China tells Canada of consequences of helping US

first_imgBEIJING — China says Canada needs to be aware of the consequences of aiding the U.S. in a case involving the Chinese tech giant Huawei that is believed to have sparked the detentions of two Canadians in China.Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang’s comments Friday came after U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.Both were arrested on Dec. 10 after Canada detained a Huawei executive wanted by the United States on fraud charges.Lu said Canada needed to have a “clear understanding of the consequences of endangering itself for the gains of the U.S. and take immediate actions to correct its mistakes so as to spare itself the suffering from growing damage.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Netflix Is Just Part One Of Melanie Jolys Vision For Canadian Content

first_imgMELANIE JOLY – KARL JESSY PHOTOGRAPHS Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Our instincts in the internet age tell us we cannot retreat from this global playing field. Canada can and must engage with star players on the international stage. We believe Minister Joly’s long-term strategy will see Canada seize this massive opportunity while keeping Canadian creators at the table.The noise aside, it’s that tension at the heart of this dilemma: In a world where our daily lives are soaked in a sea of global media, can Canada set its own course? In this age of connectivity, can we still shape our own identity?You’ll have to forgive Canadian filmmakers for feeling like we’ve seen this movie before — it ended forty years ago with the creation of Canadian content regulations and the CRTC.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Two weeks ago, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled her vision for cultural policy in the internet age.The digital ink is still spilling.Hundreds of column inches have been filled in both official languages. The questions raised are as profound as they are numerous: The fate of film, television, music and journalism. Protecting French-language production. Declining revenues for some. Exploding innovation and record profits for others. Creators caught between telecoms, broadcasters and government. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Myanmars authorities should respond to protests with restraint – Ban Kimoon

24 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the authorities in Myanmar to exercise restraint in dealing with the recent wave of peaceful protests, saying he hopes they will spur dialogue between the Government and other groups on promoting national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy and full respect for human rights. “The Secretary-General hopes that the Government will seize this opportunity to engage without delay in dialogue with all the relevant parties to the national reconciliation process on the issues of concern to the people of Myanmar,” his spokesperson said in a statement. Mr. Ban is closely following events in the Asian country, where demonstrations began last month in protest at a surge in fuel prices and the protesters have more recently included many of the country’s monks.“He commends the peaceful approach the demonstrators are using to press their interests, and he calls upon the Myanmar authorities to continue to exercise restraint,” the statement added. The Secretary-General also expressed his commitment to continue to use his good offices mandate to help in the process of national reconciliation process with a view to also promoting “the restoration of democracy and full respect for human rights in Myanmar.” Last week, Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Myanmar emphasized that the latest events are a clear setback for the country. Briefing the Security Council, Ibrahim Gambari said “we have no choice but to persevere” through the Secretary-General’s good offices and work with all relevant parties to try to “move events in the right direction.” read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9835Brazil real 0.3954China renminbi 0.1895Euro 1.4752Hong Kong dollar 0.160712India rupee 0.01930Indonesia rupiah 0.0000930Japan yen 0.01117Malaysia ringgit 0.2971Mexico peso 0.06610N.Z. dollar 0.8992Norway krone 0.1579Peruvian new sol 0.3867Russia rouble 0.02186Saudi riyal 0.3346Singapore dollar 0.9250South Africa rand 0.09350South Korean won 0.001110Sweden krona 0.1538Switzerland franc 1.2813Taiwanese dollar 0.04155Thailand baht 0.03789Turkey lira 0.3419U.K. pound 1.6538U.S. dollar 1.2548Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

