Ajit Jogi-Mayawati meet sets off speculation

first_imgFormer Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) chief Ajit Jogi called on Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati in New Delhi on Wednesday fuelling speculation over possible political realignments. “The meeting lasted about one-and-half hours during which both the leaders discussed many issues concerning the State and the country,” Mr. Jogi’s son and Chhattisgarh MLA Amit Jogi informed. Assembly elections are due in Chhattisgarh in October-November this year.State BJP president Dharamlal Koushik termed the meeting “inconsequential.” “Both are jobless now. Even if they decide to form an alliance, there won’t be any danger to the BJP,” he said.last_img read more

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Gas Station, Store Owned by Sikh Businessman Vandalized in Kentucky

first_imgA gas station and a convenience store owned by an Indian American Sikh man at Kentucky were vandalized recently by a miscreant wearing a ski mask. The culprit spray-painted “white power,” swastikas and other racial slurs as well as crude markings that said “leave.”“I’m just really shocked that somebody is doing that,” Gary Singh told WSAZ, about the incident that took place around 11.30 pm on Jan. 31. The report said that he got a call from an employee called Alley on morning of Feb.1. The employee told the Daily Independent that their regular customers won’t vandalize the place. “I’ve been here a year and I’ve never seen anything like this,” she told the Daily Independent.This is not the first time that the store was vandalized. In 2014, former employees were caught by Singh vandalizing and stealing items, according to Daily Independent.“I was really nervous about that. It happened to me for the first time in this store in four years time. I’ve never done wrong to the community here. I try to help the community all the time,” Singh told WSAZ.The customers said that they were disturbed by the messages that were spray-painted.“It’s sad that in America in this day and age we’re still doing this. It should not be happening,” Barb Glockner, a frequent customer told WSAZ. “He’s a wonderful member of our community, and no one deserves this. Especially not Gary,” Glockner added.“I think if they put themselves in Gary’s place, would you want somebody doing that to you? We live by the golden rule. We do unto others and evidently they do not live by that rule,” Glockner told WSAZ.Singh said that he could forgive the vandals, and hopes that it doesn’t happen again. “Please don’t do it to anybody else. Don’t hurt anybody’s feelings. Let them work and enjoy their life,” Singh told WSAZ.No suspect has been identified yet. Kentucky State Police is investigating the case as criminal mischief but are not pursuing a hate crime charge.A number of high profile hate crimes against Indians took place in 2017, including the death of an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, in Kansas. According to FBI data, there was a 4.6 per cent increase in hate crimes against all communities in 2016.    Related ItemsIndian AmericanKentuckyracismlast_img read more

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Griffin gets double-double as Pistons beat Grizzlies

first_imgPistons: Host the Miami Heat on Saturday night in the third game of a six-game homestand. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Griffin’s first points came when he powered to the basket and made a shot off the glass. He lobbed a nice alley-oop to All-Star Andre Drummond in the second quarter, although that duo didn’t look totally in rhythm together. Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds but sat out some of the crucial possessions late.DISPARITYGrizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff received a technical foul early in the fourth quarter and wasn’t thrilled about the difference in free throws. Memphis went 14 of 14, but Detroit was 27 of 37.“The free throws are the bottom line — 37-14. No one can overcome that,” Bickerstaff said. “Our guys compete too hard to be put in this situation every night. We’ve asked the league for help. Maybe someone can sit down with us and tell us what we’re doing wrong.”SMALLER STAFFVan Gundy said before the game that only two of his seven assistant coaches would be on the bench with him. Tim Hardaway had a funeral to attend, and four others were sick.“If anybody wants to sit on the bench with me tonight, we have plenty of room,” Van Gundy said. “That flu is no joke.”ANOTHER DEBUTDetroit received two other players in the trade with the Clippers. Brice Johnson did not play Thursday, but Willie Reed did, picking up three fouls in just 5:22.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Evans was not with the team and missed a second straight game amid trade speculation about his future. Conley has a left heel injury. … Gasol had 19 points and 14 rebounds. … Memphis dropped to 3-8 on the second night of back-to-backs.Pistons: Griffin was the first player with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a debut with the Pistons since Grant Hill (25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) in 1994.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Portland’s CJ McCollum joins the 50-point club Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Anthony Tolliver’s 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining gave Detroit a 101-100 lead, and the score stayed that way until the final seconds. Marc Gasol attempted to drive on Griffin but missed his shot, and a wild scramble led to a jump ball between Tolliver and Dillon Brooks with 10.4 seconds left.The Pistons controlled that tip, with Reggie Bullock running the ball down in the corner. Tolliver gave Detroit a three-point lead with a pair of free throws, and then purposely fouled Wayne Selden with 2.6 seconds remaining. Selden made the first free throw and the second went in even though he was trying to miss and give his team a chance at an offensive rebound.Bullock made it 104-102 when he made the second of two free throws with 2 seconds left. The Grizzlies were out of timeouts, and after Gasol caught the ensuing inbound pass near midcourt, his long attempt at the buzzer wasn’t close.“We can’t say that our goal is to give ourselves a chance to win, the goal has to be to win,” Gasol said. “We have to go out and grab these games when we have the chance.”Griffin was the first Detroit starter announced before the game and received a big hand from the crowd. The arena still didn’t appear full — the Pistons have struggled with attendance for several years — but the atmosphere was lively, especially during the tight finish.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) is defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Wayne Selden while going to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — Blake Griffin was Detroit’s best player in his debut with the Pistons.Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and although his new team is still very much a work in progress, the Pistons edged the Memphis Grizzlies 104-102 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Detroit traded for Griffin earlier in the week. The Pistons haven’t had much time to work with him, but they were clearly a better team when he played against the Grizzlies.“We were plus-23 with him on the floor in 35 minutes, so we were fairly dominant in that time,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I don’t know why we haven’t gotten to all this in the hour and 15 minutes we’ve had together, but we’ve really got to get our spacing down and understand where we want people to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutT-Shirts welcoming Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin cover the seats at Little Caesars Arena before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)Griffin’s teammates looked uncertain at times, but Detroit was able to outlast a Memphis team that is without Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley.“I wanted to just come out and play hard, being very limited in my knowledge of our offense,” Griffin said. “I thought coach Van Gundy did a great job of just putting in five things that we could go to, and we ran them to death, but they worked and everybody just played hard.”last_img read more

