Inclusive Education Supports Hired

first_img 100 additional Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Care Practitioners 70 new autism and behavioral specialists 11 parent navigators six school psychologists and speech language pathologists three student health partnership nurses The province committed $15 million in funding for the 2018-19 school year toward increasing inclusive education supports. In addition to more human resources, eight alternative education programs were added throughout the province. They are designed to help students who learn best in a non-traditional setting. Funding also included two, new Achieve programs at NSCC. Achieve programs help students with complex needs better transition to life after high school. As well, more than $3.5 million is allocated for additional teacher training, professional learning, workforce development and assistive technology to promote student participation and access to curriculum. A key recommendation of the Commission for Inclusive Education was to develop an overall guiding policy on inclusive education, and a mechanism to track results. The province has partnered with Inclusive Education Canada and retained Gordon Porter, director of Inclusive Education Canada, to lead development of an inclusive education policy framework, including oversight and measurement. “Policy drives action, action that supports students and their teachers,” said Mr. Porter. “I’m pleased to be part of a process to help develop a policy embedded with clarity and accountability to support the implementation of a new inclusive education model for Nova Scotia.” The province has also opened 130 new pre-primary classrooms this year, bringing the total to more than 180 classrooms now open. This means about 2,800 four-year-olds and their families are taking part in free, early learning opportunities. By 2020, all communities will have access to pre-primary. All current, pre-primary locations can be found at: http://novascotia.ca/preprimary . A full list of inclusive education supports, and descriptions of those supports, can be found at: http://ednet.ns.ca/inclusiveeducation . All education assistants, parent navigators, autism and behavioral support specialists, school psychologists, and speech language pathologists have now been hired to better support students in the classroom. One remaining student health partnership nurse remains to be hired through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. “We know the model of inclusion needs to change so that all our kids have the supports they need to help them succeed. We’ve started with on-the-ground resources that parents and teachers have told us are needed most urgently,” said Zach Churchill, Minister, Education and Early Childhood Development. “The new supports hired are over and above what already exist and this is just the beginning. We expect to add even more classroom help as we continue to reshape the inclusive education model.” The classroom supports hired include: last_img read more

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SC to hear in May exCongressman Sajjan Kumars plea for suspension of

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear in May next year a plea by former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was awarded life term by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, seeking suspension of his sentence.A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai said that it is not an “ordinary case” and requires hearing before passing any order. Kumar, 73, who is lodged in jail, resigned from the Congress after he was convicted and awarded life term by the high court. The case in which he was convicted and sentenced to relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part I area of Southwest Delhi on November 1-2 in 1984 and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part II. Anti-Sikh riots had broken out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards. The former Congressman has challenged in the apex court the Delhi High Court’s verdict of December 17 last year that awarded him life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life” in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The high court had convicted and sentenced Kumar for the offences of criminal conspiracy and abetment in commission of crimes of murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of communal harmony and defiling and destruction of a gurdwara. It had also upheld the conviction and varying sentences awarded by a trial court to five others — former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and ex-MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar.last_img read more

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Blizzard of embers sparked fires that burned Fort McMurray homes last year

