Lawyer for Arlen Dumas confirms phone being examined AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas was back on the job this week after a brief leave of absence. (AMC)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe lawyer representing Manitoba’s top Indigenous leader over allegations of inappropriate texting says an investigation is under way.Jamie Kagan confirmed a phone used by Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), is being examined by a third party. It’s a development in a month-long texting scandal first reported by the Winnipeg Free Press.“We are not discussing steps in the process or identifying the various service providers we are using to complete the inquiry,” Kagan, a partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman in Winnipeg, said in an email.Kagan declined to be interviewed by phone and didn’t respond when APTN News asked who was checking the phone’s history and when the results would be made public. He confirmed he was hired by AMC.Dumas denied he messaged Bethany Maytwayashing, 22, asking her to “meet up,” when the story first broke at the beginning of July – and suggested unnamed political adversaries were impersonating him online in a fake Facebook account and hacked his phone.The two met at a downtown Winnipeg restaurant where she worked and connected afterwards on Facebook. Then Maytwayashing alleged recent messages she received were inappropriate and made her feel uncomfortable.AMC did confirm the phone number that texted Maytwayashing belonged to Dumas in a press statement.Read the statement here:Press Statement from Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs But AMC and Dumas claimed the texts were “spoofs.”They alleged someone other than Dumas sent the texts without him knowing by using a software to make it appear the texts came from his phone.The press release did not comment on how the texter knew details about where Dumas met Maytwayashing, or that she was a student and took a selfie with him at that meeting.These signs were on the door at AMC ‘s annual general meeting this week. (APTN file)Since his denial three more women have come forward to APTN saying they received texts similar to those sent to Maytwayashing, either on Facebook accounts or phones belonging to the AMC grand chief.Dumas has not responded to multiple requests for comment about Maytwayashing and other claims made in the last weeks through AMC or another lawyer, David Walker of Winnipeg. He has not commented except through press statements.AMC said Dumas would take a brief leave of absence “to heal with his family” until he surfaced in photos this week at its annual general meeting.AMC did not respond when asked if Dumas was back at work. It posted a sign on the meeting room door preventing media from entering what has been a public meeting in the past.An AMC spokesman also denied entry to an APTN reporter on Wednesday.Meanwhile, a grassroots women’s group is calling for an “independent investigation” into the texting allegations.Sandra DeLaronde, of Manitoba Moon Voices, said an arm’s-length third-party should separately interview Dumas and the women involved.She said it’s important to “keep social media a safe space for women – and Indigenous women, in particular” because they are a vulnerable population when it comes to exploitation and violence.The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls makes several recommendations around inappropriate behaviour and harassment. It also underscores the need for protecting and supporting victims who come forward.The final report of the MMIWG inquiry was released on June 3. (APTN file)DeLaronde noted it is not only politicians being accused of communicating with women this way, but also bosses, co-workers and friends of friends online.“I’ve had women tell me they feel ‘creeped out’ by excessive ‘liking’ of their posts. Sure, they can block someone, which are the rules for this online culture. But why is it up to them to police the boundaries?”DeLaronde said her group feels there is more AMC can and should be doing to be accountable for the behaviour and protection of its members.“Does it have a mechanism to deal with harassment of its members or people they serve?” she said.“Young women and two-spirited people need to know where they can go and feel safe, and know that something will be done.”APTN has twice asked AMC whether it has a sexual harassment policy and to provide a copy, but has not received a  response.Maytwayashing said she attended the AMC meeting venue this week without being invited. She said she went to remind members who represent 62 First Nations in Manitoba this issue isn’t going away.“I will not be silenced,” she said.Read More: Indigenous woman asks AMC to investigate grand chief’s behavior; chief denies claimWomen’s Council investigating texting allegations against grand chief last_img read more

BJP pledges to legislate bill to prohibit and eliminate triple talaq, nikah halala

