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BC cities join global movement asking oil companies for climate change costs

BC cities join global movement asking oil companies for climate change costs

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Staff and contractors in Victoria have been crunching the numbers on climate change costs for the coastal city and it’s not looking good, the mayor says.Lisa Helps says based on a report commissioned by the regional government in 2015, storm surges combined with a one-metre rise in sea level, which is projected by the year 2100, could result in business disruption losses of $415,557 per day.Victoria was one of the first municipalities in British Columbia to pen a letter to oil and gas companies last year asking them to chip in to cover growing bills in proportion to their emissions. “The people of Whistler need to tell the truth: that they are using Alberta gas for their cars, for their petrochemical products, and they’re using our oil and it’s time to smarten up,” he told the rally.Crompton apologized in a Facebook video last week.Governments in other parts of the world are trying different tactics.Several cities in the United States, including New York and San Francisco, have tried unsuccessfully to sue major oil companies over climate change.In the Philippines, the Commission on Human Rights has an ongoing investigation into a complaint filed against 47 coal, oil, gas and cement companies.Greenpeace says it’s the world’s first human rights investigation into corporate responsibility for climate change and was launched in response to complaints from typhoon survivors, advocates and community groups.While there’s no monetary element to the investigation, Greenpeace said it could set a precedent for other legal cases relating to climate change liability.In Ontario, the legislature has twice debated a private member’s bill intended to clarify the rules around suing fossil fuel companies. The bill was killed by the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford.Greenpeace Canada said it’s working on a tool kit for local governments considering launching a legal challenge to fossil fuel companies similar to those in the United States.“We’ll be encouraging cities across the country, and I’ll personally ask the City of Toronto, to launch this kind of a case,” said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada.Stewart pointed to a city staff report that found between 2000 and 2012, Toronto experienced three one-in-100-year rain storms and it said the city would continue to experience extreme weather events.“This wave of climate lawsuits, which have just picked up speed in the last couple of years, is not going to go away,” Stewart said.Whether the letter writing campaign will be effective beyond raising awareness has yet to be seen.Since Victoria sent 19 letters to the largest fossil fuel companies in the world, none of which Helps said were Canadian, it has received only one response.Shell Canada responded on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell in a letter that did not commit to any payment but highlighted the companies support for emissions goals as outlined in the Paris Agreement and “billions of dollars” it has invested in low carbon and renewable energies.It also highlighted its Quest project, launched in Edmonton in 2015, as an example, saying it reduces carbon dioxide emissions from oil sands operations by more than one million tonnes per year.“These are a few examples of the actions we are taking today, recognizing that the global energy transition will span decades, moving at different paces and producing different outcomes in different countries depending on local factors,” says the letter signed by president Michael Crothers.“We welcome efforts toward constructive, collaborative action as we collectively attempt to address this complex global challenge.” It is joining local governments around the world in seeking some relief.“We’re actively working through our climate leadership plan to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but in the interim there are real costs to taxpayers,” Helps said in an interview.“It’s pretty fair to say ‘You caused this, you need to help us mitigate the cost,’ even as we all, energy companies and cities, work toward a renewable energy future.”West Coast Environmental Law, which has driven the campaign in B.C., says 16 local councils have voted to write letters to fossil fuel companies. The most recent was West Vancouver, which voted last week.“It’s been increasing in momentum,” said Andrew Gage, the organization’s staff lawyer.It’s not about handing the entire bill to fossil fuel producers, but seeking a reasonable contribution relative to a company’s pollution, he said.center_img “No one is saying the individual consumer bears no responsibility, it’s a question of what the relative responsibility is,” he said.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers declined comment, saying that since the letters are sent directly to companies, it considers the issue “company specific.” Shell and Exxon Mobil, two of the largest oil companies in the world, did not respond to requests for comment.The campaign has largely flown under the radar until recently when the resort town of Whistler in B.C. drew the ire of Alberta for sending one of the letters to Calgary-based oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Last weekend, Alberta’s economic development and trade minister, Deron Bilous, took a dig at Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton while speaking at a pro-oil rally in Grand Prairie.last_img read more

Witness sees Fowler and Deese arguing with man on Alaska Highway

Witness sees Fowler and Deese arguing with man on Alaska Highway

first_imgHull went on to say, “If you just get a bad feeling, and that’s what I had, you just don’t stop.”9News went on to say Hull has given a statement to police and will work with a sketch artist.The night before Lucas Fowler and his gf were found dead beside their van, Alandra saw the couple in a heated exchange with a bearded man in the middle of the Alaska Highway. She says couple seemed bothered and mystery man had walked towards them from his grey car.@9NewsAUS pic.twitter.com/PdWif8ctiI— Alexis Daish (@LexiDaish) July 21, 2019The RCMP will be holding a press conference on Monday and will hopefully release more details about the case. On Friday, the RCMP released photos of the van that they believe was being driven by Folwer and Deese.The RCMP are still looking for more information about the van, where the couple had been leading up to July 14 and 15 and any dashcam video taken in the area of the Liard River Hotsprings.The RCMP haven’t ruled out if a burnt vehicle and a body found near Dease Lake is connected to the double homicide near the Liard River Hotsprings, but they also haven’t ruled out if there is a connection between the two cases. FORT NELSON, B.C. – A contractor working on the Alaska Highway says she saw a bearded man arguing with the couple murdered near the Liard River Hotsprings.According to 9News from Australia, construction worker Alandra Hull saw Fowler and Deese the night before their bodies were found talking to a man and the couple looked “frustrated or something.”In the story shared by 9News, Hull went on to say the bearded man was standing in the middle of the highway and the two victims were next to the van. The RCMP have acknowledged there is community concerns with two ongoing homicide investigations in Northern B.C. The Dease Lake incident occurred on July 19, 2019, and the other incident near Liard River Hotsprings occurred between July14-15, 2019, approximately 470 kilometres away.At this time, investigators are sharing information and police would like to ensure awareness around both investigations. The RCMP would ask the public to continue to take any general safety precautions and remain vigilant at this time. We also remind travellers to share your plans with family and friends, establish check-in times and notify someone if your plans change.For more on the case out of Dease Lake, click here.last_img read more

