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Because of their diets, some killer whales are being slowly wiped out because of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls. Audun Rikardsen—www.audunrikardsen.com Long-banned toxin may wipe out many killer whales By Elizabeth PennisiSep. 27, 2018 , 2:00 PM Even though it was banned decades ago, one of the more dangerous industrial pollutants of the last century is wreaking havoc on killer whale populations worldwide. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may be slowly wiping out some groups of these iconic marine mammals. PCBs also threaten other animals as well, including seals and sharks.“It’s sobering to be made aware of the potential long-term effects of chemicals that were introduced into the environment over 80 years ago,” says Steven Bursian, an environmental toxicologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing who was not involved with the work. “It’s a wake-up call that similar predictions could be made about several other species.”PCBs were first discovered in coal tar in the late 1800s and mass produced beginning in the 1930s. They form thick liquids that proved useful as hydraulic fluids, lubricating oils, paint and concrete stabilizers, and nonflammable insulation in electrical transformers. 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The major user and producer, the United States, banned their production in 1978, and a global ban finally went into effect in 2004. For a while, PCB concentrations in the environment dropped precipitously. “Everyone was quite happy about this success story,” says Jean-Pierre Desforges, an ecotoxicologist at Aarhus University in Denmark.But these pollutants don’t break down easily. They are still leaking into the environment from landfills, river-bottom sediments, and other places they were dumped. Consumed by microbes, they enter the food chain and eventually they build up in fat and blubber of animals, especially top predators such as killer whales, which prey on other predators such as seals or fish that themselves have stored PCBs.Over the past several years, surveys have documented shrinking killer whale populations in some parts of the world. Other data have revealed surprisingly high levels of PCBs in these animals, despite decades of being banned. So Desforges and colleagues searched the scientific literature for all studies related to killer whale PCB levels and killer whale population changes. “That was first time we really saw the extent of the problem,” he says. “Quite a few populations had high PCBs.”Testing animals directly for health consequences wasn’t possible because killer whales, like many marine mammals, are protected. So Desforges teamed up with modelers Ailsa Hall and Bernie McConnell from the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom to estimate the toll of the PCBs. They built on lab studies in which Desforges showed that PCBs extracted from whale blubber affect killer whale immune function. Other studies, done in mice, estimated the PCB levels that raise susceptibility to disease and impair fertility. Based on the lab results and on year-by-year PCB concentrations in individual killer whales, the modelers predicted how many would suffer similar effects.This modeling suggested that of the 19 populations studied, more than half will decline because of PCBs’ effects, Desforges and his colleagues report today in Science. Killer whale pods in Brazil, the North Sea off the United Kingdom, and around the Straits of Gibraltar are the most vulnerable because their PCB levels are highest. Especially high pollution levels, features of the whales’ diet, or a quirk of their metabolism that makes it hard for them to break down these compounds could all be to blame. In these populations, the PCBs will impair reproduction enough that these groups could dwindle and disappear in the next 50 years, the team found.Other top predators, such as sharks and dolphins, likely have dangerously high PCB levels as well, Desforges and his colleagues say. In sea lions, tumors and increased disease seem linked to high PCB levels. And even though polar bears are much better than killer whales at getting rid of the PCBs they consume, some have heavy exposure to the chemicals. Polar bears in east Greenland, for example, have increased their PCB intake by switching from hunting ring seals to hooded seals, which have higher PCB concentrations in their bodies. “The PCB story is not over,” Desforges says.Other long-lived chemicals are showing up in wildlife as well, says Frances Gulland, a marine mammal veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, who was not involved with the killer whale work. And like PCBs, compounds once thought to be benign, such as flame retardants, may also turn out to be harmful to wildlife. “There could be countless other chemicals in the environment that could be having similar health effects,” Bursian says. And, Gulland adds, “we are way behind the eight ball on them.”
