First Nations look to make agreements before mining convention

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Association for Mineral Exploration’s annual convention is being held in Vancouver this week.As APTN National News reporter Tina House explains there are positive agreements being made between governments, and some First Nations, in the mining sector.However, a British Columbia organization is issing a warning to industry and governments that more needs to be done.last_img

CBK bewildered by MRs policies

“Relations with India are essential and crucial,” she stresses.Which leads her to wonder, after New Delhi’s recent United Nations vote against Sri Lanka, what has changed there. Two years ago, in similar circumstances, India actually canvassed on Lanka’s behalf.“Somethings must have changed,” she says.“I do not know what they are.” Kumaratunga strongly denies she backed the rival candidate, General Sarath Fonseka. “Normally I would have supported Rajapaksa: I am still patron and member of our party. But I could not support some of his policies.” So she stayed out of the campaign altogether. “Such opportunities do not last forever,” she warned. “That is why they are called windows and not something larger.”SAPRI will look at issues regarding the subcontinent, Kumaratunga says, engaging research scholars globally on these topics.  These deliberations will result in policy recommendations which will be communicated to policy-makers and professionals. Kumaratunga said that Sri Lanka has a “marvellous opportunity” to heal and reconcile its twin populations after 25 years of civil war and she is more than a little baffled at the slowness with which the Mahinda Rajapaksa government is building post-civil war “bridges.” Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga says she is bewildered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s foreign policy.In New Delhi for the first annual conference of her own South Asia Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI), Kumaratunga also denied she backed Sarath Fonseka at the last Presidential election, the Hindustan Times reported. If she is concerned at Rajapaksa’s minority policies, she is “bewildered” by his foreign policy.“In my time, we practiced nonalignment, which meant keeping good relations with the entire world,” she says.This led many Western countries to agree to ban or limit the activities of the Tamil Tigers. Kumaratunga is clearly discomfited with Rajapaksa’s confrontational policies with the West and his rhetorical claims to having new “friends” in China, Myanmar and Iran. Sri Lanka is still fertile ground for the dissemination of such ideas. While the civil war has seen some repair work accomplished, Kumaratunga says still more needs to be done in terms of physical reconstruction and rehabilitation.Kumaratunga led Lanka during some of the bloodiest years of the civil war. Today, with a Tamil minority “who want rights but of whom only a small minority still talk of a homeland,” she seems worried Colombo doesn’t recognize what a good thing it has going for it.Rajapaksa’s abrogation of her promise of Tamil political devolution – a decision he had been party to at the time and did not oppose – was one reason Kumaratunga declined to support him in the last elections.  “Even though he called me eight times asking for support,” she remembers. read more

Europe pushes World Bank official Georgieva for top IMF job

FRANKFURT — European governments have decided to put forward World Bank official Kristalina Georgieva from Bulgaria as their candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund.Georgieva prevailed in a vote Friday among EU governments over former Netherlands finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, according to tweets from French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.Europe traditionally nominates the head of the IMF while a U.S. candidate becomes president of the World Bank, under a long-standing informal arrangement.The IMF executive board must choose a replacement for Lagarde, who has been nominated to head the European Central Bank and resigned effective Sept. 12. The 189-country IMF, a key international financial institution, provides members with economic advice and financial assistance.The Associated Press read more

Oil slips after IMF predicts possible recession for worlds biggest economies

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil slips after IMF predicts possible recession for world’s biggest economies by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 7:56 am MDT LONDON – The price of oil edged down toward US$92 a barrel on Wednesday amid gloomy forecasts for world economic growth.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was down 28 cents at US$92.11 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $3.06 on Tuesday to finish at US$92.39 per barrel on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.In London, Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 25 cents to US$114.25.The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that the world’s advanced economies are at risk of recession, a development that would likely depress the consumption of energy. The IMF cut its forecast for global growth this year to 3.3 per cent from a forecast of 3.5 per cent issued in July.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries left unchanged its estimate for growth in global oil demand in 2013. However, it said Wednesday that uncertainty over economic growth could cause it to lower those estimates in the future.Traders have also been watching developments in Syria for any signs of a disruption in supplies from the Middle East. Cross-border artillery exchanges with Turkey have heightened fears that the violence between government and opposition forces in Syria could escalate into a wider regional conflict.Oil analyst Stephen Schork said traders on Wednesday will be watching for the release of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s so-called Beige Book report on business conditions in the United States. The report is released eight times a year and is based on information that the Fed’s 12 regional banks gather from business contacts around the country.In other futures traded in New York: natural gas rose one cent to US$3.477 per 1,000 cubic feet, heating oil fell 0.6 of a cent to US$3.201 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and wholesale gasoline rose 0.9 of a cent to US$2.968 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Reverend suspended after being arrested on suspicion of voyeurism

