Province Accepting Applications for NonMotorized Moose Hunt

first_imgApplications for the 2010 non-motorized moose hunt in the Pollets Cove-Aspy Fault Wilderness area of Cape Breton will be accepted from 7 a.m., Saturday, July 10, to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 25. Only 20 licences are available. Hunters who have already applied for the general moose draw can enter the lottery for the non-motorized hunt. However, successful applicants can only select one hunt. As part of changes to wildlife regulations announced in June, the trial hunt will have minimal impact on the sensitive natural landscape and gauge interest before the schedule ban of motorized vehicles in the area beginning in 2012. The departments of Natural Resources and Environment are working with the Mi’kmaq and provincial stakeholders to achieve a successful transition to a viable moose hunt that avoids the significant safety and environmental risks associated with the use of off-highway vehicles in this area. This trial hunt is designed to reduce human impact in the area which is consistent with the objectives of designated wilderness areas. The hunt will run from Monday, Sept. 20, to Saturday, Sept. 25 and resume on Monday, Oct. 11, ending on Saturday, Oct. 16. Successful applicants can hunt during both weeks. The extremely rugged terrain, steep slopes and potentially long travel distances will be physically demanding on participants and hunters should consider this before applying. Non-motorized hunts for large game are conducted in other jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. where guides and hunting parties operate from remote camps and utilize pack horses, wheeled carts and backpacks to transport equipment and game over difficult terrain. Applications for the hunt are available by calling 1-900-565-3337. The application fee is $7.25 plus HST. For more information, visit or contact a department office.last_img read more

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When Padman Akshay had a ‘tie-faceoff’ with Iron Man

first_imgMumbai: Amidst the “Avengers: Endgame” fever, actor Akshay Kumar unleashed his fan moment by donning a similar tie worn by Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr, who is popular for his role as Iron Man in the superhero franchise. A day after attending the screening of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film, Akshay made a collage of the two actors wearing the Givenchy tie and posted on Instagram on Saturday. Akshay captioned it: “Who wore it (tie) better?” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger He also praised “Avengers: Endgame” by saying: “Endgame is out of this world.” Directed by the Russo brothers, “Avengers: Endgame”, the final chapter from the Avengers franchise, released in India on Friday. The film stars actors Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira and Josh Brolin.last_img read more

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What Wouldve Happened If Nobody Had Gotten Hurt in the NBA This

When Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls’ dervish of a point guard, went down in the 11th game this season, it was the 2012-2013 season all over again. Rose sat out that entire season recovering from a torn ACL and watched his team finish 45-37 and put up a fight against the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. This season was supposed to be different — and now it wasn’t going to be at all.Something else wasn’t different: The Bulls managed to finish above .500 without Rose yet again. That was for a whole host of reasons: the remarkable play of center Joakim Noah, the stellar coaching of Tom Thibodeau and an Eastern conference filled with chum, among others. But Chicago’s record this year also indicates that an injury — even of a star player — doesn’t always ruin a team’s regular season as much as we think it might. Sometimes the replacements are better than replacement level. And sometimes they just don’t swing that many games.The Bulls’ record without Rose is just one anecdote, but this was a busy year for injuries in the NBA. Together, the league’s athletes missed more than 4,900 games to injury, the highest total since the 2008-09 season. Eighteen teams saw more games missed due to player injury than the prior season.For the last two years, I’ve kept a database of every injury in the NBA — what the injury was, who suffered it, how many games he missed, etc. (Odd hobby, I know, but this is what happens when you’re an injury analyst.) The database includes every game missed since the 2008-09 season and includes more than 850 players. After watching such an entertaining yet injury-riddled season this year, I started wondering if that database could tell us whether and how the results would have changed if every player in the league had stayed healthy. Like, really healthy. So healthy that there wasn’t a single injury. Who makes the playoffs then?To create this alternate universe, I put my database to work, simulating an entire season in which games missed because of injury were excluded.1Games missed for personal reasons or suspensions were retained. That meant approximating who took the place of the injured players, using injury listings and minute distributions2I went through every team and tabulated each player’s starter minutes versus bench minutes, and how those minutes changed after injury, when I could. to calculate a total number of minutes played for each player on a team’s roster. An important note: My method only tabulates when players play or don’t play; it doesn’t try to understand how a player’s value is affected if he’s playing through an injury.Then, with FiveThirtyEight’s help, I assigned each player a talent rating using Daniel Myers’s ASPM, a box-score-based performance metric that does the best job of telling us how hypothetical universes play out.3The FiveThirtyEight crew used an ASPM aging curve and came up with “talent” ratings for each player based on an age-adjusted weighted average of his performance this season and over the previous two seasons. Once we weighted those talent ratings by the estimate of minutes played, we had a sense of how good each team would be with all of its players. From there, we simulated a whole new season using the 2013-14 NBA schedule, and compared the injury-free hypothetical reality to the actual season.All that left us with what could have been, but almost certainly can never be. As you read the divisional breakdowns below, it’s important to remember that this alternate reality is not a glimpse into how a team would have improved or regressed if it never had to play a replacement player. Instead, it’s a holistic portrait of what would have happened to an entire league if no player missed time due to injury. You’ll see that some teams have worse records in the injury-free space (the New York Knicks, the Detroit Pistons, etc.), which might make you think their replacements were in fact better than their starters, even if the starters were healthy. But it’s really because in our alternate reality these teams don’t improve as much as other teams in the league, leading to more losses against full-strength opponents.With all that preamble out of the way, here’s what an injury-free league looks like in each division, and in the overall playoff picture.Eastern ConferenceIt’s easier to make a surprising run to the top of your division when you’re the healthiest team in the league, as the Toronto Raptors were this season. If the Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez hadn’t fractured his right foot’s fifth metatarsal and forwards Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko hadn’t succumbed to back spasms that cost them a combined 45 games, the simulation predicts a healthy Nets team would have flirted with 50 wins. That increases their win total by four games, placing them first in the division. In real life, injuries overextended the minutes of veterans Garnett and Paul Pierce and increased the responsibilities of role players like Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic.Not even a clean bill of health rescues the other teams in the division. The New York Knicks get worse in our alternate reality, not helped by their power forward Andrea Bargnani making up the 40 games he missed. Same for the Boston Celtics and their point guard Rajon Rondo. And the Philadelphia 76ers are hopeless no matter what: Rookie Nerlens Noel4In our simulation, rookies who never played were assigned league-average quality ratings. and shooting guard Jason Richardson, along with several other players, aren’t enough to keep them from finishing with the league’s second-worst record.Not even a healthy Derrick Rose stops the Indiana Pacers’ march to the top of the Central Division. The Bulls’ worse record in our alternate universe doesn’t mean the Bulls would be worse with Rose, but more likely that the rest of the league gets even more of a full-strength bump than Chicago does, leading to 1.6 more losses for the Bulls.The biggest drop in the division comes for the Detroit Pistons, who were the 11th-healthiest team in the league, with players missing 128 games overall. Despite their health, the Pistons still couldn’t win 30 games, and they fare even worse once the rest of the league is healthy, losing 3.5 more games in the simulation. The Milwaukee Bucks were the Eastern Conference team most handicapped by injury this season, with their players missing 318 games, but they gain only an extra 2.7 wins in the simulation. That suggests their roster was never that competitive to begin with. And Cleveland, despite adding 31 games from shooting guard C.J. Miles in the simulation, only records a slight uptick, winning a bit more than an extra game.The Southeast remains the most competitive division in the Eastern Conference when injuries are excluded, but with an even denser grouping among its middle three teams. The team at the top of the division, the Miami Heat, distances itself thanks in part to a healthy Dwyane Wade. Wade’s 28 recovered games help net Miami 4.2 more wins, propelling the Heat to the top of the division and the conference.The middle three teams — Washington, Atlanta, and Charlotte — all clump together, with Atlanta winning an extra game thanks in part to a boost from the return of center Al Horford (53 games missed). Washington and Charlotte, meanwhile, dip. A never-absent Nene doesn’t help Washington much, since in reality the Wizards went 12-9 during the 21 games he wasn’t on the court. Charlotte was the team that most took advantage of an injury-filled NBA, finishing 5.8 wins above its record in the injury-free reality, so some regression to the mean is expected. And the Magic, well, the Magic aren’t notable in either reality.Western ConferenceThe San Antonio Spurs remain the best team in the league, but with a franchise-record breaking 65.7 wins, 3.7 more than they actually had during the regular season. That’s what happens when you get an extra 44 combined games from Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.Houston’s five-man starting unit finished ninth in most minutes played together this season, so it’s not surprising that the Rockets are unaffected by an injury-neutral schedule. The majority of Houston’s injuries occurred to bench players, and a few more games from backup center Omer Asik don’t move the needle.Despite an additional 23 games from a healthy Marc Gasol, Memphis’s record drops a bit, with the Grizzlies losing 3.4 more games than they did in reality. Perhaps it’s because the teams they faced during Gasol’s absence were in poor health, including a James Harden-less Rockets squad, a Brooklyn team without Deron Williams, a New Orleans Pelicans team missing Anthony Davis and a Bulls team lacking Rose. Memphis’s play may improve with Gasol in the lineup (the Grizzlies went 10-13 while he was out) but so, too, do the rosters of the teams they face. That drops them below the Dallas Mavericks, who lose ground (2.2 games) but less of it than Memphis. At the bottom of the division, the New Orleans Pelicans gain the second-most games in the league (5.1), with the help of a full season from Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, a trio that, in reality, played just 15 games together.At the top of the Northwest Division, the Oklahoma City Thunder only get better, winning 3.6 more games with the help of a healthy Russell Westbrook, who missed 36 games this season. Those extra games help put more distance between the Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers, who decline as the league gets healthier. Only Indiana’s starters played more minutes together this season than the Blazers’ starting five.The majority of Minnesota’s injuries didn’t occur until the final weeks of the season and didn’t have a major impact on the Timberwolves’ overall finish. But the team directly behind them in the standings can use injuries as a legitimate excuse for failing to meet expectations. Denver lost more than 130 games to three separate ACL tears, including 82 games from starting small forward Danilo Gallinari. Combine those games with Javale McGee’s tibia fracture and it’s easy to see why the Nuggets finished as the NBA team most affected by injuries. They win 5.4 more games in our injury-free utopia.The Utah Jazz are bad in all realities. The team ranked as one of the healthiest in the league, and it seems the Jazz likely picked up a few wins due to other teams’ injuries — wins that fall away in our simulation.The Los Angeles Clippers remain the elite team in the Pacific and improve their record by two wins with an extra 20 games from Chris Paul. Two wins may seem like a small shift for the return of a player as good as Paul, but the Clippers played well without him (earning a .650 winning percentage), blunting the effects of his loss.Like Portland, Golden State’s starting unit remained largely unscathed for most of the year, which knocks 2.4 wins off their total once the rest of the league becomes as healthy as they were. South 350 miles, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered through a nightmare season, losing player after player to injury with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol (who combined to miss 165 games) and others sitting for significant stretches throughout the year. Yet removing these injuries doesn’t do much for the Lakers’ playoff push. It helps them pass Sacramento in the standings, but they only win 3.7 more games with all their players.The real surprise is in Phoenix, not because the Suns’ record changes much (they gain only 0.1 wins), but because the rest of the league changes just enough that the Suns make the playoffs in an injury-free simulation. The Grizzlies are suddenly left out of the playoff picture, finishing .003 percentage points behind the Mavs for the eighth playoff spot.The Suns are the only team to make the playoffs in the injury-free reality that didn’t in the actual season we just watched. Without injuries, playoff seedings change — it’s Miami, not Indiana that has home court advantage in the East — and as bad as the Eastern Conference was, it’s even worse once the whole league is at full strength. But all in all, very little is different.For the endless talk about how injuries changed the game this season, if the entire league were healthy, the NBA would still look more or less like the NBA as we saw it. It’d just be a bit more entertaining. read more