Markets climb on Fed action

Markets climb on Fed action

The Toronto stock market charged ahead for a second session Friday as traders continued to react enthusiastically to an aggressive stimulus program from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 144.24 points to 12,504.4 while the TSX Venture Exchange was up 9.77 points to 1,312.67.The Canadian dollar moved off the highs of the morning amid soft manufacturing data while traders took some profits from a sharp runup over the last week. The loonie was off 0.24 of a cent to 103.03 cents US, which is still a 12-month high. It had earlier been up about half a U.S. cent as the American dollar weakened.The loonie had surged well over 2 1/2 cents over the last week as the European Central Bank announced a plan to purchase government bonds in order to keep eurozone borrowing costs under control and speculation mounted the Fed would act to support a slowing economy — as it did on Thursday.U.S. indexes were higher a day after the Fed delivered on those expectations when it announced it will spend US$40 billion a month on a new round of bond purchases and will continue to do so until the job market shows substantial improvement.“The one element of this that I wasn’t sure they would go ahead with was making this open-ended,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“And what it also does is remove the question of what will they do next — they’re telling you, OK, this is in place ’til the cows come home or unemployment hits seven per cent, (currently over eight per cent) whichever comes first pretty much.”The money will be spent on mortgage-backed securities to keep interest rates low, encourage lending and support the slow recovery of the housing sector.The Dow Jones industrials were off session highs, but still up 38.01 points to 13,577.87 after jumping 207 points Thursday. The Nasdaq composite index advanced 30.01 points to 3,185.84, while the S&P 500 index gained 5.87 points to 1,465.86.The Fed has been under pressure to act because the U.S. economy is still growing too slowly to reduce high unemployment. Data for August released a week ago showed the economy unable to meet even modest expectations for job creation with employers adding just 96,000 positions.Meanwhile, new data suggested that American consumers remain pessimistic. The Commerce Department reported Friday that retail sales increased in August to a seasonally adjusted 0.9 per cent, but that’s largely due to higher gasoline prices.There were also soft industrial data from the U.S. and Canada. U.S. industrial production fell 1.2 per cent in August, the biggest monthly drop in more than three years.And Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales fell 1.5 per cent to $48.3 billion in July, the third decrease in five months. Declines in production of transportation equipment, including aerospace products and motor vehicles, were largely responsible for the overall drop.Commodities rose sharply as the Fed program raised demand prospects for riskier assets such as oil and metals.“Everything here is betting on risk-on trades continuing to work,” added Gorman.The base metals sector led advancers, up 4.76 per cent as the rally in copper prices continued with the December contract up 12 cents to US$3.83 a pound.Copper, viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries, has surged 18 cents this past week. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) rose $1.87 to $33.31 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 84 cents to $23.62.Railroads advanced alongside commodity stocks with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) up $2.06 to $85.22.Bullion was ahead $4.10 to US$1,776.20 an ounce following a jump of almost $40 on Thursday as the Fed program raised inflation concerns. The TSX gold sector gained about 2.3 per cent and Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) climbed 73 cents to $41.05 and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was 85 cents higher to $44.85.Geopolitical worries also drove oil prices higher as a wave of anti-American protests in the Mideast raised supply concerns.Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital Thursday. Ongoing clashes have been taking place around the U.S. mission in Cairo, and the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed Tuesday.The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 83 cents to US$99.14, pushing the energy sector up 2.1 per cent. Suncor Energy improved by $1.24 to $34.42 while Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) improved by 88 cents to $33.70.Financials rose 1.1 per cent with Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ahead 54 cents to $12.68 while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) climbed 36 cents to $53.80.Telecoms led decliners with Telus (TSX:T) down 81 cents to $60.89.In corporate news, Talisman Energy Inc., (TSX:TLM) which switched CEOs earlier this week, plans to wind down its operations in Peru. It says that despite the company’s success in finding light oil in a property called Block 64, it was unable to build a big enough position there. Talisman shares gained 52 cents to $14.50.Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX:MBT) said Thursday it is launching a strategic review of its Allstream business division, opening up the possibility of a sale of the business. The company said recent changes by Ottawa to allow increased foreign investment in smaller telecoms have created an opportunity to consider a full range of alternatives.Allstream provides Internet Protocol services such as voice and data to businesses in Canada and parts of the United States and has said growth in the division will be led by such services. MTS shares gained 41 cents to $33.99. read more

Relief operations in Myanmars Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fund

Relief operations in Myanmars Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fund

This is the third allocation of funds from CERF for urgent humanitarian operations in Rakhine state following inter-communal violence that erupted there in June and October 2012, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The violence led to large-scale internal displacement and a marked increase in people fleeing by boat from the region, OCHA Myanmar said in a news release. “The violence caused not only displacement, but also a loss of life, livelihoods and property.”Currently, the UN estimates there are more than 140,000 people displaced throughout the state.“Thanks to CERF’s immediate funding, humanitarian agencies are able to respond in a decisive manner to provide urgent life-saving aid such as emergency shelter, improved sanitation, water facilities, and healthcare. However, additional funding is still needed to meet all the needs,” said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ashok Nigam.The latest allocation brings the total CERF disbursement for the humanitarian situation in Rakhine to more than $15 million since June 2012. The $5 million will go towards the activities of four UN agencies and their humanitarian partners so they can carry out activities in health, shelter, water and sanitation. It is especially timely, as UN agencies prepare to step up operations ahead of the monsoon rains in June.Since its launch in 2006, CERF has provided $76 million in response to disasters and underfunded emergencies in Myanmar, with Rakhine state receiving $37 million.CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors. read more