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP on Monday pledged to legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices like triple talaq and nikah halala and promised in its manifesto to give 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment.Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday released the manifesto, titled ‘Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat’ (Determined India, Empowered India), in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah and other top leaders, including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. In the manifesto, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asserted it has determinedly taken substantive measures to ensure overall development of women and promote gender equality. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Continuing our work, we will legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices such as triple talaq and nikah halala,” the party said in the manifesto. The Narendra Modi government had introduced a bill to make practice of instant triple talaq by Muslim men a criminal offence. It, however, was not passed in Parliament due to stiff resistance by the Opposition. In the manifesto, the saffron party said that welfare and development of women will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The BJP is committed to 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment,” it said. The party said it was committed to the empowerment and “development with dignity” of all minorities. The BJP is often accused by its critics of neglecting interests of minorities. The party said it was committed to bring transgender persons to the mainstream through adequate socio-economic and policy initiatives. “We will ensure self-employment and skill development avenues for transgender youth,” it said. For elderly, the BJP promised to strengthen the ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ that would ensure that poor senior citizens in need of aid and assistive devices receive them in a timely manner. “To take forward the gains achieved under Sugamya Bharat, we will put in place a system of continuous accessibility audits and ratings for cities and public infrastructure, including airports, railway stations and public transport systems, to ensure that they are fully accessible, with collaboration with industry and civil society organisations,” the party said. It also promised to prioritise Divyang beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.last_img read more

‘Michael Jackson was supposed to come to Morocco to visit me…

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Nadir Khayat – the Moroccan superstar “RedOne” – had a lot to say about his career, the music industry and more importantly his special bond with the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.In an exclusive interview with the Arab media “Khaleej Times,” the Moroccan-Swedish songwriter opened up about his collaboration and friendship with international superstar Michael Jackson. The Grammy winner was in the recording studio with the King of Pop several times before his 2009 death and says the experience was like no other.“From the musical aspect, he’s a genius. He knew everything there is to know about music. A lot of times, I tend to direct the artist, but with Michael, before I was about to say what I was about to say, he knew what I was going to say,” Lady Gaga’s producer said, before revealing some interesting facts about Jackson’s love for Morocco.“He cared about how you are as a person; he wanted to know about your brothers and sisters, your mum, your country. He told me he’d been to Morocco, he loved Morocco. He told me he loved Moroccan food and wanted to meet my mum; he said he wanted to meet the mum who made this person, because (he said) you’re a beautiful person and he said he wanted to taste her food,” added RedOne.The singer of “Thriller” was supposed to come to Morocco to visits Khayat’s family after a concert in London. “Unfortunately that didn’t happen,” he lamentedRedOne continues to shine in the American music industry following the success of his 2017 international hit “Boom Boom,” already viewed more than 110 million times on Youtube.The video–shot in Marrakech, Chefchaouen, Tetouan, Merzouga, and Cabo Negro– features the Puerto Rican singer Daddy Yankee, Moroccan rapper French Montana, and American singer Dinah Jan. RedOne, not only produced the song, but also sings in the chorus.More recently, RedOne announced that he sent a song to FIFA to secure the official 2018 World Cup anthem. The producer has chosen American diva, Lady Gaga to perform his track for the World tournament. read more

After granting UN access to Jenin camp Israel blocks delivery of aid

After days of trying, a group of UN personnel from the Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East and from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) finally received permission this morning from Israeli military authorities to enter Jenin Camp, according to a UN spokesman in New York. The team was accompanied by two UNRWA trucks with food and water supplies.”After approximately 30 minutes in the camp, UNRWA was told by the IDF [Israeli Defence Force] officials that it would not be permitted to unload the much-needed supplies,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “It then became impossible for the team to continue its mission and they left the camp.”Israel had apparently offered “no explanation,” as the reason for its decision, said Mr. Eckhard in response to questions. “All they did was say that these goods could not be unloaded and as a result of that the convoy turned around and left,” he said, adding that while inside the camp, UN officials reportedly witnessed a people in need of food and especially water. Out of a total population of 14,000 refugees in the camp, some 4,000 have left or been forced out of the camp into the neighbouring town and villages, according to UNRWA. The women, children and elderly persons who comprised most of the remaining population have been without any water, food and medical attention for 14 consecutive days. read more

Energy savings are antidote to fuel crisis ministers agree at UN forum

By saving energy at home, at work and on the roads, people around the globe can help tackle the fuel crisis that is challenging the economies of the industrial and developing worlds, delegates gathered at a meeting in Dubai sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded today.A set of insights gleaned during a three-day brainstorming session on the world energy crisis are wrapped in a report that will be delivered to the upcoming session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York City this May.The conclusions evolved during the environmental agency’s Global Ministerial Environment Forum held this week in the United Arab Emirates. The summary will be prepared by the president of the Forum’s Governing Council, Rachmat Witoelar of Indonesia.Among other conclusions reached during the session were that the efficient use of energy can fight climate change by cutting carbon emissions in cities and homes and, subsequently, reducing health hazards. Government were urged to take the lead by purchasing energy efficient equipment and services and adopting energy-efficient standards for everything from electrical appliances to agricultural machinery to automobiles.UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said the ministers zeroed in on energy, what he termed “the heart of the most pressing problem facing the planet.”“The rising demand for energy and the climbing price of fossil fuels has implications for economic growth, for fighting poverty and for the local and global environment,” said Mr. Toepfer, voicing hope that the talks will trigger international action.The ministers also looked at the role that tourism, the world’s largest industry, can play in fighting poverty, delivering sustainable development and conserving vital ecosystems like coral reefs and forests. read more

