Off the Shelf: Conversations with Authors of Children’s Books

first_imgScreen shot of book coverThe Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with M.L. Sather, the author of Boo Boo Bear’s Mission.  More information about Boo Boo Bear and his experiences can be found on Facebook.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?My son served 34 years with the Minnesota Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing, including three tours in Iraq. My husband served in the Middle East during the Korean Conflict and my dad was in the Merchant Marines during WWII.The book’s illustrators were children from military and civilian families. We wanted to offer an opportunity for all children to participate in a fun and empowering project. We wanted to give military-connected children a voice in defining their experiences. We also wanted children from civilian families to become aware of the pride and challenges their military-connected peers experience during deployments. Finally, we wanted to support children learning from one another.What made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience with the military that inspired you?I was working on another children’s book when my son called from Iraq during his second deployment to tell me that his daughter had sent her beloved teddy bear to him to keep him company until he could return home to his family. Her sweet act of love for her dad touched me deeply. I knew I had to tell the story, so I set aside the other book and “Boo Boo Bear’s Mission” was born.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book?First, my hope is that children and their families would enjoy, and identify with the story. I want readers to realize that learning how to name and express feelings, keeping family connections strong and practicing healthy coping strategies will help them meet the challenges of deployment—as well as the challenges in general that all families face. Finally, I hope that readers will recognize the power of love to hold families together.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?One of my greatest joys in sharing Boo Boo Bear’s Mission is the wonderfully affirming feedback I get from those who hear the story. Everywhere I go to share Boo’s story, there are individuals who can relate to the story either because of their military connections or because they have experienced another kind of separation and understand the feelings that can arise from any separation. I am delighted that every group of children I work with can identify with the message of the book—that Boo Bear’s mission is to carry a family’s love until they can be together again.Since much of the feedback I receive is in the form of notes from kids, I have included samples below and edited their spelling for clarity.First Grader: “I really liked Boo Boo Bear. It was a good book because kids did the illustrations. The cover was good too. One thing that I loved was details.”First Grader: “I really enjoyed this. If you ever need a volunteer for when you come again, I’d be it”Fourth Grader: “That book is for all ages. It’s small enough [short enough] for little kids to read and it would make grownups happy.”Child of deployed parent: “I’m going to send my bear to my mom.”Library Media Specialist with military connections: “You’ve touched a lot of lives today.”MN National Guard 148th FW Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager: “This is absolutely the best kids’ deployment book I’ve read. It identified and validates the emotions of so many children in Air National Guard families.”Former First Lady of Minnesota and creator of the Military Family Initiative: “Your story is absolutely delightful. . . I am certain the tale will be endearing to many children. Your story also underscores many deeper, important messages. . . “Do you have plans to write another book that focuses on the military? If so, what is the focus of that book and when might we expect to see it?Though the kids I meet often suggest ideas for sequels to Boo Boo Bear’s Mission, at this time I have no plans to write another book for military-connected children and their families.Are there any other books for military children that you would suggest for young children?Some of my favorites are:A Paper Hug by Stephanie SkolmoskiLily Hates Goodbyes by Jerilyn MarlerMy Father Is in the Navy by Robin McKinleyMy Red Balloon by Eve BuntingNight Catch by Brenda EhrmantrautPilot Mom by Kathleen Benner DubleSometimes We Were Brave by Pat BrissonStars Above Us by Geoffrey NormanThe Invisible String by Patrice Karst (This one deals with separation that includes death, so may not be appropriate for all families)The Kissing Hand by Audrey PennThe Wishing Tree by Mary RedmanWhen Dad’s At Sea by Mindy PeltonThis post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

