Monsoon expected in Bengal after June 5 heat wave to prevail for

first_imgKolkata: Monsoon is expected to enter Bengal after June 5. All the South Bengal districts will continue to burn in the scorching summer heat in the next couple of days, with the temperature touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that rainfall is likely to take place in some parts of the state early next month. It will bring relief to the people from the excessive summer heat. In the next few days, hot and humid conditions will prevail in all the South Bengal districts. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”A heat wave condition will continue to prevail in all the Western districts for the next couple of days. There may be some scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal on Thursday, the day of counting of votes, particularly in the afternoon hours,” a weather official said. According to a weather expert, the onset of Monsoon in the state will be on time. He has also maintained that conditions are favourable for its advancement into more parts of South Bay. It is likely to hit the North Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands in the next couple of days. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”A cyclonic circulation each over the South Andaman Sea to the extreme East and over the Cape Comorin to the West-South-West are expected to provide a momentum to the Monsoon,” the expert said. According to the prediction of the weather office, thundershower along with gusty winds will take place in North Bengal districts in every afternoon during the next couple of days. In the last few days, some parts of South Bengal witnessed scattered rainfall, but it did not last, as a result of which the hot and humid condition continued unabated. The temperature in the city and its adjoining districts may hover around 37-38 degree Celsius, with humidity level on the higher side, in the next few days. The mercury may remain between 41-43 degree Celsius in the Western districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Birbhum. A heat wave will also sweep through the region. The temperature will drop once Monsoon arrives in the state early next month.last_img

TransCanada staunchly supports Keystone XL pipeline despite latest court setback

first_imgCALGARY — TransCanada Corp. says it doesn’t know when it will be able to build its Keystone XL pipeline after a Montana judge stopped it last week but it is confident the project will make money once it is built and in service.It’s too soon to say what the decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris last Thursday will mean to the timeline and cost of the pipeline, Paul Miller, liquids pipeline president, said at TransCanada’s investor day in Toronto on Tuesday.The project was proposed in 2008, denied by former president Barack Obama in 2015 (leading to a $2.9-billion non-cash writedown for TransCanada) and resurrected by President Donald Trump in 2017.“It’s important to remember our commercial model on XL has not changed materially,” Miller said.“All historical costs, plus (cost of construction), since 2009 are captured for toll determination. The writedown we took in 2015 does not remove these costs from rate-making purposes. We share capital cost variances equally with our shippers.”He said the pipeline capacity, minus an amount that must be reserved for spot shipments, is now fully committed.Indigenous and environmental groups sued TransCanada and the U.S. State Department after Nebraska authorities approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state, arguing it hadn’t properly studied it.In his decision, Morris agreed the analysis didn’t fully cover the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of current oil prices on the pipeline’s viability or include updated modelling of potential oil spills.The proposed 1,897-kilometre pipeline would carry as much as 830,000 barrels a day of crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb., where it would meet up with other pipelines to the U.S. Gulf Coast.TransCanada is examining the deficiencies identified by the judge to determine what affect meeting them will have on the schedule and its last cost estimate of about $10 billion, Miller said.The lack of export pipeline access from Western Canada has been blamed for steep discounts for crude oil compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate, prompting some producers to reduce oil production and leading to record levels of crude-by-rail shipping.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. has called on the Alberta government to impose production cuts to bring supply in line with takeaway capacity and protect royalties but companies with refineries that benefit from lower prices or contracted export pipeline space oppose the move.“As far as timing around the pipeline, the need for Keystone XL has never been greater,” Miller said at investor day.“When you’re looking at US$40 to $50 differentials on WCS (Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil) versus WTI, whether it’s in this administration or the next administration, XL is a project that the industry needs and is a valuable piece of infrastructure for the North American economy.”TransCanada told investors it expects to raise its dividend at an average annual rate of eight to 10 per cent through 2021, an outlook supported by expected growth in earnings and cash flow.The pipeline operator has increased its dividend on common shares in each of the last 18 years.Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to grow to about $10 billion in 2021, a 35 per cent increase from the $7.4 billion in 2017, TransCanada said. Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.center_img Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP, TSX:CVE)last_img