Malditas save PH from shutout Ahanmisi, the older brother of Soaring Falcon Jerrick, used Twitter to lambast the game’s officiating that awarded La Salle 39 free throws attempts against Adamson’s five.“I’m all for fair play, but I’m not going to watch this game if the UAAP refs are getting paid by La Salle,” posted Ahanmisi on Twitter. “It’s a joke for real, major run with the refs #ismellsomethingcooking.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Hey La Salle, I hope you guys are treating the refs to a good ass dinner after the game cause they definitely fed y’all tonight.”Ahanmisi also called out La Salle guard Kib Montalbo on the latter’s stingy defense on his brother. MOST READ View comments Gilas confident of chances vs Japan, Taiwan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Montalbo added that he’s “not a bully” and that he reminded Jerrick he’ll be clamping down on him throughout the game.“I told him it’s the Final Four and I’m going to be up on him all night. I asked him if he’s up to it and he said it was okay,” said Montalbo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Montalbo was all over Jerrick especially in the fourth, with the distance between the two were mere inches in several instances.“Hey Kib Montalbo, I don’t care, you better hope I don’t catch you outside bruh,” tweeted Ahanmisi.Montalbo, though, clarified that he did not mean any physical harm on Jerrick and he was just playing straight defense.Jerrick still managed to put up 17 points against Montalbo.“I meant no harm to his brother,” said Montalbo. “I just want to play basketball. I wanted to get to his head in a basketball manner and I mean no harm. He’s a great player and I respect him.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaverick Ahanmisi wasn’t at Smart Araneta Coliseum when De La Salle scored a 82-75 win over Adamson in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Yet he still managed to make his presence felt.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES
Martina Hingis and Leander Paes once again proved to be a potent partnership as the Swiss-Indo duo captured their third mixed doubles title of the year with victory at the US Open on Friday.The Australian Open and Wimbledon champions came back from 4-1 down in the championship tiebreak to storm to victory with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 win over Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey.Hingis and Paes became the first duo to capture three major mixed titles in the same year since Margaret Court and Marty Riessen achieved the feat in 1969.The triumph earned 42-year-old Paes a ninth mixed doubles trophy and 17th grand slam title while Hingis took her overall grand slam tally to 19 (five singles, 10 women’s doubles and four mixed).”I just love to play tennis and I am fortunate to have Leander as my partner,” Hingis told reporters.Paes added: “Martina is a legend on and off the court. She’s my best friend. She’s just fantastic.”Hingis could add to her haul over the weekend when she teams up with another Indian, Sania Mirza, in the women’s doubles final.
By BEN HARRISThe pre-match hype said the first State of Origin Women’s Open match was going to be tight affair – they weren’t wrong.New South Wales and Queensland left nothing on the field when the two rivals went head-to-head at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in front of a boisterous crowd.The Maroons took out the first game 5-3 to begin their quest to win back the Women’s Open division title from their southern cousins.It was a see-saw affair as neither side gave the other an inch.New South Wales captain Louise Winchester tried to rally her troops with some fantastic skills but she was cancelled out by young gun Emilee Cherry.The Australian representative having a hand in several of Queensland’s touchdowns.The first half saw both teams head into their respective huddles locked at 3-3.Six minutes had elapsed of the second half before first points were posted on the scoreboard courtesy of Queensland captain Peta Rogerson.In the 32nd minute, Gemma Etheridge crossed over to give Queensland a two-touchdown advantage; the biggest margin in the entire match.New South Wales desperately tried to crack the Queensland defensive line but the Maroons were too strong in that department.There was a concern for Blues player Melissa Peters who, in an attempt to save a touchdown, was injured during the play. She was assisted off the field by trainers but seemed okay at full-time.Queensland coach Kathy O’Brien said it was gutsy win.“The girls have been like that the entire time we have trained and I think that was reflected in the way in which they played tonight,” O’Brien said.“I think all the girls contributed and I have to say our wing players really converted the opportunities given to them and I think that was the big difference.”In bad news for New South Wales, O’Brien said her team did not show all their aces.“I think the negatives, from our point of view, I don’t think we played to our potential,” she said.“We made far too many basic errors but it was good to come away with a win the first game. In my opinion [the first game] is very important in a three-game series.”Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausRelated LinksGutsy Queensland Win
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit unveiled a bold idea for the College Football Playoff during an appearance on Get Up! this morning.The college football guru believes one team could lose this weekend and still have a great case for the College Football Playoff.That team: Georgia.Herbstreit thinks if Georgia plays Alabama close, the Bulldogs could have a case to remain at No. 4 over Oklahoma and Ohio State.“It’s subjective analysis, but you could make a case for it,” Herbstreit said this morning. “I think the way the (SEC Championship Game) plays out will go a long way in the argument post-game discussion into Sunday morning. If it’s a game like they had last year in the national championship and Georgia loses a close one like that, even with two losses, I personally think Georgia would have the very strong case (for the Playoff.).“Their punishment for an 11-1 year will be to go playing Alabama. Ohio State? They get to play Northwestern. Oklahoma plays Texas. It’s a little bit different what Georgia has to go though and I think we need to take that into consideration at the end of the day. I’m not caught up in the ‘two losses, they’re automatically eliminated’ (stuff). If they play their tails off and lose a close one, I think they’ll have a case to be made.”Georgia would certainly have a case for making it with a loss if Ohio State and Oklahoma lose, too. It feels unlikely that the Bulldogs could make it in with a loss without those other two teams losing, though.We’ll find out soon…
