Actresses Shailene Woodley and Riley Keough will join 30 Native American youth at a rally in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House on Saturday, August 6th at 1 pm.They’ll deliver Change.org petition signatures from a campaign against the Dakota Access Pipeline which has been endorsed by a long list of celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Alison Sudol.The rally takes place as the culmination of a relay run the youth began from the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, over 1,500 miles to Washington D.C.Shailene Woodley has already visited the Standing Rock Youth multiple times at their encampment near the pipeline’s construction and later in Dayton, Ohio, along the run, which she livestreamed from her Facebook page. You can check out the video here.
TORONTO — Manitoba Telecom Services has reached an agreement to sell its Allstream subsidiary to Boulder, Colo.,-based Zayo Group Holdings Inc. in a $465-million cash deal that analysts said will allow the Manitoba company to focus on its core business.Allstream provides Internet and other services to commercial and government customers and the U.S.-listed Zayo says it wants to add the company’s assets to its own communications infrastructure business.After closing costs for the deal, which requires federal government approval, Manitoba Telecom says it expects net proceeds of roughly $425 million, some of which may be used to pay down debt.This is the second time MTS has reached a deal to sell Allstream, which it took over in 2004. Ottawa blocked its $520-million agreement with Egyptian investment group Accelero Capital in 2013 due to national security concerns.Greg MacDonald, head of equity research at Macquarie, said the deal won’t affect the telecom provider’s core business of providing wireless, Internet, home phone and TV services to Manitoba customers in competition with larger players such as BCE, Rogers Communications, and Telus.“It’s business as usual, which is, based on the most recent quarter, pretty challenging,” he said. MTS president and CEO Jay Forbes said in a statement that the deal positions MTS for long-term success as it transforms into a customer-centric business in the face of intense competition.In its most recent quarterly report, MTS said that only a “complete turnaround” of Allstream’s operations would allow the subsidiary to become financially sustainable.3Macs analyst Troy Crandall said the deal was part of the effort by Forbes, who took over the top job at MTS on Jan. 1 of this year, to refocus the company on its core business.“They had their own challenges as a regional telecom, let alone having a declining asset to deal with as well,” he said.Crandall said the ill-fated 2004 purchase of Allstream by MTS was mostly about saving on taxes by converting the company into an income trust, but that those advantages were lost when the federal government changed the tax rules in 2006.In 2013, the most recent year for which CRTC data is available, roughly half of the wireless subscribers in Manitoba had an MTS plan.Despite its significant market share, Crandall said, there isn’t much room to grow within the Manitoba market.Scale is a huge advantage for the major telecom companies such as BCE and Rogers, he said, allowing them to cut costs and offer discounted bundles that the smaller players can’t match.“Given their limited geography, MTS just can’t get the scale that its competitors can,” he said.Meanwhile, Crandall said the deal makes MTS more attractive as a candidate for a buyout by one of the incumbents.And while it’s unclear how the Trudeau government will approach regulating the telecom industry, he said the decision by MTS to sell to an American company is far less likely to raise the ire of the new government.Under the deal, MTS has agreed to retain Allstream’s pension obligations and pension plan assets related to retirees and other former employees under its defined benefit pension plans. Allstream will retain those related to current employees.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the DR of Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses for a group photo with leaders attending the African Union Summit, which marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Africa has the experience to forge solutions to its own challenges and contribute to our global goals of inclusive growth, social justice and protecting our environment,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the Summit’s opening session. He noted that many countries have made important gains to achieve the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’ “More African children are in schools, especially girls. More clinics are helping more women survive childbirth. More African women sit in Government and key decision-making positions,” Mr. Ban said, adding that in spite of this progress, he is still concerned about hundreds of millions of Africans living in poverty. Mr. Ban urged African leaders to accelerate efforts to achieve the MDGs before their 2015 deadline, and stressed that success will depend on ownership by governments and civil society. “Our destination is clear: A future where Africa’s wealth enriches all of Africa’s people. Where misrule is only found in history books. Where Africa’s goods get a fair price on the global market. Where global partnerships mean shared prosperity.” Young people and women will be key to drive peace and development in the continent, Mr. Ban said, underlining the importance of investing in their health and education, and providing them with a secure environment. “We especially need to speak out against rape and sexual violence in conflict. Governments must support victims and end the culture of impunity,” he said. Mr. Ban underscored that peace is essential for development, and reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to work with countries in the region to address conflict and violence. Regarding the crisis in Mali, Mr. Ban said the UN is determined to do all it can to help the people in the country, with humanitarian agencies currently assisting civilians in need. “The United Nations has also sent specialists on the military and political tracks. This is a moral imperative for all in the international community,” he said. Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali last January, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians. Last month, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali, known as AFISMA, for an initial period of one year to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country. Mr. Ban called on Malian authorities to embrace a comprehensive political process, and agree on a roadmap leading to full restoration of constitutional order. In addition, he reiterated his full commitment to ensure that the UN stands read to undertake major peacebuilding efforts as well as security sector reform, reconstruction and regional cooperation once the combat operations come to an end. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mr. Ban said the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MONUSCO) is doing everything it can to protect civilians, and encouraged regional leaders to endorse a peace, security and cooperation framework to address the causes of violence in the country. During the Summit, Mr. Ban also addressed a special event on the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), where he pledged the UN’s support to expand the campaign so that pregnant and nursing mothers in the continent have access to nutrition and healthcare. The Secretary-General also met with various African leaders on the margins of the Summit, including the Interim President of Mali, Dioncounda Traoré, with whom he discussed the situation in his country and UN efforts there. Mr. Ban welcomed the bilateral support provided to the Malian Government in its efforts to counter the Jihadist groups’ attacks, but expressed concerns over reports of human rights violations and called on Mr. Traoré to ensure that human rights and humanitarian norms are respected by national and international troops in Mali. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Boni Yayi of Benin. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Dioncounda Traoré of Mali. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Addis Ababa is received at the airport by Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of ECA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › Mr. Ban also met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The two men discussed the situation in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, Mali and DRC. In a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Mr. Ban reiterated his strong support for the Palestinian people and discussed the need for renewed momentum on the peace process. Mr. Ban also met with the President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, and commended the progress in the country, while stressing the need for reconciliation and disarmament to ensure stability. In addition, Mr. Ban met with the Chairperson of the AU Summit, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, with whom he exchanged views on collective efforts to address the situation in the DRC and Mali.
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Even after Eli Manning’s 200 consecutive regular-season NFL starts, quantifying his career is difficult.Manning is in his 14th season, and nearly every one has felt like a crossroads. Which quarterback would show up for the Giants: the one capable of winning two Super Bowl MVPs — or the one capable of leading the NFL in interceptions for three seasons?The answer was probably somewhere in between. Manning has been reliably, and historically, mediocre.Only 10 quarterbacks in NFL history have started at least 200 games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, and the list is a who’s who of all-time legends: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Warren Moon and John Elway. And Eli Manning. And, OK, Vinny Testaverde — but still.Save Eli Manning and Testaverde, all have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame or are virtually certain to be.What to expect from the Lions vs. Giants But this is why advanced statistics exist: to help isolate a player’s performance from that of his teammates’ (hello, defensive lines and David Tyree) and to compare his performances against those of his peers. That analysts at major outlets were still citing rings and wins to claim that Eli is better than Peyton as late as 2013 is proof that we still need to look deeper.A handful of high-leverage highlights can’t outweigh hundreds of games’ worth of mediocre play, not when we’re trying to pick the best of the best. But then, Eli Manning has never been one of the best.No, the most prolifically mediocre quarterback in NFL history is in a class all by himself.Check out our latest NFL predictions. All newsletters Among that group, Eli Manning ranks either last, or ahead of only Testaverde,1In Testaverde’s defense, he spent nearly a decade toiling away on some bad Buccaneers and Browns teams. in nearly every season-indexed rate stat: completion rate, yards per attempt, interception rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt, net yards per attempt and adjusted net yards per attempt.But Manning is not just terrible at being great — he regularly tests the lower boundaries of even being good. He has finished among the top 10 in ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating just four times out of the 11 seasons for which QBR has been calculated; his average rank is a middling 16th. He has finished among the top 10 in passer rating just once in 12 starting campaigns, finishing an average of 18th. From 2004, when Manning entered the league, through Week 1 of 2017, he was in the bottom half of both season-indexed passer rating and season-indexed adjusted net yards per attempt2PFR’s Advanced Passing table contextualizes passing rate stats by indexing them to the league average over three seasons with the given season in the middle. 