Plastic makes up nearly 70% of all ocean litter

first_imgPlastic makes up nearly 70% of all ocean litter By Katherine KorneiApr. 4, 2017 , 11:00 AM Every day, humans generate millions of tons of garbage. And although a lot of that litter ends up in landfills, some enters the ocean by accident or through illegal dumping. Now, researchers have compiled a new database that reveals just how widespread ocean litter is, from the infamous “garbage patches” of the North Pacific to piles of trash on beaches around the world and in the deep ocean. LITTERBASE, and its accompanying maps, together draw on data from more than a thousand studies from 1960 to 2017. The most polluted spots, which host more than 10 billion pieces of litter per square kilometer, include beaches and patches of sea off the coasts of South Korea and Jordan. Most of that litter—close to 70%—is plastics, with metal and glass contributing to the remainder. And microplastics, shards of plastic smaller than 5 millimeters, are particularly prevalent. That’s because large pieces of litter break down in sunlight and ocean currents. All of our litter means that life under the sea isn’t easy: The database also reveals that more than 1200 aquatic species—mammals, fish, crustaceans, and others—are coming into contact with the litter by eating it, living in it, or becoming entangled.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Trump cuts to NSF mostly rejected by House panel, but it nixes new ships

first_img NSF has requested $183 million for that account. Some $78 million would go to continue work on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii. The rest of the money would be used to start building the first two of the three ships.NSF had proposed building two ships, but Senate appropriators last year convinced their colleagues to add a third ship and gave NSF an additional $53 million in 2017 to get started. Culberson’s panel has never liked that project, however. Last year it voted to eliminate funding for them, and this year’s mark reiterates that stance.The good news is that the House bill effectively takes that $105 million cut and applies it to NSF’s research programs. The bad news is that Senate appropriators will likely restore the money in their version of NSF’s budget. When they do, the result could be that much less for NSF’s six research directorates. An artist’s conception of a new regional class research vessel. Trump cuts to NSF mostly rejected by House panel, but it nixes new ships By Jeffrey MervisJun. 28, 2017 , 3:00 PMcenter_img Oregon State University A House of Representatives spending panel wants to spare the National Science Foundation (NSF) from most of the 11% cut that was proposed by President Donald Trump for its 2018 budget. But it would do so in part by eliminating funding for three mid-sized research vessels that Congress last year told NSF to start building.A panel led by Representative John Culberson (R–TX) will vote tomorrow on a 2018 spending bill that covers NSF and several other science agencies. A draft of that legislation, released today, sets NSF’s next budget at $7.338 billion, some $134 million below its current level but $685 million above the president’s request.The House mark holds NSF’s six research accounts level, at $6.033 billion. NSF’s education directorate would also tread water, at $880 million. 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3D printing doubles the strength of stainless steel

