Collapse of New England’s iconic cod tied to climate change

first_imgThe Atlantic cod, a fish that came to symbolize bounty to America’s colonial settlers, is on the brink of disappearing, despite years of fishing limits aimed at rebuilding stocks. A new study reveals why: Cod spawning and survival has been hampered by rapid, extraordinary ocean warming in the Gulf of Maine, where sea surface temperatures rose faster than anywhere else on the planet between 2003 and 2014.“Over this same 10-year period, fishery managers set quotas that they felt were informed by high-quality science, and the stock just kept going down, down, down,” says study leader Andrew Pershing, the chief scientist for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. When his team looked closely at factors behind the trends, he says, “We found the fingerprints of temperature throughout the data.”The scientists used satellite data to track the daily sea surface temperature trend in the Gulf of Maine. From 1982 until 2004, they found, temperatures rose by 0.03°C per year, or three times the global mean rate. That warming accelerated sevenfold beginning in 2004, peaking in 2012 with a large “ocean heat wave” that persisted for 18 months, according to the study.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To see what drove the trend, the researchers correlated quarterly Gulf of Maine temperatures over that time with large-scale climate factors. They found that a northward shift of the warm ocean current known as the Gulf Stream hit the New England coast at the same time that two decade-long ocean climate cycles, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, entered a warmer phase, turning the heat up even further. Previous research has linked the Gulf Stream’s gradual northward shift over the 20th century to increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Those combined effects packed a punch, the authors say: “The Gulf of Maine experienced decadal warming that few marine ecosystems have encountered,” they write online today in Science. Since 1900, the chance of any similar segment of the ocean warming so fast was less than 0.3%, they found.Using recent Gulf of Maine cod stock assessments, the researchers then tested a number of models for predicting the factors that affected cod reproduction. Warming was the best predictor, they reported: When summer temperatures went up, the number of fish reaching maturity went down. “The number of new cod for each year that appear in the population is strongly related to temperature,” Pershing says. “And that’s ultimately what you need to rebuild a population and sustain a fishery: new fish coming in.”The study did not explore exactly how warming hurts cod reproduction, but it points to previous research showing that heat may diminish the populations of tiny sea creatures that larval cod rely on for food. Warmer temperatures also may be causing the larval cod to move out of their typical shallow habitat into deeper, cooler waters, where they’re at greater risk from predation, the authors say. Higher temperatures also could be increasing the metabolic energy that the young have to spend to stay alive. The average weights of cod have been below the long-term mean since 2002, the authors note, and these poorly conditioned fish will likely have a lower chance of survival.Because they didn’t account for the impact of climate change, New England’s fishery managers set catch quotas too high, particularly during the 2012 ocean heat wave, Pershing says. They were trying to help fishing communities, but it may have hurt the cod—and the fishers who rely on it—in the long run. “We have the advantage at the top of the hill in 2015 of looking back and being able to say, ‘How crazy was that?’” Pershing says. “But in the thick of it, when you’re having to make those decisions, it’s much harder to put those pieces together.”The research should serve as impetus for a long-needed overhaul in how fish are managed in the region, says biologist Jud Crawford of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ northeast oceans program in Boston, who was not involved in the study. “Hopefully, this is enough evidence to finally push New England to really seriously embrace models that include temperature as a variable,” as well as habitat for cod larvae.Still, Gib Brogan, fishery campaign manager for the nonprofit advocacy group Oceana in Boston worries that the findings will have the opposite effect. “It’s my concern that climate change will be seen as an overwhelming factor, and [fishery managers] will move from recovery mode to liquidation mode,” he says. “In other words, ‘the cod are on their way out. Let’s catch all we can now.’ And that’s a terrifying possibility.”On the other hand, Brogan says that the study shows the need for a new caution in fisheries beyond just the Atlantic cod. “Science is telling them to put a buffer in there for the uncertainty that comes with climate change,” he says. “That should be factored into long-term management for every fishery.”last_img read more

Dabang Delhi make a heroic comeback to defeat Patna Pirates

first_imgAdvertisementA five point raid by Vijay in the dying moments of the game helped Dabang Delhi K.C defeat the three time champions Patna Pirates who needed to win this game in order to keep their hopes alive for the playoffs. Pirates captain and star raider Pardeep Narwal was the star of the game as he scored 19 raid points and became the first player in PKL history to score 1100 raid points.Match 108: Patna Pirates vs Dabang Delhi K.C (39-43)It was yet another victory for the table toppers Dabang Delhi K.C and sixteenth consecutive super-10 for star raider Naveen Kumar who has been a revelation for Dabang Delhi K.C he was very well complemented by his partner Vijay who scored his first super-10 in this edition of Pro Kabaddi League. On the other hand it was a complete Pardeep Narwal show as the in-form Patna captain was the leading point scorer in today’s game as he scored 19 raid points. Pardeep wasn’t complemented well by the Patna defense as the Patna defense could only manage 6 tackle points in the whole game. A loss against the Dabang Delhi K.C meant curtains for the three times champions as their chances of qualifying for the playoffs became bleak.The last day of Jaipur leg will see two games as U Mumba take on defending champions Bengaluru Bulls and hosts, Jaipur Pink Panthers will take on Telugu Titans.Advertisementlast_img read more

