PMO downplayed rich Inuit link to discovered Franklin ship

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Franklin expedition ship found by researchers on the Arctic seabed has a detailed and colourful history within Inuit oral tradition, yet the Inuit garnered only one 17-word sentence among the press releases and backgrounders released by the Prime Minister’s Office at the time after Tuesday’s announced discovery.An analysis of ice patterns and movements reveals the wreck was likely pushed from the area where Inuit said they initially found the ship to where Canadian researchers discovered it over a century later, said Tom Zagon, a research scientist with the Canadian Ice Service.“We can see the natural drift of ice actually occurs and supports the Inuit oral history,” said Zagon, during a press conference Wednesday.Ryan Harris, the Parks Canada marine archeologist who led the ship’s search, said both Franklin ships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, appear in the oral tradition. The Inuit, however, provided a more detailed description of one ship said to have been found south of King William Island off Grant Point on the Adelaide Peninsula in an area known as Ootloo-lik “the place of the bearded seal.”Harris said this was the shipwreck discovered by his search team.“The information that was gleaned from the Inuit with respect to that second, southern vessel is far more detailed and nuanced,” he said. “For that reason, we, like previous searchers, started in the south in the belief that the information was a bit more informative and it’s quite detailed with reports of the vessel there when it was first identified by the Inuit. They were ultimately able to visit the ship and obtained useful material from the ship.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the discovery of the submerged shipwreck Tuesday. The hunt for the Franklin ships, which were last seen by European eyes in 1845, has been a priority for the Harper government. Parks Canada led six searches for the ships since 2008.Yet, the general public wouldn’t know about the key role Inuit oral history played in the selection of the search area by reading the information posted on the PMO’s website. There, the role of the Inuit in the Franklin saga is mentioned only in passing.“Indeed, except for some encounters with the Inuit, the crews of the vessels were never seen again,” said the historical backgrounder on the PMO’s website, which is also available in the Inuit language of Inuktitut.The PMO did not respond to an APTN National News question on why the Inuit received barely a mention.According to the historical record, the Inuit provided several detailed accounts of their encounter with the wrecked ship south of King William Island to 19th Century and early 20th Century explorers who went searching for the ill-fated Franklin expedition and its two lost ships. It’s unknown which of the two ships was found south of the island.In Dorothy Harley Eber’s book, Encounters on the Passage; Inuit meet the Explorers, one of the most detailed accounts of the location of the wrecked ship south of King William Island was given to American journalist William Henry Gilder who accompanied American explorer Frederick Schwatka on his 1878 search of the Franklin expedition.Gilder reported the team managed to interview a man named Ikinnelikpatolok who had been to a ship trapped in the sea ice.“The next white man he saw was dead in a bunk of a big ship which was frozen near an island about five miles due west of Grant Point, on Adelaide Peninsula. They had to walk about three miles on smooth ice to reach the ship…About this time he saw the tracks of white men on the mainland. When he first saw them there were four and afterward only three. This was when the spring snows were falling,” reported Gilder, who is quoted in Eber’s 2008 book. “When his people saw the ship so long without anyone around they used to go on board and steal pieces of wood and iron. They did not know how to get inside by the doors and cut a hole in the side of the ship, on a level with the ice, so that when the ice broke-up during the following summer the ship filled and sunk.”A similar story was told by the Inuit of the Boothia Peninsula to British naval officer Leopold McClintock in 1859. McClintock led a search for the lost Franklin ships and crew funded by Sir John Franklin’s widow Lady Jane Franklin.“After much anxious enquiry we learned that two ships had been seen by the natives of King William Island; one of these was seen to sink in deep water and nothing was obtained from her…but the other was forced on shore by the ice where they suppose she still remains, but is much broken,” reported McClintock, according to Eber’s book. “And Ootloo-lik is the name of the place where she grounded…The latter also told that the body of a man was found on board the ship, that he must have been a very large man and had long teeth.”McClintock, however, thought Ootloo-lik was on the west coast of King William Island, wrote Eber, while the area was later thought to be south of the island. Eber said successive interpretations placed the area on O’Reilly Island and on Grant Point.In 1969, L. A. Learmoth, a Hudson Bay Company trader who knew Inuktitut, wrote in the spring issue of The Beaver that the area was actually a large swath of territory where Inuit regularly hunted for bearded seal, wrote Eber. The area extended south from King William Island, down to the Adelaide Peninsula, west to Jenny Lind Island and to the coast of the Queen Maud Gulf, wrote Eber.“This represents quite a stretch of water intermixed with dozens and dozens of small islands which makes it very tricky to survey and all essentially uncharted, though we have made significant inroads,” said Harris.Another explorer who searched for the remains of Franklin’s ship and crew, American Charles Hall, also heard a similar story. Hall went to King William Island in 1864 and spoke to Inuit from the Boothia Peninsula who told him they had been on a stranded ship.“A native of the island first saw the ship when sealing; it was far off seaward, in the ice. He concluded to make his way to it, though at first he felt afraid, got aboard, but saw no one, although from every appearance somebody had been living there. At last he ventured to steal a knife and made off as fast as he could to his home. But on showing the (Inuit) what he had stolen the men of the place all started off for the ship. To get into the (cabin) they knocked a hole through because it was locked. They found there a dead man whose body was very large and heavy, his teeth very long,” reported Hall, according to Eber’s book. “They said they had made a hole in the bottom by getting out one of the timbers or planks. The ship was afterwards much broken up by the ice, and the masts, timbers, boxes, casks, etc., drifted to shore…The (Inuit) saw that nearly the whole side of one side of the vessel had been crushed in by the heavy ice.”Eber wrote that Inuit gave accounts they boarded the ship to five 19th Century and early 20th Century explorers searching for Franklin and his. Three of the accounts claimed the Inuit made a hole in the hull and the ship sunk, Eber wrote.Harris said it would have been difficult for the Inuit at the time to break through the hull, which was 36 inches thick and comprised of layered wood.As for the second ship, the accounts on this one are sparse. It seems, according to Inuit accounts, the second ship ended up east of King William Island near Matty Island, according to Eber.Eber said in an interview with APTN National News the stories of the Franklin ship are still circulating and it’s worthwhile to sift through them for clues.“The difficulty with these stories is that they eventually begin to be not second-hand stories or third or fourth-hand stories, but really old stories that are pretty difficult to check out. But they can be checked out physically and pay off,” she said. “We do learn things from them.”During her research for the book, Eber came across one story that led her to believe part of the ill-fated Franklin expedition’s tale may never be known.Two Inuit from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region told her a story handed down from grandfather to grandfather.“This great-great grandfather went hunting caribou east of Chantrey Inlet about (240 kilometres) south of Gjoa Haven (Nunavut) and he saw an inuksuk he hadn’t seen before. He decided to go and investigate and in this cairn was a lot of white and brownish-coloured material wrapped in a leather pouch that was paper for sure. There were a lot of strange markings. That’s writing. They were brownish coloured papers, not dark brown but light brown. He figure these papers were cursed by a spirit who had left them there and he took them and destroyed every last one of them,” wrote Eber, quoting Tommy Anguttitauruq who heard the story from Matthew Tiringaneak who heard it from his grandfather.“What mysteries might have been solved by those brown-coloured papers?” wrote Eber.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Transcontinentals Q4 results tops expectations shares surge higher

