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Country Stars Hold Dance Party To End Alz To Benefit the Alzheimers

first_imgThe second annual Dance Party to End Alz was held on Sunday, June 3 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.Hosted by Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Blair Garner, the sold-out event raised more than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs.Country stars performed their favorite hits from the ‘80s while dressed in colorful and classic fashion from that decade. Performances included Brad Paisley’s spin on ‘80s classics “Boys of Summer” and “Hot for Teacher”; Chris Young’s funky “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”; surprise guest Darius Rucker was joined by Brad Paisley on “Purple Rain”; Charles Esten’s rocking “With or Without You,”; Chase Bryant’s “Superstition” and “Dirty Diana,”; Ashley Campbell’s fun take on “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”; Jamie O’Neal’s big voiced version of “Flashdance”; Lindsay Ell channeling her inner rocker on “Another One Bites the Dust,”; Emily West’s take on favorite “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”; High Valley’s Wang Chung ’80’s anthem, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”; and the ’80s country hit, “Mountain Music”; performed by Radio Romance.Country newcomer Jay Allen shared his very personal story about his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis before performing “Blank Stares,” a song inspired by her.Accompanied throughout the evening by the Matte Gray Band, all artists took the stage for the group finale, a rousing take on “Thriller.”During the program, host Kimberly Williams-Paisley was joined on stage by her friend, Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden. Both women have chronicled the stories of their mothers’ lives after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in best-selling books and they shared touching thoughts with the audience about the urgent need to support the Alzheimer’s Association to change the course of this disease for the millions affected.“I’m here tonight because of my mom who had Alzheimer’s and my entire family who went through the experience with her. We lost my mom in 2016 and since then I’ve connected with so many people affected by this disease,” Kimberly Williams-Paisley shared. “Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s and those around them feel the stigma associated with this disease, and that keeps people from having important conversations and sharing their story to bring Alzheimer’s and other dementias out of the shadows. Together, all of us here in this room – each and every one of us – we are changing the world by imagining a world without Alzheimer’s disease and by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association.”The evening also included a silent auction of exclusive experience packages including tickets and passes to a taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” an LA Dodgers experience with batting practice passes, tickets and signed items from Clayton Kershaw, a VIP “Star Trek” movie screening with a William Shatner meet and greet, Brad Paisley tickets and meet and greet passes and tickets to an Eagles concert along with a guitar signed by all members of the group.The event was led by a volunteer committee of Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Blair and Eric Garner, and John Shomby, and supported by generous sponsors Tracie & Scott Hamilton, Mikey & Jay Hoag, Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Dr. Stephaine J. Buffaloe, Lou & Darcy Holland, Jr., Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., Chris & Karen Segal, Sleep Number, Country Music Association, Crown Media Family Networks, Fender Play, The Fitzgerald Hartley Co., CBRE, Sony Music and The Wallash Family. All proceeds raised through the Nashville Dance Party to End Alz support Alzheimer’s Association research programs.last_img read more

RCMP investigating deadly Saskatchewan First Nation fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsA house fire earlier this week claimed the lives of two young men and sent a four year-old girl to hospital.The incident happened on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation, which sits about 170 kilometres north of Saskatoon.As APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo found out, the RCMP are now calling the fire “suspicious.”last_img

