MoroccanCanadian Athlete Turned Away at US Border

By Constance RentonToronto – 19-year-old athlete, Yassine Aber, was turned away at the US border, after being detained for 5 hours, despite possessing a valid Canadian passport.Born to Moroccan parents, Aber was born and raised in Quebec and has lived in Canada all of his life. Travelling with his athletic team on Thursday, the kinesiology student from the University of Sherbrooke, was headed south of the border for a sports competition. Accompanied by his coach and 5 other teammates, Yassine Aber arrived at customs at 1:30pm on Thursday. According to CBC’s Radio Canada online, Yassine, the only Arab individual in the group, was asked by customs officials for his cellphone and his password. Photographs and fingerprints of Aber were taken before he was ultimately turned back told he did not have the required paperwork.His Canadian passport, which should have been all that he required to cross the border, was not enough this time. “They took me twice to an office with an agent. They made me fill in papers and made me talk about myself, where I come from, where I was born. At the end of the day, they told me they I could not enter the United States.”When asked how he felt about the experience, Aber said “The reasons are somewhat ambiguous. I have an official paper that says I did not have valid papers, passports or immigration visas. My passport is Canadian and it is valid until 2026. I tried to get more information, but they did not want to give me any.”According to the same source, though people have been quick to blame the incident on the controversy caused by the Trump ban, Aber is reluctant to make the connection.“I do not know if it’s really that, the reason. I do not want to accuse anyone,” he said. Meanwhile his team and his university are hard at work determining the best way to make sure this incident will not be repeated in the future. read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Metro meetingGrocery and pharmacy chain Metro Inc. holds its annual meeting and releases its first-quarter results on Tuesday. The retailer reported in November that sales grew more than 15 per cent in its first full quarter since acquiring the Jean Coutu Group pharmacy chain.CN resultsCanadian National Railway will release fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. CN and rival Canadian Pacific Railway have both been accused by Canada’s forestry and legume industries of prioritizing other commodities, costing companies millions amid surging demand for Canadian goods abroad.POT lotteryThe Canadian Securities Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and Aequitas NEO Exchange will assign the coveted POT stock symbol on Wednesday by random lottery. The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018 to become Nutrien Ltd., which now trades under NTR.Housing outlookCMHC issues its Housing Market Assessment report on Thursday, which serves as an “early warning system” for the country’s housing market. The agency recently reported that the annual pace of housing starts dropped in December, but remain at an “elevated” level when compared with historical averages.BoC speechBank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins will speak before the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Thursday. She is expected to discuss ways that the business cycle and longer-term factors shape wages and the overall employment picture in Canada, and how these dynamics influence monetary policy. read more

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Fox 2000 chief joins Sony after being jettisoned by Disney

NEW YORK — Elizabeth Gabler, whose Fox 2000 produced acclaimed literary adaptations like “Life of Pi” and “Hidden Figures” before being axed in the aftermath of the Walt Disney Co. acquisition, has found a new home at Sony Pictures.Sony on Monday announced a new production deal with the former Fox 2000 president and her entire Fox 2000 team. Gabler will develop and make movies for the studio in the new multiyear partnership.HarperCollins is also part of the partnership. Gabler will be able to pull from the publisher’s catalogue for movie projects.Fox 2000 had been expected to be retained by Disney after its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, but became one of the most high-profile casualties of the deal. Films produced by Fox 2000 include “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Fault in Our Stars.”Jake Coyle, The Associated Press read more

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UN team inspects former chemical weapons facility in Iraq