Newly discovered sea creature was once the largest animal on Earth

first_imgAlmost half a billion years ago, the largest animal on Earth was a 2-meter-long, helmet-headed sea creature that fed on some of the ocean’s tiniest prey. The newly described species is one of the largest arthropods yet discovered, a class of animals that includes spiders and crabs. The well-preserved remains of the multisegmented creature are providing clues about how subsequent arthropods’ legs may have evolved from the dozens of stubby flaps used to propel this beast through the water.Fossils of the ancient leviathan were unearthed from 480-million-year-old rocks exposed on a hillside in southeastern Morocco. Besides a handful of relatively complete remains, researchers have recovered about 50 fragments that came from molted exoskeletons or decomposing carcasses before they were buried by sediment, says Peter Van Roy, a paleobiologist at Yale University. The largest nearly complete specimen measures about 1.3 meters long but likely would have stretched 1.6 meters if intact, he notes. Based on the sizes of isolated fragments, though, some of the creatures probably were about 2 meters long. It was likely the largest creature on Earth at the time, and only two other types of arthropods ever rivaled or exceeded it in size, the researchers report online today in Nature.Van Roy and his colleagues dubbed the new species Aegirocassis benmoulae; Aegir is the god of the sea in Norse mythology, cassis is the Latin word for helmet, and benmoulae honors the Moroccan collector who first discovered fossils of the creature. Aegirocassis is a member of a group of creatures called anomalocaridids, a name derived from the Latin words for “strange shrimp.” Most known anomalocaridids were formidable predators, Van Roy says. But Aegirocassis, like a smaller and much older species of anomalocaridid, described last year, was a filter feeder that sifted millimeter-sized creatures—possibly including tiny crustaceans or the larvae of other marine organisms—from the water as it swam.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“Filter feeding and gigantism are associated, which is a pattern we see in different groups of animals across the tree of life,” says Gregory Edgecombe, a paleobiologist at the Natural History Museum in London, who wasn’t involved in the research. Just think of the filter-feeding leviathans swimming in today’s seas: The blue whale is the largest animal on Earth, tipping the scales at up to 190 metric tons despite feeding only on small free-swimming crustaceans, including the thumb-sized or smaller creatures called krill. Likewise, Van Roy and his colleagues note, in past eras several species of fish and sharks have evolved to huge proportions by directly exploiting the vast bounty at the base of the ocean’s food chain.The new fossils also fill a critical gap in arthropod evolution, Van Roy says. In particular, they provide key insights into the evolution of arthropod limbs. Aquatic arthropods—today’s crustaceans such as shrimp, crabs, and lobsters as well as ancient creatures such as trilobites and sea scorpions—have limbs with two branches, one of which bears weight and another that is typically adorned with gills. Large gaps in the fossil record have previously obscured the origins of this configuration, but Aegirocassis provides the first look at how water-dwelling arthropods’ two-branched legs may have evolved. “This species is a very important intermediate, a transitional form,” says Javier Ortega-Hernández, a paleobiologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who wasn’t involved in the research. Although anomalocaridids died out (and thus aren’t the direct ancestors of any living arthropod lineage), they likely shared many anatomical features with close relatives living at the time that ended up on the surviving branches of life’s family tree, he explains.Many Aegirocassis fossils that the team analyzed were preserved in three dimensions rather than being squished flat by accumulating sediments, as many previously described anomalocaridids had been. That enabled Van Roy and his team to see that each of the creature’s 11 segments had two flaps on each side—both of which helped propel the beast through the water, but the upper flap also seems to have been associated with the creature’s gills. Rather than undulating its entire body, Aegirocassis probably moved its lower flaps up and down in sequence, similar to the way a cuttlefish undulates its fleshy mantle (or sports fans repeatedly stand and sit as they “do the wave” in a stadium).Through time and over generations, Van Roy and his colleagues suggest, arthropod species evolved such that the upper and lower flaps fused into one structure, with a stubby base and two branches growing from it. One branch came to bear the weight of walking whereas the other retained the gills. Many of today’s land-dwelling arthropods have legs with only one branch, having lost the need for gills as they developed other methods of breathing, he notes.The 3D nature of the Aegirocassis fossils “made it easier to visualize what structures are on the upper surface versus the lower surface” of the creature, Edgecombe says. With previous teams having only strongly flattened fossils to analyze, he notes, “some really basic questions about how the body of anomalocaridids is arranged have had us chasing our tails for years.”last_img read more

Sakshi all set to get Khel Ratna for her Olympic medal

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Olympic bronze medal winning wrestler Sakshi Malik is all set to be conferred with countrys highest sporting honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award as per policy decision by the government. It has been decided that during Olympic years anyone, who wins a medal, will be automatically conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Sakshi has not yet got the Arjuna Award, but the policy decision by the government will ensure that she is directly considered for the Khel Ratna. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who narrowly missed the bronze medal in Rio and shooter Jitu Rai, who was one of the two shooters to have made it to the final, are the other two who have been recommended for the prestigious award. PTI KHS SSR KHSlast_img

Rio 2016: Golfer Aditi ends Olympic campaign at 41st spot

first_imgIndia golfer Aditi Ashok finished her maiden appearance at the Olympics with a five over 76 — taking her cumulative score to seven over 291 after 72 holes — after the fourth round here on Saturday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)The 18-year-old, who had shot successive rounds of three under 68 over the first two days of competition, was eventually placed 41st at the end of her final round.Korean Inbee Park with a score of 268 clinched the gold while New Zealand’s Lydia Ko scored 273 for the silver, and China’s Shanshan Feng, with a cumulative score of 274 settled for the bronze.last_img

