Cash incentives for parties could help get more women in politics MPs

first_imgOTTAWA — A House of Commons committee says the government should offer financial incentives to political parties to nominate more women candidates to run for election.This is one of 14 recommendations of the status of women committee, which studied the ongoing under-representation of women in politics.Despite being active in their communities, women represent just 35 per cent of all legislators in Canada, according to Statistics Canada.The committee suggests political parties should be working harder to get more women to run by eliminating sexism and biases that might be built into their recruitment efforts.One potential fix would be to offer cash incentives, such as subsidies or weighted formulas for public financing to encourage parties to help more women to get nominated and then elected.The committee also says government should consider requiring political parties to publicly report on their efforts to recruit female candidates after every general election and should also encourage them to set voluntary quotas for how many female candidates they plan to field.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against celebrity chef Mario Batali.The NYPD confirmed the probe following a “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday night in which an unnamed woman accused Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005.She says she remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up on the floor feeling drugged and assaulted. She says she talked to the police but never filed a report.Batali issued a statement to CBS denying that he assaulted the woman.Batali stepped down from daily operations at his restaurant empire and cooking show “The Chew” in December after four women accused him of inappropriate touching over a period of 20 years.Batali has apologized for those encounters.last_img read more

The Latest Brexit Portugal backs Spain on Gibraltar clause

first_imgBRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):2:20 p.m.Portugal’s foreign minister is in support of the Brexit deal including Spain’s request to have its say on the future of the disputed British territory of Gibraltar.Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva says that the original Brexit guidelines laid out last year that included assurances to Spain that it could deal with London directly on the issue of Gibraltar were “wise.”Spain said Friday it wouldn’t back the divorce deal U.K. and European Union leaders are supposed to vote on during Sunday’s summit in Brussels after language regarding Gibraltar didn’t appear in a draft agreement.Santos Silva says the impasse has an “easy resolution because the heads of state of the 27 had already agreed (.) that any agreement between the U.K. and the EU regarding Gibraltar would require previous agreement from Spain, and that appears to be a very wise line.”___11:05 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is kicking off a big Brexit weekend as she travels to the European Union headquarters in Brussels for talks on Saturday with key leaders.Spanish objections over the status of Gibraltar — the tiny territory ceded to Britain in 1713 but is still claimed by Spain — is the only dispute left hanging ahead of Sunday’s summit of EU leaders.May will meet with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk in the evening.May hopes to leave Brussels on Sunday with a firm agreement on the withdrawal terms for Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29, as well as a comprehensive negotiating text on how future relations should look like once both sides agree on a trade agreement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Top UN officials voice hope that refugees can return home to DR

23 July 2010The top United Nations food and refugee officials today expressed hope that security will soon improve to allow people uprooted by years of conflict in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to return home and begin farming their land. While increasing numbers of people are resuming their lives in the area, António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said that “it’s a goal that can only be achieved if protection of civilians in DRC is both a national and international priority.” For her part, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said that she has no doubts that “given the support they need, and the stability that they crave, the people of this region can take advantage of the fertile land they live on to build a better future.” The two officials are currently in North Kivu province, which, along with neighbouring South Kivu, have been ravaged by fighting between Government troops and rebel groups. In the past 15 months, relative stability has returned to some areas, allowing more than 1 million people to return home, but many have also been displaced recently due to new outbreaks of violence. Last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that clashes between DRC troops and remnants of a Ugandan insurgency forced an estimated 20,000 people to flee their villages in North Kivu province. Ms. Sheeran said that WFP is planning to help communities that are relatively peaceful return to productive lives through schemes involving cash, vouchers and the purchase of local goods to support the agricultural economy. The two officials were scheduled to visit camps near Nyanzale, more than 100 kilometres from North Kivu’s provincial capital, Goma, housing internally displaced persons (IDPs). WFP is providing food assistance to some 150,000 uprooted people in North Kivu, including nearly 4,000 in three camps around Nyanzale. The vast majority of the inhabitants of the sites are women, most of whom have lost their husbands and many of whom have been raped during years of strife. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is coordinating humanitarian aid for 84,000 IDPs in 42 camps and is also working to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Since 2007, the agency has helped 106,000 people return to their villages and rebuild their lives. read more

