6 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named four top medical experts to an independent panel to investigate the cause of a cholera epidemic in Haiti amid media reports that Nepalese peacekeepers from the United Nations mission there may have been the source. The panel will be chaired by Alejandro Cravioto of Mexico, from the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh. The other three members are Claudio Lanata of the Instituto de Investigacion Nutritional in Peru, Daniele Lantagne of Harvard University in the United States, and Balakrish Nair of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in India.“The members of the panel have been selected based on their global stature, expertise and extensive experience working with cholera in all its aspects,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said, stressing that the panel will operate completely independently of the UN and have access to all UN records, reports and facilities as it probes an epidemic that, as of last month, has killed at least 2,800 people and infected 130,000 others.Widespread media reports have said Nepalese troops from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were the likely source of the outbreak, with infected water spreading from their base into a nearby tributary of the Artibonite River, used for drinking and washing by many rural Haitians.In announcing his intention to appoint the panel last month, Mr. Ban noted that there were several theories, and not all reports reached the same conclusion, with MINUSTAH and the Government conducting several tests, all of them negative. But he stressed that “there remain fair questions and legitimate concerns that demand the best answer that science can provide.” Today’s statement said Mr. Ban had been deeply concerned by the outbreak since the first cases were detected in October. “Determining the source of the cholera outbreak is important for both the United Nations and the people of Haiti,” it added.The epidemic has struck while Haiti is still reeling from a devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 people and displaced some 1.3 million others, most of them still living in crowded and unsanitary tent camps as the disaster’s first anniversary approaches on 12 January.MINUSTAH, currently with nearly 12,000 military and police personnel, has been on the ground in Haiti since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest.
Hamilton Police are investigating an early morning robbery at an east-end convenience store.Just after 9 AM, police responded to a call at the Avondale convenience store on Paramount Drive just north of Mud Street.They say a man was armed with a knife when he went into the store.Two clerks were in the shop at the time, but were not hurt.Police say the robber took off with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.They are looking for a black man in his early 20’s.If you have any information, call police.
While in Moscow, the Secretary-General may hold a number of bilateral meetings with a number of Heads of State and government who are also participating in the ceremonies, a UN spokesman said today.On the sidelines of these commemorations, the Secretary-General is scheduled to join the other members of the Middle East Quartet ? which includes the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States ? for a working meeting. Also attending will be Mr. Annan’s Special Coordinator for the peace process, Alvaro de Soto, as well as the Quartet’s Special Envoy, James Wolfensohn, and the US Security Coordinator, Gen. William Ward, who will brief the Quartet members on the situation on the ground and the latest developments regarding the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.The Secretary-General will then travel to Geneva, where on 11 May he will host a mini-summit with President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and President Paul Biya of Cameroon to discuss the Bakassi Peninsula.
by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 7:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sling Media unveils 2 devices for out-of-home TV viewing, tries for in-home appeal NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sling Media, the maker of devices that let people watch their cable channels while travelling, is trying to become more relevant in the living room.Traditionally, Sling’s strength has been in so-called place shifting. Attached to the home cable box, the Slingbox device sends video to various phones, tablets and other devices. If you’re on a work trip in Boston, you can still catch the local news in New York live on a SlingPlayer app. You can also use that to watch shows on your home video recorder.Inside the home, though, the Slingbox hasn’t been of much use beyond letting you watch from a phone or tablet in another room.Sling is trying to change that with a model announced Tuesday. The new SlingTV is identical to the Slingbox 500 currently on the market, but with new software to recommend things to watch. On the living-room TV, you can see scores and stats for games currently on TV, along with a guide to what’s exciting at the moment, such as a team making a comeback. The new software will also give you more information on movies and TV shows.The new feature incorporates some of what’s already found on TiVo recorders and cable set-top boxes. Because the box still can’t record shows, the Slingbox’s biggest appeal will likely remain in remote viewing — both when travelling and on devices in other rooms.Although more people have been watching television on their computers and mobile devices, doing that with live TV has been difficult. Services such as Hulu offer shows on a delayed basis, while apps from cable providers and TV channels often have a maze of restrictions.The Slingbox tries to take the hassle out of remote live viewing. For the most part, as long as something can be viewed on the home TV, it can be viewed on the app. Each Slingbox is attached to a personal account and password to allay piracy concerns.Even so, Sling will have a tough time broadening its reach.It works only with television channels you have at home, so it will exclude those who have dropped cable service and want more than what the antenna provides. At best, it’s for college students who wish to remotely watch what’s on their parents’ TV.In addition, Slingbox has been popular for sports fans wanting to keep up with their teams while travelling. Sling wants to broaden its appeal to those who keep up with fictional television shows and reality-style competitions, but fewer people are watching those live.Like the model it replaces, the SlingTV will retail for about $300. Apps for phones and tablets will cost $15 each. Remote viewing is free on personal computers. Existing Slingbox 500 users will get the features through free software upgrades when the SlingTV comes out in late August.Meanwhile, Sling is making a cheaper, entry-level model for $150, starting July 20. Called Slingbox M1, this model lacks the new living-room guides and focuses on the remote viewing that Slingboxes have been known for.Sling Media is based in Foster City, California, and is owned by EchoStar Corp. of Englewood, Colorado.
