Darfur UNAfrican peacekeepers shot as concern grows over humanitarian aid

10 March 2009Four peacekeepers were shot and wounded in an attack yesterday on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), as concern grew over the safety of aid workers who have been ordered to leave the region following the indictment of the Sudanese president. In yesterday’s incident, a UNAMID patrol returning to its base in El Geneina, West Darfur was attacked by unknown armed men who fired at the vehicle with small arms. The injured personnel, one of them seriously hurt, were evacuated by helicopter to the Mission’s hospital in El Fasher, North Darfur, where their conditions were listed as stable and not life-threatening. Violence against UNAMID personnel and banditry have increased over the past six weeks in West Darfur, and the number of incidents until now in 2009 have exceeded those for the entirety of 2008, a UN spokesperson said today.Yesterday alone, beside the attack on the patrol, a UNAMID vehicle was carjacked in El Fasher, and military observers en route to a team site in El Daein were shot at.“UNAMID strongly condemns these acts of violence against its peacekeepers who are in Darfur to help bring peace and stability to the region and for the benefit of the population,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said in New York. Meanwhile, during the past 24 hours, UNAMID said it continued to patrol Darfur to protect civilians, conducting some 47 military patrols and 96 police patrols in and around villages and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). On the humanitarian front, Ms. Okabe said that the United Nations remains highly concerned over the safety of national and international staff in light of repeated reports of intimidation and seizure of property.Sudan decided to begin ejecting 13 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Wednesday, immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.“Despite assurances given by the Sudanese Government that harassment and seizure of assets would stop, such reports continued to be received daily,” Ms. Okabe said, citing a report from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Assets confiscated from the organizations include computers, vehicles and communications equipment, as well as essential data, she said.There have been no further revocations of permission to work, according to OCHA, which warned, however, that the rainy season was now coming up and the country would soon be split in two due to the rains, so it was urgent to pre-position food and other vital supplies in the areas they were needed as soon as possible.Because of the ejections of the NGOs, some 1.5 million people are now at risk in terms of health, OCHA warned, saying that an estimated 1.2 million people risked having no more access to potable water and hygiene programmes in the weeks to come. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it is currently working 24 hours a day with its UN partners and its technical partners in the various ministries, but it could not make up for the missing NGOs. The World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, says that four of the expelled non-governmental organizations were crucial partners who were providing 35 per cent of its food distribution capacity in Darfur, distributing food to 1.1 million people plus 5,500 malnourished children and mothers receiving supplementary feeding. To fill the gap left by the NGOs, the agency was planning a one-time distribution of enough food for two months through local food relief committees. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned more than 1.5 million persons would no longer have access to primary healthcare, and that immunizations would be disrupted, with the greatest threat being an outbreak of meningitis reported in the Kalma Camp that currently houses 89 000 people.The UN and the Sudanese Government have agreed meanwhile that three joint teams, composed of experts from both sides, would visit Darfur to conduct an assessment of critical short-term needs in four sectors: food, nutrition, water, and emergency shelter.An estimated 300,000 people have died and another 3 million have been displaced in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003. read more

Weed kings Tragically Hip strikes partnership with medical marijuana company Newstrike

The Tragically Hip says it’s partnering with a medicinal marijuana producer to contribute “creatively to their efforts.”The iconic Canadian rock band says it’s teaming up with the company Newstrike, which it calls “a perfect fit” for the band.The landscape of the Canadian cannabis industry is taking shape‘Investor fatigue’: The proliferation of licensed marijuana producers is bringing down Canada’s hottest sectorIn a statement on social media, the group calls the federal government’s marijuana legalization plans “common-sense-policy” and says it likes Newstrike because “they’ve hired pre-eminent scientists and growers, developed large, well-structured sites and have the wherewithal and expertise to take this on.”It didn’t take long for fans to start dreaming up names for a Hip-related marijuana product.Some suggested “Tragically Hemp,” “Chronically Hip” or “Tragically High.”Others used song titles as inspiration, suggesting “Budcaygeon,” “Weed Kings” and “Twist My Joint.”The Canadian Press read more