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Cricket: Pace sensation Malinga accused of sexual assault as disturbing details emerge

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: DNA IndiaThe existential crisis of Sri Lankan cricket is hit with yet another nail as veteran pacer Lasith Malinga is the next name to be accused of sexual assault.The incident was revealed by singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who claimed that the cricketer sexually assaulted a woman at a hotel in Mumbai during an IPL season.Lasith Malinga has been a vital cog of the Mumbai Indians’ bowling setup over the years and has gone on to become the highest wicket-taker in the history of the competition with 154 scalps in 110 matches.Further details have been shed on the alleged incident which are disturbing, to say the least. Sripaada took to Twitter to disclose the details behind the incident. You can check out the Tweet right below.Cricketer Lasith Malinga. pic.twitter.com/Y1lhbF5VSK— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 11, 2018This encounter only adds salt to the wounds in Sri Lankan cricket as recently, former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga was accused of sexual assault as well by an Indian flight attendant.The flight attendant took to social media to reveal the incident where she mentions that the World Cup-winning captain harassed her sexually while also stating that the hotel reception personnel ignored her pleas when she asked for help.There has been a wholesome wake in the country with eye-opening cases of sexual harassment cases over the nation. #MeToo has made its first mark on the sport.Read Also:Nepal trump China in a second bizarre cricketing encounter in two daysIndia far from the finished article in Test Cricket, says Rahul Dravid Advertisementlast_img read more

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Harwin: ultra-compact fine pitch cable-to-board connector offering

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADI: tiny µModule boost regulator for low voltage optical systemsNext How to create compliant documentation for your embedded system and avoid legal pitfalls Continuing to extend the breadth of its interconnect solutions, Harwin has announced the latest addition to the M40 series. With phosphor bronze contacts that are rated for currents of up to 1A, these lightweight, low profile 1mm pitch units are the smallest in the company’s portfolio of cable-to-board connectors. They have been developed specifically to attend to the needs of modern electronic designs, where densely populated PCBs are stacked closely together.M40 connectors are available in both single and double row options, with vertical and horizontal surface mount configurations for the shrouded male headers. This means they are versatile enough to serve a wide array of different layout requirements. Pre-cabled female contacts are available off-the-shelf, with complete cable assembly layouts on request, enabling customers to avoid making heavy investment on crimp tooling (plus all the training and procedural planning that goes with it). As a result, these connectors will prove particularly attractive for prototyping or small volume runs.Supporting 50 mate/un-mate cycles, these components have an insulation resistance of 100MΩ and cover an operational temperature range of -25 to +85°C. Located within an attractive price bracket, they are targeted at industrial control/monitoring, communications infrastructure, industrial drives and consumer electronics. They are supplied in either tube packaging or a tape-and-reel format, thus making them very well suited to automated production processes.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Harry Kane calls for England to ‘finish the job’ in Russia

first_imgShare on Messenger Share via Email Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Dele Alli World Cup 2018 Harry Kane World Cup Croatia await on Wednesday in the last four, with only six members of Gareth Southgate’s squad even born the last time the English graced such an occasion, against West Germany in July 1990. While expectations from the outside have been realistic through much of this campaign, the squad’s faith in their own quality has been unwavering and the captain, his side 90 minutes from a World Cup final, has made his intent clear.“We feel proud – proud to have made the fans proud,” said Kane, who remains two goals clear of Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot. “That’s what we wanted to do when we set out. We wanted to play good football, work hard, play with passion, and we have done that. So we are enjoying it. We can see the fans enjoying it here and back home and so we have just got to try and keep it going. We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional. We said we wanted to write our own history. Hopefully we can go one step further than 1990 and get to the final.“It’s been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament, and we’ve got a tough game coming up against Croatia, but we feel confident.“We felt so composed against Sweden and, looking around, everyone was on the same wavelength. Everyone was calm and that’s what we need if we want to go all the way.“We had that sense before the game that we didn’t want to go home just yet. We don’t want to let anyone down and we want to be here until the end. Now we’re one step closer. We are not finished yet. Everyone wants to finish the job and go all the way.” Jordan Henderson, who expects to train on Monday in Zelenogorsk despite being forced from the field with a tight hamstring during the comfortable win against Sweden on Saturday, and Jamie Vardy, recovered from groin trouble, should both be fit. Southgate and his medical team will monitor the squad, with the schedule suddenly far more onerous.The players have been motivated further by footage of the celebrations in England, shared on social media, as they target a first appearance in the final since 1966. “I feel we want to achieve a lot more,” Dele Alli said. “That’s the great thing: we are a hungry squad. We want to keep achieving and improving together. We are not the finished article but we’ve got to the semi-finals of the World Cup, so we are excited.“It gives me the shivers when I think about the celebrations back home. We owe them a lot of thanks as well for the way they have supported us. We have seen the reactions back home and it’s been unbelievable, so we will hopefully give them many more great moments.” Share on Facebook Share on Twitter England delirium has Gareth Southgate and his tyros dreaming big Harry Kane insists England’s ambitions will not be satisfied by a first appearance in a World Cup semi-final for 28 years and that “finishing the job” is the target in Russia. England Share on LinkedIn news Topics Croatia Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell Johnson

