25 gates of Hirakud dam reservoir opened

first_imgThe Hirakud dam authorities opened as many as 25 gates of the reservoir on Tuesday evening due to heavy rain in the upper catchment area of the Mahanadi river and release of water from certain projects in neighbouring Chhattisgarh. This may create a flood-like situation in as many as 11 districts under the Mahanadi river system over the next two days.According to State Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, release of water at the Munduli barrage near Bhubaneswar was likely to cross 8,00,000 cusecs-mark by Wednesday evening.Mr. Sethi told presspersons that the District Collectors and the Water Resources Department have been asked to draw up emergency plans. Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have also been put on alert.The districts that have been issued flood alerts are Sambalpur, Subarnapur, Boudh, Nayagarh, Angul, Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda and Jajpur.last_img read more

Unauthorised persons barred from carrying mobile phones inside Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Bhawan

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday banned unauthorised persons from carrying mobile phones inside Vidhan Bhawan, which houses the State legislature complex, and all offices affiliated to the State secretariat. “The Chief Minister instructed officials to ensure that adequate security and cleanliness arrangements are in place in Vidhan Bhawan and at all the offices attached to the Secretariat. Instructions were also issued to debar outsiders from bringing mobile phones inside these buildings,” an official statement said. Concerned over sanitisation and security, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to have fool-proof security check points in the Secretariat and in other related offices, the statement said. “No unwanted person should enter any administrative office without the permission of the officials and mobile phones should be banned for unauthorised persons,” the instructions said. The latest instructions, given by the Chief Minister at a review meeting of secretariat administration, came a day after Mr. Adityanath banned the use of mobile phones during all government meetings, including State Cabinet meetings. All the officials were asked to switch off their mobile phones and keep them outside the conference room. Even office assistants, who had come to collect the laptops of their seniors, were asked not to enter the conference room with their mobile phones. Earlier, the ban was imposed only at review meetings chaired by the Chief Minister. At a function where revenue officials were provided free laptops here on Wednesday mobile phones were not allowed at the venue. Now, Uttar Pradesh government ministers and senior officials will have to deposit their phones at a designated counter and a token would be issued which could later be exchanged for their mobile phones. Officials explained that the Chief Minister wanted all ministers and top officers to focus more on issues that are discussed in the key meetings instead of getting distracted due to mobile phones. Recent media reports claimed that the Chief Minister was irked by some of his ministers chatting on WhatsApp during meetings, after which a direction in this regard was issued by his office. The decision also safeguards against the rising threat of cyber hacking and electronic espionage, the officials said. Ministers were earlier allowed to bring mobile phones but had to keep them in silent mode. Instructions were also issued on Thursday to name all the auditoriums and meeting rooms, and remove hoardings, banners and pamphlets in the vicinity of Vidhan Bhawan and Lok Bhawan, which houses the office of the Chief Minister and senior secretaries of various departments. The statement also said, “e-office system should be implemented at all the departments and offices. All the service-related issues should be disposed of in a timely manner.” A list of officials and staff who indulge in corrupt and nefarious activities should be prepared, it said. Efforts should also be made to effectively dispose of pending cases in the courts, the statement said, adding that complaints should be redressed on merit basis.last_img read more

18’s Mixed fall short

first_imgThe Australian team narrowly lost in the pivotal 18’s Mixed division 6-4.With a powerful and heartfelt pre-game address by coach Michael McDonald, the 18’s Mixed were pumped to do their country proud.Some flashy footwork and accurate long balls from the Kiwis tested the Aussie defence as New Zealand ran out to an early lead. Haylee Henderson scored in the corner to open the Aussies account but a lot of work was needed in the second half to bridge the gap.Australia improved greatly in the second half but unfortunately half chances did not eventuate through no lack of trying from the Aussies. Sam Brisby in particular was the architect of many attacking raids.The Australians should take great heart that they can compete and win against the Kiwis in their pet division and will challenge over two games on Saturday. For more information, please visit the Youth World Challenge website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6458-0-0-0last_img read more