Glamping pods need building permits

Long Point Eco-Adventures has hit a snag in its drive to diversify its outdoor recreational offerings near Turkey Point.Last fall, Norfolk’s building department flagged 16 of 22 “glamping pods” for failing to follow the building permit process.The pods in question have a floor area of more than 108 square feet. As such, they required a building permit before they were installed.Eco-Adventures took a step in correcting the situation this week when Norfolk council gave the green light to fit the pods with indoor plumbing and an on-site septic system. However, many more steps are required that will take time and cost money.Adam Van Paassen, site manager at Long Point Eco-Adventures, says the miniature camping huts have been in high demand since the first ones went in three years ago. Van Paassen says Long Point Eco-Adventures is willing to do what it can to comply with county and provincial requirements.“We’re hoping for the best and expecting the worst,” he said at Governor Simcoe Square Tuesday.Compliance could be expensive and time-consuming. It remains to be seen whether the affected camping sites will be available for the 2019 tourism season.In a report to council, Norfolk’s building department says it will require an engineer’s report or similar certification that the pods are safe and fit for human habitation. Detailed drawings by a qualified architect or equivalent will also have to be submitted.Building permit fees must also be paid based on the value of construction.“All fees will be subject to a 100 per cent penalty fee for construction prior to the permit being issued,” the planning report says.Long Point Eco-Adventures also needs a construction permit from the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. Ministry of the Environment permits are required to service the site with toilets and a septic system.Speaking to Norfolk council, Adam Van Paassen said his group simply didn’t know the rules regarding legal development when it established the camping huts on site.Van Paassen says the process has been frustrating. In working with Norfolk’s planning department, he noted that satisfying one set of requirements seems to give rise to a new set of requirements. Navigating the process, he said, produces unexpected costs in the thousands of dollars with no perceivable end in sight.“I feel like I know five per cent of what I have to know to do development,” Van Paassen said. “I know there are people out there trying to do development with zero knowledge.”Mayor Kristal Chopp said this situation illustrates the need for Norfolk to come up with a transparent, predictable process for development that is easy to understand and simple to communicate.Another ambitious piece of the puzzle is the pending addition of a pavilion, restaurant and microbrewery at the property on Front Road north of Turkey Point.Plans were to have the brewery operational in time for the summer tourism season.However, given the requirements of the planning process, the parties to the development are leaning in the direction of setting up temporary brewing facilities on site and taking the summer to install the permanent brewery in the basement of the pavilion, which is also working its way through the planning process.Working in partnership with Long Point Eco-Adventures on the brewery is Hometown Brew Co. of Norfolk County. Hometown Brew currently brews its products at the Ramblin’ Road Brewery north of Delhi near La Salette.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

No 10 Ohio State wrestling to take on No 15 Virginia Tech

The No. 10 Ohio State wrestling team is looking to build upon its early season success this weekend against the No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies. The Buckeyes are 3-0 this season after defeating Utah Valley, Old Dominion and North Carolina by a combined score of 102-9 last weekend at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals in Harrisburg, Pa. “We were pleased with their performance,” said coach Tom Ryan. “But there is certainly room for improvement.” The young OSU team lost only two matches in the meet and won 28, led by redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, the No. 4-ranked wrestler in the nation at 133 pounds. Stieber had two pins in his three matches for a perfect 3-0 finish. The Buckeyes finished the meet with four falls, one technical fall and four major decisions. Stieber echoed his coach in saying the team has some work to do to be competitive. “We need to pick up intensity,” he said. “We still have a lot of things to work on, but we wrestled pretty well.” The probable starters for the Buckeyes this weekend include five freshmen, two redshirt freshmen, two redshirt sophomores and one redshirt junior. There is only one senior on the roster. Ryan said the youth of the team is its biggest challenge. “We’re trying to do the toughest thing that I’m aware of in college sports, and that is to have a freshman perform at a national level,” he said. “And that is extremely difficult.” The team will have to grow up in a hurry, as Ryan said Virginia Tech represents the team’s biggest challenge of the season, and this is only the third week of the season. Stieber will be involved in the featured match of the dual as he faces No. 5 sophomore Devin Carter , who finished in the Top 12 at the 2011 NCAA Championships as a true freshman. “Every match is going to be tough in that dual; we’re very similar in rankings in each weight class, so all 10 matches will be tough,” Ryan said. “But (Stieber’s match) is a doozie. Either one of those guys could be in the national finals, or both of them.” Fans are encouraged to wear black to the meet, which will start at 4 p.m. Sunday from St. John Arena. read more

Judge critcises John Terry for posting holiday snaps

first_imgJohn Terry on Instagram The thieves took designer handbags belonging to Mr Terry’s wife, Terri Poole, worth £126,00, more than £220,000 of jewellery and rare signed first edition Harry Potter books valued at £18,000.They also made off worth £30,000 in cash and a £5,000 replica trophy, none of which has ever been recovered.Not content with the original haul, the thieves returned with an unidentified man and an angle grinder, in an attempt to get into the safe.At one point CCTV footage showed three men wandering around the property with axes in hand then going back into the master bedroom up a ladder. A judge has criticised footballer John Terry for posting photographs of his holiday on social media, after a gang of burglars took to the opportunity to mount a raid on his home.The burglars, struck at the former England captain’s Surrey mansion making off with £400,000 worth of designer goods, after spotting that he and his family were out of the country on a skiing trip.Sentencing them to almost 28 years for that and a string of other similar raids, Judge Susan Tapping said it might have been a mistake for the footballer to advertise the fact he was not at home. John Terry on InstagramCredit:Instagram 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. The raids came after the footballer posted pictures in February from the French Alps to his 3.4 million Instagram remarking that he was having a “great few days away skiing with the family”.The judge said: “It might have been a mistake to post a family photograph on social media to show that he was away on holiday. His home was deliberately targeted and the master bedroom suite was ransacked.”They spent some time searching for items to steal. Not content with the original haul they returned with a third man and an angle grinder determined to get into the safe.”As well as Mr Terry, the gang also targeted multi-millionaire businessmen ,Alfie Best, dubbed the gypsy king, stealing almost £150,000 worth of luxury goods from the six bedroom mansion in Windlesham, Surrey.They were responsible for a further five burglaries across Surrey and Sussex earlier this year stealing a total of £600,000 in the seven raids.Not all the burglaries were at night and some were carried out while someone was in the house, including a recently widowed woman who found one of them in her kitchen.The court heard she has now been left feeling “nervous and isolated in her own home”.center_img However the noise of the angle grinder woke the housekeeper and he was able to raise the alarm. Footballer John Terry and Wife, Toni Poole The judge said: “The mental turmoil may be harder to heal fully rather than a physical injury. All these victims have the right to feel safe in their own homes.”The court heard each of the defendants have a long history of offending.Darren Eastaugh, 30, Joshua Sumer, 27, Roy Head, 28, and Oliver Hart, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary between February 1 and March 27 this year.After sentencing, Surrey Police Detective Constable Phil Carter, the officer in charge of the case, said: “The loss to victims was substantial, with a total value for the seven offences in the region of £600,000.“High-value homes were targeted, some with occupants present during the offences, which is likely to have been very upsetting for them.”I welcome the sentences handed down today. They reflect the very serious nature of these offences. This was a complex investigation completed with help from the Flying Squad whose assistance proved crucial in securing the defendants’ guilty pleas.” Footballer John Terry and Wife, Toni PooleCredit:Eamonn McCormack/WireImagelast_img read more

