Nothing used to say middle-class like a shiny new car—one that the whole family can jump in and take a road trip to the beach or to the grand parents’ place for Sunday dinner. But with successive generations, that value is on the decline, according to a poll by the Canada Project at Maclean’s.Families still tend to own vehicles but the value they represent is much lower with Gen-Xers and millennials than it was with their parent’s generations. In general, the so-called “silent generation” (those ages 75 and older) assigned a higher social value —and actual price—to family cars than later generations. Asked what they consider a fair price for a family vehicle, 27% of silents agreed to $30,000 or more a fair price, whereas only 17% of boomers and only 18% of Gen-Xers did. Why the difference?One reason may be that the older generation saw the car as a luxury item, whereas Gen-Xers and millennials see is as a more utilitarian buy. They may also simply not be as reliant on a car to get around, compared to earlier generations.“In the mid 1960s, there was really only one family car and the father was still master of the household,” says George Iny, executive director of the Automobile Protection Association in Toronto. “That generation saw the car as an asset, not an expense like today’s younger generation which tends to lease rather than buy.” Or not even have a vehicle, in many cases.Part of the past allure may have been the fact that a lot of older generation Canadians lived in the suburbs and they needed a car to get just about anywhere. It was also seen as a status symbol and something the family took pride in owning and maintaining. But millennials are different.“They’re into the environment and like biking and walking,” says Ayana Forward, a certified financial planner with Ryan Lamontagne in Ottawa. “Cars for the old generation was a connection to people. Now the younger generation has electronics to do that so it’s not as highly valued.”Iny largely agrees but notes that there lots of exceptions. In fact, he says, studies show that when Gen-Xers get their first steady job, they’re actually leasing luxury cars such as Mercedes, Lexus and BMWs. “The market for luxury cars and SUVs is steadily increasing with just a small number of sales being environmental small cars,” says Iny. How Canadians see our country at 150 THE CANADA PROJECT “So Gen-Xers say they’re green but they’re actually leasing larger luxury cars, trucks and SUVs. They’re just more comfortable and you can throw stuff in the back so they’re handy too. It’s a bit of a conundrum and shows the dissonance between what people think and what they’re actually doing.”For the Gen-X generation, it’s all about cash flow management. “If you can afford $500 a month for a car lease, then luxury vehicles for the family are very attainable,” says Iny. “As long as published leasing rates are low, people will buy. In fact, outside of cities, buyers are purchasing larger vehicles and taking longer periods for their financing—up to 84 months.” You might also be interested in…We asked 1,500 Canadians what they love about their country — and what they’d like to change This is very much contrary to what the previous generation did. “Those 75 years of age or older see possessions as assets and there’s more permanence to the things they owned,” says Iny.The lesson? Expectations have changed and with such easy financing, the younger generations are bound to keep the concept of the family car going—albeit, only if they can lease it.
VANCOUVER – The suspected overdose deaths of 11 people last week in Vancouver has set what the mayor calls a “ghastly” death-count record for 2018.The city says the week of July 23 was the worst on record this year for suspected overdose deaths based on statistics from the police department.So far in 2018, 206 people have died in Vancouver from suspected overdoses.The latest overdose statistics for the province show there was a dip in the number of suspected illicit drug deaths in June compared with the same month a year earlier.There were 105 illicit drug overdose deaths across B.C. in June, a drop from 123 in the same month last year.Mayor Gregor Robertson called last week’s death count for the city “simply ghastly” in a news release.“We don’t see signs that we’ve turned a corner on this public health disaster in Vancouver,” he said. “A poisoned supply of street drugs continues to kill our loved ones and devastate families across our city. Lives are on the line — people need access to safe prescription drugs rather than being forced to turn to the deadly drugs from organized crime on our streets.”The number of deaths due to overdoses last week must still be confirmed by the BC Coroners Service.The fire department says it responded to 147 overdose calls last week, a 47 per cent increase from the previous week, and 24 per cent higher than the weekly average for 2017.The city says frontline workers suspect the increase in overdoses and related deaths are due to high toxicity in street drugs.In Vancouver last year, 366 people died from suspected overdoses.Across B.C., fentanyl has been detected in 81 per cent of the drug overdose deaths in the first six months of 2018, the coroner’s service said this week. The powerful painkiller appears to account for the spike in illicit drug overdose deaths since 2012, as the number of deaths excluding fentanyl has remained relatively stable since 2011, it said.Illicit drug overdose deaths climbed to more than 1,400 in 2017 from about 300 in 2012, surpassing suicide and car accidents to become the leading cause of unnatural deaths in British Columbia.
20 April 2009The Security Council and two human rights experts today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other United Nations figures in voicing deep concern over the abrogation of Fiji’s constitution, the sacking of its judiciary and the imposition of press restrictions. The South Pacific archipelago’s unelected executive fired the judges, set a longer time frame for parliamentary election and declared a public emergency on 10 April, following a court ruling that declared the interim leadership unconstitutional.“It is a step backwards and needs restoration of the democracy process that Fiji has been undertaking, in cooperation with regional and international partners as well as the United Nations,” Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the April presidency of the Security Council, told the press this afternoon. Supporting Mr. Ban’s approach to the matter, members of the Council expressed hope that Fiji will resume “steadfast” progress towards democracy and that fair elections will be held at the soonest possible time. The island chain has suffered prolonged internal tensions between its indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities, and had four coups since 1987. Commodore Josaia V. Bainimarama, who serves as Prime Minister, came to power in a coup in December 2006, sparking criticism from the UN at the time.Also today, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, strongly condemned the suspension of rights in Fiji.They urged Fiji’s authorities to restore the rule of law by immediately reinstating the judiciary and ending the restrictions placed on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.“The respect of the independence of the judiciary and freedom of expression are fundamental pillars of the rule of law and democracy,” said the joint statement of the two experts, who report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity.“Judges play a fundamental role in protecting human rights during states of emergency. It is crucial that the judiciary is immediately re-established,” said Mr. Despouy, maintaining that such states of emergency must be strictly limited. He added that there have been deportations of foreign journalists and arbitrary arrests of others, with yet others summoned by the Ministry of information and warned to restrict the content of their reporting. “Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council as well as other neutral international observers should be allowed to visit the country in order to ensure the respect of the human rights of the population.”He has requested on several occasions that the Interim Government of Fiji allow him to undertake an official visit to the country, with no response as yet.