Tuesdays Daily Brief hate speech dementia Libya and Yemen human rights in

Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much, can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said on Tuesday. In recommendations to counter an expected tripling in the number of people with the degenerative condition in the next 30 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines are designed to help medical professionals and governments to develop national policies. Read our full story here.  Tripoli clashes intensifying, warns UN migration agency, amid rising safety fears   The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Houthi forces, from port zones in the country that are crucial to the flow of humanitarian aid, describing cooperation they have received so far as “very good.” The Chair of the UN support mission (UNMHA), Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, released a statement on Tuesday, confirming that the redeployment of forces from Hudaydah, Salif and Ras Issa ports, part of the deal struck between Houthi leaders and the Yemeni Government, went ahead as agreed, albeit with some exceptions: security of the ports was handed over to the coast guard, but, he said, “a lot of work needs to be done” to remove  military hardware. Read our full coverage here.   The “dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation” in Tripoli has highlighted that much more needs to be done to protect all non-combatants caught up in the battle for the Libyan capital, as the number of victims rises, and thousands flee their homes, the UN said on Tuesday.  In an update to journalists in Geneva, the UN migration agency, IOM, reported that 66,000 people have now fled Tripoli to cities along the coast and towards the Nafusa Mountains since clashes erupted between the internationally recognized Government and eastern forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar last month.  Safa Msehli, spokesperson for IOM Libya said: “As it stands, the clashes are definitely intensifying and we have not noticed a lot of differences since the beginning of armed conflict on 4 April.”  Ms. Msehli also expressed concern for more than 3,000 migrants still being held in 11 official detention centres in and around the capital. They include children and pregnant women, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, which urged the international community to come forward with “offers of evacuation, humanitarian corridors, whatever it takes to get people out of harm’s way”.  According to latest UN figures from 5 April until 9 May, the fighting has claimed 454 lives and wounded more than 2,150.  UN human rights office calls for transparent probe into death of detainee in Lebanon  The death of a detainee who was allegedly tortured while he was being held by Lebanese authorities should be investigated thoroughly and independently, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Tuesday.  Michelle Bachelet’s appeal concerns 44-year-old Hassan Toufic Dika from Lebanon, who died last weekend, after being originally arrested in November 2018. In a statement, she said that legal procedures appear to have been flouted from the time of Mr. Dika’s arrest by Lebanese security officers, until his death on Saturday. His case highlighted “a number of very serious failings in Lebanon’s legal and prison systems”, the High Commissioner said.  “The country appears to be trying to deal with the issue of torture,” UN human rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville, said, adding that “we don’t believe it’s widespread, but everything that you can think of that could have gone wrong seems to have gone wrong in this case.”  “We really want Lebanese authorities to step up and make sure their laws and systems start to function in the way they themselves appear to want them to function in terms of what they’ve set up, but clearly something is not filtering down to the operatives dealing with cases such as this,” he explained.  Brazil: UN rights expert call for more efforts to end discrimination against people affected by leprosy A UN human rights expert, Alice Cruz, has expressed serious concerns about the number of children affected by leprosy in Brazil, many of whom are denied access to schooling. She urged the Government to take urgent steps to ensure the rights of those affected with the disease are protected. Brazil has the second highest rate of new leprosy cases worldwide, with 26,875 leprosy cases in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “I acknowledge the efforts of the Brazilian Government to fight discrimination against this vulnerable group, but I still find significant gaps that need to be addressed. Persons affected by leprosy continue to experience prejudice, structural and interpersonal discrimination and have limited access to fundamental rights and substantive equality,” Ms. Cruz said in a statement following an eight-day visit inside the country. Expressing serious concerns about the prevailing stigma associated with the disease, and the lack of understanding about transmission and treatment, she explained that “contrary to popular conception, leprosy is a curable disease, it is difficult to transmit and after the first doses of treatment there is no risk of transmission.”  She deplored that people affected by leprosy “still struggle to receive appropriate and comprehensive health care, obtain education and employment, and some are still searching for their children who were forcibly taken in the past.”  “More must be done to ensure early detection, prompt treatment, rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery,” the UN expert said.  Her final report, including findings and key recommendations, will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2020. UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones UN health agency highlights lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia, as millions more succumb each year  Listen to or download our audio  News in Brief for 14 May 2019 on SoundCloud: In Christchurch, UN chief calls for tolerance, solidarity to extinguish ‘wildfire’ of hate speech  On a three-day visit to New Zealand, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid his respects to the victims of the horrific mosque attacks in Christchurch, where dozens of Muslims were gunned down in two separate incidents during Friday prayers on 15 March. Calling for solidarity to  counter the recent upsurge in hate speech, the UN chief visited both Linwood Mosque, where he laid a wreath, and Al Noor mosque. On 15 March, a lone gunman killed 51 people at the two places of worship while livestreaming the attacks on social media. Read our full coverage here.   read more

