Will gender bias follow us to Mars and beyond

first_imgIt was supposed to be a historic moment—the first all-female spacewalk. And then it was cancelled, for reasons that only reinforced the need for it. But space is unforgiving, and the slightest slip can be fatal, so when a second suit in a woman’s size couldn’t be found, there was no other choice. Instead of a legendary achievement towards equality, the world got a good look at the challenges facing women in traditionally male-dominated fields.It’s a problem that goes beyond spacesuits—but when physician and astronaut Shawna Pandya heard the news, she recognized a phenomenon she’d experienced everywhere in her career, from the operating room to a simulation of a mission to Mars. We used to say the world is made for men—does that apply to space, too? Even in 2019?GUEST: Shawna Pandya, physician and citizen scientist-astronaut candidatehttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/p/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_04032019.mp3?_=1You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Prescott group home owner Amy Owen didnt die in our care

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsThe owner of a group home in Prescott, Ont. where a First Nations girl was said to have died by suicide while in their care last month says the 13-year-old girl had been transferred a few months prior to another home in Ottawa.Amy Owen, of Poplar Hill First Nation, died April 17 and it’s been reported by media, including APTN National News, that she was in a Prescott group home at the time of her death based on information from her family.“I cared for Amy like she was my own daughter,” said an emotional Esther Aiken, owner of Beacon Home. “It’s not us.”Aiken said Owen was moved from her home Jan. 8 because she kept threatening to run on nearby railway tracks to kill herself.“I had to get her away from those railway tracks,” said Aiken.When she heard Owen had died her heart sunk, she said.“I thought, ‘Oh my god. I made the wrong decision. I made the wrong choice,’” she said Wednesday breaking down in tears. “The poor kid. The poor family.”Owens father, Jeffrey Owen, told APTN and other media that his daughter was in a Prescott group home when she died.When reached on Wednesday in Poplar Hill, a First Nation on the Ontario/Manitoba border about 2,000 km from Ottawa, Jeffrey Owen was surprised.He had thought all this time his daughter died in a different city.“That’s news to me,” he said. “There’s no communication whatsoever.”When his daughter was in the Prescott home she was under 24-hour care, with one-on-one supervision, meaning a staff member was with her at all times said Aikens.Aikens said at night it was the hardest and Owen would try to self-harm or take off for the railway tracks.“That is when she wanted to run,” said Aikens.A staff member would be outside her door through the night.She doesn’t know if the 24-hour supervision was lifted after Owen was transferred, but Jeffrey Owen said he was told it wasn’t and questions how his daughter was able to die by suicide.Owen was one of three First Nations girls that died while living in Ontario group homes in the last six months.Courtney Scott, 16, of Fort Albany First Nation, also died in Ottawa on April 21 after a fire in her group home in the Orleans suburb of the city.Kanina Sue Turtle, 15, also of Poplar Hill First Nation, died in late October 2016 while living in a group home in Sioux Lookout. Her family said they were told it was death by suicide, as well.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Highest award for six war heroes

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will award the ‘Parama Weera Vibhushanaya’ award, the highest gallantry award any military person receives from the Head of State, on six war heroes tomorrow.The awards will be handed over to the family members of the six soldiers who were killed during the war, Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over the  gallantry awards during the Victory Day parade to be held at Galle Face tomorrow to mark four years since the end of the war. The slain soldiers receiving the awards are: Captain G N Punsiri (Gajaba Regiment) killed on 2 July 2007 at Uvarakkulam, Lt W T Jayatillake (The Gemunu Watch Regiment) killed on 20 April 2009 at Iranamadu, Staff Sergeant Perera K G N (Commando Regiment) killed on 21 April at Puthumatalan, Sergeant Gunasekara KGD (Commando Regiment) killed on 16 February 2009 at Dara Point, Corporal Nilantha Kumara H A (Commando Regiment) killed on 29 January 2009 at Puthukuduiruppu and Corporal Pushpamal SPML (Commando Regiment) killed on 21 April 2009 at Puthumatalan. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Security Council calls on lapsed countries to report to CounterTerrorism Committee

