Sunday, May 2 is the beginning of National Forest Week in Canada,Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt announced today,April 30. Nova Scotians can celebrate the week by taking part isvarious activities around the province. The theme for the week is Canada’s Forests — A Fine Balance andit focuses on the decline of wildlife habitat and the increase inspecies at risk. “Our forests contribute significantly to a healthy environment,economy and lifestyle for all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Hurlburt.”In addition, they provide food and shelter for thousands ofwildlife species.” Activities are planned across the province to increase awarenessabout the many living things that call our forests home. Children’s entertainer Jim Dalling will perform his “Ask me ifI’m a Tree” show for school children in grades 3 to 6 throughoutNova Scotia during National Forest Week. The show is aneducational, interactive presentation that brings the message ofresponsible forest use and sustainable forest management. “Mr. Dalling’s presentation will show our children the importanceof our forests to every-day life,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “NationalForest Week is an opportunity for all of us to consider the truevalue of Nova Scotia’s forests.” Other events around the province include school visits byDepartment of Natural Resources staff, who will talk withstudents in grades 4 to 6 classes about the importance of ourforests and will distribute seedlings for them to plant. The Department of Natural Resources will also host mall displaysin Sydney on Friday, May 7 and New Minas on Saturday, May 8. Achildren’s forest planting will take place in Hilden, Colchester,Co., on Wednesday, May 5. In addition, staff at the NaturalResources Education Centre in Middle Musquodoboit will host anopen house on Saturday, May 8 on the McCurdy woodlot to focus onHurricane Juan damage and clean-up activities. National Forest Week is sponsored by the Canadian ForestryAssociation and runs until Saturday, May 8. Information about thedifferent activities is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .
Nova Scotia’s Christmas Tree for Boston started its journey from Mill Cove, Lunenburg Co., today, Nov. 12, with a planned stopover at Halifax City Hall for a final public send-off, Wednesday morning. “The Halifax Explosion was a dark time in our province’s history, but the people of Boston were there for us, providing much needed support and aid,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “This beautiful Nova Scotia Christmas tree is a wonderful symbol of our continued gratitude. “Thank you to the Milligan family for making such a gracious donation.” Mary Lou Milligan donated this year’s tree from her property in Mill Cove. Neighbours, community members, hundreds of young students and a representative from the U.S. Consulate watched as the 15-metre white spruce was cut and lowered to a flatbed truck. Ms. Milligan will travel to Boston with her daughter and two grandsons for the Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 5. “I can’t wait to see our tree light up the Boston Common,” said Ms. Milligan. “We’re so excited to be a part of this special tradition.” This is the 42nd year of the Boston tree tradition, in thanks for the medical personnel and supplies Bostonians provided after the explosion of Dec. 6, 1917. “The Nova Scotia Christmas tree is a wonderful tradition that perfectly illustrates the strong ties between my two homes — Boston and Halifax,” said Scott Whitmore, Consul from the U.S. Consolate General office in Halifax. “I am honoured to be part of this year’s festivities and hope to see the tree in Boston when I go home for the holidays, just as I did with my family last year.” The special tree-lighting ceremony in Boston will be televised before a crowd of about 30,000 to a TV audience of about 300,000. “We are very grateful to the Milligan family for generously donating this year’s tree, which is Boston’s official Christmas tree,” said Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston. “The beautiful evergreen will brighten the holidays for the public on Boston Common, and we are pleased that the rich gift-giving tradition continues with our friends in Nova Scotia.” “On behalf of Nova Scotians, I’m very proud that we can share this tradition with our friends in Boston and look forward to this year’s ceremonies,” said Andrew Younger, Minister responsible for Communications Nova Scotia. Wednesday’s Grand Parade sendoff celebration in Halifax will begin at 11:30 a.m. The tree will travel down the Bedford Highway to Halifax’s St. Stephen’s Elementary School, at 3669 Highland Ave., for a 30 minute outdoor student rally at 10 a.m., then travel down Novalea to Devonshire, past the Memorial Bell Tower, to Gottingen, down Russell, onto Barrington, to Halifax’s Grand Parade. The Tree for Boston is transported by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal via the Digby ferry, across the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, N.B., then down through Maine and on to Massachusetts. It will arrive at Boston Common under police escort and be erected and decorated with hundreds of LED lights. The ceremony will feature two live performances by the Nova Scotian percussion ensemble Squid, and remarks by Mayor Menino and Mr. Younger. To learn more, go to http://novascotia.ca/TreeforBoston. Follow the tree’s travels on Twitter @treeforBoston and “like” the tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/treeforboston.
