overactive hurricane season.NOAA expects this year’s Atlantic Ocean hurricane season to follow a similar pattern.NOAA has previously found these dead zones lead to stunted growth in Gulf shrimp. That ecological impact becomes an economic one for shrimpers, who haul in smaller shrimp, which net less money. Sharelast_img read more

Walking with Others helps small group with big results

first_imgBy Susan Olsen Orpilla, Contributing Writer(l to r) Bruce Grams, Mike Grim, Reverend Victoria Larson, Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Kathy Grim.Photo/ Susan Olsen OrpillaWestborough – “People often say the world’s problems are so huge that there is nothing they can do to change things,” said Mike Grim, longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough. “Working to solve a smaller, local need is something most of us can do and something that makes a real difference.”In the summer of 2018, the congregation was approached by an immigrant advocacy group asking if they would be willing to serve in a support role for three families who had recently moved to the area. Volunteers were happy to help, providing rides to medical appointments and the grocery store, helping sign children up for school, and supplying some warm clothing. Over the next few months, more families and were assisted and in April, the Walking with Others Committee was officially formed to provide more structure.Committee member Bruce Grams noted challenges for both those who serve and those they are serving. The most obvious one is the language barrier. Some of the volunteers speak Spanish but they may not always be available. Many of those they serve also come lacking transportation and the knowledge of how to navigate U.S. systems. They are unaware of what information is needed for schools and health care and have little or no access to their previous records.“Growing up here, we take so many things for granted and it can be frightening for them to not know what to do,” commented Grams.He recalled one situation of a father with his young son. The boy stayed close to his dad and kept very quiet, never speaking or smiling. They helped sign him up for school as he had never before attended. The school staff spoke to him in Spanish and evaluated his reading. The boy was signed up for school lunches, received a backpack full of supplies, and a jacket that fit perfectly. Then he met another child starting on the same day who also spoke Spanish. By the end of the day, the boy was bouncing around joyfully and talking nonstop.“We have found one universal language – ice cream!” Grams said.The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church welcomes all as stated on their website and believes the Walking with Others ministry aligns well with their goal to advocate for social justice and people in need.“Our faith calls us to serve others and especially those who do not have the resources that many of us enjoy,” explained Committee Chair Kathy Grim, who has been involved with the efforts from the beginning.For more information, visit the church’s website at or contact the church office at 508-366-7095 or read more

Windows 10 Build 16241 Task Manager Process Groups

first_imgWindows 10 Build 16241: Task Manager Process Groups by Martin Brinkmann on July 13, 2017 in Windows – 4 commentsMicrosoft published a new build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today to the Fast Ring Insider channel.While users should not expect major features being integrated into the new version of Windows 10 at this stage in development, new builds do feature gradual improvements over previous ones.The last build featured for instance options in the UI to limit the upload and download bandwidth of Windows Update. While that is not a particularly new feature in itself, as it has been available as a policy for some time, its integration in the Settings application makes it available to all Windows users (even those who don’t have access to the Group Policy).Task Manager Process GroupsThe Windows Task Manager in its current state on Windows 10 lists all processes by default when you open the Task Manager. These are sorted by CPU use by default, and you may notice that processes are not grouped in any meaningful way.Chrome and Firefox processes are scattered all over the place for instance, and the only option you have to get some order into the chaos is to sort by name, as you get them listed next to each other in that case.Windows 10 Build 16241 ships with a new grouping feature in the Task Manager that makes things a lot easier in this regard.Basically, what it does is group all related processes, so that they are not all over the place anymore.The Task Manager lists the main process name as the group title, and underneath it the processes that it contains. What’s interesting about this is that the group title lists the cumulative resource usage of all processes.Each individual process is listed with its resource usage as well, so that the information is still there if you need it.Please note that it is no longer possible under the Processes tab to break groups up. If you click on CPU or Memory for instance, a group is always moved with all of its processes. This is different from how third-party programs such as Process Explorer handle this.You can switch to the Details tab however in the Windows Task Manager to do that as groups are not supported on that tab in the Task Manager.Microsoft introduced something special for Edge as well, as all of the browser’s web page titles and components are listed now in the Task Manager (instead of listing them all as Microsoft Edge).Other programs show up with their process names only. Let’s hope that Microsoft will provide developers with options to use the same functionality that Edge uses to make the listings more meaningful.Closing WordsThe new groups feature of the Task Manager improves the program on Windows 10. Third-party solutions like Process Explorer have displayed processes in groups for a long time, but without sacrificing other functionality such as sorting all processes by resource usage (by breaking up groups for that effectively).Now You: What’s your take on the new Task Manager group feature?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Build 16241: Task Manager Process GroupsDescriptionMicrosoft plans to improve the Task Manager in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update by introducing process groups in the program.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