During past visits to the site before the 1998 suspension of the UN arms probe, thousands of CW shells and agents had been destroyed by the UN. Dimitri Perricos, the leader of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspections Commission (UNMOVIC) inspection team, told reporters today that experts wanted to know if some shells containing mustard gas, which were left out at the site, were still stored there. Mr. Perricos said that in fact the team had found the shells stored at the site.Speaking for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Jacques Baute said his team had conducted an inspection today at the Tuwaitha site run by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Agency. The experts inspected several major areas at the site for about five hours in order to review changes that had taken place since December 1998. Those changes included construction or rehabilitation of some buildings, movement of equipment, and changes in areas of responsibility for site personnel.Most of the observed changes had been recorded in the backlog of Iraq’s own semi-annual declarations that Baghdad submitted to the IAEA on 1 October. Mr. Baute added that the inspection team had been able to carry out all the activities it decided to conduct, with Iraqi cooperation.Asked about a statement by the Iraqi Foreign Minister voicing concern about the attitude of UN weapons inspectors, Mr. Perricos said that Iraq had accepted Security Council resolution 1441, and therefore all sites in the country could be subject to inspection. This Presidential Palace was a presidential guesthouse and the team was looking for documents and other records used just for weapons of mass destruction.In response to a question on the upcoming Iraqi declaration, Mr. Baute said that all Iraqi declarations were important. It would be one component of our knowledge. Other knowledge came from documents and additional information provided by others.Responding to another question on the practicality of increasing the number of weapons inspectors, Mr. Perricos said that “we will be using a multiplicity of teams, utilizing multiple disciplines” to conduct weapons inspection in the coming weeks.Asked about achievements so far, Mr. Perricos said that his team, which so far had conducted inspections for only one week, had implemented the original inspection plan. Mr. Baute added that his team now had better knowledge in the areas of their concern and would accelerate their activities with more inspectors. In response to a question on reports that the United States is planning to compare the Iraqi declaration against its own intelligence, Mr. Perricos said that national intelligence had more information, and that his team had not used that type of information yet.Meanwhile in New York, UNMOVIC’s quarterly report to the Security Council was issued today. The report notes that the first team of experts already in Iraq will be followed by additional groups of inspectors drawn from the Commission’s roster of trained professionals. UNMOVIC chief Hans Blix is scheduled to present the report to the Council on Friday during consultations. read more

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Investments key for longterm resilience rebuilding agriculture in Haiti – UN agency

“If we don’t invest today, we will pay the price tomorrow,” said Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Speaking at a joint press conference with Haitian President Michel Martelly at FAO Headquarters in Rome yesterday, Mr. Graziano da Silva pledged to support Haiti through interventions that address the country’s immediate crisis situations as well as the root causes of its food insecurity and poverty. FAO and the Haitian Government are currently seeking $74 million over the next 12 months to help long-term resilience in the country. The funds would be used to rehabilitate irrigation schemes and rural access roads; restore local seed production; provide seeds, fertilizer and agricultural tools to small farmers; support inland fisheries; and vaccinate livestock, among other activities. The funds would also go towards helping farmers plant crops for the next planting season which starts in December.Mr. Graziano da Silva said the objective is “to make Haitians, especially farmers, more resilient to climate and other challenges.” Last month, Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage to Haiti’s crops, land, livestock, fisheries and rural infrastructures. It killed 60 people and flooded, destroyed or damaged some 18,000 homes, as well as hospitals, schools and public buildings.It was the third disaster to hit Haiti in the space of a few months. Between May and June, a severe drought struck at the beginning of the critical spring cropping season, and in August, Tropical Storm Isaac battered the country, displacing thousands of people. Together, the three disasters left two million Haitians at risk of food insecurity and resulted in losses of $254 million to the agricultural sector.“If we don’t intervene quickly, over 60 per cent of the population deriving their livelihood from agriculture will be put at risk,” said FAO Assistant Director-General for Technical Cooperation Laurent Thomas. Out of the $74 million sought, FAO has so far secured $2.7 million, with indications of a further $5 million-$6 million from different donors. The agency will also implement short- and medium-term projects in response to the current crisis, ranging from immediate relief activities to interventions that have a longer-term economic and environmental impact. read more

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Goodman construction to cause temporary detour Saturday

Construction on the Goodman School of Business expansion project will mean a one-day detour on campus this Saturday.On Sept. 9, pedestrian traffic from the bus shelters in front of Schmon Tower to Thistle complex north will be rerouted from its regular path.Construction vehicles will be moving to and from the Goodman construction zone while work is underway to relocate a fire hydrant. This will result in traffic being redirected to east of Taro Hall or along University Rd. to Scotiabank Hall. Throughout the day, construction personnel will be directing outgoing and incoming traffic to ensure pedestrian safety.One accessible ramp, at the end of Issac Brock Blvd. E. near the corner of the Goodman site, will be blocked off for the day. The ramp will again be accessible on Sunday, Sept. 10. An alternative accessible ramp is available to the east of the Tower in front of Brock’s Student-Alumni Centre.Anyone with questions or concerns regarding this work can contact project manager Janet Muenzberger at x5017 or jmuenzberger@brocku.ca, or Lesley Owen at x5949 or lowen@brocku.ca read more

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Major bolter miner deal for Sandvik with Russian coal giant SUEK

first_imgSandvik has won a supply agreement with SUEK, the leading coal producer in Russia and one of the world’s largest coal companies. The deal includes eight Sandvik MB670-1 bolter miners designed for longwall mining.The deal was agreed after SUEK was impressed with the Sandvik units it had in place already, as its three Sandvik MR340s and four Sandvik MB670s set several cutting records over the past couple of years.Along with the equipment, Sandvik and SUEK will work closely together to ensure all operators are fully trained, and that parts stock is readily available to minimise potential downtime.last_img

