ScienceShot: Spotted Seals Have Amphibious Ears

first_imgWhether by land or sea, spotted seals have excellent hearing, a new study finds. Scientists had suspected that seals use sound to hunt in dark Arctic waters. But spotted seals (Phoca largha) also spend time above the water, while giving birth or nursing their pups on ice floes. Researchers trained two orphaned spotted seal pups from Alaska—Amak and Tunu—to touch a target with their noses when they heard a tone. By testing a range of frequencies, they found that seals detect seven octaves of sound underwater. But they have surprisingly good hearing in the air as well, researchers reported online yesterday in The Journal of Experimental Biology. The seals hear four octaves, with sensitivity similar to land carnivores, such as cats. The research is the first step to understanding how human noise in the Arctic from commercial shipping and the use of seismic air guns for undersea oil exploration may be affecting the seals’ sensitive hearing.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Sardar’s presence will give motivation to other players, says Manpreet

first_imgBy B D Narayankar Bengaluru, Jun 20 (PTI) A team man to the core, Manpreet Singh has no qualms about losing captaincy and feels returning veteran Sardar Singh’s presence in the middle will act as motivation for other players in the upcoming FIH Champions Trophy in Breda, Netherlands. Sardar, considered one of the world’s best midfielders at one point of time, was dropped for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, where India finished a disappointing fourth under Manpreet’s captaincy. But the seasoned Sardar did not give up hope and fought his way back into the team for the Champions Trophy after impressing new chief coach Harendra Singh in the national camp. “Sardar is an immensely experienced midfielder. His presence in the midfield will give a lot of motivation to others. He has the ability to give long, skilful passes,” Manpreet told PTI before leaving for the Champions Trophy. Sardar has been brought back to bolster the team’s midfield for the tournament, beginning June 23. Asked about India’s chances in the prestigious event, where they stood second best in the last edition, Manpreet said the team is aiming for a podium finish. But he knows it is not going to be an easy task, considering the competitiveness of all the 16 participating nations. Manpreet was the captain of the Indian team in the Gold Coast Games, where things didn’t go according to plans for the erstwhile powerhouse of the game. “Commonwealth Games was not good for us. We missed far too many goals. Also, we converted far too less penalty corners. We have worked very hard on scoring goals and converting penalty corners during the training sessions here at Sports Authority of India,” he said.advertisement After the CWG failure, Manpreet was replaced by PR Sreejesh as the skipper for the last edition of the Champions Trophy. But the stylish midfielder doesn’t have any qualms on losing out captaincy, saying he is still learning the tricks of the trade. “No, I do not have any regrets losing captaincy. When I was a captain I used to stick to the team’s game plan. I will do the same as a player too. Sreejesh was captain earlier and is an experienced player. I have lot to learn from him about captaincy,” he said. India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament, but Manpreet said it is just another game for the side. PTI BDN SSC AHAHlast_img read more

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Watch: Josh Stewart Training Hard in the Offseason

first_imgAlmost pulled that one in ? next time though??— Josh Stewart (@Jstewyyy5) March 5, 2016 Former Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart has yet to stick with an NFL team, but he hasn’t stopped his pursuit of chasing his dream at the next level. He got a new twitter account this week, and already has posted several videos of him getting some offseason work preparing for next season.Former Oklahoma St. Wr Josh Stewart putting in work!!!— JJ McCleskey NFL (@JJMcCleskey) March 4, 2016 Me and bro was working though!— Josh Stewart (@Jstewyyy5) March 5, 2016Stewart spent time with the Tennessee Titans but was released and unable to make the active roster last year. He looks sharp in and out of breaks, and Stewart, a very talented receiver at OSU, is proof that making it (and sticking) in the NFL is a tough, tough task.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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The Week 5 Coaches’ Poll Top 25 Has Been Released

