Arctic Report Card sounds alarm for region’s oceans

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—A continually warming Arctic is having profound impacts across the top of the planet and beyond, according to a government report released here today at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The effects include weather disruptions, disappearing snow, and lands greening as temperatures rise. But some of the biggest changes are happening in warming Arctic seas, with the future of northern fisheries hanging in the balance.The latest version of the Arctic Report Card, first released in 2006, showed that warming trends remain largely consistent in the Arctic, which is warming, on average, twice as fast as the rest of Earth. Snow cover on land was below the average of the previous 3 decades; for the 10th straight year, June featured record lows over land in the North American and Eurasian sectors of the Arctic. Loss of sea ice and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet slowed, though summer temperatures on the ice sheet set records.This year offered new insight into the future of the Arctic marine ecosystem, one of the biggest question marks as the region warms. The first task is to get a handle on all the factors that explain why the Arctic, mostly ocean, is warming up so fast. A couple of factors are warm air coming in from the tropics and replacement of white sea ice—which reflects heat back into the atmosphere—with dark, absorbent water. A new clue may be in the water itself, says Kathy Crane, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, which published the report. Ships studying currents have recently identified new flows of warm water entering the Arctic through the Bering Strait on the Pacific side and the Norwegian Sea on the Atlantic side. “We not only have the solar radiation, but we have these currents to bring water in laterally,” she says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)All of this warming could have a dramatic impact on the region’s fish. The Bering Sea, between Alaska and Russia, and the Chukchi and Laptev seas, off eastern Siberia, saw summer temperatures 4°C higher than the average of the previous 3 decades. This, along with acidifying waters, could spell doom for many species, for example crustaceans whose shells may dissolve. And warming temperatures can have an uncertain impact on Arctic fish, says Jim Ianelli, a fisheries biologist with NOAA in Seattle, Washington. Alaska pollock, an important fish commercially, was thought to benefit, on average, from warm conditions, which may stimulate the ecosystem as a whole. But new findings suggest that cold temperatures are important, too: Cool waters in the fall and winter encourage the growth of nutritious microorganisms that young fish need to grow. With waters projected to continue to warm, NOAA now projects a likely decline in the amount of Alaska pollock by 2050.2014 showed the promise of a new, productive Arctic Ocean as well: In the Kara and Laptev seas off Siberia, for example, satellites measured higher than normal levels of chlorophyll, which strongly suggests increased growth of crucial marine plants like algae.The Barents Sea was colder than usual in 2014, but the trend since 1981 is warming. That may be why scientists have seen cod and other fish from the northern Atlantic migrating north from Barents Sea fisheries into the Arctic Ocean. “It’s very much a concern in Norway and among the Russians, who worry the fish may be leaving fisheries,” says Crane, who helped lead the report. Crane, with NOAA, says that satellite measurements are adequately monitoring parameters like sea ice and vegetation on tundra from space. “But they don’t tell us what’s happening inside the Arctic Ocean. For that we need continuous and improved measurements.”For the first time, NOAA included details about how the warming Arctic may be linked to weather further south—even causing cold weather in North America and Europe. January and March of this year included “periods of strong connection” between the pole and mid latitude, according to the report. The “polar vortex,” which separates arctic and tropical air, weakened, the report said, allowing warm air to flow north in January, when Alaska saw temperatures 10°C warmer than usual. Meanwhile, frigid arctic air dipped low into eastern North America and Russia, and winter months were 5°C colder than average. Emerging science about these linkages has spurred NOAA to focus its Arctic research program on the problem, Crane says.last_img read more

Want to Win Every competition, Have ISL Title to Defend: Sunil Chhetri

first_img bengaluru fcIndian football teamindian super leagueisl First Published: October 11, 2019, 11:15 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bengaluru: Charismatic striker Sunil Chhetri says his role of leading by example has only got underlined more emphatically with the Bengaluru FC, which is gearing up to defend its ISL title from October 21.”When I signed with the club in 2013, I came with the responsibility of leading by example and bringing everything I have to the table in a bid to help the club win trophies. Six years on, nothing has changed. If anything, that role has only been underlined more emphatically,” said Chhetri. Chhetri has been the star performer for his side since it joined the Indian Super League (ISL) two seasons ago.Bengaluru have won at least one trophy every season and have laid their hands on every domestic trophy they have fought for.No team has successfully defended the title. ATK and Chennaiyin FC failed twice and Chhetri is determined to change the trend.”We want to win every competition we are a part of. There’s the ISL title to defend, and we know it’s only going to be tougher this season. Importantly, we are back in Asian competition and we’ve shown on more than one occasion that we can compete and do well. We would like to keep giving a good account of ourselves there and challenge for the title,” said Chhetri.Bengaluru have a formidable side this season with the addition of India international Ashique Kuruniyan, former Chennaiyin FC midfielder Raphael Augusto and Spanish striker Manuel Onwu. last_img read more