first_imgA senior clergyman has been suspended by church elders after he was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism at a shopping centre.The Very Rev Martin Thrower, 55, has been banned from the pulpit for now by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in Suffolk after he was detained by police.The churchman’s shocked wife Pauline said the arrest had caused his family “great sadness” but insisted they were all standing by him with “unconditional love”. Whilst this has come as a shock to us as a family we are all supporting Martin with unconditional love at this difficult time.Pauline Thrower Mr Thrower in front of St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh, SuffolkCredit:Su Anderson/Archant Mr Thrower in front of St Mary's Church, Hadleigh, Suffolk Mr Thrower, a widely-respected figure in the local church, has been rector of Hadleigh with Layham and Shelley for the last seven years.The father-of-three also holds the important regional positions of Dean of Bocking and Rural Dean of Hadleigh.Mr Thrower was arrested on August 4 at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich. He hasn’t been charged over the serious allegations but has been bailed to return to Suffolk Police HQ in Martlesham, near Ipswich, in October.John Howard, spokesman for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: “I can confirm that The Very Rev Martin Thrower, Rector of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley, and also rural dean of Hadleigh, has been arrested by Suffolk Constabulary for voyeurism.”He has been suspended from all offices within the diocese until further notice. We have made arrangements to look after his church duties and to offer support to his parishes at this difficult time.”Mr Howard added: “We will make no further comment while the police investigation is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with everyone affected by this situation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mrs Thrower told the East Anglian Daily Times: “It is with great sadness that we find ourselves in the situation we are now in.”Whilst this has come as a shock to us as a family we are all supporting Martin with unconditional love at this difficult time.”Mr Thrower has led the church in Hadleigh since 2009 and leads a team that has been doing a lot of work in the local community.His determination to shake up St Mary’s in Hadleigh sparked controversy three years ago as he said he wanted to remove many pews to create a more flexible space.The Victorian Society objected to his radical scheme. But Mr Thrower, who has three children got his way after winning permission from church leaders and the work was carried out.His church has since been used by a much wider variety of community groups as a result of his pioneering blueprint.One of these is the Porch Project for youngsters aged from 11 to 20, who meet there twice a week for leisure groups.Although it is backed by St Mary’s and meets there, it is a separate organisation and supports 300 youngsters in Hadleigh.The market town has regularly been slammed for a lack of activities for young people.At the time of the firestorm over the pews in 2013, Mr Thrower insisted: “Churches weren’t built with pews in.”They were built to be the community space, to have the market in and host big meetings and we have an aspiration to return the building to being the true parish church.”last_img read more

Tamás Iváncsik will leave Veszprém

← Previous Story Qatari Al Rayyan sign former Dinamo Minsk goalkeeper Next Story → Hammerseng Edin and Blanco to take a break from NT Tamas Ivancsikveszprem „Hi! Lots of you inquire about my future, what I want to thank you. Now I want to inform you that the club won’t make a contract with me, so after 7 fantastic years I won’t be a player of MKB-MVM Veszprém from the next season. I will complete my tasks this season and try to do my best as I always did. Tank you for your love and support what me and my family got this years, see you on the field!” – said Tamás Iváncsik on Facebook to his fans.With Iváncsik’s post it will be supposed that the Slovenian Celje’s right wing, Gasper Marguc will transfer to Veszprém.TEXT: Virág Farkas

McFadden ruled out as BOD joins Kearney and Sexton on doubtful list

first_imgFERGUS MCFADDEN HAS been ruled out for ‘a number of weeks’ after fracturing a bone in his hand during Saturday’s defeat to Australia.The Leinster centre-turned-wing was one of the few silver linings in the 32 – 15 loss to the Wallabies and it adds to a number of concerns in Joe Schmidt’s back-line.Jonathan Sexton has not been ruled out of the clash against the All Blacks this Sunday despite limping off at half time with a hamstring injury. Team manager Michael Kearney today said that scans had shown the injury to be “less worrying than initially feared.”Rob Kearney left the field in the final stages after suffering a rib injury which Kearney today confirmed as a rib cartilage tear, which could potentially be patched up enough to go head on with the world’s number one side.Though the fullback has not yet been ruled out, Felix Jones has been added to the squad as cover. So too has Darren Cave who comes in as cover for Brian O’Driscoll who felt ‘tightness’ in the calf which sidelines him for all bar three games already this season.Ireland’s all-time leading try-scorer expects to be fit enough to play New Zealand for the final time.McCaw expects ‘hugely competitive’ O’Driscoll to drive Ireland on‘You don’t want to be the first All Blacks team to lose to Ireland’last_img read more