first_imgJim Harbaugh on the sideline at Wisconsin.MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)The Week 5 Coaches’ Poll top 25 has been released following an eventful slate of Week 4 games.The fourth weekend of the college football season was highlighted by Wisconsin’s blowout win over Michigan and Georgia’s close victory against Notre Dame.There’s been a little shuffling inside the top 10 of the Coaches’ Poll, but not a ton of movement, as most of the country’s top teams impressed.Here’s the full Coaches’ Poll top 25:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaLSUOhio StateAuburnFloridaWisconsinNotre DamePenn StateTexasOregonIowaBoise StateCalWashingtonVirginiaUtahMichiganTexas A&MKansas StateUCFWake ForestUSCWeek 5 of the 2019 college football season will be highlighted by No. 6 Ohio State’s trip to Nebraska. ESPN’s College GameDay will be live from Lincoln on Saturday morning.The new AP Poll will be out at 2 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Kedar Jadhav pleads Nottingham rain to go to Maharashtra

first_img India Today Web Desk NottinghamJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 16:46 IST There has been continuous rain over the past two days in Nottingham (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRain has delayed the toss between India and New Zealand in NottinghamThere is forecast of intermittent showers throughout the dayIndia and New Zealand are the only two unbeaten teams in CWC19 so farThe weather in England has left the International Cricket Council (ICC) red-faced once again as India and New Zealand players continue to wait for the rain to relent in Nottingham so that they can start the match at Trent Bridge on Thursday.There has been continuous rain over the past two days in Nottingham and the conditions remain the same on Thursday. The toss is yet to take place.The players from India and New Zealand have been waiting in their dressing room and occasionally coming out to the balcony to have a look at the conditions before going back inside.Ravindra Jadeja was seen enjoying a plate of bread and egg whites while Shikhar Dhawan and Kuldeep Yadav sat beside him on the balcony.Meanwhile, a video has been doing the rounds on social media in which Kedar Jadhav can be seen pleading the rain to go to drought-hit Maharashtra instead of falling in Nottingham.Maharashtra is facing severe drought conditions with just 7 per cent of water left for consumption which has affected the lives of the people residing in the state.The match between India and New Zealand is expected to be cut short due to the weather conditions with rain still playing spoilsport in the city. Umpires had come out to inspect the outfield and pitch when the rain stopped around 4pm IST but they were not happy with that they saw.There will be another inspection at 5pm IST if it doesn’t rain again. Two matches have been completely washed out till now while one game produced no result due to rain in England so far.advertisementIndia and New Zealand are the only two unbeaten teams in the World Cup 2019 so far with India having won two games while the Black Caps have won three out of three and top the points table.Also Read | Nottingham Rain Update: India vs New Zealand World Cup matchAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Live Score, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand: Unbeaten teams look to spoil each other’s perfect recordAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) Nottingham Weather ForecastFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealand Nottingham WeatherFollow Nottingham Weather IND vs NZFollow India vs New Zealand commentary advertisement scorecard No data available! view more view less India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Kedar Jadhav pleads Nottingham rain to go to MaharashtraRain continues to play spoilsport in Nottingham with India and New Zealand players both waiting to start the action in their World Cup 2019 match on Thursday. graphs Nextlast_img read more

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Presidential level security greets Sri Lankan team in Pakistan

first_imgPresidential level security greets Sri Lankan team in PakistanSri Lanka arrived in the southern port city of Karachi, which will host three one-day internationals on Sept. 27, 29 and Oct. 2. Those will be followed by three Twenty20s in Lahore — the city where the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009.advertisement Associated Press IslamabadSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 23:40 IST Sri Lanka players arrived in Pakistan. (Twitter/@TheRealPCB)HIGHLIGHTSA presidential level security greeted Sri Lankan teamSL team arrived in Karachi, which will host three one-day internationalsThose will be followed by three T20Is in Lahore, where SL team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009Sri Lanka’s cricket team arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday for their limited-overs series, with the Pakistani government promising to give it the same level of security as a head of state.The team arrived in the southern port city of Karachi, which will host three one-day internationals on Sept. 27, 29 and Oct. 2. Those will be followed by three Twenty20s in Lahore the city where the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009.Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that ambush, which killed eight people and injured several players.The current tour also looked in doubt after the Sri Lankan cricket board said it had been warned by its government about a possible security threat. But the tour finally got the go-ahead from the SLC after Pakistan’s government promised that the army would coordinate the security over the two-week-long visit.However, 10 of Sri Lanka’s top players including ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga have opted out of the tour due to security concerns.Over the past four years, Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and a World XI for limited-overs matches amid intense security as it tries to win back the confidence of foreign teams to restart fully-fledged international cricket at home.This Sri Lanka tour will be the first time since 2009 that a foreign team stays in Pakistan for two weeks.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