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Shares in Transcontinental Inc. shot higher after the company reported a fourth quarter that topped expectations for both profits and revenue.Shares in the Montreal-based company were up $1.40 or more than seven per cent at $20.77 midday on the Toronto Stock Exchange after going as high as $22.42.Transcontinental reported a profit of $67 million or 76 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 28, down from $73.4 billion or 95 cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Transcontinental says it earned 99 cents per share for the quarter, up from 91 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.Revenue for what was the company’s fourth quarter totalled $829.2 million, up from $527.2 million, boosted by its acquisition of Coveris Americas earlier this year.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of 76 cents per share and revenue of $777.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.A, TSX:TCL.B)last_img read more

Marrakech to Host 3rd Oasis Festival

By Safaa KasraouiRabat -The Red City’s Oasis Festival for electro and house music will be back for a 3rd edition September 15 to 17.The event aims to bring together international and national underground electronic talents to celebrate their art. The three-day event will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet up with notable figures of this genre of art.For the first time since its inception, the festival will feature a pre-party, where Moroccan DJ Amine K and Label Player Karmon will perform their music.Kenny Glasgow will also perform with My Favorite Robot during the opening ceremony of the event.German DJ Dettmann will kick off the three-day festival along with the Canadian producer and DJ Richie Hawtin.The second day of the event will feature American DJ Maceo Plex.Nicolas Jaars will perform a line alongside Moodymann during the last day of the festival.Berlin-based, DJ and producer Anja Schneider, Henrik Schwarz, Matthias Meyer, Daniel Avery, Naumel Henrik will also perform their music at the 3rd edition of Oasis Festival.Festival goers will also have the opportunity to enjoy some of the rising names of Moroccan techno and house, such as Mar1, Jazza, and Unes.Away from music, the event will include other several activities, such as yoga classes, live painting, massage sessions, and a spa and swimming pool. read more

Syria UN begins delivery of safe water supplies for 10 million people

“This shipment is very timely as supplies of chlorine in Syria have fallen dangerously low, making access to safe water challenging for many families,” said Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “This puts the population – and children especially – at high risk of contracting diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases.” The first four trucks carrying 80 tons of sodium hypochlorite water chlorination supplies crossed the Jordanian border into Syria on Sunday, heading for Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Homs. Approximately 420,000 people – half of them children – need urgent humanitarian aid in Homs, UNICEF said last week, following a recent inter-agency mission to the country. Over the coming weeks, UNICEF, in coordination with the technical department of the Ministry of Water Resources and the Syrian Aran Red Crescent, will deliver 1,000 tons of chlorine to cities and communities across all 14 governorates in Syria. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has co-signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia to provide $2.1 million worth of essential medicines, vaccines and medical equipment. As many as three million Syrians will benefit from the donation, which will cover a one-year period starting this month. A shortage of medicines in Syria is becoming more critical, as is waste management and the availability of safe drinking water, WHO has said. Poor hygiene is increasing the risk of infectious diseases such as lice, hepatitis A and leishmaniasis, a sore-causing disease transmitted by sandflies. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which has also left more than four million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The international community has committed more than $1.5 billion for humanitarian aid to Syrians. Supporting reconstruction of critical infrastructure, such as water pumping stations, and providing essential relief supplies like medicines are among the top four priorities inside the country, along with helping people who have fled their homes and the communities hosting them and helping the poorest avoid total destitution. read more