The aftermath Nobody in the city can ever recall such severe flooding

first_imgLarge waves batter the coastal town of Lahinch in Clare (Niall Carson/PA Wire) A MAJOR CLEAN-UP operation is under way after parts of the country were badly hit by severe flooding.Strong winds coupled with high tides to cause flooding in many areas along the west coast, with Limerick particularly badly affected.Sixty people had to be evacuated from their homes after flood water rose to several feet high in parts of Limerick when the Shannon burst its banks on Saturday. Several hundred other people had to be helped by emergency services and volunteer teams.(Video: Shy Sports/YouTube)City officials said that most of those evacuated from their homes spent the night with relatives while accommodation was provided for the remainder.The flooding in the city was described as unprecedented; flood defences had been put in place but were unable to cope with the combination of torrential rain, high tides and strong winds.Water levels remain high in the King’s Island area and the worst affected areas of the city have been cordoned off.“Nobody in the city, not even the oldest resident of King’s Island, can ever recall such severe flooding,” said Limerick City and County Manager Conn Murray.Civil Defence  help evacuate residents from St Mary’s Park, Limerick (Pic: Sean Curtin)“We had our preparations made and had been working to shore up defences for days in the areas considered most at risk of flooding in the city and county but the volume of water was such that many of our defences were simply unable to cope”.Murray said that many residents, particularly the elderly, had experienced a great shock.“The tremendous public spirit shown by the people of Limerick city has been of great benefit to the state agencies including the fire and rescue service, the ambulance service and the Gardaí in trying to deal with the situation,” he said.The orange alert national warning put in place by Met Éireann has now ended with today forecast to see strong winds but none as strong as the storm-force winds of the past 48 hours.A dog makes his way home through a flooded street in Limerick city last night (Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire) Photos: Rescue efforts under way after severe flood emergency > Read: Batten down the hatches: Storm-force winds batter the country >last_img read more

Mayors defy ALP

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian councillors in Victoria have found themselves amidst political upheaval regarding their election as mayors. Cr Mary Lalios was re-elected on December 2 as mayor of Whittlesea, while Cr Stella Karyofyllidis was elected, for the second time on December 7 as mayor of Moreland after holding the post in 2000. The elections created commotion with councillors including those in the cities of Whittlesea and Moreland. Cr Lalios, in the City of Whittlesea, was re-nominated as mayor despite having previously signed an agreement with fellow councillors to support another candidate for the post of mayor. Cr Lalios doesn’t deny signing the agreement and has, according to a report in the Whittlesea Leader, argued that she signed the document “under duress.” The apparent agreement took place between councillors who are unofficially supported by the Labor Party. In Whittlesea the councillors are ALP aligned while in Moreland they are Labor endorsed.Among them is Cr Pavlides who launched a vitriolic attack against Cr Lalios when talking to Neos Kosmos. “With her latest move she lost the trust of her colleagues, the [Labor] party and especially of the ratepayers. She sold us out. She showed that above all she puts her own personal interest.”Cr Lalios in response to Cr Pavlidis’ comments said to Neos Kosmos English Edition, (NKEE), that Cr Pavlidis has already raised the “substance of the observations being made now with all the elected councillors prior to the Mayoral vote being taken.” She went on to state that, “fellow councillors decided that I am the best person to be the Mayor.”Cr Lalios, when responding to NKEE rejected any criticism by saying, “It is not in the best interests of the residents of the City of Whittlesea for me to become involved in a debate being mounted by others.”She said that her main concern was to meet the needs of “148,000 multicultural residents; bushfire recovery work; the massive growth in our municipality and the potential of 10,500 hectares of land being developed into new homes, streets, schools, sporting grounds, shopping centres and playgrounds.” She underscored her concern for the development of infrastructure to meet the needs of the area’s residents. A similar situation was reported in the City of Moreland with the difference being that eight out of the 11 acting councillors have been elected with the official support of the ALP. Moreland is one of the few Victorian municipalities where Labor officially endorses candidates. Cr Karyofillidis, broke ranks last Monday along with other three ALP supported councillors and sided with two Greens and one independent to become the mayor of Moreland for 2009-2010. While the ALP had thrown its support behind Cr Erdogan, Cr Karyofyllidisclaims that Cr Erdogan’s youth and inexperience forced her to go against her party. Former mayor of Moreland, Lambros Tapinos, himself a young councillor, disputed her claim. “I don’t believe age plays a major role; there are some very talented young people in local government” Mr Tapinos said. He added, “Young people have a lot to contribute to local government. I think the energy, the enthusiasm and new ideas that they bring is a great plus.” He suggested that Cr Karyofillidis’ decision not to abide by ALP directives was driven by “personal ambition.” At the same time, Mr Tapinos congratulated Cr Kariofilidis on her election saying, “this is a good thing for the Greek community in general.” This is the second time that Cr Karyofyllidishas defied the ALP line. In 2004 she advocated for voting preferences contrary to the party’s directive. Her defiance resulted in Cr Karyofyllidis losing her ALP membership for two years.Councillors who are elected as mayors work full time with a remuneration package of about $80,000 per annum, and are provided council car. In contrast, councillors are part-time and receive approximately $25,000 per annum.last_img read more