Watch: Mason Rudolph Throws Crazy TD to Open Texas Game

first_imgMason Football, anybody?Oklahoma State is flying around the field in Austin right now, and I’m having a lot of fun. How good was this first TD?Here’s that crazy Rudolph TD.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 26, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Madrid get PSG, Man Utd meet Sevilla – UCL draw in full

first_imgUEFA Champions League Champions League last 16 draw: Man Utd vs Sevilla, Real Madrid vs PSG, Barcelona vs Chelsea Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:17 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(165) Champions League Last 16 Draw Getty Images UEFA Champions League Porto Real Madrid Bayern München Beşiktaş PSG Manchester United Juventus Chelsea Atlético Madrid Barcelona Basel Roma Manchester City Shakhtar Donetsk Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool Holders Real face a difficult task in the form of the French giants, while Jose Mourinho’s side must travel to Spain Manchester United have been drawn against Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Real Madrid must overcome Paris Saint-Germain if they are to defend their title.As group winners, both United and PSG will be away in the first-leg matches, which are due to be played in February and they will host the second-leg games in March.The draw, which took place at UEFA headquarters on Monday, also paired Liverpool with Porto and Manchester City with Basel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tottenham must travel to Italy after being drawn against Juventus, while Roma face Shakhtar Donetsk.UCL last 16 Draw graphicChelsea, meanwhile, face a daunting task after they were handed a tie against Barcelona. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, will take on Turkish giants Besiktas.Champions League last 16 games are provisionally scheduled to take place in February and March 2018.The first legs will be contested on February 13/14/20/21 and the second legs will be played on March 6/7/13/14.All seeded group winners will play away in the first legs before hosting the second legs at home.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST-16 IN FULL Match Leg 1 Leg 2 Juventus vs Tottenham Feb 13 Mar 7 Basel vs Manchester City Feb 13 Mar 7 Porto vs Liverpool Feb 14 Mar 6 Real Madrid vs PSG Feb 14 Mar 6 Chelsea vs Barcelona Feb 20 Mar 14 Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Feb 20 Mar 14 Sevilla vs Manchester United Feb 21 Mar 13 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Feb 21 Mar 13 Tottenham take on Juventus in Turin and Basel host Manchester City in the first of the last-16 first-leg games on February 13, with the second legs scheduled for March 7.On Valentine’s Day, Porto host Liverpool and Real Madrid welcome PSG to the Bernabeu, with the second legs set for March 6.The second batch of last-16 first-legs gets under way on February 20, with Chelsea taking on familiar foes Barca at Stamford Bridge, while Bayern host Besiktas in Munich. The second legs for those ties take place on March 14.Man United travel to Spain to play Sevilla on February 21, while Roma make the trip to Ukraine to face Shakhtar. The return legs will then be played on March 13.last_img read more