US home sales fell 0.4% in April amid limited supply

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales slipped 0.4% in April, as would-be homebuyers face affordability challenges and a limited supply of starter houses.The National Association of Realtors says that existing homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million last month, down from 5.21 million in March.Despite the solid job market and lower mortgage rates, sales have tumbled 4.4% from a year ago. The sales decline is entirely concentrated in homes worth less than $250,000, a likely reflection of a shortage of properties at those price points being listed for sale.Homes are still selling at a brisk pace. The average property sold in just 24 days, the fastest pace ever recorded by the Realtors.The median sales price in January was $267,300, up 3.6% from last year.Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Sri Lanka tells UNHRC local judiciary capable of advancing justice

Sri Lanka told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today that the local judiciary and law enforcement mechanisms are fully capable and committed to the processes of advancing justice to all concerned.Addressing the UNHRC after a written update was made on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana said that Sri Lanka is deeply committed to uphold the rule of law and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals without discrimination as guaranteed under the Constitution of Sri Lanka. “All communities in Sri Lanka were united against terrorism in my country, and now that terrorism has been defeated, all communities today work in unison towards reconciliation and economic progress of the country,” he said.The Foreign Minister also said that as a nation Sri Lanka is pained by the recent incidents in a few areas of Sri Lanka targeting members of the Muslim community who represent an integral part of the pluralistic society of Sri Lanka.“Such acts which go against our shared vision of a Sri Lanka where equal rights and rule of law are guaranteed for all, have no place in a democratic, pluralistic society. The Government has taken swift action against perpetrators of these incidents and is investigating any lapses that may have taken place. Stringent measures will be initiated to ensure nonrecurrence. A victim compensation programme has already commenced. We have reason to believe that certain interested parties were behind this, to tarnish our image at a time when this Council is in session,” the Minister said. “We do not consider the reconciliation process in our country as a box-ticking exercise. We are deeply committed to uphold the rule of law and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals without discrimination as guaranteed under the Constitution of Sri Lanka. We also recognize that we owe our citizens equitable socio-economic development, which can only become possible through the establishment of durable peace and reconciliation. We are making every effort, therefore, Mr. President, despite the socio-political and economic constraints and challenges that we face, to realize our vision of a reconciled, peaceful, stable and prosperous Sri Lanka for all our citizens. Much progress has been made throughout the course of last year as well as previously, demonstrating Sri Lanka’s firm commitment, willingness and ability to advancing truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence of conflict,” the Foreign Minister said. Marapana said that Sri Lanka is committed to fulfilling the agenda on reconciliation and has undertaken to implement a vast agenda in a very short time, measures that have taken most other countries, several decades to implement. (Colombo Gazette) “We are mindful, Mr. President, that the reconciliation, judicial and reparation processes are for all affected communities irrespective of race, religion, and gender, including the families of missing security forces personnel,” the Foreign Minister said.He said that the action by the Sri Lankan security forces during the conflict was against a group designated as a terrorist group by many countries, and not against any community in Sri Lanka. The Minister said that the operations of the terrorist group, which for the first time in recent history have deliberately targeted innocent civilians have now been adopted by terrorist groups all over the world. Minister of Special Assignments (Dr) Sarath Amunugam and Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Mano Tittawella, Secretary General, Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (SCRM), A.L.A. Azeez, Addl. Secretary/EU, Commonwealth and Multilateral Treaties of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nerin Pulle, Deputy Solicitor General, Attorney General’s Department, Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Ms. Mahishini Colonne, Director General/UN, US and Canada of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prashanthi Mahindaratne, Advisor to the Prime Minister and the diplomatic officers of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva were associated with the Foreign Minister when he made the address.

Iranian official meets UN atomic watchdog chief on countrys nuclear plans

The talks between International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei and the Secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, at IAEA headquarters in Vienna came two weeks after the agency’s Board of Governors called on Iran to reverse its decision to resume uranium conversion activities. “Dr. ElBaradei said that the two-hour meeting was constructive and that Mr. Larijani expressed his commitment to cooperating closely with the IAEA to resolve outstanding issues about its nuclear programme,” the agency said in a news release. Iran voluntarily suspended operations last year of all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities during negotiations with European countries on its nuclear programme, which it insists is for peaceful energy production but which some countries, including the United States, say is part of an effort to produce nuclear weapons. But at the beginning of the month it began resuming activities at the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan. Enriched uranium can be used for peaceful purposes such as generating energy or for making nuclear weapons. Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of concern since 2003, when the IAEA determined that the country had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

TimorLeste airport reopens after UN helps curb gang violence

The Police Unit of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) two days ago intervened to prevent the groups from attacking each other in the vicinity of the airport. As UNMIT continues its efforts to strengthen political stability in the young nation that the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said UN police now number 860, out of a total mandated complement of 1,608.The Security Council created the expanded UNMIT in August to help restore order after a crisis erupted in April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces. Ensuing violence claimed at least 37 lives and drove 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes.

