India vs Australia: Zaheer Khan backs Umesh Yadav ahead of Ishant Sharma for 1st Test

first_imgThere is a lot of hype around the Indian pace unit as Virat Kohli’s visiting team take on Australia in the first of a four-match Test series, starting December 6 in Adelaide.With as many as five fast bowlers in the squad, Kohli and the team management have a selection headache to deal with in the lead up to the opening Test.Meanwhile, former India pacer Zaheer Khan has an advice for the think tank days ahead of the much-anticipated series opener.The 40-year-old has backed Umesh Yadav to play in Adelaide ahead of seasoned campaigner Ishant Sharma, who found fame taming the Australian batsmen in the 2007-08 tour.Like a lot of other experts, Zaheer is not tempted to chose Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his batting skills, considering the conditions Down Under that may not suit the Meerut pacer’s style.”I think [Jasprit] Bumrah, Umesh and [Mohammed] Shami should play in the first Test. No doubt we have seen a lot of improvement in Ishant’s bowling and he has experience of playing there as well. But I think if these three play, it would be good for India,” Zaheer told India Today.In the only tour game in Australia before the four-Test series kicks off, Indian bowlers conceded 544 runs against Cricket Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, Zaheer does not read too much into the tour game scoresheet and rates India’s bowling resources at par with Australian battery comprising of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Nathan Lyon.”If you compare the two sides, the bowling sides of the two teams are even. But India’s batting looks stronger, taking into consideration experience and other factors. I think India has a very good chance to win the Australia series,” the left-arm pacer said.’Virat has done exceedingly well, he will deliver again’advertisement Virat Kohli will be key to India’s chances of posting big totals Down Under (AP Photo)Zaheer, who rolled his arm over in the T10 League in Sharjah, wants the Indian batsmen to set the foundation for the bowling unit that consistently picked 20 wickets in Test matches in South Africa and England earlier this year.”I think it’s a good chance if the batsmen can give a platform to the bowlers by scoring 350-400 runs when they bat first or try and get better than the opposition while batting second. If that happens, then I think the bowling has that ability because a lot of them have been there before. So they are capable of putting pressure on Australia.”India are looking for an unprecedented series win Down Under and in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Kohli’s men are being billed as favourites to create history.”Virat has done exceedingly well of late and he will deliver again. Like I said earlier, India have a very good chance to win this time,” Zaheer added.Also Read | Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the needAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso see:last_img read more

Video: LSU Football Responds To Florida’s “DBU” Claim, Releases “LSU is DBU” Video

first_imgLSU Tigers huddle before gameBATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Over the last week or so, Florida and LSU’s football programs have been arguing on social media over which program is the rightful “D.B.U” – the true home of elite defensive backs. The Gators released a “D.B.U” hype video and players from the two programs spatted on Twitter. The Tigers have responded with a video of their own. Check out this “LSU is DBU” video released by LSU’s video production team this afternoon. It’s pretty great. LSU is DBU from LSU Football on Vimeo.last_img read more

Algoma Adds Second SeawayMax Equinox Bulker

first_imgzoom Canadian provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation has taken delivery of the Algoma Sault, its second seaway-max Equinox Class self-unloading bulk carrier, from Yangzijiang Shipyard in China.The 48,200 cbm vessel departed the shipyard on February 3, 2018, and is expected to arrive in late March.Algoma Sault will be available for service in the upcoming navigation season, Algoma said.The Tuvalu-flagged ship will be the seventh Equinox Class vessel to join Algoma’s domestic dry bulk fleet, which now includes four gearless bulkers and three self-unloaders. Five additional vessels are under development contracts.In 2017, the company added to its fleet the Algoma Niagara, the first vessel from the seaway-max Equinox Class batch.“The addition of the Algoma Sault to our domestic fleet will further strengthen our position on the Great Lakes and we look forward to her arrival,” Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO of Algoma, commented. “The Algoma Sault is the second Equinox Class 740-foot self-unloader to be delivered and she will join her sister ship, the Algoma Niagara, in operations this spring,” Soerensen added.In addition to the two new 740-foot self-unloaders, the Algoma Conveyer, which the company acquired in 2017 at auction from the failed Nantong Mingde shipyard, is undergoing refurbishment and final construction at the shipyard. The vessel is expected to be completed and delivered in early 2019.Algoma Central Corporation operates a fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway and also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets. The company has begun an expansion into international short-sea markets through its 50% interest in NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers and NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers.last_img read more