“I think it is unfortunate that the population would be incited to take to the streets to criticize the forces that are there to help the situation, the forces that are there to encourage them to make peace,” he told journalists outside the Security Council where its 15 members were discussing their next steps in closed session.As a basis for discussion, the Council had the Secretary-General’s latest report on Côte d’Ivoire, which calls for an expansion of the UN force in the country. While this notion had not previously received support, Mr. Annan said developments on the ground had made the case for a larger UN mission.In addition to UN-authorized French forces, the UN mission, known by its French acronym ONUCI, now numbers 6,891 soldiers and 697 international police. Mr Annan has asked for an additional 3,400 soldiers and 475 police officers.On the diplomatic front, Mr. Annan said he was in touch with President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, the chairman of the African Union (AU), who went to Abidjan yesterday to talk to Ivorian leaders, and with President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, who has been the AU-designated mediator.The demonstrations outside the ONUCI headquarters started on Monday, opposing a non-binding recommendation by the UN-authorized International Working Group that would have effectively disbanded the National Assembly, whose mandate had ended.The move would have reduced the powers of President Laurent Gbagbo and given wide-ranging powers to newly appointed Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and his national-unity cabinet, which includes leaders of the armed and unarmed opposition.Mr. Annan warned that in time, those responsible “the time will come when they may have to account for their acts and the disruption they are causing to their own society.”He appealed to all Ivorian citizens “to work together with the Government and for the Prime Minister and the President to work together to implement the road map, to work together to bring peace in the interest of the people and in the interest of the nation.“It is their responsibility and their duty and the international community is there to assist them. We are not the protagonists and they should work with us to implement the road map,” he added.Meanwhile, the Security Council today adopted a presidential statement endorsing the IWG’s final communiqué containing the controversial recommendation and strongly condemning the violent attacks on ONUCI and international NGO facilities “by street militias and other groups associated with the ‘Young Patriots,’ as well as their instigators.”The Council’s current President, Ambassador Augustine P. Mahiga of Tanzania, citing previous resolutions, warned that targeted measures will be imposed against persons “who among other things, block the implementation of the peace process, including by attacking or obstructing the action of UNOCI, of the French Forces, of the High Representative for the elections or of the International Working Group, or who incite publicly hatred and violence.”The Council called on all Ivorians to refrain from any hostile action and demanded that all hate messages in the media cease and that effective control by the board and General Director over Radio Télévision Ivoirienne be re-established at once.From Abidjan, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Abdoulaye Mar Dieye expressed his regret for the loss of civilian life and his grave concern over the destruction of the offices of several relief groups. He called “for an immediate end to the incitements for protesters to target humanitarian personnel.”In New York, the head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Under-Secretary-General Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told reporters there would be no progress in the absence of a functioning government accepted by all and voiced hope that Mr. Gbagbo and Mr. Banny together would restore order.Although the situation in some cities and towns had improved today, “the Young Patriots have been harassing international personnel,” he said.He noted that the question of Ivorian identity was a sensitive one with regard to elections. The process of disarmament, also sensitive, had to be carried out in the rebel-controlled north at the same time as in the Government-ruled south, he noted, adding that this would require a strengthened UN mission.In answer to a question, Mr. Guéhenno pointed out such significant UN achievements last year as the completion of the peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone, the elections in Burundi and Afghanistan and the constitutional referendum in DRC. “But they are always achieved with a very limited amount of resources, so they are always fragile.”The Council, by putting so many tasks on the shoulders of the UN, has recognized the importance of peacekeeping as a fundamental tool to prevent conflicts from escalating and civil wars from resuming. “If that instrument is to be preserved, it has to be properly resourced,” he said.
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 3, 2013 1:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CAE gets $215M worth of contracts for civil, military simulators, training MONTREAL – CAE Inc. announced the sale of five flight simulators on Wednesday as part of several new military and commercial contracts worth a total of $215 million.The military contracts, valued at $130 million, include construction of a training facility for the Kuwait air force as well as training simulators for the Australian navy and U.S. air force.Meanwhile, the company also sold five full-flight simulators and other training equipment for airlines and aircraft manufacturers in Asia, Australasia, North America and Europe worth a total of $85 million.The sale raises the number of full-flight simulators sold in its 2013 financial year to 35, in line with its guidance.CAE said 60 per cent of simulator sales this year have come from customers in Asia and Australasia, 23 per cent in North America and 17 per cent in Europe.The company didn’t identify the airlines or provide a breakdown of the individual civil contracts.The military contracts include an MH-60 Sikorsky helicopter maintenance and weapons trainer that will be delivered in 2015 to the Australian navy.Lockheed Martin has also exercised a contract option for CAE to design and manufacture an additional C-130J weapon systems trainer for the United States air force to be delivered in 2016.The United States air force also awarded CAE a contract to perform operations and maintenance support for the KC-135 boom operator training for eight years for a total of $55 million.“Our position on key platforms such as the C-130J and MH-60 helicopters continues to provide a range of opportunities globally, including foreign military sale contracts through the United States government,” stated Gene Colabatistto, president of the military group.Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said CAE’s simulator orders in fiscal 2013 met expectations despite being two fewer than the prior year.He added the outlook is positive for next year, driven by deliveries and up to 634 new aircraft orders announced by Airbus and Boeing. One simulator is typically required for every 20 to 30 new planes.“We therefore expect a similarly strong level of full-flight simulator orders for CAE in fiscal 2014,” he wrote in a report.CAE is expected to provide its guidance for orders next year when it releases its fourth-quarter results on May 16.Although uncertainty remains in the military segment, especially for U.S. military contracts, Doerksen said only 41 per cent of CAE’s total revenues is military and only a third of that is related to the U.S.Doerksen downgraded CAE’s stock following its third-quarter results over military market uncertainty and expected soft civil training margins.But he said the subsequent drop in its share price below $10 represents a buying opportunity for longer-term investors.“Our long-term view remains positive on CAE as demand for full flight simulators should remain strong and a growing pilot shortage will position CAE for growth in pilot training.”