Football Turning around Ohio States turnover struggles

Ohio State then-junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) quiets opposing fans after an interception in the first half during the Buckeyes game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15, 2016. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThrough nine games in 2017, Ohio State has forced 13 turnovers.It took five games to reach that milestone last season. Through nine games in 2016, the Buckeyes had forced 14 interceptions alone. They had 18 turnovers total.Ohio State’s offense was more inconsistent last season, but the ability for the Buckeyes’ defense to regularly force turnovers often aided the offense as is scored seven touchdowns and consistently gave the offense opportune field position. Forcing turnovers effectively became part of the team’s offense. This season, it has disappeared. “You know last year, the big thing was, you know, we put an emphasis on that in practice,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said Tuesday. “We probably have a period or so where we focus on taking the ball away multiple times. We’ve done the same thing this year, it just hasn’t happened.”There was expected to be some drop-off in the number of turnovers Ohio State forced heading into the year. The Buckeyes finished 2016 tied for the 10th-most turnovers in college football with 27, and they lost 15 of those to the NFL draft with safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley being selected in the first round.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said while losing the three key playmakers on defense hurt, he still has faith in the Buckeyes to be able to turn it around and force more turnovers again. “I don’t think it’s that simple, but I think that’s part of it when you’re talking about three first-round picks,” Schiano said. “But I’m confident we will start to get them. I really am. We’re just not getting them.”The coaching staff has noticed the inability to force turnovers this season, Schiano said. The Buckeyes have continued to practice different methods to increase their takeaways through practice, but nine games in, the results have not yet shown up on the field.“I definitely was concerned, not only before the Iowa game, but as the season had progressed, we weren’t getting them the way that I expected and that we expected as a defense,” Schiano said. “We talked about it last week and we actually made a huge emphasis and got more in practice than we got at any point this season.”Practicing turnovers is not exactly something that is easy to do. Players can practice techniques to force fumbles, learn how to get better reads on quarterbacks, but a degree of error on the other side of the ball is required.After watching the Buckeyes rack up turnovers last season, Worley said opposing offenses this season have gone into games against Ohio State focused on being overprotective of the football. Worley said ball carriers are holding on tighter to the ball and shielding it better, quarterbacks are quicker to release the ball and less likely to throw it in the direction of a looming safety.There is only so much the players can do to force turnovers, Worley said, so it has not become as much of a focus for the team this season. “Honestly, we can’t focus on that,” Worley said. “Because if we start trying to put an emphasis on taking the ball away in a game, you’re not going to get any takeaways. The only thing you’re going to get is missed tackles. So we’ve got to just focus on doing the little things and everything’s going to come.”Worley might say it is only a matter of time until the Buckeyes start forcing turnovers, but the team could start to need them sooner rather than later. With a matchup against No. 12 Michigan State at noon Saturday that could decide the Big Ten East, Ohio State needs as much to go its way as possible to keep its conference championship hopes alive. The Buckeyes will not all of a sudden become the ballhawks they were last season. But Schiano said the team will keep practicing different techniques to turn its fortunes around in that area and perhaps the Buckeyes can at least put themselves in better positions to force more turnovers.“It’s kind of like a batting streak,” Schiano said. “I’ve been doing this a long time and you go through streaks where you’re just getting them and bushels and then sometimes you’re in a lull. We’re doing a lot of the same emphasis drills and a lot of the same emphasis things on video, as much if not more. It’s just not adding up right now. But we keep going, it will come.”

