Chamber Luncheon with Kelly McTaggart from CAPP

first_imgPrior to joining CAPP in May 2018, Kelly spent 5 years working for Spectra Energy and Enbridge in Fort St. John, BC and Calgary in Indigenous and Community Relations for Major Projects.For tickets to the event; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This month’s speaker for the Fort St. John Chamber speaker luncheon is Kelly McTaggart of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.The luncheon will be Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre from 11:45 am – 2 pm.McTaggart works as the Advisor, Exploration & Production Engagement person for CAPP, the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry.  McTaggart acts as CAPP’s spokesperson and executes CAPP’s stakeholder engagement efforts in communities impacted by oil and gas development.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Decides to Keep Moroccan Munir El Haddadi

Rabat – FC Barcelona is giving Moroccan-Spanish football forward Munir El Haddadi another chance to prove himself. According to Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo, the leader of the Spanish club, Eric Abidal, affirmed to the young player Abidal’s desire to keep El Haddadi, rather than loan him to another club.The French sports secretary, confident of El Haddadi’s abilities, has high hopes to see him rise this season, despite the fact he sat on the bench for two seasons between 2015 and 2017. But El Haddadi played under the colors of Alaves, where he was loaned, last season and scored 10 goals. His improved performance had raised the interest of French clubs, such as Lille and Olympique Marseille.During his youth, the footballer also played for several Spanish clubs, including Atletico Madrid, FC Valencia, and Rayo Majadahonda. Born to Moroccan parents in Spain, El Haddadi represented the Spanish national under-19 team and under-20 team. He made a brief appearance on the pitch as a substitute at an international game against Macedonia in 2014. His appearance then ruined his chances to represent the Moroccan national football team, according to FIFA eligibility rules.In 2017, El Haddadi urged Morocco to help him convince FIFA to let him switch sporting nationalities and play with Morocco. The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) asked FIFA to let El Haddadi play for Morocco in the 2018 World Cup.The FIFA Players’ Status Committee ruled that El Haddadi’s sporting nationality could not be changed from Spain to Morocco March 13.When the decision was appealed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed the FIFA ruling with a verdict in May. read more

Government rejects Indian proposal on fishing

He said that Indian fishermen use bottom trawling and that method is harmful to Sri Lanka’s fishing resources.The Minister said that the navy has been instructed to continue arresting Indian fishermen who poach in Sri Lankan waters. The Government says it had refused to agree to a proposal from India to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters.Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that India had requested Sri Lanka to allow Indians to catch fish for 65 days a year in Sri Lankan waters in an attempt to resolve the Indo-Lanka fishing issue. “Not 65 days, we will not agree for even 65 hours,” the Minister said. However Amaraweera said that he refused to agree to the proposal which had come through the Indian High Commission in Colombo. He also said that local fishermen are still using dynamite to catch fish at some locations.Amaraweera said that the Ministry of Defence has been instructed to file legal action against fishermen using explosives as it is against the law. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Study finds Lankas North will face severe heat and humidity