first_img 3D printing doubles the strength of stainless steel Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 3D printing has taken the world by storm, but it currently works best with plastic and porous steel—materials too weak for hard-core applications. Now, researchers have come up with a way to 3D print tough and flexible stainless steel, an advance that could lead to faster and cheaper ways to make everything from rocket engines to parts for nuclear reactors and oil rigs.Stainless steel was first invented nearly 150 years ago, and it remains widely popular today. It’s made by melting conventional steel—itself a combination of iron and carbon (and sometimes other metals like nickel)—and adding in chromium and molybdenum, which prevent rust and corrosion. A complex series of cooling, reheating, and rolling steps gives the material a microscopic structure with tightly packed alloy grains and thin boundaries between the grains that create a cell-like structure. When the metal is bent or stressed, planes of atoms in the grains slide past one another, sometimes causing crystalline defects to connect with each other—producing fractures. But strong boundaries can halt these defects, making the material tough, yet still flexible enough to be formed into a desired shape.3D printing researchers have long tried to reproduce this structure. Their setup starts with a powdery layer of metal alloy particles laid on a flat surface. A computer-controlled, high-powered laser beam then advances back and forth across the surface. Particles hit by the laser melt and fuse together. The surface then drops down a step, another layer of powder is added, and the laser heating process repeats, binding the newly melted material to the layer below. By repeating this tier-by-tier addition, engineers can build complex shapes, such as rocket engines.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The problem has been that, on a microscopic level, printed stainless steels are usually highly porous, making them weak and prone to fracture. “The performance has been awful,” says Yinmin “Morris” Wang, a materials scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Several years ago, Wang and his colleagues came up with an approach for using lasers and a rapid cooling process to fuse metal alloy particles together in a dense, tightly packed structure.Now, they’ve extended that work by designing a computer-controlled process to not only create dense stainless steel layers, but to more tightly control the structure of their material from the nanoscale to micron scale. That allows the printer to build in tiny cell wall–like structures on each scale that prevent fractures and other common problems. Tests showed that under certain conditions the final 3D printed stainless steels were up to three times stronger than steels made by conventional techniques and yet still ductile, the scientists report today in Nature Materials.“What they have done is really exciting,” says Rahul Panat, a mechanical engineer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What’s more, Panat says, is that Wang and his colleagues used a commercially available 3D printer and laser to do the work. That makes it likely that other groups will be able to quickly follow their lead to make a wide array of high-strength stainless steel parts for everything from fuel tanks in airplanes to pressure tubes in nuclear power plants. And that, in turn, will likely only increase the growing fervor over 3D printing. By Robert F. ServiceOct. 30, 2017 , 12:00 PM A new technique is set to strengthen 3D printed stainless steel parts, such as this previously printed rocket engine component.last_img read more

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SBP still on lookout for next naturalized player

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Recruitment biggest challenge for Frankie Lim at Perpetual View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img But they just haven’t decided on who to take that next step with.“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” said SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill. But what we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult,” he said.Blatche has represented the Philippines as its naturalized player for the better part of the last three years, but the SBP has meticulously tried to find a contingency plan and kept an eye on a few prospects. One of them is Isaiah Austin, who suited up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup and impressed with his averages of 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.Puno, who authored the bills for the naturalization of Blatche and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger previously, said that the Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup should be taken at the highest of considerations as SBP looks to field possibly one of the strongest national teams in six years’ time.“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, his age, as well as his attitude,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may still be at his peak right now, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) acknowledges that the Syracuse native is now battling time.That’s why the association has is prepared to endorse next naturalized candidate who could represent the country in international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

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7 ways to have a committed relationship with your donors

first_imgAh, the tricky topic of all relationships: commitment.I don’t have much wisdom to offer on the romantic front, but a new study from Donor Voice has valuable insights on how to increase donor commitment. (Full disclosure: I’m an advisor to and fan of the study.) The study looked at the dynamics of donor relationships to charity – and found that what works in love also works in fundraising. I’m including the full summary here, but the key headlines are:* It’s worth trying to make donors more committed – because they give more when you do.* To increase their commitment, there are 7 key things you need to do.Make your donors feel:1. You are effectively trying to achieve your mission2. They know what to expect from you with each interaction3. They are thanked promptly4. They have opportunities to make their views known 5. They are part of your important cause6. Their involvement is appreciated7. They receive information showing who is being helpedDo these things. It’s worth it! For every 1,000 donors moved from low to high commitment, Donor Voice says you can expect $200,000 in increased revenue. Donor voice donor commitment study_2011 executive summary.docx View more documents from DonorVoicelast_img read more

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Ravindra Jadeja not thinking of playing in South Africa, says it depends on team balance