ESPN College GameDayCollege GameDay has made some fun stops already this year. It opened in Texas for Oregon vs. Auburn, and stayed in the area the following week, for the massive Texas vs. LSU game.This week, ESPN’s beloved Saturday pregame show went up to Ames for the first time. Iowa and Iowa State are still playing, after multiple weather delays.We now know the location for College GameDay in Week 4. One look at the schedule, and it shouldn’t be a hard one to guess.Georgia hosts Notre Dame in a rematch of a 2017 classic in South Bend. That road win helped vault the Dawgs to the College Football Playoff. The Fighting Irish made the field last season. With both teams starting the year undefeated, Athens is a perfect choice for GameDay.A T H E N S 😎 @NDFootball x @GeorgiaFootball … see you next week!(📍@HomeDepot) pic.twitter.com/WhWHZxKtFm— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 15, 2019GameDay last made its way to Athens in 2013, ahead of a huge game between the Dawgs and LSU Tigers. Georgia won that thriller 44-41.This may not be the best omen for the Bulldogs though. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, UGA has a very poor record when their game is the focus for College GameDay.Georgia has cruised along to a 3-0 record to open the year. The No. 3 team in the country beat Vanderbilt in the season opener in Nashville, and has now dispatched of FCS Murray State and today, Arkansas State 55-0.Notre Dame, ranked No. 7, is 2-0 on the year. The Fighting Irish looked a bit shaky against Louisville in Week 1. After a bye last Saturday, the Fighting Irish throttled New Mexico today 66-14.Next week will be a statement game for either team, and will have the winner firmly in the early College Football Playoff discussion.
Global T20 Canada live stream: How to watch Yuvraj Singh in action vs Chris LynnIt’s time for Yuvraj Singh vs Chris Lynnin Global T20 Canada Match 7 as Toronto Nationals take on Winnipeg Hawks in the 1st match of Monday’s doubleheader in Brampton.advertisement India Today Web Desk OntarioJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 12:26 IST Yuvraj Singh scored a quickfire 21-ball 35 as his team Toronto Nationals posted their first win. (Twitter: GT20 Canada)Yuvraj Singh-led Toronto Nationals will look to continue their winning run when they take on Winnipeg Hawks in Ontario on Monday.Yuvraj Singh had smashed 3 sixes and as many boundaries in his 21-ball 35 that helped the Nationals successfully complete a 192-run chase against Edmonton Royals in their second match of Global T20 Canada in Toronto.Yuvraj Singh showed signs of his vintage self as he took the attack to Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan, much to the delight of the Toronto Nationals fans who had filled the standsToronto Nationals are currently hanging in the middle of the points table and will lock horns with Rayad Emrit’s Winnipeg Hawks in the first of Monday’s doubleheader.It’s not going to be an easy outing for Yuvraj’s Nationals as Rayad Emrit’s side is filled with superstars like Dwayne Smith, Chris Lynn, Jean-Paul Duminy and Dwayne Bravo.When will the clash between Toronto Nationals and Winnipeg Hawks begin?The match will start at 12:30 PM local time (10:00 PM IST) (4:30 PM GMT) on Monday, July 29.Where I can watch Global T20 Canada matches live?The first match of the league can be watched on the Star Network. If you want to see online, you can stream on Hotstar.Where will the 3rd Global T20 Canada match between Toronto Nationals and Winnipeg Hawks be played?All the matches will be played at CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario, Canada.What are the squads for the 7th match of Global T20 Canada between Toronto Nationals and Winnipeg Hawks?Toronto Nationals: Yuvraj Singh (captain), Rodrigo Thomas, Brendon McCullum, Calum MacLeod, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Kieron Pollard, Ravinderpal Singh, Mark Montfort, Mitchell McClenaghan, Salman Nazar, Jeremy Gordon, Ghulam Shabber, Chirag Suri, Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Green, Manpreet GonyadvertisementEdmonton Royals: Chris Lynn, Umar Akmal, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Shaiman Anwar, Hamza Tariq(w), Sunny Sohal, Rayad Emrit(captain), Paul van Meekeren, Kaleem Sana, Umair Ghani, Dwayne Smith, Najibullah Zadran, Sompal Kami, Rameez Shahzad, Romesh Eranga, Varun Sehdev.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Dwayne BravoFollow Chris LynnFollow Dwayne SmithFollow Keiron PollardFollow Global T20 CanadaFollow Toronto NationalsFollow Winnipeg Hawks
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Nova Scotians will benefit from a $4.5 million investment that will create a new research centre in applied human nutrition and chemistry at Mount Saint Vincent University. The joint investment was announced today, Sept. 23, by Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Member of Parliament Darrell Samson, on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. “Mount students and faculty conduct research on important subjects like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, nutrition and food innovation, but they’ve been doing this work in spaces that badly need upgrading,” said Ms. Regan. “This project will make full use of existing space, and give faculty and students a modern, high-quality facility where their research can flourish, and help people in Nova Scotia and beyond. This is an example of government creating opportunities for young Nova Scotians.” The centre will support basic and applied research on nutrition and disease. Of the $4.5 million total investment, $950,000 will come from the province, $1.5 million from the federal government, and $2.05 million from the university and other donors. The funding will be used to renovate an existing building on campus, creating modern facilities that will enhance the research capacity of Mount faculty and students. The federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund which helps modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improves the environmental sustainability of these facilities. “These infrastructure investments will create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come,” said Mr. Samson. “Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.” “Mount Saint Vincent University is home to outstanding researchers – leaders in their fields who are also wonderful mentors to new generations of scientists,” said Mount Saint Vincent University president and vice-chancellor Ramona Lumpkin. “This significant investment in research infrastructure at the Mount will provide space for important innovation and discovery, as well as student mentorship and hands-on student research opportunity. I have no doubt that the efforts to be undertaken in our new research centre will benefit generations of Canadians to come.”