While a wet bulb 35C is considered the upper limit of human survivability, even a humid temperature of 31C is considered an extremely dangerous level for most people. Most official weather stations around the world measure temperature with two thermometers.The first, or “dry bulb” instrument, records the temperature of the air. The other, or “wet bulb” thermometer, measures relative humidity in the air and the results are normally lower than just the pure air temperature. The research says the fraction of the population exposed to dangerous, humid heat waves may reach 30%. For humans, this wet bulb reading is critically important.While the normal temperature inside our bodies is 37C, our skin is usually at 35C. This temperature difference allows us to dissipate our own metabolic heat by sweating.However, if wet bulb temperatures in our environment are at 35C or greater, our ability to lose heat declines rapidly and even the fittest of people would die in around six hours. South Asia is home to one-fifth of the world’s inhabitants. They projected wet bulb temperatures to the end of this century using two different climate change scenarios.When the model examined a high emissions future, the wet bulb temperature would approach the 35C threshold “over most of South Asia, including the Ganges river valley, north eastern India, Bangladesh, the eastern coast of China, northern Sri Lanka and the Indus valley of Pakistan”.According to the scientists, around 30% of the population is projected to live in a climate characterised by a median of the maximum annual wet bulb temperature of 31C or more. At present, the number of people facing this level of threat is essentially zero.“The valleys of the Indus and the Ganges rivers are where the water is, they’re where the agriculture is and they’re where the population has exploded,” author Prof Elfatih Eltahir from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) told BBC News.“Our map that shows where the temperature extremes are, it’s the same place that you have relatively poor people who predominantly have to work in agriculture and there are so many that they happen to coincide in a region where the hazard is maximised.”If the rise in global temperatures is contained to just over two degrees, roughly in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, the fraction of the population exposed to humid heat above 31C drops to 2%.Heat waves up to and beyond 31C are projected to become much more frequent if little action is taken on cutting carbon. In most locations, the once-every-25-year heat wave in the present climate is projected to become an approximately once-a-year occurrence. If the limitations agreed in Paris are met, these heat waves are likely to happen every two years.“Climate change doesn’t look like an abstract concept if you look at India,” said Prof Eltahir.“This is something that is going to impact your most vulnerable population in ways that are potentially pretty lethal. But it is avoidable, it is preventable.”Other researchers say the “damaging and downright deadly” conditions described in this study are likely to occur if the world doesn’t embrace rapid and substantial cuts in carbon emissions.“This study provides a crucial glimpse of the future,” said Prof Matthew Huber from Purdue University, US, who wasn’t part of the research team.“Either we – the whole world – decide to reduce carbon emissions substantially or we face a highly dangerous scenario in one of the most populous regions in the world, with a deep history and culture, and also a history of political instability.”According to Prof Christoph Schaer from the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich, the work is “alarming”.“The study is credible as extremely hot and humid heat waves already occur under current climatic conditions in some of the areas considered,” he said.“As conditions are close to a critical health threshold already today, a warming of a few degrees could strongly increase the risk of deadly heat waves.”The study has been published in the journal Science Advances. (Colombo Gazette) Recorded wet bulb temperatures on Earth have rarely exceeded 31C. However, in 2015 in Iran, meteorologists saw wet bulb temperatures very close to 35C. In the same summer, a deadly heat wave killed 3,500 people in India and Pakistan.This understanding of the potentially deadly impact on humans of wet bulb temperatures is key to this new study.The researchers involved came to their conclusions by using a high resolution climate model, that was tested against observations. Millions of people living in South Asia, including northern Sri Lanka, face a deadly threat from heat and humidity driven by global warming according to a new study.Most of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will experience temperatures close to the limits of survivability by 2100, without emissions reductions, the BBC reported. read more

Audit Federal utility execs overspent on travel expenses

NASHVILLE — An audit has found instances where executives for the nation’s largest public utility overspent on travel.The inspector general’s report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018.The report cites instances where executives didn’t comply with federal travel regulation and TVA policies, including overpaid per diems; excessive meal costs while travelling; use of car services instead of less expensive options; foreign travel problems; lodging issues; and travel costs unreported to the utility’s board.The audit says the actions could send TVA employees a message that management isn’t committed to federal and agency policies.TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash, who started in April, said the utility is clarifying policies and will better follow those that are clear.Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press read more