first_imgIndia are most likely to field only one spinner in the Test matches in South Africa but left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is not worried if he would be able to get that spot by beating Ravichandran Ashwin.Jadeja (3/51) along with Ashwin (4/67) played a major role in bowling out Sri Lanka for just 205 on the first day of the second Test.When asked if he was the captain, then who he would have chosen between him and Ashwin in the playing XI for South Africa Tests, the jovial Jadeja replied,”Yeh bhi koi puchne ki baat hain (Is this a question that you even need to ask?), his reply had everyone laughing. “If I am the captain, I will not even give the ball to anyone (laughs). I will keep bowling from one end.”Then on a serious note, he said: “It all depends on teams balance and what it wants. At times on overseas tours, we assess if there are more left-handers or right-handers in the opposition and accordingly, the teams composition is set.Aware that one among him, Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav will feature in the playing XI, Jadeja said that he can only control thing which is in his hands performance.”I can only control the controllable. When I get an opportunity, I will try to do well. What is not in my control, there is no point thinking about it. When I get a chance to play in South Africa, I will try to do well.”When I got a chance the last time, I played the second Test after Ashwin played the first. That’s why I said that teams combination will depend on composition of the opposition.advertisementJadeja was satisfied that he could bowl disciplined line on a strip where there was not much help for the bowlers.”There was a lot of help from the wicket there (Kolkata) so you guys must have felt that every ball will yield a wicket but that was not the case here because this wicket had grass but not the bounce or swing or the overcast conditions of Kolkata. That’s why we did not get much help but the two (Ishant and Yadav) bowled well in the first session.”Ashwin was seen bowling round the wicket and thats how he got Dinesh Chandimal leg before trying to reverse sweep and Dasun Shanaka with an angular delivery.”If there is nothing in the wicket for spinners, then its good to try something different. Over the wicket or round the wicket, just try and create chances. That’s what he was doing.On his own bowling, Jadeja said: “I was very happy as to how I bowled today. There was no help from the wicket and I was looking to bowl in right areas.India have gone with only four specialist bowlers in this Test and for Jadeja it is important to get 20 wickets irrespective of whether you play four or five bowlers.The five-bowler combination means if we need to get 20 wickets, then you need bowlers to do that. Even if you score 700 or 800 runs, if you cant take 20 wickets, you wont win the match. Its important that you have all options like all-rounders, bowlers, to utilize them as per conditions.last_img read more

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Wait, Why is Oklahoma State Redshirting Sophomores

first_imgWhen the 2015 Oklahoma State depth chart came out, there were some noticeable omissions. Boone went over a few of those earlier this week and brought up a name I hadn’t heard since he single-handedly tried to set OU’s offense back 15 years last December.Justin Phillips.Phillips had 10 of his 18 tackles last season in that Bedlam game, and yet he’s nowhere to be found on the depth chart. And he was even projected as a potential starter in the spring.So he’s either going to be special teams only again (which is mostly what he was last year until Bedlam) or the more interesting option (which Boone suggested). A redshirt. Wait, redshirting sophomores?Mike Gundy said it was an option earlier in August.“It’s us being honest with them and that they didn’t really get that year to develop,” said Gundy about the potential of redshirting a non-first year guy. Now that OSU is deeper, he has that leeway.“What you’ll do is put that young player who doesn’t redshirt his freshman year, he loses that extra time in the weight room because during the season he’s trying to get ready to play in the game and so he can’t devote himself to four to five days of a heavy workload.“His physical workload is limited based on getting ready to play on Saturday, and there’s a point where that can almost become a necessity for a college football player to get that extra workload during their time. It doesn’t always happen that way, but it’s beneficial. So we’re just honest and if a player said ‘I want to play’, then we’re going to play him because ultimately it’s their career, but we offer our opinion on what we think is best.”If Gundy can convince guys like Phillips that it would be beneficial to them in the long run, OSU is going to be in a good spot for the next few years (especially on defense). This also continues to soothe the pain of last year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Brian Kelly Announces Big Injury Update Ahead Of Georgia Game