Emphasizing the importance of quality data for achieving the SDGs, UNICEF called on governments to invest in disaggregated, comparable and quality data for children. “If we are going to succeed in achieving these ambitious goals, we first need data that tells us who these children are, where they live and what they need,” Director of UNICEF’s Division of Data, Research and Policy, Jeffrey O’Malley, said in a news release today. Furthermore, in the release, the agency added that as per its analysis, child-related data, including measures on poverty and violence that can be compared, are either too limited or of poor quality. Citing specific examples of missing data, it said there is lack of data on the number of children with disabilities in almost all countries and that almost no data is available on boys who are at risk of sexual violence. Governments are therefore left without the information they need to accurately address challenges facing millions of children, or to track progress towards achieving the SDGs, added UNICEF.The UN agency urged them to therefore invest in disaggregated, comparable and quality data for children to address this complex problem.The Time Machine exhibition will be open to the public at the Visitors Lobby at UN Headquarters from 14 to 30 September during the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly. Here are some examples of the data gaps: Universal access to safe drinking water is a fundamental need and human right. Data on where drinking water comes from is available, but often it is not known how safe it is.Nine out of 10 children are in primary school, yet crucial data about how many are learning is missing.Every day 830 mothers die as a result of complications related to childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable, but data on quality of maternal care has gaps.Stunting denies children a fair chance of survival, growth and development. However, 105 out of 197 countries do have recent data on stunting. Health workers measure and record the height and weight of Erlan Bernoupereinev, 3, at his home, in Kindik Uzyak Village in the Konlikul District, Republic of Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi “[The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] pledged to leave no one behind. That means focusing on the most vulnerable – those who are furthest behind,” Mr. Ban said at the Back To Present: Launch of a Time Machine event today at UN Headquarters in New York. “Meeting that goal requires data. Reliable, timely data,” he underscored. The UN chief said that progress needs to be monitored and information on it made available in an accessible and usable form as widely as possible, and for doing so, significant investments need to made in systems for the collection, analysis and reporting of data at national, regional and global levels. Drawing particular attention to “blank spaces” – lack of availability of complete data – in the statistics of many countries, the Secretary-General said that this unavailability not only impacted the quality of decisions but also the ability to hold policy makers to account. “Quality numbers alone will not change people’s lives,” he said, “but being counted makes everyone visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights.” The Time Machine – produced by UNICEF in partnership with Domestic Data Streamers, a Barcelona-based agency that explores new ways of communicating through data storytelling – is a capsule-like structure that demonstrates data through art by translating childhood memories based on data into sound, giving visitors an opportunity to understand what data on children is currently available and what data is not.