Iraq UN delivers food to over 1 million displaced people refugee numbers

In Jordan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has witnessed a sharp increase in Iraqi refugees in recent weeks with 60 per cent of them citing fears of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as the reason for their flight.In August and September, on average, 120 Iraqis per day have registered with UNHCR in Jordan, up from 65 per day in June and July and just 30 per day in the first five months of 2014.“Refugees report their homes being burned, threat of forced conversion to Islam, fears of forced marriage, kidnapping and public threats,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.So far this year, 10,644 Iraqi refugees have registered with UNHCR in Jordan, with 1,383 registering in August alone – the highest monthly tally of new registrations since 2007. In Turkey, some 103,000 Iraqi refugees have come forward to be registered by UNHCR or its partners, including 65,000 since June 2014 when ISIL forces took over areas of northern Iraq. Also today, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that despite the fact that displaced people are on the move and the ongoing fighting further complicates access, the agency has provided food to more than one million people in 113 of Iraq’s 18 governorates.“With the help of our partners, we managed to scale up and expand our assistance to additional areas reaching displaced families who fled with nothing but their lives and who were previously inaccessible,” said Jane Pearce, WFP Country Director in Iraq.Around 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced by the conflict since mid-June. WFP noted that the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate because of the fighting and many Iraqis are living in precarious conditions without access to food, water or shelter. Some live under bridges or by the side of roads while others live in camps or find shelter in unfinished buildings. WFP plans to continue to expand its food operation to assist 1.2 million displaced people by the end of the year. The majority of the one million people assisted by WFP so far received food parcels containing essential items such as rice, cooking oil, wheat flour, lentils, pasta, and salt. Each parcel feeds a family of five for one month. The agency also provided emergency ready-to-eat rations that include canned food for those still on the move with no access to cooking facilities. read more

Buckeyes set for game against rugged Minnesota Golden Gophers

Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team travels to Minneapolis this weekend, one thing is for sure — it’s going to be cold.But OSU coach Urban Meyer doesn’t care.“I don’t even talk (about it),” Meyer said Wednesday. “We have had to play a couple cold games already, so it’s no issue.”The last time the Buckeyes traveled to Minneapolis to play the Golden Gophers — in 2010 — OSU came away with a convincing 52-10 victory.This, however, is a different Minnesota team.The Golden Gophers currently control their own destiny in the Big Ten West Division as they currently sit at 7-2, 4-1 following a 51-14 win over Iowa last week.Following their big win, the Golden Gophers jumped into the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 25, something that Meyer said was surprising.“I think they are much higher than that,” he said. “When I see them play, I think they are very good.”Coming off a big win of its own against Michigan State, OSU junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said he hopes the Buckeyes can carry over the intensity from last week into preparation for the Golden Gophers.“We have been talking about, why can’t we prepare every week like we did for Michigan State? Keep that high level of preparation and execution going into every game,” Decker said Wednesday. “That should be the norm around here. The norm should be to control every single game.”Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall said the Buckeyes have even given a nickname to their new outlook.“We have been calling this the ‘new normal,’ preparing like we did last week,” Marshall said. “I feel like last week we prepared extra hard because it was a bigger game. I feel like if we do that from weeks in and weeks out, I feel like we will have success.”Marshall is likely to get more touches this week as sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson suffered a broken foot against the Spartans and is expected to miss three to four weeks, Meyer said.Marshall said he’s prepared for the likelihood of more touches, but added he is upset over the injury to his teammate.“It’s heartbreaking to me because we are so close,” Marshall said. “But I feel like I am ready to take on the role to play a little bit more at the H-back position.”Marshall said he has also taken reps as a kick returner this week to replace Wilson — along with senior wide receiver Devin Smith and freshman running back Curtis Samuel — but feels confident he can be the one to replace his injured teammate.“I feel like if they call my number, I can get the job done,” he said.No matter who ultimately takes Wilson’s spot, junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said he doesn’t think the Buckeye offense will miss a beat with a replacement.“(Losing) Dontre is a big hit, but we have a lot of depth. A lot of guys that can do a lot of great things back there,” Boren said Wednesday. “I’m sure Curtis will be stepping in, he will be doing great things. I have a lot of confidence in him and some of the other guys.”While Boren is confident in the offense, the Buckeyes will be going up against a defense that has allowed just 21.3 points per game and a defensive line that Meyer described as “rugged.”“I think it’s an upper level, maybe top two or three defensive lines in the Big Ten conference,” Meyer said.Decker added that the Minnesota defense is comparable to what the Buckeyes saw from the Spartans last weekend.“From everything we have seen on film, (they) are very similar. As far as a whole team, they are probably one of the better teams we are going to play all year,” Decker said. “Their scheme is very similar to Michigan State’s. Their blitz tendencies are a little different, but as far as an overall defense, very similar.”On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes will be facing a Minnesota offense that boasts one of the best running backs in the conference in senior David Cobb.Cobb is averaging 133.9 yards per game in 2014, good for fourth in the Big Ten. OSU co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Monday that Cobb’s success is because of the Minnesota big guys up front.“Starts with their offensive line, they’re doing a great job blocking up front for him. He’s a hard runner. When he gets that ball, he’s a downhill runner,” Ash said. “He keeps his legs driving all the time. He’s a load. He’s a challenge. And he fits well with their scheme.”The Golden Gophers rely heavily on their run game, as they rank last in the Big Ten in passing offense, averaging just 140.2 yards per game through the air.Despite Minnesota’s run-reliant offense, Ash said the Buckeyes must still be aware of the Golden Gopher aerial attack.“They do such a good job of running the football right now, you’ve got to devote more defenders to stop the run. And it isolates your backs in one-on-one situations,” Ash said. “They’ve done a great job exploiting that. Taken deep shots in certain personnel groupings over the top and connected with them. Obviously that increases your average per completion when you’re able to do that. So they’ve done a good job with that to complement the run game.”Despite cold weather being almost certain — the projected high for game day as of Wednesday night was 28 degrees — and going up against a physical offense, junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington said he is excited for the challenge.“Definitely. But when it’s cold, you really find out who wants to play football,” Washington said Wednesday. “The running backs might not run as hard when it’s cold, so we will see.”Washington added that he, along with the rest of the team, is aware that the Buckeyes can’t look past the Golden Gophers, despite now being first in the Big Ten East Division.“It is just as big. This is kind of like one of those trap games,” Washington said. “It’s going to be cold, we just have to go out there and play because Minnesota is 7-2, and they are not a bad team.”Decker echoed Washington’s comments, adding that the Buckeyes were still intense this week during practice.“We can’t sleep on this team. If we go in there not prepared, it is like walking into a hornet’s nest,” Decker said. “The weather is going to suck, we haven’t played a lot of early games this year and we just came off a big win so if we are not locked in and prepared, it could be bad for us. We just got some momentum last week, and we just have to keep that going.”The Buckeyes will look to do just that as kickoff is set for noon on Saturday in Minneapolis. read more

