first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Zoo has announced that an 8-year-old polar bear named, Suka, has successfully given birth to two cubs. The unnamed twin cubs are the first polar bears to be successfully born and raised at the zoo in more the 15 years. Suka gave birth to cubs in 2018 and 2019, but they didn’t survive. Though the announcement and details of the latest births came Thursday, the cubs were born in November. The father is a 16-year-old polar bear named Nuka. One of the two cubs, a female, is being raised by humans after early health issues. Zoo officials say the rare separation of sibling cubs will help researchers study outcomes of cubs raised by humans versus those raised by their mothers.last_img

first_imgThe St. Joseph Country Prosecutor’s Office has filed three misdemeanor charges against a Notre Dame hockey player who allegedly hit a female manager at a local bar Sunday night. Junior Jared Beers, 22, was charged Monday with one count each of criminal trespass, battery and resisting law enforcement. All charges are Class A misdemeanors. Irish hockey coach Jeff Jackson announced Tuesday in a statement that Beers, a defenseman, has been suspended from the team indefinitely due to this incident. “The University is aware of this incident and is confident that it will be handled in a prompt and professional manner through the criminal justice system,” University Spokesman Dennis Brown said Tuesday. Capt. Phil Trent, public information officer with the South Bend Police Department, said Beers had been at Brothers Bar and Grill at Eddy Street Commons on Sunday night just before midnight when other patrons complained he was stealing beer from their tables. When bar security asked him to leave, Beers allegedly became belligerent, Trent said. As security tried to remove Beers from the bar, he pushed one security guard to the ground, Trent said. The police report stated that a female manager then approached him, and he punched her in the face. He allegedly then stepped on her face and jaw and grabbed her hair. A security video captured part of the incident, Trent said. The police report did not specify if the female manager received treatment at a hospital for her injuries.   When witnesses called the police, Beers ran from the scene, the report stated. He had left his wallet at Brothers, however, and the South Bend Police Department contacted him to pick it up at the station later that night. The officer on duty arrested Beers when he arrived at the department in the early hours of Monday morning, Trent said. He continued to resist law enforcement by kicking and yelling as he was transported to the jail, where he was booked at 2:44 a.m. Monday. Beers spent most of Monday at the St. Joseph County Jail before he was released upon posting bail at $300 just after 5 p.m., according to jail records. Contact Megan Doyle at mdoyle11@nd.edulast_img read more

first_imgIndia EXIM Bank at Risk in Bangladesh Coal Project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jyoti Mukul for the Business Standard of India:A US-based think tank today said the Bangladesh-India Maitree project could effectively end up in a financial mess. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said electricity produced from the project would cost 32 per cent more than the average electricity in Bangladesh, assuming an average plant load factor (PLF) of 80 per cent. This despite the project being heavily subsidized, “exposing investors, taxpayers and consumers to high risk and is a potential stranded asset in the making”. A senior executive associated with the project, however, said the Indian government was not subsidising the project in any form. “It was only providing loan through Exim Bank to promote Indian investment in Bangladesh,” he said.“While the Rampal project would expose all project promoters and consumers to financial risk, it poses specific risks to the Indian Exim Bank. The Rampal project would constitute a large chunk of the bank’s loan book, it would put the Exim Bank’s international fund-raising capacity at risk, and the very coal-fired nature of the project would create refinance risk for the Exim Bank,” it said.The Bangladesh government is planning to give a 15-year income tax exemption for the plant, an exemption worth $936 million. Besides, “a below-market-rate loan by Indian Exim Bank represents a $988 million subsidy effectively paid by Indian taxpayers to Bangladeshi consumers”. Bangladesh would be granting an effective annual $26 million subsidy by conducting maintenance dredging to assure coal delivery to the plant, the report pointed out.Listing out 10 risk factors, the report said the location in the “Wind risk zone” of Bangladesh represents a significant financial risk, since the plant would be extremely vulnerable to storm surges and, therefore, to outages and damage. Besides, it said the Bangladesh government in the event of the further budget deficits might no longer fully support electricity-system losses. This constitutes a significant risk to Rampal project backers and customers. “Notably, similar projects in India would not be approved because they would violate laws against building such plants within 25 kilometres of ecologically sensitive areas like forests,” the report said.Full article: NTPC’s Bangladesh project puts Exim Bank’s global credibility at risk: IEEFAlast_img read more