Foreign direct investment on the rise in worlds poorest countries UN report

UNCTAD’s study — FDI in Least Developed Countries at a Glance — which is being released in anticipation of next week’s Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries, notes that, although data are not always reliable, FDI increased from $0.6 billion in 1990 to $5.2 billion in 1999 for the poorest countries. Contributing to this improvement are major efforts that have been undertaken by the least developed countries (LDCs) to improve their investment climates, UNCTAD notes, adding that at the national level, legislation in most LDCs now offers a wide range of guarantees and other measures to encourage investment. One of the challenges, according to the report, is to ensure that investment opportunities are adequately communicated to the international business community. France and the United Kingdom are the principal sources of FDI in African LDCs, where Europe generally outstrips the United States, the study notes. Most Japanese direct investment in African LDCs has been concentrated in Liberia. Firms from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are major investors in Asian LDCs.UNCTAD points out, however, that despite these signs of improvement, LDCs receive just half of one per cent of total global FDI flows, while Official Development Assistance from governments — another key measure to help LDCs pull themselves out of poverty — has declined in recent years. The LDC Conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium, from 14 to 20 May. The forum, which will be hosted by the European Union, will assess the results of the programme of action adopted at the Second Conference on LDCs held in Paris in 1990 and lay out a programme for the decade 2001-2010. The meeting will also review international support measures for the sustainable development of those countries and their integration into the world economy. Among the participants at the Conference will be a senior-level delegation from UN Volunteers (UNV) headed by the programme’s Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija, UNV announced today. The UNV team will be joined by Flight Lieutenant John Jerry Rawlings, the former President of Ghana, who is working this year to raise awareness of volunteer action in developing countries. read more

Indian general named commander of UN interim force in Lebanon

The appointment of Gen. Lalit Mohan Tewari was made official following an exchange of letters between the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, a UN spokesman said.The previous commander, Gen. Seth Kofi Obeng of Ghana, relinquished his post on 15 May and since then his deputy, Gen. Ganesan Athamanathan, has been Acting Force Commander.Currently the Commander of the Higher Command Wing at the College of Combat of the Indian Armed Forces, Gen. Tewari served in the early ’90s as the Chief of the Observer Group in Costa Rica within the UN Observer Group in Central America.Meanwhile, an Israeli delegation that visited UN Headquarters in New York this morning raised procedural questions about viewing videotapes and related items that could shed light on the condition of the three Israeli soldiers abducted on the Israeli-Lebanese border last October.The UN had defined the modalities of the viewing in a letter to the Israeli Ambassador yesterday, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said, but the Israeli delegation had questions today about those procedures, “and we said we would meet with them later today to see if we could sort it out.”Mr. Eckhard said the UN was trying to help Israel from a humanitarian standpoint and needed to be careful to refrain from revealing anything that could be of an intelligence nature. “We are trying to establish modalities that preserve the humanitarian nature of this exercise,” he added. “That’s the fundamental issue.”The UN did offer to take blood samples found on some of the items through a third party such as the World Health Organization, Mr. Eckhard said. The blood could be tested and then matched against blood information from the Israeli’s files on the three soldiers. read more

Annans special adviser heads to Washington for talks on postconflict Iraq

The US State Department invited Rafeeuddin Ahmed, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser to Washington for a series of briefings on Iraq, involving State Department, Defense Department and National Security Council personnel, according to a Spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York. “Mr. Ahmed hopes to get a clearer picture of the coalition’s thinking on post-conflict Iraq, as part of his on-going work for the Secretary-General,” Hua Jiang said. Formally appointed Special Adviser last week, Mr. Ahmed has been assisting the UN system informally since February in thinking about possible involvement in a post-war Iraq. He will now act as the focal point in the Organization for discussions on the various scenarios for such a role. He will also advise the Secretary-General on any role that the Security Council might eventually mandate the UN system to carry out once the current military campaign has come to an end. read more