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Mourinhos allout war against the English press

first_imgPortuguese manager Jose Mourinho is not happy with the way the English press has treated him lately, which is why he is completely against then now.There is a lot of turmoil at Manchester United with Jose Mourinho right now, the English press is having a field day after the Red Devils lost their second match of the Premier League season against Brighton & Hove Albion and this has resulted in the manager’s negative reaction. Right after the match last week, the boss specifically told the press that he wouldn’t take any questions from the press because all they do is criticize his players but the members of the media criticize him. The players are to blame for the team’s results, but the top responsible for the squad’s lack of results is him. As a response to everything he’s read during the week from many outlets, the manager’s response was one that really angered many members of the local press and they will get their revenge through written words. Jose offered a press conference this Friday before next Sunday’s Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, what happened during the presser was unexpected. Mourinho’s latest antics against the media.The manager himself told the media that there was a certain time in which he would offer a press conference, but to the surprise of many he arrived a full half an hour earlier than expected and only a few members of the press were able to ask him any questions in an exchange that lasted only a little over four minutes. This is a direct attack to all the outlets that have criticized the manager for his poor results of late, Jose Mourinho doesn’t agree with most of them and feels like they are inventing things that never happened in order to get more readers. But many of the members from the press who have talked about the manager’s bust-ups with players like Paul Pogba or Anthony Martial, have reliable sources from inside the club that witnessed those fight and they work for respected media outlets that would fire them if they felt the information was untrue.⏰ Turned up 30 minutes early to his press conference…? So most of the media would not be present.? Answered 13 questions in 4 minutes with 2 or 3 word replies.? He then got up and left.?? Jose Mourinho, Ladies & Gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/JivrIYTAxi— SPORF (@Sporf) August 24, 2018Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The real reason Mourinho is angry at the world.It’s a number of reasons really, the Portuguese manager is most angry towards club vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Jose thinks that the way in which Manchester United is going about signing new players this summer is the reason they are not getting results, he was especially fuming when he realized that he wouldn’t be able to sign defender Harry Maguire from Leicester City after the England international’s amazing World Cup performance. The boss really believes that the Red Devils’ weakest point is their defense and he doesn’t think the squad can win any trophies this season without new arrivals who can cover that position. The relationship between Mourinho and Woodward has reached a very important obstacle that may end with one of the two getting sacked by Manchester United’s high command, but we still don’t know who will be the one that leaves. Mourinho doesn’t feel like he is doing a bad job this early in the season, which is another reason he is angry at the media for being so harsh on him.José Mourinho has told friends he would have quit any other club by now. The Man Utd boss is said to be deeply frustrated by what he sees as a lack of backing from vice-chairman Ed Woodward. (Source: Daily Mirror) pic.twitter.com/Z0yrpIxUm9— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 24, 2018The players are letting him down.This is a sensation that only Jose Mourinho has at this moment, because the players who are not in good terms with the boss feel exactly the same towards him, they feel like he is the one letting them down. The situation with Paul Pogba the most complicated as we have reported lately, but there are other wars that Jose has with more players and the press just hasn’t picked up on all of them. What he is trying to do by arriving early to an important press conference like today, is also protecting himself from any more information that could potentially leak and damage his situation with the club any further. Mourinho is already having a really hard time trying to put out the many fires inside the club, he thinks that having the press’ magnifying glass is not helping him one bit and he will do anything to stop them. Obviously, today’s decision to leave many of the media members out of the loop will have repercussions, this war is just getting started.Short but sweet from Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/JDzmzcSn68— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 24, 2018What do you think the English press should do after the latest of Jose Mourinho’s antics? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Bernardo Silva embraces Man Citys festive schedule

first_imgManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has welcomed the big number of games they will be playing in over the course of the next monthPep Guardiola’s side will play 13 times over the next six weeks in the Premier League, Champions League and the Carabao Cup.Unlike many other European leagues (like La Liga and Bundesliga), the Premier League normally holds a hectic festive fixture with players getting little rest.But Portugal star Silva, who played for AS Monaco before joining City in 2017, is relishing it.“It’s a little bit different because both countries where I played before, Portugal and France, we had a Christmas break,” said Silva, according to Fox Sports.“Here you don’t stop so it’s a little bit complicated. But it’s good to play every three days.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We complain a little bit but it’s good because we love this game and we love to play. And it’s a tradition in England so we have to respect it.”The 24-year-old believes City’s 2-1 win at Watford on Tuesday proves they are up to the challenge of their busy schedule.For the game at Vicarage Road, Guardiola made several changes to the starting line-up and yet City still went away with all three points.“It says the squad is very strong and that’s very important for us especially in December and January which are very tough months with a lot of fixtures and a lot of difficult games,” said Silva.“So it’s good to change players and not see the difference and to still get important wins like [against Watford]. We’re very happy with the squad we have.”City will next face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

