December 3

Scientists to Thad Allen: Stop ‘Massive Re-Engineering’ of Gulf Coast

first_imgMore than two dozen coastal scientists are asking Thad Allen, who heads the federal oil spill response, to halt coastal engineering projects that are intended to prevent damage from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Calling the projects ill-conceived and poorly reviewed, the scientists argue in a letter sent this afternoon that the engineering will probably do more harm than good: Our concern is that the cumulative, long-term impacts of all these projects are not being examined in any scientific or thoughtful way. As individual projects, we believe that they would fail a reasonable scientific evaluation. As a cumulative re-engineering of the US Gulf coast, they become a major problem. In particular, the scientists are concerned about a project to build sand berms along the Louisiana coast, some of which have already suffered major erosion. Local and state officials have proposed “armoring” the berms to prevent erosion, but the scientists say that could harm habitat. The scientists, led by Robert Young of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, also criticize a project to fill in a gap on Dauphin Island as poorly designed and ephemeral. All construction should cease and no new permits issued, the scientists write, until the cumulative impacts have been studied. This could happen quickly, they add. “There is still time to halt the berm project and refocus our energy on fighting the spill with traditional methods,” they write. Otherwise, the projects could end up harming efforts to restore the long-term damage suffered by the coastal wetlands. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

December 1

Three in four female physics undergrads report sexual harassment

first_img Fully three in four U.S. undergraduate women majoring in physics reported being sexually harassed over a 2-year period ending in 2017, according to a new paper in Physical Review Physics Education Research.That year, scholars surveyed more than 450 undergraduate women attending conferences sponsored by the American Physical Society. They represented a significant chunk of female physics undergraduates, considering that in 2015—the most recent year for which data are available—1349 women received bachelor’s degrees in physics.Questioned about specific forms of harassment, 68% reported experiencing sexist remarks such as “women aren’t as good at physics” or being treated differently, ignored, or put down because of their gender. Fifty-one percent said they endured sexual jokes; were the object of sexual remarks about their bodies, appearance, or clothing; or had their sexual activity discussed. And 24% reported receiving unwanted sexual attention.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Three in four female physics undergrads report sexual harassment By Meredith WadmanApr. 23, 2019 , 1:45 PMcenter_img The study found that experiencing harassment significantly predicted feelings of not belonging and of being an imposter, both of which are linked to students leaving scientific disciplines. Indeed, the harassment may help explain why only 18% of undergraduate U.S. physics majors are women. “Thirty years of literature [demonstrate] that the more women are harassed in a field, the more they contemplate leaving and ultimately leave,” the authors write, citing a landmark 2018 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.The first author on the new study is Lauren Aycock, a science and technology policy fellow with AAAS in Washington, D.C., which publishes Science.last_img read more

November 28

Triseries final: India eye revenge and trophy against Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia would look to avenge the league stage humiliation and clinch their second successive ODI trophy on Sri Lankan soil when they take on the hosts in what promises to be a high-voltage summit clash of the cricket tri-series here tomorrow.Both the teams find themselves face to face in a final clash for the second time in just over a month after Kumar Sangakkara’s men finished on the losing side in the Asia Cup finals in June.The ongoing tri-series, however, has been a lot more dramatic then the Asia Cup both on and off the field. The third team in fray, New Zealand, is out of the equation after India handed it a 105-run thrashing in the last league match of the series.Fitting the drama that has unfolded in the past two weeks, including the now infamous no ball that Suraj Randiv bowled to deny Virender Sehwag a hundred, India and Sri Lanka have made the finals and it is hard to pick a winner in conditions where the toss of the coin has been of decisive significance.The 105-run triumph over New Zealand may make it seem that India are in destructive form but the fact remains that had it not been Sehwag’s individual brilliance, the Indians could well have found it hard to put it past the depleted but spirited Kiwis.Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has admitted that barring Sehwag all the batsmen are struggling on the tricky pitches here and mastering the conditions would be the biggest challenge for both the teams in the match which might also have some tense moments given the build-up so far.advertisementRandiv’s deliberate no ball incident has added some zing to the rivalry between the two sides, whose way-too-often face offs were becoming dull.Words have been exchanged in the pre and post-match press conferences but in the end, it will boil down to the cricket played on the pitch and that’s where the Lankans came out trumps in the league encounter.Thisara Perera decimated the Indian batting with a five-for and left Dhoni’s men to deal with the humiliation of their worst-ever defeat in terms of number of balls left.To their credit, the Indians bounced back well in the do-or-die match against the Kiwis but that could not hide their batting frailties, most significantly the lack of application by the youngsters.In the absence of senior batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, it has been left to the Virat Kohlis and Suresh Rainas to deliver for the team but they have let Dhoni down so far.Sehwag’s individual brilliance cannot be counted upon to bail India out in every situation and it is important that the rest of the batsmen, including the attacking Yuvraj Singh find their feet.But that would not be an easy task against the disciplined Lankan bowling which has discovered a deadly weapon in Perera.Add to this the ever-reliable Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews and the Indian batsmen may once again find the going tough.Unlike the Indians, the Lankan batting line-up has a settled look with veterans Mahela Jayawardene, Sangakkara and the explosive Tillakaratne Dilshan in reasonably good form.It remains to be seen how the Indian pace troika of Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma contain the islanders this time after being given just 103 runs to defend in the demoralising league-stage defeat.The teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Saurabh Tiwary, Munaf Patel.Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (c), Mahela Jayawardene (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dilhara Fernando, Rangana Herath, Suraj Randiv, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Upul Tharanga.Match starts 2.30 pm (IST).last_img read more

