Britain to Build $340 Million Polar Research Ship

first_imgIn another headline-grabbing announcement of new research infrastructure spending, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today that Britain would build a new £200 million ($340 million) polar research ship by 2019. The new ship, as yet unnamed, will allow researchers to travel deeper into the Arctic and Antarctic, deploy robotic submarines and underwater gliders, and have extensive onboard laboratories. It will also service bases in the British Antarctic Territory.“Our new £200 million polar flagship will be the most advanced oceanographic research vessel in the world. It will be carrying the latest cutting edge technologies. And will mean scientists can do research for more of the year, can reach areas they’ve never been able to penetrate before, and will be able to bring back huge amounts of data on the ocean and marine biology,” Osborne said during a speech in Cambridge.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(*)This is “an exciting time for UK polar science and I am delighted with this announcement,” Jane Francis, director of the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement. “The last 15-20 years has seen remarkable developments in science and technology. Incorporating these new technologies in a new ice-strengthened research ship will offer a step-change in Britain’s capability to deliver bigger and better science.”This is one of several new projects announced since last autumn when Osborne boosted annual spending on capital projects for research by £500 million to £1.1 billion for 2015 to 2016 and said budgets will then grow in line with inflation until 2020 to 2021. The government originally slashed capital expenditures by 40% in the first spending review following its election in 2010. But since then Osborne has lobbed in several one-off bundles of new money followed by last December’s more permanent hike.To identify priorities for this spending, Osborne today also announced a consultation that will produce a science capital road map by autumn. “We have some tough and exciting decisions to make over the coming months—and I’m relying on the help of you in this room and the rest of the scientific community to make sure we get it right,” Osborne told his audience.Despite the improving situation for capital spending, the overall science budget, which covers grants, journal subscriptions, and overhead costs, has remained nearly flat since 2010. Inflation has eroded the value of that £5.9 billion budget by more than £1.1 billion over the 5-year spending review period, according to the Campaign for Science and Engineering. Overall, the United Kingdom’s research spending—at 1.72% of the gross domestic product—lags behind most of its competitors in the G8 and is below the average of the 28 European Union nations. “New investments welcome but gear shift needed to win global race,” the campaign said last month.last_img read more

Bajrang Punia dedicates Bulgaria wrestling gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

first_imgStar wrestler Bajrang Punia on Sunday dedicated his gold medal victory at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India from Pakistan on Friday.Bajrang defeated American Jordan Oliver in the 65kg catergory final on Saturday at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov wrestling in Ruse, Bulgaria.”I want to dedicate my gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He has inspired me. I want to meet him one day and also shake hands with him,” Bajrang Punia tweeted after his victory.65kg Gold goes to – BAJRANG (IND) pic.twitter.com/BlPLvysNJYUnited World Wrestling (@wrestling) 2 March 2019Bajrang, who bagged the top prize at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year, has won four gold medals and one silver in the last five tournaments.On Wednesday, Wing Commander Abhinandan, while flying the MiG 21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down. He ejected safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.On March 1, wearing blue blazer and grey khaki trouser, he crossed over into India from Attari-Wagah border at 9:20 pm IST. He was handed over by the Pakistan Rangers to the Border Security Force (BSF) following paperwork.advertisementWing Commander Abhinandan was accompanied by an officer of the Pakistan Foreign Office and Indian Defence Attache Group Captain Joy Thomas Kurien.Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day after which Wing Commander Abhinandan crossed the border.Also Read | BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsAlso Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Watch:last_img read more