LEAKED: Shah Rukh Khan’s photos from Salman Khan’s Tubelight surface online

first_imgFans have been waiting to see Bollywood’s Karan-Arjun reunite on the big screen, and Kabir Khan’s Tubelight was going to put an end to the wait by bringing Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan together in the same frame. While the trailer had a blink-and-miss appearance of SRK in the film, it was only a silhouette.Now, photos of Shah Rukh Khan in Salman’s film have been leaked online and posted by a fan club of the Raees actor. SRK reportedly plays a magician in the film and sports a tattoo on his face. Salman had earlier revealed that SRK’s character brings about a turning point in the film. He said at the film’s press conference, “When Kabir (director Kabir Khan) narrated the subject to me, he said, ‘For this role we should get Shah Rukh.’ So, when I called him and I told him that there is a small role in Tubelight which I would like you to do it, before completing my sentence, Shah Rukh said, ‘I will do it.’ That’s how he made his entry into the movie.”Tubelight, directed by Kabir Khan, is set to hit theatres on June 23. Set against the backdrop of the 1962 Sino-Indian War, the film also stars Chinese actor Zhu Zhu, Sohail Khan, Om Puri and Matin Rey Tangu in pivotal roles.ALSO READ | Before Tubelight, Shah Rukh Khan stole the thunder with these 5 cameos ALSO READ | Tubelight director Kabir Khan on Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo: The role was screaming for a superstar advertisementALSO READ | 5 reasons Salman Khan’s Tubelight will be his best film till dateALSO WATCH | Salman Khan hogs all the spotlight in Tubelightlast_img read more

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer: Family

first_imgSan Francisco, Oct 16 (AFP) Billionaire Paul Allen, who founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, died Monday after his latest battle with cancer. He was 65. “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister Jody said in a statement. “Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern… At this time of loss and grief for us — and so many others — we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.” Allen died just two weeks after publicly revealing that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he fought into remission nine years ago had returned. The incurable cancer affects white blood cells. Allen managed his business and charitable endeavours at Vulcan Inc. He was also active with the Allen Institutes of scientific research and owned professional US sports teams the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers. He was part owner of the Major League Soccer team the Seattle Sounders. Allen founded Stratolaunch, a space company that has built the world’s largest plane, which hasn’t flown yet but is being tested at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell called Allen the “driving force behind keeping the NFL in the Pacific Northwest”. “His passion for the game, combined with his quiet determination, led to a model organisation on and off the field,” Goodell added.advertisement “He worked tirelessly alongside our medical advisers to identify new ways to make the game safer and protect our players from unnecessary risk.” Vulcan, which Allen launched after leaving Microsoft in 1983, spoke of an “inexpressible loss” after his passing. “He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.” Forbes estimated his net worth at $20.3 billion. Microsoft said Allen’s “contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable.” “As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions. And in doing so, he changed the world,” added the company’s CEO Satya Nadella. (AFP) SMNSMNlast_img read more

10 months agoFilipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madrid

first_imgFilipe Luis preparing to leave Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilipe Luis will make this his final season as an Atletico Madrid player.Off contract in June, the Brazil fullback will be allowed to leave at the end of the campaign, says Marca.Luis was blocked from moving to PSG last summer by Atletico management and the relationship hasn’t been the same since.The defender will now be allowed to leave next summer after finding himself on the outer of coach Diego Simeone’s plans.A move to Italy has been mooted for Luis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Disney ABC Television Group Partners With STOMP Out Bullying

first_imgThis month, the Disney ABC Television Group is launching its “Choose Kindness” bullying prevention campaign across all platforms in support of National Bullying Prevention Month and has chosen STOMP Out Bullying, the leading anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the US, as one of their partners in the crusade.In addition to a generous $25,000 donation being made by ESPN, ABC television programs “The Chew” and “The View” highlighted STOMP Out Bullying’s “World Day of Bullying Prevention” campaign and their messaging will be highlighted on scheduled network programming throughout the month of October. Long-time supporter Robin Roberts showed her support by taping a PSA in honor of Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention which will air on the network throughout October as well.Video: Robin Roberts BLUE SHIRT DAY WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION 2015“Our hope is that this campaign strengthens our communities by encouraging youth and adults to be inspired to create the world they imagine by choosing kindness, and thus helping put an end to bullying,” said David Ambroz, Executive Director, Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Disney ABC Television Group.Ross Ellis, Founder and CEO stated, “It is such an honor to partner with a company that focuses on kindness and inspiration. We are so grateful to ESPN for the donation and look forward to a long collaboration with the entire Disney ABC and ESPN group in educating our youth about honoring our differences and respecting others.”last_img read more