Sale’s Steve Diamond ‘moves on’ and underlines his record with players

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share via Email Steve Diamond has launched a vehement defence of his managerial style at Sale as he pointed to a number of high-profile players to commit themselves to a club he claims has the “lowest injury count in the Premiership”.Sale’s uncompromising director of rugby has come under scrutiny after he confronted a journalist following Saturday’s victory at Gloucester and invited him to “go outside” after taking issue over an article written three months before in which the reporter, Sam Peters, had been critical of him. Peters, who was reporting on Saturday’s match for the Sunday Times, has said he will not take the matter further and, with the Rugby Football Union insistent they can act only on a direct complaint, Diamond declared the matter now closed, adding: “We move on.”When asked about a second article by Peters published in the Independent after Saturday’s post-match spat in which he branded Diamond “a bully”, Sale’s director of rugby said: “We’re not here to discuss that, but I’m a massive believer in looking after our players. When Danny Cipriani was here, I looked after him and got him through the problems that he had before. There were one or two players who had been in here before and one or two players who are still here who we have looked after.“We have got young lads who sometimes get into trouble and make mistakes.“My job is to look after them and put them back on the straight and narrow.“There will always be one or two people who say this happened to them or that happened to them but there’s no evidence to suggest that.”Sale’s annual self-insurance premium for players is around the £85,000 mark, believed to be the lowest in the Premiership, in accordance with their injury track record. Diamond added: “Player welfare is our highest priority and all of our medical protocols are exemplary. We have the lowest injury rate in the competition for the seventh year, at the halfway stage – I think we’re 35% behind everybody else.“So any medical issues, our medical staff deal with them appropriately and always have done.”Diamond fielded questions from reporters at Sale’s Carrington training ground at lunchtime alongside his players Chris Ashton, Faf de Klerk and Josh Beaumont. The South Africa scrum-half De Klerk and England forward Beaumont have signed contract extensions and Diamond said a handful of high-profile recruits had also been lined up. Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Sale Read more Since you’re here… Topics Highly-regarded flanker Tom Curry is expected to join twin brother Ben in signing a new long-term deal.“If I wasn’t happy, I wouldn’t re-sign and nor would the other guys who are staying,” said De Klerk.Diamond said: “You don’t choose to stay as Faf said if you don’t enjoy it and you are bullied. That’s it. Am I misunderstood? No, I don’t think so. Forthright and old school? To me, that means wearing the right kit, understanding what we’re trying to do and buying into it.“The players drive the mentality in the building and I am a facilitator, I don’t do much coaching.”Diamond claimed Sale are currently the lowest spenders in the Premiership but said they would be utilising the full salary cap next season.The Sharks won the Premiership in 2006 but have since failed to even reach the play-offs, yet Diamond said there was a desire from owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason to return the club to the top.South African brothers Rob and Jean-Luc de Preez are due to leave the club when their short-term deals expire.Yet Diamond, whose side host champions Saracens on Friday, said: “We have set a vision with the owners of where we want to go with the business and we’ve got total buy-in.“I want to put together a backline and hopefully a forward pack that can challenge for European honours and Premiership honours in the next two or three years.” Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Owen Farrell: ‘Confidence can be elusive – you don’t know you’ve lost it’ news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Report: Russia 1 Turkey 1

first_imgRussia 1 Turkey 1: World Cup hosts held in Moscow Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 02:03 6/6/18 SamedovCherchesov - cropped Getty Images Russia were unable to snap their winless streak as the World Cup hosts were held to a draw by Turkey. Host nation Russia will head into the World Cup on a seven-match winless run after letting a first-half lead slip away in a 1-1 draw with Turkey.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side have struggled in recent months as they prepare to take on Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener on June 14 and, in Tuesday’s final warm-up match, they were again denied victory in Moscow.Aleksandr Samedov lit up a dull game as he broke the deadlock, but Russia could not build on their advantage and were frustrated when half-time substitute Yunus Malli steered in an equaliser. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Caglar Soyuncu squandered Turkey’s best chance of the first half, stooping to head wide, before gifting the hosts the opener 10 minutes before the break.The defender’s stray pass prompted a ruthless Russian move as Alan Dzagoev slipped in Samedov to lift a delightful finish over Serkan Kirintili from a tight angle.But Turkey, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, drew level just before the hour-mark when Malli picked out the bottom-left corner from 25 yards.Russia pushed for a late winner, with Fedor Smolov slicing wide of the target when well-placed in the penalty area, but the hosts were forced to settle for a morale-sapping stalemate.last_img read more

DFDS Completes Purchase of Ferry Pair

first_imgzoom Northern Europe’s shipping and logistics company DFDS has completed the purchase of two Channel Ferries from Eurotunnel.In June 2015, DFDS and Eurotunnel entered into long-term bareboat charter agreements for the ships.The vessels in question are the 2001-built Seafrance Rodin and the 2005-built Berlioz, renamed Côte des Dunes and Côte des Flandres, respectively.The duo also inked in 2015 a put option agreement which provided Eurotunnel with the right to require from DFDS to buy the ferries.The exercise of the put option has now been completed, according to DFDS.Previously owned by MyFerryLink, the two ferries were sold to Eurotunnel in 2012.Earlier this month, DFDS ordered two RoRo newbuildings from Jinling Shipyard in China. The vessels are slated for delivery in early 2020 and planned to be deployed in DFDS’ route network on the North Sea.“DFDS’ investment outlook for 2017 continues to be around DKK 1.8bn following the adjustment made in connection with the ordering of two freight ships on June 16 2017,” the company said.last_img read more