Hailing the progress achieved by the Counter-Terrorism Committee set up one year ago in the wake of the 11 September attacks against the United States, the United Nations Security Council today called for those States that have failed to report to the panel to meet their obligations promptly. “The Security Council notes with satisfaction that 174 Member States and 5 others have submitted a report to the Counter-Terrorism Committee,” said Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member Council. “It calls on the 17 Member States which have not yet submitted a report to do so urgently,” he added in a formal statement read at a meeting which marked the culmination of a debate that began on Friday and included the participation of over 40 speakers. [On Friday, CTC Chairman Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom reported that 16 Member States had failed to submit a report, but the Council added one – East Timor – to that list after it joined the UN in the interim. Six of the 17 countries – Chad, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Swaziland – have not yet contacted the CTC, while a seventh, Tonga, made contact on Monday, indicating its intention to submit a report.] The President’s statement also invited the Committee to continue pursuing its agenda, focusing on ensuring that all States have legislation in place to implement resolution 1373 – the landmark text which set up the CTC – and are prepared to ratify, as soon as possible, all of the UN’s 12 treaties relating to terrorism. The Committee should also continue to ensure that States have “effective machinery for preventing and suppressing terrorism financing,” he said. In addition, the Council invited international, regional and subregional organizations to continue to find ways of improving their collective action against terrorism and, where appropriate, to work with donor countries to establish suitable programmes. Resolution 1373 bans all forms of support for terrorism and compels States to cooperate in rooting out the terrorist threat. In adopting that text on 28 September 2001, the Council invoked Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of force. Video – Security Council meeting read more

Ont deficit for 201112 falls to 13B but shortfall this year still

Ont. deficit for 2011-12 falls to $13B, but shortfall this year still at $14.8B TORONTO – Ontario’s budget deficit for 2011-12 came in at $13 billion, but the deficit for the current year is still projected to be $14.8 billion.The government used a $700 million reserve built into the budget to help reduce the deficit.Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says the better-than-expected final figure for 2011-12 doesn’t mean he will be able to eliminate the deficit before 2017 as scheduled.He says the economic recovery is very slow, as is job creation, so there is still “a very long way to go” before he can balance the books.Duncan also says there is still no money available to pay for wage increases for teachers, doctors, nurses or any of the 1.3 million public sector workers in Ontario.New Democrat Gilles Bisson says the Liberals are “gaming the numbers for their own political advantage” by predicting a higher-than-expected deficit to make themselves look good when the final numbers come in.Bisson says the government is notorious for doing what’s right for the Liberal party, not necessarily what’s good for Ontario. by News Staff Posted Sep 13, 2012 9:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Loonie down a little as traders hang tight for US Canadian jobs

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Tuesday, but only slightly, as traders look to the U.S. and Canadian jobs numbers due at the end of the week.The loonie fell 0.16 of a cent to end at 101.60 cents US.The loonie “is moving back to trading on the major market themes of Europe, global growth and the global central bank response,” said Camilla Sutton, chief currency strategist at Scotiabank.The workforce numbers are likely to provide a better glimpse of the economy, which has been wracked with uncertainty — most recently by the possibility that Spain may soon move ahead with a bailout request.The country’s prime minister downplayed expectations that he will turn to the eurozone for help as early as the weekend.In commodities, gold backed off a seven-month high with December bullion falling $7.70 to close at US$1,775.60 an ounce. The December contract for copper rose 1.6 cents to US$3.80 a pound. Copper is viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries.November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 59 cents to US$91.89 a barrel. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2012 5:10 pm MDT Loonie down a little as traders hang tight for US, Canadian jobs numbers read more

