Haida Gwaii home to a distinct but vulnerable pocket of northern goshawks

first_imgVANCOUVER — A new study by University of British Columbia researchers has found that Haida Gwaii’s population of northern goshawks are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic cluster of the birds.Researchers estimate the population of birds may have been evolving separately on Haida Gwaii for 20,000 years.Armando Geraldes, who co-led the study, says apart from having a different genome, these birds also look different — they are darker in colour than other goshawks.Only 50 of these raptors are left on the archipelago.Geraldes says goshawks nest in large, old growth forests so one of the concerns is loss of habitat from logging.Senior author on the paper Darren Irwin says the animals fill an important ecological role as top predator.Irwin says their health reflects the health of the forest.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebecs election The effects and consequences for First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuebec’s provincial election is set for April 7th. And over the next several weeks, five parties will debate the issues facing la belle province.The economy, health care and education are all on the agenda.But overshadowing all these topics, hints from the Partie Quebecois that a referendum on Quebec sovereignty is on the horizon, if they form a majority government.What could this mean for First Nations people in the province?APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.last_img

Loonie soars after surprise job growth as stocks fall amid TrumpRussia probe

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian dollar surged Friday following data that showed job gains were eight times better than expected last month, as stock markets on both sides of the border stumbled amid the latest developments in the Trump-Russia probe.The loonie closed at an average trading price of 78.56 cents US, up 0.97 of a U.S. cent, after Statistics Canada said the economy added 79,500 jobs in November — blowing past the 10,000 that economists had expected.The wave of job creation last month knocked the unemployment rate down to 5.9 per cent, its lowest level in nearly a decade.“It’s a shockingly good number. It’s taken everyone by surprise and investors as well,” said Patrick Blais, a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investments.However, he added, “the first impression would be it’s a positive development, but if you look through the numbers it’s a number that points to Canada’s reliance on consumer spending.”Blais said he wasn’t surprised to see the loonie react to the jobs data because it puts interest rates back on the agenda — maybe sooner rather than later.“At the end of the day, it’s one of the major tools that can be used to temper some of the excesses in the market, and to see consumer spending stay this resilient and for people to tap into their savings is in itself worrisome,” he said. “It’s probably a reason for the Bank of Canada to consider another rate rise to temper those drivers.”The central bank has raised its benchmark rate twice since July and experts predict it’s likely to continue along a gradual hiking path.South of the border, it was a roller-coaster day on Wall Street after stocks fell sharply following news that former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, and said he would co-operate with the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.U.S. stock indexes later recovered somewhat from the steep morning slide after Senate Republicans signalled they have enough votes to push forward on Donald Trump’s tax overhaul bill. The legislation would slash the corporate tax rate, offer more modest cuts for families and individuals and eliminate several popular deductions.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 40.76 points to 24,231.59. The S&P 500 index inched back 5.36 points to 2,642.22 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 26.38 points to 6,847.59.The political uncertainty weighing on U.S. stocks also had a trickle-down effect on Canadian markets after the Toronto Stock Exchange lost ground following a positive start to the day.“With the data points today you would have expected Canadian markets to be up and gain some momentum, but it’s just following through with the general sell-off in the U.S. markets,” Blais said.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 28.51 points to 16,038.97, with a bullish energy sector the lone bright spot as investors priced in Thursday’s news that a 24-nation alliance led by Russia and OPEC member Saudi Arabia agreed to prolong crude output cuts until the end of next year.The January crude contract climbed 96 cents to US$58.36 per barrel on Friday after gaining a meagre 10 cents on Thursday.“After yesterday’s development I think it took some time for investors to assess OPEC’s decision to maintain production limits,” said Blais. “It just shows the concerns that investors have over the long-term liability of oil prices. So it’s not surprising to see them step back in, in a more measured fashion.”Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract added four cents to US$3.06 per mmBTU. The February gold contract advanced US$5.60 cents to US$1,282.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was up three cents to US$3.09 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Haiti UN peacekeepers extend crackdown on criminal gangs

“The UN peacekeepers are going to continue to pursue the criminals who threaten Haiti’s security,” UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) military spokesperson Laurie Arellano said in her latest update.This week, 235 UN peacekeepers and police joined their Haitian colleagues and carried out two operations in one of the violence-ridden country’s most dangerous areas, the Cité Soleil neighbourhood, where they have already arrested dozens of suspects, capturing 15 more suspected members, including key leaders, of the Evans gang. Evans himself has so far evaded capture. Those captured included the alleged head of the Evans gang’s kidnapping network, named Johnny François, and Evans’ bodyguard, known as Junior Claudio Pouchon. “The Evans gang has thus been seriously dismantled this week,” Ms. Arellano told a news briefing in Port-au-Prince yesterday. “It is now practically non-existent and we are very close to arresting Evans and the other gang leaders.” Thanks to the improved security in Cité Soleil, the Saint Thomas de Boston school reopened its doors this week after being restored by MINUSTAH soldiers following its use as a gang headquarters. Returning the school to the community, the UN distributed 150 school kits, 80 sports uniforms and other sports equipment. The mission has already transformed other gang lairs into medical centres and water distribution points. UN forces also extended their operations beyond Cité Soleil to the Martissant neighbourhood, where they joined Haitian colleagues in arresting six suspects, three of whom were identified as possible members of the Soray and Lame Ti- Machete gangs. The other three were suspected of involvement in illegal narcotics.Thanks to improved security in Martissant, UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka are helping residents to build a football field.MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, last month arrested dozens of suspects in the Bélékou, Key Boyle and Boston quarters of Cité Soleil. 9 March 2007United Nations peacekeepers and Haitian police are extending their crackdown on armed gangs in Port-au-Prince, the capital, arresting criminals, seizing weapons and restoring services in cleared areas – from rehabilitating a school used by the gangs as a refuge to building a football field. read more