Trudeau expects cannabis supply shortages to be fixed within a year

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis has been the supply shortage — but he expects it to disappear within a year.In an end-of-year interview with The Canadian Press Friday, Trudeau predicted the problem would be resolved “during the coming months and perhaps the coming year.” He noted the scarcity of cannabis was most pronounced in Ontario and Quebec.Trudeau said he remains unhappy with Quebec legislation introduced this month that would raise the legal age for cannabis consumption to 21 from 18.The province’s restrictive approach could prevent it from attaining one of the chief objectives of legalization, in particular curbing organized crime, he said.“If young people aged 18 to 21 are forced to buy pot from criminals, it will not help us eliminate the black market,” Trudeau said.Rather, he continued, it will sustain “a black market that is going to sell to 18-to-21-year-olds, but that is also maybe going to sell to youth of 17 or 16.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

National Film Board Launches Indigenous Cinema Platform

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Spanning both short and feature-length movies produced from 1968 to 2017, the collection includes entries from contemporary artists, writers and filmmakers such as Kent Monkman, Duane Linklater, Katherena Vermette, Drew Hayden Taylor, Michelle Latimer, Tracey Deer and Jeff Barnaby.Titles from this collection have been featured in the NFB’s #Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake) Indigenous cinema series, which has hosted 700 community screenings across Canada since its launch in April 2017.Other commitments in the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan include efforts to achieve workforce equity, cultural-competency training for all staff, and allocating a minimum of 15 per cent of its overall production spending to Indigenous-directed projects. Advertisement The National Film Board of Canada has launched Indigenous Cinema, a website that offers free streaming of more than 200 titles by Indigenous directors.The website is part of the NFB’s three-year Indigenous Action Plan and will also feature playlists and filmmaker biographies.Films available to stream include Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell’s You Are on Indian Land, Alanis Obomsawin’s Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance and Gil Cardinal’s autobiographical Foster Child. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Rosy suspects sabotage of street lights during demo

“It was brought to my notice that the street lights around the Liberty Roundabout failed to come on at the usual time this evening, leaving this important and busy intersection in complete darkness. I immediately despatched a team to check on this and had the lights manually switched on,” Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake tweeted.Senanayake said that there was evidence of sabotage with the obvious purpose of disrupting the well attended protest demonstration held by civil society groups at the roundabout. It was noted during the protest that the street lights had not been turned on at the usual time in the area this evening forcing the protest to continue in darkness. “This not only placed in grave danger the lives of the demonstrators but also that of other pedestrians at this busy intersection and must be deplored by all civic minded citizens. I have instituted steps to ensure there is no repetition,” she said.She also said that an inquiry into this matter will be commenced immediately and severe consequences meted out to anyone implicated in the sabotage. (Colombo Gazette) Groundviews tweeted images of a demonstration staged at the Liberty Roundabout this evening calling for Parliament to be reconvened early to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the country. Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has raised suspicions of sabotage during a protest at the Liberty Roundabout this evening.It was brought to her notice that street lights around the Liberty Roundabout failed to come on at the usual time this evening. read more

