Wind remains on firefighters side in bout with northern Alberta wildfire

first_imgHIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Despite heavy smoke, officials say a lighter wind out of the northeast has allowed for great progress on reining in a wildfire that’s forced thousands of people from their homes in northern Alberta.Authorities say the Chuckegg Creek fire remains out of control as it churns about three kilometres south of High Level, but favourable weather on Tuesday allowed crews to protect power poles west and south of the community.The blaze has eaten its way through about 800 square kilometres of timber, with the main area of spread on the northwest side away from town.Officials say crews using heavy equipment are making progress on a fire guard around High Level and parts of the fire perimeter.Nearly 5,000 people were cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nations on the long weekend when flames were licking at the southern edge of the town, about 750 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The fire has been rated at a Level 6 — the most intense rating on the scale — which means flames are jumping from treetop to treetop in the tinder dry region.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Energy sector weighs on Toronto stock market as oil moves down US

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell in late-morning trading as the energy sector was weighed down amid lower prices for oil and natural gas.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 23.35 points at 15,342.70.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 307.69 points at 24,429.51. The S&P 500 index was down 28.33 points at 2,636.43, while the Nasdaq composite was down 88.64 points at 7,076.22.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.39 cents US compared with an average of 75.44 US on Friday.The March crude contract was down US$1.82 at US$51.87 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was down 16.8 cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$3.40 at US$1,301.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 3.30 cents at US$2.70 a pound. read more

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Madagascar UN appeals for funds to battle locusts threatening millions

21 June 2011A build-up of locust populations in south-western Madagascar could turn into a plague and seriously endanger the livelihoods of 13 million people unless a new campaign is launched to contain the crop-devouring insects, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. The agency called for a $7.3 million fund to treat 300,000 hectares of locust-infested territory from this November to May next year.“We must break the locust population dynamics in order to prevent further developments that could affect the island for years and seriously impact on the livelihoods of two thirds of the population, or 13 million people,” said FAO’s Annie Monard, who is coordinating anti-locust operations in Madagascar. “We must respond quickly to this locust upsurge,” said Ms. Monard. “Preventive control is the best and most cost-effective way of dealing with locusts in a sustainable manner.”FAO, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have been helping the Malagasy Locust Control Centre (CNA) contain populations of Malagasy migratory locusts following an upsurge in March last year.In parallel with the emergency campaign, FAO is planning a two-year project funded by the French Development Agency to help Madagascar prepare a longer-term locust contingency plan.Locusts do not always stay in swarms. In south-western Madagascar they typically live on their own as individuals. But if their population density passes the tipping point, their body chemistry changes and they undergo a behavioural, ecological and physiological transformation. After these changes, individual locusts begin to concentrate and act as a synchronized group of hopper bands, or wingless locusts, or as adult swarms, moving out en masse to find new food sources. Changes in their bodies allow them to fly over greater distances, up to 100 kilometres a day, as well as making them able to digest a wider range of vegetation and crops. An adult locust can consume its own weight – roughly two grams – in fresh food daily. A very small part of an average swarm eats the same amount of food in one day as about 2,500 people, FAO said. read more

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Tire shops flooded with calls following weekend snowstorm

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – If you haven’t installed winter tires on your vehicle yet, you’ll have to wait a few weeks.Tire shops have been overwhelmed with calls since the weekend snowfall hit Calgary. That includes Country Tire Automotive on Edmonton Trail.Manager Kelly Hill said Monday was one for his company’s history books.“To be honest, it was the busiest day, as far as the phone traffic went that I’ve seen in the 19 years we’ve been open.”Hill said the call counter registered 1,800 calls to his shop.“Some people even left messages, some people they called and left no messages, there was just that many phone calls coming in. I imagine a lot of it was not even our normal customer base, it was just people phoning around, panicking just to get in anywhere.”Thankfully, the calls slowed down once the weather improved Monday afternoon.Hill said they normally take in about 40 customers a day but are now booking into next Tuesday. read more

