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To Lead USGS, Obama Turns to Agency Veteran

first_img President Barack Obama today nominated coastal geologist Suzette Kimball to be the next director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Kimball is now the survey’s acting director. If confirmed by the Senate, Kimball would succeed Marcia McNutt, who resigned from the agency in February 2013 and now serves as the editor of Science.Kimball has worked at USGS for more than 15 years. She joined the agency in 1998, after stints with the National Park Service, the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She earned a Ph.D. in the environmental sciences from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, specializing in the processes that shape coastal zones.If confirmed, Kimball will inherit a $1 billion agency that has struggled with stagnating budgets. The director’s slot has “become a job of managing decline,” former USGS Director Charles “Chip” Groat told Science last year.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(*)Some Republican senators may not be thrilled with the pick. Early last year, 13 senators asked Obama to nominate an economic geologist for the job. “The benefits of restoring an emphasis on geological surveying at USGS would be significant,” they wrote in a letter to Obama. “Knowing how many mineral resources we have—and where they are located—can inform decisions about their development and help to attract investment for the same. An economic geologist is most likely to recognize these benefits, pursue them, and provide appropriate leadership as USGS director.”*Correction, 10 January, 1:45 p.m.: A previous version of this story misquoted a letter sent by 13 senators to President Barack Obama. USGS Suzette M. Kimballlast_img read more

IMD downgrades cyclone alert for Odisha coast

first_imgThe Odisha government has alerted 15 District Collectors to be prepared for heavy rain as the India Meteorological Department revised its prediction saying cyclonic storm was likely to miss the State’s coast.“We had a detailed discussion with IMD officials. The latest IMD forecast says the predicted cyclonic storm could miss the Odisha coast and move away towards West Bengal and Bangladesh,” said P.K. Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, on Tuesday.Mr. Jena said the Collectors were asked to stay alert for heavy rain to be caused by cyclonic storm. People should not resort to panic-buying, he said.“The depression over east-central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and north Andaman Sea moved westwards with a speed of 11 kmph and lay-centred about 270 km west-northwest of Maya Bandar (Andaman Islands), about 890 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 980 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 990 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD said.According to bulletin, it is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours.“It is very likely to move west-northwestwards initially and then north-northwestwards, towards West Bengal & adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts,” it says. Squally wind speed reaching 40–50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to commence over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha–West Bengal coasts from November 8 evening and gradually increase thereafter.The State Agriculture Department has asked farmers to harvest ripe paddy and store the stock at a safer place.last_img read more

Davao hammers listless Bacoor; Cebu triumphs

first_imgUnfazed by the home crowd, the Tigers took the Strikers out of their comfort zone with their stingy defense as they held their foes to just 37 points in the first three periods.Earlier, Cebu City snapped a two-game slide by pummeling an undermanned Pasay squad, 76-61.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefRaffy Octobre notched another double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Patrick Cabahug returned from an injury and chipped in 12 points. Davao pullout leaves PFL with 5 teams SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Davao Occidental Tigers. Photo from Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball LeagueDavao Occidental pounced on a listless Bacoor City as the Tigers rolled to an emphatic 69-50 victory on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to 12 games in the MPBL Datu Cup at Strike Gym in Cavite.Veteran Mark Yee fired 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Leo Najorda finished with 16 points for the Tigers, who tightened their grip of top spot in the South division by improving to 14-3.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View commentslast_img read more

Usain Bolt’s stint with Central Coast Mariners ends without professional contract

first_imgUsain Bolt has finished his football trial at Central Coast Mariners and will leave the club after failing to agree commercial terms, the A-League side said on Friday.The Olympic sprint champion’s mission to win a professional contract in Australia at the age of 32 dominated the A-League’s pre-season and proved a marketing boost to the sleepy Central Coast region north of Sydney.But his performances in training and trial matches over the last two months did little to remove doubts about the eight-time Olympic gold medallist’s chances of making the grade.Central Coast Mariners make contract offer, says Usain Bolt’s agentMariners owner Mike Charlesworth said the Mariners had been “thrilled” to have worked with the Jamaican.”Despite the fact that we could not come to an agreement that would continue Usain Bolt’s football journey with the Central Coast Mariners, we’ve been thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our Club for these past eight weeks,” he said in a joint statement with Bolt.READ – Usain Bolt scores brace in crucial football matchThe Mariners said they had worked with Bolt and his agent Ricky Simms to engage with external partners in a bid to strike a commercial deal.”Despite several promising potential partners, both Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners have amicably concluded that they will not be able to settle on a suitable deal in a timely manner,” the statement said.READ – Usain Bolt surprised with drug test notice in AustraliaadvertisementBolt thanked the club and wished them well for the new season.”I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there. I wish the club success for the season ahead,” he said.READ – Usain Bolt rejects Maltese club to stay with Central Coast Mariners in AustraliaBolt drew thousands of fans to Mariners’ pre-season games that would normally struggle to draw a few hundred, and his two goals in a match against a local amateur side generated headlines worldwide.However, it was not enough for the Mike Mulvey-coached club to produce a contract before the season started last month.With the league’s next registration period not opening until Jan. 3, that left Bolt as little more than a high-profile cheerleader.Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop also said he would not dig into the A-League’s marquee fund to secure a contract with Bolt.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Yuvraj Singh goes unsold after first round of bidding

