Montreal marathon director resigning after death of runner over the weekend

first_imgMONTREAL — The director of the Montreal marathon says he is resigning after the death of a runner at the event over the weekend.In a statement, Dominique Piche says his decision to resign reflects his desire to be accountable.The coroner’s office in Quebec confirmed that 24-year-old Patrick Neely died Sunday after collapsing as he neared the end of the half-marathon race during the International Oasis Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Marathon.Questions about whether it took too long to get Neely help were raised after some witnesses said it took as long as 25 minutes.The paramedic agency serving the Montreal area said earlier this week that they are working with the promoter to figure out what happened, noting it’s the promoter who has the responsibility of providing medical assistance on site.Urgences Sante spokeswoman Veronique Tremblay says first responders were called just before 10 a.m. and Neely was getting treated nearly seven minutes later, but she says that the agency doesn’t know if anyone called before that.Piche also resigned as director of the Mont-Tremblant Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and Ironman 5i50 but said he will remain “available to ensure a smooth transition to the management of future events.”“The unfortunate events during the marathon of this past weekend, for which I publicly assumed full responsibility, as was proper in such circumstances, have led me to make this difficult decision,” he said in his statement Wednesday.The Ironman Group says it has accepted Piche’s resignation.It thanked Piche for his years of service and noted he produced Ironman events at the highest level, with exceptional results, on the global stage.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

We belong here we are the first peoples of this land

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe National Day of Action across Canada was a huge success, according to many Idle No More supporters.In British Columbia, a Vancouver Island First Nation shut down a major highway linking Victoria to B.C. ferries and the airport.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img

Latest round of UNbacked Western Sahara talks concludes in New York

23 January 2011The fifth round of United Nations-backed informal talks on the dispute over Western Sahara ended on Sunday with Morocco and the Frente Polisario agreeing to continue their discussions in March. Although the discussions took place in an atmosphere of “serious engagement, frankness, and mutual respect,” according to a communiqué issued in New York, “each party continues to reject the proposal of the other as a sole basis for future negotiations.” The UN has been involved in efforts towards a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy while the position of the Frente Polisario is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. Delegations from the neighbouring States, Algeria and Mauritania, were also present at the opening and closing sessions of the three-day talks, which were held outside New York City at the invitation of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross. The communiqué noted that the parties welcomed the resumption of flights aimed at connecting Sahrawi refugees living in camps in Algeria’s Tindouf region with their relatives in the territory of Western Sahara.As agreed during the third round of informal talks, the four delegations intend to meet with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva in early February to review the implementation of the Plan of Action for the Confidence Building Measures and to advance the implementation of family visits by road. read more

IMAX to open three new theatre systems in Russia

NEW YORK — Imax Corp. says it has signed agreements to open three more of its giant-screen theatre systems in Russia.Imax announced Friday that it will install one system each with existing Russian partner Kinomaxm as well as new partners Monitor and People’s Cinema.The announcement brings to 49 the total number of Imax theatres open or contracted to open in Russia and the former Soviet republics that now make up the Commonwealth of Independent States.Friday’s news comes on the heels of word Thursday that the big-screen theatre company had signed a deal with Bona Film Group for an Imax theatre at the Nongken Bona International Cineplex in Tianjin, China.That theatre is expected to open in September, bringing the total number of Imax theatres open or contracted to open in China to 226, making it the company’s second-biggest market after North America.[np-related]Imax said Monitor, one of Russia’s top exhibitors, will open one of its theatre systems in July in Anapa, a small city on the northern coast of the Black Sea.Meanwhile, local independent operator People’s Cinema will install Imax at its multiplex in Ulan Ude, capital of the Republic of Buryatia, with the opening scheduled for September 2013.And Kinomax will expand its Imax footprint to five theatres by installing an Imax system at a theatre in Samara, Russia’s sixth-largest city. That theatre is also scheduled to be ready by September 2013. read more

