Dizzying weather extremes a new fact of life for Canadians experts say

first_imgOTTAWA – As Ottawa limps across the finish line of its snowiest January on record, cherry blossoms are blooming at the legislature in coastal Victoria, B.C.Millions of Canadians were hiding out this week under extreme cold warnings stretching across the map, even as some East Coast cities enjoyed moderate temperatures.According to experts, these co-existing extremes have been predicted for some time — and they’re likely here to stay.“This is the kind of thing people have been predicting for years,” said Konrad Gajewski, a professor of geography and environment at the University of Ottawa.“This kind of pattern of more alternation, more extremes, both in terms of warm and cold conditions is what we’re expecting for the future.”Central Canada’s cold snap comes from the oscillating upper wind patterns of the jet stream, pushing the cold air down from the north with the polar vortex.At the same time, the large “waves” in the wind patterns push some warm air north, explaining comparatively warm temperatures on the coasts.READ MORE: Arctic weather heading our way The exact role climate change plays in the pattern’s changes is an ongoing discussion in the scientific community, but a common belief says it’s the result of a warming Arctic.“It’s thought that as the Arctic warms up because the ice is melting back, we’re going to have more of a situation where you have what we call ‘waviness’ in the polar vortex,” Gajewski said.This “waviness” in the upper wind’s pattern could be carrying cold further and further south into south and central Canada, and pushing warm air further north along the coast.Atmospheric physics professor Kent Moore at the University of Toronto says the striking weather patterns show how the world’s climate system is intimately coupled, and how changes in the coldest and warmest regions can be felt in central Canadian cities.As an example, Moore pointed to the theory that the waves in upper wind patterns are moving slower, with larger amplitudes as a possible result of warming in the Arctic.“The largest changes in the climate are occurring in the Arctic and some would say, ‘Who cares? I live in mid-latitudes, why should I care about that stuff?’” Moore said.“The Earth is kind of a small place and so things that happen in the Arctic don’t stay in the Arctic.”This interconnectedness of the world’s climate system also explains the impacts from El Nino systems on Canada, Moore said.READ MORE: Winter storm brings snow, rain, wind and cold to Eastern and Central CanadaDavid Atkinson, a climate professor at the University of Victoria, said the jet stream’s behaviour could also make the increasingly frequent, intense storms on the East Coast gain even more strength.“If the air is kind of moving apart, it allows surface air to rise more easily,” Atkinson said. “That helps a storm to work, storms depend on rising air.”Gajewski said the arrival of long-predicted weather patterns means it’s time for all levels of government to seriously plan for changes that are already hitting Canada in the form of sweltering heat waves in the summer and record cold in the winter.This could mean more snow-clearing and flood response on the municipal level and global warming mitigation efforts across the board.In Ottawa, Gajewski pointed to some ongoing local efforts like more bicycle lanes and efforts to plow some of them in the winter.“A lot of it would just be common sense. It’s going to get hotter in the summers and we’re going to get perhaps more snow, more rain, more extreme conditions, more floods,” Gajewski said.“Cities have to be planned to deal with that kind of thing.”For cities like Ottawa, which just completed its twelfth straight day of round-the-clock plowing, people shouldn’t plan to retire their shovels any time soon.“We’re going to have to shovel more often.”last_img read more

