These U.S. communities are most at risk from ocean acidification

first_imgThe rising acidity of the world’s oceans could devastate coastal communities around the United States over the next century, according to a new analysis. And because ocean acidification is exacerbated by other water quality problems such as agriculture and urban runoff, regions along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic seaboard, which were formerly considered less vulnerable, now look to be among the most at risk.To date, most ocean acidification research has focused on better understanding which organisms will be the most vulnerable to rising acid levels, without considering the economic role those organisms play. The new work makes this link explicit, at least with shellfish, an industry that generates nearly $1 billion in the United States annually. The new work is “outstanding,” says Jeremy Mathis, director of the Ocean Environment Research Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, who was not involved with the study. “This is exactly what we have been missing.”The acidity of the world’s oceans has increased by roughly 30% over the past several decades, driven primarily by the burning of fossil fuels. As carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere, about one-quarter of it dissolves into the top layer of the ocean. There it reacts with water to form carbonic acid, which in turn lowers the pH of the water. By doing so, it lowers the availability of carbonate ions, which oysters and other shellfish use to build their shells. Even more insidious, the drop in carbonate ions reduces a measure called the aragonite saturation state, which refers to the level of a mineral form of calcium carbonate called aragonite that oyster larvae need to form their growing shells. Laboratory studies on many shellfish have shown that if the aragonite saturation state falls below about 1.5, shellfish larvae are not able to build their shells and die before ever getting a toehold on life.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Numerous ocean chemistry and modeling surveys have shown that ecosystems along the West Coast of the United States are already vulnerable to high acidity levels. Part of this is natural: Cold water from the deep ocean upwells along the West Coast, and cold water is able to dissolve more carbon dioxide. Add in the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, and the combination is already wreaking havoc among oyster fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.Conventional wisdom in recent years was that shellfish farmers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, which is naturally also surrounded by cold water, have the greatest risk of losing their livelihood due to ocean acidification, says Julia Ekstrom, a social scientist who studies coastal communities at the University of California (UC), Davis. But that conclusion centered solely on acidity levels rising due to increasing atmospheric CO2 levels.Ekstrom and her colleagues at the  environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council, UC Davis, and 10 other institutions decided to look more broadly. They added in other factors that can impact acidity levels on a regional basis, including the discharge of water from large rivers and eutrophication in estuaries. Eutrophication occurs when agricultural and urban runoff boosts the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that triggers algal blooms. When the algae die, they are eaten by bacteria that release carbon dioxide into the water as they respire. Large rivers, meanwhile, can either reduce acidification if they carry large amounts of minerals that buffer the acidity, or increase it if they hold few such minerals.In addition to evaluating this broader set of physical factors, Ekstrom and her colleagues also analyzed the economic dependence of coastal communities on shellfish farming and their likely ability to adapt if ocean acidification threatens their current livelihood. Together those measures made up what they refer to as a social vulnerability score. The researchers then combined the physical and social risks to rank U.S. coastal communities to the threat of rising acidification, though only to shellfish farming.The map they produced was very different from that considering the risks to ocean chemistry alone. As they report today in Nature Climate Change, they found that 16 of the 23 coastal bioregions around the United States are highly vulnerable to ocean acidification. Topping the list wasn’t the Pacific Northwest, but Massachusetts, due to the relatively high percentage of income that’s at risk due to shellfish farming and the moderately high acid levels expected in the region because of its latitude. Also at high risk were the Pacific Northwest, mid-Atlantic, and several regions along the Gulf Coast. For many of the regions along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast, the problem wasn’t the immediate threat of acidification due to atmospheric CO2 per se, but rather the added effects of nutrient runoff and rivers that raise regional acidity levels.In a somewhat backhanded way that’s potentially good news, says Chris Gobler, a marine biologist at Stony Brook University in New York, because unlike rising atmospheric CO2 levels that require a global response to fix, those issues can be addressed by local and regional actions. That could give policymakers identifiable ways to reduce, or at least delay, the impacts of ocean acidification. “That makes this a great advance in the policy arena,” Gobler says, who wasn’t involved with the work.But making those local and regional changes won’t be easy. The annual occurrence of an extensive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, due to agricultural runoff throughout the Midwest, has already been linked to modern farming practices. That hasn’t changed farming practices yet. Now the question is whether adding the risk of contributing to ocean acidification will make any difference. If it doesn’t, oysters, clams, and other shellfish could disappear from wide swaths of U.S. waters over the next century and with them the communities that depend on them for jobs and a way of life.last_img read more

