Ottawa awards 15million contract to remove oil from sunken freighter

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Ottawa has awarded a $15-million contract to a company to remove bulk oil from the Manolis L shipwreck off Newfoundland and Labrador.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced that Ardent Global has been chosen to remove the oil from the freighter that went down near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay.The paper carrier sank in 1985 in about 70 metres of water and was dormant until April 2013, when fuel oil leaked from cracks in the hull during a powerful storm.A statement says the Canadian Coast Guard has been monitoring the Manolis L and conducting pollution containment operations.LeBlanc says Ardent Global will remove all recoverable oil from the wreck, with the work expected to begin this July.A technical assessment in 2016 found there was 115 to 150 cubic metres of oil trapped in the wreck, along with about 60 cubic metres of diesel.last_img read more

UK lawmakers head off on break with Brexit decision looming

first_imgLONDON — British lawmakers are heading off for a holiday break with visions of Brexit dancing in their heads, and a big decision to make.Parliament breaks up Thursday for a 17-day Christmas recess, with no decision on whether to approve the government’s divorce deal with the European Union.Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a vote on the deal last week to avert heavy defeat. It has been rescheduled for the week of Jan. 14, but opposition remains strong across the political spectrum.Amid the impasse, Britain and the EU have triggered plans to try to limit the economic chaos if Britain leaves the bloc on March 29 with no deal.The government hopes the prospect of a disruptive Brexit will persuade lawmakers to vote for May’s deal when they come back.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Displacements in Iraq soar as humanitarian situation worsens UN agency reports

28 August 2007The number of Iraqis uprooted from their homes by the deteriorating humanitarian situation, both inside and outside the country, is rising, with the monthly rate climbing to over 60,000 people, compared to 50,000 previously, for an overall total of 4.2 million people, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. “We continue to appeal for more support and also encourage donors to provide direct bilateral support to the refugee hosting countries whose schools, hospitals, public services and infrastructure are seriously overstretched because of the presence of millions of Iraqis they have so generously welcomed,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.“Displacement is rising as Iraqis are finding it harder to get access to social services inside Iraq and many Iraqis are choosing to leave ethnically mixed areas before they are forced to do so. Some Iraqis who stayed in the country until the end of the school year recently started leaving the country with their families,” she said.More than 2 million Iraqis are displaced inside Iraq, with over 1 million uprooted since the February 2006 bombings of a Shiite mosque in Samarra. While most security incidents happen in the centre and south, those displaced are not confined there.In the north, there are more than 780,000 displaced Iraqis, over 650,000 in the centre and 790,000 in the south. Many are barely surviving in makeshift camps, inaccessible to aid workers for security reasons.Syria, which has generously kept its borders open to fleeing Iraqis, estimates that more than 1.4 million Iraqis are now in the country. A further 500,000 to 750,000 Iraqis are estimated to be in Jordan. The number of Iraqi asylum seekers in Europe in the first half of 2007 rose to nearly 20,000 ? the same number received during all of 2006.With over 300 staff working on the Iraq operation, UNHCR has now registered more than 170,000 refugees in neighbouring countries, 15 per cent of whom need special assistance including many very traumatized people and torture victims.“Since the start of this year, we have referred over 13,200 of the most vulnerable Iraqi cases to resettlement countries,” Ms. Pagonis said. These include 9,888 cases to the United States, and 3,344 cases to Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Brazil.“So far only several hundred cases have left for life in a third country,” she added. “We urge the resettlement countries to make rapid decisions and facilitate the departure of those most in need, many of whom are urgent medical cases, single female-headed households, torture victims and others.”UNHCR is doing all it can to support Jordan and Syria which are facing additional pressure on their education systems, by building and rehabilitating schools, providing transport, school material and salaries for additional teachers and setting up double shift systems in the schools. Inside Iraq, UNHCR and its partners are trying to do as much as possible to help the displaced, even though security conditions make this difficult. “We are providing emergency assistance to the most needy, visiting the accessible displacement sites or makeshift camps, providing non-food items and emergency shelter,” Ms. Pagonis said.UNHCR has appealed for $223 million for the Iraq humanitarian crisis. The first appeal of $123 million has been funded by 75 per cent. But the second $129 million joint education appeal with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) aimed at getting an additional 150,000 Iraqi refugee children back to schools in neighbouring countries, has still not been funded, although there are good indications funds will be coming. read more