first_img India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 10:55 IST Glenn Maxwell has been leading the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMitchell Johnson says Glenn Maxwell is a cricket tragic and always keeps thinking about the gameJohnson is impressed with Maxwell’s leadership role for Melbourne Stars in the ongoing BBL seasonAustralia, under Aaron Finch, recently suffered their first-ever bilateral ODI series defeat at home to IndiaFormer Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson has said he believes Glenn Maxwell will be the ideal candidate to lead Australia at the Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.Revealing that Maxwell had been quite vocal in team meetings at Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab during his Indian Premier League (IPL) stints, Johnson said Maxwell loves thinking about the game and has a presence in the dressing room to influence his teammates.Johnson’s surprising suggestion comes even as Maxwell is leading Melbourne Stars in the ongoing Big Bash League season. Apart from leading the team well, the all-rounder has made some useful contributions with both the bat and the ball as the Stars are on the fifth spot of the eight-team table with four wins from nine matches.Maxwell also pulled out of the IPL 2019 auction last month in order to focus on the preparations in the lead up to the World Cup and the much-anticipated Ashes series that follows the showpiece event in England.Maxwell is a cricket tragic, reads the game well: Johnson”My decision to pick Glenn Maxwell as captain might raise eyebrows,” Johnson wrote in his column for Perth Now.”But having played with him both for Australia and in the Indian Premier League, I can say that this polarising cricketer is misunderstood. He might not be your typical first-choice captain, though clearly Melbourne Stars have seen something in Maxwell. Leadership has helped him mature, helped to settle him and bring the best out of him.advertisement”I think we need our sportsmen to have a certain presence and have the confidence to give their opinion in a team environment and he definitely does that.”More importantly, Maxwell is a cricket tragic who loves the game and thinks deeply about it.”I spent a lot of time with Maxwell in the IPL at both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab and he was always very vocal in team meetings particularly with planning such as fielding positions for certain players. He knows opposition players very well and he doesn’t forget much.”He reads the game well and that’s essential for a captain. Maxi is not a leader who will just let things roll on, either. He thinks outside the square. He is 30 now and knows the game inside out.”Australia are currently undergoing a crisis in the absence of their former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner as the duo were banned in March last year over the infamous ball-tampering scandal. The reigning world champions have only won four of their last 24 completed matches.Doubts remain over the returns of Smith and Warner for the World Cup as both the players suffered elbow injuries during the ongoing season of Bangladesh Premier League. While Smith is all set to undergo surgery on his injured elbow, Warner is expected to be out for the remainder of the BPL season.Australia suffered their first-ever bilateral series defeat at home to India on Friday, days after their Test series defeat to the Asian giants. Aaron Finch, who was leading the ODI side, struggled to put bat to ball and the Johnson believes Maxwell will be able to take the pressure off the Australia opener if he is handed the captain’s role.Australia, who will host Sri Lanka in a two-Test series, will be touring the UAE (Pakistan series) and India for limited-overs series ahead of the World Cup.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsmanAlso Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso Read | Cricket a special part of my life but not the most important thing: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Glenn MaxwellFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Australia ODI cricket teamFollow Mitchell JohnsonFollow IPL 2019Follow Aaron FinchFollow Steve Smith Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell JohnsonCricket World Cup 2019: Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson says he was impressed with the way Glenn Maxwell’s tactical knowledge during their time together at Indian Premier League.advertisementlast_img read more

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Vegas Strong Benefit Concert Unites Unprecedented Lineup Of Entertainers