November 27

One killed after parasailing trip goes awry

first_imgTarun Ghosh was on a holiday at Mandarmani, a famous sea beach and tourist destination, with his family when an unfortunate incident occurred.Ghosh, an adventure enthusiast, in an attempt to make his trip memorable, enrolled his name for parasailing with a company named New Bengal Adventures. As soon as the parachute went into the air, the towing car came too close to an electric pillar due to the heavy tides. The parachute further went off track due to heavy rains and wind. The parachute got stuck in the pillar but the towing car didn’t stop. The pillar was uprooted and was dragged for a distance along with the Ghosh in the accident. Ghosh was rushed to the Contai district hospital where he was declared “brought dead”.The authorities claim that parasailing has been banned on the beaches long ago, but the said company was illegally carrying on with it at Mandarmani.”Parasailing by car on the beach is illegal. They have been stopped many times but they don’t pay any heed to that.  They get full support of the local goons who get affiliated to the political party that comes to power. Today, due to heavy tide the car must have come too close to the pillar and the parachute got stuck on it. Even after that, the car didn’t stop, but rather accelerated which caused the death of that man. The man died due to the inexperienced driving.” said Laxminarayan Jana, the president of the local Gram Panchayat Samiti.advertisementPolice has initiated a probe against the company.”I have instructions to the SDPO to investigate the matter. We will inquire about these local adventure sports companies which are providing these services and whether they have any official permit for it. For the time being, all the services have been stopped,” said Alok Rajoria, Superintendent of Police, East Midnapore.Ghosh, 38, was a resident of Murshidabad. His family is completely devastated as their holiday turned into a nightmare after the accident. Mandarmani is famous for its pristine beaches and serene beauty in south Bengal.last_img read more

November 24

After Narsingh and Sushil, two female paralympics stars grapple in court

first_imgAfter wrestlers Narsingh Yadav and Sushil Kumar tangled with each other in court over a ticket to the Rio Games, two female athletes are locked in legal battle for the right to represent India at the Paralympics. The Delhi High court will have to settle the dispute between Karamjyoti Dalal and Deepa Malik soon as the last date for sending the names is August 12.LEGAL BATTLEKaramjyoti, a 28-year-old para-athlete, argues that despite securing a berth for the country in the Paralympics at Rio, the Sports Authority of India is sending Deepa, 46, an Arjuna awardee, who “doesn’t meet the criteria prescribed by the International Paralympic Committee”. Karamjyoti claims the trials conducted were totally tainted, biased and carried out in an illegal manner.While she is a discus thrower, Deepa’s area of expertise is shot put. “I secured a quota for the country by winning the World Championship whereas Deepa’s rank was much lower. I was sent to Finland for training by Sports Authority of India in July 2015 and then in March 2016,” Karamjyoti told Mail Today. “Deepa was busy in advertising and other commercial activities.”Karamjyoti won two medals in the 2014 Para-Asian Games. Deepa, an army officer’s wife, is a national record holder in javelin, shot put and discus and was ranked among the top three in the world in between 2010 and 2012.”My current performances are better and that is why I was chosen over other candidates,” she said.During the court hearing, video recordings of the trials held in July 2016 were placed on record by Karamjyoti, claiming that Deepa had committed fouls which were allegedly ignored by brazenly bypassing rules.advertisementOn the other hand, the Sports Authority of India has also submitted official video recordings of the trials conducted. After a brief argument on who could examine the performance of the players based on the recorded video, justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the advocates to decide among themselves and give names of experts who could be assigned the task.ALLOTMENT DOESN’T ENSURE REPRESENTATION Sunny Joshua, Secretary, Delhi Athletic Association, Satya Pal Singh, Coach of Sports Authority of India, and Satya Narayan, from the International Paralympic Committee will examine the video and submit a report in the next three days.Senior advocate Nidhesh Gupta, who was appearing for Karamjyoti, told the court that on account of her 12-month ranking for 2015-16 from the International Paralympic Committee, she had secured a berth for herself to represent India and was even sent to the Olympic training centre.Deepa, through her counsel, senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog and Prashant Mehta, told the court that the videos should not be sent outside the country as the committee would be very busy at the moment.”My client in her final trials covered a distance of 4.43 m in her shot put which at the moment makes her the number one player in the world in the mentioned category,” said Nandrajog.Sports Authority of India (SAI) that favoured Deepa’s selection said the slots are allotted to the National Paralympics Committee and not to an individual athlete. “Mere allotment of the slot does not entitle an athlete to represent India,” said Anil Grover, arguing for SAI.ALSO READ:Rio 2016: Indian hockey teams hope to begin Olympic campaigns on a winning note Olympics 2016: Sachin Tendulkar lands in Rio, to cheer for Indialast_img read more