These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9981Brazil real 0.4015China renminbi 0.1863Euro 1.4779Hong Kong dollar 0.160175India rupee 0.01953Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01135Malaysia ringgit 0.2920Mexico peso 0.07025N.Z. dollar 0.9356Norway krone 0.1582Peruvian new sol 0.3863Russia rouble 0.02079Saudi riyal 0.3337Singapore dollar 0.9218South Africa rand 0.09449South Korean won 0.001116Sweden krona 0.1545Switzerland franc 1.2964Taiwanese dollar 0.04136Thailand baht 0.03761Turkey lira 0.3553U.K. pound 1.6539U.S. dollar 1.2514Vietnam dong 0.000055
Jan Pronk, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, and Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail met in the capital Khartoum to discuss preparations for the next meeting Thursday of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM), which will focus on the status of implementation of the 3 July joint communiqué between the UN and the Sudanese Government, as well as the Darfur Plan of Action.The two co-signed a letter transmitting to Mr. Annan and Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al Bashir the text of that plan, which was agreed to last week and approved Sunday by the Sudanese Cabinet.On the humanitarian front, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency expressed concern that in West Darfur State the local authorities and the Government of Sudan were continuing to pressure IDPs to return to villages that are not safe and do not offer any possibility of a decent life, since most of the crops have and homes have been destroyed by rampaging militias.In South Darfur, meanwhile, the Government has said that it intended to move tens of thousands of IDPs now living in Kalma camp and Kas town – where international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies estimate the number of displaced people at about 40,000, outstripping the number of original inhabitants – both near the state capital of Nyala.In Mornei, Sudanese authorities have announced their intention to move displaced people from a makeshift camp into a new camp to be called “New Mornei.” The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has consistently told the government at all levels that any movement of IDPs must be entirely voluntary, because people who have already suffered the trauma of being chased from their homes by armed militiamen do not need the further trauma of another forced move, spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said.”The government is posting policemen in empty villages in an effort to convince displaced people that it is safe to return to those villages. However, displaced people tell us they are not reassured by government policemen and do not feel the time is yet right for their return home,” Ms. Pagonis said.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that despite Sudanese pledges to improve humanitarian access made under the 3 July communiqué, agencies report that humanitarian access in Darfur has deteriorated over the past week.The Government has been placing restrictions on World Food Programme (WFP) flights, causing major delays in the deployment of humanitarian staff, OCHA said. Two weeks ago, the Government grounded WFP flights for two days for no apparent reason, and asked the UN agency to submit detailed weekly reports on passenger flights and cargo shipments.More international NGOs were also reporting difficulties in hiring national staff due to Government-imposed restrictions and delays, OCHA added.