Toyota shows school pupils the road to manufacturing

Toyota has opened up its car manufacturing plant in Burnaston to young people from the local area, giving them a unique insight into the opportunities available to them in the automotive industry.Running over the last two weeks as part of the See Inside Manufacturing initiative, pupils from nine schools in Derbyshire and Staffordshire took part in various hands-on activities at the firm’s Burnaston plant, which builds more than 100,000 Auris and Avensis models every year.Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, said, “Toyota welcomes initiatives designed to promote a greater recognition of the contribution and importance of manufacturing to the UK economy.“The See Inside Manufacturing initiative complements our existing activities aimed at engaging with young people to encourage and inspire them to be the next generation of Engineers.”A number of manufacturers across the UK are taking part in See Inside Manufacturing throughout October. For details of all the events click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ryan Coogler to Produce LeBron James Space Jam 2

This combination photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix on March 13, 2018, left, and filmmaker Ryan Coogler at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo)LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler is joining LeBron James and the “Space Jam 2” team.James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.’ animated characters.“Random Acts of Flyness” creator Terence Nance will direct James, and Bugs Bunny, in the film.According to The Hollywood Reporter which first reported the news, production is tentatively slated to being in 2019 during the NBA offseason.The Space Jam sequel with @KingJames has been announced! How many championships will the Tune Squad win? pic.twitter.com/OC524ER8Ki— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 19, 2018 read more

One More Reason To Raise A Fist At Boston Sports The Bruins

DALJ. BennT. SeguinA. Radulov201360.6 None of this is to say the Bruins are a one-line team — they’re far from it. Rookie forwards Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk have already chipped in with 11 goals each, and rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy5McAvoy recently underwent minor surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, but is expected to return in two weeks. is building a solid case for the Calder Memorial Trophy. And David Krejci is a pretty decent second line center, too: He’s scored 24 points in 29 games, and he’s winning 56.3 percent of his faceoffs, by far the best mark of his career.Boston will lose in regulation again — Marchand, who is serving a five-game suspension, and McAvoy’s temporary absences should ensure this happens sooner than later. But there’s nothing in recent memory suggesting Boston’s top line will cease to be a possession beast any time soon.6All three forwards finished in the top ten in Corsi percentage in 2016-17. If they keep getting (and burying) their chances — and if Rask’s ascendancy holds up, which his dazzling career implies it might — the Bruins might find themselves playing hockey in June again. TBLV. NamestnikovS. StamkosN. Kucherov261957.8 TMLeft wingCenterright wingForVS.For % Each member of the line must be on the ice for a goal to qualifySource: Left Wing Lock NYIA. LeeJ. TavaresJ. Bailey241955.8 Goals TORZ. HymanA. MatthewsW. Nylander24972.7 BOSB. MarchandP. BergeronD. Pastrnak21387.5% For the first couple months of the season, the Boston Bruins had more problems than they could handle. They had lost more games than they had won. They were firmly out of the playoff picture. Top-line center Patrice Bergeron and his linemate Brad Marchand had both missed time with injuries. So had second-line center David Krejci. Goalie Tuukka Rask was a husk of his former self, and looked for a moment as though he might lose his starting job. Matt Beleskey, who the Bruins decided to pay $19 million because he had a handful of good weeks during the spring of 2015, had been placed on waivers.1He cleared them and now plays for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence.This was a team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy as recently as 2013-14, and that had a core made up of several skaters who’d played in two of the past seven Stanley Cup Finals. This was also a team that had failed to qualify for two of the past three postseasons, and that hadn’t won a playoff series since they beat the Detroit Red Wings in the spring of 2014.But since a loss to the Washington Capitals in mid-December, the Bruins have been damn near untouchable: They are 14-0-4 in their last 18 games. The Bruins looked like basement dwellers a few months ago, and now pundits are wondering whether they’re legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. But are they for real, or is this streak just a tantalizing aberration?The Bruins are a balanced hockey team — seven skaters have at least 25 points — but much of their recent form can be attributed to the extraordinary play of a rejuvenated Rask and the top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and David Pastrnak, which has established itself as one of the best in the NHL.In his last 18 starts, Rask has lost exactly zero games in regulation; in his prior 13 starts, he had won just three. During his recent dominant stretch, Rask has stopped 94 percent of the shots he’s faced; during his disastrous stretch, he stopped just under 90 percent of the shots he faced.2Not what you’d expect from the NHL’s all-time leader in save percentage.Goaltender play is notoriously unstable, so these gulfs in Rask’s performance aren’t actually as shocking as they seem on the surface. Even if Rask’s save percentage regresses and he stops roughly 92 percent of the shots he faces for the rest of the season, the Bruins will be in good shape.To explain the dominance of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak, the best place to start is their possession numbers. Bergeron is yet again among the league’s elite faceoff takers, winning more than 57 percent of his draws.3That number drops a bit to roughly 53 percent on power play draws, but Bergeron can be forgiven — unless he’s the man in the penalty box, teams often task their best faceoff man with taking draws on the penalty kill. Among qualifying skaters, all three on Boston’s top line rank in the top 50 in Corsi percentage,4Adjusted for score, zone and venue. which estimates a player’s possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts directed at his opponent’s net versus his own net while he’s on the ice. And because the Bruins’ top troika are sending so many shots toward their opponents’ nets, all three also rank in the top 15 for goals per 60 minutes.Among lines that qualify, only 11 others in the NHL have a higher combined shooting percentage than the combination of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak. And their goals for percentage — which takes the total number of goals scored while a line is on the ice together and calculates the percentage of those goals that were goals scored by the line — is by far the best in the league. LOSA. IafalloA. KopitarD. Brown201360.6 VGKR. SmithW. KarlssonJ. Marchessault321666.7 PHIC. GirouxS. CouturierJ. Voracek231069.7 COLG. LandeskogN. MacKinnonM. Rantanen291467.4 The best among the best lines in the NHLThe top 10 lines in the NHL in goals scored while playing 5-on-5, by percentage of goals for CGYJ. GaudreauS. MonahanM. Ferland251267.6 read more