November 18

SPORT-RACE 4 LAST

first_img4. Kemmannugundi Plate 1200M:Magnum Opus (Mrs Sheela Nataraj) 58 Sai Vamshi firstRare And Bold 54.5 Arshad Alam secondSpeed Queen 50.5 Chetan Gowda thirdFringe Benefit 55 Prasad fourthAll Ran.Won by: 2-3/4l, 4-3/4l, 3/4l.Time: 1: 15.29.Tote: Rs 27 for win, Rs.14, Rs.22, Rs.25 for placesFav: Magnum OpusWinner trained by: NatarajForecast: Rs 86.Quinella: Rs 59.Shp: Rs 62.Thp: Rs 66.Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 17930 pct Rs. 114.Exacta:70 pct Rs 1,67130 pct Rs.648.Due to heavy rains, stewards of the Mysore race club havedecided to cancel the last three races for the day.PTI CORMVVMVVMVVlast_img

November 16

Talking Horses: Magic Wand can end Group One race drought for O’Brien

first_imgWas this helpful? Quick guide Friday 14 September racing tips Doncaster 1.50 Laugh Aloud 2.25 Well Done Fox 3.00 Ben Vrackie (nb) 3.35 Saunter 4.05 Sangarius 4.40 Buffalo River 5.10 Al Erayg 5.45 Loveisili Chester 2.00 Indomitable 2.35 Pass The Gin 3.10 Dance Legend 3.40 Misty Birnam (nap) 4.15 Baileys Artist 4.45 Jabbaar 5.15 Fire TreeSandown 2.15 Reticent Angel 2.50 Victors Lady 3.25 Aussie Nugget 3.55 Knife Edge 4.30 Absolutely So 5.00 Sayem 5.30 AstrologistSalisbury 3.30 Cricklewood Green 4.00 Jash 4.35 Dudley’s Boy 5.05 Headland 5.40 Feel Glorious 6.10 Silver Swift 6.40 Swift And Sure 7.10 Foxtrot Lady Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Horse racing Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter God Given’s talent gets Luca Cumani’s name back in serious-win frame … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Show Topicscenter_img Horse racing tips Thank you for your feedback. Talking Horses Read more Hide Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Magic Wand (2.50) is one that catches my eye, on offer at 4-1 for Sunday’s Prix Vermeille at Longchamp. You need to make a few excuses for her but she was found to have a dirty nose after her Irish Oaks flop and, in the context of what was happening at her yard, I think that’s enough to put a line through the form.She fared better at York last time but needs to be better again to win this. I believe we may see something like the Magic Wand of Royal Ascot, when she pounded four lengths clear of a horse who won a Group One next time.Crucially, she looks like getting a sound surface. The ground is reportedly good at Longchamp and the weather in Paris is supposed to get quite warm over the weekend. It could be the fastest ground yet encountered by the favourite, Kitesurf, and she might have trouble keeping tabs on Magic Wand if so. I mention all this now because, what with the Leger and the Irish Champion on Saturday, there’s not going to be another chance to pore over Sunday’s races. I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend watching the action and don’t stray too far from a telly.Friday’s nap, at 5-1, is Misty Birnam (3.40), who made an absolutely extraordinary crash down the ratings this summer after arriving from South Africa via Ireland. The grey was dropped 22lb for three defeats in which he showed very little ability, and then showed quite a bit of it when scoring handily at Redcar after missing the break.I wouldn’t want him to miss the kick from trap three around Chester. Otherwise, he’s surely still well treated on a 7lb higher mark. /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage At Doncaster, I fancy Ben Vrackie (3.00) in the Mallard, although his odds have been smashed up by a couple of influential tipsters and he’s just 7-2 now. This race has fallen to well-backed three-year-olds in each of the last two years and Ben Vrackie is one of only two runners from that age group, the other being Austrian School, who will probably go and win now.Earlier, the Flying Childers looks hot but 14-1 is too big about the progressive Well Done Fox (2.25), from the Hannon yard that has won this four times since 2010. Forcing tactics didn’t help him when he was down the field in the Molecomb and he did better when held up in touch at York last time. That was a lesser race but has been a good pointer to this one over the years.At 6-1, Saunter (3.35) is the one that appeals in the Doncaster Cup, in which he faces some ageing rivals whose best days are surely behind them. A smaller field and a deader surface than he met in the Ebor may help. There are each-way possibilities about 16-1 shot Knife Edge (3.55) at Sandown. Two years ago, he won the German 2,000 Guineas for Marco Botti, then disappeared to Hong Kong. He’s back with James Fanshawe and travelled nicely on his reappearance at Chelmsford before finding little. We might see a bit more this time, with the yard in fine form. Support The Guardian One of the unusual features of this Flat season has been the recent Group One drought endured by Aidan O’Brien, whose most recent success at the highest level is now fully two months ago, when Kew Gardens won the Grand Prix de Paris. Ballydoyle’s virus troubles became a familiar topic last month but they now seem to be over, judging by 17 wins in the past fortnight at a strike-rate of 33%. This weekend brings a hatful of Group One races and, although the final entries are not available for Sunday as I type, O’Brien looks likely to have more than 20 runners in top-class races over the next two days, in Britain, Ireland and France.  features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