HERES EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS

first_imgRED CARPET ACCESSIf you want to see your screaming face in the background of every paparazzi photo then the iHeartRadio MMVAs red carpet is the place to be. Fans 14 years and older can line up at the northwest corner of Richmond and John Street at 12 p.m. ET on August 26 to fill the bleachers that line the red carpet. You never know, you might come home with a few selfies smiling alongside your favourite celebrityThe bleachers are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’ll want to be there at noon sharp. While wristbands aren’t a requirement, keep in mind there are no “in and out” privileges for the red carpet audience. Advertisement Advertisement The presenters are, naturally, A-list, and the performances will be equally groundbreaking. It’s safe to say this party will be epic. Here’s everything you need to know about—and how you can be a part of—the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs.WHEN AND WHEREThe 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs are happening Sunday, August 26 at 9/7MT. The annual awards show will see Toronto’s Queen Street shut down for the occasion with the main stage taking over the entire parking lot at 299 Queen Street West. And here are all the things you can watch, plus where to watch them.7:30-8 p.m. ET ● iHeartRadio MMVA Red Carpet Pre-GameMuch.com, CTV.ca, CTV YouTube, Much YouTube8-9 p.m. ET ● iHeartRadio Red CarpetMTV, Much, Much.com, CTV.ca, CTV YouTube, Much YouTube9-11 p.m. ET ● iHeartRadio MMVAsCTV, MTV, Much, Much.com, CTV.ca, CTV GO, CTV YouTube, Much YouTube7-8:30 p.m. ET ● MTV Fora Fashion Feed From the Red CarpetFacebook, MTV Fora YouTube,  Much.com WHO’S PERFORMINGThe iHeartRadio MMVAs always have the most iconic performers lined up for the show and this year’s talent is no different.Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, heartthrob Shawn Mendes, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, pop superstar Meghan Trainor, rapper Kris Wu, and electronic DJ Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie will all be taking the stage at the biggest party of the year. Also in attendance will be boy band 98 Degrees, elctro-pop singer bülow, and Best New Canadian Artist nominees The Beaches. Making their iHeartRadio MMVAs debut are pop superstar Bebe Rexha and Canadian country singer Brett Kissel. There are so many ways to enjoy the iHeartRadio MMVAs and if you can’t make it to the show in person, you can tune-in to the annual awards show from the best seat in the house—your own couch!Catch the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs Sunday, August 26 at 9/7MT on CTV. Login/Register With: Twitter WHO ELSE WILL BE THEREIn addition to some of the music industry’s biggest artists, the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs  features a dazzling lineup of celebrity presenters.This year’s presenters currently include Tyra Banks, Derek Hough, Jersey Shore’s Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley, Prince Michael Jackson, and Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green. Skiier and Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy will be there, fashion designer and Very Cavallari star Kristin Cavallari will take the stage, as well as Arrow actor Colton Haynes. Love, Simon and X-Men actor Alexandra Shipp, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, plus This Is Us star Chrissy Metz are all set to present awards at this year’s show.center_img WRISTBANDSThe iHeartRadio MMVAs is a party you don’t want to miss. Fans who registered for a wristband online by the August 2 deadline will get to enjoy easy access to all of the stars walking the red carpet as well as the chart-topping performances happening on the main stage.For those who didn’t make the wristband deadline, fear not. There are other ways to avoid the FOMO and get in on the iHeartRadio MMVAs action like being apart of either the red carpet or Queen Street audience or by winning your way in. WIN YOUR WAY INDidn’t get a chance to get a wristband? No problem. Coca-Cola and Virgin Mobile both have ways you can enter to win an exclusive VIP experience to this year’s iHeartRadio MMVAs with contests they’ve set up just for the fans.Much Creator Mike Rizzi has all the details you need on how to be a part of the summer’s biggest block party: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment QUEEN STREET AUDIENCEAt the iHeartRadio MMVAs, the audience is the priority. For those looking to get an up close view of their favourite presenters or to see some of the music industry’s biggest artists, fans of all ages can line up at the northwest corner of Queen and John Streets starting at 12 p.m. ET on August 26 to get a coveted spot in the audience. The Queen Street audience will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, no wristband needed. Facebook The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs are coming to celebrate the end of summer with the hottest night in music and entertainment. For nearly 30 years, the industry’s biggest stars have descended onto the streets of Toronto for the annual awards show, including memorable performances from Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more.This year’s show is set to be one of the most impressive yet, with new awards categories, superstar talent, a performance lineup featuring the biggest artists in music today, as well as an exciting roster of musicians that are about to break. That’s right, you saw them here first.Internet-famed rapper and actress Awkwafina will host this year’s event, alongside etalk host and former Much VJ, Tyrone Edwards. Holding it down before the awards kick off is Chloe Wilde and Patrick Langlois, who are returning to cover the red carpet.last_img read more