2019 Cricket World Cup: Team India profile

first_imgSHIKHAR DHAWANThe 33-year-old left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan made his India ODI debut in 2010. Since his debut, he has been an integral part of the ODI set up in the backdrop of some excellent performances. With a total of 5178 runs in the 123 matches that he has played for India, Shikhar Dhawan is India’s one of the most sought after opening batsmen. Boasting of a solid strike rate of 93.48, and a highest ODI score of 137, Shikhar Dhawan can take apart the opposition bowling attack with his flamboyant batting skills on his day. Come 2019 World Cup, he would aim to add to his 27 half-centuries and 15 hundreds.ROHIT SHARMARohit Sharma is a right-handed batsman who made his ODI debut for India against Ireland on June 23, 2007. Born in Nagpur, the 31-year-old Rohit has three double centuries to his name in ODIs. What sets Rohit Sharma apart is the way he goes about his innings – he usually takes his time to settle on the pitch but once he crosses 50-60 runs, he tends to explode. Rohit has played 201 ODIs for India and has scored 7808 runs at a strike rate of 88.33. Rohit’s highest ODI score is 264 that he scored at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In his ODI career so far, Rohit has scored 22 hundreds, 39 fifties and three doubles hundreds.KL RAHULThe 26-year old KL Rahul is a right-handed batsman from Karnataka who made his ODI debut for India on June 11, 2016 against Zimbabwe away from home. The wicketkeeper-batsman has played 13 ODIs and managed to score 317 runs at a strike rate of 80.66. Rahul’s highest score for India is 100 and that’s the only ODI hundred he has to his name. Rahul has also scored two fifties in the ODIs for India. Rahul, who was recently embroiled in the Koffee with Karan controversy along with Hardik Pandya, is a flamboyant batsman and is known for his stroke-making once he gets going.advertisementVIRAT KOHLIVirat Kohli, who is now the Indian captain, shot to fame after leading his squad to a memorable victory in the U-19 World Cup. Kohli then made his ODI debut for India on August 18, 2008 and there was no looking back for the batsman. Born in Delhi, the 30-year-old Kohli is set to lead India in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales and would be looking to get his second World Cup victory. Kohli was a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning Team India under MS Dhoni. Kohli is regarded as the best batsman of the current generation and one of the best of all time as he chases Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records. Kohli has scored 10533 runs in 222 ODIs for India at a strike rate of 92.59 and an excellent average of 59.51. Kohli has scored 39 hundreds and 49 fifties in his career so far.MS DHONIThe 37-year-old MS Dhoni is at the last stretch of his career having captained India to three ICC trophies is now set to play under captain Virat Kohli in the World Cup 2019. Ranchi-born Dhoni made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on December 2, 2005 and since then he has scored 10415 runs in 338-ODI appearance for the country. Dhoni, who is a right-handed batsmen, is famous for his trademark helicopter shot and fast hand behind the stumps. MS Dhoni, who has scored over 10000 runs at an average of 50.8 and a strike rate of 87.69, has a highest ODI score of 183. Dhoni has 10 centuries and 70 half-centuries to his name.DINESH KARTHIKThe Chennai-born wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik made his ODI debut for India against Australia on September 5, 2004 but had been in direct competition with MS Dhoni throughout his career. At the moment, Karthik is seen in the role of a finisher for the Indian team. Karthik has played 91 ODIs, scoring 1738 runs including nine half-centuries. Karthik has scored the runs at a strike rate of 73.71.VIJAY SHANKARThe 28-year-old Vijay Shankar made his ODI debut for India on January 18, 2019 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Shankar is seam-bowling all-rounder alongside Hardik Pandya for the Indian cricket team. Even though Shankar is an all-rounder, he is a batting all-rounder and showed spark and stability with the bat against New Zealand last month. In the four ODIs that Shankar has played, he has scored 45 runs at a strike rate of 70.31 with his highest being 45. With the ball, Shankar has much to improve as he has gone wicketless in the four matches.HARDIK PANDYABorn in Baroda, the 25-year old Hardik Pandya made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka on July 26, 2017. Hardik plays the role of a seam-bowling all-rounder in the Indian team – he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pacer. In the 45 ODIs Hardik has played for India, he has scored 731 runs with the bat at a