Minister to Discuss Social Services at National Meeting

first_imgCommunity Services Minister Joanne Bernard will join her colleagues from across Canada for a meeting of Provincial-Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services on Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss common issues and areas for collaboration. The agenda will focus on three shared issues: Aboriginal children in care, services for persons with disabilities, and how social services departments across Canada can better share information and best practices to improve services to their clients. “I am looking forward to my first social services ministers conference and how the discussions can benefit Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Bernard. “For example, at the recent premiers meeting, Premier Stephen McNeil and his counterparts discussed the large and disproportionate number of Aboriginal children in care, and how they can work with their local Aboriginal communities to develop solutions to address the many complex social and economic factors that contribute to this situation. “I look forward to now expanding this dialogue with my counterparts across the country.” Alberta will host the meeting. This is the first meeting of social services ministers since 2006.last_img read more

Budget watchdog says a national basic income would cost 76 billion

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal coffers would have to dole out more than $76 billion a year to provide every low-income household with a guaranteed minimum income if the government ever embarked on such a radical overhaul of the social safety net, Parliament’s budget watchdog said Tuesday.In a new report, the parliamentary budget officer estimated the federal government would have to find about $43.1 billion to cover the full cost of the program to top up the $32.9 billion Ottawa already spends on support to low-income Canadians.A guaranteed minimum income often means different things to different people, but at its core it can be described as a no-strings-attached benefit that governments provide to citizens instead of various targeted social benefits. It can be delivered as a universal payment, or as a means-tested benefit that declines in value as incomes rise.Spending $76 billion would affect more than 7.5 million people, who would receive on average $9,421 a year, with the maximum amount reaching $16,989 for individuals and $24,027 for couples, before deductions for any income earned.A government determined to institute the idea would have to decide what benefit programs to replace, the value of the benefit itself, and how to address some of the non-financial factors that affect poverty, said Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer.“If politicians were to implement this, then they would have to really decide about the structure of this program,” he said.The federal Liberals have been lukewarm to the idea at a national level, arguing the Canada Child Benefit, among other measures, amounts to a guaranteed minimum income.A recurring theme in the government’s work on a poverty reduction strategy has been the need to modernize the social safety net and the 61 federal income support programs involving eight departments.The Liberals are unlikely to trade those programs for a basic income that, given equally to working age Canadians and seniors could leave the latter group with less money than they get now, said David Macdonald, a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.“There is a temptation to just clear away the table and re-setup your own basic income that treats everyone the same across the board, but the danger in doing that is you end up with losers,” Macdonald said.Macdonald, who has studied basic incomes, said the concept isn’t a silver bullet to poverty eradication, but it can be part of the solution.Ontario is testing the idea and federal officials are keeping on a eye on the pilot project, the parameters of which formed the basis for the budget officer’s report released Tuesday.Hugh Segal, a former senator who helped design the Ontario pilot, said the numbers in the budget officer’s report suggest a federal program wouldn’t break the bank.The cost of a basic income system is a key concern from critics, as is worry that the money would act as a disincentive to work.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, who requested the budget estimates, tweeted that the report doesn’t eliminate that concern: “The welfare state apparatus remains & the financial penalties for working grow — the opposite of what basic income was supposed to do.”Segal, a former Conservative senator, said a basic income should receive all-party support if the Ontario test yields positive work outcomes and helps reduce government spending on health care, even from Tories who believe “people should get a step up and not a hand out.”“A step up is a base that then encourages them to work,” Segal said.“That’s what this is designed to do.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgRIP: CANADIAN FOLK VISIONARY MITCH PODOLAKThe father and inspiration behind many of Canada’s annual folk festivals, Mitch Podolak died late Sunday night at St. Boniface hospital in Winnipeg, son Leonard Podolak confirmed on his Facebook page. He was 71 and is reported to have died died from complications related to septic shock.Podolak was a legend in the community he helped foster and build, having spent 55 years in the folk music business. A co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, he was also a formative figure in helping launch festivals in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and to the east in Canso, NS, and Owen Sound, ON. He also helped create the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre and other staples in the music community. READ MOREMitch Podolak, founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, has died, his family says. (Sandra Thacker/CBC) Login/Register With: MAN OF THE PEOPLEMitch Podolak attended his final music workshop Sunday.The 71-year-old, whose legacy includes co-founding the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the West End Cultural Centre, died of complications from septic shock after witnessing one more jam by local musicians and family members in his hospital room.“We played some songs for him. It was Bright Morning Star I learned from (British folk act) the Oysterband. I sang him that and he was gone,” said his son Leonard Podolak. READ MORE‘A TRUE VISIONARY’: CO-FOUNDER OF WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL DIESThe Winnipeg music community is mourning the death of Mitch Podolak. Podolak was a co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and founder of the West End Cultural Centre.Facebook was flooded with stories Sunday evening of the impact he had on the community.Winnipeg Folk Festival wrote: ‘Words cannot express how much he will be missed. More than one of our founders, he was a father, a friend, a leader, a mentor, a true visionary. We owe so much of who we are to him.” READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MITCH PODOLAK, FOUNDER OF WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL AND WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE, DIESManitoba’s music scene is mourning a legend after the death of Mitch Podolak. Tributes to the founding artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and founder of Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre have poured in after word began to spread that he died on Sunday.“It’s been amazing to watch the tributes come in,” Leonard Podolak, Mitch’s son, told Marcy Markusa, host of CBC Manitoba’s morning radio show Information Radio on Monday. READ MOREFYI Music News LogoJAY AYMAR’S PERSONAL REFLECTION ON MITCH PODOLAK’S LEGACYSinger, songwriter and guitarist Jay Aymar pens a touching eulogy for his friend Mitch Podolak who died Sunday in Winnipeg. Mitch Podolak (Photo by Rodney Smith)center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter The world lost one of its premiere folk music ambassadors this weekend: Mitch Podolak. Imagine Mt. Rushmore without Lincoln.  This is a huge loss.Personally, I’ve lost a spiritual advisor, intellectual jouster, artistic curator, employment counselor, employer, breaded veal cutlet impresario and eventually – a friend.I’ve just put the finishing touches on my first political album entitled A War for Love. The second song, Songs of Peace and Freedom, was inspired by one of our conversations. READ MORE CANADIAN MUSIC SCENE ICON, WINNIPEG FOLK FEST FOUNDER MITCH PODOLAK DIESA giant in the local Winnipeg and Canadian music scene has died. The West End Cultural Centre and Winnipeg Folk Fest have both confirmed that their founder, Mitch Podolak, has died.“It is with profound sadness that we share of the passing of the founder of the West End Cultural Centre, Mitch Podolak,” the WECC posted on social media. READ MORElast_img read more

