Vanishing Arctic ice could drive future California droughts

first_img REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Vanishing Arctic ice could drive future California droughts Dead almond trees in California’s Central Valley were one sign of an ongoing major drought in 2015.  By Eli KintischDec. 5, 2017 , 5:20 AM California’s recent 5-year drought was brutal: Houseboats sat on lakebeds, groundwater supplies dwindled, and thousands of fish literally baked to death. Scientists consider it the worst such event the Golden State has seen in 1000 years. Now, a new study identifies an unexpected suspect, thousands of kilometers to the north: an iceless Arctic Ocean. The finding, a new atmospheric mechanism that links Arctic melting to conditions farther south, suggests that calamities like the 2012–16 drought may become more frequent as Arctic ice continues to vanish.“Changes in the Arctic don’t stay in the Arctic,” says Ivana Cvijanovic, an atmospheric modeler at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and lead author of the study. She calls the work another example of the interconnectedness of the climate system, and how Arctic melting can have consequences far from the pole.Scientists generally think that global warming, driven mostly by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, will make some regions wetter and others drier. But Cvijanovic and her colleagues wanted to understand the effects of disappearing polar ice, independent of global warming. So they created a set of global climate models to analyze the ocean and atmosphere over a 40-year period, keeping carbon dioxide levels fixed. 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With less ice, the Arctic reflected less of the sun’s energy out into space, leading to a surplus of heat there. Within just 20 years, that had disrupted the usual flow of energy toward the Arctic from the tropics, leading to warmer-than-normal waters just north of the equator.That excess tropical energy fueled rising air in a process known as convection, creating rain, releasing heat, and forming large-scale atmospheric patterns called Rossby waves. Those waves, in turn, led to the formation at midlatitudes of high-pressure systems, or “ridges.” In the simulations, the clockwise-swirling winds of a ridge in the Northern Pacific drove storms and rain north, beyond California and into the Pacific Northwest, the researchers report today in Nature Communications.“The two-step tropical connection seems well supported by their simulations,” says Jennifer Francis, a climate scientist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who was not a part of the study. Francis, a leading proponent of the theory that the Arctic can wreak havoc on weather elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, adds that the proposed mechanism fits “observations of the real world in recent years.”Cvijanovic and her colleagues did not use their work to investigate California’s recent megadrought, but she says it is “consistent” with the scenario in her paper. For much of the drought, a large atmospheric ridge sat implacably over the north Pacific and diverted rain past California to the north—even earning the moniker “the ridiculously resilient ridge” from weather wags.And Francis notes another ridge is currently forming in the North Pacific.  “Looks like we’re headed toward the exact conditions this paper describes,” she says. “A big persistent dry-warm spell for the west.”last_img read more

Watch: Ticked off Lionel Messi tells Brazilian coach Tite to pipe down during Argentina…

first_imgTite expressed his opinion about the second half and Messi’s performance and thought the win was well deserved on Argentina’s part. Messi scored the winning goal after 14 minutes in the game. He could have scored more goals if not for the great defense by Brazil. This is the first time in 3 years that Argentina has progressed in a game without suffering a single defeat. Advertisement AdvertisementMessi’s return to international football after suspension and the Barcelona forward is yet again involved in another feud, this time with Brazil’s coach Tite. Last Friday, these two clashed with each other during the match between Brazil and Argentina. During the clash, Messi was seen telling Tite to ‘Shut his mouth.’Friday saw the clash between the biggest football teams in South America, Brazil, and Argentina. As Tite kept arguing with the referee for not giving Messi the Yellow Card, Messi turned to him and gestured to him to shut up. They had an ugly spat as both told each other to shut up. Tite was later asked about their dispute on the field, and he admitted they had some argument in the first half of the game. But as the game progressed to the second half, Argentina scored a goal and won the match against Brazil 1-0.last_img read more