Considerable progress made in CanadaEU trade deal but obstacles remain Harper

KITIMAT, B.C. — Canada’s natural resources minister says the environment and the economy go hand-in-hand after he toured the site of a new liquefied natural gas venture in British Columbia, days after the United Nations warned more needs to be done to cut greenhouse gas emissions.Amarjeet Sohi said Wednesday the government is showing leadership on climate change to meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris climate change agreement by putting a price on pollution, encouraging more investment in renewable energy and bringing in better regulations to reduce emissions.“We feel that oil and gas will remain a source of energy for the foreseeable future and it is very important that Canada is expanding its non-U.S. global markets to continue to create jobs that Canadians deserve,” he said in an interview after touring the LNG Canada facility.While the government must take action to reduce the impact of climate change, he said it also has a responsibility to reduce the country’s dependency on “one single customer” for oil and gas: the United States.The tour of the LNG Canada joint venture in Kitimat comes after a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said there will be irreversible changes and the entire loss of some ecosystems if the world doesn’t take immediate and intensive action to cut greenhouse gas emissions far more than is occurring now.Canada will have to cut its emissions almost in half over the next 12 years to meet the stiffer targets that dozens of international climate change experts say is required to prevent catastrophic results from global warming.Sohi said a Scotiabank report earlier this year concluded that delayed oil pipeline construction is causing a steep discount for Canadian crude, which is costing the economy about $15.6 billion a year.That revenue can be used, among other things, to transition towards a cleaner and greener economy, he said.The $40 billion LNG project that’s planned for Kitimat and a 670-kilometre pipeline delivering natural gas from the northeast corner of the province has been criticized for increasing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.The LNG pipeline will not only be a clean source of fuel, but it also helps Canada be a world leader in clean fuels, Sohi said.“It will produce the least amount of emissions and the world needs natural gas. We can be a clean source of that and help countries, such as Japan, China and India and others, that rely so heavily on coal and diesel to get off coal and diesel and reduce their emissions,” he said. “We can help make a difference in the world by supplying natural gas and replacing more polluting carbon-based sources of energy.” read more

Bodies of two policeman found in Batticaloa

The two policemen were believed to have been shot dead.A special police team has been deployed to Batticaloa to investigate the incident. (Colombo Gazette) Two policemen were found dead in Batticaloa and a special investigation has now been launched.According to the Police, the two constables were found dead at a police checkpoint in Vavunaithivu in Batticaloa.

UN agency starts relocation of 15000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

In a press release today, UNHCR said that a first group of 125 refugees left Matar Way Station on Monday and headed along the Baro River to the Itang Transit Centre, where they spent the night before resuming their journey today by road towards Pugnido Refugee Camp, some 300 kilometres away.The refugees are expected to reach the camp – home to some 45,000 mainly South Sudanese refugees – later today. A further 29 refugees with special needs, including pregnant women, lactating mothers, the blind and older people, will be flown to the camp by helicopter, UNHCR said.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) had chartered two boats for the trip – one for passengers and the other for luggage. The refugees were provided with water, high-energy biscuits, and relief items such as blankets as they boarded the boats wearing life jackets, UNHCR said.Upon starting the trip, one of the refugees – 26-year-old Nyapal – said: “I’m glad that we are leaving this place. I have never been happy here. Now I can smile again.” Nyapal, who flew on the helicopter to the Pugnido Refugee Camp, arrived at Matar pregnant with her first child after fleeing the violence in South Sudan.The refugees had been stranded at Matar, which is close to the border with South Sudan, after heavy rains and floodwaters from the Baro River swamped the Nip Nip refugee camp, where they were originally destined to live. The floods also made access roads impassable.Valentin Tapsoba, UNHCR’s recently appointed representative in Ethiopia, was present at the launch of the operation and thanked the Government and people of Ethiopia for taking in the refugees and sharing their resources. Mr. Tapsoba also presented two four-wheel-drive vehicles and an ambulance to the Government’s Administration for Refugees and Returnees Affairs for the relocation.More than 190,000 South Sudanese refugees have sought refuge in Ethiopia’s Gambella region since conflict broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, UNHCR said.Some 100 refugees continue to cross into Ethiopia every day, mainly through the Burbiey border point from Jonglei and Unity states in South Sudan. The new arrivals cite food shortages and insecurity, including sporadic fighting between rival warring factions, as reasons for their flight, the agency said.Ethiopia is currently Africa’s largest refugee-hosting country, with more than 600,000 refugees.UNHCR is working with the Government of Ethiopia to find land where some 50,000 flood-affected refugees can be relocated. read more

Rwanda chronic malnutrition rates drop but remain stubbornly high UNbacked study reveals

The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis report in Rwanda found that levels of stunting among children aged under five dropped to 36.7 per cent in 2015, down from 43 per cent at the time of the last analysis in 2012. Stunting, where a child is short for their age, is an indicator of chronic malnutrition and permanently affects brain development and health.“It is clear Rwanda is making impressive progress in its fight against food insecurity and undernutrition, but we must keep working together in order to win that battle for good,” said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, WFP’s Country Director for Rwanda. “At WFP, we are committed to continuing our work to help Rwanda keep improving its food and nutrition security,” he added.“The aim is to improve national capacities to develop, design and manage nationally-owned hunger solutions, which is why we are supporting the government’s effective strategies to make Rwanda a food-and-nutrition-secure country,” he explained.According to WFP, the new CFSVA indicates a geographic nutritional divide, with rural areas being the most affected by child malnutrition at a rate of 40 per cent, compared to 27 per cent in urban areas. In addition, the districts with the largest share of food insecure households are predominantly in the Western Province, and include Rutsiro, Nyamagabe, Nyabihu, Nyaruguru, Rusizi, Karongi and Nyamasheke.Poverty, illiteracy and insufficient land for farming are among the factors linked to food insecurity, and are the most likely root causes of stunting, especially among rural people. According to the report, children of mothers with low education are more often stunted.The report recommends enhancing efforts and initiatives to reach the most vulnerable people in the most affected rural areas, particularly by expanding social safety nets to include the poorest, most food-and-nutrition-insecure households.WFP said the CFSVA report also recommends scaling up seasonal interventions to assist households experiencing food insecurity at certain times of year, for example in the “lean season” before a harvest is due. The report advises promoting alternative livelihood development programmes in order to provide more stable sources of income, and to develop and diversify livelihood opportunities for the most affected rural population. The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis is a joint initiative between the Rwandan National Institute of Statistics (NISR), the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and World Food Programme (WFP). read more