first_imgEDMONTON – A wildfire expert says a blizzard of blazing embers that were blown by the wind over fireguards and a river sparked the flames that destroyed homes in Fort McMurray last spring and then spread the destruction deeper into neighbourhoods.Alan Westhaver says the embers ignited combustible material such as dry grass, leaves, pine needles, fences, patio decks, wood piles, evergreens and ornamental shrubs that were too close to homes in the northern Alberta city.The smaller blazes set homes on fire and flames then crept to nearby houses in the closely built subdivisions.“Mass ember production and long-distance transport by strong winds subjected neighbourhoods to intense ember showers,” Westhaver wrote in a report for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.“Wind-driven embers from the forest fire likely caused the majority of home ignitions near the urban perimeter which, in turn, likely triggered the massive urban conflagration and losses that followed.”The wildfire forced more than 80,000 people from the area and destroyed more than 2,400 buildings. Insured losses are estimated at about $4 billion.The report says few homes caught fire due to direct contact with the flames or heat from the burning forest.“No, this fire was not, at least initially, an insurmountable force that rolled into, and over, an entire community like a smashing tidal wave,” said Westhaver.“Primarily, it was millions of raisin-sized firebrands searching for places to carry on with combustion, and succeeding all too often.”Homes on the edges of neighbourhoods with yards that had less combustible material, including landscaping that kept trees and bushes further away, suffered less damage.The report suggests that plans to protect communities from wildfires should include preventative action by homeowners.Westhaver, a former Parks Canada wildfire manager, said building fireguards and clearing trees and bushes outside of communities isn’t enough.More attention must be paid to raising awareness among homeowners and governments about landscaping and building practices that will reduce the risk.“This progression can only be broken, and disaster avoided, by substantially increasing the proportion of homes that are resistant to ignition — especially by embers,” Westhaver said.“The ignitability of homes and properties is really the weak point.”Other researchers are using computer technology to study the disaster to better understand how wildfires — and embers — behave.Canadian Forest Service scientists are feeding data about the fire into a computer model known as FIRETEC.The program allows scientists to set virtual wildfires to study how flames grow and move. It factors in the effects of weather, topography and the types of trees and shrubs burned.Westhaver’s report is providing some data and context for the work, said wildfire scientist Dan Thompson.The results of the computer program are to be analyzed this fall.FIRETEC was developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to model fire behaviour in the dry pine forests of the U.S. southwest.Researchers began modifying the program for use in Canada’s boreal forest following the 2011 wildfire that destroyed parts of Slave Lake, Alta.last_img read more

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McKenna concerned global politics may keep Paris agreement rules at bay

first_imgOTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada will be ready to up its emissions-cutting game when the Paris climate-change agreement kicks in.McKenna is heading to Poland next week for the annual United Nations climate-change meeting, where the nations of the world intend to decide on rules for how each country will be held accountable for meeting its promised cuts to carbon emissions.Environment groups around the world say no country is doing enough to slow climate change and the Paris targets aren’t good enough.McKenna says Canada is focused on meeting its existing Paris-agreement targets to reduce emissions to 70 per cent of what they were in 2005 by 2030 and isn’t immediately toughening that goal.But the Paris agreement requires signatory nations to increase their goals in 2020 and she says Canada will be ready to do it by then.The elections of governments less enthusiastic about multilateral deals such as the Paris accord is going to make setting the rules harder and McKenna says she isn’t certain the Paris agreement itself would be signed if it were being negotiated today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada looking for input from Yukon communities on massive environment clean up

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsCommunity consultations are ongoing this week in the Yukon as Canada gets input on how best to clean up one of the country’s largest environmental disasters.It’s been 20 years since the former owners abandoned the Faro zinc-lead mine site after filing for bankruptcy.The mine operated from 1969 to 1998.It was once the largest open pit mine of its kind in the world and is roughly the size of Victoria, B.C.Today the site is one of the most complex remediation projects in Canada.smclean@aptn.ca@shirlmcleanlast_img read more

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PRRD says it has a contractor to facilitate Old Fort residents to

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says that a plan has been implemented to allow evacuated residents of the Old Fort subdivision to gather their belongings and vehicles, and to also prepare their empty homes for the coming winter.The PRRD’s Emergency Operations Centre says that the plan has been developed with a contractor who is experienced in working in emergency situations and has the equipment and resources to assist evacuees.“At this time, it is not safe for ANYONE to enter the evacuation order area – from land or by water. Volunteers MUST NOT enter this area and MUST not transport anyone to the EVACUATION ORDER area,” said the PRRD in an update on its website. The Regional District added that the plan will be put into action once word is received from a geotechnical engineer that the hillside above the community is stable enough that it will not suddenly fail.On Tuesday, the Regional District cancelled Temporary Entry Permits for Old Fort residents to retrieve belongings from their homes, after geotechnical engineers from Westrek Geotechnical Services said that stress cracks in the hillside above the community have continued to form and land slippage has also been observed, causing the Old Fort Road to crack, buckle and slip.last_img read more

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Morocco calls for providing support to Tunisia to achieve its democratic