Burberry to drop real fur stop destroying unsold goods

first_imgLONDON – British luxury fashion brand Burberry said Thursday it will stop using real fur in its products and also stop destroying products that it cannot sell.The company said there will be no real fur in its London Fashion Week catwalk show later this month. It will also phase out existing real fur products.Burberry said it has made only limited use of real fur in recent years with clothing incorporating fur from rabbit, fox, mink and Asiatic racoon. Those will now be eliminated, along with use of angora.The fashion house, which produces clothing, leather goods and beauty products, also said it will no longer dispose of unwanted and unsold stock by destroying it after the practice was criticized by environmental activists this summer.The company said in an earlier report that it destroyed more than 28 million pounds ($36 million) worth of luxury goods including beauty products in the last year to protect the brand’s image and keep its goods from being sold cheaply.It said Thursday it plans to expand efforts to “re-use, repair, donate or recycle unsaleable products.”“Our responsibility goals cover the entire footprint of our operations and extend to the communities around us,” said chief executive Marco Gobbetti. “Modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible.”Burberry’s Sept. 17 runway show will mark the debut collection for new creative chief Riccardo Tisci, who replaced Christopher Bailey at the helm.The Burberry show is typically one of the highlights of London Fashion Week, which begins Sept. 14. The company will share the spotlight with Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret and others.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP cautioning residents about phony American currency