first_imgFriday night’s Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena united the Las Vegas entertainment industry and close-knit community for an evening of live performances and heartfelt video tributes honoring victims and survivors of the October 1 tragedy.Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons Sings at Vegas Strong Benefit ConcertMore than a dozen A-list entertainers and homegrown talent convened to benefit the Las Vegas Victims Fund in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000.. The full lineup included Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Boyz II Men, Jay Leno, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top, Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group; appearances by Bryce Harper, Kurt Busch, Wayne Newton; and tribute videos from Jason Aldean, Celine Dion, Elton John, George Strait and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.The evening commenced as Carrot Top welcomed an arena of thousands of supporters. He introduced messages from Vegas Golden Knights players who shared their pride for being part of the Las Vegas community.The program continued with Las Vegas native and Washington Nationals 2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper, who thanked the first responders as well as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and hospital staff.International songstress and Billboard Icon Award-winning artist Celine Dion delivered a gracious video message, saying, “We are going to let these families know we are supporting them and we will help them through this tragic loss.”Las Vegas native and 29-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, Kurt Busch, introduced Las Vegas headliners Boyz II Men. The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning group delivered smooth vocal ballads including a soulful a capella version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” then brought the energy with “Motownphilly.” The group shared their love for the city and joy for the evening by saying, “This show is a testament to how strong Las Vegas really is.”Jay Leno followed on stage and had the crowd laughing hysterically with a series of jokes in his signature style.Las Vegas-born rock band Imagine Dragons took the stage in force, as front man Dan Reynolds said, “Today, more than ever, I am proud to be from this city. Music shows that there is nothing that should divide us. Tonight, we are one. We are Vegas Strong.” Recently nominated for two GRAMMY Awards, Imagine Dragons played an impassioned set of songs including “Whatever It Takes” and “Believer” before initiating a moment of silence for those affected by the tragedy. At the end of the band’s set, the crowd all stood to sing along with “On Top of the World” and “Radioactive.”Route 91 Festival headliner Jason Aldean next shared a special video tribute, delivering good wishes and messages of positivity with the audience.Following intermission, David Copperfield re-opened the show with an incredible illusion that left the audience in awe. Copperfield, a legendary Las Vegas illusionist, said, “This is for the selfless people who are the real heroes of 1 October. I’m so proud of this city.”Applause spread through the crowd as country superstar and T-Mobile Arena resident George Strait appeared via video, saying, “Las Vegas is a second home to me. This is a community built on strength, community and resiliency. Thank you for coming out tonight to show your support.”The memorable moments continued as Blue Man Group put on a tubular performance, entertaining the audience with its silent wit and rhythmic talent. Artists from Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère followed with unparalleled energy, mesmerizing the crowd with a performance of acrobatic strength and precision timing.Las Vegas illusionists Penn & Teller integrated the crowd into the show, allowing each audience member perform their own card-based magic trick. The elated cheer of surprise rippled through the arena as everyone applauded the charismatic duo.Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, took the stage for a heartfelt tribute, saying, “It is best to use our talent to lift people’s spirits and put a smile on their face.” He then introduced Elton John, who addressed the audience via video, sending his love and support with performances of “Your Song” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”Las Vegas hometown heroes, The Killers, closed the show with an energetic set including “When You Were Young” and “Somebody Told Me.” Lead vocalist Brandon Flowers expressed his pride for his city by saying, “There’s enough love in this room tonight to light up Las Vegas.” The band delivered a reflective performance of “Be Still” while the names of those lost in the tragedy were displayed on the screen. The band ended by sharing a little soul with “All These Things” and “Mr. Brightside.”The cheerful conclusion brought all performers to the stage for a chorus of the late, great Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,” with Dan Reynolds and Brandon Flowers exchanging lead vocals. The crowd swelled with emotion and pride for the Las Vegas community that has proven unbreakable.last_img read more

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Legislation introduced to address growing number of orphaned wells in BC

first_img“We are taking action to deal with the growing number of orphaned well sites by cleaning them up, as well as preventing this from happening in the future,” said Mungall. “Industry will continue to be responsible for their activities, as we provide additional tools for the BC Oil and Gas Commission to protect the environment.”The levy will be set by the BC Oil and Gas Commission board, with Treasury Board approval.Other amendments to the OGAA will increase the commission’s authority to protect public safety and recover the costs associated with these activities. For example, the OGC would be able to establish roadblocks, if necessary, when dealing with an emergency, and recover the cost of those activities from the permit holder responsible for the situation. Other amendments would improve the commission’s operations and strengthen their capacity to manage heritage resources. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall has introduced legislation that, if enacted, would oversee improved restoration of orphaned oil and gas wells in B.C.If approved by the legislature, Bill 15, the Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Statutes Amendment Act, 2018, will amend the Oil and Gas Activities Act and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act. Amendments to the OGAA would improve funding for orphan site restoration by replacing the current tax structure with a levy to be paid into an industry-funded program that addresses the cost of restoration and environmental clean-up. Additional amendments would also limit orphan sites by granting the commission the ability to require permit holders to conduct restoration work on inactive sites.The BC Oil and Gas Commission would also have the power to refuse permit requests if parties had a history of non-compliance.last_img read more

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Local St John Ambulance Therapy Dog travels to Vancouver

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Duvessa and her handler Faye Anstey, Fort St John Unit Facilitator, St John Ambulance (SJA) Therapy Dog Program travelled to Vancouver to help evaluate the Lieutenant General’s dog.Vice-Regal Canine Consort, MacDuff is the new Canine Ambassador to the Therapy Dog Program as he passed the evaluation conducted by long-time volunteer TDP Evaluator, Canadian Forces Veteran and volunteer Joy Dockrey.Provincial Headquarters expressed their excitement to welcome the Lieutenant General to SJA Provincial Office and be part of the evaluation for MacDuff.  Her Honour is thrilled about MacDuff’s successful evaluation and looks forward to promoting the SJA Therapy Dog Program at every suitable opportunity.Handlers and their dogs of the SJA Therapy Program travelled from across the province to participate in the day and celebrate with MacDuff and a ‘Pupcake’. Attendees from the Therapy Dog Program and their Handlers were Laura and Reilly, Yvonne and Branston, Ashten and Pig, Faye and Duvessa.Local Therapy Dog, Duvessa is a 7-year-old Great Dane and weighs 115lbs. When standing on her hind legs she is about 5 foot 10 inches shared her handler Anstey. Due to Duvessa’s size, she sat in the cabin of the Air Canada flight to Vancouver.There are 701 Handlers and their dogs serving 22 communities across BC with an additional three units to come on board in 2019. The Peace Region has dogs and handlers in Fort St John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. These volunteers give more than 6500 hours a month as they provide support to the sick, the elderly and the lonely.Anstey shares, St John Ambulance certifies Therapy dogs, these are not Service dogs.If anyone has questions or wishes to have a therapy dog brought into their workplace, school, hospital, care home or a special event, they can email; FortStJohnTDP@sjabcy.calast_img read more

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UN environment agency backs BBC TV series on sustainable development