South Koreas Supreme Court orders government to allow LGBTI organization charity status

first_imgThe Ministry explained their rejection in the following statement: ‘The Ministry of Justice develops, oversees, and revises policies related to all human rights issues in South Korea and is responsible for allowing organizations that advocate human rights to become incorporated. Since your foundation’s main objective is promoting human rights for a social minority, it is different in nature from the organizations that the ministry allows to incorporate. As such, we may not grant your foundation permission to incorporate.’Beyond the Rainbow appealed the decision and won in March 2017. The Ministry then appealed to the Seoul High Court and the Supreme Court. This led to the victorious decision for Beyond the Rainbow.‘It is past time to let them do their important work’ as a charity‘This judgment is a victory for the fundamental rights of all South Koreans,’ said Graeme Reid, director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch (HRW). ‘And a boost to the LGBT community’s ability to organize and advocate.’In HRW’s assessment, this decision gives the group the ‘ability to receive tax-deductible donations and operate in full compliance with the law’.‘It should never have been necessary for an LGBT group to lobby to find a government agency to consider their application for registration,’ Reid continued. ‘The Beyond the Rainbow Foundation has been put through a three-year long game of political ping-pong and it is past time to let them do their important work.‘This judgment should signal to all agencies across the South Korean government that LGBT Koreans’ basic rights should be protected like everyone else’s,’ he finished.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- The South Korean Supreme Court made an important step forward for LGBTI rights on Friday (4 August). In a new ruling, they ordered the government to allow the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation to legally register as a charity. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img The ruling comes the same day as the news that the South Korean government is going to review its ban on gay soldiers in the military.The foundation is one of the country’s biggest resources of support for the LGBTI community. They advocate for people’s rights, documents discrimination, and generally tries to make society a better place for the community. They have attempted to gain this legal recognition for three years, each time getting turned down by various government agencies.As Beyond the Rainbow is not a governmental agency, they are required to register with the most relevant agency. However, the agencies they applied to continually pushed back.In 2014, the Seoul Metropolitan Government rejected the foundation, followed by the National Human Rights Commission. The following year, the Ministry of Justice formally rejected the group in April 2015. Homosexuality is a sin: South Korea’s Gay Pride FestivalPolish court rules against printer who refused LGBT group bannersIndia Supreme Court sets July deadline in battle to legalize gay sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

The Q Experiences White Continent trip to kick off in December

first_imgThe White Continent, the much-anticipated trip by The Q Experiences to the seventh continent – Antarctica will start from Ushuaia, commonly known as End of World. Prior to the White Continent’s cruise sailing off, travellers will get a chance to explore Ushuaia, where they can unwind at a luxury resort Arakur.On December 8, Michelin-starred Chef Atul Kochhar, who is the onboard Chef will greet all travellers at Ushuaia as the cruise prepares for the flag off and will interact with guests. Come December 9, the travellers will depart from Ushuaia and board the luxury cruise to commence the Antarctica expedition. Of the many handcrafted journeys envisioned by The Q Experiences, The White Continent is a flagship trip that will take one to the icy vastness of Antarctica. A Curated Journey, this is India’s first luxury cruise journey carrying 200 travellers only, on an 11-day journey to the exotic icy continent. The sleek ship has 132 staterooms and suites, complete with French interiors. Apart from multiple cuisines, entertainment, live music, performance shows, the ship will also have expert naturalists on board for enriching the voyage.last_img read more

