PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Twinning Exit 27A on Highway 104, near Sutherland’s River, will re-open Tuesday, Nov. 8. All traffic accessing Trunk 4, at Pine Tree, School and Church roads, will use the new interchange. The temporary intersection in front of East Pictou Middle School will be closed. The new interchange is part of the Highway 104 twinning project to Sutherland’s River. Local Area Office: 902-755-8532 -30-
The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The RCMP say a transit police officer has been shot and they were searching for what they believe to be an armed suspect near a Skytrain station in Surrey, B.C.Cpl. Elenore Sturko says officers were called to the area of the Scott Road SkyTrain at about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.The RCMP established a containment zone, including the airspace, and was asking members of the public to stay away from the area.Sturko says trains were not being allowed into the station.The officer has been taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
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APTN National NewsThe Government of Canada has released ten principles it says will help in achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a “renewed, nation to nation, government to government, and Inuit-Crown relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.”The principles were posted on the department of Justice website Friday.“Section 35 contains a full box of rights, and holds the promise that Indigenous nations will become partners in Confederation on the basis of a fair and just reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the Crown.”The website post also seems to affirm Canada’s commitment to adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a stand many thought Canada was backing away from after Justice Minister’s speech to the Assembly of First Nations in July 2016.“Simplistic approaches such as adopting the United Nations declaration as being Canadian law are unworkable and, respectfully, a political distraction to undertaking the hard work actually required to implement it back home in communities,” said Wilson-Raybould in the speech.In the statement Friday that was released along with the list, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Chair of the Working Group of Ministers on the Review of Laws and Policies, said the principles will guide the government in all its work and laws.“The Principles will guide the review of laws, policies and operational practices and form a foundation for transforming how the federal government partners with and supports Indigenous peoples and governments.”The list of principles suggest the government is working towards implementing UNDRIP through a review of its current laws.Here are the ten principles:1. The Government of Canada recognizes that all relations with Indigenous peoples need to be based on the recognition and implementation of their right to self-determination, including the inherent right of self-government.This opening Principle affirms the priority of recognition in renewed nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationships. As set out by the courts, an Indigenous nation or rights-holding group is a group of Indigenous people sharing critical features such as language, customs, traditions, and historical experience at key moments in time like first contact, assertion of Crown sovereignty, or effective control. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples estimated that there are between 60 and 80 historical nations in Canada. The Government of Canada’s recognition of the ongoing presence and inherent rights of Indigenous peoples as a defining feature of Canada is grounded in the promise of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, in addition to reflecting articles 3 and 4 of the UN Declaration.The promise mandates the reconciliation of the prior existence of Indigenous peoples and the assertion of Crown sovereignty, as well as the fulfilment of historic treaty relationships. This principle reflects the UN Declaration’s call to respect and promote the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples. This includes the rights that derive from their political, economic, and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories, laws, and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories and resources. Canada’s constitutional and legal order recognizes the reality that Indigenous peoples’ ancestors owned and governed the lands which now constitute Canada prior to the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty. All of Canada’s relationships with Indigenous peoples are based on recognition of this fact and supported by the recognition of Indigenous title and rights, as well as the negotiation and implementation of pre-Confederation, historic, and modern treaties.It is the mutual responsibility of all governments to shift their relationships and arrangements with Indigenous peoples so that they are based on recognition and respect for the right to self-determination, including the inherent right of self-government for Indigenous nations. For the federal government, this responsibility includes changes in the operating practices and processes of the federal government. For Indigenous peoples, this responsibility includes how they define and govern themselves as nations and governments and the parameters of their relationships with other orders of government.2. The Government of Canada recognizes that reconciliation is a fundamental purpose of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.Reconciliation is an ongoing process through which Indigenous peoples and the Crown work cooperatively to establish and maintain a mutually respectful framework for living together, with a view to fostering strong, healthy, and sustainable Indigenous nations within a strong Canada. As we build a new future, reconciliation requires recognition of rights and that we all acknowledge the wrongs of the past, know our true history, and work together to implement Indigenous rights.This transformative process involves reconciling the pre-existence of Indigenous peoples and their rights and the assertion of sovereignty of the Crown, including inherent rights, title, and