first_imgIndia all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has gone unsold in the first round of the IPL 2019 Auction on Tuesday.Yuvraj had reduced his base price for the first time this year and set it at Rs 1 crore but still went without a bid in the first round. He will be brought back in the auction pool later in the evening.Yuvraj was the most expensive player in the history of the IPL auctions when Delhi Capitals paid a whopping Rs 16 crore for the swashbuckling all-rounder back in 2015.Incidentally, he was also the record the year before, when Royal Challengers Bangalore paid a 14 crore to get his services but released him the following year because of his bad form and fitness.The 37-year-old has so far played for four franchises – Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He won the IPL with SRH in 2016 before being released by the team the following season.Yuvraj has so far played 128 matches in the tournament and amassed 2652 runs at an average of 24.78 with 12 half-centuries and a highest score of 83.Yuvraj hasn’t played for the senior national team since June 30 and has not been in the selectors’ radar in the recent past. However, he still receives a tremendous reception whenever he walks out to bat in domestic games. Every time he slog-sweeps a spinner over the ropes, the cricketing world is at its feet.Yuvraj recently revealed that he is eager for one final shot at the 2019 World Cup, which is just six months away. The all-rounder’s performances in the domestic circuit have been far from impressive this season and time is certainly running out for him.advertisementRegardless of whether he plays for India again or not, the prince from Punjab will remain as one of India’s greatest cricketing heroes.last_img read more

Luke Shaw: ‘People can say I’m fat but I’ve never been out of shape’

first_img Read more Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Shaw appeared to hit a nadir in March when he was hauled off by Mourinho at half-time of the 2-0 victory against Brighton. It seemed his Old Trafford career may be over. Yet there were four further appearances. “There were no doubts but there has been emotion,” the player says. “I was very upset but he [Mourinho] only does stuff like that because he knows what I can do. We’ve had this conversation. He said he knows I can be the best but he sometimes feels frustrated that I’m not doing that.“He knows what I can do. That was one of the texts he sent me in the off-season: ‘I know what you can do – you can be the best but you’ve just got to work on a couple of things.’ That’s why it pushes me on more. He says these things because he knows I can do it. He knows I can play for Manchester United.“It’s horrible at times because people only see those things he says [in public]. That’s fine because I’m a grown man and I can take stuff like that. I’m used to it. But the stuff inside the training ground, no one sees apart from me. It still gives me confidence.” Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Topics “I guess you’ve just got to take it because there is always going to be negative criticism and positive but both of them can make you stronger,” he says. “I’ve been unlucky because I’ve had a few ups and downs with different managers but I would say I’ve never been out of shape. Honestly, I feel really good and I’m raring to go, and the minutes [on tour] are only going to help me become fitter.”Shaw, who has started all three of United’s games in the US, is entering the final year of a contract he signed in 2014, when he arrived at Old Trafford from Southampton for a fee in excess of £27m and with the then 18-year-old an England left‑back. He was expected to occupy the same position at United for a decade or more but his career there has yet to fire.Shaw has endured injury, notably a broken leg in September 2015 that ended his season. And from the moment Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho’s predecessor, branded him overweight during the 2014 summer tour of the US, the charge has dogged him.“People can say I’m fat but I know my own body,” Shaw says. “I always look big because I’m bigger built – I’ve got that Wayne Rooney type of body.”The trip to Dubai illustrates the player’s determination to compete with Ashley Young for United’s starting left-back slot, and if a picture he posted on social media is anything to go by the 23-year-old has been doing all the right things.“I worked hard and not just for them [critics],” says Shaw, who is likely to start United’s Premier League curtain-raiser with Leicester City on 10 August because of Young’s post-World Cup break. “I’m working harder than ever and in the first game I want to look 10 times better than in that picture.”Like Van Gaal before him Mourinho has been critical of Shaw’s weight, leading to accusations of bullying on the Portuguese’s part and the player at one stage last year believing he had no future at United. But as Shaw reveals, the current United manager has been hugely supportive of his summer fitness regime, going as far as to send him encouraging text messages.“I was in Dubai with my girlfriend. It was funny – I was on my phone flicking through stuff. I got the text and accidentally clicked straight away [to reveal he read it]. The manager was probably thinking: ‘Jesus Christ!’I said to my girlfriend: ‘I’ve just opened it and I must look so weird now.’ It was fine. I left it a little bit to reply because I didn’t want to look too eager. It was a breath of fresh air when he texted me. I wasn’t expecting it. I spoke to him and it was really positive.”Shaw runs through his routine in Dubai. “We had to wake up early because it was hitting 45 degrees by 10 o’clock – it was quite painful the first day as we did do it in that heat. I would train and go in the gym. Then relax during the day and run on the beach and do core work in the evening before the sun went down.”With Shaw’s deal ending next summer he could leave United on a free if the club do not offer him fresh terms. “That’s what’s most frustrating,” he says. “You don’t want to be in this situation but I know I have got the quality to [truly] become a Manchester United player. Because at the moment it would be easy to sort of give up, after what happened in the last year or so.”Shaw is referencing Mourinho’s public admonishments regarding his approach to training and performances in matches. “It would be easy for me to quit and say: ‘I want to go.’ Of course, if the manager comes and says: ‘You’re not a player for Manchester United, you’re not a player for me,’ then I’ll accept that and find another place.“I want to earn a contract. I don’t want a contract because in the next year I’m a free agent, so they might look to tie me down. I know the club believe me – I’ve spoken with them, the manager, I’ve had discussions, meetings. If they really wanted to they could’ve cashed in. I’m going to fight for it this year and I want to be in that starting team.” Share on Twitter Luke Shaw is honest regarding the criticism he attracts for perceived weight issues.Speaking at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills, where Manchester United are based for their US summer tour, Shaw is about to embark on a make-or-break year at Old Trafford. The defender is in great shape physically after a personal pre-season programme in Dubai this month but, more than anything, he would rather his physique was not constantly judged. Manchester United beat Milan in epic shootout after Alexis Sánchez shines Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. interviews Reuse this contentlast_img read more