by Kantele Franko, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2016 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 911 caller won’t be charged in Ohio Wal-Mart police shooting A 911 caller won’t be charged for reporting a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart store before police fatally shot the shopper, who’d picked up an air rifle from a shelf, a special prosecutor said Monday.The decision was made by Mark Piepmeier, the prosecutor who presented the shooting case to a grand jury. The grand jury concluded the August 2014 shooting of John Crawford III at the Beavercreek store, near Dayton, was justified.The grand jury had authority to bring charges against 911 caller Ronald Ritchie if merited but didn’t, Piepmeier said in a Monday court filing outlining his findings that no charges are warranted.“I don’t find any evidence that Mr. Ritchie knew any of the information he was providing was false,” Piepmeier wrote.The Hamilton County prosecutor’s office, where Piepmeier is chief assistant prosecutor, said he wouldn’t comment further.A group of people who took interest in the shooting had used an obscure law to push for prosecution of Ritchie, who told investigators he thought the firearm was real.The law allows private citizens to make complaints for review by a judge, who can then refer them for further review by a prosecutor. A Fairborn Municipal Court judge reviewed the filings, including surveillance video synchronized with the 911 recording, and ruled there was sufficient evidence to prosecute Ritchie for misdemeanour making false alarms.One of the filers, Dayton area activist Bomani Moyenda, said he thinks the prosecutor ignored video segments that indicate Crawford wasn’t doing what the caller described at certain moments.“There’s just no semblance of justice anywhere at all,” said Moyenda, who added he’ll consider whether there are any other legal avenues to push the matter further.Another filer said he was appalled by Piepmeier’s ruling.“I don’t know how anybody could view that videotape and believe the caller was acting in good faith,” said Roi Qualls, a software engineer from Yellow Springs. “He said things that just weren’t true.”Piepmeier has handled some of Ohio’s biggest cases, including a deadly 1993 prison riot and cases involving excessive force by police, but the filers were upset he was the prosecutor appointed to review the 911 caller’s role. They noted that after the grand jury’s decision he had publicly described Ritchie as someone “trying to be a good citizen.”Ritchie, of Riverside, was the only person to call 911 before shots were fired at the store. He reported a man walking around waving an apparent rifle and “pointing it at people.” The next day, he told authorities the man didn’t point the firearm but swung it around and flashed the muzzle at children.Calls to Ohio and Florida phone numbers associated with Ritchie’s name have gone unanswered.An attorney for Crawford’s relatives, who sued the officers, has said they hold police responsible for what happened.Police said they believed Crawford, 22, had a real weapon and didn’t respond to commands to put it down, something the soundless video can’t corroborate.The shooting remains under review by the U.S. Department of Justice.___Find Kantele Franko at http://www.twitter.com/kantele10 . Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/kantele-franko .___Associated Press writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show the first name of the software engineer from Yellow Springs is Roi, not Roy.
Dundee Precious Metals Inc recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with MineRP Holdings Proprietary Ltd, a provider of integrated mining technical solutions, whereby DPM will combine its proprietary wireless underground communications technology, managed within DPM’s Terrative Digital Solutions division (Terrative), with MineRP, and acquire a majority interest in MineRP. “The combination will create a leading technology provider well positioned to further capture the rapidly growing demand in the mining industry for digital innovation.”MineRP, a private company founded in 1997 and headquartered in South Africa, is an independent software vendor (ISV) for the mining industry. Its unique platform improves productivity in planning and operations by integrating various technical and financial applications in the industry. Since 2011, DPM has also established itself as a leader in digital innovation across its asset base, particularly at Chelopech where it developed wireless underground communications technology which is held within Terrative.DPM is a globally recognised leader in mining innovation, and developed wireless underground communications technology held in Terrative. “MineRP’s vision of unified mine planning and production suits DPM’s vision of the future, and the DPM board agreed to the value of investing in a combined MineRP/Terrative entity to provide transformative digital innovation to the mining industry at large.”With the August 2017 release of MineRP 4.0, MineRP is in a position to extend its data-integration capabilities to real-time operational monitoring and control. For this purpose, the cost effective, robust communication and data acquisition technologies developed by Terrative, combined with MineRP’s solutions will offer the mining industry a fully integrated communications platform and information management framework to practically enable millisecond mining.“MineRP has always been at the forefront of innovation focused on the Enterprise Big Data in mining. Combined with the advanced digital communication technologies offered by Terrative, MineRP’s enterprise solutions provide a revolutionary platform for robust digital transformation for mining. The transaction provides MineRP with the means to aggressively implement our Spatial Enterprise Integration strategy across the globe,” said Pieter Nel, CEO of MineRP.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three hundred twenty seven accounted fires have started across Victoria since 12 am yesterday, including another 46 overnight. “It has been a very, very difficult couple of days, yet it could have been so much worse,” Premier Daniel Andrews said earlier today this morning congratulating emergency crews for their prompt response, battling successfully 300 fires in extremely hot and difficult conditions.