Bulls eye on US Permian Basin as oil prices rise

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation’s richest and most prolific oil and natural gas regions.Now the stakes just got higher, as the U.S. Geological Survey released a new assessment Thursday that shows portions of the Permian Basin could hold even more promise.With the potential to double the nation’s onshore oil and gas resources, the agency estimates more than 46 billion barrels of oil and some 280 trillion cubic feet of gas are within two formations on the southwestern side of the basin. That’s the largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.While agency geologists caution that more study would be needed to determine the profitability of going after the resources, industry groups and top officials within the Trump administration are encouraged and say the assessment underscores the activity that’s already happening in the basin.“Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.”The announcement comes as OPEC countries voted Friday to cut oil production beginning next year as a way to force crude oil prices higher despite political pressure from President Donald Trump. The group of oil-producing nations was looking to rein in supply as prices had fallen about 25 per cent because major producers, including the U.S., have been pumping at high rates.Producers throughout the Permian were closely watching Friday’s developments and there were no indications of things slowing down in the oilfields.Stephen Robertson, executive vice-president of the Texas-based Permian Basin Petroleum Association, said the signs for the basin’s potential have been there for a long time.“The fact is that Reeves County, which in the heart of that play, is running more rigs than any other county in the nation and has been doing that for quite a while,” he said. “The people out here know that it’s there and it really is that improvement of the technologies and the increased efficiencies allowing people the ability to actually be able to access it and produce it.”Still, a main factor is price.“If the price drops to a point where it’s not economical, then it doesn’t matter if it’s there. It’s not going to be produced,” Robertson said.New Mexico’s share of the Permian Basin has helped to drive production in the state to record levels in 2017. This year is expected to be another banner year as industry officials say the state is on pace to surpass 200 million barrels.The flurry of activity in southeastern New Mexico has put pressure on everything from housing and schools to highway infrastructure. Concerns also have been raised by state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn about the environmental impacts as state and federal regulators have had a difficult time keeping up with the pace of development across the region.Dale Janway, mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city of Carlsbad, told The Associated Press that with the news of more resources in the Permian comes greater responsibility.“We know that we need to redouble our efforts to improve and develop infrastructure in the area and to work closely with the county, state and our business partners to best prepare for the future. We’re in it for the long haul,” he said.The boom also has resulted in a significant budget surplus that will give incoming Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democrat-led Legislature more options as they hash out spending priorities for everything from education and public safety to infrastructure.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pot farmers in race against time

The owners of a marijuana grow-op near Renton are in danger of losing their crop.Rich Sun Investments, of Toronto, has 1,740 plants under cultivation in a greenhouse at 5148 Highway 3.Because the greenhouse lacks odour-control technology, it is subject to Norfolk’s bylaw requiring a 300-metre setback from sensitive land uses such as homes.That bylaw was passed in early 2018. Rich Sun has been growing marijuana at this location since late last year. For the past 10 months, it has been in violation of Norfolk’s setback requirement.A report to council this week says Norfolk’s bylaw enforcement department has received odour complaints.“Staff received reports of a strong, obnoxious, skunk-like odour emanating from the greenhouse facility, negatively affecting the neighbouring property owners,” says principal planner Mat Vaughan.Speaking on behalf of her neighbours, Simcoe lawyer Maria Kinkel told council the complaints are not exaggerated.“I live within two kilometres of the property and I can smell it two kilometres away,” Kinkel said.Rich Sun has bought some of the adjoining homes in an effort to create the required buffer. Rich Sun asked the county for a 213-metre variance from the setback but was denied at Tuesday’s meeting.The Rich Sun greenhouse is a “designated grower” facility. Unlike large-scale greenhouse operations licensed by Health Canada, designated grower facilities are subject to few rules and little oversight.As a result of a court ruling involving the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, consumers of medical marijuana can contract out their needs to third-party growers. Each designated grower is allowed to produce marijuana for four clients.The 1,740 plants at the Rich Sun facility belong to four clients. Rich Sun planning consultant Terrance Glover says this is not an unusual number for designated facilities. Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman begged to differ.“It doesn’t just sound like an extraordinary number of plants, it is an extraordinary number of plants,” she said.Huffman added this planting has caused months of unease and discomfort for surrounding property owners and should be shut down.“There is no need to barter,” she said. “I’m tired of being patient.”Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen is also skeptical. He recalled a time when police pegged the value of marijuana plants seized during a raid at $1,000 apiece.“I want to meet the four people who smoke up $1.74 million over the course of a year,” Van Paassen said.One of those prescription holders is Estelle Li. Li said she works at the Rich Sun facility. Li told council her marijuana prescription is for chronic ankle pain.Li said she is not at liberty to divulge the name of the Toronto man behind Rich Sun Investments and the recent purchase of surrounding properties.Glover told council Rich Sun has applied for a Health Canada production licence and has recently invested in activated charcoal filters to address odour issues.Mayor Kristal Chopp expressed skepticism over this because Norfolk has not received Health Canada notification, as required, of Rich Sun’s application.Chopp also noted that the $3,700 Rich Sun has spent on air filtration is not enough to service a 50,000-square-foot facility.What Rich Sun needs more than anything is time. Glover says the illegal planting is two weeks from maturity. He asked council to find a way to tolerate the crop until then but Norfolk’s bylaw department is ready for enforcement.In an email Wednesday, Norfolk’s chief bylaw officer Fritz Enzlin said a course of action will be determined once council affirms Tuesday’s decision.“The investigation is ongoing and any possible enforcement action will only commence after a decision is made by council Sept. 17,” Enzlin said. “We will determine what our next steps will be at that time.”Chopp suggested that Rich Sun post a $100,000 bond in Norfolk County’s name. The bond would be redeemable if the greenhouse is empty in two weeks and stays that way until it complies with Norfolk bylaws. Failure to comply, Chopp said, would result in the bond’s forfeiture to the Norfolk treasury.Glover said he would share the proposal with his client and report back.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Dow average adds Goldman Sachs Nike Visa as part of a 6company