Bolivias president asks UN to convene World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Addressing the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Evo Morales welcomed the recent approval of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, thanking all countries, except the four which voted against it. “Our culture is a culture of life,” said the President, the first indigenous leader of Bolivia.He called on the UN to convene a world indigenous forum to “understand different ways of life.”Questioning whether it was necessary to exploit and plunder in order to live well, he suggested instead that living well is living within a community – not having an excess of material wealth.To indigenous communities, he said, the Earth is sacred, as demonstrated by their practices. “Let us gather these experiences to defend life and to save humankind,” he said.President Morales said natural resources should be used to benefit nations, he said, adding that while companies have a right to profit, they do not have a right to plunder. Natural resources should be accessible to all, he argued. “Water is a human right. Energy is a human right,” he said, stressing that these should not be considered commodities to be exploited by private businesses.He said talk of biofuels was confusing. “I don’t understand how we can produce food for cars. Soil should be for life! Because there is a lack of gas we are going to divert food for automobiles?” He called for giving up luxury. “We cannot continue to accumulate garbage,” he said.President Morales spoke out against “economic policies that have caused genocide” and denounced the arms race. “War is the industry of death,” he declared.He decried the economic imbalance of the world, where wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few. “Collective globalization that does not respect plurality or differences is the source of the problem,” he said.The President also spoke of his own difficulties traveling to the UN Assembly. “I don’t know how all of you managed to come here to the United States but at least my delegation had a great deal of visa problems,” he said, proposing that “perhaps we should change the site of the United Nations.” 26 September 2007The President of Bolivia today called for the United Nations to convene a world conference on indigenous peoples to foster a new approach to economic relations based on an appreciation of natural resources and not their exploitation. read more

UK engine production slows in July due to annual summer shutdown

Seasonal holiday and upgrade closures see UK engine output fall 10.2%.Year-to-date performance steady at 1,449,726 units produced, down 4.2% on 2014.Sector has bright future, with major investments set to be realised in the coming months.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Engine manufacturing was down in July 2015 compared to the same period last year, which is unsurprising as, in line with seasonal scheduling in the car production sector, changes to holiday patterns meant the traditional annual production line shutdown started earlier at some plants. The future remains bright for engine production, however, with almost 1.5 million engines built in the year to date, and significant investment which we should see results of in the coming months.” Click through to download the engine manufacturing data for July 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Josh Brent Gets 180 Days in Jail For Drunken

Josh Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for his conviction of intoxication manslaughter in the driving death of his Dallas Cowboys teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. But he was sentenced Friday to 180 days in prison and 10 years probation in Texas on Friday.Brent was convicted Wednesday of the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent’s car. Blood tests pegged Brent’s blood alcohol content at 0.18 percent, which is more than twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent. Prosecutors told jurors that the 320-pound Brent had as many as 17 drinks on the night of the crash.George Milner, one of Brent’s attorneys, argued that Brent wasn’t drunk and was only “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car.” He contended that Brent couldn’t have had nearly as much to drink as prosecutors said, and that the police blood tests were flawed.Brent and Brown were headed home from a night of partying when Brent lost control of his Mercedes and crashed. Officers who arrived on the scene saw Brent trying to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage.Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, has publicly forgiven Brent. When asked Thursday if she holds Brent responsible for her son’s death, she said: “He’s still responsible, but you can’t go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes.”Prosecutors pushed for prison time for Brent, who went to trial only weeks after another Texas intoxication manslaughter case sparked widespread public outrage. In that case, a defense expert argued that the defendant, a 17-year-old male who caused a drunken crash that killed four people, deserved leniency because his parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility — a condition the expert termed “affluenza.” The teen did not receive any prison time.On Thursday, prosecutor Rebecca Dodds emphasized Brent’s 2009 drunken driving arrest in Illinois to press the state’s argument that he deserves prison time. In that case, he served 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.“Probation doesn’t work for Josh Brent,” Dodds told the jury during closing statements in the punishment phase.Brent’s attorneys pushed their case for probation Thursday, calling a Dallas County official who testified that the county currently has 34 intoxication manslaughter cases that resulted in probation. read more