Panathinaikos Edges Galatsaray, 86-84

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ISTANBUL – Panathinaikos wasted leads but hung on to beat the Turkish team Galatasaray 86-84 on March 27 in European basketball play.The win lifted the Greens into third place in its bracket two games before the end of the Euroleague top-16 tourney.The Greek team staved off challenges with a barrage of three point shots, hitting 45 percent from downtown range.Panathinaikos led 23-16 after the first quarter and 40-38 at half-time and upped the lead to 11 before getting complacent and hung on only because of poor free-throw shooting by Galatasaray, which is last in the group.James Gist and Esteban Batista scored 14 points each for the Greens.last_img read more

Cech expecting Wembley watching brief

first_imgArsenal Cech expecting watching brief as Arsenal trophy hunt at Wembley Jamie Smith 03:07 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Petr Cech David Ospina Arsenal Getty Arsenal League Cup Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsene Wenger is set to select David Ospina in goal for a Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City, believes the Gunners’ usual first choice Petr Cech does not expect to be named in goal for Arsenal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, with David Ospina set to deputise.Ospina has made one Premier League appearance this season, but has been Wenger’s regular goalkeeper for all cup competitions, including the Europa League.AdChoices广告Cech was an unused substitute in last season’s FA Cup final, with Ospina helping the Gunners to a surprise 2-1 win against Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And the veteran goalkeeper believes Colombia international Ospina will again be preferred by Wenger for Sunday’s clash.”At the start [of the season] it was clear that it was going to be like that,” said Cech.”I will be there with the team supporting but I don’t expect to play.”It is always hard to watch any game from the bench or even from the stand if you are not selected.”As a player, you always want to be involved. But obviously you are in a professional club where there are 25 top players and the manager always makes his choices for the game and you need to accept that.”The Carabao Cup has eluded Wenger throughout his 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal, with two appearances in the final the closest he has come to claiming the prize.last_img read more

Its too early to call for 2022 CWG boycott Sports Minister

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has played down the calls to boycott the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games over shooting’s exclusion, saying it is too early to take a decision of such magnitude. Shooting has been axed from the 2022 edition by Birmingham Organising Committee, citing logistical issues. The move triggered angry reactions from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the national shooting federation (NRAI). The IOA went to the extent of suggesting a boycott to protest the sport’s dropping. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The officials of IOA met me and apprised me about the ongoing issues in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, where shooting has been dropped. The possibility of India’s boycott was also raised before me,” Rijiju told PTI in an interview. “I told them to speak to the Commonwealth Games Federation officials and the organising committee of the Birmingham Games and apprise them about our deep concerns. “If it (the decision) is not reviewed, we will see but the call for boycott at this point of time is too early. Certainly, boycott is not the solution but I will not give an opinion till I get the final outcome from the meeting between IOA and CGF officials, he added. Shooting has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970. But in its Executive Board meeting in June, the CGF recommended the inclusion of three new sports while dropping shooting. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe decision was a shock for India as the country’s shooters claimed 16 medals, including seven gold at last year’s Gold Coast Games. The country had finished third in the medals table with a tally of 66. On to the more immediate concerns, like the 2020 Olympic Games, the minister was hopeful that the athletes are going to bring back a lot more than just the one silver and a bronze attained in the 2016 Rio Games. Rijiju, however, said the 2024 and 2028 editions are his long-term goals. “I have just assumed sports ministry (charge) three months back and we are about 10 months away from 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so now we will have to go with the existing talent. “In 10 months, we cannot produce new talents. We have identified existing talents and we have extended all technical resources and other support whatever is required,” he said. “…we are expecting better results than previous Olympics. But it is difficult to predict number of medals because of the high standard of competition in Olympics. My long-term preparation is for 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics,” the minister added. Rijiju also said that the government is open to the idea of hosting multi-sport events despite the bad press India got for alleged corruption in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. “We are not averse to hosting any international event. Definitely it’s a matter of pride for any country to host the Olympics or Asian Games. We would be encouraging more international events because our dream is to host the Olympics someday,” he said.last_img read more