Integrity nets new technology

Troy Brooks, left, and Eugene OtsukaEugene Otsuka has won an iPod Nano after completing an online tutorial about academic integrity.Otsuka, a first-year Business Administration student, was among 1,160 students who completed the tutorial promoting positive academic behaviour. The contest was part of Academic Integrity Month, which is each October at Brock.The tutorial has been online since 2008.Presenting the iPod Nano was Troy Brooks, Academic Integrity officer.Related link:Academic Integrity tutorial

Star Wars fans defy church protests to attend first cinema showing on

first_imgStar Wars fans have defied warnings they were breaching God’s law by attending the first film to be shown in a public cinema on the Isle of Lewis on a Sunday.All 183 tickets were sold for the showing of The Last Jedi, the latest instalment of the space saga, at the An Lanntair arts venue in Stornoway. Others attended a workshop which involved building a model Death Star.Two protestors turned out at the cinema, with a woman holding a placard urging the cinema-goers to keep Sundays holy on the Sabbatarian isle off the west of Scotland.The other protestor, the Rev. David Fraser of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), argued that they should “repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out.”David Green, the chairman of the venue’s board, said some staff had faced pressure from their families over the move but argued that no one should be able to dictate to others “what they can and what they cannot do.”The island was traditionally staunchly Presbyterian and its observance of the Sabbath was so strict there was a time when play park swings were chained up at dusk on Saturdays.This has been diluted in recent years with the first commercial flight landing at Stornoway airport in 2002 and the island’s ferries operating on Sundays since 2009, despite fierce protests. Elly Fletcher, the chief executive of the An Lanntair arts venueCredit:Western Isles News Agency An Lanntair has Lewis’s only cinema and will open on the last Sunday of the month until March as a trial. More than half the tickets for next month’s Sunday film, the Pixar animation Coco, have already been sold.The venue conducted a survey showing a “significant majority” back the change but the Rev Fraser, 78, said: “This is a serious breach of God’s law.”The Sabbath is to be kept holy – people are forgetting about higher things and going against the the Christian tradition of our island heritage and culture. There should be freedom of choice within the limits of respect of the religion and culture here.”He added: “We are making our convictions clear – we are not trying to block people going in, but making clear what we believe in and that they should be seeking their own salvation and God’s ways. Spending Sunday in a cinema is not God’s way.” But Mr Green said: “We have been really careful to do this in the least disruptive or offensive way. It is about a quiet afternoon for families. How we continue, and if we continue, with this will be decided at the end of the trial.”The only regret I have is that some members of staff have been put under pressure over this – some have family members who have objections for cultural or religious reasons. But no member of staff has been forced to work on a Sunday.”Hereward Proops, 37, a therapist who attended the showing with his two children, said: “I think it’s fantastic. If people don’t want to go to church they should be allowed to go to the cinema. I think quite a lot of people to want this to happen.””Nobody is going to stop people observing the Sabbath. I cannot understand why people cannot accept choice. Live and let live, I say.” Elly Fletcher, the chief executive of the An Lanntair arts venue 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. Campaigners have raised the funds for a trial opening but leisure facilities, including a swimming pool and sports centre, remain closed on Sundays in observance of the Sabbath.Teeing off on Sundays is banned at the Stornoway Golf Club under a historic clause in the lease with community landlord, although a recent survey showed overwhelming support for it to be allowed.last_img read more

Cluj Viborg Buxtehude and Zvezda completed Womens EHF CL

← Previous Story Poland (Round 3): Wisla and Kielce win, the only with three wins Next Story → France: Chambery, Montpellier and Paris race for the title After FTC, four more teams completed WOmen’s EHF Champions League 2012/2013. Here are the results of the EHF CL qualification final matches:JOLIDON CLUJ – ROSTOV 23:22VIBORG HK – GDYNIA 26:22ZVEZDA – ISSY PARIS 26:20BYASEN – BUXTEHUDER 22:26 ByasenClujViborgWomens EHF Champions Leaguezvezda