Online poker is back Nations first legal realmoney site launches in Las

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Hannah Dreier, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 5:11 am MDT LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Poker devotees can now skip the smoky casino and legally gamble their dollars away on the couch — at least in the state of Nevada.A Las Vegas-based casino subsidiary launched the first fully legal poker website in the United States on Tuesday morning.The site, run by Ultimate Gaming, is only accepting wagers from players in Nevada for now, but it likely represents the next chapter in gambling nationwide.Internet poker, never fully legal, has been strictly outlawed since 2011, when the Department of Justice seized the domain names of the largest offshore sites catering to U.S. customers and blacked them out.This crackdown, dubbed “black Friday,” left poker fanatics with two options: They could either get dressed and visit a card room, or break the law and log into an offshore site.More recently, the federal government softened its stance on Internet betting, and three states — New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada— have legalized some form of online wagering within their borders.With Tuesday’s launch, Nevada wins the race to bring Texas Hold ’em back to the Internet.“There was black Friday, and now we’re going to have ‘trusting Tuesday,’” said Ultimate Gaming CEO Tobin Prior. “Players won’t have to worry if their money is safe. They are going to be able to play with people they can trust and know the highest regulatory standards have been applied.”About 20 other companies— including Zynga Inc., the creator of FarmVille— are preparing to open their virtual doors in the Silver State.UltimatePoker.com will look familiar to anyone who participated in the poker craze of the 2000s. Only the account setup and login process have changed. Instead of checking a box certifying they are older than 18, players will click through a lengthy setup process involving Social Security and cellphone numbers. Only those older than 21 will be allowed to play.Ultimate Gaming hopes to win the trust not only of players, but of regulators and politicians.“It’s an opportunity to show the world how to properly run online poker,” Ultimate Gaming chairman Tom Breitling said.Professional poker player Matt Stout, who decamped to Costa Rica after black Friday, said it will take more than one site, or even a whole state, opening its virtual doors to lure him back.“Although it’s exciting to see the beginnings forming for legalized online poker in the U.S., it’s going to be a long time before it’s lucrative enough to convince me to move back to the U.S. full-time,” he said in an email.Several cash-hungry states are weighing legislation that would allow them to tap into what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar market. Some bills would legalize only poker, as Nevada has, while others would throw open the gates to all casino games, including slots, as New Jersey and Delaware have done.Earlier this year, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval approved legislation that gives him the ability to sign interstate Internet gambling deals with other governors.Players around the world currently wager an estimated $35 billion online each year, according to the American Gaming Association. A fully realized U.S. online poker market could generate $4.3 billion in revenue its first year, and $9.6 billion by year five, according to London-based research firm H2 Gambling Capital.Still, with federal efforts to legalize Internet poker stalled, it may be a while before a critical mass of states link together to lure professional players back from overseas and drive up jackpots.Nevada, a state of just 2.8 million people, attracts 52 million visitors a year— more than the population of California. But who wants to go on vacation just to fire up their laptop and play some virtual cards?“I think the real excitement will be when we get a very populous state like a California or a New York allowing these companies to expand,” ITG casino analyst Matthew Jacob said. “But these changes often take longer to occur than people assume. It requires a change in law and then it takes a while from when the law passes until the sites are up and running.”Prior says he intends to make Ultimate Poker profitable within a matter of years, in part through cross-promotion with mixed martial arts giant Ultimate Fighting Championship. Both companies are owned by brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who also control Station Casinos Inc., a chain that caters to locals in Las Vegas.The Ultimate Poker logo has enjoyed prime placement in the UFC fight octagon for months. The Ultimate Poker Facebook page, which steers fans to a zero-stakes version of the site, features a mix of UFC glamour shots and stock images of guys in hoodies staring into laptop screens.“When you look at the demographic of the UFC fan and the online poker player, it’s almost a perfect overlap,” Breitling said.In the coming months, Ultimate Gaming will have to prove that its technology and 111 employees can prevent minors and out-of-state players from wagering real dollars, and guard against money laundering. The site will use several factors to track location, including the virtual customer’s mobile phone and their IP addresses, the strings of numbers that identify computers on the Internet, according to chief technology officer Chris Derossi.It will also have to pay 6.75 per cent of its revenue in Nevada state taxes.It’s unclear how much of a boon the new market will be to the cash-strapped state. In 2012, the Pew Center on the States analyzed 13 states that had recently legalized new types of gambling, and found that more than two-thirds of “failed to live up to the initial promises or projections.”The gambling industry is hoping the return of Internet poker will revitalize interest in the game and help brick and mortar casinos capture a younger market.The rise of Internet poker is generally credited with helping spark the poker fad of the last decade. The end of online gambling is thought to have helped quash interest in the game.In the coming months, the industry will be watching closely to see if poker players come flocking back from their new hobbies, replacement computer games and illegal offshore gambling sites.“This is a really huge moment for our company, the state of Nevada and the gaming community,” Breitling said. “We’re hoping to make poker fun again.”___Hannah Dreier can be reached at http://twitter.com/hannahdreier . Online poker is back: Nation’s first legal, real-money site launches in Las Vegas read more