10 months agoMan City midfielder Bernardo Silva: Gabriel Jesus goals will do him good

first_imgMan City midfielder Bernardo Silva: Gabriel Jesus goals will do him goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was pleased for Gabriel Jesus after his two goals in victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”It was good after the defeat against Chelsea to give an answer,” Bernardo explained. “It was not an easy game.”To have difficult games against Hoffenheim and Everton, it was good to come back from that.”The next two months are hard, we need to be focused and fit, get as many wins as can to recover first position and go as far as we can in other competitions.””We are happy with Jesus’ two goals and hopefully he can score more and win more titles.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Moreno’s Qatar move understandably splits El Tri fan opinion

first_imgHector Moreno is in Qatar, and if he sees out his contract he’ll be there for the next three years.How you feel about the Mexico international center back moving to Al-Gharafa probably has put you in one of two groups. Either you applauded the move as a deserved end-of-career financial boon for a long-serving Mexico international or you bemoaned another El Tri player taking the easy way out of Europe and parachuting into a league with lesser competition.And, good news! You’re probably right. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? There’s a little truth in every side of the debate – the same debate that has accompanied Mexico players’ moves back to North America as well. When Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela and Jonathan dos Santos moved to various parts of Los Angeles or when Carlos Salcedo decided to leave Frankfurt for a life with Tigres in Monterrey, critics said the same. With America in the market for a new goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa may be the Mexico veteran subject to the hot takes.On the one hand, these players are human beings. They’re entitled to make decisions they feel benefit themselves – even if it comes at the expense of the team whose success a whole nation lives and dies with. If Moreno wants to cash in with some money made in the Middle East after a decade in Europe, who’s to stop him? He’s no doubt doing what he feels is best for him and his family. Same with a player who returns to Liga MX or joins MLS. The joy he feels being close to family and friends may be worth more to him than the joy he would feel celebrating a goal in La Liga or, more likely for many players, getting sporadic minutes in a big European league.On the other, there’s no doubt Moreno will be less challenged as a player in Qatar than if he’d stayed with Real Sociedad. The 31-year-old defender looked crisp this summer in the final two matches of the Gold Cup, no doubt in part because he’d had to earn his place with La Real. Other players, like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez or Jesus “Tecatito” Corona found their footing and improved by leaps and bounds by having to fight off competition for a place in their well-stocked European clubs.Jozy Altidore Hector Moreno USA Mexico Gold Cup 2019The real crux of the matter is players older than 30 should be getting phased out of the national team no matter what their club situation. Some exceptions exist. There are plenty of players who still can do the job even as they push past the milestone, but players in their prime are supposed to be jumping past these veterans. It’s admirable Ochoa is shaping up to be the No. 1 in Qatar at age 38, but is he really being pushed for the starting job by any up-and-comers in Liga MX or abroad?Moreno, with his unique profile as a left-footed center back who is extremely effective in picking out attackers on the opposite side of the field, is a player not easily replaced. There’s a reason both previous Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio and current El Tri boss Tata Martino have rolled with the veteran in their XIs even as he played limited minutes at the club level. The debate would be a moot point were Nestor Araujo locking onto the job and making the role his own. Instead, the Celta de Vigo defender struggled to display the level needed at the Gold Cup. This is a team in which Rafa Marquez started at the World Cup last summer at a spry 39 years of age. Part of that was down to injuries, but Edson Alvarez wasn’t yet ready to play the defensive midfield spot full-time.Osorio and Martino seeing the same value in veterans doesn’t mean they’re singing from the same hymn sheet in other aspects. While Osorio regularly railed against players not pushing themselves to find challenges at the club level, Martino looks to have accepted that players are going to come to North America or head off to the Middle East. That’s the reality of the market right now.More productive than complaining about the decisions those players already have made for themselves is focusing on what’s coming. El Tri fans should enjoy Moreno while they can – and let him enjoy himself as he plays out the last years of his playing career. It’s up to others, not him, to make sure the national team continues to improve.last_img read more