Prostate screening saves no lives and may do more harm than good

first_imgScreening for prostate cancer does not save lives, and may do more harm than good, a major study has concluded. The largest ever trial of PSA (prostate specific antigen) tests – which all men over 50 can obtain on request from their GP – found that death rates were identical among men, whether or not they underwent screening. Inviting symptomless men for the one-off blood test detects some tumours unlikely to be harmful – while still missing others that were fatal, researchers warned. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, follows a long debate about whether the NHS should introduce routine screening, using the tests. Lead author Professor Richard Martin, a Cancer Research UK scientist at the…last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added imaginary friends

first_img(Video: MagicofRahat/YouTube) A mallard duck keeps his balance as he crosses a frozen lake in Washington Park, New York (Mike Groll/AP).HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#MISSING: Gardaí have this evening appealed for information in their search for missing teenager Kim Nangle. The 17-year-old was last seen at Blanchardstown Shopping centre at approximately 10pm on 15 March.#MICHAEL NEARY: Thirty-five women who underwent unnecessary procedures at the hands of disgraced surgeon Michael Neary have said that they are ‘in limbo’ as they wait for the government to set up a redress scheme. It has now been 15 years since the story about Neary’s practices, which included the unnecessary removal of wombs and ovaries from women, broke.#TAXI!: RTÉ released a statement correcting reports that it spent €360,700 on taxis in 2012. The broadcaster said that the figures supplied by RTÉ to the Irish Independent under a Freedom of Information request request were incorrect and that the actual amount spent in 2012 was €269,298.#CYPRUS: Banks in Cyprus remain closed today as political leaders scramble to find a bailout plan that will be acceptable for parliament. The country’s president said yesterday that a decision must be made today. Reports from Cyprus this morning suggest the government has decided to set up an Investment Solidarity Fund in a bid to secure the required €5.8 billion to unlock the €10 billion EU rescue package.#CONSULTANTS: A report from the Public Accounts Committee has found that the HSE failed to collect €74 million worth of consultant claims from private health insurers because consultants have not been signing off on claims. The report recommended that the HSE examine its scope to publish the names of those who are holding up the collection of income.#PROPERTY TAX: A list of 5,100 exemptions to the Local Property Tax have been published online today with a mixture of already existing developments, along with those for which planning permission exists. Priory Hall is the only development in Dublin which has been exempted from the tax.Hundreds of joggers, wearing special suits with led lights attached, arrive outside the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester (Dave Thompson/PA Wire).THINGS WE LOVEDThese colour shots of Ireland in 1913. The glamour.The clever marketing strategy used by a Chicago couple to rent their two bed apartment in less than 24 hours. And of course we’re big fans of the photo-bombing dog himself.It’s Twitter’s birthday today. Here are some reasons we both love and loathe it.THINGS WE SHAREDThese 47 earth-shattering local news headlines. We’re raging we didn’t get some of these scoops.Were you a total poetry nerd in school like we were? Then you’ll enjoy these 6 secondary school poetry memories…Look at all those silly people falling for this prank. Our favorite is the really unimpressed, passive-aggressive ‘that’s trippy, however you did that’ girl.last_img read more