Cash pours in for bargain hunter as £15 broken teapot fetches £575000

first_img“Bartlam made a fair amount in America but no pieces survive over there. We don’t know how the tea service came to Britain but it might have been when Bartlam visited in 1769.” The teapot marks the birth of American porcelain. At the time the US was saying ‘we don’t need British porcelain anymore’porcelain expert Clare Durham The find confirmed that Bartlam was the first producer or porcelain in America. In 2010, these fragments helped confirm the bowls sold in Britain in 2002 were in fact made by Bartlam. Miss Durham said: “The teapot marks the birth of American porcelain. At the time the US was saying ‘we don’t need British porcelain anymore’.”It means so much more to the Americans than it does to us hence why it ended up being bought by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2002, four unmarked tea bowls and two saucers that sold at auction in the Midlands were later confirmed to be by Bartlam and the patterning on those matched that on the teapot.It is thought the teapot and bowls formed part of the same tea service made by Bartlam at his factory in South Carolina and brought to Britain by him during a visit in 1769.The unnamed middle-aged vendor was told the pot might sell at auction for anywhere between £20,000 to £50,000. Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers in Salisbury A broken teapot bought for £15 has sold for £575,000 after it was discovered to be one of America’s first pieces of porcelain.A bargain hunter thought the blue and white item, which was missing its lid and had a broken handle glued back on, was common pearlware.But the hobbyist dealer’s pot turned out to be the work of John Bartlam, a British potter who took his trade across the Atlantic 250 years ago.Bartlam’s enterprise was cut short by the American Revolution and hardly any examples of his work exist today.Expert Clare Durham, of Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers in Salisbury, Wiltshire, suspected the teapot might be non-English porcelain and further research established it was the work of Bartlam. But interest took off, especially from America, with bids going up by £5,000 and then £10,000 at a time at the auction. It eventually sold for a hammer price of £460,000. With all the fees added on the overall price came to £575,000.It was bought by a London dealer Rod Jellicoe on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it will end up.Bartlam was a potter in Staffordshire who relocated to South Carolina in around 1763 to mine china clay in the area and meet the desire of colonial Americans to dine in the English style.It is not known what or how much porcelain Bartlam made there, but in 2007 the site of his factory was found and fragments of three blue decorated tea bowls. 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 teapot was sold by Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers in SalisburyCredit:Woolley and Wallis/BNPS last_img read more