Bengals drubbed by Browns 3520 as free fall continues

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis exuded confidence when he fired his defensive co-ordinator and assumed leadership of the NFL’s worst defence. All he’s gotten is two more losses that have essentially scuttled Cincinnati’s fading hopes.The Bengals are free falling, with no sign of slowing down. And now their starting quarterback is hurt, too.Baker Mayfield set a Browns rookie record with four touchdown passes, and Cleveland ended one of the NFL’s longest streaks of road futility on Sunday with a 35-20 victory over the hapless Bengals, who lost Andy Dalton to a thumb injury.Now what?The Bengals (5-6) can’t do the simple things right, contributing to a streak of five losses in six games. They’ve fallen from first in the AFC North to third, only a half-game ahead of the Browns.“I’ve got to prepare them better,” Lewis said. “OK? It rests with me.”Against the Browns, they were overmatched from the start.Cleveland (4-6-1) won on the road for the first time since 2015, emphatically snapping a streak of 25 straight road losses that was one shy of the Lions’ NFL record. The Browns also ended a run of seven straight losses to their intrastate rival.“It hurts,” Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd said. “It hurts a lot.”The Bengals thought they had one advantage: Hue Jackson on their sideline. It didn’t matter.The Browns fired Jackson a month ago after he won only three games in two-plus seasons as head coach. Lewis fired defensive co-ordinator Teryl Austin after a 51-14 loss to the Saints, installed himself as co-ordinator, and hired his close friend Jackson to help with the defence.The Browns were bothered by the sight of their former coach on the other sideline plotting against them. When safety Damarious Randall picked off one of Dalton’s passes along the sideline, he stepped out of bounds and handed the ball to Jackson , who patted him on the helmet.Dalton hurt the thumb on his passing hand while trying to recover a fumble in the third quarter and didn’t return. Center Billy Price snapped the ball too high, and Dalton got his hand caught in a scrum for the ball.“I’ve never done that,” Price said of his poor snap. “I just held onto it a little too much and just pulled it.”Dalton left the field immediately for testing. Lewis said the injury doesn’t appear to be season-ending, but more tests were being performed.The Browns turned the fumble recovery into Mayfield’s fourth TD pass for a 35-7 lead. Dalton was 10 of 17 for 100 yards with a touchdown and an interception.Jeff Driskel took over and went 17 of 29 for 155 yards with a touchdown pass and a TD run. He’ll start against the Broncos next Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium if Dalton can’t play.“I know personally what I’ve known all along, and that’s that I can play at this level and give our team a chance to win,” Driskel said.The Bengals already were missing cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, receiver A.J. Green and left tackle Cordy Glenn, inactive with injuries. Jake Fisher started at left tackle and hurt his back late in the first half. Cornerback Tony McRae suffered a concussion in the third quarter and gave two thumbs-up as he was wheeled off the field.___More AP NFL: and Kay, The Associated Press read more