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday it will add Visa Inc., sneaker maker Nike Inc. and the investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in the first three-for-three company change to the index since April 8, 2004. The changes will take effect at the start of trading Sept. 23.S&P Dow Jones Indices manages the average and said the changes won’t disrupt the level of the 30-company index. It said a push to diversify the sector and industry group representation of the index helped prompt the changes.A small committee decides which companies are added or dropped. David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee, said the changes will bring down the weight of the other 27 stocks in the index and make it a better measure of what’s happening in the broader market.The Dow is a price-weighted index, which means its value is based on the price of a company’s stock rather than its market value.Last September, the index replaced Kraft Foods with health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.General Electric Co. is the only original member in the Dow. The industrial giant was briefly delisted but has stayed in the index since its reinstatement in 1907.Charles H. Dow created the index with the intention of giving the stock market credibility and making investing more understandable. The original Dow Jones industrial average had 12 members and was published May 26, 1896. It featured companies such as American Cotton Oil, Chicago Gas and U.S. Rubber. Dow average adds Goldman Sachs, Nike, Visa as part of a 6-company reshuffling of index by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 9:06 am MDT read more

Govt has to curtail its highhanded approach in dealing with farmers

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMotion to reverse MMA/ADA rate hike to be tabled in ParliamentJanuary 18, 2017In “Local News”RPA condemns ‘over 600%’ increase in land rent for farmersJanuary 14, 2017In “latest news”Op-Ed: Draconian MMA-ADA rate hike ‘political punishment targeting farmers’ – RamsammyJanuary 18, 2017In “Opinion”,Rice farmers from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have once again expressed their disapproval over the increases in land rental rates by the Mahaica, Mahaicony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA), which were announced earlier this year.Rice farmers protested the MMA increases in land rental rates at the Agriculture Ministry on WednesdayOn Wednesday, a group of irate farmers gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry where they vented frustrations over the 2017 hikes. The Agriculture Ministry announced the increase of land rent from $3500 to $15,000 per acre, which represented a 600 per cent increase and land rates from $1000 to $7000. MMA had stated that the fee is implemented so that it can take care of drainage and irrigation.The farmers however clearly stated that they cannot afford the increases, highlighting that the future of their offspring is in jeopardy.“From $1000 an acre we ah pay to over $7000 an acre, is better de Government take back de land and plant um heself; if you can’t plant to survive, you got to make de jail lil bit mo big and abbe ah get mine in de jail… wha de lil child dem gone do when they grow, crime escalate high and higher,” a protester noted. He further vented that these increases are coupled with a rising cost of living.Meanwhile, a farmer from Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice (WCB), expressed similar concerns. He, along with other farmers, noted that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has repeatedly ignored their calls for dialogue.The WCB farmer also decried the reduced earnings farmers have been receiving for their paddy. “We [are] getting a very hard time with the MMA and Minister for Agriculture. In de MMA scheme you cannot get more than 25-30 bags of paddy,” the WCB farmer expressed.The farmers told the press that while they are receiving $1300 for a bag of paddy, it was noted that manure amounts to $1000 per bag.“They recommend that you got to throw three doses [but] where you gone find this money from,” the WCB farmer pondered.“This Minister not realise what going on with the farmers,” he added.Moments after their demonstration wrapped up, the protesters took their cries to Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo at his Church Street office. It was explained that the farmers condemned the “huge increases” in land rent, drainage and irrigation rates, lease fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) on agricultural inputs, equipment and machinery.In a press statement from the Office of the Opposition Leader on Wednesday, it was noted that during the meeting with the farmers and input suppliers, Jagdeo outlined a clear vision “to off-set the challenges confronting farmers and the agricultural sector”.The statement noted that Government has to curtail its high-handed approach in dealing with farmers whose concerns are genuine and legitimate. “The Opposition Leader has committed to reversing all the hardship measures imposed by the coalition Government once the PPP/C returns to office in the near future,” the statement said. Rice farmers from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have once again expressed their disapproval over the increases in land rental rates by the Mahaica, Mahaicony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA), which were announced earlier this year.Rice farmers protested the MMA increases in land rental rates at the Agriculture Ministry on WednesdayOn Wednesday, a group of irate farmers gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry where they vented frustrations over the 2017 hikes. The Agriculture Ministry announced the increase of land rent from $3500 to $15,000 per acre, which represented a 600 per cent increase and land rates from $1000 to $7000. MMA had stated that the fee is implemented so that it can take care of drainage and irrigation.The farmers however clearly stated that they cannot afford the increases, highlighting that the future of their offspring is in jeopardy.“From $1000 an acre we ah pay to over $7000 an acre, is better de Government take back de land and plant um heself; if you can’t plant to survive, you got to make de jail lil bit mo big and abbe ah get mine in de jail… wha de lil child dem gone do when they grow, crime escalate high and higher,” a protester noted. He further vented that these increases are coupled with a rising cost of living.Meanwhile, a farmer from Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice (WCB), expressed similar concerns. He, along with other farmers, noted that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has repeatedly ignored their calls for dialogue.The WCB farmer also decried the reduced earnings farmers have been receiving for their paddy. “We [are] getting a very hard time with the MMA and Minister for Agriculture. In de MMA scheme you cannot get more than 25-30 bags of paddy,” the WCB farmer expressed.The farmers told the press that while they are receiving $1300 for a bag of paddy, it was noted that manure amounts to $1000 per bag.“They recommend that you got to throw three doses [but] where you gone find this money from,” the WCB farmer pondered.“This Minister not realise what going on with the farmers,” he added.Moments after their demonstration wrapped up, the protesters took their cries to Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo at his Church Street office. It was explained that the farmers condemned the “huge increases” in land rent, drainage and irrigation rates, lease fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) on agricultural inputs, equipment and machinery.In a press statement from the Office of the Opposition Leader on Wednesday, it was noted that during the meeting with the farmers and input suppliers, Jagdeo outlined a clear vision “to off-set the challenges confronting farmers and the agricultural sector”.The statement noted that Government has to curtail its high-handed approach in dealing with farmers whose concerns are genuine and legitimate. “The Opposition Leader has committed to reversing all the hardship measures imposed by the coalition Government once the PPP/C returns to office in the near future,” the statement said. read more