In his address on 15 November, Secretary-General Guterres called climate change “the defining threat of our time,” adding that “our duty – to each other and to future generations – is to raise ambition.” He called for lowering emissions and doing more to adapt to the changes, including through investment in climate-friendly developments, building partnerships, and strengthening political leadership. Pictured: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Secretary-General Guterres, and Ovais Sarmad, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary. Photo: UNFCCC The international community has been meeting in Bonn, Germany, for the past two weeks to tackle climate change. One year after the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement, the annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an opportunity for nations around the world to show their ambition for climate action and their determination to keep their promises under the theme of “Further, Faster – Together.”The gathering, known as COP23, started last Monday, with technical discussions over the Paris Agreement, and featured high-level events this week, including an address by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Fijians performing a traditional ceremony at the opening of COP23. The president of the conference is Fiji – the first time a small island country on the frontlines of climate change holds that honour. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said the world can no longer ignore phenomena such as extreme storms and rising sea levels: “It’s hard to find any part of the world that is unaffected by these events.” Photo: UNFCCC While senior officials addressed the international community, one of the most reported stories was of 12-year-old Timoci Naulusala, whose village in Fiji’s Tailevu province was hit by a cyclone last year. “My once beautiful village is now a barren and empty wasteland,” he told the thousands of participants. “Climate change is here to stay unless you do something about it.” Photo: UNFCCC “While Paris represented one of those moments where the best of humanity achieved an agreement so important to our collective futures, Bonn represents how we will move forward to fulfil its promise,” said the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa. “We are running out of time to turn things around. To do so, we must significantly increase our efforts to reduce emissions and our carbon footprints.” Ms. Espinosa is pictured above on one of the bicycles ferrying people between venues for the conference, along with electric buses. Photo: UNFCCC Above, protesters at one of the COP venues in Bonn. They are among the thousands of delegates from 193 countries – as well as scientists, environmentalists and advocates – estimated to be participating in the two-week event. Given the high turnout, the event is being held in Germany, where logistics are a lesser strain on the country’s resources, rather than in Fiji, which officially holds the presidency.Photo: UNFCCC Among the initiatives launched at the climate conference is the InsuResilience Global Partnership, which aims to offer insurance against climate risks to an additional 400 million poor and vulnerable people in developing countries by 2020. At the start of the initiative, only around 100 million poor and vulnerable people in Africa, Asia and Latin America were insured against climate-related risks. Read more about the initiative from our team in Bonn. Credit: Jose M. Correa/UNDAC Among the side events scheduled at COP23 are several focusing on the power of cities, regions, private sector companies and investors, in implementing the Paris Agreement in the areas of energy, water, agriculture, oceans and coastal areas, human settlements, transportation, industry, and forests. Pictured above are signs from an alliance that calls itself “America’s Pledge.” Led by California Governor Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the group says it is committed to the Paris Agreement after President Donald Trump said in June that the United States would withdraw from it. Photo: UNFCCC At the heart of the conference in Bonn is the Paris Agreement, which was adopted by the 196 parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015. It calls on the international community to combat climate change by limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and strive not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. Above, children at the welcoming ceremony at COP23 on 6 November. Photo: UNFCCC A week before the opening of the Conference, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that the levels of carbon dioxide (C02) surged at “record-breaking speed” with levels in 2016 higher than anything seen in at least 4.5 million years – before humans existed. The findings coincide with WMO data showing that 2017 is likely one of the hottest years on record. Photo UNFCCC Climate change is a threat to rich and poor alike, wrote Ms. Espinosa, UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser in an opinion piece published in October. They talked about the devastation that Category 5 hurricanes brought to the Caribbean and the United States, and warned that the severity and frequency of such weather events will escalate, unless something is urgently done. Pictured, damage on 8 September from Hurricane Irma in Antigua and Barbuda.Photo: UNDP Our team in Bonn has been filing stories for two weeks. Here is our first. We speak to UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Espinosa, and revisit the Marrakech Climate Conference, which set the stage for this month’s event. Next year’s climate conference will take place in Poland. Pictured: Aerial view of the Bonn Campus, Germany. Photo: UNFCCC
