Greenhouse emissions similar to today’s may have triggered massive temperature rise in Earth’s past

first_imgAbout 55.5 million years ago, a burst of carbon dioxide raised Earth’s temperature 5°C to 8°C, which had major impacts on numerous species of plants and wildlife. Scientists analyzing ancient soil samples now say a previous burst of the greenhouse gas preceded this event, known as the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM), and probably triggered it. Moreover, they believe humans are pumping similar levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere right now, raising concerns that our own emissions may also destabilize Earth’s climate, triggering the planet to emit devastating bursts of carbon in the future.The paper implies that even if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide right now, our descendants might still face huge temperature rises, says paleoclimatologist Gabriel Bowen of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, the lead author of the new research. “It is a possibility,” he says, “and it’s a scary one.”Scientists accept that a massive injection of carbon into the atmosphere caused the PETM, but they don’t agree about where the gas came from. Some researchers say it originated from the release of carbon locked up under the ocean by an undersea landslide; others blame a comet crashing into Earth, causing carbon from both the comet and Earth to be oxidized to carbon dioxide and potentially causing wildfires or burning of carbon-rich peat bogs on Earth. 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Carbon has two stable isotopes: About 99% of natural carbon is carbon-12, whereas the remaining 1% is mainly the heavier carbon-13, with trace amounts of radioactive carbon-14 that decay within a few thousand years to nitrogen. Living organisms have a slight preference for the lighter isotope, so carbon derived from organic sources (such as fossil fuels) is slightly depleted in carbon-13. If that carbon gets returned to the atmosphere at a faster rate than normal, atmospheric carbon dioxide has less carbon-13 than normal. Plants taking up this carbon dioxide become even more carbon-13 depleted, and when they decompose, this depletion is recorded in the soil.Sedimentary rock samples that have been compacted from soils formed at the time of the PETM contain less carbon-13 than normal. Sedimentary rocks of the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming contain one of the best records of soils from this period. Geologists have studied them for more than 100 years, but to obtain samples from soils of different periods, geologists had to analyze surface rocks from different parts of the basin and try to piece together a continuous geological history. Therefore, the Bighorn Basin Coring Project, run by the University of New Hampshire, Durham, drilled approximately 1 km of core from each of three different points in the basin to give geologists three clear, continuous records of how the soils had varied over time in a particular place.Bowen and colleagues analyzed one of these cores, tracking the variations in carbon isotope ratios in greater detail than had been previously possible by examining surface rocks. They report online today in Nature Geoscience that in soils beneath those laid down during the main rise in temperature about 55.5 million years ago, there was a distinct drop in the proportion of carbon-13. In soils immediately on top of these, the ratio seemed to recover to its normal value. Finally, soils on top of these showed a large drop in the proportion of carbon-13 corresponding to the PETM itself.So what was going on? The researchers concluded that there must have been two separate releases of carbon. The first, smaller release, about 2000 years before the main temperature rise, was followed by a recovery to normal climatic conditions. Later, a second, larger pulse caused the main event. “I’m fairly convinced that they’re related,” Bowen says. “We see nothing remotely similar during the many hundreds of thousands of years before this event. To have within a few thousand years these two major carbon isotope shifts and have that be circumstantial would be quite remarkable.”The researchers used climate models to investigate how the initial, smaller heating could have triggered the later surge in temperature. They estimate that the first thermal pulse is likely to have warmed Earth’s atmosphere by 2°C to 3°C, but that the atmospheric temperature would have gradually returned to normal as the heat was absorbed into the deep ocean. However, when that heat finally reached the ocean floor, it might have melted methane ices called clathrates, releasing the methane into the ocean and allowing it to make its way into the atmosphere. As a greenhouse gas, methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide, so a sudden spike in methane emissions could lead to huge climate change.“The connection between these two pulses is something that it’s going to be really important to get a handle on,” Bowen says. The researchers believe the rate at which carbon dioxide escaped into the atmosphere during both bursts is unlikely to have been greater than the rate at which humans are emitting it now, and it may have been considerably lower. “Carbon release back then looked a lot like human fossil fuel emissions today,” Bowen says. “So we might learn a lot about the future from changes in climate, plants, and animal communities 55.5 million years ago.”“We think this is really good news for our contention that the release of carbon was very fast,” says marine geologist James Wright of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, an advocate of the comet impact hypothesis.Wright is not convinced, however, about the importance of the first pulse in triggering the second. He suggests that the most logical interpretation of the apparent cooling after the first pulse is that its significance was less than Bowen’s group believes, with limited effect on the overall ocean temperature, and that not just the atmosphere but rather the entire planet quickly returned to normal. “If that’s the case, then the first has nothing to do with the second,” Wright says. That, in turn, would require an alternative explanation for the PETM such as a comet impact.last_img read more