GB Nagar/Ghaziabad: With the arrested of 15 persons, a fake call Center was busted in a joint operation carried out by Gautam Buddh Nagar cyber cell police and Ghaziabad police. Police officials said that the gang used to dupe people by offering them lucrative profits on insurance policies, loans and share market exchange.According to police, the fake call center was being operated from past one year from a rented flat in Shakti Khand-2 in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad. Cops said that the arrested persons were identified as Sonu,Vickey, Rakesh, Prince, Ravi Kumar, Mhd Kasim, Anis Mirza, Suryakant, Siprince, Sohaib, Sanjay and Kapil and three other women Renu Chaudhary, Nisha and Rachna. All the accused persons are residents of Ghazibad and Delhi and worked as telecallers. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the matter came to light after an FIR was lodged by a victim in Surajpur police station of Greater Noida, who claimed to have been duped by the gang. “Harjeet Singh, a native of Bhatinda in Punjab, had lodged a complaint against the gang with Gautam Buddh Nagar police. Singh alleged that seven persons of the gang duped him with over Rs 50 lakhs by offering him lucrative profits on LIC policy. Police acted upon the complaint and a trap was laid to nab the accused persons,” said Krishna. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The accused persons were arrested on Saturday night from Indirapuram area from a rented house where they were running an office named ‘NCR Insurance Policy’. Police have recovered 36 mobile phones, 28 debit cards and Rs 6 lakh 30 thousand cash apart from a few other documents,” added Krishna. Aparna Gautam, Circle Officer-III, Ghaziabad said that the gang had duped hundreds of persons from Delhi-NCR regions and other various states. “Upon sustained interrogations, it came to light that the gang would specifically target those persons whose policies would have expired and claim to renew the policies. Police have also come across over 25 hired bank accounts whose owners were given a share in the amount deposited in their accounts. We are also scanning and trying to get details of these bank accounts,” said Gautam.
OTTAWA – NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the celebration and raising red flags following reports that a Canadian sniper in Iraq shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill.In a letter Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mulcair says the incident “seriously calls into question your government’s claim that Canadian forces are not involved in direct combat in Iraq.”National Defence says the sniper is part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit and was supporting Iraqi forces in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away.That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.Officials have refused to provide any other details about the incident, including where and when it occurred, citing operational security. But they maintain that the soldier was operating within the established limits of Canada’s so-called “advise and assist” mission in Iraq.Those limits, however, have been repeatedly questioned over the course of the nearly four-year mission, with much of the debate revolving around whether Canadian soldiers are engaged in combat.While news of the shot has spread like wildfire, prompting accolades and even disbelief from current and former military personnel around the world, Mulcair demanded Trudeau provide answers about the mission in Iraq.“Will you now confirm that Canadian troops have engaged in ground combat since your government took office?” he wrote.“Why have you not declared that the current military operation is now a combat mission? Why has there been no debate in the House of Commons regarding this change of mission?”Opposition parties have repeatedly accused the Liberals of misleading the public about the nature of Canada’s mission in Iraq by claiming that Canadian troops are not in combat.That includes revelations three years ago that Canadian troops were calling in airstrikes on ISIL targets, and last November when it was revealed they could shoot in situations other than self-defence.But National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier stood on Friday by past assertions that Canadian soldiers are not engaged in combat in Iraq, despite the record-breaking shot.“Members of the Canadian Special Operations Task Force do not accompany leading combat elements, but enable the Iraqi security forces who are in a tough combat mission,” he said.“This takes the form of advice in planning for their operations and assistance to defeat (ISIL) through the use of coalition resources.”The latest controversy comes as the clock ticks down on the current mission in Iraq, whose mandate is set to expire next week.The Liberals have said Canada will maintain a presence in Iraq and the fight against ISIL, though officials say no decision has been made on whether to extend the current mission or change it.Canada has about 200 special forces operating in northern Iraq, including inside Mosul, supported by a combat hospital, a helicopter detachment, a military surveillance plane and an air-to-air refuelling aircraft.
FORT NELSON, B.C. – A refrigerated food truck slipped then tipped over in a ditch, north of Fort Nelson leaving its food available for residents to load up on before the contents of the truck spoiled.Friday, December 14th, a refrigerated truck carrying $150,000 of meat, produce and fruit became an unexpected gift to the community of Fort Nelson. The truck was headed to a grocery store in Alaska, unfortunately, it ended up in a ditch then tipping over. The driver of the truck was without injury yet the contents of the truck now tampered could not be delivered.Devan Boynton and Jenna Mickie Owners/ Operators of Archies Towing recovered the tipped over truck on Saturday, December 15th and were able to get the refrigeration on the truck running to protect the food and not to spoil the produce because of the cold temperatures outside. With the truck parked in the work yard and the permission of the company owner to give away the food. Boynton and Mickie were ready to share. “The food was perfectly packaged and sealed it was in good condition to be given away,” said Boynton who welcomed the community to his towing business’s property so the contents of the truck could be removed and accessed by the community.Sunday, December 16th word had made its way to the FB Group, ‘Rants and Raves Fort Nelson’ via several live videos posted by Lisa Gustafson. The videos showed a loader removing pallets of food from the truck as smiling happy people urge one another to take food before it spoils from the cold.Close to 500 people came to Archie’s towing, all the food was salvaged and nothing went to waste, residents used boxes, crates and recycle bags as they shared and took food they would use. Packages of meat were wrapped and ready to be sold as they even had price tags, there were hams. pork, chicken, produce included cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and lettuce. There was even fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and grapes.Boynton and his business partner/wife Jenna Mickie were very happy, “We felt really good,” said Boynton “We thank the town for helping us and it was nice to welcome the community to see our new location.”