The Latest Ethiopian Airlines says 157 aboard crashed plane

first_imgADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local):11:45 a.m.Ethiopian Airlines says it believes 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board a plane that crashed six minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on a flight to Nairobi.A statement from the airline on Sunday morning said the Boeing 737 crashed around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 8:38 a.m. local time.The airline statement said “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.”The Ethiopian prime minister’s office in a separate, earlier statement offered condolences to families.___11:33 a.m.The Ethiopian prime minister’s office says an Ethiopian Airlines plane has crashed on its way to Nairobi, with deaths reported.The office issued a statement Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed. The statement gave no details.A spokesman for the airline confirmed the plane crashed while heading from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. It is not yet clear where the crash occurred. The airline has not issued a statement.The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Authorities start drive to remove poll related posters in Noida, Gr Noida

first_imgGB Nagar: Soon after the election commission of India announced election schedule for 17th Lok sabha elections, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, on Sunday, ordered all the concerned authorities to immediately remove all the hoardings, banners and other campaign materials within next 24 hours from their respective work circles.As per a senior official of Gautam Buddh Nagar District administration, the directions have been issued to all the three authorities across the district-Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna authority and all the police stations. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”The directions have been issued soon after the model code of conduct came into effect following the announcement of polls on Sunday. We have asked the officials to ensure compliance with the orders and remove all the election campaign related materials within next 24 hours. Also the official are directed to share a videography and photography, while removing the banners or hoardings, with the administration,” the official said. Following the directions, a massive drive of defacing the political posters/banners/hoardings was carried out across the district by respective authority and police station. In Noida, the drive was carried out in all the 10 work circles falling under the Noida authority from Sunday evening. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The authority is undertaking a massive drive to remove all the election campaign related material such as banners, hoardings, pamphlets and others from all the work circle areas. In order to intensify the drive and abide by the guidelines issued by District administration, over 200 employees with the authority have been appointed to perform the task and ensure that all such materials are removed within next 24 hours. We will also issue numbers of the officials with related work circles so that complaints can be made directly to them if any poster or hoarding is left unremoved,” said Rajiv Tyagi, General Manager, Noida Authority.last_img read more

CP NewsAlert: Alberta investing $3.7B to move oil by rail, leasing cars

The Canadian Press EDMONTON — The Alberta government says it’s investing $3.7 billion to move the province’s land-locked oil to market by rail.It says 4,400 leased railway cars will move up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.Shipments are expected to begin as early as July.The province estimates the plan will lead to a $5.9-billion increase in royalties, tax revenues and profits over three years, meaning a net gain of $2.2 billion.It expects the discount for Western Canadian heavy oil versus U.S. light crude will shrink by US$4 a barrel.  The rail investment is meant to be a medium-term measure as new pipelines to coastal ports, such as the Trans Mountain expansion to the West Coast, remain in limbo. read more

New research targets microplastics detected in Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. — Scientists at Lake Tahoe have detected microplastics at several locations around the lake for this first time.Microplastics is the term for tiny pieces of plastic that come from everything from water bottles to synthetic fleece sweaters.Experts told the Reno Gazette Journal they are ubiquitous around the world, so it’s not surprising to find them in Lake Tahoe.A team of researchers from the Desert Research Institute is digging deeper into the issue to learn more about potential health and environmental ramifications for Nevada.In addition to lakes and streams in the Tahoe Basin, they’re also studying the Las Vegas wash in Southern Nevada, which drains into Lake Mead.They’re scheduled to present their findings to the American Geophysical Union in December.___Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.comThe Associated Press read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 17