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Extreme Temperatures and Unusually Warm Beaches

first_imgExtreme Temperatures and Unusually Warm Beaches July 24, 2018 Updated: 9:15 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, center_img Posted: July 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you plan to hit the beach to try and beat this week’s heat, you’ll notice how unusually warm the water is. Temperatures reached close to 80 degrees across the coast, and swimming conditions have become dangerous in some areas. San Diego Lifeguards ask swimmers to stay by designated swimming areas, stay hydrated. and exercise caution when out in the ocean.KUSI’s Dan Plante was in Pacific Beach this afternoon with all the details. Dan Plante last_img read more

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Turnpike shut down temporarily due to reported explosive threat in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police investigated an explosive threat reported near Southwest 18th Street and Southwest 121nd Avenue, Monday night, which forced the complete shutdown of the Florida Turnpike in the area.Police said a call was made from Miami Beach referencing a hostage situation and an explosive threat inside an apartment on Southwest 18th Street. When police arrived there, the two people inside the apartment came outside and were unaware of any trouble.“We saw all the cops were blocking everything,” said Edward Nunez, who was caught in the chaos.A Miami-Dade Police helicopter was in the air and a Special Response Team also responded to the scene. “Once we sent our units over, we immediately utilized all our resources,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. “We closed off the nearby roadways for the safety of the residents.”Miami-Dade Police tweeted at 10:48 p.m. that no threat had been identified during the preliminary investigation.At around 9:38 p.m., Florida International University Police Tweeted that police activity was occurring west of the Florida Turnpike, near the FIU campus, and told students to avoid the west side of campus. — FIUPolice (@FIUPOLICE) September 13, 2016One FIU student in particular had a hard time making it home. “When I was trying to go home, they didn’t want to let us in,” said Abigail Shiu.The Florida Turnpike was shut down in both directions between State Road 836 and Bird Road due to the investigation, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Police began to reopen it around 11:15 p.m.“It’s messed up, you know,” said Nunez. “For someone to do something like that, and then cause all this commotion and all this trouble for no good reason, just as a prank.”Police said they are now investigating who made the initial call.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FIU ALERT: POLICE ACTIVITY IS OCCURRING WEST OF THE FLORIDA TURNPIKE NEAR CAMPUS. AVOID THE WEST SIDE OF CAMPUS INCLUDING ENTRANCES & EXITS. last_img read more

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The great white sharks genetic healing powers have been decoded

first_img Share your voice 32 Photos Comments Jody Watt Sharks have given us a lot. Thanks to sharks we have Jaws, the Jaws theme song, the greatest in-flight cinematic masterpiece of all-times The Meg (starring Jason Statham) and uh… Baby Shark.Now, thanks to science, they’ve given us the secrets of their genes.An international research team of scientists from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Research Center, Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Monterey Bay Aquarium have decoded in detail the genome of the great white shark. As a result, they’ve discovered a few interesting factoids.  But first the genome itself. The great white shark’s genome contains one and a half times the amount of information compared to a human genome (they have 41 pairs of chromosomes, whereas humans have 23). Sharks also feature a number of genetic changes that speak to the success of the shark from an evolutionary perspective.For example, relatively speaking, great white sharks are better than humans at not getting cancer. Given their size and lifespan (great white sharks can live up to 70 years in the wild) scientists were surprised at how resilient great white sharks were against cancer. This is partly to do with the great white shark’s genome stability. Simply put: The great white has genetic adaptations that help preserve the genome.Sharks are also well known for their regenerative abilities. In short: Great white sharks heal extremely quickly. The key to their success in this area can also be found in their genes.”We found positive selection and gene content enrichments involving several genes tied to some of the most fundamental pathways in wound healing, including in a key blood clotting gene,” said Michael Stanhope, Ph.D., of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “These adaptations involving wound healing genes may underlie the vaunted ability of sharks to heal efficiently from even large wounds.”There is potential for scientists to use these findings and apply the learnings to potential cancer drugs in the future. 9center_img Tags Marvel at a sea of award-winning underwater photos Sci-Tech Culturelast_img read more

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Sullivan discusses broad spectrum of topics with statewide listeners on Talk of

