Fishing the North Coast: Rain should jump start winter steelhead run

first_imgIt wasn’t much, but it was a start. Tuesday’s storms brought just enough rain to bump up the river flows, and hopefully light a fire under the winter steelhead. Most of the rain fell from Eureka north, with the Smith and Chetco each jumping a couple feet. The Smith was dropping quickly and will likely be clear by Saturday, but the Chetco should be in great shape and fish through the weekend. Locally, the Mad River saw increase of roughly 300 cfs, which is plenty to pull some fresh steelhead …last_img

Science Site Promotes Polygamy

first_imgOn Valentine’s Day, a Darwinian science site has actively promoted polyamory, the “swinging” lifestyle.Live Science, a long-time promoter of Darwin-only views (and attacker of creationism), has outdone itself for Valentine’s Day: promoting polygamy and polyandry (hetero- or homosexual) as healthy alternatives to traditional marriage.  Although not mentioning evolution specifically in its parade of articles, it draws on what animals do for support.In “Polygamy May Be Good For You,” Live Science reporter Stephanie Pappas used the word of a Vermont psychologist to insinuate the “nonmonogamy” (which could include any non-traditional arrangment) is not so bad – it’s even healthy.  She’s talking about having multiple sex partners with knowledge of those involved.In “Five Myths About Polyamory Debunked,” Live Science reporter Stephanie Pappas alleged in a series of 5 short articles that nonmonogamous relationships are perfectly fine, citing “researchers” and an upcoming “International Academic Polyamory Conference” starting tomorrow at (not surprisingly), Berkeley.  Here’s “Myth 5: Polyamory is bad for the kids.”  Pappas quoted a “legal consultant” and “former Georgia State University professor” who is “writing a book on polyamorous families” as an expert: “One of the main things this does indicate to me is that these families can be really good places to raise children,” Elizabeth Sheff said. “Not necessarily that all of them, definitionally, are, but that they may be, depending on how families work it out,” despite questionable evidence.Live Science Staff posted a non-scientific poll: “Would You Consider Polyamory?”In “Love & Lust: 7 Lessons from the Animal Kingdom,” Live Science reporter Wynne Parry used animal antics of dinosaurs, salmon, squid and other creatures as teachers of human morality.Finally, in “The 5 Secrets of Seduction,” Live Science reporter Tia Ghose advised people on how to get a “pick-up”– not how to show faithfulness, honesty, or unselfish commitment.  This article had links to the polyamory articles.  The multiple authors and editor’s blessing makes Live Science a promoter of “nonmonogamy,” whatever it is.Of course these articles had nothing to say about STD.This is what you get with evolutionary amorality.  Animals are our teachers.  Anything goes.  It’s all an evolutionary game to pass on genes.  Ethics, agape love and honesty are meaningless.  We saw the progression with evolutionary psychology casting its imprimatur on homosexuality; now polyamory is on the threshold.  What will follow: child sexual abuse?  Rape and murder?  Don’t disbelieve it; this world view has no standards.  Darwinism even justifies cheaters (“non-cooperators”) as parts of the evolutionary game just as valid as the cooperators; that could include rapists and murderers.By praising “nonmonogamy,” Live Science has willingly opened a Pandora’s Box, declaring itself no friend of true science, but a promoter of evil.  Just watch: as with homosexuality, the initial shock will be replaced by acceptance, entertainment, then advocacy (see satire, “The Future of Cannibal Rights“).  Those who oppose the new non-monogamy sexual revolution in favor of traditional marriage will be seen as purveyors of hate who must be persecuted.  The book of Revelation describes a time when mankind, even when God’s judgment is falling upon them, would not repent of their immoralities (Rev. 9:20-21). Without a Christian revival, dark days are coming. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sappi and Volvo greening SA