first_imgBack of the “phony 50” Sorry, Does it say White house??????— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 3, 2018 Phony US Fifties: Several of these have been passed in town in the last 2 days. Can you see why they are fake and not Counterfeit?— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 2, 2018 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties in Fort St. John are advising residents to use caution when dealing with American currency after several phony bills were reported to be circulating in town this week.On Thursday afternoon, the RCMP tweeted a photo of one of the fake bills that had been brought to their attention. Phony Fifties: here is the image of a real bill— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 2, 2018Sergeant Dave Tyreman with the RCMP said that the U.S. $50 bill is clearly a fake, as opposed to a counterfeit bill, due to a number of discrepancies from a real American $50 bill.Among the discrepancies, the bill’s serial number is written in Cyrillic characters, with the word translating from Russian as “souvenir.”In addition, the word under President Ulysses S. Grant is actually “Mercury,” while the U.S. Capitol building on the bill’s reverse side has been rebranded as “Nina’s House.” Sgt. Tyreman said that residents should always scrutinize any cash they receive, especially foreign currency.Anyone with information about the identity of individuals passing around fake currency is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

Belgian Court Sentences MoroccanDutch Footballer to 46 months in Prison

Rabat – The 23-year-old was prosecuted for carrying out five armed robberies near Turnhout, Belgium, on December 31, 2017, New Year’s Eve, and on January 6, 2018.H’Maidat and his accomplice stole cash from betting shops, a supermarket, and a gas station. He must  serve at least 20 months before he is eligible for parole.Read also: A Moroccan-Dutch Dies in Score-settling Incident in SpainOn March 13,  police arrested him through tracing CCTV footage, license plate recognition, and a search of phone records. H’Maidat begin his senior football career with Anderlecht in 2014 before heading to Italy to sign with Brescia the following year and then with Roma in 2016.Since this time, he was transferred  to two Italian clubs while on loan before joining Portuguese club Olhanense.The footballer has been a notorious  troublemaker. His latest club, Westerlo, fired him in January 2018 for outrageous behavior off the pitch.The midfielder reportedly earns £9,000 a month, and was transferred to Roma for £3.5 million in 2016.H’Maidat made his first international appearance with Morocco’s national football team in 2016, with a friendly 4-0 win over Canada in October of the same year. read more

Thesis defences — Oct 11

MSc in Kinesiology — David AllisonDavid Allison will defend his thesis on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in WC284. Title: “The Acute Effects of Systemic Cytokines on Peripheral Nerve Function in Humans.” Supervisor: David Ditor; advisory committee: David Gabriel and Brian Roy, and Greig Inglis; external examiner: Brian Timmons, McMaster University; chair: Sandra Peters. Space limit: 10.MSc in Health Science — Val Andrew FajardoVal Andrew Fajardo will defend his thesis on Friday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in WC204B. Title: “Sarcolemmal lipid analysis from mechanically skinned rodent EDL Muscle Fibres.” Supervisor: Paul LeBlanc; advisory committee: Brian Roy and Thad Harroun; external examiner: Robert Grange, Virginia Tech.; chair: Deborah O’Leary. (Videoconference)

Inside Epstein network layer upon layer to protect the boss

NEW YORK — Police and court records and victim accounts in the Jeffrey Epstein case describe a sex-trafficking ring designed to protect Epstein from investigators.The jet-setting financier is due in court Monday on a bail hearing on federal charges in New York that accuse him of overseeing an operation that recruited vulnerable teenage girls for sex. He has pleaded not guilty.The case against Epstein could hinge on testimony from some of his longtime employees. They’re not charged but they are accused of recruiting underage girls for him and making the arrangements for them to give him massages that led to sex acts.The allegations describe encounters with girls brought to Epstein’s mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, along with his New Mexico ranch and his private Caribbean island.Jim Mustian, Michael R. Sisak And Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

