Natural Resources Minister fires back against critics after federal funding announcement

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has responded to some of the critics of Tuesday’s massive funding announcement for the oil and gas sector in Alberta.He actually agreed with some of his critics, specifically the idea that this funding is not a long-term solution.Just spoke with the Natural Resources Minister @SohiAmarjeet. He agreed with some critics of yesterday’s announcement that this isn’t the long-term solution to Alberta’s energy woes. He says pipelines are still the answer, but something had to be done in the meantime @660NEWS— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) December 19, 2018Sohi argues that while the regulatory processes for building pipeline projects like Trans Mountain move forward, something needed to be done in the meantime.“What we’re focused on is that as we move toward building pipelines, how (can we) support industry now,” he said.He added this funding will allow companies the breathing room they need to survive in these tough times, similar to programs which were announced with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export and Development Canada. Sohi said close to $1.5-billion was allocated in 2016, and the vast majority of that was used by businesses because they needed that support at that time. Now, he believes companies could use that support again.READ MORE: Experts weigh in on the federal investment into Alberta oil and gas “So what we announced (Tuesday) $1.6-billion will provide loans to get those businesses through these difficult times so they can make their payroll commitments,” he said. “This support is very meaningful for those businesses who need this support.”While there was no promise to get Trans Mountain started again in 2019 he says the work is being done to get it approved and built.“I am very confident that through our consultations with Indigenous peoples that we will be able to move forward on this project,” he said.Sohi retorted against some of the criticisms of the much maligned Bill C-69 saying it will actually help projects get built.“The current system is not working, you know, you can talk all about what’s wrong with Bill C-69, but I think what we need to do is fix what’s not working now,” he said.Some industry analysts asserted this bill, as it stands, would mean no pipeline project would ever be built in Canada. He does say he is open for changes to that bill.“Are there amendments to make Bill C-69 better? Absolutely we will look at those amendments, if they’re appropriate and allow us to actually achieve what we want to do, which is create certainty for businesses, and create certainty for, you know, Canadians that we will have a process in place that allows us to grow our economy, build pipelines, at the same time protect our environment, and allow Canadians to participate in the process.”last_img read more

Chennai city wins Ileague beats Minerva Punjab by 31

first_imgCoimbatore: Chennai City were Saturday crowned champions of the 12th I-League, which refused to be dwarfed by the uncertainty around its future, twisting this way and that till the last moments. Chennai City came from behind and got the better of Minerva Punjab 3-1 on the final day of the league. Chasing the leaders, travellers East Bengal finished second after beating Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 in Kozhikode. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, Roland Bilala had handed Minerva Punjab a shock lead in the third minute. But Pedro Manzi, one part of a deadly triumvirate that served Chennai City with distinction through their third season, converted from the spot to draw parity. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAssam’s 20-year-old Gaurav Bora’s brace (69′ and 90+3′) then sealed the title for the Akbar Nawas-coached side. Chennai City ended on top of the league table with 43 points, one more than East Bengal who finished second in yet another photo finish. East Bengal’s bid to end their 15-year-old wait for the top-flight title continued even after they won their game against Gokulam Kerala. Manzi finished as the joint top-scorer of the league alongside Willis Plaza of Churchill Brothers with 21 goals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFor Chennai City FC, founded by two young football-loving owners based out of the southern metropolis, the triumph is nothing short of a dream. The club has exhibited immense vision in its short existence, right from the appointment of and freedom given to Singaporean coach Nawas. From scouting and building the team for the season, to getting on board top European club FC Basel as part owners of the club in a land mark deal earlier in the year, he had a free hand, and it paid rich dividends. In the last game, the Delhi-based Bora did the star turn with two second-half goals, as Chennai City FC won their maiden title, beating the defending champions Minerva Punjab. Manzi, their premiere Spanish striker fittingly scored a goal to join Plaza as the joint top scorer of the league, but the day undoubtedly belonged to the young Bora, a versatile defender cum midfielder who capped off a brilliant season with a double-strike when it mattered most for his team. It did not begin perfectly as Minerva took an early lead in the third minute through Ukranian recruit Roland Bilala. It was off a Juan Querro free-kick from the right flank, that he rose to beat his marker and lodge his header into the back of the net. Chennai kept pressing thereafter and with Nestor Gordillo missing through suspension, it was left to his fellow Spaniard Sandro Rodriguez to fuel all attacks. He along with Slovakian Jozef Kaplan and Romario Jesuraj, both of whom were constantly switching flanks, were constantly trying to create for Manzi. For Minerva, most of their openings were being created by Querro from the left flank. The diminutive Spaniard finding goal-scorer Roland again in the 40th minute with a wonderful cross, but the Ukranian could not make most of a free-header this time. Upon commencement of the second half, Chennai continued to control the game better. A Sydney Vanspaul effort in the 53rd minute from distance missed the target, but not by much. Two minutes later, Chennai got the opening they were looking for on a platter. Akashdeep Singh in an effort to clear inadvertently handled the ball inside the box and referee Santhosh Bhaskaran had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Manzi displayed outrageous confidence in pointing the goalkeeper to the spot where he would be placing the ball and did exactly what to bring Chennai firmly back into title reckoning. Bora then made a name for a lifetime with two stunning strikes to put the issue beyond anyone’s doubt. Both goals came off corners taken by Sandro from the right flank.last_img read more