The Ridiculousness Of Conference Tournament Locations In 6 Maps

Big TenKnox, INNew York, NY659.5 To someone who doesn’t follow men’s college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. Last week, Madison Square Garden played host to the Big Ten, a conference primarily made up of schools in the Midwest.1Aside from Rutgers, which the conference added almost solely to get a toehold vaguely near New York. The Big East is now playing its tournament on that same floor, as it always does. And across the river, the ACC is simultaneously playing its championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.But in reality, of course, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub.2With all due respect to FiveThirtyEight favorite St. John’s. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from the dubious to the downright illogical.To judge just how out-of-whack some of these tournament venues have gotten, we first computed the geographical center of each of the six major conferences,3By which we mean, the Power Five and the Big East. based on the locations of the member schools’ campuses. We then compared each conference’s geographical center4Technically speaking, we calculated the centroid of each conference by finding the shape that covered all of its schools, while keeping its area as small as possible, and then determining the center of that shape. with where its tournament is being played. The Big 12, for example, is playing its conference tournament in Kansas City, which is at least in the same state (Missouri) as its geographic center, near Gentryville, MO. The total distance between the two? Just under 200 miles as the crow flies. That’s the closest any of the six tournament sites is to its conference’s geographic center. And it’s a far cry from the nearly 700 miles that separated the tournament site of the Big Ten and the middle of where its teams, you know, actually are.Below are the tournament sites, ranked by the smallest distance between them and their conference’s geographic center. As a bonus, we also computed suggested tournament sites for each conference based on raw distance — essentially, the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either contains an NBA arena or has a population of at least 300,000 people. 10Big 12TexasAustin, TXGentryville, MO550.9 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVSalt Lake City, UT168.6 1ACCMiamiCoral Gables, FLReidsville, NC735.6 mi SECHatley, MSSt. Louis, MO336.2 ACCReidsville, NCRaleigh, NC73.2 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVLas Vegas, NV257.8 4Pac-12WashingtonSeattle, WACherry Creek, NV648.6 7Big EastProvidenceProvidence, RIMelmore, OH608.1 Big EastMelmore, OHNew York, NY476.9 9Pac-12ArizonaTucson, AZCherry Creek, NV574.7 14SECTexas A&MCollege Station, TXHatley, MS516.7 Conf.geo. Centeractual tourney locationdistance from center 5Big TenRutgersNew Brunswick, NJKnox, IN637.9 ACCReidsville, NCBrooklyn, NY428.3 *Suggested tournament location is the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either hosts an NBA team or has a population of at least 300,000.Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database Big 12Gentryville, MOKansas City, MO196.1 mi SECHatley, MSMemphis, TN123.1 Big EastMelmore, OHColumbus, OH73.7 Big 12Gentryville, MOMemphis, TN175.3 mi Remind me … where does our conference play again?Distance from the municipalities closest to the geographic centers of the top six men’s college basketball conferences to their 2018 conference tournament locations and to FiveThirtyEight’s suggested* locations 12Big TenMarylandCollege Park, MDKnox, IN535.6 In fairness, the Big Ten’s tournament isn’t always in New York. From 1998 through 2016, it was played in either Chicago — which is actually our suggested site — or Indianapolis, which is a reasonable 108 miles away from the conference’s center. It was only last year, when the tournament was held in Washington, D.C. — a whopping 533 miles away — that the Big Ten began branching out into seriously unnatural locales. After this year’s dalliance with the Big Apple (which meant the tournament took place a week earlier than usual so that MSG could also accommodate the Big East tourney), the Big Ten will be returning to its more familiar digs of Chicago and Indianapolis for the next few years.Some of these aberrant tournament locations are also being driven by the changing shapes of the conferences themselves. Here are the schools in the conferences we’re looking at whose locations tug on the geographic centers the most: 15ACCNotre DameSouth Bend, INReidsville, NC509.9 Conf.geo. Centersuggested tourney locationdistance from center 8Big 12Texas TechLubbock, TXGentryville, MO581.7 11Pac-12Oregon StateCorvallis, ORCherry Creek, NV535.7 Conf.SchoolLocationGeo. CenterDistance 2Big 12West VirginiaMorgantown, WVGentryville, MO699.1 Which schools warp their conference’s shape the most?Biggest distances between campus locations and geographic center of schools’ respective conferences for top six men’s college basketball conferences 13Big TenNebraskaLincoln, NEKnox, IN524.9 3Big EastCreightonOmaha, NEMelmore, OH670.3 Surprisingly, the presence of a team from Nebraska (Creighton) in a conference whose name contains the word “East” is somehow not the strangest location for a school relative to its conference’s center. No, that honor belongs to the University of Miami, which is over 735 miles from the ACC’s geographic center in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Miami joined the ACC in 2004.) Almost as strange is West Virginia’s membership in the Big 12, which really stretches the conference’s eastern boundary — and of course, Creighton remains a downright odd choice for the Big East.Because of late-comers like the Bluejays, the current Big East’s geographic center sits almost 500 miles away from its longtime conference-tournament site of Madison Square Garden. But New York used to be a much better fit with the original Big East, whose geographic center lay in Pardeesville, Pennsylvania — about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a mere 105 miles away from New York City. When its teams were compressed into a much smaller region in the Northeast, there was a reason the old Big East tourney was the stuff of legends and why it made sense for MSG to play host to the proceedings.These days, we’re treated instead to odd venues like the ACC tournament being held in Brooklyn (what?) instead of North Carolina and the SEC playing in St. Louis (where the only remotely close SEC team is Missouri). It’s just another reminder that in modern college sports’ conference roulette, money dominates any shreds of tradition, geography or common sense.CORRECTION (March 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.): A previous version of this article used incorrect coordinates for the location of Boston College. The maps, tables and text have been updated. The corrected coordinates changed the geographic center of the ACC to Reidsville, North Carolina, and the suggested conference tournament location to Raleigh, North Carolina. Big TenKnox, INChicago, IL65.4 6ACCBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAReidsville, NC613.2 read more