Ceremony to be rescheduled for Brock sculpture

Ceremony to be rescheduled for Brock sculpture

Brock University is postponing a planned Oct. 9 unveiling ceremony for a new sculpture of Sir Isaac Brock, because of delays in the final steps of creating the artwork.Officials had been told to expect the sculpture on campus by the end of September, and were preparing for an Oct. 9 unveiling. However, completing the bronze casting is taking longer than was forecast, and the piece will not be arriving until later in the fall.A new date for the dedication ceremony will be announced in the near future, once the sculpture’s completion date can be confirmed.The artist, Danek Mozdzenski of Edmonton, has been overseeing the casting process at an Oregon foundry that specializes in sculpture work. In June 2013, Mozdzenski won the commission to create the likeness of the War of 1812 hero who is the University’s namesake. When it does arrive, the major piece of public art will have a prominent home on campus, in the new Isaac Brock Plaza in front of the University’s main tower.The $1.2-million project is being paid for by a gift from businessman David S. Howes, a long-time supporter of the University and past chair of its Board of Trustees. read more

Aaron Crafts 3pointer lifts Ohio State past Iowa State 7875

Aaron Crafts 3pointer lifts Ohio State past Iowa State 7875

DAYTON – In the middle of an arena packed to the rafters with crazed fans standing anxiously, on a court with defenders eyeing him and teammates yelling for the ball, Aaron Craft remained calm. The score of the third-round NCAA Tournament game between No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 10 seed Iowa State was tied, 75-75, with the shot clock off and the contest’s final seconds ticking down. Craft dribbled the ball just outside the right wing, with Georges Niang, a freshman forward, isolated on him. “Give me the ball!” shouted junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who clapped twice after screaming at his junior point guard from the top of the key. “I’m open! I’m open!” roared junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who stood unguarded in the right corner. Craft waved them off. He had run the play coach Thad Matta drew up in the huddle – a pick-and-roll intended to free Thomas for an open look – but Iowa State doubled the junior forward, meaning a big man was left to defend OSU’s rosy-cheeked floor leader. “He made the right read. (Thomas) was going to have to catch it with his back to the basket. I was fine with it. I’ve said from day one, I’ll live with any decision that kid makes,” Matta said. Craft waited until the game clock reached three, dribbled hard to the 3-point line, rose up, and fired a shot. Swish. Following a late desperation heave from the Cyclones, that wouldn’t have counted if it had gone in, OSU had reached its fourth straight Sweet 16, upending Iowa State, 78-75, at the University of Dayton Arena Sunday afternoon. Craft, who scored 18 total points, received a hug from each of his teammates. The fans in attendance – most of whom were Buckeyes fans – cheered and jumped in jubilation. In a West Region where the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds had already been eliminated, OSU remained alive in its hunt for a second-consecutive Final Four berth. “I think it’s a great way to win like this. Every game can’t be a blowout. The fact that we won this game gives us a lot of momentum headed to LA,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. Waiting for the Buckeyes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is No. 6 seed Arizona, a squad Matta called “loaded,” and “the best team on the West Coast.” For long stretches of the game Sunday, though, OSU’s spot in the West Region’s semi-finals was in serious doubt. The Cyclones jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, making the Buckeyes look flustered and nervous. OSU settled for contested jumpers on the offensive end and gave up open shots on defense. “Settle down,” Craft barked to his teammates. OSU fought back, going on a 12-2 run sparked by Scott’s play off the bench. The sophomore guard, however, was called for a technical foul after an and-one layup in transition when he tossed the basketball at an Iowa State defender. The Buckeyes’ momentum halted, and OSU scraped into halftime with a 38-36 lead. Out of the break, the Buckeyes looked like they had taken control of the contest. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross had a 10-point stretch midway through the final half, pushing OSU to a 69-56 lead with 6:04 remaining. “I think coming off the bench I have an advantage because I get to watch the pace of the game,” Ross said, who totaled 17 points. “I was able to come in the game and set a few screens for Aaron and get open.” Iowa State then rattled off 13 straight points and took the lead on a 3-pointer from the right corner by senior guard Tyrus McGee with 3:23 left. “Their coach had a great game plan with us, pinning us down with their bigs against the basket and getting their guards out,” Scott said. The Cyclones, who had four players in double figures, made 12 3-pointers on the day, including five from redshirt senior guard Korie Lucious, a transfer from Michigan State. “I think they’re probably the best 3-point shooting team we’ve ever played against,” Scott said. While the Buckeyes looked like they were wavering during Iowa State’s second-half run, the players insist they were not. One aspect of the game they did falter in, admittedly, was toughness. Iowa State out-rebounded OSU, 36-22, repeatedly getting second chance opportunities at the offensive end. “For a little segment there, they were the tougher team,” Smith said. OSU and Iowa State traded free throws and baskets in the game’s final minutes. Craft, the game’s hero, was at times the scapegoat for a potential loss, as he missed two critical free throws down the stretch. “I was just trying to stay focused and poised. I did some things down the stretch I normally don’t do,” Craft said. With 58 seconds left and the ball in the hands of Iowa State and the game tied, 75-75, Thomas did something he normally doesn’t do, too. This rare occurrence, however, benefited the Buckeyes, as the junior forward forced a Cyclones turnover, giving OSU the ball back. “People always talk about my defense, questioning it, but it was a great defensive stop,” Thomas said, who led OSU with 22 points. I was on (Niang), and they were running that play all game and they scored four points off of it. So I was like, I know they’re going to run this play, and they ran it. I saw a guy run up and I just went over there and got the ball and got the steal.” Craft got the ball and missed a jumper from the right wing, but Iowa State tipped the ball out of bounds. Following a timeout from Matta, Craft, with the confidence of his teammates, knocked down the game-winning shot. “As long as it wasn’t him on the free throw line at that point, I was like, ‘Man, he’s going to make that shot,’” Smith said with a smile. “Big-time players step up and make plays at the end of the game.” Craft’s reaction to the made bucket surprised one of his teammates. “When we made the shot, he didn’t even get excited. He was just like, ‘Play D! Play D!’” Thomas said. “That’s the thing about Craft, we love him, he works on and off the court, and you need a guy like that on your side.” OSU and Arizona will play Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. read more