Geek deals 130 off HP Pavilion g7 laptop

first_imgJust because a laptop is a new model doesn’t always mean you have to pay full retail on it. The HP Direct store is offering the new HP Pavilion g7 customizable laptop starting at $699.99. You can save $100 off instantly, and another $30 with an online coupon code.The HP Pavilion g7 comes with a free 4GB RAM upgrade, as well as a free 500GB hard drive upgrade, which is a $65 savings. If you’re looking for a printer to go with your new laptop, the HP Wireless Printer is available for only $29.99 with your purchase. Did we mention it comes in some pretty neat colors? By default the g7 comes in Charcoal Grey, but you can also choose Sweet Purple, Butter Gold, Sonoma Red, or Pewter.Besides the array of colors, the HP g7 features a high-gloss finish, a borderless touchpad and chiclet-like keyboard, Altec-Lansing speakers, and SRS Surround Sound. That’s a lot out of such a reasonably-priced laptop. Optional upgrades include 512MB Radeon HD 6470M or 1GB Radeon HD 6470M DDR3 Graphics, Blu-ray, and a Core i5 processor, among other things.Buy the HP Pavilion g7 from Logic Buylast_img read more

Greek has faith in Aussie underwear

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tony Vass loves his new tongue-in-cheek undies and he’s hoping the rest of Australia will too. The former Pacific Brands employee and father of three launched his new online underwear venture-Grundies, following the controversial closure of the Pacific Brands Australian manufacturing plants in 2009.“I’ve always wanted to run my own Aussie-made underwear brand online, and seeing 3000 people- some of who I was very close to lose their jobs to China was the motivation I needed,” he said.“If I can do my bit to create jobs and keep profits in Australia that would be great.” Vass, who has worked in the underwear business for over two decades threw in his life savings, together with the redundancy package he received from Pacific Brands to establish Grundies in May 2009. He spent six months setting up the business and outsourcing Australian workers, and has been trading for 6 months since.The 43-year-old says that the greatest challenge of an all Australian manufacturing business is that industry is losing expertise, and that Australia is losing technology to China.“Manufacturing isn’t what it was like years ago…there’s not a lot of young people coming through the door and many people are walking away,” he said.“But I still believe there is something in Australian made or I wouldn’t be doing it. Many of my customers are saying they are all for the Australian underdog and Australian made message.”On the flip side, Vass has several pluses going for him.For one he has trademarked an iconic Australian name.“Grundies is the Aussie name for underwear so I thought it would be a good fit,” he grinned.Underwear- he added, is also a fast developing high interest category.“Once upon a time your partner would buy you a packet of briefs, but today there’s the emergence of the metro-sexual and there’s a lot more on the market.”Grundies current stocks men’s trunks, fit shorts, socks and T-shirts in a range of playful prints and original designs. “You are getting the Rolls Royce of quality at Holden Prices because we have removed the middle-man,” he said.Grundies will expand to include women’s underwear later this year.last_img read more

Happy Birthday America Chavez aka Ms America

first_img Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on target There are so many interesting and spectacular things about America Chavez that comics are just touching the surface of. America is a dyn-o-mite of a character since she stepped foot in the Marvel Universe. She’s also a big part in changing the way Marvel looked at their LGBTQ+ characters. In fact, America Chavez is the first openly queer POC to obtain her own ongoing series. But, on Ms. America’s birthday, let’s go back a little bit to talk about where she came from and how exactly she came to grace us.Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, America Chevez first appearance was in the limited series Vengeance (2011). Born to Elena and Amalia Chavez, America was born in the Utopia Parallel, and if you guys don’t know, that’s a whole other dimension. This dimension is “in the presence of the Demiurge,” who is… a life essence. You know, that good ol’ wacky Marvel sci-fi timey-wimey stuff. As America started to get older, she gained some of her powers from that life essence which allowed her to grow stronger by the day.Everything was happy. The Utopia Parallel was the chillest place to be until it was threatened with attack and destruction. Elena and Amalia Chevaz wanted to protect their home and sacrificed themselves to stabilize that reality. As you can imagine, America ended up losing her mums in the process. America admired her mums, especially their sacrifice even though she was still saddened and angry about it. America made a choice. She decided to dedicate herself to doing some good. She left her home to leap from dimension to dimensions, realities to realities to help those in need.Something about America that is always so intriguing is how much of a mysterious yet tough cookie she is. She’s one of those characters that’s so tough as nails on the outside. You’re wondering what’s brewing underneath all that. We’ve seen her soft side when it comes to helping people. We also see it with the people closest to her, namely Kate Bishop, her BFF and Lisa, her girlfriend or the teams she’s associated with. America still has some anger issues brewing, but that makes her even more of an enduring character. She’s caring, vulnerable, chivalrous, and reliable. She’s also capable, incredible, sarcastic, hilarious and a character that you can simply look up to. Both because she’s such a fierce character, but she’s literally a force to be reckoned with and a total badass. You don’t want to cross her.America has been apart of many teams throughout her years in comics. The very first was the Teen Brigade for a short amount of time. She co-lead the group with Ultimate Nullifier. Other members of the teen Brigade consisted of Angel Salvadore, Barnell Bohusk, and In-Betweener, who America saved from being captured. However, fans will remember Ms. America from her run in the fantastic and notable Young Avengers. She was also briefly apart of A-Force and the leader of The Ultimates!America’s powers are also off the charts. America is what’s not so popularly known as a Fuertona Starling. This means she’s able to travel throughout different Multiverses. She’s also able to do the normal superhero powers with speed, flight, and strength. However, she’s also invulnerable to a bunch of different things including bullets. I feel like I can stop there with explaining that cause if you can survive a bullet, you can survive anything. America is also able to “power stomp” and has super hyper-awareness in what goes on in all the dimensions.This might be the easiest rec list I can give you. Why? Because you should just read all of America Chavez’s runs. I’m serious. Every one of them has something incredible inside of them that builds America’s personality and sense of who she is and who she’s becoming. If you want to get into Chavez’s early beginnings, you’ve got to dive into Vengeance. The run that brought her into popularity and gave her a slick redesign and brilliant story is Young Avengers. You might also want to check out The Ultimates (read these guys. You will NOT regret it.), Ultimates 2, Avengers (2012), Patsy Walker A.K.A Hellcat. One comic that you absolutely can not miss is America, a series all of her own, going more into her home and her adventures. It’s a comic series that’s something special that no one should miss.Many ladies in the Marvel Universe are tough on the inside and out. America is definitely one girl that’s tough as rocks on the inside and out and we love her for it. Here’s to America Chavez. She’s beauty, she’s grace, I’d say thank you if she punched me in the face. Happy Birthday Ms. America! We can’t wait for you graduate to full Captain America one day!View as: One Page Slides1. ClemishSee It Here2. Claire RoeSee It Here3. Mr. Squid GereenSee It Here4. Kevin WadaSee It Here5. Rebekah RittenhouseSee It Here6. Jasmine KimSee It Here7. Cami MooreSee It Here8. h4mm3rm4nSee It Here9. Lauren aka falafelwafflewhaleSee It Here10. Paul HoppeSee It HereLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Plea deal avoids third strike for kidnap rape suspect