Alcoa implements actions to address economic situation

first_imgAlcoa, a leading aluminium producer, has detailed a series of specific actions to conserve cash, reduce costs and strengthen the company’s competitiveness during the current economic downturn. Building on the company’s commitment from October, these actions address additional production curtailments, cost and procurement efficiencies, portfolio streamlining and reduction of capital expenditures and other liquidity enhancements. Klaus Kleinfeld, President and CEO of Alcoa Inc said: “we are taking a wide-ranging set of aggressive, but prudent, measures to ensure that Alcoa maintains its competitive lead in today’s challenging markets while also emerging even stronger when the economy recovers.”Smelting reductions of more than 135,000 t/y will be implemented resulting in reduction of total primary aluminium output by more than 750,000 t/y, or 18% of annualised output. Alumina production will also be reduced accordingly across the global refining system to a total of 1.5 Mt/y in response to market conditions. Curtailments will be fully implemented by the end of the first quarter 2009.Targeted reductions, curtailments and plant closures and consolidations will reduce headcount by more than 13,500 employees or 13% of the company’s worldwide workforce by the end of 2009. An additional 1,700 contractor positions also will be eliminated. It has also instituted a global salary and hiring freeze.Accelerated procurement actions to address major input costs such as energy, coke, caustic soda, and aluminium fluoride will provide significant short term cash benefits. Initiatives to secure raw materials from alternate suppliers globally are providing cost advantages for several key inputs. These actions are expected to yield savings of greater than 20% in each of the materials. Lower market oil and gas prices are also having a positive impact.Alcoa and ORKLA ASA have agreed to exchange their stakes in a Norwegian smelting partnership and a Swedish extrusion joint venture in order to focus on their respective areas of expertise and best practices. Alcoa will receive Orkla’s 50% stake in Elkem Aluminum and Orkla will receive Alcoa’s 45% stake in the SAPA extrusion profiles business. Elkem Aluminum, which will be 100% owned by Alcoa following the transaction, includes aluminium smelters in Lista and Mosjoen, Norway with a combined output of 282,000 t/y. Included in the transaction is Elkem’s stake in a newly opened anode plant in Mosjoen in which Alcoa already holds an approximate 82% stake.Alcoa also intends to relinquish four non-core downstream businesses: Electrical and Electronic Systems; Global Foil; Cast Auto Wheels; and Transportation Products Europe. The businesses to be sold had 2008 combined revenues of $1.8 billion and an estimated after-tax operating loss of approximately $105 million. The businesses employ a combined 22,600 people at 38 locations. Expected net proceeds for the divestitures are estimated to be some $100 million.Building on the previously announced initiative to conserve cash and suspend the company’s share repurchase program, Alcoa is stopping all non-critical capital investment. Capital expenditures in 2009 are projected to be down to $1.8 billion, a 50% decrease from 2008, and will be $1.5 billion after partner contributions. Capital spending includes about $750 million for the completion of key Brazilian growth projects. The Sao Luis refinery expansion and the greenfield Juruti bauxite mine are scheduled to be finished in the first half of 2009.Total charges for the fourth quarter 2008 due to restructuring, impairment and other special charges are expected to be between $900 and $950 million after tax, of which some 80% is non-cash. The restructuring and divestiture program is expected to save about $450 million before taxes on an annualised basis.“Because we recently completed an extensive competitive analysis, including a strategic review of each business, we have been able to quickly identify and implement effective responses that strengthen our market competitiveness and financial staying power in the economic downturn. We will continue to monitor the dynamic market situation to ensure that we adjust capacity to meet any future changes in demand and seize new opportunities that emerge. These are extraordinary times requiring extraordinary actions,” said Kleinfeld.last_img read more

Nikola Karabatić after EURO 2016 start Tough battles with Balkan guys

The MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 Nikola Karabatić was satisfied with his team effort in opening win over Macedonia 30:23 at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Group A in Krakow.– We expected such a tough match with Macedonians. The first match is always tough on big events. Macedonia play good handball. We have chance to see that in qualfiications for Poland. We had problems in the first half, but after that, we managed to break their resistance in the last 10 minutes. However, seven goals isn’t a real difference between two teams. It is too much for that what was happening during the match. Victory is the most important – said Nikola and added comment about next rival – Serbia (Saturday, 18.15):– It will be a tough match. Serbs have a young team with some new players. There are no Momir Ilic and Marko Vujin, so they changed profile of the team, but they play good defense. Momir Rnić and Petar Nenadić are playing good seasons. They usually have a good wings, strong performance by goalies. They have nothing to lose against us. They know tha they aren’t favorites – concluded Karabatić for Handball-Planet.com. Nikola Karabatic ← Previous Story POLAND 2016: Nenadić feints for TOP 10… Next Story → POLAND 2016: Exciting start in Wroclaw and Gdansk read more