“It is important to recognise our emergency services have risen to that challenge.”“Whilst it has been a very challenging 30-odd hours and the next 12-24 will be difficult as well, we have come through well to this point,” Mr Andrews warned Victorians.“Let common sense drive what you do, heed the warnings … and do nothing that might contribute to a fire starting.”Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley, also warned residents in Victoria’s centre and west territories to remain vigilant for “uncontrollable, unpredictable and very fast” fires this afternoon, stressing the risk in the heat and wind struck regions between Warrnambool, Horsham, Bendigo and Geelong. According to the Commissioner, the consequences if the thunderstorm hits the state from the south-west to the east as expected, might be catastrophic.“In Victoria, we have seen more property lost, we have seen more loss of life after the wind change,” Mr Lapsley said.“So needs to be understood and it needs to be taken very seriously.”Mr Lapsley said only the 5000ha Moyston blaze near Ararat in Victoria’s west remained in the major fire category, with crews on high alert and a Watch and Act warning in place, while families are still advised to leave the area. The cause of the blaze is believed to be a scare gun, used by farmers to keep away birds. The strong northerly winds are keeping fire-fighters on high alert, for fear that the fire could break containment lines.Two fire-fighters needed emergency medical attention for dehydration and heat stress while a 50 year old woman was treated for smoke inhalation.A teenage boy was arrested earlier this day at the scene, after allegedly lighting a grass-fire in Meadow Heights in Melbourne’s north, about 8.40pm. The minor was charged with recklessly causing a bushfire, and lighting a fire during a fire danger period and on a total fire ban day. He was also charged with reckless conduct endangering life and reckless conduct endangering serious injury, and was bailed to appear at a children’s court. Another suspicious grass-fire in Police Paddocks Reserve in Endeavour Hills, took place round 10.30 pm, burning though the grasslands.Firefighters this morning stopped the spread of a grass-fire in Plumpton, in Melbourne’s outer-west but 83 fire crews and 11 aircraft are still battling the 5000ha Moyston grass-fire. Meanwhile, over 200 fire-fighters and seven aircraft from NSW’s Rural Fire Service have been deployed to Bendigo.Another grass-fire blaze is moving toward houses and factories in Hastings, on the Mornington Peninsula, pushed south by the wind, towards Reid Pde from Autumn Court. Metro has suspended the Stony Point line because of the fire. Severe thunderstorms are expected to lash the region tormenting the fire-fighters who continue to battle a 4712ha blaze at Moyston, west of Ararat.According to the CFA, here is a high risk that extreme weather conditions today could cause fire activity to increase and possible over run containment lines. “Warnings levels may rise and fall as conditions change throughout the day.”The weather bureau warns for severe thunderstorms shaking Victorians in the South West, Wimmera and parts of Central, Mallee, Northen Country and North Central districts following the sweltering over 40 degrees temperatures. “Residents should prepare for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.” Victorians in Horsham, Stawell, Hamilton, Ballarat, Maryborough and Castlemaine should be extra careful.
England legends Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov, revealed Manchester United’s path become relevant in the Premier League again.Manchester United keeps struggling to get back on the top positions of the Premier League, they have been constantly looking for several ways to improve and Wayne Rooney seems to have a solution.The Manchester United legend spoke about the current season that the Red Devils are going through, he described the steps that the squad needs to take in order to improve this season but he still hadn’t spoken about the people who will bring about this change.For Wayne Rooney, there are four specific players who need to step up their game because the whole club’s future is currently resting on their shoulders.The England legend gave an interview to the Manchester United official channel, where he discussed these players in specific and described what they need to do in order to get those results back to their corner.The former United player already knows what Jose Mourinho will use as a methodology for the squad, but he believes that it won’t work unless the players are behind the manager.”This is an important four to six weeks coming up… you can either fall away, or build momentum!” – @WayneRooney #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 16, 2018There are many more players who are willing to sacrifice everything for the squad, but these four as a core, are the obvious leaders that the club will require in a time of need.Rooney spoke about them by revealing the following: “Jose can do what I know he’ll be doing – he’ll be working with the team and setting them up,” said Rooney for the MUTV.“But I think a lot of the responsibility has to go on the players’ shoulders. They go on the pitch, they have to take that responsibility and they have to thrive on it.”“There will be tough moments throughout games, that is where the big characters have to lead by example on the pitch and almost drag the team through some games.”“You have got players like [Anthony] Martial, Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford and [Romelu] Lukaku. When games aren’t going well, they need to be the players who can just get that goal, which wins you the game and calms everyone down,” he added.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.What Man Utd need to do in transfer window, according to Dimitar Berbatov https://t.co/T1ZnTAnLWc pic.twitter.com/3Tmp679TNn— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) November 19, 2018Berbatov also has a solution for Manchester UnitedAnother important topic to consider is the transfers for Manchester United, a subject that former Red Devil Dimitar Berbatov also addressed during another interview for The Mirror.