strike rate of 116.59. His highest ODI score is 83. With the ball in his hand, Hardik has picked 44 wickets in 45 matches at an average of 39.73. His best ODI bowling figure is 3 for 31. Though Hardik is a handy bowler for his captain, he is more famous for his explosive batting.advertisementKEDAR JADHAVKedar Jadhav is a batting all-rounder for India and is 33 years old. Born in Pune, Jadhav made his India ODI debut on November 16, 2011 against Sri Lanka. Jadhav is a right-handed batsman and bowls right-arm off break. Apart from his steady and stable batting skills, Jadhav is famous for his unique round-arm bowling action and often picks crucial wickets and breaks partnerships during ODIs for India. Jadhav has played 54 ODIs for India scoring 1002 at a strike rate of 106.82 with his highest score being 120. With the ball, Jadhav has picked 25 wickets in 54 games at an average of 31.56.KULDEEP YADAVThe 24-year old Kuldeep Yadav was born in Kanpur and is a crucial spinner for India. He made his ODI debut against Australia on March 25, 2017, and since then, he has been a crucial element in India’s limited-overs plans. Kuldeep is a left-arm chinaman and is often referred to as a mystery bowler. Kuldeep has played 39 ODIs for India and has picked 77 wickets at an outstanding average of 20.65. Kuldeep’s best ODI bowling figure is 6 for 25. He has four 4-wicket hauls to his name and one 5-wicket haul. Kuldeep also has a hat-trick to his name that he picked against Australia in 2017.YUZVENDRA CHAHALBorn in Jind, Haryana, Yuzvendra Chahal forms the spin partnership with Kuldeep Yadav for the Indian team in limited-overs cricket. The 28-year-old is also a wrist spinner and bowls right-arm leg break. Chahal made his India ODI debut against Zimbabwe on June 11, 2016. In 40 ODIs, Chahal has 71 wickets to his name with an average of 23.83. 6 for 42 is Chahal’s best bowling figure in ODIs. Chahal has picked two 5-wicket hauls for India in just 40 matches while he also has a 4-wicket haul to his name. Along with Kuldeep, Chahal remains a very integral part of India’s World Cup plans.RAVINDRA JADEJARavindra Jadeja is not India’s primary spin option in limited-overs cricket but remains an important part of the setup owing to his all-round abilities on the field. Belonging to Rajkot, the 30-year-old Jadeja made his debut for India in ODIs back on February 8, 2009 against Sri Lanka. In his 147-ODI career, Jadeja has picked 171 wickets at an average of 35.41. Jadeja’s best ODI figure is 5 for 36 and that’s the sole 5-wicket haul of his. He, however, has seven 4-wicket hauls to his name. A left-arm orthodox, Jadeja is also extremely handy with the bat and is the best Indian fielder in the current unit. Jadeja has scored 1990 runs in 147 matches at a strike rate of 84.97 with his highest score being 87. Apart from his batting and bowling, Jadeja is especially an asset due to his exceptional fielding standards.advertisementJASPRIT BUMRAHJasprit Bumrah is undoubtedly the best limited-overs bowlers at the moment. Born in Ahmedabad, the 25-year-old Bumrah is a certainty to the World Cup for India. Bumrah, who is a right-arm fast medium, made his India debut in ODIs against Australia on January 23, 2016. Since his debut, Bumrah has represented India in 44 ODIs and has picked 78 wickets at an average of 21.01. Bumrah best ODI figures are 5 for 27. Bumrah has picked one 5-wicket haul in his ODI career so far and four 4-wicket hauls. Bumrah’s measly bowling skills makes him a huge asset for the Indian team. Also, he is a death-over specialist for Team India and is known for his remarkable ability to bowl perfect yorkers. Another aspect that makes Bumrah tick is the variety in his pace and deliveries.BHUVNESHWAR KUMARBhuvneshwar Kumar made his ODI debut for India on December 30, 2012 and has been a regular feature ever since. Born in Meerut, the 29-year-old Bhuvneshwar is a right-arm medium pacer and swing bowling is one of his biggest assets. Bhuvneshwar has 114 wickets to his name in 103 ODI at an average of 35.91. Bhuvneshwar has picked three 4-wicket hauls and one 5-wicket haul in his ODI career so far with his best figures being 5 for 42. Bhuvneshwar is famous for troubling the batsmen with his line and length and his death-over bowling.MOHAMMED SHAMIThe 28-year-old Mohammed Shami has made his way back in the limited-overs setup of the Indian team with his improved fitness and strike bowling. Born in Jonagar, Bengal, Shami made his India ODI debut on January 6, 2013 against Pakistan. Shami is a right-arm medium pacer and has picked 108 wickets in the 59 ODIs he has played for India at an average of 25.35. Shami has six 4-wicket hauls to his name with his best figures being 4 for 35. Shami is essentially known for generating excellent seam and picking wickets.last_img read more