These 15 photos by the Air Corps show just how breathtaking Ireland

first_img11. Skellig Beag off the coast of Kerry… 2. Inisheer, Aran Islands, Galway… 8. Dursey, at the southwestern tip of Beara… 7. Allihies, on the Beara Peninsula… 5. The sun beginning to set behind Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo… 4. North of the Aran Islands: The cliffs of Dún Aengus… 6. Coomeen, on the Beara Peninsula… 9. Mizen Head, the most south-westerly point of mainland Ireland… 14. The sunken drumlins of Clew Bay, Co. Mayo… 13. Seals take a dip, on the Great Blasket again… 10. Cape Clear Island, off Cork 12. The Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry… AS WE SET about our regular day-to-day grinds, sometimes it’s all too easy to forget that we live in a country with scenery people flock from half-way round the world to witness.One of the perks of the job for Air Corps staff, however, is that they get to see some these sights every day…The photos here were taken from Defence Forces craft on various missions around the coast and around the country over the last few months.They regular post new ones over at their Facebook page, by the way — which is well worth a follow…1. Inishmore, the Aran Islands, Galway… 3. The limestone pavements of the Burren, Co Clare… 15. Sunset at Sligo Bay…[All photos: Air Corps/Facebook] Read Ireland of 1964… seen through American eyesRead Irish Air Corps capture great shots of wintery Skellig Islandslast_img read more

Spotify Seals Sony Deal

first_imgWe are, it seems, one step closer to free music streaming on our shores. Swedish music service Spotify, which has pretty much conquered Europe from what we’re told, has just finalized a U.S. distribution deal with Sony Music, according to sources over at The Wall Street Journal.Naturally, the service still has to ink a number of other deals–including a few more majors–before it can actually come over to our shores, but it’s certainly a start. Both Spotify and Sony have refused to comment on the deal, which has said to have been in the works for some months now (Spotify itself initially announced a 2010 US launch deadline for itself, which has clearly fallen by the wayside).So, what’s taking Spotify so long? It’s pretty much the same old fear that has dominated the music industry since the birth of Napster. Unlike other streaming music sites, Spotify offers up a certain amount of free music every month–and as we know, the “f” word tends to freak out the folks run major labels…last_img read more

116 WWE RAW Ratings Big increase in overall viewers this week featuring

first_img WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Videos Articles Facebook Seth Rollins WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down This week’s 1/16 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.27 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.91 million viewers. RAW came in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 overall for the night on cable in the key 18-49 demographic.NBA Basketball coverage on ESPN won the night with 4.52 million viewers.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHourly breakdowns were as follows.Hour 1: 3.519 (up from 3.014 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.221 (up from 3.019 million viewers)Hour 3: 3.074 (up from 2.689 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman in a six man tag team match, averaged a 1.14 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night. This is up from last week’s 0.97 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Daniel Bryan Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articlescenter_img Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Fire under stove does 40000 in damage

first_imgA fire beneath the floorboards in an old farm house on Washougal River Road Thursday did a conservative $40,000 in damage, Deputy Clark County Fire Marshal Dan Young said.East County Fire & Rescue responded to the home, at 2208 S.E. Washougal River Road, around 11:40 a.m. after the occupants noticed smoke.Young said the homeowners tried to put out the smoldering fire themselves and called the fire department.It appeared that the mortar in the bricks below a wood stove had begun to fail with age, Young said, and a smoldering fire picked up in the thick, old floorboards underneath.Between smoke damage and damage to the floor from when firefighters cut inside to get at the fire, Young said, the fire probably did at least $40,000 in damage.The house is still habitable, he said.last_img read more

Police search for robbery subject in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Deputies and Fort Lauderdale Police are searching for a robbery subject in Fort Lauderdale.The robbery, officials said, took place at a Wawa at Southwest 27th Avenue and West Broward Boulevard. According to Fort Lauderdale Police, the Broward Sheriff’s Office was conducting a traffic stop in the area when the driver fled on foot.The subject then stole a car and evaded police.BSO and Fort Lauderdale Police continue their search for the subject.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Seward Woman Arrested For Credit Card Theft

first_imgIn an online trooper dispatch published on February 24 detailing the investigation,  Glenda Martin, age 62 of Seward, reported theft of credit cards and cash on February 15. Knafel was found in possession of several of Martin’s credit cards. Knafel was arrested on four counts of Theft 2 and remanded to the Anchorage Jail. Knafel’s vehicle was impounded. A search warrant was conducted on Knafel’s vehicle where additional items of Martin’s were located. At this time the investigation into the theft and recovery of items is still ongoing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers released details of an ongoing investigation into the report of several stolen items including credit cards in Seward. Martin had previously reported a theft of several other items prior to this incident. On February 17, Deja Knafel, age 27 of Seward, was contacted near mile post 95.0 of the Seward Highway.last_img read more