October 23

Ocean Yield Enters Dry Bulk Sector with Louis Dreyfus Deal

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield has agreed to acquire two 2018-built handysize dry bulk vessels with 12-year bareboat charters.The bulkers will be chartered to companies owned and guaranteed by French maritime firm Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group (LDA).Ocean Yield said that it is paying USD 18 million per vessel after a seller’s credit. Both ships are expected to be delivered during March 2018.LDA has options to acquire the bulkers during the charter period, with the first purchase option exercisable after five years in addition to an obligation to repurchase the vessels at the end of year 12.“We are pleased to announce our first investment in the dry bulk sector with two modern handysize carriers with long-term charters to Louis Dreyfus Armateurs,” Lars Solbakken, Ocean Yield ASA’s Chief Executive Officer, said.“With improved earnings in the dry bulk market, we see potential for more transactions in this sector going forward,” Solbakken added.In a separate release, Ocean Yield said that its net profit after tax for the fourth quarter of 2017 was at USD 30.9 million, up from a net profil of USD 0.7 million seen in the previous year’s quarter. The company delivered a net profit of USD 129.7 million in 2017, compared to USD 77.5 million recorded in 2016.Revenues and other income for the quarter were at USD 89.5 million, up from USD 82 million reported in the same three-month period a year earlier. For the full year the company delivered revenues of USD 339.1 million in 2017, compared to USD 294.4 million seen in 2016.“The fourth quarter was yet another quarter of stable earnings,” Solbakken said.last_img read more

October 23

Ports of LA Long Beach to Fund Clean Air Technologies

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Los Angeles The US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are offering new funding in an effort to boost the development of goods-movement technologies that improve air quality.This year’s 2018 call for projects requests concept papers for a variety of projects that have the potential to reduce emissions, including diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and greenhouse gases.Projects for vessels, trucks, trains, terminal equipment and harbor craft that warrant further consideration would be invited later to submit a full proposal, the ports said, adding that concept papers are due on May 22.Since 2007, the ports distributed over USD 21 million in funds to advance the commercial availability of technology that will help lower health risks posed by air pollution from ships, trucks, harbor craft, cargo handling equipment and rail locomotives.The funding is a part of the ports’ Technology Advancement Program (TAP), which was created by the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), adopted in 2006. The CAAP was updated last November, calling for even more aggressive strategies to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases and to ultimately transition to zero emissions operations over the next 20 years.Compared to 2005 levels, port-related air pollution emissions in San Pedro Bay dropped 87 percent for diesel particulate matter, 56 percent for nitrogen oxides, and 97 percent for sulfur oxides.Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP Update. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.last_img read more

October 17

Canadas tax system unfairly favours wealthy poll of CRA auditors suggests

first_imgOTTAWA – A recent union-sponsored survey suggests an overwhelming majority of federal government auditors believe Canada’s tax system unfairly favours the wealthy over average Canadians.The poll, conducted by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, found nine out of 10 auditors and other tax professionals surveyed agreed that corporations and wealthy Canadians can more easily avoid paying taxes than less well-off individuals.The survey of more than 1,700 members of the union, which represents tax professionals at the Canada Revenue Agency, also found four of every five respondents think loopholes and tax credits built into the system benefit corporations and the rich.Some 84 per cent of respondents to the internal online survey said they believe that by better enforcing existing tax laws, the government could capture more tax revenues without raising taxes.The anonymous survey was sent electronically to nearly 11,600 PIPSC members working for the tax agency between Feb. 20 and March 6.Of the 2,170 respondents, 1,741 were tax professionals, including 1,384 auditors. The analysis excluded responses from 429 computer-systems employees.The findings show the difficulties tax auditors face in ensuring Canada’s tax system “remains fair in the face of off-shore tax havens and other tax avoidance schemes,” said PIPSC president Debi Daviau, who used the findings to further push the Trudeau government to increase CRA funding.The union said the agency continues to struggle with a $500 million shortfall compared with the budget it had in 2012 before the former Harper government slashed spending.A spokesperson for the CRA said the Liberal government has tried to rebuild the agency over the last three budgets, and is focusing resources “to target high areas of risk.”“Those investments are allowing the CRA to deliver better data, approaches and results for Canadians,” Etienne Biram said in an emailed statement.“Our 6,300 auditors have an array of tools at their disposal and we will continue to explore ways to provide them with additional tools and resources to assist them in their challenging and important work.”Another Environics Research poll commissioned by the union found 79 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement, “It is easier for corporations and wealthy individuals to evade and/or avoid tax responsibilities than it is for average Canadians.”That public opinion survey, which is based on some 1,000 respondents, was conducted by telephone between July 3 and 8. The results are considered accurate within plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.last_img read more