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)Republican Senator Dan Sullivan spoke on Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning about a broad range of topics, from national news stories in the headlines to regional issues facing the state.Listen nowDiscussing the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey less than a week ago, Sullivan said nobody disputes the legality of the dismissal. But he said the timing of the firing raises serious questions.“When there are different explanations on an important topic like the firing of the FBI director, it undermines credibility,” Sullivan said. “And that doesn’t help the White House, doesn’t help their ability to move important legislation forward with the Congress, and I think it even undermines some of our ability to get important national security and foreign policy goals accomplished.”But Sullivan stopped short of recommending any new course of action for on-going investigations on Russian involvement in the Trump campaign.Though the call-in show’s topic was the status of the military in Alaska, several callers posed questions about healthcare and Sullivan’s stance on the house version of a replacement bill.On military matters, Sullivan defended his record as a strong advocate for the armed forces in Alaska. He pointed to the reversal in a 2015 decision by the Army to reduce the size of an airborne brigade in Anchorage as well as continued progress bringing two squadrons of new F-35 fighter jets to Eielson Air Force Base during the next few years, and with them hundreds of millions of dollars in new federal construction dollars.The Senator also fielded questions on specific regional issues, including recent executive orders lifting environmental protections in the waters off Alaska’s coast. One caller from Fairbanks asked Sullivan whether he supports the decision to allow the Pebble Mine Project in the Bristol Bay Region to be allowed to move forward.“The ability to actually move forward — which is our law, both state and federal — to go through permitting, needs to be rigorous,” Sullivan said. “They have the standard to meet. But I don’t think a federal agency should just preemptively say no to that.”Here’s the full episode of Talk of Alaska featuring Senator Sullivan.last_img read more

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GHMC park stinks of official apathy

first_imgGajularamaram: GHMC park at MR Height Apartment in Gajularamaram is in a bad condition, as sewage water is overflowing from the damaged manhole. It has also become a place for stray animals. Earlier, the elderly used to come for a morning walk, but due to this issue, nobody is turning out at the park.The accumulation of sewage water in the park is affecting, especially the nearby residents, as they are facing serious health issues, as the sewage water gets accumulated in front of the park, says Krishna, a local. Despite several complaints and messages through social media to GHMC, no concrete step has been taken till date on the issue.last_img

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Karnataka overtakes Tamil Nadu in producing renewable energy

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsAccording to a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Karnataka became the highest renewable energy capacity addition state by pipping Tamil Nadu by 1.7 GW at the end of March 2018.Karnataka is producing more renewable energy than European countries like the Netherlands and Denmark which generates around 7.7 GW of renewable energy.Since last 12 months, the state of Karnataka is aggressively tapping its renewable energy resources and the results showed that it has dethroned Tamil Nadu to become India’s biggest producer of renewable energy. The overall energy production through renewal resources stands at 12.3 GW (GigaWatts) with 5 GW of solar energy, 4.7 GW of wind energy, and approximately 2.6 GW of hydro, biomass, and heat and power co-generation.Let’s find how the Karnataka’s transition from conventional sources to Renewable sources took place.Coal prices increased in last few yearsSince last one year, the energy generated from coal in the country has witnessed a rise along with a downfall in the prices of solar tariffs. This is because of the distinct shortage of coal, which in turn has resulted in the steep rise in the cost of production of energy from coal. Karnataka was facing huge power shortage and the only option to arrest this shortage was to change the usage from non-renewable to renewable sources of energy.IEEFA reports that solar tenders in Karnataka fell to record low bids of Rs. 2.82-3.06 (per unit) in recent times as against the average of Rs. 3-5 for domestic thermal power tariffs. It is also lower than the tariffs required for imported coal-fired power which stood at Rs. 4-5. The low prices encouraged the energy players to opt for the solar power generation technique. [Representational Image]Wikimedia commonsPolicy intervention by Karnataka government The Karnataka government decided to make its policy in accordance with the market conditions. The first step was to create an awareness among the farmers to use solar energy. Later, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) withdrew surcharges on private companies for selling renewable power resulting in the rise in power production by the private players.The most critical challenge for the Karnataka government in setting up the solar parks was the availability of lands. The administration identified those lands which were non-arable and non-remunerative. The government offered a fixed annual amount to the owners of land hence created a win-win situation for both the parties involved. [Representational Image].Reuters Filelast_img read more