Wine banter and turning on each other Heres how Twitter reacted to

first_imgBut the jokesters were there to keep the mood light And some people avoided it altogether People were obviously devastated by the increase in excise duty for wine. Two years in a row – is nothing sacred? BUDGET 2014 HAS been the talk of the town today. There was a hoard of both cuts and new incentives announced and everyone wanted to have their say.On Twitter, it was mainly a mixture of anger and disappointment, though there was a healthy amount of banter/denial. Here’s a roundup of the reaction:Some issues, like maternity benefit cuts, the abolition of the bereavement grant and unemployment benefit cuts really hit home with people A few people were even positive about itcenter_img Though some could see the ‘bright side’… It got a bit ugly when people started to turn on one another How are you guys feeling about the Budget? Share and vent in the comments below…last_img

Android ICS peine à simposer

first_imgAndroid : ICS peine à s’imposerÀ chaque début de mois, les développeurs d’Android  (lien non disponible)dévoilent la répartition des téléphones dans les différentes versions d’Android. On constate que Gingerbread (alias Android 2.3) domine le marché avec 62 % des parts, alors que la version suivante, Ice cream Sandwich, n’atteint que 1,6 %. Ce sont des chiffres obtenus à partir des connexions à l’Android Market durant les 14 derniers jours. Entre parenthèses, les changements par rapport au mois de février : – Android 1.5 (alias Cupcake) : 0,4 % (- 0,2)– Android 1.6 (alias Donut) : 0,8 % (- 0,2)– Android 2.1 (alias Eclair) : 6,6 % (- 1)– Android 2.2 (alias Froyo) : 25,3 % (- 2,5)– Android 2.3.x (alias Gingerbread) : 62 % (+ 3,4)– Android 3.x (alias Honeycomb) : 3,3 % (- 0,1)– Android 4.0.x (alias Ice Cream Sandwich) : 1,6 % (+ 0,6)À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il y a donc une convergence massive vers la version 2.3. La disparition des vieilleries est une bonne chose, mais la progression très lente de la dernière version est par contre problématique. Le cas d’Android 3.x est à part, puisqu’il s’agit d’une version tablette, également remplacée par la version 4.0. La progression de Gingerbread est par contre fulgurante. Il y a quatre mois cette version atteignait seulement 38,7 % des smartphones. A présent, il remplace la 2.2 dans son rôle de version dominante. La 2.3 alias Gingerbread connait la meilleure progression, avec +3,4 %. Au contraire la 4.0 n’a été disponible en mise à jour sur seulement quelques tablettes, l’Eee Pad Transformer d’Asus, la Xoom de Motorola ou encore l’Iconia Tab A200 d’Acer.Cinq mois après son lancement, Ice Cream Sandwich doit encore attendre avant d’atteindre la popularité.  Le 7 mars 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

Soy Leaders Talk Trade Strategic Plan at North and Southeast Asia Regional

first_imgWISHH) Executive Director Jim Hershey gives an update on WISHH at USSEC’s North and Southeast Asia regional meeting.The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) hosted its North and Southeast Asia regional meeting this week in Chesterfield, Mo. Soy industry leaders, USSEC staff and contractors in North and Southeast Asia gathered to discuss markets, trade, meeting stakeholders’ needs, planning for 2017 and more.American Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky and ASA Secretary Ron Moore presented on Foreign Agriculture Services (FAS) Strategic Plan and various other FAS funding programs.ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Executive Director Jim Hershey gave an update on WISHH and ASA Director E.L. Reed, Chillicothe, Mo., who serves on ASA’s Trade, Policy and International Affairs and the WISHH committees, also attended.last_img