Tamizh Padam star Shiva and wife Priya welcome a baby boy

first_imgActor Shiva, known for the spoof film Tamizha Padam, is now father to a baby boy. The actor and his wife Priya welcomed their first baby on Friday afternoon. A report in Behindwood said that Priya and Shiva have named their son Agasthya.Priya and Shiva got married in 2012 in a grand wedding in Chennai, with many leading celebrities in attendance.Shiva rose to fame after the success of his spoof film Tamizh Padam, which criticised all the mainstream elements of Tamil cinema. The sequel to the film was released in 2018, which was also a huge hit.He is also known for his films with director Venkat Prabhu like Saroja and Chennai 28. Shiva is currently busy with an upcoming film called Sumo, which is directed by SP Hosimen. The director is known for the film February 14.Shiva is also awaiting the release of another Venkat Prabhu film called Party, which is a multi-starrer with many known faces like Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan and Nivetha Pethuraj in the lead roles.ALSO SEE | Rajinikanth’s Darbar crew attacked with stones by college students?ALSO SEE | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudilast_img read more

‘Coutinho must have wanted Barcelona move’

first_imgTransfers Coutinho ‘must have wanted Barcelona move’ – Suarez Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 18:15 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Coutinho Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Luis Suárez Liverpool Premier League Primera División The Brazilian’s professionalism has been praised by his former team-mate amid reports Liverpool face a fresh fight to hold on to the attacker Luis Suarez is convinced Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho will offer “a lot” to Barcelona should the Catalan giants make another attempt to sign the Brazilian.Reds 11/10 for top 4The attacking midfielder was the subject of significant interest from Barca in the summer transfer window, with Coutinho identified as one of several candidates to replace Neymar after his switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho attempted to force a move himself, making it clear to Liverpool that his desire was to leave for Camp Nou, but the Premier League club held firm to keep their man.Reports since have suggested that Barca will be going back in for Coutinho, and Suarez, who played with him for 18 months at Liverpool, is all for linking up with the former Inter talent once again.Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez, LiverpoolWhen asked how much Coutinho would offer Barca, Suarez told Mundo Deportivo: “A lot.”I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him, but everyone knows what Coutinho can contribute. He is a footballer who today is at a very high level.”Obviously he must have wanted [to join Barca] because he is a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barcelona.”He went through a difficult and very complicated moment, but as a professional he has continued to show how good a player he is and the individual quality he has.”Despite trying to leave Liverpool he continued helping the team and working. He is demonstrating that he is a professional who has the ambition to take a step further.”last_img read more