first_img Brian Kelly says Cole Kmet will play on Saturday at Georgia.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 16, 2019Getting Kmet back may not be enough to swing the game though. Georgia has one of the best offenses in the nation, led by an NFL-caliber quarterback in Jake Fromm. The Fighting Irish are 13.5-point underdogs heading into Sanford Stadium.Nevertheless, having one of their best receivers back in time for the biggest game of their season can only be a positive.The game will be played on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST and will air on CBS. A closeup of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the sidelines during the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 14, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 28-7. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)Notre Dame is a heavy underdog to Georgia in Week 4, with the latter sitting as double-digit favorites in the game. But Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly just provided an injury update that bodes very well for their offense.Speaking to the media on Monday, Kelly revealed that starting tight end Cole Kmet will play on Saturday. Kmet broke his collarbone before the start of the season and missed the first few weeks.His return will be a welcome sight for Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book, who gets one of his top targets from 2018 back. Book has six passing touchdowns with no interceptions so far this season.As a sophomore, Kmet had 15 receptions for 162 yards as the No. 2 tight end. With Alize Mack gone, he is now the starter.last_img read more

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Image of the Day: Drydocks World Does Its Daily Dozen

first_imgUAE-based shiprepair facility Drydocks World has simultaneously berthed 11 rigs in the Dubai yard setting a new record.During February the yard set a record of 9 rigs in the yard and only one month later the yard has increased the number by over 20% totaling 11 rigs.The company said that it has set this record break along with repeated clients such as Saipem, Saudi Aramco, Shelf Drilling, Aban Offshore and  the National Drilling Company.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Drydocks Worldlast_img

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2004 Holiday Message

first_imgAs the Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia, and on behalf of myhusband, Larry, and our family, it is my pleasure to extendSeason’s Greetings from Government House to you and yourfamilies. The holiday season is a time to reflect on the past year, and tothink about others before ourselves. Some of my fondest memories of 2004 are of the Nova Scotians Ihave met who continually put the needs of others and theircommunities before themselves. These individuals are doingextraordinary things to make our communities and our provinceeven better. I’ve met people from all walks of life who areoffering their unique gifts for the greater good; energetic youthwho are fighting for a more just society; and wise elders whocontinue to teach the ways of peace. Each person is aninspiration to those around them. They are the unsung heroes inour midst. In my work as lieutenant-governor, I have made a commitment toNova Scotian youth. I want them to realize their full potential. Iwant them to be empowered to move forward with confidence so thatthey too can help strengthen our Nova Scotia communities, todayand in the future. The very things that make our province what it is — our diversecultures, beautiful scenery, reputable educational institutions,competitive business climate and dynamic arts and cultureenvironment — are what draw people from around the world to NovaScotia. The Acadian History Through Art exhibition, held at GovernmentHouse in tribute to l’Annee de l’Acadie, attracted more than24,000 people. Many visited the exhibit during the Congrèsmondial acadien, a world-class event that gave Acadians anopportunity to meet, exchange and honour their culture. TheCongrès marked the resilience and strength of our Acadianancestors. As I fulfil my duties as lieutenant-governor, the pride that allNova Scotians have in this province becomes more evident to me.That pride shines through the thousands of volunteers who work toenrich their communities — volunteers such as those who helpedmake Tall Ships 2004 the spectacular event it was. Portsthroughout the province hosted tall ships this summer and provedthat Nova Scotians are proud to extend warm hospitality and sharethe blessing of friendship. Nova Scotians continue to demonstrate their compassion forothers. During the blizzard of last winter and the most recentwinter storm, many neighbours helped those in need in theircommunity. In November, I had the special opportunity to attend the HumanRights Commission’s interfaith breakfast which marked the Day ofReflection on Compassion and Community. That event focused on therole that compassion and understanding play in enriching ourlives and leading to diverse, successful communities. At this special time of year, we must also give thanks to the menand women in the Canadian Forces who are serving overseas. Theircourage and sacrifice helps to ensure a better tomorrow for ourchildren and grandchildren. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, thankyou. As we look forward to a new year, let us also remember those inour midst who are experiencing ill health, personal loss orchallenging circumstances. Let us affirm the basic dignity owedto all our neighbours and do our best to reach out and supportthose in need. My wish for all Nova Scotians at this time is one of happiness,good health and love of family and friends. May each one of youshare in the joy of this holiday season and have a safe andprosperous new year. -30-last_img read more

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Yellowknife firm looking to create northern search and rescue base