Opinion How does Braxton Miller fit with the Houston Texans

Former OSU H-back Braxton Miller salutes the crowd before his final home game on Nov. 21 against Michigan State.Credit: Lantern File PhotoTo say that the 12 men picked in the NFL Draft from Ohio State are being held to very high expectations is an understatement. OSU is known league-wide as a talent pool filled to the brim with NFL-ready players. So, the expectations are there as soon as the players arrive at OSU, and they just develop as the players do. As the 12 athletes make the transition to the next level, their success hinges on how the players fit with their respective teams and how they deal with that expectation.One of the best combinations of former Buckeyes and their new teams is wide receiver Braxton Miller, who was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round with the 85th overall pick. Making the move from a two-time Big Ten player of the year at quarterback to an unfamiliar position at wide receiver, NFL scouts still question how Miller will transition to the pros. However, one thing scouts don’t question is his athleticism.Physical abilityMiller was known to be one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the country from 2011 to 2013. He is fourth in OSU’s history with 52 touchdowns thrown and eighth in passing yards with 5,295. After an injury to his shoulder in 2014 which sidelined him for the season, Miller switched positions for his senior year. In his first year as a wide receiver/H-back hybrid, Miller showed his athleticism recording 601 total yards and four touchdowns.So, how does his athleticism transfer to the NFL? First of all, he has speed. His 4.50 40-yard dash at the NFL combine is nothing special. However, he was a top performer at the combine in the 3-cone drill, at 6.65 seconds; 20-yard shuffle, at 4.07 seconds; and 60-yard shuttle, at 10.84 seconds. He has the breakaway speed to get away from cornerbacks in man coverage.Secondly, with his size at 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, he has big play potential. Averaging 13.1 yards per catch in his first year at receiver, Miller has the physical ability to be a game changer in the NFL, evident with his 35-inch vertical.Third, he can hurt defenses in all aspects of the offensive game. Although it is not used much in football, Miller is sort of a utility player for the offense between H-back and receiver. Averaging 5.5 yards a rush at OSU, Miller rushed for 33 touchdowns.The key thing the Texans were looking for in the NFL Draft was speed and athleticism from the receiver position. If given the time, Miller will be another great speed receiver alongside first-round pick and former Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller. ExpectationThe Texans franchise receiver DeAndre Hopkins tweeted, “Ain’t no more double teams baby!” after the Texans took Miller in the third round. With the expectation that Hopkins is the main receiver and Fuller is the slot receiver for quarterback Brock Osweiler, Texans’ fans likely look at Miller with less expectations than the other two. Arguably, Miller has the most upside of any Buckeye selected in the 2016 draft. With untapped potential, Miller could provide the Texans with another big-play, game-changing receiver to complement Hopkins and Fuller.And as mentioned earlier, Miller did it in multiple ways for the Buckeyes. According to an article by Houston Texans beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, John McClain, Miller said to the media, “Whatever coach needs me to do, I’m going to do. I’m happy to be out here catching balls, running around and being coached by the best.”Having been drafted later that other receivers, Miller may become the one guy that proves to teams that he should have been drafted earlier. Familiar facesNo one has been more supportive of the Miller pick than former OSU offensive coordinator and current University of Houston coach Tom Herman. According to the Houston Chronicle, Herman has been known to shout his praises of Miller as, “one of the most explosive players he has seen.” The Texans have a connection to OSU. In 2012, they drafted former Buckeye receiver DeVier Posey in the third round as the 68th overall pick. Also, their linebackers coach is former first-team All American linebacker and Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame member Mike Vrabel, who coached at OSU from 2011-2013.The person who could tell you most about Miller is Texans coach Bill O’Brien. As coach at Penn State from 2012 to 2013, O’Brien saw Miller combine for 277 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-23 win over Penn State in 2012 and combine for 320 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-14 win over Penn State in 2013. In Miller’s draft profile on NFL.com, OSU coach Urban Meyer said, “He has a great skill set. He was a back-to-back player of the year in the Big Ten. He’s a very elusive player and has top-end speed. He was a great teammate; elected captain for us.” If Miller can show his leadership on and off the field for the Texans, he should be a great fit. read more