TSX climbs as traders look to earnings Fed

Canadian stocks were higher Tuesday after emerging market worries helped spark a series of sharp losses.The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 87.39 points to 13,669.68 as investors also looked to a major deal in the financial sector.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) is offering to buy U.K.-based investment manager F&C Asset Management PLC in a cash deal valued at $1.3 billion. BMO shares dipped 56 cents to $69.90.The Canadian dollar was lower after closing at a 4 1/2 year low on Monday, down 0.44 of a cent to 89.55 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher as traders shrugged off a surprisingly weak durable goods orders report for December and concentrated on other data showing U.S. consumer confidence has reached its highest point since August on the strength of a brighter view of the job market and business conditions.The U.S. Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 80.7 this month from a December reading of 77.5.The Dow Jones industrials were up 80.91 points to 15,918.79, the Nasdaq composite index moved up 11.74 points to 4,095.35 while the S&P 500 index rose 10.19 points to 1,791.75.Markets have been severely buffeted over the last few sessions on concerns about emerging markets, including slowing growth in China, the world’s second biggest economy.Investors have also been jittery because of currency turmoil involving countries such as the Turkish lira, the Russian ruble and the Indian rupee as investors wonder how the Federal Reserve’s policy to reduce its monetary stimulus impacts on them.“What’s fearful is that currency instability often leads to economic and stock instability,” observed John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds.The Fed’s massive bond purchases over the last few years has resulted in a stream of cheap money into those markets. But now the central bank is cutting back on those asset purchases.The Fed makes its next interest rate announcement Wednesday and markets widely expect it to further pare its bond purchases by another US$10 billion a month to $65 billion.At the same time, analysts have suggested that North American stock markets were vulnerable to a correction after Fed monetary easing helped underpin a strong rally on many equity markets last year that left the S&P 500 alone up about 30 per cent for 2013.“Investors have said we had some dodgy data, we had a selloff, the market has come off a bit, it’s down for the year (by over four per cent),” added Stephenson.“We’ve had a correction, I don’t see us going down ten per cent, and three, four per cent, that’s a pretty healthy correction and it’s time to start looking to buy.”All TSX sectors were higher with gains paced by a 2.4 per cent rise in the base metals sector while March copper on the Nymex was unchanged at US$3.26 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was up 75 cents to C$27.63.First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) says it expects its Cobre Panama project will cost about US$6.4 billion, up from an earlier estimate of US$6.2 billion. But it added the mine will produce about 320,000 tonnes of copper annually over the life of the mine, up about 20 per cent and First Quantum shares gained 38 cents to $20.22.February bullion declined $11.10 to US$1,252.30 an ounce and the gold sector moved up 1.66 per cent. Primero Mining (TSX:P) ran up 21 cents to C$6.10 while Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) rose 39 cents to $21.The tech sector rose 1.5 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 32 cents to $11.16 as the company said that it’s making several changes to its BlackBerry 10 smartphone operating system, including a revised incoming call screen.Oil prices recovered after two days of steep losses with the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.76 to US$97.48 a barrel. The energy sector rose almost 0.7 per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 65 cents to C$36.02.Financials also lifted the TSX as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) moved up 59 cents to $36.94.In earnings news, automaker Ford earned $3 billion, or 74 cents per share, in the final quarter of 2013, but that was largely because of a one-time tax gain. Excluding the gain, net income was 31 cents per share, topping analysts’ forecast of 27 cents. Fourth-quarter revenue rose 3.5 per cent to $37.6 billion and its shares inched one cent higher to $15.72.Apple shares were down 7.25 per cent to US$510.57 even as the company reported its best quarter, hitting new quarterly highs for the sales of its most popular products. But it also delivered a revenue forecast that fell below analysts’ predictions for the current quarter.Overseas, London’s FTSE 100 index advanced 0.49 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.67 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 was up 1.2 per cent. read more