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiving in Canada’s North can sometimes be a risky business.And when things go bad in the remote wilderness search and rescue teams are called upon to help.But there are no search and rescue bases in the region and, as APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers will tell us, one Yellowknife company wants to change that.last_img

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Hachim Mastour to Play With Morocco Against Libya

Rabat – The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) said it has received guarantees that AC Milan’s wonderkid Hachim Mastour will join the Moroccan national team once his name is included in Badou Ezzaki’s official squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Libya on June 12 in Agadir, in southern Morocco.Mastour, who has already played for the Italian under-16s, has been included in a 30-man roster ahead of the Atlas Lions’ first match for the 2017 Afcon qualifiers.According to Hesport, the Moroccan young player expressed readiness to play for Morocco, his country of origin, despite pressure from the Italian media to choose Italy instead. A source from the FRMF quoted by Hesport has urged, however, not to jump to conclusions and to avoid making the same mistakes of the past, adding that the head coach and the football federation are expecting Mastour’s final decision in the next few days.In 2013, Mastour was named the world’s top rising stars by British sports website Footballbettingodds.co.uk. The Moroccan Messi, who will turn seventeen next June, drew the attention of European clubs such as Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona, thanks to his dribbling ability and skills. If he opts for the Atlas Lions instead of the Squadra Azzura, he will add his dribbling skills and pace to Badou Ezzaki’s team. read more

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2 Months, Over 1000 Moroccan Cultural and Artistic Activities in Morocco

Rabat- More than 1,000 cultural and artistic activities were carried out between December and January at the national level, announced the Ministry of Culture and Communication in statement on Wednesday.The number of these artistic and cultural activities is important, according to the ministry, which indicated that in October last year, the total number in different regions of the Kingdom reached only at 878.One hundred ninety-eight of these activities were for the benefit of children, based on figures from a report founded on data collected from all the regional directorates. The ministry reported that 216 plays, 169 music performances, and 63 film activities were recorded, as well as more than 178 art exhibitions and 219 book activities.According to the Ministry, the rise in the number of theater activities, establishes a competitive spirit between the different regions. It also ensures quality that meets the cultural and artistic needs of citizens.The ministry also said that it would  follow-up on these activities, through the presentation of a bimonthly report to ensure continuity throughout the year.This report would also include the strong and weak points of culture and art in Morocco and recommend cultural and artistic activities throughout the national territory.In 2017, the Minister of Culture and Communication’s budget totaled MAD 330 million.The minister has said that the budget will cover all initiatives related to cultural interactions, including music, theater, and support services for different activities and cultural associations. read more

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UN Security Council calls for end to political violence in Haiti

Video of Council President reading statement Condemning the recent deadly clashes in Haiti, members of the United Nations Security Council today called on the government and opposition to restore confidence and dialogue, overcoming their differences peacefully and democratically through constitutional means. “Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern over the increasing violence and political crisis in Haiti leading the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, including the loss of many lives,” the Council President for February, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, told journalists. The members commended the work of a team dispatched to the country by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and expressed support for the peacemaking efforts of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS). The UN humanitarian mission has been in Haiti since Sunday to assess how best to respond to the violence that has gripped the country in recent weeks. Dozens of people have been killed during clashes between opponents and supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. read more

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UN launches 266 billion appeal for emergency assistance in Sahel region