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Smartphones cause pain in the neck

first_imgA large majority of the world’s 3.4 billion smartphone users are putting their necks at risk every time they send a text, scientist say. ‘Text neck,’ as it is colloquially called, places stress on the spine and alters the neck’s natural curve, increasing the likelihood of associated soft tissue discomfort. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, highlights the high ergonomic risks to smartphone users, particularly young people, who are experiencing neck pain earlier than previous generations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers from Khon Kaen University in Thailand and the University of South Australia video recorded 30 smartphone users in Thailand aged between 18-25 years, who spend up to eight hours a day on their phones. Using a Rapid Upper Limb Assessment tool (RULA) to measure ergonomic risk levels, they found that the average score for the participants was 6, compared to an acceptable score of between 1-2. “The results identified issues with unsuitable neck, trunk and leg postures which lead to musculoskeletal disorders,” said lead researcher Suwalee Namwongsa, from Khon Kaen University. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRULA has been used to assess the ergonomic impacts of desktop computers and laptops in the past but this is believed to be the first time the tool has been used to assess ergonomic risk levels of excessive smartphone use. Rose Boucaut, a physiotherapist at University of South Australia, said the awkward postures adopted by smartphone users can adversely affect the soft tissues. “Smartphone users typically bend their neck slightly forward when reading and writing text messages. They also sometimes bend or twist their neck sideways and put their upper body and legs in awkward positions,” said Boucaut. “These postures put uneven pressure on the soft tissues around the spine, that can lead to discomfort,” she said. In a seperate study published in the journal Work, the team surveyed 779 Thai university students who use smartphones, with 32 per cent reporting neck pain, 26 per cent shoulder pain, 20 per cent upper back pain and 19 per cent wrist and hand pain. Musculoskeletal disorders were more common among students with higher smartphone use (more than five hours a day) and those who smoked and did little exercise. Female smartphone users also experienced far more musculoskeletal disorders than men – 71 per cent compared to 28 per cent. “Health practitioners need to educate their patients about safe postures and curtailing time spent using smartphones to help prevent these issues,” Boucaut said.last_img read more

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Manute Bol might have been 50 while playing in the NBA according

first_imgManute Bol was the tallest player in NBA history, and it turns out that he might have been the oldest to ever play in the league, too.Bol passed away in a car accident at the age of 47, according to official records, but Pacer scout Kevin Mackey, who discovered Manute, and brought him from the Sudan to Cleveland in 1985, says Bol was actually much, much older.In an interview with Zagsblog, Mackey dropped the incredible bombshell that Bol may have been as old as 50 while playing in the NBA. Mackey admits he made up a fake birth date in 1962, so potential teams wouldn’t be turned off by his age. In reality, Bol was probably in his 40’s when his career began and played into his 50’s:“I gave him his birthday because they didn’t know how old he was. It was in October, I wanted to make it after Sept. 1. I wanted to make sure he was young enough because he didn’t have an age. I think he was [in his 40S], I really do. But there’s no way of ever really knowing.” Mackey continued:“Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35. He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”It turns out Manute Bol was actually an old man. This feels like the end of The Usual Suspects. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Global Homogenized Tobacco Leaf HTL Cigars Market 2019 by Manufacturers Regions

first_imgHTL (homogenized tobacco leaf) is finely ground to a powder, mixed with water and rolled into tobacco sheets. This is done in order to maintain an even quality in mass produced products. HTL cigar is machine made mass cigar products. Surging demand of cigars in both the developed and developing countries, changing lifestyle & consumer preferences and rising disposable income of the individuals are the substantial driving factors of the market across the globeGet comprehensive research providing detailed regional analysis and growth outlook of the Global Homogenized Tobacco Leaf Cigars Market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The report is an exhaustive analysis of this market across the world. It offers an overview of the market including its definition, applications, key drivers, key market players, key segments, and manufacturing technology. In addition, the study presents statistical data on the status of the market and hence is a valuable source of guidance for companies and individuals interested in the industry. Additionally, detailed insights on the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and market shares for key vendors are presented in the report.The total market is further segmented based on company, country, and application/type for competitive landscape analysis. On the contrary, information on industry chain structure, emerging applications, and technological developments in the market makes the report a must-read document.Request for a Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2895134?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABThe report reveals detailed information about the global key players as well as some small players of the Homogenized Tobacco Leaf Cigars sector.The information for each competitor includes:Company ProfileMain Business InformationSWOT AnalysisSales, Revenue, Price and Gross MarginMarket ShareThese insights help determine  the strength of competition and take the necessary steps to obtain a leading position in the Homogenized Tobacco Leaf Cigars industry.Additionally, the research provides a detailed analysis of the key segments of the market with the help of charts and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. These insights help in understanding the global trends in the Homogenized Tobacco Leaf Cigars industry and form strategies to be implemented in the future.The market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. Additionally, the research provides a list of leading market players active in the Homogenized Tobacco Leaf Cigars industry. The key countries in each region are taken into consideration as well, such as United States, China, Japan, India, Korea, ASEAN, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, CIS, and Brazil etc.The key players explored in the industry include:     AltriaVector GroupDosalSwedish MatchBritish American TobaccoThe study clearly reveals that the Homogenized Tobacco Leaf Cigars industry has attained remarkable growth since 2025. This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by experts. As a final point, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals seeking unbiased data on supply, demand, and future forecasts would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2895134?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Drones could be stressing out wildlife scientists suggest