London: British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing intense pressure from within her own Cabinet on Sunday to step down over her handling of the Brexit process. According to numerous UK media reports, disgruntled ministers and MPs are plotting to give her an ultimatum to resign as the price for backing her controversial withdrawal agreement in a third Parliament vote next week, a move which could even see her forced out to make way for a caretaker Prime Minister in the form of her deputy David Lidington. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDowning Street has dismissed reports of any such plot, with Lidington, Britain’s Minister for the Cabinet Office, stressing he is “100 per cent behind the Prime Minister”. “This is not about the Prime Minister changing Prime Ministers wouldn’t help, changing the party of government wouldn’t help,” said UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, calling on MPs to unite behind May. Asked about calls for a second referendum after nearly a million people marched through the streets of London on Saturday to demand a so-called People’s Vote , he agreed that another referendum over Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) should be considered. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It is a coherent proposition and deserves to be considered, along with the other proposals,” the senior Cabinet minister said. The latest leadership row within the Conservative Party comes ahead of a week where May is expected to lose further control over the Brexit process as a cross-party group of MPs press for alternatives to her divorce deal to be debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday. May had secured a short delay to the March 29 Brexit deadline from the EU, with the requirement to come up with a credible plan for Britain’s exit from the 28-member economic bloc by April 12 or crash out without any deal in place. If May’s deal is voted through by MPs in a third Commons vote by next week, the EU has agreed to extend the Brexit deadline further until May 22 to finalise the exit strategy. If not, Britain would be heading for a chaotic no-deal Brexit on April 12. The British PM spent the weekend at her countryside retreat at Chequers trying to finalise her next steps ahead of an expected Cabinet meeting on Monday, when ministers may threaten resignations over her Brexit strategy. There is a growing expectation among MPs that Downing Street will try to delay holding the next meaningful vote on her twice-defeated withdrawal agreement over the controversial Irish backstop clause because of concerns that May would have to resign if she lost it for a third time. The vote had been expected early next week if House of Commons Speaker John Bercow allows the motion to be tabled without any substantial changes.
Rabat – Head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane headed on Thursday for France, where he will represent King Mohammed VI in the Elysee Summit on peace and security in Africa, slated for December 6- 7 in Paris. Forty African Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the Summit which will focus on three main themes, including peace and security, economic partnership and development and climate change. The summit will also be an opportunity to exchange experiences and mobilize African efforts in the field of environmental protection and climate change. The Moroccan delegation to the summit also includes Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar.
10 March 2011The potentially disastrous decline in bees, a vital pollinating element in food production for the growing global population, is likely to continue unless humans profoundly change their ways, from the use of insecticides to air pollution, according to a United Nations report released today. “The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said. “The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.”But bee colonies have been collapsing in many parts of the globe, and the report – Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Threats to Insect Pollinators – cites more than a dozen potential factors ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the worldwide spread of pests and air pollution. It urges that farmers be offered incentives to restore pollinator-friendly habitats such as flowering plants next to crop-producing fields. “Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature. Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people,” Mr. Steiner said, calling on the world to factor in the often invisible multi-trillion dollar services provided by nature.Listing the dangerous factors, the UNEP report notes that new kinds of virulent fungal pathogens that can be deadly to bees and other pollinators are now showing up worldwide, migrating from one region to another due to shipments linked to globalization and rapidly growing international trade.At the same time, some 20,000 flowering plant species upon which many bee species depend for food could be lost over the coming decades without greater conservation efforts. An Anglo-Dutch study has found that since the 1980s, there has been a 70 per cent drop in key wildflowers among them the mint, pea and perennial herb families.Meanwhile the increasing use of chemicals in agriculture is being found to damage bees, weakening their immune systems, with laboratory studies showing that some insecticides and fungicides can act together to be 1,000 times more toxic to bees. They can also affect the sense of direction, memory and brain metabolism, and herbicides and pesticides may reduce the availability of plants bees need for food and for the larval stages of some pollinators.Air pollution, too, may be interfering with the ability of bees to find flowering plants and thus food, with scents that could travel over 800 metres in the 1800s now reaching less than 200 metres from a plant. Electromagnetic fields from sources such as power lines might also be changing the behaviour of bees who are sensitive as they have small abdominal crystals that contain lead.Another factor concerns parasites and pests, such as the Varroa mite which feeds on bee fluids, and the small hive beetle, which damages honeycombs, stored honey and pollen. Endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, it has spread to North America and Australia and is expected to reach Europe.Bees may also be suffering from competition by “alien species” such as the Africanized bee in the United States and the Asian hornet which feed on European honey bees. The hornet has now colonized nearly half of France since 2004.Looming over all this is climate change which, left unaddressed, may aggravate the situation in various ways, including by changing the flowering times of plants and shifting rainfall patterns, in turn affecting the quality and quantity of nectar supplies.Declines in managed bee colonies date back to the mid-1960s in Europe but have accelerated since 1998, especially in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.In North America, losses of honey bee colonies since 2004 have left the continent with fewer managed pollinators than at any time in the past 50 years, while Chinese beekeepers have recently faced several inexplicable and complex symptoms of colony losses and a quarter of beekeepers in Japan have recently been confronted with sudden losses of their colonies.In Africa, Egyptian beekeepers along the Nile river have reported signs of colony collapse although there are no other confirmed reports from the rest of the continent so far.As the world prepares for Rio+20, the meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next year marking the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, and seeks to ramp up international efforts for a green economy and sustainable development, Mr. Steiner called for investment and re-investment in nature-based services, from forests and freshwaters to flower meadows and coral reefs.“Rio+20 is an opportunity to move beyond narrow definitions of wealth and to bring the often invisible, multi-trillion dollar services of nature, including pollination from insects such as bees, into national and global accounts,” he said.