Luck of the Irish Another EuroMillions winner but they have yet to

first_img No (1198) I wish (1258) IT MUST BE the luck of the Irish or there could be something in the water (drink up!) because just two months after an Irish person won a cool €93,968,807 in the EuroMillions jackpot, another person in the Munster region has scooped a whopping €12,801,474.A spokesperson at the National Lottery would not reveal to TheJournal.ie in what county the ticket was bought but they did admit the lucky winner had been in contact with Lotto headquarters.The winner or syndicate matched their numbers on Friday and they will share in the €25.6 million jackpot with a player in Spain.The winning numbers were 11, 23, 25, 32, 37, and the lucky stars were 4 and 7.Poll: Are you the lucky €12.8m EuroMillions winner? Yes (707)center_img Poll Results: YesNoI wishVoteThis is the north Dublin shop where the €94m lotto ticket was sold…>At last: the EuroMillions winner has just claimed their €94m winnings>last_img read more

Candidates line up for GOCNSW election

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This weekend elections will see 20 members voted onto GOCNSW’s management committee. Whilst candidates jockey for position behind the scenes for the biannual elections, one group of individuals have signed a manifesto for the future direction of the organisation, in their efforts to win the hearts (and votes) of the membership. Ten members, under the banner of ‘renewal and rejuvenation’, have set out their intentions, if elected, to encourage a greater degree of transparency in the organisation’s workings, more effective long-term planning, and the strengthening of GOCNSW’s ability to meet the needs of the Community. In terms of literally concrete proposals, the group is also proposing the creation of a new cultural centre. Sue Thliveris, who is running on the ‘renewal’ ticket, told Neos Kosmos that at the heart of the group’s aspirations was the need for longer-term planning. “The crux of the matter is that we need to put a program in place for the next five years, rather than tackling things with a knee-jerk reaction,” said Thliveris, who has been a member of GOCNSW for 32 years. “What we’re also saying is we want more younger voices on the board. It’s time for a few members who have been there for many years to move aside and let the younger ones in.” Thileveris believes, like other signatories to the ‘renewal’ manifesto, that GOCNSW is at a crossroads which requires a new approach and a new direction. “We want to grow and modernize, the whole bit. In order to move forward we need to recalibrate the organisation.” For Soula Thliveris and her fellow ‘renewalists’, the nature of GOCNSW’s election procedure, heavily weighted towards proxy votes, may be an obstacle. Some members maintain the proxy system in the past has been prone to manipulation, and used by members seeking election to harness the votes of others affiliated to political parties such as Pasok and KKE. Thliveris describes the proxy vote system as “far from democratic” and urges members to make the vote in person on the day. GOCNSW’s long-time president Harry Danalis accepts that concerns exists about the proxy vote system, which he told Neos Kosmos are likely to account for 70 per cent of the votes at this weekend’s election. “We’ve looked into this in the past and tried to see if we can change the constitution to ban proxies, but after legal advice we were told this cannot be done,” said Danalis, though accepts that it may be possible to “make it more stringent in terms of how proxies are used.” Asked if members