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Allison Dana and Fallbrook announce strategic tieup in mining transmissions

first_imgAllison Transmission Holdings, Dana Holding Corporation and Fallbrook Technologies have announced the formation of strategic relationships to “develop, manufacture, and commercialise high-efficiency transmissions for passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, and off-highway equipment.” These next-generation transmissions will be designed to increase fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, and improve overall vehicle performance. Fallbrook’s NuVinci CVP technology, which enables designers to reduce the complexity of transmissions, superchargers, and other powertrain systems and allows the engine to operate at more efficient speeds, will be licensed to Allison and Dana.Through its licensing agreement, Allison gains the exclusive right from Fallbrook to utilise its CVP technology to develop and commercialize primary drivetrain transmissions for Allison’s end markets, which could include commercial vehicles, military applications, and certain off-highway and large stationary equipment markets in mining. “As the premier global provider of commercial-duty fully automatic transmissions, Allison is committed to developing and implementing new technologies that meet the market need for improved performance, fuel economy, and durability,” said Lawrence Dewey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allison.“For nearly a century, we have earned the trust of our customers through an unwavering dedication to quality, integrity, and innovation – core values shared by Fallbrook and Dana. Ours is the ideal collaboration for developing new technology optimised for the next generation of commercial-duty vehicles.” Under a separate agreement, Dana will hold an exclusive license from Fallbrook to engineer and produce transmission components and other advanced powertrain solutions with the NuVinci CVP technology for passenger and certain off-highway vehicles in the end markets that Dana serves.For end markets Allison Transmission serves, Dana and Allison have signed a letter of intent to explore a strategic alliance through which Dana would exclusively manufacture transmission components with NuVinci CVP technology for Allison. “Through the launch of these long-term, strategic relationships with Allison and Fallbrook, both recognised innovation leaders, we continue to leverage technology synergies across all the markets we serve – passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle, and off-highway,”  said Roger Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dana. “This technology is a true leap forward in transmission design that highlights our growing portfolio of advanced drivetrain systems and comprehensive vehicle solutions that drive customer value.”Fallbrook’s proprietary NuVinci CVP technology is an award-winning, traction-based class of continuously variable transmission that is scalable and highly adaptable. It controls relationships of speed and torque and is applicable to mechanical devices that have a transmission or can benefit from speed or torque variation. The NuVinci transmission uses a set of rotating balls between the input and output components of a transmission. Tilting the balls changes their contact diameters and varies the speed ratio. Compared to other current transmission technologies, Fallbrook’s analysis indicates that its NuVinci  technology is less complex, scales and packages more easily, costs less to manufacture, and facilitates achieving optimum performance.“Allison and Dana are transmission industry leaders and their investments in and adoption of our NuVinci technology represent a powerful endorsement of its readiness and value for multiple vehicle markets and other powered applications,” said William Klehm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fallbrook. “These strategic relationships will complement our already successful bicycle drivetrain and auxiliary power unit businesses. Additionally, the further adoption of NuVinci technology is consistent with Fallbrook’s growth plans for the commercialisation of accessory drive and other industrial applications.” Full-scale production of off-highway transmissions with NuVinci-equipped components in Dana’s served markets is expected within the next three to five years, while implementation in passenger and commercial vehicles is anticipated before the end of this decade.last_img read more

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Couple Married Over Skype

first_imgIt’s not quite a McDonald’s wedding, but classiness is a subjective thing. Two California residents may have become the first couple ever married via Skype in a ceremony held over the weekend. The whole thing was more than just your standard matrimonial publicity stunt, however–the couple actually opted to tie the knot via Skype after the groom, Samuel Kim, came down with a nasty lung infection and was moved to the isolation ward of a local hospital.Kim refused to tell his fiancée, Helen Oh, when he first started spitting up blood, worried that the whole thing would jeopardize the wedding, with a number of guests flying in from as far away as Korea. After being admitted to the UCI Medical Center in Orange, California, the couple settled on a VoIP-based solution.The 500-odd guests didn’t seem to mind the bizarre circumstances. Says Kim, “Guests said it was inspirational, they really admired my fiance for being able to stand at the altar in the manner that she did, alone and not crying the whole time.”Kim is set to be released from the hospital next week.last_img read more