Nichelle Prince puts Buckeyes over the top in her home return against

Nichelle Prince puts Buckeyes over the top in her home return against

OSU then-junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) during a game against Butler on Nov. 14 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter two weeks on the road, the Ohio State women’s soccer team returned home to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to face the Texas Longhorns in senior forward Nichelle Prince’s first home game since the Rio Olympics.Prince played for team Canada and took home the bronze in the XXXI Olympiad.At the end of Friday’s game, the Buckeyes were glad to have Prince back up front.OSU trailed since the third minute of the game after a goal when Longhorns sophomore forward Alexa Adams put one past redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker. But in the 59th minute Prince earned a penalty kick and finished inside the right post to knot the game at one apiece.Six minutes into overtime, Prince struck again with a header into the back of the net off of a cross from senior forward Lindsay Agnew, sealing a 2-1 victory for the Buckeyes over the Longhorns.OSU coach Lori Walker didn’t anticipate the game going quite like this. “No disrespect to Texas, but I think this is about as poor as I’ve seen our team play in the first half,” said Walker, “There was a lot of things we weren’t doing… we did not play the way Ohio State knows how to play, and we found a way to win anyways.”Agnew shared the sentiment with Walker.“I don’t think today we played our best soccer,” said Agnew. “It doesn’t always have to be super pretty, and we just got it done and that’s all that really matters. Texas brought a really good team, and they beat us to the ball more.”Prince took little time to readjust to college soccer after playing in the Olympics, but notes that there are some differences in how the sport is played.“At international level it’s very structured, and you kind of have a structured play… here you have a little more freedom, you get to be more creative,” Prince said.Prince also said there was a large difference in the crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as compared to the thousands of international fans in Rio. Nevertheless, she was overjoyed to be greeted excitedly by her teammates after nine months of being away.On Monday, September 12, the Buckeyes will take on No. 7 Brigham Young in Columbus. read more

A robot the size of your hand will compete in the Hawaii

A robot the size of your hand will compete in the Hawaii

first_imgCompeting in a triathlon is one of the most physically grueling things a person can do. However, for Panasonic’s Evolta robot, it should be a piece of cake. The adorable robot is the size of your hand and will be embarking on the 230-kilometer-long Ironman Triathlon course in Hawaii starting on October 24.The Evolta will have three different bodies and three rechargeable batteries for the swimming, cycling, and running portions of the race. The robot is about one-tenth the height of a grown man, so he’s getting 10 times longer to finish the race than a normal person. The 20-inch Evolta will have 168 hours to complete the course.This isn’t the first physical test of endurance the tiny humanoid has attempted. Back in September of 2010 the Evolta trekked over 300 miles across Japan from Tokyo to Kyoto. Before that, the Evolta rode a miniature tricycle in the 24-hour-long Le Mans race, normally raced by sports cars, which set a Guinness world record for the greatest distance traveled by a remote-controlled car. And back in May of 2008, the adorable little robot climbed the more than 1,700 vertical feet of the Grand Canyon in nearly 7 hours.This is the first time the Evolta will be swimming instead of pedaling or running, and creating a version of the robot that was waterproof and mold-proof was not an easy task. However, the robot’s creator, Tomotaka Takahashi was able to create a version that could be mounted on a fin-like blade. As you can see in the video below, with his arms stretched out, the little robot whizzes through the water.The Evolta robot was originally created to promote Panasonic’s EVOLTA AA cell batteries. The triathlon version of the Evolta will use rechargeable AA batteries that can be recharged up to 1,800 times by being placed on a recharger pad. If the Evolta is successful, Panasonic officials are hoping it could convince customers that the quality of its batteries is top notch. The rechargeable batteries go on sale in Japan on October 21.via Reuterslast_img read more