Winning at wining despite the weather new tech on trial at Ontario

first_imgOntario’s wine makers and grape growers are nervously watching the weather, fearing that this year’s harvest could be literally nipped in the bud by an unusually cold winter.“We’ve gotten very close to the critical temperatures for bud survival for vines for next year’s crop,” says Matthew Speck, the viticulturist at his family’s vineyard and winemaking operation near St. Catharines, Ont., in the heart of Ontario’s best-known wine region. He said this winter reminds him of 2014-2015, when his winery lost 30 per cent of its yield.Speck notes what others in the industry know well — that temperatures are vitally important and can vary a great deal from place to place, even within a single property.But this winter has been harsh for all of southern Ontario, including the Niagara region, where Speck helps run the Henry of Pelham Family Estate winery operation, founded by his parents in 1984.“We’ve hovered, a few nights, very close to where some damage may or may not appear — right on that threshold. So it has been nerve-racking, those nights.”This winter, Speck is trying out a new cutting-edge sensor and monitoring system.The solar-powered devices — about the size of a large cellphone — have GPS locators in them and a connection to a new wireless “internet of things” service that Bell is preparing to roll out commercially.The system is being developed through a partnership between Shenzhen-based hardware manufacturer Huawei, Bell Canada (TSX:BCE) and Toronto-based BeWhere Holdings. Inc., which specializes in asset-tracking systems.Together, they have equipped Henry of Pelham with new monitoring technology that Speck thinks could be a big improvement because its sensors are easily moved as needed — rather than placed in fixed locations like traditional sensors that can’t easily be moved.“It allows me to make better, more precise decisions,” Speck says.One of those decisions is whether to start up the huge wind machines that Henry of Pelham and others across Ontario use to warm their vines.If conditions are right, the machines can raise temperatures on the ground by four or five degrees — enough to prevent cold damage to the grape buds.But Speck says his tower-mounted propellers cost his operation hundreds of dollars per hour to run, so he needs to know how to optimize their use.“You may not want to run them on the whole vineyard,” Speck says. “It might be one section or a low-lying area that’s colder than another. And different varieties are sensitive at different temperatures.”In general, Ontario’s grape growers get nervous if temperatures get close to minus 20 degrees Celsius — since whole crops of even hardy varieties can be wiped out if temperatures fall too low below freezing.Tom O’Brien, the founder and president of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants near Kingsville, Ont., hadn’t heard about the Pelham trial being conducted about 350 kilometres to the east — but he said he can “absolutely” see its potential.He would like to find a cost-effective alternative to his older generation of weather monitoring system.“My machine is old,” he explains. “I have it programmed so that if it hits a certain pre-set number — like minus 16 — it calls me and gives me a warning that it’s cold. But I would love to have more technology.”At the Pelham operation, Speck says he’s still running his old monitoring system in parallel to the trial system, but can’t yet say which one’s better.“It has been back and forth,” Speck says. “They’re doing quite a bit of work on the background of it … so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to do a direct comparison.”In addition, Speck says he doesn’t yet know how much the system will cost once the trial is over and, no matter what, there’s only so much that he can do about the weather — even with those big wind machines.“They always help (but) nothing’s as good as a mild winter.”— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitterlast_img read more

Moroccos Lower House Adopts Draft Law on Violence Against Women

Rabat – The house of representatives (lower house) adopted, on Wednesday by a majority vote, a draft bill on fighting violence against women.The draft bill was approved during a plenary session with a majority of 83 votes versus 22 votes against.The bill is aimed at providing Morocco with a coherent and clear law that would ensure the minimum of conditions to legally protect battered women, said a report by the committee of justice, law-making and human rights at the house, adding that the law also forbids sex-based discrimination. It also lays provisions to identify behavior deemed as violence against women and criminalize it, set up a mechanism to assist women and children victims of violence, and establish mechanisms of coordination between actors in the field of violence against women. read more

US Ambassador Morocco and US Will Continue to Be Strong Partners

Casablanca – U.S. Ambassador to Morocco Dwight L. Bush released a statement on Tuesday, November 8 to express the importance of the bond between the United States and Morocco ahead of the U.S. presidential election.“Morocco and the United States are strong partners and will continue to be because we have a long history and a deep, enduring friendship,” Bush said in a statement sent to Morocco World News.“The areas of cooperation between our countries, whether it’s fighting terrorism, advancing trade and entrepreneurship, or improving the access to education, have a firm foundation,” he added. On what can be expected following the results of the election, Bush emphasized the embassy’s commitment to strengthening cooperation between the two nations, saying, “While I can’t speak to the specific priorities of the next administration, I can assure you that, as an Embassy, we will continue our work here to promote democratic values, and strengthen cooperation between our countries.” “My focus and the focus of my staff of career diplomats and public servants will be to ensure that the new administration understands the strength and importance of our bilateral relations to ensure a smooth and efficient transition,” he continued.While Dwight Bush made no mention of who he hopes to see as President, a poll conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Politics revealed that 78 percent of Moroccans would prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump as next U.S. President. Another poll by the Moroccan Daily Akhbar Al Youm also revealed that Morocco was the Arab country most supportive of Clinton. Results of the U.S. Presidential election will be revealed on the evening of Tuesday, November 8. read more