first_imgSappi and Volvo have teamed up in abold new initiative to plant moreindigenous trees. (Image: Graeme Williams, For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusSouth African paper manufacturer Sappi Limited and car manufacturer Volvo South Africa are saving indigenous trees with their new joint initiative GreenForBlue. Multi-national corporation, Sappi, is the world’s top producer of coated fine paper and chemical cellulose, and is also Africa’s leading forest products company.Volvo has made care of the environment one of its priorities for many decades, and the car manufacturer now takes its commitment one step further with the new collaboration with Sappi. The two companies are encouraging Volvo drivers to sponsor the planting of a sufficient number of trees per Volvo car sold to mitigate the emissions of harmful gas from engines.Once a donation has been made Sappi and Volvo will take care of the rest. The project’s name comes from the fact that a blue planet, say the companies on the GreenForBlue website, is a healthy planet – but blue can only be achieved by starting with green.Natural air filtersAs they mature, trees purify the air by carbon sequestration. This term refers to a number of processes, whether natural or artificial, whereby carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in a solid material – in trees this wood material is around 50% carbon.Two thirds of Sappi land is currently used for plantations and the remainder is managed for conservation purposes. GreenForBlue trees will be planted in suitable areas identified by Sappi and belonging to the company, including land near roadsides and between plantations. Planting trees on Sappi property also ensures that they will be properly looked after in order to fulfil their important function.GreenForBlue is linked to Sappi’s Sandisa Imvelo (Growing Nature) campaign for fighting climate change by planting more indigenous trees, and thus not only conserving the biodiversity and natural habitats of the areas where the company conducts operations, but also reducing its carbon footprint.Sappi says that South Africa’s indigenous biodiversity is particularly rich in all spheres – the country has more than 1 100 indigenous trees compared with the UK, which has less than 100. Sandisa Imvelo provides a focused platform for enhancing and appreciating this remarkable green heritage.Sandisa Imvelo will oversee the planning of 10 000 trees, on average, per growing season. Trees are sourced from the “Trees for Life” programme of the Wildlands Conservation Trust, which operates a series of a social development projects that help communities. The Trees for Life initiative draws on a network of participants, usually orphaned and vulnerable children, who grow indigenous trees to earn a livelihood. The children barter the trees for food, clothes, bicycles and other basic necessities, and the trees are planted out in greening or forest restoration projects.  One indigenous tree, says Sappi, will dispose of about 18kg of carbon dioxide annually. The company has calculated exactly how many trees are required to offset the gas emissions of each Volvo model. For instance, the Volvo C30 will require 11 trees to grow for 100 years to offset the amount of greenhouse gas produced over a distance of 100 000km (about five years). While the original trees might not last that long, they will propagate over time to form their own green area.Doing their bitSappi has a long and distinguished history in the area of conservation. Among the company’s achievements are the greening of avenues around Hector Peterson Memorial in Soweto with 1 000 trees; countrywide initiatives during annual Arbour Week; a R10-million ($2-million) investment in the Sappi/WWF TreeRoutes Partnership; establishing the initial capital for the Table Mountain Fund; and sponsorship of the rehabilitation of Newlands Forest in Cape Town.Volvo, meanwhile, contributes to the mitigation of carbon emissions from its products by funding the United Nations’ certified climate-neutral projects, such as renewable energy production in China and India. On 1 January 2008 the company put into place a policy that all electricity delivered to its plants in Sweden and Belgium is derived from hydropower, or green power.Cutting down on SA’s greenhouse gasesMoves are currently afoot to develop South Africa’s carbon capture and storage capabilities. A new initiative announced in October 2008 and supported by a number of major local corporates, aims to develop a carbon dioxide storage atlas in the Southern African region. An initial assessment of the project is due for publication by April 2010.South Africa as a country emits about 1% of the global total per year – this equates to around 400-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. The newly-launched carbon dioxide capture scheme entails removing the gas as it emerges from industrial flues, then compressing it under pressure into a liquid form and injecting it for storage into suitable geological formations such as spent oil and gas fields.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s geography Useful linksSappiVolvo South AfricaGreenForBlueSappi/WWF TreeRoutesWildlands Conservation Trustlast_img read more