The power of photovoice research method the focus of Métis scholar talk

A picture is worth a thousand words — especially if it gives a voice to someone who might not be heard otherwise.Robert Henry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary, is speaking at Brock University Monday, Jan. 15 to share his experience of how photography and photovoice methods have shaped his research on Indigenous street gangs.Photovoice is becoming a frequently used research method that engages research participants by having them document their experiences from their own perspectives through photographs.A Métis scholar originally from Prince Albert, Sask., Henry uses photovoice to explore the ways in which Indigenous men and women engage in street lifestyles, where, as he describes it, “the street gang becomes a site of survivance, challenging settler colonialism.”“Photovoice is a grassroots approach to photography that empowers participants to share information and tell their stories through pictures,” says Nicole Goodman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and organizer of the speaker series in which Henry will present.Goodman says there are many benefits to this type of research method, ranging from increased awareness and reflection for participants to possible policy influence and change.“The impacts and benefits are bigger than those that often result from traditional social science research methods, which typically solely benefit the agenda of the researcher,” she says.Henry, whose research areas also include Indigenous masculinities, Indigenous and critical research methodologies, and youth mental health, frequently works closely with community partners. A collection of narratives from his PhD research, Brighter Days Ahead, was published in 2014.“Henry’s use of photovoice in the context of Indigenous gangs is community-based and participatory, treating men and women previously involved in these organizations as equal research partners instead of research subjects,” Goodman says.“Social science can learn a lot from this approach to research.”Henry’s talk, part of the Department of Political Science Speaker Series, is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, History and Sociology, and McMaster University’s Indigenous Research Institute.What: Re”imagin”ing Indigenous Gang Involvement Using Photovoice MethodsWho: Robert Henry, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of CalgaryWhen: Monday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.Where: Plaza 600F, Brock University read more

Ohio State stays alive at Big Ten tournament with Dawsons 10th inning

OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson walks away from the plate during a game against Rutgers on April 15 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn its second game on Saturday and fourth game in four days, No. 4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes avoided elimination once again by defeating the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans on a game-winning homerun in the 10th inning off the bat of junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson. The Buckeyes’ victory in the Big Ten semifinal forces a second game with MSU on Sunday morning to determine who will play the eighth-seeded Hawkeyes in the one-game Big Ten final.Since OSU’s first game of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Michigan, coach Greg Beals drew the path for his Buckeyes to reach the Big Ten final. A ninth-inning collapse against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday created a detour littered with adversity to reach the championship game, but OSU had stepped up time and time again.Dawson’s home run was his 10th hit of the tournament, leading all Buckeye hitters. He powered OSU to a victory over Big Ten regular season champ Minnesota on an identical home run in the same inning just a week ago. Dawson has become OSU’s leader on the field through its Big Ten tournament run and seems to come through at the most important times.MSU was playing its third game of the tournament, so its pitching staff was rested and ready to go. Out of necessity, Beals had to pencil in senior pitcher Daulton Mosbarger for his first start in his career with the Buckeyes. It was a classic cat-and-mouse game. When OSU scored, the Spartans retaliated. MSU took the lead in the third, OSU came right back to knot things at 2-2 in the top of the fourth. Each team traded blows throughout seven innings. After Mosbarger left in the fifth inning allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out five, redshirt sophomore Kyle Michalik took the reigns and ended all chances of MSU scoring the go-ahead run.Spartans redshirt sophomore reliever Jake Lowry was equally as impressive out of the bullpen. In the eighth, OSU junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson smacked a leadoff double down the right field line for his ninth hit of the tournament. Lowry came back with two straight strikeouts to end the Buckeye threat.Coming in for Michalik was sophomore pitcher Seth Kinker, who was on the hill when Iowa started its miraculous comeback and devastated the Buckeyes. Beals still had confidence in his pitcher to give his team a chance to survive and advance. Kinker delivered a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts, and with the go-ahead run on second base in the ninth inning, Kinker fielded a ground ball back to the mound and alertly caught the MSU runner between base paths which ended up in a double play to clear the bases. Kinker struck out the next batter, which set the stage for Dawson to become the hero.Redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos was credited with the save in the 10th, and the Buckeyes advance to the final day of the tournament.The victory improves the Buckeyes record to 41-18-1, likely putting them firmly in the NCAA tournament picture.Austin Woodby will start for OSU against the Spartans on Sunday at 10 a.m. for the right to go to the Big Ten tournament final. read more