Days Before Kick-off, ISL Replaces I-League as India’s Top League

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Super League (ISL) will replace the I-League as top-tier competition in the country after the stakeholders agreed to a proposal of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), ending the long-drawn and contentious restructuring process.In a meeting at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, the I-League and ISL clubs agreed on a roadmap presented by the AFC on domestic football structure reforms in India. As per the roadmap, the ISL will be the top league in the country from this season itself while I-League will continue as second-tier league.The ISL, which begins in Kochi on October 20, will not have promotion and relegation till 2023-24 by which time the League would have completed 10 seasons.From the 2024-25 season onwards, performance-based promotion and relegation will be implemented and there will not be two parallel leagues.The ISL champions would now be entitled to a play-off place in the AFC Champions League, the top-tier club competition in Asia, while I-League champions would compete in the second tier AFC Cup “as a special compensation to India”.The proposals will now be presented to the AFC Executive Committee and the AIFF Executive Committee, but their approval is expected to be a mere formality.Another key recommendation by the AFC is to open a pathway for two I-League clubs’ entry into the ISL by the end of the 2020-21 season, subject to the licensing criteria being fulfilled.There has been speculation for some time that Mohun Bagan and East Bengal may join the ISL but no agreement could be reached as the two Kolkata giants wanted a waiver of the Rs 15 crore participation fee.The AFC statement is not clear on the participation fee issue but AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said the two clubs will have to pay the fee.”Whichever two clubs (open for inclusion in the ISL) will have to pay the participation fee. This is also according to FIFA recommendation,” Das told PTI from Kuala Lumpur.In addition to this, the AFC proposal said starting with the 2022-23 season, the winner of I-League will stand a chance to be promoted to the ISL with no participation fee, subject to fulfilling sporting merit and the national club licensing criteria to be set out by the AIFF.”Everyone has to put the good of Indian football at the forefront and take the best decisions to develop Indian club football. The AFC will be very much involved to ensure the growth of the game to the next level with the pathway to a single league,” AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John said in a statement.”Every point of this package has been thought out extremely carefully and it is aimed simply at providing the best chance to develop Indian club football. We have informed AIFF that 10-12 teams are not enough for the top League — it must be bigger.”I am sure that if this roadmap is considered further, then Indian football will see the benefits for the game. We are now all working together to deliver the best future,” he added.Kushal Das said the proposed roadmap was in the best interest of all stake holders in Indian football.”We have to be financially sustainable and take into consideration all commercial and contractual aspects of this plan because commerce is key to football… footballing legacy and investment are equally important for the development of Indian football,” Das added.Mohun Bagan secretary Debashish Dutta said that his club is happy with the roadmap of Indian football.”We have been fighting for it for a long time for a proper roadmap of Indian football and today we are successful. After five years there will be one league with promotion and relegation and that they (I-League winners) can play without franchise fee from the fourth year, it’s the biggest achievement for Indian football,” Dutta said.Former I-League champions Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj, who had earlier vociferously opposed the AIFF’s move to grant ISL the top league status, said he was happy that main concerns of the I-League clubs have been addressed.”Four clubs are being promoted (to ISL) by four years and then promotion and relegation (in ISL) will start. I consider this as a victory even at the cost of losing the AFC Champions League spot,” he said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. afcAIFF Indian SuperAll India Football FederationAsian Football Confederation First Published: October 14, 2019, 4:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

Kevin Anderson advances to the semi-finals of Maharashtra Open

first_imgKevin Anderson advanced to the semi-finals of the Maharashtra Open by beating Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-3. The top-seeded South African Kevin Anderson broke Jaume Munar four times to set up a meeting with Frenchman Gilles Simon, who beat him in the 2018 final.”I thought I did a really good job creating opportunities and taking them, so definitely felt good out there,” Anderson said.”I’m happy with the way I’m playing and I have to come out and focus on what I do best and if I do that I’m going to give myself the best chance of getting through.”Third-seeded Simon survived a scare before beating compatriot Benoit Paire 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.Paire served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Simon fought back to keep his title defense alive.Ivo Karlovic also advanced by defeating Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).The 39-year-old Karlovic will meet Steve Darcis, who beat fourth-seeded Malek Jaziri 7-5, 6-2.last_img read more