SA ‘in communication’ with Nigeria over abducted girls

first_img15 May 2014 The South African government is in constant communication with the Nigerian government as calls for the release of the abducted girls continue to spread, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, the minister described the kidnapping of more than 200 girls by militant Islamic group Boko-Haram as “unfortunate, heinous and unprecedented”. “The South African government – first through [the Department of International Relations and Cooperation] and the statement made by the Presidency two days after their abduction – has come out unequivocally condemning this heinous act of using girl children as weapons of some mysterious action by these abductors,” the minister said. Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa joined the global community, firstly as an African country, to support of the efforts of the Nigerian government and its people. “We are in constant communication with the Nigerian government through our High Commission in Nigeria and also the Nigerian High Commission here in South Africa. “The responses we’ve been getting from the Nigerian government have been positive and we remain seized with the kind of support that the Nigerian government would be requesting from us.” Nkoana-Mashabane also welcomed the initiatives of civil society across the world as well as those by other governments to pressure the abductors to release the girls. “We welcome … equally our own [initiatives] in South Africa, particularly the students who have come out in support of the ‘bring back our girls campaign’.”South African learners support #BringBackOurGirls Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana, addressing about girl learners from Moletsane High School in Soweto on Wednesday, exactly a month since the girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, again called for the girls’ safe return. “We believe that this is a serious violation of the human rights of these girls and a crime against humanity. We are calling on the whole world to stand up and fight against this horrific incident,” the minister said. The minister urged South Africans to continue to stand in solidarity with the abducted school girls and their families and call for their immediate release by using every avenue and platform available to say #BringBackOurGirls. Learners at the school yesterday made a guard of honour and carried placards which called for the release of the Nigerian girls. “We call on those who have taken the girls to return them because when you touch kids, you’ve gone too far, especially when it’s kids trying to get an education,” said grade 12 learner Itumeleng Madidimalo (18). Boko Haram’s name translates to “Western education is a sin” in the local language. The group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write. On Monday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau offered to release the girls in exchange for militants imprisoned by the Nigerian government. Meanwhile, a 30-member team from the US is in Nigeria to help with the search for the kidnapped girls. The US is also using satellite imagery and making reconnaissance flights over Nigeria. Britain has also sent experts to help with the search. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Clemson Now Number One



first_img Twitter Facebook “We regret to inform you that because of a disagreement with Bell Media, which owns the Crave + Movies + HBO channel, they are depriving our customers of access to the GO platform indefinitely,” reads a number of Videotron24_7 tweets in response to customer confusion.1/2 We regret to inform you that because of a disagreement with Bell Media, which owns the Crave + Movies + HBO channel, they are depriving our customers of access to the GO platform indefinitely. We apologize for the inconvenience.— Videotron24_7 (@Videotron24_7) November 5, 2018A follow up tweet explains that Videotron subscribers looking to access Bell’s new Crave + Movies + HBO content services can navigate to “channel 900 on [their] illico terminal and select “Crave Movies and HBO” in the “On-demand Channels” section, or program your PVR to channels 811 to 815 HD.”Read more at Bell Media launches $100 million trademark infringement suit against Videotron Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Toronto-based media subsidiary Bell Media has launched a court action against Montreal-based telecommunications service provider Videotron over claims of trademark infringement.According to a November 5th, 2018 statement of claim filed through the Federal Court’s Vancouver registry office, Bell Media is demanding at least $100 million CAD in damages from Videotron — $20,000 per each individual episode of the approximately 2,700 television shows and films currently secured by Bell’s copyright — for failing to agree to new content distribution terms by an October 31st, 2018 deadline.The lawsuit has been repeatedly referenced by Videotron24_7 — the service provider’s technical support line on Twitter — as a “disagreement with Bell Media.” Advertisementlast_img read more

New Montreal justice centre aims to fill gaps in system for Indigenous

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThere are provisions in the Canadian legal system that take into account the harsh realities of many Indigenous offenders.But in Montreal, they’re not always being implemented.Now, a new organization is looking to change that, and more.last_img

North Park hosts largest World Cup viewing party on West Coast

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s John Soderman was in North Park for the largest World Cup viewing party on the West Coast.Well over 10,000 people were in attendance to watch France’s 4-2 victory of Croatia.The event was organized by SoccerCity, which is pushing to bring a professional soccer complex to Mission Valley to build on the soccer excitement in San Diego.What is perhaps most amazing about this viewing party is just the sheer amount of excitement in generated without a certain team even qualifying for the World Cup. That team being the United States. This is why organizers are excited about how large this could grow in four years should we qualify. John Soderman Posted: July 15, 2018 July 15, 2018 John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter North Park hosts largest World Cup viewing party on West Coastlast_img read more