The end of 2016 for Filip Jicha

Handball-Planet WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2012, Filip Jicha, struggling to find a proper form at FC Barcelona Lassa. The 34-years old left back, who joined Spanish champions at the start of the previous season, is forced to finish 2016 due injury of meniscus in right knee, which will keep him out for a six weeks.Former THW Kiel star was on surgery two days ago…Vote for HP WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 until December 8 FC Barcelona LassaFilip Jicha ← Previous Story Wiederer to lead EHF in next four years! Next Story → Furious PICK Szeged win in Sweden read more

ALP strategist hails Greens rise

first_imgVictorian ALP campaign strategist and assistant state secretary, Kosmos Samaras, has made a call for the Labor Party to accept Australia as a three-party political system – with the Greens firmly in third spot. Samaras’ comments arose after Liberal Party’s Michael Kroger acknowledged the growing threat of the Greens in several blue-ribbon seats and revealed a campaign strategy directed at conservative Liberal voters who had strayed.In a debate concerning Labor’s approach to tackling the rising prevalence of the Greens in the inner city, Samaras stated that “for far too long now, those in political commentariat have explained the Greens political party support as a protest, a flash in the pan, and a product of temporary voter disillusionment.” In a personal blog post, Samaras suggested the Greens were increasingly attracting wealthy, inner-urban workers and that Labor will face a tough task fighting the Greens in its former heartlands of inner-city Melbourne and Sydney. Samaras’ view is supported by Victorian Labor minister, Jane Garret, who says that the influx of wealthy careerists in former working-class suburbs of Melbourne has changed the political dynamic. Samaras says this change represents “a new class of voter, party created by the knowledge economy…a different person entirely [who is] a product of the complete contraction of high income jobs to the centre of Melbourne.”Labor has said it will continue to strongly contest inner-city seats with a refined approach focused on ‘contestable’ voters in high-income – but unstable contract employment, whose economic status would be threatened in the event of a downturn.Samaras told reporters that the ALP were “about contesting this space and holding the Greens to account, especially in the area of job security. These people still need to eat and the Greens have no plan for that.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Southwest Washington wineries take center stage at inaugural event

first_imgWine lovers will have the opportunity to support hyperlocal and boutique wineries May 11 as an association of wineries from Clark, Lewis and Cowlitz counties hosts its first all-inclusive wine and culinary event at Pearson Air Museum.Savor Southwest Washington Wine, organized by the Southwest Washington Winery Association, will feature booths to sample the products of nearly 20 wineries, as well as small bites produced by local chefs. One ticket will cover all wine and food tastings; ticket sales are capped at 350.Guests will be encouraged to roam and get to know the faces behind these boutique wineries, hear their stories, find out what they love about crafting wine in this up-and-coming region, and learn which grapes are growing well in the area.There will be no vendors at the event, though association member Steve Bader of Bader Beer and Wine Supply will be demonstrating winemaking equipment for the home enthusiast and might bring a kit to walk through the major steps of the winemaking process.Clark County is home to more than 20 licensed wineries, with more opening every year. Area vintners are sourcing fruit from well-managed sites in Eastern Washington, but more fruit is being grown right in their backyard with every harvest, and vineyard plantings are being expanded.last_img read more

Marcelino Confidence growing at Valencia

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes that his side are beginning to show flashes of their form of last season after defeating Manchester UnitedLos Che claimed a memorable 2-1 win over United at the Mestalla on Wednesday night in their final game of Group H in the Champions League.The victory may not have been enough for Valencia to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, but Marcelino reckons the result has given his players a timely boost.“Whenever you win the mood is different, when players have the perception that they have had a good individual and collective performance you can see that in their looks,” said Marcelino on the club website.“The other day I saw details that remind me of Valencia CF from last season, scoring at the start of the first half or the second.“Undoubtedly, victories produce joy and increase confidence, they show that this team has not forgotten to do things well, it has always been competitive, and with a favourable result we dare to do more things.”Now Valencia’s focus will turn to this evening’s showdown at SD Eibar, where they hope to kick-start their La Liga campaign.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).After finishing fourth last season, Valencia find themselves down in 15th-place with just three wins from 15 games.Although Marcelino knows all to well not to underestimate Eibar, who defeated Real Madrid 3-0 at their home ground last month.“It is clear that it is a very intense team, based its game on playing forward with precision, speed and decision,” said Marcelino.“it is the team that finishes the most in the area, generates many chances of goal and they play in a tough stadium.“We know what the idea and style of the opponent is, and this year we will try to counteract them and win, we have the illusion and the ambition to win.“They scored three goals against Real Madrid and four against Levante UD in their last two home games.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 13 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, June 13, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Scattered showers, mainly after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce’s is holding a Mega Multi-Chamber Networking event from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Tewksbury Country Club (1880 Main Street). Join a fun evening of networking at the beautiful Tewksbury Country Club. This popular Multi-Chamber event attracts 150-200 local professionals. Mark your calendar, gather your business cards & company brochures and make your reservation to attend today. $10 for members, $20 non-members. General networking will take place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. An optional free seminar on Google Analytics with presenter Israel Kloss will be held from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.In The Community: WCTV is hosting a Podcast Meetup at 7pm at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street). Drop by for this informal introduction to Podcasting! Everyone welcome! If you’ve always wondered what Podcasting is all about or have Podcasts that you enjoy listening to–or if you’d like to create your own–come to WCTV and share your ideas, learn how to use our Podcast studio and meet like minded individuals. No fee to attend. Contact lkapala@wctv.org for more details!In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Tech Lecture: Product Safety at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Country Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