Tunis- Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane called, here Monday, for providing political, economic and financial support to Tunisia to achieve its democratic process and promote its stability and security.“Tunisia has managed, through national consensus, to overcome perilous moments and maintain its stability,” Benkirane said at the opening ceremony of the International Conference “Investing in Tunisia, Start-up Democracy,” calling for providing support to this country to reinforce its security and promote its development.Tunisia, which is fighting valiantly to consolidate these assets, “needs the support of all its friends,” he said, adding that the “capital” should show courage to contribute to achieve theses ends. “The success of Tunisia is a failure to terrorism,” he underlined. Morocco’s participation in this meeting is a duty owed to the historical brotherhood and ties between the countries of the region, he noted.More than 30 states and 20 international financial and economic institutions are taking part in the conference, along with 27 multinational companies, investment funds and international banks (IMF, WB, EIB, JBIC), as well as six international organisations and senior officials from foreign countries. read more

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Canadian dollar erases early gains as inflationary pressures grow

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher late morning Friday while the latest inflation data showed rising price pressures, suggesting that a rate cut by the Bank of Canada is off the table.The loonie moved away from the lows of the morning and was up 0.18 of a cent at 91.98 cents US as Statistics Canada reported the consumer price index for April rose at an annualized rate of two per cent, in line with expectations and up from 1.5 per cent the previous month.“We believe this could prove a spark for the Bank (of Canada) to begin toning down its focus on ‘downside risks to inflation’, that has provided a dovish tinge to their official neutral bias, possibly as soon as the next rate meeting on June 4,” said Mark Chandler, head of Canadian FIC Strategy at RBC Dominion Securities.On a monthly basis, the CPI was up 0.3 per cent, lower than the 0.4 per cent reading that had been forecast.In the U.S., positive housing data helped send markets higher heading into the Memorial Day long weekend.The annual rate for new home sales in April rose to 433,000, up from a revised 407,000 in March and better than the 429,000 reading that economists expected. But that is still below levels of 446,000 a year ago.Figures released Thursday showed existing-home sales rose 1.3 per cent in April, the fastest pace since December.Elsewhere on the economic front, a closely watched survey shows that German business confidence has dipped, with companies less optimistic about both their current situation and the outlook for the next six months. The Ifo institute said Friday that its confidence index, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy, slipped to 110.4 points this month from 111.2 in April.Standard & Poor’s rating agency has upgraded Spain’s sovereign credit grade a notch to BBB, the third agency to do so in recent months and a further sign the country is turning the corner after five years of economic turmoil. The agency cited improved economic prospects and praising the conservative government’s structural and labour reforms since 2010.On the commodity markets, July crude in New York gained 37 cents to US$104.11 a barrel.June bullion faded $1.80 to US$1,293.20 an ounce, while July copper rose two cents to US$3.16 a pound. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2014 12:05 pm MDT Canadian dollar erases early gains as inflationary pressures grow A loonie is pictured in North Vancouver, Dec.31, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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What Will Carbon County Look Like in 2030