Is poker gambling or skill game? HC asks Gujarat government

first_imgAhmedabad, Oct 21 (PTI) The Gujarat Hight Court today asked the state government to inform whether poker falls in the category of gambling, which is illegal in the state, or a game of skill as claimed by the Indian Poker Association. Hearing a petition filed by IPA, Justice Sonia Gokani sought governments reply about the legal aspects of the popular card game and adjourned the hearing to November 9. IPA secretary K N Suresh filed the petition after the city police restrained the association from holding poker games at the YMCA International Club here. The petition, filed through advocate Maulin Pandya, claimed that IPA entered into an agreement with YMCA Club to start poker at its premises a month ago to promote the game and produce players who can represent India at international tournaments. However, Anandnagar police allegedly started harassing him and asked the association and the club authorities to stop poker games or “face consequences”, the petition alleged. Advocate Pandya argued today that polices action was “illegal” and “arbitrary”. Poker was a “game of skill” and not covered under Gujarat Prevention of Gambling Act, he said. Citing several past judgements of other high courts as well as a notification by the Union Sports Department, Pandya said as poker was a game of skill, IPA was not required to obtain police permission. Poker is played widely online without any permission from the government, he claimed, saying the IPA too should be allowed to carry out its activities. PTI PJT PD KRK SKadvertisementlast_img read more

I could have won more if I’d got serious: Usain Bolt

first_imgLooking back at his astonishing career on the night he was named Athlete of the Year for the sixth time, Usain Bolt said his only real regret was not taking his sport more seriously at an earlier age.”Maybe I would have been at four Olympics,” the superstar Jamaican sprinter told reporters on Friday before being crowned IAAF male Athlete of the Year again on the back of his amazing Rio de Janeiro Games sprint triple-triple in August. (Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana win IAAF awards)”The award is definitely a big deal, it proves all the hard work has paid off,” he said after Olympic 10,000 metres champion and world record holder Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia took the women’s equivalent.”The fans helped vote for this and it’s for the fans I keep doing it.” (Usain Bolt pictured celebrating 30th birthday with 20-year-old girl in bed)With nine Olympic golds in the drawer, Bolt plans to hang up his spikes next year after a farewell tour of his favourite venues.He will run the 100 metres only before competing at the world championships in London where he will be gunning for his 12th and 13th world titles if he goes in the relay.”When I look back the only real thing I think I would change was to have got more serious more quickly,” said Bolt. (Bolt’s ‘birthday girl’ reveals events of the night she spent with the Olympian)”I was relying more on my talent. If Id got more serious I think I would have done a lot more in my career. It’s shocking but its true. Maybe if Id started younger Id have had four Olympics.”advertisementDespite his multiple titles and world records, Bolt said the race that would always have a particular place in his heart was the world junior championships in his home country when he won the 200 as a 15-year-old.”That was special,” he said. “That was the beginning. Jamaica 2002, where it all began. That was the biggest step.”However, it was a defeat five years later that made the biggest impact.Bolt took the 200 silver behind American Tyson Gay at the 2007 Osaka world championships and it was a real wake-up call.”After I lost I remember going to my coach saying, ‘I really tried my best but what can I do to win because I really need to win?,” Bolt explained.”He said: ‘You’re slacking off in the gym. If you want to win you have to get stronger. So I was like alright. I knew what I needed to do and from then I took the step and just worked and worked.”SPECTACULAR STYLEWithin nine months Bolt was the 100 world record holder and weeks later blasted himself into worldwide consciousness by winning the 100 and 200 and 4×100 relay at the Beijing Olympics in spectacular style.Having found a way to win he was in no mood to stop, repeating the feat at London 2012 and, despite early season injuries, doing it again in Rio.Now 30 and with his speediest days behind him, Bolt is trimming his workrate to enjoy one last season, running a series of 100 races only.”Next year is mainly for the fans,” said Bolt who always gives up a huge amount of time to sign autographs and pose for photos every time he races.”It’s a last opportunity for some people to see me run and a chance for me to say goodbye. I’d like to go back to some of my favourite places to run, Ostrava, Lausanne, maybe Paris.”And then that will be it. The man who has carried his troubled sport, sometimes single-handed, for a decade will step aside for the next generation.There will be no Michael Phelps-style comeback at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics either.”Oh no,” he said. “My coach said, ‘Do not retire and come back, don’t ever do that’.”Its a bit different for swimming but for most track and field athletes it never goes well.”I’m still talking to people about what I will do afterwards and I definitely want to stay involved in the sport but at the moment I am just looking forward to doing nothing,” said Bolt.last_img read more