October 16

Alan Shearer And Robbie Savage Launch Battle Of The Backsides

first_imgFootballing legends Robbie Savage and Alan Shearer have announced that they will be going head to head in a Sport Relief Challenge like no other: The Battle of the Backsides.The challenge will see the pair frantically race to be the first to sit on half the seats in the iconic Wembley Stadium – a brutal 45,000 seats each – that’s a hard-core session of squatting and sliding. They have five days to complete this physically demanding feat – the first time a challenge like this has ever been attempted in the UK and it’s all to raise funds for Sport Relief.To complete this super sit off, experts estimate the duo will have to average a backside on a seat every four seconds – that’s 14 seats per minute – meaning they’re competing for a minimum of ten hours a day. Kick-off is Monday 10th March at Wembley Stadium and the final whistle will be blown on Friday 14th March, when they hope to be the first to reach the prestigious Royal Box.The repetitive nature of this challenge means that with 45,000 repeats of the same movement continuously, the pair’s quad and glute muscles will take real punishment – with their ability to manage pain and stiff muscles the key to beating their opponent. On top of that blisters and sores on the hips, bum and groin are a real possibility that could plague the pair during this challenge.To support them in this brutal task, as well as to be in with the chance to win some amazing prizes, the public can enter a competition at www.sportrelief.com/backsides. Each competition entry costs £5, and there are some incredible prizes up for grabs including tickets to see England play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a day at the Wimbledon Championship or tickets to One Direction on their UK tour. There’s a limited 90,000 entries available to represent the number of seats collectively sat on during the challenge.Alan Shearer said: “I’m used to being challenged at Wembley – I’ve played some crunch matches at this stadium and now I’m back to be tested again! Even at the peak of my career this challenge would have been tough on my body. However, now I am a retired footballer – so it’s going to be a challenge of physical and mental endurance. I can’t let Rob win; I’d never live it down!”Robbie Savage said: “Alan does have an advantage as his butt is larger than mine – but my bottom is ready for the challenge! I’ve often watched Sport Relief and seen all the vulnerable people living difficult lives and really wanted to help to raise money for them – who knew it would be my bottom raising cash! Wembley Stadium has always been kind to me when I played here during my career – let’s hope lady luck is on my side for this challenge.”Alan and Robbie are putting their bottoms on the line in the hope of raising a lifesaving sum of cash to help change the lives of vulnerable people, as well as transform lives in the UK and around the world.Aiming to keep morale high during the week, Alan and Robbie will be joined by some of their favourite famous fans and celebrity mates! Fans can follow all the action from Wembley over the five days with regular updates on BBC Radio 5 live and bbc.co.uk/backsides.last_img read more

October 2

Mens basketball Buckeyes need accountability more than ever to stay afloat in

Ohio State coach Thad Matta prepares to address team at a media timeout against Purdue on Jan. 1, 2017 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 76-75. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern Senior ReporterThey said it all offseason. The eight returning members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team that were on the 2015-16 roster said they didn’t want that taste again. That taste of missing out on the NCAA tournament for just the second time in coach Thad Matta’s tenure, then losing in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. Now they’re at a juncture.The Buckeyes sit at 10-5 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten, an 0-3 record against the Associated Press Top 25 and a loss to low mid-major Florida Atlantic who is 4-9 with two wins against non-Division I opponents. To make matters worse, OSU will have to play the rest of the season without arguably the team’s best all-around player, junior forward Keita Bates-Diop.Still, it gets worse.The Buckeyes are staring at the very real possibility of dropping to 0-5 to start league play with matchups at Minnesota, at No. 13 Wisconsin and Michigan State. The last time OSU started the Big Ten season with five losses was 1997-98 when the Scarlet and Gray finished 8-22.“That’s why you take it one game at a time, “ Matta said. “I know when the schedule came out, I looked at it and said, ‘Uh oh.’ By the same token, we got to get ourselves ready to go in Minneapolis and obviously Minnesota is playing great basketball right now.”Richard Pitino’s Golden Gophers are the darling of the Big Ten this season. After beating a solid Northwestern team on the road on Thursday night, Minnesota will welcome the Buckeyes into Williams Arena on Sunday night at 14-2 and 2-1 in the Big Ten.Following OSU’s 76-75 loss to Purdue on Thursday, several players were not shy about showing emotion on the court or in the postgame press conference. Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate and senior forward Marc Loving were holding back tears as they tried to put a finger on why they keep coming up short in games that can totally change the complexion of the season.Last season, OSU had a signature win against Kentucky before conference play, but then waited too long to capture its next one against another top-10 opponent in Iowa just two games before the Big Ten tournament. In 2016-17, OSU has lost to No. 6 Virginia by two, No. 20 Virginia by two and were even within arms reach against No. 2 UCLA. Any one of those games, including a five-point loss at Illinois on New Year’s Day, and the Buckeyes wouldn’t be in the conundrum they currently find themselves.“Nobody in the Big Ten is going to go undefeated because it’s such a tough conference,” Tate said. “We just have to turn this train around.”OSU didn’t look impressive in several of its nonconference games earlier in the year, which is another piece to the puzzle Matta and the players are still trying to solve 15 games into the season. After a two-point win against UNC Asheville on Dec. 22, Matta said that his team didn’t know how to handle adversity.On Thursday against Purdue, Tate and OSU’s leading rebounder, redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson, sat the remaining three minutes and 37 seconds of the half in foul trouble and Purdue went on a 9-0 run. The Buckeyes were down by as much as 10, but battled back with a 12-2 run to tie the game at 55. Each time Purdue went on a run, OSU came back with a run of its own to have a chance to win at the end.Loving and Tate each took accountability after the game for a few plays that they individually could have executed better that might have changed the scope of the game. For now, the Buckeyes have to make due with what they are — a team that needs to perform at its best without one of its top players in one of the nation’s toughest conferences.“Accountability is one of the greatest attributes an individual can have,” Matta said. “We have to be accountable. Coaches have to be accountable, players have to be accountable. It is what it is and guys are going to have to man down, man up.”Matta equated the loss of Bates-Diop to when all-around star David Lighty broke his foot in the 2008-09 season and a sophomore by the name of Evan Turner became the conference’s leading scorer, propelling OSU into the conference championship game and the NCAA tournament. Will Matta get that same out-of-nowhere performance? Probably not, but someone or several guys will need to step up if OSU is to remain relevant in the Big Ten and the eyes of the committee. read more

