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Friedrichs’ Grateful For Community SupportFriedrichs’ Grateful For Community Support


first_imgEarly in 2011, Georgie and Abi Friedrichs and their family’s home, in Murphys Creek near Toowoomba, was devastated by flooding, damaging their home beyond repair. While their living situation since hasn’t been ideal, the help of their local community, including the Touch Football community, has helped the family get back to some sort of normality. And it wasn’t just support from the South West Queensland Touch Football community that helped the Friedrichs’ family, with Touch Football ACT also donating money to the cause. Earlier in the year, Touch Football ACT held a Charity Cup event after parts of Queensland were devastated by floods. They raised $4,000 from the event, and after hearing about the Touch Football-loving Friedrichs’ and their situation, decided to contribute the money to the family. For 18-year-old Abi and 16-year-old Georgie, the generosity of people, some they didn’t even know, overwhelmed the girls, who are extremely grateful for the amount of help that they’ve received. “We’ve had heaps of support from people that we don’t even know or remember, just workplaces and friends from when you were little. Our Touch friends as well, our club sides, have been really helpful, just helping you move on from what happened and actually realising that you are not exactly the same as you were so that’s been really good,” Abi said. The Friedrichs’ have been through a lot this year, but their positive outlook has held them in good stead, while they’ve also realised what is important. “It’s just figuring out what you haven’t got, like clothes, and things that you took for granted, just small things and things that you can’t get back like photos and books. You figure out what you haven’t got and figure out if you need it again because once it’s gone you realise that you didn’t really need it.”Touch Football has been a big part of the girls’ lives, with Georgie recently making the Queensland Under 16’s team that will travel to New Zealand in December. Attending the National Youth Championships is something that they both enjoy, with the opportunity to play teams from across Australia an exciting part of the event for the girls. “Being able to play against different states and different teams from different regions, you get so used to playing the regions that you are in, you get so used to seeing the same faces, it’s just good to play other teams,” Abi said. The Friedrichs’ received good news recently when they got approval to build a new house on their property, this time on higher ground.“We’ve actually been living in the house that’s been destroyed, we had some very nice people rebuild the side of the house and do the chip rocking, it’s smaller and is more open to the elements than it was but it is liveable,” Abi said. “Hopefully building starts this weekend. It took forever to get the approval but now that we’ve got it, it will hopefully be back up by Christmas.”last_img read more


10 months agoI’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaer10 months agoI’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaer


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say I’ll build my Man Utd team around Pogba – Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Paul Pogba’s attitude and says he will build his team around the French midfielder.Pogba endured a fractious relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho, which was well publicised over the past 18 months.However, the 25-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Juventus in recent weeks, has looked renewed in Solskjaer’s first two games in charge, scoring twice in Wednesday’s win over Huddersfield Town.”I think Paul’s a top, top player. He’s one of the best top, top players in the world,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference for Sunday’s clash with Bournemouth.”Attacking wise he’s done really well but he’s a big lad, can win headers, tackles, he’s been the same as the others. The attitude has been perfect and that’s key, you should be tired towards the end of every single game he’s been top class and we’re looking to build a team around of course but there are so many quality players.” last_img read more


Noida commuter woes People use poorlit underconstruction road to reach nearby DelhiNoida commuter woes People use poorlit underconstruction road to reach nearby Delhi


first_imgNew Delhi: Lack of proper lighting and walking through crisscrossing e-rickshaws on a narrow under-construction road connecting Noida’s Sector-51 and Delhi’s Sector-52 metro stations has become a harrowing experience for women, who say it is a “nightmare” using the route after dusk.Not only women, other passengers including senior citizens, have raised concern over poor connectivity between the two metro lines. At present, commuters have to exit at Sector 51 station of Noida Metro’s Aqua Line and walk nearly 300 metre-long on yet-to-be-completed about 15-feet wide cemented road to board Sector 52 station of the Delhi Metro’s Blue Line. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAround 4,000 passengers take Aqua Line at Sector 51 daily. A significant number of people board the Delhi Metro at its Sector 52 station on an average daily.Commuters using these two metros blame lack of seamless connectivity due to poor planning of Aqua metro line. “It is very risky to walk on this under-construction road to reach Sector 52 metro station after getting down from Sector 51. This narrow road is also used by e-rickshaws who follow no traffic rules while moving. It is like a nightmare to walk on this poorly-lit road in night,” Shivangi Mishra, an IT engineer who commutes in the Aqua Line, said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderShe questioned as to why Noida Metro authorities did not construct a safe passage for public to walk on before opening the metro for the commuters.”Why to trouble commuters now? There is huge dust and one has to be very careful walking on this narrow lane. You can be hit by moving e-rickshaws anytime if you are not attentive,” Mishra said.Senior citizens travelling on the line have raised similar concerns.”I do not understand why Noida Metro authority has not ensured seamless connectivity of its Aqua Line with Delhi Metro’s Blue Line. We urge authorities to look into this issue urgently and help us,” Rekha Dixit, a social worker, said. “As soon as you get down from Sector 52 metro station of Delhi Metro Blue Line and proceed towards Sector 51 station, your path is obstructed by auto rickshaws parked haphazardly by their drivers in a bid to grab as many passengers as possible,” Asma Khan, a software professional, said.It is for this and other avoidable reasons that Noida Metro cards sale has dipped considerably in the little over four months of its operation. Some of Aqua Line stations have insignificant commuters to board or de-board, according to official data.last_img read more