first_imgThe first of three citizens task force meetings on improving the infrastructure in Dakota City, Nebraska will be held tonight (Tuesday).City Administrator Alyssa Silhacek says each meeting will focus on a different infrastructure need identified by the City of Dakota City for consideration of a possible ½ cent city sales tax increase on the local ballot in May:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….going forward. ;16Later meetings will focus on streets and then the third on the city’s wastewater system and other infrastructure:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……communities future. :17The first task force meeting will be at 6pm this evening at the Dakota City Hall.JEO Consulting group will moderate the panel discussions:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….five people on each committee. :21Any other citizens interested in being on a panel may contact city hall.The later two meetings take place at the same time and location on April 10th and 16th.The task force findings will be presented at a public open house at the Dakota City Fire Station on May 1st.last_img read more

Man with stolen carbine machine gun arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: Selling a stolen carbine landed a 35-year-old man in jail after he was arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on Independence Day with the stolen carbine machine gun of a Punjab police constable.Acting on a tip-off about selling of a carbine machine gun, a trap was laid near Lal Bagh Mandi in Loni town and the accused Sohan was arrested, a senior officer said. A carbine machine gun, one magazine and six live cartridges were recovered from the possession of Sohan, a resident of Loni. The accused revealed to police that he and his associate had stolen weapon last week from Man Sarovar Park in Delhi”s Shahdara area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, the weapon belonged to constable Kamal Kishor, who is posted in Patiala, Punjab, with the 1st Indian Reserve Battalion. Kishor had kept the weapon in his father-in-law”s house at Man Sarovar Park during his visit to Delhi, the officer added. Police are verying who were the potential buyers. The basic motive of the would be buyers of the machine gun is also being verified. The accused is alreay having several cases registered against him including Arms Act and Gunda Act. The police are interrogating the accused to unravel if there was any bigger conspiracy.last_img read more

President of Manitoba Metis disappointed after provincial throne speech

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe head of Manitoba’s Metis Federation says the province should change the name of Aboriginal Affairs to something else.David Chartrand’s comments come after Manitoba’s Lieutenant Governor-General delivered the speech from the throne, a ceremony where the government outlines its priorities for the upcoming sitting of the legislature.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.dward@aptn.calast_img

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Thursday, breaking a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500 index.The losses were broad, with health care, financial, energy and communications companies accounting for much of the decline. The sell-off came as investors weighed mixed economic data and company earnings reports while keeping an eye on Washington, where U.S. and Chinese negotiators resumed talks aimed at settling their costly trade dispute.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index fell 9.82 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,774.88.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 103.81 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 25,850.63.The Nasdaq composite declined 29.36 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 7,459.71.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 6.11 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,575.55.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 0.72 points, or 0.03 per cent.The Dow is down 32.62 points, or 0.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 12.70 points, or 0.2 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 6.30 points, or 0.4 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 268.03 points, or 10.7 per cent.The Dow is up 2,523.17 points, or 10.8 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 824.43 points, or 12.4 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 226.99 points, or 16.8 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Ontario minimum wage hike having trickle up effect on paycheques of higher