first_imgOne liquid lover’s quest to immerse himself in every water sport.Water is my lifeblood. As a kid, I fished, swam, canoed, windsurfed, rowed, sailed, and kayaked. At night, I fell asleep to the sound of lake waves lapping on the pebble beach outside my bedroom window. Sometimes I took a surfboard out with a canoe paddle and ferried rocks back and forth across the property with our family’s trusty black lab riding with me. I yanked water snakes out of the rocks with a fearlessness that only accompanies youth, and I hit the pool slide in my birthday suit because I could slide so much faster.Hawaiians embrace this water-centric mentality and have infused it into their island life. A waterman in Hawaii is a versatile athlete who is capable of selecting between various ocean sports depending on the conditions. Arguably the pioneer of the waterman movement was Duke Kahanamoku, a five-time Olympic-medal swimmer and surfer. His torch is carried on by household names such as Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Kai Lenny, and other Hawaiians who can be found surfing, swimming, kiteboarding, and windsurfing. These people acknowledge the role of water in their survival, and celebrate its presence in their lives by immersing themselves in it every day.Without knowing it, I was chasing the waterman way of life my entire childhood. When I was 11 years old, however, I did something that made me realize that I had only scratched the surface. I went whitewater kayaking.As my boat carved into the current that day, the world was new again, and it was as if I had stepped out of the confines of a small room to witness the beauty of a larger universe all around. Moving water is an infinitely dynamic force, always changing and powerful far beyond the scope of our understanding. It makes us feel small and inconsequential, and in the fast-paced world that we live in, it’s healthy to be humbled like that.And humbled I was. Being upside down in a kayak is a feeling of helplessness that few things can match. Thrown suddenly into a dark and chaotic world, it felt as if I could barely hold onto my paddle, much less set up for the precise eskimo roll stroke. The panic was uncontrollable, and I constantly bailed on my boat and took my chances swimming. However, once I relaxed a bit and allowed my body to use the energy of the water, I realized that it took very little effort to snap the boat back upright and into the sunlight. Once this confidence took hold, my skill and love for the sport only grew.The waterman quest intensified as I slipped into my teenage years, and it shifted almost completely to mountain rivers. I found myself gazing up at drainages between the peaks, wondering what rapids and waterfalls those rivers held. I looked curiously off of every bridge that I traveled over, and played with Lego kayakers in class instead of focusing on my coursework.One of my first international paddling trips gave me a special realization: unlike mountain biking or on-piste skiing, the hands of man are not required to travel down the river. Just pick a stream on a map, determine which way it is flowing, and put on. Using New Zealand’s bargain helicopter rates, we chartered flights, flew boats and gear into remote rivers, and paddled through untouched wilderness back to civilization. Once the thump of the helicopter faded, silence returned and there was nothing else to do but start chipping away at the river’s intricate puzzles. We took a cold gulp of clear river water, worked together as a team, and found our way down powerful rivers flanked by snow-capped peaks.What could be more simple and beautiful than that? Paddling is one of the only activities that I have ever experienced that allows total freedom from all other thought. All that exists is the present moment, and the worries of the world sheet off as the whitewater purifies the soul. My boat is an extension of my body, and the tool that allows me ultimate creative expression.One fascinating thing about the waterman’s journey is that it does not stop with the raw skills involved in each sport. Ocean people balance wind, wave, and tide conditions to determine the best location and craft for the day’s activities. In whitewater, I need to pay attention to rain and snow melt. My mentors taught me to study radar maps, rain gauges, and verbal beta to determine the best places to paddle. In a constant juggling act of natural conditions, the water world must also be balanced with my skills and motivations.The most efficient path to happiness in life is to “follow your bliss,” and that is what striving to be a waterman means to me. The learning never stops, whether I am paddling a canoe around the lake with my five-year-old cousin, enjoying the meditative state of surfing a glassy river wave, or achieving focus amidst a class V maelstrom.Recently, I jumped on a stand-up paddleboard for the first time. Just like my first kayak trip at age 11, stand-up paddleboarding represents another paradigm shift. Standing is a new and refreshing perspective of the water, and every stroke’s power must pass through the entire body before it is transferred to the board. Every time I finish a paddleboard session, I know that I have exerted every single muscle in my body. That’s a good feeling.More than anything else, SUP brings river and ocean worlds closer through the experiences that it allows in both settings. With this next waterman challenge, it feels as though things have come full circle back to my open water roots. My fluid, changing liquid passions have deepened my experience of nature—and life.Check out one of the newest water sports, Body Boating!last_img read more

first_imgA federal judge in Norfolk, Va., sentenced the former co-owner of a Virginia Beach car dealership Wednesday to six years in prison for running a scheme that led to more than $860,000 in Navy Federal Credit Union car loan defaults.U.S. District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson also ordered Andysheh Ayatollahi, 36, formerly of Virginia Beach, to pay the Navy FCU restitution of $867,448 and serve four years of supervised release following his prison term.In March, Ayatollahi pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit financial fraud and one felony count of submitting a false federal tax return. He also was ordered to pay $113,093 in back taxes. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