first_imgA Vancouver man who impersonated a police officer as a ruse to kidnap and rape women was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison.Shannon “Shawn” Stover, 47, was facing a third-strike offense but negotiated a plea deal to avoid a life sentence. Under the state’s three-strikes law, offenders convicted three times of certain violent and sexual felonies receive mandatory life sentences.Stover pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of unlawful imprisonment, one count of intimidating a witness, one count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of attempted third-degree rape, a gross misdemeanor.He was originally facing one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation, attempted first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping, and two counts each of first-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said the victims were open to taking the case to trial if needed, but preferred a resolution that didn’t require them to take the stand.“We understand this is a bit of an unusual plea, but this is what happens when you face a third strike,” Robinson said.According to court records, police said Stover posed as a police officer in the Ellsworth Springs neighborhood to lure two women in late November last year.last_img read more

Fabianski reveals how Pellegrinis changed West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski believes their new-found form is due to Manuel Pellegrini’s ability to change the squad’s mentalityAfter losing his four Premier League games, Pellegrin has since led West Ham to seven wins in their last 13 attempts.The good run of form has moved the Hammers up to ninth-place in the standings and Fabianski reckons Pellegrini’s footballing philosophy has now been embraced by the entire team.“We were a group that needed a bit of time to find the balance within the team, to find the right way and what suits us when it comes to playing – the shape, the tactics – and what suits the manager best when it comes to picking a team to perform,” Fabianski told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Since the first four games we lost, after that, I think we’ve been in pretty good form during this period and I think the manager knows more about us as a group and what to expect from every single player, and what suits him best to get the best out of the team.“It was tactics and the mentality of the group [that have developed] as well. We understood more what his demands are, especially on the mental side of the game, his approach and how he wants his team to behave on the pitch in different circumstances. We understood his ideas of being a team a lot better.”Pellegrini’s side will next host Watford at the London Stadium this Saturday, where they hope to extend their winning run to five matches.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Takes Trade Message to Food Security Conference

first_imgThe Chicago Council for Global Affairs invited Jim Hershey, executive director of the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) at the American Soybean Association (ASA), to join industry leaders on a panel titled Still in the U.S. Interest: Global Agricultural Development in the 21st Century at the 2017 Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. on March 30.The message from Hershey and the panel, which included an executive from Cargill, a rancher from California and the head of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, was clear: The world’s food needs both now and in the future will be met by continued growth in agricultural output and trade. Growing populations and economies seek better food (especially protein) and most countries need to fill the deficits in their local production with trade. While short term, emergency needs must be met with food aid, the longer term solutions are in the hands of farmers around the world, and the trading network that keeps supply chains, animals and people fed. The Chicago Council also featured ASA’s WISHH on their guest blog here.last_img read more