“This agreement is a critical step forward in building a sustainable future for all. It provides a global framework for financing sustainable development,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after negotiators reached the deal at the Conference, which has been running in the Ethiopian capital since Monday, 13 July, and officially wraps up its work tomorrow.“It gives us the foundation of a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development that will leave no one behind,” said of the groundbreaking agreement, which will be known as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.The agreement provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt in New York this September and for reaching a binding agreement at UN climate negotiations in Paris in December to reduce global carbon emissions.It marks a milestone in forging an enhanced global partnership that aims to foster universal, inclusive economic prosperity and improve people’s well-being while protecting the environment.Financing is considered the linchpin for the success of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which will be driven by the implementation of 17 goals. In support of implementation of these goals, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda contains more than 100 concrete measures, addressing all sources of finance, and covering cooperation on a range of issues including technology, science, innovation, trade and capacity building.“This historic agreement marks a turning point in international cooperation that will result in the necessary investments for the new and transformative sustainable development agenda that will improve the lives of people everywhere,” said Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the Conference. Domestic resource mobilization is central to the agenda and countries agreed to an array of measures aimed at widening the revenue base, improving tax collection, and combatting tax evasion and illicit financial flows. They also reaffirmed their commitment to official development assistance, particularly for the least developed countries, and pledged to increase South-South cooperation.The outcome document also underscores the importance of aligning private investment with sustainable development, along with public policies and regulatory frameworks to set the right incentives. A new mechanism that will facilitate financing for new technologies for developing countries was also agreed upon.The Action Agenda includes important policy commitments and key deliverables in critical areas for sustainable development, including infrastructure, social protection and technology.Agreements were reached on international cooperation for financing of specific areas where significant investments are needed, such as in infrastructure for energy, transport, water and sanitation, and other areas to help realize the proposed sustainable development goals.Countries also stressed the importance of nationally owned sustainable development strategies, supported by integrated national financing frameworks.
Through a Presidential Statement adopted during an open debate on countering the narratives and ideologies of terrorism, the 15-nation Council asked its Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to undertake the work and recommend guidelines and good practices to effectively counter the ways the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals and groups use their narratives to encourage and recruit others to commit terrorist acts.The CTC would work closely with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and other relevant bodies, as well as interested Member States.The Council noted with concern that the ISIL, Al-Qaida, and associated groups “craft distorted narratives that are based on the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of religion to justify violence,” which are utilized to recruit supporters and foreign terrorist fighters, mobilize resources, and garner support from sympathizers, in particular by exploiting information and communications technologies, including through the Internet and social media.Also in the statement, the Council emphasized that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization, underscoring the importance of promoting tolerance and inter religious dialogue. It also stressed that terrorism can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, international and regional organizations and civil society.In his opening remarks, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson emphasized that terrorist groups are exploiting religious beliefs in order to incite hatred and violence and to cause division and polarization in our societies.“Terrorists and violent extremists blatantly challenge the values enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as our shared pursuit of peace, justice and human dignity,” he said. The Academy worked to combat terrorist ideologies by providing education through scholarships. It hosted 40,000 students from 130 countries, and placed an emphasis on the pluralism of religion. It was also working with communities in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, besides partnering globally with member organizations to spread international peace.No ‘silver bullet’ to stop terrorists using InternetSteve Crown, Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation, said that, for the Internet industry, the scale of the terrorist challenge is “daunting.” Indeed, as one was terrorist propaganda site was taken down, another seemed to spring up in its place.There had been 7,500 tweets within 15 minutes of the Paris attacks, and within two weeks, there had been 1 million Internet views, many praising the attacks, he recalled. In fact, another company in the technology sector had noted that its 1.6 billion users submitted one million reports of objectionable postings every day across all content categories. “If there were an elegant solution, industry would have adopted it,” he said, adding that there was no “silver bullet” to stop terrorists using the Internet.He went on to emphasize that terrorist use of Internet platforms was a complicated topic. Like fire, gunpowder and the printing press, any technology could be used for either good or evil. Since the Internet industry was built on the idea that communications could unleash human potential, Microsoft’s mission was to empower every person on the planet.Other companies in the sector, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, differed from each other and competed fiercely at times, but they came together when Internet platforms were abused, he said. Perhaps the best example was the unity displayed in combating child sex abuse materials, he said. Similarly, the industry was united in working to address terrorist abuse of technology services.Describing public-private partnerships as the appropriate response, he stressed the need for the international community to work together in a coordinated and transparent way. However, there was no universally accepted definition of terrorism or extremism at the international or regional level, he pointed out. While definitional lines were hard to draw, the international community could agree broadly on harmful actors, he said, emphasizing that dialogue and learning was the path to success.The rule of law and the promotion of human rights were critical for Microsoft, he stressed, pointing out that it published a global human rights statement in order to ensure the right approach to doing business.As actors worked together across sectors, it was essential that they have an open discussion and explore new and improved means of addressing misuse of information and technology platforms. “We need to admit what we do not know,” he said, underscoring the need to focus on taking action and learning from experience. A wide view of the Security Council open debate on “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts: Countering the narratives and ideologies of terrorism.” UN Photo/Evan Schneider Terrorist bombs not only devastate human lives but also target common values, he said, noting that the global community has a responsibility to shield people from harm and protect universal values from erosion.“Faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and the primacy of global solidarity represent the greatest force in our hands to counter terrorist narratives and ideologies,” Mr. Eliasson said.With young people falling prey to terrorist narratives and ideologies, he called on Council Members and all Member States to translate into practice its historic resolution 2250 of December 2015 that recognized the value and role of young people and young peacebuilders.