Apple iPhone 11 to use USBC charger ReportApple iPhone 11 to use USBC charger Report


first_imgSan Francisco: Apple iPhone 11 would come with a USB-C charger as well as a lightning to USB-C cable in the box.Apple would do away with its original 5-watt charger and instead include a USB-C charger that would enable twice-as-fast iPhone charging times without ditching the lightning connector, MacRumors reported on Wednesday. Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 line-up is also expected to feature company’s new A13 chip. The iPhone-maker would launch three iPhone 11 models this year — The D43 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS Max, the D42 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XS and the N104 (internal name) would replace the iPhone XR.Known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier suggested that the upcoming iPhone models would be equipped with reverse wireless charging.In addition, iPhone 11 would reportedly come with the same OLED displays used for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note 10.last_img read more


Shehla Rashid booked for sedition over tweets on Kashmir situationShehla Rashid booked for sedition over tweets on Kashmir situation


first_imgNew Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement leader Shehla Rashid has been booked for sedition over her tweets alleging that the armed forces “tortured” civilians and “ransacked” houses in the Valley after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was revoked, police said on Friday. In a series of tweets on August 17, Rashid had alleged that the armed forces entered houses in Kashmir at night and “ransacked” them. She had also alleged that four men were called to an Army camp in Shopian and “interrogated (tortured)”. She had claimed a mic was kept close to these men so that “the entire area could hear them scream, and be terrorised”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Later, Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava had field a complaint with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, saying the allegations levelled by the former JNU student leader were “absolutely false and concocted”. In his complaint, Srivastava had said Rashid’s allegations were baseless as she had not produced any “voice recording” of the alleged torture or date and time of the incidents. He also accused Rashid of “deliberately spreading fake news with the intention to incite violence in the country” and maligning the image of the Indian Army. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Her action is “prima facie an offence of sedition” since she intended to “excite disaffection towards the Government of India”, Srivastava said in his complaint. After Srivastava’s complaint was received, it was handed over to the Delhi Police’s Special Cell for inquiry, the police said. In the FIR filed on September 3, Rashid has been booked under sections 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language), 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code, they said. The Delhi Police’s Special Cell is also investigating the sedition case against Rashid’s batchmate and former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, among others. In January this year, the Delhi Police filed a charge sheet in court against Kumar and nine others for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during an event in the JNU on February 9, 2016, to commemorate the hanging of Parliament-attack mastermind Afzal Guru. Rashid, the then JNUSU vice-president, and 35 others, were named in column 12 of the charge sheet. The column lists those who were named as accused at the time of the registration of the FIR but could not be charge sheeted due to lack of actionable evidence.last_img read more


Book Review Bear Grylls Survival Guide For LifeBook Review Bear Grylls Survival Guide For Life


first_imgBear Grylls is no stranger to overcoming adversity in the wild, but in his new book – “A Survival Guide For Life” – the TV adventurer shows us how his hard-won skills can be adapted for those of us who aren’t usually found parachuting into dangerous situations, eating bugs and sleeping on mountaintops.Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide For Life“A Survival Guide For Life” lets us into the mind of former SAS soldier, honorary Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy, author of 11 books and TV host Bear Grylls, whose Man Vs Wild series has reached 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. The lessons he has learned have been hard-earned, his tales are inspiring. And in his new book, he shares some of his secrets to achieving goals and thriving in adversity.Bear Grylls’ expeditions have raised millions of dollars for children’s charities. He is Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, an Ambassador for Global Angels, Vice President for the JoLt Trust – which takes disabled and disadvantaged children on expeditions – and a supporter of Comic Relief, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Hope and Homes for Children and the ONE Campaign. Giving back is an important part of his life – a theme he explores and explains in his book.Faith is also high on the adventurer’s agenda in the book – he uses his favorite quotes from the Bible to draw strength from. The book also includes quotes from many of Bear’s heroes, including Winston Churchill, Edmund Hillary, Warren Buffett and even Harrison Ford!“A Survival Guide For Life” is an easy read, and shows us how to seize every moment and opportunity to live life more fully. It is a guide to how to make every day an adventure, how to motivate ourselves when the odds stack up, and how to weather the storms life seems to throw us every day.“It is there somewhere inside you: the heart of a survivor. Courage. Tenacity. Strength. So don’t shy away from hard times, they are your chance to shine.”The book is available at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more