UEFA Nations League draw: England get Spain

first_imgUEFA Nations League UEFA Nations League draw: England get Spain, Germany face France Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:09 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane England Getty Images UEFA Nations League England Germany Spain Gareth Southgate’s side have been given a tough test, but they have avoided the Group of Death England will meet Croatia, who famously denied them a place at Euro 2008 with a 3-2 win at Wembley in November 2007, and Julen Lopetegui’s Spain in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.France, Netherlands and Germany, meanwhile, have been drawn in a daunting group.Didier Deschamps’ side have been drawn alongside Netherlands in Group 1 of League A, the two teams having faced off in World Cup qualifying, as well as the reigning world champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Italy face Poland and European champions Portugal in Group 3, while Belgium meet Switzerland and Iceland in Group 2.League B will see the Republic of Ireland meet Wales, now coached by Ryan Giggs, and Denmark, who beat the Irish in the play-off for the 2018 World Cup finals.Russia, the hosts of this year’s finals, will take on Sweden and Turkey, while Austria face Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland. Slovakia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic are in Group 1.Scotland will take on Albania and Israel in the three-team Group 1 of League C, while Group 4 will see Serbia take on Montenegro.UEFA’s bold new competition aims to replace a large portion of friendlies with more competitive fixtures against similarly ranked teams.The system will also offer an alternative route into the European Championship, beginning with Euro 2020.Teams who finish top of their groups in League A will compete at the Nations League finals next year, while countries can also be promoted and relegated depending on the final standings.The matches begin in September 2018.England have been drawn with Spain and Croatia in the inaugural UEFA Nations League.UEFA Nations League drawLeague A Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Netherlands Iceland Poland Croatia France Switzerland Italy England Germany Belgium Portugal Spain League B Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Czech Republic Estonia Northern Ireland Denmark Ukraine Sweden Bosnia and Herzegovina Republic of Ireland Slovakia Russia Austria Wales League C Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Israel Estonia Cyprus Lithuania Albania Finland Bulgaria Montenegro Scotland Greece Norway Serbia – Hungary Slovenia Romania League D Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Andorra San Marino Kosovo Gibraltar Kazakhstan Moldova Malta Liechtenstein Latvia Luxembourg Faroe Islands Armenia Georgia Belarus Azerbaijan Macedonialast_img read more

10 months agoSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utd

first_imgSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP midfielder Nani insists Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United.Nani won everything in the game at United.“Obviously the goal is to be Premier League champions, but the competition is fierce,” Nani told Goal.“Although last year United managed to finish in second place, this year isn’t going as expected. I’m sure though that if there is a coach able to turn things around and put the club on the right path it’s José.“Like Sir Alex, he has charisma and a very strong character. Those elements are key for success.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

College Football Playoff Match-Up Projections For Orange, Cotton Bowls

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There are currently six teams with good chances to make the College Football Playoff, entering this weekend’s conference title games. Notre Dame is probably already in barring a crazy committee decision, while Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Ohio State have the opportunity to play themselves in. Some need more help than others.This year’s semifinal games will be played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, and the Cotton Bowl in Arlington.The selection committee will not only unveil its four playoff teams on Sunday, but it also chooses where those match-ups will take place based on location.The No. 1 seed, likely Alabama with a win over Georgia, is right between the two sites, and could play in either. The four-seed that it faces will likely determine whether Crimson Tide fans have to book trips down to South Beach or over to the DFW metroplex.The College Football Playoff four-seed has a big impact, both on where Alabama football will play, as well as the location of the projected Clemson-Notre Dame game.If things hold serve right now, and the favorites sweep on Saturday, the Playoff will look like this:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameOklahomaAlabama-Oklahoma would be played at the Orange Bowl, due to Oklahoma’s close proximity to the Cotton Bowl. Clemson-Notre Dame would head to the Dallas area.If Ohio State wins and Oklahoma loses, or the Buckeyes jump the Sooners for the four-seed in another manner, Alabama-Ohio State would probably head to the Cotton Bowl, with Clemson-Notre Dame in Miami.There is no guarantee that Alabama is No. 1 come Sunday, of course. If the Tide lose and Clemson claims the spot, the Tigers would probably be placed in the Orange Bowl.Of course, beyond that, there are still a ton of permutations that bring specific location challenges. However things shake out, I have to imagine Notre Dame fans are fine with wherever the committee sends them after a 12-0 regular season.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins Gives Odds That He’ll Enter NFL Draft