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Would You Drink ‘Sewage Beer’ from Sweden?

first_img Oliver Cabell’s New Phoenix Sneakers Are 3D-Printed With Recycled Plastic Bottles It took a few decades, but most reasonably eco-conscious companies are doing their part to minimize waste, implement greener manufacturing practices, and use recycled materials where possible. One Swedish brewery is taking the latter to an extreme by using recycled water in the beer, resulting in, well, “sewage beer.” You might call it “crap beer.” To the Swedes, it’s bajsöl.The project is the brainchild of a collaboration between Sweden’s Nya Carnegiebryggeriet (New Carnegie Brewery), parent company Carlsberg, and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL). For years, the IVL had been hard at work on state-of-the-art technology to clean and recycle wastewater, turning it into potable water. In their research, they saw the potential to mitigate — maybe even solve — the world’s clean drinking water problem. The IVL promises the resulting process to be cost-effective and energy-efficient. They quickly found, however, that the public couldn’t get past the concept of drinking “poo water.”With that in mind, they sought out a collaborator to sway public perception, and Carlsberg was an obvious choice. The result is PU:REST beer, a straightforward, 4.8 percent pilsner brewed with organic hops, organic malt, and recycled wastewater. Head brewer Chris Thurgeson noted: “It was a no-brainer to brew PU:REST as an ecological and crystal clear pilsner since it’s a pure and ‘naked’ style of beer.”The collaboration made sense as Carlsberg had already rolled out a new, company-wide “Together Toward Zero” initiative. The environmental program aims to slash the company’s water use in half by 2030. After “repackaging” the water in beer form as PU:REST, it seems the public was able to get their palates around the idea. No matter how crappy the beer is — the reviews are mixed — it’s hard not to mark this as a successful proof of concept.New Carnegie Brewery isn’t the first to try their hand at using wastewater in their beer recipes. In 2017, Stone Brewing released a small batch ale at a promotional event in California. However, to date, it seems that no brewery has tried to sell such a beer to the masses.PU:REST Pilsner debuted May 25 at New Carnegie Brewery’s restaurant in Stockholm. It will also be available in select Swedish liquor stores, restaurants, and festivals early next month. Sadly, craft beer lovers in the U.S. won’t be able to get their hands on a six-pack of sewage beer any time soon. At least, not without flying across the pond. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other last_img read more

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Call 911 in Medical Emergencies Advises Provinces Paramedics

first_img Many people living on low incomes can have ambulance fees waived under a new Ambulance Fee Assistance Program. Those who need to be transported from nursing homes and residential care facilities to hospital now pay $50 instead of $134.52. Those unable to travel by conventional vehicle and need an ambulance to get to medically necessary appointments, now pay $100, down from $168.14. Most Nova Scotians with a valid health card pay $134.52 for emergency transport to a hospital. The RESTORE program helps heart attack patients receive faster, potentially life-saving treatments. The Extended Care Paramedic Project offers seniors in Halifax Regional Municipality nursing homes emergency care at their bedsides. Community paramedicine programs, such as collaborative emergency centres, are allowing people in rural communities to access primary health care services through paramedics and nurse practitioners, in collaboration with off-site physicians. Through the MedicAlert Interchange Project, paramedics can access and update a patient’s MedicAlert record, to obtain critical data such as allergy, medication, and physician information. a patient’s condition is a threat to their life or a limb a patient’s condition could worsen on the way to hospital moving the patient could cause further injury the patient would benefit from the care and treatment of paramedics Nova Scotians can receive better care sooner and improve safety by calling 911 during medical emergencies. “We’re concerned by the number of people driving themselves, or a loved one, to an EHS ambulance base or the hospital instead of calling 911,” said Tim Bayers, senior manager provincial operations and deployment, Emergency Health Services. “If the patient’s condition worsens, you can’t care for yourself or someone else while driving, and it could be difficult for paramedics to find you if you’re on the move, given there are multiple routes to a hospital.” Because the driver may be distracted, there is a risk to the safety of the driver, the patient and the public, Mr. Bayers said. Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, a paramedic for many years, said in a medical emergency, call 911, stay put and wait for paramedics to arrive. “Listen to and follow instructions from the medical communications officers,” Mr. Wilson said. “That way emergency staff can take critical, potentially life-saving steps that cannot happen if you drive yourself, or someone else, to the hospital.” Driving to the hospital in a medical emergency can also delay emergency care. As well as not being in contact with a 911 operator, EHS paramedics could be responding to a call, and not be at the base to receive a patient. The government is making ambulances more accessible to Nova Scotians, by waiving fees for many people on low incomes and lowering fees for those living in licensed long-term care facilities or with reduced mobility. 911 operators are highly trained emergency medical communications officers who can provide important instructions and pass patient’s information to paramedics. People should call 911 when: The province’s Better Care Sooner plan has launched several programs to ensure Nova Scotians get the emergency care they need, when they need it. Nova Scotia’s Emergency Health Services system is internationally recognized as a leader in pre-hospital care.last_img read more