Taxe carbone pas de contribution en France avant une taxe aux frontières

first_imgTaxe carbone : pas de contribution en France avant une taxe aux frontières ?France – Alors qu’il souhaitait voir la contribution climat-énergie entrer en vigueur en France dès le mois de juillet prochain, Nicolas Sarkozy envisagerait de modifier son calendrier, préférant attendre l’instauration d’une taxe aux frontières européennes.Si le ministre de l’Écologie Jean-Louis Borloo a récemment confirmé que la taxe carbone entrera bien en vigueur le 1er juillet prochain, Nicolas Sarkozy semble avoir changé d’avis, au moment où la Commission européenne se dit favorable à l’instauration d’une taxe aux frontières (voir article).”Je dis très clairement que la France montrera l’exemple, que nous voulons tenir nos engagements de limitation des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, mais que nous voulons dans le même temps une taxe carbone aux frontières de l’Europe”, a déclaré le chef de l’État dans un entretien accordé au Figaro. Laissant penser que la contribution climat-énergie française, contestée au sein de l’UMP, n’entrera pas en viveur avant que soit adoptée une taxe carbone européenne, Nicolas Sarkozy a assuré : “Nous n’imposerons pas à nos industriels des contraintes si, dans le même temps, on autorise les importations venant de pays qui ne respectent aucune des règles environnementales à inonder nos marchés”. Et le président d’ajouter qu’il prendrait “le temps de la concertation, au niveau européen comme au niveau national”.Cette possibilité de report de la mise en place de la taxe carbone, qui vise à taxer les énergies fossiles pour encourager particuliers et professionnels à se tourner vers des énergies propres, ne surprend pas les écologistes. Selon la secrétaire nationale des Verts Cécile Duflot, “après la manière dont [Nicolas Sarkozy] a amené les choses depuis le début, en utilisant le terme et en le vidant de sa substance et de son utilité, ces déclarations étaient plus que probables”.Le 15 mars 2010 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nucléaire des constructeurs adoptent un code de bonne conduite

first_imgNucléaire : des constructeurs adoptent un code de bonne conduite Huit constructeurs mondiaux de centrales nucléaires ont adhéré à un programme de bonne conduite destiné à harmoniser les critères de sécurité et à limiter l’impact de cette industrie sur l’environnement.Une charte de bonne conduite vient d’être signée par huit constructeurs de centrales nucléaires : AECL (Canada), Areva (France), Atomstroyexport (Russie), Kepco (Corée), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries et Toshiba (Japon), Westinghouse (Etats-Unis) et le conglomérat américano-japonais Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy. Une liste qui devait normalement comporter un neuvième nom mais le chinois CNNC, a finalement décidé de ne pas adhérer à la charte, rapporte La première condition préalable pour adhérer à ce programme était d’être membre de l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA). À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylLa charte n’a aucun pouvoir contraignant, elle établit simplement des principes pour harmoniser les normes de constructions des centrales et fixer la responsabilité des constructeurs en cas d’accident. Concrètement, elle oblige les fabricants signataires à équiper leurs centrales de système d’arrêt d’urgence des réacteurs en cas d’incident.”Ce qui est important, c’est que des producteurs-exportateurs de cultures différentes puissent s’entendre sur un consensus de bonnes pratiques, qui s’additionnent aux réglementations internationales et aux lois nationales” a indiqué Olivier Loubière, déontologue chez Areva. Selon l’AIEA, une soixantaine de pays ont manifesté un intérêt pour se doter de centrales nucléaires, parmi ceux-ci quinze devraient en acquérir dans les dix prochaines années.Le 16 septembre 2011 à 14:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Stocks sink on weak industrials