Ireland Heads List of Foreign Investors in Morocco

Rabat – Recent figures from the Moroccan Foreign Exchange Office show that Ireland topped the list countries with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) in Morocco, outperforming France, whose net FDI flow stood at MAD 8.12 billion ($ 839 million) in 2018 and MAD 7.73 billion ($799 million) in 2017. According to the office, foreign direct investment from Ireland stood at MAD 9.7 billion, making the country the main investor in the Moroccan kingdom.Slipping down to second place was France, with a net flow of MAD 3.77 billion ($389 million), followed by Denmark with MAD 3.18 billion ($328 million), then the United Arab Emirates, with MAD 2.79 billion ($288 million), and United States with a MAD 2.19 billion ($226 million) net flow. Spain held the sixth position despite witnessing an uptick in net flow from MAD 1.29 billion ($133 million) in 2017 to MAD 1.98 billion ($204 million) in 2018. Foreign direct investment net flows injected in Morocco totaled MAD 34.16 billion in 2018, a marked increase of 25.9% the previous year after the North African country witnessed a decline in foreign direct investment in 2014 and 2015 following the global recession.Read also: Elalamy: India Can Use Moroccan Platform to Increase African InvestmentForeign direct investment from Ireland is mainly going towards the insurance sector. A chart of revenue from direct investment from the Exchange Office shows that the investors are attracted by several activities, including the insurance activities (MAD 9.6 billion) in 2018 and commerce for MAD 55 million.Japan also witnessed considerable growth in terms of FDI in Morocco, rising from MAD 5 million in 2017 to MAD 1.58 billion in 2018.In 2017, Morocco placed among the top 5 host countries of foreign direct investment, according to the 2018 world Investment Report.The index shows that there are three areas that attracted foreign investment in 2018, accounting for more than half of direct investment in the country, namely insurance and finance services, totaling MAD 9.66 billion last year; the real estate sector, with MAD 5.35 billion; and manufacturing industries, with MAD 4.88 billion. read more

Ban urges Sudanese President to help secure release of abducted staff

The two staffers – one man and one woman – were abducted at gunpoint in West Darfur state on 29 August. “The Government has been attempting to secure their release but they have not as yet been released,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. “The President assured the Secretary-General that everything possible was being done.”Mr. Ban also urged that the perpetrators of the two weekend attacks on UNAMID peacekeepers in North Darfur that killed five Rwandan peacekeepers be brought to justice. The five blue helmets from Rwanda were killed in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday, bringing the total number of peacekeepers who have lost their lives in Darfur since UNAMID deployed at the start of 2008 to 22. “Mr. al-Bashir indicated he had issued instructions to his security agencies that the perpetrators be apprehended as soon as possible,” Mr. Nesirky stated.Strongly condemning the attacks on 4 and 5 December, the Security Council today “took note of the action taken already by the Government of Sudan and encouraged it to ensure that all the perpetrators are swiftly identified and brought to justice.In a statement read to the press by Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, the 15-member body also reiterated its full support for UNAMID and its call on all parties in Darfur to co-operate fully with the mission, including to secure the release of the two abducted staff.The Council established UNAMID in 2007 to try to quell the violence in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others displaced as a result of conflict pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen since 2003. 7 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to become directly involved in securing the release of two staff members of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur who have been held hostage now for over 100 days, stressing that the situation is critical given that one of them is gravely ill. read more

AG calls for criminal probe on former Defence Secretary

The Attorney General (AG) has called for a criminal investigation to be launched on former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando over the Easter Sunday attacks.The AG has advised the acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickramaratne to launch the criminal investigation over the failure by Fernando to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks. Last week, the Attorney General had directed the acting IGP to conduct a probe over lapses on the part of nine Police officers with regards to the Easter Sunday attacks. The AG had called for criminal investigations to be conducted on the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Colombo), Deputy Inspector General of Police (Western North), Deputy Inspector General of Police (SPR), Senior Superintendent of Police (Negombo), Superintendent of Police (Colombo North), Assistant Superintendent of Police (Negombo III), Assistant Superintendent of Police (Negombo IV), Officer in Charge of the Katana Police Station and Officer in Charge of the Jampettah Police Post. (Colombo Gazette) Fernando was the Defence Secretary when the deadly attacks were carried out. read more