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Someone has GTA V and is posting gameplay videos on Instagram

first_imgRockstar isn’t set to release GTA V until September 17, and has even asked retailers not to ship the games out until September 16 for fear of someone receiving it early. But it seems the game has still managed to fall into the hands of one individual who is more than willing to share footage of it being played.This leak is sure to frustrate Rockstar, but at least it is happening in the form of very short Instagram videos. If anything, it’s more like a teaser promotion than someone divulging details of the game and ruining it for everyone else. From what I’ve seen the videos aren’t giving too much away, either. They just show off the world and a few of the characters for a few seconds.I’m sure the videos will be removed before too long, but if one copy of the game has managed to make its way to a home console, then surely others have, too. Expect many more leaks and possible spoilers in the coming days, but hopefully video sites will keep on top of them and games news sites will handle covering the leaks in a mature fashion. No spoiler headlines appearing on my feeds, please.The Instagram videos are available on the JSticks11 account (hat tip to @AllGamesBeta). Fair warning: if you visit that link you will see lots of images of the videos, but they won’t play unless you click on them. It looks just like the screenshot included at the top of this post.last_img read more

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The Irish For Hiberno English is a feature not a bug

first_img This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.THERE IS AN African proverb I was reminded of recently: when an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.On the 20 April, Ireland lost one of its most wonderful human libraries when Professor Terry Dolan passed away.I was lucky enough to have been his student in UCD, and his lectures on The Canterbury Tales and Middle English were always engaging and inspiring.However, it was his lessons on Hiberno-English that really stood out. He literally wrote the book on the subject.I recall he once told us a story about a visiting Japanese professor giving a lecture on The Dead by James Joyce. It was all going swimmingly until the visiting professor revealed that he understood Greta’s remark about her lost love Michael Furey-  “I was great with him at the time” – to mean that she was pregnant with Furey’s child at the time. She was not.‘Great’, like ‘grand’, ‘only’, ‘after’, ‘altogether’ and ‘now’ is a normal English word (as opposed to your classic Hiberno-English words like sleeveen, plámás, flootered, banjaxed and langer) that has an additional meaning, or manner of use, that is specific to Ireland – the kind that computer translation software might be oblivious to.Professor Dolan’s Dictionary of Hiberno-English is a labour of love and a heroic attempt to fill two conspicuous gaps.The first gap was the absence of so many widely-used Irish words and word uses in major English dictionaries.The second is the lack of an official dictionary of the English language of Ireland comparable to Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary, The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand English, Webster’s Dictionaries of American English and so on – not just glossaries of idiosyncratic slang but ongoing projects which track and record English use in their countries.Presumably, this is why Béarla doesn’t have its own style guides for academic and journalistic consistency either.I’ve written before about why Ireland’s dialect of English should be the official version of EU English much as Tuscan is the official version of Italian. But a more urgent reason is language’s role in the advance of technology.Machine Learning and AI have come a long way since the annoying paperclip noticed that you were writing a letter and offered to help and are now sophisticated enough to compose poetry, pop songs and paintings as well as review mortgage applications and drive cars.This is done by feeding the software substantial amounts of data and allowing it to identify patterns to interpret and base decisions on – the same way that Google Translate and Bing Translate work.So what happens when they stumble upon “I was great with him at the time”, “you won’t know yourself” or “your one is grand”?If those patterns that the software is identifying can’t include Hiberno-English norms and vocabulary (or dismiss these norms as errors) because a dictionary is not available, significant misunderstandings could occur – and these machines will be performed increasingly complicated tasks.Given that such dictionaries are available for Irish, machine learning creates the unusual situation where Hiberno-English is in greater danger of obliteration than Gaeilge.Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but this is not the case: they’re both part of our cultural heritage.Given the amount of Irish loanwords in Hiberno-English (and vice versa) a useful database of one should be able to reference the other – to really deliver and see both thrive in the digital age.It would be ironic if machine learning killed Hiberno-English but let Irish be; but with complementary dictionaries, maybe the two languages can save each other.And if an English loanword into Irish here and a focal iasachta into English there annoy you, then maybe you fail the Turing Test.Darach’s new book Craic Baby is the follow-up to his acclaimed Motherfoclóir and is out now under the Head of Zeus imprint.He runs @theirishfor Twitter account and the @motherfocloir podcast. Sunday 12 May 2019, 8:30 AM Share45 Tweet Email4 May 12th 2019, 8:31 AM Short URL 14 Comments 19,857 Views center_img The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but they’re both part of our cultural heritage, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha. Darach Ó Séaghdha https://jrnl.ie/4629324 By Darach Ó Séaghdha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greece fails on gender equality