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks slumped again Thursday as investors continued to sell shares of technology and internet companies, industrials, and companies that rely on consumer spending.Several industrial companies tumbled after releasing weak quarterly reports, and European stocks also fell as European Union leaders criticized Italy’s spending plans.At the start of trading, stocks took small losses as bond prices fell and interest rates spiked. While the gain in interest rates didn’t last, stocks turned lower late in the morning, and by the end of the day they had wiped away most of their big rally from Tuesday.Stocks have skidded over the last two weeks, and there are signs investors are worried about future economic growth. The S&P 500 has fallen 5.5 percent in volatile trading since Oct. 3, and technology, industrial and energy companies have taken some of the biggest losses. Those companies tend to do better when the economy is growing more quickly and consumers and businesses have more money to spend.“If uncertainty starts to creep in around trade or growth, that could be a risk to the recovery in … corporate spending,” said Jill Carey Hall, senior U.S. equity strategist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She said investors will monitor company reports over the next few weeks to learn about their business forecasts and plans.European leaders expressed concern about the Italian government’s proposal to increase spending and widen its budget deficit. European Union budget chief Pierre Moscovici told Italy’s economic minister that the new government’s plans make it unlikely that Italy will be able to reduce its public debt to levels agreed upon by EU countries.last_img read more

Relix Publisher Death of CDs Inevitable

first_imgThis is the future, a combination of Amoeba Records and Starbucks. I would l spend all my free time there. When it happens look for me in the jamband section—I will be the one wearing Lederhosen.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Check out our video Q+A with Steve here …] Will 2008 be the year CDs disappear like vinyl, cassettes and 8 track tapes (ugh)? It is inevitable. With MP3 players getting smaller and cheaper, there is no real reason for CD’s to exist. Yes, I know some people still like CDs. Some people still like vinyl. Some people wear Lederhosen but it doesn’t mean they will come back into fashion anytime soon. Technology rarely returns to its roots; it evolves, gets cheaper, faster and more malleable. For audiophiles, there will still be FLAC files and other technology to keep the integrity of the sound.We still put CDs in our magazines (Relix, Global Rhythm, Metal Edge). Readers love them and it’s a great way for us to share the music we write about. I still play CDs but I prefer to download them to my iPod. I have 8,000 songs in my iPod. Try carrying 8,000 CDs around town. We also need a new shopping experience for music. Discovering new music alone at home is kind of depressing. Music is meant to be shared. That’s why concerts are held in venues and not over the Web. I want to meet people that share my passion for music and can turn me on to new bands.Imagine a world where you go to a music store, head over to the section you like (rock, jazz, classical, etc) and instead of standing in an aisle flipping through CDs, you can sit on a nice comfy couch and sip a latte with others who share your musical interest. There will be an expert host to tell you about new music coming out and recommend albums or songs. If you want to find things yourself you can scroll through a list of titles and listen to tracks on headphones. When you decide what you want you can either download it to a memory stick or directly into your iPod. The store will keep your titles on file should your MP3 player get lost.last_img read more

Court Rebuffs Neighbors Complaints over Noise from Navy Growlers at Washington Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A federal judge this week refused to grant an injunction sought by residents in northwest Washington state to suspend flights of EA-18G Growler aircraft based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to an outlying landing field (OLF) to practice takeoffs and landings.The neighbors complained that the flights to OLF Coupeville, which resumed early last year following a temporary moratorium, were causing serious health effects due to noise. U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly, however, ruled that the group of residents known as Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment failed to show that overflights by the Navy’s newest electronic-warfare aircraft were significantly louder than described in a 2005 environmental assessment, reported the Seattle Times.The Coupeville residents originally filed a federal lawsuit in July 2013 arguing the Navy should have performed a comprehensive environmental impact statement in 2005 rather than a less detailed environmental assessment before allowing the Growlers to train at OLF Coupeville. The assessment was triggered by the Navy’s transition from the older EA-6G Prowler to the Growler.The judge’s Aug. 11 order noted the Navy has agreed to prepare a new environmental assessment based on the group’s claims that the noise from training flights at OLF Coupeville is making their lives unbearable.The EA-18G Growlers, used to suppress enemy radar, are a prominent part of the Navy’s mission at Whidbey Island. Currently, 82 Growlers are based there, a numbers that could rise to 118 as the older Prowlers are replaced, according to the story.last_img read more