Irish and Huskies ready for latest chapter of rivalry

There’s been no better and more entertaining rivalry in women’s college basketball over the past decade than the one between Notre Dame and UConn.From Breanna Stewart’s dominance of the Irish in the Final Four while UConn won four straight national championships to Arike Ogunbowale’s last-second shot in overtime of the national semifinals last season that beat the Huskies, these storied programs have gone toe-to-toe on the game’s biggest stage.Their history goes back even further. Even as Pat Summitt and Tennessee were playing the main foil to Geno Auriemma’s Huskies in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Muffet McGraw’s Irish were right there, too, playing memorable games with their former Big East rival. Who could forget the Irish knocking UConn out of the Final Four in 2001? That came weeks after UConn great Sue Bird hit a shot at the buzzer in the Big East tournament title game to lift UConn to that championship.This meeting has a different feel: The Irish are the clear favourites. Something that’s rarely been the case over the past two decades.The top-ranked national champions and No. 2 Huskies will play in South Bend, Indiana, on Sunday in the Jimmy V Classic with the No. 1 ranking on the line. They’ve played evenly over the past eight seasons, splitting their 16 games.“When you play each other in December it’s more of a, we’re going all the way over there and they are going all the way over here and we happen to be passing each other on the street corner,” Auriemma quipped after a win over DePaul on Wednesday. “Somebody’s going to say something and somebody is going to say something, then we’re going to slap each other around a little bit and then go home and then say, ‘See you in March.’ We know they’re out there and they know we’re out there and then it just becomes for a couple days, big. Then after that it goes away.”The game Sunday, which is the 58th meeting between the top two teams in the AP poll, has long been sold out. The last 1 vs. 2 matchup was also UConn and Notre Dame in 2016 in South Bend. That was after UConn lost its Big 3 of Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson and the Huskies were also expected to lose to the Irish. They came away with a 11-point win.“I’m excited that it’s a sellout. It was a sellout pretty much from the day the tickets went on sale,” McGraw said. “I think our fans are excited about the game. I think nationally it’s one of the best rivalries in women’s basketball, so I think people will be tuning in to see what happens here. It’s a great rivalry — we really enjoy it.”The Irish return nearly the entire team from last season that won the school’s second title. They also have Brianna Turner back after she sat out last season with an ACL injury.“This is a great opportunity for women’s college basketball,” Turner said. “I think a lot of people are going to tune in.”The Huskies lost three major components from last season’s team that was undefeated until losing to the Irish in the semis. It was the third time in the last eight years that Notre Dame ended UConn’s season in the Final Four.“We lost two of our starters and they kept all of their starters and added another big person. So, it’s going to be a dog fight, we know that,” UConn senior Napheesa Collier said. “We’re always the ones people are shooting at, so I don’t feel any less than before. We’re not the underdog, but people are always rooting against us and nothing’s different for this game, so nothing has changed.”Auriemma is excited to see what his young players do in their first exposure to a big-time atmosphere, yet knows that a win or loss won’t really determine the outcome of the season. The Huskies are starting a freshman and sophomore to go along with their Big 3 of Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson and Crystal Dangerfield.“Either way. I mean we beat them last year at the XL Center and that didn’t do us any good in March. So, I don’t think what comes out of this game other than we have two young players and I’m anxious to see how they do more than anything,” he said.“I mean, I want to win the game.”While UConn doesn’t have one of its gaudy winning streaks on the line, the Huskies do have a few things at stake. UConn has won 121 consecutive regular-season games since falling to Stanford in 2014. The Huskies also have won 53 straight non-conference contests in the regular season and 158 games without a loss in regulation.All of those could come to an end on Sunday.___AP Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb in Hartford, Connecticut and AP Freelancer John Fineran in South Bend, Indiana contributed to this story.___More AP college basketball: and Doug on Twitter at Feinberg, The Associated Press read more