Precision BioLogic Inc is Set for Future Growth

first_imgA Dartmouth-based life sciences company is creating new opportunities for some of Nova Scotia’s brightest graduates and seasoned professionals. Precision BioLogic Inc. is expanding its Dartmouth operations and plans to create up to 30 jobs in the next five years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) is supporting the company’s growth plans with a five-year payroll rebate for up to a maximum of $445,029. “Precision BioLogic is a homegrown company that is reaching markets around the globe,” said Minister of Economic and Rural Development Percy Paris. “The company is creating high-quality career opportunities for Nova Scotians and we couldn’t be happier to partner with them.” Precision BioLogic is one of many companies participating in BioPort Atlantic 2009, a conference held by the Nova Scotia Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Association which starts tonight until Sept. 24. “We’re excited to be growing our business here in Nova Scotia,” said Michael Scott, CEO and chairman, Precision BioLogic. “We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and our superior customer service. This focus, in conjunction with our dedicated employees, is a key reason for our continued growth.” Precision BioLogic develops, manufactures and markets diagnostic products used to test blood clotting abnormalities. Patients waiting for surgical procedures as well as those with a high risk of heart attack or stroke benefit from these types of tests. The company is known worldwide for its innovative and high quality products. “Precision BioLogic is building on Nova Scotia’s strengths -innovative business, skilled and talented people, and competitive success in export markets around the world,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. Marli MacNeil, CEO of BioNova, the province’s life sciences association said news of the expansion is evidence of the potential for the province’s industry. “This is good news for the entire industry,” she said. “Precision BioLogic is one our life sciences pioneers and it has set a standard for excellence that does all Nova Scotians proud.” BioPort Atlantic is an annual conference featuring life science business leaders and scientists, government representatives, entrepreneurs and investors, innovators and students from North America and abroad. More details can be found at www.bionova.ca . Precision BioLogic designs, develops, manufactures and markets specialized medical products used to diagnose blood coagulation disorders. Its products are used in more than 1,000 laboratories across Canada, the United States and Europe. For more information, visit www.precisionbiologic.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment-attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. Go to www.novascotiabusiness.com for more details.last_img read more

Minister Discusses Policing Challenges Solutions at Conference

first_imgJustice Minister Ross Landry is attending an annual conference in Ottawa today, June 28, to discuss national policing issues and solutions to help keep Nova Scotians safe. This is the second time Mr. Landry has attended the two-day Economics of Policing symposium and delivered a key address to delegates. “The safety and security of citizens is a priority of every province, territory, municipality and the federal government,” said Mr. Landry. “This conference is an opportunity to discuss shared issues, such as rising costs, and the changing nature of crime, and hear about what other jurisdictions are doing differently, and perhaps more effectively, to fight crime and keep citizens safe.” The theme of the symposium, organized by the Canadian Police College, is Ensuring a Sustainable Future. It includes representatives and presentations from academics, police chiefs, national police organizations and international experts. Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for public safety and justice decided sustainable policing was a national priority earlier this year. A national summit will held in January. Mr. Landry’s presentation focuses on work happening in Nova Scotia and other jurisdictions and emerging issues such as the complex and changing nature of crime, the value of research and tested practices, and the importance of working together, across levels of government and geographic boundaries, to develop shared solutions. Mr. Landry’s speech can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

Some Cape Breton Provincial Government Offices Delay Opening Today March 20

first_imgDue to weather and road conditions, provincial government offices in Richmond and Cape Breton (Cape Breton Regional Municipality) counties, as well as southern Inverness (including offices in Port Hawkesbury), will delay opening until 10 a.m. today, March 20. All other provincial government offices, including those in Victoria and northern Inverness counties, will open as usual. -30-last_img