Vistara to hire 100 pilots 400 cabin crew from Jet

first_imgMumbai: In one of its largest hiring exercise since it began operations over three years back, the premium carrier Vistara is hiring around 500–100 pilots and 400 cabin crew–mostly from the grounded Jet Airways, say industry and airline sources. The grounding of Jet has come as an opportunity for the market to hire readily-available skilled workforce from the licenced categories–pilots, engineers and cabin crew–and deploy them directly into specifics roles, thereby saving time and money on training them, they said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAfter unsuccessfully looking for an investor or fresh bank loans for months, Jet Airways had finally on April 17 stopped operations, leaving over 22,000 employees in the lurch. Of these around 1,300 are pilots and over 2,000 are cabin crew. Tuesday was the last day of the two-day recruitment drive for the cabin crew at the Tatas-Singapore Airline-run Vistara, which took place simultaneously in Mumbai and Gurugram, they said. “Vistara, which is likely to begin international operations soon, is in the process of inducting 100 pilots besides 400 cabin crew. Most of the new workforce is expected to come from the grounded carrier Jet,” said a source. A Vistara spokesperson was not available to comment.last_img read more

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

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:G7 meeting wraps upThe meeting of G7 leaders in Biarritz, France, wraps up on Monday. The gathering is being held amid increased worries about the global economic outlook with the U.S. and China engaged in a trade war.Bank earnings parade continuesThe parade of earnings from Canada’s big banks continues with results from the Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank on Tuesday. The results will be followed by a report from National Bank of Canada on Wednesday and Toronto-Dominion Bank and Laurentian Bank on Thursday.Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo resultsRecreational vehicle maker BRP Inc. reports its second-quarter results on Thursday. The company recently completed its acquisition of 80 per cent of Telwater Pty Ltd., a maker of aluminum boats and trailers in Australia, in a bid to grow its marine business.Economic report cardStatistics Canada will release second-quarter gross domestic product data on Friday. The agency recently reported that the Canadian economy grew for a third consecutive month in May, rising 0.2 per cent overall, above analyst estimates of 0.1 per cent growth.B.C. gas price reportThe B.C. Utilities Commission inquiry into gasoline and diesel prices in the province is expected have its final report done by Friday. Premier John Horgan called the public inquiry in May when gasoline prices at the pump reached a record-breaking $1.70 per litre.The Canadian Press read more

UN tribunal sentences Bosnian Serb general to 20 years jail over role

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found General Stanislav Galic guilty of one charge of violating the laws or customs by war by spreading terror among a civilian population, and four charges of crimes against humanity, for murder and inhumane acts other than murder. Two other charges were dismissed.In a majority judgement, the tribunal’s Judge Alphonsus Martinus Maria Orie of the Netherlands and Judge Amin El Mahdi of Egypt found that General Galic commanded a branch of the Army of Republika Srpska (SRK), the military wing of a self-proclaimed area within Bosnia-Herzegovina, between September 1992 and August 1994. That branch “had virtually encircled Sarajevo” by September 1992, the tribunal said.The judges agreed with prosecutors that General Galic was “criminally responsible” for many of the sniping and shelling attacks that occurred in Sarajevo over the next two years.”These attacks were mostly carried out in daylight. They were not in response to any military threat. The attackers could for the most part easily tell that their victims were engaged in everyday civilian activities,” Judge Orie and Judge El Mahdi stated.Those attacks included the notorious attack on a Sarajevo marketplace in February 1994, when a mortar shell exploded, killing 60 people and injuring more than 100 others.”The Trial Chamber has no doubt that the Accused was well aware of the unlawful activities of his troops,” the judges said.In a separate opinion, Judge Rafael Nieto-Navia of Colombia dissented in part with the majority judgement.Judge Nieto-Navia found that the offence of inflicting terror on a civilian population does not fall within the jurisdiction of the tribunal’s trial chamber. He also found that there were reasonable doubts over some of the shelling and sniping incidents.But the judge did find that the SRK deliberately or recklessly fired on civilians in Sarajevo, and that General Galic knew or had reason to know of this. He said that given this, he would have sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment. read more