Lionel Messi: The ace footballer who stuck needles in his legs for three years

first_imgLionel Messi, five-time winner of Europe’s Ballon d’Or, also known as the FIFA World Player of the Year award, turns 30 today. The ace footballer, hailed by many as the best in the world now, has come a long way since the days of being the smallest member of the team, partly due to age and partly due to a growth hormones deficiency.The nights with the needles in his legsMessi has had his share of problems; when he was just 11 years old, it was discovered that he was suffering from a growth hormone deficiency and he would be required to undergo treatment to let him grow. For three years, every single night, Messi stuck needles in his legs. It was only once that his treatment was completed that he started growing properly.Since the treatment was expensive, his father, Jorge went to the club, Newell’s Old Boys, who had shown a keen interest in keeping Messi in their team. Though they took on Messi, the money provided was simply not enough to tide over the financial troubles of the family.The money issues that the family had to undergo due to Messi’s health problem made them travel 10,000 km away from home to Barcelona, where the Barcelona club had promised to pay for his treatment.The whole family stayed in Barcelona for six months and yet, their problems were not over. It was during this time that his decision to play for Barcelona led to a split in the family, wherein his father stayed with him while his mother with his brothers and little sister went back to Rosario.advertisementRest as they say is history, ‘Leo’ is hailed as one of the best players of football.Listed below are some of the interesting facts about the legendary footballer:Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit: Don’t “Underestimate” This CFB Team

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)On Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff committee released its second round of rankings following Week 10 action. Alabama once again took the top spot after a dominant performance against former No. 3 LSU.Clemson remained at No. 2 in the new standings, while Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, and Oklahoma all moved up one spot thanks to the Tigers’ 29-0 loss.After the poll was released, the ESPN panel of college football experts broke down the list. When asked if Georgia could overtake Michigan for the No. 4 spot, Kirk Herbstreit placed full confidence in the Wolverines.Here’s what Herbie had to say about Jim Harbaugh’s team.“Don’t underestimate this Michigan team. Their defense is legit and now their offense is championship caliber as well with Shea Patterson. I have no issue with Michigan sitting up there above Georgia.”The Wolverines field one of, if not the, best defense in the nation this year. Barring a massive upset, Michigan will enter its final game of the regular season as a top-4 team in the country – that game comes on the road in Columbus against the Ohio State Buckeyes.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan encounter most watched match globally during World Cup 2019

first_img Press Trust of India DubaiSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 18:10 IST The most watched match globally was India versus Pakistan. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld Cup 2019 was most-watched ICC event ever with global cumulative average live audience of 1.6 billionThe most-watched match globally was India versus Pakistan with 273 million unique viewers tuningCWC19 experienced a 38 per cent increase over the 2015 edition and a unique broadcast audience of 706 million viewersThe 2019 Men’s ODI World Cup that saw England lift their maiden trophy was the most-watched ICC event ever with a global cumulative average live audience of 1.6 billion.”India led the way with the consumption of live matches on digital platforms with Hotstar reporting a world record for the highest ever concurrent viewership of a live stream with 25.3 million viewers during the India vs New Zealand semifinal,” an ICC media release said.It was also the most widely available ICC event in history as more than 20,000 hours of live-action, repeats and highlights coverage was carried by 25 broadcast partners across more than 200 territories.”The event experienced a 38 per cent increase over the 2015 edition and a unique broadcast audience of 706 million viewers, demonstrating the phenomenal reach and power of live cricket around the world.”The most-watched match globally was India versus Pakistan with 273 million unique viewers tuning into linear TV coverage with over another 50 million digital-only viewers,” the statement added.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistan India vs Pakistan encounter most watched match globally during World Cup 2019Cricket World Cup 2019 was also the most widely available ICC event in history as more than 20,000 hours of live-action, repeats and highlights coverage was carried by 25 broadcast partners across more than 200 territories.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