100 is average, higher is better. See the PFR Glossary for details. (among quarterbacks with at least 50 starts): We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe The truth is, the NFL’s eighth all-time leading passer has produced like a below-average starter across his entire career. That average contains some really low points, like his miserable 27-interception 2013 season, when he finished 35th in passer rating in a league with just 32 teams.But that is as close as Manning has come to truly poor play. That reliability — that no matter how much he teases us with flashes of greatness, he at least definitely won’t be bad — has prompted the Giants to lean on him for more than a decade. What’s more, he’s rewarded that trust: Tonight, Manning will make his 212th consecutive start, the longest active Ironman streak in the NFL — and third-longest in the history of the league.Above all, that may be Manning’s greatest skill: just being there. Since he took the starting quarterback job away from Kurt Warner in November 2004, the Giants have not had to worry about the position, allowing the team to devote resources and draft picks to other areas. By comparison, the Giants’ roommates, the Jets, have started 15 quarterbacks in this span. The Cleveland Browns have started 23.But considering that Eli will turn 37 in January, how much longer can the Giants expect this to last? Quarterbacks seldom hang on to starting jobs beyond age 35. Then again, elite quarterbacks have blown past this expiration date — especially in recent years. Brady and Brees combine for 78 years of life, and together, they threw for more than 800 passing yards when they faced off on Sunday. Favre, Moon and Eli’s brother Peyton all played some of their most efficient football very near the end of their starting career. So maybe Eli Manning will soon reach a never-before-seen level of performance?But even his best passing performance, in 2011, still couldn’t match up with the best of his peers’. He threw for 501 more yards than he ever had before or ever has since, but 543 fewer than Brees that season. Manning gained an impressive average of 8.4 yards per attempt, but Aaron Rodgers gained an average of 9.2. Manning’s passer rating in 2011, 92.9, was worlds away from the NFL-record 122.5 that Rodgers posted that season.Even if Manning finds another level sometime soon, he’ll still be several levels shy of Brady, Brees and Rodgers’ best.In some ways, Manning is a throwback: A high-risk, high-reward passer who is rarely efficient but sometimes makes big plays in big moments. A Joe Namath in an era when offensive innovations have made the average NFL quarterback better than Roger Staubach.3Hall of Famer Roger Staubach’s career average completion rate (57 percent), TD/INT ratio (1.4:1) and passer rating (83.4) were all below 2016 NFL team passing averages (63.0 percent, 1.9:1, 87.6).
Donald and Ivanka Trump, pictured on 1 February Source: Evan VucciIVANKA TRUMP HAS followed her father by resigning as a director of two Irish companies that own and operate the US President’s hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare.Donald Trump resigned as a director of TIGL Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Management Ltd last month – just weeks after he told media that he “couldn’t care less” about the resort following complications with planning permissions.His resignation was also consistent with his previous indication that he would be stepping back from running his business empire to avoid conflicts of interest and concentrate on his new role as President.Last week, the Companies Registration Office (CRO) received documents from the two companies stating that Ivanka Trump had also resigned as a director.The 35-year-old businesswoman and former model has no formal role in the White House but is seen as a trusted and key adviser to her father. Her husband, Jared Kushner, also serves as a senior adviser to Trump.She promised to distance herself from family companies in advance of her father’s inauguration last month, writing on social media: “I will no longer be involved with the management or operations of the Trump Organisation.”Ivanka Trump has served as Executive Vice President of her father’s company, which has diverse interests that include hotels and golf courses across the globe, as well as a winery and modelling agency.Two of the president’s other children, Eric and Donald Jr, remain as directors of TIGL Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Management Ltd.Last month, accounts for TIGL Enterprises Ltd revealed that accumulated losses at the company had doubled last year to more than €5 million. President Trump remains the firm’s sole shareholder.He acquired the resort in 2014 for around €8.7 million. It was valued at €23 million by the businessman just one year later in financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.The company incurred a loss of €2,578,838 during 2015, bringing its total accumulated losses to €5,128,639 since it was established by Trump in January 2014.TIGL Management Ltd reported accumulated profits of €146,938 in 2015 and had a cash balance of €253,597 at the end of the accounting period.Read: The Eiffel Tower is to get a glass security wall in response to France’s terror threatRead: Report shows ‘toxic’ culture of bullying at National Museum of Ireland By Darragh McDonagh 41 Comments Feb 9th 2017, 10:33 PM Ivanka Trump steps down as director of Doonbeg golf resort Trump himself resigned as a director of the two companies operating Doonbeg last month. 35,088 Views http://jrnl.ie/3232164 Share31 Tweet Email Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 10:33 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Nicolas Hulot se projette en 2030, en pleine utopieEn quoi le monde pourrait-il être transformé d’ici vingt ans si les idées écologistes de Nicolas Hulot guidaient les décisions politiques et économiques ? C’est la question à laquelle répond la fondation du célèbre défenseur de l’environnement français, qui publie un journal daté du 15 décembre 2030.Ce mercredi, les lecteurs du quotidien gratuit Metro ont eu la surprise de lire les nouvelles du mois de décembre 2030. Sur huit pages, à découvrir également sur le site Internet de la fondation Nicolas Hulot, est décrit un monde idéal, une douce utopie ou développement rime avec écologie et solidarité.