first_imgDwayne Haskins after the TCU win.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after beating the TCU Horned Frogs 40-28 during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)If he makes the decision to leave Ohio State, Dwayne Haskins may very well be the first quarterback taken in the NFL Draft.He maintains that the decision hasn’t been made yet.Haskins is fresh off of leading the Buckeyes to their first Rose Bowl win since 2009.He completed 25-of-37 throws for 251 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. OSU beat a Washington team with a very good defense 28-23.In his first year as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, Haskins completed 70-percent of his throws for 4,831 yards and over nine yards per attempt, 50 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions.He finished the year as a Heisman finalist, and the first team All-Big Ten quarterback.After the Rose Bowl win, Dwayne Haskins said he is “50/50” on entering the NFL Draft.From ABC 6 sports director Clay Hall:Haskins tells reporters on field he’s 50-50 on staying at OSU or jumping to NFL. Jan.15th deadline to declare.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) January 2, 2019Haskins can come back, play for a national championship, battle Tua Tagovailoa and others for the Heisman Trophy, potentially shoot to be the No. 1 overall pick, help Ryan Day transition into being Ohio State head coach, and a host of other things.With his NFL Draft stock steadily rising though, it is hard to see him skipping the chance to be a first-rounder this year. The 2020 quarterback class will probably feature much more competition as well.He has a few weeks to figure this all out.last_img read more

Be a Modern Paul Bunyan With the Joseph Bowen Micro Hatchet

first_imgWe bet you hear the word hatchet — a small ax with a handle — you think of Paul Bunyan-like man chopping down trees. Lucky for you, Joseph Bowen, a knife maker and tattoo artist with a family history of fisherman and blacksmiths, came up with a modern day version of the ax. Bowen, who took up side jobs as a blacksmith while honing his tattoo skills, never lost interest in knife making and it shows. The Joseph Bowen Micro Hatchet is small enough so that you can attach it to a string and wear it around your neck, but large enough that you can do some real damage with it.Bowen used his skills and an Inuit-style Ulu blade that you can use with one hand. The blade is so sharp that it even can cut through bones. (Just don’t kill anybody with it!) Bowen crafted the Micro Hatchet in a skeleton like manner to decrease its weight and so that it can be held with just one hand. The large center hole acts as an aid for different grip retentions. You can hold it with a three-finger grip or a reverse grip.The hatchet also comes with a kydex sheath so you won’t accidentally cut yourself when you wear it around you neck.  Use the hatchet to chop foliage while camping, slice up animals while hunting, or to cut your way through vines while hunting. At four inches long and a blade made of CTS-HXP steel, you can bring it anywhere with you really. Just don’t do anything illegal with it. We wouldn’t!To inquire about ordering a Joseph Bowen Micro Hatchet, contact him at placasador at yahoo.com. How to Shave With a Straight Razor 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival The New Gerber Explore Collection Offers Up Great Holiday (or Anytime) Gift Ideas Editors’ Recommendations How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleeperslast_img read more

Ouverture du service de réservation téléphonique et en ligne demplacements de camping

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais peuvent se réjouir de l’arrivée d’un signe indéniable du printemps. En effet, c’est le mercredi 2 avril qu’ouvrira le service de réservation téléphonique et en ligne d’emplacements de camping dans les parcs provinciaux. « Le camping dans les parcs de la Nouvelle-Écosse offre détente et plaisir dans un bel environnement naturel, a déclaré Zach Churchill du ministère des Ressources naturelles. Nous nous attendons à accueillir environ deux tiers des Néo-Écossais dans nos parcs provinciaux cette année en plus des nombreux visiteurs de l’extérieur qui reviennent tous les ans camper dans nos parcs. » Le service de réservation est accessible en anglais et en français à www.novascotiaparks.ca et au 1-888-544-3434 entre 9 h et 23 h. Les parcs provinciaux de fréquentation diurne ouvriront au début de la fin de semaine de la fête de Victoria, le 17 mai, et fermeront après la fête de l’Action de grâces, le 14 octobre. Les parcs de camping ouvrent en mai ou en juin, selon les parcs, et ferment en septembre ou en octobre. Les frais de réservation sont de 9 $ et les frais d’annulation, de 7 $. Jusqu’au 3 juillet, les boissons alcoolisées sont interdites dans tous les parcs de camping provinciaux. Des améliorations ont été apportées à plusieurs parcs de camping. Les rénovations au parc provincial de l’île Graves sur la côte Sud sont presque terminées. Le parc compte de nouveaux emplacements aménagés et un nouveau bureau. Pour la première fois, il y des emplacements de camping aménagés au parc provincial de la plage Rissers dans le comté de Lunenburg. Les parcs provinciaux de la rivière Mira, au Cap-Breton, et de Five Islands, dans le comté de Cumberland, sont en cours de réaménagement et certains emplacements de camping seront fermés pour la saison. Les cartes des terrains de camping affichées sur le site Web montrent les endroits touchés. Une initiation au camping aura lieu au parc provincial Blomidon la fin de semaine du 5 et du 6 juillet. Pour plus d’informations sur les parcs provinciaux de la Nouvelle-Écosse et la liste complète des dates d’ouverture, allez à www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX jumps 100 points on strong Chinese data positive earnings