New Zealand wary of Pakistan backlash in Hamilton

first_imgPakistan’s hopes of continuing their unbeaten run in seven consecutive Test series will come under pressure when they face a resurgent New Zealand in the second and final Test in Hamilton without inspirational skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.Vice-captain Azhar Ali will take the reins after Misbah returned home following the death of his father-in-law and was later banned from the game by the International Cricket Council as punishment for his side’s slow over rate in their eight-wicket loss in the Christchurch opener.Pakistan have rarely started tours well in the Antipodes where their batsmen have struggled on seam-friendly wickets.They will also face opponents enjoying renewed confidence at home after New Zealand’s horror tour of India.But the South Asian side have not lost a series in New Zealand for over 30 years and the hosts are bracing for a bowler-led backlash on a Seddon Park wicket that usually offers pace and bounce. (Misbah-ul-Haq suspended for slow over rate)”The nature of Hamilton is that you’re going to be faced with different challenges – especially with their strong seam attack,” New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls said.”Yasir (Shah) is also one of the best spinners in the world, so when you’re playing these top teams you’re always being challenged.”We’re expecting them to be at the top of their game. And it’ll be the same for us – we’ll be looking to improve on our performance from Hagley as well.”Pakistan took the field without fiery paceman Wahab Riaz at Hagley Oval, preferring another left-armer in Rahat Ali.advertisementAlthough Rahat took 4-62 in the first innings on the grassy wicket, the decision to omit Wahab raised eyebrows in Pakistan and he is in line for a recall for the match starting Friday.”If the ball’s going to reverse, and the wicket has pace and bounce, Wahab is our number one choice,” coach Mickey Arthur told EspnCricinfo.com.In Christchurch, Yasir went wicketless for the first time in his 20-Test career and may again struggle to extract much from another grassy wicket. But the spinner is rarely subdued for two matches in a row.Pakistan will need far more from their batsmen, however, after they were skittled for 133 and 171 at Hagley Oval.Either Mohammad Rizwan or fellow uncapped batsman Sharjeel Khan are set to replace Misbah.Rizwan, who toured with the squad in England, would slot into the middle order but Arthur said he could include opener Sharjeel even if it meant a major re-jig of the batting order.New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner, who has been recalled after his recovery from a fractured wrist and should replace legspinner Todd Astle.Ross Taylor, who did not bat in the second innings after a having an eye Test on the first day in Christchurch, has been cleared to play after seeing a specialist in Hamilton.last_img read more

Ride the Wave: 3 Fundraising Strategies for the New Year

first_imgYour year-end campaign is finally over. You’ve processed all your donations, thanked donors, posted on social media, and updated your website. Now what? While you and your donors are still feeling the warm glow of the giving season, what can you do to build on that momentum? How do you harness that good feeling and infuse it into future campaigns?Network for Good’s popular webinar series kicks off 2019 with a topic that’s top of mind for many fundraisers—how to take all the goodwill from a year-end campaign and roll it over into the new year. In Fundraising in the New Year: Leveraging the Post-Campaign Phase, Vanessa Chase Lockshin, explores how to capture the spirit of giving all year round.Register today and keep reading for a sneak peek of some of the many insights Chase Lockshin will share, from what data to review to what to do next.Data Points to Explore“The bedrock of where any analysis starts is with the data,” says Chase Lockshin. “Being able to access and review your data in one place is very important. When you have the data in front of you, you can see everything at a glance and it’s much easier to unpack the numbers and investigate why you got certain results and outcomes.”Before you close the book on your year-end campaign, take the time to analyze your results. Review your original campaign strategy document and evaluate how well your campaign performed. Establish a set of questions or discovery process to review your campaign.What was the intention of the campaign? Did we achieve it?What were our goals? Did we meet them?What action items did we plan? What did we execute and what fell through the cracks?What worked and what didn’t?What lessons did we learn?How can we integrate those learnings into future campaigns?Look for trends or patterns in your data. Examine everything from your financial results to communication methods and engagement activity. Do your year-end numbers look like what you generally see in other campaigns or is there an outlier? Investigating patterns will produce better campaign planning and more accurate projections.Another question Chase Lockshin advises asking at the end of campaigns is “What did I miss?”. Reviewing missed opportunities and parts of your strategy that didn’t meet expectations can reveal blind spots to avoid in future campaigns.3 Strategies to Maximize Year-End MomentumMany nonprofits see a year-end bump in donations, both in the total number of gifts and the number of new donors. To capture that momentum and use it to energize your fundraising in the new year, Chase Lockshin advocates three essential strategies.Focus on stewardshipOrganizations that focus on stewardship in the new year—especially January and February—take advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate that they are interested in a deeper relationship with donors. In addition to your existing stewardship efforts that you know donors appreciate, brainstorm efforts that are surprising, creative, and bring delight into the donor relationship.Plan your next campaign right awayYou just finished one of your biggest fundraising efforts of the year. It’s time to rest and regroup, right? Wrong! As the saying goes, there’s no rest for the weary. It can be daunting (and exhausting) to think about planning another campaign immediately after finishing such an all-encompassing one, but now is the time to return to planning mode. You don’t have to launch a new campaign right away. After all, you don’t want to exacerbate donor fatigue. But take advantage of this time when you have your campaign fresh in your mind. Plus, you have all those new learnings to test out and improve upon.See the whole boardImagine fundraising is a chess match. Take your time. Think each move through before you act. Incorporate your year-end discoveries into future campaigns and prioritize successful efforts in your annual development plan. Your year-end results are a clear indication of what channels and messaging are returning 80 percent of the results from only 20 percent of the effort. Based on your year-end data, make strategic decisions about where to invest your resources in the year ahead.BONUS TIPIdentify and solve the obstacles you came up against last year. Prioritize these obstacles as projects to crack wide open. This will streamline your efforts and make your fundraising more effective. The obstacles that you’re facing—technology, staffing, time, access—those are the real problems to address. Build a fundraising plan that takes those issues into account and solves them.Want to learn more about how to build on the momentum from your year-end campaign? Register for our webinar, Fundraising in the New Year: Leveraging the Post-Campaign Phase with Vanessa Chase Lockshin.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini could be called Dream Lite in China