Ohio State mens hockey inching closer to solidifying its leadership

The Ohio State men’s hockey team may have found its season captains at last. Juniors Curtis Gedig and Travis Statchuk and sophomore Ryan Dzingel served as team captains last weekend for the fifth straight series. The contests marked the first games in Columbus since Dec. 15, and the Buckeyes swept the Lake Superior State Lakers to push their record to 10-11-5 overall and 9-6-3-1 in CCHA play. OSU has been rotating captains for the majority of the season, having different members of the team wear the ‘C’ on their chests essentially every two series. As the second half of the season gets under way and the Buckeyes look to put together a string of victories before the CCHA tournament, coach Mark Osiecki said he is close to deciding which of his players will be captains through the end of the season. “We’re getting closer to potentially naming permanent captains,” Osiecki said Wednesday. “We are sticking with the three guys we’ve had. I think they’ve earned that right.” Osiecki also said Gedig, Statchuk and Dzingel have “done a nice job” during their time as captains over the course of January. Dzingel leads the Buckeyes with 10 goals and is second on the team with 13 assists. Those 23 points lead OSU, which beat Lake Superior State 3-2 on Friday and 6-1 on Saturday. The sophomore forward from Illinois has played in every game this season, and he scored the final goal of the weekend against the Lakers while assisting on two others. Statchuk was a late scratch to the game Friday night after falling ill in the afternoon. He and Gedig are two of five juniors on coach Osiecki’s team who see considerable playing time. Statchuk scored his goal of the season against Northern Michigan on Nov. 16, and he is among the team leaders in face-off percentage, having won 43 percent of his 342 attempts. He is tied with Gedig and Dzingel for most games this season serving as captain. Gedig leads OSU defensemen with seven points and scored his second goal of the season Saturday night against Lake Superior State. The junior from British Columbia said he is happy to finally see some home games on the schedule. “I love the (Schottenstein Center), love the atmosphere,” Gedig said. “It’s good because we don’t have to worry about catching up on school because we are traveling.” Osiecki said he feels confident that the leaders on the team will begin to solidify themselves during this upcoming stretch of games, six of which OSU will play at the Schottenstein Center. “We’re getting closer to having some leaders step up in that (locker) room and we’ve talked about that since day one,” Osiecki said. “Guys need to understand that everyone can be a leader in their own way. That’s starting to emerge a little bit better as we move forward.” Gedig said the team needs to come in with the mindset that “it’s already playoffs” and that they are “so close” to breaking out offensively. The Buckeyes’ nine goals against the Lakers over the weekend were tied for the most they had scored in a series all season. Junior forward Alex Szczechura scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season less than four minutes apart on Saturday. He said scoring that many goals will help the team’s confidence for the rest of the season. “We haven’t been the highest scoring team, but this weekend goals were coming all night,” Szczechura said. “So that’s definitely a confidence booster for us.” The effort, Osiecki said, has been there all season, though. “I think our guys have had the right attitude all the way through,” Osiecki said. “We haven’t had to say much during practice, trying to ask them to bring up the level of competitiveness.” Captains for the upcoming weekend series against Notre Dame will be released Wednesday. The Buckeyes are set to host the Fighting Irish at 7:05 p.m. on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Manchester man stabbed to death on his own doorstep

Police at the scene in Wythenshawe An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said: “I thought they were just punching each other, at first I didn’t realise he had been stabbed.”Another resident, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “He was attacked right on his doorstep.”Tyrelle was so polite. I used to take him and his brother to school with his mum in the car. He used to call me sir, he was a lovely lad.”Mr Burke is understood to have lived at the address with his mother and 14-year-old brother.Police and paramedics were called to the scene shortly after 8.20am.Louise Burnage, who lives nearby, said: “I don’t even want to put my daughter in high school because the kids are taking knives into school.” Meanwhile those who knew Mr Burke have paid tribute claiming he was “the sweetest lad… taken too soon”.Caitlin Robinson, who had gone to school with him, wrote online: “You was [sic] the most sweetest lad that I ever met. Rest in peace Tyrelle.”The scene of the attack remained cordoned off last night as forensic officers continuing to inspect the area. Police at the scene in WythenshaweCredit: MEN MEDIA 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. A 20-year-old man has been stabbed to death on his own doorstep in Manchester after a row about noise.The victim, named locally as Tyrelle Burke, was rushed to hospital yesterday morning after being discovered at his Wythenshawe home in a critical condition.Greater Manchester Police said a 17-year-old male has been arrested and was “continuing to be questioned” in connection with the incident.Mr Burke is thought to have returned home at 6am after a night out with friends. Neighbours on the “quiet” residential street said a row seemingly escalated into violence. read more

Gemcom InSite 40 provides new shift management central monitoring capabilities to mining