Report Zach Farmer dies at 21 after second bout of cancer

Pitcher Zach Farmer throws a pitch against Toledo on April 2, 2014. Farmer passed away on Tuesday from a second bout of leukemia.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team and OSU community received some tragic news on Tuesday morning when it was learned that pitcher Zach Farmer has passed away, according to a report from The Chillicothe Gazette.Farmer was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in late April 2014 of his freshman year after feeling dizzy while throwing. His recovery became a major factor for the team, with showings of support including his teammates volunteering to find if they were bone marrow matches and the team wearing orange wristbands in support.Farmer announced he was cancer-free in September 2014, less than six months after the diagnosis. He then turned his attention to building up his strength and returning to the team and university for the 2016 season, which would have been his redshirt sophomore year.Unfortunately, on July 15 Famer announced his cancer had returned, and this time he was not expected to make a recovery. Just a few days after the diagnosis, he and his girlfriend Kelsie held an impromptu wedding.Farmer was also able to speak to one of his heroes, Randy Johnson, who subsequently offered words of encouragement to Farmer during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech on July 26.Farmer was a three-time All-Ohio selection at Piketon High School in Piketon, Ohio, and was considered to be a professional prospect by many. He had just turned 21 years old on July 27. read more

Commentary Breakdown of former Buckeye Senior Bowl participants

This year’s Senior Bowl features four Ohio State Buckeyes, all of whom need to impress scouts, coaches and/or general managers this week to improve their stock for the 2012 NFL Draft. The Senior Bowl, held annually at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., is the premier showcase game for NFL Draft prospects. Game participants have on-field practices in front of the decision-makers from Monday to Thursday and spend much of the rest of their time in Mobile in the meeting rooms to talk to coaches or attend football meetings. This all leads up to the actual game, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on NFL Network. All four OSU players are on the North roster. Three of the four participating Buckeyes missed time this season due to suspensions. Offensive tackle Mike Adams, running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, and wide receiver DeVier Posey were among the five OSU football players (which also included former quarterback Terrelle Pryor and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas) suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling OSU memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Herron was also suspended an additional game, and Posey for an additional five games, for receiving payment from former OSU football booster Robert DiGeronimo for work they did not completed during a 2011 summer job. Adams is the best prospect of the four Ohio State participants. Adams is one of the best left tackles in the nation. Measuring in at 6-foot-7 and 323 pounds, Adams has ideal size for an NFL left tackle and is also a very good athlete for his size. That said, Adams came to Mobile with something to prove. He only played in eight games during his senior season, on an offensive line that struggled up front for an offense that ranked 107th in total yards. Throughout the week of practices, Adams has been among the standouts. He came into the week as a likely second-round pick, but after a strong week of practices, he has likely made himself a first-round draft pick. Adams has been mostly dominant against opposing pass rushers, and looks like a natural fit to be a left tackle in the NFL. Left tackle is a position of high importance, as the left tackle is the player responsible for protecting the quarterback from blind-side pass rushers. Because of the premium placed on left tackles in the NFL draft, Adams is now in position to be selected in the middle of the first round. Herron has a very productive career for OSU, rushing for 2,872 yards and 32 touchdowns over four seasons. Unfortunately for Herron, he is a player who fails to stand out among a running back group with plenty of productive runners. Running backs do not have many opportunities to stand out during the week of practices because it is hard to gauge a running back’s abilities outside of game situations with full tackling. For Herron, the focus should be on Saturday’s game. Herron needs to have a big performance on gameday to be selected in the first four rounds in April’s draft. He currently rates as a fifth-round draft pick. While all four players from OSU arrived in Mobile in search of big weeks, few players from any school needed a strong showing more than Posey. Posey is a very skilled receiver with an impressive combination of size and athleticism, but his draft stock is very much in question after only playing three games in his senior season. Posey’s on-field performance is certainly important considering the lack of game action from his senior season that coaches and scouts have to evaluate, but even more important for him during Senior Bowl week will be his interviews, in which he will need to address the off-field mistakes he has made that resulted in his being suspended for a total of ten games this past season. Posey projects to be selected on the third day of the draft, somewhere between the fourth and sixth rounds. The fourth Senior Bowl participant from OSU, and the only one of the four who played a full 13-game senior season, is center Mike Brewster. Unfortunately, while Brewster avoided off-field problems, he struggled on the field in his senior season. Brewster came into his senior season as the top-rated center in all of college football, but he has not been nearly as dominant as he was expected to be in his senior season. Two games in which Brewster particularly struggled came against Michigan State and Penn State. In each of those games, Brewster lined up against a likely first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft (Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still), and lost the battle at the line of scrimmage. OSU only managed 178 yards of offense and seven points against Michigan State, and only 289 yards of offense and 14 points against Penn State. Unfortunately, Brewster’s struggles have continued in Senior Bowl practices. While Brewster has looked good as a run blocker, he has struggled in interior pass protection and has had a difficult time with snapping the football. The North offense has been running many shotgun plays in their offensive drills in practice, and Brewster has struggled with accurately snapping the football to that distance, with many of his snaps going off to one side, which makes it difficult for the quarterback to handle the snap. Brewster came into the week hoping to rebuild his draft stock to be selected in the second or third round in April’s draft, but a disappointing week should keep him from being drafted any earlier than the fourth round. While Adams’ stock has really improved as a result of his performance throughout the practices, the other three players really need to use Saturday’s game as another chance to stand out. After the Senior Bowl, these four draft prospects will set their sights on preparing for the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held between Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis, Ind. at Lucas Oil Stadium. read more