affiliated to political parties were likely to influence how proxy votes were cast, GOCNSW’s president said that he felt such affiliations were unlikely to play a major part in deciding a member’s election. “It’s hard to quantity, but the KKE (Communist Party of Greece) has a very small membership here, perhaps 20 to 30 members, for Pasok my guess is between 80 and 150. Affiliation based on family, that’s the big thing that influences people.” On the ‘renewal’ group and their agenda for change, Danalis says it’s business as usual. “Every time we have elections various groups put out platforms on what they intend to do. They’re free elections and every person has got the right to promote themselves. I’ve no problem with their manifesto.” 32 members have put themselves forward for the election which will be held on Sunday 4 Dec 2011. Votes may be cast on the day between 8:30am and 6pm at the Greek Orthodox Community Club , 206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba NSW 2195. The ten members running on the ‘renewal’ ticket are: John Daviskas, Vivi Koutsounadis , Stan Koulouris, Solon Kypridemos, Maria Sarelas, Jenny Speis, John Terzis, Soula Thliveris, Joanna Mavrantonis and Elektra Velissaris. The other candidates standing are: Panagiota Avramidis, Dorothy Basil, Chris Belechras, Dimitrios Bekris, Harry Danalis, Panagiotis Dukas, Panagiotis Delimitros, George Diamantaris, Julia George, Chris Georgopoulos, Chris Gravanis ,Ourania Karteris, Kleanthis Kotopoulos , Gerasimos Liberatos, Nikolaos Malaxos, Konstantinos Papanikitas, Sam Pappas, Alexander Samaras, Zisis Tsatsis, Mighael Tsilimos, Panagiotis Tsirioris and Panagiotis Τsintilas.last_img read more

Bumblebees Are Now Considered an Endangered Species in the US

first_imgStay on target If you used to frolic around the pool during the summer dodging bumblebees but realize there don’t seem to be as many as they used to be, you’re on to something. The rusty patched bumblebee is now considered an endangered species according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.This is the first bee species in the United States to be classified as such, and in fact, there’s a race going on right now amongst conservationists to keep it from going extinct entirely. It would be a sad day for sure, but it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. The population of the rusty-patched bumblebee has, in fact, shrunken by a whopping 87% since the late 1990s, which is startling given all the ways humans and wildlife benefit from their actions.Bees are responsible for pollinating various fruits and crops around the world like tomatoes and melons in a percentage that encompasses 35% of the world’s food supply. But what’s causing this epic downsizing of bees worldwide?Many of the reasons the bee is disappearing are due to a loss of habitats since nearly 40% of all of our land is utilized for agriculture according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. But there’s also chemical use and climate change to blame too, neither of which are simple things to stop. If we’re going to see any kind of drastic improvement or renaissance of this particular bee species, however, we’re going to have to pay close attention.This isn’t the first bee that’s been added to the endangered list in all of North America, however. It comes added to a list of over 47 species that have been labeled as endangered. Hopefully, now that awareness is being raised for this particular species it will have a fighting chance at survival going forward. Research team proves you can teach bumblebees new tricks last_img read more