Unanimously adopting a resolution under Chapter VII of the Charter, which covers “threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression,” the Council authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion in Katanga province, with its own air mobility and medical support, to beef up security during the electoral process.Underlining the temporary nature of the increase, the Council requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to downsize or repatriate the additional 300 soldiers, starting next July at the latest, and to report to the Council before June on the financial assessment that will be needed for that purpose.In Mr. Annan’s most recent report he had recommended adding 2,580 personnel to the mission and said that the elections should be held no later than next June.The Council called on the transitional institutions and on all Congolese parties to ensure that free, fair and peaceful elections take place and that the timetable worked out by the Independent Electoral Commission be scrupulously respected. It stressed that the Congolese authorities had the responsibility to adopt the necessary legislation without further delay.The Council also urged the donor community to provide urgent assistance for the integration, training and equipping of the Armed Forces and of the National Police. It urged the Transition Government to facilitate and expedite cooperation to that end, as well as ensure adequate payment of and logistical support to its troops and police.It also requested the UN Mission to continue to assist with the follow-up to the meeting late last month between the Espace présidentiel and the International Committee in Support of the Transition to bolster good governance and transparent economic management.The Council urged troop-contributing countries to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by providing such preventive measures as pre-deployment awareness training and other actions to ensure full accountability in any cases that might involve personnel and welcomed MONUC’s efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and its investigation of instances.
UK car manufacturing makes big gains in May, with 150,802 vehicles produced – up 26.4%.Strong growth in production for both home and export markets, up 22.7% and 27.3% respectively.Industry body warns urgent action needed to provide certainty and stability for future growth.UK car manufacturing output rose by a quarter in May, according to new figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. 150,802 cars were built in the month, a 26.4% jump compared with May last year.Production for domestic and export markets saw respective rises of 22.7% and 27.3%, as demand for UK-built cars around the world continues to grow.May’s increase was the biggest since August 2015, which saw a 40.6% increase in output. Production in 2016 so far is now 13.6% ahead of the same period last year. Output was predicted to be high for 2016 due to record investment levels and the launch of several new models across the UK.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “May’s performance is another strong month for UK car manufacturing, with demand for British-built vehicles up by over quarter. For this success to continue, we need government to maintain economic stability and help deliver the wider benefits – including free access to our biggest market – which have helped make the sector so globally competitive.”Download the May 2016 car manufacturing figures as a Word document.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Macquarie Research notes “after last year’s LME week, the consensus was that we were in for a major prolonged slowdown in the wake of the global financial crisis. There were also fears at the time (fulfilled for a while) that China would also be part of a synchronised slowdown. As it turned out, China turned its economic policies on their head from a tightening bias at mid-2008 to a loosening bias by year’s end, stimulating one of the strongest demand recoveries ever witnessed in that country, and that is saying something!“So far the Chinese recovery has not stimulated any significant inflationary pressures, implying that it can be sustained for a while yet. Of course, we expect the sustainability of the Chinese boom will be a major talking point during the week. Some will be asking when the Chinese will be back in the market in force again as underlying consumption is continuing to improve. Others will fear that future Chinese government measures to slow growth are a sell signal and will be quizzing Chinese market players about when this will happen.“In addition to stimulating real consumption growth, ‘the Chinese’ also did two really clever things. Firstly, they (almost) instantly shut their high-cost marginal supply and replaced it with cheaper imports (aluminium, zinc and nickel stand out in this regard). This gave lie to the myth that except for a handful of state-owned enterprise (which are in the minority of production these days), the Chinese government does not let capacity shut for social and employment reasons.“Secondly, they decided to take advantage of the fact that for a while they were the only buyers and decided to build inventories of base metals for future use at what turned out to be bargain prices. This was both government-sponsored buying and also private speculative buyers (often by cash buyers rather than that using cheap and readily available bank credit). In addition, a good part of the extra buying was normal consumer restocking in an economic recovery.“The subsequent recovery in base metal prices has been spectacular, with most prices doubling since the early part of 2009. As prices recovered, the bargain hunting has mostly stopped and some of the high-cost production has reopened (in zinc, aluminium and nickel), sharply reducing the imports.“What everyone will want to know now is what Chinese buyers plan to do with their accumulated stocks – particularly large in nickel (100,000 t plus, equal to a quarter of a year’s use) and modestly higher in copper, zinc and aluminium (equal to a few weeks of Chinese demand). So far there are no signs of these stocks being sold (in fact, we suspect the holders are looking for higher prices, are willing to wait a long while for that to happen and may well buy more into any price weakness).“Faced with slowing Chinese import demand (but not consumption) and rising Chinese and rest-of-world production (certainly in aluminium, zinc and nickel, but not so certainly in lead and copper at the moment), the real focus for the market during the next week will be to assess the strength of the nascent demand recovery in the rest of the world.“Non-Chinese world demand has experienced one of the largest slowdowns of the past century from the fourth quarter of 2009. There have been signs of a recovery in recent months and most economic lead indicators are pointing upwards, but the magnitude and duration of the recovery is still highly uncertain.