jurisdiction. Reconciliation, based on recognition, will require hard work, changes in perspectives and actions, and compromise and good faith, by all.Reconciliation frames the Crown’s actions in relation to Aboriginal and treaty rights and informs the Crown’s broader relationship with Indigenous peoples. The Government of Canada’s approach to reconciliation is guided by the UN Declaration, the TRCs Calls to Action, constitutional values, and collaboration with Indigenous peoples as well as provincial and territorial governments.3. The Government of Canada recognizes that the honour of the Crown guides the conduct of the Crown in all of its dealings with Indigenous peoples.The Government of Canada recognizes that it must uphold the honour of the Crown, which requires the federal government and its departments, agencies, and officials to act with honour, integrity, good faith, and fairness in all of its dealings with Indigenous peoples. The honour of the Crown gives rise to different legal duties in different circumstances, including fiduciary obligations and diligence. The overarching aim is to ensure that Indigenous peoples are treated with respect and as full partners in Confederation.4. The Government of Canada recognizes that Indigenous self-government is part of Canada’s evolving system of cooperative federalism and distinct orders of government.This Principle affirms the inherent right of self-government as an existing Aboriginal right within section 35. Recognition of the inherent jurisdiction and legal orders of Indigenous nations is therefore the starting point of discussions aimed at interactions between federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous jurisdictions and laws.As informed by the UN Declaration, Indigenous peoples have a unique connection to and constitutionally protected interest in their lands, including decision-making, governance, jurisdiction, legal traditions, and fiscal relations associated with those lands.Nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationships, including treaty relationships, therefore include: (a) developing mechanisms and designing processes which recognize that Indigenous peoples are foundational to Canada’s constitutional framework; (b) involving Indigenous peoples in the effective decision-making and governance of our shared home; (c) putting in place effective mechanisms to support the transition away from colonial systems of administration and governance, including, where it currently applies, governance and administration under the Indian Act; and (d) ensuring, based on recognition of rights, the space for the operation of Indigenous jurisdictions and laws.5. The Government of Canada recognizes that treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements between Indigenous peoples and the Crown have been and are intended to be acts of reconciliation based on mutual recognition and respect.This Principle recognizes that Indigenous peoples have diverse interests and aspirations and that reconciliation can be achieved in different ways with different nations, groups, and communities.This principle honours historic treaties as frameworks for living together, including the modern expression of these relationships. In accordance with the Royal Proclamation of 1763, many Indigenous nations and the Crown historically relied on treaties for mutual recognition and respect to frame their relationships. Across much of Canada, the treaty relationship between the Indigenous nations and Crown is a foundation for ongoing cooperation and partnership with Indigenous peoples.The Government of Canada recognizes the role that treaty-making has played in building Canada and the contemporary importance of treaties, both historic and those negotiated after 1973, as foundations for ongoing efforts at reconciliation. The spirit and intent of both Indigenous and Crown parties to treaties, as reflected in oral and written histories, must inform constructive partnerships, based on the recognition of rights, that support full and timely treaty implementation.In accordance with section 35, all Indigenous peoples in Canada should have the choice and opportunity to enter into treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements with the Crown as acts of reconciliation that form the foundation for ongoing relations. The Government of Canada prefers no one mechanism of reconciliation to another. It is prepared to enter into innovative and flexible arrangements with Indigenous peoples that will ensure that the relationship accords with the aspirations, needs, and circumstances of the Indigenous-Crown relationship. The Government also acknowledges that the existence of Indigenous rights is not dependent on an agreement and, where agreements are formed, they should be based on the recognition and implementation of rights and not their extinguishment, modification, or surrender.Accordingly, this Principle recognizes and affirms the importance that Indigenous peoples determine and develop their own priorities and strategies for organization and advancement. The Government of Canada recognizes Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, including the right to freely pursue their economic, political, social, and cultural development.6. The Government of Canada recognizes that meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples aims to secure their free, prior, and informed consent when Canada proposes to take actions which impact them and their rights, including their lands, territories and resources.This Principle acknowledges the Government of Canada’s commitment to new nation-to-nation, government-to-government, and Inuit-Crown relationships that builds on and goes beyond the legal duty to consult. In delivering on this commitment, the Government recognizes the right of Indigenous peoples to participate in decision-making in matters that affect their rights through their own representative institutions and the need to consult and cooperate in good faith with the aim of securing their free, prior, and informed consent.The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified that the standard to secure consent of Indigenous peoples is strongest in the case of Aboriginal title lands. The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that Aboriginal