The new Metso Megaliner for grinding mill heads provides the same benefits as Metso’s original Megaliner: “safe installation and maximised availability.” Downtime is costly for grinding mills. With Metso Megaliner for grinding mill heads, the company states that installation time is much faster as the liner has much fewer attachment points and the number of liner components is reduced by up to 80%.Metso has expanded its light-weight Poly-Met Megaliners concept with the new Megaliner for mill heads. “Like Metso’s other Megaliners, this newest offering increases productivity in mills and makes maintenance and installation work safer than it is with traditional liners. Suitable for AG, SAG and ball mills, the easy-to-install Megaliner for mill heads is larger than conventional liners – and yet still light enough to be handled by the same 7- to 8-axis liner handlers. The Megaliner is also less prone to cracking than other lining types commonly found in this kind of application.The Megaliner for mill heads minimises the number of components to be installed by integrating multiple lifter and shell plate rows and providing the option to include filling segments. Fewer installation points speed up the installation and change-out process, as well. The reference installation of the Megaliner for mill heads on a 38 ft AG mill shows that installation time was reduced by 30%, and there is potential for even further improvements.Megaliner’s innovative attachment system improves worker safety during installation and change-outs; there is no need for workers to be in the danger-zone of the liners since the liner bolts are attached from the outside of the mill. The Metso Liner Positioning System allows the liner handler operator to act alone and position liners without the guidance of others inside the mill. Bright guiding markers make positioning and alignment even easier. Removal is also safer and quicker. The threaded portion of the standard hex-head liner bolt is protected from dust, corrosion and general mechanical damage. Once loosened, it is often possible to remove the liner bolts simply by hand-turning them. Pneumatic or recoilless hydraulic hammers are usually not needed for liner removal, as gravity helps to do the work.
“That’s a tragedy for Sean. He’s been in such good form but Ireland are lucky to have somebody like Tommy and Sean Dougall and other lads around the country performing so well, but he’ll be a big loss.”Of more immediate concern to Penney is Friday night’s trip to play Ulster as they bid to extend their winning run to ten games.Centre James Downey is out with a groin injury while prop James Cronin, winger Keith Earls, Johne Murphy and development hooker Niall Scannell, who made his first start on Saturday, are all nursing injuries but are expected to be available, while World Cup winning prop BJ Botha has returned to full training from a knee injury.Penney said that they know they face a big task in Ravenhill on Friday night. They were pipped 20-19 there last year in one of Penney’s early games in charge and he was impressed by what he saw at the east Belfast venue.“It’s a great atmosphere, probably one of the best in the country. Their home support are very parochial and very loud and 14-15,000 sounds like 25-30,000.“It’s great credit to them, they’ve got a great little vibe going on up there and that’s probably my most vivid recollection of the game outside of the game, is the support they got from the crowd. You know how passionate they were for their team.“The game itself, it was a game that we had opportunities to win and didn’t and you can always learn from every experience. So we’ll see if we can go up there and take it a step further in the right direction,” he added.Connacht hopeful Jake Heenan will be fit to face LeinsterPro12 is a better competition than Premiership and Top 14 – Eoin Reddan MUNSTER HEAD COACH Rob Penney says he can’t envisage Paul O’Connell playing rugby for anyone else other than the Reds.Penney said that contract negotiations with O’Connell are still ongoing and a deadline has not been set for a new deal to be signed.And Penney also confirmed that his own future with Munster had not been sorted out as he heads into the final quarter of his two-year deal with the province.However, Penney said he was hopeful that both his own situation and O’Connell’s would be sorted out soon. The Kiwi said it was hard to imagine that O’Connell would go elsewhere and stressed that they are anxious to finalise a new contract for the 34-year old.“We are desperately keen to make sure he stays here given the guy’s presence and situation and what he has given us all, it would be unheard of that he’d disappear anywhere else,” said Penney.He said his own position was ongoing but was full of praise for Munster bosses involved in the discussions.“Things are progressing. The organisation have been great to deal with. I can’t speak highly enough about their administration and the people in behind the scenes and it’s been great and we’re still working through it,” said Penney.The Munster coach said that Murray and Simon Zebo would return to the fray towards the end of next week and were not yet ruled out of the Heineken Cup tie with Gloucester. Ryan will not make that clash and unlikely to be fit for the final Heineken Cup clash with Edinburgh, but Penney said the lock would be available for the Six Nations.Flanker Sean Dougall, who was injured in the 22-16 win over Connacht at the weekend, is un available for Friday’s trip to Ravenhill but should be fine for the trip to Gloucester the following week.Penney said that the shoulder injury to Sean O’Brien was a huge loss to Ireland but, as always happens, this presented opportunities to other players and that Tommy O’Donnell, who himself has just returned from long-term injury, could now come into the reckoning.