DOD Spending Bills Stall in Senate for Third Time

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked the fiscal 2017 defense spending bill and the conference agreement for the military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing, the latest signal that all facets of defense operations will need to rely on a continuing resolution (CR) when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Each of the failed procedural votes represented the chamber’s third attempt to advance the legislation.In the case of the defense spending measure, Democratic opposition is part of a strategy to ensure any increase in DOD spending does not come at the expense of domestic programs, reported CQ. The Senate version of the defense spending bill adheres to the spending cap, but the House measure sidesteps the cap by using $15.7 billion from the overseas contingency operations account to pay for weapons and equipment, and higher end strength levels that the administration did not request.The vote to block the milcon-veterans affairs conference agreement reflects Democrats’ opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus included in the measure. Democrats have criticized the anti-Zika component over the spending offsets Republicans rely on and language related to contraception services.After that vote, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), chairman of the Military Construction-VA Subcommittee, said the House should drop language opposed by Democrats.“Americans have waited too long for Washington to pass the $74.4 billion funding bill for veterans and $1.1 billion to stop the spread of Zika. The House should drop the poison pill language so we can pass a clean bill immediately,” Kirk said in a statement.One possible response is that congressional leaders include Zika aid in any CR that is passed to keep the government running past Sept. 30, according to the story.last_img read more

Juneau artist Crystal Worl honored at VP Bidens house

first_imgJuneau artist Crystal Worl was one of five Native artists from around the country to show their work at Vice President Joe Biden’s house last month. Worl was commissioned to design a print for the U.S. State Department’s Arts in Embassies program.Download AudioTony Abeyta, Crystal Worl, Vice President Joe Biden, Courtney Leonard, Jeff Kahm and Dan Namingha at the Bidens’ house on Oct. 27, 2015. (Photo © Tony Powell)“The piece itself is called, ‘Héen,’ which is a Tlingit word for water,” said Crystal Worl.Its alternate title is “Into Water.” Worl said the design, which is an image of Raven intertwined with a sea spirit, is an interpretation of a dream she had earlier this year.“I was really, really thirsty in my sleep and I was flying around looking for water and I saw this huge range of mountains and I knew there was water on the other side. So I flew over the mountain and there was this huge body of clear water, and I dove into it to quench my thirst and to soak my feathers in the water,” Worl said.Crystal Worl worked with printmaker Jeff Sipple to produce “Héen.” (Image courtesy Crystal Worl)And then she flew out of the water. “As I flew over the land, the water that was in my feathers began to drip and create rain, because the rest of the world was thirsty. The dream itself reflects an actual Raven story about Raven and water; there is an actual Tlingit story about that,” Worl said.Worl came up with this design this summer over a period of 12 hours at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Worl graduated in 2013.“I struggled for the first 5 hours. I couldn’t come up with what I wanted to do. I was like, ‘It has to be good, it has to be good,’ and that kind of haunted my creation,” Worl said.The Institute of American Indian Arts chose five alumni from different regions of the country to produce new work as part of the Arts in Embassies program. Worl was selected to represent Alaska. Prints of her and the four other Native artists’ work will end up on the walls of U.S. embassies and ambassadors’ houses all over the world.While working on the design, Worl studied books on traditional formline, took pictures of her sketches and consulted with her brother Rico Worl. She wanted to stay true to the art form, but also depict the sensation of underwater movement.“You can recognize it as traditional design, but you look at the tail feathers and the tips of the claws – they kind of spiral out and curl outward – which is not traditional,” Worl said.The background of the print is a photo transfer of the shore at Eagle Beach. Worl said she wanted to use an image directly from home.Crystal Worl looks on as her father Rodney Worl shakes hands with Joe Biden. (Photo courtesy Crystal Worl)Last month, the U.S. State Department flew Worl to Washington, D.C. She attended a reception at Joe and Jill Biden’s house where her print was framed and displayed. She and the other Native artists were being honored.“It was unreal,” Worl said. “I remember standing in front of my print while people were approaching and talking to me, and I was just kind of like outside of my body watching myself, like, ‘Is this really happening?’”As Jill and Joe Biden gave speeches about the exhibit, the artists, including Worl, stood next to them.“The best part for me was that I had my dad there with me and just to see him standing there smiling at me when I’m standing by the podium. I’ve seen him smile at me, but he was just beaming. He was glowing,” Worl said.Both Worl and her father Rodney Worl got to shake hands with the vice president.“I just remember my cheeks hurting from smiling, my feet hurting from those awesome heels and I was wearing this beautiful sea otter and seal fur shawl that my Aunt Louise had made and I just remember standing there next to him trying not to wipe my nose because I had otter fur on my nose,” Worl said, laughing.Worl got to take some of the 33 prints of her work home. One is hanging at Trickster Company, a Juneau art store she co-owns with her brother. She’s selling the print for $2,500.Worl is 27. She said it never gets old surprising yourself, “You can never tell yourself you’re not good enough for anything because you don’t know that. Just to keep going and keep pushing yourself is ultimately going to be good for you and the success of whatever it is you choose to do.”Soon after Worl returned to Juneau, she set off for Los Angeles to sell art and she’s now in Seattle to network with galleries and museums.Worl is also working on creating an art collective of indigenous millennial women making Northwest Coast art.last_img read more