Security Council condemns Iraqi violence reaffirms support to people Government

Following Nicholay Mladenov’s briefing in which he presented two of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s reports, the 15-member Council stressed the need to bring those responsible for the violence to justice and called on Governments to cooperate with Iraqi authorities to hold the perpetrators to account.“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” the body said in a statement to the press. The attacks deliberately targeted locations where civilians congregate, including schools and places of worship, the Council said, extending its condolences to the families, as well as the people and Government of Iraq.It also acknowledged the efforts of the Iraq security forces that are also being targeted in ongoing attacks.“The members of the Security Council strongly expressed their support for the continued efforts of the Iraqi Government to help meet security needs of the entire population of Iraq,” according to the statement. In his briefing, Mr. Mladenov said the violence is compounded by political deadlock that is being exploited by terrorists and armed groups with the intention of inciting sectarian hatred and undermining the Government.It is also being fueled by the ongoing conflict in Syria, which is enabling groups such as Al-Qaida to forge links with factions across the borders. “Resolving the Syrian crisis through an inclusive national project and adopting a regional strategy against all forms of religious or sectarian extremism are vital to bringing stability to Iraq,” Mr. Mladenov said.“This would create an enabling environment in which the country’s ethnic and religious communities can find a balance without undue outside influence.”In his latest report, Mr. Ban noted that the resurgence of extremism and radicalization threaten Iraq’s social cohesion and may disrupt the ongoing efforts for national reconciliation.“It is important to accelerate equitable political participation at the national and local levels, consolidate democratic processes and institutions, as well as civil society and foster economic development,” Mr. Ban said, particularly through job creation, delivery of services, and fighting corruption.Most importantly, he said, “political leaders on all sides have a clear responsibility for leading and facilitating decisive and inclusive action.” Among recent successful efforts to that end, a new general election law was enacted earlier this month, setting the date for the next general election as 30 April 2014, the same date as a recently postponed provincial election in Iraqi Kurdistan.In addition, a comprehensive dialogue and reform process known as the Social Peace Initiative was created in September, supported by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq, which Mr. Mladenov heads, and welcomed by the international community. Both “remain in nascent and fragile state”, Mr. Mladenov said calling on political, religious, and civic leaders to refrain from undermining or delaying the process.Among other issues in the report, Mr. Ban reiterates his appeal to the Government to impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, in accordance with relevant General Assembly resolutions.He also urged authorities to “swiftly” disclose the findings of an investigation into an attack on Camp New Iraq on 1 September. Following that attack, the remaining residents from the transit facility were transferred to Camp Hurriya also known as Camp Liberty.Also today, Mr. Mladenov presented Mr. Ban’s first report on the issues of missing Kuwaiti and third-country national sand mission Kuwaiti property, including its national archives. The issue “is now 22 years old”, Mr. Ban wrote in the report, encouraging both the Iraqi and Kuwaiti communities to work together.“I urge Iraqi authorities both inside and outside Iraq who possess information… to come forward so that Iraqi efforts in location burial sites can bring results,” he said. read more

Can YOU Fix The NBA Draft

By Jody Avirgan The NBA draft could use some fixing. Whether NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admits it or not, teams are tanking in order to land a better chance at a top pick. On the most recent episode of our sports podcast Hot Takedown, we discussed a few proposals to fix the draft structure, from the “wheel” to closing the gap between the worst and second-worst team’s chances. Now, it’s your turn.When you’re sitting on your couch, daydreaming, what crazy scheme have you come up with to fix the draft structure? Tell us below — no idea is too weird. We’ll compile some of them on FiveThirtyEight and discuss our favorites on the show.We’ll also endorse one idea as the official Hot Takedown proposal and send it as a notarized letter (on fancy paper, too) to Silver. And that’ll solve everything! Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