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed sharply higher Friday, rising to its highest level in more than two years following strong economic data from China and solid earnings reports from General Electric, Morgan Stanley and Google.The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 99.64 points to 13,136 after closing above 13,000 on Thursday for the first time since late July 2011. The increase came amid relief that U.S. lawmakers had reached an agreement to extend the debt limit, thus averting a possible default.“Things are aligning for Canada,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer at Scotia Asset Management PM Advisor Services.“Canada has lagged for a couple of years now on the U.S. in particular. Technically, the TSX has broken out (and) we should be able to challenge the 14,000 levsel.”The Canadian dollar was off 0.01 of a cent to 97.14 cents US as inflation pressures increased slightly in September. Statistics Canada said the Consumer Price Index rose by 0.2% month-over-month in September. That was on top of a 0.1% rise in August.The agency says the CPI was up 1.1% in the 12 months leading up to September, which matched the annual rate in August.U.S. indexes were higher as the Dow Jones industrials erased early losses to advance 28 points to 15,399.65, while the Nasdaq rose 51.13 points to 3,914.28 as Google’s stock price cracked the US$1,000 level. The S&P 500 index was ahead 11.35 points at a record high of 1,744.5.There was positive news from the world’s second-biggest economy as China’s growth rebounded in the latest quarter to 7.8% from a two-decade low of 7.5% in the second quarter, helped by government stimulus measures.The base metals group led advancers, up 1.7%. Copper prices had earlier advanced in the wake of the data from China, the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, but the December contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed unchanged at US$US$3.30 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 34 cents to C$18.99.The telecoms group rose 1.4% with Telus (TSX:T) ahead 79 cents to $35.29.The industrials sector rose 1.3%. The aerospace division of Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says one of China’s top leasing companies is the previously unidentified customer for up to 30 of its new CSeries aircraft.The buyer, CDB Leasing Co. Ltd., known as CLC, placed a conditional order in July 2012. Based on list prices, the initial contract would be worth about US$1.02 billion, and at US$2.07 billion if all options were exercised and Bombardier shares gained nine cents to $5.08.The energy sector rose 0.8% as the Chinese data helped push the November contract 14 cents higher at US$100.81 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 52 cents to C$33.78.Financials were ahead 0.74% and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) ran up 75 cents to $61.56.The gold sector was the sole decliner, down about 0.85% after charging ahead almost 5% Thursday as December bullion lost $8.40 to US$1,314.60 an ounce after running ahead more than $40 on Thursday. Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) faded 64 cents to C$25.66.In corporate news, Google Inc. posted earnings after the close Thursday of nearly US$3 billion, or US$8.75 per share, for the three months ended in September. If not for its expenses for employee stock compensation, Google said it would have earned US$10.74 per share, topping the average estimate of US$10.36 per share among analysts polled by FactSet.General Electric’s net income fell 9% in the third quarter to $3.19 billion, or 31 cents per share, on revenue of US$35.7 billion. Ex-items, GE earned 40 cents per share, five cents higher than forecast and its shares rose 87 cents to US$25.55.Investment bank Morgan Stanley said its third-quarter earnings almost doubled as the firm’s equity sales and trading revenue rose. The bank earned US$1.01 billion, or 50 cents a share, after stripping out an accounting charge, a dime higher than analysts forecasts. Its shares gained 76 cents to US$29.69.Strong economic data, solid earnings and relief that at least a short-term fix for the U.S. debt crisis was attained sent the TSX up 1.9% this past week while the Dow industrials climbed 1.07%.The Canadian Press read more