Stars To Line Up For Online Hollywood Poker Charity TournamentStars To Line Up For Online Hollywood Poker Charity Tournament


first_imgOn Saturday, December 22nd, more than 60 celebrities are expected to play to win for their selected charity.The HOLLYWOOD POKER ONLINE HOLIDAY CELEBRITY CHARITY TOURNAMENT is an Online-Only Event with an Exclusive Celebrity Prize Pool to the winning celebrity’s charity. Previous tournament winner actor James Woods brought home $10,000 for his charity but this time around they are upping the ante to $25,000.A brand new feature now available to fans and media is the “Celebrity Spectator Mode” which allows you to follow your favorite celebs and watch them play as well as get a sneak peek into their live chats with their celebrity opponents.Among those expected to take part are celebrity ambassadors Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) and Dennis Quaid (Vegas) as well as Hollywood Poker Celebrity players Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Series), Billy Burke (The Twilight Series/Revolution), Dule Hill (Psych), Josh Malina (Scandal), Andy Milder (The Artist), Mekhi Phifer (ER), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Adrian Paul and many more.PLAOR’s first game for Facebook, Hollywood Poker, is a fun celebrity interactive free to play game. Hollywood Poker allows fans the opportunity to rub virtual elbows with celebrities and win prizes including trips to star-studded events to meet and mingle with their favorite stars. Celebrities are able to connect directly with their fans, promote their current projects, and win money to support their charities of their choosing.You can check out Hollywood Poker via Facebook page at facebook.com/HollywoodPoker or at HollywoodPoker.com; Connect with Hollywood Poker via Twitter at @HollywoodPoker.WHEN: Saturday, December 22nd, 201210:00 am PST – 1:00 pm PSTWHERE: Note this is an online only event. Play from home on your computer. Click here to play!last_img read more


Reconciliation is going to take years if not generations TrudeauReconciliation is going to take years if not generations Trudeau


first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – If residential schools can be equated to a 100 year walk into the woods then fixing the damage they did to Indigenous people is going to be a long walk back out.That was the message Canadians heard Wednesday from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking of the first steps of reconciliation his government is taking by meeting with Indigenous leaders from all walks. Trudeau said the purpose of the Wednesday morning meeting was to set that direction.“We talked about a number of specific issues,” said Trudeau. “But also engaged directly on how we’re going to work together to address these problems concretely. This is an engagement that is going to take years, decades and generations, perhaps.”Trudeau didn’t get into specifics, but for Indigenous peoples the specifics surround them.Residential schools destroyed up to seven generations of their families.The schools began with the first kids in the late 1800s then the next generation were taken and so on.One after another. By truck.By train, like cattle, in some cases.Some parents unknowingly walked their kids to schools run by Church and funded by the State.Those that fought back did so under threat of imprisonment if they didn’t hand over their kids to the priest at the door in the throes of residential school system that pulled in over 150,000 children to indoctrinate them with the white way of living and language. There are cases of scientific and medical experiments, documented cases of sexual and physical abuses and thousands of deaths, some 3,200 officially. But many more are suspected according to Justice Murray Sinclair who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission documenting all the specific details its final report released Tuesday.The TRC has 94 recommendations on what needs to be done to fix the mess of residential schools – one is an inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The Trudeau government has already begun work on the inquiry.One recommendations that isn’t so easy for Trudeau to achieve is an official apology from the Catholic church, as it falls outside of the federal government’s jurisdiction. Trudeau said Wednesday he’ll seek an apology from the Pope.“I’m not going to pretend it is my job to order other governments or other organizations to do anything but I certainly look forward to constructive engagement to address this issue,” he said.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said an apology is needed“The Catholic church is the only church that has not officially apologized to the survivors,” Bellegarde said Wednesday flanking Trudeau.But as Trudeau, his ministers, Aboriginal leaders and the grassroots move forward it’s important to ensure this first meeting wasn’t just a meeting to have more meetings, said the prime minister.“It’s important to start with a true sense of collaboration and partnership and that’s exactly what we cemented this morning,” he said.That means not passing the buck said Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.“We cannot afford to sit around talking about jurisdiction, who is responsible for what when we all have a role to play,” said Harvard.After all, people’s lives are at risk she said.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


Provincial government extends livestock fencing programProvincial government extends livestock fencing program


first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. — The provincial government announced last week that it is extending the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program for five more years.The government says that the program extension is part of $46 million in safety improvements approved in this year’s provincial budget. The program, which is a partnership between the provincial government and BC Cattlemen’s Association, will receive $1 million per year over the next five years. Since the program launched in 2010, the government has spent $16 million to help get more than 900 kilometres of livestock fencing erected along B.C. highways.According to information provided by the Cattleman’s Association, fatalities involving cattle on roads and railways have declined from 92 in 2011 to 21 last year. “The success of the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program in reducing livestock-related collisions on our highways makes extending it for five more years an easy decision,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena. “There are two major benefits of the fencing program: Keeping people safe while driving, and helping ranchers protect their investment.”The BC Cattlemen’s Association will continue to administer the popular, taking applications from livestock owners who are seeking assistance to build fences adjacent to the highway. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and projects are selected based on several factors, including current fence condition, livestock headcount, and highway designation.“There is no doubt in my mind that the fencing program is responsible for the drastic reduction in the number of cattle lost to ranchers and farmers,” said Kevin Boon, general manager, BC Cattlemen’s Association. “This partnership with the Province for five more years will allow us to keep more of our livestock out of harm’s way, but more importantly, it helps keep the travelling public safe.”Applications from livestock owners are received by the BCCA, at: http://www.cattlemen.bc.ca/fencing.htm.last_img read more