Is CBD safe for pets

first_img2:58 Share your voice Our best gadgets to keep dogs safe in cars Analysts predict the CBD pet care market will reach $125 million by 2022, making it one of the fastest-growing segments of the CBD market. Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, it wasn’t something veterinarian Stephanie McGrath thought much about day to day. But then the phone calls started coming. Pet owners and family veterinarians wanted to know what she thought about medical marijuana in relation to animals, and whether she was researching it. This story discusses substances that are legal in some places but not in others and is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You shouldn’t do things that are illegal — this story does not endorse or encourage illegal drug use.At the time, McGrath had no interest in cannabis and didn’t even know what cannabidiol (CBD) was, so she mostly ignored the topic. But the combination of receiving phone calls and seeing CBD products already lining pet store shelves made her realize she needed to get up to speed. “Around 2013 or 2014, I started looking into what research was already out there and I realized that there was essentially no real, good scientific literature in the human world, let alone the veterinary research world,” says McGrath, assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “And so I started investigating whether it would even be plausible for me to conduct any research.” 0 Wellnesscenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags McGrath went on to become one of the pioneering researchers in the field veterinary cannabis but even with her early efforts, research (and regulation) has struggled to keep pace with demand, as people increasingly turn to CBD products to treat their pet’s pain, anxiety, and seizure disorders.Thanks in large part to 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp-derived CBD, analysts now predict the CBD pet care market will reach $125 million by 2022, making it one of the fastest-growing segments of the CBD market. For such a rapidly growing industry, there are still a lot of unknowns. Below, what you need to know if you’re considering CBD for your furry friend.What is CBD?dried hemp leavesDried hemp leaves, like those shown here, naturally contain higher levels of CBD than other varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant.    Picture Alliance/Getty Images Cannabidiol is part of the cannabinoid family, a class of chemical compounds naturally found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids interact with the human body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps the body maintain homeostasis. Unlike its cousin delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD doesn’t produce a “high” but it is psychoactive. Last year, the US Food & Drug Administration approved Epidiolex, an oral CBD solution, to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare and severe pediatric seizure disorders. CBD is also being investigated as a possible treatment for pain, anxiety and schizophrenia symptoms in humans. How is CBD administered to animals? CBD pet care products come in many of the same forms you’re probably used to seeing for humans, including edibles (think: chewable treats and capsules), oils that can be added to food or placed under the tongue and topical creams or balms that are rubbed directly on the skin. Like the CBD products meant for humans, each of these CBD pet care product types appears to have a different effect on the body — in dogs, anyway.When McGrath started studying CBD in 2016, one of her first studies analyzed how three different delivery methods — a capsule, an oil and a cream — affected the way CBD moved through the bodies of healthy dogs. salmon CBD treatsChewable treats are a popular form of pet care CBD. Pharma Hemp Complex/Unsplash “We measured the pharmacokinetics, which basically means you give the dogs a single dose of all three delivery methods and then you measure a bunch of different blood levels over a 12-hour period,” says McGrath. “So how quickly is the CBD absorbed, how high the blood concentration gets at that single dose, and then how fast the CBD is eliminated.” McGrath found that out of the three specific formulations they tested, the oil had the best pharmacokinetic profile, meaning it reached the highest concentration in the blood, read more

Yakutat officials wary of states PFAS double standard

first_imgBut in the months between the two tests, Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration directed DEC to change its regulations. He’s a former school administrator. So he knows something about standardized testing.The EPA recommends testing for more than a dozen different PFAS compounds. Which is what the Department of Environmental Conservation did when it first tested in Yakutat back in February. A cleanup effort is still likely years away. So what changed in the months between tests? “Because, the rest of the country has moved to testing methodology that allows you to detect more of these PFAS compounds,” he said.Andrews says while some states don’t regulate PFAS at all, he’s not aware of any that have rolled back existing standards like Alaska has. As it stands, the state is still supplying one property with bottled water: it’s grandfathered in. This year, Alaska’s legislature appropriated $9.4 million to DEC to deal with PFAS contamination. And attached to the money came specific instructions for the agency to test for at least 18 PFAS compounds, even if it’s now just regulating for two: PFOS and PFOA. “Basically, they’re changing the test so that it will pass and it’s very disappointing,” said Yakutat City Manager Jon Erickson. She says if DEC ignores the legislature’s intent, it could invite a lawsuit from a third party like an environmental group.“Because at this point, they are violating the law that we just passed,” Tarr said. DEC Commissioner Jason Brune says the legislature’s budget language is still being analyzed. It now screens for two PFAS compounds rather than five when determining whether water is safe to drink — a move that led to internal criticism from some of its own scientific staff.DEC Commissioner Jason Brune told CoastAlaska that the revised regulations are designed to bring Alaska in line with the federal government’s standard until there’s more known about the problem.“We are following the lead of the EPA on the new testing that we are doing,” Brune said, “and the EPA has identified PFOS and PFOA as the ones that have lifetime health advisories.”By limiting its testing to just two compounds, the DEC is no longer screening for others — such as PFHxS — which in February had been one of the drivers for declaring a Yakutat drinking water source contaminated.“Which is really incredible,” said David Andrews. a chemist with Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. The nonprofit is pushing for stronger PFAS cleanup efforts nationwide. One of them exceeded the state’s standard for drinking water and that property is now being supplied bottled water. “Getting the data collected is the first step in understanding the extent of the problem,” said Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), who co-chairs the House Resources Committee. Internal emails released under a records request show DEC’s PFAS response was directed in part by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s top political staff.Brune defended his agency’s record. That’s because PFAS is a group of bio-accumulating chemicals linked to serious health problems including cancer. For decades, they’ve been produced for commercial and industrial applications from non-stick cookware to fire-retardant foam used at airports.A second round of testing in June expanded the survey: the same 14 wells were tested, plus seven more. But this time none of the wells exceeded the state’s safety threshold for PFAS. The legislature attached some strings to the $9.4 million it appropriated to DEC to respond to PFAS contamination. “It is striking and concerning that the state is moving the opposite direction,” Andrews said. “Both with respect to the standards as well as with respect to testing and disclosure of contaminants.” Yakutat is a coastal community of about 600 people on the Gulf of Alaska’s northern coast. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW) “Since the Dunleavy administration came on December 3, we have done more testing, we are providing more drinking water, and we are absolutely paying attention to this issue,” Brune said.Back in Yakutat, City Manager Jon Erickson says there are lingering concerns for wells around the state-owned airport. He’d like to see the state assist by extending the city’s municipal water supply.“We have really good water,” Erickson said by phone. “In fact, that is my hope is that the state will come to its senses and say, ‘Hey let’s hook into the city water supply four miles away’ and save the people out there at the airport.” The first time the state tested for PFAS in Yakutat’s groundwater, it found contamination in a cluster of wells around the airport. PFAS contamination is a nationwide problem that is emerging as a major health concern as plumes are detected around factories, military bases and near airports where firefighting foams made with PFAS compounds are used. “We’re planning on having that discussion internally,” he said. But read more