Nick Cluley and his wife, who have always paid their Coffee Public employees more than minimum wage, have boosted everyone’s pay by $1.25 an hour since Jan. 1 — not just those earning below $14, as a new Ontario law required.They did that “to avoid tensions that might come from more experienced people, you know, being crunched right up against the same salary as someone that just started,” he said.The new starting wage is $14.75, though the staff average is closer to $15.45, he said, adding they raised prices by about 10 per cent on everything they serve in their Toronto and Port Hope, Ont., shops.From small mom-and-pop shops to a discount retail giant, there are already examples of companies that have bumped the hourly pay for employees who were making close to the new $14 an hour minimum — suggesting Ontario’s recent minimum wage hike is affecting more than just the lowest paid workers.Kathleen Wynne to Tim Hortons franchisees: Stop using employees as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fightMost Ontarians back minimum wage hike, say it will benefit the economyTim Hortons getting ‘dragged through the mud’ and iconic brand isn’t doing anything to stop itThere’s little question that a minimum wage hike in Ontario will have a “trickle up” effect to raise wages for other workers, said Bernard Wolf, a professor emeritus at York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto.“The question is simply how much and how pervasive that is,” he said, adding it’s likely a considerable number of employers in Ontario — where the minimum wage rose to $14 on Jan. 1, 2018 — will make such a move.That ripple effect through the economy comes as employees who find minimum wage has now risen close to what they’re earning ask for raises to reflect their comparative skill level, Wolf said, or because their cost-of-living has increased as the price of goods goes up to offset the higher labour cost.For employers already making the move, they benefit from positioning themselves as the good guy compared to other companies that raised the ire of consumers for clawing back employee benefits and other perks instead, he said.Union Local 613 co-owner Ivan Gedz raised wages for all his kitchen staff to $16 in November, after realizing his Ottawa eatery could not only meet the new minimum in January, but surpass it.The raises, which amount to between 50 cents and as much as $4 per hour depending on the employee, reflect Gedz’s belief in equality and because he realized the situation presented an opportunity to be an industry leader, he said. He raised prices on some items to offset the hit to his bottom line.But small businesses aren’t the only ones setting a higher bar.Walmart Canada, which employs more than 95,000 associates, increased its starting minimum wage on Dec. 23, 2017 just ahead of the Ontario-wide hike, said spokeswoman Anika Malik, adding all the company’s associates earn more than their provincial minimum wage.“All pay bands also moved up accordingly to maintain appropriate relative compensation at all levels,” she said. The company isn’t cutting any roles, and employees will still be eligible for bonuses and performance increases, Malik said.Meanwhile, one coffee chain has applied the pay increase to more than just their Ontario-based employees.JJ Bean Coffee Roasters, which has more than a dozen locations across Toronto and Vancouver, first increased wages in Toronto on Dec. 17, 2017 and followed suit in Vancouver on Jan. 14, 2018, according to a letter from its senior leadership team.Its national starting wage is now $14 an hour, and it increased wages for all employees making below $20 hourly. The company increased prices at its cafes by one to three per cent.“We believe people have intrinsic value and that everyone who takes part in the journey of coffee — from farmers to baristas — deserves to be fairly rewarded for their work,” the letter reads. read more

Army to release 1099 acres of farmland in North East next month

Meanwhile, the Army was scheduled to release more private land by December 31st, 2018 but the process had been delayed. (Colombo Gazette) The Army says the land will be released during the second week of January, 2019. Accordingly, the Army says, 1099 acres of farmland in the North and East have been identified to be released. The Army says it will release 1099 acres of farmland in the North and East next month.A statement by the Army today said that in addition to the ongoing process of releasing private and state land occupied by the Army in the North and East, President Maithripala Sirisena has issued instructions to release state land used as Army farms in the North and East.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2017 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,586.13, up 79.66 points):Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down 19 cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $93.47 on 6.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down nine cents, or 4.09 per cent, to $2.11 on 6.6 million shares. The Montreal-based company faces a lengthy legal battle with Boeing after the aerospace giant filed a complaint with the U.S. government that could deal a blow to the new CSeries commercial jet, say trade experts and industry analysts. Bombardier’s efforts to sell the plane into the American market could be hampered by an anti-dumping petition that could result in the imposition of preliminary duties.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Miner. Down nine cents, or 2.88 per cent, to $3.03 on 6.54 million shares.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up two cents, or 0.25 per cent, to $8.04 on 6.51 million shares. The chief executive of HOOPP has resigned as a director of Home Capital Group and its subsidiaries, citing a potential conflict of interest following the pension fund’s decision to provide $2 billion of credit to the mortgage company. The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan manages more than $70 billion of retirement funds and will receive a $100 million non-refundable fee plus 10 per cent interest on money provided to Home Trust through the agreement.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up six cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $64.23 on 6.3 million shares.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Up seven cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $96.66 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Down $1.19, or 8.33 per cent, to $13.09 on 3.9 million shares. The Saskatoon-based uranium company reported a first-quarter net loss of $18 million, or five cents per share. It was a bigger loss than analysts were expecting, as it grappled with challenges including the sudden loss of a supply contract with Tokyo Electric Power Co.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO). Oil and gas. Down 39 cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $39.71 on 788,806 shares. The Calgary-based oil producer and refiner reported first-quarter earnings that reversed a loss in the same period of last year but fell short of analyst expectations. Imperial’s net income was $333 million or 39 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, boosted by a gain of $151 million on the sale of former refinery lands in Mississauga, Ont., compared with a loss of $101 million or 12 cents in the year-earlier period. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Nominate a colleague to the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

first_imgNominations are sought for the next series of inductions into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame which will take place in Denver again in February 2019. Please send nominations to or If you would be interested in joining the global judging panel, contact John.Anyone wishing to see the pictures from last year’s great event at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, please go to