The BBC Earth Report programmes that UNEP will support cover topics such as wildlife smuggling, sustainable fisheries and water contamination.The series, seen weekly in some 180 million homes on BBC World Television, is the “only weekly series on global television that sets out to cover the issues on the World Summit’s agenda,” according to Tore Brevik, UNEP’s Director of Communications.According to the UN agency, the new series of the Earth Report will provide “food for thought” as world leaders prepare for the Summit, which will take place in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September. read more

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Onesided Bucks try to continue dominance of Cats

The No. 13 Ohio Sate field hockey team looks to finish its season strong against No. 20 Northwestern Saturday.The Buckeyes seek their first Big Ten road win of the season when they travel to Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes are 0-2 on the road in conference play, having lost to Penn State and Michigan State.The Buckeyes will face a Wildcat team that has struggled through the Big Ten season, posting a record of 1-4. Past meetings between the conference foes have been dominated by the Buckeyes, who have won the last 21 contests. The Buckeyes have shut out the Wildcats in their past three meetings.Saturday’s game will be Senior Day for the Wildcats, who are are led by seniors Courtney Plaster-Strange and Elizabeth Dobbs. The duo is second and third in points, respectively. The Buckeyes need a victory over Northwestern to remain in second place in the Big Ten. A loss would open the door for Indiana to take control of second place in the conference. The Hoosiers travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan Saturday.The Big Ten standings are critical as the conference tournament starts Nov. 5. in East Lansing on Michigan State’s campus. Michigan State has already secured the top seed in the conference tournament and the first round bye. The Buckeyes will earn either the second or third seed, depending on the results of Saturday’s games.The first round of the tournament is Nov. 5, followed by the semifinals on Nov. 6 and the finals Nov. 8.Last year’s Buckeye squad made a run to the conference championship game before falling to Iowa, 2-1, in overtime.Since that loss, many players, including seniors Lindsay Quintiliani and Natalia Ciminello, said winning the Big Ten is the team’s number one goal. While Michigan State has already clinched the regular season, the tournament championship is still up for grabs.If the Buckeyes achieve their goal and win the Big Ten tournament, they will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. If they fall short, they will look to earn an at-large bid.The NCAA tournament begins Nov. 14, when the Buckeyes will look to achieve another team goal — a trip to the final four. read more

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Shipping up to Boston Ohio State advances to Sweet 16

PITTSBURGH – Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said Friday that his team’s focus was on surviving and advancing in the NCAA Tournament, and that’s exactly what it did against Gonzaga.  The Buckeyes (29-7) will play in a third consecutive Sweet 16 after defeating No. 7-seed Gonzaga, 73-66, in a third-round NCAA Tournament East Region game Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.  The OSU sophomore tandem of guard Aaron Craft and forward Deshaun Thomas pulled the Buckeyes out of a first-half rut and scored 17 and 18 points, respectively. It was sophomore big man Jared Sullinger, who finished the game with 18 points, that put the game away in the closing moments. Sullinger helped sink Gonzaga after the Bulldogs fought back to tie the game, 61-61, with fewer than four minutes to play. Sullinger dumped six points on the Bulldogs in the final minute of play, including a lay-in against Gonzaga’s 7-foot senior center, Robert Sacre. Senior guard William Buford and sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., combined for five free-throws to help put the game on ice and advance the Buckeyes.  OSU will play the winner of No. 6-seed Cincinnati and No. 3-seed Florida State in Boston, Mass., in the Sweet 16. The Bearcats, one of four teams from the state of Ohio to advance to the tournament’s third round, is scheduled to tip their game against the Seminoles Sunday at 9:40 p.m., in Nashville, Tenn. In the early moments, OSU’s scoring came via the 3-point shot, with Sullinger hitting each of his first attempts while Buford nailed his first. Craft hit another 3-pointer to help OSU tie the game, 12-12.  OSU fell behind in a back-and-forth affair and trailed Gonzaga, 24-20, 10:12 into the game. The Bulldogs put their size to use and owned the paint, collecting four offensive rebounds to that point and outscoring OSU, 14-2.  Sacre laid a basket home as he was fouled with 7:58 to play. He converted the free-throw to make the score 27-20. Through his first 35 games of the season, Craft averaged nine points per game. Against Gonzaga, Craft matched his average by the 3:36 mark in the first half. The nine points were only good enough keep the Buckeyes’ deficit at 32-27.  A partisan CONSOL Energy Center crowd was backing the Buckeyes, and a surge late in the half by Thomas brought those fans to life. Thomas did all of his first-half scoring in the final 5:01 of the half, but the 12 points he deposited helped OSU claim a 37-37 tie. A lay-in by Craft in the closing seconds put the finishing touch on a 10-3 run that put the Buckeyes up, 39-37, heading into the locker room. Both teams shot a high percentage from the field by halftime – OSU shot 62 percent on 16-of-26 from the field while Gonzaga connected on 14-of-31 attempts for 45 percent.  Craft continued his offensive surge with six points before the first media timeout in the second half. Sullinger stole an in-bound pass and heaved the ball up-court to Craft who finished at the hoop and was fouled.  Craft hit the free-throw attempt to follow, putting OSU up, 46-39, with fewer than 16 minutes to play.  Sullinger was assessed his third foul with 14:43 to play, and was exchanged by Matta for junior forward Evan Ravenel. OSU’s offense was rolling with Sullinger, though. Thomas deposited a 3-pointer just before Sullinger’s exit from the game, and Buford hit one immediately after to put OSU up, 52-42. The lead was the biggest of the game for the Buckeyes to that point, and Gonzaga coach Mark Few called a timeout as fans donning Scarlet and Gray rose to their feet.  To that point, OSU had shot 47 percent from 3-point territory, connecting on 8-of-17 attempts.  Then OSU went cold.  Gonzaga cut into the lead by the 7:24 mark of the second half, and trailed, 58-54. After moving to within four points, Sacre, who finished with eight points, came back on defense and called Bulldogs fans to make noise.  Minutes later, Gonzaga pulled to within two points and forced Matta to call a timeout with 5:48 to play. By the 3:58 mark, the game was tied. Neutral fans in the crowd turned and began to support the mid-major program from Spokane, Wash., which posted 25 wins in the regular season and West Coast Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs also dismantled West Virginia on Thursday, 77-54, to advance to the third round.  Then OSU turned to Sullinger to ice the game.  Sullinger’s six points, plus the free-throws from Buford, Thomas and Smith, finally put the game out of reach and sent the Buckeyes through to the next round of the tournament.  Start time for OSU’s Thursday game in Boston has not been announced. read more