first_imgRelated posts:Local businesses swat at new regulations, fees for drones Drone hits small plane over Costa Rica park Biodiverse Costa Rica announces policy to protect fragile ecosystems Costa Rica government vows to no longer support international shark protections The rising popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has caused them to show up everywhere from private back yards to national parks, and the drones have proven useful for all kinds of applications, including recreation, military defense and even scientific research. As a result, although drones and wildlife might not seem like they should ever mix, more and more frequently they do.One increasing use for UAVs is allowing scientists, conservationists and even ecotourists to get up close and personal with nature. They have been used to ward off rhino and elephant poachers in Africa and collect data on wild humpback whales. Amateur drone operators have used UAVs to collect videos and photographs of wildlife, such as dolphins, in their natural habitats.Recommended: Drones could help spot illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s Cocos IslandBut as much as UAVs are becoming more common among wildlife researchers and enthusiasts, there has been little research on how the animals actually react to the aircraft. Measuring animals’ reactions to drones buzzing around overhead is important for figuring out how much stress the aircraft may be putting on the local fauna, say researchers from the University of Minnesota. And they have just released a study that lead author Mark Ditmer, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, says he hopes will encourage more research on the subject.The study, released Thursday in the journal Current Biology, suggests that black bears can be stressed out by the presence of UAVs, even if they don’t outwardly show it.Ditmer and his colleagues outfitted four bears in northwestern Minnesota — two mothers with cubs, one hibernating female, and one young male — with GPS collars and cardiac “biologgers,” or devices that collect heart rate data. Then, they flew a UAV over each bear anywhere from one to nine times (for a total of 18 flights) while observing the bears’ movements and heart rates.They found that each of the bears’ heart rates spiked every time the drone flew overhead, suggesting that they were stressed by the UAV’s presence. But surprisingly, even though their hearts were racing, the bears tended to stand still rather than run away. This reaction underscores the importance of conducting physiological tests on wildlife, such as heart rate monitoring, rather than just watching to see what they do when a drone is around, Ditmer says.“Just because we can’t directly observe an effect doesn’t mean it’s not there,” Ditmer says. If the researchers had simply watched the bears’ movements during the UAV flights, he adds, “we would have incorrectly come to the conclusion that UAV flights weren’t having much of an effect on individuals.”Ditmer also suspects that bears in other locations might have even more pronounced stress responses to UAVs: The bears in his study lived in areas heavily populated by humans and were probably used to a little noise from nearby roads and farms.“These bears are in probably one of the most human-dominated parts of Minnesota, in terms of where bears are located anyway, so we thought they would be the most habituated to outside stressors,” Ditmer says. It’s another reason more research is needed: Animals in different locations or under different circumstances, even if they are members of the same species, may not react to stress factors in the same way. And similar physiological studies could be warranted for other animals that are commonly the subject of drone research or interventions.Over a long period, the physiological stress response could be bad for the health of wildlife if they fail to get habituated to the presence of drones, Ditmer says. Even more worrying, animals that also exhibit behavioral responses to drones — by running away, for example — could become more “vulnerable to sources of mortality,” the authors write, such as fleeing into traffic or into another individual’s territory.The end goal would be to figure out whether repeated drone use is likely to be harmful to animals. With the bears, for instance, Ditmer says there is a chance that the animals could become accustomed to drones over time and be less bothered by them. Other research could also examine whether different heights, speeds or even sound frequencies are less likely to bother the animals.To be clear, Ditmer says, his team’s study is not meant to advocate against the use of UAVs, which have high potential for both conservation and research applications. “We’re just highlighting a potential issue that needs to come into closer consideration when we decide where and where to use them,” he says. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Related Onboard Interview a pilot talks about cab