Shifting winds of winter in recent years ferment fear for icewine industry

TORONTO – A late deep freeze this winter may have lifted the spirits of Ontario’s icewine industry, but the province’s grape growers say bigger questions about the impact of a changing climate are creeping up on their business.Canada is one of the few countries where temperatures in wine-growing regions drop to the -8 C required for icewine.Laura Sabourin, who runs an organic vineyard outside St. Catharines, Ont., and supplies grapes to winemakers, said the unseasonably warm temperatures over the past month have delayed her harvest, but in previous years she has picked as late as the last week of January.“The harvest is going to be down, but that’s not the result of this warm winter,” she said. “It’s the result of previous two cold winters.”Even though icewine grapes are bred to withstand the cold, temperatures that drop too quickly can kill emerging buds and even the vines themselves — which was the case over the last two seasons, Sabourin said.Warming temperatures in the Arctic were responsible for the so-called polar vortex effect observed by many in Ontario over the past two years, when bitterly cold air was pulled down from Canada’s North, scientists say.Icewine yields for those two years have been around one-third lower than the 2012-2013 season, which was nearly perfect for icewine production, said Patrick Gedge, president of the Winery & Grower Alliance of Ontario.Sabourin said Canadian vineyards have to look at strategies to protect themselves in the face of a changing climate, especially if such significant yearly variations in temperature continue.She said growers could bring in new varieties of grape that are designed for even tougher winters, adopt new harvesting and preservation techniques from specialized vineyards in colder climates such as burying the grapes, and diversify into other winter crops.“Eventually you have to reconcile the fact that you’re not going to change the weather so you have to change your strategy,” she said.Susan Pohorly, who grows icewine grapes and sells them to wineries, said that before the cold snap this week, she had rarely seen it that warm for that long in decades of work at her farm outside Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.“It could very well be that there’s going to be a whole change in the way farming takes place in this area if these silly things keep on happening,” she said.Icewine is made by leaving grapes on the vine when the cold hits. The grapes themselves dehydrate as the water inside them freezes, leaving a sugary nectar that is then extracted.Pohorly said later harvests often yield less but usually taste better, and she has harvested as late as February.Gedge said wine growers are investing in new technologies, such as wind machines that pull down warm air from higher in the atmosphere, to deal with shifting temperatures.“You can’t affect the weather,” he said. “But what are the technologies or varieties that will allow you to have a little more flexibility out there in terms of a shifting climate?”Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson said the unpredictable whims of the Canadian winter mean any experienced vintner has dealt with everything from an ice-cold November to a balmy January.Because of that variability, he said, Ontario’s grape growers should be well-prepared to deal with any changing weather patterns using technology, grape selection and different harvesting methods.“I have full confidence that we’ll be doing what we can.” Ted Scube, of Scube Family Farms, drives his harvester in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., on Jan. 26, 2007. Ontario grape growers say there’s still time for an icewine harvest in the coming weeks despite the mild winter, but bigger questions about the impact of a changing climate are creeping up on the industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 10:30 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shifting winds of winter in recent years ferment fear for icewine industry read more