A collaboration between Carbon County Tourism and the Coraggio Group has resulted in a destination development plan for the county.Based out of Portland, Oregon, the Coraggio Group helps leaders and their teams get clear, focused and moving on their most important strategic and organizational challenges. Specifically for Carbon County, the plan was curated to foster growth in the county’s tourism industry to benefit not only visitors, but locals as well. The plan has an 11-year timeline to transform the county by 2030.“The Carbon of 2030 will feel much different than it does today,” Coraggio shared in the plan. “New visitors, updated infrastructure and downtowns, and local authentic culture will have breathed new life into a county eager to be discovered.”According to the plan, because of the work begun in 2019, tourism will have evolved into a key industry that leverages Carbon County’s historic and authentic past. “It will offer attractive downtown experiences, access to new-found outdoor wonders, unique prehistoric adventures and experiences, and updated camping and lodging options—all of which bring in new visitors, new sights and sounds, and evolve Carbon County from a pass-through destination to a basecamp,” the plan states.To bring this ideal to fruition, Carbon County Tourism will lead the efforts with the assistance of the Community Economic Council, which will serve as the backbone of participating groups by ensuring that all of the necessary representatives come together on a regular basis to share progress, course-correct and strategize next steps.Various forms of local, state and national government will also be a key to implementing the plan along with private industry, including tourism-based businesses. Key government participants will include Carbon County and its encompassing cities, Emery County, the Utah Office of Tourism, Bureau of Land Management and Utah State Parks. Other important participants will be USU Eastern and a public artworks committee.The plan is broken into three phases: Catalyze the Destination, Increase Momentum and Solidify the Destination, each of which aim to capitalize on the area’s attractive qualities. Such unique Carbon County attractions include opportunities to explore less-known, less-crowded, awe-inspiring outdoor adventures as well as unique prehistoric attractions. Coraggio also highlighted the area’s Western Americana main street experiences supported by a burgeoning art scene and unexpected dining options as well as best-in-state, non-downhill snow sports. Finally, the group emphasized basecamp accommodations and supplies for visitors.Each phase has specific action items along with potential partners for various aspects and possible monetary considerations. The first step in the plan will be to complete the rebranding process for the county, which began earlier this year with a collaboration between HUB LLC, Corragio Group, the Utah Office of Tourism and Carbon County.The destination development plan aims its efforts at specific potential travelers, which have been deemed Wasatach weekenders, culture seekers, pit stoppers and week-long explorers. Each type of traveler is outlined in the plan with the possible purpose for visiting, what they are seeking, the time they will spend on average in the county and the community within the county that will be most appealing to them.Wasatch weekenders will be looking for a casual yet physically-active weekend trip. Usually, they will have a few to-dos marked out, revolving around an activity such as biking or hiking. It is estimated that these travelers will spend one to three days in Carbon County and will actively seek lodging, dining, supplies and evening activities. With this information, it was determined that Price City will be the focus for the Wasatch weekenders.Next are the culture seekers. These travelers will be seeking cultural activities along with quality items to purchase. They will also pursue museums, lodging and dining in their casual trip with no hard plans or itinerary. It is estimated that the culture seekers will spend one to three days in the area with focuses on Helper and East Carbon.Pit stoppers, which were deemed to sit lowest on the totem pole, include those passing through the area on the way to or from Moab, the Swell, Lake Powell and Colorado. These travelers only spend an average of five minutes to two hours in the area as they seek restrooms, a snack or lunch, or a quick diversion. They often stop in Wellington, Helper or Price and do not stay long or spend much money in the area.Finally, the week-long explorers spend on average three to five days in the area as the establish a basecamp in the area. During their planned vacation, they are seeking lodging, dining, supplies, evening activities and a full itinerary of things to do and see. These travelers will establish themselves in Price.The plan aims to target these travelers and bring them to Carbon County with appealing aspects such as new and improved trails outdoor activities, a variety of dining and retail opportunities, a thriving art scene and updated infrastructure.According to Coraggio, shaping the Carbon County experience will increase visitor spending. This increased revenue will serve two purposes: increasing things to do and see in the area as well as an increase in tax base, which will in turn provide more funds for improving and creating infrastructure within the community. As a result, not only will visitors enjoy their time in Carbon County, but there will be an increased quality of life for locals as they enjoy a boosted economy, improved infrastructure and more things to enjoy in their own backyard. read more

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Wonga data breach could affect nearly 250000 customers bank details

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Wonga breach is believed to be one of the biggest involving financial information to have hit a UK company. A spokesman said: “Wonga is urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers in the UK and Poland.”We are working closely with authorities and we are in the process of informing affected customers.”We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”Wonga has set up a help page on its website for customers and has a phone line for further enquiries. Its website advises customers to change their password and to alert their bank andask them to look out for suspicious activity. It adds: “Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticated.”The police and Information Commissioner’s Office have been informed.A spokesman for the ICO said:  “All organisations have a responsibility to keep customers’ personal information secure.”Where we find this has not happened, we can investigate and may take enforcement action.”Critics say the “payday lending” industry preys on vulnerable borrowers with high interest rates and marketing tactics.In 2014, Wonga agreed to pay compensation of more than 2.6 million pounds to 45,000 customers after it sent threatening letters to customers from fake law firms.  Payday lender Wonga has warned nearly a quarter of a million customers that they may have been affected by a data breach.The stolen data includes names, addresses bank account numbers and sort codes. The lender, which provides short-term loans, said it is investigating “illegal and unauthorised access” to some of its customers’ personal information in both Britain and Poland.Around 245,000 customers may have been affected by the cyber attack in the UK, and 25,000 in Poland, a spokeswoman said. The information stolen could also include the last four digits of users’ bank cards, which are used by some banks to enable log-ins to online banking services. The firm, which said it knew something had happened by Tuesday but did not become aware of a data breach until Friday and began notifying customers on Saturday through email and text. Wonga said it believes users’ loan accounts are secure and no action needs to be taken. Customers have been warned to look out for any “unusual activity”, and to be cautious about cold calls or emails asking for personal information.Wonga is the latest in a line of British companies and institutions to suffer a major security breach. Tesco Bank, Lloyds, TalkTalk and the NHS have all been hacked. British customers were also among one billion people whose personal details and passwords could have been compromised when Yahoo was hacked in 2013 – believed to be the world’s largest ever cyber attack.However Yahoo users’ bank details were not affected, the company said last year when it divulged the attack after being handed information by law enforcement agencies in the USA.   Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticatedWongalast_img read more