Gooch the mascot Corofin and Dr Crokes 1992 match revisited and the

Gooch the mascot Corofin and Dr Crokes 1992 match revisited and the

first_imgFor Silke, comparisons with club preparations now to those days in the early 90′s are futile.““The current Corofin squad are much more sophisticated, much more organised than we were in 1991. These guys have won four-in-a-row now, which is poor for Galway football at many levels but that’s not Corofin’s fault.“Corofin at the moment aren’t judging their success by winning the county title. I’m sure Dr Crokes are similar. The professionalism of club sides now is huge with things like video analysis.“Corofin went down to Limerick for a weekend, I’m sure Crokes did the same. Someone said to me, top club level now is probably similar enough to inter-county in some counties.”There’s a strong desire to succeed fueling both squads. For veterans like Kieran Fitzgerald and Alan Burke on the Corofin side, Cooper and Eoin Brosnan in the Dr Crokes camp, there is a realisation that these opportunities are more precious at this stage of their careers.You don’t have to look far for family links to 1992. Gavin O’Shea’s father Pat and Johnny Buckley’s father Mike both triumphed 25 years ago. Now they serve as manager and selector respectively.Vince Casey’s nephew Daithi won the AIB Munster club footballer of the year award after his pre-Christmas exploits for Dr Crokes. Eddie ‘Tatler’ O’Sullivan, a Dr Crokes figurehead who steered the managerial reins for the All-Ireland club win, is a current selector.For Corofin, Ray Silke and his brother Brian – who’d rehabilitated from a broken leg – played in that semi-final loss to Tuam. Brian’s sons Cathal and Liam now anchor the defence.Ollie Burke and Eddie Steede were corner-back and full-forward back then, tomorrow their sons Ian and Ronan will have a critical influence.And then there’s Gerry Burke, the veteran star of the 1998 success, whose son Daithi dovetails between producing powerful displays for Corofin and winning All-Stars for his Galway hurling shows. Daithi Burke in action for Galway in last year’s All-Ireland senior semi-final Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOThe two clubs haven’t encountered each other at senior level at since, not even on the challenge game circuit. But Vince Casey has witnessed the capabilities of Corofin up close.“I remember I was in charge of the U14 Féile team, which Daithi (Casey) and Johnny Buckley were playing in. 2003 it was.“And we played Corofin in the first game up in Galway. Jeez I remember it, they hammered us, they beat us off the pitch.“Ever since they’ve been strong and I’m sure some of those Corofin lads are still playing. For us it’s brilliant to be back at this stage.”“We’re up at the top range now with these clubs,” says Silke.“If there’s 10 top clubs in Ireland, these four (including St Vincent’s and Slaughtneil) are definitely in the top ten.“There’s no effort being spared in order to try and get the club back to Croke Park. (Dr) Crokes are a fine side, a lot of county players.“They’re one of the marquee sides in club football. They’ll want this just as badly.”– First published 18.30, 10 FebruaryThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Gooch the mascot, Corofin and Dr Crokes 1992 match revisited, and the Patrick’s Day prize The Galway and Kerry champions meet for only the second time tomorrow. Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 7:27 AM Image: INPHO Strong support for petition to stop TG4 axing Seó Spóirt as GAA stars criticise decisionBouncing back from being cut by Kerry to Dr Crokes All-Ireland club bid Ambrose O’Donovan shows Dr Crokes dejection in 2014 Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThe glaring difference is this group of Corofin players managed to enter the winners enclosure on St Patrick’s Day two years ago, whereas Dr Crokes have found the semi-final stage to be the graveyard of their ambitions.Casey believes parallels can be drawn between both clubs.“Both teams really have similar profiles. I think if you were looking at what stands out in relation to both clubs, there are similarities between them.“They have put a huge amount of resources and emphasis on their underage structure and we would have done similar.” Short URL http://the42.ie/3233467 Corofin’s Daithi Burke and Dr Crokes Colm Cooper aim for St Patrick’s Day. Image: INPHO IN 1992 COLM Cooper sampled an All-Ireland football final adventure for the first time.He was eight years of age. His formative football days shifted between kicking ball in Ardshanavooly in the heart of Killarney and getting a front-row view of the Dr Crokes senior team training on the Lewis Road.His brothers were involved, Danny centre-forward in that St Patrick’s Day decider and Mark amongst the subs.Colm was the prime candidate to be mascot on club final day in Croke Park. Before the Dr Crokes team took to the pitch, a steward firmly informed them that no mascots were allowed.Goalkeeper Peter O’Brien – a neighbour and the man who bestowed the nickname ‘Gooch’ upon the future multi All-Ireland winner – ran out and kept the youngster close to him. The rest of the team followed and in the warm-up, the mascot helped test the netminder between the posts.“The mascot only came in for the All-Ireland final,” laughed Vince Casey, full-forward on that team.“He was with us alright all year, that was a good breeding ground for him. He was up kicking ball around training sessions.“Colm just had a love for the game. He used to be taking shots on Peter above in the estate, that’s where a lot of the interest came from.“It was Peter gave him the nickname (but) Peter used to have a nickname for everyone.” Former Dr Crokes joint manager Vince Casey Source: Gerry McManus/INPHODr Crokes staved off Dublin’s Thomas Davis by a single point in that final. They’d reached the summit of All-Ireland club football. Ever since they’ve been trying to get back there but have hit frustrating roadblocks.Tomorrow is the opportunity to take another major step towards ending that barren run. All-Ireland club semi-final day and Galway’s Corofin await in the Gaelic Grounds.They’re two of the national club heavyweights, frequently demonstrating Gaelic football excellence in their bases in East Kerry and North Galway.But tomorrow is only their second championship meeting, 25 years after they last crossed paths on the last four stage.Before they would conquer Thomas Davis in the final, Dr Crokes plotted a route to Tuam Stadium on 1 March 1992 to face Corofin. In those days, there were no neutral venue choices.“I don’t know how the format was that way,” stated Casey.“Salthill beat us the year before. We played them in the Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney and it was amazing that it was Connacht Munster again in 1992.“What I remember really was the goals we got early in the game. We got three goals in the first half and that’s what I think set it up for us really.“They came back at us in the second half and Peter O’Brien made one particularly good save. You never take games for granted but we’d a comfortable lead going in at half-time.” Irish Independent, 2 March 1992 Source: Irish News ArchiveNow Corofin are accustomed to the club championship spotlight. Back then it was new and different for them.“Lads mightn’t like it but we were a bit naive,” recalled Ray Silke, the 1998 Galway All-Ireland winning captain.“Corofin hadn’t won a county title since ‘77 to ‘91. So it’s 14 years since we’d won it previously and it was the club’s first Connacht title ever (in 1991).“So we were fairly green behind the ears. I think our preparation wasn’t as sophisticated as it became later and it’s at a different level now entirely obviously.”Silke remembers the Corofin team being buried under the avalanche of early goals. Seeing their goalkeeper and county man Martin McNamara sent-off for the penalty that yielded Dr Crokes third goal, applied salt to their raw wounds.“For that penalty it was bizarre, I think Gerry Burke our midfielder went in goal for that. It was a bridge too far for Corofin. That was my feeling.“They were a good fine side. I remember John Galvin at centre-back, Vince Casey, Pat O’Shea. The game was over by half-time.“It’s a surprise that two such prominent clubs haven’t met since considering how many times Corofin have come out (of Galway).” Cork Examiner, 2 March 1992 Source: Irish News ArchiveDr Crokes won 3-4 to 1-5 at the end. Corofin watched them go on to prosper as they lifted the Andy Merrigan Cup. They came back four years later and slugged it out with Laune Rangers on a wretched day in Ennis.Another semi-final defeat, this time by 0-8 to 0-6. Eventually the pain of those defeats to Kerry opponents was channeled towards success in 1998. Ray Silke and Corofin finally triumphed in 1998 Source: © INPHO“What we said to ourselves is both teams that have beaten us, have gone on to win the All-Ireland club, so maybe we’re not that far away,” outlined Silke.In 1998 they had their day in the sun against Dublin opponents, 0-15 to 0-10 victors against Erins Isle. They’d added a few players since 1992 but the core of that side remained and experience told.39-year-old midfielder Gerry Burke was immense and kicked three splendid points off his left. He was man-of-the-match and captain Silke got to lift the cup on the Hogan Stand. Irish Independent, 18 March 1998 Source: Irish Newspaper ArchiveAs they prepare to renew acquaintances, Corofin and Dr Crokes both find themselves in the midst of trophy-laden eras.Consider their respective senior football championship records over the past decade.Corofin7 Galway SFC titles from 8 final appearances.4 Connacht SFC titles from 6 final appearances.2 All-Ireland semi-final losses (Kilmacud Crokes 2009 and St Galls 2010).1 All-Ireland final win (Slaughtneil 2015). By Fintan O’Toole Corofin’s Daithi Burke and Dr Crokes Colm Cooper aim for St Patrick’s Day. Michael Farragher was the Corofin winning captain in 2015 Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHODr Crokes5 Kerry SFC titles from 6 final appearances.4 Munster SFC titles from 5 final appearances.3 All-Ireland semi-final losses (Crossmaglen Rangers 2012, Ballymun Kickhams 2013 and Castlebar Mitchels 2014). 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Nasa aucun dégât sur Discovery après la chute dun outil