“The Sahel faces considerable challenges and will remain the site of one of the world’s major humanitarian operations in 2017,” stated UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer, in a news release on the appeal, which aims to cover the needs of 15 million people across Africa’s Sahel region, which includes Chad, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal. He said the lives and livelihoods of millions of suffering people in the region will be at stake unless the humanitarian community, governments and donors renew their engagement to assist and protect those in urgent need and help these communities become less vulnerable to shocks. The UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that 4.9 million people in Sahel have fled from their homes, while one in every five families remains extremely vulnerable. In addition, Chad and parts of north-east Nigeria are experiencing critical levels of malnutrition, as high as 30 per cent, which is double the ’emergency’ threshold. Mr. Lanzer also stressed that nearly 11 million people in the Lake Chad basin area require emergency assistance and financial needs have almost tripled since year, adding that there is also half a million severely malnourished children in need of urgent help. He also highlighted a stable but worrying situation in Mali due to insecurity. The Regional Humanitarian Coordinator stressed the commitment of UN agencies and their partners to providing urgent assistance to affected individuals, their families and communities, while also promising to continue strong collaboration with governments, development and stabilization actors. “And we must, more than ever, shift ‘from providing aid to ending needs’ because extreme vulnerability in the Sahel is the most visible symptom of the triple crisis of governance, insecurity and climate change that affects this region. The demographic explosion, which will see the region’s population double in the next twenty years, exacerbates the situation still further,” Mr. Lanzer underscored. The Sahel regional appeal is part of the larger $22.2 billion funding request for 2017 launched by the United Nations Monday in Geneva, Switzerland. read more

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London Underground fined £500000 after maintenance worker injured in a fall

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. London Underground fully addressed issues relating to safe access into the former lift shaftCredit: Paul Grover London Underground has been fined £500,000 after a maintenance worker was injured in a fall at a disused station.The worker suffered a number of injuries and spent 10 days in hospital after plunging 9.5 metres from a scaffold tower while cleaning a former lift shaft, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said.Its investigation found London Underground failed to properly plan, manage and supervise the work being carried out on September 22 2014.Inspectors at disused South Kentish Town Tube station also found the scaffold was incorrectly assembled and its stability had not been assessed. The ORR said procedures which may have prevented the fall were in place, but were not implemented or followed.London Underground was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act at Blackfriars Crown Court on October 7 this year.Keith Atkinson, HM Principal Inspector of Railways, said: “In 2014, London Underground’s failure to properly plan, manage or supervise maintenance work at the disused station in South Kentish Town led to a worker spending 10 days in hospital, and could have been fatal.”London Underground has a good safety record, but this incident highlights why there can be no room for complacency.”Safety remains a top priority for the rail regulator. We will always take action against companies or individuals where failings are found.”London Underground fully addressed issues relating to safe access into the former lift shaft and the incorrectly assembled scaffold following the incident.A Transport for London (TfL) spokesman said: “This was clearly a serious incident involving one of our employees and we acted quickly to investigate the causes and take action to ensure that it does not happen again.” London Underground fully addressed issues relating to safe access into the former lift shaftlast_img read more

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Google and Samsung rumored to be working on 10inch tablet

first_imgTo date, there has never been a 10″ Nexus tablet from Google. The Motorola Xoom was released as the reference device for Android 3.0, but was never branded as a Nexus device. Instead, Google chose to focus recently on a $199 7″ device. The Nexus 7 had grown in popularity as one of the best 7″ devices out there, to say nothing of being one of the best devices for only $199. While a high end 7″ tablet is great, especially for a reasonable price, there will always be those who want the biggest and the best device they can get their hands on. With that in mind, it is currently rumored that Samsung and Google are working on a high-end 10″ device.An analyst at NPD DisplaySearch has spoken out regarding a 10.1″ device that will boast a 2560 x 1600 display. If true, this roughly 299ppi  screen would put the tablet just above the Retina iPad in terms of density and offer something no other Android tablet is currently even close to. Samsung and Google already have a great working relationship, with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 %displayPrice% at %seller% being one of the developer gifts from the 2011 IO conference and Samsung being responsible for two of the previous Nexus devices. With the Xoom and the Tab 10.1 IO edition both reaching or exceeding end of life status, the two companies could both be looking for a device to refresh their lines.Android tablets have never been particularly successful on their own. The Nexus 7 was one of the first to gain any real brand recognition as a single device. Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Best Price at Amazon and Galaxy Note tablets aren’t exactly leaping off the shelf, and their 7″ devices don’t come close to the price point of the Nexus 7. A partnership for a 10″ device would be mutually beneficial, and would put Google in another space to properly compete with Apple.Unfortunately, Android as an ecosystem isn’t remotely prepared for a device with such a high resolution. Even on the Nexus 7 the volume of apps that stretch and look awkward outnumber the apps that look nice on the tablet. This rumored 10″ device would not have many apps that would look good at all. Apple needed to provide entirely new guidelines in order for “Retina Apps” to work well and look nice on the iPad. Google would likely need to do the same in order to be successful, and that kind of shift in the ecosystem would take time to deploy.It’s still unclear when this rumored device would rear its head, but it is clearly not terribly soon. Perhaps with the next version of Android we will see some more stringent guidelines for dealing with such a high resolution, but right now Android isn’t really ready for this kind of device.via CNETlast_img read more