Sunday’s matches weren’t supposed to happen. None of the four teams playing was given even a 50 percent chance of reaching the knockout stage by ESPN’s Soccer Power Index-backed model at the start of the tournament. Now two will reach the quarterfinal and one will play a semifinal.Netherlands vs. Mexico: 12 p.m. EDTCosta Rica vs. Greece: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe big favorite of the four is the Netherlands, which has a 56 percent chance of reaching the semis by beating Mexico and then the winner of Costa Rica-Greece. (This is the probability of the Netherlands beating both Mexico and the winner of the second match, weighted by the probability of either Costa Rica or Greece teams coming through.) The Dutch looked like just the third-best team in their group at the start of the tournament. Then they shocked defending champion Spain, 5-1, in their opener, and beat another top team, Chile, 2-0. That’s seven goals against two of the best defenses in the tournament. The Netherlands also beat Australia, 3-2, for a clean sweep of Group B.The Dutch have improved from a long shot to one of the favorites. Before the tournament, our model gave them a less than 1 percent chance of winning their country’s first World Cup. Now they have a 10 percent chance. That’s by far the biggest bump any country got from the knockout stage — it’s nearly twice as large as Argentina’s increase. And none of the other three teams playing Sunday has even a 1 percent chance of winning the Cup.The Netherlands has seen its chances rise partly because SPI has been updated to take into account its dominance in the group stage. Before it looked like the 10th-best team in the world; now it looks like the sixth-best. It also benefits from the weakness of the rest of its draw in the knockout stage; the Netherlands has the third-best chance of reaching the semifinals, ahead of three teams that are better. Notably, Colombia ranks third in SPI but before its game Saturday it had less than half the chance of the Dutch to reach the semis.Mexico is no gimme for the Netherlands, though. El Tri showed its mettle in drawing tournament favorite Brazil and has the world’s fourth-best defense — stronger than any the Netherlands has faced. The matchup of Mexico’s defense, led by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, against the formidable Dutch offense of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben et al. should be Sunday’s most exciting.The late match won’t be the best played in the Round of 16 — featuring two of the four worst teams to make it out of their groups — but it might be the most competitive. Costa Rica has just a 57 percent chance of winning, the lowest for a favorite in the round, and has a statistical edge of just two-tenths of a goal. Because soccer stubbornly refuses to introduce fractional goals, this could be the second match of the tournament to go to added extra time.YESTERDAYBrazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals behind two penalty kick saves from goalkeeper Júlio César. Although Brazil continued its competitive home unbeaten streak to 61 games (including 20-0-7 against Chile), the hosts were forced to play on their heels for long stretches Saturday.Chile finished the match with more touches than Brazil (716-703), the first time Brazil has failed to lead in touches at the end of a World Cup game since the 2010 Round of 16. The opponent? Chile. In 2010, though, Brazil cruised to a 3-0 victory. Chile’s advantage in possession was built away from goal, with nearly 100 more touches in its defending half than Brazil (444-358).  When Chile threatened to get forward, Brazil was quick to commit a foul. The Brazilians committed 28 fouls, the most in this World Cup and the most by Brazil at a World Cup since 1978 against Argentina.Chile, which has been eliminated by Brazil in all four of its World Cup knockout-round appearances, could not convert when it put the ball in the box. The Chileans failed to complete a cross Saturday (0-for-18). Chile’s 18 cross attempts are the most by a team without a completion at this World Cup.Brazil sat back and turned forward quickly when gaining possession. It had more than twice as many touches in the attacking penalty area (31-14), led by Neymar’s eight. Brazil, which has eliminated its opponent in five of its last six competitive matches that have gone to penalty kicks, completed 71 percent of its passes against Chile, its third-lowest mark in at least the last 50 years at the World Cup.Fortunately for Brazil, its defense performed. Brazil held Chile to one completed pass in the attacking penalty area after halftime (none in extra time), compared with three for Brazil.— Zach Rodgers, Statistics Analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHWhen you think of Greece, you probably think of beaches, the Parthenon, feta cheese and Kalamata olives. But what office products and circuit breakers? According to 2012 data from the BACI International Trade Database, 41 percent of Greek exports to Costa Rica were “paper office containers,” followed by circuit breakers and panels at 22 percent. Other big exports included cutlery, candles and matches, and of course, vegetables, olive oil and wine. But trade flowing in the opposite direction probably adheres more to expectations. More than 84 percent of Costa Rican exports to Greece were bananas. The next-largest exports were miscellaneous fruit at 9 percent and coffee at 4 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWere the Billions Brazil Spent on World Cup Stadiums Worth It?Extra Time Isn’t a Crapshoot in the Knockout Round, But Penalties AreCORRECTION (9:56 a.m., June 29): This post originally stated that if the Costa Rica match went to extra time it would be the World Cup’s first match to do so. After Brazil’s match yesterday, that is incorrect. It would be the second. read more