If you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard of Gamefly. If you haven’t, here it is in a nutshell: it’s Netflix for video games. For a monthly fee, gamers can rent games which are delivered by the US Postal Service; when they’re done with them, they just mail them back. Gamefly mails out about over a million games a month. With that amount of shipping, you’d think that Gamefly must have a special deal inked with the USPS to deliver their games cheaply and efficiently… but they don’t, and Gamefly’s failure to get such a deal inked has them writing to the Postal Regulatory Commission for resolution.Gamefly wants the US Postal Service to allow them to pay the same amount of shipping that Netflix pays. Why is this such a pressing issue for them? It’s more than just about maximizing profits: according to a letter sent anonymously to Ars Technica, Gamefly is currently spending more shipping discs every month than they are making in subscriber fees.“At the company’s current volume of approximately 1.2 million shipments per month, the difference between the two-ounce flat rate of $1.05 that GameFly must pay to avoid automated letter processing for most of its DVD mailers, and the one-ounce letter rate of $0.44 that Netflix pays to avoid automated letter processing of return mailers, amounts to about $730,000,” wrote Gamefly in a complaint. “This amount represents more than 100 percent of GameFly’s monthly net income in 2011.”While Gamefly characterizes the issue as one in which Netflix gets preferential treatment over their own service, the fact of the matter is that Netflix discs are mailed in packages that are brightly colored to assist in manual sorting, they’re lighter than GameFly mailers, and Netflix operates at a much higher volume than the game rental service.While the issue is more complicated than GameFly wants to admit, one thing’s for sure: either GameFly figures a way to minimize shipping costs, or the company is going to fold. You might want to capitalize on your subscription while you can.Read more at Ars Technica
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew Providenciales, Bahamas, December 19, 2016 – With the holidays just around the corner, The Bahamas Crisis Centre recently received a financial boost from CIBC FirstCaribbean. The bank presented the non-profit organization with a cheque to assist with holiday programs and to help defray the cost of client needs and services.The Crisis Centre, which is the nation’s longest standing non-profit organization dedicated to assisting families and individuals in personal crisis, provides an array of services to combat domestic and gender-based violence and other forms of abuse. The organization provides free professional counselling services, a 24-hour crisis hotline, conflict resolution and safe relationship workshops for students along with many other sexual and domestic violence and wellness education programs.“The Bahamas Crisis Centre fills such a profound need in Bahamian society,” said CIBC FirstCaribbean Marketing Manager, Maya Nottage. “Our company is committed to making make a positive impact in our community. Through this donation we hope to help improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable among us.”Caption: Glendina Joseph of the Bahamas Crisis Centre accepts a donation cheque from LiaCarla Adderley, Senior Relationship Manager of Corporate and Investment Banking at CIBC FirstCaribbean. #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is launching the nation’s most sweeping effort to curb gun violence in nearly two decades, urging a reluctant Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in last month’s massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn.The broad package Obama will announce today will also include efforts to stop bullying and boost availability of mental health services. It’s expected to include more than a dozen steps the president can take on his own through executive action. Those measures will provide a pathway for skirting opposing lawmakers, but they will be limited in scope, and in some cases, focused simply on enforcing existing laws.But Congress would have to approve the bans on assault weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets, along with a requirement for universal background checks on gun buyers. Some gun control advocates worry that opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats, as well as the National Rifle Association, will be too great to overcome.“We’re not going to get an outright ban,” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., said of limits on assault weapons. Still, McCarthy, a leading voice in Congress in favor of gun control, said she would keep pushing for a ban and hoped Obama would as well.White House officials, seeking to avoid setting the president up for failure, have emphasized that no single measure — even an assault weapons ban — would solve a scourge of gun violence across the country. But without such a ban, or other sweeping Congress-approved measures, it’s unclear whether executive actions alone can make any noticeable difference.