Columbus Residents Ponder Ways to Lessen Dependency on Ft Benning

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders and other stakeholders from Columbus, Ga., participated in two public workshops last week to discuss the likely impact of the loss of Fort Benning’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.The post originally had been projected to lose 3,402 soldiers but the figure now is closer to 2,800. About 1,050 soldiers left in December, with the remaining 1,750 slated to leave by the end of July. The cuts are part of the Army’s latest restructuring, which will shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018.Attendees at the session on Thursday agreed that one strategy the Chattahoochee Valley should adopt in response to the changes is to find ways to retain separating service members, reported WTVM.The community needs to dedicate resources to workforce training for veterans, said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. Convincing veterans to remain in the region should prompt the federal government to continue to invest in the Chattahoochee Valley area, Tomlinson said.“We have state-of-the-art facilities, we have excess capacity, room for growth,” she said. “As other bases are having to close because they’re obsolete, why don’t they come on to Fort Benning?”Matrix Design Group hosted the workshops for a study about the economic impacts of the cutbacks at Fort Benning. The study, primarily funded by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, also will consider strategies for diversifying the valley’s economy.“The community really needs to figure out what else it can do to lead job creation and other things to make this a vibrant community,” said Sal Nodjomian, executive vice president of Matrix.last_img read more

In Other News Senate Set to Begin NDAA Debate Air Force Moves

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate is scheduled to begin debating the contents of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill this morning after the measure surmounted a procedural vote Monday night. The chamber is expected to take up multiple amendments as part of a manager’s package, reported CQ. A handful of amendments could get votes on the floor this week as well. … Peterson AFB, Colo., will lose 72 military and civilian positions following the Air Force’s decision to transfer cyber responsibilities from its Space Command to Air Combat Command, headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Despite the realignment, Colorado Springs stands to gain as the service ramps up its space efforts over the next several years, Jay Lindell, chief advocate for military and aerospace jobs for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), told the Gazette. … Military Times has created a searchable database of drinking water systems and monitoring wells located both on- and off-base where elevated levels of the contaminants PFOA and PFOS have been detected. The database relies on data from DOD, which previously reported that drinking water systems at 36 installations tested above EPA guidelines, and 90 installations recorded elevated contaminant levels in the groundwater at either on- or off-base locations. Remedial actions carried out by DOD could take up to a decade or more to complete, Maureen Sullivan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment, safety and occupational health, told Military Times.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russelllast_img read more

Sigma 60 megapixel Foveon mirrorless camera delayed until 2020 report says

first_img Cameras Post a comment Sigma derives its Foveon resolution numbers by multiplying the spatial dimensions by the number of color primaries (i.e., red, green and blue). In this case that’s 5,520×3,680×3 for a total of 60.9 “megapixels.” PhotoRumors Sigma’s the only company that announced a full-frame mirrorless camera in 2018, but it hasn’t started selling it. When the company talked about it at Photokina in September, it didn’t provide much detail save to say it would be out this year. Now that’s slipped to 2020, but the company did state a resolution for the new version of its Foveon sensor: 60.9 megapixels. A report by DC Watch (via PhotoRumors) shows photos of a briefing about the camera, including a screen with Sigma’s usual Foveon math. Foveon sensors have always had smaller spatial dimensions than typical sensors using a Bayer color filter array, which has historically put them at a “moar pixels” marketing disadvantage.  The structure of the current Foveon X3 sensor.  Sigma A Bayer array mosaics the red, green and blue filters so that for every block of four pixels, one’s got a red filter, one a blue and two have green. The Foveon sensor, in contrast, is composed of red-, green- and blue-sensitive layers. It uses those to create a luminance channel (that’s the image detail), which is then combined with the color data to form the full-color picture.  Sigma math — in which the company defines a “pixel” as a single color element rather than an actual picture element — takes the 20-megapixel spatial dimension of the new sensor (5,520×3,680) and multiplies it by the number of layers to derive its 60.9-megapixel figure. So (as I’ve said before) while the Foveon sensor might deliver better color and detail than other sensors with similar numbers of pixels, the spatial resolution of the final files is represented by the lower numbers, in this case, 20 megapixels.  It’s kind of a reverse of the type of pixel-binning that’s used by the Huawei P20 Pro, which takes a 40-megapixel sensor and aggregates each group of four pixels into an uberpixel with increased light sensitivity, resulting in a 10-megapixel photo.  2018 was a big year for full-frame mirrorless announcements: Nikon, Canon and Panasonic and Sigma (via the L-Mount alliance) all jumped into what previously had been Sony’s sole domain.  Sigma declined to comment.Originally published 8:40 a.m. PT.Update, 11:40 a.m. PT: Adds Sigma’s response to our request for comment. 0 Share your voice Tags Sigmalast_img read more