first_imgGreece has fallen in its raking on gender equality according to the World Economic Forum.In 2011, it was ranked 58 in 142 countries on the issue, while today it sits at 91. In specific areas, Greece was 87th in women’s participation in economy and career opportunities, 53rd in education, 55th in health, 108th in political emancipation. In terms of public office, Greece ranked 68th in the amount of female MPs and 130th for Greek women in ministerial positions. The Forum used a scale of 0.00 to 1.00, with 0.00 representing total inequality and 1.00 total equality. Greece scored 0.678 points. Taking out top ranking was Iceland, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.The five Scandinavian countries have shown impressive improvements, closing the gap between men and women by 80 percent since 2006.Greece on the other hand has plummeted from its high of 58 in 2011, continuing on a downward spiral. In 2013 it was ranked 81nd. On a global level, experts estimate that at this rate of progress, it will take 81 years to reach absolute gender equality. Source: Greek Reporter Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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NASA Selects Mission Proposals to Advance Space Weather Observations

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor As NASA looks to send the first woman and next man to the moon by 2024, the agency aims to increase its understanding of the dynamic space weather system outside Earth. NASA recently selected three proposals for concept studies of missions that could help predict space weather and how it may impact astronauts and spacecraft on future trips.The proposals, which are named Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) Epsilon Mission, Aeronomy at Earth: Tools for Heliophysics Exploration and Research (AETHER), and Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE), were selected based on potential science value and ease of development plans, NASA said in a press statement.Each of the Heliophysics Mission of Opportunity proposals will receive $400,000 to conduct a nine-month mission concept study focused on space weather. Following the study period, NASA will choose one proposal that will be cleared to launch. The total cost of the mission selected by NASA will be capped at $55 million and will be funded by NASA’s Heliophysics Explorers’ program.“NASA’s research to understand the space we travel through relies on exploring key details about a vast system from the Sun, to Earth, to the edges of the solar system,” said Peg Luce, deputy director for heliophysics in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Each of these proposals could add a significant tool from a unique vantage point to help us understand that system.”Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) Epsilon MissionEUVST aims to analyze how solar material drives coronal mass ejections in space. (Photo Credit: NASA Goddard)Coronal mass ejections and solar flares could occur in space and the Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope (EUVST) Epsilon Mission aims to find out how hot plasma and magnetic fields drive solar eruptions and activity. The mission would launch with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Solar-C mission, which is planned for 2025.On its journey, EUVST would observe how magnetic fields and plasma interact in the lower solar atmosphere. These observations could help NASA learn more about how these two systems take part in the sun’s constantly-changing atmosphere.Aeronomy at Earth: Tools for Heliophysics Exploration and Research (AETHER)AETHER will study how the neutral, terrestrial-weather-driven thermosphere interacts with the ionosphere’s charged particles. (Photo Credit: NASA / JSC)Aeronomy at Earth: Tools for Heliophysics Exploration and Research (AETHER) would analyze the ionosphere-thermosphere system and how it responds to geomagnetic storms. The mission would give information on how the neutral, terrestrial-weather-driven thermosphere interacts with charged particles from the ionosphere, the area of Earth’s atmosphere that overlaps with lower regions of space.AETHER would be launched no later than 2024 and gather observations of the ionosphere from a position aboard the International Space Station (ISS). These ionosphere observations would be complemented by ground observations of electrons in the same region. Studying how the neutral atmosphere and ions affect each other is important for understanding space weather that surrounds Earth and how it impacts astronauts and spacecraft flying through it.Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE)EZIE will focus on the auroral electrojet, an electric current that circles through the atmosphere roughly 60 to 90 miles above our planet. (Photo Credit: NASA)Electrojets, which are part of a larger space weather system that may lead to oscillations in Earth’s magnetic fields, are important for the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE). EZIE, which will launch with NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative no later than 2024, will focus on the auroral electrojet, an electric current that circles through the atmosphere around 60 to 90 miles above our planet near the poles.With the help of three SmallSats to measure magnetic fields, EZIE would monitor the structure of electrojets and analyze what causes them. Electrojets could contribute to geomagnetic storms that may interfere with spacecraft. Knowing how electrojets develop and grow could help NASA better predict these types of storms in coming years.More on Geek.com:NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Passes By Sun for Third TimeNASA Attaches Helicopter to Mars 2020 RoverNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Gets Assembled in California Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Milner optimistic of a positive Reds response