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The wrestling world reacts to Dusty Rhodes passing today

first_img Luchasaurus talks about how Dusty Rhodes came up with his gimmick, teaming with Jungle Boy WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Pinterest Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood John Oliver Takes On The WWE Google+ WWE comments on passing of Harley Race, Wrestling industry reacts to passing Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Was Vince McMahon Reluctant To Let AJ Styles Join WWE? Numerous wrestlers reacted to the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes today with the following comments on Twitter:Gabe Sapolsky: “Truly a sad day. We lost a legend, one of the greatest ever. Time to mourn, but reflect on and celebrate the memories #ThankYouDusty”Ring of Honor: “We would like to extend our condolences to family, friends and fans of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes on his passing.”AJ Styles: “Truly heartbroken, my prayers go out to the Rhodes family. Dusty was always good to me.”Tommy Dreamer: “Truly heartbroken, my prayers go out to the Rhodes family. Dusty was always good to me.”Samoa Joe: “The Dream will live FOREVER in my heart. Thank you for the wisdom and for always making me smile. The stratosphere is reserved for you.”Adam Pearce: “The Dream will live FOREVER in my heart. Thank you for the wisdom and for always making me smile. The stratosphere is reserved for you.”Matt Hardy: “Terribly saddened to hear about the passing of @WWEDustyRhodes..He changed the biz in so many ways. My thoughts & prayers are w/ his family.”Chris Hero: “Wow. At a loss. Dream was always great to me & I’ll forever cherish the time I was fortunate to have spent listening to him. RIP.”Steve Corino: “Just when you think you’re having a good day. Rest In Peace my friend.”Vader: “Codolences to To Stardust and Goldust@WWE Ur father Dusty Rhodes The American Dream was loved and respected by all”Mick Foley: “My heart goes out to @StardustWWE @Goldust, and all those who loved Dusty Rhodes. I wish I had one more chance to hug him and thank him.”Ted DiBiase Sr.: “Today wrestling world lost a great wrestler and unbelievable entertainer. I lost a good friend. RIP Dusty Rhodes.”Austin Aries: “Very saddened. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dusty Rhodes. He directly and indirectly touched so many lives.”Gail Kim: “I’m in shock hearing about Dusty Rhodes. He always had such great positive energy. Prayers are with his family. Thank you Dusty RIPRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His BloodVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcast Cody Rhodes Stephen Amelllast_img read more

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Sebastien Haller aiming for a France callup

first_imgEintracht Frankfurt forward Sebastien Haller hopes his fine form this season will lead to a maiden call-up to the France squadThe 24-year-old has had a standout campaign in the Bundesliga with nine goals and eight assists in 17 appearances to help Frankfurt to sixth in the standings.Now Haller has his fingers crossed that France coach Didier Deschamps will take notice of his progress in Germany.Although he insists that failing to get a Les Bleus call-up will not affect his performances for Frankfurt this season.“If someday I’m nominated [for France], perfect. If not, then I’ll continue as usual,” Haller told Goal and DAZN.“I can only do my job, keep working, keep scoring. Everything else is out of my hands, because I’m not the coach. But I feel no pressure.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Frenchman also compared new Frankfurt manager Adolf Hütter to his predecessor Niko Kovac, who now coaches Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.“Niko likes to control everything,” Haller said.“He is a fighter who attaches great importance to the physique of his team. You can see that in every training and in every game.“It’s different with Adi. He is more relaxed than Niko. He speaks more with the players and prefers to make the difference with the ball instead of the physical fitness. Both are outstanding coaches who analyze their opponents very well.”Frankfurt are in the USA for the Florida Cup where they will take on Sao Paulo this Friday before wrapping things up on Sunday against Flamengo.last_img read more

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Large Dredge Unlikely In Grantley Harbor This Season

first_imgDNR Meeting in Teller. (Photo: Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM)A massive dredge looking to work the waters near two communities in western Alaska is sparking concerns from subsistence users—and brought the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to villages west of Nome last week, to talk to residents about their concerns.Download Audiothe large gold dredge AU Grabber is unlikely to appear in Grantley Harbor this season, says the Department of Natural Resources, but not guaranteed.A Nome miner, Hank Schimschat, owns the AU Grabber, an 80-foot long barge dredge with an excavator arm, and has submitted a permit to mine in the harbor waters.Jack Kerin is the Natural Resource Manager with DNR. He said, “Specifically DEC has considered the current application to be of a scale that requires an individual permit and that process can take up to a year.”That process would involve providing baseline data for the water’s resources and explaining how the dredging won’t impact subsistence. But all that work might not be necessary.“If the applicant comes in and revises, changes his mining plan, to be something of a scale that these issues can be addressed,” said Kerin, “then it’s possible he could be issued a permit.”Teller, Brevig Mission, and Mary’s Igloo use Grantley Harbor for subsistence activities and have sent a letter to DNR opposing Schimshat’s operation. Many residents are upset DNR is allowing the permit to undergo further review at all.One Teller resident stated: “This is very disturbing that DNR [is] giving them a chance to review their application. First of all, you know, the backhoe is going to disturb our land. So what are they going to come up with, you know? Suction dredges next?”That comment was made at yesterday’s community meeting in Teller where Karin and two other DNR employees addressed community concerns about dredging in Grantley Harbor. Kawerak invited DNR to Teller as part of the corporation’s annual executive session. Many residents from Brevig Mission boated over to attend.Kerin says since the State owns the subsurface of Grantley Harbor, Schimschat has a legal right to apply for a dredging permit and revise his application.Kerin explains, “The person has a legal right to the subsurface of the state, the mineral state, and what we have is the right to ensure that how he accesses it is done in a reasonable manner that doesn’t cause undue disruption to the local community. But he has the right to try to change his application to try to address the concerns raised by the community.”Those concerns surround subsistence. Jolene Okleasik, Teller resident, also attended the meeting and said,“I don’t want it to become like Nome around here. Because if you see lots of dredges, you’ll probably not even see any fish or any wildlife.”Because the waters of Nome, said Teller resident, Joe Garnie, are very different from the waters of Grantley Harbor. While the shallow waters of the Bering Sea are reestablished every year by winter storms, Grantley Harbor is not, making the harbor unable to withstand dredging’s impacts.“Even just the minimal equipment of suction dredges would be very destructive here,” said Garnie. “This is not necessarily self-healing waters with wave action like you have right in the Bering Sea. This is old growth bottom.”Kawerak also invited Graphite One to the meeting to talk about their local mining operations, but no representatives attended.last_img read more