“They need to reinforce at the back especially centre-backs, one or two. In every other position they have several quality players and everything they need, so just defense needs reinforcing. Hopefully they can find one or two and then they should be okay,” said the Bulgarian striker.“It’ll be more difficult in the winter transfer window then the summer one to make signings for Mourinho but he should be able to find one person he wants to bring in.”“So if there is someone he wants to bring in the board should listen to him because it’s obvious that the club aren’t perfect right now and aren’t in the position that they want to be in.”“They need to improve on that, if it means bringing one or two people, it shouldn’t be a problem. I mean it’s not like Manchester United are short of money,” he concluded.Almost a month on from our previous game at Old Trafford, we’re ready to return home. 🏠How about we update our header to mark the occasion? pic.twitter.com/2bj4YmG3Uy— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 19, 2018What is the biggest solution from both that were shared by Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov for Manchester United’s improvement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Now playing: Watch this: Comments 1:49 Sarah Tew/CNET See It $155 at Google Express Now playing: Watch this: Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Tags Stadia announcement: All the cool games previewed 1 Comment Tags See It Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Apple iPhone XS JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal Rylo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Amazon Turo See at Turo See it $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Sprint $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate See at Amazon I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. #CYBERPUNK2077 ON STADIA. That’s it. That’s the tweet pic.twitter.com/64qqhE39uI— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) August 19, 2019 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice Boost Mobile Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET The latest information on Google Stadia Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Chris Monroe/CNET 4:48 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $520 at HP Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Monday’s Stadia Connect focused on new and exclusive games for the service. Several games will make the jump to the streaming service, but it was the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 that Google kicked off the show with. Developed by CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077 puts players in a dystopian future filled with cybernetically enhanced people and evil corporations. Players will control V, a mercenary living in Night City in the Free State of California. Announced at this year’s E3, Keanu Reeves will star in the game as Johnny Silverhand who will act as the player’s guide through the game. Cyberpunk 2077 will come out on April 16, 2020. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $59 at eBay Best Buy $299 at Amazon Read the AirPods review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Angela Lang/CNET Stadia is Google’s upcoming video game streaming service set for release in November. It will cost $9.99 a month at launch, but a free version of the service will come out next year. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Keanu Reeves will be streaming to your home soon. CD Projekt Red Keanu Reeves is coming to Stadia and he’s bringing Cyberpunk 2077 with him. Google started its Stadia Connect event at Gamescom on Monday by revealing that the futuristic game will make its way to the search giant’s upcoming cloud gaming service. 7 $60 at Best Buy Gaming Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the Rylo camera preview
Lt. Steve Adams with the Alaska State Troopers showing off how to use Narcan at a training in Anchorage, Aug. 18, 2017 (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)In the ongoing effort to curb overdose deaths from opioids like heroin, police across Alaska are getting trained to use a new tool. Naloxone — a medication that rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose — has long been used by emergency medics, but now it’s being deployed to police departments and non-profits at the front line of the state’s opioid crisis. Even with millions of new federal dollars being spent, the demand in outpacing the supply.Listen nowA roomful of police listened as Lieutenant Steve Adams showed them how to use Narcan, a brand of nalaxone that comes in a small bottle you could fit inside a purse or jacket pocket. Adams showed how to properly use the nasal spray if someone’s overdosing.“So the signs of an overdose include: their face is gonna be clammy to the touch, the body’s gonna be limp, fingernails and lips turn blue,” Adams said. “So what do you do? Turn them on their back, tilt the head back, insert the tip into their nostril — doesn’t matter, left or right, it’s gonna get there. Press it, make sure it’s all out. Call 911, then roll them over into this rescue position.”Adams works on drug enforcement with the State Troopers, but his audience today is from a patchwork of agencies. The training is part of a push to get more doses of naloxone to people who are often the first ones to find somebody overdosing.“As law-enforcement we’ll find somebody passed out, or we’ll get a call that somebody’s passed out in a public restroom in a stall or passed out in a vehicle in a parking garage,” Adams said.Naloxone blocks opioid receptors in the brain, and almost immediately counteracts an overdose — although it may take several doses. There are almost no negative side-effects, even if its given to someone by accident who isn’t on opioids. The medication has been around since the 60s, and widely used by medical professionals. But now public health and addiction recovery advocates want to make it as common as defibrillators or epipens: a simple medical intervention the public can use. And Adams said state troopers are in a perfect position to help give the mandatory 15-minute training to dispense Narcan in communities across Alaska.