Marriage to Victoria Beckham can be complicated says her husband David

The fashion designer said that people had been gossiping about their relationship since they became a couple.She added that their partnership had added to their success, explaining: “We both realise that we are stronger together than we are as individuals.”Would either of us be in the position that we are in now had we not met and been together all those years ago? It’s all about the family unit.”We are much stronger the six of us, than we would be if we were individuals.”We respect that family bond and that is key.” 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. Marriage to Victoria Beckham can be “complicated,” her husband David has said in an interview about their enduring relationship.The former England captain also acknowledged how their 19-year union can be “hard work.”While they have had to constantly fight reports that their marriage is on the rocks, calling the most recent rumour “laughable,” the couple have spoken of the difficulties of a long partnership.Mr Beckham was candid about his marriage, telling The Sunday Project, an Australian TV show: “To have been married for the amount of time that we have, it’s always hard work.”It becomes a little more complicated.”He also spoke about fatherhood, adding: “Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.”I’ve noticed that with my children.”The A-list couple have four children together – sons Brooklyn, 19; Romeo, 15; Cruz, 13; and six-year-old daughter Harper. They met at a charity football match 21 years ago when he played for Manchester United and his future wife was Victoria Adams – or Posh Spice in the Spice Girls.Victoria Beckham has also recently opened up about their marriage – after unfounded social media rumours swirled about a possible split she told Vogue the pair were “pretty used to ignoring the nonsense and just carrying on as normal”. read more

Wheaton Precious Metals comes on board as CEEC sponsor

first_imgThe addition of Wheaton Precious Metals as a valued sponsor of CEEC will bring a unique perspective to the international not-for-profit communication hub. Wheaton Precious Metals is a precious metals streaming company, with streaming agreements in place for 20 operating mines and nine development stage projects around the globe. The Canadian-based firm provides funding arrangements for mine operators, partnering with large and small businesses that share the company’s values and belief in responsible mining.CEEC Director Simon Hille said the organisation welcomed the support of Wheaton Precious Metals and looked forward to collaborating on promoting initiatives that result in lower footprint mining. “Wheaton Precious Metals clearly demonstrates its ability to provide value for shareholders while upholding its commitment to sustainable development principles. Both of our organisations are keenly interested in improvements and innovations that drive energy efficiency and productivity, so this sponsorship enables us to work together to foster greater global sustainability in mining and processing,” Hille said.Maurice Tagami, Technical Ambassador, Wheaton Precious Metals, said the company was looking forward to the knowledge sharing opportunities provided by CEEC sponsorship. “We pride ourselves on using our outstanding technical expertise to help operators increase mine site productivity. Our collaboration with CEEC is a ‘win-win’, allowing us to share and implement initiatives that provide tangible financial and environmental benefits to operators at all stages of the mining process,” Tagami said.“Reducing the footprint of the operations we fund also helps us maintain our social licence to operate andsafeguard the health and vibrancy of communities and the environment, now and into the future.” He said Wheaton Precious Metals was proud to be the first streaming and royalty company to initiate community investment programs in the areas where their assets operate.“Since 2014, we’ve provided financial support for our mining partners’ economic, environmental and socialinitiatives within the communities directly influenced by the mines. The program is designed to increase theimpact of our partners’ initiatives, either by matching their funds for specific projects, or in some instances byproviding funding for new projects.”Hille said the addition of the Canadian-based company to CEEC’s list of sponsors highlighted the not-for-profitorganisation’s global reach in communicating and collaborating on energy efficient minerals processing andoptimised comminution solutions. “CEEC’s mandate is to help facilitate good knowledge sharing through credible scientific work. It’s only by having the support of sponsors from around the world that we can continue to promote cutting-edge energy efficient mining processes that reduce environmental impact, lower costs and strengthen shareholder value,” Hille said.last_img read more