Philippines UN and partners call for additional funding for posttyphoon recovery

“Typhoon Pablo was the most deadly storm globally in 2012, and reportedly the most powerful storm to hit southern Mindanao in more than 100 years,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines Luiza Carvalho said at the launch of the revised appeal in Manila, referring to the typhoon by its local name. The “Revised Typhoon Bopha/Pablo Response – An Action Plan for Recovery” seeks $76 million – a 17 per cent increase from the $65 million requested on 10 December at the onset of the disaster. The revised plan outlines how the humanitarian community, in support of Government response efforts, will continue to provide life-saving assistance and recovery support to more than 920,000 people in Mindanao over the next six months. Major humanitarian needs include shelter, early recovery and livelihoods, food security and agriculture, and water, sanitation and hygiene.To date, $27 million has been contributed towards the appeal, leaving a funding gap of $48 million, states a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “I am deeply thankful to donors for their contributions so far, in particular in this difficult economic climate, and with so many crises around the world demanding our attention,” said Ms. Carvalho. “However, we need much stronger support if we are to meet the basic needs of those affected, and to help them on the road to recovery.”Over 6.2 million people have been affected and close to 850,000 remain displaced. More than 210,000 houses, vital public infrastructure, and vast tracts of agricultural land have been severely damaged or destroyed. More than 1,060 lives were lost, and over 800 others are still missing.The UN and the wider humanitarian community have provided assistance to tens of thousands of people, including life-saving food aid, emergency shelter, water and hygiene kits to minimize the risk of disease outbreaks, said Ms. Carvalho. Cash-for-work programmes are also being implemented in communities to empower people to support their families.“However, the magnitude of this disaster demands more, and the funding and resources we have at present are not commensurate with the needs that we must meet,” she stated. read more

England gets newest mountain as Lake District hill reclassified

“We can confirm that we will be updating our maps to show a spot height of 610m for Miller Moss. “This magic figure of 610m will now give Miller Moss mountain status and becomes another Great British mountain summit for outdoor enthusiasts to reach this summer.” Mr Barnard, who lives in Mold, North Wales, has been an avid walker since his twenties, but alongside Jackson only started measuring hills in 2006.  England has registered its newest mountain after two adventurers scaled a “nondescript bump” in the Lake District.Keen mountaineers John Barnard, 69, and Graham Jackson, 68, have helped Miller Moss in the Northern Fells become the 446th mountain listed in Anne and John Nuttalls’ books ‘The Mountains of England and Wales’.The former work colleagues have been climbing Britain’s biggest hills for over a decade in the hope of reclassifying them as mountains, and are now responsible for 30 alterations to the Ordnance Survey’s Land Ranger and Explorer maps.The recognised threshold for when a hill becomes a mountain is 609.6m (2000ft).–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The men decided to check the measurements at Miller Moss after noticing it was marked on OS maps as being 609m. After eight hours of measurements using a sophisticated GPS worth £3,700 , the men discovered it actually measured at 610.1m.Mr Jackson, who studied chemistry at Corpus Christi, Oxford, and now lives in Chester, said: “It’s a great feeling.”There is a degree of elation. It’s great – we’ve got something changed.“We’re always pleased,” said Barnard, who worked with Jackson at Imperial Chemical Industries for many years. “It’s nice to do this. A lot of the time you go up, spend hours there, come down and nothing has changed, so to get a result like this is great. Having said that, it is a bit of a nondescript bump,” he added.  He said: “It started off slowly, but now we’ve made it our passion.“Our first reclassification was called Birks Fell, in Yorkshire. We found that to be over 2000ft, where before it was just under.“Ordnance Survey measure hills and mountains by flying a plane over and taking photographs, a process called photogrammetry,” he added.”They can then use those to make a 3D model and measure heights from that but it only gives an accuracy of plus or minus three metres, so anything classified between 606m and 612m is always of interest.” He added: “We have done several hundred now, in England, Scotland and Wales, but we have only had around 30 reclassified. The OS data is very good.”A spokesman for the Ordnance Survey said: “We have been working with John and Graham for several years and have supported them in verifying their survey results for many summits across Great Britain. “As the national mapping agency OS maintains the geospatial database for Great Britain and it is our role to ensure that any changes are checked and verified. 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. read more