Climate Change Policy and Action Plan to be Tabled in Parliament

first_imgStory Highlights The Policy and Action Plan calls for the development of climate change sector plans All Ministries and Departments will be required to designate a focal point to facilitate the coordination of climate change actions A draft Green Paper on the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan will be tabled shortly in the House of Representatives.This was disclosed by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, during Tuesday’s (September 10) sitting of the House of Representatives.The Minister was responding to a motion brought by Member of Parliament for North Western St. James, and Opposition Spokesman on Climate Change, Dr. Horace Chang, on climate change and its impacts.Mr. Pickersgill said that the Policy and Action Plan calls for the development of climate change sector plans as well as the implementation of special initiatives within key sectors.“In addition, all Ministries and Departments will be required to designate a focal point to facilitate the coordination of climate change actions across government,” he stated.The policy was prepared under the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCADRR) Project funded by the Government of Jamaica, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also supported this process.Mr. Pickersgill also mentioned that under a project with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a National Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) Policy and Strategy for Jamaica is being developed.He explained that this policy will incorporate the draft Hazard Mitigation Policy (2005) and will be based on the Model Comprehensive Disaster Management Policy prepared by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).The motion was approved and is to be referred to a Special Joint Select Committee of Parliament for consideration and report. The motion was approved and is to be referred to a Special Joint Select Committee of Parliamentlast_img read more

3 injured in blast outside Pak Consulate General in Jalalabad

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has said that at least three persons, including a policeman, were injured in a blast outside its Consulate General in the volatile Jalalabad city in Afghanistan. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded outside the consulate in Jalalabad. “IED exploded outside holding area of our Consulate General in Jalalabad. All Pakistani staff are safe. One policeman and two applicants are reportedly wounded,” he said in a tweet. “We are in contact with Afghan authorities to ensure strengthened security for Consulate General’s premises and personnel,” Faisal said. No outfit has taken responsibility of the attack. The consulate had been shut down in August last year, before resuming operations two months later, a media report said.last_img read more

Daughter of Quebec mosque victim expresses incomprehension at shooters actions

first_imgQUEBEC – Alexandre Bissonnette told police he’d feared for his family’s safety, but the daughter of one of his shooting victims at the Quebec City mosque says it was her family that paid the price for that fear.Megda Belkacemi testified at Bissonnette’s sentencing hearing Wednesday her family hasn’t been the same since her father, Khaled Belkacemi, was gunned down on Jan. 29, 2017.She referred to comments Bissonnette made to a police investigator the day after the shooting, when he claimed he wanted to protect his family against terrorist attacks.But it was Belkacemi’s family, not Bissonnette’s, that was attacked.Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty last month to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder in the shooting.Emotions have been running high at the hearing, where survivors and relatives of victims continued Wednesday to describe the impact the murderous rampage has had on their lives.In the morning, Belkacemi told Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot her family left Algeria to avoid terrorist attacks, only to fall victim to violence in Canada.Belkacemi, 29, said she can’t understand how someone from a similar age and background as herself could commit such an atrocity.Her mother, Safia Hamoudi, recalled desperately calling Quebec City hospitals in the hours following the shooting in the hope her husband was still alive.“My life doesn’t make sense any more,” she said in a victim impact statement. “I have lost all my joy in life.”Hamoudi, a mother of three, said she’s now afraid to return to the mosque because she worries she’ll meet the same fate as her husband.She described him as a warm, caring and peaceful man.“I have a hard time accepting that he’s dead from a gun,” she said.Her son, Amir Belkacemi, called Bissonnette “a monster.”“I don’t think monsters have their place among us, among those who cherish their humanity,” he said.Ibrahim Bekkari Sbai, who was at the mosque the night of the attack, told the court he couldn’t call Bissonnette a human being.He was the first witness who looked at the gunman and addressed him directly.Sbai said Bissonnette wasn’t properly educated and suggested his father was partly responsible for the shootings.Huot quickly interrupted Sbai’s testimony, telling the man there was no evidence Bissonnette was poorly educated.The gunman’s parents, Huot said, were “collateral victims,” who, according to him, “are suffering enormously from the situation.”Bissonnette began crying and the judge suspended the hearing.The defence is asking for a life sentence of 25 years for Bissonnette, while the Crown hasn’t yet said what it will recommend.Bissonnette can face as much as 150 years behind bars.last_img read more