Collector stopped from selling his £7 eBay picture of Jesse James for

When Justin Whiting discovered a photograph of Jesse James on eBay he thought he stood to make the kind of booty the legendary Wild West outlaw would have been proud of.After buying the rare photograph of the 19th century bank robber for just £7 in July last year, two American experts told him it was genuine, making it worth as much as £2 million.But Mr Whiting’s dreams of riding off into the sunset, his saddle bags full of gold, have now been shattered.Christie’s auctioneers have refused to accept the 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches Victorian tintype photograph for sale, after concluding the man pictured was not in fact Jesse James at all.It told Mr Whiting: “This photograph would not be suitable for a forthcoming auction with Christie’s.” The move came after a surviving descendant of James commissioned British expert Mark Bampton who, after closely examining the photograph, found there were too many facial differences for the person it it to be the outlaw.Mr Bampton compared an existing picture of James at a similar age to the man in the new photograph, using linear analysis of the two images to establish any differences in facial features. He found that, crucially, the young man in Mr Whiting’s photograph had a much thicker bottom lip than that of James, as well as a “much shorter neck”.Mr Brampton also compared Mr Whiting’s photograph with another accepted one of James, and found marked differences between the position of the two men’s ears and eyes.He concluded: “It is clear from my analysis that there are significant differences proving that Justin Whiting’s photograph is not an authentic one of Jesse James.” Justin Whiting’ photo Jesse James (right) and an existing picture of the outlaw at a similar Justin Whiting' photo Jesse James (right) and an existing picture of the outlaw at a similar age Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Nuisance call crackdown as Ofcom pledges to create white list to end

Digital Minister Margot James Digital Minister Margot James said nuisance calls are a plague on societyCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Some of the most pernicious instances have been cases where fraudsters are spoofing numbers allocated to banks or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, according to OfcomCredit:REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth File photo of a pedestrian walking past the headquarters of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in central London The regulator plans on working with telecom companies to create a central database of verified phone numbers, so that they can track the real number behind each phone call much easier, and weed out numbers that are not recognised as genuine.“As part of Ofcom’s work to tackle nuisance and scam calls, we believe a common database of phone numbers is needed to enable phone companies to verify that Caller ID numbers are genuine,” says Ofcom.The move has been welcomed by members of parliament, with Digital Minister Margot James saying: “Nuisance calls are a plague on society. We’ve already introduced a range of measures to tackle cold calling and I welcome Ofcom taking the next steps to stamp out this unwanted practice once and for all.”Last year, the law changed so that the bosses of nuisance call companies can be held  personally liable if their business breaks the law and they can be fined up to £500,000.Previously the Information Commissioner’s Office could only fine the company, which allowed directors to escape paying out by declaring bankruptcy and starting up again under a new company name. A crackdown on nuisance callers has been pledged by Ofcom as they aim to create a “whitelist” to end scammers hiding behind UK landlines.The communications regulator says that nuisance callers are undermining the public’s confidence in telephone services and that abuse of the system has already led to significant harm for consumers.Currently, scammers have the ability to hack into the telephone network and change the number that appears when calls are made – an act known as spoofing.This means that consumers may see a number they recognise and divulge personal information, including bank details, not knowing that it is in fact a spoof caller hiding behind a legitimate number.“Some of the most pernicious instances have been cases where fraudsters are spoofing numbers allocated to banks or Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that would not be normally used to make outbound calls, such as customer contact numbers,” said Ofcom. Billions of unsolicited calls were made last year in the UK, according to Which?, while research shows three-quarters (71 per cent) of people receive at least one nuisance call a month, from a survey of more than 2,000 UK households.More than half (58 per cent) of these cold calls and texts made the people who received them feel annoyed or anxious.Ofcom is working with UK Finance, an industry body representing the UK financial sector, to share information with telecoms providers about the numbers that should not be used in call origination, but argue that technical solutions could provide more dynamic information about valid telephone numbers.Telecoms companies are also in the process of changing to use internet networks to carry landline calls rather than the antiquated telephone network, and should have completed the switch by 2030.Once this is in place, industry insiders say that it should be much more difficult for hackers to infiltrate the network with spoof numbers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The Duchess of Sussex and privacy Can she have her royal cake

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have always wanted privacy. But when they live on public money, how reasonable is that expectation?From keeping their relationship under wraps for a long time to making Baby Archie’s birth plan a secret, they’re known for being a private couple.But Meghan has sparked another frenzy by insisting Wimbledon spectators didn’t take photos of her when she went to see her friend Serena Williams play.Are the couple trying to have their cake and eat it too? read more