Public dissatisfaction with the NHS has doubled polling for BMA finds

first_imgHospital ward In a speech in Bournemouth today,  Dr Mark Porter, BMA chairman of council, is expected to accuse the Government of “picking the pockets of its staff” as he calls for a funding boost and pay rises.“Year after year, the government has cut the real-terms pay of doctors, nurses, and other NHS staff,” he is due to say. Bed numbers have dropped by a fifth since in ten yearsCredit:Peter Byrne Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The conference opens as the Royal College of Nurses prepares to launch a “summer of protest” against a cap on pay rises.Earlier this month, Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary expressed sympathy with calls for pay rises for nurses, indicating plans to discuss the matter with Philip Hammond, the Chancellor. Public dissatisfaction with the NHS has doubled in just two years, amid shortages of doctors, polling by the British Medical Association suggests.The survey of more than 1,000 adults, carried out on the eve of the BMA’s annual conference, found 43 per cent were unhappy with the state of the health service – compared with 21 per cent, in 2015.For the first time, annual polls found more people were dissatisfied than satisfied with the NHS, the polling found, with just 33 per cent expressing satisfaction.The head of the BMA will today accuse ministers of “evasion and failure” and repeat demands for increased funding for the health service, and pay rises for staff.A poll of 422 doctors meanwhile found 71 per cent said access to care had worsened in the last year, with two in three medics warning of vacancies in their department.last_img read more

Videos Around 950 injured after meteor strikes central Russia

first_imgUpdated 2.05pm AROUND 950 PEOPLE are now said to be injured after a meteor burned up above the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk, unleashing a shockwave that shattered panes of glass.Chelyabinsk regional governor Mikhail Yurevich, quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency, said that two-thirds of the injuries were light wounds from pieces of glass and other materials.In the city of Chelyabinsk alone, 758 people had required medical help, the city said in a statement on its website.Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9.20 am local time (03.20am GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.YouTube: fed potapowThe extraordinary event brought morning traffic to a sudden halt in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk as shocked drivers stopped to watch the falling meteor partially burning up in the lower atmosphere and light up the sky.It appeared the meteor’s entry into the atmosphere was not linked to the asteroid 2012 DA 14 which is expected to pass about 17,200 milesabove the Earth later Friday in an unusually close approach.But experts said that the fall of such a large meteor estimated as weighing dozens of tonnes was extremely rare while the number of casualties from its burning up around a heavily-inhabited area was unprecedented.With the meteor already becoming a leading trend on Twitter, locals posted amateur footage on YouTube showing men swearing in surprise and fright, and others grinding their cars to a halt.“First I thought it was a plane falling, but there was no sound from the engine… after a moment a powerful explosion went off,” said witness Denis Laskov. In a lot of the houses on our street the windows were blown out,” he told state television.YouTube: Гульнара ДудкаThe office of the local governor said in a statement that a meteorite had fallen into a lake outside the town of Chebakul in the Chelyabinsk region and television images pointed to a six-metre hole in the frozen lake’s ice.However it has yet to be finally confirmed if meteorite fragments made contact with the Earth and there were no reports that any locals had been hurt directly by a falling piece of meteorite.Schools were closed for the day and theatre shows cancelled across the region after the shock wave blew out windows amid temperatures as low as minus 18 degrees Celsius (zero degrees Fahrenheit).The local postal service said several of its buildings had been damaged while some television footage showed people with bloodied faces and at least one child’s back covered with blood.YouTube: Григорий ЧенцовThe Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement that it estimated the body to be several metres long and weighing several dozen tonnes. “It burned up at a height of 30-50 kilometres… but pieces could have fallen to Earth as meteorites.”The meteor explosion appears to be one of the most stunning cosmic events above Russia since the 1908 Tunguska Event, when a massive blast most scientists blame on an asteroid or a comet impact ripped through Siberia.“I am scratching my head to think of anything in recorded history when that number of people have been indirectly injured by an object like this… it’s very, very rare to have human casualties,” Robert Massey, deputy executive secretary of Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), told AFP.But he stressed that he saw “absolutely no connection” between the Chelyabinsk event and asteroid 2012 DA 14, which was to skim the Earth later on Friday at a distance of around 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometres).The Chelyabinsk region is Russia’s industrial heartland, filled with smoke-chugging factories and other huge facilities that include a nuclear power plant and the massive Mayak atomic waste storage and treatment centre.A spokesman for Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy state corporation, said that its operations remained unaffected.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Pixies Bell X1 and altJ set for series of outdoor summer gigs