Serbia Round 15 Partizan wins Eternal Derby

Serbian champion, HC Partizan stays on the TOP of domestic Super Liga after another win in the “Eternal Derby” over Crvena zvezda 26:20 (12:11). However, the biggest rival of the Partizan  in current season, Vojvodina Novi Sad stayed focused with one point less after the win against Jugovic Kac 30:26.PARTIZAN: Vasić (6 saves), Milošević 2, Mandić 4, Radanović 1, Dimitrijević 2, Maksić 3 (2), Kladarin, Milić (10 saves), Radivojević 1, Babić, Ilić 6, Milinić, Kostadinović 5, Radovanović, Mešter 2, Marsenić.CRVENA ZVEZDA: Ivanišević (4 saves), Paunović, Živković, Milošević 3, Pantelić 1, V. Tomić 1, Oljača, Pavić, A. Tomić, Pušica 4, Ćorović, Jeraj (12 saves), Ćirić 2, Dokić 6 (2), Anđelić 3, Mitrović 1.Man of the Match: Miloš Kostadinović (Partizan).Result: 2:3 (7), 5:7 (18), 6:9 (22), 10:9 (26), 12:12 (33), 17:13 (40), 21:15 (47), 25:19 (53).STANDINGS 6.Napredak13625375 : 375014 10.Rudar14527341 : 362-2112 4.Metaloplastika Zorka Keramika13913384 : 3463819 9.Kolubara14536387 : 396-913 12.Požarevac15609364 : 385-2112 2.Vojvodina Železničar151230411 : 3466527 14.Smederevo DU-Integral144010315 : 357-428 5.Crvena Zvezda (-2)14725376 : 3571914 8.Jugović Unimet15537376 : 383-713 1.Partizan151320475 : 4057028 11.Železničar 194914527410 : 446-3612 3.Radnički Kg14923401 : 3534820 13.Dinamo14419385 : 402-179 7.PKB15618367 : 367013 16.Obilić143011365 : 418-536 15.Crvenka Jafa143011368 : 402-346 HC Crvena zvezdaHC PartizanHC Vojvodina ← Previous Story Voting for the EHF EURO 2012 Best Player: Csaszar leads, Lazarov and Stanic follow Next Story → Saudi Arabia qualifies for the WCh 2013 in Spain! read more

Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week New Years Huck Finn and