Presink of Shaft 2 at Ivanhoes Platreef underground project months away

first_imgIn a review of exploration and development activities in 2018, Ivanhoe Mines has gone into some detail on developments at Shaft 2 at the Platreef PGM-nickel-copper-gold project on the northern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex.This follows a project update issued just after the Mining Indaba event in February.Shaft 1, expected to reach its final depth of 982 m below surface in early 2020, will ultimately become the primary ventilation shaft during the project’s initial 4 Mt/y production case, but Shaft 2, around 100 m northeast of Shaft 1, will provide primary access to the mining zones.Ivanhoe said Shaft 2 will have an internal diameter of 10 m, will be lined with concrete and sunk to a planned, final depth of more than 1,104 m below surface.It will be equipped with two 40-t rock-hoisting skips capable of hoisting a total of 6 Mt/y of ore – the single largest hoisting capacity at any mine in Africa. The headgear for the permanent hoisting facility was designed by South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation.Ivanhoe said nine blasts were successfully completed in 2018 enabling the excavation of Shaft 2’s box cut to a depth of approximately 29 m below surface and the construction of the concrete hitch (shaft collar foundation) for the 103-m-tall concrete headgear (preparations pictured here) that will house the shaft’s permanent hoisting facilities and support the shaft collar.Excavation of the box cut and construction of the hitch foundation is expected to be completed in the June quarter, enabling the beginning of the pre-sink, that will extend 84 m below surface, it said.In July 2017, Ivanhoe, which indirectly owns 64% of the Platreef project through its subsidiary, Ivanplats, issued an independent, definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Platreef covering the first phase of production at an initial mining rate of 4 Mt/y. The DFS estimated Platreef’s initial, average annual production rate would be 476,000 oz of platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold, plus 21 MIb (9,525 t) of nickel and 13 MIb (5,897 t) of copper.last_img read more

Mars Shows Off This Month Before Blood Moon Eclipse

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Skygazers will be seeing red this month as Mars reaches opposition with the Sun, offering Earth observers their closest view of the planet since 2003.Earth and Mars orbit the Sun at different distances, and thus different speeds. Every two years, the three celestial bodies form a straight line—an event known as opposition.This summer, the opposition begins on July 27, with the Red Planet’s closest approach at 1 a.m. ET on July 31.“Not all Mars oppositions are equal, though, and this is Mars’ brightest appearance in our sky in nearly 15 years,” according to EarthSky.At the start of the month, Mars shines about eight times brighter than Saturn; by month’s end, it will exceed the ringed planet by some 15 times.At its most luminous, Mars will supersede Jupiter as the fourth brightest celestial object—after the Sun, Moon, and Venus—from July 7 to Sept. 7.“You can’t miss Mars right now,” the website said. “Even [the] drenching moonline won’t be able to wash the Red Planet from the nighttime sky.”All through July (especially in the final days), grab your binoculars and look up around midnight for the best views; also keep an eye out for Saturn, with its golden shine.This ain’t got nothing on the 2003 Mars opposition, which brought it closer and made it appear brighter than it had in some 60,000 years. But the July event is nothing to sneeze at.In fact, it’s something you should try to catch, as the next extra-close Martian opposition will occur in September 2035.Besides, folks in the Eastern Hemisphere—Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia—will likely be staring at the sky, anyway, hoping to catch a glimpse of the second total lunar eclipse of the year.On July 27, the Moon passes through the center of Earth’s shadow for the first time in seven years. Neither “super” nor “blue,” this month’s Micro Blood Moon eclipse will be the longest of the 21st century, lasting approximately 103 minutes.center_img Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet last_img read more

Listen Logics Energetic New Single 44 More

first_img Twitter GRAMMY-nominated rapper unleashes raw follow up to his 2016 song “44 Bars”Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 23, 2018 – 5:26 pm Fresh off his inspirational performance of “1-800-273-8255” at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Logic released his first new song of 2018 at midnight on Feb. 22, “44 More.”The song’s title calls it out as a follow-up to “44 Bars” from his 2016 mixtape, Bobby Tarantino. In the spirited, rhyme-heavy new track, the Everybody rapper goes hard, returning to his MC roots and touching on his prolific musical output, being responsible with his finances, first-week album sales, and more.One line in particular raised eyebrows. Logic raps, “sold more albums my first week than Harry Styles and Katy Perry,” a fact Billboard has confirmed.Considering Logic also boasts, “Who you know dropped an album back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back again,” perhaps this track is a precursor to more music to come…Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook Messenger Listen: Logic Drops New Single “44 More” listen-logics-energetic-new-single-44-more Facebook News Listen: Logic’s Energetic New Single “44 More” Email last_img read more