first_imgPixies, Bell X1 and alt-J set for series of outdoor summer gigs at Trinity College The gigs will run from 6 – 11 July. 22 Comments Feb 6th 2017, 11:29 AM By Aoife Barry Image: David Jensen Share893 Tweet Email10 28,911 Views GREGORY PORTER, JAMES Vincent McMorrow and Pixies are among the bands set to perform at a series of outdoor gigs at Trinity College Dublin this summer.MCD has just announced the special series of outdoor gigs at College Park in the grounds of Trinity College.The gigs – which will run from 6 – 11 July – will kick off with jazz crooner Gregory Porter on Thursday 6 July, moving on to Irish musician James Vincent McMorrow the second night, Friday 7 July.Bell X1, who recently released a new album, Arms, will play on Saturday 8 July.Pixies – who have played multiple gigs in Ireland – will play on Sunday 9 July, followed the next night by Northern Irish young indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club.Mercury Music Prize winners alt-J will finish the series off with their gig on Tuesday 11 July.Tickets for Gregory Porter, James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1 and Two Door Cinema Club are €44.05 plus booking fee, while tickets for Pixies and alt-J are priced at €54.65 plus booking fee. Tickets for all the shows go on sale this Friday (10 February) at 9am.Now all we have to do is pray to the weather Gods for lots of sunshine that week…Read: This Irish Oscar-nominated animation company is bringing 140 new jobs to Kilkenny> Image: David Jensen Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Monday 6 Feb 2017, 11:29 AMlast_img read more