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US Senate bill could cut Alaska ferry funding

first_imgThe ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A federal funding battle could affect the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System.Ferry chief Mike Neussl says formula changes in the U.S. Senate’s version of a transportation bill would reduce the amount of money available to fix Alaska ships.“That’s what repowers the vessels. That’s what does the (capital improvement projects) that the Columbia and fast ferries are undergoing right now,” he told the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board in a Nov. 16 meeting.The funding formula has been based on miles traveled, which puts Alaska at the top of the list. Neussl said the state received about $18 million from the federal government last year.The Senate version puts more emphasis on the number of passengers and vehicles carried. That would put Alaska behind Washington State, which has much higher ferry ridership.A House version would not change the formula. A 41-member conference committee, including Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, will try to negotiate a compromise.Neussl said that the money can’t fill holes in the system’s day-to-day spending.“You can’t take those federal dollars and pay salaries and buy fuel and run the operating budget. It’s for capital projects. It has strings attached,” he said.State funding pays for inspection overhauls needed to keep ferries in compliance with regulations. Neussl said that usually totals about $12 million annually, though only $10 million was allocated for this year.The news comes as the ferry system ties up four of its 11 ships and slashes its schedule due to state budget cuts.Neussl said repair funding is becoming more important as ferries age. That’s led to surprises during routine work.“You go in there, you open up a void, you don’t expect to have to do a lot of work there. [But] you open up and you see we’ve got a lot of work to do; it takes extra time. It probably is going to be late and messes up the schedule and it costs extra money,” he said.The ferry system is making some changes to the schedule it released in October. That’s the one critics say will hurt port communities’ economies, especially tourism, as well as school travel and cultural events.An updated version is expected to be released in December.last_img read more

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With musk oxen attacks seemingly on rise one Nome pet owner calls

first_imgMusk oxen (Photo credit: Bering Land Bridge National Preserve)Over the last five months, multiple sled dogs in Nome were attacked by musk oxen in at least four separate incidents. In October, one of the attacks resulted in the death of a dog, and now, people in the community, including the pet owner, are questioning what can be done to prevent further loss of life.Listen nowLong-time Nome resident Vickie Erickson has become accustomed to dealing with musk oxen near her home in the Icy View neighborhood. Erickson says over the last few years, she has lost four dogs to musk ox attacks:“Our dogs are family; they are not anything other than just family,” Erickson said. “We spend hours a day with them; Mitch walks them two or three hours every night; no matter what the weather, he’s with them. And we’ve tried everything. We’ve tried fences; we’ve tried the dog pens. I saw one Facebook post: ‘well, why didn’t the dumb dog run away?’. Well, you know, there are City rules, and dogs have to be chained, as they should be; they shouldn’t be allowed to run around free. But that makes them, certainly, a target.”During Erickson’s latest encounter with musk oxen on October 3rd, which she described as a traumatic experience, Erickson’s family dog for six years, Bart, was fatally wounded.“I believe it was a Tuesday afternoon, at 4:00 I was at work, and I got a call from my son, saying, ‘hurry, you need to get home, the musk ox are all over our place, and they have attacked our dog Bart and I don’t think she’s going to make it,’” Erickson said.Erickson said she then called Nome Police Department, and the dispatcher told her that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) would send someone to respond to the incident. Nome Fish and Game biologist Bill Dunker recalled that the responding ADF&G employee did not take action against the offending musk ox in this incident.“Of the four instances where we had musk ox that attacked dogs, two of those animals were shot and killed in Defense of Life and Property, one of those animals was removed by the Department, and the fourth animal we were unable to identify, and that animal or those animals in the area did not continue to exhibit aggressive behavior, and so no further action was taken in that instance,” Dunker said.When it comes to killing wild game animals outside of hunting seasons, the Defense of Life and Property or DLP regulations, under Alaska State law, dictate what can and can’t be done.For example, a DLP report must be completed after an animal like a musk ox is killed; then, the meat must be salvaged, and it’s given over to ADF&G, which then donates it to those in need.“In an instance where an animal poses a threat to somebody’s safety or their property, before killing the animal, they take all of their means that are practical in a given situation to deter that animal,” Dunker elaborated. So in the event that all other means, practical, don’t successfully deter that animal, and it continues to pose a threat to public safety, at that point they (the public) can legally harvest or kill that animal.”Dunker said various means used to deter musk oxen in the past have included inflatable bear decoys, water hoses, and rubber bullets. Fish and Game has even experimented with bear-urine-scented wicks. Most of these efforts have proved to be unsuccessful.At the end of the day, the best deterrent Dunker recommends is to use some sort of protection or enclosure for outside dogs, as a barrier between them and musk oxen.“For household pets, a securely anchored, free standing chain-link enclosure would be a good choice for keeping animals safe around your home or something like that, and certainly some type of fencing for larger areas, be it high-tensile or chain-link, those are a couple of good alternatives that people can use to protect their animals,” Dunker said.Before her dog Bart was attacked for the third and final time, Erickson said she and her husband took several preventative steps, including using different types of barriers.“We were out of pens, and fences didn’t hold them out, pens didn’t hold them out, and this time, Mitch had put a bunch of equipment — it looks terrible down there, he put a Jeep down there, we had connex vans, the green house, a smoker, an outhouse, four-wheelers, snow machines — all around these dogs, just trying to make some kind of barrier. And one (musk ox) got in, and that was all she wrote,” Erickson said.Musk oxen tend to attack dogs because they perceive dogs as wolves, but during the fall season, when musk oxen are in their rut, Dunker says they are typically even more aggressive.When asked why these fatal encounters between dogs and musk oxen have been happening more frequently summer after summer in Nome, Dunker said he could not speculate on that.Wildlife Trooper Maggie Stang with Alaska State Troopers in Nome sometimes responds to musk oxen incidents on her own or alongside Fish and Game employees. She has observed musk oxen blocking portions of the runway at the local airport, and in one incident this summer, a bear killed a musk ox on the runway, which created an obstacle for aircraft. Stang believes musk oxen could also be a threat to human lives in situations like these, not just out in Icy View.Erickson says she knows people, including herself, who have been threatened and charged by a musk ox before. She suggests that further action be taken, like removing all of the musk oxen from within Nome city limits, before a musk ox claims human lives as well.“I’m so upset about the loss of my dog that I really don’t care if they are herded out, airlifted out, or otherwise,” Erickson said. “I don’t think they should be allowed to be so well protected within the City limits that they put everybody else at risk. For me, next year I think I’m going to take the Women on Target class and become very familiar with using my gun, and do the best I can to protect myself on my walks and my last remaining dog I have.”So far, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has not proposed any further action regarding the regulation of musk oxen interactions with people and property.Erickson says for now, she and her family won’t adopt any more dogs in order to prevent more animals from being killed by musk oxen.last_img read more