Whatd the Cardinals loss look like by the numbers

first_imgWhat’d the Cardinals loss look like by the numbers? 500Atlanta put up 500 yards of total offense against the Cardinals, including 358 yards in the air and 142 yards on the ground. The rushing total breaks Arizona’s streak of 21 consecutive games without more than 100 rushing yards allowed from a player — Atlanta’s Steven Jackson had 101 yards off 18 carries and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Arizona only racked up 329 total yards of offense against the Falcons. Stanton completed 24 of 39 attempts for 294 yards, a touchdown and an interception while Ellington’s absence hurt Arizona on the ground.Backup Marion Grice only had 16 yards off five carries to contribute to the Cardinals’ total 35 rushing yards. 7The Falcons have now won seven home games against the Arizona Cardinals — which was somewhat surprising today, as the crowd noise was notably “not a factor” to start the game. ATL fan base disengaged. Crowd noise not going to be a problem for Cardinals today.— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) November 30, 20144One of the few bright spots in the loss, Johnson’s interception was his fourth in three games against Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. The injuries only added to the dumpster full of poor events that occurred throughout the first half. First, the Falcons’ Steven Johnson busted open a 55-yard run that led to a one-yard touchdown with 11:39 left in the first quarter.Then the Cardinals kicked off to arguably the best punt returner in the game, Devin Hester. It was called back after Hester grabbed punter Drew Butler’s facemask before heading into the end zone, but Atlanta still put three points on the board.Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton then threw his first pick of the game in his second series. The Cardinals defense would then try to shift the momentum after a pick-six by Rashad Johnson, but it was stifled once more when receiver Michael Floyd was stripped and the Falcons took over and ended the half up 20-10. Arizona struggled the rest of the way, especially against the Atlanta ground game and star receiver Julio Jones, who had a career day against the Cardinals. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant booted in Atlanta’s next four consecutive scores. Though the Cardinals finally broke a 10-quarter offensive scoring drought with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Stanton to Stepfan Taylor, it was too little too late for Arizona, who lost their second straight game and fell to 9-3. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona also had another interception attempt by Jerraud Powers that looked promising but was ruled an incomplete pass upon review. 10-189-1Atlanta’s Jones completely obliterated coverage by Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and had a career day of 10 receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown. Jones averaged 18.9 yards per catch and was targeted 12 times. He was complemented by receiver Harry Douglas, who had nine receptions for 116 yards and averaged 12.9 yards per catch. 30Taylor’s touchdown late in the fourth quarter was the first offensive touchdown by the Cardinals in 30 possessions and 11 quarters, dating back to the Nov. 16 victory over the Detroit Lions. 2This is the second consecutive loss for Arizona, who are now 9-3 and face a tough series of team to close out the regular season. Quarterback Drew Stanton has started in each of the three Cardinals losses and has thrown at least one interception in his last three games (five total). center_img At what point in the “Next Man Up” mentality do you run out of men? The Arizona Cardinals lost an ugly game to the Atlanta Falcons on the road Sunday, 29-18, and they did so after also losing three key players in the first half alone. Running back Andre Ellington left the game with a hip injury, safety Tyrann Mathieu exited with a thumb injury and guard Paul Fanaika left with an ankle injury. All joined star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and starting quarterback Carson Palmer as mere observers of the Cardinals’ struggle to produce any sort of offense throughout the game. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