Nasa aucun dégât sur Discovery après la chute dun outil

first_imgNasa : aucun dégât sur Discovery après la chute d’un outilLa navette américaine Discovery ne semble présenter aucun dégât matériel après la chute d’un outil utilisé par un des techniciens au niveau du réservoir externe. Les pièces qui s’étaient détachées ont été retrouvées.Actuellement, des équipes techniques de la Nasa interviennent sur Discovery pour remplacer un joint d’étanchéité du système de remplissage du réservoir externe de la navette. C’est au cours de cette intervention qu’un technicien a laissé échapper un outil (une jauge d’épaisseur) comprenant 13 pièces de métal. LeMonde.fr rapporte que toutes les pièces qui s’étaient détachées ont pu être retrouvées.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe décollage prévu le 24 février n’a donc pas été, cette fois-ci, ajourné. En effet, de multiples retards ont jusque-là repoussé le lancement de Discovery, initialement programmé le 5 novembre 2010. Après trois mois d’investigations pour comprendre l’origine des fissures qui avaient empêché le décollage, la navette semble fin prête.Cependant, des responsables de la Nasa et des sous-traitants de l’orbiteur doivent encore venir vérifier l’état de Discovery et du système des réacteurs tout en rendant visite à l’équipage qui montera à bord et aux équipes au sol.Ce n’est que le 18 février que l’autorisation de décollage sera officielle. Il s’agira du dernier vol de Discovery, le plus vieil orbiteur de l’agence spatiale américaine.Le 11 février 2011 à 18:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WD TV Live une application iOS et Android pour le piloter

WD TV Live une application iOS et Android pour le piloter

first_imgWD TV Live: une application iOS et Android pour le piloterWestern Digital propose une application pour sa passerelle multimédia, permettant de transformer votre smartphone en une télécommande tactile.WD TV Remote est une application disponible sur iOS et Android et compatible avec les passerelles multimédia de la marque Western Digital, le WD TV Live et le WD TV Live Hub. Ces appareils permettent d’accéder au contenu multimédia de votre ordinateur, de vos disques durs externes ou encore de très nombreux services en ligne comme YouTube, Dailymotion, Deezer, Spotify, Netflix et d’autres encore, note Challenges.À lire aussiAndroid Jelly Bean 4.3 : le futur système d’exploitation de Google se dévoile sur le netLa télécommande fournie avec ces petits appareils est très agréable à prendre en main et bien conçue mais il lui manque encore une fonctionnalité qu’elle ne peut pas intégrer: un clavier. En effet, l’interface est suffisamment ergonomique pour consulter ses films, mais dès que vient le moment de taper du texte dans une barre de recherche, la situation devient vite insupportable a devoir chercher les lettres une par une pendant de longues minutes.C’est là l’avantage de WD TV Remote, qui apporte enfin le confort des claviers tactiles des deux systèmes d’Apple et Google. Mais l’interface reprend les grandes lignes de la télécommande et tous ces boutons principaux. Aucune configuration n’est nécessaire, le boitier et le smartphone se répondent parfaitement une fois connectés sur le même réseau WiFi.Pour fonctionner, il vous faudra installer la dernière mise à jour demandée par le boitier à l’allumage. Les applications sont disponibles gratuitement sur l’App Store et l’Android Market.Le 23 décembre 2011 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