Ohio State mens basketball looks to get back to 500 against Air

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) during a game against VMI on Dec. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lexus Robinson | Lantern PhotographerIt took more than two weeks, but on Saturday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team finally picked up its third win of the season by topping the Virginia Military Institute 82-69.After the sourness of a four-game losing skid, the taste of victory was sweet for the Buckeyes, but that doesn’t mean the attitude around the Schottenstein Center is changing anytime soon.“We haven’t deviated from one thing that we’ve been doing the last week and a half in terms of watching film, how we’re watching, how we’re practicing,” said coach Thad Matta.The persistence by Matta and his players to keep hitting the rock, hoping it will eventually crack, seemed to work against the Keydets because many things inhibiting OSU during its losing streak went by the wayside. For the first time all season, the Buckeyes had single-digit turnovers with just nine, and for the first time since the season-opening victory over Mount St. Mary’s, they shot more than 70 percent from the free-throw line (78.9). Those areas have been the targets of heavy attention for Matta, especially the turnovers. To work on making smarter decisions with the basketball during the games, the coach had instituted a little disciplinary incentive during practice after the early-season struggles. “If we turn the ball over, there’s discipline issues,” sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “It really keeps in the back of your head, like, ‘I don’t wanna turn this over or I might have to run sprints on the side.’” The fear of additional running appeared to translate into results on the court against VMI on Saturday, and Tate said the team has no intent on returning to its old, careless ways with the ball.As a result of the win, Tate said positive vibes have been more abundant, and players have exhibited signs that they’re “getting their confidence” back. But even so, he added that the win doesn’t satisfy them or cure any ailments. “At the end of the day, we still have a losing record,” Tate said. “That’s still in the back of our heads. We still got a lot of work to do and everybody knows that.” A peek at Air ForceLooking to erase the losing record that it has, OSU is set to welcome Air Force to Columbus for the first meeting on the hardwood between the teams. The Falcons fly into Ohio’s capital city with a three-game winning streak and 6-2 record overall. Matta said Air Force will be a good test for the Buckeyes because of the offense it runs. The Falcons operate a variation of the Princeton offense, the coach said, which involves lots of movement and screens to try to clear space for guys to operate. “They’ve got guys that can take it off the bounce, their post is very effective inside,” Matta said. “They can put 90 (points) on the board, as they’ve done this year.” Leading the solid Falcon offense is sophomore guard Trevor Lyons. The 6-foot-3 left-hander attacks the rim fearlessly, while also complementing his game with a decent outside stroke. Lyons averages 15.3 points per game, while bringing in 4.4 rebounds per contest and handing out 4.1 assists. The Virginia native, whose older brother is the fourth-leading scorer in Air Force history, doesn’t take a break on the defensive end either, as he averages 2.8 steals per game, which is in the top 20 in the country. Lyons isn’t the only positive part of the Air Force defense, as Matta complimented the unit as a whole. The coach said the Falcons often rotate the defensive scheme that they use, going from different zone coverages to man-to-man principles. This can cause problems for young teams like the Buckeyes, but Matta said so far this season, he’s liked what he has seen from his guys when facing similar defensive approaches, which they did on Saturday. “I think we’ve been pretty decent with it,” he said. “We were a little bit slow reacting at the beginning, but once we got the right guys in the right spots, we had the ball moving and were getting wide-open shots.” Grateful for Giddens Matta mentioned the effective post player for Air Force, who happens to be senior center Zach Moer. The 6-foot-11 Texan is a solid scorer down low with a soft touch. He puts up 10.4 points per game, while also shooting an impressive 84 percent from the free-throw line. Fortunately for OSU, it will have its best low-post defender back in the lineup to help counteract the offensive abilities of Moer. Freshman center Daniel Giddens missed the game against VMI with an illness, but Matta said he will be good to go Tuesday night. Giddens changes nearly every shot that comes his way, as the 6-foot-10 Oak Hill Academy product is sixth in the nation with 3.33 blocks per game. Having him down low to block shots is key to disrupting opposing offenses, Tate said. “(Giddens) knows how to time up those blocks incredibly,” he said. “It definitely puts a little pressure on the offense, them driving in there just knowing (Giddens is there).” Tate said it also helps wing defenders like himself to know that if an opponent is able to beat a Buckeye off the dribble, Giddens is there as a “safety net.” Against a team such as Air Force that likes to slash to the hole and has a post player like Moer, getting Giddens back comes at the right time for OSU. The Buckeyes and Falcons are set to tip off at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Commentary Ohio State footballs tarnished reputation worst punishment for NCAA infractions