Study One in Five Moroccans Drops Out of SchoolStudy One in Five Moroccans Drops Out of School


Rabat – The Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research (CSEFRS) conducted a study showing that 19.8% of Moroccans aged between 6 and 22, nearly one in five, left school early.The ministry released the report which focussed on 3,000 Moroccan households in all regions of Morocco on June 12. The number of people who dropped out without obtaining a diploma or certification was 23.9% in rural areas compared to 13.1% in urban areas. In terms of gender, 20.2% of school-aged boys dropped out, compared to 19.3% of girls.Read Also: UNICEF to Boost Moroccan School Attendance with ‘Child to Child’ ProgramThe most-mentioned reason for school drop-out is exam failure and class repetition, at a rate of 33.8%, reports the CSEFRS. Low household income and poverty were second in the list (11.7%). Other reasons included remoteness of schools (10.2%), the child’s refusal to pursue their studies (9.8%), the lack of school transportation (7.9%), (8%), the futility of continuing education (4.3%), marriage (4%), the absence or lack of social support for schooling (3.1%) , the parent or guardian’s refusal to let the child pursue their studies (2,6%), the exclusion of the child from studies (2,6%) and other reasons (10,1%).The number of young people who have had no schooling is equally significant. It is, however, much higher among young people aged 18 to 22 (8.2%) compared to 12-14 year olds (0.8%) . The percentage among children aged 6 to 11, an age group where education is compulsory, is 4.5%. read more


UN refugee agency begins interviewing Sudanese detainees in CairoUN refugee agency begins interviewing Sudanese detainees in Cairo


Staff of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) have begun interviewing more than 600 Sudanese being held in three detention centres on the outskirts of Cairo following last week’s fatal demonstrations. The Sudanese were taken into custody by police after their three-month sit-in protest in a Cairo park ended tragically last Friday in a confrontation that left several people dead and injured. Egyptian authorities, who have announced their intention to deport some of the Sudanese, gave UNHCR three days to assess the legal status of the detainees and their possible need for international protection. A total of 22 UNHCR staff divided into three teams and began work Thursday in three detention centers on the outskirts of Cairo. Ekber Menemencioglu, director of the UNHCR regional bureau responsible for the Middle East, said the agency would work quickly to help the Sudanese. “We are going to do our best to get these interviews completed as soon as possible to ensure that everyone in need of protection gets it.”Earlier in the week, authorities released most of the Sudanese initially detained who were holding UNHCR cards identifying them as either refugees or asylum seekers. The agency and its partners have been providing assistance to them in various Cairo locations, including a church in the Sakakini district where a medical clinic was set up over the weekend to treat the injured.The agency also delivered medical supplies to the clinic, along with 1,160 blankets. More than 580 medical cases have been seen by medical staff at Sakakini since the night of 31 December. Cases of fractures, shock and trauma have been referred to the Italian Hospital in Cairo. On Wednesday, UNHCR launched a one-time emergency housing allowance to benefit any homeless families who participated in the demonstration. It is also distributing food parcels that included milk, sugar, rice, lentils, cooking oil and other items while working on family tracing to reunite any families that have become separated. read more


New UN report lays bare widespread ISIL atrocities committed against Yazidis inNew UN report lays bare widespread ISIL atrocities committed against Yazidis in


Compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the report details heart-wrenching testimony of Yezidi survivors of ISIL atrocities in Iraq since the attack on Sinjar in August 2014, including accounts of systematic and widespread killings, sexual violence and sexual slavery, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, forced conversions and forced displacement, among other abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law.The report contains accounts of those who were among the 308,315 mostly Yezidis who fled Sinjar District. An estimated 360,000 Yezidi remain displaced, with a serious lack of badly needed psychological care.According to a press statement women interviewed by the UN spoke of being sold multiple times and having their young children and babies snatched from them. One woman told how she was sold to a 26-year-old Syrian ISIL member who raped her regularly for at least 15 days, threatening to kill her daughters if she did not submit. Another woman was bought and sold to six successive men. She managed to rescue her seven-year-old daughter from the man who tried to abduct her, and tried to keep her safe by cutting off her hair and eyelashes, putting the child in a diaper and telling her to pretend to be mentally ill. However, in spite of this, an ISIL member tried to rape her daughter, driving the woman to attempt to kill her daughter and herself in despair. She eventually escaped with the help of a smuggler.The report contains many accounts of men being separated from women, and of the mass killings of the captured men. In one instance, up to 600 men were reportedly killed in Tel Afar District. In other instances, members of the Yezidi community were forced to convert to Islam or be killed. Yazidi refugees, including several children, go about their lives in Nawrouz refugee camp, approximately 40 kilometres from the Syrian border with Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi Special Representative and Head of UNAMI Ján Kubiš said the report also notes that approximately 3,500 women, girls and some men, predominantly from the Yezidi community but also a number of other ethnic and religious communities, remain in ISIL captivity. “Two years after the fall of Ninewa, the Yezidi community continues to be targeted by ISIL. Thousands of men, women and children have been killed or are missing, or remain in captivity where they are subjected to unspeakable sexual and physical abuse,” Mr. Kubiš said, adding: “Faced with such evidence, it is of paramount importance that the perpetrators of these heinous acts are fully and properly held to account.”For his part, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the testimony recorded in the report must serve as a clarion call to all members of the international community that “no effort must be spared in ensuring accountability for these terrible crimes and to send a clear message that no one may perpetrate them with impunity.” “I am profoundly concerned at the grave impact that the current conflict is having on civilians, particularly on people from Iraq’s ancient and diverse ethnic and religious communities. The experiences recounted by survivors and documented in this report reveal acts of inhumanity and cruelty on an unimaginable scale that constitute a serious and deliberate attack on the most fundamental human rights and are an affront to humanity as a whole,” High Commissioner Zeid said.The report states that the violations and abuses committed by ISIL may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. “Every effort must be undertaken by the Government of Iraq and the international community, in strict compliance with applicable international humanitarian law and human rights law, to put an end to the human rights abuses being perpetrated by ISIL and to secure the safe release of these civilians,” the report states. “Psycho-social, medical and other forms of support are urgently required, notably for the survivors of sexual violence and sexual slavery. Furthermore, everything feasible must be done to create safe, dignified conditions for the Yezidi, along with [internally displaced persons] from other communities, to return to their places of origin,” it adds. read more


GSA president wants to bring out the best in graduate studentsGSA president wants to bring out the best in graduate students


Lee Belding is the 2014-15 president of the Graduate Students’ Association.Lee Belding wants to find the best ways to bring graduate students out of their research shells without emergency measures being involved.Belding, the 2014-15 president of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), likes to tell a story from a few years ago when graduate students were forced out of their labs and offices due to a fire alarm.A group of them gathered at a table in Isaac’s waiting for the all clear so they could get back to work.“Over a beer, we started talking about our research and two of the students from different departments, who didn’t know each other very well, realized they were doing similar research,” he says.It was a fortuitous meeting. The students – one from the physics program and the other from the biological sciences program – went on to collaborate on a project that resulted in a publication.It’s that kind of scenario – without the fire alarm of course – that the GSA has been hard at work to create over the past few years, says Belding.“Graduate students love to talk about what they are doing and we want to give them more opportunities to do just that,” says the 27-year-old PhD student in Chemistry.A top priority for the GSA is to expand events and activities – from fun recreational and social activities to informal research events such as Research On Tap.They started the year with a successful Orientation Week bingo night as between 150 and 200 graduate students turned out. And, they had the same numbers out to a recent barbeque.Belding also wants to create more resources for graduate students.One of those projects is an online housing registry that the GSA is pursuing with the help of off-campus housing.Working alongside Belding is a strong executive team that includes: Amanda Longo, Vice President Student Affairs, (PhD student, Applied Health Sciences); Natalie Trojanowski, Vice President Communications, (MSc student, Applied Health Sciences); Amy Pham, Vice President Finance, (MSc student, Chemistry); Terry Soleas, Vice President Equity and External Affairs, (MEd student, Education); Julia Polyck-O’Neill, Senate Representative, (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities); Christopher Ventura, Senate Representative, (MEd student, Education); Joshua Bowslaugh, Board of Trustees Representative, (MSc student, Applied Health Sciences); and Michael Ou, Vice President International, (MEd student, Education).Belding recognizes that the 1,800 master’s and doctoral students at Brock are very discriminating when it comes to deciding how and when to take time away from research.That’s a reflection of the commitment and dedication that graduate students have, he says, when it comes to their studies and to their responsibilities in teaching and research at Brock.“It’s a quick transformation going from being an undergrad student to grad student. There’s quite a different student mindset when you hit grad school. You have to be more independent and you’re taking more responsibility and accountability, especially if you’ve received funding.“It’s nice to sit down with like-minded people who understand how hard it is.”Belding believes graduate students can’t afford to become isolated in their work – professionally or personally.He’s the first to admit his horizons have expanded in all directions since becoming a graduate student and that includes the decision to first serve as a program representative on the GSA.“Being a graduate student is more than just research, it is an opportunity to expand your professional connections, experience new things, and grow as a person,” he says.“My graduate student experience has been full of so many new experience. I have joined a band, learned to speak some Persian, and even went curling for the first time.”Belding also discovered an entrepreneurial spirit and is excited about his involvement in two start-up companies.He’s President and co-CEO at Meta Valent Solutions, a company involved primarily in the development of new industrial processes.Belding is also putting his time and energy into being the Director of Product Development at Rep Nation, a clothing company started by two friends and Brock alumni Kevin MacDonald and Andrew Dorn.“The graduate culture is stimulating, exciting, and busy, and provides an exceptional working environment. The GSA is going to keep telling grad studies to take advantage of it (because) it’s what makes graduate students such a diverse and unique community with so much to offer Brock.” read more