Myanmar reporter detained at airport

first_imgSwe WinA prominent Myanmar journalist was detained as he tried to leave the country after an ultra-nationalist group filed a suit against him, a colleague said Sunday.Swe Win, the editor of Myanmar Now, was detained by police at Yangon airport on Sunday evening as he tried to fly to Bangkok under a controversial law often wielded against the press.“I got contact with Swe Win around 6:30pm and he told me on the phone that he had been arrested at the airport and was now at the police station,” his colleague Htet Khaung Lin told AFP.He added that Swe Lin was being held over a complaint filed by a member of the ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement over articles he had written about its leader, the firebrand monk Wirathu.The broadly worded law-section 66d of the Telecommunications Act-bans uploading false or insulting information and has been frequently used against journalists both by the state and in private cases.Police at Mingladon township, where Swe Lin was taken, did not respond to requests for comment.Many had hoped press freedoms would flourish under the new civilian government of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi but criminal and civil cases against journalists, cartoonists and satirists have instead increased.Last month three journalists were detained by the military after they spoke to members of an armed rebel group. Suu Kyi’s government later defended the detentions and the trio remain in jail awaiting trial.Ma Ba Tha are a small but vocal ultra-nationalist group who often rail against Myanmar’s beleaguered Muslim community.The country’s top religious body has ordered them to disband but that move has done little to blunt their movement.In March they filed a case against Swe Win over comments he made suggesting Wirathu should be expelled from the monkhood for welcoming the murder of a prominent Muslim lawyer.It is not yet clear why police did not act until now.last_img read more

Donald Trump Has Plans To Hit The Ground Running Heres What He

first_imgChelsea Beck/NPRDonald Trump laid out a plan for his first 100 days in the Oval Office.President-elect Donald Trump plans to hit the ground running. He could sign his first executive orders within hours of taking the oath of office.“I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on Day One to restore our laws and bring back our jobs,” Trump said in a videotaped message in November. “It’s about time.”Vice President-elect Mike Pence echoed that message in a meeting with reporters on Thursday.“Our job is to be ready on Day One,” Pence said. “We are all ready to go to work.”The incoming president has promised to:renegotiate trade deals,roll back regulations, and, of course,repeal his predecessor’s signature health care lawTrump, who’s accustomed to completing projects “on time and under budget,” will try to bring an unfamiliar business discipline to the nation’s capital. He may find that Washington is not as nimble or responsive to orders from the chief executive as his family-run business. His first couple of days will also be filled with ceremonial celebrations: the inaugural parade, Friday night balls and a Saturday church service. The real workout for the new president and his pen could start Monday.“We’ll be doing some pretty good signings on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday,” Trump said during his news conference last week.Trump plans to nominate a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia within his first two weeks in office. He’ll also direct military commanders to develop plans for battling the Islamic State and cyberattacks. And he’ll codify his “swamp draining” restrictions on government officials later going to work as lobbyists.But the new administration’s initial priorities will focus on three areas:1. TradeThroughout the campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized U.S. trade deals and promised to renegotiate or scrap agreements such as NAFTA.“We will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores,” he said in his November video.Trump has also warned that companies that move jobs overseas but want to sell products domestically could be hit with a steep import tariff or “border tax.”Congressional Republicans have shown little support for raising tariffs. Rather than punishing companies that leave the U.S., GOP lawmakers prefer to reward those that stay, with lower corporate tax rates.Still, if Trump is determined to send a signal with targeted tariffs, he has the authority to impose them on his own.“The president has a lot of power in this country,” said Simon Johnson of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a pro-trade think tank in Washington. “It looks like President Trump wants to use some of that power relative to trade and particularly goods coming into the United States.”Johnson conceded that Trump’s tough talk could be merely a scare tactic, aimed at encouraging domestic manufacturers to stay put. He cautioned if Trump were to follow through on his tariff threat, it would raise prices for U.S. consumers. And other countries could respond with their own tariffs, discouraging U.S. exports.“We need to have a conversation about how to have better jobs for more people in the United States,” Johnson said. “But saying we’ll scrap the trading system or saying we’ll slap massive tariffs when we feel like it, that is actually back to the trading system of the 1930s. That did not have good overall economic outcomes either for America as a whole or for most American workers.”Trump’s nominee for Commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, agreed that the broad Smoot-Hawley tariffs of the 1930s were a drag on the U.S. economy and shouldn’t be repeated. Ross took a nuanced position on protectionist measures during his confirmation hearing this week.“I am not anti-trade. I am pro-trade,” Ross told the Senate Commerce Committee. “But I am pro-sensible trade. Not pro-trade that is to the disadvantage of the American worker and the American manufacturing community.”2. Energy regulationsTrump has accused the outgoing Obama administration of stifling development of fossil fuel energy. While oil and natural-gas production has surged over the last eight years, Trump insists that’s happened despite government roadblocks.“I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs,” Trump said in his November video. “That’s what we want. That’s what we’ve been waiting for.”The Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency hold considerable sway over energy development through access to public lands and environmental regulations. Fossil fuel producers expect Trump’s team to relax some of the restrictions they faced during the Obama years.“Just as he’s been able to impose additional regulations and burdens on industries, likewise a new administration or a new president can reverse that course or at least make them smart, common-sense regulation and make them so they’re not so unduly burdensome,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute.The incoming Trump administration could also give a green light to energy infrastructure projects that were blocked by executive actions on Obama’s watch.“Things like Keystone XL pipeline, Dakota Access pipeline,” Gerard said, “we expect he’ll take some early action on a variety of those fronts to really free us up and allow us to achieve our energy potential.”3. ObamacareThe incoming administration says repealing and replacing Obamacare will be its “first order of business.” And the House and Senate have already taken the first steps toward repealing large pieces of the health care law.But while doing away with Obamacare was always a popular applause line at Trump’s campaign rallies, the incoming administration has also promised to move carefully to avoid further disruption in an already fragile insurance market.“Nobody is interested in pulling the rug out from under anybody,” Trump’s nominee for health secretary, Tom Price, said this week. “We believe that it is absolutely imperative that individuals that have health coverage be able to keep health coverage.”The need for a viable replacement plan for Obamacare was underscored this week when the Congressional Budget Office warned that partial repeal without replacement would leave tens of millions of people uninsured and cause a spike in insurance premiums.Congressional Republicans are considering a variety of replacement plans and hope to reach a consensus on one at their retreat later this month. Trump, meanwhile, told the Washington Post he’s nearly completed work on his own plan to replace Obamacare. He says he’s keeping the details under wraps until Price is confirmed.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Night phone use may harm mental health in teens