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UG Student Society demands rebate for poorly executed graduation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUG students complain of exorbitant graduation fees, threaten boycottJuly 16, 2016In “latest news”Two separate ceremonies for the 2000 UG students graduating in NovemberOctober 30, 2017In “Business”Poor turnout at UG’s ‘massive march’; Unions not disappointedFebruary 16, 2015In “Politics” A much-anticipated momentous occasion for hundreds of students quickly went downhill after the administration of the University of Guyana opted for a venue change for the larger of two segments of their 51st Convocation Ceremony on Saturday last.This decision resulted in over 1200 graduands being cramped into the auditorium of the Sophia Exhibition Centre, while a great number of their family members and loved ones were left exposed to the elements, which was the reason behind shifting the ceremony from the university’s Turkeyen Campus in the first place.Hundreds of family members barred from UG’s graduation ceremonyAmidst the unbecoming conditions, students took to social media even as the ceremony was underway to express their displeasures over the unpleasant situation which plagued their graduation day.Topping the list of grievances aired on the various online platforms was the poor accommodations put in place for the relatives of the graduating students. Adding to that, many relayed concerns in regard to the disorganisation in seating arrangements of the graduands which hindered the smooth flow in the ceremony. Some of the other issues raised were poor ventilation and disruption in audio during the proceeding.In fact, some even expressed that the mere decision to stage the ceremony at the Sophia Centre was by virtue a disgraceful send off for students who have underwent significant expenses to pursue a tertiary education at the institution.Meanwhile, in her public outburst, a Social Sciences graduate highlighted that her family were visiting from overseas, particularly to be a part of the occasion. However, they were unable to share in her accomplishment as she ascended the stage given that they were tucked away in the compound. After being locked out of the graduation ceremony and due to a sudden downpour, the foreign relatives were left with no choice but to pack up and leave.As such, in light of all that had occurred, the University of Guyana’s Student Society (UGSS) on Monday announced that they have approached the institution’s administration, presenting a list of recommendations to correct the deplorable outcomes of their graduation which was hosted over the weekend.This was after numerous complaints have reached the body, both from members of the UGSS as well as representatives of the faculty, despite the grand preparations advertised by UG’s administration for the staging of this year’s Convocation.Among the suggestions offered by the student representative body was that there should be an immediate apology issued to the affected students and their families by means of electronic notice board, notice boards on campuses, schools and centers, and in the public press.Continuing on that, the UGSS is calling for a refund of portion of the monies invested by the students for their graduation packages.Relatives of graduating students left standing in the Sophia compound“The society estimates that at least sixteen million dollars ($16,000,000) was available from student graduation fees for coordination, facilities and other peripherals connected to the convocation. Recognising the efforts of the University to introduce new features they Executive stated that “notwithstanding this we submit that both a justice perspective and service perspective require some consolation to the affected students even as we work harder to ensure future convocations meet the standards imagined now,” related the body.Moreover, the final suggestion put forth by the UGSS was the establishment of a permanent Convocation Committee which will function as a sub-committee of the Academic Board to consist of representatives from academic and support staff, students’ society, guild of graduates, and each faculty’s graduating class. This, they highlighted, can help to prevent future recurrences of such appalling outcomes.With criticisms still pouring in following what was dubbed the “disgraceful” Sophia graduation, the University of Guyana’s Tain Campus in Berbice is set to host its Convocation, where more than 200 students will graduate on November 18. As such, the public will be closely looking on with high expectations of the institute correcting its recent mistakes. read more

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Wärtsilä gensets to repower De Beers diamond mining ship Debmar Pacific

first_imgWärtsilä and De Beers Marine have signed an agreement for the replacement of generating sets aboard De Beers’ diamond mining ship Debmar Pacific. The vessel, originally built in the 1970s, will be outfitted with new Wärtsilä gensets to extend their lifetime and improve reliability. Debmar Pacific is engaged in diamond mining operations off the coast of Namibia. With modern gensets, the lifetime of the vessel is extended and its specific fuel oil consumption (SFOC) is reduced. In addition, the new equipment is more reliable and needs less maintenance, reducing disruptions in operations and OPEX expenditure.Debmar Pacific is owned and operated by Debmarine Namibia, a joint venture between De Beers Group and the Namibian government. “Offshore mining operations require reliable, cost-effective power. By investing in efficient, modern generating sets, we can significantly improve the availability of Debmarine Namibia’s vessels and thereby increase productivity. In addition, we are unifying the engine base to Wärtsilä engines on some vessels, including a recently completed newbuild,” says Domingos Valbom, General Manager, De Beers Marine.“We are happy to deepen our relationship with De Beers Marine and honoured by the trust they show us by choosing Wärtsilä to improve the reliability of one more vessel in their fleet. In addition, its fuel consumption will be lower, contributing to both better environmental performance and reduced total cost of ownership,” says Serge Begue, Vice President, South Europe & Africa, Services at Wärtsilä.This agreement, signed in May 2018, expands the cooperation between Wärtsilä and Debmarine Namibia. In 2017, De Beers Marine and Wärtsilä signed similar type of agreements to outfit new Wärtsilä gensets to Debmarine Namibia’s diamond mining vessels Grand Banks and Debmar Atlantic. Additionally, Wärtsilä is currently carrying out an engine control system upgrade project in Debmarine Namibia’s diamond-mining vessel Mafuta.last_img read more