Murkowski Wheres that Arctic port

first_imgDownload AudioWhen President Obama was in Alaska last year, he said he wanted to advance plans for a deepwater port in the Alaskan Arctic, possibly in Nome. Today, Sen. Lisa Murkowski followed up on that with the head of the Army Corps of Engineers.Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks on the senate floor. (YouTube screenshot/Sen. Lisa Murkowski)“Given the President’s support for this, why have we not included construction funding going forward in this next fiscal year?”Murkowski asked.The assistant Army secretary for the Corps, Jo-Ellen Darcy, says her agency and the state of Alaska put the port feasibility study on hold last fall. That was shortly after Shell announced its halt of oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea. But, Darcy says, the Corps will take another look at the Arctic port idea.“We are now going to look at further scoping of that study, because it was limited to just some economics involving oil and gas, but there are other things that can be included in this,” said Darcy. “For instance, that the Port of Nome may be considered a port of national significance, in addition to the fact that it could possibly house the Coast Guard’s icebreaker in the future.”Murkowski says she was surprised the whole study was based on one company’s project. The senator says the region is opening to lots of activity other than oil and gas.“It’s almost as if a new ocean has been discovered at the top of the globe,” Murkowski said. “And so how are we preparing for that? You can’t really be in the game. You can’t be that Arctic participant, unless we have that system of ports.”The exchange took place at an Appropriations subcommittee hearing to review the president’s budget. The budget includes $150 million for planning and design of a new icebreaker.last_img read more

No streetlights drive on this stretch dangerous

first_imgOld Alwal: The road towards Indian Oil Petrol Bunk in Malla Reddy Colony is posing risk at nights due to poor light. B Bhargav, a commuter, said, “The busy stretch doesn’t have streetlights. It is becoming dangerous as vehicles often meet with accidents. The road is narrow. There are chances of speeding vehicles losing balance and falling off.” K Anmol, a pedestrian, said, “The streetlights have not been functioning from the past 10 days. It becomes difficult to pass during nights, and due to the monsoon season, the roads are even slippery and it may lead to accidents. There should be streetlights put on, especially in heavy roads.”last_img read more

Entertainment Weekly Will Go Monthly

first_imgUnder the new plan, EW will produce more digital-only feature reporting and in-depth guides for tentpole events – as well as digital-only covers featuring A-list stars of a major movie franchise. The first is slated for release in the first week of July. The company also plans to produce podcasts and a new schedule of video offerings along with more exclusive screenings, panels, curated events and festival partnerships.The last issue of Entertainment Weekly in its current print form will be the July 5 issue, which goes on sale June 25. Entertainment Weekly is going monthly – at least in print.Publisher Meredith Corp. said it intends to boost the outlet’s social video, events and digital platforms while scaling back its magazine publication schedule to once a month. The first monthly issue, slated to debut in August, will focus on Comic-Con. The magazine will continue to produce special interest magazines to coincide with big entertainment industry moments, the company said.JD Heyman (above, pictured), who has been deputy editor at People, will become the new editor in chief of Entertainment Weekly, while the current editorial chief, Henry Goldblatt, will step down after 17 years with the publication.The moves show Meredith still working to weave the magazines it acquired from Time Inc. for $2.8 billion in January of last year into its operations. The Des Moines, Iowa, company has sold publications Time and Fortune to entrepreneurs and recently struck a deal with Authentic Brands for $110 million to take on the business of developing Sports Illustrated while Meredith continues to publish it for the next two years. The company has kept People, once the crown business jewel of Time Inc., and the publication to which EW was most closely affiliated. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

CyberPowerPCs Fang Battle Box is a gaming rig disguised as a suitcase

first_imgIt’s now possible to build a performance PC with a tiny footprint thanks to a growing range of mini-ITX motherboards and cases combined with much better cooling solutions. That should make it simple to create am easy-transport gaming rig for LAN parties, but CyberPowerPC is set to offer the ultimate LAN gaming rig in the form of the Fang Battle Box.When powered off the Fang Battle Box looks like a little black suitcase covered in grills and complete with a carry handle. But add power and it turns into a glowing red gaming PC ready for action.It’s certainly a bit different, and some would say rather ugly, but if you regularly travel with a PC to LAN gaming parties the Fang Battle Box may be just what you’re after. Inside you’ll find a Core i7-4770K running at 3.5GHz, 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 780Ti, 120GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, and Windows 8.1. Noise is kept to a minimum through the use of a Cooler Master liquid cooling solution.The Fang Battle Box will appear before the end of the first quarter this year, and CyberPowerPC is promising a range of configurations to choose from. It also looks like the components will be easy to upgrade yourself after purchase. While cramped, the Battle Box opens completely on one side and uses standard components.Of course, how popular this rig turns out to be will depend on the pricing. It’s sure to carry a premium for the case and cooling system alone, but if CyberPowerPC vary the component options, or maybe even sell a barebones version, it could do well.last_img read more