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A gift of mothers milk at SW Washington Medical Center

first_imgThe Human Milk Banking Association of North America guidelines state that all human milk donors should be screened according to national standards used for blood donors.o To contact the milk donor program at Southwest Washington Medical Center, call 360-514-4027.o The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank will hold a fundraising event at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Portland. Information is at http://www.nwmmb.org.Eight-month-old Toivo Rittman is part of a new program that’s helping at-risk infants get off to a good start in life.The son of Katie and Mark Rittman was born on Dec. 26, and his mother decided she would breast-feed him. About the same time, nurse Maggi Weisman was starting a milk-donation program at Southwest Washington Medical Center.“Maggi mentioned starting a donor drop site. It’s a good cause,” Katie Rittman said.Rittman became the first woman to donate to the state’s only drop-off site that’s affiliated with a donor milk bank.Organizers plan to make it part of the first milk bank in the Pacific Northwest.The Vancouver hospital currently is affiliated with a milk bank in San Jose, Calif., where Rittman’s contribution was shipped for processing and distribution.Breast milk is particularly valuable when a baby is born prematurely, said Weisman, coordinator of the hospital’s lactation program. It’s easy to digest, supports the baby’s immune system and provides infection-fighting benefits.last_img read more

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12 have stopped pension contributions to support financially dependent relatives

first_imgMore than one in 10 (12%) of respondents over the age of 50 have stopped saving into their pension in order to support either children or parents who are financially dependent on them, according to research by Aviva.Its Real retirement report, which surveyed 3,327 UK adults aged 50 or over, including 1,829 who are still in work, also found that 36% of respondents who have dependents will retire later than they expected because their children are still financially dependent on them. Additionally, 32% of respondents claim that their adult children’s financial needs are the only reason they are still working.The research also found:22% of respondents with financial dependents have sacrificed their ability to save for a more comfortable retirement in order to support their adult children.43% of respondents who have dependents have concerns about being able to balance their work and caring for a relative.12% of respondents who have financial dependents cite supporting the financial needs, such as healthcare, of their parents or their partner’s parents as the only reason they are still in work.16% of respondents with child or parent dependents state that their responsibilities to younger family members have limited their future career prospects beyond their current age, compared to 13% who say that responsibilities to older family members have the same effect.62% of respondents who have an expected retirement age in mind state that this is older than they thought it would be 10 years ago, and 43% who plan to retire later than previously expected blame not having enough pension savings.40% of respondents are motivated to stay in work because of job satisfaction and fulfilment rather than financial reasons, compared to 34% who want to stay working because they enjoy the mental stimulation of their job.29% of respondents who have made a career change think they are now experiencing more career success since turning 50 than when they were younger, although some have had to make financial sacrifices to do so. This includes accepting a lower salary (37%), dipping into savings (25%), and stopping (12%) or reducing (8%) pension contributions.Lindsey Rix (pictured), managing director, savings and retirement at Aviva, said: “With children flying the nest later and later, many over-50s are shouldering the responsibility of putting their families’ financial needs ahead of their own for a prolonged period of time. As a result, many are facing a dilemma over delaying their retirement, while others are struggling to maintain their retirement savings habits.“[Employees] of this age are in a key stage of retirement planning and would benefit from saving as much as possible to ensure a comfortable retirement, but are facing unprecedented hurdles to do so. Employers and government, as well as individuals, have important roles in helping to make saving a reality.”last_img read more

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