JeanBernard Lévy le nouvel atout de SFR pour contrer Free Mobile

JeanBernard Lévy le nouvel atout de SFR pour contrer Free Mobile

first_imgJean-Bernard Lévy, le nouvel atout de SFR pour contrer Free MobileSFR a annoncé, lundi 26 mars, le départ de son PDG, Frank Esser. Remplacé par Jean-Bernard Lévy, il occupait ces fonctions depuis 2002. Jean-Bernard Lévy est donc le nouveau PDG de SFR, néanmoins son mandat ne devrait être que temporaire. Il conserve cependant son poste de président du directoire de Vivendi.À 57 ans, ce polytechnicien (École Polytechnique puis Télécom ParisTech) est notamment passé par France Télécom et la Direction générale des télécommunications avant d’être appelé chez Vivendi par Jean-René Fourtou, il y a dix ans.Ce parisien, fils d’un médecin et d’une professeur de lettres, est également passé par la politique. En effet, dans les années 80, il a occupé le poste de directeur de cabinet de Gérard Longuet au Ministère de l’Industrie sous Balladur.Dans les années 90, ce père de quatre enfants, marié à une biologiste, ajoute les Échos, est nommé PDG de Matra Communications. Il passera également quelques années chez Oddo et Cie, une société spécialisée dans la gestion du capital.Plus récemment, Jean-Bernard Lévy n’a pas perdu son temps. Prédisent du directoire de Vivendi depuis sept ans, il a également été nommé président du conseil d’administration de l’Institut de Mines-Télécom par Nicolas Sarkozy, précise PCInpact . Il est aussi administrateur de l’Electronic Business Group (EBG), présidé par Stéphane Richard, PDG de… France Télécom Orange !À lire aussiExpérimentation à Saint-Étienne : La 4G s’embrouille avec la TNT ? S’ajoute à ces fonctions celles de membre du conseil d’administration de NBC Universal depuis 2004, de Vinci, de l’Institut Pasteur depuis 2007 et de la Société Générale depuis 2009. Fin mars 2012, il a donc accepté le poste de PDG chez SFR, en remplacement de Frank Esser.Somme toute, un parcours déjà bien complet pour cet habitué de l’Opéra de Paris et du Festival d’Aix, qui n’hésite pas à aller décompresser en famille sur les pistes de Val d’Isère ou dans sa ferme du Vexin, souligne les Échos.Le 27 mars 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Smart Specs Autofocus Near or Far

Smart Specs Autofocus Near or Far

first_img For the love of science, stop cluttering your house with cheap plastic reading glasses.Engineers at the University of Utah developed smart specs with liquid-based adaptive lenses that automatically focus on whatever a person sees—near or far.Not yet ready for primetime, the technology could one day replace ready readers: over-the-counter frames that offer clearer vision to people with presbyopia and hyperopia. But the non-prescription magnifiers are only a temporary fix.“Most people who get reading glasses have to put them on and take them off all the time,” University of Utah instructor Carlos Mastrangelo (pictured, right) said in a statement. “You don’t have to do that anymore. You put these on, and it’s always clear.”Lucky for us, the human eye comes with a built-in lens that naturally adjusts the focal depth. But as people age, that lens loses its ability to change focus, leaving folks at the mercy of drug-store and supermarket reading glasses displays.University of Utah College of EngineeringIn an attempt to correct for that unavoidable damage, engineering professor Mastrangelo and doctoral student Nazmul Hasan (pictured, left) created eyeglass lenses made of glycerin—a thick colorless liquid, often used in electronic cigarettes, antifreeze, electric race cars, and various foodstuffs.Flexible rubber-like membranes on the back of the lens connect to mechanical actuators that push back and forth “like a transparent piston,” the University press release said.“The focal length of the glasses depends on the shape of the lens, so to change the optical power we actually have to change the membrane shape,” Mastrangelo explained.First-time users simply input their eyeglasses prescription into an accompanying smartphone app, which calibrates the lenses via Bluetooth. And, theoretically, wearers will never have to buy another pair of specs again.There’s one catch, though: The current prototype—invented by Mastrangelo, Hasan, and their researchers—looks like Harry Potter blinkers on steroids. Round, bulky, and altogether unfashionable, the battery-powered frames measure the distance from the glasses to an object via pulses of infrared light; the lenses can change focus from one object to another in 14 milliseconds.The team is working to improve the design—first displayed at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—to make them smaller and lighter. A “more attractive” pair of spectacles, Mastrangelo said, could hit shelves as soon as 2020; startup Sharpeyes LLC has been created to commercialize the glasses. Stanford’s ‘Smart Glasses’ Track Your Eyes to Stay FocusedNext-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For Business Stay on targetlast_img read more