“Will the recovery be enough to outweigh rising supply and falling Chinese demand in the next quarter? This is the big question of the week. Certainly the signals are still very mixed. Nickel demand looks likely to fall in the short run (following strong quarter-on-quarter rises in the second and third quarters of this year) as orders have fallen in its main end-use (the stainless steel market). However, the nickel market was in large deficit in 3Q09 and may remain that way in 4Q even with a demand slowdown.“Zinc demand has recovered as general steel producers ramp up production and automakers are planning to rise output following extensive destocking. However, in zinc, over 1 Mt of Chinese mine production has reopened since the middle of the year – prices have rocketed for zinc in recent months – can it continue?“Copper and aluminium orders are still anaemic in Europe and the US, but have recovered strongly in Japan recently. Aluminium physical premiums have risen, indicating physical tightness – how real is this? Certainly the massive destocking cycle among consumers appears to be ending and we expect the call on production will rise even if real consumption remains flat. The question is, will this be enough? Our sense is that the demand recovery outside China will be slow and could disappoint in the short run (within the next month or so), but then may well surprise on the upside in late-2009 and early 2010 (history suggest this is likely from the lead indicator information we currently have).“Will the market look through this weak period (which has been widely anticipated in copper, but has had little negative pricing impact so far)?“The other questions will involve the pace and level of the supply response. In copper, where the market remains tight, a considerable number of labour contracts have to be renewed between now and the end of the year, and the supply risks remain to the downside. How real are the copper mine expansions in 2010 and 2011, and will we be surprised on the downside or the upside? (This question has been asked every year around this time for the past five years and the answer has always been downside…but is it different this time? We suspect not.).“In previous years, LME week has led to many supply surprises from discussions with producers – almost always that projects are delayed or that production problems are more prevalent than has previously been assumed.“The final set of questions relates to the financial sector. Will the hedge funds see any short-term weakness as a buy opportunity or are they going to go away from LME week as sellers, convinced that demand is not going to recover enough?“In aluminium, the statement that “75% of stocks are not available to the market” due to financing agreements will be subject to a lot of scrutiny and debate – certainly, if price are driven up by nonavailability of material, plenty more idle capacity would become ‘available’ if producers decided to reopen idle capacity and sell forward to lock in a profit.“There is also a lot of talk about new ETFs (exchange traded funds) in base metals, to allow investors to get exposure to metals without upsetting the US regulatory authorities who are fretting about speculators in futures needing to be reigned in. Index funds have allowed investors to gain access to commodity prices by buying futures with no physical backing.“The new ETF products involve no futures exposure, but require the investments to be backed by physical holdings – so a regulatory measure that tries to prevent something could feasibly end up doing more damage that the alleged risk. In this case, prices might potentially be driven higher by ETFs than by index funds.
Des Amérindiens s’opposent à la construction d’un oléoduc au CanadaDans l’Ouest du Canada, le groupe pétrolier Enbridge prévoit de construire un oléoduc destiné à transporter près de 525.000 barils de pétrole brut. Alors que la compagnie attend encore les autorisations, des Amérindiens ont décidé de s’opposer au projet qui aurait un impact dévastateur sur la flore et la faune locale. Le Canada possède la troisième réserve de pétrole du monde. Son exploitation est toutefois très complexe et extrêmement coûteuse. Le groupe Enbridge spécialisé dans le transport d’hydrocarbures a pourtant décidé de se lancer dans l’aventure et cherche actuellement à obtenir les autorisations nécessaires pour son projet Northern Gateway. Si celui-ci se concrétise, un oléoduc conduira chaque jour sur 1.000 kilomètres les 525.000 barils de pétrole brut extraits des sables de l’Alberta jusqu’à un terminal maritime.”Du sable et de la boue” À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au Canada”Ce ne sont pas des gisements de pétrole que nous avons dans notre sol, c’est du sable et de la boue qui contiennent du pétrole et du bitume et il faut séparer le bitume du sable et de la boue”, souligne Karen Campbell, de l’Institut Pembina, une organisation écologiste. Comme l’explique Sciences et Avenir, l’extraction de ce pétrole demande plus d’énergie que les forages traditionnels. Elle exige beaucoup de chaleur, d’eau et de produits chimiques et laisse derrière elle des bassins de décantation pollués et un paysage ravagé. Aujourd’hui, Enbridge estime que Northern Gateway apportera à l’industrie de l’énergie canadienne 28 milliards de dollars canadiens (plus de 20,2 milliards d’euros) pendant les dix premières années suivant sa mise en service, attendue fin 2016. La compagnie espère ainsi vendre une grande partie de la production en Asie. Un projet très contesté Les choses ne sont toutefois pas si simples car les Amérindiens, dont les territoires seraient traversés par l’oléoduc, sont farouchement opposés à ce projet. Même si Enbridge a proposé des compensations financières à plusieurs communautés, la plupart d’entre elles juge que les risques de catastrophes pétrolières, marées noires notamment, sont tout simplement trop grands. Les baleines et les orques pourraient être les plus exposés, sans compter que l’oléoduc devrait traverser une zone unique de la forêt pluviale où vivent les ours Kermode, une espèce rare d’ours noir qui est en fait blanc en raison d’un gène récessif. “Rien de ce qu'[Enbridge peut] offrir ne pourra remplacer notre culture”, a déclaré Art Sterritt, le directeur exécutif de l’association des Premières nations de la Côte. “Le trafic de pétroliers la sape déjà et aucune somme d’argent ne saurait compenser la perte de nos traditions et de notre culture”, poursuit-il. “L’unique moyen de faire changer d’avis les Premières nations serait qu’Enbridge puisse garantir qu’il n’y aurait jamais d’accident de pétrolier”. La chose est bien évidemment impossible, quels que soient les systèmes de sécurité employés.Le 10 juillet 2011 à 09:35 • Maxime Lambert