Last week, Google principal engineer Matt Cutts posted about changing Google’s algorithm in response to improving search results. “As ‘pure webspam’ has decreased over time, attention has shifted instead to ‘content farms,’ which are sites with shallow or low-quality content,” he wrote. “In 2010, we launched two major algorithmic changes focused on low-quality sites. Nonetheless, we hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content.”Scout Analytics, a firm working with publishers to determine the revenue potential of their audience, has doubts about the long-term viability of the Demand model. “If you take what they say about uniques–86 million–and break down revenue per user, that’s $1.60 per user,” Scout Analytics senior vice president of strategy Matt Shanahan told FOLIO: last year. “Look at how many page views they have over a year and how many users they have to accumulate over time. All it takes is an SEO engine to change their algorithm and they lose their traffic.” Demand Media started trading on the New York Stock Exchange this week, making it one of the first IPOs of 2011 and certainly one of the largest media IPOs that will be seen all year. The company-which has a network of 13,000 freelancers generating thousands of articles for sites such as eHow, earning about $10 to $20 apiece–sold 8.9 million shares for $17 each earlier this week, up from the 8.6 million shares at $14 to $16 each originally proposed. Today, stocks were trading at $22.27, giving the company a market capitalization of $1.9 billion, exceeding that of the New York Times Co. at $1.5 billion.The company has bankers and dot.com giants singing its praises (Bloomberg Businessweek quotes Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg saying of Demand Media, “They really understand consumer behavior on the Web and how to build businesses on it”). Despite the accolades, Demand is still searching for a profit, posting a $6.3 million loss in the first nine months of 2010. And it may have to square off with the largest dot.com of all in the near future, one that happens to be supplying a potentially disproportionate amount of revenue for the “content farm.”
About 30 earthquakes have hit the Yakutat area this week.The Gulf of Alaska city, about 250 miles northwest of Juneau, is in a fault zone and quakes aren’t unusual.Two glaciers flow into Yakutat Bay. Glacial calving causes regular, but small, earthquakes. The Hubbard Glacier, right, sometimes surges, blocking off an arm of the bay. (Photo courtesy Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve)But this swarm is caused by calving glaciers in a nearby bay, not movement of the Earth’s crust.Alaska Earthquake Information Center Seismologist Natalia Ruppert says it happens all the time. But she says at least one of this week’s quakes were stronger than usual.“Maybe the size of this particular ice chunk was very large and as it fell into the water it created lots of energy,” Ruppert said.She says there’s no connection to the Yakutat Fault, and a block of the Earth’s crust that’s slowly moving under that part of Alaska.Most glaciers are retreating and thinning as climate change increases melting.Seismologist Ruppert says that could eventually lead to more quakes from moving blocks of crust.“If the glaciers keep melting and if they keep losing the mass, the pressure on the surface of the Earth becomes less,” Ruppert said. “And so, on a very long time scale, the lessening of this pressure might actually influence the tectonic forces and the pressure on the faults in that area.”Since Monday morning, 28 glacial quakes have hit the Yakutat Bay area. Another 11 hit Cape Yakataga, about 100 miles to the northwest. That’s as of midday Thursday.
Share RYAN POPPESen. Larry Taylor, R-Galveston, author of SB 3, private school choice reform.A bill that would create private school choice programs by allowing state funds to be used on private school education has passed out of the Texas Senate Thursday and on to the House. Some of the biggest concerns about the Republican-led bill came from other Republicans.LISTEN: As heard on Texas Public Radio.State Sen. Larry Taylor made several changes to his original bill aimed at creating private school choice programs in Texas. One change decreases the overall amount of state funds that fuel the bill’s Education Savings Accounts and tax-credit scholarships.“With this program we are going to talk about today, it does not affect our school finance system,” Taylor explains.But San Antonio Democrat, Jose Menendez is concerned the Bexar County schools he represents will be impacted because they could have fewer students attending and receive fewer state dollars over time.“Especially when I represent a school district, Edgewood ISD for one, who fought for equity and still has very serious challenges in terms of funding,” Menendez says.Other state senators were also concerned about the impact of the bill. Because private schools are not required to meet state accountability standards, including what is taught in their schools, Kel Seliger, an Amarillo Republican worries the bill could create a system where state funds are going to private schools whose curriculum includes anti-American rhetoric.“What about a prodigal school that pops up that teaches things that are anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Israel, there is nothing that would prevent them from doing that,” Seliger says.Taylor says there are provisions in his bill that prevent this sort of thing from happening. In response, Seliger said he didn’t understand how that would be possible without violating a school’s constitutional rights. The bill passed out of the Texas Senate on a vote of 18 to 13 with three Republican senators voting against the bill.Copyright 2017 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM.