first_img RelatedOnboard Interview: a pilot talks about cabin life and fear of flyingOnboard Interview: a pilot talks about cabin life and fear of flyingOnboard Interview 2: a pilot on armed air marshals, sea landings & KylieThe second part of our insight into a Airline Pilot’s life onboard, Skyscanner’s travel man interrogates Captain JayGreen Skies: Environmentally Friendly FlyingSkyscanner investigates flying and the environment Despite the best efforts of the airlines, long-haul flying can be a rather boring business and, if you are anything like me, this provides the opportunity for deep contemplation.The first thing I generally consider is how on earth something weighing several hundred tons can remain airborne. Having little scientific understanding, this question troubles me immensely so I swiftly move on having failed to come up with any explanation other than some kind of magic. Further questions raise themselves as I stare around the cabin and again I am unable to come up with answers to these either.This page is designed for those of you with similar questions. Wherever possible, “expert” sites have been consulted to find the answers. So, the big one first:Why do planes fly?You may have noticed that aeroplane wings are shaped so that the upper surface is curved. This is known as an aerofoil. When the wing moves through the air, some air passes below and some passes over the top. Since the air moving over the top of the wing has further to travel, it speeds up and is “stretched” thinner and this decreases the pressure above the wing. The air underneath the wing is relatively unimpeded so its speed and pressure stay the same.High pressure air always moves towards low pressure air and therefore the air underneath tries to rise to the air above the wing. The wing clearly provides resistance to this and this is what creates lift. The quicker a wing moves through the air, the greater the force of lift and when this force exceeds that of gravity, a plane will take off.How does a jet engine work?A jet engine (which is also known as a gas turbine) sucks in air at the front and then compresses it, thus raising the air pressure. This pressurised air is then mixed with fuel and this explosive mix is then ignited by a spark. The mixture expands as it burns and the burning gases blast out of the back of the engine. As these jets of gas shoot backwards so the aircraft is pushed forwards.What is turbulence?This is one of the more unpleasant aspects of flying though in practical terms it represents very little danger to your safety. It can be caused by any number of factors – changes in atmospheric pressure, thunderstorms, jet streams (high-altitude air currents) or mountain waves.The only cause for concern for the passenger is clear air turbulence (CAT) which is impossible to see or predict and as such can come as a surprise to pilots as well as passengers. When air is disrupted around the jet stream, variations can occur in the amount of lift that the wing generates. If a plane hits one of these “air-pockets” then the plane can lose height very rapidly and anything, or indeed anyone, that is not secured will get thrown about. Wearing your seat-belt at all times when sitting down will stop this happening – the getting thrown about bit, not the turbulence.Why do my ears pop on take off and landing?Your middle ear is the problem here. This is an air pocket inside your head that is sensitive to changes in air pressure. When you swallow, air moves from the back of your throat or nose through your Eustachian tube and keeps the pressure on both sides of your ear-drum equal. If the pressure changes, a vacuum is created which will stretch the ear-drum meaning sounds will be muffled and it can also cause pain. Your ears will “pop” when the pressure is restored either through swallowing or by pinching your nose and blowing gently against the resistance. Yawning whilst listening to your boring neighbour will help too.How many bits and pieces make up a jumbo jet?Around six million.Why is air travel so tiring?After take-off, there is a quite a sizeable change of pressure in the cabin. As such, there is less oxygen available than you are used to breathing usually. Your cardio-vascular system has to work just a little harder than normal to get the oxygen it needs so your heart-beat and pulse speed up slightly. If you are in a plane for ten hours then this is naturally going to make you feel fatigued by the end of the flight.What is the pressure of the air in a cabin?Airline cabins are generally pressurised to a level that is equivalent to being at about 2400 metres (8000 ft) above sea level.What does a jumbo jet cost?The Boeing website lists prices for its planes and the current price of a Boeing 747-400 is between $228 – $260 million depending on fitting and specifications.How much fuel does a jumbo jet use?According to Boeing, a 747 uses 5 gallons (19 litres) of fuel every mile.What would happen if someone fired a bullet through a plane window?Apparently not too much. If the hole was fairly small, then the air would certainly whistle out but it would have little effect on a large airliner. In 1988 a Boeing 737 had half of its roof come away at 24,000ft due to metal fatigue which naturally caused a very rapid depressurisation. Despite this, the plane still landed safely and only one person was killed. Feel free NOT to test out the veracity of this answer.How fast am I going at take off and landing?A 747 takes off at around 180 mph (290 km/h and lands at 160 mph (260 km/h).Why do I get so dehydrated on long-haul flights?The air that we breathe on a daily basis has a surprising amount of moisture in it. In an aeroplane, it is not uncommon to get humidity levels of less than 25% in the cabin since the air being used to supply you from outside, contains very little moisture. Alcohol and caffeine also contribute to the problem so drink plenty of water and you will be fine.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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