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first_imgA woman takes a picture of an installation set up by a global civic organization Avaaz ahead of the EU council meeting in Brussels on 28 May, 2018. 4500 shoes representing every life lost in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2009 have been displayed ahead of the EU Foreign ministers meeting. Photo : AFPThe United States will “unquestionably veto” a UN draft resolution calling for the protection of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, US ambassador Nikki Haley said on the eve of a Security Council vote on Friday.Haley described the text put forward by Kuwait on behalf of Arab countries as a “grossly one-sided approach that is morally bankrupt and would only serve to undermine ongoing efforts toward peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”The vote is scheduled for 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Friday.The United States circulated its own rival draft resolution blaming Hamas for the recent flare-up in Gaza and demanding that Hamas and Islamic Jihad “cease all violent activity and provocative actions, including along the boundary fence”, according to the text seen by AFP.It was unclear whether there would be a vote on the US text, which could fail to garner enough support.Kuwait presented its draft two weeks ago, initially calling for an international protection mission for the Palestinians as protests turned violent on the Israeli-Gaza border.At least 122 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the unrest since the end of March.A final, watered-down version however urges “the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection” of Palestinian civilians and requests a report from secretary-general Antonio Guterres on a possible “international protection mechanism.””The United States will unquestionably veto Kuwait’s draft resolution,” Haley said in a statement.It would be the second time that Haley has resorted to US veto power to block a UN measure on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In December, Haley vetoed a measure that rejected president Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem after all 14 other council members supported it.Deadlock at the UNThe council has been deadlocked for weeks over how to respond to the violence in the Gaza Strip — even as a UN envoy warned this week that the crisis could escalate into all-out war.”The resolution calls on Israel to immediately cease its actions in self-defense, but makes no mention of Hamas’ aggressive actions against Israeli security forces and civilians,” Haley said in a statement.She also delivered a blunt warning to European countries and other council members that choosing to “vote in favor of this resolution will clarify their own lack of fitness to take part in any credible negotiations between the two parties.”The UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, this week warned the Security Council that Gaza was “close to the brink of war” following a serious escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled enclave.An exchange of fire on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday began with a barrage of rocket and mortars into Israel from Gaza, prompting Israel to respond with strikes on 65 militant sites in the Gaza Strip.It was the worst flare-up since the 2014 war in Gaza.Diplomats have said the Palestinians may turn to the UN General Assembly to win support for the measure if the vote fails at the Security Council as expected.A draft resolution requires nine votes to be adopted in the 15-member council and no veto from the five permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.last_img read more