Report Median Income for Black DC Residents Drops

first_imgThe U.S. Census Bureau released a vital, and troubling, examination of the nation’s economy, using new statistics on income, poverty, health insurance and more than 40 other areas through the agency’s American Community Survey.  Of gravest concern, according to the Census report, was the sharp decrease in income and increase in poverty among Blacks. There was a $5,000 drop in income among Blacks in D.C. alone.“The American Community Survey allows us to track incremental changes across our nation on how the nation’s people live and work, year-to-year,” Census Bureau Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division Chief David Waddington said in a statement. “It’s our country’s only source of small area estimates for social and demographic characteristics. These estimates help people, businesses and governments throughout the country better understand the needs of their populations, the markets in which they operate and the challenges and opportunities they face.”But what does it mean for the District, when, in addition to losses in property, educational gains and businesses, there also exists a financial shift among the same population?“We are seeing, even among well-paid Black families – a struggle to make ends meet.  This means that with less disposable income, more Blacks are spending less, saving less, and therefore, not as fluid financially as they were just a year before,” Howard University business administration graduate, Sharif Muhammad, told the AFRO.  “This may be the result of skyrocketing housing in the area, or even a slowed job market, which means that we simply have to adapt and curve spending to keep afloat.”The D.C. median income from 2015 to 2016—dropped from $76,233 to $75,506—though increases were tracked in other urban areas.  Citing growing racial inequities between White families and those of Blacks and Latinos in D.C., the report shows that even as White families show a median income of more than $120,000, Blacks showed a median income of only $38,000.“I put little stock into these types of reports,” Ward 8 resident Briana Michaels told the AFRO.  “This report makes it look like Black people are stupid about their money and hint at racial inequalities, but refuse to report on the systemic racism in hiring, education, housing, and banking that will keep these numbers moving in decline.  How do you under-educate people so they can only get hourly jobs and then force them to pay thousands of dollars a month in rent that you know they don’t have?”Poverty rates in the District are set by the rate of $19,000 a year for a three-person household—accounting for nearly 28 percent of the city’s population – most of whom are Black, according to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.last_img read more

Netflix Subscribers Say Orange Is the New Black Stranger Things Are Their

first_img Related Also in the top 10 were “Friends” (rolling off Netflix for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max next year) and “The Office” (leaving for NBCUniversal’s service in 2021). For that kind of “comfort-food content,” according to MoffettNathanson principal analyst Michael Nathanson, the risk to Netflix “is a loss of easy-to-find and satisfying content that drives down time spent looking. In its place, Netflix will continue to spend more on original programming and marketing to promote other choices.” The analyst added that he continues to believe Netflix’s shares are overvalued (he rates the stock “neutral”), and that new competitive threats in the U.S. are “hardly reflected in their stock price.”Rounding out the top 10 on the survey, the fourth most popular show streaming on Netflix was “Ozark,” followed by “Grace and Frankie”; “Black Mirror”; “Lucifer” (whose first three seasons aired on Fox before Netflix picked it up for a fourth season released this past May); “The Crown”; “The Office”; and “Friends.”What’s important to note, however, is that the survey asked which shows were viewers’ favorites — that’s different than actual time spent viewing. On this front, licensed shows have dominated, in part due to the fact that there are far more episodes of, say, “Friends” (236) than, for example, “Stranger Things” (25 through the first three seasons). According to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings, the No. 1 show on Netflix in 2018 in the U.S. in terms of minutes streamed was “The Office,” followed by “Friends,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds” and “Shameless.” The most-viewed Netflix original in 2018, at the No. 7 spot, was “Orange Is the New Black,” per Nielsen.Of the 99 most-cited TV shows for Netflix on the MoffettNathanson/HarrisX survey, 51 were Netflix originals, 42 were licensed TV shows and six actually are not on Netflix, reflecting consumer confusion about where they’ve watched their favorites.The MoffettNathanson/HarrisX survey also found that Hulu’s No. 1 cited favorite show — unsurprisingly — was the breakout hit and award-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Of the service’s top 99 shows, 74 are shows acquired from cable and broadcast TV networks and only 17 are originals; meanwhile, eight of the shows cited by participants are are not currently on Hulu. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety center_img What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Asked to pick their favorite shows on Netflix, users surveyed put “Orange Is the New Black” at No. 1 and “Stranger Things” at No. 2, topping licensed shows like “The Office” and “Friends,” according to a new study.That suggests that for Netflix, the coming departure of some popular old TV shows — not to mention a steady drop-off of Disney titles — isn’t going to derail the streaming leader. But it will mean Netflix is going to have to continue to spend more to produce and market original content as media conglomerates claw back their libraries.Netflix still relies heavily on licensed content. That said, 15 of the top 20 shows Netflix subscribers cited as their “favorite” shows were Netflix originals, according to a MoffettNathanson-commissioned poll conducted by HarrisX of 11,135 U.S. subscription-video service users in May-June 2019. (The No. 3 entry on the survey was a catch-all category of “movies.”) For Amazon Prime Video, the top five shows were each originals — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” “Bosch,” “The Man in the High Castle,” and “Sneaky Pete.” But of the top 99, only 19 were original titles, 44 were licensed and 36 that respondents cited (like “Game of Thrones”) weren’t even available on the service, something the analyst firm attributed to consumers confusing Prime Video with the rentals and purchases available through Amazon Video.Other findings from the MoffettNathanson/HarrisX survey:Password sharing: 14% of Netflix users tap into an account paid for by someone outside of their household, compared with 11% of Hulu users and 6% of Amazon Prime Video users.Subscription tiers: Of Netflix subscribers, 32% have the Basic plan ($8.99 per month), 43% have the Standard package ($12.99) and 26% have the Premium ($15.99). Among Hulu customers, 72% are on the $5.99-per-month basic package with ads and 28% are on the $11.99 monthly no-ads plan (in line with Hulu’s claim that 70% of its overall viewers are on the ad-supported tier).Usage: 77% of Netflix users 76% of Hulu customers watch either daily or a few times a week, while 60% of Amazon Prime Video users said the same. About 39% of both Netflix and Hulu subs say they stream something on the services every day, compared with 22% of Amazon Prime Video users.Pictured above (l. to r.): Taryn Manning and Uzo Aduba from “Orange Is the New Black”; Millie Bobby Brown in “Stranger Things”last_img read more