JobBridge cigarettes and house prices The week in numbers

first_imgEVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.4,000,000,000 – The amount of money that the controversial Universal Social Charge will bring in to the Exchequer next year, according to forecasts by the Department of Finance.73,395 – The total number of cars that have been sold so far this year in Ireland (a decrease of 20 on this time last year).1,928 – The number of people who died in Ireland last year following a stroke – the first time the figure has fallen below 2,000 in years.58 – The number of teachers who have taken teaching positions on JobBridge, the national internship scheme, according to figures released this week.26 – The number of Labour Party councillors who have resigned from the party over its performance in Government – including three this week alone – in the past two and a half years.21 – The soon-to-be minimum age for purchasing cigarettes in New York City following a vote this week.13.2 – The current unemployment rate, as of Thursday. The number of people signing on to the Live Register fell below 400,000 for the first time since 2009 this month.12.3 – The percentage rise in house prices in Dublin over the past year, the fastest increase since just before the property bubble imploded six years ago.5 – The minimum number of nights that water restrictions will be in place in the greater Dublin area as local authorities battle to fix a major problem at a water treatment plant.4.65 – The new maximum height in metres of vehicles on Ireland’s roads. The new rule is designed for rail safety and to protect bridges from being hit by tall lorries.3 – The number of years it has been since the Seán O’Casey Bridge in Dublin has been able to open to shipping after the key to the bridge was apparently lost in 2010. Oops.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

Police looking for red SUV in Salem shootings that killed 2

first_imgSALEM, Ore. — Deputies have identified two young men who were killed outside a Salem bar.The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Tobias Helms-Reese of Salem and 21-year-old Tyler Longacre, also of Salem, both died from gunshot wounds early Saturday.Detectives are continuing to investigate the shootings that left another man injured. They are searching for a late model red or maroon Ford Expedition.last_img

PhilWebs 2018 losses narrow on the back of 132 revenue rise

first_img Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling RelatedPosts South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August PhilWeb Corporation, a service provider to Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR’s network of electronic gaming outlets, saw its losses narrow considerably in 2018, down from a loss of Php293.3 million (US$5.6 million) in 2017 to Php78.1 million (US$1.5 million).The results were due to a 132% increase in revenue for the year to Php366 million (US$7 million) on the back of an increase in the number of outlets it services, which currently sit at 63 gaming locations utilizing PhilWeb’s Electronic Gaming System, including two outlets dedicated to e-Bingo. Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status “We are especially proud to note that PhilWeb generated positive cash flow for the first time in three years,” said PhilWeb President Dennis Valdes. “Our EBITDA was a positive Php9 million, as opposed to the Php152 million of negative cash flow in 2017.”PhilWeb Chairman Gregorio Ma. Araneta III added that the company has now increased revenue every quarter for the past two years.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 11 Bunnies In The Roadway ATV In Roadway

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, May 11, 2019:Police noted a disabled vehicle in the Burger King parking lot on Lowell Street. Man is living out of the vehicle. Burger King management has given him permission to temporarily park there. (1:59am)A caller was concerned about bunnies running onto the roadway at Silverhurst Avenue and Lake Street. (10:06am)A Somerset Place resident reported his trash barrel was stolen. Police notified DPW. (10:40am)A Cumberland Farms employee reported a man was starting an issue with other customers, yelling at them. Police responded, but man had already left the store. Police were unable to locate the man. Involved parties did not want to police to pursue the matter further. Incident may have stemmed from a road rage incident. (10:56am)A walk-in party reported she believes someone is vandalizing her 2004 vehicle. Police inspected vehicle, which was in poor condition. Police were unable to confirm if damage was vandalism and if new or old. (12:59pm)An Adams Street caller reported a blue 4-wheeler ATV is being operated in the roadway.  Police viewed video of the ATV. Police checked area, but was unable to locate the ATV. Possibly coming from Fairview Avenue. (1:19pm)Fire Department responded to brush fire report on Salem Street. (2:24pm)Fire Department responded to mulch fire in TJ Maxx parking lot. (3:26pm)Police received report of an erratic operator on Lowell Street, going 20 MPH and over the double yellow. Police spoke with operator, who checked OK. He stated he drives slow due to his age. (4:50pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 23: Break-Ins on Ballardvale Street; Ride-On Lawn Mower vs. Parked Car; Erratic DriverIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Simulations suggest global warming will increase strength of winds associated with AEWs