first_imgJames Milner is urging his Liverpool teammates to step up their game after losing two successive games in the League and Cup ties.The Reds slumped to another 2-1 loss at Wolves in the cup on Monday after losing to Man City at the Etihad.With a trip to Brighton next, Milner expects his side to crank up the pressure on City by beating the Seagulls to go seven points clear before their clash with Wolves.“Back-to-back defeats isn’t really good enough for us but you have blips in a season,” said the 33-year-old via Sky.“It’s not something you want, especially at Liverpool, we know what’s expected. We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It’s not about blips, they are expected but it’s how you respond and bounce back. You’ve seen the character in the squad over the last few years, and the players we have, to know we will bounce back.“It’s easier saying that but we have to do that at the weekend.”He said: “I should do better. The pitch all night was a bit tricky and lively. It’s the same for both teams. It was my mistake for the first goal and it’s cost us, if not it’s 1-1 and we get a replay.“It was a pretty good finish from their lad but they didn’t have many chances. We didn’t either but that’s what separated the teams, my mistake and a very good finish for the second goal.”last_img read more

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New Conversion Calculator Now Available on USSECorg

first_imgUSSEC Conversion CalculatorU.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has now made it easier to convert one unit of measurement to another. USSEC has launched a new conversion calculator which can be found at the top right corner of their website.Many types of conversions can be made including:acres to hectaresbushels per acre to kilograms per hectaremiles to kilometersbushels of soybeans to metric tons (MT) of soybeansFahrenheit to CelsiusFor more information, click here to visit USSEC’s website.last_img read more

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MEDI robot eases pain comforts child patients at Broward Health

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida hospital is going high-tech with the help of a robot to ease patients’ pain.Pediatric Patient Care is using the robot to bring comfort and care to children with chronic conditions like cancer at Broward Health Children’s Hospital.The toy-like robot named MEDI, which is an acronym for Medicine and Engineering Design Intelligence, is making the rounds. “Well, hello there. I’m MEDI. Pleased to meet you, Tommy,” it said. “You’re having a medical test too? Isn’t that funny? I also just had one. I have had lots of them. Let’s do this together.”By distracting the young patients and keeping them calm, health care professionals can provide treatments more effectively.“This kind of approach looks like a toy, has an excellent impact on the way we can manage the children and manage the pain for children with chronic conditions and pain,” said Pediatric Hematology Oncologist Dr. Hector Rodriguez Cortez.Four-year-old Tommy is being treated for kidney cancer. His mother said she’s seen a noticeable difference now that MEDI is involved in her son’s care. “He seemed more relaxed when MEDI is around during his stay here,” she said.Child life specialist Kasey Castro said children have responded well with MEDI. “The hospital can be a threatening environment, full of adults, but when they see MEDI come in, he’s more child-friendly, and their eyes light up, and they are very excited to know about MEDI and what he can do.” MEDI dances, gives fist bumps and encouragement. “How ya doing? Give me a fist bump,” MEDI said. “You’re totally awesome.”And he can even teach the young patients deep breathing exercises, which are designed to ease pain and anxiety. “You do it with your nose and mouth,” MEDI said. “It’s called tissue breathing.”“With MEDI, they are empowered to engage with him, to talk about their feelings with him. He tells them stories. He sings and dances. He talks about bullying and feelings of rejections, and he plays games with them,” said Pediatric Program Director Dr. Patrica Rowe-King.Each MEDI costs almost $20,000. The one at Broward Health Children’s Hospital was purchased via a grant from the 1000-Plus Club to Benefit Cancer, Inc.If the test run goes well, the hospital hopes to see more MEDI robots in the future. There are a total of eight MEDI robots at hospitals across the country. Two are in Florida, including the one at Broward Health Children’s Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK POWMIA Chair To Be Installed At Town Hall