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Israeli league Champions lose again

Without this match, the most interesting match was between Bnei Herzliya and the champions and cup holders, Hapoel Rishon LeZion. The “Reds” started well with 0:3 after 2 minutes but Herzliya with a fabolous performance by the goalkeeper, Moti Angel, came back to 7:5 after 10 minutes. Finally, the disappointing Savo Mester took his first shot in the match just in the 59th minute, Angel stopped, Dimitrievic scored and made it 31:29. The gap was too big to come back again and Herzliya won 32:31. Scored for Hapoel Rishon LeZion: Novak Boskovic -13, Yuval Gerera and Guy Cohen -6, Nadav Nizri -3, Daniel Shkalim, Shay Natan and Oz Hamami -1. Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas  ← Previous Story “SPECIALISTS FOR HUNGARY”: Skjern win point in Szeged Next Story → BURIC WITH 100 HANDS: SG Flensburg smash RNL for 13th win The head coaches, Shlomo Hofman and Idan Maimon, took a timeout one after another in the 48th and 49th minute but the match stayed even with 25:25. In that moment, Vladica Stojanovic led his team-mates to 28:25 and Idan Maimon took his last time out in the 54th minute. Goals by Gerera, Boskovic and Guy Cohen took Hapoel back to 28:28 in the 57th minute. Round 7: Monday: SGS Ramat Hasharon – H.C Beer Sheba, Tuesday: H.C Holon – Ironi Rehovot, Hapoel Ramat Gan – Maccabi Rishon LeZion, Friday: Hapoel Ashdod – Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin, Hapoel Rishon LeZion – H.C Ness Ziona, Hapoel Kiryat Ono – Bnei Herzliya.PHOTO CREDIT: Gabby Alaluf Herzliya’s veteran middle back, Vladica Stojanovic, looked good and it was kind of head to head between him to Novak Boskovic that took Hapoel to 8:8 in the 17th minute. It was close until the end of the first half and 8 goals by Boskovic led Hapoel to 15:16 at the half time. H.C Ness Ziona that looks like the most improved team this season, beat Hapoel Ramat Gan 31:25 and will meet the champions next week. In Rehovot, Hapoel Ashdod got another win, 28:24 on Ironi Rehovot.  The history came this week from the upcomers, H.C Beer Sheba, that got the first Winner League win in history with 26:24 on H.C Holon. It was the first match in Beer Sheba for the new Serbian left back, Stefan Ciric. In a relegation fight, Hapoel Kiryat Ono lost to Maccabi Kiryat Motkin 32:29 in away match. Ono’s head coach, Amir Dan have to find a new solution soon because they are just 2 points from the last place. The match between Maccabi Rishon LeZion and SGS Ramat Hasharon postponed because of Maccabi’s match on Saturday with Saint Raphael in the EHF Cup 3rd round. Israeli handball Scored for Bnei Herzliya: Vladica Stojanovic – 10, Vladimir Dimitrijevic -6, Sahar Shahak -5, Tomer Toueg and Guy Cordova -4, Yossi Appo -3 The Israeli national goalkeeper, Moshiko Elimelech, continued with his great shape and led Hapoel to 18:16 at the 36th minute. Bad attacking performance by Hapoel led Herzliya to easy fast breaks and the right wing, Sahar Shahak, scored for 20:20 in the 42nd minute. The match continued to be even while Shahak and the national middle back Yuval Gerera scored and assisted the most goals of each team. read more