Record dollar demand for gold as world looks for haven from turmoil

first_imgDollar demand for gold reached an all time quarterly record of $32 billion in the third quarter of 2008 as investors around the world sought refuge from the global financial meltdown, and jewellery buyers returned to the market in droves on a lower gold price. This figure was 45% higher than the previous record in Q2 2008.Tonnage demand was also 18% higher than a year earlier. Identifiable investment demand, which incorporates demand for gold through exchange traded funds (ETFs) and bars and coins, was the biggest contributor to overall demand during the quarter, up to $10.7 billion (382 t), double year earlier levels, according to Gold Demand Trends, released today by World Gold Council (WGC).The figures, compiled independently for WGC by GFMS Ltd, show retail investment demand rose 121% to 232 t in Q3, with strong bar and coin buying reported in Swiss, German and US markets. The quarter also witnessed widespread reports of gold shortages among bullion dealers across the globe, as investors searched for a haven. Overall, Q3 saw Europe reach an all time record 51 t of bar and coin buying and France became a net investor in gold for the first time since the early 1980s.Gold ETFs enjoyed a record quarterly inflow of 150 t in Q3, boosted by extreme levels of economic and financial uncertainty. The peak in inflows occurred in late September, triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers and a fear of banking sector failures. Net inflows surged by an unprecedented 111 t during five consecutive trading days, equivalent to $7 billion.As the financial crisis deepened these increases in identifiable investment demand were offset by outflows in ‘inferred investment’. This was characterised by hedge funds liquidating investment positions in gold as they were forced to raise cash and by institutions liquidating commodity index investments, including gold, as fears of recession deepened. The trend largely reflects gold’s better performance relative to other assets and also explains why the gold price did not perform better during the quarter in the face of very strong demand.Q3 saw a record $18 billion of consumer demand for gold jewellery with buyers returning to the market on lower price points, around and below $800, demonstrating the underlying positive sentiment towards gold and its recognition as a store of value. The biggest contributor to the positive trend was India which witnessed a rise of 65% in US$ value or 40 t relative to previous year levels, with the Middle East, Indonesia and China all enjoying rises of more than 40% in value or 10% in tonnage. There were however, strong declines in Western markets with the US down 9% in value and 29% in tonnes, and the UK down 5% in value and 26% in tonnes due to the overall decline in the retail market.James E. Burton, Chief Executive Officer of World Gold Council, commented: “Gold’s universal role as a store of value has shone through during this quarter helping attract investors and consumers to all forms of gold ownership. The rise in demand for gold bars and coins has been impressive as has the record rise in gold ETF inflows. Perhaps most encouraging is the return to positive jewellery buying which has been absent for several quarters due to the high levels of price volatility.“Looking forward, given the uncertainty that surrounds the global economy, gold’s safe haven appeal should continue, but so too will the possibility of heightened levels of activity in the speculative side of the gold market, therefore it is too soon to call an end to market volatility.”Despite a deteriorating global and domestic economic climate, demand in India, the largest market for gold demand, recovered during the third quarter, encouraged by lower gold prices, a good monsoon and the onset of the festive season. At 250 t, total consumer demand was 31% higher than Q3 2007 levels. In value terms, demand hit the record quarterly sum of $5 billion.Demand in Greater China rose 18% to 109 t, with the majority of this increase attributable to a strong rise in demand in mainland China (+16 t). Jewellery demand in the Middle East, which accounts for more than 90% of total consumer off-take in the region, rebounded in Q3 with tonnage demand up 15% on Q3 2007 and up 47% in dollar terms, hitting a new record of $2.8 billion. Retail investment demand, while relatively small in size at 7 t, recorded strong growth of 23%, and 57% in dollar terms. In Turkey total Q3 off-take, at 99 t, was up 15% on the levels of a year earlier, with investment demand smashing all previous records to reach 31.7 t.Industrial and dental demand declined to 104 t during the quarter 11% down on year-earlier levels. Electronics, the largest component of industrial demand, was hampered by the downturn in the global economy and a lack of confidence within world markets.Gold supply was down 9.7% on year-earlier levels, largely driven by a significant reduction in central bank sales. Sales under the Central Bank Gold Agreement (CBGA) totalled a provisional 357 t in the CBGA year ending September 26, the lowest annual figure since the first Agreement was signed in 1999.last_img read more