Gray Wants More Doctors in Eastern DC

first_imgD.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) wants more physicians to set up their practices in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. He recently authored legislation to make that happen.Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray has introduced a bill to bring more doctors to the eastern side of D.C. (AFRO File Photo)On March 7 Gray, chairman of the Committee on Health, introduced the “Community Health Care Revolving Capital Fund Act of 2017.” The bill creates a fund for the purpose of attracting physicians and increasing the capacity of existing providers whether they practice in primary care, specialty care, or community-based care in eastern Washington, D.C.“One of my main priorities coming out of the Ward 7 Summit I convened in Ward 7 three months ago is making sure the residents of the East End of the city have access to a world-class integrated health care system,” Gray, District mayor from 2011-2015, said. “There is a gap in the system – the physicians that are providing the care are absent from the areas of our city that have the greatest need.”Monies in the fund would be loaned to practitioners in medically underserved areas and can be used for costs associated with opening or modernizing a health care practice. All income and interest payments made pursuant to the loan agreements between the administrator of the fund and participating borrowers would be paid back into the fund for future use.Gray said, “Wards 7 and 8 lead the District in almost every conceivable negative health outcome and that needs to change.”The Department of Health published a Physician and Physician Assistant Workforce study in September 2015 that showed Wards 2 and 5 have the highest numbers of doctor’s offices followed by Wards 1 and 3. The study also showed that Ward 7 is medically under-served and Ward 8 also, despite the presence of the United Medical Center in its boundaries. Ward 8, the poorest ward in the city economically, has the lowest number of primary care and specialty doctors.Gray’s bill is co-sponsored by council members Anita Bonds (D-At Large), Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), Robert White (D-At Large), Trayon White (D-Ward 8), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), which constitutes a super-majority of the legislative body.The Medical Society of the District of Columbia is the city’s arm of the American Medical Association. Pia Duryea is the director of communications and she told the {AFRO} that her organization hasn’t taken a position on the Gray bill.But, there is community support for Gray’s bill.“I support it,” Ward 8 community activist Sandra “S.S.” Seegars told the {AFRO}. “I recently needed the services of an orthopedic doctor and I googled to find one that is close to me. The closest one is on H Street N.E. and, of course, that isn’t Ward 8.”Seegars said that the UMC’s presence hasn’t increased the number of doctors practicing in her ward, either. She notes that some Ward 8 residents travel to Prince George’s County to visit a doctor.“This legislation isn’t anything new,” Patricia Howard-Chittams, who lives in Ward 7, told the {AFRO}. “It has been discussed before and included nurse practitioners. I would agree that just as there are food deserts, Wards 7 and 8 are healthcare deserts.”Howard-Chittams noted that many doctors are affiliated with hospitals and UMC is the only comprehensive medical facility east of the Anacostia River. She also said doctors might be reluctant to relocate east of the river for other reasons.“There is not a lot of space for a doctor in Wards 7 or 8 to set up a medical office,” she said. “We had a center at Penn Branch but it is in a derelict state now. Even if a doctor wanted to set up in this area, there is no place for them to go.”last_img read more

Wind turbines operate under great turbulence with consequences for grid stability