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Woman arrested after man seriously assaulted outside pub

first_imgA 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has been arrested in connection with a serious assault outside a pub in Newcastle, Co Down in the early hours of the morning.A 23-year-old man was hospitalised with serious head injuries in the wake of the attack, which happened on Main Street in the town. He also suffered a broken collarbone.The woman was arrested at the scene and has been taken for questioning to Bangor PSNI Station.The man’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.Police in Newcastle are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault to contact them on 0845 600 8000.Read: Investigation under way after man shot dead in TallaghtRead: Gilmore: Dublin may get involved if there’s no progress on Haasslast_img read more

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Antarctic Iceberg Mission Thwarted by … Ice

first_img When one of the largest-ever icebergs broke free from the Larsen C Ice Shelf last year, scientists welcomed the chance to study the newly exposed ocean and underlying seabed—covered for 120,000 years.Like a teenager slamming their bedroom door in defiance, the 2,300-square-mile A68 iceberg’s calving is normal, if not dramatic.Researchers are mostly interested in its impact on the stability of the remaining Antarctic ice shelf. Further north on the peninsula, the Larsen A and B ledges collapsed in 1995 and 2002, respectively.AdChoices广告“This resulted in the dramatic acceleration of the glaciers behind them, with larger volumes of ice entering the ocean and contributing to sea-level rise,” according to glaciologist David Vaughan, Director of Science at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). “If Larsen C now starts to retreat significantly and eventually collapses, then we will see another contribution to sea level rise.”A team of scientists set off last month on a mission to investigate the hidden ecosystem. But their three-week tour aboard BAS research ship RRS James Clark Ross was cut short—ironically, by sea ice.“We knew that getting through the sea ice to reach Larsen C would be difficult,” marine biologist and principal investigator Katrin Linse, of the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement. “Naturally, we are disappointed not to get there but safety must come first.”Chunks up to 16 feet thick stonewalled the boat, which moved just five miles in 24 hours. On Feb. 28, the captain made the “difficult decision” to end the trip.“Mother Nature has not been kind to us on our mission,” Linse said.Luckily, they had a Plan B: Head north to untouched areas to sample the benthic biodiversity. (That is, the ecological region at the lowest level of a body of water.)The international team spent the final week of their cruise collecting seafloor animals, microbes, plankton, sediments, and water samples, as well as marine mammals and birds that might have moved into the area.Antarctic brittle star (via British Antarctic Survey)These findings will provide a better picture of life under the ice shelf and allow researchers to track changes to the ecosystem.Scientists have long debated the cause of Larsen Ice Shelf thinning—climate or ocean change?—but knew the splintering was imminent, based on satellite imagery.“Larsen C itself might be a result of climate change, but in other ice shelves we see cracks forming, which we don’t believe have any connection to climate change,” Vaughan said.Earth’s southernmost continent is in no immediate danger, though.“We see no obvious signal that climate warming is causing the whole of Antarctica to break up,” he continued. “However, around the Antarctic Peninsula, where we saw several decades of warming through the latter half of the 20th century, we have seen these ice shelves collapsing and ice loss increasing.” Boaty McBoatface Makes Major Climate Change DiscoveryCyborg Seals Help Explain Mysterious Antarctic Ice Holes Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Woman pleads guilty to Craigslist prostitution robbery

first_imgDanielle Azevedo A woman accused of plotting to rob a Hazel Dell man who answered her prostitution ad was sentenced Friday to three years and nine months in prison.Danielle L. Azevedo, 24, of Salmon Creek pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted robbery and possession of methamphetamine. She advertised herself as a prostitute on the Craigslist website and arranged to meet the victim the night of Aug. 14 at his home.When she arrived at the home of Greg Kappler, the two went into the bedroom. Azevedo then said she had to retrieve something in her car and left the room. That’s when her boyfriend entered, allegedly clubbing Kappler repeatedly, prosecutors said.Kappler was hospitalized with serious injuries, including a concussion.“He was very lucky to have not suffered life-threatening injuries,” said Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein.Azevedo told sheriff’s investigators that she and her boyfriend had planned the robbery together.Azevedo’s boyfriend, Jacob Diepenbrock, was initially charged with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine. Prosecutors on Sept. 13 dismissed charges against Diepenbrock without prejudice, meaning the charges could be refiled.Klein said the case against Diepenbrock case requires further investigation. The victim could not identity Diepenbrock as the assailant; according to court documents he was identified by only Azevedo. Klein declined to elaborate further, citing the active investigation.last_img read more