US coal industry leader says technology is key to energy security climateUS coal industry leader says technology is key to energy security climate


first_img“Coal is not merely important to the United States and to the world, it is indispensable,” said a coal industry leader today at the Senate Energy Summit. James F. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Foundation Coal Corp, urged Congress to support efforts to accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that could soon pay enormous dividends to the U.S. as well as to the developing world, which is increasingly turning to coal as the most abundant and affordable energy source.Testifying on behalf of the National Mining Association (NMA), Roberts said coal generates half of America’s electricity, thanks to a 250-year supply that will remain a central component of US energy supply. It is therefore unrealistic, said Roberts, to believe we can address the issue of climate change without supporting “the rapid development and global deployment of advanced clean coal technologies, including, most importantly, carbon capture and storage.”Technologies capable of capturing greenhouse gas emissions from coal combustion can open the door for clean and affordable electricity and for secure transportation fuels, said Roberts.  By taking the lead in developing these technologies, the US can fully use its coal reserves to enhance its energy security and to address global climate change.Roberts said the US – more specifically the federal government – must do more to support and accelerate the development and deployment of CCS technologies. The $3.5 billion spent on CCS in the past decade is “wholly inadequate” to the challenge we face, he said.  FutureGen, the coal-based power plant designed to be among the world’s first to produce near zero emissions, was a promising example, he said, of the commitment the US should make to demonstrate its leadership in advanced energy technologies.  The US Department of Energy’s decision this winter to withdraw support for FutureGen was “incomprehensible,” Roberts said.In view of coal’s importance, those who seek to halt all future coal-based power plant construction are misguided, said Roberts.  “We cannot afford to ban all new coal prior to those technologies being commercially ready” as this would threaten our economy and our energy security and have a devastating impact on the very CCS technology that are “an essential element of any realistic climate plan.”The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hosted the all-day summit to facilitate the development of comprehensive energy legislation.last_img read more


Incredible optical illusion freezes gravity with soundIncredible optical illusion freezes gravity with sound


first_imgSound waves can do some wildly divergent things, from delivering music to your ears, to mapping the ocean floor, to making it appear that the laws of physics have been suspended. YouTube user Brussup filmed a simple experiment that will bend your mind and make you call fake, at least until you hear how the trick is done.The setup in the video is simple. A supply of water is atop a subwoofer and allowed to leak slowly down past the front of the speaker. The subwoofer is used to output tones of 23 and 24Hz, which produces an astounding effect. These tones cause the water to appear to be frozen in mid air, or even to flow backwards in the video.The secret is that the camera used to film the effect has a frame rate matching that of the tone. When set to 24 frames per second, the video frame rate is synced with that of the oscillation of the water drops if the subwoofer is outputting 24Hz. That makes the water drops look like they are suspended in mid-air. If the tone is dropped to 23Hz, the video is slightly out of sync, and the water appears to flow up into the spout. Brussup’s video description also states that a 25Hz signal will make water appear to flow downward in slow motion.Of course the actual water is still behaving normally — it’s just the video that displays the effect. But that doesn’t make it any less mesmerizing to watch. It really looks every bit as good as any example of Hollywood computer generated magic.You can try this experiment yourself with very little equipment. Surely you could use this to make your friends and family think you are a wizard of some sort. Who ever said the Internet wasn’t useful?via TheNextWeblast_img read more


SelfDriving Spacecraft Could Save Earth From Asteroid ImpactsSelfDriving Spacecraft Could Save Earth From Asteroid Impacts