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play A movie of the trajectory of power output vs. wind speed signals for a wind turbine reveals very turbulent fluctuations. Credit: Patrick Milan, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society “Looking at an operating wind turbine, one may get the impression that the turbine turns smoothly, but looking at the power output, which is the consequence of the forces and torques inside the machinery, we see that the fluctuations are very turbulent,” Peinke told Phys.org. “Changes of MW (more than one thousand horsepower) in seconds become obvious. Thus one may compare a wind turbine with an airplane in the landing phase during a very windy situation. From outside, the airplane may look it’s going quite smoothly, but inside there is another impression caused by turbulent dynamics. One should also note that a wind turbine has to operate permanently in this ‘turbulent landing’ condition.” Citation: Wind turbines operate under great turbulence, with consequences for grid stability (2013, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-turbines-great-turbulence-consequences-grid.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. The model also reveals that moderately intermittent wind power is converted to highly intermittent power output. In other words, wind turbines do not only transfer wind intermittency to the grid, but they also amplify it. For instance, the researchers observed that changes in wind speed of about 11 m/s within 8 seconds may cause nearby wind turbines to change their power output by about 80%. The researchers attribute this amplification to the nonlinear conversion process and fast reaction time of the output to changes in wind speed.”The features of small-scale turbulence are mapped by the wind turbines directly into the electric grid,” Peinke said. “As turbulence and in particular the statistics of small-scale wind fluctuations are still considered to be an unresolved problem, this lack of knowledge may become important in the power grids, especially if such power grid are dominated by wind power. As these phenomena take place in the range of seconds, the dynamics of the power grid in these time scales have to be investigated in detail. One has clearly to state that the first step to solve a problem is to be aware of it and to understand it.”The data also shows that wind power intermittency does not only affect the output of individual turbines, as previous research has shown, but it also extends to entire wind farms, which has not been observed before. The researchers explain that wind farm intermittency is somewhat counterintuitive, since it might be expected that summing the output of wind turbines will average out their turbulent fluctuations. However, wind farm intermittency may be explained by long-range correlations observed in winds. While the wind farm the scientists observed covered an area of about 4 km2, wind correlations have previously been observed to extend to lengths of hundreds of kilometers. Based on these observations, the researchers expect that wind farm intermittency effects may persist up to these large scales.Overall, the physicists conclude that their results stress the importance of accounting for the intermittent and multifractal nature of wind power when designing components for wind power, including energy storage technologies. They note that the situation is similar to the findings from many years ago of the intermittent and multifractal nature of the stock market. In both areas, frequent occurrences of fluctuations must be understood and accounted for in order to maintain stability and avoid widespread disruption.In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate the consequence of wind turbulence on grid stability and develop methods to minimize the negative effects. New turbulence models may help lead to new concepts that reduce the power and load fluctuations on the grid.”For all of these topics, a deep and comprehensive understanding of the complexity of turbulence is indispensable,” Peinke said. Explore further Using fluctuating wind power (Phys.org) —While previous research has shown that wind turbulence causes the power output of wind turbines to be intermittent, a new study has found that wind turbulence may have an even greater impact on power output than previously thought. The researchers modeled the conversion of wind speed to power output using data from a rural wind farm. The results showed that the intermittent properties of wind persist on the scale of an entire wind farm, and that wind turbines do not only transfer wind intermittency to the grid, but also increase it. The findings highlight the importance of fully understanding the physics of wind turbulence in order to ensure future grid stability. The researchers, Patrick Milan, Matthias Wachter, and Joachim Peinke, at the ForWind—Center for Wind Energy Research at the University of Oldenburg in Germany, have published their study “Turbulent Character of Wind Energy” in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their paper, the researchers address the challenges that large-scale wind energy production may bring to future power grids. They explain that today’s grids are powered mainly by a few large generators with controllable input (mostly gas, coal, hydraulic, and nuclear power plants). Power generation from these sources can be modified automatically in order to balance power generation and consumption, and thus ensure grid stability. But while today’s power sources are largely controllable, wind power is uncontrollable and highly intermittent. For time scales larger than several minutes, the conversion of wind speed into electrical power can be modeled by a standard average power curve. But at smaller time scales, the researchers found that the conversion process diverges from this curve. Instead, short-scale conversion follows a more complex pattern involving multifractal scaling that is reminiscent of a 1962 theory of turbulence developed by mathematician Andrey Kolmogorov. Screenshot of a movie (see below) showing the power output vs. wind speed signals for a wind turbine. Credit: Patrick Milan, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society More information: Patrick Milan, et al. “Turbulent Character of Wind Energy.” PRL 110, 138701 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.138701 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

1 more arrested for smuggling arms from RFI to Maoists

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police today arrested a man from Bihar on the charge of being involved in an arms smuggling racket that was busted here last week, the police said. Rajesh Kumar (35) alias Munna, was arrested from his residence in in Bihar’s Nalanda district a senior officer of the Kolkata Police’s STF unit said. Six people, including two Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) officials, were arrested by the Kolkata Police last week from the city’s Babughat area for their alleged involvement in smuggling arms to Maoists. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRajesh’s name cropped up while interrogating the six accused, the officer said, adding, “He has been given transit remand by Bihar Sharif Court. He will be brought to Kolkata tomorrow.” Preliminary investigation revealed that the arms were smuggled out of Ichapur Rifle Factory with the help of its two officers.The racket was probably active since 2008 and supplying the arms and ammunition to Maoists in Bihar. STF sleuths were also probing whether they had supplied arms to insurgent groups in Nepal also.Charges of criminal conspiracy and habitually dealing in stolen property, along with the Arms Act has been slapped against the arrested six accused.The Kolkata Police STF had in September last year arrested a junior works manager of RFI for allegedly smuggling parts of SLR and INSAS rifles out of the factory and selling them to illegal arms manufacturers.last_img read more