Dublin property prices up 106 per cent as cash sales increase

first_imgUpdated 1:43 pmHOUSE PRICE RISES in Dublin have reached double-digit levels with property prices in the capital now 10.6 per cent higher than a year ago.Prices are up by 2.8 per cent nationally as Dublin continues to outpace the rest of the country in the upward trend.The Central Statistics Office’s residential property price index showed that prices were up on  a monthly basis by 0.9 per cent in August, marking the fifth consecutive month of increase.The 2.8 per cent yearly rise is in stark contrast to the 11.8 per cent decrease seen in the year to August 2012.The growth in the property market could be driven by cash-only buyers with new research showing that cash sales now account for 57 per cent of all residential property transactions.Property experts Savills Ireland said today cash sales are being driven by a mix of private investors seeking alternatives to poorly performing deposits, cash-rich international buyers and institutional investors who have snapped up 2,000 housing units since the beginning of 2012.The figures are for the first half of this year and are based on analysis of figures from the Irish Banking Federation, the Property Price Register and Savills’ own residential branch network.Cash salesJohn McCartney, economist and director of research at Savills Ireland said cash sales have helped to drive house prices up, particularly in Dublin. McCartney warned that cash buyers could actually be crowding out the more traditional mortgaged buyer. He said:Our intelligence is that many mortgage-approved homebuyers are being frustrated in their attempts to buy.  This is because, faced with a choice of bids from cash and debt-financed buyers, vendors will tend to opt for the convenience and the certainty of cash.Speaking about the 57 per cent of all residential purchases in the first half of this year being cash-only purchases, he said it’s up “from fewer than 5 per cent in 2010. When one considers that many of the remaining mortgaged purchasers are buying at relatively low loan-to-value ratios, cash is very clearly a dominant factor in the market at present”.Two years ago, mortgage draw-downs were running at around 90 per cent of total mortgage approvals, he said, adding that the figure has fallen to just 65 per cent, as buyers with ready-to-go finance are experiencing difficulty closing deals. Savills predicts that cash-buys will fall over the next 12-18 months.Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Turns out there are savings of up to €362 to be had in the home insurance market>Read: Government called on to address housing shortage in Budget 2014>last_img read more

Pro Clubs Join Forces For The Green Sports Alliance

first_imgWe’ve seen plenty of professional sports teams getting in on the green movement, and now several clubs have joined forces to form what’s being called the Green Sports Alliance.The Alliance consists of six different professional clubs all located in the Pacific Northwest: the Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Storm. The non-profit organization was formed with the goal of reducing the environmental impact of pro sports, through collaborations with partners like the EPA as well as fan involvement.For the past year the teams have been sharing information with regards to club and stadium operations, and will continue to do so in the future through quarterly reports.“EPA commends the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance for recognizing the importance of protecting the environment and stepping up their green game,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. “We thank them for their commitment to protecting our health and the environment. We hope that their efforts and the work toward environmental innovation will inspire their many fans and fellow teams to make choices that protect our people and our planet.”Via USA Todaylast_img read more

Video comparison Google Voice vs Siri

first_imgSiri is a very powerful voice recognition platform, no doubt. It has become a beacon for a form of technology that has been toyed with for decades but never really put to any significant use. However, it may not be the most powerful mobile voice search tool available to consumers.A video comparison shows that Google’s continually evolving Voice Search tool actually delivers the relevant information that users want in a much more timely and efficient manner than Siri.Sure, Siri might have a bit of sass and tries to be conversational while Google Voice Search is much more reliant on search for specific hard details. It won’t offer much of a reply if you ask it whether or not Google will go out with you. However, if you want to know how to get to a specific restaurant, or are interested in movie showtimes, or even want your phone to know that the default action for all voice searches is just to provide you with the Google search results, then Google Voice might be what you really want.The video is a legitimate demonstration of what should be the most common voice search requests and does show Siri holding its own for many of the tests, but it is slower. However, some of Siri’s quirks come off as unnecessary when you look at it directly side-by-side. For example, one test is the user saying “Hurricane Sandy damage photos.” While Google Voice will pull up the Google results instantly, Siri takes her time telling the user she doesn’t understand what he wants and then asks to confirm whether or not she should just show the Google search results. In the amount of time it takes to do that, someone on Google Voice could already have skimmed through several photos.So while it isn’t necessarily a video to show the failures of Siri, it does reveal that the Apple platform has some clear inefficiencies.via Gizmodolast_img read more