TCB to Increase Handling Capacity with Cargotec STS Cranes

first_imgzoom Kalmar, a subdivision of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to increase the operating height of three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes by six metres for Terminal de Contenidors de Barcelona, S.L. (TCB) in Spain.The project has been generated in anticipation of increased container traffic brought about by the arrival of larger vessels at the port of Barcelona. The order was signed in April 2014.The work is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2014, with the completion for all three cranes by the end of this year.The cranes, originally provided by another supplier, will be heightened by Kalmar’s Crane Upgrades team in the region. The scope includes complex engineering works and coordination of the project through to completion.Heightening an STS crane, which can weigh up to 2000 tonnes, involves the use of Kalmar’s specialist jacking device in order to insert heightening construction and raise the whole crane by six metres, reaching 47m under spreader.Additionally, to maintain the rigidity of the structure, the sill beam is strengthened and braces are installed on the waterside portal frame.Gonzalo Serrano, Equipment Director at the Grup TCB, said: “With the arrival of larger vessels it was imperative that we found an effective solution to increase the handling capacity of our STS cranes and maintain maximum container throughput. Kalmar’s expertise on crane upgrades really ticked all the boxes for us.” May 28, 2014last_img read more

Rappel pour la vérification du niveau de radon

first_imgCet hiver, on encourage les Néo-Écossais à vérifier le niveau de radon dans leur maison. Le radon est un gaz radioactif qui se produit naturellement dans l’environnement. Il provient de la décomposition naturelle de l’uranium dans le sol et la roche. « Lorsque le radon est libéré du sol dans l’air extérieur, il est dilué et ne pose aucun problème, » a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Toutefois, dans des endroits clos comme une maison, il peut parfois s’accumuler à des niveaux élevés, ce qui peut poser un risque pour la santé. Une exposition à un niveau élevé de radon sur plusieurs années augmente les risques de cancer du poumon, particulièrement pour les fumeurs. » Janvier est le temps idéal pour vérifier les niveaux de radon. Puisque les portes et les fenêtres sont fermées, la vérification donne une mesure précise du radon qui s’accumule dans les habitations à partir du sol qui se trouve sous les édifices. Selon les lignes directrices de Santé Canada, la quantité de radon dans les édifices et les maisons ne doit pas dépasser 200 becquerels par mètre cube. Il est facile et peu dispendieux de protéger votre maison et vos proches. Les appareils de vérification, y compris les trousses d’analyses en laboratoire que vous envoyez par la poste, sont disponibles auprès des entreprises qui effectuent des vérifications environnementales ou sur Internet, à un prix variant de 50 $ à 100 $. Santé Canada recommande que les appareils soient laissés en place pendant au moins trois mois pour assurer l’exactitude de la vérification. La plupart des problèmes liés au radon sont faciles à résoudre. Les propriétaires peuvent embaucher un entrepreneur pour prendre les mesures correctives nécessaires. Si une vérification du niveau de radon indique un niveau supérieur à 200 becquerels par mètre cube, les mesures suivantes peuvent contribuer à réduire le niveau de radon : Le gouvernement provincial offre également un programme visant à vérifier le niveau de radon dans les édifices publics dans le cadre d’un plan quinquennal qui est entré en vigueur en 2006. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le radon et sur les lignes directrices de Santé Canada, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/nse/airlandwater/radon.asp . Scellez toutes les fissures et ouvertures dans les murs de fondation et les planchers, et autour des tuyaux et des drains. Couvrez le plancher du sous-sol et les murs de fondation de deux couches de peinture puis d’un agent d’étanchéité. Rénovez les planchers de sous-sol existants, particulièrement les planchers en terre.last_img read more

Jimmy Carter Supports WhistleBlower Edward Snowden

first_imgJimmy Carter is giving his support to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.“[Edward Snowden] has obviously violated the laws of America, for which he is responsible, but I think the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far,” former US president Jimmy Carter told CNN. “I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial. I think the American people deserve to know what their Congress is doing.”His views on invasion of privacy echoed the New York Times op-ed that he wrote a year prior, criticizing the US’s human rights abuses: “Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. […]“In addition to American citizens’ being targeted for assassination or indefinite detention, recent laws have canceled the restraints in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to allow unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications. […]“As concerned citizens, we must persuade Washington to reverse course and regain moral leadership according to international human rights norms that we had officially adopted as our own and cherished throughout the years.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Lost Franklin Expedition ship discovered in Nunavut