US council members abstain in a vote about abstaining from votes

first_imgMEMBERS OF A CITY council in the United States have abstained in a vote which, if passed, would have barred them from abstaining from any more votes in future.Councillors in Michigan were dealing with proposals that would have barred them from abstaining from motions put to their council.Members of the Ypsilanti City Council would only have been able to avoid voting Yes or No if they had a financial or professional conflict.Faced with the proposition of being barred from remaining neutral on any further issues, three of the six members did what they felt was the appropriate thing: abstained from the vote.The remaining members voted 2-2 – but with the proposer’s own vote discounted from the result, the proposal was defeated.last_img

PlentyofFish Hacked Maybe Wackiness Ensues

first_imgAnd, quoting a letter supposedly sent from Frind to Russo,Then i’m going to sue you In Canada, US and UK and argintina [sic]. I amgoing [sic]to completely destroy your life, no one is ever going to hire you for anything again, this isn’t piratebay and we definately [sic] aren’t fooling around. Says Frind,It took Chris Russo 2 days to break in; he didn’t even try to hide behind a proxy, signed up under his real name and executed the attacks while logged in as himself. At midnight Miami time my wife gets a call from Chris Russo that plentyoffish has been hacked into and that Russians have taken over his computer and are trying to kill him, and his life is in extreme danger and they are currently downloading plentyoffish’s database. Russo, meanwhile, tells a very different story, complaining of “death threats” from Frind (according to this blog), “ exposes 30,000,000 users information, we reported that, and get nothing but trouble and are threatened, directly by the founder Mr. Markus Frind.”Russo continues,While we were creating the legal documents in order to proceed, Markus Frind got progressively more aggressive and unresposive [sic] with us, and told us to speak with their employees, Kate and Jay, because there was a serial killer, murdering people from the website. Getting hacked sucks. Everyone seems to agree on that much. The threat of having one’s person information opened up for all the world to see is enough to set anyone over the edge. Perhaps that’s what happened in the case of the dating site PlentyofFish. It’s hard to say. At the moment, all we’ve got are a lot of dissonant, panicked posts from different sides of the story.Here’s what we do know–Markus Frind, the CEO of, a Vancouver-based free dating site was contacted by an Argentinean hacker named Chris Russo to inform him about security flaws in the site. This is where things take two starkly different directions, depending on who you listen to.According to Frind, this was the beginning of “an incredibly well planned and sophisticated attack.” Russo apparently signed up for an account (using his real name, strangely enough) and reaped the fruits of the aforementioned flaws. Frind’s explanation was an admittedly sleep deprived rant about how “annoying it is to have someone constantly harassing and trying to scare your wife at all hours of the day.” He ended it by stated that he’s attempted to address the situation by e-mailing Russo’s mother.Former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs (cited in Frind’s post) chalks the whole thing up to paranoia on Frind’s part. “Getting hacked is no fun,” writes Krebs. “Learning that you’ve been hacked when a reporter calls is probably even less fun. But for better or worse, I have notified dozens of companies about various breaches over the years, and I’ve learned to read between the lines in how victims respond.”Krebs states his surprise at awakening this morning “to find a rambling blog post that indirectly accuses me of participating in an extortion scam, before mildly backtracking from that claim.”last_img read more