Stanfords nanoscavenger makes contaminated water safe for human use

first_imgThe method used to purify contaminated water varies based on what the water is actually contaminated with. One method that has become popular is the use of nanoparticles, which are added to the water and go about killing any bacteria they come into contact with or attaching themselves to heavy metals or other types of pollutant that can then be removed.These so-called nanoscavengers do a good job of purifying the water, but one problem remains: how to remove them from the water after they’ve finished cleaning it. This is achieved by adding a material to each nanoscavenger that is responsive to magnetism. Typically iron oxide is used, but the success rate of recovering the particles is quite low, to the point where the water remains too contaminated to be used.A team at Stanford University believe they have solved the recovery problem, though. They’ve replaced the iron oxide in each particle with a synthetic material whose two outer layers are magnetic. However, they have opposite magnetic forces.You’d think that would make the particles even harder to extract from the water, but that’s not the case. When a strong permanent magnet is used, the magnetic layers within each particle turn into alignment, creating a very strong attraction to the magnet. The end result is “virtually all” of the nanoscavengers are removed from the water to the point where it is safe for human use. Compare that to the existing iron oxide nanoscavengers that only saw an extraction success rate of around 20 percent.In tests carried out at Stanford, water containing the E.coli bacteria was cleaned with a silver version of this new nanoscavengers in just 20 minutes. Afterwards, it was found that 99.9 percent of the bacteria had been killed and all the nanoscavengers removed.The next stage of the research is to create a nanoscavenger that is capable of clearing lots of different pollutants from water (right now we use different nanoscavengers for different pollutants). That way, it doesn’t matter what contaminants are in the water, this one type of nanoscavenger can be added and sets about cleaning it.last_img read more

Neymars influence grows as Brazil cruise through to last16 meeting with Mexico

first_img Short URL By The42 Team ‘He’s still recovering’ – Belgium’s top marksman Lukaku ruled out of Group G showdown with EnglandSouth Korea celebrated like they had qualified for last 16 as players weren’t told Sweden were cruising Jun 27th 2018, 9:05 PM Source: Chris Brunskill/FantasistaBrazil’s win set up a last-16 meeting with Mexico in Samara on Monday, while it is Switzerland, not Serbia, who will take on Sweden in St Petersburg the following day after drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica.Tite’s side left it late to get past Costa Rica on Friday, but they only had to wait 36 minutes for the opener in Moscow, Paulinho stabbing over Vladimir Stojkovic off a magnificent pass from Philippe Coutinho.It was Paulinho’s eighth goal since Tite took the helm in 2016 and brought his former Corinthians star back into the set-up, with only Neymar and Gabriel Jesus (10) scoring more for Brazil in the same time frame.The Barcelona midfielder was replaced by the more defensive Fernandinho in the 66th minute as Serbia went on the attack in a bid to save their World Cup campaign.But Silva, the former captain who was shunned following Brazil’s failure to lift the World Cup on home soil four years ago, wrapped up the win and kept hopes of an unprecedented sixth title alive.The Selecao started positively, but had to replace Marcelo with Filipe Luis, who only returned from a broken leg last month, in the 10th minute, the Real Madrid left-back grimacing as he hobbled down the tunnel with what was later confirmed to be a back spasm.Jesus proved lively with runs in behind the Serbia defence and his endeavour created a chance for Neymar, whose cross-goal strike was pushed away by Stojkovic.Manchester City striker Jesus was caught on the ankle by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the process, but it did not appear to hinder him when he cut inside of Milos Veljkovic and saw his shot blocked behind by Nikola Milenkovic.Adem Ljajic earned a yellow card for a late challenge on Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain star receiving more rough treatment, and Aleksandar Mitrovic missed the target with an acrobatic attempt in the 34th minute. Source: Getty ImagesThe breakthrough came two minutes later and it went the way of Brazil. Filip Kostic did not track the run of Paulinho, who raced between two defenders and poked Coutinho’s delivery beyond the onrushing Stojkovic.Neymar had a low drive kept out by Stojkovic at the near post after a swift break five minutes into the second period, and Serbia responded by turning up the pressure.Antonio Rukavina, who started in place of the experienced Branislav Ivanovic, saw his shot pushed into the danger area by Alisson and the goalkeeper was relieved to see Silva stop Mitrovic nodding the loose ball home.A speculative cross from Milinkovic-Savic had Alisson scrambling, while Mitrovic headed a cross from Rukavina straight at the feet of the keeper in the 65th minute.Tite replaced Paulinho with Fernandinho as he sought greater stability, but it was Silva, capitalising on shoddy marking from Nemanja Matic, heading home at the near post from Neymar’s left-wing corner two minutes later that truly gave him that.The wind was taken out of Serbia’s sails and Brazil confidently saw out the final stages, Stojkovic doing well to thwart Neymar in stoppage time as the Selecao avoided the humiliating group-stage exit that befell fellow heavyweights and defending champions Germany earlier in the day.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Neymar’s influence grows as Brazil cruise through to last-16 meeting with Mexico Goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva ensured Brazil avoided any drama to advance through as group winners. 12 Comments http://the42.ie/4096089 center_img PAULINHO AND THIAGO Silva earned Brazil a largely comfortable 2-0 victory over Serbia that clinched top spot in World Cup Group E and eliminated Mladen Krstajic’s side. Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 9:05 PM Follow us: the42.ie 20,399 Views Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Millennium coal terminal backers remain confident