Alberta fires torch economy biggest monthly GDP decline in more than 7

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta fires torch economy, biggest monthly GDP decline in more than 7 years OTTAWA – The Alberta wildfires torched the Canadian economy in May, driving the country into its worst one-month performance since the darkest days of the Great Recession seven years ago.On Friday, Statistics Canada’s latest reading for real gross domestic product showed a contraction for the month of 0.6 per cent, a number that revealed the extent of the economic fallout caused by the blazes that roared through the heart of oilsands country.The dip in the economy was a little deeper than expected. Economists had predicted real GDP to recoil 0.4 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The number, Canada’s worst monthly figure since real GDP fell 0.8 per cent in March 2009, supported the already-dismal growth prospects for the second quarter.The wildfires led to the evacuation of Fort McMurray, destroyed more than 2,000 structures and shut down key crude operations.The decline in real GDP for May was largely due to a 22 per cent drop in non-conventional oil extraction, which Statistics Canada said was the sector’s lowest level of output since May 2011.The agency said the disaster was the main contributor to the 6.4 per cent drop in the overall natural resources sector and the 2.8 per cent decline in the output of all goods-producing industries.Manufacturing output was also hurt. The industry was knocked back 2.4 per cent in May in large part due to a 15 per cent drop in output at petroleum refineries, which was created by a shortage of crude oil.Even without the negative consequences of the fires, the economy still had disappointing results in other sectors.Excluding the decline in non-conventional oil extraction, real GDP moved backwards in May by 0.1 per cent, Statistics Canada said.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld pointed to a weakness in capital spending by businesses, a letdown in exports and a decline in construction.“There were fires raging in Alberta, but the rest of the economy wasn’t so hot,” said Shenfeld. But he suggested the feeble number for May should be put into perspective.“Excluding that one (non-conventional oil) sector, GDP was down 0.1 — that is not the worst month we’ve seen,” he said.“You have to, when there’s a single event like that, strip it out because we know that (oil) production will partly rebound in June and then be back more materially in July. So, a one- or two-month disruption isn’t really indicative of the trend.”The May headline number for real GDP followed a slim economic growth reading of 0.1 per cent in April. Before that, the Canadian economy limped through contractions of 0.2 per cent in March and 0.1 per cent in February.After growing at a sturdy annual rate of 2.4 per cent in the first quarter, the economy is widely expected to churn out a significantly worse result in the second quarter.Krishen Rangasamy, senior economist with the National Bank, said Friday that due to a poor real GDP, numbers in recent months mean the economy will likely contract by between one and 1.5 per cent in the second quarter.But Rangasamy did highlight a bright spot in the May data: the resilience of the services sector, which grew by 0.3 per cent.“Fortunately for Canada, there is still a buoyant services sector, which hit an all-time high after registering its eighth consecutive gain in output,” he wrote in a research note to clients.Earlier this month, the Bank of Canada predicted the impact of the wildfires to fuel a contraction of one per cent in the second quarter, a period that includes April, May and June.The central bank estimated the blazes trimmed 1.1 percentage points from second quarter growth. In April, before the wildfires, the bank had forecast the economy would grow in the quarter by one per cent.Looking forward, however, the bank also predicted a “marked rebound” in the third quarter thanks in part to the resumption of oil production and rebuilding efforts in the region. It projected third quarter growth to reach 3.5 per cent.The bank said it also expects that third quarter bounce back due in part to the federal government’s measures to enhance child benefits, which will support household consumption, and its commitment to boost infrastructure spending.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. read more

Ahead of General Assembly kickoff UN chief urges world leaders to unite

Just days ahead of opening the high-level segment of the 69th General Assembly session, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world leaders to unite in the face of the myriad devastating crises to uphold human dignity, the rule of law and the principles of the UN Charter.“At this time of turmoil, the next two weeks will highlight again the indispensable role of the United Nations in tackling global threats and seizing opportunities for common progress,” said Mr. Ban as he spoke to journalists at the world body’s New York Headquarters.“We are anticipating an impressive turnout of leaders from Government, business, finance and civil society. Most important, we are expecting significant commitments and progress,” the Secretary-General said, adding that he hoped to address the horrendous violence in Syria and Iraq, where conflict and governance failures have provided a breeding ground for extremism. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of “yet another needless and devastating war” in Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians seem more polarized than ever. International consensus is critical to address the challenges posed in an increasingly complex world. He said world leaders must act against serious threats to global and regional peace and security including in Ukraine, Libya, Mali, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Terrorist organizations throughout the world are not only carrying out attacks but seizing large areas of land beyond the government’s control. In Nigeria, the advances of Boko Haram grow more alarming every day. “We will not let these crises be forgotten – and we will meet next week at the highest level to determine what more we can do,” Mr. Ban said. This year’s General Assembly will be attended by more than 140 Heads of State or Government, civil society leaders, CEOs and other influential global figures. “The world is facing multiple crises. Each has its own dynamics, and requires its own approach. But all have featured atrocious attacks on civilians, including children. All have dangerous sectarian, ethnic or tribal dimensions. And many have seen sharp divisions within the international community itself over the response,” Mr. Ban said. Meanwhile, on the heels of yet another meeting on the outbreak of Ebola held today in Geneva, Mr. Ban urged the international community to act immediately to contain the epidemic and treat those infected. He pledged to continue his efforts to mobilize the international community to help meet the health services, supplies, food and other requirements.“We cannot allow travel bans on travel or transport to slow us down. We need isolation of people affected by Ebola – not nations struggling to cope with it,” Mr. Ban said. “This is not just a health crisis; it has grave economic and social consequences that could spread far beyond the affected countries.” On a broader range, the new session of the General Assembly will be a pivotal period for our efforts to defeat poverty and adopt a new generation of sustainable development goals. “Action on climate change is urgent. The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and money,” said Mr. Ban, emphasizing the importance of his climate summit next week, which will aim to mobilize political will for a universal legal agreement next year in Paris and to generate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Today he also announced that actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be joining the United Nations in its climate advocacy efforts and commended Mr. DiCaprio on his long-standing commitment to environmental causes. “Today, I am appointing him as our newest United Nations Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on climate change issues. His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge. His first act as a Messenger of Peace will be to address the opening of the Climate Summit,” the Secretary-General said. read more