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauUne interview de la présidente de l’Organisation mondiale des biens communs, remplaçante de l’OMC, les résultats du Classement Prosperity 500, qui récompense les entreprises sur des critères environnementaux et sociaux, l’ouverture du Salon de l’agriculture bio urbaine et locale, “où la foule se presse pour écouter les conseils des meilleurs microjardiniers mondiaux”, la première implantation réussie d’un pacemaker naturel, pensé selon le système cardiaque des baleines : tels sont les principaux titres de cette édition rêvée du 15 décembre 2030. La rubrique sports n’est pas oubliée, avec la couverture d’un match de foot disputé au stade olympique flottant ! Quant aux encarts publicitaires, ils vantent le nouveau “tchatche phone”, téléphone qui fonctionne grâce à une énergie produite par les vibrations de la voix.Nicolas Hulot profite de ce journal empli de bonnes nouvelles pour régler ses comptes. Avec Claude Allègre notamment. En 2009, ce dernier qualifiait l’écologiste d'”imbécile”. En 2030, il lui présente ses excuses, et assure “regretter avoir été un marchand de doutes”, avant de s’engager à “léguer anonymement l’ensemble des droits d’auteur de ses nombreux ouvrages climato-sceptiques aux victimes des exodes climatiques”. L’heure de la revanche a également sonné pour Syndrome du Titanic, livre de Nicolas Hulot adapté en film, qui sorti en 2009, n’avait pas remporté le succès escompté. Mais en 2014, l’ouvrage devient le scénario d’une pièce de théâtre jouée à 500 reprises, et attendue à nouveau sur les planches du théâtre des Trois Baudets en janvier 2031. Autre clin d’oeil faisant référence à l’une des plus grandes déceptions des écologistes : une annonce légale au logo de la République française, portant sur la contribution climat énergie, ou taxe carbone. On y lit : “A compter du 1er janvier 2031, le taux de la Contribution Climat Energie sera réduit de 25 %, en raison de l’efficacité de la mesure qui a permis à la France de réduire de 62 % ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre par rapport aux niveaux de 1990”. Un texte signé par le vice-Premier ministre en charge de la Prospérité, de l’Economie et de la Fiscalité écologique, Tareq Dubos.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
SPOKANE — A 3-month-old puppy in an unfamiliar setting, Charlie was reluctant to come out of his doggie carrier Tuesday afternoon.But once the boxer-border collie surveyed the room at Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, he became social, his tail wagging while he licked the hands of his visitors.Charlie didn’t get to enjoy such freedom or attention the night before, though.On Monday around 9 p.m., according to SCRAPS, a trucker found the puppy abandoned near the Four Lakes exit along Interstate 90 west of Spokane, confined to a small plastic bin. The lid was sealed, according to SCRAPS, and didn’t have holes to allow Charlie enough fresh air to breathe.Inside the container was a “soupy” mixture of Charlie’s food, water, feces and urine.“If you didn’t want the dog, I don’t understand why you’d leave him out there,” said Janet Dixon, SCRAPS special projects coordinator. “But I am glad we have him.”Around 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dixon said, the trucker found Charlie while taking a quick walk. She took Charlie to SCRAPS, where he was immediately bathed and fed. The puppy is currently in SCRAPS foster care.After posting about Charlie on the SCRAPS Facebook page, Dixon said, SCRAPS has received thousands of inquiries from people hoping to adopt.“We’ve got Charlie now, and we’re going to make sure he gets a healthy home,” Dixon said.Abandoning an animal falls into the legal realm of animal cruelty, according to SCRAPS, which is investigating the matter.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Eight school districts outside Fort Leonard Wood have recorded significant gains in performance compared to two years earlier, demonstrating that the districts serving personnel at the central Missouri post have responded to the Army’s challenge to enhance school quality, according to a local group promoting the installation.During the 2014-15 school year, the eight districts combined to earn an average of 93 percent of the total points possible on the state’s annual performance reports, a 10 percent improvement compared to the 2012-2013 school year. The districts’ combined performance exceeded the state average, an analysis by the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership revealed.“We understand and appreciate the challenges set forth by our state and the Army,” said Brian Henry, superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI school district.“The schools in our area have worked together to share best practices and provide the highest quality of education for the children of our nation’s military. The Army invests a great deal in our region, and we take the responsibility educating their children very seriously,” said Henry.The close attention paid to school performance by the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and school districts serving the families of personnel at Fort Leonard Wood follows comments made by then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno in 2013 that the service will consider school quality as one factor when making stationing decisions.Col. Andy Herbst, the Fort Leonard Wood garrison commander who is in charge of building and maintaining successful partnerships with local schools, underscored one reason why quality schools are critical to the education of military children.