first_img Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWashington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Fly By Earth on Aug. 28 The European Space Agency’s next asteroid mission will rely on the same technology as self-driving vehicles.Named after the Greek goddess of marriage, candidate ESA mission Hera will steer itself through space on the way to binary asteroid system Didymos.“If you think self-driving cars are the future on Earth, then Hera is the pioneer of autonomy in deep space,” according to Paolo Martino, lead systems engineer on the proposed mission.The probe, as described by ESA guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) engineer Jesus Gil Fernandez, will operate like an autonomous vehicle, “fusing data from different sensors to build up a coherent model of its surroundings.”“Hera’s most crucial data source will be its Asteroid Framing Camera,” he said in a statement, “combined with inputs from a star-tracker, laser altimeter, thermal infrared camera, plus inertial sensors including accelerometers.”By those powers combined, Hera can safely, and autonomously, navigate as close as 218 yards from the smaller of the two asteroids: 350-foot-wide Didymos B—affectionately known as the “Didymoon.”Due for launch in October 2023 and set to reach its target three years later, Hera will navigate in three different modes as it inches closer to the orbiting planetoid; the third and final mode is based on autonomous feature tracking with no absolute reference.“While the mission is designed to be fully operated manually from ground, the new technology will be tested once the core mission objectives are achieved and higher risks can be taken,” Martino said.Small asteroids hit Earth almost daily, but most break and burn in the upper atmosphere, leaving no discernable traces on our world. Objects larger than 0.6 miles—like the Chelyabinsk meteor, caused by an approximately 22-yard near-Earth asteroid—can have devastating effects.Using its laser altimeter, Hera scans Didymoon’s surface (via European Space Agency)In hopes of avoiding disaster, NASA recently began developing a spacecraft to pummel asteroids and knock them off a course for our planet.The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, will be the first space mission to demonstrate asteroid deflection by a kinetic impactor (i.e. strike the satellite to shift its orbit).In October 2022, the refrigerator-sized craft is expected to navigate to the asteroid system and use an onboard autonomous targeting system to aim itself at the Didymoon.That’s when the fireworks start: DART strikes the planetoid at a speed nine times faster than a bullet—about 3.7 miles per second‚jolting it ever so slightly off balance.Earth-based observatories can then see the impact and watch the change in orbit of Didymos B around Didymos A, allowing scientists to “better determine the capabilities of kinetic impact as an asteroid mitigation strategy,” according to NASA.DART and Hera are both part of the international Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission.More on Geek.com:Fossil Discovery Offers Glimpse Into ‘Dinosaur-Killer’ ImpactHubble Space Telescope Observes Rare Self-Destructing AsteroidNASA Reveals Big Surprises About Asteroid Bennu Stay on targetlast_img read more


Countys winery code matures ripensCountys winery code matures ripens


first_img BATTLE GROUND — Last month, Clark County posted a “do not occupy” notice on the exterior of Rusty Grape Vineyard’s entrance door. If this sounds like déjà vu, it’s because several North County wineries received similar notices around the Christmas holiday in 2013. Jeremy Brown, owner of Rusty Grape Vineyard, discovered first-hand the power of the Internet when he posted a photo of the notice to his Facebook page. It was quickly visible on the timelines of 40,000 social media fans, leading people to believe that the winery, which opened in 2006, was closed for business.It turns out, however, that Rusty Grape never closed. According to Marty Snell, director of Clark County Community Development, a letter was sent to Rusty Grape and two other area wineries on Oct. 15 requesting that work for which permits had been issued be completed by Nov. 14. By the time the county reviewed whether work had been completed, the popular Thanksgiving wine tour weekend was looming and the county decided to wait until after the event to post the “do not occupy” notice. The notice was posted Dec. 8. Brown contacted the county with updated information, and it was determined that Rusty Grape had a permit with an expiration date of “Dec. 15-ish, so we pulled the ‘do not occupy’ because he said he’d do the work and he did,” Snell said said.The situation highlights growing pains in Clark County’s budding wine industry, tasking winery owners, neighbors and community development to come together to formulate a comprehensive wineries and tasting room plan based on a unique set of business practices. Test Captionlast_img read more


32 do not feel supported when family is affected by cancer32 do not feel supported when family is affected by cancer


first_imgJust under a third (32%) of employee respondents do not feel supported by their employer when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare.Its Love for the loved ones: how to support employees when cancer affects their family report, which surveyed 1,000 managers of employees who have had a family member diagnosed with cancer and 1,000 employees with a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer within the last five years, also found that 49% of manager respondents report that their organisation does not have a formal policy for employees caring for family members or dependents diagnosed with cancer.The research also found that more than a quarter (28%) of manager respondents take it upon themselves to offer flexible working to employees who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis in their home life.Chris Horlick (pictured), distribution director at Axa PPP healthcare, said: “When someone is diagnosed with cancer, focus rightly turns to that person’s health and wellbeing. But it’s also important to remember the impact the diagnosis can have on the sufferer’s family. In addition to the emotional impact, family members may find themselves facing a host of additional pressures and responsibilities.“Improvement in treatment is enabling many people affected by cancer to live longer lives with the disease held in check or even cured. While this is welcome, it means that the impact of having cancer in the family will continue to be felt for months and even years to come. There’s much that employers can do to support employees who find themselves in this situation. And, by doing this well, they’ll not only help employees through a difficult time, they’ll also help to maintain morale and productivity and retain valued employees.”last_img read more