Ultimate Frisbee Is In The Dark Ages Of Analytics — And It

Read more: A Plea For More Frisbee Data From A U.S. Ultimate Coach ST ALBANS, England — On a field 20 miles north of London, three people were camped on the edge of a field wearing USA Ultimate hoodies, notebooks open in front of them. They were the coaches of the U.S.’s under-23 women’s team, and they were scouting two of their biggest Ultimate Frisbee rivals, Canada and Colombia, who were about to play in a group-stage match of the 2015 world championships. The coaches barely even had any data on their own team — but there they were, scrounging for some on their future opponents. Head coach Mike Whitaker and assistant coaches Carolyn Matthews and Lauren Boyle of the U.S. women’s team. Carl Bialik Riley Erickson records video of future opponents for the U.S. mixed team. Carl Bialik Aguilera thinks that more ultimate should be filmed and that more film should be watched. He filmed games at the under-23 worlds from atop a ladder he’d bought for 30 pounds ($45) just before the tournament. Many top college basketball players have seen hundreds of games by the time they get to campus. Incoming college ultimate players might have watched fewer than 20 ultimate games, Aguilera said.Absent data, coaches have to rely on scouting to get ahead. Film analysis has become a hallmark of the best college and club programs in the country. And it was on display at the tournament in England, too.Take, for example, the women’s final between the U.S. and Japan. Mike Whitaker, the head coach of the U.S. team who’d been scouting that Canada-Colombia game with his assistants near the start of the tournament, said that Japan used “advanced scouting more than any other team at the worlds.” The Japanese team brought personnel dedicated to the practice, which played a big role in the final’s outcome. He noticed Japan made adjustments to its defense after its group-stage game against the Americans (the U.S. won 17-13) and scouting other U.S. games.Eri Hirai, Japan’s head coach, said the team tracked which players on other tournament teams threw the most long passes and which ones ran the most. Harai said this kind of scouting is standard practice in Japan. “It’s very important because we knew nothing about other teams before the tournament,” she said in an email interview conducted through a translator. By the end of the tournament, the Japanese team knew enough about the Americans to win the final in a big upset, 17-15. It was the only game any U.S. team lost in the tournament. Ultimate should be fertile ground for analytics. The mostly amateur sport first blossomed at universities and remains popular with engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and teachers — curious, creative nerds eager to break down the sport and share what they learn. Its profile is growing, too. This summer, the International Olympic Committee made the sport eligible to be included in a future Summer Olympics.When I attended the under-23 world tournament in England this summer, I saw hundreds of the sport’s future stars coached by some of its brightest minds, but I also saw a sport missing something vital: detailed data.It’s easy to take sports data for granted in an age when cameras track and quantify the movement of players and balls in baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer. The biggest challenges for analysts in those sports is how to wrangle and make sense of all that data and to get fans to look past traditional box-score numbers.But in ultimate, there are hardly any traditional box-score numbers. Other sports have digitized stat-keeping even at the college or high-school level. But for ultimate, even at a relatively organized and well-run event like the under-23 worlds, the sport’s best young players checked opponents’ scores on schedules filled in by hand. Coaches — including my FiveThirtyEight colleague Jody Avirgan, an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team — carried clipboards to log who played each point, with paper flapping in the wind and ink blurring in the rain. Players got a glimpse of what wealth can bring to a sport every time they walked past one of Watford FC’s brand-new 500,000 pound ($750,000) fields, but rope fences made clear that the Premier League team’s training ground was off-limits — as were stats as advanced and sophisticated as the EPL’s.At best, ultimate box scores — such as those posted on the under-23 worlds website — contain just goals, assists and Ds (discs knocked down or intercepted). “That is Stone Age material to work with,” said Sean Childers, an ultimate player and co-author of a study on ultimate presented last year at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, in an email. “Imagine a baseball or basketball box score from 50 years ago, but worse.”Ultimate coaches dream of stats corresponding to some of their favorites from other sports. Several wished hockey assists — the pass that leads to the pass for the score — were tracked. Bob Krier, head coach of the U.S. men’s under-23 team, wants to see a shooting percentage for the most difficult passes into the end zone. Others want stats on “pulls,” ultimate’s version of kickoffs: Coaches suspect pulls matter a lot in helping a team set up its defense, both