first_imgThe Consumer Electronics Showcase took up much of the tech buzz this week. If you were too entrenched in all of this week’s tablet news and missed out on all the other things in which normal, non-geeky people, were talking about, we can help. We took a look at some of the most talked-about topics on Twitter this week so that you can pretend you were keeping up with things other than tech-product announcements. Trust us, all but No. 10 on the list was news to us. Check out the top trending topics on Twitter for the week ending in January 7 after the jump!AdChoices广告1. New Year’s Eve:As the clock struck 12, people all over the world wished each other a Happy New Year. Sub-trends formed as people wished each other greetings in a variety of languages. It was also a world record for Twitter in terms of Tweets per second. #HappyNewYears2. Macaulay Culkin / Mila KunisMila Kunis, best known for her role as Jackie on That ’70s Show and for her recent role in Black Swan, and Macaulay Culkin of, well, you know, ended their seven-year-long relationship. #MacaulayCulkin3. People’s Choice AwardsThe People’s Choice Awards were held Wednesday, January 5. Zac Effron, Taye Diggs, and Aly Michalka were all trending during that time. Surprisingly enough, R-Pat and Kristen weren’t on that list. #PeoplesChoiceAwards4. Huckleberry FinnA new edition of Mark Twain’s classic book was released without the “n-word.” #Huckleberryfinn5. Marcela TemerBrazil’s presidential inauguration took place this week. Instead of focusing on Dilma Roussef, Brazil’s first female president, the majority of the media and tweets were centered around Marcela Temer, the beautiful wife of new Vice-President Michel Temer. It wasn’t just her looks that got people tweeting, there’s also over a 40-year age difference between the two. She’s 27, and he’s 70 years old. #MarcelaTemer6. Justin BieberIt wouldn’t be a normal week on Twitter if Justin Bieber wasn’t a trending topic. What’s up this week? Nothing, really. Team Bieber just wanted to reassure everyone that they are indeed still devoted to the Biebs. #TeamBieber7. Pete PostlethwaiteOscar-nominated stage, film, and television actor Pete Postlethwaite died at age 64 after a battle with cancer. Postlehwaite is known for his roles in The Usual Suspects, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Alien 3, Amistad, The Constant Gardener, and, most recently, Inception. #PetePostlethwaite8. Things that Make Me Shake My HeadPeople are Tweeting about things that, well, make them shake their heads. #ThingsThatMakeMeSMH9. Hayao MiyazakiAnime master Miyazaki Hayao-sensei turns 70, and people are wishing him a happy birthday. Miyazaki is known for films such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro. #HayaoMiyazaki10. MotorolaDid you think we’d let you get away without at least one piece of tech news? News from ces is that Motorola will ship two new items for Verizon: the Xoom, the first Android Honeycomb tablet, will be released in March, and the Droid Bionic, the first Verizon LTE device will also be released. #Motorola [Photo via PerezHilton.com]last_img read more

HP launches Pavilion 14 Chromebook for 330

first_imgThe HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook was leaked just a few days ago when the company accidentally posted a PDF to its website. Today, the laptop was officially launched and it’s now the largest Chrome OS system you can buy. How much does it sell for? HP has priced the Pavilion 14 Chromebook at $329.99 and it will go live on HPdirect.com later today.So far, Chromebooks from Acer, Samsung, and Lenovo had been launched with 11 or 12-inch displays. The 14-inch display on the Pavilion will certainly be an attractive feature for some shoppers, but it might also be a negative. It requires more juice to run, and that limits the Pavilion 14’s appeal as a portable.With a battery that can provide  just over four hours of untethered use, the Pavilion 14 doesn’t offer the kind of all-day life that Google touts as one of the cornerstones of the Chromebook computing experience. One other aspect of Chromebooks Google has been bullish about is portability. The Pavilion 14 doesn’t stand out there, either. It’s pretty much exactly the same weight (four pounds) and thickness as its Windows cousins.And at $329, the Pavilion 14 isn’t substantially cheaper than some of HP’s similarly-sized Windows laptops. For an extra $70, shoppers wind up with a 14-inch notebook that can run way more than Chrome apps and a browser. They’d also score twice as much RAM and a 500GB hard drive to store files on, all while not giving up a significant amount of battery life — or perhaps even gaining a few extra minutes.While it’s difficult to imagine the average consumer being very interested in the Pavilion 14, schools certainly might be. The $329 price tag will be more attractive to IT administrators who need a slew of easy-to-maintain systems to roll out to, say, an entire grade level at a middle or high school.More at Google Chrome Bloglast_img read more

New ASIC appointments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Future Fund chairman and former federal treasurer of Australia Peter Costello, former Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority chairman John Laker and Google Australia head Maile Carnegie are the new appointees to the external advisory panel of the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC).ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft welcomed the four year appointment of Peter Costello and John Laker, saying their presence would help even further the work of the corporate regulator in the financial sector. Mr Medcraft also welcomed the appointment of Ms Carnegie, which was designed to help ASIC respond to technological change.ASIC’s 17-member External Advisory Panel meets four times a year, in order to channel senior level advice from the financial services industry to ASIC.Source: The Australianlast_img read more

New businesses blooming in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If recent numbers are anything to go by, Greece’s economy seems to be taking a albeit small turn for the better.The establishment and opening of businesses far exceeded the rate of closures in the country in the first nine months of 2018, with 24,586 new registrations submitted in comparison to the 12,943 businesses that closed down, reports naftemporiki.grThe numbers indicate an improvement when compared to the same period in 2017, during which 23,553 new entities were registered and 20,826 closed down.However self-employment rates overall seem to be dropping at somewhat of an alarming rate, with a decline of 38 per cent from last year.last_img read more