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Kumaraswamy forced to cut short village stay due to inclement

first_imgBENGALURU: On Saturday, due to heavy rains and inclement weather in north Karnataka, the much-publicised two-day village stay of Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy was cut short, an official said. On Friday, in the midst of the fanfare, the chief minister stayed overnight in a government school, at the Chandraki village in Gurmitkal taluka of Yadgir district, which is located about 490 km north of Bengaluru. Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us “The chief minister is returning to Bangalore by air from Hyderabad airport later in the day. He will drive from Yadgir to Hyderabad for the afternoon flight,” the official said. After checking into the school, which was renovated for the overnight stay, Kumaraswamy held a ‘janata darshan’ (public interaction) to first-hand the problems of the people and address their grievances. Also Read – Charge sheet against AAP MLA Gulab Singh Advertise With Us “Hundreds of people even from surrounding villages flocked to Chandraki to meet Kumaraswamy on his maiden visit to the hamlet as the Chief Minister. Kumaraswamy’s village homestays during his tenure as the chief minister of then JD-S-BJP coalition government in 2006-07 was popular as the people were able to meet him directly and air their grievances or seek his help in solving their problems,” the official said.last_img read more

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EC responsible for creating levelplaying field Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said it is the responsibility of the election commission to ensure a level-playing field for all the parties participating in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.He was talking to reporters after attending a seminar as the chief guest arranged by Orchard Developers and CITIC Construction, a concern of the Chinese government, at a city hotel.”The party will announce the nomination list within a day or two. The candidates of the parties in our alliance will be announced within a week,” Quader said.Condemning the clash between BNP activists and police, he said there is nothing new that BNP prefers violence during elections and expressed concern that the party is trying to manipulate the polls by hiring foreign lobbyists.last_img read more

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ACC asks 9 govt agencies to provide info on FR Tower

first_imgProthom Alo file photo The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday sent letters to nine government agencies seeking necessary information to investigate the alleged corruption in the construction of FR Tower where a deadly blaze left 26 people dead last week, reports UNB. ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told UNB that the ACC asked the agencies to provide information within three working days. The government agencies are – Rajdhani Unnyan Kartipakhkha (RAJUK), Fire Service and Civil Defense, Civil Aviation Authority, Environment Department, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), two city corporations, Dhaka Transport Coordination Board and Dhaka Wasa. The commission assigned its deputy director Abu Bakar Siddique on Wednesday for initiating an inquiry to find out those involved in constructing five additional floors to FR Tower violating building code. Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee said that the commission initiated the inquiry responding to a complaint against some people including FR Tower owners SMHI Faruque Hossain, Liakat Ali Khan Mukul and Tasvir Ul Islam. Faruque is the owner of the land while Liakat Ali is chairman of Rupayan Group and Tasvir is chairman and managing director of Qausem Industries.  Faruque and Tasvir were shown arrested in a case filed by the police over the incident.last_img read more

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Nintendo to offer Excitebike for free with 3DS eShop launch

first_imgNintendo has just held its Tokyo earnings briefing, and there’s some good news for gamers hidden in the details.One of the negatives against the 3DS at launch was the lack on a digital download store like the one that serves the DS community so well. We get the feeling Nintendo feels bad about this as it has decided to give us a game for free when the 3DS eShop finally launches.What’s the game, we hear you ask? It’s Excitebike with a 3D update to suit the 3DS’ screen. In order to get it you just need to download and apply the next firmware update to your handheld. It’s expected to become available in May and will also introduces the new digital store. There’s going to be an Internet browser included too.Nintendo has also confirmed the first games on offer through the 3DS Virtual Console will be Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles. Other platforms will then follow in the future.Both the free game and ability to buy Game Boy titles should give the 3DS a much needed boost. I don’t know about you, but since launch there hans’t been that much buzz surrounding the machine with all the games I want to play still a few months away.Read more at CVG and Andriasanglast_img read more