NSLC Safe Graduation Radio Ad Contest Winners Named

first_imgTo increase awareness, discourage underage drinking and remind teens to celebrate responsibly, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) is airing the winning submission of the 3rd Annual Safe Graduation Radio Ad Contest. Grade 12 graduating students were asked to submit radio advertising messages, of interest to their peers, that encourage students to celebrate graduation safely or that educate others of the risks involved with drinking and driving. “We are thrilled with the top-notch submissions received from students across the province,” said Bret Mitchell, president and CEO, NSLC. “The NSLC is committed to keeping beverage alcohol out of the hands of teens and is proud to promote safe graduation programs.” First prize, $1,500, was awarded to Central Kings Rural High School (Cambridge Station) for an ad submitted by Ashley Weaver, Jill Weir and Melissa Mitchell. Second prize, $1,000, was awarded to Parkview Education Centre (Bridgewater) for an ad submitted by Johnathan Palmer. Third prize, $500, was awarded to Lockeport Regional High (Lockeport) for an ad submitted by Bryce Crosby. The winning advertisement presents an interesting and creative approach to the serious issue of enjoying beverage alcohol responsibly. The focus of the winning ad is the need to make responsible choices at a young age because it could affect the rest of your life. NSLC officials said they believe it delivers a powerful message. The winning advertisement was professionally produced and has been provided to provincial radio stations to be aired as a public service announcement. To hear the ad, see the NSLC’s website at and click on About NSLC and Intelligent Consumption. “Preventing sales to minors is a year-round priority that the NSLC takes very seriously,” said Mr. Mitchell. “Our team at retail outlets is especially vigilant during prom season, watching for minors attempting to purchase alcohol for end-of-school celebrations.” In 2005, NSLC store employees challenged 277,430 customers and refused service to 14,931 (5.38 per cent) for failing to produce valid proof of age or appearing to be intoxicated. The NSLC will conduct an ID Blitz Week in June as part of its ongoing ID Check Program. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the fourth largest retailer of beverage alcohol in Canada, generates almost half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning in excess of $180 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,300 Nova Scotians, offering 3,000 products from around the globe through 107 retail and 23 agency stores across the province.last_img read more

H1N1 Human Swine Influenza Update May 11

first_imgCases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. One additional case was confirmed on the weekend. The case is within the Annapolis Valley District Health Authority. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, coughing or sneezing into sleeves, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms and have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with H1N1 or have travelled to an affected area, they should stay home for seven days from the start of symptoms, and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work and school, participate in school activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began on April 26 is now 57. All cases are mild and those affected are recovered or recovering. A toll-free information line is operational from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., daily. The number is 1-888-451-4222. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit . -30-last_img read more

The Vamps Hang Out With Kittens

first_imgSnuggling up to a pair of rescued kittens, The Vamps’ lead guitarist, James McVey, stars in a new campaign for peta2 — PETA’s youth division — that proclaims, “Save a Life: Adopt — Don’t Shop!”The Vamps’ James McVey Poses For PETAThe ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Ruth Rose, goes on stress the importance of adopting homeless animals from shelters and never buying them from breeders or pet stores.Video: James McVey plays with KITTENS!! – The Vamps Takeover“There are millions of animals already in shelters—kittens … puppies, dogs, a variety of animals,” says McVey. “So go to a shelter, adopt, and save a life!”Every year, millions of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters, and many of them have to be euthanized simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time someone buys a kitten or a puppy from a breeder or a pet store, a dog or a cat in a shelter loses his or her chance at finding a home. That’s why McVey and peta2 — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — encourage anyone who’s thinking of adding an animal to his or her family to visit a local shelter or rescue group.McVey joins a long list of musicians — including Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, Pink, Sia, Ke$ha, and many others — who have teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.last_img read more

Gas prices on their way up in Calgary

first_imgCalgarians getting low on fuel may want to fill up’s Dan McTeague predicts prices will be going up in the next day or two.“Part of the routine of gas bar shenanigans by many gas retailers in the Calgary market, where they drop prices down five, six, seven cents a litre, representing really their operating costs, and then at some point mid-week, usually it’s Wednesday, or Thursday, they drive it up 10 cents a litre,” he said.McTeague said stations are paying about a $1.08 wholesale right now, so stations are literally losing money if they are selling below $1.14 in hopes you’ll buy their confectionary.last_img