ASCII Star Wars roguelike is guaranteed to eat an hour of your

first_imgEvery once in awhile you stumble across a broswer game that kills an hour of your day and leaves you ready to quit whatever it is you were doing. They don’t keep your attention for long, but when you’re done you look up and time has moved on without you. As web technologies grow there might be an expectation for better graphics and longer stories, but there’s something about the silly games that get your attention. This Star Wars rogue-like easily sucks up an hour of your life, and in return leaves your head filled with ASCII-killing amusement.You start the game off by choosing between Jedi and Sith — but don’t worry there’s absolutely no difference in the game whatsoever if you choose one side or the other. And I’m guessing the developer has heard about Disney buying LucasFilm, since your little ASCII self is guided through a basic tutorial that shows you how to use the lightsaber to kill Mickey Mouse. Once you’ve demonstrated that you can use the force to push and pull things, you are released into a world where apparently everything gravitates toward you with the intent to kill.Survival in this game is entirely dependent on you paying attention to your personal metrics. You have health, force powers, and an XP bar. Every time you kill something you gain XP, but every thing you do that can kill something (including when you swing your lightsaber) costs you force. If you run out of force, you’re going to get shot to death by droids and clones. Both your health meter and your force meter recharge as you move around, but every step you take brings the enemies closer to you. If you fill the XP bar before you die, the game ends and you have won.The project is entirely hosted on GitHub, where you can look at the source code in all of its glory. Enjoy!last_img read more

You Cant Get BMWs New Wireless Charging Pad in the US

first_img Pay attention, Elon Musk: BMW is rolling out wireless car charging for its 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid.Taking a page from the smartphone industry, the luxury automaker developed a giant charging pad that communicates wirelessly with your car.“This technology allows energy transfer to take place without the use of cables,” BMW boasted in a press release.When pulling into your garage, for instance, simply follow the visual instructions on the touch-screen display (blue lines help guide the driver) to position your vehicle over the pad. Look for a green circle, which appears once you’re directly over the charging plate. Then switch off the ignition and let technology do the heavy lifting.Look for the green circle (via BMW)As described in the video below, the system uses a primary coil in the wireless charging station to generate an electromagnetic field, the energy from which is transferred by a secondary coil in the car to the high-voltage battery pack.A completely empty 9.4kWh car battery is fully reloaded in just 3.5 hours, at 3.2kW capacity—about what you’d get from a direct power source, The Verge reported.“This form of power supply to the high-voltage battery is extremely convenient for customers,” the manufacturer said.The prototype system is still in the “testing and evaluation phase,” a spokesman told the tech blog; BMW still requires approval from the UL safety consulting and certification company.There is no word on when the pad will arrive in the US and Canada, or how much it will cost (too much). BMW plans to launch the charging station in other countries “early next year,” according to The Verge.Energy is transferred from the charging pad to the car battery (via BMW)More iPerformance plug-in hybrids (330e, 740e, X5) and electric vehicles (i3 and i8) are expected to join the wireless charging force at a later date.Your move, Tesla.Apple, meanwhile, is the latest handset maker to introduce wireless charging: Earlier this month, the tech titan announced that its iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, and AirPod earbuds can simultaneously refresh without added cables.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target This Apartment-Like Camper Van Could Be the Future of Van LifeElon’s Musk Air Freshener Makes Your Car Smell Like a Billion Dollars last_img read more

Vancouver man killed in Michigan accident

first_imgA 49-year-old Vancouver man died in a car accident on Interstate 94 in Michigan on Sunday.The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the Vancouver man died when his vehicle struck an eastbound vehicle on I-94.The driver of the second car was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.Deputies told the paper that alcohol and drugs weren’t factors in the collision and both drivers were wearing seat belts.As of Tuesday night, the man’s name had not been released.last_img

Fewer openings fewer deer in Cascade units

first_imgLook at a map of the Southwest Washington game units and straddling the Cascade Mountains are Siouxon, Lewis River and Packwood — hundreds of square miles of public land.Then look at the bottom of the state statistics for deer harvest and there are those same units — with single-digit success rates about half or less the regional average.WHEN: Most of Western Washington is open Oct. 15-31 and Nov. 17-20. Grayback and East Klickitat are open Oct. 15-28.COST: A state resident deer license is $45.90. For youth age 15 and younger, the cost is $19.80Hunters know deer are more dense in the Klickitat units, or the low-elevation areas closer to Interstate 5, than in the units high in the southern Cascades of Washington.“Habitat is really what controls the deer population,” said Eric Holman, a wildlife biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Those 20- and 30-year-old clearcuts (in the Cascade units) are not good habitat for deer. Those have dense canopies that don’t allow light to get to the forest floor and grow much in the way of preferred food for deer.”To understand the relative scarcity of deer in places like Siouxon, Lewis River and Packwood, it’s necessary to know the land management history of the area.last_img read more