Angry Game of Thrones fans pile on Dorne as George RR Martin

first_imgThe first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones follows the first book of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series fairly closely, even if certain television adaptation choices had to be made. Now that the show has reached the sixth season without a sixth book, Game of Thrones has had to forge new ground for the characters on the show.This isn’t going over well with a certain sect of the fandom, who feel like the HBO portrayal of the characters from Dorne was less than successful at translating Martin’s intent for the characters. Martin might be a little dissatisfied himself, it turns out. It’s a small movement that is growing in popularity as season six progresses: the show messed up the Dorne story.On Game of Thrones, the Martell family debuted with Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) in season four. With his was his female companion, Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma). They came to King’s Landing to take revenge on Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) and Ser Gregor Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). Before the events of season one, the Queen Elia Martell was the wife of Rhaegar Targaryen. When Jaime Lannister stabbed the Mad King Aerys in the back and the Lannisters sacked King’s Landing for Robert Baratheon, Tywin had the Mountain kill Elia and her children to end the Targaryen/Martell line. Remember Oberyn yelling while fighting the Mountain? And how uncomfortable Tywin looked?That didn’t end well for Oberyn, if you remember. His head got popped like a grape. Ellaria Sand saw it happen, but managed to escape King’s Landing and return to Dorne. Sunspear, Dorne’s capital, is where Jamie and Bronn travel in season five to rescue Jamie and Cersei’s incest daughter Myrcella. Myrcella didn’t want rescuing because she’d fallen in love with Prince Trystane (Tobey Sebastian) who she had been promised to by Tyrion to try and avoid war with house Martell.Jamie and Bronn also met Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) and the Sand Snakes, the three bastard children of Oberyn. The show isn’t concerned with them as individual characters, but one uses a spear, one a whip, and the other some poison daggers. Prince Doran prevents war in exchange for a place for Trystane on the small council of the king, but Ellaria is pissed no one is avenging Oberyn and Elia. Season five of the show ended with Ellaria poisoning Myrcella and season six opened with the Sand Snakes killing the two Martell royal boys, Prince Trystane and Prince Doran and Ellaria assuming control of Sunspear.RIP Prince Doran.For people that didn’t read the books, this was at best a passable storyline and at worst a boring waste of good show characters like Jamie and Bronn. For people familiar with the Martell family and the “Dornish plot” of the novels, this portrayal was akin to a slap in the face.In the books there are more Martells, for one. Game of Thrones has squished a female Martell named Arienne into Ellaria, just hastily. Princess Arianne Martell is the next in line to the rule Sunspear after Prince Doran (who isn’t dead in the books!). There’s a bit of drama when she finds out Doran intends to give Dorne to her younger brother Quentyn. Oh yeah, Quentyn Martell is another Prince the show didn’t introduce. Prince Doran (again, not dead in the books) has always had grand schemes for his family. Oberyn has negotiated a deal for Arianne to wed Viserys Targaryen (before Khal Drogo gave him the “crown of gold” he desired) and in the novels he sent Quentyn to try and marry Daenerys and then support her taking the Iron Throne, returning a Targaryen/Martell line to the throne.The show portrayed Prince Doran as a ruler whose subjects viewed him as so weak a bastard Sand could take the throne and rule Sunspear. Oh, and the show had Ellaria kill him without having him explain how he wasn’t ineffectual, just a master planner. People got pissed.The most pissed Dorne fans seem to be a group calling themselves “Fixing Dorne Productions.” These guys have launched a Kickstarter campaign asking for $20 million dollars to “fix” the Dorne plot from the television series. They want their final product to be the same quality as the show, so even though a single episode costs HBO less than they are asking for, they’re doing it on an independent budget. As the campaign page says: “Our plan is to create a “patch” for Game of Thrones season five’s Dorne storyline with our own fairly interesting and competently executed alternative plot.” FDP would complicate Bronn and Jamie’s mission to Dorne and – gasp! – fix the Sand Snakes: “Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand will be distinct characters.”That amount of money is a large order, so this Kickstarter is as much an act of protest as it is a legitimate attempt to produce over an hour of IP-infringing video. The author of the source text, however, might have logged a disguised form of protest of his own.George RR Martin recently posted a new excerpt from the upcoming sixth novel in the series, The Winds of Winter (read it here if you dare). He’s released excerpts before and has been known to read some upcoming material aloud at events, but this release and his last one seem to be partial reactions to when the show twists away from his original plotting.The last bit of Winds of Winter we saw focused on Sansa Stark being in the Vale, not being terrorized by Ramsay Snow in Winterfell, like she is on the show. Did Martin release this knowing that Game of Thrones fans were going to react poorly to Sansa and Ramsay’s wedding night? The new excerpt comes amidst a similar group of fans upset about how Dorne played out on the show and — by happenstance or because George wanted to troll the show a bit – is about the elder Martells.Dorne! (not that we’ve seen more than Sunspear on the show).Vanity Fair points out that the decision to release this particular Arianne chapter online at this moment might have been a coded message to sad fans of the Dornish plot: “Martin has been reading “Arianne II” aloud to fans at conventions since 2011. The chapter likely won’t be of much interest to show-only fans; it’s brimming with references to characters who have been cut from the show.”Maybe George RR Martin could put a few million dollars towards Fixing Dorne Productions? The campaign hasn’t breached half-a-million yet and could benefit from a boost.Or he could just finish Winds of Winter already.That second one. Let’s go with that.last_img read more