“Our goal is to provide it to every Alaska State Trooper, and to provide it to every other agency — federal, state, and local — who would like to have it,” Adams said.One of those agencies is the police and fire department at the Ted Stevens International Airport. Sergeant Daniel Juarez said at least once a month officers will find someone who has overdosed on a nearby roadway or in a terminal bathroom before a flight.“Well, a lot of times we’re going to be there usually before paramedics, and the sooner we can administer possibly a life-saving treatment we’d like to do that,” Juarez said.The governor’s disaster declaration on the opioid crisis, along with a lesislative bill last year have increased access to the medication. Non-profits like MyHouse in Wasilla distribute Narcan kits. The Alaska AIDS Assistance Association, which runs the state’s largest needle exchange, has given out 300 to 400 of the kits, and routinely requests more. Even nurses and security guards from the Anchorage School District were recently trained.Narcan isn’t cheap. Over the counter at a pharmacy it costs about $150 for a two-dose pack. But the state buys that same amount $75 with federal money from the Department of Health and Human Services through a $4.2 million five-year grant. The kits are given to individuals for free. Andy Jones helps administer the state grant. He said they originally aimed to distribute five thousand Narcan kits this year.“Since February 15th we have distributed 6300 kits, and the pace continues to get faster and faster because more and more overdose response programs in communities are coming online,” Jones said.Gathering the data is difficult. Jones said so far they’ve counted at least 39 saves. But those figures depend on medics, police, or volunteers submitting a form that says they used Narcan. Jones admits there are likely many administering the medication and not generating a record.In 2016, an estimated 88 Alaskans died from opioid overdoses.In Anchorage, the paramedics with the Anchorage Fire Department remain one of the main bulwarks against overdoses. According to figures from AFD, since the start of the year they’ve used naloxone an average of 35 times a month — more than once a day although those numbers are skewed slightly by a surge in overdoses in May that are believed to have been caused by heroin laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentynol.But they can’t access the federal grant, and are using their budgets to pay for the increasingly used medication. AFD Assistant Chief Scheunemann said last year the department spent just over $14,000 on naloxone. This year, they’d almost hit that amount by the end of the summer.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is looking to follow the lead of New Orleans in removing the city’s four Confederate monuments.Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore). (Photo by Maryland GovPics; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)The four monuments are: the Lee-Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell, the Roger B. Taney Monument at Mt. Vernon Place, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Mt. Royal Avenue near Mosher Street, and the Confederate Women of Maryland Monument at Bishop Square Park.New Orleans removed four Confederate monuments over the last month. The mayor’s intention was first reported by the Baltimore Sun Mayoral spokesman Anthony McCarthy told the AFRO that Pugh is studying a task force report commissioned by former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.“She is looking for several options in regard to the recommendations for the statues,” he said. A task force was convened by Rawlings-Blake shortly after the June 2015 shooting of nine parishioners by a White supremacist at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.In its report, the task force recommended removing the Lee Jackson and Taney monuments and keeping the other two in place.In the short term, Rawlings-Blake asked for the city’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, CHAP, to develop interpretive signs for the four monuments. She did not order the outright removal of the monuments, citing costs and logistical concerns.Terry Klima, commander of the Maryland division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said rather than tearing the monuments down, the city should provide a more complete history of both sides of the Civil War.He called the interpretive signs placed at the monuments by CHAP biased and not historically accurate.“I think they tried to spin a narrative about racism which I don’t believe those monuments represent or had anything to do with,” Kilma said.Using the example of the sign at the Lee Jackson Monument – named after two confederate generals – Kilma said that Robert E. Lee never owned slaves personally and Stonewall Jackson taught Black children in Virginia to read at a time when it was illegal to do so—that’s in addition to supporting a Black Sunday School.“To me those would be important stories that would be told to give a balanced view of who these people are and why a number of people think they are great Americans,” said Kilma who added slavery was only one part of the Civil War.Kilma further said he was concerned about the erasing of history. But McCarthy, Pugh’s spokesman, said the mayor “is not looking to remove history or rewrite it.There is a process to removing the monuments. The task force report explains the legal and procedural requirements to do so.John Coleman, spokesman for the Maryland Historical Trust, said the city must ask the director of the trust for permission before undertaking any work that would change or alter the monuments.“Any proposed physical relocation of a monument would constitute such a change or alteration for which prior approval would be necessary,” said Coleman.Coleman added that the trust would expect the city to submit a request that details their proposal which would be first reviewed by a committee comprising members of the trust’s staff. That committee would then make a recommendation to the director of the trust.“The director would then decide whether to approve, deny, or conditionally approve the request,” said Coleman. “Following the director’s decision, the city would have the right under the easement to appeal the decision to the board of trustees of [the trust.]”