“We must do more than repeat general statements about youth being the ‘leaders of the future,’” he said.With superior communications skills, extensive social media networks and often more influential voices than their elders, the current generation of youth can amplify messages of common humanity.Incitement and recruitment of terrorists as well as conditions conducive to terrorism have been addressed in several Security Council resolutions, the General Assembly’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.It is necessary to counter and refute false and nefarious narratives. Such narratives must also be replaced with compelling alternative visions, backed by tangible opportunities for meaningful and constructive engagement, he said.Stressing that security and military responses are not enough, he said that the Secretary-General’s action plan strongly focuses on preventive approaches and cautioned against the ‘us against them’ mentality prevalent across the world today.“In a deeper sense, the best narrative to counter violent extremism may perhaps not be a narrative,” he said. “This whole discussion is not about a story. It is about action to build peace, development and human rights.”Mohi El-Din Afifi, Secretary-General of Al Azhar Islamic Research Academy, said the grim realities in the Middle East had surpassed all limits of religion and morals, with crimes being perpetrated in the name of Islam. The media had distorted that notion, he emphasized, adding that, in reality, such crimes had no relation to religious or human traditions. A view of the observers’ gallery in the Security Council Chamber, as as it held an open debate on “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts: Countering the narratives and ideologies of terrorism.” UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events. Good Morning Goodman continues this week with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf announcing that tickets will be on sale soon for Innovation Matters and Monster Pitch events. Innovation Matters is a panel discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship featuring some familiar names – Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Deborah Rosati and Jason Sparaga. Both events are set to take place on March 22 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.LeBlanc and Rauf also announce the upcoming 5 Days for the Homeless campaign organized by the Goodman Business Students’ Association. The campaign, which takes place March 7-11, aims to raise awareness about youth homelessness in Niagara while accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations on behalf of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.This week’s congratulatory messages are to our graduates who successfully passed the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario’s Common Final Examination (CFE) and to Chris Pace, Josh Ratz, Melissa Trapani and Sameer Verma, who placed third out of 24 teams at the Supply Chain Management Association Competition.Other upcoming events are Brock Finance and Investment Group’s Stock Pitch Challenge, Brock Marketing Association’s So You Think You Can Sell competition and Brock’s Spring Open House. PwC will be on campus next week (March 10) for an information and networking session. More information about all student events are on CareerZone.
As the U.S. economy continues on its rocky path, the job market remains unstable. It’s especially shaky for a third-year athlete facing a five-game suspension and questions about whether he can succeed as quarterback at the professional level. Terrelle Pryor, center of the Buckeye universe since he committed to Ohio State on March 19, 2008, must confront an intricate situation containing the key to unlocking his future. The Jeannette, Pa., native confirmed to the media Saturday that he will return for his senior season, even though he will first serve a five-game suspension for receiving improper benefits. “When bad things happen to you, that’s when you want your family around you,” Pryor said. “Going through all of this, that’s when you realize that Ohio State football is your family.” The NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games after learning the players had violated NCAA rules by selling gear, apparel and memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. Freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting must sit out one game. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from receiving benefits or discounts based on their persona. The suspensions, however, won’t take effect until next season, allowing the athletes to play in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl. The NCAA concluded that the rules education provided by the OSU compliance department did not meet NCAA standards at the time the players sold the merchandise. Pryor came to OSU because he felt coach Jim Tressel’s system would better prepare him for the NFL than if he chose to run rampant in Michigan’s spread offense. Now, despite a 30-3 career mark as a starter in scarlet and gray, his legacy rests on thin ice. Fans have voiced displeasure toward the quarterback who, although proud of the Block ‘O’ tattoo on his right forearm, didn’t value the sentiment of his Big Ten championship ring or gold pants trinket as highly as Buckeye Nation preferred. “You shouldn’t worry about what other people say, but you do take a lot of what other people say into your mind,” Pryor said. “They’re saying it for some reason. That’s the hardest thing, is hearing people say some cruel things about you. You know what you did and you take the responsibility, but guys are still out there nailing you and talking about you.” Pryor said he tossed around the idea of turning pro after the Sugar Bowl to evade the lengthy suspension and lessen the hit on his draft stock. But then Tressel required all five players to pledge to return for their senior seasons before granting them permission to travel with the team to New Orleans. Although the promises are nonbinding, Pryor vowed to hold up his end of the bargain. “I think some guys pledged and some guys — we were just basically saying sorry,” he said. “I don’t want to say that if (someone) would choose to leave, that they’re breaking a pledge. I think some guys have different situations. (But) once you pledge something, I think you’ve got to keep your word for it.” Should the NCAA uphold its ruling — which OSU is appealing — Pryor wouldn’t be eligible until the Buckeyes’ contest at Nebraska on Oct. 8. That would leave him with seven games, plus a possible conference championship game and bowl game, to script the final chapter of his college career. But would he regain his starting job that easily? Tressel has had a penchant for rewarding veteran players. Quarterback Joe Bauserman, who has served as Pryor’s primary backup for two years, will be a redshirt senior next year. Ken Guiton, who has also seen action this year, will be a redshirt sophomore. Then there’s Braxton Miller, widely considered one of the top recruits in all of college football. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native enrolled early at OSU so he could take part in spring practices. Tressel said he expects a testy quarterback competition in the spring. “I’m sure in the spring and so forth … in the spring that would heat up,” Tressel said. Regardless of how he fits into next year’s plans, Pryor knows a memorable Sugar Bowl performance will go a long way for his legacy and NFL stock. For the quarterback who always seems to have the ball in his hands, he’ll have to learn to bide his time until it’s his turn. “I’ve never sat out a game in my life,” Pryor said. “I don’t know how it’s going to affect me next year.” Pryor acknowledged that he has work left to do at the college level, work that somehow must be completed in the minimal time he has remaining in Columbus if he’s to improve his job prospects. “We’ve just got to win,” he said. “I’ve got to come up with some type of plan with (Tressel) for next year, because that five-game suspension could really mess up things I really want to accomplish. As of right now, (I’ll) keep winning as much as possible and keep leading the team as best I can. “I guess I’ll need to leave the rest to everyone else.”