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Nintendo NX launches December 31 for 450 according to UK retailer

first_img Even if Nintendo isn’t saying anything, we all know that the Nintendo NX is arriving in March 2017. We don’t know exactly what it is (a Wii U replacement or a hybrid also replacing the 3DS), and we don’t know how much it will cost, but it definitely won’t arrive before March. However, UK supermarket chain Tesco thinks it knows better.A page has appeared on Tesco’s website stating that the Nintendo NX Wii U (yes, they really have called it that) will release on December 31, 2016. It also had a price set at £349.99 ($450) when it first appeared, but that price has since been removed. Unfortunately, there is no image of the NX accompanying the listing.So why would such a page be made live by a major UK retailer when we know the NX isn’t arriving until March? The most likely explanation is it’s a mistake, but it could be related to a Nintendo pre-order campaign.Although I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nintendo wait until after Christmas now to talk about the NX, they could still announce the system in the next month or two. If they do, then pre-orders may go live as we head into 2017. Every retailer will want a piece of that, especially if the NX proves popular.Image courtesy of EurogamerFor now we should just treat this as a mistake on Tesco’s part. However, the fact the price has been removed but the product listing remains live could prove telling. Something may actually be happening on December 31st, but what? NX Revealed as the Nintendo SwitchNintendo orders 10 million NX consoles Stay on targetlast_img read more

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1010 NXT Results Winter Haven Florida Six man tag

first_img Videos Articles Google+ Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Alexa Bliss Alexa Bliss Will Be In The Royal Rumble Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Blisscenter_img Videos Articles Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next 10/10 NXT Results: Winter Haven, Florida* Apollo Crews def. Solomon Crowe.* Alexa Bliss & Peyton Royce def. Gionna Daddio & Athena.* Kenneth Crawford promo.* Elias Sampson def. Alexander Wofe.* Levis Valenzuela Jr. def. Marcus Louis.* Asuka def. Emma.* Bull Dempsey def. Tucker Knight.* Hugo Knox def. Riddick Moss.* NXT Champion Finn Balor & NXT Tag Team Champions The Vaudevillians def. Blake, Murphy & Tye Dillinger in a six man tag team main event.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 60.56%0:04Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Facebook Sasha Banks Alexa Bliss Injury Update Twitter WhatsApp WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguezlast_img read more

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SELECTMEN NEWS Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday August

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will hold a discussion on the construction of a fire/police substation in North Wilmington.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide Selectmen with a status update on the Surface Transportation Board relative to the warehouse proposal on the Olin site.Finance Director Bryan Perry will provide Selectmen with a memo on the town’s cash controls procedures.Selectmen will receive a letter from Verizon requesting the commencement of formal renewing proceedings.Selectmen will recognize Rapican Systems for a flag pole donation at Silver Lake.Selectmen will consider executing a new contract for AFSCME Local 1703 Unit II.Selectmen will consider pole locations on Salem Street and Anthony Avenue.Selectmen will consider the request of a neighborhood block party on Lucaya Circle on September 21.Selectmen will consider the request of illuminating the Town Common gold during the month of September in observance of childhood cancer awareness.Selectmen will consider signing the deed for the town’s latest accepted way, Mink Run Road.Selectmen will consider signing orders of taking on Pomfret Road and Shady Lane Drive (right of way & utility easement).Selectmen will consider the request of Wilmington Volleyball to hold a car wash on Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 11am to 2pm, in the Fourth of July parking lot.Selectmen will consider the request of RMLD to put signage on the Town Common for two upcoming events.Selectmen will consider whether to consent to allowing Town Counsel (KP Law) to represent RMLD regarding the potential purchase of property located off of Route 125.Selectmen will consider the  request of a manager change at Red Heat Tavern.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Expansion, Ristuccia Arena, Open Space, Flood Insurance On Agenda For MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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National Science Foundation To Deploy Seismic Sensors In Alaska