BERLIN (AP) – A Berlin court has rejected an emergency appeal by three mosques to prohibit a far-right group from displaying caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad at a demonstration this weekend.The Berlin administrative court ruled Thursday the caricatures were protected by laws allowing artistic free expression and their display alone did not violate laws against slander nor those against inciting hate or violence. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Parents, stop beating yourself up Three mosques had filed the appeal after the far-right “Citizens Movement _ Pro Germany” had said it would display the caricatures during its Aug. 18 demonstration in the capital, being held under the slogan “Islam does not belong in Germany _ stop Islamization.”The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries. Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories
A UK survey has identified Australia as one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world, which doesn’t bode well for the legion of English fans planning to follow the Ashes cricket series around Australia next summer – a tour that lasts over six weeks. The UK Post Office Travel Money study compared the cost of eight holiday items, including a meal out, a coffee, a beer and oddly, a packet of cigarettes across 42 destinations.According to the Press Association, the total cost of the items in South Korea and Australia, the two dearest destinations, were AU$224 and AU$222 respectively, compared to just $55 in the cheapest places on the list, Spain’s Costa del Sol and the southwest region of Sri Lanka. Other expensive destinations included New Zealand ($195), China ($178) and Canada ($168). A three-course dinner for two adults, including a bottle of house wine, amounted to $187 in Seoul, while the same meal cost just $37 in Sri Lanka. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The Barmy Army will need to pack plenty of cash, as well as sunscreen, on their next visit Down Under. Image: Joe Armao
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Arizona Cardinals rookie safety, former LSU Tiger Tyrann Mathieu, took Kiper’s No. 7 spot in the rankings, thanks, in part, to his consistent play and tackling count, which the evaluator notes is second on the team.The ironic thing about Mathieu’s season isn’t so much his ability to make plays all over the field, it’s that for a guy who was considered a potential boom or bust player, he has been extremely consistent week to week. Every Monday I go back through the games, and he’s as steady a player as the Cardinals have had, and that’s no exaggeration. Only Karlos Dansby has more tackles, and Mathieu’s versatility keeps him on the field for every play.Mathieu was the second rookie safety on Kiper’s list, with New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro, a Texas product, ranking No. 4. Another rookie safety out of LSU, Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers, also made Kiper’s top 10.Among the other players who ranked higher than Mathieu on the list (besides Alonso and Vaccaro) were: DT Sheldon Richardson (New York Jets; No. 2), DT Star Lotulelei (Carolina Panthers; No. 3), RB Giavani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals; No. 5) and TE Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins; No. 6). The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ESPN’s top football talent evaluator, Mel Kiper Jr., released his latest NFL rookie rankings in an Insider piece on Thursday.The parameters used to make his determinations, as he explains in the article, are manifold: they reflect a player’s season-long body of work, positional value comes into play, playing time — and the strength of a particular player’s team — factors in.With that in place, Kiper began his list with Kiko Adams, a Buffalo Bills’ linebacker out of Oregon, who is the NFL’s second-leading tackler. 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals continued to add to their roster depth Thursday, signing linebacker Adrian Tracy to a future contract for 2014.The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Tracy played in 16 games with the New York Giants in 2012, posting nine tackles and one sack as a defensive end along with eight special teams tackles. He was released following training camp the next year. Tracy originally joined the Giants as a sixth-round selection in the 2010 Draft out of William & Mary, where he started 47 games and recorded 283 tackles, 31 sacks, four forced fumbles and 12 quarterback pressures. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
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