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A chair to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action will be installed at Wilmington Town Hall this November.The chair will be located in Room 9, where the Selectmen and many other town boards hold their meetings.The chair was built and donated by Shawsheen Tech students.“The Tech has been a great resource to our Department over many years and the POW/MIA Chair is just the latest example of the partnership we, as a town, have with them,” said Wilmington Veterans Director Cimaglia.Cimaglia will come in front of the Selectmen at its November meeting to explain the Chair and its significance.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Builds & Donates POW/MIA Chair To Town Of WilmingtonIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At November 26 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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OBITUARY Erlmest Earl E Burns Sr 91

first_imgMASHPEE, MA — Erlmest E Burns, Sr., of Mashpee, formerly of Wilmington and Parrish, Florida, known to friends and colleagues as Earl or Burnsie, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.Earl, the son of Howard and Mae (Young) Burns, was born on December 20, 1927 in Wilmington, MA, where he was also raised and educated. As a young man, he met and married Dena, the love of his life, and they began their life together in Chicago. They eventually returned to Wilmington to settle down and raise their two sons. They were fortunate enough to buy their own piece of heaven on Monomoscoy Island on Cape Cod where they spent many happy summers, eventually retiring there. Several recent winters were spent in sunny Parrish, FL.Earl served the people of the town of Wilmington as a firefighter. He was a master at his job and was the training officer for a generation of Wilmington firefighters. He loved his job, and loved sharing all manner of stories from his experiences. He was a long-time volunteer with The Muscular Dystrophy Association, participating in summer camp experiences for the children.He loved people, could talk to anyone and had seemingly endless energy. He never said no to anyone in need. He would take on any task, and if he didn’t know how to do it, he would learn. He was a man of many talents and interests which was reflected in his many jobs over the years. He could fix anything and owned and operated a business dedicated to repairing complex, industrial machines. After his retirement from the Fire Department, he acted as a security officer for Pinkerton Security. His love of the water, boats and fishing led him to become a Mashpee Assistant Harbormaster for many summer seasons. There were other jobs over the years, but every job Earl put his hands to, large or small, was tackled with the utmost care, and was always done right.Earl loved adventure and discovering new things. He and Dena traveled widely, including Nova Scotia, many parts of the United States, Scotland, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. They loved cruising and had many happy times in the Caribbean. Earl also found inspiration in the natural world. Truly, he took as much pleasure in watching a sunset, or an osprey in flight, as he did in seeing the Sistine Chapel or the Coliseum.Earl loved Dena, his wife of 71 years, and his family. A day didn’t go by that he didn’t thank God for his life, and the simple pleasure of sharing it with Dena. He never needed more than that. We are all grateful to have had him in our lives.Earl is the beloved husband of Dena (Zakes) Burns. Devoted father of Erlmest E. Burns, Jr. and his wife Janice and Lawrence G. Burns and his wife Anne. Cherished grandfather of Erlmest E. Burns III and his wife Gabriele, Lawrence G. Burns, Jr. and his wife Ellen, Deanna C. Bucci and her husband Matthew, Andrew C. Burns and his wife Suzanne and Sean D. Burns and his wife Joelle and great grandfather of Leah A. Bucci, Matthew R. Bucci, Jr., Katherine E. Burns, Liam R. Burns, Norah C. Burns, Ian C. Burns, Lochlin W. Burns, Alexandra S. Burns and Jacob R. Burns. Loving brother of Bessie Crogan, Verna Stowell, Judith Bradley, Marjorie Thibeault, and late siblings Louis Doherty, James Trask, Mae Perry, Ernest Burns and Lester Burns.Funeral from the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., Reading, on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Earl’s Eternal Life at St. Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harden St., Wilmington at 10am.Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Earl’s family at the funeral home on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2 to 5pm. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.Please consider making a donation in Earl’s Memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 33 Lyman St, Westborough, MA 01581 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.Erlmest E. Burns, Sr., 91(NOTE: The above obituary is from Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Earl W. Hannibal, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Bering Sea winter fisheries underway