Ohio State baseball looks to rebound in 3game series at Maryland

OSU redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) gets ready to swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman on April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Edward Sutelan | For The LanternHumble pie does not taste good, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to get a dose of reality.Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals knows this all too well after his alma mater Kent State provided that slice of truthful decadence with an 8-3 thumping Tuesday evening. OSU (19-8-1, 2-1) had been riding a seven-game winning streak, and dating back to the March 15 win over UNLV, had won 12 of its last 13 games. But the throttling at the hands of the Golden Flashes provided a blinding reality check that Beals is using as a learning experience. “It wasn’t just (Tuesday’s starter) Ryan Feltner, we all got punched in the mouth yesterday,” Beals said. “So it’s good. The competitors that we are, it’s not all bad.”OSU hasn’t faced a Big Ten opponent on the road so far this season, and the nonconference loss to Kent State was its first matchup versus a road opponent with a winning record.Now, OSU, which is 4-4 on the road, is getting set to head to College Park, Maryland, for its first-ever road series with the recently added Big Ten rival Maryland Terrapins (14-15, 1-2). Last season, the Terps took two of three games at Bill Davis Stadium in May, sending OSU into a tailspin that it couldn’t steer out of. OSU co-captain and third baseman Nick Sergakis said the Buckeyes are looking for revenge against the Terrapins after they stole a series from the Buckeyes in Columbus.  “They came into our place and kind of handed it to us a little bit,” Sergakis said. “We wanna go out to their park and do the same thing to them. They’re a good team, we have not taken them lightly. It’s a big Big Ten series.” Beals noted that OSU is more experienced and more potent on offense, leading him to believe his guys will be ready for the battle when junior ace Tanner Tully takes the mound on Friday. Scouting MarylandMaryland enters the series as losers of three of its last four games, including a frustrating series loss to High Point at home. Maryland currently sits at 1-2 in the Big Ten after dropping two of three at Iowa, and the series this weekend against the Buckeyes will open a swing of conference games that make up nine of its next 10. The Terrapins lean heavily on underclassmen for production at the plate, as their top three hitters — sophomore infielder Kevin Biondic, freshman infielder Nick Dunn and freshman outfielder Marty Costes — have accounted for a combined 11 home runs, 56 RBIs and a .325 average. The Terrapin pitching staff sits in eighth place in the Big Ten with a 4.30 team ERA, but it’s loaded with top-notch talent. The pitching staff has been led by sophomore right-hander Taylor Bloom, who leads the team with a 4-2 record and a 2.36 ERA. Perhaps most impressively, Bloom leads the Terps with 8.5 strikeouts for each walk, which is tied for 16th in Division I. “Their starting pitchers are good,” Beals said. “We’ve gotta be able to be fastball ready and make sure we’re able to capitalize on the good pitches that we do get to hit, and then most importantly, we’ve gotta stay off their breaking balls. If we can stay away from the chases and hit the pitches we’re supposed to hit, I think we’ll be good.”Back on the right trackIn the latest release of the RPI standings by the NCAA, OSU came in at 149th place out of 300 teams, meaning OSU will have to turn up the heat for the rest of the conference season in order to boost its tournament résumé. Beals stressed the importance of getting back on the winning track against Maryland as a direct way to do that, as this series is the first of four consecutive Big Ten series for the Buckeyes. A big factor for OSU to get back to their winning ways is whether redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer will be able to shake off the hamstring pull that caused him to exit his last start against Bethune-Cookman after just 4.1 innings of work. “We’re going to bump him back to Sunday,” Beals said. “Right now we’re going to go Tully, (senior John) Havird and Niemeyer — just buying Adam another day. There’s still some soreness and tightness in that hamstring, we’re going to learn more about it today and tomorrow.”Junior catcher and co-captain Jalen Washington said the team will be ready to open its first series in Maryland and stressed the importance of getting on a roll in the conference. “Each Big Ten series is a big opportunity for us, so we just need to get out there and get ahead of it,” Washington said. “We don’t want to look back at the end of the season and worry about losing one to Maryland when we could have taken the series from them. Each opportunity is big for us.” The first pitch in College Park is set to be thrown out at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. read more

Greek visitor increase in March

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek visitors made up the fourth biggest European group to visit Melbourne in March this year. Contributing to the 5 per cent increase to international and domestic passengers at Melbourne Airport, Greek visitors made up almost 6 per cent of the European demographic of passengers. Overall in the third quarter of 2012/13, 7,455,992 passengers flew into Melbourne Airport. The shift in Greek visitors could be attributed to the crisis, with many coming as students or visiting family members. Italian visitors made up the largest percentage in the European group in March, also showing the connection to family in Australia gives a big incentive to visit. But European travellers didn’t make up the largest percentage of visitors. Melbourne Airport CEO Mr Chris Woodruff said, “Asia was the strongest performing market for the quarter and continues to make a significant contribution to Victoria’s economy through international visitor expenditure. Passport holders from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines all grew by more than 10 per cent.” US travellers only made up 2 per cent of visitors to Melbourne, indicating the strong dollar might be deterring US tourism. There was also a 5 per cent increase to domestic travel, boosting Melbourne’s economy.last_img read more