Tom Clancy’s The Division took an interesting approach to multiplayer with its Dark Zone. This cordoned off section of the map allowed players to fight against each other in order to get the best loot. It is also the mode which received the most criticism from fans and journalists at launch. While the original Dark Zone certainly had its fans, it wasn’t exactly fair for all players. With The Division 2, Massive Entertainment and Red Storm Entertainment have overhauled the Dark Zone to make it enjoyable for everyone. As a person who wasn’t the biggest fan of the original Dark Zone, even I’m impressed by what the updated version has to offer.The biggest change to the Dark Zone is the fact it’s actually three separate Dark Zones. These are: DZ East, DZ West, and DZ South. Each has its own distinct biome and backstory. Yes, this time around, you’ll actually get to find out how each Dark Zone degenerated into lawlessness. While the narrative of the Dark Zones helps players understand what’s happening, it isn’t intrusive. Story is kept light so users can focus on having fun. Having three different Dark Zones to explore will ensure players won’t quickly tire of seeing the same old settings. Also, it’s another excuse to showcase what the updated Frostbite Engine can do.Giving each Dark Zone a narrative arc to complete serves two purposes. First, it reveals more about the post-apocalyptic setting of The Division 2. Second, and most importantly, it lets players get a sense of the new Dark Zones. One of the problems with the original Dark Zone is how it essentially tossed users into the wild to fend for themselves. If you were just entering the Dark Zone for the first time, your chances of surviving against high-level players were slim at best. Now, players can go into a Dark Zone and complete its various tasks and only contend with AI-controlled foes. Upon finishing all Dark Zone objectives, players will have access to all of its features, including skirmishes, PvP battles, and the chance to nab the best loot.In the original game, players had to extract any and all gear found in the Dark Zone. Doing so required them to defend their position against AI opponents and other players until the items were safely extracted. As you could imagine, this lead to a lot of frustration if you lost all of your pilfered loot at the last minute. Thankfully, not all items need extraction this time around. If you find an awesome AK-47, you’re free to use it right away. However, contaminated items do need extracting. While there is still a chance one can lose these rarer items to AI foes or players, it’s not as bad as it was before. No matter what, you’ll always walk away with something new from the Dark Zone.Bad guys have more fun, and that’s certainly true for Rogue agents. Players can “go rogue” by breaking into locked chests, stealing everything for themselves from a Dark Zone drop, or even looting dead players. Going Rogue puts a target on one’s head and other players will have a chance to hunt Rogues down. This is dangerous, but it opens up a Rogue-only subquest. Performing more Rogue actions will eventually allow players into the “Thieves’ Den” which gives them access to rarer gear. They can also clear their Rogue status in the Thieves’ Den if they want to return to the side of the angels.The ability to instantly go Rogue with the press of a button makes for interesting scenarios. In one instance, my fellow team members and I joined forces with another group to clear a nest of AI-controlled foes. Even if we wanted to, we could not shoot each other. Then, one of my team members decided to make us all go Rogue. We started shooting the other team who had no idea we would betray them. This backfired spectacularly when my entire squad ended up dead instead. Still, it’s awesome to know anyone can go Rogue at any time. It definitely adds an air of unpredictability when meeting others in the Dark Zone.One of the more frustrating things about the original The Division’s Dark Zone is how players with superior gear could completely demolish those with lesser equipment. This time, Dark Zones have normalization. What this means is everyone’s gear is brought to the same level. This in turn makes things fair for everyone. Skill and tactics, not gear, will help you see another day. This is exactly what happened when my team went Rogue. Even though we initiated the firefight, we ended up losing since the other team were better players. It’s good to know normalization is in place and that, if players want to survive, they’ll need to practice.However, normalization is not in every Dark Zone. During the Endgame portion, players can try out Occupied Dark Zones where normalization doesn’t exist. This means one’s gear, abilities, and gameplay proficiency will mean the difference between life and death. There’s friendly fire, and it’ll be hard to tell who is or isn’t Rogue. Occupied Dark Zones are for the hardest of the hardcore players and will have the very best loot for those who dare venture into them. Even those of us who’ll likely die in an Occupied Dark Zone may find it hard to resist jumping into these periodic events to try their luck.The Division 2 offers traditional multiplayer modes for folks who just want to get in and shoot people. Organized PvP comes in the form of Conflict, which features three maps and two modes: Skirmish and Domination. Skirmish is team deathmatch while Domination has you controlling specific points of the map. Unlike the Dark Zones, these maps are custom-built. Though inspired by locations in Washington D.C., they are not one-to-one representations. Because of that, the maps are finely tuned to provide players with a more focused PvP experience. Like the Dark Zones, normalization exists in Conflict.Conflict is pure PvP and feels like a separate world from the rest of the multiplayer. However, you can still get some really nice gear from it. It’ll have its own progression track and rewards. This mode is perfect for those who may not have the time to invest in Dark Zone exploration but still want to play the game and get loot. It also opens the door to potential Esports tournaments because of how fast they are. I also see it as the perfect place to practice for the really big raids in the Dark Zone. This type of organized PvP was sorely missing from the original so it’s great to see it this time around.Like I said up top, the original Dark Zone was not for me. It felt too hostile and uninviting, even for a multiplayer mode. Now, I find myself looking forward to delving deep into The Division 2‘s Dark Zones. The developers have taken the best aspects from before and molded them into something more satisfying. The fact players can also jump into quick matches is also refreshing. And as with the original, the team will adjust things as necessary. Overall, I think both fans of multiplayer and even those who aren’t will dig what The Division 2 has to offer in the competitive field. Either way, I think it’s safe to say players will get a fully robust and enjoyable multiplayer experience right from the jump when The Division 2 (and its ill-advised government shutdown joke emails) releases on March 15 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.Pre-order Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 on AmazonMore on Geek.com:Most Exciting Video Games of 2019Interview: Red Storm’s Terry Spier on The Division 2’s Multiplayer Mode‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Looks Bloody Hype Stay on target ‘The Division 2’ Is the Only Looter Shooter Worth PlayingThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in March 2019