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. AEWs are tropical disturbances (bands of wind waves) that originate in the Atlantic Basin (the North and South Atlantic Oceans) and are thought to play a role in the development of tropical storms, including hurricanes (approximately 80 percent of tropical cyclones in the region have been linked to them). Climatologists studying current wind patterns are now attempting to understand what might occur as world temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions. In this latest effort, researchers Christopher Skinner and Noah Diffenbaugh analyzed data from 17 global earth weather simulation models to discern if warming temperatures might have an impact on AWEs. Sadly, their research has revealed that the models (based on CO2 emissions doubling over the next century) suggest that warmer temperatures likely mean stronger winds associated AEWs. They note that that thus far, no evidence has been found that suggests stronger AEW winds would translate to more, stronger or bigger hurricanes, though many suspect that it’s likely to be the case. Stronger AEWs, they point out, means more energy in the system, and such energy is usually dispersed via tropical storms. They also point out that currently, less than fifteen percent of AEW disturbances result in the formation of major tropical storms.AEWs play another role in weather—prior research has shown that they are heavily involved in causing rain to fall in the Sahel and also tend to blow Saharan dust around on the African continent and into the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean. The models used by the researchers were not able to predict blowing dust patterns, but particulate matter in the atmosphere has previously been tied to the formation of tropical storms. Whether the impact of global warming on AEWs will mean more or less rain for Africa is still unclear. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Tropical waves formation. Credit: PD-USGov-NOAA © 2014 More information: Projected changes in African easterly wave intensity and track in response to greenhouse forcing, Christopher Bryan Skinner, PNAS, 2014. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319597111AbstractSynoptic-scale African easterly waves (AEWs) impact weather throughout the greater Atlantic basin. Over the African continent, AEWs are instrumental in initiating and organizing precipitation in the drought-vulnerable Sahel region. AEWs also serve as the precursors to the most intense Atlantic hurricanes, and contribute to the global transport of Saharan dust. Given the relevance of AEWs for the climate of the greater Atlantic basin, we investigate the response of AEWs to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. Using an ensemble of general circulation models, we find a robust increase in the strength of the winds associated with AEWs along the Intertropical Front in West Africa by the late 21st century of the representative concentration pathway 8.5. AEW energy increases directly due to an increase in baroclinicity associated with an enhanced meridional temperature gradient between the Sahara and Guinea Coast. Further, the pattern of low-level warming supports AEW development by enhancing monsoon flow, resulting in greater convergence and uplift along the Intertropical Front. These changes in energetics result in robust increases in the occurrence of conditions that currently produce AEWs. Given relationships observed in the current climate, such changes in the location of AEW tracks and the magnitude of AEW winds carry implications for the relationship between AEWs and precipitation in the Sahel, the mobilization of Saharan dust, and the likelihood of cyclogenesis in the Atlantic. Our results therefore suggest that changes in AEW characteristics could play a critical role in shaping the response of Atlantic basin climate to future increases in greenhouse gas concentrations.Press releasecenter_img Explore further Stronger, more frequent tropical cyclones ahead, research says Citation: Simulations suggest global warming will increase strength of winds associated with AEWs (2014, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —A pair of researchers at Stanford University is predicting an increase in the strength of winds associated with African Easterly Waves (AEWs) over the next century due to global warming—if levels of CO2 pumped into the atmosphere continue at the current rate. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their findings after studying 17 global earth weather models and what it might mean for future hurricane development.last_img read more

Bdesh High commission celebrates Independence Day

first_imgBangladesh High Commission in New Delhi recently celebrated the Independence and National Day with a vow to boost country’s positive image abroad.The mission paid homage to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the independence martyrs. In the morning, High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali led the flag hosting ceremony as a military band played the national anthem. It was followed by the singing of ‘Amar Sonar Bangla…’ which was broadcasted live from Dhaka. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndependence Day messages from President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were read out. The High Commissioner and his wife Tuhfa Zaman Ali hosted a reception in the evening, where speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was the special guest, Gitesh Sharma, Secretary (West), MEA marked his presence as chief guest. The reception, followed by dinner, was attended by diplomats, high government officials, military attaches, war veterans, elites, journalists, academics and friends of Bangladesh. The chancery and the Bangladesh House, residence of the High Commissioner, were illuminated.last_img read more