Father son among 3 motorcyclists killed

first_imgFather, son, and another man were killed when their motorcycle collided head-on with a bus near Chaarmatha crossing in Bogra district town on Tuesday night.The deceased are Abul Kalam Azad, 48, his son Ridoy Ahmed, 24, and another passenger of the motorbike Tapan Kumar Biswas, 38.Abul Kalam Azad’s borther Abul Kalam Asad, who is a faculty of the department of mathematics at Bogra’s Government Azizul Haque College, said they are residents of Shashibadni village of Bogra sadar and his brother and nephew were returning home by motorcycle.The other passenger, Tapan, is a resident of the same village. The trio died on the spot.Police’s Bogra sadar upazila inspector (investigation) Aslam Ali said the dead bodies were sent to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.He said the driver of the bus fled the scene with the bus.last_img read more

On 81 Billion Relief Plan Abbott Says Strategy Is Not The Best

first_imgDavis LandGovernor Greg Abbott meets with county and city officials in League City, TX on December 20, 2017.The state of Texas is paying for 10% of Harvey debris removal costs for some cities and counties, with the federal government paying for the other 90%, Governor Greg Abbott announced today.Abbott handed out checks to area officials at a meeting in League City. He says the 90/10 split deal and a new $81 billion relief plan from Congress is a start, but Texas still needs more from the feds.“It is clear that the House is doing a good job of increasing the amount of money that would be allocated,” Abbott said. “What’s important to emphasize is we have dug into the details that the strategies are being used to appropriate that money are not necessarily the strategies that are best for what the state of Texas needs.”Rebuffing criticism that the state should tap its Rain Day Fund now, Abbott said he wanted to make it clear that the state is spending money meant to be reimbursed by that fund. However, Abbott said he expects to see mitigation efforts — including a third Houston reservoir — paid for with federal money, citing Representative John Culberson’s remarks to the Houston Chronicle. Sharelast_img read more

War Doctors Final Audio Adventures Available Now

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster The War Doctor is back in his fourth, and final, audio anthology from Big Finish Productions.The four-disc Volume 4: Casualties of War CD collection is on sale now from the Big Finish website in CD form ($24.57) or digital download ($20). It will be available for general release on April 30.From the minds of Guy Adams, Andrew Smith, and Nicholas Briggs, the three-episode series follows the War Doctor (John Hurt) and Cardinal Ollistra (Jacqueline Pearce) as they fight their way from the outer reaches of the galaxy back to Gallifrey.“The Doctor finds casualties in every place the Time War has touched,” the Big Finish synopsis said. “Among them, a fighter, a traveling companion of the distant past, who remembers him quite differently. A warrior woman named Leela.”Reprised by Louise Jameson, the classic companion (later known as Leelandredloomsagwinaechegesima) was a member of the warrior Sevateem tribe. She met the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) during his visit to her home planet; the two became friends, and she deserted her world’s new society to follow the Time Lord.“We were friends,” the War Doctor says in the Vol. 4 trailer. “I cannot trust you,” a bitter Leela counters.Hurt, who took on the part of the War Doctor at age 73, starred in BBC One’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” opposite the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), and Bad Wolf/Rose Tyler (Billie Piper).The unknown incarnation of the Time Lord—”the one who broke the promise”—faces a moral dilemma in having to save the universe by ending the Time War.Known for roles in Midnight Express, Alien, The Elephant Man, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the legendary British actor died in January, three days after his 77th birthday, following a fight with pancreatic cancer.BBC Books in 2000 released a Doctor Who novel of the same name. Written by Steve Emmerson, the 38th tale in the Eighth Doctor book series, and the second story in the “Earth Arc,” is set in Hawkswick, North Yorkshire, in August 1918. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Male mice found able to bias gender ratios of offspring