Buffon would be very happy to see Ronaldo at Juventus

first_imgJuventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is hopeful that Cristiano Ronaldo’s prospective move to Turin this summer will materialise and hailed the significance the move would represent for both the club and Italian footballFollowing that massive transfer bombshell in May’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool, Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid has been uncertain ever since and he has been strongly linked with a €100m move to Juventus over the past week.The prospect of Ronaldo joining the Bianconeri has been warmly welcomed by the club supporters with shirts with both his name and number on having already been made ahead of his anticipated arrival.Buffon, who was unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Monday after 17 years at Juventus, is eagerly waiting for further news on Ronaldo’s future – like any other Turin fan.“It wouldn’t surprise me to see Ronaldo at Juventus, it would make me happy because it is what the Juventus world needs, to find new idols and exalt them,” said Buffon, according to Marca.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The 40-year-old insists that he still has no regrets over leaving Juventus, despite missing out on the possible opportunity to have played with Ronaldo – although the two goals that the Portuguese superstar scored against him in last season’s Champions League appear to have left some scars behind.“No, if anything bothers me it’s the goals he scored against me last year,” Buffon smiled.“It would be the best advertisement for Italian football. It is confirmation of how much a society Juventus is, with Andrea Agnelli and his family, who are capable of adapting to the times and even anticipating them,” added Buffon.Juventus are expected to pay a reported fee of €100m for Ronaldo with the player himself set to make €30 per year in a four-year deal.last_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

2011 Clark County Fair by the numbers

first_imgPhotos from fair’s final day.The midway was jammed Sunday for the finale of the 10-day Clark County Fair.Fair Manager John Morrison said this year brought “almost perfect fair weather.”Here’s a look at the 2011 fair by the numbers.0The number of Onionaire booths. Morrison said the family who owns the concession decided to take time off and might return to the fair in the future.3This is Morrison’s third year as the top boss of the fair. The fair also has a board of directors.8The percentage increase from 2010 for carnival receipts through the first eight days of the fair. Figures for the whole fair will come in later this week. 10The number of year-round employees at the fair. Another 350 work part time during the fair.11That’s the percentage increase in food revenue from 2010 through the first eight days. $20The cheapest ticket price for the five shows at the Sleep Country Amphitheater during the fair.48The number of food and snack booths at the fair.70The number of rides and carnival booths.$85Top price for a seat at Thursday night’s concert with Mötley Crüe, Poison and the New York Dolls.143The age of the fair, which is older than the state of Washington. The first fair was a one-day event in Vancouver’s Esther Short Park.2,800Number of volunteers at this year’s Clark County Fair.3,000Four amphitheater shows average attendance was 2,500-3,000 people, said Justin Kobluk, executive director of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.5,100Number of parking spaces at the Clark County Fairgrounds.6,000Nearly this number of fans paid to see that Mötley Crüe show.9,000Seating limit for the amphitheater shows during the fair.250,000The gate attendance Morrison says he expects when all stats are in.Fair Manager’s Top 5Fair Manager John Morrison has his own Top 5.1. He said the number of exhibits and exhibitors, both adults and youth, was up this year.2. He was pleased the fair offered a variety of free entertainment, including two shows each day featuring events from jousting to rodeo to motor sports.last_img read more

Suspect in crime spree no stranger to money troubles

first_imgCrime spree suspect faces 7 felony chargesSALMON CREEK — The morning after Brent Woodall allegedly orchestrated a desperate two-state crime spree, Melinda Faller walked to his front door with a batch of muffins for his wife, Aimee.Faller, a family friend, wrestled with the same unanswered questions as his family and complete strangers. Namely, why would a man facing potential foreclosure on his homeresort to allegedly robbing two banks? And on his 29th birthday, no less.“I know money’s definitely been an issue,” Faller said, as she stood on the sidewalk outside the Woodall’s home on Northeast 24th Avenue in Salmon Creek. “I know it is with a lot of families right now. Stress gets the better of people.”Still, Faller reasoned, “I don’t think any of us saw this coming.”A numb feeling of disbelief lingered among Woodall’s family, friends and neighbors Thursday, the same day Clark County prosecutors charged the personal trainer with seven felonies associated with an alleged crime spree that included two bank robberies in Clark County, a carjacking and several attempted carjackings.After a two-state pursuit that lasted 90 minutes, authorities arrested Woodall Wednesday afternoon in Portland.Woodall’s family declined comment Thursday at their home in North Salmon Creek’s Cobblestone subdivision.Asked if Woodall’s actions made sense to anyone, a young man who left the couple’s home responded “nope,” as he climbed into a car parked across the street.last_img read more