first_imgGalaxy S9 Mini is seemingly coming. But there seems to some confusion about the variants. A few days ago we heard that the Galaxy S9 Mini will carry model number SM-G8850 and that it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. Now there is another Galaxy S9 Mini, bearing number SM-G8750, that has made an appearance on Chinese website called Launch Studio. This one is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and is seemingly called Dream Lite.So which one will be the Galaxy S9 Mini? Right now there is no definite answer. But chances are that both the SM-G8850 and the SM-G8750 exist. It’s just that the SM-G8750 could be exclusive to China while the SM-G8850 would see a global launch and may come to countries like India.The Galaxy S9 Mini, just like the recently-launched Galaxy S9, will be a high-end phone but with a smaller screen for consumers who prefer their phones powerful but also compact, like the Google Pixel 2 or the iPhone 8.Rumours suggest that the SM-G8750 — also called Dream Lite — will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with a clock speed of 1.84 GHz. As far as other features go, unlike previously expected QuadHD+ display, the Dream Lite is likely to sport a display of 1080 X 2220 pixels. Also the device is expected come with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory as well as Android 8.0 Oreo.ALSO READ: Samsung reportedly working on a 4-inch Galaxy S9 Mini, to launch alongside Galaxy S9, S9+The G8750 comes with a “CN China” Bluetooth certification, which suggests that the device could be available exclusively in China.advertisementMeanwhile, earlier reports based on TENAA listing talked of a phone with model number G8850. As per these reports, the device in question is supposed to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor that will run at a clock frequency of 2.8 GHz and will have Adreno 512 GPU. It is supposed to sport 4GB RAM along with 64GB internal memory. This too will use Android 8.0.As far as other features are concerned, the device may come with a 5.8-inch QuadHD+ SAMOLED display along with a battery of 3000 mAh. In terms of camera, the device will feature a dual camera setup of either 8MP or 12MP. It is also likely to feature 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS for connectivity. It is important to note that at this point all of these are rumours and Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed anything.last_img read more

Stoger undecided on Reus return

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Stoger undecided on Reus’ Borussia Dortmund return from injury Ben Spratt 22:22 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) marco reus - cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Hamburger SV Bundesliga Hamburger SV Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The Germany international is back training after a lengthy lay-off, but his manager is hesitant to recall the forward and risk another setback Peter Stoger is waiting to make a decision on when Marco Reus will return to action, with the forward back in training with Borussia Dortmund and keen to play.Reus suffered a partial tear to a cruciate ligament in his right knee during Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal final victory last May – the latest in a series of serious injuries – and has not featured for club or country since.With the 28-year-old having spent the past week in full training, Stoger must now decide when to bring him back into the fold. 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 “Reus has this week been training normally,” the coach told a news conference on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Bundesliga clash with Hamburg.”We know that he wants to play and he knows that we would like to have him there. We will decide in the near future.”He can change a game seriously due to his quality, but I don’t want to push him.”Michy Batshuayi netted twice and provided an assist on his debut against Cologne last week, having been signed on loan from Chelsea as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on transfer deadline day.Stoger is confident Aubameyang’s departure has not impacted his fourth-placed side, despite Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke warning players he will not allow them to force a move like the Gabon international.”In the team, the issue wasn’t that big like in the press,” he said.”Clearly, he is one of the best strikers and an interesting player in the European or Chinese market. This is a story worth reporting on, but we weren’t talking every day about the situation.”Generally, I’m glad that the transfer period is over, because now we have a constant situation with our players until summer. The players are all ready to play for the club.”But, as I have already said, the atmosphere during training wasn’t bad at all. One or two things didn’t go ideally but there weren’t unhappy players.”I have said it a few times and this is still true.”last_img read more