Directives issued to halt single mothers from working security night shift

Despite the concerns raised by stakeholders regarding Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott’s plan to bar single mothers from working the night shift for security firms, he is forging ahead.Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith ScottIn a missive on Monday, it was communicated that Minister Scott has “no intention” of abandoning what the Ministry described as a “noble idea”.The Ministry made it clear that it planned to minimise and eventually eliminate night work for single mothers within the private security industry and as such, directives were issued to other Ministries.“In pursuit of this noble idea, the Hon Minister is with immediate effect requesting his colleagues and other senior Government functionaries to take all feasible steps to give efficacy to the initiative,” the missive said.“Accordingly, they are asked to ensure that with immediate effect the contracts for the provision of private security services provide for the exclusion of single mothers from night work,” it continued.But while the missive noted the Government’s plan to eventually eliminate night work for single mothers, it went on to state that whatever policies were developed and implemented, they “should not run counter to the individual desire of a single mother who may elect to work at nights”.The Ministry’s statement said that Minister Scott “wishes to assure all interested stakeholders that this proposition is merely intended to promote the interest and safety of the family unit”.The desire to bar single mothers from night work was first expressed by Scott during a seminar hosted by the Minister on August 24, 2017. Minister Scott had noted that his Ministry was concerned over the work arrangement for female security personnel in the field and the effect it has on single mothers.“Many days when I report for duty, I am pained and grieved to be greeted at 7:30 am by a female security officer who had worked the night before,” he had expressed. “I’m unsure whether or not the private security industry has carefully examined the impact which night work has had and continues to have on women…”According to the Department of Public Information, the Minister had called for the development and implementation of policies to completely prevent women from working the night shift.But in the days after this pronouncement, a number of persons, particularly on social media, had expressed concern over the Minister’s statement, and it had been labelled an infringement on gender equality.According to the Government in the statement, it is mindful of the criticisms it initially attracted during the workshop last month. However, it said Government was “confident” that feminist organisations would agree with eliminating night work.It was only in March of 2017 that Social Protection Minister Amna Ally had urged developed Caricom countries to adhere to their commitments to make gender equality and women empowerment a priority. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo Govt policy in place to ban females working night shift- HarmonSeptember 7, 2017In “Business”Women should not work beyond certain hours of darkness – Minister ScottAugust 25, 2017In “Business”Govt’s single-mother night shift ban criticised as misguided, arbitrarySeptember 7, 2017In “latest news” read more

Jellylike polymer gel battery promises safe flexible lithiumion replacement

first_imgPierce these gel batteries and they won’t set on fireAt the University of Leeds Professor Ian Ward believes he has come up with a new generation of rechargeable battery that could replace existing lithium-ion solutions.Today’s lithium-ion batteries deliver enough charge to keep a laptop going for several hours, but they are rigid, heavy, and potentially dangerous due to the materials they contain. So Professor Ward set about creating an alternative, with the end result being a very safe jelly-like battery.What Professor Ward has managed to do is combine a rubber-like polymer with a conductive, liquid electrolyte. Using a new, patented manufacturing process called extrusion/lamination a thermo-reversible gel is formed into a conductive film strip that is around 70% liquid. That strip can be flexed and positioned as necessary, and is only a few nanometers thick meaning it can fit in many more configurations than existing rigid batteries.The new batteries are not only much more flexible, they can easily be produced on a massive scale with the manufacturing process creating 10 meters every minute. The batteries can be cut to size and there’s no chance of overheating due to the electrodes being sealed together as part of the process. The flammable solvents are sealed in at the molecular level meaning you don’t get any overheating issues even when the battery is compromised. Best of all, the production costs are as low as 10% that of existing batteries.The University has licensed the new battery technology to Polystor Energy Corporation, a company currently focused on advanced lithium ion batteries. Hopefully that means they are in a position to get these new jelly polymer batteries to market quickly, potentially pushing lithium-ion batteries into second place as the battery tech of choice for new devices. However, talk of lightweight batteries has captured the interest of the military, so expect heavy investment and use in that sector first.If you have access to BBC Radio stations then Professor Ward recently gave an interview about the new battery tech which is well worth listening to.Read more at the University of Leeds and BBC Newslast_img read more