Lake researchers find fishermen a good resource for limnology

first_imgImage: Wikipedia. © 2012 Phys.Org Skill triumphs over fish scarcity and draws experienced anglers back to overfished lakes More information: Contributions of local knowledge to the physical limnology of Lake Como, Italy, PNAS, Published online before print April 9, 2012, doi:10.1073/pnas.1113740109AbstractThis article shows how local knowledge may be valuably integrated into a scientific approach in the study of large and complex hydrological systems where data collection at high resolution is a challenge. This claim is supported through a study of the hydrodynamics of a large lake where qualitative data collected from professional fishers was combined with theory to develop a hypothesis that was then verified by numerical modeling. First the fishermen’s narratives were found to describe with accuracy internal wave motions that were evident in water column temperature records, which revealed their practical knowledge of the lake’s hydrodynamics. Second, local knowledge accounts emphasized the recurrent formation of mesoscale gyres and return flows in certain zones of the lake in stratified conditions, which did not appear in the physical data because of limitations of sampling resolution. We hypothesized that these features developed predominantly because of the interaction of wind-driven internal motions with the lake’s bathymetry, and the Earth’s rotation in the widest areas of the basin. Numerical simulation results corroborated the fishers’ descriptions of the flow paths and supported the hypothesis about their formation. We conclude that the collaboration between scientific and local knowledge groups, although an unusual approach for a physical discipline of the geosciences, is worth exploring in the pursuit of a more comprehensive understanding of complex geophysical systems such as large lakes. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( — By studying lakes and streams, limnologists are able to learn how water systems work which is vital in a world where human population increases cause such resources to become ever more valuable. Thus, any new source of reliable information that can add to the overall understanding of how such a system works can become invaluable over time. It is for this reason that a trio of researchers from the Center for Water Research and Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia, found themselves enlisting the help of local fishermen when studying Lake Como in the Italian Alps. In so doing, they found, as they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, that knowledge fishermen gain both from their ancestors and through experience can be used to expand on scientific studies to provide a much more thorough analysis of a lake’s flow patterns.center_img Explore further After initial analysis, the research team found that approximately thirty fishermen made a living by catching fish using large floating nets in the lake. Of those, they interviewed twenty two. In so doing they discovered that the fishermen had a much deeper understanding of both the underwater topology of the lake and the currents that occur as a result of that topology as well as seasonal temperature variations, than was expected. They learned for example, that the fishermen could describe the bottom of the lake without ever having seen a map of it. They were also able to describe in great detail different kinds of currents at different depths and could pinpoint where eddies occurred and where sometimes the current flowed backwards.The research team then built a model that simulated lake conditions using traditional methods such as monitoring wind speed and temperature variations of the water at various points along with a topological map. The model estimated lake currents at different locations and depths, and as it turned out, very closely matched the mental model the fishermen had built in their heads.In comparing the amount of data that could be collected via traditional methods versus that garnered from speaking with the fishermen, the team discovered that because of their histories and backgrounds, the fishermen were able to provide a much richer and more complex picture of the lake system than they were able to obtain using simple measurements and thus have concluded that future research efforts should include interviews with fishermen whenever possible. Doing so, they say, will likely result in better models. Citation: Lake researchers find fishermen a good resource for limnology (2012, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more