Bringing the Ancient Athenian Trireme Back to Life – The Story of

first_imgThe Hellenic Navy has a full-scale working reconstruction an ancient Greek trireme which floats in the waters of the Saronic Gulf and is a must-see for anyone visiting Athens or the Port of Piraeus. Her most recent voyage was on September 28th and 29th, 2018, to commemorate The Battle of Salamis, a decisive victory of the ancient Greek fleet over the Persian navy — in which the trireme was key to the Greek victory. A trireme is a fast, maneuverable type of galley with three banks of oars and a formidable ram at its prow, which was used by several different cultures of the Mediterranean. The design of this type of warship was perfected by the Athenians, and with it, their fleet dominated the Aegean Sea.Trireme Olympias: conjectural reconstruction after the work of J.S. Morrison, J.S. Coates and F. Welsh. Now at the Paleon Faliron Museum of ancient marinery.In 1982, naval architect John F. Coates joined forces with historian J.S. Morrison and classics teacher Charles Willink to create the Trireme Trust, with the goal of constructing an accurate replica of an authentic trireme. By 1987, the HS Olympias, built over two years by a shipbuilder in Piraeus, was ready for her first sea trial.The ancient Greeks were a collective of city states, united by their language and culture, and most importantly by their navy. Despite the widespread use of the trireme, no surviving examples have been recovered. In 2018, the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project announced the discovery of an intact 75-foot vessel dated to 400 BC that could be a Greek trireme, however the wreck is too delicate to be brought to the surface.The stern of Trireme Olympias. Photo by Templar52Coates developed the drawings for their project based any resource he could find, including historical writings that describe the ships, archaeological evidence, and ancient art such as book illustrations and painted pottery.The project was very expensive and financed by the Hellenic Navy, as well as individual donors such as Frank Welsh, a banker and trireme enthusiast who was a major financial backer of the Trireme Trust.The museum of Ancient Greek Trireme Olympias (Replica). Photo by Templar52In part, the team were inspired to embark on the project simply to prove that it could be done. As the Trireme Trust website reports, “A series of six sea-trials between 1987 and 1994 demonstrated that the ship could be rowed efficiently and fast, despite almost universal academic opinion that a three-level arrangement of oars was wholly impracticable.”She was crewed during sea trials by volunteers who took up the 170 oars. The reconstructed trireme was able to reach a top speed of nine knots. They were unable to maintain the cruising velocity of seven knots that the ancient Greeks achieved, according to Owlcation.The bow of Trireme Olympias. Photo by Templar52Olympias can also perform some clever maneuvers such as turning itself around 180 degrees in just one minute, confirming the authenticity of historical accounts.Virginia oak, Oregon pine, and an Iroko hull were used for building the trireme. It was adorned with a bronze bow ram weighing 441 pounds. The ram was based on an original model, part of the collection at the Piraeus archaeological museum.Olympias was built as a test model, adapted for recreational sailing instead of attack. Originally, triremes were aggressive, fast ships, meaning that they were built as light as possible. Also, they were very long, in order to fit in so many oarsmen.Replica of Trireme Olympias of the Hellenic NavyThe only thing that made the triremes susceptible to stress damage was the waves. Therefore, a hypozomata (bracing rope) was firmly fixed beneath the deck, tying the two ends of the ship (bow and stern) together. On Olympia a steel rope was used as the hypozomata due to a lack of natural fibre ropes with the same elasticity as hemp, the material that was originally used for making the bracing rope.Rather than exerting constant tension like a natural fibre rope, the steel cables tension varied as the hull bent on the waves. Consequently, protective measures had to be taken, as there was an alarming possibility of the rope breaking and endangering the crew.Read another story from us: Research Team Close to Finding Antarctica’s Most Famous ShipwreckIn 1993, Olympias was proudly sent off to Britain where it took part in the celebration of 2,500 years since the beginning of democracy. In 2004, she carried the Olympic Flame from Keratsini to Piraeus for the Summer Olympic Games in Athens.The successful reconstruction of the trireme is considered to be of extreme archaeological importance. To preserve her from deteriorating, writes Owlcation, the Greek navy now keep her on display in dry dock at Palaio Faliro, Athens.last_img read more

ACV now the only tour op to offer allinc privileges at Curaçao

first_imgACV now the only tour op to offer all-inc privileges at Curaçao resort MISSISSAUGA — Got clients looking for an all-inclusive stay in Curacao? ACV has just announced that it’s now the only tour operator to offer the three-star Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club as an all-inclusive property.Selling features of the resort include two bars, a pool, playground, tennis court and fitness facility, and three restaurants –two of which are at an additional cost. Guests also have free use of snorkelling equipment, one free diving lesson, free shuttle service to downtown and access to facilities at nearby property Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village & Spa.Kura Hulanda is part of ACV’s Privileges program, which offers clients preferred room locations, early check-in and late checkout, free Internet and three guaranteed à la carte dinners.Another featured property in Curaçao is the four-star Kunuku Aqua Resort. Exclusive to ACV, this resort is ideal for families and groups, and includes 114 rooms and apartments that can accommodate up to six guests. It also features an outdoor pool, a children’s pool with waterslides as well as a playground.  Complimentary shuttle service is also available to nearby Sambil, Willemstad and Daaibooi beach.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaKunuku is part of ACV’s Play program, which offers a free eat, play and stay for kids aged 12 and under. With Play, families also receive an exclusive flight experience including free seat selection, priority boarding and a $10 in-flight meal voucher for every member. For more information, visit vacations.aircanada.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Curacao Share Posted bylast_img read more