6 London UK The festive season left you bereft o

first_img6. London, UKThe festive season left you bereft of any kind of cheer and you could do with a pick-me-up, without blowing the year’s holiday budget? You need not travel too far to find your very own oasis of tranquillity. Get made up in Chelsea, where you’ll find arguably the most luxurious day spa in London, Ushvani. A Malaysian-inspired sanctuary, the centre specialises in Malay and Balinese massage. Looking to share this relaxing experience with a partner or loved one? Take a treatment in their Asmara Suite, asmara meaning ‘love’ in Malay, and enjoy full use of the private steam room. They’ll even throw in a free fruit platter for you to enjoy.Read more: 6 best budget sleeps in LondonFind great deals on these hotels, and many more, using Skyscanner’s hotel search, now an app available for iOS and Android.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThailand Spas and Health Resorts: Budget Vs BlingThailand Spas and Health Resorts: Budget Vs BlingChristmas Gift Alert: TUI deals for 2018!The best kind of Christmas presents come in an email, with a boarding pass attached . Here are the best deals for 2018, from the Balearic Islands to city breaks in New York. Christmas presents sorted In partnership with TUIBargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | PisaBargains of the week: Ibiza | Gothenburg | Pisa 2. Rome, ItalyEscape the crowds in the Eternal City without staying out in the sticks and spend your holiday being treated like Roman royalty at the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel and Spa. Overlooking the impressive domes of the Vatican, you can give the Pope a wave while enjoying a relaxing pedicure. After a busy day of cleansing body wraps and jojoba oil massages, get a good night’s sleep in one of their oppulent suites, surrounded by crystal chandeliers and swathes of rich fabrics. You’ll feel a million miles away from the throngs tourists traipsing the streets below, but you’re not too far away that you can’t pop down to check out Rome’s other famous sights.Read more: 10 most luxurious hotels in Rome3. Zanzibar, TanzaniaWant to get away from it all? You can’t get much more remote than a collection of islands off the coast of East Africa. WildFitness, an adventure-fitness holiday company currently runs action-packed retreats in this Indian Ocean paradise. Courses vary in length, from the nine-day Kick Start, to the two-week Revitalise programme, and fitness regimes and diet plans are tailored to your specific needs. Don’t expect an easy ride though, as trainers are recruited from very diciplined backgrounds and include ex-Paras, nutritionists and holistic therapists. There’s nothing like an early morning run along golden beaches to set yourself up for 2015! 4. St. Moritz, SwitzerlandEscape to the famous ski resort in the Swiss Alps without having to exert yourself on the slopes. Swap après-ski for all day chilling in the jacuzzi sipping on champagne – or mineral water for a healthy January detox alternative. Feel like you’ve stepped on to the set of an Agathie Christie whodunnit and experience 1920s glamour with the spectacualr backdrop of the Swiss Alps at The Grand Hotel Kronenhof hotel in Pontresina, near St. Moritz. Built in 1848, this stylish five-star hotel offers Finnish sauna facilities, a stone grotto steam bath and an indoor swimming pool that plays underwater music and offers panoramic views over the glaciers . 5. Bangkok, ThailandIn a city famous for speeding tuk tuks, street food vendors hollering on every corner and tourists chugging Chang, it’s hard to imagine Bangkok as a centre of peace and tranquility. But there are hundreds of temples in the Thai capital which you can retreat to if you need five minutes peace before heading back in to the thick of it. Bangkok is also a great place to indulge in some fabulous spa treatments. Of course, there are plenty of $5 back street options (not all so seedy as they sound and generally good quality). But there are also some more exclusive luxury offerings, including the five-star Grande Centre Point Hotel. Close to the Siam shopping area, spend the day sunning yourself beside the rooftop pool or being spoilt in the hotel’s award winning spa, Rarinjinda, before heading to nearby designer boutiques for some high-end souvenir shopping.Read more: 10 best things to do in Bangkokcenter_img Still recovering from Christmas chaos and New Year’s indulgences? Why not kick-off your 2015 with a luxurious spa break?After all of the festivities, stuffing your face with too much chocolate and more time in front of the TV than on the treadmill, a time out could be just the ticket to make sure you get 2015 off to a healthy start. Whether it’s pampering massages, or bootcamp style workouts you’re after, check out these six spa break ideas to get you feeling great this New Year:1. Ibiza, SpainYou may think it’s all partying in superclubs and drinking shots in fancy bars, but Ibiza has another, more laid-back side waiting to be explored by travellers looking for a relaxing island retreat. The Ibiza Grand Palladium Palace Resort and Spa, on the sunny shores of Playa d’en Bossa beach, offers a range of beauty treatments, including hydromassages and fancy facials. A stay here is the perfect way to work on your zen and enjoy all of the resort’s five-star amenities. Ever fancied giving ‘yoguilates’ or Nordic walking a go? Recharge your batteries and complete a course in a whole range of fitness programmes at Atzaró, one of Ibiza’s premiere health and wellness centres. Read more: 10 best beaches in Ibizalast_img read more