Twilight Zone Episodes That Need Black Remakes

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on target Earlier this year Jordan Peele went from beloved sketch comedy performer to full-blown auteur with his incredible racial thriller Get Out. If you haven’t seen it (and if so what’s wrong with you) the social satire is a barely exaggerated examination of what it means to be Black even in “liberal” America. And since the film was big hit, Peele is already prepping a new “social thriller” for 2019 while helping other African-American filmmakers get their Black horror projects off the ground.Get Out is part of a long legacy of smart horror stories that use frights to examine real social ills. It’s basically the Stepford Wives but with racism instead of sexism. But one of the best and most famous examples of this type of terrific terrifying storytelling is Rod Serling’s seminal anthology series The Twilight Zone. Like any good twisty science-fiction, the show metaphorically discussed politics of its era. Serling would practically spell out the end message for you with his irresistible voice.That’s why it makes perfect sense that alongside his other projects, Peele is now prepping a new (4th) Twilight Zone reboot for the Star Trek: Discovery delivery service known as CBS All Access. At the moment, that’s pretty much all we know about the show. Daredevil season two showrunner Marco Ramirez may also be involved. But the idea of Peele infusing classic Twilight Zone stories with an even more provocative racial bent is enough to get us very excited.Obviously the new Twilight Zone should tell its own original, contemporary stories, but here are our suggestions for classic Twilight Zone episodes that could use a Black reboot. Oh, and maybe get Forest Whitaker to host again.ShatterdayThis episode is from the 1980s Twilight Zone reboot, not the 1950s original, and stars a young Bruce Willis. It’s about a man whose life is slowly being supplanted by his own doppelganger. Get Out deals with similar existential crises of replaced identity, so a Black update of this one should be pretty easy for Peele and company.It’s a Good LifeOne of the most famous Twilight Zone episodes, “It’s a Good Life” of course features an all-powerful little boy who banishes adults who displease him to the cornfield, keeping everyone else in a permanent state of terrified, false happiness. My pitch here? Keep the little boy white but make everyone else forced to bend to his childish whims Black.The Eye of the BeholderIn “The Eye of the Beholder,” a woman prepares to undergo surgery to fix her hideous face. In a classic Twilight Zone twist, the woman is actually beautiful by our standards. It’s everyone else who is ugly. Considering the ways racism intersects with unfair, inconsistent beauty standards, the metaphor here could work even stronger in a Black reboot.The Monsters Are Due on Maple StreetSmall suburban towns sure do love being afraid of some unknowable other. Past versions of this seminal story of self-destruction have grappled with paranoia over aliens, communism, and terrorism. But if recent history has taught us anything, Black people are totally still one of those irrational fears, too.No Time Like the PastIf you could back in time, obviously the moral thing to do would be to try and prevent history’s greatest atrocities. Unfortunately, as this episode demonstrates, that may end up causing the problems you’re trying to prevent. Remaking this episode but centered around past racial atrocities, perhaps alongside the difficulty a modern Black person may face if they were sent back in time, would add even more ironic tragedy.Dead Man’s ShoesAfter a person is murdered, his spirit lives on in the bodies of people who wear his shoes and continues his revenge. So imagine if the spirits of countless Black men killed by police could haunt their oppressors in similar ways? Anything is possible in the Twilight Zone. Making the shoes Air Jordans or whatever flung over telephone pole wires might be a little much, though.The FeverI don’t really have a racial pitch for this episode, but “The Fever” features a dude being chased by a giant slot machine and I just want to see that again but with modern effects.Buy The Twilight Zone Complete SeriesBuy Get OutLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Starbucks hiking prices despite lower bean costs

first_imgNEW YORK — Starbucks wants a few extra pennies for that latte.The Seattle-based coffee company says it’s hiking prices on average by 1 percent nationally starting on Tuesday. But it says the price for many drinks, such as medium and large brewed coffees and Frappuccinos, won’t change in most its 11,000 U.S. cafes.“Less than a third of beverages will see a small increase in most stores,” said Lisa Passe, a Starbucks spokeswoman. She noted that the increases will vary by region and may apply to different drinks.Depending on the market, Starbucks Corp. notes it’s the first price hike most customers will see in about two years.The price hike comes despite falling coffee costs that have boosted the company’s profits. In the last quarter, Starbucks cited lower coffee costs for a stronger operating margin, which represents the money it pockets from sales after subtracting what it pays to keep stores running.And those lower coffee costs are expected to continue padding its bottom line.Earlier this month, a Janney Montgomery Scott analyst issued a note to investors saying Starbucks is likely to benefit from lower coffee costs for the next few years. Based on the price of a coffee contract at the time, Mark Kalinowski estimated that Starbucks would pay about half the $1.4 billion it did for coffee in 2012.But Starbucks notes that coffee represents just one of its many costs and historically has accounted for less than 10 percent of overall store expenses.Passe said other expenses include rent, labor, marketing, equipment and other ingredients such as milk and sugar.last_img read more

Mattis Returning to Stanfords Hoover Institution

first_img ADC AUTHOR Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is re-joining the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in May as the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow.“I believe we have an obligation to pass on the lessons we’ve learned so that future generations can study, learn and become better,” Mattis said in a press release. “Hoover has made this part of its mission, and I look forward to returning.”Mattis was a fellow at Hoover until he became secretary in January 2017. He left DOD at the end of 2018.DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinandolast_img

Shawsheen Tech Makes Significant Upgrades To School Security Systems

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School welcomed community safety officials and State Representative Marc Lombardo to review and demonstrate the school’s updated security systems and recently-constructed Crisis Command Center.Superintendent-Director Timothy Broadrick and the District School Committee have been engaged in a three-year campus security project to bring the 49-year-old Shawsheen Technical High School building and grounds into the cutting edge of school security.  According to Superintendent Broadrick, “One of the challenges of an aging facility is making the right kinds of thoughtful investments that preserve the usefulness and longevity of the structures.  Our School Committee and our five member communities understand this, and they have annually supported a capital plan that keeps this place in great shape.”State Representative Marc Lombardo has been a champion of public safety as well as all forms of public education in Billerica, both in the Billerica Public School System and at Shawsheen Tech.  When he heard about the Shawsheen District’s plans from the Superintendent, he committed to lending a hand.  As a result, Representative Lombardo introduced a FY19 state budget line item for $50,000 to support the school’s efforts.  Shawsheen Tech is using the additional support to integrate a software system – Sielox Class – in a dedicated crisis management facility that will enable school officials as well as the Billerica Police department to respond to a variety of different kinds of emergencies in real time.Principal Jessica Cook and the high school’s Crisis Team have been working with the District’s security contractor and the Billerica Police to design protocols for a variety of potential safety threat situations. “It’s certainly a shame that educators have to spend time thinking about some of these things,” said Cook, “but, our students and staff have to feel safe in order for quality teaching and learning to occur.”The system will link the school to the Billerica Police department to allow instant notification when a “lockdown” or other crisis response occurs.  Additionally, Cook says that the system can link to parent notification systems and the school’s website to make public announcements when necessary.  Cook and her team have also been focused on the constant evaluation and growth of the school’s safety and security protocols to ensure and provide a safe and supportive learning environment.  Staff at the school have begun training on enhanced crisis response routines, which will soon include student drills, after communication with parents and additional staff training.  Says Cook, “Some of these changes feel overdue, but every school is racing to ensure its students are as safe as possible.  We are taking steps to not only catch up with the times, but to be on the leading edge of this kind of work.  This Crisis Command Center will be an invaluable resource to us.”Superintendent Timothy Broadrick, Representative Marc Lombardo, Isabel Fiasconaro, Grace Clark, Muhammadali Khalifa, Brian West Billerica PD/Shawsheen SRO, Jorielle Arlock, Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa, Andre Comeau, Roy Frost, Deputy Chief Billerica Police Department, Principal Jessica CookRepresentative Marc Lombardo and Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa speaking with Shawsheen Tech students about safety, security, and government(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Superintendent Tim Broadrick To Step Down Mid-YearIn “Education”PHOTO: Shawsheen Tech Plays First Ever Baseball Game Under The Lights At Alumni StadiumIn “Photo of the Day”Shawsheen Tech School Committee Calls For School Boards Across The Country To Unite & Lobby For ‘Sane’ Gun LawsIn “Education”last_img read more