first_imgTeenagers who use their smartphones late at night may have low sleep quality, leading to poor mental health, reduced coping and self-esteem, a new study warns.Researchers at Griffith University and Murdoch University tracked changes in late-night mobile phone use, sleep and mental health indicators over three years in a large sample of Australian teens.They found that adolescents’ late-night mobile phone use was directly linked to poor sleep quality, which subsequently led to poorer mental health outcomes, reduced coping, and lowered self-esteem. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We have demonstrated how poor sleep is the key link connecting an increase in night-time mobile use with subsequent increases in psychosocial issues,” lead researcher Lynette Vernon said. “We found that late night phone use directly contributed to poor sleep habits, which over time led to declines in overall wellbeing and mental health,” said Vernon.The study surveyed 1,100 students from 29 schools annually over four years in total, starting in year eight and following them until year 11. Students were asked what time of the night they received or sent text messages and phone calls, and their perceptions of their sleep quality. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers also investigated adolescents’ symptoms of depressed mood, involvement in delinquency or aggression, and their coping and self esteem over time. Results showed that in year eight, more than 85 per cent of students owned a mobile phone and around one-third of these students reported they never texted or received phone calls after lights out.”We found that those teenagers who start out as relatively ‘healthy’ in terms of their late-night mobile use early in high school, tend to show steeper escalations in their late-night mobile use over the next several years,” said study co-author Kathryn Modecki. Students with high initial levels of night-time mobile phone use also tended to have higher initial levels of poor sleep behaviour.As their levels of mobile phone use grew over time, so did their poor sleep behaviour. “What is especially compelling is that these increases in poor sleep, in turn, led to rises in depressed mood and externalising behaviours, and declines in self-esteem and coping one year later.”last_img read more