Vacate the games. Slash scholarships. Fire the coach. However the NCAA decides to punish the Ohio State football program can’t be worse than the damage that’s already been done. The program’s previously impeccable reputation is dead, or at best, is on life support. OSU hasn’t always been considered the best team in the country, but it was always considered clean and transparent. Sure, there were a few bumps in the road, such as Troy Smith taking money from a booster and Maurice Clarett’s litany of offenses — but the issues were always dealt with and appeared to be isolated incidents. The overall reputation of the program was upheld. Until recently, the lowest I ever saw OSU fans was walking out of the Horseshoe after the Buckeyes lost to USC in 2009. After losing back-to-back national championships and a series of big games, OSU and coach Jim Tressel had the reputation that they couldn’t win the big one. They beat up on the weaker Big Ten teams, but when put on a big stage with some real competition, they choked because they just weren’t good enough. Buckeye fans hated that reputation. It ate them up. The USC game in 2009 was a chance for redemption and the Bucks lost on an 86-yard touchdown drive led by a kid fresh out of high school. It broke hearts. Walking out of that stadium, I remember OSU fans yelling and groaning in utter despair. One image that’s burned into my memory is two middle-aged OSU fans with their faces completely covered in scarlet paint nose-to-nose, ready to fight. I thought that was rock bottom for OSU. It couldn’t get any worse than that. I was wrong. At least OSU still had dignity. At least it still ran a clean program. Or so we thought. The Buckeyes might have had the reputation that they couldn’t win the big game in 2009, but it was still better than having the reputation of cheaters. Winning a few prime-time games and consecutive BCS contests can eliminate the “can’t win the big game” stigma, but cheating is an entirely different issue. Not only are the fans left to wonder if what they’ve cheered so passionately during the past 10 years was real, but the program’s reputation has been tarnished. In college football, reputation matters. OSU has seen the benefit of a good reputation in the past. The Buckeyes have received BCS at-large bids over teams with similar résumés, and they often have gotten the edge in the polls over unproven teams with identical records. Other factors obviously are in play, but reputation is a factor. Now that OSU’s image is in the gutter, these benefits may start to disappear. OSU will truly have to earn everything. Nothing will be handed to the program. It seems inevitable that the NCAA’s punishments will have some effect on the program’s future, but the damaged reputation will have lingering effects long after the punishments expire. The cheating reputation is now a permanent facet of OSU football history, and that’s what hurts the most. read more

Renewable Energy and Mining Summit in Toronto in September

first_imgThe Renewable Energy and Mining Summit is to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre September 25 & 26, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. This inaugural Summit, sponsored by the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) will examine how renewable energy can meet the energy challenges facing the mining sector by providing cost competitive, reliable, low-carbon energy solutions. Energy decision-makers from global mines will present case studies and discuss how they are accessing renewable energy options.  These include senior representatives from Barrick Gold, Kinross Gold, Vale, Lonmin, Teck Resources, Rio Tinto, American Vanadium, Cronimet Mining, Volcan, and Semafo.They will be joined by renewable energy experts who are developing products and solutions for the mining sector. These include Enercon Canada, Sea Breeze Power Corp., Mainstream Renewable Power, Rame Energy, Solar Frontier Americas, Borealis Geopower, Energia Llaima, SUNMARK, Solarpack, REpower Systems, Ameresco Canada, SunEdison, International Finance Corp and SolarReserve. Douglas Morrison, President and CEO and Chair in Holistic Mining Practices at CEMI will also be one of these distinguished guest speakers.The Summit is being organised by Canadian Clean Energy Conferences and Hatch is the principal sponsor.  For more information about the Summit, visit www.renewablesandmining.com or contact Adrienne Baker at Canadian Clean Energy Conferences at adrienne.baker@canadianclean.com or +1 819 459 1462.last_img read more