title gives the holder the right to use, control, and manage the land and the right to the economic benefits of the land and its resources. The Indigenous nation, as proper title holder, decides how to use and manage its lands for both traditional activities and modern purposes, subject to the limit that the land cannot be developed in a way that would deprive future generations of the benefit of the land.The importance of free, prior, and informed consent, as identified in the UN Declaration, extends beyond title lands. To this end, the Government of Canada will look for opportunities to build processes and approaches aimed at securing consent, as well as creative and innovative mechanisms that will help build deeper collaboration, consensus, and new ways of working together. It will ensure that Indigenous peoples and their governments have a role in public decision-making as part of Canada’s constitutional framework and ensure that Indigenous rights, interests, and aspirations are recognized in decision-making.7. The Government of Canada recognizes that respecting and implementing rights is essential and that any infringement of section 35 rights must by law meet a high threshold of justification which includes Indigenous perspectives and satisfies the Crown’s fiduciary obligations.This Principle reaffirms the central importance of working in partnership to recognize and implement rights and, as such, that any infringement of Aboriginal or treaty rights requires justification in accordance with the highest standards established by the Canadian courts and must be attained in a manner consistent with the honour of the Crown and the objective of reconciliation.This requirement flows from Canada’s constitutional arrangements. Meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples is therefore mandated whenever the Government may seek to infringe a section 35 right.8. The Government of Canada recognizes that reconciliation and self-government require a renewed fiscal relationship, developed in collaboration with Indigenous nations, that promotes a mutually supportive climate for economic partnership and resource development.The Government of Canada recognizes that the rights, interests, perspectives, and governance role of Indigenous peoples are central to securing a new fiscal relationship. It also recognizes the importance of strong Indigenous governments in achieving political, social, economic, and cultural development and improved quality of life.This Principle recognizes that a renewed economic and fiscal relationship must ensure that Indigenous nations have the fiscal capacity, as well as access to land and resources, in order to govern effectively and to provide programs and services to those for whom they are responsible.The renewed fiscal relationship will also enable Indigenous peoples to have fair and ongoing access to their lands, territories, and resources to support their traditional economies and to share in the wealth generated from those lands and resources as part of the broader Canadian economy.A fairer fiscal relationship with Indigenous nations can be achieved through a number of mechanisms such as new tax arrangements, new approaches to calculating fiscal transfers, and the negotiation of resource revenue sharing agreements.9. The Government of Canada recognizes that reconciliation is an ongoing process that occurs in the context of evolving Indigenous-Crown relationships.This Principle recognizes that reconciliation processes, including processes for negotiation and implementation of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements, will need to be innovative and flexible and build over time in the context of evolving Indigenous-Crown relationships. These relationships are to be guided by the recognition and implementation of rights.Treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements should be capable of evolution over time. Moreover, they should provide predictability for the future as to how provisions may be changed or implemented and in what circumstances. Canada is open to flexibility, innovation, and diversity in the nature, form, and content of agreements and arrangements.The Government of Canada also recognizes that it has an active role and responsibility in ensuring the cultural survival of Indigenous peoples as well as in protecting Aboriginal and treaty rights.The Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with Indigenous peoples on changes to federal laws, regulations, and policies to realize the unfulfilled constitutional promise of s.35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.10. The Government of Canada recognizes that a distinctions-based approach is needed to ensure that the unique rights, interests and circumstances of the First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit are acknowledged, affirmed, and implemented.The Government of Canada recognizes First Nations, the Métis Nation, and Inuit as the Indigenous peoples of Canada, consisting of distinct, rights-bearing communities with their own histories, including with the Crown. The work of forming renewed relationships based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership must reflect the unique interests, priorities and circumstances of each People.
The police insisted that there was no political connection to the Vavunaitivu incident and that it was purely a dispute between two villages. (Colombo Gazette) According to the police, four temporary shelters were set on fire in Unachiya, in the Vavunaitivu police division, following a dispute between two groups. The police today warned the media and the public not to incite racial or religious tensions by spreading false information regarding some incidents.The warning comes after some news websites had indicated that an incident in Vavunaitivu early this morning was as a result of a clash between Sinhalese groups and minorities in the area. The police insisted that the dispute was over a private issue and was not connected to any race or religion. The police said that the suspects involved in the incident have already been arrested.The police media unit said that it was regrettable to note that there are attempts to create divisions among the communities at a time when the country is at peace after 30 years of war.