Wccftech Deals – Lytro Cameras Capture Every Ray of Sunshine

first_imgLytro IllumThis is a more professional looking and acting camera from the Lytro line, letting you snap even more detailed photos with a great lens attached and a plethora of robust features for editing right on the camera itself. And it’s currently 46% off at $699.99.Dimensions: 3.4”L x 5.7”W x 6.5”HWeight:2.07 lb (without battery)2.27 lb (with battery) The Lytro is an amazing technological achievement, giving you the stunning ability to take what could be termed ‘volumetric’ photos, or photos that capture every last detail of a scene so that you can manipulate it afterwards. Afraid you didn’t quite get the aperture? Well, you can change that too. The perfect shot is always secretly within the photo itself, all you have to do is edit it. Pick and choose the focus andWe have two of these gorgeous photo taking wunder-cameras in our shop. The original rectangle and the newest in a more traditional form-factor with a fantastic imaging sensor.First Generation LytroOnly $79.99, this magical camera lets you easily capture more detail in one photo than most cameras can in several!Dimensions: 1.6”L x 1.6”W x 4.4”HWeight: 7.6 ozFocal length: 43mm-344mmAperture: Constant f/2.0Zoom: 8x opticalLCD display: 1.52” (diagonal)Format: Light Field Picture (.lpf)Aspect ratio: 1:1Image resolution: 1080×1080 pixelsShutter priority: 1/250 – 8 secondsISO priority: 80-3200Exposure lockND filter: 4-stopTouchscreen & live viewBattery: built-in lithium ion (rechargeable) Share Tweet Submitcenter_img Snapdragon 801 Image ProcessorFocal length: 9.5-77.8mm (30 – 250mm equivalent)Aperture: Constant f/2.0Zoom: 8x opticalMagnification: 1:3LCD display: 4” back-lit rear screen with dual hinge tilting up to 90°/down to 10°Format: Light Field Picture (.lpf)Aspect ratio: 3:22D export resolution: 2450×1634 pixelsFile/picture storage: SDXC/SDHC memory card slotShutter speed: 1/4000-32 secISO range: 80-3200Exposure compensation, bracketing & lockTouchscreen & live viewBuilt in Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)Battery: removable 3.7V, 3760 mAh lithium ion (rechargeable)last_img read more

Houston braces for more flooding RCI Carnival cancel 4 sailings in Harveys

first_imgWith files from The Associated Press Monday, August 28, 2017 Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Texas, Travel Alert Share Posted by Travelweek Group HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey, the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961’s Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record, has delivered torrential rain to the point that 50 counties in Texas are now affected by the flooding, with a tremendous amount of rainfall also in the cards for southwest Louisiana.Officials released more water today from Houston-area reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey in a move aimed at protecting the city’s downtown from devastating floods but that could still endanger thousands of homes, even as the nation’s fourth-largest city braced for more rain.The rising water has chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground.The Army Corps of Engineers started the reservoir releases before 2 a.m. this morning, ahead of schedule because water levels were increasing at a rate of more than 15 centimetres per hour. The timetable was moved up to prevent more homes from being flooded.Meanwhile, officials in Fort Bend County, Houston’s southwestern suburbs, late Sunday issued mandatory evacuation orders along the Brazos River levee districts. County Judge Robert Herbert said at a news conference that National Weather Service officials were predicting that the water could rise to 18 metres, 90 centimetres above 2016 records and what Herbert called an “800-year flood level.” Herbert said that amount of water would top the levees and carries a threat of levee failure.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTOn Sunday, incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, grey-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat. In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across submerged neighbourhoods and high-water vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.Volunteers joined emergency teams in pulling people from their homes or from the water. Authorities urged people to get on top of their houses to avoid becoming trapped in attics and to wave sheets or towels to draw attention to their location.As the water rose, the National Weather Service issued another ominous forecast: Before the storm that arrived Friday as a Category 4 hurricane is gone, some parts of Houston and its suburbs could get as much as 1.3 metres (50 inches) of rain. That would be the highest amount ever recorded in Texas.Carnival, Royal Caribbean cancel four sailings so farRoyal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas was diverted to Miami. The Aug. 27 sailing of Liberty of the Seas, was cancelled. All guests will have their fares fully refunded and have been provided a future cruise credit, says the cruise line.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesMeanwhile sailings on three Carnival ships – Carnival Breeze, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor – were also impacted by the hurricane and storm.“Unfortunately, extreme flooding conditions caused by the storm continue to impact the Galveston and greater Houston areas,” said Carnival.Based on the uncertainty of the port closure, Carnival said it made the decision to cancel the Aug. 26 sailings of Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom, and the Aug. 27 departure of Carnival Breeze.Carnival says a full refund will be automatically processed, including any pre-purchased Carnival Adventures, Fun Shop purchases and beverage packages. The refund will be processed to the original form of payment within three weeks. Additionally, a 25% future cruise credit will be applied to their next reservation with Carnival if booked within the next 60 days.“We sincerely apologize to all our Galveston guests for the disruption to their vacation plans and thank them for their patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming them on a Carnival cruise in the future. On behalf of Carnival Cruise Line, our thoughts and prayers remain with those in the affected communities.” Houston braces for more flooding; RCI, Carnival cancel 4 sailings in Harvey’s wake << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