Man faces felony for reading email confirming adultery

first_imgIf you’re looking to get into your spouse’s email to confirm suspicions of an affair, you might want to think twice about doing it, especially in Michigan. A recently divorced Michigan man from Rochester Hills, Leon Walker, faces felony computer misuse charges after it was revealed he logged into his wife’s Gmail account to confirm she was having an affair. Sydney Turner, an Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor, says he believes the charges are justified.Though the charges may be justified, Oakland County has a hard case to make at Walker’s trial which is scheduled for February 7th. The Michigan law that is being applied to Walker is typically only applied to cases of identity theft and stealing trade secrets. There is also a question as to whether a wife can expect privacy on a computer she shares with her husbandAs you can imagine, Walker believes the charges against him are a “miscarriage of justice” as he is quoted by The Oakland Press of Pontiac. There is indeed an argument that the charges against Walker are being applied unfairly. A January 2007 article based on a ruling by Michigan’s second-highest court determined that adultery could be a felony punishable by life in prison. If the Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor believes that Walker’s charges are indeed justified based on the circumstances he  might want to look at charges against his ex-wife, Clara Walker, for adultery as well.Regardless of the ultimate outcome, the charges against Leon Walker will no doubt have a chilling effect on the way spouses in Oakland County, Michigan find proof of adultery.Read more at the AP and the Detroit Free Press.last_img read more

Rupee Strengthens by 10 Paise after Expansion in Chinese Manufacturing Sector

first_imgCanadian dollar1.0722-0.0007-0.06 Australian dollar0.9417-0.0010-0.10 While in June 2014, China’s manufacturing sector expanded for the first time in six months. On Tuesday, the dollar-bloc currencies gained after news came on the growth in the Chinese manufacturing sector.”This month’s improvement is consistent with data suggesting that the authorities’ mini-stimulus is filtering through to the real economy,” telegraph.co.uk quoted Qu Hongbin, chief economist for China at HSBC, referring to a series of measures announced by the government.”We expect policymakers to continue their current path of accommodative policy stance until the recovery is sustained,” he added.However on Tuesday, Reserve Bank of India purchased 18 securities worth ₹171.31 billion for 8 percent during a one day repo auction in Mumbai.Moreover, RBI released timelines on Monday for regulatory approvals and said it will revert to the applicant if the deadline is likely to be exceeded. The reference rate for the US dollar and Euro was fixed at 60.1927 and 81.9065 on Monday, 23 June. Based on that, the exchange rate for one British pound and 100 Yen was fixed at 102.5623 and 59.05 respectively.Besides, BSE index opened higher at 25,115.83 points on Tuesday and Nifty too surged by 35.05 points at 7528.40 points during early trade on Tuesday. Nikkei and Hang Seng gained at 15,388.68 and 22,921.85 points respectively on Tuesday. The index of Nikkei and Hang Seng rose by 19.40 points and 117.04 points. Hong Kong dollar7.718+0.0007+0.01 China Renminbi6.2303+0.0046+0.07 SymbolValueChange% changecenter_img Japanese Yen101.9550+0.0390+0.04 Euro1.3601-0.0003-0.02 British Pound Sterling1.7028-0.0001-0.01 The Indian rupee strengthened by 10 paise at 60.10 per dollar versus Monday’s closing of 60.20 a dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market on Tuesday.The rupee is recorded holding in a 60 to 60.30 range during the session and a broad 59.50 to 60.50 range until the federal budget due on 10 July, according to Reuters.”The flight of capital to safe heavens continues with gold prices hitting recent highs. All equity and currency markets worldwide have been stuck in a very narrow range,” moneycontrol quoted Ashutosh Raina from HDFC Bank.”Expect the trend to continue till some solution to Iraq crisis is in sight. The 59.50-60.50/dollar range in USD/INR pair to continue,” he added.However, at 11:45 am, the Rupee recorded 60.12 per dollar and the price of other major currencies versus dollar is as below:SymbolSymbolValueValueChangeChange% change% changeSymbolEuroValue1.3601Change-0.0003% change-0.02SymbolJapanese YenValue101.9550Change+0.0390% change+0.04SymbolBritish Pound SterlingValue1.7028Change-0.0001% change-0.01SymbolCanadian dollarValue1.0722Change-0.0007% change-0.06SymbolHong Kong dollarValue7.718Change+0.0007% change+0.01SymbolChina RenminbiValue6.2303Change+0.0046% change+0.07SymbolAustralian dollarValue0.9417Change-0.0010% change-0.10last_img read more