Senegal boss Aliou Cisse is expecting bright things from his side in the future after their 1-0 defeat to Colombia saw them being knocked out of the World CupThe Lions of Teranga got off to a good start in the match at the Samara Arena but failed to find the back of the net from their two shots on target as Colombia improved in the second-half with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina heading in the winning goal from a corner.Senegal spent the final 20 minutes pushing desperately for an equaliser but they were unable to find a way past Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina with José Pékerman’s side escaping with a 1-0 win and top spot in Group H.Despite finishing level with second place Japan on both points and goal difference, Senegal were made to pay a high price for Cheikh N’Doye’s and Youssouf Sabaly’s injury-time bookings in their 2-2 draw with the Blue Samurai in their last match with the Japanese going through due to having had less yellow cards.But Cisse remains optimistic for the future of his side.‘I am really happy’ Sadio Mane is loving life at Liverpool Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Sadio Mane poured cold water on doubts surrounding his Liverpool future by opening up on just how “really happy” he is at the club.“I feel we could have scored in the first half and I think we controlled the match quite well,” said the 42-year-old, as stated on BT Sport.“I’m just disappointed for my team, for this generation and for these players who fight every single day for our country.“I will continue to encourage them and to be with them because I think we can expect many more good things from them in the future.”Senegal’s elimination means that no African team has progressed from the initial group stage of the competition for the first time since 1982.
Toby Alderweireld insists Harry Kane role at the World Cup is “just the beginning”.The Tottenham team-mates faced each other at the semi-final stage, yesterday, with Toby Alderweireld’s side finishing ahead of Harry Kane’s England. However, after the match, the Belgium stated he believes “Harry is one of the best strikers in the world”, according to ITV.“He’s an all-round player. He’s not just scoring goals, he’s helping the team play better. The only thing he didn’t do is score against Belgium so that’s a positive for us!”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He has the desire to be one of the best, maybe the best, and this is just the beginning I think. But he is a wonderful player and still very young as well, people forget that.”The 24-year-old striker have found the net six times in the tournament and is the favorite candidate to the win the Golden Boot.
REDMOND — Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website.The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.Microsoft Corp. said Saturday that it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” that tried to exploit the security gap. The company is working on a safety fix which it will provide in an upcoming software update.In the meantime, Microsoft encourages customers to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software.A division of the Homeland Security Department recommends users download a security toolkit from Microsoft or use another browser until an update becomes available.
“We felt that the severance on offer was unacceptable,” Owen Davis, a former IBTimes finance writer, tells Folio:. “A lot of us put in long hours, and helped establish IBTimes as a more reputable brand and source of quality journalism.” The letter also requested compensation for accrued paid time off. In the letter denying severance adjustments, an HR rep said that vacation pay was only given to IBT Media employees working in states, like California, that mandate such compensation. Laid-off employees of IBT Media — owners of Newsweek and the International Business Times — are speaking out against the company, claiming employees were let go with no warning and insufficient severance during major cuts to staff at the end of June. The workers took to Twitter on Thursday under the hashtag #IBTWTF, after IBT Media denied a group request for better severance packages. Employees were offered one week of severance for every year at the company, with those employed any less than a year receiving nothing. IBT Media announced at the end of June that the International Business Times will integrate with IBT’s other brands, including Medical Daily, iDigitalTimes, Fashion Times, and the Latin Times. That entity will be led by International Business Times editor-in-chief Dayan Candappa. Thirty-two people signed a letter dated July 22, which demanded that the company pay two weeks of severance for every year of service, plus one week to employees at the company for less than a year. — Ned Resnikoff (@resnikoff) July 28, 2016 IBT owes me several thousand dollars for two Newsweek stories I wrote. The refusal to pay despite my follow-ups is disgusting #IBTWTF You know what’s not fun? Spending two weeks unsure whether you have health care because the place that laid you off won’t email back #IBTWTF Others complained about a general lack of responsiveness from IBT Media. IBTimes changed HR managers in the days preceding the mass layoffs, leaving a new replacement to handle layoffs and severance concerns. Newsweek, acquired by IBT Media at the end of 2013, is being spun off into its own operational entity under editor-in-chief Jim Impoco. Six employees were let go from the publication on July 1. Image via Columbia Journalism Review While severance was at the forefront of the conversation, other journalists chimed in with their experiences at IBT Media. Some international and freelance journalists claimed they haven’t been paid for the month of June, while another claimed unpaid invoices worth several thousand dollars. An estimated 50-plus people were laid off by IBT Media this year through layoffs in March and June. This included the elimination of the IBTimes Los Angeles Bureau, and the near elimination of the San Francisco office, which a source tells Folio: shrunk from six people to one person. “After a pattern of what we felt was a lack of respect from the company, we decided that some of us were going to speak out and bring this to public attention,” Davis says. “It’s a definite issue in the industry and we wouldn’t like to see it again.” Some of the signatories have since signed severance agreements, but others, like Davis, are holding out for better offers. To that effect, IBT Media did not respond to multiple requests from Folio: for comment. — ((RossKennethUrken)) (@RossKUrken) July 28, 2016