Newly freed Diab wants reforms to Canadas lousy extradition law

first_imgOTTAWA – Newly freed Hassan Diab, who spent more than three years locked up in France on suspicion of murder, is calling for changes to Canada’s “lousy” extradition law.The Ottawa sociology professor’s supporters rallied around him Wednesday, urging the federal government to hold a public inquiry into the case and to reform the Extradition Act to ensure individual rights are respected.Diab, 64, expressed relief at being back in Canada with his wife Rania and their young children.“Justice has finally prevailed,” he told a news conference hosted by Amnesty International Canada. “Miracles can happen.”Diab is settling back into life at home. But he said his main mission will be seeking changes to the extradition law, as well as assisting people who have experienced miscarriages of justice.A spokeswoman for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould did not immediately respond to a request for comment.French authorities suspected Diab was involved in the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue that killed four people and injured dozens of others, an accusation he has always denied.The RCMP arrested Diab, a Canadian of Lebanese descent, in November 2008 in response to a request by France.In June 2011, Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger committed Diab for extradition despite acknowledging the case against him was weak.The following year, then-justice minister Rob Nicholson signed an extradition order surrendering Diab to France.The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the decisions of the lower court and the minister, and the Supreme Court of Canada declined to review the matter.Diab’s supporters have long argued he was in Beirut when the attack took place, not Paris, and that his fingerprints, palm prints, physical description and age did not match those of the suspect identified in 1980.In November 2014, Diab was sent to France, where he was held in solitary confinement up to 22 hours a day.“In those dark moments, at night, you are alone, you don’t know what’s going on,” he said, calling it a form of torture.Several French judges ordered his conditional release on various occasions over the years, but each time the order was overturned by the courts.Last week, judges dismissed the allegations against Diab and ordered his immediate release.In many respects what Diab has gone through “is the very definition of the word Kafkaesque,” said Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty Canada.Diab’s lawyer, Donald Bayne, said Canada never should have extradited his client given that France did not have a case fit to go to trial. “We turned him over for a foreign investigation, not a foreign trial.”Bayne said he would like to see a “reasoned evaluation of the deficiencies” of the extradition law with the aim of making improvements so that “injustices like this don’t happen on our watch.”He cautioned that the case against Diab is not fully closed due to a pending appeal in France. “It’s not over, but we’d like to hope and believe it really is over.”There has been no discussion of suing Canada over Diab’s case, Bayne added.For his part, Diab insisted he does not want financial compensation from the Canadian government, just changes to ensure no one else goes through what he has endured.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Surging wheat prices push staple products out of reach of poor –

5 October 2007International wheat prices have hit record highs during the past three months, pushing the domestic price of bread and other basic foods in poor countries beyond the reach of many locals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. International wheat prices have hit record highs during the past three months, pushing the domestic price of bread and other basic foods in poor countries beyond the reach of many locals, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.The latest issue of the FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released at the agency’s headquarters in Rome, found that wheat prices have risen sharply since June because of tightening global supplies, historically low levels of stocks and sustained demand.Maize prices have also jumped, despite this year’s bumper crop in North, Central and South America, because of continuing strong demand from the biofuels industry.Paul Racionzer of the FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System warned that cereal stocks, especially of wheat, are likely to remain at historically low levels for the foreseeable future. Wheat stocks are close to their lowest levels in 25 years.“On current indications, this year’s cereal harvest would only just meet expected utilization levels in the coming year, which means that stocks will not be replenished,” he said.The higher export prices for wheat – and other cereal crops – and surging freight rates have forced the price of bread and other products beyond the means of many people in the States classified as low-income food-deficit countries (LIFDCs), leading to social unrest in some areas.The total cereal import bill for LIFDCs is forecast to hit an all-time high of $28 billion in 2007-08, a rise of 14 per cent on last year’s figures. In total, developing countries are likely to spend $52 billion on cereal imports. read more

UN agency helps Jamaicans rebuild lives after deadly outbreak of violence

20 August 2010The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the residents of a district of the Jamaican capital rebuild their livelihoods in the wake of violent unrest earlier this year during a security operation aimed at arresting a man accused of running a drug cartel. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is helping the residents of a district of the Jamaican capital rebuild their livelihoods in the wake of violent unrest earlier this year during a security operation aimed at arresting a man accused of running a drug cartel.More than 65 civilians and three police officers are thought to have died during the security operation in May in the Tivoli Gardens neighbourhood of Kingston, while 14 police stations were attacked, the city’s municipal market was burned and roads to the airport were blocked. Police later arrested Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who stands accused of heading a major drug cartel.UNDP set up a cash-for-work project for people who lost their livelihoods amid the violence and destruction, the agency reported yesterday. The vendors at the municipal market were among the hardest hit, and UNDP provided funds so local authorities could employ more than 300 locals to rehabilitate the site.The agency also allocated funds to renew communities in western Kingston and to promote a national dialogue on such issues as the need for greater transparency and accountability in governance.In addition, UNDP dispatched a team of pathology and ballistics experts from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Portugal and the United States to observe autopsies and analyze crime scenes in the wake of the violence and to support investigations of possible extra-judicial killings of civilians during the emergency. read more

No evidence of ISIS operations in Sri Lanka

“We condemn the operations of ISIS,” he added. The Defence Ministry says there is no evidence to back claims that the ISIS terrorist group was operating in Sri Lanka.Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that while there were reports of a Sri Lankan man joining ISIS, there is no concrete evidence to suggest the group was operating in Sri Lanka. The Defence Secretary also said that threats to National security does not come just from terrorists.He noted that even Indian fishermen pose a threat to Sri Lanka as they are seen as “economic terrorists” so the navy is on alert to counter their activities. (Colombo Gazette) The new Defence Secretary was speaking to reporters after visiting the Chief Prelates in Kandy today. Hettiarachchi said that National Security will also not be relaxed and the military will remain on alert for potential threats from domestic and foreign elements.“When a thief robs our house we relax later assuming it will not happen again. We are not going to be like that. We will remain on alert assuming there is a threat,” he said. read more

Annan disturbed at reports that Israelis again destroyed Palestinian homes in West

In a statement on the Middle East released late Friday, the spokesman also cited reports that the Israeli Government was considering the forcible transfer of relatives of suicide bombers from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. “While he has repeatedly condemned suicide bombings and upheld Israel’s right to defend itself, the Secretary-General wishes to make clear that self-defence cannot justify measures that amount to collective punishments,” the statement said.