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Noida 15 days 448 arrested 38 murder robbery cases cracked

first_imgNoida: In a concerted action, the Noida Police conducted a 15-day-long crackdown on criminals in Noida and Greater Noida, arresting nearly 450 people accused in cases of murder, loot, rape, and robbery, officials here said on Wednesday.As a result, 38 robbery and murder cases were worked out. The police had initiated a “Criminals Out” campaign on July 20 and enhanced security checks across the district of Gautam Buddh Nagar. “During the 15-day drive, 448 criminals were arrested over cases of loot, dacoity, rape, murder, kidnapping, vehicle thefts, arms robbery, among others,” Gautam Buddh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna said.last_img

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Will only allow loyal party workers to become candidates Rao Inderjit Singh

first_imgGurugram: Addressing the public meeting on Tuesday, Gururgam BJP MP Rao Inderjit Singh said that he will ensure that it is only the party workers that get the tickets and not those people who have recently joined the saffron party. The statement by the five-time MP comes at a time when a large number of party workers including the new entrants have begun projecting themselves as the BJP candidates from Gurugram.Incumbent MLA Umesh Aggarwal has been in the news for the wrong reasons and therefore the party might not give him a second chance. He however is believed to be close to Rao Inderjit Singh and is often seen with him in the past in various public meetings. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt might not be an easy call for the BJP to decide on the new face as many senior leaders are pushing for their candidates and have already shared the credentials with the high command. In April 2017, Haryana Police had booked Aggarwal’s brother and his associates in a cheating case in Sonipat. At that time, Aggarwal had alleged that the case was an act of vendetta politics by CM Manohar Lal Khattar. It was a major blow for Aggarwal after his relative lost from the ward-9 in the 2017 municipal elections. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsCo-incidentally, in 2014 Umesh Aggarwal who is the incumbent MLA won the Gurugram seat with the highest margin. One of the aspirants for the seat, secretary of BJP’s district unit Naveen Goyal, said he has been working for the development of Gurugram, especially for making the city cleaner and greener. “I have already shared my credentials with senior leaders and if given an opportunity, I would implement people-friendly policies of the government.” Most of the supporters have also begun to paste the posters of their local leaders on autos and billboards. I am doing so a strong influence is being created not only on the local voters but also on the party high command in selecting them as the candidate from Gurugram Sudhir Singla, the son of former minister and RSS veteran Sitaram Singla, is also among the front runners for the ticket. Senior Singla, who passed away earlier this year, had a good relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the CM and “therefore junior Singla may be considered by the party for the Gurugram seat.”last_img read more