6:32 Share your voice 58 Tags And in case you’re wondering how radio signals create an image, given that we don’t typically get great pictures out of AM or FM broadcasts, keep in mind that our eyes can only process a very limited portion of the spectrum of light (also known as electromagnetic radiation) — the part we call visible light. When we look at a tree or sign, what we really see are photons in the visible spectrum reflecting off those objects. But galactic objects like stars and black holes emit light along different points on the spectrum, including as the low-frequency radiation we know as radio waves. You might feel like imaging a black hole with radio waves is cheating, that we’re not really seeing it by picking up its radio signal, but that’s not right. Think of it this way: A step below visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum is infrared, which we can’t perceive with our eyes but we can feel as heat. Night vision goggles work by converting infrared radiation into visible colors that we can see. This black hole image uses the same concept, converting the energy from a black hole that can be picked up at a massive distance using an ingenious planet-sized telescope into something our dumb eyes can actually perceive. In other words, it’s not cheating, it’s more like a superpower. And if you think superheroes are cheaters, you’re just jealous. The Eye of Einstein Enlarge ImageThe Eye of Sauron is burned in our brains from Lord of the Rings. New Line Cinema/Screenshot by CNET With its glowing orange ring around a black center, the image of the black hole resembles the Eye of Sauron in the Lord of the Rings movies. The explanation for that draws on the work of Einstein. “If immersed in a bright region, like a disc of glowing gas, we expect a black hole to create a dark region similar to a shadow — something predicted by Einstein’s general relativity that we’ve never seen before,” said EHT Science Council chair Heino Falcke of Radboud University in the Netherlands, in a release. “This shadow, caused by the gravitational bending and capture of light by the event horizon, reveals a lot about the nature of these fascinating objects and allowed us to measure the enormous mass of M87’s black hole.” In other words, we aren’t actually seeing the black hole itself. At the center of a black hole, which Einstein referred to as a “dark star,” is what we call the singularity. This can be created when a large star collapses in on itself, leaving an object of almost infinite density with extremely powerful gravity strong enough to bend light itself. This super sucking power is what creates the dark void we think of as a black hole. Now playing: Watch this: Besides just being cool, seeing the exact shape of a black hole for the first time was a big deal for science. That’s because it could either confirm or cast doubt upon theories of gravity developed by Albert Einstein over a century ago that are fundamental to our understanding of the universe and the laws of physics that govern our daily lives. “We now have visual evidence for a black hole,” EHT project director Sheperd Doeleman told reporters at a press conference in Washington DC. “It is also consistent, the shape of this shadow … with Einstein’s predictions.” The findings were also announced in a series of six papers published in a special issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters. A telescope as wide as the world Rather than a single observatory, the EHT is eight radio telescopes — located in Hawaii, Arizona, Chile, Mexico and Spain, and at the South Pole — and synchronized to form an array called a Very Large Baseline Interferometer. The basic concept is to combine the signal strength of the observatories on different corners of the globe to form an array as wide as Earth itself. The observation run that produced the image revealed Wednesday actually happened back in 2017. It required the eight telescopes to sync up with extreme precision to observe the galaxy Messier 87 and the supermassive black hole at its center with a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun. Petabytes of radio signal data were collected — too much to be efficiently transferred via the internet. Instead, each observatory’s data was stored on a physical hard drive and then transported to a supercomputer, where it was merged with the rest to form the new image. Yes, the resulting image looks a little blurry, but Doeleman told reporters that future images can become much sharper as more telescopes are added to the EHT. A telescope in Greenland has already come online to contribute to the effort. It may also be possible to fine tune the above image as well. “We think we can make the image perhaps a little sharper through algorithms,” he said. The EHT team has also attempted to image Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. That data is still being processed, but we could see it soon. Since humans’ sense of sight is limited to perceiving photons in the visible spectrum, we can’t see — and have a hard time even conceiving of — objects that don’t reflect any visible light (or that swallow it all up, in the case of a black hole). As such, it makes sense that the eye focuses on the colors around the edge of the black hole’s event horizon, which is essentially its perimeter and the point of no return beyond which nothing escapes the pull of the singularity. The singularity, by the way, might not actually be black. According to Einstein’s theory of gravity, the singularity could be radically warping the space-time around it, and is literally hiding behind its own event horizon. While we still don’t know what this core of a black hole looks like, it’s likely to be a very weird place. Einstein’s calculations indicate that the laws of physics themselves could break down at the singularity. That’s part of why this image is so important not just to astronomers, but to all sorts of physicists. So far, it seems to be yet another confirmation that Einstein’s theory of gravity is correct. Originally published April 10, 6:41 a.m. PT. Sci-Tech Comments Enlarge ImageThe first image of a black hole, captured with the planetwide virtual array called the Event Horizon Telescope. The light is being pulled into the black hole at the center of the Messier 87 galaxy over 50 million light years away. Event Horizon Telescope It is among the most powerful, confounding and fascinating objects in existence, and on Wednesday humanity finally saw one with its own eyes: Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration revealed the first direct image of a black hole. The image looks a little like an out-of-focus campfire, but the data that went into creating it is actually equal to the amount of selfies 40,000 people might take in their lifetimes, according to University of Arizona astronomy professor Dan Marrone, who spoke at one of six simultaneous press conferences held across four continents. “The observations were a coordinated dance in which we simultaneously pointed our telescopes in a carefully planned sequence,” said Marrone, who traveled to Antarctica several times to integrate the South Pole Telescope into the EHT array. How black holes swallow light, warp space-time and blow… Space
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