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AL in quest of more allies be it Islamic or left

first_imgAwami LeagueRuling Awami League is trying to find new electoral allies even in diametrically opposite camps of Islamic grups and left parties, to overcome the situation to be arising out of the opposition coalition’s joining or boycott of the upcoming general elections.However, the AL’s current allies in 13 other parties, having certain secular branding, are not willing to bring the religion-based parties into their alliance which is ruling the country since 2009.Faced with new political challenges from the Jatiya Oikya Front or National Unity Front, the AL is keeping in touch with more than a dozen parties that include left-leaning and Islamic parties.A number of senior AL leaders have made broad hints time and again that they may expand the 14-party alliance.Apart from its current allies, this Prothom Alo correspondent has found, there are several newly formed parties and allies that the AL wants to tie with.Another group of parties and alliance, which hardly have any popular political base, is interested in joining the AL alliance. To the AL camp, their only utility is number.Leaders of such political parties are holding informal talks with some government quarters, sources in the AL said.Despite such engagement, the final decision on distribution of seats for contesting the polls will be taken after the announcement of election schedule.However, the current partners of the 14-party alliance do not want new allies and there has been a decision in principal of not expanding the alliance, according to the allies.Still, some senior AL leaders said, if any left-wing party or coalition agrees to join the alliance, the 14-party alliance would not have any objection to that.In spite of their reservation about incorporating the religion-based parties and groups into the AL fold, they might consider electoral unity with them.“We will contest the election as grand alliance if the opposition parties join the polls. Any political party or organisation believing in ideals of the liberation war may join the alliance,” said AL presidium member and 14-party spokesman, Mohammad Nasim.He added, “Several groups have already contacted us. The final decision about the grand alliance will be made public after the announcement of election schedule.”Eight left-leaning parties formed an alliance styled ‘Baam Ganotantrik Jote’ (Left Democratic Front) earlier in April this year.All of a sudden in late July, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader visited the office of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), a major component of the alliance, and had talked with its leaders.The AL leaders are still maintaining contacts with several parties of the left alliance.The AL camp wants to make sure that if the left front does not form alliance with the AL, they do not at least join the opposition coalition, especially the National Unity Front initiated by Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain.Asked about possible alliance with the AL, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim said, “The Awami League or the BNP can join us if only they change their culture of looting public resources. I don’t think either of them can change itslef.”Furtheremore, senior AL leaders said, the ruling camp has its plan for Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh led by Badruddoza Chowdhury that dramatically refrained from joining the Unity Front. B Chowdhury also leads a coalition styled Jukta Front or United Front, although its key components like Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Nagorik Oikya left it and joined Kamal Hossain.The AL camp has noticed, according to a senior AL leader who preferred anonymity, that most of the parties and alliances are still in confusion.”Many think they will lose opportunity to bargain if they join any alliance right now. Everyone, therefore, wants to wait and see until the polls schedule is announced,” the leader added.The AL is yet to decide whether the like-minded parties will be included directly into the 14-party alliance or make any loose coalition to be used in the electoral game.The AL will take any final decision looking at the possible strategies devised and used by the Jatiya Oikya Front, especially the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.last_img read more