first_imgGemcom Software has released the latest version of its award-winning InSiteTM mine production management solution. InSite records and evaluates data for service, support and production activities from the mine through to saleable product, providing confidence in data accuracy, and visibility into all areas of production. The latest version of InSite features two new modules that assist with the execution, management and visualisation of the progress of mining tasks. The Shift Management module provides transparency into shift planning along with inbuilt shift handover functionality, solving problems relating to inefficient use of shift time and conflicting activities or bottlenecks. The Central Monitoring module gives a graphical, real-time view of the entire mining operation with visual representations of all active tasks. This provides visibility into all areas of production management, allowing mineand plant operations to rapidly respond to changing conditions.“InSite 4.0 continues to build on its strengths in material movement, stockpile management and reconciliation with the addition of the new Shift Management and Central Monitoring modules. It also incorporates rich visualisation capabilities – a key component of the release – and further refines the great user experience it delivers,” said Charlie Forrest, Gemcom’s Product Manager for InSite. “Altogether, these enhancements enable operations to increase efficiency and address issues proactively under changing conditions. These advancements take InSite to a new level, further setting it apart as the market leader in mine production management software.”“InSite provided a quick return on investment, enabling us to be up and running in just two months after adopting the system,” says Andre van Wageningen, Senior Project Engineer, Agnico Eagle, Kittila mine. “Thanks toInSite, our stockpile balances can be accurately calculated and we have the ability to report on numbers we can rely on.”Additional InSite 4.0 benefits include: An intuitive, easy to navigate web user interface, providing both lightweight client deployment and global access to data for its usersState-of-the-art service-oriented architecture and Microsoft Silverlight technology for an even better user experience A new systems Integration Manager feature verifies that source systems are providing production data as expected.“The mining industry is experiencing a greater reliance on operational cost control that is coupled with the need to maintain or increase production volume. InSite provides our clients with the tools and data required to address these objectives and improve resource efficiency,” said Allen Vaughn, Executive Vice President of Gemcom’s enterprise business unit. “Each mining operation is unique with individual challenges to extract the deposit using different equipment, mine and plant processes. We work very closely with our clients and the industry to understand the changes and requirements that are unique to each cycle in the economy. It’s a key reason why InSite is used all over the world by a diverse group of commodity producers.”last_img read more

Mihajlovic sues Sporting Lisbon

first_imgSinisa Mihajlovic has sued Sporting Lisbon for €11m in damages citing wrongful dismissal and reputational damage.Mihajlovic was signed by President Bruno de Carvalho but he was then deposed by Sporting Lisbon’s Board of Directors.A new President was put in place who then fired Mihajlovic just nine days later. And he never even had the chance to arrive for pre-season training.Sporting Lisbon now confirm that Mihajlovic is suing them for €11.195m. Football Italia reports.“I can confirm that I was sacked without just cause by Sporting CP just a few days before the start of the contract that would’ve tied me to the club for three seasons.” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.Bruno Fernandes, Sporting CP, Sporting Lisbon,Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno FernandesIn an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico…“In the middle of June, I went to Lisbon to negotiate with the Sporting directors for my personal terms and those of my staff. On June 18, we signed a three-year contract that was due to start on July 1.“A few days later, President Bruno de Carvalho was removed from his post by the Board of Directors and on June 27 the club annulled my contract, claiming I had not passed the trial period set in the Portuguese rules for contracts.“However, they cannot say that because at that moment the contract hadn’t even started yet and I was still on vacation in Sardinia…“In 30 years of my career, as player and then Coach, I’ve never seen anything like it. I will have my rights respected, that you can count on.”last_img read more

John Arne Riise picks between Klopp or Mourinho

first_imgLiverpool great John Arne Riise revealed he would rather play under Jurgen Klopp than Jose Mourinho now as the Manchester United boss has changedThe former Norwegian left-back was still playing at Liverpool when Mourinho first arrived in the Premier League to take charge of Chelsea in 2004.The Portuguese spent three years at Stamford Bridge and won 124 of his 185 matches along with winning back-to-back league titles.However, nowadays Mourinho finds himself on the receiving end of a lot of criticism with United struggling down in sixth-place in the standings and 16 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.“I think Mourinho is different now to some years ago,” Riise told ESPN.“You mentioned him [talking negatively] in public about certain players. It’s something that is weird and strange. But he might have his reasons for doing it.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I don’t think people should question Mourinho and his tactics, but it looks weird from the outside.“I would rather play for Klopp at this time than Mourinho [because] of how they are as a manager. But I think the results speak for themselves also. Mourinho is a great manager, but I’m more on the Klopp side.“I used to be, and still am, a big fan of Mourinho because of how he set up his team when he came to Chelsea and how they played their football.“I have no problem admitting that I think Mourinho is brilliant, even though I played for Liverpool and Rafa [Benitez] was somebody else.“I personally love football and have no problem saying certain things about other teams or coaches. Mourinho, I think, was brilliant.”The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) at Anfield on Sunday.last_img read more