New stronger FDA warning for Essure birth control implant

WASHINGTON – Federal health regulators plan to warn consumers more strongly about Essure, a contraceptive implant that has drawn thousands of complaints from women reporting chronic pain, bleeding and other health problems.The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it would add a boxed warning — its most serious type — to alert doctors and patients to problems reported with the nickel-titanium implant.But the FDA stopped short of removing the device from the market, a step favoured by many women who have petitioned the agency in the last year. Instead, the agency is requiring manufacturer Bayer to conduct studies of the device to further assess its risks in different groups of women.“More rigorous research is needed to better understand if certain women are at heightened risk of complications,” said Dr. William Maisel, chief scientist for the FDA’s device centre.The agency said in a statement that Essure is an “appropriate option for the majority of women,” but that “some women may be at risk for serious complications,” especially if the device shifts out of position and punctures the uterus or other organs.Essure has been sold for more than a decade and is frequently pitched to women as the only non-surgical option for permanent birth control. It consists of two nickel-titanium coils inserted into the fallopian tubes, where they spur growth of scar tissue and block sperm from fertilizing a woman’s eggs. Bayer estimates 750,000 women have received the device since 2002.But the FDA has received thousands of reports of problems with the device from women and doctors. While the product’s existing label warns about pelvic pain and bleeding immediately after the procedure, many women said these problems persisted and were so severe they required surgery to remove the device.The FDA is requiring Bayer to conduct a study of 2,000 patients comparing problems like unplanned pregnancy and pelvic pain between patients getting Essure and those receiving traditional “tube tying” surgery. Agency officials said they have reviewed more than 600 reports of women becoming pregnant after receiving Essure. Women are supposed to get a test after three months to make sure Essure is working appropriately, but the agency noted some women do not follow-up for the test.FDA officials acknowledged the proposed study would take years to complete, but said Bayer would be expected to submit interim results by mid-2017.The proposed warning label will also take time. The FDA is seeking public input for 60 days on the language for the warning and another proposed “check-list” that doctors would use to make sure patients understand the device’s risks.“We strongly support a black box warning, but it needs to be a very strong one,” said Diana Zuckerman of the National Center for Health Research.In September, dozens of women urged the agency to recall the device at a public meeting on problems reported with Essure. In recent months they have been joined by members of Congress, including Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D- Connecticut, who said in a statement she would monitor the FDA’s follow-up on Essure.“The FDA cannot continue to drag its feet on medical device safety when women are suffering,” DeLauro said in a statement after the FDA’s plan was announced.Essure’s warning label previously noted that the device’s nickel can result in allergic reactions, such as itching and hives.But many women have attributed more severe problems to the implant, including mood disorders, weight gain, hair loss and irregular bleeding. Many of those complaints have been shared through social media, including a Facebook page called Essure Problems, which has grown to over 27,000 members.“Essure is an important permanent birth control option with a positive benefit-risk profile,” Bayer said in a statement. The German conglomerate said it would continue to work closely with the FDA. FILE – This Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, shows the North American headquarters of Bayer Healthcare in Whippany, N.J. The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, it plans to warn consumers more strongly about Essure, a contraceptive implant that drew thousands of complaints from women reporting chronic pain, bleeding and other health problems. The FDA is requiring manufacturer Bayer to conduct studies of the device to further assess its risks in different groups of women. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) New, stronger FDA warning for Essure birth control implant by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Feb 29, 2016 3:39 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Multotec poised to introduce flameproof underground overbelt magnet