Morning Press Affordable Care Act Christensen Shipyards New US citizens Light industrial

first_imgWhat’s on tap for this week’s weather? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Trumping Obamacare: Affordable Care Act reformSince President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was signed seven years ago this month, it has remained in the forefront of controversy.Nearly 114,000 Clark County residents are enrolled, but many voters remain dissatisfied. Leaders at the federal and state level are divided, but nonetheless reform seems likely. Today, we look at the act, and how its repeal or redesign could affect our community.Read the full story: Trumping Obamacare: Affordable Care Act reformChristensen Shipyards receivership nears endChristensen Shipyards, the luxury yacht builder in Vancouver, is set to close its receivership after two years.last_img read more

9 homes 10 buildings burn in wildfire near Goldendale

first_imgGOLDENDALE — State officials say nine homes and 10 outbuildings have burned in a wildfire near Satus Pass in south central Washington.Interagency management team spokesman Dale Warriner says there are no reports of injuries. The state Department of Natural Resources says 300 people have been evacuated as the blaze burning along Highway 97 has charred more than 2,000 acres.The DNR says the fire started about noon Wednesday in timber and brush about three miles west of Satus Pass. No cause has been determined.Brooks Memorial State Park is closed. Traffic is disrupted on Highway 97 between Toppenish and Goldendale.The state took over management of the fire Thursday and ordered 65 engines and water tenders to the scene. Fire managers are operating from the county fairgrounds in Goldendale.last_img read more

Two officers on leave after Fridays fatal shooting

first_imgA community corrections specialist with the Washington Department of Corrections is on paid administrative leave following Friday’s officer-involved shooting in Vancouver, the agency’s spokesman Chad Lewis said.A veteran Vancouver police detective is also on paid leave pending the completion of the investigation into the incident, which resulted in the death of Jesse John France Jr., 29, of Vancouver.Putting officers on paid leave is standard practice for law enforcement agencies after an officer-involved shooting. Neither officer’s name has been released.Just before 11 a.m. Friday, officers searching for France attempted to talk to him at the Addison Apartments, 7531 N.E. 18th St. in the Ogden neighborhood, according to a police bulletin. France rammed the officers’ unmarked police vehicle with the vehicle he was driving, police said. The situation then “was escalated” and police fired at France, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. France was an ex-convict wanted for failing to check in with his community corrections officer, according to the Washington State Department of Corrections.last_img read more

Man dies after train hits him on Portland bridge

first_imgPORTLAND– Portland police say an 18-year-old man died after a train hit him on a bridge and pushed him into the Willamette River.Sgt. Pete Simpson says officer first responded to reports of the collision on the St. Johns Bridge around 11:15 p.m. on Friday. When officers arrived, they found the man in the water near the shore.Simpson says officers pulled the man out of the water and attempted resuscitation, but were unsuccessful.An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.last_img

Data breaches and online security

first_img(Photo by Sarah Yu/KTOO)It’s become too common. Reports of a data breach that leaves thousands or millions of consumers vulnerable to identity theft, fraud or other types of scams. But what can you do to keep your personal information safe when online commerce is every day business?Listen HereHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Davyn Williams – consumer protection attorney-Alaska Dept. of lawChuck Harwood – regional director-Federal Trade CommissionStatewide callers Additional (site to help victims of identity theft exercise their legal rights and report to law enforcement that they have been victims; operated by FTC)  (how to place an identity theft fraud alert on a credit report, from FTC) (State of Alaska page describing Alaska credit report security freeze law and breach notification law) (A chart/ summary of state security freeze (National Conference of State Legislatures)Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Vice President lauds Tamil Nadu for being medical hub of the