In Alaska energy policy is key issue for some voters

first_imgDon Kubley chats with guests during a meet-and-greet with U.S. Senate candidate Lisa Murkowski on Oct. 17, in Juneau. Kubley is supporting Donald Trump for President and says energy policy and Alaska’s future weighed heavily in that decision. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau)Alaska’s energy future and its economic one are inseparably linked. But which presidential candidate can best help the state navigate that future? That depends on who you ask.Listen Now Don Kubley was an energetic host at a recent Republican meet-and-greet in Juneau, offering me and everyone else who showed up some of his homemade moose stew.Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the candidate Kubley was stumping for on this night, isn’t backing Trump. But Kubley is, and that’s because of one issue: energy.“Totally, number one, no other issue,” he said. “Help us. Build our economy back. Bring us jobs. Bring us investment. Cut down regulations. Cut down on government. Encourage private investment and businesses to grow. Cause we’re in a deep, deep hole right now.”Kubley is a fourth generation Alaskan, born and raised in Ketchikan. He said he worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline to get through college. Then he was chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Terry Miller. Now, he’s a lobbyist who also sells portable shelters popularized by a doomsday prepping show on National Geographic.And for him, just one candidate fits the energy-friendly bill.“Donald Trump,” Kubley said. “Less regulation. (He) supports and encourages resource development and energy development.”Trump’s “America First” energy policy advocates for energy independence. He wants more drilling and fewer environmental protections. He’s in favor of coal production, oil and gas exploration and more development on federal land. He’s for developing some renewable sources, but not at the expense of other forms of energy.And for Kubley, that kind of rhetoric is powerful.But for others, the path forward isn’t through deregulation and fossil fuels.Ceal Smith is the administrator for a Facebook group called Alaska Climate & Energy, and part of a new climate caucus founded by members of the state’s Democratic Party. She moved to Alaska four years ago from Arizona.Smith says energy tops her list when she’s considering presidential candidates.“I would say this is absolutely the overriding concern,” she said. “I think climate is an issue that we cannot afford to ignore and energy is inextricably tied to climate issues.”Smith originally campaigned for Bernie Sanders. But now, she said, she’ll vote for Clinton.Hillary Clinton’s energy plan would aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent in the next ten years. Clinton has said she’ll extend pollution and efficiency standards and launch a $60 billion clean energy challenge. She also plans to cut tax subsidies to oil and gas companies.Smith said Clinton isn’t perfect. She sees the Democratic nominee as too closely tied with the fossil fuel industry. But, she said, Trump’s statements that climate change is a hoax, and his willingness to deregulate the oil and gas industry, are too alarming to ignore.“We’re looking at trying to push a lot of the Bernie Sanders platform on energy and climate with the current Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, and also locally within the Democratic ballot candidates here in Alaska,” Smith said.As for Alaska’s financial future, Smith said she thinks demand for renewable energy is going to rise quickly. And she sees that as a path forward for the state.And while it’s not clear who will take over the Oval Office, one thing is clear: energy, economy and the environment will continue to dominate state politics.last_img read more