first_imgA tow of pollock is unloaded on the deck of the Sea Prince to be sorted January 11, 2015.Alaska’s winter fisheries are underway, with trawlers getting in the water January 20.Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation has boats out in a handful of fisheries said quota manager Anne Vanderhoeven.“We have about a third of our A season Pollock harvested, so that’s a good sign at this point in the process,” she said February 11. “Hook and line cod has been about normal for this time of year, and snow crab is doing great. The fleet has about ¾ of the total GHL landed already.”The company has access to about 28,000 metric tons of Pollock, 5,000 metric tons of Pacific cod and 800,000 pounds of snow crab.Vanderhoeven said that so far this winter, chinook bycatch seems to be up a little compared to last year.“It’s too early to say of course if that means there are a lot more chinook out there, or just that they happen to be hanging out in the same places where the fisheries are happening, but it’s still well below historic highs as far as bycatch goes,” she said.When the halibut fishery opens up this spring, local fishermen and BBEDC’s larger boats will have access to more fish than last year. Vanderhoeven says there are two main reasons for the increase.“The survey that the IPHC did last summer had much better results than they’ve had in recent years, and that accounted for about half of the increase that we saw,” she said. “The other half, about 700,000 pounds, came out of reduced bycatch from the trawl flatfish fisheries in the Bering Sea. When you put those two things together, and you do all the magic that happens in the model with fish growing because they get older, they get bigger, and that kind of thing, it really is a substantial increase to area 4CDE.”That means this year, the near-shore small-boat halibut fishery managed by BBEDC will have access to about 115,000 pounds, almost 40,000 pounds more than it started with last year. The larger-boat halibut fishery opens March 19, while the near-shore fishery gets started later in the spring.last_img read more

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Corporator Alakunta Saraswathi takes out padayatra

first_imgTarnaka: Corporator Alakunta Saraswathi took out a padayatra in Ambedkar Nagar on Sunday and learnt the problems in the locality. The residents complained that they have a severe water problem and it was being released under low pressure in the pipes. They also said that garbage wasn’t being collected regularly. She expressed her ire over the garbage collector and said that stringet action would be taken if he repeats the same mistake again. She assured the residents that water pressure problem would be solved shortly. Basthi president Lingam, TRS activists Giri, Naga Raju, Suresh, Mallikarjun, Sai Chary, Golla Balaiah, Orsu Shekar and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

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RAB arrests yaba trader in Sylhet

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a drive arrested an alleged drug dealer along with 306 pieces of Yaba tablets from Kadamtoli area in Dakhshin Surma upazila of Sylhet on Friday, reports news agency UNB. The arrestee was identified as Md Shahed Ali, 22, son of late Suruj Ali, a resident of Moskapur village in Golapganj upazila. Moin Uddin Chowdhury, senior assistant superintendent and also senior assistant director (Media) of RAB-9, said that on secret information, a team of RAB conducted the drive in the area around 4:00pm and arrested Shahed along with the Yaba tablets worth Tk 100,000. Later, the arrestee was handed over to Dakhshin Surma Police Station.last_img read more

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As Deep Freeze Sets In People Urged To Help Most Vulnerable