Egg freezing attracting young Indians but no social approval

first_imgFormer Miss World Diana Hayden, 42, gave new hope to women who are in no rush to becoming mothers when she gave birth to her first child born out of her egg that she froze eight years ago.  But while young Indians feel that freezing of human egg is a smart move for career-oriented women, social stigma continues to be attached to the new-age fertilisation process, say medical experts. Egg freezing is still not very popular in India, said Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF Specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Centre.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“People in India still open their eyes wide if they hear such things, especially in joint and conservative families. On the other hand, IVF has been accepted widely in India, but egg freezing is yet to gain approval or social acceptability in India,” said Gupta.  Another expert, Anubha Singh, gynecologist and IVF expert at Shantah IVF Centre, said that “egg freezing is not a normal procedure like IVF or surrogacy, but if you are an individual and you don’t need any family member’s approval, you can definitely go for this”.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe procedure, however, has caught people’s attention here in the past two to three years.  Singh said it was in 2014 when technology conglomerates Apple and Facebook announced that they will pay for the egg freezing process of their women employees.  “They took the decision to attract more female employees and maintain their retention rates so that they may have prolonged careers,” said Singh.  Internationally, egg freezing is a route that Hollywood celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashain have taken. And in India, Diana has set an example. Is the method more popular among celebrities than commoners?  “Egg freezing is a costly affair and is mostly taken up by high-profile people,” Gupta said.   The costs of preserving eggs is very high. In India, freezing embryos costs Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month, and the frozen embryo transfer cycle costs Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 per cycle. Embryo transfer is the main part of the IVF process – and it usually takes 10 to 15 days to be injected in a woman’s womb.  Thus, egg freezing is mostly popular among Page 3 celebrities or among people with higher spending powers, Gupta added.  “Many couples who work for IT firms, BPOs and in management backgrounds are busy with their careers and delay the baby-making process, thereby, giving them a reason to opt for freezing their sperms or eggs. Besides a prosperous career, the uncertainty of marriage and fear of infertility are two other major factors contributing to this trend (of increasing queries on egg-freezing),” she said. But before taking a decision, be aware that egg freezing isn’t a sureshot guarantee of pregnancy.last_img read more

3 Mobile Apps for Converting Voice to Text

first_img min read January 29, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. There are hundreds of apps that let you search, write emails, take notes and set appointments with your smartphone. But, for some people, the small size of a phone’s keyboard or touch screen can be limiting and difficult to use.If you have trouble seeing the small type, have a lack of finger dexterity or just think better out loud, you might benefit from a tool that allows you to convert spoken words to written words. Here’s a look at three different speech-to-text apps that can help you get things done with a lot less hassle:1. Dragon Dictation. This app has only one button. Simply tap it and start talking. Dragon Dictation handles the rest. The text appears after you finish dictating, so it might take a little getting used to. But once you get the rhythm, you can process lengthy emails and other documents with a high degree of accuracy in one of 30 different languages or dialects.Once the app has transcribed your speech, you can send it out via email or copy and paste to another application. You can also post directly to Facebook and Twitter, or save your text to use later on. Best of all, the app is free for the iPhone and iPad but it does require a network connection to work.2. Evernote for Android. Evernote was designed to help you keep track of ideas and inspirations. You always could use the app to record audio notes such as lectures or meetings, but now it also allows you to turn those audiofiles into text.Unlike Dragon Dictation, Evernote saves both the audio and the text file together so you can use the app’s search ability to find a recorded note. The app can be a handy tool for recording all your thoughts at the end of each day. Say what’s on your mind, then sort through the data later.The app is free, but because Evernote uses Google Android’s text transcription service, you do need to be online to use it.3. Voice Assistant. This newly redesigned app has a fast access feature that makes it even easier to post to Twitter, Facebook or email. Switch on your preferred option and Voice Assistant converts your transcriptions to the proper format without additional clicks.Use the auto copy feature to send your transcriptions to other apps such as Google Search, YouTube, Evernoteor Pages. You can also send your transcription straight to a wireless printer.Voice Assistant uses intelligent speech recognition so it learns with every use. It also has grammar correction and on-screen editing with suggestions for corrections.The app costs 99 cents and is available for the iPhone and iPad. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more