In Houston A Growing Debate About Flooding And Sand Mining

first_img 00:00 /00:00 Share Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaExcavators dig massive pits at the River Aggregates sand mine near Houston. Sand is a key ingredient in concrete. So, in Texas — where cities are growing and construction is booming — sand mining is good business. But there are concerns around Houston that companies that dig for sand along rivers contributed to the disastrous flooding the region saw from Hurricane Harvey.Now, in an unusual move in a business-friendly state, lawmakers are considering new restrictions on the industry.Harvey’s flooding along the San Jacinto River ripped some homes completely off their foundations. The storm also flushed huge amounts of sand down the river and piled it up on the banks. According to Matthew Berg, who runs a one-man flood risk advising firm called Simfero Consultants, the area along the river was loaded with sand even before Harvey.Standing at the river’s edge, Berg points to the sand. “You’re talking almost 300 feet deep, so deep, deep geological deposits of sand,” Berg said.That natural bounty has increasingly attracted companies that gather the sand and sell it as an ingredient for concrete. Nationwide, it’s an almost $8 billion industry. Locally, it’s the largest industrial activity along one fork of the San Jacinto River. “Anything that has construction, any type of new construction, is going to have sand in it,” said Rob Van Til, managing partner with River Aggregates, a Houston-area sand mining company.The company’s product eventually winds up in “all your roads, all your homes, all your hospitals, all your churches, all your schools,” as Van Til put it. At one of the company’s mines, excavators dig out huge mud pits, trucks move the mud off to where it’s cleaned up, and the resulting sand is eventually sent off to concrete plants.“The demand for concrete and the use of it, so all the ingredients, definitely is increasing here,” said Ed Mears, a manager with Pulice Construction, a concrete company active in the Houston area.The Texas Demographics Center expects the population of the Houston region to grow by 1.7 million people over the next decade. So, sand is in high demand, but some are now blaming the industry for making Harvey’s destruction worse.“Do I feel that the sand mining operations contributed? Absolutely,” said Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, who argues the companies mine too close to the river. “What in essence happened during Harvey was uncontrolled water coming our way, grabbing sand, and then bringing it down and depositing it into our backyard,” Martin said.The way Martin describes it, that buildup led to the river not being able to hold as much water. So, it flooded farther into local neighborhoods than it would have otherwise.The industry disputes this. According to Van Til, Harvey’s flooding didn’t wash sand away from his company’s mine to other areas.“The water comes in very fast, but it leaves fairly slow,” he said. “So we really had no loss of material, no loss of anything leaving the property other than water after Harvey.”Van Til said the sand pits even held back some of the floodwaters.The science behind the issue is a little murky.“We know that in some aspects they’re not a problem, they even may be a benefit,” said William Dupre, a geology professor at the University of Houston. “We know in other aspects they are a problem. What we certainly don’t know is the net impact. Because that’s like a lot of things, like urbanization, like building dams, they are both a problem and a benefit.”Texas lawmakers are expected to tackle the issue when they meet in the new year for the state’s legislative session. One proposal  would create a new inspections program, require a “hydrology assessment” for mine permits, and make it a crime for companies to falsify records. Republican Governor Greg Abbott has already instructed state regulators to crack down on any violations of existing rules.As the industry hums along and the Houston region continues to grow, the local flood district is planning more research, and the different sides are lobbying lawmakers.center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Black Breastfeeding Month Encourages Return to Natural Feeding

first_imgBreastfeeding among Black women remains comparably low. In observance of Black Breastfeeding Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released a new study, documenting the statistics, and calling for a return among Black women to breastfeeding.According to the CDC’s 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, among infants born between 2010–2013, 64.3 percent of Black infants started breastfeeding, compared to 81.5 percent of White infants, a gap of 17.2 percentage points. Additionally, of the 34 states and the District of Columbia included in the study, breastfeeding initiation rates for Black infants registered consistently lower than for White infants.The Center for Disease Control is calling for more Black women to breastfeed. (Courtesy photo)Dr. Kristen Prescott, a South Dakota-based pediatrician who helps spearhead Breastfeeding Week (Aug.1-7) activities across the country, said in a statement that babies benefit from the special immunity properties of breast milk, making it a best practice with infant care. A separate week for Black women, dedicated to thwarting the racial disparity, is from Aug. 25-31.“Breast milk has been shown to decrease the rate of ear infections, of respiratory illnesses, vomiting and diarrhea illnesses, and obviously, decrease the rate of hospitalizations due to these illnesses,” Prescott said. “We are doing a very good job here in the United States, because now there is an increase of new moms initiating breastfeeding after birth, and that is up from a decade ago. We have a long way to come, however, because at 6 months of age, fewer moms are still breastfeeding.”The CDC currently works with more than 69 community health departments and organizations to provide peer and professional lactation support, specifically to Black mothers and infants, who, they document, face challenges in committing, long-term to breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer for mothers later on in life, and also aids in less postpartum bleeding, so with Black mothers disproportionately less able to breastfeed their babies because of socio-economic factors and lack of postpartum support, is unconscionable,” said Jen McGuire, a lactation expert who writes a post for the parenting blog, “Romper.”Addressing the racial disparity of breastfeeding, which in most cases show a double-digit rate (between 10-17 percent across the country) requires outside support that many advocates believe is hindered by mothers feeling awkward about asking for help. “Black women are generally employed and serve as either equal partners or heads of household, meaning their return to work after giving birth tends to preclude them from breastfeeding each meal for the first year,” Shayna Swift, a breastfeeding advocate and Ward 7 resident, told the AFRO. “So many people believe that a baby just latches onto a nipple and the feeding begins, but there can be a lot of frustration – the latching-on process, the discomfort of breastfeeding, including cracked nipples, and soreness – all of which require patience and outside support.”To increase the rate of breastfeeding among Black infants, the CDC recommends interventions to address barriers, including “earlier return to work, inadequate receipt of breastfeeding information from providers, and lack of access to professional breastfeeding support” on a community level.“It’s not rocket science and the mothers of the community used to help new mothers without having to be asked,” Swift said. “We simply need to return to helping out our young mothers so that they raise strong, healthy children.”last_img read more