12 referees pairs nominated for Mens EHF EURO 2018

Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen (Denmark) Lars Geipel and Marcus Helbig (Germany) Gjorgji Nachevski and Slave Nikolov (FYR Macedonia) ← Previous Story 2020: Henk Groener to lead German ladies to Tokyo Next Story → GOLDEN LEAGUE 2017 – Day 1: France smash Poland – Denmark beat Norway Stevann Pichon and Laurent Reveret (France) Vaidas Mazeika and Mindaugas Gatelis (Lithuania) Matija Gubica and Boris Milosevic (Croatia) From the original 14 pairs of referees involved in the preparations for the event, 12 have now been nominated: Oscar Raluy and Angel Sabroso (Spain) The referee pairs for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia have now been named. Duarte Santos and Ricardo Fonseca (Portugal) Sorin-Laurentiu Dinu and Constantin Din (Romania) Vaclav Horacek and Jiri Novotny (Czech Republic) Evgeny Zotin and Nikolay Volodkov (Russia) Men’s EHF EURO 2018 starts on January 12 in Split. Andrei Gousko and Siarhei Repkin (Belarus) EHF EURO 2018 read more

Enda dropped his Nokia in the sink we remember it here in

first_imgWhat the flip is that in your hand? (Photocall Ireland)2011: Back on track and on the movePhotocall Ireland2011:  Cabinet meeting time @MaryMinihan/TwitterEnda has been pictured with iPhones, Sony Ericssons and a multitude of other devices, but the one constant in his life has been his trusty Nokia 6310…2006: An early sighting(Photocall Ireland)2007: On the campaign trail(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)2010: A blip on the radar (Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)2012: Still going strongPhotocall Ireland2012: Hanging out with David CameronStop sniggering David. The 6310 is a legend. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)The Nokia wasn’t good enough to bring to an audience with the pope though. We’re fairly sure it was an iPhone Enda was tinkering with.As for the fate of the Nokia 6310… have you tried putting it in a bowl of rice Taoiseach?VIDEO: Enda Kenny checks his phone during Pope Benedict speech>Enda Kenny has an iPhone evidence of the day>center_img ENDA KENNY KNOWS a good thing when he sees it, and boy is a Nokia 6310 a good thing.Smartphones come and go, but the Nokia will (literally) power on through and is virtually indestructible.Unless, that is…last_img read more