James Cameron to attempt 7mile Mariana Trench dive

first_imgBreaking new ground in the movie industry isn’t the only thing that gets James Cameron excited. He’s also interested in the ocean and diving in a big way. Proof of that comes in the form of the Deepsea Challenger, the acclaimed director’s new submarine, which he has just taken on a 5-mile dive in the New Britain Trench.The Deepsea Challenger took 8 years to develop and has barely enough room inside for one person (it’s 43-inches wide). All of the 180 systems inside have been custom-made for the sub, and it required a new type of foam be created for use on the exterior that’s twice as buoyant as what has been available before. As for power, take the number of lithium-ion batteries inside an electric car and triple it.It sounds like a lot of work went into the sub’s creation, and with good reason. The pressurized cabin allows for a very quick descent by the submarine without having any impact on the person inside. That means it can dive 7 miles in just two hours and spend 6 hours exploring at a depth no modern sub has been to before.The dive will happen in the Mariana Trench, with the exact dive depth being 6.83 miles. Once down there Cameron will use the on-board slurp gun to collect samples, as well as explore the bottom using a 7-foot LED panel allowing him (and four 3D HD cameras) to see up to 100 feet.With 6 hours to explore, Cameron’s dive will reveal more than we have ever known about the deepest point in the ocean. What fish can survive down there, if any? And what will the samples reveal about an environment devoid of light, crushing pressure, and very low temperatues.If you want to learn more about the tech that’s helping Cameron dive 7-miles (and return safely) check out ExtremeTech’s 4-page detailed explanation.Read more at The Scuttlefish and Deepsea Challengelast_img read more

Ronda Rousey emotional after WrestleMania debut Daniel Cormier talks Rouseys debut

first_img Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey emotional after WrestleMania debutThe official Bella Twins YouTube page has posted a video from behind the scenes at WrestleMania 34 last Sunday in New Orleans at the Superdome.The video clip, which can be watched above, focuses on the Bella’s watching Ronda Rousey’s debut backstage along with WWE star Natalya.The end of the clip features the Bella’s and Natalya embracing a very emotional Rousey where she receives a ton of praise for her WWE in-ring debut last weekend.Daniel Cormier talks Rousey’s debutCurrent UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier spoke with about Ronda Rousey making her in-ring debut for WWE at WrestleMania 34.DC, a big wrestling fan, gave Rousey some big praise for her official debut.You can check out the clip below..@dc_mma says @RondaRousey “blew the roof off” at @WrestleMania.Full video:— (@MMAFighting) April 14, 2018 Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Facebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:08Loaded: 100.00%0:08Remaining Time -0:22 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 Videos Articles Ronda Rousey, Sonya Deville join Total Divas Season 9 cast, will premiere on October 2 Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Ronda Rousey WWE RAW Results – 8/26/19 (Sasha Banks in action, King of the Ring continues) WWE RAW Preview: Sasha Banks’ first match since WrestleMania, King of the Ring continues Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Journalist Pitts to give Clark commencement

first_imgClark College has announced that Emmy Award-winning television journalist and author Byron Pitts will present the keynote address at the college’s 7 p.m. June 20 commencement exercises at the Sleep Country USA Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.Raised in poverty, Pitts suffered from a debilitating stutter and functional illiteracy and didn’t learn to read and write until he was a teen. He entered a field, broadcast journalism, that requires strong written and oral communication skills. Today Pitts is chief national correspondent for “CBS Evening News” and a contributor to “60 Minutes.”Pitts is known for exceptional storytelling. As an embedded reporter covering the Iraq War, he was recognized for his work under fire. Pitts was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks. A news veteran, he has covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait and the refugee crisis in Kosovo. He is also the author of a memoir, “Step Out On Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.”“Byron Pitts has a powerful story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to get to where he is today,” said Clark College President Robert Knight. “It was through education that his life was turned around. I believe he will make a strong connection with our students.”Susan Parrish:360-735-4515;; susan.parrish@columbian.comlast_img read more

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