A group of astronomers that were studying an enormous red giant star named BD+48 740 have made a startling discovery this week. Looking through the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in hopes of finding planets orbiting the aging star, what the international team discovered instead was the world’s first evidence of a planet being devoured by its own star. A nightmare scenario, the team got a glimpse of the possible fate of Earth some five billion years in the future when our sun turns into a red giant and swells into our orbital path. While, of course, the team didn’t directly witness the event they found two peculiar pieces of evidence that lead them to believe that the planetary event occurred.The first clue that the team found was the high amounts of lithium present in the makeup of BD+48 740. Surprising because of the ease in which it’s consumed inside of stars, the presence of high amounts of the rare element raised eyebrows because theorists have deduced that there are only a very few specific scenarios in which lithium can be present in stars. Usually present in stars that are much younger than BD+48 740, lithium was thought to have been created by the big bang and then consumed by the infant stars as a source of energy. To find this high of an amount of lithium in a star that is nearing the end of its life cycle is a good indication that the element was produced as a result of the destruction of a large planetary body as it dove into the fiery mass headfirst.The second and more peculiar indication that an object the size of a planet was destroyed is the second planet that the team discovered orbiting the red giant. While its existence isn’t unusual, its orbit is. Circling BD+48 740 in a strangely elliptical orbit is a planet 1.6 times the size of Jupiter. At the narrowest point of its travels around its sun, the huge planet is roughly the same distance as Mars is from our sun, however at the edge of its ellipse it’s much farther away than anything that researchers have ever seen. The fact of the odd distances aside, an elliptical orbit is something that is rare in the universe and is usually caused by an outside catalyst. The team is theorizing that this phenomenon was caused by the energy being released from its sister planet being destroyed which knocked it into such an odd orbit.While it’s a bit macabre, the discovery may shed some light on what our planet may experience in the distant future. Being some five billion years away, we of course will be long gone before that event happens, but perhaps the information gleaned can help future generations.Read more at the Penn State science page.
Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3285228 Short URL ZOOS BEGAN AS menageries where the rich could see the living exotic “spoils” of wars in foreign lands. Now they’re simply animal prisons.The justification many zoos give for their existence in the 21st century is that they protect animals and conserve endangered species.But the recent reports that more than 100 animals have died at Dublin Zoo in a two-year period should serve as an urgent wake-up call and prompt us to re-evaluate the role these institutions play in today’s society.Among the 109 animals to die at the zoo during the 24-month period were three scimitar-horned oryxes, three Humboldt penguins, a pair of red-tipped mangabeys, two Rothschild’s giraffes, two wild African hunting dogs, an African spurred tortoise, a southern white rhinoceros, and a red panda, all of whom were from endangered or vulnerable species.Captive-bred animals are rarely released into wildIf ever there were truth to the adage that “zoos put the con in conservation” by trying to hoodwink the public into believing that the salvation of endangered species lies in warehousing these sensitive animals, then surely this is it.There’s a commonly held misconception that zoos are reintroducing animals into their native habitats. In reality, most zoos have no involvement of any kind with any reintroduction programmes.This means that captive-bred species that do face extinction – including elephants, polar bears, gorillas, tigers, chimpanzees, and pandas – are rarely, if ever, released back into their natural environments to bolster dwindling populations.And while zoos spend millions on keeping animals confined, natural habitats are destroyed and animals are killed, as there’s insufficient funding for their protection.Cages won’t stop extinction 2,922 Views Five million pounds for three gorillas when national parks are seeing that number killed every day for want of some Land Rovers and trained men and anti-poaching patrols.The simple fact is that the same amount of money a zoo spends on buying or breeding and housing “exotic” animals could benefit so many more in the wild.And if Dublin Zoo were serious about helping endangered species, it would ask the public to donate to schemes that target the root causes of extinction and endangerment of animals all over the world – habitat destruction and poaching – because all the cages in the world won’t save animals from becoming extinct.Diminished existence depresses zoo animalsCaptivity takes its toll, and animals in zoos often go insane from the frustration of their diminished existence – while visitors leave without having learned anything meaningful about animals’ natural behaviour, intelligence, or beauty.There’s nothing dignified or inspiring about seeing depressed, despondent animals.In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration. Free polar bears don’t