September 28

2016 Is A Great Summer To Be A Mediocre NBA Free Agent

NBA free agents cashed in big time this year. Everybody got paid. Even the scrubs.Using CARMELO projections, which estimates the future value of NBA players based on wins above replacement, we can weigh players’ contracts against their projected market “worth” in the years to come. These projections assume a player’s full value in a world with a team salary cap but without a maximum individual salary, which would allow the best players to be paid something closer to their true value but perhaps leave less budget for more marginal players.By that measure, the average 2016 contract is overvalued by $4.4 million per year of the contract. This is primarily the result of a windfall to mediocre players. Matthew Dellavedova, who barely saw the court for Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals, inked a four-year deal for $38.4 million with the Milwaukee Bucks. According to CARMELO, he is valued at $1.4 million a year during his contract, meaning his $9.6 million average annual salary is $8.2 million over his value per year.DeMar DeRozan’s five-year, $139 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors is just crazy. He will average $27.8 million a year, but his CARMELO value per year is $13.1 million. The Raptors will be paying more than $14 million per year over value for a player who is the second-best on the team. In the 2015-16 season, DeRozan led the team in scoring, with 23.5 points per game, and played well in the playoffs. But his WAR was just above 5, compared with teammate Kyle Lowry’s nearly 14.Of course, free agents get paid more than their stats might warrant all the time — that’s the nature of a salary-capped league with a maximum salary for the best players. What makes this summer special is the scale. In addition to DeRozan, five players signed $100 million deals, and according to CARMELO, they’re all are overvalued. In the past, deals at that level were typically for surefire stars, like LeBron James, or good-but-not-great players leveraging their worth against a small market, like Joe Johnson. Now guys like Nicolas Batum are signing for nine figures, and it’s practically a matter of course. In the table below, you can see every contract signed in the 2015 and 2016 free agency periods, what each is worth and each player’s CARMELO value over the length of the contract. Sources: Spotrac, NBA and Basketball-Reference.comAmong the players who signed nine-figure deals, Batum, Al Horford and Andre Drummond are within reasonable distance of their CARMELO value,1In this case, I considered $5 million to be a “reasonable” distance (which might say something about some of the other contracts that were signed this summer!). while Bradley Beal’s five-year, $128 million deal with the Washington Wizards is overvalued by $7.7 million a year. The Memphis Grizzlies kept Mike Conley with the richest NBA contract ever, at five years for $153 million — $83.2 million more than his projected value over those years. He’ll be 29 during the 2016-17 season and produced less than 4 WAR last season. However, Memphis is a small market that needs to hold on to its core players if it wants to fill seats — even if the core players are now average starters.The chart below shows the difference between players’ CARMELO average value per year and what their contracts pay per year, for both 2015 and 2016 free agents. As you can see, the orange (2015) line is always higher than the blue (2016) line — meaning that, at the same rate of pay, teams got more bang for their free-agency buck last year than they did this summer: Because CARMELO’s market value numbers don’t set a floor at the veteran’s minimum, some players with especially poor projections end up appearing to “owe” their teams money. For instance, Lance Thomas has a negative CARMELO value for every year of his contract with the New York Knicks. He will make $27.5 million over four years but is worth -$13.8 million.One thing that’s striking is how much difference a year (and a massive salary cap spike) can make. Twenty-three percent of contracts that were signed in 2015 were overvalued by at least $5 million per year, compared with 45 percent from this year. When we look at all contracts signed during the 2015 free agency period, the collective CARMELO value projections show that under the NBA’s new economic conditions, teams actually underspent by $80,000 per contract.The once-laughable four-year, $70 million deal that Enes Kanter signed with the Thunder last year still doesn’t look great — according to CARMELO, he is worth almost $15 million per year less than he’s getting. But it’s much closer to where the market has settled this year. This offseason, five players signed contracts that paid them over $15 million more than their value.Next summer, the salary cap will rise again, but probably not as high as the league previously projected (the estimate fell to $102 million from $107 million). So this trend of average players being overpaid might slow down. However, with Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Blake Griffin all hitting the market in 2017, we can still expect to see superstars going the Kevin Durant route — playing on super teams for below-market value and leaving money on the table for everyone else. read more