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @MultCoBridgesFreezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, and the snow-hardened city of Erie, dug out from a record snowfall.The post-Christmas prolonged, dangerously cold weather across half the country has advocates for the homeless scrambling to get people off the streets and local officials urging residents to assist their elderly neighbors.Residents from the Midwest to the Northeast were dealing with sub-freezing temperatures and wind chills, while those in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies were bracing for storms that forecasters warn can cause heavy mountain snow and freezing rain.The cold is expected to continue through the holiday weekend and likely longer, according to the National Weather Service, prolonging a stretch of brutal weather blamed for vehicle crashes, emergency room visits and at least one death.Wind chill advisories remained in place for many areas. Animal owners were urged to bring their pets indoors if possible or at least make sure they have sufficient warmth.Forecasters warned people to be wary of hypothermia and frostbite from the arctic blast that has gripped a large swath from the Midwest to the Northeast, where the temperature, without the wind chill factored in, dipped to minus 32 (minus 35 Celsius) Thursday morning in Watertown, New York. Temperatures rose to minus 7 (minus 22 Celsius) early Friday morning.Heavy snow is expected Friday in the Pacific Northwest, across the Cascade mountains and into the northern Rockies before gradually tapering off Saturday. As much as 2 to 3 feet of snow is possible in the highest terrain, while coastal regions were expected to see heavy rainfall.About 30 crashes were reported on icy roadways Friday morning in Michigan, where below-freezing temperatures continue to envelop parts of the state.A woman trying to maneuver her wheelchair on a cold, snowy night in Nebraska got a firetruck escort. Snow and construction items on the sidewalk forced her into a busy Omaha thoroughfare Tuesday. Firefighters returning to their station noticed her. They flipped on their lights and followed the woman until she reached her destination. She gave them a thumbs-up as they departed.In South Dakota, an 83-year-old woman died from exposure to the cold. Police believe she crashed her car on a gravel road near the tiny rural town of Revillo then left the vehicle to look for help. They found her body in a ditch on Sunday.Warming centers have been set up in some locations, including recreation centers across Cincinnati. Boston’s Pine Street Inn sent a van with outreach workers around to persuade people to spend the night inside, but some said they prefer the streets.Segundo Rivera and Sean Stuart told the Boston Herald they were not comfortable spending the night in a shelter.“We’ve lived out here so long it’s like honestly, this is comfortable for us,” Rivera said.A shelter spokeswoman said that if people don’t want to go to a shelter, they’re given blankets, warm clothing and a hot beverage, and informed of the dangers of extreme cold.The Ohio Department of Aging said older people are at increased risk from such severe cold, from medication side effects to falling risks. The department encouraged people to check on family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they’re warm enough and have their needed medications and sufficient food and water.On Thursday, cold weather records were set from Arkansas to Maine, and the freezing air will linger through the weekend, reaching as far south as Texas and the Florida Panhandle.In New Hampshire, the cold set a record for the day of minus 34 (minus 37 Celsius) atop the Northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington.In the Midwest, temperatures in Minneapolis aren’t expected to top zero (minus 18 Celsius) this weekend, and it likely will be in the teens (minus 11 Celsius to minus 7 Celsius) when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve in New York City.A winter storm warning was in effect for much of Montana, calling for significant snowfall followed by dangerously cold temperatures as 2017 comes to an end.“People like to think of themselves as being prepared for the weather and things like that,” Billings forecaster Dan Borsum said, “but this one will get your attention.” Sharelast_img read more

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uBlock Origin criticized for blocking CSP

first_imguBlock Origin criticized for blocking CSP by Martin Brinkmann on October 19, 2017 in Internet – 45 commentsThe popular content blocking extension uBlock Origin blocks CSP reporting on websites that make use of it if it injects neutered scripts.CSP, Content Security Policy, can be used by web developers to whitelist code that is allowed to run on web properties. The idea behind the feature is to prevent attackers from injecting JavaScript on websites protected by CSP.CSP reports any attempt of interfering with the site’s policies in regards to scripts to the webmaster. This happens when users connect to the site, and is used by webmasters to analyze and resolve the detected issues.Tips:uBlock Origin: official repository and downloadsuBlock Origin: how to remove any element from a page permanentlyScott Helme opened a support ticket on the official uBlock Origin GitHub page a couple of days ago in which he stated that the content blocker was blocking the “sending of legitimate CSP reports”.It is true that reports are blocked. You can visit his website, https://scotthelme.co.uk/, and check the network log in your browser of choice to see the failed reporting attempts if you have uBlock Origin installed in the browser.Raymond Hill, the developer of uBlock Origin, replied stating that this was not a bug but by design. The extension blocks the sending of CSP reports if it injects a neutered Google Analytics script.The browser extension uBlock Origin blocks Google Analytics to prevent user tracking. Since some sites stop working correctly if Google Analytics is not loaded properly, a neutered script is injected instead to reduce the likelihood of sites breaking.CSP reports may be fired because of the injecting of the neutered scripts, and uBlock Origin blocks those as well to prevent information leakage.uBO won’t be the cause of user information being leaked. The consequence of uBO doing its job (injecting neutered scripts) may cause CSP reports to be fired, hence uBO blocks CSP reports.Every network request which leaves a user agent must be for the benefit of the user, including CSP reports. The user agent is not owned by the remote server such that it gets to decide what should never be blocked or not.Hence if a network request to a remote server is potentially detrimental to the user, it gets blocked, especially if that network request is fired solely as a result of uBO doing its job. This is such case here.Basically, what it comes down to is the following: uBlock Origin acts first and foremost on behalf of its users. This means that it will block the sending of CSP reports that could be a result of the extension injecting neutered scripts to block information such as the user’s IP address, user agent and time and date the requests were made.Third-parties could abuse the system for user tracking, and that is another reason why these reports are blocked in uBlock Origin.The extension does not block all CSP reports. It only does so only if a neutered script is injected by the extension on a page. This happens only obviously if a resource on the page was blocked, say Google Analytics was blocked, and if a neutered version of the script exists. No CSP report is blocked if that is not the case.Raymond Hill will release an update to the WebExtensions versions of uBlock Origin in the near future that distinguishes between CSP reports caused by the injecting of neutered scripts and regular CSP reports. CSP reports are assumed spurious if, for whatever reason, uBlock Origin cannot parse the report however.Closing WordsUsers come first when it comes to uBlock Origin, and that is one of the reasons why the extension and its developer are as popular as they are. SummaryArticle NameuBlock Origin criticized for blocking CSPDescriptionThe popular content blocking extension uBlock Origin blocks CSP reporting on websites that make use of it if it injects neutered scripts.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Flight Centre We are the most supportive host agency in the marketplace