pace back and forth constantly on concrete.Captive animals’ typical forms of neurotic behaviour – such as bar-biting, self-mutilation, pacing, and rocking – are unheard of among their wild relatives. Just as we wouldn’t go to a prison to learn about typical human society, it makes no sense to observe imprisoned animals in order to learn about them.Wildlife documentaries mean we don’t need to incarcerate animalsToday, we have entire television channels dedicated to showing wildlife documentaries. We no longer have any excuse for keeping intelligent, social animals incarcerated and denying them everything that’s natural and important to them.Because, at the end of the day, the paying public can go home, but these animals are stuck as living exhibits and crowd-pulling attractions until the day they die in captivity, a world away from where they truly belong.Elisa Allen is Director of PETA UK.Opinion: ‘Tax isn’t just an expense, it’s a societal good and an investment in all our futures’>‘I want to show that someone who can’t speak thinks many thoughts, understands everything’> Source: Niall CarsonWhen ZSL London Zoo spent £5.3 million on a new gorilla enclosure, the chief consultant to the UN Great Apes Survival Partnership said that he was uneasy at the discrepancy between lavish spending at zoos and the scarcity of resources available for conserving threatened species in the wild: PETA 42 Comments Mar 14th 2017, 6:30 AM Share Tweet Email8 By Elisa Allen Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Elisa Allen Zoo deaths: ‘In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration’ Even in the best circumstances, it’s impossible for zoos to meet all the unique needs of the various species they hold captive, writes Elisa Allen.
The Vancouver Fire Department responded to an overturned jet ski on the Washington side of the Columbia River on Monday morning, according to a spokesman.Both of the riders, a man and a woman, who had been on the jet ski were located by emergency personnel shortly after the initial dispatch for a boater in distress about 6:35 a.m.A passer-by noticed a man floating downriver and called 911, said Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Pete Adams.Responders found the man sitting on a dock at the 800 block of Southeast Marine Park Way in Vancouver, Adams said.The man told firefighters he’d been traveling on the jet ski with his wife when it overturned, causing the couple to fall into the cold water. Adams did not know exactly what caused the jet ski to turn over.The woman was able to swim to a nearby boat when the jet ski capsized. A fire department rescue boat picked her up and reunited her with her husband onshore, Adams said.
Popular on Variety Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, positions IGTV as a reimagining of mobile video in a vertical format featuring longer videos and the ability to discover content through channels. “The way we think about IGTV is it’s kind of the next generation’s TV,” Yuki said. “The way the next generation is watching video is different… It’s not on a set-top box, it’s on their phones.”Yuki added that IGTV “delivers on our top-level mission — to bring you closer to the people and things you love.”Instagram invited digital creator and sketch-comedian Anwar Jibawi, who has 5.4 million followers on the social service, to participate in Variety‘s event. Jibawi said IGTV has been a powerful new creative tool for him, letting him deliver episodic comedy series on Instagram. “For my biggest platform to have exactly what I’ve always wanted — long-form content — was great for me, and my audience,” he said on the panel.Making money on IGTV is important, Jibawi said, but “at the moment, I’m at that stage where I’m just having fun and growing.”IGTV allows users to upload videos up to 10 minutes long to their own channel, while select large creators are able to upload videos of up to one hour. Previously, Instagram limited uploaded videos to 60 seconds, and capped Instagram Stories at 15 seconds.Compared with existing “snackable” videos that Instagram users post and share, IGTV content is “a little bit more intentful,” Yuki said, adding that IGTV has been used by a wide span of users ranging from individual users to Hollywood studios.Yuki said IGTV’s early adopters have been finding new ways to take advantage of the vertical-video orientation, which has a more immediate and personal feel than horizontal video. That said, she acknowledged, “The transition to native mobile video… isn’t going to happen overnight.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Instagram isn’t ready yet to reveal how it will turn on the monetization spigots for IGTV, its longer-form video product, but the company promises those will be arriving.“Right now, we’re focused on delivering on what we said we would — connecting you to creators and content you’re most interested in,” said Ashley Yuki, head of product for IGTV, speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit in L.A.However, introducing new money-making and revenue-sharing features to IGTV is “a very important area for us,” Yuki said. “It’s super top-of-mind for us, because we know it takes a lot of time and effort to create this kind of content.” She declined to put a timeline on when IGTV would start testing out monetization.When Instagram launched IGTV in June, it signaled new competition for Google’s YouTube. But until it adds revenue-sharing or other monetization opportunities for creators, IGTV won’t really be a competitive platform.