for how long they hang in the air and for where they land.A catch-all metric for player value such as wins above replacement would be nice, too. But Martin Aguilera, who coached the U.S. mixed team at the under-23 championships this year, said, “We’re so far away from that.”Many coaches said they look to basketball for stats they want to see for ultimate. On the surface, ultimate has more in common with football (passing toward a score in an end zone), soccer (a field sport with fluid positions and no play clock) and tennis (starting a point on offense is like serving, and scoring on a defensive point is called breaking). But ultimate has similar defensive principles to basketball, with players switching suddenly from offense to defense and both teams resetting after each score.Plus, basketball has lots of cool data. Ultimate nerds speak with envy and awe about SportVU, the system of cameras that ring NBA arenas and produce data about where the players and ball are at every moment of each game. And they cite the shooting charts of FiveThirtyEight’s Kirk Goldsberry as models for charts they’d love to see, ones that would map success rates for players’ shots at the end zone by field position.Other sports are also seeking better data than their traditional, limited box scores provide. In volleyball, “the official stat sheet is basically useless,” said Todd Dagenais, coach of the University of Central Florida women’s team. He’s seeking better stats to help his team but says there’s a dividend for spectators, too: A smarter sport is more fun to watch. “When an offense is run well, fans love that, which causes the defense to have to make more spectacular moves and more spectacular plays, which is also very entertaining,” he said.Ultimate’s stats are stuck in the Stone Age in part because it takes a lot of work to get not a lot of insight. To improve on the kind of time-consuming, manual stat-keeping process that some coaches at the world championships were using, ultimate players developed an app to track players moving around the field. The Ultiapps Stat Tracker can generate heat maps showing the best scoring spots. Childers and a fellow researcher used data from the app to figure out where those spots are and which players were best at getting the disc there. What they found mostly reinforced basic tenets of the sport, like the importance of keeping the disc in the middle of the field. The heat map above, which is from the paper by Childers and Jeremy Weiss, shows a team’s likelihood of scoring from different points on the field. As a team moves closer and closer to the end zone (at the top of the chart), its chances of scoring increase (the higher the number, the better). The large dip in the 40-percent zone — shown as 0.4 — suggests that a team is just as likely to score from about 50 yards outside the end zone (marked as 20 on the heat map) in the middle of the field as they are from 35 but stuck on the sideline.But data collected at one level of the sport with, say, little wind may not translate into a different level in windy conditions. Partly because of limitations like that one, teams mostly have stopped using the app to collect data.“Teams liked our analysis but found collecting and inputting the data was too onerous to justify the time investment,” Childers said.Part of would-be ultimate analysts’ challenge is that top ultimate players don’t play that many meaningful points1Each game of ultimate is played to a certain number of points, and each team must keep the same group of players on the field until the next point is scored. in a season. Players might play during only eight or 10 points of a game because top teams are deep, usually with more than twice the number of players on the sideline as are on the field at any time. And the roster is rarely the same from tournament to tournament.2Even in an age when ESPN is airing ultimate, no one makes a living playing the sport. Top players often skip tournaments because of personal or job conflicts.Even if everyone could agree on which new stats are needed in a sport like ultimate, a tough question remains: Whose job should it be to collect the stats? Tournaments are mostly run by volunteers focused on tasks such as ensuring players find the right field, have enough water and uphold the sport’s unique spirit of the game during play. That leaves coaches to keep any extra stats they’d want for analysis. But they’re also busy doing lots of other things during tournaments. It’s often easier to collect advanced stats during tryouts or practices instead.For the under-23 tournament, U.K. mixed coaches had to choose 26 players from 93 who showed up at trials. They divided them into six groups and filmed them, rating them in 24 categories. None was scores, assists or Ds. The categories were more subtle: essential but hard-to-measure ultimate and interpersonal skills. One, for example, was “nicehead,” which gauged how well someone played with others. “What we didn’t want to do is pick very skilled players who couldn’t interact with other human beings,” coach Megan Hurst said. She and her fellow coach Felix Shardlow entered all the stats into a big spreadsheet and looked for players whose low ratings came in categories they could easily improve, like catching. read more