“It is not unusual to hear that a military child has attended four different schools in the past four years. This constant transition is why it’s important to have quality schools that offer military children valuable and diverse educational experiences,” Herbst said.Next week’s Installation Innovation Forum 2016 in Charleston, S.C., will feature an interactive discussion session on strategies communities can use to ensure their schools meet the needs of military families. The session, scheduled for Monday afternoon on Feb. 29, will include the following speakers:Jim Cowen, Director for Military Outreach, Collaborative for Student Success (moderator)John Ballantyne, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Military Child Education CoalitionChrist Ham, Chairwoman, Military Families for High StandardsLisa Monet, President, Tampa Bay Defense AllianceMike Reese, Chairman, Fort Polk ProgressDavid Gregg Athey, Garrison Commander, Fort Polk, La.Jim Estepp, Director of Operations, Andrews Business and Community AllianceBradley Hoagland, 11th Wing Commander, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Review • Can a $650 pan and burner with Bluetooth teach you how to cook? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Tags Hestan Cue Share your voice Smart Home Ovens Small Appliances Mentioned Above Hestan Cue GE Appliances Hestan Cue is partnering up with GE Appliances to add its smarts to the Cafe line of induction cooktops and ranges. Hestan Cue, from Hestan Smart Cooking is an app-guided cooking system that uses temperature-sensing cookware to adjust your pans and surfaces for a specific recipe. We took a look at Hestan Cue’s countertop system back in 2017, and found that the $400 (roughly £310 or AU$560) pan and burner set helped us cook delicious recipes from the Hestan Cue app and improve our cooking skills with its guided videos. Now GE Cafe cooktops will have Hestan Cue technology and the same functions built in. That means you’ll get Hestan Cue’s guided cooking and specific temperatures. However seamless the hardware may be, you will still need two apps for full integration. Download the Cafe app for initial setup and the Hestan Cue app for the full experience. Here’s how that works:Guided recipesA temperature sensing pan will connect via Bluetooth with the burner. The two will communicate to adjust the pan temperature and keep track of the cooking time through each step. In the app, you’ll be guided through the process with visuals and videos from start to finish. Precision control For complete control over your cooking, the Control Mode allows you to set your burner to a specific temperature. There are helpful charts and guides available online from Hestan Cue chefs and culinary scientists, who put numbers to those pesky terms like “medium low heat” and give you exact digits for things like searing scallops. GE’s Cafe induction cooktop and range with Hestan Cue integration are available for order through independent GE retailers. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 $398 0 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. See it 85 Photos Post a comment GE CES Products
This weekend marked a new era for the Mount Marathon race in Seward. Foreigners dominated Alaska’s favorite mountain run Saturday. And the top Alaskans say they are happy for the new level of competition.Download AudioEmelie Forsberg celebrates her Mount Marathon record. Photo credit: Annie FeidtIt was overcast– but not raining– as Holly Brooks drove into Seward Saturday morning to watch the race. The course snaking up to the top of the mountain was visible under a bank of high clouds. Brooks turned to her husband, Rob Whitney and made a prediction.“I looked at Rob and was like, it’s a record day, I mean these conditions, it doesn’t get any better than this.”The two time Mount Marathon winner had decided not to compete this year after a grueling winter of marathon ski racing in Europe and Russia. But Brooks- who initially said she wouldn’t even watch the race- couldn’t resist the chance to cheer on the Alaskans. So she was at the finish line when Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg obliterated the 25 year old women’s race record by more than 2.5 minutes.“She made it look easy. I think everyone here cheered and then it just kind of went silent. Because people were either kind of flabbergasted and/or didn’t know who she is. But now they will.”Forsberg looked as if she had just finished a polite tennis match instead of a grueling mountain race. She says she typically competes in ultra races that take hours to compete and aren’t as technical as Mount Marathon. And Forsberg says she didn’t know she had the record until the very end.“I was surprised when I came to the finish line, I had no idea of the time, and I just felt so good the whole way, it’s a super nice race and I really like it.”Soldotna’s 18 year old Allie Ostrander came in second in her rookie year in the women’s race. The high school running champion also beat the previous record, 50:30, set by Nancy Pease in 1990, by two seconds. Brooks marveled at Ostrander’s time.“If someone else is going to come in from Sweden and take our record, at least we have an Alaskan who can duck under. She looked great and wow, what a rookie race for her, so it was incredible.”A few hours later in the men’s race, Kilian Jornet of Spain shaved more than a minute off the record with a time of 41:48. Jornet said his calves were “exploding” on the way up, but he was able to save enough energy to open up a wide lead on the technical downhill. He says he loved the atmosphere of the race, with fans lining the course:“It’s incredible. Just people all the way up in the mountain, it’s not many races where you have all these people all the way up to summit.”The previous men’s record holder, Eric Strabel came in 4th Saturday, behind Ricky Gates, of Wisconsin and Jim Shine of Anchorage. Strabel says he’s excited to have a new level of international competition descend on Mount Marathon:“I’m so lucky to have been in this race and to have those guys out in front to chase, it’s everything a competition should be.”Strabel will have another shot catch Jornet. The Spaniard says he’ll return to defend his title in next year’s race. And as for Emelie Forsberg?“Are you going to be back next year? Oh yes! I’m so happy for that, I’ve already made my race calendar for this.”