Lantique civilisation de lIndus éteinte par un changement climatique

first_imgL’antique civilisation de l’Indus éteinte par un changement climatiqueDes scientifiques ont révélé dans une étude que l’effondrement de la grande civilisation de la vallée de l’Indus serait lié au changement climatique. Le cycle des moussons aurait été perturbé, causant la faillite de tout un peuple.La civilisation harappéenne, ou civilisation de la vallée de l’Indus, s’est éteinte voilà 4000 ans. A l’époque, elle s’étendait sur plus d’un million de kilomètres carrés à travers les plaines de l’Indus, de la mer d’Arabie jusqu’à l’Himalaya et le Gange. Elle recouvrait une partie des terres qui deviendront les Etats du Pakistan, de l’Inde et de l’Afghanistan. Méconnue, cette civilisation côtoyait les premières grandes civilisations urbaines comme l’Egypte et la Mésopotamie.A l’image des Egyptiens (avec le Nil) et des Mésopotamiens (avec le Tigre et l’Euphrate), les Harappéens vivaient sur les berges de l’Indus, profitant de ses bras pour irriguer les champs. Afin de comprendre ce qui a conduit à leur perte, les scientifiques de la Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) ont modélisé les lieux : “nous avons reconstruit le paysage dynamique de la plaine, où la civilisation de l’Indus s’est développée il y a 5200 ans, a construit ses villes, puis s’est lentement désintégrée, 3000 à 3900 ans auparavant”, explique Liviu Giosan, auteur principal de l’étude. “Jusqu’à présent, les spéculations ont abondé sur les liens entre cette ancienne culture et ses mystérieuses rivières puissantes et vivifiantes”.La diminution des moussons à l’origine de la fin des HarappéensA l’apogée de la civilisation de l’Indus, on estime que 10% de la population mondiale étaient harappéens. Les recherches archéologiques ont révélé qu’elle était dotée d’un système urbain éminemment complexe : des routes commerciales internes sillonnaient le territoire, des liaisons maritimes étaient établies de longue date avec la proche Mésopotamie. Aujourd’hui, il ne reste que des vestiges de sa grandeur passée, dans une vaste région désertique, abandonnée par les affluents de l’Indus. “Nous avons estimé qu’il était grand temps pour une équipe de scientifiques interdisciplinaires de contribuer au débat sur le sort énigmatique de ces habitants”, ajoute Giosan dans son étude.L’expédition scientifique comprend des experts des Etats-Unis, du Royaume-Uni, du Pakistan, de l’Inde, et de Roumanie. Des géologues, des géomorphologues, des archéologues et des mathématiciens ont procédés à des relevés au Pakistan, depuis la côte de la mer d’Arabie, jusque dans les vallées fertiles du Pendjab et du nord du désert de Thar. La période de recherches s’est étendue de 2003 à 2008.Cartes topographiques, sondages par carottage et forage : les échantillons prélevés devaient déterminer l’origine des sédiments et leur âge afin d’établir une chronologie des changements dans le paysage.Les scientifiques ont établi que la diminution des pluies de mousson serait à l’origine d’une réduction du débit fluvial. Cette découverte serait capitale dans l’effondrement de la culture harappéenne. Les crues de l’Indus permettaient aux agriculteurs de produire l’excédent nécessaire à l’alimentation des habitants de la région.Les villes s’effondrent, les villages surviventAvec l’assèchement des rivières en 1900 av. J.-C., les Harappéens ont pu compter sur la partie orientale de leur territoire : dans le bassin du Gange, les pluies de moussons persistaient. “Nous pouvons imaginer que cette évolution a entrainé un changement vers des formes d’économies plus localisées : des petites communautés locales reposant sur une agriculture pluviale et la diminution des cours d’eau”, révèle Dorian Fuller, archéologue de la University College London et co-auteur de l’étude, “cela peut avoir produit une diminution des excédents, insuffisants pour les grandes villes [de cette époque]”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le système agricole ainsi déplace vers le bassin du Gange a freiné l’expansion de la civilisation qui s’était bâtie sur les excédents de récoltes exceptionnels le long de l’Indus et des rivières affluentes. Pire, selon les chercheurs, cette nouvelle donne a précipité l’effondrement des Harappéens : “les villes se sont effondrées, mais les petites communautés agricoles ont pu prospérer. La plupart des arts urbains, comme l’écriture, ont disparu, mais l’agriculture a continué et s’est diversifiée”, conclut Fuller.L’évolution actuelle des moussons reste aléatoire, cette étude pourrait néanmoins lui donner un rôle dans l’Histoire des civilisations antiques.Le 28 juin 2012 à 18:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Chris Jericho scheduled for WWE live events in January

first_img Pinterest Kevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Google+ WWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror Movie WWE Star Thinks The Rock Could Be The Next President WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Kevin Smith Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Facebookcenter_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road WWE star Chris Jericho is slated to appear on a number of WWE live events in January 2015 according to a report by Dave Meltzer. WWE and Jericho are currently in negotiations for a new deal, although ads have started running for Jericho to appear at the upcoming WWE live event in Las Vegas on 1/17.It is said that the plan for Jericho under his new WWE deal is to have him only appear at live events between January and Feburary and not TV tapings. Unless anything changes, Jericho is not scheduled to appear at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania 31. Jericho is slated for a European tour with his band Fozzy in March.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob RebootVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:37/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Mewes Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