Why Adventurers Are Joining Scientists in Tackling Environmental Issues

first_img Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month As the lead technician in a Virology lab, Sarah Horak had always loved her work in science. Her job didn’t actually allow her to be out in the field very much though, which was disappointing, as  she and her husband, Justin, both loved the outdoors and were always trying to find more ways to spend time there. So when she found out that there was a nonprofit called Adventure Scientists looking for volunteers to help other scientists gather data in the outdoors, she was immediately intrigued.“They were looking for volunteers to help collect water samples for [a] microplastics study,” she says. “I signed up, met with the project manager on the study, and was immediately hooked.”The project allowed her to combine her two loves — science and the outdoors — which is why the microplastics project was only her first foray into Adventure Scientists projects. After two years of volunteering on that first one, she and her husband became volunteers for a large, important pollinator project that was gathering information about butterflies in remote, backcountry areas.Insects are the foundation of biodiversity, and yet, very little is known about most of their populations, especially in wilderness areas. So the pollinator project with the University of Arizona aimed to gather information about butterfly populations in wild public lands, how their ranges shift, and which species might be declining in the near future.  This information would then inform how conservationist could save butterflies before it’s too late, and could even help maintain entire ecosystems too because these pollinators serve as what scientists call “biodiversity indicators” for ecosystem health.Adventure Scientists volunteers search for butterflies for the pollinator project, which aims to identify butterfly abundance, diversity, and distribution. (Photo Credit Louise Johns)“Butterflies contribute to pollination of some flowers,” explains Michelle Toshack, Adventure Scientist project manager for the pollinator project. “[But] their main role in ecosystems is to provide food for other animals. Those fat caterpillars are essentially nature’s hot dogs, and can make up a large proportion of birds diets, especially in high alpine ecosystems.”“Insects in general have rapidly declined over the past few decades, which has huge implications since so many animals rely on [them] for food,” she continues. “[And] many of the threats to pollinators [like butterflies] are human-caused.”But to gather the kind of data set that they needed to truly understand the distribution, density and abundance of butterflies in remote, public lands, needed a lots and lots of information just  to establish a baseline. “For prioritizing pollinator conservation, the very first step is understanding distribution of existing species,” explains Toshack. “How can we know what to conserve if we don’t even know what species are out there, and what their distribution is?” Just to establish the baseline they needed would have taken years and years had it not been for the help of Adventure Scientists.That’s why the nonprofit Adventure Scientists unites scientists with outdoor enthusiasts, such as Sarah and her husband, who are willing to help gather data in some of the pretty wild and difficult places around the world.“We recruit, train, and manage volunteers to gather lab-quality field data so that our partners can use the data in scientific studies policymaking, and in court to address pressing environmental and human health issues,” explains Marcus Pearson, Director of Program Investments and General Counsel at Adventure Scientists.The best part is that you don’t have to be a scientist or even have a scientific background to volunteer to gather this data; you just have to be willing to be trained in the process of scientific data collection and, of course, be adventurous enough to strike  out into some pretty remote places on any of the seven continents in the name of research.Adventure Scientists volunteer Sarah Horack says she loves “being a part of something that could have such a huge impact for change.” (Photo Credit: Sarah and Justin Horack)For example, for the pollinator project, Toshack says, “we have a small army of butterfly-chasers in high alpine meadows collecting data for this project… This summer alone, volunteers hiked over 3000 miles!”“[It] would be nearly impossible to get that many field technicians or graduate students out collecting data on that scale,” she continues. “Volunteers fill in data gaps in remote areas where otherwise there [would] have been little or no data.”Of course, in order for that data to be lab-quality, volunteers have to be thoroughly trained.  “Some projects require in-person training, while for others, we develop online trainings,” says Pearson. “In both cases, we require our volunteers to review the scientific literature behind the issue and to walk through the protocol in a way so that in the end, they can pass a test with a 100% score.”“A less-than-perfect score requires the volunteers to review the training and retake the test,” he adds.For the pollinator project, Toshack trained volunteers through online training modules, teaching them how to chase down a butterfly (without falling or hurting themselves in the process), swoop it up into a butterfly net and then carefully handle it without harming it. She then showed the trainees how to take high-quality photos of the top and bottom of their wings, submit the photos through an iNaturalist app and then carefully release the little critters safely to the wild again. Finally, she trained them on how collect information about wildflowers in the areas where they saw butterflies.For the pollinator project, volunteers were trained on how to chase down a butterfly, swoop it up into a butterfly net, and then carefully handle it without harming it. (Photo Credit: Louise Johns)“Butterfly catching is not as easy as it looks,” says Sarah. That’s why she had her husband take on the task of actually collecting the butterflies, while she took the pictures of them. The pair went on several trips in Montana for the project, including Hyalite Lake and Garnet Mountain (an 8-mile round trip hike to a large meadow).“When people ask why we volunteered,” she continues, “I tell them ‘who wouldn’t want to bound through mountaintop meadows collecting butterflies?’ The truth is, in our busy lives, we often don’t take real time to enjoy the beauty around us. Adventure Scientists gives us more of a purpose for the completion of our weekend adventures.”Already, according to Toshack, the baseline data collected by volunteers, like Sarah, in 2017 and 2018 has made an impact. Researchers on the project have partnered with the US Forest Service to implement management strategies for butterflies, such as restoration planting, timing prescribed burns, and forest planning. Plus, Toshack says, “we are engaging a global group of curious volunteers” who become ambassadors for the many issues around pollinator decline.For her part, Sarah says, she just loves “being a part of something that could have such a huge impact for change.”More on Geek.com:Banning Plastic Could Further Damage the Earth, Researchers SayScientists Capture Rare Photos of the World’s Most Endangered RhinoA Look at the World’s Smallest Mollusk Museum Stay on targetlast_img read more