Retirement not easy for many Canadians many try to reenter workforce

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Maybe tossing out that alarm clock isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.A new poll suggests the Golden Years lose their lustre pretty fast for a lot of Canadian retirees, with many trying to re-enter the workforce.More than a quarter (27%) surveyed by CIBC say they regret retiring and almost the same number (23%) say they have tried to go back to work.It’s not all about the money. Sixty per cent of those who get a job say they need the intellectual stimulation while half (50%) say it is financial worry that has them on the job hunt.RELATED: Region at risk of becoming an international retirement community, says GVBOTMost (78%) think that “semi-retirement” is the best option, allowing them to work reduced hours and get the best of both worlds.Unfortunately, that can come with mixed results.“People try to re-enter the labour market and get more money for retirement, but it can be a bit of a gamble,” Jamie Golombek with CIBC said.“Only a third of those people did so successfully at a similar pay and a similar level. The rest of them were only able to enter at a lower level or, in fact, gave up trying.”So how many people think they are just fine heading into retirement?“Not many,” Golombek laughed. “But there are some. One-in-five Canadians we surveyed said they don’t worry about money because their retirement plan is all set.”RELATED: Could you live on your retirement savings for 23 years?What’s interesting to Golombek is the number of Canadians ready to jump into retirement.“Half of the people we surveyed who are aged 55 to 64 secretly wish that their employer would offer them a severance package so they can leave and start retirement.”Golombek says along with a retirement plan, using strategies to minimize taxes during retirement can help stretch retirement dollars. “Getting the right advice is crucial, so be sure to consult with your financial and tax advisors.”last_img read more

Sean Cullen in The Casting Room S04 E01

first_imgIn our first episode of Season 4, Sean Cullen (The Producers, International Comedy Star) auditions after a stint in Stratford!The Casting Room Web Series – tune in for new episodes coming up!Don’t forget to subscribe and share! Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Check out our website and see ALL the episodes:http://thecastingroom.bizLike the show on FB:http://www.facebook.com/thecastingroom1Follow the show on Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/thecastingroom1 Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Canadian actress Lauren Ash goes from Zellers to Superstore

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Lauren Ash was seemingly groomed as a teenager for her role as a worker at Cloud 9, the fictional big box store in the NBC sitcom Superstore.“My first job was at Zellers in Belleville!” exclaims the Ontario native after learning that her interviewer is Canadian. “It’s weird that my first job was in a store like this. And 15 years later I’m playing a character on American television who works there.”Zellers, of course, was that under-loved Canadian discount chain that is now just a shadow of its former corporate self. And don’t get Ash started talking about Bi-Way or Bargain Harolds. The interview with Ash (Super Fun Night) takes place as she walks through the aisles of the enormous Los Angeles set of Superstore, which is supposed to be in St. Louis, Mo. She starts in electronics before making her way down to ladies’ wear. This takes a while because of the size of the store.The detailed set duplicates just about every generic discount outlet you have ever shopped in. And apparently that means right down to the smell. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Water out of thin air California couples device wins 15M