BeeramgudaStench from open nala assaults commuters

first_imgBeeramguda: Owing to the failure of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to provide proper bus stops, the commuters of the smart city buses are now compelled to wait in front of an open nala smelling the malodorous fumes. A daily passenger shares, “Water logging in drains has caused the drain water to get stuck here. The nala is not even covered all passengers have no other option but to wait while the nala constantly sheds foul smell and disease. We request the GHMC to look into this and come up with a permanent solution.”last_img read more

SDLCE eligibility test results out

first_imgWarangal: The School of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (SDLCE), one of the premier institutions in the country offering distance education, of the Kakatiya University (KU) has on Sunday released the results of ‘Eligibility Test’ (ET). It may be mentioned here that the ET is a qualifying exam for those candidates above the age of 18 years (without education qualification) seeking admission to undergraduate (degree) courses. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us In a specially convened meeting here, the KU Controller of Examinations Prof S Mahender Reddy, SDLCE Director Prof G Veeranna and Additional Controller of Examinations Dr Y Venkaiah released the Eligibility Test results. Prof Mahender Reddy said that 3,207 candidates in a total of 3,538 who appeared for the Eligibility Test, have got through and eligible for admission to undergraduate courses. In all, 90.64 per cent candidates got through the test, Prof Reddy said. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us SDLCE Director Prof G Veeranna said that the results were available on the www.sdlceku.co.in and www.sdlcekuems.co.in. He said that web link of the results will be sent to all the candidates so that they can download the memo. The candidates seeking admission in undergraduate courses can choose any of the Students Learner Centres of the SDLCE located across Telangana. The students who have got through the Eligibility Test can apply for admission without late fee up to August 31, Prof Veeranna said. The candidates can browse UGC-DEB’s website for rules and regulations in force, he added. Additional Controller of Examinations Dr P Sadanandam, A R Suresh Babu and SDLCE media in-charge Dr Sangala Ephraim Raj were among others present.last_img read more

No 14 Cardinals Play to a Draw in Season Opener

first_imgStory Links WUHAN, China – University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora totaled 10 points and four rebounds as Nigeria fell 82-77 to Russia in the first game of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Group B contest at the Wuhan Sports Centre in Wuhan, China.Nwora added two assists and one steal while connecting on 2-of-5 three-point goals.  Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie led Nigeria with 18 points.Nigeria will face Argentina in its next game of the international tournament group phase on Monday, Sept. 2 at 4:30 a.m. ET.  Nigeria will then play Korea on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in its final first round Group B game.  Fans can follow the tournament online here and watch games on ESPN+.A 6-8 rising junior from Buffalo, N.Y., Nwora (pronounced WOR-uh; silent N) has dual citizenship with Nigeria. His father Alex, who is the head coach at Erie Community College, serves as the head coach of the Nigerian team.  Nwora, a preseason first-team All-America selection by Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook, played three games for the Nigeria national team in the 2018 FIBA World Cup African Qualifiers on June 29-July 1, 2018, scoring a Nigerian record 36 points against Mali in the event. Honored as the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player, Nwora was the third-most improved scorer in the nation last season with his 17.0 scoring average (sixth in the ACC), up 11.3 points per game from his 5.7 average as a freshman.  The All-ACC third team selection was one of five players in the ACC who scored 20 or more points on at least 13 occasions last season.   An exercise science major who was named to the All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team, Nwora scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games and produced nine double-doubles last season. He was UofL’s leader in scoring and rebounding (7.7 rpg, ninth in the ACC) last season and made at least three three-pointers on 16 occasions.  The USA’s World Cup team, which features former Cardinal guard Donovan Mitchell, is in Group E for the event.  The FIBA Basketball World Cup championship will be decided on Sept. 15 in Beijing’s Wukesong Sport Arena. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rare Gorgeous Photos of Ancient Trees Around the Globe