Togolese general selected as force commander of UN mission in Côte dIvoire

Major General Gnakoudè Béréna will succeed Maj. Gen. Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh, whose tour of duty with the peacekeeping operation ends next week.A former chief of army staff in Togo, as well as a special adviser to his country’s President, Maj. Gen. Béréna has also served as a sector commander with the then UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1993-94.The new Force Commander also served in the same role with the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Guinea-Bissau in 1998-99.Cote 15 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of an experienced Togolese military officer as the new Force Commander for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).

Colombia UN report blames FARC and paramilitary groups for civilian deaths

The report by the Colombia Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, released in Spanish on Tuesday, covers the work of an observation mission which earlier this month evaluated violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Medio Atrato. The Office found the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) to be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 civilians and injuries to some 80 others, stemming from the rebel group’s use of gas cylinder bombs. The United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC) was also responsible for what occurred, according to the report, which points out that the paramilitaries had exposed the civilian population to the dangers of military action.The report adds that the Government of Colombia failed to meet its obligations to prevent what occurred and to protect the civilian population. The Government did not heed early warning calls of the impending confrontation between the FARC and the AUC, the report said. read more

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings NORTON, Vt. – It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo.But the port is still open 24/7 and needs to be staffed around the clock. However, the U.S. Government is having a hard time finding employees.As part of a nationwide effort to increase staff at some of its most remote border crossings, Customs and Border Protection is now offering hiring bonuses and job security for people willing to make the move to remote spots in Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, Texas and other locations on both the northern and southern borders.While the hours of operation of some remote crossings are being reduced, in the post 9-11 era, security procedures require that crossings be staffed by at least two officers at all times.“There are midnight shifts in many locations where the volume is minimal, yet the community still expects to have that level of service,” said Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen.Mario Marquis, a Norton agent for 15 years, said he’d like to have more co-workers.“The pool of people that you would pick from have probably left the area to look for work somewhere else,” said Marquis, who greets border-crossers in both English and French.New officers do come to work in Norton, but it’s hard for many who feel isolated in the rural region where even a trip to Walmart is an all-day event.“They come here and they soon realize it was a mistake,” Marquis said of some outsiders who come to work the port. “They are like a fish out of water, like I am when I go to Boston.”There are 328 ports of entry to the United States across the country, including land, sea and airports. Customs and Border Protection is currently working to hire 1,300 officers nationwide — 1,150 at about 30 officially recognized hard-to-fill locations. Of those, new hires at 21 locations, including Norton, are eligible for a three-year 25 per cent bonus on top of a base pay of about $32,000.The hiring effort, which began spring 2015, is separate from President Donald Trump’s executive order issued shortly after he took office to hire 5,000 new border patrol agents and other security personnel.Many ports now help fill staffing shortages with lots of overtime for the officers, but that can only go so far, Owen said.“You need the staffing to be healthy so that there is that balance, you have fresh officers and the officers also have quality of life,” he said.Even though the officers might appear to be working in areas where there is little to do, they have to be as ready to detect threats as officers working at larger, busier points of entry.Therese Herr, now a border patrol supervisor in Beecher Falls, where Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec meet, was called in one night in December 1999 when a Montreal woman was arrested trying to bring a Moroccan man into the country illegally.The woman, Lucia Garofalo, was initially linked to Ahmed Ressam, the Algerian who had been living in Montreal who was caught in Washington state that same month trying to bring a bomb into the United States that he planned to detonate at the Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Eve.“The tough things for these guys and gals — there’s a danger of somebody becoming complacent, but I’m going to say this for the people who work here: I don’t see that happening,” said Herr, who acts as a local recruiter. “They are always on top. We’re very fortunate to have a good group of people, but it would be nice to have more.” by Wilson Ring, The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2017 10:43 am MDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Horrific accounts of sexual violence against Rohingya just tip of the iceberg