High Court asks AIIMS to examine

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to constitute a medical board to examine the feasibility of terminating pregnancy of a woman who is 25 weeks pregnant and wants an abortion as the foetus suffers from enlarged kidneys and may not survive. The woman, in her plea, has also challenged the constitutional validity of the provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying the stipulation has ceased to be reasonable today when technology has advanced and fails to recognise the physical and mental trauma involved in delivering a foetus with severe abnormalities. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar asked AIIMS here to set up a four-member board, which would also include a psychiatrist, to examine the health of the foetus and the mother and submit a report before the court by July 9 on whether it was advisable to terminate the pregnancy. The plea, filed through advocate Sneha Mukherjee, said, “This challenge is to the effect that the 20 weeks stipulation for a woman to avail abortion services under section 3(2) (b) of the Act may have been reasonable when the section was enacted in 1971 but has ceased to be reasonable today where technology has advanced and it is perfectly safe for a woman to abort at any point during the entire period of pregnancy. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Secondly, determination of foetal abnormality in many cases can only be done after the 20th week and by keeping the ceiling artificially low, women who obtain reports of serious foetal abnormality after the 20th week have to suffer excruciating pain and agony because of the deliveries that they are forced to go through,” the plea said. The ceiling of 20 weeks is therefore “arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India”, the petition has contended. Advertise With Us The plea has also challenged section 5 of the Act to the extent it states that the termination of a more than 20-week pregnancy be permitted only if it was immediately necessary to save the life of the mother. It has contended that this section was “unconstitutional”, as it does not take into account the problem of severe foetal abnormalities discovered after the 20th week and also does not recognize the physical and mental health and well being of the woman as being part of the expression ‘life’. “The physical and mental trauma involved in delivering a foetus with severe abnormalities is today not considered ground enough for abortion post 20 weeks under section 5 of the Act,” the petition has said. The plea has said that in the instant case, the denial of an abortion to the woman, due to provisions of the Act, “has caused her extreme anguish and has forced her to continue her pregnancy while being aware that the foetus may not survive”. It has claimed that “as written, the MTP Act encourages desperate women, who learn about a foetal abnormality after the 20th week, to seek out unsafe abortions from untrained medical personnel”. Illegal abortions are the third leading cause of maternal death in India and account for 13 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide, the petition said. PTI HMP SKVlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday August 29

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uLuke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun reports on today’s meeting between Gov. Larry Hogan and city criminal justice leaders about Baltimore’s soaring homicide rate. Also, 84-year old Min. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, recently proclaimed Jesus as his Redeemer, seemingly breaking from the group he has led for decades in a fundamental way. We’ll play excerpts from Farrakhan’s startling video declaration and open the phone lines…410.319.8888!These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

JayZ and Tidal to Host Release Events for Princes Originals Album

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Prince previously partnered with Tidal on a series of exclusive releases, also including “HitNRun Phase Two,” the livestream of Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” concert as well as a weekly “Purple Pick of the Week” series featuring new tracks, exclusives, rarities and more tracks selected by Prince.“Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but Tidal, to continue his fight,” said Jay-Z. “Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.” NFL, Roc Nation to Stage ‘Inspire Change’ Concert With Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor Next Week Popular on Variety Redman Defends Jay-Z’s NFL Partnership: ‘I’m Sure He’s Going to Open More Doors’  Tidal has announced a series of listening events across the globe for members to experience the forthcoming album from Prince’s estate, “Originals.” The 15-track album features 14 previously unreleased Prince recordings of songs he composed that were made famous by other artists, including “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “Manic Monday” and “The Glamorous Life.”. The tracks were selected collaboratively by Jay-Z and Troy Carter, on behalf of the Prince Estate.Album release celebrations will take place in the United States, Spain, Poland, Brazil and other countries across the globe. In the U.S., Tidal members will have the chance to attend an album release celebration in Los Angeles hosted by Jay-Z on June 6 — for more information, see Tidal.com/Prince.Starting June 7, “Originals” will stream exclusively on Tidal for 14 days. The release represents the conclusion of Tidal’s 2015 deal with Prince, which saw the platform become the exclusive streaming partner for the artist’s music; his music returned to all major platforms in 2017. After the first release on Tidal, “HitNRun Phase One,” Prince said “After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay-Z and the team he has assembled at Tidal recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry. Secondly, Tidal have honored us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows us to continue making art in the fashion we’ve grown accustomed 2, and we’re Extremely grateful 4 their generous support.” Relatedlast_img read more