Over a third of British Asians say samesex relationships unacceptable

first_imgPolice warn ‘real possibility’ of increase in LGBTI hate crime due to Brexit GAYSTARNEWS- In the survey of 2,000 people, less than half (43%) of respondents said they thought same-sex relationships were acceptable. This compares with 75% of the British population as a whole. Thirty-six per cent of British Asians explicitly stated called such relationships ‘unacceptable’ (compared to 15% of UK as a whole).Of the survey respondents, approximately half were born in the UK. The other half had been born elsewhere and moved to the UK. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka were the main Asian countries of origin.The figures around acceptance of same-sex relationships remained fairly stable across age groups. Of those aged 18-34, 44% said they accepted same-sex relationships, 43% of those aged 35-54, and 42% of those aged 55+.Sex before marriageThe pollsters also asked about sex before marriage. Only 5% of British society said they would be offended by someone having sex before marriage. However, this rose to 36% of the British Asians questioned.The survey also found that British Asians are more optimistic than the rest of society. Of those questioned, 72% said Britain is somewhere you can ‘fulfil your aspirations and ambitions,’ compared to 64% of the population at large.‘Acceptance comes from both within, and those around us’Matt Mahmood-Ogston is the director of the Naz and Matt Foundation. He launched the foundation following the suicide of his partner of 13 years, Nazim Mahmood. Mahmood died in 2014 in London, seven months after he came out to his Muslim parents. They did not react well to his coming out.The Foundation’s aim is to ‘tackle homophobia triggered by religion to help parents accept their children.’Reacting to the survey, Matt told Gay Star News: ‘We must continue to build bridges and create respectful, honest dialogue with the 36% of individuals who stated that they found “same-sex relationships” not acceptable.‘Being true to oneself, and being accepted for who we really are, plays a major factor in how happy and content we feel inside.‘Sadly for many individuals who are LGBTQI+ and born into any family who enforces strict, conservative interpretations of their religion or culture, this may often seem like a distant dream rather than a reality. True acceptance comes from both within, and those around us.‘You are responsible for your own happiness and nobody should be allowed to take this away from you.’See alsoAsian parents encouraged to ‘open the closet door’ for their LGBT kids in major new campaign eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Many British Asians hold socially conservative views around relationships (Photo: Sourabh Virdi on Unsplash) A poll conducted by the BBC has found that British Asians are more socially conservative than UK society as a whole. New Indian school resource tells kids it’s ok to be gay Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… More than half of Singaporeans support anti-gay law Section 377AStudy reveals different masturbation habits of gay and straight peopleLGBT people twice as likely to be asked about their sex lives at workRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/british-asians-same-sex-relationships/last_img read more

Vodafone Launch Irelands First 5G Network

first_imgVodafone Ireland has become the first mobile operator in Ireland to launch commercial 5G. Vodafone’s next generation network will not only provide faster speeds for customers but it is set to have a huge impact on technology use and adoption in nearly every industry across Ireland.Live across locations in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Waterford, Vodafone will continue expanding the network to further locations in Ireland over the coming months.Furthermore, Vodafone has also announced a strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre (Application of the Science of Simulation to Education, Research and Medical Technology) in University College Cork (UCC), making it the first 5G connected telemedicine and medical robotics training centre in the world.The ASSERT Centre at UCC enables clinicians, industry and academics across a broad spectrum of healthcare research, to design, develop, deploy and trial innovative and disruptive healthcare solutions, in a simulated healthcare environment that deliver real world solutions for healthcare problems in the developed and developing world.The ASSERT Centre showcases real-time monitoring, telemedicine, and robotic surgery, integrated with wearable IoMT-based devices. This provides a consolidated ecosystem that truly digitizes healthcare to provide personalised, precise, predictive, participatory and timely healthcare that benefits patients, their care-givers, healthcare professionals and healthcare providers.Today’s ground-breaking 5G announcement is set to revolutionise healthcare delivery across Ireland and the world, with ASSERT in Cork to become a Vodafone 5G global centre of IOT excellence for healthcare and end-to-end solution development.Vodafone’s new 5G network consists of fully standardised Ericsson 5G, which is being deployed over Vodafone Ireland’s recently acquired 5G spectrum. Using Ericsson Radio System, this game-changing network will support many other new technologies – including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, connected cities and self-driving cars.5G HandsetsVodafone Ireland bill pay customers have the option of purchasing a Huawei Mate 20X 5G in retail stores or online from tomorrow, 14th August or can pre-register for a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which is available to buy from 30thAugust. Customers can pre-register their interest for a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G handset in store or on www.vodafone.ie from 14th August. Vodafone is the first operator in Ireland to launch both 5G devices.5G TariffsYou will need a 5G ready plan, 5G coverage and a 5G phone to connect to the Vodafone 5G network. All of  Vodafones consumer RED Complete Plans and RED Business plans are 5G ready and range in price from an introductory offer of €25 euro per month for sim only and from €40 euro per month with a handset. Handset pricing depends on choice.Details on consumer 5G are available here https://n.vodafone.ie/network/5g.html and at https://n.vodafone.ie/en/business/why-choose-us/5g-for-business.html for business customers.Once you have a 5G ready plan, simply visit a Vodafaone store, call them on 1907 or access web-chat online to request 5G.Speaking at the event, Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland said: “This is truly a historic occasion for everyone at Vodafone, for me personally and for the ASSERT Centre. As a business, we have spent the last 18 months preparing the groundwork for the launch of Ireland’s first commercial 5G network and today we begin our switch-on in locations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. 5G is set to revolutionise how we use and adopt technology and will have a huge impact on businesses and society in Ireland. It will bring high speed, ultra-low latency and highly secure connectivity to a massive amount of devices; and is a technology that will unlock a vast array of new use cases through Vodafone’s next-generation network.“I am incredibly proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the ASSERT Centre in UCC, Cork, a centre truly at the cutting edge of medical innovation. This is the first centre of its type in the world that will be connected to 5G. Through ASSERT, and its connection to Vodafone’s 5G network, surgeons can now train to use world leading technologies that will radically change our lives and deliver solutions to healthcare problems across the developed and developing world.”  Professor Barry O’Reilly, Director of ASSERT at University College Cork, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said” I am delighted to announce this strategic partnership. Vodafone Ireland has embraced the importance of this type of technology in healthcare innovation. 5G will revolutionize medicine with rapid connectivity of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). From advanced wearable technologies that will facilitate the care of patients at home, to immediate connectivity of new diagnostic technologies like handheld smartphone connected ultrasound between point of care and hospital specialists at for example a road traffic accident and an emergency department, to remote robotic surgery.The ASSERT/ Vodafone strategic partnership will create a Global 5G incubator for the MedTech sector to test new technologies, assess 5G functionality and roll out to clinical trials providing that bridge between clinicians, research, innovation and the MedTech industry.” John Griffin, Managing Director of Ericsson Ireland said:“We work closely with our customers to be at the forefront of technology and we were the first to support the launch every generation of mobile technology in Ireland. We are therefore proud to support the first 5G launch too.Ericsson has been investing in Ireland for 60 years. Our Research and Development centre in Athlone is still one of the biggest in the country, where they have currently developing key components of 5G networks and firmly putting Ireland on the map of 5G innovation.By providing solutions for almost two-thirds of all commercially launched 5G networks spanning across 4 continents, Ericsson is leading the way for the next generation of connectivity”last_img read more