Panel digs into BlueCrest fracking plan

first_imgThough fracking has been happening in Alaska since the 1960s, it’s gotten new attention, spurred by horror stories coming from operations in the Lower 48, where drinking water has been contaminated. As BlueCrest Energy prepares to file permits to frack an oil well in the Cosmopolitan Unit in Cook Inlet, just north of Homer, the company is attempting to calm area residents’ concerns.Logo Courtesy of BlueCrest EnergyAs BlueCrest Energy advances its plans to start hydraulic fracturing in November, local concern advances, as well.That’s the sound of some pointed questions during a forum Cook Inletkeeper held May 17 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. The forum brought representatives from the company, several permitting agencies and environmental experts.Bluecrest Energy wants to use fracking to increase crude oil production in its offshore oil wells in the Cosmopolitan Unit, seven miles north of Anchor Point.One of the concerns with fracking is with the water that’s injected into the well to force fractures in subsurface rock formations.Larry Burgess is the health, safety and environmental manager for BlueCrest.“We do not want to impact anyone’s drinking water in any way,” Burgess said. “And we’ve tried to demonstrate that even locally around the surface location at the Hansen Pad, where we committed to not drilling water wells there.”He said the company is considering getting water from a retired gravel pit now turned into lakes, but said they haven’t conducted studies yet to determine how draining that water might affect the surrounding groundwater. Before proceeding, BlueCrest will be required to obtain a temporary water use permit from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.Area residents concerned about their wells were told that drilling activity would be conducted below the depth of their aquifer. The actual oil wells to be produced are below Cook Inlet, so BlueCrest will drill out directionally from shore. The fracking activity will take place 3.5 miles offshore and more than a mile under the inlet.The fluid injected into the well will be 99.5 percent water and sand. The fracking process involves injecting about 1,800 barrels of this sandy slurry, 17 times, BlueCrest officials say.Of the 0.5 percent of chemicals BlueCrest plans to use, most are benign — things found in food additives. Of the others, Surfactant is an alcohol derivative, and Biocide, used to kill microbes, is found in some hair products and cleaning agents.Briana Mordick, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that while the chemicals used in fracking aren’t necessarily dangerous, their effects aren’t completely known.“Those chemic don’t just go down there and sit,” Mordick said. “They’re designed to react with each other and we don’t always know what those reaction products are and what’s coming back out. And they’re designed to react with the formation, as well, and that’s another thing where there’s some information gaps in our understanding.”Another concern is chemicals ending up somewhere they’re not supposed to. The fractures aren’t expected to grow more than 150 to 200 feet, so won’t reach beyond the confining layers of rock surrounding the targeted formation. After fracking, the water is produced back out of the drill hole and must be injected into a permitted wastewater disposal well. Burgess said BlueCrest hasn’t selected a disposal well site yet but is investigating some promising options.Cathy Forester, chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, detailed a long list of construction and testing standards her agency requires. She said AOGCC won’t approve a permit unless the project meets safety and technical requirements and has all other necessary permits in place.“No fracturing is allowed unless and until all wells, not just the fracked well, but all wells in the affected area, meet these stringent construction and mechanical integrity requirements,” Forester said.BlueCrest plans to submit its permit applications this spring. The application won’t become public information until after approval is granted. And even then, the public will have to go looking for it.“There’s not a public notice and there’s not a hearing,” Forester said.Much of the discussion centered on how fracking in Alaska differs from horror stories in the Lower 48. Alaska’s geology and regulatory requirements are different, panelists say.“In over 50 years of hydraulic fracturing, Alaska has not suffered a single documented instance of subsurface damage to an underground source of drinking water caused by this or any other oil and gas well operation,” Forester said.Fracking has been happening in Cook Inlet since 1965. One offshore well in BlueCrest’s Cosmopolitan unit has already been fracked — in 2010, when the site was owned by Pioneer Natural Resources.That doesn’t guarantee future safety, however. Bob Shavelson, executive director of Cook Inletkeeper, thanked BlueCrest for being forthcoming with information and participating in the forum, but said that change needs to happen — at a larger scale than just this project.“I look at oil and gas as, like, driving a Subaru, and then when you throw fracking on top it just becomes a Hummer,” Shavelson said. “It’s the same problem, it’s just a little bit worse. … So the point here is to get information out and realize this is an element of a larger piece of the pie. If you believe climate change and ocean acidification are serious issues, then we better address all of these things.”BlueCrest officials say they’ll submit permit applications in May and June and hope to begin fracking in November.Cook Inletkeeper has additional information on the BlueCrest project on its website, at www.cookinletkeeper.org. Information about the chemicals BlueCrest proposes using can be found at fracfocus.org.last_img read more

Climate change may have sparked human migration into Interior Alaska UAF study

first_imgEquipment for collecting sediment samples from a lake bottom lies on the lake’s frozen surface during a research project on St. Paul Island in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Wooller, UAF)Climate change may have spurred the first humans to move into Interior Alaska. A new University of Alaska-Fairbanks study, released on Tuesday, found that around 15,000 years ago, the Bering Land Bridge became much wetter and warmer. That coincides with when people began to leave it.Listen nowMat Wooller is a professor in the college of fisheries and ocean science at UAF, and the study’s lead author.“For anyone who has lived in Alaska and even been up onto the North Slope, you know that that environment is very tough to…move around in with wet kind of conditions,” Wooller said. “So that might’ve prompted people to move out of that, that environment into a more favorable landscape.”Wooler said that as the already wet climate of the low-lying Bridge changed, that may have also increased the mosquito population, pushing caribou and the people that hunted them away from mosquitoes and into the interior.“The Bering Land Bridge, which is where humans were coming across from Asia into North America, is now flooded. But at one time, of course, it was connected,” Wooller said. “And the site that we chose, St. Paul Island, has been exposed and part of that Bering Land Bridge all the way back at least 18,000 years ago.”Lake Hill on St. Paul Island, where a UAF-led team collected a sediment core, is located in the former Bering Land Bridge, delineated in gray on the map. Organisms preserved in the core showed that the area’s climate warmed and grew wetter about 15,000 years ago, likely encouraging human migration across the land bridge. (Image courtesy of Royal Society Open Science)Over the course of years, a team of international researchers studied a long core of sediment pulled from a lake bottom on the island. They were initially studying the environment before, during and after mammoths went extinct on the island but had leftover sediment and decided to expand their research.From that, they created an 18,500-year timeline of temperature and precipitation patterns. They also studied fossils found in the sediment from bugs, plants and spores.“When those organisms change and the species change, that tells you how the environment changed and you have this timeline constructed and you can see how the climate changed over time,” Wooler said.There’s a lot of debate and questions about how exactly the earliest humans made their way to North America, and Wooller said the study helps fill in those gaps with empirical data. And the data can be used to help improve climate models. The better researchers understand how the Arctic’s climate has changed over time, the better they can predict how it might change in the future.last_img read more