Consumer spending flat last month incomes remain flat

Consumer spending flat last month incomes remain flat

first_imgWASHINGTON — Americans spent at the weakest pace in 20 months, a sign that gas prices are taking a toll on the economy.Consumer spending was unchanged in May, the Commerce Department said Monday. That was the worst result since September 2009. And when adjusted for inflation, spending actually dropped 0.1 percent.April’s consumer spending figures were revised to show a similar decline when adjusting for inflation. That marked the first declines in inflation-adjusted spending since January 2010.Incomes rose 0.3 percent for the second straight month. But adjusted for inflation, after-tax incomes increased only 0.1 percent in May, after falling by the same amount in the previous month. By that measure, incomes have been essentially flat since the beginning of the year.Hiring slowed considerably this spring after a strong start at the beginning of the year. The economy created only 54,000 jobs in May, the lowest amount in eight months. That followed three months in which employers hired an average of 220,000 net new workers each month. The unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent last month.Fewer jobs and high unemployment leave workers with little leverage to ask for raises.Slow wage growth hurts the broader economy because consumers have less money to spend. Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. The spike in gas prices has forced many consumers to cut back on discretionary purchases, such as furniture and vacations, which help boost growth.last_img read more

2 pedestrians hit on Portland streets

2 pedestrians hit on Portland streets

first_imgPORTLAND — A woman was struck by a vehicle on a southwest Portland street Tuesday night in the second pedestrian accident of the day in the city.Police say the 31-year-old was taken to a hospital with traumatic injuries. The driver is a 64-year-old woman who remained at the scene and has cooperated with investigators. Police say she was not impaired by drugs or alcohol.On Tuesday afternoon a woman walking her dog was struck and killed in an intersection in northeast Portland. The woman, who was in her 50s, died at the scene. The dog was not hurt.Police say the 80-year-old driver cooperated with investigators and did not appear to be impaired by drugs or alcohol.last_img

Habitat for Humanity raises awareness for safer walking routes

Habitat for Humanity raises awareness for safer walking routes

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Habitat for Humanity held a march, Monday, to raise awareness for safer walking routes for kids.The South Florida organization held their “No Child Walks Alone” march, which is a part of the Habitat for Humanity chapter’s Labor of Love initiative. Many volunteers feel a solution for this issue is long overdue.“Most of the kids in this area have to walk,” said resident Angine Moss. “My son was one of them, and this initiative would’ve been perfect for him when he was a student. However, now that it’s not, and that he’s graduated, I prefer to have someone else’s child get to school safely.”The program aims to create safer routes and meet-up spots for students to walk to school safely.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Asus new ROG Phone II is an Android specs powerhouse

Asus new ROG Phone II is an Android specs powerhouse

first_img Asus ROG Phone Phones Gaming See it 2:56 Review • Asus ROG Phone review: The best way to play games on Android Mentioned Above Asus ROG Phone CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • The Asus ROG phone costs $900 and has actual buttons for games Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1center_img Comment Asus ROG Phone is the best phone for playing PUBG News • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 gets speed boost for gaming phones, with Asus ROG Phone II up first 31 Photos Asus’ ROG Phone II goes all-out on specs.  Asus Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei often raise the bar on power with every iteration of their popular Android phones. With its newest gaming ROG phone, however, Asus is truly throwing everything in — including the proverbial kitchen sink. A successor to last year’s original ROG Phone, the company’s new ROG Phone II builds on the gaming bonafides with the latest components 2019 has to offer. Powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 Plus and improved Adreno 640 graphics, the device packs 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM, a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth gameplay, an under-display fingerprint sensor, 6,000-mAh battery and either 128GB or 512GB of built-in UFS 3.0 storage. The front camera is a 24-megapixel shooter while the rear has two sensors: the main sensor capable of 48-megapixel shots and a 13-megapixel ultrawide lens with a 125-degree field of view. asus-rog-phone-ii-side-usb-cIn addition to a USB-C port on the bottom of the phone, the ROG Phone II has a USB-C port on the side, as well as an orange proprietary port for accessories. Asus There’s a standard 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the device, as well as two USB-C ports. The first port, located on the bottom of the device, can be used to fast charge the phone using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. A second USB-C port can be found on the side and takes advantage of USB 3.1 Gen 2 — it can output 4K video through DisplayPort 1.4 and gives the phone faster charging via Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0. asus-rog-phone-ii-aeroactive-coolerThose worried about marathon game sessions heating the phone can cool it off with an attachable fan (!).  Asus Asus has also added a second proprietary port on the side for hocking up docks and accessories, such as its AeroActive Cooler II clip-on fan. AirTriggers, the company’s sensors along the corners of the phone that can function as bumper buttons, have also been updated for lower latency. Shrunken bezels along the top and bottom of the display house the ROG Phone II’s front-facing speakers. As one would expect with a gaming phone, there’s an RGB logo along the back with colors controlled via an app. With Google’s forthcoming Stadia platform and Microsoft’s xCloud set to hit phones later this year, it remains to be seen if mobile gaming will warrant such a powerful piece of hardware. Also unclear are exactly when the new ROG Phone II will debut and how much it will cost. CNET has reached out to Asus for more information and will update if it responds.  Tags Take a look at the Asus ROG Phone in all its mobile gaming glory $679 Asuslast_img read more

Man shot during robbery at Lions Park

Man shot during robbery at Lions Park

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A soldier was recently murdered in the park.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A man was shot during a robbery at Lions Park today (December 13) while parked in the area.According to an ER24 paramedic, while they were at La Verna Hospital, a wounded man arrived at the hospital who claimed he was the victim of the robbery / shooting.When asked what had happened, the man explained that he accidentally shot himself in the hand while trying to protect himself from three suspects who had attacked him and were attempting to rob him.Sharaj Ambulance Services, ER24 and Public Safety rushed to the scene, unsure if they would find anyone else injured in the area.They were later joined by police.Police and Public Safety searched the entire Lions Park area for the suspects, but came up empty-handed.Lions Park has become a hot-bed of crime in recent months, with people warned to stay away from the area.last_img read more