TwoHeaded Sharks Are Freaky And Researchers Are Seeing More

first_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida Stay on target If two-headed sharks look and sound bizarre to you, unfortunately, it’s something you may want to get used to. Not only are they real, but they’re becoming more and more ubiquitous, according to researchers.National Geographic published a piece a couple of days ago on November 5th stating that two-headed sharks are, in fact, real, and there are a whole lot more of them discovered here and there. Many seem to be relegated to embryos or infant sharks, but there have been several recorded instances of adolescent sharks as well.The blue shark seems to be the species most likely to spawn two-headed offspring because female blue sharks can carry up to 50 babies at once. Unfortunately, there’s not much to explain the phenomenon further beyond overfishing being a cause of some genetic abnormalities such as these bizarre two-headed beasts.This isn’t a new trend, however. It seems it can all be tied back to 2008, when a fisherman caught a two-headed blue shark embryo while fishing off the coast of Australia, and the instances sort of spiraled out of control from there. Following that incident, a group of fishermen in Florida in 2013 gutted a Bull shark to find a two-headed shark fetus in its uterus.It seems that the shark population is dwindling down, and that means the gene pool is shrinking as well. This gives way to a higher risk of genetic abnormalities, like one-eyed sharks or the two-headed creatures we’ve been seeing so much of lately.Of course, there are those who say this isn’t a growing trend at all: Dr. Felipe Galván-Magaña, for instance. The rising numbers of two-headed sharks reflect, in his opinion, the fact that there are simply new and more numerous scientific journals to publish these findings in.Whatever the case may be that’s bringing us more of these unfortunate abnormalities; one thing’s for sure: they sure are creepy.last_img read more

Fire destroys group of three travel trailers near La Center

first_imgA living situation that included three travel trailers and a series of tarps near La Center was destroyed in a fire Thursday night.Crews with Clark County Fire & Rescue were called at about 7:40 p.m. to 2001 N.W. Bolen St., where firefighters found the fire about 300 feet from the street on property that includes a luxurious five-bedroom house.Fire Chief John Nohr said flames were engulfing three travel trailers that were somewhat joined together. A series of tarps tied to trees created a community space of about 1,500 to 2,000 square feet that was full of miscellaneous old items, Nohr said.Though the person who called 911 reported that their travel trailer was on fire, no one was at the scene when firefighters arrived, Nohr said.Firefighters controlled the fire in about 20 minutes, Nohr said. They remained on the scene for more than three hours doing cleanup and putting out hot spots.“The firefighters did a really good job on a very difficult fire situation,” Nohr said. “The access was very hard and the amount of clutter in the area kept them from getting the hose lines in the correct place.”last_img read more

Jamaicas PM hails Land Information Council for advancing GIS in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 12, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) for pioneering the development and maintenance of a national Geographic Information System (GIS) network over the past 25 years.   He said that more than 50 State entities have implemented GIS in their operations, resulting in greater efficiency in the execution of their mandates.These include the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Works Agency (NWA), National Water Commission (NWC), and Social Development Commission (SDC).“Through the innovative use of GIS applications, we are becoming more effective and efficient in harnessing the power of our limited resources. We, however, acknowledge that there is still much more that can be done.  We must think spatially to improve overall planning, monitoring, evaluation, information-sharing and communication,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (October 10) opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.   The Prime Minister said geospatial technology is applicable in assisting the Government’s strategic objectives, noting that its use in providing data to inform policy and action is invaluable.“If we know how things are happening and why they are happening, then we can predict where they will happen, who will cause things to happen or who (they) will happen to…what will happen and when (they) will happen.    In other words, geospatial information creates a predictive cycle,” he pointed out.The Prime Minster praised former LICJ Chairperson, Jacqueline daCosta, for her indelible contribution to advancing GIS in Jamaica and modernising and reforming the planning, land policy and land management sectors.  He further commended the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) for staging the conference in tandem with the LICJ, and urged the participants to explore how best GIS technology can be utilised to expand economic growth and job creation.For his part, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who has responsibility for the NSDMD, said he is encouraged by the number of public-sector agencies that have been utilising GIS technology.   He noted that these entities have used GIS to create data sets and applications in health, land administration, national security, and natural resources management, which have assisted in strengthening their core business processes and functions.Mr. Vaz noted that the conference, under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’, is relevant and “synergises this Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of our people”.“I affirm that GIS in Jamaica is poised for great things. As we move forward, I wish to encourage us to continue the work that has begun. I am confident that at the end of these two days, we will have a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of GIS and its contribution to nation building and community development,” he added.The conference, which concludes on Wednesday (October 11) forms part of activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Youll Need To Plan For Parking If Youre Headed To Super Bowl