Variability of major oceanic currents driven by climate change

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—The Earth’s oceanic system isn’t just the big, blue puddle of water that globes suggest; its waters are stirred by a vast system called thermohaline circulation, a process driven by varying water densities, heat, and the interactions of freshwater and salt water. Thermohaline circulation moves energy and matter around the globe and drives the planet’s climate, but it also responds to changing climate conditions. For example, one such oceanic conveyor is the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC-IV), which drives warm water poleward from the equator, cooling toward the North, and sinking as it becomes more dense at high latitudes. This cold, dense water then empties into ocean basins before upwelling in in the Antarctic.Its interdecadal variability, measured by the oscillation of its period and amplitude, modulates climate changes worldwide. However, it’s unclear how global warming affects AMOC-IV, and an international collaborative of researchers has now investigated the effects of climate change on AMOC-IV amplitude and time scale.The researchers conducted an analysis of 19 experiments from five models of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 simulations; each experiment had one preindustrial control simulation and four future warming scenarios. Under all future global warming scenarios, AMOC transport is reduced by 5 percent to 48 percent, depending on the scenario. “In response to future global warming, AMOC-IV shows a robust change, with its major period shortened and its amplitude reduced,” the authors write.They note that the reduced amplitude of AMOC is consistent with other modeling studies. The mechanism of its changes under global warming remains unclear, however, due to the challenging complexities and interactions of global oceanic circulation. As one candidate for such a mechanism, they cite baroclinic Rossby waves. These are huge, slow waves in the troposphere generated by temperature differences of the oceans and continents. “With global warming, oceanic stratification is projected to be enhanced over the globe owing to a weaker warming with depth, and the stratification enhancement is more robust in a stronger warming scenario,” they write. “A stronger stratification should lead to faster baroclinic Rossby waves and, potentially, a shorter period of AMOC-IV.”Even continental regions situated far from the coasts are strongly influenced by ocean currents. Since most of the sun’s radiation is absorbed by the ocean, the movement of this energy in the Gulf Stream and other currents serves to modulate weather; through evaporation, heat from the ocean is exchanged with the air. A failure of the conveyance of heat away from warm regions and toward cooler regions stands to throw the climate further out of balance. Thus, research into climate change-related disruptions of oceanic conveyors is important as CO2 and methane contribute to atmospheric heat retention.The authors conclude, “Our study suggests that AMOC-IV may be significantly weakened in amplitude and shortened in period under future global warming, and that these responses could be caused by strengthened ocean stratification and, in turn, the speedup of baroclinic Rossby waves.” 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. Could ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ happen? Explore furthercenter_img More information: Reduced interdecadal variability of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation under global warming. PNAS 2016 ; published ahead of print March 7, 2016, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1519827113AbstractInterdecadal variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC-IV) plays an important role in climate variation and has significant societal impacts. Past climate reconstruction indicates that AMOC-IV has likely undergone significant changes. Despite some previous studies, responses of AMOC-IV to global warming remain unclear, in particular regarding its amplitude and time scale. In this study, we analyze the responses of AMOC-IV under various scenarios of future global warming in multiple models and find that AMOC-IV becomes weaker and shorter with enhanced global warming. From the present climate condition to the strongest future warming scenario, on average, the major period of AMOC-IV is shortened from ∼50 y to ∼20 y, and the amplitude is reduced by ∼60%. These reductions in period and amplitude of AMOC-IV are suggested to be associated with increased oceanic stratification under global warming and, in turn, the speedup of oceanic baroclinic Rossby waves. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Variability of major oceanic currents driven by climate change (2016, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-variability-major-oceanic-currents-driven.html Topographic map of the Nordic Seas and subpolar basins with schematic circulation of surface currents (solid curves) and deep currents (dashed curves) that form a portion of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Colors of curves indicate approximate temperatures. Credit: R. Curry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Science/USGCRP.last_img read more