Taoiseach to turn on Christmas lights in Dublins north innercity

first_img Image: Niall Carson/PA Oct 27th 2016, 7:19 PM Image: Niall Carson/PA http://jrnl.ie/3050396 ENDA KENNY WILL turn on the Christmas lights in the north inner-city this year, it has been confirmed.The Taoiseach has been seen on a number of occasions in recent months in areas of the city which have been hit by gangland violence.Kenny visited a shut down garda station on Fitzgibbon Street in the inner-city and met with Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy.The Government intends on reopening the station which is located in the heart of the city.ReopenKenny was looking at the structural issues with the building and quipped: “I’m sure it won’t be cheap.”He called it an iconic building and added:  ”It will be a very significant demonstration of the intention of government. It’s just a stone’s throw from the unfortunate incidents in the area.”There is also another inner city task force meeting tonight and the report is being finalised by Kieran Mulvey.Mulvey’s interim report will be ready by end-NovemberIt will detail the criminal and infrastructural issues faced by residents of the north inner-city.With reporting by Christina Finn.Gardaí investigating after flasher exposes himself to two young women >Insulation bales stolen ahead of Halloween weekend will turn toxic if set on fire > Short URL 59 Comments Share35 Tweet Email1 9,588 Views By Garreth MacNamee Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 7:19 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Taoiseach to turn on Christmas lights in Dublin’s north inner-city Enda Kenny has also spoken about reopening a garda station in an area blighted by gangland activity.last_img read more

Haïti près de la moitié des Français ont lintention de faire un

first_imgHaïti : près de la moitié des Français ont l’intention de faire un don pour les sinistrésDix jours après le séisme meurtrier et destructeur qui s’est abattu sur Haïti, laissant des millions de personnes sans abri ni nourriture, un sondage révèle que plus de la moitié des Français ont l’intention de faire un don à une association pour soutenir le pays dévasté.D’après un sondage TNS-Sofres-Logica publié par le quotidien Métro, 47% des Français ont fait ou comptent faire un don au profit des victimes du séisme de magnitude 7 qui a touché Haïti. 14% des personnes interrogées disent avoir déjà donné tandis que 33% vont certainement le faire d’ici les prochains jours ou semaines.À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la nature52% des sondés ont indiqué qu’ils ne donneraient pas, pour beaucoup (18%), parce qu’ils font régulièrement des dons auprès d’associations caritatives. Si les Français se sont beaucoup mobilisés dans les jours qui ont suivi la catastrophe, la tendance est à la baisse et la mobilisation globale ne s’annonce pas exceptionnelle en France, souligne l’institut de sondage. “La collecte a été plus rapide car les moyens ont évolué avec Internet” souligne Nicolas Trombert, de l’ONG Action contre la faim qui a pour l’instant récolté 1,5 million d’euros de dons.  “Mais on craint que la vague de générosité ne ralentisse, comme on le constate depuis deux jours. Et je doute que l’on recueille autant d’argent qu’il y a cinq ans, alors que les besoins en Haïti sont énormes” souligne-t-il.Mercredi, un total de 23,5 millions d’euros a été recueilli par les ONG, la Fondation de France ayant annoncé en avoir obtenu plus de 11 millions.Le 22 janvier 2010 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bear Breaks Through Wall of Home Like the KoolAid Man