Middle Island completes A19m placement to progress the Sandstone gold project in

first_imgMiddle Island Resources Ltd has received binding commitments from new and existing institutional and sophisticated shareholders for a private placement to raise A$1,897,500 (before costs). The proceeds from the placement, combined with the company’s existing cash balance, will be used to fund exploration and development work at the Sandstone gold project, primarily focussed on the Two Mile Hill tonalite deeps deposit.Exploration and development activities will include resource definition diamond drilling, ore sorting trials, independent resource updates and underground mining studies. In addition, the funds will be applied to exploration drilling at other targets within the Sandstone tenure, the deferred acquisition payment and general working capital.The company describes the Two Mile Hill tonalite deeps gold discovery at Sandstone as “exciting, and potentially game-changing.”The picture shows Middle Island Managing Director Rick Yeates.last_img read more

La matière noire pourrait rendre des planètes habitables

first_imgLa matière noire pourrait rendre des planètes habitablesLa matière noire pourrait être une source d’énergie pour les planètes hostiles à la vie. C’est ce que révèle une étude menée par Dan Hooper et Jason Steffen, deux chercheurs du Fermilab, un laboratoire de physique des particules des hautes énergies situé près de Chicago, aux États-Unis.L’étude de Dan Hooper et Jason Steffen est surprenante. Elle révèle que des planètes inhabitables pourraient le devenir grâce à la matière noire. Ces planètes bien au delà de notre système solaire sont dépourvues d’une étoile leur fournissant de la chaleur, ce qui explique que toute forme de vie soit actuellement incapable de s’y développer. Toutefois, ces planètes possèdent un avantage : elles sont situées au centre de la galaxie, un lieu qui recèle une importante quantité de matière noire. Cette matière hypothétique est fréquemment utilisée par les chercheurs pour expliquer certains phénomènes astronomiques méconnus. Mais elle n’a jusqu’à présent pas été détectée et est totalement invisible à l’œil humain. Pour beaucoup d’astronomes, la matière noire est composée de particules appelées WIMPs (acronyme anglais pour “particules massives interagissant faiblement”). Ces éléments sont capables de libérer un fort potentiel énergétique dès lors qu’ils se heurtent entre eux. L’énergie devient alors chaleur quand les WIMPs se retrouvent absorbés par la matière normale environnante. De la chaleur pour maintenir de l’eau liquide à la surface des planètesDans leur étude, Dan Hooper et Jason Steffen ont tenté de déterminer la quantité de chaleur qui pourrait être produite à l’intérieur des planètes occupant un environnement riche en matière noire, à savoir : le centre de la galaxie. D’après leurs calculs, la matière noire pourrait être capturée par la gravitation exercée par une planète. L’apport calorifique serait environ égal à la chaleur que la Terre reçoit du soleil. Selon les physiciens, une planète dont la masse serait un peu plus importante que celle de la Terre et située à environ 30 années-lumière du centre galactique, pourrait recevoir avec la matière noire, assez de chaleur pour maintenir l’eau liquide à sa surface. Le chauffage pourrait perdurer pendant des milliards d’années. Dan Hooper, cité par le New Scientist, estime que “c’est la forme ultime de l’énergie durable”.Une réaction inapplicable sur TerreÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa Terre, quant à elle ne pourra jamais bénéficier de cette source de chaleur puisqu’elle se trouve à environ 26.000 années-lumière du centre de la galaxie et que par conséquent la concentration de matière noire environnante est trop faible pour avoir assez d’effets. Cependant, les estimations des deux physiciens ouvrent la voie à de nouveaux scénarios futuristes selon lesquels, dans un avenir lointain, des restes de civilisations avancées pourraient migrer vers de nouvelles planètes au-delà de leur système solaire.L’étude ne fait toutefois pas l’unanimité au sein de la communauté scientifique. James Kasting de l’Université de Pennsylvanie souligne que “c’est une idée très créative, mais ce n’est pas vraiment vérifiable”. En effet, les zones riches en matière noire sont situées beaucoup trop loin pour visualiser d’éventuels planètes environnantes et savoir si celles-ci possèdent des traces d’eau. Pour Gregory Laughlin, de l’Université de Californie, l’étude restera “une curiosité strictement théorique pendant un bon moment”.Le 31 mars 2011 à 19:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

All the 80s references in Stranger Things Chapter Three Holly Jolly

first_imgHolly, Jolly is the third episode in the Netflix series Stranger Things, and a lot of stuff happens in this installment. We learn more details about 11’s origin. We find out what happened to Barbara. Joyce discovers that maybe you can communicate with the Upside Down world, and throughout all of this we see references to the decade that this show take’s place in, the 1980s.The themes of this episode are hope and heroism. It starts darkly, but we see people starting to rise to the occasion, with Joyce trying to establish contact with Will, Chief Hopper getting to the bottom of the bigger mystery, and Nancy not giving up on her missing friend. In the end things turn dark, but we now know what kind of people these characters are and what we can expect from them in the next 5 episodes.While putting this series of posts together, I have been discussing the show with a lot of my friends who want to know what modern show Stranger Things is most like. I like to tell them that the show is very much like The Americans. It is set in a specific time period, but it does not exist simply to celebrate that period. Instead it uses the time period to help drive the story forward.So let’s take a look at Stranger Things, Chapter 3 Holly, Jolly, dissect it, and find all those wonderful eighties references. Spoilers are contained within this breakdown, so if those offend you, or you have not see the show, turn back now. I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You1/23In a disturbing scene full of cross-cutting, we get a teenage love scene, with Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You” playing in the background, set against the disturbing encounter between Barbara’s and the Demogorgon. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” was released in 1981 and appears on the album 4. It would climb up the charts that year, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on Billboard’s Rock Tracks chart. While the song is very well known, not many people realize that the synthesizer work on it was done by a then relatively unknown new wave/synthpop pioneer Thomas Dolby.<><> While this is some of the references to the eighties, it is not all of them. Some are repeating elements from past episodes that have already been covered, while others I am sure escaped even my keen eyes. So if you spot something I missed, why not share them in the comments?Check out our other rundowns of 80s references in Stranger Things:Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will ByersChapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple StreetChapter Four: The BodyChapter Five: The Flea and the AcrobatChapter Six: The MonsterChapter Seven: The BathtubChapter Eight: The Upside Downlast_img read more

Official Ronaldo becomes majority shareholder of Real Valladolid

first_imgRonaldo Nazario has become the majority shareholder of Real Valladolid after purchasing a 51 per cent stake in the clubThe Brazil great paid up to €30m in shares and was presented to the press at a ceremony at the city hall on Monday alongside current majority owner and president Carlos Suarez and city mayor Oscar Puente.“I have gone through many stages in my training in football to prepare myself. Football is a passion,” said Ronaldo at his presentation.“We have the best wicker to meet our goals, goals that are not going to stay here because we want to grow to where our illusions allow us”“This new management will be defined by four words: competitiveness, transparency, revolution and social. We will count on our friend Carlos Suárez and with the group of workers of these past years ”“We want to form the best possible team to compete and report clearly our management. There will be a clear social content in all our actions ”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Count on us to make Real Valladolid consolidate it’s spot in La Liga and continue building illusions. With the union between all, I am convinced that it will be very difficult to beat”“I want everyone to form this club and invite the fans to participate in this project. Give us ideas, opinions, criticisms and hopes. I want you to be part of the present and future of Real Valladolid ”?? @ronaldo ya presume de la blanquivioleta #RealValladolid— Real Valladolid C.F. (@realvalladolid) September 3, 2018last_img read more