5 Russia A 32 increase in interest for Russia su

first_img5. RussiaA 32% increase in interest for Russia suggests that the world’s biggest country will get a bigger share of tourists over the coming year. With major sporting events looming (Winter Olympics in 2014, and the World Cup Football in 2018), Russia’s profile as a tourist destination is set to rise substantially. Find flights to RussiaWho’s coming to the UK in 2012?With the 2012 Olympics set to put the London on the world stage, the UK is expecting a big influx of foreign visitors. Japan tops the table of those countries showing the greatest increase in flight searches to London for the Olympic period, with a 300% rise. Visitors from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland follow closely behind.Who’s losing tourists?At the other end of the scale, Egypt faces a tough year for tourism with the unrest of the Arab Spring still fresh in the minds of the travelling public. Poland saw a 12% fall in interest, likely due to the economic downturn in the UK which has seen many Polish migrant workers return home. Bulgaria also saw a 12% decrease in interest, although the Bulgarian Tourist Board’s new campaign – ‘Magic Lives Here’ – hopes to increase UK visitors from 300k to 500k by 2020.Download the full report here: Skyscanner Travel Trends 2011 ReportPhoto Credits:1. Estonia: Iraq: Cape Verde: Bangladesh: Sam Roberts5. Russia: wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. BangladeshBangladesh, a country normally overshadowed by its bigger, better known neighbour India, saw the fourth highest increase in interest with a 36% rise in popularity. 2011 was the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence which is thought to have led to increased visitors, especially those of Bangladeshi origin. Find flights to Bangladesh 2. IraqFollowing years of conflict, Iraq looks to be gaining more visitors from the UK in 2012. Whilst search volumes remain low, the country saw an increase of 75% in interest, likely to be mainly Iraqi nationals visiting. However, the country has also been stepping up its marketing efforts as a destination for cultural and religious tourism with its second appearance at London’s World Travel Market. A number of travel companies are now also offering adventure tours to Iraq for trekking, biking and backcountry skiing. Find flights to Iraq 3. Cape VerdeWith a rise in 51% year-on-year, The Cape Verde Islands, which lie off the west coast of Africa, are becoming an increasingly attractive winter sun alternative to the Canaries that lie further north. Find flights to Cape Verde. 1. EstoniaEstonia is the highest climbing destination with a search increase of 90% year-on-year. This is largely attributed to the increased publicity the country has received following Tallinn’s stint as a European Capital of Culture in 2011. Find flights to Estonia In our new 2012 Travel Trends Report, we reveal that Estonia, Iraq, Cape Verde, Bangladesh, and Russia are all emerging destinations likely to see a significant rise in interest from UK tourists over the coming year.Skyscanner has over 15 million users a month, and we analysed our vast data on user flight searches to produce the report on global travel trends. Overall, Spain remains the most popular choice for British holidaymakers for a fourth consecutive year, however in the ‘Destinations of the Future’ section of the report, Skyscanner highlights a number of more exotic locations.Destinations of the Future RelatedTravel Trends 2012 – view the full report and watch the video hereSkyscanner has revealed that Estonia, Russia, Iraq and Cape Verde are all emerging destinationsTop 5 emerging summer hotspots for BritsTop 5 emerging summer hotspots for Brits2012 Travel Trends Report from SkyscannerFind out which destinations came top in 2012, and where everyone’s heading in 2013!last_img read more