Weak coho run forecast for Columbia River

first_imgState biologists are forecasting another weak return of coho to the Columbia River in 2017, likely meaning limited fishing again off the coasts of Washington and northern Oregon.The prediction is for 386,300 coho this year. That is almost identical to the 2016 forecast of 380,600, although the actual return was just 223,100.“The 2017 preseason coho forecast is like a bad dream of 2016 all over again,’’ said Steve Watrous of Vancouver, Washington sport fishing representative on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. “The SAS (subpanel) will once again be required to use every creative tool in the toolbox to structure an ocean season. Something similar to the 2016 season is a very real possibility.’’In 2016, there was no coho retention north of Leadbetter Point on the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula. The ports of Westport, LaPush and Neah Bay were limited to chinook-only fisheries.Last year, the Columbia River ports between Leadbetter Point and Cape Falcon on the Oregon coast had a meager coho quota of 18,900.last_img read more

Mustafi is a fan of Lucas Torreira

first_imgThe Uruguayan midfielder has been performing very well in the English Premier League and his teammate is full of praise for him22-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira arrived in the summer for Arsenal.And since then, he has won a place in the starting lineup, impressing not only fans but teammates like Shkodran Mustafi.“I’m very happy for him. He played at one of my ex-clubs, Sampdoria, so when he came here, it’s of course not easy, because it’s a different type of football in England,” Mustafi told about his teammate.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“You have to give credit to him because he’s someone who works hard, who wants to work hard and who shows that on the pitch as well.”“Against Liverpool, he recovered a lot of balls, and that makes it not only easier for the defenders but for the whole team,” he added.“As long as you have the ball, you have more opportunities to score. I think you have to give him credit.”“I’ve changed a lot of leagues, a lot of countries myself and I know it’s not easy to settle in. I think he’s done it brilliantly well,” Mustafi concluded.last_img read more

FBI arrests serial bank robber who targeted Aventura location

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Federal authorities have arrested a man accused of robbing several banks around the country, including one in Aventura.The FBI released photos showing Jason Lee Robinson at the Capital Bank branch near Northeast 29th Place and 203rd Street, Dec. 28.Officials said the suspect took off with nearly $2,000 in cash.Robinson has been charged and is being detained in South Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayPart-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Audio Visual Project Manager at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Audio Visual Field Technician at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Analytic Mechanical Design Engineer at SolidusFull-Time Licensed Technician at TeslaFull-Time Driver via Express Employment ProfessionalsFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus Robotics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Apple Mania iPhone 6 Being Booked for Over ₹1 Lakh on eBay

first_imgA day after the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 plus model, the Indian e-commerce sector and grey market witnessed a craze for Apple’s latest version.On eBay India, one can find the 16GB iPhone 6 being sold at a mind-boggling ₹1,00,000 while a 16 GB iPhone 6 plus is available for ₹1.1 lakh. The phone is expected to be priced between ₹48,000 and ₹50,000 for iPhone 6 -16 GB model and ₹58,000 and ₹60,000 for iPhone 6 Plus-16 GB model. The Apple India website said the phones would be available from 17 October.There are some dealers who are offering the iPhone 6 and Plus 16 GB for ₹85,000 and ₹90,000, respectively. But, sales of Apple products through other dealers are not officially recognised and customers may or may not get the device.In Indian grey market of New Delhi and Kolkata, the 16GB version of the iPhone 6 was priced at ₹55,000-60,000 with an additional cost of ₹5,000-10,000 on larger-screen model, according to The Economic Times.Even though the 64 GB and 128 GB models are said to be available at a higher cost, a grey market dealer in Kolkata told ET that some customers were ready to pay the amount in full to book the model. The company has not made any official announcement regarding the prices in India.The new iPhone pre-orders will initiate from 12 September for its launch in US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and UK on 19 September.This time, the iPhone comes with enlarged screens, curved edges and a slimmer design. The company seeks to beat its rival Samsung which has soared in Indian and international markets. On the other hand, Indian brands like Micromax and Lava have also joined the race to woo customers with smart features and lower prices.last_img read more