County amends portion of emergency code related to firearms

first_imgAn it’s-only-there-if-we-need-it code was updated Tuesday to reflect the fact the chairman of the Board of Clark County Commissioners does not have authority to prohibit the possession of firearms in public during a declared emergency. The code was adopted in 2005, the first time in 33 years the county’s emergency management ordinance had been updated. The ordinance was patterned by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency after the state’s emergency code, which gives the governor authority to restrict the carrying of firearms in public, said Bronson Potter, the county’s chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney.However, local officials do not have that authority, Potter said.The illegal code was pointed out to commissioners earlier this summer by resident Lynda Wilson.Commissioners Steve Stuart, Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke voted to amend the code. Stuart told Wilson that all of the county’s cities have similarly worded emergency ordinances, which give local officials wide authority to set curfews, close businesses and public places and restrict the sale of gasoline, liquor, firearms and ammunition. The city of Camas’ code allows for the mayor or designate to have the power to “prohibit any person or persons from carrying or possessing upon any street, alley, highway or public place within the city any firearms, knives, clubs, rocks, bricks or other weapons, objects or contrivances susceptible for use in causing injury to persons or damage to property.”Commissioners Boldt and Mielke also struck down related portions of the controversial county code. The code, in addition to prohibiting the carrying of firearms, prohibited the possession of “any instrument which is capable of producing bodily harm and which is carried or possessed with intent to use the same to cause such harm; provided, that any such order shall not apply to the possession of firearms which is subject to regulation by the state or to peace officers or military personnel engaged in the performance of their official duties.”last_img read more

House Passes Legislation Closing Schneider Loophole

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives voted on Saturday to approve legislation that strengthens sex crime laws. A similar bill was introduced on the Senate Side, Senate Bill 12, was introduced by Senator Peter Micciche after the case of Justin Schneider gained national attention, after he served no prison time for strangling a woman to the point of unconsciousness and then ejaculating on her. House Bill 14 was sponsored by Representative John Lincoln of Kotzebue and was approved with broad bipartisan support on a 36-to-1 vote. The Senate will now consider the legislation The bill also includes requirements that the criminal justice system notify victims of all sex crimes when a perpetrator is being released and allows a victim or their guardian to enter an opinion of a plea deal on the record.center_img According to Senator Micciche this exposed some serious, long-standing shortcomings in laws dealing with sexual assault in Alaska: “Serious crimes were ignored and an inappropriate plea deal allowed the perpetrator to serve a portion of the sentence of the single conviction at home with his family. In a state number one in the U.S. for sexual assault, we are making the statement that there will be ‘no more free passes’ for perpetrators of such crimes.” In addition to modifying our state’s sexual assault statutes, HB 14 recognizes the serious nature of strangulation to the point of losing consciousness as first-degree assault and includes it in a list of aggravating factors for sentencing.last_img read more

Kuskokwim library expecting to shrink staff hours from budget cuts

first_imgKuskokwim Consortium Library. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.)With the state budget expected to shrink, the Kuskokwim Consortium Library is preparing for a downturn on its ability to provide services starting this summer.Library Director Cheri Boisvert Janz said staff will likely drop from three to two full-time positions and doors will open for fewer hours.With only two people, Janz said staff will have less time to help guests and get new materials on the shelves, and she said patrons can expect to feel the impact.“It will be just not as high a level of customer service as we would like and I’m sure as the patrons will like, too,” Janz said.The University of Alaska owns the library, and the whole UA system is readying to take a hit after Gov. Bill Walker slashed about 5% from the university’sgeneral fund in his proposed budget. In response, the Kuskokwim University Campus proposed a budget that Janz said cuts about 40 percent of the library’s funding, mainly because the space operates more as a public rather than university resource.“There aren’t that many students here, so most of the people who come in here are from the general public,” Janz said. “Previously the school had paid the bulk of the money towards the library, and with the budget cuts, they really can’t anymore. There’s just not money to subsidize the public library.”Janz said the library serves hundreds of people a day with Saturdays ranking as the busiest time.“The computers are booked for the entire day. All the seating is taken. We have story time, which is popular. Sometimes it can get really chaotic. But it’s actually the best day here, because that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” Janz said.To continue doing that work, Janz said she’ll be asking City Council for increased funding while also looking for alternative financial sources like grants and creating a Friends of the Library organization. Historically the city has covered about 20 percent of the library’s costs.The Kuskokwim University Campus declined to answer questions about proposed budget cuts at this time.The new budget would take effect July 1, 2016.last_img read more