Stunned by destruction at site of attack Annan says all of UN

“Let’s not forget, the UN is also a New York institution and all the Ambassadors and the staff are rooting for you just as their governments around the world are,” said the Secretary-General.Speaking to reporters during a joint press encounter with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and New York State Governor George Pataki, the Secretary-General said the devastation was much more severe than he had imagined: “I don’t think any of the television pictures or the pictures we have seen on the front of newspapers give you an idea of the magnitude and horror which is now here at ‘ground zero’ and the 5,000 people missing, each with his own story that we may never hear.” Annan thanks rescue workers”I’ve been very happy to have the opportunity to tell the firemen and the policemen and all the health workers how much we admire and appreciate the work that they’ve done,” said Mr. Annan. He also thanked the Mayor and Governor for their leadership and applauded “what they have done for this City and the way they have pulled all of us together.” Giuliani, Annan embrace at attack site Mr. Annan stressed that the attack did not just target New York or the United States, but instead was a strike against the world. “That’s why we all need to come together to fight” terrorism, he said. Asked what countries might do in response, the Secretary-General said governments and leaders wanted to defeat terrorism.”Some have voiced a word of caution that the horror has united us and our response should not divide us,” he said, adding. “I don’t think any one of them is going to give an inch for terrorism, but we need to stand together.”Earlier in the day, Mr. Annan attended a Jewish religious service at a local temple, where he said last week’s terrorist attacks against the United States must give rise to a shared sense of purpose, not divisiveness. “This tragedy has united us – we must not let it’s aftermath divide us,” Mr. Annan told the assembled gathering at Temple Emanu-el. “Let us take care not to blame an entire people, an entire region, or an entire religion for the unspeakable acts of a few individuals.” The Secretary-General described the sense of shock and helplessness which followed last Tuesday’s attacks. “We are astonished by the evil in our midst, stunned at the scale of the tragedy, dazed by the disregard for human life, overwhelmed by the wound that has been inflicted – on this city, on this country, on us all,” he said. In the aftermath of such a calamity, he noted, “a service like this one – where people of many faiths come together in tolerance, togetherness and prayer – is not just welcome, it is vital.” Mr. Annan also pointed out that the response had shown humanity’s strengths, including “the nobility of the human spirit that this disaster has revealed; the extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice shown by the firemen, the police, the health workers and all the others who have given, or risked, their lives; the generosity and goodwill poured out by the entire community; and the solidarity expressed around the world by people of all nations and their governments.” read more

Indigenous leaders activists plan antipoverty strategies at UN forum

“Often the most marginalized peoples in society, without adequate access to education, health care and water, indigenous peoples are frequently deprived of the right to participate in or shape their own sustainable human development,” according to the 16-member UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.The achievement of the MDGs, which were agreed at a UN Summit in 2000 and were designed to eliminate or reduce a host of socio-economic ills, “could inadvertently result in harm done to indigenous and tribal peoples,” the Forum said.Educational models for indigenous and minority children using mainly dominant languages as languages of instruction have extremely negative consequences on the right to education and perpetuate poverty, it gave as one example.”Without education mainly in the mother tongue in public schools, with good teaching of a dominant language as a second language, most indigenous peoples have to accept education through a dominant/majority language, at the cost of the mother tongue which is displaced, and often replaced, by the dominant language,” it said.UN Deputy-Secretary-General Louise Fréchette will open the two-week meeting on Monday. Sid Hill, the traditional Chief of one of the native peoples of New York, the Onondaga, will bless the gathering.This year is the start of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, designated by the UN General Assembly last December. The Assembly also asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to appoint the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, now José Antonio Ocampo, as the Decade’s Coordinator.Half of the Forum’s 16 members are nominated by indigenous organizations and the rest by Governments.Nominated by organizations are Michael Dodson (Yawuru, Australia), Wilton Littlechild (Cree, Canada), Aqqaluk Lynge (Inuit, Greenland), Nina Pacari Vega (Quichua, Ecuador), Pavel Sulyandziga (Udege, Russian Federation), Parshuram Tamang (Tamang, Nepal) and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Igorot, Philippines).Those nominated by States are Eduardo Aguiar de Almeida (Brazil), Hassan Id Balkassm (Amazigh, Morocco), Yuri Boychenko (Russian Federation), Ralph Joey Langeveldt (Khoe-San, South Africa), Merike Kokajev (Estonia), Otilia Lux de Coti (Maya, Guatemala), Ida Nicolaisen (Denmark), Liliana Muzangi Mbella (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Qin Xiaomei (China). read more

Arizona States NKeal Harry to skip senior season for NFL

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.Harry made the announcement Monday with coach Herm Edwards at his side.Harry is third in Arizona State history with 213 career receptions and 2,889 yards, needing 50 yards in the Sun Devils’ bowl game to take over second. He averages 5.76 receptions per game, third among the NCAA active career leaders.Despite facing double teams most of the time, Harry leads the Sun Devils with 73 receptions, 1,088 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.The 6-foot-4, 213-pound receiver is projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick, possibly the first receiver to come off the board.____More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press