first_imgChennai: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asserted that Tamil Nadu is the medical destination of the country and its credibility as a trusted medical centre holds great significance. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of MGM Hospital here. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit was also present at the event. “Medical tourism in India is good, particularly in Chennai. The city attracts a good number of international patients. Tamil Nadu is the state which is moving forward in everything it has something special,” the Vice President said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Tamil Nadu average is above the national average in the health sector. Health care should be affordable. A public-private partnership should be a model,” he added. The Vice President also appealed to the hospitals to adopt a government school to give preventive health care and to create more awareness among students. “I appeal to every hospital to adopt a government school and visit and advice students to give preventive health care and communicate awareness on communicable diseases,” he said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said, “Tamil Nadu is the hub for medical services in India. 15 lakh patients come to the state for health care.” “Today we are witnessing widespread changes in lifestyle and the emergence of new diseases. If malnutrition is a problem then pollution too is an issue. It is important to fight against the common enemy which is a disease,” he added.last_img read more

Desperate search for 12 young footballers trapped in Thailand cave

first_imgThai rescue personnel carry oxygen tanks inside Tham Luang cave to conduct operations to find the missing members of the children`s football team along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on 26 June 2018. Photo: AFP Desperate search for 12 young footballers trapped in Thailand caveDesperate parents led a prayer ceremony outside a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 children have been trapped for days as Navy rescue divers packing food rations resumed their search Tuesday.Hundreds of people have been mobilised to find the young football team and their coach who went into the cave on Saturday and were trapped when heavy rains are believed to have flooded the cave’s main entrance.Anxious relatives camped out at the cave near the border with Myanmar and Laos praying for the children’s safe return.”My child, I’m here to get you now,” one crying parent said, according to footage from local media.Another wailing mother screamed: “Come home my child!”.The children, aged between 11 and 16, are believed to have retreated further into the cave as monsoon rains fell and flooded the cave, believed to be several kilometres (miles) long.Park officials, police and soldiers were dispatched on foot, while an aerial team was also being prepped to scour the scene, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.Navy SEAL divers equipped with oxygen tanks and food rations entered the cave early Tuesday in northern Chiang Rai province, where light rains continued to fall.”Our team in the area went inside the cave early morning and will continue to walk to the cave’s end,” Thai Navy SEAL said on its Facebook page.Information coming out of the area was spotty with cellphone signals blocked inside the cave, and the Navy urged patience from the public as it searched for the children and their coach.An underwater robot is set to be dispatched later Tuesday to help survey the Tham Luang cave, a popular site among local tourists.”We will bring the underwater robot to help survey the area to know how big and how deep the cave is to help the diver,” said Sawangtit Srikitsuwan, an aerospace and marine engineer at Bangkok’s King Mongkut’s University of Technology.Rescuers found bicycles and a motorbike at the entrance of the cave Monday, and divers said they spotted footprints in one of the cave’s chambers.Heavy rains are common in the area during Thailand’s monsoon season from May to October, with flooding and landslides routinely reported.last_img

Unofficial Minecraft port appears for Nintendo DS

first_imgNintendo has managed to lock the 3DS up pretty tight from hackers and homebrew developers for the moment, but the Japanese company’s previous generation handheld the DS was a hive of homebrew development activity. In fact “was” is the wrong word as this latest project shows it still is a platform being targeted by indie forum member Smealum has started a thread about his latest project: a port of Minecraft to the DS. It’s far from complete, but screenshots and the video you see above show that the game has already got the basics in place and shows a lot of promise.Smealum states that he already has a basic version of the Minecraft Classic game in place, but you are unable to save state. So while you can’t save what’s being manipulated in-game, you can generate terrain and move around it with collision detection working, as well as stream in a map from a file with size of up to 1024 x 1024 tiles (that’s big).Work is continuing with the main focus at the moment being level generation code. Smealum also wants to find a better way to make mountains look “less like aztec pyramids” and a nice way of generating caves.Unfortunately, this is homebrew and very unofficial, so if you want to play the finished game don’t expect to be ordering it from your local game store. However, if Smealum does a good job there’s no reason Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft wouldn’t show an interest and take a more official route to get the game on DS and available for us all to buy.Read more at, via TinyCartridgelast_img read more