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Squaw Valley Resort Will Run On 100 Renewable Energy

first_img California has set the lofty goal of getting half its power from renewable sources by the year 2030. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows wants to get to the finish line a whole lot faster than that.With a little help from their friends at Liberty Utilities, the mountain resort hopes to be powering its entire operation with clean, renewable energy as soon as the end of this year. If everything goes to plan, Alpine Meadows will be the first ski resort in the U.S. to be able to make that claim.They’ll also complete their transition almost three decades sooner than California wants everything in the state powered by renewable energy. That’s slated for 2045.As of right now, about a quarter of Liberty Utilities’ power comes from renewables. 50 megawatts of that capacity is produced by a recently-completed solar project. Most of the new electricity that’s produced and supplied to Alpine Meadows will come from additional solar projects, but natural gas will also play a role.When the work is done and Alpine Meadows hits the 100% mark, they’ll have cut their greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50% — from 13,078 metric tons to just 6,682 metric tons. That’s a big win, and one that Liberty Utilities 49,000-plus other customers will also get to enjoy.In the resort’s press release they mention the site as a suitable location for a battery-based energy storage system. The system would store the excess power that’s produced and be able to supply electricity to the surrounding community in the event of an emergency.This is just the latest way that Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is looking to reduce its environmental impact. The resort has hosted several carbon-neutral and zero-waste events in the paste. They’ve also banned single-use water bottles and have a quartet of electric vehicle charging stations onsite available for customers who need to top off their batteries. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Amazon Pledges to Make Half Its Shipments Carbon Neutral by 2030Dead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships by 2021 last_img read more

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HandsOn The Tetris Effect is VR Puzzle Nirvana

first_imgStay on target One of my core gaming beliefs is that communist puzzle masterpiece Tetris is one of, if not the only, truly perfect video game. And that foundational perfection is so strong it’s hard to mess up. Additions like Puyo Puyo blobs or all the Nintendo bells and whistles of Tetris DS just make Tetris better. Really, the only bad Tetris games are inexplicably lazy efforts from the likes of Ubisoft and EA that somehow manage to have connectivity issues and bad framerates… in Tetris!Even for a Tetris game though The Tetris Effect has had us giddy with excitement us ever since its surprise reveal just before this E3. One, it’s just a fantastic name, referencing the hypnotic phenomenon endemic to puzzle games where players see blocks falling even when the game is turned off. But more importantly, virtual reality rights loopholes have allowed trance gaming god Tetsuya Mizuguchi of Rez and Lumines to finally make a Tetris game after years of trying. And the result is as mind-expanding as you’d expect.On a basic level, The Tetris Effect is still Tetris. You’re still dropping four-piece blocks down the well to build and clear lines. You can still spin and fast drop blocks or hold that precious long piece for a later combo. You know what Tetris is and this is still that. Even with PlayStation VR you’re not like moving your head to catch Tetris pieces falling all around you. You’re looking at a standard Tetris field floating in front of you in space.However, there is one major new gameplay addition in the form of the Zone Meter. Once filled, you can enter the Zone to freeze time for a few seconds. While in the Zone, any lines you clear are banked without changing the layout. After you leave the Zone you then get the entire combo simultaneously, possibly clearing like eight or twelve lines at once and seeing insane words like “Dodecahetris.” It’s a brilliant new challenge for people who are already great at Tetris but feel confined by the current four-line limit. The kind of “thinking eight moves ahead” macro planning you’d have to do to max out this combo system makes the mind race with puzzle possibilities.But even as a normal Tetris experience The Tetris Effect feels fresh just through its presentation. Unsurprising from the man who made Rez, The Tetris Effect places a heavy emphasis on syncing the gameplay with trippy music and lights. Songs, sound effects, and art styles change as you progress through stages, like skins in Lumines. Mandalas made of shimmering particles shift and spin and explode while a woman sings about our hearts all being connected.It’s all so cool and pairs perfectly with the way puzzle games harmoniously reshape your brain, the titular “Tetris Effect.” Playing this all in VR (which is optional) completes the experience of sensory synesthetic cohesion between gameplay, visuals, and sound.I rarely need an excuse to play more Tetris. But The Tetris Effect offers a tantalizing chance to completely seal myself off into an entire world of Tetris, like drowning in the most soothing ocean. We’ll see if I can pull myself back when The Tetris Effect launches later this year on PlayStation 4. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img ‘Tetris Effect’ Brings Puzzle Game Psychedelia to PC’Tetris 99′ Gets Physical Release last_img read more

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