London train delayed after driver locks himself in toilet

A train to a major London station was delayed after the driver got locked in the toilet.Southeastern apologised after the 10.49am service from Bromley South to Victoria ran five minutes late on Wednesday.Using a gif from The Simpsons, the rail operator explained that the driver had become locked in the on-board toilet.Southeastern tweeted: “Service update: the 10:49 Bromley South – Victoria was late departing Bromley South due to the driver becoming locked in the on board toilet.”This train 5 minutes late. Sorry for the delay caused.” SERVICE UPDATE: the 10:49 Bromley South – Victoria was late departing Bromley south due to the driver becoming locked in the on board toilet. This train 5 minutes late. Sorry for the delay caused. pic.twitter.com/yYCQDZlWQD— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) September 19, 2018 The rail company was praised by customers for its honesty, saying other operators may have been tempted to put the delay down to an “operational incident”. Natasha Tickham described the mix-up as “hilarious”, tweeting Southeastern asking if the message was genuine. The firm’s official Twitter account responded: “Unfortunately it did happen, they were only there for a short while (train terminated there to make a service back as per timetable). All good though.” 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

Alrosa joins De Beers Tracr diamond industry blockchain traceability platform

first_imgTracr, the end-to-end diamond industry blockchain traceability platform being developed by De Beers Group in collaboration with industry stakeholders, is pleased to announce that Alrosa has joined the platform’s pilot programme. Alrosa will join industry leaders from the diamond manufacturing and retail sectors in creating the blockchain platform by the industry, for the industry.Following the announcement of the Tracr pilot earlier this year, Alrosa’s involvement brings the world’s two largest diamond producers together to provide enhanced assurance for consumers and trade participants about the provenance and authenticity of their diamonds, and in creating a digital foundation for new services that can only be developed on an end-to-end platform.Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “To provide true traceability, diamonds must be tracked from their point of production. We are delighted that Alrosa has joined the Tracr pilot, as the collective efforts of the world’s two leading diamond producers will enable more of the world’s diamonds to be tracked on their journey from mine to retail. Having a critical level of production on the platform will deliver significant benefits for consumers and diamond industry participants.”Sergey Ivanov, CEO, Alrosa said: “Traceability is the key to further development of our market. It helps to ensure consumer confidence and fill information gaps, enabling people to enjoy the product without any doubts about ethical issues or undisclosed synthetics. Alrosa is glad to participate in testing Tracr, along with other market solutions. We believe tracing requires industry cooperation and complementation for the sake of a common goal.”Jim Duffy, General Manager, Tracr, said: “As Tracr’s adoption grows, we will continue to raise the bar for the traceability, authenticity and provenance of diamonds. We look forward to working with all members of the industry to ensure we deliver a comprehensive platform that creates value for diamond businesses while meeting the consumer’s expectations.”Tracr is focused on providing consumers with confidence that registered diamonds are natural and conflict-free, improving visibility and trust within the industry and enhancing efficiencies across the diamond value chain. In addition, Tracr will work to complement and support the diamond industry’s existing initiatives and regulations to ensure consumer confidence in diamonds, including the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, World Diamond Council System of Warranties and Responsible Jewellery Council Code of Practices.last_img read more

Nikola Karabatic about shotclock etc Its not about referees its about rules

HANDBALL SHOT-CLOCKIHFNikola Karabatic “Shot-clock” in handball is again hot-topic of German media. Many of TOP coaches and players already said that “shot-clock” is absolutely “MUST” for our sport.One of them is also Nikola Karabatic, on which interview from January 2018 (Men’s EHF EURO 2018) we remind you…Here are very important three minutes opinion of one of the greatest of all-time. ← Previous Story Nikolaj Jacobsen calls for “Shot-Clock” in handball Next Story → EHF CL: Day of French domination over Germans