All you need to know about Graham Reid Indias new hockey coach

first_imgGraham Reid walks into one of the trickiest jobs in world hockeyHockey IndiaThe position of Indian men’s hockey team coach has been subjected to a game of musical chairs. The latest casualty in this was Harendra Singh who was sent packing after India lost in the quarterfinal of last year’s World Cup.The crown of thorns now sits upon former Australian international Graham Reid, appointed as the national coach on April 8 by Hockey India. Australia has always been a preferred place for the Indian hockey fraternity to look for coaches. The likes of Ric Charlesworth and Michael Nobbs tried to turn the fortunes of the national side but weren’t very successful.So, let’s take a look at the new Indian coach and his record – both as a player and coach. He comes in with more demands from administrators than expectations from fans. Does his past inspire confidence?Reid – the playerGraham Reid belongs to a successful generation of Australian men’s hockey. He played both as a midfielder and defender for his side in the 1980s and early 1990s. This makes him a contemporary of his predecessors Charlesworth and Nobbs.Having represented his team in 130 internationals, the 54-year old has four Champions Trophy titles under his belt but the most coveted achievement has to be the silver medal he won with his national team at the Barcelona Olympics.As the coachThe former Kookaburras player has enjoyed some success at the international level as a coach already. He joined the Australian team in 2009 as an assistant coach and worked under the legendary Ric Charlesworth.His time in the sun came in 2012 when he was handed over the reins of the Australian team temporarily by the head coach for the Champions Trophy that year. The strategy worked and Kookaburras clinched the title at home. His stock has risen, the Queenslander got the top job after Charlesworth’s departure in September 2014.Reid had mixed results in this position. While his team clinched the 2015 World Hockey League and 2016 Champions Trophy titles, the performance at the Rio Olympics was a major setback with the Aussies finishing sixth. This was the end of Reid’s coaching tenure with his nation’s team.Till this latest appointment, the Queenslander was the assistant coach with the Netherlands and saw the Dutch gaining considerable success. Managing the Indian side is going to be a much tougher challenge.last_img

Schoolgirl dies after falling into hole

first_imgMap of CumillaA schoolgirl died after falling into a hole made for lifting sand at Khodaitol village in Burichang upazila of Cumilla district on Saturday night.The deceased is Fahmida Akhter Raisa, a class-III student of Rajpur Government Primary School and daughter of Rabiul Hossain of the village, reports UNB.Locals said Raisa slipped into the hole when she was looking for some ducks in the area around 10:00pm. Helena Akhter, 40, daughter of Aziz Mia, tried to save her and almost drowned in the water.Although the locals managed to rescue Helena in great distress, they failed to rescue Raisa and informed police and fire service and civil defence departments, said Manoj Kumar Dey, officer-in-charge of Burichang police station.On information, police recovered the body of Raisa from the hole, the OC added.last_img