“Gender-based violence, including rape and sexual assault, is a key concern that has emerged from the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” said UNFPA in a news release today. The UN agency noted that it has already provided a range of services, including medical and psychosocial counselling assistance, to more than 7,000 Rohingya women refugees. However, many victims have not reported their ordeal out of concerns over safety, confidentiality, shame and stigma, it added. “This is what makes it challenging to come up with accurate numbers of gender-based violence survivors.” According to UNFPA, the lead UN agency on addressing gender-based violence in humanitarian crisis and emergencies, more than 480,000 Rohingya refugees – over half of them women and girls – have poured into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar since August 25, having fled their homes since violence erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine province. Some 120,000 among them are women of reproductive age and 24,000 are either pregnant or breastfeeding. SEE ALSO: UN experts urge Member States to ‘go beyond statements,’ take action to help RohingyaUNFPA has set up five ‘Women Friendly Spaces’ – areas which women can access at anytime for safety or to access information, education, support or other services – and plans to scale it up to fifteen by the end of the year. It has also helped set up community watch groups and medical camps with psychosocial counselling assistance amid what it noted are “incredibly challenging circumstances.”However, given the scale of the crisis, UNFPA and other UN agencies as well as partners, are struggling in need of resources. UNFPA alone needs an additional $13 million to meet the demand for services over the next six months.Humanitarian crises across the world suffering the blightThe scourge of sexual and gender violence, unfortunately, is not only limited to the Rohingyas who fled Myanmar. Humanitarian crises globally are affected, with women and girls disproportionately affected, their specific needs not addressed adequately. And it is therefore of paramount importance, underscored UNFPA, that each and every survivor of gender-based violence who needs such services must receive them in an environment that respects their right to self-determination, privacy and confidentiality, ensuring safety and, in so doing, helping them regain or strengthen their sense of dignity. “All women and girls, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliations, must have access to health care and other essential services without discrimination, and they must be protected from all forms of violence, including sexual assault,” emphasized Natalia Kanem, the Acting Executive Director of UNFPA. “The health and safety of women and girls must be protected.” read more

Study finds 25 of P2P downloads to be fake files

first_imgWhen it comes to addressing software or media piracy on peer-to-peer networks, publishers and content owners have typically been reactive in fighting them by launching lawsuits against individuals and forcing them to pay fines in an effort to scare others from doing the same. Unfortunately, that tactic has not been very effective and it is costly. So, companies have gone on the offensive.Researchers in Europe, with a good portion being from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, have presented a paper which looked at the motives of the largest BitTorrent seeders. While some seeders use fake files to spread viruses, malware or even advertise goods or services, others were paid by publishers and content owners to upload large numbers of fake files in an attempt to make it frustrating for users to utilize P2P for piracy. Initially, P2P networks fought back with countermeasures including blocking IP addresses and the accounts of the biggest offenders. Yet, a stunning number of fake files have still slipped through.AdChoices广告According to the paper, a large dataset containing 55,000 of the top files shared from 35 million IP addresses sourced from popular BitTorrent search engines The Pirate Bay and Mininova, were identified to contain 30% fake files thanks to antipiracy agencies. Those files are definitely having an impact when you look at the number which have been downloaded. Some people assume these fake files are largely ignored. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, 25% of the files downloaded were fake.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Official Thierry Henry is the new Monaco manager

first_imgThe French football legend will coach a team for the first time in his career, returning to the Ligue 1 club after almost 20 yearsAfter many rumors, putting him as manager of Aston Villa in the English Championship, for example, football legend Thierry Henry will coach AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1.The Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the team, returning for the first time since he last played there in 1999.“His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colors make his nomination a reality,” Vadim Vasilyev, AS Monaco vice-president and chief executive officer said on the club’s official website.“Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out its mission.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“First of all, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this special club for me,” Thierry Henry told the official website.“I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.”#HesComingHome #ForeverMonaco— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) October 13, 2018last_img read more

El Rancho Viejo manager appears in court on drug accusations

first_imgThe owner of the El Rancho Viejo restaurant in Vancouver said Monday he had no idea one of his managers was allegedly distributing methamphetamine from the business.“I trusted him,” said Roberto Guitron, El Rancho Viejo’s owner. “This is really bad because I’m trying to clean up his mess.”Guitron was overseeing business at the restaurant Monday. Meanwhile, restaurant manager Ramon Lopez-Guitron, the owner’s cousin, made his first appearance in Clark County Superior Court.Judge Daniel Stahnke set bail at $50,000 for Lopez-Guitron, 44, who is accused of three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and maintaining a drug dwelling.Lopez-Guitron will be arraigned Dec. 2. When asked whether he can afford his own attorney, he told the judge he expects to retain a lawyer.last_img read more