Hairdressers bag snatcher arrested

first_imgA 36-year-old man from Limassol was arrested on Wednesday after he stole handbags from women in a hairdressing salon.CCTV footage from the premises on Griva Digenis street, showed a man wearing jeans and a short sleeve T-shirt walk into the hairdresser on Tuesday and run away a minute later headed west clutching the handbags.One contained €3,000, credit cards, 2,000 rubles and other personal items while the second handbag contained €60 and 50 rubles.He was subsequently arrested on Wednesday.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Archbishop not afraid of dying thinks Trump can help solve Cyprob

first_imgArchbishop Chrysostomos said he was not bothered by those who were preparing to succeed him after word got out he was recently diagnosed with cancer ,and that he was not afraid of dying.Such individuals, the Church Primate said, were “petty”.He also said that only someone like US President, Donald Trump, could help bring a solution to the Cyprus problem.The archbishop revealed in an interview with Phileleftheros online, published in two parts on Saturday and Sunday, that he was recently diagnosed with liver cancer and that he is to travel to the UK next week to have two tumours removed.He said when he found out about it, he was not upset. “I accepted it, I have a certain age, I am not a child anymore. I was fully prepared. I believe that what I wanted to offer, I have, with much love,” the archbishop said, adding he was not afraid of dying.Death is inevitable, he said, and one must make peace with it.“If I departed, I would have been satisfied because I have done my duty in full,” he said.The archbishop also said that this diagnosis has made him more diligent with matters concerning the Church, as in the past, he used to overlook things. “If I suddenly depart, I must not leave behind pending issues in the Church. My successor should not have to find problems like the ones I had found. I want everything to be in order.”He also urged cancer patients not be afraid of the disease.“It is a curable disease. Keep believing in God, stay strong and free and don’t think about it. God loves us all. We belong to God, dead or alive. We must not fear,” he said.He acknowledged that many people cannot afford to travel abroad for treatment like him and said that he urged President, Nicos Anastasiades many times, to act promptly for the implementation of the National Health Scheme (Gesy).“I have told him the Gesy should be done. And you have to make great efforts,” he said, adding that he reminded him that he too, had travelled abroad for treatment when he had health problems. He said he pointed out to Anastasiades that the poor however, have no such option. The church, he said, doesn’t turn down those seeking help concerning health matters. “We help everyone.”On those already eyeing his throne, he said, that they were “petty.”“It is natural that I will depart sometime, it is not my place to tell, but when you hear that some are starting to brace themselves it saddens me because they are petty and it is not a good thing for one to remain petty. But I am not bothered by this. I tell myself ‘let them be.”On the Cyprus problem, the archbishop said that he never believed that a settlement solution could be achieved through talks. The problem will be solved, he said, if a super power like the US, puts pressure on Turkey to withdraw its troops from the island. Otherwise, he said, “we cannot kick them out.”“ I keep telling any ambassador who has come to my office since the day I have taken up this post that all this malady on the Cyprus issue was due to (former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf) Denktash ‘s sick philosophy to make a Turkish Cypriot state in Cyprus. He did, but a pseudo-state. This was the unfortunate mistake and we and the Turkish Cypriots have suffered too much,” he said.He added that since then, half of Turkish Cypriots left the island and Turkey has brought over 300,000 settlers from Anatolia. “They are waiting to outnumber us and one day they will ask for a referendum and (say)‘whatever the majority says’”.“I never thought there would be a solution to the Cyprus problem because the Turks and the overwhelming majority of Turkish Cypriots wanted a Turkish state in Cyprus, unfortunately.”He said that only Trump could succeed in resolving this matter, as he was able to ease tension with North Korea.“He is a technocrat, he is not a politician, he acts on his words,” the archbishop said.It is for that that reason, he said, that he has advised Anastasiades to “properly inform” Trump on the Cyprus issue. “At least, if he decides to solve it to have a clear picture in order to properly solve it to be functional. Because if the solution is not a functional one, then we are back to square one,” he said.Talking also business, he said, that he did not close down the church-owned Mega TV  – now TVOne – despite the fact it was a money pit.“God knows how much money the archbishopric had put into it. But I couldn’t close it down, 100 people would lose their jobs,” he said, adding that the employees would also demand severance pay and he would have a protest in his hands.“I could see where this was headed,” he said.He added that,  although he usually closes down other church-owned businesses if they are operating at a loss, he decided to keep the television channel and find someone willing to buy it for the sake of the employees.Last June, former interior minister, Socratis Hasikos, took over the management of the television station.The archbishop said that he had three offers and Hasikos’ was the best. He said he asked him not to lay off the existing employees but that the businessman told him he would keep them only if they were doing their job properly.“I told him I was in agreement. I too used to lay off some and hire others,” the archbishop said, adding however, that he had been very flexible in such matters because he was seeing them as persons “and their qualities and we were trying to compromise.”You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more