Journal information: Nature Image taken from the International Space Station over West Africa looking eastwards, showing a ‘river’ of dust being transported towards the Americas by the East African jet stream. Credit: NASA / Norman Kuring / Aqua – MODIS Image taken from the International Space Station over Libya looking in a south-south-westerly direction, showing a dust storm stretching several hundred kilometers across the Sahara. Isolated cumulonimbus clouds are developing within the dust layer. Credit: NASA / ISS – Digital Camera Arrival of a density current made visible by the soil particles it lifts as it progresses, in Hombori, Mali. This phenomenon, which is of a convective nature, is known as a haboob. Photograph taken during the AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis) campaign. Credit: Françoise GUICHARD/Laurent KERGOAT/CNRS Photothèque Simulations suggest global warming will increase strength of winds associated with AEWs 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. (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.S. and France has found evidence of cycles of Saharan dust movement into the atmosphere in the past and has used the information they gathered to predict dust level changes heading into the future. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the nature of their study and why they believe changes in the Sahara could mean more potent Atlantic storms in the future. Explore further More information: Amato T. Evan et al. The past, present and future of African dust, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17149AbstractAfrican dust emission and transport exhibits variability on diurnal to decadal timescales and is known to influence processes such as Amazon productivity, Atlantic climate modes, regional atmospheric composition and radiative balance and precipitation in the Sahel. To elucidate the role of African dust in the climate system, it is necessary to understand the factors governing its emission and transport. However, African dust is correlated with seemingly disparate atmospheric phenomena, including the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, the North Atlantic Oscillation, the meridional position of the intertropical convergence zone, Sahelian rainfall and surface temperatures over the Sahara Desert, all of which obfuscate the connection between dust and climate. Here we show that the surface wind field responsible for most of the variability in North African dust emission reflects the topography of the Sahara, owing to orographic acceleration of the surface flow. As such, the correlations between dust and various climate phenomena probably arise from the projection of the winds associated with these phenomena onto an orographically controlled pattern of wind variability. A 161-year time series of dust from 1851 to 2011, created by projecting this wind field pattern onto surface winds from a historical reanalysis, suggests that the highest concentrations of dust occurred from the 1910s to the 1940s and the 1970s to the 1980s, and that there have been three periods of persistent anomalously low dust concentrations—in the 1860s, 1950s and 2000s. Projections of the wind pattern onto climate models give a statistically significant downward trend in African dust emission and transport as greenhouse gas concentrations increase over the twenty-first century, potentially associated with a slow-down of the tropical circulation. Such a dust feedback, which is not represented in climate models, may be of benefit to human and ecosystem health in West Africa via improved air quality and increased rainfall. This feedback may also enhance warming of the tropical North Atlantic, which would make the basin more suitable for hurricane formation and growth. Wind pulling dust into the atmosphere from the Saharan desert has more of an impact than just making life difficult for the people that live there; it is also responsible for dumping dust particles onto the Amazon rain forest, allowing the forest to exist. It also has a calming impact on storm formation over the Atlantic Ocean—dust particles reflect heat back into the atmosphere. But now, the researchers with this new effort suggest that Saharan dust patterns could be changing. They undertook a study to determine the degree of sand being moved into the air by winds since the mid-19th century and found that there have been cyclical periods of more or less dustiness.To learn more about dust activity in the area, the researchers studied data from NOAAS’s Earth System Research Laboratory, which is based on satellite data and also studied terrain in the area, which allowed for looking back at the impact of wind and sand to approximately the 1850’s. After assimilation and analysis of the data, they found patterns emerging—from the 1910s to the 1940s, for example, there was a period of elevated dustiness, and another during 70s to the 80s. In contrast, there were periods of less dustiness during the 1860s, the 1950s and in the 2000s. They also noted that different weather phenomenon could impact Saharan dust levels, such as the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, the North Atlantic Oscillation and West African Monsoons. The team then used the data they had obtained and input it into climate models to try to predict dust levels heading into the future. The models showed a looming period of less dustinees, due to global warming, which they note, would be beneficial to those living in the area. But it would not be good for the Amazon rain forest, or for people in the America’s as it would suggest more or stronger storms developing over the Atlantic and lashing the shores of landmasses in their path. Citation: Study of Saharan dust offers insights into past and possible impact on future climate change (2016, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-saharan-insights-impact-future-climate.html © 2016 Phys.org Arrival of a density current made visible by the soil particles it lifts as it progresses, in Hombori, Mali. This phenomenon, which is of a convective nature, is known as a haboob. Photograph taken during the AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis) campaign. Credit: Françoise GUICHARD/Laurent KERGOAT/CNRS Photothèque
Showcasing eight seminal contemporary documentaries that explore and examine a wide range of issues including investigative, biographical and first-person stories reflecting the emotion and drama of the human experience, India International Centre is organizing a festival, Stories from Australia – A Festival of Award Winning Films from 17 to 20 July 2013. With a candid glimpse into a domestic issue unknown to even most Australians, the festival will open with Jennifer Crone’s Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Divorce: Aussie Islamic Way. The film portrays how couples with differing social and religious customs go about formally breaking up? This will be followed by Closing Ranks – an extraordinary piece of investigative journalism that examines the process of police internal investigations into one of its own. Then The Wind Changed – recipient of the Walkley Documentary Award 2012 will present an in-depth and personal account of a community recovering from a devastating bush fire, demonstrating both empathy and intelligence in story-telling. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixScarlet Road directed by Catherine Scott and Pat Fiske to be screened on 20 July is an astonishing and illuminating insight about sexuality and disability that is surprising, funny, moving, informative and confronting. The Tall Man, powerful and multi-award winning documentary to be screened on 20 July skillfully examines the circumstances surrounding the death of Cameron Doomadgee who swore at a policeman and died 40 minutes later in a watch-house cell. Filmmaker Rick McPhee will personally present Go Back to Where You Came From – Season 1 on 20 July. It is a ground-breaking three part series that challenges a group of Australians – and through them, the viewer, to imagine what life would be like as a refugee.The festival closes with multiple-award winning film, Mrs Carey’s Concert, a contagious and rousing documentary about the passion that music teacher Karen Carey feels for her music. An inspiring documentary in which all 1200 students of a Sydney girl’s school are required to participate in a classical concert at the Sydney Opera House. Many of these films have been shortlisted for the prestigious annual Walkley Awards, which recognizes excellence in Australian journalism across all mediums of broadcast.