Skype unblocked

first_imgSkype unblocked. Photo: CollectedThe operation of telecommunication application Skype resumed on Tuesday afternoon after it was unblocked by local regulators.Emdadul Haque, secretary general of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) told news agency UNB that Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) issued a letter to them around 4:25pm to unblock the Skype.He said Skype service resumed across the country from 4:30pm and people now can communicate through it from home and abroad.BTRC chairman Jahurul Haque said Skype service is available across the country. “Unless any technical problem, no one is supposed to face any problem to use Skype.”On Monday, Emdadul Haque said they received a letter from the BTRC asking them to keep all kinds of communication from home and abroad via Skype suspended.The BTRC chairman, however, claimed that they issued no such instruction about blocking the service.last_img

Patrick Threatens To Force Special Session Straus Pushes Back

first_imgLieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said he will block legislation needed to keep the state government running, unless the Texas House passes the Senate’s property tax reform and bathroom bills.Earlier this week, House Speaker Joe Straus wrote an open letter to Patrick, saying there were only two bills the Legislature needs to pass in order to avoid a special session. The first is the state budget, the second a “sunset” bill needed to keep key agencies like TXDOT running.“Here’s the bottom line,” Patrick responded in a press conference. “I want to avoid a special session. But I am prepared to go into one if the House does not pass a strong version of Senate Bill 2, property tax relief desperately wanted by the people of this state, and if the House does not pass SB 6 or amend another bill with the language concerning Texas privacy.”Only Governor Greg Abbott can call a special session. But the budget and sunset bills give Patrick leverage to force the governor’s hand. The Legislature is constitutionally required to pass a budget bill in order to fund the state government, but the law does not require it to do so during the regular session.“If we must go to a special session, I will respectfully ask the governor to add both of these bills plus other legislation that he has voiced support for in that special session call,” Patrick said.In a written statement, Speaker Straus called Patrick’s threat “regrettable” and said he hoped the lieutenant governor would reconsider. He also criticized Patrick for holding up a House measure to reform public school finance, which Straus said would go a long way to rein in rising property tax bills. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:14 Sharelast_img

Resident bats use pitcher plant as toilet

first_img More information: A novel resource–service mutualism between bats and pitcher plants, Biol. Lett. Published online before print January 26, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1141 © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Secret of the carnivorous pitcher plant’s slurp — solved at last (PhysOrg.com) — The pitcher plants are carnivorous species that usually feed on insects and small vertebrates, but one species has been found that prefers to dine on the feces of bats. Citation: Resident bats use pitcher plant as toilet (2011, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-resident-pitcher-toilet.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists from the University Brunei Darussalam and from Germany have been studying the aerial pitcher plant Nepenthes rafflesiana variety elongata, from Borneo. The plants live in peat bogs and heaths and are notable for their extremely large aerial pitchers.Pitcher plants grow on nutrient-poor soils and supplement their nitrogen source by feeding on insects and small animals. The victims are attracted to the pitcher by its colors and smells, but once inside they are trapped on the slippery sides and are drawn into the fluid at the bottom where they drown. The fluid contains digestive enzymes to extract nitrogen and other needed nutrients as the bodies are digested.N. r. elongata differs from other pitchers in having a much larger (around 4 x) pitcher than related species, but it traps only around one seventh of the insects consumed by other pitcher species. The researchers found Elongata had low volumes of digestive fluids and enzymes and low amounts of the insect-attracting volatile compounds usually found in pitchers, which makes them less attractive to insects.Instead of insects in the large pitchers, the researchers, led by tropical ecologist Dr. Ulmar Grafe, sometimes found roosting bats. Dr. Grafe spent a year inspecting 400 Elongata plants and found 32 bats in that time, among them a whole family of offspring and young nestled in a single pitcher. Some of the tiny (4 g) bats, all Hardwicke’s woolly bats (Kerivoula hardwickii hardwickii), were fitted with radio-trackers, and the results of tracking indicated they roosted only in the pitchers.The Elongata pitchers are perfectly suited to their residents, with a girdle half-way up to ensure they do not slip down the sides, and there is little fluid and so no chance of being drowned if they did slip.The researchers found that about 33.8 percent of the foliar nitrogen in the pitcher plants originated in the feces of the bats, and the level of nitrogen was much higher than in pitchers of the same species that did not have a resident bat.The association between the pitcher and bat is only the second case of a mutualistic association between a pitcher plant and a mammal (the other being a tree shrew), and is the first case of a pitcher that attracts bats to roost in its aerial pitchers and use their droppings as a source of food. The bat also benefits from the association because it is sheltered and hidden from predators when it is nestled within the pitcher. Dr. Grafe said the environment within the pitcher is also free of the parasites that often live in bat roosts.The paper is available online at the Biology Letters journal. Nepenthes rafflesiana. Photo: Wikipedia.last_img