MacDonald Masambuka, 22, went missing in February. His body was discovered in April. Local media reported that his legs and arms had been removed.Maria Jose Torres, UN Resident Coordinator in the African country, has welcomed the end of investigations into his killing.Twelve people–among them a police officer and a priest—have entered pleas on a series of charges that include murder and causing harm to persons with disabilities.“We call on the Government to promptly prosecute the alleged perpetrators in this landmark case,” she said in a statement issued on Wednesday.Ms. Torres added that the UN remains concerned about continued attacks against persons with albinism. People with the condition are born with lighter than normal skin, hair and eye colour, making them sensitive to the sun and bright light. In some communities, they are attacked or even killed for their body parts which are erroneously believed to possess magical powers.At least 10 people with albinism remain missing in Malawi, according to Ms. Torres.She said the most recent case concerns Joseph Kashingwe, a 12-year-old boy who disappeared in July after attending independence celebrations. Another boy, aged five, narrowly escaped abduction just last month.The UN official called on the national authorities to intensify efforts to resolve the outstanding cases and to step up protection and support to victims and their families.She also urged them to prioritise investigations and prosecutions of crimes against persons with albinism, in line with commitments made at a meeting in June, convened by the UN in the capital, Lilongwe.The global community has been working to fight stigma, discrimination and violence against persons with albinism, with 13 June celebrated each year as International Albinism Awareness Day.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A wall is going up between Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky’s Capitol.The Courier-Journal reports Senate President Robert Stivers said he authorized building a wall in the State Capitol Annex so that three Republicans won’t have to share office space with Democrats. Stivers said GOP members should have the ability to talk freely without being overheard.Childish behavior like this is why people are losing faith in government! This is a waste of tax dollars!From @CourierJournal @KyGOP Senators wall off fellow @KyDems — literally — in Kentucky Capitol https://t.co/7bQFEnmiiZ #KYGA pic.twitter.com/SKmKlphPC5— Sheri Donahue (@sheridonah) August 26, 2019- Advertisement – Construction of the wall is expected to cost taxpayers about $12,000. An increase in the number of Republicans elected recently has led to one office suite in the annex being shared by both parties. The Senate has 29 Republicans and nine Democrats.Some Democratic senators say the wall is divisive and a waste of money, but Sen. Julian Carroll said while he was surprised he didn’t have a problem with it. He says Republicans and Democrats have traditionally had privacy.
EasyJet has apologised for “any inconvenience” and launched an investigation. Casper was preparing to take only his second flight alone to stay with family in France, his mother Stephanie Portal told The Guardian.“It’s crazy,” she said. “They left him alone in departures. Luckily, I had still not got on board my train to London and could come back and find him. “If I had not been there I don’t know what would have happened – he’d have had no money for the train back or anything.” Ms Portal said she persuaded EasyJet to allocate her son a seat on the final flight of the day to Toulouse. The teenager was taken from his seat before the flight could leave Gatwick AirportCredit:Oli Scarff/Getty In April, United Airlines found itself at the centre of a furore after a passenger was forcibly removed from a flight.David Dao, a doctor, suffered concussion and a broken nose when he was dragged down the plane after he refused to leave his seat. An EasyJet spokeswoman apologised “for any inconvenience caused” by the incident.She added: “EasyJet is sorry that Casper Read’s flight from London Gatwick to Toulouse was overbooked. We are investigating why he was able to board the aircraft as he should have been informed at the gate.“EasyJet has a procedure to protect unaccompanied minors but unfortunately this was not followed on this occasion and so this will also be investigated.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An unaccompanied child was left alone at an airport departure gate after being removed from an overbooked EasyJet plane.Casper Read, 15, was taken from his seat before the flight to Toulouse could leave Gatwick Airport.The schoolboy, from Worthing, West Sussex, had been given a boarding pass for a seat on flight EZY833 on Thursday morning.But, having texted his mother to tell her he was safely on board, another passenger reportedly claimed Casper’s seat and he was told to leave the plane as there was not enough space.