first_imgGail DelaughterFrancisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office Of Emergency Management speaks at Houston Transtar.It’s not game-day parking officials are worried about. It’s the big events in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. About 100,000 people daily are expected at Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention. Francisco Sanchez with the Harris County Office of Emergency Management says if you’re headed to those events you need to plan ahead.“If you’re one of the people who thinks you know all the secret parking spots and you have a place that is always available, that is not going to be the case for Super Bowl anywhere near downtown Houston,” explains Sanchez. Sanchez says the best thing to do if you’re headed downtown is use public transit. But if you do bring a car, plan to park on the west side. “We’re going to provide plenty of parking just outside of downtown Houston,” says Sanchez. “And then you’ll be able to get to the events either by shuttle or by walking.” And there will also be times when the events won’t be so crowded. “One of the secret things you can know as a Houstonian is most of our visitors are going to arrive Wednesday or Thursday before the game,” adds Sanchez. “All of those downtown experiences are also going to be available the weekend before Super Bowl. That’s also a great time to make it a family event.” Fans also have the option of pre-purchasing a downtown parking space. The cost runs between $5 and $30 dollars. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:50 Listenlast_img read more

Yahoo Beats Google in Monthly Traffic for First Time Since 2011

first_imgAugust 22, 2013 Maybe Marissa Mayer deserved that Vogue cover after all.Yahoo beat archrival Google in traffic in July, with 196.6 million unique visitors against Google’s 192.3 million, according to data from comScore. That’s the first time Yahoo has topped Google on a monthly basis since May 2011.Microsoft, Facebook and AOL rounded out the top five.Crucially, Yahoo beat Google without having Tumblr traffic added to its tally, according to comScore.Since Mayer took over the company last year, after a revolving-door of failed strategies implemented by a string of chief executives, she has made a big splash with deals like the one for Tumblr. But she has also faced criticism that she still hasn’t delivered results.Indeed, while the traffic figure is a clear plus, there remain questions over whether Mayer can monetize the audience – something Yahoo has failed to do effectively over the last few years.Mayer herself said as much at a Goldman Sachs investment conference earlier this year. “We need to see monetization working better because we know that it can and we’ve seen other competitors in the space illustrate how well it can work,” she said. 2 min readcenter_img Related: Yahoo Overpays Tumblr’s David Karp by Another $81 Millionlast_img read more

Proto Labs Wants to Help You Create a Cool Prototype for Free

first_img How Success Happens 4 min read December 18, 2013 In the future, if you find yourself using Garageio, a device that allows you to open and close your garage door from your smartphone no matter where you are in the world, you will have Maple Plain, Minn.-based Proto Labs to thank. Proto Labs is expected to announce today that it donated prototyping services instrumental to the production of Garageio.Alottazs Labs, maker of Garageio, is only the latest company to benefit from Proto Labs’ Cool Idea! Award program, which started two years ago as a way to help young companies get new gadgets off the ground.”What we look for is originality and potential benefit to the end user,” says Sarah Braun, marketing program manager at Proto Labs and head of the Cool Idea! Award program. “We also look for innate coolness.”That standard has led Proto Labs to award its services to everything from a system of products that allow bar patrons to pour their own beer at the tap to a cost-conscious artificial knee joint for amputees in the Third World.Proto Labs launched the Cool Idea! Award program in the U.S. in 2011, and expanded it to Europe the following year, at the same time increasing the total annual award from $100,000 to $250,000 worth of services. So far, the company has given out 17 awards. Braun says she reviews applications with Larry Lukis, the founder of Proto Labs, every six to eight weeks.Sometimes they pick a winner from that batch, sometimes they don’t.Related: Inventor of the Wildly Popular ‘Rainbow Loom’ Weaves the American Dream With Rubber Bands in a Detroit BasementWhat caught Braun’s eye about Garageio, she says, is that it solves a common problem better and more cheaply than the alternatives. “How many times have I myself left the home and thought, ‘Did I shut the garage door? I don’t know,’ and I’ll have to turn around and go check.”The Garageio unit attaches to your garage ceiling or garage door opener and connects to your Wi-Fi network. Using the related smartphone app, you can open and close your garage door from afar — “nearly any place in the world,” according to a press release. The app lets you control up to three separate doors and grant access to other users, such as your family members.Alottazs Labs received its award, for services worth about $22,000, earlier this fall. According to a release, it used part of the award to create a test version of Garageio, and the remainder will be used on injection molding when Garageio goes into production.Although pitch contests, micro-grants and awards from startup incubators are more commonplace in today’s entrepreneurial climate than ever before, it’s still unusual for a manufacturing company to give away its services. But Proto Labs, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of $1.7 billion, is uniquely able to help inventors take their ideas from the drawing board to the real world.Proto Labs prides itself on being able to produce metal and plastic parts from a three-dimensional CAD model in as fast as one business day. Clients pay a premium for such speedy service; the typical production time is three business days.”In this business, speed equals money,” Braun says. “People are constantly competing to get a product into the market faster than their competitors.”Alottazs Labs is raising money for Garageio on crowdfunding platform Fundable, and is also taking pre-orders on its website for $129 per device. [http://www.fundable.com/garageio] So far, the company has raised about $17,000 of its $25,000 goal on Fundable, or about 67 percent, with 26 days remaining.Proto Labs hasn’t selected the next award winner yet, but it has plans to further expand the program. In 2014, Braun says, she plans to include outside judges and provide more structure to accommodate them: There will be firm deadlines for applications every two months.”We really believe that there are some great ideas out there that never make it to market,” she says. “We want to provide our services to people that have these cool ideas and help them bring their ideas to life.”Related: 3 Things You Need to Know About Launching a Product Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