No new charges for Grace Ann Brooks Inakesha buried Thanksgiving Weekend

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Dec 2014 – No new charges for the mother of Inakesha Brooks Armour; who was last week Friday laid to rest in a funeral service in Florida. Brooks Armour, the 34 year old Grand Turk native was facing a traumatic case, where she was charged with trying to kill her 3 month old son, Cayden by drowning in a Miramar canal. One day before facing formal charges, Inakesha was found dead on the bathroom floor, she killed herself by overdosing on medication; Magnetic Media learned that her death last month is now officially ruled a suicide. Grace Ann Brooks is still facing charges linked to Cayden; for neglect. Little Cayden remains hospitalized at Joe DiMaggio Hospital and is non-responsive. The family flew from TCI to Florida for the funeral, and there are still appeals for financial assistance for the Brooks family. Related Items:florida, grace ann brooks, Inakesha Brooks-Amour, Joe DiMaggio hospital Recommended for you Turks and Caicos to be affected by closed sea ports in Florida Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No bond for alleged terrorist of Bahamian descent Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turklast_img read more

Homer Residents Take Part In Christmas Bird Count

first_imgBlack turnstones take flight. Photo by Kachemak Bay BirdersThe birders met at 8:30 in the morning Saturday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. They came prepared with warm coats, binoculars, and even tripod mounted spotting scopes.“We have seven count areas within our circle and then we have some sub-areas depending on how many people show up. The count starts at nine o’clock,” says Erikson.Dave Erikson led the effort. He’s been taking part in Christmas bird counts for the past 39 years. He says the project extends across North, Central and South America. The count is especially popular in Alaska.“There are about 2,200 areas where they do the Christmas Bird Count. There are about 60,000 people who participate and it’s one of the oldest citizen science projects ever,” says Erikson.The bird count is conducted by regular people, volunteers, anyone who cares enough to come out and record sightings. For the larger scientific community, the information the volunteers gather is a valuable collection of trend data. Erikson says it gives the volunteers a sense of contributing to something they feel is important. Gary Lyon is an avid birder and he led my group of bird watchers out to the spit.“At this time of year you can find something really cool besides all the really cool birds that are [already] here,” Gary says. “We have the spit area so we’re going to try and find maybe a visiting shorebird, possibly an interesting sea duck, or a puddle duck.”After a brief shuffling of personnel we loaded up and headed out to the spit to start counting. Lyon partnered with Joane Thordarsin. The two birders’ heads were on a constant swivel. At first it seemed a minute couldn’t go by without one of them spotting another bird. The count went on through the late afternoon. Then, the birders regrouped at Islands and Ocean to compile data.“We had a big flock of snow buntings which is kind of unusual for that species. And then we had at least a hundred Gray Crowned Rosy Finch, but that is kind of what you would expect to find out there,” Gary says.Overall Lyon says he saw mostly what he expected.“Nothing that made you go yippee,” Gary says.Lyon’s results mirrored the rest of the birders’. The collective reported only a few outliers from the norm. On average, the birders record 62 species each year in the Homer area. After completing the checklist, Erikson concluded this year they came in just under the average. But Erikson says there’s a grace period for late submissions from bird watchers who want to report more sightings.“People can record bird species that they see, but we don’t count the numbers,” says Erikson.New information has trickled in since Saturday and currently the number of species spotted stands at 67. The Christmas Bird Count results from Homer and the rest of Alaska will be published in the Journal: American Birds.last_img read more

Pavlof still rumbling but no more ash clouds

first_imgU.S. Geological Survey geologist Chris Waythomas says there’s still elevated seismicity, and the little explosions probably indicate lava fountaining at the summit.Download AudioA similar dying down of Pavlof on May 22, 2013. (Courtesy of Ryan Hazen and Brandon Wilson)Pavlof began erupting Sunday, sending up a massive ash cloud and disrupting some flights. Alaska Airlines resumed normal operations today.Waythomas says clouds now surround the top of the 8,000-foot volcano. He says eruptions could stop abruptly or go on for months. Pavlof erupted intermittently for more than two years from April 1986 to August 1988.last_img read more