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Full Show Stricter DUI Standards And Inside NASAs Tape Archives Jan 30

first_imgWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A major ruling is expected soon in an ongoing case between the Montrose Management District and some property owners. Could today’s decision bring this long legal dispute to an end? Nancy Sarnoff with the Houston Chronicle lays out the case and the significance of today’s court decision. And Harris County Commissioners took up Harvey-related items during this morning’s meeting. We get an update from News 88.7’s Florian Martin.Also this hour: A new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine calls for, among other things, the legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol concentration to be lowered, from .08 to .05 percent. In other words — making the legal standard for drunken driving stricter. We learn why and take a closer look at how drunken driving is handled in Greater Houston.Then: NASA has thousands of hours of audio tapes from missions to the moon that haven’t been listened to in decades, sitting in storage. We hear some excerpts and find out what one professor is learning from them. And Maggie Martin takes us on a tour of the Houston Maritime Museum.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more

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Simulation shows its possible to tow an iceberg to drought areas

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Way back in the 70’s Georges Mougin, then an engineering graduate, had a big idea. He suggested that icebergs floating around in the North Atlantic could be tethered and dragged south to places that were experiencing a severe drought, such as the Sahel of West Africa. Mougin received some backing funds from a Saudi prince but most “experts” at the time scoffed at his idea and the whole scheme was eventually shelved. Image credit: Trevor Williams. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Simulation shows it’s possible to tow an iceberg to drought areas (2011, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-simulation-iceberg-drought-areas.html Two huge icebergs let loose off Antarctica’s coastcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Cut to 2009 and French software firm Dassault Systemes, who thought maybe Mougin was on to something after all and contacted him to suggest modeling the whole idea on a computer. After applying 15 engineers to the problem, the team concluded that towing an iceberg from the waters around Newfoundland to the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa, could be done, and would take under five months, though it would cost nearly ten million dollars. In the simulation, as in a real world attempt, the selected iceberg would first be fitted with an insulating skirt to stave off melting; it would then be connected to a tugboat (and a kite sail) that would travel at about one knot (assuming assistance from ocean currents). In the simulated test, the iceberg arrived intact having lost only 38 percent of its seven ton mass.A real world project would of course require hauling a much bigger berg; experts estimate a 30 million ton iceberg could provide fresh water for half a million people for up to a year. There would also be the problem of transporting the water from the berg in the ocean to the drought stricken people. The extraordinary costs for such a project would, it is assumed, come from the price tag for the skirt, five months of diesel fuel for the tugboat, the man hours involved and then finally, distribution of the fresh water at the destination. Scientists estimate that some 40,000 icebergs break away from the polar ice caps each year, though only a fraction of them would be large enough to be worth the time and expense of dragging them to a place experiencing a drought, such as the devastating one currently going on in the Horn of Africa.Mougin, newly reinvigorated by the results of the recent study, at age 86, is now trying to raise money for a real-world test of the idea. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Workshop to teach life skills for selfdevelopment

first_imgA two-day long workshop on child protection and self-motivation was hosted by P C Chandra Group, one of the largest business conglomerates of Eastern India. Conducted by Dr Ashis Kumar Das, Consultant Training and Development at Hotel Executive Tower, the workshop was held with the Prerna 2017 scholarship recipients. Prerna is a scholarship programme to provide financial support to underprivileged Madhyamik achievers. Like previous years, the objective of organising the workshop was to develop the skills of concentration, self- confidence, cooperation, coordination, teamwork, and other life skills for self-development. Making them aware of the perils of child marriage, developing a safe circle in their adolescence period were also included in the sessions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Education is beyond learning, conducting an awareness programme on self-motivation and child protection would prove to be more effective as the students here get the knowledge on their fundamental rights,” said Dr Ashis Kumar Das.In the workshop, he focussed on the point that one on one interaction in simple language with situational references is more understandable than conducting a classroom session.The P C Chandra Group has always been a socially responsible corporate. The Group has made consistent efforts in forwarding a helping hand to educational and medical institutions; promoting cultural and sporting activities, propagating change to green environment and empowering women. Besides Prerna, the other CSR programmes of the group to promote excellence in education are the J.L Chandra Merit Scholarship and Gyandhara.last_img read more

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