first_imgAncient trees cling to life against the odds and against the elements. They tower over us, tall and straight, or scrape and bow, massively twisting back to the earth in slow decline. Something about them stirs people to their core. Beth Moon has made it her life’s work to document the most magnificent of these survivors of time and nature. She has traveled the globe for 14 years, seeking out and photographing the oldest and rarest of them.Anka. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyHer pictures, collected into two books, are the next best thing to seeing the trees in person. In some cases, her stunning specialty prints may even be better. They are made with a labor-intensive duotone platinum and palladium process that yields otherworldly results. The pictures have an intense tonality and seem to glow with a light of their own.Fornax. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyMoon is Wisconsin-born. It was there her father instilled in her a love of nature, sharing with her the names of plants and animals that populated the landscape. Later, she studied fine arts at the University of Wisconsin.Andromeda. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyHer photographic eye was honed by classes in painting, live drawing, design and sculpture. She moved to England, where she noticed the Brits embraced their rare old trees like old friends. Whole societies were dedicated to identifying and protecting the venerable yews in the British landscape.Elanth. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyIt was these ancient trees that inspired her to start photographing. Smitten, she began expanding her scope.Since then, Moon’s work has taken her to some of the most remote places on the planet, including the interiors of South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Madagascar.The Ifaty Teapot. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyHer work was no hit-and-run job. She did painstaking research to not only find the biggest and oldest of these trees, but the often incredible stories behind them.Bellatrix. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyHer sources are history books, newspapers, tree registers and oral histories passed down through communities.Corvus. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyIn Great Britain, she found the Whittinghame Yew, a gnarled old tree under which a Scottish nobleman’s demise was planned. It is also the home of the Major Oak, where Robin Hood and his Merry Men were said to gather. In Cambodia, she found the latticed roots of a massive strangler fig clamped down around temple ruins.Desert Rose Erher Beaach. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyMany of the trees are centuries old. A few are four- or five-thousand years old. Moon has learned patience from the trees. Once on site, she spends time studying them to decide on the best shot. Sometimes, just getting to a site takes patience.Lacerta. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyOne case is a bit more extreme than others: It took her three years to get into Yemen-controlled land to photograph the giant dragon’s blood tree growing near the horn of Africa.Lyra. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographySometimes she hires locals to find what she is looking for. While in Madagascar to shoot the unusual baobab trees, setting out by jeep with her guide, a whole village trailed them like a comet running behind.Perseus. Photo by Beth Moon PhotographyThe first of her two books was Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time. The second, done with slow exposures under night skies, is the dazzling Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees. In her own artistic statement, Moon talks about the meaning she finds in her work: “Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is finding better ways to live with the environment.”Read another story from us: Buttington Oak: Planted to mark a Viking defeat in 893 collapses after 1,000 yearsHer work on Portraits of Time even got a nod from noted anthropologist Jane Goodall: “Beth Moon’s stunning images capture the power and mystery of the world’s remaining ancient trees. These hoary forest sentinels are among the oldest living things on the planet and it is desperately important that we do all in our power to ensure their survival. I want my grandchildren – and theirs – to know the wonder of such trees in life and not only from photographs of things long gone. Beth’s portraits will surely inspire many to help those working to save these magnificent trees.”Terri Likens’ byline has appeared in newspapers around the world through The Associated Press. She has also done work for ABCNews, the BBC, and magazines that include High Country News, American Profile, and Plateau Journal. She lives just east of Nashville, Tenn.last_img read more