Christmas 1914 The day humanity beat war

first_imgPLOEGSTEERT, Belgium — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night, Holy Night”).Then, during that first Christmas Day in World War I, something magical happened.Soldiers who had been killing each other by the tens of thousands for months climbed out of their soggy, muddy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of war.Hands reached out across the narrow divide, presents were exchanged, and in Flanders Fields a century ago, a spontaneous Christmas truce briefly lifted the human spirit.“Not a shot was fired,” Lt. Kurt Zehmisch of the 134th Saxony regiment wrote with amazement in his diary that Christmas.On the other side of the front line, Pvt. Henry Williamson of the London Rifle Brigade was amazed by the goodwill among his enemies. “Yes, all day Xmas Day & as I write. Marvelous, isn’t it?”Few could believe their eyes, especially on this mud-caked patch of Belgium and northern France where crimson poppies had long ago shriveled in the cold.last_img read more

Southwest monsoon turns vigorous

first_imgVikarabad: The Southwest Monsoon has turned vigorous across Telangana during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Friday, with rain occurring in Siddipet, Vikarabad and Ranga Reddy districts, according to the Met department bulletin.• Bejjanki (Siddipet) records 4 cm, Tandur (Vikarabad), Saroornagar (RR), Dubbak (Siddipet), Peddemul (Vikarabad), Nangnoor (Siddipet), Nawabpet (Vikarabad) and Mominpet (Vikarabad) 3 cm each Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us • 2 cm of rainfall each in Kondapur, Golkonda, Nanganur, Kohir, Papannapet, Sadasivpet, Vikarabad, Kodangal, Hayathnagar, Kondapak, Doma, Munipalli, Medak, Naykal, Kondurg, Pargi, Narayankhed, Chevella, Serilingampally • Heavy rain may occur at isolated places across the state in coming daysThe chief amounts of rainfall (in cm) were: Bejjanki (Siddipet) 4, Tandur (Vikarabad), Saroornagar (RR), Dubbak (Siddipet), Peddemul (Vikarabad) , Nangnoor (Siddipet), Nawabpet (Vikarabad), Mominpet (Vikarabad) 3 each. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us There was two cm of rain each in Kondapur, Golkonda, Nanganur, Kohir, Papannapet, Sadasivpet, Vikarabad, Kodangal, Hayathnagar, Kondapak, Doma, Munipalli, Medak, Naykal, Kondurg, Pargi, Narayankhed, Chevella, Serilingampally, Chegunta, Raikode. The bulletin warned of heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places across the State on August 3, 5 and 6. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at many places in the State from August 3 to 6. No large change during the period August 7-9 is the weather outlook. Advertise With Us The rain is being caused by the upper air cyclonic circulation over the west-central Bay of Bengal off north coastal Andhra, which lies over the west- central and adjoining northwest Bay off the north Andhra-south Odisha coasts. An upper air cyclonic circulation lies over north coastal Odisha and neighborhood. A fresh low pressure area is likely to form over the north-east Bay and its neighbourhood around August 4 and is likely to become more marked subsequently.last_img read more

Russian firm gets Rooppurs supervision job

first_imgRooppur-IllustrationThe Cabinet Committee on Public Purchaseon Wednesday approved a total of 10 proposals, including one to appoint Russian state regulatory Rostekhnadzor as security and supervision consultant of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project.The committee gave the approval to the proposals at a meeting with finance minister AMA Muhith in the chair.As per the proposal placed by the Science and Technology Ministry, Rostekhnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision, will work as consultant for 11 years at a cost of Tk 13.54 billion.Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom has been engaged in building the 2400 MW power plant at a cost of $12.65 billion.The committee approved a proposal of the Power Division to award contract to a consortium of Unique Hotel and Resort Ltd, Strategic Finance Limited and its partner to set up 600 MW combined cycle power plant in Narayanganj on build-own-operate (boo) basis.The plant will run by gas or R-LNG and the government will purchase electricity from the plant at Tk 2.95 per unit in gas and Tk 5.45 per unit in R-LNG over a period of 22 years.A proposal to award a contract for construction of international passenger terminal at Cox’s Bazar airport at a cost of Tk 275 crore received the nod of the committee.The committee okayed a tender awarding to National Development Limited for the work for extension of export cargo terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at a cost of Tk 1.55 billion.The committee also approved a proposal of the Power Division to procure 84,868 units of electric poles in two separate lots for rural electrification programme.One lot of 42,032 units of poles will cost Tk 87.88 crore while another of the same quantity Tk 8.7 million.last_img read more