first_img Explore further New technique overcomes genetic cause of infertility An international team of researchers has discovered that contrary to conventional views, a male mammal was found able to exert inadvertent gender bias ratios in his offspring. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes a study they carried out with inbred mice and what they found. Citation: Male mice found able to bias gender ratios of offspring (2017, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The traditional view among scientists is that only female mammals are able to exert influence on the male-to-female ratio of offspring—for instance, by exerting influence over which sperm fertilize their eggs or by aborting to get rid of undesired offspring. While it is true that the male provides the X or Y chromosome that ultimately determines gender, it has been shown that they do so in ways they cannot control—male mice naturally produce slightly more Y chromosome-laden sperm, for example. But now, it appears that they are able to exert influence in another way—by changing the ratio of X and Y chromosome sperm cells they produce.To find out if male mice could influence the gender ratio of their offspring, they paired 58 normal, healthy white-footed female mice with 58 males for mating. But some of the males came with a genetic disadvantage induced by inbreeding. Such inbreeding, prior research has shown, generally tends to result in males that produce more daughters. The researchers also studied sperm cells taken directly from the testes, making note of X and Y chromosome counts. Those males that had been inbred tended to produce more X chromosome-carrying sperm cells than normal male mice (which normally produce more sperm with Y chromosomes). The difference in the chromosome count ratios was also reflected in the genders of the mice that were born to the pairs, favoring female mice. This, the researchers claim, suggests that the males were exerting some degree of control over the gender of their offspring.The findings suggest that male mammals in general might be able to influence offspring gender ratios, which would mean biologists would have to revise reproductive theories. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society Bcenter_img Human chromosomes during metaphase. Credit: Steffen Dietzel/Wikipedia © 2017 More information: “A father effect explains sex-ratio bias,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1159 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Hills welcome Mamata with arms wide open

first_imgDarjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived to a warm welcome at Darjeeling Hills on Monday night. Despite the late hours, people lined up along the way to welcome her.Welcome gates were constructed along the route from Siliguri to Darjeeling. At around 8:45 pm the Chief Minister’s cavalcade rolled into Darjeeling. Braving the drizzle, a large crowd awaited her in front of the Governor’s House near Darjeeling Chowrasta.The convoy stopped on the way as the Chief Minister exchanged greetings from inside the vehicle. Members of the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre staged a traditional welcome dance on the road and handed Khadas (traditional scarves) to the Chief Minister. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe convoy then headed straight for the Richmond Government Guest House, where the Chief Minister will be staying. On Tuesday, the Chief Minister will hold an administrative review meeting with Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) top brass in Richmond at 3pm.”We will discuss the projects undertaken by the GTA and will also draw up future projects. Stress will be on road connectivity and bridges, drinking water, health, education, beautification of urban sectors, finance, tourism and follow up of private investments that have started coming in following the Hill Business Summit organised by the state government and GTA in Darjeeling in March this year. The Chief Minister had attended the summit,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA.On September 5, the Chief Minister will attend a government programme at Darjeeling Chowrasta at 3 pm. She will lay the foundation stone for the “Darjeeling University” that will be coming up at Mungpoo at the programme.last_img read more

Nicaraguas Ortega defends military ties with Russia

first_imgMANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua’s president Saturday defended his country’s right to strengthen its military with Russian help, seemingly backtracking on statements earlier in the week shrugging off suggestions of increased cooperation.Daniel Ortega said Nicaragua was “committed to further strengthening and modernizing the army” with the help of any country willing to provide aid, especially in respect to the Central American nation’s fight against drug trafficking.In remarks during a military exercise closed to press but broadcast on a local channel, Ortega said Russia has in recent years granted “extraordinary” and “sustained” cooperation “without putting a single condition.”He did not give details of an agreement between Nicaragua and Russia, but on March 27, Russia’s ambassador in Managua confirmed Moscow is interested in building a military resupply base in Nicaragua.Russian defense chief Sergei Shoigu has said that Russia is weighing increasing its military presence in countries including Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela — particularly bases to refuel Russian warplanes far from home.Nicaragua Army Chief General Julio Áviles had said this was just “speculation.”Russia has faced international condemnation over its actions in Crimea, which has switched to Moscow from Ukraine after pro-Russian forces seized the peninsula. Facebook Comments Related posts:Russia’s Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle Latin America ties Central American leaders concerned over rekindling of Nicaragua-Russia military ties Russia back to fishing in troubled waters in Latin America, Costa Rica expert tells US congressional committee Nicaraguan legislature approves Russian satellite baseslast_img read more

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