September 25

Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge sexism men just care more about quizzes

first_imgPaxman has previously raised the gender imbalance on the show himself, wondering on air during the 2015 semi-final: “Why on earth are there no women left in this stage of the competition?”This series of the quiz show saw an all male final, with just one in five female contestants through whole 2017 competition. Writing in the Financial Times, Paxman said: “As for the testicle issue, since we know that intelligence is not determined by gender, it must be a question of taste.  “The teams are not chosen by the college or university authorities but by the students themselves.”The students are encouraged to enter teams which broadly reflect their institution.”A growing number of applicants “prefer not to be gendered”.  The host also tackled the question of whether the show is dumbing down to suit modern viewers. The allegation, he said, is “rubbish”.  University Challenge is not sexist and is dominated by men because they simply like quizzes more, Jeremy Paxman has suggested. Paxman, the host of the BBC Two quiz, said the fact that more men that women took part in the show “must be a question of taste”. Saying students themselves choose team members to represent their university, he added: ” I suspect that — like football or darts — more males than females care about quizzing.” “The questions on University Challenge, by contrast, have deliberately been made more difficult. “And the audience has risen. No one can prove cause and effect. “But it does demonstrate that television is not forced to treat the audience as morons to persuade them to watch.” “Television producers are forever dreaming up new formats, often with cash prizes attached, to prove you don’t need to be clever to be a winner.”Their quizzes are almost always gimmicky, vulgar or stupid.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Eric Monkman, who became a household name this seriescenter_img Jeremy Paxman, quizmaster Eric Monkman, who became a household name this series Female contestants such as Emma Johnson have to endure constant online comment about their looks Female contestants such as Emma Johnson have to endure constant online comment about their looks Jeremy Paxman, quizmasterlast_img read more

September 21

Geek deals 379 Dell Vostro 270s LCD bundle Google TV more

first_imgWe’re all geeks here. It’s okay if we say it: plain jane PCs aren’t exciting for us anymore. We need LEDs, dozen-core processors, and billions of Gigahertz before something REALLY catches our eyes these days.But if you’re a geek who also has an appreciation for sheer bang for your buck, then we think you’ll appreciate today’s deal. It won’t play Far Cry 3 at 1,000 frames per second, but this Dell Vostro 270s has everything you need to get someone up and running with a brand new computer, including a next-business-day on-site warranty.The 270s is a slim tower model, using less than half the space of a traditional mini tower desktop, but without compromising features or functionality. This model has a dual-core Intel processor, 500GB hard drive, and DVD burner. It comes with tons of standard features like Wireless-N, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet, media card reader, and more.Dell’s 20-inch E2011H LED-backlit LCD monitor is included with this deal at no extra cost, along with the requisite keyboard and mouse, making this a complete PC package in a single purchase at one low price. While not the sexiest thing on the market, this Vostro 270s bundle offers a ridiculous amount of technology for under $400.Dell Vostro 270s 2.9GHz Dual-core Slim Tower w/ 20″ Dell LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $379 + Free shipping(reg. $558 | LCD automatically included | ends Dec. 21 or sooner)Our other top deals:Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet TV Media Player with Google TV for $148 + Free shipping (reg. $209)Nikon Coolpix S01 10.1MP 3x Zoom Ultra Compact Digital Camera for $96.95 + Free shipping (reg. $179.95)Western Digital My Book 6TB External Hard Drive for $349 + Free shipping (reg. $399)last_img read more

September 21

Nintendo removes story mode and cutscenes from new Smash Bros to punish

first_imgSmash Bros. lead developer Masahiro Sakurai has stated that the upcoming Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will not have a story mode or cutscenes, unlike its predecessor, Smash Bros. Brawl. This isn’t so the team can focus more effort into making the gameplay better it seems, but rather, because they’re punishing the internet.For the uninitiated, Smash Bros. Brawl had a story mode called Subspace Emissary. Though it was basic platforming culminating in brawls, it attempted to tie the inclusion of all the different universes’ characters together. It was simple, but somewhat enjoyable in a mindless manner. This mode included various fan service cutscenes wherein everyone’s favorite characters teamed up and performed heroics. However, seeing as how we live in the age of the internet, these scenes leaked before the game released. In an effort to prevent these leaks, the Smash Bros. team decided not to include story mode and story-based cutscenes in the upcoming game at all.Yes, this is silly.Nintendo is essentially punishing an enormous fanbase because some people leaked story mode cutscenes on to the internet before a game’s release years ago. Sakurai claims that the decision to remove the cinematics is so that series fans won’t be spoiled to their plot and fan service if they should leak.Yes, this is also silly. It’s like not including interesting story points in a movie just so they can’t be potentially spoiled.Also frustrating is the fact that, overall, Subspace Emissary was an okay diversion, and nothing more. So, rather than attempting to make a story mode more interesting and fun, Nintendo decided to remove it from the game completely “because of leaks.”If the leak explanation is actually the truthful reason, then rather than do a little more work to take better precautions about securing in-game cinematics until launch day, Nintendo decided to just shrug and toss a whole story mode in the garbage in order to “protect” us from spoilers. This feels more like a punishment we’re all receiving for the misgivings of a few people — even if we didn’t watch the leaked videos ourselves.Sakurai did note that the new game(s) would introduce character customization that would affect performance in some way, but didn’t disclose exactly how. So, perhaps all the work that would’ve gone into story mode is being replaced by the customization system, whatever it may be.Either way, we can only wonder what building upon Subspace Emissary could’ve given us. Instead, we’re essentially being given dinner and sent to bed without dessert, because we might find out what dessert is before eating it, ruining the surprise. According to Nintendo, we wouldn’t want to eat some cake once we know there’s cake waiting for us in the kitchen.last_img read more