first_img(Image of Franklin Expedition ship discovered by Parks Canada. Photo/Handout)APTN National News OTTAWA–Researchers have found one of two ships lost in the 19th Century during the doomed Franklin Expedition, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday.Harper said the ship’s existence was confirmed Sunday by a Parks Canada using a remote underwater vehicle in the Victoria Strait near King William Island, Nunavut.“For more than a century this has been a great Canadian story, a mystery,” said Harper. “It has been the subject of scientists and historians, writers and singers.”It’s unclear whether the discovered ship is the HMS Erebus or the HMS Terror which became trapped in ice in 1846 searching for the Northwest Passage through the Arctic.The ships were last spotted by Inuit hunters before eventually vanishing.Harper has made the search for the Franklin Expedition ship a personal quest.Parks Canada has lead six searches for the ships since 2008.Most of what is currently known about the ill-fated expedition comes from a note left in a cairn on King William Island. The message stated that the ships became trapped in ice for over a year. Sir John Franklin, who led the expedition, died on June 11, 1847. About 23 crew members also died in a similar way. The remaining crew tried to find a way to safety on foot, but eventually succumbed and were consumed by the elements.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Kakoli’s road show garners stellar response in Barasat

first_imgKolkata: Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, the outgoing Trinamool Congress MP from Barasat who is contesting the elections from the same seat for the third time, took out a massive road show in Barasat on Sunday morning in a bid to woo the voters.The road show, which was started from the Lokenath Temple on Barasat-Barrackpore Road, saw a huge surge of people as it went past various important places under her constituency. As the road show advanced, hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters joined the rally, thereby contributing to the length of it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany youths and girls clad in colourful dresses were seen marching down the lanes and by-lanes of Barasat. A dance troupe also participated in the campaign. People congregated in large numbers on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Ghosh and the beautifully decorated tableaus that took part in the election rally. Ghosh was seen making her vote appeal to the people gathered on the road and also to those found standing on the balconies of their houses situated on the road. Ghosh waved her hands at the voters who readily reciprocated the gesture. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGetting swayed by the response of the people, Ghosh later got down from the jeep and joined the dance group before the road show finally ended near Moyna area on Krishnanagar Road. In response to media questions, Ghosh said that Trinamool Congress candidates nominated by her party Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will win in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is a great source of inspiration for me. She is doing very hard work while moving from place to place, setting examples for all of us. We should also toil hard taking lessons from her. Bengal has seen an unprecedented surge in development works ever since Banerjee became the Chief Minister,” Ghosh said. “All the 42 TMC candidates who are in the fray having the blessings of Mamata Banerjee, will come out victorious. We are getting tremendous response from the people who are extending their support to carry out the development works in the state,” Ghosh maintained. Reacting sharply to the comment of Special Observer Ajay V Nayak, she said: “It was a dark age for Bengal when the Left Front government used to rule the state. After becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee restored the rule of law. Law and order situation is properly maintained here now and hence women can safely move from one place to another, even during late night.”last_img read more

Army Commander holds talks with Commander of the Navy

At the culmination of the courtesy visit, both of them exchanged mementos as symbols of goodwill and understanding. Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake also left his compliments in the VIP visitors’ book and posed for a group photo with Senior Officers before he exited the Navy Headquarters. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters today extended a courtesy welcome to the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake when the Commander paid his first formal courtesy visit on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.A Guard Turnout at the entrance saluted the visiting Commander of the Army on arrival after he was welcomed to the Navy Headquarters. A few minutes later a Guard of Honour, presented in his honour, greeted the Commander of the Army who formally reviewed the parade afterwards in the company of the parade commander. The courtesy meeting that followed a few minutes later between the visiting Commander of the Army and the Commander of the Navy at the office of the Navy Commander focused on matters of mutual interest and roles of respective services. read more

Sixteen people further remanded over Theldeniya violence

Meanwhile, eight others who had also been in remand were acquitted.The suspects had been accused of being part of the mob which attached Muslim owned property in Theldeniya, Kandy recently. (Colombo Gazette) Sixteen people have been further remanded over the violence in Theldeniya, Kandy recently.The 16 people were produced before the Theldeniya Magistrate today who ordered that they be remanded till April 2nd.