Share Wednesday, June 5, 2019Top afternoon stories:Marissa Cardenas/Houston Public MediaHouston motorists were driving in the rain on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 on Elgin Street, in the University of Houston main campus.Heavy Rain Pounds Greater HoustonHeavy rain is pounding the Houston region and weather forecasters predict rain will continue into Thursday.Harris County meteorologist Jeff Lindner said the county received between .5 and 3 inches of rain in some areas, mainly in the east around Beltway 8 and I-10 East, since around 4 a.m. on Wednesday.Lindner said additional heavy rain moving into the region from Fort Bend County could produce 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, especially south of I-10, on Wednesday into the early afternoon.Some isolated areas of Fort Bend and east Wharton counties had between 7 to 9 inches of rainfall.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaU.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured an apprenticeship program in Baytown.Secretary DeVos Highlights Texas’ Efforts For More Workforce TrainingOn the first stop of a two-day Texas tour, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited a construction training program east of Houston in Baytown Wednesday.There, DeVos got a quick lesson in welding and pipe-fitting from apprentices at S&B Engineers and Constructors.Several workers — including military veterans and single moms — told DeVos that they’ve gotten a fresh start since they’ve been able to learn a high-demand trade and earn money at the same time. DeVos told reporters that the United States needs more of this kind of training and the federal government shouldn’t stand in the way.DeVos said that Texas has taken a big step forward on that front. This past legislative session, state lawmakers passed a new grant program that could reimburse companies up to $10,000 dollars for every apprentice they train.Office of the GovernorOn June 4, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed several bills to help victims of sex crimes, including one that aims at ending the backlog of untested rape kits in Texas.Gov. Abbott Signs Bill Targeting Rape Kit BacklogTexas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a measure into law this week that aims to eliminate the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in the state.The measure mandates law enforcement agencies conduct an audit to determine the number, status, and location of all of the untested rape kits in the state and then set timelines to ensure they are analyzed. It also allocates roughly $50 million toward hiring more workers at the state’s crime labs and expands access to sexual assault nurse examiners for underserved populations.Abbott said at an afternoon press conference held on Tuesday in Dallas the law would better address and provide justice for survivors of rape and sexual assault.“One of the best strategies is the forensic testing of rape kits, but thousands of these kits have languished untested for years,” Abbott said.Democratic state Rep. Victoria Neave, who authored the bill, said it is currently unclear how many untested rape kits exist across Texas.KERA photo illustration via Associated PressPoll Shows Texas As A Presidential BattlegroundTexas hasn’t gone blue in a presidential race since 1976, but a new poll indicates that at least early on, it could be a 2020 battleground. The latest survey from Quinnipiac University shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a four-point edge over President Donald Trump in a hypothetical one-on-one matchup.Biden was the only Democrat with a lead over Trump. Texans Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke trailed the president by three points; the margin for Elizabeth Warren, who spent nearly a decade in the state, was one point.The poll’s margin of error was 3.4 points — which means any of these hypothetical races could go either way.The poll was conducted between May 28 and June 4 — and it’s the first significant polling in Texas since Biden officially entered the race.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal root tuber. Citation: Soil-dwelling fungi study shows extent of worldwide distribution (2015, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-soil-dwelling-fungi-extent-worldwide.html More information: Global assessment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus diversity reveals very low endemism Science 28 August 2015: Vol. 349 no. 6251 pp. 970-973 DOI: 10.1126/science.aab1161ABSTRACTThe global biogeography of microorganisms remains largely unknown, in contrast to the well-studied diversity patterns of macroorganisms. We used arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus DNA from 1014 plant-root samples collected worldwide to determine the global distribution of these plant symbionts. We found that AM fungal communities reflected local environmental conditions and the spatial distance between sites. However, despite AM fungi apparently possessing limited dispersal ability, we found 93% of taxa on multiple continents and 34% on all six continents surveyed. This contrasts with the high spatial turnover of other fungal taxa and with the endemism displayed by plants at the global scale. We suggest that the biogeography of AM fungi is driven by unexpectedly efficient dispersal, probably via both abiotic and biotic vectors, including humans. © 2015 Phys.org Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus live among 80 percent of plant roots in a symbiotic relationship with their host—the plants get assistance in obtaining nutrients, help with getting water in dry conditions and a leg up in battling pathogens. The fungi, in return, get a steady source of carbon. But, as the researchers note, little is known about the global biography of such microorganisms. They suggest a better understanding of how the microorganisms do their job and how they disperse could have important implications for better understanding our global ecosystem, helping with restoration of damaged areas, and perhaps for increasing or at least sustaining agricultural yields. To learn more, the team embarked on a study that took them to six continents and involved pulling up plants to examine their roots in forests, shrub land, grasslands, successional sites and semi-desert spots, looking for samples of fungi.In all, the team gathered 1,104 root samples, resulting in approximately 912 thousand fungus samples. Of those 836 were able to be sequenced revealing almost 250 DNA based “virtual taxa,” that could be associated with 161 unique plant species. The team also conducted ribosomal RNA testing on the samples to learn more about their evolutionary history. Arbuscular mycorrhiza seen under microscope. Flax root cortical cells containing paired arbuscules. Credit: Public Domain Explore further Fungi—key to tree survival in warming forest (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has conducted a worldwide census of fungi that live in plant roots and in so doing has found them to be surprisingly broadly spread. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their far-flung study, what they found and offer theories on a mystery that was also uncovered. Journal information: Science In studying their data, the researchers found that 93 percent of the fungi identified existed in the soil on more than one continent, and that 34 percent of them were found on all six continents. They also found that dispersal appeared to lessen the farther plants were from the equator and that at the local level, spatial distance and environmental conditions had an impact on the types of fungus appearing in plant roots.RNA testing showed that the dispersal of the fungi appeared to have occurred after the continents drifted apart, which caused the researchers to wonder what sort of mechanism might have been responsible for carrying the microorganisms across such great distances. They suggest it could have been a variety of elements including both biotic and abiotic vectors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Darjeeling: A shadow of uncertainty descended over the family members of missing mountaineer Pemba Sherpa’s after search operations were abandoned in the Karakoram Range where he had gone missing a couple of days ago.Veteran mountaineer Pemba Sherpa, who had scaled Mount Everest eight times and successfully summited six of the world’s highest peaks, went missing between camp 2 and camp 1 after summiting Saser Kangri IV (7,416 meter), a peak in the Karakoram range in Jammu and Kashmir on July 13. A search operation was launched by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and fellow mountaineers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAnother round of rescue operations were launched on July 15 but yielded no result.”The mountaineers including one of my brothers Tshering had descended partly down the crevasse through which Pemba had fallen. It was pitch dark and they hardly saw anything except for fast moving water which could be more than 40 ft deep. They have called off the search operations and are returning,” stated Tashi Sherpa, brother of the missing mountaineer while talking to Millennium Post. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTashi alleged that the ITBP hardly helped with the search operations.Tashi, who is also a mountaineer, was part of the expedition but had returned to Darjeeling on July 3 from the base camp owing to ill health. Pemba’s mother, wife, two daughters and a son reside at the family house in Ghoom, 8 km from Darjeeling. 47-year-old Pemba was accompanying a team of mountaineers from Mountaineer’s Association of Krishnanagar (MAK), West Bengal and Pune, Maharashtra, as a climbing guide.On June 20, the team led by Everester Basanta Singh Roy had departed from Krishnanagar. The veteran mountaineer from Darjeeling had summited the peak on July13 morning.
In the early 14th century, a nun named Joan of Leeds faked her own death to escape the house of St. Clement by York. She enjoyed an entirely different kind of life after slipping away from the convent. Scholars in the United Kingdom recently translated a letter that the Archbishop of York wrote about the nun’s scheme, which used a “dummy” and a bogus burial. “Her story has been unearthed by researchers at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, which are part of a £1 million project to put the 14th century registers of the Archbishops of York online,” according to Church Times.After her “burial,” Joan was evidently revealed to still be very much alive in the secular world, to the horror of church leaders.Joan of Leeds, a nun of St Clement’s Priory in York, ordered to return to that house, having left the convent by pretending to be dead and a model of herself buried in her place.“She now wanders at large to the notorious peril to her soul and to the scandal of all of her order,” the highly disapproving Archbishop of York William Melton wrote about Joan in a record book dated 1318.The Archbishop continued: “Having faked her death and, in a cunning, nefarious manner, turning her back on the observance of religion that she previously professed, and having turned her back on decency and the good of religion, seduced by indecency, she involved herself irreverently and perverted her path of life arrogantly to the way of carnal lust and away from poverty and obedience.”University of York historian Sarah Rees Jones, who is leading the digitizing project, told HuffPost that her team isn’t sure if Joan ever returned to the convent ― either willingly or because she was forced.Specific mention of ‘Johannes de Ledes’ from Melton’s Register.Presumably fed up with her life as a nun, Joan faked “a bodily illness” and “pretended to be dead.” With the help of some accomplices in the convent, she successfully tricked the heads of her Benedictine convent into thinking she was dead. A lookalike dummy was buried “in a sacred space” among actual dead members of her order.The letter doesn’t describe what Joan’s dummy looked like or was made of. Sarah Rees Jones has a theory that she may have filled a shroud with dirt or sand and arranged for its burial.Rome, Italy – May 1, 2009: A group of nuns in traditional habits walking in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood.Rees Jones told the Church Times: “There are several cases of ‘runaway’ monks and nuns from various religious houses in the registers. But we don’t always get as much detail as this, and we don’t always have the full story. Women often entered convents in adolescence, and such changes of heart about their vocation were not uncommon.”While the archbishop said that her goal was a life of “carnal lust,” Joan’s motives are not known for sure.“This may mean no more (in modern terms) than enjoying the material pleasures of living in the secular world (abandoning her vow of poverty), or it may mean entering into a sexual relationship (abandoning her vow of chastity),” said Rees Jones to Live Science. “We do know that other religious [people] abandoned their vocations either to marry or to take up an inheritance of some kind.”Scribe writing old documentCases of runaway nuns were not unknown in the medieval era. Some of them entered convent life in their early teens. History.com reveals that many women had trouble finding decent work to support themselves and faced difficulty finding a husband if their family couldn’t provide a good dowry.Rees Jones went to say that survival in those days could be hard and one great benefit of living in a religious structure was that you always had bed and board..Read another story from us: The World’s Oldest Nun who Defied the Nazis and Sheltered Jews“From archaeology, we can tell that people living in religious houses, even quite small ones like the one that Joan of Leeds lived in, had probably on average a better standard of life than the ordinary run-of-the-mill people outside of the religious life,” she said. The high rate at which women died in childbirth was also a factor in why nuns might typically live a little longer than the average woman.