first_imgMultotec is in the final stages of the development of a flameproof air-cooled overbelt magnet for underground tramp iron removal. It is poised for the go-ahead to manufacture and supply this innovative new product as soon as it receives certification from Mining And Surface Certification (MASC), a company endorsed by South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources to act as a certification authority on the standards applicable to this project.Multotec’s Ernst Maritz says: “In line with our company’s commitment to innovation and safety in mining, we took a decision about two years ago to embark on the development of a flameproof air-cooled overbelt magnet. We’re very excited about the progress made to date and we expect to receive the required certification in the first quarter of this year. The certification confirms that the product complies with SANS 10108 Edition 5, which refers to flameproof equipment used underground.”Maritz was recently tasked with internally merging two of Multotec’s process technology activities under a dedicated process equipment division and the outcome is a highly streamlined manufacturing operation focused on supplying the most appropriate products to the mining industry – specifically the coal sector.“We’re now able to deliver faster turnaround times from our newly expanded refurbishment and servicing facility,” he says. “Magnetic separation is one of our primary specialities and the internal merger has pooled the extensive knowledge of both teams into one value-added team. ”The company says its “steadily increasing process equipment market share is a direct result of continuous R&D and the resultant world leading technical innovations which are boosting efficiencies across the board. Every product is performing at a consistently high level in the mining, mineral processing and power generation industries. Along with an extensive product offering in process equipment, a highly qualified team of process engineers provide optimum technical solutions and high levels of advice and support.“In the process equipment arena, Multotec’s strength in the marketplace also derives from our broad scope of mineral processing and distribution equipment used for both classification and dense medium applications across a range of multiple minerals.”Multotec manufactures filtration equipment specifically for coal and water treatment plants. These filters are fully automated, requiring less operator intervention which results in shorter cycle times, higher safety and less human error. A variety of other solid and liquid separation solutions are on offer including Siebtechnik centrifuges that are manufactured under licence or imported from Germany, depending on the type of machine. The company recently sold a stainless steel vibrating screen centrifuge that will be put to work at a salt operation in Kenya in May 2012.Multotec manufactures Ishigaki polishing filters under licence and is the sole agent to import fully automatic Ishigaki filter presses. The FW polishing filter is unique in that its footprint is far smaller than that of similar equipment and it has a high solids capture rate.Over the last few years, the company has improved on the designs of its own Seprotech Rapid Filter Press, which is proving a valuable addition to this range of equipment. The SRF fills like any conventional filter press with top corner feed but, if required, membrane squeeze takes place at the end of the dewatering cycle to further dewater the filter cakes. This unique filter is environmentally friendly as it does not utilise hydraulics to close the filter press and therefore has a specific application in water-sensitive applications by eliminating the danger of oil spillage.Multotec has test facilities available for the testing of centrifuges in fine and coarse coal. As part of the company’s value-add, clients are offered comprehensive after-sales field service and maintenance contracts which include servicing and repair work that is quickly and efficiently completed on the centrifuges and filter presses with minimum downtime.Multotec today occupies a respected position in the magnetic separation arena. Mechanical design work is ongoing to establish the brand even further in the industry with a focus on low intensity magnetic separators (LIMS) featuring an optional capability of lining wet drums with ceramic linings instead of metal wear wrap. A significant amount of engineering work is also being applied to the Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separation (WHIMS) range. As a result of this continuous development work, in early 2012 Multotec secured an order for two WHIMS machines for use in an iron ore application in India.last_img read more

Phoenix introduces latest EcoMod series of LED floodlight

first_imgPhoenix Products has launched its EcoMod 450, the latest edition to the company’s EcoMod Series of LED floodlights. With an output of up to 41,250 lumens, the EcoMod 450 replaces up to 1500W HID floodlights and easily retrofits to existing Phoenix installations. Numerous optical packages are available ranging from wide flood to very narrow spot optics.The EcoMod 450 uses EcoVent technology that extends the life of the fixture by allowing heat, water and debris to flow between the modules, and the fixture allows for significant maintenance reduction, energy savings and instant-on lighting to reduce downtime with the use of LED technology. The EcoMod Series uses up to 70% less energy when compared to equivalent HID floodlights.Yazi Fletcher, Chief Technical Officer at Phoenix, is happy to be expanding its offering. “The EcoMod Series has been specifically engineered to meet the demands of the world’s harshest applications. The EcoMod 450 exemplifies the durable design philosophy that has made Phoenix the superior lighting supplier in the industry.”Phoenix has incorporated marine grade extruded aluminum housing and modules, impact- and UV-resistant lenses and fully potted drivers into the EcoMod 450. The fixture also comes with 20 kV of surge protection, a safety cable and offers options for continuous row mounting and customized bolt patterns.The EcoMod 450 is ETL listed to UL 1598 and 1598A, CE certified and designed for an IP66 rating.  The floodlight features a powder coated steel harp for added protection against corrosion and has 360° rotation with 5° incremental indexed aiming. The fixture uses 120-277V or 200-480V fully potted drivers and stranded wires for added protection against shock and vibration.last_img read more