Crytek is porting CryEngine to Linux

first_imgGame developer Crytek isn’t just well known for its game, the company develops and licenses one of the best 3D game engines on the market. The latest version of that engine, CryEngine 3, supports development on Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. But it looks like Linux will soon be added to that line up.A job listing has appeared on Crytek’s careers website for a Linux programmer who will be located at the company’s Frankfurt office. Confirmation that this is indeed an engine porting role comes from the first line of the listing, which states, “The CryENGINE team is looking for a Programmer to work on the Linux version of the 3d engine.”CryEngine 3 is built to support multiple versions of DirectX, including version 9, 10, and 11. That’s not helpful for games distribution on Linux, so porting the engine is no small undertaking. It seems likely a team is already working on Linux support at Crytek, they just need an extra programmer due to the workload.CryEngine supporting Linux is good news for gamers and also Valve. It should mean that games including the trio of Crysis games, MechWarrior Online, Monster Hunter Online, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Ryse, Star Citizen, Warface, and many more titles get an easy pass on to the alternative OS, Steam, and eventually Steam Box. Depending on how backwards compatible the engine is, we may also see some earlier games such as the first two Far Cry titles joining that line-up.It seems likely that any future engine development, for example the inevitable CryEngine 4, would support Linux upon release, meaning a much higher chance for more day one Linux game releases alongside the console and Windows versions.last_img read more

Japan Has a Thriving Fake Friends and Family Industry

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target For those without friends and family, life can be a very bleak place. However, in Western society, it’s becoming more and more acceptable to talk about the loss or lack of loved ones. Having outlets like the internet and support groups has made it a lot easier for people in the United States to reach out to those that understand their plight. Japan though, s another story.Japanese culture encourages individuals to be highly insular. Showing personal weakness and emotion in public or to peers is typically frowned upon, and conformity is prized above any unique traits a person has. Of course, this is a pretty bleak description of Japanese personal life, and there are exceptions of course, but for a lot of people there keeping up appearances is a paramount concern.That’s where companies like Family Romance come in. In an interview with The Atlantic, Family Romance CEO Ishii Yuichi went in-depth about his company, which provides professional actors to fill any requested role in a client’s personal life. With a stable of over 800 actors, you can find the grandma, father, boss, or friend you desire.Family Romance caters to some of the more unique social challenges the Japanese face in their lives. Yuichi gives an example of a mother whose daughter was being bullied because she didn’t have a father. The mother contacted Family Romance, and Yuichi was contracted to play the role of the girl’s father.This whole thing would sound like a sappy Hallmark Movie except the girl doesn’t know Yuichi is an actor. He was contracted when she was 12-years-old, and still thinks he’s her father after graduating high school. Yuichi says for four hours of time he gets around 20,000 yen ($200), plus expenses.If you can think of a role, one of Yuichi’s actors at Family Romance has likely filled it. His actors range from infants to the elderly, and will generally take any job that isn’t illegal or involves sexual contact. In the demanding rigors of Japanese culture, some women may hire a man to take them on a date because they don’t have time to cultivate a relationship.A grandfather may hire an infant on his deathbed so he can pretend to meet his unborn grandchild before he goes. A lesbian might employ a groom and wedding party to get an intolerant and pressuring family off her back. The list goes on and on.Make sure to check out the full interview for a fascinating look at a culture that is in so many ways utterly alien to what we’re used to in the West.last_img read more

Clark County law enforcement target pedestrian safety in Hazel Dell

first_imgA passenger in a brown sedan stuck her arm out the window with a dollar in hand, waving over a street musician to take the money. The musician crossed two lanes of traffic to get it.Darryl Richardson said he did not know he was breaking the law by stepping off the corner of Northeast Highway 99 and Northeast 78th Street to accept the donation.“I don’t want people who help me out to have any problems, so I probably won’t do that again,” Richardson said, referring to the possibility he could have been struck by vehicles approaching the stoplight.Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Schoening let Richardson off with a warning. It was one of several interactions between Schoening, and mostly drivers, over a couple hours Wednesday afternoon, during a grant-funded patrol emphasis on pedestrian safety.Local law enforcement hit the roads with extra patrols focused on the issue of pedestrian safety. Their efforts are part of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s Target Zero program, the state’s strategy for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.last_img read more