first_imgAlaska is the place to be if you want to study earthquakes. In a year, it has as many earthquakes as all the other states combined. Scientific study of those quakes is beginning to ramp up significantly as the National Science Foundation deploys a new network of seismic sensors this summer.Download AudioAlaska has dozens of seismometers that measure earthquakes, but they’re mostly clustered around Southcentral, Fairbanks and on the volcanoes of the Alaska Peninsula.Over the next five years the state will be getting many more – close to 400 of them, funded by the National Science Foundation through the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, or IRIS. The instruments going in are state of the art, says IRIS spokeswoman Perle Dorr.“They can detect movement of a magnitude six earthquake from anywhere around the world, they can detect movement of about the thickness of your hair,” Dorr said.IRIS has the whole region mapped out in a grid. Every 43 miles there’s a dot, marking the target for one of these seismometers. Some of them mark equipment already in place, but for many of the dots, somebody has to get there and spend a couple of days auguring out a hole, if possible in bedrock, and cementing one of these instruments, looking much like a tin can, in there, then setting up the solar collector and communications array. All the while dealing with weather, mosquitoes and wildlife. Firearms training is required.This will be the Transportable Array, spread all over the state, into Canada, and in the Bering Sea. Peter Haeussler of the U.S. Geological Survey says they will be seeing earthquakes they would not have seen before.“And with this instrumentation that’ll be in places in Alaska where there has never been a seismometer before I think we’re gonna learn a lot about seismic activity in say Western Alaska, Northwestern Alaska or Northern Alaska that we had no idea even existed before,” Haeussler said.The array has already been in and out of 1700 sites across the continent. When an earthquake happens it takes about a day for all the data to come in, but it is made available to researchers and the public at once on a website called “earthscope.”“Every time there’s a large earthquake that’s recorded by the transportable array in North America we make animations of the waves moving through the array, and so for some like the Virginia earthquake in 2011, the stations were in the Midwest at the time and it was like watching ripples on a pond move through the seismometers,” Andy Frassetto, an IRIS hardware specialist, said.The array gives geologists a much better picture of what’s going on under the surface. It will find faults nobody knew existed and Frassetto says it will be a big help in assessing earthquake risk.“Being able to understand the rate and distribution of earthquakes is really key to assessing where strain is accumulating, which areas are actually releasing and transmitting stress, and it really allows you to have a complete picture of what the earth is doing,” Frassetto said.Last week the Seismological Society of America had its annual national meeting in Anchorage, partly to talk about the array and partly because of the anniversary of the great Alaska earthquake – the event that convinced scientists the continents move and collide, causing volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Peter Haeussler says information provided by the array is certain to answer some basic scientific questions about the forces that built the Alaska Range, blew up Katmai and are shaking Cook Inlet.“And so there’s this piece of crust that was kind of ripped off of somewhere like the British Columbia margin, came northward, started colliding into the southern Alaska margin somewhere around 25 million years ago, and sort of doing a “right punch” into Southern Alaska,” Haeussler said. “And in that process there has been more than one oceanic plate that’s been sort of diving down underneath the margin.”“I have no doubt that after this array is installed that we’re gonna be much better able to image these slabs that are down there at depth, and what’s happened to them in this really 25 million year period since that collision began.”In a sense, scientists now start waiting for a big earthquake. With this much instrumentation in place, it would be a scientific bonanza. But earthquakes operate in geologic time scales, and after 2018, it’s not clear how much more the National Science Foundation will put into the project. What happens to any given site next would largely be up to the organizations involved.“And I think there would be hope that at the end of the period that the National Science Foundation is supporting this array that we be able to keep some of these instruments out there so we could have a much longer record of what’s happening in the earth’s crust here in Alaska,” Haeussler said.Sometimes, as when the array came to Wyoming, even more instruments get added.  In that case, scientists got answers to basic questions about how the Rocky Mountains were formed.last_img read more

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3 migrants drown off Tunisian coast dozens missing

first_imgMigrants on a boat. File PhotoA boat carrying around 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa has sunk in the Mediterranean, leaving three people dead and dozens missing, Tunisian officials said Friday.The bodies of three people who drowned in the incident were found Friday, a spokesman for the Tunisian defence ministry said, adding the boat left Zuwara on the northwestern Libyan coast on Thursday.A fishing boat picked up 16 survivors, who were transferred on board one of three military vessels involved in the search and rescue operation, said spokesman Mohamed Zekri.A Maltese helicopter was also mobilised, he said.According to those rescued, between 60 to 70 people from sub-Saharan Africa were thought to be on board, Zekri added.Interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag said however around 75 people were believed to have been on board the Italy-bound boat when it left Libya.The Red Crescent said there could have been as many as 90 passengers on board the ill-fated vessel, which could indicate a much steeper death toll.”We will probably never know the exact number of those who died,” said Mongi Slim, a Red Crescent official in the southern Tunisian town of Zarzis, where those rescued were taken.Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has vowed to close the country’s ports to migrants, although earlier Friday dozens who had been rescued at sea disembarked in Sicily.Rome’s populist government has taken an increasingly hard line on migration, and Salvini, head of the anti-immigrant League party, last month signed a new directive banning charity vessels from rescuing migrants off Libya.’World’s deadliest sea crossing’The UN agency for refugees UNHCR meanwhile called for stepped up search and rescue operations to avoid future tragedies in the Mediterranean, which it calls the “world’s deadliest sea crossing”.”Across the region we need to strengthen the capacity of search and rescue operations,” said Vincent Cochetel, the agency’s special envoy for the Mediterranean.”If we don’t act now, we’re almost certain to see more tragic events in the coming weeks and months,” he warned.According to the UNHCR, the journey across the Mediterranean “is becoming increasingly fatal for those who risk it”.”In the first four months of this year, one person has died (crossing the Mediterranean) for every three that have reached European shores, after departing from Libya,” it said.That is up from last year’s toll of one person in 14, according to the UN refugee agency.Libya, which has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 uprising that killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has long been a major transit route for people desperate to reach Europe.Over the past week, and despite a surge in violence following the launch of an assault on Tripoli by strongman Khalifa Haftar, Libyan authorities have rescued hundreds of migrants stranded at sea.According to the International Organisation for Migration, 101 migrants were returned to Libya on Friday, two days after Libyan coastguard intercepted boats.The UN and rights groups have repeatedly decried the conditions in which migrants are held in Libya, where around 6,000 migrants are at detention centres, according to the IOM.The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights NGO has denounced what it said were the European Union’s “restrictive and inhumane policies” which it said led to the latest “human tragedy”.last_img read more

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