Yemens ballistic missile hits near Makka

first_imgMap of Saudi Arabia locating Mecca. A ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels was shot down late Thursday close to Mecca, the Arab military coalition fighting in Yemen said. AFPA ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels was shot down late Thursday close to Makka in Saudi Arabia, a month before the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site, the Arab military coalition fighting in Yemen said.The missile was intercepted 69 kilometres (43 miles) south of the city in western Saudi Arabia, the coalition said in a statement, calling it “a desperate attempt by Shiite Huthi rebels to disrupt Hajj”, which begins at the end of August.Occasional ballistic missile attacks, as well as more frequent short-range rocket fire over the southern border, have in the past been conducted after coalition air strikes against the rebels in Yemen.It is not the first time rebels have fired in the direction of Makka.In October they launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was brought down near the holy city, an attack condemned by Riyadh’s Gulf allies.But the new attack is thought to pose a threat ahead of Hajj, when some two million faithful from across the world will visit the site.The Huthi rebels and their allies, former members of Yemen’s security forces linked to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, began retaliatory attacks against the kingdom two years ago.The Saudi-lead coalition intervened in the country in March 2015 to support President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who says the rebels are supported by its regional arch-rival Iran.last_img read more

Man killed in alleged gunfight

first_imgGunfight IllustrationA man was killed in what police called gunfight with them at Marine Drive in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Thursday, reports UNB.Deceased Hanif, 38, son of a certain Kashem Ali of Natmora area of the upazila was a drug peddler, claims police.Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station, said Hanif was arrested on Wednesday from the upazilaPolice later conducted a drive along with him in the area to recover firearms and contraband yaba pills.Criminals opened fire as soon as police reached the area that triggered the gunfight, the OC said.Hanif was caught in the line of fire and was fatally wounded.He was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where doctors pronounced him dead.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first four months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 115, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Second Case Dismissed Amid Review Of Houston Cops Work

first_img Share Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Pecan Park house where four police officers were shot on January 28, 2019, while serving a search warrant.Prosecutors have dismissed a second case being re-examined because it involved Gerald Goines, the Houston police officer accused of lying in an affidavit that led to a drug raid last month that killed a married couple.Court records show the drug case against Treveon Cornett was dismissed Monday. Another case was dismissed last week.Cornett’s case is one of 27 active cases tied to Officer Gerald Goines. They’re among more than 1,400 being reviewed by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.The district attorney’s office said Cornett’s case was dismissed in the “interest of justice.” Goines didn’t arrest Cornett but was at the scene.An attorney for Cornett didn’t immediately return a call Monday. Cornett was arrested in July for possessing less than one gram of cocaine.last_img read more

Master Chief goes to college to sell Windows PCs

first_imgI recall my initial tour of the University of Kentucky campus to be a pretty dry affair. There was a a lot of walking and some mildly interesting facts muttered about the names lettered onto various buildings.One thing that was definitely missing from my tour was a uniformed UNSC Spartan from Halo. That has a lot to do with the fact that the original Xbox wasn’t even a daydream back in 1994, but I still feel like I got the shaft after watching Microsoft’s latest promo spot.The clever 30-second clip (which you can watch below) features the Spartan getting dinged in the helmet by an inaccurate frisbee toss. His return fling is a tad overpowered, and mild hilarity ensues.It’s all about creating more buzz for Microsoft’s back-to-school promotion, which offers up a free 4GB Xbox 360 console to any student who purchases a Windows PC priced $699 or higher. The offer is valid until September 3, 2011 in the U.S. and Canada, and while the 4GB of storage may have you saying “meh,” it’s still about a $200 throw-in. Apple’s only waving a $100 gift certificate for the App Store,  iTunes, and its other online offerings for a back-to-school deal.Sure, it would have been even cooler if our anonymous Spartan friend had rolled up in a Scorpion or bailed out of a passing Pelican, but at least you can daydream about sharing a dorm room with a guy who knows how to handle a gravity hammer.More at Windows Team Bloglast_img read more