Rearend collision in Queen Street

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A collision took place this morning (Thursday) in Queen Street when a municipal van was rear-ended by a truck.Two passengers sustained slight injuries and were transported to hospital by Sharaj Ambulance Services.Both vehicles were able to drive away from the scene.Public Safety redirected traffic while the scene was being cleared.last_img

Switzerland launches worlds first electric Road Tour

first_imgSwitzerland launches world’s first electric Road TourSwitzerland launches world’s first electric Road TourSwitzerland Tourism has announced its launch of the world’s first road tour for electric vehicles. Aptly named the E-Grand Tour of Switzerland, this journey is the eco-friendly alternative to the Grand Tour of Switzerland.Effective April 2017, an extensive network of about 200 charging stations will be available along the entire 1,600km route, ensuring travellers a thoroughly comfortable and clean driving experience throughout their tour.The Grand Tour of Switzerland is the world’s first official touring route that is fully accessible to electric vehicles and bikes, where travellers will cross five Alpine passes, run alongside 22 lakes and take in 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites.The charging stations for the E-Grand Tour are all “smart”, meaning travellers will be able to hop online to check in advance if the charging station is free of charge, available or if a reservation is required. Pricing for a charge is about CHF5-7 or free at many hotels offering the facility.Fast charging stations (DC) with at least 22kW will be present at major attractions such as the Rheinfall where travellers will be on a short driving break while sightseeing, whereas public charging stations (AC) with at least 11kW will be found at hotels, where travellers will be staying the night.The maximum distance between charging stations will be 100km, but travellers are assured that the route will be equipped with many stations and between much shorter distances as well, especially in cities and regions with a high density of population.Powered by energy company Alpiq, the E-Grand Tour will face its first crucial test during the WAVE event (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) in June 2017. The WAVE is not only the world’s most significant rolling E-mobility event, but also the world’s leading and largest rally for electric vehicles. It offers a platform for all companies and universities involved in developing electric vehicles, helping to raise awareness of E-mobility. Each WAVE is unique and covers a new route every year.Next year sees the seventh running of the rally, which will be held exclusively on the Grand Tour of Switzerland route from 9 – 17 June 2017. Switzerland TourismSource = Switzerland Tourismlast_img read more

Teacher killed in hit n run accident identified

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The driver of the vehicle linked to a possible hit ‘n run accident that killed a prominent teacher, Mrs Kalay Chetty, has been arrested by police.The educator was killed in an alleged hit ‘n run accident yesterday (Monday) in Willow Drive while she was taking an afternoon walk. Sharaj Ambulance Services, together with Public Safety and police, were on scene shortly after the incident.center_img Mrs Chetty’s death has sent shock waves through Ladysmith, as community members and pupils now have to come to terms with her death.Mrs Chetty was HOD of Afrikaans at Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec) and was also a prominent community leader. She was actively involved in many charities and organisations.Although her name was known to the Ladysmith Gazette before this time, it was decided to give the children attending the school a chance to work through the traumatic nature of her death before officially naming her.The driver of the vehicle that hit her is expected to appear in court today (Tuesday). Police are investigating a case of drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving, and culpable homicide.This story will be updated…last_img read more

SANDF tank back on the road again after Van Reenen crash

first_imgThe SANDF 65-ton Olifant main battle tank that was involved in a crash on Friday night on Van Reenen’s Pass has been removed and the N3 northbound lane has been cleared for motorists, says N3 Toll Concession (N3TC). The tank was removed late on Saturday afternoon by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).An SANDF recovery team, together with the help of a private breakdown service, got the tank back on its wheels again and onto a truck to be taken to its destination.Related stories:Battle tank still at Van ReenenSANDF main battle tank damaged in Van Reenen crash WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img