Scheer to visit oilservices company in Edmonton as Singh lingers in BC

OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer takes his Conservative election campaign to an Edmonton oil-industry company today.He’s visiting FourQuest Energy, a firm that specializes in nitrogen cooling and cleaning services, where he’s promising to make a policy announcement.Alberta is very friendly ground for the Conservatives but Edmonton has a few seats the Tories don’t hold and would love to grab: two won by Liberals in the last election, and one by retiring New Democrat MP Linda Duncan.The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is to make a transit announcement aboard a ferry from Victoria to Vancouver on the fifth straight day he’s spent in British Columbia.After that, he’s sitting down for a public talk with the popular Indian-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is taking a day off from the campaign trail, and both Green Leader Elizabeth May and People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier are at local events in their home ridings in B.C. and Quebec.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2019.The Canadian Press read more

Russia retaliates over Ukraine sanctions banning imported food products from the West

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Russia retaliates over Ukraine sanctions, banning imported food products from the West by Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 2:51 am MDT MOSCOW – Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine by banning most food imports from the West, dealing a blow to Europe that also takes aim at hurting the U.S., Canada and Australia.In choosing to make an economic move, President Vladimir Putin signalled he isn’t ready at this point to send troops into Ukraine. He also showed he’s willing to inflict significant pain on his own people to make a point.The U.S. and the European Union have accused Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March, of supplying arms and expertise to a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, and have responded by slapping sanctions on Russian individuals and companies. Tensions rose further last month when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over rebel-held territory, killing all 298 people aboard, and the West accused Russia of most likely providing the militants with the missiles that may have been used to bring the plane down.Moscow denies supporting the rebels and accuses the West of blocking attempts at a political settlement by encouraging Kyiv to use its military to crush the insurgency.The ban, announced by a sombre Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a televised Cabinet meeting, covers all imports of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and milk products from the U.S. and Canada; all 28 EU countries, plus Norway; and Australia. It will last for one year.“Until the last moment, we hoped that our foreign colleagues would understand that sanctions lead to a deadlock and no one needs them,” Medvedev said. “But they didn’t, and the situation now requires us to take retaliatory measures.”That retaliation, however, could hurt Russia as much as the West. With the inclusion of Ukraine, most of whose food products also have been banned, Russia has now cut off 55 per cent of its agricultural imports, including about 95 per cent of its imported milk, cheese and yogurt.In 2013, the EU exported 11.8 billion euros ($15.8 billion) in agricultural goods to Russia, while the U.S. sent $1.3 billion in food and agricultural goods, including about $300 million worth of poultry. Russia accounts for about a tenth of EU agricultural exports, its second-largest market after the United States.Washington dismissed Moscow’s ban as trivial to the U.S. but destructive to Russia’s own population.“What the Russians have done here is limit the Russian people’s access to food,” said David Cohen, the U.S. Treasury undersecretary in charge of economic sanctions. He said the U.S. is ready to impose more sanctions against Russia if it doesn’t de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine.Imports from the countries sanctioned Thursday not including Ukraine account for anywhere from 10 per cent to 30 per cent of the consumer food market.The Russian government insisted it will move quickly to replace Western imports with food from Latin America, Turkey and former Soviet republics, including Belarus, a major dairy producer. But market watchers predicted shortages and price increases that will further cloud Russia’s already grim economic outlook.“Along with higher interest rates, higher food costs will mean that households have less money to spend and that will depress the economy,” said Chris Weafer, an analyst at Macro Advisory in Moscow.The damage to consumers will be particularly great in big cities like Moscow, where imported food fills an estimated 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the market and affluent consumers have grown accustomed to shops stocked with a wide range of French cheeses and Parma ham.The measure led to sardonic comments on Russian online media and liberal blogs, bringing back memories of empty store shelves during Soviet times, but there was no immediate indication of consumers trying to stock up.“And so what? Instead of Spanish fruit we’ll have, I don’t know, fruit from Israel. It doesn’t bother me,” said Irina Ivanova, who was shopping at an upscale grocery store in Moscow.The Moscow Zoo was among those who were going to need to find new suppliers. The animals eat 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of fruit and vegetables daily, which until now came from Poland and Hungary, zoo spokeswoman Anna Kachurovskaya told the Interfax news agency.Medvedev argued the ban would give Russian farmers, who have struggled to compete with Western products, a good opportunity to increase their market share. But experts said local producers will find it difficult to fill the gap left by the ban, as Russia’s agricultural sector suffers from inefficiency and a shortage of funds.Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said the farm sector would need more subsidies equivalent to $3.8 billion in the next few years to pump up production. The government may find it hard to increase funding as it tries to shore up the ruble and support banks and companies affected by Western sanctions, which included an EU ban on long-term borrowing for major Russian state banks.Russian stock indexes initially fell by about 1.5 per cent on the news before recovering most of the losses a few hours later.Medvedev said Russia hopes the ban will stop the West from ramping up sanctions, which it has done several times this year as the Ukraine crisis has deepened. He said Russia’s ban could be lifted before the year is up if “our partners show a constructive approach.”Weafer said the import ban was obviously aimed at discouraging the EU from imposing further sanctions. “It was already quite difficult to get the consensus for the last round of sanctions, but now there that there are clearly consequences, especially for some countries more than others, it will make it even more difficult,” he said.If the West doesn’t change course, Russia may introduce restrictions on the import of aircraft, navy vessels, cars and other industrial products, Medvedev warned. He also said that in response to EU sanctions against Russian low-cost airline Dobrolet, Russia is considering a ban on Western carriers flying over Russia on routes to and from Asia, which would significantly increases costs and flight time.He announced a ban on Ukrainian carriers operating transit flights over Russian territory.The largest share of the agricultural losses will fall on Poland, France, the Netherlands and Germany. Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples, with more than half of its production usually going to Russia.The ban also dealt a blow to Norway’s fishing industry. The Norwegian Seafood Federation said Russia was its biggest single market last year, worth $1 billion. Shares of Marine Harvest, the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon, dropped 8.3 per cent Thursday on the Oslo stock exchange.Albert Jan Maat, chairman of the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture, warned that the Russian ban will cause prices to drop across Europe because of oversupply, and called on the Dutch government and the EU to help farmers.Xavier Beulin, president of the French farm union FNSEA, voiced similar concerns. “These are market losses, but there’s also a chance that it will flood the European markets with summer crops that are no longer going to Russia and that could lower prices,” he told the LCI television network.EU Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent voiced regret about the ban, saying the commission still has to assess the potential impact and reserves “the right to take action as appropriate.”___Laura Mills and Lynn Berry in Moscow, Juergen Baetz in Brussels, Lori Hinnant in Paris, Toby Sterling in Amsterdam, Karl Ritter in Stockholm and Josh Lederman in Washington contributed to this report. read more

TriNations ODI Series Nurse Our focus is on the final

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUp-and-down Australia face must-win situationJune 20, 2016In “Internet”West Indies target final hurrahJune 25, 2016In “latest news”‘About time we win a World Cup’ – HolderFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news” West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse said Monday’s defeat to Bangladesh had not dented the team’s confidence, and they were now fully focussed on winning Friday’s final of the Tri-Nations ODI Series. West Indies lost down by five wickets at The Village Ground in Malahide. They had already qualified for the final with two comprehensive wins over Ireland. Nurse has been the leading bowler in the tournament with seven wickets (average 26.7).“Next game is the final so it’s the most important game of the series. All the work we did over the last couple games is all well and good but to get the win in the final is the most important thing right now,” Nurse was quoted by CWI Media as saying.“It’s a tournament where the final is the ultimate goal. They’ve gotten the better of us in the last two games but that doesn’t mean anything. We have to turn up on Friday and try to do the work,” he added.Nurse, who has played 49 ODIs since his debut in 2016, said it was important not only for the Windies to bat well but to place pressure on the Bangladesh middle order which was yet to be really tested.“I think if we can get some more runs on the board, first and foremost, then the bowlers would have an easier job. Because the wickets are really easy paced and it’s a case where we have to be on the ball as a bowling unit, build some pressure in the field and put them under some serious pressure and get into their middle order,” he said.Nurse was the team’s best bowler on Monday with 3-53 off his 10 overs. However, he said while he was pleased with his performance, he was disappointed by the result.“Today I had some more rhythm. From playing the other games I didn’t have a lot of rhythm but today was a lot warmer as well so I felt a lot more at home,” Nurse said.“It was a slow pitch so I think the pace we bowled at was very important and today I got most of it right so it was a good performance from me but obviously to get the win was the most important thing and we didn’t do that so we have to go back to the drawing boards and come back next game,” Nurse told CWI Media. read more

MonadelphousLycopodium JV Mondium secures EPC contract with Talison Lithium

first_imgMondium is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service provider targeting and delivering EPC projects in the minerals processing sector. It is an incorporated joint venture in which Monadelphous Group is a 60% shareholder. Mondium has now been awarded its largest contract to date, valued at approximately A$100 million, with Talison Lithium for the design and construction of a new tailing retreatment processing plant at its Greenbushes mine site in the south west of Western Australia.Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said: “The award of this significant contractis a great achievement for Mondium and highlights itsstrengthening position in the minerals processing EPC market.” The 40% share in Mondium is held by Lycopodium and the two companies have stated that Mondium “brings together the complementary strengths, resources and experience of Monadelphous’ multidisciplinary engineering and construction capabilities and Lycopodium’s technical expertise and minerals project delivery experience.”last_img read more