No restorations planned during Erika if power fails FortisTCI says after all

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – One of the biggest concerns in a storm is whether or not the power will remain on; FortisTCI’s office closed early today and advised that it has completed its disaster preparedness procedures and will supply power to its customers to the extent possible during the storm.The company also reminds that once Erika has passed, that we ought to stay away from any downed power lines.Once the all clear is given, FortisTCI says the company will immediately commence restoration efforts. Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Related Items:fortis tci, power, ready FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieveslast_img read more

Ambassador Tony S Joudi Paid Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister of

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – His Excellency Tony S. Joudi, Bahamas Ambassador to the UAE and the State of Qatar (left) paid a courtesy call and presented a gift to Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, Monday, at the Office of the Prime Minister.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Gov Scott visits Davie JCC following string of hoax bomb threats

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – After a Jewish community center in Davie received two bomb threats in a little over a week, Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the center to address the matter with the concerned community.Scott visited the David Posnack JCC, Friday, following a string of false bomb threats made there and to JCCs across the country.At the meeting, he promised to work with local and state officials to keep the community safe.“It’s disgusting, and we need to make sure everybody in our state is safe,” said Scott, “and, you know, we’re blessed right now. We’re in a 45-year low in our crime rate, but when you hear about threats, when you hear about people that are threatining others just because of their religion, or for any other reason, it’s just disgusting, but you’re seeing now threats around our state. I’m going to work with local, state and federal law enforcement to make sure everybody is safe.”The David Posnack JCC received two bomb threats in only 10 days. Both investigations concluced that the bomb threats were hoaxes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Treadwell Urges US to Check Putin in Arctic Sullivan Spotlights ProPutin Rally

first_imgIn a recent presentation in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell spoke of the need to stay on neighborly terms with Russia. It’s caused a bit of a ruckus. Dan Sullivan, Treadwell’s rival in the GOP primary for U.S Senate, issued an email yesterday saying Treadwell attended a “pro-Putin rally,”  echoing the words of an anti-Russian columnist who denounced the conference where Treadwell spoke.Download AudioThe event, at the Senate’s Hart Office Building, was attended by a few hundred people. Sponsors of the U.S.–Russia World Forum say the annual event promotes mutually beneficial cooperation. This year, with Russian President Vladimir Putin reaching into Crimea, the idea seemed tinged with doubt.At the start of the panel discussion in mid-June, the moderator introduced Treadwell with a little joke. It fell flat.“This morning we get a message from Moscow that Russia is not waiting over Alaska,” said Edward Lozansky, president of American University in Moscow. “Because some of the people were worried that right after Crimea next would be Alaska, so please relax.Treadwell ignored the joke. He said in the Arctic, the U.S. has to cooperate with Russia, because both countries need to prevent shipping disasters and oil spills, keep fish stocks healthy and enforce the borders.“So given that need of proximity for cooperation, no matter what the international climate is, my point today is that at a time of very tough international climate, do not forget that we are neighbors because people will be affected, wildlife will be affected, our overall national security would be affected,” Treadwell said.In an interview with APRN just before the speech, Treadwell said he intended to warn America not to let Putin dominate the region.“What I’m going to say is our problems with Russia in the Arctic are such that we either challenge Putin now, or we are going to be challenged by him later,” he said.In the international forum, with the Russian ambassador at hand, he sounded a bit more diplomatic. Treadwell, for example, barely used Putin’s name.“My challenge to the Russians in this room is: help us keep those things more normal,”Treadwell said. “And my challenge to the Americans in this room is: don’t let Russia go it alone in the Arctic.”With Russia’s armada of ice breakers and America’s lack of attention to the far north, Treadwell warned Russia could take command over shipping routes and resources.“We’ve been through an exercise in the Caspian where we’ve said we’re not going to let one country control it,”Treadwell said, “and yet that’s exactly what we’re doing in the Arctic.”Longtime Russia critic James Kirchik denounced the event in the online publication The Daily Beast, saying most of the speakers were Putin sympathizers.  Kirchik claimed Treadwell and Minnesota’s secretary of state were recruited to speak at the event so they would “gush about the importance of U.S.-Russian relations for their respective state economies, and warn against any moves that might set those relations back.”Dan Sullivan’s Senate campaign sent a 250-word excerpt of Kirchik’s article to its press list Monday, with the subject line: “ICYMI: Treadwell attends pro-Putin rally” and the headline “Mead, what were you thinking?” Sullivan campaign spokesman Mike Anderson declined to be interviewed. He sent a message saying Monday’s email wasn’t actually a press release but an “In case you missed it” notice. The format, though, was classic press release, with the Sullivan campaign banner up top and the words “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.” Anderson said Sullivan was unavailable to discuss the topic.last_img read more

Qantas Airways to fly the Worlds Longest Nonstop Aircraft

first_imgThe carrier reported Thursday that it will run three “ultra-whole deal research flights” – adding up to around 19 hours each – to perceive how travelers and team handle the experience in the not so distant future. Qantas Airways needs to fly travellers from Sydney to New York and London ceaselessly. Above all, the Australian carrier needs to ensure voyagers can deal with the outing. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The carrier reported on Thursday that it will run three “ultra-whole deal research flights” – adding up to around 19 hours each – to perceive how travellers and team handle the experience in the not so distant future. The flights on new Boeing 787-9s will convey a limit of 40 individuals, generally representatives of the aircraft, and insignificant gear. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Passengers would be test subjects wearing gadgets that give understanding into how they rest, eat, drink, move and generally oversee on the flight. Specialists will record melatonin levels of pilots previously, during and after the flights, just as track their brain wave patterns and readiness. The carrier will likewise test discoveries from other whole deal flights that it as of now works, for example, criticism on nourishment committed extending zones and stimulation alternatives. Advertise With Us “Ultra-whole deal flying presents a great deal of good judgment inquiries regarding the solace and prosperity of travelers and team,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a declaration. “These flights will give significant information to help answer them.” The majority of the aircraft will be straight from the Boeing processing plant in Seattle. Two of the flights will take off in New York and go to Sydney, which Qantas says will be the first run through a business carrier flies that course straightforwardly. The other will go from London to Sydney, just the second time a business aircraft has worked that flight, Qantas said. The trials are planned for October, November and December. Qantas has been chasing these routes since two years; Joyce challenged aircraft makers in 2017 to create a plane that could make the trips . At the time, the aircraft assessed that the Sydney-to-London flight would take over 20 hours and the trip to New York would time in at more than 18. From that point forward, Boeing and Airbus have gone after the business, pitching planes they state could make the flights. While Qantas’ experimental drills may sound stunning to ordinary explorers, the quantity of superlong flights has been developing lately. Singapore Airlines works the present world’s longest flight, among Singapore and Newark, a flight it had recently worked until 2013. Travel time on that course can be as long as 18 hours and 45 minutes, however, the debut trip in October of 2018 was shorter at 17 hours and 52 minutes. Prior to that, Qatar Airways guaranteed the title in mid 2017, with a Doha-to-Auckland, New Zealand, flight that is booked to take 17 1/2 hours. Qantas began flying from Perth, Australia, to London early a year ago, a flight that keeps going over 17 hours. Joyce disclosed to CNBC this year that Qantas is looking for an endorsement from controllers to fly for as long as 21 hours. The carrier additionally needs new concurrences with team to work the flights. In the case of everything goes right, he stated, the carrier could put in a request this year and dispatch the courses by 2023. Thursday’s declaration said officials hope to settle on a choice about pushing ahead by this December. “Flying relentless from the East Coast of Australia to London and New York is really the last outskirts in avionics, so we’re resolved to do all the basis to get this right,” was advised to the sources.last_img read more

Contact sports may alter brains of athletes

first_imgPeople who play contact sports such as football and hockey – that have higher risk of body collisions – are more likely show changes in their brain structure and function, a study has found. Researchers at St Michael’s Hospital in Canada performed preseason brain scans of 65 varsity athletes.They found that the athletes in collision and contact sports had differences in brain structure, function and chemical markers typically associated with brain injury, compared to athletes in non-contact sports.There is a growing concern about how participation in contact sports may affect the brain, said lead author Nathan Churchill, a post-doctoral fellow in St Michael’s Neuroscience Research Programme.Most of the research in this area has focused on the long-term effects for athletes in collision sports, such as football and ice hockey, where players may be exposed to hundreds of impacts in a single season.Less is known about the consequences of participating in contact sports where body-to-body contact is permitted, but is not purposeful, such as football, basketball and field hockey.This study looked at both men and women from a variety of sports, and found progressive differences between the brains of athletes in non-contact, contact and collision sports.This included differences in the structure of the brain’s white matter the fibre tracts that connect different parts of the brain and allow them to communicate with one another.Athletes in sports with higher levels of contact also showed signs of reduced communication between brain areas and decreased activity, particularly within areas involved in vision and motor function, compared to those in non-contact sports, such as volleyball.However, these differences do not reflect significantly impaired day-to-day functioning, said Tom Schweizer, head of the Neuroscience Research Programme. The study fills an important gap in understanding how contact affects healthy brains, as a step toward better understanding why a small number of athletes in contact sports show negative long-term health consequences.last_img read more

Vivaldi Browser 113 update released

first_imgVivaldi Browser 1.13 update released by Martin Brinkmann on November 22, 2017 in Internet – 29 commentsVivaldi Technologies AS released a new version of the company’s Vivaldi web browser today; Vivaldi 1.13 comes with a new Window panel and download improvements, but the main focus of the release was stability and the fixing of browser regressions and issues.Installed copies of Vivaldi should pick up the update automatically thanks to the browser’s built-in automatic update system.You may run a manual check for updates by selecting Vivaldi > Help > Check for Updates. The new version of the browser is also available as a download for all supported operating systems — Windows, Mac and Linux — on the official Vivaldi website.What’s new in Vivaldi 1.13The new Window panel improves the handling of multiple tabs in Vivaldi. It is a new option in Vivaldi’s ever growing list of sidebar items that you can enable or disable individually.You may need to click on the sidebar icon displayed in the leftmost position on the browser’s status bar, or use the keyboard shortcut F4 instead to display it.Select Windows from the listing afterwards (hover over the icons to locate it, it was the one just above the + icon on my system) to launch it.Windows displays all open and recently closed tabs in the panel.  Tabs are sorted by the windows they are associated with, and a click on any jumps directly to the tab. You can drag tabs to change the order in which they are displayed in the browser’s tab bar using drag and drop operations.You may run other operations using the Window panel. YouMore interesting than that, probably, is the option to create tab stacks easily from a selection. You have two main options to do that: either right-click on any tab to create a tab stack based on the domain name, so that all instances of tabs of that domain are merged into a single tab stack, or, select tabs individually, to create a tab stack using all selected tabs instead.You need to right-click the selection or tab, and select the “new tab stack” option to do so. Other options provided include:Pin, hibernate, or mute tabs from the menu.Use the tile tab stacks functionality to display multiple pages side by side in the browser.The window panel’s functionality is limited to individual browser windows right now. Vivaldi plans to improve the feature in future versions of the web browser however.Downloading improvementsThe development team of the Vivaldi browser improved the file downloading functionality of Vivaldi. Some features that have been added in Vivaldi 1.13 are catch-up features that other browser’s support already. This is the case for a new warning dialog when closing the browser while downloads run.Vivaldi 1.13 furthermore supports pausing and resuming of file downloads, and the display of the download speed in the downloads interface.Other FixesA major development focus was the fixing of issues in Vivaldi 1.13. Most snapshot posts by the Vivaldi team highlights fixes only. Here is a list of some important ones:IndexedDB not deleted when browser history is clearedUpdated Chromium.Tab opening speed improvements.Fixed Flash and Netflix.Searches made on Search Field end up in address field typed history.Fast forward and Reader mode does not work in private windows.Private window does not respect UI zoom level.Not possible to copy just the domain part of long URL.Unable to use keyboard shortcuts when focus is in select fields.Vivaldi does not save window position and size in some cases on Mac.Now You: What’s your take on this new Vivaldi browser version?SummaryArticle NameVivaldi Browser 1.13 update releasedDescriptionVivaldi Technologies AS released a new version of the company’s Vivaldi web browser today; Vivaldi 1.13 comes with a new Window panel and download improvements.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more