Apple Finally Revamps Apple TV Integrates Siri

first_imgSeptember 9, 2015 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now After years of speculation, Apple finally announced an update to Apple TV Wednesday. As expected, the new version of the set-top box features an updated remote and a new App Store, which will bring a whole new level of functionality and content to the device.Siri supportSiri really shines in the new Apple TV. The personal assistant now has top billing in the device’s remote. If you’re looking for something to watch, you can ask Siri to find it for you. Searches can be performed based on a particular show or movie you’d like to watch, and are across multiple apps on your TV. So, you could do a search for Mel Gibson movies and get results from Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Showtime on the same screen.Image credit: AppleRelated: Apple Unveils the iPad Pro, Its Biggest Tablet YetYou can also perform searches for a particular actor, genre, or even age-appropriateness. On stage, Apple showed a demo where it asked for kid-appropriate movies, and was suggested Paddington.Siri can also make sure you don’t miss anything while you’re watching good ol’ Mel later on. If you miss something while you watch, you can simply say “What dd he say?” and Siri will rewind the program 15 seconds so you can see what you missed. You can also use Siri to look up things like the weather and sport scores.tvOSWith the new Apple TV, Apple also unveiled a new operating system for the device. Called tvOS, the iOS-based operating system is made specifically for the set-top box and will allow developers to create unique apps made specifically to run on the Apple TV, namely games.Image credit: AppleRelated: Apple Unveils New Apple Watch Models, New OSOn stage, Apple showed off a number of games headed to the Apple TV when it launches, including the popular game Guitar Hero. Games can be controlled using the Apple TV remote, and also using your iPhone or iPad. Netflix, Hulu and HBO have also already gotten their hands on the OS and have created updated versions of their apps for the device.A new MLB app allows you to stream games at 60fps and view live stats. NHL Game Center is headed to the TV next year.New remoteAll that new functionality with the Apple TV is focused on a new Apple TV remote. The new remote has a touch surface at the top which works a bit like a touchpad mouse, as well as new buttons that allow you to do things like power your television off and on and control the volume. The device has a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer to handle all the new controls.Unlike the current remote that runs on a watch battery, the new Apple TV remote has a rechargeable battery. It can run 3 months on a single charge, and when it runs low charges using the Lightning connector.The new Apple TV will be available in late October in two versions: a 32GB/$149 version and a 64GB/$199 version. Apple dropped the price of the current version of the Apple TV from $99 to $69 in March. That device will continue to be sold as an entry-level product.Image credit: AppleRelated: Turns Out Apple Didn’t Start in a Garage After All Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Joint Greek and Turkish Cypriot dictionary presented

first_imgA joint dictionary of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot dialects was presented for the first time with the contribution of the government on Tuesday.During the presentation copies were donated to lyceums and technical schools by Greek Cypriot Turkologist Iacovos Hadjipieris who with Turkish scholar Orhan Kapatas wrote the book.Education Minister Costas Kadis addressed the launch, saying that one of the fundamental objectives of our education system is “to contribute to the formation of democratic citizens who, while maintaining and feeling safe with their identity, are able to cooperate with people from different backgrounds in a modern, coherent and pluralistic society.”The common dictionary, in its own unique way, contributes to this, Kadis said. “By locating and recording the common words used by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, it enriches the linguistic richness of our island, highlighting elements of our cultural tradition. At the same time, it promotes scientifically and effortlessly the possibility and dynamics of language to overcome any differences between the two communities, contributing substantially to the self-knowledge of our people.”The bilingual publication has some 3,500 entries reflecting commonality in the everyday language of the two communities.At Tuesday’s event author Hadjipieris said that the use of the dictionary can be a trigger for future researchers to learn from the evidence and to produce other related work and research.“It also functions as a channel for further creation, behind every word there is a common story, a common representation, a common meaning and a common way of communication.”The dictionary has raised the interest of the scientific community in the public and private universities of Cyprus, Greece and abroad, he added.Following a proposal by the Council of Europe High Commissioner for National Minorities, it was decided to post the electronic version of the dictionary on a specific website but also to make it available on mobile phones and tablets.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more