LGBT tourism 10th edition of GNETWORK 360

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Ministry of Tourism of Argentina, through the National Institute of Tourism Promotion (INPROTUR), participated in the presentation of the 10th edition of the International Conference on LGBT Business and Tourism (GNETWORK 360) held today in the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (CAT). Organized by the Argentine Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CCGLAR), GNETWORK 360 is […] Click to read the full article LGBT tourism: 10th edition of GNETWORK 360 LGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)UNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitITB Berlin recognizes industry pioneersMore articles on eTurboNews click here eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

StarSpangled holiday fest a hit

first_imgFamilies gorged on hot dogs slathered in mustard, ketchup and relish. A veteran sloshed a stein of beer. Others patriots, dressed in their best red, white and blue waited in line for carnival rides or participated in picnic games.The Cervecería Costa Rica fairgrounds, north of San José, were transformed Wednesday morning into the site of the annual U.S. Independence Day celebration. A couple thousand U.S. expats showed up for the annual bash in their home away from homeland. The Fourth of July celebration has thrived for decades in Costa Rica. At the picnic, no fireworks flash in the sky, and nobody would confuse the jets flying overhead from Juan Santamaría International Airport with Blue Angels. But certain moments resonate with U.S. residents living abroad. When it came time to sing the national anthem, as U.S. military members raised the flag, attendees moved their right hands to their hearts and mouthed the words that many had committed to memory long ago. “O say can you see…”  “It was a little touching. I heard the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star-Spangled Banner, and I felt a lot of nostalgia,” said Clark Leips, 76. “It really got to me.”Throughout the event, The Tico Times spoke with several partakers about what the U.S. Independence Day fiesta means to them.Morgan PleasantOriginally from: Washington, D.C.After her two years in the Peace Corps, Pleasant is staying on for a third working as a coordinator. She said she found her way to the Fourth of July celebration to get together with other Peace Corps volunteers from across the country. “Today didn’t feel like the Fourth of July until we came out here with all these other people from the States,” she said. “It’s a great taste of home.”Lani BardajeOriginally from: Washington, D.C.The Fourth of July celebration was Bardaje’s first stop in Costa Rica. She had just flown in to see her friend Morgan Pleasant, a Peace Corps volunteer. It was her first time celebrating the holiday abroad, yet from her of travel experiences, Bardaje said she’s not surprised to see lots of U.S. expats convening to celebrate their holiday. “This is a great stop, but I’m ready to see the real Costa Rica,” she said.Carolina SuárezOriginally from: HerediaSuárez found herself at the Cervecería Costa Rica on Wednesday by tagging along with coworkers from the Peace Corp headquarters in San José, where she is a program manager. She said she was curious about how U.S. expats celebrated the Fourth of July. “Costa Ricans celebrate their independence day in their own communities, and not with a one big party,” she said. Not all the folks from the United States can do that here so it’s nice that everyone can gather here to party, she said.William KincyOriginally from: Raleigh, North CarolinaKincy is visiting his wife’s family in Costa Rica, and the whole crew came out to see what the picnic was like. “I like being able to observe my country’s independence even if I’m not at home,” he said. His wife, Roxana, said it was nice that her husband and daughter, Malia, could partake in the experience.Clark LeipsOriginally from: St. Petersburg, FloridaLeips lived in Quepos, on the central Pacific Coast, for six years until finally making the move to Grecia, west of the capital, where he resides now. Leips made his first trip to the Independence Day picnic, and said it was a special time. “I always thought it was too far to feel it was worth the trip,” he said. “So I think it’s absolutely super to be able to come to something like this.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more