Rs 300 cr investment in North Bengal by entrepreneurs in MSME Sector

first_imgDarjeeling: Entrepreneurs will be investing Rs 300 crore this year in the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in North Bengal. Since 2011, investments to the tune of Rs 1,700 crore have already been made in this sector in North Bengal along with providing employment to as many as 2,500 people.During the MSME Conclave in Kolkata in August this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had proposed a similar conclave for North Bengal where problems of start-ups and entrepreneurs would be addressed. In line with her direction, “Siliguri Synergy” was held in Siliguri on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAlapan Bandyopadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary, MSME Department, while inaugurating the “Synergy” stated that the department needs to ensure that entrepreneurs do not have to rush to Kolkata to resolve problems. “All necessary help will be made available to them here itself,” he assured.The conclave organised by the MSME department and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) witnessed the participation of entrepreneurs from the North Bengal districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDipankar Chakroborty, Joint Director, MSME, posted at Uttarkanya, has been deputed to look into the problems faced by the entrepreneurs. CII will also assist him in this task.The Additional Chief Secretary, MSME, asked the District Magistrates to fix up the rates of land available in their districts for the start-ups and other industries and declare the same. “The industrialists and entrepreneurs should not face any problems to change the classification of land,” stated Bandyopadhyay. He further assured the entrepreneurs present there of all help and cooperation from the state government. “We will also develop infrastructure that will aid industrialisation,” he added.Government officials from different departments were also present to answer queries and assist the start-ups. Stalls were put up by these departments. Bandyopadhyay along with other officials answered questions put forward. Issues like difficulty in acquiring fire licence, exorbitant power bills and problems faced in getting land to set up new industries were raised at the Synergy.The small tea growers of the Darjeeling Hills complained of non-cooperation by the Tea Board relating to various issues and problems faced by the growers including Geographical Indication (GI) for the small tea cultivations. They further appealed for intervention by the MSME department.Bandyopadhyay asked them to hand in a detailed report regarding the problems and assured of all possible help from the department.last_img

2016 Zion Williamson vs Hamidou Diallo Dunk Contest was Better Than the

first_img Advertisement Hamidou Diallo is the NBA’s slam dunk champion after bringing a little life back to the competition during last Saturday’s installment and walking away with the title. The contest had more juice than some of the stinkers, but still wasn’t as electric as most anticipate next year’s to be with super freak Zion Williamson expected to join the field.For those fiendin’ for a preview of a Diallo/Williamson 2020 dunk contest face-off, you don’t have to wait because the two went at it back in the summer of 2016 during an Under Armour showcase, under the lights, right under the Brooklyn Bridge.This matchup is without question better than the product the NBA just put out, and also shows that Williamson has the potential to put on a rare Vince Carter like performance for-the-ages in the NBA contest. Here he’s only entering his junior year in high school. That’s scary.last_img

DEAL ALERT Go Completely Wireless with This Bluetooth Car Receiver for Just

first_img Share Tweet Submit Apart from its wireless capabilities, you can use the receiver to accept phone calls too. Just press the button at the top and you’re done. Isn’t that cool? You can find more details on the product by heading over to the link below.Buy iClever Bluetooth Car Receiver [Amazon link] | Use code ICEHBX01 at checkout for discount Ready to give your car some Bluetooth capabilities? iClever has a deal on its Bluetooth car receiver that is not worth missing out on.Get the iClever Bluetooth Car Receiver for Just $14.99 Instead of $22.99 – Limited Time DealChances are high that if you recently bought a new car, you already have Bluetooth built right in. But even on older cars, the provision of an auxiliary port is always there so you can hook up your phone or tablet to the stereo system and blast some music while on the go. But, if you’re looking to go wireless with your existing setup then iClever has a deal which will definitely fulfill your wireless dreams.The product on offer is the iClever Bluetooth Car Receiver. It plugs into a car charger whereas one cable from the receiver, when powered up, goes straight to the aux port of your car. Just connect your phone to the receiver via Bluetooth and you’ll be listening to music wirelessly. Also, that car charger which we talked about, comes bundled in the package.last_img