Leaked Facebook Content Guidelines Highlight Complex Rules

first_imgStay on target Wired in 2014 published an inside look at the contract workers tasked with finding and deleting inappropriate content on Facebook and other social networks, which often outsource much of their refereeing to other countries.“Keeping people on Facebook safe is the most important thing we do. We work hard to make Facebook as safe as possible while enabling free speech. This requires a lot of thought into detailed and often difficult questions, and getting it right is something we take very seriously,” Bickert told Geek.“In addition to investing in more people, we’re also building better tools to keep our community safe,” she added. “We’re going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help.”Would you ignore or delete a photo of the confederate flag? Or an image of the 2003 Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse? Take The Guardian‘s quiz, modeled after Facebook’s own tests, to see how you stack up against actual site moderators.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on May 23 with comment from Facebook. From Harvard’s student body to global Internet users, Facebook has grown into the world’s leading social networking service.But has it gotten too big for its britches?The company, which launched in 2004 with the motto “Move fast and break things,” is picking up the pieces after its confidential rulebook on sex, violence, and terrorism was leaked.UK newspaper The Guardian, citing “more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets, and flowcharts,” this week uncovered the truth about Facebook’s secret protocol for deciding what its billions of users can post on the site.“There are even guidelines on match-fixing and cannibalism,” the paper said.The release, dubbed “Facebook Files,” features “a small selection of slides” from various moderation manuals, including graphic violence, credible threats of violence, non-sexual child abuse, and cruelty to animals.While Facebook policies may seem clear to the general public, workers often struggle with in-house caveats. For instance, when determining sadism, moderators are told not to look at the subject of a photo or video, but rather at the poster’s commentary—verbal or typed.“Facebook cannot keep control of its content,” an unnamed source told The Guardian. “It has grown too big, too quickly.”Boasting 1.28 billion daily active users, the social network continues expanding every day. But can chief Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for 3,000 additional content reviewers really help curb the disturbing material posted to and streamed Facebook?“We have a really diverse global community, and people are going to have very different ideas about what is OK to share. No matter where you draw the line there is always going to be some grey areas,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, told The Guardian. “The line between satire and humor and inappropriate content is sometimes very grey. It is very difficult to decide whether some things belong on the site or not.”Content is removed “upon report only,” meaning graphic images may be seen by millions before being flagged, analyzed, and pulled from the site. That puts a lot of pressure on moderators to act fast; add to that the stress of regular performance reviews, and it’s no wonder employees feel overwhelmed.Facebook acknowledged in a statement to The Guardian that its staff “have a challenging and difficult job.”“A lot of the content is upsetting. We want to make sure the reviewers are able to gain enough confidence to make the right decision, but also have the mental and emotional resources to stay healthy,” Facebook said, adding that “this is another big challenge for us.”center_img ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event last_img read more

This 5 Million SolarPowered Super Yacht Cruises in Pure Silence

first_img Is this the new ‘Tesla of the Seas”? Silent-Yachts, producer of the world’s first and only ocean-going, solar-electric production catamarans, have unveiled its new completely solar-powered super yacht — and it travels in pure silence.The Silent 80 uses silent electric propulsion and has unlimited range without emitting noise or fumes and minimal vibration. It boasts 70 solar panels, electric motors, and the same lithium batteries the power Tesla electric cars.Photo Credit: Silent-YachtsThe 80-foot yacht can accommodate up to ten guests in five cabins and costs around $5 million, according to the Daily Mail. And because it has no need for a diesel engine room and fuel tanks, the Silent 80 has enough space on board to hold an amphibious car and its own gyrocopter.Designers of the Silent 80 say that as a completely self-sufficient vessel, it could travel an unlimited distance, only docking for food, drink and other supplies.In case of prolonged dark skies, there is a backup diesel generator that can power the craft by itself. And itcan also be used to charge the lithium batteries to keep fuel usage to a minimum, the Daily Mail reported.Photo Credit: Silent-YachtsAccording to the Silent-Yachts website, the solar panels come with a 25 year warranty, while the battery banks come with a 10 year guarantee.And of course, style matters, so the super yacht also looks super slick.“What I tried to achieve is an interesting Italian design, sophisticated and refined. This is a nice-looking yacht that meets efficiency,” designer Marco Casali told SuperYacht Times.Photo Credit: Silent-YachtsThe yacht is built using vacuum-bagged resin and can reach a top speed of up to 18 knots. At 7 knots, the Silent 80 can travel in complete silence and at a range of 100 nm per day.So far, four Silent 80 yachts have been sold and due for delivery in 2020.More on Geek.com:This $380,000 Jet-Powered Flying Motorcycle Is Now Available for PreordersThis $5.5 Million Livable Yacht Lets You Ride Out Climate ChangeFuturistic Mini Yacht Fits 12 People and Travels Up to 70 MPH Stay on target This $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate ChangeThis Futuristic Mini Yacht Fits 12 People and Travels Up to 70 MPH last_img read more