Tired of how women are represented in films Youre not alone

first_imgI respect everyone’s opinion. I very much own the word feminist. I call myself a feminist – I’m not scared of saying that. It’s more mainstream now which is fantastic.For her, feminism is about equality between men and women; social equality; inclusivity; and intersectionality. “It’s really important for me that we don’t shy away from saying women aren’t equal yet,” she said.“I think we need to keep fighting and fighting and pushing, until the day until we don’t have to use [the word feminism],” said Healion.We can talk about it all we like sitting here in our white developed country. We’re nearly there. But when you start thinking about sex trafficking, and thinking about Sub Saharan Africa, and India, and places like this, where the inequality is definitely still rife…The women she met at the charity Sasane are the inspiration for holding feminist events, as they show that females around the world may go through horrific events, but are survivors.They have “been through such hell and they are the most positive, amazing, smiling, gorgeous, warm, friendly people ever”, she said of the women in Nepal.Submissions for short films (5-15 mins) can be sent by YouTube or similar, and accompanied by 100-150 words about why they feel the short should be screened to info@feministfilmfestivaldublin.com. More information on the festival can be found at the official website and on Facebook.Read: Caitlin Moran brings feminist tea towels to Dublin>Read: Calling out sexism online – and getting murder and rape threats for it> IF YOU’RE TIRED of how women are represented on the big screen, or you’re looking for some movies that really show all the varying elements to women’s lives, then the Feminist Film Festival could be for you.Organised by Karla Healion, it will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August at the New Theatre in Dublin’s Temple Bar.The aim of the festival isn’t just to showcase great feminist films, but also to raise money for a charity called Sasane run by and for victims of sex trafficking in Nepal. All of the profits will go to the charity.The event is run by Healion, but involves collaboration with others and has a collective approach. A call for submissions of short films has also been put out (details below) to give new filmmakers an opportunity for their work to be shown.Why set up a festival?Helion came up with the idea as she says “women are still under represented in the film industry and still misrepresented onscreen in terms of the characters and roles”.She said it is “really important to create space where we celebrate women’s achievements, and celebrate decent characters and strong characters, interesting characters, not just two dimensional ones.”Helion said that when it comes to equality between the sexes in Ireland, “it’s really necessary that we create these celebrations of women because we’re not there yet – we’re not there in political life, in corporate life, any socio-cultural spheres”.Healion is very conscious of the differing levels of equality around the world – which is part of the reason she is raising money to help women in Nepal who have been sex trafficked.What makes a film feminist? A portion of ‘The Rule’ by Alison Bechdel Source: Wikimedia Commons“It’s kind of nothing and everything,” said Healion when asked what makes a film suitable for her feminist festival. “It’s up to people’s perspectives – that’s what makes it interesting.”The mission of the festival, she said, is to help and support women in the industry, so films might be chosen because they have crew members, writers, or directors who are female.She will also be choosing films that help to counter the mis- or under-representation of women on film.“This happens a lot,” said Healion. “We just don’t get really interesting, meaty, fleshed-out female characters.” She pointed to the recent furore over the series True Detective, which was criticised for featuring females in limited and stereotypical roles – or as dead victims.Events with the word ‘feminist’ tend to gather some criticism from those who aren’t fans of the word feminism, or the feminist movement.Healion is proud of the word:last_img read more

Lemnos – the Greek dimension in the ANZAC Centenary

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “The ANZAC Centenary is a historic milestone for two countries that I hold dear, Australia and New Zealand, so there is no doubt that I felt the need to commemorate in an artistic way the Greek connection to this landmark anniversary,” Eva (Eyvah) T. Dafaranos, curator of the exhibition said. “This has the particularity that it is not an experience of combat; on the contrary it incarnates two exquisite spirits: the bravery of the allied Nurses and Doctors caring for the wounded as well as the hospitality of the inhabitants of Lemnos.”Curating the exhibition Lemnos – the Greek dimension in the ANZAC Centenary, Eva T. Dafaranos asks to draw inspiration from the above legacy which expresses the idea that you can be equally brave in war fighting for the life of a wounded soldier by preserving life and provide care and convalescence. “This is the spirit of the exhibition and I am so happy to acknowledge the beauty and the originality of each one’s artistic contribution,” the curator adds.“We feel proud that this exhibition will give the opportunity to the public to discover how important the spirit of humanism prevailed in Lemnos during and after the Gallipoli Campaign.”Ambassador Haris D. Dafaranos stated that it gives him great pleasure he had the opportunity to bring various artistic angles to the visualisation of war experience through the works of fourteen Greek Australian aspiring artists.Even more as the subject of inspiration is Lemnos and its historic connection with the ANZAC Centenary.“We are honoured that Lemnos, even during the difficult moment of war, kept loyally the ancient Greek tradition of hospitality, enabling the allied Nurses and Medics to perform wonders and save lives. Lemnos was a pause of tranquility appropriate for the convalescence of the wounded soldiers. It is in this spirit of respect and commemoration that Eva and I bring to you this exhibition,” he told thanking all the participating artists for their spontaneous response to Eva’s idea.He stressed that nations need to keep through their collective memory historic experiences, shared sacrifices and ideals.” “This acquires major importance for the history in order to trace the ancestral footsteps of simple people who gave their life or were wounded fighting for a common cause.”The Greek Australian artists participating are: Karen Barbouttis, Nick Bonovas, Stephen Caldis, Olga Cironis, George Comino, Alexandra Danalis, Eyvah T. D, Stella Karydiotou, Dean Manning, Peter Michalandos, Ros Psakis, George Raftopoulos, Athena Xenakis, George Zindilis.The exhibition will be open to the public on May 2 and 3, from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Admission is free.last_img read more