first_imgLONGVIEW — Despite a growing tangle of litigation, backers of Millennium Bulk Terminals’ $680 million coal terminal in Longview are still optimistic that the project eventually will get built.In fact, the parent company behind the terminal is pursuing a new strategy to circumvent state regulation and force the project through.The bold new effort comes after a 17-month string of losses dealt by decision-makers dating back to January 2017.That’s when the state denied an aquatic lease for the coal dock. Nine months later, Millennium’s application for a state water quality permit was denied. Most recently, the state Shoreline Hearings Board dismissed Millennium’s appeal of two additional key permit denials.Seven years after the project was first proposed, the battle to build what would be North America’s largest coal export terminal is now proceeding on a dizzying number of fronts, including a federal lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee.The project’s future seems so precarious that county officials last month briefly proposed abandoning a study on the project’s long-term health impacts, although the study is now proceeding.Nevertheless, Millennium’s leaders remain confident they will prevail in a series of state-level legal challenges.“We were always planning on a legal battle,” Millennium President and CEO Bill Chapman said in an interview Friday. Prior to leading Millennium, Chapman spent nearly 30 years advising corporations and municipalities in permitting and environmental compliance matters.last_img read more

Family of five displaced by fire

first_imgA Monday night apartment fire at the Cove at Fisher’s Landing caused damage to two units and displaced a family of five, Vancouver Firefighter Jim Flaherty said.Fire broke out at 7:21 p.m. and firefighters arrived within seven minutes, Flaherty said. The 253-unit complex is at 16506 S.E. 29th St.The fire was in the A9 upstairs apartment. The father and son were home at the time and evacuated. The father suffered second-degree burns on his hands, Flaherty said.The Red Cross was helping the family Monday night.The downstairs apartment sustained smoke and water damage and temporarily displaced a man and his cat, Flaherty said.A child playing with fire in the upstairs unit caused the blaze, according to Flaherty. Damage was estimated at $55,000 to the building and its contents.Names were not available.Twenty-two Vancouver firefighters and one Camas firefighter fought the fire.last_img read more

State energy panel Landuse zone allows oil terminal

first_imgThe site where Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies want to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver is appropriately zoned for such a purpose, the state panel reviewing the proposal decided Tuesday.But that doesn’t mean the companies will be allowed to launch a rail-and-river operation handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day at the Port of Vancouver, according to the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.During its regular public meeting in Olympia that was accessible by telephone, the evaluation council voted 8 to 1 to settle what it described as a very narrow question: Does the city’s heavy industrial zone at the port allow for such uses as the oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro and Savage?And while the evaluation council answered “yes,” it also went to great lengths to point out that the question of whether the companies should actually get to build and operate their project is far from settled.Approval of a narrow land-use consistency matter “does not, by any means, translate into an approval of the proposed project,” Bill Lynch, chairman of the evaluation council, said Tuesday.last_img read more