MIT professor creates reality TV series of his daily life

first_img Major cities must unite against climate change: Paris mayor © 2017 Phys.org Citation: MIT professor creates reality TV series of his daily life (2017, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-mit-professor-reality-tv-series.html Shot from In My Shoes. Credit: Cesar Hidalgo (Phys.org)—”What if the Kardashians were physicists?” asks César Hidalgo, an associate professor at MIT and director of the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fortunately they’re not, but that odd-sounding blend might be the best way to imagine Hidalgo’s new project: a video series called “In My Shoes” that documents his professional life as a researcher and his personal life as a husband and father of a young daughter. The final product—eight episodes ranging in length from 10 to 20 minutes—can be viewed at https://www.inmyshoes.info. “The goal of the series is to help show younger people considering an academic career what the day-to-day of the life of a scholar is like,” he said. “Personally, I think that this would have been very useful to me 20 years ago, when I was considering an academic career but had no role models in Chile.”Hidalgo self-recorded his life over the course of three months in 2016. During that time, he traveled extensively—from Boston to Washington, D.C.; Saudi Arabia; Switzerland; Portland; Monterrey; and Paris. One of the major projects that Hidalgo was working on at the time was DataUSA, a website that presents all kinds of data (economic, demographic, health, education, housing, etc.) in a visual, rapidly digestible way. It’s intended to provide information for policymakers, business owners, students, and job-seekers.The video series, however, is not intended to inform us of the technical details of such projects. Instead we get an inside look at what’s it like to actually be the person developing and sharing these projects, complete with all of the thoughts and concerns that any ordinary person would have. Hidalgo’s narration is thoughtful, entertaining, modest, and—when it comes to what jet lag feels like after 24 hours of travel—painfully sincere. It’s a unique and personal perspective of the academic life that breaks down the traditional stereotypes—especially as we learn that even MIT professors find it challenging to dress a two-year-old in the morning. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Study suggests darkcolored wing feathers may help birds fly more efficiently

first_img Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Flying without wings: Losing feathers has a detrimental effect on migrating birds Humans have been studying birds and other flying creatures likely since the time they could think. In a new study, researchers wondered if the color of a bird had any impact on flying efficiency. To find out, they collected several stuffed samples and brought them to their lab for study.The experiments consisted of putting stuffed wings in a wind tunnel, heating them with infrared lights and then testing them to see what happened. They were most interested in soaring birds such as back-blacked gulls, gannets and osprey. They tested samples of each under various wind conditions to see if wing color had an impact on flying efficiency. Notably, soaring birds can at times gain altitude without even flapping their wings due to undercurrents.The researchers report that dark feathers grew hotter than lighter colored feathers and they also gained heat faster than lighter colors. But it was birds that had white or light-colored wing feathers near their bodies and dark or black feathers on the rest of their wings that saw a real benefit. The researchers found temperature differences as great as nine degrees between black and white feathers on the same wings—enough to create a convection current in the air just over the wing, moving from the bird’s body outward along the wing. They noted that this boosted airflow, which, they assumed, made flying more efficient. The researchers plan to continue studying this effect in birds, hoping to determine just how much of an increase in lift the birds actually get from their color differences—and if there are differences in drag. Citation: Study suggests dark-colored wing feathers may help birds fly more efficiently (2019, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-dark-colored-wing-feathers-birds-efficiently.html More information: Svana Rogalla et al. Hot wings: thermal impacts of wing coloration on surface temperature during bird flight, Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0032center_img © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A team of researchers at the University of Ghent has found evidence that suggests birds with white wing feathers close to the body and black wing tips get increased lift from their wing colors. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the group describes their study of wing color in several species of birds and what they found. Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interfacelast_img read more

VIDEO Conor McGregor criticized for telling Floyd Mayweather Dance for me boy

first_imgConor McGregor is always loud and brash, but some of his comments from a trash-talk filled kickoff press conference for his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather fight are drawing criticism for being racist.At one point in the presser, when Mayweather showed off his legendary speed and quickness with some shadow boxing, McGregor held the mic and taunted him by saying, “Dance for me, Boy!”McGregor repeated the phrase, and replaced the word ‘boy’ with ‘son’, but his comments are already being called racist by some. Regardless of McGregor’s intent, the controversy surrounding the comments is already off and running.It’s unknown if McGregor intends to address the comments.Conor McGregor to Floyd Mayweather “Dance for me boy” pic.twitter.com/558X5lGmLV— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 11, 2017last_img read more