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Chowringhee fire due to short circuit in equipment

first_imgKolkata: Forensic experts have pointed out a short circuit in electrical equipment inside the fashion designing institute as the probable reason behind the fire that gutted an office in the multi-storeyed building situated on the 4th Floor of 60 A, Chowringhee Road near Exide Crossing on Friday morning. A portion of the roof of the building caved in due to the fire.”Prima facie, it appears that electrical short circuit has caused the fire. There were many electrical gadgets including computers inside the office of the institute. We have collected some samples and we will examine them for conclusive evidence,” said Wasim Raja, senior scientist of state forensic institute. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA senior forensic official present during the inspection said that it was difficult to collect samples as the debris of the collapsed roof is lying here and there in a precarious condition. Officials of the building department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation inspected the site and labourers were roped in to clear the debris. “The process of clearing the debris is time-consuming. The labourers who are doing the work have to remain very careful as the building is very old and is prone to further damage. Our aim is to ensure that normal activities in the building resume as quickly as possible,” said local councillor Ashim Basu. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe state Fire and Emergency Services department on Saturday sent a notice to the owner of the building seeking a report on what measures he had put in place in terms of fire-fighting preparedness. Dipak Mukherjee, managing director of Mookherjee Estates Private Limited, a realty company, owns the building. Residents of two apartments in the building have shifted elsewhere and will return only after CESC restores the electric connection and KMC restores the water supply line that has been damaged. Meanwhile, a fire was reported from a mobile harbour crane at Haldia Dock at around 8.30 on Saturday morning. It soon spread to the 13 number berth. However, 10 fire tenders rushed to the spot and prevented the flames from spreading further.last_img read more

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Minister says plans to fight poverty climate change focus of BC budget

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s finance minister says poverty and climate change are major focus areas of the budget she will deliver today.Carole James says the budget will include details of the government’s poverty reduction strategy and its Clean BC program to fight climate change.The New Democrats passed legislation last year to cut the overall poverty rate by 25 per cent over five years and promised to legislate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.James says her budget builds on the minority government’s goals of making life more affordable, improving services and ensuring a sustainable economy.She says B.C.’s growing economy and low jobless rate allow the government to pursue social, environmental and economic initiatives.The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives in the coming months.The Canadian Press read more

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Aimia shareholder claims chairmans outrageous conduct at AGM demands a redo

MONTREAL — An Aimia Inc. shareholder is calling for a redo of last month’s annual general meeting, which he says was “plagued with irregularities” and “outrageous conduct.”Charles Frischer, who says he speaks for a group of shareholders and holds 1.6 per cent of the company’s outstanding shares, says the chairman refused to conduct votes or take questions and allowed security guards to intimidate shareholders who attempted to speak, with one being forcibly removed.Frischer also questions whether chairman Bill McEwan held enough discretionary proxies to govern votes on all matters. He argues the board’s recent decisions have “destroyed shareholder value,” and that the future of the loyalty analytics company is “at risk.”Aimia says in an email that the June 28 meeting was conducted by the book and that directors and executives took questions from shareholders afterward.A spokeswoman says a do-over would be “redundant,” and that directors continue to act in the best interest of stakeholders.In January, shareholders voted to approve the $450-million sale of Aimia’s Aeroplan loyalty program to Air Canada, leaving the Montreal-based company with more than $1 billion in cash but also questions about its future. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC) read more

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Ohio State inducts 14 new members into Athletics Hall of Fame

Former OSU football coach Jim Tressel speaks to the media before the Athletics Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 18.Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State football team will try to add to its role in school history when it takes the field against Northern Illinois on Saturday, but halftime will honor those who have already cemented their place in it.The OSU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted 14 new members at a banquet Friday night. Included among the inductees were 12 former student athletes and two coaches.The 2015 class is headlined by former football head coach Jim Tressel, who coached the team from 2001-2010. In his time as coach, Tressel accumulated a 106-22 record and won a national championship in 2002.Tressel said he views his induction as a coach as something bigger than himself.“When there’s a coach in the Hall of Fame, it’s totally different than a participant. You reflect about all 10 teams and all the people who make up the entire fabric of what Ohio State is about,” he said. “This is just thousands of people being recognized for the 10 years they spent together.”Tressel’s time at OSU ended in controversy, but he said he is proud of what the team accomplished over his tenure and is honored that it is being recognized.“Our 10-year block in the extraordinary structure of Ohio State athletics and Ohio State football I’m very proud of,” he said. “It’s humbling that the Varsity O and the Hall of Fame felt that this era should be recognized.”Now the president of Youngstown State University, Tressel said the most important lesson he’s applied from his time as a coach is the understanding that every position is important.“Until you know that you are insignificant without every single other person, you can’t reach your potential. Those are great lessons you learn in sports,” the former coach said.Two other inductees were part of OSU football; defensive back Tim Anderson, who was with the team from 1968-1970, and wide receiver Joey Galloway. Galloway played 15 years in the NFL and is currently an analyst for ESPN.Former OSU basketball player Terence Dials speaks before the 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame banquet.Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis / Lantern reporterFormer basketball captain Terence Dials was also among the inductees. At only 32 years old, he said he was surprised but grateful to be inducted so young.“It was very shocking to get the call, something I didn’t expect,” he said. “I definitely didn’t play basketball for this; I played it because I love the game. Everything that comes with it is just a bonus.”Dials attributes much of his success to current basketball coach Thad Matta. “If he didn’t come, we probably wouldn’t be looked at the same,” Dials said. “People come up to me and they thank me for the last couple of big years that we had at Ohio State, and it wouldn’t have been able to happen without coach Matta.”Within the class of 2015, two members are still active within the university. Women’s golf coach Therese Hession has been with the team for 24 years. She is the seventh coach of a women’s team to be inducted.Current wrestling assistant coach J Jaggers was also inducted for his time as a student athlete from 2006-2009.Only six years removed from graduation, Jaggers is the youngest member of the 2015 class.“It’s an honor that I’d be considered that quickly. I was very blessed to have the career that I had and the support that I had from my coaches and my family,” he said. “Maybe if I thought about this day, I’d be a bit older, but I welcome it and it’s fun.”Jaggers is one of four Buckeyes to win multiple NCAA wrestling championship titles. Also among the four is Logan Stieber, who Jaggers coached.Jaggers said that the emotions following a win are alike whether he’s a student-athlete or a coach.“The feelings are very similar. Watching somebody seize their dream, and to even be just the smallest part of it is pretty special,” he said.The other members of the class of 2015 are Justin Cook (men’s soccer), Lara Dickenmann (women’s soccer), Natalia Diea (women’s diving), Annabelle Fago (rowing), Perry Martter (wrestling), Teresa Meyer (pistol), Dan Seimetz (baseball) and Paul Tilley (men’s hockey).The OSU Athletics Hall of Fame can be viewed inside of the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Report shows gold mine cash costs rising with price

first_imgGold mine cash costs were $516/oz in Q4, 2009, $9/oz higher than in Q3, 2009, setting a new record. This is the headline finding of the new Fortis Bank Nederland/VM Group/Haliburton Mineral Services Gold Mine Cost Report. The publication shows that over a longer period costs have also risen – full-year data for 2009 shows the average cash cost was $485/oz, up from $470/oz in 2008 and just $280/oz in 2005, when the VM Group’s data series began. Although cash costs have risen sharply (73%) over this period, the gold price has risen further, 119%. Gold mine cash cost graph.pdfLooking by region, South Africa had the highest cash costs in Q4, 2009, with an average of $706/oz. This was 6% higher than in Q3, 2009 and 57% higher than in Q4, 2008, reflecting mainly the appreciation of the rand. The lowest cost region was Latin America, with cash costs of $381/oz in Q4, 2009.The report, a collaboration between Fortis Bank Nederland/VM Group/HaliburtonMineral Services, includes cost reporting from more than 80 gold mining companies with 232 mines in the most recent quarter. It is available open access and will be released quarterly. For more information on the report go to read more

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Woodland natural gas customers to pay more

first_imgCascade Natural Gas customers in Southwest Washington will see a rate increase starting this month, after state regulators approved a hike in rates so the company can recover costs following the rupture of a Canadian natural gas pipeline in 2018.The state Utilities and Transportation Commission approved the company’s request to recover an additional $48 million in costs accumulated between Nov. 1, 2018, and Jan. 31, following the October 2018 rupture of the Enbridge pipeline that disrupted natural gas markets throughout the Northwest.The commission approved the request on the condition the company collect the costs over a three-year period, as opposed to the company’s request of two years, to reduce the impact to customers.The commission said a typical residential customer will see a bill increase of about $4.11.last_img read more

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