Brie Bella talks returning to WWE, New Day Network special

first_imgFacebook Twitter That’s truly a question for millions of people! Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Nikki Bella May 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm Now Playing Up Next May 27, 2017 at 9:37 am Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The Bella Twins to appear on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” airing August 18 Drew Mcintyre ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Pinterest WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’center_img Brie Bella Announces She Is Quitting Wrestling May 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm Colby Videos Articles Google+ WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 3 COMMENTS Wayne Martin Comments are closed. why have a baby when you’re barely gonna have a hand in raising her Aaron David Harwood plus you suck as a wrestler, despite all the “hard work” you say you have put in…. stay at home, enjoy life with your family, and please don’t come back. Intercontinental and Smackdown Tag Team Championship matches added to Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Brie Bella talks returning to WWEIn a new video on the Bella Twins YouTube channel, former WWE star Brie Bella talks about getting back into shape after the birth of her daughter earlier this month and wanting to make a return to WWE. New Day Network specialWWE has posted the “The New Day’s Fantastic Ride” WWE Network special that aired earlier this week onto their YouTube channel on Friday that showcases the New Day as hosts of Wrestlemania 33 and their Final Fantasy-themed attire. Ronda Rousey WhatsApplast_img read more

Battle Ground alliance aims to prevent drug abuse

first_imgo What: A night when parents can learn about drug trends, preventing drug use among teens and signs of drug use.? When: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.? Where: Prairie High School media center, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave.o Who: Presented by Prairie High School prevention intervention specialist Sharice Lee and Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwaine Bowden.o You can drop off unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs at the Battle Ground Police Station, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will incinerate them for you.Battle Ground is developing a prevention alliance focused on creating a better community by reducing substance abuse.The county’s substance abuse prevention coalition, PREVENT!, received a Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant and a “mentoring grant” through the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The coalition is using the money to help both Battle Ground and Skamania County apply for their own $500,000 drug-free communities grants for 2013.Through the mentoring grant, the Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance was born.“Battle Ground is a community that has a lot of energy,” said Sean Chavez, PREVENT! coalition coordinator at ESD 112.He said the top issues the county coalition tackles are underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug abuse. The Battle Ground Prevention Alliance is still very much in its infancy, but it looks to emulate PREVENT!’s work. Battle Ground, Chavez said, is focusing some specific efforts on the relationship between prescription drug use and heroin use.In April, Chavez approached Cindi Schroeder, prevention educator with the Battle Ground Public Schools, about forming a prevention alliance. She pulled together resources and people from around the community, including Mayor Lisa Walters, to help develop the alliance.Through a strategic branding effort, the alliance got its name and an official logo.Walters went to a large anti-drug conference in Nashville to get training on prevention science. The main focus of prevention work is to change the social environment, Chavez said.last_img read more

Miami Police beautify home of fallen officers mother

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police surprised the mother of an officer who died on duty more than two decades ago, Wednesday, to remind her that they haven’t forgotten her.Officer Osvaldo Canalejo died on duty 24 years ago when a driver ran a red light and crashed into his car. He served the City of Miami for five years, and according to his mother, Teresita Canalejo, he loved every minute of it.“I told him to become a cop, so he became a cop, and he enjoyed it,” she said.To remind Canalejo that she’ll always have a second family, the Miami Police Academy participated in a beautification project of her home. Officers of the academy cleaned her house, pulled weeds and planted her front yard.“I feel very calm when I see all the police officers, to be honest,” Teresita said. “When I see them pass by here, and they stop, I feel like my son is here.”Miami Police Commander Jose Alfonso said this is the department’s way of thanking Teresita.“In an effort to show her the support for her sacrifice by giving her son to this community, we constantly come and make sure that we check up on her and let her know that he hasn’t been forgotten and neither has she,” Alfonso said. “More than 1,000 sons and daughters that will be there for Teresita,” Lt. Freddie Cruz said.“Not only do we care about our community, not forget about them, but we don’t forget about our family,” Cruz said, “and she always gonna have over 1,000 sons and daughters that are always gonna be here for her, and this is just a token of our appreciation.”“They make me feel like family,” Teresita said. “Wherever they are. They remember about me all the time. If something happens to me, we are family.”The academy also plans to paint her home and renovate the inside soon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wings and dreams 7News team competes in MakeAWish fundraiser

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Go Team 7!! A great time supporting @makeawishsfla at #WingsForWishes @wsvn @alexdearmaswsvn @ChrisVanVliet @VivianGonzalez7 @FeliciaCombs_ @DymburtNews pic.twitter.com/H1oU3gRUWC— Joe Roetz 7News (@JoeRoetz) March 9, 2019Alex de Armas, Vivian Gonzalez, Joe Roetz and Chris Van Vliet were among the 7News team members who ate their hearts out.With more than 1,000 in attendance, the event raised about $245,000, making enough money to grant 49 wishes to children in South Florida. SOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Members of 7News’ family gathered in South Miami for a very special wing-eating competition.Saturday’s block party, held behind the Sports Grill near the Shops at Sunset Place, aimed to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida.The event featured seven tasting stations, live music and plenty of games.last_img read more