CFPBJ bolsters training program with mining equipment simulator

first_imgThe Centre de formation professionnelle de la Baie-James (CFPBJ), in Quebec, Canada, says it has inaugurated a new mining equipment simulator as it looks to improve training facilities for its students.The acquisition of this tool for mining sector training was made possible through initial funding for CFPBJ’s ore extraction study program, it said. In addition, the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur provided C$310,000 ($229,065) and the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail granted C$476,000 under the Programme partenarial pour la formation et l’innovation to purchase equipment for the program to train students in operating heavy machinery on forest roads.The CFPBJ said: “This new state-of-the-art tool will reaffirm the CFPBJ’s position as an academic leader in specialised vocational training. Spending more hours operating equipment will greatly enhance the skills of students in programs devoted to ore extraction and heavy equipment operation on forest roads.”Sonia Caron, Director of Services and Centre, said the centre was committed to continuously improving its training programs by ensuring they are as realistic and dynamic as possible. “Virtual reality in vocational training allows students to consolidate their learning and reach a level of development that will greatly accelerate their entry into the workforce.”The simulator purchase will make it easier to learn how to handle heavy equipment on forest roads and operate underground mining equipment. It will also enable customised training for surface mines, the CFPBJ said.“Multisensory simulation will allow students to test reality without the dangers of a real field operation. Students will be able to practice in all types of conditions, including unforeseen situations: punctures, mechanical breakdowns, fires, etc. In addition, complementary equipment will allow for real-time data analysis, and the simulation modules can be customised to reproduce the actual physical environment of partner mine sites,” the centre said.Safety is also at the heart of the CFPBJ’s concerns, with Caron saying: “This simulator enhances skills needed to work safely and use the machines efficiently. The risk of accidents is considerably reduced because students have many hours of driving experience before they operate the machinery.”The CFPBJ has been operating in the James Bay region of Quebec since 1998 offering a wide range of study programs in several industries, including mining, forestry, construction, health and administration.last_img read more

Dafo Vehicle fired up by Australia mobile equipment certification

first_imgDafo Vehicle Fire Protection has made significant progress in its attempts to break into the Australia mobile equipment market with its SV-K fire suppression system after being awarded the AS 5062 certification by regulators in the country.The company said it has fulfilled the requirements of the Australian Standard AS 5062:2016 – Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment for the system and it has been granted with a Certificate of Approval by the Certification Body Global-Mark.At this stage, the certificate has been issued under the name of Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection’s Australian partner, BFI Fire Pty Ltd/Dafo Australia.Dafo has sold more than 100,000 fire suppression systems to manufacturers such as Volvo, Atlas Copco, Caterpillar, Scania, Sandvik, Komatsu, MAN, John Deere and Ponsse, but has so far struggled to break into the Australia mobile equipment sector.Holger Pfriem, Business Manager, Asia and Australasia, Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection AB, said: “This is a big step for us to make more impact on the Australian Heavy-Duty Mobile Equipment market mainly within the areas of mining, cargo, construction, forestry, waste and agricultural handling equipment in a broader and more comprehensive perspective.”David Thurn, Managing Director of Dafo Australia, meanwhile, said the company was confident the AS 5062 certification will facilitate the expansion of its business in Australia. “As a second step we will soon launch a fluorine-free agent,” he added.last_img read more

Drago Vukovic ends career – Lackovic and Zrnic still active of Croatian

VfL Gummersbach are relegated after few decades from DKB Bundesliga.One of the biggest names in the roster of the team from Schwalbe Arena in the last season was Croatian playmaker Drago Vukovic.The 36-years old back-line player won’t help his team-mates on the way back to German handball elite, as he decided to finish professional career.Vukovic was a part of the golden Croatian squad at Olympic Games 2004 in Athens. He played at RK Split, RK PPD Zagreb, RK Gorenje, VfL Gummersbach, Fuchse Berlin and TUS Lubbecke.Vukovic won IHF Super Globe and EHF Cup with Fuchse Berlin, two Cup Winners Cups and EHF Cup with Gummersbach.Blazenko Lackovic and Vedran Zrnic are only two active players from 2004 generation. ← Previous Story Women’s CSKA Moscow presentation: “EHF CL crown in three years” Next Story → Robert Weber for stronger HSG Nordhorn-Lingen Drago Vukovic read more