Pikachu parade protests Japans coal power backing in cutest way possiblePikachu parade protests Japans coal power backing in cutest way possible


first_imgYou can’t say no to that face! 350.org/AC Dimatatac Do you care about the climate? Because Pikachu does! Well, the climate activists in giant inflatable Pikachu costumes do. They double-teamed the Japanese embassy in the Philippines’ capital on Tuesday, ahead of the annual G20 meeting Japan is preparing to host on Friday. It all coincides with the recent release of a sobering report into the continued support of the coal industry by G20 governments, despite the urgent need to cut carbon emissions.The figures, published this month in a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), show at least $64 billion per year in government support goes into the coal industry, which is a sizable increase over recent years. Asian governments dominate subsidies given to the production and consumption of fossil fuels, with China, India and Japan giving the most, though Japan isn’t quite at the same level as the former two. It provided a yearly average of $5.2 billion in 2016 and 2017, while China contributed $19 billion and India $17.9 billion. The US, meanwhile, gave $2 billion.”To avoid dangerous climate change and make good on their commitments to end fossil fuel subsidies, the G20 must commit to rapidly ending their support for coal,” the ODI report reads.”They must also increase transparency by committing to conduct peer reviews of coal and other fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 and establish a regular process of tracking progress in ending subsidies and sharing the lessons learnt.”The numbers are disturbing to say the least after the representatives of major economies pledged to phase out fossil fuel subsidies a decade ago in efforts to combat global warming.The Pikachus in Manila are a local network of volunteers, known as 350.org Pilipinas, who’re supporting a grassroots climate movement in the country, according to Philstar. Donning costumes is one way to funnel the world’s attention into the climate crisis. Comment Share your voice Tagscenter_img 1 Culturelast_img read more


Texas Leads The Nation In Executions But Its Death Row Population IsTexas Leads The Nation In Executions But Its Death Row Population Is


first_img Share Graphic by Todd WisemanThe number of inmates on Texas’ death row dropped again this year, continuing a decades-long trend.The decline is caused largely by fewer new death sentences and more reduced punishments in recent years, according to end-of-year reports released Thursday by groups critical of the death penalty in Texas and across the country. But Texas still held more executions than any other state.“Prosecutors, juries, judges, and the public are subjecting our state’s death penalty practices to unprecedented scrutiny,” said Kristin Houlé, executive director of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, in the release of the group’s annual report. “In an increasing number of cases, they are accepting alternatives to this flawed and irreversible punishment.”Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, which has supported death penalty practices in legal cases throughout the country, said he agrees that the decline is partially due to shifting attitudes among jurors and prosecutors, but added that death sentences are also down because there has been a drop in the murder rate nationwide.“The support for the death penalty for the worst crimes remains strong,” he said.There are currently 234 inmates living with death sentences in Texas, according to the state’s prison system. That number has been dropping since 2003. The death row population peaked at 460 in 1999, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.Here’s how the death row population has changed over the last year:Seven men were executed.The same number of men were put to death this year as in 2016, which had the fewest executions in two decades. But even with its relatively low number, Texas was still the state with the most executions in the country. This isn’t unusual given that the state has put to death nearly five times more individuals than any other state since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.Texas accounted for 30 percent of the nation’s 23 executions in 2017. Arkansas was second in the country with four. Last year, Georgia put more people to death than Texas — the first time Texas hasn’t been responsible for the most executions since 2001.Four more men got cells on death row.One more person was sentenced to death this year than in 2015 and 2016, when only three men were handed the death penalty in each of those years.The number of new sentences, which ranged in the 20s and 30s each year in the early 2000s, dropped in 2005 after jurors were given the option to sentence convicts to life without the possibility of parole as an alternative to the death penalty. Before then, if a capital murder convict wasn’t sentenced to death, he or she would be eligible for parole after 40 years. About 10 people in Texas were sentenced each year after that until the additional decrease in 2015.Two men died while awaiting execution.Joseph Lave and Raymond Martinez both died this year before they were taken to the death chamber, even though they had had extended stays in prison. Lave passed away more than 22 years after his murder conviction, and Martinez had lived more than 30 years with a death sentence.Four men had their sentences changed from death to life in prison.Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions this year have so far resulted in the reduction of three death sentences to life in prison. The high court ruled against Texas in the death penalty cases of Duane Buck and Bobby Moore.Buck reached a plea agreement with Harris County prosecutors to change his death sentence to life in October after a February ruling by the court said his case was prejudiced by an expert trial witness who claimed Buck was more likely to be a future danger because he is black.In Moore’s case, the justices invalidated Texas’ method for determining if a death-sentenced inmate was intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. Though Moore’s case has yet to be resolved (Harris County has asked the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reduce his sentence to life), two other men on death row with intellectual disability claims received life sentences after the ruling.Another man this April received a new punishment hearing in a 1991 murder and pled guilty, landing four consecutive life sentences over the death penalty, according to the Texas death penalty report.Nine men narrowly escaped execution — for now.Executions were scheduled — then canceled — for nine men this year. Six were stopped by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in light of pending appeals, and one was stopped by a federal court, the report said.One man, Larry Swearingen, evaded execution in November because of a clerical error, and convicted serial killer Anthony Shore’s death was postponed because prosecutors were concerned he would confess to the murder for which Swearingen was convicted.last_img read more