AK A Petersburg veterinarian floats his clinic to Southeast communities

first_img“Well it’s just the practical matter, cause there’s enough medium sized communities that don’t have veterinarians down here,” Hill said. “And it’s a very large, interesting place to run a boat.”  Hill keeps his 50’ aluminum trawler, the Hallie, in Petersburg’s South Harbor. The Hallie stands out among all the seine boats — she’s obviously not set up for fishing. That’s because about 17 years ago, Hill turned the Hallie into a floating veterinary clinic.  “So they have to put everything down, you know set everything in their life aside, take off of work, and get on a plane or a ferry depending on how critical their pet is,” Rooks said.  Dr. Hill can’t be everywhere at once, but he can be reached by phone from just about anywhere. In addition to the floating clinic, he offers remote consultations year-round.   We either have to jump on a ferry, me and the cat, you know in a kennel and in a vehicle,” Rooks said. “So you know a round-trip ferry costs in the $120 range, plus probably in all likelihood a night in Ketchikan depending on when the vet can fit me in. Or I have to get on an airplane.”  Despite the size restrictions, the operating room supports a wide range of procedures, from dental work to fixing broken bones to even some kinds of surgery. One of Waterways’ clients is Katie Rooks, who lives outside of Klawock, on the eastern side of Prince of Wales Island. Rooks owns a cat named Cora. She says there is intermittent vet service down the road in Craig, but that usually her only option is to get herself and the cat to Ketchikan.  For most pet owners, visits to the vet are nothing special, maybe even something they take for granted. But what if you don’t have access to medical care for your pet? This is a real problem for many people in Southeast Alaska’s remote communities. A problem Dr. Ken Hill has been trying to address for years.  The Hallie is a decent sized boat, but most of that is living space and bunkrooms for the Hill and his crew, Laura Wong-Rose of Petersburg and Linda Buehler, a 3rd year veterinary student at Texas A&M. The actual clinic is in the aft part of the boat, and it’s remarkably small, especially with the operating table folded down .   “We’ve had a great dane on there before, and the front paws were at the bulkhead and the back feet were coming through the door, you know you had to open the door in order to get him in there,” Hill said. From left: Linda Buehler, Ken Hill, and Laura Wong-Rose aboard the M/V Hallie in Petersburg (Photo by Ari Snider, KFSK – Petersburg) Rooks has made the trip to Ketchikan before, but it’s expensive and means taking time off from work. For a lot of people, that’s not always feasible.  Before settling in Petersburg, Hill worked as bush veterinarian, serving remote towns in the Kuskokwim Delta and the Aleutian Islands, among other places. He has also worked on government wildlife research projects involving sea otters, wolves, and moose. No stranger to the ocean, he earned his sea legs as a fisherman working the Bristol Bay salmon run. Basically, if anyone was cut out to run a maritime animal clinic servicing remote Alaska communities, it’s Dr. Hill. He says the boat clinic model is well-suited to Southeast.  Between the regular caseload at the onshore clinic and the frequent phone consultations, it’s been a bit of a challenge finding time to prepare the Hallie for another summer on the water. But the Waterways crew is almost ready for another few weeks of motoring around Southeast, tending to the medical needs of cats, dogs, parrots and even the occasional hedgehog.last_img read more