Best Cyber Week Electronics Deals at Amazon

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Cyber Week is here and if you thought the deals for Black Friday were good then you’ll love these deals. The team at TechBargains has picked out the Best Cyber Week Deals. Act fast as today is the last day of some of the best discounts we’ve seen all year. Prices only go up as we get closer to Christmas.Featured DealsNEW Dell Inspiron Micro Intel Core J1800 Celeron Desktop with Windows 10 for $129.99 (use code: microDTmajorSAVINGS – list price $199.99)NEW Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Intel Celeron Dual-Core 15.6″ Laptop w/ 4GB RAM for $199 (use code: 199LT – list price $299). NEW 49″ LG 1080 LED HDTV + $150 Dell Gift Card for $399.99 (list price $499.99)NEW $10 Bonus Amazon Credit on $50 Amazon Gift Card Purchase (First Time Buyers Only).NEW iRobot Roomba 614 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $249.99 (list price $379.99)NEW Suaoki DC 12V Portable Digital Air Compressor Tire Inflator for $29.99 (Use code: QKKUXKJN – list price $89.99). NEW 15% off Newly Released Final Final Fantasy XV for $50.99 (list price $59.99).NEW Winix True HEPA Air Cleaner with Plasma Wave Technology for $131.94 (list price $179.99).NEW SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Solid State Drive for $188.99 (list price $239.99).NEW Aylio Comfort Foam Chair Pillow Coccyx Cushion for $23.99 (list price $59.99).NEW Fire HD 6 Tablet, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16GB with Special Offers for $54.99 (list price $119.99)NEW Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200u Kaby Lake 13.3″ 1080p Laptop w/ 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Win 10 Pro for $949.99 (Use Code: LT949—List price $1,149.99)Dell XPS 8900 i7 Quad-Core Desktop w/ 16GB RAM & 1TB HDD for $729.99 (use code: DT729 – list price $949)Still live! Instant Pot 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker w/ Low & High Pressure + Yogurt Modes for $68.95 (list price $119.99)Top Rated for Picture Quality: 50″ Vizio M50-D1 4K Home Theater Display + $200 Dell Gift Card + 6″ Android Tablet Remote for $599.99 (list price $849.99)See all the Amazon Cyber Week Deals and Lightning Deals as they go live. See all the Dell Doorbuster Computer, TV, and Electronics deals as they go live.See the latest Cyber Week Deals as they go live at TechBargains.Laptop & Desktop ComputersDell Latitude 15 3000 Intel Core i7-6500u 1080p 15.6″ Laptop w/ Nvidia GT920m & Win Pro for $779 (list price $1,432.99)New Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200u Kaby Lake 13.3″ 1080p Laptop w/ 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Win 10 Pro for $949.99 (Use Code: LT949 List price $1,149.99)Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 15.6″ 1080p Laptop w/ GTX 960m 4GB GPU for $749.99 (Use code: 50OFF699—list price $899)Up to 60 percent off Dell Rack & Tower Servers starting at $399 (Try $200 off code: SERVER200 or $300 off SERVER300)Acer Aspire E 15 Intel Core i3-7100U New Kaby Lake 15.6″ 1080p Laptop (4GB/1TB) for $329.99 (list price $399.99)Acer Aspire E 15 Intel Core i5-6200U 15.6″ 1080p Laptop (8GB/256GB SSD/ Nvidia 940mx) for $499.99 (list price $549.99)HP Notebook 15 Intel Core i5-6200U 15.6″ 1080p Laptop (8GB/128GB SSD) for $429.99 (list price $549.99)Microsoft Office 365 + $25 Dell Gift Card for $79.99 (list price $99.99)24″ Dell UltraSharp U2412m 1920×1200 IPS LED Monitor for $179.99 (use code: SAVE190 – list price $369.99)Electronics and ComponentsKMASHI 20,000mAh USB Portable Battery Charger w/ Quick Charge 2.0 for $19.99 (use code: NZK3Z24S – list price $49.99)Segway Mini Pro w/ App Control, 14-Mile Range & 10MPH Speed for $599 (list price $799)Sony MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (20hr playtime) for $99 (list price $109.99)TP-Link AC750 802.11ac WiFi Range Extender for $19.99 (list price $39.99)Foscam R2 1080p Wireless Camera w/ Pan, Tilt & 2-Way Audio for $74.99 (list price $129.99)Harman Kardon SOHO Headphones for $35.95 (list price $99.99)Vantrue R2 2K Dash Cam Car Video Recorder for $89.99 (use code: VANTRUR2 – list price $129.99)49″ Samsung 6-Series 4K Curved LED HDTV for $549.99 (list price $999.99)NEW 70″ Samsung UN70KU6300 4K LED HDTV w/ HDR + $250 Dell Gift Card for $1,299.99 (list price $1,499.99)HDTVs & Home Theater49″ Samsung 6-Series 4K Curved LED HDTV for $549.99 (list price $999.99)NEW 70″ Samsung UN70KU6300 4K LED HDTV w/ HDR + $250 Dell Gift Card for $1,299.99 (list price $1,499.99)Home and MiscellaneousiRobot Roomba 770 Robot Vaccum w/ Dual HEPA Filter for $339.99 (list price $499.99)LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for $14.99 (list price $19.99)On Order: Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner for $59.88 (list price $99.99)AmazonBasics MicroCut Paper Shredder for $45.89 (list price $69.99)Smart Home and Connected DevicesNEW Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit with Hub and Sensor Set for $149.99 (list price $249.99).NEW Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (16-Zone) for $149.99 (list price $199).New Nest Outdoor Camera for $179.99 (list price $199.99)Best seller Foscam R2 1080p Wireless Security Camera w/ Pan, Tilt & more for $74.99 (list price $129.99)On Order: Nest Cam 1080p Home Network Camera for $149 (list price $199.99)MoviesToday Only! Back to the Future Complete Adventure Blu-ray Collection for $39.99 (list price $69)Jurassic Park 4-Movie Blu-ray Collection for $29.99 (list price $44)Game of Thrones Season 1-6 Blu-ray (Region Free, Less than $20 per season) for $105.72 (list price $149.99)The Bourne Classified 4-Movie Collection for $18.49X-Men Apocalypse for $13.98Pacific Rim 3D Blu-ray for $9.99ToysNEW Kala Mahogany Ukelele Learn to Play Starter Kit for $59.99 (list price $84.99).NEW Exploding Kittens Card Game for $16.99 (list price $24.99).Marvel Legends: Captain America 24″ Full Size Shield for $54.02 (list price $99.99)Marvel Legends: Iron Man Electronic Helmet w/ LED Eyes & Magnetic Detachable Face Plate for $69.99 (list price $99.99)Didn’t find what you want? See all the See the latest Cyber Week Deals at TechBargains.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 29, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more