Voice controls aren’t something that Google Chrome is totally unfamiliar with. Since the beta version of Chrome 11, users have been able to leverage HTML5 speech input to do things like perform searches on Google.com simply by clicking and talking. With the release of Chrome 25, Google is taking speech recognition in Chrome to another level.The new release supports Google’s own Web Speech API. It integrates with Google’s backend cloud services to provide speech-driven functionality that’s well beyond rudimentary transcription. In Google’s demo video, for example, engineer Glen Shires shows Chrome 25 taking email dictation. Sentences are built on the fly, and you can see the web app automatically correcting words as it gains contextual clues from the spoken input. Don’t worry about your microphone listening in on all your conversations, though: speech input isn’t activated until users click to allow it.Google is pitching other possibilities for Web Speech, like issuing commands to characters in a game or controlling media playback on web apps like Google Music or YouTube. The aim for the Web Speech API is to provide web developers with an easy way to implement voice controls in their apps.For the time being, Web Speech is “vendor prefixed,” which means it’s only supported in Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers. As is the case with many other additions to Chrome over the years, Google is pitching Web Speech as a W3C standard. Eventually it could be supported by other browsers like Firefox and Opera. Both have gotten on board with Google pitches in the past, like VP8 and WebRTC.More at HTML5 Rocks
Facebook Messenger s’offre une application WindowsAprès s’être imposé sur toutes les plateformes mobiles, Facebook Messenger s’attaque à Windows, via un logiciel de discussion qui est destiné à faire oublier MSN Messenger.Les rumeurs voulaient que Facebook travaille sur un logiciel de messagerie instantanée pour la plateforme Windows mais désormais on en sait beaucoup plus grâce au site TechIT, qui le premier à pu mettre la main sur une version d’évaluation privée. Le réseau social a bien adapté Facebook Messenger pour un logiciel autonome qui permet de se passer de son navigateur pour discuter avec tous ses contacts. Il propose aussi une version allégée du Télex, le nouveau fil d’actualités listant tous les mises à jour de vos amis. À lire aussiMarketing, cornée et Facebook, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 23 marsLe logiciel ressemble très furieusement à l’antique MSN Messenger, qui est resté leader incontesté du chat avant l’arrivée du service du réseau de Mark Zuckerberg. L’interface est néanmoins plus sobre et permet de centraliser toutes ses activités sociales en une seule plateforme, une simplicité appréciée par les utilisateurs et un temps d’utilisation du site toujours augmenté pour l’entreprise.Facebook a décidé, au vu de la suite et confiant sur la stabilité de son logiciel, a d’ores et déjà mis en ligne le client en version publique sur son site américain où est disponible directement via ce lien. Attention toutefois, le logiciel n’est pas encore finalisé. La date de sortie est inconnue à ce jour, Facebook attend les retours des utilisateurs pour améliorer son système.Le 30 décembre 2011 à 17:37 • Maxime Lambert
Découverte de virus géants et mystérieux : les pandoravirusDeux équipes françaises ont déniché au Chili et en Australie un nouveau type de virus géants : les pandoravirus. Avec leurs génomes qui peuvent atteindre les 2500 gènes, ils sont plus complexes que certaines cellules à noyau, chose impensable jusqu’alors. Les chercheurs auraient pu les baptiser “godzillavirus”, ils ont plutôt opté pour pandoravirus. Deux équipes françaises ont annoncé jeudi 18 juillet la découverte d’un nouveau type de virus absolument gigantesque et doté d’un génome très complexe. Issus du laboratoire Information génomique et structurale d’Aix-Marseille et laboratoire Biologie à Grande Échelle de Grenoble, les chercheurs ont publiés leurs travaux vendredi dans la revue Science.Ces virus impressionnants sont au nombre de deux : le pandoravirus salinus découvert au Chili et le pandoravirus dulcis découvert dans une mare d’eau douce en Australie. Leur nom provient à la fois de leur forme d’amphore et de leur contenu encore très mal connu, d’où la référence à la boite de Pandore.100 fois plus de gènes que le SIDAMais c’est bien leur taille qui surprend. Grands d’environ un micron, leurs génome dépassent les 1000 gènes, soit cent fois plus que des virus “classiques” comme ceux du SIDA et de la grippe. Ces mastodontes pullulent au sein d’amibes du genre Acanthamoeba.Chez pandoravirus salinus, seules 6% des protéines sont connues chez d’autres organismes. Mieux, avec 2500 gènes, ce virus est plus complexe que certaines cellules à noyau. Alors que les autres virus connus produisent de la capside, les chercheurs n’ont découvert aucun gène qui code cette protéine chez les pandoravirus. L’analyse des protéines contenues dans le pandoravirus salinus confirme cette absence.15 000 kilomètres de distanceA ce stade on en viendrait à se dire qu’il ne s’agit tout simplement pas de virus tant les différences s’accumulent. Pourtant les pandoravirus rentrent bien dans la catégorie comme le rappelle un communiqué du CNRS : “absence de ribosome, de production d’énergie et de division”.Cette découverte montre que le monde microscopique réserve encore des surprises de taille. Les chercheurs soulignent qu’il doit exister de très nombreuses autres espèces de pandoravirus puisque les deux seuls spécimens connus ont été retrouvés à pas moins de 15 000 kilomètres de distance. Le 21 juillet 2013 à 19:54 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend The Metro Richmond Zoo just welcomed seven new cheetah cubs and they’re ready to steal your hearts.On Thursday, the Metro Richmond Zoo announced the septuplets in a press release, and said their births were a “big boost for cheetah conservation.” But, the litter is an extremely rare occurrence: The zoo said there’s only a 1 percent chance of a cheetah having seven babies at once.The cubs, which were born on Nov. 30, have already had their first set of shots and several checkups. The cheetah babies and their mom, Vaila, are in the zoo’s breeding facility and not on exhibit yet. However, they’re expected to move to the zoo in March. The zoo hasn’t disclosed a specific date yet.According to the zoo, the cheetah is one of Africa’s most endangered animals. The cheetah population, which has declined from 100,000 to 7,000 animals, could experience extinction if conservation efforts aren’t made. Thankfully though, facilities, including the Metro Richmond Zoo, are taking extra steps to bring more healthy (and adorable) cheetahs into the world.You can learn more about the cute cubs in Metro Richmond Zoo’s YouTube video.More on Geek.com:Watch: Alligators Poke Snouts Out of Ice to Deal With Freezing WeatherOrangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her ThumbBiologists Discover Deep-Sea Fish Living Where There Is Virtually No Oxygen