first_imgStay on target A bear recently broke into a home in Colorado and quickly left the scene by bursting through a wall “like the Kool-Aid Man.”On Friday, the bear entered the home, which is located in Estes Park, Colorado, because it was attracted to the scent of garbage, Denver7 News reported. When authorities responded to the incident, the bear “forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the Kool-Aid Man,” and escaped, according to a Facebook post shared by the Estes Park Police Department. No one was reportedly injured from the bear’s break in activity.Police didn’t explain exactly how the bear broke into the home, however, the bear reportedly went through a door that was left open, according to homeowner John Sliwinski, FOX 31 News noted in the video above. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) cautioned people to close and lock all windows and doors to their homes and cars.“For your safety, and the lives of these bears, PLEASE close and lock ALL windows and doors to your house and vehicles,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in the post. “Make it a routine to check everything is closed up before you go to bed or leave the house to do errands.”According to CPW, even though vehicles can be clean and free of attractants, some bears are used to receiving food from vehicles and they’re going to cars to see if they are unlocked, even if they don’t smell or see food nearby. This habituation habit can be harmful, because it could decrease safety for bears and humans. “Please do your part to keep bears wild. Bears are extremely smart, which means we all have to be too,” CPW added. “Sometimes it’s literally as easy as a push of a button or flick of a lock.”Colorado bears are spending time in automobiles lately: Over the weekend, the Snowmass Village Police Department shared photos of a wrecked car on its Facebook page. The car, which was completely ruined in the inside, was reportedly damaged by a bear  that climbed into the vehicle through an unlocked door.More on Geek.com:Here’s What Happened When a Bear Locked Itself in a Car in ColoradoWatch: Bear ‘Steals’ Entire Dumpster From Colorado Pot ShopCurious Bear Strolls Into City Hall Building in Californiacenter_img Watch: Young Black Bear Breaks Into Bathroom, Falls Asleep in SinkWatch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in Dumpster last_img read more

Fabregas announced his will to stay at Chelsea amid AC Milan

first_imgAfter featuring in his fourth Europa League game this season, Cesc Fabregas has expressed his willingness to remain at Chelsea until the end of the seasonWith his current contract with the Blues set to run out next summer, the 31-year-old Spaniard will be able to negotiate a potential transfer already in January.Known for his exceptional passing abilities and great vision, Fabregas has imposed himself as one of Europe’s best deep-lying playmakers.The very fact he will become a free agent at the end of the season will surely attract interest from many clubs, with AC Milan already tried to secure his services earlier this month.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Rossoneri would like to get their hands on Fabregas already in January, but this seems highly unlikely at this point.Ex-Barcelona star is poised to stay at Stamford Bridge according to the statement he gave to The Independent after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over PAOK.“At the moment I haven’t spoken to anyone,” he said.“Obviously from January, I can sign with whoever I want and probably this will attract many clubs but so far, from what I can say right now, I will stay here until the end of the season.”last_img read more

Unauthorised parking shrinks pedestrian way

first_imgNampally: The area near the Red Hills ground in Nampally has become an area which gets blocked regularly because of the unauthorised parking of vehicles. There are no traffic police to take care of the traffic, and, as a result, the commuters had to take the initiative in clearing the traffic. Not only big trucks, but many four wheelers and auto-rickshaw were also seen parked on the road. This not only caused inconvenience to the motorists, but also for the pedestrians to walk on the roads of this area.last_img

Haryana Woman Waiting For Bus In Uttar Pradesh Allegedly

first_imgMUZAFFARNAGAR: A 35-year-old woman who was waiting for a bus to her home in Haryana was allegedly raped by three men who offered her a lift in their car in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said on Tuesday. Two of the accused have been arrested after she registered a complaint while one is missing, Station House Officer Yashpal Dhama said. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He said the incident took place in Kairana town on Monday when the three accused offered a lift to the woman and took her to a forest near Jahanpura village, where they allegedly raped her. The accused, before leaving the woman on the spot, threatened her of severe consequences if she disclosed the matter, Mr Dhama said. COMMENT Police is interrogating the arrested men and a search is on for the third accused, the officer said.last_img read more