Grammarly Premium review

first_imgGrammarly Premium review by Martin Brinkmann on January 02, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: January 02, 2018 – 12 commentsGrammarly is an online spell and grammar checker for the English language. It is available as a free and limited version and a premium version.I always wanted to try the premium version of Grammarly but found it to be quite an expensive affair. Grammarly Premium is available as a subscription service; the lowest price, if you pay annually, is $11.66 right now. That’s $139.95 for spell and grammar checking.I stumbled upon a deal on Ghacks Deals recently that got me a one-year subscription for $69.98 instead (with options to renew at that price), and I made the decision then and there to become a Grammarly Premium user for a year.How does Grammarly work?Grammarly is available as a web service, as browser extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, as Microsoft Word and Outlook add-ins, and as software for Windows.The core functionality is identical for each of the available applications. What happens is the following:You set up the service. Setup includes selecting whether you write in US English or British English.Grammarly checks your writing as you type, or when you paste it.It does so by sending the data to the Grammarly server.Errors are highlighted after the checks, and it is up to you to go through them to either accept the correction or ignore it.The browser extensions work pretty much the same. The extensions add a Grammarly icon to the main toolbar of the web browser to indicate that Grammarly installed correctly. You use it to sign in to your account and to disable functionality on specific sites.The extension adds an icon to the active form as well which highlights spelling or grammar mistakes and issues using yellow and red colors. Red indicates critical issues, yellow advanced issues.A click on the Grammarly icon opens an overlay of the text. All issues are underlined in it and suggestions are displayed next to it. A click on the arrow icon provides an explanation for the issue, for instance, spelling mistakes, passive voice use, or that words are used repetitively. A click on the suggestion replaces the original text with the suggestion.You may ignore any issue as well so that Grammarly won’t show it again.Grammarly underlines spelling or grammar mistakes directly in some browsers as well. It did so in Chrome, but I ran into issues in Firefox. While Grammarly did display the underlines sometimes, it did not show them underneath the text.You need to hover over the underline to display the suggestion and can accept the correction right away without having to open the overlay first.Grammarly replaces the default spell checker of the browser while active.The Word add-inThe Grammarly Word add-in adds a new tab to the Office application. A click on it opens the interface, but Grammarly is set up to check for issues even when the tab is not active. You can disable the functionality in the options.The add-in comes with extra functionality that the browser extensions don’t support. You can set a document type, e.g., technical or academic writing.You use the Grammarly sidebar to go through the document or click on any underlined text in the document to jump to the Grammarly suggestion for it.The Word add-in runs checks — contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and style — by default. You can enable the vocabulary enhancement check on top of that, and disable any of the checks as well.The Web version of Grammarly supports a basic editing interface. You can paste text into the text field, upload text, or type instead. Grammarly runs checks on the text that you type or paste, and supplies you with the same set of tools to check, accept or ignore its suggestions.Documents can be copied or downloaded afterward. The web version supports pretty much the same feature set as the Word add-in. There is one difference though: the web version of Grammarly supports sending documents to professional proof-readers. Proof-reading starts at $1.20 for 60 words and goes up to $9.60 per 60 words if you need results within 30 minutes.Grammarly Free vs PremiumAll versions of Grammarly support grammar and spell checking. Premium users get access to additional checks and suggestions on top of that:Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and structure.Vocabulary enhancement suggestions.Genre-specific writing style checks.Plagiarism Detector.My ExperienceI ran into a couple of issues right away. The Firefox extension did not recognize the sign in at first. I contacted Grammarly support, and the response was quick. I was told that Grammarly needed third-party cookie support and that I should set cookie handling to “allow all” in Firefox.I did not have time yet to investigate this further, but I plan to set it up so that the cookies that Grammarly sets are allowed while all other third-party cookies are not.Grammarly works fine for the most part. I tested it as a browser extension, Word add-in, and web version.I like the Word add-in best, as it does not get in your way while you write. The spinning Grammarly icon that the service’s browser extensions add is quite distracting and can’t be disabled.The Word add-in and the Web version make it easier to correct issues that Grammarly found on top of that as these are displayed in a sidebar and not in an overlay.Grammarly finds issues that regular spell checking won’t. That’s useful, especially if you are a writer or write regularly.I’m not too fond of the server-side nature of the service and the fact that you cannot disable the stats collecting. Grammarly sends weekly reports to users that highlight how productive you are in comparison to all other users of the service. Unsubscribe options are only displayed in the emails, but not on the Grammarly website.Grammarly is expensive even when it is discounted. It is probably worth it if you are a writer, blogger or student.SummaryArticle NameGrammarly Premium reviewDescriptionGrammarly is an online spell and grammar checker for the English language. It is available as a free and limited version and a premium version.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more