Alaska and its tribes sign child services compact

first_imgGovernor Bill Walker signs the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact at the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives convention. Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson is on his right. (Photo courtesy of the office of Governor Bill Walker)The state of Alaska has entered into a first-of-its kind compact to let tribes and tribal organizations take over child welfare services in their communities.Listen nowState officials say the new Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact — signed today at the 51st annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention in downtown Anchorage — is “historic” and unique in the United States. Its aim is to preserve Alaska Native culture through giving tribes and tribal organization the ability to oversee local child welfare problems, rather than social workers coming in from outside their communities, often resulting in children being removed from their communities.So far, 18 Alaska Native tribes or tribal organizations are a part of the new compact, and negotiations to add others will be done on an annual basis as more than 200 tribes and organizations watch, learn and make decisions on how they want to handle child welfare services.Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson said child services comprise some of the most difficult social work her department oversees. She thanked those who do it.“You see things that no adult should ever see about things that happen to children throughout our state,” Davidson said in a speech to AFN attendees. “We know that is incredibly hard work, and so we offer our heartfelt quyana for helping to our children be, ultimately, who they are meant to be.”The compact allows tribes and tribal organizations to assume certain responsibilities, negotiated on an organization-by-organization basis, that have been under the purview of the state Office of Children’s Services. That includes assisting or conducting investigations of child welfare cases, the placement of children in out-of-home care, and licensing foster homes, among other things. Further along, there will also be decisions on how the state funds those services through the tribes and tribal organizations.Davidson said there are a variety of problems the compact aims to solve. One, she said, is that about 20 percent of all Alaska children are Alaska Native or American Indian, but Native kids represent more than half of those placed in out-of-home care.“That disproportionality tells us that what we’re doing right now isn’t working and we need to do better,” Davidson said. “What we learned is that when children and families have better outcomes when care is provided closer to home.”The compact is based on the Alaska Tribal Health Compact, a similar agreement that gives authority to tribes and tribal organizations in managing health care.For Davidson, the health commissioner and an Alaska Native herself, the issue of providing more tailored care for kids and families in need is an emotional one. During an interview, her eyes teared up and she jokingly blamed allergies.But Davidson had a somber tone describing the messages she says she sees on social media all too often.“They say, ‘I’ve been told my mom is from this village. I’m wondering if anybody knows who my family is.’ And we see that all the time, it’s heartbreaking,” Davidson said. “My children’s generation? I don’t want them to see that anymore. I want our children to know who they are, to know what village they’re from, to know what tribe they’re from and have no question about their culture.”Just before signing the compact, Gov. Bill Walker told the convention attendees there may be similar tribal state agreements in the future.“This is just the beginning. There are more things we can do with the same process,” Gov. Walker said. “There has to be a first step. It’s a recipe for what more we can do.”last_img read more

DoT steps up mobile signal spillage monitoring in Rajouri

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 15: The Wireless Monitoring Authority (WMO) of the Department of Telecom has stepped up mobile signal spillage monitoring in border areas, including Rajouri and Poonch of J&K, a Department of Telecom note for June stated. “These monitoring exercises were conducted in coordination with Intelligence Bureau during June, 2019. During the exercise, cellular signal spillage from Telecom operators of Pakistan were detected in Uri area of J&K. Some areas of Rajouri and Poonch of J&K will be covered in next few weeks in coordination with Security agencies”, the note said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Under the Measurement of spillage signals from across the border area, WMO has conducted monitoring exercise to measure spillage of cellular signals from Foreign Telecom Operators within Indian Territory of Uri and Boniyar area of J&K. These monitoring exercise were conducted in coordination with IB during June, 2019, as per the note In a related issue, WMO successfully detected source of interference reported by China through ITU (International Telecom Union). The administration of China through ITU had reported unknown signals in frequency band 406MHZ emerging from Korba area of Chhattisgarh. These signals are reportedly causing interference to EPIRB frequencies which operates through CISPAS SARSAT staellite system for ensuring safety of life at sea, the same note added. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “Understanding the gravity of this international issue, WMO had deputed three teams from Raipur, Nagpur and Bhopal in Korba area to search and detect the source of interference. The team successfully searched and identified the interfering signals emanating from locomotives of Indian Railways at Korba area. The report has been submitted by the team to the Department for further necessary action, the note added.last_img read more

No plans for selective stimulus package Finance ministry

first_imgNew Delhi, Sept 24 (ANI): Senior finance ministry official, Arvind Mayaram said on Monday that India has no plan to offer a special window to lend funds at lower interest rates to companies in some sectors.The finance ministry and the central bank were considering a selective stimulus plan that involved a debt-buying programme for eligible companies. Mayaram said that the banks in India have not yet developed the capability of appraising projects for a long duration. Mayaram also said that the government or the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) does not target any rate.last_img