first_imgThe village had a late start to the construction season due to Covid-19, and is now waiting on state funds to see which projects can hit the pavement, and which ones will be put on the back burner. For communities like the Town of Dickinson, where the highway department is funded entirely by sales tax revenue, the pandemic is expected to cause some major setbacks. In Endicott, a lot is still up in the air when it comes to budget. “There are some things that might not get done. There might be a road or two that doesn’t get paved,” Town Supervisor Michael Marinaccio told 12 News. (WBNG) — As towns and cities nationwide prepare for significant cuts to their budgets, local leaders say roadwork and public works projects could take a big hit. He says while construction will continue, there will still be some scaling back due to financial concerns during the pandemic. “We worked very hard to make sure that we have infrastructure projects that move forward,” said Mayor David. In larger areas like the City of Binghamton, funding isn’t as big of a concern. Mayor Rich David said the city has multiple sources of money to complete roadwork and capital projects. “The schedule is already there its just a matter of how much are we going to have to complete it,” said Village of Endicott Engineering Technician Cameron Williams. last_img read more

first_imgA new United Nations report has warned that countries in the Asia and Pacific region are not on track to achieve any of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and are in some cases even going in the “wrong direction”.The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) published on Wednesday a progress report on the global targets to be achieved in 10 years’ time.Data for some 20 percent of the many targets to be reached by 2030 indicate a worse situation today than when the goals were defined in 2015, according to the report. “We are talking about global temperatures – not just in the region – which will increase [beyond] the maximum level, resulting in extreme weather,” Armida said.According to a report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization, the average temperature globally between 2015-2019 was already on track to be the hottest of any five-year period on record. The period is currently estimated to be 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times (1850-1900) and 0.2 degrees Celsius warmer than the 2011-2015 period.To overcome this, countries will have to commit to the 2015 Paris Agreement by taking measures to slow the pace of global warming, from cutting fossil fuel consumption and converting to renewable energy to protecting forests.The 2015 Paris Agreement saw countries lay out national targets to reduce their emissions in order to limit the long-term temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, or ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels.Under the Paris climate accord, Indonesia has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions unconditionally by 29 percent and conditionally by 41 percent by 2030. Despite calls from the UN and climate observers for countries to upgrade their commitments, Indonesia said it would maintain its targets on account of the challenges posed by annual land and forest fires.While climate action and responsible consumption and production goals are going backward, good progress was made on economic goals, as real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita growth in the region was more than double the global average in 2017.“It is true that there is economic growth, but the source of growth and the way we grow the economy is not sustainable,” Armida said.Meanwhile, there were also goals where some progress was achieved, but not fast enough, including in addressing poverty, hunger, health, gender issues, clean water and sanitation.“All these are basic services that are improving but are not adequate. With this level of progress, we will not be able to meet the 2030 targets,” she said.SDG progress in the Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (United Nations ESCAP/File)Topics : UNESCAP executive secretary Armida S. Alisjahbana said the top priority for the region was to reverse the negative trends, especially on environment-related goals – responsible consumption and production (Goal #12) and climate action (Goal #13).“It is not so much that consumption and production are not growing – of course they are growing, but not in a sustainable manner,” she told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.She said that progress on these goals had gone in the wrong direction, with one of the easy examples being the climate action goal.The region emitted half of the world’s total greenhouse gasses – a number that has doubled since 2000, while 35 percent of the countries continue to lose forest cover. Meanwhile, the share of renewable energy in the region has dropped to 16 percent, one of the lowest rates globally.last_img read more