Stay on target Boaty McBoatface Makes Major Climate Change DiscoveryCyborg Seals Help Explain Mysterious Antarctic Ice Holes NASA is counting down to a major calving at Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf. Satellite imagery is showing a crack on the ice shelf stretching from south to north, which will release an iceberg twice the size of New York City, according to NASA.“It is not yet clear how the remaining ice shelf will respond following the break, posing an uncertain future for scientific infrastructure and a human presence on the shelf that was first established in 1955,” the agency said.The Brunt Ice Shelf, a 400 foot-thick sheet of ice in the Weddell Sea, is currently home to the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Research Station.Previously stable for about 35 years, this crack recently started accelerating northward as fast as 4 kilometers per year. (Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image/Joshua Stevens)When the iceberg calves, it would be the largest berg to break off the Brunt Ice Shelf since observations of the area began in 1915.Images acquired by NASA’s Landsat satellites show one crack which first appeared in October 2016 — known as the Halloween crack — and continues to grow eastward from an area known as the McDonald Ice Rumples.But according to NASA, the more “immediate concern” is a northward-expanding rift, located within a few kilometers of the McDonald Ice Rumples and the Halloween crack. Previously stable for about 35 years, this crack recently started accelerating northward as fast as 4 kilometers per year.Image shows the northward-expanding crack in relation to the location of the older Halloween Crack, the Halley VI station, and the closed Halley IV station. (Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens)When it cuts all the way across, the area of ice lost from the shelf will likely be at least 1700 square kilometers (660 square miles).“The near-term future of Brunt Ice Shelf likely depends on where the existing rifts merge relative to the McDonald Ice Rumples,” said Joe MacGregor, a glaciologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “If they merge upstream (south) of the McDonald Ice Rumples, then it’s possible that the ice shelf will be destabilized.”Calving is a normal part of the life cycle of ice shelves, but the recent changes are rare in this area. The edge of the Brunt Ice Shelf has evolved slowly since Ernest Shackleton surveyed the coast in 1915, but it has been speeding up in the past several years.“We don’t have a clear picture of what drives the shelf’s periods of advance and retreat through calving,” said NASA/UMBC glaciologist Chris Shuman. “The likely future loss of the ice on the other side of the Halloween Crack suggests that more instability is possible, with associated risk to Halley VIa.”More on Geek.com:Scientists Find Tiny Animal Carcasses in Buried Antarctic LakeAntarctica’s Ice Melting Rate Has Increased by 240 Percent42 Stunning Images of Snow and Ice on Earth from Space
Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Ronda Rousey WWE RAW is live tonight from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Announced for tonight’s show is RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey teaming with Natalya against Sasha Banks and Bayley in a tag team match.No other matches have been announced ahead of time as of this morning. Tonight will be the go home show for the Royal Rumble PPV this Sunday. If you missed it yesterday, WWE confirmed nine new names for the Women’s Royal Rumble match.Don’t forget that Mike and Victoria Tedesco will be live on YouTube after RAW tonight! WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Sasha Banks Twitter Videos Articles WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Facebook Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhat Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 1.88%0:00Remaining Time -0:38 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 WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight
Update, 11:38 a.m.: Gravitt was located on foot. She appears to be in good health. Original story: Vancouver police say a 69-year-old woman who suffers from memory loss is missing.Kathleen Gravitt walked away from her home on Thompson Avenue around 8:45 a.m. Friday morning, according to a Vancouver Police Department alert.Officers were dispatched to Gravitt’s residence about an hour later to take a missing person report, the police department said. They learned she has memory loss and related medical issues.Gravitt is described as having a small physical build and short reddish hair. She was last seen wearing a black sweater and dark blue pants.“Kathleen had her push style walker with her, which was red in color. Kathleen also had a brace on her right foot and she may be currently limping when she walks,” police said.Anyone with information about Gravitt’s whereabouts should call 911.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has backed Liverpool to sustain their Premier League title challenge to the very end of the season.Liverpool are top the Premier League table after their impressive 3-1 home win against rivals Manchester United on Sunday.Keane believes the winning mentality and confidence in Jurgen Klopp’s side can take them all the way this season.“Can they maintain it? Without a shadow of a doubt,” Keane told Sky Sports.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They have the squad, they all seem onside – when you win football matches you get that momentum, confidence. Unless they have a disaster with injuries to their attacking players, they’ll be in the mix.“We’ve thought with Liverpool over the last few years, yes, they’re nice to watch but are they really going to be good enough to win the big prizes?“I think the signing of Virgil van Dijk was massive. I know the goalkeeper made a mistake but he’ll be a massive player for Liverpool and if they stay injury-free with the attacking players, there are trophies on the way to Anfield, without a shadow of a doubt.”
More From Roadshow Share your voice 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Post a comment 0 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster first drive: Superb sensations 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package Car Industry Diesel Cars BMW Volkswagen Mercedes-Benz Tags In 2017, the European Union’s antitrust regulators headed to the offices of BMW, Daimler and members of the Volkswagen Group to investigate allegations that the automakers colluded against improving their vehicles’ emissions. The European Commission on Friday announced that it sent a Statement of Objections to BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen for allegedly colluding to restrict competition and artificially delay the development of emission-reducing car technology. “Companies can cooperate in many ways to improve the quality of their products. However, EU competition rules do not allow them to collude on exactly the opposite: not to improve their products, not to compete on quality,” said Margrethe Vestager, member of the European Commission in charge of competition policy, in a statement. “We are concerned that this is what happened in this case and that Daimler, VW and BMW may have broken EU competition rules. As a result, European consumers may have been denied the opportunity to buy cars with the best available technology.”Enlarge ImageThis isn’t just about diesels, but they’re in here, too. SOPA Images/Getty Images According to the Commission’s press release, the group is concerned that collusion occurred with regards to two different emissions-reductions systems. On the diesel side, the group alleges that the automakers “coordinated their AdBlue dosing strategies, AdBlue tank size and refill ranges between 2006 and 2014 with the common understanding that they thereby limited AdBlue-consumption and exhaust gas cleaning effectiveness.” Gas-powered cars didn’t escape the conversation, either. While selective catalytic reduction (urea/AdBlue injection) doesn’t exist for gas engines, there are particulate filters that can help reduce tailpipe emissions. In this case, the Commission believes that “BMW, Daimler and VW coordinated to avoid, or at least to delay, the introduction of [‘Otto’ particulate filters] in their new (direct injection) petrol passenger car models between 2009 and 2014, and to remove uncertainty about their future market conduct.”In an emailed statement, a Daimler spokesperson said that the automaker is cooperating with the European Commission and would not comment further on this ongoing case. Volkswagen said it will continue to cooperate with the Commission, as well. BMW did not immediately return Roadshow’s requests for comment.The Commission noted in its release that, while this doesn’t rise to the level of price fixing, it’s still a potential violation of EU competition guidelines. That said, this Statement of Objections isn’t a binding determination of any kind — automakers will still get to present their cases to the Commission — but if fines are levied, they could amount to 10 percent of the automakers’ global revenue, totaling billions of dollars.
Kukatpally: Leaders of the BJP, including former councilor Pannala Harishchandra Reddy and district unit president Madhavaram Kantha Rao, on Thursday took up party membership drive, moving house-to-house. Reddy stated that there was a good response to the enrolment of members. He urged the party activists to take the Central government’s welfare and development schemes to each house. Among those who took part in the campaign were BJP State Executive Committee member Shivaratri Damodar, BJYM State official representative Pratam Reddy , division president Haribabu, activists Pavan, Dasari Ramesh, Vaikuntam, Himavantu, Vijay, Thota Ramesh, Yadi Reddy, Koteswara Rao.
YabaTwo Myanmar soldiers are being questioned after they were caught with nearly two million “yaba” pills in restive Rakhine state, police said Tuesday, as the drugs trade goes on despite communal violence.The men were held after 1.88 million tablets said to be worth around $2.8 million were found in a military vehicle in the town of Maungdaw on 1 October, a senior anti-drugs officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.Maungdaw is the epicentre of violence that has left hundreds dead and sent 500,000 Muslim Rohingya residents fleeing into Bangladesh.Myanmar’s army has flooded the area since 25 August in a major offensive designed to flush out Rohingya militants.But their presence appears to have failed to slow the drug trade.Yaba, a Thai word meaning “crazy medicine”, is a concoction of methamphetamine and caffeine that has become popular among young people in Bangladesh.Myanmar’s western border zone is awash with methamphetamine, most destined for Bangladesh.There have long been rumours of militants, security forces and local businessmen getting rich on drug trafficking — a trade that has cut across communal rivalries.The pills were marked with “WY and R brands”, the police source added, referring to popular brands pumped out by the drug lords of Wa state.The Wa, an ethnic group who have a large standing army and churn out most of Southeast Asia’s methamphetamine, are based in the far east of Myanmar, suggesting drug routes have survived the crisis that has engulfed Rakhine.In recent years Bangladeshi security forces have seized millions of yaba tablets from traffickers attempting to enter its Cox’s Bazar area by land and sea.Last week Bangladesh arrested three Rohingya men attempting to smuggle 800,000 meth pills into the country from Myanmar via the Naf border river at the height of the refugee crisis.
ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow. uses sociodrama and other action-based techniques to engage members of the community. In their book, Sociodrama: Who’s In Your Shoes?, Sternberg and Garcia state that “Sociodrama is a group action method in which participants act out agreed-upon social situations spontaneously. Sociodrama helps people to express their thoughts and feelings, solve problems, and clarify their values. Rather than simply discussing social issues, sociodrama gets people out of their chairs and exploring in action topics of interest to them.” These facilitated conversations and exercises aim to interact with participants inside of barbershops in order to discuss a number of topics that impact the African-American community, including violence, politics, forgiveness, and drug and alcohol abuse. This format allows the community to experience each other differently and offers solutions to these issues. It’s important to use an action method such as sociodrama in barbershops because of its open environment and no agreement to confidentiality. Sociodrama forms a collective story on a topic that is relevant to the participants. This action structure opens creative outlets for full involvement and self-expression because it is not a one-person story. So, how does ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow. relate to the Barbershop Art Series by Schroeder Cherry being held at the Function Coworking Community on June 9, 2019? It’s an excellent chance to engage the wider community of people who would appreciate scenes from the barbershop, while at the same time, establish deep connections and have authentic conversations to talk about current events. Additionally, Schroeder Cherry is one of seven finalists for the 2019 Sondheim Artscape Prize. Shroeder is Baltimore-based artist, master puppeteer and museum educator. He primarily uses mixed media on wood to create magnificent artwork.The intention is behind ShopTalk is to have interactive, highly engaging, conversations with the community inspired by the artwork no matter what one’s background is. Further, states Garcia and Sternberg, “as they explore various issues, they put themselves in other people’s shoes in order to understand themselves and others better. One of the reasons sociodrama works so well is that it taps into the truth about humanity that we are each more alike than we are different. Sociodrama speaks to both sides of the brain, with its action/reflection components. It is a kinesthetic, intuitive, affective and cognitive educational technique. Sociodrama has as its goals: catharsis (expression of feelings), insight (new perception) and role training (behavioral practice).” Within Schroeder Cherry’s brilliant artwork, there are so many story lines to build upon and play with. For example, when one sees a real combination lock or a set of keys included as part of the artwork, what comes to mind? Who knows? That is the point. We will explore, give voice to and share meaning about the many elements embedded in the artwork together as a community to find out. Please join us. Joshua S. Lee, native of Baltimore, is a mental health therapist, facilitator and performance life coach. He is the owner of UMOJA Integrative Behavioral Health Systems, a behavioral health training organization and the home of The Game Plan for Better Living. By Joshua S. Lee, Special to the AFROAfter the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent civil unrest in Baltimore, resulting in rioting, arsons and vandalism in many parts of the city in the Spring of 2015, ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow., a community-based project was ushered into service. It’s mission, led by African-American practitioners (including substance abuse professionals, clergy, community empowerment persons, etc.), is to engage the African-American community in discussions that uplift, heal and inspire the community to provide support for each other and begin to solve its own problems and challenges. Practitioners share their own wisdom and knowledge in a safe, supportive environment of barbershops owned by African-Americans, because they believe the African-American barbershop is a community institution, where people gather to have all types of conversations.