September 21

Cretan pupils posed online with Nazi signs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cretan teachers are spearheading an anti-racism drive after photographs uploaded onto the social networking site Facebook showed pupils from a secondary school in Akrotiri posing under symbols of far-right organizations.According to Dimitris Loupasakis, the head of the school in Hania prefecture, the discovery came months after rumors emerged of far-right “cells” in schools. “It’s a phenomenon that is spreading,” Loupasakis said, adding that primary schools were being targeted too “as younger children are politically naive.” Teachers asked pupils if they had been approached by individuals preaching extremism, prompting local far-right groups to write a blog entry accusing schools of persecuting children with nationalist leanings. Hania has been the scene of many far-right attacks this year, including the vandalization of a synagogue and an assault on a teacher, who had a swastika scratched into her hand.last_img read more

September 21

Mixing chemistry and business

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While working on her thesis on organometallic chemistry, Despina Anastasiou enjoyed the camaraderie of being part of a PhD team, but she wanted to branch out from research, yet still be linked to ground breaking technology. A friend’s accounts of the opportunities for professional growth he had been exposed to within Dow Chemical (Australia) and his business travel made an impression. Anastasiou joined the huge science-driven company two weeks after she submitted her thesis. Twenty-three years later, she is still working and continues to thrive there. Dow, a $57 billion company supplies a diversified range of specialty chemical, plastics, advanced materials products and solutions to approximately 160 countries in sectors such as agriculture, water, coatings, electronics and packaging. Anastasiou started in the technical services division that handled Dow’s range of epoxy and composite resins. After two years, her role was expanded to the Asia-Pacific region. Having a graduate diploma in Japanese helped her in Asia, as did her PhD. “In Asia Pacific, formal education is highly valued and our customers were very receptive to what I had to say,” she says. After three years in her first role, Anastasiou approached her supervisor and indicated she was seeking further challenges. As a development opportunity, she undertook a concurrent financial assignment, becoming the right-hand person to the group’s business analyst. This gave her a new set of commercial skills and a broader understanding of how the company ran. That was the start of her movement through Dow to more senior roles, both here and overseas. “The reason I joined Dow is because Dow invests in people, and not a day has passed where I haven’t learned something. My personal motto is to be the best that I can be, and I genuinely believe that when you stop learning, it’s time to go,” she says. Anastasiou has worked in market development, strategic account management and global business management. A recent global role took her and her family to Shanghai for three years, an experience she found highly rewarding. Along the way she’s been a professional coach for many within the company. “I’m a very active mentor at Dow. If I had my time again I would have looked for a strong mentor myself much earlier,” she says. Externally, she promotes the study of chemistry and science and has recently presented at the Synchrotron (RACI), Monash and at local high schools to spread this message. Anastasiou is currently business development director, Asia Pacific. She is married with three sons. The daughter of Greek migrants, she’ll soon take up what she calls her “dream job” – country manager for Greece, which she describes as a “fabulous opportunity, personally and professionally” and yet another new challenge.last_img read more

September 17

Sorrento Valley power outage

first_img Posted: December 5, 2018 Sorrento Valley power outage KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSORRENTO VALLEY (KUSI)- At about 5:10PM, an outage left almost 6,000 customers in the Sorrento Valley area without power. Cause is unknown.As of 6PM, power has been restored to most of its customers, but 1,900 are still without power center_img December 5, 2018 Updated: 10:00 PM Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

September 9

Sen Sullivan Prepare for Long War

first_imgU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan is one of five freshmen on the Senate Armed Services committee, and he’s carving out a place for himself among the national security hawks. Today  the committee heard from two architects of the 2007 surge in Iraq. Retired General Jack Keane calls President Obama’s war strategy “fundamentally flawed” and says it can’t defeat Islamic State. Frederick Kagan, a former advisor to General Petraeus, says the U.S. should now send up to 20,000 troops to Iraq. Sen. Sullivan had a chance to ask questions near the end of the hearing. Sullian says the president should prepare Americans for prolonged war.Download Audio:“I think sometimes we look at what’s going on with ISIS and other issues in the Middle East and think we’re going to have this done in a couple months, 18 months, 20 months, maybe a couple of years,” he said.Sullivan says Obama should tell Americans this war will last much longer and win their support for ongoing U.S. combat in the Middle East. The senator looked to the witnesses for back-up.“Do you think that there’s an importance to have the leadership, both in terms of Congress, but particularly the executive branch, talk more broadly and, again, level with the American people about, ‘Look, this might be a generational conflict. This might be akin to the Cold War’?”Kagan, now at the American Enterprise Institute, agreed.“We do need to understand that this is a war. These are battlefronts on a common war that is going to last for a long time, and we don’t get to end it. Unless we win,” he said. “We may not be interested in war, but war is interested in us.”None of the witnesses at the Senate Armed Services Hearing defended the current military strategy. Committee Chairman John McCain of Arizona said the Defense secretary and the chairman of the joint chiefs will testify at a hearing in June.last_img read more