Kim JongUn killed halfbrother for being a CIA agent says new book

first_imgKim Jong Nam was killed in Malaysia in 2017.AFPThe slain half-brother of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a media report said. Kim Jong Nam, who died after being exposed to VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 2017, collaborated with the US spy agency, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.However, many details of Kim Jong Nam’s relationship with the CIA remained unclear, the journal reported, citing  a person with knowledge of the matter. The journal said that Kim was ‘almost certainly’ in contact with the security services of other countries, particularly China’s.The report also said some US officials doubted if Kim was able to provide secret details regarding North Korea as he lived outside the country.The murder In February 2017, two women poisoned Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with liquid VX, a chemical weapon banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. The women, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, were arrested by Malaysian authorities on charges of ‘voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means’. Upon interrogation, they claimed that they thought they were a part of a TV prank. Huong also claimed that she was instructed by four men who disappeared after the incident. The Malaysian authorities released Siti Aisyah in March and Doan Thi Huong in May.Despite Pyongyang’s denial of its role in the incident, it was widely known that Kim Jong Nam’s murder was an assassination carried out by his half-brother, Kim Jong Un.The North Korean regime is known to have executed many suspected political adversaries. Jang Song Thaek, the young ruler’s uncle and a high-ranking official, was executed in Pyongyang in 2013. Charges including treason and corruption were cited as reasons for his execution.  Kim Jong-un’s executed his uncle Jang Song Thaek in 2013.AFPIn 2018, Jung H. Pak of the Brookings Institute said in a report titled ‘The education of Kim Jong-un” that Kim Jong Nam was most likely murdered on Jong Un’s orders.Kim Jong Nam’s fall from graceKim Jong Nam, the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, was appointed to a senior position in the Ministry of Public Security of North Korea in 1998. However, in 2001, following an incident in which he was arrested in Japan for attempting to visit Tokyo’s Disneyland with his family, his assumed position as the future leader fell apart. Jong Nam was also an outspoken critic of the regime. In a series of emails with the editor of Tokyo Shimbun in 2012, he revealed that the reason behind his expulsion was that was an advocate for reforms. He also said he had been termed a ‘capitalist’ by his father, Jong Il.Following his death, analysts raised concerns that after Kim Jong Nam, his son Kim Han Sol, who is believed to be under US protection, could be the regime’s next target. Han Sol, being the eldest son of Kim Jong Nam, is the direct heir according to the North Korean hierarchical traditions. Lindsey Graham: Kim Jong Un Wont Be Anywhere Much Longer If He Doesnt Make A Deal With Trump IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:58Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … With his current whereabouts unknown, Han Sol who, in his early 20s, is believed to have graduated from the Sciences Po university in France in 2016. Known to have publically criticised the leadership of his uncle and championing Korean reunification, he is considered to be a threat to the North Korean leadership.The CIA papersThe news of Kim Jong Nam’s role as a CIA informant also came a day before the official release of a book that claims the same. In a book titled “The Great Successor,” Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield claimed that Kim Jong Nam usually met his ‘handlers’ in Singapore and Malaysia.The Great Successor by Anna FifieldAmazonThe book also mentioned that in his last trip to Malaysia, the footage from security cameras of a hotel elevator showed him with an “Asian-looking man” who she claims to be a US intelligence agent. Fifield claimed that the $120,000 in cash that Nam was carrying in his backpack could have been the payment in exchange for intelligence-related activities, or earnings from his casino businesses.But the sources WSJ talked to were not certain if Km Jong Nam travelled to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his CIA contact. Closelast_img read more

Sunflares solar cells are so light you can attach them with tape

first_imgYou don’t need to call in a contractor to hang a poster on the wall, and soon the same might be true of hanging solar panels. A Los Angeles-based startup called Sunflare says it has solved that problem with a new type of solar panel that is light and flexible, allowing it to be hung anyplace with just a bit of adhesive.The problem with adding solar panels to existing structures (regardless of how efficient they might be) is that the panels themselves are heavy and need to be installed properly. For example, expensive reinforced scaffolding is often needed on the roofs of homes. Sunflare says its new panels can be put up on the side of a building with nothing more than a 3M sticky tab.It doesn’t even matter if the surface you want to stick these panels to isn’t completely flat. Part of the reason they’re so light is that Sunflare managed to do away with the glass substrate required of other CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) type solar cells. Unlike the traditional silicon crystal panels, these CIGS panels can be manufactured with just a flexible thin film. If an expensive silicone panel bends or gets smacked, it may very well break.Sunflare is also claiming it has improved the efficiency of these panels compared to the silicon variety. They can produce 10% more energy throughout the day thanks to better light absorption in low-light. Sunflare has also reduced glare to boost performance during the hottest part of the day. Plus, the panels are cheaper to produce, bringing them in-line with existing technology. This is a major improvement over past flexible solar panel designs.This all sounds great — maybe too great. Sunflare is a new company making big claims. Time will tell if the claims end up being accurate. It would be neat if you could just duct tape some solar panels to your roof.last_img read more

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