first_img Travelweek Group Share Tuesday, November 15, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Tags: Flight Centre TORONTO — Flight Centre is on track to achieve Associate numbers of over 1,000 and an annual turnover of over $500 million by the year 2023, said Lee Zanello, FCA Brand Leader.During his opening speech at the FCA annual conference and Gala Awards at the Hyatt Ziva, Los Cabos earlier this month, Zanello praised the Flight Centre business model, and later admitted that initial numbers may actually be achieved earlier than expected – by 2020.“Without a doubt we are the most supportive host agency in the marketplace; there’s no other company set up with our infrastructure and access to support teams,” he said. “Our small team structures break down our bigger business, allowing us to grow without sacrificing that hard-wired, emotional connection to belonging to a team. Our Associates can leverage off of the same support network that supports the entire Canadian Flight Centre business.”Those in attendance at this year’s conference learned about Flight Centre Associate’s new direct-to-consumer marketing platform, making it easy for Associates to directly communicate the sales and deals that Flight Centre puts on every month. Other highlights included training on the importance of creating unique product and the launch of a new airfare booking tool that takes full advantage of Flight Centre’s global relationships with airlines.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe Gala Awards recognized and rewarded Associates for both their sales and for the work they have done to improve the overall support structure within the business, further adding to that sense of community.  The team was also very generous in their donations to a trio of local children’s charities in Los Cabos, filling a truck with much-needed school supplies, clothes and toys as well as donating over $650 towards the causes.“It’s hard for people to believe that our Associates feel they matter,” Zanello concludes.  “From the outside, Flight Centre seems like a giant company where it’s easy to just be a number and be ignored; however, our culture is built around these small teams, meaning we will be the largest Home-Based Agency in the country before too long and never, ever, lose the heart or the caring for the individual.” Flight Centre: “We are the most supportive host agency in the marketplace”last_img read more

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Book an Intrepid trip with just 1 dollar deposit

first_imgBook an Intrepid trip with just $1 dollar deposit Posted by Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Intrepid Travel is dishing out dollar deposits on over 1,000 of its trips.Valid on a wide range of sustainable, experience-rich adventures around the world, the $1 deposit must be paid before Feb. 15, 2019 for travel before Dec. 14, 2019.Dollar deposits apply to trips in Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, the Middle East, Europe, Australia & Oceania, and North America.Intrepid Travel is considered the world’s largest adventure travel company, offering everything from treks to Kilimanjaro and meet and greets with Berber nomads in Morocco, to fascinating visits to Jaffna, Sri Lanka, a destination that’s been off limits to travellers for 30 years.For more information go to https://www.intrepidtravel.com/ca/dollardeposits.center_img Friday, January 11, 2019 Tags: Deals, Intrepid Travel << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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