Related posts:Manuel Antonio National Park administration moving to comply with Health Ministry orders Tourism Board invests $1.5 million in lifeguard program for Costa Rican beaches American Airlines expanding service to Costa Rica Costa Rica 101: Visiting Poás Volcano National Park Facebook Comments Jacó, Puntarenas — Jacó Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica due to its relative proximity to San José and its surfing conditions.While not Costa Rica’s prettiest beach, Jacó is plenty scenic, and the best views come from the end of the Miro Mountain trail.The trail starts at the intersection of Calle Madrigal and Route 34, across the street from the gas station. It follows a dirt road that winds uphill to a fork, where you take the left branch onto a sidewalk leading to a beautiful, graffitied, abandoned building. (Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times)The building has three levels to explore and offers excellent views of Jacó Beach and the Pacific Ocean.The out-and-back hike is 2.7 km (about 1.7 miles) in total and is listed as moderately difficult on AllTrails. It’s a popular route for picnickers, dog walkers and bird watchers, and for those who want to get in a morning workout before lounging at the beach.Despite the foot traffic, there’s a good chance of seeing interesting wildlife along the way. During a trip in May, I spotted a small snake, a toucan, poison dart frogs and a sloth.Not bad for such a short hike!
Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “If Democratic leaders are really this worried about fattening up the IRS or adding a new coat of paint to their congressional offices, we can have that discussion, but let’s leave our troops out of it,” McConnell said.The Republicans have upped the ante, saying they want to tack a cybersecurity measure to the defense bill. That would make it tougher for the president to use his veto pen, especially in light of the recent massive hacking attack that might have exposed the personal data of about 4 million federal employees.WHAT DO DEMOCRATS SAY?Democrats say pouring more money in the OCO account is a budget gimmick. They argue that lawmakers can’t choose to break through the spending caps when it comes to defense, but adhere to them when it comes to non-defense domestic spending. They have threatened to block any spending bill, including defense, unless Republicans work with them to modify — or do away with — the unpopular restrictions imposed in 2011.Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid accused McConnell of uttering fiction.“We’re trying to make sure that we have programs in America that support the middle class, support medical research, that support the FBI, our court system,” Reid said. “My friend, the Republican leader, seems to only care about the military.” Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home On Wednesday, the four top Democrats in the Senate sent a letter to Republican leaders asking them to end their push to tack the cybersecurity bill to the defense legislation, which the president has said he’s going to veto. “This is a pure political ploy that does nothing to advance America’s national security,” they wrote.WHAT’S NEXT?Democrats are likely to let the defense policy bill pass, but will block the next round of defense spending bills that actually appropriate the money to the Pentagon and other agencies. That would keep the bills stalled on Capitol Hill with lawmakers’ August recess looming — not to mention the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. That’s the deadline to keep the government operating.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories The OCO account, which pays for the Afghan and Iraq wars, is exempt from congressional spending caps enacted to reduce government deficits. It grew from about $19 billion in 2002 to $187 billion in fiscal 2008 and is slated to be around $90 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.President Barack Obama has threatened to veto spending bills that lock in the spending caps going forward. He says he won’t accept fixes to the defense budgeting problem that don’t also address money spent on domestic programs.WHY SHOULD THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER CARE ABOUT OCO?U.S. defense officials don’t want lawmakers to increase defense spending by putting the money in the OCO account, which is funded year to year and is separate from the core defense budget. They say the Pentagon can’t embark on long-term weapons projects, for instance, if the money they get one year evaporates the next. They would rather see the money in the core budget for defense, but that would require lifting the spending cap. So, for now, they say they’ll take it any way they can get it.WHAT DO REPUBLICANS SAY?Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Wednesday accused Democrats of holding money for American service men and women hostage to efforts to increase non-defense spending. Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has gone loco over OCO, America’s war-fighting spending account.Formally known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, OCO has become a political pressure point that is threatening to stall passage of a more than $610 billion bill that funds the military and other national security programs.The Republican-backed defense policy and spending bills before Congress give President Barack Obama all the money he has requested for defense and they abide by spending caps Congress imposed on itself a few years ago. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
In an attempt to increase visitors to the country, Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will focus on ecotourism. Myanmar will open a new ecotourism site, near Oaktwin and Pauk Khaung townships, in the Bago Yoma forest later this year.Myanmar currently has 21 ecotourism sites, which include 16 existing sites and a handful of underdeveloped ones, as well as 13 community-based tourism projects in Sagaing, Mandalay, Magwe and Yangon regions and Shan, Karenni and Kachin states.Marine Tourism is also opening up on the Myeik archipelago. The country is now promoting the archipelago, which lies in the far south of the country. The area is emerging as an attractive destination for travellers who have already visited Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon.Ecotourism and community-based tourism are now strong marketing trends used to attract tourists and Myanmar has already considerable experience in homestay and community-linked tourism.
Archbishop Chrysostomos has been discharged from hospital where he had undergone surgery to remove a tumour from his large intestine, it was announced on Thursday.According to a Church statement, the archbishop’s condition is good and he is recovering fast.“I am very well and doctors who undertook my treatment are excellent scientists,” the head of the Church of Cyprus said. “Nevertheless, we must accept both the good and the bad in our lives. God loves us much more than we love Him. We shall overcome. God bless.”The operation was carried out at the Areteion private hospital in Nicosia. The 77-year-old Chrysostomos returned to the archbishopric in the early hours of Thursday.You May LikeHabit TribeOver 55? These Foods Open Up ArteriesHabit TribeUndoBrowserguides.com for BraveA Browser that’s 200% Faster than ChromeBrowserguides.com for BraveUndoUpRight GOThis Little Device Improves Your Posture In Just 2 Weeks!UpRight GOUndo From space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola