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  • Saints run win streak to nine games with OT win over Spartans

    first_imgThe Selkirk Saints continued to dominate the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League, but this win not easy.Selkirk overcame a two-goal deficit midway through the third period to force overtime before Kam Crawford scored the winner just 30 seconds into the extra frame to top Trinity Western University Spartans 5-4 Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.With the victory the Saints move the 9-0 on the regular season and extended their league record winning streak to begin the year. “We came out slow and tentative tonight and paid the price when TWU took advantage of some defensive lapses in the second period and capitalized on their opportunities,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”But even after going down two goals early in the third period our group didn’t quit. We dominated the final 20 minutes and were rewarded for turning our game around.””Hopefully we’ll show tomorrow that we learned a lesson and come out with the same intensity that we finished with tonight,” Dubois added. Crawford’s goal, through traffic to complete the comeback, was necessary after the Spartans scored on an early third period power-play to take a 4-2 lead.Jordan Wood and Logan Proulx led the way for the Saints, each picking up points on all four of Selkirk’s goals in regulation. Blueliner Jake Harcoff and forward Jamie Kreller put the hosts ahead by a pair early in the second following a scoreless first period.The teams then traded goals, with Saints defenceman Brodie Gibbon and TWU’s Jamie Russell each scoring, before Proulx brought Selkirk back within one late in the frame. Saints netminder Chris Hurry received his second start of the regular season and stopped 17 of 21 shots before being relieved by Alex Sirard following the Spartans’ fourth goal.Sirard stopped all six shots he faced and picked up the win after his team scored the final three goals of the game. In the TWU net! Harry Fredeman was outstanding in turning aside 43 shots on the night. Saturday’s rematch is set for a 1 p.m. faceoff and can be viewed online at www.fasthockey.comlast_img read more

  • Comets Are Cracking Up

    first_imgAn amateur astronomer observed a comet splitting in two, reported (PhysOrg), but it’s not just the comets that are breaking up.  Theories about them have undergone a revolution at revelations they are not all they were cracked up to be.  They used to be pristine remnants of the formation of the solar system.  Analysis of actual cometary material has changed all that.    Last month, a headline heralded the first dating of comet stuff (see Science Daily).  Beneath the surface, though, the article recognized a paradigm shift:The NASA Stardust mission to comet Wild 2, which launched in 1999, was designed around the premise that comets preserve pristine remnants of materials that helped form the solar system.  In 2006, Stardust returned with the first samples from a comet.    Though the mission was expected to provide a unique glimpse into the early solar system by returning a mix of solar system condensates, amorphous grains from the interstellar medium and true stardust (crystalline grains originating in distant stars), the initial results painted a different picture.  Instead, the comet materials consisted of high-temperature materials including calcium-aluminum rich inclusions (CAIs), the oldest objects formed in the solar nebula.  These objects form in the inner regions of the solar nebula and are common in meteorites.    The presence of CAIs in comet Wild 2 indicates that the formation of the solar system included mixing over radial distances much greater than has been recognized by scientists in the past.The date and location of CAIs, though, is dependent on theories of the formation of the solar system.  Something is clearly wrong.  To salvage the theory about where and when high-temperature materials form, the scientists now have to invoke “radial transport of material over large distances in the early solar nebula.”  Is that even probable?  Could it be just a theory-rescuing device at work?  A scientist at Lawrence Livermore recognized the problem: “These findings also raise key questions regarding the timescale of the formation of comets and the relationship between Wild 2 and other primitive solar nebula objects.”  Those are quotes from the paper in Science Express posted Feb 25, 2010.1  The paper claimed a date of 1.7 million years for the particle studied.  Is that kind of precision plausible, given the following explanation?This observation in turn requires transport of inner solar system material to the outer reaches of the solar system at distances exceeding 30 AU and incorporation into cometary bodies over an extended period of at least several million years.  Outward transport of Coki [the name they gave to the particle] to the Kuiper belt must have occurred as late as (if not later than) the time over which chondritic meteorites and the oldest differentiated meteorites formed [see (30)].  The age constraint derived from Coki indicates that the transport mechanisms which supplied high-temperature inner solar system material to the outer reaches of the solar nebula, whether by lofting above the disk in an X-wind model (31) or via mixing processes within the solar nebula [e.g., (32, 33)], operated over a >2 million year timescale as solids settled to the midplane and the disk evolved.In other words, this particle had to be cooked in the inner solar system, then fly outward to 30 times the earth-sun distance to get to the assumed comet-forming region.  Giving these implausible stories names like “transport mechanisms” and “mixing processes” seems a cover for ignorance.  Space.com recognized the ignorance: “How the material in Coki got transported to the outer solar system, whether by lofting above the solar system disk or mixing processes within it, isn’t yet known, but it likely occurred during a time period of more than two million years, the researchers say.”  If one cannot describe how it happened, it seems presumptuous to claim to know when it happened.    Meanwhile, we do know from direct observation that comets don’t last forever.  Space.com and National Geographic reported another SOHO observation of a sun-grazing comet making a death plunge into the sun, where it was seen to vaporize and vanish.  That’s the thousandth one.  Before SOHO, the article said, only 16 sun-grazers were known.  New Scientist reported that “Three years ago, the comet 17P/Holmes exploded with a blast comparable to a small nuclear bomb.”  And National Geographic reported in January a “strange” comet that may have formed from the collision of asteroids.  These observations, combined with the breakup observed by the amateur astronomer, show destructive processes at work – not comet formation processes.  The comets we see are cracking, vaporizing, exploding, and fizzling out.  They form only in theory.    National Geographic fell back on the old paradigm: “It’s believed most comets come from the cold, distant reaches of the solar system and travel on long, elliptical orbits, which keep the icy bodies far from the sun most of the time.”  That must be – or else they would be young.  The collision was not observed.  At the tail end of the article, scientists admitted they didn’t even know what an asteroid collision would look like.  Jim Scotti [U of Arizona] said, “We have some ideas, but I’m not sure anyone has really sat down and modeled the size and velocity of the debris, or where all that debris goes and how long it would remain potentially observable.”  It seems premature, therefore, to say that a collision formed this particular strange comet.    Another detail came out at the end of the article: scientists were puzzled this comet had any ice left after billions of years:For now, scientists can only wait and watch to see if P/2010 A2 (LINEAR) slowly dissipates, like debris from an explosion, or continues to act like a comet—which would pose a new round of puzzling questions.    A rare handful of comet-like bodies are known to orbit in the main asteroid belt.  But if P/2010 A2 (LINEAR) is actually a comet, how did it conserve its water ice so close to the sun for some 4.5 billion years—roughly the age of the solar system—only to begin releasing gases now due to some unseen event?    “That’s a long time to bake an object,” Scotti said.    “It’s hard to imagine how an object would maintain a reservoir of volatiles that it could use to suddenly start producing a tail.  But you know, stranger things have happened.”Comet science marches on.  Science Daily reminded us that the same Stardust spacecraft that collected Coki and her friends is honing in on a rendezvous with Tempel 1, the comet that Deep Impact blasted with a projectile five years ago.  Also, the WISE infrared orbiting telescope got a nice infrared image of a comet, reported National Geographic.  At least now we know not to worry about comets as bad omens (unless they impact the earth).1.  Matzel et al, “Constraints on the Formation Age of Cometary Material from the NASA Stardust Mission,” Science Express, Published Online February 25, 2010, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1184741.Kids!  Now you can give a scientific excuse to dad.  Next time he asks you who broke the window with a baseball, you can just shrug your shoulders and say “some unseen event” did it.  Tell him you don’t know how long it was “potentially observable.”  If he persists, just say, “It’s hard to imagine” how an object could do that, but “stranger things have happened.”  This has the all the authority of the Lunar and Planetary Lab of the University of Arizona behind it.  Try it!  For extra fun, claim that the ball came from the Kuiper Belt millions of years ago!    In most careers, if you were as wrong as astronomers have been about comets, you would lose your job.  What if astronomers’ jobs depended on the correctness of their predictions when observations come in?  It should be noted that puzzlement is a function of expectations.  Comets themselves are indifferent to what humans think about them.  They just exist and go about their orbital business.  The scientists were puzzled because they expected to see cold, pristine material from the outer reaches of the solar system.  They taught that idea for years.  They were wrong.  This shows the value of better observations.  They can put the lie to evolutionary theories.  More power to Stardust, Deep Impact and other missions that gather data to replace speculation.  It’s a little too late now for the false prophets to make up stories after the fact and tell the public, who pays much of their salaries through federal grants and tuition, that “stranger things have happened.”(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

  • 7 Actionable Ways to Turn Stress into Success

    first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Stress is obviously something we’re all trying to avoid, but just because it’s something we try to prevent doesn’t mean it can’t be used to our advantage. Unfortunately, there’s no way of getting around it, so we might as well make the most of it. If we let stress take over our lives, we won’t get anything done.However, there are actionable ways to turn stress into success that are easy to implement and maintain. By making a concerted effort to remain calm throughout the workday, you can encourage everyone around you to turn stress into success too. Here, we’re going to break down seven ways to do so and how to start right now. 1. BreatheTaking a deep breath is a simple way to calm yourself down quickly. It’s a trick for getting to sleep easier, but it can be just as effective at work. Focusing on the breath is a meditation practice that anyone can do anywhere. The trick is to stay consistent with your breathing. You obviously want to avoid stress to begin with, but telling you to not be stressed would terrible advice. Tell your significant other to calm down in the heat of an argument and see how well that goes down. If anything, you should identify what’s causing the stress to begin with and working from there on ways to avoid making it worse. Count your inhales and exhales for thirty seconds without thinking of anything. If your mind wanders before you reach thirty, start over. Repeat until you reach thirty. Or download an app like Headspace for a guided meditation experience. 2. Sleep MoreIf you’re waking up and going to work tired, you’re starting the day on a bad note, and it’s completely avoidable if you simply went to bed earlier. People are irritable when they don’t sleep. Simple tasks become harder and comprehension decreases. It can even affect one’s physical ability. All these factors can make work harder to accomplish.It seems like being tired is out of our control, but it’s not. When we get more sleep, our cognitive abilities improve while our stress decreases. We become better learners, better team players, and become more positive people overall. When we don’t sleep, we put ourselves at risk of shorter lifespans, heart disease, and obesity. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to get to bed earlier. You don’t have to close your eyes immediately, but you should shut your TV off, put down your phone and computer, and get into bed. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep. 3. Schedule Relaxation TimeAre you a busy person that simply can’t find time to relax during the day? I’ll just be blunt and tell you you’re not that busy. Relaxing for even a half hour can be beneficial. Instead of catching up on emails during your lunch, go for a walk. Instead of waiting in line for your lunch, bring one. Your brain needs time to recover from a stressful day. If you don’t take care of it, you can’t expect it to fix itself. Work your schedule around relaxation time. If you can’t spare a half hour to an hour, at least break up your day with shorter breaks. Five minutes here and there to breathe and look away from your computer screen to step outside can do wonders. If you stick to the schedule, you’ll learn to make the most out of the limited time you have. Set an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to take a break. Or you can tell someone you work with to remind you and keep you honest. Having someone look after you is a great way to manage stress. 4. One Task at a TimeDoing too much at once is a great way to induce stress. We all have those busy days at work where we’re given more and more work. In fact, many people say that if you need something done, ask the busiest person to do it for you. If you find yourself in that situation where you’re the busiest person in the office, make a point of doing one task at a time. If you’re trying too hard to go back and forth between tasks, you won’t give each one the proper attention they need and you’ll drive yourself crazy knowing you’re not working to your fullest potential. Create a schedule with reminders and stay on top of it. You can do this on your phone or with task management software like Trello or Asana. Plus, everyone you work with can see what you’re working on so they’ll know whether or not it’s okay to ask for your help or to leave you alone if you’re swamped.5. Don’t Get Too LazySo far this entire article has been about avoiding stress; it might come off as being counter-productive to keep yourself busy to avoid stress, but let us explain. If you plan ahead to make a big push and get all your work done for the next month so you have nothing to worry about, you’re going to get yourself in the mindset that you have nothing to do. When the time comes where you get a ton of work again, you’re not going to be prepared mentally.By remaining busy at a very manageable level, you’re keeping your mind sharp for when the real push comes. Some stress can be motivating. We all tend to work faster and harder when there’s a deadline to meet. If you’re the type to stress about not having anything to stress about, this is a great way to avoid that scenario, as well. Create a schedule and organize tasks by priority. Big projects should have more time to finish. Smaller ones should be done quickly. Finding a balance between the two is key. If you’re waiting for approval, don’t sit around waiting. Do a smaller task in the meantime. 6. Switch Up the ScenerySometimes, all it takes to reduce some stress is seeing things from a new light. This includes where you sit, what’s on your desk, and talking to new people. If you’re near a window that’s never open, open it. If that window lets the sun in, and there’s room on your desk, buy a plant (they’ll even remove toxins in the air). If you find your desk is too cluttered for a plant, clean it. You can also encourage your boss to repaint the office, bring in new chairs, or switch out regular desks with standing desks. There’s a ton of ways to go about switching up the scenery to reduce stress. These small changes are known to boost productivity. The more of an effort you make to keep things from getting stagnant, the more likely your employees will mimic that concept in their own work. Create a poll and determine what other employees think is best to increase productivity. Follow through on that poll provided the results are within reason. 7. Talk to Each OtherYou’re working with other people! Act like you’re a team. Take a quick break and catch up every once in a while. If you’re stressed, tell someone. Maybe they are too. You can help each other by venting, or, at the very least, complain about the stress together. The point is to not be a stranger. Who wants to go to the same place with the same people every day and never actually get to know them?That other person might also have some valuable insight on what’s making you so stressed out. If they have a different job than you, they might be able to look at your situation from a fresh point of view. It’s not a guarantee, but at least you’re trying to resolve the stress. If you’re actively trying to reduce stress, you will get there eventually. Make a point of meeting someone new or catching up with someone on a regular basis. This will not only help you become less stressed, but help the other person too. This will create a stronger bond, a better work environment, decrease stress, and increase productivity.The Final WordStress is an unavoidable consequence of our everyday work lives. There are going to be times where we’re going to deal with it, and there are going to be times where all it seems like it’s doing is piling up and finding its way into our personal lives. However, in limited amounts, it can be used to our advantage. For example, working with a deadline can increase productivity if you’re known for procrastinating. The goal though is to limit it as much as possible, by working as a team, staying organized, making subtle changes in your personal life via meditation and getting more sleep, and changing your perspectives on certain tasks. We cannot expect stress to disappear on it’s own. We all know that the more we let it fester, the worse it gets. The more it builds, the higher the odds of a mental breakdown. By removing stress, we become better people mentally and physically. The more in tune we are with our emotions, the more we can focus on our work. This increases productivity, which ultimately increases the employee experience, and finally the customer experience. These seven actionable ways to turn stress into success are a great way to get started today. Reuben Yonatan is the founder @ GetVoIP — an industry leading business comparison guide that helps companies understand and choose a VoIP system for their specific needs. Follow on Twitter @ReubenYonatan Related Posts Reuben Yonatancenter_img Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

  • NDA will get three-fourth majority in Maharashtra assembly polls, says Amit Shah

    first_imgVisiting Mumbai, a day after announcement of Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday chose not to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray maintaining secrecy over whether or not both parties will contest the election as an alliance.Addressing a public rally in Goregaon, Mr. Shah announced that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would continue at the post even after the polls. The BJP president went on to say that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would get three-fourth majority in the Assembly of 288 seats. While his reference to the NDA has sent mix signals, Mr. Shah did not mention Shiv Sena in his speech. This is being viewed as a snub to the Sena which is projecting Aaditya Thackeray, son of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, as its nominee for the CM’s post.“The Fadnavis government worked alongside Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The Modi government got a second term and I am clear voters have made up their minds to give Fadnavis another term,” Mr. Shah said.However, throughout the day Mr. Shah did not hold any political meeting either with the BJP leaders or with Mr. Thackeray, as speculated. It was widely believed that the meeting between both the leaders would iron out any wrinkles in their partnership and an alliance between two parties would be finalised.The Sena chief has already said that he is hopeful of an alliance with the BJP while Mr. Fadnavis too has said that both parties will contest as part of a coalition. Mr. Thackeray has also said that the seat-sharing formula for the Assembly polls was decided by himself, Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Shah before Lok Sabha polls. Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai on Friday said that the Sena would accept the number of seats given to it by the BJP.Intense speculation is continuing on the number of seats each part would contest, with the latest version being BJP would contest 162 seats with Sena contesting on 126. The smaller parties would be accommodated from BJP’s quota.Senior Sena leader Divakar Raote had said that party expects 50:50 seat sharing formula and failing to do so would result in the breaking of the alliance. The BJP however has retorted by saying those not part of the seat-sharing talks should not get involved.last_img read more

  • Antetokounmpo’s Show Leads Bucks to 104-93 Win over Knicks

    first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo has become a player the Milwaukee Bucks can lean on to flip the momentum of the game. He did so yet again Wednesday night.With his team down double digits in the third quarter, Antetokounmpo took over. He scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half to help Milwaukee rally for a 104-93 win over the New York Knicks.The Bucks extended their winning streak to four games with the victory, moving to within a half-game of Chicago and Detroit for the seventh and eighth playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.“It is just the competitive nature out of me,” Antetokounmpo said. “When they go on a run and are up 10 or up 12, I get really competitive. I feel I have to go right now. I don’t even think about it. It just comes naturally.”Antetokounmpo also added 13 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points and Greg Monroe had 17.“He started taking over the game,” Monroe said of Antetokounmpo. “His energy level and his effort level went up and everybody on the team followed. He’s been doing a great job all year but tonight, he definitely led us.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, is fouled by New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)The Bucks began the third quarter missing 13 of their first 14 shots and the Knicks built a 69-57 lead on a pair of free throws by Courtney Lee with 5:53 left in the third quarter.Milwaukee then closed the period with a 19-4 run to take a 76-73 advantage into the fourth quarter.“We started getting stops and then we started to score,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “We thought it was going to be a little easy but New York kept playing. To start the third, there was a lid on the basket but we kept playing defense and that’s what got us the lead.”Antetokounmpo scored nine points during the spurt, while Monroe had seven points. A 3-pointer by Matthew Dellavedova put Milwaukee up 93-83 with 6:51 to play.“They had a lot of transition, which hurt us,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Giannis is long and takes those long strides. Once he got that head of steam going we weren’t getting back and helping the guy back. The one guy back there looked like he was on an island as Giannis was attacking.”Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 26 points, scoring 20 of them in the second half. He was 13 of 16 from the field. Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points in his return after a one-game absence but had just six points in the second half.“We didn’t move the ball and get it to the open person,” Rose said. “When you are not moving the ball against a long team like this it is hard because they switch everything. You need ball movement.”TIP-INSKnicks: Anthony returned after missing Monday’s game against Orlando with a sore left knee. … Willy Hernangomez moved into the New York starting lineup in place of Lance Thomas. He scored 13 points in the first half but had none in the second half. … Rose hit his first nine shot attempts in the second half.New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, right, looks to shoot while being defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton, left during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Bucks: Michael Beasley missed his fifth straight game with a hyperextended left knee. … Terrence Jones did not play for the third straight game after signing with Milwaukee on March 4. … Milwaukee outscored New York in the paint 50-32.UP NEXTKnicks: At Detroit on Saturday. New York has not won at the Palace of Auburn Hills since a double-overtime victory on Feb. 27, 2015.Bucks: Host Indiana on Friday. Milwaukee is 2-0 against the Pacers this season, winning 125-107 at home on Nov. 3 and 116-100 at Indiana on Feb. 11.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Landslide at Muskrat Falls prompts renewed calls for independent review

    first_img(The above photo was posted to Facebook on Saturday. It was reportedly shared by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site and shows a landslide on the north side of the river.)Justin Brake APTN NewsAnxiety in on the rise in Labrador as land protectors and others living downstream of Muskrat Falls react to images that show a landslide on the banks of the Lower Churchill River at the project site.Residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Mud Lake held a motorcade in Happy Valley Monday to protest the Crown energy corporation and Muskrat Falls proponent Nalcor Energy’s response to the event.On Sunday, after the photos were reportedly leaked by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site the previous day, Nalcor issued a statement saying the slide poses “no safety risk in relation to the North Spur or the Muskrat Falls facilities,” and that landslides along the river are “fairly common.”The North Spur is a natural peninsula in the river that Nalcor is using to form a “natural dam” as part of the Muskrat Falls facilities.As far back as the project’s environmental assessment process Innu elders and others with knowledge of the area have expressed concerns with the dam being built in part on land comprised of sand and marine clay, also known as “quick clay”.“We are asking that Nalcor and the [provincial] government show genuine concern and empathy and give us honest and forthright answers,” the Labrador Land Protectors said in a press release issued Monday ahead of the motorcade.“We feel Nalcor’s response is insensitive to the concerns of those who live downstream of this project, who have already seen the wrath of the river in last spring’s flood.”Last spring residents of Mud Lake, a remote community of about 50 that resides in the Muskrat Falls flood zone, were airlifted to Goose Bay in an emergency evacuation after water levels in the Churchill River flooded many homes.Residents say that in Mud Lake’s 200 year history water levels have never risen to the extent they did in May 2017.Many attribute the flooding to the Muskrat Falls facilities and believe the dam, which is reportedly more than two-third complete, altered the behaviour of the river flow and caused an ice jam that backed up water into Mud Lake.An independent review of the flooding concluded that Muskrat Falls was not to blame, though some observers have argued the analysis did not have enough data to render a definitive conclusion.“For Nalcor to simply say there is no danger with this newest landslide shows an offhanded dismissal of the downstream population’s very real fears,” the Labrador Land Protectors’ statement continued.“We have been vocal that residents living in the flood zones, especially Mud Lake and the lower Valley, are under incredible stress and anguish while government and company continue to downplay concerns as trivial and insignificant.”An aerial view of the Muskrat Falls facilities in January 2018, with a view of part of the North Spur on the right. Photo: Nalcor Energy.APTN News requested information on the slide from Nalcor; a spokesperson responded by directing APTN back to the corporation’s three-paragraph statement, which only says the slide occurred on the north side of the river, downstream of the North Spur and outside of the North Spur dam stabilization area.Residents of the area, including Innu and Inuit who were involved in the 2016 protests that led to blockades and an occupation of the Muskrat Falls site, have been calling on the provincial government to order an independent review of Nalcor’s assessment of the North Spur and the corporation’s geotechnical engineering plans to stabilize the area to prevent a dam breach.While the Liberals have ordered a public inquiry into the project as a whole, and more recently a forensic audit of Nalcor, they haven’t alleviated locals’ fears of a dam breach with calls for an inquiry into the North Spur.Independent Newfoundland and Labrador MHA Paul Lane told APTN Monday that residents of the area have told him “they’re in fear of their life,” and that “they can’t sleep at night.”“If Nalcor is confident in the fact that they have a solution [to stabilize the North Spur], then come forward with what exactly it is they’re going to do — and have that open to be scrutinized and have an independent review,” he said.“Because quite frankly people are not willing to take their word for it, and I think that’s what it’s come down to. For them to just simply proclaim, ‘Don’t worry about it guys, everything is ok — we’re confident’ — people are not accepting them face value on their word.”Maurice Adams, a blogger and longtime critic of Muskrat Falls, said his and others’ primary concerns around the North Spur and the dam’s stability once water levels are raised in the reservoir are consequent to Nalcor’s methodology in its assessments of the North Spur.“Once the reservoir is raised up to 39 metres, from what I’ve read the increase in the pressure, horizontally, is exponentially higher in accordance with the increase in the depth in the water. So we don’t really know that that particular area is safe,” he said Monday.Adams referred to the work of Swedish engineers Dr. Stig Bernander and Dr. Lennart Elfgren, who have taken an interest in Muskrat Falls because of the dam’s position atop glacial marine sediments and the unique challenges that poses.They questioned Nalcor’s methodolgy in assessing the probability of landslides around the North Spur once water levels are raised in the Muskrat Falls reservoir, in a report released last year. They fear a dam breach may occur if the proper work is not done to properly assess the risks of landslides, and to adequately stabilize the area prior to flooding.Nalcor has repeatedly maintained it has done the proper work, though critics like Adams and many locals living downstream say Nalcor hasn’t sufficiently addressed the concerns highlighted by Bernander and Elfgren.“An independent assessment into whether or not what Dr. Bernander is saying, and the methodology he says needs to be used to assess what kind of stabilization might be appropriate for the North Spur — that needs to be independently assessed and somebody need to determine whether or not what Nalcor has done there is based on sound engineering methodologies,” said Adams.Roberta Benefiel of Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, another longtime critic of the Muskrat Falls project, said she wants Nalcor to immediately lower the water in the partially flooded reservoir.“We want them to slowly lower the water, now, because we’re worried — Mud Lake is very worried,” she said Monday. “We think that’s the least [Nalcor] can do. Start to lower the water now, and do it at a sensible pace, instead of what they did last year.”In a Facebook live video of the motorcade posted by the Labrador Land Protectors Inuk land protector Marjorie Flowers criticizes Nalcor’s response to the slide.“The audacity is the only word that comes to mind, to only focus on their infrastructure when people have been living in real fear and anxiety for so long. And then this slide happens, and nothing,” Flower says.In their press release the land protectors also took aim at the government, which received a petition days before the May 2017 flooding of Mud Lake from more than a thousand residents, including many from the five communities downstream of Muskrat Falls.The petition asked for an independent review of the North Spur.Land protectors say almost a year later they still have not received a response from Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, who is also the self-appointed minister responsible for Labrador Affairs and the Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs secretariat.APTN requested comment from Ball Monday, but that request was passed on to the Department of Natural Resources. A response was not received by the time of publication.Land protectors said in their press release that an independent inquiry into the North Spur would “finally allow residents to feel supported and that their elected representatives were ensuring their lives and safety.”jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

  • ExBlackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

    first_imgWASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security contractor has been convicted of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in Washington.Prosecutors say Slatten was the first to fire shots in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The shooting strained relations with Iraq and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.The defence had argued that Slatten opened fire because he thought a bomb-laden car was headed toward his convoy.An appeals court had overturned his 2014 conviction, saying he should have been tried separately from three other men. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in his second trial last summer.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • NYC pharmacies cant sell cigarettes starting Jan 1

    first_imgNew York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores.The city’s health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products.The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales at pharmacies that took effect in late August.The owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette sales had drawn customers who ended up making other purchases. Al Gentile says the government shouldn’t ban certain stores from selling tobacco products that can be purchased elsewhere.But a deputy health commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it’s important for pharmacies to promote health.___Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Site C to start construction of fivekilometrelong conveyor belt

    first_imgB.C. Hydro says the conveyor belt is expected to come into service during the summer of 2019 and will be used to transport materials to the dam site until 2023.More information on project details can be found on Site C’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is announcing that starting this week, construction activities will begin on the installation of a five-kilometre-long conveyor belt system that will be used to transport materials from the 85 Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site Cconstruction site.According to Hydro, the conveyor belt system will run adjacent to Shaman Industrial Way, cross under Old Fort Road, and 240 Road through culverts.The work will consist of excavation and pile driving, to install the brackets and supports for the conveyor, and will take approximately three months. In addition, road work associated with the culvert installations will take approximately two months to complete.last_img read more

  • Backing players has worked for us Ricky Ponting

    first_imgNew Delhi: With his team placed comfortably at the second spot in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting believes that keeping the faith in his players has helped the team in finding the form at this crucial juncture of the competition. The 44-year-old Australian said: “There have been questions asked about where we should have dropped certain players in some matches, but I believe that when you have talented players in your squad, you just keep backing them. You know that we have players who can turn it around quite quickly as it takes just one innings or match to get going in a tournament like this.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh He added: “In the first phase of the tournament, players like Rishabh (Pant) might have had certain thoughts around his mind about the World Cup selection, but to be honest, that 78* in the first match against Mumbai was what got us the win. “I’m glad he found the form again against RR, and what you want from players like him in such a tournament is that they win you three or four matches each throughout the season, and he has certainly won two games for us so far, and if he remains in form, he can get a couple of more wins.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Delhi Capitals sit second on the points table with a tally of 14 points from their 11 matches, which include seven wins and four losses. But Ponting believes that his team is in good form and is peaking at the right time. He said: “We have won the last four out of our five matches, and with three more matches to go, I feel we are going in the right direction. I am happy that the team is peaking at the right time, with better communication amongst the group.” Asked which victory he enjoyed the most, Ponting said that the away win against Hyderabad by 39 runs was the sweetest in terms of turning it around from a losing situation. “I really liked the Hyderabad win because we didn’t do much right in that match but still found a way to win. It was more the way we fought back, probably after their batting powerplay, they batted second and they were 60-0, and the game was starting to slip away but there were some really good signs in that game from our side. “The moments when we have been under pressure the most, that is when we have started to fight, and fight under pressure, and one thing that I’ve tried to say to the boys is that we do not lose the match until the last ball is bowled. “We saw that in our last match against Rajasthan as well. We fought our way back into the match and then registered the win. But out of the seven matches that we have won, I think the Hyderabad win has been the most satisfying,” he added. After the conclusion of a couple of days’ rest, the Delhi Capitals’ squad will re-group on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium to prepare for their upcoming match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday.last_img read more