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first_imgCyril Ramaphosa delivers a speech during his inauguration as South African President, at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, on 25 May, 2019. Photo: AFPCyril Ramaphosa vowed a “new era” Saturday after he was sworn in as president of South Africa at a colourful ceremony in the capital, as he looks to revitalise his push revive the economy and fight corruption.Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries were among 36,000 people who witnessed the event replete with pomp, military honours and an airforce flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria.Ramaphosa, who became president last year through internal politics in his African National Congress (ANC) party and won a popular mandate in elections on 8 May, faces an uphill battle to drive through reforms in a country suffering from chronic jobless rates, inequality, crime and endemic corruption.”A new era has dawned in our country. A brighter day is rising upon South Africa,” said Ramaphosa, promising that the nation was beginning “a new era of hope and renewal”.”This is a defining moment for a young nation like ours. It is a time for us to make the future that we yearn for,” added the 66-year-old.The former trade unionist played a prominent part in the struggle to end white-minority rule — at one point seen as a protege of Nelson Mandela — before becoming a successful businessman and served as vice president to former president Jacob Zuma.Ramaphosa vowed to root out corruption as he took power last year when the ANC forced scandal-plagued Zuma to resign after nine years in office.On Saturday he pledged “to build the South Africa that we all want and deserve.”Let us forge a compact for an efficient, capable and ethical state, a state that is free from corruption.”Ramaphosa faces a herculean task to tackle the country’s many problems — from a sickly economy, in which more than a quarter of the workforce is jobless, to land ownership that remains overwhelmingly in the hands of whites.Many solutions will require him to inch his way along a high wire, balancing leftwing calls for radical change with investors’ demands for caution.Corruption scandals and the country’s economic struggles have also dented the support for the ANC.The party won 57.5 per cent of the vote on 8 May, its weakest result since apartheid was overturned 25 years ago.- Cabinet tensions -Main opposition Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said he wanted to work with Ramaphosa to improve the lives of South Africans.”Today is a historic day in South Africa, the people of this country… have spoken, now the job that we have to make sure we do is build the reforms.”I will work with the president when he supports the people of this country but when he puts the ANC first I will not be there,” Maimane told reporters.Ramaphosa’s first test will be choosing a cabinet — a task beset by rival factions within the ANC.He is expected to name his new team within days, but the choice of vice president hangs in the balance after deputy David Mabuza said Wednesday he would defer taking his seat in parliament.An ANC integrity commission report has alleged that Mabuza — the party’s No. 2 — “prejudiced the integrity of the ANC and brought the organisation into disrepute”.Maimane called for a smaller cabinet and “not to have criminals in it”.- Zuma a no-show -Breaking with tradition Ramaphosa’s swearing-in ceremony was moved from the amphitheatre of the Union Buildings — the seat of government, where Mandela was inaugurated as the country’s first black president in 1994.All other leaders after Mandela have taken their oaths at the Union Buildings, whose grounds can accommodate only up to 4,500 people.But this year the event was moved to the 52,000-seater Loftus Versfeld stadium to allow more people to attend.Foreign leaders present included Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s new leader Felix Tshisekedi.All of the country’s living former presidents were at the ceremony except for Zuma, who on Friday attended a court hearing on corruption charges in the southeastern city of Pietermaritzburg.He told supporters afterwards he was too busy to go to Pretoria for Ramaphosa’s inauguration.”There is no time. I am fighting to stay out of jail,” Zuma said.More than 2,500 police were deployed for security, while a battalion of soldiers performed ceremonial parades inside the stadium. The airforce put a spectacular aerobatics display overhead.last_img read more

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WATCH Deputy Never Entered Building During Florida School Massacre

first_img Share Security video shows a Florida sheriff’s deputy go toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but he stayed outside with his handgun drawn.The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released the video Thursday showing Deputy Scot Peterson’s actions during the Feb. 14 shooting. It shows him and a staff member rushing toward the building in a cart. He pulls his weapon and takes up a position outside the building.During much of the shooting, the camera’s view of Peterson is blocked by a light pole but parts of him occasionally appear. He never went inside.Sheriff Scott Israel blasted Peterson eight days after the shooting, saying Peterson should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”The 54-year-old deputy retired rather than accept a suspension. He is still being investigated by internal affairs.Peterson has denied wrongdoing. In a statement issued through his lawyer shortly after his retirement, he said he thought the shots were being fired from outside the school. The video released Thursday did not have sound.But in radio transmissions released last week it appears the 32-year veteran deputy knew almost immediately they were coming from inside the freshman building.The sheriff’s office said in a statement, “The video speaks for itself.”A Florida judge earlier this week agreed with news outlets including The Associated Press that the video should be released.Police and school officials had resisted the release, saying it was evidence in an active investigation. Video of what happened inside the school was not released.Nikolas Cruz, 19, faces 34 murder and attempted murder charges in the attack and a judge entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf Wednesday as students across the nation walked out of school to protest gun violence.His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill, reiterated that Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors waived the death penalty, which they refused to do.While Cruz sat in the courtroom, more details of the shooting emerged as the Coral Springs Police Department released recordings of 911 calls and police radio traffic.In the recordings, students and dispatchers were uncertain about the shooter’s location and how to hide from him.Some were frightened the gunman would return to their location when asked if they could perform CPR on the wounded.“Please, please, please, there are people here. They are bleeding. They are all going to die,” a teenage girl calling from classroom 1216 said through tears and heavy breathing. “There’s a lot of people around us that are injured, people that are injured, people that are bleeding. He is upstairs now.”A teacher from room 1216 also called for help and told the 911 operator that a student had been hit in the chest, and wasn’t breathing.“He’s twitching. There’s blood all over,” she said.The police radio recordings showed that the Coral Springs police officers were the first to enter the school building after confirming that Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies had not gone in.As they cleared each of the building’s three floors, the officers described seeing shell casings on the floor and bullet holes in the windows.They warned that the suspect may have changed clothes after they reported finding a camouflaged jacket, ski mask and backpack on the first floor.On the third floor, officers said they found an AR-15 with a magazine still attached.The officers found wounded victims and bodies, and they prioritized evacuating the wounded before allowing other students and teachers to leave. On the third floor, they said they shattered windows in some locked classroom doors because terrified students would not open doors.Cruz was arrested a few blocks away from the school.last_img read more