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.Soon he and his wife, Laura Doss-Hertz, were thinking bigger — so much so that this week the couple won the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance. They prevailed by developing a system that uses shipping containers, wood chips and other detritus to produce as much as 528 gallons (2,000 litres) of water a day at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart (1 litre).The XPrize competition, created by a group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others, has awarded more than $140 million over the years for what it calls audacious, futuristic ideas aimed at protecting and improving the planet. The first XPrize, for $10 million, went to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan in 2004 for SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned space flight.When Hertz learned a couple of years ago that a prize was about to be offered to whoever could come up with a cheap, innovative way to produce clean freshwater for a world that doesn’t have enough of it, he decided to go all in.At the time, his little water-making machine was cranking out 150 gallons a day, much of which was being given to homeless people living in and around the alley behind the Studio of Environmental Architecture, Hertz’s Venice Beach-area firm that specializes in creating green buildings.He and his wife, a commercial photographer, and their partner Richard Groden, who created the smaller machine, assembled The Skysource/Skywater Alliance and went to work. They settled on creating little rainstorms inside shipping containers by heating up wood chips to produce the temperature and humidity needed to draw water from the air and the wood itself.“One of the fascinating things about shipping containers is that more are imported than exported, so there’s generally a surplus,” said Hertz, adding they’re cheap and easy to move around.And if there’s no wood chips around for heat, coconut husks, rice, walnut shells, grass clippings or just about any other such waste product will do just fine.“Certainly in regions where you have a lot of biomass, this is going to be a very simple technology to deploy,” said Matthew Stuber, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Connecticut and expert on water systems who was one of the panel’s judges.He called their water-making machine a “really cool” merging of rather simple technologies that can be used to quickly deliver water to regions hit by natural disasters, stricken by drought or even rural areas with a shortage of clean water.Hertz and Doss-Hertz are just starting to contemplate how to accomplish that.Theirs was among 98 teams from 27 countries who entered the competition. Many teams were bigger and better funded, while the couple mortgaged their Malibu home to stay in the game. At one point, they were told they hadn’t made the final round of five, but one team dropped out and they were back in.“If you say we were the dark horse in the race, we weren’t even in the race,” Hertz recalled, smiling.He stood near a giant copy of the check in his office while Doss-Hertz prepared to leave for a photo shoot and a visitor sampled a glass of their freshly made water.Now, though, they are in for the long, wet haul.“There’s no restrictions whatsoever on how it’s used,” Hertz said of the prize money. “But Laura and I have committed to using it all for the development and deployment of these machines, to get them to people who need the water most.”last_img read more

Canfor announces more curtailments in Mackenzie and a shift reduction in Prince

first_img“We deeply regret the impacts that these capacity reductions will have on our Mackenzie and Isle Pierre employees, contractors, their families and the local communities,” said Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations, Canfor. “The BC forest industry is continuing to face very significant challenges. None of our temporary or permanent curtailment decisions have been made lightly, nor are they a reflection on the hard work and dedication of our employees.”In combination, these curtailments will reduce Canfor’s annual production output by approximately 400 million board feet, which is in addition to previously announced reductions. MACKENZIE, B.C. – Canfor announced Thursday more capacity reductions in Mackenzie and Prince George.The Mackenzie sawmill will be placed on an indefinite curtailment effective immediately due to the high cost of fibre and poor lumber markets. On top of that, Canfor says challenging operating conditions have made the mill uneconomic under current conditions.The Isle Pierre sawmill in Prince George will be permanently reduced from two shifts to one shift effective September 20, 2019. The capacity reduction, which is due to insufficient timber supply as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and associated decline in the annual allowable cut, will enable the mill to better align its production capacity with the sustainable fibre supply in the region. last_img read more

Gas reserves found onshore in Morocco

Fez – After months of drilling operations in Morocco, Circle Oil, an international oil and gas exploration company, announced the discovery of substantial natural gas findings in the country’s coastal region.The preliminary findings are the result of the drilling of a well in Sebou Permit, located along the coastline of Morocco onshore near Kenitra. Circle Oil began exploration near Sebou in May and this week reported the discovery of gas reserves at three different underground levels.“”We are delighted to add another successful discovery to our Sebou gas portfolio. This is the first well of a six well program to be drilled with our partner ONHYM in the Sebou permit and is coupled with another six well program in the Lalla Mimouna permit,” Chris Green, CEO of Circle Oil, said in a statement on Wednesday. The well will be sourced and tested to prepare the well for production in the future according to a press release by Circle Oil.Circle Oil is just one of the 34 companies carrying out natural gas and oil exploration operations in Morocco. The discovery of natural gas reserves onshore in Morocco suggests that the country could become a future giant in the field of oil and gas exportation.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more