first_imgThe government inaugurated on Monday a facility to produce refuse-derived fuel (RDF), a fuel made of various types of waste, in Cilacap, Central Java, as part of efforts to improve Indonesia’s waste management and speed up the country’s transition to renewable energy.The Rp 90 billion (US$6.09 million) facility, the first of its kind in Indonesia, is the result of a cooperation agreement between the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the Environment and Forestry Ministry, the Denmark Embassy, regional administrations and publicly listed building materials manufacturer PT Solusi Bangun Indonesia.The RDF facility is also a pilot project for improving Indonesia’s waste management, said Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.“We need a breakthrough in waste management to reduce cities or regencies’ dependence on final disposal sites [TPA], which has long been an issue both on the environment and social fronts,” Luhut was quoted in a statement as saying on Monday.Solusi Bangun Indonesia, which operates four cement factories across the country, including in Cilacap, is planning to produce 50 tons of RDF from 120 tons of waste every day. The firm will use the fuel as an alternative to coal to power its cement plant. Indonesia, the world’s second-largest contributor of plastic pollutants in the ocean, has been working to solve its waste problem.According to the World Bank’s Indonesia Marine Debris Hotspots Rapid Assessment, 20 percent of the country’s plastic waste ends up in rivers and coastal waters.The government is planning to reduce the country’s marine plastic debris by 70 percent between 2020 and 2025 and become free of plastic pollution by 2040.Nani Hendiarti, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister’s deputy of environment and forestry management, said the new facility would open up business opportunities waste management for individuals and companies.“We hope this RDF facility will shift waste management from a cost burden to a business model that can create economic activity, through which the public can contribute to increase the shares of renewable energy in Indonesia,” Nani said.The alternative source of fuel could also be used to replace coal at steam-electric power plants (PLTU), the ministry said on MondayThe government also plans to partner with PT Indonesia Power, a subsidiary of state-owned electricity company PLN, to use the alternative fuel at power plants.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgWell results The well 7321/8-2 S was drilled to a measured depth of 1874 metres and a vertical depth of 1777 meters below sea level, and it was terminated in the Snadd Formation in the Upper Triassic. The well 7321/8-2 S was drilled by the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig. Come May and Spirit also received a drilling permit for this well from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). The secondary exploration target was data acquisition to improve understanding of potential reservoir rocks in the Lower Cretaceous (the Kolje Formation). The water depth at the site is 466 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned. Announcing the results of the well on Monday, the NPD said that the primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic to Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (the Stø, Fruholmen and Snadd Formations). This is the first exploration well in production licence 719, which was awarded in the 22nd licensing round in 2013. The secondary exploration target encountered traces of petroleum in silt/fine sands in the Lower Cretaceous (the Kolje Formation). The well is classified as dry. Data acquisition has been carried out.center_img About 80 metres of the upper part of the Snadd Formation was drilled, but the only thing encountered was a water-bearing sandstone layer, 2 metres thick and with good reservoir quality. The Fruholmen Formation was about 120 metres thick, with several water-bearing sandstone layers in the upper part of the formation, totalling 30 metres, mainly with moderate to poor reservoir quality. Spirit Energy has drilled a dry well near the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea offshore Norway. In the primary exploration target, the well encountered the Stø Formation with a thickness of about 30 metres, with water-bearing sandstone layers of 20 metres, mainly with moderate reservoir quality. The well 7321/8-2 S was drilled about 110 kilometres north of the Johan Castberg field and about 310 kilometres north of Hammerfest. Spirit received consent from the Norwegian offshore safety body to drill the well According to the safety regulator, the activities on the well, designated 7321/8-2 S using the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig in April 2020. The rig will now drill wildcat well 16/1-33 S in production licence 780 in the North Sea, where Spirit Energy is also the operator.last_img read more

first_imgYahoo News 4 February 2020Family First Comment: “People are using cannabis and cannabinoids for everything and anything, and we don’t have enough systematic research on whether it’s effective for these conditions. People are stopping or reducing prescription drugs to use medical cannabis. It’s a serious issue. The study also highlighted a lack of awareness of the potential risks involved in the use of the drug. For example, only 22% of respondents believed that cannabis consumption during pregnancy could be risky.”Regular smokers of cannabis have some idea of its medical properties, but a recent US study has shown that their beliefs are out of step with scientific evidence.Do cannabis users have an accurate understanding of its risks and effectiveness? A study by American researchers who questioned 500 regular smokers of the drug indicates that many of them do not.Participants, who were selected at the “Hash Bash,” a cannabis advocacy event held annually on the campus of the University of Michigan, were questioned on their use of cannabis, their knowledge of its medical properties, and the risks associated with its consumption.The majority of participants reported using marijuana on a daily basis, 85% of them for medical reasons. About 78% reported that their knowledge of cannabis stemmed from personal experience, compared with only 23% who had consulted a health care provider or dispensary specializing in medical cannabis, and 18% who had been informed by a primary care provider.Consumers lack awareness of the potential risks of cannabisAccording to the study, which was published in The American Journal of Health Promotion, a majority of respondents believed that cannabis is effective in treating symptoms of cancer (76%) depression (72%) and epilepsy (68%). However, an assessment by the American National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has concluded that there is little evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective in reducing symptoms of any of these, point out the researchers behind the study.“People are using cannabis and cannabinoids for everything and anything, and we don’t have enough systematic research on whether it’s effective for these conditions. People are stopping or reducing prescription drugs to use medical cannabis. It’s a serious issue,” warns Daniel Kruger, the main author of the study.READ MORE: read more