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NASAs First Female Engineer In Mission Control Talks Apollo 11 And Sexism

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /13:48 Listen Here are some of Northcutt’s most memorable quotes from the interview:On completing a space mission:“The mission is not successful until they [land] and they’re fine.”On the remarkability of Apollo 11:“I think it was a great achievement for everybody on the planet, not just those of us who worked over here.”On why space missions are important:“It raises the technology level of your society in a huge way. I mean, we had a lot of people go into engineering, into math, into science programs as a result of the space program.”On the possibility of a space mission to Mars:“I’ve grown a little cynical, I’m sorry to say… I’m not sure our country is focused enough to [get] the funding that is necessary to do those things.”On finding out her coworkers were filming her without her consent: “That was the Mad Men era. I mean, that’s basically what women experienced at that time… Part of what I wanted was to be integrated into the team, and I just figured with some time, they will get past this.”Northcutt also recently revisited the control center to speak with a current female mission control leader, as part of Houston Public Media’s Moonwalk series. After spending decades as the only woman in mission control, Northcutt met with Emily Nelson, deputy chief flight director at the Johnson Space Center, to talk about how the role of women in the space program has evolved.Fifty years after Apollo 11, Moonwalk shares stories of the Apollo missions and their impact on generations of future space explorers. View the full series, here. Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaPoppy Northcutt (left), the first woman to work in Mission Control at NASA, talks with her modern-day counterpart, Emily Nelson, deputy flight director at the Johnson Space Center.At 25 years old, Poppy Northcutt became the first woman to work in NASA’s Mission Control. Now, with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaching on July 20, Northcutt spoke with Houston Matters about her experience working in the Apollo program, the future of space missions and sex discrimination in the workforce.center_img X Sharelast_img read more

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Honduras buries slain Miss World contestant sister

first_imgSANTA BARBARA, Honduras – A shaken Honduras buried its Miss World contestant and her sister Thursday, after the latter’s boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports.Mourners sobbed as coffins holding the remains of Miss Honduras, 19-year-old María José Alvarado, and her sister Sofía Trinidad Alvarado, 23, were lowered into the ground at a cemetery in the northwestern town of Santa Barbara.The violence-plagued Central American nation has been in shock since police found the sisters’ bodies buried along the banks of the Aguagual River on Wednesday and accused Sofía’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruíz, of killing them the night they went missing a week ago.María José, who won the Miss Honduras crown in April, had been due to fly to London on Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant.After forensic analysts in Tegucigalpa examined the sisters’ bodies overnight, authorities returned them for a morning funeral service in Santa Barbara, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the capital.Mourners held a dawn vigil for the women Thursday under a white tent outside the family’s house.Under a drizzling rain, a funeral procession then accompanied the caskets to the San Juan Bautista cemetery, where the sisters were buried alongside their father, Óscar.Their mother, Teresa Muñóz, bent over María José’s coffin and broke down in tears.“It’s unspeakable what they did to my granddaughters,” said Sotera Muñóz, the sisters’ 86-year-old grandmother.“That young man had a sick mind,” she told AFP, referring to Ruíz.According to Honduran media reports, police believe Ruíz, who held a birthday party last Thursday at a resort outside Santa Barbara, flew into a fit of rage when he saw Sofía dancing with another man. He allegedly shot her in the head and then her beauty queen sister twice in the back.Police arrested Ruíz and an alleged accomplice, Aris Maldonado, on Tuesday.Police said they seized a Colt-45 pistol and two vehicles, including a white pick-up truck allegedly used to transport the sisters’ bodies some 20 kilometers from the resort to the spot where they were buried.Flanked by a heavy police contingent, 32-year-old Ruíz appeared Thursday in a Santa Barbara courthouse for an initial hearing as a suspect in the crime.On Wednesday, police also arrested the owner of the resort, Ventura Díaz; his wife, Elizabeth Alvarado; and their daughter Irma Nicolle.“We’re interrogating the suspects to see if there were more people involved in trying to cover up the crime,” police spokesman José Coello told AFP.Officials have accused Ruíz of taking his pick-up to a garage after burying the sisters and having it cleaned and repainted. The alleged murderer of former Miss Honduras María José Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofía Trinidad, Plutarco Antonio Ruíz, is escorted to testify before a judge in Santa Barbara, 200 km north of Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 20, 2014. A shaken Honduras held a funeral for the two on Thursday after the sister’s boyfriend shot them in a jealous rage, according to police and media reports. Orlando Sierra/AFPMiss World tribute SundayMaría José, who turned heads with her gleaming smile and wavy chestnut hair, was in her last year of university at the Northern Polytechnic Institute, where she studied computer science.She had participated in beauty contests since she was a young girl.She was also known in Honduras for her work as a model on popular TV game show “X-0.”Organizers of the Miss World pageant, which begins Saturday, said they were “devastated” by the loss of “two young women who were so full of life.”They have announced a tribute Sunday in honor of the slain sisters, and said they planned to donate money to a children’s home in Honduras in their memory.Honduras, a poor country of eight million people, has the world’s highest homicide rate, at 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012.The United Nations’ special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, warned in July that violence against women was on the rise in Honduras, with a 263.4-percent increase in the number of females killed violently between 2005 and 2013. Facebook Comments Related posts:Miss Honduras María José Alvarado and sister found dead; police arrest sister’s boyfriend Honduran lawmaker arrested in road rage shooting death Honduran lawyer killed, 77th since 2010 Honduras brings homicide rate downlast_img read more

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