Related posts:NASA selects Franklin Chang’s Ad Astra Rocket for $50 million contract Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test Ad Astra wins $10 million NASA contract for deep space rocket Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang’s companyAd Astra Rocket has finalized a $9 million contract with NASA to help push the company’s VASIMR deep space engine one step closer to flight, according to a statement from the company this week.Early tests for the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR, were conducted at the Ad Astra facility in Liberia, the capital of the northwestern province of Guanacaste. But a new phase of high power, long duration testing will take place in Texas per the terms of the three-year contract with NASA.Though this latest stage of the engine’s development is taking place at Ad Astra’s U.S. lab, the company’s Costa Rica facility will continue to support VASIMR’s development, the Liberia facility’s chief scientist, José Antonio Castro, told The Tico Times.The testing made possible with NASA funds will fire the engine in a vacuum chamber for 100-hour continuous durations at a power level of 100 kilowatts. That power level is roughly equivalent to the 134-horsepower engine found in a Mini Cooper, Castro said.The thrust of a sport compact might not inspire visions of deep space travel, but the power requirements of in-space travel are very different from those required to launch a shuttle into space, Castro explained.“The problem with acceleration on Earth is air resistance. The faster you go the greater the air resistance,” Castro said, “But in space — in a vacuum — there’s no air to hold you back.”That’s where the VASIMR comes in. The VASIMR engine uses plasma, an electrically charged gas that can reach extreme temperatures, and magnets to release controlled pulses of thrust. Engineers designed VASIMR as a scalable, high-efficiency, low-weight solution to space propulsion.In space, that Mini Cooper could deflect an asteroid heading toward Earth.The plasma engine isn’t powerful enough to lift a spaceship into orbit, but it can propel ships or cargo already in space faster and more efficiently than chemical propulsion systems, like those that have traditionally launched rockets.The funding for the engine’s long-duration testing was awarded through NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP). Facebook Comments
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Cyprus has the second highest emigration rate in the EU, and the third highest immigration rate, according to a newly published Eurostat report.The highest rates for emigration in 2017 were reported for Luxembourg (23 emigrants per 1,000 inhabitants), Cyprus (18 per 1,000) and Lithuania (17 per 1 000 persons).Relative to the size of the resident population, Malta recorded the highest rates of immigration in 2017 (46 immigrants per 1,000 inhabitants), followed by Luxembourg (41 immigrants per 1,000 inhabitants), and Cyprus with 24.8.The statistical service of the EU found that in 2017, 3,956 people with Cypriot citizenship moved to Cyprus, 18.6 per cent of all immigrants, 9,315 or 43.7 per cent from other EU countries and 8,035 or 37.7 per cent from non-EU countries, a total of 21,306 persons.On January 1, 2018, Belgium, Ireland, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Slovakia and the UK were the only EU member states where non-nationals were mainly citizens of another member state. This means that in most EU countries, the majority of non-nationals were citizens of non-EU countries.A total of 22 of the 28 EU member states reported more immigration than emigration in 2017, but in Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania the number of emigrants outnumbered the number of immigrants.The population of Cyprus was reported to be a total of 854,802 at the time of the research, 706,845 Cypriots, 110,646 from other EU countries and 29,738 from non-EU states. Some 7573 were listed as being from unknown countries.Cyprus has the second highest share of non-nationals in the resident population, 17.3 per cent, though this is far lower than Luxembourg which comes first with 47.8 per cent. In third place is Austria with 15.7 per cent.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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